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  1. Studies on accelerated deactivation of ruthenium-promoted alumina-supported alkalized cobalt Fischer-Tropsch synthesis catalyst

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    Shohreh Tehrani; Mohamad Irani; Ahmad Tavasoli; Yadollah Mortazavi; Abbas A.Khodadadi; Ali Nakhaei Pour

    2011-01-01

    Accelerated deactivation of ruthenium-promoted alumina-supported alkalized cobalt(K-Ru-Co/-γ-Al2O3)Fischer-Tropsch(FT)synthesis catalyst along the catalytic bed over 120 h of time-on-stream(TOS)was investigated.Catalytic bed was divided into three parts and structural changes of the spent catalysts collected from each catalytic bed after FT synthesis were studied using different techniques.Rapid deactivation was observed during the reaction due to high reaction temperature and low feed flow rates.The physico-chemical properties of the catalyst charged in the Bed #1 of the reactor did not change significantly.Interaction of cobalt with alumina and the formation of CoAl2O4 increased along the catalytic bed.Reducibility percentage decreased by 4.5%,7.5% and 12.9% for the catalysts in the Beds #1,#2 and #3,respectively.Dispersion decreased by 8.8%,14.4% and 26.6% for the catalysts in the Beds #1,#2 and #3,respectively.Particle diameter increased by 0.6%,2.4% and 10.4% for the catalysts in the Beds #1,#2 and #3,respectively,suggesting higher rate of sintering at the last catalytic bed.The amount of coke at the last catalytic bed was significantly higher than those of Beds #1 and #2.

  2. Processing and Performance of Alumina Fiber Reinforced Alumina Composites

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    P.Y.Lee; T.Uchijima; T.Yano

    2003-01-01

    Processing of alumina fiber-reinforced alumina matrix composites by hot-pressing was described. The mechanical properties of the composites fabricated by different sintering conditions including temperature and pressure have been investigated. The results indicated that the higher sintering temperature and pressure corresponded to the higher bulk density and higher maximum strength of the composite, whereas the pseudo-ductility of the composite was lower. The preliminary results of the composite with monazite-coated fibers showed that maximum strength could be improved up to 35% compared with the noncoated fiber composite in the same sintering condition. Moreover, the fracture behavior of the composite changed from completely brittle fracture to non-brittle fracture under the suitable sintering conditions. SEM observation of the fracture surface indicated that the coating worked as a protective barrier and avoided sintering of the fibers together even at high temperature and pressure during densification process.

  3. Activation of consolidation processes of alumina ceramics

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    Matrenin, S. V.; Zenin, B. S.; Tayukin, R. V.

    2016-02-01

    The methods for activating sintering ceramics based on Al2O3 by mechanical activation in the planetary mill, by adding in the mixture of nanopowders (NP) Al, Al2O3, and submicron powder TiO2, and by applying the technology of spark plasma sintering (SPS) are developed. It has been shown that adding the nanopowder up to 20 wt. % Al2O3 in a coarse powder α-Al2O3 activates the sintering process resulting in increased density and hardness of the sintered alumina ceramics. Substantial effect of increasing density of alumina ceramics due to adding the submicron powder TiO2 in the compound of initial powder mixtures has been established.

  4. A Novel Processing Route for Ni-doped Alumina Composites

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    JING Mao-xiang; SHEN Xiang-qian; ZHOU Jian-xin; LI Dong-hong; LI Wang-xing

    2006-01-01

    Alumina-based composites containing 0-15wt% Ni metallic phase were produced by hot press-sintering Ni-coated alumina powders. The Ni-coated alumina powders were prepared by the aqueous heterogeneous precipitation of alumina micro-powders and nickel sulfate salt followed by reduction process. The microstructural features and dispersion of Ni phase in Ni-coated alumina powders and the subsequent alumina-Ni cermets were investigated using scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffractometer (XRD), and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The relative density of the hot press-sintered composites was measured with the Archimedes' method while the fracture strength and the fracture toughness were defined with the three-point bending method and the micro-indentation fracture method. In the formation of alumina-Ni cermets from sintered Ni-coated alumina powders, Ni phase to some extent limits the densification rate and stifles the coarsening and growing process of alumina grains. The Ni phase is found to be located at the interfaces and the triple-joint junctions of alumina grains which results into alteration of the fracture mode of alumina and its increased fracture strength and fracture toughness if compared with monolithic alumina.

  5. Comparison of deep desulfurization methods in alumina production process

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    刘战伟; 李旺兴; 马文会; 尹中林; 武国宝

    2015-01-01

    Several methods of deep desulfurization in alumina production process were studied, and the costs of these methods were compared. It is found that most of the S2− in sodium aluminate solution can be removed by adding sodium nitrate or hydrogen peroxide in digestion process, and in this way the effect of S2− on alumina product quality is eliminated. However, the removal efficiency of2-23SOin sodium aluminate solution is very low by this method. Both S2− and2-23SO in sodium aluminate solution can be removed completely by wet oxidation method in digestion process. The cost of desulfurization by wet oxidation is lower than by adding sodium nitrate or hydrogen peroxide. The results of this research reveal that wet oxidation is an economical and feasible method for the removal of sulfur in alumina production process to improve alumina quality, and provide valuable guidelines for alumina production by high-sulfur bauxite.

  6. Processing of silicon nitride and alumina nanosize powders

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    Gonzalez, E.J.; Piermarini, G.; Hockey, B.; Malghan, S.G. [National Inst. of Standard and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (United States)

    1995-08-01

    The effects of pressure on the compaction and subsequent processing of nanosize {gamma} alumina powders were studied. A 3 mm diameter piston/cylinder die was used to compact the nanosize powders to pressures of 1 and 2.5 GPa. The green bodies were sintered at temperatures up to 1600{degrees}C. Results show that green body density can be increased by higher compaction pressures. It appears that as a result of the {gamma}-to-{alpha} transformation in alumina, higher green density does not necessarily produce a higher density sintered alumina body. The microstructures of the sintered bodies are described in terms of porosity and phase content.

  7. Relevance of alumina grit analysis in zircaloy fabrication process

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    Zirconium based alloys are the natural choice for both fuel element and in-core structural components in the water cooled thermal reactors, namely BWRs, PWRs and PHWRs. Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC), Hyderabad is engaged in the production of zirconium based alloys that are used as hardware in the nuclear industry. After hot working of zircaloy, due to its reactivity, an oxide layer is formed on its surfaces. Hence to remove this oxide layer grit blasting operation using alumina grit sand is followed during which the particles of the sand gets fragmented and the oxide layer on the material thus gets dislodged. Thus alumina grit plays a prominent role in the zircaloy fabrication process. In order to have an ideal and effective removal of the oxide layer from the zircaloy surface, knowledge about the composition of the grit with respect to Al2O3, SiO2, TiO2, Fe2O3, CaO and MgO is essential. Therefore the chemical compositional analysis of alumina grit for confirming to specification becomes an essential step in the Quality Assurance (QA) programme for acceptance of the material. The present paper describes the analytical methodology followed in our laboratory for the chemical analysis of alumina grit samples used in the grit blasting operations

  8. 含酚、醛废水碱化过程研究%Study on the Alkalization Process of Phenolic Resin Wastewater Treatment

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    陈建国; 胡鸿雨; 曾燕; 俞立琼; 周大鹏

    2011-01-01

    介绍了碱化过程对含酚、醛废水处理的影响.通过对含酚、醛废水预处理,在游离酚、醛、COD降低的条件下,再进行碱化处理.在碱化处理之后,使废水中游离酚、醛、COD进一步降解,进而达到生化处理要求、适合微生物生长需要,最终满足国家排放标准.%The paper presents the influence of alkalizaton process to the synthesis of phenolic resin industrial wastewater treatment technologies. With the pretreatment to phenolic resin synthetic industrial wastewater and under the conditions of free phenol, free formaldehyde and lower COD in wastewater recycling, alkalization is adopted for further synthetic resin. Then the free phenol, free formaldehyde and COD are lowered to meet the needs of microbe growth and national emission standards.

  9. Process for High-Rate Fabrication of Alumina Nanotemplates

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    Myung, Nosang; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre; Yun, Minhee; West, William; Choi, Daniel

    2007-01-01

    An anodizing process, at an early stage of development at the time of reporting the information for this article, has shown promise as a means of fabricating alumina nanotemplates integrated with silicon wafers. Alumina nanotemplates are basically layers of alumina, typically several microns thick, in which are formed approximately regular hexagonal arrays of holes having typical diameters of the order of 10 to 100 nm. Interest in alumina nanotemplates has grown in recent years because they have been found to be useful as templates in the fabrication of nanoscale magnetic, electronic, optoelectronic, and other devices. The present anodizing process is attractive for the fabrication of alumina nanotemplates integrated with silicon wafers in two respects: (1) the process involves self-ordering of the holes; that is, the holes as formed by the process are spontaneously arranged in approximately regular hexagonal arrays; and (2) the rates of growth (that is, elongation) of the holes are high enough to make the process compatible with other processes used in the mass production of integrated circuits. In preparation for fabrication of alumina nanotemplates in this process, one first uses electron-beam evaporation to deposit thin films of titanium, followed by thin films of aluminum, on silicon wafers. Then the alumina nanotemplates are formed by anodizing the aluminum layers, as described below. In experiments in which the process was partially developed, the titanium films were 200 A thick and the aluminum films were 5 m thick. The aluminum films were oxidized to alumina, and the arrays of holes were formed by anodizing the aluminum in aqueous solutions of sulfuric and/or oxalic acid at room temperature (see figure). The diameters, spacings, and rates of growth of the holes were found to depend, variously, on the composition of the anodizing solution, the applied current, or the applied potential, as follows: In galvanostatically controlled anodizing, regardless of the

  10. Catalyst materials based on plasma-processed alumina nanopowder

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    Dubencovs Konstantins

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A platinum catalyst for glycerol oxidation by molecular oxygen has been developed applying the extractive-pyrolytic method and using, as a support, a fine alumina powder with an average particle size of 30-60 nm processed by plasma technology. The extractive-pyrolytic method (EPM allows affixing small amounts of catalytic metals (1-5% with the particle size ranging from several nanometers to several tens of nanometers onto the surface of the support. The prepared material - 4.8 wt. % platinum on nano-sized alumina - can be used as a catalyst for glycerol oxidation by oxygen with conversion up to 84%, in order to produce some organic acids (glyceric and lactic acid with a selectivity of about 60%.

  11. Melt processing of Bi--2212 superconductors using alumina

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    Holesinger, Terry G.

    1999-01-01

    Superconducting articles and a method of forming them, where the superconducting phase of an article is Bi.sub.2 Sr.sub.2 CaCu.sub.2 O.sub.y (Bi-2212). Alumina is combined with Bi-2212 powder or Bi-2212 precursor powder and, in order to form an intimate mixture, the mixture is melted and rapidly cooled to form a glassy solid. The glassy solid is comminuted and the resulting powder is combined with a carrier. An alternative to melting is to form the mixture of nanophase alumina and material having a particle size of less than about 10 microns. The powder, with the carrier, is melt processed to form a superconducting article.

  12. Multi-Objective Optimization for Alumina Laser Sintering Process

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    Fayed, E. M.; Elmesalamy, A. S.; Sobih, M.; Elshaer, Y.

    2016-09-01

    Selective laser sintering processes has become one of the most popular additive manufacturing processes due to its flexibility in creation of complex components. This process has many interacting parameters, which have a significant influence on the process output. In this work, high purity alumina is sintered through a pulsed Nd:YAG laser sintering process. The aim of this work is to understand the effect of relevant sintering process parameters (laser power and laser scanning speed) on the quality of the sintered layer (layer surface roughness, layer thickness and vector/line width, and density). Design of experiments and statistical modeling techniques are employed to optimize the process control factors and to establish a relationship between these factors and output responses. Model results have been verified through experimental work and show reasonable prediction of process responses within the limits of sintering parameters.

  13. Complex processing of fluorine- and alumina comprising wastes of aluminium production

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    Present article is devoted to complex processing of fluorine- and alumina comprising wastes of aluminium production. The composition and optimal parameters of soda-alkaline treatment of solution, obtained at sulfuric acid decomposition of fluorine- and alumina comprising wastes of aluminium production was defined. The conducted studies shown that from sulphate comprising solution at soda-alkaline treatment it is possible to obtain the alumina, fluoric salts and building materials. The flowsheet of complex processing of fluorine- and alumina comprising wastes was elaborated and proposed.

  14. Formation process of a strong water-repellent alumina surface by the sol-gel method

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    A novel strong water-repellent alumina thin film is fabricated by chemically adsorbing stearic acid (STA) layer onto the porous and roughened aluminum film coated with polyethyleneimine (PEI). The formation process and the structure of the strong water-repellent alumina film are investigated by means of contact angle measurement and atomic force microscope (AFM). Results show that the water contact angles for the alumina films increase with the increase of the immersion time in the boiling water, and meanwhile, the roughness of the alumina films increases with the dissolution of the boehmite in the boiling water. Finally, the strong water-repellent film with a high water contact angle of 139.1 deg. is obtained when the alumina films have distinct roughened morphology with some papillary peaks and porous structure. Moreover, both the roughened structure and the hydrophobic materials of the STA endow the alumina films with the strong water-repellence.

  15. Processing, nano indentation and scratch testing of alumina-coated YTZP

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    Valle, J.; Anglada, M.; Ferrari, B.; Baudin, C.

    2015-10-01

    In this work, alumina-coated YTZP materials are proposed as means to combine the mechanical reliability of YTZP with the stiffness and hardness of alumina. Additionally, compressive stresses are developed in the alumina coating when cooling from the sintering temperature due to the thermal expansion mismatch between alumina and YTZP. The proposed processing method involves dipping of pre-sintered YTZP specimens in stable alumina suspensions and co-sintering of the dipped specimens. The influence of the processing parameters on the macro and microstructure of the materials has been established. Berkovich indentation has been performed to determine the Young's modulus of the substrates and coatings. The structural integrity of the coatings has been analysed using scratch tests. The Young's modulus. The optimised specimens present high resistance to scratch up to loads of 150 N. (Author)

  16. Processing, nano indentation and scratch testing of alumina-coated YTZP

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    In this work, alumina-coated YTZP materials are proposed as means to combine the mechanical reliability of YTZP with the stiffness and hardness of alumina. Additionally, compressive stresses are developed in the alumina coating when cooling from the sintering temperature due to the thermal expansion mismatch between alumina and YTZP. The proposed processing method involves dipping of pre-sintered YTZP specimens in stable alumina suspensions and co-sintering of the dipped specimens. The influence of the processing parameters on the macro and microstructure of the materials has been established. Berkovich indentation has been performed to determine the Young's modulus of the substrates and coatings. The structural integrity of the coatings has been analysed using scratch tests. The Young's modulus. The optimised specimens present high resistance to scratch up to loads of 150 N. (Author)

  17. Plasma Processes : Plasma sprayed alumina coatings for radiation detector development

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    Mary Alex; V Balagi; K R Prasad; K P Sreekumar; P V Ananthapadmanabhan

    2000-11-01

    Conventional design of radiation detectors uses sintered ceramic insulating modules. The major drawback of these ceramic components is their inherent brittleness. Ion chambers, in which these ceramic spacers are replaced by metallic components with plasma spray coated alumina, have been developed in our Research Centre. These components act as thin spacers that have good mechanical strength as well as high electrical insulation and replace alumina insulators with the same dimensions. As a result, the design of the beam loss monitor ion chamber for CAT could be simplified by coating the outer surface of the HT electrode with alumina. One of the chambers developed for isotope calibrator for brachytherapy gamma sources has its outer aluminium electrode (60 mm dia × 220 mm long) coated with 250 thick alumina (97%) + titania (3%). In view of potential applications in neutron-sensitive ion chambers used in reactor control instrumentation, studies were carried out on alumina 100 to 500 thick coatings on copper, aluminium and SS components. The electrical insulation varied from 108 ohms to 1012 ohms for coating thicknesses above 200 . The porosity in the coating resulted in some fall in electrical insulation due to moisture absorption. An improvement could be achieved by providing the ceramic surface with moisture-repellent silicone oil coating. Irradiation at Apsara reactor core location showed that the coating on aluminium was found to be unaffected after exposure to 1017 nvt fluence.

  18. Chemo-mechanical softening during in situ nanoindentation of anodic porous alumina with anodization processing

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    Cheng, C; Ngan, AHW

    2013-01-01

    Simultaneous application of mechanical stresses on a material as it undergoes an electrochemical reaction can result in interesting coupling effects between the chemical and mechanical responses of the material. In this work, anodic porous alumina supported on Al is found to exhibit significant softening during in situ nanoindentation with anodization processing. Compared with ex situ nanoindentation without anodization processing, the in situ hardness measured on the alumina is found to be m...

  19. Dependence of the Stabilization of -Alumina on the Spray Process

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    Stahr, C.Ch.; Saaro, S.; Berger, L.-M.; Herrmann, M.; Dubský, Jiří; Neufuss, Karel

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 16, 5-6 (2007), s. 822-830. ISSN 1059-9630 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA106/05/0483 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : -Al2O3 stabilization * alumina * chromia * solid solution * X-ray diffraction Subject RIV: JK - Corrosion ; Surface Treatment of Materials Impact factor: 1.204, year: 2007

  20. High energy density processing of a free form nickel-alumina nanocomposite

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    Viswanathan, V; Agarwal, A; Ocelik, V; De Hosson, J T M; Sobczak, N; Seal, S

    2006-01-01

    The development of a free form bulk Nickel reinforced Alumina matrix nano composites using Air Plasma Spray and laser processing has been presented. The process consumes less time and requires further minimal machining and therefore is cost effective. The relative differences in using APS over laser

  1. TREATMENT OF ACID MINE DRAINAGE BY THE ALUMINA-LIME-SODA PROCESS

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    The alumina-lime-soda process is a chemical desalination process for waters in which the principal sources of salinity are sulfate salts and has been field tested at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Acid Mine Drainage Research Facility, Hollywood, Pennsylvania, as a method to r...

  2. Mechanical properties correlation to processing parameters for advanced alumina based refractories

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    Dimitrijević Marija M.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Alumina based refractories are usually used in metallurgical furnaces and their thermal shock resistance is of great importance. In order to improve thermal shock resistance and mechanical properties of alumina based refractories short ceramic fibers were added to the material. SEM technique was used to compare the microstructure of specimens and the observed images gave the porosity and morphological characteristics of pores in the specimens. Standard compression test was used to determine the modulus of elasticity and compression strength. Results obtained from thermal shock testing and mechanical properties measurements were used to establish regression models that correlated specimen properties to process parameters.

  3. Low-temperature-annealed alumina/polyimide gate insulators for solution-processed ZnO thin-film transistors

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    Highlights: • The surface property of the polyimide gate insulator was successfully modified by the introduction of a low-temperature-annealed amorphous alumina interlayer. • The alumina/polyimide gate insulator showed excellent electrical insulating properties. • The solution-processed ZnO TFT with the alumina/polyimide gate insulator exhibited reasonable TFT performance. - Abstract: We report here a low-temperature-annealed alumina/polyimide gate insulator with excellent electrical insulating properties for solution-processed ZnO TFTs. In this study, 150 nm-thick polyimide and 20 nm-thick alumina thin films were deposited by a simple spin-coating followed by a 200 °C-annealing process. With the deposition of the alumina interlayer, the surface of the polyimide film was successfully modified. We prepared ZnO TFTs annealed at 230 °C to investigate the potential of the prepared gate insulator. The field-effect mobility and the on/off current ratio of solution-processed ZnO TFTs with an alumina/polyimide gate insulator were 0.11 cm2/V s and 1.8 × 105, respectively, whereas a ZnO TFT with a polyimide gate insulator was inactive. The alumina interlayer introduced here might provide a compatible interface for the ZnO semiconductor

  4. Encapsulating graphene by ultra-thin alumina for reducing process contaminations

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    Dauber, Jan; Terres, Bernat; Stampfer, Christoph [II. Institute of Physics B, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen (Germany); JARA Fundamentals of Future Information Technologies, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Peter Gruenberg Institute (PGI-8/9), Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Trellenkamp, Stefan [Peter Gruenberg Institute (PGI-8/9), Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425 Juelich (Germany)

    2012-12-15

    We discuss a fabrication process for making graphene devices based on encapsulated graphene for reducing contaminations during individual processing steps. A 3-5 nm alumina layer is deposited directly after exfoliating graphene, protecting it during the entire processing. We show that the visibility of the encapsulated graphene is sufficient to identify graphene flakes and Raman spectra exhibit the characteristic finger print. We perform transport measurements to study the sample quality and compare the results with graphene samples processed without an alumina layer. In particular we observe a higher yield and significantly reduced contact resistances for devices fabricated with the here presented method. Graphene flake with metal (Cr/Au) contacts covered with an ultra-thin (3-5 nm) oxidized aluminum layer (left) and without the layer (right). (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  5. Encapsulating graphene by ultra-thin alumina for reducing process contaminations

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    We discuss a fabrication process for making graphene devices based on encapsulated graphene for reducing contaminations during individual processing steps. A 3-5 nm alumina layer is deposited directly after exfoliating graphene, protecting it during the entire processing. We show that the visibility of the encapsulated graphene is sufficient to identify graphene flakes and Raman spectra exhibit the characteristic finger print. We perform transport measurements to study the sample quality and compare the results with graphene samples processed without an alumina layer. In particular we observe a higher yield and significantly reduced contact resistances for devices fabricated with the here presented method. Graphene flake with metal (Cr/Au) contacts covered with an ultra-thin (3-5 nm) oxidized aluminum layer (left) and without the layer (right). (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  6. Application of powder metallurgy and hot rolling processes for manufacturing aluminum/alumina composite strips

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    In this study, aluminum matrix composites (AMC) with 2, 4, 6 and 10 wt% alumina were produced using powder metallurgy (PM), mechanical milling (MM) and vacuum hot pressing (VHP) techniques; then, this was followed by the hot-rolling process. During hot rolling, AMCs with 6 and 10 wt% Al2O3 were fractured whereas strip composites with 2 and 4 wt% Al2O3 were produced successfully. Microstructure and mechanical properties of the samples were investigated by optical and scanning electron microscopes and tensile and hardness tests, respectively. Microscopic evaluations of the hot-rolled composites showed a uniform distribution of alumina particles in the aluminum matrix. It was found that with increasing alumina content in the matrix, tensile strength (TS) and hardness increased and the percentage of elongation also decreased. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to investigate aluminum/alumina interfaces and fracture surfaces of the hot rolled specimens after tensile test. SEM observations demonstrated that the failure mode in the hot-rolled Al-2 wt% Al2O3 composite strips is a typical ductile fracture, while the failure mode was shear ductile fracture with more flat surfaces in Al-4 wt% Al2O3 strips.

  7. Synthesis and ceramic processing of zirconia alumina composites for application as solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes

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    The global warmness and the necessity to obtain clean energy from alternative methods than petroleum raises the importance of developing cleaner and more efficient systems of energy generation, among then, the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). Cubic stabilized zirconia (CSZ) has been the most studied material as electrolyte in SOFC, due to its ionic conductivity and great stability at operation conditions. However, its low fracture toughness difficulties its application as a thin layer, what could lead to an improvement of cell efficiency. In this sense, the alumina addition in CSZ forms a composite, which can shift its mechanical properties, without compromising its electrical properties. In this work, coprecipitation synthesis route and ceramic processing of zirconia-alumina composites were studied, in order to establish optimum conditions to attain high density, homogeneous microstructure, and better mechanical properties than CSZ, without compromising ionic conductivity. For this purpose, composites containing up to 40 wt % of alumina, in a 9 mol % yttria-stabilized zirconia (9Y-CSZ) matrix were evaluated. In order to optimize the synthesis of the composites, a preliminary study of powder obtaining and processing were carried out, at compositions containing 20 wt % of alumina, in 9Y-CSZ. The ceramic powders were characterized by helium picnometry, X-ray diffraction, scanning electronic microscopy, transmission electronic microscopy, thermogravimetry, differential scanning calorimetry, granulometry by laser diffraction and gas adsorption (BET). The characterization of sinterized compacts were performed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, density measurements, Vickers indentation and impedance spectroscopy. The obtained results show that the alumina addition, in the 9Y-CSZ matrix powders, raises the specific surface area, promotes deagglomeration of powders and elevates the oxides crystallization temperature, requiring higher

  8. Studies on hydrogen separation membrane for IS process. Membrane preparation with porous α-alumina tube

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    It was investigated the preparation technique of hydrogen separation membrane to enhance the decomposition ratio of hydrogen iodide in the thermochemical IS process. Hydrogen separation membranes based on porous α-alumina tubes having pore size of 100 nm and 10 nm were prepared by chemical vapor deposition using tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) as the Si source. In the hydrogen separation membrane, its pore was closed by the deposited silica and then the permeation of gas was affected by the hindrance diffusion. At 600degC, the selectivity ratios (H2/N2) were 5.2 and 160 for the membranes based on porous α-alumina tube having pore size of 100 nm and 10 nm, respectively. (author)

  9. Processing and characterization of alumina/LAS bioceramics for dental applications

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    M Guedes; V Costa; T Silva; A Teles; X Yang; A C Ferro

    2014-05-01

    Alumina allows to recreate the functionality and aesthetics of natural teeth. However, its low fracture toughness rises concern regarding use in dental restoration. Structural reliability is addressed here by formulating a material containing alumina and a glass–ceramic from LAS system. The presence of LAS in the mixtures result in formation of glass phase during sintering, promoting densification at lower temperature and enhanced surface finishing. A composite microstructure with increased toughness can thus be produced. Powder mixtures containing 0, 20, 50, 80 and 100 wt\\%-LAS were prepared by planetary milling and uniaxial pressing and sintered. The compositions were investigated regarding their processability, mechanical performance and biological behaviour. Aesthetics was evaluated by comparison with a commercial dental matching guide. Variations on hardness and fracture toughness with starting LAS fraction were assessed by indentation. Interaction with biological medium was evaluated by immersion in a simulated body fluid. Resulting microstructures were characterised by FEG–SEM, EDS and XRD.

  10. Combustion synthesis and effects of processing parameters on physical properties of {alpha}-alumina

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    Collins, M.V.; Hirschfeld, D.A.; Shea, L.E.

    2000-01-04

    Fine particle porous {alpha}-alumina has been prepared by a wet chemical method of combustion synthesis using an aqueous precursor containing aluminum nitrate (oxidizer) and carbohydrazide, an organic fuel as starting materials. The aluminum nitrate and carbohydrazide were reacted exothermically at 400--600 C. The synthesis of {alpha}-alumina ({alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) was used as a model for understanding the effects of processing parameters on physical properties such as surface area, average pore size, and residual carbon content. The porous powders were characterized using x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), BET surface area analysis and elemental analysis. The decomposition of the starting materials was investigated using differential thermal and thermogravimetric analyses (DTA/TGA). It has been shown that the furnace temperature, fuel/oxidizer ratio, and precursor water content can be tailored to produce powders with different physical properties.

  11. Tribocorrosion Behavior of Aluminum/Alumina Composite Manufactured by Anodizing and ARB Processes

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    Jamaati, Roohollah; Toroghinejad, Mohammad Reza; Szpunar, Jerzy A.; Li, Duanjie

    2011-12-01

    In the present work, tribocorrosion behavior of Al/Al2O3 composite strips manufactured by anodizing and accumulative roll bonding (ARB) processes was investigated. The alumina quantity was 0.48, 1.13, and 3.55 vol.% in the aluminum matrix. Tribocorrosion experiments were conducted using a ball-on-plate tribometer, where the sliding contact was fully immersed in 1 wt.% NaCl solution. The composite sample served as a working electrode and its open circuit potential (OCP) was monitored before, during, and after sliding. In order to characterize the electrochemical behavior of the surface before and after sliding electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used and wear was also measured. Furthermore, the influence of quantity and distribution of reinforcement particles in the matrix on OCP and EIS was evaluated. It was found that the quantity, shape, size, and dispersion of alumina particles in the aluminum matrix strongly affected the measured tribocorrosion characteristics. The results showed that inhomogeneous, lower quantity, fine, and acicular-shape alumina particles cause serious materials loss in tribocorrosion process.

  12. Forming of tubes and bars of alumina/LY12 composites by liquid extrusion process

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    齐乐华; 李贺军; 崔培玲; 史忠科

    2003-01-01

    Tube and bar products of aluminum alloy composites reinforced by alumina short-fiber were formed in a single process with liquid extrusion technology. The microstructure verifies that the reinforcing effect is obvious in the deformation direction since fibers are distributed along this direction, which is resulted from the flow and crystallization under pressure of liquid metal and large plastic deformation of solidified metal in the process. The interface between fiber and matrix belongs to mechanical bonding. The fractograph demonstrates ductile mode. Liquid extrusion process opens up a new way for fabricating tube, bar and shaped products.

  13. Palladium coated porous anodic alumina membranes for gas reforming processes

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    Wu, Jeremy P.; Brown, Ian W. M.; Bowden, Mark E.; Kemmitt, Timothy

    2010-11-01

    Nanostructured ceramic membranes with ultrathin coatings of palladium metal have been demonstrated to separate hydrogen gas from a gas mixture containing nitrogen with 10% carbon dioxide and 10% hydrogen at temperatures up to 550 °C. The mechanically robust and thermally durable membranes were fabricated using a combination of conventional and high-efficiency anodisation processes on high purity aluminium foils. A pH-neutral plating solution has also been developed to enable electroless deposition of palladium metal on templates which were normally prone to chemical corrosion in strong acid or base environment. Activation and thus seeding of palladium nuclei on the surface of the template were essential to ensure uniform and fast deposition, and the thickness of the metal film was controlled by time of deposition. The palladium coated membranes showed improved hydrogen selectivity with increased temperature as well as after prolonged exposure to hydrogen, demonstrating excellent potential for gas separation technologies.

  14. Mechanically Processed Alumina Reinforced Ultra-high Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Matrix Composites

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    Elmkharram, Hesham Moh. A.

    2013-01-01

    Alumina particles filled Ultra-high Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE), with Al2O3 contents 0, 1, and 2.5 wt% were milled for up to 10 hours by the mechanical alloying (MA) process performed at room temperature to produce composite powders. Compression molding was utilized to produce sheets out of the milled powders. A partial phase transformation from orthorhombic and amorphous phases to monoclinic phase was observed to occur for both the un-reinforced and reinforced UHMWPE in the soli...

  15. Study and utilization of residual sludges rich in alumina from an anodizing process

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    Residual sludges from a process of anodizing were studied by x-ray diffraction as part of research into alternative materials for the chemical industry. The sludge containing mainly bayerite Al(OH)3 and bohemite AlO(OH). The phases of α and β alumina were identified at 700 degrees, corundum phase is present at 850 degrees. Zeolite A is synthesized from these and by means of hydrothermal, which was identified by X-ray diffraction. Scanning microscopy of zeolite A shows a high degree of crystallinity. (author)

  16. Variable effects of the internal gelation process in the physical and chemical properties of alumina microspheres

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    Ceramic microspheres have been used in various applications, related to the nuclear, pharmaceutical, chemical, medical, environmental, biotechnology, etc. It is possible to obtain, by internal gelation method, microspheres of different ceramic materials, dense or porous (with controlled porosity) and different sizes. However, the major obstacle is the formation of cracks on drying and/or calcination, which can hinder their use. This study have an objective at the production of alumina (AI2O3) based microspheres by internal gelation process, varying processing parameters in order to control the chemical and physical characteristics such as size, porosity, specific surface area, etc., in addition to specific characteristics that enable their application in filling of the elution columns of 99Mo-99mTc generators. It was developed a simple and efficient method of washing treatment of the microspheres, which enables the extraction of a significant portion of the organic phase present prior to drying and calcination; thus virtually eliminates all cracks that arise during drying, and particularly in calcination step. In addition, process parameters were varied for controlling the porosity and specific surface of the microspheres. Were also characterized in parallel, two transition alumina in the form of powders currently used in filling of elution columns of 99Mo-99mTc generator so as to get an idea of the current requirements for physical properties of the filling material. (author)

  17. Processing and Mechanical Properties of Various Zirconia/Alumina Composites for Fuel Cell Applications

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    Choi, Sung R.; Bansal, Narottam P.

    2002-01-01

    Various electrolyte materials for solid oxide fuel cells were fabricated by hot pressing 10 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (10-YSZ) reinforced with two different forms of alumina, particulates and platelets, each containing 0 to 30 mol% alumina. Flexure strength and fracture toughness of both particulate and platelet composites at ambient temperature increased with increasing alumina content, reaching a maximum at 30 mot% alumina. For a given alumina content, strength of particulate composites was greater than that of platelet composites, whereas, the difference in fracture toughness between the two composite systems was negligible. No virtual difference in elastic modulus and density was observed for a given alumina content between particulate and platelet composites. Thermal cycling up to 10 cycles between 200 to 1000 C did not show any effect on strength degradation of the 30 mol% platelet composites, indicative of negligible influence of CTE mismatches between YSZ matrix and alumina grains.

  18. Urine alkalization facilitates uric acid excretion

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    Seyama Issei

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Increase in the incidence of hyperuricemia associated with gout as well as hypertension, renal diseases and cardiovascular diseases has been a public health concern. We examined the possibility of facilitated excretion of uric acid by change in urine pH by managing food materials. Methods Within the framework of the Japanese government's health promotion program, we made recipes which consist of protein-rich and less vegetable-fruit food materials for H+-load (acid diet and others composed of less protein but vegetable-fruit rich food materials (alkali diet. Healthy female students were enrolled in this consecutive 5-day study for each test. From whole-day collected urine, total volume, pH, organic acid, creatinine, uric acid and all cations (Na+,K+,Ca2+,Mg2+,NH4+ and anions (Cl-,SO42-,PO4- necessary for the estimation of acid-base balance were measured. Results Urine pH reached a steady state 3 days after switching from ordinary daily diets to specified regimens. The amount of acid generated ([SO42-] +organic acid-gut alkai were linearly related with those of the excretion of acid (titratable acidity+ [NH4+] - [HCO3-], indicating that H+ in urine is generated by the metabolic degradation of food materials. Uric acid and excreted urine pH retained a linear relationship, where uric acid excretion increased from 302 mg/day at pH 5.9 to 413 mg/day at pH 6.5, despite the fact that the alkali diet contained a smaller purine load than the acid diet. Conclusion We conclude that alkalization of urine by eating nutritionally well-designed food is effective for removing uric acid from the body.

  19. Ecophysiological study of suitability of Picea mariana L. for afforestation in alkalized territories in Northeast Estonia

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    For over 30-40 years oil shale mining and processing enterprises, cement factories and power plants have emitted qualitatively and quantitatively different air pollution complexes with high dust and ash concentrations. This has caused alkalisation of the environment, physical and chemical changes in the soil, ground water and precipitation in Northeast Estonia. The aim of this study was to ascertain of responses of black spruce to alkalized environment and to estimate the suitability of black spruce in industrial regions in Northeast Estonia

  20. Effect of Cocoa Shell Ash as an Alkalizing Agent on Cocoa Products

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    Osundahunsi, O. F.; Bolade, M. K.; Akinbinu, A. A.

    Alkalized cocoa nibs were produced using cocoa shell ash as an alkalizing agent. Conventionally, imported alkalizing agents are used to produce alkalized/dutched nibs in cocoa processing industries. Cocoa powder and cocoa butter were produced from nibs treated with cocoa shell=s ash as an alkalizing agent and compared with products from two industries which used imported alkali as the dutching agent. Cocoa products made from cocoa nibs alkalized with ash for the shell were evaluated for physicochemical properties in comparison with product from Oluji and Stanmark Industries located in Southwestern Nigeria. Flame photometry method was used to determine components of the ash. The pH value of cocoa powder were 6.72 and 6.56 for Oluji and Stanmark samples respectively while 6.59 was reported for the Experimental cocoa powder sample. Percent fat content was 11.56 for Stanmark, 12.20 for Oluji and 10.56 for the Experimental sample. Colour reflectance was highest in Stanmark sample with 8.69 while the least was recorded for Experimental sample (7.18). Percent ash was 6.58, 8.16 and 7.13 for Stanmark, Oluji and Experimental samples respectively. Fat parameters for cocoa butter from the three samples were found to be within International standard for cocoa butter. Percent fatty acid ranged from 1.46 to 1.59. Saponification value was 193 mg KOH gG1 sample for Experimental sample, while Stanmark and Oluji cocoa butter had 196 and 198 mg KOH gG1, respectively. Percent unsaponifiable matter content was 0.30 each for Stanmark and Oluji with 0.39 for Experimental sample. Iodine value was between 35.11 and 38.07 Wij=s. Peroxide value ranged from 26-29 ME kgG1. Major components of cocoa shell ash were found to be potassium, 3.1 g/100 g and sodium, 7.2 g/100 g while sodium carbonate was 33.1 g/100 g. The pH of the ash was 10.8. There were no significant differences (pcocoa powder. Although, chocolate aroma was found to be less pronounced in the Experimental sample when assessed by

  1. Reactive processing and characterization of nickel aluminide-alumina functionally gradient composites

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    Zhu, Hexiang

    The reactive hot compaction (RHC) technique was successfully utilized to produce bulk in-situ nickel aluminide (NiAl)-alumina (Al 2O3) functionally gradient composites (FGCs) as well as thin FGC coating. The FGCs consisted of four or five layers with alumina content increasing from less than 3vol.% to about 35vol.%. The composites were fabricated via reactive processing of the powder mixtures of nickel, aluminum, partially oxidized aluminum (Al*) and/or nickel oxide (NiO). The technique resulted in a gradual transition of the microstructure and properties along the thickness of the FGC, and led to reduced residual stresses and a strong bonding between the NiAl substrate and the FGC coating. The FGC also had higher fracture toughness than the corresponding composites. The phase and microstructural development for the three powder mixture systems (Ni-Al, Ni-Al*, and NiO-Al), which occurred during reactive processing of the composites, were systematically studied. The reaction process of Ni + Al powder mixtures was found to be strongly affected by pressure, heating rates, heat loss and diffusion barrier. It was found that the formation of NiAl occurred rapidly via combustion reaction at high heating rates and with small heat loss. At slow heating rates, however, the reaction process was slow and controlled by solid-state diffusion. The phase formation sequence for the slow solid-state reaction was determined to be: NiAl3 → Ni2Al3 → NiAl (Ni3Al) → NiAl. An Al2O3 particle network was produced during RHC of Ni + Al* powders, while an interpenetrating Al2O3 skeleton formed for NiO + Al powders. The formation of Al2O 3 phases during RHC of NiO + Al powders was a three-stage process, with the Al2O3 phases coming from both the liquid and the solid state reactions. The solid state displacement reaction between NiO and nickel-aluminides (NiAl3, Ni2Al3, NiAl) is believed to lead to the formation of an interpenetrating Al2O 3 network in the final product. The in

  2. Properties and electronic structures of titanium aluminides-alumina composites from in-situ SHS process

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    Research highlights: → In-situ SHS processing method plus vacuum hot-pressing process were applied. → Mechanical and electronic properties and microscopic structures were studied. → First principle pseudopotential plane-wave-based DFT calculations were performed. - Abstract: Titanium aluminides-alumina composite was synthesized by in-situ self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) method, followed by hot-pressing process. To understand the fundamental differences between the composite and A12O3 ceramic, a comparative study was carried out using first-principles plane-wave pseudopotential method based on density functional theory (DFT). XRD analysis of final products confirmed the formation of TiAl, A12O3 and a small amount of Ti3Al phases in the composites and the reaction mechanisms of the process were proposed. SEM observation revealed that a two-phase (γ + α2) TiAl-Ti3Al lamellar structure was formed, and the composites exhibited a homogeneous microstructure. Moreover, density of states (DOS), band structure, charge density difference and Mulliken population analysis showed that metallic, covalent and ionic bonding were produced at the interfaces of the composite. O-Al interface bonds showed more covalent character with respect to pure Al2O3. Therefore, interface combination of the composite was improved, making the composite tougher (a toughness as high as 7.9 MPa m1/2) than monophase Al2O3 ceramic.

  3. Behavior of SiO2 in the leaching process of alumina clinker with high concentration

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    Bin Chen; Xiaobin Li; Guihua Liu

    2008-01-01

    It is essential for alumina production by alkaline process to know the behavior of minerals containing Al and Si in basic solution, and the behavior of SiO2 in the process of clinker leaching is an important portion. To study the behavior of SiO2 in the process of high concentration clinker leaching, experiments were carried out in home-made reactors. The results indicate that factors,such as temperature, time, Al2O3 concentration, as well as SiO2 concentration, have profound impact on the SiO2 and Al2O3 concen-tration of pregnant liquor during the high concentration leaching. However, sodium carbonate and free caustic soda concentrations have no remarkable effect on it, thus they are the secondary factors compared with Al203 concentration. The concentration of SiO2 in the pregnant liquor could be reduced to a lower level when the major effect parameters of this process are controlled properly.

  4. Experimental design and performance analysis of alumina coatings deposited by a detonation spray process

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    Saravanan, P.; Selvarajan, V.; Joshi, S. V.; Sundararajan, G.

    2001-01-01

    The increasing demands for high-quality coatings has made it inevitable that the surface coating industry would put more effort into precisely controlling the coating process. Statistical design of experiments is an effective method for finding the optimum spray parameters to enhance thermal spray coating properties. In the present investigation, an attempt is made to produce high-quality alumina (Al2O3) coatings by optimizing the detonation spray process parameters following a (L16-24) factorial design approach. The process parameters that were varied include the fuel ratio, carrier gas flow rate, frequency of detonations and spray distance. The coating characteristics were quantified with respect to roughness, hardness and porosity. The performance of the coatings was quantitively evaluated using erosion, abrasion and sliding wear testing. Through statistical analysis of the experimental results, performed by the ANOVA method, the significance of each process parameter together with an optimal variable combination was obtained for the desired coating attributes. Confirmation experiments were conducted to verify the optimal spray parameter combination, which clearly showed the possibility of producing high-quality Al2O3 coatings.

  5. Processing and Properties of Zirconia-Toughened Alumina Prepared by Gelcasting

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    Salam Abbas

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Zirconia-toughened alumina (ZTA using yttria-stabilised zirconia is a good option for ceramic-ceramic bearing couples for hip joint replacement. Gelcasting is a colloidal processing technique capable of producing complex products with a range of dimensions and materials by a relatively low-cost production process. Using gelcasting, ZTA samples were prepared, optimising the stages of fabrication, including slurry preparation with varying solid loadings, moulding and de-moulding, drying and sintering. Density, hardness, fracture toughness, flexural strength and grain size were observed relative to slurry solid loadings between 58 and 62 vol. %, as well as sintering temperatures of 1550 °C and 1650 °C. Optimal conditions found were plastic mould, 4000 g/mol PEG with 30 vol. % concentration, 61% solid loading and Ts = 1550 °C. ZTA samples of high density (maximum 99.1%, high hardness (maximum 1902 HV, high fracture toughness (maximum 5.43 MPa m1/2 and high flexural strength (maximum 618 MPa were successfully prepared by gelcasting and pressureless sintering.

  6. Effect of Solution Treatment Process on Hardness of Alumina Reinforced Al-9Zn Composite Produced by Squeeze Casting

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    Dwi Rahmalina

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Characteristics of aluminium matrix composites reinforced by alumina have been developed to improve mechanical properties. One of the determining factors in the development of this material is parameter of solution treatment process. This study discusses the performance of the composite matrix of Al-9Zn-6Mg-3Si reinforced by alumina powder of 5 % volume fraction. Composite are manufactured by squeeze casting process with the pressure of 20 Ton in the metal mould. To improve mechanical properties, the precipitation hardening process is conducted through variation of temperature of solution treatment of 450, 475 and 500 °C and holding time of solution treatment of 30, 60 and 90 minutes. Materials are characterized by hardness testing and microstructure observation. The results showed that the optimum condition of hardness was produced by solution treatment temperature of 500 °C and 90 minutes holding time of 86 HRB.

  7. Selected references on alkalic igneous rocks of the United States

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    Hall, C.R. (comp.)

    1976-01-01

    A compilation of references is presented providing background information on rock and mineral associations, geochemistry, geophysics, structural relationships, and geochronology of sialic, feldspathoidal, and some mafic alkalic igneous rock exposures in the US. Their locations and major characteristics are cited. No implication regarding U potential in these areas is intended. The first part of the bibliography provides general references to overall features of alkaline igneous rocks by region. The second part is a compilation of references on alkalic igneous rocks by state or groups of states. The third part provides information on rock type, age, and location for most of the references cited in part two. (JSR)

  8. Synthesis of alumina powders by the glycine-nitrate combustion process

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    The combustion synthesis technique using glycine as fuel and aluminum nitrate as an oxidizer is able to produce alumina powders. Thermodynamic modeling of the combustion reaction shows that as the fuel-to-oxidant ratio increases, the amount of gases produced and adiabatic flame temperatures also increases. X-ray diffractions showed the amorphous structure for as-synthesized powder and presence of well-crystallized α-Al2O3 after calcination at 1100 deg. C during soaking time of 1 h. Alumina's largest measured specific surface area was 15 m2/g with BET method and 0.51 glycine-to-nitrate ratio

  9. Reuse of activated alumina

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    Hobensack, J.E. [Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., Piketon, OH (United States)

    1991-12-31

    Activated alumina is used as a trapping media to remove trace quantities of UF{sub 6} from process vent streams. The current uranium recovery method employs concentrated nitric acid which destroys the alumina pellets and forms a sludge which is a storage and disposal problem. A recently developed technique using a distilled water rinse followed by three dilute acid rinses removes on average 97% of the uranium, and leaves the pellets intact with crush strength and surface area values comparable with new material. Trapping tests confirm the effectiveness of the recycled alumina as UF{sub 6} trapping media.

  10. Processing of Homogeneous Zirconia-Toughened Alumina Ceramics with High Dry-Sliding Wear Resistance

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    Kerkwijk, Bas; Winnubst, Louis; Mulder, Elmer J.; Verweij, Henk

    1999-01-01

    The preparation of dense homogeneous zirconia-toughened alumina (ZTA) with high dry-sliding wear resistance is described. These ZTA ceramics are obtained by sintering green compacts, made by colloidal filtration of well-defined ZrO2-Al2O3 particle suspensions, for 2 h at 1400°C. The optimum solid an

  11. Novel structure formation at the bottom surface of porous anodic alumina fabricated by single step anodization process.

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    Ali, Ghafar; Ahmad, Maqsood; Akhter, Javed Iqbal; Maqbool, Muhammad; Cho, Sung Oh

    2010-08-01

    A simple approach for the growth of long-range highly ordered nanoporous anodic alumina film in H(2)SO(4) electrolyte through a single step anodization without any additional pre-anodizing procedure is reported. Free-standing porous anodic alumina film of 180 microm thickness with through hole morphology was obtained. A simple and single step process was used for the detachment of alumina from aluminum substrate. The effect of anodizing conditions, such as anodizing voltage and time on the pore diameter and pore ordering is discussed. The metal/oxide and oxide/electrolyte interfaces were examined by high resolution scanning transmission electron microscope. The arrangement of pores on metal/oxide interface was well ordered with smaller diameters than that of the oxide/electrolyte interface. The inter-pore distance was larger in metal/oxide interface as compared to the oxide/electrolyte interface. The size of the ordered domain was found to depend strongly upon anodizing voltage and time. PMID:20493719

  12. Optimization of Flotation Process for Reduction of Alumina and Silica from Screw Classifier Overflow of an Iron Ore Washing Plant

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    T V Vijaya Kumar

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Reverse flotation process was optimized by an experimental programme based on statistical analysis for reduction of silica and alumina levels from screw classifier overflow so as to enrich iron values. Flotation of alumina and silica bearing minerals with Sokem 521C and starch as collector and depressant respectively was studied to estimate their optimum levels at different particle sizes. A two-level three factor design of experiments showed that particle size is insignificant in the ranges of study. Tests on an orthogonal design of the hexagonal type were then carried out to determine the effects of the other two variables, on the response, Selectivity Index (SI, a measure of separation efficiency of iron values from alumina and silica. Regression equations were developed as models and response contours were plotted. Maximum response (SI of 2.25 has been optimized at 0.306 kg/t of amine collector, 1.0043 kg/t of starch at a particle size of 40 µm.

  13. Synthesis and ceramic processing of alumina and zirconia based composites infiltrated with glass phase for dental applications

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    The interest for the use of ceramic materials for dental applications started due to the good aesthetic appearance promoted by the similarity to natural teeth. However, the fragility of traditional ceramics was a limitation for their use in stress conditions. The development of alumina and zirconia based materials, that associate aesthetic results, biocompatibility and good mechanical behaviour, makes possible the employment of ceramics for fabrication of dental restorations. The incorporation of vitreous phase in these ceramics is an alternative to minimize the ceramic retraction and to improve the adhesion to resin-based cements, necessary for the union of ceramic frameworks to the remaining dental structure. In the dentistry field, alumina and zirconia ceramic infiltrated with glassy phase are represented commercially by the In-Ceram systems. Considering that the improvement of powder's synthesis routes and of techniques of ceramic processing contributes for good performance of these materials, the goal of the present work is the study of processing conditions of alumina and/or 3 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia ceramics infiltrated with aluminum borosilicate lanthanum glass. The powders, synthesized by hydroxide coprecipitation route, were pressed by uniaxial compaction and pre-sintered at temperature range between 950 and 1650 degree C in order to obtain porous ceramics bodies. Vitreous phase incorporation was performed by impregnation of aluminum borosilicate lanthanum powder, also prepared in this work, followed by heat treatment between 1200 and 1400 degree C .Ceramic powders were characterized by thermogravimetry, X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, gaseous adsorption (BET) and laser diffraction. Sinterability of alumina and /or stabilized zirconia green pellets was evaluated by dilatometry. Pre-sintered ceramics were characterized by apparent density measurements (Archimedes method), X-ray diffraction and scanning electron

  14. Synthesis and ceramic processing of zirconia alumina composites for application as solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes; Sintese e processamento de compositos de zirconia-alumina para aplicacao como eletrolito em celulas a combustivel de oxido solido

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    Garcia, Rafael Henrique Lazzari

    2007-07-01

    The global warmness and the necessity to obtain clean energy from alternative methods than petroleum raises the importance of developing cleaner and more efficient systems of energy generation, among then, the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). Cubic stabilized zirconia (CSZ) has been the most studied material as electrolyte in SOFC, due to its ionic conductivity and great stability at operation conditions. However, its low fracture toughness difficulties its application as a thin layer, what could lead to an improvement of cell efficiency. In this sense, the alumina addition in CSZ forms a composite, which can shift its mechanical properties, without compromising its electrical properties. In this work, coprecipitation synthesis route and ceramic processing of zirconia-alumina composites were studied, in order to establish optimum conditions to attain high density, homogeneous microstructure, and better mechanical properties than CSZ, without compromising ionic conductivity. For this purpose, composites containing up to 40 wt % of alumina, in a 9 mol % yttria-stabilized zirconia (9Y-CSZ) matrix were evaluated. In order to optimize the synthesis of the composites, a preliminary study of powder obtaining and processing were carried out, at compositions containing 20 wt % of alumina, in 9Y-CSZ. The ceramic powders were characterized by helium picnometry, X-ray diffraction, scanning electronic microscopy, transmission electronic microscopy, thermogravimetry, differential scanning calorimetry, granulometry by laser diffraction and gas adsorption (BET). The characterization of sinterized compacts were performed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, density measurements, Vickers indentation and impedance spectroscopy. The obtained results show that the alumina addition, in the 9Y-CSZ matrix powders, raises the specific surface area, promotes deagglomeration of powders and elevates the oxides crystallization temperature, requiring higher

  15. Nanoindentation of shock deformed alumina

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    In the current study, the experimental results on the nanoindentation response of both as prepared and shock recovered alumina of 10 μm grain size and identical processing history are presented and analyzed. The shock recovery experiments were deliberately conducted with gas gun arrangements at shock pressures much above the Hugoniot Elastic Limit (HEL) of alumina. The nanoindentation experiments were conducted at 10-1000 mN load with a Berkovich indenter. The nanohardness and Young's modulus value of shock recovered alumina were always lower than those of the as prepared alumina samples. Subsequently, the detailed characterizations of the shock recovered alumina samples by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were utilized to understand the reasons behind the drop in nanohardness and Young's modulus of shock recovered alumina samples.

  16. Recovery of alumina and alkali in Bayer red mud by the formation of andradite-grossular hydrogarnet in hydrothermal process.

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    Zhang, Ran; Zheng, Shili; Ma, Shuhua; Zhang, Yi

    2011-05-30

    Bayer red mud (RM) is an alumina refinery waste product rich in aluminum oxides and alkalis which are present primarily in the form of sodium hydro-aluminosilicate desilication product (DSP). A hydrothermal process was employed to recover alumina and alkali from "Fe-rich" and "Fe-lean" RM, the two representative species of RM produced in China. The hydrothermal process objective phase is andradite-grossular hydrogarnet characterized by the isomorphic substitution of Al and Fe. Batch experiments were used to evaluate the main factors influencing the recovery process, namely reaction temperature, caustic ratio (molar ratio of Na(2)O to Al(2)O(3) in sodium solution), sodium concentration and residence time. The results revealed that the Na(2)O content of 0.5 wt% and A/S of 0.3 (mass ratio of Al(2)O(3) to SiO(2)) in leached residue could be achieved with Fe-rich RM under optimal conditions. However, the hydrothermal treatment of Fe-lean RM proved less successful unless the reaction system was enriched with iron. Subsequent experiments examined the effects of the ferric compound's content and type on the substitution ratio. PMID:21444152

  17. A STUDY ON MEMBRANE PROCESS WITH γ-ALUMINA MEMBRANE REACTOR FOR ETHYLBENZENE DEHYDROGENATION TO STYRENE

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    Chen Qingling; Xu Zhongqiang

    2001-01-01

    The membrane reaction of ethylbenzene(EB) dehydrogenation to styrene(ST) has been studied by using K2O/Fe2O3 industrial catalyst and γ-alumina ceramic membrane developed by our institute. In comparison with the packed bed reactor (that is, plug flow reactor, abbr. PFR) in industrial practice, the yield of styrene was increased by 5%~10% in the membrane reactor. Furthermore, mathematical modeling of membrane reaction has been studied to display the principle of optimal match between the catalytic activity and the membrane permeability.

  18. Preparation of continuous alumina gel fibres by aqueous sol–gel process

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    Hongbin Tan; Xiaoling Ma; Mingxing Fu

    2013-02-01

    Continuous alumina gel fibres were prepared by sol–gel method. The spinning sol was prepared by mixing aluminum nitrate, lactic acid and polyvinylpyrrolidone with a mass ratio of 10:3:1.5. Thermogravimetry–differential scanning calorimetry (TG–DSC), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the properties of the gel and ceramic fibres. The Al2O3 fibres with a uniform diameter can be obtained by sintering gel fibres at 1200 °C.

  19. Molybdenum adsorption by alumina and Dowex 1x8 resin for the separation and purification process of fission 99Mo

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    Molybdenum-99 is the most widely employed radioisotope in nuclear medicine, due to its decay product, Technetium-99m, a radioisotope used in over 80% of diagnostic tests. Since 2009, the production of generators 99Mo/99mTc suffers a crisis of global supply. The raw material, the 99Mo, is produced mainly by fission of 235U in the reactor in uranium targets. Brazilian government invests in building of a research reactor suitable for the domestic production of 99Mo from LEU (Low Enriched Uranium) targets and the IPEN/CNEN develops the production technology. This work is part of the research for the development of production technology of 99Mo at the IPEN/CNEN-SP. The study has evaluated the adsorption behaviour of molybdenum from the alkaline dissolution of aluminum plates by the alumina and by the anionic resin Dowex 1x8 aiming at their use in the process of separation and purification in chromatography columns. Influences of pH and of aluminum concentration in the retention of molybdenum were investigated. Results showed high performance in the wide pH range. However in strongly acid solutions containing aluminum, alumina showed higher adsorption percentage than that achieved by the resin Dowex 1x8. (author)

  20. Development of Cast Alumina-forming Austenitic Stainless Steel Alloys for use in High Temperature Process Environments

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    Muralidharan, Govindarajan [ORNL; Yamamoto, Yukinori [ORNL; Brady, Michael P [ORNL; Pint, Bruce A [ORNL; Pankiw, Roman [Duraloy Technologies Inc; Voke, Don [Duraloy Technologies Inc

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    There is significant interest in the development of alumina-forming, creep resistant alloys for use in various industrial process environments. It is expected that these alloys can be fabricated into components for use in these environments through centrifugal casting and welding. Based on the successful earlier studies on the development of wrought versions of Alumina-Forming Austenitic (AFA) alloys, new alloy compositions have been developed for cast products. These alloys achieve good high-temperature oxidation resistance due to the formation of protective Al2O3 scales while multiple second-phase precipitation strengthening contributes to excellent creep resistance. This work will summarize the results on the development and properties of a centrifugally cast AFA alloy. This paper highlights the strength, oxidation resistance in air and water vapor containing environments, and creep properties in the as-cast condition over the temperature range of 750°C to 900°C in a centrifugally cast heat. Preliminary results for a laboratory cast AFA composition with good oxidation resistance at 1100°C are also presented.

  1. THE ALUMINA-SILICATES IN STABILIZATION PROCESSES IN FLUIDIZED-BED ASH

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    IVANA PERNA

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Presented study of coal fluidized-bed ash solidification was accompanied with specific studies of alumino-silicates residues in ashes. The specific technology of fluid coal burning and its relatively low temperature combustion combines coal burning and decomposition of calcium carbonate added to the fluid layer in the main endeavor to capture all sulfur oxides. The burning temperature seems be decisive to the behavior of clayed residues and calcium carbonate decomposition in connection for the future solidification of fluidized bed ash. The calcareous substances in combination with alumino-silicate residues form solid bodies where silicates play decisive role of long-term stability and insolubility of obtained solids. The position of aluminum ions in clayed residues of burned coal were studied by MAS-NMR with attention on aluminum ion coordination to oxygen and formation of roentgen amorphous phase of poly-condensed calcium alumina-silicate.

  2. Mild Alkalization Acutely Triggers the Warburg Effect by Enhancing Hexokinase Activity via Voltage-Dependent Anion Channel Binding

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    Lee, Jin Hee; Park, Jin Won; Moon, Seung Hwan; Cho, Young Seok; Choe, Yearn Seong; Lee, Kyung-Han

    2016-01-01

    To fully understand the glycolytic behavior of cancer cells, it is important to recognize how it is linked to pH dynamics. Here, we evaluated the acute effects of mild acidification and alkalization on cancer cell glucose uptake and glycolytic flux and investigated the role of hexokinase (HK). Cancer cells exposed to buffers with graded pH were measured for 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake, lactate production and HK activity. Subcellular localization of HK protein was assessed by western blots and confocal microscopy. The interior of T47D breast cancer cells was mildly alkalized to pH 7.5 by a buffer pH of 7.8, and this was accompanied by rapid increases of FDG uptake and lactate extrusion. This shift toward glycolytic flux led to the prompt recovery of a reversed pH gradient. In contrast, mild acidification rapidly reduced cellular FDG uptake and lactate production. Mild acidification decreased and mild alkalization increased mitochondrial HK translocation and enzyme activity. Cells transfected with specific siRNA against HK-1, HK-2 and voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC)1 displayed significant attenuation of pH-induced changes in FDG uptake. Confocal microscopy showed increased co-localization of HK-1 and HK-2 with VDAC1 by alkaline treatment. In isolated mitochondria, acidic pH increased and alkaline pH decreased release of free HK-1 and HK-2 from the mitochondrial pellet into the supernatant. Furthermore, experiments using purified proteins showed that alkaline pH promoted co-immunoprecipitation of HK with VDAC protein. These findings demonstrate that mild alkalization is sufficient to acutely trigger cancer cell glycolytic flux through enhanced activity of HK by promoting its mitochondrial translocation and VDAC binding. This process might serve as a mechanism through which cancer cells trigger the Warburg effect to maintain a dysregulated pH. PMID:27479079

  3. Study the effect of striping in two-step anodizing process on pore arrangement of nano-porous alumina

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    Two-step anodic oxidation of aluminum is generally employed to produce the ordered porous anodized alumina (PAA). Dissolving away (striping) the oxide film after the first anodizing step plays a key role in the final arrangement of nano-pores. In this work, different striping durations between 1 and 6 h were applied to the sample that was initially anodized at a constant voltage of 40 V at 17 deg. C for 15 h. The striping duration of 3 h was realized as the optimum time for achieving the best ordering degree for the pores. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used during and at the end of the process to examine the cross section and finishing surface of the specimens. Linear-angular fast Fourier transform (LA-FFT), an in-house technique based on MATLAB software, was employed to assess the ordering degree of the anodized samples.

  4. Study the effect of striping in two-step anodizing process on pore arrangement of nano-porous alumina

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    Rahimi, M.H. [Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Saramad, S., E-mail: ssaramad@aut.ac.ir [Department of Physics, Amirkabir University of Technology, Hafez Avenue, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Tabaian, S.H.; Marashi, S.P. [Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Zolfaghari, A. [Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Research Centre of Iran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mohammadalinezhad, M. [Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2009-10-15

    Two-step anodic oxidation of aluminum is generally employed to produce the ordered porous anodized alumina (PAA). Dissolving away (striping) the oxide film after the first anodizing step plays a key role in the final arrangement of nano-pores. In this work, different striping durations between 1 and 6 h were applied to the sample that was initially anodized at a constant voltage of 40 V at 17 deg. C for 15 h. The striping duration of 3 h was realized as the optimum time for achieving the best ordering degree for the pores. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used during and at the end of the process to examine the cross section and finishing surface of the specimens. Linear-angular fast Fourier transform (LA-FFT), an in-house technique based on MATLAB software, was employed to assess the ordering degree of the anodized samples.

  5. Synthesis and ceramic processing of alumina and zirconia based composites infiltrated with glass phase for dental applications; Sintese e processamento de compositos a base de alumina e zirconia com infiltracao de fase vitrea para aplicacoes odontologicas

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    Duarte, Daniel Gomes

    2009-07-01

    The interest for the use of ceramic materials for dental applications started due to the good aesthetic appearance promoted by the similarity to natural teeth. However, the fragility of traditional ceramics was a limitation for their use in stress conditions. The development of alumina and zirconia based materials, that associate aesthetic results, biocompatibility and good mechanical behaviour, makes possible the employment of ceramics for fabrication of dental restorations. The incorporation of vitreous phase in these ceramics is an alternative to minimize the ceramic retraction and to improve the adhesion to resin-based cements, necessary for the union of ceramic frameworks to the remaining dental structure. In the dentistry field, alumina and zirconia ceramic infiltrated with glassy phase are represented commercially by the In-Ceram systems. Considering that the improvement of powder's synthesis routes and of techniques of ceramic processing contributes for good performance of these materials, the goal of the present work is the study of processing conditions of alumina and/or 3 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia ceramics infiltrated with aluminum borosilicate lanthanum glass. The powders, synthesized by hydroxide coprecipitation route, were pressed by uniaxial compaction and pre-sintered at temperature range between 950 and 1650 degree C in order to obtain porous ceramics bodies. Vitreous phase incorporation was performed by impregnation of aluminum borosilicate lanthanum powder, also prepared in this work, followed by heat treatment between 1200 and 1400 degree C .Ceramic powders were characterized by thermogravimetry, X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, gaseous adsorption (BET) and laser diffraction. Sinterability of alumina and /or stabilized zirconia green pellets was evaluated by dilatometry. Pre-sintered ceramics were characterized by apparent density measurements (Archimedes method), X-ray diffraction and scanning

  6. Prediction of Crack for Drilling Process on Alumina Using Neural Network and Taguchi Method

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    Kingsun Lee

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study analyzes a variety of significant drilling conditions on aluminum oxide (with L18 orthogonal array using a diamond drill. The drilling parameters evaluated are spindle speed, feed rate, depth of cut, and diamond abrasive size. An orthogonal array, signal-to-noise (S/N ratio, and analysis of variance (ANOVA are employed to analyze the effects of these drilling parameters. The results were confirmed by experiments, which indicated that the selected drilling parameters effectively reduce the crack. The neural network is applied to establish a model based on the relationship between input parameters (spindle speed, feed rate, depth of cut, and diamond abrasive size and output parameter (cracking area percentage. The neural network can predict individual crack in terms of input parameters, which provides faster and more automated model synthesis. Accurate prediction of crack ensures that poor drilling parameters are not suitable for machining products, avoiding the fabrication of poor-quality products. Confirmation experiments showed that neural network precisely predicted the cracking area percentage in drilling of alumina.

  7. Alumina Extraction From Low-Grade Diasporic Bauxite By Pyro-Hydro Metallurgical Process

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    Ahmet Alp

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available Diasporic bauxite samples obtained from Isparta-Yalvaç region were crashed and sieved with a 100 mm sieve. After determining the composition by chemical analysis, grain size distribution of the samples were determined. Then the characterization of the sample was recorded by static and dynamic thermal analysis and XRD studies. Bauxite samples added CaO and Na2CO3 were calcined at 900 ºC. Alumina extraction studies were performed for 20, 40, 60, 80 minutes of calcination time and 15, 30, 45, 60 minutes of leach time and 25, 50, 75, 100 ºC of leach temperature. It was found that the maximum leach yield (85.04 % was obtained at 60 minutes of calcination time and 15 minutes of leach time and 50 ºC of leach temperature. These results demonstrated that the optimum conditions for dissolving to this type of iron-rich low grade diasporic bauxite minerals at low-temperature and alkaline concentration were determined.

  8. Recent Development of High Alumina Refractories in China

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    WANGJin-xiang; LIUJie-hua

    1994-01-01

    The paper reviews the achievements which have been attained recently in China in high alumina refractories raw materials and their products,including 1) homogenization ,urification and electric fusion of high alumina raw materials and synthesizing of spinel from natural raw materials;2) processing principle and characteristics and microstructural features of creep-resistance high alu-mina brick ,alumina-magnesia-carbon brick and thermal shock resistanced high alumina brikc and their application in practice.

  9. Adsorptive desulfurization by activated alumina.

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    Srivastav, Ankur; Srivastava, Vimal Chandra

    2009-10-30

    This study reports usage of commercial grade activated alumina (aluminum oxide) as adsorbent for the removal of sulfur from model oil (dibenthiophene (DBT) dissolved in n-hexane). Bulk density of alumina was found to be 1177.77 kg/m(3). The BET surface area of alumina was found to decrease from 143.6 to 66.4 m(2)/g after the loading of DBT at optimum conditions. The carbon-oxygen functional groups present on the surface of alumina were found to be effective in the adsorption of DBT onto alumina. Optimum adsorbent dose was found to be 20 g/l. The adsorption of DBT on alumina was found to be gradual process, and quasi-equilibrium reached in 24 h. Langmuir isotherm best represented the equilibrium adsorption data. The heat of adsorption and change in entropy for DBT adsorption onto alumina was found to be 19.5 kJ/mol and 139.2 kJ/mol K, respectively. PMID:19523762

  10. Alkalizing reactions streamline cellular metabolism in acidogenic microorganisms.

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    Stefania Arioli

    Full Text Available An understanding of the integrated relationships among the principal cellular functions that govern the bioenergetic reactions of an organism is necessary to determine how cells remain viable and optimise their fitness in the environment. Urease is a complex enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of urea to ammonia and carbonic acid. While the induction of urease activity by several microorganisms has been predominantly considered a stress-response that is initiated to generate a nitrogen source in response to a low environmental pH, here we demonstrate a new role of urease in the optimisation of cellular bioenergetics. We show that urea hydrolysis increases the catabolic efficiency of Streptococcus thermophilus, a lactic acid bacterium that is widely used in the industrial manufacture of dairy products. By modulating the intracellular pH and thereby increasing the activity of β-galactosidase, glycolytic enzymes and lactate dehydrogenase, urease increases the overall change in enthalpy generated by the bioenergetic reactions. A cooperative altruistic behaviour of urease-positive microorganisms on the urease-negative microorganisms within the same environment was also observed. The physiological role of a single enzymatic activity demonstrates a novel and unexpected view of the non-transcriptional regulatory mechanisms that govern the bioenergetics of a bacterial cell, highlighting a new role for cytosol-alkalizing biochemical pathways in acidogenic microorganisms.

  11. Alkalizing Reactions Streamline Cellular Metabolism in Acidogenic Microorganisms

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    Arioli, Stefania; Ragg, Enzio; Scaglioni, Leonardo; Fessas, Dimitrios; Signorelli, Marco; Karp, Matti; Daffonchio, Daniele; De Noni, Ivano; Mulas, Laura; Oggioni, Marco; Guglielmetti, Simone; Mora, Diego

    2010-01-01

    An understanding of the integrated relationships among the principal cellular functions that govern the bioenergetic reactions of an organism is necessary to determine how cells remain viable and optimise their fitness in the environment. Urease is a complex enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of urea to ammonia and carbonic acid. While the induction of urease activity by several microorganisms has been predominantly considered a stress-response that is initiated to generate a nitrogen source in response to a low environmental pH, here we demonstrate a new role of urease in the optimisation of cellular bioenergetics. We show that urea hydrolysis increases the catabolic efficiency of Streptococcus thermophilus, a lactic acid bacterium that is widely used in the industrial manufacture of dairy products. By modulating the intracellular pH and thereby increasing the activity of β-galactosidase, glycolytic enzymes and lactate dehydrogenase, urease increases the overall change in enthalpy generated by the bioenergetic reactions. A cooperative altruistic behaviour of urease-positive microorganisms on the urease-negative microorganisms within the same environment was also observed. The physiological role of a single enzymatic activity demonstrates a novel and unexpected view of the non-transcriptional regulatory mechanisms that govern the bioenergetics of a bacterial cell, highlighting a new role for cytosol-alkalizing biochemical pathways in acidogenic microorganisms. PMID:21152088

  12. Comprehensive analysis of plant rapid alkalization factor (RALF) genes.

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    Sharma, Arti; Hussain, Adil; Mun, Bong-Gyu; Imran, Qari Muhammad; Falak, Noreen; Lee, Sang-Uk; Kim, Jae Young; Hong, Jeum Kyu; Loake, Gary John; Ali, Asad; Yun, Byung-Wook

    2016-09-01

    Receptor mediated signal carriers play a critical role in the regulation of plant defense and development. Rapid alkalization factor (RALF) proteins potentially comprise important signaling components which may have a key role in plant biology. The RALF gene family contains large number of genes in several plant species, however, only a few RALF genes have been characterized to date. In this study, an extensive database search identified 39, 43, 34 and 18 RALF genes in Arabidopsis, rice, maize and soybean, respectively. These RALF genes were found to be highly conserved across the 4 plant species. A comprehensive analysis including the chromosomal location, gene structure, subcellular location, conserved motifs, protein structure, protein-ligand interaction and promoter analysis was performed. RALF genes from four plant species were divided into 7 groups based on phylogenetic analysis. In silico expression analysis of these genes, using microarray and EST data, revealed that these genes exhibit a variety of expression patterns. Furthermore, RALF genes showed distinct expression patterns of transcript accumulation in vivo following nitrosative and oxidative stresses in Arabidopsis. Predicted interaction between RALF and heme ligand also showed that RALF proteins may contribute towards transporting or scavenging oxygen moieties. This suggests a possible role for RALF genes during changes in cellular redox status. Collectively, our data provides a valuable resource to prime future research in the role of RALF genes in plant growth and development. PMID:27155375

  13. Sintering behaviour of spinel–alumina composites

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    Soumen Pal; A K Bandyopadhyay; P G Pal; S Mukherjee; B N Samaddar

    2009-04-01

    Study of alumina–magnesia binary phase diagram reveals that around 40–50 wt% alumina dissolves in spinel (MgAl2O4) at 1600°C. Solid solubility of alumina in spinel decreases rapidly with decreasing temperature, which causes exsolution of alumina from spinel phase. Previous work of one of the authors revealed that the exsolution of alumina makes some interlocking structures in between alumina and spinel phases. In the present investigation, refractory grade calcined alumina and spinel powder were used to make different batch compositions. Green pellets, formed at a pressure of 1550 kg cm-2 were fired at different temperatures of 1500°, 1550° and 1600°C for 2 h soaking time. Bulk density, percent apparent porosity, firing shrinkage etc were measured at each temperature. Sintering results were analysed to understand the mechanism of spinel–alumina interactions. SEM study of present samples does not reveal the distinct precipitation of needle shaped -alumina from spinel, but has some effect on densification process of spinel–alumina composites. Microstructural differences between present and previous work suggest an ample scope of further work in spinel–alumina composites.

  14. Effect of self-alkalization on nitrite accumulation in a high-rate denitrification system: Performance, microflora and enzymatic activities.

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    Li, Wei; Shan, Xiao-Yu; Wang, Zhi-Yao; Lin, Xiao-Yu; Li, Chen-Xu; Cai, Chao-Yang; Abbas, Ghulam; Zhang, Meng; Shen, Li-Dong; Hu, Zhi-Qiang; Zhao, He-Ping; Zheng, Ping

    2016-01-01

    The self-alkalization of denitrifying automatic circulation (DAC) reactor resulted in a large increase of pH up to 9.20 and caused a tremendous accumulation of nitrite up to 451.1 ± 49.0 mgN L(-1) at nitrate loading rate (NLR) from 35 kgN m(-3) d(-1) to 55 kgN m(-3) d(-1). The nitrite accumulation was greatly relieved even at the same NLR once the pH was maintained at 7.6 ± 0.2 in the system. Enzymatic assays indicated that the long-term bacterial exposure to high pH significantly inhibited the activity of copper type nitrite reductase (NirK) rather than the cytochrome cd1 type nitrite reductase (NirS). The terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) analysis revealed that the dominant denitrifying bacteria shifted from the NirS-containing Thauear sp. 27 to the NirK-containing Hyphomicrobium nitrativorans strain NL23 during the self-alkalization. The significant nitrite accumulation in the high-rate denitrification system could be therefore, due to the inhibition of Cu-containing NirK by high pH from the self-alkalization. The results suggest that the NirK-containing H. nitrativorans strain NL23 could be an ideal functional bacterium for the conversion of nitrate to nitrite, i.e. denitritation, which could be combined with anaerobic ammonium oxidation (Anammox) to develop a new process for nitrogen removal from wastewater. PMID:26595097

  15. Alkalic rock-carbonatite complexes of the Superior Structural Province northern Ontario,CANADA

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    Watkinson, D. (Carleton Univ, Ottawa ON (CA). Dept. of Earth Sciences); Sage, R.P. (Ontario Geological Survey, Toronto,ON (CA))

    1991-09-01

    Alkalic rock-carbonatite complexes of the Superior Structural Province, Ontario, and adjacent parts of the Grenville and Southern Structural Provinces, are closely associated with long-lived regional fractures. The forty-one alkalic rock-carbonatite intrusions are lithologically and chemically zoned. Variable depths of emplacement are inferred from the relative widths of fenitic halo to carbonatite diameter and the relative ratio of carbonatite rich to silicate-rich rocks. Alkalic rock complexes ranging in lithology from alkalic gabbro to granite are ring complexes or massive stocks. Carbonatite complexes consist mainly of ijolite, malignite, pyroxenite and carbonate-rich rocks. Carbonatites are enriched in niobium, phosphorus, rare-earth elements and uranium, but the deposits are not economic. In spite of intense glacial scouring of the Superior Structural Province, residual caps containing concentrations of these elements remain above several of the carbonatites. Alkalic rock-carbonatite magmatism has occurred sporadically in different parts of the stable Superior craton. Migration of alkalic rock intrusive centres with time was not systematic and there has been no apparent decoupling of the source of magmas from the crust since Archean time.

  16. Effect of process parameters on growth rate and diameter of nano-porous alumina templates

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    P Chowdhury; K Raghuvaran; M Krishnan; Harish C Barshilia; K S Rajam

    2011-06-01

    Anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) template with hexagonal shaped nano-pores with high aspect ratio was fabricated by two-step anodization processes from high purity aluminium foil. It was observed that pore dimensions were affected by anodizing voltage, electrolyte temperature and the duration of anodization time. The vertical growth rate of the pores (10–250 nm/min) was found to vary exponentially with anodizing voltage; however, it exhibits linear increment with the electrolyte temperature. The measured pore diameter (50–130 nm) shows a linear variation with anodizing voltage. The bottom barrier oxide layer was etched out by pore widening treatment to obtain through holes.

  17. Processing, microstructure, and properties of co-continuous alumina-aluminum composites

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    Breslin, M.C. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Ringnalda, J. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Xu, L. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Fuller, M. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Seeger, J. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Daehn, G.S. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Otani, T. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Industrial Technology, Nihon University, Tokyo (Japan); Fraser, H.L. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

    1995-06-01

    A novel co-continuous composite of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Al has been developed, consisting of approximately 65% (by volume) of the ceramic phase. It is formed by a liquid phase displacement reaction, involving the displacement of Si from SiO{sub 2} and its replacement by Al. A model for the formation mechanism is presented, based on the reaction thermodynamics and the associated experimentally determined transformation kinetics. It is shown that the process is essentially near-net shape, in which the features of the SiO{sub 2} precursors are faithfully reproduced in the composie product. Various physical and mechanical properties that are exhibited by this composite have been determined and are presented. ((orig.))

  18. The Application of Thermal Solar Energy to High Temperature Processes: Case Study of the Synthesis of Alumina from Boehmite

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    Isabel Padilla

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to evaluate the feasibility of obtaining alumina from boehmite using a free, clean, and unlimited power source as the solar energy. Boehmite was obtained by hydrothermal treatment of a hazardous waste coming from aluminum slag milling. The waste is considered as a hazardous substance because of it releasing toxic gases (hydrogen, ammonia, methane, and hydrogen sulfide in the presence of water. The as-obtained boehmite was transformed into alumina, in air atmosphere, using a solar energy concentrator (Fresnel lens. The solar installation provides a power density of 260 W·cm−2 which allows reaching temperatures upper than 1000°C at few minutes of exposure. Tests were performed at different periods of time that ranged between 5 and 90 min. The percentage of transformation of boehmite into alumina was followed by the water content of samples after solar radiation exposure. Samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, and thermogravimetry. Metastable aluminas started to appear at 5 min and the crystalline and stable phase corundum at 10 min of solar radiation exposure.

  19. The application of thermal solar energy to high temperature processes: case study of the synthesis of alumina from boehmite.

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    Padilla, Isabel; López-Delgado, Aurora; López-Andrés, Sol; Álvarez, Marta; Galindo, Roberto; Vazquez-Vaamonde, Alfonso J

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to evaluate the feasibility of obtaining alumina from boehmite using a free, clean, and unlimited power source as the solar energy. Boehmite was obtained by hydrothermal treatment of a hazardous waste coming from aluminum slag milling. The waste is considered as a hazardous substance because of it releasing toxic gases (hydrogen, ammonia, methane, and hydrogen sulfide) in the presence of water. The as-obtained boehmite was transformed into alumina, in air atmosphere, using a solar energy concentrator (Fresnel lens). The solar installation provides a power density of 260 W · cm(-2) which allows reaching temperatures upper than 1000 °C at few minutes of exposure. Tests were performed at different periods of time that ranged between 5 and 90 min. The percentage of transformation of boehmite into alumina was followed by the water content of samples after solar radiation exposure. Samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, and thermogravimetry. Metastable aluminas started to appear at 5 min and the crystalline and stable phase corundum at 10 min of solar radiation exposure. PMID:24523648

  20. The Application of Thermal Solar Energy to High Temperature Processes: Case Study of the Synthesis of Alumina from Boehmite

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    López-Delgado, Aurora; López-Andrés, Sol; Álvarez, Marta; Galindo, Roberto; Vazquez-Vaamonde, Alfonso J.

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to evaluate the feasibility of obtaining alumina from boehmite using a free, clean, and unlimited power source as the solar energy. Boehmite was obtained by hydrothermal treatment of a hazardous waste coming from aluminum slag milling. The waste is considered as a hazardous substance because of it releasing toxic gases (hydrogen, ammonia, methane, and hydrogen sulfide) in the presence of water. The as-obtained boehmite was transformed into alumina, in air atmosphere, using a solar energy concentrator (Fresnel lens). The solar installation provides a power density of 260 W·cm−2 which allows reaching temperatures upper than 1000°C at few minutes of exposure. Tests were performed at different periods of time that ranged between 5 and 90 min. The percentage of transformation of boehmite into alumina was followed by the water content of samples after solar radiation exposure. Samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, and thermogravimetry. Metastable aluminas started to appear at 5 min and the crystalline and stable phase corundum at 10 min of solar radiation exposure. PMID:24523648

  1. Synthesis of high porosity, monolithic alumina aerogels

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    Poco, J F; Satcher, J H; Hrubesh, L W

    2000-09-20

    Many non-silica aerogels are notably weak and fragile in monolithic form. Particularly, few monolithic aerogels with densities less than 50kg/m3 have any significant strength. It is especially difficult to prepare uncracked monoliths of pure alumina aerogels that are robust and moisture stable. In this paper, we discuss the synthesis of strong, stable, monolithic, high porosity (>98% porous) alumina aerogels, using a two-step sol-gel process. The alumina aerogels have a polycrystalline morphology that results in enhanced physical properties. Most of the measured physical properties of the alumina aerogels are superior to those for silica aerogels for equivalent densities.

  2. Synthesis and Microstructure of Doped Alumina Composite Membrane by Sol-Gel Process

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    XU Xiao-hong; ZHANG Ying; WU Jian-feng; BAI Zhan-liang

    2003-01-01

    The supported membranes of Al2O3 and its modification membranes were prepared.Al2O3,Al2O3-SiO2-TiO2 and Al2O3-SiO2-TiO2-ZrO2 membranes were mamufatured by the slip-casting process using mixing boehmite,silicate,titania and zirconia sols under proper conditions,then the composite membrane was prepared.The structure and characteristics of the membrane were determined by XRD,SEM and AFM measurement.The conditions of preparation of the membrane are discussed.The thickness of the layer is about 1-2μm,the diameter of an average pore is 200-300nm and has a narrow pore distribution without crack forming.By changing the ratios of Al∶Si∶Ti∶Zr(mol),variations of surface pore size of Al2O3-SiO2-TiO2-ZrO2 membrane can be gained.

  3. Sulfuric Acid and Ammonium Sulfate Leaching of Alumina from Lampang Clay

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    Numluk, Paweena; Chaisena, Aphiruk

    2012-01-01

    The rapid development of the global alumina industry has led to a considerable increase in the production alumina and processing of alumina from non-bauxitic sources. Lampang clays comprise various minerals that contain about 22.70 wt% of extractable alumina. Local clay was ground, activated by calcination and treated with sulfuric acid to extract alumina. In the activation step, the effects of temperature and time on the extraction of alumina and iron were investigated. The leaching experime...

  4. Produção e caracterização de espumas de alumina pelo processo gelcasting sem controle atmosférico Production and characterization of alumina foams by the gelcasting process without atmospheric contro

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    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available O processo de gelcasting, associado à aeração de suspensões cerâmicas, permite a produção de espumas cerâmicas com uma ampla faixa de porosidade (50-90vol.%. Uma das etapas críticas do processo é o enrijecimento da espuma, o qual se baseia na gelificação por meio da polimerização in situ de monômeros previamente adicionados à suspensão cerâmica. Sabidamente, tal reação é inibida pela presença de oxigênio, o que tornou usual o controle atmosférico durante a produção e gelificação da espuma. Neste trabalho, estudou-se a viabilidade de produzir espumas de alumina pelo processo de gelcasting sem controle atmosférico. Para a produção das espumas, dois diferentes agentes espumantes foram testados. As propriedades físicas e mecânicas das espumas cerâmicas, bem como a microestrutura, foram avaliadas e comparadas com resultados obtidos em condições idênticas, porém com controle atmosférico. Os resultados mostraram que ambos os processos proporcionam características semelhantes e com potencial de aplicação tecnológica.The gelcasting process with the aeration of ceramic suspensions allows the production of ceramic foams with a wide range of porosity (50-90vol.%.. One of the critical steps of the process is the setting of the foam, which is based on a gelling reaction by the in-situ polymerization of monomers previously added in the ceramic suspension. This reaction is inhibited by the presence of oxygen, which requires atmospheric control for the stabilization of the foam. In this work, the feasibility of producing alumina foams by the gelcasting process without atmospheric control was studied. For the foams production, two different foaming agents were tested. The physical and mechanical properties of ceramic foams, as well the microstructure, were evaluated and compared with those produced with the same foaming agents but with atmospheric control. The results obtained using the two procedures were similar and

  5. Effects of processing conditions and ambient environment on the microstructure and fracture strength of copper/niobium/copper interlayer joints for alumina

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    Marks, Robert Alan

    1999-12-15

    Partial transient liquid phase (PTLP) bonding is a technique which can be used to join ceramics with metals and is used to form niobium-based joints for alumina. The principal advantage to PTLP bonding is that it enables refractory joints to be fabricated at temperatures below those typically required by solid state diffusion bonding. A thorough review of the important parameters (chemical compatibility, thermal expansion match, sufficient wettability of the liquid phase on the solid phases) in choosing a joining material for ceramics by the PTLP method is provided. As in conventional PTLP joining, the current study uses thin (=3 (mu)m) copper layers sandwiched between the alumina (bulk) and niobium (127 (mu)m). However, unlike the case of copper/nickel/copper obium is limited. Consequently, the copper is not entirely dissolved in the process, resulting in a two phase (copper-rich and niobium-rich phases) microstructure. Different processing conditions (temperature and applied load) result in different morphologies of the copper-rich and niobium-rich phases at the interface. These different microstructures exhibit distinct strength characteristics. Extended annealing of as-processed joints can influence the strengths differently depending on the ambient partial oxygen pressure at the annealing temperature. The focus of this work is to correlate processing conditions, microstructure, and resulting joint strength. Under optimum processing conditions (1400 degrees C, 2.2 MPa), joints with strengths in excess of 200 MPa at 1200 degrees C are fabricated.

  6. Tribological properties of nanoscale alumina-zirconia composites

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    Kerkwijk, B.; Winnubst, A.J.A.; Verweij, H.; Mulder, E.J.; Metselaar, H.S.C.; Schipper, D.J.

    1999-01-01

    The tribological properties of zirconia (Y-TZP), alumina and their composites, alumina dispersed in zirconia (ADZ) and zirconia-toughened alumina (ZTA), were investigated. These ceramics are made by colloidal processing methods such that well-defined, homogeneous microstructures with submicron grain

  7. Alumina para utilização cerâmica, obtida a partir do rejeito de beneficiamento de caulim Alumina for ceramic manufacture using residues of kaolin processing

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    S. M. P. Flores

    1997-12-01

    Full Text Available O beneficiamento de caulim para cobertura de papel produz grandes volumes de rejeito, constituído essencialmente do argilomineral caulinita, usado neste trabalho como material de partida para síntese de alúmen de amônio, visando a obtenção de alumina livre de sódio e de baixa granulometria para utilização cerâmica. O método de síntese desenvolvido para obtenção do alúmen de amônio constitui-se das etapas: calcinação do rejeito, lixiviação sulfúrica da metacaulinita, seguida da neutralização/cristalização da solução de Al2(SO43 com NH4OH concentrado. No processo, são estudadas as variáveis: temperatura de calcinação (650 °C, 700 °C, 750 °C e tempo de calcinação do rejeito (30, 60 e 120 min, concentração de H2SO4, temperatura de lixiviação (70 °C, 80 °C e 90 °C sobre a cinética de lixiviação do alumínio. Estudou-se também o efeito do pH na cristalização do alúmen de amônio, apresentando-se as análises químicas, DRX, ATD, ATG e granulometria dos materiais utilizados e sintetizados.The kaolin processing for paper covering produces a great volume of residues formed primarily by kaolinite claymineral, here the starting material for the synthesis of ammonium alumen aiming to obtain free sodium alumina with fine grade for ceramic manufacturing. The synthesis process to obtain ammonium alumen consisted of the following procedures: residues calcination and sulphuric leaching of metakaolinite followed by neutralization/crystallisation of aluminum sulphate solution with ammonium hydroxide concentrated solution. The effect of calcination temperature (650 °C, 700 °C and 750 °C, calcination time of residues (30 min, 60 min and 120 min, sulphuric acid concentration as well as leaching temperature (70 °C, 80 °C and 90 °C on the kinetics of aluminum leaching were studied. The influence of pH on ammonium alumen crystallization was also studied. Data on chemical analysis, XRD, DTA, TGA and granulometry of

  8. Early warning research on salt-alkalization desertification in western Songnen Plain

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    2005-01-01

    Desertification is an environmental issue in the world. The salt-alkalization desertification land area formed by both primary and secondary salt-alkalization has extended in a large scale, which has become a significant eco-environmental problem. Based on the characteristics of eco-environment and the situation ofdesertification in western Songnen plain, this paper reports the analyzes of its formation in background and cause. An early warning system on the salt-alkalization desertification is established and the GIS technology is used to abstract the information of desertification evaluation index. Supported by the integrated technology of the GIS and ANN, the orientation and quantitative result of desertification are gained, which is helpful to the eco-environment protection and resource development in western Songnen Plain.

  9. Dielectric Performance of a High Purity HTCC Alumina at High Temperatures - a Comparison Study with Other Polycrystalline Alumina

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    Chen, Liangyu

    2014-01-01

    A very high purity (99.99+%) high temperature co-fired ceramic (HTCC) alumina has recently become commercially available. The raw material of this HTCC alumina is very different from conventional HTCC alumina, and more importantly there is no glass additive in this alumina material for co-firing processing. Previously, selected HTCC and LTCC (low temperature co-fired ceramic) alumina materials were evaluated at high temperatures as dielectric and compared to a regularly sintered 96% polycrystalline alumina (96% Al2O3), where 96% alumina was used as the benchmark. A prototype packaging system based on regular 96% alumina with Au thickfilm metallization successfully facilitated long term testing of high temperature silicon carbide (SiC) electronic devices for over 10,000 hours at 500 C. In order to evaluate this new high purity HTCC alumina for possible high temperature packaging applications, the dielectric properties of this HTCC alumina substrate were measured and compared with those of 96% alumina and a previously tested LTCC alumina from room temperature to 550 C at frequencies of 120 Hz, 1 KHz, 10 KHz, 100 KHz, and 1 MHz. A parallel-plate capacitive device with dielectric of the HTCC alumina and precious metal electrodes were used for measurements of the dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the co-fired alumina material in the temperature and frequency ranges. The capacitance and AC parallel conductance of the capacitive device were directly measured by an AC impedance meter, and the dielectric constant and parallel AC conductivity of the dielectric were calculated from the capacitance and conductance measurement results. The temperature and frequency dependent dielectric constant, AC conductivity, and dissipation factor of the HTCC alumina substrate are presented and compared to those of 96% alumina and a selected LTCC alumina. Other technical advantages of this new co-fired material for possible high packaging applications are also discussed.

  10. Dynamic Tensile Response of Structured Alumina-Al Composites

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    Atisivan, Raj; Bandyopadhyay, Amit; Gupta, Yogendra

    2001-06-01

    Plate impact experiments were carried out to examine the high strain-rate tensile response of alumina-aluminum composites with tailored microstructures. A novel processing technique was used to fabricate interpenetrating phase alumina-aluminum composites with controlled and reproducible microstructures. Fused deposition modeling (FDM), a commercially available rapid prototyping technique, was used to produce the controlled porosity mullite ceramic preforms. Alumina-Al composites were then processed via reactive metal infiltration of porous mullite ceramics. With this approach, both the micro as well as the macro structures can be designed via computer aided design (CAD) to tailor the properties of the composites. Two sets of dynamic tensile experiments were performed. In the first, the metal content was varied between 23 and 39 wt. percent. In the second, the microstructure was varied while holding the metal content nearly constant. Samples with higher metal content, as expected, displayed better spall resistance. For a given metal content, samples with finer metal diameter showed better spall resistance. Relationship of the microstructural parameters on the dynamic tensile response of the structured composites will be discussed. Work supported by DOE.

  11. Processing and Characterization of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Containing Alumina-Carbon Refractories Prepared by Nanocomposite Powder Technology

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    Liang, Feng; Li, Nan; Liu, Baikuan; He, Zhongyang

    2016-06-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have often been used as additives to improve the properties of refractories containing carbon. However, it is very difficult to evenly distribute CNTs in the matrix. In order to solve this difficulty, an alumina/multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) (AM) composite powder in which MWCNTs had grown on the surfaces of Al2O3 particles was developed and used in alumina-carbon (Al2O3-C) refractories. The effects of the AM composite powders on the microstructure and properties of the Al2O3-C refractories were studied and compared with the commercial MWCNTs. The nanocomposite powders significantly improved the distribution uniformity of MWCNTs in the Al2O3-C matrix. The densification, fracture properties, thermal shock resistance, and slag corrosion resistance were enhanced due to the well-dispersed MWCNTs. On the contrary, no improvement of the densification, fracture properties, and thermal shock resistance of the refractories was achieved by addition of commercial MWCNTs due to the agglomeration of MWCNTs.

  12. Use of ethanolamine for alkalization of secondary coolant. First experience at VVER reactor

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    The paper summarises preparatory work and results of six-week plant trial aimed at use of ethanolamine for alkalization of secondary coolant. Operational data in pre-test and test period are given and outage inspection results are commented. Future plans are outlined. (authors)

  13. Acoustic Emission and Damage Characteristics of Alumina

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    REN Hui-lan; NING Jian-guo; HE Jian-hua

    2009-01-01

    gy, AE counts, AE amplitude changing with loading time are analyzed for the notched alumina specimen. It is indicated that AE characteristic parameters reflect the damage process and fracture of material.

  14. Bauxite and alumina

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    Bray, E.L.

    2009-01-01

    The article provides information on bauxite and alumina mining. U.S. states like Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia produced small amounts of bauxite and bauxitic clays for nonmetallurgical uses. Total metallurgical-grade bauxite imports in 2008 is cited. The leading suppliers of bauxite to the U.S. are Jamaica, Guinea and Brazil. The estimated domestic production of alumina in 2008 is mentioned. It also discusses consumption and prices of both bauxite and alumina.

  15. Porous Alumina Films with Width-Controllable Alumina Stripes

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    Huang Shi-Ming

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Porous alumina films had been fabricated by anodizing from aluminum films after an electropolishing procedure. Alumina stripes without pores can be distinguished on the surface of the porous alumina films. The width of the alumina stripes increases proportionally with the anodizing voltage. And the pores tend to be initiated close to the alumina stripes. These phenomena can be ascribed to the electric field distribution in the alumina barrier layer caused by the geometric structure of the aluminum surface.

  16. Porous Alumina Films with Width-Controllable Alumina Stripes

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    Huang Shi-Ming; Pu Lin; Shi Yi; Huang Kai; Wu Zhi-Ming; Ji Li; Kang Jun-Yong

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Porous alumina films had been fabricated by anodizing from aluminum films after an electropolishing procedure. Alumina stripes without pores can be distinguished on the surface of the porous alumina films. The width of the alumina stripes increases proportionally with the anodizing voltage. And the pores tend to be initiated close to the alumina stripes. These phenomena can be ascribed to the electric field distribution in the alumina barrier layer caused by the geometric structure o...

  17. Numerical Study on Anti-Penetration Process of Alumina Ceramic (AD95) to Tungsten Long Rod Projectiles

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    Zhang, Xianfeng; Zhang, Niansong; Li, Yongchi

    Numerical studies were conducted on the ballistic performance of alumina ceramic (AD95) tiles based on depth of penetration method, when subjected to normal impact of tungsten long rod projectiles at velocities ranging from 1100 to 2000 ms-1. The residual depth on after-effect target was derived in each case, and the ballistic efficiency factor was determined using the corresponding penetration depth on medium carbon steel. Anti-penetration experiment study of the AD95 ceramic tiles to tungsten long rod projectiles has been carried out to verify the accuracy of numerical simulation model. The result shows that numerical simulation results agree well with the corresponding experiment results and AD95 ceramic has excellent ballistic performance than medium carbon steel. The ballistic efficiency factor increases with velocity increasing when impact velocity lower than 1300 ms-1, and when it was higher than 1300 ms-1 the ballistic efficiency factor has almost no difference.

  18. Age and petrology of alkalic postshield and rejuvenated-stage lava from Kauai, Hawaii

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    Clague, D.A.; Dalrymple, G.B.

    1988-01-01

    At the top of the Waimea Canyon Basalt on the island of Kauai, rare flows of alkalic postshield-stage hawaiite and mugearite overlie tholeiitic flows of the shield stage. These postshield-stage flows are 3.92 Ma and provide a younger limit for the age of the tholeiitic shield stage. The younger Koloa Volcanics consist of widespread alkalic rejuvenated-stage flows and vents of alkalic basalt, basanite, nephelinite, and nepheline melilitite that erupted between 3.65 and 0.52 Ma. All the flows older than 1.7 Ma occur in the west-northwestern half of the island and all the flows younger than 1.5 Ma occur in the east-southeastern half. The lithologies have no spatial or chronological pattern. The flows of the Koloa Volcanics are near-primary magmas generated by variable small degrees of partial melting of a compositionally heterogeneous garnet-bearing source that has about two-thirds the concentration of P2O5, rare-earth elements, and Sr of the source of the Honolulu Volcanics on the island of Oahu. The same lithology in the Koloa and Honolulu Volcanics is generated by similar degrees of partial melting of distinct source compositions. The lavas of the Koloa Volcanics can be generated by as little as 3 percent to as much as 17 percent partial melting for nepheline melilitite through alkalic basalt, respectively. Phases that remain in the residue of the Honolulu Volcanics, such as rutile and phlogopite, are exhausted during formation of the Koloa Volcanics at all but the smallest degrees of partial melting. The mantle source for Kauai lava becomes systematically more depleted in 87Sr/86Sr as the volcano evolves from the tholeiitic shield stage to the alkalic postshield stage to the alkalic rejuvenated stage: at the same time, the lavas become systematically more enriched in incompatible trace elements. On a shorter timescale, the lavas of the Koloa Volcanics display the same compositional trends, but at a lower rate of change. The source characteristics of the Koloa

  19. Structural aspects of the Na+→Cd2+ ion-exchange process in Na+ β-alumina

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    The crystal structure and ionic distributions in the conduction plane of the system Na1.22-yCdy/2Al11-O17.11, Na+/Cd2+ β-alumina, have been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction (Mo Kα radiation, λ=0.71073 A) for the four compositions y=0.00, 0.22, 0.45 and 1.22 at 295 K. All crystals have the hexagonal space group P63/mmc, Z=2. Crystal data for two of the compositions: For y=0.00, Mr=598.6, a=5.5929(4), c=22.526(4) A, V=610.22(1) A3, Dx=3.26 Mg m-3, μo=1.03, μc=1.03 mm-1, F(000)=586.6, final R(F)=0.0187, wR(F2)=0.0436 for 2306 observations; for y=1.22, Mr=639.1, a=5.5869(4), c=22.370(4) A, V=604.71(1) A3, Dx=3.51 Mg m-3, μo=2.11, μc=2.06 mm-1, F(000)=618.1, final R(F)=0.0289, wR(F2)=0.0651 for 909 reflections. The Na+ ions occupy the z=1/4 and 3/4 conduction planes at predominantly one 2(d) site [Beevers-Ross (BR) site] and one 6(h) site (A site) (P63/mmc notation) in the crude ratio 3:2. The Cd2+ ions first replace Na+ ions at the A site as they take up a different 6(h) site (B site). When all A-site Na+ ions have been replaced, Cd2+ ions continue to occupy B sites as they replace the remaining BR-site Na+ ions. Somewhere between y=0.45 and y=1.22 there is a distinct qualitative shift in the relative Cd-site occupations. At full replacement (Cd2+ β-alumina), the Cd electron density is extended over a large part of the conduction pathways and is best described with four different Cd2+-ion sites. Most of the Cd2+ ions occupy at 6(h) site (C site). The remainder are found in three less frequented sites: One 12(k) and two 12(j) sites (D, E and F, respectively). (orig.)

  20. Microporous alumina ceramic membranes

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    Anderson, Marc A.; Sheng, Guangyao

    1993-01-01

    Several methods are disclosed for the preparation microporous alumina ceramic membranes. For the first time, porous alumina membranes are made which have mean pore sizes less than 100 Angstroms and substantially no pores larger than that size. The methods are based on improved sol-gel techniques.

  1. Bauxite Mining and Alumina Refining

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    Donoghue, A. Michael; Frisch, Neale; Olney, David

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To describe bauxite mining and alumina refining processes and to outline the relevant physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, and psychosocial health risks. Methods: Review article. Results: The most important risks relate to noise, ergonomics, trauma, and caustic soda splashes of the skin/eyes. Other risks of note relate to fatigue, heat, and solar ultraviolet and for some operations tropical diseases, venomous/dangerous animals, and remote locations. Exposures to bauxite dust,...

  2. High-flux MFI-alumina hollow fibres: a membrane-based process for on-board CO2 capture from internal combustion vehicles

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    This work focuses on the conception and development of a membrane-based process for an on-board CO2 capture/storage application. In a first part, we simulate an on-board CO2 capture unit based on a membrane process for the case study of a heavy vehicle (≥3500 kg). This study includes an energy analysis of the impact of gas separation and compression on the required membrane surface and module volume, as well the autonomy of the storage unit and the energy overconsumption involved in the process. In a second part, we study the influence of the hollow-fibre support quality on the final intergrowth level of nano-composite MFI-alumina membranes. Special attention is devoted to the influence of the isomorphic substitution of silica by boron and germanium, and replacement of the counter-cation (proton) by other elements, on the CO2/N2 separation and permeance properties. Next, a complete chapter has been devoted to the evaluation of the thermodynamic (adsorption) and kinetic (diffusion) parameters in the CO2/N2 separation. Finally, we analyze the influence of standard pollutants (water, NOx, hydrocarbons) on the CO2 separation properties of the synthesized membranes. (author)

  3. Experimental Research on Roasting-Water Leaching-Crystallization Process to Produce Alumina and Potassium Sulfate from Alum%明矾制备氧化铝和硫酸钾的试验研究

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    王瑞永

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, using alum as raw materials, and the roasting - water leaching - crystallization process were carried out to produce alumina and potassium sulfate. The factors impact on the quality and recoveries of alumina were studied, such as the roasting temperature and time, leaching temperature, time and liquid solid ratio of alum calcine, etc. In the optimum conditions, the experiment results showed that recoveries of alumina and potassium sulfate were more than 90% , and the chemical composition of α - alumina and potassium sulfate prepared in laboratory respectively conform the GB/T 24487 -2009( AO -3)and GB 20406 -2006's requirements.%以明矾为原料,采用焙烧—浸出—结晶的工艺路线制备氧化铝和硫酸钾,研究了明矾焙烧过程温度、时间及明矾焙砂浸出温度、时间、液固比等因素对氧化铝产品质量及回收率的影响.优化工艺条件下试验结果表明,氧化铝和硫酸钾的回收率均在90%以上,得到的α-氧化铝、硫酸钾化学成分分别符合GB/T 24487-2009(AO-3)、GB 20406-2006的要求.

  4. 3.5. Drying of cryolite-alumina concentrate

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    This article is devoted to drying of cryolite-alumina concentrate. The drying process of cryolite-alumina concentrate at isothermal and polythermal conditions was studied. The kinetics and mechanism of the process were studied as well. The kinetics of concentrate drying under isothermal conditions was studied in air bath and results are presented.

  5. Effect of alumina short fiber and air-cooling processing on solidification microstructure and tensile properties of Al2O3/Al-15Si composites

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    张学习; 王德尊; 姚忠凯

    2002-01-01

    The effect of microstructure variation by addition of alumina short fiber and optimization of tensile properties by air-cooling processing in Al2O3/Al-15Si composites were studied. The results show that in Al-15Si alloy matrix composites with 14% and 30%(volume fraction) fiber, the primary silicon is hardly refined, but the eutectic silicon is effectively refined and granulated. Granulation of some eutectic silicon mainly happens in fiber segregation areas. Refining and granulation of the eutectic silicon are related to the physical constraint arising from the fiber. After the 30%Al2O3/Al-15Si composite was remelted and air-cooled, the number of the eutectic silicon on the surface of the fiber increases, which results in the improvement of fiber/matrix interface and tensile properties for the as-cast composite. Air-cooling processing may be reliable for the optimization of the microstructure and properties of fiber reinforced hypereutectic Al-15Si alloy composites.

  6. High contrast laser marking of alumina

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    Highlights: • Laser marking of alumina using near infrared (NIR) lasers was experimentally analyzed. • Color change produced by NIR lasers is due to thermally induced oxygen vacancies. • Laser marking results obtained using NIR lasers and green laser are compared. • High contrast marks on alumina were achieved. - Abstract: Alumina serves as raw material for a broad range of advanced ceramic products. These elements should usually be identified by some characters or symbols printed directly on them. In this sense, laser marking is an efficient, reliable and widely implemented process in industry. However, laser marking of alumina still leads to poor results since the process is not able to produce a dark mark, yielding bad contrast. In this paper, we present an experimental study on the process of marking alumina by three different lasers working in two wavelengths: 1064 nm (Near-infrared) and 532 nm (visible, green radiation). A colorimetric analysis has been carried out in order to compare the resulting marks and its contrast. The most suitable laser operating conditions were also defined and are reported here. Moreover, the physical process of marking by NIR lasers is discussed in detail. Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy, High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy were also employed to analyze the results. Finally, we propose an explanation for the differences of the coloration induced under different atmospheres and laser parameters. We concluded that the atmosphere is the key parameter, being the inert one the best choice to produce the darkest marks

  7. Study of the molybdenum retention in alumina; Estudio de la retencion de molibdeno en alumina

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    Wilkinson, Maria V.; Mondino, Angel V.; Manzini, Alberto [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Buenos Aires (Argentina). Centro Atomico Ezeiza. Radioquimica y Quimica de las Radiaciones

    2002-07-01

    The Argentine National Atomic Energy Commission routinely produces {sup 99} Mo by fission of highly enriched uranium contained in targets irradiated in RA-3 reactor. The current process begins with the dissolution of the irradiated target in a basic media, considering the possibility of changing the targets, it could be convenient to dissolve them in acid media. The use of alumina as a first separation step in acid dissolution processes is already known although it is necessary to determine both the type of alumina to be used and the separation conditions. The study of molybdenum retention in alumina was performed at laboratory scale, using Mo-99 as radiotracer. Different kinds of alumina were tried, varying charge solution acidity. Influence of uranium concentration in the loading solution on molybdenum retention was also studied. (author)

  8. Study on alumina-alumina brazing for application in vacuum chambers of proton synchrotron

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    The paper describes an experimental study to standardize vacuum brazing process to obtain satisfactory high purity alumina brazed joints for application in rapid cycle proton synchrotron machine. Two different brazing routes, adopted for making alumina-alumina brazed joints, included (i) multi-step Mo-Mn metallization and brazing with BVAg-8 alloy and (ii) advanced single-step active brazing with CuSil-ABA alloy. Brazed alumina specimens, prepared by both the routes, yielded ultra high vacuum compatible, helium leak tight and bakeable joints. Active-brazed specimens exhibited satisfactory strength values in tensile and four-point bend tests. Metallized-brazed specimens, although exhibited relatively lower tensile strength than the targeted value, displayed satisfactory flexural strength in four-point bend test. The results of the study demonstrated that active brazing is the simple and cost effective alternative to conventional metallization route for producing satisfactory brazed joints for application in rapid cycle proton synchrotron machine. (author)

  9. Dynamic compressive and tensile strengths of spark plasma sintered alumina

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    Girlitsky, I.; Zaretsky, E.; Kalabukhov, S.; Dariel, M. P.; Frage, N.

    2014-06-01

    Fully dense submicron grain size alumina samples were manufactured from alumina nano-powder using Spark Plasma Sintering and tested in two kinds of VISAR-instrumented planar impact tests. In the first kind, samples were loaded by 1-mm tungsten impactors, accelerated to a velocity of about 1 km/s. These tests were aimed at studying the Hugoniot elastic limit (HEL) of Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS)-processed alumina and the decay, with propagation distance, of the elastic precursor wave. In the tests of the second kind, alumina samples of 3-mm thickness were loaded by 1-mm copper impactors accelerated to 100-1000 m/s. These tests were aimed at studying the dynamic tensile (spall) strength of the alumina specimens. The tensile fracture of the un-alloyed alumina shows a monotonic decline of the spall strength with the amplitude of the loading stress pulse. Analysis of the decay of the elastic precursor wave allowed determining the rate of the irreversible (inelastic) strains in the SPS-processed alumina at the initial stages of the shock-induced inelastic deformation and to clarify the mechanisms responsible for the deformation. The 1-% addition of Cr2O3 decreases the HEL of the SPS-processed alumina by 5-% and its spall strength by 50% but barely affects its static properties.

  10. Dynamic compressive and tensile strengths of spark plasma sintered alumina

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    Fully dense submicron grain size alumina samples were manufactured from alumina nano-powder using Spark Plasma Sintering and tested in two kinds of VISAR-instrumented planar impact tests. In the first kind, samples were loaded by 1-mm tungsten impactors, accelerated to a velocity of about 1 km/s. These tests were aimed at studying the Hugoniot elastic limit (HEL) of Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS)-processed alumina and the decay, with propagation distance, of the elastic precursor wave. In the tests of the second kind, alumina samples of 3-mm thickness were loaded by 1-mm copper impactors accelerated to 100–1000 m/s. These tests were aimed at studying the dynamic tensile (spall) strength of the alumina specimens. The tensile fracture of the un-alloyed alumina shows a monotonic decline of the spall strength with the amplitude of the loading stress pulse. Analysis of the decay of the elastic precursor wave allowed determining the rate of the irreversible (inelastic) strains in the SPS-processed alumina at the initial stages of the shock-induced inelastic deformation and to clarify the mechanisms responsible for the deformation. The 1-% addition of Cr2O3 decreases the HEL of the SPS-processed alumina by 5-% and its spall strength by 50% but barely affects its static properties.

  11. Intracellular alkalization causes pain sensation through activation of TRPA1 in mice

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    Fujita, Fumitaka; Uchida, Kunitoshi; Moriyama, Tomoko; Shima, Asako; Shibasaki, Koji; Inada, Hitoshi; Sokabe, Takaaki; Tominaga, Makoto

    2008-01-01

    Vertebrate cells require a very narrow pH range for survival. Cells accordingly possess sensory and defense mechanisms for situations where the pH deviates from the viable range. Although the monitoring of acidic pH by sensory neurons has been attributed to several ion channels, including transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 channel (TRPV1) and acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs), the mechanisms by which these cells detect alkaline pH are not well understood. Here, using Ca2+ imaging and patch-clamp recording, we showed that alkaline pH activated transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily A, member 1 (TRPA1) and that activation of this ion channel was involved in nociception. In addition, intracellular alkalization activated TRPA1 at the whole-cell level, and single-channel openings were observed in the inside-out configuration, indicating that alkaline pH activated TRPA1 from the inside. Analyses of mutants suggested that the two N-terminal cysteine residues in TRPA1 were involved in activation by intracellular alkalization. Furthermore, intraplantar injection of ammonium chloride into the mouse hind paw caused pain-related behaviors that were not observed in TRPA1-deficient mice. These results suggest that alkaline pH causes pain sensation through activation of TRPA1 and may provide a molecular explanation for some of the human alkaline pH–related sensory disorders whose mechanisms are largely unknown. PMID:19033673

  12. Post-collisional Tertiary–Quaternary mafic alkalic magmatism in the Carpathian–Pannonian region: a review

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    Seghedi, I.; Downes, Hilary; O. Vaselli; Szakács, A.; Balogh, K.; Z. Pécskay

    2004-01-01

    Mafic alkalic volcanism was widespread in the Carpathian–Pannonian region (CPR) between 11 and 0.2 Ma. It followed the Miocene continental collision of the Alcapa and Tisia blocks with the European plate, as subduction-related calc-alkaline magmatism was waning. Several groups of mafic alkalic rocks from different regions within the CPR have been distinguished on the basis of ages and/or trace-element compositions. Their trace element and Sr–Nd–Pb isotope systematics are consistent with deriv...

  13. Gelcasting polycrystalline alumina

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    Janney, M.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1997-04-01

    This work is being done as part of a CRADA with Osram-Sylvania, Inc. (OSI) OSI is a major U.S. manufacturer of high-intensity lighting. Among its products is the Lumalux{reg_sign} line of high-pressure sodium vapor arc lamps, which are used for industrial, highway, and street lighting. The key to the performance of these lamps is the polycrystalline alumina (PCA) tube that is used to contain the plasma that is formed in the electric arc. That plasma consists of ionized sodium, mercury, and xenon vapors. The key attributes of the PCA tubes are their transparency (95% total transmittance in the visible region), their refractoriness (inner wall temperature can reach 1400{degrees}C), and their chemical resistance (sodium and mercury vapor are extremely corrosive). The current efficiency of the lamps is very high, on the order of several hundred lumens / watt. (Compare - incandescent lamps -13 lumens/watt fluorescent lamps -30 lumens/watt.) Osram-Sylvania would like to explore using gelcasting to form PCA tubes for Lumalux{reg_sign} lamps, and eventually for metal halide lamps (known as quartz-halogen lamps). Osram-Sylvania, Inc. currently manufactures PCA tubes by isostatic pressing. This process works well for the shapes that they presently use. However, there are several types of tubes that are either difficult or impossible to make by isostatic pressing. It is the desire to make these new shapes and sizes of tubes that has prompted Osram-Sylvania`s interest in gelcasting. The purpose of the CRADA is to determine the feasibility of making PCA items having sufficient optical quality that they are useful in lighting applications using gelcasting.

  14. Alumina Technology Roadmap

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    none,

    2002-02-01

    The Alumina Technology Roadmap outlines a comprehensive long-term research and development plan that defines the industry's collective future and establishes a clear pathway forward. It emphasizes twelve high-priority R&D areas deemed most significant in addressing the strategic goals.

  15. Solid Lubricant For Alumina

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    Dellacorte, Christopher; Pepper, Stephen V.; Honecy, Frank S.

    1993-01-01

    Outer layer of silver lubricates, while intermediate layer of titanium ensures adhesion. Lubricating outer films of silver deposited on thin intermediate films of titanium on alumina substrates found to reduce sliding friction and wear. Films provide effective lubrication for ceramic seals, bearings, and other hot sliding components in advanced high-temperature engines.

  16. Development of an imaging system for the detection of alumina on turbine blades

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    An imaging system capable of detecting alumina on turbine blades by acquiring LED-induced fluorescence images has been developed. Acquiring fluorescence images at adjacent spectral bands allows the system to distinguish alumina from fluorescent surface contaminants. Repair and overhaul processes require that alumina is entirely removed from the blades by grit blasting and chemical stripping. The capability of the system to detect alumina has been investigated with two series of turbine blades provided by Rolls-Royce plc. The results illustrate that the system provides a superior inspection method to visual assessment when ascertaining whether alumina is present on turbine blades during repair and overhaul processes. (paper)

  17. 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)

  18. Preparation of highly-ordered carbon nanotube arrays in the anodized alumina template

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    A highly-ordered, hexagonally arranged alumina nanopore template was prepared by self-organized two-step anodization process of aluminium in oxalic acid solution. Highly parallel pores were obtained within domains of a few micrometers. Highly-ordered, parallel carbon nanotube arrays were successfully grown in the alumina template nanopores by chemical vapor deposition catalyzed by alumina itself. The nanotube arrays are suitable for channeling of particle beams. The structures of aluminium, alumina template and carbon nanotubes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD). The growth mechanism and formation condition of both alumina template and carbon nanotube were discussed. (authors)

  19. Free-standing alumina nanobottles and nanotubes pre-integrated into nanoporous alumina membranes

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    A novel interfacial structure consisting of long (up to 5 μm), thin (about 300 nm), highly-ordered, free-standing, highly-reproducible aluminum oxide nanobottles and long tubular nanocapsules attached to a rigid, thin (less than 1 μm) nanoporous anodic alumina membrane is fabricated by simple, fast, catalyst-free, environmentally friendly voltage-pulse anodization. A growth mechanism is proposed based on the formation of straight channels in alumina membrane by anodization, followed by neck formation due to a sophisticated voltage control during the process. This process can be used for the fabrication of alumina nanocontainers with highly controllable geometrical size and volume, vitally important for various applications such as material and energy storage, targeted drug and diagnostic agent delivery, controlled drug and active agent release, gene and biomolecule reservoirs, micro-biologically protected platforms, nano-bioreactors, tissue engineering and hydrogen storage. (paper)

  20. Dissolution Kinetics of Alumina Calcine

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    Batcheller, Thomas Aquinas

    2001-09-01

    Dissolution kinetics of alumina type non-radioactive calcine was investigated as part of ongoing research that addresses permanent disposal of Idaho High Level Waste (HLW). Calcine waste was produced from the processing of nuclear fuel at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC). Acidic radioactive raffinates were solidified at ~500°C in a fluidized bed reactor to form the dry granular calcine material. Several Waste Management alternatives for the calcine are presented in the Idaho High Level Waste Draft EIS. The Separations Alternative addresses the processing of the calcine so that the HLW is ready for removal to a national geological repository by the year 2035. Calcine dissolution is the key front-end unit operation for the separations alternative.

  1. Direct spray pyrolysis of aluminum chloride solution for alumina preparation

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    吕国志; 张廷安; 王龙; 马思达; 豆志河; 刘燕

    2014-01-01

    The effects of pyrolysis mode and pyrolysis parameters on Cl content in alumina were investigated, and the alumina products were characterized by XRD, SEM and ASAP. The experimental results indicate that the spray pyrolysis efficiency is higher than that of static pyrolysis process, and the reaction and evaporation process lead to a multi-plot state of the alumina products by spray pyrolysis. Aluminum phase starts to transform intoγ-Al2O3 at spray pyrolysis temperature of 600 °C, which is about 200 °C lower than that of static pyrolysis process. The primary particle size of γ-Al2O3 product is 27.62 nm, and Cl content in alumina products is 0.38%at 800 °C for 20 min.

  2. Characterization of Glasses in One Type of Alumina Rich Fly Ash by Chemical Digestion Methods: Implications for Alumina Extraction

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    Lijun Zhao

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, one type of alumina rich fly ash (ARFA with about 50 wt% of alumina has been extensively investigated for alumina extraction in China. Due to the silica in ARFA, alumina extraction would have to generate a huge amount of solid waste. There is a growing interest in the glasses in ARFA, because they are composed mainly of silica and could be removed prior to alumina extraction. In this work, the glasses in ARFA have been investigated by chemical methods, that is, acid and base digestions. The chemical compositions have been measured by XRF for ARFA from the digestion processes. The K2O standard, XRD, and FTIR spectroscopies were successfully used to define the digestions processes, and size analysis and SEM-EDX provided rich information on particle transformations. As a result, acid and base digestion methods were found to produce very similar results for the glasses in ARFA. The K2O standard was attributed to the formation of glasses by illites, and TiO2 and Fe2O3 were proposed to originate from ilmenite in alumina rich coals (ARC. Some implications of the results were also discussed for the alumina extraction from ARFA.

  3. Blister formation in alumina thin films bombarded with xenon ions

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    Blisters have been observed in evaporated alumina thin films after xenon irradiation. The aim of this study is to further understand the mechanisms responsible for such a process. Surface blistering dependence on the thickness of the alumina films as well as irradiation fluence, temperature and post-irradiation thermal annealing have been investigated. From our experimental results, it has been proved that the substrate-alumina interface is not responsible for blistering. The application of a gas pressure model and a lateral compressive stress model shows that the latter seems to be more adequate in explaining blister formation. (author)

  4. Corrosion of Refractory Alumina-Graphite and Alumina-Graphite-Zirconia in Slag Containing Titania

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    XU Yuan; LIU Qing-cai; BAI Chen-guang; CHEN Deng-fu; Joseph W Newkirk

    2004-01-01

    The corrosion of refractory alumina-graphite and alumina-graphite-zirconia in the slag containing titania was studied by immersion tests (quasi-static and dynamic tests). Combining direct observation with microscopic investigations, a mechanism for corrosion was proposed based on the oxidation of graphite and the dissolution of refractory components. During the corrosion process, there are some special phenomena and laws that can be explained by the relation between the corrosion rate and the TiO2 mass percent, the rotational refractory velocity and the morphology of the deteriorated layer.

  5. High Temperature Stability of Potassium Beta Alumina

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    Williams, R. M.; Kisor, A.; Ryan, M. A.

    1996-01-01

    None. From Objectives section: Evaluate the stability of potassium beta alumina under potassium AMTEC operating conditions. Evaluate the stability regime in which potassium beta alumina can be fabricated.

  6. Efeito do processamento em misturas de alumina/ligantes orgânicos usadas na moldagem por injeção em baixa pressão Effect of processing variables in alumina/organic binders mixtures used in low-pressure injection molding

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    P . A. Ourique

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available A moldagem por injeção em baixa pressão (MIBP é uma técnica que já vem sendo empregada na produção de peças cerâmicas com formas e geometrias complexas. A homogeneidade da mistura de ligantes orgânicos e pós cerâmicos é um fator determinante que deve ser controlado para minimizar a formação de imperfeições no processamento de feedstocks para MIBP. Defeitos típicos de processamento por MIBP, como bolhas de ar e aglomerados, geram gradientes de densidade nas misturas que, após conformação, possuem poucas possibilidades de remoção. Essas imperfeições comprometem o desempenho dos produtos obtidos por essa técnica. Este trabalho está focado na avaliação dessas heterogeneidades e como elas podem ser correlacionadas com a variação da densidade aparente e com o comportamento reológico dessas misturas. Para tanto, aluminas submicrométricas, como recebida e desaglomerada, foram adicionadas a uma mistura fundida de ligantes a base de parafinas, ceras e aditivos e processada em dois tipos diferentes de misturadores, com e sem o auxílio de vácuo. Foi observada a presença de aglomerados existentes na alumina como recebida, possivelmente gerados durante a etapa de calcinação. Também foi observado que o tipo de misturador e a aplicação ou não de vácuo durante a etapa final do processamento têm grande influência no tempo de mistura necessário para reduzir a viscosidade do feedstock para a injeção.The low-pressure injection molding (LPIM is a technique already being used in the production of ceramic parts with complex shapes and geometries. The homogeneity of the mixture of organic binder and ceramic powder is a determining factor which must be controlled to minimize defects formation while feedstock processing to LPIM. Typical defects of LPIM processing, such as air bubbles and agglomerates, generate density gradients in the mixtures, which, after shaping, have little possibility of removal. These imperfections

  7. Recent advances in silica-alumina refractory: A review

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    Chaouki Sadik

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In this article, the elaboration and the characterization of silica-alumina refractory have been reviewed. Refractory oxides encompass a broad range of unary, binary, and ternary ceramic compounds that can be used in structural, insulating, and other applications. This paper provides a historical perspective on the elaboration and the use of silica-alumina refractory, reviews applications for refractory oxides, describes typical processing routes, overviews fundamental structure–property relations, and summarizes the properties of these materials.

  8. Microstructural evolution of alumina-zirconia nanocomposites

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    Ceramic materials have limited use due to their brittleness. The inclusion of nanosized particles in a ceramic matrix, which are called nanocomposites, and ceramic processing control by controlling the grain size and densification can aid in obtaining ceramic products of greater strength and toughness. Studies showed that the zirconia nano inclusions in the matrix of alumina favors an increase in mechanical properties by inhibiting the grain growth of the matrix and not by the mechanism of the transformation toughening phase of zirconia. In this work, the microstructural evolution of alumina nanocomposites containing 15% by volume of nanometric zirconia was studied. From the results it was possible to understand the sintering process of these nanocomposites. (author)

  9. Rheological Properties of Aqueous Nanometric Alumina Suspensions

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    Chuanping Li

    2004-12-19

    Colloidal processing is an effective and reliable approach in the fabrication of the advanced ceramic products. Successful colloidal processing of fine ceramic powders requires accurate control of the rheological properties. The accurate control relies on the understanding the influences of various colloidal parameters on the rheological properties. Almost all research done on the rheology paid less attention to the interactions of particle and solvent. However, the interactions of the particles are usually built up through the media in which the particles are suspended. Therefore, interactions of the particle with the media, the adsorbed layers on the particle surface, and chemical and physical properties of media themselves must influence the rheology of the suspension, especially for the dense suspensions containing nanosized particles. Relatively little research work has been reported in this area. This thesis addresses the rheological properties of nanometric alumina aqueous suspensions, and paying more attention to the interactions between particle and solvent, which in turn influence the particle-particle interactions. Dense nanometric alumina aqueous suspensions with low viscosity were achieved by environmentally-benign fructose additives. The rheology of nanometric alumina aqueous suspensions and its variation with the particle volume fraction and concentration of fructose were explored by rheometry. The adsorptions of solute (fructose) and solvent (water) on the nanometric alumina particle surfaces were measured and analyzed by TG/DSC, TOC, and NMR techniques. The mobility of water molecules in the suspensions and its variation with particle volume fractions and fructose additive were determined by the {sup 17}O NMR relaxation method. The interactions between the nanometric alumina particles in water and fructose solutions were investigated by AFM. The results indicated that a large number of water layers were physically bound on the particles

  10. Preparation of spherical hollow alumina particles by thermal plasma

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    Spherical hollow particles were prepared from solid alumina powders using DC arc thermal plasma, and then spray coating was performed with the as-prepared particles. Operating variables for the hollow particle preparation process were additional plasma gas, input power, and carrier gas flow rate. The spherical hollow alumina particles were produced in the case of using additive gas of H2 or N2, while alumina surface was hardly molten in the pure argon thermal plasma. In addition, the hollow particles were well produced in high power and low carrier gas conditions due to high melting point of alumina. Hollow structure was confirmed by focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy analysis. Morphology and size distribution of the prepared particles that were examined by field emission-scanning electron microscopy and phase composition of the particles was characterized by X-ray diffraction. In the spray coating process, the as-prepared hollow particles showed higher deposition rate. - Highlights: ► Spherical hollow alumina powder was prepared by non-transferred DC arc plasma. ► Diatomic gasses were added in Ar plasma for high power. ► Prepared hollow alumina powder was efficient for the plasma spray coating

  11. Adsorption of itaconic acid from aqueous solutions onto alumina

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    JELENA J. GULICOVSKI

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Itaconic acid, IA (C5H6O4, was investigated as a potential flocculant for the aqueous processing of alumina powders. The adsorption of IA, as a function of its concentration and pH value of the solution, onto the alumina surface was studied by the solution depletion method. The stability of the suspensions in the presence of itaconic acid was evaluated in light of the surface charge of the alumina powder used, the degree of dissociation of IA, as well as the sedimentation behavior and rheology of the suspensions. It was found that the adsorption process is extremely pH dependent; the maximum adsorption of IA onto alumina surface occurring at a pH close to the value of the first IA dissociation constant, pKa1. Also, IA does not influence the value of the point of zero charge of alumina. It was shown that IA represents an efficient flocculant for concentrated acidic alumina suspensions.

  12. Dynamic yield and tensile strengths of spark plasma sintered alumina

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    Fully dense alumina samples with 0.6 μm grain size were produced from alumina powder using Spark Plasma Sintering and tested in two types of VISAR-instrumented planar impact tests. In the tests of the first type the samples of 0.28 to 6-mm thickness were loaded by 1-mm tungsten impactors accelerated up to a velocity of about 1 km/s. These tests were aimed to study the Hugoniot elastic limit (HEL) of the SPS-processed alumina and the decay of the elastic precursor wave with propagation distance. In the second type of test the samples of ∼3-mm thickness were loaded by 1-mm copper impactors accelerated up to velocities 100-1000 m/s. These tests were aimed to study the dynamic tensile (spall) strength of the alumina. The data on tensile fracture of the alumina demonstrate a monotonic decline of the spall strength with the amplitude of the loading stress pulse. The data on the decay of the elastic precursor wave allows for determining the rates of the irreversible (inelastic) strains in the SPS-processed alumina at the initial stages of shock-induced inelastic deformation and, thus, to derive some conclusions concerning the mechanisms responsible of the deformation.

  13. 煤矸石提取氧化铝活化过程的研究%Study on Activation Process of Extraction of Alumina from Coal Gangue

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    任根宽

    2012-01-01

    The kaolin form of aluminum-silicon in coal gangue has low activity, each particle of microcosmic structure of coal gangue causes violently hot movement under high temperature, the glass phase structure of unsteady state in thermodynamics forms, and increases the activity of alumina in coal gangue, achieves activation. The conditions of activation of coal gangue is studied with limestone sintering method, with fluorite as assistant and fine coal as reducing agent. The experimental results show that the conditions of activation were obtained as follows: KH 0.8, dosage of fluorite 1%, fine coal 1.5%, calcination temperature 1260℃, calcination time 90 min. Alumina leaching efficiency of 89.5% was achieved in gangue under this condition.%铝、硅主要以高岭土形式存在于煤矸石中,活性非常低,在高温下煤矸石微观结构中各微粒产生剧烈的热运动,形成处于热力学不稳定状态玻璃相结构,可使烧成后的煤矸石中含有大量活性氧化铝,达到活化目的.本实验以萤石为助剂、煤粉为还原剂,采用石灰石烧结法活化煤矸石.实验表明,最佳活化条件为:石灰饱和系数KH0.8、萤石用量1%、煤粉的加入量1.5%、煅烧温度1260℃、烧成时间90 min.此条件下煤矸石中氧化铝的溶出率高达89.5%.

  14. Characterization and performance of alumina inserts reinforced with zirconia

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    Alumina-based ceramics reinforced with zirconia were produced as inserts to be used as cutting tools. The objective of this work was to characterize and to evaluate the inserts as well as their performance in service. Additions of zirconia varying from 0.05 up to 0.20 wt% were done in alumina in order to select that composition presenting the best mechanical behavior. To do this, four-point bending mechanical strength, hardness and fracture toughness measurements were carried out. The best performance was found for alumina processing 0.010 wt.% of zirconia addition. The addition of zirconia was made with the objective of giving higher toughness to the insert throughout the microcracking reinforcing mechanism. The alumina reinforced inserts were compared with inserts of alumina without zirconia. It was accomplished by performing machining tests onto a SAE 1045 steel. The obtained results indicated that the zirconia reinforcement was able to improve the performance of the alumina cutting tools considerably. (author)

  15. Alumina-Reinforced Zirconia Composites

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    Choi, Sung R.; Bansal, Narottam P.

    2003-01-01

    Alumina-reinforced zirconia composites, used as electrolyte materials for solid oxide fuel cells, were fabricated by hot pressing 10 mol percent yttria-stabilized zirconia (10-YSZ) reinforced with two different forms of alumina particulates and platelets each containing 0 to 30 mol percent alumina. Major mechanical and physical properties of both particulate and platelet composites including flexure strength, fracture toughness, slow crack growth, elastic modulus, density, Vickers microhardness, thermal conductivity, and microstructures were determined as a function of alumina content either at 25 C or at both 25 and 1000 C. Flexure strength and fracture toughness at 1000 C were maximized with 30 particulate and 30 mol percent platelet composites, respectively, while resistance to slow crack growth at 1000 C in air was greater for 30 mol percent platelet composite than for 30 mol percent particulate composites.

  16. Alumina supported iridium catalysts - preparation

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    This report describes the method employed in the preparation of alumina supported iridium catalysts, with metal contents between 30 and 40%, that will be used for hydrazine monopropellant decomposition. (author)

  17. On the possibility of producing alumina ceramic with a slight electrical conductivity

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    Caspers, Fritz

    1989-01-01

    Antistatic alumina ceramic is desirable for certain particle accelerator applications. In general, highly insulating surface close to a charged particle beam must be avoided in order to prevent the formation of ion pockets and other unwanted electrical effects. For the AA vacuum chamber (UHV), an antistatic ferrite has been produced and successfully installed. The fabrication of antistatic alumina might be possible in a similar way. By using certain metal oxides in the cement, which holds the alumina particles together, a slight conductivity could be obtained after the firing and sintering process, without deteriorating the mechanical and outgassing properties of the alumina compound.

  18. High-pressure melting experiments on garnet clinopyroxenite and the alkalic to tholeiitic transition in ocean-island basalts

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    Keshav, Shantanu; Gudfinnsson, Gudmundur H.; Sen, Gautam; Fei, Yingwei

    2004-07-01

    It has been suggested, on the basis of recent high-pressure melting experiments, that high-Mg garnet clinopyroxenite is the most important lithology controlling the major-element budget of ocean-island lavas [Geology 31 (2003) 481-484]. To clarify these claims and further our understanding of the petrogenesis of ocean-island basaltic (OIB) lavas, we present the results of a high-pressure (2.0-2.5 GPa) melting study on a high-Mg garnet-clinopyroxenite mantle nodule (77SL-582) from Hawaii. Major-element compositions of the partial melts as a function of pressure ( P), temperature ( T), and degree of melting ( F), mineral chemistry of the coexisting crystalline phases, and the solidus/liquidus brackets of this particular garnet clinopyroxenite are reported. The solidus of 77SL-582, which resembles a tholeiitic picrite in terms of its bulk composition, is bracketed at 1295±15 and 1335±15 °C at 2.0 and 2.5 GPa, respectively, which is ˜60-70 °C lower than the solidus of mantle lherzolite at identical pressures [Geochem. Geophys. Geosystems 1 (2000) 2000GC000070]. The solidus of 77SL-582 is also lower by ˜30-40 °C than reported for a slightly alkalic, high-Mg garnet clinopyroxenite [Geology 31 (2003) 481]. At both pressures, the moderate degree (˜18-20%) partial melts of 77SL-582 are strongly alkalic with ˜8-12 wt.% nepheline in the norm. Even at a degree of melting as high as ˜60%, moderately alkalic basaltic liquids are produced. With further melting, however, partial melts become hypersthene-normative. In the CaO-MgO-Al 2O 3-SiO 2 (CMAS) system, the eclogite surface is restricted to the tholeiitic part of the basalt tetrahedron [D.C. Presnall, Effect of pressure on fractional crystallization of basaltic magma, in: Y. Fei, C. Bertka, and B. Mysen (eds.) Mantle Petrology: Field observations and High Pressure Experimentation: A Tribute to Francis (Joe) R. Boyd, The Geochemical Society Special Publication no. 6, 1999, pp. 209-224.]. A comparison with high

  19. Microstructural evolution of alumina-zirconia nanocomposites; Evolucao microestrutural de nanocompositos alumina-zirconia

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    Ojaimi, C.L.; Chinelatto, A.S.A.; Chinelatto, A.L. [Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa (UEPG), PR (Brazil); Pallone, E.M.J.A., E-mail: christianelago@yahoo.com.br [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Pirassununga, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Zootecnia e Engenharia de Alimentos

    2012-07-01

    Ceramic materials have limited use due to their brittleness. The inclusion of nanosized particles in a ceramic matrix, which are called nanocomposites, and ceramic processing control by controlling the grain size and densification can aid in obtaining ceramic products of greater strength and toughness. Studies showed that the zirconia nano inclusions in the matrix of alumina favors an increase in mechanical properties by inhibiting the grain growth of the matrix and not by the mechanism of the transformation toughening phase of zirconia. In this work, the microstructural evolution of alumina nanocomposites containing 15% by volume of nanometric zirconia was studied. From the results it was possible to understand the sintering process of these nanocomposites. (author)

  20. Geochemical evolution of Pliocene-Recent post-subduction alkalic basalts from Seal Nunataks, Antarctic Peninsula

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    Following more than 200 Ma of subduction of Pacific oceanic crust beneath the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, subduction ceased by a series of ridge crest-trench collisions. However, magmatism continued after the cessation of subduction with basaltic rocks of the intraplate alkalic association being erupted from centres scattered along the whole length of the peninsula. In the northeast, at Seal Nunataks, a suite of intraplate basalts ranging in composition from tholeiite to alkali basalt was erupted less than 4 Ma ago, almost synchronously with the cessation of subduction in that area (4-6 Ma). LREE-enrichment [(La/Yb)n 4.7-11.5] but consistency of HREE abundances for all the basalts suggest they were generated by partial melting in the garnet stability field of the mantle. A number of trace-element ratios [e.g. Zr/Nb (4.9-8.4), Hf/Ta (1.5-3.3), Sr/Nb (15-26), Ti/Nb (390-800)] are likely to have been fractionated during partial melting/melt extraction, although they do exhibit some correlation with isotope ratios, suggesting variations in these ratios may have been controlled by both partial melting and source heterogeneity. However, Th/Ta (0.87-2.31), La/Th (5.4-10.5) and K/Rb (275-1330) ratios also exhibit considerable variations within the suite and show strong correlations with 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.7028-0.7033). These trace-element-isotope covariations are explained by a model involving mixing of a LILE-, 87Sr-depleted end-member, broadly similar to the source for non-Dupal OIB and N-type MORB, and upper-mantle material with high LILE/HFSE and 87Sr/86Sr ratios. This high-LILE/HFSE, high-87Sr component may represent mantle material which was enriched during the previous 200 Ma of subduction-related magmatism within the Antarctic Peninsula. Post-subduction high-Mg andesites (''bajaites''), which are associated with the cessation of subduction long other continental margins, are apparently absent within the Antarctic Peninsula. (orig./WB)

  1. Study of preparation and surface morphology of self-ordered nanoporous alumina; Estudo da preparacao e da morfologia de superficie de alumina nanoporosa auto-organizada

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    Rodrigues, Elisa Marchezini; Martins, Maximiliano Delany, E-mail: elisamarch@gmail.com, E-mail: MG.mdm@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG. (Brazil); Silva, Ronald Arreguy, E-mail: arregsilva@yahoo.com.br [Centro Universitario de Belo Horizonte (UniBH), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    Nanoporous alumina is a typical material that exhibits self-ordered nanochannels spontaneously organized in hexagonal shape. Produced by anodizing of metallic aluminum, it has been used as a template for production of materials at the nanoscale. This work aimed to study the preparation of nanoporous alumina by anodic anodizing of metallic aluminum substrates. The nanoporous alumina was prepared following the methodology proposed by Masuda and Fukuda (1995), a two-step method consisting of anodizing the aluminum sample in the potentiostatic mode, removing the layer of aluminum oxide (alumina) formed and then repeat the anodization process under the same conditions as the first anodization. This method produces nanoporous alumina with narrow pore diameter distribution and well-ordered structure. (author)

  2. Inelastic neutron scattering studies of methyl chloride synthesis over alumina

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    Lennon, David; Parker, Stewart F.

    2014-01-01

    Not only is alumina the most widely used catalyst support material in the world, it is also an important catalyst in its own right. One major chemical process that uses alumina in this respect is the industrial production of methyl chloride. This is a large scale process (650 000 metric tons in 2010 in the United States), and a key feedstock in the production of silicones that are widely used as household sealants. In this Account, we show how, in partnership with conventional spectroscopic a...

  3. Synthesis of alumina based on industrial waste material

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    López-Andrés, Sol; Fillali, Laila; Jiménez, José Antonio; Tayibi, Hanan; Padilla, Isabel; López-Delgado, Aurora

    2011-01-01

    A hazardous waste generated in slag milling process by the aluminium industry was used as a raw material for the synthesis of alumina, α-Al2O3. This waste is considered as hazardous material in the European legislation due to the release of toxic gases (hydrogen, ammonia, methane and hydrogen sulphide) in the presence of water. The process developed in this work allows to obtaining 1 ton of alumina from 4 tons of hazardous waste and generates an inert solid residue consisting principally of s...

  4. Nanotube Arrays in Porous Anodic Alumina Membranes

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    Liang LI; Naoto KOSHIZAKI; Guanghai LI

    2008-01-01

    This review summarizes the various techniques developed for fabricating nanotube arrays in porous anodic alumina membranes (AAMs). After a brief introduction to the fabrication process of AAMs, taking carbons, metals, semiconductors, organics, biomoleculars, and heterojunctions as typical examples, attention will be focused on the recently established methods to fabricate nanotubes in AAM, including electrochemical deposition, surface sol-gel, modified chemical vapor deposition, atomic layer deposition, and layer-by-layer growth. Every method is demonstrated by one or two reported results. Finally, this review is concluded with some perspectives on the research directions and focuses on the AAM-based nanotubes fields.

  5. The mechanical reliability of alumina scales and coatings

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    Alexander, K.B.; Pruebner, K.; Tortorelli, P.F. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1996-08-01

    The mechanical integrity of oxide scales ultimately determines their ability to protect materials from corrosion and other environmental effects arising from deleterious reactions with gases and condensable products. The microstructure and mechanical behavior of alumina products thermally grown or deposited on Fe-28 at.% Al intermetallic alloys are being characterized in order to develop the knowledge and means to control the mechanical reliability of alumina scales by microstructural manipulation through design and processing. Mechanical characterization involved gravimetric data from cyclic oxidation experiments, in-situ observation of oxidized specimens undergoing flexural loading in a scanning electron microscope, and measurements of hardness, elastic modulus and cracking resistance by nanoindentation. Values of cracking thresholds for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} scales were consistent with other measurements for surface and bulk alumina. The oxidation behavior of Fe{sub 3}Al alloys coated with a thin (0.5 - 1 {mu}m) alumina film deposited by plasma synthesis has been studied. During exposure in the oxidizing environment, new oxide was formed between the coating and the substrate. The presence of the deposited amorphous oxide inhibited the subsequent thermal oxidation of the metal. Because the thermally grown alumina forms under the deposit, the adherence of the coating is controlled by the strength of the metal/oxide interface that develops during oxidation.

  6. Enriched fluoride sorption using alumina/chitosan composite

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    Alumina possesses an appreciable defluoridation capacity (DC) of 1566 mg F-/kg. In order to improve its DC, it is aimed to prepare alumina polymeric composites using the chitosan. Alumina/chitosan (AlCs) composite was prepared by incorporating alumina particles in the chitosan polymeric matrix, which can be made into any desired form viz., beads, candles and membranes. AlCs composite displayed a maximum DC of 3809 mg F-/kg than the alumina and chitosan (52 mg F-/kg). The fluoride removal studies were carried out in batch mode to optimize the equilibrium parameters viz., contact time, pH, co-anions and temperature. The equilibrium data was fitted with Freundlich and Langmuir isotherms to find the best fit for the sorption process. The calculated values of thermodynamic parameters indicate the nature of sorption. The surface characterisation of the sorbent was performed by FTIR, AFM and SEM with EDAX analysis. A possible mechanism of fluoride sorption by AlCs composite has been proposed. Suitability of AlCs composite at field conditions was tested with a field sample taken from a nearby fluoride-endemic village. This work provides a potential platform for the development of defluoridation technology.

  7. Synthesis and structural evaluation of freeze-cast porous alumina

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    In this work we fabricated alumina samples by the freeze-casting technique using tert-butanol as the solvent. The prepared materials were examined by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microtomography. Next, they were coated with sol–gel silica films by dip-coating. Permeability tests were carried out in order to assess the permeation behavior of the materials processed in this study. We observed that the sintering time and alumina loading showed a remarkable effect on both the structural properties and flexural strength of the freeze-cast samples. Nitrogen adsorption tests revealed that the silica prepared in this study exhibited a microporous structure. It was observed that the presence of silica coatings on the alumina surface decreased the CO2 permeance by about one order of magnitude. Because of the similar kinetic diameters of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, the CO2/N2 system showed a separation efficiency that was lower than that observed for the He/CO2 and He/N2 systems. We noticed that increasing the feed pressure improved the separation capacity of the obtained materials. - Highlights: • Porous alumina samples obtained by the freeze-casting technique • Microporous silica coating prepared by a simple sol–gel dip-coating methodology • Samples examined by SEM, μ-CT, and nitrogen sorption tests • Mechanical tests were carried out in the freeze-cast samples. • The presence of silica coatings on the alumina surface decreased the CO2 permeance

  8. Transport properties of alumina nanofluids

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    Recent studies have showed that nanofluids have significantly greater thermal conductivity compared to their base fluids. Large surface area to volume ratio and certain effects of Brownian motion of nanoparticles are believed to be the main factors for the significant increase in the thermal conductivity of nanofluids. In this paper all three transport properties, namely thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity and viscosity, were studied for alumina nanofluid (aluminum oxide nanoparticles in water). Experiments were performed both as a function of volumetric concentration (3-8%) and temperature (2-50 deg. C). Alumina nanoparticles with a mean diameter of 36 nm were dispersed in water. The effect of particle size was not studied. The transient hot wire method as described by Nagaska and Nagashima for electrically conducting fluids was used to test the thermal conductivity. In this work, an insulated platinum wire of 0.003 inch diameter was used. Initial calibration was performed using de-ionized water and the resulting data was within 2.5% of standard thermal conductivity values for water. The thermal conductivity of alumina nanofluid increased with both increase in temperature and concentration. A maximum thermal conductivity of 0.7351 W m-1 K-1 was recorded for an 8.47% volume concentration of alumina nanoparticles at 46.6 deg. C. The effective thermal conductivity at this concentration and temperature was observed to be 1.1501, which translates to an increase in thermal conductivity by 22% when compared to water at room temperature. Alumina being a good conductor of electricity, alumina nanofluid displays an increasing trend in electrical conductivity as volumetric concentration increases. A microprocessor-based conductivity/TDS meter was used to perform the electrical conductivity experiments. After carefully calibrating the conductivity meter's glass probe with platinum tip, using a standard potassium chloride solution, readings were taken at various

  9. A Review of Alumina Feeding and Dissolution Factors in Aluminum Reduction Cells

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    Lavoie, Pascal; Taylor, Mark P.; Metson, James B.

    2016-08-01

    Modern aluminum reduction cells use point feeding technology to replenish alumina as it is consumed by the electrolytic process. The dissolution of alumina has become increasingly difficult to control as the cell sizes and electrolysis intensity have increased. The mass of alumina added per unit time is now much higher than a decade ago, and must take place within a smaller electrolyte mixing volume. In order to replenish the alumina concentration evenly, the alumina needs to be delivered, dispersed, dissolved, and distributed throughout the reduction cell. The dissolution itself follows a 4-step process that can be limited by a multitude of factors. The status of the research on each of these factors is reviewed in the present paper. Although research in laboratory cells has been conducted many times, and the impact of many factors on dissolution has been measured, published observations of alumina feeding on industrial cells are very sparse, especially regarding the dissolution dynamics in the space-time domain and the impact of the feeder hole condition. The present paper therefore presents a qualitative model of the factors governing alumina dissolution in industrial cells and offers the hypothesis that maintenance of the feeder hole condition is central to ensuring alumina dissolution and prevention of sludging.

  10. A Review of Alumina Feeding and Dissolution Factors in Aluminum Reduction Cells

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    Lavoie, Pascal; Taylor, Mark P.; Metson, James B.

    2016-05-01

    Modern aluminum reduction cells use point feeding technology to replenish alumina as it is consumed by the electrolytic process. The dissolution of alumina has become increasingly difficult to control as the cell sizes and electrolysis intensity have increased. The mass of alumina added per unit time is now much higher than a decade ago, and must take place within a smaller electrolyte mixing volume. In order to replenish the alumina concentration evenly, the alumina needs to be delivered, dispersed, dissolved, and distributed throughout the reduction cell. The dissolution itself follows a 4-step process that can be limited by a multitude of factors. The status of the research on each of these factors is reviewed in the present paper. Although research in laboratory cells has been conducted many times, and the impact of many factors on dissolution has been measured, published observations of alumina feeding on industrial cells are very sparse, especially regarding the dissolution dynamics in the space-time domain and the impact of the feeder hole condition. The present paper therefore presents a qualitative model of the factors governing alumina dissolution in industrial cells and offers the hypothesis that maintenance of the feeder hole condition is central to ensuring alumina dissolution and prevention of sludging.

  11. Lightweight alumina refractory aggregate. Final report

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    Swansiger, T.G.; Pearson, A.

    1996-07-16

    Objective was to develop a lightweight, high alumina refractory aggregate for use in various high performance insulating (low thermal conductivity) refractory applications (e.g., in the aluminium, glass, cement, and iron and steel industries). A new aggregate process was developed through bench and pilot-scale experiments involving extrusion of a blend of calcined and activated alumina powders and organic extrusion aids and binders. The aggregate, with a bulk density approaching 2.5 g/cc, exhibited reduced thermal conductivity and adequate fired strength compared to dense tabular aggregate. Refractory manufacturers were moderately enthusiastic over the results. Alcoa prepared an economic analysis for producing lightweight aggregate, based on a retrofit of this process into existing Alcoa production facilities. However, a new, competing lightweight aggregate material was developed by another company; this material (Plasmal{trademark})had a significantly more favorable cost base than the Alcoa/DOE material, due to cheap raw materials and fewer processing steps. In late 1995, Alcoa became a distributor of Plasmal. Alcoa estimated that {ge}75% of the market originally envisioned for the Alcoa/DOE aggregate would be taken by Plasmal. Hence, it was decided to terminate the contract without the full- scale demonstration.

  12. Comparative study on sintered alumina for ballistic shielding application

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    This work presents a development of the armor made from special ceramic materials and kevlar. An experimental investigation was conducted to study the ballistic penetration resistance on three samples taken from sintered alumina: a commercial one and two formulations A and B made in IAE/CTA. The main differences between the two formulations was the grain size and bend resistance. The knowledge of the mechanisms during the penetration and perforation process allowed to apply a ductile composite laminate made form kevlar under the alumina to delay its rupture. The last ballistic test showed how a Weibull's modulii and other mechanical properties are able to improve ballistic penetration resistance. (author)

  13. Ion guiding in alumina capillaries

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    Juhász, Z.; Sulik, B.; Biri, S.;

    2009-01-01

    Transmission of a few keV impact energy Ne ions through capillaries in anodic alumina membranes has been studied with different ion counting methods using an energy dispersive electrostatic spectrometer, a multichannel plate (MCP) array and sensitive current-measurement. In the present work, we...

  14. Controlled growth of single nanowires within a supported alumina template

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    Vlad, A [Unite de Dispositifs Integres et Circuits Electroniques, Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Place de Levant, 3, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Matefi-Tempfli, M [Unite de Physico-Chimie et de Physique des Materiaux, UCL, Place Croix du Sud, 1, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Faniel, S [Unite de Dispositifs Integres et Circuits Electroniques, Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Place de Levant, 3, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Bayot, V [Unite de Dispositifs Integres et Circuits Electroniques, Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Place de Levant, 3, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Melinte, S [Unite de Dispositifs Integres et Circuits Electroniques, Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Place de Levant, 3, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Piraux, L [Unite de Physico-Chimie et de Physique des Materiaux, UCL, Place Croix du Sud, 1, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Matefi-Tempfli, S [Unite de Physico-Chimie et de Physique des Materiaux, UCL, Place Croix du Sud, 1, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

    2006-10-14

    A simple technique for fabricating single nanowires with well-defined position is presented. The process implies the use of a silicon nitride mask for selective electrochemical growth of the nanowires in a porous alumina template. We show that this method allows the realization of complex nanowire patterns as well as arrays of single nanowires with a precise position and spacing.

  15. Controlled growth of single nanowires within a supported alumina template

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    Vlad, A.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, M.; Faniel, S.; Bayot, V.; Melinte, S.; Piraux, L.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, S.

    2006-10-01

    A simple technique for fabricating single nanowires with well-defined position is presented. The process implies the use of a silicon nitride mask for selective electrochemical growth of the nanowires in a porous alumina template. We show that this method allows the realization of complex nanowire patterns as well as arrays of single nanowires with a precise position and spacing.

  16. Modified-starch Consolidation of Alumina Ceramics

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    JU Chenhui; WANG Yanmin; YE Jiandong; HUANG Yun

    2008-01-01

    The alumina ceramics with the homogeneous microstructure and the higher density were fabricated via the modified-starch consolidation process by 1.0 wt%of a modified starch as a consolidator/binder.The swelling behavior of the modified oxidized tapioca starch was analyzed by optical microscope,and two other corn starches(common corn starch and high amylose COrn starch)were also analyzed for comparison.The modified starch used as a binder for the consolidation swelled at about 55℃.began to gelatinize at 65℃ and then was completely gelatinized at 75℃.But the corn starches could not be completely gelatinized even at 80℃for 1 h.The high-strength green bodies(10.6 MPa)with the complex shapes were produced.The green bodies were sintered without any binder burnout procedure at 1700℃and a relative density of 95.3% was obtained for the sintered bodies,which is similar to that of the sintered sample formed by conventional slip casting.In addition,the effect of temperature on the apparent viscosity of the starch/alumina slurry in the process was investigated,and the corresponding mechanism for the starch consolidation was discussed.

  17. MECHANICAL BEHAVIOUR OF ALUMINA-ZIRCONIA COMPOSITE BY SLURRY METHOD

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    JYOTI PRAKASH; DEVENDRA KUMAR; KALYANI MOHANTA

    2011-01-01

    Alumina has got some excellent properties like chemical inertness, thermal and mechanical strength against hazardous environment. Alumina is a good ceramic material which is being used for structuralapplications. To enhance the toughness and strength of the body some Zirconia is also used with it. The use of Zirconia in alumina is known as toughening of alumina. One difficulty arises, when alumina and alumina toughened composite are sintered , because the low sinterability of Alumina-Zirconia...

  18. Mechanical performance of alumina reinforced with NbC, TiC and WC

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    Wilson Acchar

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The incorporation of refractory hard particles in Al2O3-based composites may inhibit grain growth of the matrix, which could significantly contribute to mechanical performance of the composite. The present study aimed to investigate the potential use of NbC as alumina reinforcing material, as an alternative to other carbides such as TiC and WC. Alumina was mixed with a fixed carbide concentration of 30 wt.(% in a ball mill and uniaxially hot-pressed at 1650 ºC under a load of 30 MPa in an inert atmosphere. X-ray diffraction revealed no oxidation products were present after the sintering process. Microstructure analyses indicate a homogeneous carbide distribution in the alumina matrix. Results obtained in this study show that alumina reinforced with NbC is a composite material with properties comparable to those of alumina reinforced with WC and TiC, thereby making it good reinforcing material.

  19. Study of preparation and surface morphology of self-ordered nanoporous alumina

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    Nanoporous alumina is a typical material that exhibits self-ordered nanochannels spontaneously organized in hexagonal shape. Produced by anodizing of metallic aluminum, it has been used as a template for production of materials at the nanoscale. This work aimed to study the preparation of nanoporous alumina by anodic anodizing of metallic aluminum substrates. The nanoporous alumina was prepared following the methodology proposed by Masuda and Fukuda (1995), a two-step method consisting of anodizing the aluminum sample in the potentiostatic mode, removing the layer of aluminum oxide (alumina) formed and then repeat the anodization process under the same conditions as the first anodization. This method produces nanoporous alumina with narrow pore diameter distribution and well-ordered structure. (author)

  20. The Formation and Dissolution of Crust Upon Alumina Addition into Cryolite Electrolyte

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    Yang, Youjian; Gao, Bingliang; Wang, Zhaowen; Shi, Zhongning; Hu, Xianwei

    2015-09-01

    The properties of the alumina agglomerate/crust formed upon smelting grade alumina feeding and the corresponding dissolution rates in cryolite electrolyte were studied using a suspended weighing device. A series of experiments was designed to investigate the dissolution rate of the crust at various temperatures and the effects of initial alumina concentration in the electrolyte on the formation process and properties of the crust. Initial results showed that under experimental non-stirring conditions, a large proportion as high as 54-64% of the fed alumina participated in the formation of the crust upon feeding at 1233-1238 K (960-965°C). The dissolution rate of the crust decreased greatly with the increase of initial alumina concentration and the decrease of operating temperature. The mass of the crust increased significantly at high initial alumina concentrations and decreased temperature, while the alumina content of the crust showed a slight decreasing trend. Other parameters of the crust such as volume density and gas-filling fraction were also measured. The influence of physical stirring on alumina dissolution rate was also discussed.

  1. IMPROVED CORROSION RESISTANCE FOR ALUMINA REFRACTORY

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    John P. Hurley; Patty L. Kleven

    1999-04-30

    In order to increase the efficiency of advanced coal-fired power systems, higher working fluid temperatures must be reached. Some system surfaces will have to be protected by covering them with corrosion-resistant refractories. Corrosion is the degradation of the material surfaces or grain boundaries by chemical reactions with melts, liquids, or gases causing loss of material and, consequently, a decrease in the strength of the structure. In order to develop methods of reducing corrosion, the microstructure that is attacked must be identified along with the mechanism and rates of attack. Earlier tests with several commercially available high-temperature castable refractories showed that the fused-alumina aggregate grains within the materials had the highest corrosion resistance of any of the castable materials. However, the cement holding the grains was easily attacked. Therefore, to improve the corrosion resistance and thermomechanical properties of alumina-based refractories, we attempted to change the cement to a more corrosion- and erosion-resistant bonding material through the addition of rare-earth oxides (REO). Phase diagrams were used to identify stable high-melting-temperature materials within the lanthanide-alumina series that could modify the bonding phase of the alumina-based refractory. Two mechanisms of reducing corrosion were investigated. One was the formation of corrosion-resistant layers within the refractory. The other was increased sintering to increase strength and seal continuous pores that would reduce slag penetration. Garnets (Re{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}) and perovskites (ReAl{sub 2}O{sub 3}), where Re is the REO, are two of the stable high-melting-temperature materials identified that were believed could be formed in the refractory matrix to help reduce corrosion rates. For the base refractory, Plicast 99 made by Plibrico was chosen. It is a 99% alumina castable composed of fused alumina aggregate and a cement made primarily from Alphabond

  2. Oxidation resistance of YSZ-alumina composites compared to normal YSZ TBC coatings at 1100 deg. C

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    Highlights: → This work aims to study the oxidation behavior of plasma sprayed YSZ-alumina composites coatings. → The composites TBC coatings of YSZ-alumina showed better oxidation resistance than normal YSZ. → The durability of composite coating with alumina is a novel method and has not been reported before. - Abstract: In the present work oxidation behavior of plasma sprayed YSZ-alumina composite TBC coatings on Ni-base (IN-738LC) super alloy substrate was studied and compared to normal YSZ. Cyclic oxidation process in 4 h intervals was performed in an air electrical furnace at 1100 deg. C and the specimens were cooled in the furnace during each cycle. Preliminary checking was done with naked eye and further investigation was achieved using scanning electron microscopy. If there were any cracks or spallation in the coating's edge, the tests were stopped, the time was recorded and coating microstructure was studied. YSZ-alumina composites were made by applying alumina layer at the top of YSZ or mixed with YSZ as a TBC layer on the bond coat. Composite coatings of YSZ-alumina having alumina as a top coat and the mixed YSZ-alumina layer, showed better resistance than normal YSZ in oxidation test. It was observed that alumina overlay on YSZ has promoted the oxidation resistance of the coatings for longer times by preventing infiltration of oxygen through YSZ layer.

  3. The Porgera gold deposit, Papua, New Guinea, 1: association with alkalic magmatism in a continent-island-arc collision zone

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    The meso thermal to epithermal Porgera gold deposit is spatially and temporally associated with shallow level (≤ 2 km emplacement depth) stocks and dykes of the Porgera Intrusive Complex (PIC). Gold mineralization immediately followed emplacement of the PIC, and is dated between 5 and 6 Ma ago. The Porgera intrusive suite is comprised of fine- to medium-grained, porphyritic to euhedral granular, volatile-rich, sodic alkali basalts/gabbros, hawaiites, and mugearites (TAS chemical classification scheme). The rocks display chemical and isotopic characteristics similar to those of intra plate alkalic basalts, but their unusually high volatile contents result in stabilization of hornblende as a phenocryst and intergranular phase in more evolved rock types. The observed order of cotectic crystallization is olivine - clinopyroxene - hornblende -plagioclase, with ubiquitous spinel (chromite/magnetite) and fluor-apatite. (author)

  4. Preliminary analysis of thermal-infrared multispectral scanner data of the Iron Hill, Colorado carbonatite-alkalic rock complex

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    Rowan, Lawrence C.; Watson, Kenneth; Miller, Susanne H.

    1992-01-01

    The Iron Hill carbonatite-alkalic igneous rock complex is in the Powderhorn mining district, approximately 40 km south-southwest of Gunnison, Colorado. The complex, which occupies about 30 sq km, was emplaced in metasedimentay and metavolcanic rocks during the later Precambrian or early Cambrian. The main rock types in the complex, from oldest to youngest, are fenite, pyroxenite, uncompahgrite, ijolite, nepheline syenite, and dolomitic carbonatite. The carbonatite is limonitic and forms an elliptially shaped 4 sq km stock. Calcitic and dolomitic carbonatite dikes are also numerous throughout the complex and in the pre-existing rocks. Pyroxenite is the most widespread rock type within the complex, but pyroxene is extensively altered to biotite, phlogopite, and vermiculite. Fenite, which formed through Na, K-metasomatism of the country rocks, typically contains more feldspar and less quartz than the equivalent unaltered country rocks. The other alkalic rock types are less widespread and less well exposed. Parts of the complex are covered by Oligocene ash-flow tuff and alluvial, colluvial, and glacial deposits. Sagebrush and grass cover is moderately dense to very dense at low to intermediate elevations; coniferous tree cover is dense at high elevations and on some north-facing slopes at lower elevations. A new algorithm was used to compute spectral emissivity ratios, independent of any emissivity assumptions. This algorithm has the advantage that any of the possible emissivity ratios can be computed and, thus, a large variety of composite ratio images can be constructed, which permits examination of various geologic hypotheses based on the spectral properties of the surface materials.

  5. Synthesis of alumina-α using chemical and activation energy por microwave; Sintese de alumina-α utilizando ativacao quimica e energia por microondas

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    Cartaxo, J.M.; Galdino, M.N.; Neves, G.A., E-mail: juliana@dema.ufcg.edu.br [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (DEMA/UFCG), PB (Brazil). Unidade Academica de Engenharia de Materiais; Campos, L.F.A.; Menezes, R.R. [Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB), PB (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais; Kiminami, R.H.G.A. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSC), SP (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    With the great technological advances of alumina, this study aimed to synthesize the α-alumina and chemical activation using microwave energy from aluminum nitrate precursor. The synthesized powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis (DTA and TGA) and surface area by BET. The chemical activation process was conducted by varying the concentration of the acid solution and exposure time of the material solution. The results proved the effectiveness of chemical activation by accelerating the synthesis process. The results of thermal analysis can observe the thermal decomposition temperature and the possible nucleation of new phases of alumina. The results of X-ray diffraction showed that the powders have the structure of α-alumina with specific areas ranging from 3 to 15m{sup 2}/g pore diameters between 190 to 485nm. (author)

  6. Evaluation of Nutritional and Physical Properties of Watermelon Juice during the Thermal Processing by Using Alumina Nano-fluid in a Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger

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    Farinaz Saremnejad Namini; Mehdi Jafari; Mohammad Ziaiifar; Morad Rashidi

    2015-01-01

    Background and Objectives: Thermal processing is an effective method in preventing microbial spoilage but high heat transfer in a long time process that leads to quality loss and increased energy consumption. Also it is important to consider sensitive nature of food products during the thermal processing. Due to the nano-fluids' unique thermo–physical properties compared with the conventional fluids (steam and hot water), their use in various industries to enhance the efficiency of equipment ...

  7. Modeling of lunar basalt petrogenesis - Sr isotope evidence from Apollo 14 high-alumina basalts

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    This paper reexamines the Sr isotope data available for the Apollo 14 high-alumina basalts in light of the assimilation and fractional crystallization (AFC) process model proposed by Neal et al. (1987, 1988, 1989). Positive linear correlations of Sr-87/Sr-86 with Rb-87/Rb-86 and the Sr abundance (both leading to KREEP) are used as evidence of such an AFC process in the petrogenesis of Apollo 14 high-alumina basalts. The existing Sr isotope data for Apollo 14 high-alumina basalts suggest that there were three AFC cycles. 33 refs

  8. Properties of Transition Metal Doped Alumina

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    Nykwest, Erik; Limmer, Krista; Brennan, Ray; Blair, Victoria; Ramprasad, Rampi

    Crystallographic texture can have profound effects on the properties of a material. One method of texturing is through the application of an external magnetic field during processing. While this method works with highly magnetic systems, doping is required to couple non-magnetic systems with the external field. Experiments have shown that low concentrations of rare earth (RE) dopants in alumina powders have enabled this kind of texturing. The magnetic properties of RE elements are directly related to their f orbital, which can have as many as 7 unpaired electrons. Since d-block elements can have as many as 5 unpaired electrons the effects of substitutional doping of 3d transition metals (TM) for Al in alpha (stable) and theta (metastable) alumina on the local structure and magnetic properties, in addition to the energetic cost, have been calculated by performing first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. This study has led to the development of general guidelines for the magnetic moment distribution at and around the dopant atom, and the dependence of this distribution on the dopant atom type and its coordination environment. It is anticipated that these findings can aid in the selection of suitable dopants help to guide parallel experimental efforts. This project was supported in part by an internship at the Army Research Laboratory, administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, along with a grant of computer time from the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program.

  9. Synthesis of zirconia toughened alumina

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    This paper deals with the synthesis of zirconia toughened alumina (ZTA) and evaluation of its mechanical properties. ZTA ceramics were prepared by partial chemical route. High purity alumina (particle size 0.48 μm) was coated with yttria stabilised zirconia through solution techniques. Small amounts of dopants such as MgO, MnO and TiO2 were added to ZTA as densification aids. These powders were calcined at 650 deg C for 1 hour, followed by wet ball milling, compaction, sintering at 1600 deg C for 2.5 hour. Sintered density values upto 90% of theoretical density of ZTA were achieved. Hardness values upto 1800 VPN and modulus of rupture values upto 180 MPa were obtained. (author)

  10. Technology of obtaining of cryolite and aluminium fluoride from alumina- and fluoride containing wastes of aluminium production

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    This article is devoted to technology of obtaining of cryolite and aluminium fluoride from alumina- and fluoride containing wastes of aluminium production. Thus, the investigations on elaboration of technology of obtaining of cryolite and aluminium fluoride from alumina- and fluoride containing wastes of aluminium production by means of sulfuric acid decomposition method are carried out. The optimal parameters of technological processes are found. The physicochemical analysis of fluoride containing wastes is conducted. The flowsheet of obtaining of cryolite, aluminium fluoride and alumina from alumina- and fluoride containing wastes is presented.

  11. The drying of cryolite-, alumina containing concentrate getting from aluminium production wastes

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    The purpose of present work is studying of drying of cryolite-, alumina containing concentrate getting after pulp filtration at isothermal and polythermal conditions with investigations of kinetics and chemistry process

  12. Development of a high temperature steam regenerative H2S removal process based on alumina supported MNO and FEO. Doctoral thesis

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    Wakker, J.P.

    1992-09-03

    The aim of the study was to develop a process that removes H2S and COS at high temperatures (675-1075 K) from fuel gases produced by a coal gasifier. These fuel gases can be used for the production of electricity in a combined cycle power plant, or as a synthesis gas for the production of substitute natural gas (SNG) or chemicals. The overview of literature on H2S removal showed that a number of low temperature H2S removal processes have been developed and used. High temperature processes are in the development stage, but not applied yet. The main attention is concentrated on the development of zinc ferrite, zinc titanate, the mixed metal oxide process and iron oxide on silica.

  13. FABRICATION OF POROUS ALUMINA CERAMICS WITH CORN STARCH IN AN EASY AND LOW-COST WAY

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    Zhengwei Nie; Yuyi Lin

    2015-01-01

    Porous alumina ceramics with different porosity were fabricated by combining the starch consolidation process with the gel-casting process using corn starch as a pore-forming agent and a binder. The bulk density, porosity, and microstructure of the obtained alumina ceramics were studied. It was found that the total porosity range of sintered samples with contents varying from 0 to 50 vol. % is 14.8 - 55.3 % and the total porosity increased with the increase of starch content. Moreove...

  14. Evaluation of Nutritional and Physical Properties of Watermelon Juice during the Thermal Processing by Using Alumina Nano-fluid in a Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger

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    Farinaz Saremnejad Namini

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: Thermal processing is an effective method in preventing microbial spoilage but high heat transfer in a long time process that leads to quality loss and increased energy consumption. Also it is important to consider sensitive nature of food products during the thermal processing. Due to the nano-fluids' unique thermo–physical properties compared with the conventional fluids (steam and hot water, their use in various industries to enhance the efficiency of equipment and energy optimization has increased. Materials and Methods: The effects of alumina–water nano-fluids (0, 2, and 4% concentrations on some nutritional properties (lycopene and vitamin C content, and some physical properties (color, pH and TSS of watermelon juice treated by high temperature–short time (75, 80, and 85°C for 15, 30, and 45 seconds in a shell and tube heat exchanger were evaluated. Results: In compared with water, process time reduced by 24.88% and 51.63% for 2% and 4% nano-fluids, respectively. It had a significant effect on improving the properties of watermelon juice (P<0.05. Under the treatment conditions (75°C and 15s, with 0, 2, and 4% nano-fluids, 81.15, 84.81, and 91.28% of lycopene and 61.11, 63.70 and 67.04% of vitamin C were maintained, respectively. &DeltaE* values for the fruit juices processed with 0, 2 and 4% nano-fluids were 3.26, 2.21 and 1.14, respectively. Also pH and TSS changed in the range of 5.58–5.82 and 9.00–9.40%, respectively. Conclusions: The results showed that qualitative and nutritional properties of watermelon juices processed with nano-fluids in terms of lycopene and vitamin C retention, and color were, respectively, 9.89, 6.18 and 50.38% better than the samples processed with water.

  15. Interaction of alumina with liquid Pb83Li17 alloy

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    Highlights: • The role of oxygen in the interaction of alumina with Pb83Li17 alloy was studied. • Li of Pb83Li17 alloy undergoes oxidation even in flowing high pure argon atmosphere. • It was seen that alumina reacts with Pb83Li17 alloy at 550 °C to form LiAlO2 compound. • The reaction is rapid in the presence of oxygen and happens more slowly in the presence of flowing argon. - Abstract: Eutectic lead lithium (Pb83Li17) alloy is being considered a coolant, neutron multiplier and tritium breeder for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) and Fusion Power Reactors (FPR). In order to reduce the magneto-hydrodynamic drag (MHD) and to prevent corrosion of structural materials due to the flow of lead lithium (Pb83Li17) alloy, alumina (Al2O3) is proposed as a candidate ceramic coating material. Interaction of liquid Pb83Li17 alloy with Al2O3 at the operating temperature of these reactors is therefore an important issue. The present paper deals with the characterization of Pb83Li17 alloy and its interaction with Al2O3 at the reactor operating temperature. The interaction was studied using EPMA, XRD and thermal analysis technique. The result indicates that alumina can interact with Pb83Li17 alloy at 550 °C even in high purity argon atmosphere. The role of oxygen in the interaction process has also been discussed

  16. Urbach's rule criteria in alumina irradiated with ions

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    Irradiation of dielectrics with ions is available for aims of the optical, mechanical and other properties modification. The defect localized states effect on alumina optical absorption properties depends on ability of incorporated elements to substitute the lattice cations. The complex energetic spectrum of the defect localized states demands the generalized approaches which characterize the radiation induced disorder in materials as a whole. The Urbach's rule criteria for the absorption spectra of alumina irradiated with the silicon, chromium and titanium ions (Φ=1017 cm-2, Ei=100 keV) were investigated. The induced defect, their clusters and hard solid solution effect on the Urbach's equation parameters was determined. Analysis the reasons of the absorption change was given. Absorption spectra of irradiated alumina were subjected the Urbach's rule as all it criteria were fulfilled. This is stipulated by the static disorder in crystalline lattice induced by substitution defects, intrinsic defects and cluster formation on its base. A common focal point in absorption spectrums situated at 4.4 eV was fixed. This Urbach's focus is determine by the processes of defects clusterization, the energetic characteristics of clusters and depend on ability of the implanted ions to form the hard solid solutions in alumina. A correlation between the interband and exponential absorption parameters indicates to synthesis in Al2O3 a new strongly defect material having band gap width near the 4.5 eV and absorption edge stipulated by the defect cluster levels. (authors)

  17. Ceramic characteristics of alumina obtained by using ammonium aluminum sulphate as precursor

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    A method has been developed for the production of alumina for Advanced Ceramics through the synthesis of ammonium aluminum sulphate. A concentrated commercial ammonium hydroxide were used. The yield of the synthesis process was determined by the titration curves. The characterization of the synthesis products was carried out by X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis and particle size distribution. After the calcination of ammonium aluminum sulphate and the obtainment of alumina, test bodies were made, sintered at 1650 deg C, and then their ceramical properties were determined and compared against those of reference commercial alumina. (author)

  18. Pulsed laser deposition of alumina coating for corrosion protection against liquid uranium

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    Alumina coatings find wide applications as tribological coatings and as corrosion protective coatings for structural materials against chemical attack. We have investigated alumina coatings deposited on Stainless Steel (SS) substrates via pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. Characterization tests performed on these coatings including their compatibility with liquid uranium suggests alumina to be a potential candidate as a coating material for handling and containment of liquid uranium. We present here results of our detailed parametric study including dependence of average mass removal rate on laser fluence and ablation geometry and average deposition efficiency during PLD. These measurements provide vital inputs facilitating proper choice of process parameters for PLD runs. Deposited coatings have been characterized in terms of their microstructure, surface profile, adhesion to substrate, crystalline phase and corrosion resistance against liquid uranium. Our PLD based alumina coatings have shown a high degree of compaction and excellent corrosion resistance to molten uranium even upto a temperature of 1165 °C. - Highlights: • Alumina films deposited on stainless steel via pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. • PLD alumina films investigated as potential corrosion protective coatings. • Deposited coatings have been characterized in terms of their microstructure and crystalline phase. • Corrosion resistance of coatings against liquid uranium was tested. • Results suggest PLD alumina films have a promising potential for containment of molten uranium

  19. Preparation and electrochemical performance of sulfur-alumina cathode material for lithium-sulfur batteries

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    Dong, Kang [Faculty of Material Science and Chemistry, China University of Geosciences, 388 Lumo Road, 430074 Wuhan (China); Wang, Shengping, E-mail: spwang@cug.edu.cn [Faculty of Material Science and Chemistry, China University of Geosciences, 388 Lumo Road, 430074 Wuhan (China); Zhang, Hanyu; Wu, Jinping [Faculty of Material Science and Chemistry, China University of Geosciences, 388 Lumo Road, 430074 Wuhan (China)

    2013-06-01

    Highlights: ► Micron-sized alumina was synthesized as adsorbent for lithium-sulfur batteries. ► Sulfur-alumina material was synthesized via crystallizing nucleation. ► The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} can provide surface area for the deposition of Li{sub 2}S and Li{sub 2}S{sub 2}. ► The discharge capacity of the battery is improved during the first several cycles. - Abstract: Nano-sized sulfur particles exhibiting good adhesion with conducting acetylene black and alumina composite materials were synthesized by means of an evaporated solvent and a concentrated crystallization method for use as the cathodes of lithium-sulfur batteries. The composites were characterized and examined by X-ray diffraction, environmental scanning electron microscopy and electrochemical methods, such as cyclic voltammetry, electrical impedance spectroscopy and charge–discharge tests. Micron-sized flaky alumina was employed as an adsorbent for the cathode material. The initial discharge capacity of the cathode with the added alumina was 1171 mAh g{sup −1}, and the remaining capacity was 585 mAh g{sup −1} after 50 cycles at 0.25 mA cm{sup −2}. Compared with bare sulfur electrodes, the electrodes containing alumina showed an obviously superior cycle performance, confirming that alumina can contribute to reducing the dissolution of polysulfides into electrolytes during the sulfur charge–discharge process.

  20. Effect of different sources of alumina on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the triaxial porcelain

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Porcelains composed of kaolin-quartz-feldspar are called triaxial porcelains. The use of alumina as a substitute for quartz in porcelains has been developed for some time. The results show a significant improvement in their mechanical properties, but alumina has a high cost. The possibility of using alternative materials as a source of alumina with lower cost was investigated. In this work, alternative raw materials were used as a source of alumina: refractory bauxite, primary aluminum hydroxide, reprecipitated aluminum hydroxide. Compositions with commercial alumina and quartz were also formulated to better understand the effects of adding these alternative materials. The raw materials were milled, dried, and characterized by analysis of the particle size distribution, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray fluorescence. The compositions were formulated by replacing the different sources of alumina in the formulation of porcelain. The compositions studied were shaped by pressing and sintered at different temperatures (1150-1400 ºC. The results showed that the use of bauxite and aluminum hydroxide as an alternative source of Al2O3 is viable. The impurities contained in refractory bauxite contributed to the lower values of flexural strength found in compositions having refractory bauxite as a source of alumina. The compositions with reprecipitated aluminum hydroxide showed a high mechanical resistance at low sintering temperatures, while compositions with aluminum hydroxide obtained by the Bayer process achieved good results of mechanical strength in a wide temperature range.

  1. Preparation and electrochemical performance of sulfur-alumina cathode material for lithium-sulfur batteries

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    Highlights: ► Micron-sized alumina was synthesized as adsorbent for lithium-sulfur batteries. ► Sulfur-alumina material was synthesized via crystallizing nucleation. ► The Al2O3 can provide surface area for the deposition of Li2S and Li2S2. ► The discharge capacity of the battery is improved during the first several cycles. - Abstract: Nano-sized sulfur particles exhibiting good adhesion with conducting acetylene black and alumina composite materials were synthesized by means of an evaporated solvent and a concentrated crystallization method for use as the cathodes of lithium-sulfur batteries. The composites were characterized and examined by X-ray diffraction, environmental scanning electron microscopy and electrochemical methods, such as cyclic voltammetry, electrical impedance spectroscopy and charge–discharge tests. Micron-sized flaky alumina was employed as an adsorbent for the cathode material. The initial discharge capacity of the cathode with the added alumina was 1171 mAh g−1, and the remaining capacity was 585 mAh g−1 after 50 cycles at 0.25 mA cm−2. Compared with bare sulfur electrodes, the electrodes containing alumina showed an obviously superior cycle performance, confirming that alumina can contribute to reducing the dissolution of polysulfides into electrolytes during the sulfur charge–discharge process

  2. Aluminum matrix composites reinforced with alumina nanoparticles

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    Casati, Riccardo

    2016-01-01

    This book describes the latest efforts to develop aluminum nanocomposites with enhanced damping and mechanical properties and good workability. The nanocomposites exhibited high strength, improved damping behavior and good ductility, making them suitable for use as wires. Since the production of metal matrix nanocomposites by conventional melting processes is considered extremely problematic (because of the poor wettability of the nanoparticles), different powder metallurgy routes were investigated, including high-energy ball milling and unconventional compaction methods. Special attention was paid to the structural characterization at the micro- and nanoscale, as uniform nanoparticle dispersion in metal matrix is of prime importance. The aluminum nanocomposites displayed an ultrafine microstructure reinforced with alumina nanoparticles produced in situ or added ex situ. The physical, mechanical and functional characteristics of the materials produced were evaluated using different mechanical tests and micros...

  3. Influence of Alumina Addition on the Optical Property of Zirconia/Alumina Composite Dental Ceramics

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    JIANG Li; LIAO Yunmao; LI Wei; WAN Qianbing; ZHAO Yongqi

    2011-01-01

    The influence of various alumina additions on the optical property of zirconia/alumina composite ceramics was investigated.The relative sintered densities,transmittances,color and the microstructure of the composite ceramics were studied.The experimental results showed that the relative sintered densities and transmittances decreased with alumina addition.The lightness increased obviously but the chroma change was small.Pure zirconia nanopowders sintered densely could obtain the relatively high transmittance,while the transmittance and the lightness of slight addition changed significantly.The zirconia/alumina composite ceramics with alumina addition less than 7.5wt% could achieve the relatively stable and reliable optical properties.

  4. Fracture toughness of advanced alumina ceramics and alumina matrix composites used for cutting tool edges

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    M. Szutkowska

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: Specific characteristics in fracture toughness measurements of advanced alumina ceramics and alumina matrix composites with particular reference to α-Al2O3, Al2O3-ZrO2, Al2O3-ZrO2-TiC and Al2O3-Ti(C,N) has been presented.Design/methodology/approach: The present study reports fracture toughness obtained by means of the conventional method and direct measurements of the Vickers crack length (DCM method) of selected tool ceramics based on alumina: pure alumina, alumina-zirconia composit...

  5. Nano α-alumina powders from aluminium dross waste

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    The paper describes a solvo thermal chemical process to recycle aluminium dross waste into nano α-alumina powder. The process includes washing to remove the unwanted sodium follow by dissolving of this waste with dilute acid. The solvo thermal process then proceed with addition of propanol to crystallize the aluminium hydroxide. XRD analysis of this crystal shows that it belongs to Gibbs site (Al(OH)3). The crystals were then calcined at 1300 degree C where white powder was produced. Characteristic studies were then performed on this powder using XRD, SEM, EDX and particle size analysis showing that it has single α-alumina crystal phase with almost spherical shape. As the initial particle size is coarse and had a mean particle size of 3.80 μm, high speed wet milling was used and enable to reduce it to 0.49 μm. (Author)

  6. Kinetics of titanium and zirconium oxides dissolution in cryolite-alumina melt

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    Data on kinetics of dissolution of titanium and zirconium oxides in cryolite-alumina melt were obtained. Temperature dependences of dissolution rate of titanium and zirconium oxides in pure cryolite were studied as well. The apparent activation energy of dissolution process (Esub(p)), determined according to the slope of straigh lines in lg(V/ωsup(1/2))-1/T coordinates, equals consequently 115kJ/mol for TiO2 and 144.6 kJ/mol for ZrO2. The activation energy of alumina dissolution equals 88kJ/mol. Such difference means that the process of titanium and zirconium oxide dissolution in cryolite is rather impeded, as compared to alumina. This fact can be related with the formation of fluoride and oxyfluoride complexes, which transport from dissolution zone proceeds with considerable energetic difficulties, as compared to alumina dissolution

  7. Fabrication of aluminum–alumina metal matrix composites via cold gas dynamic spraying at low pressure followed by friction stir processing

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    Cold gas dynamic spraying at low pressure (1 MPa gage or 150 psig) was used to fabricate Al–Al2O3 metal matrix composite (MMC) coatings onto 6061 Al alloy. The powder contained Al powder admixed with −10 μm Al2O3 in fractions up to 90 wt.%. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Vickers microhardness testing, and image analysis were conducted to determine the microstructure, properties, and volume fraction of reinforcing particles in the coatings. The coatings were then friction-stir processed (FSP) at tool rotation speeds of 894 or 1723 RPM using a flat cylindrical tool. The Al2O3 content and hardness of the final MMC coatings increased with increasing fractions of Al2O3 particles in the feedstock powder, resulting in a maximum Al2O3 content of 48 wt.% and a hardness of 85 HV of the as-sprayed coating when 90 wt.% Al2O3 was used in the feed powder blend. After FSP, the hardness of the MMC increased to a maximum of 137 HV. The as-sprayed coatings contained Al2O3 particles that were segregated between the Al particles, and FSP was effective in dispersing these Al2O3 particles and decreasing their mean free path. It was suggested that this re-distribution and Al2O3 particle size refinement during FSP improved the hardness of the MMC coatings.

  8. Modeling the mechanical properties of optimally processed cordierite–mullite–alumina ceramic foams by X-ray computed tomography and finite element analysis

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    Bulk and cellular cordierite ceramics were prepared from a non-stoichiometric powder consisting of corundum, talc (triclinic), α-quartz, K-feldspar, kaolinite, mullite and a small amount of a glass phase. The optimal sintering processing route was evaluated to obtain good mechanical properties. A high flexural strength of 120 MPa and a Young’s modulus of 99 GPa were achieved. The ceramic foams were fabricated by impregnation of polymer preforms with the optimized stock suspension. The mechanical properties of ceramic foams were studied by impulse excitation and compression tests. The Gibson–Ashby model predicted the ceramic foam’s effective modulus and its elastic limit strength well, as measured experimentally. In addition, the actual three-dimensional (3-D) structure obtained from X-ray computed tomography (CT) coupled with the finite element method (FEM) was used to calculate the Young’s modulus and the elasticity limit of the ceramic foam; however, this did not produce aby better agreement between the calculated values and the experimental results. The discrepancy between the Gibson–Ashby model and FEM could probably be attributed to the accuracy and small volume of representative reconstructed 3-D cellular structure. Taking account of the effect of the internal hollow structure on the stress localization in the ceramic struts, the CT–FE modeling provides a good measure of the adaptability and predictability of actual ceramic foam structures for realistic damage modeling.

  9. Synthesis and structural evaluation of freeze-cast porous alumina

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    Souza, Douglas F., E-mail: souzadf@outlook.com [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Federal University of Minas Gerais — UFMG, Avenida Presidente Antônio Carlos, 6627, Campus UFMG, Belo Horizonte, MG CEP: 31270-901, Escola de Engenharia, bloco 2, sala 2230 (Brazil); Nunes, Eduardo H.M., E-mail: eduardohmn@gmail.com [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Federal University of Minas Gerais — UFMG, Avenida Presidente Antônio Carlos, 6627, Campus UFMG, Belo Horizonte, MG CEP: 31270-901, Escola de Engenharia, bloco 2, sala 2230 (Brazil); Pimenta, Daiana S.; Vasconcelos, Daniela C.L. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Federal University of Minas Gerais — UFMG, Avenida Presidente Antônio Carlos, 6627, Campus UFMG, Belo Horizonte, MG CEP: 31270-901, Escola de Engenharia, bloco 2, sala 2230 (Brazil); Nascimento, Jailton F.; Grava, Wilson [Petrobras/CENPES, Avenida Horácio Macedo 950, Cidade Universitária, Ilha do Fundão, Rio de Janeiro, RJ CEP:21941-915 (Brazil); Houmard, Manuel [Department of Materials Engineering and Civil Construction, Federal University of Minas Gerais — UFMG, Avenida Presidente Antônio Carlos, 6627, Campus UFMG, Belo Horizonte, MG CEP: 31270-901, Escola de Engenharia, bloco 1, sala 3304 (Brazil); Vasconcelos, Wander L., E-mail: wlv@demet.ufmg.br [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Federal University of Minas Gerais — UFMG, Avenida Presidente Antônio Carlos, 6627, Campus UFMG, Belo Horizonte, MG CEP: 31270-901, Escola de Engenharia, bloco 2, sala 2230 (Brazil)

    2014-10-15

    In this work we fabricated alumina samples by the freeze-casting technique using tert-butanol as the solvent. The prepared materials were examined by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microtomography. Next, they were coated with sol–gel silica films by dip-coating. Permeability tests were carried out in order to assess the permeation behavior of the materials processed in this study. We observed that the sintering time and alumina loading showed a remarkable effect on both the structural properties and flexural strength of the freeze-cast samples. Nitrogen adsorption tests revealed that the silica prepared in this study exhibited a microporous structure. It was observed that the presence of silica coatings on the alumina surface decreased the CO{sub 2} permeance by about one order of magnitude. Because of the similar kinetic diameters of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, the CO{sub 2}/N{sub 2} system showed a separation efficiency that was lower than that observed for the He/CO{sub 2} and He/N{sub 2} systems. We noticed that increasing the feed pressure improved the separation capacity of the obtained materials. - Highlights: • Porous alumina samples obtained by the freeze-casting technique • Microporous silica coating prepared by a simple sol–gel dip-coating methodology • Samples examined by SEM, μ-CT, and nitrogen sorption tests • Mechanical tests were carried out in the freeze-cast samples. • The presence of silica coatings on the alumina surface decreased the CO{sub 2} permeance.

  10. Fabrication of aluminum-alumina metal matrix composites via cold gas dynamic spraying at low pressure followed by friction stir processing

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    Hodder, K.J.; Izadi, H. [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, 7th Floor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Facility, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2V4 (Canada); McDonald, A.G. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, 4-9 Mechanical Engineering Building, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2G8 (Canada); Gerlich, A.P., E-mail: agerlich@uwaterloo.ca [Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1 (Canada)

    2012-10-30

    Cold gas dynamic spraying at low pressure (1 MPa gage or 150 psig) was used to fabricate Al-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} metal matrix composite (MMC) coatings onto 6061 Al alloy. The powder contained Al powder admixed with -10 {mu}m Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} in fractions up to 90 wt.%. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Vickers microhardness testing, and image analysis were conducted to determine the microstructure, properties, and volume fraction of reinforcing particles in the coatings. The coatings were then friction-stir processed (FSP) at tool rotation speeds of 894 or 1723 RPM using a flat cylindrical tool. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} content and hardness of the final MMC coatings increased with increasing fractions of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles in the feedstock powder, resulting in a maximum Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} content of 48 wt.% and a hardness of 85 HV of the as-sprayed coating when 90 wt.% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was used in the feed powder blend. After FSP, the hardness of the MMC increased to a maximum of 137 HV. The as-sprayed coatings contained Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles that were segregated between the Al particles, and FSP was effective in dispersing these Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles and decreasing their mean free path. It was suggested that this re-distribution and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particle size refinement during FSP improved the hardness of the MMC coatings.

  11. Contribution of aluminas and aluminosilicates to the formation of PCDD/Fs on fly ashes.

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    Potter, Phillip M; Dellinger, Barry; Lomnicki, Slawomir M

    2016-02-01

    Chlorinated aromatics undergo surface-mediated reactions with metal oxides to form Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals (EPFRs) which can further react to produce polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs). Previous work using laboratory-made fly ash surrogates composed of transition metal oxides deposited on silica powder has confirmed their ability to mimic fly ash in the production of PCDD/Fs. However, little is known about the propensity of aluminas and aluminosilicates, other components of fly ash, to form PCDD/Fs. A fly ash sample containing both alumina and mullite, an aluminosilicate, was tested for PCDD/F formation ability and compared to PCDD/F yields from the thermal degradation of 2-monochlorophenol (2-MCP) precursor over γ-alumina, α-alumina, and mullite. A packed-bed flow reactor was used to investigate the thermal degradation of 2-MCP over the various catalysts at 200-600 °C. Fly ash gave similar PCDD/F yields to surrogates made with similar transition metal content. γ-alumina, which is thermodynamically unfavorable, was very catalytically active and gave low PCDD/F yields despite a high destruction of 2-MCP. Mullite and α-alumina, the thermodynamically favorable form of alumina, yielded higher concentrations of dioxins and products with a higher degree of chlorine substitution than γ-alumina. The data suggest that certain aluminas and aluminosilicates, commonly found in fly ash, are active catalytic surfaces in the formation of PCDD/Fs in the post-flame cool zones of combustion systems and should be considered as additional catalytic surfaces active in the process. PMID:26615490

  12. Contribution to the study of porous or very finely divided alumina

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    An amorphous porous alumina having a large surface area can be made non-stoichiometric by a treatment at 500 - 700 deg C in a vacuum. The oxygen deficit after a treatment at 500 deg C, and the aluminium deficit after a treatment at 700 deg C, give rise to semiconductor properties successively of type n and of the type p. A crystallized δ-alumina in the form of non-porous spherical grains compressed at a pressure of 1 to 5 metric tons/cm2 is also non-stoichiometric with a deficit of oxygen or of aluminium. None of these phenomena could be observed with a sample which had not been compressed. The favorable influence of oxygen on the recrystallization process of amorphous alumina, and on the δ-α, transformation of crystallized alumina has been demonstrated. Furthermore, the strains produced by the compression of the δ-alumina make possible its transformation in air into a at a temperature lower than the temperature necessary to observe this phenomenon with non-compressed δ-alumina. Amorphous alumina undergoes an intergranular sintering at 500 deg C and an intergranular sintering at 1 000 deg C. Only the latter occurs in the case of spherical alumina grains. For these, the strains brought about by the compression cause a lowering of 100 deg C in the threshold sintering temperature, with respect to the temperature required to produce the phenomena in a non-compressed sample. The amount of sintering in a crystallized alumina pellet depends, as well, on the rate of rise of temperature. This study tends to show that new properties, or at least unusual solid-state properties, can be observed on disorganised solids or on solids which are crystallized but which have a large surface area and a certain amount of strain. (author)

  13. Pyroxene zonation trends in mafic nepheline syenite and ijolite, Diamond Jo quarry, Magnet Cove igneous alkalic complex, Arkansas

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    Flohr, M.J.K.; Ross, M.

    1985-01-01

    Compositions of pyroxenes from mafic nepheline syenite and ijolite from Magnet Cove (NS and IJ) define zoning trends that reflect changing conditions in the crystallizing magmas and are used to contrast Magnet Cove with other alkalic complexes. The Na-Mg-Fe/sup 2 +/+Mn plot is used to compare NS and IJ pyroxenes with pyroxenes from nepheline syenites from S. Qoroq Centre, Greenland, and the Coldwell Complex intrusions, Ontario. Trends from the three areas are similar, but differences exists. Zoning in individual NS grains is greater than ranges for individual intrusions from S. Qoroq. Also, NS pyroxenes with compositions more magnesisan than Mg/sub 50/Nag are more Al-rich than S. Qoroq and Coldwell pyroxenes, indicating crystallization from a more undersaturated magma. These NS pyroxenes also contain 2-3 times more Ti and Fe/sup 3 +/. Despite different concentrations of Al, Ti, and Fe/sup 3 +/, the general crystallization trends shown by all elements considered are similar in NS and S. Qoroq pyroxenes. Sparse biotite and the absence of amphibole in NS indicate an H/sub 2/O-poor parent magma compared with those of the Coldwell and S. Qoroq nepheline syenites, which contain these phases. Mg-rich biotites and pyroxenes in IJ indicate that it formed from a less evolved liquid than NS.

  14. Diffusion of Cr, Fe, and Ti ions from Ni-base alloy Inconel-718 into a transition alumina coating

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    Heat treating metals at high temperatures trigger diffusion processes which may lead to the formation of oxide layers. In this work the diffusion of Cr, Fe and Ti into an alumina coating applied to Inconel-718 is being investigated. Mass gain measurements, UV–vis spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy were applied in order to study the evolution of the diffusion process. It was found that mainly Cr as well as minor amounts of Fe and Ti are being incorporated into the alumina coating upon prolonged heat treatment at 700 °C. It could be shown that alumina coatings being void of Cr have the same oxidation related mass gain as uncoated samples. However, incorporation of Cr into the alumina coating decreased their mass gain below that of uncoated substrates forming a Cr oxide scale only. - Highlights: ► We investigated the diffusion of Cr into alumina coatings applied on IN-718. ► The ingress of Cr led to the formation of mixed alumina/chromium coatings. ► The mass gain of mixed alumina/chromium coatings was compared to uncoated IN-718. ► The mixed alumina/chromium coatings improved the oxidation resistance of IN-718.

  15. Electroless Fabrication of Cobalt Alloys Nanowires within Alumina Template

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    Nazila Dadvand; Kipouros, Georges J.

    2007-01-01

    A new method of nanowire fabrication based on electroless deposition process is described. The method is novel compared to the current electroless procedure used in making nanowires as it involves growing nanowires from the bottom up. The length of the nanowires was controlled at will simply by adjusting the deposition time. The nanowires were fabricated within the nanopores of an alumina template. It was accomplished by coating one side of the template by a thin layer of palladium in order t...

  16. Controlled growth of single nanowires within a supported alumina template

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    Vlad, A.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, M.; Faniel, S.;

    2006-01-01

    A simple technique for fabricating single nanowires with well-defined position is presented. The process implies the use of a silicon nitride mask for selective electrochemical growth of the nanowires in a porous alumina template. We show that this method allows the realization of complex nanowire...... patterns as well as arrays of single nanowires with a precise position and spacing. © IOP Publishing Ltd....

  17. Synthesis of ultrafine alumina powders using egg white as complexing medium

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    Synthesis of alumina powders through chemical methods has been attracting much attention of researchers in the past few years, due to the ability to produce powders in nanometric scale with high degree of purity. In this work, there were synthesized alumina powders through a chemical route, using egg white as a complexing medium and aluminium nitrate as the source of Al3+ cations. Egg white contains ovalbumin, a protein which acts effectively on the isolation of aluminium cations during the mixing process, enabling the formation of ultrafine alumina powders in a relatively economic and environmentally friendly way. The powders obtained by calcinations of the precursor resin were characterized by X-ray diffraction, specific surface area measurements, infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. It was observed that the egg white, present at the reaction medium, allowed obtaining transition alumina powders, with high degree of purity. (author)

  18. Alumina Templates on Silicon Wafers with Hexagonally or Tetragonally Ordered Nanopore Arrays via Soft Lithography

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    Due to the potential importance and usefulness, usage of highly ordered nanoporous anodized aluminum oxide can be broadened in industry, when highly ordered anodized aluminum oxide can be placed on a substrate with controlled thickness. Here we report a facile route to highly ordered nanoporous alumina with the thickness of hundreds-of-nanometer on a silicon wafer substrate. Hexagonally or tetragonally ordered nanoporous alumina could be prepared by way of thermal imprinting, dry etching, and anodization. Adoption of reusable polymer soft molds enabled the control of the thickness of the highly ordered porous alumina. It also increased reproducibility of imprinting process and reduced the expense for mold production and pattern generation. As nanoporous alumina templates are mechanically and thermally stable, we expect that the simple and cost effective fabrication through our method would be highly applicable in electronics industry

  19. Characterization and application of electrospun alumina nanofibers

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    2014-01-01

    Alumina nanofibers were prepared by a technique that combined the sol–gel and electrospinning methods. The solution to be electrospun was prepared by mixing aluminum isopropoxide (AIP) in ethanol, which was then refluxed in the presence of an acid catalyst and polyvinylpyrolidone (PVP) in ethanol. The characterization results showed that alumina nanofibers with diameters in the range of 102 to 378 nm were successfully prepared. On the basis of the results of the XRD and FT-IR, the alumina nanofibers calcined at 1,100°C were identified as comprising the α-alumina phase, and a series of phase transitions such as boehmite → γ-alumina → α-alumina were observed from 500°C to 1,200°C. The pore size of the obtained γ-alumina nanofibers is approximately 8 nm, and it means that they are mesoporous materials. The kinetic study demonstrated that MO adsorption on alumina nanofibers can be seen that the pseudo-second-order kinetic model fits better than the pseudo-first-order kinetic model. PMID:24467944

  20. MECHANISMS OF INITIAL SINTERING OF A FINE ALUMINA POWDER

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    S. Raman; Doremus, R.; R. German

    1986-01-01

    The mechanism of initial sintering of alumina was explored by electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The transformation of gamma to alpha alumina influenced sintering behavior. This transformation appears to involve plastic deformation in the alumina. Sintering of fine alpha alumina powder directly occurs with an activation energy close to that of grain boundary diffusion of oxygen.

  1. Zirconia toughened SiC whisker reinforced alumina composites small business innovation research

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    Loutfy, R. O.; Stuffle, K. L.; Withers, J. C.; Lee, C. T.

    1987-01-01

    The objective of this phase 1 project was to develop a ceramic composite with superior fracture toughness and high strength, based on combining two toughness inducing materials: zirconia for transformation toughening and SiC whiskers for reinforcement, in a controlled microstructure alumina matrix. The controlled matrix microstructure is obtained by controlling the nucleation frequency of the alumina gel with seeds (submicron alpha-alumina). The results demonstrate the technical feasibility of producing superior binary composites (Al2O3-ZrO2) and tertiary composites (Al2O3-ZrO2-SiC). Thirty-two composites were prepared, consolidated, and fracture toughness tested. Statistical analysis of the results showed that: (1) the SiC type is the key statistically significant factor for increased toughness; (2) sol-gel processing with a-alumina seed had a statistically significant effect on increasing toughness of the binary and tertiary composites compared to the corresponding mixed powder processing; and (3) ZrO2 content within the range investigated had a minor effect. Binary composites with an average critical fracture toughness of 6.6MPam sup 1/2, were obtained. Tertiary composites with critical fracture toughness in the range of 9.3 to 10.1 MPam sup 1/2 were obtained. Results indicate that these composites are superior to zirconia toughened alumina and SiC whisker reinforced alumina ceramic composites produced by conventional techniques with similar composition from published data.

  2. Technology Process of Extraction of Alumina from Coal-measures Kaoline by Sintering Method of Limestone%石灰烧结法从煤系高岭土提取氧化铝的研究

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    任根宽; 朱登磊

    2012-01-01

    采用高岭土为原料提取氧化铝,研究以萤石为助剂煅烧活化煤系高岭土和溶出提取氧化铝的条件,考察了煤系高岭土煅烧活化和溶出条件对煤系高岭土中氧化铝溶出率的影响.实验表明,煅烧活化条件为:石灰石与煤系高岭土质量比2.5、萤石用量1%、煅烧温度1260℃、烧成时间90 min;溶出的最佳工艺条件为:溶出温度85℃、溶出时间2.0h、Na2CO3质量分数9%、液固比3.5,在此条件下,粉煤灰中氧化铝的溶出率高达90.5%.%Using Kaolin as a raw material to extract alumina. The conditions of calcining activation of fly ash with fluonte as assistant and extracting alumina were studied, the effects of conditions of calcining activation and leaching on the leaching rate of alumina from fly ash were investigated. The experimental results show that the conditions of calcining activation were obtained as: dosage of fluorite 1%, mass ratio limestone to fly ash 2.5, calcination temperature 1260 ℃, calcination time 90 min; the best technological conditions of leaching were as follows: under liquid-to-solid ratio 3.5, alumina leaching efficiency of 90.5% was achieved when clinker was leached with 9% Na2CO3, at 85℃ for 2 h.

  3. Alumina forming iron base superalloy

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    Yamamoto, Yukinori; Muralidharan, Govindarajan; Brady, Michael P.

    2014-08-26

    An austenitic stainless steel alloy, consists essentially of, in weight percent 2.5 to 4 Al; 25 to 35 Ni; 12 to 19 Cr; at least 1, up to 4 total of at least one element selected from the group consisting of Nb and Ta; 0.5 to 3 Ti; less than 0.5 V; 0.1 to 1 of at least on element selected from the group consisting of Zr and Hf; 0.03 to 0.2 C; 0.005 to 0.1 B; and base Fe. The weight percent Fe is greater than the weight percent Ni. The alloy forms an external continuous scale including alumina, and contains coherent precipitates of .gamma.'-Ni.sub.3Al, and a stable essentially single phase FCC austenitic matrix microstructure. The austenitic matrix is essentially delta-ferrite-free and essentially BCC-phase-free.

  4. Alumina Thin Film Growth: Experiments and Modeling

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    Wallin, Erik

    2007-01-01

    The work presented in this thesis deals with experimental and theoretical studies related to the growth of crystalline alumina thin films. Alumina, Al2O3, is a polymorphic material utilized in a variety of applications, e.g., in the form of thin films. Many of the possibilities of alumina, and the problems associated with thin film synthesis of the material, are due to the existence of a range of different crystalline phases. Controlling the formation of the desired phase and the transformati...

  5. Characterization and application of electrospun alumina nanofibers

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    Kim, Jeon-Hee; Yoo, Seung-Joon; Kwak, Dong-Heui; Jung, Heung-Joe; KIM, Tae-Young; Park, Kyung-Hee; Lee, Jae-Wook

    2014-01-01

    Alumina nanofibers were prepared by a technique that combined the sol–gel and electrospinning methods. The solution to be electrospun was prepared by mixing aluminum isopropoxide (AIP) in ethanol, which was then refluxed in the presence of an acid catalyst and polyvinylpyrolidone (PVP) in ethanol. The characterization results showed that alumina nanofibers with diameters in the range of 102 to 378 nm were successfully prepared. On the basis of the results of the XRD and FT-IR, the alumina nan...

  6. Epitaxial growth of tungsten nanoparticles on alumina and spinel surfaces

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    Rodriguez-Suarez, T; Lopez-Esteban, S; Pecharroman, C; Esteban-Cubillo, A; Moya, J S [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), C/ Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz 3, 28049, Cantoblanco, Madrid (Spain); Diaz, L A; Torrecillas, R [Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Research Center (CINN), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones CientIficas (CSIC), C/ Francisco Pintado Fe 26, 33011, Oviedo, Asturias (Spain); Gremillard, L [Universite de Lyon, INSA-Lyon, MATEIS, UMR CNRS 5510, 20 avenue Albert Einstein, Villeurbanne F-69621 (France)], E-mail: jsmoya@icmm.csic.es

    2008-05-28

    Isolated tungsten nanoparticles ({alpha}-W and {beta}-W phase) were synthesized and epitaxially grown on alumina and spinel particle surfaces with an average tungsten size of {<=}20 nm for a low tungsten content (of {<=}1.5 vol%). Using tungsten (VI) ethoxide alcoholic solutions, tungsten trioxide hydrated precursors were attached to a ceramic grains surface as a nanoparticle coating. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) micrographs showed epitaxial interfaces between alumina, spinel and metallic tungsten. This epitaxial growth is assumed to be due to the effect of water vapour on the sublimation of ortho-tungstic acid during the reduction process in a hydrogen atmosphere. The planes involved in the epitaxy were found to be (22-bar 0){sub Al2O3} parallel (121){sub W} and (311){sub MgAl2O4} parallel (110){sub W}.

  7. Electrochemically grown metallic nanocomb structures on nanoporous alumina templates

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    Electrochemical growth of metallic nanocomb structures on anodized alumina templates is described. Nanocombs originate from the orderly growth and merger of very thin (d=15±5 nm) metallic nanowires which do not completely fill much larger pores (d∼100 nm) in the alumina template (t≤3 μm). Instead, the nanowires prefer growing along the inner corners of the hexagonal pores, coalescing into a highly ordered structure as they emerge, resulting a metallic form reminiscent of the topology of the original template. We disclose here the typical processing conditions and the microstructure of this previously unknown material as observed with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectroscopy. It is shown that Au nanocombs have an anomalous EDX spectra and can emit electrons at a field of ∼1 kV/cm.

  8. Short cycle brazing of an alumina dispersion strengthened copper alloy

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    An alumina dispersion strengthened copper alloy (with 0.07 wt, % alumina) has been proposed for several specialized applications in fusion reactors, such as the stabilizer in superconducting magnets and the structural material for divertors and limiters. In this research, brazed joints of the alumina dispersion strengthened copper alloy were developed using resistance heating brazing. The BCuP-3 brazing alloy was chosen based upon its low activation characteristics. Brazing was conducted using a GLEEBLE 1500 system with which time, temperature, and stress were precisely controlled. Butt-brazed joints with different brazing times were evaluated based on tensile and bending fatigue properties. Results from these tests reveal that the optimum braze time is approximately 1 minute at 8000C with a holding stress of 0.5 MPa. Metallography examinations were conducted on both the as brazed structure and the fracture surfaces. In the former, a transition layer (about 10 μm tick) was formed between the braze metal and the base alloy. Microhardness measurements across the braze did not show any hardening or softening effect due to the brazing process. Metallography of the fractured tensile and fatigue samples showed that cracks always penetrated through the interface between the transition layer and the braze metal. Semiquantitative energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analysis was also performed across the joint. Profiles of P and Ag showed that P diffused very quickly into base metal along grain boundaries. A strong Al peak (associated with the detection of Al2O3) was found that corresponded with the transition layer. The presence of the alumina particles in the transition zone restricts the grain growth process in this region, resulting in relatively fine grain size

  9. Comparative study on sintered alumina for ballistic shielding application; Estudo comparativo entre aluminas sinterizadas visando aplicacao em blindagem balistica

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    Melo, Francisco Cristovao Lourenco de; Goncalves, Diniz Pereira [Centro Tecnico Aeroespacial (CTA), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Aeronautica e Espaco

    1997-12-31

    This work presents a development of the armor made from special ceramic materials and kevlar. An experimental investigation was conducted to study the ballistic penetration resistance on three samples taken from sintered alumina: a commercial one and two formulations A and B made in IAE/CTA. The main differences between the two formulations was the grain size and bend resistance. The knowledge of the mechanisms during the penetration and perforation process allowed to apply a ductile composite laminate made form kevlar under the alumina to delay its rupture. The last ballistic test showed how a Weibull`s modulii and other mechanical properties are able to improve ballistic penetration resistance. (author) 3 refs.

  10. Thermal stability and microstructure of catalytic alumina composite support with lanthanum species

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    Ozawa, Masakuni; Nishio, Yoshitoyo

    2016-09-01

    Lanthanum (La) modified γ-alumina composite was examined for application toward thermostable catalytic support at elevated temperature. La added alumina was prepared through an aqueous process using lanthanum (III) nitrate and then characterized by surface area measurement, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analysis (DTA), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and surface desorption of CO2. It was found that the properties depended on the La content and heat treatment temperatures. The characterization of the surface, structural and chemical properties of La-Al2O3 showed the existence of a strong interaction between the La species and alumina via formation of new phase and modified surface in Al2O3 samples. LaAlO3 nanoparticle formed among alumina particles by the solid phase reaction of Al2O3 and La2O3. The increase of the surface basicity of La modified alumina was demonstrated using CO2 temperature programmed desorption experiments. The controlled surface interaction between La oxide and alumina provide the unique surface and structural properties of the resulting mixed oxides as catalysts and catalytic supports.

  11. Preparation and characterization of superhydrophobic surfaces based on hexamethyldisilazane-modified nanoporous alumina

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    Sanli Deniz

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Superhydrophobic nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (alumina surfaces were prepared using treatment with vapor-phase hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS. Nanoporous alumina substrates were first made using a two-step anodization process. Subsequently, a repeated modification procedure was employed for efficient incorporation of the terminal methyl groups of HMDS to the alumina surface. Morphology of the surfaces was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, showing hexagonally ordered circular nanopores with approximately 250 nm in diameter and 300 nm of interpore distances. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance analysis showed the presence of chemically bound methyl groups on the HMDS-modified nanoporous alumina surfaces. Wetting properties of these surfaces were characterized by measurements of the water contact angle which was found to reach 153.2 ± 2°. The contact angle values on HMDS-modified nanoporous alumina surfaces were found to be significantly larger than the average water contact angle of 82.9 ± 3° on smooth thin film alumina surfaces that underwent the same HMDS modification steps. The difference between the two cases was explained by the Cassie-Baxter theory of rough surface wetting.

  12. Burned Microporous Alumina-Graphite Brick

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    2008-01-01

    @@ 1 Scope This standard specifies the definition,classifica-tion,technical requirements,test methods,inspection rules,marking,packing,transportation and quality certificate of burned microporous alumina-graphite brick.

  13. Loss tangent measurements on unirradiated alumina

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    Zinkle, S.J.; Goulding, R.H. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1996-04-01

    Unirradiated room temperature loss tangent for sapphire and several commercial grades of polycrystalline alumina are complied for frequencies between 10{sup 5} and 4x10{sup 11} Hz. Sapphire exhibits significantly lower values for the loss tangent at frequencies up to 10{sup 11} Hz. The loss tangents of 3 different grades of Wesgo alumina (AL300, AL995, AL998) and 2 different grades of Coors alumina (AD94, AD995) have typical values near {approx}10{sup -4} at a frequency of 10{sup 8} Hz. On the other hand, the loss tangent of Vitox alumina exhibits a large loss peak tan d{approx} 5x10{sup -3} at this frequency.

  14. Reactivity of non-stoichiometric black alumina

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    Oxides such as alumina, when divided or poorly crystallized, show enhanced physico-chemical properties with respect to those of non-divided crystals of the same solids. A stoichiometric difference may even be produced in the alumina, which brings about a new modification of its properties. However its characteristics of hydrogen chemisorption or of catalytic activity in ethylene hydrogenation do not appear to depend on the stoichiometric difference. (author)

  15. Point defects in alumina studied by thermoluminescence

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    Papin, Eric; Grosseau, Philippe; Guilhot, Bernard; Benabdesselam, Mourad; Iacconi, Philibert

    1997-01-01

    Alpha alumina powders have been produced by thermal treatment under controlled atmosphere of highly pure gamma alumina. The influence of the atmosphere and the addition of dopants (Mg2+, Cr3+, Th4+) were studied by thermoluminescence (TL). TL is a technique which gives information about point defects. It allowed to reveal the presence of oxygen and aluminium vacancies. The sintering of undoped powders prepared under different atmosphere was investigated by dilatometry. Powders prepared under ...

  16. Dissolution of alumina in stainless steelmaking slags

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    Divakar, M.; Lahiri, A.K. [Indian Inst. of Science, Bangalore (India). Dept. of Metallurgy; Goernerup, M. [Uddeholm Technology AB (Sweden)

    2001-02-01

    Dissolution of alumina in stainless steelmaking slags was studied by conducting laboratory scale experiments on typical slags in the temperature range 1823-1923 K. The mechanism of dissolution was studied under the actual steelmaking conditions where several phenomena such as simultaneous reduction of chromium, iron and vanadium oxides by carbon, in-situ gas generated due to the reduction, foam/emulsion formation occur. The kinetics of alumina dissolution are studied under the influence of the above mentioned phenomena. (orig.)

  17. Monitoring Transport Across Modified Nanoporous Alumina Membranes

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    Steinle, Erich D.; Andrew L. Molder; Hardin, Jonathan L.; Ravikanth Kona; Penumetcha, Sai S.

    2007-01-01

    This paper describes the use of several characterization methods to examine alumina nanotubule membranes that have been modified with specific silanes. The function of these silanes is to alter the transport properties through the membrane by changing the local environment inside the alumina nanotube. The presence of alkyl groups, either long (C18) or short and branched (isopropyl) hydrocarbon chains, on these silanes significantly decreases the rate of transport of permeant molecules through...

  18. Silicide characterization at alumina-niobium interfaces

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    McKeown, JT; Radmilovic, Velimir R; Gronsky, R.; Glaeser, AM

    2011-01-01

    Alumina–niobium interfaces formed by liquidfilm-assisted joining with copper/niobium/copper interlayers exhibited microstructures that depend on the nature of the alumina components. Characterization of these interfaces in the transmission electron microscope provided insight on the relationship between interfacial microstructure and fracture performance. Interfaces between sapphire and niobium and those between high-purity (99.9%) polycrystalline alumina and niobium were free of secondary ph...

  19. Alumina Recovery from Kaolin with Mineral Impurities

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    SI Peng; QIAO Xiuchen; YU Jianguo

    2012-01-01

    The alumina recovery from low grade kaolin (K-JS) treated through thermal and mechanical methods was investigated.High grade kaolin (K-SX) was used as comparison.The optimum calcination temperatures for K-JS and K-SX were both 600 ℃,which resulted in 89.34wt% of alumina extraction from K-JS and 83.37wt% from K-SX.With the increase in calcination temperature,the chemical reactivity of calcined K-JS and K-SX to acid decreased.Mechanical treatment was much more effective in increasing the alumina extraction from activated kaolin.Around 99wt% of alumina was extracted from K-JS ground for 10 hours and 95wt% of alumina was extracted from K-SX ground for 20 hours.The IR results showed that the substitute of Al for Si occurred in calcined K-SX,however,the impurities in K-JS decreased this substitute.More alumina could be extracted from low grade kaolin than that from high grade kaolin under identical thermal or mechanical conditions.

  20. Nanostructural Engineering of Nanoporous Anodic Alumina for Biosensing Applications

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    Josep Ferré-Borrull

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Modifying the diameter of the pores in nanoporous anodic alumina opens new possibilities in the application of this material. In this work, we review the different nanoengineering methods by classifying them into two kinds: in situ and ex situ. Ex situ methods imply the interruption of the anodization process and the addition of intermediate steps, while in situ methods aim at realizing the in-depth pore modulation by continuous changes in the anodization conditions. Ex situ methods permit a greater versatility in the pore geometry, while in situ methods are simpler and adequate for repeated cycles. As an example of ex situ methods, we analyze the effect of changing drastically one of the anodization parameters (anodization voltage, electrolyte composition or concentration. We also introduce in situ methods to obtain distributed Bragg reflectors or rugate filters in nanoporous anodic alumina with cyclic anodization voltage or current. This nanopore engineering permits us to propose new applications in the field of biosensing: using the unique reflectance or photoluminescence properties of the material to obtain photonic barcodes, applying a gold-coated double-layer nanoporous alumina to design a self-referencing protein sensor or giving a proof-of-concept of the refractive index sensing capabilities of nanoporous rugate filters.

  1. Environmental Sustainability of the Alumina Industry in Western Europe

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    Valentina Dentoni

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The implementation of European policies on environmental protection is enforcing some substantial modifications in the processing methods and technologies traditionally adopted in the alumina industry and, in particular, in the management of the alumina residue produced. The article analyses the evolution of the alumina production and the residue disposal practices in Western Europe. Some critical aspects regarding the legal implementation of the EU Directive on the landfill of waste are highlighted and discussed. With reference to the requirements established for the landfill of non-hazardous waste, a key point is represented by the possibility of reducing the deposit protection measures if the collection and treatment of leachate is not necessary. The flexibility introduced by the Directive is not incorporated into the Italian law; this fact may represent a major issue in the prospect of disposal conversion from wet to dry methods for companies operating in Italy, as it may endanger the economic sustainability of the plants’ upgrade, as well as the opportunity to attract outside investments.

  2. Thermodynamics of selenium sorption on alumina and montmorillonite

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    Jean-Pierre Morel

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The effect of pH and temperature on the thermodynamics of selenium sorption on alumina and montmorillonite was investigated. The equilibrium constants were obtained from batch experiments carried out at 25 and 40°C, under acidic and near to neutral conditions. Microcalorimetry was used to measure directly the enthalpy change upon sorption. These data were analysed by taking into account the different reactions that occur during the sorption process (the acid–base equilibria in the bulk solution on the one hand and the complexation equilibria between surface sites of the solid and solution species on the other hand. This was done using a simple surface model which assumes that the thermodynamic properties of the aluminol surface sites of both alumina and montmorillonite are identical. Two of the considered reactions were found to predominate, one under acidic conditions and one at near neutral pH. The microcalorimetric data allowed to check that the temperature effect on selenium sorption on alumina and montmorillonite can be correctly predicted simply using the above assumption concerning the sorption sites and by applying van’t Hoff relation both to the homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions.

  3. Dispersions of pyrogenic alumina in pentylcyanobiphenyl studied by deuteron NMR

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    Yim, C. T.

    2009-09-01

    Dispersions of hydrophilic (Aeroxide Alu C) and hydrophobic (Aeroxide Alu C 805) pyrogenic alumina (Al2O3) in liquid crystal 4' -n-pentyl-4-cyanobiphenyl (5CB) were investigated with deuteron nuclear magnetic resonance. The disorder effects of Al2O3 particles on the orientational order of liquid-crystal media and on the field-induced director configuration were studied as a function of alumina density in samples prepared by zero-field cooling and in-field cooling procedures. The order parameters and their variation with alumina density suggest a stronger disordering effect from the nonpolar surface of Alu C 805 particles. For dispersions of hydrophobic Alu C 805 experiments involving in-field cooling from the isotropic phase indicate that the director of “disordered” domains can be aligned, though not perfectly, by the field-aided annealing process. But the same in-field cooling procedure has shown rather limited alignment effects for hydrophilic Alu C/5CB samples. The more robust network of hydrophilic gel possibly coupled with weak liquid-crystal-network interactions could be responsible for the observed behavior. Spectra recorded during in-field cooling and within the isotropic-nematic coexistence region reveal the augmentation of the disorder strength during the transition and illustrate the effect of field-aided annealing. The stability of the aligned states as revealed by deuteron NMR is described. The results are discussed in comparison with previous studies of aerosil dispersions in alkylcyanobiphenyl.

  4. Results of recent KROTOS FCI tests. Alumina vs. corium melts

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    Huhtiniemi, I.; Magallon, D.; Hohmann, H. [Commission of the European Communities, Ispra (Italy). Joint Research Center

    1998-01-01

    Recent results from KROTOS fuel-coolant interaction experiments are discussed. Five tests with alumina were performed under highly subcooled conditions, all of these tests resulted in spontaneous steam explosions. Additionally, four tests were performed at low subcooling to confirm, on one hand, the suppression of spontaneous steam explosions under such conditions and, on the other hand, that such a system is still triggerable using an external initiator. The other test parameters in these alumina tests included the melt superheat and the initial pressure. All the tests in the investigated superheat range (150 K - 750 K) produced a steam explosion and no evidence of the explosion suppression by the elevated initial pressure (in the limited range of 0.1 - 0.375 MPa) was observed in the alumina tests. The corium test series include a test with 3 kg of melt under both subcooled and near saturated conditions at ambient pressure. Two additional tests were performed with subcooled water; one test was performed at an elevated pressure of 0.2 MPa with 2.4 kg of melt and another test with 5.1 kg of melt at ambient pressure. None of these tests with corium produced a propagating energetic steam explosion. However, propagating low energy (about twice the energy of the trigger pulse) events were observed. All corium tests produced significantly higher water level swells during the mixing phase than the corresponding alumina tests. Present experimental evidence suggests that the water depletion in the mixing zone suppresses energetic steam explosions with corium melts at ambient pressure and in the present pour geometry. Processes that could produce such a difference in void generation are discussed. (author)

  5. Moisture-Induced Alumina Scale Spallation: The Hydrogen Factor

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    Smialek, James L.

    2010-01-01

    For some time the oxidation community has been concerned with interfacial spallation of protective alumina scales, not just upon immediate cool down, but as a time-delayed phenomenon. Moisture-induced delayed spallation (MIDS) and desktop spallation (DTS) of thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) refer to this process. It is most apparent for relatively adherent alumina scales that have survived initial cool down in a dry environment, have built up considerable thickness and strain energy, and have been somewhat damaged, such as by cyclic oxidation cracking. Indeed, a "sensitive zone" can be described that maximizes the observed effect as a function of all the relevant factors. Moisture has been postulated to serve as a source of interfacial hydrogen embrittlement. Hydrogen is derived from reaction with aluminum in the alloy at an exposed interface. The purpose of this monograph is to trace the close analogy of this phenomenon to other hydrogen-induced effects, such as embrittlement of aluminides and blistering of alloys and anodic alumina films. A formalized, top-down, logic-tree structure is presented as a guide to this discussion. A theoretical basis for interfacial weakening by hydrogen is first cited, as are demonstrations of hydrogen detection as a reaction product or interfacial species. Further support is provided by critical experiments that recreate the moisture effect, but by isolating hydrogen from other potential causative factors. These experiments include tests in H 2-containing atmospheres or cathodic hydrogen charging. Accordingly, they strongly indicate that interfacial hydrogen, derived from moisture, is the key chemical species accounting for delayed alumina scale spallation.

  6. Ion irradiation effect of alumina and its luminescence

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    Aoki, Yasushi; Yamamoto, Shunya; Naramoto, Hiroshi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takasaki, Gunma (Japan). Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment; My, N.T.

    1997-03-01

    The luminescence spectra of single crystalline alpha-alumina and ruby which has 0.02% of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} as a impurity, induced by 200 keV He{sup +} and Ar{sup +} irradiation were measured at room temperature as a function of irradiation dose. The analysis of the measured spectra showed the existence of three main luminescence features in the wavelength region of 250 to 350 nm, namely anionic color centers, F-center at 411 nm and F{sup +}-center at 330 nm and a band observed around 315 nm. As alpha-alumina was irradiated with He{sup +}, F-center and F{sup +}-center luminescence grew and decayed, but the behaviors of those were different from each other. It seems that a concentration quenching occurred on the F-center luminescence in the dose range above 1x10{sup 14} He/cm{sup 2}. Furthermore, F-center luminescence was strongly suppressed in ruby, compared with that in alumina. On the other hand, the luminescence band around 315 nm appeared only in the early stage of irradiation and did not show its growth part. The dose dependent behavior was similar to that of Cr{sup 3+} emission at 695 nm (R-line) in ruby in both cases of He{sup +} and Ar{sup +} irradiation. Based on the experimental results mentioned above, the processes of defect formation and excitation in alumina in the early stage of ion irradiation will be discussed. (author)

  7. A metallogenic survey of alkalic rocks of Mt. Somma-Vesuvius volcano

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    Paone, A.; Ayuso, R.A.; de Vivo, B.

    2001-01-01

    Somma-Vesuvius is an alkaline volcano whose products (pumice, scoria and lava) have alkaline (Na2O+K2O) contents between 6 and 16 wt%, Mg number <50, SiO2 59-47 wt% and MgO 0-7.8 wt% (more than 50% of the samples have a content <2 wt%). Immobile-element ratios (Th/Yb, Ta/Yb, Ce/Yb) indicate a shoshonitic character, while the K2O content (4-10 wt%) is characteristic of ultrapotassic rocks. The behavior of selected metals is discussed by grouping them on the basis of the stratigraphic sequence and differentiating the volcanic activity between plinian and interplinian (Rolandi et al., 1998; Ayuso et al., 1998). This allows observation of the variation within each formation from 25.000y. BP to the last historic eruptive cycle (1631-1944 AD). The main processes to explain the wide distribution of the data presented are fractional crystallization of a mantle-derived magma, magma mixing, and contamination with heterogeneous lower and/or upper crust. Variation diagrams distinguish different behavior for groups of metals: Ag (0.01-0.2 ppm), Mo (1-8.8 ppm), W (1.3-13 ppm), Pb (16-250 ppm), Sb (0.2-2.6 ppm), Sc (0.2-61 ppm), Li (15-140 ppm) and Be (1-31 ppm) increase with increasing differentiation and tend to correlate with the incompatible trace elements (Th, Hf, etc). Cu (10-380 ppm), Au (2-143 ppb), Co (0.7-35.1 ppm) and Fe (1.3-6.2 wt%) decrease towards advanced stage of differentiation. Iron also identifies three magmatic groups. The ratio Fe3+/Fe2+ ranges between 0.2 and 1.8, and Fe2O3/ (Fe2O3+FeO) ranges between 0.2 and 0.8, giving rise to an oxidized environment; exceptions are in the samples belonging to the interplinian formations: I, II, medieval and 1631-1994 AD. Fluorine ranges between 0.1 and 0.4 wt% for the complete Mt. Somma-Vesuvius activity, except for the Ottaviano and Avellino plinian (0.8 wt%) events. Chlorine has a wider range, from 0.1 wt% to 1.6 wt%. Mt Somma-Vesuvius has some features similar to those of mineralized alkaline magmatic systems which

  8. Optimisation of alumina - silicon carbide dispersions and the fabrication of nanocomposite ceramic materials

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    Ceramic nanocomposite materials have been reported to have good mechanical properties. However, close control of the fabrication process must be maintained in order to achieve good dispersion of the secondary phase within the matrix which is essential if these good properties are to be obtained. To date, only powder processing in organic media has been reported. The processing conditions of alumina-silicon carbide nanocomposites have been investigated. Processing was carried out in aqueous and organic media. Optimisation of dispersion involved measurement of the zeta potential of alumina and silicon carbide aqueous slurries, selection of organic mixing media as well as the type and quantity of dispersing agent. Dense materials were obtained by hot pressing of the optimised powders. Microstructural analysis and mechanical property assessment have been carried out. A strength improvement of 30% was achieved by the addition of 5 vol% SiC to alumina. (orig.)

  9. Effects of particle size and coating on decomposition of alumina-extracted residue from high-alumina fly ash.

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    Wang, Zehua; Ma, Shuhua; Tang, Zhenhua; Wang, Xiaohui; Zheng, Shili

    2016-05-01

    The effective removal of alkali in the alumina-extracted reside (AER) obtained by extracting alumina from high-alumina fly ash is the premise for realizing the utilization of the silicon component in the fly ash. Sodium was removed from the AER by a decomposition reaction. The effects of the particle size and reactant coating on the decomposition reaction of AER were studied, and the results showed that by decreasing the particle size, the decomposition reaction rate of AER could be enhanced obviously and the Na2O content of the products could be decreased effectively. In addition, the process and mechanism of the decomposition reaction of AER and the reaction kinetics were investigated. The results revealed that the decomposition reaction of AER started from the outer surface of the AER particles. The reaction kinetics corresponded with shrinking unreacted core models. Furthermore, the decomposition reaction rate of AER could be enhanced obviously by decreasing the particle size because the effect of product layer diffusion was weakened when the particle size of AER was decreased. PMID:26844406

  10. The structure-directed effect of Al-based metal–organic frameworks on fabrication of alumina by thermal treatment

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    Liu, Dandan, E-mail: liudandan_upc@126.com [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, Key Laboratory of Catalysis, China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580 (China); Dai, Fangna, E-mail: fndai@upc.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, Key Laboratory of Catalysis, China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580 (China); Collage of Science, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580 (China); Tang, Zhe, E-mail: tangzhe1983@163.com [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, Key Laboratory of Catalysis, China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580 (China); Liu, Yunqi, E-mail: liuyq@upc.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, Key Laboratory of Catalysis, China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580 (China); Liu, Chenguang, E-mail: cgliu@upc.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, Key Laboratory of Catalysis, China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580 (China)

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • We use Al-MOFs as precursor in the fabrication process of mesoporous alumina by thermal treatment. • The obtained mesoporous alumina has dual pore system and five-fold aluminum. • The aluminum building units in the precursor show structure-directed effect on the formation of alumina. - Abstract: In this work, the block-shaped Al-based metal–organic frameworks (Al-MOFs) MIL-53 have been synthesized by hydrothermal method. To detect the correlation between the structure of Al-MOFs and the formation of alumina, the ligands are eliminated by thermal treatment. MIL-53 and the calcination products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen adsorption–desorption and solid-state {sup 27}Al nuclear magnetic resonance ({sup 27}Al NMR). It was found that after calcination, the block-shaped Al-MOFs precursor turns into high-crystallinity mesoporous alumina nanosheets, and the thermal treatment product γ-alumina possesses a dual pore system and a large surface area (146 m{sup 2}/g), with five-fold aluminum. During the thermal treatment process, the structure of MIL-53 and its secondary building units have structure-directed effect in the formation of alumina.

  11. The structure-directed effect of Al-based metal–organic frameworks on fabrication of alumina by thermal treatment

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    Highlights: • We use Al-MOFs as precursor in the fabrication process of mesoporous alumina by thermal treatment. • The obtained mesoporous alumina has dual pore system and five-fold aluminum. • The aluminum building units in the precursor show structure-directed effect on the formation of alumina. - Abstract: In this work, the block-shaped Al-based metal–organic frameworks (Al-MOFs) MIL-53 have been synthesized by hydrothermal method. To detect the correlation between the structure of Al-MOFs and the formation of alumina, the ligands are eliminated by thermal treatment. MIL-53 and the calcination products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen adsorption–desorption and solid-state 27Al nuclear magnetic resonance (27Al NMR). It was found that after calcination, the block-shaped Al-MOFs precursor turns into high-crystallinity mesoporous alumina nanosheets, and the thermal treatment product γ-alumina possesses a dual pore system and a large surface area (146 m2/g), with five-fold aluminum. During the thermal treatment process, the structure of MIL-53 and its secondary building units have structure-directed effect in the formation of alumina

  12. Annealing Would Improve beta" - Alumina Solid Electrolyte

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    Williams, Roger; Homer, Margie; Ryan, Margaret; Cortez, Roger; Shields, Virgil; Kisor, Adam

    2003-01-01

    A pre-operational annealing process is under investigation as a potential means of preventing a sudden reduction of ionic conductivity in a Beta"-alumina solid electrolyte (BASE) during use. On the basis of tests, the sudden reduction of ionic conductivity, followed by a slow recovery, has been found to occur during testing of the solid electrolyte and electrode components of an alkali metal thermal-to-electric converter (AMTEC) cell. At this time, high-temperature tests of limited duration have indicated the superiority of the treated BASE, but reproducible tests over thousands of hours are necessary to confirm that microcracking has been eliminated. The ionic conductivity of the treated BASE is also measured to be higher than untreated BASE at 1,073 K in low-pressure sodium vapor. Microcracking resulting in loss of conductivity was not observed with treated BASE in one high-temperature experiment, but this result must be duplicated over very long testing times to be sure of the effect. Shorter annealing times (10 to 20 hours) were found to result in significantly less loss of mass; it may be necessary for the packed powder mixture to evolve some Na2O before the Na2O can leave the ceramic.

  13. Using lithium glass infiltration to enhance the properties of alumina bodies

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    Wilson Acchar

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The use of an infiltration process to improve the properties of sintered materials has been widely investigated. This work describes the research carried out in the manufacturing of lithium glass-infiltrated alumina. The infiltration material consisted of a mixture of elements such as Li2O, ZrO2, SiO2 Al2O3, CaO and La2O3. Alumina specimens were sintered in air at 1400 °C for 2 hours. A number of samples were then submitted to the infiltration process at 1400 °C for 15 minutes. Sintered and infiltrated specimens were characterized by X ray diffraction, apparent density, open porosity, flexural strengths and scanning electron microscopy. The results showed that the infiltration process considerably improves the properties of alumina bodies.

  14. Alumina Inlay Failure in Cemented Polyethylene-backed Total Hip Arthroplasty

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    Iwakiri, Kentaro; Iwaki, Hiroyoshi; Minoda, Yukihide; Ohashi, Hirotsugu; Takaoka, Kunio

    2008-01-01

    Alumina-on-alumina bearings for THA have markedly improved in mechanical properties through advances in technology; however, alumina fracture is still a concern. We retrospectively reviewed 77 patients (82 hips) with cemented alumina-on-alumina THAs to identify factors relating to alumina failure. The mean age of the patients at surgery was 63 years. The prostheses had a cemented polyethylene-backed acetabular component with an alumina inlay and a 28-mm alumina head. Revision surgery was perf...

  15. Monitoring Transport Across Modified Nanoporous Alumina Membranes

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    Erich D. Steinle

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the use of several characterization methods to examinealumina nanotubule membranes that have been modified with specific silanes. The functionof these silanes is to alter the transport properties through the membrane by changing thelocal environment inside the alumina nanotube. The presence of alkyl groups, either long(C18 or short and branched (isopropyl hydrocarbon chains, on these silanes significantlydecreases the rate of transport of permeant molecules through membranes containingalumina nanotubes as monitored via absorbance spectroscopy. The presence of an ionicsurfactant can alter the polarity of these modified nanotubes, which correlates to anincreased transport of ions. Fluorescent spectroscopy is also utilized to enhance thesensitivity of detecting these permeant molecules. Confirmation of the alkylsilaneattachment to the alumina membrane is achieved with traditional infrared spectroscopy,which can also examine the lifetime of the modified membrane. The physical parameters ofthese silane-modified porous alumina membranes are studied via scanning electronmicroscopy. The alumina nanotubes are not physically closed off or capped by the silanesthat are attached to the alumina surfaces.

  16. Superplastic properties of alumina-zirconia composites

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    Superplastic deformation of two alumina-zirconia composites batches: the first with tetragonal ZrO2 stabilised with 3 mol.% Y2O3 and the second with ZrO2 stabilised with 2 mol.% Y2O3 (containing alumina volume fraction 10 - 86%) was studied. Grain sizes of two constituents were about 0.18-0.37 μm in the batch 1 and 0.36-0.14 μm in the batch 2. The composites were studied as a function of stress (20-130 MPa) and temperature (1451-1623 K) in compressive and bending tests. The strain rate was analysed in function of alumina volume fraction. It appeared that, the bigger than predicted by the rule of mixture strain rate decrease in function of alumina volume fraction is caused by improved creep resistance due to zirconium and yttrium ions doping of alumina grains. In zirconia grains modified interface-controlled Coble creep and simultaneously the intragranular dislocations motions contribute to the accommodation of grain boundary sliding (which is now thought to be main mechanism of superplastic behaviour). (author)

  17. Physical and chemical studying of cryolite-, alumina containing wastes of aluminium industry

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    The purpose of present work is investigation of compositions and properties of cryolite-, alumina containing wastes of aluminium industry and determination of chemistry changes taking place during reprocessing process. After studying of above mentioned process authors became to conclusion that physical and chemical studying of cryolite-, alumina containing wastes of aluminium industry and products of their reprocessing by roentgen-phase and derivative-graphic methods showed that in the mud composition and dump screening of solid wastes Al2O3, Na3AlF6, C, Na2CO3, NaHCO3, NaF, SlO2 present

  18. Challenges and Strategies in the Synthesis of Mesoporous Alumina Powders and Hierarchical Alumina Monoliths

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    Anne Galarneau

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available A new rapid, very simple and one-step sol-gel strategy for the large-scale preparation of highly porous γ-Al2O3 is presented. The resulting mesoporous alumina materials feature high surface areas (400 m2 g−1, large pore volumes (0.8 mL g−1 and the ��-Al2O3 phase is obtained at low temperature (500 °C. The main advantages and drawbacks of different preparations of mesoporous alumina materials exhibiting high specific surface areas and large pore volumes such as surfactant-nanostructured alumina, sol-gel methods and hierarchically macro-/mesoporous alumina monoliths have been analyzed and compared. The most reproducible synthesis of mesoporous alumina are given. Evaporation-Induced Self-Assembly (EISA is the sole method to lead to nanostructured mesoporous alumina by direct templating, but it is a difficult method to scale-up. Alumina featuring macro- and mesoporosity in monolithic shape is a very promising material for in flow applications; an optimized synthesis is described.

  19. Mechanical properties of free standing porous anodic alumina films

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    Ignashev, E.; Shulgov, V.

    2012-01-01

    Free-standing films of anodic alumina obtained from the one-sided anodization of aluminum were studied. The flexural strength of free-standing porous anodic alumina films to the lateral bending, circular bending, and microhardness were studied.

  20. Kinetics of zirconium oxide reduction with aluminium in the cryolite-alumina melt

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    Studies on aluminothermal reduction of ZrO2 solutions in cryolite-alumina melt depending on the initial concnetration of ZrO2 in the electrolyte, alumina content, mole ratio NaF:AlF3 (cryolite ratio) and on the temperature are carried out. The coefficient of zirconium ion diffusion in the cryolite-alumina melt at 1273 K, which constitutes 4.186x10-9 m2/s, is calculated. Activation energy of the reduction process is 51.04 kJ/mol. It is shown that the rate of zirconium oxide reduction is determined by the process of zirconium ion delivery to the surface of the metallic phase

  1. A hybrid approach to the surface biofunctionalization of nanostructured porous alumina

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    Silvan, Miguel Manso; Ruiz, Josefa Predestinacion Garcia [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada y Departamento de Biologia Molecular, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Unidad Asociada GMNF (ICMM-CSIC), 28049 Madrid (Spain); Centro de Investigaciones Biomedicas en Red, Bioingenieria Biomateriales y Nanomedicina (CIBERbbn) (Spain); Gonzalez, Ruy Sanz [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Velez, Manuel Hernandez [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada y Departamento de Biologia Molecular, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Unidad Asociada GMNF (ICMM-CSIC), 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2010-02-15

    The application of nanostructured porous alumina templates as a solid support in biomedical assays requires a surface biofunctionalization process that has been addressed in this work by an hybrid aminopropyl-triethoxysilane/tetraisopropyl-orthotitanate (APTS/ TIPT) self assembled film. The nanostructured porous alumina templates are activated in a peroxide solution before immersion in the biofunctionalizing APTS/TIPT solution. The biofunctionalization process was followed up by UV-vis spectroscopy, which confirmed the modification of the dielectric structure of the alumina surface. The influence of the biofunctionalization step in an immunological assay was carried out by fluorescence microscopy. Results confirm the gain in activity after the immobilization of an FITC labelled mouse Igg. Specific biological recognition in a bovine serum albumin (BSA)-antiBSA assay is proved afterwards by shifts observed in the reflectance interferograms thus providing a fast biosensing transducer platform. (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. Manufacturing of high-strength aluminum/alumina composite by accumulative roll bonding

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    The ARB process used as a technique in this study provides an effective alternative method for manufacturing high-strength aluminum/alumina composites. The microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of the aluminum/15 vol.% alumina composite are reported. The composite shows an excellent alumina particle distribution in the matrix. It is found that by increasing the number of ARB cycles, not only does elongation increase in the composites produced but also the tensile strength of the Al/15 vol.% Al2O3 composite improves by 4 times compared to that of the annealed aluminum used as the original raw material. Fracture surfaces after tensile tests are observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to investigate the failure mode. Observations reveal that the failure mode in both ARB-processed composites and monolithic aluminum is of the shear ductile rupture type.

  3. Dynamical Mechanical Properties for AD90 Alumina

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    REN Hui-lan; NING Jian-guo; LI Ping

    2007-01-01

    The dynamic response of polycrystalline alumina was investigated in the pressure range of 0 -13 GPa by planar impact experiments.Velocity interferometer system for any reflector(VISAR) was used to obtain free surface velocity profile and determine the Hugoniot elastic limit,and manganin gauges were employed to obtain the stress-time histories and determine Hugoniot curve.Both the free surface particle velocity profiles and Hugoniot curves indicate the dispersion of the "plastic" wave for alumina.With the measured stress histories,the complete histories of strain,particle velocity,specific volume and specific internal energy are gained by using path line principle of Lagrange analysis.The dynamic mechanical behaviors for alumina under impact loading are analyzed,such as nonlinear characteristic,strain rate dependence,dispersion and declination of shock wave in the material.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of alumina precursor and alumina to be used as nano composite; Sintese e caracterizacao de precursores de alumina e alumina para uso em nanocompositos

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    Antunes, M.L.P., E-mail: malu@sorocaba.unesp.b [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP), Sorocaba, SP (Brazil); Santos, H. Souza [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IF/USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica; Santos, P. Souza [Universidade de Sao Paulo (EP/USP), SP (Brazil). Escola Politecnica

    2009-07-01

    With the evolution of nanomaterials technology, mainly in the 90s, it was possible to observe produced composites with alumina matrix and nanomaterial as reinforcing materials. It results in a significant improvement of mechanical proprieties of these composites. Thenceforth the study of synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials has attracted great scientific interest. In this perspective, the aim of this work is to present an experimental procedure to obtain nordstrandite (aluminum hydroxide) with nanometric dimensions. Nordstrandite synthesis, obtained by the reaction of slightly amalgamated aluminum foil with aqueous ethylene glycol, which allows the control of the size of crystal produced. This control could be confirmed by X-Ray Diffraction and Electron Microscopy. Thermal transformation study is also presented. This study allowed the identification of transition aluminas that have potential to produce nanometric aluminas. (author)

  5. Blocking of grain reorientation in self-doped alumina materials

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    Alumina nanoparticles 10-20 nm in diameter were nucleated on alumina particles, 150 nm average diameter, by a colloidal route followed by calcination. It is shown that after sintering, the final grain size is up to 20% smaller due to the addition of the alumina nanoparticles. Electron backscattered diffraction analysis shows that whereas a correlation in the relative crystalline orientations between neighbouring grains exists in the pure materials, the addition of alumina nanoparticles results in a random crystalline orientation.

  6. Silver as Anode in Cryolite—Alumina-Based Melts

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    Kucharik, M.; Chamelot, Pierre; Cassayre, Laurent; Taxil, Pierre

    2007-01-01

    The anodic behaviour of silver was investigated in cryolite—alumina-based melt. Silver has a lower melting point (ca. 960◦C) than the other metals considered as possible inert materials for aluminium electrolysis. The working temperature used in aluminium industry is approximately 960◦C, depending on the melt composition. Therefore, the stability of silver during the anodic process was tested at 870◦C in an acidic electrolyte consisting of 65.5 mass % Na3AlF6 + 22.9 mass % AlF3 + 5.7 mass ...

  7. Fabrication of a segmented composite stainless steel-alumina discharge tube for a theta-pinch coil

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    An 80-mm-diam segmented discharge tube that simulated in a simplified way the blanket and first wall of the Reference Theta-Pinch Reactor (RTPR) has been constructed. The segments were fabricated by plasma-arc spraying an alumina coating on tubular stainless steel trapezoids. These were laid up to form a cylinder that was contained in a fully dense alumina vacuum tube. The fabrication processes are discussed in detail

  8. 21 CFR 73.1010 - Alumina (dried aluminum hydroxide).

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Alumina (dried aluminum hydroxide). 73.1010... GENERAL LISTING OF COLOR ADDITIVES EXEMPT FROM CERTIFICATION Drugs § 73.1010 Alumina (dried aluminum hydroxide). (a) Identity. (1) The color additive alumina (dried aluminum hydroxide) is a white,...

  9. 40 CFR 721.10120 - Siloxane modified alumina nanoparticles (generic).

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Siloxane modified alumina... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10120 Siloxane modified alumina nanoparticles (generic). (a) Chemical... as siloxane modified alumina nanoparticles (PMN P-05-687) is subject to reporting under this...

  10. Método sol-gel modificado para obtenção de alumina nanoencapsulada com terras raras Sol-gel modified method for obtaining alpha-alumina nanocoated with rare earth

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    A. P. Maciel

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho, alfa-alumina foi nanoencapsulada com óxido de lantânio usando um método sol-gel modificado. Um precursor polímero de lantânio foi usado para encapsular a alfa-Al2O3, dispersa em água. A influência da nanocápsula de óxido de lantânio na sinterização e microestrutura da alfa-alumina foi investigada usando-se técnicas de microscopia eletrônica. A microscopia eletrônica de varredura dos grãos nanoencapsulados revelou que compostos de lantânio precipitam no contorno de grão da alfa-Al2O3. A microscopia eletrônica de alta resolução mostrou claramente a formação de uma camada de La2O3 na superfície da alumina. A camada de La2O3 modifica o processo de sinterização da alumina pura. Em temperaturas elevadas ocorrem mudanças significativas na morfologia e microestrutura da alfa-alumina. Verificou-se que a camada amorfa de La2O3 reage com a alumina, resultando em LaAlO3, aumentando a temperatura de sinterização. A fase La2Al24,4O39,6 foi observada no material sinterizado.alpha-alumina powder was nanocoated with lanthanum oxide by sol-gel like method. A lanthanum polymeric precursor was used to coat the alpha-Al2O3 dispersed in water. The influence of the lanthanum oxide nanocoating on the sintering and microstructure of alpha-alumina was investigated using electron microscopy techniques. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM of these nanocoated grains revealed that the lanthanum oxide precipitates on the grain boundary of the alpha-alumina, at high temperature. High-resolution electron microscopy (HREM observations clearly showed the formation of a La2O3 layer on the surface of the alpha-alumina. The La2O3 layer modified the sintering process of the pure alumina. At high temperatures significant modifications on the grain morphology and microstructure was observed. It was verified that an amorphous La2O3 layer reacts with the alpha-alumina grain, resulting in LaAlO3 and increasing the sintering temperature. The La2Al

  11. Study on vacuum brazing of high purity alumina for application in proton synchrotron

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    Highlights: • Study compares Mo–Mn metallization and active brazing routes for joining alumina. • Targeted application: UHV chamber of proton synchrotron. • Both kinds of joints were UHV compatible with helium leak rate <1.1 × 10−10 mbar l/s. • Active brazed joints met tensile and flexural strength design requirement (>50 MPa). • Active brazing is a simpler and economical route for joining high purity alumina. - Abstract: The paper describes an experimental study to evaluate two different vacuum brazing processes to obtain high purity alumina (99.7%) joints suitable for application in rapid cycle proton synchrotron. Two different brazing routes, adopted for making alumina–alumina brazed joints, included (i) multi-step Mo–Mn metallization, followed by brazing with BVAg-8 alloy and (ii) advanced single-step active brazing with CuSil-ABA® alloy. Both the brazing routes yielded helium leak tight and ultra-high vacuum (pressure < 10−9 mbar) compatible joints. Active-brazed specimens exhibited tensile and mean flexural strengths of 62 and 110 MPa, respectively. Metallized-brazed specimens, although associated with relatively lower tensile strength (35 MPa) than the targeted value (>50 MPa), displayed higher mean flexural strength of 149 MPa. The results of the study demonstrated that active brazing is a simple and cost effective alternative to conventional multi-step metallization route for producing quality joints of high purity alumina for application in rapid cycle proton synchrotron machine

  12. Fast femtosecond laser ablation for efficient cutting of sintered alumina substrates

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    Oosterbeek, Reece N.; Ward, Thomas; Ashforth, Simon; Bodley, Owen; Rodda, Andrew E.; Simpson, M. Cather

    2016-09-01

    Fast, accurate cutting of technical ceramics is a significant technological challenge because of these materials' typical high mechanical strength and thermal resistance. Femtosecond pulsed lasers offer significant promise for meeting this challenge. Femtosecond pulses can machine nearly any material with small kerf and little to no collateral damage to the surrounding material. The main drawback to femtosecond laser machining of ceramics is slow processing speed. In this work we report on the improvement of femtosecond laser cutting of sintered alumina substrates through optimisation of laser processing parameters. The femtosecond laser ablation thresholds for sintered alumina were measured using the diagonal scan method. Incubation effects were found to fit a defect accumulation model, with Fth,1=6.0 J/cm2 (±0.3) and Fth,∞=2.5 J/cm2 (±0.2). The focal length and depth, laser power, number of passes, and material translation speed were optimised for ablation speed and high quality. Optimal conditions of 500 mW power, 100 mm focal length, 2000 μm/s material translation speed, with 14 passes, produced complete cutting of the alumina substrate at an overall processing speed of 143 μm/s - more than 4 times faster than the maximum reported overall processing speed previously achieved by Wang et al. [1]. This process significantly increases processing speeds of alumina substrates, thereby reducing costs, making femtosecond laser machining a more viable option for industrial users.

  13. FUNCTIONALLY GRADED ALUMINA/MULLITE COATINGS FOR PROTECTION OF SILICON CARBIDE CERAMIC COMPONENTS FROM CORROSION; FINAL

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    The main objective of this research project was the formulation of processes that can be used to prepare compositionally graded alumina/mullite coatings for protection from corrosion of silicon carbide components (monolithic or composite) used or proposed to be used in coal utilization systems (e.g., combustion chamber liners, heat exchanger tubes, particulate removal filters, and turbine components) and other energy-related applications. Since alumina has excellent resistance to corrosion but coefficient than silicon carbide, the key idea of this project has been to develop graded coatings with composition varying smoothly along their thickness between an inner (base) layer of mullite in contact with the silicon carbide component and an outer layer of pure alumina, which would function as the actual protective coating of the component. (Mullite presents very good adhesion towards silicon carbide and has thermal expansion coefficient very close to that of the latter.)

  14. Micrometer size grains of hot isostatically pressed alumina and its characterization

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    A K Mallik; S Gangadharan; S Dutta; D Basu

    2010-08-01

    Alumina samples were prepared from two different particle size powders. Finer particle compacts when heated along with coarser particle compacts at same processing temperatures produce bigger grain microstructures due to higher grain growth. An unconventional method of etching by molten V2O5 was adopted to look at the microstructure for accuracy in reported data. On an average starting with finer particles give microstructure with a grain size of 5.5 m and starting with coarser particles, give microstructure with 2.2 m average grain size. The flexural strength is around 400 MPa for alumina samples prepared from finer powder in comparison with about 550 MPa for alumina samples prepared from coarser powder. The Vickers hardness in 5.5 m grain microstructure is around 20 GPa in comparison to about 18 GPa in microstructure with smaller grains of 2.2 m size.

  15. The influence of the deposition parameters on the porosity of thin alumina films on steel

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    DUSAN KICEVIC

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available The influence of the deposition parameters on the porosity of thin alumina films electrophoretically deposited on steel from aqueous suspensions was investigated. The effects of the applied voltage, deposition time, suspension temperature and the solid content of the aqueous suspension on the porosity of the obtained alumina films have been determined using optical microscopy coupled with image analysis. It was shown that the lowest film porosity was obtained from a suspension containing 20 wt.% alumina powder at the lowest applied voltage (30 V, for a longer deposition time (10 min using a suspension temperature of 30 ºC. This behavior can be explained by the smaller amount of hydrogen evolved on the cathode during the electrophoretic deposition process.

  16. FUNCTIONALLY GRADED ALUMINA/MULLITE COATINGS FOR PROTECTION OF SILICON CARBIDE CERAMIC COMPONENTS FROM CORROSION

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    Prof. Stratis V. Sotirchos

    2001-02-01

    The main objective of this research project was the formulation of processes that can be used to prepare compositionally graded alumina/mullite coatings for protection from corrosion of silicon carbide components (monolithic or composite) used or proposed to be used in coal utilization systems (e.g., combustion chamber liners, heat exchanger tubes, particulate removal filters, and turbine components) and other energy-related applications. Since alumina has excellent resistance to corrosion but coefficient than silicon carbide, the key idea of this project has been to develop graded coatings with composition varying smoothly along their thickness between an inner (base) layer of mullite in contact with the silicon carbide component and an outer layer of pure alumina, which would function as the actual protective coating of the component. (Mullite presents very good adhesion towards silicon carbide and has thermal expansion coefficient very close to that of the latter.)

  17. Minimum and Full Fluidization Velocity for Alumina Used in the Aluminum Smelter

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    Paulo Douglas S. de Vasconcelos

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Fluidization is an engineering unit operation that occurs when a fluid (liquid or gas ascends through a bed of particles, and these particles get a velocity of minimum fluidization enough to stay in suspension, but without carrying them in the ascending flow. As from this moment the powder behaves as liquid at boiling point, hence the term “fluidization”. This operation is widely used in the aluminum smelter processes, for gas dry scrubbing (mass transfer and in a modern plant for continuous alumina pot feeding (particles’ momentum transfer. The understanding of the alumina fluoride rheology is of vital importance in the design of fluidized beds for gas treatment and fluidized pipelines for pot feeding. This paper shows the results of the experimental and theoretical values of the minimum and full fluidization velocities for the alumina fluoride used to project the state of the art round non‐metallic air‐fluidized conveyor of multiples outlets.

  18. An electrochemical impedance study on cermet anodes in alumina-saturated molten cryolite

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    This paper reports on electrochemical impedance spectra of NiO-NiFe2O4-Cu cermet anodes in alumina-saturated molten cryolite at anodic potentials above the decomposition potential of alumina which exhibited a loop with a characteristic frequency of about 1 Hz. A similar feature was observed using platinum anodes under the same experimental conditions. Analysis of these data suggests the loop was due to gas bubbling. Features associated with charge-transfer processes were not sufficiently resolved to determine the corrosion properties of the cermet anode

  19. Numerical investigation on friction welding of alumina / AA 6063 T6 joints

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    Hynes, N. Rajesh Jesudoss; Velu, P. Shenbaga; Tharmaraj, R.; Kumar, R.

    2016-05-01

    Friction welding is the most suitable candidate for joining the dissimilar materials such as AA 6063 T6 alloy/Alumina for critical situations in high temperature and high corrosion resistance applications. In the present work, the numerical simulation was carried out to understand the mechanism of joining of AA 6063 T6 alloy/ Alumina rod by friction welding process. The developed thermo mechanical model is a highly nonlinear due to the interaction between the temperature fields and time dependent of the material properties. The developed numerical tool could be used to predict the temperature distribution, stress, strain and deformation of the dissimilar joints.

  20. Development of nanoparticles of alumina by sol-gel method using inorganic aluminum salts as precursors

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    Alumina nanoparticles were synthesized by homogeneous precipitation method from inorganic aluminum salt solutions using urea followed by calcination. The nanoparticles so produced were spherical and acicular with uniform particle size distribution. The process describes synthesis of aluminum hydroxide Al(OH)/sub 3 /and boehmite AIOOH, and their thermal decomposition into alumina (Al/sub 2/O/sub 3)/. The structural and morphological properties of the prepared aluminum hydroxide and Nan crystalline powders were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, differential thermal analysis and thermo gravimetric analysis. (author)

  1. Selective metallization of alumina by laser

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    Shrivastva, P.B.; Boose, C.A.; Kolster, B.H.; Harteveld, C.; Meinders, B.

    1991-01-01

    Nickel has been selectively deposited on an alumina substrate without any pretreatment from a flow of a nickel acetate solution using the focused beam of an excimer laser. Nickel spots as well as nickel lines were drawn and subsequently plated with an electroless Ni-B coating. Excellent adhesion of

  2. Adsorption of Nitrogen on Organized Mesoporous Alumina

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    Čejka, Jiří; Veselá, Lenka; Rathouský, Jiří; Zukal, Arnošt

    Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2002 - (Sayari, A.; Jaroniec, M.), s. 429-436 - ( Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis.. 141). [International Symposium on Nanoporous Materials /3./. Ottawa (CA), 12.06.2002-15.06.2002] R&D Projects: GA MŠk ME 404 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4040901 Keywords : alumina * nitrogen * adsorption Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  3. Method of making nanocrystalline alpha alumina

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    Siegel, Richard W.; Hahn, Horst; Eastman, Jeffrey A.

    1992-01-01

    Method of making selected phases of nanocrystalline ceramic materials. Various methods of controlling the production of nanocrystalline alpha alumina and titanium oxygen phases are described. Control of the gas atmosphere and use of particular oxidation treatments give rise to the ability to control the particular phases provided in the aluminum/oxygen and titanium/oxygen system.

  4. Mechanical properties of zirconia-toughened alumina

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    Bend samples of four compositions of zirconia-toughened alumina were heat treated at 10000C for 100 and 500 H and tested for strength and fracture toughness at room temperature. These results are compared with as-received properties, as well as stress rupture and stepped-temperature stress rupture data

  5. Dielectric Performance of High Purity HTCC Alumina at High Temperatures - A Comparison Study with Other Polycrystalline Alumina

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    Chen, Liang-Yu

    2012-01-01

    A very high purity (99.99+) high temperature co-fired ceramic (HTCC) alumina has recently become commercially available. The raw material of this HTCC alumina is very different from conventional HTCC alumina, and more importantly there is no glass additive in this co-fired material. Previously, selected HTCC and LTCC (low temperature co-fired ceramic) alumina materials were evaluated at high temperatures as dielectric and compared to a regularly sintered 96 polycrystalline alumina (96 Al2O3), where 96 alumina was used as the benchmark. A prototype packaging system based on regular 96 alumina with Au thick-film metallization successfully facilitated long term testing of high temperature silicon carbide (SiC) electronic devices for over 10,000 hours at 500C. In order to evaluate this new HTCC alumina for possible high temperature packaging applications, the dielectric properties of this HTCC alumina substrate were measured and compared with those of 96 alumina and a LTCC alumina from room temperature to 550C at frequencies of 120 Hz, 1 KHz, 10 KHz, 100 KHz, and 1 MHz. A parallel-plate capacitive device with dielectric of the HTCC alumina and precious metal electrodes were used for measurements of the dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the co-fired alumina material in the temperature and frequency ranges. The capacitance and AC parallel conductance of the capacitive device were directly measured by an AC impedance meter, and the dielectric constant and parallel AC conductivity of the dielectric were calculated from the capacitance and conductance measurement results. The temperature and frequency dependent dielectric constant, AC conductivity, and dissipation factor of the HTCC alumina substrate are presented and compared to those of 96 alumina. Other technical advantages of this new co-fired material for possible high packaging applications are also discussed.

  6. MECHANICAL BEHAVIOUR OF ALUMINA-ZIRCONIA COMPOSITE BY SLURRY METHOD

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    JYOTI PRAKASH

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Alumina has got some excellent properties like chemical inertness, thermal and mechanical strength against hazardous environment. Alumina is a good ceramic material which is being used for structuralapplications. To enhance the toughness and strength of the body some Zirconia is also used with it. The use of Zirconia in alumina is known as toughening of alumina. One difficulty arises, when alumina and alumina toughened composite are sintered , because the low sinterability of Alumina-Zirconia forced the compact to give very low density body. To overcome this problem alumina and alumina composites are made from slurry method which gives nearly theoretical density. The combined effect of alumina and Zirconia on the phase transformation and microstructure development of heat-treated Alumina-Zirconia composites has been studied. Slurry is prepared by adding water, dispersant, binder and anti-foaming agent. In the present study, Sintering schedule is optimized and kept constant for all samples. After sintering, mechanical behaviour of the composite has been studied.

  7. Effect of thermal residual stresses on the strength for both alumina/Ni/alumina and alumina/Ni/nickel alloy bimaterials

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    Hattali, Lamine; Stéphane, Valette; Ropital, Francois; Mesrati, Nadir; Tréheux, Daniel

    2009-01-01

    This paper describes some technical limitations encountered in joining ceramics-ceramics or ceramics-metals, and how, to some extent, they have been practically overcome. The effect of the residual stresses on the strength of joints fabricated between alumina-alumina or alumina and the nickel base alloy HAYNES 214TM using a solid-state bonding technique with Ni interlayer was studied. Finite element analyses (FEA) for the elastic-plastic and elastic-plastic-creep behavior have also been used ...

  8. SA对Al_2O_3粉体改性作用机制及注射成型工艺研究%Study on the Modification Mechanism of Stearic Acid to Alumina Powder and Process of Ceramic Injection Molding

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    陈倩; 雅菁; 周彩楼

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, the effect of adding molde of stearic acid on the injection molding process were studied, the modification mechanism of stearic acid to alumina powder as well as the influence of the performance of the feeding and injection were discussed. In addition, the defects of being easy to the introduction in injection molding products were sum- marized. The results showed that the surface of the alumina powder was firstly modified by stearic acid to reduce the aggre- gates and the compatibility, dispersibility, the uniformity of feedstock and injection property were improved by this process. The density and three-bending strength of the sintered samples were improved.%研究了硬脂酸(SA)的加入方式对注射成型工艺的影响,探讨了SA对氧化铝粉末改性作用机制、对喂料性能和注射性能的影响,并对注射成型工艺过程中容易引起的缺陷进行了分析.结果表明:用球磨法对陶瓷粉末进行表面改性处理,可改善陶瓷颗粒表面、有机黏结剂的相容性及分散性、喂料的均匀性和注射性能,有利于提高注射坯体质量、烧结体的密度和强度.

  9. Electroless Fabrication of Cobalt Alloys Nanowires within Alumina Template

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    Nazila Dadvand

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available A new method of nanowire fabrication based on electroless deposition process is described. The method is novel compared to the current electroless procedure used in making nanowires as it involves growing nanowires from the bottom up. The length of the nanowires was controlled at will simply by adjusting the deposition time. The nanowires were fabricated within the nanopores of an alumina template. It was accomplished by coating one side of the template by a thin layer of palladium in order to activate the electroless deposition within the nanopores from bottom up. However, prior to electroless deposition process, the template was pretreated with a suitable wetting agent in order to facilitate the penetration of the plating solution through the pores. As well, the electroless deposition process combined with oblique metal evaporation process within a prestructured silicon wafer was used in order to fabricate long nanowires along one side of the grooves within the wafer.

  10. Combustion chemical vapor deposition (CCVD) of LaPO4 monazite and beta-alumina on alumina fibers for ceramic matrix composites

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    This research used the low cost, open atmosphere combustion chemical vapor deposition (CCVDSM) method to efficiently deposit protective coatings onto alumina fibers (3M NextelTM610) for use in ceramic matrix composites (CMCs). La-monazite (LaPO4) and beta-alumina were the primary candidate debonding coating materials investigated. The coated fibers provide thermochemical stability, as well as desired debonding/sliding interface characteristics to the CMC. Dense and uniform La-phosphate coatings were obtained at deposition temperatures as low as 900-1000 C with minimal degradation of fibers. However, all of the β-alumina phases required high deposition temperatures and, thus, could not be applied onto the NextelTM610 alumina fibers. The fibers appeared to have complete and relatively uniform coatings around individual filaments when 420 and 1260 filament tows were coated via the CCVD process. Fibers up to 3 feet long were fed through the deposition flame in the laboratory of MicroCoating Technologies (MCT). TEM analyses performed at Wright-Patterson AFB on the CCVD coated fibers showed a 10-30 nm thick La-rich layer at the fiber/coating interface, and a layer of columnar monazite 0.1-1 μm thick covered with sooty carbon of <50 nm thick on the outside. A single strength test on CCVD coated fibers performed by 3M showed that the strength value fell in the higher end of data from other CVD coated samples. (orig.)

  11. Degradation of alumina and zirconia toughened alumina (ZTA) hip prostheses tested under microseparation conditions in a shock device

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    Uribe, Juliana; Gremillard, Laurent; Reynard, Bruno

    2013-01-01

    This paper considers the degradation of alumina and zirconia toughened alumina vs. alumina for hip implants. The materials are as assumed to be load bearing surfaces subjected to shocks in wet conditions. The load is a peak of force; 9 kN was applied over 15 ms at 2 Hz for 800,000 cycles. The volumetric wear and roughness are lower for ZTA than for alumina. The long ZTA ageing did not seem to have a direct influence on the roughness. The ageing increased the wear volumes of ZTA and it was found to have a higher wear resistance compared to alumina.

  12. Characterization of Glasses in One Type of Alumina Rich Fly Ash by Chemical Digestion Methods: Implications for Alumina Extraction

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    Lijun Zhao; Hanshuang Xiao; Baodong Wang; Qi Sun

    2016-01-01

    In recent years, one type of alumina rich fly ash (ARFA) with about 50 wt% of alumina has been extensively investigated for alumina extraction in China. Due to the silica in ARFA, alumina extraction would have to generate a huge amount of solid waste. There is a growing interest in the glasses in ARFA, because they are composed mainly of silica and could be removed prior to alumina extraction. In this work, the glasses in ARFA have been investigated by chemical methods, that is, acid and base...

  13. Electrochemical synthesis of hafnium diboride from cryolite-alumina melts containing hafnium and boron oxides

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    Electrochemical synthesis of hafnium diboride in cryolite-alumina melts containing boron and hafnium oxides is studied at 1000-1020 deg C. It is proved that the process is a single-stage one, which follows from thermodynamic evaluation of the practicability of the synthesis and volt-ampere studies. Protective coatings of hafnium diboride are prepared electrolytically on a nickel substrate

  14. 1.2. Substitution of sodium on sodium sulfate in alumina and cryolite production

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    One of the problems of wastes processing of aluminum production is utilization of sodium sulphate, obtained by crystallization of circulating solutions of gas purification and mixed salt Na2SO4·NaF obtaining at evaporation of these solutions. Therefore, the dry alkaline method of alumina production where instead of sodium used sodium sulfate was studied.

  15. Manganese-alumina-ceramic glass eliminates rigid controls necessary in bonding metals to ceramics

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    Hollar, E. L.

    1968-01-01

    Matrix of manganese-alumino-silicate glass simplifies the processes of metallizing alumina ceramics. Because the manganese in the glass is preoxidized to the 2 plus state by firing in nitrogen, the ceramic can be metallized in dry hydrogen. Lengthening the firing time permits a lower metallizing temperature.

  16. Properties of alumina films by atmospheric pressure metal-organic chemical vapour deposition

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    Haanappel, V.A.C.; Corbach, van H.D.; Fransen, T.; Gellings, P.J.

    1994-01-01

    Thin alumina films were deposited at low temperatures (290–420°C) on stainless steel, type AISI 304. The deposition process was carried out in nitrogen by metal-organic chemical vapour deposition using aluminum tri-sec-butoxide. The film properties including the protection of the underlying substrat

  17. Synthesis and reactivity of aluminium nitride obtained by action of ammonia on alumina

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    Aluminium nitride is a ceramic with potential nuclear applications because of its exceptional structural resistance to neutrons. To improve quality and reactivity a new preparation process by reaction between ammonia and alumina is presented. The aluminium nitride thus obtained, white colored, is pure and its reactivity gives an useful product for a lot of synthesis in the area of nitrided ceramics and glasses

  18. Synthesis and reactivity of aluminium nitride obtained by action of ammonia on alumina

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    Rocherulle, J.; Guyader, J.; Verdier, P.; Laurent, Y.

    1985-01-01

    Aluminium nitride is a ceramic with potential nuclear applications because of its exceptional structural resistance to neutrons. To improve quality and reactivity a new preparation process by reaction between ammonia and alumina is presented. The aluminium nitride thus obtained, white colored, is pure and its reactivity gives an useful product for a lot of synthesis in the area of nitrided ceramics and glasses.

  19. Graphene coated with alumina and its utilization as a thermal conductivity enhancer for alumina sphere/thermoplastic polyurethane composite

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    Graphene was oxidized with H2O2 to introduce additional anchoring sites for effective alumina coating on graphene by the sol–gel method. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies showed that the oxygen-containing groups such as hydroxyl group useful for coating were introduced by the oxidation. The transmission electron microscopy images and thermogravimetric analysis data demonstrated that the additional anchoring sites enhanced the efficiency of the alumina coating. A small amount of alumina-coated graphene synergistically improved the thermal conductivity of the alumina sphere/thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) composite without any increase in the electrical conductivity, because the electrical conductivity of graphene effectively decreased by the alumina coating. Moreover, the synergistic effect of a small amount of graphene was enhanced by the alumina coating, and the stiffening of the alumina sphere/TPU composite due to the added graphene was alleviated by the alumina coating. - Highlights: • Oxidation of graphene with H2O2 introduced anchoring sites for alumina coating. • The anchoring sites improved the efficiency of alumina coating on graphene. • The alumina-coated graphene synergistically enhanced the thermal conductivity

  20. Glucocorticoid activity and metabolism with NaCl-induced low-grade metabolic acidosis and oral alkalization: results of two randomized controlled trials.

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    Buehlmeier, Judith; Remer, Thomas; Frings-Meuthen, Petra; Maser-Gluth, Christiane; Heer, Martina

    2016-04-01

    Low-grade metabolic acidosis (LGMA), as induced by high dietary acid load or sodium chloride (NaCl) intake, has been shown to increase bone and protein catabolism. Underlying mechanisms are not fully understood, but from clinical metabolic acidosis interactions of acid-base balance with glucocorticoid (GC) metabolism are known. We aimed to investigate GC activity/metabolism under alkaline supplementation and NaCl-induced LGMA. Eight young, healthy, normal-weight men participated in two crossover designed interventional studies. In Study A, two 10-day high NaCl diet (32 g/d) periods were conducted, one supplemented with 90 mmol KHCO3/day. In Study B, participants received a high and a low NaCl diet (31 vs. 3 g/day), each for 14 days. During low NaCl, the diet was moderately acidified by replacement of a bicarbonate-rich mineral water (consumed during high NaCl) with a non-alkalizing drinking water. In repeatedly collected 24-h urine samples, potentially bioactive-free GCs (urinary-free cortisol + free cortisone) were analyzed, as well as tetrahydrocortisol (THF), 5α-THF, and tetrahydrocortisone (THE). With supplementation of 90 mmol KHCO3, the marker of total adrenal GC secretion (THF + 5α-THF + THE) dropped (p = 0.047) and potentially bioactive-free GCs were reduced (p = 0.003). In Study B, however, GC secretion and potentially bioactive-free GCs did not exhibit the expected fall with NaCl-reduction as net acid excretion was raised by 30 mEq/d. Diet-induced acidification/alkalization affects GC activity and metabolism, which in case of long-term ingestion of habitually acidifying western diets may constitute an independent risk factor for bone degradation and cardiometabolic diseases. PMID:26349936

  1. Catalytic performances of kaoline and silica alumina in the thermal degradation of polypropylene

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    Achyut K Panda; R K Singh

    2011-01-01

    Polypropylene was cracked thermally and catalytically in the presence of kaoline and silica alumina in a semi batch reactor in the temperature range 400 ℃ ~ 550 ℃ in order to obtain suitable liquid fuels. The dependencies between process temperatures, types of catalyst, feed compositions and product yields of the obtained fuel fractions were found. It was observed that up to 450 ℃ thermal cracking temperature, the major product of pyrolysis was liquid oil and the major product at other higher temperatures (475 ℃ ~550 ℃2 ) are viscous liquid or wax and the highest yield of pyrolysis product is 82.85% by weight at 500 ℃. Use of kaoline and silica alumina decreased the reaction time and increased the yield of liquid fraction. Again the major pyrolysis product in catalytic pyrolysis at all temperatures was low viscous liquid oil. Silica alumina was found better as compared to kaoline in liquid yield and in reducing the reaction temperature. The maximum oil yield using silica alumina and kaoline catalyst are 91% and 89.5% respectively. On the basis of the obtained results hypothetical continuous process of waste polypropylene plastics processing for engine fuel production can be presented.

  2. Fabrication of zirconia toughened alumina ceramics by different sintering methods

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    A zirconia/alumina composition of 15 wt% ZrO2/85 wt% Al2O3 was fabricated from a powder mixture by uni-axial and cold isostatic pressing (CIPing). The uni-axially pressed powder compacts were hot pressed at 1600 deg C in a graphite die in a dynamic nitrogen atmosphere. The CIPed pellets were sintered in air at 1600 deg C. Some of these pellets were hot isostatically pressed (HIPed) in a graphite furnace in an argon atmosphere at 100 MPa at 1500 deg C and 1600 deg C. The green CIPed pellets were sintered and HIPed (sinter/HIPed) in the same cycle by sintering at 1600 deg C followed by HIPing at the same temperature. The sinter + HIPed (1500 deg C) pellet had the highest relative density (>99%) with an open porosity of almost zero. It also had the lowest closed porosity. All the pellets had a relative density of > 98%, but the sintered pellets had the highest total porosity. The microstructure of the pellets examined by scanning electron microscopy confirmed these observations and also showed the zirconia phase was evenly distributed. The X-ray diffraction analysis showed the pellets to contain tetragonal and monoclinic zirconia except for the sinter/HIPed pellet which contained monoclinic zirconia. The different sintering methods have given a greater understanding for microsturctural control and processing of zirconia toughened alumina. 9 refs., 2 tabs., 5 figs

  3. Inelastic neutron scattering studies of methyl chloride synthesis over alumina.

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    Lennon, David; Parker, Stewart F

    2014-04-15

    Not only is alumina the most widely used catalyst support material in the world, it is also an important catalyst in its own right. One major chemical process that uses alumina in this respect is the industrial production of methyl chloride. This is a large scale process (650,000 metric tons in 2010 in the United States), and a key feedstock in the production of silicones that are widely used as household sealants. In this Account, we show how, in partnership with conventional spectroscopic and reaction testing methods, inelastic neutron scattering (INS) spectroscopy can provide additional insight into the active sites present on the catalyst, as well as the intermediates present on the catalyst surface. INS spectroscopy is a form of vibrational spectroscopy, where the spectral features are dominated by modes involving hydrogen. Because of this, most materials including alumina are largely transparent to neutrons. Advantageously, in this technique, the entire "mid-infrared", 0-4000 cm(-1), range is accessible; there is no cut-off at ~1400 cm(-1) as in infrared spectroscopy. It is also straightforward to distinguish fundamental modes from overtones and combinations. A key parameter in the catalyst's activity is the surface acidity. In infrared spectroscopy of adsorbed pyridine, the shifts in the ring stretching modes are dependent on the strength of the acid site. However, there is a very limited spectral range available. We discuss how we can observe the low energy ring deformation modes of adsorbed pyridine by INS spectroscopy. These modes can undergo shifts that are as large as those seen with infrared inspectroscopy, potentially enabling finer discrimination between acid sites. Surface hydroxyls play a key role in alumina catalysis, but in infrared spectroscopy, the presence of electrical anharmonicity complicates the interpretation of the O-H stretch region. In addition, the deformations lie below the infrared cut-off. Both of these limitations are irrelevant

  4. High-pressure phases of alumina

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    Lyle, Matthew; Pickard, Chris; Needs, Richard

    2014-03-01

    Alumina (Al2O3) has been widely used as a pressure standard in static diamond anvil cell experiments and is a major chemical component of the Earth. So a detailed knowledge of its high-pressure stability is of great importance in both materials science and deep Earth science. A phase transition is known to occur at roughly 80-100 GPa between corundum and the Rh2O3 (II) structure. A second phase transition to the CaIrO3 structure occurs at even higher pressures. Here we present a computational structure search to reveal three additional structures which are competitive at these pressures but hitherto unknown to be stable in high-pressure alumina.

  5. Li + ion diffusion in nanoscale alumina coatings

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    Johannes, Michelle; Bernstein, Noam

    Nanoscale coatings of alumina are used to stabilize surfaces for a variety of technologies. Diffusion of ions through these coatings is of primary importance: in some cases, diffusion is unwanted (e.g. corrosion) and in others (e.g. electrode materials), it is necessary. In this work DFT and AIMD calculations are used to investigate Li+ ion diffusion through a nano-layer of alumina, examining the phase (alpha, gamma, and amorphous), ion concentration, and electron count dependence. We look at the role of the surface itself in promoting diffusion. One of our main findings is that as the number of ions or charge increases, the diffusivity rises. We show how our data can explain electrochemical data from coated LiCoO2 cathodes and may point toward better and more efficient coatings for stabilizing electrodes.

  6. Slip casting alumina with Na-CMC

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    Ruys, A.J.; Sorrell, C.C. [Univ. of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales (Australia)

    1996-11-01

    Many forming methods are in common use for engineering ceramics. Of these, slip casting is an ideal forming method because of its low cost, simplicity and flexibility, potential for uniform particle packing and suitability to the production of articles of intricate shape. Slip casting nonclay materials, such as alumina, requires the use of both a deflocculant and a binder. There are many commercially available deflocculants and binders that can be tested in alumina casting slips. However, determination of a suitable deflocculant/binder combination and quantification of the optimal additions of the deflocculant/binder pair can be time consuming. Certain deflocculants are capable of acting as binders. One such additive is sodium carboxymethylcellulose (Na-cmc), a cellulose ether. Na-cmc is a powerful binder. It is a member of the carbohydrate binder group--the binder group with the strongest binding power. It is capable of acting as a deflocculant in glazes and nonclay casting slips.

  7. Mesoscale Modelling of the Response of Aluminas

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    The response of polycrystalline alumina to shock is not well addressed. There are several operating mechanisms that only hypothesized which results in models which are empirical. A similar state of affairs in reactive flow modelling led to the development of mesoscale representations of the flow to illuminate operating mechanisms. In this spirit, a similar effort is undergone for a polycrystalline alumina. Simulations are conducted to observe operating mechanisms at the micron scale. A method is then developed to extend the simulations to meet response at the continuum level where measurements are made. The approach is validated by comparison with continuum experiments. The method and results are presented, and some of the operating mechanisms are illuminated by the observed response

  8. Phototransferred thermoluminescence and exoemission in alpha alumina

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    Iacconi, P.; Lapraz, D.; Alessandri-Fraccaro, M.F.; Addi, D. (Univ. de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France). Lab. d' Emission Electronique et de Luminescence)

    1990-01-01

    {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, irradiated by ionising radiation and submitted to UV illumination, presents a phototransfer phenomenon that is characterised by thermoluminescence (TL) and by thermostimulated exoelectronic emission (TSEE). The TL and the TSEE glow curves of {alpha}-alumina from -196 to 700{sup 0}C are compared, to parallel one phototransfer observation with another and to draw various conclusions concerning the stability of the traps involved in dosimetric applications. (author).

  9. Selective metallization of alumina by laser

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    Shrivastva, P.B.; Boose, C.A.; Kolster, B.H.; Harteveld, C; Meinders, B.

    1991-01-01

    Nickel has been selectively deposited on an alumina substrate without any pretreatment from a flow of a nickel acetate solution using the focused beam of an excimer laser. Nickel spots as well as nickel lines were drawn and subsequently plated with an electroless Ni-B coating. Excellent adhesion of the metallized layers was achieved, since with laser irradiation, both etching and deposition took place simultaneously.

  10. Tribological behaviour of anodised alumina nanohoneycombs

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    Wang, Shuo; 王硕

    2012-01-01

    Anodic alumina nanohoneycombs (AAO) have been widely used because of its convenient fabrication and controllable pores’ geometry. A lot of investigations have been conducted to study its physical and chemical properties. However, the mechanical properties, especially tribological properties, of such a popular nanomaterial still remain almost unknown. In this project, a series of scratch experiments were conducted on AAO films fabricated by a two-step anodisation method. The testing system...

  11. Hydration of alumina cement containing ferrotitanium slag with polycarboxylate-ethers (PCE) additives

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    Rechkalov, Denis; Chernogorlov, Sergey; Abyzov, Victor

    2016-01-01

    The paper is discussing results of study of alumina binder containing aluminous cement and ferrotitanium slag from aluminothermic process by Kliuchevskoi Ferroalloys corp. with various additives containing polycarboxylate-ethers (PCE). Selecting ferrotitanium slag as additive is based on the fact that its content of alumina and phase composition is closest to the alumina cement. The composition of the ferrotitanium slag is displayed. In order to compensate the decrease in strength caused by addition of ferrotitanium slag having low activity, PCE additives were added. As PCE additives were used Melflux 1641F, Melflux 2651F and Melflux PP200F by BASF. The effect of additives on the hydration of the binder, depending on the amount and time of additives hardening is shown. The composition of the hydration products in the cement was studied by physico-chemical analysis: derivatography and X-ray analysis. It is found that in the early stages of hardening PCE additives have inhibitory effect on hydration processes and promote new phase amorphization. The optimal content of additives was investigated. The basic properties of the binders have been tested. It was observed that the modified binders meet the requirements of Russian National State Standard GOST 969 to the alumina cement.

  12. Fabrication of Nonsintered Alumina-Resin Hybrid Films by Inkjet-Printing Technology

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    Jang, Hun Woo; Kim, Jihoon; Kim, Hyo-tae; Yoon, Youngjoon; Lee, Sung-nam; Hwang, Haejin; Kim, Jonghee

    2010-07-01

    We used the inkjet printing to fabricate alumina-resin hybrid films without a high temperature sintering process. Single- and co-solvent ink systems showing different evaporation behaviors were formulated in order to understand their impacts on the inkjet-printing of the alumina dots, lines, and films. The packing densities of the inkjet-printed alumina films from both ink systems were around 60% which is higher than the value obtained by other conventional methods. Since the high temperature sintering process was avoided, the polymer-resin was infiltrated through the inkjet-printed alumina films by the same inkjet printing as a binder. The microstructures of these hybrid films were investigated in order to confirm if the microvoids in the films were filled with the resin. The dielectric properties of these hybrid films such as relative permittivity and Q-value were measured in order to assess if these hybrid materials is applicable to three-dimensional (3D) system integration as ceramic package substrates.

  13. Gamma radiation effects in capacitance of alpha alumina doped with rare earths

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    This paper presents the study of the gamma radiation influence on the dielectric properties of alpha-alumina doped with rare earths. The work deals with the possibility of determine the absorbed dose by capacitance measurements of the material. The samples were synthesized by sol–gel processes and Pechini, and best dopant concentration value was determined based on data from samples that supplied better behavior for luminescence dosimetry. A decrease in capacitance values with increasing radiation doses was experimentally verified. Ionization process produced excited charges carries, which are trapped in metastable states, which can change the characteristics of the dielectric alpha-alumina sample. - Highligths: ► We study the effect of gamma radiation on dieletric propertier in rare earths doped alumina. ► Increasing gamma radiation dose decreases the capacitance of all samples. ► We have discussed a model for reduction of capacitance with dose. ► We propose the use of the capacitance measurement on alumina samples for determining absorbed gamma radiation

  14. Experimental and theoretical investigation of the drilling of alumina ceramic using Nd:YAG pulsed laser

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    Hanon, M. M.; Akman, E.; Genc Oztoprak, B.; Gunes, M.; Taha, Z. A.; Hajim, K. I.; Kacar, E.; Gundogdu, O.; Demir, A.

    2012-06-01

    Alumina ceramics have found wide range of applications from semiconductors, communication technologies, medical devices, automotive to aerospace industries. Processing of alumina ceramics is rather difficult due to its high degree of brittleness, hardness, low thermal diffusivity and conductivity. Rapid improvements in laser technologies in recent years make the laser among the most convenient processing tools for difficult-to-machine materials such as hardened metals, ceramics and composites. This is particularly evident as lasers have become an inexpensive and controllable alternative to conventional hole drilling methods. This paper reports theoretical and experimental results of drilling the alumina ceramic with thicknesses of 5 mm and 10.5 mm using milisecond pulsed Nd:YAG laser. Effects of the laser peak power, pulse duration, repetition rate and focal plane position have been determined using optical and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) images taken from cross-sections of the drilled alumina ceramic samples. In addition to dimensional analysis of the samples, microstructural investigations have also been examined. It has been observed that, the depth of the crater can be controlled as a function of the peak power and the pulse duration for a single laser pulse application without any defect. Crater depth can be increased by increasing the number of laser pulses with some defects. In addition to experimental work, conditions have been simulated using ANYS FLUENT package providing results, which are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  15. Separation of tungsten and rhenium on alumina

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    MILOVAN SM. STOILJKOVIC

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available The conditions for the efficient separation of tungsten(VI and rhenium (VII on alumina were established. The distribution coefficients Kd for tungstate and perrhenate anions, as well as the separation factors a (a = KdWO42-/Kd ReO4- were determined using hydrochloric or nitric acid as the aqueous media. A solution of sodium chloride in the pH range 2–6 was also examined. Under all the tested experimental conditions, alumina is a much better adsorbent for tungsten than for rhenium. The obtained results indicated that the best separation of these two elements is achieved when 0.01– 0.1 mol dm-3 HCl or 1.0 mol dm-3 HNO3 are used as the aqueous media. If NaCl is used as the aqueous phase, the best separation is achieved with 0.20 mol dm-3 NaCl, pH 4–6. Under these experimental conditions, the breakthrough and saturation capacities of alumina for tungsten at pH 4 are 17 and 26 mg W/g Al2O3, respectively. With increasing pH, these values decrease. Thus, at pH 6 they are only 4 and 13 mg W/g Al2O3, respectively.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of single-crystalline alumina nanowires

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    ZHAO Qing; XU Xiang-yu; ZHANG Hong-zhou; CHEN Yao-feng; XU Jun; YU Da-peng

    2005-01-01

    Alumina nanowires were synthesized on large-area silicon substrate via simple thermal evaporation method of heating a mixture of aluminum and alumina powders without using any catalyst or template. The phase structure and the surface morphology of the as-grown sample were analyzed by X-ray diffractometry(XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The chemical composition and the microstructure of the as-grown alumina nanowires were characterized using transmission electron microscope(TEM). The nanowires are usually straight and the single crystalline has average diameter of 40 nm and length of 3 - 5 μm. The growth direction is along the [002] direction. Well aligned alumina nanowire arrays were observed on the surface of many large particles. The catalyst-free growth of the alumina nanowires was explained under the framework of a vapor-solid(VS)growth mechanism. This as-synthesized alumina nanowires could find potential applications in the fabrication of nanodevices.

  17. Tailorable advanced blanket insulation using aluminoborosilicate and alumina batting

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    Calamito, Dominic P.

    1989-01-01

    Two types of Tailorable Advanced Blanket Insulation (TABI) flat panels for Advanced Space Transportation Systems were produced. Both types consisted of integrally woven, 3-D fluted core having parallel faces and connecting ribs of Nicalon yarns. The triangular cross section flutes of one type was filled with mandrels of processed Ultrafiber (aluminoborosilicate) stitchbonded Nextel 440 fibrous felt, and the second type wall filled with Saffil alumina fibrous felt insulation. Weaving problems were minimal. Insertion of the fragile insulation mandrels into the fabric flutes was improved by using a special insertion tool. An attempt was made to weave fluted core fabrics from Nextel 440 yarns but was unsuccessful because of the yarn's fragility. A small sample was eventually produced by an unorthodox weaving process and then filled with Saffil insulation. The procedures for setting up and weaving the fabrics and preparing and inserting insulation mandrels are discussed. Characterizations of the panels produced are also presented.

  18. Atmospheric Moisture Content Effects on Ionic Liquid Wettability of Alumina

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    Brittle, S.; Samuel, A; W. B. Zimmerman

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    The contact angles or wettability of 7 Ionic Liquids, on an alumina substrate, have been measured under two different storage conditions. The first using a small amount of moisture content, the second with no moisture content. The contact angle of Ionic Liquid droplets on an alumina substrate were measured using an Attension Theta instrument with automated software. The results show that a small amount of moisture improves the wettability of the Ionic Liquid – alumina system and therefore sub...

  19. Challenges and Strategies in the Synthesis of Mesoporous Alumina Powders and Hierarchical Alumina Monoliths

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    Anne Galarneau; Alexander Sachse; Sarah Hartmann

    2012-01-01

    A new rapid, very simple and one-step sol-gel strategy for the large-scale preparation of highly porous γ-Al2O3 is presented. The resulting mesoporous alumina materials feature high surface areas (400 m2 g−1), large pore volumes (0.8 mL g−1) and the ��-Al2O3 phase is obtained at low temperature (500 °C). The main advantages and drawbacks of different preparations of mesoporous alumina materials exhibiting high specific surface areas and large pore volumes such as surfactant-nanostructured alu...

  20. Processing and characterization of alumina–mullite ceramics

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    Chaouki Sadik

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    Processing of mullite and alumina based refractory ceramic by unidirectional dry pressing, from two mixtures that include silica sand, pure alumina (PA) and recycled alumina (RA) is described. The samples were sintered up to 1600 °C to study the refractory properties. The fired properties of materials (firing shrinkage, water absorption, density, flexural strength, refractoriness, and SEM microstructure) were evaluated. Promising refractories materials based on mullite and alumina were obtain...

  1. Rheology of Alumina-Based Graphite-Containing Castables

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    YE Fangbao; M. Rigaud; LIU Xinhong; ZHONG Xiangchong

    2005-01-01

    In this work, the rheological behavior of ultra-low cement alumina-based castables with addition of flake graphite and extruded graphite pellets has been investigated by using IBB rheometer. Emphasis has been laid on the influence of the type and amount of carbon addition on rheological properties of the alumina-based castables and the results are compared with corresponding alumina castable samples without any carbon addition. It is found that alumina-based castables with extruded graphite pellets have good rheological behavior and flowability with lower water demand ( < 6. 3% )and no segregation during the shearing of castable.

  2. Modelling the initial stage of porous alumina growth during anodization

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    Aryslanova, E. M.; Alfimov, A. V.; Chivilikhin, S. A.

    2013-05-01

    Artificially on the surface of aluminum there may be build a thick layer of Al2O3, which has a porous structure. In this paper we present a model of growth of porous alumina in the initial stage of anodizing, identifying dependencies anodizing parameters on the rate of growth of the film and the distance between the pores and as a result of the created model equations were found for changes in the disturbance of alumina for the initial stage of anodizing aluminum oxide porous border aluminum-alumina and alumina-electrolyte, with the influence of surface diffusion of aluminum oxide.

  3. Tribological and stability investigations of alkylphosphonic acids on alumina surface

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    Alumina substrates are commonly used for various micro-/nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS). For efficient and lifetime longevity of these devices, lubricant films of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) with nanometer thickness are increasingly being employed. In the present paper, we report preparation, tribological and stability investigations of alkylphosphonic acids on the alumina surface. The alkylphosphonic acids were prepared on the alumina surface using the liquid phase deposition method. The effectiveness of modification of the alumina surface by alkylphosphonic acids was investigated using water contact angle measurements, secondary ion mass spectrometry, X-ray photoelectron and infrared spectroscopy. Frictional behavior in milinewton load range was studied by microtribometry. It is shown that surface modification of the alumina surface by alkylphosphonic acids reduces the coefficient of friction values compared to the unmodified alumina. In comparison to the non-modified alumina surface, all tested alkylphosphonic acids cause a decrease in the friction coefficients in friction tests for counterparts made from different materials, such as steel, zirconia and silicon nitride. It is also found that the alumina surface modified by alkylphosphonic acids with longer chain has a higher degree of hydrophobicity and lower coefficient of friction. The best frictional properties are obtained for the system consisting of the alumina surface modified by n-octadecylphosphonic acid and silicon nitride counterpart. Stability tests in different environmental conditions: laboratory, acidic and alkaline solutions were also monitored.

  4. Monitoring of temperature profiles and surface morphologies during laser sintering of alumina ceramics

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    Bin Qian

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Additive manufacturing of alumina by laser is a delicate process and small changes of processing parameters might cause less controlled and understood consequences. The real-time monitoring of temperature profiles, spectrum profiles and surface morphologies were evaluated in off-axial set-up for controlling the laser sintering of alumina ceramics. The real-time spectrometer and pyrometer were used for rapid monitoring of the thermal stability during the laser sintering process. An active illumination imaging system successfully recorded the high temperature melt pool and surrounding area simultaneously. The captured images also showed how the defects form and progress during the laser sintering process. All of these real-time monitoring methods have shown a great potential for on-line quality control during laser sintering of ceramics.

  5. The Pivotal Role of Alumina Pore Structure in HF Capture and Fluoride Return in Aluminum Reduction

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    McIntosh, Grant J.; Agbenyegah, Gordon E. K.; Hyland, Margaret M.; Metson, James B.

    2016-07-01

    Fluoride emissions during primary aluminum production are mitigated by dry scrubbing on alumina which, as the metal feedstock, also returns fluoride to the pots. This ensures stable pot operation and maintains process efficiency but requires careful optimization of alumina for both fluoride capture and solubility. The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area of 70-80 m2 g-1 is currently accepted. However, this does not account for pore accessibility. We demonstrate using industry-sourced data that pores <3.5 nm are not correlated with fluoride return. Reconstructing alumina pore size distributions (PSDs) following hydrogen fluoride (HF) adsorption shows surface area is not lost by pore diameter shrinkage, but by blocking the internal porosity. However, this alone cannot explain this 3.5 nm threshold. We show this is a consequence of surface diffusion-based inhibition with surface chemistry probably playing an integral role. We advocate new surface area estimates for alumina which account for pore accessibility by explicitly ignoring <3.5 nm pores.

  6. Comparative study between yeasts immobilized on alumina beads and on membranes prepared by two routes

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    Kiyohara Pedro K.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Alumina channeled beads and rough surface membranes prepared from aqueous sols of fibrillar pseudoboehmite are able to immobilize yeasts for ethanol fermentation of sugar solutions. This paper describes comparative results of assays carried out with yeasts immobilized onto alpha-alumina beads and membranes prepared under two different conditions of processing and firing. The fermentation tests evaluated by the decrease of fermentable sugars, referred as Brix degrees per hour, indicated that the yeasts immobilized on beads had similar performance, probably because their surfaces, even being morphologically different, presented the same value of open porosity. One type of membrane (asymmetrical; precursor: pseudoboehmite; firing temperature 1,150ºC; crystal structure; alpha-alumina had better performance than the other type (asymmetrical; precursor: fibrillar pseudoboehmite plus aluminum hydroxiacetate mixture; 1,150ºC; alpha-alumina because the yeast cells entered into their porous interior through the surface slits, were immobilized and their growth was easier than on the external surface.

  7. Removal of chromium from aqueous solutions by adsorption on activated alumina

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    The increasing contamination of urban and industrial wastewaters by toxic metal ions causes significant environmental pollution. All over the world, chromium is abundantly available in nature (rocks, soil, plants); it is present in aqueous solutions mainly in Cr III and Cr VI oxidation states which are commonly used in various industrial processes. Chromium especially in its VI oxidation state is considered as a very toxic ion; thus, its elimination from aqueous solutions should be considered an environmental primary target. The removal of chromium VI from aqueous solutions by activated alumina has been investigated as a function of solution pH, initial chromium concentration, adsorbent dose of alumina and temperature. The pH and the adsorbent dose of activated alumina are the most significant parameter affecting chromium VI adsorption. The Freundlich and Langmuir models have been applied and the equilibrium adsorption was found to best fit the Freundlich and Langmuir adsorption isotherm. A comparison of kinetic models applied to the adsorption of chromium VI on activated alumina was evaluated for the pseudo first-order and the pseudo second-order models respectively. Results show that the pseudo second-order kinetic model was found to correlate the experimental data well.

  8. Numerical and experimental investigation of the fracture behavior of shock loaded alumina

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    2010-01-01

    Plate impact expeiments are conducted to investigate the dynamic behavior of alumina by using one stage light gas gun. A ve-locity interferometer system for reflectors (VISAR) is used to obtain Hugoniot elastic limit and the free surface velocity profile,which consists of an elastic wave followed immediately by a dispersive inelastic wave. The stress histories under different impact velocities are measured by in-material manganin gauges. Based on the experimental data a Hugoniot curve is fitted,which shows the compressive characteristics that alumina changes typically from elastic to "plastic" ,and under higher pressure it will be transferred to similar-fluid state. The turning point of the Hugoniot curve from a high pressure region to a low pressure region is about 11.4 GPa. The fracture process of alumina is simulated by way of finite element code. After the analysis of the fracture mechanism,the numerical results show an important role played by the nucleation and the growth of the cracks in the macro-scopic fracture of the alumina target. The numerical predictions of stress histories are compared with the experimental results,which indicates consistency between them.

  9. Non-isothermal kinetics of phase transformations in magnetron sputtered alumina films with metastable structure

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    Highlights: • Non-isothermal kinetics of phase transformations in alumina films was investigated. • The structure of alumina films affects kinetics of the transformation processes. • Kinetic triplets of all transformation processes were determined. • The KAS, FWO, FR and IKP methods for determination of Ea and A were used. • The Málek method for determination of the kinetic model was used. - Abstract: The paper reports on non-isothermal kinetics of transformation processes in magnetron sputtered alumina thin films with an amorphous and γ-phase structure leading ultimately to the formation of the thermodynamically stable α-Al2O3 phase. Phase transformation sequences in the alumina films were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) at four different heating rates (10, 20, 30, 40 °C/min). Three isoconversional methods (Kissinger–Akahira–Sunose (KAS), Flynn–Wall–Ozawa (FWO) and Friedman (FR) method) as well as the invariant kinetic parameters (IKP) method were used to determine the activation energies for transformation processes. Moreover, the pre-exponential factors were determined using the IKP method. The kinetic models of the transformation processes were determined using the Málek method. It was found that the as-deposited structure of alumina films affects kinetics of the transformation processes. The film with the amorphous as-deposited structure heated at 40 °C/min transforms to the crystalline γ phase at a temperature of ∼930 °C (Ea,IKP = 463 ± 10 kJ/mol) and subsequently to the crystalline α phase at a temperature of ∼1200 °C (Ea,IKP = 589 ± 10 kJ/mol). The film with the crystalline γ-phase structure heated at 40 °C/min is thermally stable up to ∼1100 °C and transforms to the crystalline α phase (Ea,IKP = 511 ± 16 kJ/mol) at a temperature of ∼1195 °C. The empirical two-parameter Šesták–Berggren kinetic model was found to be the most adequate one to describe all transformation processes in

  10. Degradation of alumina and zirconia toughened alumina (ZTA) hip prostheses tested under microseparation conditions in a shock device

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    Uribe, Juliana; Geringer, Jean; Gremillard, Laurent; Reynard, Bruno

    2011-01-01

    This paper considers the degradation of alumina and zirconia toughened alumina vs. alumina for hip implants. The materials are as assumed to be load bearing surfaces subjected to shocks in wet conditions. The load is a peak of force; 9 kN was applied over 15 ms at 2 Hz for 800,000 cycles. The volumetric wear and roughness are lower for ZTA than for alumina. The long ZTA ageing did not seem to have a direct influence on the roughness. The ageing increased the wear volumes of ZTA and it was fou...

  11. Pengaruh Pemasukan Alumina Terhadap Operasi Tungku Reduksi di PT. Inalum Kuala Tanjung

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    Sudjana, Putra Eka

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    Produksi aluminium cair di PT INALUM memerlukan bahan baku utama berupa alumina (Al2O3). Pemasukan alumina (Al2O3) mempunyai dua metode yaitu Regular Feeding dan Demand Feeding. Metode demand feeding yang digunakan yaitu pemasukan alumina (Al2O3) berdasarkan kebutuhan . Konsentrasi alumina (Al2O3) pada operasi tungku reduksi berkisar antara 2% - 4%. Konsentrasi alumina (Al2O3) < 1% akan menyebabkan terjadinya efek anoda atau anode effect (AE) dan konsentrasi alumina (Al2O3) ...

  12. Reduction kinetics of oxide metal impurities during electrolysis of cryolite-alumina melts

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    A study was made on main kinetic regularities of the process of transition of CuO, NiO, TiO2, V2O5 impurities from electrolyte to cathode metal during electrolysis of cryolite-alumina melts. It is shown that kinetics of investigated process is governed by regularities of two-stage reaction. The reduction itself can take place both at metal-electrolyte interface and in electrolyte volume

  13. Controllable fabrication of porous alumina templates for nanostructures synthesis

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    Porous alumina templates (AAO) has attracted significant interest due to the fact that they are readily fabricated through a simple procedure and are extremely popular templates in nanoscience studies. In this paper, the effects of different pore-widening treatments on the pore quality of the AAO templates were investigated. Results show that, through a highly controllable chemical pore-widening process at low temperature, different pore dimensions and diameters of the AAO templates can be easily achieved in a nanometer-scale way without changing the interpore distance. Combining with anodization voltage control, AAO templates with desired size distribution can be obtained, which will be extremely useful in template technology and masks for lithographic application. Also, silver nanorods/wires of different dimensions have been fabricated from above AAO templates after pore diameter adjustments. Such nanostructure materials hold high potential for electronics, optics, mechanics and sensing technology.

  14. Alumina Volatility in Water Vapor at Elevated Temperatures

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    Opila, Elizabeth J.; Myers, Dwight L.

    2003-01-01

    The volatility of alumina in high temperature water vapor was determined by a weight loss technique. Sapphire coupons were exposed at temperatures between 1250 and 1500 C, water partial pressures between 0.15 and 0.68 atm in oxygen, total pressure of 1 atm, and flowing gas velocities of 4.4 cm/s. The pressure dependence of sapphire volatility was consistent with AI(OH)3(g) formation. The enthalpy of reaction to form Al(OH)3(g) from sapphire and water vapor was determined to be 210 +/- 20 kJ/mol, comparing favorably to other studies. Microstructural examination of tested sapphire coupons revealed surface etching features consistent with a volatilization process.

  15. Study of metal pillar nanostructure formation with thin porous alumina template

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    In the present paper, the nickel pillared nanostructure fabrication by electrochemical deposition of Ni into the pores of thin porous anodic alumina is considered. The main characteristics of these structures, obtained by scanning electron microscopy and atomic-force microscopy, are presented. Information on geometrical parameters of porous host and pillar nanostructure elements has been obtained. The influence of the barrier layer thinning at the pore bottom on nucleation and growth of the ordered metal nanopillars is discussed. The process of functional layer formation based on thin aluminum and Al2O3 films with incorporated nickel pillars is analyzed. This process may be used for fabrication of advanced high density magnetic memory devices. - Highlights: • Ni pillars were fabricated by electrochemical deposition into thin porous anodic alumina. • Impact of oxide barrier layer thinning at pore bottom on nucleation and growth of Ni pillars. • The process proposed is to be used for fabrication of high density magnetic memory devices

  16. NMR Revealed Activated Alumina-Water Interaction

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    ZHOU Rui; ZHOU Yan; HU Kai; JI Zhen-ping; CHENG Gong-zhen

    2005-01-01

    Three different spin-lattice relaxation times (T1) of water were obtained in activated alumina-water slurry system, which indicate that there exist three states of water: bound water, pore water and bulk water. The chemical shift (δH) decreases as the amount of water added to the system increases due to the differences in contribution of these three states of water in the samples. The δH value for adsorbed water decreases nearly linearly and T1 increases with elevating temperature, which result from the decrease in the content of bound water by the increase in thermal motion.

  17. Improved Synthesis Of Potassium Beta' '-Alumina

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    Williams, Roger M.; Jeffries-Nakamura, Barbara; Ryan, Margaret A.; O'Connor, Dennis E.; Kisor, Adam; Underwood, Mark

    1996-01-01

    Improved formulations of precursor materials synthesize nearly-phase-pure potassium beta' '-alumina solid electrolyte (K-BASE) powder. Materials are microhomogeneous powders (or, alternatively, gels) containing K(+,) Mg(2+), and Al(3+). K-BASE powder produced used in potassium-working-fluid alkali-metal thermal-to-electric conversion (K-AMTEC), in which heat-input and heat-rejection temperatures lower than sodium-working-fluid AMTEC (Na-AMTEC). Additional potential use lies in purification of pottassium by removal of sodium and calcium.

  18. Conduction mechanism of single-crystal alumina

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    Will, Fritz G.; Delorenzi, Horst G.; Janora, Kevin H.

    1992-01-01

    The fully guarded three-terminal technique was used to perform conductivity measurements on single-crystal alumina at temperatures of 400-1300 C. The conductivity was also determined as a function of time at various temperatures and applied fields. Further, the fractions of the current carried by Al and O ions (ionic transference numbers) were determined from long-term transference experiments in the temperature range 1100-1300 C. A mathematical model of the conduction mechanism is proposed, and model predictions are compared with experimental results.

  19. Characterization of the porous anodic alumina nanostructures with a metal interlayer on Si substrates

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    Porous anodic alumina (PAA) films produced by the anodization technique have made possible the mass production of porous nano-scale structures where the pore height and diameter are controllable. A metal interlayer is observed to have a significant influence on the characteristics of these PAA nanostructures. In this study, we investigate in-depth the effect of the current density on the properties of porous anodic alumina nanostructures with a metal interlayer. A thin film layer of tungsten (W) and titanium (Ti) was sandwiched between a porous anodic alumina film and a silicon (Si) substrate to form PAA/W/Si and PAA/Ti/Si structures. The material and optical characteristics of the porous anodic alumina nanostructures, with and without a metal interlayer, on silicon substrates were studied using the scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The current densities of the porous anodic alumina nanostructures with the metal interlayer are higher than for the PAA/Si, resulting in an increase of the growth rate of the oxide layer. It can be observed from the X-ray diffraction curves that there is more aluminum oxide inside the structure with the metal interlayer. Furthermore, it has been found that there is a reduction in the photoluminescence intensity of the oxygen vacancy with only one electron due to the formation of oxygen vacancies inside the aluminum oxide during the re-crystallization process. This leads to competition between the two kinds of different oxygen-deficient defect centers (F+ and F centers) in the carrier recombination mechanism from the PL spectra of the porous anodic alumina nanostructures, with and without a metal interlayer, on silicon substrates. -- Highlights: • Study of porous anodic alumina (PAA) films with metal interlayers on silicon. • The highly ordered PAA film with a fairly regular nano-porous structure. • The luminescence properties of PAA films were

  20. Laser Welding of Alumina Ceramic Substrates with Two Fixed Beams

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    Sedore, Blake William Clark

    Laser welding was investigated as a potential joining technology for alumina ceramic substrates. The objective of this study was to develop a method to preheat the ceramic using a single defocused laser beam prior to welding. Engineering ceramics are employed in a variety of systems and environments due to their unique properties. Joining technologies must be developed to facilitate the manufacture of complex or large ceramic components. Laser welding is advantageous as it forms joints rapidly, and does not introduce intermediate materials to form the bond, which can have deleterious effects. The Laser Machining System (LMS) at Queen's University was adapted for this study. A defocused far-infrared (FIR) laser beam was positioned to overlay a focused near-infrared (NIR) laser beam; the defocused FIR beam preheated the ceramic substrate and the focused NIR beam formed the weld. A finite element model was developed in COMSOL MultiPhysics to simulate the preheating processes and to develop a preheating protocol. The protocol was implemented using the FIR beam and adjusted to achieve preheating temperatures of 1450, 1525, and 1600°C. Welds were performed on 1 mm thick alumina plates using the preheating protocols and NIR beam powers of 25, 50, and 75 W. Weld speed was held constant throughout the study at 0.5 mm/s. The preheating protocols were successful at achieving near-constant preheating temperatures, with standard deviations below 32 degrees. Partially penetrating welds were formed with the NIR beam at 25 W, and fully penetrating welds at 50 and 75 W. Large pores were present in the 25 W and 50 W welds. Minimal porosity was observed in the welds formed at 75 W. All of the welded plates experienced a transverse fracture that extended perpendicular to weld, and a longitudinal fracture extending parallel to the weld. This study shows that a fixed defocused laser beam can successfully preheat alumina substrates to the high temperatures required for welding; however

  1. Pulsed sonication for alumina coatings on high-capacity oxides: Performance in lithium-ion cells

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    Pol, Vilas G.; Li, Yan; Dogan, Fulya; Secor, Ethan; Thackeray, Michael M.; Abraham, Daniel P.

    2014-07-01

    High-capacity xLi2MnO3·(1 - x)LiMO2 (M = Ni, Mn, Co) oxides show relatively rapid performance degradation when cycled at voltages >4.5 V vs. Li/Li+. Previous research has indicated that modifying the oxide surfaces with coatings, such as alumina, reduces cell impedance rise and improves capacity retention. In this article, we demonstrate pulsed-sonication as a rapid and effective approach for coating alumina on Li1.2Ni0.175Mn0.525Co0.1O2 (0.5Li2MnO3·0.5LiNi0.44Mn0.31Co0.25O2) particles. Oxide integrity and morphology is maintained after the sonochemical process and subsequent heat-treatment. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) X-ray elemental maps show uniform coating of all secondary particles. 27Al Magic Angle Spinning (MAS) NMR data confirm the presence of alumina and mainly indicate octahedral aluminum occupancy in a six-coordinate environment with oxygen. Full cells containing electrodes with the alumina-coated particles demonstrate lower initial impedance rise and better capacity retention during extended cycling to high voltages. However, the coating has a negligible effect on the voltage hysteresis and voltage fade behavior displayed by these oxides. The various data indicate that the pulsed sonochemical technique is a viable approach for coating oxide particles. The methodology described herein can easily be extended beyond alumina to include coatings such as AlF3, MgO, and MgF2.

  2. Textural stability of titania–alumina composite membranes

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    Kumar, Krishnankutty-Nair P.; Keizer, Klaas; Burggraaf, Anthonie J.

    1993-01-01

    Textural evolution (porosity reduction, pore and crystallite growth) in titania–alumina composite membranes has been studied using thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and N2 physisorption techniques. The presence of alumina in the membranes improved the t

  3. Radiation dose determination by using powder Seydisehir alumina

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    Thermoluminescence dosimeters (TLDs) is a passive dose measurement method used for the supervision, quality control and calibration during radiation dose measurements. Nowadays TLDs, including alumina, are largely used and investigated due to high sensitivity, physical and chemical stability, and re-usefulness. In this work, powder form of Seydisehir alumina is used as a thermoluminescence material and α and β radiation doses were measured.

  4. Depositing Adherent Ag Films On Ti Films On Alumina

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    Honecy, Frank S.

    1995-01-01

    Report discusses cleaning of ceramic (principally, alumina) substrates in preparation for sputter deposition of titanium intermediate films on substrates followed by sputter deposition of outer silver films. Principal intended application, substrates sliding parts in advanced high-temperature heat engines, and outer silver films serve as solid lubricants: lubricating properties described in "Solid Lubricant for Alumina" (LEW-15495).

  5. Petrogenesis of late-Variscan high-K alkali-calcic granitoids and calc-alkalic lamprophyres: The Aber-Ildut/North-Ouessant complex, Armorican Massif, France

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    Caroff, Martial; Labry, Cyrill; Le Gall, Bernard; Authemayou, Christine; Grosjean, Denise Bussien; Guillong, Marcel

    2015-12-01

    The Aber-Ildut/North-Ouessant Variscan granitoid complex in the Armorican Massif is an example of high-K alkali-calcic zoned pluton, c. 304 Ma in age. A first magmatic batch intruded through a northern EW-trending sinistral transcurrent shear zone, before injecting southwards as a huge horizontal zoned sill, with moderately peraluminous muscovite-free granitoids in the north and strongly peraluminous muscovite-bearing leucogranites to the south. The second magmatic stage resulted in the intrusion of a large two-mica leucogranitic body from a root zone along the same shear zone, prior to the end of crystallization of the first injection. Finally, ultrapotassic dykes, including calc-alkalic lamprophyres (leucominettes), intrude the complex. The strongly peraluminous granites are interpreted as pure melting products of crustal clay-rich pelitic material. All the other petrographic types, including leucominettes, are thought to result from mixing of crustal melts and mantle-derived mafic liquids. Highly silicic tourmaline-bearing leucogranites are significantly affected by a tetrad effect, in relation with REE complexing behavior. Aber-Ildut/North-Ouessant granitoids probably formed during the Variscan late-orogenic stage associated with exhumation and lithospheric thinning, at low pressure and by advective heating of a ≤ 50 km-thick crust from hot metasomatized asthenosphere.

  6. Gold nanoparticles-based colorimetric investigation of triplex formation under weak alkalic pH environment with the aid of Ag +

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    Xiong, Cen; Wu, Chengke; Zhang, Hong; Ling, Liansheng

    2011-09-01

    A novel colorimetric method for investigating triplex formation between oligonucleotide modified Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) under weak alkalic pH environment is developed based upon the specific recognition property of Ag + with CGC triads. Oligonucleotide 5'-SH-T 12-CTTCTTTCCTTTCTTC-3' (oligo-1) is modified on the surface of AuNPs. Upon addition of oligonucleotide 5'-GAAGAAAGGAAAGAAG-3' (oligo-2), triplex formation between oligo-1 modified AuNPs occurred at pH 8.0 with the aid of Ag +, triggers the aggregation of AuNPs, accompany with the solution color change from red to purple. The melting temperature demonstrates a 31 °C increase for the triplex DNA compose of 10 T•A∘T triads and 6 C•G∘C triads upon addition of Ag +, the disassociation constant ( Kd) between Ag + and C•G∘C triads is 3.6 μM. Moreover, triplex formation between AuNPs depending on Ag + can be used to recognize Ag + ion with the naked eye, as well as UV-vis absorption spectroscopy.

  7. Morphology and transmittance of porous alumina on glass substrate

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    Guo Peitao, E-mail: guopeitao@hotmail.com [Wuhan University of Technology. Wuhan (China); Xia Zhilin [Wuhan University of Technology. Wuhan (China); Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Materials and Application Technology, Xiangtan University, Ministry of Education, Xiangtan (China); Xue Yiyu [Wuhan University of Technology. Wuhan (China); Huang Caihua [China Three Gorges University, Yichang (China); Zhao Lixin [Wuhan University of Technology. Wuhan (China)

    2011-02-01

    The porous optical film has higher threshold of laser-induced damage than densified films, for the study of mechanism of laser-induced damage of porous optical film with ordered pore structure. Porous anodic alumina (PAA) film with high transmittance on glass substrate has been prepared. Aluminum film was deposited on glass substrate by means of resistance and electron beam heat (EBH) evaporation. Porous alumina was prepared in oxalic acid solution under different anodizing conditions. At normal incidence, the optical transmittance spectrum over 300-1000 nm spectra region was obtained by spectrophotometer. SEM was introduced to analysis the morphology of the porous alumina film. The pore aperture increased with the increase of anodizing voltage, which resulted in a rapid decrease of the pore concentration and the optical thickness of porous alumina film. Damage morphology of porous alumina film is found to be typically defects initiated, and the defect is the pore presented on the film.

  8. Dispersion Caused by Carbon Dioxide During Secondary Alumina Dissolution: A Lab-Scale Research

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    Yang, Youjian; Gao, Bingliang; Wang, Zhaowen; Shi, Zhongning; Hu, Xianwei; Yu, Jiangyu

    2014-06-01

    Secondary alumina is the byproduct of dry scrubbing in aluminum smelting. Secondary alumina has superior dissolution characteristics to primary alumina. Secondary alumina dissolves in pieces in molten cryolite, which results in larger contact area and better diffusion kinetics. In this work, the dissolution phenomenon of primary alumina, secondary alumina, and primary alumina doped with sodium carbonate or calcium carbonate (mass ratio = 10:1, 20:1) was observed and compared to estimate carbon-induced dispersion in industrial secondary alumina. Temperature fluctuations during sample dissolution were measured to evaluate the benefits of preheating on alumina dissolution. It was found that carbon mixed in secondary alumina significantly influences the dispersion of alumina particles at the moment of feeding, and thermodynamic analysis also shows that the combustion heat from carbon facilitates dispersion.

  9. Characterization of silane coated hollow sphere alumina-reinforced ultra high molecular weight polyethylene composite as a possible bone substitute material

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    S Roy; S Pal

    2002-12-01

    Silane coated hollow sphere alumina ceramic particles were moulded with ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) to form a series of composites with alumina weight percent in the range from 15 to 50. The composites were prepared in a cylindrical mould using powder-processing technique. The composites were characterized for mechanical properties using destructive and non-destructive ultrasonic testing methods. The physical properties of the composite were determined and compared with those of cortical bone.

  10. Combination for electrolytic reduction of alumina

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    Brown, Craig W.; Brooks, Richard J.; Frizzle, Patrick B.; Juric, Drago D.

    2002-04-30

    An electrolytic bath for use during the electrolytic reduction of alumina to aluminum. The bath comprises molten electrolyte having the following ingredients: AlF.sub.3 and at least one salt selected from the group consisting of NaF, KF, and LiF; and about 0.004 wt. % to about 0.2 wt. %, based on total weight of the molten electrolyte, of at least one transition metal or at least one compound of the metal or both. The compound is, a fluoride; oxide, or carbonate. The metal is nickel, iron, copper, cobalt, or molybdenum. The bath is employed in a combination including a vessel for containing the bath and at least one non-consumable anode and at least one dimensionally stable cathode in the bath. Employing the instant bath during electrolytic reduction of alumina to aluminum improves the wetting of aluminum on a cathode by reducing or eliminating the formation of non-metallic deposits on the cathode.

  11. Ultrasonic analysis of sintered alumina pellets

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    Uranium dioxide pellets are used as fuel in Pressurized Water Reactors. These pellets require some degree of porosity to accommodate fission products generated during the burning of fuel. It is usual to utilize the Archimedes method to determine the sintered pellet porosity. For the determination of closed pores, samples of pellets need to be analyzed using micrography to calculate the distribution of the pores. The ultrasonic group of the Nuclear Engineering Institute (IEN) is developing a nondestructive characterization through ultrasonic technique in the frequency domain, this technique will permit to minimize the time for determination of porosity and increase the accuracy of measurement using only one technique, taking into account pores open and closed, and to be capable to analyze 100% of the pellets. Several studies have been conducted in order to validate this method. In this work, the frequency spectrum from alumina pellets were obtained by a 5MHz frequency transducer and by means of scanning electron microscope (SEM), it was possible to investigate the interior of the material and to associate its structure to the behavior of the ultrasonic wave. Each sintering temperature showed a characteristic ultrasonic signal that could be associated with the Alumina porosity. This result showed that this method is very sensitive to the pore distribution in the material because, even within the same temperature group, variations occurred according to distribution of pore sizes. (author)

  12. Effect of Alumina Colloid on the Sorption of Cs+ onto Sand and Clay Soils under Different Conditions

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    Distribution coefficient of cesium on soil (yellow sand and clay) with and without alumina as a colloidal material was measured by batch technique. The adsorption of Cs+ ions from aqueous sodium chloride solution onto yellow sand and clay in absences and presence of Al2O3, was investigated under different physicochemical conditions including contact time between liquid and solid phases, ph, ionic strength, initial metal ion concentration and temperature. Pseudo first order and pseudo second-order kinetic models were used to analyze the sorption rate data and the results showed that the pseudo second-order model is best correlation the kinetics data in all studied sorption processes. Both Freundlich and Langmuir isotherm models were applicable to describe the adsorption of Cs+ ions by yellow sand with and without alumina but in case of clay with and without alumina Langmuir model not applicable. The maximum sorption capacities of clay in absences and presence of Al2O3 were found to be greater than that of yellow sand with and without Al2O3. The maximum sorption capacities for two sorbents were increased in presence of colloid alumina thane in absences. The sorption capacity is reduced at high temperature was related to the partial enhancement of desorption from yellow sand and clay surfaces. The adsorption of Cs+ ions by yellow sand and clay with and without alumina was exothermic reaction.

  13. Development of ceramic composites from mixture of alumina and ceramic precursor polymer poly (silsesquioxane))

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    Processing of ceramics materials, by polymer precursors pyrolysis, has been intensively researched over the past decades, due to advantages that this path provides, such as: lower temperature process compared to conventional techniques; structure control at molecular level; synthesis possibility of a wide range of ceramic compounds; obtaining parts with dimensions of the final product etc. The active filler controlled polymer pyrolysis (AFCOP) process, enables the synthesis of ceramic composites, by reaction between added filler (oxides, metals, intermetallic etc.) and solid and gaseous products, from polymer decomposition. In this study, based on this process, samples of alumina, with addition of 10 and 20 mass% of poly silsesquioxane polymer precursor, were manufactured. These samples were pyrolyzed at 900 degree C and thermal treated at temperatures of 1100, 1300 and 1500 degree C. The samples were characterized for bulk density, porosity and hardness, after each stage of thermal treatment. Structural transformations were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and infrared spectroscopy. Samples treated until 1300 degree C resulted in composites of alumina and silicon oxycarbide, while those treated at 1500 degree C, formed composites of mullite and alumina. The samples with 20% of polymer added started to density around 800 degree C and high retraction rate was observed at 1400 degree C. (author)

  14. The Rate of HF Formation During Addition of Aluminas to Cryolite Melts

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    Fellicia, Dian Mughni

    2012-01-01

    One of the biggest contributors of the gas emission in smelting process of aluminium is fluoride. Major contributor to the fluoride emissions is the hydrogen fluoride (HF) gas. HF gas is formed when fluoro compounds from the cryolite react with water in the alumina. This study concerns on the rate of HF formation which is interesting due to its direct contribution to the material loss, changing of chemical composition of the bath and also the loss of current efficiency. A tunable diode laser ...

  15. Preparation of white alumina spherical composite magnetic abrasive by gas atomization and rapid solidification

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    White alumina (WA) spherical composite magnetic abrasive can be prepared directly by a process that combines gas atomization and rapid solidification. The structure and phase composition of this material were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. The results show that the composite magnetic abrasive has good sphericity, and the WA grains are tightly embedded uniformly and densely into the surface layer of matrix which consists of Fe-Si-Al-Ni soft magnetic alloy.

  16. Pengujian Kemampuan Adsorpsi Dari Adsorben Alumina Akttif Untuk Mesin Pendingin Tenaga Surya

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    Manik, Abdi Zentra Aorna

    2015-01-01

    Lately adsorption refrigeration cycle more and more scrutinized by experts as well as eco-friendly and economical use of renewable energy is solar energy. In order for the process of adsorption and desorption adsorption refrigerating machine can run well to note that the ideal number of comparisons between the adsorbent with a refrigerant used. Here to find a comparison the absorbent activated alumina using or not using a bolt. The data can be searched using the adsorption capacity testers. A...

  17. Influence of surface silica impurities on the sintering behavior of alumina powders

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    Moya, J.S.; Pask, J.A.

    1980-02-01

    The filtering, pressing and sintering behavior of an alumina powder with and without silica impurity on surface has been studied. When silica is removed from surface by HF-treatment and compactibility is considerably enhanced due to the different acidity/basicity nature of the OH of the hydroxyl layers. The silica impurity decreases the activation energy of the initial stage of sintering and grain boundary energy, improves the densification process and exerts a moderate inhibitor effect on the grain growth.

  18. Terbium luminescence in alumina xerogel fabricated in porous anodic alumina matrix under various excitation conditions

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    Terbium-doped alumina xerogel layers are synthesized by the sol-gel method in pores of a porous anodic alumina film 1 μm thick with a pore diameter of 150–180 nm; the film is grown on a silicon substrate. The fabricated structures exhibit terbium photoluminescence with bands typical of trivalent terbium terms. Terbium X-ray luminescence with the most intense band at 542 nm is observed for the first time for such a structure. Morphological analysis of the structure by scanning electron microscopy shows the presence of xerogel clusters in pore channels, while the main pore volume remains unfilled and pore mouths remain open. The data obtained confirm the promising applications of fabricated structures for developing matrix converters of X-rays and other ionizing radiations into visible light. The possibilities of increasing luminescence intensity in the matrix converter are discussed.

  19. Dissolution kinetics for alumina in cryolite melts. Distribution of alumina in the electrolyte of industrial aluminium cells

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    Kobbeltvedt, Ove

    1997-12-31

    This thesis contributes to the understanding of which factors determine the rate of dissolution of alumina added to the bath in alumina reduction cells. Knowing this may help reduce the occurrences of operation interruptions and thus make it possible to produce aluminium using less energy. When alumina powder was added to a stirred cryolite melt, the alumina dissolved in two distinct main stages. In the first stage, the dissolution rate was very high, which reflects dissolution of single alumina grains that are being dispersed in the bath upon addition. In the second stage, lumps of alumina infiltrated with bath dissolved at a rate considerably slower than that of the first stage. The formation of these alumina agglomerates is the most important contributor to slow dissolution. The parameters varied in the experiments were convection, batch size, and temperature of the bath and of the added alumina. Increased gas stirring of the bath speeded up dissolution in both stages but the size of the batch was of little significance. Increasing the bath temperature had no effect in the first stage but speeded up dissolution considerably in the second stage. Compared to adding alumina at room temperature, preheating it to a high temperature (600 {sup o}C) increased the dissolution rate in the first stage while preheating to lower temperatures (100-300 {sup o}C) decreased the dissolution rate. In the second stage, preheating slowed the dissolution. The two latter phenomena of reduced dissolution rates are ascribed to the removal of moisture from the alumina upon preheating. The bath flow and the distribution of alumina in the bath were measured in four different types of cells. It was found that if a certain asymmetry of the magnetic field traverse to the cell was present, due to the presence of risers, then loops of high velocity bath flow occurred near the short ends of the cell. Thus, alumina added near the short ends is effectively transferred away from the feeding

  20. Anodisation with dynamic current control for tailored alumina coatings

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    Sieber, M.; Althöfer, I.; Höhlich, D.; Scharf, I.; Böttger, D.; Böttger, S.; Böttger, E.; Lampke, T.

    2016-03-01

    The anodic oxidation process is commonly used to refine the surface of aluminium and its alloys. Compared to the substrate, the alumina layers produced by anodising exhibit an increased hardness and chemical resistance. Thus, the corrosion and wear resistance are generally improved. The coatings are also electrically isolating and may serve decorative purposes. Applying a time-variant, dynamic electrical process control by pulse-current or current-steps is a promising approach to improve the coating properties, which is partially deployed in an industrial scale. In the present work, the influence of dynamic electrical process control on the coating properties is examined by means of a design of experiments (DOE). The effects of various electrolyte compositions and temperatures as well as processing time are considered with regard to coating thickness, hardness, wear resistance and the electrical energy consumption during the formation of the coatings. Information about the statistical significance of the effects of the parameters on the considered properties is obtained by an analysis of variance (ANOVA).

  1. Scattering and absorption coefficients of silica-doped alumina aerogels.

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    Fu, Tairan; Tang, Jiaqi; Chen, Kai; Zhang, Fan

    2016-02-01

    Alumina-based aerogels are especially useful in many applications due to their excellent stability at high temperatures. This study experimentally analyzed the radiative properties of silica-doped alumina aerogels through spectral directional-hemispherical measurements for wavelengths of 0.38-25 μm. The silica-doped alumina aerogel samples were prepared with a 1.4∶1 molar ratio of silica to alumina. A two-flux model was used to describe the radiation propagation in a 1D scattering absorbing sample to derive expressions for the normal-hemispherical transmittances and reflectances based on the transport approximation. The normal-hemispherical transmittances and reflectances were measured at various spectral wavelengths and sample thicknesses using the integrating sphere method. The spectral absorption and transport scattering coefficients of silica-doped alumina aerogels were then determined from the measured normal-hemispherical data. The absorption and transport scattering coefficients of silica-doped alumina aerogels are (0.1  cm-1, 36  cm-1) and (0.1  cm-1, 112  cm-1) for wavelengths of 0.38-8.0 μm. The spectral transport scattering coefficient varies in the opposite direction from the spectral absorption coefficient for various wavelengths. The radiative properties for silica and alumina aerogels were quite different for the absorption coefficient for wavelengths of 2.5-8.0 μm and for the transport scattering coefficient for wavelengths of 0.38-2.5 and 3.5-6.0 μm. The measured radiative properties were used to predict the spectral normal-hemispherical reflectance and transmittance of the silica-doped alumina aerogels for various sample thicknesses and wavelengths. The predicted values do not change for the sample thicknesses greater than a critical value. The analysis provides valuable reference data for alumina aerogels for high-temperature applications. PMID:26836071

  2. Ballistic Performance of Alumina and Zirconia-toughened Alumina Against 7.62 Armour Piercing Projectile

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    S G. Savio

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available A study was carried out to compare the ballistic performance of high purity alumina and zirconia-toughened alumina (ZTA using depth of penetration (DoP test configuration against 7.62 mm armour piercing (AP ammunition. The effect of tile thickness on the differential efficiency factor (DEF was studied for tile thickness in the range of 3 mm to 6 mm for alumina tiles and 3 mm to 5 mm for ZTA tiles. The DEF is found to increase as tile thickness increases. An analysis on the failed shots showed that the residual shot weight does not follow a single linear relationship with ceramic tile thickness unlike the residual DoP for all thicknesses of tiles. Post-ballistic analysis on ceramic powder for particle size distribution was carried out and the results are presented.Defence Science Journal, Vol. 64, No. 5, September 2014, pp.477-483, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.64.6745

  3. Mechanical behavior of alumina and alumina-feldspar based ceramics in an acetic acid (4%) environment

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    This study investigates the mechanical properties of alumina-feldspar based ceramics when exposed to an aggressive environment (acetic acid 4%). Alumina ceramics containing different concentrations of feldspar (0%, 1%, 5%, 10%, or 40%) were sintered at either 1300, 1600, or 1700 oC. Flaws (of width 0%, 30%, or 50%) were introduced into the specimens using a saw. Half of these ceramic bodies were exposed to acetic acid. Their flexural strength, KIC, and porosity were measured and the fractured samples were evaluated using scanning electronic- and optical microscopy. It was found that in the ceramic bodies sintered at 1600 oC, feldspar content up to 10% improved flexural strength and KIC, and reduced porosities. Generally, it was found that acetic acid had a weakening effect on the flexural strength of samples sintered at 1700 oC but a beneficial effect on KIC of ceramics sintered at 1600 oC. It was concluded that alumina-based ceramics with feldspar content up to 10% and sintered at higher temperatures would perform better in an aggressive environment similar to oral cavity.

  4. Crystallography of Alumina-YAG-Eutectic

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    Farmer, Serene C.; Sayir, Ali; Dickerson, Robert M.; Matson, Lawrence E.

    2000-01-01

    Multiple descriptions of the alumina-YAG eutectic crystallography appear in the ceramic literature. The orientation between two phases in a eutectic system has direct impact on residual stress, morphology, microstructural stability, and high temperature mechanical properties. A study to demonstrate that the different crystallographic relationships can be correlated with different growth constraints was undertaken. Fibers produced by Laser-Heated Float Zone (LHFZ) and Edge-defined Film-fed Growth (EFG) were examined. A map of the orientation relationship between Al2O3 and Y3Al5O12 and their relationship to the fiber growth axis as a function of pull rate are presented. Regions in which a single orientation predominates are identified.

  5. Fracture simulation for zirconia toughened alumina microstructure

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    Kim, Kyungmok; Forest, Bernard

    2013-01-01

    Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to describe finite element modelling for fracture and fatigue behaviour of zirconia toughened alumina microstructures. Design/methodology/approach - A two-dimensional finite element model is developed with an actual $Al{_2}O{_3}$ - 10 vol% $ZrO{_2}$ microstructure. A bilinear, time-independent cohesive zone law is implemented for describing fracture behaviour of grain boundaries. Simulation conditions are similar to those found at contact between a head and a cup of hip prosthesis. Residual stresses arisen from the mismatch of thermal coefficient between grains are determined. Then, effects of a micro-void and contact stress magnitude are investigated with models containing residual stresses. For the purpose of simulating fatigue behaviour, cyclic loadings are applied to the models. Findings - Results show that crack density is gradually increased with increasing magnitude of contact stress or number of fatigue cycles. It is also identified that a micro-void brings about...

  6. Cast alumina forming austenitic stainless steels

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    Muralidharan, Govindarajan; Yamamoto, Yukinori; Brady, Michael P

    2013-04-30

    An austenitic stainless steel alloy consisting essentially of, in terms of weight percent ranges 0.15-0.5C; 8-37Ni; 10-25Cr; 2.5-5Al; greater than 0.6, up to 2.5 total of at least one element selected from the group consisting of Nb and Ta; up to 3Mo; up to 3Co; up to 1W; up to 3Cu; up to 15Mn; up to 2Si; up to 0.15B; up to 0.05P; up to 1 total of at least one element selected from the group consisting of Y, La, Ce, Hf, and Zr; alumina, and a stable essentially single phase FCC austenitic matrix microstructure, the austenitic matrix being essentially delta-ferrite free and essentially BCC-phase-free. A method of making austenitic stainless steel alloys is also disclosed.

  7. Optimized alumina coagulants for water treatment

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    Nyman, May D.; Stewart, Thomas A.

    2012-02-21

    Substitution of a single Ga-atom or single Ge-atom (GaAl.sub.12 and GeAl.sub.12 respectively) into the center of an aluminum Keggin polycation (Al.sub.13) produces an optimal water-treatment product for neutralization and coagulation of anionic contaminants in water. GaAl.sub.12 consistently shows .about.1 order of magnitude increase in pathogen reduction, compared to Al.sub.13. At a concentration of 2 ppm, GaAl.sub.12 performs equivalently to 40 ppm alum, removing .about.90% of the dissolved organic material. The substituted GaAl.sub.12 product also offers extended shelf-life and consistent performance. We also synthesized a related polyaluminum chloride compound made of pre-hydrolyzed dissolved alumina clusters of [GaO.sub.4Al.sub.12(OH).sub.24(H.sub.2O).sub.12].sup.7+.

  8. Reaction of Sillimnite with Alumina at Elevated Temperatures

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    SHENYang-yun; SHENYi

    1996-01-01

    The reaction of sillimanite with alumina at temperatures 1650℃ an 1750℃ has been investigated.The results have shown that,in the laboratory test conditions,the higher the alumina content,the lower will be the amounts of glass-phse of the fired body and the higher will be the formation of mullite .In the present tests,however,the reaction in concern has not been completed,the reaction in concern has not been completed.Some uncombined residual alumina still exist in the form of corundum.

  9. Wenshan’s 800,000-ton Alumina Project Completed

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    2012-01-01

    <正>On September 26,2012,the completion ceremony of the 800,000-ton alumina project was held at the alumina factory in Matang Industrial Park, Wenshan city,Yunnan.Wenshan’s 800,000-ton alumina project and its supporting mining construction projects have been listed as one of 20 major industrial construction projects of Yunnan. The project covers an area of approximately 5,500 mu,with an estimated total investment of RMB 4,987 million. It is invested and built

  10. 3.6. Chlorination of alumina containing waste products

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    Chlorination of alumina containing waste products is considered in this article. Based on conducted studies following optimal conditions of chlorination of alumina containing waste products with reducer - coal were found: temperature - 750-850 deg C, chlorination duration -1-1,5 hours, quantity of reducer - 30% and size of particles - 0,1 mm. Based on conducted studies following optimal conditions of chlorination of alumina containing waste products with reducer - natural gas were found: temperature - 650-750 deg C, chlorination duration - 2 hours, chlorine to methane ratio is 4:1 and size of particles - 0,2-0,3 mm.

  11. Porous alumina based ordered nanocomposite coating for wear resistance

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    Yadav, Arti; Muthukumar, M.; Bobji, M. S.

    2016-08-01

    Uniformly dispersed nanocomposite coating of aligned metallic nanowires in a matrix of amorphous alumina is fabricated by pulsed electrodeposition of copper into the pores of porous anodic alumina. Uniform deposition is obtained by controlling the geometry of the dendritic structure at the bottom of pores through stepwise voltage reduction followed by mild etching. The tribological behaviour of this nanocomposite coating is evaluated using a ball on flat reciprocating tribometer under the dry contact conditions. The nanocomposite coating has higher wear resistance compared to corresponding porous alumina coating. Wear resistant nanocomposite coating has wide applications especially in protecting the internal surfaces of aluminium internal combustion engines.

  12. Alumina Paste Sublimation Suppression Barrier for Thermoelectric Device

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    Paik, Jong-Ah (Inventor); Caillat, Thierry (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Alumina as a sublimation suppression barrier for a Zintl thermoelectric material in a thermoelectric power generation device operating at high temperature, e.g. at or above 1000K, is disclosed. The Zintl thermoelectric material may comprise Yb.sub.14MnSb.sub.11. The alumina may be applied as an adhesive paste dried and cured on a substantially oxide free surface of the Zintl thermoelectric material and polished to a final thickness. The sublimation suppression barrier may be finalized by baking out the alumina layer on the Zintl thermoelectric material until it becomes substantially clogged with ytterbia.

  13. Extraction of Alumina from high-silica bauxite by hydrochloric acid leaching using preliminary roasting method

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    Valeev, D. V.; Mansurova, E. R.; Bychinskii, V. A.; Chudnenko, K. V.

    2016-02-01

    A process of dissolution Severoonezhsk deposit boehmite-kaolinite bauxite by hydrochloric acid, as well as the processes that occur during open-air calcination, were investigated. A dehydration process has been studied, and the basic phase transformation temperatures were identified. Temperature and time of calcination influence on bauxite dehydration speed were determined. It is shown that the preliminary calcination increases the extraction ratio of alumina into solution up to 89%. Thermodynamic modelling of physical and chemical processes of bauxite decomposition by hydrochloric acid and the basic forms of aluminium speciation in solution were obtained.

  14. Oxygen isotope geochemistry of a potassic porphyritic calc-alkalic composite pluton: the Itaporanga batholith, state of Paraiba, Northeastern Brazil

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    The composite porphyritic, potassic calc-alkaline Itaporanga batholith was intruded between the metasediments of the Cachoeirinha-Salgueiro groups and the gneisses of the basement, in the western portion of the State of Paraiba, Northeastern Brazil. The close interaction of mafic (potassium diorite) with felsic porphyritic rocks (quartz monzonite to granite) forming hybrid ones (monzonite to granodiorite) developed migmatite-like structures (stromatic and, less often, agmatic) suggesting coexistence and mixing of magmas as a major process during the evolution of this pluton. Quartz, known for its resistence to weathering and subsequent oxygen isotope exchange, was used to compare the δ18O values among these rocks. (author)

  15. Synthesis of Biomimetic Superhydrophobic Surface through Electrochemical Deposition on Porous Alumina

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    Jiadao Wang; Ang Li; Haosheng Chen; Darong Chen

    2011-01-01

    The superhydrophobicity of plant leaves is a benefit of the hierarchical structures of their surfaces. These structures have been imitated in the creation of synthetic surfaces. In this paper, a novel process for fabrication of biomimetic hierarchical structures by electrochemical deposition of a metal on porous alumina is described. An aluminum specimen was anodically oxidized to obtain a porous alumina template, which was used as an electrode to fabricate a surface with micro structures through electrochemical deposition of a metal such as nickel and copper after the enlargement of pores. Astonishingly, a hierarchical structure with nanometer pillars and micrometer clusters was synthesized in the pores of the template. The nanometer pillars were determined by the nanometer pores. The formation of micrometer clusters was related to the thin walls of the pores and the crystallization of the metal on a flat surface. From the as-prepared biomimetic surfaces, lotus-leaf-like superhydrophobic surfaces with nickel and copper deposition were achieved.

  16. Synthesis of alumina nano-sheets via supercritical fluid technology with high uranyl adsorptive capacity

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    Supercritical carbon dioxide is beneficial to the synthesis of superior ultrafine and uniform materials due to its high chemical stability, low viscosity, high diffusivity, and 'zero' surface tension. γ-Alumina nano-sheets were obtained by a simple hydrothermal route in the presence of supercritical carbon dioxide. XRD, FTIR, SEM, TEM and nitrogen sorption isotherm were employed to characterize the samples. Alumina as-prepared has a high specific surface area of up to 200 ± 6 m2 g-1, which presents a high adsorption capacity (4.66 ± 0.02 mg g-1) for uranyl ions from aqueous solution. Furthermore, the adsorption process was found to be endothermic and spontaneous in nature. (authors)

  17. Thermal stability of beta''-alumina solid electrolyte under AMTEC operating conditions

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    A critical component of alkali metal thermal-to electric converter (AMTEC) devices for long duration space missions is the sodium beta''-alumina solid electrolyte ceramic (BASE), for which there exists no substitute. The major phase in this ceramic, sodium beta''-alumina shows no evidence of thermal decomposition in AMTEC environments including clean liquid sodium and low pressure sodium gas, at temperatures below 1173K, or in vacuum below 1273K. This paper presents additional results of ionic conductivity and exchange current studies in sodium exposure test cells (SETCs) to characterize the changes occurring in BASE below 1273K in low pressure sodium vapor. Also presented are additional annealing studies to characterize the kinetics of processes occurring in the BASE ceramic in the AMTEC operating regime

  18. Atomic-scale non-contact AFM studies of alumina supported nanoparticles

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    Jensen, Thomas Nørregaard; Meinander, Kristoffer; Simonsen, Søren Bredmose;

    society today, both as the means for environmental protection and as the backbone technology for most of the chemical industries. Among important processes based on heterogeneous catalysis are biomass conversion, steam reforming of methane and the synthesis of synthetic fuel from hydrocarbons, coal......, petroleum coke or biomass. The development of new catalysts is given a very high priority since they facilitate a much better utilization of our scarce energy reserves and it can drive the concept of waste-free ‘green’ chemistry and the development of a sustainable energy sector. Metal oxide surfaces like...... electrically conducting or non-conducting [2]. We use nc-AFM to study the growth, shape and size of nanoparticles on spinel and alumina surfaces. In addition to this, we have grown a transition alumina thin film on a spinel surface in order to characterize such a film as well as studying the catalytic...

  19. A Reliable Method for the Preparation of Multiporous Alumina Monoliths by Ice-Templating

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    Jérémy Dhainaut

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Alumina supports presenting a bimodal porosity are generally advantageous for the conversion of bulky molecules such as found in biomass, refining, and petrochemistry. However, shaping of such materials, while controlling pores size and orientation, proves to be hard. This problem can be tackled by using a simple method involving sol-gel chemistry, surfactant self-assembly, and ice-templating. Herein, a systematic study of the formulation and process parameters’ influence on the final material properties is presented. This protocol results in the repeatable preparation of centimeter-sized alumina monoliths presenting a uni-directional macroporosity and structured mesopores. These monoliths should be of particular interest in high flow rate catalytic applications.

  20. Effect of surface roughness on grain growth and sintering of alumina

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    Padmaja Parameswaran Nampi; Shoichi Kume; Yuji Hotta; Koji Watari

    2011-07-01

    The production of ceramic bodies with less surface roughness is industrially important when one considers the aspect of final machining processes. Hence an attempt have been made to study the variation in surface roughness parameters (a, y, z) of alumina having three different kinds of roughness features at different sintering temperatures. Variation in surface roughness properties are also correlated with grain size. z shows significant difference between fine and intermediate surfaces, hence predicts small difference in their microstructural features. As a general trend, average grain size increases with increase in sintering temperature, but wide distribution of grains with enhanced non-uniform grain growth is observed when the surface is coarse. Hence, creation of fine surface in the green body is necessary for homogeneously distributed grains with controlled uniform grain growth. The final roughness and grain size of the sintered alumina depend on the initial surface roughness of the green body.

  1. Preparation of Si Nanocrystals Using Anodic Porous Alumina Template Formed on Silicon Substrate

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    WU Jun-Hui; PU Lin; ZOU Jian-Ping; MEI Yong-Feng; ZHU Jian-Min; BAO Xi-Mao

    2000-01-01

    A novel technique to extend template application ofanodic porous alumina to Si has been reported. First, porous alumina template about 400 nm thick was prepared on silicon substrate by anodizing thin aluminum film with high purity of 99.99% in 15 wt.% sulfuric acid under a constant voltage of 20 V and at an electrolyte temperature of 5°C. Then, amorphous Si layer approximately 50nm in thickness was deposited onto the surface of template by using electron beam evaporation technique followed by an Xe ion beam bombardment, upon which as-coated Si layer at the pore mouth could be removed into pores smootlly. Three runs were performed by repeating above process of deposition and post bombardment. Finally, samples were annealed at 800°C for 30min in nitrogen.Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction analysis reveal Si nanocrystals with a size of 15-20nm being formed in the pores of template.

  2. Aqueous Tape Casting of Alumina using an Emulsion of Urethane Polymer

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    From the viewpoint of solving environmental problems, changeover from organic solvent-based system to water-based system in tape casting process has been required. The effects of organic additives on the rheological properties of water-based alumina slurries were investigated. The aqueous slurries were prepared from low-soda alumina powder, deionized water, ammonium salt of polycarboxylic acid type dispersant, emulsion type urethane polymer binder and defoamer. By means of the zeta potential measurement, the optimum content of added dispersant was estimated. Furthermore, precipitation test, viscosity measurement and so on were performed. From these measurements, it was decided that optimum amounts of dispersant and binder were 0.8 mass% and 12 mass%, respectively. Well-dispersed and high solid content slurry gave good quality green sheets, and high density sintered bodies were obtained.

  3. Crackling noise during failure of alumina under compression: the effect of porosity

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    We study acoustic emission avalanches during the process of failure of porous alumina samples (Al2O3) under compression. Specimens with different porosities ranging from 30% to 59% have been synthesized from a mixture of fine-grained alumina and graphite. The compressive strength as well as the characteristics of the acoustic activity have been determined. The statistical analysis of the recorded acoustic emission pulses reveals, for all porosities, a broad distribution of energies with a fat tail, compatible with the existence of an underlying critical point. In the region of 35%–55% porosity, the energy distributions of the acoustic emission signals are compatible with a power-law behaviour over two decades in energy with an exponent ϵ = 1.8 ± 0.1. (fast track communication)

  4. Chemical treatment and biomimetic coating evaluating in zirconia-alumina ceramics; Avaliacao de tratamentos quimicos e recobrimento biomimetico em ceramicas de alumina-zirconia

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    Aguiar, Amanda Abati

    2007-07-01

    Ceramic materials, as alumina and zirconia have been explored along the years as biomaterials application. The bio inert nature has been stimulating the development of new alternatives, as chemical treatments to improve the biological application of these ceramics. The biomimetic process of bio inert ceramics for coating apatite is based on soaking the implant in a simulated body fluid, SBF, with ion concentrations nearly equal to those of human blood plasma. The bioactivity of the material is related with the formation of a layer constituted of hydroxyapatite low crystalline, similar to the biological apatite. The biocompatibility associated to the structural properties of the alumina and zirconia has been stimulating the clinical use of these materials, mainly in areas of larger mechanical requests, places not recommended for bioactive hydroxyapatite, for instance. In this work samples of alumina, zirconia doped with Yttria (3% mol) and composites of alumina and zirconia doped with Yttria (3% mol) were prepared by co-precipitation method, calcinate, sintered, chemically treated with solutions of acid phosphoric and sodium hydroxide and them immersed in 1.0 M and 1.5 M SBF. The calcinate powders were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), gas adsorption (BET) and laser diffraction. The XRD results indicate that the samples are low crystalline. It was observed for BET that the samples present high specific surface area. The results of laser diffraction and SEM showed that the powders are agglomerates. The sintered samples were analyzed by XRD, SEM and X-ray fluorescence (XRF). The phases quantified by Rietveld method were: cubic, tetragonal and monoclinic of the zirconia, besides the phase alpha of the alumina. The chemical treatment with phosphoric acid didn't present a tendency of larger apatite formation in relation to the samples no chemically treated. The treatment with sodium hydroxide provoked accentuated transformation

  5. Phase transformation of alumina coating by plasma assisted tempering of aluminized P91 steels

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    Jamnapara, N.I., E-mail: nirav@ipr.res.in [FCIPT Division, Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar 382016 (India); Department of Met. Eng. and Mat. Sci., IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India); Mukherjee, S. [FCIPT Division, Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar 382016 (India); Khanna, A.S. [Department of Met. Eng. and Mat. Sci., IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • A novel plasma assisted heat treatment process for aluminized P91 steels is reported. • Plasma plays a vital role in phase transformation of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} from θ to α phase. • Presence of O{sup ∗} species in plasma facilitates θ to α transformation. - Abstract: α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating on aluminized surfaces are considered candidate coatings for blanket applications in fusion reactor. In order to generate α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, aluminized P91 steel samples were subjected to normalizing and tempering treatments at 980 °C and 750 °C respectively. Oxygen plasma has been used during tempering treatment of aluminized P91 steel samples at 750 °C for 1 h. The resulting alumina coating on plasma tempered samples were compared with those of thermally tempered samples. The alumina films were characterized using XRD, XPS, and SEM–EDS techniques. Results indicate that the thermally tempered samples had θ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating while the plasma tempered samples had α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating after heat treatment. Such transformation of alumina phase was not visible without plasma. A hypothesis of θ to α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} transformation in plasma is proposed. This paper emphasizes the role of plasma processing on generation of an improved insulation coating for TBM applications in fusion reactors.

  6. Switchable hydrophobic-hydrophilic layer obtained onto porous alumina by plasma-enhanced fluorination

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    A.; TRESSAUD; C.; LABRUGèRE; E.; DURAND; C.; BRIGOULEIX; H.; ANDRIESSEN

    2009-01-01

    Conventional lithographic printing processes using porous alumina for offset applications generally use "wet" routes. Recently "dry" processes have been developed which are based on a heat-induced hydrophilic/oleophilic conversion of one or more layers of the coating so that a stronger affinity to-wards ink or water fountain is created at the exposed areas with respect to the surface of the unex-posed coating. Treatments involving rf plasma-enhanced fluorination (PEF) constitute exceptional tools for modifying the surface properties of materials. Many advantages of these techniques can be indeed outlined, when compared to more conventional methods: room-temperature reactions, chemical modi-fications limited to surface only without changing the bulk properties, possible non-equilibrium reac-tions. The influence of PEF treatments on porous alumina layer used in printing plates has been tested with various fluorinated gases (CF4, C3F8 and C4F8) and characterized by XPS. The hydrophobic prop-erties of the fluorinated layer have been deduced from contact angle measurements. Using C4F8 rf-PEF treatment, the outmost surface of the hydrophilic alumina substrate used for lithographic printing is hydrophobized, or in other words, the hydrophilic substrate is converted into a support with hydro-phobic properties. Once being hydrophobized, the surface layer may be rendered hydrophilic using a heat pulse, thus giving rise to switchable hydrophobic-hydrophilic properties of the material.

  7. Characterization of the alumina film with cerium doped on the iron-aluminide diffusion coating

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    Zhan, Q., E-mail: zhanqin1983@163.com; Yang, H.G.; Zhao, W.W.; Yuan, X.M.; Hu, Y.

    2013-11-15

    An iron-aluminide layer with a thin alumina film on the top as a composite tritium permeation barrier (TPB) coating was characterized under different oxidation conditions. The TPB coating was prepared initially on a China Low Activation Ferritic-Martensitic (CLAM) steel by a pack cementation aluminizing process and then an alumina film was formed on the surface of this iron-aluminide diffusion layer by an oxidizing process. To modify the properties of the FeAl/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite TPB coatings, the rare earth element (cerium) was introduced as a dopant while oxidizing. Characterization showed that a continuous oxide scale with a thickness of about 300–400 nm was formed on the FeAl diffusion layer. The film was mainly composed of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} doped with a little CeO{sub 2}. In addition, the concentration of α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} increased with elevated temperature while oxidizing. The phase transformation behavior of alumina scale on the surface of an iron-aluminide layer was studied in this paper.

  8. Recovery of alkali and alumina from Bayer red mud by the calcification-carbonation method

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    Zhu, Xiao-feng; Zhang, Ting-an; Wang, Yan-xiu; Lü, Guo-zhi; Zhang, Wei-guang

    2016-03-01

    Red mud produced in the Bayer process is a hazardous solid waste because of its high alkalinity; however, it is rich in valuable components such as titanium, iron, and aluminum. In this study, a novel calcification-carbonation method was developed to recover alkali and alumina from Bayer red mud under mild reaction conditions. Batch experiments were performed to evaluate the potential effects of important parameters such as temperature, amount of CaO added, and CO2 partial pressure on the recovery of alkali and alumina. The results showed that 95.2% alkali and 75.0% alumina were recovered from red mud with decreases in the mass ratios of Na2O to Fe2O3 and of Al2O3 to Fe2O3 from 0.42 and 0.89 to 0.02 and 0.22, respectively. The processed red mud with less than 0.5wt% Na2O can potentially be used as a construction material.

  9. Use of industrial byproducts as alumina sources for the synthesis of calcium sulfoaluminate cements.

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    Pace, Maria Lucia; Telesca, Antonio; Marroccoli, Milena; Valenti, Gian Lorenzo

    2011-07-15

    Calcium sulfoaluminate (CSA) cements show some desirable environmentally friendly features that include the possibility of using several industrial byproducts as raw materials in their manufacturing process. Alumina powder, from the secondary aluminum manufacture, and anodization mud, from the production process of anodized aluminum, have proved to be suitable as partial or total substitutes for an expensive natural material like bauxite. CSA clinker generating raw mixtures, containing limestone, natural gypsum, bauxite, and/or one of the alumina-rich byproducts, were heated 2 h in a laboratory electric oven at temperatures ranging from 1150 to 1300 °C. Conversion of reactants into 4CaO·3Al(2)O(3)·SO(3) (the key component of CSA cements), evaluated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, increased with an increase of both burning temperature and byproduct concentration. When examined through differential thermogravimetric and XRD analyses, a synthetic CSA clinker (made from the raw mixture incorporating alumina powder as a total replacement of bauxite) mixed with 20% gypsum showed a hydration behavior almost similar to that of an industrial CSA cement containing the same amount of gypsum. PMID:21707122

  10. Hydrogen Selective Thin Palladium-Copper Composite Membranes on Alumina Supports

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    Lim, Hankwon; Oyama, S. Ted

    2011-08-15

    Thin and defect-free Pd–Cu composite membranes with high hydrogen permeances and selectivities were prepared by electroless plating of palladium and copper on porous alumina supports with pore sizes of 5 and 100 nm coated with intermediate layers. The intermediate layers on the 100 nm supports were prepared by the deposition of boehmite sols of different particle sizes, and provided a graded, uniform substrate for the formation of defect-free, ultra-thin palladium composite layers. The dependence of hydrogen flux on pressure difference was studied to understand the dominant mechanism of hydrogen transport through a Pd–Cu composite membrane plated on an alumina support with a pore size of 5 nm. The order in hydrogen pressure was 0.98, and indicated that bulk diffusion through the Pd–Cu layer was fast and the overall process was limited by external mass-transfer or a surface process. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of the Pd–Cu composite membrane showed a uniform substrate created after depositing one intermediate layer on top of the alumina support and a dense Pd–Cu composite layer with no visible defects. Cross-sectional views of the membrane showed that the Pd–Cu composite layer had a top layer thickness of 160 nm (0.16 μm), which is much thinner than previously reported.

  11. Novel growth method of carbon nanotubes using catalyst-support layer developed by alumina grit blasting

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    Watanabe, Hiromichi; Ishii, Juntaro; Ota, Keishin

    2016-08-01

    We propose an efficient method of growing carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays on a variety of metals, alloys, and carbon materials using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) assisted by a simple surface treatment of the materials. The main feature of this method is the application of grit blasting with fine alumina particles to the development of a catalyst-support layer required for the growth of CNTs on various conductive materials, including ultra-hard metals such as tungsten. Auger electron spectroscopy shows that grit blasting can form a non-continuous layer where alumina nanoparticles are embedded as residues in the blasting media left on the treated surfaces. This work reveals that such a non-continuous alumina layer can behave as the catalyst-support layer, which is generally prepared by sputter or a vacuum evaporation coating process that considerably restricts the practical applications of CNTs. We have attempted to grow CNTs on grit-blasted substrates of eighteen conventionally used conductive materials using CVD together with a floating iron catalyst. The proposed method was successful in growing multi-walled CNT arrays on the grit-blasted surfaces of all the examined materials, demonstrating its versatility. Furthermore, we found that the group IV metal oxide films thermally grown on the as-received substrates can support the catalytic activity of iron nanoparticles in the CVD process just as well as the alumina film developed by grit blasting. Spectral emissivity of the CNT arrays in the visible and infrared wavelength ranges has been determined to assess the applicability of the CNT arrays as a black coating media.

  12. Novel growth method of carbon nanotubes using catalyst-support layer developed by alumina grit blasting.

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    Watanabe, Hiromichi; Ishii, Juntaro; Ota, Keishin

    2016-08-19

    We propose an efficient method of growing carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays on a variety of metals, alloys, and carbon materials using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) assisted by a simple surface treatment of the materials. The main feature of this method is the application of grit blasting with fine alumina particles to the development of a catalyst-support layer required for the growth of CNTs on various conductive materials, including ultra-hard metals such as tungsten. Auger electron spectroscopy shows that grit blasting can form a non-continuous layer where alumina nanoparticles are embedded as residues in the blasting media left on the treated surfaces. This work reveals that such a non-continuous alumina layer can behave as the catalyst-support layer, which is generally prepared by sputter or a vacuum evaporation coating process that considerably restricts the practical applications of CNTs. We have attempted to grow CNTs on grit-blasted substrates of eighteen conventionally used conductive materials using CVD together with a floating iron catalyst. The proposed method was successful in growing multi-walled CNT arrays on the grit-blasted surfaces of all the examined materials, demonstrating its versatility. Furthermore, we found that the group IV metal oxide films thermally grown on the as-received substrates can support the catalytic activity of iron nanoparticles in the CVD process just as well as the alumina film developed by grit blasting. Spectral emissivity of the CNT arrays in the visible and infrared wavelength ranges has been determined to assess the applicability of the CNT arrays as a black coating media. PMID:27389659

  13. Coating hydroxyapatite/alpha alumina composites by mechanical alloying

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    The biomaterials field has become a vital area, as these materials can enhance the quality and longevity of human life and science and technology associated with this field has now led to multi-million dollar business. Hydroxyapatite [Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2-HA] and alumina ceramics materials have been clinically applied in many areas of dentistry and orthopaedics. Their widespread use is based on a combination of good strength, modest fracture toughness, high wear resistance, good biocompatibility and excellent corrosion resistance. Alumina has also been used in jaw bone reconstruction. Other clinical applications include knee prostheses, bone segment replacements, bone screws, middle ear bone substitutes, and corneal replacements. Optimization of the surface structure of materials is of great concern at the present time since most failures occur on the surface (fatigue, fretting corrosion, corrosion, wear, etc.). As a result, improving the surface properties would greatly enhance the overall behaviour of materials. It is widely recognized that titanium displays poor wear resistance and that its fatigue performance depends to a large extent on its surface properties. The newly developed process, mechanical alloying MA, is therefore of considerable technological importance since it provides the possibility of dramatically improving the surface properties of titanium. Presented work describes the effect of MA treatment, as a non-conventional solid-state process, on the microstructure of IA/α-Al2O3 composites. Also, the necessary conditions for coating HA/α- Al2O3 composites on Ti-substrate were examined. To make HA and Al2O3 composites, α-Al2O3 powder was used because of its better sinterability than γ-AI2O3. HA/α-Al2O3 was successfully deposited on Ti-substrate by mechanical alloying (MA). From the X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) the as-synthesized and heat treated samples between 300C and 600C have not any phase transition or decomposition. From the scanning electron

  14. Structure and surface properties of praseodymium modified alumina

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    Mixed PrO2-Al2O3 oxides with different PrO2 content (1-20 wt.%) were prepared by wetness impregnation of γ-alumina with aqueous solution of praseodymium nitrate. The samples were characterized by different techniques, using surface adsorption-desorption of N2 (SBET), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) and temperature-programmed desorption of CO2 (TPD-CO2). TGA and XRD showed the presence of small praseodymium oxide species on the alumina surface. XPS and DRS detected electron deficient interaction between deposited praseodymium oxide and alumina. It was observed a lower reduction temperature for supported Pr oxide species compared to that of the bulk Pr6O11. TPD-CO2 studies suggested that the deposition of Pr oxide on alumina leaded to increase of the basicity of mixed oxides.

  15. Fused Cast Alumina Refractory Products for Glass Tank Furnace

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    SHEN Keyin

    2006-01-01

    @@ 1 Subject and Scope The standard specifies the requirement, testing method, inspection rule and requirements for the labeling, packing, shipping and storing of the fused cast alumina refractory products for glass tanks.

  16. Aluminum microstructures on anodic alumina for aluminum wiring boards.

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    Jha, Himendra; Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Sakairi, Masatoshi; Takahashi, Hideaki

    2010-03-01

    The paper demonstrates simple methods for the fabrication of aluminum microstructures on the anodic oxide film of aluminum. The aluminum sheets were first engraved (patterned) either by laser beam or by embossing to form deep grooves on the surface. One side of the sheet was then anodized, blocking the other side by using polymer mask to form the anodic alumina. Because of the lower thickness at the bottom part of the grooves, the part was completely anodized before the complete oxidation of the other parts. Such selectively complete anodizing resulted in the patterns of metallic aluminum on anodic alumina. Using the technique, we fabricated microstructures such as line patterns and a simple wiring circuit-board-like structure on the anodic alumina. The aluminum microstructures fabricated by the techniques were embedded in anodic alumina/aluminum sheet, and this technique is promising for applications in electronic packaging and devices. PMID:20356280

  17. High Alumina Refractory Bricks for Electric Arc Furnace Roofs

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    2007-01-01

    @@ 1 Scope This standard specifies the sort, technical requirement, test method, inspection rules, marking, packing, transportation, storage and quality certification of high alumina refractory bricks for electric arc furnace roofs.

  18. Superhydrophobic alumina surface based on stearic acid modification

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    A novel superhydrophobic alumina surface is fabricated by grafting stearic acid layer onto the porous and roughened aluminum film. The chemical and phase structure, morphology, and the chemical state of the atoms at the superhydrophobic surface were investigated by techniques as FTIR, XRD, FE-SEM, and XPS, respectively. Results show that a super water-repellent surface with a contact angle of 154.2o is generated. The superhydrophobic alumina surface takes on an uneven flowerlike structure with many nanometer-scale hollows distribute in the nipple-shaped protrusions, and which is composed of boehmite crystal and γ-Al2O3. Furthermore, the roughened and porous alumina surface is coated with a layer of hydrophobic alkyl chains which come from stearic acid molecules. Therefore, both the roughened structure and the hydrophobic layer endue the alumina surface with the superhydrophobic behavior.

  19. Removing Fluoride Ions with Continously Fed Activated Alumina.

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    Wu, Yeun C.; Itemaking, Isara Cholapranee

    1979-01-01

    Discussed is the mathematical basis for determining fluoride removal during water treatment with activated alumina. The study indicates that decreasing particle size decreases the pore diffusion effect and increases fluoride removal. (AS)

  20. Efeito da adição de polímero precursor cerâmico na sinterização de alumina Effect of the addition of ceramic polymeric precursor on alumina sintering

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    2010-03-01

    precursor polymers shows a suitable process for alumina-based ceramics, a simple forming route, with high potential for the fabrication of complex shape pieces.

  1. Adsorption of textile dye onto modified immobilized activated alumina

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    Wasti, A.; Ali, Awan M.

    2015-01-01

    The study describes the synthesis of modified immobilized activated alumina (MIAA) and its application for the removal of textile dye from aqueous media. Immobilization was carried out by using the sol–gel method while modifications were made during the synthesis by adding powder activated alumina. Batch adsorption experiments were carried out at 20 ± 1 °C to see the effect of different parameters like contact time, stirring rate, initial concentration of the dye and dose of MIAA. The removal...

  2. Pengaruh Konsentrasi Natrium Oksida (Na2O) Dalam Alumina (Al2O3) Terhadap Kriolit (Na3AlF6) Yang Dihasilkan Pada Tungku Reduksi Di PT Inalum

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    Aulia, Muhammad Emir

    2010-01-01

    Bauxite contains alumina (Al2O3) as material in aluminium smelting by using Hall-Heroult electrolysis process. Alumina specification contains Na2O at its concentration that influences cryolite production. Cryolite is used as electrolyte and can to dissolves alumina. Aluminium smelting process at reduction pot must be balance. Thus, cryolite production has to be known by Na2O effect calculation in material balance at reduction pot, where maximum Na2O in PT INALUM is 0,600 % based on material s...

  3. Preparation and characterization of alumina hollow fiber membranes

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    Tao WANG; Yuzhong ZHANG; Guangfen LI; Hong LI

    2009-01-01

    With the rapid development of membrane technology in water treatment, there is a growing demand for membrane products with high performance. The inorganic hollow fiber membranes are of great interest due to their high resistance to abrasion, chemical/thermal degradation, and higher surface area/volume ratio therefore they can be utilized in the fields of water treatment. In this study, the alumina (Al2O3) hollow fiber membranes were prepared by a combined phase-inversion and sintering method. The organic binder solution (dope) containing suspended Al2O3 powders was spun to a hollow fiber precursor, which was then sintered at elevated tempera-tures in order to obtain the Al2O3 hollow fiber membrane. The dope solution consisted ofpolyethersulfone (PES), N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), which were used as polymer binder, solvent and additive, respectively. The prepared Al2O3 hollow fiber membranes were characterized by a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TG). The effects of the sintering temperature and Al2O3/PES ratios on the morphological structure, pure water flux, pore size and porosity of the membranes were also investigated extensively. The results showed that the pure water flux, maximum pore size and porosity of the prepared membranes decreased with the increase in Al2O3/PES ratios and sintering temperature. When the Al2O3/PES ratio reached 9, the pure water flux and maximum pore size were at 2547L/m2·h and 1.4μm, respectively. Under 1600℃ of sintering temperature, the pure water flux and maximum pore size reached 2398 L/(m2·h) and 2.3 μm, respectively. The results showed that the alumina hollow fiber membranes we prepared were suitable for the microfiltration process. The morphology investigation also revealed that the prepared Al2O3 hollow fiber membrane retained its'asymmetric structure even after the sintering process.

  4. High toughness alumina ceramics with elongated grains developed from seeds

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    XIE; Zhipeng; (谢志鹏); GAO; Lichun; (高立春); LI; Wenchao; (李文超); XU; Lihua; (徐利华); WANG; Xidong; (王习东)

    2003-01-01

    In the present paper, the influence of α-Al2O3 seeds and sintering methods on elongated grain growth and fracture toughness is investigated. The preparation of alumina ceramics started with commercial aluminum hydroxide. Abrasives were introduced to the starting materials by wet-grinding of high-purity alumina milling balls. Abrasives, playing the role of seeds, lowered the transformation temperature of aluminum hydroxide to alumina. Microstructures with elongated grains were developed by hot-pressing for the above calcined powders containing α-Al2O3 seeds, and alumina grain shapes changed with the amount of seeds introduced. However, only equiaxed grains were observed for the samples pressureless sintered. Fracture toughness of the alumina ceramics was dramatically improved by elongated grains. For the sample hot-pressed at 1600℃ for 2 h under 40 MPa pressure, fracture toughness reached 7.1 MPa·m1/2, which is much higher than that of normal alumina ceramics without elongated grains. In addition, high flexural strength of 630 MPa for the hot-pressed samples was also obtained.

  5. Antibacterial activity of zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina

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    Highlights: ► Atomic layer deposition was used to deposit ZnO on nanoporous alumina membranes. ► Scanning electron microscopy showed continuous coatings of zinc oxide nanocrystals. ► Activity against B. subtilis, E. coli, S. aureus, and S. epidermidis was shown. - Abstract: Nanoporous alumina membranes, also known as anodized aluminum oxide membranes, are being investigated for use in treatment of burn injuries and other skin wounds. In this study, atomic layer deposition was used for coating the surfaces of nanoporous alumina membranes with zinc oxide. Agar diffusion assays were used to show activity of zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes against several bacteria found on the skin surface, including Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Staphylococcus epidermidis. On the other hand, zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes did not show activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococcus faecalis, and Candida albicans. These results suggest that zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes have activity against some Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria that are associated with skin colonization and skin infection.

  6. Antibacterial activity of zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina

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    Skoog, S.A. [Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University, Box 7115, Raleigh, NC 27695-7115 (United States); Bayati, M.R. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Box 7907, Raleigh, NC 27695-7907 (United States); Petrochenko, P.E. [Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University, Box 7115, Raleigh, NC 27695-7115 (United States); Division of Biology, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD 20993 (United States); Stafslien, S.; Daniels, J.; Cilz, N. [Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, North Dakota State University, 1805 Research Park Drive, Fargo, ND 58102 (United States); Comstock, D.J.; Elam, J.W. [Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Narayan, R.J., E-mail: roger_narayan@msn.com [Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University, Box 7115, Raleigh, NC 27695-7115 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Box 7907, Raleigh, NC 27695-7907 (United States)

    2012-07-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Atomic layer deposition was used to deposit ZnO on nanoporous alumina membranes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Scanning electron microscopy showed continuous coatings of zinc oxide nanocrystals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Activity against B. subtilis, E. coli, S. aureus, and S. epidermidis was shown. - Abstract: Nanoporous alumina membranes, also known as anodized aluminum oxide membranes, are being investigated for use in treatment of burn injuries and other skin wounds. In this study, atomic layer deposition was used for coating the surfaces of nanoporous alumina membranes with zinc oxide. Agar diffusion assays were used to show activity of zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes against several bacteria found on the skin surface, including Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Staphylococcus epidermidis. On the other hand, zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes did not show activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococcus faecalis, and Candida albicans. These results suggest that zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes have activity against some Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria that are associated with skin colonization and skin infection.

  7. Solvent mediated assembly of nanoparticles confined in mesoporous alumina.

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    Alvine, K. J.; Pontoni, D.; Shpyrko, O. G.; Pershan, P. S.; Cookson, D. J.; Shin, K.; Russell, T. P.; Brunnbauer, M.; Stellacci, F.; Gang, O.; BNL; Massachusetts Inst. of Tech.; Univ. of Massachusetts; Harvard Univ.; Univ. Massachusetts

    2006-01-01

    The controlled self-assembly of thiol stabilized gold nanocrystals in a mediating solvent and confined within mesoporous alumina was probed in situ with small angle x-ray scattering. The evolution of the self-assembly process was controlled reversibly via regulated changes in the amount of solvent condensed from an undersaturated vapor. Analysis indicated that the nanoparticles self-assembled into cylindrical monolayers within the porous template. Nanoparticle nearest-neighbor separation within the monolayer increased and the ordering decreased with the controlled addition of solvent. The process was reversible with the removal of solvent. Isotropic clusters of nanoparticles were also observed to form temporarily during desorption of the liquid solvent and disappeared upon complete removal of liquid. Measurements of the absorption and desorption of the solvent showed strong hysteresis upon thermal cycling. In addition, the capillary filling transition for the solvent in the nanoparticle-doped pores was shifted to larger chemical potential, relative to the liquid/vapor coexistence, by a factor of 4 as compared to the expected value for the same system without nanoparticles.

  8. Phase transformation of alumina coating by plasma assisted tempering of aluminized P91 steels

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    Jamnapara, N. I.; Mukherjee, S.; Khanna, A. S.

    2015-09-01

    α-Al2O3 coating on aluminized surfaces are considered candidate coatings for blanket applications in fusion reactor. In order to generate α-Al2O3, aluminized P91 steel samples were subjected to normalizing and tempering treatments at 980 °C and 750 °C respectively. Oxygen plasma has been used during tempering treatment of aluminized P91 steel samples at 750 °C for 1 h. The resulting alumina coating on plasma tempered samples were compared with those of thermally tempered samples. The alumina films were characterized using XRD, XPS, and SEM-EDS techniques. Results indicate that the thermally tempered samples had θ-Al2O3 coating while the plasma tempered samples had α-Al2O3 coating after heat treatment. Such transformation of alumina phase was not visible without plasma. A hypothesis of θ to α-Al2O3 transformation in plasma is proposed. This paper emphasizes the role of plasma processing on generation of an improved insulation coating for TBM applications in fusion reactors.

  9. Colloidal Alumina-bonded TiB2 Coating on Cathode Carbon Blocks in Aluminum Cells

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    2001-01-01

    Self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) with reduction process was used to fabricate TiB2 powder from TiO2-B2O3-Mg system. The colloidal alumina-bonded TiB2 paste was prepared and coated on the cathode carbonblocks. Various properties of the baked paste such as the corrosive resistance, thermal expansion and wettability were tested. Experimental results showed that the colloidal alumina-bonded TiB2 coating could be well wetted by liquid alum inum; and the thermal expansion coefficient of the coated material was 5.8× 10 6 ℃ -1 at 20-1000℃, which was close to that of the traditional anthracite block cathode (4× 10 6 ℃ 1); the electrical resistivity was 8 μΩ·m at 900℃ when the con tent of alumina in the coated material was about 9% in mass fraction. In addition, some other good results such as sodium resistance were also reported.

  10. Effect of surface finishing and heat treatments on the mechanical strength of sintered alumina

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    The effect of surface finishing on the mechanical strength of two pure aluminas, one of self-production and another a commercial one, is studied. Three types of finishings: as-sintered, as machined and as-machined with thermal treatment were studied. It was verified that the as-machined alumina is about 50 percent stronger than the as-sintered one, and that a thermal treatment increases even more the mechanical strength of the sintered alumina. The effect of the volume and pressing direction on mechanical strength was studied. The kinetics of crack healing was determined from a series of systematically selected thermal treatments with annealing temperatures between 12000C and 16000C. It was verified that a recently developed theoretical model for crack healing can describe the experimental results; using this model a value for the activation energy of the process of 715 kJ/mcl was obtained, which suggests that crack healing is promoted by volume diffusion. The material behavior under subcritical crack growth action was also studied, and a value of about 40 for the subcritical crack growth exponent N from dynamic loading tests in water was found. A fractographic study intended to localize and measure the flaws that originated the fracture of the tested specimens was performed; the measured flaw sizes were compared with the flaw size calculated from the values of the measured mechanical strength; in this comparison an excellent agreement was observed. (Author)

  11. Preparation of a Pd-Pt alloy on alumina and its application for a gas chromatography

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    In this study we attempted to obtain a Pd-Pt alloy on alumina (PPA) by using an impregnation and alcohol reduction method for the purpose of a hydrogen isotopes separation, in which α-alumina powder was impregnated into an ethanol water (1/1, w/w) solution containing PdCl2, PtCl2, and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP, MW = 10,000). The sample was dried, reduced by hydrogen, and thermally treated at 1073 K. Thus, two kinds of PPA (Pd content 17 and 29 wt%) were achieved. The produced PPA showed a good crystallinity from the XRD analysis and it exhibited an adequate hydrogen desorption isotherm as a packing material for the separation of hydrogen isotopes. GC columns packed with PPA and Cu powder were used for the separation of a 29.2% D2-H2 gas mixture at 303 and 343 K. The experimental result showed a good separation efficiency of the hydrogen isotopes for the GC process. Consequently, the suggested technique for the production of a Pd-Pt alloy on alumina was proven to be successful

  12. Statistical analysis of mechanical properties of pressureless sintered multiwalled carbon nanotube/alumina nanocomposites

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    Mechanical properties of pressureless sintered 0.15–1.2 vol.% multiwalled carbon nanotube reinforced alumina matrix nanocomposites have been analyzed using the 2-parameter Weibull statistics. Electron microscopy and phase analysis of nanocomposites sintered at 1700 °C for 2 h in Argon revealed existence of interpenetrating network of nanotubes in alumina, formation of thin interface resembling stoichiometric aluminum monoxycarbide and matrix grain refinement by nanotubes. Statistical analyses indicated that with increasing Vickers hardness testing load (4.9–19.6 N) and flexural strength measurement temperature (room temperature to 1100 °C), Weibull modulus of nanocomposites increased significantly suggesting improved consistency at higher load and temperature. The highest Weibull moduli were obtained for nanocomposites containing either 0.15 or 0.3 vol.% nanotube which were ∼40% and ∼15% higher than single phase alumina for hardness and strength, respectively, supporting the specimen size effect on reliability of present brittle ceramic matrix nanocomposites. Superior mechanical reliability of nanocomposites over pure alumina was primarily attributed to the presence of structurally intact nanotubes forming effective interface region to ensure proper load sharing, matrix grain refinement, and especially, at higher testing load and temperature, overall averaging effect of flaws to yield higher Weibull moduli. -- Highlights: ► Fabrication of MWCNT/Al2O3 nanocomposites by economical process. ► Nanocomposites offered improved mechanical properties over pure Al2O3. ► Statistical analyses have been performed first time on these nanocomposites. ► Up to 0.6 vol.% MWCNT, nanocomposites offered improved reliability than Al2O3. ► Microscopic analyses for better understanding of structure–property relationship.

  13. Recovery of alumina from khushab bauxite by leaching with sulphuric acid and removal of iron impurity by ethanol

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    Bauxite is heterogeneous material principally composed of aluminum oxide minerals and found in all continents. It is being used in chemical, cement, refractory, abrasive, fertilizer, steel and other industries. In order to extract the alumina, the calcined samples of bauxite of Khushab area were ground to -710 meum. Sulphuric acid of purity 40% was used as leaching agent and slurry of pulp density 14% was prepared by dissolving 60 ml acid in 20 gm sample. The leaching was carried out at 90 degree C for 2 hours. The iron impurity was removed by ethanol of purity 68%. The drying, dehydration and desulphurization temperatures were kept 105 degree C, 450 degree C and 850 degree C respectively in all the stages of the process. Alumina recoveries from four samples of Sultan Mehdhi, Chamil More, Niaz Mine and Nadi locations were 20.8%, 9.81%, 15.47% and 7.78% respectively. Iron was almost completely removed as the analysis shows that the Fe/sub 2/O/sub 3/ removal was from 97.8% to 99.6%. It is concluded that leaching efficiency was quite encouraging except Nadi ore sample. However the iron free alumina recoveries were low as the analysis of Fe/sub 2/O/sub 3/ processed residue shows that it contains 72.72% to 92.94% of leached alumina in all the four experiments. (author)

  14. SHRIMP U-Pb dating of recurrent Cryogenian and Late Cambrian-Early Ordovician alkalic magmatism in central Idaho: Implications for Rodinian rift tectonics

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    Lund, K.; Aleinikoff, J.N.; Evans, K.V.; duBray, E.A.; deWitt, E.H.; Unruh, D.M.

    2010-01-01

    Composite alkalic plutonic suites and tuffaceous diamictite, although discontinuously exposed across central Idaho in roof pendants and inliers within the Idaho batholith and Challis volcanic-plutonic complex, define the >200-km-long northwest-aligned Big Creek-Beaverhead belt. Sensitive highresolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) U-Pb zircon dates on these igneous rocks provide direct evidence for the orientation and location of the Neoproterozoic-Paleozoic western Laurentian rift margin in the northern U.S. Cordillera. Dating delimits two discrete magmatic pulses at ca. 665-650 Ma and 500-485 Ma at the western and eastern ends, respectively, of this belt. Together with the nearby 685 Ma volcanic rocks of the Edwardsburg Formation, there is a 200 Ma history of recurrent extensional magmatic pulses along the belt. A similar history of recurrent uplift is reflected in the stratigraphic record of the associated miogeoclinal and cratonal platform basins, suggesting that the Big Creek-Beaverhead belt originated as a border fault during continental rift events. The magmatic belt is paired with the recurrently emergent Lemhi Arch and narrow miogeoclinal facies belts and it lies inboard of a northwest-striking narrow zone of thinned continental crust. These features define a northeast-extending upper-plate extensional system between southeast Washington and southeast Idaho that formed a segment of the Neoproterozoic-Paleozoic miogeocline. This segment was flanked on the north by the St. Mary-Moyie transform zone (south of a narrow southern Canadian upper-plate margin) and on the south by the Snake River transfer zone (north of a broad Great Basin lower-plate margin). These are the central segments of a zigzagshaped Cordilleran rift system of alternating northwest-striking extensional zones offset by northeast-striking transfers and transforms. The data substantiate polyphase rift and continental separation events that included (1) pre-and syn-Windermere rifting, (2) Windermere

  15. Microstructure Analysis of Thermally Etched Alumina Ceramics

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    Fudurić Jelača, M.

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Ceramography is the art and science of preparation, examination, and evaluation of ceramic microstructures. Microstructure is the structure level approximately 0.1 to 100 μ m between the wavelength of visible light and the resolution limit of the naked eye. The microstructure includes most grains, secondary phases, grain boundaries, pores, microcracks, hardness microindentations. Investigation and evaluation of ceramic microstructure is very important because a number of mechanical, optical, thermal, electrical and other properties of ceramics are significantly affected by the microstructure. The techniques for ceramographic preparation are divided into five parts: sawing, mounting, grinding, polishing and etching.In this paper a method for preparation of a cold isostatically pressed high purity alumina ceramics (α-Al2O3 is described. Microstructure analysis of prepared ceramics was performed by means of optical microscopy (OM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and atomic force microscopy (AFM. Porosity is determined on the polished sample; grain size is measured after thermal etching. The mean grain diameter is determined by means of lineal-intercept method, circular-intercept method and image analysis.

  16. Coprecipitated nickel-alumina methanation catalysts

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    In the last few years there has been a renewed interest in the methanation reaction CO+3H2=CH4+H2O. The investigations described in this thesis were performed in relation to the application of this reaction, within the framework of the so-called 'NFE' project, also called 'ADAM' and 'EVA' project. This project, which has been under investigation in West Germany for some years, aims at the investigation of the feasibility of transporting heat from a nuclear high temperature reactor by means of a chemical cycle. A promising possibility to realize such a cycle exists in applying the combination of the endothermic steam reforming of methane and the exothermic methanation reaction. This thesis describes the investigations into a certain type of methanation catalyst, viz. a coprecipitated nickel-alumina catalyst, with the aim to give more insight into the interrelationship between the preparation conditions on the one hand and catalyst properties such as activity and stability on the other hand. (Auth.)

  17. Thermal Conductivity of Alumina and Silica Nanofluids

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    Castellanos, Julian G. Bernal

    This thesis studies the effects of the base fluid, particle type/size, and volumetric concentration on the thermal conductivity of Alumina and Silica nanofluids. The effects of base fluid were observed by preparing samples using ethylene glycol (EG), water, and mixtures of EG/water as the base fluid and Al2O3 (10 nm) nanoparticles. The particles type/size and volumetric concentration effects were tested by preparing samples of nanofluids using Al2O3 (10nm), Al2O3 (150nm), SiO2 (15 nm), and SiO2 (80 nm) nanoparticles and ionized water as base fluid at different volumetric concentrations. All samples were mixed using a sonicator for 30 minutes and a water circulator to maintain the sample at room temperature. The thermal conductivity was measured using a Thermtest Transient Plane Source TPS 500S. The effects of gravity, Brownian motion and thermophoresis were also studied. EG produced the highest thermal conductivity enhancement out of all base fluids tested. Smaller particle size produced a higher enhancement of thermal conductivity, while the volumetric concentration did not have a significant effect in the thermal conductivity enhancement. Finally, gravity, Brownian diffusion and thermophoresis effects played a role in the total enhancement of the thermal conductivity. The nanoparticles were observed to settle rapidly after sonication suggesting gravity effects may play a significant role.

  18. Research on removal of fluoride in aqueous solution by alumina-modified expanded graphite composite

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    Graphical abstract: Amorphous Alumina-modified Expanded Graphite (Al2O3/EG) were prepared through mass appropriate Al(NO3)3 solution and EG, then calcinating at 450 °C for 2 h and used for F− adsorption. Al2O3/EG can remove trace amounts of F− in solution effectively and the final F− concentrate can be decreased to less than 0.28 ppm. The isotherms and thermodynamics parameters indicate that the adsorption is a multi-molecular layer adsorption between the adsorbed molecules, and the process is spontaneous endothermic. - Highlights: • We have grafted amorphous alumina nano-peas with a diameter of 10–30 nm. • The Al2O3/EG adsorbent showed a considerably high adsorption efficiency over a relatively wide pH range of 3.0–7.0. • Al2O3/EG can remove trace amounts of F− in solution effectively. • The final F− concentrate can be decreased to less than 0.28 ppm. - Abstract: Amorphous Alumina-modified Expanded Graphite (Al2O3/EG) composite was prepared via a facile solution method followed by thermal treatment at 450 °C for 2 h, which was used to remove trace F− in aqueous solution. Alumina nano-peas (with a diameter of 10–30 nm) were observed on the surface of EG by Field Scanning Electron Microscope (FSEM). The X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) results dominated the Alumina was amorphous. FTIR spectra analysis indicated that Al-F bends appeared after adsorption. The effect of pH and adsorbent dose were studied in a series of batch adsorption experiments. The Effect of pH results showed that the solution pH had no significant effect on F− removal between pH = 3.0–7.0. The superior adsorbent properties of Al2O3/EG proved highly effective in absorbing F−, where the removal rate reached 94.4% and the adsorption capacity reached 1.18 mg/g. The results showed that Al2O3/EG could removed trace amounts of F− in solution effectively and the residual F− concentrate could decreased to less than 0.28 ppm. The isotherms and thermodynamics parameters

  19. EFFECT OF SPINEL ADDITION ON THE SINTERING BEHAVIOR AND MICROSTRUCTURE OF ALUMINA-SPINEL CERAMICS

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    Emre Yalamac

    2014-01-01

    Sintering behaviors of alumina-spinel powder mixtures were investigated up to 1600oC using a vertical dilatometer. Final density and microstructure of pure alumina, magnesium aluminate spinel (MgAl2O4) ceramics and ceramic composites with different alumina-spinel ratio were examined. As a result, the densification and final density of alumina-spinel composites were affected by addition of 10 wt. % and 20 wt. % spinel into alumina. Non-stoichiometric alumina-rich spinel phase was d...

  20. Aggregation and settling in aqueous polydisperse alumina nanoparticle suspensions

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    Witharana, Sanjeeva; Xu, Dan; Lai, Xiaojun; Ding, Yulong

    2012-01-01

    Nanoparticle suspensions (also called nanofluids) are often polydisperse and tend to settle with time. Settling kinetics in these systems are known to be complex and hence challenging to understand. In this work, polydisperse spherical alumina (Al2O3) nanoparticles in the size range of ~10-100nm were dispersed in water and examined for aggregation and settling behaviour near its isoelectric point (IEP). A series of settling experiments were conducted and the results were analysed by photography and by Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS). The settling curve obtained from standard bed height measurement experiments indicated two different types of behaviour, both of which were also seen in the SAXS data. But the SAXS data were remarkably able to pick out the rapid settling regime as a result of the high temporal resolution (10s) used. By monitoring the SAXS intensity, it was further possible to record the particle aggregation process for the first time. Optical microscopy images were produced on drying and drie...

  1. Lightweight alumina refractory aggregate: Phase 3, Full-scale demonstration

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    Swansiger, T.G.; Pearson, A.

    1996-07-16

    Technical problems (higher than target fired density, and poor intermediate strength after burnout but before sintering) were addressed and solved; solution involved use of large loading of CP-5 alumina (controlled pore, rehydratable), increased loading of one of the binders, and a steam aging step. Resistance of the lightweight aggregate in a brick formulation to steel slag penetration was assessed in a preliminary test and found to be almost as good as that of T-64. Pelletized process economic feasibility study was updated, based on production levels of 10,000 and 20,000 mt/year, the most up- to-date raw material costs, and the assumption of a retrofit into the Arkansas plant tabular production facility. For the 10,000 mt/y production level, the required selling price of 35% more than the T- 64 selling price exceeds the {le}25% objective. The market survey will determine whether to proceed with the full scale demonstration that will produce at least 54.4 mt (120,000 lb) of the aggregate for incorporation into products, followed by end-user testing and evaluation.

  2. Ion polarization behavior in alumina under pulsed gate bias stress

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    Alkali metal ion incorporation in alumina significantly increases alumina capacitance by ion polarization. With high capacitance, ion-incorporated aluminas become promising high dielectric constant (high-k) gate dielectric materials in field-effect transistors (FETs) to enable reduced operating voltage, using oxide or organic semiconductors. Alumina capacitance can be manipulated by incorporation of alkali metal ions, including potassium (K+), sodium (Na+), and lithium (Li+), having different bond strengths with oxygen. To investigate the electrical stability of zinc tin oxide-based transistors using ion incorporated alumina as gate dielectrics, pulsed biases at different duty cycles (20%, 10%, and 2% representing 5 ms, 10 ms, and 50 ms periods, respectively) were applied to the gate electrode, sweeping the gate voltage over series of these cycles. We observed a particular bias stress-induced decrease of saturation field-effect mobility accompanied by threshold voltage shifts (ΔVth) in potassium and sodium-incorporated alumina (abbreviated as PA and SA)-based FETs at high duty cycle that persisted over multiple gate voltage sweeps, suggesting a possible creation of new defects in the semiconductor. This conclusion is also supported by the greater change in the mobility-capacitance (μC) product than in capacitance itself. Moreover, a more pronounced ΔVth over shorter times was observed in lithium-incorporated alumina (abbreviated as LA)-based transistors, suggesting trapping of electrons in existing interfacial states. ΔVth from multiple gate voltage sweeps over time were fit to stretched exponential forms. All three dielectrics show good stability using 50-ms intervals (20-Hz frequencies), corresponding to 2% duty cycles

  3. Highly ordered hexagonally arranged nanostructures on silicon through a self-assembled silicon-integrated porous anodic alumina masking layer

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    A combined process of electrochemical formation of self-assembled porous anodic alumina thin films on a Si substrate and Si etching through the pores was used to fabricate ideally ordered nanostructures on the silicon surface with a long-range, two-dimensional arrangement in a hexagonal close-packed lattice. Pore arrangement in the alumina film was achieved without any pre-patterning of the film surface before anodization. Perfect pattern transfer was achieved by an initial dry etching step, followed by wet or electrochemical etching of Si at the pore bottoms. Anisotropic wet etching using tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide (TMAH) solution resulted in pits in the form of inverted pyramids, while electrochemical etching using a hydrofluoric acid (HF) solution resulted in concave nanopits in the form of semi-spheres. Nanopatterns with lateral size in the range 12-200 nm, depth in the range 50-300 nm and periodicity in the range 30-200 nm were achieved either on large Si areas or on pre-selected confined areas on the Si substrate. The pore size and periodicity were tuned by changing the electrolyte for porous anodic alumina formation and the alumina pore widening time. This parallel large-area nanopatterning technique shows significant potential for use in Si technology and devices.

  4. Catalytic reduction of U(VI) to U(IV) using hydrogen with platinum loaded on alumina and silica

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    During the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel, uranium (U) and plutonium (Pu) are together extracted by employing tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP)/dodecane mixture and their partitioning is achieved by adding uranous nitrate. The partitioning agent, uranous is conventionally produced by the electrolytic reduction of uranyl nitrate. An alternate route for the reduction of U from (VI) to (IV) using hydrogen (H2) as reductant was developed using platinum (Pt) based catalyst. Improvements in the development of the catalyst have been carried out in order to reduce the requirement of Pt without affecting the reduction performance. Experiments using 2 wt% Pt loaded on alumina beads and alumina powder have been performed and results are discussed. As the catalyst supported on alumina was found to be unstable in acidic environment, Pt loaded on silica powder has also been developed. Pt loaded on alumina and silica substrates have been tried to envisage the reduction behaviour using H2 as reductant in presence of hydrazine nitrate which acts as U(IV) stabiliser as well as reductant. Parametric studies have been carried out to optimise the process parameters namely pressure, temperature, U concentration, free acidity, hydrazine concentration and catalyst to U (C/U) ratio. 2 wt% Pt loaded on silica has been selected for further scale up studies for making uranous. (author)

  5. Influence of Alumina Addition to Aluminum Fins for Compact Heat Exchangers Produced by Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing

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    Farjam, Aslan; Cormier, Yannick; Dupuis, Philippe; Jodoin, Bertrand; Corbeil, Antoine

    2015-10-01

    In this work, aluminum and aluminum-alumina powder mixtures were used to produce pyramidal fin arrays on aluminum substrates using cold spray as an additive manufacturing process. Using aluminum-alumina mixtures instead of pure aluminum powder could be seen as a cost-effective measure, preventing nozzle clogging or the need to use expensive polymer nozzles that wear out rapidly during cold spray. The fin geometries that were produced were observed using a 3D digital microscope to determine the flow passages width and fins' geometric details. Heat transfer and pressure drop tests were carried out using different ranges of appropriate Reynolds numbers for the sought commercial application to compare each fin array and determine the effect of alumina content. It was found that the presence of alumina reduces the fins' performance when compared to pure aluminum fins but that they were still outperforming traditional fins. Numerical simulations were performed to model the fin arrays and were used to predict the pressure loss in the fin array and compare these results with experimental values. The numerical model opens up new avenues in predicting different applicable operating conditions and other possible fin shapes using the same fin composition, instead of performing costly and time-consuming experiments.

  6. Influence of gadolinia content in sinterability of components of alumina-gadolinia system; Influencia do teor de gadolinia na sinterabilidade de componentes do sistema alumina-gadolinia

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    Gomide, Ricardo Goncalves [Centro Tecnologico da Marinha em Sao Paulo (CTMSP), SP (Brazil). Lab. de Materiais Nucleares. E-mail: 4143@ctmsp.mar.mil.br; Bressiani, Jose Carlos [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Lab. de Ceramica. E-mail: jbressia@net.ipen.br

    2000-07-01

    The alumina-gadolinia ((Al{sub 2}){sub 3}-Gd{sub 2} O{sub 3}) system is of interest to the nuclear industry due to the absorption properties of gadolinia and to the inertness of alumina, chemically and neutronicly, as a ceramic matrix. In the powder processing, the spray dry method was used, at drying temperatures of about 350 deg C, because this method produces high homogeneity in the components. The compacting of the samples was done in a simple action with a flowing tool unidirectional press with 200 MPa. The sintering temperature and the gadolinia content were varied to analyse their influences in the process. The density, phases, porosity, and grain size of the samples were characterised. The experimental results revealed that only the Al{sub 2} O{sub 3} and Al Gd O{sub 3} phases were present. The gadolinium is a sintering inhibitor in this kind of material when 6,6% mol of Gd{sub 2} O{sub 3} is added. (author)

  7. Aluminas with dispersoids. Tribologic properties and in vivo aging.

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    Mandrino, A; Moyen, B; Ben Abdallah, A; Treheux, D; Orange, D

    1990-07-01

    Three base alumina ceramics with dispersoids: monoclinic zirconia alumina (A5Z), tetragonal zirconia alumina (A20Z) and aluminalon (Aa20) have been investigated because of their improved mechanical properties with reference to pure alumina (AI203). Bending strength and fracture toughness are twice higher than alumina for the most toughened. These two parameters were measured by four-points bending tests after 1 week, 1, 2, 3, 6, 12 months of non loaded in vivo aging in wistar rats. They showed a little decrease for AI203 and Aa20 and a total stability for A5Z and A20Z even after one year. For tribologic study of the ceramic/polyethylene combination, cylinder against plane and pin on flat tests were conducted on an alternative movement with hip parameters of speed and load in presence of ringer solution. For the most representative test (pin on disk), the friction coefficients were nearly the same for all materials but UHMWPE wear volume was twice lower against A20Z than against AI203. A20Z/UHMWPE combination would be very interesting as new friction couple for total hip arthroplasty. Further studies are currently conducted. PMID:2397268

  8. The nature of hydrogen in γ-alumina

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    Gibbs free energy models are derived from the calculated electronic and phonon structure of two possible models of γ-alumina, a defective spinel phase and a hydrogenated spinel phase. The intrinsic vacancies and hydrogen in the two structural models give rise to a considerable configurational (residual) entropy and significantly contribute to thermodynamic stability and physical-chemical properties of γ-alumina, which was neglected in previous studies but considered in this work. The electronic densities of states, calculated using a hybrid functional for the two structural models of γ-alumina, are presented. The dynamic stability of the two phases is confirmed by full-spectrum phonon calculations. The two phases share many similarities in their electronic structure, but can be distinguished by their vibrational spectra and specific heat. The defective spinel is found to be the ground state of γ-alumina, while the hydrogenated spinel to be a metastable phase. However, dehydration of the metastable phase into the ground state is expected to be slow due to the low diffusion rate of H, which leaves hydrogen as a locked-in impurity in γ-alumina.

  9. An evaluation of the effects of PEO/PEG molecular weights on extruded alumina rods

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    Bolger, Nancy Beth

    1998-12-01

    Alumina rods were piston extruded from bodies containing polyethylene glycols (PEGs) and polyethylene oxides (PEOs) with molecular weights ranging from 1,300 to 3,800,000 g/mol. A blend of aluminas possessing different particle size distributions was evaluated with regard to its extrusion pressure by varying the amount of PEG/PEO addition. Behavior exhibited by the alumina blend was dependent upon the additive that was used. The higher molecular weight binders with average molecular weight of 200,000 g/mol and 3,350,000 g/mol displayed the most severe behaviors of near dilatant and dilatant respectively. Physical properties of the green and fired states, as well as the binder burnout, were investigated with the changing additions. Correlation between the green and fired strengths and the changing molecular weights were examined. The additive present influenced the surface properties of the rods, which affected the green strengths. The highest average molecular weight polyethylene glycols showed higher green strengths, while the lowest green strengths were observed for the high molecular weight polyethylene oxides. Fired strengths generally ranged from approximately 12,000 psi to 16,000 psi for additive batches. Alumina pellets containing twelve separate combinations of polyethylene glycol with polyethylene oxide were dry pressed. Physical properties of the green and fired states were examined. Statistical analysis was performed upon the data and seven combinations of polyethylene glycol with polyethylene oxide were deemed significant. These combinations in conjunction with the same alumina blend were then piston extruded. The addition of polyethylene glycol reduced the near dilatant behavior exhibited by the 200,000 g/mol average molecular weight polyethylene oxide. Dilatant behavior was completely eliminated from the 3,350,000 g/mol average molecular weight polyethylene oxide batches. Physical properties of the green and fired states were again investigated with

  10. Metal (Fe, Co, Ni) supported on different aluminas as Fischer-Tropsch catalyst

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    2015-09-30

    This research aimed to compare the physico-chemical properties of the same metal M (M = iron, cobalt, nickel) supported on aluminas with different morphology and pore size as Fischer-Tropsch catalyst. The aluminas applied as support were alumina synthesized through hydrothermal process, alumina formed by pretreatment of catapal and commercial alumina which named as Ahy, Aca, and Aco respectively. Ahy has uniform morphology of nanotubes while Aca and Aco showed non-uniform morphology of particle lumps. The particle lumps of Aca were larger than those of Aco. Ahy, Aca, and Aco respectively has average pore diameter of 2.75, 2.86 and 2.9 nm. Metals were deposited on the supports by incipient-wetness impregnation method. The catalysts were characterized by XRD, H{sub 2}-TPR, and H{sub 2} chemisorption. Catalyst acitivity test for Fischer-Tropsch reaction was carried out in a micro reactor at 200 °C and 1 atm, and molar ratio of H{sub 2}/CO = 2:1. The metal oxide particle size increased in the order M/Aco < M/Aca < M/Ahy. The catalysts reducibility also increased according to the order M/Aco < M/Aca < M/Ahy suggesting that the larger metal oxide particles are more reducible. The number of active site was not proportional to the reducibility because during the reduction, larger metal oxide particles were converted into larger metal particles. On the other hand, the number of active sites was inversely proportional to the particle sizes. The number of active site increased in the order M/Ahy < M/Aco < M/Aca. The catalytic activity also increased in the following order M/Ahy < M/Aco < M/Aca. The activity per active site increased according to the order M/Aca < M/Aco < M/Ahy meaning that for M/Ahy, a little increase in active site will lead to a significance increase in catalytic activity. It showed that Ahy has potential for the better support.

  11. Metal (Fe, Co, Ni) supported on different aluminas as Fischer-Tropsch catalyst

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    This research aimed to compare the physico-chemical properties of the same metal M (M = iron, cobalt, nickel) supported on aluminas with different morphology and pore size as Fischer-Tropsch catalyst. The aluminas applied as support were alumina synthesized through hydrothermal process, alumina formed by pretreatment of catapal and commercial alumina which named as Ahy, Aca, and Aco respectively. Ahy has uniform morphology of nanotubes while Aca and Aco showed non-uniform morphology of particle lumps. The particle lumps of Aca were larger than those of Aco. Ahy, Aca, and Aco respectively has average pore diameter of 2.75, 2.86 and 2.9 nm. Metals were deposited on the supports by incipient-wetness impregnation method. The catalysts were characterized by XRD, H2-TPR, and H2 chemisorption. Catalyst acitivity test for Fischer-Tropsch reaction was carried out in a micro reactor at 200 °C and 1 atm, and molar ratio of H2/CO = 2:1. The metal oxide particle size increased in the order M/Aco < M/Aca < M/Ahy. The catalysts reducibility also increased according to the order M/Aco < M/Aca < M/Ahy suggesting that the larger metal oxide particles are more reducible. The number of active site was not proportional to the reducibility because during the reduction, larger metal oxide particles were converted into larger metal particles. On the other hand, the number of active sites was inversely proportional to the particle sizes. The number of active site increased in the order M/Ahy < M/Aco < M/Aca. The catalytic activity also increased in the following order M/Ahy < M/Aco < M/Aca. The activity per active site increased according to the order M/Aca < M/Aco < M/Ahy meaning that for M/Ahy, a little increase in active site will lead to a significance increase in catalytic activity. It showed that Ahy has potential for the better support

  12. Chemical treatment and biomimetic coating evaluating in zirconia-alumina ceramics

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    Ceramic materials, as alumina and zirconia have been explored along the years as biomaterials application. The bio inert nature has been stimulating the development of new alternatives, as chemical treatments to improve the biological application of these ceramics. The biomimetic process of bio inert ceramics for coating apatite is based on soaking the implant in a simulated body fluid, SBF, with ion concentrations nearly equal to those of human blood plasma. The bioactivity of the material is related with the formation of a layer constituted of hydroxyapatite low crystalline, similar to the biological apatite. The biocompatibility associated to the structural properties of the alumina and zirconia has been stimulating the clinical use of these materials, mainly in areas of larger mechanical requests, places not recommended for bioactive hydroxyapatite, for instance. In this work samples of alumina, zirconia doped with Yttria (3% mol) and composites of alumina and zirconia doped with Yttria (3% mol) were prepared by co-precipitation method, calcinate, sintered, chemically treated with solutions of acid phosphoric and sodium hydroxide and them immersed in 1.0 M and 1.5 M SBF. The calcinate powders were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), gas adsorption (BET) and laser diffraction. The XRD results indicate that the samples are low crystalline. It was observed for BET that the samples present high specific surface area. The results of laser diffraction and SEM showed that the powders are agglomerates. The sintered samples were analyzed by XRD, SEM and X-ray fluorescence (XRF). The phases quantified by Rietveld method were: cubic, tetragonal and monoclinic of the zirconia, besides the phase alpha of the alumina. The chemical treatment with phosphoric acid didn't present a tendency of larger apatite formation in relation to the samples no chemically treated. The treatment with sodium hydroxide provoked accentuated transformation of

  13. Biomass assisted synthesis of alumina by Gardenia Jasminoides Ellis and their application for removal of Ni(II) from aqueous solution

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    Highlights: • A simple process has been proposed to synthesis alumina using biomass. • The absorbent with biomass is highly effective for the adsorption of Ni2+. • Three adsorption–desorption cycles showed that the adsorbent was basically stable. -- Abstract: A simple and novel process has been proposed to synthesize alumina using gardenia extract and aluminum salts in an aqueous solution. The alumina sample notated as “bio-Al2O3” was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and nitrogen adsorption–desorption experiment. The results indicated that the existence of the gardenia biomass enlarged the surface area of alumina and reached 256 m2/g. The thermo gravimetric (TG), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) results showed that gardenia biomass bound to the surface of the alumina has substantially improved the adsorption capacity of Ni(II) and the adsorption behavior of nickel ion was related to the biomass functional groups. The results of three adsorption–desorption cycles showed that the bio-Al2O3 using as the adsorbent for Ni(II) was relatively stable. The kinetic of the Ni(II) adsorption by the bio-Al2O3 followed pseudo-second-order equation. Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models were applied to analyze the experimental data and the result demonstrated that the adsorption isotherms followed Langmuir isotherm model

  14. On the physical and chemical details of alumina atomic layer deposition: A combined experimental and numerical approach

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    Alumina thin film is typically studied as a model atomic layer deposition (ALD) process due to its high dielectric constant, high thermal stability, and good adhesion on various wafer surfaces. Despite extensive applications of alumina ALD in microelectronics industries, details on the physical and chemical processes are not yet well understood. ALD experiments are not able to shed adequate light on the detailed information regarding the transient ALD process. Most of current numerical approaches lack detailed surface reaction mechanisms, and their results are not well correlated with experimental observations. In this paper, the authors present a combined experimental and numerical study on the details of flow and surface reactions in alumina ALD using trimethylaluminum and water as precursors. Results obtained from experiments and simulations are compared and correlated. By experiments, growth rate on five samples under different deposition conditions is characterized. The deposition rate from numerical simulation agrees well with the experimental results. Details of precursor distributions in a full cycle of ALD are studied numerically to bridge between experimental observations and simulations. The 3D transient numerical model adopts surface reaction kinetics and mechanisms based on atomic-level studies to investigate the surface deposition process. Surface deposition is shown as a strictly self-limited process in our numerical studies. ALD is a complex strong-coupled fluid, thermal and chemical process, which is not only heavily dependent on the chemical kinetics and surface conditions but also on the flow and material distributions

  15. Evaluation of Bayer process gibbsite reactivity in magnesium aluminate spinel formation

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    Stoichiometric magnesium aluminate spinel was synthesized by solid-state reaction of calcined magnesia with tabular alumina, calcined alumina and industrial gibbsite at 1100, 1300 and 1500 deg. C for 2 h. The pellets made from both types of alumina and magnesia expanded after the heat treatment, whereas pellets made from industrial gibbsite and magnesia contracted. It was found that shrinkage could be produced by phase transformations in gibbsite and magnesia densification process in unreacted magnesia during the sintering. The X-ray diffraction patterns indicated a minor reactivity for industrial gibbsite in comparison with the calcined alumina and tabular alumina at all firing temperatures

  16. Evaluation of Bayer process gibbsite reactivity in magnesium aluminate spinel formation

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    Mora, A. [Department of Materials Science, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas 1080-A (Venezuela)], E-mail: abrahanmora@hotmail.com; Gutierrez-Campos, D. [Department of Materials Science, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas 1080-A (Venezuela)], E-mail: dgutierr@usb.ve; Lavelle, C. [Department of Materials Science, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas 1080-A (Venezuela)], E-mail: clavelle@wanadoo.fr; Rodriguez, R.M. [Department of Chemistry, Universidad Metropolitana, Edif. Corimon, Terrazas del Avila, Distribuidor Autopista, Dto. Sucre, Caracas 1070 (Venezuela)], E-mail: rrodriguez@unimet.edu.ve

    2007-04-25

    Stoichiometric magnesium aluminate spinel was synthesized by solid-state reaction of calcined magnesia with tabular alumina, calcined alumina and industrial gibbsite at 1100, 1300 and 1500 deg. C for 2 h. The pellets made from both types of alumina and magnesia expanded after the heat treatment, whereas pellets made from industrial gibbsite and magnesia contracted. It was found that shrinkage could be produced by phase transformations in gibbsite and magnesia densification process in unreacted magnesia during the sintering. The X-ray diffraction patterns indicated a minor reactivity for industrial gibbsite in comparison with the calcined alumina and tabular alumina at all firing temperatures.

  17. Modifying alumina red mud to support a revegetation cover

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    Xenidis, A.; Harokopou, A. D.; Mylona, E.; Brofas, G.

    2005-02-01

    Alumina red mud, a fine-textured, iron-rich, alkaline residue, is the major waste product of bauxite digestion with caustic soda to remove alumina. The high alkalinity and salinity as well as the poor nutrient status are considered to be the major constraints of red mud revegetation. This research was conducted to evaluate the ameliorating effect of gypsum, sewage sludge, ferrous sulfate, ammonium sulfate, ammonium nitrate, and calcium phosphate on alumina red mud. The effectiveness of the mixtures was evaluated by applying extraction tests and performing experiments using six plant species. Gypsum amendment significantly reduced the pH, electrical conductivity, and sodium and aluminum content of red mud. Sewage sludge application had an extended effect in improving both the soil structure and the nutrient status of the gypsum-amended red mud. Together with the gypsum and sewage sludge, calcium phosphate application into red mud enhanced plant growth and gave the most promising results.

  18. New adsorbent, silver-alumina for radioactive iodine filter

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    Silver-alumina adsorbent has been developed for the iodine filter installed in the off-gas treatment system of a radioactive waste tank vent. In order to improve the removal efficiency under a highly humid atmosphere and to reduce susceptibility to contaminants in the air, the optimum average pore size of alumina was determined to be about 600 A when the impregnated silver compound was silver nitrate. The holding capability of impregnated silver was also improved by developing a double pore structure alumina. The effects of chemical forms and contaminants on the removal efficiency were explained by an ionic reaction mechanism at high relative humidity, which involves water vapor adsorption in micropores by capillary condensation followed by formation of a silver iodide compound

  19. Studies on synthesis of alumina nanopowder from synthetic Bayer liquor

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    Procedure for synthesis of alumina nanopowder from Bayer liquor (synthetic sodium aluminate solution) is investigated. Cooling, ageing and then addition of 3 ml/l Tiron (1,2-dihydroxy-3,5-benzene disulfonic acid disodium salt) to the supersaturated liquor affect purity and fineness of the nanopowder product. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDAX) analyses indicate that purity of the alumina nanopowder increases with the aging time. Experimental observations show that highly pure alumina nanopowders could be produced by direct calcination of cold gelatinous sodium aluminate solution followed by careful washing at a Tiron concentration of 3 ml/l NaOH

  20. Calculation of the effective emissivity of blackbodies made of alumina

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    Blackbodies are sources of temperature radiation that are used for calibration of radiation thermometers. Their effective emissivity should be close to the value of 1 to approximate an ideal Planckian radiator. Their effective emissivity depends on the geometry of their cavity and the used material. It can be estimated by measurements, but often it is calculated by numerical methods. For typical graphite blackbodies, it was shown in the past that high effective emissivities better than 0.999 can be reached. In this paper, calculations of the effective emissivity of a alumina blackbody are presented. Alumina is a new material for blackbodies, with different radiation properties. Using two calculation methods (integrative cavity method and Monte Carlo method), the effective cavity emissivity for blank and coated alumina is estimated. It is shown that effective spectral emissivities up to 0.999 87 can be reached. (paper)

  1. Origin of High-Alumina Basalt, Andesite, and Dacite Magmas.

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    Hamilton, W

    1964-10-30

    The typical volcanic rocks of most island arcs and eugeosynclines, and of some continental environments, are basalt, andesite, and dacite, of high alumina content. The high-alumina basalt differs from tholeiitic basalt primarily in having a greater content of the components of calcic plagioclase. Laboratory data indicate that in the upper mantle, below the level at which the basaltic component of mantle rock is transformed by pressure to eclogite or pyroxenite, the entire basaltic portion probably is melted within a narrow temperature range, but that above the level of that transformation plagioclase is melted selectively before pyroxene over a wide temperature range. The broad spectrum of high-alumina magmas may represent widely varying degrees of partial melting above the transformation level, whereas narrow-spectrum tholeiite magma may represent more complete melting beneath it. PMID:17794034

  2. Thermal and Electrical Characterization of Alumina Substrate for Microelectronic Applications

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    This paper reports the effect of sintering temperature on thermal and electrical properties of alumina material as substrate for microelectronic devices. Alumina materials in the form of green sheet with 1 mm thickness were sintered at 1100 deg. C, 1300 deg. C and 1500 deg. C for about 20 hours using heating and cooling rates of 2 deg. C/min. The densities were measured using densitometer and the microstructures of the samples were analyzed using SEM micrographs. Meanwhile thermal and electrical properties of the samples were measured using flash method and impedance analyzer respectively. It was found that thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of the substrate increases as sintering temperature increases. It was found also that the dielectric constant of alumina substrate increases as the sintering temperature increases.

  3. Pressureless sintering behavior of injection molded alumina ceramics

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    Liu W.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The pressureless sintering behaviors of two widely used submicron alumina (MgOdoped and undoped with different solid loadings produced by injection molding have been studied systematically. Regardless of the sinterability of different powders depending on their inherent properties, solid loading plays a critical role on the sintering behavior of injection molded alumina, which greatly determines the densification and grain size, and leads to its full densification at low temperatures. As compared to the MgO-doped alumina powder, the undoped specimens exhibit a higher sinterability for its smaller particle size and larger surface area. While full densification could be achieved for MgO-doped powders with only a lower solid loading, due to the fact that MgO addition can reduce the detrimental effect of the large pore space on the pore-boundary separation.

  4. Alumina Template-Dependant Growth of Cobalt Nanowire Arrays

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    L. Malferrari

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Different electrochemical regimes and porous alumina were applied for template synthesis of cobalt nanowire (nw arrays, revealing several peculiar cases. In contrast to quite uniform filling of sulfuric acid alumina templates by alternating current deposition, nonuniform growth of the Co nw tufts and mushrooms was obtained for the case of oxalic acid templates. We showed herein for the first time that such configurations arise from the spontaneous growth of cobalt nw groups evolving from the cobalt balls at the Al/alumina interface. Nevertheless, the uniform growth of densely packed cobalt nw arrays, up to tens of micrometers in length, was obtained via long-term direct current galvanostatic deposition at low current density using oxalic acid templates one-side coated by conducting layer. The unique point of this regime is the formation of hexagonal lattice Co nws with a preferred (100 growth direction.

  5. Fabrication of alumina films with laminated structures by ac anodization

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    Anodization techniques by alternating current (ac) are introduced in this review. By using ac anodization, laminated alumina films are fabricated. Different types of alumina films consisting of 50–200 nm layers were obtained by varying both the ac power supply and the electrolyte. The total film thickness increased with an increase in the total charge transferred. The thickness of the individual layers increased with the ac voltage; however, the anodization time had little effect on the film thickness. The laminated alumina films resembled the nacre structure of shells, and the different morphologies exhibited by bivalves and spiral shells could be replicated by controlling the rate of increase of the applied potentials. (paper)

  6. Intrinsic and extrinsic luminescence of nanosize transition alumina powders

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    Luminescence spectroscopy in the VUV-visible range under electron-beam excitation and synchrotron radiation was applied to investigate electronic properties of alumina nanopowders, which were prepared using the combustion synthesis method. By varying reaction and post treatment conditions we were able to prepare phase pure samples and powders with mixtures of α- and γ-phases mainly. In addition to the well-known 7.6 eV luminescence of STE of α-alumina, all samples possessed complex emission bands in UV range (3–5 eV) which originate from intrinsic excitonic emissions and extrinsic electronic excitations. -- Highlights: ► Luminescent spectroscopy of nanosized alumina powders was studied at 8 K. ► The crystalline structure of samples was analysed. ► Luminescent spectra, lifetimes and absorption onsets were discussed

  7. Plastic deformation and sintering of alumina under high pressure

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    Plastic deformation of alumina (Al2O3) under high pressure was investigated by observing the shape changes of spherical particles, and the near fully dense transparent bulks were prepared at around 5.5 GPa and 900 °C. Through analyzing the deformation features, densities, and residual micro-strain of the Al2O3 compacts prepared under high pressures and temperatures (2.0–5.5 GPa and 600–1200 °C), the effects of plastic deformation on the sintering behavior of alumina have been demonstrated. Under compression, the microscopic deviatoric stress caused by grain-to-grain contact could initiate the plastic deformation of individual particles, eliminate pores of the polycrystalline samples, and enhance the local atomic diffusion at the grain boundaries, thus produced transparent alumina bulks

  8. Alumina composites for oxide/oxide fibrous monoliths

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    Most work on ceramic fibrous monoliths (FMs) has focused on the Si3N4/BN system. In an effort to develop oxidation-resistant FMs, several oxide systems have recently been examined. Zirconia-toughened alumina and alumina/mullite appear to be good candidates for the cell phase of FMs. These composites offer higher strength and toughness than pure alumina and good high-temperature stability. By combining these oxides, possibly with a weaker high-temperature oxide as the cell-boundary phase, it should be possible to product a strong, resilient FM that exhibits graceful failure. Several material combinations have been examined. Results on FM fabrication and microstructural development are presented

  9. Alumina-Supported Manganese Catalysts for Soot Combustion Prepared by Thermal Decomposition of KMnO4

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    Agustin Bueno-López

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Alumina-supported manganese catalysts with cryptomelane and/or birnessite structure have been prepared using a simple method based on the thermal decomposition of potassium permanganate. The samples have been characterized by XRD, FTIR, TGA, DSC, N2 adsorption at −196 °C, SEM, H2-TPR and XPS, and their catalytic activity for soot combustion has been tested and compared to that of a reference Pt/alumina catalyst. The thermal decomposition of alumina-supported KMnO4 yields a mixture of supported birnessite and potassium manganate which is the most effective, among those prepared, to lower the soot combustion temperature. However, this material is not useful for soot combustion because the accelerating effect is not based on a catalytic process but on the oxidation of soot by potassium manganate. A suitable soot combustion catalyst is obtained after potassium manganate is removed by water washing, yielding only the birnessite phase on the γ-Al2O3 support. This birnessite phase can be transformed into cryptomelane by calcination at 600 °C. These two samples, γ-Al2O3-supported birnessite and cryptomelane are suitable catalysts for soot combustion in NOx/O2 mixtures, as their catalytic activity is based on the NO2-assited mechanism, that is, both catalysts accelerate the oxidation of NO to NO2 and NO2 promotes soot oxidation. The soot combustion temperatures obtained with these birnessite/cryptomelane alumina-supported catalysts are similar to that obtained with the reference Pt/alumina catalyst.

  10. Effects of yttrium on the sintering and microstructure of alumina-silicon carbide "nanocomposites"

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    Cock, AM; Shapiro, IP; Todd, RI; Roberts, SG

    2005-01-01

    Alumina and alumina-based "nanocomposites" with 2 and 5 vol% silicon carbide and varying amounts of yttria (0-1.5 wt%) have been prepared by pressureless sintering in the temperature range 1450°-1650°C. The effects of composition and sintering temperature on density and microstructure are reported. Yttria inhibited sintering in alumina, but enhanced the sinterability of the nanocomposites. It also induced abnormal grain growth in both alumina and nanocomposites, but strongly bimodal grain siz...

  11. Hydrogen removal from e-beam deposited alumina thin films by oxygen ion beam

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    Hydrogen interstitials and oxygen vacancies defects create energy levels in the band gap of alumina. This limits the application of alumina as a high-k dielectric. A low thermal budget method for removal of hydrogen from alumina is discussed. It is shown that bombardment of alumina films with low energy oxygen ion beam during electron beam evaporation deposition decreases the hydrogen concentration in the film significantly

  12. Direct current plasma spraying of mechanofused alumina-steel particles

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    Bouneder, Mohamed; Ageorges, Hélène; El Ganaoui, M.; Pateyron, Bernard; Fauchais, Pierre

    2009-01-01

    Paper project pages 26 Stainless steel particles (60 µm in mean diameter) cladded with an alumina shell (2 µm thick and manufactured by mechanofusion) were sprayed with an Ar-H2 (53-7 slm) d.c. plasma jet (I = 500 A, P = 28 kW, \\rho_th = 56 %). Two main types of particles were collected in flight, as close as 50 mm downstream of the nozzle exit: particles with a steel core with pieces of alumina unevenly distributed at their surface and those consisting of a spherical stainless steel parti...

  13. Behaviour modelling of two aluminas in divergent spherical pyrotechnical experiments

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    Two pure aluminas of different characteristics have been subjected to the propagation of a longitudinal divergent spherical shock wave through pyrotechnical experiments. An approach combining a phenomenological analysis and numerical 1D-calculations is proposed to study the behaviour of these aluminas submitted to that type of wave loading. The modelling, proposed in a previous paper, is refined and gives satisfying experimentation-calculation correlations. An analysis of the influence exerted by the various encountered phenomena (plastic activity, pore closure, microcracking) is performed. The significant consequence of the activation of damage with an extension criterion is also underlined. (orig.)

  14. CRACK PROPAGATION BEHAVIOR AND LIFETIME PREDICTION IN ALUMINA AND ZIRCONIA

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    The lifetime prediction of ceramics is discussed on the basis of the relationship between stress intensity factor KI and crack velocity v. The effects of water environment, the cyclic loading and microstructure of material on KI-v characteristics are studied by carrying out the crack growth tests by the double torsion (DT) method under the static and cyclic loading in both environments of air and water for alumina and zirconia. KI-v characteristics determined by the double torsion method are used to predict time-to-failure under the cyclic loading of alumina and zirconia ceramics. The predictions agree qualitatively with the experimental results.

  15. Adsorption of textile dye onto modified immobilized activated alumina

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    Ayesha Wasti; M. Ali Awan

    2016-01-01

    The study describes the synthesis of modified immobilized activated alumina (MIAA) and its application for the removal of textile dye from aqueous media. Immobilization was carried out by using the sol–gel method while modifications were made during the synthesis by adding powder activated alumina. Batch adsorption experiments were carried out at 20 ± 1 °C to see the effect of different parameters like contact time, stirring rate, initial concentration of the dye and dose of MIAA. The removal...

  16. Physicochemical study of zirconium oxides and of the alumina-zirconia dispersoid

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    This research thesis reports the physicochemical characterization of different zirconium oxides, but also their synthesis in laboratory by using a gel precipitation method. Various techniques are used to characterize gels and powders: electro-kinetic potential measurement, study of rheological properties, granulometry, chemical analysis, X-ray diffraction, thermo-luminescence, differential thermal analysis, specific surface measurements, scanning electronic microscopy. This process is then extended to the synthesis of an alumina-zirconia dispersoid. The measurement of mechanical properties allowed the synthesis to be modulated in order to obtain powders with properties as close as possible to defined properties

  17. Blue luminescence in porous anodic alumina films: the role of the oxalic impurities

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    Gao Tao; Zhang Li

    2003-01-01

    Porous anodic alumina (PAA) films with ordered nanopore arrays have been prepared by electrochemically anodizing aluminium in oxalic acid solutions, and the role of the oxalic impurities in the optical properties of PAA films has been discussed. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements show that the PAA films obtained have a blue PL band with a peak position at around 470 nm; the oxalic impurities, incorporated in the PAA films during the anodization processes and already existing in them, could be being transformed into PL centres and hence responsible for this PL emission.

  18. Alumina-Mo cermet composite compacts obtained by SPS from mechanical activated powders

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    Boyero Molina, Carlos

    2013-01-01

    In this work, the main purpose is to develop different composites of Al2O3-Mo varying the volume percentage of materials to see their variation of properties and to find the best composition of metal and ceramic in order to get the best results. As a short way to explain the process to develop the composite, we could say that these were the main stages of the production: 1. For obtaining a homogeneous ceramic-metallic mixture of powders we milled alumina and molybdenum powde...

  19. Thermally Induced Structural Evolution and Performance of Mesoporous Block Copolymer-Directed Alumina Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Tan, Kwan Wee; Moore, David T.; Saliba, Michael; Sai, Hiroaki; Estroff, Lara A.; Hanrath, Tobias; Snaith, Henry J.; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2014-01-01

    Structure control in solution-processed hybrid perovskites is crucial to design and fabricate highly efficient solar cells. Here, we utilize in situ grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering and scanning electron microscopy to investigate the structural evolution and film morphologies of methylammonium lead tri-iodide/chloride (CH3NH3PbI3–x Cl x ) in mesoporous block copolymer derived alumina superstructures during thermal annealing. We show the CH3NH3PbI3–x Cl x material evolution to be ...

  20. Synthesis and Optical Investigations of the Guest-Host Nanostructures Alumina-SiC and Alumina-In{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Bouifoulen, A; Kassiba, A; Edely, M [Laboratoire de Physique de l' Etat Condense, UMR-CNRS 6087, Institut de recherche IRIM2F-FR-CNRS 2575-Universite du Maine, Avenue Olivier Messiaen, 72085 Le Mans Cedex 9 (France); Outzourhit, A; Oueriagli, A [Laboratoire de Physique du Solide et Couches Minces, Faculte des Sciences Semlalia, Universite Cadi Ayyad, B. P. 2390, Marrakech 40000, Maroc (Morocco); Makowska-Janusik, M [Institute of Physics, Al. Armii.Krajowej, 13/15, J. Dlugosz University, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Szade, J, E-mail: kassiba@univ-lemans.fr [A.Chelkowski Institute of Physics - University Slaski in Katowice - 40-219 Katowice (Poland)

    2011-04-01

    Several strategies were developed to synthesise two classes of nanostructured thin films with nanocrystals of SiC (nc-SiC) or In{sub 2}O{sub 3} (nc-In{sub 2}O{sub 3}) confined in alumina. The syntheses were performed by using Rf-sputtering and co-pulverisation process of the suitable reactants. Thus, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/nc-SiC and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/nc-In{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite thin films were obtained and their structural and optical features analyzed respectively by XRD, XPS and UV-VIS absorption. The deposition conditions and the post-synthesis treatments were optimized in order to improve the crystalline character of confined nanocrystals. The optical properties were compared in the range 200 nm-1200 nm for bare alumina films or nanostructured ones with the semiconducting nanocrystals. The direct and indirect band band gaps were evaluated and discussed with regard to the stoechiometry and morphologies of the nanocomposite films

  1. Development of ceramic composites from mixture of alumina and ceramic precursor polymer poly (silsesquioxane)); Desenvolvimento de compositos ceramicos a partir de mistura de alumina e polimero precursor ceramico polissilsesquioxano

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    Machado, Glauson Aparecido Ferreira

    2009-07-01

    Processing of ceramics materials, by polymer precursors pyrolysis, has been intensively researched over the past decades, due to advantages that this path provides, such as: lower temperature process compared to conventional techniques; structure control at molecular level; synthesis possibility of a wide range of ceramic compounds; obtaining parts with dimensions of the final product etc. The active filler controlled polymer pyrolysis (AFCOP) process, enables the synthesis of ceramic composites, by reaction between added filler (oxides, metals, intermetallic etc.) and solid and gaseous products, from polymer decomposition. In this study, based on this process, samples of alumina, with addition of 10 and 20 mass% of poly silsesquioxane polymer precursor, were manufactured. These samples were pyrolyzed at 900 degree C and thermal treated at temperatures of 1100, 1300 and 1500 degree C. The samples were characterized for bulk density, porosity and hardness, after each stage of thermal treatment. Structural transformations were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and infrared spectroscopy. Samples treated until 1300 degree C resulted in composites of alumina and silicon oxycarbide, while those treated at 1500 degree C, formed composites of mullite and alumina. The samples with 20% of polymer added started to density around 800 degree C and high retraction rate was observed at 1400 degree C. (author)

  2. Pengaruh Temperatur Bath Terhadap Alumina Solubility Pada Tungku Reduksi Di PT Inalum Kuala Tanjung

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    Rahman, Syahri

    2010-01-01

    Alumina solubility is maximum aluminium oxide concentration of the cryolite electrolyte depend on its composition. The factors that affect to the quantity of alumina solubility are cryolite temperature (NA3AlF6), %AlF3, and %CaF2 in cryolite. From observation data, know that if cryolite temperature high, so alumina solubility provided high too.

  3. Low Concentration Fe-Doped Alumina Catalysts Using Sol-Gel and Impregnation Methods: The Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Performance during the Combustion of Trichloroethylene

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    Carolina Solis Maldonado

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The role of iron in two modes of integration into alumina catalysts was studied at 0.39 wt% Fe and tested in trichloroethylene combustion. One modified alumina was synthesized using the sol-gel method with Fe added in situ during hydrolysis; another modification was performed using calcined alumina, prepared using the sol-gel method and impregnated with Fe. Several characterization techniques were used to study the level of Fe modification in the γ-Al2O3 phase formed and to correlate the catalytic properties during trichloroethylene (TCE combustion. The introduction of Fe in situ during the sol-gel process influenced the crystallite size, and three iron species were generated, namely, magnetite, maghemite and hematite. The impregnated Fe-alumina formed hematite and maghemite, which were highly dispersed on the γ-Al2O3 surface. The X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS, FT-IR and Mössbauer spectroscopy analyses revealed how Fe interacted with the γ-Al2O3 lattice in both catalysts. The impregnated Fe-catalyst showed the best catalytic performance compared to the catalyst that was Fe-doped in situ by the sol-gel method; both had better catalytic activity than pure alumina. This difference in activity was correlated with the accessibility of the reactants to the hematite iron species on the surface. The chlorine poisoning for all three catalysts was less than 1.8%.

  4. Selective Laser Sintering and Melting as Additive Manufacturing Methods to Produce Alumina Parts; '3D printing' of Ceramics (Selectief laser sinteren en smelten als additieve vervaardigingsmethoden voor het produceren van alumina voorwerpen; '3D printen' van keramiek)

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    Deckers, Jan

    2013-01-01

    Additive manufacturing (AM; aka 3D printing) has the potential to rapidly shape parts, without compromising geometrical properties. Variants of the following powder metallurgy (PM) process, which includes additive manufacturing as a shaping step, were explored to produce ceramic parts: (i) powder synthesis, (ii) additive manufacturing, (iii) binder removal and (iv) furnace sintering. In this study alumina (Al2O3) parts were produced, since Al2O3 is currently the most commonly used ceramic mat...

  5. Magnesia tuned multi-walled carbon nanotubes–reinforced alumina nanocomposites

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    Ahmad, Iftikhar, E-mail: ifahmad@ksu.edu.sa [Center of Excellence for Research in Engineering Materials, Advanced Manufacturing Institute, King Saud University, P.O. Box. 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia); Islam, Mohammad; Dar, Mushtaq Ahmad [Center of Excellence for Research in Engineering Materials, Advanced Manufacturing Institute, King Saud University, P.O. Box. 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia); Xu, Fang [Division of Materials, Mechanics and Structure, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, University Park, NG7 2RD (United Kingdom); Shah, Syed Ismat [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716 (United States); Zhu, Yanqiu [College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QF (United Kingdom)

    2015-01-15

    Magnesia tuned alumina ceramic nanocomposites, reinforced with multi-walled carbon nanotubes, were condensed using pressureless and hot-press sintering processes. Densification, microstructure and mechanical properties of the produced nanocomposites were meticulously investigated. Electron microscopy studies revealed the homogenous carbon nanotube dispersion within the alumina matrix and confirmed the retention of carbon nanotubes' distinctive tubular morphology and nanoscale features during the extreme mixing/sintering processes. Pressureless sintered nanocomposites showed meagre mechanical responses due to the poorly-integrated microstructures with a slight improvement upon magnesia addition. Conversely, both the magnesia addition and application of hot-press sintering technique resulted in the nanocomposite formation with near-theoretical densities (~ 99%), well-integrated microstructures and superior mechanical properties. Hot-press sintered nanocomposites incorporating 300 and 600 ppm magnesia exhibited an increase in hardness (10 and 11%), flexural strength (5 and 10%) and fracture toughness (15 and 20%) with respect to similar magnesia-free samples. Compared to monolithic alumina, a decent rise in fracture toughness (37%), flexural strength (22%) and hardness (20%) was observed in the hot-press sintered nanocomposites tuned with merely 600 ppm magnesia. Mechanically superior hot-press sintered magnesia tailored nanocomposites are attractive for several load-bearing structural applications. - Highlights: • MgO tailored Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–2 wt.% CNT nanocomposites are presented. • The role of MgO and sintering on nanocomposite structures and properties was studied. • Well-dispersed CNTs maintained their morphology/structure after harsh sintering. • Hot-pressing and MgO led nanocomposites to higher properties/unified structures. • MgO tuned composites showed higher toughness (37%) and strength (22%) than Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  6. Magnesia tuned multi-walled carbon nanotubes–reinforced alumina nanocomposites

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    Magnesia tuned alumina ceramic nanocomposites, reinforced with multi-walled carbon nanotubes, were condensed using pressureless and hot-press sintering processes. Densification, microstructure and mechanical properties of the produced nanocomposites were meticulously investigated. Electron microscopy studies revealed the homogenous carbon nanotube dispersion within the alumina matrix and confirmed the retention of carbon nanotubes' distinctive tubular morphology and nanoscale features during the extreme mixing/sintering processes. Pressureless sintered nanocomposites showed meagre mechanical responses due to the poorly-integrated microstructures with a slight improvement upon magnesia addition. Conversely, both the magnesia addition and application of hot-press sintering technique resulted in the nanocomposite formation with near-theoretical densities (~ 99%), well-integrated microstructures and superior mechanical properties. Hot-press sintered nanocomposites incorporating 300 and 600 ppm magnesia exhibited an increase in hardness (10 and 11%), flexural strength (5 and 10%) and fracture toughness (15 and 20%) with respect to similar magnesia-free samples. Compared to monolithic alumina, a decent rise in fracture toughness (37%), flexural strength (22%) and hardness (20%) was observed in the hot-press sintered nanocomposites tuned with merely 600 ppm magnesia. Mechanically superior hot-press sintered magnesia tailored nanocomposites are attractive for several load-bearing structural applications. - Highlights: • MgO tailored Al2O3–2 wt.% CNT nanocomposites are presented. • The role of MgO and sintering on nanocomposite structures and properties was studied. • Well-dispersed CNTs maintained their morphology/structure after harsh sintering. • Hot-pressing and MgO led nanocomposites to higher properties/unified structures. • MgO tuned composites showed higher toughness (37%) and strength (22%) than Al2O3

  7. Microstructure control and superplastic property of zirconia dispersed alumina ceramics; Zirconia tenka aruminakei ceramics no bikozo seigyo to chososei tokusei

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    Sakka, Y.; Susuki, T.; Nakano, K.; Hiraga, K. [National Research Institute for Metals, Tsukuba (Japan)

    1998-12-15

    Superplasticity provides the possibility of high-temperature deformation processing of dense ceramics that has advantages of greater shape formability with better dimensional accuracy. To enhance the tensile ductility, microstructural design is required to get a fine grain size that is stable against coarsening during deformation at high- temperatures. Zirconia particle dispersed alumina is known to be effective in suppressing grain growth but the initial grain size of alumina reaches about 1pm using a conventional dry processing. In the present study, zirconia dispersed alumina composites were produced by colloidal process. Well-dispersed slurries consisting of {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and ZrO{sub 2} fine powders were prepared by adjusting the pH value or adding appropriate amounts of polyelectrolyte. The slurries were consolidated by slip casting, followed by isostatic pressing (CIP). The consolidated bodies have small pore size and narrow pore size distribution, which enabled sintering at low-temperature of 1,400degreeC and resulted in the desired fine-grained microstructure. It is demonstrated that large tensile elongation exceeding 550% can be obtained for the colloidally processed samples owing to dense, fine-grained and homogeneous microstructure. (author)

  8. Catalytic cleavage of lignin b-O-4 link mimics using copper on alumina and magnesia-alumina

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    Strassberger, Z.; Alberts, A.H.; Louwerse, M.J.; Tanase, S.; Rothenberg, G.

    2013-01-01

    Copper on γ-alumina and on mixed magnesia-alumina, Cu/MgO-Al2O3, catalyse the hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) of β-O-4 lignin-type dimers, giving valuable aromatics. The typical selectivity to phenol is as high as 20%. By changing the support's acidity we can modify the dispersion of copper. Interestingly, more HDO occurs with larger copper agglomerates than with finely dispersed particles. The presence of copper also increases the selectivity of the HDO cleavage. Three different pathways are hypoth...

  9. Alumina-Forming MAX Phases in Turbine Material Systems

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    Smialek, James L.; Harder, Bryan J.; Garg, Arnita; Nesbitt, James A.

    2015-01-01

    Coatings for high temperature turbine components are based on low conductivity YSZ thermal barriers and protective NiAl, NiCoCrAlY bond coats. Good oxidation hot corrosion resistance, intermediate CTE, and strain tolerance of Ti2AlC and Cr2AlC MAX phases are thus of special interest. Their alumina scale growth follows a cubic law in accord with FeCrAlY alloys, with oxygen grain boundary diffusivity: Dgb 1.8 x 10-10 exp(-375 kJmole) m3s. Protective cubic kinetics are also found in high pressure burner rig (6 atm., 25 ms) and TGA tests of MAXthal 211Ti2AlC. The initial portion (0.1 hr) is dominated by fast TiO2 growth (with little evidence of scale volatility in high pressure water vapor, as found for SiO2 scales). Bulk Ti2AlC and Cr2AlC substrates show promise as potential bond coats for YSZ TBCs in 1000-1200 C furnace life (500 h) tests. Cr2AlC is proving to be very resistant to 700-900 C Na2SO4 hot corrosion and is of interest for disk alloys. Preliminary diffusion bonded Cr2AlC-superalloy hybrid couples have survived 1000 hr interrupted furnace tests at 800C with no indication of cracking or debonding. Diffusion zones of -NiAl+Cr7C3 were produced in these above 1000 C, but did not grow to any great extent after 1000 hr at 800 C. Processing as coatings presents challenges, however the basic properties of MAX phases provide novel opportunities for high temperature turbine components.

  10. Studies of alumina coatings formation by detonation-gun spraying

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    In this paper the mechanism of detonation sprayed alumina coatings formation has been described. The detonation gun DNP5M was used spray AI/sub 2/O/sub 3/ powders having rticle diameters were between 10 and 14 micro meter. The D-Gun has L A 79 a 0.8 m-length barrel with convergent variable cross-section by volume of 0.0006 m3. The rate of fire 2.1 cycle. Per second during samples spraying was used. There is strong dependence of characteristics of obtained coatings from powder cloud location in the barrel composition of gas mixture, and barrel filling factor by gas mixture. The monotone decreasing of hardness am cross-section area of solitary coatings layers was detected. The retention of fair quantity of alpha AI/sub 2/O/sub 3/ into gas detonation sprayed coatings is connected with reduced cooling rate of solitary coatings layers, as well as with possibility of coating formation from partially melted particles at high velocity collision with substrate surface. Usually for obtaining high content of corundum AI/sub 2/O/sub 3/ into gas detonation sprayed coatings, the thickness of solitary coatings layers is increasing up to 8-18 micro meter. However, the content of alpha- AI/sub 2/O/sub 3/ into coatings depends also on other factors; increase of frequency of powder particles -substrate surface collisions during formation of solitary coatings layers; additional generation of heat due to conversion of kinetic energy to thermal; essential increase of contact temperature as result of crystallization temperature increase during impact with velocity close to 500 m/sec; and corresponding decrease of time for processing of transfer gamma-AI/sub 2/O/sub 3/ alpha-AI/sub 2/O/sub 3/ with temperature increase. (author)

  11. Luminescence evolution from alumina ceramic surface before flashover under direct and alternating current voltage in vacuum

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    Su, Guo-Qiang; Wang, Yi-Bo; Song, Bai-Peng; Mu, Hai-Bao; Zhang, Guan-Jun; Li, Feng; Wang, Meng

    2016-06-01

    The luminescence evolution phenomena from alumina ceramic surface in vacuum under high voltage of direct and alternating current are reported, with the voltage covering a large range from far below to close to the flashover voltage. Its time resolved and spatial distributed behaviors are examined by a photon counting system and an electron-multiplying charge-coupled device (EMCCD) together with a digital camera, respectively. The luminescence before flashover exhibits two stages as voltage increasing, i.e., under a relative low voltage (Stage A), the luminescence is ascribed to radiative recombination of hetero-charges injected into the sample surface layer by Schottky effect; under a higher voltage (Stage B), a stable secondary electron emission process, resulting from the Fowler-Nordheim emission at the cathode triple junction (CTJ), is responsible for the luminescence. Spectrum analysis implies that inner secondary electrons within the surface layer of alumina generated during the SSEE process also participate in the luminescence of Stage B. A comprehensive interpretation of the flashover process is formulated, which might promote a better understanding of flashover issue in vacuum.

  12. Numerical performance study of paraffin wax dispersed with alumina in a concentric pipe latent heat storage system

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    Valan Arasu Amirtham; Sasmito Agus P.; Mujumdar Arun S.

    2013-01-01

    Latent heat energy storage systems using paraffin wax could have lower heat transfer rates during melting/freezing processes due to its inherent low thermal conductivity. The thermal conductivity of paraffin wax can be enhanced by employing high conductivity materials such as alumina (Al2O3). A numerical analysis has been carried out to study the performance enhancement of paraffin wax with nanoalumina (Al2O3) particles in comparison with simple paraffin wax in a concentric double pipe ...

  13. Substrate-induced coagulation (SIC) of nano-disperse alumina in non-aqueous media: The dispersibility and stability of alumina in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone

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    Basch, Angelika; Strnad, Simona

    2011-01-01

    This work investigated colloidal properties such as the zeta-potential, the electrophoretic mobilities and the wetting behaviour of alumina dispersed in non-aqueous media. Non-aqueous dispersions of alumina were prepared in the solvent N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NMP). The wetting behaviour of alumina in NMP was characterized by the powder contact angle method and the Wilhemy plate method. The behaviour of the dispersion should provide information for the development of a substrate-induced coag...

  14. N-doped mesoporous alumina for adsorption of carbon dioxide

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    Jayshri A.Thote; Ravikrishna V.Chatti; Kartik S.Iyer; Vivek Kumar; Arti N.Valechha; Nitin K.Labhsetwar; Rajesh B.Biniwale; M.K.N.Yenkie; Sadhana S.Rayalu

    2012-01-01

    N-doped mesoporous alumina has been synthesized using chitosan as the biopolymer template.The adsorbent has been thoroughly investigated for the adsorption of CO2 from a simulated flue gas stream (15% CO2 balanced with N2) and compared with commercially available mesoporous alumina procured from SASOL,Germany.CO2 adsorption was studied under different conditions of pretreatment and adsorption temperature,inlet CO2 concentration and in the presence of oxygen and moisture.The adsorption capacity was determined to be 29.4 mg CO2/g of adsorbent at 55℃.This value was observed to be 4 times higher in comparison to that of commercial mesoporous alumina at a temperature of 55℃.Basicity of alumina surface coupled with the presence of nitrogen in template in synthesized sample is responsible for this enhanced CO2 adsorption.Adsorption capacity for CO2 was retained in the presence of oxygen; however moisture had a deteriorating effect on the adsorption capacity reducing it to nearly half the value.

  15. Alumina and Zirconia Based Layered Composites:Part 1 Preparation

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    Hadraba, Hynek; Maca, K.; Chlup, Zdeněk

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 412, - (2009), s. 221-226. ISSN 1013-9826 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA106/06/0724 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : electrophoretic deposition * alumina * zirconia Subject RIV: JH - Ceramics, Fire-Resistant Materials and Glass

  16. High rate reactive magnetron sputtering of alumina coatings

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    Bulíř, Jiří; Novotný, Michal; Pokorný, Petr; Lančok, Ján; Musil, Jindřich

    Warrendale, PA: MRS , 2009. s. 27-28. ISBN N. [E- MRS 2009 Spring Meeting. 08.06.2009-12.06.2009, Strasbourg] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100522 Keywords : reactive pulsed magnetron sputtering * alumina * optical emission spectroscopy * mass spectroscopy Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  17. Dynamical stability of the alpha and theta phases of alumina

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    Lodziana, Zbigniew; Parlinski, K.

    2003-01-01

    Using density functional calculations the phonon dispersion relations, phonon density of states, and free energy of theta and alpha phases of alumina are investigated. The temperature dependence of the free energy indicates that entropy contributes to the destabilization of the alpha phase at the...

  18. Multifunctional substrates of thin porous alumina for cell biosensors

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    Toccafondi, Chiara

    2014-02-27

    We have fabricated anodic porous alumina from thin films (100/500 nm) of aluminium deposited on technological substrates of silicon/glass, and investigated the feasibility of this material as a surface for the development of analytical biosensors aiming to assess the status of living cells. To this goal, porous alumina surfaces with fixed pitch and variable pore size were analyzed for various functionalities. Gold coated (about 25 nm) alumina revealed surface enhanced Raman scattering increasing with the decrease in wall thickness, with factor up to values of approximately 104 with respect to the flat gold surface. Bare porous alumina was employed for micro-patterning and observation via fluorescence images of dye molecules, which demonstrated the surface capability for a drug-loading device. NIH-3T3 fibroblast cells were cultured in vitro and examined after 2 days since seeding, and no significant (P > 0.05) differences in their proliferation were observed on porous and non-porous materials. The effect on cell cultures of pore size in the range of 50–130 nm—with pore pitch of about 250 nm—showed no significant differences in cell viability and similar levels in all cases as on a control substrate. Future work will address combination of all above capabilities into a single device.

  19. Alumina-encapsulated vaccine formulation with improved thermostability and immunogenicity.

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    Zhou, Hangyu; Wang, Guangchuan; Li, Xiao-Feng; Li, Yaling; Zhu, Shun-Ya; Qin, Cheng-Feng; Tang, Ruikang

    2016-05-11

    Developing vaccine formulations with excellent thermostability and immunogenicity remains a great challenge. By in situ encapsulating a live-attenuated strain of human enterovirus 71 (EV71) in alumina, we obtained a robust vaccine formulation named EV71@NanoAlum, which features significantly enhanced thermostability and immunogenicity. This attempt follows a material-based tactic for vaccine improvement. PMID:27098047

  20. Grafting of alumina on SBA-15: Effect of surface roughness

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    Zukal, Arnošt; Šiklová, Helena; Čejka, Jiří

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 24, č. 17 (2008), s. 9837-9842. ISSN 0743-7463 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KAN100400701 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : alumina-grafted materials * SBA-15 * Nitrogen adsorption Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 4.097, year: 2008

  1. Nanocomposite formed by titanium ion implantation into alumina

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    Composites of titanium nanoparticles in alumina were formed by ion implantation of titanium into alumina, and the surface electrical conductivity measured in situ as the implantation proceeded, thus generating curves of sheet conductivity as a function of dose. The implanted titanium self-conglomerates into nanoparticles, and the spatial dimensions of the buried nanocomposite layer can thus be estimated from the implantation depth profile. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry was performed to measure the implantation depth profile, and was in good agreement with the calculated profile. Transmission electron microscopy of the titanium-implanted alumina was used for direct visualization of the nanoparticles formed. The measured conductivity of the buried layer is explained by percolation theory. We determine that the saturation dose, φ0, the maximum implantation dose for which the nanocomposite material still remains a composite, is φ0 = 2.2 × 1016 cm−2, and the corresponding saturation conductivity is σ0 = 480 S/m. The percolation dose φc, below which the nanocomposite still has basically the conductivity of the alumina matrix, was found to be φc = 0.84 × 1016 cm−2. The experimental results are discussed and compared with a percolation theory model

  2. Radiative properties of radially nonisothermal alumina particles with multiphase

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    Accurate prediction of radiative properties of alumina (Al2O3) particle with phase transition is essential to both spray deposition of coatings and solid aluminized rocket plume diagnostics. In this paper, a theoretical model based on the electromagnetic theory is applied to determine thermal radiation of a radially inhomogeneous alumina particle having a radial temperature distribution, where a concise and efficient algorithm is developed for the calculation. The internal absorption efficiencies for single phase and multiphase particle are calculated and discussed. The absorption efficiency at the surface of multiphase alumina spherical particle is calculated by the effective-medium sphere mode, and the result is compared with that of multilayered sphere model, which shows that effective-medium sphere mode gives similar results when each layer's thickness is much less than the wavelength of the incident light. The effect of temperature difference between the center and the surface on the spectral radiant flux of multiphase alumina particle is also analyzed in this paper.

  3. State of the art: alumina ceramics for energy applications

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    Prominent ceramic raw materials and products manufacturers were surveyed to determine the state of the art for alumina ceramic fabrication. This survey emphasized current capabilities and limitations for fabrication of large, high-density, high-purity, complex shapes. Some directions are suggested for future needs and development

  4. Zirconia-alumina coupling: aging of zirconia should be kept out of concern

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    Villermaux, F. [Norton Desmarquest Fine Ceramics, Evreux (France)

    2001-07-01

    Zirconia-alumina coupling already demonstrated its advantages as ceramic-ceramic bearing compared to alumina-alumina system: equivalent wear performance but higher mechanical reliability and increase of design possibilities (more neck lengths - head Oe22.22 mm). The last step for the in-vitro validation of this system was to investigate the wear behavior with aged zirconia head. Some hip simulator tests have been performed with artificially aged zirconia heads and showed no significant influence on the zirconia-polyethylene or zirconia-alumina wear performance. Then, zirconia-alumina can really be considered as reliable ceramic-ceramic system and aging should be kept out of concern. (orig.)

  5. Effects of maternal exposure to nano-alumina during pregnancy on neurodevelopment in offspring mice

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    2013-01-01

    Objective To observe the effects of maternal exposure to nano-alumina during pregnancy on the neurodevelopment in offspring mice.Methods Female ICR mice were exposed to nano-alumina 10 d before mating,and the nano-alumina exposure lasted till offspring mice were born.All the female mice were randomly divided into 5groups:solvent control group (saline) ,nano-carbon group (11.76 mg/ml) ,microalumina group (50 mg/ml) ,50 nm alumina group (50 mg/ml) ,and 13 nm alumina group (50 mg/ml) .All the mice were treated by

  6. Advanced morphological analysis of patterns of thin anodic porous alumina

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    Different conditions of fabrication of thin anodic porous alumina on glass substrates have been explored, obtaining two sets of samples with varying pore density and porosity, respectively. The patterns of pores have been imaged by high resolution scanning electron microscopy and analyzed by innovative methods. The regularity ratio has been extracted from radial profiles of the fast Fourier transforms of the images. Additionally, the Minkowski measures have been calculated. It was first observed that the regularity ratio averaged across all directions is properly corrected by the coefficient previously determined in the literature. Furthermore, the angularly averaged regularity ratio for the thin porous alumina made during short single-step anodizations is lower than that of hexagonal patterns of pores as for thick porous alumina from aluminum electropolishing and two-step anodization. Therefore, the regularity ratio represents a reliable measure of pattern order. At the same time, the lower angular spread of the regularity ratio shows that disordered porous alumina is more isotropic. Within each set, when changing either pore density or porosity, both regularity and isotropy remain rather constant, showing consistent fabrication quality of the experimental patterns. Minor deviations are tentatively discussed with the aid of the Minkowski measures, and the slight decrease in both regularity and isotropy for the final data-points of the porosity set is ascribed to excess pore opening and consequent pore merging. - Highlights: • Thin porous alumina is partly self-ordered and pattern analysis is required. • Regularity ratio is often misused: we fix the averaging and consider its spread. • We also apply the mathematical tool of Minkowski measures, new in this field. • Regularity ratio shows pattern isotropy and Minkowski helps in assessment. • General agreement with perfect artificial patterns confirms the good manufacturing

  7. Advanced morphological analysis of patterns of thin anodic porous alumina

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    Toccafondi, C. [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Department of Nanophysics, Via Morego 30, Genova I 16163 (Italy); Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Department of Nanostructures, Via Morego 30, Genova I 16163 (Italy); Stępniowski, W.J. [Department of Advanced Materials and Technologies, Faculty of Advanced Technologies and Chemistry, Military University of Technology, 2 Kaliskiego Str., 00-908 Warszawa (Poland); Leoncini, M. [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Department of Nanostructures, Via Morego 30, Genova I 16163 (Italy); Salerno, M., E-mail: marco.salerno@iit.it [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Department of Nanophysics, Via Morego 30, Genova I 16163 (Italy)

    2014-08-15

    Different conditions of fabrication of thin anodic porous alumina on glass substrates have been explored, obtaining two sets of samples with varying pore density and porosity, respectively. The patterns of pores have been imaged by high resolution scanning electron microscopy and analyzed by innovative methods. The regularity ratio has been extracted from radial profiles of the fast Fourier transforms of the images. Additionally, the Minkowski measures have been calculated. It was first observed that the regularity ratio averaged across all directions is properly corrected by the coefficient previously determined in the literature. Furthermore, the angularly averaged regularity ratio for the thin porous alumina made during short single-step anodizations is lower than that of hexagonal patterns of pores as for thick porous alumina from aluminum electropolishing and two-step anodization. Therefore, the regularity ratio represents a reliable measure of pattern order. At the same time, the lower angular spread of the regularity ratio shows that disordered porous alumina is more isotropic. Within each set, when changing either pore density or porosity, both regularity and isotropy remain rather constant, showing consistent fabrication quality of the experimental patterns. Minor deviations are tentatively discussed with the aid of the Minkowski measures, and the slight decrease in both regularity and isotropy for the final data-points of the porosity set is ascribed to excess pore opening and consequent pore merging. - Highlights: • Thin porous alumina is partly self-ordered and pattern analysis is required. • Regularity ratio is often misused: we fix the averaging and consider its spread. • We also apply the mathematical tool of Minkowski measures, new in this field. • Regularity ratio shows pattern isotropy and Minkowski helps in assessment. • General agreement with perfect artificial patterns confirms the good manufacturing.

  8. Luminescence characterisation of alumina substrates using cathodoluminescence microscopy and spectroscopy

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    Polycrystalline alumina (Al2O3) substrates, found in many electronic devices and proposed as dosemeters in emergency situations, were invstigated using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with cathodoluminescence (CL) and elemental analysis probes. The characteristics of the CL spectra, surface morphology, and impurity content of the Al2O3 substrates were examined and compared with those of single crystal dosimetry-grade Al2O3:C. Whereas the CL spectrum, measured from 250 to 800 nm, for the Al2O3:C, contained resolved bands located at ∼340 nm and at ∼410 nm, the spectrum measured with the Al2O3 substrate was significantly broader, extending from ∼250 to ∼450 nm, and also included a narrow band at 695 nm. While it is likely that the accepted model of recombination at F+ (∼340 nm) and F (∼410 nm) in Al2O3:C also applies to the substrate, it is suggested that the presence of impurities within the alumina give rise to additional recombination centres. The 695 nm emission has been assigned to a Cr3+ ion impurity in previous work on alumina and a band indicated at ∼300 nm may be associated with Mg2+ or Ca2+, the presence of which was confirmed by elemental mapping. Comparison of the spatial distribution of CL with the surface morphology and elemental composition of the samples indicates that the components of the emission spectrum can be qualitatively correlated with impurity content and morphological features of the samples. - Highlights: • Morphological (SEM) and elemental characterisation (EDS/WDs) of alumina substrates. • Cathodoluminescence (CL) emission spectroscopy of alumina substrates. • Close relationship of the CL emission with the SEM and EDs/WDS characteristics

  9. High alumina metamorphic rocks of the Kings Mountain district, North Carolina and South Carolina

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    Potter, Donald Brandreth

    1954-01-01

    The following evidence suggests that high alumina quartzite in this district is of metasedimentary origin: high alumina quartzite occurs as well defined thin beds that can be traced up to three and one half miles along strike; many outcrops of high alumina quartzite exhibit compositional layering (i.e., kyanigte quartzite is interlayered with staurolite quartzite, and with non-kyanitic magnetiferous quartzite); high alumina quartzite beds occur in a conformable sequence of high alumina metasedimentary and metavolcanic schists. It is suggested that the high alumina quartzite beds are metamorphosed beds of sandy or silty clay; these beds probably represent one stage in the deposition of fine grained clayey clastic sediments. No evidence was found to support the view of Smith and Newcombe (1951) that the kyanite at Henry Knob developed by hudrothermal introduction of alumina. The present study indicates that kyanite in the kyanite quartzite here, as throughout the district, is of metasedimentary origin.

  10. Highly active Pd–In/mesoporous alumina catalyst for nitrate reduction

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    Gao, Zhenwei; Zhang, Yonggang; Li, Deyi [State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); Werth, Charles J. [Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 301 East Dean Keeton St., Stop C1786, Austin, TX 78712 (United States); Zhang, Yalei, E-mail: zhangyalei2003@163.com [State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); Zhou, Xuefei, E-mail: zhouxuefei@tongji.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China)

    2015-04-09

    Highlights: • Pd–In nanoparticles (6–7 nm) uniformly form in the mesopores of alumina (4 nm). • Pd–In nanoparticles aggregation is prevented during the synthesis process. • The reduction rate of nitrate is efficient by using the obtained catalyst. • The selectivity toward N{sub 2} is ideal by using the obtained catalyst. - Abstract: The catalytic reduction of nitrate is a promising technology for groundwater purification because it transforms nitrate into nitrogen and water. Recent studies have mainly focused on new catalysts with higher activities for the reduction of nitrate. Consequently, metal nanoparticles supported on mesoporous metal oxides have become a major research direction. However, the complex surface chemistry and porous structures of mesoporous metal oxides lead to a non-uniform distribution of metal nanoparticles, thereby resulting in a low catalytic efficiency. In this paper, a method for synthesizing the sustainable nitrate reduction catalyst Pd–In/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with a dimensional structure is introduced. The TEM results indicated that Pd and In nanoparticles could efficiently disperse into the mesopores of the alumina. At room temperature in CO{sub 2}-buffered water and under continuous H{sub 2} as the electron donor, the synthesized material (4.9 wt% Pd) was the most active at a Pd–In ratio of 4, with a first-order rate constant (k{sub obs} = 0.241 L min{sup −1} g{sub cata}{sup −1}) that was 1.3× higher than that of conventional Pd–In/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (5 wt% Pd; 0.19 L min{sup −1} g{sub cata}{sup −1}). The Pd–In/mesoporous alumina is a promising catalyst for improving the catalytic reduction of nitrate.

  11. Effects of Alumina Cement on the Refractory Properties of Leached Ipetumodu Clay

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    Davies Oladayo FOLORUNSO

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The effect of alumina cement (Fe2O3 on the refractory properties of leached Ipetumodu clay has been studied. The raw clay was analysed using Scanning Electron Microscope (XL 30 ESEM/EDX, X-Ray Diffraction Machine (Philips PW 3710 with PW 1752 graphite monocromator and X-Ray Fluorescence Machine (ARL 8410 in order to determine the purity level. The tests revealed an average of 5.7% Fe2O3 in the clay. The clay was then purified hydrometallurgical using different concentrations of oxalic acid (0.4, 0.8, 1.2, 1.6 and 2.0 mol/dm3 and combination of different times (30, 60, 90, 120 and 150 min, temperatures (30, 50, 70 and 90ºC and agitation speeds (120, 160, 200 and 240 rev/min. The purification process as revealed by Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry showed that Fe2O3 was reduced to 0.96%. Samples of leached clay containing different quantities of alumina cement, silica sand and sawdust were prepared, dried at 110ºC for 24 hours and fired at 900, 1100, 1300 and 1500ºC at rate of 4ºC /min, soaked for 2 hrs. These samples were presented for refractory tests (permanent linear change, refractoriness under load, thermal shock resistance, modulus of rupture, bulk density, cold crushing strength and apparent porosity. For all the properties tested, 3% sawdust, 20% silica sand and 10% alumina addition gave the optimum result with reliable phase integrity, as revealed by scanning electron microscopy.

  12. Highly active Pd–In/mesoporous alumina catalyst for nitrate reduction

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    Highlights: • Pd–In nanoparticles (6–7 nm) uniformly form in the mesopores of alumina (4 nm). • Pd–In nanoparticles aggregation is prevented during the synthesis process. • The reduction rate of nitrate is efficient by using the obtained catalyst. • The selectivity toward N2 is ideal by using the obtained catalyst. - Abstract: The catalytic reduction of nitrate is a promising technology for groundwater purification because it transforms nitrate into nitrogen and water. Recent studies have mainly focused on new catalysts with higher activities for the reduction of nitrate. Consequently, metal nanoparticles supported on mesoporous metal oxides have become a major research direction. However, the complex surface chemistry and porous structures of mesoporous metal oxides lead to a non-uniform distribution of metal nanoparticles, thereby resulting in a low catalytic efficiency. In this paper, a method for synthesizing the sustainable nitrate reduction catalyst Pd–In/Al2O3 with a dimensional structure is introduced. The TEM results indicated that Pd and In nanoparticles could efficiently disperse into the mesopores of the alumina. At room temperature in CO2-buffered water and under continuous H2 as the electron donor, the synthesized material (4.9 wt% Pd) was the most active at a Pd–In ratio of 4, with a first-order rate constant (kobs = 0.241 L min−1 gcata−1) that was 1.3× higher than that of conventional Pd–In/Al2O3 (5 wt% Pd; 0.19 L min−1 gcata−1). The Pd–In/mesoporous alumina is a promising catalyst for improving the catalytic reduction of nitrate

  13. Study on the bound water of several high specific surface-area oxides (beryllia, alumina, silica-alumina)

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    This study is concerned with the bound water of several oxides (beryllia, alumina, silica-alumina) at different steps of their dehydration (heating temperatures between 150 and 1100 deg. C). The following techniques have been used simultaneously: Thermal analysis (a new method has been developed), nitrogen adsorption (study of the texture), Diborane hydrolysis (qualitative and quantitative analysis of surface water), Infra-red spectrography (in the absorption range of water), Nuclear magnetic resonance (in the resonance range of protons). Thanks to these different techniques, five kinds of bound water have been observed. Attention is called on the great influence of the thermal treatment conditions on the evolution of the products resulting from the decomposition of alumina α-trihydrate Al(OH)3 and beryllium α-hydroxide, in the course of the dehydration. Moreover, the author emphasizes the peculiar properties of the two kinds of oxides (alumina and beryllia) prepared through a new method of treatment under low pressure and constant speed of decomposition. Such particular features concern mainly texture, bound water, and consequently, also catalytic activity. (author)

  14. EFFECTIVE ELASTIC PROPERTIES OF ALUMINA-ZIRCONIA COMPOSITE CERAMICS - PART 4. TENSILE MODULUS OF POROUS ALUMINA AND ZIRCONIA

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    W. Pabst

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available In this fourth paper of a series on the effective elastic properties of alumina-zirconia composite ceramics the influence of porosity on the effective tensile modulus of alumina and zirconia ceramics is discussed. The examples investigated are alumina and zirconia ceramics prepared from submicron powders by starch consolidation casting using two different types of starch, potato starch (median size D50 =47.2 µm and corn starch (median size D50 =13.7 µm. The dependence of effective tensile moduli E, on the porosity f, measured for porosities in the ranges of approx. 19-55 vol.% and 10-42 vol.% for alumina and zirconia, respectively, using a resonant frequency technique, was evaluated by fitting with various model relations, including newly developed ones. A detailed comparison of the fitting results suggests the superiority of the new relation E/E0 = (1 - f·(1 - f/fC, developed by the authors (with the tensile modulus of the dense ceramic material E0 and the critical porosity fC, over most other existing fit models. Only for special purposes and well-behaved data sets the recently proposed exponential relation E/E0 = exp [-Bf/(1 - f] and the well-known Phani-Niyogi relation E/E0 = (1 - f/fCN might be preferable.

  15. BaxSr1−xTi1.02O3 metal–insulator–metal capacitors on planarized alumina substrates

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    Tiggelman, M.P.J.; Reimann, K.; Klee, M.; Mauczok, R.; Keur, W.; Hueting, R.J.E.

    2010-01-01

    Nanocrystalline barium strontium titanate (BaxSr1−xTi1.02O3) thin films with a barium content of x=0.8, 0.9 and 1 have been fabricated in a metal–insulator–metal configuration on glass-planarized alumina substrates. Cost-effective processing measures have been utilized by using poly-crystalline alum

  16. The trade-off between tuning ratio and quality factor of BaxSr1-xTiO3 MIM capacitors on alumina substrates

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    Tiggelman, M.P.J.; Reimann, K.; Liu, J.; Klee, M.; Mauczok, R.; Keur, W.; Schmitz, J.; Hueting, R.J.E.

    2008-01-01

    Barium strontium titanate with different compositions is deposited using wet-chemical processing on a glass planarization layer, on top of alumina substrates. Three samples were fabricated with BaxSr1-xTiO3 (BST) with the barium content x varying between 0.8 and 1. The poly-crystalline films are 530

  17. Synthesis and Characterization of Nickel-Alumina Composites from Recycled Nickel Powder

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    V. G. Karayannis

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The recycling of metallic waste to create more valuable materials and their valorization into upgraded metal-based composites constitutes an important field of study. The composite industry nowadays considers environmental improvements as important as other properties of the materials. In the present paper, nickel powder was recycled from ferrous scrap, a low-cost and largely available material, by an effective hydrometallurgical recovery process. Then, this recycled powder was successfully used along with particulate α-alumina to prepare oblong nickel-based composite specimens with ceramic reinforcement loadings ranging from 0 to 30 wt.% by applying powder processing manufacturing techniques including cold isostatic pressing (CIP and sintering. The microstructures obtained were characterized, the specimens were subjected to three-point bend tests, and their fracture behaviour was evaluated. By increasing the % ceramic reinforcement content, density clearly decreases while strengthening is achieved, thus leading to development of lightweight and enhanced oblong nickel-alumina composites. The composite microstructure, and particularly the metal-ceramic interface bonding, has a strong impact on fracture behaviour upon external loading.

  18. Effects of a magnetic field on growth of porous alumina films on aluminum

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    The effects induced by a magnetic field on the oxide film growth on aluminum in sulfuric, oxalic, phosphoric and sulfamic acid, and on current transients during re-anodizing of porous alumina films in the barrier-type electrolyte, were studied. Aluminum films of 100 nm thickness were prepared by thermal evaporation on Si wafer substrates. We could show that the duration of the anodizing process increased by 33% during anodizing in sulfuric acid when a magnetic field was applied (0.7 T), compared to the process without a magnetic field. Interestingly, such a magnetic field effect was not found during anodizing in oxalic and sulfamic acid. The pore intervals were decreased by ca. 17% in oxalic acid. These findings were attributed to variations in electronic properties of the anodic oxide films formed in various electrolytes and interpreted on the basis of the influence of trapped electrons on the mobility of ions migrating during the film growth. The spin dependent tunneling of electrons into the surface layer of the oxide under the magnetic field could be responsible for the shifts of the current transients to lower potentials during re-anodizing of heat-treated oxalic and phosphoric acid alumina films.

  19. Effects of a magnetic field on growth of porous alumina films on aluminum

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    Ispas, Adriana; Bund, Andreas [Technische Universitaet Dresden, Physikalische Chemie und Elektrochemie, 01062 Dresden (Germany); Vrublevsky, Igor, E-mail: vrublevsky@bsuir.edu.b [Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics Minsk, Department of Micro and Nanoelectronics, 220013 Minsk (Belarus)

    2010-05-01

    The effects induced by a magnetic field on the oxide film growth on aluminum in sulfuric, oxalic, phosphoric and sulfamic acid, and on current transients during re-anodizing of porous alumina films in the barrier-type electrolyte, were studied. Aluminum films of 100 nm thickness were prepared by thermal evaporation on Si wafer substrates. We could show that the duration of the anodizing process increased by 33% during anodizing in sulfuric acid when a magnetic field was applied (0.7 T), compared to the process without a magnetic field. Interestingly, such a magnetic field effect was not found during anodizing in oxalic and sulfamic acid. The pore intervals were decreased by ca. 17% in oxalic acid. These findings were attributed to variations in electronic properties of the anodic oxide films formed in various electrolytes and interpreted on the basis of the influence of trapped electrons on the mobility of ions migrating during the film growth. The spin dependent tunneling of electrons into the surface layer of the oxide under the magnetic field could be responsible for the shifts of the current transients to lower potentials during re-anodizing of heat-treated oxalic and phosphoric acid alumina films.

  20. Abrasion, Erosion and Cavitation Erosion Wear Properties of Thermally Sprayed Alumina Based Coatings

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    Ville Matikainen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Thermally-sprayed alumina based materials, e.g., alumina-titania (Al2O3-TiO2, are commonly applied as wear resistant coatings in industrial applications. Properties of the coatings depend on the spray process, powder morphology, and chemical composition of the powder. In this study, wear resistant coatings from Al2O3 and Al2O3-13TiO2 powders were sprayed with plasma and high-velocity oxygen-fuel (HVOF spray processes. Both, fused and crushed, and agglomerated and sintered Al2O3-13TiO2 powders were studied and compared to pure Al2O3. The coatings were tested for abrasion, erosion, and cavitation resistances in order to study the effect of the coating structure on the wear behavior. Improved coating properties were achieved when agglomerated and sintered nanostructured Al2O3-13TiO2 powder was used in plasma spraying. Coatings with the highest wear resistance in all tests were produced by HVOF spraying from fused and crushed powders.

  1. Evaluating the mechanical behavior of hot rolled Al/alumina composite strips using shear punch test

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    The evaluation of mechanical properties, like yield and ultimate shear strengths from shear punch tests, is important when availability of material, is limited. A shear punch test setup was built, and the mechanical properties of different strips of hot rolled pure aluminum, post-rolling annealed pure aluminum, as-milled pure aluminum, and 4 wt% Al2O3 were investigated. The materials were first manufactured using powder metallurgy and then processed by hot rolling procedure. Microstructures of the samples were investigated by optical and scanning electron microscopes. It was found that by increasing alumina content in the matrix, shear strength and hardness were increased; also, the percentage of shear elongation was decreased. The results, also, indicated that by applying mechanical milling on pure aluminum powders before the hot rolling process, shear strength and hardness increased more than other samples. Moreover, shear strength was increased by increasing the amount of alumina particles in composite strips. SEM observations demonstrated that the amount of flat surface in shear failure micrographs increased by increasing the amount of shear strength and hardness

  2. Density control of electrodeposited Ni nanoparticles/nanowires inside porous anodic alumina templates by an exponential anodization voltage decrease

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    Porous alumina templates have been fabricated by applying an exponential voltage decrease at the end of the anodization process. The time constant η of the exponential voltage function has been used to control the average thickness and the thickness distribution of the barrier layer at the bottom of the pores of the alumina structure. Depending on the η value, the thickness distribution of the barrier layer can be made very uniform or highly scattered, which allows us to subsequently fine tune the electrodeposition yield of nickel nanoparticles/nanowires at low voltage. As an illustration, the pore filling percentage with Ni has been varied, in a totally reproducible manner, between ∼3 and 100%. Combined with the ability to vary the pore diameter and repetition step over ∼2 orders of magnitude (by varying the anodization voltage and electrolyte type), the control of the pore filling percentage with metal particles/nanowires could bring novel approaches for the organization of nano-objects

  3. Numerical performance study of paraffin wax dispersed with alumina in a concentric pipe latent heat storage system

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    Valan Arasu Amirtham

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Latent heat energy storage systems using paraffin wax could have lower heat transfer rates during melting/freezing processes due to its inherent low thermal conductivity. The thermal conductivity of paraffin wax can be enhanced by employing high conductivity materials such as alumina (Al2O3. A numerical analysis has been carried out to study the performance enhancement of paraffin wax with nanoalumina (Al2O3 particles in comparison with simple paraffin wax in a concentric double pipe heat exchanger. Numerical analysis indicates that the charge-discharge rates of thermal energy can be greatly enhanced using paraffin wax with alumina as compared with a simple paraffin wax as PCM.

  4. Effect of friction time on the properties of friction welded YSZ‐alumina composite and 6061 aluminium alloy

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    Uday M. Basheer

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to study the effect of friction time on the microstructure and mechanical properties of alumina 0, 25, 50 wt% yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ composite and 6061 aluminium alloy joints formed by friction welding. The alumina-YSZ composites were prepared through slip casting in plaster of Paris molds (POP and subsequently sintered at 1600°C, while the aluminium rods were machined down using a lathe machine to the dimension required. The welding process was carried out under different rotational speeds and friction times, while friction force (0.5 ton-force was kept constant. Scanning electron microscopy was used to characterize the interface of the joints structure. The experimental results showed that the friction time has a significant effect on joint structure and mechanical properties.

  5. Controlling the number of walls in multi walled carbon nanotubes/alumina hybrid compound via ball milling of precipitate catalyst

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    Nosbi, Norlin [School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Engineering Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), 14300 Nibong Tebal, Seberang Perai Selatan, Pulau Pinang (Malaysia); Akil, Hazizan Md, E-mail: hazizan@usm.my [School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Engineering Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), 14300 Nibong Tebal, Seberang Perai Selatan, Pulau Pinang (Malaysia); Cluster for Polymer Composite (CPC), Science and Engineering Research Centre, Engineering Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), 14300 Nibong Tebal, Seberang Perai Selatan, Pulau Pinang (Malaysia)

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • We report that, to manipulate carbon nanotubes geometry and number of walls are by controlling the precipitate catalyst size. • Number of walls and geometry effects depend on the milling time of the precipitate catalyst. • Increasing milling of time will decrease the carbon nanotubes number of walls. • Increasing milling of time will increase the carbon nanotubes thermal conductivity. - Abstract: This paper reports the influence of milling time on the structure and properties of the precipitate catalyst of multi walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT)/alumina hybrid compound, produced through the chemical vapour deposition (CVD) process. For this purpose, light green precipitate consisted of aluminium, nickel(II) nitrate hexahydrate and sodium hydroxide mixture was placed in a planetary mill equipped with alumina vials using alumina balls at 300 rpm rotation speed for various milling time (5–15 h) prior to calcinations and CVD process. The compound was characterized using various techniques. Based on high-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis, increasing the milling time up to 15 h decreased the diameter of MWCNT from 32.3 to 13.1 nm. It was noticed that the milling time had a significant effect on MWCNT wall thickness, whereby increasing the milling time from 0 to 15 h reduced the number of walls from 29 to 12. It was also interesting to note that the carbon content increased from 23.29 wt.% to 36.37 wt.% with increasing milling time.

  6. Controlling the number of walls in multi walled carbon nanotubes/alumina hybrid compound via ball milling of precipitate catalyst

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    Nosbi, Norlin; Akil, Hazizan Md

    2015-06-01

    This paper reports the influence of milling time on the structure and properties of the precipitate catalyst of multi walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT)/alumina hybrid compound, produced through the chemical vapour deposition (CVD) process. For this purpose, light green precipitate consisted of aluminium, nickel(II) nitrate hexahydrate and sodium hydroxide mixture was placed in a planetary mill equipped with alumina vials using alumina balls at 300 rpm rotation speed for various milling time (5-15 h) prior to calcinations and CVD process. The compound was characterized using various techniques. Based on high-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis, increasing the milling time up to 15 h decreased the diameter of MWCNT from 32.3 to 13.1 nm. It was noticed that the milling time had a significant effect on MWCNT wall thickness, whereby increasing the milling time from 0 to 15 h reduced the number of walls from 29 to 12. It was also interesting to note that the carbon content increased from 23.29 wt.% to 36.37 wt.% with increasing milling time.

  7. Controlling the number of walls in multi walled carbon nanotubes/alumina hybrid compound via ball milling of precipitate catalyst

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • We report that, to manipulate carbon nanotubes geometry and number of walls are by controlling the precipitate catalyst size. • Number of walls and geometry effects depend on the milling time of the precipitate catalyst. • Increasing milling of time will decrease the carbon nanotubes number of walls. • Increasing milling of time will increase the carbon nanotubes thermal conductivity. - Abstract: This paper reports the influence of milling time on the structure and properties of the precipitate catalyst of multi walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT)/alumina hybrid compound, produced through the chemical vapour deposition (CVD) process. For this purpose, light green precipitate consisted of aluminium, nickel(II) nitrate hexahydrate and sodium hydroxide mixture was placed in a planetary mill equipped with alumina vials using alumina balls at 300 rpm rotation speed for various milling time (5–15 h) prior to calcinations and CVD process. The compound was characterized using various techniques. Based on high-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis, increasing the milling time up to 15 h decreased the diameter of MWCNT from 32.3 to 13.1 nm. It was noticed that the milling time had a significant effect on MWCNT wall thickness, whereby increasing the milling time from 0 to 15 h reduced the number of walls from 29 to 12. It was also interesting to note that the carbon content increased from 23.29 wt.% to 36.37 wt.% with increasing milling time

  8. A study on heat transfer characteristics of spherical and fibrous alumina nanofluids

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    Highlights: ► Spherical and fibrous alumina nanoparticles were prepared by pulsed wire evaporation and hydrolysis methods. ► Fibrous alumina nanofluid exhibited higher thermal conductivity enhancement than spherical one due to entangled structure of nanofibers with high aspect-ratio. ► Decreasing rate of viscosity with temperature for fibrous alumina nanofluid was much larger than that for spherical one. - Abstract: Ethylene glycol based nanofluids containing spherical/fibrous alumina nanoparticles were synthesized by pulsed wire evaporation and hydrolysis methods. The crystallographic and morphological properties of the prepared nanoparticles were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen gas adsorption and transmission electron microscopy. The average diameter of spherical alumina nanoparticles was about 80 nm and the alumina nanofibers exhibited a high aspect ratio (length/width). The viscosity and thermal conductivity of the spherical/fibrous alumina nanofluids were experimentally measured in the temperature range from 25 to 80 °C. For the fibrous alumina nanofluid, the increase of temperature raised thermal conductivity but lowered viscosity. On the other hand, for the spherical alumina nanofluid, both thermal conductivity and viscosity were decreased with increasing temperature. In particular, the fibrous alumina nanofluid exhibited a higher enhancement of thermal conductivity than the spherical one due to the well-connected structure between entangled nanofibers with high aspect ratio.

  9. Effects of single and two stages anodizing on nonporous anodic alumina template at different potentials

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    The porous anodic alumina has extensive applications as mold or template for filling the highly ordered patterned ID nanomaterials (semiconductors, magnetic nanowires etc.) and as a mask for nano dots of different materials. Pores in anodic alumina synthesized under appropriate conditions are self organized. Pore density, pore diameter, interpore distance may be changed through variation of different parameter such as anodic potential, choice of electrolyte, temperature and kind of pre-treatment. The porous anodic alumina has been synthesized by single and double stage anodizing at different potentials. The potentials used were 40V, 50V, 60V and 70V. By comparison of ordered pore formation under both the conditions, it has been found that pores formed in doubly anodized alumina are more ordered/organized than in singly anodized anodic alumina at same potential used for both type of synthesis. SEM images revealed that the pore density in the singly anodized alumina was greater than in doubly anodized alumina prepared under the same potential. Using the SEM image, the pore diameter in the case of doubly anodized alumina was found to be in the range of 50- 70 nm, whereas, for singly anodized alumina pore diameter was found to be in the range of 50-100 nm. Scanning electron Microscope images and electrochemical parameters showed that two stage anodizing is better than single stage anodizing to achieve highly ordered nanoporous alumina template. (author)

  10. Compaction study of particulate iron-chromium matrix composite reinforced with alumina

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    Recently, a sharper focus on cost reduction in producing advanced composites systems has increased and leads to an interest in ferrous matrix composite which is cheaper compared to Cobalt, Nickel and their alloys that are scarce, expensive and their dust is especially harmful. In the present investigation, Fe-Cr-Al2O3 composite was prepared using conventional powder metallurgy technique; mixing, compaction and sintering. Consolidation of particulate materials is dependent on the compaction process. As load is increased, the number of contacting asperities increases and they flatten and grow to form a planar contact surface. These asperities eventually merge to form bonding surfaces between particles. This paper focused on finding the optimum compaction parameter in a uniaxial pressing. Six different pressure were studied; (250, 375, 500, 625, 750 and 875)MPa. experimental results show that the optimum compaction parameter is 750 MPa that produced highest linear shrinkage, highest bulk density, lowest porosity and highest hardness value. Every sample has formed binary alloy of Fe-Cr alloy, confirmed by XRD and alumina are homogeneously distributed in the Fe-Cr matrix revealed by optical micrograph and SEM. from EDX, the composites consist of iron, chromium and alumina. (author)

  11. Rhodamine B absorbed by anodic porous alumina: Stokes and anti-Stokes luminescence study

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    An organic dye, rhodamine B (RhB) solution, has been used to impregnate anodic porous alumina (PA) in order to form RhB/PA nanocomposites. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra of PA films impregnated with RhB are investigated and compared with those in liquid solution. The PL mechanism of RhB/PA nanocomposites has been investigated through the effect of energy excitation. We show the possibility of energy transfer from alumina nanocrystallites to RhB molecules. The interactions between chemical species in the internal surface of PA and the RhB molecules can play a key role in PL emission, which has been proved by the Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) measurements. Moreover, it is also found that the PL intensity of the nanocomposite increases with the PL of the PA layer. The effective cross section of RhB in PA has been estimated to be in the order of 8.4x10-17cm2. An anti-Stokes PL (APL) has been observed from RhB/PA. The linear variation of the APL intensity with the laser power (IAPLαP0.97) indicates that one photon is involved in emission process

  12. Synthesis of alumina powder with seeds by Pechini Method using O2 as calcination atmosphere

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    Alumina is a very investigated material due to its excellent refractory characteristics and mechanical properties. Its alpha phase, the most stable one, has a formation temperature of about 1200 ° C. Due to its high temperature of formation, many researches have been trying to reduce it through addition of seeds of alpha phase in chemical processes of synthesis. This work aims to synthesize ultrafine powders of alpha-alumina by the Pechini method with seeding, and using an O2 atmosphere in the pre-calcination (500 ° C) and calcination (1000 ° C and 1100° C) steps. The resulting powders were characterized through X-ray diffractometry, infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The results were compared with samples calcined on ai. It was verified that the presence of oxygen in the calcination atmosphere favored the elimination of residual carbon from the precursor powders, forthcoming from the great amount of organic material used on the synthesis, modifying its morphology and favoring reduction of particle size. (author)

  13. Enhancement of stability of aqueous suspension of alumina nanoparticles by femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Seo, Youngsang; Ha, Jeonghong; Kim, Dongsik, E-mail: dskim87@postech.ac.kr [Department of Mechanical Engineering, POSTECH, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Tae-Youl [Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, University of North Texas, 3940 N. Elm St. Denton, Texas 76207 (United States); Jeong, Dae-Yong [Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Inha University, Incheon 402-751 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Seung Yong [Materials Architecturing Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-09-21

    In this work, we report substantially enhanced colloidal stability of aqueous nanoparticle suspensions by ultrashort laser pulse irradiation. A Ti:Sapphire femtosecond laser (wavelength: 800 nm; pulse duration: 50 fs at full width at half maximum) was used to modify the electrochemical properties of nanoparticle suspensions at laser fluences below the particle ablation threshold. The colloidal stability of the suspension was evaluated by zeta potential and dynamic light scattering (DLS). The DLS results along with the images from transmission electron microscopy revealed that the laser irradiation caused no distinct morphological change to the individual alumina particles, but a substantial portion of the clustered particles was fragmented by the laser pulses, decreasing the apparent size of the suspended particles. Also, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis indicates that the laser irradiation modified the surface chemistry of the alumina particles. The stabilizing capability of the proposed technique was turned out to be better than that of conventional ultrasonic treatments. The stability of the laser-treated sample with no added surfactant was maintained for up to 30 days, without requiring an additional homogenizing process such as magnetic stirring.

  14. Na/beta-alumina/NaAlCl4, Cl2/C circulating cell

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    Cherng, Jing-Yih; Bennion, Douglas N.

    1987-01-01

    A study was made of a high specific energy battery based on a sodium negative electrode and a chlorine positive electrode with molten AlCl3-NaCl electrolyte and a solid beta alumina separator. The basic performance of a Na beta-alumina NaAlCl4, Cl2/C circulating cell at 200 C was demonstrated. This cell can be started at 150 C. The use of melting sodium chloroaluminate electrolyte overcomes some of the material problems associated with the high working temperatures of present molten salt systems, such as Na/S and LiAl/FeS, and retains the advantages of high energy density and relatively efficient electrode processes. Preliminary investigations were conducted on a sodium-chlorine static cell, material compability, electrode design, wetting, and theoretical calculations to assure a better chance of success before assembling a Na/Cl2 circulating cell. Mathematical models provide a theoretical explanation for the performance of the NaCl2 battery. The results of mathematical models match the experimental results very well. According to the result of the mathematical modeling, an output at 180 mA/sq cm and 3.2 V can be obtained with optimized cell design.

  15. Gasification slag rheology and crystalline phase formation in titanium-calcium-alumina-silica-rich glass

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    Brooker, D.D. [Texaco, Inc., Beacon, NY (United States); Oh, M.S. [Hongik Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-10-01

    The Texaco Gasification Process employs a high temperature and pressure slagging gasifier, in which the viscosity of the slag plays a key role in determining operating conditions. The empirical models available in the literature as well as laboratory testing have concentrated on low titanium feeds. During the gasification of waste material, titanium oxide will become an important element in controlling the ash and slag behavior. Slag viscosity was measured at temperatures in the range of 1150-1500{degrees}C under reducing atmosphere with 0-30% titanium in combination with calcium-alumina-silica rich feeds to gain a better understanding of the slag theology. The slag viscosities with most titanium-rich slags showed the behavior of a crystalline slag with T{sub cv} of 1250{degrees}C. Crystalline phase analyses of the slag samples revealed that titanium oxide crystal will nucleate, but the glass phase is dominated by calcium-titanium-silicate and calcium-alumina-silicate glasses which have low melting points.

  16. Delayed Alumina Scale Spallation on Rene'n5+y: Moisture Effects and Acoustic Emission

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    Smialek, James L.; Morscher, Gregory N.

    2001-01-01

    The single crystal superalloy Rene'N5 (with or without Y-doping and hydrogen annealing) was cyclically oxidized at 1150 C for 1000 hours. After considerable scale growth (>= 500 hours), even the adherent alumina scales formed on Y-doped samples exhibited delayed interfacial spallation during subsequent water immersion tests, performed up to one year after oxidation. Spallation was characterized by weight loss, the amount of spalled area, and acoustic emission response. Hydrogen annealing (prior to oxidation) reduced spallation both before and after immersion, but without measurably reducing the bulk sulfur content of the Y-doped alloys. The duration and frequency of sequential, co-located acoustic emission events implied an interfacial crack growth rate at least 10(exp -3) m/s, but possibly higher than 10(exp 2) m/s. This is much greater than classic moisture-assisted slow crack growth rates in bulk alumina (10(exp -6) to 10(exp -3) m/s), which may still have occurred undetected by acoustic emission. An alternative failure sequence is proposed: an incubation process for preferential moisture ingress leads to a local decrease in interfacial toughness, thus allowing fast fracture driven by stored strain energy.

  17. Deposition of palladium nanoparticles on the pore walls of anodic alumina using sequential electroless deposition

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    Palladium nanoparticles were deposited using a sequential electroless deposition technique on the pore walls of nanoporous anodic alumina. For the particle deposition a Pd(NH3)42+ solution was soaked in the alumina membrane and a heated air flow was applied in order to reduce the palladium complex to palladium metal nanoparticles. By repeating the deposition process the size of the nanoparticles could be tailored in this investigation between 6 and 11 nm. The size of the nanoparticles was also affected by the concentration of the Pd(NH3)42+ solution, i.e., higher concentration yielded larger particle mean diameters. The samples were investigated using high resolution scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction (XRD), inductively coupled plasma with a mass spectrometer, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Analysis revealed narrow size distributions of the particles as well as uniform particle coverage of the pore walls. No by-products were observed with EDS, and with the XRD analysis the metallic palladium crystallinity was confirmed

  18. Recycling of Coal Fly Ash for the Fabrication of Porous Mullite/Alumina Composites

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    Kyu H. Kim

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Coal fly ash with the addition of Al2O3 was recycled to produce mullite/alumina composites and the camphene-based freeze casting technique was processed to develop a controlled porous structure with improved mechanical strength. Many rod-shaped mullite crystals, formed by the mullitization of coal fly ash in the presence of enough silicate, melt. After sintering at 1300–1500 °C with the initial solid loadings of 30–50 wt.%, interconnected macro-sized pore channels with nearly circular-shaped cross-sections developed along the macroscopic solidification direction of camphene solvent used in freeze casting and a few micron-sized pores formed in the walls of the pore channels. The macro-pore size of the mullite/alumina composites was in the range 20–25 μm, 18–20 μm and 15–17 μm with reverse dependence on the sintering temperature at 30, 40 and 50 wt.% solid loading, respectively. By increasing initial solid loading and the sintering temperature, the sintered porosity was reduced from 79.8% to 31.2%, resulting in an increase in the compressive strength from 8.2 to 80.4 MPa.

  19. Enhancement of stability of aqueous suspension of alumina nanoparticles by femtosecond laser irradiation

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    In this work, we report substantially enhanced colloidal stability of aqueous nanoparticle suspensions by ultrashort laser pulse irradiation. A Ti:Sapphire femtosecond laser (wavelength: 800 nm; pulse duration: 50 fs at full width at half maximum) was used to modify the electrochemical properties of nanoparticle suspensions at laser fluences below the particle ablation threshold. The colloidal stability of the suspension was evaluated by zeta potential and dynamic light scattering (DLS). The DLS results along with the images from transmission electron microscopy revealed that the laser irradiation caused no distinct morphological change to the individual alumina particles, but a substantial portion of the clustered particles was fragmented by the laser pulses, decreasing the apparent size of the suspended particles. Also, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis indicates that the laser irradiation modified the surface chemistry of the alumina particles. The stabilizing capability of the proposed technique was turned out to be better than that of conventional ultrasonic treatments. The stability of the laser-treated sample with no added surfactant was maintained for up to 30 days, without requiring an additional homogenizing process such as magnetic stirring

  20. Room Temperature Ammonia and Humidity Sensing Using Highly Ordered Nanoporous Alumina Films

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    Craig A. Grimes

    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available The effect of pore size and uniformity on the response of nanoporous alumina, formed on aluminum thick films through an anodization process, to ammonia and humidity at room temperature is reported. Pore sizes examined range from 13 nm to 48 nm, with pore size standard deviations ranging from 2.6 nm to 7.8 nm. The response of the material to ammonia and humidity is a strong function of pore size and operating frequency. At 5 kHz an alumina sensor with an average pore size of 13.6 nm, standard deviation 2.6 nm, exhibits a factor of two change in impedance magnitude as it is cycled between an ammonia and argon environment. At 5 kHz the same sensor exhibits a well-behaved change in impedance magnitude of 103 over 20% to 90% relative humidity. Cole-Cole plots of the 5 Hz to 13 MHz measured impedance spectra, modeled using equivalent circuits, are used to resolve the effects of adsorption and ion migration.