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  1. Airtight storage of moist wheat grain improves bioethanol yields

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    Piens Kathleen

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Drying is currently the most frequently used conservation method for cereal grain, which in temperate climates consumes a major part of process energy. Airtight storage of moist feed grain using the biocontrol yeast Pichia anomala as biopreservation agent can substantially reduce the process energy for grain storage. In this study we tested the potential of moist stored grain for bioethanol production. Results The ethanol yield from moist wheat was enhanced by 14% compared with the control obtained from traditionally (dry stored grain. This enhancement was observed independently of whether or not P. anomala was added to the storage system, indicating that P. anomala does not impair ethanol fermentation. Starch and sugar analyses showed that during pre-treatment the starch of moist grain was better degraded by amylase treatment than that of the dry grain. Additional pre-treatment with cellulose and hemicellulose-degrading enzymes did not further increase the total ethanol yield. Sugar analysis after this pre-treatment showed an increased release of sugars not fermentable by Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Conclusion The ethanol yield from wheat grain is increased by airtight storage of moist grain, which in addition can save substantial amounts of energy used for drying the grain. This provides a new opportunity to increase the sustainability of bioethanol production.

  2. On-line air-tightness and insertion loss simultaneous detection method of high air-tightness fiber optic penetration connector

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    Zhang, Jingchuan; Yang, Xiaoning; Wang, Jing; Jiang, Junfeng

    2015-08-01

    The high air-tightness multicore fiber optic penetration connector is a core component for the optical fiber sensing and communication technologies applied in the space environment simulator under the vacuum thermal environment. High air-tightness and insertion loss are the two key indexes of the fiber optic penetration connector. The air-tightness and insertion loss on-line synchronous detection method was proposed. First, established hardware-in-the-loop testing platform by using the vacuum pumping system, the vacuum vessel, the helium mass spectrometer leak detector and optical time-domain reflectmeter, then, described the air tightness and insertion loss on-line detection principle, finally, designed a detection test scheme and air-tightness and insertion loss were tested. Experimental results indicate that the leakage rate is lower than 1.0×10-7Pa•L/S, the minimum of which is1.0×10-10Pa•L/S and the insertion loss at wave length window 1550 nm is +/-0.07db, which is less than +/-0.1db. It can lay the data basis for the design of opto-mechanical combination and later period fine processing.

  3. Radiological risk of building materials using homemade airtight radon chamber

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    Soil based building materials known to contain various amounts of natural radionuclide mainly 238U and 232Th series and 40K. In general most individuals spend 80% of their time indoors and the natural radioactivity in building materials is a main source of indoor radiation exposure. The internal exposure due to building materials in dwellings and workplaces is mainly caused by the activity concentrations of short lived 222Radon and its progenies which arise from the decay of 226Ra. In this study, the indoor radon concentration emanating from cement brick, red-clay brick, gravel aggregate and Portland cement samples were measured in a homemade airtight radon chamber using continuous radon monitor 1029 model of Sun Nuclear. Radon monitor were left in the chamber for 96 hours with an hour counting time interval. From the result, the indoor radon concentrations for cement brick, red-clay brick, gravel aggregate and Portland cement samples determined were 396 Bq m−3, 192 Bq m−3, 176 Bq m−3 and 28 Bq m−3, respectively. The result indicates that the radon concentration in the studied building materials have more than 100 Bq m−3 i.e. higher than the WHO action level except for Portland cement sample. The calculated annual effective dose for cement brick, red-clay brick, gravel aggregate and Portland cement samples were determined to be 10 mSv y−1, 4.85 mSv y−1, 4.44 mSv y−1 and 0.72 mSv y−1, respectively. This study showed that all the calculated effective doses generated from indoor radon to dwellers or workers were in the range of limit recommended ICRP action levels i.e. 3 - 10 mSv y−1. As consequences, the radiological risk for the dwellers in terms of fatal lifetime cancer risk per million for cement brick, red-clay brick, gravel aggregate and Portland cement were calculated to be 550, 267, 244 and 40 persons respectively

  4. Alternative methods for evaluation of airtightness of the building envelope; Alternativa metoder foer utvaerdering av byggnadsskalets lufttaethet

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    Sikander, Eva; Wahlgren, Paula

    2008-07-01

    Airtightness plays an important role when constructing energy efficient, sustainable and healthy buildings. In order to obtain airtight buildings, the airtightness needs to be evaluated during the construction phase. This enables improvements of the airtightness in an easy and cost-efficient way. During the construction phase, it is difficult to quantify the airtightness. However, detecting and sealing air leakages are good measures to improve the airtightness of the building. Several methods to detect air leakages are presented. A methodology to search for air leakages in buildings during construction has been developed, together with contractors and experts, and the methodology has been used at two building sites. The quantifiable airtightness of a building is determined by measuring the airflow that enters or exits the building at a certain pressure difference over the building envelope. In some cases it is not possible to measure air tightness according to standard. Therefore, a number of alternative methods have been evaluated. These methods include: extrapolation of measured data to a range used in standard measurements, using a buildings ventilation system fans to create a pressure difference over the building envelope, measuring the airtightness of a smaller part of the building (apartment, fire compartment or component) and tracer gas measurements

  5. Tritium Removal System for Airtight Room in High-flux Advanced Neutron Application Reactor (HANARO) - 12110

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    An Airtight room was installed to prevent the diffusion of tritium from the instrument room to other areas in HANARO. It was isolated by a robust structure and the inside was closed tightly. A Tritium removal system located outside the instrument room was connected to the airtight room to lower the tritium concentration when the workers enter the room for maintenance of the instruments. The tritium concentration and the dew point in the airtight room were continuously measured during the operation of the tritium removal system. The data were analyzed by using a model. There was a difference between the measured tritium concentration and the one obtained by the model. It is believed that the difference is due to the change of the generation rate of tritium which would increase as the dew point becomes lower. Based on this assumption, the previous equation was revised to better express the performance of the tritium removal system. It was re-estimated that the change of tritium concentration in an airtight room could be predicted well by using a model and equation proposed in the previous study. It was confirmed that there was a definite difference between the measured tritium concentration and the one obtained by equation from the model. It is believed that the difference is due to the change of the generation rate of tritium which would increase as the dew point becomes lower. Based on this assumption, the generation rate of tritium was controlled to have higher value and the change of tritium concentration in airtight room could be more correctly predicted. By using the revised equation, the tritium removal system would be operated more effectively. (authors)

  6. Evaluation of indoor air composition time variation in air-tight occupied spaces during night periods

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    Markov, Detelin

    2012-11-01

    This paper presents an easy-to-understand procedure for prediction of indoor air composition time variation in air-tight occupied spaces during the night periods. The mathematical model is based on the assumptions for homogeneity and perfect mixing of the indoor air, the ideal gas model for non-reacting gas mixtures, mass conservation equations for the entire system and for each species, a model for prediction of basal metabolic rate of humans as well as a model for prediction of O2 consumption rate and both CO2 and H2O generation rates by breathing. Time variation of indoor air composition is predicted at constant indoor air temperature for three scenarios based on the analytical solution of the mathematical model. The results achieved reveal both the most probable scenario for indoor air time variation in air-tight occupied spaces as well as the cause for morning tiredness after having a sleep in a modern energy efficient space.

  7. Durable Airtightness in Single-Family Dwellings: Field Measurements and Analysis

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    Chan, Wanyu [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Walker, Iain [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Sherman, Max [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2015-06-01

    Durability of the building envelope is important to new homes that are increasingly built with improved levels of airtightness. It is also important to weatherized homes such that energy savings from retrofit measures, such as air sealing, are persistent. This paper presents a comparison of air leakage measurements collected in November 2013 through March 2014, with two sets of prior data collected between 2001-2003 from 17 new homes located near Atlanta, GA, and 17 homes near Boise, ID that were weatherized in 2007-2008. The purpose of the comparison is to determine if there are changes to the airtightness of building envelopes over time. The air leakage increased in all but one of the new homes, with a mean increase of about 25%. A regression analysis was performed to describe the relationship between prior and current measurements in terms of normalized leakage (NL).

  8. Combined moist airtight storage and feed fermentation of barley by the yeast Wickerhamomyces anomalus and a lactic acid bacteria consortium

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    Borling Welin, Jenny; Lyberg, Karin; Passoth, Volkmar; Olstorpe, Matilda

    2015-01-01

    This study combined moist airtight storage of moist grain with pig feed fermentation. Starter cultures with the potential to facilitate both technologies were added to airtight stored moist crimped cereal grain, and the impact on storage microflora and the quality of feed fermentations generated from the grain was investigated. Four treatments were compared: three based on moist barley, either un-inoculated (M), inoculated with Wickerhamomyces anomalus (W), or inoculated with W. anomalus and ...

  9. High-moisture air-tight storage of barley and wheat improves nutrient digestibility.

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    Poulsen, H D; Blaabjerg, K; Nørgaard, J V; Ton Nu, M A

    2012-12-01

    Barley (Hordeum vulgare) and wheat (Triticum aestivum) are often stored dry with 14% or less moisture, which during rainy periods may require that grains are dried after harvest. The hypothesis is that air-tight storage of high-moisture barley and wheat will increase nutrient digestibility due to chemical conversions prior to feeding. The objective was to evaluate the effect of high moisture compared to dry storage of barley and wheat on digestibility of P and CP. The crops were grown on 1 field keeping other factors constant. Half of the grains was harvested in the morning after a rainy day and stored in air-tight silos (DM, %: barley, 85.2; wheat, 82.8) and the other half was harvested later the same day (windy and sunny) and stored dry (DM, %: barley, 89.8; wheat, 88.3). After 6 mo of storage, 1 low- and 1 high-moisture diet were prepared with a barley:wheat ratio of 1:1 mixed with soybean (Glycine max) meal and rapeseed cake to produce a compound diet without inorganic P and microbial phytase. Sixteen 45-kg pigs housed in metabolism crates were fed either the low- or the high-moisture diet for 5 d for adaptation and 7 d for total collection of feces. Digestibility of P was 12% higher (P pigs. Therefore, high-moisture air-tight storage saved energy (without drying) and at the same time enhanced P digestibility and increased the nutritional value of grain probably through enzymatic activity during storage. PMID:23365343

  10. Airtight negative pressure dust-control technology and application of transpersite in the coal conveyer belt system

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    MA Yun-dong; JIA Hui-yan; ZHANG Da-ming

    2008-01-01

    Presented a new coal dust control program that was airtight negative pressure dust-control technology at the transpersite,combining with analysis with the movement of air currents and numerical simulation of gas-solid flow at the transpersite,and proved the mechanism of precipitation and proliferation for coal dust-controlt in theory.The technology has made good economic results at the Heidaigou Clean Plant,not only dust concentration control within 10 mg/m3 to the work site,but also substantial energy savings and cost savings.

  11. Airtight negative pressure dust-control technology and application of transpersite in the coal conveyer belt system

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    MA Yun-dong; JIA Hui-yan; ZHANG Da-ming

    2008-01-01

    Presented a new coal dust control program that was airtight negative pressure dust-control technology at the transpersite, combining with analysis with the movement of air currents and numerical simulation of gas-solid flow at the transpersite, and proved the mechanism of precipitation and proliferation for coal dust-controlt in theory. The technol-ogy has made good economic results at the Heidaigou Clean Plant, not only dust concen-tration control within 10 mg/m3 to the work site, but also substantial energy savings and cost savings.

  12. Combined moist airtight storage and feed fermentation of barley by the yeast Wickerhamomyces anomalus and a lactic acid bacteria consortium.

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    Borling Welin, Jenny; Lyberg, Karin; Passoth, Volkmar; Olstorpe, Matilda

    2015-01-01

    This study combined moist airtight storage of moist grain with pig feed fermentation. Starter cultures with the potential to facilitate both technologies were added to airtight stored moist crimped cereal grain, and the impact on storage microflora and the quality of feed fermentations generated from the grain was investigated. Four treatments were compared: three based on moist barley, either un-inoculated (M), inoculated with Wickerhamomyces anomalus (W), or inoculated with W. anomalus and LAB starter culture, containing Pediococcus acidilactici DSM 16243, Pediococcus pentosaceus DSM 12834 and Lactobacillus plantarum DSM 12837 (WLAB); and one treatment based on dried barley (D). After 6 weeks of storage, four feed fermentations FM, FW, FWLAB, and FD, were initiated from M, W, WLAB, and D, respectively, by mixing the grain with water to a dry matter content of 30%. Each treatment was fermented in batch initially for 7 days and then kept in a continuous mode by adding new feed daily with 50% back-slop. During the 6 week storage period, the average water activity decreased in M, W and WLAB from 0.96 to 0.85, and cereal pH decreased from approximately 6.0 at harvest to 4.5. Feed fermentation conferred a further pH decrease to 3.8-4.1. In M, W and WLAB, molds and Enterobacteriaceae were mostly below detection limit, whereas both organism groups were detected in D. In fermented feed, Enterobacteriaceae were below detection limit in almost all conditions. Molds were detected in FD, for most of the fermentation time in FM and at some sampling points in FW and FWLAB. Starter organisms, especially W. anomalus and L. plantarum comprised a considerable proportion of the yeast and LAB populations, respectively, in both stored grain and fermented feed. However, autochthonous Pichia kudriavzevii and Kazachstania exigua partially dominated the yeast populations in stored grain and fermented feed, respectively. PMID:25954295

  13. Combined moist airtight storage and feed fermentation of barley by the yeast Wickerhamomyces anomalus and a lactic acid bacteria consortium

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    Jenny eBorling Welin

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This study combined moist airtight storage of moist grain with pig feed fermentation. Starter cultures with the potential to facilitate both technologies were added to airtight stored moist crimped cereal grain, and the impact on storage microflora and the quality of feed fermentations generated from the grain was investigated. Four treatments were compared: three based on moist barley, either un inoculated (M, inoculated with Wickerhamomyces anomalus (W, or inoculated with W. anomalus and LAB starter culture, containing Pediococcus acidilactici DSM 16243, Pediococcus pentosaceus DSM 12834 and Lactobacillus plantarum DSM 12837 (WLAB; and one treatment based on dried barley (D. After 6 weeks of storage, four feed fermentations FM, FW, FWLAB, and FD, were initiated from M, W, WLAB and D, respectively, by mixing the grain with water to a dry matter content of 30%. Each treatment was fermented in batch initially for 7 days and then kept in a continuous mode by adding new feed daily with 50% back-slop. During the 6 week storage period, the average water activity decreased in M, W and WLAB from 0.96 to 0.85, and cereal pH decreased from approximately 6.0 at harvest to 4.5. Feed fermentation conferred a further pH decrease to 3.8 – 4.1. In M, W and WLAB, moulds and Enterobacteriaceae were mostly below detection limit, whereas both organism groups were detected in D. In fermented feed, Enterobacteriaceae were below detection limit in almost all conditions. Moulds were detected in FD, for most of the fermentation time in FM and at some sampling points in FW and FWLAB. Starter organisms, especially W. anomalus and L. plantarum comprised a considerable proportion of the yeast and LAB populations, respectively, in both stored grain and fermented feed. However, autochthonous Pichia kudriavzevii and Kazachstania exigua partially dominated the yeast populations in stored grain and fermented feed, respectively.

  14. High moisture airtight storage of barley and triticale: Effect of moisture level and grain processing on nitrogen and phosphorus solubility

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    Ton Nu, Mai Anh; Blaabjerg, Karoline; Labouriau, Rodrigo;

    2015-01-01

    moisture levels (20, 23, 26 and 29% moisture) and to compare HMA storage of cereals with dry storage for 49 days. Dry stored barley and triticale (10 and 13% moisture, respectively) were kept in 10 L plastic buckets for 0 and 49 days. HMA stored cereals were kept in airtight bags (400 g per bag) at 15 °C......% moisture increased N and P solubility and decreased ratio of phytate P to total P (Phytate P:Total P as a measure of phytate degradation) compared with grains before storage (P < 0.05) and dry storage at d 49 (P < 0.05). The added enzyme combination increased P solubility in all barley groups by 8...... and 29% moisture, respectively (P < 0.05). The inclusion of the enzyme combination during storage of rolled barley and rolled triticale for 49 days increased phytate degradation (23 and 39% points, respectively) and N (16 and 24% points, respectively) and P solubility (25 and 52% points, respectively...

  15. Modification and economy analysis for airtight dehydration in tank farm%罐区密闭脱水技术改造及经济性分析

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    范恺

    2016-01-01

    The safety of tank farm is crucial for oil and gas storage,so it is significant for airtight dehydration by use of current technologies.This paper describes the modification for airtight dehydration in tank farm along with related economic analysis to provide guidance for safety practices.%罐区安全直接威胁石油天然气的储存和运输,所以如何利用现有技术做好罐区密闭脱水处理具有重要意义。本文主要分析罐区密闭脱水技术的改造,并且对其经济型做一分析,目的就是要指导罐区的安全实践。

  16. 新型空气处理机用密闭面板技术%The new air processor with airtight panel technology

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    孙长安

    2014-01-01

    本文介绍一种空气处理机用密闭面板结构,属空调技术领域。本结构密闭面板内外金属板扣合在边框上,形成的密闭空间充填有保温材料层,内外金属板并不直接接触,杜绝了冷桥的产生;面板整体性好、强度高、外形美观、无需装饰;降低了加工工时,提高了产品的性价比。%This paper introduces a kind of air processor with airtight panel structure,air conditioning technology. This structure closed panel fit inside and outside the metal plate on the frame, form the airtight space filling with insulation layer,inner and outer metal plate is not in direct contact,put an end to the cold bridge. Panel,integral sex is good,high strength,good appearance,no decoration; Reduces the processing time,increase the product price.

  17. The article presents a method for the assessment of the quality and durability of adhesive joints in the airtightness layers in buildings.; Qualitaetssicherung klebebasierter Verbindungstechnik fuer Luftdichtheitsschichten

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    Maas, Anton [Lehrstuhl fuer Bauphysik, Fakultaet fuer Bauingenieur- und Vermessungswesen, TU Muenchen (Germany); Gross, Rolf [Zentrum fuer Umweltbewusstes Bauen (ZUB), Kassel (Germany)

    2005-04-01

    The basics for the assessment and strain of adhesive joints are described as well. A crucial point of the assessment is the view on the creep and peel behaviour of adhesive tapes. Three different investigations for the assessment of an adhesive joint have been carried out: measurement of the peel resistance under standard climate conditions, measurement of the tack at low air temperatures, and the test on the durability of an adhesive joint under investigation for accelerated ageing. The results of these investigations will be summarised in the so-called ''N{sub D/A}-identification'' of adhesive joints. By means of this identification, it is possible to declare co-ordinated connection agents. The application of suitable materials leads to an improved quality and durability of airtightness layers. (Abstract Copyright [2005], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.) [German] Der Beitrag beschreibt ein Verfahren zur Beurteilung der Qualitaet und Dauerhaftigkeit von Klebeverbindungen fuer Luftdichtheitsschichten von Gebaeuden. Dabei wird zunaechst auf die Grundlagen zur Beurteilung und Beanspruchung von Klebeverbindungen eingegangen. Ein Schwerpunkt liegt in der Betrachtung des Kriech- und Schaelverhaltens von Klebebaendern. Zur Beurteilung einer Klebeverbindung werden drei Untersuchungen vorgenommen: die Messung des Schaelwiderstandes unter Normklima, die Messung der Anfangshaftung bei niedrigen Lufttemperaturen und die Pruefung der Dauerhaftigkeit einer Klebeverbindung im Versuch der kuenstlichen Alterung. Eine Zusammenfassung der Untersuchungsergebnisse erfolgt ueber die sog. ''N{sub D/A}-Kennzeichnung'' der Klebeverbindung. Die Kennzeichnung dient zur Deklaration aufeinander abgestimmter Verbindungsmittel und ermoeglicht damit die Verbesserung der Qualitaet und Dauerhaftigkeit von Luftdichtheitsschichten. (Abstract Copyright [2005], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  18. Development of a micro-circumstance airtight cabin for bioaerosol testing%一种用于生物气溶胶检测的微环境密闭舱室的研制

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    李娜; 温占波; 杨文慧; 王洁; 胡凌飞; 张柯; 李劲松

    2015-01-01

    Objective To develop a micro-circumstance airtight cabin for in the study of biological aerosols detection with such functions as airflow control and temperature and humidity detection .Methods Wind speed sensors , temperature and humidity sensors , electrical control valves , high efficiency filters and the vacuum pump formed the micro-circumstance regulating system .The techniques of airflow direction control , temperature compensation , air pressure control and aerosol uniformity distribution were used .Numerical simulation of aerosol concentration distribution in the airtight cabin was achieved using Fluent software .The bioaerosol concentration in different locations was tested by experiments .Results The micro-circumstance airtight cabin consisted of an airtight cabin and a control cabin .The control cabin used a single-chip microprocessor to provide air supply and exhaust air to the airtight cabin in a seaparate exhaust mode and cyclic ventilation mode.It worked under a negative pressure condition .Through numerical simulation,the aerosols were distributed through-out the cabin after five minutes of generation and the bottom airflow arrived at the top .The distribution of aerosol concentra-tion was approximately uniform .Conclusion The micro-circumstance airtight cabin is suited to various bioaerosols testing research thanks to its negative pressure working without bioaerosol leakage .%目的:研制一种具备气流控制和温湿度检测功能的微环境密闭舱室用于生物气溶胶检测研究。方法利用风速传感器、温湿度传感器、电动调节阀、管道高效过滤器和真空泵组成控制系统,解决气流流向控制、温度补偿技术、压力控制和气溶胶均匀分布技术。利用Fluent 软件对该密闭舱室气溶胶浓度分布状况进行数值模拟,并测试不同位置的气溶胶浓度。结果该微环境密闭舱室由一个气密舱和一个控制柜组成,控制柜采用单片机控制,并

  19. The Construction of 30 m~3 Controlled Ventilation Biology Airtight Cabin%30立方米可控通风生物学实验舱的建设

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    孙茜; 杨继红

    2012-01-01

    为建立室内生物污染物动力学模型,研制了30 m3可控通风生物学实验舱,为研究室内气体中病原体如细菌,病毒等在室内气候环境下的动力学提供了实验平台。采用不锈钢及钢化玻璃为主体框架搭建长4 m、宽3 m、高2.5 m的长方体密闭舱;舱内配备防护器材、气体发生及采样设备、消毒设备、排风净化装置及控制装置等设备。运行30 m3可控通风生物学实验舱进行室内多种适合人居住气候的模拟,各项指标均达到设计要求。%To establish indoor biological contaminants dynamics model,30 m3 controlled ventilation biology airtight cabin was developed.It provided the dynamics experimental platform for research in indoor gas pathogens such as bacteria,viruses,etc in indoor climate environment.The stainless steel and toughened glass as the main frame structures 4 meters long,wide 3 meters,2.5 metres high cuboid airtight cabin;equipped with protective equipment in the cabin,gas happen and sampling equipment,disinfection equipment,exhaust air purification equipment and control devices and other facilities.Running the biology airtight cabin to simulate human habitation climate,and all kinds of the indexes accorded with the design requirements.

  20. 航天器人-机-环境密闭舱试验系统构建方法研究%Research on Construction Methods of Man-machine-environment Airtight Cabin Test System for Spacecrafts

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    冯红旗; 郭烈锦; 刘力涛; 杨京松

    2013-01-01

    Objective To study the contents and methods to construct the man-machine-environment airtight cabin test system for manned spacecrafts.Methods Based on analysis of the distinction between ground test and space flight,the contents and methods to design the man-machine-environment test system were determined under the guidance of similarity theory.Results A ground test system with satisfactory performance was conconstructed using the method.It was applied to research the performance of environment control and life support system in rendezvous and docking missions.Comparing with spaceflight data,the test system is in good accordance with the data in microgravity environment in air flow and heat transfer condition.Conclusion The method to construct a ground test system is reasonable,effective and easy to realize.It can meet the demands of current missions and provides reference for the development of similar facilities in the future.%目的 研究载人航天器人-机-环境密闭舱试验系统的构建内容和构建方法.方法 依据相似理论试验方法,分析地面试验与空间飞行的主要差异,保证环控生保系统重力下可靠工作,确定了人-机-环境试验系统的设计内容和设计方法.结果 利用该方法构建了0套试验系统,试验系统性能良好、运行稳定,已应用于交会对接任务环控生保系统性能研究.与飞行数据比对表明,该试验系统空气流动和换热状态与微重力环境下基本一致.结论 提出的人-机-环试验系统构建方法合理有效,易于实现,满足当前任务需要,可为后续任务类似试验系统研制提供参考.

  1. 苹果郁闭园不同间伐方式对果树群体结构和果实品质的影响%Effects of Different Thinning Methods on Group Structure and Fruit Quality in Airtight Apple Orchard

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    吴军帅; 董晓颖; 段艳欣; 王金政; 李培环

    2012-01-01

    以成龄‘红富士’苹果郁闭园为试材,设计隔行间伐(处理A)、隔株间伐(处理B)、行内隔3去1间伐(处理C)3种处理和对照(CK),研究它们对果树群体结构和果实品质的影响.结果表明:与对照相比,各间伐处理的枝类组成得到了不同程度的优化,叶丛枝、短枝和长枝比例增加,徒长枝比例减小;3个处理的每公顷的总枝量、树冠覆盖率开始时下降明显,以后逐年恢复;处理A的行间交接率明显下降,而处理B的株间交接率下降明显;各处理的叶面积系数降低,叶片变大,百叶厚度增加;果园的通透条件明显改善.间伐处理的果实外观品质如单果重、色泽、着色面积、优质果率均明显的好于对照;果实的内在品质如含糖量增加、滴定酸含量下降、硬度增大,果实的风味和质地等也都优于对照.试验得出结论,适宜的间伐方式可从根本上改善苹果郁闭园的群体结构,提高果实品质,各间伐处理的综合效果以处理B最佳,处理A次之.%The being grown 'Red Fuji' apple airtight orchard was used to study, there were three different thinning methods, interlaced thinning (A), septum strain thinning (B), every four trees cutting one in the line (C) and the control (CK), and the effects of different methods on group structure and fruit quality. The results showed that compared with CK, three different thinning methods got different degree of optimization, the ratio of leaves witches branches, short shoot and long shoot increased while water sprout decreased; at the beginning, the coverage rate and branch quantities per hectare declined significantly and recovered year by year; the overlap rate among individual trees of A declined while the overlap rate between the lines B declined significantly; the leaf area index reduced, leaves size largened and thickness of hundred leaves increased; the connect fully conditions of the orchard improved obviously. Fruit appearance quality

  2. 1-week habitation of two people in an airtight facility, CEEF with two goats and 23 crops, conducted with 89% self-sufficiency in food and without O2-addition and CO2-release - analysis of exchange of carbon and oxygen among organisms and water circulation in the CEEF -

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    Tako, Y.; Tsuga, S.; Tani, T.; Arai, R.; Komatsubara, O.; Shinohara, M.

    Three 1-week experiments were conducted from September to October of 2005 in which two human subjects named as eco-nauts were enclosed and worked in an airtight facility called Closed Ecosystem Experiment Facilities CEEF The test involved connecting a Plant Module PM with 23 crops including rice soybean peanut and sugar beet to an Animal Habitation Module AHM which included the eco-nauts and two Shiba-goats Although only 34 weight of the food consumed by the eco-nauts was produced by crops in the PM in the first experiment it was 81 in the second and third experiments As for feed to the goats 40 rice straw was produced in the PM in the first experiment and all of the feed rice straw soybean leaf and peanut shell was produced in the PM in the second and third experiments In all these experiments the crops produced more oxygen than the amount consumed by respiration of human and animals The oxygen build-up in the atmosphere of the PM from crop photosynthesis was separated and supplied to atmosphere of the AHM Carbon dioxide build-up in atmosphere of the AHM from respiration of eco-nauts and Shiba-goats was separated and supplied back to atmosphere of the PM Carbon in waste except for a part of that in human feces was withdrawn and not recycled for these experiments Therefore carbon dioxide from respiration compensated the demand for photosynthesis of the crops Amounts of carbon in edible and inedible parts of harvested crop biomass and amount of carbon taken by the eco-nauts and Shiba-goats were also estimated Water transpired through

  3. Study of the static airtightness mechanisms of metal seals

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    The thesis aims to better understand the sealing mechanisms in contact at the interface between a metal gasket and clamps. The proposed approach is based on the development of a numerical model of the clamping seal by incorporating the laws' behavior of materials that will be determined by micro instrumented indentation testing. This model is particularly interested in identifying ways of providing the fluid leak to be sealed and to determine leakage rates resulting from the identified paths, as well as the evolution of the conductance of the interface over time. Particular attention will be paid to the roughness of the surfaces, changing leak paths at different levels depending on the tightening of the seal and gas flow rates in the different types of defects. The study was conducted in Pierrelatte's Sealing laboratory that develops metal seals for the aerospace, nuclear and scientific research. The thesis focuses on real surfaces and was supplemented by measurements of helium leaks using a press which applies different loads at different gas pressures and different roughness. (author)

  4. Effects of Different Thinning Methods on Illumination, Photosynthetic,Growth and Fruiting in Airtight Apple Orchard%苹果密闭园不同间伐方式对光照、光合和生长结果的影响

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    李培环; 吴军帅; 董晓颖; 王金政; 薛晓敏; 路超

    2012-01-01

    [目的]研究苹果密闭园的不同间伐方式对果园光照状况、叶片光合指标、果树生长和产量质量的影响,为密闭园的合理改造提供理论依据.[方法]以‘红富士’苹果郁闭园为试材,设计隔行间伐(A)、隔株间伐(B)和行内隔3去1间伐(C)3种处理和不间伐的对照(CK),对它们的光照、光合、树体生长以及产量和质量的相关指标进行测定分析.[结果]3年的结果表明,除CK外,各处理的树冠覆盖率在3年间均有不同程度的增长,但仍表现为CK>C>B>A;果园透光率和树冠内透光率表现为A>B>C>CK;在生长季,各处理叶片的净光合速率、羧化效率和水分利用效率表现为A>B>C>CK,各处理叶片的胞间CO2浓度结果与此相反;3处理每公顷的产量在间伐当年均明显低于CK的,但间伐第二年就可恢复,到间伐第三年处理A、B每公顷的产量则显著高于处理C和CK的;3年间各处理的平均单果重、着色指数、可溶性糖含量、滴定酸的含量、优质果率等质量指标均好于CK,具体表现为处理A、B的明显好于处理C和CK的.[结论]适宜的间伐方式除在短时间内产量有一定下降外,可从根本上改善果园光照状况、提高光合效率和果品质量.%[Objective] The aim of this study was to study the effects of different thinning methods on illumination, photosynthetic, growth and fruiting in airtight apple orchard, and then provide a theoretical basis for the renovation of the old orchard. [Method! The 'Red Fuji' apple airtight orchard was used in this study, and three different thinning methods, were interlaced thinning (A), septum strain thinning (B), every four trees cutting one in the line (C) and the control (CK), and then the related indexes of illumination, photosynthetic, growth and fruiting were determined and analyzed. [Result] The results showed that in different treatments, except CK, despite the different levels of growth of

  5. Effect of Stresses and Strains of Roadway Surrounding Rocks on Borehole Airtightness

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    WU Wei

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available At present, many high gas and outburst mines have poor gas drainage effects. An important reason influencing the gas drainage effect is a poor hole-sealing effect. Most studies on gas drainage borehole sealing focus on local and foreign borehole sealing methods, borehole sealing equipment, and borehole sealing materials. Numerical simulations of initial drilling sealing depth are insufficient because studies on this subject are few. However, when the initial sealing depth of the borehole is not chosen reasonably, air can enter the gas drainage drill hole through the circumferential crack of roadway surrounding rocks under the influence of suction pressure of the drainage system. This phenomenon ultimately affects the hole-sealing effect. To improve the drilling hole sealing of gas drainage boring, we deduced the expression formulas of the crushing zone, plastic zone, and elastic zone around the coal-seam floor stone drift and conducted a stress–strain analysis of the coal-seam floor stone drift of the 2145 working surfaces of the Sixth Coal Mine of Hebi Coal Mine Group Company by using theoretical analysis, numerical simulation, and on-scene verification. Finally, we obtain the initial drilling sealing depth, which is a main contribution of this study. The results prove the following. The performed hole-sealing process with an initial drilling sealing depth of 8 m has a gas drainage efficiency of 55%. Compared with the previous 6.8 m initial drilling sealing depth with a gas drainage efficiency of less than 30%, which was adopted by the mine, the initial sealing depth of 8 m chosen in the numerical simulation is reasonable and conforms to the actual situation on the spot. Therefore, the initial drilling sealing depth chosen in the numerical simulation will produce practical and effective guidance to study the field hole-sealing depth.

  6. Elastic airtight container for the compaction of air-sensitive materials

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    Shoulders, W. Taylor; Locke, Richard; Gaume, Romain M.

    2016-06-01

    We report on the design and fabrication of a simple and versatile elastic canister for the compaction and hot-pressing of air-sensitive materials. This device consists of a heated double-ended floating die assembly, enclosed in a compressible stainless steel bellows that allows the action of an external hydraulic press in a uniaxial motion. The enclosure is fitted with vacuum, gas, and electrical feedthroughs to allow for atmosphere control, heating, and in situ process monitoring. The overall chamber is compact enough to be portable and transferrable into and out of a standard laboratory glovebox, thus eliminating the problem of exposing samples to ambient atmosphere during loading and unloading. Our design has been tested up to 600 °C and 7500 kg-force applied load, conditions within which transparent ceramics of anhydrous halides can be produced.

  7. Nearly zero energy buildings and proliferation of microorganisms a current issue for highly insulated and airtight building envelopes

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    Di Giuseppe, Elisa

    2013-01-01

    This book provides a concise review of the thermo-physical phenomena which regulate heat and moisture transportation in Nearly Zero Energy Buildings envelopes, and their relationship with the growth of biological organisms. It describes the main microorganisms proliferating on contemporary building elements and within buildings. It also states the consequences of biological growth on durability, aesthetics and human health; and provides the main methods for the analytical and experimental evaluation of proliferation. Finally, through the review of recent developments, remedial actions to count

  8. Test Study on Airtight Capability of Filter Cakes for Slurry Shield and Its Application in a Case

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    Fanlu Min

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available To learn the airproof capacity of filter cakes as opening chambers under air pressure, a series of tests were carried out. The variations of discharged water with air pressure and time were observed, and the relationship between airproof capacity of filter cakes and surrounding air pressure was analysed. The test results indicated that there were three stages as compressed air acting on filter cakes: completely not infiltration, a very small amount of infiltration, and penetration leakage. The certain air pressure between the first and second stages was called the airproofing value of filter cake. And a capillary bundle model was used to explain the mechanism of air tightness of filter cakes. In Nanjing Yangtze River Tunnel, a 5 cm thickness filter cake was formed in gravel sand, and its airproofing value was a little lower than 0.12 MPa. The air pressure used as opening chamber should be equal to the summation of water pressure in sand and airproofing value of filter cake. While the air pressure is larger than the summation, the filter cake would be gas permeable. The slurry formulation and airproofing value of filter cakes obtained in the tests were applied successfully in Nanjing Yangtze River Tunnel.

  9. Improvement of airtight property and workability of joint packing material; Teikeimejizai no shirusei oyobi sagyosei no kaizen

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    Ouchi, Tatsuya.; Harada, Tsutomu.; Ando, Hideyuki.; Yamato, Tsugio. [Kurosaki Corp., Fukuoka (Japan). Technical Research Center

    1999-09-01

    It is connected, and many refractories s are being used with continuous cast law. An including air volume from these union parts causes the quality decline of the steel and the problem of unusual loss around the union part of the refractories. Therefore, there is a big thing in the part, which the eye area material used for the union part of the refractories for the continuous cast plays. This time, the fixed form area material of the hard type which has a sticker and work between the excellent heat could get it in comparison with the usual fixed form area material for the purpose of the improvement in the sticker of the eye area material and the work (acceptable convenience time in the normal temperature form, the space of the heat) as a result of examining the application of the Al metal which doesn`t react easily with the new binder and the water. As for the utility test as well, it is reported because it was used without problem and that validity could be confirmed. (NEDO)

  10. Airtightness Results of Roof-Only Air Sealing Strategies on 1 ½-Story Homes in Cold Climates

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    Ojczyk, C.; Murry, T.; Mosiman, G.

    2014-07-01

    In this second study on solutions to ice dams in 1-1/2 story homes, the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team analyzed five test homes located in both cold and very cold climates for air leakage reduction rates following modifications by independent contractors on owner-occupied homes. These homes were chosen for testing as they are common in Minnesota and very difficult to air seal and insulate effectively. Two projects followed a roof-only Exterior Thermal Moisture Management System (ETMMS) process. One project used an interior-only approach to roof air sealing and insulation. The remaining two projects used a deep energy retrofit approach for whole house (foundation wall, above grade wall, roof) air leakage and heat loss reduction. All were asked to provide information regarding project goals, process, and pre and post-blower door test results. Additional air leakage reduction data was provided by several NorthernSTAR industry partners for interior-applied, roof-only modifications on 1-1/2 story homes. The data represents homes in the general market as well as homes that were part of the state of Minnesota weatherization program. A goal was to compare exterior air sealing methods with interior approaches. This pool of data enabled the team to compare air tightness data from over 220 homes using similar air seal methods.

  11. Field investigation survey of airtightness, air movement and indoor air quality of high rise apartment buildings, prairie region

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    Gulay, B.W.; Stewart, C.D.

    1991-01-01

    A field investigation survey was conducted to determine exfiltration rates through the building envelope, inter-suite air leakage, and indoor air quality in two 13-storey high-rise apartment buildings located in Winnipeg. The survey also established the effect the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system has on the pressure differential across the building envelope. Building residents were surveyed to establish the general environmental conditions, and five specific pollutants were identified and quantified. The applicability of procedures used was documented for use in future investigations and as candidate procedures for a standardized testing protocol.

  12. Field investigation survey of airtightness, air movement and indoor air quality in high-rise apartment buildings

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    Gulay, B.W.; Stewart, C.D.; Foley, G.J.

    1993-07-01

    A summary is presented of five independent field investigation surveys conducted across Canada for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The intent of the investigations were to determine air exfiltration rates through the building envelope, inter-suite and inter-floor room leakage rates, and indoor air quality in a representative number of residential high rise apartment buildings. Air exfiltration, inter-suite and inter-floor air leakage rates were determined by conducting suite, floor and whole building fan depressurization tests. Indoor air quality was established by means of a survey of the tenants of the buildings, and by testing and monitoring for specific pollutants. Air leakage rates were found to be in excess of proposed guidelines of 0.05-0.14 l/s/m[sup 2] at 75 Pascals. The overall air leakage rates per unit of exterior wall during suite fan depressurization testing was in the range 2.10-3.15 l/s/m[sup 2] at a pressure differential of 50 Pascals across the exterior wall. When the corridor wall was not isolated leakage rates increased to 4.54-8.33 l/s/m[sup 2]. Air movement within a building with a high exterior wall leakage rate is predominately influenced by stack effect, combined with exterior wind direction and speed, while within a building with low leakage rates the predominant influences are stack effect and internal building activities such as elevators moving, doors opening, and movement of people. Ventilation supply air rates were generally inadequate to satisfy occupant requirements. 18 figs., 9 tabs.

  13. Estimation of the hydrogen concentration in rat tissue using an airtight tube following the administration of hydrogen via various routes

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    Chi Liu; Ryosuke Kurokawa; Masayuki Fujino; Shinichi Hirano; Bunpei Sato; Xiao-Kang Li

    2014-01-01

    Hydrogen exerts beneficial effects in disease animal models of ischemia-reperfusion injury as well as inflammatory and neurological disease. Additionally, molecular hydrogen is useful for various novel medical and therapeutic applications in the clinical setting. In the present study, the hydrogen concentration in rat blood and tissue was estimated. Wistar rats were orally administered hydrogen super-rich water (HSRW), intraperitoneal and intravenous administration of hydrogen super-rich sali...

  14. Test Study on Airtight Capability of Filter Cakes for Slurry Shield and Its Application in a Case

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    Fanlu Min; Wei Zhu; Shengquan Xia; Rui Wang; Daiwei Wei; Teng Jiang

    2014-01-01

    To learn the airproof capacity of filter cakes as opening chambers under air pressure, a series of tests were carried out. The variations of discharged water with air pressure and time were observed, and the relationship between airproof capacity of filter cakes and surrounding air pressure was analysed. The test results indicated that there were three stages as compressed air acting on filter cakes: completely not infiltration, a very small amount of infiltration, and penetration leakage. Th...

  15. Airtightness Results of Roof-Only Air Sealing Strategies on 1-1/2 Story Homes in Cold Climates

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    Ojczyk, C.; Murry, T.; Mosiman, G.

    2014-07-01

    In this second study on solutions to ice dams in 1-1/2 story homes, five test homes located in both cold and very cold climates were analyzed for air leakage reduction rates following modifications by independent contractors on owner-occupied homes. The reason for choosing this house type was they are very common in our area and very difficult to air seal and insulate effectively. Two projects followed a roof-only Exterior Thermal Moisture Management System (ETMMS) process. One project used an interior-only approach to roof air sealing and insulation. The remaining two projects used a deep energy retrofit approach for whole house (foundation wall, above grade wall, roof) air leakage and heat loss reduction. All were asked to provide information regarding project goals, process, and pre and post-blower door test results. Additional air leakage reduction data was provided by several NorthernSTAR Building America industry partners for interior-applied, roof-only modifications on 1-1/2 story homes. The data represents homes in the general market as well as homes that were part of the state of Minnesota weatherization program. A goal was to compare exterior air sealing methods with interior approaches. This pool of data enabled us to compare air tightness data from over 220 homes using similar air seal methods.

  16. 活塞杆镀层气密性改善研究%Research on Airtight Function Improvement of Piston Rod Coating

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    田禾; 宁保国; 潘新

    2014-01-01

    起落架活塞杆镀铬表面的渗漏现象是飞机常见的一种故障现象,严重影响飞行安全.通过对渗漏现象产生机理的分析,来寻求一种切实可行的解决方法.试验验证了“金刚石碾压+超精”这种工艺方法可有效改善活塞杆镀层的气密性,消除渗漏.由于该工艺方法简单,性能稳定,在航空武器装备零部件加工和维修方面具有良好的应用和推广价值.

  17. 某飞机气密座舱球面框设计研究%Study of an air-tight bulkhead

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    苏雁飞; 赵占文; 梁尚清

    2015-01-01

    The primary parameters of an aircraft bulkhead is studied using theoretical formulas and finite element method, and it is obtained that the optimum angle of bulkhead is 60°and the skin thickness and the number of stiffeners have great impact on the buckling performance of bulkhead. For an aircraft with fuselage diameter of 1000mm, the optimum design is that the bulkhead angel is 60°,and the skin thickness is 0.8mm and the number of stiffeners is 8.%以某飞机球面框设计为例,应用理论计算以及有限元方法对影响气密框设计的主要参数进行研究,得到球面框设计的最佳角度为60度,球皮厚度与筋条数目均为影响球面框稳定性的重要因素。对于机身半径为1000mm 的某型飞机,飞机球面框结构的最优设计为球面框角度60度,球皮厚度0.8mm,纵向加筋数目8根。本结论对于球面框初步设计具有指导意义。

  18. Maisons consommant peu d'énergie: isolation et étanchéité à l'air/Low-Energy Houses: Insulation and Airtightness

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    Saxhof, Bjarne; Nielsen, Allan Aasbjerg

    1983-01-01

    The Hjortekar project of six low energy house designs north of Copenhagen has become renowned. Here, the authors, from the Thermal Insulation Laboratory, the Technical University of Denmark, explain some of the construction details to avoid cold bridges, including a new-type structural element, and...

  19. One-week habitation of two humans in an airtight facility with two goats and 23 crops Analysis of carbon, oxygen, and water circulation

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    Tako, Y.; Tsuga, S.; Tani, T.; Arai, R.; Komatsubara, O.; Shinohara, M.

    Human habitation and animal holding experiments in a closed environment, the Closed Ecology Experiment Facilities (CEEF), were carried out. The CEEF were established for collecting experimental data to estimate carbon transfer in the ecosystem around Rokkasho nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. Circulation of O2 and CO2, and supply of food from crops cultivated in the CEEF were conducted for the first time in the habitation experiments. Two humans known as eco-nauts inhabited the CEEF, living and working in the Plant Module (PM) and the Animal and Habitation Module (AHM), for a week three times in 2005. On a fresh weight basis, 82% of their food was supplied from 23 crops including rice and soybean, cultivated and harvested in the PM, in the 2nd and 3rd experiments. For the goats, the animals held in the experiments, all of their feed, consisting of rice straw, soybean plant leaves, and peanut shells and peanut plant leaves, was produced in the PM in the 2nd and 3rd experiments. The O2 produced in the PM by photosynthesis of the crops was separated by the O2 separator using molecular sheaves, then accumulated, transferred, and supplied to the AHM atmosphere. The CO2 produced in the AHM by respiration of the humans and animals was separated by the CO2 separator using solid amine, then accumulated, transferred, and supplied to the PM atmosphere. The amount of O2 consumed in the AHM was 46 51% of that produced in the PM, and the amount of CO2 produced in the AHM was 43 56% of that consumed in the PM. The surplus of O2 and the shortage of CO2 was a result of the fact that waste of the goats and the crops and part of the human waste were not processed in these habitation experiments. The estimated amount of carbon ingested by the eco-nauts was 64 92% of that in the harvested edible part of the crops. The estimated amount of carbon ingested by the goats was 36 53% of that in the harvested inedible part of the crops. One week was not enough time for determination of gas exchange especially for humans and animals, because fluctuation of their gas exchange was quite high. The amount of transpired water collected as condensate was 818 938 L d-1, and it was recycled as replenishing water compensating transpiration loss of nutrient solution. The amount of waste nutrient solution discharged from the PM was 1421 1644 L d-1. The waste nutrient solutions from rice and other crops were processed through micro filters (MFs) separately. The MF filtrated solutions were processed with reverse osmosis (RO) membrane filter separately and divided into filtrated water and concentrated waste nutrient solution. The concentrated waste nutrient solution from the crops other than rice was processed through an ultra-micro filter (UF) and reused, although that from rice was discharged in 2005. Concentrations of nutritional ions in the UF filtrated solution were determined, the depleted ions were added back, the UF filtrated solution was diluted with the RO membrane filtrated water, and the nutrient solution for the crops other than rice was regenerated. The nutrient solution for rice was newly made each time, using concentrated solution from an external source and the RO membrane filtrated water. Average amounts of water used in the AHM (L d-1) were determined as follows: drinking by humans (filtrated water), 1.5; cooking, etc. (filtrated water other than for drinking), 14.3; drinking by goats, 3.8; showering (hot water), 13.2; showering (cold water), 0.1; washing of hand and face and brushing teeth, 4.1; washing of dishes, dish clothes and towels, 36.4; and washing of animal holding tools, 0.3. The waste water was processed by a RO purification system and recycled for toilet flushing and animal pens washing. A circulation experiment for water was started in 2006 and a circulation experiment for waste materials is planned for 2007. In 2006, a single duration of the air circulation experiments was 2 weeks, although the human habitants were changed after 1 week.

  20. Biocontrol of mold growth in high-moisture wheat stored under airtight conditions by Pichia anomala, Pichia guilliermondii, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Petersson, S; Schnürer, J.

    1995-01-01

    Pichia anomala inhibits the growth of Penicillium roqueforti and Aspergillus candidus on agar. In this investigation, antagonistic activity on agar against 17 mold species was determined. The abilities of Pichia anomala, Pichia guilliermondii, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae to inhibit the growth of the mold Penicillium roqueforti in nonsterile high-moisture wheat were compared by adding 10(3) Penicillium roqueforti spores and different amounts of yeast cells per gram of wheat. Inoculated grain ...

  1. Simulation of Cooling System Improvement in Ship Airtight Cabin%舰船密闭舱室温降系统改进仿真

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    李一术; 朱波; 刘家磊

    2014-01-01

    利用仿真建模软件对舰船密闭舱室与内部发热体用简化模型进行模拟。采用高Reynolds数k-ε模型与壁面函数法对舱室内空气湍流传热进行计算,分析同等送风量条件下不同送风方式以及不同送、回风口尺寸对舱室温度分布的影响。研究表明:采用下侧送风、上侧回风方式对舱室降温效果更好;回风速度与回风口尺寸对舱室温度无明显影响;送风速度小且送风口尺寸大时,舱室温度分层明显,整体温度更低。%By means of the modeling and simulation software,ship cabin and internal heating element were designed with simplified model.High Reynolds number k-εmodel and wall function method was used in-side the cabin turbulent heat transfer calculation.With different mode of air supply and different size of air intake and return under the same amount of air supply,the influence for cabin temperature distribution were analyzed.The studies indicate that with downside air intake and upside air return the cabin cooling effect is better,and the speed of return air and the size of air return have no obvious effect on the cabin temperature.While the speed of air supply is low and the size of air intake is large,the cabin temperature layer is obvious and the overall temperature is lower.

  2. 红萍对受控密闭系统中O2-CO2浓度变化影响研究初报%Effects of Azolla on the change of O2-CO2 concentration under controlled airtight system

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    陈敏; 卞祖良; 张朝阳; 刘晖; 陈炳焕

    1999-01-01

    建立受控密闭系统,研究在动物和红萍共存情况下,系统中O2-CO2浓度的变化规律.红萍的光合作用与狗的呼吸作用相辅相成,使系统中O2-CO2浓度从急骤变化达到基本保持平衡.由于系统中O2浓度大于16%,CO2浓度小于2%,狗生活正常;而仅有动物存在情况下,狗消耗系统中O2并释放CO2,很快出现严重缺O2和CO2中毒症状.

  3. 30 CFR 7.504 - Refuge alternatives and components; general requirements.

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    2010-07-01

    ... maximum apparent temperature in the refuge alternative when used at maximum occupancy and in conjunction... refuge alternative components or provisions shall be— (1) Airtight, waterproof, and rodent-proof;...

  4. The method for decrease of helium gas leak with double O-ring rubber gasket

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    Nuclear components are required to be highly airtight. To get satisfactory airtightness, helium leak detection had been used. However helium gas atom is smaller than other gas atom except hydrogen and so has very high permeability. Therefore, leak of helium gas atom from O-ring rubber gasket was detected by helium leak detector in airtight test. It is very difficult to distinguish permeation from leakage. To solve the problem, we made double O-ring rubber gasket and tested its ability of decreasing permeation, examined its effect. As a result of the test and the examination, we found the gap between outer ring and inner ring of double O-ring rubber gasket was very important for decrease permeation helium gas. (author)

  5. Continuous organic waste digester and methane gas generator

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    Araneta, V.A.

    1979-01-01

    A patent on the construction of a utility model of an industrial product of a continuous organic-waste digester and methane-gas generator is described. It comprises an airtight chamber to receive slurry of organic waste; a gas-water scrubber to purge carbon dioxide, odor-omitting gases and froth or scrum from newly formed methane gas evolving from said slurry of organic wastes; and two dually functioning slurry-feed and -discharge pipes connected to a reversible pump. It has one pipe with an opening at the base of an airtight chamber and the other pipe with up-ended openings below the fluid level of the slurry to be accumulated in the airtight chamber.

  6. FLAMMABLE GAS DIFFUSION THROUGH SINGLE SHELL TANK (SST) DOMES

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    MEACHAM, J.E.

    2003-11-10

    This report quantified potential hydrogen diffusion through Hanford Site Single-Shell tank (SST) domes if the SSTs were hypothetically sealed airtight. Results showed that diffusion would keep headspace flammable gas concentrations below the lower flammability limit in the 241-AX and 241-SX SST. The purpose of this document is to quantify the amount of hydrogen that could diffuse through the domes of the SSTs if they were hypothetically sealed airtight. Diffusion is assumed to be the only mechanism available to reduce flammable gas concentrations. The scope of this report is limited to the 149 SSTs.

  7. Building America Case Study: Field Testing of Compartmentalization Methods for Multifamily Construction (Fact Sheet)

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    2015-01-01

    The 2012 IECC has an airtightness requirement of 3 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals test pressure for both single family and multifamily construction in Climate Zones 3-8. Other programs (LEED, ASHRAE 189, ASHRAE 62.2) have similar or tighter compartmentalization requirements, thus driving the need for easier and more effective methods of compartmentalization in multifamily buildings.

  8. Research on some functions of Azolla in CELSS system

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    Liu, Xiaofeng; Min, Chen; Xia-shi, Liu; Chungchu, Liu

    This article detailed the possibility of using Azolla in CELSS system, the characters of Azolla; the experiments on using Azolla as O 2-releasing plant to provide O 2 for human in airtight chamber; using Azolla as an important biological part for urine solution purification was also introduced.

  9. More than Just Hand Waving: Review of "Hearing Gestures--How Our Hands Help Us Think"

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    Namy, Laura L.; Newcombe, Nora S.

    2008-01-01

    Susan Goldin-Meadow's "Hearing Gestures: How Our Hands Help Us to Think" synthesizes findings from various domains to demonstrate that gestures convey meaning and comprise a critical and fundamental form of communication. She also argues convincingly for the cognitive utility of gesture for the gesturer. Goldin-Meadow presents an airtight case…

  10. Design challenges for a climate adaptive multi-functional lightweight prefab panel for energy-efficient retrofitting of residential building based on one-room model simulations

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    Dijkmans, T.J.A.; Donkervoort, D.R.; Phaff, J.C.; Valcke, S.L.A.

    2014-01-01

    Current solutions for highly energy-efficient retrofitting rely on thick static insulation, airtight construction and extensive ventilation systems to become independent from variable outdoor conditions. A building skin that adapts to the outdoor conditions to regulate the indoor conditions could pr

  11. Volume measuring system

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    Oele, J. S.

    1975-01-01

    Chamber is designed to be airtight; it includes face mask for person to breathe outside air so that he does not disturb chamber environment. Chamber includes piston to vary air volume inside. Also included are two microphone transducers which record pressure information inside chamber.

  12. Overheating risk barriers to energy renovations of single family houses

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    Psomas, Theofanis Ch.; Heiselberg, Per Kvols; Duer, Karsten;

    2016-01-01

    Highlights •Energy renovations of houses in moderate climates increase overheating risk. •Critical measures are the floor insulation and the improvement of the airtightness. •Decrease of the g value of windows diminishes the intensity and the period of it. •Static method of assessment shows higher...

  13. Duct System Flammability and Air Sealing Fire Separation Assemblies in the International Residential Code

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    Rudd, A.; Prahl, D.

    2014-12-01

    IBACOS identified two barriers that limit the ability of builders to cost-effectively achieve higher energy efficiency levels in housing. These are (1) the use of duct system materials that inherently achieve airtightness and are appropriately sized for low-load houses and (2) the ability to air seal fire separation assemblies. The issues identified fall into a gray area of the codes.

  14. Proven Performance of Seven Cold Climate Deep Retrofit Homes

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    Osser, R.; Neuhauser, K.; Ueno, K.

    2012-06-01

    Seven test homes located in Massachusetts are examined within this report. The retrofit strategies of each home are presented along with a comparison of the pre- and post-retrofit airtightness achieved by the group. Pre- and post-retrofit utility bills were collected; energy models were used to estimate pre-retrofit energy use when bills were unavailable.

  15. Enthalpies of potassium iodide dissolution in isopropanol aqueous solutions

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    At 298.15 K in air-tight microcalorimeter with isothermal shell enthalpies of potassium iodide dissolution in water and in water-isopropyl alcohol mixtures (5,10,20,30,50 and 70 mol.%) are measured. Dissolution enthalpies during infinite dilution in the above-mentioned mixed solvents are determined

  16. Field trials with plant products to protect stored cowpea against insect damage

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    Boeke, S.J.; Kossou, D.K.; Huis, van A.; Loon, van J.J.A.; Dicke, M.

    2004-01-01

    Plant products were evaluated under field conditions for their efficacy as insecticides against the cowpea beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus, on stored cowpea. Seeds, mixed with finely ground clay and three volatile oils were stored in air-tight jerry-cans and canisters. Pods were treated with leaf p

  17. The effect of relative humidity on germination of Sporangia of Phytophthora ramorum

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    Sporangia of three isolates of P. ramorum representing three different clonal lineages were subjected to relative humidity (RH) levels between 80 and 100% for exposure periods ranging from 1 to 24 h at 20°C in darkness. Airtight snap-lid plastic containers (21.5 x 14.5 x 5 cm) were used as humidity ...

  18. Thermal bridges of modern windows

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    Hansen, Ernst Jan de Place; Møller, Eva B.; Nielsen, Anker;

    2013-01-01

    With its focus on reduced energy consumption, contemporary housing construction requires a highly insulated and airtight building envelope with as few thermal bridges as possible.Windows must be carefully designed, as thermal bridges can lead to surface condensation or mold growth, even if the wi...

  19. Chinese IIR's Supply & Demand Situation and Development Prospect%Chinese IIR's Supply & Demand Situation and Development Prospect

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    Cui Xiaoming

    2011-01-01

    IIR is a kind of rubber polymerized by isobutylene and a little isoprene with such performances as good airtightness, heat resistance, aging resistance, acid-alkali resistance, ozone resis- tance, solvent resistance, electric insulation, shock absorption and low water absorption, which is widely applied on the inner tubes, tire bags, vulcanized bladders, air barriers, sidewalls,

  20. 21 CFR 868.5750 - Inflatable tracheal tube cuff.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Inflatable tracheal tube cuff. 868.5750 Section 868.5750 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... cuff. (a) Identification. An inflatable tracheal tube cuff is a device used to provide an airtight...

  1. Duct System Flammability and Air Sealing Fire Separation Assemblies in the International Residential Code

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    Rudd, A. [ABT Systems, LLC, Annville, PA (United States); Prahl, D. [IBACOS, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA (United States)

    2014-12-01

    IBACOS identified two barriers that limit the ability of builders to cost-effectively achieve higher energy efficiency levels in housing. These are the use of duct system materials that inherently achieve airtightness and are appropriately sized for low-load houses and the ability to air seal fire separation assemblies. The issues identified fall into a gray area of the codes.

  2. 40 CFR 273.33 - Waste management.

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    2010-07-01

    ... mercury-containing equipment in a way that prevents releases of any universal waste or component of a... foreseeable conditions, and must be reasonably designed to prevent the escape of mercury into the environment...) Immediately seals the original housing holding the mercury with an air-tight seal to prevent the release...

  3. The Effect of Nozzle Design and Operating Conditions on the Atomization and Distribution of Fuel Sprays

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    Lee, Dana W

    1933-01-01

    The atomization and distribution characteristics of fuel sprays from automatic injection valves for compression-ignition engines were determined by catching the fuel drops on smoked-glass plates, and then measuring and counting the impressions made in the lampblack. The experiments were made in an air-tight chamber in which the air density was raised to values corresponding to engine conditions.

  4. Overheating risk barriers to energy renovations of single family houses

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    Psomas, Theofanis Ch.; Heiselberg, Per Kvols; Duer, Karsten;

    2016-01-01

    Highlights •Energy renovations of houses in moderate climates increase overheating risk. •Critical measures are the floor insulation and the improvement of the airtightness. •Decrease of the g value of windows diminishes the intensity and the period of it. •Static method of assessment shows highe...

  5. The protective cell petrus for the production of californium 252

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    The alpha, beta, gamma, neutron cell which is described in the present paper is devoted to the transplutonium element production and study. It is located at the CEN in Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). The 4 feet ordinary concrete shielding made of stacked blocs allows the manipulation of radioactive sources as high as 1000 curies of 1 MeV gamma rays and with a fast neutrons flux of 109 n.cm-2.s-1. The airtight alpha containment box is equipped with two transfer systems, one consists of a parallelepiped shaped airtight box located in a turntable, the other uses standard cylindrical containers made of polyethylene. The general equipment and the main setting up are also described. (authors)

  6. Fuel cell leak detector

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    A method and device for leak testing vessels such as fuel cells or tanks which are large enough for a person to move around within holding a small hand held ball or balloon type device which is provided with a large aperture. In leak testing a vessel, the aperture portion of the device is pressed against the inside wall of the vessel with sufficient pressure to form an airtight seal between the inside of the device and the wall. While maintaining the airtight seal, the device is moved over the full inside surface of the cell. If there is a hole in the cell, the device which is very compliant will tend to collapse as it passes over the hole due to a resilient pressure drop created by the hole allowing the air to escape from the device to the atmosphere

  7. Energy use and indoor environment in new and existing dwellings in Arctic climates

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    Kotol, Martin

    2014-01-01

    Buildings in Arctic climates require large amounts of heat to provide their occupants with a comfortable indoor environment. In recent years the intention to conserve energy has caused buildings in the Arctic (and worldwide) to become more insulated and airtight. The natural infiltration of...... investigated. For energy and indoor environmental reasons it is advisable that new airtight buildings be equipped with mechanical ventilation systems with heat recovery. Nevertheless, these systems when exposed to the Arctic winter climate face the risk of frost formation, which may put the ventilation system...... that the majority of the monitored bedrooms were insufficiently ventilated. The problems with poor ventilation were more severe in newer buildings (build after 1990) due to tighter envelopes and unchanged ventilation strategies. In conclusion, it is possible to provide dwellings in the Arctic with good...

  8. Hybrid Wall Construction and Quality Control Issues in Wyandotte, Michigan

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    Lukachko, A. [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Grin, A. [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Bergey, D. [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)

    2013-12-01

    This report is the second report on the Wyandotte NSP2 project in Wyandotte, MI and documents refinements to the design, construction, and quality control for the High R-value enclosure. The report will be of interest to designers and builders of production housing in Cold Climates. The focus of the second round of research was on using the hybrid insulation approach to develop a reliable methodof achieving consistently low airtightness numbers. There are two primary outcomes from this research. First, the airtightness measurements demonstrate that with a shallow learning curve, even new builders entering the program having little experience with the technology package are able to achieve consistent results that are less than 1.5 ACH50. Second, the process changes implemented to helpsecure these results were straightforward and ended up encouraging better communication between designer, builder, and the City officials supervising the project.

  9. Hybrid Wall Construction and Quality Control Issues in Wyandotte, Michigan

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    Lukachko, A. [Building Science Corporation, Somerville, MA (United States); Grin, A. [Building Science Corporation, Somerville, MA (United States); Bergey, D. [Building Science Corporation, Somerville, MA (United States)

    2013-12-01

    This report is the second report on the Wyandotte Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 project in Wyandotte, MI, and documents refinements to the design, construction, and quality control for the high R-value enclosure. The report will be of interest to designers and builders of production housing in Cold Climates. The focus of the second round of research was on using the hybrid insulation approach to develop a reliable method of achieving consistently low airtightness numbers. There are two primary outcomes from this research. First, the airtightness measurements demonstrate that with a shallow learning curve, even new builders entering the program having little experience with the technology package are able to achieve consistent results that are less than 1.5 ACH50. Second, the process changes implemented to help secure these results were straightforward and ended up encouraging better communication between designer, builder, and the city officials supervising the project.

  10. How to Ensure Low Radon Concentrations in Indoor Environments

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    Rasmussen, Torben Valdbjørn; Wraber, Ida Kristina

    2011-01-01

    This paper focuses on methods for measuring radon levels in the indoor air in buildings as well as on concrete solutions that can be carried out in the building to prevent radon leakage and to lower the radon concentration in the indoor air of new buildings. The radon provision in the new Danish...... Building Regulations from 2010 has been tightened as a result of new recommendations from the World Health Organization. Radon can cause lung cancer and it is not known whether there is a lower limit for its harmfulness. It is therefore important to reduce the radon concentration as much as possible in new...... buildings. The airtightness is a major factor when dealing with radon in buildings. Above the ground it is important to build airtight in compliance with energy requirements and against the ground it is important to prevent radon from seeping into the building. There is a direct connection between a...

  11. Castor and Pollux - shielded cells for studying fuel treatment processes

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    CASTOR and POLLUX, two alpha, beta, gamma cells are described in the present paper. They are located in the CEN at Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). They are designed for improvement studies of the various aqueous separation processes used in irradiated fuels reprocessing plants. Located in the same air-tight steel encasement, they arc inter-connected by a pneumatic transfer. These two cells have a similar in-line conception and they include: a gamma shielding in lead of 10 cm of thickness; an inner air-tight box, made with stainless steel and plexiglas, is maintained in lowering in comparison to room pressure. Eleven Hobson model seven master-slave manipulators allow inner manipulations. Then the inner equipment is described briefly. (author)

  12. Growth performance of fingerlings of the Indian major carp, Catla catla (Ham.) fed with feeds supplemented with different seaweeds

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    Kotnala, S.; Dhar, P.; Das, Partha; Chatterji, A.

    in an oven for 24 hours. Before use, these pellets were grounded to powder form in a mixture and preserved in airtight containers for further use. The average weight of fry at the beginning of the experiment was recorded and 40 numbers of randomly... as unconventional source of plant proteins to develop suitable fish feeds (edwards et al., 1985; Devaraj et al., 1986). In tropical developing countries, where algal production rates are high, algae have been receiving increasing attention as an alternate protein...

  13. Mechanical Properties of Ferrofluids in Loudspeakers.

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    Lemarquand, Guy; Ravaud, Romain; Lemarquand, Valérie; Depollier, Claude

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes the mechanical properties of ferrofluid seals in ironless electrodynamic loudspeakers. The motor is constituted of several outer stacked ring permanent magnets. The inner moving part is a piston. In addition, two ferrofluid seals are used which replace the classical suspension. Indeed, these seals fulfill several functions. First, they ensure the airtightness between the loudspeaker faces. Second, they act as bearings and center the moving part. Finally, the ferrofluid se...

  14. Selection and a 3-Year Field Trial of Sorangium cellulosum KYC 3262 Against Anthracnose in Hot Pepper

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    Yun, Sung-Chul

    2014-01-01

    KYC 3262 was selected as a biocontrol agent against anthracnose on hot pepper from 813 extracts of myxobacterial isolates. Dual culture with Colletotrichum acutatum and 813 myxobacterial extracts was conducted, and 19 extracts were selected that inhibited germination and mycelial growth of C. acutatum. All selections were Sorangium cellulosum, which are cellulolytic myxobacteria from soil. With the infection bioassay on detached fruits in airtight containers, KYC 3262, KYC 3512, KYC 3279, and...

  15. 屋内塵性ダニの卵に対する脱酸素剤の致死効果

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    亀崎, 宏樹; 大橋, 和典; 石原, 圭朗; 佐々木, 義昭; 高藤, 晃雄

    2007-01-01

    The lethal effects of two types of oxygen absorbers on the eggs of the house dust mites, Dermatophagoides farinae, D. pteronyssinus, and Tyrophagus putrescentiae were studied. For D. farinae, and D. pteronyssinus, the mortality obtained after 2 days in an air-tight container with iron (Fe)-type oxygen absorbers was 100%, while an ascorbic-acid-type oxygen absorber needed 5 days to obtain 100% mortality. On the other hand, the two types of oxygen absorbers showed no significant lethal differen...

  16. Feed grain improvement through biopreservation and bioprocessing

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    Olstorpe, Matilda

    2008-01-01

    Fermentation is an environmentally friendly method to improve feed quality. Fermented liquid feed and airtight stored moist crimped cereal grain systems that are of increasing importance in agricultural practice were studied. Both rely on spontaneous microbial developments with poorly understood population dynamics, resulting in unpredictable final quality. Temperature, fermentation time and ingredients affected final properties of the feed. Molecular-based species identification showed that ...

  17. エアータイト型展示ケースにおける相対湿度分布の数値シミュレーション

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    板倉, 嘉哉; 島村, 敏昭; 神庭, 信幸; イタクラ, ヨシヤ; シマムラ, トシアキ; カンバ, ノブユキ; ITAKURA, Yoshiya; SHIMAMURA, Toshiaki; KAMBA, Nobuyuki

    1999-01-01

    The control of the relative humidity in the display case is especially important for the cultural properties to avoid chemical and mechanical damage. In this paper, the transitional relative humidity distribution in the display case are estimated under various conditions by solving three dimensional unsteady Navier-Stokes equations coupled with thermal and humidity transport equations. The results show that the unsteady relative humidity distribution in the airtight type display case is stron...

  18. Enhanced biogas production from municipal WWTPs : Co-digestion of microalgae with sewage sludge and thermophilic secondary digestion of mesophilic digested sludge

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    Olsson, Jesper

    2015-01-01

    Biogas is produced when organic material is broken down in oxygen-free (anaerobic) conditions. This process is called anaerobic digestion and is used in most large and medium-sized municipal wastewater treatment plants in Sweden. In the wastewater treatment sewage sludge is obtained, from the mecanical-, biological and chemical treatment step, which contains decomposable organic material. The sludge is pumped into a digester, which is an airtight container. In the digester raw biogas, consist...

  19. Indoor Air Quality in 24 California Residences Designed as High-Performance Homes

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    Less, Brennan [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Mullen, Nasim [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Singer, Brett [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Walker, Iain [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2015-07-01

    Today’s high performance green homes are reaching previously unheard of levels of airtightness and are using new materials, technologies and strategies, whose impacts on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) cannot be fully anticipated from prior studies. This research study used pollutant measurements, home inspections, diagnostic testing and occupant surveys to assess IAQ in 24 new or deeply retrofitted homes designed to be high performance green buildings in California.

  20. Device for handling sealed case plungs

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    A device is designed for handling plugs of airtight cases which contain tested nuclear reactor fuel elements; the device allows to seal alternatively two cases and may be assembled without pouring the water out from the pool. The control and power elements consisting of standard electric servo drives are placed above the water level. The equipment has shown a lower failure rate and is less labour demanding when compared with previously used pneumatic systems. (J.C.)

  1. Miniaturized nuclear battery

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    The invention relates to a miniaturized nuclear battery, consisting of several in series connected cells, wherein each cell contains a support which acts as positive pole and which supports on one side a β-emitter, above said emitter is a radiation resisting insulation layer which is covered by an absorption layer, above which is a collector layer, and wherein the in series connected calls are disposed in an airtight case

  2. CLEAN CITY

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    2006-01-01

    Beijing is making every effort to handle its garbage in an environmentally sound manner Xu Yannian has gotten up at six in the morning each day for many years, so he can be ready when the garbage truck comes at 6:30 to collect the trash from the community in Beijing where he handles rubbish disposal. Xu manages the garbage room, an airtight, 50-square-meter space with more than

  3. Study and treatment of situations implying radon

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    The radon is a radioactive gas with a natural origin. It comes from a disintegration of uranium and radium present in the soils. It comes from granitic and volcanic subsoils. The radon can accumulate in buildings. It is the principal source of natural exposure and the second one after medical exposures. It is the only one source of radiations on which man is susceptible to act. Ventilation and airtightness are solutions to reduce radon concentration. (N.C.)

  4. The Effects of Air Permeability, Background Ventilation and Lifestyle on Energy Performance, Indoor Air Quality and Risk of Condensation in Domestic Buildings

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    Arman Hashemi; Narguess Khatami

    2015-01-01

    Effective and efficient ventilation is essential when improving energy performance and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) of buildings. Reducing air permeability can considerably improve the energy performance of buildings; however, making the buildings more airtight may result in lower rates of natural ventilation which may in turn increase the risks of condensation and unacceptable IAQ. This study evaluates the effects of different air permeability rates, background ventilation and occupants’ lifes...

  5. Timer switch to convert suction apparatus for negative pressure wound therapy application

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    Surath Amarnath; Mettu Rami Reddy; Chayam Hanumantha Rao; Harsha Vardan Surath

    2014-01-01

    Background: Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is an established modality in the treatment of chronic wounds, open fractures, and post-operative wound problems. This method has not been widely used due to the high cost of equipment and consumables. This study demonstrates an indigenously developed apparatus which gives comparable results at a fraction of the cost. Readily available materials are used for the air-tight dressing. Materials and Methods: Equipment consists of suction apparatu...

  6. Performances of DAHT connected to building airthightness and indoor hygrothermal climate

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    Masy, Gabrielle; Lebrun, Jean; Gendebien, Samuel; Hansen, Nicolas; Lengele, Marc; Prieels, Luc

    2011-01-01

    As building insulation level increases, the coupling of ventilation systems with building enveloppe airtightness becomes an important issue in order to improve buildings energy performances. A building ventilation model can be built on a set of resistances and generators in order to handle infiltration, natural ventilation as well as fan driven air flows. The model is able to assess the indoor air humidity level and the building energy balance. Double flow ventilation can be ha...

  7. The efficiency increase in suppression of ship fires by optimization of the existing fire extinguishing means

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    Мосейчук, Юрий Павлович

    2012-01-01

    This article discusses the ways of improving the effectiveness of putting out onboard fires. The main aim of the research is substantiation and selection of the tools aimed at firefighting procedures optimization through the application of the least expensive way to modernize existing onboard firefighting. Decreasing of oxygen concentration in an airtight ship compartment is one of the perspective ways of firefighting activities optimization. That is achieved by aligning the in-compartmental ...

  8. Blastproof shelter

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    An underground shelter is described consisting of an airtight tubular or spherical shell divided into two compartments. Each compartment is accessible from the other compartment, and each can be entered from outside the shell via its own hatch. One has two successive covers, the outer of which can only be opened from the main living compartment of the shell, the other compartment serving as an entry and decontamination compartment. (author)

  9. Hardware-Software Co-Design: Not Just a Cliché

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    Sampson, Adrian; Bornholt, James; Ceze, Luis

    2015-01-01

    The age of the air-tight hardware abstraction is over. As the computing ecosystem moves beyond the predictable yearly advances of Moore's Law, appeals to familiarity and backwards compatibility will become less convincing: fundamental shifts in abstraction and design will look more enticing. It is time to embrace hardware-software co-design in earnest, to cooperate between programming languages and architecture to upend legacy constraints on computing. We describe our work on approximate comp...

  10. Modular manifold for integrated fluidics and electronics

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    Adkins, Douglas Ray

    2010-03-30

    An airtight preconcentrator housing and/or a sensor housing for chemical testing, the housing(s) comprising internal dimensions such that a pre-manufactured preconcentrator and/or sensor can be disposed therein. The housings can also comprise electrical contacts disposed therein which align with and thus provide electrical connection to the preconcentrator and/or sensor. The preconcentrator and/or sensor can be easily and quickly replaced.

  11. A Meta-Analysis of Single-Family Deep Energy Retrofit Performance in the U.S.

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    Less, Brennan [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Walker, Iain [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2014-08-01

    The current state of Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) performance in the U.S. has been assessed in 116 homes in the United States, using actual and simulated data gathered from the available domestic literature. Substantial airtightness reductions averaging 63% (n=48) were reported (two- to three-times more than in conventional retrofits), with average post-retrofit airtightness of 4.7 Air Changes per House at 50 Pascal (ACH50) (n=94). Yet, mechanical ventilation was not installed consistently. In order to avoid indoor air quality (IAQ) issues, all future DERs should comply with ASHRAE 62.2-2013 requirements or equivalent. Projects generally achieved good energy results, with average annual net-site and net-source energy savings of 47%±20% and 45%±24% (n=57 and n=35), respectively, and carbon emission reductions of 47%±22% (n=23). Net-energy reductions did not vary reliably with house age, airtightness, or reported project costs, but pre-retrofit energy usage was correlated with total reductions (MMBtu).

  12. Affordable Cold Climate Infill Housing with Hybrid Insulation Approach, Wyandotte, Michigan (Fact Sheet)

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    Metzger, C.; Lukachko, A.; Grin, A.; Bergey, D.

    2013-11-01

    Even builders who are relatively new to energy-efficient construction can consistently reach a target whole house airtightness of 1.5 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals (ACH50) with high R-value enclosures that use a hybrid insulation approach. The City of Wyandotte, Michigan, started a construction program in 2010 to build affordable, energy-efficient homes on lots in existing neighborhoods. A goal of the program was to engage local builders in energy-efficient construction and be able to deliver the new houses for less than $100/ft2. By the end of 2012, approximately 25 new houses were built by five local builders under this program. To help builders consistently achieve the airtightness target, a local architect worked with researchers from Building Science Corporation, a U.S. Department of Energy Building America team, to develop a technology specification with several key pieces. A high R-value wall and roof assembly made use of 2 ?6 advanced framing and a hybrid insulation approach that included insulating sheathing to control thermal bridging and closed cell spray polyurethane foam insulation (ccSPF) for its airtightness and vapor control benefits. This approach allows the air barrier to be completed and tested before any finishing work occurs, ensuring that problems are spotted and corrected early in the construction process.

  13. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Affordable Cold Climate Infill Housing with Hybrid Insulation Approach, Wyandotte, Michigan

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    None

    2013-11-01

    Even builders who are relatively new to energy-efficient construction can consistently reach a target whole house airtightness of 1.5 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals (ACH50) with high R-value enclosures that use a hybrid insulation approach. In 2010, the City of Wyandotte, Michigan, started construction to build affordable, energy-efficient homes on lots in existing neighborhoods. A goal was to engage local builders in energy-efficient construction and be able to deliver the new houses for less than $100/ft2. By the end of 2012, approximately 25 new houses were built by five local builders under this program. To help builders consistently achieve the airtightness target, a local architect worked with researchers from Building Science Corporation, a Building America team, to develop a technology specification with several key pieces. A high R-value wall and roof assembly made use of 2 ×6 advanced framing and a hybrid insulation approach that included insulating sheathing to control thermal bridging and closed cell spray polyurethane foam insulation (ccSPF) for its airtightness and vapor control benefits. This approach allows the air barrier to be completed and tested before any finishing work occurs, ensuring that problems are spotted and corrected early in the construction process.

  14. Best Practices Case Study: David Weekley Homes - Eagle Springs and Waterhaven, Houston, TX

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    none,

    2011-04-01

    Case study describing David Weekley Homes, Houston Division, has qualified more than 1,240 homes for the DOE Builders Challenge. Advanced framed 2x6 walls with open headers and two-stud corners allow more room for R-20 damp sprayed cellulose wall cavity insulation that is covered with R-5 rigid XPS foam. A radiant barrier cuts heat gain in the R-38 insulated vented attics. Draft stopping at fireplace and duct chases and behind tubs, gluing sheetrock to framing, and extensive caulking make for air-tight homes at 3.0 ACH50.

  15. Self-Healing of Thermoplastic Poly(Ethylene-co-Methacrylic Acid) Copolymers Following Projectile Puncture

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    Kalista, Jr., Stephen James

    2003-01-01

    Poly(ethylene-co-methacrylic acid) (EMAA) ionomer polymers carry great potential for use in a wide variety of unique applications due to their property of "self-healing" following projectile impact. Following puncture, certain films based on these materials are observed to "heal", with the penetration opening recovering to an air-tight condition. Specifically, four polymers of this class were examined, including DuPont⠢ Surlyn® 8920, Surlyn® 8940, Nucrel® 925, and Nucrel® 960. Though ...

  16. Indoor air quality in energy efficient buildings. A literature review

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    Thomsen, Judith; Berge, Magnar

    2012-07-01

    There is currently a major focus on measures to reduce global warming. Several international studies show that the energy efficiency of buildings is the easiest and most cost-effective climate action. Passive houses are characterized of that the buildings are more airtight, have more insulation and has balanced mechanical ventilation with heat recovery. This report discusses about this one-sided focus on energy conservation, and if {sup c}hange{sup }in building methods can have a negative impact on indoor air quality and people's health. (Author)

  17. Operating Room Environment Control. Part A: a Valve Cannister System for Anesthetic Gas Adsorption. Part B: a State-of-the-art Survey of Laminar Flow Operating Rooms. Part C: Three Laminar Flow Experiments

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    Meyer, J. S.; Kosovich, J.

    1973-01-01

    An anesthetic gas flow pop-off valve canister is described that is airtight and permits the patient to breath freely. Once its release mechanism is activated, the exhaust gases are collected at a hose adapter and passed through activated coal for adsorption. A survey of laminar air flow clean rooms is presented and the installation of laminar cross flow air systems in operating rooms is recommended. Laminar flow ventilation experiments determine drying period evaporation rates for chicken intestines, sponges, and sections of pig stomach.

  18. Optical properties of SnO2-As2Se3-ZnS(Mn, Cu-Al structure with intermediate chalcogenide-glass layer

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    N.Mateleshko

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available Introducing of As2Se3 as a contrasting intermediate layer into SnO2-As2Se3-ZnS(Mn, Cu-Al structure allows one to increase 1.5 times the light contrast range of the device that facilitates the perception of symbol-alphabetic information. The bleaching of As2Se3 film under the action of moisture allows to control the state of the structure air-tightness. The absorption edge of As-Se film and the electrooptical characteristics of SnO2-ZnS(Mn, Cu-Al active structure are investigated.

  19. Development of a differential pressure switch for precise operation under negative pressure

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    Negative atmospheric pressure is an isolation technique used in nuclear facilities including vessels and hot-cells to prevent release of radioactive materials. In the related system, differential pressure switches are very important function for process monitoring such as liquid level and negative pressure in a reprocessing process. Although air-tight switches have been using to avoid radioactive contamination, such type of switch have not meet requirements for precise operation under deep negative pressure. Therefore, we have been investigation an improved types of switches to overcome the problem. We have developed a prototype switch and made some vibration and endurance tests. Their results are described in this paper. (author)

  20. Dynamic simulations to develop a natural ventilation concept for an office building

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    Thewes, Andreas; Maas, Stefan; SCHOLZEN, Frank; Waldmann, Danièle; Zuerbes, Arno

    2010-01-01

    The Sustainability Group of the University of Luxembourg defined for their new buildings a maximum thermal end-energy of 14 kWh/(m3a) and an electricity consumption for HVAC and lighting below 6 kWh/(m3a). Therefore it was necessary to avoid active cooling loads and mechanical ventilation in the offices and small lecture rooms. The well insulated and air-tight façade, including special outside shading elements which were designed as a grid over the complete building envelope, was ...

  1. Pilot scale facility to determine gaseous emissions from livestock slurry during storage

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    Petersen, Søren O; Skov, Morten; Drøscher, Per;

    2009-01-01

    Livestock production is a growing source of air pollution, locally and to the wider environment. Improved livestock manure management has the potential to reduce environmental impacts, but there is a need for methodologies to precisely quantify emissions. This paper describes and evaluates a novel...... storage facility for livestock slurry consisting of eight 6.5-m3 cylindrical units. The stores may be equipped with airtight covers and ventilated during storage or during measurement only. Each store has eight air inlets (160 mm diameter) and a single outlet in the cover connected to a main ventilation...

  2. Highly Insulating and Light Transmitting Aerogel Glazing for Super Insulating Windows (HILIT+)

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    Jensen, Karsten Ingerslev; Kristiansen, Finn Harken; Schultz, Jørgen Munthe

    2005-01-01

    of the chemicals involved in the production process. A large number of aerogel glazing prototypes have been made with partly evacuated aerogel in between two layers of low iron and anti-reflection treated glass panes with an airtight edge seal solution based on multi-layered plastic foil developed for vacuum...... avoidance. The final aerogel window is optimised with regard to its production and performance in view of the technical, economical and life cycle aspects. The aerogel production process has been optimised and tuned so monolithic silica aerogel sheets are produced with more than 85% crack free sheets per...

  3. Highly Insulating and Light Transmitting Aerogel Glazing for Super Insulating Windows (HILIT+)

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    Jensen, Karsten Ingerslev

    2005-01-01

    of the chemicals involved in the production process. A large number of aerogel glazing prototypes have been made with partly evacuated aerogel in between two layers of low iron and anti-reflection coated glass panes with an airtight edge seal solution based on multi-layered plastic foil developed for vacuum...... avoidance. The final aerogel window is optimised with regard to its production and performance in view of the technical, economical and life cycle aspects. The aerogel production process has been optimised and tuned so monolithic silica aerogel sheets are produced with more than 85% crack free sheets per...

  4. Study on Simulated Human Load in Unmanned Spaceship

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    WANG Lidong; WANG Xianmin; LU Yaofeng; YIN Rui; XIAO Zhijun

    2004-01-01

    This article introduces the methods for testing and verifying the performance of a new type of oxygen supply apparatus as well as the performance of the Environment Control and Life Support System(ECLSS)in the airtight unmanned space capsule,with a simulated human load instead of animals or human in China's Manned Space Program.The simulated human load also supplies a dummy for the spaceship to instal the envirmental testing equipment,to wear spacesuit,and to match the weight in spaceship.

  5. Determination of oxygen in mixed uranium-plutonium carbide fuels

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    Determination of oxygen in mixed uranium-plutonium carbide fuels is made by inert gas fusion-coulometry. To minimize oxygen contamination during sample preparation, the sample is crushed, weighted and sealed air-tight in a platinum capsule in an argon gas atmosphere glove box. The true oxygen content is estimated by subtracting the oxygen contamination from the oxygen determined. Routine analysis of 32 samples of mixed uranium-plutonium carbides is performed with a coefficient of variation of 1.6%. (author)

  6. Hydrostatic levelling of a NPP (Nuclear Power Plant) floor during the pressure test of the surrounding wall experimental measurement

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    The stability of the floor of a nuclear Plant (NPP) is continuously checked with existing levelling systems. In January 1999, the NPP of Flamanville (North-West of France) which is not equipped with such a system, decided to carry out an experimental measurement with a 'Hydrostatic Leveling System' (HLS), during the pressure test (for inspection air-tightness) of the surrounding wall. This paper will describe the conception, the installation of such a system and the results of the measurement. It is shown that the hydrostatic levelling system allows measurement of deformations in real-time with a very high accuracy. (author)

  7. Active vibration control of a doubly-curved panel under pressurization

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    Nourzad, Delphine; Elliott, Stephen; Ghandchi-Tehrani, Maryam; Rustighi, Emiliano

    2012-01-01

    This study focuses on the control of doubly-curved panels which occur in aircrafts due to the deflection of fuselage panels during lateral pressure loading. This paper describes experi-mental work conducted toward the implementation of a feedback velocity control system on a pressurised panel of varying curvature in both the x and y directions. A thin rectangular al-uminium panel was clamped to an airtight, rigid-walled enclosure and the curvature of the panel was varied through changing the ...

  8. Information security governance simplified from the boardroom to the keyboard

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    Fitzgerald, Todd

    2011-01-01

    Security practitioners must be able to build cost-effective security programs while also complying with government regulations. Information Security Governance Simplified: From the Boardroom to the Keyboard lays out these regulations in simple terms and explains how to use control frameworks to build an air-tight information security (IS) program and governance structure. Defining the leadership skills required by IS officers, the book examines the pros and cons of different reporting structures and highlights the various control frameworks available. It details the functions of the security d

  9. Destiny of microbial aerosol in confined habitat

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    Viacheslav, Ilyin; Tikhomirov, Alexander A.; Novikova, Nataliya; Nickolay Manukovsky, D..; Kharin, Sergey; Pasanen, Pertti

    Biomodeling experiment was performed at the Institute of Biophysics in Krasnoyarsk dedicated to modeling the bacterial aerosol behavior in airtight chamber. The experiment was perform an one of workpackages of FP-7 project BIOSMHARS. Bacterial aerosol included particles of bacteria and fungi: Staphylococcus epidermidis, Bacillus licheniformis and Penicillium expansum The experiments allowed the following conclusions: 1. The major trend in air and surface contamination is permanent presence of the microbial factor throughout the time of generation. In the course of generation, level of contamination was gradually dropping except for the upward trend at the end of generation. These patterns were confirmed equally by the results of sedimentation studies and measurements using the Andersen impact 2. Sedimentation of airborne particles containing microbes went on at least two hours after the generation had been finished. However, level of this late sedimentation was approximately 10 folds less as compared with that in the course of generation. 3. Horizontal surfaces appear to be particularly vulnerable loci in airtight rooms. Their contamination was the highest. Levels of their contamination were higher than elsewhere. The closer is the source, the higher the level of contamination. 4. Walls were least contaminated. The ceiling was essentially clean. Air in the vicinity of the ceiling contained microbiota little if any. To summarize, the modeling experiments showed that the microbial component is a permanent resident of airtight rooms no matter decontamination effort (HEPA filters). The gravitational forces ensure that air cleans from microbiota by way of sedimentation. At the same time, together with microparticles microflora accumulates on horizontal surfaces which become the loci of microbes deposition and development. Therefore, despite the system of microbial control, risks of infection still raises the major concern for those who work in airtight facilities

  10. Design of Passive Containment Cooling System of PWR using Multi-pod Heat Pipe

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    Park, Jun Seok; Kim, Sang Nyung [Kyunghee University, Yongin (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    As we have seen in the Fukushima nuclear crisis, major accident is not just a hypothetical accident. As in a BWR nuclear power plant, a containment is the last bastion against radiation leakage for a PWR nuclear power plant. The wholesomeness the containment is directly connected with the safety of a nuclear power plant. Therefore, a passive cooling system for the containment is required to prevent a major accident of the nuclear power plant. This study perfected the conceptual design about the Passive Containment Cooling System (including a suppression pool) using Multi-pod Heat Pipe(MPHP) that meets the requirements of air-tightness and economic feasibility

  11. Full Scale Measurements and CFD Simulations of Diffuse Ceiling Inlet for Ventilation and Cooling of Densely Occupied Rooms

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    Mikeska, Tomás; Fan, Jianhua

    2015-01-01

    gypsum boards with airtight connectionswas created utilizing the full potential of diffuse layer without undesirable crack flow reported by otherauthors. The measured values were used to validate the detailed Large Eddy Simulation model of testroom created in CFD software with aim to evaluate an indoor...... comfort numerically. Results of our investigations have shown that diffuse ceiling inlet is a suitable solution for the spaceswith high density occupancy. The results have shown that transient calculations using Large Eddy Simulation models can predict well temperatures and velocity magnitude of air flow...

  12. Numerical Description of Dynamic U-value Technologies

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    Winther, Frederik Vildbrad; Heiselberg, Per; Jensen, Rasmus Lund

    2016-01-01

    The transparent part of the façade has the largest heat loss, when compared to the opaque part and an airtight envelope solution. A reduction of the heat loss through the transparent part of the façade leads to a decrease in energy demand for heating; however it increases the energy demand for...... cooling. Therefore in order to achieve zero-energy-building, optimum static U- and g-value solutions in zero-energy-building concepts needs to be supplied with renewable energy harvesting technologies. In order to lower the energy demand for heating without increasing the energy demand for cooling...

  13. Technology Solutions Case Study: Impact of Infiltration and Ventilation on Measured Space Conditioning Energy and Moisture Levels in the Hot-Humid Climate

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    None

    2014-04-01

    Air infiltration and ventilation in residential buildings is a very large part of the heating loads, but empirical data regarding the impact on space cooling has been lacking. Moreover, there has been little data on how building tightness might relate to building interior moisture levels in homes in a hot and humid climate. To address this need, BA-PIRC conducted research to assess the moisture and cooling load impacts of airtightness and mechanical ventilation in two identical laboratory homes in the hot-humid climate over the cooling season.

  14. Impact of Infiltration and Ventilation on Measured Space Conditioning Energy and Moisture Levels in the Hot-Humid Climate, Cocoa, Florida (Fact Sheet)

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    2014-04-01

    Air infiltration and ventilation in residential buildings is a very large part of the heating loads, but empirical data regarding the impact on space cooling has been lacking. Moreover, there has been little data on how building tightness might relate to building interior moisture levels in homes in a hot and humid climate. To address this need, BA-PIRC has conducted research to assess the moisture and cooling load impacts of airtightness and mechanical ventilation in two identical laboratory homes in the hot-humid climate over the cooling season. ​

  15. Enhancing the Security of Customer Data in Cloud Environments Using a Novel Digital Fingerprinting Technique

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    Nithya Chidambaram; Pethuru Raj; Thenmozhi, K.; Rengarajan Amirtharajan

    2016-01-01

    With the rapid rise of the Internet and electronics in people’s life, the data related to it has also undergone a mammoth increase in magnitude. The data which is stored in the cloud can be sensitive and at times needs a proper file storage system with a tough security algorithm. Whereas cloud is an open shareable elastic environment, it needs impenetrable and airtight security. This paper deals with furnishing a secure storage system for the above-mentioned purpose in the cloud. To become el...

  16. Radon entry into a simple test structure

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    Andersen, C.E.; Søgaard-Hansen, J.; Majborn, B.

    1992-01-01

    A simple test structure for studies of radon entry into houses has been constructed at a field site at Riso National Laboratory. It consists of a 40 1, stainless-steel cylinder placed in a 0.52 m deep quadratic excavation with a side length of 2.4 m. The excavation is lined with an airtight...... cylinder and in selected locations in the soil. In this paper, the test structure is described, and initial results concerning the transport of soil gas and radon under steady-state conditions are reported. It is found that the soil in the vicinity of the structure is partially depleted with respect to...

  17. IEA SHC Task 37: advanced housing renovation - Final report; IEA SHC Task 37: advanced housing renovation - Schlussbericht

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    Hastings, R.

    2010-01-15

    This final report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) reports on work done within the framework of the International Energy Agency's Solar Heating and Cooling program. The project addressed the energy consumption of residential buildings and their renovation. The report discusses the goals set for the project and reports on five projects that were initiated. These include the refurbishment of apartment buildings to meet the 'Passive House' standard, air-tightness, potential for the use of solar energy, solar facades and the renovation of historic listed buildings. Conclusions resulting from these projects are presented and discussed.

  18. Studies on safety and efficiency of gamma-irradiated ginseng

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    Gamma irradiation was applied to the biological quality improvement and preservation of white ginseng which has problems in a hygienic quality and storage stability. The current phosphine treatment showed no influence on microorganisms contaminated even though it was very useful for disinfestation of the sample, while 5 kGy irradiation effectively controlled the biological quality of the stored sample, with minimal effects on the quality parameters of white ginseng. Thus, it is concluded that gamma irradiation at a range of 5 kGy can be an alternative method of chemical fumigants provided air-tight packaging excluding recontamination is used for the stored product. (Author)

  19. Flexible Residential Test Facility: Impact of Infiltration and Ventilation on Measured Cooling Season Energy and Moisture Levels

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    Parker, D.; Kono, J.; Vieira, R.; Fairey, P.; Sherwin, J.; Withers, C.; Hoak, D.; Beal, D.

    2014-05-01

    Air infiltration and ventilation in residential buildings is a very large part of the heating loads, but empirical data regarding the impact on space cooling has been lacking. Moreover, there has been little data on how building tightness might relate to building interior moisture levels in homes in a hot and humid climate. To address this need, BA-PIRC has conducted research to assess the moisture and cooling load impacts of airtightness and mechanical ventilation in two identical laboratory homes in the hot-humid climate over the cooling season.

  20. Present State and Perspectives of Research on Carbon Dioxide Purification Technology for Coal Mine Refuge Chamber%矿用救生舱二氧化碳净化技术研究现状与展望

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    赵建会; 张小波; 孙瑞科

    2013-01-01

    详细介绍并比较了应用于矿用救生舱及其它密闭舱室内常用二氧化碳净化技术,指出了现有净化技术存在的问题,同时对二氧化碳净化技术的发展方向进行了探讨。%In this paper, the carbon dioxide purification technology in coal mine refuge chamber and other airtight cabin is introduced and compared. The problems that exist in the carbon dioxide purification technology are pointed out; finally the development direction is discussed.

  1. Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Indirect Solar Water Heating Systems in Single-Family Homes

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    None

    2016-04-01

    In 2011, Rural Development, Inc. (RDI) completed the construction of Wisdom Way Solar Village (WWSV), which is a development of 20 very efficient homes in Greenfield, Massachusetts. The homes feature R-40 walls, triple-pane windows, R-50 attic insulation, and airtight construction. All homes also have photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar domestic hot water (SDHW) systems. Auxiliary water heating is provided by tankless gas water heaters. With the SDHW systems, RDI hoped to eliminate most of the need for gas for water heating and get the homes closer to zero energy.

  2. Method of forming ultra thin film devices by vacuum arc vapor deposition

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    Schramm, Harry F. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    A method for providing an ultra thin electrical circuit integral with a portion of a surface of an object, including using a focal Vacuum Arc Vapor Deposition device having a chamber, a nozzle and a nozzle seal, depressing the nozzle seal against the portion of the object surface to create an airtight compartment in the chamber and depositing one or more ultra thin film layer(s) only on the portion of the surface of the object, the layers being of distinct patterns such that they form the circuit.

  3. Cost effectiveness analysis of the SEAMIST trademark membrane system technology

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    This report describes the cost and performance characteristics of SEAMIST trademark, an innovative technology that facilitates measurements of contaminants in both vertical and horizontal vadose zone boreholes. This new technology consists of an airtight membrane linear that is pneumatically emplaced inside the borehole structure. Sampling ports with attached tubing, absorbent collectors, or various in situ measuring devices can be fabricated into the linear and used for monitoring volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs), pesticides, herbicides, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, or radioactive substances. In addition, small instruments can be guided through the lined borehole and measurements taken inside at specified intervals

  4. Indirectly water-cooled production target at J-PARC hadron facility

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    After the radioactive material leak accident at the J-PARC hadron experimental facility on May 23, 2013, we designed a new production target, which is capable of a primary proton beam with the energy of 30 GeV and power of 50 kW. It is made of gold and cooled by water through a copper block. For the countermeasures of the recurrence of the accident, the target is enclosed by an airtight chamber and helium gas is circulated to monitor the target soundness. In this paper, technical details of the new target design are presented. (author)

  5. Dinoflagellate cyst assemblages in recent sediments of Visakhapatnam harbour, east coast of India: Influence of environmental characteristics

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    DeSilva, M.S.; Anil, A.C.; Sawant, S.S.

    collected in triplicates using a van Veen grab with a grabbing area of 0.04 m2. Through the top windows of the grab, undisturbed sediment cores (20 cm long PVC corer with an inner diameter of 2.5 cm) were retrieved. Cores were sealed with airtight caps... to be indicative of 5    marine source (Parsons, 1975) whereas for terrestrial organic matter, it varies from 20 to 200 (Hedges et al., 1986). 2.5. Data analyses Spatial variations in dinocyst abundance were presented as SURFER contours and relative...

  6. Field Testing of Compartmentalization Methods for Multifamily Construction

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    Ueno, K. [Building Science Corporation, Westford, MA (United States); Lstiburek, J. W. [Building Science Corporation, Westford, MA (United States)

    2015-03-01

    The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) has an airtightness requirement of 3 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals test pressure (3 ACH50) for single-family and multifamily construction (in climate zones 3–8). The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certification program and ASHRAE Standard 189 have comparable compartmentalization requirements. ASHRAE Standard 62.2 will soon be responsible for all multifamily ventilation requirements (low rise and high rise); it has an exceptionally stringent compartmentalization requirement. These code and program requirements are driving the need for easier and more effective methods of compartmentalization in multifamily buildings.

  7. Methane in coastal and offshore waters of the Arabian Sea

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    Jayakumar, D.A.; Naqvi, S.W.A.; Narvekar, P.V.; George, M.D.

    stored at ;58C in a box containing ice and analysed immediately on arrival at the shore laboratory the same day. Subsamples for CH were drawn in ;125-ml 4 air-tight glass bottles, immediately after those for O , taking care not to introduce any air... bubbles. 2 These were preserved with 0.25 ml of saturated mercuric chloride solution and stored in the dark in a Ž. refrigerator temperature ;48C until analysis in the shore laboratory within a month of collection. It has been shown that poisoned seawater...

  8. Long-Term Results. New Construction Occupied Test House, Urbana, Illinois

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    Stecher, D. [IBACOS, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Allison, K. [IBACOS, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA (United States)

    2012-10-01

    For this study, a house was designed and built to the Passive House (Passivhaus) Standard for low energy consumption. The house incorporates an airtight, super-insulated thermal enclosure, southern facing windows with overhangs, a single point mini-split heat pump and electric resistance heaters, and a balanced energy recovery ventilator (ERV). The house was instrumented with sub-metering on all major electrical circuits, temperature and humidity measurements in each room, domestic hot water consumption, and recovery efficiency of the ERV. The energy performance was documented and compared to modeled predictions, and the thermal comfort performance of the heat pump was assessed.

  9. Long-Term Results: New Construction Occupied Test House, Urbana, Illinois

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    Stecher, D.; Allison, K.

    2012-10-01

    For this study, a house was designed and built to the Passive House (Passivhaus) Standard for low energy consumption. The house incorporates an airtight, super-insulated thermal enclosure, southern facing windows with overhangs, a single point mini-split heat pump and electric resistance heaters, and a balanced energy recovery ventilator (ERV). The house was instrumented with sub-metering on all major electrical circuits, temperature and humidity measurements in each room, domestic hot water consumption, and recovery efficiency of the ERV. The energy performance was documented and compared to modeled predictions, and the thermal comfort performance of the heat pump was assessed.

  10. Design and construction of engineering test device of a multi-purpose radwaste incineration system

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    The author describes designs of main un-standard devices, monitoring system and safety system, as well as construction of the engineering system devices for a multi-purpose radwaste incineration system. Un-standard devices include waste crusher, pyrolysis furnace, incinerator furnace, cool stream dilution device and bag filter, etc. The monitoring system mainly includes industrial controlled computer, supported by conventional electrical equipment and instruments. Designs of system safety takes account of containment of radioactive materials fire-prevention, explosion prevention, anti-corrosion, redundance and reservation, emergency system, controlling and electric safety system, etc. Results show that main technological system remains good airtight with leakage ratio at 0.67%

  11. Silk fibroin diaphragm-based fiber-tip Fabry-Perot pressure sensor.

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    Cheng, Linghao; Wang, Cengzhong; Huang, Yunyun; Liang, Hao; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2016-08-22

    A miniature fiber-optic Fabry-Perot is built on the tip of a single mode fiber with a thin silk fibroin film as the diaphragm for pressure measurement. The silk fibroin film is regenerated from aqueous silk fibroin solution obtained by an environmentally benign fabrication process, which exhibits excellent optical and physicochemical properties, such as transparency in visible and near infrared region, membrane-forming ability, good adhesion, and high mechanical strength. The resulted Fabry-Perot pressure sensor is therefore highly biocompatible and shows good airtightness with a response of 12.3 nm/kPa in terms of cavity length change. PMID:27557238

  12. Casting defects in low-pressure die-cast aluminum alloy wheels

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    Zhang, B.; Cockcroft, S. L.; Maijer, D. M.; Zhu, J. D.; Phillion, A. B.

    2005-11-01

    Defects in automotive aluminum alloy casting continue to challenge metallurgists and production engineers as greater emphasis is placed on product quality and production cost. A range of casting-related defects found in low-pressure die-cast aluminum wheels were examined metallographically in samples taken from several industrial wheel-casting facilities. The defects examined include macro- and micro- porosity, entrained oxide films, and exogenous oxide inclusions. Particular emphasis is placed on the impact of these defects with respect to the three main casting-related criteria by which automotive wheel quality are judged: wheel cosmetics, air-tightness, and wheel mechanical performance.

  13. Basic radiation sterilization properties of packaging materials

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    The foils of various materials were irradiated with 60Co with an activity of 11,538 TBq. The minimum radiation dose was 25 kGy. Changes in chemico-physical properties were evaluated by infrared spectroscopy and were not detected after irradiation with 25 kGy. Packing foils were subjected to the following tests: mechanical tests, tests of weld strength, tests of impact resistance, free fall tests, permeability tests for water vapour and microbiological tests. The results of all tests were tabulated. The tests showed that the foils are impermeable for microorganisms and provided the welds are airtight the packed products remain sterile. (J.P.)

  14. Aerogel Use as a Skin Protective Liner In Space Suits and Prosthetic Limbs Project

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    Roberson, Luke Bennett

    2014-01-01

    Existing materials for prosthetic liners tend to be thick and airtight, causing perspiration to accumulate inside the liner and potentially causing infection and injury. The purpose of this project was to examine the suitability of aerogel for prosthetic liner applications for use in space suits and orthopedics. Three tests were performed on several types of aerogel to assess the properties of each material, and our initial findings demonstrated that these materrials would be excellent candidates for liner applications for prosthetics and space suits. The project is currently on hold until additional funding is obtained for application testing at the VH Hospitals in Tampa

  15. THERMAL BLOOMING OF HIGH POWER LASER BEAMS

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    Philbert, M.; Billard, M.; Fertin, G.; Lefèvre, J.

    1980-01-01

    With a view to better predicting the effects of thermal defocusing within the atmosphere, an experimental simulation set-up has been designed at ONERA. This consists essentially of a vertical airtight cell containing a gas or gas mixture sufficiently absorbing to induce "blooming" of a CO2 laser beam over a distance of about 3 m. A return wind tunnel, integrated within the cell, creates a uniform wind on the beam propagation path ; the wind velocity may be precisely adjusted between 0.1 and 2...

  16. Biodegradation of [(sup14)C]Benzo[a]pyrene Added in Crude Oil to Uncontaminated Soil

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    Kanaly, R.; Bartha, R.; Fogel, S; Findlay, M

    1997-01-01

    To investigate the possible cometabolic biodegradation of benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), crude oil spiked with [7-(sup14)C]BaP and unlabeled BaP was added to soil with no known pollution history, to give 34 g of oil and 67 mg of BaP/kg of dry soil. The oil-soil mixture was amended with mineral nutrients and incubated in an airtight container with continuous forced aeration. Total CO(inf2) and (sup14)CO(inf2) in the off-gas were trapped and quantified. Soil samples were Soxhlet extracted with dichlorom...

  17. Preservation of forest wood chips

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    Kofman, P.D.; Thomsen, I.M.; Ohlsson, C.; Leer, E.; Ravn Schmidt, E.; Soerensen, M.; Knudsen, P.

    1999-01-01

    As part of the Danish Energy Research Programme on biomass utilisation for energy production (EFP), this project concerns problems connected to the handling and storing of wood chips. In this project, the possibility of preserving wood chips of the Norway Spruce (Picea Abies) is addressed, and the potential improvements by anaerobic storage are tested. Preservation of wood chips aims at reducing dry matter losses from extensive heating during storage and to reduce production of fungal spores. Fungal spores pose a health hazards to workers handling the chips. Further the producers of wood chips are interested in such a method since it would enable them to give a guarantee for the delivery of homogeneous wood chips also during the winter period. Three different types of wood chips were stored airtight and further one of these was stored in accordance with normal practise and use as reference. The results showed that airtight storage had a beneficial impact on the quality of the chips: no redistribution of moisture, low dry matter losses, unfavourable conditions for microbial activity of most fungi, and the promotion of yeasts instead of fungi with airborne spores. Likewise the firing tests showed that no combustion problems, and no increased risk to the environment or to the health of staff is caused by anaerobic storage of wood chips. In all, the tests of the anaerobic storage method of forest wood chips were a success and a large-scale test of the method will be carried out in 1999. (au)

  18. A novel method for measuring the diffusion, partition and convective mass transfer coefficients of formaldehyde and VOC in building materials.

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    Jianyin Xiong

    Full Text Available The diffusion coefficient (D(m and material/air partition coefficient (K are two key parameters characterizing the formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOC sorption behavior in building materials. By virtue of the sorption process in airtight chamber, this paper proposes a novel method to measure the two key parameters, as well as the convective mass transfer coefficient (h(m. Compared to traditional methods, it has the following merits: (1 the K, D(m and h(m can be simultaneously obtained, thus is convenient to use; (2 it is time-saving, just one sorption process in airtight chamber is required; (3 the determination of h(m is based on the formaldehyde and VOC concentration data in the test chamber rather than the generally used empirical correlations obtained from the heat and mass transfer analogy, thus is more accurate and can be regarded as a significant improvement. The present method is applied to measure the three parameters by treating the experimental data in the literature, and good results are obtained, which validates the effectiveness of the method. Our new method also provides a potential pathway for measuring h(m of semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOC by using that of VOC.

  19. The stability of glyceryl trinitrate tablets during patient use.

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    Marty, J; Shaw, J; Hunt, D

    1983-04-01

    The stability of glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) tablets stored in ways commonly used by patients was investigated to enable pharmacists and physicians to give better advice about tablet storage. Analysis of 43 samples of tablets collected from hospital patients showed that the GTN content of these samples differed significantly from that of fresh tablets. Tablets kept in the manufacturer's bottle contained significantly more GTN than those transferred to other airtight vials (p less than 0.05) or pill boxes (p less than 0.005). The content of GTN was also significantly lower in tablets stored in pill boxes compared with other vials (p less than 0.01). Similar trends were found when tablets were stored in glass or plastic vials, pill boxes or were left exposed to air in the laboratory. These results emphasize that the best way to store GTN tablets is in the manufacturer's container. However, since many patients find that this bottle is awkward and inconvenient, a suitable alternative would be to carry a few tablets in a small airtight container (preferably glass). The unused tablets should be discarded every two weeks and nothing else should be added to the container. The use of pill boxes should be strongly discouraged. PMID:6412672

  20. Intra-solid nuclear reaction device

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    The present invention concerns a device (an experimental device) of intra-solid nuclear reaction to be used for the explication of a reaction mechanism of intra-solid nuclear reaction in a normal temperature fusion energy plant. Portions for an electrolysis cell on the side of electrolyte, a vacuum vessel on the side of vacuum, and a negative electrode are airtightly sealed, and fission products are detected while performing electrolysis. Namely, one side surface of the negative electrode is in contact with the electrolyte in the electrolysis cell. The other side surface of the negative electrode is in contact with the vacuum atmosphere in the vacuum vessel, the portions for the electrolysis cell on the side of the electrolyte, the vacuum vessel on the side of vacuum and the negative electrode are airtightly sealed, and the inside of the vacuum vessel is kept at a vacuum of not more than 10-1 Torr. A lead wire is attached to the negative electrode, and the electrolyte is electrolyzed by the negative electrode and the opposed positive electrode. In this case, a detector for fission products is disposed in the vacuum vessel, by which charged particles and X-rays which can not permeate the inside of the electrolyte can be detected. (N.H.)

  1. Water shielding nuclear reactor container

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    The reactor container of the present invention contains a reactor pressure vessel, and has double steel plate walls endurable to elevated inner pressure and keeping airtightness, and shielding water is filled inside from a water injection port. It is endurable to a great inner pressure satisfactorily and keep airtightness by the two spaced relatively thin steel plates. It exhibits radiation shielding effect by filling water substantially the same as that of a conventional reactor container made of iron reinforced concretes. Then, it is no more necessary to use concretes for the construction of the reactor container, which shortens the term of the construction, and saves the construction cost. In addition, a cooling effect for the reactor container is provided. Syphons are disposed contiguously to a water injection port and the top end of the syphon is immersed in an equipment temporarily storage pool, and further, pipelines are connected to the double steel plate walls or the syphons for supplying shielding water to enhance the cooling effect. (N.H.)

  2. Impact of oxygen dissolved at bottling and transmitted through closures on the composition and sensory properties of a Sauvignon Blanc wine during bottle storage.

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    Lopes, Paulo; Silva, Maria A; Pons, Alexandre; Tominaga, Takatoshi; Lavigne, Valérie; Saucier, Cédric; Darriet, Philippe; Teissedre, Pierre-Louis; Dubourdieu, Denis

    2009-11-11

    This work outlines the results from an investigation to determine the effect of the oxygen dissolved at bottling and the specific oxygen barrier properties of commercially available closures on the composition, color and sensory properties of a Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc wine during two years of storage. The importance of oxygen for wine development after bottling was also assessed using an airtight bottle ampule. Wines were assessed for the antioxidants (SO(2) and ascorbic acid), varietal thiols (4-mercapto-4-methylpentan-2-one, 3-mercaptohexan-1-ol), hydrogen sulfide and sotolon content, and color throughout 24 months of storage. In addition, the aroma and palate properties of wines were also assessed. The combination of oxygen dissolved at bottling and the oxygen transferred through closures has a significant effect on Sauvignon Blanc development after bottling. Wines highly exposed to oxygen at bottling and those sealed with a synthetic, Nomacorc classic closure, highly permeable to oxygen, were relatively oxidized in aroma, brown in color, and low in antioxidants and volatile compounds compared to wines sealed with other closures. Conversely, wines sealed under more airtight conditions, bottle ampule and screw cap Saran-tin, have the slowest rate of browning, and displayed the greatest contents of antioxidants and varietal thiols, but also high levels of H(2)S, which were responsible for the reduced dominating character found in these wines, while wines sealed with cork stoppers and screw cap Saranex presented negligible reduced and oxidized characters. PMID:19886682

  3. Aflatoxins in Rice Artificially Contaminated with Aflatoxin-producing Aspergillus flavus under Natural Storage in Japan.

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    Sugihara, Satoshi; Doi, Hiroyuki; Kato, Masahiko; Mitoh, Yoshihiro; Tsuda, Toshihide; Ikeda, Satoru

    2016-06-01

    Aflatoxin (AFT) contamination is frequent in foods grown in tropical regions, including rice. Although AFTs are generally not found in temperate-region foods, global warming has affected typical temperate-region climates, potentially permitting the contamination of foods with AFT-producing Aspergillus flavus (A. flavus). Here we investigated the AFT production in rice during storage under natural climate conditions in Japan. We examined AFTs in brown rice and rough rice artificially contaminated with A. flavus for 1 year in Japan, and we subjected AFTs in white rice to the same treatment in airtight containers and examined the samples in warm and cold seasons, simulating the storage of white rice in general households. In the brown rice, AFTs increased after 2 months (March) and peaked after 9 months (October). The AFT contamination in the rough rice was minimal. After the polishing and cooking of the brown rice, AFTs were undetectable. In the white rice stored in airtight containers, AFTs increased after 1 month (August) and peaked after 2 months (September). Minimal AFTs were detected in the cold season. Thus, AFT contamination in rice may occur in temperate regions following A. flavus contamination. The storage of rice as rough rice could provide be useful for avoiding AFT contamination. PMID:27339205

  4. A general analytical model for formaldehyde and VOC emission/sorption in single-layer building materials and its application in determining the characteristic parameters

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    Xiong, Jianyin; Liu, Cong; Zhang, Yinping

    2012-02-01

    A general analytical model for characterizing emission and sorption of formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in single-layer building materials is developed. Compared with traditional models, the present model can be applicable for four kinds of typical physical processes, i.e., emission in ventilated and airtight chambers, and sorption in these two types of chambers. Based on the general analytical model, a novel method is proposed to determine the characteristic parameters (the diffusion coefficient, Dm, and the material/air partition coefficient, K) of formaldehyde and VOC sorption in ventilated and airtight chambers. It establishes a linear relationship between the logarithm of dimensionless excess concentration and sorption time, and the Dm and K can be conveniently obtained from the slope and intercept of the regression line. The results of applying the present model are compared with the experimental data in the literature. The good agreement between them not only validates the model but also demonstrates that the measured characteristic parameters are accurate and reliable. The general analytical model should prove useful for unified characterization and prediction of emission/sorption in building materials as well as for parameter measurement.

  5. Modeling ventilation and radon in new dutch dwellings

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    Indoor radon concentrations were estimated for various ventilation conditions, the differences being mainly related to the airtightness of the dwelling and the ventilation behavior of its occupants. The estimations were aimed at describing the variation in air change rates and radon concentrations to be expected in the representative newly built Dutch dwellings and identifying the most important parameters determining air change rate and indoor radon concentration. The model estimations were compared with measurements. Most of the air was predicted to enter the model dwelling through leaks in the building shell, independent of the ventilation conditions of the dwelling. Opening the air inlets was shown to be an efficient way to increase infiltration and thus to decrease radon concentration. The effect of increasing the mechanical ventilation rate was considerably less than opening the air inlets. The mechanical ventilation sets the lower limit to the air change rate of the dwelling, and is effective in reducing the radon concentration when natural infiltration is low. Opening inside doors proved to be effective in preventing peak concentrations in poorly ventilated rooms. As the airtightness of newly built dwellings is still being improved, higher radon concentrations are to be expected in the near future and the effect of occupant behavior on indoor radon concentrations is likely to increase. According to the model estimations soil-borne radon played a moderate role, which is in line with measurements. (au)

  6. Simplified Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Device for Application in Low-Resource Settings.

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    Zurovcik, Danielle R; Mody, Gita N; Riviello, Robert; Slocum, Alex

    2015-10-01

    Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) provides proven wound healing benefits and is often a desirable wound treatment methodology. Unfortunately, NPWT devices are not widely available in low-resource settings. To overcome the identified NPWT barriers, a simplified NPWT (sNPWT) system was designed and iteratively improved during field-based testing. The sNPWT technology, our device design iterations, and the design-based results of our field tests are described in this article. The sNPWT system includes a bellows hand pump, an occlusive drape, and a tube with tube connectors, connecting the drape to the pump. The most critical property of an sNPWT system is that it must be airtight. The details of the design iterations, which are needed to achieve an occlusive system, are explained. During the design process, the sNPWT system was tested during the earthquake relief in Haiti. This testing found that a liquid sealant was necessary to seal the drape to the periwound skin. A study conducted in Rwanda verified that a liquid latex sealant was safe to use, and that the tube connector must be connected to the drape with an airtight method during the manufacturing process. This work has shown that sNPWT is feasible in low-resource settings. Since the completion of the clinical testing, the design has been further evolved, and the developers are working with contract manufacturers to produce the final design and preparing for regulatory approval applications. PMID:26356213

  7. Development of Simplified Atmospheric-Pressure Plasma Nitriding

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    Yamamoto, Hirofumi; Ichiki, Ryuta; Maeda, Akihide; Yamanouchi, Kenta; Akamine, Shuichi; Kanazawa, Seiji; Oita University Team

    2015-09-01

    Nitriding treatment is one of the surface hardening technologies, applied to dies and automobile components. In recent industry, low-pressure nitriding treatment using vacuum system is mainstream. On the other hand, we have originally developed an atmospheric-pressure plasma nitriding which do not need vacuum system. However we needed an air-tight container to purge residual oxygen and external heater to control treatment temperature. To make this technique practical, we addressed to construct a simplified treatment system, where treatment temperature is controlled by thermal plasma itself and oxygen purging is achieved by a simple cover. This means that any air-tight container and external heater is not necessary. As a result, surface temperature is controlled by changing treatment gap from nozzle tip to steel surface. We succeeded in controlling well thickness of hardened layer by adjusting treatment temperature even in such a simplified system. In the conference, we also discuss experimental results for hardening complex shaped materials by using our simplified nitriding.

  8. An experimental study on the CO2/sand dry-frac process

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    Song Zhenyun

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The CO2/sand dry-frac process is a waterless fracturing technology in which CO2 instead of water is used as fracturing fluid. The application of the technology abroad (in the USA and Canada shows that it works well in stimulating low-pressure, low-permeability, strong water-locking/water sensitive reservoirs. Thus, a series of experimental studies were carried out on its production increase mechanism, fracturing fluid system, pressurized air-tight sand blender, and fracturing process. Some conclusions were made. First, the CO2 viscosity enhancement technology can raise the critical CO2 viscosity by 240–490 times, significantly improving the sand-carrying and fracture-making capacities of CO2 fracturing fluid, so it is a key technique in CO2/sand dry-frac process. Second, with the development of CO2 pressurized air-tight sand blender, a complete set of key devices for the CO2/sand dry-frac process can be made in China, meeting the requirements of the fracturing operation. Third, fully automatic flowback is also realized. Fourth, CO2 instead of water is used in this fracturing operation, saving a large amount of water consumed in fracturing, and lowering cost. Fifth, the CO2/sand dry-frac process is feasible and suitable for the stimulation of low-pressure, low-permeability and strong water-locking reservoirs, with substantial production increase.

  9. Determination of Nutritional Composition and Effect of Various Storage Conditions on the Vitamin C Content in Garcinia Dulcis, in Fresh and Dry Form

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    Mansoor Abdul Hamid

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was carried to determine the nutritional properties of fresh Garcinia dulcis fruit, an indigenous fruit growth in Sabah, included proximate content of moisture, ash, crude protein, crude fat, crude fibre, total dietary fibre and total carbohydrate, vitamin C as well as several minerals content. The effect of different drying techniques and storage conditions on the vitamin  C content in dried Garcinia dulcis was investigated. The fruit slices were separated into four groups which subjected to four drying techniques, which were sun drying, hot air drying at 50C and 60C and vacuum drying, and dried to the moisture content of 16 ± 1 %. After drying, the sample was subjected to four storage conditions, which were dark and air-tight, dark and non-air-tight, light and air-tight and light and non-air-tight, and the vitamin C content was analyzed for sample subjected to each condition once per 7 days of storage until 28 days of storage. From the analysis, the nutritional properties of fresh fruit with the content of moisture (86.64 ± 0.21 %, ash (0.68 ± 0.01 %, crude protein (0.59 ± 0.03 %, crude fat (0.40 ± 0.02 %, crude fibre (1.89 ± 0.04 %, total carbohydrate (9.80 ± 0.18 % and total dietary fibre (8.21 ± 0.38 %, vitamin C (6.88 ± 0.33 mg AA/100g ww and several minerals (potassium, 64.63 ± 0.02 mg/100 g ww; phosphorus, 7.79 ± 0.13 mg/100 g ww; calcium, 7.59 ± 0.06 mg/100 g ww were determined. The hot air drying at 50C and vacuum drying retained highest amount of vitamin C among the four drying techniques just after the sample was dried. The best storage conditions for all the drying techniques were dark and air-tight conditions. It was found out that the drying technique interdependent to each other in order to retain the highest content of vitamin C in dried Garcinia dulcis sample for a longer period of time.

  10. A Meta-Analysis of Single-Family Deep Energy Retrofit Performance in the U.S.

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    Less, Brennan; Walker, Iain

    2014-03-01

    The current state of Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) performance in the U.S. has been assessed in 116 homes in the United States (US), using actual and simulated data gathered from the available domestic literature. Substantial airtightness reductions averaging 63% (n=48) were reported (two- to three-times more than in conventional retrofits), with average post-retrofit airtightness of 4.7 Air Changes per House at 50 Pascal (ACH50) (n=94). Yet, mechanical ventilation was not installed consistently. In order to avoid indoor air quality (IAQ) issues, all future DERs should comply with ASHRAE 62.2-2013 requirements or equivalent. Projects generally achieved good energy results, with average annual net-site and net-source energy savings of 47%±20% and 45%±24% (n=57 and n=35), respectively, and carbon emission reductions of 47%±22% (n=23). Net-energy reductions did not vary reliably with house age, airtightness, or reported project costs, but pre-retrofit energy usage was correlated with total reductions (MMBtu). Annual energy costs were reduced $1,283±$804 (n=31), from a pre-retrofit average of $2,738±$1,065 to $1,588±$561 post-retrofit (n=25 and n=39). The average reported incremental project cost was $40,420±$30,358 (n=59). When financed on a 30-year term, the median change in net-homeownership cost was only $1.00 per month, ranging from $149 in savings to an increase of $212 (mean=$15.67±$87.74; n=28), and almost half of the projects resulted in reductions in net-cost. The economic value of a DER may be much greater than is suggested by these net-costs, because DERs entail substantial non-energy benefits (NEBs), and retrofit measures may add value to a home at resale similarly to general remodeling, PV panel installation, and green/energy efficient home labels. These results provide estimates of the potential of DERs to address energy use in existing homes across climate zones that can be used in future estimates of the technical potential to reduce household

  11. Optimum Installation of Sorptive Building Materials Using Contribution Ratio of Pollution Source for Improvement of Indoor Air Quality.

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    Park, Seonghyun; Seo, Janghoo

    2016-01-01

    Reinforcing the insulation and airtightness of buildings and the use of building materials containing new chemical substances have caused indoor air quality problems. Use of sorptive building materials along with removal of pollutants, constant ventilation, bake-out, etc. are gaining attention in Korea and Japan as methods for improving such indoor air quality problems. On the other hand, sorptive building materials are considered a passive method of reducing the concentration of pollutants, and their application should be reviewed in the early stages. Thus, in this research, activated carbon was prepared as a sorptive building material. Then, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was conducted, and a method for optimal installation of sorptive building materials was derived according to the indoor environment using the contribution ratio of pollution source (CRP) index. The results show that a method for optimal installation of sorptive building materials can be derived by predicting the contribution ratio of pollutant sources according to the CRP index. PMID:27043605

  12. Cold climate radon mitigation-opportunities and perils

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    Radon mitigation systems in cold climates present opportunities, challenges and perils. Innovative radon mitigation systems were installed in a commercial building with curtain walls, a farm house connected to a field tile, and for a family that needed to improve its indoor air quality. Conventional active soil depressurization radon mitigation systems can cause backdrafting of natural draft water heaters and furnaces in the relatively air-tight homes found in cold climates. The effluent radon concentrations in many Iowa homes may be low enough to make side-wall venting a safe alternative to venting above the roofline. Side-wall venting is less expensive than above the roofline venting and thus may encourage more people to install radon mitigation systems

  13. Modernisation of ventilation systems; Modernisierung von Lueftungsanlagen

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    Richter, W. [Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany). Inst. fuer Thermodynamik und Technische Gebaeudeausruestung

    1997-12-31

    When redeveloping buildings it is common to use window constructions with air-tight rabbets which obviate the inflow of fresh air almost entirely. This leads to the well-known structural-physics and hygienic consequences. As an added effect, the distinctly enhanced thermal insulation results in changes in dynamic heat loss. The paper focuses on the issues of how to safeguard the inflow of fresh air, and the heating capacity of radiators. (MSK) [Deutsch] Da die bei Gebaeudesanierungen eingesetzten fugendichten Fensterkonstruktionen die Nachstroemmoeglichkeiten fuer die Zuluft fast ganz unterbinden, fuehrt das zu den bekannten bauphysikalischen und hygienischen Konsequenzen. Dazu kommen veraenderte dynamische Waermverlustverhaeltnisse aufgrund der deutlich verbesserten Waermedaemmung. Im Folgenden wird schwerpunktmaessig auf die Probleme Zuluftsicherung und Waermeleistung von Heizkoerpern eingegangen.

  14. Climate-Specific Passive Building Standards

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    Wright, Graham S. [Passive House Inst., Westford, MA (United States); Klingenberg, Katrin [Passive House Inst., Westford, MA (United States)

    2015-07-01

    Passive design principles (super insulation, airtight envelopes, elimination of thermal bridges, etc.) - pioneered in North America in the 70s and 80s and refined in Europe in the 90s have proven to be universally effective to significantly reduce heating and cooling loads. However, a single, rigid performance metric developed in Germany has led to limited uptake of passive building principles in many regions of the United States. It has also, in many cases, promoted some design decisions that had negative effects on economic feasibility and thermal comfort. This study's main objective is to validate (in a theoretical sense) verifiable, climate-specific passive standards and space conditioning criteria that retain ambitious, environmentally-necessary energy reduction targets and are economically feasible, such standards provide designers an ambitious but achievable performance target on the path to zero.

  15. Ammonia and nitrous oxide interactions: Roles of manure organic matter management

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    Petersen, Søren O; Sommer, Sven G

    2011-01-01

    between C and N transformations at each stage of the manure management chain in a time scale that is relevant for management practices such as retention time in housing and storage, treatment to optimize nutrient management, and timing of field application. Modelling emissions of N2O from field applied...... manure is a particular challenge due to the heterogeneity in distribution of O2 supply and O2 demand which is introduced. This article is part of the special issue entitled: Greenhouse Gases in Animal Agriculture – Finding a Balance between Food and Emissions, Guest Edited by T.A. McAllister, Section......, mineralization–immobilization turnover, and water retention. Manure management affects the potential for, and balance between, NH3 and N2O emissions. The interaction between NH3 and N2O may be positive (e.g., both emissions are reduced by an airtight cover during storage and stimulated by composting), or...

  16. The Effects of Air Permeability, Background Ventilation and Lifestyle on Energy Performance, Indoor Air Quality and Risk of Condensation in Domestic Buildings

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    Arman Hashemi

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Effective and efficient ventilation is essential when improving energy performance and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ of buildings. Reducing air permeability can considerably improve the energy performance of buildings; however, making the buildings more airtight may result in lower rates of natural ventilation which may in turn increase the risks of condensation and unacceptable IAQ. This study evaluates the effects of different air permeability rates, background ventilation and occupants’ lifestyles on the energy performance as well as the risk of condensation and CO2 concentration in domestic buildings. Dynamic computer simulations were conducted in EnergyPlus. Results indicated direct relations between the ventilation rates, energy performance and IAQ. Higher air permeability along with background ventilation resulted in considerably better IAQ while energy consumption increased by up to four times. Occupants’ lifestyles were identified as a major contributor to the risk of condensation.

  17. Transparent aerogel Windows

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    Jensen, Karsten Ingerslev; Schultz, Jørgen Munthe

    and anti reflection treated glass panes with an airtight edge seal solution based on multi-layered plastic foil developed for vacuum insulation purposes. The edge seal solution shows only a very limited thermal bridge effect. The final glazing has a total solar energy transmittance about 87% and a U...... and tuned so monolithic silica aerogel sheets are produced with more than 85% crack free sheets per batch (12 sheets of 55 cm x 55 cm per batch). Furthermore the production time has been reduced to 1/3 of the initial production time through detailed theoretical and experimental analyses of especially...... the supercritical washing step included in the drying phase. At the same time the production plant have been modified to recycle most of the chemicals involved in the production process. A large number of aerogel glazing prototypes have been made with partly evacuated aerogel in between two layers of low iron...

  18. A Low-energy Building under Arctic Conditions - Experiences After Five Years of Operation

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    Rode, Carsten; Vladyková, Petra; Kotol, Martin

    2011-01-01

    In 2005, a low energy house was inaugurated in Sisimiut, Greenland. The house and the plans with it were presented at the third International Building Physics Conference in 2006. The house is characterised by having a highly insulated building envelope which is almost free of thermal bridges...... to the Greenlandic Building Regulations. The house has been the base of a number of research and student activities which have studied the house and evaluated how well it has performed. These investigations have clarified how the weather influences the hygrothermal performance of the house, and...... whether the house matches the expectations regarding low energy consumption and a high indoor climatic standard. The house did not meet the anticipated low target for energy consumption, and some reasons have been found which could explain why. Insufficient air-tightness of the building envelope...

  19. Overheating Assessment of a Passive House Case Study in Spain

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    Hidalgo, Juan María; Psomas, Theofanis Ch.; García-Gáfaro, Carlos;

    2015-01-01

    In response to the European Energy Performance Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU and the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU, buildings have increasingly become more insulated in order to reduce the heating losses to a minimum. However, this could also lead to the problem of indoor high...... family house built in Spain according to the Passivhaus standard. For the purpose of this research, we selected the following models: the Fanger Predicted Mean Vote (PMV) model defined in the ISO 7730:2005, the adaptive model defined in the EN 15251:2007, the criteria for overheating prevention defined...... in CIBSE TM52 in 2013 and the PH limitation about warmer temperatures. Moreover, we have analysed the influence of dwelling occupancy and the periods of verification over the results of each methodology. The studied building has a high level of thermal insulation and air-tight envelope, reducing heat...

  20. Cooling Tests of the NectarCAM camera for the Cherenkov Telescope Array

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    Moulin, E; Durand, D; Feirreira, O; Fesquet, M; Giebels, B; Glicenstein, J -F; Loiseau, D; Louis, F; Nunio, F; Rateau, S; consortia, CTA

    2015-01-01

    The NectarCAM is a camera proposed for the medium-sized telescopes in the framework of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), the next-generation observatory for very-high-energy gamma-ray astronomy. The cameras are designed to operate in an open environment and their mechanics must provide protection for all their components under the conditions defined for the CTA observatory. In order to operate in a stable environment and ensure the best physics performance, each NectarCAM will be enclosed in a slightly overpressurized, nearly air-tight, camera body, to prevent dust and water from entering. The total power dissipation will be ~7.7 kW for a 1855-pixel camera. The largest fraction is dissipated by the readout electronics in the modules. We present the design and implementation of the cooling system together with the test bench results obtained on the NectarCAM thermal demonstrator.

  1. The application of irradiation techniques to food and foodstuffs

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    With a view to establishing concrete infrastructures for the enlarged utilization of irradiation techniques in the food industries, the efficacy of gamma irradiation was investigated for both soybeans having problems in water-soaking process before mass-processing and dried-red pepper requiring long-term storage. Irradiation of 5 kGy was found effective for the reduction of soaking and cooking time of soybeans, but negligible changes were induced by irradiation in their nutritional components and processing properties (Tofu,soymilk). Air-tight packaging was suitable for the keeping quality of dried red pepper and irradiation applications were more effective in powdered samples than in whole pepper for preserving and improving their quality. (Author)

  2. Out-pile tests for improved type rabbits in JMTR

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    Irradiation tests by hydraulic rabbit are expected to increase the demand of medical use radioisotope productions and nuclear human resource development after restart of Japan Materials Testing Reactor (JMTR). Therefore, it is necessary to shorten fabrication period of hydraulic rabbits. In this study, applicability of the pressure welding type hydraulic rabbit, which was used in Japan Research Reactor-3 (JRR-3), was examined. As the results, it was confirmed that the fabricated hydraulic rabbit kept airtightness of the external pressure of 2.45 MPa, impact of the fall from 5m in height and every 5 times of thermal cycle under conditions such as 110°C ,200°C and 300°C. Furthermore, it was clear that the fabricated hydraulic rabbit had the endurance up to the inner pressure of 1 MPa. Therefore, there were bright prospects that the pressure hydraulic type rabbit has the applicability of the irradiation test in JMTR. (author)

  3. The evaluation of uptake of tritiated methane to the plants

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    The experiment of the exposure of tritiated methane (CH3T) to plants was carried. Plants were put in the airtight container that CH3T gas was added. The amount of light that it irradiated plants was changed, and the amounts of photosynthesis as the metabolic change activities of the plants were adjusted, and processes of assimilation to the plant of CH3T were evaluated under a constant temperature. The leaves in the container and the inside gas were collected in every interval, and tritium concentrations in the samples were determined. It is observed that CH3T concentration in the container decreased under both the light and dark conditions. On changing from dark to light condition, there was no change in the decreasing tendency of the CH3T concentration. These show that tritiated methane would be taken in the plants without the photosynthesis process, but through the oxidation by microorganism on plants. (author)

  4. Comparative effects of gamma irradiation and ethylene oxide fumigation on some chemical quality of white ginseng powder

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    Ginseng saponins and proximate components were considerably resistant to both gamma irradiation at less than 10 kGy and commercial ethylene oxide cycle, while sulfur-containing amino acids, reducing sugar, pH, and acidity of white ginseng powder were significantly changed by EO fumigation. The contents of saponins, reducing sugar, pH and acidity were relatively liable to change under the higher relative humidity (90%), especially in the non-treated control sample. However, irradiated samples at optimum-dose range (5 to 10 kGy) depending on the microbial load following airtight packaging showed a good chemical quality for 7 months of storage at 30 pm 2 deg. C irrespective of relative humidity

  5. LAPAROSCOPIC HELLER MIOTOMY USING ENDOSCOPIC GUIDANCE

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    E. Târcoveanu

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Heller miotomy is the procedure of choice for the treatment of esophageal achalasia. The paper present our laparoscopic technique using endoscopic guidance for a better visualization of the eso-gastric region and for minimal eso-gastric dissection. We also discussed the advantages of laparoscopic miotomy versus endoscopic dilatation and botulinum toxine injection. The use of associated Dor procedure is also discussed. Conclusions: Laparoscopic esocardiomiotomy is the gold standard treatment for esophageal achalasia with good short and long-term results. The associated Dor operation is useful to avoid the gastroesophageal reflux and esophagitis and to protect the miotomy. Endoscopic guidance is useful for esophageal dissection, during the miotomy and to for the airtight checking of the mucosa.

  6. Impact of storage position on oxygen ingress through different closures into wine bottles.

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    Lopes, Paulo; Saucier, Cédric; Teissedre, Pierre-Louis; Glories, Yves

    2006-09-01

    Wine bottle aging is extremely dependent on the oxygen barrier properties of closures. Kinetics of oxygen ingress through different closures into bottles was measured by a nondestructive colorimetric method from 0.25 to 2.5 mL of oxygen. After 12, 24, and 36 months of storage, only the control (glass bottle ampule) was airtight. Other closures displayed different oxygen ingress rates, which were clearly influenced by the closure type and were independent of bottle storage position (upright, laid down) for most of the closures tested, at least during the first 24 months of the experiment under controlled conditions. The oxygen ingress rates into bottles were lowest in screw caps and "technical" corks, intermediate in conventional natural cork stoppers, and highest in the synthetic closures. PMID:16939334

  7. Learning-Memory Function and Swimming Capability of Rat and Ergonomic Evaluation Under Hypoxic Condition

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    HU Ding-yu; DAI Rong-ji; LI Bo; MAO Jian; GENG Li-na; DENG Yu-lin

    2009-01-01

    Effects of hypoxia on learning-memory function and swimming capability of rat were studied and the ergonomics under hypoxic condition was also evaluated from the biological point of view. Three modes of hypoxia were designed and plots of oxygen concentration versus time for each group in hypoxic environment were produced. Results showed that the effects of hypoxia on learning-memory function and swimming capability were related with the time and strength of hypoxia. It had nothing to do with the individual difference of rat models. 10% O2 long-term intermittent anamorphosis hypoxia could improve the swimming capability of rat model significantly. Stimulating with proper level of hypoxia, carbon dioxide could improve ergonomics in airtight hypoxia environment. Under hypoxia condition, from the ergonomic point of view, 6% O2 is the important threshold and might belong in critical region.

  8. Technology Solutions Case Study: Insulated Siding Retrofit in a Cold Climate

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    2015-05-01

    In this study, the U.S. Department of Energy’s team Building America Partner¬ship for Improved Residential Construction (BA-PIRC) worked with Kinsley Construction Company to evaluate the real-world performance of insulated sid¬ing when applied to an existing home. A 1960s home was selected for analysis. It is located in a cold climate (zone 6) where the addition of insulated siding and a carefully detailed water-resistive barrier have the potential to offer significant benefits. In particular, the team quantified building airtightness and heating energy use as a function of outdoor temperatures before and after the installa¬tion of the insulated siding.

  9. A Simple Fabrication Process based on Micro-Masonry for the Realization of Nanoplate Resonators with Integrated Actuation and Detection Schemes

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    Liviu eNicu

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we use the micro-masonry technique to fabricate nanoplate resonators with integrated electrostatic actuation and capacitive detection in a few steps. Our approach is an alternative solution to the current fabrication methods used to create membranes and plates that usually rely on the selective etching of a sacrificial layer. Highly doped silicon plates were transfer-printed using microtip elastomeric stamps onto insulated bases displaying cavities in order to form suspended structures with airtight gaps. By post-processing adequate interconnections, the fabricated resonators were actuated and their resonant frequency measured in a fully integrated manner. The tested nanoplate devices behave as predicted by theory and offer quality factors of more than 30 in air. Because the cavities used for electrostatic actuation/sensing of the devices are tight sealed, nanoplates fabricated via micro-masonry are suitable for liquid environment operation and are thus a promising solution for biosensing applications.

  10. Antimicrobial Activity of Fatty Acid Salts Against Microbial in Koji-Muro

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus oryzae are used as koji fungi in the spot of the brewing. Since koji-muro (room for making koji was a low level of airtightness, microbial contamination has long been a concern to the alcoholic beverage production. Therefore, we focused on the fatty acid salt which is the main component of soap. Fatty acid salts have been reported to show some antibacterial and antifungal activity. This study aimed to find the effectiveness of the fatty acid salt in koji-muro. Nine fatty acid salts were tested. The result, C12K was antibacterial effect against B. subtilis. C10K and C12K was antifungal effect against R. oryzae. These results suggest C12K has potential in the field of koji-muro.

  11. Confirmation test on confinement performance of improved glove box

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    Glove boxes are used at nuclear facilities to confine radioactive materials by ensuring a high level of airtightness and negative internal pressure. The allowable rate of air leakage is 0.1% vol/hr or less at the pre-service inspection. The negative pressure value is normally maintained at about -30 mm H2 O. Structural strength and confinement reliability of glove boxes during earthquake are major concerns, and most important glove boxes are designed to withstand seismic class A events is Japan. This paper describes vibration tests done to confirm that improve large-sized glove boxes maintain their confinement performance and structural strength even during earthquake and that the design analysis methods used are appropriate. (author). 1 ref., 6 figs., 3 tabs

  12. Low energy small house 50 %. Matalaenergiapientalo 50 %; Koetalotutkimus

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    Nieminen, J.; Kouhia, I. (Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo (Finland). Building Materials Lab.); Heinonen, I. (Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo (Finland). Lab. of Heating and Ventilation)

    1992-01-01

    The aim of the study was to design and build a small house with 50 % lower heating energy consumption than in typical existing Finnish small houses. Energy saving is based on three technologies: super insulation, airtight construction and ventilation heat recovery. The house was built in 1991, and is being monitored for a two year period that started in November 1991. The first monitoring results show the heating energy consumption of the house to be less than half the measured consumption of typical small houses located in the same area. The indoor air quality was investigated with measurements of total air change rate, air temperature and air humidity and concentrations of mineral wool fibres, dust, radon gas, formaldehyde and CO[sub 2]. The results show the air quality to be good.

  13. Calcination system to reduce uranium compounds to UO2 powder

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    Calcination systems to reduce uranium compounds by heating have to be designed in such a way that no oxygen gets into contact with the hot UO2. Up to now, large quantities of H2 were necessary to prevent this. The present invention describes a control system reducing H2 consumption appreciably. To the circulation furnace heated to about 1,0000C, a filling and cooling device is connected via an air-tight seal, this device having the shape of a long body whose hot and dense UO2 filling is moved on and circulated by means of a worm conveyor, the filling being cooled down to about 1000C. Inlet as well as outlet for this device are controlled so that any O2 access can be prevented. (UWI)

  14. Uninterrupted power system, carried by a bogie truck, for National Space Development Agency; Uchu Kaihatsu Jigyodan muke unpan daishayo muteiden dengen sochi

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    1999-01-10

    National Space Development Agency is constructing a rocket launching station for H-IIA rockets at its Tanegashima Space Center, to strengthen international competitive power for launching rockets. Fuji Electric has delivered the uninterrupted system, carried by a bogie truck, to supply power to the rocket devices, e.g., computer, while the rocket is transferred from the assembling line to launching site. The system has the following major features. The structure is of a horizontal type with limited height, to satisfy the special condition of being carried by a bogie truck. It is a completely closed, air-tight structure, cooled by an air conditioner, to prevent corrosion by salt, in consideration of severe natural conditions because the center is near sea. It is also designed to be resistant to vibration, to be safely carried by a bogie truck. (NEDO)

  15. Euclid in the rain forest discovering universal truth in logic and math

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    Mazur, Joseph

    2006-01-01

    Like Douglas Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach, and David Berlinski’s A Tour of the Calculus, Euclid in the Rainforest combines the literary with the mathematical to explore logic—the one indispensable tool in man’s quest to understand the world. Underpinning both math and science, it is the foundation of every major advancement in knowledge since the time of the ancient Greeks. Through adventure stories and historical narratives populated with a rich and quirky cast of characters, Mazur artfully reveals the less-than-airtight nature of logic and the muddled relationship between math and the real world. Ultimately, Mazur argues, logical reasoning is not purely robotic. At its most basic level, it is a creative process guided by our intuitions and beliefs about the world.

  16. Gamma-irradiation of wet corn. Microbiological aspects

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    In the course of a survey of several years work on microbiological decontamination and control of wet corn by gamma-irradiation the following factors are studied: inhibiting and selective effect of gamma-irradiation (100 to 500krads) on the microflora of grains; evolution of residual microflora of irradiated wet grains (moisture content about 35%), during storage experiments under ventilated or airtight conditions. Two important points emerge from those studies. The microflora which develops on irradiated sample is much less varied than that of the control sample. The microbial population of an irradiated sample rises up in a few days on a level with the initial one of the control, then goes on increasing while remaining, as a rule, slightly inferior to that of the control placed under the same conditions. This greatly lowers the practical interest of irradiation, which can only be used together with another treatment able to inhibit the quick growth of the residual microflora

  17. Long-term reconstitution of dry barley increased phosphorus digestibility in pigs

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    Ton Nu, Mai Anh; Blaabjerg, Karoline; Poulsen, Hanne Damgaard

    Introduction: Cereals are normally stored dry at low moisture content (< 14%) to maintain grain quality. The hypothesis is that reconstitution of grain with water activates the endogenous enzymes and makes grain nutrients more soluble and digestible. The objective is to investigate the effect of...... reconstitution compared to dry stored barley on phosphorus (P) digestibility in pigs. Materials and Methods: Dry barley (13% moisture; phytate P, 1.7 g/kg DM) was rolled and stored directly or reconstituted with water to produce rolled barley with 35% moisture that was stored in air-tight conditions. After 49......: Reconstituted barley had higher soluble P (2.56 g/kg DM) and lower phytate P (0.93 g/ kg DM) compared with dry barley (0.78 and 1.7 g/kg DM, respectively). Pigs fed the reconstituted barley diet showed increased P absorption (52%) and decreased P excretion in feces (21%) (P<0.001). Reconstitution increased P...

  18. A novel system solution for cooling and ventilation in office buildings

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    Yu, Tao; Heiselberg, Per Kvols; Lei, Bo; Pomianowski, Michal Zbigniew; Zhang, Chen

    technologies and renewable energy sources have risen. Based on a literature review of natural ventilation, building thermal mass activation and diffuse ceiling ventilation, this paper proposes a new system solution combining these three technologies for cooling and ventilation in office buildings. This new...... saving potential using this solution compared with other systems. Energy saving potential for cooling occurs in summer, transitional seasons and part of winter, depending on the internal heat load level. Meanwhile, due to the large cooling potential of outside air in winter, the minimum ventilation rate......As a response to new energy policies in the building sector, office buildings have become well-insulated and highly-airtight, resulting in an increasing cooling need both in summer and in winter. In order to effectively save energy, new interests in cooling concepts using passive cooling...

  19. Indoor radon levels: effects of energy-efficiency in homes

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    The expectation of elevated 222Rn levels in modern homes that have low air interchange rates with the outdoor air caused us to survey both solar and conventional homes in northeastern New York State. As a group, homes that are more airtight have three times the 222Rn levels of the conventional homes. The highest two levels of radon in the solar homes give doses over 30 years that are known to produce lung cancer in 1% of uranium miners. Summer readings in more than one-half of the cases are different from winter ones by a factor of two or more, so that year-round measurements are necessary for precise dosimetry. The track-etching technique is ideally suited for such measurements. Radon emanation measurements on soils and sand demonstrate a considerable variety of release rates. (author)

  20. Energy Savings of Vending Machine; Jido hanbaiki no sho enerugi

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    Kimura, Yukio. [FUJI Electric Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    1999-05-28

    By the end of 1997, the number of cending machines used in Japan reached about 5.5 million units. Vending machines areindispensable, playing an important role in our daily lives. Various environmental problems have made the world pay more attention to the vending machine industry. We, the industry, therefore have been struggling with these problems from many angles. For the saving energy project, we have focused on insulation and air-tightness improvement, fan motor control, fluorescent light inverter control and so forth. The goal set by Japan Vending Machine Manufacturers Association is, by 2001, to cut the level of electric power consumption from 1996 by 15%. This report focuses on the diffused units of vending machines in Japan, and concrete measures which we, Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., have taken, and will be taking, for the reduction of energy consumption. (author)

  1. Energy Performance of a Novel System Combining Natural Ventilation with Diffuse Ceiling Inlet and Thermally Activated Building Systems (TABS)

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    Yu, Tao

    thermally activated building systems (TABS) for cooling and ventilation in future Danish office buildings. The new solution would have the special potential of using natural ventilation all year round even in the extremely cold seasons without any draught risk. The main focuses of this study are the energy....... Both steady-state and dynamic measurements are carried out in the experimental chamber to investigate the energy performance of the system and the thermal comfort in the test room. Overall, this integrated system has high energy saving potential without any compromise of thermal comfort even in extreme......As a response to new stringent energy policies in the building sector, office buildings have become well-insulated and highly-airtight, resulting in an increasing cooling need in both summer and winter. This study proposes a novel system combining natural ventilation with diffuse ceiling inlet and...

  2. EFFECT OF STEAM-HEAT TREATMENT ON MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF CHINESE FIR

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    Yongjian Cao

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Heat treatment often brings about some negative effects on mechanical properties of wood. Chinese fir is currently underutilized due to some inherent properties that limit its further applications. Using steam as a heating medium and a shielding gas, the heartwood and sapwood of Chinese fir were treated at a temperature ranging from 170ºC to 230ºC and time from 1 to 5 hours in an airtight chamber. Both the modulus of rupture (MOR and modulus of elasticity (MOE were increased for the sapwood specimens under the temperature less than 200ºC for short treatment times. The hardness was increased for both two kinds of specimens under the temperature less than or about 200ºC, compared to the untreated specimens. The temperature has a stronger effect on mechanical properties of wood than the time, and the temperature of 200 ºC is a critical point in modifying mechanical properties of wood.

  3. Regularities of thermochemical characteristics of 1-1, 2-1, 3-1 electrolyte solutions in dimethyl sulfoxide-water and propylene carbonate water mixtures

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    In an air-tight tilting calorimeter with an isothermal casing enthalpies of praseodymium chloride solution in water, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) - water mixtures, contaning 3.86 and 18.53 mol.% DMSO, and propylene carbonate (PC) - water mixtures, containing 1.85 and 3.23 mol.% PC are measured. The enthalpies of praseodymium chloride solution in the given mixtures in case of infinite solution dilution are determined. Solvation enthalpies of praseodymium and neodymium chlorides, as well as alkali earth metal and magnesium chlorides in water and DMSO - water and PC - water mixtures are calculated. Regularities in thermochemical characteristics of solutions of the given salts in DMSO - water and PC - water mixtures are discussed

  4. Development of the method for partitioning high-level liquid waste

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    A facility has been completed, in which about 1,000Ci of high-level waste can be treated for the R and D of partitioning process. A β, γ-concrete cave was remodeled to an α-cave by applying airtight lining with stainless steel inside the cave. Waste storage tanks and casette type filter cases were equipped under the cave. The apparatus consists of a denitration-concentration vessel, a filter case, mixer-settlers, pressurized ion-exchanger resin columns and 10 terminal storage tanks. These equipments are made of stainless steel except the mixer-settlers. Valves of air-pressure remote operation type is employed so as to arrange in a narrow space. Because of the limited space of the cave, the denitration vessel, pumps and others are made in multipurpose. In this facility, long-lived nuclides, i.e., transuranium elements, 90Sr, and 137Cs will be separated from the waste. (author)

  5. The application of irradiation techniques to food and foodstuffs

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    To establish concrete infrastructure required for food irradiation commercialization, the project was designed to investigate the efficiency of irradiation techniques, such as preserving boiled-dried anchovy and improving its safety, improving the physical quality of soybeans and microbial-immobilization with radiation-induced polymer. Dried anchovies could be kept in a sanitary quality for over one year at cooling conditions (<10 deg C) instead of freezing by using 5 KGy-irradiation and airtight packaging(NY/PE). Gamma irradiation below 10 KGy was significantly effective for improving the hydration and cooking properties of soybeans. Immobilized microorganisms showed an increased-catalytic activity, producing lactic acid 15 times higher than that of free culture. (Author)

  6. The mechanical ventilation of suspended timber floors for radon remediation - a simple analysis

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    Mechanical ventilation of the underfloor space is one of the most effective ways of reducing radon levels in buildings with suspended timber floors. There is a question, however, whether this ventilation should be supply or extract, sometimes extract is more effective, sometimes supply is more effective. This report presents a simple analysis of the problem and suggests the hypothesis that the relative effectiveness of supply or extract ventilation to the underfloor space depends on the relative airtightness of the floor and the soil or oversite surface. The analysis suggests that if the floor is relatively tight then supply ventilation may be more effective whereas if the floor is relatively leaky or there is oversite concrete then extract may be better. It is suggested that in either case it is better to keep the underfloor pressure low and that when mechanical ventilation is provided to the underfloor space it may be necessary to increase the number of airbricks. (author)

  7. Development study on subcriticality monitor. 1. Report under business contract with Japan Nuclear Fuel Cycle Development Institute

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    Yamada, S

    2002-01-01

    In this trust fund, we reviewed subcriticality measuring methods and neutron or gamma ray measuring and date transmission systems appropriate for realizing inexpensive on-line criticality surveillance systems, which is required for ensuring the safety of nuclear fuel reprocessing plants. Since the neutron flux level in subcritical systems is fairly low without external neutron sources, it is desirable to use pulse type neutron detectors for subcritical measurement systems. This logically implies that subcriticality measurement methods based on the temporal domain should be used for developing an on-line criticality surveillance system. In the deep subcriticality conditions, a strong external neutron source is needed for eactivity measurement and a D-T tube can be used in order to improve the accuracy of the measurement. A D-T tube is convenient since it is free from Tritium problem since Tritium is sealed in an airtight container and also can be controlled by power supply. Hence, under deep subcritical condit...

  8. Preliminary joining experiment of alumina pipes by using ceramics sleeve

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    Preliminary experiments on alumina ceramics pipes joining by using shrinkable alumina sleeve and high melting point oxide solder have been carried out. Sleeves were prepared by way of sintering at relatively low temperature to shrink 1% during following joining process. As solder, alumina-calcia system was selected and paste containing alumina and calcium carbonate powder mixture was prepared. Joining was carried out by inserting the paste between sleeve and pipes, and by heating at 1500degC in air. By the shrink of sleeve and the formation of interface by solder, it was possible to realize the joined pipe without the vacuum leakage. The airtightness of the joined alumina pipes is almost equal to it of the metal pipe welding. (author)

  9. Welding nuclear reactor fuel rod end plugs

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    Apparatus for applying a vacuum to a nuclear fuel rod cladding tube's interior through its open end while girth welding an inserted end plug to its other end. An airtight housing has an orifice with a seal which can hermetically engage the tube's open end. A vacuum hose has one end connected to the housing and the other end connected to a vacuum pump. A mechanized device which moves the housing to engage or disengage its seal with the tube's open end includes at least one arm having one end attached to the housing and the other end pivotally attached to a movable table; an arm rotating device to coaxially align the housing's orifice with the welding-positioned tube; and a table moving device to engage the seal of the coaxially aligned orifice with the tube's open end. (author)

  10. Transport stability of pesticides and PAHs sequestered in polyethylene passive sampling devices.

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    Donald, Carey E; Elie, Marc R; Smith, Brian W; Hoffman, Peter D; Anderson, Kim A

    2016-06-01

    Research using low-density polyethylene (LDPE) passive samplers has steadily increased over the past two decades. However, such research efforts remain hampered because of strict guidelines, requiring that these samplers be quickly transported in airtight metal or glass containers or foil wrapped on ice. We investigate the transport stability of model pesticides and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) with varying physicochemical properties using polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) bags instead. Transport scenarios were simulated with transport times up to 14 days with temperatures ranging between -20 and 35 °C. Our findings show that concentrations of all model compounds examined were stable for all transport conditions tested, with mean recoveries ranging from 88 to 113 %. Furthermore, PTFE bags proved beneficial as reusable, lightweight, low-volume, low-cost alternatives to conventional containers. This documentation of stability will allow for more flexible transportation of LDPE passive samplers in an expanding range of research applications while maintaining experimental rigor. PMID:26983811

  11. Power supply design for the filament of the high-voltage electron accelerator

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    Zhang, Lige; Yang, Lei; Yang, Jun; Huang, Jiang; Liu, Kaifeng; Zuo, Chen

    2015-12-01

    The filament is a key component for the electron emission in the high-voltage electron accelerator. In order to guarantee the stability of the beam intensity and ensure the proper functioning for the power supply in the airtight steel barrel, an efficient filament power supply under accurate control is required. The paper, based on the dual-switch forward converter and synchronous rectification technology, puts forward a prototype of power supply design for the filament of the high-voltage accelerator. The simulation is conducted with MATLAB-Simulink on the main topology and the control method. Loss analysis and thermal analysis are evaluated using the FEA method. Tests show that in this prototype, the accuracy of current control is higher than 97.5%, and the efficiency of the power supply reaches 87.8% when the output current is 40 A.

  12. Design of ventilation system of reactor building for CARR engineering

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    The ventilation rate of the reactor building is determined by the calculation results of radiation protection, which has referred to the demands of code, the experience of German FRMII reactor designing, and the pollution level as well as the personnel residence of each room. Direct ventilation system is used in the reactor building, and each storey has a separate ventilation and air cleaning system. Airtight quick isolation valves, of which the in-out-leakage rate is 0 under the reactor building tightness test pressure (12.5kPa), are set on the air ducts which through the sealing boundary of operating hall. This measure can guarantee the radioactive matters against leaking into outside spaces through the ventilation ducts during accident conditions of the reactor. Direct-connected steel fans and integral stainless steel air cleaning equipments are chosen in the system designing. (authors)

  13. Radon contamination and its control in a in-situ leaching uranium mine

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    Objective: To explore the regularity of radon pollution with in-situ leaching mine and appropriate protective measures. Methods: The radon contamination situation was analyzed and the radon concentration was monitored, and then based on the monitoring result corrective measures were proposed to further verify its effect. Results: The monitoring results of radon concentration before rectification showed that high concentration of radon concentrated in the leaching solution processing workshop, the radon concentration met the requirements of the relevant national standards after twice rectification. Conclusions: The main reason of high concentration of radon in the leaching solution processing workshop is lack of knowledge of radon concentration in the in-situ leaching of uranium mine. It prompts that the radon source should be completely airtight to prevent radon spreading to factories and other workplaces. (authors)

  14. Welding nuclear reactor fuel rod end plugs

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    Apparatus for applying a vacuum to a nuclear fuel rod cladding tube's interior through its open end while girth welding an inserted end plug to its other end. An airtight housing has an orifice with a seal which can hermetically engage the tube's open end. A vacuum hose has one end connected to the housing and the other end connected to a vacuum pump. A mechanized device moves the housing to engage or disengage its seal with the tube's open end. Preferably the mechanized device includes an arm having one end attached to the housing and the other end pivotally attached to a moveable table; an arm rotating device to coaxially align the housing's orifice with the welding-positioned tube; and a table moving device to engage the seal of the coaxially aligned orifice with the tube's open end

  15. Comparative effects of gamma irradiation and ethylene oxide fumigation on sorption properties and microbiological quality of white ginseng powder

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    The microbial populations of exportable and domestic white ginseng powders, which have been problems in quality control, were higher than the legally-permissive level of microorganisms as 5x104 g in total bacteria and as negative coliforms. Various microorganisms contaminated in the sample were effectively decontaminated by gamma irradiation at below 10 kGy as well as ethylene oxide (EO) fumigation. The radiosensitivity of microorganisms was the highest in coliforms, followed by molds and aerobic bacteria (D10: 1.25 kGy). The good microbiological quality could be retained in white ginseng powders for more than 7 months of storage at 30 per mille 2 deg. C irrespective of relative humidities if products are prepared with a lower moisture content below 10% and treated by gamma irradiation at 5 to 10 kGy in an airtight packaging

  16. [Reconstruction of the anterior chest wall by a sandwich-type combination of a synthetic support and a muscle flap from the latissimus dorsi. Apropos of a case].

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    Lanfrey, E; Grolleau, J L; Glock, Y; Chavoin, J P; Costagliola, M

    1996-04-01

    Reconstruction of the chest wall after balistic or other trauma requires good and muscle cover and creation of a new, stable and airtight wall. The authors present a case of balistic trauma of the right anterolateral chest wall which was urgently debrided and subsequently reconstructed by sandwich combination of a latissimus dorsi muscle flap and synthetic material composed of a sheet of PTFE and creation of two methylmethylacrylate ribs. The advantage of this technique is that it avoids the use of autologous tissue from an already weakened chest wall and confers a new chest stability in several sites corresponding to the wall defect with easily available and easy-to-use materials. PMID:8761064

  17. Moisture Durability Assessment of Selected Well-insulated Wall Assemblies

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    Pallin, Simon B. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Boudreaux, Philip R. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Kehrer, Manfred [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Hun, Diana E. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Jackson, Roderick K. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Desjarlais, Andre Omer [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-12-01

    This report presents the results from studying the hygrothermal performance of two well-insulated wall assemblies, both complying with and exceeding international building codes (IECC 2015 2014, IRC 2015). The hygrothermal performance of walls is affected by a large number of influential parameters (e.g., outdoor and indoor climates, workmanship, material properties). This study was based on a probabilistic risk assessment in which a number of these influential parameters were simulated with their natural variability. The purpose of this approach was to generate simulation results based on laboratory chamber measurements that represent a variety of performances and thus better mimic realistic conditions. In total, laboratory measurements and 6,000 simulations were completed for five different US climate zones. A mold growth indicator (MGI) was used to estimate the risk of mold which potentially can cause moisture durability problems in the selected wall assemblies. Analyzing the possible impact on the indoor climate due to mold was not part of this study. The following conclusions can be reached from analyzing the simulation results. In a hot-humid climate, a higher R-value increases the importance of the airtightness because interior wall materials are at lower temperatures. In a cold climate, indoor humidity levels increase with increased airtightness. Air leakage must be considered in a hygrothermal risk assessment, since air efficiently brings moisture into buildings from either the interior or exterior environment. The sensitivity analysis of this study identifies mitigation strategies. Again, it is important to remark that MGI is an indicator of mold, not an indicator of indoor air quality and that mold is the most conservative indicator for moisture durability issues.

  18. Viability of post acclimatized plantlets of Robusta coffee (Coffea canephora after storage

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    Teguh Iman Santoso

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available This research related to the storage method of planting materials in the form of post acclimatized plantlets of Robusta coffee multiplied by somatic embryogenesis using plastic film that wraped the whole of plantlets. This information is important to support the delivery of clonal planting materials to distribution points, especially Robusta coffee plantlets viability based on condition of the container, storage period and density of plantlets. The research was conducted at Kaliwining Experimental Station of Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute, located at 45 m asl. D rainfall type (Schmidt—Ferguson classification. The first experiment determind the effect of container condition and storage duration on viability of Robusta coffee plantlets. Each experimental unit contained 100 plantlets and each treatment was repeated three times with completely randomized design in factorial. The first factor was condition of storage container, i.e. airtight and non air tight. The second factor was storage period levels: 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20 days. The storage container was cardboard volume 11 dm3. The second experiment was conducted for the optimization of storage volume and storage period. Each treatment using 100 plantlets was repeated three times in completly randomized design with factorial. The first factor was storage volume of 7 dm3 and 11 dm3, the second factor was storage period levels: 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20 days. The results indicated that the maximum store period was obtained in an airtight storage treatment with 10 days, 96.3% plantlets viability, 1% fallen leaves, 3.3% water loss and not significantly different to control. For packing 100 plantlets with height 8—10 cm and leaf number 4—6 can use the volume of container store up to 7 dm3, which showed no significant difference to container volume 11 dm3 in the percentage of viability, the percentage of fallen leaves, loss of water. Key words : Robusta coffee, plantlets, storage

  19. Development Of The Nuclear Optical Penetration

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    Inoue, K.; Koike, K.; Imada, Y.

    1984-10-01

    We have developed the nuclear optical penetration to be incorporated in the wall penetration of the shell to introduce a data transmission system using optical fibers into a nuclear power plant with a pressurized water reactor. Radiation-induced coloration in optical glass seriously affects transmission characteristics of optical fibers, whereas it has been revealed that the pure-silica core optical fiber without any dopant in the core has wide applicability in radiation fields thanks to its very low radiation-induced attenuation. The wall penetration of the shell should have airtightness and resistivity to heat, vibration, and pressure, let alone radiation, excellent enough to be invariable in data transmission efficiency even when subjected to severe environmental tests. The sealing modules of this newly developed nuclear optical penetration are hermetically sealed. The gap between the optical fiber rod (100 pm in core diameter and 5 mm in rod diameter) and stainless steel tube is sealed with lamingted glass layer. As the result of He gas leakage test, high airtightness of less than 10 cc/sec was achieved. No thermal deformation of the core was caused by sealing with laminated glass layer, nor was observed transmission loss. Then the sealiing modules were subjected to the irradiation test using 60 Co gamma ray exposure of 2 x 10 rads. Though silica glass layer supporting the fiber rod and sealing glass portion turned blackish purple, transparency of the fiber was not affected. Only less than 0.5 dB of connecting loss was observed at the connecting point with the optical fiber cable. The sealing modules were also found to have resistivity to vibration and pressure as excellent as that of existing nuclear electric penetrations. We expect the nuclear optical fiber penetration will be much effective in improving reliability of data transmission systems using optical fibers in radiation fields.

  20. Synthesis of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ whiskers and cross-whisker intrinsic Josephson junction

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    A synthesis technique of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ single-crystal whiskers was studied. The whiskers were synthesized by heating glassy melt-quenched Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (3:2:2:4 in cationic ratio) plates. The atmospheric condition of the whisker growth, especially oxygen partial pressure and gas flow, was investigated. It was found out that the whisker growth rate shows a maximum at PO2=2/3 bar. For the crystalline quality of the whiskers, the airtight condition was found to be useful as compared to the conventional oxygen stream condition. The crystalline quality, especially the straightness and morphology of the surface, could be improved by keeping the growing whiskers under the equilibrium PBi condition. Over 20-mm-long whisker crystals have been successfully synthesized by choosing optimum oxygen partial pressure around the PO2=2/3 bar in the airtight condition. The growth condition and mechanism of the Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ whiskers were investigated by an in-situ high-temperature x-ray diffraction analysis and an in-situ high-temperature microscope observation. It was found that the whiskers grow in a partially melted state at a temperature of 10-40 degrees below the melting point. The result obtained demonstrates that Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ whiskers grow at their bottom by the conventional liquid-phase growth mechanism, as was proposed by Matsubara et al. (author)

  1. Design and Optimization on Simulation System of Mine CO2 Open Loop Cycle Refrigeration%矿用CO2开放式制冷仿真系统设计与优化

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    曹利波

    2013-01-01

    According to the importance of the CO2 open loop cycle refrigeration applied to the rescue cabin, the refuge chamber and other limited airtight space, the FLOWMASTER simulation software of the thermal fluid system was applied to design the simulation system of the CO2 open loop cycle refrigeration applied to a limited airtight space. Under the conditions to meet the designed refrigeration value and the pressure drop and temperature drop at the inlet and outlet of the pneumatic blower, the tube length of the evaporator was optimized and the optimum length of the evaporator was obtained. Meanwhile the refrigeration system features and the different refrigeration value under the non designed performances were checked.The test certification was conducted on the refrigeration simulation system.The simulated value and the test value were well fitted and the simulation accuracy and precision of the system were verified.%针对CO2开放式制冷在避难硐室、救生舱等有限密闭空间中应用的重要性,利用FLOWMASTER热流体计算仿真软件,设计了一种用于有限密闭空间的CO2开放式制冷仿真系统,在满足设计制冷量和气动风机进出口压降、温降的条件下,对蒸发器管长进行优化,获得了最佳蒸发器长度,同时对非设计工况下的制冷系统特性及不同制冷量进行校核,并对该制冷仿真系统进行了试验验证,仿真值与试验值吻合良好,验证了系统仿真的准确性和精确性.

  2. Health impacts due to personal exposure to fine particles caused by insulation of residential buildings in Europe

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    Gens, Alexandra; Hurley, J. Fintan; Tuomisto, Jouni T.; Friedrich, Rainer

    2014-02-01

    The insulation of residential buildings affects human exposure to fine particles. According to current EU guidelines, insulation is regulated for energy saving reasons. As buildings become tighter, the air exchange rate is reduced and, thus, the indoor concentration of pollutants is increased if there are significant indoor sources. While usually the effects of heat insulation and increase of the air-tightness of buildings on greenhouse gas emissions are highlighted, the negative impacts on human health due to higher indoor concentrations are not addressed. Thus, we investigated these impacts using scenarios in three European countries, i. e. Czech Republic, Switzerland and Greece. The assessment was based on modelling the human exposure to fine particles originating from sources of particles within outdoor and indoor air, including environmental tobacco smoke. Exposure response relationships were derived to link (adverse) health effects to the exposure. Furthermore, probable values for the parameters influencing the infiltration of fine particles into residential buildings were modelled. Results show that the insulation and increase of the air-tightness of residential buildings leads to an overall increase of the mean population exposure - and consequently adverse health effects - in all considered countries (ranging for health effects from 0.4% in Czech Republic to 11.8% in Greece for 100% insulated buildings) due to an accumulation of particles indoors, especially from environmental tobacco smoke. Considering only the emission reductions in outdoor air (omitting changes in infiltration parameters) leads to a decrease of adverse health effects. This study highlights the importance of ensuring a sufficient air exchange rate when insulating buildings, e. g. by prescribing heat ventilation and air conditioning systems in new buildings and information campaigns on good airing practice in renovated buildings. It also shows that assessing policy measures based on the

  3. Storage and handling of willow from short rotation coppice

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    Kofman, P. D.; Spinelli, R.

    1997-07-01

    During the project two main storage and drying trials were organised. The first trial in 1996 consisted of 14 piles of 6 different size material (whole shoots, via 200 mm chunk, 100 mm chunk, 50 mm chip, 28 mm chips, 25 mm chips) and six different methods of covering: Open air storage, storage under plastic cover, storage under top-cover, airtight storage, unventilated storage under roof, and intermittent ventilation (cooling) under roof. The drying trial in 1997 which consisted of four piles was established in Horsens in the same building as the ventilated trials the year before. Only Austoft 50 mm chips were used for this trial. The four piles were established in February and removed in May. Based on all the results of the trials the following conclusions can be drawn: Storage of willow from short rotation coppice is very difficult. Fine chips, such as producted by the two main harvesting machines Claas and Austoft are not suitable for storage over prolonged periods of time (more than 2 months); fine chips loose a large amount of dry matter and a lot of their lower heating value; fine chips also have a heavy infestation of micro-organisms which might cause working environment problems; short rotation coppice is best delivered straight into the heating plants during harvest; if short rotation coppice has to be stored, then this should be done as whole shoots or large chunk; if short rotation coppice has to be stored as chips for a longer period of time (more than two months), then these chips should be sealed airtight as silage. (EG) EFP-94; EFP-95; EFP-96. 10 refs.

  4. Paroc passive house. Cold climate energy solution; Paroc-passiivitalo. Kylmaen ilmaston energiaratkaisu

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    Kouhia, I.; Nieminen, J.; Holopainen, R.

    2013-01-15

    The energy requirements for a passive house are quite strict. These requirements need to be adopted already in early phase of project planning. Collaboration between different design domains is a necessity. System design requires accurate information on the performance parameters of equipment. This information has to be available for the designers. Paroc passive house shows that HVAC system settings and trimming are a condition of the required performance. System adjustments and trimming were carried out almost for one year after the building was finished. The need for adjustments comes from poor documentation of the performance parameters of the equipment. Accurate monitoring results are available for less than one year; however, the results show that the building meets the requirements set on the delivered energy and primary energy. The primary energy use in the two apartments is 96 and 130 kWh/m{sup 2}. The airtightness of the building envelope were n{sub 50} = 0.37 1/h and n{sub 50} = 0.25 1/h correspondingly. The primary energy use in the passive house Paroc Lupaus is 130 kWh/m{sup 2} and the airtightness of the building envelope n{sub 50} = 0.5 1/h. The energy used for space heating 30 kWh/m{sup 2} exceeds the set requirement of 25 kWh/m{sup 2}. The indoor temperature has been higher than assumed in the design. The monitoring shows that the technical systems do not perform as expected. There is still need for adjustments and trimming both for the ventilation system and heat pump. In general, the performance parameters of the HVAC systems are not accurate enough for passive house design. (orig.)

  5. Residential commissioning to assess envelope and HVAC system performance

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    Wray, Craig P.; Sherman, Max H.

    2001-08-31

    Houses do not perform optimally or even as many codes and forecasts predict. For example, Walker et al. (1998a) found large variations in thermal distribution system efficiency, as much as a factor of two even between side-by-side houses with the same system design and installation crew. This and other studies (e.g., Jump et al. 1996) indicate that duct leakage testing and sealing can readily achieve a 25 to 30% reduction in installed cooling capacity and energy consumption. As another example, consider that the building industry has recognized for at least 20 years the substantial impact that envelope airtightness has on thermal loads, energy use, comfort, and indoor air quality. However, Walker et al. (1998a) found 50% variances in airtightness for houses with the same design and construction crews, within the same subdivision. A substantial reason for these problems is that few houses are now built or retrofitted using formal design procedures, most are field assembled from a large number of components, and there is no consistent process to identify problems or to correct them. Solving the problems requires field performance evaluations of houses using appropriate and agreed upon procedures. Many procedural elements already exist in a fragmented environment; some are ready now to be integrated into a new process called residential commissioning (Wray et al. 2000). For example, California's Title 24 energy code already provides some commissioning elements for evaluating the energy performance of new houses. A house consists of components and systems that need to be commissioned, such as building envelopes, air distribution systems, cooling equipment, heat pumps, combustion appliances, controls, and other electrical appliances. For simplicity and practicality, these components and systems are usually evaluated individually, but we need to bear in mind that many of them interact. Therefore, commissioning must not only identify the energy and non

  6. Studies on Using Azolla for O2-Supplementation and Its Test

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    Liu, C.-C.; Liu, X.-S.; Chen, M.; Bian, Z.-L.

    Establishment of Controlling Ecological Life Safety System (CELSS) is a key technical part in the study on manned station. In order to meet the requirement of long-term out-earth man-carrying flight, it is necessary to build plant-based O2-supplying CELSS. It also possesses the possibility to contribute the realization of mankind dream to live in out-earth planets. Using the physiological reaction of organisms, this system settled the problem in food supply, O2 and water recycle, the regeneration and utilization of CO2 and life residues, thus guarantee the spacemen the health, safety and efficient work when they are far from earth and arrived the space where human is difficult to life in. Azolla as a plant that possesses high growing speed, short growing cycle, high photosynthesis and O2-releasing capacity, and can be artificially grow in multi-layer facilities, it is hopeful to be an important biological part in CELSS for it's the function in O2 production and to be a part of fresh vegetable as well as CO2 absorption. This paper described the study in Azolla as a plant for supplementary O2 supply in future space station flight. The "Azolla-dog" controlling tight system was firstly established in order to determine the regulation of O2-CO2 variation and balance using different weights of dogs with different Azolla growing areas. The further studies included the development of air-tight cabinets where "Azolla-human" airtight experiments were conducted, and the relationship between Azolla-growing area and O2 requirement by human was analyzed. Based on these works, the further experiment on supplementary O2-supply of Azolla-human system was conducted in demonstration cabin for environmental controlling and life security. The O2-supplying amount of Azolla was further gained, and it will provide the experimental basis to probe optimum condition to grow Azolla in space and human-machine combining experiment, also to lay a basis for Azolla as a biological part to enter

  7. 鱼雷涡轮机叶片顶部气封流场数值研究%Numerical Investigation on the Tip Leakage Flow of Rotor Blade of Torpedo Turbine

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    伊进宝; 赵卫兵; 师海潮

    2011-01-01

    A three-dimensional(3D) viscous and steady computational fluid dynamics(CFD) analysis is performed for calculating turbine rotor tip leakage flow field of a torpedo by solving RANS-Navier-Stocks equations. The effect of different seal structure on turbine passage efficiency and rotor tip leakage flow is studied. Different numbers of sealing fins at the rotor blade are simulated, and the influence of the number of sealing fins on turbine passage efficiency and rotor tip leakage flow characteristic is analyzed. The results show that the turbine efficiency is improved remarkably after applying the seal technology. Compared with comb-type seal structure, the labyrinth seal exhibits better airtight performance. The leakage flow in the labyrinth seal housing forms 3D vortex current which transform the kinetic energy of the leakage flow into heat energy, and leads to a decrease in the seal leakage flow rate of the labyrinth seal. Airtight performance gets better with increasing number of fins.%通过求解雷诺平均的NAVIER-STOKES方程组,数值计算了带气封围带结构的鱼雷涡轮机动叶顶部间隙内部3D流场及特性,研究了不同气封结构形式对涡轮机通流效率和动叶顶部泄漏流动的作用,比较了迷宫式气封不同齿数下动叶间隙泄漏气流的流动特性,分析了迷宫式气封齿数对鱼雷涡轮机通流效率和泄漏特性的影响.研究表明,在叶片顶部间隙中采用气封结构能够有效减小燃气泄露流量,提高涡轮机通流气动性能;在相同气封齿数下,迷宫式气封结构要比一般梳齿型气封结构密封效果好;迷宫气封通过气流在气封齿间空腔形成的3D涡流,将气流动能转化为热能,从而起到密封效果;气封齿数越多,密封效果越好,对涡轮机通流性能的改善也越大.

  8. 基于共面电容的非接触式液位线性测量系统的研究%Non-contact Linear Liquid Level Measurement System Based on Coplanar Capacitor

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    陈俊龙; 施隆照

    2015-01-01

    一种基于共面电容传感器的非接触式液位线性测量系统主要包括前端平面电容传感器的设计、中间电容信号转换电路、后级的单片机数据处理以及液晶显示功能设计。与传统的线性液位电容传感器相比较本系统所设计的电容液位传感器,传感器可以直接安装在密闭容器外面,避免与容器内的液体接触造成污染或腐蚀传感器等问题。设计中采用差分电容的设计方案提高了系统的抗干扰能力。该测量系统具有结构简单,灵敏度高,稳定性好,动态响应特性好,可以在高温、强磁场、强辐射环境下精确测量非金属密闭容器内液位的实时状态。该系统可以广泛应用于液位在线监测领域。%This paper designed a non-contact linear liquid level measurement system based on coplanar capacitive sensor. The system includes the coplanar capacitive sensor, the capacitance to voltage conversion circuit, the process of converted capacitance data and the liquid crystal display. Compared with the traditional linear liquid level sensor in this system design of the capacitance liquid level sensor, the sensor can be installed directly outside the airtight container, avoid contact with the liquid container which brings the problems such as pollution or corrosion sensors. Adopted in the design of the differential capacitance design scheme to improve the anti-interference a-bility of the system. The measurement system has simple structure, high sensitivity, good stability, good dynamic response characteristics, it can accurately measure the level of liquid in an airtight container in real time in high temperature, strong EMI environment. It can be widely used in the online monitoring of the liquid level.

  9. La aerotermia como alternativa para el control de Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera, Reduviidae resistentes a deltametrina Air temperature elevation as an alternative for the control of deltamethrin-resistant Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera, Reduviidae

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    Alberto G. Gentile

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available Se exploraron los efectos de la elevación artificial de la temperatura del aire sobre las formas embrionarias, ninfales y adultas de Triatoma infestansresistentes a Deltametrina. En laboratorio, se expuso a temperaturas crecientes del aire la progenie completa de T. infestans, para determinar viabilidad de huevos y supervivencia en ninfas y adultos; sobre el terreno, la experimentación se llevó a cabo en una vivienda tipo rancho previamente evaluada como colonizada. Durante la fase de laboratorio se comprobó la inviabilidad del 100% de los huevos y la mortalidad del 100% de las ninfas y adultos expuestos a temperaturas del aire estanco de entre 45ºC y 55ºC, mientras que en la fase de terreno se logró reproducir el efecto ovicida del calor, como así también la negativización de las evaluaciones entomológicas de la vivienda de experimentación, llevadas a cabo a las 72 horas, a los 30, 60 y 90 días. La elevación artificial de la temperatura del aire estanco en las habitaciones resultó ser un método de control de eficacia aceptable, inocuo y técnicamente sencillo.This study explores the effects of artificial air temperature elevation on the embryonic, nymphal, and adult forms of deltamethrin-resistant Triatoma infestans. In the laboratory, complete offspring of T. infestanswere exposed to increasing air temperatures to determine the viability of eggs and survival of nymphs and adults; in the field, the experiment was conducted in a poor rural dwelling previously identified as infested with the vector. The laboratory phase showed 100% non-viability of eggs and 100% mortality of nymphs and adults exposed to airtight temperatures from 45ºC to 55ºC, while the field phase succeeded in reproducing the heat's ovicidal effect and negative conversion of entomological assays in the experimental dwelling, as conducted over the course of 72 hours at 30, 60, and 90 days from the baseline evaluation. Artificial elevation of airtight temperature

  10. Indoor air quality in 24 California residences designed as high-performance homes

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    Less, Brennan [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Mullen, Nasim [Gap, Inc., San Francisco, CA (United States); Singer, Brett [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Walker, Iain [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2015-01-01

    Today’s high performance green homes are reaching previously unheard of levels of airtightness and are using new materials, technologies and strategies, whose impacts on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) cannot be fully anticipated from prior studies. This research study used pollutant measurements, home inspections, diagnostic testing and occupant surveys to assess IAQ in 24 new or deeply retrofitted homes designed to be high performance green buildings in California. Although the mechanically vented homes were six times as airtight as non-mechanically ventilated homes (medians of 1.1 and 6.1 ACH50, n=11 and n=8, respectively), their use of mechanical ventilation systems and possibly window operation meant their median air exchange rates were almost the same (0.30 versus 0.32 hr-1, n=8 and n=8, respectively). Pollutant levels were also similar in vented and unvented homes. In addition, these similarities were achieved despite numerous observed faults in complex mechanical ventilation systems. More rigorous commissioning is still recommended. Cooking exhaust systems were used inconsistently and several suffered from design flaws. Failure to follow best practices led to IAQ problems in some cases. Ambient nitrogen dioxide standards were exceeded or nearly so in four homes that either used gas ranges with standing pilots, or in Passive House-style homes that used gas cooking burners without venting range hoods. Homes without active particle filtration had particle count concentrations approximately double those in homes with enhanced filtration. The majority of homes reported using low-emitting materials; consistent with this, formaldehyde levels were approximately half those in conventional, new CA homes built before 2008. Emissions of ultrafine particles (with diameters <100 nm) were dramatically lower on induction electric cooktops, compared with either gas or resistance electric models. These results indicate that high performance homes can achieve

  11. Homing pigeons only navigate in air with intact environmental odours: a test of the olfactory activation hypothesis with GPS data loggers.

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    Full Text Available A large body of evidence has shown that anosmic pigeons are impaired in their navigation. However, the role of odours in navigation is still subject to debate. While according to the olfactory navigation hypothesis homing pigeons possess a navigational map based on the distribution of environmental odours, the olfactory activation hypothesis proposes that odour perception is only needed to activate a navigational mechanism based on cues of another nature. Here we tested experimentally whether the perception of artificial odours is sufficient to allow pigeons to navigate, as expected from the olfactory activation hypothesis. We transported three groups of pigeons in air-tight containers to release sites 53 and 61 km from home in three different olfactory conditions. The Control group received natural environmental air; both the Pure Air and the Artificial Odour groups received pure air filtered through an active charcoal filter. Only the Artificial Odour group received additional puffs of artificial odours until release. We then released pigeons while recording their tracks with 1 Hz GPS data loggers. We also followed non-homing pigeons using an aerial data readout to a Cessna plane, allowing, for the first time, the tracking of non-homing homing pigeons. Within the first hour after release, the pigeons in both the Artificial Odour and the Pure Air group (receiving no environmental odours showed impaired navigational performances at each release site. Our data provide evidence against an activation role of odours in navigation, and document that pigeons only navigate well when they perceive environmental odours.

  12. Soundness confirmation through cold test of the system equipment of HTTR

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    HTTR was established at the Oarai Research and Development Center of Japan Atomic Energy Agency, for the purpose of the establishment and upgrading of high-temperature gas-cooled reactor technology infrastructure. Currently, it performs a safety demonstration test in order to demonstrate the safety inherent in high-temperature gas-cooled reactor. After the Great East Japan Earthquake, it conducted confirmation test for the purpose of soundness survey of facilities and equipment, and it confirmed that the soundness of the equipment was maintained. After two years from the confirmation test, it has not been confirmed whether the function of dynamic equipment and the soundness such as the airtightness of pipes and containers are maintained after receiving the influence of damage or deterioration caused by aftershocks generated during two years or aging. To confirm the soundness of these facilities, operation under cold state was conducted, and the obtained plant data was compared with confirmation test data to evaluate the presence of abnormality. In addition, in order to confirm through cold test the damage due to aftershocks and degradation due to aging, the plant data to compare was supposed to be the confirmation test data, and the evaluation on abnormality of the plant data of machine starting time and normal operation data was performed. (A.O.)

  13. Selection and a 3-Year Field Trial of Sorangium cellulosum KYC 3262 Against Anthracnose in Hot Pepper.

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    Yun, Sung-Chul

    2014-09-01

    KYC 3262 was selected as a biocontrol agent against anthracnose on hot pepper from 813 extracts of myxobacterial isolates. Dual culture with Colletotrichum acutatum and 813 myxobacterial extracts was conducted, and 19 extracts were selected that inhibited germination and mycelial growth of C. acutatum. All selections were Sorangium cellulosum, which are cellulolytic myxobacteria from soil. With the infection bioassay on detached fruits in airtight containers, KYC 3262, KYC 3512, KYC 3279, and KYC 3584 were selected. The listed four myxobacteria were cultured in CSG/1 liquid media, and harvested filtrates were sprayed on the infected fruits. KYC 3262 was selected from the studies of attached fruit in a greenhouse study. KYC 3262 filtrate was applied for 3 years (from 2011 to 2013) in a field study in Asan, Republic of Korea. Control values of the KYC 3262 in the field were 31%, 89%, and 82% in 2011, 2012, and 2013, whereas values of the fungicide spray treatment were 19%, 97%, and 91%, respectively. Yields (kg/20 plants) of the KYC 3262 were 2.66 kg and 18.6 kg in 2011 and 2013, respectively, and those of the fungicide treatment were 2.0 kg and 20.2 kg, in 2011 and 2013, respectively. PMID:25289014

  14. Indoor air quality and allergy. Airborne dust and its effect of health; Shitsunai kukishitsu to seitai allergy. Fuyu funjin to seitai eikyo

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    Irie, T. [Shinshu University, Nagano (Japan). Faculty of Education

    1998-05-05

    This paper describes the effect of airborne dust on health. Among fiber dusts in usual houses, cotton-derived dust occupies 71%, paper-derived 11%, chemical fiber-derived 10%, hair-derived 5%, and others occupy the rest. Cotton, silk and hair can be allergens which are antigens causing allergy. Cigarette smoke composes of various gaseous substances, and by-flow smoke from the ignition part is hazardous. The dust generation by smoking provides ten times of standard concentration in a Japanese 6 rush-mat room per one cigarette. Asbestos can be a carcinogen due to their accumulation. They do not have an allowable standard for absolute safety, and they should be removed by manual method under an obligation. This paper also describes the effect of ticks and mold particles as allergen dusts on health, and the measures for them. Pollens and their measures are described. Air cleaners are usually used for removing airborne dusts in the houses with high air-tightness. Nearly 100% of particles with a diameter more than several {mu}m can be collected with a fan filter-type air cleaner. However, the collecting performance is decreased to 70 to 80% for submicron particles such as cigarette smoke. An ion-type air cleaner can not be so promising. 24 refs., 5 figs., 5 tabs.

  15. The effectiveness of sheltering against internal exposure in nuclear reactor accidents, (1)

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    Sheltering in a house is considered one of the simple and easy protective actions taken in accidental radioactive airborne releases from nuclear power plants. The effectiveness of sheltering for airborne materials with respect to an internal exposure directly depends on natural air exchange rates of houses. This report describes the results of the literature survey and statistical analysis on the natural air exchange rates of Japanese and foreign houses, and describes the statistical data of Japanese houses from the view point of structure. The total number of data 'measured air exchange rates' collected was 211 for Japanese houses and 500 for foreign houses, respectively. The frequency distributions of the air exchange rates well fitted in the lognormal distributions. The geometric mean and geometric standard deviation for the Japanese houses were 0.79 h-1 and 2.1. The same values for the foreign houses were 0.33h-1 and 0.21. The regression equation obtained to estimate the air exchange rates of Japanese houses is as follows: Y = - 0.20 + 0.30 X1 + 0.083 X2 + 0.016 X3 where, Y is the air exchange rate (h-1), X1 the index of air-tightness of house (1 to 4), X2 the wind speed (m/s), and X3 the temperature difference between indoor and out door (degC). (author)

  16. A Proposed Batch In vitro Apparatus for Conducting Rumen Fermentation Experiment

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    ZHANG Guang-qin; REN Hong-tao

    2008-01-01

    This research proposes a batch in vitro rumen apparatus modified from Daisy incubator and procedures of measuring feed digestion by using nylon bag to replace the traditional centrifuging and filtration methods, for the purpose of studying ruminal fermentation. The apparatus consists of 8 sets of airtight reaction vessels which rotated at a speed of 1 r/min and located inside a thermostatic cabin. Optimum procedures was proved to be that the volume of incubation fluid was 400 mL; fineness and size of test feed were 0.125-0.25 mm and 0.4 g, respectively; amount of bags in one vessel was 6; fermentation diet in a single incubation was 4-5 g. Comparing experiments showed that fermentation speed attained with the apparatus was about 15-20% greater than that attained with flask-shaking machine method (revolutionary speed is 100 r/min) and more accurate results could be obtained with the new apparatus. In conclusion, this apparatus could provide an efficient mixing action, and the procedure could allow sensitive detection of differences in ruminal fermentation in a time-saving way.

  17. Separation film module. Bunri maku module

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    Ninomiya, Y.; Takada, N. (, Chiba (Japan))

    1990-10-09

    The separation film module used for the production of dry air by separating vapor from air and for the concentration of alcohol from a mixed gas of alcohol and water has hollow yarn of polyimide resin in a tubular container. The gas permeated through the separation film is discharged from the permeated gas exit provided at an end of the container, and the unpermeated gas is exhausted from the core pipe provided at the center of the tubulsr container. However, the module has a problem of poor airtightness at the connection when the machining is not accurate or when thermal expansion occurs because the core pipe is communicated with the unpermeated gas discharge pipe via a rigid joint pipe. This invention relates to a solution to the problem by providing an expansion joint between the discharge end of the core pipe and the unpermeated gas discharge pipe. A joint pipe with a bellows in the middle is used as the said joint pipe. 3 figs.

  18. Off-grid in a cold city: The Alberta sustainable home

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    Rieger, T.; Byrne, J. [eds.

    1996-03-01

    The Alberta Sustainable Home is a new suburban three-bedroom house and office that will soon be independent of the sewer, electric, and water systems. Located in the cold, dry, sunny climate of Calgary, AB, the home is now demonstrating the feasibility of environmentally sustainable, cost-saving devices-from Eco-studs in the framework to graywater heat recovery devices. Although it was built for about the same price as a comparable conventional home, the Alberta Sustainable Home has received a preferential mortgage rate, is expected to have an unusually high resale value, and will cost about $1,500 per year (Canadian) less for utilities. The Alberta Sustainable Home was built privately by Autonomous and Sustainable Housing Incorporated (ASH), in partnership with some 215 companies worldwide. Construction began in September 1993, and the designers and builders have lived and worked in the building since April 1994. Topics include the following: space and water heating; airtight construction; insulation; windows; refrigeration; saving water; low embodied energy; retrofitting; pollutant control; less power.

  19. Death by desiccation: Effects of hermetic storage on cowpea bruchids

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    Murdock, Larry L.

    2012-04-01

    When cowpea grain is stored in airtight containers, destructive populations of the cowpea bruchid (. Callosobruchus maculatus) don\\'t develop even though the grain put into the store is already infested with sufficient . C. maculatus to destroy the entire store within a few months. The surprising effectiveness of hermetic storage for preserving grain against insect pests has long been linked with the depletion of oxygen in the hermetic container and with the parallel rise in carbon dioxide. With . C. maculatus, low oxygen (hypoxia) leads to cessation of larval feeding activity, whereas elevated levels of carbon dioxide (hypercarbia) have little or no effect on feeding. Cessation of feeding arrests the growth of the insects, which don\\'t mature and don\\'t reproduce. As a result, population growth ceases and damaging infestations don\\'t develop. . C. maculatus eggs, larvae, and pupae subjected to hypoxia eventually die after exposures of various duration. The cause of death is desiccation resulting from an inadequate supply of water. We demonstrate that blocking the supply of oxygen interdicts the main supply of water for . C. maculatus. This leads to inactivity, cessation of population growth, desiccation and eventual death. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

  20. Selamento apical proporcionado por diferentes cimentos endodônticos

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    Karlel Tristão Marques

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available To have success in endodontic treatment it is necessary that the sealing airtight as possible of the root canal system, with suitable material such as gutta-percha and sealer. There are sealers of different compositions, which should allow the sealing of the root canal system, preventing recontamination place and favoring the success of endodontic therapy. In this study were evaluated the apical microleakage after obturation using different root canal sealers widely employed in the market, with different compositions. For this study, 85 single rooted teeth premolars which have removed their crowns and root canals prepared and filled using four types of cement: AH Plus, Endofill, Acroseal and Real Seal SE. All samples were sealed and submitted to microleakage with Indian ink; longitudinal cuts made on both sides of the tooth and cleaved; apical images were obtained. The areas of dye penetration were measured on a computer using specific software and subjected to statistical analysis. It was concluded that the Acroseal ® showed the highest mean microleakage with no statistically significant difference in relation to the RealSeal SE®, but with significant differences compared to Endofill ® and AHPlus ®.

  1. Uptake of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by maize plants

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    Roots and above-ground parts (tops) of maize plants, comprising cuticles, leaves and stems, have been exposed separately to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) by means of air-tight bicameral exposure devices. Maize roots and tops of plants directly accumulate PAHs from aqueous solutions and from air in proportion to exposure levels. Root and leaf concentration factors (log RCF and log LCF) are log-linear functions of log-based octanol-water partition coefficient (log Kow) and log-based octanol-air partition coefficient (log Koa). The PAHs' concentrations among cuticles, leaves and stems display good correlations with each other. PAH concentrations in each part of the plant tested correlated positively with atmospheric PAHs' concentrations. Comparisons between PAHs' concentrations of root epidermis and root tissue showed similar correlations. Bulk concentrations of contaminants in various plant tissues differed greatly, but these differences disappeared after normalization to lipid contents suggesting lipid-based partitioning of PAHs among maize tissues. - PAHs can enter maize plants directly from both air and soil environment

  2. Radon levels in dwelling shielded spaces (DSS) in Israel

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    Exposure to radon gas is known as the major contributor to the general public exposure to ionizing radiation. The typical radon concentration in Israeli houses with a direct ground contact is about 50 Bq/m3, attributed mainly to soil gas penetration into the house. All newly constructed buildings (since 1991) must include Dwelling Shielded Spaces (DSS) which are rooms made of massive solid concrete, equipped with air-tight steel door and window. The DSS serve as shelters against both explosive and chemical warfare. In normal practice, the DSS serves as a conventional room in the household. Standard size DSS contain a mass of around 35 tons of concrete with typical 226Ra activity concentration of 30 Bq/kg. This mass of concrete is expected to increase the radon concentration in the DSS room due to exhalation from the building material. Published exhalation rate values from concrete in the US and Europe vary from 0.1 to 8 mBq/m2sec. (0.5 - 30 Bq/m2h). This work presents short and long-term radon measurements performed in high-rise building DSS's. Measurements of the free exhalation rate and wall exhalation rate as well as ventilation rate in DSS are also presented and the relation between these quantities is analyzed

  3. Overview of the use of refrigerating fluids in thermodynamical machines; Panorama de l`utilisation des fluides frigorigenes dans les machines thermodynamiques

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    Bernier, J. [Syrec SA (France)

    1996-12-31

    The R-22 refrigerant has been used as a substitute of chlorofluorocarbons in refrigerating machineries but its use will become prohibited very soon. This paper raises the problem of its replacement by other HFC or natural fluids. The problem of natural fluids like ammonia or propane concerns their toxicity, flammability and explosion risk. If a regulation about the greenhouse effect is defined, the performance of the installation will be the decisive parameter for the choice of a refrigerant. R-22 fluid has multiple applications from air-conditioning systems to freezing tunnels and the most suitable substitutes will be different from one application to the other. The different criteria that influence the choice of a refrigerating fluid are: the condensation pressure, the delivery temperature, the compressor volume efficiency, the volume refrigerating power, the coefficient of performance, the variation of vaporization temperature, the global greenhouse effect, the toxicity, flammability and explosive character. A comparison between several fluids has been performed with a single-stage airtight compressor of 10 m{sup 3}/h, at a 40 deg. C constant condensation temperature, a 5 deg. C overheating and a 3 deg. C under-cooling. (J.S.) 6 refs.

  4. Application of Vacuum Impregnation Technology in Aluminum Alloy Cylinder Block%浸渗技术在铝合金机体铸件中的应用

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    兰银在; 吴志强; 渠栋; 原建明; 崔灵; 张丽萍; 张威

    2011-01-01

    Aimed at the problem of often forming the casting defects, such as dispersed shrinkage, shrinking holes and gas holes, in aluminum alloy castings, affecting the air-tightness and press resistance performance of the parts, local press impregnation technology was adopted, and penetrating agents and total vacuum pressure penetrating process were introduced. It was proved that the cylinder block by impregnation process was not leakage after 50 hours bench scale test.%铝合金铸件在铸造过程中形成的疏松、缩孔、气孔等缺陷,会影响零件的气密性和抗压性能.为了解决铝合金机体废品率高的问题,采用了局部加压浸渗技术.此外,还介绍了浸渗剂与整体真空加压浸渗工艺,通过50 h台架试验后,经过浸渗处理后的机体没有发生渗漏.

  5. Energy consumption in barley and turnip rape cultivation for bioethanol and biodiesel (RME) production

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    Mikkola, Hannu; Ahokas, Jukka [University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Agricultural Sciences, FIN-00014 Helsingin yliopisto (Finland); Pahkala, Katri [MTT, Agrifood Research Finland, Crop Science and Technology, FIN-31600 Jokioinen (Finland)

    2011-01-15

    The energy consumption for six spring barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) production chains and five spring turnip rape (Brassica rapa ssp. oleifera (DC) Metsg.) production chains were compared with each other and in relation to the energy content of the seed yield. Two cultivation intensities, standard and intensive production, were used for barley. Fertiliser production and grain drying were the most energy consuming phases of the chains. The production of nitrogen fertiliser alone accounted for 1/3-1/2 of the total energy consumption of the production chains. If barley were direct drilled and the yield stored in airtight silos, instead of drying, the energy consumption would decrease by 30-34%. Use of wood-chips instead of oil for grain drying would decrease the use of fossil fuel to the same extent. The input-output ratios for the intensive barley production chains were 0.18-0.25. They were somewhat lower than the ratios for the standard production intensity. The intensive production was more energy efficient despite higher input rates. The input-output ratios for turnip rape production were 0.32-0.34. The energy consumption for manufacturing, repair and maintenance of machines and buildings requires more research because it is a significant factor but the data available are largely old and few studies have been conducted. (author)

  6. Identification of Abiotic and Biotic Factors Causing Deterioration During Storage and Development of Storage Techniques for Mahua (Madhuca indica Syn. Bassia latifolia flowers

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    Basanta Kumar Das

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Mahua (Madhuca indica syn. Bassia latifolia flowers, occupy an important position in the life of the tribal in many parts of India. Particularly, the flowers of the plant are sugar rich and in certain cases it is the only source of livelihood for those people. However, its nutrient quality deteriorates during the postharvest storage and thus, poses a serious problem of adequate storage. In order to determine the cause of spoilage and to develop the measures to check it, collected flowers were stored using two methods in this investigation; first, under normally practiced conditions (NPS, i.e., the practice adopted by the flower’s collectors, and second, oven dried, powdered with liquid nitrogen, and stored at 00C (±10C in different small airtight sterilized vials labelled as laboratory processed samples (LPS. Both LPS and NPS were stored for a year i.e. from one harvesting season to the next. Experiments were carried out, at every month interval, to identify the factors responsible for spoilage of flowers during storage. LPS did not exhibit deterioration in the nutrient value throughout the year of storage, but NPS showed spoilage due to various biotic and abiotic factors comprised of moisture, temperature and microorganisms. To check postharvest spoilage various innovative storage techniques like physical and chemical treatments were experimented. Results revealed that storage at low temperature by liquid nitrogen treatment and chemical conversion to oxalic acid were the most effective techniques for a long-term storage.

  7. Actinide-handling experience for training and education of future expert under J-ACTINET

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    Summer schools for future experts have successfully been completed under Japan Actinide Network (J-ACTINET) for the purpose of development of human resources who are expected to be engaged in every areas of actinide-research/engineering. The first summer school was held in Ibaraki-area in August 2009, followed by the second one in Kansai-area in August 2010. Two summer schools have focused on actual experiences of actinides in actinide-research fields for university students and young researchers/engineers as an introductory course of actinide-researches. Many efforts were made to awaken interests into actinide-researches inside the participants during short periods of schools, 3 to 4 days. As actinides must be handled inside special apparatuses such as an air-tight globe-box with well-trained and qualified technicians, programs were optimized for effective experiences of actinides-handling. Several quasi actinide-handling experiences at the actinide-research fields have attracted attentions of participants at the first school in Ibaraki-area. The actual experiments using actinides-containing solutions have been carried out at the second school in Kansai-area. Future summer schools will be held every year for the sustainable human resource development in various actinide-research fields, together with other training and education programs conducted by the J-ACTINET. (author)

  8. Essential relationships between in situ measurements and laboratory experiments for realistic evaluation of transport in the neighbourhood of geological waste storage sites

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    As part of the study of waste storage in geological formations, a plan of research was developed which reconciles the difficulty of carrying out transport experiments in formations at a depth of 1000 m and reproducing in the laboratory the real conditions of these environments. In situ measurements should provide the characteristics of the solid and aqueous environments of the formation under consideration. In solid environments, it is essential to distinguish between pulverulent rocks and fissured compact rocks because they have totally different retention mechanisms. In the aqueous environment the physical and chemical properties of the water are of paramount importance for determining the behaviour of the radioisotopes. Borehole core samples enable the structure of the materials to be studied and provide the necessary samples for experiments. The water analysis takes into account the high pressures prevailing at depth, and for this purpose special probes are used which enable direct measurements to be taken (pH, Eh, temperature, pressure). The samples are transferred in air-tight bottles to special facilities for quantitative determination of the dissolved gases. The transformations which the aqueous environment undergoes as a result of interactions with the confinement barriers are to be taken into account in a large-scale ''integral experiment'' which will reproduce the various stages of transport while monitoring the parameters and allowing for the source term. The integral experiment will enable the tests to be carried out from underground laboratories with optimum reliability

  9. Preparing the Building Industry for the New Euratom BSS

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    In the proposed new Euratom Basic Safety Standards (EU-BSS), a reference level of 1 mSv/a is set for indoor external exposure to gamma rays emitted by building materials. An activity concentration index (ACI) is proposed as a conservative screening parameter for identifying building materials that may cause the reference level to be exceeded. An alternative in situ ACI determination method was developed and the validation of this method is discussed. This screening method was used to analyse numerous building materials available on the Belgian market. An attempt was made to identify building materials containing residues from naturally occurring radioactive material processing industries that pass through Belgium, by analysing results from a large scale radiological study of the container traffic in the port of Antwerp. In addition to the regulation provided on the gamma exposure from building materials, specific parts of the proposed new EU-BSS are dealing with radon issues separately. A reference level of 300 Bq/m3 for indoor radon concentration is proposed for the EU-BSS. Relationships between radon exposure and type of building material used, the airtightness of the building and the stage of construction work were determined. (author)

  10. QUALIDADE FISIOLÓGICA DE SEMENTES DE MORINGA EM FUNÇÃO DO TIPO DE EMBALAGEM, AMBIENTE E TEMPO DE ARMAZENAMENTO

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    LETÚZIA MARIA DE OLIVEIRA

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The moringa oleifera Lam. tree, a native plant species from tropical Africa, although it has been in introduced in Brazil as an ornamental tree, it can be used for industrial and medicine purposes. The work was to evaluate the physiological quality of the jug with different reservoirs and environmental conditions for a period of six months. The study was conducted in the laboratory of plant physiology in UFERSA, where the seeds were obtained, which were stored after the harvest in three different containers: plastic bag, paper bag and glass which were stored at room temperature and cold for a period of three and six months. After 12 days of sowing, evaluations were made of the speed of germination index (IVG, height and fresh and dry matter of seedlings. The experimental design was entirely randomized in a factorial 3 x 2 x 2, and studied three containers (plastic bag, paper bag and glass, two environments (temperature and cold and two storage periods (3 and 6 months with four replications. The results showed that the seeds are orthodox behavior, remaining viable for six months when stored in cold and room temperature, regardless of packaging, if they are wrapped in airtight packaging.

  11. Retrofit of a MultiFamily Mass Masonry Building in New England

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    Ueno, K. [Building Science Corporation, Somerville, MA (United States); Kerrigan, P. [Building Science Corporation, Somerville, MA (United States); Wytrykowska, H. [Building Science Corporation, Somerville, MA (United States); Van Straaten, R. [Building Science Corporation, Somerville, MA (United States)

    2013-08-01

    Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity (MVHfH) has partnered with Building Science Corporation to provide high performance affordable housing for 10 families in the retrofit of an existing brick building (a former convent) into condominiums. The research performed for this project provides information regarding advanced retrofit packages for multi-family masonry buildings in Cold climates. In particular, this project demonstrates safe, durable, and cost-effective solutions that will potentially benefit millions of multi-family brick buildings throughout the East Coast and Midwest (Cold climates). The retrofit packages provide insight on the opportunities for and constraints on retrofitting multifamily buildings with ambitious energy performance goals but a limited budget. The condominium conversion project will contribute to several areas of research on enclosures, space conditioning, and water heating. Enclosure items include insulation of mass masonry building on the interior, airtightness of these types of retrofits, multi-unit building compartmentalization, window selection, and roof insulation strategies. Mechanical system items include combined hydronic and space heating systems with hydronic distribution in small (low load) units, and ventilation system retrofits for multifamily buildings.

  12. Retrofit of a Multifamily Mass Masonry Building in New England

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    Ueno, K.; Kerrigan, P.; Wytrykowska, H.; Van Straaten, R.

    2013-08-01

    Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity (MVHfH) has partnered with Building Science Corporation to provide high performance affordable housing for 10 families in the retrofit of an existing brick building (a former convent) into condominiums. The research performed for this project provides information regarding advanced retrofit packages for multi-family masonry buildings in Cold climates. In particular, this project demonstrates safe, durable, and cost-effective solutions that will potentially benefit millions of multi-family brick buildings throughout the East Coast and Midwest (Cold climates). The retrofit packages provide insight on the opportunities for and constraints on retrofitting multifamily buildings with ambitious energy performance goals but a limited budget. The condominium conversion project will contribute to several areas of research on enclosures, space conditioning, and water heating. Enclosure items include insulation of mass masonry building on the interior, airtightness of these types of retrofits, multi-unit building compartmentalization, window selection, and roof insulation strategies. Mechanical system items include combined hydronic and space heating systems with hydronic distribution in small (low load) units, and ventilation system retrofits for multifamily buildings.

  13. 提高唇形油封寿命的装配新工艺开发%New assembly technology development on increase of lip-shaped oil seal life

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    孙丽英; 张宏伟

    2011-01-01

    Various shafts surface treatment were adopted,and the seal abrasive experiments were carried on fitting with the lip-shaped oil seal,so the shaft surface treatment technology was obtained with good seal,little abrasion and long service life.The assembly technology was analyzed and tested on the oil seal quality and the lifespan effect,and three-dimension Pro/e assembly technology was obtained,which could better ensure the oil seal assembly quality and remarkably increase the lip-shaped oil seal life and airtight performance.%采用多种轴表面处理方式,并与唇形油封进行配合密封磨损试验,得到一种密封良好、磨损小、使用寿命长的轴表面处理工艺;就装配工艺对油封质量及寿命的影响进行了分析及试验,得出采用三维Pro/e装配工艺可更好地保证油封的装配质量,显著提高唇形油封的寿命及密封性能。

  14. An overview of carbon monoxide generation and release by home appliances

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    Batey, J. [Energy Research Center, Inc., Easton, CT (United States)

    1997-09-01

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas which is highly toxic and can be produced by many combustion sources commonly found within homes. Potential sources include boilers and furnaces, water heaters, space heaters, stoves, ovens, clothes dryers, wood stoves, fireplaces, charcoal grilles, automobiles, cigarettes, oil lamps, and candles. Any fuel that contains carbon can form CO including, natural gas, propane, kerosene, fuel oil, wood, and coal. Exposure to elevated CO levels typically requires its production by a combustion source and its release into the home through a venting system malfunction. The health effects of CO range from headaches and flue-like symptoms to loss of concentration, coma and death depending on the concentration of CO and the exposure time. At levels of only 1%, which is the order of magnitude produced by automobile exhaust, carbon monoxide can cause death in less than 3 minutes. While most combustion equipment operate with low CO levels, many operating factors can contribute to elevated CO levels in the home including: burner adjustment, combustion air supply, house air-tightness, exhaust fan operation, cracked heat exchangers, vent blockages, and flue pipe damage. Test data on CO emissions is presented from a wide range of sources including Brookhaven National Laboratory, Gas Research Institute, American Gas Association, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission for many potential CO sources in and near the home.

  15. Neutron activation and the JFK assassination. Part 2. Extended benefits

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    The NAA of the bullets and fragments from the JFK assassination not only demonstrated that U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Texas Governor John B. Connally were hit by two and only two bullets, both from Lee Harvey Oswald's rifle, but offered a considerable number of extended benefits for understanding the assassination as well. The NAA eliminated all conspiracy theories that involved additional shooters or planted bullets. The NAA proved that none of the fragments were planted, that the rifle was fired that day (not planted), and that the locations of Kennedy's head wounds and back wound were not needed in order to get the right answer for the assassination. It supported the single-bullet theory and thus helped to provide the best-documented shooting scenario to date. It knits together the core physical evidence into an airtight case against Lee Oswald. It is, thus, the key to resolving the major controversies in the JFK assassination and putting the matter to rest. (author)

  16. Studying the Internal Ballistics of a Combustion Driven Potato Cannon using High-speed Video

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    Courtney, E D S

    2013-01-01

    A potato cannon was designed to accommodate several different experimental propellants and have a transparent barrel so the movement of the projectile could be recorded on high-speed video (at 2000 frames per second). Both combustion chamber and barrel were made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Five experimental propellants were tested: propane (C3H8), acetylene (C2H2), ethanol (C2H6O), methanol (CH4O), and butane (C4H10). The amount of each experimental propellant was calculated to approximate a stoichometric mixture and considering the Upper Flammability Limit (UFL) and the Lower Flammability Limit (LFL), which in turn were affected by the volume of the combustion chamber. Cylindrical projectiles were cut from raw potatoes so that there was an airtight fit, and each weighed 50 (+/- 0.5) grams. For each trial, position as a function of time was determined via frame by frame analysis. Five trials were taken for each experimental propellant and the results analyzed to compute velocity and acceleration as functions...

  17. Building America Case Study: Apartment Compartmentalization with an Aerosol-Based Sealing Process - Queens, NY; Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

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    2015-07-01

    Air sealing of building enclosures is a difficult and time-consuming process. Current methods in new construction require laborers to physically locate small and sometimes large holes in multiple assemblies and then manually seal each of them. The innovation demonstrated under this research study was the automated air sealing and compartmentalization of buildings through the use of an aerosolized sealant, developed by the Western Cooling Efficiency Center at University of California Davis.
    CARB sought to demonstrate this new technology application in a multifamily building in Queens, NY. The effectiveness of the sealing process was evaluated by three methods: air leakage testing of overall apartment before and after sealing, point-source testing of individual leaks, and pressure measurements in the walls of the target apartment during sealing. Aerosolized sealing was successful by several measures in this study. Many individual leaks that are labor-intensive to address separately were well sealed by the aerosol particles. In addition, many diffuse leaks that are difficult to identify and treat were also sealed. The aerosol-based sealing process resulted in an average reduction of 71% in air leakage across three apartments and an average apartment airtightness of 0.08 CFM50/SF of enclosure area.

  18. Technology Solutions Case Study: Apartment Compartmentalization with an Aerosol-Based Sealing Process

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    2015-07-01

    Air sealing of building enclosures is a difficult and time-consuming process. Current methods in new construction require laborers to physically locate small and sometimes large holes in multiple assemblies and then manually seal each of them. This research study by Building America team Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings demonstrated the automated air sealing and compartmentalization of buildings through the use of an aerosolized sealant developed by the Western Cooling Efficiency Center at University of California Davis. CARB demonstrated this new technology application in a multifamily building in Queens, NY. The effectiveness of the sealing process was evaluated by three methods: air leakage testing of overall apartment before and after sealing, point-source testing of individual leaks, and pressure measurements in the walls of the target apartment during sealing. Aerosolized sealing was successful by several measures in this study. Many individual leaks that are labor-intensive to address separately were well sealed by the aerosol particles. In addition, many diffuse leaks that are difficult to identify and treat were also sealed. The aerosol-based sealing process resulted in an average reduction of 71% in air leakage across three apartments and an average apartment airtightness of 0.08 CFM50/SF of enclosure area.

  19. Foil chaff ejection systems for rocket-borne measurement of neutral winds in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere

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    Koizumi, Yoshiko; Shimoyama, Manabu; Oyama, Koh-Ichiro; Murayama, Yasuhiro; Tsuda, Toshitaka; Nakamura, Takuji

    2004-07-01

    The foil chaff technique has been used on microrockets such as "Viper" for a long time to measure neutral winds with high altitude resolution in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere. We have developed two new foil chaff storage and ejection systems for muti-instrumented sounding rockets. The first system uses a spring loaded split cylinder which holds the foil chaff, housed in an outer cylinder. The shaft of the split cylinder is kept in place by a lock plate and a stainless steel wire. The split cylinder is ejected by cutting the wire. The second system is of differential pressure type. The cap of an airtight cylinder has a shaft and a sponge piece for sweeping out the foil chaff. The cylinder is sealed at ground level and at the desired height of release, the cap comes out due to differential pressure and brings out the foil chaff. Both these systems were successfully tested on a Japanese sounding rocket in January 2000, releasing about 20 000 pieces of foil chaff during the rocket's descent. Neutral winds were measured in the height range of 85.5-95.0 km with a height resolution of 300 m.

  20. Preliminary studies of the welding zone of AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel capsules, for Cs137 sealed sources

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    Currently, the treatment for cervix, endometrium and vaginal cancer, uses radioactive seeds, shaped like spheres, seeds or threads, with the brachytherapy technique. The brachytherapy sources are encased in surgical grade stainless steel cylinders. This geometry aims to contain the radioactive material, by providing safe barriers, thereby reducing other undesirable radiations from the radioisotopes during their disintegration and by providing rigidity to the source. The properties of the stainless steels are greatly influenced by their chemical composition, which also determines the microstructural characteristics of these alloys. AISI 316L steel is one of the raw materials used most frequently for surgical use, due to its stability and inert character when in contact with the human organism. Small stainless steel cylindrical capsules (about 10 mm long, 2mm diameter) were prepared for this work, with caps welded at both ends using the TIG process, producing an airtight closure. The welds are described by cut, surface, grain-revealing chemical attack, and chemical analysis using dispersive energy spectroscopy and metallographic analysis. Vickers hardness measurements are also presented in the zones affected by the welding. The dendritic-granular interface of the welded stainless matrix under the TIG process, shows resistance to corrosion from human plasma at 36.5oC

  1. Control of soilborne plant pathogens by incorporating fresh organic amendments followed by tarping.

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    Blok, W J; Lamers, J G; Termorshuizen, A J; Bollen, G J

    2000-03-01

    ABSTRACT A new method for the control of soilborne plant pathogens was tested for its efficacy in two field experiments during two years. Plots were amended with fresh broccoli or grass (3.4 to 4.0 kg fresh weight m(-2)) or left nonamended, and covered with an airtight plastic cover (0.135 mm thick) or left noncovered. In plots amended with broccoli or grass and covered with plastic sheeting, anaerobic and strongly reducing soil conditions developed quickly, as indicated by rapid depletion of oxygen and a decrease in redox potential values to as low as -200 mV. After 15 weeks, survival of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. asparagi, Rhizoctonia solani, and Verticillium dahliae in inoculum samples buried 15 cm deep was strongly reduced in amended, covered plots in both experiments. The pathogens were not or hardly inactivated in amended, noncovered soil or nonamended, covered soil. The latter indicates that thermal inactivation due to increased soil temperatures under the plastic cover was not involved in pathogen inactivation. The results show the potential for this approach to control various soilborne pathogens and that it may serve as an alternative to chemical soil disinfestation for high-value crops under conditions where other alternatives, such as solarization or soil flooding, are not effective or not feasible. PMID:18944617

  2. Construction of apparatus for curing by electron irradiation and its characteristics

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    An apparatus was designed and constructed for electron irradiation curing treatments of organic silicone fibers as the precursor of silicon carbide (SiC) fibers. Using the apparatus, the organic silicone fibers were cured by electron beam crosslinking, and the active species formed were quenched by heating up to 1173 K (900degC) in oxygen free atmosphere. This apparatus is composed of two sample trays, irradiation chamber, middle container, heating container, electric furnace, and vacuum pump. The sample tray is moved from irradiation chamber to heating container through the middle container. Irradiation chamber, middle container and heating container are separated by airtight shutters. It was observed that the air leak is negligible, and the oxidation was well prevented during the radiation curing. The absorbed dose was 14.4 kGy per double pass by using electron beam of 2MeV and 1mA with 100 cm/min of sample tray moving speed. The temperature rise of sample by electron irradiation was depressed by Helium gas flow and with the supply of liquid nitrogen to the radiator inside of irradiation container. The temperature in the heating container showed rather large distribution at the higher temperature. (author)

  3. REVIEW ON AFLATOXIN IN INDONESIAN FOOD- AND FEEDSTUFFS AND THEIR PRODUCTS

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    OKKY SETYAWATI DHARMAPUTRA

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Aflatoxin is a human carcinogen that could contaminate food- and feedstuffs, and hence is a major food qua lity problem throughout the world. Afiatoxi n is produced by certain strains of AspergillusJlavus and //. parasiticus. A number of studies have been carried out in Indonesia on atlatoxin contamination in Indonesian food- and feedstuffs and their products from 1990 up to present. They were maize, maize product, peanuts, soybean and soybean meal, black and white pepper, feed ingredients; chicken and duck feeds. Samples were collected from farmers, traders (middlemen, retailers (markets, supermarkets, exporters; poultry and duck community-based farms; and feed mi ll industries. High levels of aflatoxins were often found in maize, peanuts, chicken feed derived from markets, and duck feed. Low levels of aflatoxins were found in soybean meal and chicken feedstuff. Aflatoxins were not detected in soybean, black and white pepper. Other studies have also been carried out on the effect of carbondioxide (CO2, phosphine, black pepper extract and antagonistic fungi on aflatoxin production of A. flavus in vitro and the effect of airtight storage, phosphine, ammonium hydroxide, fermentation process, bag types, and phosphine in combination with different bag types on atlatoxin contents of maize, peanuts and soybean meal. Some of these methods reduced aflatoxin contents significantly

  4. Tinea corporis on the stump leg with Trichophyton rubrum infection

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    Xin Ran

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of tinea corporis on amputated leg stump caused by Trichophyton rubrum. The patient, a 54-year-old male, experienced a serious traffic accident, resulted his right leg amputated 3 years ago. Since then prosthesis was fitted and protective equipment of silicone stocking was worn for the stump. He consulted with circular, patchy and scaly erythemas with itching on his right below knee amputation stump for 2 months. The diagnoses of tinea corporis on the stump was made based on a positive KOH direct microscopic examination, morphologic characteristics and sequencing of the internal transcribed spacers (ITS 1 and 4, confirmed that the isolate from the scales was T. rubrum. The patient was cured with oral terbinafine and topical naftifine-ketaconazole cream following 2% ketaconazole shampoo wash for 3 weeks. Long times using prosthesis together with protective equipment of silicone stocking, leading to the local environment of airtight and humid within the prosthesis favors T. rubrum infection of the stump could be considered as the precipitating factors.

  5. Tinea corporis on the stump leg with Trichophyton rubrum infection.

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    Ran, Xin; Zhuang, Kaiwen; Ran, Yuping

    2015-09-01

    We report a case of tinea corporis on amputated leg stump caused by Trichophyton rubrum. The patient, a 54-year-old male, experienced a serious traffic accident, resulted his right leg amputated 3 years ago. Since then prosthesis was fitted and protective equipment of silicone stocking was worn for the stump. He consulted with circular, patchy and scaly erythemas with itching on his right below knee amputation stump for 2 months. The diagnoses of tinea corporis on the stump was made based on a positive KOH direct microscopic examination, morphologic characteristics and sequencing of the internal transcribed spacers (ITS) 1 and 4, confirmed that the isolate from the scales was T. rubrum. The patient was cured with oral terbinafine and topical naftifine-ketaconazole cream following 2% ketaconazole shampoo wash for 3 weeks. Long times using prosthesis together with protective equipment of silicone stocking, leading to the local environment of airtight and humid within the prosthesis favors T. rubrum infection of the stump could be considered as the precipitating factors. PMID:26288747

  6. FY 1980 Report on research and development of plant related to Sunshine Project. Final report on commissioned researches; 1980 nendo sunshine keikaku ni kakawaru plant kenkyu kaihatsu itaku kenkyu kanryo hokokusho

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    1981-03-31

    Reported herein are the FY 1980 results of research and development of the plant for hydrogen production by electrolysis of water at elevated temperature and pressure, as part of Sunshine Project. The 4 Nm{sup 3}/h hydrogen production test plant, constructed in the previous year, is equipped with a data acquisition system, safety and protective devices, and emergency power monitoring system, and operated for testing performance at high current density, vapor/liquid separation effects, and electrolytic solution concentration changes. Of the electrodes tested, the electrode of ultrafine nickel particles with expanded surfaces, developed by Government Industrial Research Institute, Osaka, has exhibited the highest efficiency of approximately 90%. The tests for plant development include the tests of a 900 mm class air-tight insulation tester, development of a double-polarity plate mold with irregular surfaces for the electrodes, development of self-propelling valves on a trial basis, improvement and development, on a trial basis, of electrodes and diaphragms, and acceleration tests using a galvanic corrosion tester. Researches on metallic constituent materials include corrosion tests by an autoclave, constant-load type tester and low strain rate type tester. (NEDO)

  7. Sorting method for radioactive waste

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    This paper describes a method for detecting radioactive components in dry active waste, comprising the steps of: providing a substantially airtight housing, withdrawing air from the housing, reducing the waste to pieces of substantially uniform size, providing a first conveyor in the housing, the first conveyor having a receiving portion and a discharge portion, discharging the pieces of reduced waste onto the first conveyor, flattening the pieces of reduced waste, detecting radiation emanating from the pieces of reduced waste from a position closely overlying the first conveyor, after the pieces are flattened, removing from the first conveyor the pieces of reduced waste from which radioactive radiation above a determined level is detected, providing a second conveyor in the housing, the second conveyor having a receiving portion and a discharge portion, disposing the second conveyor so that its receiving portion is below and spaced from the discharge portion of the first conveyor, discharging the pieces of reduced waste from the discharge portion of the first conveyor so that they fall onto the receiving portion of the second conveyor; the space between the last named discharge portion and the last named receiving portion being sufficiently great so that the pieces of reduced waste are substantially overturned and dispersed as they fall to the last named receiving portion

  8. Direct coupling of a laser ablation cell to an AMS

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    In rare cases, cleaned samples can be directly inserted into a negative ion source of an AMS and still meet the requirements for long-term and stable measurements. We present the coupling of a laser ablation system to the gas ion source of an AMS system (MICADAS, ETH Zurich) for direct and continuous CO2 introduction. Solid carbonate samples like stalagmites or corals are suitable sample materials, which can be ablated and decomposed continuously using a pulsed laser focused onto the surface of a solid sample, which is placed in an airtight ablation cell. CO2 formed during the ablation of a CaCO3 sample is continually flushed with He into the gas ion source. The production rate of CO2 can be adjusted via the laser pulse repetition rate (1–20 Hz), the crater diameter (1–150 μm) and the energy density applied (0.2–3 mJ/pulse) of the laser (frequency quintupled Nd:YAG at 213 nm with 5 ns pulse duration). In our first test, measurements of one sample with known age were replicated within one sigma. Blanks showed 5% contamination of modern carbon of yet unknown origin. In order to develop LA-AMS into a routine sampling tool the ablation cell geometry and settings of the gas ion source have to be further optimized.

  9. Efficacy of killing cockroaches with smoke in three different kitchens%烟剂对厨房蟑螂的灭效研究

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    李卫鹏; 任兴联; 宋谦; 胡和文

    2011-01-01

    目的 观察15%优士B型乳油烟剂现场灭蟑效果及影响因素.方法 现场实验观察.结果 15%优士B型乳油1∶20、1∶15、1∶10 3种稀释药液烟剂对连队、幼儿园、宾馆的厨房进行熏杀,均可以在短时间内迅速降低蟑螂密度.结论 15%优士B型乳油烟剂熏杀灭蟑效果好,影响因素较小,具有推广应用价值.%Objective To observe the efficacy of killing cockroaches on spot with 15% Youshi B missible oil smoke.Methods Experiment observing on spot.Results To kill cockroaches in company, kindergarten and hotel kitchen with 1:20,1: 15,1:10 three different diluted 15% Youshi B missible oil smoke,it could decrease the density of cockroaches rapidly in a little time.Conclusion It is an efficacy method to kill cockroaches with 15% Youshi B missible oil smoke.It is good enough to kill cockroaehes in large areas with airtight space.

  10. Climate and energy use in glazed spaces

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    Wall, M.

    1996-11-01

    One objective of the thesis has been to elucidate the relationship between building design and the climate, thermal comfort and energy requirements in different types of glazed spaces. Another object has been to study the effect of the glazed spaces on energy requirements in adjacent buildings. It has also been the object to develop a simple calculation method for the assessment of temperatures and energy requirements in glazed spaces. The research work has mainly comprised case studies of existing buildings with glazed spaces and energy balance calculations using both the developed steady-state method and a dynamic building energy simulation program. Parameters such as the geometry of the building, type of glazing, orientation, thermal inertia, airtightness, ventilation system and sunshades have been studied. These parameters are of different importance for each specific type of glazed space. In addition, the significance of each of these parameters varies for different types of glazed spaces. The developed calculation method estimates the minimum and mean temperature in glazed spaces and the energy requirements for heating and cooling. The effect of the glazed space on the energy requirement of the surrounding buildings can also be estimated. It is intended that the method should be applied during the preliminary design stage so that the effect which the design of the building will have on climate and energy requirement may be determined. The method may provide an insight into how glazed spaces behave with regard to climate and energy. 99 refs

  11. Conceptual studies for a mercury target circuit

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    Sigg, B. [ETH Nuclear Engineering Lab., Villigen (Switzerland)

    1996-06-01

    For the now favored target design of the European Spallation Source project, i.e. the version using mercury as target material, a basic concept of the primary system has been worked out. It does not include a detailed design of the various components of the target circuit, but tries to outline a feasible solution for the system. Besides the removal of the thermal power of about 3MW produced in the target by the proton beam, the primary system has to satisfy a number of other requirements related to processing, safety, and operation. The basic proposal uses an electromagnetic pump and a mercury-water intermediate heat excanger, but other alternatives are also being discussed. Basic safety requirements, i.e. protection against radiation and toxic mercury vapours, are satisfied by a design using an air-tight primary system containment, double-walled tubes in the intermediate heat exchanger, a fail-safe system for decay heat removal, and a remote handling facility for the active part of the system. Much engineering work has still to be done, because many details of the design of the mercury and gas processing systems remain to be clarified, the thermal-hydraulic components need further optimisation, the system for control and instrumentation is only known in outline and a through safety analysis will be required.

  12. Phosphogypsum as an alternative building material: preliminary modeling and simulation of radon-222 exhalation from blocks and indoor accumulation

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    Phosphogypsum is a by-product from the phosphate fertilizer industry and its large-scale utilization as an alternative construction material copes with radiological issues related to radon-222. Zero-order models for radon-222 exhalation from phosphogypsum building blocks and its time-varying accumulation in closed domains (e.g. indoor accumulation) presume homogeneous distribution of radon-222 throughout the enclosure. Having in mind radiological protection design, exhalation characterization of a block sample is a valuable parameter for the corresponding building performance simulation and it can be accomplished by placing a test block inside a test chamber together with a suitable nuclear detector (their relative positioning depends on the chamber geometry). As breakdown of the uniform concentration hypothesis is likely to occur, this preliminary work numerically investigates such model oversimplification. Along with emanation and decay processes, the present mathematical model assumes time-dependent two-dimensional diffusion-dominant mass transfer in a domain containing a sample of porous material, namely the phosphogypsum block of finite thickness. Conversely, as the test chamber is quite small and air-tight closed, convective mass transfer is neglected. Numerically simulated results have confirmed that a non-uniform radon-222 distribution takes place, which can obviously influence the position of the nuclear detector (or its primary element), thus affecting its readings. (author)

  13. A plethysmographic method for measuring function in locally irradiated mouse lung

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    A plethysmograph has been developed to measure pulmonary function in mice after single doses of X rays to both lungs. The apparatus consists of a whole-body airtight chamber fitted with a Lavalier microphone. The microphone acts as a sensitive electrical capacitance manometer converting pressure changes in the chamber into an electrical signal which is electronically processed and recorded on a pen recorder. Two parameters of lung function were simultaneously monitored, breathing rate and amplitude. Lung function has been tested in male CBA mice aged two to six months and in animals which have received graded X-ray doses to both lungs. No diurnal rhythm or age-related increase has been observed up to six months in control mice. The two lung-function parameters exhibited a dose-dependent response in irradiated lungs tested 16 weeks after irradiation; the response was reproducible in successive experiments. Respiration rate was increased above a threshold dose of 11 Gy (1100 rad), while amplitude decreased, also with a threshold at 11 Gy. These changes were observed before hisotological evidence of fibrosis became apparent and before pulmonary insufficiency led to deaths in the higher dose groups. The measurement of lung function by plethysmography is an alternative to lethality for assessing radiation damage in the lungs of small animals. The technique is non-destructive, responding to lower doses than LD50, and allows quantitative assessment of sequential changes in the lungs in each mouse over long post-irradiation times. (author)

  14. Introduction of hot cell facility in research center Rez

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    The purpose of the paper is to present the hot cell facility which is being constructed as part of the project SUSEN at the Rez research center (Czech Republic). The Sustainable Energy Project (SUSEN) is implemented as a regional Research/Development center in Priority Axis 2 and its objective is to act as a relevant research partner for cooperation with other European research centers. The project is fully funded by the European Union. Within this project a new complex of 10 hot cells and one semi-hot cell will be built. There will be 8 gamma hot cells and 2 alpha hot cells. In each hot cell a hermetic, removable box made of stainless steel will home different type of devices. The hot cells and semi hot cell will be equipped with devices for processing samples (cutting, welding, drilling, machining) as well as equipment for testing (sample preparation area, stress testing machine, fatigue machine, electromechanical creep machine, high frequency resonance pulsator...) and equipment for studying material microstructure (micro-hardness and nano-hardness probes, scanning electron microscope). An autoclave with water loop, installed in a cell will allow mechanical testing in control environment of water, pressure and temperature. The transportation system for samples and materials is based on a mobile cask with an airtight connection and vertical access. The installation is designed to work with an activity level up to 300 TBq and to receive materials from decommissioned power reactors as well as highly irradiated materials for fusion applications

  15. Ergonomics evaluation and redesign of a hospital meal cart.

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    Das, Biman; Wimpee, Julia; Das, Bijon

    2002-07-01

    The ergonomic, design and other problems of a conventional hospital meal cart were evaluated with a view to redesign a hospital meal cart by incorporating ergonomic principles and data. The operators encountered difficulty in setting the cart in motion, seeing over the cart, turning the cart and stopping the cart while in motion. The operators expressed postural discomfort in the shoulder, neck, back, lower back, knee and leg, and ankle and foot. The cart with meal trays and food was found to exceed the acceptable initial turning push force requirement of 5th percentile females. Recommendations were made for proper placement of cart handles and handle diameter, provision of large-diameter cart wheel made of hard rubber tire, reduction of cart height, use of plastic material for cart construction, provision of emergency brake, provision of individually (electrically) heated plates for soup and main meal, provision of thick air-tight transparent plastic doors, and reduction of the meal tray size. Several recommendations were adopted by the manufacturer in the new model. PMID:12160335

  16. Evaluation of Ventilation Strategies in New Construction Multifamily Buildings

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    Maxwell, S.; Berger, D.; Zuluaga, M.

    2014-07-01

    In multifamily buildings, particularly in the Northeast, exhaust ventilation strategies are the norm as a means of meeting both local exhaust and whole-unit mechanical ventilation rates. The issue of where the 'fresh' air is coming from is gaining significance as air-tightness standards for enclosures become more stringent, and the 'normal leakage paths through the building envelope' disappear. CARB researchers have found that the majority of high performance, new construction, multifamily housing in the Northeast use one of four general strategies for ventilation: continuous exhaust only with no designated supply or make-up air source, continuous exhaust with ducted make-up air to apartments, continuous exhaust with supply through a make-up air device integral to the unit HVAC, and continuous exhaust with supply through a passive inlet device, such as a trickle vent. Insufficient information is available to designers on how these various systems are best applied. Product performance data are based on laboratory tests, and the assumption is that products will perform similarly in the field. Proper application involves matching expected performance at expected building pressures, but there is no guarantee that those conditions will exist consistently in the finished building. This research effort, which included several weeks of building pressure monitoring, sought to provide field validation of system performance. The performance of four substantially different strategies for providing make-up air to apartments was evaluated.

  17. Evaluation of Ventilation Strategies in New Construction Multifamily Buildings

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    Maxwell, S. [Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB), Norwalk, CT (United States); Berger, D. [Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB), Norwalk, CT (United States); Zuluaga, M. [Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB), Norwalk, CT (United States)

    2014-07-01

    In multifamily buildings, particularly in the Northeast, exhaust ventilation strategies are the norm as a means of meeting both local exhaust and whole-unit mechanical ventilation rates. The issue of where the "fresh" air is coming from is gaining significance as air-tightness standards for enclosures become more stringent. CARB researchers have found that most new high performance, multifamily housing in the Northeast use one of four strategies for ventilation: continuous exhaust only with no designated supply or make-up air source, continuous exhaust with ducted make-up air to apartments, continuous exhaust with supply through a make-up air device integral to the unit HVAC, and continuous exhaust with supply through a passive inlet device, such as a trickle vent. Insufficient information is available to designers on how these various systems are best applied. Product performance data are based on laboratory tests, but there is no guarantee that those conditions will exist consistently in the finished building. In this research project, CARB evaluated the four ventilation strategies in the field to validate system performance.

  18. A validated near-infrared spectroscopic method for methanol detection in biodiesel

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    Paul, Andrea; Bräuer, Bastian; Nieuwenkamp, Gerard; Ent, Hugo; Bremser, Wolfram

    2016-06-01

    Biodiesel quality control is a relevant issue as biodiesel properties influence diesel engine performance and integrity. Within the European metrology research program (EMRP) ENG09 project ‘Metrology for Biofuels’, an on-line/at-site suitable near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) method has been developed in parallel with an improved EN14110 headspace gas chromatography (GC) analysis method for methanol in biodiesel. Both methods have been optimized for a methanol content of 0.2 mass% as this represents the maximum limit of methanol content in FAME according to EN 14214:2009. The NIRS method is based on a mobile NIR spectrometer equipped with a fiber-optic coupled probe. Due to the high volatility of methanol, a tailored air-tight adaptor was constructed to prevent methanol evaporation during measurement. The methanol content of biodiesel was determined from evaluation of NIRS spectra by partial least squares regression (PLS). Both GC analysis and NIRS exhibited a significant dependence on biodiesel feedstock. The NIRS method is applicable to a content range of 0.1% (m/m) to 0.4% (m/m) of methanol with uncertainties at around 6% relative for the different feedstocks. A direct comparison of headspace GC and NIRS for samples of FAMEs yielded that the results of both methods are fully compatible within their stated uncertainties.

  19. Characterizing the transformation and transfer of nitrogen during the aerobic treatment of organic wastes and digestates

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    Zeng Yang, E-mail: yang.zeng@irstea.fr [Irstea, UR GERE, 17 avenue de Cucille, CS 64427, F-35044 Rennes Cedex (France); Universite Europeenne de Bretagne, F-35000 Rennes (France); Guardia, Amaury de; Daumoin, Mylene; Benoist, Jean-Claude [Irstea, UR GERE, 17 avenue de Cucille, CS 64427, F-35044 Rennes Cedex (France)

    2012-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ammonia emissions varied depending on the nature of wastes and the treatment conditions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nitrogen losses resulted from ammonia emissions and nitrification-denitrification. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ammonification can be estimated from biodegradable carbon and carbon/nitrogen ratio. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ammonification was the main process contributing to N losses. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nitrification rate was negatively correlated to stripping rate of ammonia nitrogen. - Abstract: The transformation and transfer of nitrogen during the aerobic treatment of seven wastes were studied in ventilated air-tight 10-L reactors at 35 Degree-Sign C. Studied wastes included distinct types of organic wastes and their digestates. Ammonia emissions varied depending on the kind of waste and treatment conditions. These emissions accounted for 2-43% of the initial nitrogen. Total nitrogen losses, which resulted mainly from ammonia emissions and nitrification-denitrification, accounted for 1-76% of the initial nitrogen. Ammonification was the main process responsible for nitrogen losses. An equation which allows estimating the ammonification flow of each type of waste according to its biodegradable carbon and carbon/nitrogen ratio was proposed. As a consequence of the lower contribution of storage and leachate rates, stripping and nitrification rates of ammonia nitrogen were negatively correlated. This observation suggests the possibility of promotingnitrification in order to reduce ammonia emissions.

  20. Technology Solutions Case Study: Cladding Attachment Over Thick Exterior Insulating Sheathing

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    The addition of insulation to the exterior of buildings is an effective means of increasing the thermal resistance of wood-framed walls and mass masonry wall assemblies. Insulation on the exterior of the structure has many direct benefits, including better effective R-value from reduced thermal bridging, better condensation resistance, reduced thermal stress on the structure, as well as other commonly associated improvements such as increased airtightness and improved water management. Although the approach has proven effective, there is resistance to its widespread implementation due to a lack of research and understanding of the mechanisms involved in the development of the vertical displacement resistance capacity. In addition, the long-term in-service performance of the system has been questioned due to potential creep effects of the assembly under the sustained dead load of the cladding and effects of varying environmental conditions. In addition, the current International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) do not have a provision that specifically allows this assembly. In this project, researchers from Building Science Corporation, a Building America team, investigated these issues to better understand the mechanics behind this method of cladding attachment

  1. New types of concrete elements corresponding to BR2005 energy requirements; Nye typer betonelementer svarende til BR2005 energikrav

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    2004-07-01

    In this project new solutions have been developed for buildings with concrete facade panels without ribs at window reveals and at horizontal joints, corresponding to panels with an un-broken insulation layer and limited thermal bridge effect. New general solutions for the mounting of windows have been developed together with airtight covering solutions at the window reveal based upon added window board and a separate vapor barrier. At the same time detailed calculations of the heat loss effects at the window-wall joint and foundation have been carried out and new solutions that reduce the heat loss substantially have also been shown. The new developed standard solutions are obvious means to meet the expected future energy demands in the new Building Regulations expected in 2005. The project has revealed that it is possible to obtain significant thermal improvements with only a minor increase in the insula-tion thickness. The new and, in many ways, better solutions will mean added costs regarding mounting of windows, stronger fittings etc. but the effect of a standardization of the window-placement could reduce those additional costs considerably. The total life cycle costs regard-ing these new types of concrete facade panels are economically reasonable. (au)

  2. ALICE upgrades its powerful eyes

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    Yuri Kharlov, ALICE Collaboration

    2013-01-01

    The ALICE Photon Spectrometer (PHOS) is a high-resolution photon detector that measures the photons coming out of the extremely hot plasma created in the lead-lead collisions at the LHC. Taking advantage of the long accelerator shut-down, the ALICE teams are now repairing and upgrading the existing modules and getting ready to install the brand-new module in time for the next run. The upgraded PHOS detector will be faster and more stable with wider acceptance and improved photon identification.   PHOS crystal matrix during repair. The key feature and the main complexity of the ALICE PHOS detector is that it operates at a temperature of -25°C, which makes it the second-coldest equipment element at the LHC after the cryogenic superconducting magnets. Since 2009 when it was installed, the PHOS detector, with its cold and warm volumes, has been immersed in airtight boxes to avoid condensation in the cold volumes. The 10,752 lead tungstate crystals of the PHOS were completely insulated fr...

  3. Timer switch to convert suction apparatus for negative pressure wound therapy application

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    Surath Amarnath

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT is an established modality in the treatment of chronic wounds, open fractures, and post-operative wound problems. This method has not been widely used due to the high cost of equipment and consumables. This study demonstrates an indigenously developed apparatus which gives comparable results at a fraction of the cost. Readily available materials are used for the air-tight dressing. Materials and Methods: Equipment consists of suction apparatus with adjustable pressure valve set to a pressure 125-150 mmHg. An electronic timer switch with a sequential working time of 5 min and a standby time of 3 min provides the required intermittent negative pressure. Readily available materials such as polyvinyl alcohol sponge, suction drains and steridrapes were used to provide an air tight wound cover. Results: A total of 90 cases underwent 262 NPWT applications from 2009 to 2014. This series, comprised of 30 open fractures, 21 post-operative and 39 chronic wounds. The wound healing rate in our study was comparable to other published studies using NPWT. Conclusion: The addition of electronic timer switch will convert a suction apparatus into NPWT machine, and the results are equally effective compared to more expensive counter parts. The use of indigenous dressing materials reduces the cost significantly.

  4. An apple a day does not always keep the doctor away....

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    Dedouit, Fabrice; Tournel, Gilles; Robert, Anne Bécart; Dutrieux, Pierre; Hédouin, Valéry; Gosset, Didier

    2008-11-01

    The authors describe a case of suicide in the workplace. A 45-year-old man employed by a fruit and vegetable packing company was found dead in a room containing a modified atmosphere for the packaging of fruits and vegetables. The rescue team measured the carbon monoxide (CO) concentration of the ambient air with a digital CO tester and found a level higher than 600 particles per million. Analysis of an arterial blood sample taken with an airtight syringe revealed the absence of CO but high levels of carbon dioxide (CO(2)). Autopsy revealed no significant injury and police investigators found a handwritten note of intent, describing a recent personal crisis. The authors concluded that the cause of death was suicide by asphyxiation secondary to CO(2) intoxication and notably oxygen (O(2)) depletion. This manner of suicide is rare and most cases previously described in the literature were accidental intoxications. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of suicide by CO(2) intoxication and O(2) depletion in a room with a modified atmosphere. PMID:18752554

  5. Using vacuum in the treatment of surgical wounds complications

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    Drašković Miroljub

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Using vacuum in medicine has been known from long ago, however, it has not been used for the treatment of wounds. The first experiments in this field were performed by Wagner Fleischmann, University of Ulm, Ulm, West Germany, in 1993. The aim of this study was to present our clinical experience with the treatment of surgical wounds complications in vascular patients by the use of controled vacuum. Method. In a period October 2006 - December 2009 a total of 18 patients with infection and surgical wound dehiscence were treated by the use of vacuum. Vacuum was applied to wounds by placing a polyurethane sponge on them and by fixing a polyurethane foil and a sponge to the surrounding healthy skin so to completely airtight wounds. Over a foil vacuum of - 150 mmHg was applied for a 5-day period, and on the day 6 a foil and a sponge were removed. Results. In all the 18 wounds treated by the use of vacuum secondary wound closing was achieved with no complications and with a significantly shortened time period treatment. Wound infections were healed using this method and only in 2 patients antibiotics were used at the same time. Conclusion. The use of vacuum in the treatment of operative wounds complications is an easy and reliable method contributing significantly to wounds better healing.

  6. MR imaging of lung ventilation with aerosolized Gadolinium-chelates

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    Purpose: To evaluate the feasibility of magnetic resonance assessment of human lung ventilation with aerosolized Gd-chelates in healthy volunteers. Materials and Methods: Five healthy adults (mean age 37 years) were studied with a 1.5 T unit. The volunteers were instructed to inhale the aerosol through an airtight facial mask for 10 minutes. The aerosol was generated with a jet-type small particle nebulizer with attached heater. Ventilation imaging was performed using a respiration-gated dynamic T1-weighted turbo spin echo sequence (TR=199 ms, TE=8.5 ms, 12 signal averages, slice thickness 10 mm). Pulmonary signal intensity changes were calculated before and after nebulization. Results: The investigation was successfully carried out in all volunteers. An acute or delayed allergic reaction to the aerosolized contrast medium was not observed. In 4 of 5 experiments (80%), a homogeneous signal intensity increase was readily visualized with an average signal increase of 35% after 10 minutes; in one experiment, the aerosol distribution was slightly heterogeneous. (orig.)

  7. 载人飞船密封舱热舒适性评价%Thermal Comfort Assessment in Manned Spaceship Cabin

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    于新刚; 满广龙; 范宇峰

    2014-01-01

    结合在轨飞行数据,采用PMV-PPD模型对载人飞船密封舱热舒适性进行了评估,基于在轨飞行数据计算了载人飞船PMV值,分析了密封舱空气温度、湿度以及舱内壁温度对热舒适性的影响。同时针对目前载人飞船实际情况,提出了通过提高舱壁辐射温度改善密封舱热舒适性的方法,可为后续的载人航天器特别是载人飞船密封舱在热控设计中提高热舒适性提供参考。%Based on flight data , thermal comfort of the airtight cabin in manned spaceship was as-sessed using PMV-PPD model.The effects of cabin temperature , humidity and wall temperature on thermal comfort were presented in detail .To improve thermal comfort in manned spaceship cabin , a method of raising cabin wall temperature was suggested , which provided a reference for thermal de-sign of manned spaceship .

  8. Simulation and Interpretation of the BIBI Ratio CB (.), as a Function of Thermal Parameters of the Low Inertia Polyethylene Wall of Greenhouses

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    Bendimerad, S.; Mahdjoub, T.; Bibi-Triki, N.; Bessenouci, M. Z.; Draoui, B.; Bechar, H.

    The conventional agricultural tunnel greenhouse is highly widespread in Mediterranean countries, despite the shortcomings it presents, specifically the overheating during the day and the intense cooling at night. This can sometimes lead to an internal thermal inversion. The chapel-shaped glass greenhouse is relatively more efficient, but its evolution remains slow because of its investment cost and amortization. The thermal behavior of a greenhouse has often been studied, mainly during the night. In order to contribute to a better climatic management of the greenhouse, we proposed to develop a thermal analysis model. In this work, a ratio called BIBI was developed to characterize the covering material. This thermal evolution state depends on the degree of air-tightness of this covering material and its physical characteristics. It has to be transparent to solar rays, and must as well absorb and reflect infrared rays emitted by the soil. This leads to trapped solar rays, called the "greenhouse effect". In this paper we propose the modeling and analysis of the thermal behavior of the polyethylene (PE) wall of the experimental tunnel greenhouse.

  9. Microbial anaerobic digestion (bio-digesters) as an approach to the decontamination of animal wastes in pollution control and the generation of renewable energy.

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    Manyi-Loh, Christy E; Mamphweli, Sampson N; Meyer, Edson L; Okoh, Anthony I; Makaka, Golden; Simon, Michael

    2013-09-01

    With an ever increasing population rate; a vast array of biomass wastes rich in organic and inorganic nutrients as well as pathogenic microorganisms will result from the diversified human, industrial and agricultural activities. Anaerobic digestion is applauded as one of the best ways to properly handle and manage these wastes. Animal wastes have been recognized as suitable substrates for anaerobic digestion process, a natural biological process in which complex organic materials are broken down into simpler molecules in the absence of oxygen by the concerted activities of four sets of metabolically linked microorganisms. This process occurs in an airtight chamber (biodigester) via four stages represented by hydrolytic, acidogenic, acetogenic and methanogenic microorganisms. The microbial population and structure can be identified by the combined use of culture-based, microscopic and molecular techniques. Overall, the process is affected by bio-digester design, operational factors and manure characteristics. The purpose of anaerobic digestion is the production of a renewable energy source (biogas) and an odor free nutrient-rich fertilizer. Conversely, if animal wastes are accidentally found in the environment, it can cause a drastic chain of environmental and public health complications. PMID:24048207

  10. Microbial Anaerobic Digestion (Bio-Digesters as an Approach to the Decontamination of Animal Wastes in Pollution Control and the Generation of Renewable Energy

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available With an ever increasing population rate; a vast array of biomass wastes rich in organic and inorganic nutrients as well as pathogenic microorganisms will result from the diversified human, industrial and agricultural activities. Anaerobic digestion is applauded as one of the best ways to properly handle and manage these wastes. Animal wastes have been recognized as suitable substrates for anaerobic digestion process, a natural biological process in which complex organic materials are broken down into simpler molecules in the absence of oxygen by the concerted activities of four sets of metabolically linked microorganisms. This process occurs in an airtight chamber (biodigester via four stages represented by hydrolytic, acidogenic, acetogenic and methanogenic microorganisms. The microbial population and structure can be identified by the combined use of culture-based, microscopic and molecular techniques. Overall, the process is affected by bio-digester design, operational factors and manure characteristics. The purpose of anaerobic digestion is the production of a renewable energy source (biogas and an odor free nutrient-rich fertilizer. Conversely, if animal wastes are accidentally found in the environment, it can cause a drastic chain of environmental and public health complications.

  11. Development of a gas trapping system for Xenon and Krypton fission products throughout dissolution of irradiated targets and fuels in hot cells

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    In the frame of full characterisation of irradiated targets and/or nuclear fuels, the analysis of the fission products including gases is required. Nowadays at Atalante laboratory thanks to the specific dissolution process of irradiated targets and fuels used, gaseous forms of iodine or carbon can be quantitatively desorbed from dissolution solution and trapped for isotopic analyses. This was until now not achievable for krypton and xenon linked to dissolution step. As future studies will need such data, a gas trapping system for these rare gases is under development. Up to now, two trapping ways were retained and evaluated: one where gases are physically trapped inside a storage capacity and the other one where xenon and krypton are chemically absorbed into organic oils or n-heptane. These systems have to take into account the requirement of previous gas traps (iodine and carbon dioxide). Moreover the Kr and Xe quantities are usually quite small and isotopic proportion data have a great interest. Thus this trapping system must avoid interferences with Xe and Kr air components (airtightness) and loss (adsorption, iodine traps). These constraints are defining the materials and the design that will be used. In the present paper, the developed experimental loops are presented together with the methodology and the first results obtained during the 'cold' (i.e. not in hot cells) qualification and calibration phases. (authors)

  12. Enhancing the Security of Customer Data in Cloud Environments Using a Novel Digital Fingerprinting Technique

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available With the rapid rise of the Internet and electronics in people’s life, the data related to it has also undergone a mammoth increase in magnitude. The data which is stored in the cloud can be sensitive and at times needs a proper file storage system with a tough security algorithm. Whereas cloud is an open shareable elastic environment, it needs impenetrable and airtight security. This paper deals with furnishing a secure storage system for the above-mentioned purpose in the cloud. To become eligible to store data a user has to register with the cloud database. This prevents unauthorized access. The files stored in the cloud are encrypted with RSA algorithm and digital fingerprint for the same has been generated through MD5 message digest before storage. The RSA provides unreadability of data to anyone without the private key. MD5 makes it impossible for any changes on data to go unnoticed. After the application of RSA and MD5 before storage, the data becomes resistant to access or modifications by any third party and to intruders of cloud storage system. This application is tested in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Web Services.

  13. Sealing of poly-SiGe surface micromachined cavities for MEMS-above-CMOS applications

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    This paper presents for the first time a study of different methods to seal SiGe surface micromachined cavities for above-CMOS MEMS applications. Four different sealing layers are proposed: sputter-deposited AlCu, sub-atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposited Si-oxide and a porous microcrystalline-SiGe cover in combination with either high-density plasma chemical vapour deposited Si-oxide or AlCu. The maximum processing temperature is kept below 460 °C to allow for the post-processing on top of standard CMOS. To verify the sealing process, optical measurements of membrane deflection were carried out both in air and in vacuum. Analytical modelling and finite element analysis were used to study the load-deflection behaviour of the (poly-SiGe/sealing layer) composite membranes and derive the pressure inside the cavities. In order to study the behaviour of the diaphragms under 0-pressure difference, micro-venting holes were drilled, using focused ion beam, in some of the sealed membranes. The results indicate that both oxide and AlCu layers provide air-tight sealing and that, for AlCu direct sealing, a near-vacuum cavity pressure is obtained.

  14. Sealed can of spent fuel

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    Object: To provide a seal plug cover with a gripping portion fitted to a canning machine and a gripping portion fitted to a gripper of the same configuration as a fuel body for handling the fuel body so as to facilitate the handling work. Structure: A sealed can comprises a vessel and a seal plug cover, said cover being substantially in the form of a bottomed cylinder, which is slipped on the vessel and air-tightly secured by a fastening bolt between it and a flange. The spent fuel body is received into the vessel together with coolant during the step of canning operation. Said seal plug cover has two gripping portions, one for opening and closing the plug cover of the canning machine as an exclusive use member, the other being in the form of a hook-shaped peripheral groove, whereby the gripping portions may be effectively used using the same gripper when the spent fuel body is transported while being received in the sealed can or when the fuel body is removed from the sealed can. (Kawakami, Y.)

  15. A new tracheal prosthesis made from collagen grafted mesh.

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    Okumura, N; Nakamura, T; Takimoto, Y; Natsume, T; Teramachi, M; Tomihata, K; Ikada, Y; Shimizu, Y

    1993-01-01

    The authors studied the efficacy of a new tracheal prosthesis made from mesh. The prosthesis, 50 mm long and 18-22 mm in diameter, is made from a Marlex mesh cylinder reinforced with a continuous polypropylene spiral that is grafted and coated with porcine collagen to increase its biocompatibility and provide an airtight seal during the initial implantation stage. Circumferential surgical resection and replacement of a seven to nine ring segment of the cervical trachea was performed in 20 adult mongrel dogs. At the time of surgery, a silicone tube was inserted into the tracheal prosthetic lumen to promote secretory transportation until the prosthesis was covered with host tissue. The silicone tube was removed during fiber bronchoscopy 1 month after surgery. With the exception of the prostheses in 3 dogs that died of unrelated causes, all were infiltrated by connective tissue and incorporated completely by the host. One of these 17 dogs died of suffocation caused by luminal stenosis 2.5 months after surgery, but the others survived until they were killed at more than 6 months. The luminal surfaces of the reconstructed tracheae were covered with respiratory epithelium to varying degrees, and in one dog killed at 22 months after surgery, confluent epithelization throughout the length of the prosthesis was confirmed histologically. In eight dogs, prosthetic luminal stenosis occurred because of overgrowth of granulation tissue, which generally was mild in all but three dogs. The authors conclude that this tracheal prosthesis is highly biocompatible and shows promise for clinical application. PMID:8268582

  16. Results from the SynergieHaus programme of PreussenElektra; Ergebnisse aus dem SynergieHaus-Programm der PreussenElektra

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    Mussenbrock, K. [Preussen Elektra, Hannover (Germany)

    1998-06-01

    The `SynergieHaus` project is an initiative by PreussenElektra and 25 regional and municipal utilities. Its objective is to contribute towards the further development and propagation of energy-saving building techniques. Within the framework of the project, funding was granted for more than 400 residential units erected between 1995 and 1997. The main prerequisites for funding were as follows: an at least 30 % shortfall of annual heating energy demand from the specifications of the thermal protection ordinance (WSchV `95) currently in force; installation of mechanical ventilation; and an airtight building envelope. (orig.) [Deutsch] Das SynergieHaus-Projekt ist eine Initiative der PreussenElektra und 25 Regionaler und Kommunaler Versorgungsunternehmen. Ziel ist es, einen Beitrag zur Weiterentwicklung und Verbreitung energiesparender Bauweisen zu leisten. Im Rahmen dieses Projektes wurden zwischen 1995 und 1997 mehr als 400 neuerrichtete Wohneinheiten finanziell gefoerdert. Voraussetzung fuer eine Foerderung waren insbesondere die Unterschreitung des Jahres-Heizwaermebedarfs gemaess geltender Waermeschutzverordnung (WSchV `95) um mindestens 30%, der Einbau einer mechanischen Wohnungslueftung sowie eine luftdichte Gebaeudehuelle. (orig.)

  17. Modern technical solutions of gas-fired heating devices of household and communal use and analysis of their testing

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    Bodzon, L.; Radwan, W. [Oil Mining and Gas Engineering Institute, Cracow (Poland)

    1995-12-31

    A review of technical solutions for gas-fired heating devices for household and communal use in Poland is presented. Based upon the analysis it is stated that the power output of Polish and foreign boilers ranges between 9 and 35 kW. The carbon monoxide content in flue gases reaches (on average) 0.005 vol.%, i.e., it is much lower than the maximum permissible level. Temperature of flue gases (excluding condensation boilers and those with air-tight combustion chamber) ranges between 150 and 200{degrees}C and their heating efficiency reaches 87-93%. The best parameters are given for condensation boilers, however they are still not widespread in Poland for the high cost of the equipment and assembling works. Among the heaters, the most safe are convection devices with closed combustion chamber; their efficiency is also the highest. Thus, it is concluded that a wide spectrum of high efficiency heating devices with good combustion parameters are available. The range of output is sufficient to meet household and communal requirement. They are however - predominantly - units manufactured abroad. It is difficult to formulate the program aimed at the improvement of the technique of heating devices made in Poland, and its implementation is uncertain because the production process is broken up into small handicraft workshops.

  18. Investigations in hydrogeochemical samples for uranium exploration

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    The primary mandate of Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD) is to explore and establish the uranium and other atomic mineral resources required for the country's nuclear power programme. During the geochemical exploration, a large number of ground, surface, spring, stream and lake water samples are collected and analysed for various parameters. These include physical parameters such as temperature, pH, Eh, electrical conductivity etc., and concentrations of uranium and multi-ions at mg/L to ng/L using state-of-the-art instrumental analytical techniques. Hydrogeochemical analysis is considered to be a cost effective and rapid exploration tool for getting sub-surface information leading to finding of concealed uranium deposits. Water samples from a bore well, dug well, stream, spring which is in dynamic equilibrium with the rocks are collected in a white, thick walled, non-transparent, non-recycled and air-tight container, stored and analysed within eight hours if possible to avoid change in Eh-pH conditions and precipitation-dissolution of trace elements

  19. Short-Term Test Results. Transitional Housing Energy Efficiency Retrofit in the Hot Humid Climate

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    Sutherland, K. [BA-PIRC/Florida Solar Energy Center, Cocoa, FL (United States); Martin, Eric [BA-PIRC/Florida Solar Energy Center, Cocoa, FL (United States)

    2013-02-01

    This project evaluates the renovation of a 5,800 ft2, multi-use facility located in St. Petersburg, on the west coast of central Florida, in the hot humid climate. An optimal package of retrofit measures was designed to deliver 30%-40% annual energy cost savings for this building with annual utility bills exceeding $16,000 and high base load consumption. Researchers projected energy cost savings for potential retrofit measures based on pre-retrofit findings and disaggregated, weather normalized utility bills as a basis for simulation true-up. A cost-benefit analysis was conducted for the seven retrofit measures implemented; adding attic insulation and sealing soffits, tinting windows, improving whole building air-tightness, upgrading heating and cooling systems and retrofitting the air distribution system, replacing water heating systems, retrofitting lighting, and replacing laundry equipment. The projected energy cost savings for the full retrofit package based on a post-retrofit audit is 35%. The building's architectural characteristics, vintage, and residential and commercial uses presented challenges for both economic projections and retrofit measure construction.

  20. Distribution of 137Cs in sediments in Xiangshan, Xiamen and Yangpu harbours, China

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    Xiangshan Harbour (Zhejing Province), Xiamen Harbour (Fujian Province) and Yangpu Harbour (Hainan Province) are tide-channel type bays, located on the southeast coast of China. Six sediment cores were collected in the Harbours in several projects respectively. Sediment samples were collected with a Lehigh gravity corer which utilized a 10.3 cm diameter, PVC core barrel. Styrofoam sediment core retainers were fitted into the top of the core barrel following core recovery to facilitate core sampling without loss of sediment from the barrel. The core barrels were split lengthwise using a circular saw. Following visual inspection for geological parameters (colour, texture, etc.) and photography of the cores, they were subsampled at 1-2 cm or 5 cm intervals for the entire length of the core. The sediment samples were stored in air-tight, plastic containers and returned to Nanjing University for 137Cs and other types of analysis. The sediment samples were oven dried at approximately 100 deg. C. at the Nanjing University isotope laboratory and the % loss of water used to determine the wet and dry densities. The contents of 137Cs were counted using an n-type HPGe γ-ray spectrometry system. The coaxial detector has an efficiency of 25%, with a lead shield 12 cm thick. Each sample was measured for 12h

  1. Prevalence of gastrointestinal helminths in Mithun in Arunachal Pradesh

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    S. Biswas

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The objective of this study was to know the prevalence of gastrointestinal (GI parasites in Mithun in Arunachal Pradesh. Materials and Methods: Approximately, 10 g of feces was collected from recently voided feces in airtight fecal collection vials (HiMedia, India. Fecal samples were subjected to the direct method and centrifuge flotation method for finding out parasitic ova. The ova were identified on the basis of morphological characters described by Soulsby, 1982. Result: A total of 78 fecal samples were collected. Of 78, 44 (56.41% samples were found positive. Most of the positive fecal sample showed mixed infection of different helminths parasites egg. Fasciola spp. and Amphistome spp. were the two predominant parasites among the flukes. In nematodes infection, Toxocara vitulorum was the least prevalent GI nematodes. In the case of cestodes Moniezia expansa was little higher (14% in semi-intensive. Conclusion: The present study reveals that Mithun is infected by several GI parasites. Among trematodes, Fasciola, and Amphistomes are predominantly spp. whereas, Strongyle and Trichuris are more prevalent spp. among nematodes and Moniezia among cestodes parasites.

  2. Hemodynamic effects of pressures applied to the upper airway during sleep.

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    Eastwood, P R; Curran, A K; Smith, C A; Dempsey, J A

    2000-08-01

    The increase in systemic blood pressure after an obstructive apnea is due, in part, to sympathetically mediated vasoconstriction. We questioned whether upper airway (UA) receptors could contribute reflexly to this vasoconstriction. Four unanesthetized dogs were studied during wakefulness and non-rapid-eye-movement (NREM) sleep. The dogs breathed via a fenestrated tracheostomy tube sealed around the tracheal stoma. The snout was sealed with an airtight mask, thereby isolating the UA when the fenestration was closed and exposing the UA to negative inspiratory intrathoracic pressure when it was open. The blood pressure response to three UA perturbations was studied: 1) square-wave negative pressures sufficient to cause UA collapse with the fenestration closed during a mechanical hyperventilation-induced central apnea; 2) tracheal occlusion with the fenestration open vs. closed; and 3) high-frequency pressure oscillations (HFPO) with the fenestration closed. During NREM sleep, 1) blood pressure response to tracheal occlusion was similar with the fenestration open or closed; 2) collapsing the UA with negative pressures failed to alter blood pressure during a central apnea; and 3) application of HFPO to the UA during eupnea and resistive-loaded breaths increased heart rate and blood pressure. However, these changes were likely to be secondary to the effects of HFPO-induced reflex changes on prolonging expiratory time. These findings suggest that activation of UA pressure-sensitive receptors does not contribute directly to the pressor response associated with sleep-disordered breathing events. PMID:10926636

  3. Monitoring transport conditions of key comparison travelling standards using a data logger. Experiences from key comparison CCAUV.U-K3.1

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    Haller, Julian; Koch, Christian

    2015-12-01

    In the framework of the international key comparison CCAUV.U-K3.1, a data logger was used to monitor temperature, pressure, humidity, and acceleration during transportation of an artefact travelling between participating laboratories. From the recorded data, environmental conditions of different kinds of transportation have been investigated and corresponding recommendations for the safe and proper transfer of artefacts between laboratories could be deduced. Transportation by courier services bears the risk of strong mechanical shocks and exposure to comparably high or low temperatures due to inappropriate handling or storage and is thus only suitable for insensitive or well-packed artefacts. Quite low temperatures (T  ≈  5 °C) have been observed in the cargo area during flights, so that hand-carrying of an artefact with transportation in the passenger cabin during flights is recommended, particularly for temperature-sensitive artefacts. Significant decreases of the pressure (p  ≈  750 mbar) have been recorded both for transportation in the passenger cabin and in the cargo area. Air-tight packing is thus recommended for pressure-sensitive devices. In general, the suitability of a data logger to provide evidence of the transport conditions during a key comparison has been demonstrated and the use of such a device is recommended for all key comparisons. The data logger has also been successfully employed to validate the protection properties of the passively insulating packaging of the artefact against pressure and temperature changes.

  4. Regulations concerning the disposal of nuclear fuel materials outside the works or the enterprise

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    Definition of terms is provided under Article 1. The provisions under Article 2 deal with safety measures, including measures for waste disposal outside of plants or business establishments composed of refining facilities, processing facilities, nuclear reactor facilities or reprocessing facilities. Waste to be abandoned should carry a marking which shows such data as name of the refining plant or plant manager and the serial number. Requirements for waste abandonment site, abandonment operation, exposure of workers to radioactive rays are also specified. The provisions under Article 3 are related with the application for confirmation of various matters concerning disposal of radioactive wastes, such as strength and airtightness of container, strength and stability of solidified waste, method and results of strength and specific gravity measurement, method for measuring concentration of radioactive nuclide, and site for abandonment of waste. The provisions under Article 4 and Article 5 deal with procedures for confirmation of matters concerning disposal and procedures for issue of confirmation certificate, respectively. Measures for emergency and procedures for submission of reports are described under Article 6 and Article 7, respectively. (Nogami, K.)

  5. Timber Chips as the Insulation Material for Energy Saving in Prefabricated Offices

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    Yupeng Wang

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available This research demonstrates the feasibility of a roof insulation method for prefabricated offices that uses vinyl packed timber chips to reduce air conditioning loads (hereinafter referred to as AC loads and which also improves indoor thermal comfort. The advantages of the new roof insulation method were revealed through comparing the impacts of four roof types on prefabricated offices. The AC load and indoor thermal comfort (surface temperature and air temperature were evaluated. The disposal of scrap timber discarded from building construction projects is costing money, and is also a waste of natural resources. The assessment of a new roof insulation method with timber chips demonstrates the advanced usage of timber chips, reducing the environmental load in the building construction process. On the other hand, since prefabricated offices have lower thermal storage capacities and are less airtight than RC (reinforced concrete or S (steel structured buildings, the AC load consumption and indoor thermal comfort exacerbation in prefabricated offices is more serious. Especially in summer, a large amount of solar energy absorption from the roof raises the indoor air temperature and significantly increases the cooling load. This research contributes to the environmental design for prefabricated offices, and develops a method for the reuse of wood chips.

  6. Short-Term Test Results: Transitional Housing Energy Efficiency Retrofit in the Hot-Humid Climate

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    Sutherland, K.; Martin, E.

    2013-02-01

    This project evaluates the renovation of a 5,800 ft2, multi-use facility located in St. Petersburg, on the west coast of central Florida, in the hot humid climate. An optimal package of retrofit measures was designed to deliver 30-40% annual energy cost savings for this building with annual utility bills exceeding $16,000 and high base load consumption. Researchers projected energy cost savings for potential retrofit measures based on pre-retrofit findings and disaggregated, weather normalized utility bills as a basis for simulation true-up. A cost-benefit analysis was conducted for the seven retrofit measures implemented; adding attic insulation and sealing soffits, tinting windows, improving whole building air-tightness, upgrading heating and cooling systems and retrofitting the air distribution system, replacing water heating systems, retrofitting lighting, and replacing laundry equipment. The projected energy cost savings for the full retrofit package based on a post-retrofit audit is 35%. The building's architectural characteristics, vintage, and residential and commercial uses presented challenges for both economic projections and retrofit measure construction.

  7. Prenatal exposure to maternal voluntary exercise during pregnancy provides protection against mild chronic postnatal hypoxia in rat offspring.

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    Akhavan, Maziar Mohammad; Foroutan, Tahereh; Safari, Manouchehr; Sadighi-Moghaddam, Bizhan; Emami-Abarghoie, Mitra; Rashidy-Pour, Ali

    2012-01-01

    Postnatal hypoxia is a main cause of neuronal damage in newborn. However, our understanding of the possible preventive or therapeutic methods to reduce the harmful effects of hypoxia is still primary. Pregnant rats were provided with running wheels during their pregnancy. On PND4 (postnatal day 4)to PND8, the rat pups were exposed to postnatal chronic hypoxia (11% O(2), 89% N(2)) in an air-tight plastic chamber for a period of six hours per day. The number of neurons and also angiogenesis in hippocampus were studied. Postnatal exposure to mild hypoxia decreased the number of the neurons in all studied regions of the hippocampus CA1, CA3 (cornu ammonis), DG(dentate gyrus) and SUB(cubiculum) in rat pups. In other words the number of the neurons in rat pups born from voluntary exercise group was not significantly less than control group in CA1, CA3 and DG regions. So maternal Voluntary exercise during pregnancy increases the blood vessel density in the DG region of the hippocampus of the rat pups. In this study for the first time we provide evidences that show the protective effect of maternal voluntary exercise during pregnancy on rat offspring against postnatal hypoxia. We revealed that maternal exercise during pregnancy increases the hippocampal neuron number and angiogenesis in offspring. PMID:22186335

  8. Factory-built integrated solar homes - A progress report

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    Rawlings, L.K.

    1995-12-31

    Over the past fifteen years, hundreds of people across the US have built for themselves highly advanced residences which integrated passive solar architecture; photovoltaic power systems; high-efficiency lights, appliances, and HVAC (heating, ventilating, and cooling) equipment; high-level insulation and airtight construction; and other renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. Such a home can be referred to as an {open_quotes}integrated solar home{close_quotes}. As the essential technologies have improved in performance, price, and availability, the performance of such homes has steadily advanced to the point where they could provide amenities at more-or-less normal US standards of luxury, yet require as little as 5% to 10% of the level of fossil fuel or biomass use that are required in an average US home. However, the resources required to build such a home, both in terms of the time and dedication needed for research, design, and construction of the homes, and in terms of the additional cost of the renewable energy/energy efficient features, have prevented such construction from moving beyond a tiny handful of highly motivated homeowners and into the mainstream of residential construction. This paper has design summaries of six different houses.

  9. Novel in situ pretreatment method for significantly enhancing the signal in MALDI-TOF MS of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue sections.

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    Full Text Available The application of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI-based mass spectrometry (MS to the proteomic analysis of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE tissue presents significant technical challenges. In situ enzymatic digestion is frequently used to unlock formalin-fixed tissues for analysis, but the results are often unsatisfactory. Here, we report a new, simplified in situ pretreatment method for preparing tissue sections for MS that involves heating with vapor containing acetonitrile in a small airtight pressurized space. The utility of the novel method is shown using FFPE tissue of human colon carcinoma. The number and intensity of MALDI peaks obtained from analysis of pretreated tissue was significantly higher than control tissue not subjected to pretreatment. A prominent peak (m/z 850 apparently specific to cancerous tissue was identified as a fragment of histone H2A in FFPE tissue pretreated using our method. This highly sensitive treatment may enable MALDI-MS analysis of archived pathological FFPE samples, thus leading to the identification of new biomarkers.

  10. Development of electrical cable penetration for secondary containment vessel of BWR type nuclear power plants

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    The penetration holes in the walls and floors of the secondary containment vessel of the nuclear power plants must be air-tight, shielded against the radiation, and fire-resistant. At present, the penetration holes are air-tightened with iron plates and sealing material after the cables are laid. However, installation of a number of cables and its sealing work now pose a serious problem in nuclear power plant construction in relation to the installation of reactor system components. The authors have recently developed a method for electric wall penetration in an attempt to solve this problem. This method is provided with prefabricated cable portions for wall penetration, reducing field work, saving labor in wiring work through use of multicore cables, and increasing the reliability of the sealing and caulking work. This wall penetration consists of an iron sleeves to be embedded into the wall, a header-plate, and an assembly of modules in which a specified number of insulated conductors are set up, and furthermore termination boxes are installed on both ends of the penetration holes. This paper deals with the design standard and construction of the wall penetration and the results of tests which were performed under various environmental conditions, which has shown excellent properties, such as sealing quality and electric characteristics, of the wall penetration. (author)

  11. Development of construction method on primary cell-liners for the proto-type fast breeder reactor 'MONJU'

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    The lining for the primary cooling system chamber of the FBR 'Monju' power station is the cell lining withstanding high temperature and having airtightness, which is installed on the inside surfaces of the chamber. The area of its execution is as wide as about 12,700 m2, and its features are to fix heat insulators and that there are many tie-ins with architectural construction and cooling system facilities. Consequently, the investigation by making the partial mock-up including the tie-in with architectural construction for trial was repeated, and the construction has been advanced by developing the rational structure and the method of execution such as represented by the panels with the liners attached to walls beforehand, in which liner plates and heat insulators were made into one body beforehand, and those were used as the forms for placing concrete. In the FBR 'Monju' power station, if the coolant sodium leaks in a chamber, in order to ensure the soundness of building concrete, lining was installed on the inside surfaces of the chambers which contain the equipments holding sodium so as to prevent the direct contact of sodium with concrete. The outline of the structure and the execution of works are reported. (K.I.)

  12. Modeling the effects of exhaust ventilation on 222Rn entry rates and indoor 222Rn concentrations

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    Continuous mechanical exhaust ventilation of moderately air-tight residences is common in Scandinavia and has recently been employed in several U.S. residences. Exhaust ventilation decreases the indoor pressure and, thus, increases the pressure difference which drives 222Rn entry. Relatively simple analytical (i.e. closed form) models were developed and used to examine the impacts of exhaust ventilation on 222Rn entry rates and concentrations in houses with either a crawl space or a basement. A more complex finite difference model was also developed for the house with a basement and yielded soil gas entry rates within 16% of those predicted with the analytical model. The models indicate that exhaust ventilation is suitable, but not optimal (from the perspective of indoor 222Rn), for houses with a vented crawl space. Exhaust ventilation is also indicated to be suitable for houses with basements surrounded by relatively impermeable soil (10(-12) m2 or less). If soil permeabilities are between 10(-12) and 10(-10) m2, exhaust ventilation may cause substantial increases in indoor 222Rn when soil gas 222Rn concentrations are above average. If soil permeabilities are greater than 10(-10) m2, exhaust ventilation is indicated to be inappropriate, unless some procedure is employed to inhibit soil gas entry. These conclusions should be considered tentative, since extensive verification of the models is still required

  13. 传统钧瓷窑炉结构及装烧工艺%THE TRADITIONAL KILN STRUCTURE AND FIRE TECHNOLOGY FOR JUN PORCELAIN WARES

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    阎飞; 王双华

    2009-01-01

    通过对传统钧瓷窑炉中比较有代表性的馒头窑和风箱炉钧窑的基本结构和装烧工艺的研究,分析了窑炉的不同结构和不同的装烧方式对烧成效果的影响.结果表明密封性能好的窑炉以及相应的保温烧成制度与钧瓷釉面呈色、纹路和釉画的形成有重要的关系.%This paper researched the basic structure and fire technology of traditional Jun wares such as dome kiln and air box kiln. The different structure and fire technology was described. The results show that the kiln with good airtight coating and according heat holding system affected the color of Jun ware's glaze, glaze line and painting made by the fire.

  14. Printed educational materials about sexual and reproductive health used in basic care in Belo Horizonte, MG: characterization and some considerations - DOI: 10.3395/reciis.v3i4.149en

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    Virginia Torres Schall

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available An initial analysis of printed educational materials used by the Municipal Health Office (MHO of Belo Horizonte (BH on themes linked to sexual and reproductive health was carried out. Premises were that health education is a practice developed at the social relations level and that mass media and daily interaction can be a link between the population and the health services. Printed material was collected from a Basic Health Unit (BHU of the MHO/BH and its content was classified, described and analyzed. To study the meanings that teenagers attributed to the body’s sexual and reproductive dimensions, using one of the materials, a focal group was formed. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with health professionals.It should be emphasized that the materials are produced in a vertical manner, treating the target audience as an airtight and homogenous block, with the STD/AIDS thematic prevailing. Some of the materials focusing on aids display good quality, presenting an objective and clear language and pertinent illustrations. However, in the majority, the prevailing approach is that of the biomedical body in detriment to a broader approach to sexuality. Assessments and reception studies are needed so that the production of educational material can be linked to the target audience’s existential context and that quality criteria for these materials are included in health professionals’ training.

  15. Benchmark and gap analysis of current mask carriers vs future requirements: example of the carrier contamination

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    Fontaine, H.; Davenet, M.; Cheung, D.; Hoellein, I.; Richsteiger, P.; Dejaune, P.; Torsy, A.

    2007-02-01

    In the frame of the European Medea+ 2T302 MUSCLE project, an extensive mask carriers benchmark was carried out in order to evaluate whether some containers answer to the 65nm technology needs. Ten different containers, currently used or expected in the future all along the mask supply chain (blank, maskhouse and fab carriers) were selected at different steps of their life cycle (new, aged, aged & cleaned). The most critical parameters identified for analysis versus future technologies were: automation, particle contamination, chemical contamination (organic outgassing, ionic contamination), cleanability, ESD, airtightness and purgeability. Furthermore, experimental protocols corresponding to suitable methods were then developed and implemented to test each criterion. The benchmark results are presented giving a "state of the art" of mask carriers currently available and allowing a gap analysis for the tested parameters related to future needs. This approach is detailed through the particular case of carrier contamination measurements. Finally, this benchmark / gap analysis leads to propose advisable mask carrier specifications (and the test protocols associated) on various key parameters which can also be taken as guidelines for a standardization perspective for the 65nm technology. This also indicates that none of tested carriers fulfills all the specifications proposed.

  16. Macromodel for assessing residential concentrations of combustion-generated pollutants: Model development and preliminary predictions for CO, NO/sub 2/, and respirable suspended particles

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    Traynor, G.W.; Aceti, J.C.; Apte, M.G.; Smith, B.V.; Green, L.L.; Smith-Reiser, A.; Novak, K.M.; Moses, D.O.

    1989-01-01

    A simulation model (also called a ''macromodel'') has been developed to predict residential air pollutant concentration distributions for specified populations. The model inputs include the market penetration of pollution sources, pollution source characteristics (e.g., emission rates, source usage rates), building characteristics (e.g., house volume, air exchange rates), and meteorological parameters (e.g., outside temperature). Four geographically distinct regions of the US have been modeled using Monte Carlo and deterministic simulation techniques. Single-source simulations were also conducted. The highest predicted CO and NO/sub 2/ residential concentrations were associated with the winter-time use of unvented gas and kerosene space heaters. The highest predicted respirable suspended particulate concentrations were associated with indoor cigarette smoking and the winter-time use of non-airtight wood stoves, radiant kerosene heaters, convective unvented gas space heaters, and oil forced-air furnaces. Future field studies in this area should (1) fill information gaps identified in this report, and (2) collect information on the macromodel input parameters to properly interpret the results. It is almost more important to measure the parameters that affect indoor concentration than it is to measure the concentrations themselves.

  17. Processing and geologic analysis of conventional cores from well ER-20-6 No. 1, Nevada Test Site

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    In 1996, Well Cluster ER-20-6 was drilled on Pahute Mesa in Area 20, in the northwestern corner of the Nevada Test Site (NTS). The three wells of the cluster are located from 166 to 296 meters (m) (544 to 971 feet [ft]) southwest of the site of the underground nuclear test code-named BULLION, conducted in 1990 in Emplacement Hole U-20bd. The well cluster was planned to be the site of a forced-gradient experiment designed to investigate radionuclide transport in groundwater. To obtain additional information on the occurrence of radionuclides, nature of fractures, and lithology, a portion of Well ER-20-6 No. 1, the hole closest to the explosion cavity, was cored for later analysis. Bechtel Nevada (BN) geologists originally prepared the geologic interpretation of the Well Cluster ER-20-6 site and documented the geology of each well in the cluster. However, the cores from Well ER-20-6 No. 1 were not accessible at the time of that work. As the forced-gradient experiment and other radio nuclide migration studies associated with the well cluster progressed, it was deemed appropriate to open the cores, describe the geology, and re-package the core for long-term air-tight storage. This report documents and describes the processing, geologic analysis, and preservation of the conventional cores from Well ER20-6 No. 1

  18. Development of New Generation of Thermally-Enhanced Fiber Glass Insulation

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    Kosny, Jan [ORNL; Yarbrough, David W [ORNL; Childs, Phillip W [ORNL; Miller, William A [ORNL; Atchley, Jerald Allen [ORNL; Shrestha, Som S [ORNL

    2010-03-01

    This report presents experimental and numerical results from thermal performance studies. The purpose of this Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between UT-Battelle, LLC and John s Manville was to design a basic concept of a new generation of thermally-enhanced fiber glass insulation. Different types of Phase Change Materials (PCMs) have been tested as dynamic components in buildings during the last 4 decades. Most historical studies have found that PCMs enhance building energy performance. Some PCM-enhanced building materials, like PCM-gypsum boards or PCM-impregnated concretes have already found their limited applications in different countries. Today, continued improvements in building envelope technologies suggest that throughout Southern and Central U.S. climates, residences may soon be routinely constructed with PCM in order to maximize insulation effectiveness and maintain low heating and cooling loads. The proposed thermally-enhanced fiber glass insulation will maximize this integration by utilizing a highly-efficient building envelope with high-R thermal insulation, active thermal mass and superior air-tightness. Improved thermal resistance will come from modifications in infrared internal characteristics of the fiber glass insulation. Thermal mass effect can be provided by proprietary thermally-active microencapsulated phase change material (PCM). Work carried out at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) on the CRADA is described in this report.

  19. A thin-layer multistrip agarose gel electrophoresis apparatus for Ferguson plot analysis at the sub-microgram load level.

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    Orbàn, L; Sullivan, J V; Chrambach, A

    1989-07-01

    A method for the simultaneous horizontal agarose gel electrophoresis on thin-layer strips of different gel concentrations was developed for the purpose of generating Ferguson plots at the sub-microgram load level. Seven independent gel strips on a common GelBond support were formed by filling channels created by a comb-shaped spacer (polycarbonate) in a vertical multistrip cassette. Electrophoresis on a horizontal Peltier-cooled surface employed commercial apparatus (E-C Apparatus Corp.) with a modified cover which is airtight and holds anodic and cathodic voltage measurement probes for each strip. The application of the apparatus to Ferguson plot analysis in a single experiment was exemplified on the RNA-containing turnip crinkle virus (TCV) at a load of 50 ng/gel strip, using an optimized silver staining method (a modification of a procedure of FMC Corp. BioProducts) for detection. Within the range of 3.5 to 12.5 V/cm, the plot was found to be independent of field strength. Mobility is also independent of the concentration of detergent (CHAPS) up to 10 mM. PMID:2809063

  20. Mean lung pressure during adult high-frequency oscillatory ventilation: an experimental study using a lung model.

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    Hirayama, Takahiro; Nagano, Osamu; Shiba, Naoki; Yumoto, Tetsuya; Sato, Keiji; Terado, Michihisa; Ugawa, Toyomu; Ichiba, Shingo; Ujike, Yoshihito

    2014-12-01

    In adult high-frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV), stroke volume (SV) and mean lung pressure (PLung) are important for lung protection. We measured the airway pressure at the Y-piece and the lung pressure during HFOV using a lung model and HFOV ventilators for adults (R100 and 3100B). The lung model was made of a 20-liter, airtight rigid plastic container (adiabatic compliance: 19.3 ml/cmH2O) with or without a resistor (20 cmH2O/l/sec). The ventilator settings were as follows: mean airway pressure (MAP), 30 cmH2O; frequency, 5-15 Hz (every 1 Hz); airway pressure amplitude (AMP), maximum;and % of inspiratory time (IT), 50% for R100, 33% or 50% for 3100B. The measurements were also performed with an AMP of 2/3 or 1/3 maximum at 5, 10 and 15 Hz. The PLung and the measured MAP were not consistently identical to the setting MAP in either ventilator, and decreasing IT decreased the PLung in 3100B. In conclusion, we must pay attention to the possible discrepancy between the PLung and the setting MAP during adult HFOV. PMID:25519026

  1. Field Testing of Compartmentalization Methods for Multifamily Construction

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    Ueno, K. [Building Science Corporation, Westford, MA (United States); Lstiburek, J. [Building Science Corporation, Westford, MA (United States)

    2015-03-01

    The 2012 IECC has an airtightness requirement of 3 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals test pressure for both single-family and multifamily construction in Climate Zones 3-8. Other programs (LEED, ASHRAE 189, ASHRAE 62.2) have similar or tighter compartmentalization requirements, driving the need for easier and more effective methods of compartmentalization in multifamily buildings. Builders and practitioners have found that fire-resistance rated wall assemblies are a major source of difficulty in air sealing/compartmentalization, particularly in townhouse construction. This problem is exacerbated when garages are “tucked in” to the units and living space is located over the garages. In this project, Building Science Corporation examined the taping of exterior sheathing details to improve air sealing results in townhouse and multifamily construction, when coupled with a better understanding of air leakage pathways. Current approaches are cumbersome, expensive, time consuming, and ineffective; these details were proposed as a more effective and efficient method. The effectiveness of these air sealing methods was tested with blower door testing, including “nulled” or “guarded” testing (adjacent units run at equal test pressure to null out inter-unit air leakage, or “pressure neutralization”). Pressure diagnostics were used to evaluate unit-to-unit connections and series leakage pathways (i.e., air leakage from exterior, into the fire-resistance rated wall assembly, and to the interior).

  2. Micro-structured electrochromic device based on poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)

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    Recent developments in consumer electronics, e.g. smartphones, tablet PCs or compact cameras, demand the development of very compact, active, optical microsystems. Because of their low power consumption, low operation voltage and cheap fabrication, voltage-controlled electrochromic devices (ECDs) based on polymer materials are promising candidates. However, the broad application of ECDs is still hindered by crucial technological obstacles. In this paper, we address two main issues: the structuring of the electrochromic material (ECM) and its underlying transparent conductive electrode on a microscale and additionally, the assembly of the ECD as an electrochemical cell with the challenges of airtight sealing, appropriate chemical stability, electrical insulation and the necessity of defining a compartment to hold the liquid electrolyte inside the cell. We first introduce a technological sequence consisting of batch processes (UV lithography and dry and wet etching) to render the microscale structuring of the ECM possible. Furthermore, we exploit the outstanding properties of the thick film dry photoresist Ordyl SY 300 to complete the assembly of ECDs with single-layer technology. As a proof of principle, we present the first results of an ECD device based on a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) material that works as an aperture stop with three coaxial segments, each individually controlled by an external voltage. (paper)

  3. Stratum simulation device

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    A soil specimen is filled in a containing vessel, an upper filter is put on the soil specimen, and a perforated plate is disposed further thereover. A pressurizing plate in communication with the perforated plate is held by bellows vertically moveably and in an airtight state. If specimen water is supplied under pressure into the containing vessel in this state, the space in the upper portion of the containing vessel, that is an upper space partitioned by the pressurizing plate is pressurized, so that the pressurizing plate is pressed downwardly, and the perforated plate integrated with the pressurizing plate is also pressed downwardly, to pressurize soils. If the pressure in the containing vessel reaches a predetermined level, a rupture disk is broken, so that the specimen water present in the upper side of the containing vessel reaches the lower space of the pressurizing plate passing through the ruptured disk and permeates to the soil specimen from the perforated plate passing through the filter. Radioactive nuclides remain in the specimen soil impregnated with the specimen water after testing, thereby enabling to recognize transferring condition of the radioactive nuclides equivalently. (N.H.)

  4. Processing and geologic analysis of conventional cores from well ER-20-6 No. 1, Nevada Test Site

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    Prothro, L.B., Townsend, M.J.; Drellack, S.L. Jr. [and others

    1997-09-01

    In 1996, Well Cluster ER-20-6 was drilled on Pahute Mesa in Area 20, in the northwestern corner of the Nevada Test Site (NTS). The three wells of the cluster are located from 166 to 296 meters (m) (544 to 971 feet [ft]) southwest of the site of the underground nuclear test code-named BULLION, conducted in 1990 in Emplacement Hole U-20bd. The well cluster was planned to be the site of a forced-gradient experiment designed to investigate radionuclide transport in groundwater. To obtain additional information on the occurrence of radionuclides, nature of fractures, and lithology, a portion of Well ER-20-6 No. 1, the hole closest to the explosion cavity, was cored for later analysis. Bechtel Nevada (BN) geologists originally prepared the geologic interpretation of the Well Cluster ER-20-6 site and documented the geology of each well in the cluster. However, the cores from Well ER-20-6 No. 1 were not accessible at the time of that work. As the forced-gradient experiment and other radio nuclide migration studies associated with the well cluster progressed, it was deemed appropriate to open the cores, describe the geology, and re-package the core for long-term air-tight storage. This report documents and describes the processing, geologic analysis, and preservation of the conventional cores from Well ER20-6 No. 1.

  5. Efficient use of energy in buildings - Activities and projects in 2002; Rationelle Energienutzung in Gebaeuden. Aktivitaeten und Projekte 2002

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    Zimmermann, M.

    2003-07-01

    This annual report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy reviews the activities and projects of the Swiss Programme on the Efficient Use of Energy in Buildings in 2002. The aims of the programme, which concerns itself with building systems, technical installations and the use of solar energy in buildings, are reviewed. Areas targeted in the period 2002 - 2006 are listed, including high-insulation technologies, so-called 'passive' low-energy consumption housing, environmental technology and sustainable neighbourhood development. Progress made in the environmental technology area is described including eco-assessment methods and the development of alternative insulation materials. The topics of solar sustainable housing, low-energy consumption building standards, aids for the optimisation of solar installations in larger buildings and lighting are covered, as is progress in the development of vacuum insulation and translucent elements with latent energy storage and guidelines for air-tightness and mechanical ventilation in 'passive' housing. In the technical services area, the validation of planning tools and manuals for purchasers and operators of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems are discussed. Co-operation with national and international institutions is discussed. A list of pilot and demonstration projects completes the report.

  6. Design, Fabrication, and Implementation of a Wireless, Passive Implantable Pressure Sensor Based on Magnetic Higher-Order Harmonic Fields

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    Keat Ghee Ong

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available A passive and wireless sensor was developed for monitoring pressure in vivo. Structurally, the pressure sensor, referred to as the magneto-harmonic pressure sensor, is an airtight chamber sealed with an elastic pressure membrane. A strip of magnetically-soft material is attached to the bottom of the chamber and a permanent magnet strip is embedded inside the membrane. Under the excitation of an externally applied AC magnetic field, the magnetically-soft strip produces a higher-order magnetic signature that can be remotely detected with an external receiving coil. As ambient pressure varies, the pressure membrane deflects, altering the separation distance between the magnetically-soft strip and the permanent magnet. This shifts the higher-order harmonic signal, allowing for detection of pressure change as a function of harmonic shifting. The wireless, passive nature of this sensor technology allows for continuous long-term pressure monitoring, particularly useful for biomedical applications such as monitoring pressure in aneurysm sac and sphincter of Oddi. In addition to demonstrating its pressure sensing capability, an animal model was used to investigate the efficacy and feasibility of the pressure sensor in a biological environment.

  7. A survey of indoor pollution by volatile organo halogen compounds in Katsushika, Tokyo, Japan

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    Amagai, T.; Olansandan; Matsushita, H. [University of Shizuoka, Shizuoka (Japan); Ono, M. [National Institute for Environmental Studies, Ibaraki (Japan); Nakai, S. [Yokohama National University, Yokohama (Japan); Tamura, K. [National Institute for Minamata Disease, Kumamoto (Japan); Maeda, K. [Tokyo Kasel University, Tokyo (Japan)

    1999-07-01

    A survey of indoor and outdoor pollution by 10 volatile organo halogen compounds (VOHCs) was performed in Katsushika Ward, Tokyo, Japan. Thirteen houses in February and 30 houses in July were sampled. Four consecutive 24-hour samples were collected by passive sampling from living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and outdoors in February and July 1995. Indoor concentrations of carbon tetrachloride and trichloroethylene were at nearly the same as outdoor concentrations; therefore, it was concluded that indoor pollution by these compounds was primarily due to penetration of outdoor pollutants. Indoor concentrations of some VOHCs were considerably higher than outdoor concentrations and they varied widely between households. The list included: p-dichlorobenzene, tetrachloroethylene and tri halomethanes, for which emission sources were insect repellents, dry-cleaned clothes, and tap water, showers and bathtub water, respectively. Indoor concentrations of these compounds were higher in reinforced concrete houses than in wooden houses or wooden houses with mortar walls. This suggests that airtightness of the rooms is responsible for high indoor VOHC concentrations. (author)

  8. Characterizing the transformation and transfer of nitrogen during the aerobic treatment of organic wastes and digestates

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    Highlights: ► Ammonia emissions varied depending on the nature of wastes and the treatment conditions. ► Nitrogen losses resulted from ammonia emissions and nitrification–denitrification. ► Ammonification can be estimated from biodegradable carbon and carbon/nitrogen ratio. ► Ammonification was the main process contributing to N losses. ► Nitrification rate was negatively correlated to stripping rate of ammonia nitrogen. - Abstract: The transformation and transfer of nitrogen during the aerobic treatment of seven wastes were studied in ventilated air-tight 10-L reactors at 35 °C. Studied wastes included distinct types of organic wastes and their digestates. Ammonia emissions varied depending on the kind of waste and treatment conditions. These emissions accounted for 2–43% of the initial nitrogen. Total nitrogen losses, which resulted mainly from ammonia emissions and nitrification–denitrification, accounted for 1–76% of the initial nitrogen. Ammonification was the main process responsible for nitrogen losses. An equation which allows estimating the ammonification flow of each type of waste according to its biodegradable carbon and carbon/nitrogen ratio was proposed. As a consequence of the lower contribution of storage and leachate rates, stripping and nitrification rates of ammonia nitrogen were negatively correlated. This observation suggests the possibility of promotingnitrification in order to reduce ammonia emissions.

  9. Marketing program for R2000 in Ontario

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    In the Ontario new housing market, Ontario Hydro's goal is to reduce the demand for electricity, increase the utility's visibility in this market, and increase customer satisfaction. Analyses have demonstrated that it costs less to construct new houses according to R-2000 insulation standards than to install new power production and transmission facilities. Research has also shown that R-2000 houses have better air quality and energy efficiency than ordinary houses. Nevertheless, most home builders have little enthusiasm for R-2000 houses; the strictness of airtightness standards, the slowness of certification, excessive paperwork, and a lack of promised marketing support are cited as the reasons for this. Ontario Hydro and builders' associations have signed a cooperative agreement for certifying new houses with the object of self-financing the program. The program intends to see construction of 1,000 R-2000 houses in 1990. To carry out this objective, some elements have been added to Ontario Hydro's marketing program in order to make potential customers aware of the advantages of the R-2000 house. Field staff will receive rigorous training in order to prepare them for helping the diverse types of builders. A mail campaign, focusing on areas not served by natural gas where significant numbers of new houses are being built, intends to bring home builders and buyers together. In February 1990, Ontario Hydro signed agreements with four major housing manufacturers to construct a significant proportion of the R-2000 housing stock

  10. Development of zooplankton culture subsystem for a closed ecological recirculating aquaculture system (CERAS)

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    Omori, Katsunori; Oguchi, Mitsuo; Takeuchi, Toshio

    2006-01-01

    Ten parthenogenetic females of Moina macrocopa were placed in small cells with different flow conditions. The cells were opened after three-days of cultivation, and the water fleas in each cell were counted. It appeared that M. macrocopa were cultured effectively in a relatively slow current, 10 cm/min., but the population growth was not significantly influenced by the difference in flow direction. Subsequent, filtration efficiencies of filters with various pore sizes were compared. Four available porous hollow-fiber membrane modules, ACP-1010, AHP-1010, PSP-103, and PMP-102 (Asahi-Kasei Corp.), were tested. The module with the larger pore size initially filtered a greater amount of water but clogged up sooner. ACP-1010, which has the smallest pores, was considered to be suitable to filter condensed algal water due to its durability and stable filtration. An improved zooplankton culture device (IZCD) was designed and constructed based on these examinations. IZCD is a 13.2L airtight device characterized by a short and thick rearing tank and alternate filtration with paired fine hollow-fiber membrane modules. It must be tested and revised to be used in research into the optimal conditions for a zooplankton culture in a closed environment.

  11. Plastron Respiration Using Commercial Fabrics

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    Shaun Atherton

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A variety of insect and arachnid species are able to remain submerged in water indefinitely using plastron respiration. A plastron is a surface-retained film of air produced by surface morphology that acts as an oxygen-carbon dioxide exchange surface. Many highly water repellent and hydrophobic surfaces when placed in water exhibit a silvery sheen which is characteristic of a plastron. In this article, the hydrophobicity of a range of commercially available water repellent fabrics and polymer membranes is investigated, and how the surface of the materials mimics this mechanism of underwater respiration is demonstrated allowing direct extraction of oxygen from oxygenated water. The coverage of the surface with the plastron air layer was measured using confocal microscopy. A zinc/oxygen cell is used to consume oxygen within containers constructed from the different membranes, and the oxygen consumed by the cell is compared to the change in oxygen concentration as measured by an oxygen probe. By comparing the membranes to an air-tight reference sample, it was found that the membranes facilitated oxygen transfer from the water into the container, with the most successful membrane showing a 1.90:1 ratio between the cell oxygen consumption and the change in concentration within the container.

  12. Suspended core subwavelength fibers: practical designs for the low-loss terahertz guidance

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    Rozé, Mathieu; Mazhorova, Anna; Walther, Markus; Skorobogatiy, Maksim

    2011-01-01

    In this work we report two designs of subwavelength fibers packaged for practical terahertz wave guiding. We describe fabrication, modeling and characterization of microstructured polymer fibers featuring a subwavelength-size core suspended in the middle of a large porous outer cladding. This design allows convenient handling of the subwavelength fibers without distorting their modal profile. Additionally, the air-tight porous cladding serves as a natural enclosure for the fiber core, thus avoiding the need for a bulky external enclosure for humidity-purged atmosphere. Fibers of 5 mm and 3 mm in outer diameters with a 150 \\mu m suspended solid core and a 900 \\mu m suspended porous core respectively, were obtained by utilizing a combination of drilling and stacking techniques. Characterization of the fiber optical properties and the near-field imaging of the guided modes were performed using a terahertz near-field microscopy setup. Near-field imaging of the modal profiles at the fiber output confirmed the effe...

  13. Effect of selenium enrichment on the quality of germinated brown rice during storage.

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    Li, Yang; Liu, Kunlun; Chen, Fusheng

    2016-09-15

    Changes in the quality of selenized germinated brown rice (Se-GBR) and germinated brown rice (GBR) under controlled temperature storage were investigated. Samples were sealed in air-tight jars (75% RH) and stored at 15, 25, or 35°C for 9months. Fatty acid value (FAV), peroxide value (POV), and carbonyl value (CV) were determined every 45d. FAV, POV, and CV gradually increased with the storage period. Samples stored under low-temperature showed lower FAVs, POVs, and CVs than samples stored at higher temperatures. Compared with GBR, Se-GBR showed lower FAVs, POVs and CVs; this indicates Se exerted a positive effect on the preservation of rice quality. Over 100 volatile compounds were identified, and 15 volatile aldehydes were further studied. To determine the distribution pattern of volatile aldehydes, principal component analysis (PCA) was employed. The first two principal components determined from the PCA of volatile aldehydes explained 50.22% of the variance observed. PMID:27080875

  14. Hyperoxia accelerates Fas-mediated signaling and apoptosis in the lungs of Legionella pneumophila pneumonia

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    Tanabe Yoshinari

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Oxygen supplementation is commonly given to the patients with severe pneumonia including Legionella disease. Recent data suggested that apoptosis may play an important role, not only in the pathogenesis of Legionella pneumonia, but also in oxygen-induced tissue damage. In the present study, the lethal sensitivity to Legionella pneumonia were compared in the setting of hyperoxia between wild-type and Fas-deficient mice. Findings C57BL/6 mice and B6.MRL-Faslpr mice characterized with Fas-deficiency were used in this study. After intratracheal administration of L. pneumophila, mice were kept in hyperoxic conditions (85-90% O2 conc. in an airtight chamber for 3 days. Bone-marrow derived macrophages infected with L. pneumophila were also kept in hyperoxic conditions. Caspase activity and cytokine production were determined by using commercially available kits. Smaller increases of several apoptosis markers, such as caspase-3 and -8, were demonstrated in Fas-deficient mice, even though the bacterial burdens in Fas-deficient and wild type mice were similar. Bone-marrow derived macrophages from Fas-deficient mice were shown to be more resistant to Legionella-induced cytotoxicity than those from wild-type mice under hyperoxia. Conclusions These results demonstrated that Fas-mediated signaling and apoptosis may be a crucial factor in the pathogenesis of Legionella pneumonia in the setting of hyperoxia.

  15. Studying the internal ballistics of a combustion-driven potato cannon using high-speed video

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    Courtney, E. D. S.; Courtney, M. W.

    2013-07-01

    A potato cannon was designed to accommodate several different experimental propellants and have a transparent barrel so the movement of the projectile could be recorded on high-speed video (at 2000 frames per second). Five experimental propellants were tested: propane (C3H8), acetylene (C2H2), ethanol (C2H6O), methanol (CH4O) and butane (C4H10). The quantity of each experimental propellant was calculated to approximate a stoichometric mixture and considering the upper and lower flammability limits, which in turn were affected by the volume of the combustion chamber. Cylindrical projectiles were cut from raw potatoes so that there was an airtight fit, and each weighed 50 (± 0.5) g. For each trial, position as a function of time was determined via frame-by-frame analysis. Five trials were made for each experimental propellant and the results analyzed to compute velocity and acceleration as functions of time. Additional quantities, including force on the potato and the pressure applied to the potato, were also computed. For each experimental propellant average velocity versus barrel position curves were plotted. The most effective experimental propellant was defined as that which accelerated the potato to the highest muzzle velocity. The experimental propellant acetylene performed the best on average (138.1 m s-1), followed by methanol (48.2 m s-1), butane (34.6 m s-1), ethanol (33.3 m s-1) and propane (27.9 m s-1), respectively.

  16. Technology Solutions Case Study: Selecting Ventilation Systems for Existing Homes

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    In multifamily buildings, particularly in the Northeast, exhaust ventilation strategies are the norm as a means of meeting both local exhaust and whole-unit mechanical ventilation rates. The issue of where the "fresh" air is coming from is gaining significance as air-tightness standards for enclosures become more stringent, and the normal leakage paths through the building envelope disappear. Researchers from the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) found that the majority of high performance, new construction, multifamily housing in the Northeast use one of four general strategies for ventilation: continuous exhaust only with no designated supply or make-up air source, continuous exhaust with ducted make-up air to apartments, continuous exhaust with supply through a make-up air device integral to the unit HVAC, and continuous exhaust with supply through a passive inlet device, such as a trickle vent. Insufficient information is available to designers on how these various systems are best applied. In this project, the CARB team evaluated the four different strategies for providing make-up air to multifamily residential buildings and developed guidelines to help contractors and building owners choose the best ventilation systems.

  17. D0 Cryo Ventilation Fan Controls and Monitoring

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    This engineering note describes how exhaust fan 6 (EF-6) and exhaust fan 7 (EF-7) are controlled and monitored. Since these two fans are a vital link in the ODH safety system, they will be monitored, controlled and periodically operated by the programmable logic controller (PLC). If there should be a fault in the ventilation system, the PLC will print a warning message to the cryo control room printer and flash a descriptive warning on the ODH/ventilation graphics page. This fault is also logged to the Xpresslink graphics alarm page and to an alarm history hard disk file. The ventilation failure is also an input to the auto dialer which will continue it's automatic sequence until acknowledged. EF-6 delivers 13000 C.F.M. and is considered emergency ventilation. EF-7 delivers 4500 C.F.M. and will run 24 hrs a day. Both ventilation fans are located in an enclosed closet in the TRD gas room. Their ductwork, both inlets and outlets run along side the pipe chase, but are separated by an airtight wall. Their combination motor control starter cabinets are located in the TRD room in plain visible sight of the fans with the closet door open. The fans have signs that state they are automatically controlled and can energize at any time.

  18. Preparing cytotoxic agents in an isolator.

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    Favier, M; Hansel, S; Bressolle, F

    1993-11-01

    The design of an isolator and its use by an oncology satellite pharmacy for preparing cytotoxic drugs are described. The isolator (Iso Concept, Boulogne, France) is a totally enclosed ventilated biological-safety cabinet of class III polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with positive air pressure, a half-suit with a rotating seal, and attached neoprene gloves. There are three work-stations, one for the half-suit and two along one side of the isolator. The ventilation and air filtration system consists of one entry pipe with a full ventilation-filtration box fitted with one prefilter, one blower, one ball valve, one high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, one airtight nipple connected to an automatic sterilizer, alarms, and one exhaust pipe protected by a HEPA filter. The air lock consists of a rigid, transparent Plexiglas pass-through. The chamber is sterilized with heated compressed air mixed with 3.5% peracetic acid. Maintenance includes regular changing of gloves and HEPA filters; checking of the integrity of the PVC, half-suit, and gloves; and washing and decontamination procedures. Preparation of cytotoxics is planned in advance with prescription data and manufacturing sheets. In the half-suit, a pharmacy technician reads the label, supervises preparation of the sterile admixture, and writes a label. The operators on the side of the unit read the manufacturing sheet and prepare the dose identified by the label.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:8266957

  19. Cladding Attachment Over Thick Exterior Insulating Sheathing (Fact Sheet)

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    The addition of insulation to the exterior of buildings is an effective means of increasing the thermal resistance of wood-framed walls and mass masonry wall assemblies. The location of the insulation on the exterior of the structure has many direct benefits, including better effective R-value from reduced thermal bridging, better condensation resistance, reduced thermal stress on the structure, as well as other commonly associated improvements such as increased airtightness and improved water management. For thick layers of exterior insulation (more than 1.5 in.), the use of wood furring strips attached through the insulation back to the structure has been used by many contractors and designers as a means to provide a convenient cladding attachment location. Although the approach has proven effective, there is significant resistance to its widespread implementation due to a lack of research and understanding of the mechanisms involved in the development of the vertical displacement resistance capacity. In addition, the long-term in-service performance of the system has been questioned due to potential creep effects of the assembly under the sustained dead load of the cladding and effects of varying environmental conditions. In addition, the current International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) do not have a provision that specifically allows this assembly.

  20. Effect of Simulated Microgravity Environment on Canopy Photosynthesis Characteristics in Azolla%模拟微重力环境对红萍群体光合作用的影响研究

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    陈敏; 邓素芳; 杨有泉; 林营志; 雷锦桂

    2013-01-01

    红萍作为空间受控生态生命保障系统中的重要生物部件,为航天员提供O2和新鲜蔬菜,并吸收环境中CO2.本试验旨在弄清模拟微重力环境下红萍群体光合作用规律,为红萍生物部件的空间应用奠定基础.建立能模拟空间微重力效应的三维旋转式植物栽培装置,将红萍湿养在装置的受控密闭舱内,通过测定舱内O2和CO2浓度的变化来研究红萍群体光合作用的特征.试验结果显示,在模拟微重力环境下红萍净光合效率与光照强度成正相关,光照强度在7 000 lx时,单位能耗红萍放O2量和固定CO2量最大.红萍净光合效率还与密闭舱内大气CO2浓度环境成正相关,并与大气O2浓度环境成负相关.尤其在低O2浓度环境伴随高CO2浓度环境下,红萍的净光合效率较正常O2和CO2浓度环境的要高,这说明红萍光合放O2能力很强,有效促使密闭舱内O2和CO2浓度朝着有利于人生存的环境方向平衡,进而验证红萍的空间应用前景.%Azolla is an important biological component of the Controlled Ecological Life Support System (CELSS),because it can supply O2 and absorb CO2 from the environment,and can be used as fresh vegetable by the astronauts.The aim of this study is to clarify the canopy photosynthesis regular pattern of Azolla in simulated microgravity environment,and to lay the foundation of Azolla space's application.Azolla was moistly cultured in the controlled airtight cabin of 3D-rotary plant clinostat,which could stimulate space microgravity effect.The canopy photosynthesis characteristics of Azolla were studied by measuring the O2-CO2 concentrations in airtight cabin.The results showed that net photosynthesis efficiency of Azolla in stimulated microgravity environment had a positive correlation with illumination intensity.When illumination intensity was 7 000 lx,the amount of released O2and fixed CO2 by photosynthesis perunit energy consumption was the largest.Azolla net

  1. Residential space heating with wood burning stoves. Energy efficiency and indoor climate; Boligopvarmning ved braendefyring. Energieffektivitet og indeklima

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    Jensen, Ole Michael; Afshari, A.; Bergsoee, N.C.; Carvalho, R. [Miljoestyrelsen, Copenhagen (Denmark); Aalborg Univ.. Statens Byggeforskningsinstitut, Aalborg (Denmark))

    2012-11-01

    Two issues turn up concerning how to use wood-burning stoves in modern homes. The first is whether wood-burning stoves in future may still act as a genuine heat source, given that new and refurbished single-family houses retain the heat much better than older ones and therefore need less and less energy for space heating. The second issue is whether it will still be possible to use wood-burning stoves in modern houses where the air exchange is controlled by mechanical ventilation or possibly heat recovery. It is a question whether firing techniques can be developed that will work in airtight houses with mechanical ventilation and negative pressure, so that harmful particle emissions can be avoided. To illustrate the first issue, a field study was designed to look carefully at seven modern wood-burning stoves that were set up in six new houses and one older house and investigated, both in terms of firing and heat release. As a background for this part of the study, a heat balance calculation was made for each house. The question is, whether wood-burning stoves will also in the future have a role to play as a heating source. Modern houses grow ever tighter and only need to be supplied with a small quantity of heat. The new Danish Buildings Requirement, 2010 has resulted in a further reduction of 25 % of the energy demand, including the energy supply for heating. However, the new requirements imply that the heating season eventually become so short that a traditional central heating installation becomes superfluous. This means that by using the small amounts of wood cut in gardens and hedgerows of the neighbourhood, a wood-burning stove will, in principle, cover the heating demand. Therefore, the question is rather whether a wood-burning stove is manufactured that can successfully be adapted to new houses. As a consequence of this development, future stoves must be further scaled down in order to meet the heating demand of a modern low-energy house and the stoves must

  2. 41种植物精油对淡色库蚊的熏蒸活性%Fumigation activity of 41 essential oils against Culex pipiens pallens (Diptera: Culicidae)

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    付臣臣; 万涛; 江志利; 吴华; 冯俊涛; 马志卿; 张兴

    2013-01-01

    为发现具有较高杀蚊活性的精油,推动植物精油类卫生杀虫剂的创制,本研究采用三角瓶熏蒸法测定了17科41种植物精油对淡色库蚊Culex pipiens pallens雌成蚊的熏蒸活性,并进一步采用密闭圆筒法验证其杀虫毒力大小.三角瓶熏蒸法测定表明,在12μL/L浓度下,留兰香油(spearmint oil)、薰衣草油(lavender oil)、山苍子油(Litsea cubeba oil)等26种精油均有较强的熏蒸作用,KT50小于15 min.该26种精油用密闭圆筒熏蒸法进一步测定表明,在浓度为10 μL/L时,冬青油(wintergreen oil)、艾叶油(blumea oil)、薄荷油(peppermint oil)、桉叶油(Eucalyptus robusta oil)和蓝桉油(E.globulus oil)等植物精油熏蒸活性较强,其KT50分别为16.91,21.20,22.57,18.43和19.48 min.结果证明冬青油、艾叶油、薄荷油、桉叶油和蓝桉油等5种精油对淡色库蚊具有较强的熏蒸活性,具备作为淡色库蚊防控剂开发的潜力,值得进一步研究.%To find the essential oils with high insecticidal activity and promote the development of hygienic insecticides,essential oils from 41 plants belonging to 17 families were evaluated for adulticidal activity against female adults of Culex pipiens pallens by airtight fumigation in conical flask and hermetic round canister method.The results showed that 26 essential oils (12 μL/L) including spearmint oil,lavender oil and Litsea cubeba oil were very toxic to the mosquito (KT50 < 15 min) by airtight fumigation in conical flask.Further assay using hermetic round canister method indicated that 5 essential oils (wintergreen oil,blumea oil,peppermint oil,Eucalyptus robusta oil and E.globulus oil) had high fumigation toxicity at the concentration of 10 μL/L,and their KT50 values were 16.91,21.20,22.57,18.43 and 19.48 min,respectively.The results demonstrate that wintergreen oil,blumea oil,peppermint oil,E.robusta oil and E.globulus oil all have high fumigation activity against C.pipiens pallens,with the

  3. Studies on construction of the wetland ecosystem in the closed geosphere experiment facility

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    The Closed Geosphere Experiment Facility (CGEF) is designed to investigate carbon cycles of terrestrial ecosystems because of its airtightness, and to estimate radiocarbon transfer and accumulation in ecosystems. A wetland ecosystem is scheduled for introduction into the CGEF. The CGEF is a 5.8x8.7 m2 ground area with 11.9 m average height, including 3.1 m soil depth. First, a 3-m soil core was taken and soil characteristics were investigated to determine the soil depth for introduction from Takahoko wetland to the CGEF. Soil characteristics, such as total C and N contents, microbial biomass carbon, and dehydrogenase activity, showed that soils below 1 m depth are expected to contribute little to the carbon cycle of the wetland ecosystem. Second, effects of disturbances from the surface to 1 m depth soil on plants and soil environmental conditions were investigated to devise a method of transferring plants and soils from the wetland to the CGEF. Soil temperature, soil redox potential, and water table showed similar values for disturbed and control plots. Total C and N contents, microbial biomass carbon, and dehydrogenase activity at 0-20 cm soil depth were higher in disturbed than in control plots, indicating increases in soil organic carbon in disturbed plots. The characteristics of free groundwater were also compared between disturbed and control plots. Enhancement of decomposition was inferred from the increase in soil nitrogen content and microbial activity, then ammonium nitrogen content at 25 cm depth increased at disturbed plots. No significant difference was found in the other characteristics of free groundwater between disturbed and control plots. Above-ground biomass showed similar values although shoot density increased in disturbed plots. These results suggest that continuous monitoring of free groundwater characteristics is needed and that no serious problem is attributable to disturbance of plants. (author)

  4. Cosmic radiation shielding properties of COLUMBUS and REMSIM multi-layer external shells

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    Durante, Marco; Manti, Lorenzo; Rusek, Adam; Belluco, Maurizio; Lobascio, Cesare

    The European module COLUMBUS has been recently installed on the International Space Station. Future plans for exploration involve the use of inflatable modules, such as the REMSIM concept proposed in a previous ESA funded study. We studied the radiation shielding properties of COLUMBUS and REMSIM external shell using 1 GeV/n Feor H-ions accelerated at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (Long Island, NY, USA). COLUMBUS has a 22 mm rigid multi-layer shell with Al, Nextel and Kevlar, as materials of the double bumper for meteoroids and debris protection, MLI for thermal reasons and again Al as pressure shell. Inside the module, astronauts are further protected by secondary structures, including racks, a number of electronic devices and payload equipment. This internal equipment has been simulated using Al and Kevlar, bringing the total thickness to about 15 g/cm2. REMSIM consists of a thermal multi-layer (MLI), four Nextel layers used to provide shock of the impacting micro-meteoroids, a ballistic restraint multi-layer of Kevlar used to absorb debris cloud's kinetic energy, a Kevlar structural restraint to support pressure loads incurred from inflating the module. To contain air inside the module, REMSIM adopts three layers of airtight material separated by two layers of Kevlar (air bladder). A final layer of Nomex provide protection against punctures and fire. In the flight configuration there are also spacer elements (foam) needed to guarantee correct spacing between consecutive bumper layers. These spacers were not included in the tests, making the total thickness about 1.1 cm. The internal equipment in REMSIM was not been defined, but due to its application for exploration missions it was decided to exploit water, valuable resource used for drinking, washing and technical usage, as a radiation shielding. In this test, we have included about 8 cm of water. Measured dose attenuation shows that the Columbus module reduces the

  5. Effects of Carbon in Flooded Paddy Soils: Implications for Microbial Activity and Arsenic Mobilization

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    Avancha, S.; Boye, K.

    2014-12-01

    In the Mekong delta in Cambodia, naturally occurring arsenic (originating from erosion in the Himalaya Mountains) in paddy soils is mobilized during the seasonal flooding. As a consequence, rice grown on the flooded soils may take up arsenic and expose people eating the rice to this carcinogenic substance. Microbial activity will enhance or decrease the mobilization of arsenic depending on their metabolic pathways. Among the microbes naturally residing in the soil are denitrifying bacteria, sulfate reducers, metal reducers (Fe, Mn), arsenic reducers, methanogens, and fermenters, whose activity varies based on the presence of oxygen. The purpose of the experiment was to assess how different amendments affect the microbial activity and the arsenic mobilization during the transition from aerobic to anaerobic metabolism after flooding of naturally contaminated Cambodian soil. In a batch experiment, we investigated how the relative metabolic rate of naturally occurring microbes could vary with different types of organic carbon. The experiment was designed to measure the effects of various sources of carbon (dried rice straw, charred rice straw, manure, and glucose) on the microbial activity and arsenic release in an arsenic-contaminated paddy soil from Cambodia under flooded conditions. All amendments were added based on the carbon content in order to add 0.036 g of carbon per vial. The soil was flooded with a 10mM TRIS buffer solution at pH 7.04 in airtight 25mL serum vials and kept at 25 °C. We prepared 14 replicates per treatment to sample both gas and solution. On each sampling point, the solution replicates were sampled destructively. The gas replicates continued on and were sampled for both gas and solution on the final day of the experiment. We measured pH, total arsenic, methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide at 8 hours, 1.5 days, 3.33 days, and 6.33 days from the start of the experiment.

  6. Denitrification as affected by irrigation frequency and applied herbicides

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    Denitrification from a Yolo loam field profile was studied in relation to the frequency of irrigation water application. Field plots (1 m2) cropped with grass were intensely instrumented with soil atmosphere samplers, soil solution samplers, tensiometers and neutron access tubes. Equal irrigations of 1.15 of evapotranspiration were applied by a spray irrigation system at three frequencies consisting of three irrigations weekly, one irrigation weekly and one irrigation every two weeks. Fertilizer (300 kg N/ha) was applied uniformly during the first irrigation as KNO3 enriched with 60% 15N. The flux of the volatile denitrification products at the soil surface was measured from the accumulation of N2O and 15N2 beneath air-tight covers placed over the soil for 2-4-h time periods at frequent intervals after each irrigation. The largest fluxes of N2 and N2O at the soil surface generally occurred within 3-6 h after the end of irrigation. Fluxes decreased rapidly to near zero values within one to three days after the end of irrigation. As rates and total denitrification were very small for this soil with limiting carbon, differences in denitrification for the three irrigation frequencies were slight. In vitro experiments were carried out as follows: Several herbicides at concentrations of approximately 25 ppm were incubated with glucose (C/N=1.0) and NO3- in Yolo soil under He atmospheres at 250C. Chlorbromuron, atrazine, neburon, linuron and diuron all inhibited NO3- reduction with inhibition percentages ranging from 27 to 46%. (author)

  7. PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION OF NORMOGLYCEMIC, ANTI-HYPERGLYCEMIC AND DYSLIPIDEMIC ACTIVITIES OF DIFFERENT EXTRACTS OF TINOSPORA CRISPA ON DIABETIC RAT.

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    Hassani, Mir Mohammad Reza Seyed; Ahmad, Ashfaq; Asmawi, Mohd Zaini; Mahmudi, Roziahanim

    2016-01-01

    Tinospora crispa is an indigenous medicinal plant belonging to Menispermaceae family, known localy as "akar patawali" or as "akar seruntum". Different parts of this plant are used for various therapeutic purposes for treatment of hypertension, stimulation of appetite, protection from mosquito bites and to treat ailments like jaundice, wounds, intestinal worms and skin infections, tooth and stomach aches, coughs, asthma and pleurisy. The stems were washed, dried, pulverized using Wiley Laboratory Mill apparatus and stored in dry air-tight plastic containers until use. Then, they were extracted successively with petroleum ether, chloroform, methanol and finally with water by maceration. The solvent was evaporated from each extract (using rotary evaporator), dried extract were stored at -4°C until used. Animals were randomly divided into six groups and each group having 6 animals for two sets of experiments. In the first test, healthy rats were treated orally with the plant extracts (1 g/kg) suspended in Tween 80. In the second test, the diabetic rats were fasted overnight. The test groups of 6 diabetic rats were treated orally with extracts of Tinospora crispa (1 g/kg), glibenclamide (10 mg/kg) and 10% Tween 80, (10 mL/kg), respectively. In these results, there was no significant effect on blood glucose levels in normal rats treated with different extracts of Tinospora crispa. The water extract of Tinospora crispa decreased the glucose levels in diabetic rats and has the ability to reduce lipid profile in diabetic rats as compared to control diabetic rats. PMID:27008807

  8. A Chinese alligator in heliox: formant frequencies in a crocodilian.

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    Reber, Stephan A; Nishimura, Takeshi; Janisch, Judith; Robertson, Mark; Fitch, W Tecumseh

    2015-08-01

    Crocodilians are among the most vocal non-avian reptiles. Adults of both sexes produce loud vocalizations known as 'bellows' year round, with the highest rate during the mating season. Although the specific function of these vocalizations remains unclear, they may advertise the caller's body size, because relative size differences strongly affect courtship and territorial behaviour in crocodilians. In mammals and birds, a common mechanism for producing honest acoustic signals of body size is via formant frequencies (vocal tract resonances). To our knowledge, formants have to date never been documented in any non-avian reptile, and formants do not seem to play a role in the vocalizations of anurans. We tested for formants in crocodilian vocalizations by using playbacks to induce a female Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis) to bellow in an airtight chamber. During vocalizations, the animal inhaled either normal air or a helium/oxygen mixture (heliox) in which the velocity of sound is increased. Although heliox allows normal respiration, it alters the formant distribution of the sound spectrum. An acoustic analysis of the calls showed that the source signal components remained constant under both conditions, but an upward shift of high-energy frequency bands was observed in heliox. We conclude that these frequency bands represent formants. We suggest that crocodilian vocalizations could thus provide an acoustic indication of body size via formants. Because birds and crocodilians share a common ancestor with all dinosaurs, a better understanding of their vocal production systems may also provide insight into the communication of extinct Archosaurians. PMID:26246611

  9. Conjugate Heat Transfer Analysis of an Ultrasonic Molten Metal Treatment System

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    ZHU Youli; BIAN Feilong; WANG Yanli; ZHAO Qian

    2014-01-01

    In piezoceramic ultrasonic devices, the piezoceramic stacks may fail permanently or function improperly if their working temperatures overstep the Curie temperature of the piezoceramic material. While the end of the horn usually serves near the melting point of the molten metal and is enclosed in an airtight chamber, so that it is difficult to experimentally measure the temperature of the transducer and its variation with time, which bring heavy difficulty to the design of the ultrasonic molten metal treatment system. To find a way out, conjugate heat transfer analysis of an ultrasonic molten metal treatment system is performed with coupled fluid and heat transfer finite element method. In modeling of the system, the RNG model and the SIMPLE algorithm are adopted for turbulence and nonlinear coupling between the momentum equation and the energy equation. Forced air cooling as well as natural air cooling is analyzed to compare the difference of temperature evolution. Numerical results show that, after about 350 s of working time, temperatures in the surface of the ceramic stacks in forced air cooling drop about 7 K compared with that in natural cooling. At 240 s, The molten metal surface emits heat radiation with a maximum rate of about 19 036 W/m2, while the heat insulation disc absorbs heat radiation at a maximum rate of about 7922 W/m2, which indicates the effectiveness of heat insulation of the asbestos pad. Transient heat transfer film coefficient and its distribution, which are difficult to be measured experimentally are also obtained through numerical simulation. At 240 s, the heat transfer film coefficient in the surface of the transducer ranges from -17.86 to 20.17 W/(m2•K). Compared with the trial and error method based on the test, the proposed research provides a more effective way in the design and analysis of the temperature control of the molten metal treatment system.

  10. Techniques for measuring whole body energy expenditure of working animals: A critical review

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    All feasible methods for determining the whole body metabolism of draught animals are indirect and most involve measuring gaseous exchange. The relationship between gaseous exchange and energy metabolism is discussed and the open circuit system described. However, in its classic form it can be applied to draught animals only when they are resting in a respiration chamber or at work on a treadmill or circular race. Three portable devices for measuring the oxygen consumption of animals working in fields are described. All involve the use of airtight face mask so that total respiratory volume can be measured and samples of inspired and expired air taken for analysis. Although all three devices work well in a technical sense, users often experience difficulty in getting experimental animals to behave normally when wearing the face masks and the measuring systems can become inaccurate if the animals start to pant. The theory and applicability of two tracer methods are discussed. Labelled carbon methods are not very accurate and involve continuous infusion of label. The double and triple labelled water methods may find application for measurements over one or two weeks now that several of the objections to the use of these methods on large ruminants have been met. However, both types of tracer method measure only CO2 output, from which energy consumption has to be inferred, and the latter method is very expensive. Two other methods involve counting the number of heart beats and measuring the type and amount of physical activity of the animal. Both methods rely heavily on data from laboratory studies to link these parameters to energy expenditure. The validity of these methods and the techniques for collecting the relevant data from the animals are briefly discussed. 41 refs, 7 figs, 3 tabs

  11. Morphology and thermochromic phase transition of merocyanine J-aggregate monolayers at the air-water and solid-water interfaces

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    Kato, Noritaka; Saito, Kentaro; Serata, Toshinori; Aida, Hiroaki; Uesu, Yoshiaki

    2001-07-01

    Thermal changes of the merocyanine dye (MD) monolayer at the air-water interface were investigated under various subphase conditions in order to elucidate the formation mechanism and to control morphological and chromatic properties of two-dimensional MD J-aggregate crystallites (JC) formed in the monolayer. The dissociation temperature (Td) of the JC to the monomer MD was measured for different counterions of MD molecules in the subphase. The JC size was found to be dependent on the subphase temperature; it becomes larger when the JC is formed at a temperature closer to Td. This phenomenon is qualitatively reproduced by the numerical simulation of the Cahn-Hilliard equation. In the case of the MD monolayer on the subphase which contains two kinds of counterions, it exhibits a reversible thermochromic transition between two different JC states. The chromatic change is discrete, and is attributed to the structural phase transition of the JC induced by the mutual recombination of two kinds of counterions to MD molecules. The structural difference between the high and low temperature JC states is examined by the point dipole model. The transition temperature and thermal hysteresis width can be varied by the fraction of 2 counterions. In situ observations using a multipurpose nonlinear optical microscope revealed that the transition is of first order and the nucleation and growth process of the low temperature phase in the high temperature matrix was observed. The JC size of the low temperature phase became much larger through the recrystallization process. For future application of this phenomenon, an airtight cell consisting of two monolayers at the solid-water interface and the subphase was developed. In the cell, the same reversible transition occurs, but with a slow relaxation.

  12. Thermal stability of alkyl carbonate mixed-solvent electrolytes for lithium ion cells

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    Kawamura, Tetsuya; Kimura, Arihisa; Egashira, Minato; Okada, Shigeto; Yamaki, Jun-Ichi

    The thermal stability of some mixed-solvent electrolytes used in lithium cells was measured by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) using airtight containers. The electrolytes used were ethylene carbonate ( EC)+ diethyl carbonate ( DEC) , EC+ dimethyl carbonate ( DMC) , propylene carbonate (PC)+DEC, and PC+DMC in which was dissolved 1 M LiPF 6 or 1 M LiClO 4. The influence of water addition and lithium metal addition on the thermal behavior of these electrolytes was also investigated. The exothermic peak of LiPF 6 electrolytes containing DEC was found at 255 °C, and the peak temperature of the electrolytes containing DEC was 15-20 °C lower than that of LiPF 6 electrolytes containing DMC. This effect was also observed in the electrolytes including LiClO 4. DMC was found to be more reactive than DEC. The thermal behavior of various kinds of LiPF 6 electrolytes with lithium metal was measured by DSC. The exothermic reaction of 1 M LiPF 6/EC+DEC, 1 M LiPF 6/EC+DMC, and 1 M LiPF 6/PC+DMC with lithium metal began at the melting point of lithium metal because of the break down of the solid electrolyte interface (SEI). The temperature was approximately 180 °C, whereas the self-heating of 1 M LiPF 6/PC+DEC occurred before the melting point of lithium metal. The temperature at which the self-exothermal reaction began was 140 °C. Therefore, the lithium metal in this electrolyte was found to be thermally unstable. When water was added to the above electrolytes with lithium metal, the exothermic reaction began at less than 130 °C, probably due to a collapse of SEI in response to the HF that was a product of the reaction between LiPF 6 and the added water.

  13. Laboratory evaluation of the Pipe Explorer trademark gamma measurement and deployment capability

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    The DOE is faced with the responsibility of decommissioning and dismantling many of its nuclear process facilities. Much of this will involve piping systems which may or may not be contaminated with radioactive material. It is important to be able to differentiate contaminated from non-contaminated material, since the disposal costs for radioactive waste are significant (on the order of hundreds of dollars per cubic foot). In the case of pipes, this determination may be particularly difficult if the pipes are not easily accessible. As a solution to this problem, SEA is developing an inverting membrane technology, called Pipe Explorer trademark which uses commercial gamma spectroscopy systems to characterize the radiation levels inside of pipes. The heart of the system is an air-tight membrane which is initially spooled inside of a canister. The end of the membrane protruding out of the canister is folded over and attached to a basepipe. With this configuration, when the canister becomes pressurized the pressure force on the membrane causes the membrane to be pulled from the spool. This continues until the membrane is completely off the spool. A radiation detector is attached to the end of the membrane and towed into the pipe as the membrane continues to evert. The detector cabling is also towed into the pipe. To retrieve the system from a pipe the process is simply reversed, where the cabling, detector, and membrane are wound back onto the spool. The system can thus be used to move a detector freely back and forth through a pipe to provide high resolution analysis of the location of radioactive contamination in pipes. This unique method can deploy the detector and analyze piping systems with multiple elbows and vertical runs. The membrane also serves to protect the expensive detector from contamination

  14. Limb suction evoked during arterial occlusion causes systemic sympathetic activity in humans.

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    Cui, Jian; Blaha, Cheryl; Herr, Michael D; Drew, Rachel C; Muller, Matthew D; Sinoway, Lawrence I

    2015-09-01

    Venous saline infusions in an arterially occluded forearm evokes reflex increases in muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) and blood pressure (BP). We hypothesized that the application of suction to the human limbs would activate this venous distension reflex and raise sympathetic outflow. We placed airtight pressure tanks and applied 100 mmHg negative pressure to an arterially occluded limb (occlusion and suction, O&S) to induce tissue deformation without fluid translocation. BP, heart rate (HR), and MSNA were assessed in 19 healthy subjects during 2 min of arm or leg O&S. Occlusion without suction served as a control. During a separate visit, saline (5% forearm volume) was infused into veins of the arterially occluded arm (n = 13). The O&S increased limb circumference, MSNA burst rate (arm: Δ6.7 ± 0.7; leg: Δ6.8 ± 0.7 bursts/min), and total activity (arm: Δ199 ± 14; leg: Δ172 ± 22 units/min) and BP (arm: Δ4.3 ± 0.3; leg: Δ9.4 ± 1.4 mmHg) from the baseline. The MSNA and BP responses during arm O&S correlated with those during leg O&S. Occlusion alone had no effect on MSNA and BP. MSNA (r = 0.607) responses during arm O&S correlated with those evoked by the saline infusion into the arm. These correlations suggest that sympathetic activation during limb O&S is likely, at least partially, to be evoked via the venous distension reflex. These data suggest that suction of an occluded limb evokes sympathetic activation and that the limb venous distension reflex exists in arms and legs of normal humans. PMID:26136530

  15. Recent developments in medfly mass rearing

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    Continuous light in the adult stage increased by 15-20% the number of eggs produced by artificially reared Mediterranean fruit flies as compared with a 14:10 h light:dark regime. This increase was not apparent when the flies were kept in high density mass rearing cages because of a steep increase in insect mortality owing to the continuous light. An oviposition net, with hole size similar in diameter to the female's ovipositor, almost doubled the number of eggs produced per female as compared with oviposition nets with large holes. The increased degree of egg 'sticking' observed on the net with small holes was reduced significantly when the net was treated with a lubricant release agent. In a 'starter-finisher' standard IAEA Seibersdorf Laboratory larval diet, sugar could be replaced in the finisher diet with molasses. In an all-molasses diet, the quantity of molasses could be reduced by 50% in the finisher diet without any substantial effect on insect production or quality. The spent finisher larval diet, heat treated to kill the remaining larvae or pupae, could be used for successful second larval production, provided it was mixed again with water and small amounts of sugar and combined with a fresh starter diet. Collection of all larvae within the first 'popping' day by a 'tumbling' machine, and subsequent pupation in wheat bran, resulted in the smallest pupae, but longest living adults, as compared with four day popping and pupation in wheat bran, sand, talc and 'naked' pupation. The latter resulted in a significant decrease in adult survival. Pupal handling procedures for sterile insect technique release reduced both adult emergence and flight ability. The percentage of emergence was substantially reduced by mechanical sorting, irradiation, storage at low temperature and packing in airtight plastic bags, while flight ability was affected substantially by fluorescent powder treatment for adult marking and, to a lesser extent, by irradiation and low temperature

  16. Specific corrosion product on interior surface of a bronze wine vessel with loop-handle and its growth mechanism, Shang Dynasty, China

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    In this paper, a kind of specific stalactitic product was found on the interior surface of a covered bronze wine vessel with loop-handle (Chinese name is you), which was fabricated in Shang Dynasty (1700 B.C.–1100 B.C.) and now is collected in Xiaogan Museum, Hubei province of China. The microstructures of the product were characterized systematically by using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, and Raman microscopy. The experimental results revealed that the product belonged to a kind of malachite with high purity and high crystallinity. The growth of the product was considered to be a possible reason that the vessel was overly airtight within a museum display cabinet besides a lid of the vessel, which made the excess of H2O and CO2 gas concentrations inside the vessel during long-term storage. This corrosion product is very harmful to bronze cultural relics, because of a large amount of copper consumption from the matrix which will reduce its life. The growth mechanism of the specific stalactitic product and the suggestions for preservation of the similar bronze relics in museum were proposed. - Highlights: ► The stalactitic product was the high purity and good crystallinity malachite. ► Its growth was related to the excess of H2O and CO2 gas concentrations in museum. ► It is harmful to the bronzes, because copper will be consumed from the matrix. ► The suggestions for preservation of the similar bronzes in museum were proposed.

  17. Soil Organic Carbon Loss: An Overlooked Factor in the Carbon Sequestration Potential of Enhanced Mineral Weathering

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    Dietzen, Christiana; Harrison, Robert

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    Weathering of silicate minerals regulates the global carbon cycle on geologic timescales. Several authors have proposed that applying finely ground silicate minerals to soils, where organic acids would enhance the rate of weathering, could increase carbon uptake and mitigate anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Silicate minerals such as olivine could replace lime, which is commonly used to remediate soil acidification, thereby sequestering CO2 while achieving the same increase in soil pH. However, the effect of adding this material on soil organic matter, the largest terrestrial pool of carbon, has yet to be considered. Microbial biomass and respiration have been observed to increase with decreasing acidity, but it is unclear how long the effect lasts. If the addition of silicate minerals promotes the loss of soil organic carbon through decomposition, it could significantly reduce the efficiency of this process or even create a net carbon source. However, it is possible that this initial flush of microbial activity may be compensated for by additional organic matter inputs to soil pools due to increases in plant productivity under less acidic conditions. This study aimed to examine the effects of olivine amendments on soil CO2 flux. A liming treatment representative of typical agricultural practices was also included for comparison. Samples from two highly acidic soils were split into groups amended with olivine or lime and a control group. These samples were incubated at 22°C and constant soil moisture in jars with airtight septa lids. Gas samples were extracted periodically over the course of 2 months and change in headspace CO2 concentration was determined. The effects of enhanced mineral weathering on soil organic matter have yet to be addressed by those promoting this method of carbon sequestration. This project provides the first data on the potential effects of enhanced mineral weathering in the soil environment on soil organic carbon pools.

  18. Development study on subcriticality monitor. 1. Report under business contract with Japan Nuclear Fuel Cycle Development Institute

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    In this trust fund, we reviewed subcriticality measuring methods and neutron or gamma ray measuring and date transmission systems appropriate for realizing inexpensive on-line criticality surveillance systems, which is required for ensuring the safety of nuclear fuel reprocessing plants. Since the neutron flux level in subcritical systems is fairly low without external neutron sources, it is desirable to use pulse type neutron detectors for subcritical measurement systems. This logically implies that subcriticality measurement methods based on the temporal domain should be used for developing an on-line criticality surveillance system. In the deep subcriticality conditions, a strong external neutron source is needed for eactivity measurement and a D-T tube can be used in order to improve the accuracy of the measurement. A D-T tube is convenient since it is free from Tritium problem since Tritium is sealed in an airtight container and also can be controlled by power supply. Hence, under deep subcritical conditions, Feynman-α or Rossi-α method should be used. On the contrary, under sallow subcriticality conditions where high neutron counting is expected, we can use current type neutron detectors and a recursive ARMA model identification approach or a digital reactivity meter method for subcriticality measurement. For neutron or gamma ray detection and data transmission systems to develop a reliable critical surveillance system, we propose to use plastic scintillation glass fiber cable. Since this cable can transmit the right signal more than twenty meters, this cable can be applied in such a way of surrounding the outside of the fuel resolving tank. (author)

  19. Integrated Management Program for Radioactive Sealed Sources in Egypt IMPRSS

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    Sealed sources are usually in capsules made of stainless steel. They are the size of a pen or a finger and contain one of hundreds of radioactive elements (e.g., Iridium, Radium) or their isotopes. They are air-tight and very durable, contain the radioactive material but not radiation. They are used in the health sector, industry, military, and universities. Incidents occurred in Met Halfa, Egypt, 2000 (Iridium-192); Goiania, Brazil, 1987 (Cesium-137); Mexico and Southwest U.S., 1977 -1984 (Cobalt-60); Peru, 1999 (Iridium-1992); Poland 2001 (Cobalt-60). The IMPRSS Mission is based on a joined partnership between the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority, the Egyptian Ministry of Health, the Sandia National Laboratories, the International Atomic Energy Agency and others. The IMPRSS Mission protects human health and the environment in Egypt from mismanaged sealed sources, is developed jointly with MOH and EAEA, provides capabilities for managing radioactive sealed sources in Egypt, increases public awareness, provides education and training, improves emergency response capabilities, develops a permanent disposal facility, ensures the program is self-sustaining and ensures close coordination with the IAEA. Infrastructure how to manage sealed sources is discussed. It includes awareness, tracking and inventory control, security, recovery, conditioning and storage, recycling and disposal. Emergency response, regulatory reform, education and training and its targets are provided. The government of Egypt can protect the people of Egypt and is ready for emergencies. Prevention is the first line of defence and detection is the second line of defence. Adequate Emergency Response saves lives and adequate control reduces risk of mismanaged uses or deliberate misuses of sources. A Cradle-to-Grave approach is built on existing capabilities at EAEA and MOH

  20. Technoeconomic analysis of a biomass based district heating system

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    This paper discussed a proposed biomass-based district heating system to be built for the Pictou Landing First Nation Community in Nova Scotia. The community centre consists of 6 buildings and a connecting arcade. The methodology used to size and design heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as biomass district energy systems (DES) were discussed. Annual energy requirements and biomass fuel consumption predictions were presented, along with cost estimates. A comparative assessment of the system with that of a conventional oil fired system was also conducted. It was suggested that the design and analysis methodology could be used for any similar application. The buildings were modelled and simulated using the Hourly Analysis Program (HAP), a detailed 2-in-1 software program which can be used both for HVAC system sizing and building energy consumption estimation. A techno-economics analysis was conducted to justify the viability of the biomass combustion system. Heating load calculations were performed assuming that the thermostat was set constantly at 22 degrees C. Community centre space heating loads due to individual envelope components for 3 different scenarios were summarized, as the design architecture for the buildings was not yet finalized. It was suggested that efforts should be made to ensure air-tightness and insulation levels of the interior arcade glass wall. A hydronic distribution system with baseboard space heating units was selected, comprising of a woodchip boiler, hot water distribution system, convective heating units and control systems. The community has its own logging operation which will provide the wood fuel required by the proposed system. An outline of the annual allowable harvest covered by the Pictou Landing Forestry Management Plan was presented, with details of proposed wood-chippers for the creation of biomass. It was concluded that the woodchip combustion system is economically preferable to the

  1. Determination of organic products resulting of chemical and radiochemical decompositions of bitumen. Applications to embedded bitumens

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    Bitumen can be used for embedding most of wastes because of its high impermeability and its relatively low reactivity with of chemicals. Bituminization is one of selected solutions in agreement with nuclear safety, waste compatibility and economic criteria. Bitumen, during storage, undergoes an auto-irradiation due to embedded radio-elements. During this stage,drums are not airtight then oxygen is present. In disposal configuration, water, which is a potential vector of radioactivity and organic matter, is an other hazard factor liable to deteriorate the containment characteristics of bitumen wastes. The generation of water-soluble organic complexing agents can affect the integrity of the wasteform due to an increase of the radionuclides solubility. The first aim of this work is the quantitative and qualitative characterisation of soluble organic matter in bitumen leachates. Different leaching solutions were tested (various pH, ionic strength, ratio S/V). When the pH of the leaching solutions increases, the total organic carbon released increases as well. Identified molecules are aromatics like naphthalene, oxidised compounds like alcohols, linear carbonyls, aromatics, glycols and nitrogen compounds. For the cement equilibrated solution (pH 13.5), the effect of ionic strength becomes significative and influences the release of soluble organic matter. This soluble organic matter can be bio-degraded if microorganisms can growth. The second aim of this work is to study the effect of radio-oxidative ageing on the bitumen confinement properties. During radio-oxidation, the chemical properties of bitumen are modified. The μ-IRTF analysis shows the formation of hydroxyl compounds and aromatic acids. The formation of these polar groups does not influence in our study the water uptake. However the organic matter release increases significantly with the irradiation dose. (author)

  2. Discussion on Liquid Level Measure Technique and Vapor Emission of Gasoline Station in China%我国油站量油技术与油气排放浅析

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    史小春; 钱华; 戴海夏; 李英杰; 黄海英; 景盛翱; 李智玮; 程养学

    2011-01-01

    The relation of oil and gas emission control with oil tank truck as well as underground oil tanker was discussed to overview refueling methods of China oil gas stations in present, which methods had artificial measurement and airtight automatic liquid level meter measurement. The principle, characteristics and development trend were summarized for capacitive level meter, ultrasonic liquid level meter and magnetostrictive meter. The discussion focused on magnetostrictive technology and management requirements of gasoline transfer process control for oil and gas storage tank. Technology development trend in the future refueling way of oil gas station was prospected.%论述了加油站油气排放控制与运油罐车、地下储罐量油方式的关系,概述了我国加油站量油方式的现状,以及人工测量和液位仪密闭自动测量两种量油方式.综述了电容式液位仪、超声波液位仪和磁致伸缩式液位仪的量油原理、特点及发展趋势,重点介绍了磁致伸缩技术,并结合汽油流转过程中油气密闭性控制的重要性及储油罐的管理要求,展望了未来加油站最油方式的技术发展趋势.

  3. Energy saving by improving the insulation of mat foundation slab. Energiansaeaestoemahdollisuudet maanvaraisen alapohjarakenteen laemmoeneristettae parantamalla

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    Bergman, J.; Viljanen, M. (Helsinki Univ. of Technology, Otaniemi (Finland). Lab. of Structural Engineering and Building Physics); Friberg, P.; Slunga, E. (Helsinki Univ. of Technology, Otaniemi (Finland). Lab. of Soil Mechanics); Lehtinen, T. (Helsinki Univ. of Technology, Otaniemi (Finland). Lab. of Structural Engineering)

    1992-01-01

    In the research the energy saving possibilities of mat foundation slabs were studied in the structural engineering point of view. The energy saving levels were 25 %, 50 % and 75 % compared to the structures in use nowadays. The energy consumptions of the mat foundation slabs, whose thermal insulation were improved, were calculated by numerical two dimensional program. The ability of use a trace gas method to detect uncontrolled air flows was studied by laboratory tests. The effect of the underground air flows on the thermal behavior of mat slabs studied by field measurements and laboratory tests. The frost insulations of mat slabs will be designed individually. In the structural designing the frost insulations calculated in the research can be used for help as far as they are applicable to the case. Instead of the individual designing frost insulations can be determined by using the regulations of unheated houses or the foundation level can be lowered. The laboratory and field tests show, that the airtightness of foundation structures in use, especially the plinth, should be taken more carefully into account to get as good as possible correlations between the calculated and the real energy consumption. The trace gas method can be used to detect uncontrolled air flows in the slab insulation. The use of the saxon pipe system as a radon technical solution in energy saving mat slabs structures should be researched before taken in use. The moisture technical designing of energy saving mat slabs should be done by numerical calculations. Wood base materials can't be used without special examination below the upper surface of the slab thermal insulation

  4. Corrosion behaviour of Ti3SiC2 with LiF-NaF-KF molten salt

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    Background: Recently, the molten salt reactor (MSR), a generation IV fission reactor candidate, has drawn much attention because of its intrinsic safety. However, the harsh service environment of the MSR, especially the corrosion environment, raises many challenges in terms of applying structural materials, such as intergranular cracking and embrittlement. MAX phases materials are promising structural materials that can be used in MSRs. However, the corrosion behaviour of these materials in molten LiF-NaF-KF (FLiNaK) is yet to be evaluated. Purpose: The present work is a preliminary investigation of the corrosion behaviour of MAX phase materials in molten fluoride salts and aims to understand the corrosion mechanism of MAX phases to enable their application in next generation MSR. Methods: We choose two common MAX phases: Ti3SiC2 and Ti3AlC2 as experiment subject. The corrosion tests were performed at 850℃ for 144 h in airtight graphite crucibles under an argon cover gas. Results and Conclusion: The corrosion of these two MAX phases in molten FLiNaK salt mainly showed as the corrosion of element A and then left us mostly cubic TiCx. The difference was that Ti3AlC2 lost Al entirely, however, the loss of Si in Ti3SiC2 occurred only 150 μm depth below the surface. The weight loss data showed that Ti3SiC2 had a much better corrosion resistance than Ti3AlC2. (authors)

  5. Direct Penetrating Radiation Monitoring Systems: Technical Evaluation for Use at Area G, Los Alamos National Laboratory

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    Recent advances and commercialization of electret-ion-chamber (EIC) technology for photon measurements prompted us to consider EKs as a replacement for our TLD system. After laboratory tests indicated that both systems gave adequate results for controlled exposures, throughout 1998 we conducted field tests with paired TLDs and EICS, in LANL technical areas and in public areas. We had approximately 30 paired sampling sites at Area G. At each sampling site, we deployed three TLDs and three EICS. The EICS were contained in air-tight jars, each of which was placed in a Tyvek envelope and hung about 1 m above the ground. The dosimeters were read (and, if necessary, replaced) every three months. At the sites outside Area G, the TLD readings for the first two quarters were statistically significantly higher than those of the EICS: group average exposures were 38 and 36, compared with 33 mR (both quarters) for the EICS; during quarter 3, the EIC average (40 mR) was higher than the TLD average (34 mR); and during quarter 4, the two systems were statistically the same: EIC = 42, TLD = 41 with a p-value of 0.61. We are still evaluating these differences and performing additional laboratory studies to determine causes. At the Area G sites,we noticed that several of the TLDs gave much higher readings than their co-located EICS; we believe that the TLDs were over-responding by ∼50% to the low-energy (60-keV) gamma radiation associated with 241Am, whereas the EICS were responding accurately. We conclude that EICS are more accurate at a wide range of gamma energies and are preferable to TLDs in environments where a significant fraction of the photons are low energy

  6. The effects of amiloride and age on oxygen consumption coupled to electrogenic sodium transport in the human sigmoid colon

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    Graciela E Carra

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    Full Text Available Background/Aim: Aerobic metabolism is necessary for ion transport in many transporting epithelia, including the human colonic epithelium. We assessed the effects of the epithelial sodium channel blocker, amiloride, on oxygen consumption and short-circuit current of the human sigmoid epithelium to determine whether these effects were influenced by the age of the subject. Materials and Methods: Segments of the sigmoid colon were obtained from the safety margin of resections performed in patients of 62–77 years of age. Isolated mucosa preparations were obtained and mounted in airtight Ussing chambers, fit for simultaneous measurement of short-circuit current and oxygen concentration, before and after blocking epithelial sodium channels with amiloride (0.1 mmol/L. Regression analyses were performed to assess the associations between short-circuit current, oxygen consumption, and age of the subject as well as to define the relationship between the decreases in short-circuit current and oxygen consumption after blockade. Results: Epithelial sodium channel blockade caused an 80% reduction in short-circuit current and a 26% reduction in oxygen consumption. Regression analysis indicated that both changes were significantly related (r = 0.884;P = 0.0007. Oxygen consumption decreased by 1 m mol/h/cm2 for each 25 m A/cm2 decrease in short-circuit current. Neither short-circuit current nor oxygen consumption had any significant relationship with the age of the subjects. Conclusion: The decrease in epithelial oxygen consumption caused by amiloride is proportional to the decrease in short-circuit current and independent of the age of the subject.

  7. The Effects of Amiloride and Age on Oxygen Consumption Coupled to Electrogenic Sodium Transport in the Human Sigmoid Colon

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    Carra, Graciela E.; Matus, Daniel; Ibáñez, Jorge E.; Saraví, Fernando D.

    2015-01-01

    Background/Aim: Aerobic metabolism is necessary for ion transport in many transporting epithelia, including the human colonic epithelium. We assessed the effects of the epithelial sodium channel blocker, amiloride, on oxygen consumption and short-circuit current of the human sigmoid epithelium to determine whether these effects were influenced by the age of the subject. Materials and Methods: Segments of the sigmoid colon were obtained from the safety margin of resections performed in patients of 62–77 years of age. Isolated mucosa preparations were obtained and mounted in airtight Ussing chambers, fit for simultaneous measurement of short-circuit current and oxygen concentration, before and after blocking epithelial sodium channels with amiloride (0.1 mmol/L). Regression analyses were performed to assess the associations between short-circuit current, oxygen consumption, and age of the subject as well as to define the relationship between the decreases in short-circuit current and oxygen consumption after blockade. Results: Epithelial sodium channel blockade caused an 80% reduction in short-circuit current and a 26% reduction in oxygen consumption. Regression analysis indicated that both changes were significantly related (r = 0.884; P = 0.0007). Oxygen consumption decreased by 1 μmol/h/cm2 for each 25 μA/cm2 decrease in short-circuit current. Neither short-circuit current nor oxygen consumption had any significant relationship with the age of the subjects. Conclusion: The decrease in epithelial oxygen consumption caused by amiloride is proportional to the decrease in short-circuit current and independent of the age of the subject. PMID:26458855

  8. CSR-coated PMMA panel and packing materials for glove box

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    The panel and packing materials for glove box have been studied. The surface of the PMMA panel and the packing fitted to a glove box damages by the chemicals during long use. Both the PMMA panel and the packing are attacked chemically by chemical reagents such as strong acids, and swollen or resolved by some organic solvents used in a glove box, lowering the transparency of the panel and airtightness of the packing. The PMMA panel also suffers damages on the surface by scratching and striking with equipments or tools in the glove box. It is hard to renew the damaged panel and packing of glove box because of contamination by the poisonous species such as plutonium. Therefore, the selection of the materials of the panel and packing is very important. In this study, the recommendable materials for the panel and packing which have high resistance to chemicals have been searched by experimental test. The CSR (Coating for Scratching Resistance) coated PMMA plate, whose surface is strengthened by organopolysiloxane coating has been examined as the panel material of a glove box and compared with the present uncoated PMMA plate. Eight types of synthetic rubber, urethane rubber, acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR), epichlorohydrin rubber, fluoro rubber, chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSM), halogenyzed isobutylene-isoprene rubber, silicone rubber and polysulfide rubber have been examined and compared with the presently used chloroprene rubber (CR). The CSR coated PMMA plate showed high resistance to chemical reagents and solvents, especially to strong inorganic acids. No chemical hazing or crazing appeared on the surface by the short contact with those chemicals. Also the hardness of the plate surface was strengthened up to the level of glass by the CSR coating. Gechron 2000, a kind of epichlorohydrin rubber, showed the most high resistance to chemical degradation and swelling of the tested samples. (author)

  9. Estudos sôbre a conservaç��o de sementes: XII - Melancia The influence of humidity and temperature on viability of watermelon seeds in storage

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    Eduardo Zink

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    Full Text Available Sementes de melancia (Citrullus vulgaris Schrad. dos cultivares «Charleston Gray» e «Yamato Satô» foram conservadas em ambientes que diferiam entre si na umidade e na temperatura. Os resultados dos testes de germinação mostraram que as sementes perderam o poder germinativo com rapidez, quando conservadas em ambientes de alta umidade e temperatura elevada, cêrca de 30°C. Queda menos pronunciada foi observada quando se baixou a temperatura para 20ºC. Reduzindo-se apenas a umidade do ar, as sementes conservaram muito bem o poder germinativo até o final do ensaio. Quando, porém, tais sementes foram mantidas em baixas condições de umidade e temperatura, a capacidade germinativa conservou-se inalterada, ao longo dos dezoito meses de observações.The viability of watermelon seeds kept under different storage conditions, was studied during a period of 18 months. The experimental results presented in this paper drew the following conclusions: 1 Complete viability at the end of 18 months was obtained for seeds stored at 20°C and at relative humidity of 45%. 2 At this same temperature, the longevity of the seeds decreased with the increasing of relative humidity. 3 Seeds kept at 30°C, even in low relative humidity condition, lost their viability in a short time. 4 The seeds of watermelon stored in airtight containers at room temperature, kept their viability well for 12 months, after which time it decreased considerably.

  10. [Preliminary processing, processing and usage of Dendrobii Caulis in history].

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    Yang, Wen-yu; Tang, Sheng; Shi, Dong-jun; Chen, Xiang-gui; Li, Ming-yuan; Tang, Xian-fu; Yuan, Chang-jiang

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    On account of the dense cuticles of the fresh stem and the light, hard and pliable texture of the dried stem, Dendrobii Caulis is difficult to dry or pulverize. So, it is very important to the ancient doctors that Dendrobii Caulis should be properly treated and applied to keep or evoke its medicinal effects. The current textual research results about the preliminary processing, processing and usage methods of Dendrobii Caulis showed that: (1) In history the clinical use of fresh or processed Dendrobii Caulis as teas and tinctures were very common. (2) Its roots and rhizomes would be removed before using. (3) Some ancillary approaches were applied to shorten drying times, such as rinsing with boiling mulberry-ash soup, washing or soaking with liquor, mixing with rice pulp and then basking, etc. (4) According to the ancients knowledge, the sufficient pulverization, by means of slicing, rasping, hitting or pestling techniques, was necessary for Dendrobii Caulis to take its effects. (5) The heat processing methods for Dendrobii Caulis included stir-baking, stir-frying, steaming, decocting and stewing techniques, usually with liquor as an auxiliary material. Among above mentioned, steaming by pretreating with liquor was most commonly used, and this scheme was colorfully drawn in Bu Yi Lei Gong Pao Zhi Bian Lan (Ming Dynasty, 1591 CE) ; moreover, decocting in advance or long-time simmering so as to prepare paste products were recommended in the Qing Dynasty. (6) Some different processing programs involving stir-baking with grit, air-tightly baking with ondol (Kangs), fumigating with sulfur, which appeared in modern times and brought attractive outward appearance of the drug, went against ancients original intentions of ensuring drug efficacy. PMID:26666046

  11. Pilot scale facility to determine gaseous emissions from livestock slurry during storage.

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    Petersen, Søren O; Skov, Morten; Drøscher, Per; Adamsen, Anders P S

    2009-01-01

    Livestock production is a growing source of air pollution, locally and to the wider environment. Improved livestock manure management has the potential to reduce environmental impacts, but there is a need for methodologies to precisely quantify emissions. This paper describes and evaluates a novel storage facility for livestock slurry consisting of eight 6.5-m(3) cylindrical units. The stores may be equipped with airtight covers and ventilated during storage or during measurement only. Each store has eight air inlets (160 mm diameter) and a single outlet in the cover connected to a main ventilation duct. The stores can also be used as static enclosures. Ventilation can be regulated within the range of 50 to 250 m(3) h(-1). A gas sampling line enables sampling of odorants using automatic thermal desorption tubes, ammonia using acid traps, and greenhouse gases using gas sampling bags (pooled samples) or a syringe (time point samples). Complete recovery of CH(4) independent of ventilation rate was demonstrated. Vertical profiles of CO(2) and CH(4) above the slurry surface with and without ventilation and mixing of the headspace indicated methane oxidation activity in the surface crust. p-Cresol and 4-ethyl phenol emission from pig slurry was identified by GC-MS analysis of odor collected on adsorption tubes. Ammonia emissions between 0 and 166 mg N m(-2) h(-1) were observed during storage of pig slurry with and without surface crust and cover. A comparison of pooled and averaged time point measurements of CO(2), CH(4), and N(2)O indicated that pooled samples account for the diurnal variations under realistic storage conditions. PMID:19549932

  12. 微波消解石墨炉原子吸收光谱法测定茶叶中镍%Determination of Nickel in Tea by Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry with Microwave Digestion

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    郑国庚; 李美

    2011-01-01

    [目的]利用微波消解石墨炉原子吸收法测定茶叶中镍含量.[方法]分别从消解液和样品消解量方面进行消解条件的优化,以建立最适合的消解方法.[结果]茶叶样品以5 ml HNO3-2 ml H2O2 混合体系为消解液,坡度升温方式微波高压密闭消解结合石墨炉原子吸收光谱法测定,样品检出限为0.15 μg/g,回收率为97.8%,RSD为1.9%.[结论]该方法简单快速,效率高,劳动强度低,是进行茶叶中镍元素测定的高效方法.%[ Objective ] The study aimed to determine the nickel in tea by using the graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS) with microwave digestion. [ Method ] The digestion conditions were optimized separately from the digestion fluid and sample digestion quantity to establish the most appropriate digestion method. [ Result] When 5 ml HNO3 -2 ml H2O2 mixed system was taken as the digestion liquid for digesting the tea samples and the GFAAS combined with the microwave high-pressure airtight digestion under slope heating was used to determine the nickel in the tea samples, the sample detecting limit was 0. 15 μg/g, the recovery was 97.8% and the precise RSD was 1.9%.[ Conclusion ] This method was simple and rapid and had high efficiency and low labor strength, which was a efficient method for detemining nickel element in the tea.

  13. Effect of Natural Ventilation on Thermal Environment in the Open Space of Enclosed Buildings%自然通风对庭院建筑开敞空间热环境影响的实测研究

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    张宁波; 亢燕铭; 钟珂

    2012-01-01

    The thermal environment in the open space of an enclosed building is monitored in winter and summer, respectively. Considering the influences of solar radiation and meteorological condition, air temperature distribution in the courtyard with natural ventilation is analyzed and discussed. The results show that natural ventilation has significant effects on thermal environment in the open space, and it varies with the changes of solar radiation and season. Whether the windows opened or not, solar radiation has an obvious impact on thermal pressure in the courtyard, the higher air-tightness and more solar radiation, the higher the excess air temperature of the courtyard in winter. However, there are no such features in summer.%对典型庭院建筑开敞空间冬、夏季热环境分别进行了连续实测,分析了不同自然通风条件下,太阳辐射和气象条件对庭院内温度分布规律的影响.结果表明,自然通风对庭院热环境有重要影响,且该影响在不同太阳辐射和季节条件下效果不同.无论开窗或关窗,太阳辐射对庭院热压分布都有显著影响,庭院密闭性越好、太阳辐射越强,庭院内冬季空气过余温度就越高,但夏季无此特征.

  14. 氨气胁迫下6种观赏植物的生理抗性比较研究%Physiological Resistance Study of Six Kinds of Ornamental Plants Under Ammonia Stress

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    崔洪珊; 贾伟

    2016-01-01

    选取绿萝、金边虎皮兰、常春藤、豹纹竹芋、金边吊兰、芦荟6种家庭常用观赏植物,采用密闭熏气方式对其进行不同浓度下氨气胁迫试验,测定了6种植物的叶绿素含量、丙二醛含量及相对电导率。试验结果表明:在所测试的3种氨气浓度胁迫下,6种植物抗氨气污染能力由强到弱依次为绿萝、常春藤、豹纹竹芋、金边虎皮兰、金边吊兰、芦荟。%The research selected 6 species of plants such as Epipremnumaureum , Sansevieria trifasciata ,Hedera nepalensis var. sinensis ,Maranta leuconeura ,Chlorophytum comosum and Aloe vera var. Chinensis , and used airtight fumigation method to undergo ammonia stress with different concentrations. The leaf green content ,malondialdehyde content and the relative electrical conductivity were tested for the above plants. The results showed that under 1,2,4 mg/m3 ammonia concentration stress , the Epipremnum aureum and Hedera nepalensis var. Sinensis had strongest ammonia pollution resistance , medium for Maranta leuconeura and Sansevieria trifasciataLanrentii , the weakest for Chlorophytum comosum and Aloe vera var. Chinensis .

  15. Cleavage dynamic propagation analysis in a nuclear reactor pressure vessel steel using a high-speed camera

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    Initiation stage of cracks is considered as a key issue, but more and more component integrity analyses investigate the crack propagation and arrest possibility. This study deals with physical mechanisms of cleavage crack propagation and numerical computations related to brittle fracture. Dynamic effects, involved in unstable cleavage crack propagation, have to be taken into account to properly depict brittle crack propagation, arrest and possible propagation re-initiation events. Experiments were carried out on thin CT specimens made of 16MND5 PWR vessel steel at five temperatures (-150 degrees C, -125 degrees C, -100 degrees C, -75 degrees C, -50 degrees C). In addition to standard crack gages, an innovative experimental technique has been used to determine crack propagation. By the means of developments on the experimental protocol (improvements of isolation and airtightness of the thermal chamber, optimization of the experimental protocol to eliminate ice in the thermal chamber and in order to have a good acquisition quality), use of a high speed framing camera was made possible to measure crack propagation on a CT mirror polished surface. This optical device, combined with this optimized experimental process, has allowed the study of straight and branching crack paths with high accuracy. The framing camera (520 000 fps up to 1 100 000 fps) has allowed to have a very accurate estimation of crack speed even up to 1000 m.s-1 and also to detect some phases of crack branching during propagation and phases of arrest-re-initiation. Numerical computations, based on X-FEM and combining a local non linear dynamic approach with a RKR type fracture stress criterion, have been performed to depict experimental crack behavior. This paper describes this innovative experimentation and the interpretation by FE calculations and SEM observations associated with quantitative 3D optical microscopy. (authors)

  16. Performance Results for Massachusetts and Rhode Island Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Community

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    Gates, C.; Neuhauser, K.

    2014-03-01

    Between December, 2009 and December, 2012 42 deep energy retrofit (DER) projects were completed through a DER pilot program sponsored by National Grid and conducted in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 37 of these projects were comprehensive retrofits while 5 were partial DERs, meaning that high performance retrofit was implemented for a single major enclosure component or a limited number of major enclosure components. The 42 DER projects represent 60 units of housing. The comprehensive projects all implemented a consistent 'package' of measures in terms of the performance targeted for major building components. Projects exhibited some variations in the approach to implementing the retrofit package. Pre- and post-retrofit air leakage measurements were performed for each of the projects. Each project also reported information about project costs including identification of energy-related costs. Post-retrofit energy-use data was obtained for 29 of the DER projects. Post-retrofit energy use was analyzed based on the net energy used by the DER project regardless of whether the energy was generated on site or delivered to the site. Homeowner surveys were returned by 12 of the pilot participants. Based on the community experience, this DER package is expected to result in yearly source energy use near 110 MMBtu/year or approximately 40% below the Northeast regional average. Larger to medium sized homes that successful implement these retrofits can be expected to achieve source EUI that is comparable to Passive House targets for new construction. The community of DER projects show post-retrofit airtightness below 1.5 ACH50 to be eminently achievable.

  17. Development of a self-healing soft pneumatic actuator: a first concept.

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    Terryn, Seppe; Mathijssen, Glenn; Brancart, Joost; Lefeber, Dirk; Assche, Guy Van; Vanderborght, Bram

    2015-08-01

    Inspired by the intrinsic softness and the corresponding embodied intelligence principles, soft pneumatic actuators (SPA) have been developed, which ensure safe interaction in unstructured, unknown environments. Due to their intrinsic softness, these actuators have the ability to resist large mechanical impacts. However, the soft materials used in these structures are in general susceptible to damage caused by sharp objects found in the unstructured environments. This paper proposes to integrate a self-healing (SH-) mechanism in SPAs, such that cuts, tears and perforations in the actuator can be self-healed. Diels-Alder (DA-) polymers, covalent polymer network systems based on the thermoreversible DA-reaction, were selected and their mechanical, as well as SH-properties, are described. To evaluate the feasibility of developing an SPA constructed out of SH-material, a single cell prototype, a SH-soft pneumatic cell (SH-SPC), was constructed entirely out of DA-polymers. Exploiting the SH-property of the DA-polymers, a completely new shaping process is presented in this paper, referred to as 'shaping through folding and self-healing'. 3D polygon structures, like the cubic SH-SPC, can be constructed by folding SH-polymer sheet. The sides of the structures can be sealed and made airtight using a SH-procedure at relatively low temperatures (healed using a SH-procedure (<70 °C). Starting from this single-cell prototype, it is straight-forward to develop a multi-cell prototype, the first SPA ever built completely out of SH-polymers. PMID:26151944

  18. Commercial preservation of dried anchovy and red pepper by irradiation

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    Boiled-dried anchovies can be maintained in a sanitary condition for more than one year at refrigerated temperature, instead of freezing by using laminated-film packaging and gamma-irradiation below 5 kGy. Application of this treatment would contribute to the stabilization of demand and supply for boiled-dried anchovies. In the case of red-pepper a combination of polycloth sack and air-tight packaging film inhibited weight loss, insect infestation, discoloration, and chemical changes. With regard to powdering a microbial-decontamination of dried-red pepper prior to marketing, pre-packaged pepper powder exhibited high quality i.e. physicochemcial and organoleptic characteristics after one year of storage at ambient conditions and significantly improved hygienic quality due to irradiation. In regard to perception and attitude towards food irradiation technology, males, well-educated, and older respondents showed a higher understanding and more positive attitude toward this technology. In future purchasing of processed foods, many respondents preferred irradiated food (34.8%) rather than chemically treated food (12.9%). However 51% of consumer sample showed a suspicious attitude toward the wholesomeness of irradiated foods. The survey indicated that the majority of respondents (70.9%) had insufficient information and an incorrect understanding of food irradiation. The survey results explain the delay in commercial utilization of this technology. Therefore, a nationwide education programme on the benefits and safety of food irradiation technology is required to increase public understanding and acceptance of irradiated food. (author). 16 refs, 11 figs, 24 tabs

  19. Effect of upper airway negative pressure on inspiratory drive during sleep.

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    Eastwood, P R; Curran, A K; Smith, C A; Dempsey, J A

    1998-03-01

    To determine the effect of upper airway (UA) negative pressure and collapse during inspiration on regulation of breathing, we studied four unanesthetized female dogs during wakefulness and sleep while they breathed via a fenestrated tracheostomy tube, which was sealed around the permanent tracheal stoma. The snout was sealed with an airtight mask, thereby isolating the UA when the fenestration (Fen) was closed and exposing the UA to intrathoracic pressure changes, but not to flow changes, when Fen was open. During tracheal occlusion with Fen closed, inspiratory time (TI) increased during wakefulness, non-rapid-eye-movement (NREM) sleep and rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep (155 +/- 8, 164 +/- 11, and 161 +/- 32%, respectively), reflecting the removal of inhibitory lung inflation reflexes. During tracheal occlusion with Fen open (vs. Fen closed): 1) the UA remained patent; 2) TI further increased during wakefulness and NREM (215 +/- 52 and 197 +/- 28%, respectively) but nonsignificantly during REM sleep (196 +/- 42%); 3) mean rate of rise of diaphragm EMG (EMGdi/TI) and rate of fall of tracheal pressure (Ptr/TI) were decreased, reflecting an additional inhibitory input from UA receptors; and 4) both EMGdi/TI and Ptr/TI were decreased proportionately more as inspiration proceeded, suggesting greater reflex inhibition later in the effort. Similar inhibitory effects of exposing the UA to negative pressure (via an open tracheal Fen) were seen when an inspiratory resistive load was applied over several breaths during wakefulness and sleep. These inhibitory effects persisted even in the face of rising chemical stimuli. This inhibition of inspiratory motor output is alinear within an inspiration and reflects the activation of UA pressure-sensitive receptors by UA distortion, with greater distortion possibly occurring later in the effort. PMID:9480970

  20. Specific corrosion product on interior surface of a bronze wine vessel with loop-handle and its growth mechanism, Shang Dynasty, China

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    Li Yang; Bao Zhirong; Wu Taotao [School of Physics and Technology, Center for Electron Microscopy and MOE Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Jiang, Junchun [Xiaogan Museum, Xiaogan 432000 (China); Chen Guantao [Center for Archaeometry, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Pan Chunxu, E-mail: cxpan@whu.edu.cn [School of Physics and Technology, Center for Electron Microscopy and MOE Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Center for Archaeometry, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China)

    2012-06-15

    In this paper, a kind of specific stalactitic product was found on the interior surface of a covered bronze wine vessel with loop-handle (Chinese name is you), which was fabricated in Shang Dynasty (1700 B.C.-1100 B.C.) and now is collected in Xiaogan Museum, Hubei province of China. The microstructures of the product were characterized systematically by using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, and Raman microscopy. The experimental results revealed that the product belonged to a kind of malachite with high purity and high crystallinity. The growth of the product was considered to be a possible reason that the vessel was overly airtight within a museum display cabinet besides a lid of the vessel, which made the excess of H{sub 2}O and CO{sub 2} gas concentrations inside the vessel during long-term storage. This corrosion product is very harmful to bronze cultural relics, because of a large amount of copper consumption from the matrix which will reduce its life. The growth mechanism of the specific stalactitic product and the suggestions for preservation of the similar bronze relics in museum were proposed. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The stalactitic product was the high purity and good crystallinity malachite. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Its growth was related to the excess of H{sub 2}O and CO{sub 2} gas concentrations in museum. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It is harmful to the bronzes, because copper will be consumed from the matrix. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The suggestions for preservation of the similar bronzes in museum were proposed.

  1. Cooling-energy Reduction of Air-conditioned Ofifces by Using Night Natural Ventilation%夜间自然通风降低办公室空调制冷能耗

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    尚城名; 张玉辉; 何江海

    2016-01-01

    Night natural ventilation has been successfully applied to many passively-cooled or low-energy office buildings. This paper investigates the applicability of night natural ventilation in office buildings. A thermal and ventilation simulation model, together with suitable weather data were used to examine the energy saving and internal comfort conditions. It was found that natural ventilation strategies could save cooling-energy in typical air-conditioned office. Based on the principle of “the best” application, such as improving air-tightness, and minimization of internal and solar heat gains to improve building structure can effectively improve the energy saving of natural ventilation.%夜间自然通风已经成功运用于许多被动制冷或低能耗写字楼中。介绍了夜间自然通风在写字楼中的适用性。在适当的温度条件下,建立热量计通风模型,以此来检验节能以及内部舒适度改善情况。研究发现,自然通风模式能够减少传统空调写字间的制冷能耗。采用“应用最佳”的原则,如提高气密性、内部发热及日晒生热的最小化等改善建筑结构能有效提高自然通风的节能性。

  2. Determination of organic products resulting of chemical and radiochemical decompositions of bitumen. Applications to embedded bitumens; Determination des produits organiques d'alterations chimiques et radiochimiques du bitume. Applications aux enrobes bitumes

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    Walczak, I

    2000-01-27

    Bitumen can be used for embedding most of wastes because of its high impermeability and its relatively low reactivity with of chemicals. Bituminization is one of selected solutions in agreement with nuclear safety, waste compatibility and economic criteria. Bitumen, during storage, undergoes an auto-irradiation due to embedded radio-elements. During this stage,drums are not airtight then oxygen is present. In disposal configuration, water, which is a potential vector of radioactivity and organic matter, is an other hazard factor liable to deteriorate the containment characteristics of bitumen wastes. The generation of water-soluble organic complexing agents can affect the integrity of the wasteform due to an increase of the radionuclides solubility. The first aim of this work is the quantitative and qualitative characterisation of soluble organic matter in bitumen leachates. Different leaching solutions were tested (various pH, ionic strength, ratio S/V). When the pH of the leaching solutions increases, the total organic carbon released increases as well. Identified molecules are aromatics like naphthalene, oxidised compounds like alcohols, linear carbonyls, aromatics, glycols and nitrogen compounds. For the cement equilibrated solution (pH 13.5), the effect of ionic strength becomes significative and influences the release of soluble organic matter. This soluble organic matter can be bio-degraded if microorganisms can growth. The second aim of this work is to study the effect of radio-oxidative ageing on the bitumen confinement properties. During radio-oxidation, the chemical properties of bitumen are modified. The {mu}-IRTF analysis shows the formation of hydroxyl compounds and aromatic acids. The formation of these polar groups does not influence in our study the water uptake. However the organic matter release increases significantly with the irradiation dose. (author)

  3. 以有机酸钾盐为可燃剂的气溶胶灭火剂试验%Experimental study on aerosol fire extinguishing agent with organic acid potassium as combustible material

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    王鹏; 李玉

    2011-01-01

    用1 m密闭试验葙进行灭火性能试验,采用半分法得出两种以有机酸钾盐为主要可燃剂的气溶胶灭火剂的配方,并对比其灭火时间.在热气溶胶灭火剂中添加碳酸钾作为热耗散剂,以降低反应速度,减小火焰外喷.用兰利法进行试验,得出了两种灭火剂的99%概率灭火效能,在70~75 g/m之间.经测量,气溶胶灭火剂的燃烧产物是低毒的.气溶胶灭火剂在灭火时的不确定度很大,应以概率论的方法研究其灭火能力.%An airtight box with 1 m3 was used to test fire extinguishing performance; two kinds of aerosol fire extinguishing agents with organic acid potassium as combustible material were got by split- half method, and the fire- extinguishing time was compared. Potassium carbonate was added into aerosol fire extinguishing agents as heat dissipative agents to slow down the reaction and reduce the flame. Langlie method was used in experiments, the 99% application density of these twa extinguishing agents were got, between 70~75 g/m3. At last, the toxicity of combustion product of these two aerosol fire extinguishing agents was tested to be low. The application of probability theory in the study of fire extinguishing performance of aerosol fire extinguishing agent is necessary because of the uncertainty of putting out fire by aerosol fire extinguishing agents.

  4. Review of low-energy construction, air tightness, ventilation strategies and indoor radon: results from Finnish houses and apartments

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    Low-energy and passive house construction practices are characterised by increased insulation, high air tightness of the building shell and controlled mechanical ventilation with heat recovery. As a result of the interaction of mechanical ventilation and high air tightness, the pressure difference in a building can be markedly enhanced. This may lead to elevated indoor radon levels. Minor leakages in the foundation can affect the radon concentration, even in the case where such leaks do not markedly reduce the total air tightness. The potential for high pressures to affect indoor radon concentrations markedly increases when the air tightness ACH50, i.e. the air change per hour induced by a pressure difference of 50 Pa, is -1. Pressure differences in Finnish low-rise residential houses having mechanical supply and exhaust ventilation with heat recovery (MSEV) are typically 2-3 Pa, clearly lower than the values of 5-9 Pa in houses with only mechanical exhaust ventilation (MEV). In MSEV houses, radon concentrations are typically 30 % lower than in MEV houses. In new MSEV houses with an ACH50 of 0.6 h-1, the limit for passive construction, the analytical estimates predict an increase of 100 % in the radon concentration compared with older houses with an ACH50 of 4.0 h-1. This poses a challenge for efficient radon prevention in new construction. Radon concentrations are typically 30 % lower in houses with two storeys compared with only one storey. The introduction of an MSEV ventilation strategy in typically very airtight apartments has markedly reduced pressure differences and radon concentrations. (authors)

  5. Air Change Rates and Radon Concentrations in Residential Protected Rooms

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    According to national regulations, every Israeli dwelling must include a Residential Protected Room (RPR), which is intended for shelter against artillery threats and protection from chemical or biological gases. These rooms are multi-purpose, but must be equipped with only one window of limited size and one entrance door, both extremely airtight. The door is required to open out of the room. Another regular (inward opening and less tight) door may be added on the same frame and serve the everyday functions. The tight window cannot be replaced nor can a less tight window be added. The entire envelope (walls and slabs) of the RPR must be made of 20-25 cm thick reinforced concrete. Due to economic and environmental reasons there is an increased tendency to use recycled industrial by-products containing Technologically Enhanced Natural Occurring Radioactive Materials (TENORM) in the building material industry. Fly ash (FA), produced as a by-product in the combustion of coal, is extensively used in Israel since the early 1990's in concrete and as an additive to cement. The increase of 226Ra activity concentration, the mineralogical characteristics of the FA and of the concrete may affect the radon exhalation rate and consequently the radon exposure in RPRs. In addition, due to its special features, the RPR is expected to experience, under regular use conditions, a lower air change rate than any of the other rooms in the dwelling. Consequently, concern was raised with regard to long term radon exposure in RPRs. The paper presents results derived in a research project that studied in-situ air change rates and radon concentration evolution under various ventilation scenarios in 6 RPRs in a high-rise building, and compared evaluated free radon exhalation rates from the walls with values derived from laboratory samples of the same concretes

  6. ATEMAC - Usage of passive tracer gases for air flow and indoor pollution measurements; ATEMAC - Application des traceurs passifs pour l'etude des mouvements d'air et de contaminants

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    Roulet, C.-A.

    2001-07-01

    Tracer gases are used in Switzerland for more than 15 years for air flow and ventilation rate measurements as well as for the simulation of air pollutants. The measurement equipment available in Switzerland is accurate and well performing, but rather expensive and voluminous. Moreover, preparing and carrying out the measurements is relatively time consuming. The general objective of the project was the development of a simple, efficient and cheap methodology for the measurement of air flow rates in buildings. Originally, it was thought that a procedure developed at Brookhaven National Laboratory could be transferred to Switzerland. However, measurements at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA) indicated that the used tracer gases were adsorbed in an unpredictable way by building materials and pieces of furniture, leading to a massive overestimation of air flow rates. Accordingly, the research work plan was modified in the course of 2000 in order to explore three alternative approaches: (1) the aerosol method, using a photo-ionisation particulate counter; (2) identification and evaluation of new analyzer types; (3) analysis of CO{sub 2} concentration recordings. The conclusions were: (1) the aerosol method is not yet reliable. (2) On the market, a number of analyzers are available at a reasonable price and new devices are currently being developed, especially at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. (3) In numerous cases, the CO{sub 2} concentration methodology is easy to apply, particularly since a computer code for easy interpretation of the concentration measurements was developed and validated. Moreover, the measurements give an estimate of the air-tightness of the building envelope. (author)

  7. Study on severe accidents and countermeasures for WWER-1000 reactors using the integral code ASTEC

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    The research field focussing on the investigations and the analyses of severe accidents is an important part of the nuclear safety. To maintain the safety barriers as long as possible and to retain the radioactivity within the airtight premises or the containment, to avoid or mitigate the consequences of such events and to assess the risk, thorough studies are needed. On the one side, it is the aim of the severe accident research to understand the complex phenomena during the in- and ex-vessel phase, involving reactor-physics, thermal-hydraulics, physicochemical and mechanical processes. On the other side the investigations strive for effective severe accident management measures. This paper is focused on the possibilities for accident management measures in case of severe accidents. The reactor pressure vessel is the last barrier to keep the molten materials inside the reactor, and thus to prevent higher loads to the containment. To assess the behaviour of a nuclear power plant during transient or accident conditions, computer codes are widely used, which have to be validated against experiments or benchmarked against other codes. The analyses performed with the integral code ASTEC cover two accident sequences which could lead to a severe accident: a small break loss of coolant accident and a station blackout. The results have shown that in case of unavailability of major active safety systems the reactor pressure vessel would ultimately fail. The discussed issues concern the main phenomena during the early and late in-vessel phase of the accident, the time to core heat-up, the hydrogen production, the mass of corium in the reactor pressure vessel lower plenum and the failure of the reactor pressure vessel. Additionally, possible operator's actions and countermeasures in the preventive or mitigative domain are addressed. The presented investigations contribute to the validation of the European integral severe accidents code ASTEC for WWER-1000 type of reactors

  8. Effect of Kimchi Fermentation on Oxalate Levels in Silver Beet (Beta vulgaris var. cicla

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    Yukiko Wadamori

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Total, soluble and insoluble oxalates were extracted and analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC following the preparation of kimchi using silver beet (Beta vulgaris var. cicla stems and leaves. As silver beet contains high oxalate concentrations and consumption of high levels can cause the development of kidney stones in some people, the reduction of oxalate during preparation and fermentation of kimchi was investigated. The silver beet stems and leaves were soaked in a 10% brine solution for 11 h and then washed in cold tap water. The total, soluble and insoluble oxalate contents of the silver beet leaves were reduced by soaking in brine, from 4275.81 ± 165.48 mg/100 g to 3709.49 ± 216.51 mg/100 g fresh weight (FW. Fermenting the kimchi for 5 days at 19.3 ± 0.8 °C in 5 L ceramic jars with a water airtight seal resulted in a mean 38.50% reduction in total oxalate content and a mean 22.86% reduction in soluble oxalates. The total calcium content was essentially the same before and after the fermentation of the kimchi (mean 296.1 mg/100 g FW. The study showed that fermentation of kimchi significantly (p < 0.05 reduced the total oxalate concentration in the initial mix from 609.32 ± 15.69 to 374.71 ± 7.94 mg/100 g FW in the final mix which led to a 72.3% reduction in the amount of calcium bound to insoluble oxalate.

  9. MR imaging of lung ventilation with aerosolized Gadolinium-chelates; MR-Bildgebung der Lungenventilation mittels aerosolierter Gadolinium-Chelate

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    Haage, P.; Karaagac, S.; Spuentrup, E.; Guenther, R.W. [RWTH Aachen (Germany). Klinik fuer Radiologische Diagnostik; Adam, G. [Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany). Abt. fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie

    2003-02-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the feasibility of magnetic resonance assessment of human lung ventilation with aerosolized Gd-chelates in healthy volunteers. Materials and Methods: Five healthy adults (mean age 37 years) were studied with a 1.5 T unit. The volunteers were instructed to inhale the aerosol through an airtight facial mask for 10 minutes. The aerosol was generated with a jet-type small particle nebulizer with attached heater. Ventilation imaging was performed using a respiration-gated dynamic T{sub 1}-weighted turbo spin echo sequence (T{sub R}=199 ms, T{sub E}=8.5 ms, 12 signal averages, slice thickness 10 mm). Pulmonary signal intensity changes were calculated before and after nebulization. Results: The investigation was successfully carried out in all volunteers. An acute or delayed allergic reaction to the aerosolized contrast medium was not observed. In 4 of 5 experiments (80%), a homogeneous signal intensity increase was readily visualized with an average signal increase of 35% after 10 minutes; in one experiment, the aerosol distribution was slightly heterogeneous. (orig.) [German] Ziel: Bestimmung der Durchfuehrbarkeit einer kernspintomographischen Darstellung der Lungenventilation mittels aerosolierter Gd-Chelate bei gesunden Probanden. Methoden: 5 Probanden (Durchschnittsalter 37 Jahre) wurden in einem 1,5T System untersucht. Die Probanden atmeten spontan aerosoliertes Gd-DTPA ueber eine Atemmaske fuer eine Dauer von 10 Minuten. Das Kontrastmittel-Aerosol wurde ueber einen leistungsfaehigen druckluftbetriebenen Vernebler generiert. Die Illustration der Ventilation erfolgte mit einer atemgegateten dynamischen T{sub 1}-gewichteten Turbo-Spin-Echosequenz. Zur Quantitifizerung der Lungenventilation wurden die Signalintensitaeten im Lungengewebe vor und nach Verneblung berechnet. Ergebnisse: Alle Untersuchungen wurden komplikationslos durchgefuehrt und beendet. Eine akute oder verzoegerte Kontrastmittelreaktion wurde nicht beobachtet. In 4 von 5

  10. RDI's Wisdom Way Solar Village Final Report: Includes Utility Bill Analysis of Occupied Homes

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    2011-07-01

    In 2010, Rural Development, Inc. (RDI) completed construction of Wisdom Way Solar Village (WWSV), a community of ten duplexes (20 homes) in Greenfield, MA. RDI was committed to very low energy use from the beginning of the design process throughout construction. Key features include: 1. Careful site plan so that all homes have solar access (for active and passive); 2. Cellulose insulation providing R-40 walls, R-50 ceiling, and R-40 floors; 3. Triple-pane windows; 4. Airtight construction (~0.1 CFM50/ft2 enclosure area); 5. Solar water heating systems with tankless, gas, auxiliary heaters; 6. PV systems (2.8 or 3.4kWSTC); 7. 2-4 bedrooms, 1,100-1,700 ft2. The design heating loads in the homes were so small that each home is heated with a single, sealed-combustion, natural gas room heater. The cost savings from the simple HVAC systems made possible the tremendous investments in the homes' envelopes. The Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) monitored temperatures and comfort in several homes during the winter of 2009-2010. In the Spring of 2011, CARB obtained utility bill information from 13 occupied homes. Because of efficient lights, appliances, and conscientious home occupants, the energy generated by the solar electric systems exceeded the electric energy used in most homes. Most homes, in fact, had a net credit from the electric utility over the course of a year. On the natural gas side, total gas costs averaged $377 per year (for heating, water heating, cooking, and clothes drying). Total energy costs were even less - $337 per year, including all utility fees. The highest annual energy bill for any home evaluated was $458; the lowest was $171.

  11. Implantable Biosensors for Real-time Strain and Pressure Monitoring

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    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Implantable biosensors were developed for real-time monitoring of pressure and strain in the human body. The sensors, which are wireless and passive, consisted of a soft magnetic material and a permanent magnet. When exposed to a low frequency AC magnetic field, the soft magnetic material generated secondary magnetic fields that also included the higher-order harmonic modes. Parameters of interest were determined by measuring the changes in the pattern of these higher-order harmonic fields, which was achieved by changing the intensity of a DC magnetic field generated by a permanent magnet. The DC magnetic field, or the biasing field, was altered by changing the separation distance between the soft magnetic material and the permanent magnet. For pressure monitoring, the permanent magnet was placed on the membrane of an airtight chamber. Changes in the ambient pressure deflected the membrane, altering the separation distance between the two magnetic elements and thus the higher-order harmonic fields. Similarly, the soft magnetic material and the permanent magnet were separated by a flexible substrate in the stress/strain sensor. Compressive and tensile forces flexed the substrate, changing the separation distance between the two elements and the higher-order harmonic fields. In the current study, both stress/strain and pressure sensors were fabricated and characterized. Good stability, linearity and repeatability of the sensors were demonstrated. This passive and wireless sensor technology may be useful for long term detection of physical quantities within the human body as a part of treatment assessment, disease diagnosis, or detection of biomedical implant failures.

  12. On the Improvement of Meat Quality in Sensory Terms in the Dish Pork Slices in Garlic Sauce through the Cooking Technique of Sous-vide%真空恒温烹饪技术对蒜泥白肉肉质口感的改良研究

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    陈龙; 乔兴

    2015-01-01

    Sous-vide is a method of cooking food in vacuumed airtight plastic bags in a water bath or in a tem-perature-controlled steam environment for longer than normal cooking time.This paper,based on an explanation of this cooking technique,compares sous-vide with traditional heating approach through experiments.The find-ings suggest that meat quality is enhanced in the respects of color,fragrance,taste,shape and nutrition with the new cooking technique employed,which will provide reference for the innovation of traditional Sichuan dishes.%真空恒温烹饪是利用真空抽取机制造相对低气压、绝氧的环境,使用恒温水浴锅精准控制蛋白质热变性温度点等理化性质的现代烹饪技术方式。文章通过对真空恒温烹饪技术理论依据的阐述,结合实验评鉴,对四川传统菜肴蒜泥白肉初加工方式上使用真空恒温烹饪技术与传统加热方式进行对比,实践得出肉质在色、香、味、形、养等方面的提升,对四川传统菜肴的制作加工及技术革新提供支持。

  13. Novel Materials for Prosthetic Liners

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    Ragolta, Carolina I.; Morford, Megan

    2011-01-01

    Existing materials for prosthetic liners tend to be thick and airtight, causing perspiration to accumulate inside the liner and potentially causing infection and injury that reduce quality of life. The purpose of this project was to examine the suitability of aerogel for prosthetic liner applications. Three tests were performed on several types of aerogel to assess the properties of each material. Moisture vapor permeability was tested by incubating four aerogel varieties with an artificial sweat solution at 37.0 C and less than 20% relative humidity for 24 hours. Two aerogel varieties were eliminated from the study due to difficulties in handling the material, and further testing proceeded with Pyrogel in 2.0 and 6.0 mm thicknesses. Force distribution was tested by compressing samples under a load of 4448 N at a rate of 2.5 mm/min. Biofilm formation was tested in a high-shear CDC Biofilm Reactor. Results showed that 2.0 mm Pyrogel blanket allowed 55.7 plus or minus 28.7% of an artificial sweat solution to transpire, and 35.5 plus or minus 27.8% transpired through 6.0 mm Pyrogel blanket. Samples also outperformed the load-bearing capabilities of existing liner materials. No statistically significant difference was found between the two Pyrogel thicknesses for either moisture vapor permeability or force distribution. In addition, biofilm formation results showed no change between the two Pyrogel thicknesses. The breathability and load bearing properties of aerogel make it a suitable material for application to prosthetic liners.

  14. Recommended Ventilation Strategies for Energy-Efficient Production Homes

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    Roberson, J.; Brown, R.; Koomey, J.; Warner, J.; Greenberg, S.

    1998-12-01

    This report evaluates residential ventilation systems for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR{reg_sign} Homes program and recommends mechanical ventilation strategies for new, low-infiltration, energy-efficient, single-family, ENERGY STAR production (site-built tract) homes in four climates: cold, mixed (cold and hot), hot humid, and hot arid. Our group in the Energy Analysis Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab compared residential ventilation strategies in four climates according to three criteria: total annualized costs (the sum of annualized capital cost and annual operating cost), predominant indoor pressure induced by the ventilation system, and distribution of ventilation air within the home. The mechanical ventilation systems modeled deliver 0.35 air changes per hour continuously, regardless of actual infiltration or occupant window-opening behavior. Based on the assumptions and analysis described in this report, we recommend independently ducted multi-port supply ventilation in all climates except cold because this strategy provides the safety and health benefits of positive indoor pressure as well as the ability to dehumidify and filter ventilation air. In cold climates, we recommend that multi-port supply ventilation be balanced by a single-port exhaust ventilation fan, and that builders offer balanced heat-recovery ventilation to buyers as an optional upgrade. For builders who continue to install forced-air integrated supply ventilation, we recommend ensuring ducts are airtight or in conditioned space, installing a control that automatically operates the forced-air fan 15-20 minutes during each hour that the fan does not operate for heating or cooling, and offering ICM forced-air fans to home buyers as an upgrade.

  15. Development of integrated containment and surveillance system for fast critical facility FCA. Portal and penetration monitors

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    Manpower and radiation exposure problems, accompanied by frequent Non Destructive Assay (NDA) based inspections at the Fast Critical Facility FCA of Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI), are a burden for both the inspectorates and the facility operator. In the hope of alleviating these burdens, the development of containment and surveillance measures for the FCA was initiated in 1979. The integrated containment and surveillance system consists of a portal monitor and a penetration monitor. The reactor building provides an ideal containment measure because of its explosion-proof, airtight structure and limited number of penetrations. The function of the portal monitor is to detect undeclared removal of nuclear material from the reactor building through the doorway. The penetration monitor is designed for surveillance of diversion routes through containment boundaries, and of safeguards related activities for bypassing the portal monitor. The combination of monitoring by the penetration monitor of containment boundaries and all their penetrations except for the doorway, and monitoring by the portal monitor, provides complete coverage of realistic diversion routes. The development of the system was completed in 1988 and the field trial test was conducted for the period of twelve running months. The final report on the field trial was concluded on January 1990. The major conclusion of the report was that the system is effective, reliable and efficient. Following this successful conclusion, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) accepted the system for meeting its safeguards goals at the FCA on condition that an independent IAEA authentication equipment is provided. The development of the authentication equipment is accomplished as an separate Japan Support Programme for Agency Safeguards (JASPAS) task. (author)

  16. Aerobic biological pretreatment of municipal solid waste with a high content of putrescibles: effect on landfill emissions.

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    Gerassimidou, Spyridoula; Evangelou, Alexandros; Komilis, Dimitrios

    2013-08-01

    The objective of this work was to study the effect of aerobic biological pretreatment on the emissions of municipal solid waste (MSW) with a high content of putrescibles after landfilling. For this purpose, the organic fraction of MSW was simulated by a mixture of food waste and office paper at a 2.4:1 wet weight ratio. MSW was first pretreated aerobically for three different time periods (8, 45 and 90 days) resulting in organic matter reductions equal to 15%, 45% and 81% respectively. MSW were then placed in 160-L air-tight anaerobic bioreactors. The control anaerobic bioreactors contained untreated MSW. Anaerobic experiments lasted from 300 to 550 days. Results showed that the biogas production from untreated MSW was 372 NL dry kg(-1) (average of two replications) after 530 days. The MSW that was pretreated aerobically for 45 days and 90 days yielded 130 and 62 NL dry kg(-1) of biogas after 310 days and 230 days respectively. However, the 8-day (very short-term) pretreatment period led to an increase of the biogas yield (550 NL dry kg(-1) after 340 days) compared with that of raw refuse. All three runs with aerobically pretreated MSW reached the steady methanogenic phase faster than raw MSW. Leachate emissions were significantly lower in the aerobically-pretreated MSWthan the untreated ones. The leachate ammonium concentrations had an increasing trend in all anaerobic reactors and reached a plateau of between 2 and 3.5 g L(-1) at the end of the process. PMID:23771878

  17. Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation in Residential Deep Energy Retrofits

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    Less, Brennan; Walker, Iain

    2014-06-01

    Because airtightening is a significant part of Deep Energy Retrofits (DERs), concerns about ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) have emerged. To investigate this, ventilation and IAQ were assessed in 17 non-smoking California Deep Energy Retrofit homes. Inspections and surveys were used to assess household activities and ventilation systems. Pollutant sampling performed in 12 homes included six-day passive samples of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), formaldehyde and air exchange rate (AER); time-resolved data loggers were used to measure particle counts. Half of the homes provided continuous mechanical ventilation. Despite these homes being twice as airtight (3.0 and 7.6 ACH50, respectively), their median AER was indistinguishable from naturally vented homes (0.36 versus 0.37 hr--1). Numerous problems were found with ventilation systems; however, pollutant levels did not reach levels of concern in most homes. Ambient NO2 standards were exceeded in some gas cooking homes that used legacy ranges with standing pilots, and in Passive House-style homes without range hoods exhausted to outside. Cooking exhaust systems were installed and used inconsistently. The majority of homes reported using low-emitting materials, and formaldehyde levels were approximately half those in conventional new CA homes (19.7 versus 36 ?g/m3), with emissions rates nearly 40percent less (12.3 versus 20.6 ?g/m2/hr.). Presence of air filtration systems led to lower indoor particle number concentrations (PN>0.5: 8.80E+06 PN/m3 versus 2.99E+06; PN>2.5: 5.46E+0.5 PN/m3 versus 2.59E+05). The results indicate that DERs can provide adequate ventilation and IAQ, and that DERs should prioritize source control, particle filtration and well-designed local exhaust systems, while still providing adequate continuous ventilation.

  18. High temperature solar selective coatings

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    Kennedy, Cheryl E

    2014-11-25

    Improved solar collectors (40) comprising glass tubing (42) attached to bellows (44) by airtight seals (56) enclose solar absorber tubes (50) inside an annular evacuated space (54. The exterior surfaces of the solar absorber tubes (50) are coated with improved solar selective coatings {48} which provide higher absorbance, lower emittance and resistance to atmospheric oxidation at elevated temperatures. The coatings are multilayered structures comprising solar absorbent layers (26) applied to the meta surface of the absorber tubes (50), typically stainless steel, topped with antireflective Savers (28) comprising at least two layers 30, 32) of refractory metal or metalloid oxides (such as titania and silica) with substantially differing indices of refraction in adjacent layers. Optionally, at least one layer of a noble metal such as platinum can be included between some of the layers. The absorbent layers cars include cermet materials comprising particles of metal compounds is a matrix, which can contain oxides of refractory metals or metalloids such as silicon. Reflective layers within the coating layers can comprise refractory metal silicides and related compounds characterized by the formulas TiSi. Ti.sub.3SiC.sub.2, TiAlSi, TiAN and similar compounds for Zr and Hf. The titania can be characterized by the formulas TiO.sub.2, Ti.sub.3O.sub.5. TiOx or TiO.sub.xN.sub.1-x with x 0 to 1. The silica can be at least one of SiO.sub.2, SiO.sub.2x or SiO.sub.2xN.sub.1-x with x=0 to 1.

  19. Environmental performance review and cost analysis of MSW landfilling by baling-wrapping technology versus conventional system

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    This paper first reviews the chemical, physical and biological processes, and the environmental performance of MSW compacted and plastic-wrapped into air-tight bales with low-density polyethylene (LDPE). The baling-wrapping process halts the short and half-term biological activity and consequently the emission of gases and leachates. It also facilitates the handling of the refuse, and considerably reduces the main environmental impacts of a landfill. The main technologies available for baling-wrapping MSW are also presented. Furthermore, a cost analysis comparing a conventional landfill (CL) without baling system versus two landfills using different baling-wrapping technologies (rectangular and cylindrical bales) is carried out. The results are presented comparatively under the conditions of construction, operation and maintenance and postclosure, as required by European Directive 1999/31. A landfill using rectangular plastic-wrapped bales (LRPB) represents an economically competitive option compared to a CL. The increased capacity of the waste disposal zone when using rectangular bales due to the high density of the bales compensates for the increased operating and maintenance (O and M) costs of the method. Landfills using cylindrical plastic-wrapped bales (LCPB's) do not fare so well, mainly because the density within the bales is lower, the cylindrical geometry of the bales does not allow such an efficient use of the space within the landfill, and the processing capacity of the machinery is lower. From the cost model, the resulting unit costs per tonne in a LRPB, a LCPB and a CL for 100,000 t/year of waste, an operation time of 15 years and a landfill depth (H) of 20 m, are 31.52, 43.36 and 31.83 Euro/t, respectively

  20. Design of good manufacturing facility for sterile radioactive pharmaceuticals

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    Based on the GMP codes for radiopharmaceuticals in U.K. and some advanced countries, suitable guidelines for the production facility have been established and followed them up. The facility designs were fairly modified to maintain cleanliness criteria for installation in the existing radioisotope production facilities which are installed only in radiation safety points of view. Detailed design brief was drawn up by the Hyundai Engineering staffs, on the basis of initial planning and conceptual design was carried out by authors. Hot cells were installed in preparation room for radioactive handling. As hot cells under negative air pressure are not properly airtight, the surrounding environment was designed to keep less than class 10,000. Hot cells were designed to maintain less than class 1 0,000 and partially less than class 1 00 for production of sterile products. Final products will be autoclaved for sterilization after filling. To avoid contamination by microorganisms and particles of surrounding area, air curtain with vertical laminar flow will be installed between anteroom and corridor. In a pharmaceutical environment, the main consideration is the protection of the product. Thus, work station is held above ambient pressure. However, when handling radioactive materials, air pressure for work station should be lower than in surrounding areas to protect the operators and the remainder of the facility from airborne radioactive contamination. As Radiopharmaceuticals are radioactive materials for medical use, changing room could be held higher pressure than any other zones. It is expected that the facility will be effectively used for both routine preparation and research for sterile radiopharmaceuticals. (Author)

  1. DNA Quantity and Quality in Remnants of Traffic-Killed Specimens of an Endangered Longhorn Beetle: A Comparison of Different Methods.

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    Rusterholz, Hans-Peter; Ursenbacher, Sylvain; Coray, Armin; Weibel, Urs; Baur, Bruno

    2015-01-01

    The sampling of living insects should be avoided in highly endangered species when the sampling would further increase the risk of population extinction. Nonlethal sampling (wing clips or leg removals) can be an alternative to obtain DNA of individuals for population genetic studies. However, nonlethal sampling may not be possible for all insect species. We examined whether remnants of traffic-killed specimens of the endangered and protected flightless longhorn beetle Iberodorcadion fuliginator (L., 1758) can be used as a resource for population genetic analyses. Using insect fragments of traffic-killed specimens collected over 15 yr, we determined the most efficient DNA extraction method in relation to the state of the specimens (crushed, fragment, or intact), preservation (dried, airtight, or in ethanol), storage duration, and weight of the sample by assessing the quantity and quality of genomic DNA. A modified cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide method provided the highest recovery rate of genomic DNA and the largest yield and highest quality of DNA. We further used traffic-killed specimens to evaluate two DNA amplification techniques (quantitative polymerase chain reaction [qPCR] and microsatellites). Both qPCR and microsatellites revealed successful DNA amplification in all degraded specimens or beetle fragments examined. However, relative qPCR concentration and peak height of microsatellites were affected by the state of specimen and storage duration but not by specimen weight. Our investigation demonstrates that degraded remnants of traffic-killed beetle specimens can serve as a source of high-quality genomic DNA, which allows to address conservation genetic issues. PMID:26286231

  2. Development of integrated containment and surveillance system for fast critical facility FCA. Portal and penetration monitors

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    Mukaiyama, Takehiko; Ogawa, Hironobu [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment; Yokota, Yasuhiro

    1998-01-01

    Manpower and radiation exposure problems, accompanied by frequent Non Destructive Assay (NDA) based inspections at the Fast Critical Facility FCA of Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI), are a burden for both the inspectorates and the facility operator. In the hope of alleviating these burdens, the development of containment and surveillance measures for the FCA was initiated in 1979. The integrated containment and surveillance system consists of a portal monitor and a penetration monitor. The reactor building provides an ideal containment measure because of its explosion-proof, airtight structure and limited number of penetrations. The function of the portal monitor is to detect undeclared removal of nuclear material from the reactor building through the doorway. The penetration monitor is designed for surveillance of diversion routes through containment boundaries, and of safeguards related activities for bypassing the portal monitor. The combination of monitoring by the penetration monitor of containment boundaries and all their penetrations except for the doorway, and monitoring by the portal monitor, provides complete coverage of realistic diversion routes. The development of the system was completed in 1988 and the field trial test was conducted for the period of twelve running months. The final report on the field trial was concluded on January 1990. The major conclusion of the report was that the system is effective, reliable and efficient. Following this successful conclusion, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) accepted the system for meeting its safeguards goals at the FCA on condition that an independent IAEA authentication equipment is provided. The development of the authentication equipment is accomplished as an separate Japan Support Programme for Agency Safeguards (JASPAS) task. (author)

  3. [Preservation of bread and pastry products in a controlled atmosphere].

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    Manchon, P

    1978-01-01

    Industrial soft pastries and the various breads are cereals products containing a humidity which is favorable to the development of mouldiness. Different or various methods of conservation has been attempted. One interesting approach to the problem is packaging in controlled atmosphere. It requires adequate machinery and suitable conditioning materials. Jardry-Buquet and Hayssen's machines are rapidly described as well as some of the packing film used for making air-tight bags. Bad results were observed with nitrogen, argon and a mixture of nitrogen-carbon dioxide. The satisfactory results obtained with the nitrous oxide for cakes (especially fruit-cakes) and for the bread with a mixture of ethylene oxide-carbon dioxide are: a good conservation for a period of 4 to 6 months in both cases. Organoleptic qualities of the products are not significantly diminished after eight weeks of preservation. The gases contained on the bags are analysed at different periods and the progressive disappearance of the nitrous oxide as well as the athylene dioxide was measured. The compounds derivated from these gases were researched on different extracts. No derivatives of the nitrous oxide were observed. From the ethylene oxide, the derivatives found in the bread are diethylene glycol and 2-chloroethanol; their concentrations are respectively 100 and 300 ppm in the case of 85 : 15 mixture, but decrease to a mere trace and 45 ppm in the case of 98 : 2 mixture. The measure of humidity, of peroxides and of the staleness of crumb are favourable for a good conservation. PMID:707931

  4. Coal fires, fresh air and the hardy British: A historical view of domestic energy efficiency and thermal comfort in Britain

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    Fuel poverty has been most commonly researched in the UK although it is experienced in other parts of Europe, to varying degrees. showed that energy inefficient buildings and heating systems are the most significant components of fuel poverty and highlighted the legacy of older buildings in this country that remain the majority of those now recognised as hard to treat. This paper considers the historical context for fuel poverty as a particularly British phenomenon. It examines claims that this is due to the mild climate and low indoor temperature expectations. It is concluded that there are significant differences from the European situation. The climate, particularly its characteristic changeability, has influenced building and heating methods, and the low priority given to energy efficiency by legislators. Significantly, economic priorities produced poor quality mass housing during the industrial revolution. The availability of coal encouraged the use of open fires, which demanded high ventilation rates. The British do value warmth but older buildings designed for heating with radiant open fires are difficult to adapt to convective central heating. Lessons can be drawn for newly industrialised economies similarly producing poor quality mass housing with low priorities for energy efficiency. - Highlights: ► Historical reasons for fuel poverty as a particularly UK phenomenon are considered. ► There are significant differences with the European situation. ► The changeable climate influenced building and heating methods as well as health. ► Fuel supply encouraged heating by inefficient open fires that needed draughts. ► Improving airtightness in an oldhousing stock remains challenging.

  5. Air tightness of new houses in the U.S.: A preliminary report; TOPICAL

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    Most dwellings in the United States are ventilated primarily through leaks in the building shell (i.e., infiltration) rather than by whole-house mechanical ventilation systems. Consequently, quantification of envelope air-tightness is critical to determining how much energy is being lost through infiltration and how much infiltration is contributing toward ventilation requirements. Envelope air tightness and air leakage can be determined from fan pressurization measurements with a blower door. Tens of thousands of unique fan pressurization measurements have been made of U.S. dwellings over the past decades. LBNL has collected the available data on residential infiltration into its Residential Diagnostics Database, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy. This report documents the envelope air leakage section of the LBNL database, with particular emphasis on new construction. The work reported here is an update of similar efforts carried out a decade ago, which used available data largely focused on the housing stock, rather than on new construction. The current effort emphasizes shell tightness measurements made on houses soon after they are built. These newer data come from over two dozen datasets, including over 73,000 measurements spread throughout a majority of the U.S. Roughly one-third of the measurements are for houses identified as energy-efficient through participation in a government or utility program. As a result, the characteristics reported here provide a quantitative estimate of the impact that energy-efficiency programs have on envelope tightness in the US, as well as on trends in construction

  6. 燃煤污染型地方性氟中毒病区食物干燥方法对玉米和辣椒含氟量的影响%Effect of food drying methods on fluoride content in maize and pepper in coal-burning type of fluorosis regions

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    张念恒; 安冬; 何平; 李达圣; 梁音; 靳争京

    2010-01-01

    和辣椒,并养成烹调前淘洗玉米和辣椒的习惯,能有效降低人群总氟摄入量,达到控制地氟病流行的目的 .%Objective To explore the effect of different processing and drying methods of corn and hot pepper on fluorine content in coal-burning type of the endemic fluorosis areas, and to screen food processing and drying methods which meet the quality requirements of grain drying and able to effectively reduce the total fluoride intake of local population. Methods Farmers of endemic fluorosis area in Bijie, Guizhou province were divided into 3 groups: sun-baked drying group, stove drying group with air-tight cover and stove drying group with no cover, 10 households in each group. Corn and fresh hot pepper and samples dried for 2 weeks, or 1, 3, 6-month were collected, and water and fluoride content were detected, and the total daily fluoride intake were calculated in accordance with the "Determination of Water in Food" (GB/T 5009.3-2003) and "Determination of Fluorine in Foods"(GB/T 5009.18-2003). Results Fluoride content in fresh corn and dried for 2 weeks, or 1, 3, 6-month [of sunbaked drying group: (1.40 ± 0.16), (1.56 ± 0.14), (2.15 ± 0.47), (2.70 ± 0.64), (4.06 ± 1.75)mg/kg, stove drying group with air-tight cover: (1.41 ± 0.16), (2.39 ± 0.56), (4.60 ± 0.97), (8.46 ± 5.55), (11.36 ± 3.60)mg/kg,stove drying group with no cover: (1.40 ± 0.13), (4.69 ± 3.97), (4.47 ± 2.77), (9.65 ± 6.47), (26.12 ± 14.52)mg/kg] and pepper[sun-baked drying group: (5.41 ± 1.61), (16.60 ± 7.62), (32.60 ± 7.88), (50.26 ± 17.60),(240.20 ± 272.49)mg/kg, stove drying group with air-tight cover: (754 ± 2.95), (3238 ± 11.50), (119.18 ± 156.45),(224.00 ± 196.58), (495.70 ± 417.29)mg/kg, stove drying group with no cover: (4.82 ± 1.25), (44.30 ± 13.48),(122.89 ± 66.43), (334.23 ± 166.05), (531.01 ± 397.40)mg/kg] increased with elongation of drying time, and the group difference was significant(F = 44.77, 128.71, 126.87, 41.61, 53.63, 170

  7. Life cycle assessment of biogas from separated slurry

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    Hamelin, L.; Wesnaes, M.; Wenzel, H. (Univ. of Southern Denmark, Odense (Denmark)); Molt Petersen, B. (Aarhus Univ.. Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Aarhus (Denmark))

    2010-07-01

    The environmental aspects of biogas production based on pre-treated slurry from fattening pigs and dairy cows have been investigated in a life cycle perspective. The pre-treatment consists of concentrating the slurry using a separation technology. Significant environmental benefits, compared to the status quo slurry management, can be obtained for both pig and cow slurry, especially regarding reductions of the contributions to global warming, but the results depend to a large extent on the efficiency of the separation technology. Adding separation after the biogas plant can contribute to a more efficient management of the phosphorus, and this has also been investigated. Based on the results of the study it can be concluded that: 1) The environmental benefits of biogas from separated slurry are very dependent upon the separation efficiency (for carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous). This particularly applies for carbon, as the separation efficiency defines the extent to which the degradable carbon contained in the slurry is transferred to the biogas plant. Efficient separation can be obtained by using polymer, but also by using a suitable separation technology. It could be mentioned that the decanter centrifuge used has a rather high efficiency of transferring volatile solids (VS) to the fibre fraction also without the use of polymer. 2) Biogas production from separated slurry can lead to significant reductions in the contributions to global warming, provided that the 'best available technologies' described in the report are used. That includes, among others: - a covered and short time storage of the fibre fraction before entering the biogas plant, - a 2-step biogas production where the post-digestion tank is covered with air-tight cover, - a covered storage of the degassed fibre fraction The benefits are also highly dependent upon the source of energy substituted by the biogas. 3) Based on evidences from reviewed studies, the cationic polyacrylamide polymer

  8. Optimization of the process of egg omelet production with fillings with extended storage period

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    V. Sukmanov

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Optimization of the egg omelets (EO production using high pressure (HP will allow to produce a minimum cost product during manufacturing and also to obtain a product with high consumer properties. Materialsand methods. The concerned product is -EO -a mixture of liquid egg with grated or chopped cheese, xanthan gum, water or milk and spices. The EO manufacturing process consisted of packing the mixture in an airtight container with heating and processing in the high pressure installation. The EO suitability for long-term storage was evaluated by the "water activity" term. The EO quality was evaluated by an expert. There was used the undetermined Lagrange multipliers method to obtain the optimal process parameters. Results. As a result of the central composite rotatabel plan there was developed optimization model allowed to obtain the optimal EO HP processing parameters: pressure – 690 МPа, temperature –1220С, treatment duration –7×60s, 14g of water on 100 g of melange, 13 g of dry milk on 100 g of melange, xanthan gum content -0,75% of the total mixture mass, 25 g of cheese on 100 g of melange. These indicators allow to obtain the EO process parameters with the next indicators: water activity -0.704 and comprehensive quality Score - 0.98 that characterize the product as a product with high quality indicators stable over a long period of storage. The developed model analysis with using of Student's t test, Fisher dyspepsia and predicted optimization values calculation errors confirmed the reliability of the optimization parameters obtained values and the optimization model reliability. The calculations results for the given optimization parameters are presented as confidence intervals, confirming that their experimental values do not exceed the respective intervals and thus confirm the results authenticity . Conclusions. These results have practical significance and were adopted as the basis for the technical documentation

  9. Management issues in a Tasmanian tourist cave: potential microclimatic impacts of cave modifications.

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    Russell, Mick J; MacLean, Victoria L

    2008-05-01

    cave entrance leading to microclimatic fluctuations, while stable climatic conditions occur at the end of the cave. Future management strategies that propose a passage from the chamber to the surface via the current end zone would create a potential for airflow induced microclimatic change, leading to a change in both the temperature and moisture regimes, necessitating the construction of an airtight double door system. PMID:17368916

  10. ISOLATION OF ANAEROBES IN DEEP SEATED PRESSURE ULCERS USING A NOVEL INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUE OF ANAEROBE ISOLATION

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    Lalbiaktluangi

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Isolation of an anaerobe is usually neglected in hospitals with limited resources due to the expensive and complicated technique of anaerobic isolation methods, which is difficult to arrange in such resource poor settings. Conventionally adopted anaerobic culture methods such as Anaerobic jar, Gas-Pak, Anoxomat or Automated glove-box systems are extremely costly and cumbersome for single unit testing, but not suitable for small scale laboratories. However, anaerobic bacteria are not to be overlooked as they have made a comeback in clinical settings and are even showing resistance to Metronidazole, once thought to be the gold standard bullet against anaerobes. Deep seated pressure ulcers are usually the site where anaerobe causes an infection in synergy with aerobes. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Isolation of anaerobes in deep seated pressure ulcers using a novel innovative technique and to study their antibiogram profile. MATERIALS AND METHODS Swabs taken from depth of deep seated pressure ulcers were immediately inoculated in Brucella blood agar at bedside and placed in polycarbonate airtight jar for anaerobic incubation using a novel innovative Modified Candle Jar technique. In this technique five grams of grease-free grade zero steel wool were dipped in 50ml freshly prepared acidified copper sulphate solution until the copper colour appeared. Excess solution was drained and the steel wool was moulded into a loose pad to fit on an open Petri plate placed on top of the inoculated Brucella blood agar plates. A white-wax candle was placed at the centre of this plate. A small test tube containing mixture of 0.5g sodium-bicarbonate and 0.5g magnesium carbonate was kept ready to be placed inside the jar, just after placing the inoculated plate and incubated for 48 hours. RESULTS Peptostreptococcus anaerobius and Bacteroides fragilis were successfully isolated from deep seated pressure ulcers by this method. Antibiogram studies were done using the

  11. Variability in permeability and integrity of cell membrane and depletion of food reserves in neem (Azadirachta indica) seeds from trees of differ-ent age classes

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    Devendra Kumar; Dhruv Kumar Mishra

    2014-01-01

    We quantified cell membrane permeability (electrical conduc-tivity-EC, water soluble sugar-WSS, and amino acids-AA) and integrity (phospholipids,α-tocopherol and lipid peroxidation) along with food reserve deterioration (total proteins, total sugar, and total starch) of neem seeds collected from various mother tree age classes and stored for 65 days in airtight plastic containers at ambient room temperature (35±5°C). Results show that the activities were higher in fresh seeds (EC 267.56-2950.01 µS/g, WSS 19.96-19.48 mg/g and AA 5.40-5.35 mg/g) and declined with increasing duration of storage period (EC 153.37-195.17 µS/g, WSS 3.13-4.17 mg/g and AA 4.29-4.49 mg/g after 35 days and EC 144.02-161.56 µS/g, WSS 2.06-2.40 mg/g and AA 3.98-4.27 mg/g after 65 days of storage). Phospholipids andα-tocopherol were higher in fresh seed (0.073-0.093 OD at 710 nm and 0.080-0.105 OD, respectively) and declined as storage duration in-creased (0.033-0.042 OD at 710 nm and 00.0010-0.0020 OD, respec-tively). Dead seeds showed reduced amounts of phospholipids and minimum activity ofα- tocopherol (antioxidants). The level of MDA was lower in fresh seeds (0.0066-0.0087 OD at 600-535 nm) and increased as storage duration increased (0.0248-0.0268 OD after 65 days of stor-age). The higher amount of MDA indicated that seeds died due to rancid-ity of the oil inside the seed. Neem seed cake was assessed for deteriora-tion of food reserves (total proteins, total sugar, and total starch), concen-trations of which were higher in fresh seed and declined as storage dura-tion increased. Germination was higher in fresh seeds and after 65 days, no germination was received perhaps due to deterioration of biochemi-cals in seeds. Patterns of seed deterioration were similar across all seed lots.

  12. 臭氧杀虫除菌技术的实仓应用%FIELD APPLICATION OF OZONE IN CONTROL OF STORED GRAIN INSECTS AND MOLD

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    孟宪兵

    2011-01-01

    Compared with the phosphine fumigation, the insecticidal technology by ventilation with ozone has many obvious advantages, such as no residue, no secondary pollution, broad spectrum and high effect, easy to perceive and so on. Compared with the controlled atmosphere technology by CO2 and N2, the technology by ventilation with ozone requires low airtightness of grain warehouse, low cost no need to operate continuously and so on. So far the application of ozone has become wider and wider in grain storage industry, for it can be used in complex fumigation, controlling mold. It also can lower the moisture content of cereal evenly by recirculation ventilation system. By summarizing the results of ozone fumigation in large warehouse, it contributes to technology of ozone application in green grain storage and keeping food quality in future.%臭氧通风杀虫与常规的磷化氢熏蒸杀虫相比,具有无残留、无二次污染、广谱高效抗菌杀虫、易于察觉等显著特点.与利用CO2和N2的气调储粮相比较,臭氧通风杀虫具有对粮仓密封性要求较低,运行成本低,无需连续处理等优点.目前臭氧在粮食仓储中的应用已越来越广泛,可用于综合熏蒸、灭菌防霉,配合良好的环流通风系统更能达到使粮食均匀降水的目的.总结了开展大型仓房整仓臭氧熏蒸杀虫除霉菌工作成果,为未来臭氧在绿色仓储以及食品的保鲜保质方面的应用提供参考.

  13. Radon emanation of heterogeneous basin deposits in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

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    Effective radium-226 concentration (ECRa) has been measured in soil samples from seven horizontal and vertical profiles of terrace scarps in the northern part of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The samples belong to the Thimi, Gokarna, and Tokha Formations, dated from 50 to 14 ky BP, and represent a diverse fluvio-deltaic sedimentary facies mainly consisting of gravelly to coarse sands, black, orange and brown clays. ECRa was measured in the laboratory by radon-222 emanation. The samples (n = 177) are placed in airtight glass containers, from which, after an accumulation time varying from 3 to 18 days, the concentration of radon-222, radioactive decay product of radium-226 and radioactive gas with a half-life of 3.8 days, is measured using scintillation flasks. The ECRa values from the seven different profiles of the terrace deposits vary from 0.4 to 43 Bq kg-1, with profile averages ranging from 12 ± 1 to 27 ± 2 Bq kg-1. The values have a remarkable consistency along a particular horizon of sediment layers, clearly demonstrating that these values can be used for long distance correlations of the sediment horizons. Widely separated sediment profiles, representing similar stratigraphic positions, exhibit consistent ECRa values in corresponding stratigraphic sediment layers. ECRa measurements therefore appear particularly useful for lithologic and stratigraphic discriminations. For comparison, ECRa values of soils from different localities having various sources of origin were also obtained: 9.2 ± 0.4 Bq kg-1 in soils of Syabru-Bensi (Central Nepal), 23 ± 1 Bq kg-1 in red residual soils of the Bhattar-Trisuli Bazar terrace (North of Kathmandu), 17.1 ± 0.3 Bq kg-1 in red residual soils of terrace of Kalikasthan (North of Trisuli Bazar) and 10 ± 1 Bq kg-1 in red residual soils of a site near Nagarkot (East of Kathmandu). The knowledge of ECRa values for these various soils is important for modelling radon exhalation at the ground surface, in particular in the vicinity

  14. Impact of climate change on the domestic indoor environment and associated health risks in the UK.

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    Vardoulakis, Sotiris; Dimitroulopoulou, Chrysanthi; Thornes, John; Lai, Ka-Man; Taylor, Jonathon; Myers, Isabella; Heaviside, Clare; Mavrogianni, Anna; Shrubsole, Clive; Chalabi, Zaid; Davies, Michael; Wilkinson, Paul

    2015-12-01

    There is growing evidence that projected climate change has the potential to significantly affect public health. In the UK, much of this impact is likely to arise by amplifying existing risks related to heat exposure, flooding, and chemical and biological contamination in buildings. Identifying the health effects of climate change on the indoor environment, and risks and opportunities related to climate change adaptation and mitigation, can help protect public health. We explored a range of health risks in the domestic indoor environment related to climate change, as well as the potential health benefits and unintended harmful effects of climate change mitigation and adaptation policies in the UK housing sector. We reviewed relevant scientific literature, focusing on housing-related health effects in the UK likely to arise through either direct or indirect mechanisms of climate change or mitigation and adaptation measures in the built environment. We considered the following categories of effect: (i) indoor temperatures, (ii) indoor air quality, (iii) indoor allergens and infections, and (iv) flood damage and water contamination. Climate change may exacerbate health risks and inequalities across these categories and in a variety of ways, if adequate adaptation measures are not taken. Certain changes to the indoor environment can affect indoor air quality or promote the growth and propagation of pathogenic organisms. Measures aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions have the potential for ancillary public health benefits including reductions in health burdens related heat and cold, indoor exposure to air pollution derived from outdoor sources, and mould growth. However, increasing airtightness of dwellings in pursuit of energy efficiency could also have negative effects by increasing concentrations of pollutants (such as PM2.5, CO and radon) derived from indoor or ground sources, and biological contamination. These effects can largely be ameliorated by mechanical

  15. Evaluation of EGFR and RTK signaling in the electrotaxis of lung adenocarcinoma cells under direct-current electric field stimulation.

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    Full Text Available Physiological electric field (EF plays a pivotal role in tissue development and regeneration. In vitro, cells under direct-current electric field (dcEF stimulation may demonstrate directional migration (electrotaxis and long axis reorientation (electro-alignment. Although the biophysical models and biochemical signaling pathways behind cell electrotaxis have been investigated in numerous normal cells and cancer cells, the molecular signaling mechanisms in CL1 lung adenocarcinoma cells have not been identified. Two subclones of CL1 cells, the low invasive CL1-0 cells and the highly invasive CL 1-5 cells, were investigated in the present study. CL1-0 cells are non-electrotactic while the CL 1-5 cells are anodally electrotactic and have high expression level of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR, in this study, we investigated the generally accepted hypothesis of receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK activation in the two cell lines under dcEF stimulation. Erbitux, a therapeutic drug containing an anti-EGFR monoclonal antibody, cetuximab, was used to investigate the EGFR signaling in the electrotaxis of CL 1-5 cells. To investigate RTK phosphorylation and intracellular signaling in the CL1 cells, large amount of cellular proteins were collected in an airtight dcEF stimulation device, which has advantages of large culture area, uniform EF distribution, easy operation, easy cell collection, no contamination, and no medium evaporation. Commercial antibody arrays and Western blotting were used to study the phosphorylation profiles of major proteins in CL1 cells under dcEF stimulation. We found that electrotaxis of CL 1-5 cells is serum independent and EGFR independent. Moreover, the phosphorylation of Akt and S6 ribosomal protein (rpS6 in dcEF-stimulated CL1 cells are different from that in EGF-stimulated cells. This result suggests that CL1 cells' response to dcEF stimulation is not through EGFR-triggered pathways. The new large-scale dcEF stimulation

  16. Combustion gas moisture generated by vent-free fireplaces

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    2007-05-15

    Gas fireplaces are gaining in popularity for use in residential applications because they are clean burning and do not rely on wood delivery services. This article addressed the health and safety concerns regarding the use of vent-free fireplaces in increasingly more airtight homes. Vent-free units are appealing because they do not require vents, which can be a challenge to fit into urban homes. Although their use is allowed in the United States and Australia, Canadian standards do not permit vent-free gas-fired appliances because the combustion gases dissipate into the house. Alternatives to natural gas include new alcohol-fuelled fireplaces which are touted as being environmentally sound since the denatured alcohol fuel is produced by the fermentation of sugars from agricultural and forestry products. EcoSmart is an Australian-developed vent-free fireplace currently marketed in Canada. The combustion byproducts include heat, steam and carbon dioxide. The life of the fire depends on the amount of fuel placed into the burner box. Once it has burned, there is nothing to clean. The thermal input is 13,000 BTUs. The new product does not fit any standards that exist for gas, oil or wood burning appliances. Testing has focused on CO/CO{sub 2} fuel consumption ratios, flame stability, ignition safety, heat output, combustion characteristics and operational features. However, it was cautioned that not every house has an adequate amount of air exchange to provide basic ventilation to meet occupant needs for healthy indoor air quality, nor enough air change to deal with combustion moisture and other gases from a vent-free appliance. Integrated Energy Systems Laboratories conducted an analysis to determine the effect on indoor air quality when alcohol or gas is burned. The combustion products of several different fuels were analyzed. It was shown that 506 g of water is produced for every 10,000 BTU of fuel, which is equivalent to 0.5 litres of water per hour. In addition, if

  17. Feedback of experience from the first passive houses - indoor environment, durability and user friendliness; Erfarenhetsaaterfoering fraan de foersta passivhusen - innemiljoe, bestaendighet och brukarvaenlighet

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    Sikander, Eva; Ruud, Svein; Fyhr, Kristina; Svensson, Owe

    2011-07-01

    Experience and evaluation of ten-year-old passive houses - indoor environment, durability and user convenience Although many passive houses and low-energy houses were evaluated while they were still newly built, there has not been much evaluation of them after several years' of occupation. This indicates a need to re-visit older passive houses in order to pick up any aspects that could be improved in the interests of operating aspects, good indoor environmental conditions, moisture safety or continued low energy use. The objective of this project has been to provide the building sector with feedback of experience from the first passive houses in Sweden, which were first occupied in 2001. User experiences have been collected through interviews, and indoor environmental conditions and the performance of technical systems have been monitored and measured. Energy use data for the houses has also been obtained. The work has been carried out on ten of the twenty terrace house units that were built outside Goeteborg. As the houses were thoroughly monitored while they were new, we can see if and how they have changed over their first ten years' occupation. The results shows that, in general, the occupants are very satisfied, although they have put forward proposals for certain improvements, linked to the fact that it is they themselves who operate and look after the houses. Similarly, measurement and monitoring of the indoor conditions and the technical systems shows that, in many respects, the houses have aged well, although there is also scope for improvement in order to ensure that the initially low energy consumption does not tend to increase, and to maintain the good indoor environmental conditions. Interviews, follow-up of energy use and measurements of indoor conditions and the performance of technical systems have included indoor thermal conditions, solar collector systems, performance of heat exchangers, air flows, acoustic conditions, airtightness of

  18. Final Scientific/Technical Report

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    Pakrasi, Himadri B. [Washington University

    2015-01-29

    The potential for developing commercially viable microbial H2-production systems as a renewable source of biofuel has been limited by the need for an anaerobic environment to enable photobiological H2-production in capable bacterial and algal species. In this project, we have shown that the cyanobacterium Cyanothece sp. ATCC 51142 has the capacity for highly efficient H2-production under natural aerobic conditions. The marine cyanobacterium Cyanothece sp. ATCC 51142 has a diurnal metabolic cycle; photosynthesis and carbon fixation occur during daylight hours and then at night, high rates of respiration create a suboxic intracellular environment that enables O2-sensitive processes to occur, including N2-fixation and H2-production. We developed a two-stage approach to monitor H2-production by Cyanothece 51142. In the first stage, we grew the bacteria aerobically in an alternating 12 hour light/dark cycle. A second ‘incubation’ stage was then carried out in which we took cells from the end of a 12 hour light growth period and incubated them in air-tight vials for a further 12 hours under continuous illumination. Analysis of the headspace in the vial revealed high specific rates of H2-production (>150 μmol of H2 per mg chlorophyll per hour) during this incubation period. Furthermore, the rate of H2-production could be enhanced by growing the cells in the presence of high levels of CO2 or glycerol. We also confirmed that H2-production was mediated by the nitrogenase system found in these Cyanothece cells. Interestingly, in the absence of molecular N2, nitrogenase systems channel all available electrons towards H2-production. Accordingly, when we incubated glycerol-supplemented Cyanothece 51142 cells in the absence of N2, the rate of H2-production increased up to 467 μmol of H2 per mg chlorophyll per hour, which is an order of magnitude greater than those rates previously observed in other wild type H2 producing model photosynthetic microorganisms under anaerobic

  19. The 'Vauban' passive house. Progress report; Passivhaus Vauban. Zwischenbericht

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    Ufheil, M.; Neumann, C.; Herkel, S.; Buerger, V.

    1998-11-01

    The Vauban passive house will have efficient thermal insulation, active and passive solar systems, reduced ventilation losses and technical facilities ensuring efficient use of energy. Heat gaps in the building shell were prevented by close co-operation with all project partners and construction enterprises. Several airtightness measurements were to ensure a high quality standard. The ventilation system of the building achieves 82% heat recovery. Heat is supplied by radiators. The solar system has an area of 46m{sup 2} and a total storage volume of 3,600 l. In the winter season, heat and power are generated by a small gas-fuelled cogeneration unit with a thermal capacity of 14.5 kw{sub th}. The economic efficiency of the house was calculated from the cost-profit ratio; a measure is considered if the cost-profit ratio is higher than 0.05 DM/kWh. [German] Das Energiekonzept des Passivhauses Vauban setzt auf hohen Waermeschutz, aktive und passive Solarenergienutzung, Begrenzung der Lueftungswaermeverluste und den Einsatz rationeller Energiesysteme. Um die Luftundichtheiten in der Gebaeudehuelle zu minimieren wurden die Anschlussdetails in Zusammenarbeit mit Planern und Handwerkern optimiert. Mehrere Luftdichtheismessungen dienen zur Kontrolle der Ausfuehrungsqualitaet. Die eingesetzte Lueftungsanlage erreicht eine Rueckwaermzahl von 82%. Die Beheizung erfolgt durch Heizkoerper. Die Solaranlage mit einer Flaeche von 46 m{sup 2} und einem Speichervolumen von insgesamt 3.600 l deckt 28% des Endenergiebedarfs. In den Monaten April bis September ist eine nahezu 100%ige Deckung des Energiebedarfs moeglich. Ein mit Erdgas betriebenes Klein-BHKW mit einer thermsichen Leistung von 14,5 kW{sub th} dient zur Waerme- und Stromerzeugung im Winter. Als Anhaltspunkt fuer die wirtschaftliche Optimierung der verschiedenen Massnahmen wurde das Preis-Leistungs-Verhaeltnis (PLV) herangezogen. Das Preis-Leistungs-Verhaeltnis ist wie folgt definiert: PLV

  20. Evolution of technetium speciation in reducing grout

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    Cementitious waste forms (CWFs) are an important component of the strategy to immobilize high-level nuclear waste resulting from plutonium production by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Technetium (99Tc) is an abundant fission product of particular concern in CWFs due to the high solubility and mobility of pertechnetate, TcO4-, the stable form of technetium in aerobic environments. CWFs can more effectively immobilize 99Tc if they contain additives that reduce mobile TcO4- to immobile Tc(IV) species. Leaching of 99Tc from reducing CWFs that contain Tc(IV) is much slower than for CWFs containing TcO4-. Previous X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) studies showed that the Tc(IV) species were oxidized to TcO4- in reducing grout samples prepared on a laboratory scale. Whether the oxidizer was atmospheric O2 or NO3- in the waste simulant was not determined. In actual CWFs, rapid oxidation of Tc(IV) by NO3- would be a concern, whereas oxidation by atmospheric O2 would be of less concern due to the slow diffusion and reaction of O2 with the reducing CWF. To address this uncertainty, two series of reducing grouts were prepared using TcO4- containing waste simulants with and without NO3-. In the first series of samples, the TcO4- was completely reduced using Na2S, and the samples were placed in containers that permitted O2 diffusion. In these samples, all of the technetium was initially present as aTc(IV) sulfide compound, TcSx, which was characterized using extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy, and is likely Tc2S7. The TcSx initially present in the grout samples was steadily oxidized over 4 years. In the second series of samples, all of the TcO4- was not initially reduced, and the grout samples were placed in airtight containers. In these samples, the remaining TcO4- continued to be reduced as the samples aged, presumably due to the presence of reducing blast furnace slag. When samples in the second series were exposed to atmosphere, the

  1. Measurement of radon concentration in groundwater of Kumaon Himalaya

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    In this study, radon concentration in springs and hand pumps of Kumaon Himalaya, India was measured using radon emanometry technique. The radon measurements were made in springs and groundwater from the hand pumps being used as drinking water sources by general population. The hand pumps and springs were selected near the dwellings and workplaces, where the general public utilizes these water sources for their daily needs. The water samples from springs were collected in an air-tight bottle from the original discharge point (outlet) of the spring having distinct geological unit and geohydrological regime. The water was transferred from discharge point of the spring to the bottom of the bottle using PVC tubing. For hand pumps, the water was pumped out for some time and the samples were collected in 1 L bottle directly from the pump outlet. After allowing the sample bottle to over flow for a while and when no bubbles were visually observed, the sample volume was reduced to a pre-marked position leaving 250 ml of air in the bottle above the water surface. The sample bottle was then connected in a close circuit with Lucas cell, hand operated rubber pump and a glass tube containing CaCl2 to absorb the moisture. The air was then circulated in close circuit for a period of 15 mm till the radon formed a uniform mixture with the air and the resulting alpha activity was recorded. The resulting numbers of the alpha counts were then converted into Bq/l by using the calibration factor 1 cpm = 0.0663 Bq/l. The results of radon measurements in springs and hand pumps from the study area are given. Field measurements were taken in different geological units of Kumaun region in Himalaya. The radon concentration in spring water varies from 1 Bq/l to 76 Bq/l with geometric mean 10 Bq/l, whereas in hand pumps it varies from 3 Bq/l to 392 Bq/l with geometric mean of 40 Bq/l. The higher values of radon in the water samples of hand pumps are possibly because of its greater depth, which

  2. New simple method for fast and accurate measurement of volumes

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    A new simple method is presented, which allows us to measure in just a few minutes but with reasonable accuracy (less than 1%) the volume confined inside a generic enclosure, regardless of the complexity of its shape. The technique proposed also allows us to measure the volume of any portion of a complex manifold, including, for instance, pipes and pipe fittings, valves, gauge heads, and so on, without disassembling the manifold at all. To this purpose an airtight variable volume is used, whose volume adjustment can be precisely measured; it has an overall capacity larger than that of the unknown volume. Such a variable volume is initially filled with a suitable test gas (for instance, air) at a known pressure, as carefully measured by means of a high precision capacitive gauge. By opening a valve, the test gas is allowed to expand into the previously evacuated unknown volume. A feedback control loop reacts to the resulting finite pressure drop, thus contracting the variable volume until the pressure exactly retrieves its initial value. The overall reduction of the variable volume achieved at the end of this process gives a direct measurement of the unknown volume, and definitively gets rid of the problem of dead spaces. The method proposed actually does not require the test gas to be rigorously held at a constant temperature, thus resulting in a huge simplification as compared to complex arrangements commonly used in metrology (gas expansion method), which can grant extremely accurate measurement but requires rather expensive equipments and results in time consuming methods, being therefore impractical in most applications. A simple theoretical analysis of the thermodynamic cycle and the results of experimental tests are described, which demonstrate that, in spite of its simplicity, the method provides a measurement accuracy within 0.5%. The system requires just a few minutes to complete a single measurement, and is ready immediately at the end of the process. The

  3. Predicting the Blast of Lunar Soil Under a Rocket's Exhaust Jet

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    Diaz, Carlos J. Sanchez

    2007-01-01

    The blast of lunar soil represents a problem for the future missions planned for the moon. When the lander approached the ground during the Apollo missions, huge showers of dust particles were sent in all directions at extremely high velocities - including upwards towards the landing spacecraft. This represents a clear danger to the lander because the loss of visibility and the damage that can be produced to the vehicle itself. If there had been equipment on the ground, these showers of particles would have created a sand blasting effect over the equipment, possibly damaging optics and contaminating the equipment and depending on the size and velocity of the particles maybe even more extensive damage as the particles penetrated the outer surface of the equipment. Since the there is no air on the moon to slow down the particles, they can travel large distances at high speeds, in fact in some instances they can reach near escape velocity and go into an orbit around the moon and come all the way back to almost the same point where they were at the beginning; meaning that some of the lunar dust that came up during landing will shower back over the site. Once on the surface, the extremely fine dust had a habit of getting itself everywhere. During the Apollo missions it not only covered the astronauts' suits, but managed to work its way inside, damaging airtight joints and scratching up glass visors. The dust found its way inside the spacecraft, contaminating the floor and electronic systems inside, clogging air filters in the process. This is due to the fact that the lunar soil is extremely cohesive. The Lunar soil causes all of the same problems as sand does on Earth but unlike sand particles on Earth, which have smooth spherical shapes, the dust on the Moon is more like small particles of glass with sharper edges since there is no erosion on the lunar surface. During the Apollo missions the dust problem did not cause a big problem due to the fact of the length of

  4. Rôle de l'intensité lumineuse sur les capacités parasitaires d'Eupelmus orientalis Crawford et d'Eupelmus vuilleti Crawford, parasitoïdes des Bruchidae ravageurs de graines de niébé (Vigna unguiculata Walp.

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    Ndoutoume-Ndong A.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Role of light intensity on parasitic capacities of Eupelmus orientalis Crawford and Eupelmus vuilleti Crawford, parasitoids of Bruchidae pests of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata Walp. seeds. In tropical Africa, Callosobruchus maculatus Fabricius is a cowpea pest. After the harvest, the disappearance of one of C. maculatus parasitoids (Eupelmus orientalis Crawford limits the duration of stocks conservation. In this study, we used an experimental model imitating the traditional african granaries taking into account the lack of airtightness and the variability of the internal luminous intensity of the different types of granaries. Three kinds of cages were used: cages with an internal luminous intensity of 380 lux, cages with an internal luminous intensity of 3.5 lux, and some others with an internal luminous intensity of 0.2 lux. Four little holes are pierced on the sides of each cage. Each hole was provided with a trap to catch the insects that escaped. Inside each cage, 20 E. orientalis and Eupelmus vuilleti Crawford nymphs were placed. In adult stage, the insects faced a choice of either to escape, or to stay in the cage and then parasitize available hosts. The trapped individuals as well as those remaining in the cage are sorted out by species. Available hosts in the cage which had parasites are also sorted out. The results show that the E. orientalis females born in the cage hardly parasitize available hosts and escape in majority compared to E. vuilleti which stay in the cages. In 380 lux cages, 19% of E. orientalis females escape compared to 6% of E. vuilleti. This percentage of evasion increases with the darkning of the enclosure. Thus, 62% of E. vuilleti females escape from the cages of 3.5 lux and only 11% escape from the cages of 0.2 lux. The majority of E. orientalis individuals escape right from birth, which therefore explains their disappearance from storage. This escape behaviour constitutes a factor limiting the use of this parasitoid as

  5. 一株酵母菌的鉴定及其挥发性物质防病测定%Identification of a Yeast Strain and Effect of Its Volatile Organic Compounds on Disease Control

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    黄蓉; 黄盼; 黄瑞荣; 李国庆

    2015-01-01

    为进一步研究用于防治草莓灰霉病的生防酵母菌,针对一株经平板测定和离体接种筛选得到的酵母菌菌株W4682,进行分类鉴定,并对其产生的挥发性物质防治草莓灰霉病的能力进行测定.结果发现,菌株W4682应属于汉逊德巴利酵母(Debaryomyces hansenii).菌株W4682产生的挥发性物质不但可以抑制灰霉菌的生长,对草莓灰霉病的发生也具有显著的防治效果.同时菌株W4682接种草莓后不仅可以在被接种果实上定殖,控制其病害发生,其产生挥发性物质还可以控制同一密闭空间内未接种的草莓上病害的发生.因而,汉逊德巴利酵母菌株W4682具有较好的应用潜力.%To verify the biocontrol efficacy of antagonistic yeast fungus in control of strawberry gray mold disease,a yeast strain W4682 which was effective in inhibiting Botrytis cinerea in dual culture and suppressing gray mold disease on strawberry fruits with the live cells,was identified and the efficacy of its volatile organic compounds in control of strawberry gray mould was determined.As a result,the yeast strain W4682 was identi-fied as Debaryomyces hansenii.The volatile organic compounds produced by the strain W4682 could inhibit my-celial growth of Botrytis cinerea and suppress botrytis fruit rot in strawberry obviously.When the strain W4682 was inoculated on strawberry fruits,the yeast cells colonized on fruit surface and controlled the botrytis rot in these fruits effectively,at the same time,the volatile organic compounds produced by these fruits also effectively controlled the botrytis rot in other fruits under the same air-tight space which were not inoculated with yeast cells.This study suggests that the strain W4682 of Debaryomyces hansenii is a promising agent for the control of Botrytis cinerea.

  6. 不同化学型樟树对 SO2吸收的比较分析%Analysis of Different Chemotypes of Cinnamomum camphora on SO2 Absorption

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    陈瑞炎

    2013-01-01

      在密闭条件下,采用静态熏气法研究不同化学型(芳樟型、脑樟型)樟树1年生苗木、枝条在 SO2伤害阈值时(0.5 g/m3×4 h)对 SO2的吸收能力及熏气后的恢复能力,结果表明,芳樟型1年生苗木对 SO2吸收量为450.6 mg/m2,芳樟型枝条对 SO2吸收量为451.8 mg/m2;脑樟型1年生樟树苗对 SO2吸收量为597.6 mg/m2,脑樟型枝条对 SO2吸收量为809.4 mg/m2。芳樟型樟树1年生苗木、枝条与脑樟型樟树1年生苗木、枝条熏气后恢复能力无显著差异。%The resistance and absorbency to gaseous SO2 of linalool­type and camphor­type Cinnamomum camphora (L.) Presl were studied under airtight conditions. The results showed that the linalool­type of one year old camphor tree absorbed SO2 450.6 mg/m2, the linalool­type of camphor tree branches absorbed SO2 451.8 mg/m2; the camphor­type of one year old camphor tree absorbed SO2 597.6 mg/m2, the camphor­type of camphor tree branches absorbed SO2 809.4 mg/m2. There were not significantly differences between resistance of linalool­ type and of camphor­type C. camphora (L.).

  7. A new purge-and-trap headspace technique to analyse volatile organohalogens from fluid inclusions of rocks and minerals

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    Mulder, Ines; Huber, Stefan; Schöler, Heinfried

    2010-05-01

    Recently, advances were made in the detection of low boiling point volatile organohalogens (VOCs) at trace gas concentrations of air samples employing sophisticated and complex experimental setups (Sive et al. 2005, Miller et al. 2008) while conventional fluid inclusion gas analysis via GC/MS (gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry) do not include halogenated VOCs in their analytical routine (e.g. Samson et al. 2003). At the same time Svensen et al. (2009) have just confirmed the release of chlorinated and brominated VOC from halites after heat treatment using GC/MS into which they injected compounds previously trapped on adsorption tubes. Already in 1998, Harnish and Eisenhauer reported the presence of CF4 and SF6 released from natural fluorite and granite samples after milling but appear to have received little resonance in the scientific community. In this work we present the development of a new method for the analysis of halogenated VOCs from fluid inclusions. The mineral or rock sample is milled in an air-tight tempered steel container that fits into a regular planetary mill. Starting at a particle size of around 2-3 mm a final mean particle fineness of 1000 to 750 nm for quartz and fluorites, respectively, is achieved. The grinding container is equipped with two septa that can be pierced by the two needles through which the sample is connected to the GC/MS system and through which the gases are purged similar to a standard purge-and-trap system. The gases are trapped at liquid nitrogen temperatures before entering directly onto the column of the GC/MS system. Compounds that were released during grinding are separated and detected by an ion trap mass spectrometer. To prevent contamination with fine particles a 0.5 µm sintered steel filter element is interconnected after the sample needle. Optimizations and calibrations were conducted using diluted pure gases. First results show that this modified GC/MS purge-and-trap method appears to be an

  8. Practical Diagnostics for Evaluating Residential Commissioning Metrics

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    Wray, Craig; Walker, Iain; Siegel, Jeff; Sherman, Max

    2002-06-11

    In this report, we identify and describe 24 practical diagnostics that are ready now to evaluate residential commissioning metrics, and that we expect to include in the commissioning guide. Our discussion in the main body of this report is limited to existing diagnostics in areas of particular concern with significant interactions: envelope and HVAC systems. These areas include insulation quality, windows, airtightness, envelope moisture, fan and duct system airflows, duct leakage, cooling equipment charge, and combustion appliance backdrafting with spillage. Appendix C describes the 83 other diagnostics that we have examined in the course of this project, but that are not ready or are inappropriate for residential commissioning. Combined with Appendix B, Table 1 in the main body of the report summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of all 107 diagnostics. We first describe what residential commissioning is, its characteristic elements, and how one might structure its process. Our intent in this discussion is to formulate and clarify these issues, but is largely preliminary because such a practice does not yet exist. Subsequent sections of the report describe metrics one can use in residential commissioning, along with the consolidated set of 24 practical diagnostics that the building industry can use now to evaluate them. Where possible, we also discuss the accuracy and usability of diagnostics, based on recent laboratory work and field studies by LBNL staff and others in more than 100 houses. These studies concentrate on evaluating diagnostics in the following four areas: the DeltaQ duct leakage test, air-handler airflow tests, supply and return grille airflow tests, and refrigerant charge tests. Appendix A describes those efforts in detail. In addition, where possible, we identify the costs to purchase diagnostic equipment and the amount of time required to conduct the diagnostics. Table 1 summarizes these data. Individual equipment costs for the 24

  9. Analysis on Character of Temporal-Spatial Distribution and Effect Factors of Dustfall in Nantong%南通市降尘时空分布特征及影响因素

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    刘媛媛; 姚颖

    2012-01-01

    对2004年-2009年南通市降尘监测数据进行分析,结果表明,市区降尘污染较轻,年均值全部达标,在6年间呈波状变化态势;从各月分布来看,3-7月降尘污染较为严重;在各功能区中,受降尘污染程度从大到小依次为:居民区>工业区>商业交通区>文教区.提出,应继续推进城区企业工艺改造升级,加快燃煤锅炉淘汰;施工(运输)期间对易产生扬尘的建筑材料应采取密闭存储、设置围挡等有效措施并保证建筑垃圾及时清运、施工车辆及道路及时清扫冲洗;加大城市的绿化建设和道路的硬化建设,尽量避免道路开挖.%The monitoring data of dust fall in Nantong was analyzed during the year from 2004 to 2009. The results indicated annual average values of dust fall in urban area reached the standard of air quality and showed a wave trend in the six years. The monthly values were high from March to July and showed dust fall pollution level as follow as residential area > industrial zone > commercial and traffic area > cultural and educational area. Some suggestion was made for improvement environment such as to upgrade urban enterprise process, to leave the coal boiler off, to take dust airtight storage for building materials at construction and transportation, to remove waste in time and wash construction vehicles and road promptly, to increase the city's green area and road pavement as well as try to avoid road excavation.

  10. Highly insulating glazing in new multi-storey buildings; Hoejisolerende glaspartier i nye etageboliger

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    Engelund Thomsen, K.; Schmidt, H.; Aggerholm, S.

    2001-07-01

    The purpose of this report is to illustrate how highly insulating types of glazing can be used in multi-storey buildings for housing in new ways. These are energy efficient and provide good indoor climate and also satisfy requirements to high architectural quality. The project has resulted in a number of design proposal demonstrating how new types of glazing can be fitted into multi-storey buildings and how new facade expressions, space and lighting effects can be obtained by using highly insulating glass areas. The project is collaboration between the architects Boje Lundgaard and Lene Tranberg's Tegnestue, KAB Bygge og Boligadministration and Danish Building and Urban Research. Calculations of heat demand suggest that it is possible to meet the targets outlined in the Danish Government's action plan for energy. Energy 21 by using new types of highly insulating glazing in new buildings. Another 33% reduction of the heating demand is targeted in relation to existing requirements in the Danish Building Regulations 1995 (BR 95) and the Danish Building Regulations for Small Dwellings 1998 (BR-S 98). The project builds on experience gained from 'High-insulated Glass House' (Wittchen and Aggerholm, 1999) built on the housing estage Egebjerggaard in Ballerup, a suburb of Copenhagen. Examples of existing multi-storey buildings with glass facades show extensive use of glazing as early as 1830 in Spain. Walls preceding the curtain wall were built from wood and glass and rested on stone corbels at about 1 m from the load-bearing facade. The first multi-storey buildings with facades entirely made from glass date from the 1920s. The architect Le Corbusier was the first to create a building system that facilitated the construction of non-loadbearing facades. Various conditions must be especially considered at the design of facades with highly insulating glass areas, i.a. type of glass and glazing, solar shadings, frame constructions and airtightness

  11. Evolution of technetium speciation in reducing grout

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    Lukens, Wayne W.; Bucher, Jerome J.; Shuh, David K.; Edelstein,Norman M.

    2003-11-24

    Cementitious waste forms (CWFs) are an important component of the strategy to immobilize high-level nuclear waste resulting from plutonium production by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Technetium (99Tc) is an abundant fission product of particular concern in CWFs due to the high solubility and mobility of pertechnetate, TcO4-, the stable form of technetium in aerobic environments. CWFs can more effectively immobilize 99Tc if they contain additives that reduce mobile TcO4- to immobile Tc(IV) species. Leaching of 99Tc from reducing CWFs that contain Tc(IV) is much slower than for CWFs containing TcO4-. Previous X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) studies showed that the Tc(IV) species were oxidized to TcO4- in reducing grout samples prepared on a laboratory scale. Whether the oxidizer was atmospheric O2 or NO3- in the waste simulant was not determined. In actual CWFs, rapid oxidation of Tc(IV) by NO3- would be a concern, whereas oxidation by atmospheric O2 would be of less concern due to the slow diffusion and reaction of O2 with the reducing CWF. To address this uncertainty, two series of reducing grouts were prepared using TcO4- containing waste simulants with and without NO3-. In the first series of samples, the TcO4- was completely reduced using Na2S, and the samples were placed in containers that permitted O2 diffusion. In these samples, all of the technetium was initially present as aTc(IV) sulfide compound, TcSx, which was characterized using extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy, and is likely Tc2S7. The TcSx initially present in the grout samples was steadily oxidized over 4 years. In the second series of samples, all of the TcO4- was not initially reduced, and the grout samples were placed in airtight containers. In these samples, the remaining TcO4- continued to be reduced as the samples aged, presumably due to the presence of reducing blast furnace slag. When samples in the second series were exposed to atmosphere, the

  12. The Triple Isotopic Composition of Atmospheric O2 as a Tracer of the Rate of Global Photorespiration

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    Angert, A.; Luz, B.; Barkan, E.; Rachmilevitch, S.

    2001-12-01

    The triple isotopic composition of atmospheric O2 is controlled by different signatures of biological and stratospheric processes. Ultraviolet induced interactions in the stratosphere cause an equal depletion of 17O and 18O of atmospheric O2 (mass-independent fractionation). This equal lowering is in contrast to biological processes, and most terrestrial processes, in which the discrimination against 17O is about half of the discrimination against 18O relative to 16O (mass-dependent fractionation). Thus, O2 that was produced by photosynthesis and was affected only by biological consumption will have excess 17O relatively to atmospheric O2 with the same delta 18O. In previous interpretations of changes in the triple isotopic composition, it was assumed that the ratio of discrimination against 17O to the discrimination against 18O is identical for all biological processes. In the present study, we evaluated this ratio, for the first time, for some of the most important oxygen consumption processes: The cytochrome and alternative pathways of dark respiration, and photorespiration. The value for the dark respiration processes was evaluated in dark incubation experiments, and inhibitors were used to separate the two pathways. The value for photorespiration was evaluated from experiments in airtight terrarium containing soil, plant and water. We have found similar discrimination ratio for the cytochrome and alternative pathways, but considerably lower ratio for photorespiration. One important conclusion derived from this finding is that much of the change in the atmospheric 17O depletion during the LGM can be related to an increase in the global rate of photorespiration. The increased rate of photorespiration during the LGM was the result of lower atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Previous interpretations of the 17O depletion change in the LGM attributed it only to changes in global productivity, and in stratospheric processes. Another important conclusion is that the

  13. Radon and tritium in human life. The real threat aspects and social responsibilities

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    Full text: Radon is the heaviest radioactive colorless, odorless, undetectable by human feelings and noble atomic gas, contributing by around 54% to the world average total radiation exposure and by more than 58% of the average natural radioactivity. Radon is released from all kind of soils and from building materials and can built up within dwellings and other closed spaces. Established until 1990 as the second cause of lung cancer, the scientists paid more attention to the radon and his daughters effects. The radon maximum permissible level was accepted between 150 Bq/m3 and 600 Bq/m3, being different for different countries. The telluric radon is represented by three abundant isotopes: Rn-222 as successor of U-238 via Ra-226 from uranium chain having more than 90% of effects, Rn-220 from thorium chain and Rn-219 from U-235, both last isotopes having a too short half time to be important in radiological risk by inhalation. The risk by direct body irradiation or by radon ingestion is 104 less than by radon inhalation risk. The interest of different countries in order to reduce the radon effects was sustained by appropriate studies. In USA the radon studies were monitored by National Research Center and as a consequence its Committee for Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR) VI issued a special report regarding radon. The activities regarding the mining, transport and processing are accompanied by radon release. The miner dwellings are located generally into areas of high potential radon release from all kind of natural sources as mountains, faults line or cracks. The existing type of dwellings is very permissive for gaseous elements, especially for radon. The building can accumulate the radon into the airtight or unventilated rooms like gap, cellar, and basement and so on. By the other side many antinuclear NGOs are very active and belligerent against Nuclear Power Plants, especially regarding tritium from CANDU reactor. It must be maintained that all

  14. Heat transfer through a well insulated external wooden frame wall. An investigation of the effects of normal defects in the insulation resulting from incident wind and air flow through the wall

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    Roots, P.

    1997-05-01

    The heat requirement of a building can turn out to be greater than was calculated at the design stage. The reason for this may be that heat transport through the building envelope is greater than expected. This in turn can be due to the structure not fulfilling the design requirements in respect to windtightness and airtightness. In addition, there may be defects in the quality of the workmanship of the insulation that significantly reduce the thermal resistance of the external wall. The objective of this investigation has been to ascertain how normal variations in the insulation can affect heat transport through a well-insulated wooden frame external wall under the influences of incident wind or wind flow through the wall. These `normal variations` have been taken to be the presence of electrical conduits, breaks in the insulation, airgaps and nogging pieces, either singly or in combination. For incident wind, measurements in a hotbox and theoretical simulations have shown that the presence of electrical conduits, breaks in the insulation, airgaps or nogging pieces in a well-insulated wooden frame external wall, whether singly or in combination, have negligible effect on thermal transport when subjected to incidnet wind. Heat transport is affected, however, by the presence of a break in the insulation: the combination of electrical conduits, airgaps, a nogging piece and a 16 mm gap in the insulation increased the U-value of the wall by 0.028 W/(m{sup 2.}K) at the most. Measuring the effects of a flow of air through the insulation involved simulating a break in the air seal. A pressure difference of between 10 Pa and 20 Pa was established, causing air to flow from the cold side to the warm side. Measurements and calculations have shown that normal variations in the insulation have a negligible effect on the transmission losses on the cold side, due to the heat exchange effect of the insulation, which raises the temperature of the air flowing through it. This has

  15. Low energy houses and passive houses - common questions; Laagenergihus och passivhus - vanliga fraagestaellningar

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    Sikander, Eva; Samuelson, Ingemar; Gustavsson, Thorbjoern; Ruud, Svein; Larsson, Krister; Hiller, Carolina; Werner, Goesta; Gabrielii, Kristina

    2009-07-01

    This feasibility study of passive houses and low-energy houses has raised several questions concerning aspects of which more knowledge is needed. Many can be answered by existing knowledge, but there are still several that can only partly be answered, and some that cannot be answered at all. As there is a substantial demand for, and interest in, the construction of low-energy houses and passive houses, it is important that the remaining questions should be addressed so that the building sector can continue to develop. Examples of areas where further knowledge is needed include: moisture safe and energy-efficient building envelopes; demand-responsive ventilation, without risk of poor indoor environmental conditions; thermal comfort (summer and winter); airtight and durable detailing; design systems and working methods to ensure retention of good characteristics when converting or extending buildings; durability aspects of certain components and functions; the effects of occupants on energy use; how indoor environment conditions and functions will cope with climate change; quality assurance in order to ensure that the appropriate knowledge is applied, and that the work is carried out properly. Some important points to emphasise: The design and construction of low-energy houses and passive houses must be firmly based on the correct design principles and appropriate standards of workmanship, in order to ensure that the houses are energy-efficient, have good indoor environmental conditions and can be expected to have long lives. Proper understanding of the principles, coupled with constant quality awareness, are essential in all stages of the work from the developer, designer and construction personnel but also during operation-phase. Hitherto, low-energy houses and passive houses have been built in relatively small numbers, but the expectation is that interest in them will increase. This raises the question of how, if production is to be very much more than at present

  16. Evaluación, diseño y propuestas de sistemas de ventilación en la rehabilitación de edificios residenciales españoles. Estudio de caso

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    Meiss, A.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, building retrofitting has grown in importance, due to the need to improve construction and energy conditions, but omitting those relating to ventilation. This is due to the difficulty to estimate the available natural ventilation and the limited solutions derived from DB-HS3. This work aims to present a methodology, through numeric simulations and climate data, able to solve the seasonal pressure gradient in the building’ envelope and, once known the airtightness with on-site pressurization tests, the calculation of the ventilation flows in three representative conditions (summer, winter an annual average. To fulfill the HS3 requirement is advisable to use the performance-based nature of CTE, which allows other alternative solutions to the DB. But it is necessary to introduce changes in the regulations to allow the proposed solution of an individual ventilation system with variable flow or Controlled Cross Ventilation.En los últimos años, la rehabilitación de edificios ha experimentado un gran impulso, haciendo hincapié en aspectos constructivos y energéticos, pero omitiendo los relativos a la ventilación. Esto se debe a la dificultad de conocer la ventilación natural disponible y en las escasas soluciones derivadas del DB-HS3. Este trabajo pretende exponer una metodología para, a partir de simulaciones numéricas y datos climáticos, obtener el gradiente estacional de presiones en los cerramientos y, conocida su permeabilidad mediante ensayos de presurización in situ, obtener los caudales disponibles en tres períodos del año (verano, invierno y media anual. Para el cumplimiento de la exigencia HS3 es recomendable acudir al carácter prestacional del CTE, que admite otras soluciones alternativas al Documento Básico, pero es necesario introducir una serie de cambios para la solución propuesta de proyectar un sistema individual de ventilación con caudal variable o Ventilación Cruzada Controlada.

  17. Fluoride rechargability of a non-resin auto-cured glass ionomer cement from a fluoridated dentifrice: An in vitro study

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: In addition to their fluoride-releasing properties, glass ionomer cement (GICs have the ability to reuptake and release fluorides from commonly used sources like fluoridated dentifrices. This property has the potential to provide a continuous low concentration of fluoride in the saliva aiding in caries prevention. The superior fluoride-recharging abilities of resin-modified GICs over conventional GICs have been documented. The manufacturer of a non-resin, auto-cured GIC (GC Fuji VII claims fluoride release from the product to be about six times that of conventional GIC. It was hypothesized that perhaps this high fluoride release could translate into a high reuptake and release, when exposed to a 1 000 ppm fluoridated dentifrice every day, thus providing increased fluoride levels in saliva. Aims: This study therefore examined fluoride-recharging abilities of the non-resin, auto-cured glass ionomer cement from a 1 000 ppm fluoridated dentifrice and compared it with resin-modified glass ionomer cement. Materials and Methods: Twelve glass ionomer discs each of resin-modified glass ionomer cement (GC Fuji II L C, Group 1 and the non-resin, auto-cured glass ionomer cement (GC Fuji VII, Group 2 were prepared with precise dimensions of 9 x 2 mm. The 12 specimens in each group were further subdivided into two subgroups of six each. Subgroup A involved no fluoride treatment (Control. Subgroup B involved application of a 1 000 ppm dentifrice for 2 minutes twice daily with a soft toothbrush. The disc-specimens were then suspended in airtight plastic bottles containing exactly 20 ml double distilled water. The fluoride concentration of the water in which the specimen discs were immersed was measured by means of a fluoride ion selective electrode connected to an ion selective electrode meter/digital ion analyzer at 1, 2, 7, 15, and 30 days. Statistical Analysis: It was performed using the Kruskal-Wallis Test. Results and Conclusion: Fuji VII

  18. Contribution to the study of fluids transfers within a concrete wall: application to the case of a containment wall subjected to air tightness tests conditions and to accidental situation conditions

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    The correlation between the leak rate of a containment wall of nuclear power plants reactor buildings measured during periodic airtightness tests and the leak rate during a Loss Of Coolant Accident (LOCA) is a fundamental element in the security analysis of reactor building. The aim of this work is to contribute to the study of the transfers of fluids induced by these two types of loading in the case of a concrete wall integrating inhomogeneities and singularities capable to exist within the containment wall. In a first experimental phase, the development of a test rig allowing to work with concrete specimens having the same height as the thickness of containment wall of future nuclear power plant (1.3 m) permits to develop concrete compositions representative of these high air permeability zones. Their characterization is focused on the types of gaseous flow being able to exist within these high diffuse permeability concretes and on the structuring of their porous network. This step is completed by water vapour sorption measurements and by mercury porosimetry tests in the case of a concrete qualified according a leak flow criterion. In a second experimental phase, this concrete is subjected to air tightness tests conditions and to an accidental situation of LOCA type (141 deg C, effective humid air pressure equal to 4,2 bar) always with a thickness of 1.3 m. The analysis of pressure and temperature fields and the water content distributions is performed by an appropriate instrumentation which also permits the study of kinetics of the mass flux (both gaseous and liquid) crossing to the extrados of the wall. The numerical investigation is carried out with the Thermal-Hydro-Mechanic of non-saturated porous media model, recently implemented in Code Aster (developed by EDF). This model allows to consider all the fluid phases in presence. From a interpretation work of experimental data according to hypotheses of the model, notably towards the particular aspects bound up

  19. Radon exhalation from and diffusion in concrete

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    Cylindrical test pieces of concrete are used for measurements of 222Rn exhalation rates. Except one flat end surface of a test piece, other parts of its exteriority are covered with sealant. Radon atoms can escape only through its end surface from the interior into the outside air. This treatment makes the radon transport in the concrete one dimensional phenomena. The piece is put in an airtight container. Time variations of radon concentrations in the air of the container are measured with a plane multiwire-electrode ionization chamber. From this result, the radon areal exhalation rate is deduced for the piece. Exhalation rates are measured for four pieces with different length. Then, the diffusion coefficient is obtained for radon in the concrete as (5.0 ± 1.0) x 10-8m2s-1 (a one-block method). A two-block method has been invented to obtain simultaneously values of three parameters: diffusion coefficient, porosity of concrete, and radon production rate in the pore air in the concrete. Except one end surface, the exterior is sealed preventing radon atoms from leaking out into the air. Areal exhalation rates are measured for six two-block objects linked together with pipes of different length. From these results, values of three parameters are deduced as (3.9 ± 0.5) x 10-8m2s-1, (6.9 ± 0.2) x 10-2, and (1.21 ± 0.09) x 105 atoms m-3s-1 for diffusion coefficient, porosity, and radon production rate, respectively. This value for diffusion coefficient agrees with that obtained by the one-block method within the experimental errors. The two-block method is shown to be useful to obtain the values of three parameters. Radium contents are obtained by the gamma-ray spectrometry for the concrete, and the materials used for it. The radon diffusion coefficient is measured also for the andesite used as a material of the concrete as (5.9 ± 0.3) x 10-10m2s-1. (author)

  20. Impact response of US Army and National Football League helmet pad systems

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    Moss, W C; King, M J

    2011-02-18

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory [LLNL] was tasked to compare the impact response of NFL helmet pad systems and U.S. Army pad systems compatible with an Advanced Combat Helmet [ACH] at impact velocities up to 20 ft/s. This was a one-year study funded by the U.S. Army and JIEDDO. The Army/JIEDDO point of contact is COL R. Todd Dombroski, DO, JIEDDO Surgeon. LLNL was chosen by committee to perform the research based on prior published computational studies of the mechanical response of helmets and skulls to blast. Our collaborators include the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory [USAARL] (a DoD laboratory responsible for impact testing helmets), Team Wendy and Oregon Aero (current and former ACH pad manufacturers), Riddell and Xenith (NFL pad manufacturers), and d3o (general purpose sports pad manufacturer). The manufacturer-supplied pad systems that were studied are shown in the figure below. The first two are the Army systems, which are bilayer foam pads with both hard and soft foam and a water-resistant airtight wrapper (Team Wendy) or a water-resistant airtight coating (Oregon Aero). The next two are NFL pad systems. The Xenith system consists of a thin foam pad and a hollow air-filled cylinder that elastically buckles under load. The Riddell system is a bilayer foam pad that is encased in an inflatable airbag with relief channels to neighboring pads in the helmet. The inflatable airbag is for comfort and provides no enhancement to impact mitigation. The d3o system consists of a rate-sensitive homogeneous dense foam. LLNL performed experiments to characterize the material properties of the individual foam materials and the response of the complete pad systems, to obtain parameters needed for the simulations. LLNL also performed X-ray CT scans of an ACH helmet shell that were used to construct a geometrically accurate computational model of the helmet. Two complementary sets of simulations were performed. The first set of simulations reproduced the

  1. Key tools for nuclear inspections. Advances in environmental sampling strengthen safeguards

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    , and the application of an air-tight quality assurance system to eliminate any doubts about the credibility of the results. The IAEA inspectors take several hundred environmental samples per year in facilities all over the world. The laboratories of the IAEA and its NWAL perform thousands of measurements on such samples. The results of these measurements are compared to the declarations of the inspected facilities using sophisticated computer codes and statistical methods which search for significant discrepancies. The analytical methods used for these samples are state-of the- art in terms of sensitivity and selectivity for the elements or isotopes of interest, but newer and more powerful methods are constantly under development. A truly amazing amount of information can be obtained from the small amount of material collected, for example, in a sample that inspectors swipe on a 10 x 10 cm piece of cotton cloth. The results that can be obtained demonstrate the power of these methods. IAEA capabilities for ESS reside in the Clean Laboratory for Safeguards, part of the Safeguards Analytical Laboratory near Vienna, Austria. The labs employ the following analytical techniques to screen and measure environmental samples: High-resolution gamma spectrometry (HRGS); Radioisotope or X-ray tube excited X-Ray fluorescence (XRF); Scanning electron microscopy with electron-excited X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (SEM/XRF); Thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS); Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS)

  2. Versatile and Rapid Plasma Heating Device for Steel and Aluminum

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    Reddy, G.S.

    2006-03-14

    The main objective of the research was to enhance steel and aluminum manufacturing with the development of a new plasma RPD device. During the project (1) plasma devices were manufactured (2) testing for the two metals were carried out and (3) market development strategies were explored. Bayzi Corporation has invented a Rapid Plasma Device (RPD) which produces plasma, comprising of a mixture of ionized gas and free electrons. The ions, when they hit a conducting surface, deposit heat in addition to the convective heat. Two generic models called the RPD-Al and RPD-S have been developed for the aluminum market and the steel market. Aluminum melting rates increased to as high as 12.7 g/s compared to 3 g/s of the current industrial practice. The RPD melting furnace operated at higher energy efficiency of 65% unlike most industrial processes operating in the range of 13 to 50%. The RPD aluminum melting furnace produced environment friendly cleaner melts with less than 1% dross. Dross is the residue in the furnace after the melt is poured out. Cast ingots were extremely clean and shining. Current practices produce dross in the range of 3 to 12%. The RPD furnace uses very low power ~0.2 kWh/Lb to melt aluminum. RPDs operate in one atmosphere using ambient air to produce plasma while the conventional systems use expensive gases like argon, or helium in air-tight chambers. RPDs are easy to operate and do not need intensive capital investment. Narrow beam, as well as wide area plasma have been developed for different applications. An RPD was developed for thermal treatments of steels. Two different applications have been pursued. Industrial air hardening steel knife edges were subjected to plasma beam hardening. Hardness, as measured, indicated uniform distribution without any distortion. The biggest advantage with this method is that the whole part need not be heated in a furnace which will lead to oxidation and distortion. No conventional process will offer localized

  3. 稠油井井口采出液密闭取样器流场数值计算%Numerical Calculation of Flow Field in Heavy Oil Well Head Produced Fluid Closed Sampler

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    王春生; 董国庆; 徐玉建; 田明磊; 仪记敏; 孟珊

    2015-01-01

    在我国超稠油开采过程中出现了高浓度的硫化氢气体,给现场的取样工作带来极大的困扰。目前,国内研究生产的取样器大多为开放式,这些取样器存在着残留物质清洗困难、原料利用不充足、破坏环境严重、以及使用过程中发生危险的几率大等等弊端,而国外生产的取样器价格昂贵,不能满足实际条件下的经济因素。因此在国内生产的设备弊端多、国外设备价格高的条件下设计一款新型的密闭环保取样器是非常有必要的。通过对现场实际情况的调研,基于活塞式取样器的原理,通过对目前取样器装置的结构与工作原理的分析,运用 SolidWorks 对取样器进行建模与装配,得到取样器的三维模型。使用软件建立取样器的简化模型,通过应用 FLUENT 中动网格部分的 UDF 编写成功的实现了液体吸入取样器内部。运用 FLUENT 数字模拟软件,通过对流体非定常流的数值模拟,控制不同的抽吸速度分别得到气体的体积分布,并计算最终的含气率与含水率,再对模拟结果进行分析,获得抽吸速度对于气体含量的影响。%High concentration of hydrogen sulfide gas appears in the development process of super heavy oil, which sets back the sampling work. The current domestic sampler is open type. This kind of sampler has many disadvantages, such as material waste, hard residual cleaning and big environment pollution risk and so on. As the price of foreign samplers are very high, it is of great important significant to design a new airtight environmental sampler. Base on the actual situation of research and the principle of piston sampler, after studying the structure and the working principle of current piston sample, three-dimensional model of the sampler was obtained by using Solid Works modeling and assembling. Simplified sampler model can be built with software by applying the UDF in FLUENT moving

  4. On The Development of Additive Construction Technologies for Application to Development of Lunar/Martian Surface Structures Using In-Situ Materials

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    Werkheiser, Niki; Fiske, Michael; Edmunson, Jennifer; Khoshnevis, Behrokh

    2015-01-01

    deposition using the Contour Crafting process. This process, conceived initially for rapid development of cementitious structures on Earth, also lends itself exceptionally well to the automated fabrication of planetary surface structures using minimally processed regolith as aggregate, and imported binder material or binders developed from in situ materials. This process has been used successfully in the fabrication of construction elements using lunar regolith simulant and Mars regolith simulant, both with various binder materials. These binder materials have resulted from extensive evaluation and include both "imported" binder materials that might be launched from Earth as well as some binder materials that can theoretically also be derived from existing regolith materials. They were chosen to 1) reduce penetrating radiation as much as possible, primarily with hydrogen-bearing polymers, 2) attempt to provide an air-tight structure, 3) sufficiently mix and adsorb to regolith grains for strength, 4) maximize tolerance to day-night thermal cycling, 5) possibly increase electrical conductivity to dissipate any accumulated static charge, and 6) ease their application on planetary surfaces (specifically, the accommodation of reduced atmosphere and lack of heat sinks). Some of these materials have been tested with respect to radiation mitigation, micrometeorite resistance, and resistance to larger, slower-traveling pieces of regolith impinging on the surface, simulating nearby launch and landing activities. Conceptual designs for a Continuous Feedstock Delivery/Mixing System (CFDMS) will also be presented and future planned activities will be discussed as well.

  5. Technologies, efficiency and intrastructure

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    risk' explorations, etc., which have enabled the discovery of new oilfields and led to a considerable increase in domestic crude oil production. With the airtight sealing of oil wells, associated gas has begun to be used for electricity generation and the production of manufactured gas and LPG. In addition, infrastructure for fuel transport (gas and oil pipelines, supertanker bases, etc.) has been developed. The electric power industry has also undergone significant development, ranging from the increase in capacities to the improvement of all voltage lines and substations throughout the system. The social impact of rural electrification, based mainly on renewable energy, has been significant. Electrification has also boosted development of Cuba's industrial sector, aimed at meeting energy needs through the production of small hydraulic turbines and the construction of windmills, solar photovoltaic systems, inverters and different applications related to solar energy (dryers, distillers, controlled climate chambers, etc.). In stark contrast is the development of the sugar industry (with sugar being the country's most important export item), which was dramatic until the end of the 1980s, after which it was severely affected by the crisis of the 1990s and by the low price of sugar on the world market. Electricity cogeneration in the sugar industry accounted for 18% of all electricity generated in the country in 1970; by 2003 this figure had decreased to 5%

  6. Impacts of the Weatherization Assistance Program in Fuel-Oil Heated Houses

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    Levins, W.P.

    1994-01-01

    installation labor and materials, and $627 for overhead and management), and the benefit-to-cost ratio was 1.48. A general trend toward higher-than-average fuel-oil savings was observed in houses with high pre-weatherization fuel-oil consumption. Program savings could likely be increased by targeting higher energy consumers for weatherization, although equity issues would have to be considered. Weatherization measures associated with higher-than-average savings were use of a blower door for air-sealing, attic and wall insulation, and replacement space-heating systems. Space-heating system tune-ups were not particularly effective at improving the steady-state efficiency of systems, although other benefits such as improved seasonal efficiency, and system safety and reliability may have resulted. The Program should investigate methods of improving the selection and/or application of space-heating system tune-ups and actively promote improved tune-up procedures that have been developed as a primary technology transfer activity. Houses were more air-tight following weatherization, but still leakier than what is achievable. Additional technology transfer effort is recommended to increase the use of blower doors considering that only half the weatherized houses used a blower door during air sealing. A guidebook developed by a committee of experts and covering a full range of blower-door topics might be a useful technology transfer and training document. Weatherization appeared to make occupants feel better about their house and house environment.

  7. 氨系水溶性CdTe量子点的生长规律研究%GROWTH RHYTHM OF WATER-SOLUBLE CDTE QDS IN ITS OPTIMIZED SYNTHESIS

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    林谦; 陈盛

    2015-01-01

    A simplified synthesis process of CdTe QDs was studied in this paper. First, the Te compound was synthesized in an airtight container with the protection of an excess of NaHB4 and the lack of N2. Then it was used to synthesize CdTe QDs in aqueous phase, with the MPA as a stabilizer. Based on this, the shape and appearance of CdTe QDs were characterized through TEM and the absorption, fluorescence and IR spectra were investigated. Through the experiment, the quantum dot emitting characteristics were studied from the reactions of the same concentration of 17 mmol CdTe in different conditions. The results showed that CdTe QDs could be obtained by controlling different reaction time in alkaline condition, they could emit light in the range of green light to red light and its fluorescence wavelength was adjustable. The peak width at half-height of fluorescence spectra was about 37 nm to 60 nm and the peak shape was symmetrical. Quantum dot being stored for half a year, its QY still was 16.45%, meaning a high luminous efficiency. Through the experiment, the growing model of OA and OR were set up, and the regular pattern of the growth of CdTe QDs was explored and analyzed.%在密闭容器的水相中以过量的NaBH4保护合成的碲源与以巯基丙酸为稳定剂的镉溶液合成CdTe量子点,无需氮气保护,简化了合成工艺。合成的样品用透射电子显微镜(TEM)对其形貌进行表征。用吸收光谱、荧光光谱、红外光谱研究其光谱特征。考察了17 mmol前驱浓度下的CdTe在不同条件获得的量子点的发光特征。试验结果表明:在碱介中控制不同的反应时间可获得发射绿光到红光区间的荧光波长可调的 CdTe 量子点,荧光光谱半峰宽约37~60 nm、峰形对称。量子点储藏半年后外量子效率仍达16.45%,发光效率高。通过实验建立量子点的OA和OR生长模型,探讨和分析了CdTe量子点的生长规律。

  8. A widely adaptable habitat construction system utilizing space resources

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    Wykes, Harry B.

    1993-01-01

    This study suggests that the cost of providing accommodations for various manned activities in space may be reduced by the extensive use of resources that are commonly found throughout the solar system. Several concepts are proposed for converting these resources into simple products with many uses. Concrete is already being considered as a possible moonbase material. Manufacturing equipment should be as small and simple as possible, which leads to the idea of molding it into miniature modules that can be produced and assembled in large numbers to create any conceivable shape. Automated equipment could build up complex structures by laying down layer after layer in a process resembling stereolithography. These tiny concrete blocks handle compression loads and provide a barrier to harmful radiation. They are joined by a web of tension members that could be made of wire or fiber-reinforced plastic. The finished structure becomes air-tight with the addition of a flexible liner. Wire can be made from the iron modules found in lunar soil. In addition to its structural role, a relatively simple apparatus can bend and weld it into countless products like chairs and shelving that would otherwise need to be supplied from Earth. Wire woven into a loose blanket could be an effective micrometeoroid shield, tiny wire compression beams could be assembled into larger beams which in turn form larger beams to create very large space-frame structures. A technology developed with lunar materials could be applied to the moons of Mars or the asteroids. To illustrate its usefulness several designs for free-flying habitats are presented. They begin with a minimal self-contained living unit called the Cubicle. It may be multiplied into clusters called Condos. These are shown in a rotating tether configuration that provides a substitute for gravity. The miniature block proposal is compared with an alternate design based on larger triangular components and a tetrahedral geometry. The

  9. [Study of the elements determination method in animal fur by microwave digestion ICP-AES].

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    Hou, Tian-ping; Wang, Song-jun; Cao, Lin; Chang, Ping; Hou, Yue

    2008-08-01

    Considering the complex matrix of the sample, the animal fur is carried on to the sample pretreatment method studies specially. The microwave closed system has its unique merit: The microwave radiation has the very strong penetrability and the rapid in-depth heating function. After absorbing microwave the sample and the molecules of reactant may carry on the reaction in short time. But the microwave power is very weak, reaction consumes much time, the resolution is also incomplete. Besides the output excessively is high dispels in the pot the reagent differential pressure to increase the test solution to produce the storm rapidly to boil. As a result of those flaws, the minute step microwave heating digestion method is used to digest test specimen after treated by the acid pickling over night. In the experiment, the specialized microwave reactor is replaced by civil microwave; the microwave heating technology is adopted. According to the different characteristics of reagents, different allocated proportion and the test solution volume of nitric acid, hydrogen peroxide, hydrochloric acid and the water are tested separately. Meanwhile, in order to optimize the experimental condition, the different response power and respond time is also studied. At last, the experimental condition is determined: HNO3-H2O2-HCl-H2O acid system is chose(four reagent allocated proportions are 8:1:1:5); test specimen is heated up 10 minutes when the output is 150 W and 5 minutes when the output is 360 W continuously; carries on the test specimen airtight resolution processing animal fur by the sample. To guarantee the standard solution system is consistent with the biological sample substrate, the artificial simulation biology sample substrate is used to match law configuration standard solution; the ration the substrate element calcium is added. To eliminate disturbance of the sample complex substrate, the substrate match law, which reduces the substrate element disturbance is used

  10. Radiological risk assessment of environmental radon

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    Khalid, Norafatin; Majid, Amran Ab; Yahaya, Redzuwan; Yasir, Muhammad Samudi [Nuclear Science Programme, School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia)

    2013-11-27

    Measurements of radon gas ({sup 222}Rn) in the environmental are important to assess indoor air quality and to study the potential risk to human health. Generally known that exposure to radon is considered the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. The environmental radon concentration depends on the {sup 226}Ra concentration, indoor atmosphere, cracking on rocks and building materials. This study was carried out to determine the indoor radon concentration from selected samples of tin tailings (amang) and building materials in an airtight sealed homemade radon chamber. The radiological risk assessment for radon gas was also calculated based on the annual exposure dose, effective dose equivalent, radon exhalation rates and fatal cancer risk. The continuous radon monitor Sun Nuclear model 1029 was used to measure the radon concentration emanates from selected samples for 96 hours. Five types of tin tailings collected from Kampar, Perak and four samples of building materials commonly used in Malaysia dwellings or building constructions were analysed for radon concentration. The indoor radon concentration determined in ilmenite, monazite, struverite, xenotime and zircon samples varies from 219.6 ± 76.8 Bq m{sup −3} to 571.1 ± 251.4 Bq m{sup −3}, 101.0 ± 41.0 Bq m{sup −3} to 245.3 ± 100.2 Bq m{sup −3}, 53.1 ± 7.5 Bq m{sup −3} to 181.8 ± 9.7 Bq m{sup −3}, 256.1 ± 59.3 Bq m{sup −3} to 652.2 ± 222.2 Bq m{sup −3} and 164.5 ± 75.9 Bq m{sup −3} to 653.3 ± 240.0 Bq m{sup −3}, respectively. Whereas, in the building materials, the radon concentration from cement brick, red-clay brick, gravel aggregate and cement showed 396.3 ± 194.3 Bq m{sup −3}, 192.1 ± 75.4 Bq m{sup −3}, 176.1 ± 85.9 Bq m{sup −3} and 28.4 ± 5.7 Bq m{sup −3}, respectively. The radon concentration in tin tailings and building materials were found to be much higher in xenotime and cement brick samples than others. All samples in tin tailings were exceeded the

  11. Qualidade do café natural e despolpado após diferentes tipos de secagem e armazenamento Quality of natural and washed coffee after different types of drying and storage

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    Paulo C. Coradi

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Para se comparar as alterações na qualidade do café natural e despolpado em condições de umidades relativas de 60 e 80% e temperatura controlada de 23 °C aos 90 e 180 dias de armazenamento, realizou-se este trabalho no Departamento de Engenharia e no Pólo de Tecnologia em Pós-Colheita do Café da Universidade Federal de Lavras. A colheita do café, variedade Topázio, foi seletiva, enquanto uma parte foi despolpada e a outra processada de forma natural; no entanto, uma parcela de cada tipo de café foi conduzida para a secagem em terreiro e a outra parcela para secagem com temperaturas de 40 e 60 °C; após a secagem, o café foi armazenado em ambiente hermético mantendo-se constantes as umidades relativas de 60 e 80%. Para avaliação da qualidade foram feitas análises sensoriais, teste de acidez graxa e avaliação quantitativa da cor. Os resultados obtidos no presente trabalho permitem concluir que: a acidez graxa aumenta ao longo do tempo de armazenamento nas condições de 60 e 80% de umidade relativa; a descoloração do café é mais intensa ao longo do tempo de armazenamento para as condições de 80% de umidade relativa; aos 180 dias de armazenamento, a análise sensorial do café é menos afetada pela interação secagem, processamento e armazenamento, nas condições de 60% de umidade relativa.For comparing the alterations in the quality of natural and washed coffee under 60 to 80% relative humidity conditions from and controlled temperature of 23 °C at 90 and 180 days of storage, this work was accomplished in the Engineering Department and Coffee Post-Harvest Technology Centre of the Federal University of Lavras. The harvest of coffee, variety Topazio was selective, while a part of the coffee was pulped and the rest processed in the dry method. However, a part of each type of coffee was ground dried and the rest dried at temperatures of 40 and 60 °C; after drying, the coffee was stored in an air-tight place with

  12. Development of Cost-Effective Low-Permeability Ceramic and Refractory Components for Aluminum Melting and Casting

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    Kadolkar, Puja [ORNL; Ott, Ronald D [ORNL

    2006-02-01

    aluminum smelting and casting operations, their superior performance and durability will give end users marked improvements in uptime, defect reduction, scrap/rework costs, and overall energy savings resulting from higher productivity and yield. The implementation of results of this program will result in energy savings of 30 trillion Btu/year by 2020. For this Industrial Materials for the Future (IMF) project, riser tube used in the low-pressure die (LPD) casting of aluminum was selected as the refractory component for improvement. In this LPD process, a pressurized system is used to transport aluminum metal through refractory tubes (riser tubes) into wheel molds. It is important for the tubes to remain airtight because otherwise, the pressurized system will fail. Generally, defects such as porosity in the tube or cracks generated by reaction of the tube material with molten aluminum lead to tube failure, making the tube incapable of maintaining the pressure difference required for normal casting operation. Therefore, the primary objective of the project was to develop a riser tube that is not only resistant to thermal shock, erosion, corrosion, and wetting, but is also less permeable, so as to achieve longer service life. Currently, the dense-fused silica (DFS) riser tube supplied by Pyrotek lasts for only 7 days before undergoing failure. The following approach was employed to achieve the goal: (1) Develop materials and methods for sealing surface porosity in thermal-shock-resistant ceramic refractories; (2) Develop new ceramic coatings for extreme service in molten aluminum operations, with particular emphasis on coatings based on highly stable oxide phases; (3) Develop new monolithic refractories designed for lower-permeability applications using controlled porosity gradients and particle size distributions; (4) Optimize refractory formulations to minimize wetting by molten aluminum, and characterize erosion, corrosion, and spallation rates under realistic service

  13. Viabilidade de sementes de erva-de-touro, sob diferentes condições de armazenamento Seed viability of coat button under different storage conditions

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    S.C. Guimarães

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available A manutenção da viabilidade das sementes é muito influenciada pelas condições de armazenamento. No caso das plantas daninhas, essa informação pode servir como suporte para a realização de outras pesquisas e também ajudar na compreensão da dinâmica das infestações. Neste trabalho, a viabilidade das sementes da planta daninha erva-de-touro (Tridax procumbens foi monitorada durante dois anos, quando armazenadas em câmara fria (temperatura de 10 ºC e umidade relativa de 50%, em congelador (-18 ºC, em armazém convencional (condições não controladas e no solo. Quando armazenado em câmara fria (em sacos de papel e em congelador (em tubos plásticos herméticos, o lote de sementes mantém a viabilidade inicial (70,5% por no mínimo 730 dias (período experimental. No solo, ocorre perda de viabilidade com o tempo, numa taxa constante de 8,2% para cada 100 dias. Em armazém convencional, a viabilidade das sementes (em sacos de papel é mantida por 200 dias, com redução acentuada entre 300 e 500 dias, chegando ao final de 730 dias com 2,8% de viabilidade. Em nenhuma das formas de armazenamento há indução de dormência secundária nas sementes.Seed viability is strongly influenced by storage conditions. In weeds, this information may serve as support for other research works and help to understand infestation dynamics as well. This work, conducted at Universidade Federal de Lavras, was carried out to evaluate the viability of coat button (Tridax procumbens seeds stored in cold chamber ( temperature of 10 ºC and relative humidity of 50%, in freezer (-18 ºC, conventional warehouse (uncontrolled conditions and soil, over 2 years. Seed lot with 70.5% initial viability, maintained this condition over the experimental period (730 days when stored in cold chamber (in paper bags and in freezer (in airtight plastic tubes. Under soil conditions, viability loss occurred with time, at a constant rate of 8.2% at every 100 days. In a

  14. An Assessment of Envelope Measures in Mild Climate Deep Energy Retrofits

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    Walker, Iain; Less, Brennan

    2014-06-01

    Energy end-uses and interior comfort conditions have been monitored in 11 Deep Energy Retrofits (DERs) in a mild marine climate. Two broad categories of DER envelope were identified: first, bringing homes up to current code levels of insulation and airtightness, and second, enhanced retrofits that go beyond these code requirements. The efficacy of envelope measures in DERs was difficult to determine, due to the intermingled effects of enclosure improvements, HVAC system upgrades and changes in interior comfort conditions. While energy reductions in these project homes could not be assigned to specific improvements, the combined effects of changes in enclosure, HVAC system and comfort led to average heating energy reductions of 76percent (12,937 kWh) in the five DERs with pre-retrofit data, or 80percent (5.9 kWh/ft2) when normalized by floor area. Overall, net-site energy reductions averaged 58percent (15,966 kWh; n=5), and DERs with code-style envelopes achieved average net-site energy reductions of 65percent (18,923 kWh; n=4). In some homes, the heating energy reductions were actually larger than the whole house reductions that were achieved, which suggests that substantial additional energy uses were added to the home during the retrofit that offset some heating savings. Heating system operation and energy use was shown to vary inconsistently with outdoor conditions, suggesting that most DERs were not thermostatically controlled and that occupants were engaged in managing the indoor environmental conditions. Indoor temperatures maintained in these DERs were highly variable, and no project home consistently provided conditions within the ASHRAE Standard 55-2010 heating season comfort zone. Thermal comfort and heating system operation had a large impact on performance and were found to depend upon the occupant activities, so DERs should be designed with the occupants needs and patterns of consumption in mind. Beyond-code building envelopes were not found to be

  15. Micro reactor for heterogeneous catalysis / application: hydrogen storage from methyl-cyclohexane; Microreacteur pour la catalyse heterogene / application au stockage d'hydrogene a partir du methylcyclohexane

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    Roumanie, M.; Pijolat, C. [Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, Centre SPIN, Dept. MICC, LPMG-URA CNRS D2021, 42 - Saint-Etienne (France); Meille, V.; Bellefon, C. de [CNRS - CPE, Lab. de Genie des Procedes Catalytiques, 69 - Villeurbanne (France); Pouteau, P.; Delattre, C. [CEA Grenoble, Lab. d' Electronique et de Technologie de l' Intrumentation, LETI, 38 (France)

    2005-07-01

    The use of micro-technology and the miniaturization of various systems such as micro-fuel cell is a current field of activity. The aim of this work is to study and to realize an autonomous catalytic micro-reactor for hydrogen release from methyl-cyclohexane. For this reaction of dehydrogenation, the common catalyst is platinum supported on alumina. Consequently, the general objectives of this work are: (i)to develop a micro-reactor with its heaters, sensors..., (ii)to deposit catalysts in the micro-reactor, and (iii)to study the catalytic conversion of this system. The chip used has been developed by the CEA-LETI for biomedical application especially DNA chip. It is comprising several channels etched in silicon substrate with a classic deep reactive ion etching process. These channels of 100 {mu}m depth are structured with pillars to increase the surface and thus improve the overall reaction rate compare to a channel without pillar. The structured micro-reactor is molecularly bonded with a silicon cover to form an airtight devices. As the silicon is transparent to the infrared wavelength a CCD camera is used to observe the bonding quality. The chips are then connected with micro-tubes to test them. The first tested solution consists in a polyimide-glass capillary of 100 {mu}m OD and 40 {mu}m ID stuck inside the channel entrance and glued with a ceramic cement or glass. A second solution is currently under development with metallic capillaries. The reaction studied is extremely endothermic with a heat of reaction of 204 kJ/mol. Consequently it is necessary to include in this system some heaters to have an autonomous micro-reactor. Thick film resistances of platinum have been deposited by the screen printing and used as micro-heaters. The tests of micro-heaters are realized using the infrared thermographic camera. As the silicon is transparent to infrared wavelength, a sputtered platinum layer has been deposited on the opposite face of the resistances. This layer

  16. Radiological risk assessment of environmental radon

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    Measurements of radon gas (222Rn) in the environmental are important to assess indoor air quality and to study the potential risk to human health. Generally known that exposure to radon is considered the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. The environmental radon concentration depends on the 226Ra concentration, indoor atmosphere, cracking on rocks and building materials. This study was carried out to determine the indoor radon concentration from selected samples of tin tailings (amang) and building materials in an airtight sealed homemade radon chamber. The radiological risk assessment for radon gas was also calculated based on the annual exposure dose, effective dose equivalent, radon exhalation rates and fatal cancer risk. The continuous radon monitor Sun Nuclear model 1029 was used to measure the radon concentration emanates from selected samples for 96 hours. Five types of tin tailings collected from Kampar, Perak and four samples of building materials commonly used in Malaysia dwellings or building constructions were analysed for radon concentration. The indoor radon concentration determined in ilmenite, monazite, struverite, xenotime and zircon samples varies from 219.6 ± 76.8 Bq m−3 to 571.1 ± 251.4 Bq m−3, 101.0 ± 41.0 Bq m−3 to 245.3 ± 100.2 Bq m−3, 53.1 ± 7.5 Bq m−3 to 181.8 ± 9.7 Bq m−3, 256.1 ± 59.3 Bq m−3 to 652.2 ± 222.2 Bq m−3 and 164.5 ± 75.9 Bq m−3 to 653.3 ± 240.0 Bq m−3, respectively. Whereas, in the building materials, the radon concentration from cement brick, red-clay brick, gravel aggregate and cement showed 396.3 ± 194.3 Bq m−3, 192.1 ± 75.4 Bq m−3, 176.1 ± 85.9 Bq m−3 and 28.4 ± 5.7 Bq m−3, respectively. The radon concentration in tin tailings and building materials were found to be much higher in xenotime and cement brick samples than others. All samples in tin tailings were exceeded the action level for radon gas of 148 Bq m−3 proposed by EPA except monazite 0.15 kg, struverite 0

  17. The effect of feeding ensilages of poultry litter with left over bread on the body weight of Barka cattle

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    Poultry litters from replacement birds, layers and broilers were collected; sun dried and stored for silage making. The poultry litters were a mixture of bird excreta, wasted feed, feathers and bedding materials. The litters were rid of other foreign material when they were sun dried. Samples of the collected litters were analyzed for the content of crude protein (CP), crude fibber (CF), ash and fat. The CP content (% DM) for the replacement, layer and broiler litter was 21.15, 18.59 and 18.03, respectively while the ash content (% DM) was 14.54, 38.56 and 16.79 for the respective litters. Bread left over was collected from cafeterias, restaurants, educational institutions, military camps and other places. The litters were ensiled with bread left over in a ratio of 45.5:54.5 on dry mater basis. Water (80 liters/100kg mixture) was added to raise the moisture content to about 50%. The mixtures of poultry litter and bread left over were firmly packed and pressed into the plastic containers. A plastic sheet was inserted between the lids of the containers and the ensiled material to ensure airtight sealing. The silage was prepared daily and each container was opened after a period of at least 21 d. The process of ensiling resulted in a product that had a higher CP content. The CP content (% DM) for the initial mixtures of bread left over with the replacement, layer and broiler litter was 16.44, 15.27 and 15.02, respectively. This was elevated to 21.36, 19.47 and 17.94, respectively, after ensiling. The higher content of CP after fermentation has also been reported by Rasool et al. (1997). The ensilages were of wholesome appearance, palatable and safe and were used in a feeding trial on Barka cattle. A trial was conducted to examine the effect of ensiled different kinds of poultry litters with bread left over on the body weight of cattle. Sixteen Barka cattle having the same weight and age were divided into groups of four cattle in each treatment and a 90 d trial was

  18. Luz ultravioleta germicida y control de microorganismos ambientales en hospitales Germicidal ultraviolet light and environmental control of microorganisms in hospitals

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    2012-06-01

    conditions of the Intensive Care Unit at the Calderón Guardia Hospital. Methods: The Intensive Care Unit at the Calderon Guardia Hospital has fourteen single rooms; of which two adjacent rooms were selected for the study. In every room a protected germicidal UV lamp was hung, two feet from the air inlet of the air conditioner in the top of the room, and a third room was used as control. Duplicate samples were used as culture medium for bacteria using Petri dishes (blood agar and fungi (potato dextrose agar “PDA” before turning on the UV lamps and 5 hours after being turned on. Result: Environmental concentrations of total aerobic flora were found to be not acceptable for an Intensive Care Unit in rooms 1 and 3. The use of ultraviolet germicidal lamp was totally effective for fungi but not on bacteria, but it significantly improved air quality of the rooms, reaching clean environmental values. Discussion: The best way to keep vulnerable patient areas as free as possible from microorganisms is to assure the proper functioning of air conditioning systems, having an automatic and air-tight door-closing system, limiting the number of entering personnel, establishing and maintaining cleaning and hand-washing protocols, and using germicidal and protected ultraviolet lights, making sure that air flow is through these lamps, in order to achieve a maximum impact.

  19. Fermented mixture of cassava peel and caged layer manure as energy source in broiler starter diet

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    Five parts of sun-dried cassava peel a (fibrous and low protein) by-product of cassava tuber processing industry was ground and mixed thoroughly with one part of ground sun-dried caged layers' manure in a vertical feed mill mixer. Rumen filtrate (100ml) from slaughtered bovine, containing rumen microbes was used to spray and inoculate the mixture of the cassava peel and caged layers' manure in a 50 L black plastic vat. The content of the vat was again thoroughly mixed using plastic scoop and was immediately covered airtight with black polythene sheet to ensure fermentation for a period of 14 d. The fermented cassava peel and caged layers' manure (FCPCLM) was analyzed for proximate composition and amino acids. It contained 8.71% crude protein (CP), 11.58% crude fibre (CF), 73.52% Nitrogen free extract (NFE), 2.75% Ether extract (EE), 3.97% Ash. The analyzed essential amino acids in FCPCLM are Lysine 2.16%, Methionine 0.78%, Valine 3.64%, Histidine 1.64%, Leucine 5.13%, Threonine 2.13%, Phenyalanine 3.17%, Arginine 4.00%, Isoleucine 3.01%. FCPCLM was then mixed with other ingredients in broiler starter diets (control) to replace maize at 25% and 50% while other ingredients in the diet remain constant. The objective is to ascertain the performance, serum indices and cost benefit of FCPCLM to partially replace maize as source of energy, which has become expensive because of recent use as raw material for biofuels and to focus on farm residue resource readily available to small-scale farmers for sustainability of poultry products without sophistication in technological approach. The control diet had the following ingredients viz; Maize 40%, Wheat offal 19%, Soybean meal 23%, Fish meal 1.20%, Groundnut cake 12%, Bone meal 2%, Oyster shell 2%, Broiler starter Premix 0.25%, Salt 0.25%, Methionine 0.10%, Lysine 0.1% and Feed antibiotic 0.1%. The prediction equation: metabolisable energy (ME) of FCPCLM = 37x%CP + 81.8x%EE + 35.5 x % NFE which is 3157.18 kcal/kg was used to

  20. 不同类型新车内醛酮类化合物的污染研究%Study on the Carbonyl Compounds Pollution in New Cars of Different Types

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    邹钱秀; 张卫东; 赵琦; 肖艳红

    2012-01-01

    Nowadays people show more attentions to their living environments and more and more families have owned their own private vehicles. So the air quality, especially the toxic carbonyl compounds, in these vehicles is becoming the major concern. The study selected 93 vehicles belonged to 8 types. Under static and airtight conditions, the concentrations of carbonyl compounds in these vehicles were analyzed. The results showed that all the tested vehicles suffered a certain degree of air pollution caused by carbonyl compounds. The total concentration of carbonyl compounds was 0. 09 ~0. 31mg/m3 and the average concentration was 0. 16mg/m3 . And formaldehyde was the main pollutant followed by acetone, n-butanal and acetaldehyde, and their concentrations were 0. 08、0. 04、0. 02、0. 0003mg/m3, respectively. Except luxury car all the tested vehicles suffered a certain degree of formaldehyde limit-exceeding, and the exceeded rale was 21% -50%. Furthermore, the study did cancer risk evaluation for formaldehyde, and the result showed that the risk had exceeded the safety limits and it might lead to cancer.%随着人们对环境质量要求的提高,轿车逐步普及,车内空气质量正成为人们关注的焦点,特别是车内毒性较大的醛酮类物质更是受到普遍关注.选取了8种类型共93辆新车,在静止并且密闭条件下,对其内部环境的醛酮类物质的浓度水平进行测定分析.结果表明,大部分新车内都存在不同程度的醛酮类物质污染,总醛酮质量浓度为0.09~0.31 mg/m3,平均质量浓度0.16mg/m3,其中甲醛为最高组分,其次为丙酮、正丁醛、乙醛,平均质量浓度分别为0.08、0.04、0.02、0.0003mg/m3.8类新车有7类都存在一定程度的甲醛超标,超标率为21%~50%,只有豪华车不超标.还对甲醛进行了癌症风险评价,结果表明风险值超过安全限值,存在癌症风险.

  1. Atmospheric Pressure Plasma-Electrospin Hybrid Process for Protective Applications

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    Vitchuli Gangadharan, Narendiran

    2011-12-01

    Chemical and biological (C-B) warfare agents like sarin, sulfur mustard, anthrax are usually dispersed into atmosphere in the form of micro aerosols. They are considered to be dangerous weapon of mass destruction next to nuclear weapons. The airtight protective clothing materials currently available are able to stop the diffusion of threat agents but not good enough to detoxify them, which endangers the wearers. Extensive research efforts are being made to prepare advanced protective clothing materials that not only prevent the diffusion of C-B agents, but also detoxify them into harmless products thus ensuring the safety and comfort of the wearer. Electrospun nanofiber mats are considered to have effective filtration characteristics to stop the diffusion of submicron level particulates without sacrificing air permeability characteristics and could be used in protective application as barrier material. In addition, functional nanofibers could be potentially developed to detoxify the C-B warfare threats into harmless products. In this research, electrospun nanofibers were deposited on fabric surface to improve barrier efficiency without sacrificing comfort-related properties of the fabrics. Multi-functional nanofibers were fabricated through an electrospinning-electrospraying hybrid process and their ability to detoxify simulants of C-B agents was evaluated. Nanofibers were also deposited onto plasma-pretreated woven fabric substrate through a newly developed plasma-electrospinning hybrid process, to improve the adhesive properties of nanofibers on the fabric surface. The nanofiber adhesion and durability properties were evaluated by peel test, flex and abrasion resistance tests. In this research work, following tasks have been carried out: i) Controlled deposition of nanofiber mat onto woven fabric substrate Electrospun Nylon 6 fiber mats were deposited onto woven 50/50 Nylon/Cotton fabric with the motive of making them into protective material against submicron

  2. The Contribution of the Long-term Carbon Pool to Nighttime Foliage Respiration as Revealed by a Year-long C-13 Labeling Experiment

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    Smith, M.; Mortazavi, B.; Chanton, J.

    2005-12-01

    Slash pine (Pinus elliottii) saplings were placed in a CO2 enrichment (~500 ppm above ambient) facility for an entire year, starting in June of 2004. The CO2 used for the enrichment, with an isotopic signature of -48‰, allowed us to track the fate of the labeled photosynthate during nighttime respiration experiments once the saplings were removed from the enrichment facility. A set of saplings subject to similar environmental conditions, but not subject to CO2 enrichment, served as controls. Nighttime respiration experiments for the labeled saplings were measured by two methods. The first procedure consisted in determining the isotopic signature of nighttime integrated (sunset to sunrise) foliage respired CO2, while the second procedure consisted in determining the pre-dawn signal. The nighttime integrated signal was determined by enclosing the entire foliage of four labeled saplings in a non-destructive manner in a 300-liter airtight chamber. Initial and final samples were collected at sunset and sunrise for CO2 concentration and 13C determination and a mass balance equation was used to determine the 13C of respired CO2. In the second procedure foliage from four labeled saplings were collected just prior to dawn and placed in a leaf-chamber. Sequential CO2 samples evolved in darkness over a 15 min period were collected for CO2 concentration and 13C determination from which a Keeling plot was constructed to determine the isotopic signature of foliage respired CO2. The isotopic signature of pre-dawn foliage respired CO2 for the control plants was also determined with an identical leaf-chamber system. Immediately after removal from the enrichment facility, the 13C of foliage respired CO2 had a pre-dawn signature of -40.2‰ and a nighttime integrated signal of -44.1‰, while the control plants had a dCf value of -25.8‰ signature. Monitoring of dCf during a 35-day period revealed a non-linear approach in dCf of the labeled plants towards the control dCf values

  3. The water cycle in closed ecological systems: perspectives from the Biosphere 2 and Laboratory Biosphere systems

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    Nelson, Mark; Dempster, William; Allen, John P.

    To achieve sustainable and healthy closed ecological systems requires successful solutions to the challenge of closing the water cycle - recycling wastewater/soil leachate and evaporateed water and supplying water of required quality as needed for different needs within the facility. Engineering Biosphere 2, the first multi-biome closed ecological system, total footprint of the airtight area is 12,700 m2 with a combined volume of 200,000 m3 with a total water capacity of some 6 x 106 liters of water presented a complex challenge because it included human inhabitants, their agricultural and technical systems, as well as a range of analogue ecosystems ranging from rainforest to desert, freshwater ecologies to mini-ocean coral reef ecosystems. By contrast, the Laboratory Biosphere - a small (40m3 volume) soil-based plant growth facility with a footprint of 15m3 - is a very simplified system, but with some similar issues such as salinity management and the provision of water quality sufficient for plant growth. In Biosphere 2, water needs included supplying potable water for people and domestic animals, irrigation water for a wide variety of food crops, and recycling and recovering soil nutrients from wastewater. In the wilderness biomes, adequately freshwater was needed for terrestrial ecosystems and maintaining appropriate salinity and pH in aquatic/marine ecosystems. The largest reservoirs in Biosphere 2 were the ocean/marsh with some 4x106 liters, soil with 2 x 106 liters, primary storage tanks with a capacity for up to 8 x 105 liters and storage tanks for condensate collection and mixing tanks with 1.5 x 105 liters to supply irrigation for farm and wilderness ecosystems. Other reservoirs were far smaller - humidity in the atmosphere (2 x 103 liters), streams in the rainforest and savannah, and seasonal pools in the desert were orders of magnitude smaller (8 x 103 liters). Key technologies included condensation from humidity in the airhandlers and from the glass

  4. Building a 40% Energy Saving House in the Mixed-Humid Climate

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    2011-10-01

    This report describes a home that uses 40% less energy than the energy-efficient Building America standard - a giant step in the pursuit of affordable near-zero-energy housing through the evolution of five near-zero-energy research houses. This four-bedroom, two-bath, 1232-ft2 house has a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index of 35 (a HERS rating of 0 is a zero-energy house, a conventional new house would have a HERS rating of 100), which qualifies it for federal energy efficiency and solar incentives. The house is leading to the planned construction of a similar home in Greensburg, Kansas, and 21 staff houses in the Walden Reserve, a 7000-unit "deep green" community in Cookville, Tennessee. Discussions are underway for construction of similar houses in Charleston, South Carolina, Seattle, Washington, Knoxville and Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and upstate New York. This house should lead to a 40% and 50% Gate-3, Mixed-Humid-Climate Joule for the DOE Building America Program. The house is constructed with structurally-insulated-panel walls and roof, raised metal-seam roof with infrared reflective coating, airtight envelope (1.65 air changes per hour at 50 Pascal), supply mechanical ventilation, ducts inside the conditioned space, extensive moisture control package, foundation geothermal space heating and cooling system, ZEHcor wall, solar water heater, and a 2.2 kWp grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) system. The detailed specifications for the envelope and the equipment used in ZEH5 compared to all the houses in this series are shown in Tables 1 and 2. Based on a validated computer simulation of ZEH5 with typical occupancy patterns and energy services for four occupants, energy for this all-electric house is predicted to cost only $0.66/day ($0.86/day counting the hookup charges). By contrast, the benchmark house would require $3.56/day, including hookup charges (these costs are based on a 2006 residential rates of $0.07/kWh and solar buyback at $0.15/kWh). The solar

  5. Optimization Design of Charge for Inside-loaded Composited Perforation%内置式复合射孔装药量优化设计

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    沈晶鑫; 成建龙; 刘荫忠; 徐波

    2011-01-01

    内置式复合射孔器火药燃烧受井下环境影响较小,压力上升速度快,可产生多条裂缝.火药燃烧时间内产生的最高压力必须高于地层破裂压力1.2倍以上才对地层产生有效作用,峰值压力越高,产生的裂缝越长,对地层效果越好,但它不能超过套管极限抗压强度,否则将损坏套管.通过岩石破裂压力和套管安全性评价分析,借鉴内弹道密闭容器火药燃烧和压裂弹在井筒内燃烧p-t状态方程,结合复合射孔器结构特点、火药燃烧特性和流体压力的阶段特性,建立了火药燃烧计算模型.综合运用以上理论,开发了装药量优化设计软件.设计验证结果显示,预测结果和实际结果误差率小于1%.该方法能够反映实际情况,可作为内置式复合射孔施工设计的理论指导.%Propellant combustion in inside-loaded composited perforation gun is less affected by downhole conditions, the pressure increases rapidly, and several fractures are produced in formation. During propellant combustion, the peak pressure must be 1.2 times more than rock fracture pressure. The peak pressure is higher, the fractures are longer, and the effectiveness is better. The pressure isn't permitted to exceed the ultimate compressive strength of casing, otherwise it will damage well casing. Analyzed are rock fracture pressure and casing safety evaluation, based on which established is the propellant combustion calculation model combined with the p—t function equation of internal ballistic airtight container propellant combustion and fracturing charge combustion in wellbore as well as structure feature of composited perforator, characteristics of propellant combustion and stage characteristics of fluid pressure. Developed is an optimization design software of propellant charge by utilizing the above theory. The design verification results show that the error rate between prediction and actual results is less than 1 %. This method can reflect

  6. VOC and VOX in fluid inclusions of quartz: New chemical insights into hydrothermal vein mineralization by GC-MS and GC-IRMS measurements

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    Sattler, Tobias; Kirnbauer, Thomas; Keppler, Frank; Greule, Markus; Fischer, Jan; Spiekermann, Patrik; Schreiber, Ulrich; Mulder, Ines; Schöler, Heinz Friedrich

    2015-04-01

    Fluid inclusions (FIs) in minerals are known to contain a variety of different liquids, gases, and solids. The fluids get trapped during mineral growth and can preserve the original mineral-forming fluid or fluids of later events. A new analytical technique developed by Mulder et al. (2013) [1] allows to measure trace gases in FIs. For the measurements, grains of 3-5 mm diameter are ground in an airtight grinding device, releasing the volatiles from FIs into the gas phase, where they can be measured by GC-MS, GC-FID and GC-IRMS. The Taunus covers the southeastern part of the thrust-and-fold-belt of the Rhenish Massif (Germany). The Variscan rock sequences comprise sedimentary and volcanic units ranging from Ordovician to Lower Carboniferous. Several types of hydrothermal mineralization can be distinguished, which are - in regard to the Variscan orogeny - pre-orogenic, orogenic, late-orogenic, post-orogenic and recent in age [2]. They include SEDEX, vein, Alpine fissure, disseminated and stockwerk mineralizations. Thus, the Taunus mineralizations enable investigations of different hydrothermal systems at different age in one region. For most of them extensive studies of stable and radiogenic isotopes exist. Quartz crystals of post-orogenic quartz veins and Pb-Zn-Cu bearing veins [3] were selected for our FI investigation. Sulphur containing compounds like COS and CS2 dominate the FIs but there are also volatile hydrocarbons (VOC) like different butenes, benzene, toluene and cyclopentene that were found very often. In some samples volatile halogenated organic carbons (VOX) like chloro- and bromomethane were found. Some FIs even contain iodomethane, chlorobenzene, vinyl chloride and -bromide. The non-fossil-fuel subsurface chemistry of VOC and VOX is not fully understood. There are a lot of unknown geogenic sources [4][5]. For a better understanding δ13C- and δ2H-values of CH4 were measured by GC-IRMS to examine if the detected organic compounds are formed biotic

  7. NASA'S Chandra Finds Superfluid in Neutron Star's Core

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    NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has discovered the first direct evidence for a superfluid, a bizarre, friction-free state of matter, at the core of a neutron star. Superfluids created in laboratories on Earth exhibit remarkable properties, such as the ability to climb upward and escape airtight containers. The finding has important implications for understanding nuclear interactions in matter at the highest known densities. Neutron stars contain the densest known matter that is directly observable. One teaspoon of neutron star material weighs six billion tons. The pressure in the star's core is so high that most of the charged particles, electrons and protons, merge resulting in a star composed mostly of uncharged particles called neutrons. Two independent research teams studied the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, or Cas A for short, the remains of a massive star 11,000 light years away that would have appeared to explode about 330 years ago as observed from Earth. Chandra data found a rapid decline in the temperature of the ultra-dense neutron star that remained after the supernova, showing that it had cooled by about four percent over a 10-year period. "This drop in temperature, although it sounds small, was really dramatic and surprising to see," said Dany Page of the National Autonomous University in Mexico, leader of a team with a paper published in the February 25, 2011 issue of the journal Physical Review Letters. "This means that something unusual is happening within this neutron star." Superfluids containing charged particles are also superconductors, meaning they act as perfect electrical conductors and never lose energy. The new results strongly suggest that the remaining protons in the star's core are in a superfluid state and, because they carry a charge, also form a superconductor. "The rapid cooling in Cas A's neutron star, seen with Chandra, is the first direct evidence that the cores of these neutron stars are, in fact, made of superfluid and

  8. Effects of Formaldehyde and Weak Light Stress on Growth and Nutrition of Hedera spp.%甲醛及弱光胁迫对常春藤生长和营养的影响

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    张永福; 彭声静; 任禛; 牛燕芬; 董翠莲; 王定康

    2016-01-01

    以中华常春藤和洋常春藤盆栽苗为参试材料,通过在密闭玻璃容器中设置甲醛、弱光、甲醛+弱光和对照4个处理,测定相关的形态及营养指标,探究甲醛和弱光处理对常春藤植株生长情况及营养物质积累状况的影响,揭示2种常春藤对甲醛和弱光胁迫的适应性和调节机制。结果表明:甲醛或弱光胁迫使2种常春藤的叶长、叶宽、茎长、茎粗、根长、生物量减小,叶形指数增大;甲醛胁迫使根冠比增大,弱光、双重胁迫使根冠比减小。甲醛胁迫下2种常春藤的根、茎、叶中可溶性糖含量下降,淀粉含量上升;2种常春藤根中总碳和脯氨酸含量及碳氮比上升,蛋白质和磷含量下降,叶中总碳、蛋白质和总氮含量均下降,中华常春藤根中和2种常春藤叶中的碳氮比显著上升。弱光、双重胁迫下,2种常春藤茎、叶中可溶性糖含量降低,淀粉含量上升,根中淀粉含量降低,中华常春藤叶中蛋白质和总氮含量下降,碳氮比上升,根中脯氨酸含量上升;双重胁迫下2种常春藤根、茎中脯氨酸含量均显著上升。中华常春藤的各项指标在弱光下表现较为稳定,而洋常春藤各项指标在甲醛胁迫下表现较为稳定,甲醛胁迫下洋常春藤的生长状况良好。%In this paper,took the potted seedlings of Hedera nepalensis and H.helix as the experimental materi-als,set four treatments of formaldehyde,weak light,formaldehyde+weak light and control in airtight glass contain-ers,and measured some morphological and nutritive index,to investigate the effects of formaldehyde and weak light stress on the growth and nutrition of two species of Hedera spp.,and then reveal the adaptability and regulatory mechanisms.The results showed that under formaldehyde or weak light stress,leaf length,leaf width,stem length, stem diameter,root length and biomass of the two species of Hedera spp

  9. The water cycle in closed ecological systems: Perspectives from the Biosphere 2 and Laboratory Biosphere systems

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    Nelson, Mark; Dempster, W. F.; Allen, J. P.

    2009-12-01

    To achieve sustainable, healthy closed ecological systems requires solutions to challenges of closing the water cycle - recycling wastewater/irrigation water/soil medium leachate and evaporated water and supplying water of required quality as needed for different needs within the facility. Engineering Biosphere 2, the first multi-biome closed ecological system within a total airtight footprint of 12,700 m 2 with a combined volume of 200,000 m 3 with a total water capacity of some 6 × 10 6 L of water was especially challenging because it included human inhabitants, their agricultural and technical systems, as well as five analogue ecosystems ranging from rainforest to desert, freshwater ecologies to saltwater systems like mangrove and mini-ocean coral reef ecosystems. By contrast, the Laboratory Biosphere - a small (40 m 3 volume) soil-based plant growth facility with a footprint of 15 m 2 - is a very simplified system, but with similar challenges re salinity management and provision of water quality suitable for plant growth. In Biosphere 2, water needs included supplying potable water for people and domestic animals, irrigation water for a wide variety of food crops, and recycling and recovering soil nutrients from wastewater. In the wilderness biomes, providing adequately low salinity freshwater terrestrial ecosystems and maintaining appropriate salinity and pH in aquatic/marine ecosystems were challenges. The largest reservoirs in Biosphere 2 were the ocean/marsh with some 4 × 10 6 L, soil with 1 to 2 × 10 6 l, primary storage tank with 0 to 8 × 10 5 L and storage tanks for condensate and soil leachate collection and mixing tanks with a capacity of 1.6 × 10 5 L to supply irrigation for farm and wilderness ecosystems. Other reservoirs were far smaller - humidity in the atmosphere (2 × 10 3 L), streams in the rainforest and savannah, and seasonal pools in the desert were orders of magnitude smaller (8 × 10 4 L). Key technologies included condensation from

  10. Long-term alteration of bentonite in the presence of metallic iron

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    According to the KBS-3H concept, each copper canister containing spent nuclear fuel will be surrounded by a bentonite buffer and a perforated steel cylinder. Since steel is unstable in wet bentonite, it will corrode and the corrosion products will interact with the surrounding bentonite in ways that are not fully understood. Such interaction may seriously impair the bentonite's functioning as a buffer material, e.g. by lowering its CEC or decreasing its swelling capacity. This report presents results from two iron-bentonite experiments carried out under quite different conditions at VTT (Finland) and JAEA (Japan). Both studies focused on long-term iron-bentonite interactions under anaerobic conditions. The study at VTT comprised eight years long experiments focused on diffusive based interactions between solid cast-iron and compacted MX-80 bentonite (dry density 1.5-1.6 g/cm3) in contact with an aqueous 0.5 M NaCl solution. The study at JAEA comprised ten years long batch experiments, each involving a mixture of metallic iron powder (25 g), an industrially refined Na bentonite, Kunipia F, which contains more than 99% montmorillonite (25 g), and an aqueous solution (250 mL). Samples were sent to B+Tech in airtight steel vessels filled with N2 and subsequently analyzed at various laboratories in Finland and Sweden. The JAEA samples differed with regard to the initial solution chemistry, which was either distilled water, 0.3 M NaCl, 0.6 M NaCl, 0.1 M NaHCO3, or 0.05 M Na2SO4. The analyses of the MX-80 bentonite samples were carried out on samples containing a cast iron cylinder and also on corresponding background samples with no cast iron. In addition, the external solution and gas phase in contact with the bentonite were analyzed. Briefly, the gas contained H2, most possibly caused by corrosion of the cast iron, and CO2, mainly as a result of carbonate dissolution. The eight years old external solution exhibited, inter alia, reducing conditions, a pH of around eight

  11. Long-term alteration of bentonite in the presence of metallic iron

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    According to the KBS-3H concept, each copper canister containing spent nuclear fuel will be surrounded by a bentonite buffer and a perforated steel cylinder. Since steel is unstable in wet bentonite, it will corrode and the corrosion products will interact with the surrounding bentonite in ways that are not fully understood. Such interaction may seriously impair the bentonite's functioning as a buffer material, e.g. by lowering its CEC or decreasing its swelling capacity. This report presents results from two ironbentonite experiments carried out under quite different conditions at VTT (Finland) and JAEA (Japan). Both studies focused on long-term iron-bentonite interactions under anaerobic conditions. The study at VTT comprised eight years long experiments focused on diffusive based interactions between solid cast-iron and compacted MX-80 bentonite (dry density 1.5- 1.6 g/cm3) in contact with an aqueous 0.5 M NaCl solution. The study at JAEA comprised ten years long batch experiments, each involving a mixture of metallic iron powder (25 g), an industrially refined Na bentonite, Kunipia F, which contains more than 99% montmorillonite (25 g), and an aqueous solution (250 mL). Samples were sent to B and Tech in airtight steel vessels filled with N2 and subsequently analyzed at various laboratories in Finland and Sweden. The JAEA samples differed with regard to the initial solution chemistry, which was either distilled water, 0.3 M NaCl, 0.6 M NaCl, 0.1 M NaHCO3, or 0.05 M Na2SO4. The analyses of the MX-80 bentonite samples were carried out on samples containing a cast iron cylinder and also on corresponding background samples with no cast iron. In addition, the external solution and gas phase in contact with the bentonite were analyzed. Briefly, the gas contained H2, most possibly caused by corrosion of the cast iron, and CO2, mainly as a result of carbonate dissolution. The eight years old external solution exhibited, inter alia, reducing conditions, a pH of around

  12. Risk factors of urinary tract infections in tumor patients with catheter indwelling%肿瘤患者留置尿管泌尿系感染的相关危险因素分析

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    周俊英

    2013-01-01

    ,7,or 14 days after the catheter indwelling were 5.00%,7.50%,37.50%,and 50.00%,respectively.CONCLUSION Indwelling catheter is the most important factor resulting in the nosocomial urinary tract infections in the tumor patients.Mastering catheterization indications to avoid intubation is the best way to effectively reduce the incidence of urinary tract infections.During the indwelling intubation,strict implementation of aseptic reduce catheter indwelling time,while ensuring airtight environment within the drainage,can effectively reduce the incidence of urinary tract infections in the tumor patients.

  13. Long-term alteration of bentonite in the presence of metallic iron

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    Kumpulainen, S.; Kiviranta, L. [B and Tech Oy, Helsinki (Finland); Carlsson, T.; Muurinen, A. [VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo (Finland); Svensson, D. [Svensk Kaernbraenslehantering AB (SKB), Stockholm (Sweden); Sasamoto, Hiroshi; Yui, Mikatzu [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) (Japan); Wersin, P.; Rosch, D. [Gruner Ltd, Basel (Switzerland)

    2011-12-15

    According to the KBS-3H concept, each copper canister containing spent nuclear fuel will be surrounded by a bentonite buffer and a perforated steel cylinder. Since steel is unstable in wet bentonite, it will corrode and the corrosion products will interact with the surrounding bentonite in ways that are not fully understood. Such interaction may seriously impair the bentonite's functioning as a buffer material, e.g. by lowering its CEC or decreasing its swelling capacity. This report presents results from two ironbentonite experiments carried out under quite different conditions at VTT (Finland) and JAEA (Japan). Both studies focused on long-term iron-bentonite interactions under anaerobic conditions. The study at VTT comprised eight years long experiments focused on diffusive based interactions between solid cast-iron and compacted MX-80 bentonite (dry density 1.5- 1.6 g/cm{sup 3}) in contact with an aqueous 0.5 M NaCl solution. The study at JAEA comprised ten years long batch experiments, each involving a mixture of metallic iron powder (25 g), an industrially refined Na bentonite, Kunipia F, which contains more than 99% montmorillonite (25 g), and an aqueous solution (250 mL). Samples were sent to B and Tech in airtight steel vessels filled with N{sub 2} and subsequently analyzed at various laboratories in Finland and Sweden. The JAEA samples differed with regard to the initial solution chemistry, which was either distilled water, 0.3 M NaCl, 0.6 M NaCl, 0.1 M NaHCO{sub 3}, or 0.05 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}. The analyses of the MX-80 bentonite samples were carried out on samples containing a cast iron cylinder and also on corresponding background samples with no cast iron. In addition, the external solution and gas phase in contact with the bentonite were analyzed. Briefly, the gas contained H{sub 2}, most possibly caused by corrosion of the cast iron, and CO{sub 2}, mainly as a result of carbonate dissolution. The eight years old external solution exhibited

  14. Long-term alteration of bentonite in the presence of metallic iron

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    Kumpulainen, Sirpa; Kiviranta, Leena (BandTech Oy (Finland)); Carlsson, Torbjoern; Muurinen, Arto (VTT (Finland)); Svensson, Daniel (Svensk Kaernbraenslehantering AB (Sweden)); Sasamoto, Hiroshi; Yui, Mikatzu (JAEA (Japan)); Wersin, Paul; Rosch, Dominic (Gruner Ltd (Switzerland))

    2010-05-15

    According to the KBS-3H concept, each copper canister containing spent nuclear fuel will be surrounded by a bentonite buffer and a perforated steel cylinder. Since steel is unstable in wet bentonite, it will corrode and the corrosion products will interact with the surrounding bentonite in ways that are not fully understood. Such interaction may seriously impair the bentonite's functioning as a buffer material, e.g. by lowering its CEC or decreasing its swelling capacity. This report presents results from two iron-bentonite experiments carried out under quite different conditions at VTT (Finland) and JAEA (Japan). Both studies focused on long-term iron-bentonite interactions under anaerobic conditions. The study at VTT comprised eight years long experiments focused on diffusive based interactions between solid cast-iron and compacted MX-80 bentonite (dry density 1.5-1.6 g/cm3) in contact with an aqueous 0.5 M NaCl solution. The study at JAEA comprised ten years long batch experiments, each involving a mixture of metallic iron powder (25 g), an industrially refined Na bentonite, Kunipia F, which contains more than 99% montmorillonite (25 g), and an aqueous solution (250 mL). Samples were sent to B+Tech in airtight steel vessels filled with N{sub 2} and subsequently analyzed at various laboratories in Finland and Sweden. The JAEA samples differed with regard to the initial solution chemistry, which was either distilled water, 0.3 M NaCl, 0.6 M NaCl, 0.1 M NaHCO{sub 3}, or 0.05 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}. The analyses of the MX-80 bentonite samples were carried out on samples containing a cast iron cylinder and also on corresponding background samples with no cast iron. In addition, the external solution and gas phase in contact with the bentonite were analyzed. Briefly, the gas contained H{sub 2}, most possibly caused by corrosion of the cast iron, and CO{sub 2}, mainly as a result of carbonate dissolution. The eight years old external solution exhibited, inter alia

  15. Foundation Heat Exchanger Final Report: Demonstration, Measured Performance, and Validated Model and Design Tool

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    Hughes, Patrick [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Im, Piljae [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2012-04-01

    (FHX) has been coined to refer exclusively to ground heat exchangers installed in the overcut around the basement walls. The primary technical challenge undertaken by this project was the development and validation of energy performance models and design tools for FHX. In terms of performance modeling and design, ground heat exchangers in other construction excavations (e.g., utility trenches) are no different from conventional HGHX, and models and design tools for HGHX already exist. This project successfully developed and validated energy performance models and design tools so that FHX or hybrid FHX/HGHX systems can be engineered with confidence, enabling this technology to be applied in residential and light commercial buildings. The validated energy performance model also addresses and solves another problem, the longstanding inadequacy in the way ground-building thermal interaction is represented in building energy models, whether or not there is a ground heat exchanger nearby. Two side-by-side, three-level, unoccupied research houses with walkout basements, identical 3,700 ft{sup 2} floor plans, and hybrid FHX/HGHX systems were constructed to provide validation data sets for the energy performance model and design tool. The envelopes of both houses are very energy efficient and airtight, and the HERS ratings of the homes are 44 and 45 respectively. Both houses are mechanically ventilated with energy recovery ventilators, with space conditioning provided by water-to-air heat pumps with 2 ton nominal capacities. Separate water-to-water heat pumps with 1.5 ton nominal capacities were used for water heating. In these unoccupied research houses, human impact on energy use (hot water draw, etc.) is simulated to match the national average. At House 1 the hybrid FHX/HGHX system was installed in 300 linear feet of excavation, and 60% of that was construction excavation (needed to construct the home). At House 2 the hybrid FHX/HGHX system was installed in 360 feet of

  16. Foundation Heat Exchanger Final Report: Demonstration, Measured Performance, and Validated Model and Design Tool

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    Hughes, Patrick [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Im, Piljae [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2012-01-01

    (FHX) has been coined to refer exclusively to ground heat exchangers installed in the overcut around the basement walls. The primary technical challenge undertaken by this project was the development and validation of energy performance models and design tools for FHX. In terms of performance modeling and design, ground heat exchangers in other construction excavations (e.g., utility trenches) are no different from conventional HGHX, and models and design tools for HGHX already exist. This project successfully developed and validated energy performance models and design tools so that FHX or hybrid FHX/HGHX systems can be engineered with confidence, enabling this technology to be applied in residential and light commercial buildings. The validated energy performance model also addresses and solves another problem, the longstanding inadequacy in the way ground-building thermal interaction is represented in building energy models, whether or not there is a ground heat exchanger nearby. Two side-by-side, three-level, unoccupied research houses with walkout basements, identical 3,700 ft{sup 2} floor plans, and hybrid FHX/HGHX systems were constructed to provide validation data sets for the energy performance model and design tool. The envelopes of both houses are very energy efficient and airtight, and the HERS ratings of the homes are 44 and 45 respectively. Both houses are mechanically ventilated with energy recovery ventilators, with space conditioning provided by water-to-air heat pumps with 2 ton nominal capacities. Separate water-to-water heat pumps with 1.5 ton nominal capacities were used for water heating. In these unoccupied research houses, human impact on energy use (hot water draw, etc.) is simulated to match the national average. At House 1 the hybrid FHX/HGHX system was installed in 300 linear feet of excavation, and 60% of that was construction excavation (needed to construct the home). At House 2 the hybrid FHX/HGHX system was installed in 360 feet of

  17. Ground-Source Integrated Heat Pump for Near-Zero Energy Houses: Technology Status Report

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    Murphy, Richard W [ORNL; Rice, C Keith [ORNL; Baxter, Van D [ORNL; Craddick, William G [ORNL

    2007-09-01

    The energy service needs of a net-zero-energy house (ZEH) include space heating and cooling, water heating, ventilation, dehumidification, and humidification, depending on the requirements of the specific location. These requirements differ in significant ways from those of current housing. For instance, the most recent DOE buildings energy data (DOE/BED 2007) indicate that on average {approx}43% of residential buildings primary energy use is for space heating and cooling, vs. {approx}12% for water heating (about a 3.6:1 ratio). In contrast, for the particular prototype ZEH structures used in the analyses in this report, that ratio ranges from about 0.3:1 to 1.6:1 depending on location. The high-performance envelope of a ZEH results in much lower space heating and cooling loads relative to current housing and also makes the house sufficiently air-tight to require mechanical ventilation for indoor air quality. These envelope characteristics mean that the space conditioning load will be closer in size to the water heating load, which depends on occupant behavior and thus is not expected to drop by any significant amount because of an improved envelope. In some locations such as the Gulf Coast area, additional dehumidification will almost certainly be required during the shoulder and cooling seasons. In locales with heavy space heating needs, supplemental humidification may be needed because of health concerns or may be desired for improved occupant comfort. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has determined that achieving their ZEH goal will require energy service equipment that can meet these needs while using 50% less energy than current equipment. One promising approach to meeting this requirement is through an integrated heat pump (IHP) - a single system based on heat pumping technology. The energy benefits of an IHP stem from the ability to utilize otherwise wasted energy; for example, heat rejected by the space cooling operation can be used for water heating

  18. NASA'S Chandra Finds Superfluid in Neutron Star's Core

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    2011-02-01

    NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has discovered the first direct evidence for a superfluid, a bizarre, friction-free state of matter, at the core of a neutron star. Superfluids created in laboratories on Earth exhibit remarkable properties, such as the ability to climb upward and escape airtight containers. The finding has important implications for understanding nuclear interactions in matter at the highest known densities. Neutron stars contain the densest known matter that is directly observable. One teaspoon of neutron star material weighs six billion tons. The pressure in the star's core is so high that most of the charged particles, electrons and protons, merge resulting in a star composed mostly of uncharged particles called neutrons. Two independent research teams studied the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, or Cas A for short, the remains of a massive star 11,000 light years away that would have appeared to explode about 330 years ago as observed from Earth. Chandra data found a rapid decline in the temperature of the ultra-dense neutron star that remained after the supernova, showing that it had cooled by about four percent over a 10-year period. "This drop in temperature, although it sounds small, was really dramatic and surprising to see," said Dany Page of the National Autonomous University in Mexico, leader of a team with a paper published in the February 25, 2011 issue of the journal Physical Review Letters. "This means that something unusual is happening within this neutron star." Superfluids containing charged particles are also superconductors, meaning they act as perfect electrical conductors and never lose energy. The new results strongly suggest that the remaining protons in the star's core are in a superfluid state and, because they carry a charge, also form a superconductor. "The rapid cooling in Cas A's neutron star, seen with Chandra, is the first direct evidence that the cores of these neutron stars are, in fact, made of superfluid and

  19. Monitoring Technology and Methods of Heavy Metals in Atmospheric Particulate Matter, China%中国大气颗粒物中重金属监测技术与方法综述

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    张霖琳; 薛荔栋; 滕恩江; 吕怡兵; 王业耀

    2015-01-01

    related methods were discussed and analyzed. Atmospheric particulate matter sampling mainly includes air sample and unorganized emissions sample. The pretreatment includes full digestion and acid leaching. And acid or alkali treatment could be used to decompose by hot plate, muffle furnace, high pressure airtight jar or microwave digestion. Many analysis methods could be selected such as spectrophotometer, X fluorescence spectrometer (XRF), atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS), atomic fluorescence spectrometry (AFS), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). According to the different monitoring requirements and equipment level, different standard test methods should be used. Through the whole process of heavy metal particulate monitoring, the stationing, reagent blank, membrane filter/cartridge blank control, the sampling pretreatment and laboratory analysis and so on, every factor that might affect the accuracy of analysis should be considered. Monitoring method should be established with the whole procedures of quality assurance and control measures. Complete monitoring technology system of the heavy metals in atmospheric particles could provide a scientific basis and technical support for the decision of atmospheric environmental monitoring and management. And it would also provide the analysis methods for the source apportionment of atmospheric particulate matter technique and relevant works.

  20. Martin Stutzmann: Editor, Teacher, Scientist and Friend

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    Cardona, Manuel

    2005-03-01

    to launch in 2002 part (c) of the journal, devoted mainly, but not exclusively, to conference articles. Martin also introduced the publication of Feature Articles, topical issues, and the instrument of the Editor's Choice to highlight articles deemed to be especially interesting. He appointed Regional Editors (6 at this point) which represent the journal in important geographic regions. He also brought the journal online, a must these days. The upheavals that followed the collapse of most of the communist world, the rapid development of science in many emerging nations and the enhanced competitiveness, even in the developed countries, have not ebbed out. Some of them are particular damaging to the reputation of science in a world increasingly skeptical of its values. I am thinking of scientific misconduct and outright fraud, in the form of plagiarism and data fabrication. physica status solidi was also afflicted by this plague: after all, it happened in the best of families. Two of the most notorious offenders of the past decade, J. H. Schön and Y. Park, also visited physica status solidi. In two courageous editorials Martin Stutzmann and Stefan Hildebrandt (Managing Editor of the journal) rapidly exposed these cases of misconduct together with other cases in which there was also good reason to suspect misconduct. Some of the articles involved were rapidly retracted by the authors, others were not. It is reassuring to say that none of them had any impact worth mentioning (1-3 citations, mostly by the authors themselves or in the editorials just mentioned). Only few journal editors dared to convey to the readers a warning that some work of those authors may be faulty even if no air-tight proof was available. However, Martin and Stefan did. We wish that Martin will remain at the helm at least another decade, before he switches to research on the liquid state as practiced in Southern France.

  1. Effect of hypoxia on the proliferation and expressions of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α, vascular endothelial growth factor and matrix metalloproteinase-9 in keratinocytes obtained from oral lichen planus lesions%缺氧对口腔扁平苔藓角质形成细胞增殖及缺氧诱导因子1α、血管内皮生长因子、基质金属蛋白酶9表达的影响

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    王夏夏; 唐国瑶; 孙红英

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effect of hypoxia on the proliferation and expressions of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α(HIF-1α),vascular endothelial growth factor(VEGF) and matrix metalloproteinase-9(MMP-9) in keratinocytes obtained from oral lichen planus(OLP) lesions.Methods Hypoxia environment was induced by a airtight incubator.Five groups were included,normoxia control group,hypoxia control group(12,24,36,48 h).The effect of different treatment time of hypoxia on cellular proliferation was determined with cell counting kit-8(CCK-8).The mRNA and protein expressions of HIF-lα,VEGF and MMP-9 were analyzed respectively by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction with SYBR Green Ⅰ and Western blotting.Results The growth activity of keratinocytes obtained from OLP lesions in the hypoxia groups(0.340±0.002,0.415±0.006,0.546±0.006) was reduced than that in control (0.431±0.001,0.620±0.004,1.022±0.005)(P<0.01).The mRNA levels of VEGF(2.087±0.291,3.189±0.573,5.402±0.563) and MMP-9(2.936±0.500,4.083±0.300,6.374±0.858) were elevated by hypoxia(P<0.05).The protein levels of HIF-lα(0.414±0.093,0.751 ±0.056,0.875±0.040),VEGF(0.393 ±0.046,0.557±0.078,0.767±0.045) and MMP-9(0.250±0.053,0.384±0.038,0.611±0.092) were all remarkably elevated by hypoxia (P<O.05).However,hypoxia had no effect on HIF-1α mRNA expression.The mRNA expression of HIF-1α after hypoxia exposure for 36 h(1.412±0.094) and 48 h(1.417±0.446) was higher than that of control group,however,there was no significant difference.A positive correlation was noted between HIF-1α and VEGF in protein level(r=0.905,P=O.O00),and the same correlation found between HIF-1α and MMP-9(r=0.881,P=0.000).Conclusions Hypoxia conditions may inhibit the proliferation of keratinocytes obtained from OLP lesions.Hypoxia conditions can promote the protein expressions of HIF-1α and both the mRNA and protein expression of VEGF and MMP-9 in keratinocytes obtained from OLP lesions exposed to hypoxia

  2. Suitable 1-MCP treatment maintaining postharvest quality during storage at room temperature%适宜1-MCP处理保持采后菠萝常温贮藏品质

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    张鲁斌; 贾志伟; 谷会

    2016-01-01

    ethylene receptors to delay fruit ripening and senescence. Previous research results showed that 1-MCP postponed the softening of climacteric fruits, kept the quality of fruits in storage and extended the shelf life of fruits. Some research reported that 1-MCP inhibited the softening of non-climacteric fruits. Pineapple is a typical non-climacteric fruit and the effect of 1-MCP on pineapple fruit is rarely reported. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of 1-MCP treatment on postharvest physiology and quality of pineapple, and provide a theoretical basis for the storage of fresh pineapple. The tested variety was ‘Bali’ pineapple. Harvested mature fruits were transported to the laboratory immediately, and then the fruits with the same size and being healthy were selected, washed and dried in natural air ventilation for test. Tested pineapple fruits were put into airtight boxes with different 1-MCP concentrations for 12 h at room temperature (25℃), then the fruits were placed in an incubator with about 85% humidity. Fruits treated by air were used as the control. Physiological indices related to fruit quality were evaluated, such as fruit firmness, malondialdehyde (MDA), total soluble solids (TSS), titratable acid (TA), vitamin C (VC) content and ethylene production. Activities of lipoxygenase (LOX), catalase (CAT) and peroxidase (POD) were detected by spectrophotometer. In the experiments, there were 3 replicates with 30 fruits for each repetition, and each treatment had 90 fruits. Statistical analysis of data was performed by the Excel software. Significant differences were analyzed by the statistical product and service solutions (SPSS) software at the level of 0.05. The results showed that the fruit firmness had significant differences between the control and the treatments with different 1-MCP concentrations (0.20, 0.35, 0.45 and 0.60μL/L) during the storage. On the 8th day, the firmness of fruits treated with 0.20μL/L 1-MCP was 2.80 kg/cm2

  3. 经皮穴位电刺激后鼠耐力训练中体能的变化%Changes in physical fitness of mice and rats in endurance training after transcutaneous electrical stimulation

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    杨翼; 李章华; 何金森

    2005-01-01

    . Exhausted swimming time was recorded with stopwatch from the beginning of experiment to the exhaustion. The identifying criteria of exhausted swimming time: when the small white mouse was exhausted, the time was recorded since its head was unable to expose on the water surface till it was sunk to the bottom. The training lasted 7days. After the last experiment, the mouse was placed in a 50 mL airtight glass bottle with 10 g lime sodium and the time of breathing stop was recorded with second (asphyxia time). Effect on desk fatigue time and body mass in rats: in TAES group and training control, the rats exercised on the animal running desk at 15-27 m/min, 30 min/time, for 14 days continuously. The exercise stopped once on the 7th day and the 13th day respectively. The transcutaneous electric stimulus was same as the above. Identifying criteria of fatigue: the rat could not followed prearranged speed after the stimulation and retarded on the posterior half section on the desk, and it was stimulated with electricity over 3 times. Body mass of rat was measured with common scale before and after experiment.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Exhausted swimming time and hypoxia endurance time of mice before and after experiment, desk fatigue time and change in body mass in rats.RESULTS: All of the animals accomplished the experiment smoothly and and hypoxia endurance time: the exhausted time in TAES group on the 1st and 7th days was prolonged significantly compared with blank control group [(38.78±4.33), (30.08±3.12) minutes; P < 0.01]; [(41.35±3.45), (30.11 ±3.23)minutes, P < 0.01]. The exhausted time in TAES group on the 7th day was longer remarkably than that on the 1st day (P < 0.05). The hypoxia endurance time in TAES group was longer significantly than blank control fatigue time and body mass in rats: the difference of fatigue time before and after experiment was not big in blank control group (P > 0.05) and the difference was remarkable before and after experiment in