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  1. Air-water countercurrent annular flow

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    Bharathan, D.

    1979-09-01

    Countercurrent annular flow of air and water in circular tubes of diameters ranging from 6.4 to 152 mm is investigated. Experimental measurements include liquid fraction, pressure gradients and countercurrent gas and liquid fluxes. Influences of tube end geometries on the countercurrent fluxes are isolated. Analogies between countercurrent flow, open channel flow, and compressible flow are established. Interfacial momentum transfer between the phases are characterized by empirical friction factors. The dependence of interfacial friction factors on tube diameter is shown to yield a basis for extending the present results to larger tubes.

  2. Air-water countercurrent annular flow

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    Countercurrent annular flow of air and water in circular tubes of diameters ranging from 6.4 to 152 mm is investigated. Experimental measurements include liquid fraction, pressure gradients and countercurrent gas and liquid fluxes. Influences of tube end geometries on the countercurrent fluxes are isolated. Analogies between countercurrent flow, open channel flow, and compressible flow are established. Interfacial momentum transfer between the phases are characterized by empirical friction factors. The dependence of interfacial friction factors on tube diameter is shown to yield a basis for extending the present results to larger tubes

  3. Slug flooding in air-water countercurrent vertical flow

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    This paper is to study slug flooding in the vertical air-water countercurrent flow loop with a porous liquid injector in the upper plenum. More water penetration into the bottom plenum in slug flooding is observed than the annular flooding because the flow regime changes from the slug flow regime or periodic slug/annular flow regime to annular flow regime due to the hysteresis between the onset of flooding and the bridging film. Experiments were made tubes of 0.995 cm, 2.07 cm, and 5.08 cm in diameter. A mechanistic model for the slug flooding with the solitary wave whose height is four time of the mean film thickness is developed to produce relations of the critical liquid flow rate and the mean film thickness. After fitting the critical liquid flow rate with the experimental data as a function of the Bond number, the gas flow rate for the slug flooding is obtained by substituting the critical liquid flow rate to the annular flooding criteria. The present experimental data evaluate the slug flooding condition developed here by substituting the correlations for mean film thickness models in the literature. The best prediction was made by the correlation for the mean film thickness of the present study which is same as Feind's correlation multiplied by 1.35. (author)

  4. Air--water countercurrent annular flow in vertical tubes. Interim report. [BWR; PWR

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    Bharathan, D.

    1978-05-01

    Air--water countercurrent flow characteristics in 2.5 and 5.1 cm vertical tubes are investigated. Experimental measurements include air and water flow rates, pressure losses, pressure gradients, and liquid fractions. Tube-end geometries are altered to study their influence on the flow characteristics. Liquid-fraction measurements indicate that the countercurrent flow may be divided into three regions based upon the relative magnitudes of interfacial and wall shear stresses. The dependence of interfacial friction factor on the liquid fraction is isolated. The mechanism limiting countercurrent flows within a tube is modelled by a simple theory. Salient features of the theory are demonstrated. Comparisons between the theory and some experimental data are presented.

  5. Air--water countercurrent annular flow in vertical tubes. Interim report

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    Air--water countercurrent flow characteristics in 2.5 and 5.1 cm vertical tubes are investigated. Experimental measurements include air and water flow rates, pressure losses, pressure gradients, and liquid fractions. Tube-end geometries are altered to study their influence on the flow characteristics. Liquid-fraction measurements indicate that the countercurrent flow may be divided into three regions based upon the relative magnitudes of interfacial and wall shear stresses. The dependence of interfacial friction factor on the liquid fraction is isolated. The mechanism limiting countercurrent flows within a tube is modelled by a simple theory. Salient features of the theory are demonstrated. Comparisons between the theory and some experimental data are presented

  6. Mean interfacial shear stress and liquid film thickness in countercurrent air-water flow

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    Countercurrent air-water flow experimental results in a tubular vertical test section 2.2 m long and 0.02 m ID are presented; the relations between the mean value of the interfacial shear stress and the mean liquid film thickness and flow rate of gas and liquid phases are derived. The experiments were performed in the laminar regime of the liquid film, for Reynolds number = 250:950, at the flooding conditions, before and after the flooding occurrence. Flooding data are compared with the Wallis correlation and with the Bharathan-Wallis theoretical model. Experimental values of the mean interfacial shear stress and wall shear stress are compared with the prediction of the empirical correlations that are used for the countercurrent flow modelling. An interfacial friction factor correlation is also presented

  7. A criterion for the onset of slugging in horizontal stratified air-water countercurrent flow

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    Chun, Moon-Hyun; Lee, Byung-Ryung; Kim, Yang-Seok [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)] [and others

    1995-09-01

    This paper presents an experimental and theoretical investigation of wave height and transition criterion from wavy to slug flow in horizontal air-water countercurrent stratified flow conditions. A theoretical formula for the wave height in a stratified wavy flow regime has been developed using the concept of total energy balance over a wave crest to consider the shear stress acting on the interface of two fluids. From the limiting condition of the formula for the wave height, a necessary criterion for transition from a stratified wavy flow to a slug flow has been derived. A series of experiments have been conducted changing the non-dimensional water depth and the flow rates of air in a horizontal pipe and a duct. Comparisons between the measured data and the predictions of the present theory show that the agreement is within {plus_minus}8%.

  8. Wall pressure measurements of flooding in vertical countercurrent annular air-water flow

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    An experimental study of flooding in countercurrent air-water annular flow in a large diameter vertical tube using wall pressure measurements is described in this paper. Axial pressure profiles along the length of the test section were measured up to and after flooding using fast response pressure transducers for three representative liquid flow rates representing a wide range of liquid Reynolds numbers (ReL = 4Γ/μ; Γ is the liquid mass flow rate per unit perimeter; μ is the dynamic viscosity) from 3341 to 19,048. The results show that flooding in large diameter tubes cannot be initiated near the air outlet and is only initiated near the air inlet. Fourier analysis of the wall pressure measurements shows that up to the point of flooding, there is no dominant wave frequency but rather a band of frequencies encompassing both the low frequency and the broad band that are responsible for flooding. The data indicates that flooding in large diameter vertical tubes may be caused by the constructive superposition of a plurality of waves rather than the action of a single large-amplitude wave.

  9. An extension of theoretical analysis for the onset of slugging criterion in horizontal stratified air-water countercurrent flow

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    This paper presents an experimental and theoretical investigation of interfacial friction factor, wave height and transition criterion from wavy to slug flow in a long horizontal air-water countercurrent stratified flow condition. A series of experiments have been conducted in adiabatic countercurrent stratified flow with the round pipe and rectangular duct test section to develop the interfacial friction factor and the criterion of onset of slugging in horizontal air-water countercurrent stratified flow. An adiabatic semi-empirical correlation for interfacial friction factor has been developed based on the surface roughness concept. A comparison of the measured data in this study and of other investigators with the predictions of the present correlation shows that the agreement is within ±30% error, and that the present correlation is applicable to a broader range of water flow rate than the correlations of previous investigators. The theories which can calculate the wave height and criteria of onset of slug flow in a stratified wavy flow regime have been developed based on the concept of total energy conservation and also wave theory. This theoretical criteria agree better with the measured data than the other criteria available in the literature, but the criteria range about 92∼107% of the measured data. An empirical formula for the criterion has been also developed and compared with the formula in the literatures. Comparison between the measured data and the predictions of the present theory shows that the agreement is within ±8%

  10. Experimental investigation of droplet separation in a horizontal counter-current air/water stratified flow

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    A stratified counter-current two-phase gas/liquid flow can occur in various technical systems. In the past investigations have mainly been motivated by the possible occurrence of these flows in accident scenarios of nuclear light water-reactors and in numerous applications in process engineering. However, the precise forecast of flow parameters, is still challenging, for instance due to their strong dependency on the geometric boundary conditions. A new approach which uses CFD methods (Computational Fluid Dynamics) promises a better understanding of the flow phenomena and simultaneously a higher scalability of the findings. RANS methods (Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes) are preferred in order to compute industrial processes and geometries. A very deep understanding of the flow behavior and equation systems based on real physics are necessary preconditions to develop the equation system for a reliable RANS approach with predictive power. Therefore, local highly resolved, experimental data is needed in order to provide and validate the required turbulence and phase interaction models. The central objective of this work is to provide the data needed for the code development for these unsteady, turbulent and three-dimensional flows. Experiments were carried out at the WENKA facility (Water Entrainment Channel Karlsruhe) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The work consists of a detailed description of the test-facility including a new bended channel, the measurement techniques and the experimental results. The characterization of the new channel was done by flow maps. A high-speed imaging study gives an impression of the occurring flow regimes, and different flow phenomena like droplet separation. The velocity distributions as well as various turbulence values were investigated by particle image velocimetry (PIV). In the liquid phase fluorescent tracer-particles were used to suppress optical reflections from the phase surface (fluorescent PIV, FPIV

  11. IVO/AIR-WATER-CCFL, Air/water countercurrent flow limitation experiments with full-scale fuel bundle structures

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    1 - Description of test facility: The test facility consists of a vertical flow channel with different internals. The test section was principally made of transparent acrylic material to allow visual observations. One fuel bundle top area structure of the Soviet-type pressurized water reactors VVER-1000 and VVER-440 in full scale was the principal test section. In order to get experimental data on the effects of different parameters on the CCFL behaviour, various configurations of the principal test sections were studied. Plate 1 corresponds to the perforated upper tie plate in full scale of the reactor VVER-1000 and plate 12 to the upper tie plate in full scale of the reactor VVER-440. 2 - Description of test: The procedure of the model tests consisted of establishing the air inlet flow rate and then increasing the water flow rate so that the given liquid head above the perforated plate, or above the fuel rod bundle when the flow channel provided only with the bundle was reached. After the stationary conditions maintained for a prolonged period, the injected water and air flows, and the average height of the mixture level above the perforated plate were registered. All reported air and water flow rates are average values at each test point. The distance of the water inlet from the perforated plate was 2000 mm, and the water level in the water collection chamber was kept constant. Small-size plates were tested. Also the effect of the unheated fuel rod bundle and the size of the free flow channel on the CCFL behaviour were studied

  12. The use of CFD code for numerical simulation study on the air/water countercurrent flow limitation in nuclear reactors

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    Morghi, Youssef; Mesquita, Amir Zacarias; Santos, Andre Augusto Campagnole dos; Vasconcelos, Victor, E-mail: ymo@cdtn.br, E-mail: amir@cdtn.br, E-mail: aacs@cdtn.br, E-mail: vitors@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    For the experimental study on the air/water countercurrent flow limitation in Nuclear Reactors, were built at CDTN an acrylic test sections with the same geometric shape of 'hot leg' of a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR). The hydraulic circuit is designed to be used with air and water at pressures near to atmospheric and ambient temperature. Due to the complexity of the CCFL experimental, the numerical simulation has been used. The aim of the numerical simulations is the validation of experimental data. It is a global trend, the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling and prediction of physical phenomena related to heat transfer in nuclear reactors. The most used CFD codes are: FLUENT®, STAR- CD®, Open Foam® and CFX®. In CFD, closure models are required that must be validated, especially if they are to be applied to nuclear reactor safety. The Thermal- Hydraulics Laboratory of CDTN offers computing infrastructure and license to use commercial code CFX®. This article describes a review about CCFL and the use of CFD for numerical simulation of this phenomenal for Nuclear Rector. (author)

  13. The use of CFD code for numerical simulation study on the air/water countercurrent flow limitation in nuclear reactors

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    For the experimental study on the air/water countercurrent flow limitation in Nuclear Reactors, were built at CDTN an acrylic test sections with the same geometric shape of 'hot leg' of a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR). The hydraulic circuit is designed to be used with air and water at pressures near to atmospheric and ambient temperature. Due to the complexity of the CCFL experimental, the numerical simulation has been used. The aim of the numerical simulations is the validation of experimental data. It is a global trend, the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling and prediction of physical phenomena related to heat transfer in nuclear reactors. The most used CFD codes are: FLUENT®, STAR- CD®, Open Foam® and CFX®. In CFD, closure models are required that must be validated, especially if they are to be applied to nuclear reactor safety. The Thermal- Hydraulics Laboratory of CDTN offers computing infrastructure and license to use commercial code CFX®. This article describes a review about CCFL and the use of CFD for numerical simulation of this phenomenal for Nuclear Rector. (author)

  14. An experimental study of solitary wave transition characteristics for countercurrent stratified air-water flows in a horizontal pipe

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    Interfacial waves resulting from turbulent gas shear, which are an intrinsic characteristic of stratified two-phase flow, greatly influence the interfacial transport phenomena and stability of the system especially in safety related problems of the water cooled reactor. The objective of the present experimental study is to provide the fundamental solitary wave transition characteristics. To investigate the solitary wave transition characteristics for the horizontal countercurrent stratified air-water flows, a series of systematic experimental studies has been performed. The experiments are carried out in a horizontal channel with dimensions 4 m in length and 102 mm in inner diameter. The water and air superficial velocities vary from 0.0004 to 0.0204 and from 0 to about 6 m/s, respectively. The instantaneous water thickness is measured by parallel-wire conductance probe, and the wave field is recorded by high speed video camera. Also, to evaluate the wave effects on interfacial friction factors, the pressure drop is measured. Statistical data analysis is accomplished in order to obtain the fundamental wave parameters such as wave amplitude, length, and velocity. Especially, from the statistical analysis, the 'Spatial Growth Factor(SGF)' is derived to objectively quantify the wave regime transition boundary. Four wave regimes, a pebbly, 2-D, solitary, and flooding regimes are observed as air velocity increases. From high speed video imaging, it is found that the solitary waves are originated from two modes; continued growth of 2-D waves and the coalescence of 2-D waves. The observed transition boundaries are verified by the different nature of the statistical parameters, and especially the variation of SGF is physically consistent with the onset of the solitary waves. As the waves grow, the interfacial friction factor increases linearly with jg in pebbly and 2-D wave regions. However it increases drastically in the solitary wave region. It is noted that the

  15. Countercurrent air/water and steam/water flow above a perforated plate. Report for October 1978-October 1979

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    The perforated plate weeping phenomena have been studied in both air/water and steam/cold water systems. The air/water experiment is designed to investigate the effect of geometric factors of the perforated plate on the rate of weeping. A new dimensionless flow rate in the form of H star is suggested. The data obtained are successfully correlated by this H star scaling in the conventional flooding equation. The steam/cold water experiment is concentrated on locating the boundary between weeping and no weeping. The effects of water subcooling, water inlet flow rate, and position of water spray are investigated. Depending on the combination of these factors, several types of weeping were observed. The data obtained at high water spray position can be related to the air/water flooding correlation by replacing the stream flow rate to an effective stream flow rate, which is determined by the mixing efficiency above the plate

  16. Air-water tests on counter-current flow limitation at lower end of vertical pipes simulating lower part of steam generator U-tube

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    Air-water tests on counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) were carried out using vertical pipes with the diameter of D=20 mm and a sharp lower edge which simulated the lower part of U-tubes in a steam generator. Flow patterns were observed to identify the location of CCFL occurrence, and effects of the pipe length L and the water level in the upper tank h on CCFL were measured under the conditions of L=100-700 mm and h=100-600 mm. As a result, CCFL appeared at the upper end under the conditions of L/D=5 and h/D=5, but at the lower end for L/D≥15 and h/D=5∼30. In the case of the CCFL occurrence at the lower end, L and h did not affect CCFL characteristics. Using the Wallis parameters, JG* and JL*, a CCFL correlation for the sharp lower edge was derived. The CCFL constant, which is the value of JG*1/2 at JL*1/2=0, was C=0.73±0.02. (author)

  17. Design of experiment apparatus for testing effects of counter-current air-water flow on containment water film formation

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    This paper introduces the working principle of Passive Containment Cooling System (PCS) following a design basis accident. A flat-plate test bench and the accompanying measurement system are designed to study how the counter-current air affects the water film on the containment surface. Two key experiment parameters, flat-plate spacing and probe positions, are calculated and analyzed through fluid mechanics, experimental characteristic and experience correlation. The analysis results show that the experiment plan is reasonable and feasible, and it is proper when the flat-plate spacing is 150 mm and the probe position of the first rank is 1 m away from the flat-plate upside. (authors)

  18. Counter-current flow limitation in a model of the hot leg of a PWR—Comparison between air/water and steam/water experiments

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    Highlights: ► Investigation of CCFL in a model of a PWR hot leg with rectangular cross-section. ► Visualisation of steam/water CCFL over large windows at reactor typical boundary conditions. ► Comparison between low pressure air experiments and high pressure steam experiments. ► Confirmation of the Wallis similarity to scale flooding in the hot leg over a wide range of boundary conditions. - Abstract: In order to investigate the two-phase flow behaviour in a complex reactor-typical geometry and to supply suitable data for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code validation, a model of the hot leg of a pressurised water reactor was built at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf (HZDR). The hot leg model is devoted to optical measurement techniques, therefore, a flat test section design was chosen and equipped with large windows. In order to enable the operation at high pressures, the test section is installed in the pressure chamber of the TOPFLOW (Transient twO Phase FLOW) test facility of HZDR, which is used to perform the experiments under pressure equilibrium with the inside atmosphere. Counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) experiments were performed, simulating the reflux-condenser cooling mode appearing in small break loss-of-coolant-accident (LOCA) scenarios. The fluids used were air and water at room temperature and pressures of up to 3.0 bar, as well as steam and water at pressures of up to 50 bar and the corresponding saturation temperature of 264 °C. One selected 50 bar experiment is presented in detail: the observed behaviour is analysed and illustrated by typical high-speed camera images of the flow. Furthermore, the flooding characteristics obtained from the different experimental runs are presented in terms of the Wallis parameter and Kutateladze number, which are commonly used in the literature. However, a discrepancy was first observed between the air/water and steam/water series. Further investigations show that the steam was probably wet

  19. Experimental investigation of droplet separation in a horizontal counter-current air/water stratified flow; Experimentelle Untersuchung der Tropfenabscheidung einer horizontalen, entgegengerichteten Wasser/Luft-Schichtenstroemung

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    Gabriel, Stephan Gerhard

    2015-07-01

    A stratified counter-current two-phase gas/liquid flow can occur in various technical systems. In the past investigations have mainly been motivated by the possible occurrence of these flows in accident scenarios of nuclear light water-reactors and in numerous applications in process engineering. However, the precise forecast of flow parameters, is still challenging, for instance due to their strong dependency on the geometric boundary conditions. A new approach which uses CFD methods (Computational Fluid Dynamics) promises a better understanding of the flow phenomena and simultaneously a higher scalability of the findings. RANS methods (Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes) are preferred in order to compute industrial processes and geometries. A very deep understanding of the flow behavior and equation systems based on real physics are necessary preconditions to develop the equation system for a reliable RANS approach with predictive power. Therefore, local highly resolved, experimental data is needed in order to provide and validate the required turbulence and phase interaction models. The central objective of this work is to provide the data needed for the code development for these unsteady, turbulent and three-dimensional flows. Experiments were carried out at the WENKA facility (Water Entrainment Channel Karlsruhe) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The work consists of a detailed description of the test-facility including a new bended channel, the measurement techniques and the experimental results. The characterization of the new channel was done by flow maps. A high-speed imaging study gives an impression of the occurring flow regimes, and different flow phenomena like droplet separation. The velocity distributions as well as various turbulence values were investigated by particle image velocimetry (PIV). In the liquid phase fluorescent tracer-particles were used to suppress optical reflections from the phase surface (fluorescent PIV, FPIV

  20. Countercurrent flow limitation experiments with full-scale bundle structures

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    Atmospheric air/water experiments for VVER-440 and VVER-1000 fuel bundle structures have been carried out at different liquid heads above the perforated tie plate. Specific attention is given to countercurrent flow limitation across perforated upper tie plates in large channel geometries. The effects of the presence of the unheated fuel rod bundle and the thickness of the perforated plate on the countercurent flow behaviour have been observed. The found non-linear countercurrent flow behavior is discussed. (orig.)

  1. Countercurrent flow limitation in narrow rectangular ducts

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    Countercurrent air-water two phase flow limitation in vertical narrow rectangular ducts was investigated. The scale effect was investigated using three narrow rectangular ducts with different gaps (2 x 100, 5 x 100, 10 x 100 mm). The experimental data showed similar tendency in spite of gap or upper plenum liquid level. The Wallis type correlation with constant C = 0.65 gave a good agreement with the experimental data. A comparison with the prediction by the envelope theory using the Bharathan friction factor correlation was also discussed. (author)

  2. Counter-current flow limitation experiments in a model of the hot leg of a pressurised water reactor. Comparison between low pressure air/water experiments and high pressure steam/water experiments

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    In order to investigate the two-phase flow behaviour in a complex reactor-typical geometry and to supply suitable data for CFD code validation, a model of the hot leg of a pressurized water reactor was built at Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (FZD). The hot leg model is devoted to optical measurement techniques, therefore, a flat test section design was chosen and equipped with large windows. In order to enable the operation at high pressures, the test section is installed in the pressure chamber of the TOPFLOW test facility of FZD, which is used to perform the experiments under pressure equilibrium with the inside atmosphere. Counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) experiments were performed, simulating the reflux-condenser cooling mode appearing in small break LOCA scenarios. The fluids used were air and water at room temperature and pressures of up to 3.0 bar, as well as steam and water at pressures of up to 50 bar and the corresponding saturation temperature of 264degC. One selected 50 bar experiment is presented in detail: the observed behaviour is analysed and illustrated by typical high-speed camera images of the flow. Furthermore, the flooding characteristic obtained from the different experimental runs are presented in terms of the Wallis parameter and Kutateladze number, which are commonly used in the literature. However, both parameters fail to properly correlate the data: a discrepancy is observed between the air/water and steam/water series. Therefore, a modified Wallis parameter is proposed, which takes into account the effect of the fluid viscosities on the CCFL. The new parameter is validated against comparable data found in the literature, even though no data was found with such a large range of viscosities. This analysis points out that the effect of the dynamic viscosity on flooding has already been observed, but not identified. Furthermore, it is shown that the proposed modification of the Wallis parameter allows a significant improvement

  3. Flow characteristics of counter-current flow in debris bed

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    In the course of a severe accident, a damaged core would form a debris bed consisting of once-molten and fragmented fuel elements. It is necessary to evaluate the dryout heat flux for the judgment of the coolability of the debris bed during the severe accident. The dryout phenomena in the debris bed is dominated by the counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) in the debris bed. In this study, air-water counter-current flow behavior in the debris bed is experimentally investigated with glass particles simulating the debris beds. In this experiment, falling water flow rate and axial pressure distributions were experimentally measured. As the results, it is clarified that falling water flow rate becomes larger with the debris bed height and the pressure gradient in the upper region of the debris bed is different from that in the lower region of the debris bed. These results indicate that the dominant region for CCFL in the debris bed is identified near the top of the debris bed. Analytical results with annular flow model indicates that interfacial shear stress in the upper region of the debris bed is larger than that in the lower region of the debris bed. (author)

  4. COUNTERCURRENT FLOW LIMITATION EXPERIMENTS AND MODELING FOR IMPROVED REACTOR SAFETY

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    This project is investigating countercurrent flow and 'flooding' phenomena in light water reactor systems to improve reactor safety of current and future reactors. To better understand the occurrence of flooding in the surge line geometry of a PWR, two experimental programs were performed. In the first, a test facility with an acrylic test section provided visual data on flooding for air-water systems in large diameter tubes. This test section also allowed for development of techniques to form an annular liquid film along the inner surface of the 'surge line' and other techniques which would be difficult to verify in an opaque test section. Based on experiences in the air-water testing and the improved understanding of flooding phenomena, two series of tests were conducted in a large-diameter, stainless steel test section. Air-water test results and steam-water test results were directly compared to note the effect of condensation. Results indicate that, as for smaller diameter tubes, the flooding phenomena is predominantly driven by the hydrodynamics. Tests with the test sections inclined were attempted but the annular film was easily disrupted. A theoretical model for steam venting from inclined tubes is proposed herein and validated against air-water data. Empirical correlations were proposed for air-water and steam-water data. Methods for developing analytical models of the air-water and steam-water systems are discussed, as is the applicability of the current data to the surge line conditions. This report documents the project results from July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2008

  5. COUNTERCURRENT FLOW LIMITATION EXPERIMENTS AND MODELING FOR IMPROVED REACTOR SAFETY

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    Vierow, Karen

    2008-09-26

    This project is investigating countercurrent flow and “flooding” phenomena in light water reactor systems to improve reactor safety of current and future reactors. To better understand the occurrence of flooding in the surge line geometry of a PWR, two experimental programs were performed. In the first, a test facility with an acrylic test section provided visual data on flooding for air-water systems in large diameter tubes. This test section also allowed for development of techniques to form an annular liquid film along the inner surface of the “surge line” and other techniques which would be difficult to verify in an opaque test section. Based on experiences in the air-water testing and the improved understanding of flooding phenomena, two series of tests were conducted in a large-diameter, stainless steel test section. Air-water test results and steam-water test results were directly compared to note the effect of condensation. Results indicate that, as for smaller diameter tubes, the flooding phenomena is predominantly driven by the hydrodynamics. Tests with the test sections inclined were attempted but the annular film was easily disrupted. A theoretical model for steam venting from inclined tubes is proposed herein and validated against air-water data. Empirical correlations were proposed for air-water and steam-water data. Methods for developing analytical models of the air-water and steam-water systems are discussed, as is the applicability of the current data to the surge line conditions. This report documents the project results from July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2008.

  6. Counter-current flow limitation in thin rectangular channels

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    The phenomenon of counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) in thin rectangular channels is important in determining the heat removal capability of research reactors which use plate-type fuel elements similar to the MTR design. An analytical expression for predicting CCFL in narrow rectangular channels was derived from the momentum equations for the liquid and gas phase. The model assumes that the liquid downflow is in the form of a film along the narrower side walls of the channel, while the gas flow occupies the wide span of the rectangular channel. The average thickness of liquid film is related to the rate of gas flow through a stability criterion for the liquid film. The CCFL correlation agrees with air/water data taken at relatively high gas velocities. Depending on the magnitude of the dimensionless channel width W*, the new CCFL correlation approaches zero liquid penetration either in the form of a Wallis correlation or in terms of a Kutateladze number. The new correlation indicates that for a thin rectangular channel, the constant C in the Wallis flooding correlation depends on the aspect ratio of the channel. The approach to the appropriate asymptotic solutions also justifies the use of twice the wide span as the correct length scale for thin rectangular channels. 14 refs., 6 figs

  7. Growth of gravity-capillary waves in countercurrent air/water turbulence

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    Soldati, Alfredo; Zonta, Francesco; Onorato, Miguel

    2015-11-01

    We use Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) of the Navier Stokes equations to analyze the dynamics of the interface between air and water when both phases are driven by opposite pressure gradients (countercurrent configuration). The Reynolds number (Reτ), the Weber number (We) and the Froude number (Fr) fully describe the physical problem. We examine the problem of the transient growth of interface waves for different combinations of physical parameters. Keeping Reτ constant and varying We and Fr , we show that, in the initial stages of the wave generation process, the amplitude of the interface elevation η grows in time as η ~t 2 / 5 . Wavenumber spectra, E (kx) , of the surface elevation in the capillary range are in good agreement with the prediction of the Wave Turbulence Theory. Finally, the wave-induced modification of the average wind and current velocity profiles will be addressed. Support from Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia under grant PAR FSC 2007/2013 is gratefully acknowledged.

  8. Vertical countercurrent flow limitation phenomena under oscillatory gas flow

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    During the hypothetical loss of coolant accident in a nuclear power plant, the emergency core cooling water could not penetrate to the reactor core when the steam flow rate from the reactor core exceeds CCFL (Countercurrent flow limitation). The criteria of CCFL generated by earlier investigators were developed under steady gas flow. However, the flow instability in the reactor loop could generate oscillatory steam flow, hence their applicability under oscillating flow should be investigated. In this work, an experimental investigation of countercurrent flow in a vertical flow channel has been conducted under oscillatory gas flow condition. In the present flooding loop, flooding occurs from the annular flow regime, annular flooding, or the periodic slug/annular flow regime, slug flooding. The oscillatory gas flow changes the flooding map of the steady gas flow according to its magnitude and oscillating frequency. Further, when its minimum gas flow rate is less than a threshold value, no flooding was observed. When it was annular flow regime, the threshold of no flooding was the deflooding value under the steady gas flow. But when it was the slug or periodic slug/annular flow regime, the threshold of no flooding was in between the deflooding and flooding value under steady gas flow. Also, it was observed that this no flooding threshold is insensitive to the oscillating frequency except for high frequency over 0.3 Hz. Therefore, the flooding condition under oscillatory gas flow is less restrictive than that under steady gas flow

  9. Tests of countercurrent flow in a 5x5 unheated road bundle

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    With the objective of examining the countercurrent flow phenomenon, it was built at CDTN an Air-Water Test Facility with a 5x5 unheated rod bundle, one perfurated plate ( 'tie plate') and an plenum region, representing, in scale, the upper part of a PWR (KWU). A series of 179 tests was performed with downward injection through the upper plenum in 4 different elevations in order to investigate the effect of the injection position on the ccountercurrent flow. The phenomenon has shown a different behavior when one compares test results of the injection in the tie plate's immediate neighborhood with the remaning ones. (author)

  10. VOF Calculations of Countercurrent Gas-Liquid Flow in a PWR Hot Leg

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    M. Murase

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We improved the computational grid and schemes in the VOF (volume of fluid method with the standard − turbulent model in our previous study to evaluate CCFL (countercurrent flow limitation characteristics in a full-scale PWR hot leg (750 mm diameter, and the calculated CCFL characteristics agreed well with the UPTF data at 1.5 MPa. In this paper, therefore, to evaluate applicability of the VOF method to different fluid properties and a different scale, we did numerical simulations for full-scale air-water conditions and the 1/15-scale air-water tests (50 mm diameter, respectively. The results calculated for full-scale conditions agreed well with CCFL data and showed that CCFL characteristics in the Wallis diagram were mitigated under 1.5 MPa steam-water conditions comparing with air-water flows. However, the results calculated for the 1/15-scale air-water tests greatly underestimated the falling water flow rates in calculations with the standard − turbulent model, but agreed well with the CCFL data in calculations with a laminar flow model. This indicated that suitable calculation models and conditions should be selected to get good agreement with data for each scale.

  11. Study on the characteristics of counter-current flow in a vertical pipe

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    Counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) is one of the most important phenomena in loss of coolant accident of nuclear reactors, because the CCFL restricts the amount of the falling water flow rate for core cooling. On the other hand, 'Concept of minimum pressure energy consumption rate' was proposed to predict the characteristics of two-phase flow. In the present study, the CCFL experiment were performed with air-water in a vertical pipe in order to establish the simultaneous database of flow rates, differential pressure and liquid film thickness at CCFL. The wall and the interfacial friction factors were estimated from the database obtained. The calculations with the concept of the minimum pressure energy consumption rate were used to predict the characteristics of the CCFL in a pipe. The calculated results reasonably agreed with the experimental data. The result indicates that the concept is applicable for the prediction of CCFL in a pipe. (author)

  12. Analytical study on mechanism of countercurrent flow limitation in vertical rectangular channels

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    A quantitative analysis of countercurrent flow limitation (CCFL) or flooding was successfully carried out using the existing experimental data for the vertical rectangular channels, adopting the criterion that the CCFL condition is determined by maximizing the falling water mass velocity with respect to the thickness of falling water film for the whole flow channel, without any additional conditions. It was found that significant factors were the flow pattern, that is, which walls were wet, interfacial friction factor between liquid and gas based on the relative velocity, wall friction factors for laminar, transition, and turbulent flow of liquid and gas, and aspect ratio of rectangular channels. Thus it was clarified that the analytical results give good predictions of the existing experimental data of air-water system for vertical rectangular channels of 33 and 66 mm in channel width, 2.3 to 12.3 mm in channel gap, and 362 and 782 mm in channel length under atmospheric pressure

  13. Assessment of TRAC codes with dartmouth college countercurrent flow tests

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    The TRAC series of codes was developed to simulate pressurized water reactors (PWRs) and boiling water reactors (BWRs) under hypothetical accident conditions. The thermal hydraulics of these codes are based on a two-fluid formulation. These codes were applied to the Dartmouth College countercurrent flow tests to assess the ability of the interfacial momentum transfer models in the code to predict the countercurrent behavior. The TRAC-BD1 code, developed for the BWR analysis, qualitatively predicted the proper countercurrent flow behavior, but always overpredicted the liquid downflow. This led to the conclusion that interfacial momentum transfer in the annular regime was underestimated. The PWR version of the TRAC code, TRAC-PF1, had better agreement with the data but computed unusual behavior for the 0.152-m-i.d. pipe due to the use of Dukler's correlation outside the data base. The code prediction improved when Bharathan-Wallis' correlation was incorporated into this code. The correlations based on cocurrent data were not accurate in predicting countercurrent flows

  14. Flooding in counter-current two-phase flow

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    Flooding is a phenomenon which is best described as the transition from counter-current to co-current flow. Early notice was taken of this phenomenon in the chemical engineering industry. Flooding also plays an important role in the field of two-phase heat transfer since it is a limit for many systems involving counter-current flow. Practical applications of flooding limited processes include wickless thermosyphons and the emergency core cooling system (ECCS) of pressurized water nuclear reactors. The phenomenon of flooding also is involved in the behavior of nuclear reactor core materials during severe accident conditions where flooding is one of the mechanisms governing the motion of the molten fuel pin cladding

  15. Numerical simulation of the countercurrent flow in a gas centrifuge

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    Cloutman, L.D.; Gentry, R.A.

    1983-03-01

    We present a finite difference method for the numerical simulation of the axisymmetric countercurrent flow in a gas centrifuge. A time-marching technique is used to relax an arbitrary initial condition to the desired steady-state solution. All boundary layers can be resolved, and nonlinear effects may be included. Numerical examples are presented. We conclude that this technique is capable of predicting accurately the performance of a wide variety of machines under all operating conditions of interest.

  16. Two-phase counter-current flow limitations in complex piping systems

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    Experiments have been performed to investigate two-phase air-water counter-current flow limitations in two complex geometry test sections. One of the test sections was chosen to represent the complexity of CANDU feeders, at a 1:4 scale. In the second configuration, the effect of declining the horizontal parts of the test section was investigated. For the tested geometry, the results showed that the onset of flooding occurs at lower gas velocity as compared to those required to initiate flooding in vertical tubes or single 90 deg vertical bends. However, the critical gas velocity at the zero liquid penetration limit was found to be comparable to that of a 90 deg vertical bend. (author) 18 refs., 78 figs

  17. Study of water/air countercurrent flow through perforated plates

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    Understanding countercurrent flow limitation or flooding phenomenon is of great concern in nuclear safety analysis. A program is underway at CDTN/CNEN on emergency cooling of PWRs. Currently experimental research is oriented to a better understanding of the fluid dynamic process in the fuel element top nozzle area during a Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA). This paper reports flooding experiments carried out with air and water flowing along a vertical square channel internals consisting of a 5 X 5 rod bundle and eleven interchangeable perforated plates. Some empirical flooding models available in the literature are used to verify the data consistency. (author)

  18. Coherent Calculation for Air-Water Flow and Boiling Flow by Using CUPID Code

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    The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute has been developing a three-dimensional thermal-hydraulic code, called CUPID, which was motivated from practical needs for the realistic simulation of two-phase flows in nuclear reactor components. This paper presents coherent simulation of an air-water flow test and a sub-cooled boiling flow test, and the model implementation of related to them. The closure relations for the air-water flow and sub-cooled boiling flow are turbulence model, interfacial non-drag force, interfacial condensation, wall evaporation model, interfacial area transport equation, and so on

  19. Measurement of wall and interfacial friction factors for counter-current flow in porous bed

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    In the course of a severe accident, a debris bed is formed from once molten and fragmented fuel elements as observed in the Three-Mile Island unit-2 accident. The debris bed must be cooled to avoid further degradation of the core, since the degraded core releases decay heat. Even if the degraded core is in water, it cannot be judged that the degraded core would be coolable, since the degraded core may be melted again if dryout occurs. It is thus necessary to evaluate the dryout heat flux for the judgment of the coolability of the debris bed during the severe accident. Dryout phenomena in the debris bed is dominated by two-phase flow behavior in the debris bed. Especially, it is strongly affected by counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) in the debris bed. Therefore, it is important to know the flow characteristics of CCFL in the debris bed. If one hopes to analyze counter-current flow in the debris bed by using the same method as usual two-fluid model, it is necessary to know the interfacial and the wall friction factors. However, it is not clear that the correlations for interfacial and wall friction factor for a pipe can be used for counter-current flow in the debris beds. In order to determine the interfacial and wall friction factors, it is necessary to obtain wall and interfacial shear stresses. The wall and the interfacial shear stresses depend on the void fraction and differential pressure. However, at present, there is no available data for local void fraction and local pressure distribution in the debris bed at CCFL, since it is very difficult to measure the flow characteristics in the complex geometry such as the debris bed. In the present study, air-water CCFL experiment was conducted with a debris bed simulated with glass particles to measure the local void fraction and the local pressure distributions simultaneously as well as the flow rates for gas and liquid. The present experimental research succeed to measure the local void fraction under CCFL in

  20. Numerical simulation of countercurrent gas-liquid flow in a PWR hot leg using VOF method

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    In order to evaluate flow patterns and CCFL (countercurrent flow limitation) characteristics in a PWR hot leg under reflux condensation, numerical simulations have been done using a two-fluid model and a VOF (volume of fluid) method implemented in the CFD software, FLUENT6.3.26. The two-fluid model gave good agreement with CCFL data under low pressure conditions but did not give good results under high pressure steam-water conditions. On the other hand, the VOF method gave good agreement with CCFL data for tests with a rectangular channel but did not give good results for calculations in a circular channel. Therefore, in this paper, the computational grid and schemes were changed in the VOF method, numerical simulations were done for steam-water flows at 1.5 MPa under PWR full-scale conditions with the inner diameter of 0.75 m, and the calculated results were compared with the UPTF data at 1.5 MPa. As a result, the calculated flow pattern was found to be similar to the flow pattern observed in small-scale air-water tests, and the calculated CCFL characteristics agreed well with the UPTF data at 1.5 MPa except in the region of a large steam volumetric flux. (author)

  1. Flooding in vertical counter-current annular flow

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    The hydrodynamic characteristics of falling liquid films inside a vertical tube (50.8 mm ID and 244 cm high) with counter-current interfacial shear at the onset of flooding have been investigated experimentally. High speed video photography and a flow visualization technique were utilized to investigate the mechanisms involved in the initiation of the flooding phenomenon over a wide range of liquid film Reynolds number (ReL=Γ4/μ) from 1391 to 6584 at a distance of 150 cm from the liquid inlet. The present experimental data indicated neither the interfacial wave growth nor reversal in the wave propagation could be responsible for the initiation of flooding. Also the measured velocity profiles indicated only a slight reduction in liquid velocity within a narrow region very close to the gas-liquid interface, and no flow reversal in the liquid film at the measurement location.

  2. Flooding in vertical counter-current annular flow

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    The hydrodynamic characteristics of falling liquid films inside a vertical tube (50.8 mm ID and 244 cm high) with counter-current interfacial shear at the onset of flooding have been investigated experimentally. High speed video photography and a flow visualization technique were utilized to investigate the mechanisms involved in the initiation of the flooding phenomenon over a wide range of liquid film Reynolds number (ReL = 4Γ/μ) from 1391 to 6584 at a distance of 150 cm from the liquid inlet. The present experimental data indicated neither the interfacial wave growth nor reversal in the wave propagation could be responsible for the initiation of flooding. Also the measured velocity profiles indicated only a slight reduction in liquid velocity within a narrow region very close to the gas-liquid interface, and no flow reversal in the liquid film at the measurement location. (author)

  3. Stability of steam-water countercurrent stratified flow

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    Two flow instabilities which limit the normal condensation processes in countercurrent stratified steam-water flow have been identified experimentally: flooding and condensation-induced waterhammer. In order to initiate condensation-induced waterhammer in nearly horizontal or moderately-inclined steam/subcooled-water flow, two conditions, the appearance of a wavy interface and complete condensation of the incoming steam, are necessary. Analyses of these conditions are performed on a basis of flow stability and heat transfer considerations. Flooding data for several inclinations and channel heights are collected. Effects of condensation, inclination angle and channel height on the flooding characteristics are discussed. An envelope theory for the onset of flooding in inclined stratified flow is developed, which agrees well with the experimental data. Some empirical information on basic flow parameters, such as mean film thickness and interfacial friction factor required for this theory are measured. The previous viewpoints on flooding appear not to conflict with the present experimental data in nearly horizontal flow but the flooding phenomena in nearly vertical flow appear to be more complicated than those described by these viewpoints because of liquid droplet entrainment

  4. Auxiliary feedwater spreading and countercurrent flow flooding in a model once-through steam generator: Final report

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    Experiments were performed in a separate effects test facility to investigate auxiliary feedwater spreading and counter-current flow flooding in a once-through steam generator model. The test objectives were to investigate: (1) flooding at the tube support plate, (2) spreading of the auxiliary feedwater across the tubes, (3) tube wetting characteristics, and (4) droplet entrainment in the exit steam flow. Eighty tests were performed in three phases involving air-water and steam-water experiments. The tests covered a wide range of auxiliary feedwater flow, air/steam flow, primary side water temperature, and flow rate. A scaling analysis was performed, based on a falling film mathematical model, which guided the selection of test conditions and subsequent data analysis. Experimental measurements and visual observations showed that: (1) entrainment was negligible, (2) spreading of the auxiliary feedwater and tube wetting depend mainly on the auxiliary feedwater injection rate, and (3) evaporation at the tube support plate controls flooding. The analysis showed, and the experiments confirmed, that there are two scaling parameters which control counter-current flow flooding in the passages of the tube support plate. A flooding regime map was constructed which showed the boundaries of the no-flooding and flooding regions as a function of these two scaling parameters

  5. Countercurrent flow limited (CCFL) heat flux in the high flux isotope reactor (HFIR) fuel element

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    The countercurrent flow (CCF) performance in the fuel element region of the HFIR is examined experimentally and theoretically. The fuel element consists of two concentric annuli filled with aluminum clad fuel plates of 1.27 mm thickness separated by 1.27 mm flow channels. The plates are curved as they go radially outward to accomplish constant flow channel width and constant metal-to-coolant ratio. A full-scale HFIR fuel element mock-up is studied in an adiabatic air-water CCF experiment. A review of CCF models for narrow channels is presented along with the treatment of CCFs in system of parallel channels. The experimental results are related to the existing models and a mechanistic model for the ''annular'' CCF in a narrow channel is developed that captures the data trends well. The results of the experiment are used to calculate the CCFL heat flux of the HFIR fuel assembly. It was determined that the HFIR fuel assembly can reject 0.62 Mw of thermal power in the CCFL situation. 31 refs., 17 figs

  6. Wall pressure measurements of flooding in vertical countercurrent annular air–water flow

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    Choutapalli, I., Vierow, K.

    2010-01-01

    An experimental study of flooding in countercurrent air-water annular flow in a large diameter vertical tube using wall pressure measurements is described in this paper. Axial pressure profiles along the length of the test section were measured up to and after flooding using fast response pressure transducers for three representative liquid flow rates representing a wide range of liquid Reynolds numbers (ReL = 4Γ/μ; Γ is the liquid mass flow rate per unit perimeter; μ is the dynamic viscosity) from 3341 to 19,048. The results show that flooding in large diameter tubes cannot be initiated near the air outlet and is only initiated near the air inlet. Fourier analysis of the wall pressure measurements shows that up to the point of flooding, there is no dominant wave frequency but rather a band of frequencies encompassing both the low frequency and the broad band that are responsible for flooding. The data indicates that flooding in large diameter vertical tubes may be caused by the constructive superposition of a plurality of waves rather than the action of a single large-amplitude wave.

  7. A new flooding correlation development and its critical heat flux predictions under low air-water flow conditions in Savannah River Site assembly channels

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    The upper limit to countercurrent flow, namely, flooding, is important to analyze the reactor coolability during an emergency cooling system (ECS) phase as a result of a large-break loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA) such as a double-ended guillotine break in the Savannah River Site (SRS) reactor system. During normal operation, the reactor coolant system utilizes downward flow through concentric heated tubes with ribs, which subdivided each annular channel into four subchannels. In this paper, a new flooding correlation has been developed based on the analytical models and literature data for adiabatic, steady-state, one-dimensional, air-water flow to predict flooding phenomenon in the SRS reactor assembly channel, which may have a counter-current air-water flow pattern during the ECS phase. In addition, the correlation was benchmarked against the experimental data conducted under the Oak Ridge National Laboratory multislit channel, which is close to the SRS assembly geometry. Furthermore, the correlation has also been used as a constitutive relationship in a new two-component two-phase thermal-hydraulics code FLOWTRAN-TF, which has been developed for a detailed analysis of SRS reactor assembly behavior during LOCA scenarios. Finally, the flooding correlation was applied to the predictions of critical heat flux, and the results were compared with the data taken by the SRS heat transfer laboratory under a single annular channel with ribs and a multiannular prototypic test rig

  8. Propagation of density disturbances in air-water flow

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    Nassos, G. P.

    1969-01-01

    Study investigated the behavior of density waves propagating vertically in an atmospheric pressure air-water system using a technique based on the correlation between density change and electric resistivity. This information is of interest to industries working with heat transfer systems and fluid power and control systems.

  9. Condensation experiments for counter-current flow limitation at lower end of an inverted U-tube

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    Counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) characteristics at the lower end of an inverted U-tube (18.4 mm diameter and 1.0 m length of straight-part) simulating steam generator (SG) U-tubes were measured under the conditions of steam condensation at atmospheric pressure and were compared with those measured in air-water experiments to evaluate effects of condensation. Steam was supplied to the inverted U-tube at a constant volume flow rate QG, the volume flow rate QL of water flowing into the lower tank was measured, and the relationship between QG and QL were expressed in terms of the Wallis parameters. Pressure drops ΔP between the top of the inverted U-tube and the lower tank were also measured, and flow patterns were estimated by comparing the fluctuation of ΔP with that in air-water experiments. As a result, the flow patterns under CCFL conditions were classified into three types, CCFL-P, CCFL-L and CCFL-T, in which CCFL took place inside the pipe, at the lower end and either in the pipes or at the lower end, respectively. In the cases of CCFL-P and CCFL-L, CCFL characteristics in the inverted U-tube agreed well with those in the air-water experiments. This implies that the CCFL correlation derived from the air-water experiments could be applied to the inverted U-tube under the conditions of steam condensation. (author)

  10. Transition from slug to annular flow in horizontal air-water flow

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    The transition from slug to annular flow in horizontal air-water and steam-water flow was investigated. Test sections of 50; 66.6 and 80 mm ID were used. The system pressure was 0.2 and 0.5 MPa in the air-water experiments and 2.5; 5; 7.5 and 10 MPa in the steam-water experiments. For flow pattern detection local impedance probes were used. This method was compared in a part of the experiments with differential pressure and gamma-beam measurements. The flow regime boundary is shifting strongly to smaller values of the superficial gas velocity with increasing pressure. Correlations from literature fit unsatisfactorily the experimental results. A new correlation is presented. (orig.)

  11. Optimum axial flow taper in a countercurrent gas centrifuge

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    Von Halle, E.

    1979-02-01

    The effect of an axially varying countercurrent circulation rate in a gas centrifuge on the efficiency factors, e/sub I/, the ideality efficiency, and e/sub C/, the circulation efficiency, is investigated and compared with the case in which the countercurrent circulation rate is constant throughout the centrifuge. The optimum variation of the centrifuge parameter m, which is a measure of the countercurrent circulation rate, as a function of axial position in the centrifuge is determined. It is shown that when the countercurrent circulation rate has its optimum value at every axial position in the centrifuge, the product of the efficiency factors, e/sub I/ x e/sub C/, can exceed 81 per cent, the nominal upper limit of the value of the product of the efficiency factors for a constant countercurrent circulation rate, and can be quite close to unity. This is illustrated by numerical examples based on a centrifuge previously described in the literature.

  12. Estimation of shear stress in counter-current annular flow

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    The accuracy to which the friction factor is correlated is important in counter-current flow (CCF) analysis using a two-fluid model. Current two-fluid model codes use correlations of friction factors developed for co-current flow, or correlations developed on the assumption of zero wall shear stress. An assessment of two-fluid model codes with these existing correlations shows that the downward flow rate of water is overestimated. An analytical model is developed to calculate the shear stress profile in a liquid film of the CCF in order to obtain information on the shear stress between the interface and the wall. Both this analysis and Bharathan's CCF data show that the wall shear stress acting on the falling water film is approximately of same order as the interfacial shear stress, and the correlation for co-current flow cannot be applied to CCF. Tentative correlations of interfacial and wall friction factors are developed based on the results of the present study. (author)

  13. Assessment of TRAC-PF1/MOD1 for countercurrent - annular and stratified flows

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    I performed an independent assessment of the Transient Reactor Analysis Code, TRAC-PF1/MOD1, using air-water countercurrent-flow limitation data in circular pipes for annular, annular-mist, and stratified flows. Tubes were configurated in the vertical direction with different lengths and diameters and at angles of 60 deg, 40 deg, 20 deg, and 0 deg from the horizontal, respectively. Also, comparisons were made with data from a horizontal tube with an inclined riser at the end that simulated a pressurized water reactor (PWR) hot leg. TRAC-PF1/MOD1 was modified to study the effects of using two different correlations for interfacial shear in the annular-mist flow regime: the Wallis and Bharathan correlations. TRAC-PF1/MOD1 with the Wallis correlation predicts the point of no water penetration (bypass point) in the annular-mist flow regime except for the 40 deg inclined tube. However, for the region of partial water penetration, use of the Bharathan correlation in TRAC-PF1/MOD1 gives better agreement with data. Additional form losses were required at both ends of the tube to predict the flow rate of falling water accurately for the vertical tube. In the stratified-flow regime, TRAC-PF1/MOD1 underpredicts the air velocity which gives the bypass point but gives good agreement for the region of partial penetration. For the case of a simulated PWR hot leg, the code yields similar results to those obtained for the stratified-flow regime. (author)

  14. A three-fluid model for the simulation of counter-current stratified flows in the hot leg of a pressurized water reactor

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    A three-fluid model of counter-current air-water flow is suggested. The accurate prediction of droplet entrainment in two-phase flows is relevant to calculate interfacial exchange between the fluids. The present study delivers a model based on the constitutive physics for droplet separation considering re-entrainment of the dispersed water droplets into the continuous water film. A monodisperse distribution of the droplets is taken into account by means of a transport equation for the droplet number density in order to determine the droplet size. (authors)

  15. Local properties of countercurrent stratified steam-water flow

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    A study of steam condensation in countercurrent stratified flow of steam and subcooled water has been carried out in a rectangular channel/flat plate geometry over a wide range of inclination angles (40-870) at several aspect ratios. Variables were inlet water and steam flow rates, and inlet water temperature. Local condensation rates and pressure gradients were measured, and local condensation heat transfer coefficients and interfacial shear stress were calculated. Contact probe traverses of the surface waves were made, which allowed a statistical analysis of the wave properties. The local condensation Nusselt number was correlated in terms of local water and steam Reynolds or Froude numbers, as well as the liquid Prandtl number. A turbulence-centered model developed by Theofanous, et al. principally for gas absorption in several geometries, was modified. A correlation for the interfacial shear stress and the pressure gradient agreed with measured values. Mean water layer thicknesses were calculated. Interfacial wave parameters, such as the mean water layer thickness, liquid fraction probability distribution, wave amplitude and wave frequency, are analyzed

  16. Two-phase air-water stratified flow measurement using ultrasonic techniques

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    Fan, Shiwei; Yan, Tinghu; Yeung, Hoi

    2014-04-01

    In this paper, a time resolved ultrasound system was developed for investigating two-phase air-water stratified flow. The hardware of the system includes a pulsed wave transducer, a pulser/receiver, and a digital oscilloscope. The time domain cross correlation method is used to calculate the velocity profile along ultrasonic beam. The system is able to provide velocities with spatial resolution of around 1mm and the temporal resolution of 200μs. Experiments were carried out on single phase water flow and two-phase air-water stratified flow. For single phase water flow, the flow rates from ultrasound system were compared with those from electromagnetic flow (EM) meter, which showed good agreement. Then, the experiments were conducted on two-phase air-water stratified flow and the results were given. Compared with liquid height measurement from conductance probe, it indicated that the measured velocities were explainable.

  17. Applicability of annular flow model to countercurrent flow in debris beds consisting of large particles

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    Countercurrent flow limitation (CCFL) is the dominant dryout phenomenon in a debris bed that may be formed during a severe accident such as that observed at Three Mile Island unit 2. The actual CCFL situation in a debris bed is very complex, and it is difficult to treat. An annular flow model was developed to predict CCFL in a pipe. If a hypothetical flow channel were assumed, CCFL in a debris bed could be treated in the same manner as CCFL in a pipe. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether the annular flow model developed for CCFL in a pipe is applicable for CCFL in a debris bed

  18. CFD studies on the phenomena around counter-current flow limitations of gas/liquid two-phase flow in a model of a PWR hot leg

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    Deendarlianto, E-mail: deendarlianto@ugm.ac.id [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Institute of Safety Research, P.O. Box 510 119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Gadjah Mada University, Jalan Grafika No. 2, Yogyakarta 55281 (Indonesia); Hoehne, Thomas; Lucas, Dirk; Vallee, Christophe [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Institute of Safety Research, P.O. Box 510 119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Zabala, Gustavo Adolfo Montoya [Department of Chemical Engineering, Simon Bolivar University, Valle of Sartenejas, Caracas 1080 (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)

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    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We modelled CCFL in a PWR hot leg using Algebraic Interfacial Area Density model. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The model is able to distinguish the local flow morphologies. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Test fluids are air-water and steam-water. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Calculated CCFL and water level are in good agreement with experimental data. - Abstract: In order to improve the understanding of counter-current two-phase flow and to validate new physical models, CFD simulations of a 1/3rd scale model of the hot leg of a German Konvoi pressurized water reactor (PWR) with rectangular cross section were performed. Selected counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) experiments conducted at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) were calculated with ANSYS CFX using the multi-fluid Euler-Euler modelling approach. The transient calculations were carried out using a gas/liquid inhomogeneous multiphase flow model coupled with a shear stress transport (SST) turbulence model. In the simulation, the drag law was approached by a newly developed correlation of the drag coefficient in the Algebraic Interfacial Area Density (AIAD) model. The model can distinguish the bubbles, droplets and the free surface using the local liquid phase volume fraction value. A comparison with the high-speed video observations shows a good qualitative agreement. The results indicate also a quantitative agreement between calculations and experimental data for the CCFL characteristics and the water level inside the hot leg channel.

  19. Calculation of the separate parameters of a countercurrent centrifuge with an axially varying internal flow

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    A review of the isotope separation theory for the countercurrent gas centrifuge is presented. The diffusion-convection equation is solved according to the ONSAGER-COHEN solution for the constant internal flow and adapted to an axially varying countercurrent flow. Based on that theory, a numerical program is developed for the calculation of the isotopic compositions and the separative parameters of the centrifuge. The influence of the feed flow and the internal parameters. Like cut and countercurrent flow, on the separative parameters is then analysed for a model-centrifuge, which afterwards is optimized with respect to its separative power. Finally, a comparison between the present calculation procedure and some published results, provided by different theories, shows deviations lower then 20%. (author)

  20. The effects of surface tension on flooding in counter-current two-phase flow in an inclined tube

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    Deendarlianto [Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Gadjah Mada University, Jalan Grafika No.2 Yogyakarta 55281 (Indonesia); Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Institute of Safety Research, P.O. Box 510 119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Ousaka, Akiharu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tokushima, 2-1 Minami Josanjima, Tokushima 770-8506 (Japan); Indarto [Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Gadjah Mada University, Jalan Grafika No.2 Yogyakarta 55281 (Indonesia); Kariyasaki, Akira [Department of Chemical Engineering, Fukuoka University, 8-19-1, Jyonan-ku, Fukuoka 814-0180 (Japan); Lucas, Dirk; Vallee, Christophe [Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Institute of Safety Research, P.O. Box 510 119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Vierow, Karen; Hogan, Kevin [Department of Nuclear Engineering Texas A and M University, 129 Zachry Engineering Center, 3133 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-3133 (United States)

    2010-10-15

    The purpose of the present study is to investigate the effects of surface tension on flooding phenomena in counter-current two-phase flow in an inclined tube. Previous studies by other researchers have shown that surface tension has a stabilizing effect on the falling liquid film under certain conditions and a destabilizing or unclear trend under other conditions. Experimental results are reported herein for air-water systems in which a surfactant has been added to vary the liquid surface tension without altering other liquid properties. The flooding section is a tube of 16 mm in inner diameter and 1.1 m length, inclined at 30-60 from horizontal. The flooding mechanisms were observed by using two high-speed video cameras and by measuring the time variation of liquid hold-up along the test tube. The results show that effects of surface tension are significant. The gas velocity needed to induce flooding is lower for a lower surface tension. There was no upward motion of the air-water interfacial waves upon flooding occurrence, even for lower a surface tension. Observations on the liquid film behavior after flooding occurred suggest that the entrainment of liquid droplets plays an important role in the upward transport of liquid. Finally, an empirical correlation for flooding velocities is proposed that includes functional dependencies on surface tension and tube inclination. (author)

  1. Numerical simulation of air-water two-phase flow over stepped spillways

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    CHENG; Xiangju; CHEN; Yongcan

    2006-01-01

    Stepped spillways for significant energy dissipation along the chute have gained interest and popularity among researchers and dam engineers. Due to the complexity of air-water two-phase flow over stepped spillways, the finite volume computational fluid dynamics module of the FLUENT software was used to simulate the main characteristics of the flow. Adopting the RNG k-ε turbulence model, the mixture flow model for air-water two-phase flow was used to simulate the flow field over stepped spillway with the PISO arithmetic technique. The numerical result successfully reproduced the complex flow over a stepped spillway of an experiment case, including the interaction between entrained air bubbles and cavity recirculation in the skimming flow regime, velocity distribution and the pressure profiles on the step surface as well. The result is helpful for understanding the detailed information about energy dissipation over stepped spillways.

  2. Numerical simulation using CFD software of countercurrent gas-liquid flow in a PWR hot leg under reflux condensation

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    Utanohara, Yoichi, E-mail: utanohara@inss.co.j [Institute of Nuclear Safety System, Inc., 64 Sata, Mihama-cho, Mikata-gun, Fukui 919-1205 (Japan); Kinoshita, Ikuo, E-mail: kinoshita@inss.co.j [Institute of Nuclear Safety System, Inc., 64 Sata, Mihama-cho, Mikata-gun, Fukui 919-1205 (Japan); Murase, Michio, E-mail: murase@inss.co.j [Institute of Nuclear Safety System, Inc., 64 Sata, Mihama-cho, Mikata-gun, Fukui 919-1205 (Japan); Minami, Noritoshi, E-mail: minami.noritoshi@c4.kepco.co.j [Kansai Electric Power Company, Inc., Mihama-cho, Mikata-gun, Fukui 919-1141 (Japan); Nariai, Toshifumi [Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, Nada, Kobe 657-8501 (Japan); Tomiyama, Akio, E-mail: tomiyama@people.kobe-u.ac.j [Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, Nada, Kobe 657-8501 (Japan)

    2011-05-15

    Research highlights: The wave height measurements indicated the interfacial drag force mainly consisted of form drag. The resolution of the computational cell affected the CCFL characteristics. The interfacial drag correlations employed in this study can be applied to PWR scale simulations. - Abstract: In order to improve the countercurrent flow model of a transient analysis code, countercurrent air-water tests were previously conducted using a 1/15 scale model of the PWR hot leg and numerical simulations of the tests were carried out using the two-fluid model implemented in the CFD software FLUENT 6.3.26. The predicted flow patterns and CCFL characteristics agreed well with the experimental data. However, the validation of the interfacial drag correlation used in the two-fluid model was still insufficient, especially regarding the applicability to actual PWR conditions. In this study, we measured water levels and wave heights in the 1/15 scale setup to understand the characteristics of the interfacial drag, and we considered a relationship between the wave height and the interfacial drag coefficient. Numerical simulations to examine the effects of cell size and interfacial drag correlations on numerical predictions were conducted under PWR plant conditions. Wave heights strongly related with the water level and interfacial drag coefficient, which indicates that the interfacial drag force mainly consists of form drag. The cell size affected the gas velocity at the onset of flooding in the process of increasing gas flow rate. The gas volumetric fluxes at CCFL predicted using fine cells were higher than those using normal cells. On the other hand, the cell size did not have a significant influence on the process of decreasing gas flow rate. The predictions for the PWR condition using a reference set of interfacial drag correlations agreed well with the Upper Plenum Test Facility data of the PWR scale experiment in the region of medium gas volumetric fluxes. The

  3. Linear and nonlinear instability in vertical counter-current laminar gas-liquid flows

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    Schmidt, Patrick; Ó Náraigh, Lennon; Lucquiaud, Mathieu; Valluri, Prashant

    2016-04-01

    We consider the genesis and dynamics of interfacial instability in vertical gas-liquid flows, using as a model the two-dimensional channel flow of a thin falling film sheared by counter-current gas. The methodology is linear stability theory (Orr-Sommerfeld analysis) together with direct numerical simulation of the two-phase flow in the case of nonlinear disturbances. We investigate the influence of two main flow parameters on the interfacial dynamics, namely the film thickness and pressure drop applied to drive the gas stream. To make contact with existing studies in the literature, the effect of various density contrasts is also examined. Energy budget analyses based on the Orr-Sommerfeld theory reveal various coexisting unstable modes (interfacial, shear, internal) in the case of high density contrasts, which results in mode coalescence and mode competition, but only one dynamically relevant unstable interfacial mode for low density contrast. A study of absolute and convective instability for low density contrast shows that the system is absolutely unstable for all but two narrow regions of the investigated parameter space. Direct numerical simulations of the same system (low density contrast) show that linear theory holds up remarkably well upon the onset of large-amplitude waves as well as the existence of weakly nonlinear waves. For high density contrasts, corresponding more closely to an air-water-type system, linear stability theory is also successful at determining the most-dominant features in the interfacial wave dynamics at early-to-intermediate times. Nevertheless, the short waves selected by the linear theory undergo secondary instability and the wave train is no longer regular but rather exhibits chaotic motion. The same linear stability theory predicts when the direction of travel of the waves changes — from downwards to upwards. We outline the practical implications of this change in terms of loading and flooding. The change in direction of the

  4. EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF AIR-WATER TWO-PHASE FLOW IN PARALLEL HELICALLY COILED PIPES

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    Panella, Bruno

    2012-01-01

    The air-water two-phase flow in a 12 mm inner diameter parallel helically coiled pipes is investigated with three different coils diameters. Void fraction, flow rate distribution and two-phase pressure drops along the pipes in the parallel channels are measured. The test two-phase pressure drops are compared with theoretical ones, in terms of multipliers and friction factors. The instabilities arisen during the experimental tests are investigated and are related to the void fraction and flow ...

  5. Air-water upward flow in prismatic channel of rectangular base

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    Experiments had carried out to investigate the two-phase upward air-water flow structure, in a rectangular test section, by using independent measuring techniques, which comprise direct viewing and photography, electrical probes and gamma-ray attenuation. Flow pattern maps and correlations for flow pattern transitions, void fraction profiles, liquid film thickness and superficial average void fraction are proposed and compared to available data. (Author)

  6. Countercurrent flow limitations in horizontal stratified flows of air and water

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    During a postulated loss-of-coolant-accident (LOCA) in a pressurized water reactor (PWR) it is of vital importance that the reactor core remains properly cooled. The emergency core cooling system (ECCS) in German PWRs compensates the loss of coolant with injection of additional coolant into the cold legs as well as into the hot legs. While the coolant is injected in the cold legs through nozzles, the hot leg injection is performed by means of a secondary pipe placed at the bottom of the pipe of the primary circuit. The subject of this thesis concerns the latter case. The liquid injected into the hot leg flows directly into the core from its upper part and constitutes a rapid delivery of coolant into the reactor core at high mass flow rate. However, saturated steam is generated in the reactor core due to depressurization of the primary system and flows out of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) into the hot leg. Therefore, a countercurrent stratified flow of injected coolant and saturated steam occurs along one and a half meter inside the hot leg before the coolant reaches the RPV. This horizontal stratified countercurrent flow of coolant and steam is only stable for a certain range of coolant and steam mass flow rates. Even if the coolant is injected at very high velocities and high Froude numbers, there is always a threshold steam velocity above which the cooling of the reactor core can be reduced or complete interrupted. This phenomenon is known in two-phase flow science as countercurrent flow limitation (CCFL), since there is a limitation of liquid delivery due to the presence of a gas phase flowing countercurrently to the liquid phase. CCFL in reflux condensation cooling was more investigated than in ECC in the hot leg. For this purpose, the test facility WENKA was built at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (Germany) to investigate for which flow conditions CCFL poses a safety risk during hot leg injection and to provide experimental data to support the analysis

  7. Hydrodynamic behaviour of a gas—solid counter-current packed column at trickle flow

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    Roes, A.W.M.; Swaaij, van W.P.M.

    1979-01-01

    Trickle flow of a more or less fluidized catalyst through a packed column is a promising new gas—solid counter-current operation. The hydrodynamic, behaviour of such a column, filled with dumped PALL rings, has been investigated, while some results have been obtained with RASCHIG rings and cylindric

  8. Flooding and hysteresis effects in nearly-horizontal countercurrent stratified steam-water flow

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    Experimental data are presented on flooding transitions, together with a countercurrent-flow regime map for nearly-horizontal (theta 4.0) stratified steam-water flow. The influence of condensation on the initiation and basic mechanisms of flooding is explored. The mechanism of hysteresis effects owing to condensation, which are observed during the partial delivery stage in a steam/subcooled water flow, are also investigated. (author)

  9. Videometric void measurement in counter-current and stratified tow-phase flows

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    Due to a small leak (SBLOCA) in the cold leg of a PWR reactor with long failure of all coolant injection systems the reflux condenser mode can be important. This can occur if due to the loss of coolant only steam from the upper plenum flows into the hot leg into the steam generator. The steam condensate and flows at least partially back through the hot leg into the reactor pressure vessel (RPV). This counter-current two-phase flow in the hot leg can induce flow instabilities that impede the backflow of the water into the RPV. This counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) phenomenon is studied by a new videometric method. The determination of the local gas volume fraction was compared with electrical contact probe measurements.

  10. Physical modelling and scale effects of air-water flows on stepped spillways

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    CHANSON Hubert; GONZALEZ Carlos A.

    2005-01-01

    During the last three decades, the introduction of new construction materials (e.g. RCC (Roller Compacted Concrete),strengthened gabions) has increased the interest for stepped channels and spillways. However stepped chute hydraulics is not simple, because of different flow regimes and importantly because of very-strong interactions between entrained air and turbulence. In this study, new air-water flow measurements were conducted in two large-size stepped chute facilities with two step heights in each facility to study experimental distortion caused by scale effects and the soundness of result extrapolation to prototypes. Experimental data included distributions of air concentration, air-water flow velocity, bubble frequency, bubble chord length and air-water flow turbulence intensity. For a Froude similitude, the results implied that scale effects were observed in both facilities, although the geometric scaling ratio was only Lr=2 in each case. The selection of the criterion for scale effects is a critical issue. For example, major differences (i.e. scale effects) were observed in terms of bubble chord sizes and turbulence levels although little scale effects were seen in terms of void fraction and velocity distributions. Overall the findings emphasize that physical modelling of stepped chutes based upon a Froude similitude is more sensitive to scale effects than classical smooth-invert chute studies, and this is consistent with basic dimensional analysis developed herein.

  11. Liquid mean velocity and turbulence in a horizontal air-water bubbly flow

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    2003-01-01

    The liquid phase turbulent structure of an air-water bubbly horizontal flow in a circular pipe has been investigated experimentally. Three-dimensional measurements were implemented with two "X" type probes oriented in different planes, and local liquid-phase velocities and turbulent stresses were simultaneously obtained. Systematic measurements were conducted covering a range of local void fraction from 0 to 11.7%. The important experiment results and parametric trends are summarized and discussed.

  12. Computational approach to characterize the mass transfer between the counter-current gas-liquid flow

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    Xu, Y.Y.; Yuan, J.Q. [Department of Automation, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai (China); Paschke, S.; Wozny, G. [Department of Process Dynamics and Operation, TU Berlin (Germany); Repke, J.U.

    2009-08-15

    Structured packed columns are widely used in the chemical industry for distillation and absorption. However, the understanding of the transfer mechanism behind the counter-current gas-liquid flow in structured packed columns is still limited. In this work, a three-dimensional CFD model that considers the local absorption and the local momentum transfer mechanism is developed for a film flow on a small plate with a counter-current gas flow. The model, based on the volume of fluid (VOF) method, is built up on the basis of a pressure drop model and the penetration theory to quantitatively investigate the instantaneous hydrodynamics and mass transfer characteristics of the liquid phase. Simulations and experiments are carried out for a system consisting of propane and toluene. A comparison of the simulation results with the experimental data for the outlet concentrations shows good agreement. (Abstract Copyright [2009], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  13. Sensitivity study of poisson corruption in tomographic measurements for air-water flows

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    Munshi, P. (Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing, Saarbrucken (Germany)); Vaidya, M.S. (Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (India))

    1993-01-01

    An application of computerized tomography (CT) for measuring void fraction profiles in two-phase air-water flows was reported earlier. Those attempts involved some special radial methods for tomographic reconstruction and the popular convolution backprojection (CBP) method. The CBP method is capable of reconstructing void profiles for nonsymmetric flows also. In this paper, we investigate the effect of corrupted CT data for gamma-ray sources and aCBP algorithm. The corruption in such a case is due to the statistical (Poisson) nature of the source.

  14. Sensitivity study of poisson corruption in tomographic measurements for air-water flows

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    An application of computerized tomography (CT) for measuring void fraction profiles in two-phase air-water flows was reported earlier. Those attempts involved some special radial methods for tomographic reconstruction and the popular convolution backprojection (CBP) method. The CBP method is capable of reconstructing void profiles for nonsymmetric flows also. In this paper, we investigate the effect of corrupted CT data for gamma-ray sources and aCBP algorithm. The corruption in such a case is due to the statistical (Poisson) nature of the source

  15. Portraying the countercurrent flow on packings by three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics simulations

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    Xu, Y.Y. [Department of Automation, Shanghai JiaoTong University, Shanghai (China); Department of Process Dynamics and Operation, TU Berlin (Germany); Paschke, S.; Wozny, G. [Department of Process Dynamics and Operation, TU Berlin (Germany); Yuan, J.Q. [Department of Automation, Shanghai JiaoTong University, Shanghai (China); Repke, J.U.

    2008-10-15

    The design of packed columns requires the detailed description of the hydrodynamics on the surface of the packings. To analyze the local flow behavior of the liquid phase, a three-dimensional Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model was developed that applies to the two-phase countercurrent flow on an inclined and flat plate. This model, based on the volume-of-fluid (VOF) method, considers the gravity, the surface tension and the drag force between the two phases. The development of such a model allows investigation of the influences of the liquid and gas flow rates on the flow behavior such as the film flow and the rivulet flow. A validation of the model was performed using data from the literature and from experiments conducted in this work. Simulation and experimental results demonstrate that the specific wetted area on the plate decreases with decreasing liquid load. Moreover, CFD simulations reveal that the presence of the countercurrent gas phase tends to increase the fluctuation and the thickness of the film flow, which is in accordance with experimental data. It also affects the flow behavior of the rivulet flow and changes the velocity profiles for both film and rivulet flow behavior. On the other hand, the simulation results indicate that CFD is a potent tool for analyzing and investigating the flow phenomena in chemical engineering. (Abstract Copyright [2008], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  16. Two-phase air-water flows:Scale effects in physical modeling

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    PFISTER Michael; CHANSON Hubert

    2014-01-01

    Physical modeling represents probably the oldest design tool in hydraulic engineering together with analytical approaches. In free surface flows, the similitude based upon a Froude similarity allows for a correct representation of the dominant forces, namely gravity and inertia. As a result fluid flow properties such as the capillary forces and the viscous forces might be incorrectly reproduced, affecting the air entrainment and transport capacity of a high-speed model flow. Small physical models operating under a Froude similitude systematically underestimate the air entrainment rate and air-water interfacial properties. To limit scale effects, minimal values of Reynolds or Weber number have to be respected. The present article summarizes the physical background of such limitations and their combination in terms of the Morton number. Based upon a literature review, the existing limits are presented and discussed, resulting in a series of more conservative recommendations in terms of air concentration scaling. For other air-water flow parameters, the selection of the criteria to assess scale effects is critical because some parameters (e.g., bubble sizes, turbulent scales) can be affected by scale effects, even in relatively large laboratory models.

  17. Quasi 3-D measurements of turbulence structure in horizontal air-water bubbly flow

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    Quasi 3-D measurements of the turbulence structure of air-water bubbly flow in a horizontal tube with 35 mm i.d. are undertaken with two TSI 'X''-type hot-film probes. The turbulent fluctuations, uf,vf,wf, in axial, radial and circumferential directions, respectively, and Reynolds tresses -UV-bar and -u w-bar are obtained. It is found that in the lower portion of the tube, the profiles of turbulent fluctuation and Reynolds tress resemble those of single phase flow; whereas in the upper portion of he tube, where the bubble population is high, the turbulence, especially the circumferential fluctuation wf, is substantially enhanced, and the radial turbulence assumes highest value in the radial position -0.7< r/R<0.5. The magnitudes of Reynolds stresses -u w-bar and -UV-bar in our measurements are in the same level except in the lower portion of the tube where -u w-bar assumes a value close to zero as is the case in single phase flow and vertical air-water bubbly flow

  18. Developments in the research of air-water two-phase flows in turbomachinery

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    Recently, engineering problems associated with two-phase flows in turbomachinery have become increasingly important in relation to the safety analysis of nuclear reactors or the usage of low quality energy resources; the research on this subject has been promoted. It is a really knotty problem caused by the multiform flow patterns as well as the variety of its applications. However, the mechanics in two-phase machines may involve similar phenomena. In this paper, developments of the research of air-water mixtures in turbomachinery will be briefly reviewed, and the mechanics of two-phase flows in rotating flow fields and the prediction methods of the performance of turbomachinery based on some analytical models are discussed. (author)

  19. Two-group interfacial area transport in vertical air-water flow -II. Model evaluation

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    In a companion paper, mechanistic models of major fluid particle interaction phenomena involving two bubble groups have been proposed. The prediction of interfacial area concentration evolution using the one-dimensional two-group transport equation and evaluation with experimental results are performed in the paper. These evaluations are based on solid databases for a 2-inch air-water loop with sufficient information on the axial development and the radial distribution of the local parameters. Model evaluation strategies are systematically analyzed. The predictions for the interfacial area concentration evolution demonstrate satisfactory accuracy. The proposed model predicts a smooth transition across the bubbly-to-slug flow regime boundary and demonstrates mechanisms for the generation and development of the cap/slug bubble group. The two-group interfacial area transport equation covers a wide range from bubbly, slug, to churn turbulent flow regimes for adiabatic air-water upward flow in moderate diameter pipes. The generality of the interfacial transport model is also discussed

  20. Structure of air-water two-phase flow in helically coiled tubes

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    Air-water two-phase flow in helically coiled tubes is investigated experimentally to elucidate the effects of centrifugal acceleration on the flow regime map and the spatial and the temporal flow structure distribution. Three kinds of test tubes with 20 mm inner diameters including a straight tube are used to compare the turbulent flow structure. Superficial velocities up to 6 m/s are tested so that the centrifugal Froude number covers a range from 0 to 3. The interfacial structure is photographed from two directions by a high-speed video system with synchronized measurement of local pressure fluctuations. The results reveal that the flow transition line alters due to centrifugal force acting on the liquid phase in the tube. In particular, the bubbly flow regime is narrowed significantly. The pressure fluctuation amplitude gets large relatively to the average pressure loss as void fraction increases. The frequency spectra of the pressure fluctuation have plural peaks in the case of strong curvature, implying that the periodicity of slugging two-phase flow is collapsed by an internal secondary flow activated inside the liquid phase. Moreover, under large Froude number conditions, the substantial velocity of the gas phase that biases to the inner side of the helical coil is slower than the total superficial velocity because the liquid flow is allowed to pass through the outer side and so resembles a radial stratified flow

  1. Study of interfacial area transport and sensitivity analysis for air-water bubbly flow

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    The interfacial area transport equation applicable to the bubbly flow is presented. The model is evaluated against the data acquired by the state-of-the-art miniaturized double-sensor conductivity probe in an adiabatic air-water co-current vertical test loop under atmospheric pressure condition. In general, a good agreement, within the measurement error of plus/minus 10%, is observed for a wide range in the bubbly flow regime. The sensitivity analysis on the individual particle interaction mechanisms demonstrates the active interactions between the bubbles and highlights the mechanisms playing the dominant role in interfacial area transport. The analysis employing the drift flux model is also performed for the data acquired. Under the given flow conditions, the distribution parameter of 1.076 yields the best fit to the data

  2. Study of interfacial area transport and sensitivity analysis for air-water bubbly flow

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    Kim, S.; Sun, X.; Ishii, M.; Beus, S.G.

    2000-09-01

    The interfacial area transport equation applicable to the bubbly flow is presented. The model is evaluated against the data acquired by the state-of-the-art miniaturized double-sensor conductivity probe in an adiabatic air-water co-current vertical test loop under atmospheric pressure condition. In general, a good agreement, within the measurement error of plus/minus 10%, is observed for a wide range in the bubbly flow regime. The sensitivity analysis on the individual particle interaction mechanisms demonstrates the active interactions between the bubbles and highlights the mechanisms playing the dominant role in interfacial area transport. The analysis employing the drift flux model is also performed for the data acquired. Under the given flow conditions, the distribution parameter of 1.076 yields the best fit to the data.

  3. Interfacial structures of confined air-water two-phase bubbly flow

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    Kim, S.; Ishii, M.; Wu, Q.; McCreary, D.; Beus, S.G.

    2000-08-01

    The interfacial structure of the two-phase flows is of great importance in view of theoretical modeling and practical applications. In the present study, the focus is made on obtaining detailed local two-phase parameters in the air-water bubbly flow in a rectangular vertical duct using the double-sensor conductivity probe. The characteristic wall-peak is observed in the profiles of the interracial area concentration and the void fraction. The development of the interfacial area concentration along the axial direction of the flow is studied in view of the interfacial area transport and bubble interactions. The experimental data is compared with the drift flux model with C{sub 0} = 1.35.

  4. Experimental study of flow monitoring instruments in air-water, two-phase downflow

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    The performance of a turbine meter, target flow meter (drag disk), and a gamma densitometer was studied in air-water, two-phase vertical downflow. Air and water were metered into an 0.0889-m-ID (3.5-in.) piping system; air flows ranged from 0.007 to 0.3 m3/sec (16 to 500 scfm) and water flows ranged from 0.0006 to 0.03 m3/sec (10 to 500 gpm). The study included effects of flow rate, quality, flow regime, and flow dispersion on the mean and fluctuating components of the instrument signals. Wire screen flow dispersers located at the inlet to the test section had a significant effect on the readings of the drag disk and gamma densitometer, but had little effect on the turbine. Further, when flow dispersers were used, mass flow rates determined from the three instrument readings and a two-velocity, slip flow model showed good agreement with actual mass flow rate over a three-fold range in quality; mass flows determined with the drag disk and densitometer readings assuming homogeneous flow were nearly as accurate. However, when mass flows were calculated using the turbine and densitometer or turbine and drag disk readings assuming homogeneous flow, results were scattered and relatively inaccurate compared to the actual mass flows. Turbine meter data were used with a two-velocity turbine model and continuity relationships for each phase to determine the void fraction and mean phase velocities in the test section. The void fraction was compared with single beam gamma densitometer results and fluid momentum calculated from a two-velocity model was compared with drag disk readings

  5. Experimental verification of the four-sensor probe model for flow diagnosis in air water flow in vertical pipe

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    Measuring the volumetric flow rate of each of the flowing components is required to be monitored in production logging applications. Hence it is necessary to measure the flow rates of gas, oil and water in vertical and inclined oil wells. An increasing level of interest has been shown by the researchers in developing system for the flow rate measurement in multiphase flows. This paper describes the experimental methodology using a miniature, local four-sensor probe for the measurement of dispersed flow parameters in bubbly two-phase flow for spherical bubbles. To establish interdependent among different parameters corresponding to dispersed flow, the available model has been used to experimentally obtain different parameters such as volume fraction, velocity and bubble shape of the dispersed phase in the bubbly air-water flow.

  6. Air-water two-phase flow pressure drop across various components of AHWR fuel bundle

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    Single-phase (water) and two-phase (air-water) experiments were carried out for the measurement of pressure drops across various components of a prototype full scale 54-rod fuel bundle of proposed AHWR (Advanced Heavy Water Reactor). From the measured values of pressure drops, the friction factor for fuel bundle and the loss coefficients for the tie plates and spacers were estimated. The single-phase experimental data were compared with different existing correlations. Correlations have been proposed based on the data generated with the air-water mixture which can be used for prediction of pressure drop across fuel channel (with 54 rod fuel bundle) of AHWR under normal operating conditions with appropriate correction factor for steam-water flow. Also a heuristic approach to predict the Lockhart-Martinelli parameter has been presented. Further, a new correlation for two-phase friction multiplier applicable to 54-rod cluster geometry has been developed based on two-phase experimental pressure drop data. The effect of mixture mass flux on the two-phase friction multiplier has been probed and the assessment of existing friction multiplier correlations has also been carried out with the test data. (author)

  7. Estimation of shear stress in counter-current gas-liquid annular two-phase flow

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    The accuracy of the correlations of the friction factor is important for the counter-current flow (CCF) analysis with two-fluid model. However, existing two fluid model codes use the correlations of friction factors for co-current flow or correlation developed based on the assumption of no wall shear stress. The assessment calculation for two fluid model code with those existing correlations of friction factors shows the falling water flow rate is overestimated. Analytical model is developed to calculate the shear stress distribution in water film at CCF in order to get the information on the shear stress at the interface and the wall. The analytical results with the analysis model and Bharathan's CCF data shows that the wall shear stress acting on the falling water film is almost same order as the interfacial shear stress and the correlations for co-current flow cannot be applied to the counter-current flow. Tentative correlations of the interfacial and the wall friction factors are developed based on the results of the present study. (author)

  8. Linear and nonlinear instability in vertical counter-current laminar gas-liquid flows

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    Schmidt, Patrick; Lucquiaud, Mathieu; Valluri, Prashant

    2015-01-01

    We consider the genesis and dynamics of interfacial instability in gas-liquid flows, using as a model the two-dimensional channel flow of a thin falling film sheared by counter-current gas. The methodology is linear stability theory (Orr-Sommerfeld analysis) together with direct numerical simulation of the two-phase flow in the case of nonlinear disturbances. We investigate the influence of three main flow parameters (density contrast between liquid and gas, film thickness, pressure drop applied to drive the gas stream) on the interfacial dynamics. Energy budget analyses based on the Orr-Sommerfeld theory reveal various coexisting unstable modes (interfacial, shear, internal) in the case of high density contrasts, which results in mode coalescence and mode competition, but only one dynamically relevant unstable internal mode for low density contrast. The same linear stability approach provides a quantitative prediction for the onset of (partial) liquid flow reversal in terms of the gas and liquid flow rates. ...

  9. Bifurcations of a creeping air-water flow in a conical container

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    Balci, Adnan; Brøns, Morten; Herrada, Miguel A.; Shtern, Vladimir N.

    2016-04-01

    This numerical study describes the eddy emergence and transformations in a slow steady axisymmetric air-water flow, driven by a rotating top disk in a vertical conical container. As water height Hw and cone half-angle β vary, numerous flow metamorphoses occur. They are investigated for β =30°, 45°, and 60°. For small Hw , the air flow is multi-cellular with clockwise meridional circulation near the disk. The air flow becomes one cellular as Hw exceeds a threshold depending on β . For all β the water flow has an unbounded number of eddies whose size and strength diminish as the cone apex is approached. As the water level becomes close to the disk, the outmost water eddy with clockwise meridional circulation expands, reaches the interface, and induces a thin layer with anticlockwise circulation in the air. Then this layer expands and occupies the entire air domain. The physical reasons for the flow transformations are provided. The results are of fundamental interest and can be relevant for aerial bioreactors.

  10. Experimental study for flow regime of downward air-water two-phase flow in a vertical narrow rectangular channel

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    Kim, T. H.; Yun, B. J.; Jeong, J. H. [Pusan National University, Geunjeong-gu, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    Studies were mostly about flow in upward flow in medium size circular tube. Although there are great differences between upward and downward flow, studies on vertical upward flow are much more active than those on vertical downward flow in a channel. In addition, due to the increase of surface forces and friction pressure drop, the pattern of gas-liquid two-phase flow bounded to the gap of inside the rectangular channel is different from that in a tube. The downward flow in a rectangular channel is universally applicable to cool the plate type nuclear fuel in research reactor. The sub-channel of the plate type nuclear fuel is designed with a few millimeters. Downward air-water two-phase flow in vertical rectangular channel was experimentally observed. The depth, width, and length of the rectangular channel is 2.35 mm, 66.7 mm, and 780 mm, respectively. The test section consists of transparent acrylic plates confined within a stainless steel frame. The flow patterns of the downward flow in high liquid velocity appeared to be similar to those observed in previous studies with upward flow. In downward flow, the transition lines for bubbly-slug and slug-churn flow shift to left in the flow regime map constructed with abscissa of the superficial gas velocity and ordinate of the superficial liquid velocity. The flow patterns observed with downward flow at low liquid velocity are different from those with upward flow.

  11. Analysis of interfacial and wall friction factors of counter-current flow in vertical pipe

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    This paper reports on TRAC-PF1 which is used to assess the predictive capability of the present correlations of the interfacial and wall friction factors used for counter-current flow (CCF) calculation. The assessment results with Bharathan's data shows that the amount of the falling water is overestimated with present friction factors. In order to determine the interfacial and wall friction factors at CCF, an analytical approach is applied to determine the shear stress and velocity distributions in the radial direction at CCF. It is concluded that the amount of the falling water is overestimated mainly due to underestimation of wall friction at CCF

  12. Time-resolved Fast Neutron Radiography of Air-water Two-phase Flows

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    Zboray, Robert; Dangendorf, Volker; Mor, Ilan; Tittelmeier, Kai; Bromberger, Benjamin; Prasser, Horst-Michael

    Neutron imaging, in general, is a useful technique for visualizing low-Z materials (such as water or plastics) obscured by high-Z materials. However, when significant amounts of both materials are present and full-bodied samples have to be examined, cold and thermal neutrons rapidly reach their applicability limit as the samples become opaque. In such cases one can benefit from the high penetrating power of fast neutrons. In this work we demonstrate the feasibility of time-resolved, fast neutron radiography of generic air-water two-phase flows in a 1.5 cm thick flow channel with Aluminum walls and rectangular cross section. The experiments have been carried out at the high-intensity, white-beam facility of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany. Exposure times down to 3.33 ms have been achieved at reasonable image quality and acceptable motion artifacts. Different two-phase flow regimes such as bubbly slug and churn flows have been examined. Two-phase flow parameters like the volumetric gas fraction, bubble size and bubble velocities have been measured.

  13. Liquid fraction measurement by wire-mesh sensor in air-water stratified flows

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    In this study, we carried out experiments for measuring the liquid fraction by using the commercial wire-mesh sensor which consists of 16x16 wires and high-speed camera in air-water stratified flows. For evaluating the accuracy of the wire-mesh sensor, static experiment was performed. Also the liquid fractions measured by the wire-mesh sensor in horizontal loop that pipe has inner diameter 40 mm and length is 5 m was compared with that by the high-speed camera. Deviation for the liquid fraction between the wire-mesh sensor and the high-speed camera is 0.02, small. Also it seems to have good agreements since it is showing similar trend. (author)

  14. Experimental Investigation of Spray Evaporation in Turbulent Flow in Countercurrent Humidifier

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    王玉璋; 刘永文; 翁史烈

    2004-01-01

    The process in the countercurrent humidifier of HAT cycle involves the evaporation of atomized liquids in a turbulent environment. To allow an optimization of such process and provide data for the validation of numerical calculation, the spray evaporation in a countercurrent air stream was studied experimentally. Measurements were taken for different flow parameters, such as airflow rate and liquid flow rate in order to provide reliable data. Phase-Doppler anemometry (PDA) was applied to obtain the spatial change of the droplet size spectrum in the flow field and to measure droplet size-velocity correlations. These local measured profiles of droplet mean velocities, velocity fluctuations and droplet mean diameters were obtained by averaging over all droplet size classes. Moreover, DualPDA signal processing allows accurate determination of the droplet mass flux and local concentration, from which the global evaporation rates could also be determined. These local temperature profiles were measured using the thermocouple and acquired by data acquisition system based on virtual instrument (VI) technology.

  15. Buffeting lift forces and local air-water flow aspects around a rigid cylinder

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    A new experimental programme is conducted in order to relate the characteristics of two-phase flow around a rigid cylinder with the resulting lift forces. The local characteristics of air-water flow measured in the vicinity of the cylinder provide a useful source of information about the effects of flow on the excitation mechanisms. In particular, a selection of relevant parameters has been identified which, with the help of a standard dimensional analysis, may explain the energetic contents of buffeting forces. Among the parameters effective in reducing the data are the flow regime, bubble frequency and gravity forces. In addition, in the range of bubbly regimes, the magnitude of the random forces is found to be related to the local fluctuations of void fraction. Finally, a new formulation is proposed to collapse the dimensionless spectra of the buffeting lift forces in a single characteristic curve. This analysis shows a marked improvement over the collapse of data in comparison with previous normalized models. (authors)

  16. An improved scaling model of buffeting lift forces in air-water flows

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    This paper presents the results of a series of experiments to study the influence of diameter on the loading of a single rigid cylinder subjected to air-water cross-flow. Five rigid cylinders of same length and different diameters (12.15 * 10-3 m to 31.9 * 10-3 m) were tested over void fractions ranging from 10% to 80%. The fluctuating lift forces on the cylinder are measured and represented in the form of power spectral density. A scaling model of these forces previously developed from one series of experiments with one tube diameter (12.15 * 10-3 m) is tested on these new results by investigating the effect of tube diameter D. Unlike single phase results where the force spectra vary as D(3), it is shown that for two-phase flows, the force spectra vary as D2. The experimental data collapse remarkably well. Both local void fraction and flow regime appear to be sensitive parameters. It confirms the importance of a precise knowledge of the local characteristics of two-phase flows in the study of buffeting forces mechanisms. (authors)

  17. Hydraulic Behaviour of He II in Stratified Counter-Current Two-Phase Flow

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    Rousset, B; Jäger, B; Van Weelderen, R; Weisend, J G

    1998-01-01

    Future large devices using superconducting magnets or RF cavities (e.g. LHC or TESLA) need He II two-phase flow for cooling. The research carried out into counter-current superfluid two-phase flow was the continuation of work on co-current flow and benefited from all the knowledge acquired both experimentally and theoretically. Experiments were conducted on two different pipe diameters (40 and 65 m m I.D. tube) for slopes ranging between 0 and 2%, and for temperatures ranging between 1.8 and 2 K. This paper introduces the theoretical model, describes the tests, and provides a critical review of the results obtained in He II counter current two-phase flow.

  18. Empirical Modeling and Experimental Investigations on Isothermal Air-Water Two-Phase Flow through Horizontal Circular Minichannel

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    Mehta, Hemant B.; Jyotirmay Banerjee

    2014-01-01

    The experimentally developed flow pattern maps for micro-scale channels reported by various researchers differ significantly. Also, no theoretical models effectively predict the flow regime transition boundaries in micro-scale channel. The present work proposes an empirical model for air-water two-phase flow pattern transition boundaries for minichannel diameters between 2 to 5mm. Moreover, experiments are conducted with 2.5 mm diameter horizontal circular minichannel to develop a flow regime...

  19. Counter-current flow in a vertical to horizontal tube with obstructions

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    Tye, P.; Matuszkiewicz, A.; Teyssedou, A. [Institut de Genie Nucleaire, Quebec (Canada)] [and others

    1995-09-01

    This paper presents experimental results on counter-current flow and flooding in an elbow between a vertical and a horizontal run. The experimental technique used allowed not only the flooding limit to be determined, but also the entire partial delivery region to be studied as well. The influence that various size orifices placed in the horizontal run have on both the delivered liquid flow rates and on the flooding limits is also examined. It is observed that both the flooding limits and the delivered liquid flow rates decrease with decreasing orifice size. Further, it is also observed that the mechanisms that govern the partial delivery of the liquid are significantly different when an orifice is present in the horizontal leg as compared to the case when no orifice is present.

  20. Analysis of interfacial and wall friction factors of countercurrent flow in vertical pipes

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    Countercurrent flow (CCF) is one of the most important phenomena observed during a loss-of-coolant accident in a light water reactor because it affects core cooling water mass flow. Reactor safety analysis codes such as TRAC-PF1 and RELAP5 were developed for precise analysis of various phenomena including CCF. In these codes, the basic equations for the gas and liquid phase are solved numerically with the constitutive equations for the interfacial and wall friction factors. The equations should be chosen for each specific flow situation to obtain sufficiently accurate solutions for a best-estimate analysis. In this study, interfacial and wall shear stress are estimated with an analytical model and Bharathan and Wallis' CCF data. The applicability of the constitutive equation used in current best=estimate codes for CCF is investigated

  1. Experimental investigation on the droplet entrainment from interfacial waves in air-water horizontal stratified flow

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    It was mainly due to the fact that droplet entrainment affects the Peak Cladding Temperature (PCT) of the nuclear fuel rod in the Postulated accident conditions of NPP. Recently, droplet entrainment in the horizontally arranged primary piping system for the NPP is of interest because it affects directly the steam binding phenomena in the steam generators. Pan and Hanratty correlation is the only applicable one for the droplet entrainment rate model for horizontal flow. Moreover, there are no efforts for the model development on the basis of the droplet entrainment principal and physics phenomena. More recently, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) proposed a new mechanistic droplet generation model applicable in the horizontal pipe for the SPACE code. However, constitutive relations in this new model require three model coefficients which have not yet been decided. The purpose of present work is determining three model coefficients by visualization experiment. For these model coefficients, the major physical parameters regarding the interfacial disturbance wave should be measured in this experiments. There are the wave slope, liquid fraction, wave hypotenuse length, wave velocity, wave frequency, and wavelength in the major physical parameters. The experiment was conducted at an air water horizontal rectangular channel with the PIV system. In this study, the experimental conditions were stratified-way flow during the droplet generation. Three coefficients were determined based on several data related to the interfacial wave. Additionally, we manufactured the parallel wire conductance probe to measure the fluctuating water level over time, and compared the wave height measured by the parallel wire conductance probe and image processing from images taken by high speed camera. Experimental investigation was performed for droplet entrainment from phase interface wave in an air-water stratified flow. In the experiments, we measured major physical parameters

  2. Experimental investigation on the droplet entrainment from interfacial waves in air-water horizontal stratified flow

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    Bae, Byeong Geon; Yun, Byong Jo [Pusan national Univ., Pusan (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Kyoung Du [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    It was mainly due to the fact that droplet entrainment affects the Peak Cladding Temperature (PCT) of the nuclear fuel rod in the Postulated accident conditions of NPP. Recently, droplet entrainment in the horizontally arranged primary piping system for the NPP is of interest because it affects directly the steam binding phenomena in the steam generators. Pan and Hanratty correlation is the only applicable one for the droplet entrainment rate model for horizontal flow. Moreover, there are no efforts for the model development on the basis of the droplet entrainment principal and physics phenomena. More recently, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) proposed a new mechanistic droplet generation model applicable in the horizontal pipe for the SPACE code. However, constitutive relations in this new model require three model coefficients which have not yet been decided. The purpose of present work is determining three model coefficients by visualization experiment. For these model coefficients, the major physical parameters regarding the interfacial disturbance wave should be measured in this experiments. There are the wave slope, liquid fraction, wave hypotenuse length, wave velocity, wave frequency, and wavelength in the major physical parameters. The experiment was conducted at an air water horizontal rectangular channel with the PIV system. In this study, the experimental conditions were stratified-way flow during the droplet generation. Three coefficients were determined based on several data related to the interfacial wave. Additionally, we manufactured the parallel wire conductance probe to measure the fluctuating water level over time, and compared the wave height measured by the parallel wire conductance probe and image processing from images taken by high speed camera. Experimental investigation was performed for droplet entrainment from phase interface wave in an air-water stratified flow. In the experiments, we measured major physical parameters

  3. Study on the one-dimensional flow characteristics of the counter-current flow in debris beds

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    The debris bed must be cooled to avoid further degradation of the core since the degraded core still releases decay heat. Even if the degraded core is in water, it cannot be assumed that the coolability of the degraded core would be maintained, since the degraded core may be melted again if dryout occurs. It is thus necessary to evaluate the dryout heat flux for the judgment of the coolability of the debris bed during the severe accident. Dryout phenomena in the debris bed is dominated by two-phase flow behavior in the debris bed. Especially, it is indicated that dryout phenomena in debris bed is strongly affected by counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) in the debris bed. Therefore, it is important to know the CCFL characteristics in the debris bed. If one hope to analyze counter-current flow in the debris bed by using the same method as usual two-fluid model, it is necessary to know the interfacial and wall friction factors. However, it is not clear that the correlations for interfacial and wall friction factor for a pipe can be used for counter-current flow in the debris bed. In order to determine the interfacial and wall friction factors, it is necessary to obtain wall and interfacial shear stresses. The wall and interfacial shear stresses are depend on the void fraction and differential pressure. At present, there is no available data for local void fraction and local pressure distribution in the debris bed at CCFL since it is very difficult to measure the flow characteristics in the complex geometry such as the debris bed. In the present study, local void fraction and local pressure distributions are measured simultaneously as well as the flow rates for gas and liquid. From the measurement data, the wall and interfacial shear stress are estimated. Finally the wall and interfacial shear stress are determined from the experimental data. (J.P.N.)

  4. Counter-current flow limitations during hot leg injection in pressurized water reactors

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    A one-dimensional model is presented to predict counter-current flow limitations during hot leg injection in pressurized water reactors. Different from previous models, it may also be applied in case of high Froude numbers of the liquid flow, such as to be expected in the case of emergency coolant injection through the hot leg. The model has been verified with an extensive experimental program performed in the WENKA test facility at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. Typical flow regimes were investigated for a wide range of flow conditions, simulated with air and water at ambient pressure and temperature, in a simplified Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) hot leg geometry. Depending on the water and air flow rates, flow phenomena such as a hydraulic jump and flow reversal were experimentally observed. The theoretical model shows that not only the nondimensional superficial velocities of liquid and gas, but also the Froude number of the liquid at the injection point and the Reynolds number of the gas play an important role for the prediction of flow reversal. In case of a high liquid inlet Froude number, a flow reversal could only be observed if the liquid flow became locally subcritical, i.e. if a hydraulic jump occurred in the channel. The flow reversal is predicted by the presented model with good accuracy

  5. CFD code validation against stratified air-water flow experimental data

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    Pressurized Thermal Shock (PTS) modelling has been identified as one of the most important industrial needs related to nuclear reactor safety. A severe PTS scenario limiting the Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) lifetime is the cold water Emergency Core Cooling (ECC) injection into the cold leg during a Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA). Since it represents a big challenge for numerical simulations, this scenario was selected within the NURESIM (European Platform for Nuclear Reactor Simulations) Integrated Project as a reference two-phase problem for CFD code validation. This paper presents a CFD analysis of a stratified air-water flow experimental investigation performed at the Institut de Mecanique des Fluides de Toulouse in 1985 [1], which shares some common physical features with the ECC injection in PWR cold leg. Numerical simulations have been carried out with two commercial codes (Fluent and Ansys CFX), and a research code NEPTUNECFD (developed by EDF and CEA). The aim of this work, carried out at the University of Pisa within the NURESIM IP, is to validate the free surface flow model implemented in the codes against the available experimental data, and to perform code to code benchmarking. Obtained results suggest the relevance of three-dimensional effects and stress the importance of a suitable interface drag coefficient modelling. A relevant improvement of results has been achieved with 3D simulations, even if the air velocity profile was still significantly underestimated. (author)

  6. Interfacial friction factors for air-water co-current stratified flow in inclined channels

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    Choi, Ki Yong; No, Hee Cheon [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-12-31

    The interfacial shear stress is experimentally investigated for co-current air-water stratified flow in inclined rectangular channels having a length of 1854mm, width of 120 mm and height of 40mm at almost atmospheric pressure. Experiments are carried out in several inclinations from 0 deg up to 10 deg. The local film thickness and the wave height are measured at three locations, i.e., L/H = 8,23, and 40. According to the inclination angle, the experimental data are categorized into two groups; nearly horizontal data group (0 deg {<=} {theta} {<=} 0.7 deg), and inclined channel data group (0.7 deg {<=} {theta} {<=} 10 deg ). Experimental observations for nearly horizontal data group show that the flow is not fully developed due to the water level gradient and the hydraulic jump within the channel. For the inclined channel data group, a dimensionless wave height, {Delta}h/h, is empirically correlated in terms of Re{sub G} and h/H. A modified root-mean-square wave height is proposed to consider the effects of the interfacial and wave propagation velocities. It is found that an equivalent roughness has a linear relationship with the modified root-mean-square wave height and its relationship is independent of the inclination. 10 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab. (Author)

  7. Co-current air-water flow in downward sloping pipes: Transport of capacity reducing gas pockets in wastewater mains

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    Pothof, I.W.M.

    2011-01-01

    Air-water flow is an undesired condition in many systems for the transportation of water or wastewater. Air in storm water tunnels may get trapped and negatively affect the system. Air pockets in hydropower tunnels or sewers may cause blow-back events and inadmissible pressure spikes. Water pipes an

  8. Ultrasonic methodology measurement of two-phase (air-water) flows in cooling systems of nuclear reactor

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    An ultrasonic methodology is proposed for the measurement for two phase (air-water) flow parameters. Ultrasonic backscattered signals were used to analyze the following parameters: average number of bubbles, interfacial area and void fraction. The results show a strong correlation between the parameters and the ultrasonic power signal obtained. (author)

  9. A state of the art on the flooding phenomena and countercurrent flow limiting modeling

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    Countercurrent flow limiting phenomenon and its modeling for vertical and nearly horizontal pipes has been reviewed in two phase flow. A number of analytical and empirical model have been developed for flooding in the vertical pipes and annulars. These may be classified as stability theory, envelope theory, static equilibrium theory, slug formation theory, Wallis correlation, and Kutateladze correlation. The theories and empirical correlations are reviewed and comparison with the various experimental data. The scatter of the experimental data is large because of the different flooding condition and because of the influence of the experimental conditions. Application of flooding for PWR best estimate system codes is reviewed. The codes provide the user options to implement CCFL correlation for the specific geometry. The codes can accommodate generally Wallis, Kutateladze, or Bankoff correlation. 4 tabs., 36 figs., 52 refs. (Author)

  10. Counter-current flow limitation at lower ends of vertical pipes

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    Experiments on counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) in a vertical pipe with a round upper end and a sharp lower end are carried out to understand flow patterns under CCFL conditions and to investigate effects of pipe length and water level in an upper tank on CCFL characteristics. As a result, the following conclusions are obtained: (1) CCFL occurs at the lower end of the vertical pipe when the pipe length is more than 10 times as large as the pipe diameter, D, and the water level in the upper tank is more than 15 times as large as D. (2) CCFL data measured by Bharathan et al. and the correlation proposed by Zapke and Kroger agree rather well with the present data within their experimental ranges. (3) When CCFL occurs at the lower end of the pipe, CCFL characteristics do not depend on pipe length and water level in the upper tank. (author)

  11. Behaviour of liquid films and flooding in counter-current two-phase flow, (1)

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    This paper reports on the results of study of the behavior of liquid film and flooding in counter-current two phase flow, and the flow speed of gas phase was measured over the wide ranges of tube diameter, tube length, amount of liquid flow, viscosity and surface tension. Liquid samples used for this experiment were water, glycerol, and second octyl alcohol. The phenomena were observed with a high speed camera. The maximum thickness of liquid film was measured, and the effects of various factors on the flooding were investigated. The results of investigation were as follows. The big waves which cause the flooding were developed by the interaction of one of the waves on liquid film surface with gas phase flow. The flow speed of gas phase at the time of beginning of flooding increases with the reduction of amount of liquid flow and the increase of tube diameter. The flooding flow speed is reduced with the increase of tube length. The larger maximum film thickness at the time of no gas phase flow causes flooding at low gas phase flow speed. (Kato, T.)

  12. Measurement of interfacial structures in horizontal air-water bubbly flows

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    In order to predict multi-dimensional phenomena in nuclear reactor systems, methods relying on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes are essential. However, to be applicable in assessing thermal-hydraulic safety, these codes must be able to accurately predict the development of two-phase flows. Therefore, before practical application these codes must be assessed using experimental databases that capture multi-dimensional phenomena. While a large database exists that can be employed to assess predictions in vertical flows, the available database for horizontal flows is significantly lacking. Therefore, the current work seeks to develop an additional database in air-water horizontal bubbly flow through a 38.1 mm ID test section with a total development length of approximately 250 diameters. The experimental conditions are chosen to cover a wide range of the bubbly flow regime based upon flow visualization using a high-speed video camera. A database of local time-averaged void fraction, bubble velocity, interfacial area concentration, and bubble Sauter mean diameter are acquired throughout the pipe cross-section using a four-sensor conductivity probe. To investigate the evolution of the flow, measurements are made at axial locations of 44, 116, and 244 diameters downstream of the inlet. In the current work, only measurements obtained at L/D = 244 are presented. It is found that increasing the liquid superficial velocity tends to reduce both the bubble size and the degree of bubble packing near the upper wall. However, it is observed that the position of the maximum void fraction value remains nearly constant and is located approximately one bubble diameter away from the upper wall. It is also found that the bubble velocity exhibits a power law behavior resembling a single phase liquid turbulent velocity profile. Moreover, the local bubble velocity tends to decrease as the local void fraction increases. Conversely, increasing the gas superficial velocity is found to

  13. Second order numerical method of two-fluid model of air-water flow

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    Model considered in this paper is six-equation two-fluid model used in computer code RELAP5. Air-water equations were taken in a code named PDE to avoid additional problems caused by condensation or vaporization. Terms with space derivatives were added in virtual mass term in momentum equations to ensure the hyperbolicity of the equations. Numerical method in PDE code is based on approximate Riemann solvers. Equations are solved on non-staggered grid with explicit time advancement and with upwind discretization of the convective terms in characteristic form of the equations. Flux limiters are used to find suitable combinations of the first (upwind) and the second order (Lax-Wendroff) discretization s which ensure second order accuracy on smooth solutions and damp oscillations around the discontinuities. Because of the small time steps required and because of its non-dissipative nature the scheme is suitable for the prediction of the fast transients: pressure waves, shock and rarefaction waves, water hammer or critical flow. Some preliminary results are presented for a shock tube problem and for Water Faucet problem - problems usually used as benchmarks for two-fluid computer codes. (author)

  14. Vortex dynamics in confined counter-current shearing flows with applications to mixing

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    A numerical investigation has been performed for the time-dependent motion of a constant property, Newtonian fluid in a counter-current shearing flows configuration. In the geometry of interest, two initially separated streams are made to flow counter to each other at bulk average velocities U1 and U2 along the streamwise (x-coordinate) direction through a pair of stacked, straight, parallel channels. The channels have width W, height H/2 and length L, and are separated by a pair of thin plates with a discontinuity in length Lm centered at L/2. The counter-flowing streams interact dynamically in the space shared by the two channels, defined by the discontinuity between plates. This problem consists of a very simple Cartesian geometry with well posed initial and boundary conditions and yet, for the conditions explored, the resulting physics is highly non-linear and complex. Starting from rest, the counter-flowing streams in the shared space region initially display the characteristics of a two-dimensional saddle point flow when observed along the spanwise (z-coordinate) direction. Soon thereafter, depending on the shapes of the velocity profiles imposed at the channel inlet planes and the respective Reynolds numbers of the opposing streams (Re1,2≡(U1,2H/2)/(ν) ), two pairs of vortices aligned in the transverse (y-coordinate) direction appear that can be stable or unstable. If the inlet plane velocity profiles are symmetric and Re1 Re2 = 300 or Re1 = 2 x Re2 = 300 each of the two channel vortex pairs counter-rotates and they are stable over long periods of time. If, however, the inlet velocity profiles are anti-symmetric one pair of anti-symmetric co-rotating vortices dominates the flow and they orbit around each other. For this case, if Re1 = Re2 1 = Re2 > 200, in the presence of stretching by the background saddle point flow the merging of the vortex pair is unstable and the resulting vortex structure ultimately collapses in a temporary burst of complex, three

  15. Critical investigations and model development on countercurrent flow of gas and liquid in horizontal and vertical channels

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    Countercurrent flow of steam and water occurs in the horizontal and vertical lines of a PWR in case of a LOCA. In order to predict the emergency core cooling behaviour in case of a large or small break LOCA it is important to calculate the volumetric flow rate of water which will get to the reactor core. Theoretical and experimental results of countercurrent flow in horizontal and vertical channels given by publication and reports are critically reviewed for the purpose of a more physical understanding of the flow phenomena. The influence of geometry, pressure and other boundary conditions are emphasized. The existing models which are developed to calculate the onset of flooding are based on experimental results of small test facilities. The applicability of these models to large geometries and high pressures as well as the consideration of condensation and entrainment are investigated. (orig./HP)

  16. Reduced order modelling of counter-current two-layer flows

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    Lavalle, Gianluca; Lucquiaud, Mathieu; Valluri, Prashant

    2015-11-01

    The dynamics of two-layer flows has a great impact on absorption units of carbon-capture retrofits, since the wavy interface plays a crucial role on the transfer between the two fluids. Studying those flows by a direct numerical simulation (DNS) strategy results in a high computational cost requiring parallel computation. As an alternative approach, we present a reduced order model: the liquid film is computed with depth-integrated equations, and the coupling with the top phase is obtained by means of the Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) technique, according to which the grid follows the interface position. We study counter-current two-layer channel flows with a moderate density ratio, focusing on loading and flooding regimes, whose complete description is a central issue for many chemical applications. Also, we investigate the influence of flow rate and pressure gradient on the interface dynamics. Speed and growth rate of linear waves match with the Orr-Sommerfeld theory and our Level-Set DNS, and non-linear wave profiles agree with DNS. Finally, our model is tested with complex gas velocity profiles of cross-flow absorbers. EPSRC grant No. EP/M001482/1.

  17. Gas transfer at the air-water interface in a turbulent flow environment

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    2005-07-01

    The gas transfer process across the air-water interface in a bottom-shear-induced turbulent environment was investigated to gain improved fundamental understanding of the physical mechanisms that control the process. For this purpose, it is necessary to reveal the hydrodynamics of the flow field as well as the molecular diffusion and the turbulent transport contributions to the total flux. Therefore, detailed laboratory experiments were conducted to obtain this information. The experiments were performed in a grid-stirred tank using a combined Particle Image Velocimetry - Laser Induced Fluorescence (PIV-LIF) technique that has been developed for these near surface gas transfer measurements. The turbulence characteristics of the velocity near the interface were acquired from the PIV measurements and showed generally good agreement with the theoretical profiles from Hunt and Graham (1978). The LIF technique enabled visualization of the planar concentration fields which provided more insight into the gas transfer mechanisms. The high data resolution allowed detailed quantification of the concentration distribution within the thin aqueous boundary layer. The interrelated interpretation of the obtained results suggest that the gas transfer process is controlled by a spectrum of different eddy sizes and the gas transfer at different turbulence levels can be associated to certain eddy sizes. For high turbulence levels the gas transfer should be asymptotic to the small eddy model, whereas for low turbulence level to the large eddy model. The new results of turbulent mass flux should aid as an excellent database in refining numerical models and developing more accurate models for the prediction of the transfer velocity. (orig.)

  18. Image-Processing-Based Study of the Interfacial Behavior of the Countercurrent Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flow in a Hot Leg of a PWR

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The interfacial behavior during countercurrent two-phase flow of air-water and steam-water in a model of a PWR hot leg was studied quantitatively using digital image processing of a subsequent recorded video images of the experimental series obtained from the TOPFLOW facility, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V. (HZDR, Dresden, Germany. The developed image processing technique provides the transient data of water level inside the hot leg channel up to flooding condition. In this technique, the filters such as median and Gaussian were used to eliminate the drops and the bubbles from the interface and the wall of the test section. A Statistical treatment (average, standard deviation, and probability distribution function (PDF of the obtained water level data was carried out also to identify the flow behaviors. The obtained data are characterized by a high resolution in space and time, which makes them suitable for the development and validation of CFD-grade closure models, for example, for two-fluid model. This information is essential also for the development of mechanistic modeling on the relating phenomenon. It was clarified that the local water level at the crest of the hydraulic jump is strongly affected by the liquid properties.

  19. Co-current air-water flow in downward sloping pipes: Transport of capacity reducing gas pockets in wastewater mains

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    2011-01-01

    Air-water flow is an undesired condition in many systems for the transportation of water or wastewater. Air in storm water tunnels may get trapped and negatively affect the system. Air pockets in hydropower tunnels or sewers may cause blow-back events and inadmissible pressure spikes. Water pipes and wastewater pressure mains in particular are subject to air pocket formation in downward-sloping reaches, such as inverted siphons or terrain slopes. Air pocket accumulation causes energy losses a...

  20. Numerical simulation of slug flow regime for an air water two-phase flow in horizontal pipes

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    Slug flow is a quite common multiphase flow regime in horizontal pipelines and channels, which can be potentially hazardous to the structure of the pipe system or to apparatus and processes following the slug flow pipe section due to the strong oscillating pressure levels formed behind liquid slugs. Areas of application are in the chemical and process industry as well as in safety research and thermo-hydraulic engineering for nuclear power plants. The intended paper deals with the feasibility and accuracy of CFD simulations for an air-water slug flow in a horizontal circular pipe of diameter D = 0.054 m and a pipe length of up to 8 m. In the past most investigations of the slug flow regime in horizontal pipelines and channels have been carried out on experimental test rigs. Due to the transient and three-dimensional character of slug flow regime and the resulting numerical effort only a few attempts of numerical simulation have been made. In principal three different computational approaches can be applied for the simulation of horizontal slug flows: - 'frozen slug' in a domain with moving wall boundaries, where the absolute value of the prescribed wall velocity is equal to the slug propagation velocity in the pipe. The slug propagation velocity and the slug length/period has to be known in advance. - Transient 3-D simulation in a short computational domain with periodic boundary conditions. A driving pressure force has to be prescribed to compensate the kinetic energy losses due to wall friction. Furthermore it has to be ensured, that the geometrical dimensions of the computational domain do not affect the computed slug flow length and time scales. - Transient 3. simulation of slug flow in a long pipe segment with inlet/outlet boundary conditions. The later of the three computational approaches provides the highest predictive capability, also it is the most computational intensive approach. The presented paper will discuss the general aspects of feasibility

  1. Hydrodynamic characteristics of the flooding process under conditions of countercurrent flow of steam and water in vertical tubes

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    The experimental study on the flooding process in tubes by the pressure of P = 0.3-1.6 MPa is carried out. The interaction of the phase discharges by flooding and hydrodynamic characteristics of the annular countercurrent flow (the liquid film thickness, interphase friction coefficient, pressure drop by the channel height) are studied. The physical mechanism of the flooding process development by increase in the vapor discharge and effect of the geometrical and regime parameters are considered

  2. Effect of flow obstacle on droplet sizes in vertical annular air-water flow in a small diameter pipe

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    Droplet size distributions have been measured for air-water annular-mist flow in a vertical 12.0 mm diameter pipe at atmospheric pressure. A laser diffraction technique has been employed using a Malvern Spraytec instrument. The test section was specially designed for meticulous measurement in the present experiment: any optical windows were not used to avoid problems arose from glass contamination by sucking the liquid film through the wall just below the measurement elevation. Sauter mean diameters measured in this work decreased simply with an increase of air superficial velocity, whereas the dependence on water superficial velocity showed complicated dependency on air velocity. The effect of a flow obstacle on droplet size distribution was also investigated. A small tube was placed in the centerline of the test section as an obstacle. Three obstacles having different blockage ratio were tested. It is found through the present experiments that the obstacle effect is not so significant for the blockage ratio of up to 0.3, and the droplet diameter decreases to approximately 80% in average. Based on the data, an empirical correlation to predict Sauter diameter was developed by modifying the existing correlation. A hydraulic equivalent diameter that takes account of the blockage ratio is applied to the characteristic length in the correlation. (author)

  3. Development of Interfacial Structure in a Confined Air-Water Cap-Turbulent and Churn-Turbulent Flow

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    The objective of the present work is to study and model the interfacial structure development of air-water two-phase flow in a confined test section. Experiments of a total of 9 flow conditions in a cap-turbulent and churn-turbulent flow regimes are carried out in a vertical air-water upward two-phase flow experimental loop with a test section of 20-cm in width and 1-cm in gap. The miniaturized four-sensor conductivity probes are used to measure local two-phase parameters at three different elevations for each flow condition. The bubbles captured by the probes are categorized into two groups in view of the two-group interfacial area transport equation, i.e., spherical/distorted bubbles as Group 1 and cap/churn-turbulent bubbles as Group 2. The acquired parameters are time-averaged local void fraction, interfacial velocity, bubble number frequency, interfacial area concentration, and bubble Sauter mean diameter for both groups of bubbles. Also, the line-averaged and area-averaged data are presented and discussed. The comparisons of these parameters at different elevations demonstrate the development of interfacial structure along the flow direction due to bubble interactions

  4. Considering the uncertainties in empirical correlations for vertical countercurrent flow limitation (CCFL) with TRACE

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    TRACE is used to calculate the thermal-hydraulic sequence in nuclear power plants for accident analysis. In some postulated accidents, countercurrent flow limitation (CCFL) phenomena can occur. This phenomenon is calculated by means of empirical relationships in TRACE. Usually, not all empirical relationships used in TRACE are accessible to the user who develops the computational model for accident analysis, but in the case of CCFL, the user must specify the parameters of the empirical relationship. Additional preliminary work is needed for fitting the parameters so that experimental data matches the computational calculations and the accident analysis can be performed. Furthermore, uncertainties in measurement errors from experimental data lead to user-based variations in the parameters of the empirical relationship for CCFL. Therefore, an alternative procedure in which accident analysis is performed with consideration of the uncertainties in the empirical relationships is presented. The uncertainty was quantified by means of a stochastic linear regression model for the Wallis correlation and the Bankoff correlation. An uncertainty analysis was subsequently performed to demonstrate the influence of uncertainty in certain cases of CCFL.

  5. Considering the uncertainties in empirical correlations for vertical countercurrent flow limitation (CCFL) with TRACE

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    Sporn, Michael; Hurtado, Antonio [Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)

    2015-12-15

    TRACE is used to calculate the thermal-hydraulic sequence in nuclear power plants for accident analysis. In some postulated accidents, countercurrent flow limitation (CCFL) phenomena can occur. This phenomenon is calculated by means of empirical relationships in TRACE. Usually, not all empirical relationships used in TRACE are accessible to the user who develops the computational model for accident analysis, but in the case of CCFL, the user must specify the parameters of the empirical relationship. Additional preliminary work is needed for fitting the parameters so that experimental data matches the computational calculations and the accident analysis can be performed. Furthermore, uncertainties in measurement errors from experimental data lead to user-based variations in the parameters of the empirical relationship for CCFL. Therefore, an alternative procedure in which accident analysis is performed with consideration of the uncertainties in the empirical relationships is presented. The uncertainty was quantified by means of a stochastic linear regression model for the Wallis correlation and the Bankoff correlation. An uncertainty analysis was subsequently performed to demonstrate the influence of uncertainty in certain cases of CCFL.

  6. Empirical Modeling and Experimental Investigations on Isothermal Air-Water Two-Phase Flow through Horizontal Circular Minichannel

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    Hemant B. Mehta

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The experimentally developed flow pattern maps for micro-scale channels reported by various researchers differ significantly. Also, no theoretical models effectively predict the flow regime transition boundaries in micro-scale channel. The present work proposes an empirical model for air-water two-phase flow pattern transition boundaries for minichannel diameters between 2 to 5mm. Moreover, experiments are conducted with 2.5 mm diameter horizontal circular minichannel to develop a flow regime map. The proposed empirical model is found to provide good agreement with the experimental data. Comparisons are also shown with the work of Mandhane et al. (1974, Taitel and Dukler (1976, Barnea et al. (1983, Damianides and Westwater (1988, Coleman and Garimella (1999, Yang and Shieh (2001, Venkatesan et al. (2010.

  7. Verification and Validation of Numerical Models for Air/Water Flow on Coastal and Navigation Fluid-Structure Interaction Applications

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    Kees, C. E.; Farthing, M.; Dimakopoulos, A.; DeLataillade, T.

    2015-12-01

    Performance analysis and optimization of coastal and navigation structures is becoming feasible due to recent improvements in numerical methods for multiphase flows and the steady increase in capacity and availability of high performance computing resources. Now that the concept of fully three-dimensional air/water flow modelling for real world engineering analysis is achieving acceptance by the wider engineering community, it is critical to expand careful comparative studies on verification,validation, benchmarking, and uncertainty quantification for the variety of competing numerical methods that are continuing to evolve. Furthermore, uncertainty still remains about the relevance of secondary processes such as surface tension, air compressibility, air entrainment, and solid phase (structure) modelling so that questions about continuum mechanical theory and mathematical analysis of multiphase flow are still required. Two of the most popular and practical numerical approaches for large-scale engineering analysis are the Volume-Of-Fluid (VOF) and Level Set (LS) approaches. In this work we will present a publically available verification and validation test set for air-water-structure interaction problems as well as computational and physical model results including a hybrid VOF-LS method, traditional VOF methods, and Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) results. The test set repository and test problem formats will also be presented in order to facilitate future comparative studies and reproduction of scientific results.

  8. Image processing analysis on the air-water slug two-phase flow in a horizontal pipe

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    Dinaryanto, Okto; Widyatama, Arif; Majid, Akmal Irfan; Deendarlianto, Indarto

    2016-06-01

    Slug flow is a part of intermittent flow which is avoided in industrial application because of its irregularity and high pressure fluctuation. Those characteristics cause some problems such as internal corrosion and the damage of the pipeline construction. In order to understand the slug characteristics, some of the measurement techniques can be applied such as wire-mesh sensors, CECM, and high speed camera. The present study was aimed to determine slug characteristics by using image processing techniques. Experiment has been carried out in 26 mm i.d. acrylic horizontal pipe with 9 m long. Air-water flow was recorded 5 m from the air-water mixer using high speed video camera. Each of image sequence was processed using MATLAB. There are some steps including image complement, background subtraction, and image filtering that used in this algorithm to produce binary images. Special treatments also were applied to reduce the disturbance effect of dispersed bubble around the bubble. Furthermore, binary images were used to describe bubble contour and calculate slug parameter such as gas slug length, gas slug velocity, and slug frequency. As a result the effect of superficial gas velocity and superficial liquid velocity on the fundamental parameters can be understood. After comparing the results to the previous experimental results, the image processing techniques is a useful and potential technique to explain the slug characteristics.

  9. Prediction of flooding gas velocity in gas-liquid counter-current two-phase flow in inclined pipes

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    The purpose of the experimental study is to investigate the effects of pipe inclination, pipe length, pipe diameter and surface tension of the working liquid on the onset of flooding of gas-liquid adiabatic counter-current two-phase flow in inclined pipes. Flooding in inclined pipes were observed by using the combination of visual observation, measurement of discharged liquid flow rate and time variation of liquid hold-up. And it was defined as the maximum air flow rate at which the discharged liquid flow rate is equal to the inlet liquid flow rate. As a result we proposed a correlation to predict the flooding gas velocity in inclined pipes under a given liquid flow rate, and the predictions agreed well with the experimental observations

  10. Experimental study of downflow critical heat flux in multiannular SRS fuel assembly channels at low air-water flows

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    The problem addressed in this experimental study is the measurement of critical or dryout heat flux in multi-annular fuel assembly flow passages with low downward flows of air-water mixtures. These thermal hydraulic conditions pertain to specific conditions predicted for Savannah River Site reactors during hypothetical large loss-of-coolant accidents. Experimental data obtained on a full scale prototypic simulation of the multi-annular fuel assembly is important in establishing the safety margin of the reactor operating power. The SRS reactors, like some research reactors, utilize downwards flow of coolant through narrow parallel flow channels during normal operation. These channels are formed by concentric heated tubes of high thermal conductivity uranium-aluminum metal that are cooled on both sides. Ribs on the tubes subdivide the flow channels into curved subchannels which may be considered somewhat similar to the flat rectangular channels of research reactors. However, gaps between the ribs and the adjoining tube allow cross flows between subchannels. For this accident, preliminary analysis predict that downward flow of emergency coolant would entrain large amounts of air through the fuel assembly. Due to the above special conditions, no data has been found to be fully applicable to the SRS reactor. An experimental study was thus required to obtain prototypical data and investigate physical mechanisms to aid the development of analytical models in the code FLOWTRAN-TF. Comparison of the data with analysis will be reported in the future after code benchmarking. 5 refs

  11. An experimental investigation of the interfacial condensation heat transfer in steam/water countercurrent stratified flow in a horizontal pipe

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    Chu, In Cheol; Yu, Seon Oh; Chun, Moon Hyun [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Byong Sup; Kim, Yang Seok; Kim, In Hwan; Lee, Sang Won [Korea Electric Power Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-12-31

    An interfacial condensation heat transfer phenomenon in a steam/water countercurrent stratified flow in a nearly horizontal pipe has been experimentally investigated. The present study has been focused on the measurement of the temperature and velocity distributions within the water layer. In particular, the water layer thickness used in the present work is large enough so that the turbulent mixing is limited and the thermal stratification is established. As a result, the thermal resistance of the water layer to the condensation heat transfer is increased significantly. An empirical correlation of the interfacial condensation heat transfer has been developed. The present correlation agrees with the data within {+-} 15%. 5 refs., 6 figs. (Author)

  12. Gas-liquid countercurrent two-phase flow in a PWR hot leg: A comprehensive research review

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    Deendarlianto, E-mail: deendarlianto@ugm.ac.id [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Institute of Safety Research, P.O. Box 510 119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Gadjah Mada University, Jalan Grafika No. 2, Yogyakarta 55281 (Indonesia); Hoehne, Thomas; Lucas, Dirk [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Institute of Safety Research, P.O. Box 510 119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Vierow, Karen [Department of Nuclear Engineering Texas A and M University, 129 Zachry Engineering Center, 3133 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-3133 (United States)

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We review the scientific progress on the CCFL in a PWR hot leg. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It includes the experimental data, one-dimensional and CFD models in the open literatures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The weak and strong points of the published works were clarified. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The research directions in this field were proposed. - Abstract: Research into gas-liquid countercurrent two-phase flow in a model of pressurized water reactor (PWR) hot leg has been carried out over the last several decades. An extensive experimental data base has been accumulated from these studies, leading to the development of phenomenological correlations and scaling parameters of the countercurrent flow limitation (CCFL). However, most of the proposed correlations apply under a relatively narrow range of conditions, generally limited to the test section conditions and/or geometry. Moreover the development of mechanistic models based on the underlying physical processes has been limited. In contrast to this mechanistic form of modelling, the implementation of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques has also been pursued, but the considerable robust three-dimensional (3D) closure relations for this application remain an unachieved goal due to lack of detailed phenomenological knowledge and consequent application of empirical one-dimensional experimental correlations to the multidimensional problem. This paper presents a comprehensive review of research work on countercurrent gas-liquid two-phase flow in a PWR hot leg and provides direction regarding future research on this topic. In the introductory section, the problems facing current research are described. In the following sections, recent experimental as well as theoretical research achievements are overviewed. In the last section, the problems that remain unsolved are discussed, along with some concluding remarks. It was found that only limited theoretical

  13. Turbulence, aeration and bubble features of air-water flows over macro- and intermediate roughness

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Free surface flows in macro- and intermediate roughness conditions have a high aeration potential in which the flow characteristics vary with slopes and discharges. The underlying phenomenon of two phase flow characteristics in the macro and intermediate roughness conditions were analyzed in a setup assembled at the PITLAB center of the University of Pisa, Italy. Crushed angular rocks and hemispherical boulders were used to intensify the roughness nature of the bed. Flow discharges per unit width ranging between 0.03 m2/s and 0.09 m2/s and slopes between 0.26 and 0.46 were tested over different arrangements of rough bed. Analyses were mainly concentrated in the inner flow region which constitutes both bubbly and intermediate flow region. The findings revealed that two phase flow properties over rough bed were very much affected by the different rough bed arrangement. Turbulence features of two phase flows over rough beds were compared with that of the stepped chute data under similar flow conditions. Overall the results highlighted the flow features in the inner layers of the two phase flow.

  14. Fluid-elastic instability in a normal triangular tube bundle subjected to air-water cross-flow

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    This paper presents the results of tests on the vibration of a normal triangular tube bundle subjected to air-water cross-flow. The pitch-to-diameter ratio of the bundle is 1.5, and the tube diameter is 38 mm. The tubes were preferentially flexible in one direction. Both the lift and the drag direction were tested. A wide range of void fractions and fluid velocities was tested. Fluid-elastic instabilities and tube resonances were observed. The resonances induced significant vibration amplitudes at high void fractions in the lift direction. The results are compared with those obtained with a rotated triangular tube bundle. They show that the normal triangular configuration is more stable than the rotated triangular configuration. (authors)

  15. Two-phase air-water flows: Scale effects in physical modelling

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    Pfister, Michael; Chanson, Hubert

    2014-01-01

    Physical modeling represents probably the oldest design tool in hydraulic engineering together with analytical approaches. In free surface flows, the similitude based upon a Froude similarity allows for a correct representation of the dominant forces, namely gravity and inertia. As a result fluid flow properties such as the capillary forces and the viscous forces might be incorrectly reproduced, affecting the air entrainment and transport capacity of a high-speed model flow. Small physical mo...

  16. Ultrasonic Measurement of Water Layer Thickness by Flow Pattern Profile in a Horizontal Air Water Loop

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    Ultrasonic methods have the advantage, compared to other water layer thickness measurement techniques, of applicability to large volume objects, since most radiation techniques are limited by the thickness of the pipe and plate walls. The ultrasonic experiment was performed to do an analysis for cooling performance in a complete test channel by the investigation of the two phase flow that develops in an inclined gap with heating from the top. This ultrasonic technique for measuring water layer thickness measurement employ the higher relative acoustic impedance of air with respect to that of liquids. By this method it is possible to determine both liquid water distance, void fraction in a gas-liquid two-phase flow. Instantaneous measurement of the water layer thickness is useful in understanding heat and mass transfer characteristics in a two-phase separated flow. An ultrasonic measurement technique for determining water layer thickness in the wavy and slug flow regime of horizontal tube flow has been produced

  17. High-performance extraction operation using emulsion flow protected by surfactants in a liquid-liquid countercurrent centrifugal extractor

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    A small-size countercurrent centrifugal extractor with Taylor vortices in a narrow fluid region between an inner rotor and a stationary outer wall has been developed for high-performance liquid-liquid extraction. The extractor enables fast multistage extraction, and control of the emulsion flow is important for achieving superior extraction performance. To achieve a higher number of theoretical stages, rotation speed is initially increased to 1500 rpm to form an emulsion flow and subsequently decreased to the required level. The addition of (1) two types of surface-activating agents (sodium di(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate and sodium dodecyl sulfate) and (2) polymer protective agents (polyethylene glycol) was tested for maintaining a stable emulsion flow without sacrificing effective oil-water contact at lower rotation speeds. It was found that addition of a small amount of such agents allows for multistage extraction with a higher number of theoretical stages. (author)

  18. Droplet velocity in horizontal two-phase air/water free jet flow in stagnant ambient

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    Surma, R.; Friedel, L. [Wissenschaftlicher Arbeitsbereich Stroemungsmechanik, TU Hamburg-Harburg, Eissendorferstr. 38, D-21073 Hamburg (Germany)

    2004-08-01

    For the case of an isothermal free jet flow the velocity and the size of the drops were measured with a Phase-Doppler-Anemometer. The axial velocity decay downstream from the nozzle outlet and the radial drop velocity profile are reproducible within reasonable limits, if a so-called homogeneous flow mixture density in the nozzle outlet is introduced. In case of low mass flow qualities an adjustment of the entrainment coefficient and a virtual jet origin as well as a reduced exponent for the Gaussian function type radial velocity profile is required. (Abstract Copyright [2004], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  19. Water temperature effect on upward air-water flow in a vertical pipe: Local measurements database using four-sensor conductivity probes and LDA

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Experimental work was carried out to study the effects of temperature variation in bubbly, bubbly to slug transition. Experiments were carried out in an upward air-water flow configuration. Four sensor conductivity probes and LDA techniques was used together for the measurement of bubble parameters. The aim of this paper is to provide a bubble parameter experimental database using four-sensor conductivity probes and LDA technique for upward air-water flow at different temperatures and also show transition effect in different temperatures under the boiling point.

  20. Experimental and theoretical investigation of water hammer induced by steam-water countercurrent flow a long horizontal pipe

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    The condensation-induced water hammer in a horizontal pipe is the most damaging form of water hammer and its diagnosis is extremely difficult because of the complex nature of the underlying phenomena that occur at the steam-water interface. The current modeling concepts do not predict well the lower and upper boundaries of the water hammer accident occurred at San Onofre nuclear power station. In the present work, improved models that can predict the lower and upper boundaries of the initiation of water hammer induced by steam-water countercurrent flow in a long horizontal pipe is derived. In the analysis the interfacial friction factor, the criterion of onset of water hammer, and the interfacial heat transfer coefficient are the major constitutive relations, but there are several limited ranges in the application of current correlations being used. Several experiments have been conducted in adiabatic counter-current stratified flow with round pipe and rectangular duct test sections to develop the interfacial friction factor, the criterion of initiation of water hammer, and the correlation of water depth. First, an adiabatic semi-empirical correlation for interfacial friction factor has been developed based on the surface roughness concept. A comparison of the measured data including others with the predictions of the present correlation shows that the agreement is within ± 30% set of slug flow in a stratified wavy flow regime has been developed based on the total energy concept. This theoretical criterion agrees better with the measured data than the other criteria available in the literature, but predicts about 92∼107%. An empirical formulus for the criterion has been also developed and compared with others. Third, correlations which can predict the slope of liquid surface and the water depth at outlets of pipe and duct respectively, have been developed based on experimental data in countercurrent stratified tests. The correlations predict the measured data

  1. Air-water two-phase vertical upward flow regime identification with cross-sectional visualization

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    The paper presents flow regime identification in two-phase vertical pipe with 30 mm diameter using a high-speed camera and a wire-mesh sensor. In experiments, the wire-mesh sensor which consists of 16x16 wires is installed 2800 mm away from the entrance for capturing the local instantaneous phase distribution, and the high-speed camera which can monitor two-phase flow at the maximum 500,000 fps is set up in order to obtain the axial images at that time. The experimental observations for flow regime identification are compared with existing semi-theoretical model. The comparison results show a good agreement between them. (author)

  2. Three-dimensional calculation of air-water two-phase flow in centrifugal pump impeller based on a bubbly flow model, 1

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    To predict the behavior of air-water two-phase flows in a centrifugal pump impeller, a three-dimensional numerical method is proposed based on a bubbly flow model. If it is assumed that the mixtures are homogeneous bubbly flow containing fine bubbles compared with the characteristic length of the impeller channel, then the equations of motion of the mixtures are represented by those of liquid phase and its velocity is expressed as a potential for the quasi-harmonic equation. The equations are solved by use of the finite element method to obtain the velocities and pressures, and the equation of motion of an air bubble is integrated numerically on this flow field to obtain the void fraction. These calculations are repeated until the solutions converge. The results obtained show good agreement with experiments within the range of bubbly flow regime. (author)

  3. Modelling Transient Air-water Flows in Civil and Environmental Engineering

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    Kerger, François

    2010-01-01

    The present text, submitted to the University of Liège in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of “Docteur en Sciences de l’Ingénieur”, aims at improving the understanding and description of air‐water interactions in transient flows. A particular emphasis is set on phenomena relevant in civil and environmental engineering, like rivers, pipes, and hydraulic structures. Theoretical results of this doctoral research may be summarized in two main propositions. First, I show that any...

  4. Experimental Characterisation of the Interfacial Structure during Counter-Current Flow Limitation in a Model of the Hot Leg of a PWR

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    Christophe Vallée; Toshifumi Nariai; Takashi Futatsugi; Akio Tomiyama; Dirk Lucas; Michio Murase

    2012-01-01

    In order to investigate the two-phase flow behaviour during counter-current flow limitation in the hot leg of a pressurised water reactor, dedicated experiments were performed in a scaled down model of Kobe University. The experiments were performed with air and water at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. At high flow rates, CCFL occurs and the discharge of water to the reactor pressure vessel simulator is limited by the formation of slugs carrying liquid back to the steam generator. ...

  5. Three-dimensional calculation of air-water two-phase flow in a centrifugal pump based on a bubbly flow model with fixed cavity

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    To predict the behavior of air-water two-phase flows in centrifugal pumps, we have proposed a three-dimensional numerical method on the basis of an inviscid bubbly flow model with slippage between two phases. The void fractions calculated distribute unevenly and their maximum exceeds an applicability of the model. To extend its applicability, a newly modified model is proposed in this paper by assuming that the bubbles in such high void fraction regions coalesce with each other and adhere to the neighboring impeller walls so as to form a fixed cavity. Using this model, the flows in a radial-flow pump are solved. The cavity obtained increases progressively from the shroud to the hub in the section just after the impeller inlet when the inlet void fraction exceeds a critical value and finally fills the section, showing close relation with the experiments when the pump loses its function due to an air-filled blockade. (author)

  6. An experimental investigation of interfacial friction factor for countercurrent stratified two-phase flow in horizontal and inclined pipes

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    To investigate the interfacial friction factor for the countercurrent stratified two-phase flow, a series of experiments have been performed in horizontal and inclined pipes with the inner diameter of 0.05m. The length of pipes are 2m and 4m, and the pipe inclination angles are 0 .deg. , 1 .deg. , and 2 .deg. . The air and water at room temperature and at atmospheric pressure are used as working fluids. The instantaneous local void fractions are measured by the parallel wire conductance probes located at L/D=1.2, 21.5, and 22.1 for 2m-tests, and 41.4, 42.0, and 62.0 for 4m-tests from the inlet of water flow, respectively. The superficial water velocity ranges from 0.0127 to 0.1358m/s and the range of superficial air velocity is from 0.679m/s to the value of slug occurrence. The interfacial friction factor has been determined from the measurements of air and water flow rates, pressure drop, and void fractions. From the present experiment, it is found that the value of (fi/ fg)exp is strongly sensitive to the existence of the hydraulic jump where two distinct water levels contact and the range of its value increases with the inclination angle. The comparison of the present experimental data with Lees correlation for the interfacial friction factor has resulted in a good agreement in three-dimensional wave regime. It should be noted here that the measurement point of the void fraction is important in analyzing the onset of slugging, because the relative difference in the void fractions measured at different locations varies as large as 65% at the condition of the slug occurrence. A comparison with the cocurrent flow pattern map shows that there is a large difference from the present experimental data. Therefore, it is necessary to develop the countercurrent flow pattern map including several important variables, such as pipe length, inclination angle and others

  7. Modelling of the steam-water-countercurrent flow in the rewetting and flooding phase after loss-of-coolant accidents in pressurized water reactors

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    A new interphase momentum exchange model has been developed to simulate the Refill- Reflood Phase after LOCAs. Special phenomena of steam/water- countercurrent flow - like limitation or onset of downward-watee penetration - have been modelled and integrated into a flooding model. The interphase momentum exchange model interconnected with the flooding model has been implemented into the advanced system code RELAP5/MOD1. The new version of this code can now be utilized to predict the hot leg emergency-core-cooling (ECC) injection for German PWRs. The interfacial momentum transfer model developed includes the interphase frictional drag, the force due to virtual mass and the momenta due to interphase mass transfer. The modelling of the interfacial shear or drag accounts for the effects of phase and velocity profiles. The flooding model predicts countercurrent-flow limitation, onset of water penetration and partial delivery. The flooding correlation specifies the maximum down flow liquid velocity in case of countercurrent flow through flow restrictions for a given vapor velocity. (orig./HP)

  8. 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.

  9. Experimental investigation and CFD validation of countercurrent flow limitation (CCFL) in a large-diameter hot-leg PWR geometry

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    Counter current flow limitation CCFL is one of the phenomena that incorporate complex two-phase flows, including the existence of numerous flow patterns simultaneously, a complicated gas/liquid interface, and interfacial momentum transfer. Such a complexity makes it one of the challenging two-phase flow configurations for CFD validation. Numerous experimental investigations were carried out in recent years to enlarge the existing knowledge about this phenomenon. However, most of those investigations were carried out either in small-diameter geometry, or in a non-realistic geometry (rectangular cross section instead of a circular pipe). A review of experimental investigations shows that the scale and geometry have a large impact upon CCFL. In order to provide a better understanding of this phenomenon in a real PWR hot-leg geometry, and at a relatively large-diameter and scale, a test facility was constructed for this purpose. The facility consists of a reactor vessel simulator, a hot-leg geometry pipe (with 190 mm inner diameter), and a steam generator simulator. The facility represents a ∼1/3.9 scale of a PWR geometry and is completely made of transparent material allowing detailed optical observations. Experimental investigations were carried out at atmospheric pressure using distilled water and air. High-speed recording was implemented to acquire high-quality images of the air/water interface for experimental analysis and CFD validations. CCFL mechanisms, flow patterns, and the limits of the onset of CCFL and deflooding were experimentally identified. Current measurements are compared against previous investigations showing diverse effects of scale and geometry upon results. CFD simulations of two representative experimental cases were carried out and validated against the experimentally acquired air/water interface and the pressure difference between the reactor vessel and the steam generator. The CFD simulations shows the required improvements of this

  10. Development and calibration of a resistivity probe for measurement of air concentration and bubble count in high-speed air water flows

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    In this paper, the development of a resistivity probe for measurement of air concentration and bubble count in high-speed air-water flow is described. One advantage of this probe is in its ability for real time measurement. The sampling frequency of the new probe is increased up to 250 khz with 72 seconds sampling time. Polarization of the probe tip was noticed in this research work and the probe circuit was designed to avoid it. Sensitive microampere meters were installed on the probe to detect possible weak leakage currents. Electronic tests were performed to check the probe circuit, as well as more than 30 laboratory tests in air-water flow to set the threshold voltage of the probe circuit and to test its accuracy

  11. Study on high heat flux cooling by air-water flow driven by high speed air flow

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    The effect of air injection into a subcooled water flow on boiling heat transfer and a critical heat flux (CHF) was examined experimentally. Experiments were conducted in the range of subcooling of 50 K, a superficial velocity of water and air Ul = 0,17 3,4 and Ug= 0 15,2 m/s, respectively. A test heat transfer surface was a 5 mm wide, 40 mm long and 0,2 mm thick stainless steel sheet embedded on the bottom wall of a 10 mm high and 20 mm wide rectangular flow channel. Nine times enhancement of the heat transfer in the non-boiling region was attained at the most by introducing an air flow into a water single-phase flow. The heat transfer augmentation in the non-boiling region was attained by less power increase than that in the case that only the water flow rate was increased. From the aspect of the power consumption and the heat transfer enhancement, the small air introduction in the low water flow rate region seemed more profitable, although the air introduction in the high water flow rate region and also the large air introduction were still effective in the augmentation of the heat transfer in the non-boiling region. (author)

  12. Sensitivity study on the counter-current flow limitation in the DEG LBLOCA with the TRACE code

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    Highlights: ► The CCFL is analysis with the TRACE Code on the DEG LBLOCA of the recirculation loop. ► The reflooding time is longer and the PCT is higher with the CCFL in the core area. ► The CCFL does not affect the break flow but closely related to the reflood time. ► The break flow at the RCP discharge is smaller because of the RCP flow resistance. ► The reactor water level is not recovered until LPCS injecting in LBLOCA. - Abstract: The counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) model plays a key role in any large break loss of coolant accident (LBLOCA) analysis since it affects the calculated discharge flow, reflooding time and peak cladding temperature (PCT). In this paper, a sensitivity study on the CCFL model is performed, by modeling LBLOCA occurring at the Chinshan BWR/4 plant. The scenario assumes 102% power and 75% core flow, with a double-ended guillotine (DEG) break on the recirculation loop, which is the most limiting LBLOCA for a BWR/4 reactor. Two break locations, i.e. on the suction and the discharge side of a recirculation pump, are evaluated, with high pressure core injecting (HPCI) and low pressure core spraying (LPCS) available while low pressure core injecting (LPCI) has failed. The TRACE code is used for the analysis. The Chinshan TRACE model was benchmarked against steady-state and transient data contained in the plant FSAR report, as well as start-up data and the transient results using the RETRAN code. The thermal hydraulic phenomena in the lower plenum area and the jet pumps are also analyzed

  13. TEMPERATURE FIELD AND DEFINITION OF SERVICEABILITY OF THE MULTI-FLOW COUNTER-CURRENT HEAT EXCHANGER WITH CHANGES OF PHASE IN STREAMS

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    Таран, В. Н.

    2015-01-01

    The method of a numerical integration of the heat transfer differential equations is applied to the multi-flow counter-current heat exchanger at presence of boiling or condensation in streams. The method is applied to the 11 streams heat exchanger. The processes of boiling or condensation occur in 3 streams. Calculations are carried out for alternatives of the heat exchanger with a modification of a surface in 20 times. At conducting calculations the cases of computing unstability and diverge...

  14. Analysis of the UPTF Separate Effects Test 11 (steam-water counter-current flow in the broken loop hot leg) using RELAP5/MOD2

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    RELAP5/MOD2 predictions of countercurrent flow limitation in the UPTF hot leg separate effects Test (test 11) are compared with the experimental data. The code underestimates, by a factor of more than three, the gas flow necessary to prevent liquid runback from the steam generator, and this is shown to be due to an oversimplified flow-regime map which does not allow the possibility of stratified flow in the hot leg riser. The predicted countercurrent flow is also shown to depend, wrongly, on the depth of liquid in the steam generator plenum. The same test is also modelled using a version of the code in which stratified flow in the riser is made possible. The gas flow needed to prevent liquid runback is then predicted quite well, but at all lower gas flows the code predicts that the flow is completely unrestricted - i.e. liquid flows between full flow and zero flow are not predicted. This is shown to happen because the code cannot calculate correctly the liquid level in the hot leg, mainly because of a numerical effect of upwind donoring in the momentum flux terms of the code's basic equations. It is also shown that the code cannot model the considerable effect of the ECCS injection pipe (which runs inside the hot leg) on the liquid level. (author)

  15. The contribution of UPTF experiments to resolve some scale-up uncertainties in countercurrent two phase flow

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    The volume scaling of previous existing integral test facilities is up to a maximum of 1/48 of the full size power reactors (or 1/25 for the reflood integral test facility CCTF). The experimental results achieved in these facilities or in down-scaled separate effects test facilities have to be extrapolated to reactor scale in order to evaluate the full size reactor thermal hydraulic behaviour. There is some uncertainty in extrapolating the small scale results. Experimental results from the 1:1 scale UPTF test facility can considerably reduce the uncertainty of geometrical scaling. The final goal is to qualify the overall validity of computer program simulation, and to quantify the uncertainty of the computer program calculations for full size reactors. Significant scaling dependent experimental results have been found in UPTF separate effects tests in the case of heterogeneous steam-water flow conditions. This is especially the case for vertical and horizontal countercurrent flow. (authors). 18 figs., 5 tabs., 20 refs

  16. Study on two-phase countercurrent flow and transport phenomenon in PEM of a direct methanol fuel cell

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    2006-01-01

    Based on the requirement of water management for a direct methanol fuel cell, this paper analyzes qualitatively the mechanism of occurrence and development of a two-phase countercurrent flow with corresponding transport phenomenon in the PEM. A one-dimensional, steady state quantitative model of heat and mass transfer in internal volumetric ohmic heating porous media saturated by liquid and vapor phases is developed. The effects of capillarity, electro-osmotic drag and phase change are included. Two important formulas to calculate the theoretical length of two-phase zone δt and determine the critical criterion |-ω/γ|cr for dryout in PEM are deduced. By use of these two dimensionless parameters, dryout of PEM can be easily predicted. Theoretical temperature, pressure and saturation profiles within the two-phase region are obtained numerically, which can help to explore the performance of a DMFC operating in its ohmic polarization region. The simulation results can be used to determine the catalyst content of cathode catalyst layer and the corresponding optimal thickness of PEM.

  17. Time-resolved fast-neutron radiography of air-water two-phase flows in a rectangular channel by an improved detection system

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    Zboray, Robert; Dangendorf, Volker; Mor, Ilan; Bromberger, Benjamin; Tittelmeier, Kai

    2015-01-01

    In a previous work we have demonstrated the feasibility of high-frame-rate, fast-neutron radiography of generic air-water two-phase flows in a 1.5 cm thick, rectangular flow channel. The experiments have been carried out at the high-intensity, white-beam facility of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany, using an multi-frame, time-resolved detector developed for fast neutron resonance radiography. The results were however not fully optimal and therefore we have decided to modify ...

  18. Assessment of RELAP5/MOD3/V5M5 against the UPTF Test No. 11 (countercurrent flow in PWR hot leg)

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    Analysis of the UPTF Test No. 11 using the open-quotes best-estimateclose quotes computer code RELAP5/MOD3/Version 5M5 is presented. Test No. 11 was a quasi-steady state, separate effect test designed to investigate the conditions for countercurrent flow of steam and saturated water in the hot leg of a PWR. Without using the code's new countercurrent flow limitation (CCFL) model, RELAP5/MOD3/V5M5 overestimated the mass flow rate of back down flowing water up to 35% (1.5 MPa runs) and 43% (0.3 MPa runs). This is the most obvious difference to RELAP5/MOD2, which did not allow enough countercurrent flow. From the point of view of performing plant calculations this is certainty an improvement, because the new junction-based CCFL option could be used to restrict the flows to a flooding curve defined by a user-supplied correlation. Very good agreement with the experimental data for 1.5 MPa -- which are relevant for SBLOCA reflux condensation conditions -- could be obtained using the code's new CCFL option in the middle of the inclined part (riser) of the hot leg. Using the same CCFL correlation for the simulation of 0.3 MPa test series -- typical for reflood conditions -- the code underestimated by 44% the steam mass flow rate at which complete liquid carry over occurs. An unphysical result was received using a CCFL correlation of the Wallis type with the intercept C = 0.644 and the slope m = 0.8. The unphysical prediction is an indication of possible programming errors in the CCFL model of the RELAP5/MOD3/V5M5 computer code

  19. Effects of outlet blade angle of centrifugal pump on the pump performance under air-water two-phase flow conditions

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    Minemura, Kiyoshi; Kinoshita, Katsuhiko [Nagoya Univ. (Japan). School of Informatics and Sciences; Ihara, Masaru; Furukawa, Hironori; Egashira, Kazuyuki [Japan National Oil Corp., Chiba (Japan). Petroleum Engineering Lab.

    1995-12-31

    To establish the optimum design parameters of offshore oil well centrifugal pumps, which should deliver crude oil containing a large amount of gas, various shapes of pump impeller with different outlet blade angles, locations of leading-edge and numbers of impeller blades as the design parameters were tested with various rotating speeds and suction pressures under air-water two-phase flow conditions. The greater the outlet blade angle, the less the degradation of the pump performance becomes, showing the optimum blade angle approximately equals to 90{degree}.

  20. Behaviour of liquid films and flooding in counter-current two-phase flow, (2)

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    The flooding in a double walled pipe was studied, and the behaviour of liquid film was observed. The maximum film thickness was measured by the probe method as well as the flooding velocity. Simple analysis of the waves on the surface of liquid film was made by modeling, and the condition of the cause of flooding was investigated. The flooding velocity in three or four rod bundle with various path cross section was measured. The results were analyzed by the dimensionless method as was shown in the first report. By considering an annular two-dimensional big wave formed on the steady surface of liquid film, the relation between the maximum wave height and the gas phase flow rate was introduced. The maximum wave height grows up with increase of the gas phase flow rate. By studying the growing-up process of the wave height, the gas phase flow rates at the cross point with the limit line obtained from the said equation were obtained. These rates were in good agreement with the flow rate at the start of flooding. The dimensionless treatment of flooding velocity can be applied for the flooding velocity in a double walled pipe and three or four rod bundle. (Kato, T.)

  1. Application of electromagnetic velocity meter for measuring liquid velocity distribution in air-water two-phase flow along a large vertical pipe

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    An electromagnetic velocity meter has been applied to measure the liquid velocity distribution along a large vertical pipe (Inner diameter: 0.48 m, Length of flow path: 2 m) under air-water two-phase flow. This measurement is performed to examine the flow structure along the large vertical pipe where the flow structure has not been fully understood yet. The experiment was performed under atmospheric pressure and superficial air and water velocities in the test section were 0.02--0.87 m/s and 0.01--0.2 m/s, respectively. The accuracy of the electromagnetic velocity meter was firstly checked and was confirmed to be within the error of ±10% for the local liquid velocity up to about 2 m/s under bubbly two-phase flow. The velocity meter was used to measure the radial distribution of local liquid velocity including flow direction in the large vertical pipe. With increasing air flow rate, the axial liquid velocity at the center of the pipe becomes higher, the direction of axial liquid flow near the wall becomes downward and the degree of anisotropy of liquid velocity fluctuation becomes larger. A developing region exists below about 1 m from the bottom of the test section and the flow structure above the elevation is considered to be almost developed based on the measurement of the radial distribution of axial liquid velocity

  2. Investigation of Countercurrent Helium-Air Flows in Air-ingress Accidents for VHTRs

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    Sun, Xiaodong; Christensen, Richard; Oh, Chang

    2013-10-03

    The primary objective of this research is to develop an extensive experimental database for the air- ingress phenomenon for the validation of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analyses. This research is intended to be a separate-effects experimental study. However, the project team will perform a careful scaling analysis prior to designing a scaled-down test facility in order to closely tie this research with the real application. As a reference design in this study, the team will use the 600 MWth gas turbine modular helium reactor (GT-MHR) developed by General Atomic. In the test matrix of the experiments, researchers will vary the temperature and pressure of the helium— along with break size, location, shape, and orientation—to simulate deferent scenarios and to identify potential mitigation strategies. Under support of the Department of Energy, a high-temperature helium test facility has been designed and is currently being constructed at Ohio State University, primarily for high- temperature compact heat exchanger testing for the VHTR program. Once the facility is in operation (expected April 2009), this study will utilize high-temperature helium up to 900°C and 3 MPa for loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA) depressurization and air-ingress experiments. The project team will first conduct a scaling study and then design an air-ingress test facility. The major parameter to be measured in the experiments is oxygen (or nitrogen) concentration history at various locations following a LOCA scenario. The team will use two measurement techniques: 1) oxygen (or similar type) sensors employed in the flow field, which will introduce some undesirable intrusiveness, disturbing the flow, and 2) a planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) imaging technique, which has no physical intrusiveness to the flow but requires a transparent window or test section that the laser beam can penetrate. The team will construct two test facilities, one for high-temperature helium tests with

  3. Experimental study of steam condensation on water in countercurrent flow in presence of inert gases

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    Bharathan, D.; Althof, J.

    1984-08-01

    Experimental results of investigating steam condensation on water in the presence of (noncondensable) inert gases at low temperatures and pressures relevant to open-cycle ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) systems are reported. Seven different condenser configurations were tested. The experimental data are correlated using a liquid flow fraction and a vent fraction to yield simple relationships of condenser performance over a wide range of test conditions. Performance maps and envelopes are provided for evaluating the relative merits of tested configurations. The height of transfer unit (HTU) for condensation ranges from 0.2 to 0.3 m among the various condenser geometries. Also reported are the pressure-loss coefficients for all the tested geometries.

  4. An Assessment of Counter-current Flow Limitation Phenomena Using MARS Code

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    Wallis and Kutateladze who studied counter current of liquid-gas flow in vertically channel found the inversely proportional relationship of the liquid and gas velocity. There are a number of experimental models conducted over the years for flooding, or CCFL, that base on the different viewpoints on the initiation and the basic mechanism of flooding. However, according to development of computational technology, analysis is more convenient by using computational analysis, such as TRACE code. MARS code was developed by KAERI based on RELAP5/MOD3 and RELAP5 code adopted the simple CCFL model. Some studies had been performed to assess CCFL phenomenon using MARS. However, the CCFL assessments have not been extensively performed. In this paper, simple CCFL phenomena occurrences were investigated and further studies were suggested. The results of this paper show that MARS code can predict well the onset of CCFL: small pipe for Wallis correlation; large pipe for Kutateladze correlation at low pressure environment. However, to analysis CCFL phenomenon in real reactor geometry, further researches need be conducted at varied pressures to ensure that the MARS code predicts well the onset of CCFL in the high pressure - the actual condition of the reactor

  5. The Effect of Sudden Change in Pipe Diameter on Flow Patterns of Air-Water Two-Phase

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    2001-01-01

    Flow patterns upstream and downstream of a sudden-contraction cross-section in a vertical straight pipe were presented. By comparing with flow patterns in uniform croes-section vertical tubes, the effect of the sudden change in pipe diameter on flow patterns was analyzed. Flow pattern transition mechanisms were discussed and transition criteria for flow pattern transitions were deduced accordingly using the dimensional analysis.

  6. Time-resolved fast-neutron radiography of air-water two-phase flows in a rectangular channel by an improved detection system

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    Zboray, Robert [Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI Villigen 5232 (Switzerland); Dangendorf, Volker; Bromberger, Benjamin; Tittelmeier, Kai [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Braunschweig 38116 (Germany); Mor, Ilan [Soreq NRC, Yavne 81800 (Israel)

    2015-07-15

    In a previous work, we have demonstrated the feasibility of high-frame-rate, fast-neutron radiography of generic air-water two-phase flows in a 1.5 cm thick, rectangular flow channel. The experiments have been carried out at the high-intensity, white-beam facility of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany, using an multi-frame, time-resolved detector developed for fast neutron resonance radiography. The results were however not fully optimal and therefore we have decided to modify the detector and optimize it for the given application, which is described in the present work. Furthermore, we managed to improve the image post-processing methodology and the noise suppression. Using the tailored detector and the improved post-processing, significant increase in the image quality and an order of magnitude lower exposure times, down to 3.33 ms, have been achieved with minimized motion artifacts. Similar to the previous study, different two-phase flow regimes such as bubbly slug and churn flows have been examined. The enhanced imaging quality enables an improved prediction of two-phase flow parameters like the instantaneous volumetric gas fraction, bubble size, and bubble velocities. Instantaneous velocity fields around the gas enclosures can also be more robustly predicted using optical flow methods as previously.

  7. Time-resolved fast-neutron radiography of air-water two-phase flows in a rectangular channel by an improved detection system

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    Zboray, Robert; Dangendorf, Volker; Mor, Ilan; Bromberger, Benjamin; Tittelmeier, Kai

    2015-07-01

    In a previous work, we have demonstrated the feasibility of high-frame-rate, fast-neutron radiography of generic air-water two-phase flows in a 1.5 cm thick, rectangular flow channel. The experiments have been carried out at the high-intensity, white-beam facility of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany, using an multi-frame, time-resolved detector developed for fast neutron resonance radiography. The results were however not fully optimal and therefore we have decided to modify the detector and optimize it for the given application, which is described in the present work. Furthermore, we managed to improve the image post-processing methodology and the noise suppression. Using the tailored detector and the improved post-processing, significant increase in the image quality and an order of magnitude lower exposure times, down to 3.33 ms, have been achieved with minimized motion artifacts. Similar to the previous study, different two-phase flow regimes such as bubbly slug and churn flows have been examined. The enhanced imaging quality enables an improved prediction of two-phase flow parameters like the instantaneous volumetric gas fraction, bubble size, and bubble velocities. Instantaneous velocity fields around the gas enclosures can also be more robustly predicted using optical flow methods as previously.

  8. Time-resolved fast-neutron radiography of air-water two-phase flows in a rectangular channel by an improved detection system

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    In a previous work, we have demonstrated the feasibility of high-frame-rate, fast-neutron radiography of generic air-water two-phase flows in a 1.5 cm thick, rectangular flow channel. The experiments have been carried out at the high-intensity, white-beam facility of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany, using an multi-frame, time-resolved detector developed for fast neutron resonance radiography. The results were however not fully optimal and therefore we have decided to modify the detector and optimize it for the given application, which is described in the present work. Furthermore, we managed to improve the image post-processing methodology and the noise suppression. Using the tailored detector and the improved post-processing, significant increase in the image quality and an order of magnitude lower exposure times, down to 3.33 ms, have been achieved with minimized motion artifacts. Similar to the previous study, different two-phase flow regimes such as bubbly slug and churn flows have been examined. The enhanced imaging quality enables an improved prediction of two-phase flow parameters like the instantaneous volumetric gas fraction, bubble size, and bubble velocities. Instantaneous velocity fields around the gas enclosures can also be more robustly predicted using optical flow methods as previously

  9. Slug flow transitions in horizontal gas/liquid two-phase flows. Dependence on channel height and system pressure for air/water and steam/water two-phase flows

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    The slug flow transitions and related phenomena for horizontal two-phase flows were studied for a better prediction of two-phase flows that typically appear during the reactor loss-of-coolant accidents (LOCAs). For better representation of the flow conditions experimentally, two large-scaled facility: TPTF for high-pressure steam/water two-phase flows and large duct test facility for air/water two-phase flows, were used. The visual observation of the flow using a video-probe was performed in the TPTF experiments for good understanding of the phenomena. The currently-used models and correlations based mostly on the small-scale low-pressure experiments were reviewed and improved based on these experimental results. The modified Taitel-Dukler model for prediction of transition into slug flow from wavy flow and the modified Steen-Wallis correlation for prediction of onset of liquid entrainment from the interfacial waves were obtained. An empirical correlation for the gas-liquid interfacial friction factor was obtained further for prediction of liquid levels at wavy flow. The region of slug flow regime that is generally under influences of the channel height and system pressure was predicted well when these models and correlations were applied together. (author). 90 refs

  10. Local gas- and liquid-phase measurements for air-water two-phase flows in a rectangular channel

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    Local gas- and liquid-phase measurements of various gas-liquid two-phase flows, including bubbly, cap-bubbly, slug, and churn-turbulent flows, were performed in an acrylic vertical channel with a rectangular cross section of 30 mm x 10 mm and height of 3.0 m. All the measurements were carried out at three measurement elevations along the flow channel, with z/Dh = 9, 72, and 136, respectively, to study the flow development. The gas-phase velocity, void fraction, and bubble number frequency were measured using a double-sensor conductivity probe. A high-speed imaging system was utilized to perform the flow regime visualization and to provide additional quantitative information of the two-phase flow structure. An image processing scheme was developed to obtain the gas-phase velocity, void fraction, Sauter mean diameter, bubble number density, and interfacial area concentration. The liquid-phase velocity and turbulence measurements were conducted using a particle image velocimetry-planar laser-induced fluorescence (PIV-PLIF) system, which enables whole-field and high-resolution data acquisition. An optical phase separation method, which uses fluorescent particles and optical filtration technique, is adopted to extract the velocity information of the liquid phase. An image pre-processing scheme is imposed on the raw PIV images acquired to remove noises due to the presence of bubble residuals and optically distorted particles in the images captured by the PIV-PLIF system. Due to the better light access and less bubble distortion in the narrow rectangular channel, the PIV-PLIF system were able to perform reasonably well in flows of even higher void fractions as compared to the situations with circular pipe test sections. The flow conditions being studied covered various flow regime transitions, void fractions, and liquid-phase flow Reynolds numbers. The obtained experimental data can also be used to validate two-phase CFD results. (author)

  11. Time-resolved fast-neutron radiography of air-water two-phase flows in a rectangular channel by an improved detection system

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    Zboray, Robert; Mor, Ilan; Bromberger, Benjamin; Tittelmeier, Kai

    2015-01-01

    In a previous work we have demonstrated the feasibility of high-frame-rate, fast-neutron radiography of generic air-water two-phase flows in a 1.5 cm thick, rectangular flow channel. The experiments have been carried out at the high-intensity, white-beam facility of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany, using an multi-frame, time-resolved detector developed for fast neutron resonance radiography. The results were however not fully optimal and therefore we have decided to modify the detector and optimize it for the given application, which is described in the present work. Furthermore, we managed to improve the image post-processing methodology and the noise suppression. Using the tailored detector and the improved post-processing significant increase in the image quality and an order of magnitude lower exposure times, down to 3.33 ms, have been achieved with minimized motion artifacts. Similar to the previous study, different two-phase flow regimes such as bubbly slug and churn flows have been e...

  12. Numerical analysis for two-dimensional compressible and two-phase flow fields of air-water in Eulerian grid framework

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    Two-phase compressible flow fields of air-water are investigated numerically in the fixed Eulerian grid framework. The phase interface is captured via volume fractions of ech phase. A way to model two phase compressible flows as a single phase one is found based on an equivalent equation of states of Tait's type for a multiphase cell. The equivalent single phase field is discretized using the Roe's approximate Riemann solver. Two approaches are tried to suppress the pressure oscillation phenomena at the phase interface, a passive advection of volume fraction and a direct pressure relaxation with the compressible form of volume fraction equation. The direct pressure equalizing method suppresses pressure oscillation successfully and generates sharp discontinuities, transmitting and reflecting acoustic waves naturally at the phase interface. In discretizing the compressible form of volume fraction equation, phase interfaces are geometrically reconstructed to minimize the numerical diffusion of volume fraction and relevant variables. The motion of a projectile in a water-filled tube which is fired by the release of highly pressurized air is simulated presuming the flow field as a two dimensional one, and several design factors affecting the projectile movement are investigated

  13. 3-Dimensional numerical study of cooling performance of a heat sink with air-water flow through mini-channel

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    Majumder, Sambit; Majumder, Abhik; Bhaumik, Swapan

    2016-07-01

    The present microelectronics market demands devices with high power dissipation capabilities having enhanced cooling per unit area. The drive for miniaturizing the devices to even micro level dimensions is shooting up the applied heat flux on such devices, resulting in complexity in heat transfer and cooling management. In this paper, a method of CPU processor cooling is introduced where active and passive cooling techniques are incorporated simultaneously. A heat sink consisting of fins is designed, where water flows internally through the mini-channel fins and air flows externally. Three dimensional numerical simulations are performed for large set of Reynolds number in laminar region using finite volume method for both developing flows. The dimensions of mini-channel fins are varied for several aspect ratios such as 1, 1.33, 2 and 4. Constant temperature (T) boundary condition is applied at heat sink base. Channel fluid temperature, pressure drop are analyzed to obtain best cooling option in the present study. It has been observed that as the aspect ratio of the channel decreases Nusselt number decreases while pressure drop increases. However, Nusselt number increases with increase in Reynolds number.

  14. Fluid flow separation in a reactor pressure vessel during an ECC injection. Single phase flow and two phase flow (air-water) experimental results

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    Full text of publication follows: Within the framework of the nuclear power plant lifetime issue, the assessment of the French 900 MWe (3-loops) series reactor pressure vessel (RPV) integrity has been performed. A simplified analysis has shown that the most severe loading conditions are given by the small break loss of coolant accidents due to the pressurized injection of cold water (9 deg. C) into the cold leg and down comer of the RPV. During these transient scenarios, single or two-phase (uncovered cold leg) flows have been shown in the cold leg, depending on the crack size and RPV model (900 MWe or 1300 MWe). An experimental study has been carried out, on the one hand, to consolidate the numerical results obtained with CFD home code (Code-Saturne) which mainly showed the stratified flow in the cold leg and the fluid flow separation and its oscillations in the down comer during a single phase scenario. These physical phenomena are important for the thermal RPV loading assessment. On the other hand, the absence of experimental two-phase data necessitated to carry out an experimental study around the mixing area behavior (free surface, stratified flow) during an ECC injection with an uncovered cold leg. The new EDF R and D mock up, called HYBISCUS, is a facility which is made out of Plexiglas (atmosphere pressure) and represents a half scale CP0 geometry with one cold leg and part of the down comer. The mock up modularity allows us to insert representative ECC nozzles and a thermal shield. In reference to the reactor scenarios, the experimental operating conditions are derived from the conservation of the density effects (Froude number). For that, a heated salted water flow is used to represent the ECC injection whereas water represents the cold leg fluid. This mock up has been defined in order to represent single phase flow (cold leg and down comer full of water) or two-phase flow (uncovered cold leg) ECC scenarios. This paper reports experimental results

  15. Flooding phenomena for air-water two-phase flow in inclined pipe. Effect of pipe inclination on the onset of flooding

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    Experimental investigation about the onset flooding was made on an air-water two-phase flow in inclined pipe. The pipe inclination angles examined were 30deg, 45deg and 60deg from horizontal. The tube diameter was 26 mm I.D., and superficial velocities of air and water ranged from 2.2 - 25 m/sec and from 0.018 - 0.141 m/sec, respectively. As a result, it was found that (1) there were two characteristic regimes before and after the onset of flooding, pre-flooding and post-flooding, (2) unstable movement in the liquid film with roll wave was occurred at the onset of flooding, (3) pressure gradient increased suddenly at the onset of flooding, while it decreased gradually in post-flooding after violent fluctuation, (4) the fluctuation in post-flooding was the biggest among the three regimes, (5) the flooding gas velocity increased with the pipe inclination due to the increment of gravity component which has to be sustained by the gas flow. (author)

  16. Analysis of Air-Water Two Phase Flow for K-HERMES-HALF Experiment using RELAP5/MOD3

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    Park, Rae Joon; Ha, Kwang Soon; Kim, Sang Baik; Hong, Seong Wan [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Heo, Sun [KHNP Nuclear Engineering and Technology Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-05-15

    The IVR (In-Vessel corium Retention) through the ERVC (External Reactor Vessel Cooling) is known to be an effective means for maintaining the integrity of the reactor pressure vessel during a severe accident in a nuclear power plant. This measure has been adopted in some low-power reactors such as the AP600, AP1000, and the Loviisa nuclear power plants as a design feature, and in the high-power reactor of the APR (Advanced Power Reactor) 1400 as an accident management strategy for severe accident mitigation. As part of a study on two-phase flow in the reactor cavity under external reactor vessel cooling in the APR1400, K-HERMES-HALF experiment (Hydraulic Evaluation of Reactor cooling Mechanism by External Self-induced flow-HALF scale) had performed at KAERI. This large-scale experiment using a half-height and half-sector model of the APR1400 uses the non-heating method of the air injection. In this research, K-HERMES-HALF test results had been evaluated by using RELAP5/MOD3 computer code to observe and evaluate the two-phase natural circulation phenomena through the annulus gap between the outer reactor vessel and the vessel insulation material

  17. Air-water model studies of cocurrent flow into and along a PWR hot leg to the steam generator

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    An experimental study is made of the cocurrent flow of air and water at atmospheric pressure from a reactor vessel into and along an approximately ninth-scale replica of the Sizewell 'B' PWR hot leg to the steam generator. A flow regime map of conditions in the hot leg is presented. The water interface level in the reactor vessel as a function of the flowrates is in agreement with a recent theory developed by the author. The same theory predicts the level in the hot leg when discharging two phases through a horizontal break and is in agreement with the results of other workers on this subject for the discharge of air and water up to a pressure of 5 bar and of steam and water up to a pressure of 62 bar. Results on the water level in the hot leg are correlated empirically but, for lower flowrates, the results are in approximate agreement with a theory for the onset of flooding. (orig.)

  18. Experimental Characterisation of the Interfacial Structure during Counter-Current Flow Limitation in a Model of the Hot Leg of a PWR

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    In order to investigate the two-phase flow behaviour during counter-current flow limitation in the hot leg of a pressurised water reactor, dedicated experiments were performed in a scaled down model of Kobe University. The experiments were performed with air and water at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. At high flow rates, CCFL occurs and the discharge of water to the reactor pressure vessel simulator is limited by the formation of slugs carrying liquid back to the steam generator. The structure of the interface was observed from the side of the channel test section using a high-speed video camera. An algorithm was developed to recognise the stratified interface in the camera frames after background subtraction. This method allows extracting the water level at any position in the image as well as performing further statistical treatments. The evolution of the interfacial structure along the horizontal part of the hot leg is shown by the visualisation of the probability distribution of the water level and analysed in function of the liquid and gas flow rates. The data achieved are useful for the analysis of the flow conditions as well as for the validation of modelling approaches like computational fluid dynamics.

  19. Cocurrent flow in an atmospheric pressure air-water model of a PWR hot leg at 0.114 scale

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    Experimental work has been carried out with air and water in a 0.114 times scale model of the proposed Sizewell 'B' PWR hot leg. The model was accurate from the entry from the reactor vessel to the tube plate in the steam generator. Visual observations are summarized in a flow map in the coordinates of an air Froude number versus a water Froude number. The map shows a predominantly stratified system with spray occurring at higher air flowrates and surges appearing at higher water flowrates. Also, at very low air flowrates, long bubbles of air passed along the top of the hot leg through water filling the pipe. A previous theory predicts the water level in the reactor vessel in terms of the air and water flowrates. This theory also agrees with data from other sources on the level in the hot leg in terms of the discharge of two phases through a horizontal hot leg break. The data includes results for steam and water at pressures up to 62 bar. Correlations for the interface level in the hot leg are developed. Data for lower air flowrates agrees substantially with a theory for the onset of slugging. (author)

  20. Experimental investigation of countercurrent flow limitation (CCFL) in a large-diameter hot-leg geometry: A detailed description of CCFL mechanisms, flow patterns and high-quality HSC imaging of the interfacial structure in a 1/3.9 scale of PWR geometry

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    Highlights: • Countercurrent flow limitation is experimentally investigated in a large-diameter hot-leg pipe geometry (Din = 190 mm, ∼1/3.9 scale of a PWR hot-leg). • High-speed and high-quality imaging was implemented to study the interfacial structure and flow patterns during flooding and deflooding. • Two main mechanisms were identified and described in details: bend-CCFL and ADE-CCFL. Four regions were recognized for jwater,in*0.5=0.085−0.305.. • Experimental curves of the onset of CCFL, and deflooding were discussed. High-quality images provide valuable validation data for CFD. • Form a safety point of view: onset of ADE-CCFL precedes the onset of bend-CCFL and its influence cannot be neglected for jwater,in*0.5>0.27.. - Abstract: Countercurrent flow limitation (CCFL) is experimentally investigated in large-diameter hot-leg geometry. COLLIDER test facility consists of reactor vessel simulator (RVs), hot-leg pipe, and a steam generator simulator (SGs) and was constructed to be a 1/3.9 scale model of a real PWR geometry. The facility is completely transparent providing excellent conditions for optical observation of the gas/liquid interface. Experiments were performed at atmospheric pressure using air/distilled water as flow mediums. High-quality high speed recording (HSC) was implemented to acquire the air/water interface which provided a unique and detailed look into the interface structure within the entire hot-leg geometry. This allowed a precise and a high-qualitative identification and description of the flow patterns and mechanisms by which the onset of CCFL occurs. A systematic experimental investigation of the onset of CCFL and deflooding was carried out for water inlet velocities in the range Jw,in*0.5=0.085−0.305,ΔJw,in*0.5=0.01. Air velocity was increased and decreased stepwise to identify the onset of CCFL and deflooding limits precisely. Two onset of CCFL mechanisms were identified and labeled as: bend-CCFL and ADE-CCFL. The

  1. Air/Water Purification

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    1992-01-01

    After 18 years of research into air/water pollution at Stennis Space Center, Dr. B. C. Wolverton formed his own company, Wolverton Environmental Services, Inc., to provide technology and consultation in air and water treatment. Common houseplants are used to absorb potentially harmful materials from bathrooms and kitchens. The plants are fertilized, air is purified, and wastewater is converted to clean water. More than 100 U.S. communities have adopted Wolverton's earlier water hyacinth and artificial marsh applications. Catfish farmers are currently evaluating the artificial marsh technology as a purification system.

  2. Flow patterns and their transition characteristicsof the air-water two-phase flow in a horizontal pipe with asudden-changed cross-section area

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    2001-01-01

    Flow patterns in upstream and downstream straight tubes of sudden-changedareas in ahorizontal straight pipe were experimentally examined. Both sudden-expansioncross-section (SECS)and sudden-contraction cross-section (SCCS) were investigated. The flow pattern mapsupstream anddownstream were delineated and compared with those in straight tubes with uniformcross-sections.The effects of the SECS and SCCS on flow patterns were discussed and analyzed.Furthermore, flowpattern transition mechanisms resulting in occurrences of different flow patternswere simplydiscussed and some transition criteria for the flow pattern transitions were deduced byusing the non-dimensionlized analysis method.

  3. Three-dimensional calculation of air-water two-phase flow in centrifugal pump impeller based on a bubbly flow model

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    To predict the behavior of gas-liquid two-phase flows in a centrifugal pump impeller, a three-dimensional numerical method is proposed on the basis of a bubbly flow model. Under the assumption of homogeneous bubbly flow entraining fine bubbles, the equation of motion of the mixture is represented by that of liquid-phase and the liquid velocity is expressed as a potential for a quasi-harmonic equation. This equation is solved with a finite element method to obtain the velocities, and the equation of motion of an air bubble is integrated numerically in the flow field to obtain the void fraction. These calculations are iterated to obtain a converged solution. The method has been applied to a radial-flow pump, and the results obtained have been confirmed by experiments within the range of bubbly flow regime

  4. Influence of impeller blade angles of centrifugal pump on air/water two-phase flow performance. Enshin pump haneguruma no hanekaku ga kieki nisoryu seino ni oyobosu eikyo

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    Sato, S. (Tsuyama National College of Technology, Okayama (Japan)); Furukawa, A. (Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering); Takamatsu, Y. (Ariake National College of Technology, Fukuoka (Japan))

    1993-11-25

    An air/water two-phase flow experiment was carried out on the impellers of a centrifugal pump to study the lifting performance and the flow aspect of gas phase. In the experiment, pressurized air is fed to the blowing pipe of a vertical-shaft type pump through a compressor. Transparent acryl resin was used to form the side wall, etc. of the casing through which a video picture of the flowing aspect of the gas phase was taken. The results showed the flowing aspect suddenly changes due to the increase of air flow rate in a low flow rate region where the angle of incidence of flow is large, and the negative pressure sides of impellers were covered with gas. At this time, the lift lowers sharply and discontinuously and then gradually with extension of the gas residence region. This effect appeared more clearly as the outlet angle of the impeller increased. The experimental result agrees roughly with that of the air-bubble calculation in the region where the gas-liquid ratio is so low that a fine air-bubble flow is maintained, but not in the region where the lift lowers sharply, approaching the result of separate flow calculation. The lift after the gas residence region occurs decreases gradually with the increase of air flow rate, showing the same tendency as the result of separate-flow calculation. 13 refs., 14 figs., 1 tab.

  5. Effect of tube size on flow pattern of air-water two-phase flow in vertical tubes%管径对垂直上升管内气液两相流流型的影响

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    刘雪敏; 李舟航; 吴玉新; 吕俊复

    2012-01-01

    The air-water two phase flow pattern in vertical tube was experimentally investigated with different tube inner diameter of 20 mm and 8 mm under atmosphere condition. The bubbly flow, slug flow, annular flow and mist flow are observed for two size tubes. Most of the experimental points agree well with Hewitt and Roberts flow pattern map when putting them on the map. With the experimental results, the range line between the flow patterns is suggested for the tubes of 20 mm inner diameter as well as 8 mm. For the vertical flow up, the air superficial velocity when the annular flow appears is independent of the water superficial velocity. The two phase flow patterns range line is similar in tendency and scope for different tubes. The range line between mist flow and annular flow for different tubes is almost overlapping while that between bubbly flow and slug flow is inconsistent for different tubes. The confusion error between bubbly flow and slug flow is of no great importance for heat transfer because the heat transfer for bubbly flow or for slug flow is same. It is believed that the effect of the tube diameter on the two-phase flow in vertical tubes could be neglected, and the Hewitt and Roberts flow pattern map could be adopted without any consideration of tube diameter.%以空气和水作为介质,在管径分别为20mm与8mm的垂直上升管内进行了常压下气液两相流流型的实验研究,得到了这两种管径下泡状流、弹状流、乳状流和环状流等流型,得到的绝大部分实验点与Hewitt和Roberts流型图相符合,并根据实验结果修正了流型图的转化边界.对于气液两相流垂直上升流动,环状流发生所需的气相折算速度几乎不随液相折算速度的变化而变化.不同管径条件下,各种气液两相流流型发生的范围和转换趋势基本一致,乳状流向环状流的转换界限基本重叠,而泡状流与弹状流的界限变化大一些.由于弹状流的换热与泡状流的换热

  6. A Laboratory Exercise Using a Physical Model for Demonstrating Countercurrent Heat Exchange

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    Loudon, Catherine; Davis-Berg, Elizabeth C.; Botz, Jason T.

    2012-01-01

    A physical model was used in a laboratory exercise to teach students about countercurrent exchange mechanisms. Countercurrent exchange is the transport of heat or chemicals between fluids moving in opposite directions separated by a permeable barrier (such as blood within adjacent blood vessels flowing in opposite directions). Greater exchange of…

  7. The Buenos Aires water concession

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    Alcázar, Lorena; Manuel A. Abdala; Shirley, Mary M.

    2000-01-01

    The signing of a concession contract for the Buenos Aires water and sanitation system in December 1992, attracted worldwide attention, and caused considerable controversy in Argentina. It was one of the worlds largest concessions, but the case was also interesting for other reasons. The concession was implemented rapidly, in contrast with slow implementation of privatization in Santiago, for ...

  8. Analytical Investigation by Using the Two-fluid-model to Study the Interfacial Behavior of Air-water Horizontal Stratified Flow

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    Kuntoro, Hadiyan Yusuf; Indarto,

    2015-01-01

    In the chemical, petroleum and nuclear industries, pipelines are often used to transport fluids from one process site to another one. The understanding of the fluids behavior inside the pipelines is the most important consideration for the engineers and scientists. From the previous studies, there are several two-phase flow patterns in horizontal pipe. One of them is stratified flow pattern, which is characterized by the liquid flowing along the bottom of the pipe and the gas moving above it cocurrently. Another flow patterns are slug and plug flow patterns. This kind of flow triggers the damage in pipelines, such as corrosion, abrasion, and blasting pipe. Therefore, slug and plug flow patterns are undesirable in pipelines, and the flow is maintained at the stratified flow condition for safety reason. In this paper, the analytical-based study on the experiment of the stratified flow pattern in a 26 mm i.d. horizontal pipe is presented. The experiment is performed to develop a high quality database of the stra...

  9. Analytical Investigation by Using the Two-fluid-model to Study the Interfacial Behavior of Air-water Horizontal Stratified Flow

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    Kuntoro, Hadiyan Yusuf; Deendarlianto; Indarto .

    2015-01-01

    In the chemical, petroleum and nuclear industries, pipelines are often used to transport fluids from one process site to another one. The understanding of the fluids behavior inside the pipelines is the most important consideration for the engineers and scientists. From the previous studies, there are several two-phase flow patterns in horizontal pipe. One of them is stratified flow pattern, which is characterized by the liquid flowing along the bottom of the pipe and the gas moving above it ...

  10. Thermal hydrodynamical analysis of a countercurrent gas centrifuge

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    The separative effect in a centrifuge is amplified when a countercurrent in the axial direction is added to the centrifugal field. The mechanisms used to create this countercurrent are obtained with the gas deceleration near to the waste scoop, mechanical effect, and temperature distribution on the rotor walls, thermal effect. This work treats the influence of the thermal countercurrent on the centrifuge separative performance. A complete centrifuge model is presented, therefore this study passes by the hydrodynamical and thermal phenomena analysis. For the accomplishment of this work the gas flow is simulated inside the rotor, initially with arbitrary thermal boundary conditions. Then a structural thermal model is developed to supply the realistic boundary conditions for the hydrodynamical model. This procedure, with the integrated models, allows to propose and to evaluate configuration changes for a centrifuge minimizing the laboratory phase tests

  11. Pore-scale characteristics of multiphase flow in porous media: A comparison of air-water and oil-water experiments

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    Culligan, K.A.; Wildenschild, Dorthe; Christensen, Britt Stenhøj Baun;

    2006-01-01

    determinant of NAPL removal efficiency. To measure the interfacial area, we have used a synchrotron-based CMT technique to obtain high-resolution 3D images of flow in a Soltrol-water glass bead system. The interfacial area is found to increase as the wetting phase saturation decreases, reach a maximum, and...

  12. Estudio Experimental de Patrones de Flujo Bifásico Aire-Agua en Tuberías Horizontales y Ligeramente Inclinadas Experimental Study of Air-Water Two-Phase Flow Patterns in Horizontal and Slightly Inclined Pipelines

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio experimental de patrones de flujo bifásico aire-agua en tuberías horizontales y ligeramente inclinadas. Se realizaron 493 experimentos de flujo bifásico aire-agua de los cuales 191 corresponden a tubería horizontal y 302 corresponden a flujo ascendente. Las distribuciones espaciales de los experimentos incluyen los patrones de flujo estratificado liso y ondulado, tapón, anular y burbuja dispersa. Se desarrollan mapas de patrones de flujo experimentales para cada ángulo de inclinación y se evalúa la capacidad de predicción de cuatro modelos mecanicistas y dos modelos de correlación utilizados comúnmente en la literatura para determinar patrones de flujo. Comparando con los valores experimentales se encuentra que los modelos seleccionados tienen un porcentaje de acierto mayor al 75 %.An experimental study in horizontal and slightly inclined pipelines was performed. A total of 493 air-water two-phase flow experiments were carried out, of which 191 correspond to horizontal pipelines and 302 correspond to upward flow. The space distributions of the experiments include the smooth and wavy stratified, slug, annular and dispersed bubble flow patterns. Experimental maps of the flow patterns for each inclination angle are developed and the prediction capability of four mechanistic models and two correlating models commonly used in the literature for determining flow patterns are evaluated. Comparison between calculated and experimental values indicates that the selected models have a success percentage greater than 75%.

  13. Anisotropic diffusion of volatile pollutants at air-water interface

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    Li-ping CHEN

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The volatile pollutants that spill into natural waters cause water pollution. Air pollution arises from the water pollution because of volatilization. Mass exchange caused by turbulent fluctuation is stronger in the direction normal to the air-water interface than in other directions due to the large density difference between water and air. In order to explore the characteristics of anisotropic diffusion of the volatile pollutants at the air-water interface, the relationship between velocity gradient and mass transfer rate was established to calculate the turbulent mass diffusivity. A second-order accurate smooth transition differencing scheme (STDS was proposed to guarantee the boundedness for the flow and mass transfer at the air-water interface. Simulations and experiments were performed to study the trichloroethylene (C2HCl3 release. By comparing the anisotropic coupling diffusion model, isotropic coupling diffusion model, and non-coupling diffusion model, the features of the transport of volatile pollutants at the air-water interface were determined. The results show that the anisotropic coupling diffusion model is more accurate than the isotropic coupling diffusion model and non-coupling diffusion model. Mass transfer significantly increases with the increase of the air-water relative velocity at a low relative velocity. However, at a higher relative velocity, an increase in the relative velocity has no effect on mass transfer.

  14. Anisotropic diffusion of volatile pollutants at air-water interface

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    Li-ping CHEN; Jing-tao CHENG; Guang-fa DENG

    2013-01-01

    The volatile pollutants that spill into natural waters cause water pollution. Air pollution arises from the water pollution because of volatilization. Mass exchange caused by turbulent fluctuation is stronger in the direction normal to the air-water interface than in other directions due to the large density difference between water and air. In order to explore the characteristics of anisotropic diffusion of the volatile pollutants at the air-water interface, the relationship between velocity gradient and mass transfer rate was established to calculate the turbulent mass diffusivity. A second-order accurate smooth transition differencing scheme (STDS) was proposed to guarantee the boundedness for the flow and mass transfer at the air-water interface. Simulations and experiments were performed to study the trichloroethylene (C2HCl3) release. By comparing the anisotropic coupling diffusion model, isotropic coupling diffusion model, and non-coupling diffusion model, the features of the transport of volatile pollutants at the air-water interface were determined. The results show that the anisotropic coupling diffusion model is more accurate than the isotropic coupling diffusion model and non-coupling diffusion model. Mass transfer significantly increases with the increase of the air-water relative velocity at a low relative velocity. However, at a higher relative velocity, an increase in the relative velocity has no effect on mass transfer.

  15. Local heat transfer properties in co- and counter-current G-L-S magnetically stabilized fluidized beds

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    Jinli Zhang; Ming Zhang; Wei Li; Xiaofang Li; Xiangkun Meng; Baoning Zong

    2011-01-01

    Heat transfer coefficients were measured by immersed probes in co- and counter-current G-L-S magnetically stabilized fluidized beds (MSFBs) using air,water and nickel-alloy particles as the gas,liquid and solid phases. Influences of major factors,including magnetic field intensity,superficial gas and liquid velocities,liquid viscosity and surface tension,on heat-transfer properties were studied experimentally,indicating that both co- and counter-current G-L-S MSFB can provide relatively uniform radial distribution of heat transfer coefficients under appropriate operation conditions,thus controlling operation temperature for highly exothermic multi-phase reaction systems. Two correlations were provided to estimate accurately heat transfer properties in both co- and counter-current G-L-S MSFB systems,with an average error of less than 10%.

  16. Cleaning verification by air/water impingement

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    Jones, Lisa L.; Littlefield, Maria D.; Melton, Gregory S.; Caimi, Raoul E. B.; Thaxton, Eric A.

    1995-01-01

    This paper will discuss how the Kennedy Space Center intends to perform precision cleaning verification by Air/Water Impingement in lieu of chlorofluorocarbon-113 gravimetric nonvolatile residue analysis (NVR). Test results will be given that demonstrate the effectiveness of the Air/Water system. A brief discussion of the Total Carbon method via the use of a high temperature combustion analyzer will also be given. The necessary equipment for impingement will be shown along with other possible applications of this technology.

  17. The Effect of Sudden Change in Pipe Diameter on Flow Patterns of Air-Water Two-Phase Flow in Vertical Pipe (Ⅱ) Sudden-Expansion Cross-Section

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    2001-01-01

    In this companion paper, flow patterns in the upstream and downstream tubes of a sudden-expansion cross-section (SECS) in a vertical straight pipe were presented. The effect of SECS on flow patterns upstream and downstream was analyzed by comparing with flow patterns in uniform cross-section vertical tubes. It is found the effect is great. There exist great instabilities of two-phase flow in the neighboring areas of the SECS both downstream and upstream.

  18. Critical air/water blow-down in safety valves at low qualities

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    Critical air/water blow-downs in safety valves for qualities from 0.01 to 0.113 and mass flow rates from 1.5 up to 4.3 kg/s have been observed in our test facility. These critical blow-downs are characterized by a large void fraction and by an intense mixing of the phases both in the valve body and in the outlet pipe. A qualitative estimation of the flow pattern in the outlet pipe using the map of Taitel and Dukler suggests that these air/water flows are intermittent flows - presumably slug flows - evolving to annular flows for qualities above 0.1. Intermittent flows are also predicted for critical air/water and air/glycerine flows taken from the literature for the same safety valve at slightly larger relieving pressures.

  19. Research and Application Progress in Countercurrent Solvent Extraction

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    贾江涛; 吴声; 廖春生; 严纯华

    2004-01-01

    In this article, the recent progress made by Peking University is briefly introduced. Based on Theory of Countercurrent Extraction established by Prof. Guangxian Xu, the static equilibrium and dynamic process for two- and three-outlet countercurrent extractions, and designed the optimized parameters for the real cascades to separate different rare earth minerals, which can be scaled-up to the industrial process without any further experimental verification were systematically investigated. In order to stabilize the quality of products and improve the capability of automation for extraction process, we have also established an 241Am stimulated X-ray fluorescent energy dispersive method to detect the elemental composition in both organic and aqueous phases, which can be used as an on-line analysis method in practice. Furthermore, the expert system and the control software with open- and close-loop models have been set up. Combined with the detected data from on-line analysis, the flow-rates of extracting, feeding, scrubbing and stripping solutions can be controlled in an optimum status for the industrial cascades. In addition, we have developed a new multi-input and multi-output countercurrent extraction process for separating multi-component rare earth mixture with lower chemical cost and pollution.

  20. Countercurrent Separation of Natural Products: An Update

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    Friesen, J. Brent; McAlpine, James B.; Chen, Shao-Nong; Pauli, Guido F.

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    This work assesses the current instrumentation, method development, and applications in countercurrent chromatography (CCC) and centrifugal partition chromatography (CPC), collectively referred to as countercurrent separation (CCS). The article provides a critical review of the CCS literature from 2007 since our last review (J. Nat. Prod. 2008, 71, 1489–1508), with a special emphasis on the applications of CCS in natural products research. The current state of CCS is reviewed in regard to thr...

  1. Interfacial structure in an air-water planar bubble jet

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    Sun, X. [Purdue University, School of Nuclear Engineering, West Lafayette, IN (United States); The Ohio State University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Columbus, OH (United States); Vasavada, S.; Choi, S.W.; Ishii, M. [Purdue University, School of Nuclear Engineering, West Lafayette, IN (United States); Kim, S. [Purdue University, School of Nuclear Engineering, West Lafayette, IN (United States); University of Missouri-Rolla, Nuclear Engineering, Rolla, MO (United States); Beus, S.G. [Bechtel Bettis Inc., West Mifflin, PA (United States)

    2005-04-01

    The objective of the current study is to better understand the interfacial structure and its development in an air-water planar bubble jet, as well as to provide a unique benchmark data set for a 3D thermal-hydraulic analysis code. Both flow visualization and local measurements were performed in three characteristic flow conditions at four elevations along a test section with a cross section of 200 mm in width and 10 mm in gap. A high-speed digital video camera was applied in the flow visualization study to capture the flow structures and bubble interaction phenomena, while a miniaturized four-sensor conductivity probe was used to acquire the time-averaged local void fraction, interfacial velocity, and bubble number frequency. Also, the interfacial area concentration and the averaged bubble Sauter mean diameter were obtained from the local measurements. The lateral bubble transport and bubble interaction mechanisms were clearly demonstrated in the acquired data. (orig.)

  2. Multidimensional two-phase flow regime distribution in a PWR downcomer during an LBLOCA refill phase

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    The multidimensional countercurrent two-phase flow regimes that occur in a pressurized-water reactor (PWR) vessel downcomer during the refill phase of a large-break loss-of-coolant accident are studied using a transparent 1/10 scale model of a PWR vessel. The various flow regimes and their distribution in the downcomer have been identified and mapped for a range of air-water flooding experiments. The two-phase flow patterns that are identified in the downcomer included various types of film flows, droplet flows, countercurrent churn flows and cocurrent flows depending on the flooding condition. Through observation of the two-phase flow dynamics it was deduced that the physical mechanisms associated with the flooding processes could be separated into a liquid entrainment process and a film flow reversal process. In addition to the above exercise, the effect of non-uniform injection of water into the downcomer via different combinations of cold leg was studied similarly by determining flooding curves and flow pattern maps. It was found that differences in the flooding characteristic were noticeable for various water inlet configurations when compared with the uniform injection case. The differences could be explained qualitatively in terms of the flooding mechanisms identified previously by examining the flow patterns in the downcomer for the non-uniform injection tests. ((orig.))

  3. On Bubble Rising in Countercurrent Flow

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    Večeř, M.; Leštinský, P.; Wichterle, K.; Růžička, Marek

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 10, č. 2012 (2012), A30. ISSN 1542-6580 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA104/09/0972; GA ČR GA104/07/1110 Grant ostatní: GA MŠMT(CZ) CZ.1.05/2.1.00/03.0069 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : ellipsoidal bubble * bubble shape * bubble velocity Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Impact factor: 0.790, year: 2011

  4. Thermal hydrodynamic analysis of a countercurrent gas centrifuge

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    The influence of the thermal countercurrent on the separative performance of countercurrent centrifuges is treated in this work. The methodology used consists in modeling the gas flow inside the rotor under thermal boundary conditions supplied by the structural thermal model. The gas flow model, also called hydrodynamical model, is based on the Finite Volume Method for cylindrical geometry with azimuthal symmetry. The structural thermal model is based on the Nodal Method and take into account simultaneously, the conduction convection and radiation phenomena. The procedure adopted for this study consisted in the definition of the operational and geometric conditions of a centrifuge which was used as a pattern to the accomplished analysis. This configuration, called 'Standard Centrifuge', was used for the accomplishment of several simulations where the importance of the realistic boundary thermal conditions for the numerical evaluation of the centrifuge separative capacity was evidenced. A selective alteration for the optical properties based on simple engineering procedures was proposed. An improvement of 5% was obtained with this alteration. (author)

  5. Countercurrent exchange of water in canine jejunum

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    The possibility of countercurrent exchange of water molecules in canine intestinal villi has been examined. Tritium-labeled water (3H2O) molecules were introduced either into the fluid lavaging the intestinal lumen or into the arterial blood supply for varying periods of time. Quickly frozen samples of intestinal tissue were sectioned such that isotopic concentrations at the villus tip, midvillus, villus base, and underlying submucosa and muscle could be determined. The villus concentration gradients observed were consistent with the existence of a countercurrent exchange but could also be explained by alternative arrangements. More convincing evidence of a countercurrent was obtained from experiments in which [14C]inulin was introduced simultaneously with 3H2O into the intestinal artery. The villus tip-to-base concentration ratio for 3H2O was less than one while the ratio for inulin was greater than one, thus vitiating the alternative explanations and leading to the conclusion that the labeled water molecules must have undergone a countercurrent exchange

  6. The counter-current flooding limit in vertical tubes with and without orifices

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    For hypothetical loss of coolant accidents in nuclear reactors, rapid reflooding of the core is desirable. In CANDU reactors the cooling water is injected into the headers which are connected to the fuel channels by the feeder pipes. These pipes consist of vertical and horizontal runs; in some feeders, orifices and/or venturi flow meters are installed for flow adjustments and measurements respectively. For certain postulated accident scenarios, steam coming from the fuel channels and/or generated in the hot feeders may flow in the direction opposite to that of the cooling water thereby, creating a vertical or horizontal counter-current two-phase flow. Under these conditions, the rate at which cooling water can enter the fuel channels may be limited by the flooding phenomena. This phenomena is greatly affected by the geometry of the feeder pips, shape and number of fittings, and the flow area restrictions located in the feeders. In this paper the influence that orifice type flow area restrictions have on the counter-current flooding limit (CCFL) in a vertical tube is examined. air and water at close to atmospheric conditions are used as the working fluids. The data collected on the counter-current flooding limit in a vertical tube both with and without flow area restrictions is compared against some of the most commonly used correlations that are available in the open literature. Data on the two-phase counter-current pressure drop below the flooding point are also presented. 12 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab

  7. Investigations of hydraulic operating conditions of air lift pump with three types of air-water mixers

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Investigations of hydraulic operating conditions of air lift pump with three types of air-water mixers. The paper presents the analysis of results of the investigations concerning the influence of various constructive solutions of the air-water mixers on hydraulic operating conditions of the air lift pump. The scope of the investigations encompassed the determination of characteristics of delivery head and delivery rate for three types of air-water mixers applied in the constructed air lift pump. Using the obtained results, the efficiency of the three types of air-water mixers applied in this air lift pump was determined. The analysis was carried out and there was checked whether the improved analytical Stenning-Martin model can be used to design air lift pumps with the air-water mixers of these types. The highest capacity in the water transport was reached by the air lift pump with the 1st type air-water mixer, the lowest one – with the 3rd type air-water mixer. The water flow in the air lift pump increases along with the rise in the air flow. The lower are the hydraulic losses generated during flow of the air flux by the air-water mixer, the higher is the air lift pump capacity. Along with the rise in the water delivery head, the capacity of the air lift pump decreases. The highest efficiency is reached by the air lift pump with the 1st type air-water mixer, the lowest – with the 3st type air-water mixer. The efficiency of the air lift pump for the three investigated types of air-water mixers decreases along with the rise in air flow rate and water delivery head. The values of submergence ratio (h/L of the delivery pipe, calculated with the use of the improved analytical Stenning-Martin model, coincide quite well with the values of h/L determined from the measurements.

  8. Computational Modeling and Simulations of Hydrodynamics for Air-Water External Loop Airlift Reactors

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    Law, Deify

    2010-01-01

    External loop airlift reactors are widely used for biochemical applications such as syngas fermentation and wastewater treatment. To further understand the inherent gas-liquid flow physics within the reactors, computational modeling and simulations of hydrodynamics for air-water external loop airlift reactors were investigated. The gas-liquid flow dynamics in a bubble column were simulated using a FORTRAN code developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory, CFDLib, which employs an Eulerian-Eule...

  9. Methylglyoxal at the Air-Water Interface

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    Wren, S. N.; Gordon, B. P.; McWilliams, L.; Valley, N. A.; Richmond, G.

    2014-12-01

    Recently, it has been suggested that aqueous-phase processing of atmospheric α-dicarbonyl compounds such as methylglyoxal (MG) could constitute an important source of secondary organic aerosol (SOA). The uptake of MG to aqueous particles is higher than expected due to the fact that its carbonyl moieties can hydrate to form diols, as well as the fact that MG can undergo aldol condensation reactions to form larger oligomers in solution. MG is known to be surface active but an improved description of its surface behaviour is crucial to understanding MG-SOA formation, in addition to understanding its gas-to-particle partitioning and cloud forming potential. Here, we employ a combined experimental and theoretical approach involving vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy (VSFS), surface tensiometry, molecular dynamics simulations, and density functional theory calculations to study MG's surface adsorption, in both the presence and absence of salts. We are particularly interested in determining MG's hydration state at the surface. Our experimental results indicate that MG slowly adsorbs to the air-water interface and strongly perturbs the water structure there. This perturbation is enhanced in the presence of NaCl. Together our experimental and theoretical results suggest that singly-hydrated MG is the dominant form of MG at the surface.

  10. Measurement of bubble velocity in an air/water flow through a narrow gap by using high-speed cinematography; Ermittlung der Blasengeschwindigkeit einer Luft/Wasser-Spaltstroemung mit Hilfe der Hochgeschwindigkeitskinematographie

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    Koerner, S.; Friedel, L. [Technische Univ. Hamburg-Harburg, Hamburg (Germany)

    1997-12-01

    To predict the mass flow of a two phase mixture at a given pressure difference through narrow gaps, apart from the change in state of the gas phase during pressure reduction, the knowledge of the fluid dynamics on balance which occurs in the form of a relative velocity between the phases is important. These two influences were examined with the aid of high speed cinematography for a water/air bubble flow. Apart from the quick reduction in pressure due to the sudden reduction in crossection at the entry to the gap, there are no significant differences between the experimentally determined volume change in bubbles of different sizes and that calculated assuming an isothermal change in state. The mean velocity of the bubbles does not differ appreciably from that calculated assuming an homogeneous flow. [Deutsch] Zur Vorhersage des sich bei gegebener Druckdifferenz einstellenden Massenstroms eines Zweiphasengemischs durch enge Spalte ist neben der Zustandsaenderung der Gasphase waehrend der Druckabsenkung u.a. auch die Kenntnis des sich dabei einstellenden fluiddynamischen Ungleichgewichts in Form einer Relativgeschwindigkeit zwischen den Phasen von Bedeutung. Diese beiden Einfluesse wurden mit Hilfe der Hochgeschwindigkeitskinematographie fuer eine Wasser/Luft-Blasenstroemung untersucht. Abgesehen von der raschen Druckabsenkung aufgrund der ploetzlichen Querschnittsverengung im Spalteintritt treten keine nennenswerten Unterschiede zwischen den experimentell ermittelten und den unter der Annahme einer isothermen Zustandsaenderungen berechneten Volumenaenderung verschiedengrosser Blasen auf. Die mittlere Geschwindigkeit der Blasen unterscheidet sich dabei nicht wesentlich von der unter der Annahme einer homogenen Stroemung berechneten. (orig.)

  11. CFD simulation of transient stage of continuous countercurrent hydrolysis of canola oil

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    Wang, Weicheng

    2012-08-01

    Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modeling of a continuous countercurrent hydrolysis process was performed using ANSYS-CFX. The liquid properties and flow behavior such as density, specific heats, dynamic viscosity, thermal conductivity, and thermal expansivity as well as water solubility of the hydrolysis components triglyceride, diglyceride, monoglyceride, free fatty acid, and glycerol were calculated. Chemical kinetics for the hydrolysis reactions were simulated in this model by applying Arrhenius parameters. The simulation was based on actual experimental reaction conditions including temperature and water-to-oil ratio. The results not only have good agreement with experimental data but also show instantaneous distributions of concentrations of every component in hydrolysis reaction. This model provided visible insight into the continuous countercurrent hydrolysis process. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

  12. Preparative isolation and purification of ginsenosides Rf, Re, Rd and Rb1 from the roots of Panax ginseng with a salt/containing solvent system and flow step-gradient by high performance counter-current chromatography coupled with an evaporative light scattering detector.

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    Qi, Xiaocheng; Ignatova, Svetlana; Luo, Guoan; Liang, Qionglin; Jun, Frank Wu; Wang, Yiming; Sutherland, Ian

    2010-03-26

    Ginseng is a popular herb worldwide and has had varied uses in traditional Asian medicine for thousands of years. There are several different species of the herb, but all share the same constituents. Ginsenosides, the most extensively studied chemical components of ginseng, are generally considered to be one of the most important active ingredients of the plant. In this study, we have developed fast and efficient methodology for isolation of four known ginsenosides Rf, Rd, Re and Rb1 from Ginseng by high performance counter-current chromatography (HPCCC) coupled with evaporative light scattering detection (ELSD). The crude sample for HPCCC was purified firstly from a ginseng extraction using macroporous resin. The enriched saponin fraction (480 mg) was separated by using methylene chloride-methanol-5 mM aqueous ammonium acetate-isopropanol (6:2:4:3, v/v,) as the two-phase solvent system and yielded 10.7 mg of Rf, 11.0 mg of Rd, 13.4 mg of Re and 13.9 mg of Rb1. The purity of these ginsenosides was 99.2%, 88.3%, 93.7% and 91.8%, respectively assessed by HPLC-DAD-ELSD, and their structures were characterized by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and compared with standards. Ammonium acetate was used to shorten the separation time and eliminate emulsification together with a flow step-gradient. The salt can be removed by re-dissolving the sample using acetone. PMID:20171644

  13. Hydrodynamics of a fixed camphor boat at the air-water interface

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    Singh, Dhiraj; Akella, Sathish; Singh, Ravi; Mandre, Shreyas; Bandi, Mahesh

    2015-11-01

    A camphor tablet, when introduced at the air-water interface undergoes sublimation and the camphor vapour spreads radially outwards across the surface. This radial spreading of camphor is due to Marangoni forces setup by the camphor concentration gradient. We report experiments on the hydrodynamics of this process for a camphor tablet held fixed at the air-water interface. During the initial transient, the time-dependent spread radius R (t) of camphor scales algebraically with time t (R (t) ~t 1 / 2) in agreement with empirical scalings reported for spreading of volatile oils on water surface. But unlike surfactants, the camphor stops spreading when the influx of camphor from the tablet onto the air-water interface is balanced by the outflux of camphor due to evaporation, and a steady-state condition is reached. The spreading camphor however, shears the underlying fluid and sets up bulk convective flow. We explain the coupled steady-state dynamics between the interfacial camphor spreading and bulk convective flow with a boundary layer approximation, supported by experimental evidence. This work was supported by the Collective Interactions Unit, OIST Graduate University.

  14. Air-water tests in support of LLTR series II Test A-4

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    A series of tests injecting air into a tank of stagnant water was conducted in June 1980 utilizing the GE Plenum Mixing Test Facility in San Jose, California. The test was concerned with investigating the behavior of air jets at a submerged orifice in water over a wide range of flow rates. The main objective was to improve the basic understanding of gas-liquid phenomena (e.g., leak dynamics, gas bubble agglomeration, etc.) in a simulated tube bundle through visualization. The experimental results from these air-water tests will be used as a guide to help select the leak size for LLTR Series II Test A-4 because air-water system is a good simulation of water-sodium mixture

  15. Two phase flow in a PWR vessel downcomer during a refill phase of LOCA

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    The refill stage of the Hypothetical Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA), of a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR), has been the subject of considerable analysis and experimental study even through it is a very unlikely event. The Large Break Loss of Coolant Accident has been studied extensively in PWR systems to assess the effectiveness of the emergency core cooling system to maintain the fuel rods within safe temperature level. A particular phase of the transient, known as the Refill phase may be reached when the emergency core coolant, inject via the cold legs could be prevented from completely entering the core due to opposing flow of steam in the annular downcomer of the PWR vessel. Under certain conditions the upward flowing steam can hold-up the liquid and by-pass it around the downcomer annulus to the break. Experiments were performed at close to atmospheric pressure in a polycarbonate 1/10th - scale model of a typical four loop Westinghouse pressurized Water Reactor. The objective of the study was to identify hydraulic conditions and flow regimes that exist during the refill stage of a LOCA in the PWR downcomer, and to study the effects of various liquid inlet conditions (non-uniform liquid injection) into the downcomer on the flooding characteristics. The tests were performed using air and water at the working fluids to simulate the refill process under thermal equilibrium conditions. The effect of hot leg penetrations (blockages) on the flooding characteristics was also investigated and studied. The results were plotted using the Wallis J* parameter, and the mean annular circumference w (was used as the characteristic dimension). The flow regimes types and their spatial distribution in the PWR vessel downcomer for air-water counter-current flow were mapped, presented and discussed. The controlling mechanisms for the flooding were postulated and discussed. The flow pattern maps associated with various liquid modes were constructed. In addition the corresponding

  16. Emission to air, water and ground: legislation in Norway

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    The article discusses Norwegian legislation on emission to air, water and ground. Pollution in the sense of the law is defined as ''the addition of solid matter, gas or liquid to air, water or ground''. The concept of pollution is, however, more far-reaching as even noise, light and radiation may be regarded as pollution although these are not discussed. Any pollution is prohibited. But there are two exceptions: commonly accepted pollutions such as arising from wood burning and agriculture, and emissions allowed by special permission from the National State Pollution Control Authority. The article also discusses liability issues

  17. Air-water flooding in multirod channels: effects of spacer grids and blockages

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    This paper presents the experimental results on flooding of countercurrent flow in vertical multirod channels, which consists of falling water film and upward air flow. In particular, the effects of spacer grids, with and without mixing vane, and of blockage in the multirod bundle on the behaviour of flooding were investigated. The 5 x 5 zircaloy tube bundle was used for the test section. The comparison of previous analytical models and empirical correlations with present data on flooding showed that the existing models and correlations predict much higher flooding curves. The spacer grid causes the lower flooding air flow rate to compare with the bare rod bundle. However, the mixing spacer grids need a higher flooding air flow rate for a constant liquid flow rate than the spacer grids without mixing vanes. The bundle containing blockages has the highest flooding air flow rate among the bundles with spacer grids and blokages. Empirical flooding correlations for the three types of test section have been made. (Author)

  18. Sequential determination system for anionic detergents by complexation with methylene blue by dual high-speed counter-current chromatography

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    Kitazume, Eiich; Koikawa, Saki; Hui, Lu; Sannohe, Syou; Yang, Yanjun; Yonosuke, Maki; Ito, Yoichiro

    2012-01-01

    A new dual high-speed counter-current chromatographic system using organic extraction phase and aqueous mobile phase containing methylene blue was applied to the analysis of anionic-type detergents. After selecting appropriate conditions such as flow rate of each mobile phase, sample volume, etc., the new system was successfully applied to the analysis of anionic detergent in river water. As all the analytical procedure can be made in a closed system, the method has no health hazard. The pres...

  19. Flooding in a thin rectangular slit geometry representative of ATR fuel assembly side-plate flow channels

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    Air-water counter-current flow limit experiments were conducted in thin rectangular channels at atmospheric pressure. The parameters were: narrow channel width, either 1.1 mm or 2.2 mm; inlet water temperature, ranging from 294 K to 330 K; channel surface condition, either clean aluminum, aluminum oxide, or acrylic; location and geometry of the air inlet; method of forcing air through the channel; and liquid head above the channel. Experimental results for each set of parameters can be linearly correlated using the square root of the non-dimensional superficial velocities. Channel surface wetting and location and geometry of the air injection had the greatest effect. Narrow channel width, water temperature, method used to force air through the channel, and liquid head above the channel had little effect on the flooding characteristics. ((orig.))

  20. External exposure to radionuclides in air, water, and soil

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    Federal Guidance Report No. 12 tabulates dose coefficients for external exposure to photons and electrons emitted by radionuclides distributed in air, water, and soil. The dose coefficients are intended for use by Federal Agencies in calculating the dose equivalent to organs and tissues of the body

  1. Thermal hydrodynamic analysis of a countercurrent gas centrifuge; Analise termo hidrodinamica de uma centrifuga a contracorrente

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    Andrade, Delvonei Alves de

    1999-07-01

    The influence of the thermal countercurrent on the separative performance of countercurrent centrifuges is treated in this work. The methodology used consists in modeling the gas flow inside the rotor under thermal boundary conditions supplied by the structural thermal model. The gas flow model, also called hydrodynamical model, is based on the Finite Volume Method for cylindrical geometry with azimuthal symmetry. The structural thermal model is based on the Nodal Method and take into account simultaneously, the conduction convection and radiation phenomena. The procedure adopted for this study consisted in the definition of the operational and geometric conditions of a centrifuge which was used as a pattern to the accomplished analysis. This configuration, called 'Standard Centrifuge', was used for the accomplishment of several simulations where the importance of the realistic boundary thermal conditions for the numerical evaluation of the centrifuge separative capacity was evidenced. A selective alteration for the optical properties based on simple engineering procedures was proposed. An improvement of 5% was obtained with this alteration. (author)

  2. Forced convection heat transfer to air/water vapor mixtures

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    Heat transfer coefficients were measured using both dry air and air/water vapor mixtures in the same forced convection cooling test rig (jet array impingement configurations) with mass ratios of water vapor to air up to 0.23. The primary objective was to verify by direct experiment that selected existing methods for evaluation of viscosity and thermal conductivity of air/water vapor mixtures could be used with confidence to predict heat transfer coefficients for such mixtures using as a basis heat transfer data for dry air only. The property evaluation methods deemed most appropriate require as a basis a measured property value at one mixture composition in addition to the property values for the pure components. 20 references

  3. Characteristics of centrifugal pumps handling air-water mixtures and size of air bubbles in pump impellers

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    Characteristics of centrifugal pumps handling air-water mixtures are analyzed on the basis of a gas-liquid separated flow model, which is generally accepted in the analysis of the data on a two-phase flow in piping systems. And a method for predicting the pump characteristics is presented with use of parameters of friction-loss and shock-loss multipliers. Size of air bubbles flowing through pump impellers was measured. The bubbles in the inlet region of the impellers have an extremely uniform size with fairly small diameters. But in course of flow, the bubble diameter grows gradually due to coalescence of the bubbles. (author)

  4. Heat transfer and pressure drop for air-water mixtures in an isoflux vertical annulus

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    Khattab, M. [Nuclear Research Center, Cairo (Egypt); El-Sallak, M. [Cairo Univ. (Egypt); Morcos, S.M. [Cairo Univ. (Egypt); Salama, A. [Nuclear Research Center, Cairo (Egypt)

    1996-05-01

    Heat transfer and pressure drop in flows of air-water mixtures have been investigated experimentally in an isoflux vertical annulus. The superficial liquid Reynolds number, as a reference parameter, varied from 4500 to 30 000, at different values of gas-to-liquid superficial velocity ratios up to 20 and surface heat fluxes from 50 to 240 kW/m{sup 2}. Enhancement of the two-phase heat transfer coefficient is pronounced particularly at low liquid superficial velocities. The results are correlated and compared with some models of two-phase, two-component flows for air-water mixtures within their range of validity. Satisfactory agreement is obtained from the trend of the experimental data. (orig.) [Deutsch] Waermeuebertragung und Druckabfall in Stroemungen von Luft-Wasser-Gemischen wurden experimentell in einem vertikalen Ringraum untersucht. Der Referenzparameter, die Reynolds`sche Zahl an der Fluessigkeitsoberflaeche, variierte zwischen 4500 und 30 000, das Verhaeltnis der Oberflaechengeschwindigkeiten von Luft und Wasser erreichte Werte bis zu 20, und die Waermestromdichte an der Oberflaeche lag zwischen 50 und 240 kW/m{sup 2}. Der Zweiphasen-Waermeuebertragungskoeffizient nimmt bei kleinen Oberflaechengeschwindigkeiten besonders ausgepraegt zu. Die experimentellen Ergebnisse werden durch bestehende mathematische Modelle von Zweiphasen-Zweikomponenten-Stroemungen befriedigend vorhergesagt. (orig.)

  5. Automation System in Rare Earths Countercurrent Extraction Processes

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    贾江涛; 严纯华; 廖春生; 吴声; 王明文; 李标国

    2001-01-01

    Based on the countercurrent extraction theory for optimized designing and simulating, the rare earth separation processes, the selection of the detecting points (stages) and on-line analysis for elements, the simulation of open loop response and its response speed, the diagnosis and the regulative prescription for running the solvent extraction cascades were studied.

  6. Scanning force microscopy at the air-water interface of an air bubble coated with pulmonary surfactant.

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    Knebel, D; Sieber, M; Reichelt, R.; Galla, H-J; Amrein, M

    2002-01-01

    To study the structure-function relationship of pulmonary surfactant under conditions close to nature, molecular films of a model system consisting of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine, dipalmitoylphosphatidylglycerol, and surfactant-associated protein C were prepared at the air-water interface of air bubbles about the size of human alveoli (diameter of 100 microm). The high mechanical stability as well as the absence of substantial film flow, inherent to small air bubbles, allowed for scanning ...

  7. Counter-current thermocapilllary migration of bubbles in microchannels using self-rewetting liquids

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    Nazareth, Robson; Saenz, Pedro; Valluri, Prashant; Sefiane, Khellil

    2015-11-01

    The study of bubble transport in microchannels is of great interest in evaporative cooling of microdevices technologies. This is because bubble transport under heat-transfer or phase-change causes several flow instabilities that are less understood and hinder informed design of microcooling devices. Bubble motion in microchannels under temperature gradients is highly influenced by thermocapillary forces due surface tension gradients. Most studies until now so far are mainly based on pure liquids which present a linear temperature (inverse) dependence of surface tension. In this work, we consider motion of a bubble (formed of inert gas) in the so-called self-rewetting fluid that presents a parabolic (quadratic) dependence of surface tension on temperature, in a temperature range that includes a surface tension minimum. We particularly investigate the counter-current thermocapillary migration of bubbles in these liquids, as experimentally depicted by Shanahan and Sefiane (2014), by means of direct numerical simulations. We present a model that solves the 3D governing equations of mass, momentum, interface and energy for the two-phase system composed by incompressible, Newtonian and immiscible fluids. We resolve the deformable interface by means of a Volume-of-Fluid method. Our results indicate that there exists a pressure drop limit beyond which there would be no counter-current migration of bubbles.

  8. Separation and Purification of Flavonoids from Black Currant Leaves by High-Speed Countercurrent Chromatography and Preparative HPLC

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    He, Dajun; Huang, Yun; Ayupbek, Amatjan; Gu, Dongyu; Yi YANG; Aisa, Haji Akber; Ito, Yoichiro

    2010-01-01

    High-speed countercurrent chromatography (HSCCC) has been successfully used for the preparative isolation of flavonoids from the ethyl acetate extracts of black currant leaves. The HSCCC separation was performed with a two-phase solvent system composed of n-hexane/EtOAc/MeOH/H2O (1:10:1:10, v/v) at a flow rate of 1.5 mL/min. When the flow rate was increased from 1.0 to 3.0 mL/min, the retention of stationary phase decreased from 60.3% to 39.7% resulting in loss of peak resolution, while the s...

  9. Separation and purification of four compounds from Desmodium styracifolium using off-line two-dimensional high-speed counter-current chromatography.

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    Su, Wen; Liu, Qi; Yang, Qing; Yu, Jingang; Chen, Xiaoqing

    2013-10-01

    An off-line 2D high-speed counter-current chromatography technique in preparative scale has been successfully applied to separate and purify the main compounds from the ethyl acetate extract of Desmodium styracifolium. A two-phase solvent system composed of n-hexane/ethyl acetate/methanol/water at an optimized volume ratio of 1:2:1:2 v/v/v/v was used. Conventional high-speed counter-current chromatography was used as the first dimension, and the upper phase of the solvent system was used as the stationary phase in the head-to-tail elution mode at a flow rate of 2.0 mL/min and a rotation speed of 900 rpm. Recycling high-speed counter-current chromatography served as the second dimension to separate an impure fraction of the first dimension. A total of four well-separated substances including vanillic acid (1), β-sitosterol (2), formononetin (3), and aromadendrin (4) were obtained, and their purities and structures were identified by HPLC-MS and (1) H NMR spectroscopy. The results illustrated that off-line 2D high-speed counter-current chromatography is an effective way to isolate compounds in complex samples. PMID:23939907

  10. New System for Dynamic Ion Exchange in Countercurrent

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    This system was developed according to a new assumption which supposed that ion-exchange operation can be done by mechanical agitation in separate batches, followed by transferring the partially loaded resin to contact with a fresh liquor and transferring the partially depleted liquor to contact with a fresh resin to make countercurrent action. By this way, tbe maximum expected facilities in ion exchange technique could be successfully employed. It comprises rapid contacting through mechanical agitation to accelerate ion exchange reaction and consequently enhance the reaction kinetic. This was followed by moving both of resin and leach liquor in opposite directions to perform countercurrent action. This led to both highly reducing in processing time, and effective use of the resin capacity. It is also constructed to complete the purposed advantages in the previous ion exchange systems and creation of new parameters for ion exchange process.

  11. Similarity of coupled heat and mass transfer between air-water and air-liquid desiccant direct-contact systems

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    Liu, Xiao-Hua; Jiang, Yi [Department of Building Science, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Li, Zhen [Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2009-12-15

    Packed-bed heat and mass transfer devices are widely used in air-conditioning systems, such as cooling tower, evaporative cooler of air-water direct-contact devices, dehumidifier and regenerator of air-liquid desiccant direct-contact devices. Similarities of heat and mass transfer characteristics between air-water and air-liquid desiccant devices are considered and investigated in this paper. Same reachable handling region of outlet air can be obtained for both air-water and air-liquid desiccant devices, which is among three boundary lines, isenthalpic line of inlet air, iso-relative humidity line of inlet fluid (water or desiccant), and the connecting line of inlet statuses of air and fluid. Inlet conditions of air and fluid affect heat and mass transfer characteristics to some extent, so that a zonal method is proposed only according to the relative statuses of inlet air to inlet fluid. Four zones, dehumidification zones A, D and regeneration zones B, C, are divided for air-desiccant direct-contact devices. The first three zones A, B and C are divided for air-water direct-contact devices, with the same zonal properties as those of air-desiccant devices. In order to obtain better humidification performance, fluid should be heated (in zone C) rather than air (in zone B). And fluid should be cooled (in zone A) rather than air (in zone D) to obtain better dehumidification performance. Counter-flow pattern should be applied for best mass transfer performance in the same conditions within the recommended zone A or C, while parallel-flow pattern is the best in zone B or D. (author)

  12. Correlation reflectance spectroscopy of heterogeneous silver nanoparticle films upon compression at the air/water interface

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    Martin-Gassin, Gaelle [Laboratoire de Spectrometrie Ionique et Moleculaire, UMR CNRS 5579, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Batiment Alfred Kastler, 43 Boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex (France); Harfouch, Yara El [Laboratoire de Spectrometrie Ionique et Moleculaire, UMR CNRS 5579, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Batiment Alfred Kastler, 43 Boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex (France); Benichou, Emmanuel [Laboratoire de Spectrometrie Ionique et Moleculaire, UMR CNRS 5579, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Batiment Alfred Kastler, 43 Boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex (France); Bachelier, Guillaume [Laboratoire de Spectrometrie Ionique et Moleculaire, UMR CNRS 5579, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Batiment Alfred Kastler, 43 Boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex (France); Russier-Antoine, Isabelle [Laboratoire de Spectrometrie Ionique et Moleculaire, UMR CNRS 5579, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Batiment Alfred Kastler, 43 Boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex (France); Jonin, Christian [Laboratoire de Spectrometrie Ionique et Moleculaire, UMR CNRS 5579, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Batiment Alfred Kastler, 43 Boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex (France); Roux, Stephane [Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux Luminescents, UMR CNRS 5260, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Batiment Claude Louis Berthollet, 43 Boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex (France); Tillement, Olivier [Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux Luminescents, UMR CNRS 5260, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Batiment Claude Louis Berthollet, 43 Boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex (France); Brevet, Pierre-Francois [Laboratoire de Spectrometrie Ionique et Moleculaire, UMR CNRS 5579, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Batiment Alfred Kastler, 43 Boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex (France)

    2008-02-06

    Alkanethiol passivated silver nanoparticles were spread at an air/water interface to form a single monolayer film. The surface pressure isotherms and the UV-visible absorbance spectra of the film were recorded as a function of compression, whereas the dynamic behaviour was investigated by reflectance correlation spectroscopy. The film is shown to be inhomogeneous, formed by domains of particles separated by large areas of low particle density. Two distinct motions were observed: Brownian diffusion of the domains and their translational flow due to convection. From the characteristic diffusion time of the domains, and using a Stokes-Einstein analysis, the domain size is determined as a function of surface compression. The domains start to form and grow once a fixed average particle density is reached. Above this density threshold, the attractive van der Waals forces between the particles are dominating compared with the repulsion forces due to the alkanethiol chains.

  13. Preparative isolation and purification of flavonoids from the Chinese medicinal herb Belamcanda by high-speed countercurrent chromatography

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    Peng, Cuilin; Liang, Yong; Wang, Xiaohong; Xie, Huichun; Zhang, Tianyou; Ito, Yoichiro

    2009-01-01

    High-speed countercurrent chromatography (HSCCC) was applied for separation and purification of flavonoids from the extract of belamcanda. High efficiency of HSCCC separation was achieved on a two-phase solvent system of n-hexane–ethyl acetate–methanol–water (4:5:5:5, v/v) by eluting the lower mobile phase at a flow-rate of 1.2mL/min and a revolution speed of 800 rpm. Three well-separated peaks were obtained in the HSCCC chromatogram and their purities were determined by HPLC-UV absorption sp...

  14. PREPARATIVE ISOLATION AND PURIFICATION OF FOUR FLAVONOIDS FROM DAPHNE GENKWA SIEB. ET ZUCC. BY HIGH-SPEED COUNTERCURRENT CHROMATOGRAPHY

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    Xie, Huichun; Liang, Yong; Ito, Yoichiro; Wang, Xiaohong; Chen, Renshan; He, Juanting; Li, Hang; Zhang, Tianyou

    2011-01-01

    Four flavonoids including luteolin, apigenin, 3′-hydroxygenkwanin and genkwanin were isolated and purified from Daphne genkwa Sieb. et Zucc. by high-speed countercurrent chromatography (HSCCC). Preparative HSCCC with a two-phase solvent system composed of n-hexane-ethyl acetate-methanol-water (5:7:5:5, v/v) was successfully performed by increasing the flow rate of the mobile phase from 1.2 to 2.0 mL/min after 260 min. In a one-step operation, 150 mg of the extracts of D. genkwa was separated ...

  15. Microscopic dynamics of nanoparticle monolayers at air-water interface.

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    Bhattacharya, R; Basu, J K

    2013-04-15

    We present results of surface mechanical and particle tracking measurements of nanoparticles trapped at the air-water interface as a function of their areal density. We monitor both the surface pressure (Π) and isothermal compression modulus (ϵ) as well as the dynamics of nanoparticle clusters, using fluorescence confocal microscopy while they are compressed to very high density near the two dimensional close packing density Φ∼0.82. We observe non-monotonic variation in both ϵ and the dynamic heterogeneity, characterized by the dynamical susceptibility χ4 with Φ, in such high density monolayers. We provide insight into the underlying nature of such transitions in close packed high density nanoparticle monolayers in terms of the morphology and flexibility of these soft colloidal particles. We discuss the significance our results in the context of related studies on two dimensional granular or colloidal systems. PMID:23411354

  16. Proposal for the modernization of CDTN's Air-Water CCFL experimental test circuit

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    Pessoa, Marcio Araujo; Mesquita, Amir Zacarias; Navarro, Moyses A.; Santos, Andre A. Campagnole dos, E-mail: marcioaraujopessoa@gmail.com, E-mail: amir@cdtn.br, E-mail: moysesnavarro@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: aacs@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEM-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    The Counter Current Flow Limitation (CCFL) phenomenon, specifically the control that the gas exerts in a liquid flow in the opposite direction, is of real importance in the study of design and operation of various industrial sectors, particularly the nuclear industry. In nuclear engineering, such a phenomenon can occur in a loss of coolant accident (LOCA) of a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) when there is the need to re-flood the reactor core during an emergency cooling process. The CCFL phenomenon is being investigated at the Nuclear Technology Development Center (CDTN) thermo-hydraulics laboratory in order to better understand the flow and its limitations and thereby contribute to the improvement of its modeling for analysis of severe accidents. For this, a series of experiments were performed in CDTN in a reduced scale acrylic test section of the 'hot leg' of a PWR. In these tests, the countercurrent flow was established through the water injection by the upper end of the inclined pipe and the air addition at the end opposite to the entry of liquid flow. With the gradual increase of the air flow for predetermined water levels, the onset of the limitation of flow to the full blockage was determined. After full blockage, a gradual reduction of air flow was performed to evaluate the deflooding of the hot leg. The trials also evaluated CCFL behavior for various lengths of the horizontal section, the inclined duct slope influence and the dependence of the pipe's diameter. The infrastructure for CCFL analysis was built 14 years ago and has not been updated since. This paper describes the updates that are being performed to the existing setup. Hydraulic circuit and instrumentation upgrades and the implementation of modern control systems will allow new data to be collected and a new range of experiments to be performed with lower uncertainty. It is intended that the new data be used to validate CFD models that are also being developed by the research

  17. Proposal for the modernization of CDTN's Air-Water CCFL experimental test circuit

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    The Counter Current Flow Limitation (CCFL) phenomenon, specifically the control that the gas exerts in a liquid flow in the opposite direction, is of real importance in the study of design and operation of various industrial sectors, particularly the nuclear industry. In nuclear engineering, such a phenomenon can occur in a loss of coolant accident (LOCA) of a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) when there is the need to re-flood the reactor core during an emergency cooling process. The CCFL phenomenon is being investigated at the Nuclear Technology Development Center (CDTN) thermo-hydraulics laboratory in order to better understand the flow and its limitations and thereby contribute to the improvement of its modeling for analysis of severe accidents. For this, a series of experiments were performed in CDTN in a reduced scale acrylic test section of the 'hot leg' of a PWR. In these tests, the countercurrent flow was established through the water injection by the upper end of the inclined pipe and the air addition at the end opposite to the entry of liquid flow. With the gradual increase of the air flow for predetermined water levels, the onset of the limitation of flow to the full blockage was determined. After full blockage, a gradual reduction of air flow was performed to evaluate the deflooding of the hot leg. The trials also evaluated CCFL behavior for various lengths of the horizontal section, the inclined duct slope influence and the dependence of the pipe's diameter. The infrastructure for CCFL analysis was built 14 years ago and has not been updated since. This paper describes the updates that are being performed to the existing setup. Hydraulic circuit and instrumentation upgrades and the implementation of modern control systems will allow new data to be collected and a new range of experiments to be performed with lower uncertainty. It is intended that the new data be used to validate CFD models that are also being developed by the research

  18. Breakup and coalescence models for turbulent air-water mixtures in a vertical pipe

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    The range of multiphase flow applications (air-water mixtures) in today's technology is immense. Important examples can be found in chemical reactors, boiling and condensation equipments as well as nuclear reactors. The design of such systems requires the accurate prediction of the dynamical evolution of local bubble size or of interfacial area, since the rate of exchange of mass, momentum and energy between bubbles and water as well as between the two-phase mixture and external boundaries depends severely on the internal flow geometry or interfacial shape and area. The rapidly increasing computer power allows one to use CFD codes combined with the so-called population balance equation (PBE) to trace the transient change of local bubble size of poly-dispersed flows. Unfortunately, there are still some efforts needed to develop reliable constitutive models for the interaction between phases and the law governing the evolution of bubble size. An efficient 1D Multi-Bubble- Class Test Solver (Lucas et al., 2005) is developed in our institute for validating and improving these constitutive models such as bubble forces, multiphase turbulence, coalescence and breakup. Models of bubble coalescence and breakup were found to be the weakest points in modeling of poly-dispersed flows (Lucas et al., 2007; Krepper et al., 2008). (orig.)

  19. Study on flooding in two-phase flow

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    In a countercurrent two-phase flow, where gas phase flows in the upward direction against a gravity-driven liquid downflow, the liquid downflow rate begins to be limited when the gas flow rate exceeds a certain threshold value. This phenomenon, termed 'flooding', may occur during a loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA) at such locations in reactor coolant system as steam generator (SG) U-tubes in a pressurized water reactor (PWR). Flooding generally tends to reduce the amount of water available for core cooling in emergency situations. Flooding has been studied for various flow conditions and geometries, in particular for vertical channels. Most of these studies were concerned with those situations where the lower entry of the channel is exposed to the gas phase or a gas-continuous two-phase flow, and scarcely dealt with such situations where the liquid is the continuous phase at the channel lower entry. However, in a PWR small-break LOCA, where the reactor coolant inventory is depleted only slowly, the latter situations would be encountered more frequently than the former. The present study is concerned with flooding in a vertical channel whose lower entry is facing to a liquid-continuous two-phase flow. Experiments were conducted using Freon R-113 as a simulant of high-pressure steam-water two-phase flow. Experimental results indicate that flooding for this situation initiates when the two-phase mixture swell level in the channel, which indicates large fluctuations with time, reaches the channel top entry at the peaks of level fluctuations. It was also found that the flooding correlation developed formerly by the authors for air-water flows can be applied to the present R-113 case if the difference in fluid properties are considered appropriately. (author)

  20. Air-water CO2 exchange in five hypereutrophic lakes in Bangalore, India

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    Singh, G.; Ghosh, P.; Bala, G.; Bastviken, D.

    2014-12-01

    Inland water bodies play a significant role in terrestrial carbon cycling, rather than being just conduits for the transport of terrestrial carbon to the oceans. Recent syntheses estimate that freshwaters emit substantial amounts of CO2 (1.4 Pg C yr-1) (Tranvik et al. 2009) and CH4 (0.65 Pg C yr-1) (Bastviken et al. 2011), which are similar in magnitude to the global terrestrial carbon sink (2.5 ± 1.7 Pg C yr-1) (IPCC 2013). However, eutrophic waters, which constitute the majority of the global freshwater supply (ILEC/UNEP 1994, Liu et al. 2012, Carpenter et al. 1998), are vastly underrepresented in these estimates. These waters, due to high primary productivity leading to CO2 undersaturation, can act as sinks rather than sources of CO2, thus reversing the role of lakes in the carbon cycle (Balmer and Downing 2011, Pacheco et al. 2013). We are investigating the air-water CO2 exchange of five hypereutrophic lakes in urban Bangalore using a novel Non-Dispersive Infrared (NDIR)-based CO2 sensor installed in flux chambers that can be used to measure CO2 exchange in lakes in situ. This work is a part of a larger study called Bangalore Carbon Mapping Study that aims to track the spatial flows of carbon in an urban area of a developing country. Preliminary observations reveal that these lakes absorb CO2 during the photosynthetic hours, at an average rate of 3.4 mg C m-2 h-1. The ongoing study will characterize the complete diurnal cycle of CO2 exchange, its variation over different seasons, and its relationships with various limnological and catchment characteristics. The flux estimates thus produced will also be compared with those predicted by the current models for air-water gas exchange based on wind speed.

  1. Two-phase flow characterisation by nuclear magnetic resonance

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    The results presented in this paper demonstrate the performance of the PFGSE-NMR to obtain a complete characterisation of two-phase flows. Different methods are proposed to characterise air-water flows in different regimes: stationary two-phase flows and flows in transient condition. Finally a modified PFGSE is proposed to analyse the turbulence of air-water bubbly flow. (author)

  2. Situation and Developing Trend of Rare-Earth Countercurrent Extraction Processes Control

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    柴天佑; 杨辉

    2004-01-01

    On the basis of the description of the rare-earth countercurrent extraction process, the on-line detecting method and equipments of rare-earth elements and the application in the process of the rare-earth countercurrent extraction are summarized. The procedure simulation of the computer, the automation control method and its current application are also mentioned in the process of rare-earth countercurrent extraction. The method of soft sensor is proposed. Optimal control method based on object-oriented rare-earth countercurrent extraction process and integrated automation system composed of process management system and process control system are presented, which are the developing direction of the automation of rare-earth countercurrent extraction process.

  3. Mathematical model of the dynamics of countercurrent chromatography

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    陆向红; 任其龙; 吴平东

    2002-01-01

    A mathematical model of the dynamic behavior of countercurrent chromatography was proposed, and the model parameters, including the partition coefficient, the axial dispersion coefficient, the intraparticle diffusion coefficient and the external mass ransfer coefficient were calculated by the method of chromatogram moment analysis. Comparison of the experimental chromatograms of caffeine and theophylline determined in this work with the simulated curves computed by the proposed model showed fairly good agreement. Further, the difference between the average identified the partition coefficients by chromatogram moment analysis and the experimental values was small also, and the relationship between the external mass transfer rate and the linear velocity was similar to that obtained with solid-liquid chromatography.

  4. An automatic countercurrent liquid-liquid micro-extraction system coupled with atomic absorption spectrometry for metal determination.

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    Mitani, Constantina; Anthemidis, Aristidis N

    2015-02-01

    A novel and versatile automatic sequential injection countercurrent liquid-liquid microextraction (SI-CC-LLME) system coupled with atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) is presented for metal determination. The extraction procedure was based on the countercurrent flow of aqueous and organic phases which takes place into a newly designed lab made microextraction chamber. A noteworthy feature of the extraction chamber is that it can be utilized for organic solvents heavier or lighter than water. The proposed method was successfully demonstrated for on-line lead determination and applied in environmental water samples using an amount of 120 μL of chloroform as extractant and ammonium diethyldithiophosphate as chelating reagent. The effect of the major experimental parameters including the volume of extractant, as well as the flow rate of aqueous and organic phases were studied and optimized. Under the optimum conditions for 6 mL sample consumption an enhancement factor of 130 was obtained. The detection limit was 1.5 μg L(-1) and the precision of the method, expressed as relative standard deviation (RSD) was 2.7% at 40.0 μg L(-1) Pb(II) concentration level. The proposed method was evaluated by analyzing certified reference materials and spiked environmental water samples. PMID:25435230

  5. 14 CFR 1274.926 - Clean Air-Water Pollution Control Acts.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 5 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Clean Air-Water Pollution Control Acts...-Water Pollution Control Acts. Clean Air-Water Pollution Control Acts July 2002 If this cooperative... Violating Facilities” published pursuant to 40 CFR 15.20. By acceptance of a cooperative agreement in...

  6. Structure and dynamics of egg white ovalbumin adsorbed at the air/water interface

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    Kudryashova, E.V.; Meinders, M.B.J.; Visser, A.J.W.G.; Hoek, A. van; Jongh, H.H.J. de

    2003-01-01

    The molecular properties of egg white ovalbumin adsorbed at the air/water interface were studied using infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) and time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy (TRFA) techniques. Ovalbumin adsorbed at the air/ water interface adopts a characteristic partially unf

  7. Micrometeorological Measurement of Fetch- and Atmospheric Stability-Dependent Air- Water Exchange of Legacy Semivolatile Organic Contaminants in Lake Superior

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    Perlinger, J. A.; Tobias, D. E.; Rowe, M. D.

    2008-12-01

    Coastal waters including the Laurentian Great Lakes are particularly susceptible to local, regional, and long- range transport and deposition of semivolatile organic contaminants (SOCs) as gases and/or associated with particles. Recently-marketed SOCs can be expected to undergo net deposition in surface waters, whereas legacy SOCs such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are likely to be at equilibrium with respect to air-water exchange, or, if atmospheric concentrations decrease through, e.g., policy implementation, to undergo net gas emission. SOC air-water exchange flux is usually estimated using the two-film model. This model describes molecular diffusion through the air and water films adjacent to the air-water interface. Air-water exchange flux is estimated as the product of SOC fugacity, typically based on on-shore gaseous concentration measurements, and a transfer coefficient, the latter which is estimated from SOC properties and environmental conditions. The transfer coefficient formulation commonly applied neglects resistance to exchange in the internal boundary layer under atmospherically stable conditions, and the use of on-shore gaseous concentration neglects fetch-dependent equilibration, both of which will tend to cause overestimation of flux magnitude. Thus, for legacy chemicals or in any highly contaminated surface water, the rate at which the water is cleansed through gas emission tends to be over-predicted using this approach. Micrometeorological measurement of air-water exchange rates of legacy SOCs was carried out on ships during four transect experiments during off-shore flow in Lake Superior using novel multicapillary collection devices and thermal extraction technology to measure parts-per-quadrillion SOC levels. Employing sensible heat in the modified Bowen ratio, fluxes at three over-water stations along the transects were measured, along with up-wind, onshore gaseous concentration and aqueous concentration. The atmosphere was unstable for

  8. Severe Slugging in Air-Water Hybrid Riser System

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    Gong, Jing; Yang, Zhiyuan; Ma, Liang; Ping WANG

    2014-01-01

    In the subsea pipeline gathering system, severe slugging flow is prone to occur. Severe slugging flow brings major threat to production and flow assurance in oil and gas industry due to periodical pressure oscillation and large liquid volume. Currently many researchers pay much more attention on L-shaped riser, catenaries, and S-shaped riser; little research has been made on hybrid riser, which is applied in the Africa West and Gulf of Mexico oil fields. Flow characteristics simulation for hy...

  9. Air-water oxygen exchange in a large whitewater river

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    Hall, Robert O.; Kennedy, Theodore A.; Rosi-Marshall, Emma J.

    2012-01-01

    Air-water gas exchange governs fluxes of gas into and out of aquatic ecosystems. Knowing this flux is necessary to calculate gas budgets (i.e., O2) to estimate whole-ecosystem metabolism and basin-scale carbon budgets. Empirical data on rates of gas exchange for streams, estuaries, and oceans are readily available. However, there are few data from large rivers and no data from whitewater rapids. We measured gas transfer velocity in the Colorado River, Grand Canyon, as decline in O2 saturation deficit, 7 times in a 28-km segment spanning 7 rapids. The O2 saturation deficit exists because of hypolimnetic discharge from Glen Canyon Dam, located 25 km upriver from Lees Ferry. Gas transfer velocity (k600) increased with slope of the immediate reach. k600 was -1 in flat reaches, while k600 for the steepest rapid ranged 3600-7700 cm h-1, an extremely high value of k600. Using the rate of gas exchange per unit length of water surface elevation (Kdrop, m-1), segment-integrated k600 varied between 74 and 101 cm h-1. Using Kdrop we scaled k600 to the remainder of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. At the scale corresponding to the segment length where 80% of the O2 exchanged with the atmosphere (mean length = 26.1 km), k600 varied 4.5-fold between 56 and 272 cm h-1 with a mean of 113 cm h-1. Gas transfer velocity for the Colorado River was higher than those from other aquatic ecosystems because of large rapids. Our approach of scaling k600 based on Kdrop allows comparing gas transfer velocity across rivers with spatially heterogeneous morphology.

  10. Component content distribution profile control in rare earth countercurrent extraction process

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    Hui Yang; Fangping Xu; Rongxiu Lu; Yongquan Ding

    2015-01-01

    Considering that the on-line measurement and automatic control of element component content (ECC) are dif-ficult to perform in rare earth cascade extraction process, the ECC distribution profile is dynamical y regulated at al stages to assess the effect of product purity control. Focusing on the theory of countercurrent extraction, the technology parameters and pre-setting flow-rates during the extract process are designed. Under varying process parameters, a novel step by step model is also proposed for each stage to analyze the impact on the distribution profile change. Combining the mass balance model and ECC changing trend at the monitoring stage, the ECC dis-tribution profile can be automatical y regulated by dynamical y compensating the related extract or scrubbing liquid flow-rate. To this end, the required product purity at the two outlets is achieved. Based on Wincc and Matlab dynamic simulators, a specific Pr/Nd cascade extraction process is used to illustrate and demonstrate the application of the present approach.

  11. Effects of thermodynamics parameters on mass transfer of volatile pollutants at air-water interface

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available A transient three-dimensional coupling model based on the compressible volume of fluid (VOF method was developed to simulate the transport of volatile pollutants at the air-water interface. VOF is a numerical technique for locating and tracking the free surface of water flow. The relationships between Henry’s constant, thermodynamics parameters, and the enlarged topological index were proposed for nonstandard conditions. A series of experiments and numerical simulations were performed to study the transport of benzene and carbinol. The simulation results agreed with the experimental results. Temperature had no effect on mass transfer of pollutants with low transfer free energy and high Henry’s constant. The temporal and spatial distribution of pollutants with high transfer free energy and low Henry’s constant was affected by temperature. The total enthalpy and total transfer free energy increased significantly with temperature, with significant fluctuations at low temperatures. The total enthalpy and total transfer free energy increased steadily without fluctuation at high temperatures.

  12. Automated solvent system screening for the preparative countercurrent chromatography of pharmaceutical discovery compounds.

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    Bradow, James; Riley, Frank; Philippe, Laurence; Yan, Qi; Schuff, Brandon; Harris, Guy H

    2015-12-01

    A fully automated countercurrent chromatography system has been constructed to rapidly screen the commonly used heptane/ethyl acetate/methanol/water solvent system series and translate the results to preparative scale separations. The system utilizes "on-demand" preparation of the heptane/ethyl acetate/methanol/water solvent system upper and lower phases. Elution-extrusion countercurrent chromatography was combined with non-dynamic equilibrium injection reducing the screening time for each heptane/ethyl acetate/methanol/water system to 17 min. The result enabled solvent system development to be reduced to under 2 h. The countercurrent chromatography system was interfaced with a mass spectrometer to allow selective detection of target components in crude medicinal chemistry reaction mixtures. Mass-directed preparative countercurrent chromatography purification was demonstrated for the first time using a synthetic tetrazole epoxide derived from a routine medicinal chemistry support workflow. PMID:26428946

  13. A CRITICAL ASSESSMENT OF ELEMENTAL MERCURY AIR/WATER EXCHANGE PARTNERS

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    Although evasion of elemental mercury from aquatic systems can significantly deplete net mercury accumulation resulting from atmospheric deposition, the current ability to model elemental mercury air/water exchange is limited by uncertainties in our understanding of all gaseous a...

  14. Self Assembly of Ionic Liquids at the Air/Water Interface

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    Minofar, Babak

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 3, aug (2015), s. 27-40. ISSN 2245-4551 Institutional support: RVO:67179843 Keywords : Ionic liquids * air/water interface * self assembly * ion-water interaction * ion-ion interaction Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry

  15. The Behavior of a Counter-Current Packed Bed Column Undergoing Flooding. The Behavior of a Counter-Current Packed Bed Column Undergoing Flooding. The Behavior of a Counter-Current Packed Bed Column Undergoing Flooding

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    Svoboda, Petr; Staněk, Vladimír; Jiřičný, Vladimír

    Vol. 2. Prague : Process Engineering Publisher, 2002, s. 72. ISBN 80-86059-33-2. [International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2002 /15./. Prague (CZ), 25.08.2002-29.08.2002] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA4072004 Keywords : countercurrent packet bed * flooding * transient behavior Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  16. Preparative separation of grape skin polyphenols by high-speed counter-current chromatography.

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    Luo, Lanxin; Cui, Yan; Zhang, Shuting; Li, Lingxi; Li, Yuanyuan; Zhou, Peiyu; Sun, Baoshan

    2016-12-01

    To develop an efficient method for large preparation of various individual polyphenols from white grape skins (Fernão Pires; Vitis vinifera) by preparative high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) and preparative-HPLC, an optimized preparative HSCCC condition with two-phase solvent system composed of Hex-EtOAc-H2O (1:50:50, v/v) was used to separate grape skin polyphenols into various fractions. Both the tail-head and head-tail elution modes were used with a flow rate of 3.0ml/min and a rotary speed of 950rpm. Afterwards, a preparative-HPLC separation was applied to isolate individual polyphenols in each of the fractions from HSCCC. Total of 7 fractions (Fraction A to G) were obtained from grape skin extract by HSCCC. After preparative-HPLC isolation, fifteen individual compounds were obtained, most of which presented high yields and purity (all over 90%). The HSCCC method followed with preparative-HPLC appeared to be convenient and economical, constituting an efficient strategy for the isolation of grape skin polyphenols. PMID:27374588

  17. Rapid separation of polysaccharides using a novel spiral coil column by high-speed countercurrent chromatography.

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    Li, Weili; Wu, Tao

    2016-04-01

    The separation of polysaccharides is time consuming. We developed and optimized a type-J counter-current chromatography system with a novel tri-rotor spiral coil column for the rapid separation of polysaccharides. The optimal composition of an aqueous PEG1000/K2 HPO4 /KH2 PO4 system was found to be 14:16:14 w/w/w where the lower phase was the mobile phase. Optimal performance was achieved at a column rotational speed, temperature, and flow rate of 1200 rpm, 45°C, and 3.0 mL/min, respectively. The mobile phase was pumped from the inner terminal in a ''head-to-tail'' elution mode. Polysaccharide LCP-1 (10.7 mg) was successfully obtained in high purity in one step from 50.0 mg of a crude polysaccharide extracted from the lychee fruit (Litchi chinensis) within 100 min. LCP-1 possess a number-average molecular weight and weight-average molecular weight of 1.05 × 10(5) and 1.59 × 10(5) kDa, respectively. The monosaccharide composition consists of the molar ratio of glucose, galactose, and arabinose of 1.3:3.5:1. PMID:26857207

  18. Two-phase flow experiments in a model of the hot leg of a pressurised water reactor. Technical report

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    Seidel, Tobias; Vallee, Christophe; Lucas, Dirk; Beyer, Matthias; Deendarlianto

    2011-09-15

    In order to investigate the two-phase flow behaviour in a complex reactor-typical geometry and to supply suitable data for CFD code validation, a model of the hot leg of a pressurised water reactor was built at FZD. The hot leg model is operated in the pressure chamber of the TOPFLOW test facility, which is used to perform high-pressure experiments under pressure equilibrium with the inside atmosphere of the chamber. This technique makes it possible to visualise the two-phase flow through large windows, also at reactor-typical pressure levels. In order to optimise the optical observation possibilities, the test section was designed with a rectangular cross-section. Experiments were performed with air and water at 1.5 and 3.0 bar at room temperature as well as with steam and water at 15, 30 and 50 bar and the corresponding saturation temperature (i.e. up to 264 C). The total of 194 runs are divided into 4 types of experiments covering stationary co-current flow, counter-current flow, flow without water circulation and transient counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) experiments. This report provides a detailed documentation of the experiments including information on the experimental setup, experimental procedure, test matrix and on the calibration of the measuring devices. The available data is described and data sheets were arranged for each experiment in order to give an overview of the most important parameters. For the cocurrent flow experiments, water level histograms were arranged and used to characterise the flow in the hot leg. In fact, the form of the probability distribution was found to be sensitive to the boundary conditions and, therefore, is useful for the CFD comparison. Furthermore, the flooding characteristics of the hot leg model plotted in terms of the classical Wallis parameter or Kutateladze number were found to fail to properly correlate the data of the air/water and steam/water series. Therefore, a modified Wallis parameter is proposed, which

  19. Two-phase flow experiments in a model of the hot leg of a pressurised water reactor. Technical report

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    In order to investigate the two-phase flow behaviour in a complex reactor-typical geometry and to supply suitable data for CFD code validation, a model of the hot leg of a pressurised water reactor was built at FZD. The hot leg model is operated in the pressure chamber of the TOPFLOW test facility, which is used to perform high-pressure experiments under pressure equilibrium with the inside atmosphere of the chamber. This technique makes it possible to visualise the two-phase flow through large windows, also at reactor-typical pressure levels. In order to optimise the optical observation possibilities, the test section was designed with a rectangular cross-section. Experiments were performed with air and water at 1.5 and 3.0 bar at room temperature as well as with steam and water at 15, 30 and 50 bar and the corresponding saturation temperature (i.e. up to 264 C). The total of 194 runs are divided into 4 types of experiments covering stationary co-current flow, counter-current flow, flow without water circulation and transient counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) experiments. This report provides a detailed documentation of the experiments including information on the experimental setup, experimental procedure, test matrix and on the calibration of the measuring devices. The available data is described and data sheets were arranged for each experiment in order to give an overview of the most important parameters. For the cocurrent flow experiments, water level histograms were arranged and used to characterise the flow in the hot leg. In fact, the form of the probability distribution was found to be sensitive to the boundary conditions and, therefore, is useful for the CFD comparison. Furthermore, the flooding characteristics of the hot leg model plotted in terms of the classical Wallis parameter or Kutateladze number were found to fail to properly correlate the data of the air/water and steam/water series. Therefore, a modified Wallis parameter is proposed, which

  20. Model for analysis of counter-current gas transfer in fish gills.

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    Scheid, P; Hook, C; Piiper, J

    1986-06-01

    The validity of previously used simplified models for the analysis of gas transfer in fish gills was tested using an integrated model which includes water flow and blood flow in counter-current arrangement. The model accounts for the resistance to diffusion of O2 both in the water-blood barrier and in the interlamellar water, which is assumed to flow with a parabolic velocity profile between the secondary lamellae. The O2 diffusing capacity (transfer factor) for this model (Dint) was compared to that (Dm + w) calculated from the diffusing capacity of the water-blood barrier (Dm), and from the effective diffusive conductance of the parabolically streaming interlamellar water (Dw) as 1/Dm + w = 1/Dm + 1/Dw. These diffusing capacities were compared with that (Dadd) calculated from Dm and diffusing capacity of a water layer of 1/4 thickness of the interlamellar space (Dw) as 1/Dadd = 1/Dm + 1/Dw. Calculations with morphometric and gas exchange parameters in the elasmobranch Scyliorhinus stellaris reveal the following features: (1) In physiological conditions, Dm + w and Dint are similar to within 10%, but Dint is always higher. (2) Dint and Dm + w increase with increasing ventilation; Dint increases with decreasing perfusion, while Dm + w remains constant. (3) Both Dint and Dm + w agree reasonably well with Dadd. In other anatomical and physiological conditions, particularly for relatively high Dm, Dw, and Dw and high ventilation, greater discrepancies between Dint and Dm + w may occur but Dm + w appears to represent a reasonable approximation of the effective O2 diffusing capacity, which is best modelled as Dint. PMID:3738259

  1. Seasonal variation of the surface North Equatorial Countercurrent (NECC) in the western Pacific Ocean

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    Zhao, Jun; Li, Yuanlong; Wang, Fan

    2016-03-01

    The North Equatorial Countercurrent (NECC) is an important zonal flow in the upper circulation of the tropical Pacific Ocean, which plays a vital role in the heat budget of the western Pacific warm pool. Using satellite-derived data of ocean surface currents and sea surface heights (SSHs) from 1992 to 2011, the seasonal variation of the surface NECC in the western tropical Pacific Ocean was investigated. It was found that the intensity (INT) and axis position (Y CM) of the surface NECC exhibit strikingly different seasonal fluctuations in the upstream (128°-136°E) and downstream (145°-160°E) regions. Of the two regions, the seasonal cycle of the upstream NECC shows the greater interannual variability. Its INT and YCM are greatly influenced by variations of the Mindanao Eddy, Mindanao Dome (MD), and equatorial Rossby waves to its south. Both INT and Y CM also show semiannual signals induced by the combined effects of equatorial Rossby waves from the Central Pacific and local wind forcing in the western Pacific Ocean. In the downstream region, the variability of the NECC is affected by SSH anomalies in the MD and the central equatorial Pacific Ocean. Those in the MD region are especially important in modulating the YCM of the downstream NECC. In addition to the SSH-related geostrophic flow, zonal Ekman flow driven by meridional wind stress also plays a role, having considerable impact on INT variability of the surface NECC. The contrasting features of the variability of the NECC in the upstream and downstream regions reflect the high complexity of regional ocean dynamics.

  2. Model calculation of air water counter flow heat and mass transfer and comparison with experimental data%空气与水逆流直接接触热质交换模型计算及与实验比较

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    宋垚臻

    2005-01-01

    According to general equations deducted from a model of heat and mass transfer of air and water in direct contact counter flow reported in the author's previous work, the outlet parameters of air and water counter flow through a paper wet pad were calculated by using the MATLAB-software. Comparing the calculation results with experiment data of prior researchers, the deviation of calculated outlet air wet bulb temperature from experimental outlet air wet bulb temperature was less than 10%, the deviation of calculated outlet water temperature from experimental outlet water temperature was less thang 9%, and the deviation of calculated outlet air dry bulb temperature from experimental outlet air dry bulb temperature was less than 10% when NTUh was more than 0. 6. The deviation of calculated outlet air dry bulb temperature from experimental outlet air dry bulb temperature was more than 10% when NTUh was less than 0. 6. The model calculations were in good agreement with experiments and the general equations could be used to design evaporation cooling equipment, such as wet pad and so on.

  3. X-ray CT-Derived Soil Characteristics Explain Varying Air, Water, and Solute Transport Properties across a Loamy Field

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    Paradelo Pérez, Marcos; Katuwal, Sheela; Møldrup, Per;

    2016-01-01

    The characterization of soil pore space geometry is important for explaining fluxes of air, water, and solutes through soil and understanding soil hydrogeochemical functions. X-ray computed tomography (CT) can be applied for this characterization, and in this study CT-derived parameters were used...... to explain water, air, and solute transport through soil. Forty-five soil columns (20 by 20 cm) were collected from an agricultural field in Estrup, Denmark, and subsequently scanned using a medical CT scanner. Nonreactive tracer leaching experiments were performed in the laboratory along with...... improved when the limiting macroporosity (the minimum macroporosity for every 0.6-mm layer along the soil column) was used, suggesting that soil layers with the narrowest macropore section restricted the flow through the whole soil column. Water, air, and solute transport were related with the CT...

  4. Flow visualization on flooding phenomena in two phase flow

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    Flow pattern on flooding phenomena in counter-current two phase flow in vertical tube is experimentally studied by means of dye tracer technique for the following condition: the length -to-diameter ratio L/D=30. Just before flooding, oscillatory motion of the liquid upwards and downwards in the tube is observed. Under flooding conditions, churn flow in the tube is observed. (author)

  5. Characterisation of coastal counter-currents on the inner shelf of the Gulf of Cadiz

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    Garel, E.; Laiz, I.; Drago, T.; Relvas, P.

    2016-03-01

    At the Gulf of Cadiz (GoC), poleward currents leaning along the coast alternate with coastal upwelling jets of opposite direction. Here the patterns of these coastal countercurrents (CCCs) are derived from ADCP data collected during 7 deployments at a single location on the inner shelf. The multiyear (2008-2014) time-series, constituting ~ 18 months of hourly records, are further analysed together with wind data from several sources representing local and basin-scale conditions. During one deployment, temperature sensors were also installed near the mooring site to examine the vertical thermal stratification associated with periods of poleward flow. These observations indicate that the coastal circulation is mainly alongshore and barotropic. However, a baroclinic flow is often observed shortly at the time of flow inversion to poleward. CCCs develop all year-round and exclusively control the occurrence of warm coastal water during the upwelling season. On average, one poleward flow lasting 3 days was observed every week, corresponding to CCCs during ~ 40% of the time without seasonal variability. Thus, the studied region is distinct from typical upwelling systems where equatorward coastal upwelling jets largely predominate. CCCs often start to develop near the bed and are frequently associated with 2-layer cross-shore flows characteristic of downwelling conditions (offshore near the bed). In general, the action of alongshore wind stress alone does not justify the development of CCCs. The coastal circulation is best correlated and shows the highest coherence with south-eastward wind in the basin that proceeds from the rotation of southward wind at the West coast of Portugal, hence suggesting a dominant control of large-scale wind conditions. In agreement, wavelet analyses indicate that CCCs are best correlated with alongshore wind occurring in a band period characteristic of the upwelling system (8-32 days). Furthermore, in the absence of wind coastal currents tend

  6. Experimental study on performance of flow & desulfurisation of a gas-liquid screen scrubber for wet flue gas desulfurization

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    2007-01-01

    In the paper, the gas-liquid two-phase flow performance and desulfurisation performance of the gasliquid screen scrubber were experimentally studied when limestone wag used as absorbent. Experiments were carried out at varying the flue gas velocity and slurry flux in concurrent and countercurrent tower respectively. The experimental results showed that the flow resistance of absorber increased rapidly with an increase of the flue gas velocity whether in concurrent or in countercurrent tower, and the up trend of the flow resistance in the countercurrent tower was higher than those in the concurrent one. The influence of the flue gas velocity on the flow resistance of absorber was more than those of the slurry flux density. Whether in the concurrent tower or in the countercurrent one, increasing the flue gas velocity or the slurry flux density would enhance the desulphurization efficiency. The influence of the slurry flux density on the desulfurisation efficiency was greater than those of the flue gas velocity.

  7. Interfacial Area and Interfacial Transfer in Two-Phase Flow Systems (Volume IV. Chapters 15-19)

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    Guo, T.; Park, J.; Kojasoy, G.

    2003-03-15

    Experiments were performed on horizontal air-water bubbly two-phase flow, axial flow, stratified wavy flow, and annular flow. Theoretical studies were also undertaken on interfacial parameters for a horizontal two-phase flow.

  8. Interfacial Area and Interfacial Transfer in Two-Phase Flow Systems (Volume II. Chapters 6-10)

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    Guo, T.; Park, J.; Kojasoy, G.

    2003-03-15

    Experiments were performed on horizontal air-water bubbly two-phase flow, axial flow, stratified wavy flow, and annular flow. Theoretical studies were also undertaken on interfacial parameters for a horizontal two-phase flow.

  9. Interfacial Area and Interfacial Transfer in Two-Phase Flow Systems (Volume III. Chapters 11-14)

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    Guo, T.; Park, J.; Kojasoy, G.

    2003-03-15

    Experiments were performed on horizontal air-water bubbly two-phase flow, axial flow, stratified wavy flow, and annular flow. Theoretical studies were also undertaken on interfacial parameters for a horizontal two-phase flow.

  10. Interfacial Area and Interfacial Transfer in Two-Phase Flow Systems (Volume I. Chapters 1-5)

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    Guo, T.; Park, J.; Kojasoy, G.

    2003-03-15

    Experiments were performed on horizontal air-water bubbly two-phase flow, axial flow, stratified wavy flow, and annular flow. Theoretical studies were also undertaken on interfacial parameters for a horizontal two-phase flow.

  11. Neutron reflectivity measurement of polymer monolayer and brush at the air/water interface

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    We have been studied on amphiphilic polymer monolayer structure at the air/water interface by X-ray and neutron reflectometry. By complemently use of X-ray and neutron reflectometry, we have found (1) the existence of carpet layer in ionic polymer brush in monolayer system and (2) characteristic structural change in polymer/subphase interface. Furthermore, interesting experiment on small ion distribution was carried out by NR with contrast variation method. With our experimental examples, characteristic points in the neutron reflectivity measurement at the air/water interface and further possibility in this research area are discussed. (author)

  12. Investigations of hydraulic operating conditions of air lift pump with three types of air-water mixers

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    Kalenik Marek

    2015-01-01

    Investigations of hydraulic operating conditions of air lift pump with three types of air-water mixers. The paper presents the analysis of results of the investigations concerning the influence of various constructive solutions of the air-water mixers on hydraulic operating conditions of the air lift pump. The scope of the investigations encompassed the determination of characteristics of delivery head and delivery rate for three types of air-water mixers applied in the constructed air lift p...

  13. Performance optimization of continuous countercurrent tangential chromatography for antibody capture.

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    Dutta, Amit K; Tan, Jasmine; Napadensky, Boris; Zydney, Andrew L; Shinkazh, Oleg

    2016-03-01

    Recent studies have demonstrated that continuous countercurrent tangential chromatography (CCTC) can effectively purify monoclonal antibodies from clarified cell culture fluid. CCTC has the potential to overcome many of the limitations of conventional packed bed protein A chromatography. This paper explores the optimization of CCTC in terms of product yield, impurity removal, overall productivity, and buffer usage. Modeling was based on data from bench-scale process development and CCTC experiments for protein A capture of two clarified Chinese Hamster Ovary cell culture feedstocks containing monoclonal antibodies provided by industrial partners. The impact of resin binding capacity and kinetics, as well as staging strategy and buffer recycling, was assessed. It was found that optimal staging in the binding step provides better yield and increases overall system productivity by 8-16%. Utilization of higher number of stages in the wash and elution steps can lead to significant decreases in buffer usage (∼40% reduction) as well as increased removal of impurities (∼2 log greater removal). Further reductions in buffer usage can be obtained by recycling of buffer in the wash and regeneration steps (∼35%). Preliminary results with smaller particle size resins show that the productivity of the CCTC system can be increased by 2.5-fold up to 190 g of mAb/L of resin/hr due to the reduction in mass transfer limitations in the binding step. These results provide a solid framework for designing and optimizing CCTC technology for capture applications. © 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Biotechnol. Prog., 32:430-439, 2016. PMID:26914276

  14. High-speed countercurrent chromatography for purification of single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Ying Cai; Zhi Hong Yan; Ying Chun Lv; Min Zi; Li Ming Yuan

    2008-01-01

    A new chromatographic purification of single-walled carbon nanotubes using high-speed countercurrent chromatography is reported.The purification was accomplished on the basis of experiment that dispersed the single-walled carbon nanotubes with sodium dodecyl sulfate,and the result mixture was separated using the two phase system composed of n-butanol/water=1/1 (v/v).The sizes of SWNTs separated were observed by scanning electron microscopy.The results demonstrated that the high-speed countercurrent chromatography possessed a good efficency for purification of single-walled carbon nanotubes.

  15. Protonation, Hydrolysis, and Condensation of Mono- and Trifunctional Silanes at the Air/Water Interface

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    Britt, David W; Hlady, Vladimir

    1999-01-01

    The protonation, hydrolysis, and condensation kinetics of octadecyldimethylmethoxysilane (OMMS) and octadecyltrimethoxysilane (OTMS) at the air/water interface were investigated using a monolayer trough. OTMS chemical condensation within physically condensed phases was observed in transferred monolayers using fluorescence microscopy. Molecular area increases and decreases attributed to protonation and hydrolysis, respectively, of silane methoxy groups were measured by a surface balance. These...

  16. Crystalline mono- and multilayer self-assemblies of oligothiophenes at the air-water interface

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    Isz, S.; Weissbuch, I.; Kjær, K.; Bouwman, W.G.; Als-Nielsen, J.; Palacin, S.; Ruaudel-Teixier, A.; Leiserowitz, L.; Lahav, M.

    1997-01-01

    aromatic nonamphiphilic molecules, self-aggregated at the air-water interface. As model systems we have examined the deposition of quaterthiophene (S-4), quinquethiophene (S-5). and sexithiophene (S-6) from chloroform solutions on the water surface. The structures of the films were determined by surface...

  17. Emulsion droplet spreading at air/water interfaces: mechanisms and relevance to the whipping of cream

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    Hotrum, N.E.

    2004-01-01

    Keywords:emulsion, spreading coefficient, surface tension, emulsifier, whipped cream, dairy foam, partial coalescence In this thesis, the interaction between emulsion droplets and expanding air/water interfaces was investigated. The

  18. Hydrodynamics of a self-propelled camphor boat at the air-water interface

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    Akella, Sathish; Singh, Dhiraj; Singh, Ravi; Bandi, Mahesh

    2015-11-01

    A camphor tablet, when placed at the air-water interface undergoes sublimation and camphor vapour spreads radially outwards across the surface due to Marangoni forces. This steady camphor influx from tablet onto the air-water interface is balanced by the camphor outflux due to evaporation. When spontaneous fluctuations in evaporation break the axial symmetry of Marangoni force acting radially outwards, the camphor tablet is propelled like a boat along the water surface. We report experiments on the hydrodynamics of a self-propelled camphor boat at air-water interfaces. We observe three different modes of motion, namely continuous, harmonic and periodic, due to the volatile nature of camphor. We explain these modes in terms of ratio of two time-scales: the time-scale over which viscous forces are dominant over the Marangoni forces (τη) and the time-scale over which Marangoni forces are dominant over the viscous forces (τσ). The continuous, harmonic and periodic motions are observed when τη /τσ ~ 1 , τη /τσ >= 1 and τη /τσ >> 1 respectively. Experimentally, the ratio of the time scales is varied by changing the interfacial tension of the air-water interface using Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate. This work was supported by the Collective Interactions Unit, OIST Graduate University.

  19. Counter-current chromatography for oil analysis: retention features and kinetic effects.

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    Maryutina, Tatyana A; Soin, Alexander V; Katasonova, Olesya N

    2009-05-01

    Application of counter-current chromatography (CCC) for oil analysis has been suggested for the first time. CCC looks very promising as a tool for pre-concentration and isolation of trace elements from oil. Features of stationary phase retention of two-phase liquid systems (oil or oil products-aqueous nitric acid solutions) in CCC have been investigated. The influence of physicochemical properties of crude oil and oil products used as a mobile phase on the volume of stationary phase (acidic aqueous solutions) retained in CCC was studied. Chromatographic behavior of several oil samples was studied. It has been shown that physicochemical properties of test oil influence its chromatographic behavior. Optimal values of density and viscosity (rhocrude oil and oil products that could be analyzed using CCC were estimated. The influence of the column rotational speed and flow rate of mobile phase on the stationary phase retention was also investigated. It is known that kinetic aspects (mass transfer of elements between phases) can play a very important role in selecting an optimal composition of stationary phase for the pre-concentration of elements from oil. The influence of nitric acid concentration in the stationary phase on mass transfer was studied. Kinetic characteristic for trace element recovery has been investigated for the optimization of pre-concentration conditions of trace elements from crude oil and oil products. The extraction recoveries of Zn, Mn, Fe, Ni, V, Cu, Cd, Pb and Ba by CCC in dynamic mode are in the range of 75-95% while they are lower than 35% under batch conditions. PMID:19232415

  20. Counter-current tests to demonstrate the feasibility of extractant separation in DIAMEX-SANEX process

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    The DIAMEX-SANEX process, studied at the CEA Marcoule, aims at recovering trivalent minor actinides selectively from PUREX raffinates, by solvent extraction. The objective is to decrease the inventory of radioactive waste. This route has the particularity to use different organic phase compositions during the process. For instance, at the actinide extraction step, the DMDOHEMA malonamide is used alone as the extractant, whereas it is mixed with HDHP, an acidic extractant, in the other parts of the process. Since the DIAMEX-SANEX process presents a single partition cycle, a complementary extractant separation step is implemented in order to recycle the DMDOHEMA alone with TPH in the front end of the process. Thanks to suitable DMDOHEMA flow rates, it is possible to monitor the HDHP concentration in the organic phase to fulfill the required compositions to allow the targeted performances to be achieved. Once the aqueous and organic solutions of the extraction system were optimized, a basic counter-current test was performed, without any cation, to study the hydrodynamics of the system during the extractant separation step (stripping and re-extraction of the HDHP). Suitable choice of implementation conditions allowed the extractant separation step to be mastered experimentally and further validated by carrying out some batch extraction experiments with organic samples taken during the counter current test. The second step of this concept demonstration consisted in implementing the whole flowsheet using a surrogate feed solution containing every fission products capable of being extracted by the organic phase. The cold test gave a lot of data about the recovery yields of these fission products and a comparison with computed ones was made. This paper gives the results obtained for these two cold tests, in preparation for the high level active test planned in the Atalante hot cells using a genuine PUREX raffinate. (authors)

  1. Numerical modeling of counter-current condensation in a Black Liquor Gasification plant

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    Pressurized Entrained flow High Temperature Black Liquor Gasification is a novel technique to recover the inorganic chemicals and available energy in black liquor originating from kraft pulping. The gasifier has a direct quench that quickly cools the raw syngas when it leaves the hot reactor by spraying the gas with a water solution. As a result, the raw syngas becomes saturated with steam. Typically the gasifier operates at 30 bar which corresponds to a dew point of about 235 °C and a steam concentration in the saturated syngas that is about 3 times higher than the total concentration of the other species in the syngas. After the quench cooler the syngas is passed through a counter-current condenser where the raw syngas is cooled and most of the steam is condensed. The condenser consists of several vertical tubes where reflux condensation occurs inside the tubes due to water cooling of the tubes on the shell-side. A large part of the condensation takes place inside the tubes on the wall and results in a counterflow of water driven by gravity through the counter current condenser. In this study a computational fluid dynamics model is developed for the two-phase fluid flow on the tube-side of the condenser and for the single phase flow of the shell-side. The two-phase flow was treated using an Euler–Euler formulation with closure correlations for heat flux, condensation rate and pressure drop inside the tubes. The single-phase model for the shell side uses closure correlations for the heat flux and pressure drop. Predictions of the model are compared with results from experimental measurements in a condenser used in a 3 MW Black Liquor Gasification development plant. The results are in good agreement with the limited experimental data that has been collected in the experimental gasifier. However, more validation data is necessary before a definite conclusion can be drawn about the predictive capability of the code. -- Highlights: • A multi-phase model for a

  2. Numerical Modeling of Air-Water Flows in Bubble Columns and Airlift Reactors

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    Studley, Allison F

    2010-01-01

    Bubble columns and airlift reactors were modeled numerically to better understand the hydrodynamics and analyze the mixing characteristics for each configuration. An Eulerian-Eulerian approach was used to model air as the dispersed phase within a continuous phase of water using the commercial software FLUENT. The Schiller-Naumann drag model was employed along with virtual mass and the standard k-e turbulence model. The equations were discretized using the QUICK scheme and solved with the SIMP...

  3. Experimental investigation on the droplet entrainment from interfacial waves in air-water horizontal stratified flow

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    The main purpose of the wire is to avoid collision between adjacent rods.. Furthermore, a vortex induced vibration can be mitigated by wire spacers. In this study, the RANS based CFD methodology using an innovative grid generation has been evaluated in the 7-pin, 37-pin, and 217-pin wire wrapped fuel assembly, which is using the general purpose commercial CFD code, CFX. The RANS-based CFD methodology using the innovative hexagonal grid generation with the in-house code and the GGI function of the CFX code has been evaluated in the 7-pin, 37-pin, and 217-pin wire wrapped fuel assembly. SFR (Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor) system is one of the nuclear reactors in which a recycling of transuranics (TRUs) by reusing spent nuclear fuel sustains the fission chain reaction. This situation strongly motivated Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) to start a Prototype Gen Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (PGSFR) design project under the national nuclear R and D program. Generally, SFR system has tight package of the fuel bundle and the high power density. The fuel assembly of SFR system is consisted of wire wrapped fuel bundles with triangular loose array. The bundles of the SFR fuel assembly usually consisted of rods and wire spacers. The innovative RANS-based CFD methodology can remarkably reduce the number of meshes. Grid sensitivity study of the wall y grid scale with SST turbulence model in 7-pin fuel assembly has been carried out, and the uncertainty of friction factor was under the 6.0%. It has been validated that the GGI function of CFX code is very conservative interpolation function. The innovative RANS based CFD methodology can be successfully extended to real 217- pin wire-wrapped fuel assembly of KAERI 2014 PGSFR

  4. Effects of gravity and inlet location on a two-phase countercurrent imbibition in porous media

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    El-Amin, M.F.

    2012-01-01

    We introduce a numerical investigation of the effect of gravity on the problem of two-phase countercurrent imbibition in porous media. We consider three cases of inlet location, namely, from, side, top, and bottom. A 2D rectangular domain is considered for numerical simulation. The results indicate that gravity has a significant effect depending on open-boundary location.

  5. A novel apparatus for countercurrent sorption separation processes using fibrous sorbents

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    Diederen, A.M.; Zee, G. van; Veenman, A.W.; Graauw, J. de

    1998-01-01

    This paper discusses a technical feasibility study on continuous countercurrent sorption equipment using mechanically transported fibrous sorbent materials such as fiber beds and open-cell foam. A pilot unit was developed and tested and the apparatus performed adequately. Under the conditions applie

  6. Neural Networks Based Component Content Soft-Sensor in Countercurrent Rare-Earth Extraction

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    杨辉; 谭明皓; 柴天佑

    2003-01-01

    The equilibrium model for multicomponent rare earth extraction is developed using neural networks, which combined with the material balance model could give online prediction of component content in countercurrent rare earth extraction production. Simulation experiments with industrial operation data prove the effect iveness of the hybrid soft- sensor.

  7. How-to-Do-It: Countercurrent Heat Exchange in Vertebrate Limbs.

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    Franklin, George B.; Plakke, Ronald K.

    1988-01-01

    Describes principals of physics that are manifested in simple biological systems of heat conservation structures. Outlines materials needed, data collection, analysis, and discussion questions for construction and operation of two models, one that is a countercurrent heat exchange model and one that is not. (RT)

  8. Flow structure and pressure drop in flooding

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    The mechanism of the counter-current flow limitation in a vertical circular tube is experimentally investigated for two different types of air supply arrangements; (a) Bottom entry and (b) Nozzle entry. Simultaneous measurements of spatio-temporal characteristics of liquid holdup and differential pressure are carried out. In the case of 'Bottom entry', the standing wave formed at the bottom of the tube triggers the flooding at low air flow rate conditions. The stable counter-current flow is suddenly changed to the oscillatory flow. The large amplitude oscillation in flooding is caused by the propagation of large flooding-waves. In the case of 'Nozzle entry', the flooding never occurs till the high gas flow makes the falling liquid film unstable. As the gas flow rate increases, the liquid flow rate transported upward gradually increases without a formation of flooding-waves. (author)

  9. WEXA: exergy analysis for increasing the efficiency of air/water heat pumps - Final report

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    Gasser, L.; Wellig, B.; Hilfiker, K.

    2008-04-15

    This comprehensive final report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) presents the results of a study at the made by the Engineering and Architecture department at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The subject of the WEXA study (Waermepumpen-Exergie-Analyse - heat pump exergy analysis) is the analysis of the operation of air/water heat-pumps using exergy analysis methods. The basic thermodynamics of heating systems using heat-pumps is discussed. The exergy analyses and exergy balances for the various components and processes of an air/water heat-pump are presented and discussed. Comparisons are presented for heat-pumps with on/off and continuous control systems for their compressors and fans. The paper is concluded with a collection of appendices on the subject.

  10. Gas-liquid countercurrent integration process for continuous biodiesel production using a microporous solid base KF/CaO as catalyst.

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    Hu, Shengyang; Wen, Libai; Wang, Yun; Zheng, Xinsheng; Han, Heyou

    2012-11-01

    A continuous-flow integration process was developed for biodiesel production using rapeseed oil as feedstock, based on the countercurrent contact reaction between gas and liquid, separation of glycerol on-line and cyclic utilization of methanol. Orthogonal experimental design and response surface methodology were adopted to optimize technological parameters. A second-order polynomial model for the biodiesel yield was established and validated experimentally. The high determination coefficient (R(2)=98.98%) and the low probability value (Prcatalyst KF/CaO and 105.98kPa system pressure. Under these conditions, the average yield of triplicate experiments was 93.7%, indicating the continuous-flow process has good potential in the manufacture of biodiesel. PMID:22940350

  11. The Equilibria of Lipid–K+ Ions in Monolayer at the Air/Water Interface

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    Petelska, Aneta D.; Figaszewski, Zbigniew A.

    2011-01-01

    The effect of K+ ion interaction with monolayers of phosphatidylcholine (lecithin, PC) or cholesterol (Ch) was investigated at the air/water interface. We present surface tension measurements of lipid monolayers obtained using a Langmuir method as a function of K+ ion concentration. Measurements were carried out at 22°C using a Teflon trough and a Nima 9000 tensiometer. Interactions between lecithin and K+ ions or Ch and K+ ions result in significant deviations from the additivity rule. An eq...

  12. Separating Octadecyltrimethoxysilane Hydrolysis and Condensation at the Air/Water Interface through Addition of Methyl Stearate

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    Britt, David W; Hlady, Vladimir

    1999-01-01

    The hydrolysis and condensation of octadecyltrimethoxysilane (OTMS) at the air/water interface were monitored through molecular area changes at a constant surface pressure of 10 mN/m. The onset of condensation was delayed through the addition of methyl stearate (SME) acting as an inert filler molecule. In the absence of SME, complete gelation of OTMS required 30 h, during which time OTMS condensation occurred concomitantly with hydrolysis. In the presence of SME, the OTMS monolayer gelation r...

  13. Emulsion droplet spreading at air/water interfaces: mechanisms and relevance to the whipping of cream

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    Hotrum, N.E.

    2004-01-01

    Keywords:emulsion, spreading coefficient, surface tension, emulsifier, whipped cream, dairy foam, partial coalescence In this thesis, the interaction between emulsion droplets and expanding air/water interfaces was investigated. The objective was to deepen our knowledge concerning the physical processes that take place at the expanding air surfaces that form during aeration of emulsions. Emulsions can become aerated as a result of various processing operations, for example, stirring or pourin...

  14. Smart nanogels at the air/water interface: structural studies by neutron reflectivity

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    Zielińska, Katarzyna; Sun, Huihui; Campbell, Richard A.; Zarbakhsh, Ali; Resmini, Marina

    2016-02-01

    The development of effective transdermal drug delivery systems based on nanosized polymers requires a better understanding of the behaviour of such nanomaterials at interfaces. N-Isopropylacrylamide-based nanogels synthesized with different percentages of N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide as cross-linker, ranging from 10 to 30%, were characterized at physiological temperature at the air/water interface, using neutron reflectivity (NR), with isotopic contrast variation, and surface tension measurements; this allowed us to resolve the adsorbed amount and the volume fraction of nanogels at the interface. A large conformational change for the nanogels results in strong deformations at the interface. As the percentage of cross-linker incorporated in the nanogels becomes higher, more rigid matrices are obtained, although less deformed, and the amount of adsorbed nanogels is increased. The data provide the first experimental evidence of structural changes of nanogels as a function of the degree of cross-linking at the air/water interface.The development of effective transdermal drug delivery systems based on nanosized polymers requires a better understanding of the behaviour of such nanomaterials at interfaces. N-Isopropylacrylamide-based nanogels synthesized with different percentages of N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide as cross-linker, ranging from 10 to 30%, were characterized at physiological temperature at the air/water interface, using neutron reflectivity (NR), with isotopic contrast variation, and surface tension measurements; this allowed us to resolve the adsorbed amount and the volume fraction of nanogels at the interface. A large conformational change for the nanogels results in strong deformations at the interface. As the percentage of cross-linker incorporated in the nanogels becomes higher, more rigid matrices are obtained, although less deformed, and the amount of adsorbed nanogels is increased. The data provide the first experimental evidence of structural changes

  15. Differential Effects of Lysophosphatidylcholine on the Adsorption of Phospholipids to an Air/Water Interface

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    Biswas, Samares C.; Rananavare, Shankar B.; Hall, Stephen B.

    2006-01-01

    To determine how the hydrophobic surfactant proteins promote insertion of the surfactant lipids into an air/water interface, we measured the effect of lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) on adsorption. Existing models contend that the proteins function either by disordering the lipids or by stabilizing a negatively curved structure located between the adsorbing vesicle and the interface. Because LPC produces greater disorder but positive curvature, the models predict opposite effects. With vesicles...

  16. Spontaneous patterning of quantum dots at the air-water interface

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    Sear, Richard P.; Chung, Sung-Wook; Markovich, Gil; Gelbart, William M; Heath, James R.

    1999-01-01

    Nanoparticles deposited at the air-water interface are observed to form circular domains at low density and stripes at higher density. We interpret these patterns as equilibrium phenomena produced by a competition between an attraction and a longer-ranged repulsion. Computer simulations of a generic pair potential with attractive and repulsive parts of this kind, reproduce both the circular and stripe patterns. Such patterns have a potential use in nanoelectronic applications.

  17. Efficient air-water heat pumps for high temperature lift residential heating, including oil migration aspects

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    Zehnder, Michele

    2004-01-01

    This thesis presents a system approach with the aim to develop improved concepts for small capacity, high temperature lift air-water heat pumps. These are intended to replace fuel fired heating systems in the residential sector, which leads to a major reduction of the local greenhouse gas emissions. Unfavorable temperature conditions set by the existing heat distribution systems and by the use of atmospheric air, as the only accessible heat source, have to be overcome. The proposed concepts a...

  18. Efficient air-water heat pumps for high temperature lift residential heating, including oil migration aspects

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    Zehnder, Michele; Favrat, Daniel

    2005-01-01

    This thesis presents a system approach with the aim to develop improved concepts for small capacity, high temperature lift air-water heat pumps. These are intended to replace fuel fired heating systems in the residential sector, which leads to a major reduction of the local greenhouse gas emissions. Unfavorable temperature conditions set by the existing heat distribution systems and by the use of atmospheric air, as the only accessible heat source, have to be overcome. The proposed concepts a...

  19. Air-Water Gas Exchange in Wetland Water Columns Due To Wind and Thermal Convection

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    Poindexter, C.; Variano, E. A.

    2011-12-01

    The goal of this work is to provide a parameterization of the air-water gas transfer rate in wetlands, and do so in terms of easily measured environmental variables. This parameterization is intended to support biogeochemical modeling in wetlands by providing an interfacial flux of key importance. Our approach uses laboratory experiments describe the oxygen transfer across an air-water interface in a model wetland. The oxygen transfer is sensitive to the externally imposed wind, vegetation characteristics, and vertical thermal convection. We vary these systematically, determining the gas transfer (or "piston") velocity that describes interfacial gas flux. We measure velocity vector fields near the air-water interface using particle image velocimetry, and use these measurements to help explain the mechanisms behind the measured trends in oxygen transfer. The explanatory power of these measurements includes the relationship between plant geometry and surface divergence. We explore the potential impact of our results on wetland modeling and management, for issues such as carbon sequestration and methane emission.

  20. Evaluation of a Design Concept for the Combined Air-water Passive Cooling PAFS+

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    Bae, Sung Won; Kwon, Taesoon [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    The APR+ system provides the Passive Auxiliary Feed-water System (PAFS) for the passive cooling capability. However, the current design requirement for working time for the PAFS is about 8 hours only. Thus, current working time of PAFS can not meet the required 72 hours cooling capability for the long term SBO situation. To meet the 72 hours cooling, the pool capacity should be almost 3∼4 times larger than that of current water cooling tank. In order to continue the PAFS operation for 72 hours, a new passive air-water combined cooling system is proposed. This paper provides the feasibility study on the combined passive air-water cooling system. Figure 1 and 2 show the conceptual difference of the PAFS and combined passive air-water cooling system, respectively. Simple performance evaluation of the passive air cooling heat exchanger has been conducted by the MARS calculation. For the postulated FLB scenario, 4800 heat exchanger tubes and 5 m/s air velocity are not sufficient to sustain the PCCT pool level for 72 hour cooling. Further works on the system design and performance enhancing plan are required to fulfill the 72 hours long term passive cooling.

  1. Demonstration of adaptive optics for mitigating laser propagation through a random air-water interface

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    Land, Phillip; Majumdar, Arun K.

    2016-05-01

    This paper describes a new concept of mitigating signal distortions caused by random air-water interface using an adaptive optics (AO) system. This is the first time the concept of using an AO for mitigating the effects of distortions caused mainly by a random air-water interface is presented. We have demonstrated the feasibility of correcting the distortions using AO in a laboratory water tank for investigating the propagation effects of a laser beam through an airwater interface. The AO system consisting of a fast steering mirror, deformable mirror, and a Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensor for mitigating surface water distortions has a unique way of stabilizing and aiming a laser onto an object underneath the water. Essentially the AO system mathematically takes the complex conjugate of the random phase caused by air-water interface allowing the laser beam to penetrate through the water by cancelling with the complex conjugates. The results show the improvement of a number of metrics including Strehl ratio, a measure of the quality of optical image formation for diffraction limited optical system. These are the first results demonstrating the feasibility of developing a new sensor system such as Laser Doppler Vibrometer (LDV) utilizing AO for mitigating surface water distortions.

  2. Evaluation of a Design Concept for the Combined Air-water Passive Cooling PAFS+

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    The APR+ system provides the Passive Auxiliary Feed-water System (PAFS) for the passive cooling capability. However, the current design requirement for working time for the PAFS is about 8 hours only. Thus, current working time of PAFS can not meet the required 72 hours cooling capability for the long term SBO situation. To meet the 72 hours cooling, the pool capacity should be almost 3∼4 times larger than that of current water cooling tank. In order to continue the PAFS operation for 72 hours, a new passive air-water combined cooling system is proposed. This paper provides the feasibility study on the combined passive air-water cooling system. Figure 1 and 2 show the conceptual difference of the PAFS and combined passive air-water cooling system, respectively. Simple performance evaluation of the passive air cooling heat exchanger has been conducted by the MARS calculation. For the postulated FLB scenario, 4800 heat exchanger tubes and 5 m/s air velocity are not sufficient to sustain the PCCT pool level for 72 hour cooling. Further works on the system design and performance enhancing plan are required to fulfill the 72 hours long term passive cooling

  3. Dust Control with Use of Air-Water Spraying System / Redukcja Zapylenia Powietrza Z Wykorzystaniem Zraszania Powietrzno-Wodnego

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    Prostański, Dariusz

    2012-12-01

    Results from testing the dust control efficiency, when using air-water spraying system in comparison to the typical water spraying system are presented in the paper. The tests were carried out in conditions of longwall mining and at the places of run-of-mine transportation. Also the results of stand tests of different types of nozzles both for air-water and for water spaying systems carried out at KOMAG's laboratory and in real conditions are presented. The benefits resulting from air-water spraying system have been determined.

  4. Micrometeorological measurement of hexachlorobenzene and polychlorinated biphenyl compound air-water gas exchange in Lake Superior and comparison to model predictions

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    M. D. Rowe

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Air-water exchange fluxes of persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT substances are frequently estimated using the Whitman two-film (W2F method, but micrometeorological flux measurements of these compounds over water are rarely attempted. We measured air-water exchange fluxes of hexachlorobenzene (HCB and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs on 14 July 2006 in Lake Superior using the modified Bowen ratio (MBR method. Measured fluxes were compared to estimates using the W2F method, and to estimates from an Internal Boundary Layer Transport and Exchange (IBLTE model that implements the NOAA COARE bulk flux algorithm and gas transfer model. We reveal an inaccuracy in the estimate of water vapor transfer velocity that is commonly used with the W2F method for PBT flux estimation, and demonstrate the effect of use of an improved estimation method. Flux measurements were conducted at three stations with increasing fetch in offshore flow (15, 30, and 60 km in southeastern Lake Superior. This sampling strategy enabled comparison of measured and predicted flux, as well as modification in near-surface atmospheric concentration with fetch, using the IBLTE model. Fluxes estimated using the W2F model were compared to fluxes measured by MBR. In five of seven cases in which the MBR flux was significantly greater than zero, concentration increased with fetch at 1-m height, which is qualitatively consistent with the measured volatilization flux. As far as we are aware, these are the first reported micrometeorological air-water exchange flux measurements of PCBs.

  5. Micrometeorological measurement of hexachlorobenzene and polychlorinated biphenyl compound air-water gas exchange in Lake Superior and comparison to model predictions

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    M. D. Rowe

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Air-water exchange fluxes of persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT substances are frequently estimated using the Whitman two-film (W2F method, but micrometeorological flux measurements of these compounds over water are rarely attempted. We measured air-water exchange fluxes of hexachlorobenzene (HCB and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs on 14 July 2006 in Lake Superior using the modified Bowen ratio (MBR method. Measured fluxes were compared to estimates using the W2F method, and to estimates from an Internal Boundary Layer Transport and Exchange (IBLTE model that implements the NOAA COARE bulk flux algorithm and gas transfer model. We reveal an inaccuracy in the estimate of water vapor transfer velocity that is commonly used with the W2F method for PBT flux estimation, and demonstrate the effect of use of an improved estimation method. Flux measurements were conducted at three stations with increasing fetch in offshore flow (15, 30, and 60 km in southeastern Lake Superior. This sampling strategy enabled comparison of measured and predicted flux, as well as modification in near-surface atmospheric concentration with fetch, using the IBLTE model. Fluxes estimated using the W2F model were compared to fluxes measured by MBR. In five of seven cases in which the MBR flux was significantly greater than zero, concentration increased with fetch at 1-m height, which is qualitatively consistent with the measured volatilization flux. As far as we are aware, these are the first reported ship-based micrometeorological air-water exchange flux measurements of PCBs.

  6. Liquid-liquid extraction based on a new flow pattern: Two-fluid Taylor-Couette flow

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    Baier, Gretchen

    The exploitation of flow instabilities that can occur in rotating flows is investigated as a new approach to liquid extraction. Two immiscible liquids are radially stratified by centrifugal force in the annulus between corotating coaxial cylinders. The inner cylinder is rotated above a critical speed to form Taylor vortices in one or both of the fluids. This flow pattern produces a relatively small amount interfacial surface area that is of highly active for interphase mass transfer. Continuous processing is also possible with the addition of countercurrent axial flow. The present study includes: (1)A review of aqueous- aqueous and reversed micelle extraction techniques, the commercially available centrifugal extractors, and one fluid Taylor-Couette flow and its variations. (2)A theoretical analysis to predict the onset of the two- fluid Taylor-Couette instability in the presence of countercurrent axial flow. (3)Theoretical predictions for interphase mass transfer using penetration theory and computational fluid dynamics. (4)The demonstration of two-fluid Taylor-Couette flow with countercurrent axial flow in the laboratory, including: (1) fluid mechanics studies to determine the onset of vortices, and (2) mass transfer studies to characterize intraphase and interphase mass transfer. The agreement between the experiments and theory is good for both the fluid mechanics and the mass transfer. Furthermore, the extraction performance is quite promising with the mass transfer coefficient approximately proportional to the vortex strength. Even higher extraction efficiencies should be obtainable with even larger relative rotation rates or cylinder modification to promote vortex formation. Besides two-fluid Taylor-Couette flow, other instabilities can also occur. With low viscosity fluids at low rotation rates, the ``barber pole'' pattern is observed experimentally and is believed to be a lingering gravitational effect. At high countercurrent axial flowrates, the linear

  7. DNS and measurements of scalar transfer across an air-water interface during inception and growth of Langmuir circulation

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    Hafsi, A.; Ma, Y.; Buckley, M.; Tejada-Martinez, A. E.; Veron, F.

    2016-05-01

    Direct numerical simulations (DNS) of an initially quiescent coupled air-water interface driven by an air flow with free stream speed of 5 m/s have been conducted and scalar transfer from the air side to the water side and subsequent vertical transport in the water column have been analysed. Two simulations are compared: one with a freely deforming interface, giving rise to gravity-capillary waves and aqueous Langmuir turbulence (LT) characterized by small-scale (centimeter-scale) Langmuir cells (LC), and the other with the interface intentionally held flat, i.e., without LC. It is concluded that LT serves to enhance vertical transport of the scalar in the water side and in the process increases scalar transfer efficiency from the air side to the water side relative to the shear-dominated turbulence in the flat interface case. Furthermore, transition to LT was observed to be accompanied by a spike in scalar flux characterized by an order of magnitude increase. These episodic flux increases, if linked to gusts and overall unsteadiness in the wind field, are expected to be an important contributor in determining the long-term average of the air-sea gas fluxes.

  8. Thermal characteristics of air-water spray impingement cooling of hot metallic surface under controlled parametric conditions

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    Nayak, Santosh Kumar; Mishra, Purna Chandra

    2016-06-01

    Experimental results on the thermal characteristics of air-water spray impingement cooling of hot metallic surface are presented and discussed in this paper. The controlling input parameters investigated were the combined air and water pressures, plate thickness, water flow rate, nozzle height from the target surface and initial temperature of the hot surface. The effects of these input parameters on the important thermal characteristics such as heat transfer rate, heat transfer coefficient and wetting front movement were measured and examined. Hot flat plate samples of mild steel with dimension 120 mm in length, 120 mm breadth and thickness of 4 mm, 6 mm, and 8 mm respectively were tested. The air assisted water spray was found to be an effective cooling media and method to achieve very high heat transfer rate from the surface. Higher heat transfer rate and heat transfer coefficients were obtained for the lesser i.e, 4 mm thick plates. Increase in the nozzle height reduced the heat transfer efficiency of spray cooling. At an inlet water pressure of 4 bar and air pressure of 3 bar, maximum cooling rates 670°C/s and average cooling rate of 305.23°C/s were achieved for a temperature of 850°C of the steel plate.

  9. Thermal Characteristics of Air-Water Spray Impingement Cooling of Hot Metallic Surface under Controlled Parametric Conditions

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    Santosh Kumar Nayak; Purna Chandra Mishra

    2016-01-01

    Experimental results on the thermal characteristics of air-water spray impingement cooling of hot metallic surface are presented and discussed in this paper.The controlling input parameters investigated were the combined air and water pressures,plate thickness,water flow rate,nozzle height from the target surface and initial temperature of the hot surface.The effects of these input parameters on the important thermal characteristics such as heat transfer rate,heat transfer coefficient and wetting front movement were measured and examined.Hot flat plate samples of mild steel with dimension 120 mm in length,120 mm breadth and thickness of 4 mm,6 mm,and 8 mm respectively were tested.The air assisted water spray was found to be an effective cooling media and method to achieve very high heat transfer rate from the surface.Higher heat transfer rate and heat transfer coefficients were obtained for the lesser i.e,4 mm thick plates.Increase in the nozzle height reduced the heat transfer efficiency of spray cooling.At an inlet water pressure of 4 bar and air pressure of 3 bar,maximum cooling rates 670℃/s and average cooling rate of 305.23℃/s were achieved for a temperature of 850℃ of the steel plate.

  10. Observations of the southern East Madagascar Current and undercurrent and countercurrent system

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    Nauw, J. J.; van Aken, H. M.; Webb, A.; Lutjeharms, J. R. E.; de Ruijter, W. P. M.

    2008-08-01

    In April 2001 four hydrographic sections perpendicular to the southern East Madagascar Current were surveyed as part of the Agulhas Current Sources Experiment. Observations with a vessel mounted and a lowered ADCP produced information on the current field while temperature, salinity, oxygen and nutrient data obtained with a CTD-Rosette system, gave information on the water mass structure of the currents southeast of Madagascar. The peak velocity in the pole-ward East Madagascar Current through these four sections had a typical magnitude of ˜110 cm/s, while the width of this current was of the order of 120 km. The mean pole-ward volume transport rate of this current during the survey above the 5°C isotherm was estimated to be 37 ± 10 Sv. On all four sections an undercurrent was observed at intermediate depths below the East Madagascar Current. Its equator-ward transport rate amounted to 2.8 ± 1.4 Sv. Offshore of the East Madagascar Current the shallow South Indian Ocean Countercurrent was observed. This eastward frontal jet coincided with the barotropic and thermohaline front that separates the saline Subtropical Surface Water from the fresher Tropical Surface Water in the East Madagascar Current. The near-surface geostrophic flow of the East Madagascar Current, derived from satellite altimetry data from 1992 to 2005, suggests a strong variability of this transport due to eddy variability and interannual changes. The long-term pole-ward mean transport of the East Madagascar Current, roughly estimated from those altimetry data amounts to 32 Sv. The upper-ocean water mass of the East Madagascar Current was very saline in 2001, compared to WOCE surveys from 1995. Comparison of our undercurrent data with those of the WOCE surveys in 1995 confirms that the undercurrent is a recurrent feature. Its water mass properties are relatively saline, due to the presence of water originating from the Red Sea outflow at intermediate levels. The saline water was advected from the

  11. The heat-transfer performance of gas—solid trickle flow over a regularly stacked packing

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    Verver, A.B.; Swaaij, van W.P.M.

    1986-01-01

    The heat-transfer behaviour of a countercurrent gas—solid trickle flow contactor is studied, using coarse sand particles as the solids phase. Experimental data on the overall heat-transfer rate constant between the gas flow and the solid particle flow were obtained in a 0.15 m square cross-section c

  12. The hydrodynamic behaviour of gas—solid trickle flow over a regularly stacked packing

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    Verver, A.B.; Swaaij, van W.P.M.

    1986-01-01

    The hydrodynamic properties of counter-current gas—solid flow over a regularly stacked packing at trickle flow conditions have been studied. The flow properties of the solids phase were examined, using five types of solid particles with a mean particle diameter ranging from 70 to 880 μm and a partic

  13. Product sampling during transient continuous countercurrent hydrolysis of canola oil and development of a kinetic model

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    Wang, Weicheng

    2013-11-01

    A chemical kinetic model has been developed for the transient stage of the continuous countercurrent hydrolysis of triglycerides to free fatty acids and glycerol. Departure functions and group contribution methods were applied to determine the equilibrium constants of the four reversible reactions in the kinetic model. Continuous countercurrent hydrolysis of canola oil in subcritical water was conducted experimentally in a lab-scale reactor over a range of temperatures and the concentrations of all neutral components were quantified. Several of the rate constants in the model were obtained by modeling this experimental data, with the remaining determined from calculated equilibrium constants. Some reactions not included in the present, or previous, hydrolysis modeling efforts were identified from glycerolysis kinetic studies and may explain the slight discrepancy between model and experiment. The rate constants determined in this paper indicate that diglycerides in the feedstock accelerate the transition from "emulsive hydrolysis" to "rapid hydrolysis". © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

  14. Particle aggregation in large counter-current spray drying towers: Nozzle configuration, vortex momentum and temperature

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    Francia, V; Martín, L; Bayly, AE; Simmons, MJH

    2015-01-01

    This work investigates particle growth in a counter-current swirl detergent dryer, operating with a single nozzle, at a range of nozzle heights, air drying temperatures, TA, and superficial air velocities, UA, which were selected to enhance or inhibit particle aggregation in the dryer. The growth kinetics are discussed paying special attention to the impact of the cycle of deposition and re-entrainment of material from the wall deposits. All cases lead to substantial aggregation and mono-moda...

  15. Advanced counter-current multi-stage centrifugal extractor for solvent extraction process

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    Total actinide recovery, lanthanide/actinide separation and the selective partitioning of actinide from high level waste (HLW) are nowadays of a major interest. Actinide partitioning with a view to safe disposing of HLW or utilization in many other applications of recovered elements involve an extraction process usually by means of mixer-settler, pulse column or centrifugal contactor. The latter, presents some doubtless advantages and responds to the above mentioned goals. A new type of counter-current multistage centrifugal extractor has been designed and built. The counter-current multi-stage centrifugal extractor is a stainless steel cylinder with an effective length of 346 mm, the effective diameter of 100 mm and a volume of 1.5 liters, having horizontal position as working position. The new internal structure and geometry of the new advanced centrifugal extractor is shown. It consists of nine cells (units): five rotation units, two mixing units, two propelling units and two final plates which ensures the counter-current running of the two phases. The central shaft having the rotation cells fixed on it is connected to an electric motor of high rotation speed. The extractor has been tested at 1000-3000 rot/min for a ratio of the aqueous/organic phase = 1. The mechanical and hydrodynamic behavior of the two phases in counter-current are described. The results showed that the performances have been generally good. The new facility appears to be a promising idea to increase extraction rate of radionuclides and metals from liquid effluents. (authors)

  16. New improved counter-current multi-stage centrifugal extractor for solvent extraction process

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    Total actinide recovery, lanthanide/actinide separation and the selective partitioning of actinide from high-level radioactive waste (HLRW) are nowadays of a major interest. Actinide partitioning with a view to safe disposal of HLRW or utilization in many other applications of recovered elements involved an extraction process usually by means of mixer-settler, pulse column or centrifugal contactor. The latter, presents some doubtless advantages and meets the above mentioned goals. A new type of counter-current multistage centrifugal extractor has been designed and operated. The counter-current multi-stage centrifugal extractor is a cylinder made of stainless steel with an effective length of 346 mm, effective diameter of 100 mm and a volume of 1.5 liters, having an horizontal working position. The new internal structure and geometry of the new advanced centrifugal extractor consisting of nine cells (units): five rotation units(R), two mixing units (M), two propelling units (P) and two final plates (S) ensure the counter-current running of the two phases. The central shaft (CS) having the rotation cells fixed on is provided with an intermediary connection to an electric motor of high rotation speed. The new designed extractor has been tested at 1000-3000 rot/min for a ratio of the aqueous/organic phase equal to 1. The results showed that the performances are good and the design demand was fulfilled. The new design of the counter-current multistage centrifugal extractor could be a promising idea to increase the extraction rate of radionuclides and metals from liquid effluents. (author)

  17. Agglomeration in counter-current spray drying towers. Part B: Interaction between multiple spraying levels

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    Francia, V; Martín, L; Bayly, AE; Simmons, MJH

    2016-01-01

    A new experimental method is developed here to investigate agglomeration in spray drying towers operating with multiple nozzles. It allows studying independently the contribution of each spray to the product and obtaining a valuable insight into the agglomeration processes. The paper studies a two level swirl counter-current dryer of detergent in a full-scale production system. It shows that operation with two nozzle levels increases the energy efficiency compared to the use of single sprays,...

  18. Design of Countercurrent Separation of Ginkgo biloba Terpene Lactones by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

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    Qiu, Feng; Friesen, Brent J.; McAlpine, James B.; Pauli, Guido F.

    2012-01-01

    Terpene lactones such as bilobalide, ginkgolides A, B, C, and J are major bioactive compounds of Ginkgo biloba L. Purification of these compounds is tedious due to their similar chemical properties. For the purpose of developing an effective and efficient method for both analytical and preparative separation of terpene lactones in G. biloba, an innovative orthogonality-enhanced high-speed countercurrent chromatography (HSCCC) method was established. Taking advantage of quantitative 1H NMR (qH...

  19. Chemical denaturation of globular proteins at the air-water interface

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    X-ray and neutron reflectometry has been used to probe the equilibrium surface structure of hen egg white lysozyme (lysozyme) and bovine β -lactoglobulin (β -lactoglobulin) under denaturing conditions at the air-water interface. This was achieved by performing experiments on 10 mg mL-1 protein solutions containing increasing concentrations of guanidinium hydrochloride For solutions containing no G.HCl, the surface structure of the proteins was represented by a two-layer model with total thicknesses of 48 Angstroms and 38 Angstroms for lysozyme and β -lactoglobulin, respectively. The total volume of a single protein molecule and the associated water molecules was determined to be approximately 45 (0.3) nm3 for lysozyme, and 60 (0.3) nm3 for β -lactoglobulin. The thickness dimensions and the total volumes compared favourably with the crystal dimensions of 45 x 30 x 30 Angstroms (40.5 nm3 ), and 36 x 36 x 36 Angstroms (47 nm3 ) for lysozyme and β -lactoglobulin, respectively. This comparison suggests that when no denaturant was present, the structures of lysozyme and β -lactoglobulin were near to their native conformations at the air-water The response to the presence of the chemical denaturant was different for each protein. The surface layer of β -lactoglobulin expanded at very low concentrations (0.2 mol dm-3 ) of G.HCl, where the lysozyme layer contracted. At higher concentrations, unfolding of both the proteins led to the formation of a third diffuse layer. In general, lysozyme appeared to be less responsive to the chemical denaturant, which is most likely a result of the higher disulfide content of lysozyme. A protocol allowing quantitative analysis of the contribution from the air-water interface to the chemical denaturation of a protein was developed. The protocol involved calculation of the Gibbs free energy of a protein at zero denaturant concentration, by using the change in the adsorbed layer thickness as an order parameter

  20. Dynamic Study of Gemini Surfactant and Single-chain Surfactant at Air/Water Interface

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    Yi Jian CHEN; Gui Ying XU; Shi Ling YUAN; Hai Ying SUN

    2005-01-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation are used to study the properties of gemini surfactant of ethyl-α,ω-bis(dodecyldimethylammonium bromide) (C12C2C12) and dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB) at the air/water interface, respectively. In the two systems,the surfactant concentrations are both 28 wt. %, and other conditions are also the same. After reaching the thermodynamic equilibrium, the concentration profiles, the radial distributions functions (RDF) and the mean squared displacement (MSD) are investigated. Theresults reveal that the surface activity of C12C2C12 suffactant is higher than DTAB surfactant.

  1. Formation of H-type liquid crystal dimer at air-water interface

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    We have formed the Langmuir monolayer of H-shaped Azo linked liquid crystal dimer molecule at the air-water interface. Isocycles of the molecule showed hysteresis suggesting the ir-reversible nature of the monolayer formed. The thin film deposited on the silicon wafer was characterized using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM). The images showed uniform domains of the dimer molecule. We propose that these molecules tend to take book shelf configuration in the liquid phase

  2. Crystalline self-assembly into monolayers of folded oligomers at the air-water interface

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    Lederer, K.; Godt, A.; Howes, P.B.; Kjær, K.; Als-Nielsen, J.; Lahav, M.; Wegner, G.; Leiserowitz, L.; Weissbuch, I.

    2000-01-01

    Insertion of the 115-bis(ethynylene)benzene unit as a rigid spacer into a linear alkyl chain, thus separating the two resulting stems by 9 Angstrom, induces chain folding at the air-water interface. These folded molecules self-assemble into crystalline monolayers at this interface, with the plane...... the number and position of the hydrophilic groups in the molecule. The molecules form ribbons with a higher crystal coherence in the direction of stacking between the molecular ribbons, and a lower coherence along the ribbon direction. A similar molecule, but with a spacer unit that imposes a 5...

  3. Formation of H-type liquid crystal dimer at air-water interface

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    Karthik, C., E-mail: karthik.c@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in; Gupta, Adbhut, E-mail: karthik.c@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in; Joshi, Aditya, E-mail: karthik.c@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in; Manjuladevi, V., E-mail: karthik.c@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in; Gupta, Raj Kumar, E-mail: karthik.c@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in [Department of Physics, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Rajasthan -333031 (India); Varia, Mahesh C.; Kumar, Sandeep [Raman Research Institute, Sadashivanagar, Bangalore - 560080 (India)

    2014-04-24

    We have formed the Langmuir monolayer of H-shaped Azo linked liquid crystal dimer molecule at the air-water interface. Isocycles of the molecule showed hysteresis suggesting the ir-reversible nature of the monolayer formed. The thin film deposited on the silicon wafer was characterized using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM). The images showed uniform domains of the dimer molecule. We propose that these molecules tend to take book shelf configuration in the liquid phase.

  4. Air-water gas exchange and CO2 flux in a mangrove-dominated estuary

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    Ho, David T.; Ferrón, Sara; Engel, Victor C.; Larsen, Laurel G.; Barr, Jordan G.

    2014-01-01

    forests are highly productive ecosystems, but the fate of mangrove-derived carbon remains uncertain. Part of that uncertainty stems from the fact that gas transfer velocities in mangrove-surrounded waters are not well determined, leading to uncertainty in air-water CO2 fluxes. Two SF6 tracer release experiments were conducted to determine gas transfer velocities (k(600) = 8.3 ± 0.4 and 8.1 ± 0.6 cm h-1), along with simultaneous measurements of pCO2 to determine the air-water CO2 fluxes from Shark River, Florida (232.11 ± 23.69 and 171.13 ± 20.28 mmol C m-2 d-1), an estuary within the largest contiguous mangrove forest in North America. The gas transfer velocity results are consistent with turbulent kinetic energy dissipation measurements, indicating a higher rate of turbulence and gas exchange than predicted by commonly used wind speed/gas exchange parameterizations. The results have important implications for carbon fluxes in mangrove ecosystems.

  5. Formation, disruption and mechanical properties of a rigid hydrophobin film at an air-water interface

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    Walker, Lynn; Kirby, Stephanie; Anna, Shelley; CMU Team

    Hydrophobins are small, globular proteins with distinct hydrophilic and hydrophobic regions that make them extremely surface active. The behavior of hydrophobins at surfaces has raised interest in their potential industrial applications, including use in surface coatings, food foams and emulsions, and as dispersants. Practical use of hydrophobins requires an improved understanding of the interfacial behavior of these proteins, both individually and in the presence of surfactants. Cerato-ulmin (CU) is a hydrophobin that has been shown to strongly stabilize air bubbles and oil droplets through the formation of a persistent protein film at the interface. In this work, we characterize the adsorption behavior of CU at air/water interfaces by measuring the surface tension and interfacial rheology as a function of adsorption time. CU is found to strongly, irreversibly adsorb at air/water interfaces; the magnitude of the dilatational modulus increases with adsorption time and surface pressure, until the CU eventually forms a rigid film. The persistence of this film is tested through the addition of SDS, a strong surfactant, to the bulk. SDS is found to co-adsorb to interfaces pre-coated with a CU film. At high concentrations, the addition of SDS significantly decreases the dilatational modulus, indicating disruption and displacement of CU. These results lend insight into the complex interfacial interactions between hydrophobins and surfactants. Funding from GoMRI.

  6. Air-water ‘tornado’-type microwave plasmas applied for sugarcane biomass treatment

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    Bundaleska, N.; Tatarova, E.; Dias, F. M.; Lino da Silva, M.; Ferreira, C. M.; Amorim, J.

    2014-02-01

    The production of cellulosic ethanol from sugarcane biomass is an attractive alternative to the use of fossil fuels. Pretreatment is needed to separate the cellulosic material, which is packed with hemicellulose and lignin in cell wall of sugarcane biomass. A microwave ‘tornado’-type air-water plasma source operating at 2.45 GHz and atmospheric pressure has been applied for this purpose. Samples of dry and wet biomass (˜2 g) have been exposed to the late afterglow plasma stream. The experiments demonstrate that the air-water highly reactive plasma environment provides a number of long-lived active species able to destroy the cellulosic wrapping. Scanning electron microscopy has been applied to analyse the morphological changes occurring due to plasma treatment. The effluent gas streams have been analysed by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). Optical emission spectroscopy and FT-IR have been applied to determine the gas temperature in the discharge and late afterglow plasma zones, respectively. The optimal range of the operational parameters is discussed along with the main active species involved in the treatment process. Synergistic effects can result from the action of singlet O2(a 1Δg) oxygen, NO2, nitrous acid HNO2 and OH hydroxyl radical.

  7. Air-water gas exchange and CO2 flux in a mangrove-dominated estuary

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    Ho, David T.; Ferrón, Sara; Engel, Victor C.; Larsen, Laurel G.; Barr, Jordan G.

    2014-01-01

    Mangrove forests are highly productive ecosystems, but the fate of mangrove-derived carbon remains uncertain. Part of that uncertainty stems from the fact that gas transfer velocities in mangrove-surrounded waters are not well determined, leading to uncertainty in air-water CO2 fluxes. Two SF6 tracer release experiments were conducted to determine gas transfer velocities (k(600) = 8.3 ± 0.4 and 8.1 ± 0.6 cm h−1), along with simultaneous measurements of pCO2 to determine the air-water CO2 fluxes from Shark River, Florida (232.11 ± 23.69 and 171.13 ± 20.28 mmol C m−2 d−1), an estuary within the largest contiguous mangrove forest in North America. The gas transfer velocity results are consistent with turbulent kinetic energy dissipation measurements, indicating a higher rate of turbulence and gas exchange than predicted by commonly used wind speed/gas exchange parameterizations. The results have important implications for carbon fluxes in mangrove ecosystems.

  8. Effect of Particulate Contaminants on the Development of Biofilms at Air/Water Interfaces.

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    Zhang, Zhenhuan; Christopher, Gordon

    2016-03-22

    The development of biofilms at air/water or oil/water interfaces has important ramifications on several applications, but it has received less attention than biofilm formation on solid surfaces. A key difference between the growth of biofilms on solid surfaces versus liquid interfaces is the range of complicated boundary conditions the liquid interface can create that may affect bacteria, as they adsorb onto and grow on the interface. This situation is exacerbated by the existence of complex interfaces in which interfacially adsorbed components can even more greatly affect interfacial boundary conditions. In this work, we present evidence as to how particle-laden interfaces impact biofilm growth at an air/water interface. We find that particles can enhance the rate of growth and final strength of biofilms at liquid interfaces by providing sites of increased adhesive strength for bacteria. The increased adhesion stems from creating localized areas of hydrophobicity that protrude in the water phase and provide sites where bacteria preferentially adhere. This mechanism is found to be primarily controlled by particle composition, with particle size providing a secondary effect. This increased adhesion through interfacial conditions creates biofilms with properties similar to those observed when adhesion is increased through biological means. Because of the generally understood ubiquity of increased bacteria attachment to hydrophobic surfaces, this result has general applicability to pellicle formation for many pellicle-forming bacteria. PMID:26943272

  9. Formation and Collapse of Biodegradable Polymer Monolayers at the Air-Water Interface

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    Park, Hae-Woong; Ohn, Kimberly; Won, You-Yeon

    2011-03-01

    Poly(lactide-ran-glycolide) (PLGA) is widely used as an excipient in formulations of aerosol drugs. It has recently been reported that the surface pressure-area isotherm of PLGA at the air-water interface shows a plateau at intermediate compression levels and a sharp rise in pressure upon further compression. In order to investigate the molecular origin of this behavior, we have conducted an extensive set of surface pressure and AFM imaging measurements with PLGA materials having a range of different molecular weights. The results suggest that (1) the plateau occurs due to the formation (and collapse) of a continuous water-free monolayer of the polymer under continuous compression, and (2) the monolayer becomes significantly resistant to compression at high compression because at that condition the collapsed domains become large enough to become glassy. We will also demonstrate that this property of PLGA allows the polymer to be used as an anchoring block to form a smooth biodegradable monolayer of block copolymers at the air-water interface.

  10. Effect of humidity on the adsorption kinetics of lung surfactant at air-water interfaces.

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    Zuo, Yi Y; Gitiafroz, Roya; Acosta, Edgar; Policova, Zdenka; Cox, Peter N; Hair, Michael L; Neumann, A Wilhelm

    2005-11-01

    The in vitro adsorption kinetics of lung surfactant at air-water interfaces is affected by both the composition of the surfactant preparations and the conditions under which the assessment is conducted. Relevant experimental conditions are surfactant concentration, temperature, subphase pH, electrolyte concentration, humidity, and gas composition of the atmosphere exposed to the interface. The effect of humidity on the adsorption kinetics of a therapeutic lung surfactant preparation, bovine lipid extract surfactant (BLES), was studied by measuring the dynamic surface tension (DST). Axisymmetric drop shape analysis (ADSA) was used in conjunction with three different experimental methodologies, i.e., captive bubble (CB), pendant drop (PD), and constrained sessile drop (CSD), to measure the DST. The experimental results obtained from these three methodologies show that for 100% relative humidity (RH) at 37 degrees C the rate of adsorption of BLES at an air-water interface is substantially slower than for low humidity. It is also found that there is a difference in the rate of surface tension decrease measured from the PD and CB/CSD methods. These experimental results agree well with an adsorption model that considers the combined effects of entropic force, electrostatic interaction, and gravity. These findings have implications for the development and evaluation of new formulations for surfactant replacement therapy. PMID:16262325

  11. 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)

  12. Experimental results of UPTF TEST 21-D counter-part air/water test for the validation of modified linear scaling methodology

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    From the two dimensional two-fluid model a new scaling methodology, named the 'modified linear scaling', is suggested for the scientific design of a scaled-down experimental facility and data analysis of the direct ECC bypass under LBLOCA reflood phase. The characteristics of the scaling law are its velocity is scaled by a Wallis-type parameter and the aspect ratio of experimental facility is preserved with that of prototype. For the experimental validation of the proposed scaling law, the air-water tests for direct ECC bypass were performed in the 1/4.0 and 1/7.3 scaled UPTF downcomer test section. The obtained data are compared with those of UPTF Test21-D. It is found that the modified linear scaling methodology is appropriate for the preservation of multi-dimensional flow phenomena in downcomer annulus, such as direct ECC bypass

  13. Simple, quantitative method for low molecular weight dissolved organic matter extracted from natural waters based upon high performance counter-current chromatography.

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    Rojas, Alfonso; Sandron, Sara; Wilson, Richard; Davies, Noel W; Haddad, Paul R; Shellie, Robert A; Nesterenko, Pavel N; Paull, Brett

    2016-02-25

    A simple, high-performance counter-current chromatography method with sequential UV absorbance (254 nm) and evaporative light scattering detection (ELSD) was developed for the quantification of pre-extracted low molecular weight dissolved organic matter (DOM) extracted from natural waters. The method requires solid-phase extraction (SPE) extraction of only small volumes of water samples, here using poly(styrenedivinylbenzene)-based extraction cartridges (Varian PPL). The extracted and concentrated DOM was quantified using reversed-phase high-performance counter-current chromatography (HPCCC), with a water/methanol (5:5) mobile phase and hexane/ethyl acetate (3:7) stationary phase. The critical chromatographic parameters were optimised, applying a revolution speed of 1900 rpm and a flow-rate of 1 mL min(-1). Under these conditions, 50 μL of extracted DOM solution could be injected and quantified using calibration against a reference natural dissolved material (Suwannee River), based upon UV absorbance at 254 nm and ELSD detection. Both detection methods provided excellent linearity (R(2) > 0.995) for DOM across the concentration ranges of interest, with limits of detection of 4 μg ml(-1) and 7 μg ml(-1) for ELSD and UV absorbance, respectively. The method was validated for peak area precision (95% recovery). The developed method was applied to the determination of the concentration of DOM in seawater, based upon initial sample volumes as small as 20 mL. PMID:26851093

  14. Atmospheric photochemistry at a fatty acid-coated air-water interface.

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    Rossignol, Stéphanie; Tinel, Liselotte; Bianco, Angelica; Passananti, Monica; Brigante, Marcello; Donaldson, D James; George, Christian

    2016-08-12

    Although fatty acids are believed to be photochemically inert in the actinic region, complex volatile organic compounds are produced during illumination of an air-water interface coated solely with a monolayer of carboxylic acid. When aqueous solutions containing nonanoic acid (NA) at bulk concentrations that give rise to just over a monolayer of NA coverage are illuminated with actinic radiation, saturated and unsaturated aldehydes are seen in the gas phase, and more highly oxygenated products appear in the aqueous phase. This chemistry is probably initiated by triplet-state NA molecules excited by direct absorption of actinic light at the water surface. Because fatty acids-covered interfaces are ubiquitous in the environment, such photochemical processing will have a substantial impact on local ozone and particle formation. PMID:27516601

  15. Thermodynamics of iodide adsorption at the instantaneous air-water interface

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    Stern, Abraham C.; Baer, Marcel D.; Mundy, Christopher J.; Tobias, Douglas J.

    2013-03-01

    We performed molecular dynamics simulations using both polarizable and non-polarizable force fields to study the adsorption of iodide to the air-water interface. A novel aspect of our analysis is that the progress of ion adsorption is measured as the distance from the instantaneous interface, which is defined by a coarse-graining scheme proposed recently by Willard and Chandler ["Instantaneous liquid interfaces," J. Phys. Chem. B 114, 1954-1958 (2010), 10.1021/jp909219k]. Referring structural and thermodynamic quantities to the instantaneous interface unmasks molecular-scale details that are obscured by thermal fluctuations when the same quantities are referred to an average measure of the position of the interface, such as the Gibbs dividing surface. Our results suggest that an ion adsorbed at the interface resides primarily in the topmost water layer, and the interfacial location of the ion is favored by enthalpy and opposed by entropy.

  16. Crystalline self-assembly into monolayers of folded oligomers at the air-water interface

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    Lederer, K.; Godt, A.; Howes, P.B.; Kjær, K.; Als-Nielsen, J.; Lahav, M.; Wegner, G.; Leiserowitz, L.; Weissbuch, I.

    2000-01-01

    Insertion of the 115-bis(ethynylene)benzene unit as a rigid spacer into a linear alkyl chain, thus separating the two resulting stems by 9 Angstrom, induces chain folding at the air-water interface. These folded molecules self-assemble into crystalline monolayers at this interface, with the plane...... of the folding unit almost perpendicular to the water surface, as determined by synchrotron grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction. Three distinct molecular shapes, of the types U, inverted U, and M, were obtained in the two-dimensional crystalline state, depending upon the number of spacer units, and...... the number and position of the hydrophilic groups in the molecule. The molecules form ribbons with a higher crystal coherence in the direction of stacking between the molecular ribbons, and a lower coherence along the ribbon direction. A similar molecule, but with a spacer unit that imposes a 5...

  17. Corrosion of copper-based materials in gamma-irradiated air/water vapor systems

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    Experiments were performed to investigate the atmospheric corrosion of copper-based materials in an irradiated air/water vapor system. The three materials investigated were oxygen-free copper (CDA-102), 7% aluminum-bronze (CDA-613), and 70-30 cupronickel (CDA-715). To support the corrosion studies, a number of irradiation studies were performed to characterize the gas phase radiation chemistry of the system. Both copper oxide and nitrate phases were identified as corrosion products depending on the dose rate, humidity and temperature. Uniform corrosion rates increased with temperature, humidity, and dose rate. A clear tie between the radiolytic products generated in the gas phase and the corrosion observed was established

  18. Self-Assembly of Peptides at the Air/Water Interface

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    Sayar, Mehmet

    2013-03-01

    Peptides are commonly used as building blocks for design and development of novel materials with a variety of application areas ranging from drug design to biotechnology. The precise control of molecular architecture and specific nature of the nonbonded interactions among peptides enable aggregates with well defined structural and functional properties. The interaction of peptides with interfaces leads to dramatic changes in their conformational and aggregation behavior. In this talk, I will discuss our research on the interplay of intermolecular forces and influence of interfaces. In the first part the amphiphilic nature of short peptide oligomers and their behavior at the air/water interface will be discussed. The surface driving force and its decomposition will be analyzed. In the second part aggregation of peptides in bulk water and at an interface will be discussed. Different design features which can be tuned to control aggregation behavior will be analyzed.

  19. Anomalous spreading behaviour of polyethyleneglycoldistearate monolayers at air/water interface

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    S John Collins; Aruna Dhathathreyan; T Ramasami

    2001-04-01

    Spreading behaviour of the dimeric surfactant polyethyleneglycoldistearate (PEGDS) monolayer at air/water interface has been studied using surface pressure-area ( -) isotherms as a function of temperature. The isotherms show a plateau suggesting a transition between a liquid expanded (LE) and a condensed state. The condensed state possibly arises due to nucleation and growth of multilayers from the monolayer. Isobaric measurements of both - and - at constant area show transitions at = 295 K. These plots suggest a melting followed by formation of condensed microcrystallites. Structure optimization carried out using various angles of orientation of the alkyl tails with respect to the backbone in PEGDS reveals tilt transitions of the tails in different states which can be related to the packing behaviour seen in the isotherms. Optical microscopy has been used to confirm the structures in these states.

  20. Two-dimensional Insect Flight on an Air-Water Interface is a Chaotic Oscillator

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    Mukundarajan, Haripriya; Prakash, Manu

    2014-01-01

    Two-dimensional flapping wing insect flight on an air-water interface provides a successful foraging strategy to explore an ecological niche on the surface of a pond. However, the complex interplay of surface tension, aerodynamic forces, biomechanics and neural control that enables two-dimensional flight is unknown. Here we report the discovery of two-dimensional flight in the waterlily beetle Galerucella nymphaeae, which is the fastest reported propulsion mode for an insect on a fluid interface. Using kinematics derived from high-speed videography coupled with analytical models, we demonstrate that two-dimensional flight is a chaotic interfacial oscillator, thus significantly constraining the possible range of flight parameters. Discovery of this complex dynamics in two-dimensional flight on time scales similar to neural responses indicates the challenge of evolving active flight control on a fluid interface.

  1. Atmospheric photochemistry at a fatty acid–coated air-water interface

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    Rossignol, Stéphanie; Tinel, Liselotte; Bianco, Angelica; Passananti, Monica; Brigante, Marcello; Donaldson, D. James; George, Christian

    2016-08-01

    Although fatty acids are believed to be photochemically inert in the actinic region, complex volatile organic compounds are produced during illumination of an air-water interface coated solely with a monolayer of carboxylic acid. When aqueous solutions containing nonanoic acid (NA) at bulk concentrations that give rise to just over a monolayer of NA coverage are illuminated with actinic radiation, saturated and unsaturated aldehydes are seen in the gas phase, and more highly oxygenated products appear in the aqueous phase. This chemistry is probably initiated by triplet-state NA molecules excited by direct absorption of actinic light at the water surface. Because fatty acids–covered interfaces are ubiquitous in the environment, such photochemical processing will have a substantial impact on local ozone and particle formation.

  2. Mechanical tuning of molecular machines for nucleotide recognition at the air-water interface

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    Shinoda Satoshi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Molecular machines embedded in a Langmuir monolayer at the air-water interface can be operated by application of lateral pressure. As part of the challenge associated with versatile sensing of biologically important substances, we here demonstrate discrimination of nucleotides by applying a cholesterol-armed-triazacyclononane host molecule. This molecular machine can discriminate ribonucleotides based on a twofold to tenfold difference in binding constants under optimized conditions including accompanying ions in the subphase and lateral surface pressures of its Langmuir monolayer. The concept of mechanical tuning of the host structure for optimization of molecular recognition should become a novel methodology in bio-related nanotechnology as an alternative to traditional strategies based on increasingly complex and inconvenient molecular design strategies.

  3. Proteins at air-water interfaces: a coarse-grained model.

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    Cieplak, Marek; Allan, Daniel B; Leheny, Robert L; Reich, Daniel H

    2014-11-01

    We present a coarse-grained model to describe the adsorption and deformation of proteins at an air-water interface. The interface is introduced empirically in the form of a localized field that couples to a hydropathy scale of amino acids. We consider three kinds of proteins: protein G, egg-white lysozyme, and hydrophobin. We characterize the nature of the deformation and the orientation of the proteins induced by their proximity to and association with the interface. We also study protein diffusion in the layer formed at the interface and show that the diffusion slows with increasing concentration in a manner similar to that for a colloidal suspension approaching the glass transition. PMID:25310625

  4. A Comparative Cycle and Refrigerant Simulation Procedure Applied on Air-Water Heat Pumps

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    Mader, Gunda; Palm, Björn; Elmegaard, Brian

    2012-01-01

    small capacity heat pump applications today. Many of the applicable refrigerants also reach their technical limits regarding low vapor pressure for very low source temperatures and high discharge temperatures for high sink temperatures. These issues are especially manifest for air-water heat pumps. Many...... alternative cycle setups and refrigerants are known to improve the energy efficiency of a vapor compression cycle and reduce discharge temperatures. However not all of them are feasible for small capacity heat pumps from a cost and complexity point of view. This paper presents a novel numerical approach......A vapor compression heat pump absorbs heat from the environment at a low temperature level and rejects heat at a high temperature level. The bigger the difference between the two temperature levels the more challenging is it to gain high energy efficiency with a basic cycle layout as found in most...

  5. Catechol oxidation by ozone and hydroxyl radicals at the air-water interface.

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    Pillar, Elizabeth A; Camm, Robert C; Guzman, Marcelo I

    2014-12-16

    Anthropogenic emissions of aromatic hydrocarbons promptly react with hydroxyl radicals undergoing oxidation to form phenols and polyphenols (e.g., catechol) typically identified in the complex mixture of humic-like substances (HULIS). Because further processing of polyphenols in secondary organic aerosols (SOA) can continue mediated by a mechanism of ozonolysis at interfaces, a better understanding about how these reactions proceed at the air-water interface is needed. This work shows how catechol, a molecular probe of the oxygenated aromatic hydrocarbons present in SOA, can contribute interfacial reactive species that enhance the production of HULIS under atmospheric conditions. Reactive semiquinone radicals are quickly produced upon the encounter of 40 ppbv-6.0 ppmv O3(g) with microdroplets containing [catechol] = 1-150 μM. While the previous pathway results in the instantaneous formation of mono- and polyhydroxylated aromatic rings (PHA) and chromophoric mono- and polyhydroxylated quinones (PHQ), a different channel produces oxo- and dicarboxylic acids of low molecular weight (LMW). The cleavage of catechol occurs at the 1,2 carbon-carbon bond at the air-water interface through the formation of (1) an ozonide intermediate, (2) a hydroperoxide, and (3) cis,cis-muconic acid. However, variable [catechol] and [O3(g)] can affect the ratio of the primary products (cis,cis-muconic acid and trihydroxybenzenes) and higher order products observed (PHA, PHQ, and LMW oxo- and dicarboxylic acids). Secondary processing is confirmed by mass spectrometry, showing the production of crotonic, maleinaldehydic, maleic, glyoxylic, and oxalic acids. The proposed pathway can contribute precursors to aqueous SOA (AqSOA) formation, converting aromatic hydrocarbons into polyfunctional species widely found in tropospheric aerosols with light-absorbing brown carbon. PMID:25423038

  6. Analysis of Steam Condensation in a Finned Tube of Air-Water Combined Cooling System

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    Kwon, Taesoon; Bae, S. W.; Kim, K. H.; Park, Y. S.; Park, H. S. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    A Passive Auxiliary Feedwater System (PAFS) is one of the passive cooling systems of the existing power plant and the operating period is 8 hours because of the limited capacity of the cooling water tank. Therefore, to increase the operating period from 8 to 72 hours for an existing PAFS, the capacity of the cooling water tank should be increased up to 3-4 times. To resolve the excessive increase of the cooling tank volume in water cooling systems, an air-water combined passive cooling system is proposed. In this combined cooling system, the core cooling during the initial stage of an accident having high decay power depends on the water cooling systems such as PAFS. For the later phase of an accident, an air-cooling system is applied to the core cooling. In the operation of the air-cooling system, the steam from the cooling water tank of the PAFS is condensed and recirculated to the cooling water tank by an air-cooling heat exchanger. In this way, the increase of the cooling water tank volume can be minimized. To design an air-water combined cooling system, the steam condensation characteristics of an air-cooling heat exchanger tube was calculated using a CFX code. The results show that the air velocities around the tube at the steam inlet/outlet regions are quite different with each other. Therefore, dense installation of thermocouples at the tube bottom region is required to measure the steam condensation in the tube. Otherwise, the detection and measurement of steam condensation at the steam inlet region may be very difficult. The velocity distribution of air is not uniform and the distributions of air temperature and velocity around the heat exchanger tube are strongly asymmetric. In the design of the measurement system of the test facility, the problems mentioned above should be considered.

  7. Neutron reflection study of the interaction between Rubisco and SDOBS at the air water interface

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    Full text: The properties of a mixed layer of proteins and surfactants are of direct relevance to a range of applications. They play an important role in the stability of foams and emulsions, and removal of protein stains from a surface [1]. Different techniques have been employed to improve understanding of the complex behaviour of these mixed systems. These include surface tension and rheology measurements which give the macroscopic behaviour of a mixed system, and fluorescence microscopy and Brewster angle microscopy which provide microscopic properties at interfaces. Knowledge at a molecular level can be achieved by neutron reflection, which reveals structural details of a mixed layer [2]. Previous neutron reflection work has been focussed on model systems such as lysozyme and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) because detailed knowledge of each component is available in literature, and the protein is commercially available [3]. In this work, we focussed our study on a system closely related to laundry process by using a mixture of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylaseloxygenase (Rubisco) and sodium dodecyl benzyl sulphonate (SDaBS). Rubisco exists in bacteria and all green plants and non-green algae, and is the most abundant protein in nature. This makes it a good representative of the class of grassy stains. SDaBS, on the other hand, represents the group of surfactants dodecyl benzene sulphonate, which are the most important group of synthetic surfactants in laundry detergents. Recently, we have studied the disassembly of pre-adsorbed Rubisco network by SDaBS at an air-water interface by directly measuring the mechanical properties of the Rubisco network at the air-water interface [4], thus identifying appropriate experimental conditions for neutron study in this work.

  8. Precision Cleaning Verification of Fluid Components by Air/Water Impingement and Total Carbon Analysis

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    Barile, Ronald G.; Fogarty, Chris; Cantrell, Chris; Melton, Gregory S.

    1995-01-01

    NASA personnel at Kennedy Space Center's Material Science Laboratory have developed new environmentally sound precision cleaning and verification techniques for systems and components found at the center. This technology is required to replace existing methods traditionally employing CFC-113. The new patent-pending technique of precision cleaning verification is for large components of cryogenic fluid systems. These are stainless steel, sand cast valve bodies with internal surface areas ranging from 0.2 to 0.9 m(exp 2). Extrapolation of this technique to components of even larger sizes (by orders of magnitude) is planned. Currently, the verification process is completely manual. In the new technique, a high velocity, low volume water stream impacts the part to be verified. This process is referred to as Breathing Air/Water Impingement and forms the basis for the Impingement Verification System (IVS). The system is unique in that a gas stream is used to accelerate the water droplets to high speeds. Water is injected into the gas stream in a small, continuous amount. The air/water mixture is then passed through a converging-diverging nozzle where the gas is accelerated to supersonic velocities. These droplets impart sufficient energy to the precision cleaned surface to place non-volatile residue (NVR) contaminants into suspension in the water. The sample water is collected and its NVR level is determined by total organic carbon (TOC) analysis at 880 C. The TOC, in ppm carbon, is used to establish the NVR level. A correlation between the present gravimetric CFC-113 NVR and the IVS NVR is found from experimental sensitivity factors measured for various contaminants. The sensitivity has the units of ppm of carbon per mg-ft(exp 2) of contaminant. In this paper, the equipment is described and data are presented showing the development of the sensitivity factors from a test set including four NVR's impinged from witness plates of 0.05 to 0.75 m(exp 2).

  9. Air/water oxidative desulfurization of coal and sulfur-containing compounds

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    Warzinski, R. P.; Freidman, S.; LaCount, R. B.

    1981-02-01

    Air/water Oxydesulfurization has been demonstrated in autoclave experiments at the Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center for various coals representative of the major U. S. coal basins. The applicability at present of this treatment for producing an environmentally acceptable coal has been restricted by recently proposed SO2 emission standards for utility boilers. The product would, however, be attractive to the many smaller industrial coal users who cannot afford to operate and maintain flue gas desulfurization systems. It is also possible that the utility industry could realize a benefit by using chemically cleaned coal with partial flue gas scrubbing. The higher cost of the cleaned coal would be offset by the reduction in capital and operating costs resulting from decreased FGD requirements. The susceptibility of sulfur in coal to oxidative removal varies with the nature of the sulfur-containing species. The inorganic sulfur compounds, primarily pyrite, marcasite, and iron sulfate, are more amenable to treatment than the organically bound sulfur which exhibits varying degrees of resistance depending on its chemical environment. Air/water Oxydesulfurization consistently removes in excess of 90 percent of the pyritic sulfur; the extent and efficiency of organic sulfur removal however, depends on the type of coal and severity of treatment used. In general, the organic sulfur of the higher rank coals exhibits more resistance to treatment than that of the lower rank coals; however, the accompanying heating value is greater for the latter. Similar treatment of sulfur-containing model compounds further illustrates the relative susceptibilities of different chemical species to oxidation. Application of these data to the understanding of the complex chemistry involved in the treatment of coal is a preliminary step toward improving the efficiency of Oxydesulfurization.

  10. Analysis of Steam Condensation in a Finned Tube of Air-Water Combined Cooling System

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    A Passive Auxiliary Feedwater System (PAFS) is one of the passive cooling systems of the existing power plant and the operating period is 8 hours because of the limited capacity of the cooling water tank. Therefore, to increase the operating period from 8 to 72 hours for an existing PAFS, the capacity of the cooling water tank should be increased up to 3-4 times. To resolve the excessive increase of the cooling tank volume in water cooling systems, an air-water combined passive cooling system is proposed. In this combined cooling system, the core cooling during the initial stage of an accident having high decay power depends on the water cooling systems such as PAFS. For the later phase of an accident, an air-cooling system is applied to the core cooling. In the operation of the air-cooling system, the steam from the cooling water tank of the PAFS is condensed and recirculated to the cooling water tank by an air-cooling heat exchanger. In this way, the increase of the cooling water tank volume can be minimized. To design an air-water combined cooling system, the steam condensation characteristics of an air-cooling heat exchanger tube was calculated using a CFX code. The results show that the air velocities around the tube at the steam inlet/outlet regions are quite different with each other. Therefore, dense installation of thermocouples at the tube bottom region is required to measure the steam condensation in the tube. Otherwise, the detection and measurement of steam condensation at the steam inlet region may be very difficult. The velocity distribution of air is not uniform and the distributions of air temperature and velocity around the heat exchanger tube are strongly asymmetric. In the design of the measurement system of the test facility, the problems mentioned above should be considered

  11. Observations of counter-current toroidal rotation in Alcator C-Mod LHCD plasmas

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    Following the application of lower hybrid current drive (LHCD) power, the core toroidal rotation in Alcator C-Mod L- and H-mode plasmas is found to increment in the counter-current direction, in conjunction with a decrease in the plasma internal inductance, li. Along with the drops in li and the core rotation velocity, there is peaking of the electron and impurity density profiles, as well as of the ion and electron temperature profiles. The mechanism generating the counter-current rotation is unknown, but it is consistent in sign with an inward shift of energetic electron orbits, giving rise to a negative core radial electric field. The peaking in the density, toroidal rotation (in the counter-current direction) and temperature profiles occurs over a time scale similar to the current relaxation time but slow compared with the energy and momentum confinement times. Most of these discharges exhibit sawtooth oscillations throughout, with the inversion radius shifting inward during the LHCD and profile evolution. The magnitudes of the changes in the internal inductance and the central rotation velocity are strongly correlated and found to increase with increasing LHCD power and decreasing electron density. The maximum effect is obtained with a waveguide phasing of 60 deg. (a launched parallel index of refraction n|| ∼ 1.5), with a significantly smaller magnitude at 120 deg. (n|| ∼ 3.1), and with no effect for negative or heating (180 deg.) phasing. Regardless of the plasma parameters and launched n|| of the waves, there is a strong correlation between the rotation velocity and li changes, possibly providing a clue for the underlying mechanism.

  12. Treatment of acidic INEEL waste using a countercurrent cobalt dicarbollide-based universal solvent extraction process

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    A tertiary solvent containing chlorinated cobalt dicarbollide, diphenylcarbamoylmethylphosphine oxide and polyethylene glycol in different diluents was evaluated for the separation of cesium, strontium, actinides and rare earth elements from acidic liquid radioactive waste in countercurrent solvent extraction processes. This universal solvent extraction process has been demonstrated in 24-stage centrifugal contactor pilot plants, using simulated acidic tank waste, at the Khlopin Radium Institute (KRI), St. Petersburg, Russia, and at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL). Demonstration of the universal extraction process with actual tank waste is scheduled at the INEEL in 1998

  13. Improving Efficiency of a Counter-Current Flow Moving Bed Granular Filter

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    Colver, G.M.; Brown, R.C.; Shi, H.; Soo, D.S-C.

    2002-09-18

    The goal of this research is to improve the performance of moving bed granular filters for gas cleaning at high temperatures and pressures. A second goal of the research is to optimize the performances of both solids and gas filtering processes through appropriate use of granular bed materials, particle sizes, feed rates etc. in a factorial study. These goals are directed toward applications of advanced coal-fired power cycles under development by the U.S. Department of Energy including pressurized fluidized bed combustion and integrated gasification/combined cycles based on gas turbines and fuel cells. Only results for particulate gas cleaning are reported here.

  14. Flow instabilities in two-phase flow system with and without phase change

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    The gas-liquid two-phase flow of various types, such as single component or multiple components, and boiling two-phase flow or insulated two-phase flow, exist in piping systems, and the undesirable phenomena for the operation of systems such as the large scale pulsation of flow rate and the uneven distribution of flow may occur according to the condition. Generally these phenomena are called unstable flow. The author has carried out the research on unstable flow with air-water two-phase flow system, but a question arose to what extent the results in air-water system are applicable to boiling system. The unstable flow is explained with some examples. In this study, the similarity of pulsation in boiling system and insulated system was clarified, using the examples of pressure drop oscillation and flow rate distribution, and the theory to treat them in unified way was presented. The range of discussion is limited to the phenomena that do not depend on the microstructure of flow. The experimental setups were Freon boiling system, air-water capillary system and air-water vertical tube system. The characteristics of pressure drop oscillation and the fundamental mechanism, the theoretical analysis of pressure drop oscillation, the uneven distribution of flow rate in parallel tubes, the stability of flow rate distribution, and the numerical simulation are reported. (Kako, I.)

  15. TOPFLOW-experiments, development and validation of CFD models for steam-water flows with phase transfer. Final report

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    The aim of the project was the qualification of CFD codes for steam-water flows with phase transfer. While CFD methods for single-phase flows are already widely used for industrial applications, a corresponding use for two-phase flows is only at the beginning due to the complex structure of the interface and the related interactions between the phases. For the further development and validation of appropriate closure models, experimental data with high spatial and temporal resolution are required. Such data were obtained at the TOPFLOW test facility of HZDR by combination of experiments at realistic parameters for the nuclear reactor safety (large scales, high pressures and temperatures) with innovative measuring techniques. The wire-mesh sensor technology, which provides detailed information on the structure of the interface, was applied in adiabatic air-water experiments as well as in condensation and pressure relief experiments in a large DN200 pipe. As the result of the project, extensive databases with high quality are available. The technology for the fast X-ray tomography, which allows measurements without influencing the flow, was further developed and successfully applied in a first test series. High-resolution data were also obtained from experiments in a model of the hot leg of a pressurized water reactor for different flow situations, including counter-current flow limitation. For the corresponding steam-water experiments conducted at pressures of up to 5 MPa, the newly developed pressure tank technology was successfully used for the first time. For the qualification of CFD codes for two-phase flows the Inhomogeneous MUSIG model was extended in co.operation with ANSYS to consider phase transfer and validated on the basis of the above mentioned TOPFLOW experiments. In addition, improvements were achieved e.g. for turbulence modelling in bubbly flows and simulations were done to validate models for bubble forces and bubble coalescence and breakup. A

  16. Simultaneous separation of three isomeric sennosides from senna leaf (Cassia acutifolia) using counter-current chromatography.

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    Park, Sait Byul; Kim, Yeong Shik

    2015-10-01

    Senna leaf is widely consumed as tea to treat constipation or to aid in weight loss. Sennoside A, A1 , and B are dirheinanthrone glucosides that are abundant and the bioactive constituents in the plant. They are isomers that refer to the (R*R*), (S*S*), and (R*S*) forms of protons on C-10 and C-10' centers and it is difficult to refine them individually due to their structural similarities. The new separation method using counter-current chromatography successfully purified sennoside A, A1 , and B from senna leaf (Cassia acutifolia) while reversed-phase medium-pressure liquid chromatography yielded sennoside A only. n-Butanol/isopropanol/water (5:1:6, v/v/v) was selected as the solvent system for counter-current chromatography operation, and the partition coefficients were carefully determined by adding different concentrations of formic acid. High-resolution mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy were performed to verify the chemical properties of the compounds. PMID:26255810

  17. Reverse osmosis concentrate treatment via a PAC-MF accumulative countercurrent adsorption process.

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    Zhao, Chunxia; Gu, Ping; Cui, Hangyu; Zhang, Guanghui

    2012-01-01

    Organic pollutants in reverse osmosis (RO) concentrates from wastewater reclamation are mainly comprised of low molecular weight biorefractory compounds. Generally, advanced oxidation methods for oxidizing these organics require a relatively high level of energy consumption. In addition, conventional adsorption removal methods require a large dose of activated carbon. However, the dose can be reduced if its full adsorption capacity can be used. Therefore, the combined technology of powdered activated carbon (PAC) adsorption and microfiltration (MF) membrane filtration was studied to develop a countercurrent two-stage adsorption process. A PAC accumulative adsorption prediction method was proposed based on the verification of a PAC multi-stage adsorption capacity equation. Moreover, the prediction method was amended for a more accurate prediction of the effluent quality because adsorption isotherm constants were affected by the initial adsorbate concentration. The required PAC dose for the accumulative countercurrent two-stage adsorption system was 0.6 g/L, whereas that of the conventional adsorption process was 1.05 g/L when the dilution factor(F) was 0.1 and the COD and DOC removal rates were set to 70% and 68.1%, respectively. Organic pollutants were satisfactorily removed with less consumption of PAC. Effluent from this combined technology can be further reclaimed by an RO process to improve the overall recovery rate to between 91.0% and 93.8% with both economic and environmental benefits. PMID:22082527

  18. epi-Fluorescence imaging at the air-water interface of fibrillization of bovine serum albumin and human insulin.

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    Sessions, Kristen; Sacks, Stuart; Li, Shanghao; Leblanc, Roger M

    2014-08-18

    Protein fibrillization is associated with many devastating neurodegenerative diseases. This process has been studied using spectroscopic and microscopic methods. In this study, epi-fluorescence at the air-water interface was developed as an innovative technique for observing fibrillization of bovine serum albumin and human insulin. PMID:24976597

  19. THIN-FILM BEHAVIOR OF POLY(METHYL METHACRYLATES) .1. MONOLAYERS AT THE AIR-WATER-INTERFACE

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    BRINKHUIS, RHG; SCHOUTEN, AJ

    1991-01-01

    The monolayer behavior of PMMA of varying tacticities at the air-water interface was studied. A difference in lateral cohesive energy is argued to be responsible for the fact that the pressure area isotherms of isotactic PMMA deviate strongly from those of syndiotactic PMMA. At low surface pressures

  20. Thin-Film Behavior of Poly(methyl methacrylates). 1. Monolayers at the Air-Water Interface

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    Brinkhuis, R.H.G.; Schouten, A.J.

    1991-01-01

    The monolayer behavior of PMMA of varying tacticities at the air-water interface was studied. A difference in lateral cohesive energy is argued to be responsible for the fact that the pressure area isotherms of isotactic PMMA deviate strongly from those of syndiotactic PMMA. At low surface pressures

  1. Characterization of predominantly hydrophobic poly(styrene)-poly(ethylene oxide) copolymers at air/water and cyclohexane/water interfaces

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    Interfacial tension measurements are employed to explore the spreading behavior of predominantly hydrophobic poly(styrene)--poly(ethylene oxide), PS-PEO, diblock copolymers at air/water and cyclohexane/water interfaces. Two copolymers with 7%- and 15.5%-PEO are examined in this study. The former is expected to have a PS block limiting area in air roughly equal to the limiting PEO pancake area, whereas the latter is expected to have a limiting PS block area in air approximately 3 times smaller than the limiting PEO pancake area. At the air/water interface, the 7%-PEO copolymer does not spread well, which is attributed to interference from the hydrophobic PS block. In contrast, the 7%-PEO copolymer spreads well at the cyclohexane/water interface, producing an isotherm with a terminating mean molecular area 3 times smaller than that obtained at the air/water interface. The 15.5%-PEO copolymer spreads well at both the air/water ad cyclohexane/water interfaces due to less interference from the smaller hydrophobic PS block. These observations are compared to compression isotherms, and the results are discussed in terms of the solvating nature of the adjacent cyclohexane phase for the PS block

  2. Pollution: A Selected Bibliography of U.S. Government Publications on Air, Water, and Land Pollution 1965-1970.

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    Kiraldi, Louis, Comp.; Burk, Janet L., Comp.

    Materials on environmental pollution published by the various offices of the federal government are presented in this select bibliography. Limited in scope to publications on air, water, and land pollution, the document is designed to serve teachers and researchers working in the field of environmental problems who wish reference to public…

  3. Recent Development in High-speed Countercurrent Chromatography%高速逆流色谱研究进展

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    戴德舜; 王义明; 罗国安

    2001-01-01

    综述了近年来高速逆流色谱(HSCCC)在分析、半制备和制备分离天然产物、蛋白质、抗生素、无机物等领域的研究和应用进展,总结了适用于HSCCC的溶剂体系,并展望了HSCCC与质谱联用、pH区带逆流色谱和离子对逆流色谱新技术的应用前景。%This paper reviews recent development and applications of high-speed countercurrent chromatography (HSCCC) in the separations on the analytical scale,the semi-preparative and preparative scale of natural products,antibiotics,proteins,inorganic compounds etc.Several series of two-phase solvent systems to facilitate the systematic search suitable for HSCCC are introduced.And the new countercurrent chromatography (CCC)technologies such as HSCCC coupled with MS,pH-zone-refining countercurrent chromatography,and ion-pairing Countercurrent Chromatography are explained and prospected in term of applications.

  4. Calibration of Dissolved Noble Gas Mass Spectrometric Measurements by an Air-Water Equilibration System

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    Hillegonds, Darren; Matsumoto, Takuya; Jaklitsch, Manfred; Han, Liang-Feng; Klaus, Philipp; Wassenaar, Leonard; Aggarwal, Pradeep

    2013-04-01

    Precise measurements by mass spectrometry of dissolved noble gases (He, Ar, Ne, Kr, Xe) in water samples require careful calibration against laboratory standards with known concentrations. Currently, air pipettes are used for day-to-day calibrations, making estimation of overall analytical uncertainties for dissolved noble gas measurements in water difficult. Air equilibrated water (AEW) is often used as a matrix-equivalent laboratory standard for dissolved gases in groundwater, because of the well-known and constant fractions of noble gases in the atmosphere. AEW standards, however, are only useful if the temperature and pressure of the gas-water equilibrium can be controlled and measured precisely (i.e., to better than 0.5%); contamination and partial sample degassing must also be prevented during sampling. Here we present the details of a new custom air-water equilibration system which consists of an insulated 600 liter tank filled with deionized water, held isothermally at a precise target temperature (water in the tank are monitored continually, as are atmospheric pressure and air temperature in the laboratory. Different noble gas concentration standards can be reliably produced by accurately controlling the water temperature of the equilibration system. Equilibration characteristics and reproducibility of this system for production of copper tubes containing known amounts of noble gases will be presented.

  5. Reliable quantification of phthalates in environmental matrices (air, water, sludge, sediment and soil): a review.

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    Net, Sopheak; Delmont, Anne; Sempéré, Richard; Paluselli, Andrea; Ouddane, Baghdad

    2015-05-15

    Because of their widespread application, phthalates or phthalic acid esters (PAEs) are ubiquitous in the environment. Their presence has attracted considerable attention due to their potential impacts on ecosystem functioning and on public health, so their quantification has become a necessity. Various extraction procedures as well as gas/liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry detection techniques are found as suitable for reliable detection of such compounds. However, PAEs are ubiquitous in the laboratory environment including ambient air, reagents, sampling equipment, and various analytical devices, that induces difficult analysis of real samples with a low PAE background. Therefore, accurate PAE analysis in environmental matrices is a challenging task. This paper reviews the extensive literature data on the techniques for PAE quantification in natural media. Sampling, sample extraction/pretreatment and detection for quantifying PAEs in different environmental matrices (air, water, sludge, sediment and soil) have been reviewed and compared. The concept of "green analytical chemistry" for PAE determination is also discussed. Moreover useful information about the material preparation and the procedures of quality control and quality assurance are presented to overcome the problem of sample contamination and these encountered due to matrix effects in order to avoid overestimating PAE concentrations in the environment. PMID:25723871

  6. Air-water simulation of phenomena of corium dispersion in direct containment heating

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    The present research at Purdue addresses the corium dispersion during the direct containment heating in reactor severe accident. The degree of corium dispersion has not only the strongest parametric effect on the containment pressurization but also has the highest uncertainty in predicting it. In view of this, a separate effect test program on the corium dispersion mechanisms in the reactor cavity and the subcompartment trapping mechanisms was initiated in spring of 1992 at Purdue under the direction of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Four major objectives of this corium dispersion study are: (1) to perform a detailed scaling study using the newly proposed step-by-step integral scaling method, then to evaluate existing models for entrainment, particle size and trapping, (2) to perform carefully designed simulation experiments using water-air and woods metal-air in a 1/10 linear scale model, (3) to develop reliable mechanistic models and correlations for corium dispersions, which can be used to predict corium jet disintegration, entrainment, drop size, liquid film carry over, and subcompartment trapping, and (4) to use the models to perform stand along calculations for typical prototypic conditions. The combination of water-air and woods metal-air as working fluid will give a unique data base over broad parametric ranges which can be used together with the integral test results to develop reliable models and correlations. The results of the experiments that were conducted using air-water are presented

  7. A comparison of recent methods for modelling mercury fluxes at the air-water interface

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    Fantozzi L.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The atmospheric pathway of the global mercury flux is known to be the primary source of mercury contamination to most threatened aquatic ecosystems. Notwithstanding, the emission of mercury from surface water to the atmosphere is as much as 50% of total annual emissions of this metal into the atmosphere. In recent years, much effort has been made in theoretical and experimental researches to quantify the total mass flux of mercury to the atmosphere. In this study the most recent atmospheric modelling methods and the information obtained from them are presented and compared using experimental data collected during the Oceanographic Campaign Fenice 2011 (25 October – 8 November 2011, performed on board the Research Vessel (RV Urania of the CNR in the framework of the MEDOCEANOR ongoing program. A strategy for future numerical model development is proposed which is intended to gain a better knowledge of the long-term effects of meteo-climatic drivers on mercury evasional processes, and would provide key information on gaseous Hg exchange rates at the air-water interface.

  8. Hydration, Orientation, and Conformation of Methylglyoxal at the Air-Water Interface.

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    Wren, Sumi N; Gordon, Brittany P; Valley, Nicholas A; McWilliams, Laura E; Richmond, Geraldine L

    2015-06-18

    Aqueous-phase processing of methylglyoxal (MG) has been suggested to constitute an important source of secondary organic aerosol (SOA). The uptake of MG to aqueous particles is higher than expected because its carbonyl moieties can hydrate to form geminal diols, as well as because MG and its hydration products can undergo aldol condensation reactions to form larger oligomers in solution. MG is known to be surface active, but an improved description of its surface behavior is crucial to understanding MG-SOA formation. These studies investigate MG adsorption, focusing on its hydration state at the air-water interface, using a combined experimental and theoretical approach that involves vibrational sum frequency spectroscopy, molecular dynamics simulations, and density functional theory calculations. Together, the experimental and theoretical data show that MG exists predominantly in a singly hydrated state (diol) at the interface, with a diol-tetrol ratio at the surface higher than that for the bulk. In addition to exhibiting a strong surface activity, we find that MG significantly perturbs the water structure at the interface. The results have implications for understanding the atmospheric fate of methylglyoxal. PMID:25989368

  9. Air - water temperature relationships in the trout streams of southeastern Minnesota’s carbonate - sandstone landscape

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    Krider, Lori A.; Magner, Joseph A.; Perry, Jim; Vondracek, Bruce C.; Ferrington, Leonard C., Jr.

    2013-01-01

    Carbonate-sandstone geology in southeastern Minnesota creates a heterogeneous landscape of springs, seeps, and sinkholes that supply groundwater into streams. Air temperatures are effective predictors of water temperature in surface-water dominated streams. However, no published work investigates the relationship between air and water temperatures in groundwater-fed streams (GWFS) across watersheds. We used simple linear regressions to examine weekly air-water temperature relationships for 40 GWFS in southeastern Minnesota. A 40-stream, composite linear regression model has a slope of 0.38, an intercept of 6.63, and R2 of 0.83. The regression models for GWFS have lower slopes and higher intercepts in comparison to surface-water dominated streams. Regression models for streams with high R2 values offer promise for use as predictive tools for future climate conditions. Climate change is expected to alter the thermal regime of groundwater-fed systems, but will do so at a slower rate than surface-water dominated systems. A regression model of intercept vs. slope can be used to identify streams for which water temperatures are more meteorologically than groundwater controlled, and thus more vulnerable to climate change. Such relationships can be used to guide restoration vs. management strategies to protect trout streams.

  10. Spread Films of Human Serum Albumin at the Air-Water Interface: Optimization, Morphology, and Durability.

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    Campbell, Richard A; Ang, Joo Chuan; Sebastiani, Federica; Tummino, Andrea; White, John W

    2015-12-22

    It has been known for almost one hundred years that a lower surface tension can be achieved at the air-water interface by spreading protein from a concentrated solution than by adsorption from an equivalent total bulk concentration. Nevertheless, the factors that control this nonequilibrium process have not been fully understood. In the present work, we apply ellipsometry, neutron reflectometry, X-ray reflectometry, and Brewster angle microscopy to elaborate the surface loading of human serum albumin in terms of both the macroscopic film morphology and the spreading dynamics. We show that the dominant contribution to the surface loading mechanism is the Marangoni spreading of protein from the bulk of the droplets rather than the direct transfer of their surface films. The films can be spread on a dilute subphase if the concentration of the spreading solution is sufficient; if not, dissolution of the protein occurs, and only a textured adsorbed layer slowly forms. The morphology of the spread protein films comprises an extended network with regions of less textured material or gaps. Further, mechanical cycling of the surface area of the spread films anneals the network into a membrane that approach constant compressibility and has increased durability. Our work provides a new perspective on an old problem in colloid and interface science. The scope for optimization of the surface loading mechanism in a range of systems leading to its exploitation in deposition-based technologies in the future is discussed. PMID:26607026

  11. Interfacial Interactions and Nanostructure Changes in DPPG/HD Monolayer at the Air/Water Interface

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    Huaze Zhu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Lung surfactant (LS plays a crucial role in regulating surface tension during normal respiration cycles by decreasing the work associated with lung expansion and therefore decreases the metabolic energy consumed. Monolayer surfactant films composed of a mixture of phospholipids and spreading additives are of optional utility for applications in lung surfactant-based therapies. A simple, minimal model of such a lung surfactant system, composed of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-[phosphor-rac-(1-gylcerol] (DPPG and hexadecanol (HD, was prepared, and the surface pressure-area (π-A isotherms and nanostructure characteristics of the binary mixture were investigated at the air/water interface using a combination of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB and atomic force microscopy (AFM techniques. Based on the regular solution theory, the miscibility and stability of the two components in the monolayer were analyzed in terms of compression modulus (Cs-1 , excess Gibbs free energy (ΔGexcπ , activity coefficients (γ, and interaction parameter (ξ. The results of this paper provide valuable insight into basic thermodynamics and nanostructure of mixed DPPG/HD monolayers; it is helpful to understand the thermodynamic behavior of HD as spreading additive in LS monolayer with a view toward characterizing potential improvements to LS performance brought about by addition of HD to lung phospholipids.

  12. Flow

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    2009-01-01

    Flow er en positiv, koncentreret tilstand, hvor al opmærksomhed er samlet om en bestemt aktivitet, som er så krævende og engagerende, at man må anvende mange mentale ressourcer for at klare den. Tidsfornemmelsen forsvinder, og man glemmer sig selv. 'Flow' er den første af en række udsendelser om...

  13. Investigations on flow reversal in stratified horizontal flow

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    The phenomena of flow reversal in stratified flows are investigated in a horizontal channel with application to the Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS) in Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR). In case of a Loss-of-Coolant-Accident (LOCA), coolant can be injected through a secondary pipe within the feeding line of the primary circuit, the so called hot leg, counter-currently to the steam flow. It is essential that the coolant reaches the reactor core to prevent overheating. Due to high temperatures in such accident scenarios, steam is generated in the core, which escapes from the reactor vessel through the hot leg. In case of sufficiently high steam flow rates, only a reduced amount of coolant or even no coolant will be delivered to the reactor core. The WENKA test facility at the Institute for Nuclear and Energy Technologies (IKET) at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe is capable to investigate the fluid dynamics of two-phase flows in such scenarios. Water and air flow counter-currently in a horizontal channel made of clear acrylic glass to allow full optical access. Flow rates of water and air can be varied independently within a wide range. Once flow reversal sets in, a strong hysteresis effect must be taken into account. This was quantified during the present investigations. Local experimental data are needed to expand appropriate models on flow reversal in horizontal two-phase flow and to include them into numerical codes. Investigations are carried out by means of Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) to obtain local flow velocities without disturbing the flow. Due to the wavy character of the flow, strong reflections at the interfacial area must be taken into account. Using fluorescent particles and an optical filter allows eliminating the reflections and recording only the signals of the particles. The challenges in conducting local investigations in stratified wavy flows by applying optical measurement techniques are discussed. Results are presented and discussed allowing

  14. Flow

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    Knoop, Hans Henrik

    2006-01-01

    FLOW. Orden i hovedet på den fede måde Oplevelsesmæssigt er flow-tilstanden kendetegnet ved at man er fuldstændig involveret, fokuseret og koncentreret; at man oplever stor indre klarhed ved at vide hvad der skal gøres, og i hvilket omfang det lykkes; at man ved at det er muligt at løse opgaven...

  15. 20 Years of Air-Water Gas Exchange Observations for Pesticides in the Western Arctic Ocean.

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    Jantunen, Liisa M; Wong, Fiona; Gawor, Anya; Kylin, Henrik; Helm, Paul A; Stern, Gary A; Strachan, William M J; Burniston, Deborah A; Bidleman, Terry F

    2015-12-01

    The Arctic has been contaminated by legacy organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and currently used pesticides (CUPs) through atmospheric transport and oceanic currents. Here we report the time trends and air-water exchange of OCPs and CUPs from research expeditions conducted between 1993 and 2013. Compounds determined in both air and water were trans- and cis-chlordanes (TC, CC), trans- and cis-nonachlors (TN, CN), heptachlor exo-epoxide (HEPX), dieldrin (DIEL), chlorobornanes (ΣCHBs and toxaphene), dacthal (DAC), endosulfans and metabolite endosulfan sulfate (ENDO-I, ENDO-II, and ENDO SUL), chlorothalonil (CHT), chlorpyrifos (CPF), and trifluralin (TFN). Pentachloronitrobenzene (PCNB and quintozene) and its soil metabolite pentachlorothianisole (PCTA) were also found in air. Concentrations of most OCPs declined in surface water, whereas some CUPs increased (ENDO-I, CHT, and TFN) or showed no significant change (CPF and DAC), and most compounds declined in air. Chlordane compound fractions TC/(TC + CC) and TC/(TC + CC + TN) decreased in water and air, while CC/(TC + CC + TN) increased. TN/(TC + CC + TN) also increased in air and slightly, but not significantly, in water. These changes suggest selective removal of more labile TC and/or a shift in chlordane sources. Water-air fugacity ratios indicated net volatilization (FR > 1.0) or near equilibrium (FR not significantly different from 1.0) for most OCPs but net deposition (FR < 1.0) for ΣCHBs. Net deposition was shown for ENDO-I on all expeditions, while the net exchange direction of other CUPs varied. Understanding the processes and current state of air-surface exchange helps to interpret environmental exposure and evaluate the effectiveness of international protocols and provides insights for the environmental fate of new and emerging chemicals. PMID:26196214

  16. Fluid (Air/Water) Cushion Transportation Technology for Emplacing Heavy Canisters into Horizontal Disposal Drifts

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    The disposal of certain types of radioactive waste canisters in a deep repository involves handling and emplacement of very heavy loads. The weight of these particular canisters can be in the order of 20 to 50 metric tons. They generally have to be handled underground in openings that are not much larger than the canisters themselves as it is time consuming and expensive to excavate and backfill large openings in a repository. This therefore calls for the development of special technology that can meet the requirements for safe operation at an industrial scale in restrained operating spaces. Air/water cushion lifting systems are used world wide in the industry for moving heavy loads. However, until now the technology needed for emplacing heavy cylindrical radioactive waste packages in bored drifts (with narrow annular gaps) has not been previously developed or demonstrated. This paper describes the related R and D work carried out by ANDRA (for air cushion technology) and by SKB and Posiva (for water cushion technology) respectively, mainly within the framework of the European Commission (EC) funded Integrated Project called ESDRED (6. European Framework Programme). The background for both the air and the water cushion applications is presented. The specific characteristics of the two different emplacement concepts are also elaborated. Then the various phases of the Test Programmes (including the Prototype phases) are detailed and illustrated for the two lifting media. Conclusions are drawn for each system developed and evaluated. Finally, based on the R and D experience, improvements deemed necessary for an industrial application are listed. The tests performed so far have shown that the emplacement equipment developed is operating efficiently. However further tests are required to verify the availability and the reliability of the equipment over longer periods of time and to identify the modifications that would be needed for an industrial application in a

  17. Experimental Study of the Morphology and Dynamics of Gas-Laden Layers Under the Anodes in an Air-Water Model of Aluminum Reduction Cells

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    Vékony, Klára; Kiss, László I.

    2012-10-01

    The bubble layer formed under an anode and the bubble-induced flow play a significant role in the aluminum electrolysis process. The bubbles covering the anode bottom reduce the efficient surface that can carry current. In our experiments, we filmed and studied the bubble layer under the anode in a real-size air-water electrolysis cell model. Three different flow regimes were found depending on the gas generation rate. The covering factor was found to be proportional to the gas generation rate and inversely proportional to the angle of inclination. A correlation between the average height of the entire bubble layer and the position under the anode was determined. From this correlation and the measured contact sizes, the volume of the accumulated gas was calculated. The sweeping effect of large bubbles was observed. Moreover, the small bubbles under the inner edge of the anode were observed to move backward as a result of the escape of huge gas pockets, which means large momentum transport occurs in the bath.

  18. Preparative Isolation of Three Anthraquinones from Rumex japonicus by High-Speed Counter-Current Chromatography

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Three anthraquinones—emodin, chrysophanol, and physcion—were successfully purified from the dichloromethane extract of the Chinese medicinal herb Rumex japonicus by high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC. The extract was separated with n-hexane–ethanol–water (18:22:3, v/v/v as the two-phase solvent system and yielded 3.4 mg of emodin, 24.1 mg of chrysophanol, and 2.0 mg of physcion from 500 mg of sample with purities of 99.2 %, 98.8% and 98.2%, respectively. The HSCCC fractions were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC and the chemical structures of the three anthraquinones were confirmed by 1H-NMR and 13C-NMR analysis. This is the first time these anthraquinones have been obtained from R. japonicus by HSCCC.

  19. Protein separation and enrichment by counter-current chromatography using reverse micelle solvent systems.

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    Shen, Ching-Wei; Yu, Tiing

    2007-06-01

    A protein mixture consisting of myoglobin, cytochrome c, and lysozyme was separated by high-speed counter-current chromatography using a two-phase aqueous/reverse micelle-containing organic solvent system. About 50% stationary phase retention ratio was obtained in most chromatographic experiments. Separations were manipulated mainly by pH gradients that controlled the electrostatic interactions between the protein molecules and reverse micelles. Separations were further improved by incorporating an ionic strength gradient along with the pH gradient. Control of ionic strength in the aqueous solution helped fine-tune protein partitioning between the stationary and mobile phases. Although non-specific protein interactions affected baseline resolution, recovery of cytochrome c and lysozyme reached 90% and 82%. Furthermore, concentration or enrichment of these two proteins was achieved from a large-volume sample load. This technique can potentially be employed in the recovery and enrichment of proteins from large-volume aqueous solutions. PMID:17289061

  20. Pressure distributions in a centrifugal impeller handling air-water mixtures

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    At the time of vapor and liquid two-phase flow, when the volume proportion of vapor to liquid increases, the performance of pumps lowers conspicuously. The lowering of performance in the state of bubble flow arises mainly at the entrance of impellers, and the changes of the flow in impellers and pump performance at this time show the features similar to the case of cavitation in liquid single-phase flow, accordingly, the similar treatment of both cases can be made. In this study, a centrifugal pump of semi-open radial flow type with low specific speed was used, and by measuring the varying pressure inside the casing through the small holes drilled on the casing, the pressure distribution in the impeller at the time of air and water two-phase flow (bubble flow) was obtained, thus the effect of the ratio of flow rate of air and water was examined. The experimental setup and experimental method, the dynamic characteristics of the measuring instrument system, the gap at the end of vanes and the pressure distribution on vane surfaces, and the pressure distribution in the impeller are reported. The pressure distribution in two-phase flow was remarkably different from that in liquid single-phase flow. (Kako, I.)

  1. Separation of chlorogenic acid and concentration of trace caffeic acid from natural products by pH-zone-refining counter-current chromatography

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    LU, YUANYUAN; Dong, Genlai; Gu, Yanxiang; Ito, Yoichiro; Wei, Yun

    2013-01-01

    Chlorogenic acid, a major compound among phenolic acids of Flaveria bidentis (L.) Kuntze and Flos lonicerae, was successfully separated by pH-zone-refining counter-current chromatography. Caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid were selected as test samples, which represent as phenolic acids for separation by the pH-zone-refining counter-current chromatography. The separation of these test samples was performed with two-phase solvent system composed of methyl-tert.-butyl-ether-acetonitrile-water at...

  2. Influence of the tyrosine environment on the second harmonic generation of iturinic antimicrobial lipopeptides at the air-water interface.

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    Nasir, Mehmet Nail; Benichou, Emmanuel; Loison, Claire; Russier-Antoine, Isabelle; Besson, Françoise; Brevet, Pierre-François

    2013-12-01

    The second harmonic generation (SHG) response at the air-water interface from the tyrosine-containing natural iturinic cyclo-lipopeptides mycosubtilin, iturin A and bacillomycin D is reported. It is shown that this response is dominated by the single tyrosine residue present in these molecules owing to the large first hyperpolarizability arising from the non-centrosymmetric aromatic ring structure of this amino acid. The SHG response of these iturinic antibiotics is also compared to the response of surfactin, a cyclo-lipopeptide with a similar l,d-amino acid sequence but lacking a tyrosine residue, and PalmATA, a synthetic linear lipopeptide possessing a single tyrosine residue but lacking the amino acid sequence structuring the cycle of the iturinic antibiotics. From the light polarization analysis of the SHG response, it is shown that the tyrosine local environment is critical in defining the SHG response of these peptides at the air-water interface. Our results demonstrate that tyrosine, similar to tryptophan, can be used as an endogenous molecular probe of peptides and proteins for SHG at the air-water interface, paving the way for SHG studies of other tyrosine-containing bioactive molecules. PMID:24149982

  3. Development of methods for mass flow measurement of non-stationary two-phase flows

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    The topics of the present work are: 1) functioning and testing of a True Mass Flow Meter (TMFM), 2) development of an infra-red absorption measuring process to determine the single components and the mass flows in a non-stationary air/water two-phase flow, 3) presentation of a radionuclide measuring method to measure two-phase mass flow, 4) description of a test stand to calibrate various two-phase mass flow measuring methods. (RW/LH)

  4. Dynamics of the free surface of stratified two-phase flows in channels with rectangular cross-sections

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    Vallee, Christophe

    2012-08-22

    Stratified two-phase flows were investigated at different test facilities with horizontal test sections in order to provide an experimental database for the development and validation of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes. These channels were designed with rectangular cross-sections to enable optimal observation conditions for the application of optical measurement techniques. Consequently, the local flow structure was visualised with a high-speed video camera, delivering data with highresolution in space and time as needed for CFD code validation. Generic investigations were performed at atmospheric pressure and room temperature in two air/water channels made of acrylic glass. Divers preliminary experiments were conducted with various measuring systems in a test section mounted between two separators. The second test facility, the Horizontal Air/Water Channel (HAWAC), is dedicated to co-current flow investigations. The hydraulic jump as the quasi-stationary discontinuous transition between super- and subcritical flow was studied in this closed channel. Moreover, the instable wave growth leading to slug flow was investigated from the test section inlet. For quantitative analysis of the optical measurements, an algorithm was developed to recognise the stratified interface in the camera frames, allowing statistical treatments for comparison with CFD calculation results. The third test apparatus was installed in the pressure chamber of the TOPFLOW test facility in order to be operated at reactor typical conditions under pressure equilibrium with the vessel atmosphere. The test section representing a flat model of the hot leg of the German Konvoi pressurised water reactor (PWR) scaled at 1:3 is equipped with large glass side walls in the region of the elbow and of the steam generator inlet chamber to allow visual observations. The experiments were conducted with air and water at room temperature and maximum pressures of 3 bar as well as with steam and water at

  5. Dynamics of the free surface of stratified two-phase flows in channels with rectangular cross-sections

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    Stratified two-phase flows were investigated at different test facilities with horizontal test sections in order to provide an experimental database for the development and validation of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes. These channels were designed with rectangular cross-sections to enable optimal observation conditions for the application of optical measurement techniques. Consequently, the local flow structure was visualised with a high-speed video camera, delivering data with highresolution in space and time as needed for CFD code validation. Generic investigations were performed at atmospheric pressure and room temperature in two air/water channels made of acrylic glass. Divers preliminary experiments were conducted with various measuring systems in a test section mounted between two separators. The second test facility, the Horizontal Air/Water Channel (HAWAC), is dedicated to co-current flow investigations. The hydraulic jump as the quasi-stationary discontinuous transition between super- and subcritical flow was studied in this closed channel. Moreover, the instable wave growth leading to slug flow was investigated from the test section inlet. For quantitative analysis of the optical measurements, an algorithm was developed to recognise the stratified interface in the camera frames, allowing statistical treatments for comparison with CFD calculation results. The third test apparatus was installed in the pressure chamber of the TOPFLOW test facility in order to be operated at reactor typical conditions under pressure equilibrium with the vessel atmosphere. The test section representing a flat model of the hot leg of the German Konvoi pressurised water reactor (PWR) scaled at 1:3 is equipped with large glass side walls in the region of the elbow and of the steam generator inlet chamber to allow visual observations. The experiments were conducted with air and water at room temperature and maximum pressures of 3 bar as well as with steam and water at

  6. Effect of the Shape Factor as an Input Variable on the Extraction Process for a Reversing Continuous Countercurrent Extractor

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    Waigoon RITTIRUT

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The effect of the shape factor on a reversing continuous countercurrent extraction process for concentration profiles is reported. Garcinia fruit was selected as a model solid while sucrose was used as soluble solid for the diffusion system. The results showed that a slab shape gave better results on the concentration profiles for both solid and liquid phases than those of the block shape. A better diffusion mass transfer in the slab shape leads to a better yield. The shape factor results were verified using a model solid system. The phenomena in reversing continuous countercurrent extraction process under steady-state conditions can be explained via a backmixing-diffusion model. The concentration profiles by model prediction corresponded well to those of measured data. Diffusivities which are available for simulation purposes were reported for different thicknesses and operating temperatures. The evaporation took place at an acceptable level for an open system according to the specified operating conditions.

  7. An extended version of the countercurrent backmixing model suitable for solid mixing in two-dimensional fluidised beds

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    Abanades, J.C.; Grasa, G. [CSIC, Inst. Carboquimica, Zaragoza (Spain). Dept. of Energy & Environment

    2001-10-08

    A new mathematical model to describe axial and lateral mixing in fluidised beds is presented. The model is an extension of previous versions of the countercurrent backmixing model (CCBM) that were restricted to axial mixing only. The fluidised bed is divided into parallel 'mixing columns', which are convective currents induced by the bubbles. Each mixing column has a central upflowing stream of solids and two adjacent moving downwards. The practical application of the model requires a minimum knowledge of the bubble properties and the definition of one empirical parameter: the exchange coefficient between countercurrent phases, K. The model can be rapidly solved with the proposed algorithm and reproduces semi-quantitatively the main features observed in mixing experiments carried out in a bidimensional fluidised bed of coal and PVC as tracer.

  8. Scale-up protein separation on stainless steel wide bore toroidal columns in the type-J counter-current chromatography.

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    Guan, Yue Hugh; Hewitson, Peter; van den Heuvel, Remco N A M; Zhao, Yan; Siebers, Rick P G; Zhuang, Ying-Ping; Sutherland, Ian

    2015-12-11

    Manufacturing high-value added biotech biopharmaceutical products (e.g. therapeutic proteins) requires quick-to-develop, GMP-compliant, easy-to-scale and cost effective preparatory chromatography technologies. In this work, we describe the construction and testing of a set of 5-mm inner diameter stainless steel toroidal columns for use on commercially available preparatory scale synchronous J-type counter-current chromatography (CCC) machinery. We used a 20.2m long column with an aqueous two-phase system containing 14% (w/w) PEG1000 and 14% (w/w) potassium phosphate at pH 7, and tested a sample loading of 5% column volume and a mobile phase flow rate of 20ml/min. We then satisfactorily demonstrated the potential for a weekly protein separation and preparation throughput of ca. 11g based on a normal weekly routine for separating a pair of model proteins by making five stacked injections on a single portion of stationary phase with no stripping. Compared to our previous 1.6mm bore PTFE toroidal column, the present columns enlarged the nominal column processing throughput by nearly 10. For an ideal model protein injection modality, we observed a scaling up factor of at least 21. The 2 scales of protein separation and purification steps were realized on the same commercial CCC device. PMID:25818556

  9. SEPARATION OF SATURED AND UNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS FROM PALM FATTY ACIDS DISTILLATES IN CONTINUOUS MULTISTAGE COUNTERCURRENT COLUMNS WITH SUPERCRITICAL CARBON DIOXIDE AS SOLVENT: A PROCESS DESIGN METHODOLOGY

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    MACHADO Nélio Teixeira

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work the separation of multicomponent mixtures in counter-current columns with supercritical carbon dioxide has been investigated using a process design methodology. First the separation task must be defined, then phase equilibria experiments are carried out, and the data obtained are correlated with thermodynamic models or empirical functions. Mutual solubilities, Ki-values, and separation factors aij are determined. Based on this data possible operating conditions for further extraction experiments can be determined. Separation analysis using graphical methods are performed to optimize the process parameters. Hydrodynamic experiments are carried out to determine the flow capacity diagram. Extraction experiments in laboratory scale are planned and carried out in order to determine HETP values, to validate the simulation results, and to provide new materials for additional phase equilibria experiments, needed to determine the dependence of separation factors on concetration. Numerical simulation of the separation process and auxiliary systems is carried out to optimize the number of stages, solvent-to-feed ratio, product purity, yield, and energy consumption. Scale-up and cost analysis close the process design. The separation of palmitic acid and (oleic+linoleic acids from PFAD-Palm Fatty Acids Distillates was used as a case study.

  10. Preparative isolation and purification of seven compounds from Hibiscus mutabilis L. leaves by two-step high-speed counter-current chromatography

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    Hou Zhuoni

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Seven compounds from Hibiscus mutabilis L. leaves were first successfully achieved by two-step high-speed counter-current chromatography with two-phase solvent system composed of n-butanol-ethyl acetate-water (1:6:9, v/v/v and n-hexane-ethyl acetate-methanol-water (3:5:3:5, v/v/v/v/. The critical experimental parameters of first-step separation were optimized with response surface methodology as follows: flow rate was 1.1 mL/min, revolution speed was 800 rpm and temperature was 30°C. Under the optimal conditions, around 5.0 mg of salicylic acid, 13.6 mg of rutin, 5.5 mg of genistein were obtained in 100 mg crude sample. Then, 9.2 mg of potengriffioside A, 4.7 mg of kaempferol 3-O-rutinoside, 3.0 mg of steppogenin and 2.5 mg of emodin were obtained by second-step separation. The purities of the seven compounds determined by UPLC were 96.2%, 93.8%, 95.4%, 94.3%, 98.0%, 94.1% and 90.8%, respectively. Their chemical structures were identified by electron spray ionization mass spectroscopy (ESI-MS and 1H, 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR. Furthermore, compound steppogenin and genistein were first reported from Hibiscus mutabilis L. The purification method was simple, efficient and evaded tedious separation process.

  11. Preparative separation and purification of deoxyschizandrin from Schisandrae Sphenantherae Fructus by high-speed counter-current chromatography

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    Xin-Ying Li; Mei Yang; Jie-Yun Huang; Xiao-Xue Yu; Min-Qian Zhao; Zhi-Kun Liang; Zhi-Sheng Xie; Xin-Jun Xu

    2013-01-01

    A high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) method was successfully developed for the preparative separation and purification of deoxyschizandrin from Schisandrae Sphenantherae Fructus in one step. The purity of deoxyschizandrin was 98.5%, and the structure was identified by MS, UV and NMR. This method was simple, fast, convenient and appropriate to prepare pure compound as reference substances for related research on Schisandrae Sphenantherae Fructus.

  12. Measurement of the Surface Dilatational Viscosity of an Insoluble Surfactant Monolayer at the Air/Water Interface Using a Pendant Drop Apparatus

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    Lorenzo, Jose; Couzis, Alex; Maldarelli, Charles; Singh, Bhim S. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    When a fluid interface with surfactants is at rest, the interfacial stress is isotropic (as given by the equilibrium interfacial tension), and is described by the equation of state which relates the surface tension to the surfactant surface concentration. When surfactants are subjected to shear and dilatational flows, flow induced interaction of the surfactants; can create interfacial stresses apart from the equilibrium surface tension. The simplest relationship between surface strain rate and surface stress is the Boussinesq-Scriven constitutive equation completely characterized by three coefficients: equilibrium interfacial tension, surface shear viscosity, and surface dilatational viscosity Equilibrium interfacial tension and surface shear viscosity measurements are very well established. On the other hand, surface dilatational viscosity measurements are difficult because a flow which change the surface area also changes the surfactant surface concentration creating changes in the equilibrium interfacial tension that must be also taken into account. Surface dilatational viscosity measurements of existing techniques differ by five orders of magnitude and use spatially damped surface waves and rapidly expanding bubbles. In this presentation we introduce a new technique for measuring the surface dilatational viscosity by contracting an aqueous pendant drop attached to a needle tip and having and insoluble surfactant monolayer at the air-water interface. The isotropic total tension on the surface consists of the equilibrium surface tension and the tension due to the dilation. Compression rates are undertaken slow enough so that bulk hydrodynamic stresses are small compared to the surface tension force. Under these conditions we show that the total tension is uniform along the surface and that the Young-Laplace equation governs the drop shape with the equilibrium surface tension replaced by the constant surface isotropic stress. We illustrate this technique using

  13. Preparative separation of six rhynchophylla alkaloids from Uncaria macrophylla wall by pH-zone refining counter-current chromatography.

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    Zhang, Qinghai; Lin, Changhu; Duan, Wenjuan; Wang, Xiao; Luo, Aiqin

    2013-01-01

    pH-Zone refining counter-current chromatography was successfully applied to the preparative isolation and purification of six alkaloids from the ethanol extracts of Uncaria macrophylla Wall. Because of the low content of alkaloids (about 0.2%, w/w) in U. macrophylla Wall, the target compounds were enriched by pH-zone refining counter-current chromatography using a two-phase solvent system composed of petroleum ether-ethyl acetate-isopropanol-water (2:6:3:9, v/v), adding 10 mM triethylamine in organic stationary phase and 5 mM hydrochloric acid in aqueous mobile phase. Then pH-zone refining counter-current chromatography using the other two-phase solvent system was used for final purification. Six target compounds were finally isolated and purified by following two-phase solvent system composed of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE)-acetonitrile-water (4:0.5:5, v/v), adding triethylamine (TEA) (10 mM) to the organic phase and HCl (5 mM) to aqueous mobile phase. The separation of 2.8 g enriched total alkaloids yielded 36 mg hirsutine, 48 mg hirsuteine, 82 mg uncarine C, 73 mg uncarine E, 163 mg rhynchophylline, and 149 mg corynoxeine, all with purities above 96% as verified by HPLC Their structures were identified by electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and 1H-NMR spectroscopy. PMID:24352009

  14. Preparative Separation of Six Rhynchophylla Alkaloids from Uncaria macrophylla Wall by pH-Zone Refining Counter-Current Chromatography

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available pH-Zone refining counter-current chromatography was successfully applied to the preparative isolation and purification of six alkaloids from the ethanol extracts of Uncaria macrophylla Wall. Because of the low content of alkaloids (about 0.2%, w/w in U. macrophylla Wall, the target compounds were enriched by pH-zone refining counter-current chromatography using a two-phase solvent system composed of petroleum ether–ethyl acetate–isopropanol–water (2:6:3:9, v/v, adding 10 mM triethylamine in organic stationary phase and 5 mM hydrochloric acid in aqueous mobile phase. Then pH-zone refining counter-current chromatography using the other two-phase solvent system was used for final purification. Six target compounds were finally isolated and purified by following two-phase solvent system composed of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE–acetonitrile–water (4:0.5:5, v/v, adding triethylamine (TEA (10 mM to the organic phase and HCl (5 mM to aqueous mobile phase. The separation of 2.8 g enriched total alkaloids yielded 36 mg hirsutine, 48 mg hirsuteine, 82 mg uncarine C, 73 mg uncarine E, 163 mg rhynchophylline, and 149 mg corynoxeine, all with purities above 96% as verified by HPLC Their structures were identified by electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS and 1H-NMR spectroscopy.

  15. The transition from flooding to upwards cocurrent annular flow in a vertical pipe

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    The limits of countercurrent flow in a vertical pipe are related to the onset of cocurrent upwards annual flow. The results are confirmed by evidence from several sources and lead to the criterion vg=(0.8→0.9)pg-1/2[D g (pf-pg)]1/2 for the minimum gas superficial velocity which will support a liquid film in concurrent flow. (author)

  16. Combined effect of synthetic protein, Mini-B, and cholesterol on a model lung surfactant mixture at the air-water interface.

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    Chakraborty, Aishik; Hui, Erica; Waring, Alan J; Dhar, Prajnaparamita

    2016-04-01

    The overall goal of this work is to study the combined effects of Mini-B, a 34 residue synthetic analog of the lung surfactant protein SP-B, and cholesterol, a neutral lipid, on a model binary lipid mixture containing dipalmitolphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) and palmitoyl-oleoyl-phosphatidylglycerol (POPG), that is often used to mimic the primary phospholipid composition of lung surfactants. Using surface pressure vs. mean molecular area isotherms, fluorescence imaging and analysis of lipid domain size distributions; we report on changes in the structure, function and stability of the model lipid-protein films in the presence and absence of varying composition of cholesterol. Our results indicate that at low cholesterol concentrations, Mini-B can prevent cholesterol's tendency to lower the line tension between lipid domain boundaries, while maintaining Mini-B's ability to cause reversible collapse resulting in the formation of surface associated reservoirs. Our results also show that lowering the line tension between domains can adversely impact monolayer folding mechanisms. We propose that small amounts of cholesterol and synthetic protein Mini-B can together achieve the seemingly opposing requirements of efficient LS: fluid enough to flow at the air-water interface, while being rigid enough to oppose irreversible collapse at ultra-low surface tensions. PMID:26775740

  17. Study on flow mode of combined converter for methanol synthesis from coal-based syngas

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    XIAO Zhen-ping; MA Hong-fang; YING Wei-yong; FANG Ding-ye

    2011-01-01

    The mathematic model of combined converter with two different flow modes of gas-cooled reactor was established.The effects of gas flow mode in gas-cooled reactor on combined converter was investigated with the yield of methanol was 1 400 kt/a. The results show that ifthe flow mode of the cooling pipe gas and the catalytic bed gas change from countercurrent to concurrent, the catalytic bed temperature distribution does not fit the most optimum temperature curve of reversible exothermic reaction and the heat duty of heat changer in whole process increased seriously, which means that there is much more equipment investment and more operating cost. The gas flow mode of gas-cooled reactor affects the methanol yield slightly. Therefore, the countercurrent gas flow mode of gas-cooled reactor is more lucrative in the combined converter process.

  18. Towards Organized Hybrid Nanomaterials at the Air/Water Interface Based on Liquid-Crystal/ZnO Nanocrystals.

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    Paczesny, Jan; Wolska-Pietkiewicz, Małgorzata; Binkiewicz, Ilona; Wróbel, Zbigniew; Wadowska, Monika; Matuła, Kinga; Dzięcielewski, Igor; Pociecha, Damian; Smalc-Koziorowska, Julita; Lewiński, Janusz; Hołyst, Robert

    2015-11-16

    The ability to self-assemble nanosized ligand-stabilized metal oxide or semiconductor materials offers an intriguing route to engineer nanomaterials with new tailored properties from the disparate components. We describe a novel one-pot two-step organometallic approach to prepare ZnO nanocrystals (NCs) coated with deprotonated 4-(dodecyloxy)benzoic acid (i.e., an X-type liquid-crystalline ligand) as a model LC system (termed ZnO-LC1 NCs). Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of the resulting hybrids are investigated. The observed behavior of the ZnO NCs at the air/water interface is rationalized by invoking a ZnO-interdigitation process mediated by the anchored liquid-crystalline shell. The ordered superstructures form according to mechanism based on a ZnO-interdigitation process mediated by liquid crystals (termed ZIP-LC). The external and directed force applied upon compression at the air/water interface and the packing of the ligands that stabilize the ZnO cores drives the formation of nanorods of ordered internal structure. To study the process in detail, we follow a nontraditional protocol of thin-film investigation. We collect the films from the air/water interface in powder form (ZnO-LC1 LB), resuspend the powder in organic solvents and utilize otherwise unavailable experimental techniques. The structural and physical properties of the resulting superlattices were studied by using electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray studies, dynamic light scattering, thermogravimetric analysis, UV/Vis absorption, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. PMID:26427916

  19. Sticky water surfaces: helix-coil transitions suppressed in a cell-penetrating peptide at the air-water interface.

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    Schach, Denise; Globisch, Christoph; Roeters, Steven J; Woutersen, Sander; Fuchs, Adrian; Weiss, Clemens K; Backus, Ellen H G; Landfester, Katharina; Bonn, Mischa; Peter, Christine; Weidner, Tobias

    2014-12-14

    GALA is a 30 amino acid synthetic peptide consisting of a Glu-Ala-Leu-Ala repeat and is known to undergo a reversible structural transition from a disordered to an α-helical structure when changing the pH from basic to acidic values. In its helical state GALA can insert into and disintegrate lipid membranes. This effect has generated much interest in GALA as a candidate for pH triggered, targeted drug delivery. GALA also serves as a well-defined model system to understand cell penetration mechanisms and protein folding triggered by external stimuli. Structural transitions of GALA in solution have been studied extensively. However, cell penetration is an interfacial effect and potential biomedical applications of GALA would involve a variety of surfaces, e.g., nanoparticles, lipid membranes, tubing, and liquid-gas interfaces. Despite the apparent importance of interfaces in the functioning of GALA, the effect of surfaces on the reversible folding of GALA has not yet been studied. Here, we use sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG) to probe the structural response of GALA at the air-water interface and IR spectroscopy to follow GALA folding in bulk solution. We combine the SFG data with molecular dynamics simulations to obtain a molecular-level picture of the interaction of GALA with the air-water interface. Surprisingly, while the fully reversible structural transition was observed in solution, at the water-air interface, a large fraction of the GALA population remained helical at high pH. This "stickiness" of the air-water interface can be explained by the stabilizing interactions of hydrophobic leucine and alanine side chains with the water surface. PMID:25494788

  20. Sticky water surfaces: Helix-coil transitions suppressed in a cell-penetrating peptide at the air-water interface

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    Schach, Denise; Globisch, Christoph; Roeters, Steven J.; Woutersen, Sander; Fuchs, Adrian; Weiss, Clemens K.; Backus, Ellen H. G.; Landfester, Katharina; Bonn, Mischa; Peter, Christine; Weidner, Tobias

    2014-12-01

    GALA is a 30 amino acid synthetic peptide consisting of a Glu-Ala-Leu-Ala repeat and is known to undergo a reversible structural transition from a disordered to an α-helical structure when changing the pH from basic to acidic values. In its helical state GALA can insert into and disintegrate lipid membranes. This effect has generated much interest in GALA as a candidate for pH triggered, targeted drug delivery. GALA also serves as a well-defined model system to understand cell penetration mechanisms and protein folding triggered by external stimuli. Structural transitions of GALA in solution have been studied extensively. However, cell penetration is an interfacial effect and potential biomedical applications of GALA would involve a variety of surfaces, e.g., nanoparticles, lipid membranes, tubing, and liquid-gas interfaces. Despite the apparent importance of interfaces in the functioning of GALA, the effect of surfaces on the reversible folding of GALA has not yet been studied. Here, we use sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG) to probe the structural response of GALA at the air-water interface and IR spectroscopy to follow GALA folding in bulk solution. We combine the SFG data with molecular dynamics simulations to obtain a molecular-level picture of the interaction of GALA with the air-water interface. Surprisingly, while the fully reversible structural transition was observed in solution, at the water-air interface, a large fraction of the GALA population remained helical at high pH. This "stickiness" of the air-water interface can be explained by the stabilizing interactions of hydrophobic leucine and alanine side chains with the water surface.

  1. Chemical denaturation of globular proteins at the air/water interface: an x-ray and neutron reflectometry study

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    Full text: X-ray and neutron reflectometry has been used to probe the equilibrium surface structure of hen egg white lysozyme (lysozyme) and bovine β -lactoglobulin (β -lactoglobulin) under denaturing conditions at the air-water interface. This was achieved by performing experiments on 10 mg mL -1 protein solutions containing increasing concentrations of the chemical denaturant guanidinium hydrochloride (G.HCl). For solutions containing no G.HCl, the surface structure of the proteins was represented by a two-layer model with total thicknesses of 48 Angstroms and 38 Angstroms for lysozyme and β -lactoglobulin, respectively. The total volume of a single protein molecule and the associated water molecules was evaluated to be approximately 45 (0.3) nm3 for lysozyme, and 60 (0.3) nm3 for β-lactoglobulin. The thickness dimensions and the total volumes compared favourably with the crystal dimensions of 45 x 30 x 30 Angstroms (40.5 nm3),1 and 36 x 36 x 36 Angstroms (47 nm3) 2 for lysozyme and β -lactoglobulin, respectively. This comparison suggests that when no denaturant was present, the structures of lysozyme and β -lactoglobulin were near to their native conformations at the air-water interface. The response to the presence of the chemical denaturant was different for each protein. The surface layer of β-lactoglobulin expanded at very low concentrations (0.2 mol dm-3 ) of G.HCl. In contrast, the lysozyme layer contracted. At higher concentrations, unfolding of both the proteins led to the formation of a third diffuse layer. In general, lysozyme appeared to be less responsive to the chemical denaturant, which is most likely a result of the higher disulfide content of lysozyme. A protocol allowing quantitative thermodynamic analysis of the contribution from the air-water interface to the chemical denaturation of a protein was developed

  2. OH-Radical Oxidation of Surface-Active cis-Pinonic Acid at the Air-Water Interface.

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    Enami, Shinichi; Sakamoto, Yosuke

    2016-05-26

    Gaseous biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) are immediately oxidized by gaseous oxidants to form BVOC-acids that rapidly condense onto aqueous aerosol phase and thus contribute to the growth of atmospheric particles. Because BVOC-acids are highly hydrophobic and hence surface-active in nature, it seems critical to study the oxidation by gaseous hydroxyl radical (·OH(g)) at the air-water interface. Here we report on the fast (≤10 μs) oxidation of aqueous cis-pinonic acid (C10H16O3, CPA, cis-pinonate anion's m/z = 183), a representative BVOC-acid, by ·OH(g) at the air-water interface for the first time. We find that cis-pinonate anion is more enriched at the air-water interface by ∼4 and ∼14 times than n-octanoate anion at 10 and 100 μM, respectively, as revealed by an interface-specific mass spectrometry of the equimolar mixture of microjets. Exposure of aqueous CPA microjets to ·OH(g) pulses from the 266 nm laser photolysis of O3(g)/O2(g)/H2O(g)/N2(g) mixtures yields pinonic peroxyl radicals (m/z = 214) that lead to the functionalization products carbonyls (m/z = 197), alcohols (m/z = 199), and pinonic hydroperoxides (m/z = 215) in addition to smaller-mass products including carbonyls (m/z = 155 and 157). We confirmed the formation of the corresponding alcohols, aldehydes, and hydroperoxides in experiments performed in D2O solvent. The analysis of total mass balance implies a significant amount (>70%) of products would be emitted into the gas-phase during the heterogeneous ·OH-oxidations. Our results suggest ·OH-oxidations of amphiphilic BVOC-acids at the air-water interface may play a far more significant role in photochemical aging process of aqueous aerosols than previously assumed. PMID:27098046

  3. Minimum amount of extracting solvent of AB/BC countercurrent extraction separation using organic feed

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    程福祥; 吴声; 张玻; 刘艳; 王嵩龄; 廖春生; 严纯华

    2014-01-01

    For an AB/BC countercurrent extraction separation using organic feed, the conditions to have minimum amount of ex-tracting solvent (Smin) and minimum amount of scrubbing agent solution (Wmin) were discussed, and the formulae of bothSmin and Wmin were deduced. It was shown that only when the ratio of flowrate of central component B leaving aqueous outlet to that leaving organic outlet took a certain optimal value, the AB/BC separation could have Smin as well asWmin, and this optimal ratio was decided by the separation factors between the three components but independent of feed composition.Smin was only relative to the separation factor of A/C pair but regardless of the separation factors of other pairs as well as feed composition, whereasWmin was determined by the separation factors between the components together with feed composition. Meanwhile it was also found that the organic stream out of feed stage was same composition as the initial organic feed when the separation system was given by the two minimum amounts and its steady state was achieved. Finally the results above were used to design a LuYb/YbTm separation case and the stage-wise compositions of each component in both the organic and the aqueous phase at steady state were given by computer simulation.

  4. Separation of avermectin components from Streptomyces avemitilis extraction using high-speed counter-current chromatography

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Three compounds of antibiotics-avermectins from fertilizing product of Streptomyces avemitilis are achieved by high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC with a two-phase solvent system composed of n-hexane-ethyl acetate-methanol-water (6:4:5:5, v/v on a preparative scale. The separation condition was: 1.5 mL/min (0 to 200 min and 2.0 mL/min (200 to the end, 900 rpm and 20°C based on the peak resolution. About 11.9 mg of avermectin B1a, 1.0 mg of avermectin B1b and 9.6 mg of avermectin B2a from 50 mg of crude extract were obtained by one-step separation. The purities of the three compounds determined by HPLC were 99.7%, 96.2% and 97.6%, respectively. Their chemical structures were identified by electron spray ionization mass spectroscopy (ESI-MS, 1H, 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR.

  5. Preparative separation of minor saponins from Platycodi Radix by high-speed counter-current chromatography.

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    Ha, In J; Kang, Minseok; Na, Yun C; Park, Youmie; Kim, Yeong S

    2011-10-01

    Platycosides (PSs), the saponins found in the root of Platycodon grandiflorum (Jacq.) A. DC. (Platycodi Radix), are typically composed of oleanene backbones with two side chains; one is a 3-O-glucose linked by a glycosidic bond, and the other is a 28-O-arabinose-rhamnose-xylose-apiose linked by an ester bond. Minor saponins, acetylated isomers of the major saponin on either the 2'' or 3'' position of rhamnose, were isolated from Platycodi Radix using a multi-step process including high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) and preparative reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC). After the separation of the major components, the enriched minor saponin fraction was used for this study. A two-phase solvent system consisting of chloroform-methanol-isopropanol-water (3:2:2:3, v/v) was used for HSCCC. HSCCC separation of the enriched minor saponin fraction yielded 2''-O-acetylplatycodin D, 3''-O-acetylpolygalacin D, 2''-O-acetylpolygalacin and a mixture of 3''-O-acetylplatycodin D and polygalacin D. The mixture fraction from HSCCC separation was further purified by preparative RP-HPLC, giving 3''-O-acetylplatycodin D and polygalacin D at a purity of over 98.9%. The developed method provides the preparative and rapid separation of minor saponins in the crude extract of Platycodi Radix. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first on the separation of acetylated PSs by HSCCC. PMID:21812112

  6. Continuous counter-current chromatography for capture and polishing steps in biopharmaceutical production.

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    Steinebach, Fabian; Müller-Späth, Thomas; Morbidelli, Massimo

    2016-09-01

    The economic advantages of continuous processing of biopharmaceuticals, which include smaller equipment and faster, efficient processes, have increased interest in this technology over the past decade. Continuous processes can also improve quality assurance and enable greater controllability, consistent with the quality initiatives of the FDA. Here, we discuss different continuous multi-column chromatography processes. Differences in the capture and polishing steps result in two different types of continuous processes that employ counter-current column movement. Continuous-capture processes are associated with increased productivity per cycle and decreased buffer consumption, whereas the typical purity-yield trade-off of classical batch chromatography can be surmounted by continuous processes for polishing applications. In the context of continuous manufacturing, different but complementary chromatographic columns or devices are typically combined to improve overall process performance and avoid unnecessary product storage. In the following, these various processes, their performances compared with batch processing and resulting product quality are discussed based on a review of the literature. Based on various examples of applications, primarily monoclonal antibody production processes, conclusions are drawn about the future of these continuous-manufacturing technologies. PMID:27376629

  7. Separation of amaranthine-type betacyanins by ion-pair high-speed countercurrent chromatography.

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    Jerz, Gerold; Gebers, Nadine; Szot, Dominika; Szaleniec, Maciej; Winterhalter, Peter; Wybraniec, Slawomir

    2014-05-30

    Betacyanins, red-violet plant pigments, were fractionated by ion-pair high-speed countercurrent chromatography (IP-HSCCC) from leaves extract of Iresine lindenii Van Houtte, an ornamental plant of the family Amaranthaceae. An HSCCC solvent system consisting of TBME-1-BuOH-ACN-H2O (1:3:1:5, v/v/v/v) was applied using ion-pair forming heptafluorobutyric acid (HFBA). Significantly different elution profiles of betacyanin diastereomeric pairs (derivatives based on betanidin and isobetanidin) observed in the HSCCC in comparison to HPLC systems indicate a complementarity of both techniques' fractionation capabilities. The numerous diastereomeric pairs can be selectively separated from each other using the HSCCC system simplifying the pigment purification process. Apart from the three well known highly abundant pigments (amaranthine, betanin and iresinin I) together with their isoforms, three new acylated (feruloylated and sinapoylated) betacyanins as well as known pigment hylocerenin (previously isolated from cacti fruits) were characterized in the plant for the first time and they are new for the whole Amaranthaceae family. PMID:24767836

  8. Powerful leverages and counter-currents in the unborn child spiritual care: a qualitative study.

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    Heidari, Tooba; Ziaei, Saeideh; Ahmadi, Fazlollah; Mohammadi, Eesa

    2015-01-01

    In different cultures, pregnancy, birth and motherhood are perceived as spiritual events through their miraculous processes and create an ideal context for spiritual enrichment. However, studies on spirituality and birth are at very early stages. The purpose of this study was to understand the facilitators and barriers of the unborn child spiritual care in Iranian women. Twenty-two mothers with live pregnancy experience who were willing and able to share their life stories were selected purposefully in Tehran (Iran) from May 2012 to April 2013. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyze 27 interviews. Active and passive acquisition of information, inner inspirational messages, receiving effective support from the people around as well as modeling of self and significant others created "powerful leverages" to accelerate mother for caring her unborn child. "Counter-currents" in the form of unsuitable physical conditions during pregnancy, poor economic and social conditions, unsuitable psychological and cognitive conditions and finally understanding unsuitable ideological conditions of the self and care giver were identified as barriers. Iranian cultural and religious perspective on the unborn child physical and mental influence from mother has an important role in mother's self-care behaviors during pregnancy. It seems that using interdisciplinary professionals' skills based on understanding facilitators and barriers of mother care of the unborn child can lead to providing comprehensive prenatal care according to mothers' cultural, religious and social context. PMID:25560343

  9. Fast and Slow Responses of the North Pacific Mode Water and Subtropical Countercurrent to Global Warming

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    XU Lixiao; XIE Shang-Ping; LIU Qinyu

    2013-01-01

    Six coupled general circulation models from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) are employed for examining the full evolution of the North Pacific mode water and Subtropical Countercurrent (STCC) under global warming over 400 years following the Representative Concentration Pathways (RCP) 4.5.The mode water and STCC first show a sharp weakening trend when the radiative forcing increases,but then reverse to a slow strengthening trend of smaller magnitude after the radiative forcing is stablized.As the radiative forcing increases during the 21 st century,the ocean warming is surface-intensified and decreases with depth,strengthening the upper ocean's stratification and becoming unfavorable for the mode water formation.Moving southward in the subtropical gyre,the shrinking mode water decelerates the STCC to the south.After the radiative forcing is stabilized in the 2070s,the subsequent warming is greater at the subsurface than at the sea surface,destabilizing the upper ocean and becoming favorable for the mode water formation.As a result,the mode water and STCC recover gradually after the radiative forcing is stabilized.

  10. Countercurrent extraction of soluble sugars from almond hulls and assessment of the bioenergy potential.

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    Holtman, Kevin M; Offeman, Richard D; Franqui-Villanueva, Diana; Bayati, Andre K; Orts, William J

    2015-03-11

    Almond hulls contain considerable proportions (37% by dry weight) of water-soluble, fermentable sugars (sucrose, glucose, and fructose), which can be extracted for industrial purposes. The maximum optimal solids loading was determined to be 20% for sugar extraction, and the addition of 0.5% (w/v) pectinase aided in maintaining a sufficient free water volume for sugar recovery. A laboratory countercurrent extraction experiment utilizing a 1 h steep followed by three extraction (wash) stages produced a high-concentration (131 g/L fermentable sugar) syrup. Overall, sugar recovery efficiency was 88%. The inner stage washing efficiencies were compatible with solution equilibrium calculations, indicating that efficiency was high. The concentrated sugar syrup was fermented to ethanol at high efficiency (86% conversion), and ethanol concentrations in the broth were 7.4% (v/v). Thin stillage contained 233 g SCOD/L, which was converted to biomethane at an efficiency of 90% with a biomethane potential of 297 mL/g SCODdestroyed. Overall, results suggested that a minima of 49 gal (185 L) ethanol and 75 m(3) methane/t hulls (dry whole hull basis) are achievable. PMID:25693995

  11. Purification of Active Myrosinase from Plants by Aqueous Two-Phase Counter-Current Chromatography

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    Wade, Kristina L.; Ito, Yoichiro; Ramarathnam, Aarthi; Holtzclaw, W. David; Fahey, Jed W.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Myrosinase (thioglucoside glucohydrolase; E.C. 3.2.1.147), is a plant enzyme of increasing interest and importance to the biomedical community. Myrosinase catalyses the formation of isothiocyanates such as sulforaphane (frombroccoli) and 4-(α-l-rhamnopyranosyloxy)benzyl isothiocyanate (from moringa), which are potent inducers of the cytoprotective phase-2 response in humans, by hydrolysis of their abundant glucosinolate (β-thioglucoside N-hydroxysulphate) precursors. Objective To develop an aqueous two-phase counter-current chromatography (CCC) system for the rapid, three-step purification of catalytically active myrosinase. Methods A high-concentration potassium phosphate and polyethylene glycol biphasic aqueous two-phase system (ATPS) is used with a newly developed CCC configuration that utilises spiral-wound, flat-twisted tubing (with an ovoid cross-section). Results Making the initial crude plant extract directly in the ATPS and injecting only the lower phase permitted highly selective partitioning of the myrosinase complex before a short chromatography on a spiral disk CCC. Optimum phase retention and separation of myrosinase from other plant proteins afforded a 60-fold purification. Conclusion Catalytically active myrosinase is purified from 3-day broccoli sprouts, 7-day daikon sprouts, mustard seeds and the leaves of field-grown moringa trees, in a CCC system that is predictably scalable. PMID:25130502

  12. Topsy-turvy: Turning the counter-current heat exchange of leatherback turtles upside down

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    Davenport, John; Jones, T. Todd; Work, Thierry M.; Balazs, George H.

    2015-01-01

    Counter-current heat exchangers associated with appendages of endotherms feature bundles of closely applied arteriovenous vessels. The accepted paradigm is that heat from warm arterial blood travelling into the appendage crosses into cool venous blood returning to the body. High core temperature is maintained, but the appendage functions at low temperature. Leatherback turtles have elevated core temperatures in cold seawater and arteriovenous plexuses at the roots of all four limbs. We demonstrate that plexuses of the hindlimbs are situated wholly within the hip musculature, and that, at the distal ends of the plexuses, most blood vessels supply or drain the hip muscles, with little distal vascular supply to, or drainage from the limb blades. Venous blood entering a plexus will therefore be drained from active locomotory muscles that are overlaid by thick blubber when the adults are foraging in cold temperate waters. Plexuses maintain high limb muscle temperature and avoid excessive loss of heat to the core, the reverse of the accepted paradigm. Plexuses protect the core from overheating generated by muscular thermogenesis during nesting.

  13. Counter-current extraction studies for the recovery of neptunium by the purex process (Part III)

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    Counter-current extraction experiments were carried out using the simulated purex process conditions to study the extraction behaviour of neptunium. Using low feed acidity (3) and high uranium loading of the organic phase (approximately 85 g/1), Np present in the feed as Np(IV) can be forced to the aqueous raffinate in uranium purification cycle conditions. If the feed activity is high (approximately 1.5M HNO3), the same could be achieved by using either formic or acetic acid which selectively complexes Np(IV) as the scrub in 2D cycle. Alternately Np present in the feed as Np(V) can be diverted to aqueous raffinate even when the feed acidity is relatively high, if the reducing agent U(IV), required to be added to achieve the decontamination of U from residual Pu, is added in the scrub rather than in the feed. Based on these data suitable conditions can be chosen to force Np to aqueous in the uranium purification cycle. (auth.)

  14. Thermodynamic, morphological and structural properties of dissociated fatty acid monolayers at the air-water interface

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    Johann, Robert

    2001-10-01

    Research on monolayers of amphiphilic lipids on aqueous solution is of basic importance in surface science. Due to the applicability of a variety of surface sensitive techniques, floating insoluble monolayers are very suitable model systems for the study of order, structure formation and material transport in two dimensions or the interactions of molecules at the interface with ions or molecules in the bulk (headword 'molecular recognition'). From the behavior of monolayers conclusions can be drawn on the properties of lipid layers on solid substrates or in biological membranes. This work deals with specific and fundamental interactions in monolayers both on the molecular and on the microscopic scale and with their relation to the lattice structure, morphology and thermodynamic behavior of monolayers at the air-water interface. As model system especially monolayers of long chain fatty acids are used, since there the molecular interactions can be gradually adjusted by varying the degree of dissociation by means of the suphase pH value. For manipulating the molecular interactions besides the subphase composition also temperature and monolayer composition are systematically varied. The change in the monolayer properties as a function of an external parameter is analyzed by means of isotherm and surface potential measurements, Brewster-angle microscopy, X-ray diffraction at grazing incidence and polarization modulated infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy. For this a quantitative measure for the molecular interactions and for the chain conformational order is derived from the X-ray data. The most interesting results of this work are the elucidation of the origin of regular polygonal and dendritic domain shapes, the various effects of cholesterol on molecular packing and lattice order of long chain amphiphiles, as well as the detection of an abrupt change in the head group bonding interactions, the chain conformational order and the phase transition pressure

  15. Gas exchange in wetlands with emergent vegetation: The effects of wind and thermal convection at the air-water interface

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    Poindexter, Cristina M.; Variano, Evan A.

    2013-07-01

    Methane, carbon dioxide, and oxygen are exchanged between wetlands and the atmosphere through multiple pathways. One of these pathways, the hydrodynamic transport of dissolved gas through the surface water, is often underestimated in importance. We constructed a model wetland in the laboratory with artificial emergent plants to investigate the mechanisms and magnitude of this transport. We measured gas transfer velocities, which characterize the near-surface stirring driving air-water gas transfer, while varying two stirring processes important to gas exchange in other aquatic environments: wind and thermal convection. To isolate the effects of thermal convection, we identified a semiempirical model for the gas transfer velocity as a function of surface heat loss. The laboratory results indicate that thermal convection will be the dominant mechanism of air-water gas exchange in marshes with emergent vegetation. Thermal convection yielded peak gas transfer velocities of 1 cm h-1. Because of the sheltering of the water surface by emergent vegetation, gas transfer velocities for wind-driven stirring alone are likely to exceed this value only in extreme cases.

  16. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) and oxygenated PAH (OPAH) air-water exchange during the deepwater horizon oil spill.

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    Tidwell, Lane G; Allan, Sarah E; O'Connell, Steven G; Hobbie, Kevin A; Smith, Brian W; Anderson, Kim A

    2015-01-01

    Passive sampling devices were used to measure air vapor and water dissolved phase concentrations of 33 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and 22 oxygenated PAHs (OPAHs) at four Gulf of Mexico coastal sites prior to, during, and after shoreline oiling from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (DWH). Measurements were taken at each site over a 13 month period, and flux across the water-air boundary was determined. This is the first report of vapor phase and flux of both PAHs and OPAHs during the DWH. Vapor phase sum PAH and OPAH concentrations ranged between 1 and 24 ng/m(3) and 0.3 and 27 ng/m(3), respectively. PAH and OPAH concentrations in air exhibited different spatial and temporal trends than in water, and air-water flux of 13 individual PAHs were strongly associated with the DWH incident. The largest PAH volatilizations occurred at the sites in Alabama and Mississippi in the summer, each nominally 10,000 ng/m(2)/day. Acenaphthene was the PAH with the highest observed volatilization rate of 6800 ng/m(2)/day in September 2010. This work represents additional evidence of the DWH incident contributing to air contamination, and provides one of the first quantitative air-water chemical flux determinations with passive sampling technology. PMID:25412353

  17. Palmitate Luciferin: A molecular design for the second harmonic generation study of ion complexation at the air-water interface

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    A molecular organic chromophore, Palmitate-Luciferin, has been synthesized for studying ion complexation at the air-water interface using second harmonic generation (SHG). This molecule was designed through the addition of a long hydrophobic palmitoyl alkyl chain to the aromatic π-electron system of Luciferin. We first demonstrate that this organic chromophore is a potential candidate for SHG studies of ion complexation with the measurement of its first hyper-polarizability in aqueous solutions by hyper Rayleigh scattering (HRS) with and without calcium ions. Then, we characterize the Palmitate-Luciferin surfactant properties at the air-water interface combining surface tension measurements with a surface SHG study and Brewster angle imaging. These results allow us to build a molecular description of the chromophore at the interface and observe its molecular reorganization during the monolayer compression leading to the formation of aggregates. Finally, we show that the initial goal of the designing work is achieved since Palmitate-Luciferin indeed exhibits a higher SHG response in the presence of calcium ions in the aqueous sub-phase as expected. (authors)

  18. Multi-scale modeling of mycosubtilin lipopeptides at the air/water interface: structure and optical second harmonic generation.

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    Loison, Claire; Nasir, Mehmet Nail; Benichou, Emmanuel; Besson, Françoise; Brevet, Pierre-François

    2014-02-01

    Monolayers of the lipopeptide mycosubtilin are studied at the air/water interface. Their structure is investigated using molecular dynamics simulations. All-atom models suggest that the lipopeptide is flexible and aggregates at the interface. To achieve simulation times of several microseconds, a coarse-grained (CG) model based on the MARTINI force field was also used. These CG simulations describe the formation of half-micelles at the interface for surface densities up to 1 lipopeptide per nm(2). In these aggregates, the tyrosine side chain orientation is found to be constrained: on average, its main axis, as defined along the C-OH bond, aligns along the interface normal and points towards the air side. The origin of the optical second harmonic generation (SHG) from mycosubtilin monolayers at the air/water interface is also investigated. The molecular hyperpolarizability of the lipopeptide is obtained from quantum chemistry calculations. The tyrosine side chain contribution to the hyperpolarizability is found to be dominant. The orientation distribution of tyrosine, associated with a dominant hyperpolarizability component along the C-OH bond of the tyrosine, yields a ratio of the susceptibility elements χ((2))(ZZZ)/χ((2))(ZXX) consistent with the experimental measurements recently reported by M. N. Nasir et al. [Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 19919]. PMID:24346061

  19. Formation of a Rigid Hydrophobin Film and Disruption by an Anionic Surfactant at an Air/Water Interface.

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    Kirby, Stephanie M; Zhang, Xujun; Russo, Paul S; Anna, Shelley L; Walker, Lynn M

    2016-06-01

    Hydrophobins are amphiphilic proteins produced by fungi. Cerato-ulmin (CU) is a hydrophobin that has been associated with Dutch elm disease. Like other hydrophobins, CU stabilizes air bubbles and oil droplets through the formation of a persistent protein film at the interface. The behavior of hydrophobins at surfaces has raised interest in their potential applications, including use in surface coatings, food foams, and emulsions and as dispersants. The practical use of hydrophobins requires an improved understanding of the interfacial behavior of these proteins, alone and in the presence of added surfactants. In this study, the adsorption behavior of CU at air/water interfaces is characterized by measuring the surface tension and interfacial rheology as a function of adsorption time. CU is found to adsorb irreversibly at air/water interfaces. The magnitude of the dilatational modulus increases with adsorption time and surface pressure until CU eventually forms a rigid film. The persistence of this film is tested through the sequential addition of strong surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) to the bulk liquid adjacent to the interface. SDS is found to coadsorb to interfaces precoated with a CU film. At high concentrations, the addition of SDS significantly decreases the dilatational modulus, indicating disruption and displacement of CU by SDS. Sequential adsorption results in mixed layers with properties not observed in interfaces generated from complexes formed in the bulk. These results lend insight to the complex interfacial interactions between hydrophobins and surfactants. PMID:27164189

  20. Photochemical formation of silver and gold nanostructures at the air-water interface and their electrocatalytic properties

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    In this paper, we report a simple method of fabricating silver and gold nanostructures at the air-water interface, which can be spontaneously assembled through the reduction of AgNO3 and HAuCl4 with ultraviolet (UV) irradiation in the presence of polyacrylic acid (PAA), respectively. It was found that the building blocks in the silver nanostructure are mainly interwoven silver nanofilaments, while those of the gold nanostructure are mainly different sizes of gold nanoparticles and some truncated gold nanoplates, and even coalescence into networks. At the air-water interface, these silver and gold nanostructures can be easily transferred onto the surface of indium tin oxide (ITO) slides and used for electrochemical measurements. After a replacement reaction with H2PdCl4, the silver nanostructure is transformed into a Ag-Pd bimetallic nanostructure, with good electrocatalytic activity for O2 reduction. The gold nanostructure can also show high electrocatalytic activity to the oxidation of nitric oxide (NO) with a detection limit of about 10 μM NaNO2 at S/N = 3

  1. Scales and structures in bubbly flows. Experimental analysis of the flow in bubble columns and in bubbling fluidized beds

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    Groen, J.S.

    2004-01-01

    In this project a detailed experimental analysis was performed of the dynamic flow field in bubbly flows, with the purpose of determining local hydrodynamics and scale effects. Measurements were done in gas-liquid systems (air-water bubble columns) and in gas-solid systems (air-sand bubbing fluidize

  2. An experimental investigation of the swirling flow in a tall-form counter current spray dryer

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    Francia, V; Martin, L; Bayly, AE; Simmons, MJH

    2015-01-01

    This work studies the air flow in a large swirl counter-current dryer using sonic anemometry. Air velocity and turbulence fields are reported at isothermal conditions and in the absence of particles. In a tall-form unit the structure of the flow is largely influenced by the design of the exit. A contraction originates a central jet and suppresses the formation of recirculation zones despite the vortex acquires a high swirl intensity Ω (i.e. 1

  3. Preparative separation of flavonoids from the medicinal plant Davilla elliptica St. Hill. by high-speed counter-current chromatography

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    Daniel Rinaldo; Marcelo Aparecido Silva; Clenilson Martins Rodrigues; Tamara Regina Calvo; Miriam Sannomiya; Lourdes Campaner dos Santos; Wagner Vilegas; Hélio Kushima; Clélia Akiko Hiruma-Lima; Alba Regina Monteiro de Souza Brito

    2006-01-01

    High-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) is a major tool for the fast separation of natural products from plants. It was used for the preparative isolation of the flavonoid monoglucosides present in the aerial parts of the Davilla elliptica St. Hill. (Dilleniaceae). This species is used in Brazilian folk medicine for the treatment of gastric disorders. The optimum solvent system used was composed of a mixture of ethyl acetate-n-propanol-water (140:8:80, v/v/v) and led to a successful...

  4. 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)

  5. CCFL model based on the hyperbolic two-fluid equations and non-uniform flow interface shape

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    The maximum flow rates of gas and liquid phases which flow in opposite-directions (counter-current flow) are limited by a phenomenon known as a Counter-Current Flow Limitation (CCFL or Flooding). The mass and momentum conservation equations for each phase were established to build a first-order hyperbolic partial derivative equations system. A new CCFL model is developed based on the characteristic equation of the hyperbolic PDE system. The present model has its application to the case in which a non-uniform flow is developed around a square or sharp-edged entrance of liquid phase. The model is able to be used to predict the operating-limit of components in which mass and heat transfer are taking place between liquid and gas phases

  6. Optical characterization of bubbly flows with a near-critical-angle scattering technique

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    Onofri, Fabrice R.A.; Krzysiek, Mariusz [IUSTI, UMR, CNRS, University of Provence, Polytech' DME, Technopole Chateau-Gombert, Marseille (France); Mroczka, Janusz [CEPM, Technical University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw (Poland); Ren, Kuan-Fang [CORIA, UMR, CNRS, University of Rouen, Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (France); Radev, Stefan [IMECH, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia (Bulgaria); Bonnet, Jean-Philippe [M2P2, UMR, CNRS, University Paul Cezanne, Aix-en-Provence (France)

    2009-10-15

    The newly developed critical angle refractometry and sizing technique (CARS) allows simultaneous and instantaneous characterization of the local size distribution and the relative refractive index (i.e. composition) of a cloud of bubbles. The paper presents the recent improvement of this technique by comparison of different light scattering models and inversion procedures. Experimental results carried in various air/water and air/water-ethanol bubbly flows clearly demonstrate the efficiency and the potential of this technique. (orig.)

  7. Supramolecular 1-D polymerization of DNA origami through a dynamic process at the 2-dimensionally confined air-water interface.

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    Yonamine, Yusuke; Cervantes-Salguero, Keitel; Minami, Kosuke; Kawamata, Ibuki; Nakanishi, Waka; Hill, Jonathan P; Murata, Satoshi; Ariga, Katsuhiko

    2016-05-14

    In this study, a Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) system has been utilized for the regulation of polymerization of a DNA origami structure at the air-water interface as a two-dimensionally confined medium, which enables dynamic condensation of DNA origami units through variation of the film area at the macroscopic level (ca. 10-100 cm(2)). DNA origami sheets were conjugated with a cationic lipid (dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide, 2C18N(+)) by electrostatic interaction and the corresponding LB-film was prepared. By applying dynamic pressure variation through compression-expansion processes, the lipid-modified DNA origami sheets underwent anisotropic polymerization forming a one-dimensionally assembled belt-shaped structure of a high aspect ratio although the thickness of the polymerized DNA origami was maintained at the unimolecular level. This approach opens up a new field of mechanical induction of the self-assembly of DNA origami structures. PMID:27091668

  8. Monolayer behaviour of chiral compounds at the air-water interface: 4-hexadecyloxy-butane-1,2-diol

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    Rietz, R.; Rettig, W.; Brezesinski, G.;

    1996-01-01

    Monolayers of the pure S-enantiomer (x(S) = 1) and of two mixtures x(S) = 0.75 and x(S) = 0.5 (racemate) of 4-hexadecyloxy-butane-1,2-diol (C16H33-O-CH2-CH2-CHOH-CH2OH) (HOBD) have been studied at the air-water interface by thermodynamic measurements, fluorescence microscopy and X-ray diffraction....... The isotherms depend only slightly on chirality. Above the transition pressure pi(c) condensed domains with a polygonal shape are formed. In all cases the domains start to destabilize from the notch. The branches of the S-enantiomer turn only clockwise, whereas domains of the mixtures show branches...

  9. Adsorption at the air-water interface and emulsification properties of grain legume protein derivatives from pea and broad bean.

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    Tsoukala, A; Papalamprou, E; Makri, E; Doxastakis, G; Braudo, E E

    2006-12-01

    Functional properties of native and modified (through induced autolysis) pea (Pisum sativum L.) and broad bean (Vicia faba L.) protein derivatives are studied. In specific, protein solubility and behavior at the air-water interface through surface pressure measurements are investigated. Furthermore the ability of the protein products to act as emulsifying agents and to stabilize emulsions is studied through oil droplet size distribution measurements and by the protein adsorbed at the oil-water interface. The data reveal that the ability of the proteins to act as surfactants and build up a rigid film around the oil droplets, mainly depends on their suitable molecular configuration and structure. Hydrolysis did not promote the functionality of the legume proteins. Broad bean exhibited better functionality than pea, before and after hydrolysis. Some comparisons were also made with lupin (Lupinus albus L.) protein isolate. PMID:17049437

  10. Influence of current velocity and wind speed on air-water gas exchange in a mangrove estuary

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    Ho, David T.; Coffineau, Nathalie; Hickman, Benjamin; Chow, Nicholas; Koffman, Tobias; Schlosser, Peter

    2016-04-01

    Knowledge of air-water gas transfer velocities and water residence times is necessary to study the fate of mangrove derived carbon exported into surrounding estuaries and ultimately to determine carbon balances in mangrove ecosystems. For the first time, the 3He/SF6 dual tracer technique, which has been proven to be a powerful tool to determine gas transfer velocities in the ocean, is applied to Shark River, an estuary situated in the largest contiguous mangrove forest in North America. The mean gas transfer velocity was 3.3 ± 0.2 cm h-1 during the experiment, with a water residence time of 16.5 ± 2.0 days. We propose a gas exchange parameterization that takes into account the major sources of turbulence in the estuary (i.e., bottom generated shear and wind stress).

  11. Study of relaxation process of dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine monolayers at air-water interface: Effect of electrostatic energy

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    Ou-Yang, Wei; Weis, Martin; Manaka, Takaaki; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa

    2011-04-01

    The instability of organic monolayer composed of polar molecules at the air-water interface has been a spotlight in interface science for many decades. However, the effect of electrostatic energy contribution to the free energy in the system is still not understood. Herein, we investigate the mechanical and electrical properties by studying the isobaric relaxation process of a dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine monolayer on water subphase with various concentrations of divalent ions to reveal the effect of electrostatic energy on thermodynamics and kinetics of the collapse mechanism. Our results demonstrate that electrical energy among the dipolar molecules plays an important role in the stability of monolayer and enhances the formation of micelles into subphase under high pressure. In addition, to confirm the electrostatic energy contribution, the well-known thermal effect on the stability of the film is compared. Hence, the general description of the monolayer free energy with contribution of electrostatic energy is suggested to describe the phase transition.

  12. The Equilibria of Diosgenin-Phosphatidylcholine and Diosgenin-Cholesterol in Monolayers at the Air/Water Interface.

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    Janicka, Katarzyna; Jastrzebska, Izabella; Petelska, Aneta Dorota

    2016-08-01

    Diosgenin (Dio) has shown many treatment properties, but the most important property is cytotoxic activity in cancer cells. In this study, we investigated monolayers of Dio, cholesterol (Ch), and phosphatidylcholine (PC) at the air/water interface. The measurements were carried with a Langmuir Teflon trough and a Nima 9000 tensiometer program. The surface tension values of pure and mixed monolayers were used to calculate π-A isotherms and determine molecular surface areas. We were able to demonstrate the formation of complexes between Dio and PC and Dio and Ch molecules also. We considered the equilibrium between individual components and the formed complexes. In addition, we established that diosgenin and the lipids formed highly stable 1:1 complexes. PMID:27350149

  13. Numerical Simulation of Unsteady Discharge Flow with Fluctuation in Positive Discharge Blower

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    LIU Zhengxian; WANG Dou; XU Lianhuan

    2009-01-01

    The operating performance of positive discharge blower/s markedly influenced by the pulsation of the discharge flow, but difficult to be measured with experimental methods. The internal and discharge flow of positive discharge blower with involute type three-lobe are numerically investigated, both in air cooling and countercurrent cooling conditions by means of computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The unsteady compressible flow equations are solved using RNG κ-ε turbulent model. The finite difference method and the second order upwind difference scheme are applied into discrete equations. In the numerical simulation, the dynamic mesh techniques are used to approach the rotating displacement of cell cubage and the alterability of inlet, outlet flow area. The non-uniform mesh is applied to the rotor-stator coupled area. The reliability of the numerical method is verified by simulating the inner flow and comparing with the semi-empirical theory. The flow flux curves and the distributing of velocity vector showed obvious vortex motion in all the discharge process, both in air cooling and countercurrent cooling conditions. These vortexes with different positions, intension and numbers at different rotating angles have remarkable influences on the discharge flux. For air cooling, the vortex produced a second pulsation with big-amplitude in a cycle, and led to the early appearance of maximum of backflow. For countercurrent cooling, the frequency of pulsation increased due to the pre-inflow, but the hackflow at the outlet is prevented, also the pulsation strength has greatly decreased.

  14. Determination of Alternaria mycotoxins in wine and juice using ionic liquid modified countercurrent chromatography as a pretreatment method followed by high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Fan, Chen; Cao, Xueli; Liu, Man; Wang, Wei

    2016-03-01

    Alternariol (AOH), alternariol monomethyl ether (AME), and tenuazonic acid (TeA) are some of the main Alternaria mycotoxins that can be found as contaminants in food materials. The objective of this study was to develop a pretreatment method with countercurrent chromatography (CCC) for enrichment and cleanup of trace Alternaria mycotoxins in food samples prior to high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis. An Analytical CCC instrument with a column volume 22.5mL was used, and a two-phase solvent system composed of ethyl acetate and water modified with 6% [HOOMIM][Cl] in mass to volume ratio was selected. Under the optimized CCC operation conditions, trace amounts of AOH, AME, and TeA in large volume of liquid sample were efficiently extracted and enriched in the stationary phase, and then eluted out just by reversing the stationary phase as mobile phase in the opposite flowing direction tail-to-head. The enrichment and elution strategies are unique and can be fulfilled online with high enrichment factors (87-114) and high recoveries (81.14-110.94%). The method has been successively applied to the determination of Alternaria mycotoxins in real apple juice and wine samples with the limits of detection (LOD) in the range of 0.03-0.14μgL(-1). Totally 12 wine samples and 15 apple juice samples from the local market were analyzed. The detection rate of AOH and AME in both kinds of the samples were more than 50%, while TeA was found in relatively high level of 1.75-49.61μgL(-1) in some of the apple juice samples. The proposed method is simple, rapid, and sensitive and could also be used for the analysis and monitoring of Alternaria mycotoxin in other food samples. PMID:26858114

  15. Gas exchange rates across the sediment-water and air-water interfaces in south San Francisco Bay

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    Hartman, Blayne; Hammond, Douglas E.

    1984-01-01

    Radon 222 concentrations in the water and sedimentary columns and radon exchange rates across the sediment-water and air-water interfaces have been measured in a section of south San Francisco Bay. Two independent methods have been used to determine sediment-water exchange rates, and the annual averages of these methods agree within the uncertainty of the determinations, about 20%. The annual average of benthic fluxes from shoal areas is nearly a factor of 2 greater than fluxes from the channel areas. Fluxes from the shoal and channel areas exceed those expected from simple molecular diffusion by factors of 4 and 2, respectively, apparently due to macrofaunal irrigation. Values of the gas transfer coefficient for radon exchange across the air-water interface were determined by constructing a radon mass balance for the water column and by direct measurement using floating chambers. The chamber method appears to yield results which are too high. Transfer coefficients computed using the mass balance method range from 0.4 m/day to 1.8 m/day, with a 6-year average of 1.0 m/day. Gas exchange is linearly dependent upon wind speed over a wind speed range of 3.2–6.4 m/s, but shows no dependence upon current velocity. Gas transfer coefficients predicted from an empirical relationship between gas exchange rates and wind speed observed in lakes and the oceans are within 30% of the coefficients determined from the radon mass balance and are considerably more accurate than coefficients predicted from theoretical gas exchange models.

  16. Gas exchange rates across the sediment-water andd air-water interfaces in south San Francisco Bay

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    Radon 222 concentrations in the water and sedimentary columns and radon exchange rates across the sediment-water and air-water interfaces have been measured in a section of south San Francisco Bay. Two independent methods have been used to determine sediment-water exchange rates, and the annual averages of these methods agree within the uncertainity of the determinations, about 20%. The annual average of bethic fluxes from shoal areas is nearly a factor of 2 greater than fluxes from the channel areas. Fluxes from the shoal and channel areas exceed those expected from simple molecular diffusion by factors of 4 and 2, respectively, apparently due to macrofaunal irrigation. Values of the gas transfer coefficient for radon exchange across the air-water inteface were determined by constructing a radon mass balance for the water column and by direct measurement using floating chambers. The chamber method appears to yield results which are too high. Transfer coefficients computed using the mass balance method range from 0.4 m/day to 1.8 m/day, with a 6-year average of 1.0 m/day. Gas exchange is linearly dependent upon wind speed over a wind speed range of 3.2--6.4 m/s, but shows no dependence upon current velocity. Gas transfer coefficients predicted from an empirical relationship between gas exchange rates and wind speed observed in lakes and the oceans are within 30% of the coefficients determined from the radon mass balance and are considerably more accurate than coefficients predicted from theoretical gas exchange models

  17. Preparative isolation of aldose reductase inhibitory compounds from Nardostachys chinensis by elution-extrusion counter-current chromatography.

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    Paek, Ji Hun; Lim, Soon Sung

    2014-10-01

    A method combining enzyme assay-guided high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) micro-fractionation and elution-extrusion counter-current chromatography (EECCC) was developed to screen and separate aldose reductase (AR) inhibitory activities from those of the ethyl acetate (EtOAc) fraction of Nardostachys chinensis. Under the target-guidance of HPLC micro-fractionation, two phenolic compounds, three caffeoylquinic acid derivatives and two sesquiterpene were isolated by high-speed countercurrent chromatography (HSCCC) using elution modes of extrusion-elution. A one-step HSCCC isolation method was developed, which included a solvent system of n-hexane-EtOAc-methanol-water at a ratio of 2:8:3:7 (v/v/v/v). The chemical structures of the isolated compounds were determined using (1)H- and (13)C-nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry. The compounds inhibiting AR in the EtOAc fraction of 70 % ethanol extracts of N. chinensis were identified as chlorogenic acid (2) and 1,5-di-O-caffeoylquinic acid (6). Our results indicate that the combined method of HPLC micro-fractionation and EECCC is fast, efficient, and reproducible for systematically isolating AR inhibitory compounds from complex natural products. PMID:24424606

  18. Practice of the counter-current trickle leaching of uranium ore by refreshed liquor of bacterial oxidation

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    The uranium ore of the Mine No. 753 is a high-silicate type primary one, in which the tetravalent uranium accounts for 85%, and the uranium grade is in the range of 0.36% to 0.442%. To reduce the engineering investment and the operating cost a four-stage counter-current trickle leaching pilot-plant test was carried out with the leaching time 50 days and acid consumption 38 kg per ton of ore, and the recovery of more than 95% was obtained. Using the counter-current trickle leaching mode and controlling the limit concentration of the harmful matters in the bacterial leaching liquor, the latter can be effectively oxidized by the synchronical regeneration. A trickle leaching comparative test of 25 ton ore single heap also gave a good result of more than 95% in extraction rate, and 30% acid consumption was saved and the 2.0% pyrolusite (containing MnO2 40%) was eliminated. This process is feasible in technology and worth-while in economy for treating the uranium ore of Mine No. 753, and provides a new method of uranium ore trickle leaching

  19. Isotope separation of carbon-13 by counter-current column with exchange reaction between carbon dioxide and carbamic acid

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    The isotope separation performance of carbon-13 with exchange reaction between CO2 and carbamic acid was studied and some factors for the counter-current column were studied for improving the overall performance. The working fluid for the experiments was a solution of DNBA, (C4H9)2NH, and n-octane mixture. The rate-controlling step of 13C transfer at temperatures higher than 10 deg C was the exchange reaction between carbamic acid and CO2 dissolved by physical absorption. The capacity coefficient of 13C transfer between gas and liquid in the counter-current column was successfully related to the product of three factors: the concentration of carbamic acid, the concentration of CO2 dissolved by physical absorption and the liquid holdup of the column. The liquid holdup was also an important factor. As the holdup increased, the isotope exchange rate and the overall separation factor of the column increased. However, the transient time to equilibrium was much longer. (author)

  20. Isolation and purification of arctigenin from Fructus Arctii by enzymatic hydrolysis combined with high-speed counter-current chromatography.

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    Liu, Feng; Xi, Xingjun; Wang, Mei; Fan, Li; Geng, Yanling; Wang, Xiao

    2014-02-01

    Enzymatic hydrolysis pretreatment combined with high-speed counter-current chromatography for the transformation and isolation of arctigenin from Fructus Arctii was successfully developed. In the first step, the extract solution of Fructus Arctii was enzymatic hydrolyzed by β-glucosidase. The optimal hydrolysis conditions were 40°C, pH 5.0, 24 h of hydrolysis time, and 1.25 mg/mL β-glucosidase concentration. Under these conditions, the content of arctigenin was transformed from 2.60 to 12.59 mg/g. In the second step, arctigenin in the hydrolysis products was separated and purified by high-speed counter-current chromatography with a two-phase solvent system composed of petroleum ether/ethyl acetate/methanol/water (10:25:15:20, v/v), and the fraction was analyzed by HPLC, ESI-MS, and (1)H NMR spectroscopy. Finally, 102 mg of arctigenin with a purity of 98.9% was obtained in a one-step separation from 200 mg of hydrolyzed sample. PMID:24311558

  1. Isolation and purification of two antioxidant isomers of resveratrol dimer from the wine grape by counter-current chromatography.

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    Kong, Qingjun; Ren, Xueyan; Hu, Ruilin; Yin, Xuefeng; Jiang, Guoshan; Pan, Yuanjiang

    2016-06-01

    Resveratrol dimers belong to a group of compounds called stilbenes, which along with proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins, catechins, and flavonols are natural phenolic compounds found in grapes and red wine. Stilbenes have a variety of structural isomers, all of which exhibit various biological properties. Counter-current chromatography with a two-phase solvent system composed of n-hexane/ethyl acetate/methanol/water (2:5:4:5, v/v/v/v) was applied to isolate and purify stilbene from the stems of wine grape. Two isomers of resveratrol dimers trans-ε-viniferin and trans-δ-viniferin were obtained from the crude sample in a one-step separation, with purities of 93.2 and 97.5%, respectively, as determined by high-performance liquid chromatography. The structures of these two compounds were identified by (1) H and (13) C NMR spectroscopy. In addition, their antioxidant activities were assessed by 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) assay. The antioxidant activities of trans-δ-viniferin were higher than that of trans-ε-viniferin in this model. This work demonstrated that counter-current chromatography is a powerful and effective method for the isolation and purification of polyphenols from wine grape. Additionally, the DPPH radical assay showed that the isolated component trans-δ-viniferin exhibited stronger antioxidant activities than trans-ε-viniferin and a little bit weaker than vitamin E at the same concentration. PMID:27130423

  2. Two-phase flow and heat transfer in a once-through steam generator during auxiliary feedwater injection

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    In this paper, a phenomenological model is developed for the thermal-hydraulic processes on the secondary side of a once-through steam generator during auxiliary feedwater injection. Based on experimental observations, the flow of auxiliary feedwater in the secondary side is modeled as a turbulent falling film on the tubes, in direct contact with a countercurrent flow of steam, that receives heat from the primary side. Conservation equations for the falling film and steam on the secondary side, and for the primary-side coolant, are derived. Boiling in the falling film, evaporation and/or condensation at the falling film-gas interphase, and countercurrent flow limitation in the tube support plate passages are modeled. Numerical solution of the conservation equations provide the axial variation of flow rates and temperatures in the primary and secondary side

  3. SIMULATION OF NON-AZEOTROPIC REFRIGERANT MIXTURES FOR USE IN A DUAL-CIRCUIT REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER WITH COUNTERCURRENT HEAT EXCHANGES

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    The paper discusses a refrigerator/freezer (RF) system that has two complete and independent refrigeration cycles for the two compartments. It uses a non-azeotropic refrigerant mixture (NARM) in each cycle and countercurrent heat exchangers throughout. This RF is housed in a stan...

  4. The Marangoni flow of soluble amphiphiles

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    Roché, Matthieu; Griffiths, Ian M; Roux, Sébastien Le; Cantat, Isabelle; Saint-Jalmes, Arnaud; Stone, Howard A

    2013-01-01

    Surfactant distribution heterogeneities at a fluid/fluid interface trigger the Marangoni effect, i.e. a bulk flow due to a surface tension gradient. The influence of surfactant solubility in the bulk on these flows remains incompletely characterized. Here we study Marangoni flows sustained by injection of hydrosoluble surfactants at the air/water interface. We show that the flow extent increases with a decrease of the critical micelle concentration, i.e. the concentration at which these surfactants self-assemble in water. We document the universality of the surface velocity field and predict scaling laws based on hydrodynamics and surfactant physicochemistry that capture the flow features.

  5. Isolamento do alcalóide ricinina das folhas de Ricinus communis (Euphorbiaceae através de cromatografias em contracorrente Isolation of the alkaloid ricinine from the leaves of Ricinus communis (Euphorbiaceae through counter-current chromatography

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    Ana Cristina Leite

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Droplet counter-current chromatography, rotation locular counter-current chromatography and high-speed counter-current chromatography were applied to the preparative separation of the alkaloid ricinine from the dichloromethane extracts of Ricinus communis leaves. The solvent system used was composed of dichloromethane-methanol-water (93:35:72 v/v/v and all techniques led to the isolation of large amounts of the alkaloid. The best result was obtained through HSCCC, since the ricinine yield was respectively 50% and 30% higher than when using RLCCC or DCCC.

  6. Savinase action on bovine serum albumin (BSA) monolayers demonstrated with measurements at the air-water interface and liquid Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) imaging

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    Balashev, Konstantin; Callisen, Thomas H; Svendsen, Allan; Bjørnholm, Thomas

    2011-01-01

    We studied the enzymatic action of Savinase on bovine serum albumin (BSA) organized in a monolayer spread at the air/water interface or adsorbed at the mica surface. We carried out two types of experiments. In the first one we followed the degradation of the protein monolayer by measuring the...

  7. DIFFUSIVE EXCHANGE OF GASEOUS POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS AND POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS ACROSS THE AIR-WATER INTERFACE OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. (R825245)

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    Dissolved and gas-phase concentrations of nine polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and 46 polychlorinated biphenyl congeners were measured at eight sites on the Chesapeake Bay at four different times of the year to estimate net diffusive air-water gas exchange rates. Gaseous PAHs ar...

  8. Simulating the Vapour Phase Air/Water Exchange of p,p′-DDE, p,p′-DDT, Lindane, and 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin

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    Uncertainties in our understanding of gaseous air/water exchange have emerged as major sources of concern in efforts to construct global and regional mass balances of both the green house gas carbon dioxide and semi-volatile persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals. Hoff e...

  9. Haloalkanes at air-water and air-ice interfaces: A computational study with implications in atmospheric chemistry and water treatment

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    Roeselová, Martina; Habartová, Alena; Minofar, Babak; Toubin, C.

    Dallas: American Chemical Society, 2014. 214PHYS. ISSN 0065-7727. [National Spring Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) /247./. 16.03.2014-20.03.2014, Dallas] Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : haloalkanes * air-water interfaces * air-ice interfaces Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  10. Oxidation of monolayers of partly converted dimethoxy-substituted poly(p-phenylenevinylene) precursor polymers at the air-water interface

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    Hagting, J.G.; Schouten, A.J.; Hagting, A

    2000-01-01

    We observed that the poly(p-phenylenevinylene) units in Langmuir monolayers of partly converted dimethoxy-substituted poly(p-phenylenevinylene) precursor polymers oxidize at the air-water interface. This reaction even happened in the dark and therefore can not be attributed to a photooxygenation rea

  11. A numerical scheme to calculate temperature and salinity dependent air-water transfer velocities for any gas

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    M. T. Johnson

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The transfer velocity determines the rate of exchange of a gas across the air-water interface for a given deviation from Henry's law equilibrium between the two phases. In the thin film model of gas exchange, which is commonly used for calculating gas exchange rates from measured concentrations of trace gases in the atmosphere and ocean/freshwaters, the overall transfer is controlled by diffusion-mediated films on either side of the air-water interface. Calculating the total transfer velocity (i.e. including the influence from both molecular layers requires the Henry's law constant and the Schmidt number of the gas in question, the latter being the ratio of the viscosity of the medium and the molecular diffusivity of the gas in the medium. All of these properties are both temperature and (on the water side salinity dependent and extensive calculation is required to estimate these properties where not otherwise available. The aim of this work is to standardize the application of the thin film approach to flux calculation from measured and modelled data, to improve comparability, and to provide a numerical framework into which future parameter improvements can be integrated. A detailed numerical scheme is presented for the calculation of the gas and liquid phase transfer velocities (ka and kw respectively and the total transfer velocity, K. The scheme requires only basic physical chemistry data for any gas of interest and calculates K over the full range of temperatures, salinities and wind-speeds observed in and over the ocean. Improved relationships for the wind-speed dependence of ka and for the salinity-dependence of the gas solubility (Henry's law are derived. Comparison with alternative schemes and methods for calculating air-sea flux parameters shows good agreement in general but significant improvements under certain conditions. The scheme is provided as a downloadable

  12. Organization of T-shaped facial amphiphiles at the air/water interface studied by infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy.

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    Schwieger, Christian; Chen, Bin; Tschierske, Carsten; Kressler, Jörg; Blume, Alfred

    2012-10-11

    We studied the behavior of monolayers at the air/water interface of T-shaped facial amphiphiles which show liquid-crystalline mesophases in the bulk. The compounds are composed of a rigid p-terphenyl core (TP) with two terminal hydrophobic ether linked alkyl chains of equal length and one facial hydrophilic tri(ethylene oxide) chain with a carboxylic acid end group. Due to their amphiphilic nature they form stable Langmuir films at the air/water interface. Depending on the alkyl chain length they show markedly different compression isotherms. We used infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) to study the changes in molecular organization of the TP films upon compression. We could retrieve information on layer thickness, alkyl chain crystallization, and the orientation of the TP cores within the films. Films of TPs with long (16 carbon atoms: TP 16/3) and short (10 carbon atoms: TP 10/3) alkyl chains were compared. Compression of TP 16/3 leads to crystallization of the terminal alkyl chains, whereas the alkyl chains of TP 10/3 stay fluid over the complete compression range. TP 10/3 shows an extended plateau in the compression isotherm which is due to a layering transition. The mechanism of this layering transition is discussed. Special attention was paid to the question of whether a so-called roll-over collapse occurs during compression. From the beginning to the end of the plateau, the layer thickness is increased from 15 to 38 Å and the orientation of the TP cores changes from parallel to the water surface to isotropic. We conclude that the plateau in the compression isotherm reflects the transition of a TP monolayer to a TP multilayer. The monolayer consists of a sublayer of well-organized TP cores underneath a sublayer of fluid alkyl chains whereas the multilayer consists of a well oriented bottom layer and a disordered top layer. Our findings do not support the model of a roll-over collapse. This study demonstrates how the IRRA band intensity of OH

  13. Gaseous and Freely-Dissolved PCBs in the Lower Great Lakes Based on Passive Sampling: Spatial Trends and Air-Water Exchange.

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    Liu, Ying; Wang, Siyao; McDonough, Carrie A; Khairy, Mohammed; Muir, Derek C G; Helm, Paul A; Lohmann, Rainer

    2016-05-17

    Polyethylene passive sampling was performed to quantify gaseous and freely dissolved polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the air and water of Lakes Erie and Ontario during 2011-2012. In view of differing physical characteristics and the impacts of historical contamination by PCBs within these lakes, spatial variation of PCB concentrations and air-water exchange across these lakes may be expected. Both lakes displayed statistically similar aqueous and atmospheric PCB concentrations. Total aqueous concentrations of 29 PCBs ranged from 1.5 pg L(-1) in the open lake of Lake Erie (site E02) in 2011 spring to 105 pg L(-1) in Niagara (site On05) in 2012 summer, while total atmospheric concentrations were 7.7-634 pg m(-3) across both lakes. A west-to-east gradient was observed for aqueous PCBs in Lake Erie. River discharge and localized influences (e.g., sediment resuspension and regional alongshore transport) likely dominated spatial trends of aqueous PCBs in both lakes. Air-water exchange fluxes of Σ7PCBs ranged from -2.4 (±1.9) ng m(-2) day(-1) (deposition) in Sheffield (site E03) to 9.0 (±3.1) ng m(-2) day(-1) (volatilization) in Niagara (site On05). Net volatilization of PCBs was the primary trend across most sites and periods. Almost half of variation in air-water exchange fluxes was attributed to the difference in aqueous concentrations of PCBs. Uncertainty analysis in fugacity ratios and mass fluxes in air-water exchange of PCBs indicated that PCBs have reached or approached equilibrium only at the eastern Lake Erie and along the Canadian shore of Lake Ontario sites, where air-water exchange fluxes dominated atmospheric concentrations. PMID:26642083

  14. Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of capsules of haemoglobin at air/water and solid/air interfaces

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    J Maheshkumar; A Dhathathreyan

    2013-03-01

    Organized assemblies of capsules of haemoglobin (Hb), in the size range of 0.1 to 0.3 in Langmuir films have been studied at air/water interface below and above the isoelectric point. Spread films of these organizates suggest that there is no expulsion of individual particles or particle assemblies at the interface and the particles are stable. Dynamic surface tension and the associated dilational and shear visco-elasticity in these films suggest that the capsules are highly elastic. Multilayer films of the capsules using Langmuir-Blodgett technique have been fabricated by sequential deposition on solid surfaces. These films have been characterized by circular dichroism spectroscopy (CD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and Fourier transform infrared with reflection absorption spectroscopy (FTIR-RAS). No appreciable change in the secondary structural features of Hb is seen from CD studies indicating the stability of the protein in these organized assemblies. Sizes of these capsules change near the isoelectric point and large swollen multiwalled capsules are formed. The elastic films of capsules of Hb provide a useful post preparation approach for modification of the surface roughness, porosity, and permeability of pre-assembled polypeptide microcapsules.

  15. Assessment of MARS 2.0 for direct DVI bypass during LBLOCA reflood using KAERI air-water DVI tests

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    MARS code has been assessed for the direct ECC (Emergency Core Cooling) bypass that occurs during LBLOCA reflood of KNGR (Korean Next Generation Reactor) using the KAERI air-water DVI (Direct Vessel Injection) tests that are 1/50 scale-down tests simulating the LBLOCA reflood of KNGR. Assessment matrix is selected for the single and double DVI configurations with typical LBLOCA reflood conditions, that is, DVI injection velocity of 1.0 ∼ 1.6 m/sec and air injection velocity of 20 ∼ 35 m/sec. First, the MARS calculation is adjusted to match the DVI film distribution with the 1/50 scale test results, then the code assessments are carried out for the selected direct DVI bypass tests using the adjusted DVI film distribution. From the assessments, it has been found that the MARS is capable of predicting the direct DVI bypass phenomena as well as the multi-dimensional thermal hydraulics in the downcomer

  16. Characterization of atmospheric pressure plasma treated pure cashmere and wool/cashmere textiles: Treatment in air/water vapor mixture

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    Zanini, Stefano, E-mail: stefano.zanini@mib.infn.it [Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini”, p.za della Scienza, 3, I-20126 Milano (Italy); Grimoldi, Elisa [Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini”, p.za della Scienza, 3, I-20126 Milano (Italy); Citterio, Attilio [Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Chimica, Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica “G. Natta”, Via Mancinelli 7, I-20131 Milano (Italy); Riccardi, Claudia, E-mail: riccardi@mib.infn.it [Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini”, p.za della Scienza, 3, I-20126 Milano (Italy)

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    Highlights: • We treated cashmere and wool/cashmere textiles with atmospheric pressure plasma. • Wettability of the fabrics was increased. • The increment in wettability derived from a surface oxidation of the fibers. • Only minor etching effects were observed with scanning electron microscopy. - Abstract: We performed atmospheric pressure plasma treatments of pure cashmere and wool/cashmere textiles with a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) in humid air (air/water vapor mixtures). Treatment parameters have been optimized in order to enhance the wettability of the fabrics without changing their bulk properties as well as their touch. A deep characterization has been performed to study the wettability, the surface morphologies, the chemical composition and the mechanical properties of the plasma treated textiles. The chemical properties of the plasma treated samples were investigated with attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (FTIR/ATR) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron microscopy (XPS). The analyses reveal a surface oxidation of the treated fabrics, which enhances their surface wettability. Morphological characterization of the treated fibers with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) reveals minor etching effects, an essential feature for the maintenance of the textile softness.

  17. Spatial Distribution, Air-Water Fugacity Ratios and Source Apportionment of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in the Lower Great Lakes Basin.

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    Khairy, Mohammed; Muir, Derek; Teixeira, Camilla; Lohmann, Rainer

    2015-12-01

    Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) continue to be contaminants of concern across the Great Lakes. It is unclear whether current concentrations are driven by ongoing primary emissions from their original uses, or whether ambient PCBs are dominated by their environmental cycling. Freely dissolved PCBs in air and water were measured using polyethylene passive samplers across Lakes Erie and Ontario during summer and fall, 2011, to investigate their spatial distribution, determine and apportion their sources and to asses their air-water exchange gradients. Average gaseous and freely dissolved ∑29 PCB concentrations ranged from 5.0 to 160 pg/m(3) and 2.0 to 55 pg/L respectively. Gaseous concentrations were significantly correlated (R(2) = 0.80) with the urban area within a 3-20 km radius. Fugacity ratios indicated that the majority of PCBs are volatilizing from the water thus acting as a secondary source for the atmosphere. Dissolved PCBs were probably linked to PCB emissions from contaminated sites and areas of concern. Positive matrix factorization indicated that although volatilized Aroclors (gaseous PCBs) and unaltered Aroclors (dissolved PCBs) dominate in some samples, ongoing non-Aroclor sources such as paints/pigments (PCB 11) and coal/wood combustion showed significant contributions across the lower Great Lakes. Accordingly, control strategies should give further attention to PCBs emitted from current use sources. PMID:25915412

  18. Concentrations, Trends, and Air-Water Exchange of PAHs and PBDEs Derived from Passive Samplers in Lake Superior in 2011.

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    Ruge, Zoe; Muir, Derek; Helm, Paul; Lohmann, Rainer

    2015-12-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs) are both currently released into the environment from anthropogenic activity. Both are hence primarily associated with populated or industrial areas, although wildfires can be an important source of PAHs, as well. Polyethylene passive samplers (PEs) were simultaneously deployed in surface water and near surface atmosphere to determine spatial trends and air-water gaseous exchange of 21 PAHs and 11 PBDEs at 19 sites across Lake Superior in 2011. Surface water and atmospheric PAH concentrations were greatest at urban sites (up to 65 ng L(-1) and 140 ng m(-3), respectively, averaged from June to October). Near populated regions, PAHs displayed net air-to-water deposition, but were near equilibrium off-shore. Retene, probably depositing following major wildfires in the region, dominated dissolved PAH concentrations at most Lake Superior sites. Atmospheric and dissolved PBDEs were greatest near urban and populated sites (up to 6.8 pg L(-1) and 15 pg m(-3), respectively, averaged from June to October), dominated by BDE-47. At most coastal sites, there was net gaseous deposition of BDE-47, with less brominated congeners contributing to Sault Ste. Marie and eastern open lake fluxes. Conversely, the central open lake and Eagle Harbor sites generally displayed volatilization of PBDEs into the atmosphere, mainly BDE-47. PMID:26436513

  19. Effect of the spacer group on the behavior of the cationic Gemini surfactant monolayer at the air/water interface

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    Chen Qibin; Zhang Dazhi; Li Rong [State Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering and Department of Chemistry, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Liu Honglai [State Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering and Department of Chemistry, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China)], E-mail: hlliu@ecust.edu.cn; Hu Ying [State Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering and Department of Chemistry, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China)

    2008-10-01

    Surface properties of the insoluble cationic bis-(quaternary ammonium halide) surfactants (Gemini) with polymethylene spacer at the air/water interface were investigated. The monolayers were transferred onto mica by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique and the corresponding LB films were characterized by the atomic force microscopy (AFM) and the contact angle of water. For the Gemini surfactants with the different spacer length, it was found that the surface pressure-molecular area isotherms resemble to each other. The limiting area increases rapidly and almost linearly with the increase of spacer length for the short spacers, but reaches a maximum at s = 10 and decreases slightly at s > 10. The AFM images show that the surface micelles and the multilayer aggregates gradually appear with the increase of surface pressure. No matter what the surface pressures are, the main structure of the monolayer almost keeps the same, which suggested that the major molecules lie nearly flat on the water surface, while the increase of surface pressure forces the minor alkyl chains to turn only partly or completely vertical to the water surface and even to overturn. This is the cause that the contact angle of water on LB film increases slightly with the surface pressure.

  20. Impact of biogenic amine molecular weight and structure on surfactant adsorption at the air-water interface.

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    Penfold, Jeffrey; Thomas, Robert K; Li, Peixun

    2016-02-01

    The oligoamines, such as ethylenediamine to pentaethylenetetramine, and the aliphatic biogenic amines, such as putrescine, spermidine and spermine, strongly interact with anionic surfactants, such as sodium dodecylsulfate, SDS. It has been shown that this results in pronounced surfactant adsorption at the air-water interface and the transition from monolayer to multilayer adsorption which depends upon solution pH and oligoamine structure. In the neutron reflectivity, NR, and surface tension, ST, results presented here the role of the oligoamine structure on the adsorption of SDS is investigated more fully using a range of different biogenic amines. The effect of the extent of the intra-molecular spacing between amine groups on the adsorption has been extended by comparing results for cadavarine with putrescine and ethylenediamine. The impact of more complex biogenic amine structures on the adsorption has been investigated with the aromatic phenethylamine, and the heterocyclic amines histamine and melamine. The results provide an important insight into how surfactant adsorption at interfaces can be manipulated by the addition of biogenic amines, and into the role of solution pH and oligoamine structure in modifying the interaction between the surfactant and oligoamine. The results impact greatly upon potential applications and in understanding some of the important biological functions of biogenic amines. PMID:26524255

  1. Characterization of atmospheric pressure plasma treated pure cashmere and wool/cashmere textiles: Treatment in air/water vapor mixture

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    Highlights: • We treated cashmere and wool/cashmere textiles with atmospheric pressure plasma. • Wettability of the fabrics was increased. • The increment in wettability derived from a surface oxidation of the fibers. • Only minor etching effects were observed with scanning electron microscopy. - Abstract: We performed atmospheric pressure plasma treatments of pure cashmere and wool/cashmere textiles with a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) in humid air (air/water vapor mixtures). Treatment parameters have been optimized in order to enhance the wettability of the fabrics without changing their bulk properties as well as their touch. A deep characterization has been performed to study the wettability, the surface morphologies, the chemical composition and the mechanical properties of the plasma treated textiles. The chemical properties of the plasma treated samples were investigated with attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (FTIR/ATR) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron microscopy (XPS). The analyses reveal a surface oxidation of the treated fabrics, which enhances their surface wettability. Morphological characterization of the treated fibers with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) reveals minor etching effects, an essential feature for the maintenance of the textile softness

  2. Superposition-additive approach: thermodynamic parameters of clusterization of monosubstituted alkanes at the air/water interface.

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    Vysotsky, Yu B; Belyaeva, E A; Fomina, E S; Fainerman, V B; Aksenenko, E V; Vollhardt, D; Miller, R

    2011-12-21

    The applicability of the superposition-additive approach for the calculation of the thermodynamic parameters of formation and atomization of conjugate systems, their dipole electric polarisabilities, molecular diamagnetic susceptibilities, π-electron circular currents, as well as for the estimation of the thermodynamic parameters of substituted alkanes, was demonstrated earlier. Now the applicability of the superposition-additive approach for the description of clusterization of fatty alcohols, thioalcohols, amines, carboxylic acids at the air/water interface is studied. Two superposition-additive schemes are used that ensure the maximum superimposition of the graphs of the considered molecular structures including the intermolecular CH-HC interactions within the clusters. The thermodynamic parameters of clusterization are calculated for dimers, trimers and tetramers. The calculations are based on the values of enthalpy, entropy and Gibbs' energy of clusterization calculated earlier using the semiempirical quantum chemical PM3 method. It is shown that the proposed approach is capable of the reproduction with sufficiently enough accuracy of the values calculated previously. PMID:22042000

  3. Modelling the dynamic air-water-sediment coupled fluxes and occurrence of polychlorinated biphenyls in a high altitude lake

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    The BIODEP model in terms of atmosphere-lake interactions was developed. The model was applied to an oligotrophic, dimictic high altitude lake (Lake Redo, Pyrenees) for a range of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners. High altitude lakes, which receive their contaminant inputs uniquely from the atmosphere through long-range atmospheric transport, provide ideal controlled environments for the study of the interactions between atmospheric depositional and water column biogeochemical processes. The BIODEP model was able to predict dissolved water concentrations and PCB accumulation in the lake sediment within a factor of 2. This shows that the BIODEP model captures the essential processes driving the sink of POPs in high altitude lakes and that POP occurrence in the lake is driven by direct atmospheric inputs with limited influence from the watershed. An important seasonal variability in water column concentrations is predicted which should have important implications in sampling strategies. Furthermore, it is shown that diffusive air-water exchange dominated the PCB dynamics in the lake, especially for the less chlorinated biphenyls. - A dynamic flux model was able to accurately predict PCB levels

  4. Exchange of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons across the air-water interface in the Bohai and Yellow Seas

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    Chen, Yingjun; Lin, Tian; Tang, Jianhui; Xie, Zhiyong; Tian, Chongguo; Li, Jun; Zhang, Gan

    2016-09-01

    In this study, air and surface seawater samples collected from the Bohai (BS) and Yellow Seas (YS) in May 2012 were determined exchange of PAHs, especially of low-molecular-weight (LMW) PAHs (three- and four-ring PAHs) at the air-water interface. Net volatilization fluxes of LMW PAHs were 266-1454 ng/m2/d and decreased with distance from the coast, indicating that these PAHs transported from coastal runoff were potential contributors to the atmosphere in the BS and YS. Moreover, LMW PAHs were enriched in the dissolved phase compared with those in the particulate phase in the water column, possibly suggesting that the volatilized LMW PAHs were directly derived from wastewater discharge or petroleum pollution rather than released from contaminated sediments. The air-sea exchange fluxes of the three-ring PAHs were 2- to 20-fold higher than their atmospheric deposition fluxes in the BS and YS. The input to and output from the water reached equilibrium for four-ring PAHs. Differently, five- and six-ring PAHs were introduced into the marine environment primarily through dry and wet deposition, indicating that the water column was still a sink of these PAHs from the surrounding atmosphere.

  5. A research on the mechanisms of transition from annular flow in two-phase pipeline flow

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    Various kinds mechanisms of transitions from two-phase annular flow in tubes were studied and modelled, and the affection factors on the transitions were also discussed. Some mathematical equations and transition criteria for every mechanisms presented were derived, and an unified general criterion for the annular flow transitions in whole range of pipe inclinations was recommended. The boundaries predicted show good agreement with the air-water two-phase experimental data

  6. Isolation of chlorogenic acid from Mutellina purpurea L. herb using high-performance counter-current chromatography.

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    Sieniawska, Elwira; Skalicka-Woźniak, Krystyna

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the study was to explore proper isolation conditions of chlorogenic acid from the herb of Mutelina purpurea L. - a new source of this bioactive molecule. The accelerated solvent extraction (ASE) with 40% aqueous solution of methanol combined with high-performance counter-current chromatography (HPCCC) was utilised for the efficient extraction and the separation of chlorogenic acid from the M. purpurea herb in less than 30 min. The structure of the obtained compound was confirmed by mass spectrometry and NMR analysis. The preparative HPCCC was performed using the mixture of ethyl acetate, butanol and water (4:1:5, v/v/v) in the reverse-phase mode. The chlorogenic acid was isolated from this herb for the first time, yielding 96% purity. The ASE with 40% methanol combined with HPCCC separation was proven to be a useful tool for quick and efficient isolation of chlorogenic acid from M. purpurea. PMID:25185707

  7. Isolation and Purification of Oridonin from the Whole Plant of Isodon rubescens by High-Speed Counter-Current Chromatography

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    ChunYue Yu

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Semi-preparative high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC was successfully used for isolation and purification of oridonin from Isodon rubescens by using a two-phase-solvent system composed of n-hexane-ethyl acetate-methanol-water (2.8:5:2.8:5, v/v/v/v. The targeted compound isolated, collected and purified by HSCCC was analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC. A total of 40.6 mg of oridonin with the purity of 73.5% was obtained in less than 100 min from 100 mg of crude Isodon rubescens extract. The chemical structure of the compound was identified by IR, 1H-NMR and 13C-NMR.

  8. A comprehensive classification of solvent systems used for natural product purifications in countercurrent and centrifugal partition chromatography.

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    Skalicka-Woźniak, Krystyna; Garrard, Ian

    2015-11-01

    Using both library paper copies and modern electronic copies, every known, published, English-language journal paper that employs either countercurrent or centrifugal partition chromatography solvent systems for natural product purifications has been studied and the solvent systems classified in a comprehensive database. Papers were studied from the earliest found examples containing natural product separations in 1984 until the end of 2014. In total, 2594 solvent systems have been classified, of which 272 are gradient systems. To observe any trends or patterns in the data, the natural product solutes were divided into 21 classes and the solvent systems into 7 different types. The complete database, sorted according to natural product class, is available for download to assist separation scientists in future liquid-liquid chromatography purifications. PMID:26219437

  9. Gasification of oak sawdust, mesquite, corn stover and cotton gin trash in a countercurrent fluidized bed pilot reactor

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    Beck, S.R.; Wang, M.J.; Hightower, J.A.

    1981-01-01

    The Synthesis Gas From Manure (SGFM) process was designed to convert cattle feedlot manure to ammonia synthesis gas. Current work is aimed at using any biomass feedstock to produce either medium-Btu gas or chemical feedstocks. This paper presents a comparison of the experimental results compiled on gasification of oak sawdust, corn stover, mesquite, and cotton gin treash in the SGFM pilot plant. The SGFM process is based on a countercurrent, fluidized bed reactor. In this system, biomass is fed to the top of the reactor resulting in the fresh feed being partially dried by direct contact with hot product gas prior to entering the reaction zone. A weighted comparison of the product gas, hydrocarbon, and hydrogen yields, gas quality, calorific value of product gas, percentage conversion of raw feed heating value to gas heating value, and operability of each feed indicated that oak sawdust was the best feedstock. (Refs. 7).

  10. 多级逆流微萃取系统开发与传质性能研究%Development and Mass Transfer Performance of a Multi-stage Countercurrent Micro-extraction System

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    罗强; 李少伟; 郭绪强; 景山

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this work is to develop a multi-stage countercurrent micro-extraction system to achieve stable operation of countercurrent flow, and investigate liquid-liquid mass transfer performance. The countercurrent flow was achieved by using a pulse feeding discharging system and a one-way control system. The pulse feeding discharging system was composed of a reciprocating pump with four pistons moving at opposite directions, and four chambers connected with the material vessels by check valves. The single-stage extraction performance was first investigated in a multi-channel micro-extraction device with 30%TBP-kerosene / water- nitric acid as the liquid-liquid extraction system. The effect of operation conditions including pulse frequency, pulse volume and concentration on the mass transfer performance was investigated, and then the extraction performance of the four-stage micro-extraction system was tested. Optimal operation conditions were finally obtained. The highest extraction efficiency of the single-stage extraction is achieved when the pulse frequency is at 0.13Hz, with the pulse stroke of both phases at 80µL. The total extraction efficiency of the four-stage micro-extraction system is higher than 90%in all experiments.%为开发多级逆流微萃取系统,实现稳定逆流操作,研究液-液两相在此系统中的传质规律,以及探索传质性能的最优化操作条件。以双向四缸往复泵和四个缓冲室通过单向阀与料液罐相连,构成脉冲进料出料系统,以单向阀控制两相单向流动,实现微萃取系统的逆流操作;以30%(v/v)TBP-煤油/水体系为研究对象,选择硝酸为待萃取物,以平行并列微通道为微萃取设备,进行单级微萃取实验,研究脉冲频率、脉冲体积、浓度等操作条件对传质性能的影响;在此基础上,进行四级逆流微萃取的研究,总结出最优化操作条件。结果表明,在两相脉冲冲程均为80µ

  11. Modeling of three-dimensional multi-phase flows with a mass-Conserving Level-Set method

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    van der Pijl, S.P.; Segal, A.; Vuik, C.

    2006-01-01

    In this work incompressible two-phase flows are considered. The aim is to model high density-ratio flows with arbitrary complex interface topologies, such as occur in air/water flows. Between the phases a sharp front exists, where density and viscosity change abruptly. The computational method used

  12. A software technique for flow-rate measurement in horizontal two-phase flow

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    Darwich, T.D.; Toral, H.; Archer, J.S. (Imperial Company (EG))

    1991-08-01

    This paper presents a software technique for measuring individual phase flow rates in two-phase flow. The technique is based on the extraction, classification, and identification of stochastic features from turbulent pressure and void-fraction waveforms. Experiments in a horizontal air/water loop showed that a set of stochastic features is uniquely related to the individual phase flow rates. The software flowmeter is calibrated in situ by compilation of feature sets related to individual phase flow rates in a data base. On-line flow-rate measurement is made by a pattern recognition technique that identifies the best match to the measured feature vector from the calibration data base.

  13. The effect of stratigraphic dip on multiphase flow at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

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    The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is a US Department of Energy research and development facility for the underground disposal of transuranic waste from US defense-related activities. The WIPP repository is located within the Salado Formation, which is comprised of beds of pure and impure halite with thin interbeds of anhydrite and related clay seams. This formation is brine saturated with a pore pressure of approximately 12.5 MPa at the repository horizon. The Salado Formation dips gently southeast, on the average approximately 1 degree, with steeper dips locally. Elevated repository pressures, caused by gas generated as emplaced waste corrodes and degrades, may drive brine and gas out of the repository into the surrounding formation. Stratigraphic dip may cause increased brine inflow to the repository through countercurrent flow in the interbeds and enhanced gas migration distances in the updip direction due to buoyancy. Two-dimensional simulations of isolated WIPP repository room have been performed using TOUGH2 for horizontal and 1 degree dipping stratigraphy. The impact of dip on multiphase flow at the WIPP may be significant. With dip, an additional mechanism for brine inflow may occur, namely the formation of a cell of countercurrent brine and gas flow in the interbeds. The additional volume of brine inflow resulting from the countercurrent flow cell may be of similar magnitude to brine inflow without dip. Therefore, dip must be included in any repository model to include the countercurrent brine inflow mechanism. Gas migration may also be significantly influenced due to dip. Gas migration distances may increase dramatically with preferential migration updip

  14. Modeling and simulation of nanoparticles transport in a two-phase flow in porous media

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    El-Amin, Mohamed

    2012-01-01

    In the current paper, a mathematical model to describe the nanoparticles transport carried by a two-phase flow in a porous medium is presented. Both capillary forces as well as Brownian diffusion are considered in the model. A numerical example of countercurrent water-oil imbibition is considered. We monitor the changing of the fluid and solid properties due to the addition of the nanoparticles using numerical experiments. Variation of water saturation, nanoparticles concentration and porosity ratio are investigated.

  15. Investigation of Multiscale and Multiphase Flow, Transport and Reaction in Heavy Oil Recovery Processes

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    Yortsos, Yanis C.

    2002-10-08

    In this report, the thrust areas include the following: Internal drives, vapor-liquid flows, combustion and reaction processes, fluid displacements and the effect of instabilities and heterogeneities and the flow of fluids with yield stress. These find respective applications in foamy oils, the evolution of dissolved gas, internal steam drives, the mechanics of concurrent and countercurrent vapor-liquid flows, associated with thermal methods and steam injection, such as SAGD, the in-situ combustion, the upscaling of displacements in heterogeneous media and the flow of foams, Bingham plastics and heavy oils in porous media and the development of wormholes during cold production.

  16. Carbon budgets for three autotrophic Australian estuaries: Implications for global estimates of the coastal air-water CO2 flux

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    Maher, D. T.; Eyre, B. D.

    2012-03-01

    Estuaries are `hot spots' in the global carbon cycle, yet data on carbon dynamics, in particular air-sea CO2 fluxes, from autotrophic systems are rare. Estuarine carbon budgets were constructed for three geomorphically distinct warm temperate Australian estuaries over an annual cycle. All three estuaries were net autotrophic, with annual net ecosystem metabolism (NEM) ranging from 8 ± 13.4 molC m-2 yr-1 to 10 ± 14 molC m-2 yr-1. There was a net flux of CO2 from the atmosphere to the estuaries of between 0.4 ± 0.6 molC m-2 yr-1 and 2 ± 0.9 molC m-2 yr-1. Loading of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) to the estuaries varied markedly within and between the estuaries, and was directly related to freshwater inflow. While NEM was similar in all three estuaries, the ratio of benthic versus pelagic contributions to NEM differed, with NEM dominated by pelagic production in the river dominated system, benthic production dominating in the intermediate estuary, and equal contributions of benthic and pelagic production in the marine dominated lagoon. All three estuaries exported more organic carbon than was imported, fueled by additional organic carbon supplied by NEM. The estuaries essentially acted as bioreactors, transforming DIC to organic carbon. Burial of organic carbon ranged from 1.2 ± 0.3 molC m-2 yr-1 to 4.4 ± 1.2 molC m-2 yr-1 and represented up to half of NEM. The annual net uptake of atmospheric CO2 in these systems, along with previous estimates of the global estuarine CO2flux being based predominantly on heterotrophic, large river dominated estuarine systems, indicates that the global estimate of the estuarine air-water CO2flux may be over-estimated due to the lack of studies from autotrophic marine dominated estuaries.

  17. Friction and wear of tough and brittle zirconia in nitrogen, air, water, hexadecane and hexadecane containing stearic acid

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    The friction and wear of zirconia sliding on zirconia at low speed (1 mm/s) and moderate load (9.8N) were studied with a pin-on-disc machine. Two materials were investigated, a brittle (2.5 MPam/sup 1/2/), cubic phase doped with 5.5 m/o yttria and a tough (11.6 MPam/sup 1/2/), tetragonal phase stabilized with 3 m/o yttria. Sliding occurred in dry nitrogen, where mechanical effects alone are expected, in laboratory air (50 +- 10% RH), in water, in pure hexadecane and in hexadecane containing 0.5 w/o stearic acid. Friction coefficients of depend on the environment and somewhat on toughness. (f = 0.1 in hexadecane containing stearic acid, 0.15 in pure hexadecane, 0.3 to 0.6 in air, 0.7 in water and 1.0 in dry N/sub 2/). All wear rates decrease with increasing sliding distance. They are in the range of 10/sup -5/ to 3.10/sup -4/ mm/sup 3//Nm for the brittle zirconia and in the range of 10/sup -9/ to 10/sup -6/ mm/sup 3//Nm for the tough material. Environment effects are strong; they are compatible with stress corrosion cracking and not with the tribochemistry that governs environmental effects in non oxide ceramics such as Si/sub 3/N/sub 4/. For the tough zirconia, the wear rate is lowest in dry nitrogen. For the other environments, it increases in the order; hexadecane, hexadecane containing stearic acid, air, water. With the brittle material, wear is lowest in hexadecane and highest in air. The results are analyzed with the help of a model that relates the wear rate to the local contact stresses

  18. Application of the air/water cushion technology for handling of heavy waste packages in Sweden and France

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    The disposal of certain types of radioactive waste canisters in a deep repository involves handling and emplacement of very heavy loads. The weight of these particular canisters can be in the order of 20 to 50 metric tons. They generally have to be handled underground in openings that are not much larger than the canisters themselves as it is time consuming and expensive to excavate and backfill large openings in a repository. This therefore calls for the development of special technology that can meet the requirements for safe operation in an industrial scale in restrained operating spaces. Air/water cushion lifting systems are used world wide in the industry for moving heavy loads. However, until now the technology needed for emplacing heavy cylindrical radioactive waste packages in bored drifts (with narrow annular gaps) has not been developed or demonstrated previously. This paper describes the related R and D work carried out by ANDRA (for air cushion technology) and by SKB and Posiva (for water cushion technology) respectively, mainly within the framework of the European Commission (EC) funded Integrated Project called ESDRED (6th European Framework Programme). The background for both the air and the water cushion applications is presented. The specific characteristics of the two different emplacement concepts are also elaborated. The various phases of the Test Programmes (including the Prototype phases) are detailed and illustrated for the two lifting media. Conclusions are drawn for each system developed and evaluated. Finally, based on the R and D experience, improvements deemed necessary for an industrial application are listed. The tests performed so far have shown that the emplacement equipment developed is operating efficiently. However further tests are required to verify the availability and the reliability of the equipment over longer periods of time and to identify the modifications that would be needed for an industrial application in a nuclear

  19. Calcium phosphate growth beneath a polycationic monolayer at the air-water interface: effects of oscillating surface pressure on mineralization.

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    Junginger, Mathias; Bleek, Katrin; Kita-Tokarczyk, Katarzyna; Reiche, Jürgen; Shkilnyy, Andriy; Schacher, Felix; Müller, Axel H E; Taubert, Andreas

    2010-11-01

    The self-assembly of the amphiphilic block copolymer poly(butadiene)-block-poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] at the air-water interface and the mineralization of the monolayers with calcium phosphate was investigated at different pH values. As expected for polyelectrolytes, the subphase pH strongly affects the monolayer properties. The focus of the current study, however, is on the effect of an oscillating (instead of a static) polymer monolayer on calcium phosphate mineralization. Monitoring of the surface pressure vs. mineralization time shows that the monolayer is quite stable if the mineralization is performed at pH 8. In contrast, the monolayer at pH 5 shows a measurable decrease of the surface pressure already after ca. 2 h of mineralization. Transmission electron microscopy reveals that mineralization at low pH under constant oscillation leads to small particles, which are arranged in circular features and larger entities with holes of ca. 200 nm. The larger features with the holes disappear as the mineralization is continued in favor of the smaller particles. These grow with time and form necklace-like architectures of spherical particles with a uniform diameter. In contrast, mineralization at pH 8 leads to very uniform particle morphologies already after 2 h. The mineralization products consist of a circular feature with a dark dot in the center. The increasing contrast of the precipitates in the electron micrographs with mineralization time indicates an increasing degree of mineralization vs. reaction time. The study therefore shows that mechanical effects on mineralization at interfaces are quite complex. PMID:20835481

  20. New solvent systems for gradient counter-current chromatography in separation of betanin and its derivatives from processed Beta vulgaris L. juice.

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    Spórna-Kucab, Aneta; Garrard, Ian; Ignatova, Svetlana; Wybraniec, Sławomir

    2015-02-01

    Betalains, natural plant pigments, are beneficial compounds due to their antioxidant and possible chemoprotective properties. A mixture of betalains: betanin/isobetanin, decarboxybetanins and neobetanin from processed red beet roots (Beta vulgaris L.) juice was separated in food-grade, gradient solvent systems using high-performance counter-current chromatography (HPCCC). The decarboxylated and dehydrogenated betanins were obtained by thermal degradation of betanin/isobetanin from processed B. vulgaris L. juice under mild conditions. Two solvent systems (differing in their composition by phosphoric acid and ethanol volume gradient) consisting of BuOH-EtOH-NaClsolution-H2O-H3PO4 (v/v/v/v/v, 1300:200-1000:1300:700:2.5-10) in the 'tail-to-head' mode were run. The flow rate of the mobile phase (organic phase) was 1.0 or 2.0 ml/min and the column rotation speed was 1,600 rpm (20°C). The retention of the solvent system stationary phase (aqueous phase) was ca. 80%. The system with the acid and ethanol volume gradient consisting of BuOH-EtOH-NaClsolution-H2O-H3PO4 (v/v/v/v/v, 1300:200-240:1300:700:2.5-4.5) pumped at 2.0 ml/min was the most effective for a separation of betanin/isobetanin, 17-decarboxy-betanin/-isobetanin, 2-decarboxy-betanin/-isobetanin, 2,17-bidecarboxy-betanin/-isobetanin pairs as well as neobetanin. The pigments were detected by LC-DAD and LC-MS. The results are crucial in the application of completely food-grade solvent systems in separation of food-grade compounds as well, and the systems can possibly be extended to other ionizable and polar compounds with potential health benefits. In particular, the method is applicable for the isolation and purification of betalains present in such rich sources as B. vulgaris L. roots as well as cacti fruits and Amaranthaceae flowering plants due to modification possibilities of the solvent systems polarity. PMID:25595533

  1. Calculation of the efficiency of an air-water flat-plate collector. Calcul du rendement d'un insolateur plan mixte a eau et a air

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    Ramanamirija, A.; Zeghmati, B.; Daguenet, M. (Perpignan Univ., 66 (France))

    1990-01-01

    An analytical expression for the efficiency of an air-water flat-plate collector has been derived. Values obtained with this expression have been compared with those deduced from the numerical solution of the equations which describe the heat transfer in the collector. Several cases have been studied. a comparison between the efficiency values given from the analytical expression with those deduced from the numerical solution shows a very good agreement. (author).

  2. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) deposition to and exchange at the air-water interface of Luhu, an urban lake in Guangzhou, China

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    Urban lakes are vulnerable to the accumulation of semivolatile organic compounds, such as PAHs from wet and dry atmospheric deposition. Little was reported on the seasonal patterns of atmospheric deposition of PAHs under Asian monsoon climate. Bulk (dry + wet) particle deposition, air-water diffusion exchange, and vapour wet deposition of PAHs in a small urban lake in Guangzhou were estimated based on a year-round monitoring. The total PAH particle deposition fluxes observed were 0.44-3.46 μg m-2 day-1. The mean air-water diffusive exchange flux was 20.7 μg m-2 day-1. The vapour deposition fluxes of PAHs ranged 0.15-8.26 μg m-2 day-1. Remarkable seasonal variations of particulate PAH deposition, air-water exchange fluxes and vapour wet deposition were influenced by seasonal changes in meteorological parameters. The deposition fluxes were predominantly controlled by the precipitation intensity in wet season whereas by atmospheric concentration in dry season. - The PAH deposition fluxes were predominantly controlled by the precipitation intensity in wet season whereas by atmospheric concentration in dry season

  3. Air-water CO2 outgassing in the Lower Lakes (Alexandrina and Albert, Australia) following a millennium drought.

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    Li, Siyue; Bush, Richard T; Ward, Nicholas J; Sullivan, Leigh A; Dong, Fangyong

    2016-01-15

    Lakes are an important source and sink of atmospheric CO2, and thus are a vital component of the global carbon cycle. However, with scarce data on potentially important subtropical and tropical areas for whole continents such as Australia, the magnitude of large-scale lake CO2 emissions is unclear. This study presents spatiotemporal changes of dissolved inorganic carbon and water - to - air interface CO2 flux in the two of Australia's largest connected, yet geomorphically different freshwater lakes (Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert, South Australia), during drought (2007 to September-2010) and post-drought (October 2010 to 2013). Lake levels in the extreme drought were on average approximately 1m lower than long-term average (0.71 m AHD). Drought was associated with an increase in the concentrations of dissolved inorganic species, organic carbon, nitrogen, Chl-a and major ions, as well as water acidification as a consequence of acid sulfate soil (ASS) exposure, and hence, had profound effects on lake pCO2 concentrations. Lakes Alexandrina and Albert were a source of CO2 to the atmosphere during the drought period, with efflux ranging from 0.3 to 7.0 mmol/m(2)/d. The lake air-water CO2 flux was negative in the post-drought, ranging between -16.4 and 0.9 mmol/m(2)/d. The average annual CO2 emission was estimated at 615.5×10(6) mol CO2/y during the drought period. These calculated emission rates are in the lower range for lakes, despite the potential for drought conditions that shift the lakes from sink to net source for atmospheric CO2. These observations have significant implications in the context of predicted increasing frequency and intensity of drought as a result of climate change. Further information on the spatial and temporal variability in CO2 flux from Australian lakes is urgently warranted to revise the global carbon budget for lakes. PMID:26520269

  4. Discussion of various flow calculation methods in high-speed centrifuges

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    The flow in high-speed centrifuges for the separation of uranium isotopes has been studied in the frame of linearized theory for long years. Three different methods have been derived for viscous compressible flow with small Ekman numbers and high Mach numbers: - numerical solution of flow equation by finite element method and Gaussian elimination (Centaure Code), - boundary layer theory using matched asymptotic expansions, - the so called eigenfunction method slightly modified. The mathematical assumptions, the easiness and the accuracy of the computations are compared. Numerical applications are performed successively for thermal countercurrent centrifuges with or without injections

  5. Effect of gas-liquid flow pattern and microbial diversity analysis of a pilot-scale biotrickling filter for anoxic biogas desulfurization.

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    Almenglo, Fernando; Bezerra, Tercia; Lafuente, Javier; Gabriel, David; Ramírez, Martín; Cantero, Domingo

    2016-08-01

    Hydrogen sulfide removal from biogas was studied under anoxic conditions in a pilot-scale biotrickling filter operated under counter- and co-current gas-liquid flow patterns. The best performance was found under counter-current conditions (maximum elimination capacity of 140 gS m(-3) h(-1)). Nevertheless, switching conditions between co- and counter-current flow lead to a favorable redistribution of biomass and elemental sulfur along the bed height. Moreover, elemental sulfur was oxidized to sulfate when the feeding biogas was disconnected and the supply of nitrate (electron acceptor) was maintained. Removal of elemental sulfur was important to prevent clogging in the packed bed and, thereby, to increase the lifespan of the packed bed between maintenance episodes. The larger elemental sulfur removal rate during shutdowns was 59.1 gS m(-3) h(-1). Tag-encoded FLX amplicon pyrosequencing was used to study the diversity of bacteria under co-current flow pattern with liquid recirculation and counter-current mode with a single-pass flow of the liquid phase. The main desulfurizing bacteria were Sedimenticola while significant role of heterotrophic, opportunistic species was envisaged. Remarkable differences between communities were found when a single-pass flow of industrial water was fed to the biotrickling filter. PMID:27231880

  6. Experimental study on flow pattern transitions for inclined two-phase flow

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    In this paper, experimental data on flow pattern transition of inclination angles from 0-90 are presented. A test section is constructed 2 mm long and I.D 1inch using transparent material. The test section is supported by aluminum frame that can be placed with any arbitrary inclined angles. The air-water two-phase flow is observed at room temperature and atmospheric condition using both high speed camera and void impedance meter. The signal is sampled with sampling rate 1kHz and is analyzed under fully-developed condition. Based on experimental data, flow pattern maps are made for various inclination angles. As increasing the inclination angels from 0 to 90, the flow pattern transitions on the plane jg-jf are changed, such as stratified flow to plug flow or slug flow or plug flow to bubbly flow. The transition lines between pattern regimes are moved or sometimes disappeared due to its inclined angle

  7. Response of Mode Water and Subtropical Countercurrent to Greenhouse Gas and Aerosol Forcing in the North Pacific

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    WANG Liyi; LIU Qinyu; XU Lixiao; XIE Shang-Ping

    2013-01-01

    The response of the North Pacific Subtropical Mode Water and Subtropical Countercurrent (STCC) to changes in greenhouse gas (GHG) and aerosol is investigated based on the 20th-century historical and single-forcing simulations with the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory Climate Model version 3 (GFDL CM3).The aerosol effect causes sea surface temperature (SST)to decrease in the mid-latitude North Pacific,especially in the Kuroshio Extension region,during the past five decades (1950-2005),and this cooling effect exceeds the warming effect by the GHG increase.The STCC response to the GHG and aerosol forcing are opposite.In the GHG (aerosol) forcing run,the STCC decelerates (accelerates) due to the decreased (increased) mode waters in the North Pacific,resulting from a weaker (stronger) front in the mixed layer depth and decreased (increased) subduction in the mode water formation region.The aerosol effect on the SST,mode waters and STCC more than offsets the GHG effect.The response of SST in a zonal band around 40°N and the STCC to the combined forcing in the historical simulation is similar to the response to the aerosol forcing.

  8. Stoichiometric, mass, energy and exergy balance analysis of countercurrent fixed-bed gasification of post-consumer residues

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    Air-blown gasification studies were conducted on a countercurrent fixed-bed gasifier for municipal residue-based Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) pellets and compared with the mass and energy performance features of gasifier with other biomass and residual fuels. The mass conversion efficiency and cold gas efficiency (CGE) of the gasifier were observed to be 83% and 73%, respectively for RDF pellets. The higher heating value and global energy content of the producer gas generated from gasification of RDF pellets was observed to be 5.58 MJ Nm-3 and 12.2 MJ kg-1, respectively. The tar content in the gas generated from RDF pellets was observed to be about 45% less than the tar content in the gas generated from wood chips (WC). Empirical stoichiometric equations were developed to describe the gasification of different fuels. A complete thermodynamic analysis was performed to determine the magnitudes of various inefficiencies and irreversibilities involved in the process. It was evaluated for RDF pellets that 27% of the exergy or available energy input was dissipated in the system due to various irreversibilities taking place in the gasification process. The second law CGE was observed to be highest for RDF pellets i.e. 56% followed by charred soybean straw pellets and WC. Thermal energy in the form of sensible heat energy accounted for 6-7% of the total energy; the available energy accounted for 2-3% of the total energy output of the process

  9. One-step separation of antioxidant compounds from Erythrina variegata by high speed counter-current chromatography.

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    Liu, Qi; Yu, Jingang; Liao, Xiaoyun; Zhang, Peisen; Chen, Xiaoqing

    2015-01-01

    High speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) was used for separation and purification of antioxidant compounds from ethyl acetate fraction of the stem bark of Erythrina variegata. The optimal two-phase solvent system was composed of n-hexane-ethyl acetate-methanol-water (1:4:1:4, v/v/v/v). After one-step HSCCC separation, 75 mg of protocatechuic acid ( 1: ), 32 mg of chlorogenic acid ( 2: ) and 44 mg of caffeic acid ( 3: ) were purified from 420 mg of the ethyl acetate fraction. The purity of isolated compounds was determined up to 99.7% as determined by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The chemical structures of the three compounds were confirmed by UV, HPLC-MS/MS and (1)H NMR. The IC50 values of scavenging DPPH free radical for the three compounds were 22.5, 41.9 and 20.9 μg/mL, respectively. Protocatechuic acid and chlorogenic acid were obtained from the stem bark of E. variegata for the first time. PMID:25209680

  10. Preparative separation of polyphenols from artichoke by polyamide column chromatography and high-speed counter-current chromatography

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    Shu, Xikai; Wang, Mei; Liu, Daicheng [College of Life Science, Shandong Normal University, Jinan, Shandong (China); Wang, Daijie; Lin, Xiaojing; Liu, Jianhua; Wang, Xiao; Huang, Luqi, E-mail: wxjn1998@126.com [Shandong Analysis and Test Center, Shandong Academy of Sciences, Jinan, Shandong (China)

    2013-09-01

    An efficient method for the rapid separation and purification of polyphenols from artichoke by polyamide column chromatography in combination with high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) was successfully built. The crude ethanol extracts from dry artichoke were first pre-separated by polyamide column chromatography and divided in two parts as sample 1 and sample 2. Then, the samples were further separated by HSCCC and yielded 7.8 mg of chlorogenic acid (compound I), 24.5 mg of luteolin-7-O-{beta}-D-rutinoside (compound II), 18.4 mg of luteolin-7-O-{beta}-D-glucoside (compound III), and 33.4 mg of cynarin (compound IV) with purity levels of 92.0%, 98.2%, 98.5%, and 98.0%, respectively, as determined by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method. The chemical structures of these compounds were identified by electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). (author)

  11. Preparative separation of alkaloids from Picrasma quassioides (D. Don) Benn. by conventional and pH-zone-refining countercurrent chromatography.

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    Zhang, Qinghai; Shu, Xikai; Jing, Feng; Wang, Xiao; Lin, Changhu; Luo, Aiqin

    2014-01-01

    Two high-speed countercurrent chromatography (HSCCC) modes were compared by separation of major alkaloids from crude extract of Picrasma quassioides. The conventional HSCCC separation was performed with a two-phase solvent system composed of petroleum ether-ethyl acetate-methanol-water (5:5:4.5:5.5, v/v/v/v) with 200 mg loading. pH-Zone-refining CCC was performed with two-phase solvent system composed of petroleum ether-ethyl acetate-n-butanol-water (3:2:7:9, v/v/v/v) where triethylamine (10 mM) was added to the upper organic stationary phase and hydrochloric acid (5 mM) was added to the lower aqueous phase with 2 g loading. From 2 g of crude extract, 87 mg of 5-methoxycanthin-6-one (a), 38 mg of 1-methoxy-β-carboline (b), 134 mg of 1-ethyl-4,8-dimethoxy-β-carboline (c), 74 mg of 1-ethoxycarbonyl-β-carboline (d), 56 mg of 1-vinyl-4,8-dimethoxy-β-carboline (e) and 26 mg of 1-vinyl-4-dimethoxy-β-carboline (f) were obtained with purities of over 97.0%. The results indicated that pH-zone-refining CCC is an excellent separations tool at the multigram level. PMID:24968331

  12. Preparative Separation of Alkaloids from Picrasma quassioides (D. Don Benn. by Conventional and pH-Zone-Refining Countercurrent Chromatography

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Two high-speed countercurrent chromatography (HSCCC modes were compared by separation of major alkaloids from crude extract of Picrasma quassioides. The conventional HSCCC separation was performed with a two-phase solvent system composed of petroleum ether–ethyl acetate–methanol–water (5:5:4.5:5.5, v/v/v/v with 200 mg loading. pH-Zone-refining CCC was performed with two-phase solvent system composed of petroleum ether–ethyl acetate–n-butanol–water (3:2:7:9, v/v/v/v where triethylamine (10 mM was added to the upper organic stationary phase and hydrochloric acid (5 mM was added to the lower aqueous phase with 2 g loading. From 2 g of crude extract, 87 mg of 5-methoxycanthin-6-one (a, 38 mg of 1-methoxy-β-carboline (b, 134 mg of 1-ethyl-4,8-dimethoxy-β-carboline (c, 74 mg of 1-ethoxycarbonyl-β-carboline (d, 56 mg of 1-vinyl-4,8-dimethoxy-β-carboline (e and 26 mg of 1-vinyl-4-dimethoxy-β-carboline (f were obtained with purities of over 97.0%. The results indicated that pH-zone-refining CCC is an excellent separations tool at the multigram level.

  13. Preparative Separation of Spirobisnaphthalenes from Endophytic Fungus Berkleasmium sp. Dzf12 by High-Speed Counter-Current Chromatography

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available High-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC was applied for the first time for the preparative separation of spirobisnaphthalenes from a crude extract of the endophytic fungus Berkleasmium sp. Dzf12, associated with the medicinal plant Dioscorea zingiberensis. Six spirobisnaphthalenes were successfully separated by HSCCC with a two-phase solvent system composed of n-hexane-chloroform-methanol-water (1.5:3.0:2.5:2.0, v/v. About 18.0 mg of diepoxin k (1, 245.7 mg of palmarumycin C13 (2, 42.4 mg of palmarumycin C16 (3, 42.2 mg of palmarumycin C15 (4, 32.6 mg of diepoxin δ (5, and 22.3 mg of diepoxin γ (6 with purities of 56.82, 71.39, 76.57, 75.86, 91.01 and 82.48%, respectively, as determined by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC, were obtained from 500 mg of the crude extract in a one-step elution within 7 h of separation procedure by HSCCC. The purified spirobisnaphthalenes were further structurally characterized by means of physicochemical and spectrometric analysis.

  14. Preparative separation of polyphenols from artichoke by polyamide column chromatography and high-speed counter-current chromatography

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    An efficient method for the rapid separation and purification of polyphenols from artichoke by polyamide column chromatography in combination with high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) was successfully built. The crude ethanol extracts from dry artichoke were first pre-separated by polyamide column chromatography and divided in two parts as sample 1 and sample 2. Then, the samples were further separated by HSCCC and yielded 7.8 mg of chlorogenic acid (compound I), 24.5 mg of luteolin-7-O-β-D-rutinoside (compound II), 18.4 mg of luteolin-7-O-β-D-glucoside (compound III), and 33.4 mg of cynarin (compound IV) with purity levels of 92.0%, 98.2%, 98.5%, and 98.0%, respectively, as determined by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method. The chemical structures of these compounds were identified by electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). (author)

  15. Microwave-Assisted Extraction and Purification of Arctiin and Arctigenin from Fructus Arctii by High-Speed Countercurrent Chromatography.

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    Lü, Haitao; Sun, Zhaoyun; Shan, Hu; Song, Jiying

    2016-03-01

    An efficient method for the rapid extraction, separation and purification of bioactive lignans, arctiin and arctigenin, from Fructus arctii by microwave-assisted extraction coupled with high-speed countercurrent chromatography was developed. The optimal extraction conditions of arctiin and arctigenin were evaluated by orthogonal array. Arctigenin could be converted from arctiin by hydrochloric acid hydrolysis. The separations were performed at a preparative scale with two-phase solvents composed of ethyl acetate-ethanol-water (5 : 1 : 5, v/v/v) for arctiin, and n-hexane-ethyl acetate-ethanol-water (4 : 4 : 3 : 4, v/v/v/v) for arctigenin. From 500 mg of crude extract sample, 122.3 mg of arctiin and 45.7 mg of arctigenin were obtained with the purity of 98.46 and 96.57%, and the recovery of 94.3 and 81.6%, respectively. Their structures were determined by comparison with the high-performance liquid chromatography retention time of standard substance as well as UV, FT-IR, electrospray ion source (ESI)-MS, (1)H-NMR and (13)C-NMR spectrum. According to the antioxidant activity assay, arctigenin had stronger 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl free radicals scavenging activity. PMID:26590235

  16. Entrainment in vertical annular two-phase flow

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    Prediction of amount of entrained droplets or entrainment fraction in annular two-phase flow is essential for the estimation of dryout condition and analysis of post dryout heat transfer in light water nuclear reactors and steam boilers. In this study, air-water and organic fluid (Freon-113) annular flow entrainment experiments have been carried out in 9.4 and 10.2 mm diameter test sections, respectively. Both the experiments covered three distinct pressure conditions and wide range of liquid and gas flow conditions. The organic fluid experiments simulated high pressure steam-water annular flow conditions. In each of the experiments, measurements of entrainment fraction, droplet entrainment rate and droplet deposition rate have been performed by using a liquid film extraction method. A simple, explicit and non-dimensional correlation developed by Sawant et al. (2008a) for the prediction of entrainment fraction is further improved in this study in order to account for the existence of critical gas and liquid flow rates below which no entrainment is possible. Additionally, a new correlation is proposed for the estimation of minimum liquid film flow rate at the maximum entrainment fraction condition. The improved correlation successfully predicted the newly collected air-water and Freon-113 entrainment fraction data. Furthermore, the correlations satisfactorily compared with the air-water, helium-water and air-genklene experimental data measured by Willetts (1987). (author)

  17. Prediction of pressure drop in liquid–liquid pulsed packed extraction countercurrent columns

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    Highlights: • Pressure drop is seriously affected by continuous phase flow rate and pulsation intensity. • The effect of the dispersed phase flow rate on pressure drop is less than other variables. • Modified Khan and Varma eq. is suggested to calculate the pressure drop in a pulsed packed liquid–liquid extraction column. • Average absolute relative error (AARE) of the modified Khan and Varma eq. to calculate pressure drop is up to 4.0%. -- Abstract: In this study, the two-phase pressure drop has been investigated using three different liquid systems of water–butyl acetate, water–toluene and water–kerosene, with different interfacial tension, in the absence of mass transfer in a pilot plant pulsed packed column, with ceramic packs of Raschig ring type of 0.63 cm in diameter. The effects of operational parameters, such as dispersed and continuous phases flow rates and pulsation intensity, on two-phase pressure drop away from flooding point were studied, and it was found out that pressure drop is seriously affected by continuous and dispersed phases flow rate and pulsation intensity, on the other hand, with an increase in one of the operating parameters pressure drop will also be increased. Finally, using correlations presented to predict pressure drop in gas–liquid form in packed columns, the modified Khan and Varma correlation was suggested to calculate the pressure drop in the pulsed packed liquid–liquid extraction column, which shows a good agreement with an Average Absolute Relative Error (AARE) of 4.2% for their optimized constant. Due to good agreement of the experimental data with results gained by the modified Khan and Varma correlation, it is also recommended, in addition to predict pressure drop and with reverse calculations, to assess the dispersed phase hold-up in a pulsed packed column

  18. Adaptive chemistry of bifunctional gold nanoparticles at the air/water interface. A synchrotron X-ray study of giant amphiphiles

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    Nørgaard, K.; Weygand, M.J.; Kjær, K.; Brust, M.; Bjørnholm, T.

    2004-01-01

    A series of ligand stabilized gold nanoparticles with diameters close to 3 nm were studied as Langmuir monolayers at the air/water interface by synchrotron X-ray diffraction and reflectivity. Alkylthiols with different length and/or terminal functional group (hydrophilic or hydrophobic) were...... environmental responsiveness, as they adapt to an amphiphilic distribution of ligands around the gold core when spread at the water surface. Likewise nanoparticles of mixed long and short alkyl chains respond to lateral pressure by adopting a structure where the short alkyl chains determine the in-plane nearest...

  19. LOREF: Air cooler optimisation with reduction of ice and frost formation - Optimisation of lamella air-coolers/evaporators of air/water heat pumps - Part 1: theoretical and experimental research; LOREF: Luftkuehler-Optimierung mit Reduktion von Eis- und Frostbildung - Optimierung des Lamellenluftkuehlers/Verdampfers von Luft/Wasser-Waermepumpen - Teil 1: theoretische und experimentelle Untersuchungen

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    Berlinger, L.; Imholz, M.; Albert, M.; Wellig, B.; Hilfiker, K.

    2008-04-15

    The use of air/water heat pumps for heating of houses is progressively increasing. It is to be expected that the average coefficient of performance (COP) can be improved substantially over the next decade. Its success will depend on controlling and reducing the formation of frost and ice which reduce the air flow and the heat and mass transfer in the fin tube evaporator. In the LOREF research project a mathematical-physical simulation program has been developed which permits to calculate the formation of condensate, ice and frost and also the pressure loss of the air as a function of space and time at any condition of the ambient air. The theoretical results have been validated by numerous experiments in which the air temperature and humidity, the temperature difference and the air velocity have been systematically varied. Particular emphasis has been given to the geometries of the fin tube evaporator. Several fin partitions along the cooler have been investigated. Using the simulation program the evaporator of a commercial heat pump was optimized and experimentally compared to the original evaporator. The resulting seasonal performance factors were nearly equal what confirms the small differences obtained by simulations. Nevertheless, the optimized evaporator features advantages in respect of the defrosting with ambient air because of its bigger fin spacing and the resulting decrease in pressure drop. The results of the LOREF research project are now the basis for the overall optimization of air/water heat pumps. (author)

  20. Critical heat flux for low flow boiling in vertical uniformly heated thin rectangular channels

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    Steady-state, subcooled, low flow, critical heat flux (CHF) experiments simulating natural convection boiling are performed in a thin rectangular vertical channel. The aluminum channel is heated on one side: the other side of the channel is a Pyrex window allowing visual observation of the CHF event. Both upward and downward flow conditions are tested with exit pressure varying from 20 to 85 kPa, inlet water temperature varying from 295 to 343 K (inlet subcooling 5-72 K), and mass flux varying from 30 to 80 kg s-1 m-2. Measured test results indicate downward flow dryout CHF occurring at 85% of upward flow dryout CHF values. This percentage is believed to result from the flow instability and reduced inlet subcooling induced by the counter-current flow. New dryout CHF correlations for low flow rates, representative of natural convection boiling, are recommended for both upward and downward flow. (Author)