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  1. Preparation of Chromium Oxide Coatings on Aluminum Borate Whiskers by a Hydrothermal Deposition Process

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    2002-01-01

    Aluminum borate whiskers (9Al2O32B2O3) can be used to reinforce aluminum alloys to produce light and strong composites. However, the adverse interfacial reactions between the whiskers and the aluminum alloys inhibit their practical uses; therefore, a protective coating is needed on whiskers. In this work, aluminum borate whiskers were coated with chromium-coating deposits in a hydrothermal solution containing CrCl3, Na2C4H4O6, NaPH2O2, and H3BO3. The presence of the impurity P in the hydrothermal deposits can be avoided by reducing the amount of NaPH2O2 in the coating solution. Thermodynamic analysis was used to discuss the behavior of ions in the coating process. The subsequent heating of the hydrothermal products in air at 800 ℃ yielded smooth Cr2O3 films with a thickness of 0.060.07 μm.

  2. Mechanical and thermal properties of denture PMMA reinforced with silanized aluminum borate whiskers.

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    Zhang, Xinjing; Zhang, Xiuyin; Zhu, Bangshang; Lin, Kaili; Chang, Jiang

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanical and thermal properties of denture polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) reinforced with aluminum borate whiskers (ABWs). To improve bonding between ABWs and PMMA matrix, the surface of ABWs was modified with a silane coupling agent. Varied contents of silanized ABWs -ranging between 1 and 20 wt%- were mixed into the PMMA resin matrix to prepare ABW/PMMA composites, which were subjected to three-point bending test, Vickers hardness test, and thermal analysis. Silanized ABWs improved the flexural strength, surface hardness, and thermal stability of PMMA. Optimal amount of ABWs in the PMMA matrix was 5 wt%, which provided the ABW/PMMA with maximum reinforcement.

  3. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of kabocha squash (Cucurbita moschata Duch) induced by wounding with aluminum borate whiskers.

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    Nanasato, Yoshihiko; Konagaya, Ken-ichi; Okuzaki, Ayako; Tsuda, Mai; Tabei, Yutaka

    2011-08-01

    An efficient genetic transformation method for kabocha squash (Cucurbita moschata Duch cv. Heiankogiku) was established by wounding cotyledonary node explants with aluminum borate whiskers prior to inoculation with Agrobacterium. Adventitious shoots were induced from only the proximal regions of the cotyledonary nodes and were most efficiently induced on Murashige-Skoog agar medium with 1 mg/L benzyladenine. Vortexing with 1% (w/v) aluminum borate whiskers significantly increased Agrobacterium infection efficiency in the proximal region of the explants. Transgenic plants were screened at the T(0) generation by sGFP fluorescence, genomic PCR, and Southern blot analyses. These transgenic plants grew normally and T(1) seeds were obtained. We confirmed stable integration of the transgene and its inheritance in T(1) generation plants by sGFP fluorescence and genomic PCR analyses. The average transgenic efficiency for producing kabocha squashes with our method was about 2.7%, a value sufficient for practical use.

  4. In Situ Synthesis Aluminum Borate Whiskers Reinforced TiB2 Matrix Composites for Application in Aluminum Reduction Cells

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    Zhang, Gang; Yang, Jianhong

    2013-11-01

    The TiB2 matrix ceramics reinforced by aluminum borate whiskers (Al18B4O33 w) had been prepared by the pressureless sintering method. The mechanical properties and densification behavior of the TiB2 matrix ceramics were investigated. The results showed that Al18B4O33 w was in situ synthesized by the reaction of boehmite (AlOOH) and TiB2 powders during the sintering process. Increasing the sintering temperature had benefited for densification of the TiB2 matrix ceramics. Al18B4O33 w could increase the flexural strength and Vicker's hardness. It is obtained that the maximum value Vicker's hardness with 1.81 GPa and flexural strength with 82 MPa for samples sintered at 1600°C.

  5. Hybrid effects of zirconia nanoparticles with aluminum borate whiskers on mechanical properties of denture base resin PMMA.

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    Zhang, Xiu-Yin; Zhang, Xin-Jing; Huang, Zhuo-Li; Zhu, Bang-Shang; Chen, Rong-Rong

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the hybrid effects of ZrO₂ nanoparticles (nano-ZrO₂) and aluminum borate whiskers (ABWs) on flexural strength and surface hardness of denture base resin, polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). Both nano-ZrO₂ and ABWs were modified by silane coupling agent (Z6030) before being mixed with PMMA. Various amounts of silanized nano-ZrO₂ and ABWs were mixed with PMMA to prepare ZrO₂-ABW/PMMA composites. Flexural strength and surface hardness were evaluated using three- point bending test and Vickers hardness test respectively. Fractured surfaces were also observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The mechanical behaviors of silanized ZrO₂-ABW/PMMA composites were significantly improved. Flexural strength reached a maximum value of 108.01 ± 5.54 MPa when 2 wt% of nano-ZrO₂ was mixed with ABWs at a ZrO₂/ABW ratio of 1:2, amounting to an increase of 52% when compared with pure PMMA. Surface hardness achieved a maximum value of 22.50 ± 0.86 MPa when 3 wt% of nano-ZrO₂ was mixed with ABWs at the same ZrO₂/ABW ratio, which was an increase of 27% when compared with pure PMMA.

  6. Influence of nano-silica content on fiexural properties of the aluminum borate whisker and silica filler composite resins%纳米二氧化硅含量对硼酸铝晶须-二氧化硅熔附体填料复合树脂弯曲性能的影响

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    张文云; 袁艳波; 陈庆华; 肖玉鸿; 李星星

    2011-01-01

    目的 研究正硅酸乙酯(TEOS)水解所得纳米二氧化硅(Si02)含量对硼酸铝晶须(AIBw)与SiO2熔附体填料复合树脂弯曲性能的影响.方法 采用TEOS溶胶一凝胶法制得纳米SiO2,按不同比例通过高温烧结使其熔附于AIBw表面,制作试样并测试其弯曲强度和弯曲弹性模量;利用透射电镜(TEM)观察高温处理过程对晶须表面形态的影响以及不同比例的熔附体形貌.结果 AlBw-SiO2熔附体复合填料可显著提高牙科复合树脂的弯曲性能:AlBw和SiO2的质量比为3:1时牙科复合树脂的弯曲强度达(130.29±8.38)MPa.结论 TEOS溶胶-凝胶法水解所得的纳米SiO2含量可改善AlBw-SiO2熔附体填料复合树脂的弯曲性能.%Objective To discuss the influence of nano-silica content which was hydrolyzed by tetraethyl orthosioate(TEOS) on the aluminum borate whisker(AlBw) and silica filler composite resins on flexural properties.Methods The nanometer-size silicon dioxide (SiO2) particles were prepared by sol-gel method based on tetraethyl orthosioate.Different proportion of AlBw and SiO2 were fused and attached onto the surface of AlBw through high temperature,then polymerized with resin matrix after surface siliconization and their flexural strength and flexural modulus were determined.The effects of heat treatment to the surface morphology of AlBw and the shapes of the mixture at various proportions were characterized by TEM.Results The flexural properties of dental composite resins with AlBw-SiO2 compound as inorganic fillers were significantly improved.The flexural property of a new type of dental composite resins was (130.29±8.38) MPa, when the mass ratio of AlBw and nano-SiO2 particle was 3:1.Conclusion Nano-silica content which was hydrolyzed by tetraethyl orthosioate improved flexural properties of the aluminum borate whisker and silica filler composite resins.

  7. Aluminum nitride-silicon carbide whisker composites: Processing, properties, and microstructural stability

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    Cross, M.T.

    1990-01-01

    Aluminum nitride -- silicon carbide whisker composites with up to 20 vol % whiskers were fabricated by pressureless sintering (1750{degree}--1800{degree}C) and by hot-pressing (1700{degree}--1800{degree}C). Silicon carbide whiskers were found to degrade depending on the type of protective powder bed used during sintering. Whiskers were found to degraded in high oxygen containing samples by reaction with sintering additives. Whisker degradation was also due to the formation of silicon carbide -- aluminum nitride solid solution. No whisker degradation was observed in hot-pressed samples. For these samples Young's modulus and fracture toughness were measured. A 33% increase in the fracture toughness was measured by the indentation technique for a 20 vol % whisker composite. Operative toughening mechanisms were investigated using scanning electron microscopy. Crack deflection and whisker bridging were the dominant mechanisms. It was also shown that load transfer from matrix to whiskers can be a contributing factor to toughening. 88 refs., 34 figs., 11 tabs.

  8. Three Methods with Functions of Modification on Aluminum Borate Whisker and with Influence on Flexural Properties of Dental Composite Resins%三种方法对硼酸铝晶须表面改性作用及其对复合树脂性能的影响

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    袁艳波; 张文云; 陈庆华; 李星星; 肖玉鸿

    2012-01-01

    The present paper is aimed to discuss the influence of three different ways on modification of aluminum bo-rate whiskers (AlBw) and on flexural properties of dental composite resins. In Group A, AlBw and silicon dioxide (SiO2) nanoparticles were thermally fused directly under certain processes. In Group B, Si-0 network was formed on ' the surface of AlBw via the sol-gel process of tetraethoxysilane, then thermally fused with SiO2 nanoparticles to form AlBw-SiOz compound as inorganic fillers. In Group C, SiO2 nanoparticles were repaired by sol-gel method of tetrae-thoxysilane under certain processes, and were deposited in the surface of AlBw. The mixtures were fused with high temperature sintering method. The effects of the surface morphology of AlBw with different ways were characterized by TEM and SEM. Then the mixtures were polymerized with resin matrix after surface siliconization and their flexural strength and Young's modulus were determined. SEM was used to examine specimen fracture surfaces. The results showed that the flexural properties of dental composite resins were significantly improved after whiskers were modified. Different methods produce different effects. Flexural strength of the Group A is (95. 28±4. 53)MPa. The results of TEM and SEM revealed that the aggregation was obvious between AlBw and SitO2 nanoparticles. Flexural strength of the Group B was (123.14±17. 37)MPa. The results of TEM and SEM revealed that the dispersity was improved but SiO2 nanoparticles also reunited. AlBw were modified with nanometer-size SiO2 particles which were prepared by sol-gel method based on tetraethyl orthosioate(TEOS), the flexural properties of a new type of dental composite resins was (130. 29 ±8. 38)MPa. The results of TEM and SEM revealed that better dispersion between AlBw and SiO2 nanoparticles occurred. The SiO2 nanoparticles were fused and attached onto the surface of AlBw uniformly.%分别采用三种不同方法对硼酸铝晶须(AlBw)进行表面

  9. Preparation and Characterization of Low-Dielectric Glass Composite with Aluminum Borate

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    Jean, Jau-Ho; Hwang, Shiang-Po

    1994-10-01

    The effect of aluminum borate ( Al18B4O33) on crystallization and thermal expansion of Pyrex borosilicate glass has been studied. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results show that with 40 vol% aluminum borate, the precipitation of cristobalite in the Pyrex borosilicate glass is completely inhibited. This result is further evidenced by the linear thermal expansion measurement in which, in contrast to the system without aluminum borate, the thermal expansion coefficient remains unchanged with sintering time and is close to that of silicon, 3×10-6 K-1. Moreover, the composite with 40 vol% aluminum borate has a dielectric constant of 5.2 and a dielectric loss of 0.8% at 1 MHz.

  10. Difference of Mullite Whiskers between Ytterbia-Doped Aluminum Hydroxide-Silica Gel and Mechanochemical Process

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    2006-01-01

    A number of processing routes were developed for the synthesis of mullite whiskers. Mullite whiskers that were derived from ytterbia-doped aluminum hydroxide-silica gel were studied; another process for preparing mullite whiskers from Al2O3-SiO2 oxide mixtures by mechanochemical method was encountered by chance. The method of ytterbia-doped aluminum hydroxide-silica was used to enhance mullite formation from gel. For adding ytterbia, mullite formation can take place at 1000 ℃ and almost single-phase mullite can be achieved at 1150 ℃, which is a significantly lower temperature than mechanochemical method. This enhancement of mullite formation is also attributed to refinement of aluminum hydroxide-silica by gel. Furthermore, well-developed single-crystal mullite whiskers were produced from the gel powder instead of normal-shaped grains. The presence of YbO might have promoted the formation of nanosized Al2O3 particles, which then acted as a template leading to mullite whiskers at higher sintering temperature.

  11. [Effect of amount of silane coupling agent on flexural strength of dental composite resins reinforced with aluminium borate whisker].

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    Zhu, Ming-yi; Zhang, Xiu-yin

    2015-06-01

    To evaluate the effect of amount of silane coupling agent on flexural strength of dental composite resins reinforced with aluminium borate whisker (ABW). ABW was surface-treated with 0%, 1%, 2%, 3% and 4% silan coupling agent (γ-MPS), and mixed with resin matrix to synthesize 5 groups of composite resins. After heat-cured at 120 degrees centigrade for 1 h, specimens were tested in three-point flexure to measure strength according to ISO-4049. One specimen was selected randomly from each group and observed under scanning electron microscope (SEM). The data was analyzed with SAS 9.2 software package. The flexural strength (117.93±11.9 Mpa) of the group treated with 2% silane coupling agent was the highest, and significantly different from that of the other 4 groups (α=0.01). The amount of silane coupling agent has impact on the flexural strength of dental composite resins reinforced with whiskers; The flexual strength will be reduced whenever the amount is higher or lower than the threshold. Supported by Research Fund of Science and Technology Committee of Shanghai Municipality (08DZ2271100).

  12. Crystal chemical characterization of mullite-type aluminum borate compounds

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    Hoffmann, K.; Hooper, T. J. N.; Zhao, H.; Kolb, U.; Murshed, M. M.; Fischer, M.; Lührs, H.; Nénert, G.; Kudějová, P.; Senyshyn, A.; Schneider, H.; Hanna, J. V.; Gesing, Th. M.; Fischer, R. X.

    2017-03-01

    Al-rich aluminum borates were prepared by different synthesis routes using various Al/B ratios, characterized by diffraction methods, spectroscopy and prompt gamma activation analysis. The 11B NMR data show a small amount of BO4 species in all samples. The chemical analysis indicates a trend in the Al/B ratio instead of a fixed composition. Both methods indicate a solid solution Al5-xB1+xO9 where Al is substituted by B in the range of 1-3%. The structure of B-rich Al4B2O9 (C2/m, a=1488 pm, b=553 pm, c=1502 pm, ß=90.6°), was re-investigated by electron diffraction methods, showing that structural details vary within a crystallite. In most of the domains the atoms are orderly distributed, showing no signal for the postulated channel oxygen atom O5. The absence of O5 is supported by density functional theory calculations. Other domains show a probable disordered configuration of O5 and O10, indicated by diffuse scattering along the b direction.

  13. Evaluation of borated aluminum products for criticality control in 235-F

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    Crouch, W. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    2003-04-01

    Plutonium-containing materials are destined for storage in the 235-F vault. The projected amount of stored materials will require the presence of neutron absorber materials. The leading design concept is for the neutron absorber materials to be in non-load-bearing borated aluminum plates lining the walls of the vault. A comprehensive evaluation of the borated aluminum plate materials was performed to identify a suitable material, and verify that these materials would remain effective as neutron absorbers under normal service conditions and for design-basis events, including the fire accident scenario, throughout a 20-year service life. Aluminum 1100 with boron additions is the recommended neutron absorber material for plutonium material storage in the 235-F vault based on boron loading capacity and durability in the storage environment. Borated aluminum 1100 is commercially available up to 4.5 wt. % boron. A detailed comparison was made of the physical, mechanical, and corrosion properties of borated aluminum alloy 1100 to standard alloy 1100-O1 to demonstrate near-equivalency in properties and to justify application of alloy 1100-O properties to the borated product as needed for the degradation analysis. The expected degradation of the borated aluminum is extremely low for storage conditions, including the bounding scenario of an aggressive atmospheric condition. A maximum loss of 0.00029 inches/year would be expected under potentially aggressive atmospheric conditions and would result in a fractional loss of only 0.42 wt. % of the boron present in a 7mm plate for a 20-year storage period. The fraction of Boron-10 consumption by spontaneous neutrons is expected to be less than 10-8 for the 20-year storage in 235-F fully loaded with Pu materials. The borated aluminum alloy 1100 will be thermally stable and unaltered up to near-melt temperature (643°C). Mechanical testing data at elevated temperatures show that the strengths (yield and ultimate) of the borated

  14. Evaluation of borated aluminum products for criticality control in 235-F

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    Duncan, A. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States); Sindelar, R. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States)

    2003-05-06

    Plutonium-containing materials are destined for storage in the 235-F vault. The projected amount of stored materials will require the presence of neutron absorber materials. The leading design concept is for the neutron absorber materials to be in non-load-bearing borated aluminum plates lining the walls of the vault. A comprehensive evaluation of the borated aluminum plate materials was performed to identify a suitable material, and verify that these materials would remain effective as neutron absorbers under normal service conditions and for design-basis events, including the fire accident scenario, throughout a 20-year service life. Aluminum 1100 with boron additions is the recommended neutron absorber material for plutonium material storage in the 235-F vault based on boron loading capacity and durability in the storage environment. Borated aluminum 1100 is commercially available up to 4.5 wt. % boron. A detailed comparison was made of the physical, mechanical, and corrosion properties of borated aluminum alloy 1100 to standard alloy 1100-O (-O designating the fully annealed condition) to demonstrate near-equivalency in properties and to justify application of alloy 1100-O properties to the borated product as needed for the degradation analysis. The expected degradation of the borated aluminum is extremely low for storage conditions, including the bounding scenario of an aggressive atmospheric condition. A maximum loss of 0.00029 inches/year would be expected under potentially aggressive atmospheric conditions and would result in a fractional loss of only 0.42 wt.% of the boron present in a 7mm plate for a 20-year storage period. The fraction of Boron-10 consumption by spontaneous neutrons is expected to be less than 10{sup -8} for the 20-year storage in 235-F fully loaded with Pu materials. The borated aluminum alloy 1100 will be thermally stable and unaltered up to near-melt temperature (643°C). Mechanical testing data at elevated temperatures show that the

  15. EPR and NMR studies of amorphous aluminum borates

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    Simon, S.; Pol, A. van der; Reijerse, E.J.; Kentgens, A.P.M.; Moorsel, G.J.M.P. van; Boer, E. de

    1994-01-01

    Amorphous aluminium borates, Al2(1–x)B2xO3 with O [less-than-or-eq]x[less-than-or-eq] 0.5, prepared from mixtures of aluminium nitrate, boric acid and glycerol, have been studied by EPR and 27Al MASNMR as a function of composition and heat-treatment temperature (Tt[less-than-or-eq] 860 °C). EPR stud

  16. EPR and NMR studies of amorphous aluminum borates

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    Simon, S.; Pol, A. van der; Reijerse, E.J.; Kentgens, A.P.M.; Moorsel, G.J.M.P. van; Boer, E. de

    1994-01-01

    Amorphous aluminium borates, Al2(1–x)B2xO3 with O [less-than-or-eq]x[less-than-or-eq] 0.5, prepared from mixtures of aluminium nitrate, boric acid and glycerol, have been studied by EPR and 27Al MASNMR as a function of composition and heat-treatment temperature (Tt[less-than-or-eq] 860 °C). EPR stud

  17. Magnetoelectric effect in ytterbium aluminum borate YbAl3(BO3)4

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    Ivanov, V. Yu.; Kuzmenko, A. M.; Mukhin, A. A.

    2017-04-01

    The anisotropic magnetoelectric properties of an ytterbium aluminum borate YbAl (BO single crystal having noncentrosymmetric crystal structure (space group R32) are studied, including the orientational, field, and temperature dependences of the polarization in magnetic fields up to 5 T in the temperature range of 2-300 K. It has been shown experimentally for the first time that the symmetry of the observed magnetoelectric effects exactly corresponds to the trigonal structure of the crystal and is characterized by two quadratic magnetoelectric constants. The polarization in the basal plane P a, b is a quadratic function of the field at low fields and reaches 250-300 μC/m2 in a field of 5 T at a temperature of 2 K, almost an order of magnitude exceeding the previously reported values. A theoretical model based on the spin Hamiltonian of the ground Kramers doublet of Yb3+ ions in the crystal field is proposed including magnetoelectric interactions allowed by the symmetry. This model makes it possible to quantitatively describe all observed magnetic and magnetoelectric properties of YbAl3(BO3)4.

  18. EFFECTS OF HEAT TREATMENT ON THE THERMAL EXPANSION BEHAVIOR OF SiC WHISKER REINFORCED ALUMINUM COMPOSITE

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    M. Hu; W.D. Fei; W.L. Li; C.K. Yao

    2001-01-01

    The thermal expansion behaviors of SiC whisker reinforced commercially pure aluminum composites subjected to different heat treatments were studied. The results indicated that the thermal expansion behaviors were greatly affected by heat treatment.To explain the results, the microstructures and thermal mismatch stresses in the matrix of the composite were examined by the transmission electron microscope and Xray diffraction, respectively. The dislocation density and thermal mismatch stresses in the matrix of the composites water quenched from 600°C are much higher than that of the composite slowly cooled from 600°C. The analysis suggested that the coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE) are closely related to the change of thermal mismatch stresses and yield strength of the matrix of the composite. The comparison of the coefficients of thermal expansion between experiments and calculations suggested that the temperature behaviors of CTE of SiCw/Al composite agree better with those of Kerner's model within lower temperature range.

  19. R-Curve Behavior for Silicon Carbide Whisker Reinforced Aluminum Oxide Composites

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    1990-01-01

    In 1976, Cutler sold his process to Exxon Enterprises and Hulco Inc. The joint effort, called Silag Inc., resulted in a plant at Greer, S.C...designed solely to make SiC whiskers commercially. In 1982, Arco Metals purchased the company, renamed it Arco Metals/ Silag Operation, and since then has...frequently observed, resulting in a range of planar defect densities and a mixture of structural types. The fringe spacing rarely repeats more than once or

  20. Comparative study on lithium borates as corrosion inhibitors of aluminum current collector in lithium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide electrolytes

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    Park, Kisung; Yu, Sunghun; Lee, Chulhaeng; Lee, Hochun

    2015-11-01

    Lithium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide (LiFSI) is a promising salt that can possibly overcome the limitations of lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6) in current Li-ion batteries (LIBs). Aluminum (Al) corrosion issue, however, is a major bottleneck for the wide use of LiFSI. This study investigates lithium borate salts as Al corrosion inhibitors in LiFSI electrolytes. Through a systematic comparison among lithium tetrafluoroborate (LiBF4), lithium bis(oxalato)borate (LiBOB), and lithium difluoro(oxalato)borate (LiDFOB), and LiPF6, the inhibition ability of the additives is revealed to be in the following order: LiDFOB > LiBF4 ≈ LiPF6 > LiBOB. In particular, the inhibition effect of LiDFOB is outstanding; the anodic behavior of Al in 0.8 M LiFSI + 0.2 M LiDFOB ethylene carbonate (EC)-based electrolyte is comparable to that of corrosion-free 1 M LiPF6 solution. The superior inhibition ability of LiDFOB is attributed to the formation of a passive layer composed of Al-F, Al2O3, and B-O species, as evidenced by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements. A LiCoO2/graphite cell with 0.8 M LiFSI + 0.2 M LiDFOB electrolyte exhibits a rate capability comparable to a cell with 1 M LiPF6 solution, whereas a cell with 0.8 M LiFSI solution without LiDFOB suffers from poor power performance resulting from severe Al corrosion.

  1. Cytotoxicity and solubility evaluation of two types of whiskers by cell magnetometry.

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    Kudo, Yuichiro; Aizawa, Yoshiharu

    2011-09-01

    We investigated two types of whiskers, an antimony-containing tin-oxide-coated aluminum borate whisker (CABW) and an aluminum borate whisker (ABW), which are asbestos substitutes, in order to evaluate the safety of these fibers. The cytotoxicity and solubility of CABW and ABW were evaluated by cell magnetometry, LDH assay and solubility test. ABW was found to be cytotoxic by cell magnetometry and slightly less soluble than CABW. In addition, it was found that the solubility of both fibers was intermediate between that of chrysotile and rock wool, as compared to our previous test results. Regarding the LDH assay, no significant difference was found among the fibers tested. These findings suggested that CABW, the surface of which is coated with antimony-containing tin oxide, had lower cytotoxicity and slightly higher solubility than ABW. This study was only a short-term cytotoxicity and solubility study. Therefore, further safety assessment should be carried out in long-term experiments to examine the half-life of these fibers and monitor the potential development of lung carcinoma or mesothelioma after intratracheal instillation of these fibers in rats.

  2. Controlled preparation of aluminum borate powders for the development of defect-related phosphors for warm white LED lighting

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    Guimarães, Vinicius F.; Salaün, Mathieu; Burner, Pauline; Maia, Lauro J. Q.; Ferrier, Alban; Viana, Bruno; Gautier-Luneau, Isabelle; Ibanez, Alain

    2017-03-01

    The optimization of the elaboration conditions of a new family of highly emissive white phosphors based on glassy yttrium aluminum borates (g-YAB) compositions is presented. Their preparation from solutions is based on the polymeric precursor method (modified Pechini process), involving non-toxic and low cost precursors. The resulting resins were first dried at moderate temperatures followed by two-step annealing treatments of the obtain powders under controlled atmospheres: a first pyrolysis under nitrogen followed by a calcination under oxygen. This favored the gradual oxidation of organic moieties coming from starting materials, avoiding uncontrolled self-combustion reactions, which generate localized hot spots. This prevented phase segregations and the formation of pyrolytic carbon or carbonates, which are strongly detrimental to the luminescence properties. Thus, coupled chemical analyses and luminescence characterizations showed the high chemical homogeneity of the resulting powders and their intense emissions in the whole visible range. These emissions can be tuned from blue to warm white by adjusting the calcination temperature that is an important advantage for the development of LED devices. We showed that impurities of monovalent and divalent cations act as quenching emission centers for these phosphors. Therefore, by increasing the purity grade, we significantly enhanced the PL emissions leading to high internal quantum yields (80-90%). Finally, cathodoluminescence emissions showed the homogeneous dispersion of emitting centers in the g-YAB matrix.

  3. Temperature measurements using a projection to latent structures of fluorescence spectra of potassium-aluminum borate glasses with copper-containing molecular clusters

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    Babkina, A. N.; Khodasevich, M. A.; Shirshnev, P. S.

    2017-02-01

    Luminescence spectra of a potassium-aluminum borate glass with copper-containing molecular clusters are presented in the temperature range of 295-624 K. Two methods of temperature measurement are compared with the aim of evaluating the possibility of their further application in optical temperature sensors: specifically, the classical method of measuring a temperature based on the spectral position of the fluorescence band peak and the measurement method based on projection to latent structures of fluorescence spectra in the visible range. It is shown that, concerning the accuracy of measuring a temperature, the fourdimensional space of latent structures is preferred for the case under consideration; it allows one to determine (using a training set of fluorescence spectra) a temperature with the relative error of no more than 1.2%.

  4. Characterization of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramic coatings on 6063 aluminum alloy prepared in borate electrolytes by micro-arc oxidation

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    Li, H.X. [MOE Key Laboratory of Mechanical Manufacture and Automation, Zhejiang University of Technology, No. 6, Zhaohui District, Hangzhou 310014 (China); Rudnev, V.S. [Institute of Chemistry FEB RAS, Pr. 100 let Vladivostok, Vladivostok 690022 (Russian Federation); Zheng, X.H. [MOE Key Laboratory of Mechanical Manufacture and Automation, Zhejiang University of Technology, No. 6, Zhaohui District, Hangzhou 310014 (China); Yarovaya, T.P. [Institute of Chemistry FEB RAS, Pr. 100 let Vladivostok, Vladivostok 690022 (Russian Federation); Song, R.G. [MOE Key Laboratory of Mechanical Manufacture and Automation, Zhejiang University of Technology, No. 6, Zhaohui District, Hangzhou 310014 (China)], E-mail: songrg@zjut.edu.cn

    2008-08-25

    Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramic coatings were directly prepared on 6063 aluminum alloy in borate electrolytes by micro-arc oxidation technique. The microstructure, phase composition, elemental distribution, and micro-hardness of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramic coatings were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and micro-hardness test. The fabricated samples were almost composed of {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, also there existed pores and cracks on the surface of the coatings. Micro-hardness test shows that the prepared coatings are of high hardness, which can satisfy the requirements for the mechanical application.

  5. Mullite Whiskers and Mullite-whisker Felt

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    Talmy, Inna G.; Haught, Deborah A.

    1993-01-01

    The Naval Surface Warfare Center has developed processes for the preparation of mullite (3(Al2O3)(dot)2(SiO2)) whiskers and mullite-whisker felt. Three patents on the technology were issued in 1990. The processes are based on chemical reactions between AlF3, Al2O3, and SiO2. The felt is formed in-situ during the processing of shaped powdered precursors. It consists of randomly oriented whiskers which are mutually intergrown forming a rigid structure. The microstructure and properties of the felt and size of the whiskers can be modified by varying the amount of Al2O3 in the starting mixture. Loose mullite whiskers can be used as a reinforcement for polymer-, metal-, and ceramic-matrix composites. The felt can be used as preforms for fabricating composite materials as well as for thermal insulation and high temperature, chemically stable filters for liquids (melts) and gases.

  6. Cortical control of whisker movement.

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    Petersen, Carl C H

    2014-01-01

    Facial muscles drive whisker movements, which are important for active tactile sensory perception in mice and rats. These whisker muscles are innervated by cholinergic motor neurons located in the lateral facial nucleus. The whisker motor neurons receive synaptic inputs from premotor neurons, which are located within the brain stem, the midbrain, and the neocortex. Complex, distributed neural circuits therefore regulate whisker movement during behavior. This review focuses specifically on cortical whisker motor control. The whisker primary motor cortex (M1) strongly innervates brain stem reticular nuclei containing whisker premotor neurons, which might form a central pattern generator for rhythmic whisker protraction. In a parallel analogous pathway, the whisker primary somatosensory cortex (S1) strongly projects to the brain stem spinal trigeminal interpolaris nucleus, which contains whisker premotor neurons innervating muscles for whisker retraction. These anatomical pathways may play important functional roles, since stimulation of M1 drives exploratory rhythmic whisking, whereas stimulation of S1 drives whisker retraction.

  7. Modeling tin whisker growth.

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    Weinberger, Christopher Robert

    2013-08-01

    Tin, lead, and lead-tin solders are the most commonly used solders due to their low melting temperatures. However, due to the toxicity problems, lead must now be removed from solder materials. This has lead to the re-emergence of the issue of tin whisker growth. Tin whiskers are a microelectronic packaging issue because they can lead to shorts if they grow to sufficient length. However, the cause of tin whisker growth is still not well understood and there is lack of robust methods to determine when and if whiskering will be a problem. This report summarizes some of the leading theories on whisker growth and attempts to provide some ideas towards establishing the role microstructure plays in whisker growth.

  8. Modeling tin whisker growth.

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    Weinberger, Christopher Robert

    2013-08-01

    Tin, lead, and lead-tin solders are the most commonly used solders due to their low melting temperatures. However, due to the toxicity problems, lead must now be removed from solder materials. This has lead to the re-emergence of the issue of tin whisker growth. Tin whiskers are a microelectronic packaging issue because they can lead to shorts if they grow to sufficient length. However, the cause of tin whisker growth is still not well understood and there is lack of robust methods to determine when and if whiskering will be a problem. This report summarizes some of the leading theories on whisker growth and attempts to provide some ideas towards establishing the role microstructure plays in whisker growth.

  9. WHISKER LAKE WILDERNESS, WISCONSIN.

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    Schulz, Klaus J.

    1984-01-01

    The mineral-resource potential of the Whisker Lake Wilderness in northeastern Wisconsin was evaluated. Only a strip along the southwest corner of the wilderness is assessed as having probable mineral-resource potential. If mineral deposits exist, they probably are of the massive sulfide type. The geologic terrain precludes the presence of fossil fuel resources. Sand and gravel and peat in swampy lowlands are the only resources of the Whisker lake Wilderness.

  10. Preparation of integrated multifunction Pb3B10O16[OH]4 whisker by solvothermal method

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    Sun, Qing; Zhang, Quan-Ping; Zheng, Jian; Zhou, Dong; Li, Yin-Tao; Zhou, Yuan-Lin

    2016-03-01

    Elaborate design of multifunction materials is of great scientific and technological significance; but it is a great challenge. Here, a lead borate is successfully prepared via a facile solvothermal method. The results of XRD, SEM and TEM show the product is a kind of whiskers with uniform structure and high length-diameter ratio, which is represented as Pb3B10O16[OH]4. The whisker is capable of attenuating both γ-rays and neutrons and shows a little difference with that of the equal molar mass of Pb and B in mixture. In addition, the whisker displays good photoluminescence properties, especially for luminescent intensity. These significant results indicate an integrated multifunction whisker that will stimulate new application research.

  11. Whisker dynamics underlying tactile exploration.

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    Hires, S Andrew; Efros, Alexander L; Svoboda, Karel

    2013-06-05

    Rodents explore the world by palpating objects with their whiskers. Whiskers interact with objects, causing stresses in whisker follicles and spikes in sensory neurons, which are interpreted by the brain to produce tactile perception. The mechanics of the whisker thus couple self-movement and the structure of the world to sensation. Whiskers are elastic thin rods; hence, they tend to vibrate. Whisker vibrations could be a key ingredient of rodent somatosensation. However, the specific conditions under which vibrations contribute appreciably to the stresses in the follicle remain unclear. We present an analytical solution for the deformation of individual whiskers in response to a time-varying force. We tracked the deformation of mouse whiskers during a pole localization task to extract the whisker Young's modulus and damping coefficient. We further extracted the time course and amplitude of steady-state forces during whisker-object contact. We use our model to calculate the relative contribution of steady-state and vibrational forces to stresses in the follicle in a variety of active sensation tasks and during the passive whisker stimuli typically used for sensory physiology. Vibrational stresses are relatively more prominent compared with steady-state forces for short contacts and for contacts close to the whisker tip. Vibrational stresses are large for texture discrimination, and under some conditions, object localization tasks. Vibrational stresses are negligible for typical ramp-and-hold stimuli. Our calculation provides a general framework, applicable to most experimental situations.

  12. EPR of Nd{sup 3+} and Er{sup 3+} ions in aluminum borates YAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} and EuAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4}

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    Prokhorov, A.D. [A. A. Galkin Donetsk Physico-Technical Institute, NANU, 83114 Donetsk, R. Luxembourg Street 72 (Ukraine); Prokhorov, A.A., E-mail: prohorov@pr.fti.ac.donetsk.ua [A. A. Galkin Donetsk Physico-Technical Institute, NANU, 83114 Donetsk, R. Luxembourg Street 72 (Ukraine); Chernysh, L.F. [A. A. Galkin Donetsk Physico-Technical Institute, NANU, 83114 Donetsk, R. Luxembourg Street 72 (Ukraine); Aleshkevich, P. [Institute of Physics, PAS, 02-668 Warsaw, Al. Lotnikow 32/46 (Poland); Dyakonov, V. [A. A. Galkin Donetsk Physico-Technical Institute, NANU, 83114 Donetsk, R. Luxembourg Street 72 (Ukraine); Institute of Physics, PAS, 02-668 Warsaw, Al. Lotnikow 32/46 (Poland); Szymczak, H. [Institute of Physics, PAS, 02-668 Warsaw, Al. Lotnikow 32/46 (Poland)

    2013-01-15

    EPR spectra of impurity Nd{sup 3+} and Er{sup 3+} ions in aluminum borates YAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} and EuAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} have been studied. Dependences of g-factors and linewidth as a function of temperature are established, and the hyperfine interaction constants are determined. Temperature dependences of linewidth of Nd{sup 3+} and Er{sup 3+} ions in both crystals are identical. The absorption line broadening with increasing temperature is caused by strong spin-phonon interaction and is described by the Orbach-Aminov process. Unlike Nd{sup 3+} ion, an anisotropy of temperature dependence of Er{sup 3+} ion linewidth is observed. The relaxation velocity of Er{sup 3+} ions is lower then that of Nd{sup 3+} ions. The anisotropy of spin-lattice relaxation observed for Er{sup 3} ion is due to a large g-factor anisotropy which is larger in the EuAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} crystal than in YAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} one. A decrease of g-factor of Er{sup 3+} ion in both crystals with increasing temperature is shown to result from spin-phonon interaction. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The absorption lines broadening is described by the Orbach-Aminov process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A decrease of g-factor of Er{sup 3+} ion in crystals is caused by spin-phonon interaction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The hyperfine interaction constants are determined. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The relaxation velocity of Er{sup 3+} ions is lower than that of Nd{sup 3+} ions.

  13. [Raman and infrared spectrograms of organic borate intercalated hydrotalcite].

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    Zhang, Jing-Yu; Bai, Zhi-Min; Zhao, Dong

    2013-03-01

    The pattern of X-ray diffraction, the Raman and infrared spectra of organic borate intercalated hydrotalcite were discussed. The well crystallized zinc-aluminum layered double hydroxides (Zn-Al LDHs) intercalated by carbonate ions and borate ions were respectively prepared by co-precipitation method. Patterns of X-ray diffraction showed that the (003) reflection of borate-LDHs was sharp and symmetric and shifted to lower angle than that of carbonate-LDHs. The gallery height of borate-LDHs increased from 0. 28 nm to 0.42 nm after intercalation, indicating that interlayered carbonate ions were substituted by borate anions. The Raman and IR spectra showed that specific bands of carbonate ions in the borate-LDHs disappeared, but with the presence of B3O3(OH)4- X B4O5(OH)4(2-) and B(OH)4- in the interlayer galleries. The hydroxide interlayer anions had a significant influence on the band positions in Raman and infrared spectra of modes related to the hydroxyl group. Our results indicate that single phase and pure borate-pillared LDHs can be obtained using tributyl orthoborate as intercalating agents, and the change in the structure and nature of hydrotalcite can be detected precisely by Raman spectroscopy.

  14. Borat vihastas ka rumeenlasi

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    2006-01-01

    Rumeenia mustlasküla Glod elanikud peavad endi solvamiseks viisi, kuidas neid ära kasutati Briti koomiku Sacha Baron Coheni loodud peategelasega USA filmi "Borat - kultuurialased õppetunnid Ameerikast abiks suursuguse Kasahstani riigi ülesehitamisel" võtetel

  15. Borat vihastas ka rumeenlasi

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    2006-01-01

    Rumeenia mustlasküla Glod elanikud peavad endi solvamiseks viisi, kuidas neid ära kasutati Briti koomiku Sacha Baron Coheni loodud peategelasega USA filmi "Borat - kultuurialased õppetunnid Ameerikast abiks suursuguse Kasahstani riigi ülesehitamisel" võtetel

  16. Aluminum Borate Whiskers and Its Application in Polymer Matrix Composites%硼酸铝晶须及其在聚合物基复合材料中的应用

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    胡晓兰; 朱光明; 梁国正

    2002-01-01

    主要介绍了硼酸铝晶须的特性、制备方法及其在热固性树脂与热塑性树脂和医学中的应用研究概况,以及硼酸铝晶须的表面处理对复合材料性能的影响,并提出晶须的表面改性、材料的加工工艺及降低制造成本是今后发展的主要方向.

  17. Box-and-Whisker Plots.

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    Larsen, Russell D.

    1985-01-01

    Box-and-whisker plots (which give rapid visualization of batches of data) can be effectively used to present diverse collections of data used in traditional first-year chemistry courses. Construction of box-and-whisker plots and their use with bond energy data and data on heats of formation and solution are discussed. (JN)

  18. Graphite whiskers in CV3 meteorites.

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    Fries, Marc; Steele, Andrew

    2008-04-04

    Graphite whiskers (GWs), an allotrope of carbon that has been proposed to occur in space, have been discovered in three CV-type carbonaceous chondrites via Raman imaging and electron microscopy. The GWs are associated with high-temperature calcium-aluminum inclusion (CAI) rims and interiors, with the rim of a dark inclusion, and within an inclusion inside an unusual chondrule that bears mineralogy and texture indicative of high-temperature processing. Current understanding of CAI formation places their condensation, and that of associated GWs, relatively close to the Sun and early in the condensation sequence of protoplanetary disk materials. If this is the case, then it is a possibility that GWs are expelled from any young solar system early in its history, thus populating interstellar space with diffuse GWs. Graphite whiskers have been postulated to play a role in the near-infrared (near-IR) dimming of type Ia supernovae, as well as in the thermalization of both the cosmic IR and microwave background and in galactic center dimming between 3 and 9 micrometers. Our observations, along with the further possibility that GWs could be manufactured during supernovae, suggest that GWs may have substantial effects in observational astronomy.

  19. The advantages of a tapered whisker.

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    Williams, Christopher M; Kramer, Eric M

    2010-01-20

    The role of facial vibrissae (whiskers) in the behavior of terrestrial mammals is principally as a supplement or substitute for short-distance vision. Each whisker in the array functions as a mechanical transducer, conveying forces applied along the shaft to mechanoreceptors in the follicle at the whisker base. Subsequent processing of mechanoreceptor output in the trigeminal nucleus and somatosensory cortex allows high accuracy discriminations of object distance, direction, and surface texture. The whiskers of terrestrial mammals are tapered and approximately circular in cross section. We characterize the taper of whiskers in nine mammal species, measure the mechanical deflection of isolated felid whiskers, and discuss the mechanics of a single whisker under static and oscillatory deflections. We argue that a tapered whisker provides some advantages for tactile perception (as compared to a hypothetical untapered whisker), and that this may explain why the taper has been preserved during the evolution of terrestrial mammals.

  20. The advantages of a tapered whisker.

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    Christopher M Williams

    Full Text Available The role of facial vibrissae (whiskers in the behavior of terrestrial mammals is principally as a supplement or substitute for short-distance vision. Each whisker in the array functions as a mechanical transducer, conveying forces applied along the shaft to mechanoreceptors in the follicle at the whisker base. Subsequent processing of mechanoreceptor output in the trigeminal nucleus and somatosensory cortex allows high accuracy discriminations of object distance, direction, and surface texture. The whiskers of terrestrial mammals are tapered and approximately circular in cross section. We characterize the taper of whiskers in nine mammal species, measure the mechanical deflection of isolated felid whiskers, and discuss the mechanics of a single whisker under static and oscillatory deflections. We argue that a tapered whisker provides some advantages for tactile perception (as compared to a hypothetical untapered whisker, and that this may explain why the taper has been preserved during the evolution of terrestrial mammals.

  1. Sensing Device with Whisker Elements

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    Hartmann, Mitra J. (Inventor); Solomon, Joseph H. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A sensing device includes an elongated whisker element having a flexible cantilever region and a base region where a change in moment or curvature is generated by bending of the cantilever region when it contacts an object. One or more sensor elements cooperatively associated with the whisker element provide one or more output signals that is/are representative of two orthogonal components of change in moment or curvature at the whisker base region to permit determination of object distance, fluid velocity profile, or object contour (shape) with accounting for lateral slip of the whisker element and frictional characteristics of the object. Multiple sensing devices can be arranged in arrays in a manner to sense object contour without or with adjustment for lateral slip.

  2. Electron beam induced growth of tin whiskers

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    Vasko, A. C.; Karpov, V. G. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio 43606 (United States); Warrell, G. R.; Parsai, E. I.; Shvydka, Diana, E-mail: diana.shvydka@utoledo.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toledo Health Science Campus, Toledo, Ohio 43614 (United States)

    2015-09-28

    We have investigated the influence of electron irradiation on tin whisker growth. Sputtered tin samples exposed to electron beam of 6 MeV energy exhibited fast whisker growth, while control samples did not grow any whiskers. The statistics of e-beam induced whiskers was found to follow the log-normal distribution. The observed accelerated whisker growth is attributed to electrostatic effects due to charges trapped in an insulating substrate. These results offer promise for establishing whisker-related accelerated life testing protocols.

  3. Rapid whisker movements in sleeping newborn rats

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    Tiriac, Alexandre; Uitermarkt, Brandt D; Fanning, Alexander S; Sokoloff, Greta; Blumberg, Mark S

    2012-01-01

    .... The rodent whisker system, with its precise isomorphic mapping of individual whiskers to discrete brain areas, has been a key contributor to our understanding of somatotopic maps and developmental plasticity...

  4. Millisecond, micron precision multi-whisker detector.

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    Grady, Stephen K; Hoang, Thanh T; Gautam, Shree Hari; Shew, Woodrow L

    2013-01-01

    The neural mechanisms of somatosensory information processing in the rodent vibrissae system are a topic of intense debate and research. Certain hypotheses emphasize the importance of stick-slip whisker motion, high-frequency resonant vibrations, and/or the ability to decode complex textures. Other hypotheses focus on the importance of integrating information from multiple whiskers. Tests of the former require measurements of whisker motion that achieve high spatiotemporal accuracy without altering the mechanical properties of whiskers. Tests of the latter require the ability to monitor the motion of multiple whiskers simultaneously. Here we present a device that achieves both these requirements for two-dimensional whisker motion in the plane perpendicular to the whiskers. Moreover, the system we present is significantly less expensive (whiskers in response to an air puff.

  5. Mitigating tin whisker risks theory and practice

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    Handwerker, Carol A; Bath, Jasbir

    2016-01-01

    Discusses the growth mechanisms of tin whiskers and the effective mitigation strategies necessary to reduce whisker growth risks. This book covers key tin whisker topics, ranging from fundamental science to practical mitigation strategies. The text begins with a review of the characteristic properties of local microstructures around whisker and hillock grains to identify why these particular grains and locations become predisposed to forming whiskers and hillocks. The book discusses the basic properties of tin-based alloy finishes and the effects of various alloying elements on whisker formation, with a focus on potential mechanisms for whisker suppression or enhancement for each element. Tin whisker risk mitigation strategies for each tier of the supply chain for high reliability electronic systems are also described.

  6. Preparation of integrated multifunction Pb{sub 3}B{sub 10}O{sub 16}[OH]{sub 4} whisker by solvothermal method

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    Sun, Qing [State Key Laboratory Cultivation Base for Nonmetal Composites and Functional Materials, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China); Zhang, Quan-Ping, E-mail: zhangqp@swust.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory Cultivation Base for Nonmetal Composites and Functional Materials, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China); Zheng, Jian [State Key Laboratory Cultivation Base for Nonmetal Composites and Functional Materials, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China); Zhou, Dong [State Key Laboratory Cultivation Base for Nonmetal Composites and Functional Materials, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China); Li, Yin-Tao [State Key Laboratory Cultivation Base for Nonmetal Composites and Functional Materials, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China); Zhou, Yuan-Lin, E-mail: zhouyuanlin@swust.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory Cultivation Base for Nonmetal Composites and Functional Materials, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China)

    2016-03-11

    Elaborate design of multifunction materials is of great scientific and technological significance; but it is a great challenge. Here, a lead borate is successfully prepared via a facile solvothermal method. The results of XRD, SEM and TEM show the product is a kind of whiskers with uniform structure and high length–diameter ratio, which is represented as Pb{sub 3}B{sub 10}O{sub 16}[OH]{sub 4}. The whisker is capable of attenuating both γ-rays and neutrons and shows a little difference with that of the equal molar mass of Pb and B in mixture. In addition, the whisker displays good photoluminescence properties, especially for luminescent intensity. These significant results indicate an integrated multifunction whisker that will stimulate new application research. - Highlights: • Pb{sub 3}B{sub 10}O{sub 16}[OH]{sub 4} whiskers with high aspect ratio are first synthesized via solvothermal method. • The Pb{sub 3}B{sub 10}O{sub 16}[OH]{sub 4} whiskers have the ability to attenuate both neutrons and gamma rays. • The Pb{sub 3}B{sub 10}O{sub 16}[OH]{sub 4} whiskers have excellent photoluminescence properties.

  7. Radial Distance Estimation with Tapered Whisker Sensors.

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    Ahn, Sejoon; Kim, DaeEun

    2017-07-19

    Rats use their whiskers as tactile sensors to sense their environment. Active whisking, moving whiskers back and forth continuously, is one of prominent features observed in rodents. They can discriminate different textures or extract features of a nearby object such as size, shape and distance through active whisking. There have been studies to localize objects with artificial whiskers inspired by rat whiskers. The linear whisker model based on beam theory has been used to estimate the radial distance, that is, the distance between the base of the whisker and a target object. In this paper, we investigate deflection angle measurements instead of forces or moments, based on a linear tapered whisker model to see the role of tapered whiskers found in real animals. We analyze how accurately this model estimates the radial distance, and quantify the estimation errors and noise sensitivity. We also compare the linear model simulation and nonlinear numerical solutions. It is shown that the radial distance can be estimated using deflection angles at two different positions on the tapered whisker. We argue that the tapered whisker has an advantage of estimating the radial distance better, as compared to an untapered whisker, and active sensing allows that estimation without the whisker's material property and thickness or the moment at base. In addition, we investigate the potential of passive sensing for tactile localization.

  8. The Formation of Graphite Whiskers in the Primitive Solar Nebula

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    Nuth, Joseph A., III; Kimura, Yuki; Lucas, Christopher; Ferguson, Frank; Johnson, Natasha M.

    2010-01-01

    It has been suggested that carbonaceous grains are efficiently destroyed in the interstellar medium and must either reform in situ at very low pressures and temperatures or in an alternative environment more conducive to grain growth. Graphite whiskers have been discovered associated with high-temperature phases in meteorites such as calcium aluminum inclusions and chondrules, and it has been suggested that the expulsion of such material from proto stellar nebulae could significantly affect the optical properties of the average interstellar grain population. We have experimentally studied the potential for Fischer-Tropsch and Haber-Bosch type reactions to produce organic materials in protostellar systems from the abundant H2, CO, and N2 reacting on the surfaces of available silicate grains. When graphite grains are repeatedly exposed to H2, CO, and N2 at 875 K abundant graphite whiskers are observed to form on or from the surfaces of the graphite grains. In a dense, turbulent nebula, such extended whiskers are very likely to be broken off, and fragments could be ejected either in polar jets or by photon pressure after transport to the outer reaches of the nebula.

  9. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Tin Whisker (and Other Metal Whisker) Homepage

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    Brusse, Jay; Sampson, Mike; Leidecker, Henning; Kadesch, Jong

    2004-01-01

    This website provides information about tin whiskers and related research. The independent research performed during the past 50+ years is so vast that it is impractical to cover all aspects of tin whiskers in this one resource. Therefore, the absence of information in this website about a particular aspect of tin whiskers should NOT be construed as evidence of absence.

  10. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Tin Whisker (and Other Metal Whisker) Homepage

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    Brusse, Jay; Sampson, Mike; Leidecker, Henning; Kadesch, Jong

    2004-01-01

    This website provides information about tin whiskers and related research. The independent research performed during the past 50+ years is so vast that it is impractical to cover all aspects of tin whiskers in this one resource. Therefore, the absence of information in this website about a particular aspect of tin whiskers should NOT be construed as evidence of absence.

  11. Whiskers and fibers of hydroxyapatite; Whiskers e fibras de hidroxiapatita

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    Cardoso, G.B.C.; Motisuke, M.; Zavaglia, C.A.C., E-mail: guicardoso@fem.unicamp.b [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil). Fac. de Engenharia Mecanica. Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais; Arruda, A.C.F. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil). Fac. de Engenharia Mecanica. Dept. de Engenharia de Petroleo

    2009-07-01

    Hydroxyapatite is a bioactive ceramic, which acts in tissue engineering by attracting bone cells. Occasionally it can be used as a biocompatible reinforcement. The mechanical role of this biomaterial can be defined depending of some characteristics analyzed by scanning electron microscope and X ray power diffraction. It can be classified in whiskers and fibers; each one has their own properties, which were discussed in this work. For its use as reinforcement it is necessary matrix with specific characteristics. (author)

  12. How do seal whiskers suppress vortex shedding

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    Rinehart, Aidan; Flaherty, Justin; Bunjavick, Joseph; Shyam, Vikram; Zhang, Wei

    2016-11-01

    Certain seal whiskers possess a unique geometry that significantly reduces the vortex-induced vibration; which has attracted great attention to understand how the unique shape re-organizes the wake structure and its potential for passive flow control. The shape of the whiskers can be described as an elliptical cross-section that is lofted along the length of the whisker. Along the entire length of the whisker the ellipse varies in major and minor axis as well as angle of incidence with respect to the axis of the whisker. Of particular interest in this study is to identify what effect the angle of incidence has on the flow structure around the whisker, which has been overlooked in the past. The study will analyze the wake structure behind various scaled-up whisker models using particle image velocimitry (PIV). These whisker models share common geometry dimensions except for the angle of incidence. Flow conditions are created in a water channel and a wind tunnel, covering a wide range of Reynolds number (a few hundreds to thousands), similar to the ambient flow environment of seals and to the targeted aero-propulsion applications. This study will help address knowledge gaps in understanding of how certain geometry features of seal whiskers influence the wake and establish best practices for its application as effective passive flow control strategy.

  13. "Borat" kogus tubli hulga vaatajaid

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    2006-01-01

    Briti koomiku Sacha Baron Coheni loodud peategelasega USA film "Borat - kultuurialased õppetunnid Ameerikast abiks suursuguse Kasahstani riigi ülesehitamisel" kogus Eesti kinolevis avanädalavahetusel 12 487 vaatajat (taasiseseisvumisaja neljas tulemus)

  14. Borate Minerals and RNA Stability

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    Ernesto Di Mauro

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available The abiotic origin of genetic polymers faces two major problems: a prebiotically plausible polymerization mechanism and the maintenance of their polymerized state outside a cellular environment. The stabilizing action of borate on ribose having been reported, we have explored the possibility that borate minerals stabilize RNA. We observe that borate itself does not stabilize RNA. The analysis of a large panel of minerals tested in various physical-chemical conditions shows that in general no protection on RNA backbone is exerted, with the interesting exception of ludwigite (Mg2Fe3+BO5. Stability is a fundamental property of nucleic polymers and borate is an abundant component of the planet, hence the prebiotic interest of this analysis.

  15. "Borat" kogus tubli hulga vaatajaid

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    2006-01-01

    Briti koomiku Sacha Baron Coheni loodud peategelasega USA film "Borat - kultuurialased õppetunnid Ameerikast abiks suursuguse Kasahstani riigi ülesehitamisel" kogus Eesti kinolevis avanädalavahetusel 12 487 vaatajat (taasiseseisvumisaja neljas tulemus)

  16. Tin Whisker Testing and Modeling

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    2015-11-01

    contamination , and post-assembly contamination methods 40 5.2.3 Environmental exposure, whisker measurements and metallurgical analysis 42 5.3 Results and...The roughness is partly a result of the shrinkage of the liquid between the primary tin dendrites. The roughness tends to trap contamination , which...diameter, density, and distribution were measured. 5.2.3.3 Metallurgical analysis To examine contamination levels and distributions, as-received

  17. Rapid whisker movements in sleeping newborn rats.

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    Tiriac, Alexandre; Uitermarkt, Brandt D; Fanning, Alexander S; Sokoloff, Greta; Blumberg, Mark S

    2012-11-06

    Spontaneous activity in the sensory periphery drives infant brain activity and is thought to contribute to the formation of retinotopic and somatotopic maps. In infant rats during active (or REM) sleep, brainstem-generated spontaneous activity triggers hundreds of thousands of skeletal muscle twitches each day; sensory feedback from the resulting limb movements is a primary activator of forebrain activity. The rodent whisker system, with its precise isomorphic mapping of individual whiskers to discrete brain areas, has been a key contributor to our understanding of somatotopic maps and developmental plasticity. But although whisker movements are controlled by dedicated skeletal muscles, spontaneous whisker activity has not been entertained as a contributing factor to the development of this system. Here we report in 3- to 6-day-old rats that whiskers twitch rapidly and asynchronously during active sleep; furthermore, neurons in whisker thalamus exhibit bursts of activity that are tightly associated with twitches but occur infrequently during waking. Finally, we observed barrel-specific cortical activity during periods of twitching. This is the first report of self-generated, sleep-related twitches in the developing whisker system, a sensorimotor system that is unique for the precision with which it can be experimentally manipulated. The discovery of whisker twitching will allow us to attain a better understanding of the contributions of peripheral sensory activity to somatosensory integration and plasticity in the developing nervous system. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Electric field stimulated growth of Zn whiskers

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    Niraula, D.; McCulloch, J.; Irving, R.; Karpov, V. G. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States); Warrell, G. R.; Shvydka, Diana, E-mail: diana.shvydka@utoledo.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toledo Health Science Campus, Toledo, Ohio 43614 (United States)

    2016-07-15

    We have investigated the impact of strong (∼10{sup 4} V/cm) electric fields on the development of Zn whiskers. The original samples, with considerable whisker infestation were cut from Zn-coated steel floors and then exposed to electric fields stresses for 10-20 hours at room temperature. We used various electric field sources, from charges accumulated in samples irradiated by: (1) the electron beam of a scanning electron microscope (SEM), (2) the electron beam of a medical linear accelerator, and (3) the ion beam of a linear accelerator; we also used (4) the electric field produced by a Van der Graaf generator. In all cases, the exposed samples exhibited a considerable (tens of percent) increase in whiskers concentration compared to the control sample. The acceleration factor defined as the ratio of the measured whisker growth rate over that in zero field, was estimated to approach several hundred. The statistics of lengths of e-beam induced whiskers was found to follow the log-normal distribution known previously for metal whiskers. The observed accelerated whisker growth is attributed to electrostatic effects. These results offer promise for establishing whisker-related accelerated life testing protocols.

  19. Electric field stimulated growth of Zn whiskers

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    Niraula, D.; McCulloch, J.; Warrell, G. R.; Irving, R.; Karpov, V. G.; Shvydka, Diana

    2016-07-01

    We have investigated the impact of strong (˜104 V/cm) electric fields on the development of Zn whiskers. The original samples, with considerable whisker infestation were cut from Zn-coated steel floors and then exposed to electric fields stresses for 10-20 hours at room temperature. We used various electric field sources, from charges accumulated in samples irradiated by: (1) the electron beam of a scanning electron microscope (SEM), (2) the electron beam of a medical linear accelerator, and (3) the ion beam of a linear accelerator; we also used (4) the electric field produced by a Van der Graaf generator. In all cases, the exposed samples exhibited a considerable (tens of percent) increase in whiskers concentration compared to the control sample. The acceleration factor defined as the ratio of the measured whisker growth rate over that in zero field, was estimated to approach several hundred. The statistics of lengths of e-beam induced whiskers was found to follow the log-normal distribution known previously for metal whiskers. The observed accelerated whisker growth is attributed to electrostatic effects. These results offer promise for establishing whisker-related accelerated life testing protocols.

  20. Boron carbide whiskers produced by vapor deposition

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    1965-01-01

    Boron carbide whiskers have an excellent combination of properties for use as a reinforcement material. They are produced by vaporizing boron carbide powder and condensing the vapors on a substrate. Certain catalysts promote the growth rate and size of the whiskers.

  1. Continuous synthesis of silicon carbide whiskers

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    Choi, Heon-Jin; Lee, June-Gunn

    1995-04-01

    Experimental synthesis of SiC whiskers coupled with thermodynamic calculations revealed the preferred reaction routes for the efficient synthesis of SiC whiskers. This formed the basis for the design of a continuous reactor, which consists of a boat-train loaded with silica-carbon mixture and iron-coated graphite substrate above it in an alumina-tube reactor. High-quality SiC whiskers have been grown with diameters of 1-3 micron. The yield was about 30% based on the silicon input as SiO2 and output as SiC whiskers. This demonstrates the feasibility of continuous SiC whiskers production without the additional processes of purification and classification.

  2. Tere tulemast Eestisse, Borat Sagdijev! / Triin Tael

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    Tael, Triin

    2006-01-01

    Briti koomiku Sacha Baron Coheni loodud peategelasega USA film "Borat - kultuurialased õppetunnid Ameerikast abiks suursuguse Kasahstani riigi ülesehitamisel" esilinastub Eesti kinodes. Lisaks "Juut, kes mängib juudivihkajaid", "Borat ei taha kuningannaga seksida", "Vaene solvatud Kasahstan"

  3. Tere tulemast Eestisse, Borat Sagdijev! / Triin Tael

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    Tael, Triin

    2006-01-01

    Briti koomiku Sacha Baron Coheni loodud peategelasega USA film "Borat - kultuurialased õppetunnid Ameerikast abiks suursuguse Kasahstani riigi ülesehitamisel" esilinastub Eesti kinodes. Lisaks "Juut, kes mängib juudivihkajaid", "Borat ei taha kuningannaga seksida", "Vaene solvatud Kasahstan"

  4. Behavioral detection of passive whisker stimuli requires somatosensory cortex.

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    Miyashita, Toshio; Feldman, Daniel E

    2013-07-01

    Rodent whisker sensation occurs both actively, as whiskers move rhythmically across objects, and in a passive mode in which externally applied deflections are sensed by static, non-moving whiskers. Passive whisker stimuli are robustly encoded in the somatosensory (S1) cortex, and provide a potentially powerful means of studying cortical processing. However, whether S1 contributes to passive sensation is debated. We developed 2 new behavioral tasks to assay passive whisker sensation in freely moving rats: Detection of unilateral whisker deflections and discrimination of right versus left whisker deflections. Stimuli were simple, simultaneous multi-whisker deflections. Local muscimol inactivation of S1 reversibly and robustly abolished sensory performance on these tasks. Thus, S1 is required for the detection and discrimination of simple stimuli by passive whiskers, in addition to its known role in active whisker sensation.

  5. Tapered whiskers are required for active tactile sensation

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    Hires, Samuel Andrew; Pammer, Lorenz; Svoboda, Karel; Golomb, David

    2013-01-01

    Many mammals forage and burrow in dark constrained spaces. Touch through facial whiskers is important during these activities, but the close quarters makes whisker deployment challenging. The diverse shapes of facial whiskers reflect distinct ecological niches. Rodent whiskers are conical, often with a remarkably linear taper. Here we use theoretical and experimental methods to analyze interactions of mouse whiskers with objects. When pushed into objects, conical whiskers suddenly slip at a critical angle. In contrast, cylindrical whiskers do not slip for biologically plausible movements. Conical whiskers sweep across objects and textures in characteristic sequences of brief sticks and slips, which provide information about the tactile world. In contrast, cylindrical whiskers stick and remain stuck, even when sweeping across fine textures. Thus the conical whisker structure is adaptive for sensor mobility in constrained environments and in feature extraction during active haptic exploration of objects and surfaces. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.01350.001 PMID:24252879

  6. Inorganic-whisker-reinforced polymer composites synthesis, properties and applications

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    Sun, Qiuju

    2015-01-01

    Inorganic-Whisker-Reinforced Polymer Composites: Synthesis, Properties and Applications gives a comprehensive presentation of inorganic microcrystalline fibers, or whiskers, a polymer composite filler. It covers whisker synthesis, surface modification, applications for reinforcing polymer-matrix composites, and analysis of resulting filled polymer composites. It focuses on calcium carbonate whiskers as a primary case study, introducing surface treatment methods for calcium carbonate whiskers and factors that influence them.Along with calcium carbonate, the book discusses potassium titanate and

  7. Tactile object localization by anticipatory whisker motion.

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    Voigts, Jakob; Herman, David H; Celikel, Tansu

    2015-01-15

    Rodents use rhythmic protractions of their whiskers to locate objects in space. The amplitude of these protractions is reduced when whiskers contact objects, leading to a tendency of whiskers to only lightly touch the environment. While the impact of this process on the sensory input has been studied, little is known about how sensory input causes this change in the motor pattern. Here, using high-speed imaging of whisking in mice, we simultaneously measured whisker contacts and the resulting whisking motion. We found that mice precisely target their whisker protractions to the distance at which they expect objects. This modulation does not depend on the current sensory input and remains stable for at least one whisking cycle when there is no object contact or when the object position is changed. As a result, the timing and other information carried by whisker contacts encodes how well each protraction was matched to the object, functioning as an error signal. Whisker contacts can thus encode a mismatch between expected object locations and the actual environment. Copyright © 2015 the American Physiological Society.

  8. The probabilistic distribution of metal whisker lengths

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    Niraula, D., E-mail: Dipesh.Niraula@rockets.utoledo.edu; Karpov, V. G., E-mail: victor.karpov@utoledo.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio 43606 (United States)

    2015-11-28

    Significant reliability concerns in multiple industries are related to metal whiskers, which are random high aspect ratio filaments growing on metal surfaces and causing shorts in electronic packages. We derive a closed form expression for the probabilistic distribution of metal whisker lengths. Our consideration is based on the electrostatic theory of metal whiskers, according to which whisker growth is interrupted when its tip enters a random local “dead region” of a weak electric field. Here, we use the approximation neglecting the possibility of thermally activated escapes from the “dead regions,” which is later justified. We predict a one-parameter distribution with a peak at a length that depends on the metal surface charge density and surface tension. In the intermediate range, it fits well the log-normal distribution used in the experimental studies, although it decays more rapidly in the range of very long whiskers. In addition, our theory quantitatively explains how the typical whisker concentration is much lower than that of surface grains. Finally, it predicts the stop-and-go phenomenon for some of the whiskers growth.

  9. Nuclear quadrupole resonance of boron in borate glasses

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    Gravina, Samuel J.; Bray, Phillip J.

    A continuous wave nuclear quadrupole resonance spectrometer that has a high sensitivity even at low frequencies has been built. Boron and aluminum NQR has been detected in the region 200 kHz to 1.4 MHz. For the first time, boron NQR has been detected in a glass. The NQR spectrum of pure B 20 3 glass is consistent with 85 ± 2% of the boron atoms belonging to boroxol rings. In sodium borate glasses, the number of borons in boroxol rings decreases with increasing sodium content, until when sodium oxide comprises 20 mol% of the glass less than 2% of the borons are in boroxol rings.

  10. Kes on Borat? / Timo Diener

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    Diener, Timo

    2006-01-01

    Eesti kinodesse on jõudnud briti koomiku Sacha Baron Coheni loodud peategelasega USA film "Borat - kultuurialased õppetunnid Ameerikast abiks suursuguse Kasahstani riigi ülesehitamisel" : režissöör Larry Charles. Filmi peaosalisest ja filmi seiklusrikkast võtteperioodist

  11. Contact Whiskers for Millimeter Wave Diodes

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    Kerr, A. R.; Grange, J. A.; Lichtenberger, J. A.

    1978-01-01

    Several techniques are investigated for making short conical tips on wires (whiskers) used for contacting millimeter-wave Schottky diodes. One procedure, using a phosphoric and chromic acid etching solution (PCE), is found to give good results on 12 microns phosphor-bronze wires. Full cone angles of 60 degrees-80 degrees are consistently obtained, compared with the 15 degrees-20 degrees angles obtained with the widely used sodium hydroxide etch. Methods are also described for cleaning, increasing the tip diameter (i.e. blunting), gold plating, and testing the contact resistance of the whiskers. The effects of the whisker tip shape on the electrical resistance, inductance, and capacitance of the whiskers are studied, and examples given for typical sets of parameters.

  12. Space Shuttle Program Tin Whisker Mitigation

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    Nishimi, Keith

    2007-01-01

    The discovery of tin whiskers (TW) on space shuttle hardware led to a program to investigate and removal and mitigation of the source of the tin whiskers. A Flight Control System (FCS) avionics box failed during vehicle testing, and was routed to the NASA Shuttle Logistics Depot for testing and disassembly. The internal inspection of the box revealed TW growth visible without magnification. The results of the Tiger Team that was assembled to investigate and develop recommendations are reviewed in this viewgraph presentation.

  13. Cellulose whiskers: preparation, characterization and surface modification; Whiskers de celulose: preparacao, caracterizacao e modificacao de superficie

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    Taipina, Marcia O.; Ferrarezi, Marcia M.F.; Goncalves, Maria C., E-mail: maria@iqm.unicamp.br [Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    The main objectives of this work were to produce cellulose whiskers (from cotton fibers) by acid hydrolysis and subsequently modify the surface of these whiskers with 3-iso-cyanate-propyltrietoxy-silane. Cellulose whiskers structures were characterized by X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared and their morphologies were investigated by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Due to the hydrophilic nature of native cellulose, the formation of cellulose whisker nanocomposites is limited to water-soluble polymers. The applied methodology for surface modification of the whiskers allowed to obtain nanofibers with surface features more appropriate to allow the adhesion at fiber-matrix interface, which may result in a better performance of these fibers as reinforcing agents of hydrophobic polymer matrices. (author)

  14. Methods for fast, reliable growth of Sn whiskers

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    Bozack, M. J.; Snipes, S. K.; Flowers, G. N.

    2016-10-01

    We report several methods to reliably grow dense fields of high-aspect ratio tin whiskers for research purposes in a period of days to weeks. The techniques offer marked improvements over previous means to grow whiskers, which have struggled against the highly variable incubation period of tin whiskers and slow growth rate. Control of the film stress is the key to fast-growing whiskers, owing to the fact that whisker incubation and growth are fundamentally a stress-relief phenomenon. The ability to grow high-density fields of whiskers (103-106/cm2) in a reasonable period of time (days, weeks) has accelerated progress in whisker growth and aided in development of whisker mitigation strategies.

  15. Radial furnace shows promise for growing straight boron carbide whiskers

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    Feingold, E.

    1967-01-01

    Radial furnace, with a long graphite vaporization tube, maintains a uniform thermal gradient, favoring the growth of straight boron carbide whiskers. This concept seems to offer potential for both the quality and yield of whiskers.

  16. Performance of Potassium Titanate Whisker Reinforced PPESK Composites

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    Minjie QU; Xigao JIAN; Wei HE; Gongxiong LIAO

    2004-01-01

    A group of poly (phthalazinone ether sulfone ketone)/potassium-titanate-whisker (PPSEK/whisker) composites was prepared by coprecipitation from solution. The whisker surface was modified using titanate coupling agent prior to blending. The tensile, impact, morphology and thermal properties of the moulded composites were investigated.The measurements showed that the tensile strength and impact strength of the composites increased with increasing whiskers content up to 10 to 20 phr, thereafter they showed a decrease in the whiskers content reached 40 phr.At the same time, the modulus of the composites increased with increasing whiskers content. Scanning electron microscopy studies revealed that the whiskers within the composites were dispersed uniformly by treated with coupling agent. Finally, thermogravimetric analysis showed that the heat resistance of the composites tended to increase with increasing whisker content. The results were analysed and discussed in terms of established models of the behaviour of short-fiber reinforced composites.

  17. Whisker sensory system - from receptor to decision.

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    Diamond, Mathew E; Arabzadeh, Ehsan

    2013-04-01

    One of the great challenges of systems neuroscience is to understand how the neocortex transforms neuronal representations of the physical characteristics of sensory stimuli into the percepts which can guide the animal's decisions. Here we present progress made in understanding behavioral and neurophysiological aspects of a highly efficient sensory apparatus, the rat whisker system. Beginning with the 1970s discovery of "barrels" in the rat and mouse brain, one line of research has focused on unraveling the circuits that transmit information from the whiskers to the sensory cortex, together with the cellular mechanisms that underlie sensory responses. A second, more recent line of research has focused on tactile psychophysics, that is, quantification of the behavioral capacities supported by whisker sensation. The opportunity to join these two lines of investigation makes whisker-mediated sensation an exciting platform for the study of the neuronal bases of perception and decision-making. Even more appealing is the beginning-to-end prospective offered by this system: the inquiry can start at the level of the sensory receptor and conclude with the animal's choice. We argue that rats can switch between two modes of operation of the whisker sensory system: (1) generative mode and (2) receptive mode. In the generative mode, the rat moves its whiskers forward and backward to actively seek contact with objects and to palpate the object after initial contact. In the receptive mode, the rat immobilizes its whiskers to optimize the collection of signals from an object that is moving by its own power. We describe behavioral tasks that rats perform in these different modes. Next, we explore which neuronal codes in sensory cortex account for the rats' discrimination capacities. Finally, we present hypotheses for mechanisms through which "downstream" brain regions may read out the activity of sensory cortex in order to extract the significance of sensory stimuli and, ultimately

  18. Imprecise Whisker Map in the Neonatal Rat Barrel Cortex.

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    Mitrukhina, Olga; Suchkov, Dmitry; Khazipov, Roustem; Minlebaev, Marat

    2015-10-01

    The somatosensory barrel cortex in rodents contains a topographic map of the facial whiskers where each cortical barrel is tuned to a corresponding whisker. However, exactly when this correspondence is established during development and how precise the functional topography of the whisker protomap is at birth, before the anatomical formation of barrels, are questions that remain unresolved. Here, using extracellular and whole-cell recordings from the barrel cortex of 0- to 7-day-old (P0-7; P0 = day of birth) rat pups in vivo, we report a low level of tuning to the principal whisker at P0-1, with multiple adjacent whiskers evoking large multi- and single-unit responses and excitatory postsynaptic currents in cortical neurons. Additionally, we found broad and largely overlapping projection fields (PFs) for neighboring whiskers in the barrel cortex at P0-1. Starting from P2-3, a segregated whisker map emerged, characterized by preferential single whisker tuning and segregated whisker PFs. These results indicate that the functional whisker protomap in the somatosensory cortex is imprecise at birth, that for 2-3 days after birth, whiskers compete for the cortical target territories, and that formation of a segregated functional whisker map coincides with emergence of the anatomical barrel map. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  19. Understanding the movements of metal whiskers

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    Karpov, V. G.

    2015-06-01

    Metal whiskers often grow across leads of electric equipment causing short circuits and raising significant reliability issues. Their nature remains a mystery after several decades of research. It was observed that metal whiskers exhibit large amplitude movements under gentle air flow or, according to some testimonies, without obvious stimuli. Understanding the physics behind that movements would give additional insights into the nature of metal whiskers. Here, we quantitatively analyze possible mechanisms of the observed movements: (1) minute air currents; (2) Brownian motion due to random bombardments with the air molecules; (3) mechanically caused movements, such as (a) transmitted external vibrations, and (b) torque exerted due to material propagation along curved whiskers (the garden hose instability); (4) time dependent electric fields due to diffusion of ions; and (5) non-equilibrium electric fields making it possible for some whiskers to move. For all these mechanisms, we provide numerical estimates. Our conclusion is that the observed movements are likely due to the air currents or electric recharging caused by external light or similar factors.

  20. Serviceability and Reinforcement of Low Content Whisker in Portland Cement

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    CAO Mingli; WEI Jianqiang; WANG Lijiu

    2011-01-01

    In order to explore the serviceability and reinforcement of CaCO3 whisker in portland cement matrix,the durability of CaCO3 whisker and effect of low whisker content(0%-4.0%)on the working performance and mechanical properties of portland cement were investigated.The experimental results show that CaCO3 whiskers have a good stability and serviceability in cement,and should not significantly alter the rheological properties of the cement paste.The flexural and compressive strength of portland cement reinforced by CaCO3 whiskers was increased by 33.3% and 12.83%,respectively.

  1. Preparation and Dielectric Properties of Nanostructured ZnO Whiskers

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    SHI Xiao-Ling; YUAN Jie; ZHOU Wei; RONG Ji-Li; CAO Mao-Sheng

    2007-01-01

    By a novel controlled combustion synthesis method, a large number of nanostructured ZnO whiskers with different morphologies, such as tetra-needles, long-leg tetra-needles and multi-needles, are prepared without any additive in open air at high temperature. The morphologies and crystalline structures of the as-prepared ZnO nanostructured whiskers are investigated by SEM and XRD. The possible growth mechanism on the nanostructured ZnO whiskers is proposed. The experimental results indicate that the dielectric constants and losses of the nanostructured ZnO whiskers are very low, demonstrating that the nanostructured ZnO whiskers are low-loss materials for microwave absorption in X-band. However, obvious microwave absorption in nanostructured ZnO whiskers is observed. The quasi-microantenna model may be attributed to the microwave absorption of the ZnO whiskers.

  2. Growth Habit of the Basic Oxysulfate Magnesium Whisker

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    WU Jiansong; GAO Yimin

    2016-01-01

    The growth habit of the basic magnesium oxysulfate whisker was investigated based on the theoretical model of anion coordination polyhedron growth units. It is found that typical basic magnesium oxysulfate whisker growth is consistent with anion tetrahedral coordination incorporation rules. The growth units of basic magnesium oxysulfate whiskers are [Mg-(OH)4]2- and HSO4-. [Mg-(OH)4]2- is the favorable growth unit and whisker growth is in the direction of the [Mg-(OH)4]2- combination. A plurality of [Mg-(OH)4]2- s combine and become a larger dimensional growth unit in a one-dimensional direction. Then HSO4-and larger dimensional growth units connect as basic magnesium sulfate whiskers, according to the structural characteristics of the basic magnesium sulfate whisker, which can guide the synthesis of magnesium hydroxide whisker.

  3. NASA GSFC Tin Whisker Homepage http://nepp.nasa.gov/whisker

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    Shaw, Harry

    2000-01-01

    The NASA GSFC Tin Whisker Homepage provides general information and GSFC Code 562 experimentation results regarding the well known phenomenon of tin whisker formation from pure tin plated substrates. The objective of this www site is to provide a central repository for information pertaining to this phenomenon and to provide status of the GSFC experiments to understand the behavior of tin whiskers in space environments. The Tin Whisker www site is produced by Code 562. This www site does not provide information pertaining to patented or proprietary information. All of the information contained in this www site is at the level of that produced by industry and university researchers and is published at international conferences.

  4. NASA GSFC Tin Whisker Homepage http://nepp.nasa.gov/whisker

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    Shaw, Harry

    2000-01-01

    The NASA GSFC Tin Whisker Homepage provides general information and GSFC Code 562 experimentation results regarding the well known phenomenon of tin whisker formation from pure tin plated substrates. The objective of this www site is to provide a central repository for information pertaining to this phenomenon and to provide status of the GSFC experiments to understand the behavior of tin whiskers in space environments. The Tin Whisker www site is produced by Code 562. This www site does not provide information pertaining to patented or proprietary information. All of the information contained in this www site is at the level of that produced by industry and university researchers and is published at international conferences.

  5. Whisker encoding of mechanical events during active tactile exploration

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    Boubenec, Yves; Shulz, Daniel E.; Debrégeas, Georges

    2012-01-01

    Rats use their whiskers to extract a wealth of information about their immediate environment, such as the shape, position or texture of an object. The information is conveyed to mechanoreceptors located within the whisker follicle in the form of a sequence of whisker deflections induced by the whisker/object contact interaction. How the whiskers filter and shape the mechanical information and effectively participate in the coding of tactile features remains an open question to date. In the present article, a biomechanical model was developed that provides predictions of the whisker dynamics during active tactile exploration, amenable to quantitative experimental comparison. This model is based on a decomposition of the whisker profile into a slow, quasi-static sequence and rapid resonant small-scale vibrations. It was applied to the typical situation of a rat actively whisking across a solid object. Having derived the quasi-static sequence of whisker deformation, the resonant properties of the whisker were analyzed, taking into account the boundary conditions imposed by the whisker/surface contact. We then focused on two elementary mechanical events that are expected to trigger significant neural responses, namely (1) the whisker/object first contact and (2) the whisker detachment from the object. Both events were found to trigger a deflection wave propagating upward to the mystacial pad at constant velocity of ≈3–5 m/s. This yielded a characteristic mechanical signature at the whisker base, in the form of a large peak of negative curvature occurring ≈4 ms after the event has been triggered. The dependence in amplitude and lag of this mechanical signal with the main contextual parameters (such as radial or angular distance) was investigated. The model was validated experimentally by comparing its predictions to high-speed video recordings of shock-induced whisker deflections performed on anesthetized rats. The consequences of these results on possible tactile

  6. Whisker encoding of mechanical events during active tactile exploration

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Rats use their whiskers to extract a wealth of information about their immediate environment, such as the shape, position or texture of an object. The information is conveyed to mechanoreceptors located within the whisker follicle in the form of a sequence of whisker deflections induced by the whisker/object contact interaction. How the whiskers filter and shape the mechanical information and effectively participate in the coding of tactile features remains an open question to date. In the present article, a biomechanical model was developed that provides predictions of the whisker dynamics during active tactile exploration, amenable to quantitative experimental comparison. This model is based on a decomposition of the whisker profile into a slow, quasi-static sequence and rapid resonant small-scale vibrations. It was applied to the typical situation of a rat whisking across an object. Having derived the quasi-static sequence of whisker deformation, the resonant properties of the whisker were analyzed, taking into account the boundary conditions imposed by the whisker/surface contact. We then focused on two elementary mechanical events that are expected to trigger neural responses, namely (i the whisker/object first contact and (ii the whisker detachment from the object. Both events were found to trigger a deflection wave propagating upward to the mystacial pad at constant velocity of 3-5m/s. This yielded a characteristic mechanical signature at the whisker base, in the form of a large peak of negative curvature occurring 4ms after the event was triggered. The dependence in amplitude and lag of this mechanical signal with the main contextual parameters (such as radial or angular distance was investigated. The model was validated experimentally by comparing its predictions to high-speed video recordings of shock-induced whisker deflections performed on anesthetized rats. The consequences of these results on possible tactile encoding schemes are

  7. PIV Analysis of Wake Induced by Real Harbor Seal Whiskers

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    Bunjevac, Joseph; Rinehart, Aidan; Flaherty, Justin; Zhang, Wei

    2016-11-01

    Harbor Seals are able to accurately detect minute disturbances in the ambient flow using their whiskers, which is attributed to the exceptional capability of the whiskers to suppress vortex-induced vibrations in the wake. To explore potential applications for designing smart devices, such as high-sensitivity underwater flow sensors and drag reduction components, research has studied the role of key parameters of the whisker morphology on wake structure. Due to the inherent variation in size and angle of incidence along the length of whiskers, it is not well understood how a real seal whisker changes wake structure, in particular the vortex shedding behavior. This work aims to understand the flow around a single real seal whisker using Particle Image Velocimetry at low Reynolds numbers (i.e. a few hundred) in a water channel. Variations in flow structure are inspected between several different real whiskers and whisker models. The results will provide insights of the effects of the natural geometry of the harbor seal whiskers on wake flow compared to idealized whisker-like models.

  8. Properties of Doped GaSb Whiskers at Low Temperatures

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    Khytruk, Igor; Druzhinin, Anatoly; Ostrovskii, Igor; Khoverko, Yuriy; Liakh-Kaguy, Natalia; Rogacki, Krzysztof

    2017-02-01

    Temperature dependencies of GaSb whiskers' resistance doped with Te to concentration of 1.7 × 1018 cm-3 were measured in temperature range 1.5-300 K. At 4.2 K temperature, a sharp drop in the whisker resistance was found. The observed effect is likely connected with the contribution of two processes such as the electron localization in the whiskers and transition in superconducting state at temperature below 4.2 K. The whisker magnetoconductance is considered in the framework of weak antilocalization (WAL) model and connected with subsurface layers of the whiskers. The Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) oscillatory effect is observed in high-quality n-type GaSb whiskers with tellurium doping concentration near the metal-insulator transition (MIT) for both longitudinal and transverse magnetoresistance.

  9. EVALUATION OF LOCAL STRAIN EVOLUTION FROM METALLIC WHISKER FORMATION

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    Hoffman, E.; Lam, P.

    2011-05-11

    Evolution of local strain on electrodeposited tin films upon aging has been monitored by digital image correlation (DIC) for the first time. Maps of principal strains adjacent to whisker locations were constructed via comparing pre- and post-growth scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images. Results showed that the magnitude of the strain gradient plays an important role in whisker growth. DIC visualized the dynamic growth process in which the alteration of strain field has been identified to cause growth of subsequent whiskers.

  10. Repliik filmi "Borat" kohta / Urve Kirss

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    Kirss, Urve

    2007-01-01

    Briti koomiku Sacha Baron Coheni loodud peategelasega USA film "Borat - kultuurialased õppetunnid Ameerikast abiks suursuguse Kasahstani riigi ülesehitamisel" : režissöör Larry Charles. Vaataja mõtteid

  11. Tribological performance of nanometer samarium borate

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    Nanometer crystal samarium borate with a particle size of 20~40 nm was prepared using replacing solvent drying technique. The wear resistance and load-carrying capacity of 500SN base oil could be improved and the friction coefficient could be decreased by the addition of nanometer samarium borate. But the dosage of samarium borate nanoparticles had to be controlled at a relatively low level, a higher concentration of nanoparticles was not of beneficial to the tribological performance of the oil. The optimal dosage of nanometer samarium borate is 1.0%. Tribochemical reactions took place in the tribological process, which resulted in the formation of deposition products including diboron trioxide and disamarium trioxide. Fe2B and FeB were also found on the wear scar. The improvement of tribological properties of the oil comes from the formation of deposition layer and permeating layer.

  12. Repliik filmi "Borat" kohta / Urve Kirss

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    Kirss, Urve

    2007-01-01

    Briti koomiku Sacha Baron Coheni loodud peategelasega USA film "Borat - kultuurialased õppetunnid Ameerikast abiks suursuguse Kasahstani riigi ülesehitamisel" : režissöör Larry Charles. Vaataja mõtteid

  13. Silicon carbide whisker-zirconia reinforced mullite and alumina ceramics

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    Becher, Paul F.; Tiegs, Terry N.

    1987-01-01

    The flexural strength and/or fracture toughness of SiC whisker-reinforced composites utilizing mullite or alumina as the matrix material for the composite are increased by the addition of zirconia in a monoclinic or tetragonal phase to the matrix. The zirconia addition also provides for a lower hot-pressing temperature and increases the flexural strength and/or fracture toughness of the SiC whisker-reinforced composites over SiC whisker-reinforced composites of the similar matrix materials reinforced with similar concentrations of SiC whiskers.

  14. Effects of cellulose whiskers on properties of soy protein thermoplastics.

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    Wang, Yixiang; Cao, Xiaodong; Zhang, Lina

    2006-07-14

    Environmentally-friendly SPI/cellulose whisker composites were successfully prepared using a colloidal suspension of cellulose whiskers, to reinforce soy protein isolate (SPI) plastics. The cellulose whiskers, having an average length of 1.2 microm and diameter of 90 nm, respectively, were prepared from cotton linter pulp by hydrolyzing with sulfuric acid aqueous solution. The effects of the whisker content on the morphology and properties of the glycerol-plasticized SPI composites were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, dynamic mechanical thermal analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, water-resistivity testing and tensile testing. The results indicated that, with the addition of 0 to 30 wt.-% of cellulose whiskers, strong interactions occurred both between the whiskers and between the filler and the SPI matrix, reinforcing the composites and preserving their biodegradability. Both the tensile strength and Young's modulus of the SPI/cellulose whisker composites increased from 5.8 to 8.1 MPa and from 44.7 to 133.2 MPa, respectively, at a relative humidity of 43%, following an increase of the whisker content from 0 to 30 wt.-%. Furthermore, the incorporation of the cellulose whiskers into the SPI matrix led to an improvement in the water resistance for the SPI-based composites.

  15. Innovation Incubator: Whisker Labs Technical Evaluation

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    Sparn, Bethany F. [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Frank, Stephen M. [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Earle, Lieko [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Scheib, Jennifer G. [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)

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    The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) is a program to foster and accelerate startup companies with commercial building energy-efficiency and demand management technologies. The program is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Whisker Labs, an Oakland, California-based company, was one of four awardees in the first IN2 cohort and was invited to participate in the program because of its novel electrical power sensing technology for circuit breakers. The stick-on Whisker meters install directly on the front face of the circuit breakers in an electrical panel using adhesive, eliminating the need to open the panel and install current transducers (CTs) on the circuit wiring.

  16. The stochastic growth of metal whiskers

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    Subedi, Biwas; Niraula, Dipesh; Karpov, Victor G.

    2017-06-01

    The phenomenon of spontaneously growing metal whiskers (MWs) raises significant reliability concerns due to their related arcing and shorting in electric equipment. The growth kinetics of MWs remains poorly predictable. Here, we present a theory describing the earlier observed intermittent growth of MWs as caused by local energy barriers related to variations in the random electric fields generated by surface imperfections. We find the probabilistic distribution of MW stopping times, during which MW growth halts, which is important for reliability projections.

  17. Whisker Formation in Porosity in Al Alloys

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    Griffiths, William David; Elsayed, Ahmed; El-Sayed, Mahmoud Ahmed

    2016-12-01

    An examination of the fracture surfaces of tensile test bars from Al alloy castings held in the liquid state for up to 20 minutes revealed porosity which in some cases contained whisker-like features. Energy-dispersive X-ray analysis in a SEM suggested that these might be oxide whiskers forming in an oxide-related pore or double oxide film defect. Such entrainment defects (also known as bifilms) may entrap a small amount of the local atmosphere when they form and become incorporated into the liquid metal. This atmosphere may be predominantly air, which then subsequently reacts with the surrounding melt, firstly by reaction with oxygen and secondly by reaction with nitrogen. A CFD model of the heat distribution associated with the reactions between the interior atmosphere of a double oxide film defect and the surrounding liquid alloy suggested that highly localized increases in temperature, up to about 2000 K to 5000 K (1727 °C to 4727 °C), could occur, over a scale of a few hundred micrometers. Such localized increases in temperature might lead to the evaporation or disassociation of oxide within the pore, followed by condensation, to form the whisker structures observed. Hydrogen might also be expected to diffuse into the bifilm and may play a role in the chemical reactions associated with the development of the bifilm.

  18. Whisker-related afferents in superior colliculus.

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    Castro-Alamancos, Manuel A; Favero, Morgana

    2016-05-01

    Rodents use their whiskers to explore the environment, and the superior colliculus is part of the neural circuits that process this sensorimotor information. Cells in the intermediate layers of the superior colliculus integrate trigeminotectal afferents from trigeminal complex and corticotectal afferents from barrel cortex. Using histological methods in mice, we found that trigeminotectal and corticotectal synapses overlap somewhat as they innervate the lower and upper portions of the intermediate granular layer, respectively. Using electrophysiological recordings and optogenetics in anesthetized mice in vivo, we showed that, similar to rats, whisker deflections produce two successive responses that are driven by trigeminotectal and corticotectal afferents. We then employed in vivo and slice experiments to characterize the response properties of these afferents. In vivo, corticotectal responses triggered by electrical stimulation of the barrel cortex evoke activity in the superior colliculus that increases with stimulus intensity and depresses with increasing frequency. In slices from adult mice, optogenetic activation of channelrhodopsin-expressing trigeminotectal and corticotectal fibers revealed that cells in the intermediate layers receive more efficacious trigeminotectal, than corticotectal, synaptic inputs. Moreover, the efficacy of trigeminotectal inputs depresses more strongly with increasing frequency than that of corticotectal inputs. The intermediate layers of superior colliculus appear to be tuned to process strong but infrequent trigeminal inputs and weak but more persistent cortical inputs, which explains features of sensory responsiveness, such as the robust rapid sensory adaptation of whisker responses in the superior colliculus. Copyright © 2016 the American Physiological Society.

  19. Anatomical pathways involved in generating and sensing rhythmic whisker movements

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    L.W.J. Bosman (Laurens); A.R. Houweling (Arthur); C.B. Owens (Cullen); N. Tanke (Nouk); O.T. Shevchouk (Olesya); N. Rahmati (Negah); W.H.T. Teunissen (Wouter); C. Ju (Chiheng); W. Gong (Wei); S.K.E. Koekkoek (Bas); C.I. de Zeeuw (Chris)

    2011-01-01

    textabstractThe rodent whisker system is widely used as a model system for investigating sensorimotor integration, neural mechanisms of complex cognitive tasks, neural development, and robotics. The whisker pathways to the barrel cortex have received considerable attention. However, many subcortical

  20. Anatomical pathways involved in generating and sensing rhythmic whisker movements

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    L.W.J. Bosman (Laurens); A.R. Houweling (Arthur); C.B. Owens (Cullen); N. Tanke (Nouk); O.T. Shevchouk (Olesya); N. Rahmati (Negah); W.H.T. Teunissen (Wouter); C. Ju (Chiheng); W. Gong (Wei); S.K.E. Koekkoek (Bas); C.I. de Zeeuw (Chris)

    2011-01-01

    textabstractThe rodent whisker system is widely used as a model system for investigating sensorimotor integration, neural mechanisms of complex cognitive tasks, neural development, and robotics. The whisker pathways to the barrel cortex have received considerable attention. However, many subcortical

  1. Nanoscale Conductive Channels in Silicon Whiskers with Nickel Impurity

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    Yatsukhnenko, Serhii; Druzhinin, Anatoly; Ostrovskii, Igor; Khoverko, Yuriy; Chernetskiy, Mukhajlo

    2017-01-01

    The magnetization and magnetoresistance of Si whiskers doped with to boron concentrations corresponding to the metal-insulator transition (2 × 1018 cm-3 ÷ 5 × 1018 cm-3) were measured at high magnetic fields up to 14 T in a wide temperature range 4.2-300 K. Hysteresis of the magnetic moment was observed for Si p-type whiskers with nickel impurity in a wide temperature range 4.2-300 K indicating a strong interaction between the Ni impurities and the possibility of a magnetic cluster creation. The introduction of Ni impurity in Si whiskers leads to appearance and increase of the magnitude of negative magnetoresistance up to 10% as well as to the decrease of the whisker resistivity in the range of hopping conductance at low temperatures. The abovementioned effects were explained in the framework of appearance of magnetic polarons leading to modification of the conductive channels in the subsurface layers of the whiskers.

  2. Bioactive borate glass coatings for titanium alloys.

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    Peddi, Laxmikanth; Brow, Richard K; Brown, Roger F

    2008-09-01

    Bioactive borate glass coatings have been developed for titanium and titanium alloys. Glasses from the Na(2)O-CaO-B(2)O(3) system, modified by additions of SiO(2), Al(2)O(3), and P(2)O(5), were characterized and compositions with thermal expansion matches to titanium were identified. Infrared and X-ray diffraction analyses indicate that a hydroxyapatite surface layer forms on the borate glasses after exposure to a simulated body fluid for 2 weeks at 37 degrees C; similar layers form on 45S5 Bioglass((R)) exposed to the same conditions. Assays with MC3T3-E1 pre-osteoblastic cells show the borate glasses exhibit in vitro biocompatibility similar to that of the 45S5 Bioglass((R)). An enameling technique was developed to form adherent borate glass coatings on Ti6Al4V alloy, with adhesive strengths of 36 +/- 2 MPa on polished substrates. The results show these new borate glasses to be promising candidates for forming bioactive coatings on titanium substrates.

  3. Texture coding in the rat whisker system: slip-stick versus differential resonance.

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    Jason Wolfe

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Rats discriminate surface textures using their whiskers (vibrissae, but how whiskers extract texture information, and how this information is encoded by the brain, are not known. In the resonance model, whisker motion across different textures excites mechanical resonance in distinct subsets of whiskers, due to variation across whiskers in resonance frequency, which varies with whisker length. Texture information is therefore encoded by the spatial pattern of activated whiskers. In the competing kinetic signature model, different textures excite resonance equally across whiskers, and instead, texture is encoded by characteristic, nonuniform temporal patterns of whisker motion. We tested these models by measuring whisker motion in awake, behaving rats whisking in air and onto sandpaper surfaces. Resonant motion was prominent during whisking in air, with fundamental frequencies ranging from approximately 35 Hz for the long Delta whisker to approximately 110 Hz for the shorter D3 whisker. Resonant vibrations also occurred while whisking against textures, but the amplitude of resonance within single whiskers was independent of texture, contradicting the resonance model. Rather, whiskers resonated transiently during discrete, high-velocity, and high-acceleration slip-stick events, which occurred prominently during whisking on surfaces. The rate and magnitude of slip-stick events varied systematically with texture. These results suggest that texture is encoded not by differential resonant motion across whiskers, but by the magnitude and temporal pattern of slip-stick motion. These findings predict a temporal code for texture in neural spike trains.

  4. Anatomical Pathways Involved in Generating and Sensing Rhythmic Whisker Movements

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    Bosman, Laurens W. J.; Houweling, Arthur R.; Owens, Cullen B.; Tanke, Nouk; Shevchouk, Olesya T.; Rahmati, Negah; Teunissen, Wouter H. T.; Ju, Chiheng; Gong, Wei; Koekkoek, Sebastiaan K. E.; De Zeeuw, Chris I.

    2011-01-01

    The rodent whisker system is widely used as a model system for investigating sensorimotor integration, neural mechanisms of complex cognitive tasks, neural development, and robotics. The whisker pathways to the barrel cortex have received considerable attention. However, many subcortical structures are paramount to the whisker system. They contribute to important processes, like filtering out salient features, integration with other senses, and adaptation of the whisker system to the general behavioral state of the animal. We present here an overview of the brain regions and their connections involved in the whisker system. We do not only describe the anatomy and functional roles of the cerebral cortex, but also those of subcortical structures like the striatum, superior colliculus, cerebellum, pontomedullary reticular formation, zona incerta, and anterior pretectal nucleus as well as those of level setting systems like the cholinergic, histaminergic, serotonergic, and noradrenergic pathways. We conclude by discussing how these brain regions may affect each other and how they together may control the precise timing of whisker movements and coordinate whisker perception. PMID:22065951

  5. Anatomical pathways involved in generating and sensing rhythmic whisker movements

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    Laurens W.J. Bosman

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The rodent whisker system is widely used as a model system for investigating sensorimotor integration, neural mechanisms of complex cognitive tasks, neural development, and robotics. The whisker pathways to the barrel cortex have received considerable attention. However, many subcortical structures are paramount to the whisker system. They contribute to important processes, like filtering out salient features, integration with other senses and adaptation of the whisker system to the general behavioral state of the animal. We present here an overview of the brain regions and their connections involved in the whisker system. We do not only describe the anatomy and functional roles of the cerebral cortex, but also those of subcortical structures like the striatum, superior colliculus, cerebellum, pontomedullary reticular formation, zona incerta and anterior pretectal nucleus as well as those of level setting systems like the cholinergic, histaminergic, serotonergic and noradrenergic pathways. We conclude by discussing how these brain regions may affect each other and how they together may control the precise timing of whisker movements and coordinate whisker perception.

  6. Harbor seal whiskers synchronize with frequency of upstream wake

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    Beem, Heather; Triantafyllou, Michael

    2013-11-01

    Harbor seals are able to use their whiskers to track minute water movements, such as those left in the wake of a fish. The current study is a simple representation of what the whiskers experience as the seal chases a fish. A scaled whisker model (average cross-flow diameter: dw) is first tested in a towing tank by itself and then towed behind a larger cylinder (dc = 2 . 5dw), which serves as a wake generator. A flexing plate attached to the model base allows the whisker to freely vibrate in response to the flow. Measurements from strain gages on the plate are calibrated to tip deflections. While in the cylinder wake, the whisker vibrates with an amplitude up to ten times higher than it does on its own (A /dw = 0 . 15). Also, the whisker synchronizes with the vortex shedding frequency (fs =0/. 2 U dc) of the upstream cylinder over the range of reduced velocities tested, whereas on its own, the whisker oscillates around its own natural frequency in water. Seals may use the difference in vibration amplitude and frequency between these two cases to help detect the presence of a vortex wake.

  7. A Nonlinear Viscous Model for Sn-Whisker Growth

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    Yang, Fuqian

    2016-12-01

    Based on the mechanism of the grain boundary fluid flow, a nonlinear viscous model for the growth of Sn-whiskers is proposed. This model consists of two units, one with a stress exponent of one and one with a stress exponent of n -1. By letting one of the constants be zero in the model, the constitutive relationship reduces to a linear flow relation or a power-law relation, representing the flow behavior of various metals. Closed-form solutions for the growth behavior of a whisker are derived, which can be used to predict the whisker growth and the stress evolution.

  8. Borate in mummification salts and bones from Pharaonic Egypt.

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    Kaup, Yoka; Schmid, Mirjam; Middleton, Andrew; Weser, Ulrich

    2003-03-01

    Mummification processes in Pharaonic Egypt were successful using sodium salts. Quite frequently sodium concentrations in mummified bones ranged from 300 to 4000 micromol/g. In the search for an effective inorganic conservation compound our choice fell on boric acid. The possible presence of borate in mummification salts used in Pharaonic Egypt was of special interest both historically and biochemically. In two salt samples, one from the embalming material of Tutankhamen (18th dynasty, 1336-1327 BC) and the second from Deir el-Bahari (25th dynasty, 700-600 BC) borate was found, amounting to 2.1+/-0.2 and 3.9+/-0.1 micromol/g, respectively. In five of the examined bone fragments from the Junker excavation at Giza (Old Kingdom) similar borate concentrations i.e., 1.2 micromol borate/g bone were seen. It must be emphasized that the usual borate content of contemporary autopsy is far below the detection limit. The elevated borate content in both mummification salt and ancient bone samples support the suggestion that borate-containing salt had been used. There is a striking correlation of both borate concentration and alkaline phosphatase activity. When both sodium salts and borate were essentially absent no activity at all was detectable. With increasing borate concentrations the enzyme activity rises significantly. Attributable to the distinct biochemistry of the tetrahydroxyborate anion it was of interest whether or not borate may stabilize alkaline phosphatase, an important and richly abundant bone enzyme. This enzyme was chosen, as it is known to survive more than 4000 years of mummification. In the presence of borate oligomeric species of this zinc-magnesium-glycoprotein at 400,000 Da became detectable. Attributable to this borate-dependent stabilization of the enzyme molecule a significant temperature resistant increase of the enzymic activity was measured in the presence of up to 2.5 mM borate.

  9. Tactile Sensing with Whiskers of Various Shapes: Determining the Three-Dimensional Location of Object Contact Based on Mechanical Signals at the Whisker Base.

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    Huet, Lucie A; Rudnicki, John W; Hartmann, Mitra J Z

    2017-06-01

    Almost all mammals use their mystacial vibrissae (whiskers) as important tactile sensors. There are no sensors along the length of a whisker: all sensing is performed by mechanoreceptors at the whisker base. To use artificial whiskers as a sensing tool in robotics, it is essential to be able to determine the three-dimensional (3D) location at which a whisker has made contact with an object. With the assumption of quasistatic, frictionless, single-point contact, previous work demonstrated that the 3D contact point can be uniquely determined if all six components of force and moment are measured at the whisker base, but these measurements require a six-axis load cell. Here, we perform simulations to investigate the extent to which each of the 20 possible "triplet" combinations of the six mechanical signals at the whisker base uniquely determine 3D contact point location. We perform this analysis for four different whisker profiles (shapes): tapered with and without intrinsic curvature, and cylindrical with and without intrinsic curvature. We show that whisker profile has a strong influence on the particular triplet(s) of signals that uniquely map to the 3D contact point. The triplet of bending moment, bending moment direction, and axial force produces unique mappings for tapered whiskers. Four different mappings are unique for a cylindrical whisker without intrinsic curvature, but only when large deflections are excluded. These results inform the neuroscience of vibrissotactile sensing and represent an important step toward the development of artificial whiskers for robotic applications.

  10. Bio-Inspired PVDF-Based, Mouse Whisker Mimicking, Tactile Sensor

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    Mohsin Islam Tiwana

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The design and fabrication of a Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF based, mouse (or rodent whisker mimicking, tactile sensor is presented. Unlike previous designs reported in the literature, this sensor mimics the mouse whisker not only mechanically, but it also makes macro movements just like a real mouse whisker in a natural environment. We have developed a mathematical model and performed finite element analysis using COMSOL, in order to optimise the whisker to have the same natural frequency as that of a biological whisker. Similarly, we have developed a control system that enables the whisker mimicking sensor to vibrate at variable frequencies and conducted practical experiments to validate the response of the sensor. The natural frequency of the whisker can be designed anywhere between 35 and 110 Hz, the same as a biological whisker, by choosing different materials and physical dimensions. The control system of this sensor enables the whisker to vibrate between 5 and 236 Hz.

  11. Silicon Whisker and Carbon Nanofiber Composite Anode Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) proposes to develop a silicon whisker and carbon nanofiber composite anode for lithium ion batteries on a Phase I program. This anode...

  12. Growth and microstructure of AlN whiskers and dendrites

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    2002-01-01

    AlN whiskers or dendrites were synthesized with a sublimation-recrystallization method by using Al, AlN powders and some additives as raw materials. Whiskers with different sizes that featured high purity and good crystallinity were obtained by controlling temperature and gas supersaturation in the reaction container. The whiskers were described as long and straight single crystals of approximately 1-30 (m in diameter by the centimeter range in length. However, AlN dendrites were about 1 mm in diameter by 0.5 cm in length, and showed an obviously preferential growth orientation, i.e., perpendicular to and planes. It is concluded that the whiskers or dendrites grow via the vapor-solid mechanism.

  13. Silicon Whisker and Carbon Nanofiber Composite Anode Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has successfully developed a silicon whisker and carbon nanofiber composite anode for lithium ion batteries on a Phase I program. PSI...

  14. Proof of the WARM whisker conjecture for neuronal connections

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    Holmes, Mark; Kleptsyn, Victor

    2017-04-01

    This paper is devoted to the study of the so-called WARM reinforcement models that are generalisations of Pólya's urn. We show that in the graph setting, once the exponent α of the reinforcement function is greater than 2, the stable and critical equilibria can be supported only on spanning forests, and once α > 25 , on spanning whisker forests. Thus, we prove the whisker forests conjecture from Hofstad et al. [Ann. Appl. Probab. 26(4), 2494-2539 (2016)].

  15. Preparation and properties of ZnO nano-whiskers

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    2008-01-01

    By a novel controlled combustion synthesis method, a large amount of ZnO nano-whiskers with different morphologies like nanotetrapods, long-leg nanotetrapod and multipods, were prepared without any catalysts and additives in open air at high temperature. Their morphologies, structures and optical properties were in-vestigated by using SEM, XRD and PL spectrum. The possible growth mechanisms on the ZnO nano-whiskers were proposed in this paper.

  16. Low-temperature strain gauges based on silicon whiskers

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    Druzhinin A. A.

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available To create low-temperature strain gauges based on p-type silicon whiskers tensoresistive characteristics of these crystals in 4,2—300 K temperature range were studied. On the basis of p-type Si whiskers with different resistivity the strain gauges for different materials operating at cryogenic temperatures with extremely high gauge factor at 4,2 K were developed, as well as strain gauges operating at liquid helium temperatures in high magnetic fields.

  17. Passive Wake Detection Using Seal Whisker-Inspired Sensing

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    119 20 3-14 (a) A Solidworks simulation of the strain induced on the flexure as the whisker deflects. (b) Close-up of the flexure...168 B-4 The twisted elliptical cylinder, as generated in Solidworks . . . . . . . 169 B-5 C l,v contours...blocks of machinable wax bolted together. A CNC tool path for the whisker geometry was created in MasterCAM from Solidworks and then routed out. (b) The

  18. Synthesis of potassium hexatitanate whiskers using hydrothermal method

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    WANG Ju; LI Chun; LIANG Bin; WANG Xiaoqing

    2009-01-01

    High quality potassium hexatitanate whiskers were hydrothermally synthesized in one step under moderate temperature and pressure condi-tions. Effects of the titanium source and reaction conditions on the hydrothermal reaction rate, product phase component, and morphology of whiskers were investigated. The results show that the reactivity of hydrated titania, anatase TiO2, and rutile TiO2 with KOH decreases in turn, and with hydrated titania as titanium source, it is difficult to obtain potassium hexatitanate whiskers with good morphology. In contrast, uni-form potassium hexatitanate whiskers with a length of 10-20 μm and a diameter of 200-700 nm were obtained using anatase TiO2 as titanium source. The investigation demonstrates that the initial KOH concentration, annealing temperature and time, molar ratio of K2O/TiO2, etc. sig-nificantly affect the morphology of the as-synthesized whiskers. The optimized synthesis condition is as follows: anatase as a titanium source; 10 wt.% KOH solution; annealing temperature and time of 300℃ and 5 h, respectively; K2O/TiO2 molar ratio orS, etc. A rhombic potassium hexatitanate was prepared under the optimum condition and the whisker grew along the [110] direction. The reaction mechanism was dis-cussed.

  19. Tin Whisker Growth and Mitigation with a Nanocrysytalline Nickel Coating

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    Janiuk, Szymon

    Tin whiskers are a problem in the electronics industry since the EU banned the use of lead in Pb-Sn solders as part of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). The biggest concern with Sn whiskers is their ability to short-circuit electronics. High reliability applications such as the aerospace, defense, healthcare, and automotive industries are at most risk. This project explores Sn whisker mitigation and prevention with the use of nanocrystalline nickel coating over Sn surfaces. Sn was plated onto a pure Cu substrate using electroplating. A high temperature and high humidity condition, at 85°C and 85% RH, was effective at growing whiskers. A nNi coating was plated over Sn/Cu coupons. After subjecting the nNi/ Sn/Cu samples through 85°C/85% RH testing conditions, no whiskers were observed penetrating the surface. These results make nNi a viable material to use as a coating to prevent the growth of Sn whiskers in electronic assemblies.

  20. Facial whisker pattern is not sufficient to instruct a whisker-related topographic map in the mouse somatosensory brainstem.

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    Laumonnerie, Christophe; Bechara, Ahmad; Vilain, Nathalie; Kurihara, Yukiko; Kurihara, Hiroki; Rijli, Filippo M

    2015-11-01

    Facial somatosensory input is relayed by trigeminal ganglion (TG) neurons and serially wired to brainstem, thalamus and cortex. Spatially ordered sets of target neurons generate central topographic maps reproducing the spatial arrangement of peripheral facial receptors. Facial pattern provides a necessary template for map formation, but may be insufficient to impose a brain somatotopic pattern. In mice, lower jaw sensory information is relayed by the trigeminal nerve mandibular branch, whose axons target the brainstem dorsal principal sensory trigeminal nucleus (dPrV). Input from mystacial whiskers is relayed by the maxillary branch and forms a topographic representation of rows and whiskers in the ventral PrV (vPrV). To investigate peripheral organisation in imposing a brain topographic pattern, we analysed Edn1(-/-) mice, which present ectopic whisker rows on the lower jaw. We found that these whiskers were innervated by mandibular TG neurons which initially targeted dPrV. Unlike maxillary TG neurons, the ectopic whisker-innervating mandibular neuron cell bodies and pre-target central axons did not segregate into a row-specific pattern nor target the dPrV with a topographic pattern. Following periphery-driven molecular repatterning to a maxillary-like identity, mandibular neurons partially redirected their central projections from dPrV to vPrV. Thus, while able to induce maxillary-like molecular features resulting in vPrV final targeting, a spatially ordered lower jaw ectopic whisker pattern is insufficient to impose row-specific pre-target organisation of the central mandibular tract or a whisker-related matching pattern of afferents in dPrV. These results provide novel insights into periphery-dependent versus periphery-independent mechanisms of trigeminal ganglion and brainstem patterning in matching whisker topography. © 2015. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.

  1. Structure, function, and cortical representation of the rat submandibular whisker trident.

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    Thé, Lydia; Wallace, Michael L; Chen, Christopher H; Chorev, Edith; Brecht, Michael

    2013-03-13

    Although the neurobiology of rodent facial whiskers has been studied intensively, little is known about sensing in other vibrissae. Here we describe the under-investigated submandibular "whisker trident" on the rat's chin. In this three-whisker array, a unique unpaired midline whisker is laterally flanked by two slightly shorter whiskers. All three whiskers point to the ground and are curved backwards. Unlike other whiskers, the trident is not located on an exposed body part. Trident vibrissae are not whisked and do not touch anything over long stretches of time. However, trident whiskers engage in sustained ground contact during head-down running while the animal is exploring or foraging. In biomechanical experiments, trident whiskers follow caudal ground movement more smoothly than facial whiskers. Remarkably, deflection angles decrease with increasing ground velocity. We identified one putative trident barrel in the left somatosensory cortex and two barrels in the right somatosensory cortex. The elongated putative trident-midline barrel is the longest and largest whisker barrel, suggesting that the midline trident whisker is of great functional significance. Cortical postsynaptic air-puff responses in the trident representation show much less temporal precision than facial whisker responses. Trident whiskers do not provide as much high-resolution information about object contacts as facial whiskers. Instead, our observations suggest an idiothetic function: their biomechanics allow trident whiskers to derive continuous measurements about ego motion from ground contacts. The midline position offers unique advantages in sensing heading direction in a laterally symmetric manner. The changes in trident deflection angle with velocity suggest that trident whiskers might function as a tactile speedometer.

  2. Parallel pathways from motor and somatosensory cortex for controlling whisker movements in mice.

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    Sreenivasan, Varun; Karmakar, Kajari; Rijli, Filippo M; Petersen, Carl C H

    2015-02-01

    Mice can gather tactile sensory information by actively moving their whiskers to palpate objects in their immediate surroundings. Whisker sensory perception therefore requires integration of sensory and motor information, which occurs prominently in the neocortex. The signalling pathways from the neocortex for controlling whisker movements are currently poorly understood in mice. Here, we delineate two pathways, one originating from primary whisker somatosensory cortex (wS1) and the other from whisker motor cortex (wM1), that control qualitatively distinct movements of contralateral whiskers. Optogenetic stimulation of wS1 drove retraction of contralateral whiskers while stimulation of wM1 drove rhythmic whisker protraction. To map brainstem pathways connecting these cortical areas to whisker motor neurons, we used a combination of anterograde tracing using adenoassociated virus injected into neocortex and retrograde tracing using monosynaptic rabies virus injected into whisker muscles. Our data are consistent with wS1 driving whisker retraction by exciting glutamatergic premotor neurons in the rostral spinal trigeminal interpolaris nucleus, which in turn activate the motor neurons innervating the extrinsic retractor muscle nasolabialis. The rhythmic whisker protraction evoked by wM1 stimulation might be driven by excitation of excitatory and inhibitory premotor neurons in the brainstem reticular formation innervating both intrinsic and extrinsic muscles. Our data therefore begin to unravel the neuronal circuits linking the neocortex to whisker motor neurons. © 2014 The Authors. European Journal of Neuroscience published by Federation of European Neuroscience Societies and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  3. Structural relaxation in bismuth and lead borate glasses

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    Bajaj, Anu; Khanna, Atul

    2012-06-01

    Bismuth and lead borate glasses were prepared by melt quench technique. Effects of heat treatment on the density and thermal properties of bismuth and lead borate glasses was studied by annealing the glasses at 350°C for 500 h. Density of all bismuth borate glasses increases by about 0.5-0.7% with annealing and the effect is more in glasses with higher Bi2O3 concentration. In bismuth borate glasses with 50 and 55 mol % Bi2O3 we found an extraordinary large increase of Tg by 15°C after thermal annealing. All bismuth borate glasses remained completely clear and transparent on annealing. Lead borate glasses become cloudy on thermal annealing indicating occurrence of phase separation in these glasses.

  4. Interfacial reactions between titanium and borate glass

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    Brow, R.K. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Saha, S.K.; Goldstein, J.I. [Lehigh Univ., Bethlehem, PA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science

    1992-12-31

    Interfacial reactions between melts of several borate glasses and titanium have been investigated by analytical scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). A thin titanium boride interfacial layer is detected by XPS after short (30 minutes) thermal treatments. ASEM analyses after longer thermal treatments (8--120 hours) reveal boron-rich interfacial layers and boride precipitates in the Ti side of the interface.

  5. A novel biomimetic whisker technology based on fiber Bragg grating and its application

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    Zhao, Chenlu; Jiang, Qi; Li, Yibin

    2017-09-01

    The paper describes a novel, biomimetic whisker-based sensing technology following the basic design of the facial whiskers of animals such as rats and mice. The sensor consists of a 3× 2 whisker array on each side of a robot. In experiments with the artificial whiskers, the motor drives rotating whiskers, and the center wavelength of a fiber Bragg grating pasted on the whisker will shift when the whisker touches an obstacle. The distance will be obtained by processing the wavelength shift data with algorithms. Then the shape recognition can be realized by postprocessing the distance data. The experimental results prove that the whisker array is capable of accurately gathering the distance and shape information of an object.

  6. The Synthesis and Physical Properties of Magnesium Borate Mineral of Admontite Synthesized from Sodium Borates

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    Azmi Seyhun Kipcak

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium borates are significant compounds due to their advanced mechanical and thermal durability properties. This group of minerals can be used in ceramic industry, in detergent industry, and as neutron shielding material, phosphor of thermoluminescence by dint of their extraordinary specialties. In the present study, the synthesis of magnesium borate via hydrothermal method from sodium borates and physical properties of synthesized magnesium borate minerals were investigated. The characterization of the products was carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR and Raman spectroscopies, and differential thermal analysis and thermal gravimetry (DTA/TG. The surface morphology was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. B2O3 content was determined through titration. The electrical resistivity/conductivity properties of products were measured by Picoammeter Voltage Source. UV-vis spectrometer was used to investigate optical absorption characteristics of synthesized minerals in the range 200–1000 nm at room temperature. XRD results identified the synthesized borate minerals as admontite [MgO(B2O33·7(H2O] with code number “01-076-0540” and mcallisterite [Mg2(B6O7(OH62·9(H2O] with code number “01-070-1902.” The FT-IR and Raman spectra of the obtained samples were similar with characteristic magnesium borate bands. The investigation of the SEM images remarked that both nano- and microscale minerals were produced. The reaction yields were between 75.1 and 98.7%.

  7. Whisker movements evoked by stimulation of single motor neurons in the facial nucleus of the rat

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    L.J. Herfst (Lucas); M. Brecht (Michael)

    2008-01-01

    textabstractThe lateral facial nucleus is the sole output structure whose neuronal activity leads to whisker movements. To understand how single facial nucleus neurons contribute to whisker movement we combined single-cell stimulation and high-precision whisker tracking. Half of the 44 stimulated ne

  8. Effects of Conformal Coat on Tin Whisker Growth

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    Kadesch, Jong S.; Leidecker, Henning; Day, John H. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    A whisker from a tin plated part was blamed for the loss of a commercial spacecraft in 1998. Although pure tin finishes are prohibited by NASA, tin plated parts, such as hybrids, relays and commercial off the shelf (COTS) parts, are something discovered to have been installed in NASA spacecraft. Invariably, the assumption is that a conformal coat will prevent the growth of, or short circuits caused by, tin whiskers. This study measures the effect a Uralane coating has on the initiation and growth of tin whiskers, on the ability of this coating to prevent a tin whisker from emerging from the coating, and on the ability to prevent shorting. A sample of fourteen brass substrates (1 inch by 4 inches by 1/16 inch) were plated by two separate processes: half of the specimens were 'bright' tin plated directly over the brass substrate and half received a copper flash over the brass substrate prior to 'bright' tin plating. Each specimen was coated on one half of the substrate with three bi-directional sprays of Uralane 5750 to a nominal thickness of 25 to 75 micrometers (1 to 3 mils). Several specimens of both types, Cu and non-Cu flashed, were placed in an oven maintained at 50 C as others' work suggests that this is the optimal temperature for whisker formation. The remaining specimens were maintained at room ambient conditions. The surfaces of each specimen have been regularly inspected using both optical (15 to 400x power) and Scanning Electronic Microscopy (SEM). Many types of growths, including needle-like whiskers, first appeared approximately three months after plating on the non-conformally coated sides of all specimens. At four months, 4 to 5 times more growth sites were observed on the coated side; however, the density of growth sites on the non-conformally coated side has since increased rapidly, and now, at one year, is about the same for both sides. The density of growth sites is estimated at 90/sq mm with 30 percent of the sites growing whiskers (needle

  9. Whisking and whisker kinematics during a texture classification task.

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    Zuo, Yanfang; Perkon, Igor; Diamond, Mathew E

    2011-11-12

    Rats explore objects by rhythmically whisking with their vibrissae. The goal of the present study is to learn more about the motor output used by rats to acquire texture information as well as the whisker motion evoked by texture contact. We trained four rats to discriminate between different grooved textures and used high-speed video to characterize whisker motion during the task. The variance in whisking parameters among subjects was notable. After whisker trimming, the animals changed their behaviour in ways that appear consistent with an optimization of whisker movement to compensate for lost information. These results lead to the intriguing notion that the rats use an information-seeking 'cognitive' motor strategy, instead of a rigid motor programme. Distinct stick/slip events occurred during texture palpation and their frequency increased in relation to the spatial frequency of the grooves. The results allow a preliminary assessment of three candidate texture-coding mechanisms-the number of grooves encountered during each touch, the temporal difference between groove contacts and the spatial pattern of groove contacts across the whiskers.

  10. Neuronal encoding of texture in the whisker sensory pathway.

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    Ehsan Arabzadeh

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available A major challenge of sensory systems neuroscience is to quantify brain activity underlying perceptual experiences and to explain this activity as the outcome of elemental neuronal response properties. Rats make extremely fine discriminations of texture by "whisking" their vibrissae across an object's surface, yet the neuronal coding underlying texture sensations remains unknown. Measuring whisker vibrations during active whisking across surfaces, we found that each texture results in a unique "kinetic signature" defined by the temporal profile of whisker velocity. We presented these texture-induced vibrations as stimuli while recording responses of first-order sensory neurons and neurons in the whisker area of cerebral cortex. Each texture is encoded by a distinctive, temporally precise firing pattern. To look for the neuronal coding properties that give rise to texture-specific firing patterns, we delivered horizontal and vertical whisker movements that varied randomly in time ("white noise" and found that the response probabilities of first-order neurons and cortical neurons vary systematically according to whisker speed and direction. We applied the velocity-tuned spike probabilities derived from white noise to the sequence of velocity features in the texture to construct a simulated texture response. The close match between the simulated and real responses indicates that texture coding originates in the selectivity of neurons to elemental kinetic events.

  11. Strengthening and toughening of poly(L-lactide) composites by surface modified MgO whiskers

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    Wen, Wei [Biomaterial Research Laboratory, Department of Material Science and Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China); Luo, Binghong, E-mail: tluobh@jnu.edu.cn [Biomaterial Research Laboratory, Department of Material Science and Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China); Engineering Research Center of Artificial Organs and Materials, Ministry of Education, Guangzhou 510632 (China); Qin, Xiaopeng; Li, Cairong [Biomaterial Research Laboratory, Department of Material Science and Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China); Liu, Mingxian; Ding, Shan [Biomaterial Research Laboratory, Department of Material Science and Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China); Engineering Research Center of Artificial Organs and Materials, Ministry of Education, Guangzhou 510632 (China); Zhou, Changren, E-mail: tcrz9@jnu.edu.cn [Biomaterial Research Laboratory, Department of Material Science and Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China); Engineering Research Center of Artificial Organs and Materials, Ministry of Education, Guangzhou 510632 (China)

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    Highlights: • The grafted PLLA chain on the surface of g-MgO whisker was ruled out by FTIR spectroscopy and TG/DTG analyses. • The excellent dispersion of g-MgO whiskers and the strong interfacial adhesion of g-MgO whiskers/PLLA composite were proved by FSEM. • Comparing to MgO particles and MgO whiskers, fibrous-like g-MgO whiskers are the most effective reinforcing and toughening fillers for PLLA. - Abstract: To improve both the strength and toughness of poly(L-lactide) (PLLA), fibrous-like MgO whiskers with diameters of 0.15–1 μm and lengths of 15–110 μm were prepared, and subsequently surface modified with L-lactide to obtain grafted MgO whiskers (g-MgO whiskers). The structures and properties of MgO whiskers and g-MgO whiskers were studied. Then, a series of MgO whiskers/PLLA and g-MgO whiskers/PLLA composites were prepared by solution casting method, for comparison, MgO particles/PLLA composite was prepared too. The resulting composites were evaluated in terms of hydrophilicity, crystallinity, dispersion of whiskers, interfacial adhesion and mechanical performance by means of polarized optical microscopy (POM), contact angle measurement, field emission scanning electron microscope (FSEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and tensile testing. The results revealed that the crystallization rate and hydrophilicity of PLLA were improved by the introduction of MgO whiskers and g-MgO whiskers. The g-MgO whiskers can disperse more uniformly in and show stronger interfacial adhesion with the matrix than MgO whiskers as a result of the surface modification. Due to the bridge effect of the whiskers and the excellent interfacial adhesion between g-MgO whiskers and PLLA, g-MgO whiskers/PLLA composites exhibited remarkably higher strength, modulus and toughness compared to the pristine PLLA, MgO particles/PLLA and MgO whiskers/PLLA composites.

  12. Allyl borates: a novel class of polyhomologation initiators

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    Wang, De

    2016-12-24

    Allyl borates, a new class of monofunctional polyhomologation initiators, are reported. These monofunctional initiators are less sensitive and more effective towards polymethylene-based architectures. As an example, the synthesis of α-vinyl-ω-hydroxypolymethylenes is given. By designing/synthesizing different allylic borate initiators, and using 1H and 11B NMR spectroscopy, the initiation mechanism was elucidated.

  13. Synthesis of titanium nitride whiskers from potassium fluorotitanate (IV). Fukka chitan (IV) kariumu kara no chikka chitan whisker no gosei

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    Tabuchi, Mitsuharu; Kaneko, Yasunari; Iwasaki, Hiromichi (Ritsumeikan Univ., Kyoto (Japan). Faculty of Science and Engineering)

    1990-01-01

    TiN whiskers were formed by heating K {sub 2} TiF {sub 6} powder put on a graphite boat in flowing nitrogen gas. The boat was put inside a graphite tube laid in a furnace tube, and the whiskers were formed on the outer surface of the graphite tube. Firing conditions necessary for the synthesis of the whiskers were as follows; temperature of 1300 centigrade or higher, duration of 4 hours or more, nitrogen gas flow at the rate of 90 - 250 m/min. As for the chemical process leading to TiN compound, it was assumed that titanium fluorides such as TiF {sub 4} or TiF {sub 3}, which were formed by thermal decomposition of K {sub 3} TiF {sub 6} derived from K {sub 2} TiF {sub 6}, were defluorinated by reacting with alumina in the furnace tube. Observations of the whiskers by use of SEM and TEM demonstrated square or regular-hexagonal cross-sections of them and suggested the layer growth mechanism for the growth of whiskers having square cross-sections. 9 refs., 6 figs.

  14. Thermal Properties Of Chitin Whiskers Reinforced PolyAcrylic Acid

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    Michael Ikpi Ofem

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Thermal analysisTGA of samples of Chitin PAA and Chitin-PAA complexes containing different weight fractions of chitin whiskers were investigated. The activation energies Ea and other kinematic parameters amp916S amp916H and amp916G for the filler matrix and blend were calculated using the Coats and Redfern Broido and Horowitz and Metzger methods at the second and third stages of decomposition. The study showed that the kinetic parameters for the composites lie between the matrix and the filler. .At each filler loading level the activation energies changes in enthalpies entropies and Gibbs functions obtained using all three methods are comparable for the second region of decomposition. The pattern is such that the value of these energy parameters gradually decreased as filler loading decreases. The gradual increase in activation energy as filler increases is attributed to even dispersion of the whiskers and interfacial adhesion between the matrix and the chitin whiskers.

  15. PREDICTION OF MECHANICAL PROPERTY OF WHISKER REINFORCED METAL MATRIX COMPOSITE: PART-Ⅰ. MODEL AND FORMULATION

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    2000-01-01

    Based on study of strain distribution in whisker reinforced metal matrix composites, an explicit precise stiffness tensor is derived. In the present theory, the effect of whisker orientation on the macro property of composites is considered, but the effect of random whisker position and the complicated strain field at whisker ends are averaged. The derived formula is able to predict the stiffness modulus of composites with arbitrary whisker orientation under any loading condition. Compared with the models of micro-mechanics, the present theory is competent for modulus prediction of actual engineering composites. The verification and application of the present theory are given in a subsequent paper published in the same issue.

  16. Encoding of whisker input by cerebellar Purkinje cells

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    Bosman, Laurens W J; Koekkoek, Sebastiaan K E; Shapiro, Joël; Rijken, Bianca F M; Zandstra, Froukje; van der Ende, Barry; Owens, Cullen B; Potters, Jan-Willem; de Gruijl, Jornt R; Ruigrok, Tom J H; De Zeeuw, Chris I

    2010-01-01

    The cerebellar cortex is crucial for sensorimotor integration. Sensorimotor inputs converge on cerebellar Purkinje cells via two afferent pathways: the climbing fibre pathway triggering complex spikes, and the mossy fibre–parallel fibre pathway, modulating the simple spike activities of Purkinje cells. We used, for the first time, the mouse whisker system as a model system to study the encoding of somatosensory input by Purkinje cells. We show that most Purkinje cells in ipsilateral crus 1 and crus 2 of awake mice respond to whisker stimulation with complex spike and/or simple spike responses. Single-whisker stimulation in anaesthetised mice revealed that the receptive fields of complex spike and simple spike responses were strikingly different. Complex spike responses, which proved to be sensitive to the amplitude, speed and direction of whisker movement, were evoked by only one or a few whiskers. Simple spike responses, which were not affected by the direction of movement, could be evoked by many individual whiskers. The receptive fields of Purkinje cells were largely intermingled, and we suggest that this facilitates the rapid integration of sensory inputs from different sources. Furthermore, we describe that individual Purkinje cells, at least under anaesthesia, may be bound in two functional ensembles based on the receptive fields and the synchrony of the complex spike and simple spike responses. The ‘complex spike ensembles’ were oriented in the sagittal plane, following the anatomical organization of the climbing fibres, while the ‘simple spike ensembles’ were oriented in the transversal plane, as are the beams of parallel fibres. PMID:20724365

  17. Muscular Basis of Whisker Torsion in Mice and Rats.

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    Haidarliu, Sebastian; Bagdasarian, Knarik; Shinde, Namrata; Ahissar, Ehud

    2017-09-01

    Whisking mammals move their whiskers in the rostrocaudal and dorsoventral directions with simultaneous rolling about their long axes (torsion). Whereas muscular control of the first two types of whisker movement was already established, the anatomic muscular substrate of the whisker torsion remains unclear. Specifically, it was not clear whether torsion is induced by asymmetrical operation of known muscles or by other largely unknown muscles. Here, we report that mystacial pads of newborn and adult rats and mice contain oblique intrinsic muscles (OMs) that connect diagonally adjacent vibrissa follicles. Each of the OMs is supplied by a cluster of motor end plates. In rows A and B, OMs connect the ventral part of the rostral follicle with the dorsal part of the caudal follicle. In rows C-E, in contrast, OMs connect the dorsal part of the rostral follicle to the ventral part of the caudal follicle. This inverse architecture is consistent with previous behavioral observations [Knutsen et al.: Neuron 59 (2008) 35-42]. In newborn mice, torsion occurred in irregular single twitches. In adult anesthetized rats, microelectrode mediated electrical stimulation of an individual OM that is coupled with two adjacent whiskers was sufficient to induce a unidirectional torsion of both whiskers. Torsional movement was associated with protracting movement, indicating that in the vibrissal system, like in the ocular system, torsional movement is mechanically coupled to horizontal and vertical movements. This study shows that torsional whisker rotation is mediated by specific OMs whose morphology and attachment sites determine rotation direction and mechanical coupling, and motor innervation determines rotation dynamics. Anat Rec, 300:1643-1653, 2017. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Structure and Properties of Compressed Borate Glasses

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    Smedskjær, Morten Mattrup; Bauer, U.; Behrens, H.;

    in a series of borate glasses. Upon isostatic compression, NMR experiments show that the fraction of tetrahedral boron increases, leading to an overall decrease of the molar volume of the network. We correlate these structural changes with changes in elastic moduli from Brillouin scattering experiments......While the influence of thermal history on the structure and properties of glasses has been thoroughly studied in the past century, the influence of pressure history has received considerably less attention. In this study, we investigate the pressure-induced changes in structure and properties...

  19. Curvature Optical Fiber Whiskers for Mobile Robot Guidance

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    2001-01-01

    A novel optical fiber tactile sensory system is proposed forobstacle avoidance of mobile robot. The principle of this whisker-like tactile sensor is based on the geometric curvature changes of the optical fiber, which modulate the optical fiber′s light output. With high compliance of plastic optical fiber, the whiskers can produce only small flexing force upon mechanical contact with an obstacle. It can produce reliable proximity signals in extended tactile range, which can be translated into a larger stopping distance for the mobile robot. This sensor is lightweight, and of low cost to allow as many sensor, as necessary to be mounted on a robot.

  20. The effect of whisker movement on radial distance estimation: a case study in comparative robotics

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    Mathew H Evans

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Whisker movement has been shown to be under active control in certain specialist animals such as rats and mice. Though this whisker movement is well characterised, the role and effect of this movement on subsequent sensing is poorly understood. One method for investigating this phenomena is to generate artificial whisker deflections with robotic hardware under different movement conditions. A limitation of this approach is that assumptions must be made in the design of any artificial whisker actuators, which will impose certain restrictions on the whisker-object interaction. In this paper we present three robotic whisker platforms, each with different mechanical whisker properties and actuation mechanisms. A feature-based classifier is used to simultaneously discriminate radial distance to contact and contact speed for the first time. We show that whisker-object contact speed predictably affects deflection magnitudes, invariant of whisker material or whisker movement trajectory. We propose that rodent whisker control allows the animal to improve sensing accuracy by regulating contact speed induced touch-to-touch variability.

  1. The effect of whisker movement on radial distance estimation: a case study in comparative robotics

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    Evans, Mathew H.; Fox, Charles W.; Lepora, Nathan F.; Pearson, Martin J.; Sullivan, J. Charles; Prescott, Tony J.

    2013-01-01

    Whisker movement has been shown to be under active control in certain specialist animals such as rats and mice. Though this whisker movement is well characterized, the role and effect of this movement on subsequent sensing is poorly understood. One method for investigating this phenomena is to generate artificial whisker deflections with robotic hardware under different movement conditions. A limitation of this approach is that assumptions must be made in the design of any artificial whisker actuators, which will impose certain restrictions on the whisker-object interaction. In this paper we present three robotic whisker platforms, each with different mechanical whisker properties and actuation mechanisms. A feature-based classifier is used to simultaneously discriminate radial distance to contact and contact speed for the first time. We show that whisker-object contact speed predictably affects deflection magnitudes, invariant of whisker material or whisker movement trajectory. We propose that rodent whisker control allows the animal to improve sensing accuracy by regulating contact speed induced touch-to-touch variability. PMID:23293601

  2. Effects of modifying agents on surface modifications of magnesium oxide whiskers

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    Zhao, Yun; Liu, Bei; Yang, Jinjun; Jia, Junping; You, Chen; Chen, Minfang

    2016-12-01

    In this work, the MgO whiskers have been treated by several modifying agents including the mixture of DL-malic acid oligo-L-lactide (g), aluminate coupling agent (Al) and stearic acid (Sa). The morphologies, covering quantity, compositions and components of the whiskers before and after the modifications were investigated by SEM, TG, XRD and FT-IR, respectively. Comparisons have been made on the morphologies of modified whiskers by different modifiers tailoring. The results show that the MgO whiskers treated by stearic acid have superior performance to the others, especially in terms of uniform dispersion. In contrast, both the mixture of DL-malic acid oligo-L-lactide and aluminate coupling agent have the negative effects on whiskers' dispersibility. FT-IR reveals that the chemical bonds were formed between the whiskers and each modifying agent and the XRD testing demonstrate that the crystal structures of the modified whiskers were well maintained without significant change.

  3. The Mechanical Properties of Polyurethane Elastomer Reinforced and Toughened By CaSO4-Whisker

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    2002-01-01

    CaSO4 whisker reinforcing and toughening mechanisms for polyurethane elastomer were studied. The effects of dispersity of CaSO4 whisker and interfacial bonding state on reinforcement and toughness were discussed.The microanalyses showed that CaSO4 whisker reinforcing mechanism for polyurethane elastomer mainly was load transferring and its toughening mechanism involved crack deflection and whisker pullout.The results indicated that composites with 5%-10% CaSO4 whisker exhibited the best mechanical properties. Good bonding interface was formed between whisker and matrix after the surface of CaSO4 whisker was treated by silane coupling agent.The fairly improved strength and toughness are attributed to the better interfacial bonding state.

  4. Facile Synthesis of Electroconductive AZO@TiO2 Whiskers and Their Application in Textiles

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    Hui Ma

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The electroconductive AZO@TiO2 whiskers have been successfully prepared via coating Al doped ZnO onto TiO2 whisker. The orthogonal tests were employed to optimize the synthetic conditions. The crystallographic structure and the morphology of the AZO@TiO2 whiskers and the polypropylene nonwoven fabrics modified with AZO@TiO2 whiskers were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, four-probe meter, and electrometer. The results showed the AZO@TiO2 whiskers exhibited good electroconductive performance. Moreover, the polypropylene nonwoven fabrics modified with AZO@TiO2 whiskers revealed excellent antistatic performance indicating wide application of AZO@TiO2 whiskers in the antistatic textiles.

  5. Fundamental studies of tin whiskering in microelectronics finishes

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    Pinol, Lesly Agnes

    Common electronics materials, such as tin, copper, steel, and brass, are ambient reactive under common use conditions, and as such are prone to corrosion. During the early 1940s, reports of failures due to electrical shorting of components caused by 'whisker' (i.e., filamentary surface protrusion) growth on many surface types---including the aforementioned metals---began to emerge. Lead alloying of tin (3--10% by weight, typically in the eutectic proportion) eliminated whiskering risk for decades, until the July 2006 adoption of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive was issued by the European Union. This directive, which has since been adopted by California and parts of China, severely restricted the use of lead (market, imposing the need for developing reliable new "lead-free" alternatives to SnPb. In spite of the abundance of modern-day anecdotes chronicling whisker-related failures in satellites, nuclear power stations, missiles, pacemakers, and spacecraft navigation equipment, pure tin finishes are still increasingly being employed today, and the root cause(s) of tin whiskering remains elusive. This work describes a series of structured experiments exploring the fundamental relationships between the incidence of tin whiskering (as dependent variable) and numerous independent variables. These variables included deposition method (electroplating, electroless plating, template-based electrochemical synthesis, and various physical vapor deposition techniques, including resistive evaporation, electron beam evaporation, and sputtering), the inclusion of microparticles and organic contamination, the effects of sample geometry, and nanostructuring. Key findings pertain to correlations between sample geometry and whisker propensity, and also to the stress evolution across a series of 4"-diameter silicon wafers of varying thicknesses with respect to the degree of post-metallization whiskering. Regarding sample geometry, it was found that smaller

  6. Role of whiskers in sensorimotor development of C57BL/6 mice

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    Arakawa, Hiroyuki; Erzurumlu, Reha S.

    2015-01-01

    The mystacial vibrissae (whiskers) of nocturnal rodents play a major role in their sensorimotor behaviors. Relatively little information exists on the role of whiskers during early development. We characterized the contribution of whiskers to sensorimotor development in postnatal C57BL/6 mice. A comparison between intact and whisker-clipped mice in a battery of behavioral tests from postnatal day (P) 4 to 17 revealed that both male and female pups develop reflexive motor behavior even when the whiskers are clipped. Daily whisker trimming from P3 onwards results in diminished weight gain by P17, and impairment in whisker sensorimotor coordination behaviors, such as cliff avoidance and littermate huddling from P4 through P17, while facilitation of righting reflex at P4 and grasp response at P12. Since active whisker palpation does not start until 2 weeks of age, passive whisker touch during early neonatal stage must play a role in regulating these behaviors. Around the onset of exploratory behaviors (P12) neonatal whisker-clipped pups also display persistent searching movements when they encounter cage walls as a compensatory mechanism of sensorimotor development. Spontaneous whisker motion (whisking) is distinct from respiratory fluttering of whiskers. It is a symmetrical vibration of whiskers at a rate of approximately ∼8 Hz, and begins around P10. Oriented, bundled movements of whiskers at higher frequencies of ∼12 Hz during scanning object surfaces, i.e., palpation whisking, emerges at P14. The establishment of locomotive body coordination before eyes open accompanies palpation whisking, indicating an important role in the guidance of exploratory motor behaviors. PMID:25823761

  7. Effect of thermal cycling on whisker-reinforced dental resin composites.

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    Xu, Hockin H K; Eichmiller, Frederick C; Smith, Douglas T; Schumacher, Gary E; Giuseppetti, Anthony A; Antonucci, Joseph M

    2002-09-01

    The mechanical properties of dental resin composites need to be improved in order to extend their use to high stress-bearing applications such as crown and bridge restorations. Recent studies used single crystal ceramic whiskers to reinforce dental composites. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of thermal cycling on whisker-reinforced composites. It was hypothesized that the whisker composites would not show a reduction in mechanical properties or the breakdown of whisker-resin interface after thermal cycling. Silicon carbide whiskers were mixed with silica particles, thermally fused, then silanized and incorporated into resin to make flexural specimens. The filler mass fraction ranged from 0% to 70%. The specimens were thermal cycled in 5 degrees C and 60 degrees C water baths, and then fractured in three-point bending to measure strength. Nano-indentation was used to measure modulus and hardness. No significant loss in composite strength, modulus and hardness was found after 10(5) thermal cycles (family confidence coefficient=0.95; Tukey's multiple comparison test). The strength of whisker composite increased with filler level up to 60%, then plateaued when filler level was further increased to 70%; the modulus and hardness increased monotonically with filler level. The strength and modulus of whisker composite at 70% filler level were significantly higher than the non-whisker controls both before and after thermal cycling. SEM revealed no separation at the whisker-matrix interfaces, and observed resin remnants on the pulled-out whiskers, indicating strong whisker-resin bonding even after 10(5) thermal cycles. In conclusion, novel dental resin composites containing silica-fused whiskers possessed superior strength and modulus compared to non-whisker composites both before and after thermal cycling. The whisker-resin bonding appeared to be resistant to thermal cycling in water, so that no loss in composite strength or stiffness occurred after

  8. Understanding and predicting metallic whisker growth and its effects on reliability : LDRD final report.

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    Michael, Joseph Richard; Grant, Richard P.; Rodriguez, Mark Andrew; Pillars, Jamin; Susan, Donald Francis; McKenzie, Bonnie Beth; Yelton, William Graham

    2012-01-01

    Tin (Sn) whiskers are conductive Sn filaments that grow from Sn-plated surfaces, such as surface finishes on electronic packages. The phenomenon of Sn whiskering has become a concern in recent years due to requirements for lead (Pb)-free soldering and surface finishes in commercial electronics. Pure Sn finishes are more prone to whisker growth than their Sn-Pb counterparts and high profile failures due to whisker formation (causing short circuits) in space applications have been documented. At Sandia, Sn whiskers are of interest due to increased use of Pb-free commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) parts and possible future requirements for Pb-free solders and surface finishes in high-reliability microelectronics. Lead-free solders and surface finishes are currently being used or considered for several Sandia applications. Despite the long history of Sn whisker research and the recently renewed interest in this topic, a comprehensive understanding of whisker growth remains elusive. This report describes recent research on characterization of Sn whiskers with the aim of understanding the underlying whisker growth mechanism(s). The report is divided into four sections and an Appendix. In Section 1, the Sn plating process is summarized. Specifically, the Sn plating parameters that were successful in producing samples with whiskers will be reviewed. In Section 2, the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of Sn whiskers and time-lapse SEM studies of whisker growth will be discussed. This discussion includes the characterization of straight as well as kinked whiskers. In Section 3, a detailed discussion is given of SEM/EBSD (electron backscatter diffraction) techniques developed to determine the crystallography of Sn whiskers. In Section 4, these SEM/EBSD methods are employed to determine the crystallography of Sn whiskers, with a statistically significant number of whiskers analyzed. This is the largest study of Sn whisker crystallography ever reported. This section includes a

  9. Friction and wear performances of borates and lanthanum chloride in water

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    CHEN Boshui; FANG Jianhua; WANG Jiu; LI Jia; LOU Fang

    2008-01-01

    The antiwear and friction-reducing performances of sodium borate, potassium borate and lanthanum chloride in water were evaluated on a four-ball friction tester. The topographies, element distribution and chemical characteristics of the worn surfaces were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersion of X-ray (EDX) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS). The results indicated that sodium borate, potassium borate and lanthanum chloride increased extreme pressure, antiwear and friction-reducing capacities of water to a certain extent, of which potassium borate was the best candidate. Combination of lanthanum chloride with sodium borate and potassium borate respectively further improved antiwear and friction-reducing capacities. Scratches of worn surfaces lubricated with water containing borates and lanthanum chloride were less severe than those lubricated with water containing borates alone. A tribochemical film mainly composed of oxides of lanthanum, boron and iron reduced friction and wear for water lubricant formulated with both borates and lanthanum chloride.

  10. Rare earth separations by selective borate crystallization

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    Yin, Xuemiao; Wang, Yaxing; Bai, Xiaojing; Wang, Yumin; Chen, Lanhua; Xiao, Chengliang; Diwu, Juan; Du, Shiyu; Chai, Zhifang; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E.; Wang, Shuao

    2017-03-01

    Lanthanides possess similar chemical properties rendering their separation from one another a challenge of fundamental chemical and global importance given their incorporation into many advanced technologies. New separation strategies combining green chemistry with low cost and high efficiency remain highly desirable. We demonstrate that the subtle bonding differences among trivalent lanthanides can be amplified during the crystallization of borates, providing chemical recognition of specific lanthanides that originates from Ln3+ coordination alterations, borate polymerization diversity and soft ligand coordination selectivity. Six distinct phases are obtained under identical reaction conditions across lanthanide series, further leading to an efficient and cost-effective separation strategy via selective crystallization. As proof of concept, Nd/Sm and Nd/Dy are used as binary models to demonstrate solid/aqueous and solid/solid separation processes. Controlling the reaction kinetics gives rise to enhanced separation efficiency of Nd/Sm system and a one-step quantitative separation of Nd/Dy with the aid of selective density-based flotation.

  11. Devitrification properties of lead borate glasses

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    Bajaj, Anu; Khanna, Atul; Krishnan, K.; Aggarwal, Suresh K.

    2013-06-01

    Lead borate glasses containing 30 to 60 mol% PbO were prepared by melt quenching technique and devitrified by long duration heat treament in the supercooled region. Glasses crystallized on heating above their glass transition temperature, and the crystalline phases produced on devitrification were characterized by XRD and DSC analyses. Glass with 30 mol% PbO slowly formed a solid solution of Pb6B10O21 and Pb5B8O17 crystalline phases, while glasses with 40 and 50 mol% PbO formed a mixture of Pb6B10O21, Pb5B8O17 and the remanent glassy phase. Glasses with higher PbO concentration of 56 to 60 mol% devitrified completely and produced only Pb5B8O17 crystalline phase. Lead borate glasses with PbO concentration of 40 to 50 mol% showed maximum thermal stability against devitrification, the ease of crystallization of glasses was correlated with the fraction of tetrahedral borons in them.

  12. Box-and-Whisker Plots Applied to Food Chemistry

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    Ferreira, Joao E. V.; Miranda, Ricardo M.; Figueiredo, Antonio F.; Barbosa, Jardel P.; Brasil, Edykarlos M.

    2016-01-01

    Box-and-whisker plots or simply boxplots are powerful graphical representations that give an overview of a data set. In this work five different examples illustrate the applications of boxplots in food chemistry. The examples involve relative sweetness of sugars and sugar alcohols with respect to sucrose, the potassium content of fruits and…

  13. Box-and-Whisker Plots Applied to Food Chemistry

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    Ferreira, Joao E. V.; Miranda, Ricardo M.; Figueiredo, Antonio F.; Barbosa, Jardel P.; Brasil, Edykarlos M.

    2016-01-01

    Box-and-whisker plots or simply boxplots are powerful graphical representations that give an overview of a data set. In this work five different examples illustrate the applications of boxplots in food chemistry. The examples involve relative sweetness of sugars and sugar alcohols with respect to sucrose, the potassium content of fruits and…

  14. Dental resin composites containing silica-fused whiskers--effects of whisker-to-silica ratio on fracture toughness and indentation properties.

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    Xu, Hockin H K; Quinn, Janet B; Smith, Douglas T; Antonucci, Joseph M; Schumacher, Gary E; Eichmiller, Frederick C

    2002-02-01

    Dental resin composites need to be strengthened in order to improve their performance in large stress-bearing applications such as crowns and multiple-unit restorations. Recently, silica-fused ceramic whiskers were used to reinforce dental composites, and the whisker-to-silica ratio was found to be a key microstructural parameter that determined the composite strength. The aim of this study was to further investigate the effects of whisker-to-silica ratio on the fracture toughness, elastic modulus, hardness and brittleness of the composite. Silica particles and silicon carbide whiskers were mixed at whisker:silica mass ratios of 0:1, 1:5. 1:2, 1:1, 2:1, 5:1, and 1:0. Each mixture was thermally fused, silanized and combined with a dental resin at a filler mass percentage of 60%. Fracture toughness was measured with a single-edge notched beam method. Elastic modulus and hardness were measured with a nano-indentation system. Whisker:silica ratio had significant effects on composite properties. The composite toughness (mean+/-SD; n = 9) at whisker:silica = 2:1 was (2.47+/-0.28) MPa m(1/2), significantly higher than (1.02+/-0.23) at whisker:silica = 0:1, (1.13+/-0.19) of a prosthetic composite control, and (0.95+/-0.11) of an inlay/onlay composite control (Tukey's at family confidence coefficient = 0.95). Elastic modulus increased monotonically and hardness plateaued with increasing the whisker:silica ratio. Increasing the whisker:silica ratio also decreased the composite brittleness, which became about 1/3 of that of the inlay:onlay control. Electron microscopy revealed relatively flat fracture surfaces for the controls, but much rougher ones for the whisker composites, with fracture steps and whisker pullout contributing to toughness. The whiskers appeared to be well-bonded with the matrix, probably due to the fused silica producing rough whisker surfaces. Reinforcement with silica-fused whiskers resulted in novel dental composites that possessed fracture toughness

  15. Elevated temperature strength, aging response and creep of aluminum matrix composites

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    Bhagat, R.B.; Amateau, M.F.; House, M.B.; Meinert, K.C.; Nisson, P. (Pennsylvania State University, State College (United States))

    1992-01-01

    The effect of reinforcement on the high-temperature performance of aluminum matrix composites was investigated using samples of 6061 aluminum alloy reinforced with planar-random graphite fibers, SiC whiskers, or alumina particles, which were aged at 150 and 200 C for up to 500 hrs. As indicated by the results of microhardness tests, all specimens exhibited accelerated aging response, with the response depending on the characteristics of the reinforcement. Both the graphite-fiber- and SiC-whisker-reinforced composites showed a substantially increased strengths over that of the wrought 6061 Al at all temperatures. The graphite-fiber- and the SiC-whisker-reinforced composites were found to retain their tensile strength and stiffness in the overaged condition of the matrix. The whisker-reinforced composite showed significant resistance to creep at temperatures between 232 and 350 C under stresses of up to 100 MPa, while the particulate composite had a moderate increase in creep resistance. 51 refs.

  16. Magnetic susceptibility and magnetoresistance of neutron-irradiated doped SI whiskers

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    Druzhinin, A.A., E-mail: druzh@polynet.lviv.ua [Lviv Polytechnic National University, S. Bandera Str., 12, Lviv 79013 (Ukraine); International Laboratory of High Magnetic Fields and Low Temperatures, Wroclaw (Poland); Ostrovskii, I.P.; Khoverko, Yu.M. [Lviv Polytechnic National University, S. Bandera Str., 12, Lviv 79013 (Ukraine); International Laboratory of High Magnetic Fields and Low Temperatures, Wroclaw (Poland); Rogacki, K. [International Laboratory of High Magnetic Fields and Low Temperatures, Wroclaw (Poland); Litovchenko, P.G.; Pavlovska, N.T. [Institute of Nuclear Researches, NAS of Ukraine, 47, Prospect Nauky, 03028 Kyiv (Ukraine); Pavlovskyy, Yu.V.; Ugrin, Yu.O. [Ivan Franko Drohobych State Pedagogical University, 24, Franko str., 82100 Drohobych (Ukraine)

    2015-11-01

    The effect of 8.6·10{sup 17} n/cm{sup 2} fast neutron irradiation on the magnetic susceptibility and magnetoresistance of Si whiskers with impurity concentration near metal–insulator transition (MIT) has been studied. Neutron irradiated specimens with boron concentration away of MIT are mainly diamagnetic with a small amount of paramagnetic centers originated from dangling bonds on the whisker surface. It has been established that at temperatures near 4.2 K, a significant contribution to the conductivity is made by light charge carriers of low concentration but with high mobility. The as grown whiskers with impurity concentration correspondent to MIT showed hysteresis loops in magnetization at temperature of liquid helium. Besides hysteresis loops in magnetoresistance was observed for whiskers under compression stress at low temperature up to 7 K. The possible reason of the effect can be magnetic interaction between impurities centers in subsurface region of the whisker with the orbital moment of dangle bounds in the whisker core–shell interstices. - Highlights: • Neutron irradiation influence on magnetic susceptibility of Si whiskers is studied. • Neutron irradiated Si whiskers with boron concentration away of MIT are diamagnetic. • Whiskers in the vicinity to MIT showed hysteresis loops in magnetoresistance. • Whiskers in the vicinity to MIT showed hysteresis loops in magnetic susceptibility.

  17. High-precision, three-dimensional tracking of mouse whisker movements with optical motion capture technology

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    Snigdha eRoy

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The mystacial vibrissae or whiskers in rodents are sensitive tactile hairs emerging from both sides of the face. Rats and mice actively move these whiskers during exploration. The neuronal mechanisms controlling whisker movements and the sensory representation of whisker tactile information are widely studied as a model for sensorimotor processing in mammals. Studies of the natural whisker movement patterns during exploration and tactile examination are still in their early stages. Tracking the movements of whiskers is technically challenging as they move relatively fast and are very thin, particularly in mice. Existing systems detect light-beam interruptions by the whiskers or use high-speed video to track whisker movements in one or two dimensions. Here we describe a method for tracking the movements of mouse whiskers in 3 dimensions (3D using using optical motion capture technology. Optical motion capture technology tracks the movements of small retro-reflective markers attached to whiskers of a head-fixed mouse with a spatial resolution of <0.5mm in all three dimensions and a temporal resolution of 5msec (200 fps. The system stores the 3D coordinates of the marker’s trajectories onto hard disk allowing a detailed analysis of movement trajectories bilateral coordination.

  18. Impedance spectroscopy of Si whiskers in the range of metal-insulator transition

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    A. O. Druzinin

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. The paper deals with investigation of impedance spectroscopy of Si whiskers with doping concentration in the vicinity to metal-insulator transition in the region of low (4,2 – 70 K temperature and frequency range 0,01 – 250x103 Hz. Experimental results. The silicon whiskers were grown by chemical vapour deposition method in closed bromine system. The whiskers of 40x10-6 m in diameter have boron concentration from 2×1018 to 2×1019 сm-3. The impedance spectroscopy of Si whiskers was investigated with use of Lock-in amplifier in the region of low (4,2 – 70 K temperature and frequency range 0,01 – 250 x 103 Hz. The investigations showed that in the range of zone conductance (T= 30 – 70 K the whisker impedance has inductive character, while at the range of impurity conductance (T = 4,2 – 20 K impedance changes to capacity character. The reduction of impurity concentration at dielectric side of metal-insulator transition leads to decrease of the whisker capacity in the range of low temperatures. Discussion. An inductive character of whisker impedance is explained skin-effect of conductance in thin whisker, while capacity character of the whisker impedance is connected with hopping conductance on impurity band. Conclusions. Character of changes of Si whisker impedance conductance is discussed in the frame of hopping conductance on impurity band, which takes place at low temperatures.

  19. Mitigation and Verification Methods for Sn Whisker Growth in Pb-Free Automotive Electronics

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    Hong, Won Sik; Oh, Chul Min; Kim, Do Seop

    2013-02-01

    This work describes mitigation methods against Sn whisker growth in Pb-free automotive electronics using a conformal coating technique, with an additional focus on determining an effective whisker assessment method. We suggest effective whisker growth conditions that involve temperature cycling and two types of storage conditions (high-temperature/humidity storage and ambient storage), and analyze whisker growth mechanisms. In determining an efficient mitigation method against whisker growth, surface finish and conformal coating have been validated as effective means. In our experiments, the surface finish of components comprised Ni/Sn, Ni/SnBi, and Ni/Pd. The effects of acrylic silicone, and rubber coating of components were compared with uncoated performance under high-temperature/humidity storage conditions. An effective whisker assessment method during temperature cycling and under various storage conditions (high temperature/humidity and ambient) is indicated for evaluating whisker growth. Although components were finished with Ni/Pd, we found that whiskers were generated at solder joints and that conformal coating is a useful mitigation method in this regard. Although whiskers penetrated most conformal coating materials (acrylic, silicone, and rubber) after 3500 h of high-temperature/humidity storage, the whisker length was markedly reduced due to the conformal coatings, with silicone providing superior mitigation over acrylic and rubber.

  20. Infrared thermal imaging of rat somatosensory cortex with whisker stimulation.

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    Suzuki, Takashi; Ooi, Yasuhiro; Seki, Junji

    2012-04-01

    The present study aims to validate the applicability of infrared (IR) thermal imaging for the study of brain function through experiments on the rat barrel cortex. Regional changes in neural activity within the brain produce alterations in local thermal equilibrium via increases in metabolic activity and blood flow. We studied the relationship between temperature change and neural activity in anesthetized rats using IR imaging to visualize stimulus-induced changes in the somatosensory cortex of the brain. Sensory stimulation of the vibrissae (whiskers) was given for 10 s using an oscillating whisker vibrator (5-mm deflection at 10, 5, and 1 Hz). The brain temperature in the observational region continued to increase significantly with whisker stimulation. The mean peak recorded temperature changes were 0.048 ± 0.028, 0.054 ± 0.036, and 0.097 ± 0.015°C at 10, 5, and 1 Hz, respectively. We also observed that the temperature increase occurred in a focal spot, radiating to encompass a larger region within the contralateral barrel cortex region during single-whisker stimulation. Whisker stimulation also produced ipsilateral cortex temperature increases, which were localized in the same region as the pial arterioles. Temperature increase in the barrel cortex was also observed in rats treated with a calcium channel blocker (nimodipine), which acts to suppress the hemodynamic response to neural activity. Thus the location and area of temperature increase were found to change in accordance with the region of neural activation. These results indicate that IR thermal imaging is viable as a functional quantitative neuroimaging technique.

  1. Towards modeling gadolinium-lead-borate glasses

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    Rada, S., E-mail: Simona.Rada@phys.utcluj.ro [Department of Physics, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, 400641 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Ristoiu, T. [Department of Physics, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, 400641 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Rada, M. [Department of Mechatronic, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, 400641 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Coroiu, I. [Department of Physics, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, 400641 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Maties, V. [Department of Mechatronic, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, 400641 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Culea, E. [Department of Physics, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, 400641 Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

    2010-01-15

    Infrared spectra of gadolinium-lead-borate glasses of the xGd{sub 2}O{sub 3}.(100 - x)[3B{sub 2}O{sub 3}.PbO] system, where x = 0, 5, 10, 15, 25, 35 and 50 mol.%, have been recorded to explore the role of content of gadolinium ions behaving as glass modifier. The FTIR spectroscopy data for the xGd{sub 2}O{sub 3}.(1 - x)[3B{sub 2}O{sub 3}.PbO] glasses show the structural role of lead ions as a network-formers and of the gadolinium ions network modifiers. Adding of the rare earth ion up to 35 mol.% into the glass matrix, the IR bands characteristic to the studied glasses become sharper and more pronounced. Structural changes, as recognized by analyzing band shapes of IR spectra, revealed that Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} causes a change from the continuous borate network to the continuous lead-borate network interconnected through Pb-O-B and B-O-B bridges and the transformation of some tetrahedral [BO{sub 4}] units into trigonal [BO{sub 3}] units. Then, gadolinium ions have affinity towards [BO{sub 3}] structural units which contain non-bridging oxygens necessary for the charge compensation because the more electronegative [BO{sub 3}] structural units were implied in the formation of B-O-Gd bonds and the transformation of glass network into a glass ceramic. We propose a possible structural model of building blocks for the formation of continuous random 3B{sub 2}O{sub 3}.PbO network glass used by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. DFT calculations show that lead atoms occupy three different sites in the proposed model. The first is coordinated with six oxygen atoms forming distorted octahedral geometries. The second lead atom has an octahedral oxygen environment and the five longer Pb-O bonds are considered as participating in the metal coordination scheme. The third lead atom has ionic character. In agreement with the results offered by the experimental FTIR data, the theoretical IR data confirm that our proposed structure is highly possible.

  2. A mechanistic study on the synthesis of β-Sialon whiskers from coal fly ash

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    Zhao, H.; Wang, P.Y. [Thermal Energy Research Centre, Shenyang Aerospace University, Shenyang 110136 (China); Yu, J.L., E-mail: jianglong.yu@newcastle.edu.au [Thermal Energy Research Centre, Shenyang Aerospace University, Shenyang 110136 (China); Chemical Engineering, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308 (Australia); Zhang, J. [Thermal Energy Research Centre, Shenyang Aerospace University, Shenyang 110136 (China)

    2015-05-15

    Graphical abstract: The appearance of bead-like whiskers indicated that the growth mechanism of the β-Sialon whiskers was different from the conventional one, in which a chain of droplets were formed and then consumed to participate in the formation of the whiskers. - Highlights: • β-Sialon whiskers were synthesized using waste fly ash by carbothemal reduction reaction under nitrogen atmosphere. • Rod-like β-Sialon whiskers with a diameter of 100–500 nm were formed. • Bead-like whiskers as intermediate morphology of the growing β-Sialon whiskers were found with increasing sintering time. • The growth mechanism of β-Sialon whiskers was different from the conventional VLS mechanism. • A chain of droplets were formed and participated in the formation of the whiskers. - Abstract: β-Sialon whiskers were produced at 1420 °C through carbothemal reduction reaction under nitrogen atmosphere using fly ash from coal-fired power plants. The effects of sintering time on the phase formation and morphology of the products were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) techniques. Rod-like β-Sialon whiskers with the diameter of 100–500 nm were successfully formed. With increasing sintering time, bead-like morphology during the growth process of the whiskers was found, and growth mechanism of β-Sialon whiskers was also discussed in detail. The growth mechanism proposed in this study was different from the conventional vapor–liquid–solid (VLS) mechanism.

  3. Characterisation of whisker control in the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) during a complex, dynamic sensorimotor task.

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    Milne, Alyx O; Grant, Robyn A

    2014-10-01

    Studies in pinniped whisker use have shown that their whiskers are extremely sensitive to tactile and hydrodynamic signals. While pinnipeds position their whiskers on to objects and have some control over their whisker protractions, it has always been thought that head movements are more responsible for whisker positioning than the movement of the whiskers themselves. This study uses ball balancing, a dynamic sensorimotor skill that is often used in human and robotic coordination studies, to promote sea lion whisker movements during the task. For the first time, using tracked video footage, we show that sea lion whisker movements respond quickly (26.70 ms) and mirror the movement of the ball, much more so than the head. We show that whisker asymmetry and spread are both altered to help sense and control the ball during balancing. We believe that by designing more dynamic sensorimotor tasks we can start to characterise the active nature of this specialised sensory system in pinnipeds.

  4. DVD. Borat - ühiskonna sanitar / Tiit Tuumalu

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    Tuumalu, Tiit, 1971-

    2007-01-01

    Lühiarvustus DVDl ilmunud filmile "Borat - kultuurialased õppetunnid Ameerikast abiks suursuguse Kasahstani riigi ülesehitamisel" : režissöör Larry Charles, peaosas Sacha Baron Cohen : Ameerika Ühendriigid 2006

  5. Borat tungib psüühesse / Rain Tolk

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    Tolk, Rain, 1977-

    2006-01-01

    Briti koomik Sacha Baron Cohen ja tema loodud peategelasega film "Borat - kultuurialased õppetunnid Ameerikast abiks suursuguse Kasahstani riigi ülesehitamisel", režissöör Larry Charles : Ameerika Ühendriigid 2006

  6. Borat tungib psüühesse / Rain Tolk

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    Tolk, Rain, 1977-

    2006-01-01

    Briti koomik Sacha Baron Cohen ja tema loodud peategelasega film "Borat - kultuurialased õppetunnid Ameerikast abiks suursuguse Kasahstani riigi ülesehitamisel", režissöör Larry Charles : Ameerika Ühendriigid 2006

  7. DVD. Borat - ühiskonna sanitar / Tiit Tuumalu

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    Tuumalu, Tiit, 1971-

    2007-01-01

    Lühiarvustus DVDl ilmunud filmile "Borat - kultuurialased õppetunnid Ameerikast abiks suursuguse Kasahstani riigi ülesehitamisel" : režissöör Larry Charles, peaosas Sacha Baron Cohen : Ameerika Ühendriigid 2006

  8. Whisker-Like Formations in Sn-3.0Ag-Pb Alloys

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    Koncz-Horváth D.

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, different types of whisker-like formations of Sn-3.0Ag based alloy were presented. In the experimental process the amount of Pb element was changed between 1000 and 2000 ppm, and the furnace atmosphere and cooling rate were also modified. The novelty of this work was that whisker-like formations in macro scale size were experienced after an exothermic reaction. The whiskers of larger sizes than general provided opportunities to investigate the microstructure and the concentration nearby the whiskers. In addition, the whisker-like formations from Sn-Ag based bulk material did not only consist of pure tin but tin and silver phases. The whisker-like growth appeared in several forms including hillock, spire and nodule shaped formations in accordance with parameters. It was observed that the compound phases were clustered in many cases mainly at hillocks.

  9. Synthesis and characteristics of SiC whiskers with "rosary bead" morphology

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    Xian Jia; Xiaomei Ling

    2004-01-01

    SiC whiskers with ″rosary bead″ morphology were synthesized using suitable silicon source and carbon source through solid reaction at the temperature above 1537 K. The diameter and length of the SiC whiskers were about 0.1-1.0 μm and 20-100 μm,respectively. The largest diameter of their enlarged ends of the whiskers was about 0.2-1.0 μm, and it gradually and smoothly decreased to the size of the plain part of the whiskers. The results of X-ray diffraction analysis show that the crystalline structure of the obtained SiC whiskers is β-SiC. It is considered that the SiC whiskers grow via a vapor-solid mechanism.

  10. Chitosan whiskers from shrimp shells incorporated into dimethacrylate-based dental resin sealant.

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    Mahapoka, Ekamon; Arirachakaran, Pratanporn; Watthanaphanit, Anyarat; Rujiravanit, Ratana; Poolthong, Suchit

    2012-01-01

    A resin-based sealant containing chitosan whiskers was developed for use as a pit and fissure sealer. Chitosan whiskers were synthesized and then characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectrometry and transmission electron microscopy. The whiskers were next incorporated into dimethacrylate monomer at various ratios by weight and subsequently analyzed for their antimicrobial and physical properties. The dimethacrylate-based sealant containing chitosan whiskers had a greater antimicrobial activity than control sealant and they were comparable with antimicrobial commercial resin sealants. The inclusion of the whiskers did not reduce the curing depth or degree of double bond conversion and the reduction in hardness was minimal. In conclusion, a resin-based sealant containing chitosan whiskers can be considered an effective antimicrobial pit and fissure sealant.

  11. A radial map of multi-whisker correlation selectivity in the rat barrel cortex.

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    Estebanez, Luc; Bertherat, Julien; Shulz, Daniel E; Bourdieu, Laurent; Léger, Jean-François

    2016-11-21

    In the barrel cortex, several features of single-whisker stimuli are organized in functional maps. The barrel cortex also encodes spatio-temporal correlation patterns of multi-whisker inputs, but so far the cortical mapping of neurons tuned to such input statistics is unknown. Here we report that layer 2/3 of the rat barrel cortex contains an additional functional map based on neuronal tuning to correlated versus uncorrelated multi-whisker stimuli: neuron responses to uncorrelated multi-whisker stimulation are strongest above barrel centres, whereas neuron responses to correlated and anti-correlated multi-whisker stimulation peak above the barrel-septal borders, forming rings of multi-whisker synchrony-preferring cells.

  12. Fabrication of α-chitin whisker-reinforced poly(vinyl alcohol) nanocomposite nanofibres by electrospinning

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    Junkasem, Jirawut; Rujiravanit, Ratana; Supaphol, Pitt

    2006-09-01

    The present contribution reports, for the first time, the successful fabrication of α-chitin whisker-reinforced poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) nanocomposite nanofibres by electrospinning. The α-chitin whiskers were prepared from α-chitin flakes from shrimp shells by acid hydrolysis. The as-prepared chitin whiskers exhibited lengths in the range 231-969 nm and widths in the range 12-65 nm, with the average length and width being about 549 and 31 nm, respectively. Successful incorporation of the chitin whiskers within the as-spun PVA/chitin whisker nanocomposite nanofibres was verified by infrared spectroscopic and thermogravimetric methods. The incorporation of chitin whiskers within the as-spun nanocomposite fibre mats increased the Young's modulus by about 4-8 times over that of the neat as-spun PVA fibre mat.

  13. Fabrication of {alpha}-chitin whisker-reinforced poly(vinyl alcohol) nanocomposite nanofibres by electrospinning

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    Junkasem, Jirawut; Rujiravanit, Ratana; Supaphol, Pitt [Technological Center for Electrospun Fibers and the Petroleum and Petrochemical College, Chulalongkorn University, Soi Chula 12, Phyathai Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10300 (Thailand)

    2006-09-14

    The present contribution reports, for the first time, the successful fabrication of {alpha}-chitin whisker-reinforced poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) nanocomposite nanofibres by electrospinning. The {alpha}-chitin whiskers were prepared from {alpha}-chitin flakes from shrimp shells by acid hydrolysis. The as-prepared chitin whiskers exhibited lengths in the range 231-969 nm and widths in the range 12-65 nm, with the average length and width being about 549 and 31 nm, respectively. Successful incorporation of the chitin whiskers within the as-spun PVA/chitin whisker nanocomposite nanofibres was verified by infrared spectroscopic and thermogravimetric methods. The incorporation of chitin whiskers within the as-spun nanocomposite fibre mats increased the Young's modulus by about 4-8 times over that of the neat as-spun PVA fibre mat.

  14. Investigation into hemp fiber-and whisker-reinforced soy protein composites

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    Linxiang WANG; Rakesh KUMAR; Lina ZHANG

    2009-01-01

    Whiskers, designated as W, were prepared from hemp fibers. Both fibers and whiskers were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravi-metric analysis. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were used to evaluate the dimensions of the fibers and whiskers, respectively.By incorporating different weight fraction of the fibers and whiskers into soy protein isolate, we prepared two different composites designated as SC and SC-W,respectively. Thiodiglycol was used as a plasticizer for the preparation of composites. The SC and SC-W composites were characterized and compared in terms of mechanical properties, volume fraction of porosity,and water uptake. The results indicated that there was not much significant difference in the properties of the composites. In fact, mechanical properties of fiber-reinforced composites were higher than whisker-reinforced composites at optimum weight fractions.This study can give us the idea about the judicious use of fibers or whiskers as reinforcement materials.

  15. ІNVESTIGATION OF PECULIARITIES OF PISTON RINGS LASER BORATING

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    BOLSHAKOV V. I.

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Problem formulation. Piston rings are subject to wear while in operation. Insufficient wear resistance of materials limits the growth of machines productivity as well as the terms of their exploitation. The required complex of properties of piston rings made of cast iron cannot be always reached by applying traditional methods of heat treatment or chemical heat treatment processing. Thus, application of traditional borating methods associated with diffusion of boron into the solid phase leads to the formation of the working layer exhibiting high brittleness. Therefore, the problem of increasing the wear resistance of piston rings without embrittlement is challenging. The use oflaser heating during borating provides the formation of a new layer with special properties. However, the optimum properties can be achieved only after determining the relationship between the parameters of running a process and the depth of the borated layer. Goal of research. To determine the influence of laser heating parameters on the depth of the borated layer, as the properties of piston rings depend on the depth of the latter. Conclusions. Increase in the speed of displacing parts during laser heating reduces the depth of the borated layer, and increase of the spot diameter enhances the depth of the layer. The phases and structural components of the borated layer were interpreted by means of X-ray and metallographic methods. The results of investigations can be applied to other machine parts, which are subject to intensive wear.

  16. The cytotoxicity of NiO nanoparticle with borate capping.

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    Liu, Zunjing; Wang, Yongjing; Pan, Danmei; Chen, Zhi; Pan, Xiaohong; Wang, Yonghao; Lin, Zhang

    2011-11-01

    The impact of surface capping on cytotoxicity of NiO nanoparticle was investigated with Escherichia coil (E.coli) in this work. The NiO nanoparticle and NiO nanoparticle capped by borate (denoted as NiO-borate) were synthesized by hydrothermal method. The average size of both nanoparticles is about 4.0 nm. The plate experiments demonstrated that NiO-borate nanoparticles show lower cytotoxicity than NiO nanopaticles. Further spectrophotometric analysis revealed that the concentration of both extracellular and intercellular Ni2+ in NiO-borate system were lower than that of uncapped one. Intracellular ICP-AES analysis also showed the concentration of Ni element was higher than Ni2+, suggesting the NiO nanoparticles might penetrate into the cellular interior. Comprehensive AFM, SEM and TEM observation illustrated both NiO-borate and NiO nanoparticles lead to the collapse of cellular body, the convex on the cell wall and the damage of cell wall ultimately. In summary, the surface capping with borate on NiO nanopaticles will suppress the release of the Ni2+ ions and impede the contact between the NiO nanoparticle and cell wall, which ultimately decreased the cytotoxicity of NiO nanoparticles.

  17. Borate minerals and origin of the RNA world.

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    Grew, Edward S; Bada, Jeffrey L; Hazen, Robert M

    2011-08-01

    The RNA World is generally thought to have been an important link between purely prebiotic (>3.7 Ga) chemistry and modern DNA/protein biochemistry. One concern about the RNA World hypothesis is the geochemical stability of ribose, the sugar moiety of RNA. Prebiotic stabilization of ribose by solutions associated with borate minerals, notably colemanite, ulexite, and kernite, has been proposed as one resolution to this difficulty. However, a critical unresolved issue is whether borate minerals existed in sufficient quantities on the primitive Earth, especially in the period when prebiotic synthesis processes leading to RNA took place. Although the oldest reported colemanite and ulexite are 330 Ma, and the oldest reported kernite, 19 Ma, boron isotope data and geologic context are consistent with an evaporitic borate precursor to 2400-2100 Ma borate deposits in the Liaoning and Jilin Provinces, China, as well as to tourmaline-group minerals at 3300-3450 Ma in the Barberton belt, South Africa. The oldest boron minerals for which the age of crystallization could be determined are the metamorphic tourmaline species schorl and dravite in the Isua complex (metamorphism between ca. 3650 and ca. 3600 Ma). Whether borates such as colemanite, ulexite and kernite were present in the Hadean (>4000 Ma) at the critical juncture when prebiotic molecules such as ribose required stabilization depends on whether a granitic continental crust had yet differentiated, because in its absence we see no means for boron to be sufficiently concentrated for borates to be precipitated.

  18. An Empirical Model for Estimating the Probability of Electrical Short Circuits from Tin Whiskers. Part 2

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    Courey, Karim; Wright, Clara; Asfour, Shihab; Onar, Arzu; Bayliss, Jon; Ludwig, Larry

    2009-01-01

    In this experiment, an empirical model to quantify the probability of occurrence of an electrical short circuit from tin whiskers as a function of voltage was developed. This empirical model can be used to improve existing risk simulation models. FIB and TEM images of a tin whisker confirm the rare polycrystalline structure on one of the three whiskers studied. FIB cross-section of the card guides verified that the tin finish was bright tin.

  19. Silicon carbide whisker composites. (Latest citations from Engineered Materials abstracts). NewSearch

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    The bibliography contains citations concerning the manufacture and applications of silicon carbide whisker reinforced composites. Citations discuss the preparation of whiskers and the processing of composites containing the whiskers. Applications include aerospace engines, automotive components, engine components, and surgical implants. Physical properties such as bending strength, crack propagation, creep, fracture toughness, and stress strain curves are covered. Ceramic matrix, metal matrix, and carbon-carbon composites are examined. (Contains a minimum of 248 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  20. Study of metal whiskers growth and mitigation technique using additive manufacturing

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    Gullapalli, Vikranth

    For years, the alloy of choice for electroplating electronic components has been tin-lead (Sn-Pb) alloy. However, the legislation established in Europe on July 1, 2006, required significant lead (Pb) content reductions from electronic hardware due to its toxic nature. A popular alternative for coating electronic components is pure tin (Sn). However, pure tin has the tendency to spontaneously grow electrically conductive Sn whisker during storage. Sn whisker is usually a pure single crystal tin with filament or hair-like structures grown directly from the electroplated surfaces. Sn whisker is highly conductive, and can cause short circuits in electronic components, which is a very significant reliability problem. The damages caused by Sn whisker growth are reported in very critical applications such as aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and military weapons systems. They are also naturally very strong and are believed to grow from compressive stresses developed in the Sn coating during deposition or over time. The new directive, even though environmentally friendly, has placed all lead-free electronic devices at risk because of whisker growth in pure tin. Additionally, interest has occurred about studying the nature of other metal whiskers such as zinc (Zn) whiskers and comparing their behavior to that of Sn whiskers. Zn whiskers can be found in flooring of data centers which can get inside electronic systems during equipment reorganization and movement and can also cause systems failure. Even though the topic of metal whiskers as reliability failure has been around for several decades to date, there is no successful method that can eliminate their growth. This thesis will give further insights towards the nature and behavior of Sn and Zn whiskers growth, and recommend a novel manufacturing technique that has potential to mitigate metal whiskers growth and extend life of many electronic devices.

  1. Electronically induced contrast enhancement in whisker S1 cortical response fields.

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    von Kraus, Lee M; Francis, Joseph T

    2014-01-01

    The ability of an organism to specifically attend to relevant sensory information during learning and subsequent performance of a task is highly dependent on the release of the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine (ACh). Electrophysiological studies have shown that pairing endogenous ACh with specific visual or auditory stimuli induces long lasting enhancements of subsequent cortical responses to the previously paired stimulus. In this study we present data suggesting that similar effects can be elicited in the rat whisker sensory system. Specifically, we show that pairing whisker deflection with electrical stimulation of the magnocellular basal nucleus (BN: a natural source of cortical ACh) causes an increase in the center-surround contrast of the treated whisker's cortical response field (CRF). Meanwhile, deflections of whiskers distant from the treated whisker show overall increased response magnitudes, but non-significant changes in contrast between principle vs. surround barrel responses. Control trials, in which BN stimulation was not paired with whisker deflection, showed similar lack of contrast enhancement. These results indicate that BN stimulation, paired with incoming whisker information, selectively increases the paired whisker's CRF center-surround contrast, while unpaired BN stimulation causes a more general increases in S1 responsiveness, without contrast modulation. Enhanced control over whisker sensory pathway attentional mechanisms has the potential to facilitate a more effective transfer of desired information to the animal's neural processing circuitry, thereby allowing experimental evaluation of more complex behavior and cognition than was previously possible.

  2. Surface modification of magnesium hydroxide sulfate hydrate whiskers using a silane coupling agent by dry process

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    Zhu, Donghai; Nai, Xueying; Lan, Shengjie; Bian, Shaoju; Liu, Xin; Li, Wu

    2016-12-01

    In order to improve the compatibility of magnesium hydroxide sulfate hydrate (MHSH) whiskers with polymers, the surface of MHSH whiskers was modified using vinyltriethoxysilane (VTES) by dry process. The possible mechanism of the surface modification and the interfacial interactions between MHSH whiskers and VTES, as well as the effect of surface modification, were studied. Scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) analyses showed that the agglomerations were effectively separated and a thin layer was formed on the surface of the whiskers after modification. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses showed that the VTES molecules were bound to the surface of MHSH whiskers after modification. Chemical bonds (Sisbnd Osbnd Mg) were formed by the reaction between Sisbnd OC2H5 or Sisbnd OH and the hydroxyl group of MHSH whiskers. The effect of surface modification was evaluated by sedimentation tests, contact angle measurements and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The results showed that the surface of MHSH whiskers was transformed from hydrophilic to hydrophobic, and the dispersibility and the compatibility of MHSH whiskers were significantly improved in the organic phase. Additionally, the thermal stability of the VTES-modified MHSH whiskers was improved significantly.

  3. Peripheral optogenetic stimulation induces whisker movement and sensory perception in head-fixed mice.

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    Park, Sunmee; Bandi, Akhil; Lee, Christian R; Margolis, David J

    2016-06-08

    We discovered that optical stimulation of the mystacial pad in Emx1-Cre;Ai27D transgenic mice induces whisker movements due to activation of ChR2 expressed in muscles controlling retraction and protraction. Using high-speed videography in anesthetized mice, we characterize the amplitude of whisker protractions evoked by varying the intensity, duration, and frequency of optogenetic stimulation. Recordings from primary somatosensory cortex (S1) in anesthetized mice indicated that optogenetic whisker pad stimulation evokes robust yet longer latency responses than mechanical whisker stimulation. In head-fixed mice trained to report optogenetic whisker pad stimulation, psychometric curves showed similar dependence on stimulus duration as evoked whisker movements and S1 activity. Furthermore, optogenetic stimulation of S1 in expert mice was sufficient to substitute for peripheral stimulation. We conclude that whisker protractions evoked by optogenetic activation of whisker pad muscles results in cortical activity and sensory perception, consistent with the coding of evoked whisker movements by reafferent sensory input.

  4. The application and research status of tin whisker formation in electric usage

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    Zhao, Heng; Liu, Qing-bin; Lan, Yuan-pei; Wang, Hua; Yao, Da-wei

    2017-05-01

    `Hair Like' crystalline structure grows from most pure tin or zinc finishes. Usually, the diameter of tin whisker is up to 10 mm and the length of tin whisker is typically 1 µm. In detail, the questions for tin whisker formation are classified into 6 categories: 1. Residual stress with in the tin plating; 2. Intermetallic Formation; 3. Externally Applied Compressive Stress; 4. Bending and Stretching; 5. Scratches and Nicks; 6. Coefficient of Thermal Expansion Mismatches. The result shows that, whisker formation could causes electrical short circuit (High current of whisker melting), debris contamination (Sensitive Optical and Micro Electrical Mechanical System) and metal vapor (Vaporize Damage). Thus, it is suggested that environmental tests and standards (Whisker Shape, Temperature, Pressure, Moisture, Thermal Cycling, and Electrical Field) are required for suppressing whisker formation. Nowadays, the new standards committee of Europe Union acts RoHS (Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances) and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) to restrict Pb usage. Thus, new compounds adding to alloys to suppress whiskers are required in electronic application area. In summary, the tin whisker formation is largely influenced by compositions and precipitations.

  5. Effect of deformation temperature on the hot compressive behavior of metal matrix composites with misaligned whiskers

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    LI Aibin; MENG Qingyuan; GENG Lin; DENG Chunfeng; YAN Yiwu

    2007-01-01

    A multi-inclusion cell model is used to investigate the effect of deformation temperature and whisker rotation on the hot compressive behavior of metal matrix composites with misaligned whiskers. Numerical results show that deformation temperature influences the work-hardening behavior of the matrix and the rotation behavior of the whiskers. With increasing temperature, the work hardening rate of the matrix decreases, but the whisker rotation angle increases. Both whisker rotation and the increase of deformation temperature can induce reductions in the load supported by whisker and the load transferred from matrix to whisker. Additionally, it is found that during large strain deformation at higher temperatures, the enhancing of deformation temperature can reduce the effect of whisker rotation. Meanwhile, the stress-strain behavior of the composite is rather sensitive to deformation temperature. At a relatively lower temperature (150℃), the composite exhibits work hardening due to the matrix work hardening, but at relatively higher temperatures (300℃ and above),the composite shows strain softening due to whisker rotation. It is also found that during hot compression at higher temperatures, the softening rate of the composite decreases with increasing temperature. The predicted stress-strain behavior of the composite is approximately in agreement with the experimental results.

  6. The cerebellum linearly encodes whisker position during voluntary movement.

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    Chen, Susu; Augustine, George J; Chadderton, Paul

    2016-01-19

    Active whisking is an important model sensorimotor behavior, but the function of the cerebellum in the rodent whisker system is unknown. We have made patch clamp recordings from Purkinje cells in vivo to identify whether cerebellar output encodes kinematic features of whisking including the phase and set point. We show that Purkinje cell spiking activity changes strongly during whisking bouts. On average, the changes in simple spike rate coincide with or slightly precede movement, indicating that the synaptic drive responsible for these changes is predominantly of efferent (motor) rather than re-afferent (sensory) origin. Remarkably, on-going changes in simple spike rate provide an accurate linear read-out of whisker set point. Thus, despite receiving several hundred thousand discrete synaptic inputs across a non-linear dendritic tree, Purkinje cells integrate parallel fiber input to generate precise information about whisking kinematics through linear changes in firing rate.

  7. Silicon carbide whisker reinforced composites and method for making same

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    Wei, G.C.

    1984-02-09

    The present invention is directed to the fabrication of ceramic composites which possess improved mechanical properties, especially increased fracture toughness. In the formation of these ceramic composites, the single-crystal SiC whiskers are mixed with fine ceramic powders of a ceramic material such as Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, mullite, or B/sub 4/C. The mixtures which contain a homogeneous dispersion of the SiC whiskers are hot pressed at pressures in a range of about 28 to 70 MPa and temperatures in the range of about 1600 to 1950/sup 0/C with pressing times varying from about 0.75 to 2.5 hours. The resulting ceramic composites show an increase in fracture toughness of up to about 9 MPa.m/sup 1/2/ which represents as much as a two-fold increase over that of the matrix material.

  8. Protective coating for alumina-silicon carbide whisker composites

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    Tiegs, Terry N.

    1989-01-01

    Ceramic composites formed of an alumina matrix reinforced with silicon carbide whiskers homogenously dispersed therein are provided with a protective coating for preventing fracture strength degradation of the composite by oxidation during exposure to high temperatures in oxygen-containing atmospheres. The coating prevents oxidation of the silicon carbide whiskers within the matrix by sealing off the exterior of the matrix so as to prevent oxygen transport into the interior of the matrix. The coating is formed of mullite or mullite plus silicon oxide and alumina and is formed in place by heating the composite in air to a temperature greater than 1200.degree. C. This coating is less than about 100 microns thick and adequately protects the underlying composite from fracture strength degradation due to oxidation.

  9. Crystalline instability of Bi-2212 superconducting whiskers near room temperature

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    Cagliero, Stefano; Agostino, Angelo; Khan, Mohammad Mizanur Rahman; Truccato, Marco; Orsini, Francesco; Marinone, Massimo; Poletti, Giulio; Lascialfari, Alessandro

    2009-05-01

    We report new evidences for the thermodynamic instability of whisker crystals in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (BSCCO) system. Annealing treatments at 90°C have been performed on two sets of samples, which were monitored by means of X-Rays Diffraction (XRD) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) measurements, respectively. Two main crystalline domains of Bi2Sr2CuCa2O8+ x (Bi-2212) were identified in the samples by the XRD data, which underwent an evident crystalline segregation after about 60 hours. Very fast dynamics of the surface modifications was also described by the AFM monitoring. Two typologies of surface structures formed after about 3 annealing hours: continuous arrays of dome shaped bodies were observed along the edges of the whiskers, while in the central regions a dense texture of flat bodies was found. These modifications are described in terms of the formation of simple oxide clusters involving a degradation of the internal layers.

  10. Nuclear chemistry model of borated fuel crud

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    Sawicki, J.A. [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON (Canada)

    2002-07-01

    Fuel crud deposits on Callaway Cycle 9 once-burnt high-axial offset anomaly (AOA {approx} -15%) feed assemblies revealed a complex 4-phase matted-layered morphology of a new type that is uncommon in pressurized water reactors [1-3]. The up to 140-{open_square}m-thick crud flakes consisted predominantly of insoluble needle-like particles of Ni-Fe oxy-borate Ni{sub 2}FeBO{sub 5} (bonaccordite) and granular precipitates of m-ZrO{sub 2} (baddeleyite), along with nickel oxide NiO (bunsenite) and minor amount of nickel ferrite NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (trevorite). Furthermore, boron in crud flakes showed that the concentration of {sup 10}B had depleted to 10.2{+-}0.2%, as compared to its 20% natural isotopic abundance and its 17% end-of-cycle abundance in bulk coolant. The form and depth distribution of Ni{sub 2}FeBO{sub 5} and m-ZrO{sub 2} precipitates, as well as substantial {sup 10}B burn-up, point to a strongly alkaline environment at the clad surface of the high-duty fuel rods. This paper extends a nuclear chemistry model of heavily borated fuel crud deposits. The paper shows that the local nuclear heat and lithium buildup from {sup 10}B(n,{open_square}){sup 7}Li reactions may help to create hydrothermal and chemical conditions within the crud layer in favor of Ni{sub 2}FeBO{sub 5} formation and a ZrO{sub 2} dissolution-reprecipitation mechanism. Consistent with the model, the hydrothermal formation of Ni{sub 2}FeBO{sub 5} needles was recently proved to be possible in laboratory tests with aqueous NiO-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-H{sub 3}BO{sub 3}-LiOH slurries, at temperatures only slightly exceeding 400 C. (author)

  11. Movement Initiation Signals in Mouse Whisker Motor Cortex.

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    Sreenivasan, Varun; Esmaeili, Vahid; Kiritani, Taro; Galan, Katia; Crochet, Sylvain; Petersen, Carl C H

    2016-12-21

    Frontal cortex plays a central role in the control of voluntary movements, which are typically guided by sensory input. Here, we investigate the function of mouse whisker primary motor cortex (wM1), a frontal region defined by dense innervation from whisker primary somatosensory cortex (wS1). Optogenetic stimulation of wM1 evokes rhythmic whisker protraction (whisking), whereas optogenetic inactivation of wM1 suppresses initiation of whisking. Whole-cell membrane potential recordings and silicon probe recordings of action potentials reveal layer-specific neuronal activity in wM1 at movement initiation, and encoding of fast and slow parameters of movements during whisking. Interestingly, optogenetic inactivation of wS1 caused hyperpolarization and reduced firing in wM1, together with reduced whisking. Optogenetic stimulation of wS1 drove activity in wM1 with complex dynamics, as well as evoking long-latency, wM1-dependent whisking. Our results advance understanding of a well-defined frontal region and point to an important role for sensory input in controlling motor cortex. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Bioinspired active whisker sensor for robotic vibrissal tactile sensing

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    Ju, Feng; Ling, Shih-Fu

    2014-12-01

    A whisker transducer (WT) inspired by rat’s vibrissal tactile perception is proposed based on a transduction matrix model characterizing the electro-mechanical transduction process in both forward and backward directions. It is capable of acting as an actuator to sweep the whisker and simultaneously as a sensor to sense the force, motion, and mechanical impedance at whisker tip. Its validity is confirmed by numerical simulation using a finite element model. A prototype is then fabricated and its transduction matrix is determined by parameter identification. The calibrated WT can accurately sense mechanical impedance which is directly related to stiffness, mass and damping. Subsequent vibrissal tactile sensing of sandpaper texture reveals that the real part of mechanical impedance sensed by WT is correlated with sandpaper roughness. Texture discrimination is successfully achieved by inputting the real part to a k-means clustering algorithm. The mechanical impedance sensing ability as well as other features of the WT such as simultaneous-actuation-and-sensing makes it a good solution to robotic tactile sensing.

  13. Role of oxygen content on micro-whiskers in mercury based superconductors

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    Aslan Çataltepe, Ö., E-mail: ozdenaslan@yahoo.com [Faculty of Engineering, Gedik University, 34876 İstanbul (Turkey); Güven Özdemir, Z. [Department of Physics, Yıldız Technical University, 34210 İstanbul (Turkey); Onbaşlı, Ü. [Department of Physics, Marmara University, Rıdvanpaşa cad.3.sok., 85/12, 34730 İstanbul (Turkey)

    2015-01-01

    In this study, the formation of micro-whiskers at the mercury based cuprate superconductors, synthesized by solid state reaction technique has been investigated for both oxygen and argon annealed samples. In this context, the superconducting samples have been annealed by the oxygen or argon gases in same rate (pressure) of 150 bar. Moreover, the over doped sample has been subjected to oxygen annealing twice at the same oxygen rate. Hence, micro-whiskers in the mercury cuprates have spontaneously grown for the over oxygen annealed sample, so we have not intended to have whisker grown. The whiskers grown in the mercury based cuprate superconductor has been investigated by Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction analysis and Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices measurements for the first time. It has been determined that whiskers grown on the over doped sample, which are in micrometer dimensions, have been observed only surfaces of the bulk sample. Moreover, the formation of whiskers has been examined for the optimally oxygen and argon doped samples. It has been shown that neither the optimally oxygen doped nor argon doped samples with the same gas rate have displayed any whisker structures. Hence, it has been decided that that the type of gas, the density of gas flowing and the bulk properties of the superconductor play a crucial role on formation of whisker structure in the system. Moreover, it has been revealed that in order to get rich whisker content, the oxygen process should be applied to the powder form of the superconductor in such a way to get the over oxygen doping rate for the superconducting system investigated. For further works, the magnetic and transport properties of the mercury based whiskers grown are planned to be determined. - Highlights: • Effect of gas type on whiskers has been investigated for Hg-based superconductor. • Concentration of the gas have a crucial role for whisker formation. • Shape of the superconducting

  14. Modeling the emergence of whisker direction maps in rat barrel cortex.

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    Stuart P Wilson

    Full Text Available Based on measuring responses to rat whiskers as they are mechanically stimulated, one recent study suggests that barrel-related areas in layer 2/3 rat primary somatosensory cortex (S1 contain a pinwheel map of whisker motion directions. Because this map is reminiscent of topographic organization for visual direction in primary visual cortex (V1 of higher mammals, we asked whether the S1 pinwheels could be explained by an input-driven developmental process as is often suggested for V1. We developed a computational model to capture how whisker stimuli are conveyed to supragranular S1, and simulate lateral cortical interactions using an established self-organizing algorithm. Inputs to the model each represent the deflection of a subset of 25 whiskers as they are contacted by a moving stimulus object. The subset of deflected whiskers corresponds with the shape of the stimulus, and the deflection direction corresponds with the movement direction of the stimulus. If these two features of the inputs are correlated during the training of the model, a somatotopically aligned map of direction emerges for each whisker in S1. Predictions of the model that are immediately testable include (1 that somatotopic pinwheel maps of whisker direction exist in adult layer 2/3 barrel cortex for every large whisker on the rat's face, even peripheral whiskers; and (2 in the adult, neurons with similar directional tuning are interconnected by a network of horizontal connections, spanning distances of many whisker representations. We also propose specific experiments for testing the predictions of the model by manipulating patterns of whisker inputs experienced during early development. The results suggest that similar intracortical mechanisms guide the development of primate V1 and rat S1.

  15. Modeling the emergence of whisker direction maps in rat barrel cortex.

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    Wilson, Stuart P; Law, Judith S; Mitchinson, Ben; Prescott, Tony J; Bednar, James A

    2010-01-22

    Based on measuring responses to rat whiskers as they are mechanically stimulated, one recent study suggests that barrel-related areas in layer 2/3 rat primary somatosensory cortex (S1) contain a pinwheel map of whisker motion directions. Because this map is reminiscent of topographic organization for visual direction in primary visual cortex (V1) of higher mammals, we asked whether the S1 pinwheels could be explained by an input-driven developmental process as is often suggested for V1. We developed a computational model to capture how whisker stimuli are conveyed to supragranular S1, and simulate lateral cortical interactions using an established self-organizing algorithm. Inputs to the model each represent the deflection of a subset of 25 whiskers as they are contacted by a moving stimulus object. The subset of deflected whiskers corresponds with the shape of the stimulus, and the deflection direction corresponds with the movement direction of the stimulus. If these two features of the inputs are correlated during the training of the model, a somatotopically aligned map of direction emerges for each whisker in S1. Predictions of the model that are immediately testable include (1) that somatotopic pinwheel maps of whisker direction exist in adult layer 2/3 barrel cortex for every large whisker on the rat's face, even peripheral whiskers; and (2) in the adult, neurons with similar directional tuning are interconnected by a network of horizontal connections, spanning distances of many whisker representations. We also propose specific experiments for testing the predictions of the model by manipulating patterns of whisker inputs experienced during early development. The results suggest that similar intracortical mechanisms guide the development of primate V1 and rat S1.

  16. Dental composite resins containing silica-fused ceramic single-crystalline whiskers with various filler levels.

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    Xu, H H

    1999-07-01

    Currently available direct-filling composite resins are susceptible to fracture and hence are not recommended for use in large stress-bearing posterior restorations involving cusps. The glass fillers in composites provide only limited reinforcement because of the brittleness and low strength of glass. The aim of the present study was to use ceramic single-crystalline whiskers as fillers to reinforce composites, and to investigate the effect of whisker filler level on composite properties. Silica particles were fused onto the whiskers to facilitate silanization and to roughen the whiskers, thereby improving retention in the matrix. The composite flexural strength, elastic modulus, hardness, and degree of polymerization conversion were measured as a function of whisker filler mass fraction, which ranged from 0% to 70%. Selected composites were polished simulating clinical procedures, and the surface roughness was measured with profilometry. The whisker composite with a filler mass fraction of 55% had a flexural strength (mean +/- SD; n = 6) of 196+/-10 MPa, significantly higher than 83+/-14 MPa of a microfill and 120+/-16 MPa of a hybrid composite control (family confidence coefficient = 0.95; Tukey's multiple comparison). The composite modulus and hardness increased monotonically with filler level. The flexural strength first increased, then plateaued with increasing filler level. The degree of conversion decreased with increasing filler level. The whisker composite had a polished surface roughness similar to that of a conventional hybrid composite (p>0.1; Student's t). To conclude, ceramic whisker reinforcement can significantly improve the mechanical properties of composite resins; the whisker filler level plays a key role in determining composite properties; and the reinforcement mechanisms appear to be crack pinning by whiskers and friction from whisker pullout resisting crack propagation.

  17. Interaction of Lamb Waves with Domain Walls in an Iron Borate Plate

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    Full Text Available This work presents the calculation results of the Lamb wave spectra in a plate of iron borate. Experimental data on how flexural vibrations in a borate plate influence its domain structure are provided.

  18. THz spectra of five borates crystals

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    2008-01-01

    Terahertz spectral responses have been studied for five borate crystals Na5[B2P3O13](NBP),Zn3BPO (ZBP),SrB4O7(SBO),Na3La9O3(BO3)8(NLBO)and PbB4O7(PBO).It is found that the samples had good transmission in 0.25-1.5 THz region.Both SBO and NLBO have an absorption coefficient less than 10cm-1.Among them,SBO has not only the smallest absorption coefficient but also a very flat dispersion in the frequency region under investigation.Distinct resonance absorption peaks are observed for ZBP at v1=1.4 THz,v2=2.0 THz and SBO at v=2.4 THz.In the spectrum of PBO,two 8bnormal dispersions appear in the frequency regions 1.44-1.74 and 2.2-2.5 THz.The absorption coetficients and refraction indices of the five crystals are extracted from the THz time-domain(THz-TDB)spectra in 0.25-2.5 THz region.The properties and origins of the spectral responses are addressed.

  19. Synthesis of whiskers of SiC microwave assisted; Sintesis de whiskers de SiC asistida por microondas

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    Garza-Mendez, F. J.; Vanegas, A. J.; Vazquez, B. A.; Garza-Paz, J.

    2013-06-01

    We developed a new process for the synthesis of SiC whiskers assisted by microwaves; this is based on the mixture of silica xerogels and graphite powder. As energy source were used microwaves of 2.45 GHz and 1.0 kW of power RMS. On the other hand, mesoporous silica was synthesized via sol-gel, the precursors used were TEOS/H{sub 2}O and ethanol. Through analysis of the BET is determined the value of average pore size (3.0 nm) and the surface area (1090 m2/g).By mean of X-Ray diffraction it was demonstrated that the silica obtained is an amorphous solid and, the powders obtained in the microwave synthesis are {beta}-SiC. Synthesized SiC powders were observed using a SEM in secondary electron mode, it was observed that this powders consists of SiC whiskers. The effect of microwaves on the synthesis of whiskers of SiC is discussed in the present work. (Author) 19 refs.

  20. 由膨润土制取氧化铝晶须试验研究%Experimental Research of Preparation of Alumina Whiskers from Bentonite

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    黄伶俐; 于少明; 程磊磊; 潘晓峰

    2012-01-01

    The preparation method of alumina whiskers from bentonite was studied. The appropriate process route was determined. The structure, composition and morphology of ammonium aluminium carbonate hydroxide whiskers and alumina whiskers were analysed and characterized by XRD, SEM and TG. The results showed that in the relatively good acid leaching condition, the montmorillonite in the bentonite was almost decomposed, among which those soluble components such as aluminum were dissolved in the acid and the silicon which was changed into the active silica was maintained in the acid leaching residue with gangues such as quartz. Through iron precipitation by potas-sium permanganate, the content of iron in the acid leaching filtrate was obviously decreased. The removal rate of iron was more than 96%. Using the hydrothermal synthesis of precursor of ammonium aluminium carbonate hydroxide whisker,at the temperature of 900 - 1100℃, after being calcined for 4h, different crystal structure of alumina whisker could be obtained with the diameter about 500nm, the length about l0μm and the ratio of length to diameter about 20.%研究了由膨润土制取氧化铝晶须的方法,确定了适宜的工艺路线.通过XRD、SEM、TG等手段对前驱体碱式碳酸铝铵及其煅烧产物氧化铝晶须的结构、成分、形貌进行了分析与表征.结果表明,在较佳酸浸条件下,膨润土中的蒙脱石基本被全部分解,其中的铝等可溶性成分溶于酸中,而硅变成了活性二氧化硅与石英等脉石残留在酸浸渣中;酸浸滤液经高锰酸钾氧化沉铁后,铁含量显著降低,除铁率96%以上;利用水热合成的前驱体碱式碳酸铝铵晶须,经900~1100℃温度煅烧4h后得到不同晶型的氧化铝晶须,其直径在500nm左右,长度约为10μm,长径比为20左右.

  1. Aluminum alloy

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    Blackburn, Linda B. (Inventor); Starke, Edgar A., Jr. (Inventor)

    1989-01-01

    This invention relates to aluminum alloys, particularly to aluminum-copper-lithium alloys containing at least about 0.1 percent by weight of indium as an essential component, which are suitable for applications in aircraft and aerospace vehicles. At least about 0.1 percent by weight of indium is added as an essential component to an alloy which precipitates a T1 phase (Al2CuLi). This addition enhances the nucleation of the precipitate T1 phase, producing a microstructure which provides excellent strength as indicated by Rockwell hardness values and confirmed by standard tensile tests.

  2. Parallel coding schemes of whisker velocity in the rat's somatosensory system.

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    Lottem, Eran; Gugig, Erez; Azouz, Rony

    2015-03-15

    The function of rodents' whisker somatosensory system is to transform tactile cues, in the form of vibrissa vibrations, into neuronal responses. It is well established that rodents can detect numerous tactile stimuli and tell them apart. However, the transformation of tactile stimuli obtained through whisker movements to neuronal responses is not well-understood. Here we examine the role of whisker velocity in tactile information transmission and its coding mechanisms. We show that in anaesthetized rats, whisker velocity is related to the radial distance of the object contacted and its own velocity. Whisker velocity is accurately and reliably coded in first-order neurons in parallel, by both the relative time interval between velocity-independent first spike latency of rapidly adapting neurons and velocity-dependent first spike latency of slowly adapting neurons. At the same time, whisker velocity is also coded, although less robustly, by the firing rates of slowly adapting neurons. Comparing first- and second-order neurons, we find similar decoding efficiencies for whisker velocity using either temporal or rate-based methods. Both coding schemes are sufficiently robust and hardly affected by neuronal noise. Our results suggest that whisker kinematic variables are coded by two parallel coding schemes and are disseminated in a similar way through various brain stem nuclei to multiple brain areas. Copyright © 2015 the American Physiological Society.

  3. Catalytic epitaxy of ZnO whiskers via the vapor-crystal mechanism

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    Muslimov, A. E.; Butashin, A. V.; Kanevsky, V. M.; Babaev, V. A.; Ismailov, A. M.

    2017-05-01

    A model of oriented growth of (0001) ZnO whiskers on sapphire substrates via the vapor-crystal mechanism using the catalytic properties of gold islands is proposed. The morphological transition from the primary pyramidal ZnO structures to hexagonal ZnO whiskers is described in terms of the minimization of the free energy density of three-dimensional heteroepitaxial islands.

  4. Natural whisker-guided behavior by head-fixed mice in tactile virtual reality.

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    Sofroniew, Nicholas J; Cohen, Jeremy D; Lee, Albert K; Svoboda, Karel

    2014-07-16

    During many natural behaviors the relevant sensory stimuli and motor outputs are difficult to quantify. Furthermore, the high dimensionality of the space of possible stimuli and movements compounds the problem of experimental control. Head fixation facilitates stimulus control and movement tracking, and can be combined with techniques for recording and manipulating neural activity. However, head-fixed mouse behaviors are typically trained through extensive instrumental conditioning. Here we present a whisker-based, tactile virtual reality system for head-fixed mice running on a spherical treadmill. Head-fixed mice displayed natural movements, including running and rhythmic whisking at 16 Hz. Whisking was centered on a set point that changed in concert with running so that more protracted whisking was correlated with faster running. During turning, whiskers moved in an asymmetric manner, with more retracted whisker positions in the turn direction and protracted whisker movements on the other side. Under some conditions, whisker movements were phase-coupled to strides. We simulated a virtual reality tactile corridor, consisting of two moveable walls controlled in a closed-loop by running speed and direction. Mice used their whiskers to track the walls of the winding corridor without training. Whisker curvature changes, which cause forces in the sensory follicles at the base of the whiskers, were tightly coupled to distance from the walls. Our behavioral system allows for precise control of sensorimotor variables during natural tactile navigation. Copyright © 2014 the authors 0270-6474/14/349537-14$15.00/0.

  5. The Matrix: a new tool for probing the whisker-to-barrel system with natural stimuli.

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    Jacob, Vincent; Estebanez, Luc; Le Cam, Julie; Tiercelin, Jean-Yves; Parra, Patrick; Parésys, Gérard; Shulz, Daniel E

    2010-05-30

    The whisker to barrel system in rodents has become one of the major models for the study of sensory processing. Several tens of whiskers (or vibrissae) are distributed in a regular manner on both sides of the snout. Many tactile discrimination tasks using this system need multiple contacts with more than one whisker to be solved. With the aim of mimicking those multi-whisker stimuli during electrophysiological recordings, we developed a novel mechanical stimulator composed of 24 independent multi-directional piezoelectric benders adapted to the five rows and the five caudal arcs of the rat whisker pad. The most widely used technology for producing mechanical deflections of the whiskers is based on piezoelectric benders that display a non-linear behavior when driven with high frequency input commands and, if not compensated, show high unwanted ringing at particular resonance frequencies. If not corrected, this non-linear behavior precludes the application of high frequency deflections and the study of cortical responses to behaviorally relevant stimuli. To cope with the ringing problem, a mechanical and a software based solutions have been developed. With these corrections, the upper bound of the linear range of the bender is increased to 1 kHz. This new device allows the controlled delivery of large scale natural patterns of whisker deflections characterized by rapid high frequency vibrations of multiple whiskers. (c) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Eliminating Whisker Growth by Indium Addition in Electroplated Sn on Copper Substrate

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    Das Mahapatra, S.; Majumdar, B. S.; Dutta, I.; Bhassyvasantha, S.

    2017-07-01

    Whisker growth from Sn coatings is a reliability concern in electronic packages, until recently mitigated by Pb addition. Recently, it was demonstrated that doping with In dramatically reduces whisker growth in 1 μm thick Sn. Here, we present the results of In-doping on whisker growth from 3 μm and 6 μm thick Sn-films and explore the reasons behind this mitigation, and compare the results with a baseline sample of pure Sn and a control sample of tri-layer Sn-In-Sn, all subjected to identical thermal treatments. It is shown that In addition completely stops whisker growth from electroplated Sn. The impact of In addition on the film microstructure and the role of the surface oxide coating are investigated. Previous work had shown that while In addition reduces grain boundary diffusivity, it does not fully account for the observed dramatic reduction of whisker growth. In this work, it is shown by Auger electron spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy that In is incorporated in the surface-oxide. Since whisker-growth is contingent on the presence of a tenacious surface-oxide, this suggests that the alteration of the oxide properties may be responsible for the observed reduction in whisker growth. Finite element modeling is utilized to demonstrate that a reduction of the elastic modulus of the surface oxide would reduce the driving force of Sn whisker growth, thus proffering a rationale for the effect of In incorporation.

  7. Hydrophobic modification of chitin whisker and its potential application in structuring oil

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    Huang, Yao; He, Meng; Lu, Ang; Zhou, Weizheng; Stoyanov, S.D.; Pelan, E.G.; Zhang, Lina

    2015-01-01

    A facile approach was developed to modify chitin whiskers by reacting them with bromohexadecane, and the potential application of modified whiskers in structuring oil was evaluated. The results of Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), wide-angle X-ray diffraction (XRD), elemental analysis,

  8. Eliminating Whisker Growth by Indium Addition in Electroplated Sn on Copper Substrate

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    Das Mahapatra, S.; Majumdar, B. S.; Dutta, I.; Bhassyvasantha, S.

    2016-12-01

    Whisker growth from Sn coatings is a reliability concern in electronic packages, until recently mitigated by Pb addition. Recently, it was demonstrated that doping with In dramatically reduces whisker growth in 1 μm thick Sn. Here, we present the results of In-doping on whisker growth from 3 μm and 6 μm thick Sn-films and explore the reasons behind this mitigation, and compare the results with a baseline sample of pure Sn and a control sample of tri-layer Sn-In-Sn, all subjected to identical thermal treatments. It is shown that In addition completely stops whisker growth from electroplated Sn. The impact of In addition on the film microstructure and the role of the surface oxide coating are investigated. Previous work had shown that while In addition reduces grain boundary diffusivity, it does not fully account for the observed dramatic reduction of whisker growth. In this work, it is shown by Auger electron spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy that In is incorporated in the surface-oxide. Since whisker-growth is contingent on the presence of a tenacious surface-oxide, this suggests that the alteration of the oxide properties may be responsible for the observed reduction in whisker growth. Finite element modeling is utilized to demonstrate that a reduction of the elastic modulus of the surface oxide would reduce the driving force of Sn whisker growth, thus proffering a rationale for the effect of In incorporation.

  9. The tribological performance and tribochemical analysis of novel borate esters as lubricant additives in rapeseed oil

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    Yan, J.; Zeng, X.; Heide, van der E.; Ren, T.

    2014-01-01

    Two novel borate esters, tris (4-dodecylphenyl) borate and 2-(2-(4-dodecylphenoxy)-1, 3, 6, 2-dioxazaborocan-6-yl) ethanol were synthesized and applied as anti-wear and extreme pressure additives in rapeseed oil. The borate esters possess high anti-wear and extreme pressure properties. XANES and XPS

  10. 76 FR 74831 - Aging Management of Stainless Steel Structures and Components in Treated Borated Water

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    ... COMMISSION Aging Management of Stainless Steel Structures and Components in Treated Borated Water AGENCY...- ISG-2011-01, ``Aging Management of Stainless Steel Structures and Components in Treated Borated Water... management of stainless steel structures and components exposed to treated borated water. In response to...

  11. 21 CFR 872.3400 - Karaya and sodium borate with or without acacia denture adhesive.

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    2010-04-01

    ... denture adhesive. 872.3400 Section 872.3400 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF... and sodium borate with or without acacia denture adhesive. (a) Identification. A karaya and sodium borate with or without acacia denture adhesive is a device composed of karaya and sodium borate with...

  12. Barium-borate-flyash glasses: As radiation shielding materials

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    Singh, Sukhpal; Kumar, Ashok; Singh, Devinder; Thind, Kulwant Singh; Mudahar, Gurmel S.

    2008-01-01

    The attenuation coefficients of barium-borate-flyash glasses have been measured for γ-ray photon energies of 356, 662, 1173 and 1332 keV using narrow beam transmission geometry. The photon beam was highly collimated and overall scatter acceptance angle was less than 3°. Our results have an uncertainty of less than 3%. These coefficients were then used to obtain the values of mean free path (mfp), effective atomic number and electron density. Good agreements have been observed between experimental and theoretical values of these parameters. From the studies of the obtained results it is reported here that from the shielding point of view the barium-borate-flyash glasses are better shields to γ-radiations in comparison to the standard radiation shielding concretes and also to the ordinary barium-borate glasses.

  13. Atorvastatin and whisker stimulation synergistically enhance angiogenesis in the barrel cortex of rats following focal ischemia.

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    Zhang, Yunyun; Huang, Susu; Wang, Bin; Sun, Bo; Li, Wenlei; Lu, Xiaowei; Ding, Xinsheng

    2012-09-13

    Physical therapy can promote neurovascular plasticity and functional recovery after CNS disorders such as ischemic stroke. We have previously demonstrated that whisker stimulation promotes angiogenesis in the penumbra of the ischemic barrel cortex. The aim of this study was to examine whether atorvastatin and whisker stimulation can act synergistically in enhancing angiogenesis in the barrel cortex following ischemia. Rats were divided into sham-operation, control, atorvastatin-treatment, whisker stimulation and combination therapy groups. And they were trained continuously for 10 trials per half day until the rat fulfilled 80% correct choices for continuous thirty trials, which were considered to reach the criteria. The number was significantly less in the combination therapy group than that in the whisker stimulation group (Pwhisker stimulation (Pwhisker stimulation in rats and amplify post-ischemic angiogenesis induced by whisker stimulation, potentially via enhanced expression of VEGF and BDNF in the peri-infarct region. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Comparative Study on Lattice Parameters of HAP Nanoparticles with Those of HAP Whiskers

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    WANG Youfa; LIU Tianjian; YAN Yuhua; LI Shipu

    2008-01-01

    Hydroxyapatite whiskers are used as reinforcement for biomaterials because of their needlelike morphology and strong strength of single crystal. HAP nanoparitcles are used in drug delivery system, protein separation and anticancer drug besides their implant applications. Many new properties arise from nanoeffects while nanoeffects come from specialty of nanostructure. The Ca(NO3)2·4H2O and (NH4)2HPO4 were used as starting reagents for preparation of HAP whiskers and nanoparticles. The whiskers are 100-200μm long while nanoparticles are 30-80nm in size. XRD is applied to characterize the lattice parameter difference of whisker and nanoparticle. Compared with those of HAP whiskers, the a-axis and b-axis of HAP nanocrystals are shortened while the c-axis is elongated. That makes nanoparticles capable of their non-needle-like morphology, higher reaction activity and special bioeffects

  15. Contributions of stress and oxidation on the formation of whiskers in Pb-free solders

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    Duncan, A. J. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Hoffman, E. N. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the environmental factors influencing formation of tin whiskers on electrodeposited lead free, tin coatings over copper (or copper containing) substrates is the topic of this study . An interim report* summarized initial observations as to the role of stress and oxide formation on whisker growth. From the initial results, two main areas were chosen to be the focus of additional research: the demonstration of effects of elastic stress state in the nucleation of whiskers and the confirmation of the effect of oxygen content in the formation of whiskers. Different levels of elastic stress were induced with the incorporation of a custom designed fixture that loaded the sample in a four-point bending configuration and were maintained in an environmental chamber under conditions deemed favorable for whisker growth. The effects of oxygen content were studied by aging substrates in gas vials of varying absolute pressure and different oxygen partial pressure.

  16. Effect of TiC whisker addition on properties of YG1OF alloy

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    2007-01-01

    The cemented carbide material (YG10F) with different additions of TiC whisker (0%, 0.3%, 0.6%, mass fraction) was prepared by different techniques. The effect of TiC whisker addition on the density, microhardness and toughness of the experimental material was investigated. The results indicate that after the wet-milling for 8 h and sintering in vacuum at 1 440 ℃, the toughness of YG10F is remarkably improved and meanwhile higher microhardness is obtained by 0.3% TiC whisker addition. Preliminary analysis suggests that the main toughening mechanism of TiC whisker in YG10F is whisker pull-out and bridging phenomena.

  17. Wetting of microstructured alumina fabricated by epitaxial growth of Al4B2O9 whiskers

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    Wang, Yifeng; Feng, Jicai; Chen, Zhe; Song, Xiaoguo; Cao, Jian

    2015-12-01

    Topographical microstructures were fabricated on alumina by epitaxial growth of Al4B2O9 whiskers in air. The products were characterized via scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The whiskers were found to grow along the [0 0 1] crystallographic direction, and the lattice mismatch between Al2O3 and Al4B2O9 was determined to be 0.03%. The wetting of the Al4B2O9-whisker-coated surfaces by Ag-36.7Cu-8.0Ti at.% alloy was studied. The time needed to reach the equilibrium stage reduced as the temperature increased, and the final contact angle for liquid alloy on the rough surface was 27° at 880 °C. The wetting dynamics of the whiskers coated surfaces was investigated. After wetting, a whisker-interconnected region was formed between alumina and the alloy.

  18. The time course of activity-regulated cytoskeletal (ARC) gene and protein expression in the whisker-barrel circuit using two paradigms of whisker stimulation.

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    Khodadad, Aida; Adelson, P David; Lifshitz, Jonathan; Thomas, Theresa Currier

    2015-05-01

    Immediate early genes have previously demonstrated a rapid increase in gene expression after various behavioral paradigms. The main focus of this article is to identify a molecular marker of circuit activation after manual whisker stimulation or exploration of a novel environment. To this end, we investigated the dynamics of ARC transcription in adult male rats during whisker somatosensation throughout the whisker barrel circuit. At various time points, tissue was biopsied from the ventral posterior medial nucleus (VPM) of the thalamus, primary somatosensory barrel field (S1BF) cortex and hippocampus for quantification using real-time PCR and western blot. Our results show that there were no significant differences in ARC gene or protein expression in the VPM after both types of stimulation. However, manual whisker stimulation resulted in increased ARC gene expression at 15, 30, 60 and 300 min in the S1BF, and 15 min in the hippocampus (pwhisker sensation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Rat whisker motor cortex is subdivided into sensory-input and motor-output areas.

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    Smith, Jared B; Alloway, Kevin D

    2013-01-01

    Rodent whisking is an exploratory behavior that can be modified by sensory feedback. Consistent with this, many whisker-sensitive cortical regions project to agranular motor [motor cortex (MI)] cortex, but the relative topography of these afferent projections has not been established. Intracortical microstimulation (ICMS) evokes whisker movements that are used to map the functional organization of MI, but no study has compared the whisker-related inputs to MI with the ICMS sites that evoke whisker movements. To elucidate this relationship, anterograde tracers were placed in posterior parietal cortex (PPC) and in the primary somatosensory (SI) and secondary somatosensory (SII) cortical areas so that their labeled projections to MI could be analyzed with respect to ICMS sites that evoke whisker movements. Projections from SI and SII terminate in a narrow zone that marks the transition between the medial agranular (AGm) and lateral agranular (AGl) cortical areas, but PPC projects more medially and terminates in AGm proper. Paired recordings of MI neurons indicate that the region between AGm and AGl is highly responsive to whisker deflections, but neurons in AGm display negligible responses to whisker stimulation. By contrast, AGm microstimulation is more effective in evoking whisker movements than microstimulation of the transitional region between AGm and AGl. The AGm region was also found to contain a larger concentration of corticotectal neurons, which could convey whisker-related information to the facial nucleus. These results indicate that rat whisker MI is comprised of at least two functionally distinct subregions: a sensory processing zone in the transitional region between AGm and AGl, and a motor-output region located more medially in AGm proper.

  20. Rat whisker motor cortex is subdivided into sensory-input and motor-output areas

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    Jared B Smith

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Rodent whisking is an exploratory behavior that can be modified by sensory feedback. Consistent with this, many whisker-sensitive cortical regions project to agranular motor (MI cortex, but the relative topography of these afferent projections has not been established. Intracranial microstimulation (ICMS evokes whisker movements that are used to map the functional organization of MI, but no study has compared the whisker-related inputs to MI with the ICMS sites that evoke whisker movements. To elucidate this relationship, anterograde tracers were placed in posterior parietal cortex (PPC and in the primary (SI and secondary (SII somatosensory cortical areas so that their labeled projections to MI could be analyzed with respect to ICMS sites that evoke whisker movements. Projections from SI and SII terminate in a narrow zone that marks the transition between the medial (AGm and lateral agranular (AGl cortical areas, but PPC projects more medially and terminates in AGm proper. Paired recordings of MI neurons indicate that the region between AGm and AGl is highly responsive to whisker deflections, but neurons in AGm display negligible responses to whisker stimulation. By contrast, AGm microstimulation is more effective in evoking whisker movements than microstimulation of the transitional region between AGm and AGl. The AGm region was also found to contain a larger concentration of corticotectal neurons, which could convey whisker-related information to the facial nucleus. These results indicate that rat whisker motor cortex is comprised of at least two functionally distinct subregions: a sensory processing zone in the transitional region between AGm and AGl, and a motor output region located more medially in AGm proper.

  1. Effect of whisker geometry on contact force produced by vibrissae moving at different velocities.

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    Carvell, George E; Simons, Daniel J

    2017-09-01

    Rats and mice are able to perform a variety of subtle tactile discriminations with their mystacial vibrissae. Increasingly, the design and interpretation of neurophysiological and behavioral studies are inspired by and linked to a more precise understanding of the detailed physical properties of the whiskers and their associated hair follicles. Here we used a piezoelectric sensor (bimorph) to examine how contact forces are influenced by the geometry of individual whisker hairs. For a given point along a whisker, bimorph signals are linearly related to whisker movement velocity. The slope of this linear function, called velocity sensitivity (VS), diminishes nonlinearly as whisker diameter decreases. Whiskers differ in overall length, thickness, and proximal-distal taper. Thus VS varies along an individual whisker and among different whiskers on the mystacial pad. Thinner, shorter whiskers, such as those located rostrally in rats and those in mice, have lower overall VSs, rendering them potentially less effective for mediating discriminations that rely on subtle velocity cues. The nonlinear effect of diameter combined with the linear effect of arc length produces radial distance tuning curves wherein small differences in the proximal-distal location of impacts yields larger differences in signal magnitude. Such position-dependent cues could contribute to the localization of objects near the face. Proximal-to-distal changes in contact location during whisking sweeps could also provide signals that aid texture discrimination.NEW & NOTEWORTHY This study describes the geometry of facial whiskers distributed across the mystacial pad with emphasis on velocity encoding of object strikes. Findings indicate how the shapes, lengths, and thicknesses of individual hairs can contribute to sophisticated vibrissa-based tactile discrimination. Copyright © 2017 the American Physiological Society.

  2. The mechanical variables underlying object localization along the axis of the whisker.

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    Pammer, Lorenz; O'Connor, Daniel H; Hires, S Andrew; Clack, Nathan G; Huber, Daniel; Myers, Eugene W; Svoboda, Karel

    2013-04-17

    Rodents move their whiskers to locate objects in space. Here we used psychophysical methods to show that head-fixed mice can localize objects along the axis of a single whisker, the radial dimension, with one-millimeter precision. High-speed videography allowed us to estimate the forces and bending moments at the base of the whisker, which underlie radial distance measurement. Mice judged radial object location based on multiple touches. Both the number of touches (1-17) and the forces exerted by the pole on the whisker (up to 573 μN; typical peak amplitude, 100 μN) varied greatly across trials. We manipulated the bending moment and lateral force pressing the whisker against the sides of the follicle and the axial force pushing the whisker into the follicle by varying the compliance of the object during behavior. The behavioral responses suggest that mice use multiple variables (bending moment, axial force, lateral force) to extract radial object localization. Characterization of whisker mechanics revealed that whisker bending stiffness decreases gradually with distance from the face over five orders of magnitude. As a result, the relative amplitudes of different stress variables change dramatically with radial object distance. Our data suggest that mice use distance-dependent whisker mechanics to estimate radial object location using an algorithm that does not rely on precise control of whisking, is robust to variability in whisker forces, and is independent of object compliance and object movement. More generally, our data imply that mice can measure the amplitudes of forces in the sensory follicles for tactile sensation.

  3. Whisker movements evoked by stimulation of single motor neurons in the facial nucleus of the rat.

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    Herfst, Lucas J; Brecht, Michael

    2008-06-01

    The lateral facial nucleus is the sole output structure whose neuronal activity leads to whisker movements. To understand how single facial nucleus neurons contribute to whisker movement we combined single-cell stimulation and high-precision whisker tracking. Half of the 44 stimulated neurons gave rise to fast whisker protraction or retraction movement, whereas no stimulation-evoked movements could be detected for the remainder. Direction, speed, and amplitude of evoked movements varied across neurons. Protraction movements were more common than retraction movements (n = 16 vs. n = 4), had larger amplitudes (1.8 vs. 0.3 degrees for single spike events), and most protraction movements involved only a single whisker, whereas most retraction movements involved multiple whiskers. We found a large range in the amplitude of single spike-evoked whisker movements (0.06-5.6 degrees ). Onset of the movement occurred at 7.6 (SD 2.5) ms after the spike and the time to peak deflection was 18.2 (SD 4.3) ms. Each spike reliably evoked a stereotyped movement. In two of five cases peak whisker deflection resulting from consecutive spikes was larger than expected when based on linear summation of single spike-evoked movement profiles. Our data suggest the following coding scheme for whisker movements in the facial nucleus. 1) Evoked movement characteristics depend on the identity of the stimulated neuron (a labeled line code). 2) The facial nucleus neurons are heterogeneous with respect to the movement properties they encode. 3) Facial nucleus spikes are translated in a one-to-one manner into whisker movements.

  4. Optical properties of neodymium doped lanthanum scandium borate

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    Jang, Won Kweon [Hanseo University, Seosan (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Tae Hoon; Yu, Young Moon [Korea Photonics Technology Institute, Kwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2001-11-15

    Optical characteristics of neodymium doped lanthanium scandium borate, newly developed crystal, was investigated. Technical description of crystal growth and its dependence on optical property were investigated with comparison to other laser crystals. Its potential as commercial laser crystal for microchip laser fabrication was observed with fundamental lasing experiments. It was possible for lanthanium scandium borate to be highly doped with neodymium ion without crystal defect, and it is an advantage for microchip laser host material. The laser operation was investigated in the fundamental with microchip system.

  5. Glass-Forming Ability of Soda Lime Borate Liquids

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    Zheng, Qiuju; Mauro, J.C.; Smedskjær, Morten Mattrup

    2012-01-01

    We investigate the composition dependence of glass-forming ability (GFA) of a series of iron-containing soda lime borate liquids by substituting Na2O for B2O3. We have characterized GFA by measuring the glass stability against crystallization using a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC......). The results show that the GFA decreases when substituting Na2O for B2O3. Moreover, we find that there is no direct link between the kinetic fragility and GFA for the soda lime borate series studied herein. We have also discovered and clarified a striking thermal history dependence of the glass stability...

  6. Effect of Magnesium Borates on the Fire-Retarding Properties of Zinc Borates

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    Azmi Seyhun Kipcak

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium borate (MB is a technical ceramic exhibiting high heat resistance, corrosion resistance, great mechanical strength, great insulation properties, lightweightness, high strength, and a high coefficient of elasticity. Zinc borate (ZB can be used as a multifunctional synergistic additive in addition to flame retardant additives in polymers. In this study, the raw materials of zinc oxide (ZnO, magnesium oxide (MgO, and boric acid (H3BO3 were used in the mole ratio of 1 : 1 : 9, which was obtained from preexperiments. Using the starting materials, hydrothermal synthesis was applied, and characterisation of the products was performed using X-Ray diffraction (XRD and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR and Raman spectroscopies. The forms of Zn3B6O12·3.5H2O, MgO(B2O33·7(H2O, and Mg2(B6O7(OH62·9(H2O were synthesised successfully. Moreover, the surface morphology was investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and the B2O3 content was determined. In addition, the reaction yields were calculated. The results of the B2O3 content analysis were in compliance with the literature values. Examination of the SEM images indicated that the obtained nanoscale minerals had a reaction efficiency ranging between 63–74% for MB and 87–98% for ZB. Finally, the fire-retarding properties of the synthesised pure MBs, pure ZBs, and mixtures of MB and ZB were determined using differential thermal analysis and thermal gravimetry (DTA-TG and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC.

  7. DC Characterisation of C60 Whiskers and Nanowhiskers

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    Larsson, Michael; Kjelstrup-Hansen, Jakob; Lucyszyn, Stepan

    2007-01-01

    C60 whiskers exhibit increasing conductivity with decreasing diameter. At diameters of 1 mm and below, a single-crystal structure predominates, and enhanced electrical characteristics are expected; however, no supporting data exists in the literature. Here, results of four-point probe measurements......, indicating strong potential for use in organic electronic applications of the future. Repeated current cycling in air is observed to promote sample degradation, possibly due to progressive oxidation of the carbon structure. A micromachined four-point probe is also used to try to establish non...

  8. Synthesis and Characterization of Nanostructured Fe-Ni Alloy Whisker

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    DONG Guo-jun; WANG Gui-xiang; ZHANG Mi-lin; LI Ru-Min; WANG Jun

    2002-01-01

    The nanocrystalline γ-(Fe,Ni) alloy whiskers have been prepared by chemical reduction of Fe2+ and Ni2+ ions with potassium borohydride under the function of a dispersant agent PE followed by heat treatment at 600℃ under the protection of nitrogen.Conditions, such as quantity of NaOH, concentration of salts, and species of surfactants, of preparation of Fe-Ni alloy have been discussed. X-ray diffraction(XRD), transmission electron microscopy(TEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer(VSM) characterized the synthesized Fe-Ni alloy. Character, capability and use of the materials have been summarized.

  9. Liquid crystal of nanocellulose whiskers' grafted with acrylamide

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    Jie Yang; Dai Yong Ye

    2012-01-01

    12% acrylamide (AM) was grafted onto the surface of nanocellulose whiskers (NCW),which was self-assembled to be the chiral nematic suspension at 3% content.The acrylamide grafted NCW (AM-g-NCW) was characterized with Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR).The grafting ratio was measured by elemental analysis.The degrees of crystallinity of the AM-g-NCW were measured by X-ray diffraction (XRD).The liquid crystalline properties of the AM-g-NCW were investigated by the polarizing optical microscopy (POM).The AM-g-NCW was found to self-assembly to be a lyotropic state.

  10. Strain gradient plasticity effects in whisker-reinforced metals

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    Niordson, Christian Frithiof

    2002-01-01

    A metal reinforced by fibers in the micron range is studied using the strain gradient plasticity theory of Fleck and Hutchinson (2001). Cell-model analyzes are used to study the influence of the material length parameters numerically. Different higher order boundary conditions are considered...... at the fiber-matrix interface. The results are presented as overall stress-strain curves for the whisker-reinforced metal, and also contour plots of effective plastic strain are shown. The strain gradient plasticity theory predicts a significant stiffening effect when compared to conventional models...

  11. Fabrication and aging behaviour of in-situ aluminum composites

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    Erarslan, Yaman [Yildiz Technical Univ., Instanbul (Turkey). Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Dept.

    2011-07-01

    Commonly applied in situ procedures with the aim of producing alumina particles or whiskers include the reactions between a metal oxide and aluminum. The metal, reduced with the alumina formation reaction, afterwards generally reacts with Al and transforms into an intermetallic form which will act as a reinforcing member in the composition of the matrix. In this study, by adding CuO powder in ratios of 5, 10 and 15 wt.-% composite billets were produced by the in situ procedure of stir casting. XRD patterns and microstructures of the produced Al-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites were examined by using optical and electron microscopy (SEM). Following the homogenization procedure on the composite material, hot deformation and thermal aging procedures were applied. The changes in the mechanical properties were compared with commercially pure Aluminum. (orig.)

  12. The Kerr nonlinearity of the beta-barium borate crystal

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    Bache, Morten; Guo, Hairun; Zhou, Binbin

    2013-01-01

    A popular crystal for ultrafast cascading experiments is beta-barium-borate (β-BaB2O4, BBO). It has a decent quadratic nonlinear coefficient, and because the crystal is anisotropie it can be birefringence phase-matched for type I (oo → e) second-harmonic generation (SHG). For femtosecond...

  13. Structure of a single whisker representation in layer 2 of mouse somatosensory cortex.

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    Clancy, Kelly B; Schnepel, Philipp; Rao, Antara T; Feldman, Daniel E

    2015-03-04

    Layer (L)2 is a major output of primary sensory cortex that exhibits very sparse spiking, but the structure of sensory representation in L2 is not well understood. We combined two-photon calcium imaging with deflection of many whiskers to map whisker receptive fields, characterize sparse coding, and quantitatively define the point representation in L2 of mouse somatosensory cortex. Neurons within a column-sized imaging field showed surprisingly heterogeneous, salt-and-pepper tuning to many different whiskers. Single whisker deflection elicited low-probability spikes in highly distributed, shifting neural ensembles spanning multiple cortical columns. Whisker-evoked response probability correlated strongly with spontaneous firing rate, but weakly with tuning properties, indicating a spectrum of inherent responsiveness across pyramidal cells. L2 neurons projecting to motor and secondary somatosensory cortex differed in whisker tuning and responsiveness, and carried different amounts of information about columnar whisker deflection. From these data, we derive a quantitative, fine-scale picture of the distributed point representation in L2. Copyright © 2015 the authors 0270-6474/15/353946-13$15.00/0.

  14. Representation of egomotion in rat's trident and E-row whisker cortices.

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    Chorev, Edith; Preston-Ferrer, Patricia; Brecht, Michael

    2016-10-01

    The whisker trident, a three-whisker array on the rat's chin, has been implicated in egomotion sensing and might function as a tactile speedometer. Here we study the cortical representation of trident whiskers and E-row whiskers in barrel cortex. Neurons identified in trident cortex of anesthetized animals showed sustained velocity-sensitive responses to ground motion. In freely moving animals, about two-thirds of the units in the trident and E-row whisker cortices were tuned to locomotion speed, a larger fraction of speed-tuned cells than in the somatosensory dysgranular zone. Similarly, more units were tuned to acceleration and showed sensitivity to turning in trident and E-row whisker cortices than in the dysgranular zone. Microstimulation in locomoting animals evoked small but significant speed changes, and such changes were larger in the trident and E-row whisker representations than in the dysgranular zone. Thus, activity in trident and E-row cortices represents egomotion information and influences locomotion behavior.

  15. Morphology of AlN whiskers grown by reacting N2 gas and Al vapor

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    Matsumoto, M.; Saitou, H.; Takeuchi, Y.; Harada, S.; Tagawa, M.; Ujihara, T.

    2017-06-01

    We have investigated the morphology of AlN whiskers on a polycrystalline AlN substrate by using Fe-Al alloy melts under the different synthesis conditions. Formation density of the AlN whiskers increases and the diameter of the whisker decreases with increasing Al content of the Fe-Al alloy melt. Most of the AlN whiskers were zigzag shape with the hexagonal cross section. The longitudinal direction was the [0001] direction. The facet with the zigzag shape was the {1 1 bar 01} or {1 1 bar 0 1 bar } pyramidal plane and the period of the zigzag facet was almost constant. The average diameter of the whiskers and the period of the zigzag facet decrease with increasing Al content. At the initial stage of the whisker formation, the island of AlN formed on the AlN substrate and the pyramidal facet grows via step-flow growth. From the observation, we discussed the possible mechanism for the formation of the zigzag-shape AlN whiskers.

  16. Prefabrication of SiC whiskers through induction of carbon fiber

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    HUANG Feng-ping; LI He-jun; LI Ke-zhi; WANG Chuan-hui

    2006-01-01

    A new way to prepare SiC whiskers through the induction of carbon fiber was suggested. With the processing steps of opening furnace firstly and then shutting it,rice hall,as the only raw material,was carbonified to get excess quantity of Si in rice hull. After a certain catalyzer was added,SiC whiskers were prepared by means of the induction of carbon fiber. The component and morphology of the whisker were analyzed by XRD,SEM and TEM. The results reveal that the diameters of the whiskers range in 0.5-2 μm and their lengths in 100-500 μm. The whiskers are straight β-SiC crystals with smooth surface. The whisker is homogeneous and its productivity is 100%. Two kinds of formation mechanisms,both VLS mechanism and vapor formation mechanism,are involved during the growth of the whiskers. But the vapor formation mechanism relatively plays a key role.

  17. INVESTIGATION OF BONDING IN OXIDE-FIBER (WHISKER) REINFORCED METALS.

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    CERAMIC FIBERS , BONDING), (*COMPOSITE MATERIALS, BONDING), (*BONDING, CERAMIC FIBERS ), ALUMINUM COMPOUNDS, OXIDES, ZIRCONIUM, NICKEL, TITANIUM, CHROMIUM, SINGLE CRYSTALS, VACUUM, SHEAR STRESSES, SURFACE PROPERTIES, ADDITIVES.

  18. Whisker-related circuitry in the trigeminal nucleus principalis: Topographic precision.

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    Jacquin, Mark F; Arends, Joop J A; Renehan, William E; Waite, Phil M E; Shortland, Peter J

    2015-01-01

    Single whiskers are topographically represented in the trigeminal (V) nucleus principalis (PrV) by a set of cylindrical aggregates of primary afferent terminals and somata (barrelettes). This isomorphic pattern is transmitted to the thalamus and barrel cortex. However, it is not known if terminals in PrV from neighboring whiskers interdigitate so as to violate rules of spatial parcellation predicted by barrelette borders; nor is it known the extent to which higher order inputs are topographic. The existence of inter-whisker arbor overlap or diffuse higher order inputs would demand additional theoretical principles to account for single whisker dominance in PrV cell responses. In adult rats, first, primary afferent pairs responding to the same or neighboring whiskers and injected with Neurobiotin or horseradish peroxidase were rendered brown or black to color-code their terminal boutons. When collaterals from both fibers appeared in the same topographic plane through PrV, the percentage of the summed area of the two arbor envelopes that overlapped was computed. For same-whisker pairs, overlap was 5 ± 6% (mean ± SD). For within-row neighbors, overlap was 2 ± 5%. For between-row neighbors, overlap was 1 ± 4%. Second, the areas of whisker primary afferent arbors and their corresponding barrelettes in the PrV were compared. In the transverse plane, arbor envelopes significantly exceeded the areas of cytochrome oxidase-stained barrelettes; arbors often extended into neighboring barrelettes. Third, bulk tracing of the projections from the spinal V subnucleus interpolaris (SpVi) to the PrV revealed strict topography such that they connect same-whisker barrelettes in the SpVi and PrV. Thus, whisker primary afferents do not exclusively project to their corresponding PrV barrelette, whereas higher order SpVi inputs to the PrV are precisely topographic.

  19. Timing-dependent effects of whisker trimming in thalamocortical slices including the mouse barrel cortex.

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    Watanabe, Kenji; Kamatani, Daiki; Hishida, Ryuichi; Shibuki, Katsuei

    2011-04-18

    Whisker trimming produces depression of cortical responses in the barrel cortex. However, it is unclear how the developmental timing modifies the effects of whisker trimming. We investigated cortical responses in thalamocortical slices that included the mouse barrel cortex using flavoprotein fluorescence imaging. A topological relationship was observed between the thalamic stimulated sites and cortical areas showing fluorescence changes. By adjusting the position of the thalamic stimulated sites and the cortical windows in which amplitudes of the fluorescence changes were measured, we succeeded to reduce the variability of cortical responses between slices. We then investigated the effects of whisker trimming in the thalamocortical slices. Whisker trimming from 4 weeks to 8 weeks (at 4-8 weeks) of age significantly reduced cortical responses at 8 weeks. However, whisker trimming started before 4 weeks produced only slight depression or no significant effect on the thalamocortical responses. As sensory deprivation during a critical developmental period is known to prevent elimination of synapses, the presence of aberrant synapses may compensate the cortical depression induced by whisker trimming started before 4 weeks. To test this possibility, whisker trimming performed at 0-6 or 0-7 weeks of age was followed by regrowth of whiskers for 1-2 weeks. Clear and significant potentiation of cortical responses was observed in these mice at 8 weeks when compared with those of naive mice of the same age. Overall, these data suggest that whisker trimming, producing depression of thalamocortical responses, prevents elimination of aberrant synapses during a critical developmental period before 4 weeks in the mouse barrel cortex. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Whisker movements reveal spatial attention: a unified computational model of active sensing control in the rat.

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    Mitchinson, Ben; Prescott, Tony J

    2013-01-01

    Spatial attention is most often investigated in the visual modality through measurement of eye movements, with primates, including humans, a widely-studied model. Its study in laboratory rodents, such as mice and rats, requires different techniques, owing to the lack of a visual fovea and the particular ethological relevance of orienting movements of the snout and the whiskers in these animals. In recent years, several reliable relationships have been observed between environmental and behavioural variables and movements of the whiskers, but the function of these responses, as well as how they integrate, remains unclear. Here, we propose a unifying abstract model of whisker movement control that has as its key variable the region of space that is the animal's current focus of attention, and demonstrate, using computer-simulated behavioral experiments, that the model is consistent with a broad range of experimental observations. A core hypothesis is that the rat explicitly decodes the location in space of whisker contacts and that this representation is used to regulate whisker drive signals. This proposition stands in contrast to earlier proposals that the modulation of whisker movement during exploration is mediated primarily by reflex loops. We go on to argue that the superior colliculus is a candidate neural substrate for the siting of a head-centred map guiding whisker movement, in analogy to current models of visual attention. The proposed model has the potential to offer a more complete understanding of whisker control as well as to highlight the potential of the rodent and its whiskers as a tool for the study of mammalian attention.

  1. Morphologic characteristics and growth interface stability of nano-micron FeS_2 whiskers

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    HUANG Fei; WANG RuCheng; ZHANG WenLan; YAO YuZeng; PENG YanDong; KOU DaMing

    2009-01-01

    Micromorphology is further studied on the basis of our previous researches concerned with the na-no-micron FeS_2 whisker. There are obvious differences in the intensive degree, diameter and micro-morphology among the FeS_2 whiskers growing in different stages. From the early to late stage, the intensive degree increases, the diameter decreases, and the surface micro-morphology changes fol-lowing the regularity: protrusive nodulation → coarse → smooth → flat. According to the theory of crystal growth, the geological setting and processes of whisker formation, we discuss the stability and evolution of crystal growth interface of FeS_2 whisker occurring in Gengzhuang gold deposit (Shanxi Province, China). The results suggest that the negative temperature gradient and the supercooling appear in the early stage of the whisker growth, whereas the positive temperature gradient of reposeful state appears in the late stage. In the whisker growth stage, the component concentration changes through the three stages: severely nonhomogeneous in the early stage, relatively homogeneous in the middle stage, more homogeneous in the late stage. The general changing process of the interracial state is from unstable to stable. Micromorphology of FeS_2 whisker in Gengzhuang is the result of syn-ergism of temperature, component concentration and stability of crystal interface phase in hydro-thermal system. The micromorphology not only reflects the physical and chemical characteristics of the hydrothermal system during the whisker growth, but also indicates the stability characteristics of the interface phase and records the changing process of the whisker growth.

  2. Calcium silicate ceramic scaffolds toughened with hydroxyapatite whiskers for bone tissue engineering

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    Feng, Pei [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Complex Manufacturing, Central South University, Changsha 410083, PR China, (China); Wei, Pingpin [Cancer Research Institute, Central South University, Changsha 410078 (China); Li, Pengjian; Gao, Chengde [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Complex Manufacturing, Central South University, Changsha 410083, PR China, (China); Shuai, Cijun, E-mail: shuai@csu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Complex Manufacturing, Central South University, Changsha 410083, PR China, (China); Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425 (United States); Peng, Shuping, E-mail: shuping@csu.edu.cn [Cancer Research Institute, Central South University, Changsha 410078 (China)

    2014-11-15

    Calcium silicate possessed excellent biocompatibility, bioactivity and degradability, while the high brittleness limited its application in load-bearing sites. Hydroxyapatite whiskers ranging from 0 to 30 wt.% were incorporated into the calcium silicate matrix to improve the strength and fracture resistance. Porous scaffolds were fabricated by selective laser sintering. The effects of hydroxyapatite whiskers on the mechanical properties and toughening mechanisms were investigated. The results showed that the scaffolds had a uniform and continuous inner network with the pore size ranging between 0.5 mm and 0.8 mm. The mechanical properties were enhanced with increasing hydroxyapatite whiskers, reached a maximum at 20 wt.% (compressive strength: 27.28 MPa, compressive Young's modulus: 156.2 MPa, flexural strength: 15.64 MPa and fracture toughness: 1.43 MPa·m{sup 1/2}) and then decreased by addition of more hydroxyapatite whiskers. The improvement of mechanical properties was due to whisker pull-out, crack deflection and crack bridging. Moreover, the degradation rate decreased with the increase of hydroxyapatite whisker content. A layer of bone-like apatite was formed on the scaffold surfaces after being soaked in simulated body fluid. Human osteoblast-like MG-63 cells spread well on the scaffolds and proliferated with increasing culture time. These findings suggested that the calcium silicate scaffolds reinforced with hydroxyapatite whiskers showed great potential for bone regeneration and tissue engineering applications. - Highlights: • HA whiskers were incorporated into CS to improve the properties. • The scaffolds were successfully fabricated by SLS. • Toughening mechanisms was whisker pull-out, crack deflection and bridging. • The scaffolds showed excellent apatite forming ability.

  3. Tin Whisker Electrical Short Circuit Characteristics. Part 2

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    Courey, Karim J.; Asfour, Shihab S.; Onar, Arzu; Bayliss, Jon A.; Ludwig, Lawrence L.; Wright, Maria C.

    2009-01-01

    Existing risk simulations make the assumption that when a free tin whisker has bridged two adjacent exposed electrical conductors, the result is an electrical short circuit. This conservative assumption is made because shorting is a random event that has an unknown probability associated with it. Note however that due to contact resistance electrical shorts may not occur at lower voltage levels. In our first article we developed an empirical probability model for tin whisker shorting. In this paper, we develop a more comprehensive empirical model using a refined experiment with a larger sample size, in which we studied the effect of varying voltage on the breakdown of the contact resistance which leads to a short circuit. From the resulting data we estimated the probability distribution of an electrical short, as a function of voltage. In addition, the unexpected polycrystalline structure seen in the focused ion beam (FIB) cross section in the first experiment was confirmed in this experiment using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The FIB was also used to cross section two card guides to facilitate the measurement of the grain size of each card guide's tin plating to determine its finish.

  4. Crystalline instability of Bi-2212 superconducting whiskers near room temperature

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    Cagliero, Stefano; Khan, Mohammad Mizanur Rahman [Torino Universita, ' NIS' Centre of Excellence, Dip. Chimica Generale e Chimica Organica, and CNISM UdR, Turin (Italy); Torino Universita, ' NIS' Centre of Excellence, Dip. Fisica Sperimentale, and CNISM UdR, Turin (Italy); Agostino, Angelo [Torino Universita, ' NIS' Centre of Excellence, Dip. Chimica Generale e Chimica Organica, and CNISM UdR, Turin (Italy); Truccato, Marco [Torino Universita, ' NIS' Centre of Excellence, Dip. Fisica Sperimentale, and CNISM UdR, Turin (Italy); Orsini, Francesco; Marinone, Massimo; Poletti, Giulio [Universita degli Studi di Milano, Istituto di Fisiologia Generale e Chimica Biologica, Milan (Italy); CNR-INFM-S3 NRC, Modena (Italy); Lascialfari, Alessandro [Universita degli Studi di Milano, Istituto di Fisiologia Generale e Chimica Biologica, Milan (Italy); CNR-INFM-S3 NRC, Modena (Italy); Universita degli Studi di Pavia, INFM-CNR c/o Dipartimento di Fisica A. Volta, Pavia (Italy)

    2009-05-15

    We report new evidences for the thermodynamic instability of whisker crystals in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (BSCCO) system. Annealing treatments at 90 C have been performed on two sets of samples, which were monitored by means of X-rays diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements, respectively. Two main crystalline domains of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CuCa{sub 2}O{sub 8+x} (Bi-2212) were identified in the samples by the XRD data, which underwent an evident crystalline segregation after about 60 hours. Very fast dynamics of the surface modifications was also described by the AFM monitoring. Two typologies of surface structures formed after about 3 annealing hours: continuous arrays of dome shaped bodies were observed along the edges of the whiskers, while in the central regions a dense texture of flat bodies was found. These modifications are described in terms of the formation of simple oxide clusters involving a degradation of the internal layers. (orig.)

  5. The influence of magnesium hydroxide sulfate whisker on the properties of liquid silicone rubber%碱式硫酸镁晶须对液体硅橡胶性能影响研究

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    张晓颖; 王国辉; 李倩; 邓新华

    2012-01-01

    以双组份加成型液体硅橡胶(LSR)为基胶,白炭黑为补强填料,通过测试分析,对比氢氧化铝、氢氧化镁、碱式硫酸镁晶须、经硬脂酸钠表面处理的碱式硫酸镁晶须4种阻燃剂复合液体硅橡胶的燃烧性能和力学性能.结果表明,经表面处理后的碱式硫酸镁晶须提高了LSR的拉伸强度,并在改善LSR的防火性能方面具有独特的优势.%Taking two-component additional liquid silicone rubber (LSR) as base rubber, silica white carbon black was as reinforcing packing material. Analyzis and comparison of the combustion performance and mechanical properties of four flame retardant liquid silicone rubber compound, including aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide sulfate whisker,and the stearic acid sodium surface treatment of magnesium hydroxide sulfate whisker. The results showed that the stearic acid sodium surface treatment of magnesium hydroxide sulfate whisker could improve the tensile strength of LSR, and had a unique advantage in improving the flame resistance of LSR.

  6. Suppressing tin whisker growth in lead-free solders and platings

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    Hoffman, Elizabeth N; Lam, Poh-Sang

    2014-04-29

    A process of irradiation Sn containing Pb-free solder to mitigate whisker formation and growth thereon is provided. The use of gamma radiation such as cobalt-60 has been applied to a substrate of Sn on copper has been found to change the morphology of the crystalline whisker growth to a more truncated hillock pattern. The change in morphology greatly reduces the tendency of whiskers to contribute to electrical short-circuits being used as a Pb-free solder system on a copper substrate.

  7. MgB2 superconducting whiskers synthesized by using the hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition.

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    Wang, Yazhou; Zhuang, Chenggang; Gao, Jingyun; Shan, Xudong; Zhang, Jingmin; Liao, Zhimin; Xu, Hongjun; Yu, Dapeng; Feng, Qingrong

    2009-02-25

    In this work, MgB(2) whiskers were fabricated on a copper substrate by using the hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition, which was one of the most effective ways to make high quality pure MgB(2) films, with the possible growth mechanism discussed. The whiskers are hexagonal and conelike and grow along the [0001] direction with a single-crystal structure. The onset transition temperature is approximately 39 K, which is among the best in the published nanostructure MgB(2) papers. Fabrication of nanoscale MgB(2) whiskers provides the fundamental understanding of the effect of dimensionality and size on superconductivity.

  8. Silicon carbide whisker composites. (Latest citations from Engineered Materials abstracts). Published Search

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    The bibliography contains citations concerning the manufacture and applications of silicon carbide whisker reinforced composites. Citations discuss the preparation of whiskers and the processing of composites containing the whiskers. Applications include aerospace engines, automotive components, engine components, and surgical implants. Physical properties such as bending strength, crack propagation, creep, fracture toughness, and stress strain curves are covered. Ceramic matrix, metal matrix, and carbon-carbon composites are examined. (Contains 50-250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.) (Copyright NERAC, Inc. 1995)

  9. Mechanical characteristics of rat vibrissae: resonant frequencies and damping in isolated whiskers and in the awake behaving animal

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    Hartmann, Mitra J.; Johnson, Nicholas J.; Towal, R. Blythe; Assad, Christopher

    2003-01-01

    We investigated the natural resonance properties and damping characteristics of rat macrovibrissae (whiskers). Isolated whiskers rigidly fixed at the base showed first-mode resonance peaks between 27 and 260 Hz, principally depending on whisker length. These experimentally measured resonant frequencies were matched using a theoretical model of the whisker as a conical cantilever beam, with Young's modulus as the only free parameter. The best estimate for Young's modulus was approximately 3-4 GPa. Results of both vibration and impulse experiments showed that the whiskers are strongly damped, with damping ratios between 0.11 and 0.17. In the behaving animal, whiskers that deflected past an object were observed to resonate but were damped significantly more than isolated whiskers. The time course of damping varied depending on the individual whisker and the phase of the whisking cycle, which suggests that the rat may modulate biomechanical parameters that affect damping. No resonances were observed for whiskers that did not contact the object or during free whisking in air. Finally, whiskers on the same side of the face were sometimes observed to move in opposite directions over the full duration of a whisk. We discuss the potential roles of resonance during natural exploratory behavior and specifically suggest that resonant oscillations may be important in the rat's tactile detection of object boundaries.

  10. Biology of nesting crested, least, and whiskered auklets at Buldir Island, Alaska

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — During avifaunal investigations at Buldir Island 1974-1976, some aspects of the biology of Crested, Least, and Whiskered Auklets were investigated in a colony where...

  11. Wear properties of potassium titanate whiskers-reinforced Al-12Si alloy composites

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    Wu Shenqing

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Potassium titanate (K2O·6TiO2 whiskers-reinforced Al-12Si alloy composites were prepared by the squeeze casting technique. Wear properties of the composites were investigated by pin-on-disc tests under dry conditions. The experimental results showed that K2O·6TiO2 whiskers can effectively reinforce the matrix alloy and improve the wear resistance of the composite when the volume fraction of whiskers is low at 10 vol%. However, the composites with a high volume fraction of whiskers showed lower wear resistance than the Al-12Si alloy. The main wear mechanism of the composites is clarified as de-lamination and abrasive wear.

  12. Effect of Ammonium Chloride Solution on the Growth of Phosphorus Gypsum Whisker and Its Modification

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    Shouwei Jian

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Phosphogypsum is the by-product of phosphate of fertilizer or phosphate which causes serious environmental pollution. In this work, a series of phosphogypsum whiskers were prepared using phosphogypsum as raw materials and NH4Cl as additive through the atmospheric water solution method. The results showed that the ammonium chloride solution has a great influence on phosphogypsum whiskers growth and the solubility. The best whisker aspect ratio of phosphogypsum was preferred in 1 mol/L NH4Cl solution, in which the solubility achieved 6.434 mg/mL and the aspect ratio reached 69.29. Besides, NH4Cl was found to have a modified effect on gypsum whiskers’ growth and it can be used to get mesh or dendritic whiskers.

  13. ADSORPTION BEHAVIOR OF Pb(II) ON POTASSIUM HEXATITANATE WHISKER BY FAAS

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    2008-01-01

    Based on the advantage of high surface area and strong adsorption ability of potassium hexatitanate whisker, a method to determine trace Pb(II) content by combining solid phase extraction with Flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) was established. The adsorptive behavior of potassium hexatitanate whisker to Pb(II), primary influencing factors of adsorption and elution and effect of coexistence ions were investigated systemically. The optimal analytical conditions were discussed and examined. It was found that the adsorption rate of potassium hexatitanate whisker to Pb(II) was 100% at pH 4.0. Pb(II) could be eluted from potassium tetratitanate whisker with HCl (2mol/L) under boiling water for 30min. The detection limit was 5.75ng/mL, and relative standard deviation was 1.66% (n=9, CPb=2.0μg/mL).

  14. ADSORPTION BEHAVIOR OF Pb(Ⅱ) ON POTASSIUM HEXATITANATE WHISKER BY FAAS

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    CHENG Yonghua; XU Wanzhen; YAN Yongsheng; JING Junjie

    2008-01-01

    Based on the advantage of high surface area and strong adsorption ability of potassium hexatitanate whisker, a method to determine trace Pb(Ⅱ) content by combining solid phase extraction with Flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) was established.The adsorptive behavior of potassium hexatitanate whisker to Pb(Ⅱ), primary influencing factors of adsorption and elation and effect of coexistence ions were investigated systemically.The optimal analytical conditions were discussed and examined.It was found that the adsorption rate of potassium hexatitanate whisker to Pb(Ⅱ) was 100% at pH 4.0.Pb(Ⅱ) could be elated from potassium tetratitanate whisker with HCI (2mol/L) under boiling water for 30min.The detection limit was 5.75ng/mL, and relative standard deviation was 1.66% (n=9, CPb=2.0μg/mL).

  15. Preparation and characterization of keratin-K2Ti6O13 whisker ...

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    2010-05-10

    May 10, 2010 ... hexatitanate (K2Ti6O13) whiskers be used to reinforce keratin film. The effects of ... reinforced composite manufacturing Co., and the optical micrograph is .... on the mechanical properties of jute-polypropylene composites.

  16. Neonatal whisker trimming causes long-lasting changes in structure and function of the somatosensory system.

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    Lee, Li-Jen; Chen, Wan-Jung; Chuang, Ya-Wen; Wang, Yu-Chun

    2009-10-01

    The significance of very early experience in the maturation of whisker-to-barrel system comes primarily from neonatal whisker or infraorbital nerve lesion studies conducted prior to the formation of cortical barrels. However, the surgical procedures damage the sensory pathway; it is difficult to examine the consequence after the recovery of sensory deprivation. To address this issue, we performed a neonatal whisker-cut (WC) paradigm and examined their behavioral performance during P30 to P35. With fully regrown whiskers, the rats that had whisker cut from the date of birth (P0) to postnatal day (P) 3 (WC 0-3) exhibited shorter crossable distance in the gap-crossing test. However, the rats had whisker cut at P3 only (WC 3) behaved normally in this test, suggesting the critical period for the development of whisker-specific tactile function is P0-P3, agreed with previous findings demonstrated by lesion methods. In the WC 0-3 rats, the cortical areas in the layer IV somatosensory region in relation to the trimmed whiskers were enlarged and the spiny stellate neurons within had larger dendritic span and greater spine density. Furthermore, more long and multiple-head spines were found in these rats. With abnormal structure and function in the somatosensory system, the WC 0-3 rats showed higher explorative activity and more frequent social interactions. Our results have demonstrated that the early tactile deprivation, similar to early visual deprivation, perturbed the developmental program of the brain and affected later behaviors in various aspects.

  17. Contributions of Stress and Oxidation on the Formation of Whiskers in Pb-free Solders

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    2016-01-29

    Oxidation on the Formation of Whiskers in Pb‐free Solders,” WP-1754 15. SUBJECT TERMS Tin Whiskers, Residual Stress, Environmental Degradation 16...copper oxide and then rinsed using ultrapure water immediately before electroplating. Copper substrates were electroplated with pure tin films to a...thickness of 5 μm using a commercial Sn plating solution and a pure tin anode. Electroplating was performed at a constant current density of 11 mA

  18. Study of ferromagnetism in Mn-doped ZnO whisker arrays

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    Feng Zhu; Ye Zhang; Youguo Yan; Wenhai Song; Lingli Xia

    2008-04-01

    Vertically aligned Mn–ZnO whiskers were grown on sapphire substrate by a thermal chemical vapour deposition method. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that samples are high-quality single crystals and -axis oriented. Raman and XPS analyses revealed that Mn was incorporated into the ZnO lattice. Room temperature c ferromagnetism was observed. These Mn–ZnO whiskers may find their potential applications in spintronic field.

  19. Preparation and Electromechanical Properties of PVDF Matrix Piezoelectric Composites Containing Highly Oriented BaTiO3 Whiskers

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    Xuetao LUO; Lifu CHEN; Xiaojun CHEN; Qianjun HUANG

    2004-01-01

    The piezoelectric composites containing highly oriented BaTiO3 whiskers as active phase and PVDF as matrix have been prepared by micro-hole extrusion and orientation in carried fibers. The morphology of oriented BaTiO3 whiskers and microstructure of the composites were observed by SEM. As for its electromechanical properties, it is found that the dielectric constant, piezoelectric constant and remnant of polarization in the BaTiO3 whisker-PVDF composite are considerably higher than that in the BaTiO3 powders-PVDF composite, while the loss factors follow the opposite trend. For the BaTiO3 whisker-PVDF composite, the values of ε, d33 and Pr parallel to the whisker orientation (normal specimen) are much higher than that perpendicular to the whisker orientation (parallel specimen). The significant effects of the connective passages of active phase on electromechanical properties of the piezoelectric composites has also been investigated.

  20. Extraction and characterization of whiskers from Panicum grass cellulose fibers; Extracao e caracterizacao de whiskers a partir das fibras de celulose do capim mombaca

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    Martins, Douglas F.; Vieira, Julia G.; Pasquini, Daniel [Instituto de Quimica - Universidade Federal de Uberlandia - UFU, Campus Santa Monica, Uberlandia, MG (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    In this work are presented studies of the extraction of cellulose whiskers from Panicum grass fibers (Panicum maximum) by acid hydrolysis performed with H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} 11.22 M. The fibers used in the hydrolysis process were previously purified and the efficiency of the purification process was evaluated by determining the lignin content by Klason method, before and after purification. The hydrolysis was performed at 40 degree C for 30 minutes. The whiskers were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). It was verified a reduction in the crystallinity index and also a reduction of the degradation temperature of the whiskers in relation to the purified grass Panicum fibers. (author)

  1. Novel, whisker-dependent texture discrimination task for mice.

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    Wu, Hsia-Pai Patrick; Ioffe, Julie C; Iverson, Michaela M; Boon, Jacqueline M; Dyck, Richard H

    2013-01-15

    Many mammals use their mystacial vibrissae to palpate objects in their environment and encode information such as size, shape and texture. We have developed a novel method to assess the sensitivity with which mice can discriminate textures using their mystacial vibrissae. Our texture discrimination task can be performed within 3 days, requiring approximately 1 h of handling time, per subject, over the entire testing period. No appetitive or aversive training is required. We have demonstrated that this novel texture discrimination task is dependent on intact mystacial vibrissae and can be performed by both young (2-month old) and older (6-month old) C57BL/6 mice. The parameters of the task can be adjusted to assess the sensitivity of mice using a gradient of textures with different roughness. We have developed a novel, efficient method to assess whisker-mediated texture discrimination in mice. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Investigation of Creep Phenomenon in Metal Matrix Composites with Whiskers

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    Vahid Monfared

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available A new mathematical model based on the exponential, logarithmic and polynomial (mixed functions is presented for determination of some unknowns such as displacement rate in outer surface of unit cell and strain rate of short fiber (whisker composites with elastic fiber in steady state creep under axial loading. In addition, effective factor or effect coefficient is introduced for determination of creep displacement rate in outer surface. Also, radial, axial displacement rates, equivalent and shear stresses will be determined by new method. Aim of this study is using the mathematical modeling instead of time consuming and costly experimental methods. On the other hand, unknowns are determined by polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions instead of some theories, simply. These analytical results are then validated by the Finite Element Analysis (FEA. Interestingly, good agreements are found between analytical and numerical predictions for creep strain rate and displacement rate.

  3. Prenatal Ethanol Exposure and Whisker Clipping Disrupt Ultrasonic Vocalizations and Play Behavior in Adolescent Rats

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    Jaylyn Waddell

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Prenatal ethanol exposure can result in social deficits in humans and animals, including altered social interaction and poor communication. Rats exposed to ethanol prenatally show reduced play fighting, and a combination of prenatal ethanol exposure and neonatal whisker clipping further reduces play fighting compared with ethanol exposure alone. In this study, we explored whether expression of hedonic ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs correlated with the number of playful attacks by ethanol-exposed rats, rats subjected to postnatal sensory deprivation by whisker clipping or both compared to control animals. In normally developing rats, hedonic USVs precede such interactions and correlate with the number of play interactions exhibited in dyads. Pregnant Long-Evans rats were fed an ethanol-containing liquid diet or a control diet. After birth, male and female pups from each litter were randomly assigned to the whisker-clipped or non-whisker-clipped condition. Animals underwent a social interaction test with a normally developing play partner during early or late-adolescence. USVs were recorded during play. Prenatal ethanol exposure reduced both play and hedonic USVs in early adolescence compared to control rats and persistently reduced social play. Interestingly, ethanol exposure, whisker clipping and the combination abolished the significant correlation between hedonic USVs and social play detected in control rats in early adolescence. This relationship remained disrupted in late adolescence only in rats subjected to both prenatal ethanol and whisker clipping. Thus, both insults more persistently disrupted the relationship between social communication and social play.

  4. An amplitude modulation/demodulation scheme for whisker-based texture perception.

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    Boubenec, Yves; Claverie, Laure Nayelie; Shulz, Daniel E; Debrégeas, Georges

    2014-08-13

    Whisking rodents can discriminate finely textured objects using their vibrissae. The biomechanical and neural processes underlying such sensory tasks remain elusive. Here we combine the use of model micropatterned substrates and high-resolution videography of rats' whiskers during tactile exploration to study how texture information is mechanically encoded in the whisker motion. A biomechanical modeling of the whisker is developed, which yields quantitative predictions of the spectral and temporal characteristics of the observed whisker kinetics, for any given topography. These texture-induced whisker vibrations are then replayed via a multiwhisker stimulator while recording neuronal responses in the barrel field of the primary somatosensory cortex (S1bf). These results provide a comprehensive description of the transduction process at play during fine texture sensing in rats. They suggest that the sensory system operates through a vibratory amplitude modulation/demodulation scheme. Fine textural properties are encoded in the time-varying envelope of the whisker-resonant vibrations. This quantity is then recovered by neural demodulation, as it effectively drives the spiking-rate signal of a large fraction of S1 cortical neurons. This encoding/decoding scheme is shown to be robust against variations in exploratory conditions, such as the scanning speed or pad-to-substrate distance, thus allowing for reliable tactile discrimination in realistic conditions. Copyright © 2014 the authors 0270-6474/14/3410832-12$15.00/0.

  5. Frequency tuning in the rat whisker barrel cortex revealed through RBC flux maps.

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    Kannurpatti, Sridhar S; Biswal, Bharat B

    2011-10-12

    The rodent whisker barrel cortex is ideal for studies related to sensory processing and neural plasticity in the brain. However, its small spatial dimensions challenge optical and other imaging technologies mapping cortical hemodynamics as functional resolution (the ability to spatially and selectively discriminate signals from microvascular compartments) limit measurement accuracy. To precisely map hemodynamic activity within the rat posteriomedial barrel subfield (PMBSF), we used functional Laser Doppler Imaging (fLDI) at high spatial resolution with optimized detection and analysis. In this configuration, we demonstrate prominent whisker deflection-induced fLDI hemodynamic responses from microvascular regions indicating the technique's specificity to smaller vessel compartments. Clusters of fLDI activation were confined within the PMBSF region during deflection of either single or all whiskers. Stereotaxic co-ordinate mapping was performed over all animals leading to an average maximum activity cluster at +5.3, -3.5 from the Bregma. The maximum activity cluster during all whisker stimulation combined with the principal activation cluster during deflection of the C1 whisker were used as a reference to characterize the fLDI maps within the PMBSF. fLDI activation area increased with the frequency of whisker deflection. In a quantitative analysis, we reveal the increase in the spatial extent of fLDI activation with stimulation frequency as spatially non-uniform with a bias towards the caudal region for low and rostral region for higher stimulation frequencies. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Contributions Of Stress And Oxidation On The Formation Of Whiskers In Pb-Free Solders

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    Duncan, A. J.; Hoffman, E. N.

    2014-03-25

    This report summarizes the research activities of WP-1754. The study focusses on the environmental factors influencing formation of lead free whiskers on electrodeposited tin coatings over copper (or copper containing) substrates. Much of the initial results are summarized in an interim report. From the initial results, two main areas were chosen to be the focus of additional research: the demonstration of effects of elastic stress state in the nucleation of whiskers and the confirmation of the effect of oxygen/nitrogen ratio in the formation of whiskers. Different levels of elastic stress were induced with the incorporation of a custom designed fixture that loaded the substrates in a four-point bending configuration and were maintained in an environmental chamber under conditions deemed favorable for whisker growth. The results show that induced elastic stress slightly increased the concentration of nucleation sites of whiskers. The effects of oxygen content were studied by aging substrates in gas vials of varying absolute pressure and different oxygen/nitrogen ratios. The concentration of whiskers were measured and appear to be sensitive to absolute pressure but are not sensitive to oxygen content (as previously observed).

  7. Investigation of Whisker Growth from Alkaline Non-cyanide Zinc Electrodeposits

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    Wu, L.; Ashworth, M. A.; Wilcox, G. D.

    2017-02-01

    Electroplated zinc finishes have been widely used in the packaging of electronic products for many years as a result of their excellent corrosion resistance and relatively low cost. However, the spontaneous formation of whiskers on zinc electroplated components, which are capable of resulting in electrical shorting or other damaging effects, can be highly problematic for the reliability of long-life electrical and electronic equipment. This work investigated the mechanism for whisker growth from zinc electrodeposited mild steel substrates. The incubation time for whisker growth from the surface of nodules on the surface of the electrodeposit was considerably reduced compared with that from the planar deposit surface. Recrystallisation of the as-deposited columnar structure was observed at the whisker root. This result is consistent with some recent whisker growth models based on recrystallisation. There was no evidence of iron-zinc (Fe-Zn) intermetallic formation at the iron/zinc (Fe/Zn) interface or within the zinc coating beneath the whiskers.

  8. Wear and mechanical properties of nano-silica-fused whisker composites.

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    Xu, H H K; Quinn, J B; Giuseppetti, A A

    2004-12-01

    Resin composites must be improved if they are to overcome the high failure rates in large stress-bearing posterior restorations. This study aimed to improve wear resistance via nano-silica-fused whiskers. It was hypothesized that nano-silica-fused whiskers would significantly improve composite mechanical properties and wear resistance. Nano-silicas were fused onto whiskers and incorporated into a resin at mass fractions of 0%-74%. Fracture toughness (mean +/- SD; n = 6) was 2.92 +/- 0.14 MPa.m(1/2) for whisker composite with 74% fillers, higher than 1.13 +/- 0.19 MPa.m(1/2) for a prosthetic control, and 0.95 +/- 0.11 MPa.m(1/2) for an inlay/onlay control (Tukey's at 0.95). A whisker composite with 74% fillers had a wear depth of 77.7 +/- 6.9 mum, less than 118.0 +/- 23.8 microm of an inlay/onlay control, and 172.5 +/- 15.4 microm of a prosthetic control (p hardness, modulus, strength, and toughness, with R = 0.95-0.97. Novel nano-silica-fused whisker composites possessed high toughness and wear resistance with smooth worn surfaces, and may be useful in large stress-bearing restorations.

  9. Influence of CaCO3 Whisker Content on Mechanical and Tribological Properties of Polyetheretherketone Composites

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    Youxi LIN; Chenghui GAO; Ning LI

    2006-01-01

    The mechanical and tribological properties of polyetheretherketone(PEEK)composites filled with CaCO3 whisker in various content of 0~45%(wt pct)were investigated. The composite specimens were prepared by compression molding. Tribological testing of composites in dry wear mode against carbon steel ring was carried out on a MM200 block-on-ring apparatus. Data on neat PEEK were also included for comparison. It was observed that inclusion of CaCO3 whisker affected the most mechanical properties and the friction and wear in a beneficial way. With an increase in CaCO3 whisker content, friction coefficient continuously decreased but the trends in wear performance varied. The specific wear rate showed minima as 1.28×10-6 mm3/Nm for 15% CaCO3 whisker inclusion followed by a slow increase for further CaCO3 whisker addition. In terms of friction applications, when the tribological and mechanical properties are combined, the optimal content of CaCO3 whisker in the filled PEEK should be recommended as 15% to 20%. Fairly good correlations are observed in friction coefficient vs bending modulus and wear rate vs bending strength, confirming that the bending properties prove to be the most important tribology controlling parameters in the present work.

  10. Mechanisms for Sn whisker growth in rare earth-containing Pb-free solders

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    Dudek, M.A. [School of Materials, Fulton School of Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-8706 (United States); Chawla, N., E-mail: Nikhilesh.Chawla@asu.edu [School of Materials, Fulton School of Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-8706 (United States)

    2009-09-15

    It has recently been documented that Pb-free solder alloys doped with trace amounts of rare earth (RE) elements show a very strong propensity to grow Sn whiskers. In this work, we have investigated the effect of the addition of 2 wt.% Ce, La or Y on the whiskering behavior of Sn-3.9Ag-0.7Cu. Hillock-type whiskers around particle peripheries were observed in water-quenched alloys with smaller RESn{sub 3} particles, while furnace-cooled alloys with larger RESn{sub 3} particles formed needle-like whiskers from within the particle. Phase separation between Sn and RE oxides occurred during oxidation of the RESn{sub 3} intermetallics. A focused ion beam serial sectioning approach was used to visualize the Sn whiskers and the oxide structure. We show that the driving force for whisker growth is related to the compressive stresses that develop in these particles during the oxidation of the RE intermetallic phases.

  11. Investigation of Whisker Growth from Alkaline Non-cyanide Zinc Electrodeposits

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    Wu, L.; Ashworth, M. A.; Wilcox, G. D.

    2016-11-01

    Electroplated zinc finishes have been widely used in the packaging of electronic products for many years as a result of their excellent corrosion resistance and relatively low cost. However, the spontaneous formation of whiskers on zinc electroplated components, which are capable of resulting in electrical shorting or other damaging effects, can be highly problematic for the reliability of long-life electrical and electronic equipment. This work investigated the mechanism for whisker growth from zinc electrodeposited mild steel substrates. The incubation time for whisker growth from the surface of nodules on the surface of the electrodeposit was considerably reduced compared with that from the planar deposit surface. Recrystallisation of the as-deposited columnar structure was observed at the whisker root. This result is consistent with some recent whisker growth models based on recrystallisation. There was no evidence of iron-zinc (Fe-Zn) intermetallic formation at the iron/zinc (Fe/Zn) interface or within the zinc coating beneath the whiskers.

  12. Effects of Chitin Whiskers on Physical Properties and Osteoblast Culture of Alginate Based Nanocomposite Hydrogels.

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    Huang, Yao; Yao, Mengyu; Zheng, Xing; Liang, Xichao; Su, Xiaojuan; Zhang, Yu; Lu, Ang; Zhang, Lina

    2015-11-09

    Novel nanocomposite hydrogels composed of polyelectrolytes alginate and chitin whiskers with biocompatibility were successfully fabricated based on the pH-induced charge shifting behavior of chitin whiskers. The chitin whiskers with mean length and width of 300 and 20 nm were uniformly dispersed in negatively charged sodium alginate aqueous solution, leading to the formation of the homogeneous nanocomposite hydrogels. The experimental results indicated that their mechanical properties were significantly improved compared to alginate hydrogel and the swelling trends were inhibited as a result of the strong electrostatic interactions between the chitin whiskers and alginate. The nanocomposite hydrogels exhibited certain crystallinity and hierarchical structure with nanoscale chitin whiskers, similar to the structure of the native extracellular matrix. Moreover, the nanocomposite hydrogels were successfully applied as bone scaffolds for MC3T3-E1 osteoblast cells, showing their excellent biocompatibility and low cytotoxicity. The results of fluorescent micrographs and scanning electronic microscope (SEM) images revealed that the addition of chitin whiskers into the nanocomposite hydrogels markedly promoted the cell adhesion and proliferation of the osteoblast cells. The biocompatible nanocomposite hydrogels have potential application in bone tissue engineering.

  13. Whisker Contact Detection of Rodents Based on Slow and Fast Mechanical Inputs

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    Claverie, Laure N.; Boubenec, Yves; Debrégeas, Georges; Prevost, Alexis M.; Wandersman, Elie

    2017-01-01

    Rodents use their whiskers to locate nearby objects with an extreme precision. To perform such tasks, they need to detect whisker/object contacts with a high temporal accuracy. This contact detection is conveyed by classes of mechanoreceptors whose neural activity is sensitive to either slow or fast time varying mechanical stresses acting at the base of the whiskers. We developed a biomimetic approach to separate and characterize slow quasi-static and fast vibrational stress signals acting on a whisker base in realistic exploratory phases, using experiments on both real and artificial whiskers. Both slow and fast mechanical inputs are successfully captured using a mechanical model of the whisker. We present and discuss consequences of the whisking process in purely mechanical terms and hypothesize that free whisking in air sets a mechanical threshold for contact detection. The time resolution and robustness of the contact detection strategies based on either slow or fast stress signals are determined. Contact detection based on the vibrational signal is faster and more robust to exploratory conditions than the slow quasi-static component, although both slow/fast components allow localizing the object. PMID:28119582

  14. Fused traditional and geometric morphometrics demonstrate pinniped whisker diversity.

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    Ginter, Carly C; DeWitt, Thomas J; Fish, Frank E; Marshall, Christopher D

    2012-01-01

    Vibrissae (whiskers) are important components of the mammalian tactile sensory system, and primarily function as detectors of vibrotactile information from the environment. Pinnipeds possess the largest vibrissae among mammals and their vibrissal hair shafts demonstrate a diversity of shapes. The vibrissae of most phocid seals exhibit a beaded morphology with repeating sequences of crests and troughs along their length. However, there are few detailed analyses of pinniped vibrissal morphology, and these are limited to a few species. Therefore, we comparatively characterized differences in vibrissal hair shaft morphologies among phocid species with a beaded profile, phocid species with a smooth profile, and otariids with a smooth profile using traditional and geometric morphometric methods. Traditional morphometric measurements (peak-to-peak distance, crest width, trough width and total length) were collected using digital photographs. Elliptic Fourier analysis (geometric morphometrics) was used to quantify the outlines of whole vibrissae. The traditional and geometric morphometric datasets were subsequently combined by mathematically scaling each to true rank, followed by a single eigendecomposition. Quadratic discriminant function analysis demonstrated that 79.3, 97.8 and 100% of individuals could be correctly classified to their species based on vibrissal shape variables in the traditional, geometric and combined morphometric analyses, respectively. Phocids with beaded vibrissae, phocids with smooth vibrissae, and otariids each occupied distinct morphospace in the geometric morphometric and combined data analyses. Otariids split into two groups in the geometric morphometric analysis and gray seals appeared intermediate between beaded- and smooth-whiskered species in the traditional and combined analyses. Vibrissal hair shafts modulate the transduction of environmental stimuli to the mechanoreceptors in the follicle-sinus complex (F-SC), which results in

  15. Fused Traditional and Geometric Morphometrics Demonstrate Pinniped Whisker Diversity

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    Ginter, Carly C.; DeWitt, Thomas J.; Fish, Frank E.; Marshall, Christopher D.

    2012-01-01

    Vibrissae (whiskers) are important components of the mammalian tactile sensory system, and primarily function as detectors of vibrotactile information from the environment. Pinnipeds possess the largest vibrissae among mammals and their vibrissal hair shafts demonstrate a diversity of shapes. The vibrissae of most phocid seals exhibit a beaded morphology with repeating sequences of crests and troughs along their length. However, there are few detailed analyses of pinniped vibrissal morphology, and these are limited to a few species. Therefore, we comparatively characterized differences in vibrissal hair shaft morphologies among phocid species with a beaded profile, phocid species with a smooth profile, and otariids with a smooth profile using traditional and geometric morphometric methods. Traditional morphometric measurements (peak-to-peak distance, crest width, trough width and total length) were collected using digital photographs. Elliptic Fourier analysis (geometric morphometrics) was used to quantify the outlines of whole vibrissae. The traditional and geometric morphometric datasets were subsequently combined by mathematically scaling each to true rank, followed by a single eigendecomposition. Quadratic discriminant function analysis demonstrated that 79.3, 97.8 and 100% of individuals could be correctly classified to their species based on vibrissal shape variables in the traditional, geometric and combined morphometric analyses, respectively. Phocids with beaded vibrissae, phocids with smooth vibrissae, and otariids each occupied distinct morphospace in the geometric morphometric and combined data analyses. Otariids split into two groups in the geometric morphometric analysis and gray seals appeared intermediate between beaded- and smooth-whiskered species in the traditional and combined analyses. Vibrissal hair shafts modulate the transduction of environmental stimuli to the mechanoreceptors in the follicle-sinus complex (F-SC), which results in

  16. Fused traditional and geometric morphometrics demonstrate pinniped whisker diversity.

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    Carly C Ginter

    Full Text Available Vibrissae (whiskers are important components of the mammalian tactile sensory system, and primarily function as detectors of vibrotactile information from the environment. Pinnipeds possess the largest vibrissae among mammals and their vibrissal hair shafts demonstrate a diversity of shapes. The vibrissae of most phocid seals exhibit a beaded morphology with repeating sequences of crests and troughs along their length. However, there are few detailed analyses of pinniped vibrissal morphology, and these are limited to a few species. Therefore, we comparatively characterized differences in vibrissal hair shaft morphologies among phocid species with a beaded profile, phocid species with a smooth profile, and otariids with a smooth profile using traditional and geometric morphometric methods. Traditional morphometric measurements (peak-to-peak distance, crest width, trough width and total length were collected using digital photographs. Elliptic Fourier analysis (geometric morphometrics was used to quantify the outlines of whole vibrissae. The traditional and geometric morphometric datasets were subsequently combined by mathematically scaling each to true rank, followed by a single eigendecomposition. Quadratic discriminant function analysis demonstrated that 79.3, 97.8 and 100% of individuals could be correctly classified to their species based on vibrissal shape variables in the traditional, geometric and combined morphometric analyses, respectively. Phocids with beaded vibrissae, phocids with smooth vibrissae, and otariids each occupied distinct morphospace in the geometric morphometric and combined data analyses. Otariids split into two groups in the geometric morphometric analysis and gray seals appeared intermediate between beaded- and smooth-whiskered species in the traditional and combined analyses. Vibrissal hair shafts modulate the transduction of environmental stimuli to the mechanoreceptors in the follicle-sinus complex (F-SC, which

  17. Visible luminescence of dysprosium ions in oxyhalide lead borate glasses

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    Pisarska, Joanna; Żur, Lidia; Pisarski, Wojciech A.

    2011-08-01

    Visible luminescence of Dy 3+ ions in oxyhalide lead borate glasses was examined. Luminescence spectra show two intense bands at 480 nm and 573 nm due to 4F 9/2 → 6H 15/2 (blue) and 4F 9/2 → 6H 13/2 (yellow) transitions of Dy 3+. Luminescence decays from 4F 9/2 state and yellow-to-blue luminescence intensity ratios (Y/B) were analysed with PbX 2 (X = F, Cl) content. An introduction of PbX 2 to the borate glass results in the increasing of 4F 9/2 lifetime and the decreasing of yellow-to-blue luminescence intensity ratio, which is due to reduction of covalency between Dy 3+ and O 2-/X - ions.

  18. FTIR of binary lead borate glass: Structural investigation

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    Othman, H. A.; Elkholy, H. S.; Hager, I. Z.

    2016-02-01

    The glass samples were prepared according to the following formula: (100-x) B2O3 - x PbO, where x = 20-80 mol% by melt quenching method. The density of the prepared samples was measured and molar volume was calculated. IR spectra were measured for the prepared samples to investigate the glass structure. The IR spectra were deconvoluted using curves of Gaussian shape at approximately the same frequencies. The deconvoluted data were used to study the effect of PbO content on all the structural borate groups. Some structural parameters such as density, packing density, bond length and bond force constant were theoretically calculated and were compared to the obtained experimental results. Deviation between the experimental and theoretically calculated parameters reflects the dual role of PbO content on the network of borate glass.

  19. Borate esters as convenient reagents for direct amidation of carboxylic acids and transamidation of primary amides.

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    Starkov, Pavel; Sheppard, Tom D

    2011-03-07

    Simple borates serve as effective promoters for amide bond formation with a variety of carboxylic acids and amines. With trimethyl or tris(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl) borate, amides are obtained in good to excellent yield and high purity after a simple work-up procedure. Tris(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl) borate can also be used for the straightforward conversion of primary amides to secondary amides via transamidation.

  20. Infrared spectra of zinc doped lead borate glasses

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    S G Motke; S P Yawale; S S Yawale

    2002-02-01

    The infrared spectra of zinc-doped lead borate glasses (10–30 mol% ZnO) were measured over a continuous spectral range (400–4000 cm–1) in an attempt to study their structure systematically. No boroxol ring formation was observed in the structure of these glasses. The formation of Zn in tetrahedral coordination was not observed. The conversion of three-fold to four-fold coordinated boron took place.

  1. DID WE IGNORE THE SOCIAL COMMENTARY? RESPONDING TO BORAT ON YOUTUBE

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    Mārtiņš Kaprāns

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Ever since the fictitious Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev became an icon of contemporary popular culture, many questions have arisen about the reception of Borat by the general public. Namely, how have common people created a shared representation of Borat? And how is this complicated character and comedic manner undertaken by Sacha Baron Cohen being deciphered? These questions are crucial for understanding the challenges and constraints of social satire that exploits ethnically and stylistically sophisticated identity. To address these questions, which surely could be asked about other international media products as well, this article deals with the reception of Borat the character on YouTube. In particular, the viewers' reaction to the YouTube video titled "The Best of Borat" is analysed. This video has been viewed more than seven million times and commented on more than seven thousand times. The conceptual framework of this analysis is derived from the theory of social representations postulated by Serge Moscovici. In line with this theory two main dimensions - anchoring and objectification - are explored in order to understand how shared or divergent knowledge of Borat is created. Thus the basic socio-cognitive processes behind Borat are revealed. The results suggest that anchoring of Borat is embedded in national identification discourse, whereas objectification differentiates people according to their sense of humour. Likewise, some implications of Borat's reception for participatory culture and civic engagement are outlined.

  2. Elastic Behavior of Borate Glasses Containing Lead and Bismuth Oxides

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    Mehrdad Khanisanij

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available PbO and Bi2O3 binary borate glasses with different compositions, (MOX(B2O31−X (M = Pb, Bi, have been characterized and ultrasonic velocity as well as density is taken into account. In addition, the results have been compared with those of Ag, K, and Li oxide borate glasses from others. The ultrasonic velocities (both longitudinal and transverse and density for (PbOX(B2O31−X and (Bi2O3X(B2O31−X have been measured accurately and elastic moduli as well as hardness and Poisson’s ratio was determined. It has been demonstrated that density and ultrasonic velocities are enhanced by increasing PbO and Bi2O3 molar fraction with different values for each borate glass composition. However, the enhancement of ultrasonic velocities did not carry on continuously and after reaching a maximum point, they fell down dramatically. Both PbO and Bi2O3 showed almost similar glass improvement in case of density, ultrasonic velocity, and elastic moduli.

  3. Synthesis of AlN whiskers using cobalt oxide catalyst and their alignments for the improvement of thermal conductivity

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    Dang, Thi My Linh [Nano-Convergence Materials Center, Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology, Soho-ro 10, Jinju-si, Kyeoungsangnam-do, 660-031 (Korea, Republic of); Electronic Materials Lab., School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, SungKyunKwan Univ., Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Yoon, Dae-Ho, E-mail: dhyoon@skku.edu [Electronic Materials Lab., School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, SungKyunKwan Univ., Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Chang-Yeoul, E-mail: cykim15@kicet.re.kr [Nano-Convergence Materials Center, Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology, Soho-ro 10, Jinju-si, Kyeoungsangnam-do, 660-031 (Korea, Republic of)

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    We synthesized one dimensional (1-D) AlN whiskers by using the cobalt oxide catalyst-assisted carbothermal reduction method. The formation of AlN whiskers is investigated by the thermo-gravimetric and differential thermal analysis, Fourier-transformed infrared spectra, X-ray diffraction patterns, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy observations. It was found that Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} droplets on the surfaces of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} acted as a catalyst for the growth of AlN whiskers by vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism. In addition, AlN whiskers/PVA composites aligned in parallel with the heat flow direction showed an excellent thermal conductivity about three times higher than those of the perpendicularly aligned whisker composites. - Highlights: • AlN whiskers with high aspect ratio were synthesized from Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. • Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} droplets on the surface of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} acts as a catalyst for the whisker growth. • AlN whiskers are aligned within PVA in perpendicular and parallel with heat flow. • AlN whisker/PVA composite in perpendicular alignment shows a excellent heat conductivity.

  4. Selection of head and whisker coordination strategies during goal-oriented active touch.

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    Schroeder, Joseph B; Ritt, Jason T

    2016-04-01

    In the rodent whisker system, a key model for neural processing and behavioral choices during active sensing, whisker motion is increasingly recognized as only part of a broader motor repertoire employed by rodents during active touch. In particular, recent studies suggest whisker and head motions are tightly coordinated. However, conditions governing the selection and temporal organization of such coordinated sensing strategies remain poorly understood. We videographically reconstructed head and whisker motions of freely moving mice searching for a randomly located rewarded aperture, focusing on trials in which animals appeared to rapidly "correct" their trajectory under tactile guidance. Mice orienting after unilateral contact repositioned their whiskers similarly to previously reported head-turning asymmetry. However, whisker repositioning preceded head turn onsets and was not bilaterally symmetric. Moreover, mice selectively employed a strategy we term contact maintenance, with whisking modulated to counteract head motion and facilitate repeated contacts on subsequent whisks. Significantly, contact maintenance was not observed following initial contact with an aperture boundary, when the mouse needed to make a large corrective head motion to the front of the aperture, but only following contact by the same whisker field with the opposite aperture boundary, when the mouse needed to precisely align its head with the reward spout. Together these results suggest that mice can select from a diverse range of sensing strategies incorporating both knowledge of the task and whisk-by-whisk sensory information and, moreover, suggest the existence of high level control (not solely reflexive) of sensing motions coordinated between multiple body parts. Copyright © 2016 the American Physiological Society.

  5. Whisker-reinforced dental core buildup composites: effect of filler level on mechanical properties.

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    Xu, H H; Smith, D T; Schumacher, G E; Eichmiller, F C

    2000-12-15

    The strength and toughness of dental core buildup composites in large stress-bearing restorations need to be improved to reduce the incidence of fracture due to stresses from chewing and clenching. The aims of the present study were to develop novel core buildup composites reinforced with ceramic whiskers, to examine the effect of filler level, and to investigate the reinforcement mechanisms. Silica particles were fused onto the whiskers to facilitate silanization and to roughen the whisker surface for improved retention in the matrix. Filler level was varied from 0 to 70%. Flexural strength, compressive strength, and fracture toughness of the composites were measured. A nano-indentation system was used to measure elastic modulus and hardness. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to examine the fracture surfaces of specimens. Whisker filler level had significant effects on composite properties. The flexural strength in MPa (mean +/- SD; n = 6) increased from (95+/-15) for the unfilled resin to (193+/- 8) for the composite with 50% filler level, then slightly decreased to (176+/-12) at 70% filler level. The compressive strength increased from (149+/-33) for the unfilled resin to (282+/-48) at 10% filler level, and remained equivalent from 10 to 70% filler level. Both the modulus and hardness increased monotonically with filler level. In conclusion, silica particle-fused ceramic single-crystalline whiskers significantly reinforced dental core buildup composites. The reinforcement mechanisms appeared to be crack deflection and bridging by the whiskers. Whisker filler level had significant effects on the flexural strength, compressive strength, elastic modulus, and hardness of composites.

  6. Hydrolytic stability and tribological properties of N-containing heterocyclic borate esters as lubricant additives in rapeseed oil

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    Li, J.; Li, Zhipeng; Ren, Tianhui; Zeng, Xiangqiong; Heide, van der Emeil

    2014-01-01

    Borate ester compounds are emerging as promising materials for lubricating systems. The main drawback of borate esters however, is the susceptiblity to hydrolysis. In this work, two kinds of N-containing heterocyclic borate esters were synthesized. Their hydrolytic stability and tribological propert

  7. 76 FR 69292 - Aging Management of Stainless Steel Structures and Components in Treated Borated Water

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    ... COMMISSION Aging Management of Stainless Steel Structures and Components in Treated Borated Water AGENCY... Staff Guidance (LR-ISG), LR- ISG-2011-01, ``Aging Management of Stainless Steel Structures and Components in Treated Borated Water.'' This LR-ISG revises the guidance in the Standard Review Plan...

  8. 77 FR 27815 - Aging Management of Stainless Steel Structures and Components in Treated Borated Water

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    ... COMMISSION Aging Management of Stainless Steel Structures and Components in Treated Borated Water AGENCY..., ``Aging Management of Stainless Steel Structures and Components in Treated Borated Water.'' This LR-ISG... Power Plants (SRP-LR) and Generic Aging Lessons Learned (GALL) Report for the aging management...

  9. The effects of smoking on whisker movements: A quantitative measure of exploratory behaviour in rodents.

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    Grant, Robyn A; Cielen, Nele; Maes, Karen; Heulens, Nele; Galli, Gina L J; Janssens, Wim; Gayan-Ramirez, Ghislaine; Degens, Hans

    2016-07-01

    Nicotine, an important component of cigarette smoke, is a neurotransmitter that contributes to stress, depression and anxiety in smokers. In rodents, it increases anxiety and reduces exploratory behaviours. However, so far, the measurements of exploratory behaviour in rodents have only been semi-quantitative and lacking in sufficient detail to characterise the temporal effect of smoking cessation. As rodents, such as mice and rats, primarily use whiskers to explore their environment, we studied the effect of 3 months smoking with 1 and 2 weeks smoking cessation on whisker movements in mice, using high-speed video camera footage and image analysis. Both protraction and retraction whisker velocities were increased in smoking mice (psmoking cessation. In addition, locomotion speeds were decreased in smoking mice, and returned to normal following smoking cessation. Lung function was also impacted by smoking and remained impaired even following smoking cessation. We suggest that the increased whisker velocities in the smoking mice reflect reduced exploration and impeded tactile performance. The increase in whisker velocity with smoking, and its reduction following smoking cessation, also lends support to acetylcholine being involved in awareness, attention and alertness pathways. It also shows that smoking-induced behavioural changes can be reversed with smoking cessation, which may have implications for human smokers.

  10. Short Time-Scale Sensory Coding in S1 during Discrimination of Whisker Vibrotactile Sequences.

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    McGuire, Leah M; Telian, Gregory; Laboy-Juárez, Keven J; Miyashita, Toshio; Lee, Daniel J; Smith, Katherine A; Feldman, Daniel E

    2016-08-01

    Rodent whisker input consists of dense microvibration sequences that are often temporally integrated for perceptual discrimination. Whether primary somatosensory cortex (S1) participates in temporal integration is unknown. We trained rats to discriminate whisker impulse sequences that varied in single-impulse kinematics (5-20-ms time scale) and mean speed (150-ms time scale). Rats appeared to use the integrated feature, mean speed, to guide discrimination in this task, consistent with similar prior studies. Despite this, 52% of S1 units, including 73% of units in L4 and L2/3, encoded sequences at fast time scales (≤20 ms, mostly 5-10 ms), accurately reflecting single impulse kinematics. 17% of units, mostly in L5, showed weaker impulse responses and a slow firing rate increase during sequences. However, these units did not effectively integrate whisker impulses, but instead combined weak impulse responses with a distinct, slow signal correlated to behavioral choice. A neural decoder could identify sequences from fast unit spike trains and behavioral choice from slow units. Thus, S1 encoded fast time scale whisker input without substantial temporal integration across whisker impulses.

  11. Unilateral whisker trimming in newborn rats alters neuronal coincident discharge among mature barrel cortex neurons.

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    Ghoshal, Ayan; Lustig, Brian; Popescu, Maria; Ebner, Ford; Pouget, Pierre

    2014-10-15

    It is known that sensory deprivation, including postnatal whisker trimming, can lead to severe deficits in the firing rate properties of cortical neurons. Recent results indicate that development of synchronous discharge among cortical neurons is also activity influenced, and that correlated discharge is significantly impaired following loss of bilateral sensory input in rats. Here we investigate whether unilateral whisker trimming (unilateral deprivation or UD) after birth interferes in the same way with the development of synchronous discharge in cortex. We measured the coincidence of spikes among pairs of neurons recorded under urethane anesthesia in one whisker barrel field deprived by trimming all contralateral whiskers for 60 days after birth (UD), and in untrimmed controls (CON). In the septal columns around barrels, UD significantly increased the coincident discharge among cortical neurons compared with CON, most notably in layers II/III. In contrast, synchronous discharge was normal between layer IV UD barrel neurons: i.e., not different from CON. Thus, while bilateral whisker deprivation (BD) produced a global deficit in the development of synchrony in layer IV, UD did not block the development of synchrony between neurons in layer IV barrels and increased synchrony within septal circuits. We conclude that changes in synchronous discharge after UD are unexpectedly different from those recorded after BD, and we speculate that this effect may be due to the driven activity from active commissural inputs arising from the contralateral hemisphere that received normal activity levels during postnatal development. Copyright © 2014 the American Physiological Society.

  12. Tactile soft-sparse mean fluid-flow imaging with a robotic whisker array.

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    Tuna, Cagdas; Jones, Douglas L; Kamalabadi, Farzad

    2015-08-04

    An array of whiskers is critical to many mammals to survive in their environment. However, current engineered systems generally employ vision, radar or sonar to explore the surroundings, not having sufficiently benefited from tactile perception. Inspired by the whisking animals, we present here a novel tomography-based tactile fluid-flow imaging technique for the reconstruction of surroundings with an artificial whisker array. The moment sensed at the whisker base is the weighted integral of the drag force per length, which is proportional to the relative velocity squared on a whisker segment. We demonstrate that the 2D cross-sectional mean fluid-flow velocity-field can be successfully mapped out by collecting moment measurements at different angular positions with the whisker array. We use a regularized version of the FOCal underdetermined system solver algorithm with a smoothness constraint to obtain soft-sparse static estimates of the 2D cross-sectional velocity-squared distribution. This new proposed approach has the strong potential to be an alternative environmental sensing technology, particularly in dark or murky environments.

  13. Isolation of whiskers from natural sources and their dispersed in a non-aqueous medium

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    Mauro Vestena

    Full Text Available Abstract Whiskers have been used as a nanomaterial dispersed in polymer matrices to modify the microscopic and macroscopic properties of the polymer. These nanomaterials can be isolated from cellulose, one of the most abundant natural renewable sources of biodegradable polymer. In this study, whiskers were isolated from sugarcane bagasse and corn cob straw fibers. Initially, the cellulose fiber was treated through an alkaline/oxidative process followed by acid hydrolysis. Dimethylformamide and dimethyl sulfoxide were used to replace the aqueous medium for the dispersion of the whiskers. For the solvent exchange, dimethylformamide or dimethyl sulfoxide was added to the aqueous dispersion and the water was then removed by fractional distillation. FTIR, TGA, XRD, TEM, Zeta and DLS techniques were used to evaluate the efficiency of the isolation process as well as the morphology and dimensions of the whiskers. The dimensions of the whiskers are comparable with values reported in the literature, maintaining the uniformity and homogeneity in both aqueous and non-aqueous solvents.

  14. Preparation of mullite whiskers reinforced SiC/Al2O3 composites by microwave sintering

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    Wei Li

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Mullite whiskers reinforced SiC/Al2O3 composites were prepared by microwave sintering in a microwave chamber with TE666 resonant mode. Original SiC particles were coated with SiO2 using sol-gel processing and mixed with Al2O3 particles. Mullite was formed in the reaction between SiO2 and Al2O3. The isostatically pressed cylindrical pellets were sintered from 1350 °C to 1600 °C for 30 min. Physical and chemical responses were investigated by detecting changes in reflected power during the microwave sintering process. XRD was carried out to characterize the samples and showed that mullite could be formed at 1200 °C. Bridging of mullite whiskers between Al2O3 and SiC particles was observed by SEM and is due to a so-called local hot spot effect, which was the unique feature for microwave sintering. The optimized microwave sintering temperature was 1500 °C corresponding to the maximum amount of mullite whiskers within SiC/Al2O3 composites. The high electro-magnetic field enhanced the decomposition of mullite at higher temperatures above 1550 °C. The mechanical properties of mullite whiskers reinforced SiC/Al2O3 composites are much better than the SiC/Al2O3 composites without mullite whiskers.

  15. Morphology and properties of soy protein isolate thermoplastics reinforced with chitin whiskers.

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    Lu, Yongshang; Weng, Lihui; Zhang, Lina

    2004-01-01

    Environmentally friendly thermoplastic nanocomposites were successfully developed using a colloidal suspension of chitin whiskers as a filler to reinforce soy protein isolate (SPI) plastics. The chitin whiskers, having lengths of 500 +/- 50 nm and diameters of 50 +/- 10 nm on average, were prepared from commercial chitin by acid hydrolysis. The dependence of morphology and properties on the chitin whiskers content in the range from 0 to 30 wt % for the glycerol plasticized SPI nanocomposites was investigated by dynamic mechanical thermal analysis, scanning electron microscopy, swelling experiment, and tensile testing. The results indicate that the strong interactions between fillers and between the filler and SPI matrix play an important role in reinforcing the composites without interfering with their biodegradability. The SPI/chitin whisker nanocomposites at 43% relative humidity increased in both tensile strength and Young's modulus from 3.3 MPa for the SPI sheet to 8.4 MPa and from 26 MPa for the SPI sheet to 158 MPa, respectively. Further, incorporating chitin whisker into the SPI matrix leads to an improvement in water resistance for the SPI based nanocomposites.

  16. Exquisitely sensitive seal whisker-like sensors detect wakes at large distances

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    Beem, Heather R

    2015-01-01

    Blindfolded harbor seals are able to use their uniquely shaped whiskers to track vortex wakes left by moving animals and objects that passed by up to 30 seconds earlier; this is an impressive feat as the flow features they detect may have velocity as low as 1 mm/s, and the seals have some capacity to identify the shape of the object as well. They do so while swimming forward at high speed, hence their whiskers are sensitive enough to detect small-scale changes in the external flow field, while rejecting self-generated flow noise. Here we identify and illustrate a novel flow mechanism that allows artificial whiskers with the identical unique geometry as those of the harbor seal to detect the features of minute flow fluctuations in wakes produced by objects far away. This is shown through the study of a model problem, consisting of a harbor seal whisker model interacting with the wake of an upstream circular cylinder. We show that whereas in open water the whisker geometry results in very low vibration, once it...

  17. Fast feedback in active sensing: touch-induced changes to whisker-object interaction.

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    Dudi Deutsch

    Full Text Available Whisking mediated touch is an active sense whereby whisker movements are modulated by sensory input and behavioral context. Here we studied the effects of touching an object on whisking in head-fixed rats. Simultaneous movements of whiskers C1, C2, and D1 were tracked bilaterally and their movements compared. During free-air whisking, whisker protractions were typically characterized by a single acceleration-deceleration event, whisking amplitude and velocity were correlated, and whisk duration correlated with neither amplitude nor velocity. Upon contact with an object, a second acceleration-deceleration event occurred in about 25% of whisk cycles, involving both contacting (C2 and non-contacting (C1, D1 whiskers ipsilateral to the object. In these cases, the rostral whisker (C2 remained in contact with the object throughout the double-peak phase, which effectively prolonged the duration of C2 contact. These "touch-induced pumps" (TIPs were detected, on average, 17.9 ms after contact. On a slower time scale, starting at the cycle following first touch, contralateral amplitude increased while ipsilateral amplitude decreased. Our results demonstrate that sensory-induced motor modulations occur at various timescales, and directly affect object palpation.

  18. Isolation of whiskers from natural sources and their dispersed in a non-aqueous medium

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    Vestena, Mauro; Gross, Idejan Padilha; Pires, Alfredo Tiburcio Nunes; Muller, Carmen Maria Olivera, E-mail: mauro@utfpr.edu.br [Universidade Federal Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianopolis, SC (Brazil)

    2016-10-15

    Whiskers have been used as a nano material dispersed in polymer matrices to modify the microscopic and macroscopic properties of the polymer. These nanomaterials can be isolated from cellulose, one of the most abundant natural renewable sources of biodegradable polymer. In this study, whiskers were isolated from sugarcane bagasse and corn cob straw fibers. Initially, the cellulose fiber was treated through an alkaline/oxidative process followed by acid hydrolysis. Dimethylformamide and dimethyl sulfoxide were used to replace the aqueous medium for the dispersion of the whiskers. For the solvent exchange, dimethylformamide or dimethyl sulfoxide was added to the aqueous dispersion and the water was then removed by fractional distillation. FTIR, TGA, XRD, TEM, Zeta and DLS techniques were used to evaluate the efficiency of the isolation process as well as the morphology and dimensions of the whiskers. The dimensions of the whiskers are comparable with values reported in the literature, maintaining the uniformity and homogeneity in both aqueous and non-aqueous solvents. (author)

  19. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of CaCO3 Whisker-reinforced Cement

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    CAO Mingli; WEI Jianqiang

    2011-01-01

    Composite Portland cement (PC) played an important role in various kinds of construction engineering owing to low hydration heat,low-cost,and application of solid industrial waste,but its brittleness and low strength limited its use in stress-bearing locations.The aim of this study is to improve the toughness and fracture resistance by incorporating CaCO3 whisker in cement matrix.Effect of different content of calcium carbonate whiskers on the mechanical properties of PC was investigated.The results showed that the flexural strength,impact strength and split tensile strength were increased by 39.7%,39.25% and 36.34% at maximum,respectively.Microstructure and elements of the whiskers in hardened cement were observed and analyzed by SEM/EDS.The mechanisms of the reinforcement of CaCO3 whisker on cement were also discussed,and the conclusion was that the improvement could be correlated to energy-dissipating processes owing to crack bridging,crack deflection,and whisker pull-out at the crack tips.

  20. Bilateral projections from rat MI whisker cortex to the neostriatum, thalamus, and claustrum: forebrain circuits for modulating whisking behavior.

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    Alloway, Kevin D; Smith, Jared B; Beauchemin, Kyle J; Olson, Michelle L

    2009-08-10

    In rats, whisking behavior is characterized by high-frequency synchronous movements and other stereotyped patterns of bilateral coordination that are rarely seen in the bilateral movements of the limbs. This suggests that the motor systems controlling whisker and limb movements must have qualitative or quantitative differences in their interhemispheric connections. To test this hypothesis, anterograde tracing methods were used to characterize the bilateral distribution of projections from the whisker and forepaw regions in the primary motor (MI) cortex. Unilateral tracer injections in the MI whisker or forepaw regions revealed robust projections to the corresponding MI cortical area in the contralateral hemisphere. Both MI regions project bilaterally to the neostriatum, but the corticostriatal projections from the whisker region are denser and more evenly distributed across both hemispheres than those from the MI forepaw region. The MI whisker region projects bilaterally to several nuclei in the thalamus, whereas the MI forepaw region projects almost exclusively to the ipsilateral thalamus. The MI whisker region sends dense projections to the contralateral claustrum, but those to the ipsilateral claustrum are less numerous. By contrast, the MI forepaw region sends few projections to the claustrum of either hemisphere. Bilateral deposits of different tracers in MI revealed overlapping projections to the neostriatum, thalamus, and claustrum when the whisker regions were injected, but not when the forepaw regions were injected. These results suggest that the bilateral coordination of the whiskers depends, in part, on MI projections to the contralateral neostriatum, thalamus, and claustrum. Copyright 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  1. Box, Line, and Midgap Plots: Effects of Display Characteristics on the Accuracy and Bias of Estimates of Whisker Length.

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    Stock, William A.; Behrens, John T.

    1991-01-01

    The accuracy and bias of estimates of whisker length based on box, line, and midgap plots were examined. For each type of graph, 20 different undergraduates (n=60) viewed 48 single-plot graphs. Whisker-length estimates for box and line plots were more accurate and less biased than those for midgap plots. (TJH)

  2. A kind of carbon whiskers in new structure and morphology

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    DONG; Jian

    2001-01-01

    [1]Endo, M., Saito, R., Dresselhaus, M. S. et al. From carbon fibers to nanotubes, in Carbon Nanotubes Preparations and Properties (ed. Ebbesen, T. W.), New York: CRC Press Inc., 1997, 54-66.[2]Baker, R. T. K., Baker, M. A., Harris, P. S. et al., Nucleation and growth of carbon deposits from the nickel catalyzed de-composition of acetylene, J.Catal., 1972, 26(7): 51.[3]Audier, M., Coulon, M., Kinetic and microscopic aspects of catalytic carbon growth, Carbon, 1985, 23(3): 317.[4]Oberlin, A., Endo, M., Koyama, T., High resolution microscope observations of graphitized carbon fibers, Carbon, 1976, 14(1): 133.[5]Bacon, R., Growth, structure, and properties of graphite whiskers, Journal of Applied Physics, 1960, 31(2): 283.[6]Murayama, H., Maeda, M., A novel form of filamentous graphite, Nature, 1990, 345(28): 791.[7]Pimpinelli, A., Villain, J., Physics of Crystal Growth, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998, 62-64.[8]Minkoff, I., Solidification and Cast Structure, Chichester: Wiley, 1986, 42-47.[9]Pierson, H. O., Handbook of Carbon, Graphite, Diamond, and Fullerenes: Properties, Processing, and Applications, Park Ridge: Noyes Publications, 1993, 151.[10]Bennema, P., Spiral growth and surface roughing: Developments since Burton, Cabrera and Frank, Journal of Crystal Growth, 1984, 69(2): 182.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of cadmium doped lead–borate glasses

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    A A Alemi; H Sedghi; A R Mirmohseni; V Golsanamlu

    2006-02-01

    Cadmium doped lead–borate glasses were prepared from the melts in appropriate proportions of PbO2, H3BO3 and (15–40 mol%) CdO mixture in the temperature range 700–950°C. The infrared spectra of the glasses in the range 400–4000 cm-1 show their structures. No boroxol ring formation was observed in the structure of these glasses. Furthermore, doped cadmium atoms were not seen in tetrahedral coordination. But the conversion of three-fold to four-fold coordination of boron atoms in the structure of glasses was observed.

  4. General and Localized Corrosion of Borated Stainless Steels

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    T.E. Lister; Ronald E. Mizia; A.W. Erickson; T.L. Trowbridge; B. S. Matteson

    2008-03-01

    The Transportation, Aging and Disposal (TAD) canister-based system is being proposed to transport and store spent nuclear fuel at the Monitored Geologic Repository (MGR) located at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The preliminary design of this system identifies borated stainless steel as the neutron absorber material that will be used to fabricate fuel basket inserts for nuclear criticality control. This paper discusses corrosion test results for verifying the performance of this material manufactured to the requirements of ASTM A887, Grade A, under the expected repository conditions.

  5. Optical properties of lead borate glasses containing Dy3+ ions

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    Pisarska, Joanna

    2009-07-01

    Optical properties of lead borate glasses containing Dy3+ ions were examined using absorption and luminescence measurements and theoretical calculations based on the Judd-Ofelt framework and the Inokuti-Hirayama model. The luminescence spectra show two characteristic bands at 480 and 573 nm, which are due to 4F9/2-6H15/2 (blue) and 4F9/2-6H13/2 (yellow) transitions of trivalent Dy3+ ions. The yellow/blue luminescence and its decay were analyzed as a function of activator concentration.

  6. Luminescence behavior of Dy 3+ ions in lead borate glasses

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    Pisarska, Joanna

    2009-10-01

    Dy-doped lead borate glasses were studied. The luminescence spectra showed two characteristic bands at 480 and 573 nm due to 4F 9/2- 6H 15/2 (blue) and 4F 9/2- 6H 13/2 (yellow) transitions of Dy 3+. The yellow/blue luminescence of trivalent dysprosium was analyzed as a function of the B 2O 3/PbO ratios, the activator (Dy 3+) and the PbX 2 (X = F, Cl, Br) content.

  7. Whisker Orientation Function and Elastic Modulus of the as-cast 20%SiCw/Mg Composite

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    2001-01-01

    The relationship between the plane-orientation function and the space-orientation function of whiskers in whisker-reinforced metal matrix composites was analyzed theoretically. The actual orientation of whiskers in the as-cast 20%SiCw/Mg composite (SiCw content in volume fraction) were investigated, and the elastic modulus of the composite was measured with an ultrasonic velocity analyzer. Results show that there is an evident difference be-tween the plane-orientation function and the space-orientation function of whiskers and the space-orientation function can represent the actual condition of the composite. Only by using the space-orientation function of whiskers, the difference of elastic modulus of the as-cast composite in different directions can be explained reasonably.

  8. Tapered ZnO Whiskers: {hkil}-Specific Mosaic Twinning VLS Growth from a Partially Molten Bottom Source

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    Chen Shuei-Yuan

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Zn particulates overlaid with wurtzite (W-type ZnO condensates having nearly orthogonal and facets were found to self-catalyze unusual tapered W-ZnO whiskers upon isothermal atmospheric annealing, i.e., thermal oxidation, at 600 °C. Analytical electron microscopic observations indicated that such whiskers formed tapered slabs having mosaic and twinned domains. The tapered whiskers can be rationalized by an alternative vapor–liquid–solid growth, i.e., {hkil}-specific coalescence twinning growth from the ZnO condensates taking advantage of a partially molten bottom source of Zn and the adsorption of atoms at the whisker tips and ledges under the influence of capillarity effect. The tapered whiskers having strong photoluminescence at 391 nm and with a considerable flexibility could have potential applications.

  9. Aluminum extraction from aluminum industrial wastes

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    Amer, A. M.

    2010-05-01

    Aluminum dross tailings, an industrial waste from the Egyptian Aluminum Company (Egyptalum), was used to produce two types of alums: aluminum sulfate alum (Al2(SO4)3·12H2O) and ammonium aluminum alum {(NH4)2SO4AL2 (SO4)3·24H2O}. This was carried out in two processes. The first involves leaching the impurities using diluted H2SO4 with different solid/liquid ratios at different temperatures to dissolve the impurities present in the starting material in the form of aluminum sulfates. The second process is the extraction of aluminum (as aluminum sulfate) from the purified aluminum dross tailings thus produced. This was carried out in an autoclave. The effects of temperature, time of reaction, and acid concentration on pressure leaching and extraction processes were studied in order to specify the optimum conditions to be applied in the bench scale production as well as the kinetics of leaching process.

  10. ALUMINUM BOX BUNDLING PRESS

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    Iosif DUMITRESCU

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available In municipal solid waste, aluminum is the main nonferrous metal, approximately 80- 85% of the total nonferrous metals. The income per ton gained from aluminum recuperation is 20 times higher than from glass, steel boxes or paper recuperation. The object of this paper is the design of a 300 kN press for aluminum box bundling.

  11. Whisker/Cone growth on the thermal control surfaces experiment no. S0069

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    Zwiener, James M.; Coston, James E., Jr.; Miller, Edgar R.; Mell, Richard J.; Wilkes, Donald R.

    1995-01-01

    An unusual surface 'growth' was found during scanning electron microscope (SEM) investigations of the Thermal Control Surface Experiment (TCSE) S0069 front thermal cover. This 'growth' is similar to the cone type whisker growth phenomena as studied by G. K. Wehner beginning in the 1960's. Extensive analysis has identified the most probable composition of the whiskers to be a silicate type glass. Sources of the growth material are outgassing products from the experiment and orbital atomic oxygen, which occurs naturally at the orbital altitudes of the LDEF mission in the form of neutral atomic oxygen. The highly ordered symmetry and directionality of the whiskers are attributed to the long term (5.8 year) stable flight orientation of the LDEF.

  12. Inclusions in Si whiskers grown by Ni metal induced lateral crystallization

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    Radnóczi, György Zoltán; Knez, Daniel; Hofer, Ferdinand; Frangis, Nikolaos; Vouroutzis, Nikolaos; Stoemenos, John; Pécz, Béla

    2017-04-01

    The formation of Nickel-di-silicide inclusions in silicon whiskers grown during low temperature Ni Metal Induced Lateral Crystallization of amorphous Silicon was studied by High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy, Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy, and Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy. The heat treatment of the samples lasted for 11 + 11 days at 413 °C for the first 11 days and 442 °C for the rest of the time. The size of the inclusions ranges from just a few atoms to 15-20 nm. It was shown that the NiSi2 inclusions have the form of tetrahedrons, which are bound by {111} coherent interfaces with the Si matrix. These inclusions are homogeneously distributed along the whiskers, and the Ni percentage incorporated in these is 0.035 at. %. The tetrahedral inclusions are formed by trapping NiSi2 clusters at the Si/NiSi2 interface during whisker growth.

  13. Stability to irradiation of SiGe whisker crystals used for sensors of physical values

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    Druzhinin A. A.

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available An influence of g-irradiation (Co60 with doze up to 1—1018 сm–2 and magnetic field with induction up to 14 T on conduction of 1–xGex (х = 0,03 whisker crystals with resistivity of 0,08—0,025 Оhm·сm in temperature range 4,2—300 K have been studied. It is shown that whisker crystals resistance faintly varies under irradiation with doze 2·1017 сm–2, while their magnetoresistance substantially changes. The strain sensors stable to irradiation action operating in high magnetic fields on the base of the whiskers have been designed.

  14. Could Zinc Whiskers Be Impacting Your Electronic Systems? Raise Your Awareness. Revision D

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    Sampson, Michael; Brusse, Jay

    2003-01-01

    During the past several decades electrical short circuits induced by "Zinc Whiskers" have been cited as the root cause of failure for various electronic systems (e.g., apnea monitors, telecom switches). These tiny filaments of zinc that may grow from some zinc-coated items (especially those coated by electroplating processes) have the potential to induce electrical shorts in exposed circuitry. Through this article, the authors describe a particular failure scenario attributed to zinc whiskers that has affected many facilities (including some NASA facilities) that utilized zinc-coated raised "access" floor tiles and support structures. Zinc whiskers that may be growing beneath your raised floor have the potential to wreak havoc on electronic systems operating above the floor.

  15. Harbor seal whiskers synchronize with upstream wake over a range of distances

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    Beem, Heather; Triantafyllou, Michael

    2014-11-01

    Harbor seal whiskers have been shown to exhibit unique vibration properties as they encounter vortex wakes. Seals may use this information to detect hydrodynamic trails left by fish prey. A scaled model, which captures the undulatory morphology of the harbor seal whisker and is designed to freely vibrate, is tested here to explore these properties in more detail. This model is towed downstream of a larger cylinder, which generates a vortex wake. Effects of downstream distance, lateral distance, and diameter ratio between the two objects are explored. Frequency measurements are collected simultaneously through use of a pressure sensor placed in the wake. Cross-correlation of the whisker motion and cylinder wake pressure provides evidence that frequency synchronization holds for a range of separation distances and wake generator sizes.

  16. Mechanical characterization of C{sub 60} whiskers by MEMS bend testing

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    Larsson, M P; Lucyszyn, S [Optical and Semiconductor Devices Group, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom)], E-mail: s.lucyszyn@imperial.ac.uk

    2009-04-01

    Little has been published on the mechanical characteristics of C{sub 60} whiskers, due to the inherent difficulties in physically mounting such small test samples. Earlier reported results suggested Young's modulus values of 32 and 54 GPa, with 130 and 160 micron diameter C{sub 60} nanowhiskers, respectively, using compressive deformation techniques. In our work, an experimental bespoke silicon-based microelectromechanical system has been developed to extract an other value. 1th as been found, through parameter extraction techniques, that a Young's modulus of only {approx} 2 GPa is obtained with a C{sub 60} whisker having a diameter of 4 microns. By including the previously published data points, there is now strong evidence to suggest an inverse proportionality relationship between the Young's modulus and the diameter of a C{sub 60} whisker.

  17. Inverted migration of rare whisker sheatfish in Nong-Han Lake, northeastern Thailand: implications for conservation.

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    Phongkaew, P; Arunyawat, U; Swatdipong, A; Hongtrakul, V

    2014-09-12

    Nong-Han Lake, Thailand, sustains the whisker sheatfish (Micronema bleekeri Günther, 1864), which is a rare species of freshwater catfish. Wild-caught whisker sheatfish has been intensively harvested to meet market demand; yet, genetic information about this species remains unknown. To assist with the in situ conservation of whisker sheatfish populations in Nong-Han Lake, 35 and 34 individuals from the middle (MN) and lower (LN) areas of the lake, respectively, were studied using 7 microsatellite loci. Low genetic variation was detected in the MN (HO=0.338, AR=2.710) and LN (HO=0.394, AR=2.714) populations. Genetic differentiation between the 2 populations was significant (FST=0.063, PChao Phraya River basins is required to assist national-scale conservation efforts.

  18. Visual Map Shifts based on Whisker-Guided Cues in the Young Mouse Visual Cortex

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    Kohei Yoshitake

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Mice navigate nearby space using their vision and whiskers, and young mice learn to integrate these heterogeneous inputs in perceptual space. We found that cortical responses were depressed in the primary visual cortex of young mice after wearing a monocular prism. This depression was uniformly observed in the primary visual cortex and was eliminated by whisker trimming or lesions in the posterior parietal cortex. Compensatory visual map shifts of responses elicited via the eye that had worn the prism were also observed. As a result, cortical responses elicited via each eye were clearly separated when a visual stimulus was placed in front of the mice. A comparison of response areas before and after prism wearing indicated that the map shifts were produced by depression with spatial eccentricity. Visual map shifts based on whisker-guided cues may serve as a model for investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying higher sensory integration in the mammalian brain.

  19. Morphology and formation mechanism of hydroxyapatite whiskers from moderately acid solution

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    Hongquan Zhang

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Hydroxyapatite (HA whiskers with uniform morphology and good crystallinity were successfully prepared by a precipitation-hydrolysis method in moderately acid solution at 85-95 °C for 48-120 h, their lengths were in the range of 50-150 mum and aspect ratios (length/diameter in the range of 40-100. The precipitates formed at each stage of the synthesis were characterized by XRD, FTIR, TEM and SEM. The morphology and crystallinity of the precipitates depended on the synthesis temperature and time as well as the concentrations of soluble calcium and phosphate ions. The HA whiskers were formed by the hydrolysis of precursors produced during the reactions and took over the morphology of fibrous octacalcium phosphate (OCP. The stoichiometric HA whiskers were improved with the increase of pH value of solution, the synthetic temperature and the duration.

  20. Encoding whisker deflection velocity within the rodent barrel cortex using phase-delayed inhibition.

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    Liu, Runjing; Patel, Mainak; Joshi, Badal

    2014-12-01

    The primary sensory feature represented within the rodent barrel cortex is the velocity with which a whisker has been deflected. Whisker deflection velocity is encoded within the thalamus via population synchrony (higher deflection velocities entail greater synchrony among the corresponding thalamic population). Thalamic (TC) cells project to regular spiking (RS) cells within the barrel cortex, as well as to inhibitory cortical fast-spiking (FS) neurons, which in turn project to RS cells. Thus, TC spikes result in EPSPs followed, with a small time lag, by IPSPs within an RS cell, and hence the RS cell decodes TC population synchrony by employing a phase-delayed inhibition synchrony detection scheme. As whisker deflection velocity is increased, the probability that an RS cell spikes rises, while jitter in the timing of RS cell spikes remains constant. Furthermore, repeated whisker deflections with fixed velocity lead to system adaptation--TC →RS, TC →FS, and FS →RS synapses all weaken substantially, leading to a smaller probability of spiking of the RS cell and increased jitter in the timing of RS cell spikes. Interestingly, RS cell activity is better able to distinguish among different whisker deflection velocities after adaptation. In this work, we construct a biophysical model of a basic 'building block' of barrel cortex - the feedforward circuit consisting of TC cells, FS cells, and a single RS cell - and we examine the ability of the purely feedforward circuit to explain the experimental data on RS cell spiking probability, jitter, adaptation, and deflection velocity discrimination. Moreover, we study the contribution of the phase-delayed inhibition network structure to the ability of an RS cell to decode whisker deflection velocity encoded via TC population synchrony.

  1. Alterations in functional thalamocortical connectivity following neonatal whisker trimming with adult regrowth.

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    Simons, D J; Carvell, G E; Kyriazi, H T

    2015-09-01

    Neonatal whisker trimming followed by adult whisker regrowth leads to higher responsiveness and altered receptive field properties of cortical neurons in corresponding layer 4 barrels. Studies of functional thalamocortical (TC) connectivity in normally reared adult rats have provided insights into how experience-dependent TC synaptic plasticity could impact the establishment of feedforward excitatory and inhibitory receptive fields. The present study employed cross-correlation analyses to investigate lasting effects of neonatal whisker trimming on functional connections between simultaneously recorded thalamic neurons and regular-spike (RS), presumed excitatory, and fast-spike (FS), presumed inhibitory, barrel neurons. We find that, as reported previously, RS and FS cells in whisker-trimmed animals fire more during the earliest phase of their whisker-evoked responses, corresponding to the arrival of TC inputs, despite a lack of change or even a slight decrease in the firing of thalamic cells that contact them. Functional connections from thalamus to cortex are stronger. The probability of finding TC-RS connections was twofold greater in trimmed animals and similar to the frequency of TC-FS connections in control and trimmed animals, the latter being unaffected by whisker trimming. Unlike control cases, trimmed RS units are more likely to receive inputs from TC units (TCUs) and have mismatched angular tuning and even weakly responsive TCUs make strong functional connections on them. Results indicate that developmentally appropriate tactile experience early in life promotes the differential thalamic engagement of excitatory and inhibitory cortical neurons that underlies normal barrel function. Copyright © 2015 the American Physiological Society.

  2. Sensory prediction on a whiskered robot: A tactile analogy to "optic flow"

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    Christopher L Schroeder

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available When an animal moves an array of sensors (e.g., the hand, the eye through the environment, spatial and temporal gradients of sensory data are related by the velocity of the moving sensory array. In vision, the relationship between spatial and temporal brightness gradients is quantified in the optical flow equation. In the present work, we suggest an analog to optical flow for the rodent vibrissal (whisker array, in which the perceptual intensity that flows over the array is bending moment. Changes in bending moment are directly related to radial object distance, defined as the distance between the base of a whisker and the point of contact with the object. Using both simulations and a 1x5 array (row of artificial whiskers, we demonstrate that local object curvature can be estimated based on differences in radial distance across the array. We then develop two algorithms, both based on tactile flow, to predict the future contact points that will be obtained as the whisker array translates along the object. The translation of the robotic whisker array represents the rat's head velocity. The first algorithm uses a calculation of the local object slope, while the second uses a calculation of the local object curvature. Both algorithms successfully predict future contact points for simple surfaces. The algorithm based on curvature was found to more accurately predict future contact points as surfaces became more irregular. We quantify the inter-related effects of whisker spacing and the object’s spatial frequencies, and examine the issues that arise in the presence of real-world noise, friction, and slip.

  3. Sensory prediction on a whiskered robot: a tactile analogy to "optical flow".

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    Schroeder, Christopher L; Hartmann, Mitra J Z

    2012-01-01

    When an animal moves an array of sensors (e.g., the hand, the eye) through the environment, spatial and temporal gradients of sensory data are related by the velocity of the moving sensory array. In vision, the relationship between spatial and temporal brightness gradients is quantified in the "optical flow" equation. In the present work, we suggest an analog to optical flow for the rodent vibrissal (whisker) array, in which the perceptual intensity that "flows" over the array is bending moment. Changes in bending moment are directly related to radial object distance, defined as the distance between the base of a whisker and the point of contact with the object. Using both simulations and a 1×5 array (row) of artificial whiskers, we demonstrate that local object curvature can be estimated based on differences in radial distance across the array. We then develop two algorithms, both based on tactile flow, to predict the future contact points that will be obtained as the whisker array translates along the object. The translation of the robotic whisker array represents the rat's head velocity. The first algorithm uses a calculation of the local object slope, while the second uses a calculation of the local object curvature. Both algorithms successfully predict future contact points for simple surfaces. The algorithm based on curvature was found to more accurately predict future contact points as surfaces became more irregular. We quantify the inter-related effects of whisker spacing and the object's spatial frequencies, and examine the issues that arise in the presence of real-world noise, friction, and slip.

  4. Lithium conducting ionic liquids based on lithium borate salts

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    Zygadlo-Monikowska, E.; Florjanczyk, Z.; Sluzewska, K.; Ostrowska, J.; Langwald, N.; Tomaszewska, A. [Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, ul. Noakowskiego 3, 00-664 Warsaw (Poland)

    2010-09-15

    The simple reaction of trialkoxyborates with butyllithium resulted in the obtaining of new lithium borate salts: Li{l_brace}[CH{sub 3}(OCH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}){sub n}O]{sub 3}BC{sub 4}H{sub 9}{r_brace}, containing oxyethylene substituents (EO) of n=1, 2, 3 and 7. Salts of n {>=} 2 show properties of room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) of low glass transition temperature, T{sub g} of the order from -70 to -80 C. The ionic conductivity of the salts depends on the number of EO units, the highest conductivity is shown by the salt with n = 3; in bulk its ambient temperature conductivity is 2 x 10{sup -5} S cm{sup -1} and in solution in cyclic propylene sulfite or EC/PC mixture, conductivity increases by an order of magnitude. Solid polymer electrolytes with borate salts over a wide concentration range, from 10 to 90 mol.% were obtained and characterized. Three types of polymeric matrices: poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), poly(trimethylene carbonate) (PTMC) and two copolymers of acrylonitrile and butyl acrylate p(AN-BuA) were used in them as polymer matrices. It has been found that for systems of low salt concentration (10 mol.%) the best conducting properties were shown by solid polymer electrolytes with PEO, whereas for systems of high salt concentration, of the polymer-in-salt type, good results were achieved for PTMC as polymer matrix. (author)

  5. Analysis of whisker-toughened ceramic components - A design engineer's viewpoint

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    Duffy, Stephen F.; Manderscheid, Jane M.; Palko, Joseph L.

    1989-01-01

    The analysis of components fabricated from whisker-toughened ceramic matrix composites requires a departure from the 'factor-of-safety' design philosophy prevalent in the design of metallic structural component, which are more tolerant of flaws. A public-domain computer algorithm has been developed which, in conjunction with a general-purposed FEM program, can predict the fast-fracture reliability of a structural component under multiaxial loading conditions. The present version of the algorithm, designated 'Toughened Ceramics Analysis and Reliability Evaluation of Structures', accounts for material symmetry imposed by whisker orientation; the processes of crack deflection and crack pinning are also addressed.

  6. Extensive Hair Shaft Growth after Mouse Whisker Follicle Isolation, Cryopreservation and Transplantation in Nude Mice.

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    Wenluo Cao

    Full Text Available We previously demonstrated that whole hair follicles could be cryopreserved to maintain their stem-cells differentation potential. In the present study, we demonstrated that cryopreserved mouse whisker hair follicles maintain their hair growth potential. DMSO better cryopreserved mouse whisker follicles compared to glycerol. Cryopreserved hair follicles also maintained the hair follicle-associated-pluripotent (HAP stem cells, evidenced by P75NTR expression. Subcutaneous transplantation of DMSO-cryopreserved hair follicles in nude mice resulted in extensive hair fiber growth over 8 weeks, indicating the functional recovery of hair shaft growth of cryopreserved hair follicles.

  7. Extensive Hair Shaft Growth after Mouse Whisker Follicle Isolation, Cryopreservation and Transplantation in Nude Mice.

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    Cao, Wenluo; Li, Lingna; Tran, Benjamin; Kajiura, Satoshi; Amoh, Yasuyuki; Liu, Fang; Hoffman, Robert M

    2015-01-01

    We previously demonstrated that whole hair follicles could be cryopreserved to maintain their stem-cells differentation potential. In the present study, we demonstrated that cryopreserved mouse whisker hair follicles maintain their hair growth potential. DMSO better cryopreserved mouse whisker follicles compared to glycerol. Cryopreserved hair follicles also maintained the hair follicle-associated-pluripotent (HAP) stem cells, evidenced by P75NTR expression. Subcutaneous transplantation of DMSO-cryopreserved hair follicles in nude mice resulted in extensive hair fiber growth over 8 weeks, indicating the functional recovery of hair shaft growth of cryopreserved hair follicles.

  8. The 'whisker sign' as an indicator of ochronosis in skeletal scintigraphy

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    Paul, R.; Ylinen, S.L. (Turku Univ. (Finland). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine)

    1991-03-01

    A patient with alkaptonuria and ochronotic arthrosis was imaged twice with ({sup 99m}Tc-DPD) - once during a bout of arthritic knee pain and once when symptom-free. There was a marked accumulation of radioactivity in the large joints. During the episode of arthritis the knee joints had a higher uptake than when the patient was without symptoms. The intervertebral discs showed a high uptake which extended laterally from the axial vertebral column; the finding gave an impression of whiskers, and this 'whisker sign' may be characteristic of ochronosis. (orig.).

  9. Extensive Hair Shaft Growth after Mouse Whisker Follicle Isolation, Cryopreservation and Transplantation in Nude Mice

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    Cao, Wenluo; Li, Lingna; Tran, Benjamin; Kajiura, Satoshi; Amoh, Yasuyuki; Liu, Fang; Hoffman, Robert M.

    2015-01-01

    We previously demonstrated that whole hair follicles could be cryopreserved to maintain their stem-cells differentation potential. In the present study, we demonstrated that cryopreserved mouse whisker hair follicles maintain their hair growth potential. DMSO better cryopreserved mouse whisker follicles compared to glycerol. Cryopreserved hair follicles also maintained the hair follicle-associated-pluripotent (HAP) stem cells, evidenced by P75NTR expression. Subcutaneous transplantation of DMSO-cryopreserved hair follicles in nude mice resulted in extensive hair fiber growth over 8 weeks, indicating the functional recovery of hair shaft growth of cryopreserved hair follicles. PMID:26716690

  10. Nanocomposite polymer electrolytes based on poly(oxyethylene and cellulose whiskers

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    My Ahmed Saïd Azizi Samir

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Solid lithium-conducting nanocomposite polymer electrolytes based on poly(oxyethylene (POE were prepared from high aspect ratio cellulosic whiskers and lithium imide salt, LiTFSI. The cellulosic whiskers were extracted from tunicate -a sea animal- and consisted of slender parallelepiped rods that have an average length around 1 µm and a width close to 15 nm. High performance nanocomposite electrolytes were obtained. The filler provided a high reinforcing effect while a high level of ionic conductivity was retained with respect to unfilled polymer electrolytes. Cross-linking and plasticizing of the matrix as well as preparation of the composites from an organic medium were also investigated.

  11. Sugar-borate esters--potential chemical agents in prostate cancer chemoprevention.

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    Scorei, Romulus Ion; Popa, Radu

    2013-07-01

    The potential value of sugar-borate esters (SBEs) in the chemo-preventive therapy of prostate cancer has been reviewed. We propose that SBEs act as boron (B) vehicles, increasing the concentration of borate inside cancer cells relative to normal cells. Increased intracellular concentration of borate activates borate transporters, but also leads to growth inhibition and apoptosis. The effects of SBEs on normal cells are less dramatic because SBEs are naturally-occurring biochemicals, common and abundant in some fruits and vegetables, and also because borate dissociated from SBEs in natural diet doses is easily exported from normal cells. Cancer cell lines that over-express sugar transporters or under-express borate export are potential targets for SBE-based therapy. With regard to efficiency against cancer cells and drug preparation requirements, trigonal cis-diol boric monoesters will be one of the most effective class of SBEs. Because negative correlation exists between borate intake and the incidence of prostate cancer, and because most cancer cells overexpress sugar transporters, SBEs are proposed as a potential chemopreventive avenue in the fight against primary and recurrent prostate cancer.

  12. Effect of ionic interaction of chlorode-borate and iodide-borate on their absorption by Lemna minor L

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    Thellier, M.; Ayadi, A.; Tromeur, C.

    1967-11-27

    The effect of borate ions on the absorption of chloride and iodide ions by Lemna minor was studied by using the radioactive tracers Cl-36 at 23/sup 0/C with an illumination of 8000 Lux and I-131 at 25.5 C with 600 Lux. The absorbed quantities of the tracer elements were measured with a Geiger counter. The concentrations of sodium chloride solutions tested ranged from 0.055 to 1 mM, those of potassium iodide from 0.04 to 4 mM. While the presence of borate ions in the test solutions of NaCl inhibited the absorption of Cl ions by Lemna minor, only a mild inhibition or none at all was noted in the case of the absorption of I ions. Because of the difference of the cations (sodium in the case of Cl, potassium in the case of I) no direct comparison can be drawn between the absorption of the two halogens. The absorption of I by the plant is thought to proceed by a much simpler mechanism than that of Cl.

  13. Laser spectroscopy of rare earth ions in lead borate glasses and transparent glass-ceramics

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    Pisarski, W. A.; Grobelny, Ł.; Pisarska, J.; Lisiecki, R.; Dominiak-Dzik, G.; Ryba-Romanowski, W.

    2010-03-01

    Rare earth doped lead borate glasses and transparent glass-ceramics have been studied using optical spectroscopy. Based on the absorption, emission and its decay and the Judd-Ofelt calculations, several radiative and laser parameters for Ln 3+ ( Ln = Pr, Nd, Eu, Dy, Er, Tm) were evaluated. The large values of luminescence lifetime, quantum efficiency of excited state and room temperature peak stimulated emission cross-section suggest efficient laser transitions of Ln 3+ ions in lead borate glasses. The obtained results indicate that lead borate glasses and glass-ceramics containing Ln 3+ ions are promising host matrices for solid-state laser applications.

  14. The mechanical behavior dependence on the TiB whisker realignment during hot-working in titanium matrix composites

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    Ma, Fengcang; Liu, Ping; Li, Wei; Liu, Xinkuan; Chen, Xiaohong; Zhang, Ke; Pan, Deng; Lu, Weijie

    2016-10-01

    Low-cost TiB whiskers reinforced titanium matrix composite (TMCs) was fabricated with enhanced mechanical performances using in situ technologies and hot working. Morphologies observation indicates that needle-like TiB whiskers with a hexagonal transverse section grow along the [010] direction due to B27 crystal structure and its growth mechanism. Mechanical properties tests show that the mechanical behavior of the TiB whiskers reinforced TMCs is dependent on the deformation amplitudes applied in hot-working. The improvement in yield strength by hot-working is attributed to the TiB whiskers realignment and the refinement of microstructure. Models are constructed to evaluate the realignment of TiB whisker during deformation and the increase in yield strength of the composite at elevated temperatures. These models clarify the alignment effect of TiB whiskers under various deformation amplitudes applied in hot-workings and reveals the yield strength dependence on TiB whiskers orientation.

  15. Voltage-sensitive dye imaging reveals shifting spatiotemporal spread of whisker-induced activity in rat barrel cortex.

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    Lustig, Brian R; Friedman, Robert M; Winberry, Jeremy E; Ebner, Ford F; Roe, Anna W

    2013-05-01

    In rats, navigating through an environment requires continuous information about objects near the head. Sensory information such as object location and surface texture are encoded by spike firing patterns of single neurons within rat barrel cortex. Although there are many studies using single-unit electrophysiology, much less is known regarding the spatiotemporal pattern of activity of populations of neurons in barrel cortex in response to whisker stimulation. To examine cortical response at the population level, we used voltage-sensitive dye (VSD) imaging to examine ensemble spatiotemporal dynamics of barrel cortex in response to stimulation of single or two adjacent whiskers in urethane-anesthetized rats. Single whisker stimulation produced a poststimulus fluorescence response peak within 12-16 ms in the barrel corresponding to the stimulated whisker (principal whisker). This fluorescence subsequently propagated throughout the barrel field, spreading anisotropically preferentially along a barrel row. After paired whisker stimulation, the VSD signal showed sublinear summation (less than the sum of 2 single whisker stimulations), consistent with previous electrophysiological and imaging studies. Surprisingly, we observed a spatial shift in the center of activation occurring over a 10- to 20-ms period with shift magnitudes of 1-2 barrels. This shift occurred predominantly in the posteromedial direction within the barrel field. Our data thus reveal previously unreported spatiotemporal patterns of barrel cortex activation. We suggest that this nontopographical shift is consistent with known functional and anatomic asymmetries in barrel cortex and that it may provide an important insight for understanding barrel field activation during whisking behavior.

  16. Effect of Al and Ca co-doping, in the presence of Te, in superconducting YBCO whiskers growth.

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    Pascale, Lise; Truccato, Marco; Operti, Lorenza; Agostino, Angelo

    2016-10-01

    High-Tc superconducting cuprates (HTSC) such as YBa2Cu3O7 - x (YBCO) are promising candidates for solid-state THz applications based on stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) with atomic thickness. In view of future exploitation of IJJs, high-quality superconducting YBCO tape-like single crystals (whiskers) have been synthesized from Ca-Al-doped precursors in the presence of Te. The main aim of this paper is to determine the importance of the simultaneous use of Al, Te and Ca in promoting YBCO whiskers growth with good superconducting properties (Tc = 79-84 K). Further, single-crystal X-ray diffraction (SC-XRD) refinements of tetragonal YBCO whiskers (P4/mmm) are reported to fill the literature lack of YBCO structure investigations. All the as-grown whiskers have also been investigated by means of X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Our results demonstrate that the interplay of Ca, Te and Al elements is clearly necessary in order to obtain superconducting YBCO whiskers. The data obtained from SC-XRD analyses confirm the highly crystalline nature of the whiskers grown. Ca and Al enter the structure by replacing the Y and the octahedral coordinated Cu1 site, respectively, as in other similar orthorhombic compounds, while Te does not enter the structure of whiskers but its presence in the precursor is essential to the growth of the crystals.

  17. Transition and post-transition metal ions in borate glasses: Borate ligand speciation, cluster formation, and their effect on glass transition and mechanical properties

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    Möncke, D.; Kamitsos, E. I.; Palles, D.; Limbach, R.; Winterstein-Beckmann, A.; Honma, T.; Yao, Z.; Rouxel, T.; Wondraczek, L.

    2016-09-01

    A series of transition and post-transition metal ion (Mn, Cu, Zn, Pb, Bi) binary borate glasses was studied with special consideration of the cations impact on the borate structure, the cations cross-linking capacity, and more generally, structure-property correlations. Infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopies were used for the structural characterization. These complementary techniques are sensitive to the short-range order as in the differentiation of tetrahedral and trigonal borate units or regarding the number of non-bridging oxygen ions per unit. Moreover, vibrational spectroscopy is also sensitive to the intermediate-range order and to the presence of superstructural units, such as rings and chains, or the combination of rings. In order to clarify band assignments for the various borate entities, examples are given from pure vitreous B2O3 to meta-, pyro-, ortho-, and even overmodified borate glass compositions. For binary metaborate glasses, the impact of the modifier cation on the borate speciation is shown. High field strength cations such as Zn2+ enhance the disproportionation of metaborate to polyborate and pyroborate units. Pb2+ and Bi3+ induce cluster formation, resulting in PbOn- and BiOn-pseudophases. Both lead and bismuth borate glasses show also a tendency to stabilize very large superstructural units in the form of diborate polyanions. Far-IR spectra reflect on the bonding states of modifier cations in glasses. The frequency of the measured cation-site vibration band was used to obtain the average force constant for the metal-oxygen bonding, FM-O. A linear correlation between glass transition temperature (Tg) and FM-O was shown for the metaborate glass series. The mechanical properties of the glasses also correlate with the force constant FM-O, though for cations of similar force constant the fraction of tetrahedral borate units (N4) strongly affects the thermal and mechanical properties. For paramagnetic Cu- and Mn-borate glasses, N4 was determined

  18. Fully printed, highly sensitive multifunctional artificial electronic whisker arrays integrated with strain and temperature sensors.

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    Harada, Shingo; Honda, Wataru; Arie, Takayuki; Akita, Seiji; Takei, Kuniharu

    2014-04-22

    Mammalian-mimicking functional electrical devices have tremendous potential in robotics, wearable and health monitoring systems, and human interfaces. The keys to achieve these devices are (1) highly sensitive sensors, (2) economically fabricated macroscale devices on flexible substrates, and (3) multifunctions beyond mammalian functions. Although highly sensitive artificial electronic devices have been reported, none have been fabricated using cost-effective macroscale printing methods and demonstrate multifunctionalities of artificial electronics. Herein we report fully printed high-sensitivity multifunctional artificial electronic whiskers (e-whisker) integrated with strain and temperature sensors using printable nanocomposite inks. Importantly, changing the composition ratio tunes the sensitivity of strain. Additionally, the printed temperature sensor array can be incorporated with the strain sensor array beyond mammalian whisker functionalities. The sensitivity for the strain sensor is impressively high (∼59%/Pa), which is the best sensitivity reported to date (>7× improvement). As the proof-of-concept for a truly printable multifunctional artificial e-whisker array, two- and three-dimensional space and temperature distribution mapping are demonstrated. This fully printable flexible sensor array should be applicable to a wide range of low-cost macroscale electrical applications.

  19. Transformation of adaptation and gain rescaling along the whisker sensory pathway.

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    Maravall, Miguel; Alenda, Andrea; Bale, Michael R; Petersen, Rasmus S

    2013-01-01

    Neurons in all sensory systems have a remarkable ability to adapt their sensitivity to the statistical structure of the sensory signals to which they are tuned. In the barrel cortex, firing rate adapts to the variance of a whisker stimulus and neuronal sensitivity (gain) adjusts in inverse proportion to the stimulus standard deviation. To determine how adaptation might be transformed across the ascending lemniscal pathway, we measured the responses of single units in the first and last subcortical stages, the trigeminal ganglion (TRG) and ventral posterior medial thalamic nucleus (VPM), to controlled whisker stimulation in urethane-anesthetized rats. We probed adaptation using a filtered white noise stimulus that switched between low- and high-variance epochs. We found that the firing rate of both TRG and VPM neurons adapted to stimulus variance. By fitting the responses of each unit to a Linear-Nonlinear-Poisson model, we tested whether adaptation changed feature selectivity and/or sensitivity. We found that, whereas feature selectivity was unaffected by stimulus variance, units often exhibited a marked change in sensitivity. The extent of these sensitivity changes increased systematically along the pathway from TRG to barrel cortex. However, there was marked variability across units, especially in VPM. In sum, in the whisker system, the adaptation properties of subcortical neurons are surprisingly diverse. The significance of this diversity may be that it contributes to a rich population representation of whisker dynamics.

  20. Two whisker motor areas in the rat cortex: evidence from thalamocortical connections.

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    Mohammed, Hisham; Jain, Neeraj

    2014-02-15

    In primates, the motor cortex consists of at least seven different areas, which are involved in movement planning, coordination, initiation, and execution. However, for rats, only the primary motor cortex has been well described. A rostrally located second motor area has been proposed, but its extent, organization, and even definitive existence remain uncertain. Only a rostral forelimb area (RFA) has been definitively described, besides few reports of a rostral hindlimb area. We have previously proposed existence of a second whisker area, which we termed the rostral whisker area (RWA), based on its differential response to intracortical microstimulation compared with the caudal whisker area (CWA) in animals under deep anesthesia (Tandon et al. [2008] Eur J Neurosci 27:228). To establish that RWA is distinct from the caudally contiguous CWA, we determined sources of thalamic inputs to the two proposed whisker areas. Sources of inputs to RFA, caudal forelimb area (CFA), and caudal hindlimb region were determined for comparison. The results show that RWA and CWA can be distinguished based on differences in their thalamic inputs. RWA receives major projections from mediodorsal and ventromedial nuclei, whereas the major projections to CWA are from the ventral anterior, ventrolateral, and posterior nuclei. Moreover, the thalamic nuclei that provide major inputs to RWA are the same as for RFA, and the nuclei projecting to CWA are same as for CFA. The results suggest that rats have a second rostrally located motor area with RWA and RFA as its constituents. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. Rat whisker movement after facial nerve lesion: Evidence for autonomic contraction of skeletal muscle.

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    Heaton, J.T.; Sheu, S.H.; Hohman, M.H.; Knox, C.J.; Weinberg, J.S.; Kleiss, I.J.; Hadlock, T.A.

    2014-01-01

    Vibrissal whisking is often employed to track facial nerve regeneration in rats; however, we have observed similar degrees of whisking recovery after facial nerve transection with or without repair. We hypothesized that the source of non-facial nerve-mediated whisker movement after chronic denervati

  2. 3D printed biomimetic whisker-based sensor with co-planar capacitive sensing

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    Delamare, John; Sanders, Remco; Krijnen, Gijs

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes the development of a whisker sensor for tactile purposes and which is fabricated by 3D printing. Read-out consists of a capacitive measurement of a co-planar capacitance which is affected by a dielectric that is driven into the electric field of the capacitance. The current impl

  3. The Transformation of Adaptation Specificity to Whisker Identity from Brainstem to Thalamus

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    Jubran, Muna; Mohar, Boaz; Lampl, Ilan

    2016-01-01

    Stimulus specific adaptation has been studied extensively in different modalities. High specificity implies that deviant stimulus induces a stronger response compared to a common stimulus. The thalamus gates sensory information to the cortex, therefore, the specificity of adaptation in the thalamus must have a great impact on cortical processing of sensory inputs. We studied the specificity of adaptation to whisker identity in the ventral posteromedial nucleus of the thalamus (VPM) in rats using extracellular and intracellular recordings. We found that subsequent to repetitive stimulation that induced strong adaptation, the response to stimulation of the same, or any other responsive whisker was equally adapted, indicating that thalamic adaptation is non-specific. In contrast, adaptation of single units in the upstream brainstem principal trigeminal nucleus (PrV) was significantly more specific. Depolarization of intracellularly recorded VPM cells demonstrated that adaptation is not due to buildup of inhibition. In addition, adaptation increased the probability of observing complete synaptic failures to tactile stimulation. In accordance with short-term synaptic depression models, the evoked synaptic potentials in response to whisker stimulation, subsequent to a response failure, were facilitated. In summary, we show that local short-term synaptic plasticity is involved in the transformation of adaptation in the trigemino-thalamic synapse and that the low specificity of adaptation in the VPM emerges locally rather than cascades from earlier stages. Taken together we suggest that during sustained stimulation, local thalamic mechanisms equally suppress inputs arriving from different whiskers before being gated to the cortex. PMID:27445716

  4. Analysis of the collar-whisker structure of temperate lactococcal bacteriophage TP901-1

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    Vegge, Christina Skovgaard; Neve, Horst; Brøndsted, Lone;

    2006-01-01

    Proteins homologous to the protein NPS (neck passage structure) are widespread among lactococcal phages. We investigated the hypothesis that NPS is involved in the infection of phage TP901-1 by analysis of an NPS mutant. NPS was determined to form a collar-whisker complex but was shown to be none...

  5. Cerebellar potentiation and learning a whisker-based object localization task with a time response window

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    N. Rahmati (Negah); C.B. Owens (Cullen); L.W.J. Bosman (Laurens); J.K. Spanke (Jochen); S. Lindeman (Sander); W. Gong (Wei); J.W. Potters (Jan Willem); V. Romano (Vincenzo); K. Voges (Kai); L. Moscato (Letizia); S.K.E. Koekkoek (Bas); M. Negrello (Mario); C.I. de Zeeuw (Chris)

    2014-01-01

    textabstractWhisker-based object localization requires activation and plasticity of somatosensory and motor cortex. These parts of the cerebral cortex receive strong projections from the cerebellum via the thalamus, but it is unclear whether and to what extent cerebellar processing may contribute to

  6. Preparation of hydroxyapatite whiskers by hydrothermal method; Suinetsuho ni yoru hidorokishi apataito hoisuka no gosei

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    Asaoka, N. [Mitsubishi Materials Corp., Tokyo (Japan). Electronics Technology Research Center; Suda, H. [National Inst. of Materials and Chemical Research, Tsukuba (Japan); Yoshimura, M. [Tokyo Inst. of Technology, Tokyo (Japan). Research Lab. of Engineering Materials

    1995-01-10

    In order to make good use of crystallographic anisotropy of hydroxyapatite (HAp : Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2) positively, synthesizing method for whiskery HAp crystals which are elongated along the C-axis has been investigated. Adding suitable amounts of citric acid (Cit.) on HAp slurries with two different concentrations of 1.7 and 4.4 wt%, these slurries became clear solutions. Each solution of 1.0L was hydrothermally treated respectively in an autoclave at a temperature 200{degree}C for 0,1,2,3,5 and 10h. As a result, no HAp whiskers could be obtained from the solutions containing 4.4 wt% of HAp. From the solutions containing 1.7% of HAp, whiskers could be obtained only when the Cit. /HAp ratio was more than 14.8 and the time of hydrothermal treatment was more than 3h. The whiskers were from 10 to 30{mu}m in length and about 0.5{mu}m in diameter. Excepting the above conditions, plate-like calcium hydrogenphosphate (monetite) was obtained in return. This writer took into consideration about the reason on the rise and fall of obtaining the whiskers. 17 refs., 8 figs.

  7. Fabrication of vertically aligned diamond whiskers from highly boron-doped diamond by oxygen plasma etching.

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    Terashima, Chiaki; Arihara, Kazuki; Okazaki, Sohei; Shichi, Tetsuya; Tryk, Donald A; Shirafuji, Tatsuru; Saito, Nagahiro; Takai, Osamu; Fujishima, Akira

    2011-02-01

    Conductive diamond whiskers were fabricated by maskless oxygen plasma etching on highly boron-doped diamond substrates. The effects of the etching conditions and the boron concentration in diamond on the whisker morphology and overall substrate coverage were investigated. High boron-doping levels (greater than 8.4 × 10(20) cm(-3)) are crucial for the formation of the nanosized, densely packed whiskers with diameter of ca. 20 nm, length of ca. 200 nm, and density of ca. 3.8 × 10(10) cm(-2) under optimal oxygen plasma etching conditions (10 min at a chamber pressure of 20 Pa). Confocal Raman mapping and scanning electron microscopy illustrate that the boron distribution in the diamond surface region is consistent with the distribution of whisker sites. The boron dopant atoms in the diamond appear to lead to the initial fine column formation. This simple method could provide a facile, cost-effective means for the preparation of conductive nanostructured diamond materials for electrochemical applications as well as electron emission devices.

  8. 3D printed biomimetic whisker-based sensor with co-planar capacitive sensing

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    Delamare, John; Sanders, Remco G.P.; Krijnen, Gijsbertus J.M.

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes the development of a whisker sensor for tactile purposes and which is fabricated by 3D printing. Read-out consists of a capacitive measurement of a co-planar capacitance which is affected by a dielectric that is driven into the electric field of the capacitance. The current impl

  9. Estimating the Probability of Electrical Short Circuits from Tin Whiskers. Part 2

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    Courey, Karim J.; Asfour, Shihab S.; Onar, Arzu; Bayliss, Jon A.; Ludwig, Larry L.; Wright, Maria C.

    2010-01-01

    To comply with lead-free legislation, many manufacturers have converted from tin-lead to pure tin finishes of electronic components. However, pure tin finishes have a greater propensity to grow tin whiskers than tin-lead finishes. Since tin whiskers present an electrical short circuit hazard in electronic components, simulations have been developed to quantify the risk of said short circuits occurring. Existing risk simulations make the assumption that when a free tin whisker has bridged two adjacent exposed electrical conductors, the result is an electrical short circuit. This conservative assumption is made because shorting is a random event that had an unknown probability associated with it. Note however that due to contact resistance electrical shorts may not occur at lower voltage levels. In our first article we developed an empirical probability model for tin whisker shorting. In this paper, we develop a more comprehensive empirical model using a refined experiment with a larger sample size, in which we studied the effect of varying voltage on the breakdown of the contact resistance which leads to a short circuit. From the resulting data we estimated the probability distribution of an electrical short, as a function of voltage. In addition, the unexpected polycrystalline structure seen in the focused ion beam (FIB) cross section in the first experiment was confirmed in this experiment using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The FIB was also used to cross section two card guides to facilitate the measurement of the grain size of each card guide's tin plating to determine its finish .

  10. Structural investigation of Zn doped sodium bismuth borate glasses

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    Bhatia, V.; Kumar, D.; Singh, D.; Singh, S. P.

    2016-05-01

    A series of Bismuth Borate Oxide Glass samples with composition x(ZnO):(15-x)Na2O:15Bi2O3:70B2O3 (variation in x is from 6 to 12 mole %) have been prepared by conventional melt quenching technique. All the chemicals used were of Analytical Grade. In order to verify the amorphous nature of the prepared samples the X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) was done. The physical and structural properties have been explored by using the techniques such as density, molar volume and FTIR in order to understand the effect of alkali and transition metal ions on the structure of these glasses. The results obtained by these techniques are in good agreement to one another and with literature as well. With the increase in the content of ZnO, the increase in density and some variations in structural coordination (ratio of BO3 & BO4 structural units) have been observed.

  11. Crystal structure of borated N,N,N′,N′-tetramethyldiaminomethane

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, {[(dimethylaminomethyl]dimethylamine}trihydridoboron, C5H17BN2, the tetrahedral geometry of the N—C—N unit is slightly disorted. As a result of the bulky amine substituents, a wider N—C—N angle of 113.6 (1° is observed. The bond lengths between the N atom and methyl groups are slighly elongated to 1.481 (2 and 1.482 (2 Å at the borated N atom, whereas the distances between the other N atom and its methyl groups are only 1.461 (2 and 1.462 (2 Å. The studied crystal was twinned. The twin data refinement was subsequently carried out with a scale factor of 0.263 (1. The two lattices of the twin domains were rotated by 179.84°.

  12. Elastic properties of Li+ doped lead zinc borate glasses

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    Rajaramakrishna, R.; Lakshmikantha, R.; Anavekar, R. V.

    2014-04-01

    Glasses in the system 0.25PbO-(0.25-x) ZnO-0.5B2O3-xLi2O have been prepared by the melt quenching technique. Elastic properties, DSC studies have been employed to study the role of Li2O in the present glass system. Elastic properties and Debye temperature have been determined using pulsed echo ultrasonic interferometer operating at 10MHz. Sound velocities Vl, Vt and elastic moduli decrease up to 5 mol% and then gradually increase with increase in Li2O concentration. Debye temperature and the glass transition temperature decreases with increase in Li2O. Densities remains almost constant up to 15 mol% Li2O concentration and increases monotonically while the molar volume decreases with the increase of Li2O concentration. The results are discussed in view of the borate structural network and dual role of Zn and Pb in these glasses.

  13. 晶形助长剂对磷石膏制硫酸钙晶须性能的影响%Influence of crystal growing agent on properties of calcium sulfate whisker with phosphogypsum

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    杨林; 周杰; 李贺军; 曹建新

    2012-01-01

    借助X射线衍射、扫描电子显微镜等分析方法,研究了晶形助长剂对以磷石膏为原料水热法制备硫酸钙晶须生长行为的影响.结果表明,以磷石膏为原料制备硫酸钙晶须适宜的晶形助长剂为氯化镁(掺量为磷石膏质量的1.0%),其次为十二烷基磺酸钠,效果最差的是硫酸铝.%Influence of crystal growing agent on growth behavior of calcium sulfate whisker,which was prepared by hydrothermal method with phosphogypsum as raw material, was studied and analyzed by means of XRD and SEM etcResults showed that when the calcium sulfate whisker was prepared from phosphogypsum, the proper crystal growing agent was magnesium chloride (doping amount was 1.0% of phosphogypsum) .The next-proper crystal growing agent was sodium dodecyl sulfonate and the worst was aluminum sulfate.

  14. Aspects of aluminum toxicity

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    Hewitt, C.D.; Savory, J.; Wills, M.R. (Univ. of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville (USA))

    1990-06-01

    Aluminum is the most abundant metal in the earth's crust. The widespread occurrence of aluminum, both in the environment and in foodstuffs, makes it virtually impossible for man to avoid exposure to this metal ion. Attention was first drawn to the potential role of aluminum as a toxic metal over 50 years ago, but was dismissed as a toxic agent as recently as 15 years ago. The accumulation of aluminum, in some patients with chronic renal failure, is associated with the development of toxic phenomena; dialysis encephalopathy, osteomalacic dialysis osteodystrophy, and an anemia. Aluminum accumulation also occurs in patients who are not on dialysis, predominantly infants and children with immature or impaired renal function. Aluminum has also been implicated as a toxic agent in the etiology of Alzheimer's disease, Guamiam amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and parkinsonism-dementia. 119 references.

  15. Recent advances in trivalent f-element borate chemistry

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    Polinski, Matthew J. [Notre Dame Univ., IN (United States). Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Alekseev, Evgeny V. [Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (Germany). Inst. for Energy and Climate Research (IEK-6); RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Kristallographie; Depmeier, Wulf [Kiel Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Geowissenschaften; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E. [Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL (United States). Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    2013-11-01

    The reactions of LnCl{sub 3} . 6 H{sub 2}O with molten boric acid result in the formation of three different products depending on the identity of the lanthanide metal. The analogous reactions using AnCl{sub 3} . 6 H{sub 2}O (An = Pu(III), Am(III), and Cm(III)) with molten boric acid under the same conditions do not yield the same results as those of the 4f series or of the other 5f elements. For the most part, the actinide products obtained have no lanthanide analogues making them unique compounds. Furthermore, the reactions of LnX{sub 3} . yH{sub 2}O (X = Br, I) (Ln = La-Nd) with molten boric acid results in the formation of two products. The analagous set of reactions was performed with PuX{sub 3} . yH{sub 2}O (X = Br, I) which, yet again, gave rise to completely novel compounds. All of these compounds are three-dimensional framework structures comprised of sheets. These sheets are made up of both BO{sub 3} and BO{sub 4} units which are arranged in such a manner that creates triangular holes in which the lanthanide or actinide sites reside. The borate units of the triangular holes provide six oxygen atoms that coordinate in the equatorial region resulting in unique nine- and/or ten-coordinate geometries. The similarities and differences between the 4f and 5f borate compounds are discussed with particular emphasis on the periodic trends of this system. (orig.)

  16. Structural properties of molybdenum-lead-borate glasses

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    Rada, M.; Rada, S.; Pascuta, P.; Culea, E.

    2010-11-01

    Glasses and glass ceramics in the system xMoO 3·(100 - x)[3B 2O 3·PbO] with 0 ≤ x ≤ 30 mol% have been prepared from melt quenching method and characterized by means of X-ray diffraction, FTIR, UV-VIS and EPR spectroscopy. We have examined and analyzed the effects of systematic molybdenum ions intercalation on lead-borate glasses and glass ceramics with interesting results. The observations present in these mechanisms show the lead ions bonded ionic have a strong affinity towards [BO 3] units containing non-bridging oxygens and [MoO 4] 2- molybdate units. The pronounced affinity towards molybdate anions yields the formation of the PbMoO 4 crystalline phase. Then, the excess of oxygen can be supported into the glass network by the formation of [MoO 6] and [Mo 2O 7] structural units. Pb 2+ ions with 6s 2 configuration show strong absorption in the ultraviolet due to parity allowed s 2-sp transition and yield an absorption band centered at about 310 nm. The changes in the features of the absorption bands centered at about 310 nm can be explained as a consequence of the appearance of additional absorption shoulder due to photoinduced color centers in the glass such as the formation of borate-molybdate and lead-molybdate paramagnetic defect centers in the glasses. The concentration of molybdenum ions influences the shape and width of the EPR signals located at g ˜ 1.86, 1.91 and 5.19. The microenvironment of molybdenum ions in glasses is expected to have mainly sixfold coordination. However, there is a possibility of reduction of a part of molybdenum ions from the Mo 6+ to the Mo 5+ and Mo 4+ to the Mo 3+ states.

  17. "Kasahhi ajakirjanik" Borat : tapvad kultuurierinevused on pööraselt naljakad / Margus Välja

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    Välja, Margus, 1958-

    2006-01-01

    Briti koomiku Sacha Baron Coheni loodud peategelasega USA film "Borat - kultuurialased õppetunnid Ameerikast abiks suursuguse Kasahstani riigi ülesehitamisel" : režissöör Larry Charles. Film jooksis ka Haapsalu kultuurikeskuses

  18. "Kasahhi ajakirjanik" Borat : tapvad kultuurierinevused on pööraselt naljakad / Margus Välja

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    Välja, Margus, 1958-

    2006-01-01

    Briti koomiku Sacha Baron Coheni loodud peategelasega USA film "Borat - kultuurialased õppetunnid Ameerikast abiks suursuguse Kasahstani riigi ülesehitamisel" : režissöör Larry Charles. Film jooksis ka Haapsalu kultuurikeskuses

  19. Treatment of timber products with gaseous borate esters, Part 1: factors influencing the treatment process

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    Turner, P

    1995-08-01

    Full Text Available Several factors which influence the treatment of timber products with vapour phase preservatives such as borate esters are considered. Gas flow rate through the substrate was found to be a significant factor limiting both preservative penetration...

  20. Influence of sodium borate on the early age hydration of calcium sulfoaluminate cement

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    Champenois, Jean-Baptiste; Dhoury, Mélanie [CEA, DEN, DTCD, SPDE, F-30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze Cedex (France); Cau Dit Coumes, Céline, E-mail: celine.cau-dit-coumes@cea.fr [CEA, DEN, DTCD, SPDE, F-30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze Cedex (France); Mercier, Cyrille [LMCPA, Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut Cambrésis, 59600 Maubeuge (France); Revel, Bertrand [Centre Commun de Mesure RMN, Université Lille1 Sciences Technologies, Cité Scientifique, 59655 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France); Le Bescop, Patrick [CEA, DEN, DPC, SECR, F-91192 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Damidot, Denis [Ecole des Mines de Douai, LGCgE-GCE, 59508 Douai (France)

    2015-04-15

    Calcium sulfoaluminate (CSA) cements are potential candidates for the conditioning of radioactive wastes with high sodium borate concentrations. This work thus investigates early age hydration of two CSA cements with different gypsum contents (0 to 20%) as a function of the mixing solution composition (borate and NaOH concentrations). Gypsum plays a key role in controlling the reactivity of cement. When the mixing solution is pure water, increasing the gypsum concentration accelerates cement hydration. However, the reverse is observed when the mixing solution contains sodium borate. Until gypsum exhaustion, the pore solution pH remains constant at ~ 10.8, and a poorly crystallized borate compound (ulexite) precipitates. A correlation is established between this transient precipitation and the hydration delay. Decreasing the gypsum content in the binder, or increasing the sodium content in the mixing solution, are two ways of reducing the stability of ulexite, thus decreasing the hydration delay.

  1. Aluminum powder metallurgy processing

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    Flumerfelt, J.F.

    1999-02-12

    The objective of this dissertation is to explore the hypothesis that there is a strong linkage between gas atomization processing conditions, as-atomized aluminum powder characteristics, and the consolidation methodology required to make components from aluminum powder. The hypothesis was tested with pure aluminum powders produced by commercial air atomization, commercial inert gas atomization, and gas atomization reaction synthesis (GARS). A comparison of the GARS aluminum powders with the commercial aluminum powders showed the former to exhibit superior powder characteristics. The powders were compared in terms of size and shape, bulk chemistry, surface oxide chemistry and structure, and oxide film thickness. Minimum explosive concentration measurements assessed the dependence of explosibility hazard on surface area, oxide film thickness, and gas atomization processing conditions. The GARS aluminum powders were exposed to different relative humidity levels, demonstrating the effect of atmospheric conditions on post-atomization processing conditions. The GARS aluminum powders were exposed to different relative humidity levels, demonstrating the effect of atmospheric conditions on post-atomization oxidation of aluminum powder. An Al-Ti-Y GARS alloy exposed in ambient air at different temperatures revealed the effect of reactive alloy elements on post-atomization powder oxidation. The pure aluminum powders were consolidated by two different routes, a conventional consolidation process for fabricating aerospace components with aluminum powder and a proposed alternative. The consolidation procedures were compared by evaluating the consolidated microstructures and the corresponding mechanical properties. A low temperature solid state sintering experiment demonstrated that tap densified GARS aluminum powders can form sintering necks between contacting powder particles, unlike the total resistance to sintering of commercial air atomization aluminum powder.

  2. Whisker motor cortex reorganization after superior colliculus output suppression in adult rats.

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    Veronesi, Carlo; Maggiolini, Emma; Franchi, Gianfranco

    2013-10-01

    The effect of unilateral superior colliculus (SC) output suppression on the ipsilateral whisker motor cortex (WMC) was studied at different time points after tetrodotoxin and quinolinic acid injections, in adult rats. The WMC output was assessed by mapping the movement evoked by intracortical microstimulation (ICMS) and by recording the ICMS-evoked electromyographic (EMG) responses from contralateral whisker muscles. At 1 h after SC injections, the WMC showed: (i) a strong decrease in contralateral whisker sites, (ii) a strong increase in ipsilateral whisker sites and in ineffective sites, and (iii) a strong increase in threshold current values. At 6 h after injections, the WMC size had shrunk to 60% of the control value and forelimb representation had expanded into the lateral part of the normal WMC. Thereafter, the size of the WMC recovered, returning to nearly normal 12 h later (94% of control) and persisted unchanged over time (1-3 weeks). The ICMS-evoked EMG response area decreased at 1 h after SC lesion and had recovered its baseline value 12 h later. Conversely, the latency of ICMS-evoked EMG responses had increased by 1 h and continued to increase for as long as 3 weeks following the lesion. These findings provide physiological evidence that SC output suppression persistently withdrew the direct excitatory drive from whisker motoneurons and induced changes in the WMC. We suggest that the changes in the WMC are a form of reversible short-term reorganization that is induced by SC lesion. The persistent latency increase in the ICMS-evoked EMG response suggested that the recovery of basic WMC excitability did not take place with the recovery of normal explorative behaviour. © 2013 Federation of European Neuroscience Societies and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  3. Passive vs. active touch-induced activity in the developing whisker pathway.

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    Mosconi, Tony; Woolsey, Thomas A; Jacquin, Mark F

    2010-10-01

    The mouse trigeminal (V) system undergoes significant postnatal structural and functional developmental changes. Histological modules (barrelettes, barreloids and barrels) in the brainstem, thalamus and cortex related to actively moved (whisking) tactile hairs (vibrissae) on the face allow detailed studies of development. High-resolution [(3) H]2-deoxyglucose (2DG) emulsion autoradiography with cytochrome oxidase histochemistry was used to analyze neuronal activity changes related to specific whisker modules in the developing and mature mouse V system provoked by passive (experimenter-induced) and active (animal-induced) displacements of a single whisker (D4). We tested the hypothesis that neuronal activity patterns change in relation to the onset of active touch (whisking) on postnatal day (P)14. Quantitative image analyses revealed: (i) on P7, when whisker-like patterns of modules are clear, heightened 2DG activity in all appropriate modules in the brainstem, thalamus and cortex; (ii) on P14, a transitory activity pattern coincident with the emergence of whisking behavior that presages (iii) strong labeling of the spinal V subnucleus interpolaris and barrel cortex produced by single-whisker-mediated active touch in adults and (iv) at all above-listed ages and structures, significant suppression of baseline activity in some modules surrounding those representing the stimulated whisker. Differences in activity patterns before and after the onset of whisking behavior may be caused by neuronal activity induced by whisking, and by strengthening of modulatory projections that alter the activity of subcortical inputs produced by whisking behavior during active touch. © 2010 The Authors. European Journal of Neuroscience © 2010 Federation of European Neuroscience Societies and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  4. Reversal of an Unconditioned Behavioral Preference for Specific Food Pellets by Intervention of Whisker Sensory Inputs.

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    Kim, Hannah; Lee, Yunjin; Kim, Ji-Eun; Han, Pyung-Lim

    2016-04-01

    Adenylyl cyclase type-5 (AC5) is preferentially expressed in the dorsal striatum. Recently, we reported that AC5 knockout (KO) mice preferred food pellets carrying an olfactory cue produced by AC5 KO mice during food consumption (AC5 KO pellets) over food pellets that had been taken by wildtype (WT) mice. In the present study, we demonstrated that whisker trimming on the right side of the face but not the left in AC5 KO mice blocked the behavioral preference for AC5 KO pellets. Conversely, whisker trimming on the right but not the left in WT mice induced a behavioral preference for AC5 KO pellets. Mice lacking D2 dopamine receptor (D2 KO mice) also showed a behavioral preference for AC5 KO pellets. In D2 mice, whisker trimming on the right side of the face but not the left blocked a behavioral preference for AC5 KO food pellets. AC5 KO mice had increased level of phospho-CaMKIIα in the dorsal striatum, and WT mice with whiskers cut on either side also showed increased p-CaMKIIα level in the dorsal striatum. The siRNA-mediated inhibition of CaMKIIα in the dorsal striatum in either the right or the left hemisphere in AC5 KO mice and D2 KO mice blocked the behavioral preference for AC5 KO pellets. However, behavioral changes induced by this inhibition on each side showed asymmetrical time courses. These results suggest that an unconditioned behavioral preference for specific food pellets can be switched on or off based on the balance of states of neural activity in the dorsal striatum regulated by a signaling pathway centered on AC5 and D2 and the sensory inputs of whiskers from the right side of the face.

  5. Radiation Shielding Properties Comparison of Pb-Based Silicate, Borate, and Phosphate Glass Matrices

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    Suwimon Ruengsri

    2014-01-01

    Theoretical calculations of mass attenuation coefficients, partial interactions, atomic cross-section, and effective atomic numbers of PbO-based silicate, borate, and phosphate glass systems have been investigated at 662 keV. PbO-based silicate glass has been found with the highest total mass attenuation coefficient and then phosphate and borate glasses, respectively. Compton scattering has been the dominate interaction contributed to the different total attenuation coefficients in each of th...

  6. Optical absorption and fluorescence properties of $Er^{3+}$ in sodium borate glass

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    Ratnakaram, YC; J.Lakshmi; Chakradhar, RPS

    2005-01-01

    Spectroscopic properties of $Er^{3+}$ ions in sodium borate glass have been studied. The indirect and direct optical band gaps $(E_{opt})$ and energy level parameters (Racah $(E^{1}, E^{2} and E^{3})$, spin-orbit $(\\xi_{4f})$ and configurational interaction (\\alpha)) are evaluated. Spectral intensities for various absorption bands of $Er^{3+}$ doped sodium borate glass are calculated. Using Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters $(\\Omega_{2},\\Omega_{4}, \\Omega_{6})$, radiative transition probabiliti...

  7. Synthesis and Characterization of Zinc Borate Nanowhiskers and Their Inflaming Retarding Effect in Polystyrene

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    Pingqiang Gao

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Zinc borate nanowhiskers 4ZnO·B2O3·H2O were in situ successfully synthesized via one-step precipitation reaction. A set of experiments was performed to evaluate the influence of reaction temperature. Increasing the temperature up to 70°C led to the high purity of zinc borate nanowhiskers with a monoclinic crystal structure measuring 50 nm to 100 nm in diameter and approximately 1 µm in length. However, higher temperature decreases the crystallization due to the emergence of other styles of zinc borate. Flame-resistant nanocomposites of polystyrene and zinc borate nanowhiskers were also successfully synthesized. The samples were investigated by XRD, FESEM, FTIR, and TG. The mechanical properties of the composites were also tested. The incorporation of zinc borate nanowhiskers improved the thermal and mechanical properties for polystyrene. FESEM images show that zinc borate nanowhiskers increased the smoothness of composites. The composites presented good responsive behavior in relation to LOI (limiting oxygen index allowing them to be suitable for green flame retardants.

  8. Effect of cellulose whisker content on the properties of poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate)/cellulose composites.

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    Elanthikkal, Silviya; Gopalakrishnapanicker, Unnikrishnan; Varghese, Soney; Guthrie, James T; Francis, Tania

    2013-06-20

    The reinforcing effect of cellulose whiskers, produced from banana waste fibres, has been investigated using poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) [EVA]/cellulose whisker composites. Cellulose whiskers, approximately 300 nm long and 30 nm wide, were obtained via a sulphuric acid hydrolysis method. The effects of the cellulose whisker loading on the thermal properties, mechanical properties and on the morphological features of the composites have been investigated. EVA copolymer with a vinyl acetate segment content of 40% has been used for composite fabrication. The developed composites showed superior thermal and mechanical properties relative to that of the EVA copolymer alone. Three theoretical models, namely the Halpin-Tsai model, the Kerner model and the Nicolais-Narkis model have been employed to provide a basis for the comparison of the results with the observations from the tensile investigations.

  9. Is the Aluminum Hypothesis Dead?

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    Lidsky, Theodore I.

    2014-01-01

    The Aluminum Hypothesis, the idea that aluminum exposure is involved in the etiology of Alzheimer disease, dates back to a 1965 demonstration that aluminum causes neurofibrillary tangles in the brains of rabbits. Initially the focus of intensive research, the Aluminum Hypothesis has gradually been abandoned by most researchers. Yet, despite this current indifference, the Aluminum Hypothesis continues to attract the attention of a small group of scientists and aluminum continues to be viewed w...

  10. High energy density aluminum battery

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    Brown, Gilbert M.; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Dai, Sheng; Dudney, Nancy J.; Manthiram, Arumugan; McIntyre, Timothy J.; Sun, Xiao-Guang; Liu, Hansan

    2016-10-11

    Compositions and methods of making are provided for a high energy density aluminum battery. The battery comprises an anode comprising aluminum metal. The battery further comprises a cathode comprising a material capable of intercalating aluminum or lithium ions during a discharge cycle and deintercalating the aluminum or lithium ions during a charge cycle. The battery further comprises an electrolyte capable of supporting reversible deposition and stripping of aluminum at the anode, and reversible intercalation and deintercalation of aluminum or lithium at the cathode.

  11. High energy density aluminum battery

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    Brown, Gilbert M.; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Dai, Sheng; Dudney, Nancy J.; Manthiram, Arumugan; McIntyre, Timothy J.; Sun, Xiao-Guang; Liu, Hansan

    2016-10-11

    Compositions and methods of making are provided for a high energy density aluminum battery. The battery comprises an anode comprising aluminum metal. The battery further comprises a cathode comprising a material capable of intercalating aluminum or lithium ions during a discharge cycle and deintercalating the aluminum or lithium ions during a charge cycle. The battery further comprises an electrolyte capable of supporting reversible deposition and stripping of aluminum at the anode, and reversible intercalation and deintercalation of aluminum or lithium at the cathode.

  12. Wideband phase locking to modulated whisker vibration point to a temporal code for texture in the rat's barrel cortex.

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    Ewert, Tobias A S; Möller, Johannes; Engel, Andreas K; Vahle-Hinz, Christiane

    2015-10-01

    Rats probe objects with their whiskers and make decisions about sizes, shapes, textures and distances within a few tens of milliseconds. This perceptual analysis requires the processing of tactile high-frequency object components reflecting surface roughness. We have shown that neurons in the barrel cortex of rats encode high-frequency sinusoidal vibrations of whiskers for sustained periods when presented with constant amplitudes and frequencies. In a natural situation, however, stimulus parameters change rapidly when whiskers are brushing across objects. In this study, we therefore analysed cortical responses to vibratory movements of single whiskers with rapidly changing amplitudes and frequencies. The results show that different neural codes are employed for a processing of stimulus parameters. The frequency of whisker vibration is encoded by the temporal pattern of spike discharges, i.e., the phase-locked responses of barrel cortex neurons. In addition, oscillatory gamma band activity was induced during high-frequency stimulation. The pivotal descriptor of the amplitude of whisker displacement, the velocity, is reflected in the rate of spike discharges. While phase-locked discharges occurred over the entire range of frequencies tested (10-600 Hz), the discharge rate increased with stimulus velocity only up to about 60 µm/ms, saturating at a mean rate of ~117 spikes/s. In addition, the results show that whisker movements of more than 500 Hz bandwidth may be encoded by phase-locked responses of small groups of cortical neurons. Thus, even single whiskers may transmit information about wide ranges of textural components owing to their set of different types of hair follicle mechanoreceptors.

  13. Neural computation via neural geometry: a place code for inter-whisker timing in the barrel cortex?

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    Wilson, Stuart P; Bednar, James A; Prescott, Tony J; Mitchinson, Ben

    2011-10-01

    The place theory proposed by Jeffress (1948) is still the dominant model of how the brain represents the movement of sensory stimuli between sensory receptors. According to the place theory, delays in signalling between neurons, dependent on the distances between them, compensate for time differences in the stimulation of sensory receptors. Hence the location of neurons, activated by the coincident arrival of multiple signals, reports the stimulus movement velocity. Despite its generality, most evidence for the place theory has been provided by studies of the auditory system of auditory specialists like the barn owl, but in the study of mammalian auditory systems the evidence is inconclusive. We ask to what extent the somatosensory systems of tactile specialists like rats and mice use distance dependent delays between neurons to compute the motion of tactile stimuli between the facial whiskers (or 'vibrissae'). We present a model in which synaptic inputs evoked by whisker deflections arrive at neurons in layer 2/3 (L2/3) somatosensory 'barrel' cortex at different times. The timing of synaptic inputs to each neuron depends on its location relative to sources of input in layer 4 (L4) that represent stimulation of each whisker. Constrained by the geometry and timing of projections from L4 to L2/3, the model can account for a range of experimentally measured responses to two-whisker stimuli. Consistent with that data, responses of model neurons located between the barrels to paired stimulation of two whiskers are greater than the sum of the responses to either whisker input alone. The model predicts that for neurons located closer to either barrel these supralinear responses are tuned for longer inter-whisker stimulation intervals, yielding a topographic map for the inter-whisker deflection interval across the surface of L2/3. This map constitutes a neural place code for the relative timing of sensory stimuli.

  14. Neonatal Whisker Trimming Impairs Fear/Anxiety-Related Emotional Systems of the Amygdala and Social Behaviors in Adult Mice.

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    Hitomi Soumiya

    Full Text Available Abnormalities in tactile perception, such as sensory defensiveness, are common features in autism spectrum disorder (ASD. While not a diagnostic criterion for ASD, deficits in tactile perception contribute to the observed lack of social communication skills. However, the influence of tactile perception deficits on the development of social behaviors remains uncertain, as do the effects on neuronal circuits related to the emotional regulation of social interactions. In neonatal rodents, whiskers are the most important tactile apparatus, so bilateral whisker trimming is used as a model of early tactile deprivation. To address the influence of tactile deprivation on adult behavior, we performed bilateral whisker trimming in mice for 10 days after birth (BWT10 mice and examined social behaviors, tactile discrimination, and c-Fos expression, a marker of neural activation, in adults after full whisker regrowth. Adult BWT10 mice exhibited significantly shorter crossable distances in the gap-crossing test than age-matched controls, indicating persistent deficits in whisker-dependent tactile perception. In contrast to controls, BWT10 mice exhibited no preference for the social compartment containing a conspecific in the three-chamber test. Furthermore, the development of amygdala circuitry was severely affected in BWT10 mice. Based on the c-Fos expression pattern, hyperactivity was found in BWT10 amygdala circuits for processing fear/anxiety-related responses to height stress but not in circuits for processing reward stimuli during whisker-dependent cued learning. These results demonstrate that neonatal whisker trimming and concomitant whisker-dependent tactile discrimination impairment severely disturbs the development of amygdala-dependent emotional regulation.

  15. Neonatal Whisker Trimming Impairs Fear/Anxiety-Related Emotional Systems of the Amygdala and Social Behaviors in Adult Mice.

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    Soumiya, Hitomi; Godai, Ayumi; Araiso, Hiromi; Mori, Shingo; Furukawa, Shoei; Fukumitsu, Hidefumi

    2016-01-01

    Abnormalities in tactile perception, such as sensory defensiveness, are common features in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While not a diagnostic criterion for ASD, deficits in tactile perception contribute to the observed lack of social communication skills. However, the influence of tactile perception deficits on the development of social behaviors remains uncertain, as do the effects on neuronal circuits related to the emotional regulation of social interactions. In neonatal rodents, whiskers are the most important tactile apparatus, so bilateral whisker trimming is used as a model of early tactile deprivation. To address the influence of tactile deprivation on adult behavior, we performed bilateral whisker trimming in mice for 10 days after birth (BWT10 mice) and examined social behaviors, tactile discrimination, and c-Fos expression, a marker of neural activation, in adults after full whisker regrowth. Adult BWT10 mice exhibited significantly shorter crossable distances in the gap-crossing test than age-matched controls, indicating persistent deficits in whisker-dependent tactile perception. In contrast to controls, BWT10 mice exhibited no preference for the social compartment containing a conspecific in the three-chamber test. Furthermore, the development of amygdala circuitry was severely affected in BWT10 mice. Based on the c-Fos expression pattern, hyperactivity was found in BWT10 amygdala circuits for processing fear/anxiety-related responses to height stress but not in circuits for processing reward stimuli during whisker-dependent cued learning. These results demonstrate that neonatal whisker trimming and concomitant whisker-dependent tactile discrimination impairment severely disturbs the development of amygdala-dependent emotional regulation.

  16. Is the Aluminum Hypothesis dead?

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    Lidsky, Theodore I

    2014-05-01

    The Aluminum Hypothesis, the idea that aluminum exposure is involved in the etiology of Alzheimer disease, dates back to a 1965 demonstration that aluminum causes neurofibrillary tangles in the brains of rabbits. Initially the focus of intensive research, the Aluminum Hypothesis has gradually been abandoned by most researchers. Yet, despite this current indifference, the Aluminum Hypothesis continues to attract the attention of a small group of scientists and aluminum continues to be viewed with concern by some of the public. This review article discusses reasons that mainstream science has largely abandoned the Aluminum Hypothesis and explores a possible reason for some in the general public continuing to view aluminum with mistrust.

  17. A novel method for preparing ultra-fine alumina-borate oxide fibres via an electrospinning technique

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    Dai, Hongqin; Gong, Jian; Kim, Hakyong; Lee, Doukrae

    2002-10-01

    Alumina-borate/PVA composite fibres were prepared using sol-gel processing and an electrospinning technique. After calcination of the thin fibres, ultra-fine fibres of alumina-borate oxide with a diameter of about 550 nm could be prepared. The fibres were characterized by SEM, XRD and FT-IR. The results showed that the crystalline phase and morphology of alumina-borate fibres were largely influenced by the calcination temperature.

  18. Anodizing Aluminum with Frills.

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    Doeltz, Anne E.; And Others

    1983-01-01

    "Anodizing Aluminum" (previously reported in this journal) describes a vivid/relevant laboratory experience for general chemistry students explaining the anodizing of aluminum in sulfuric acid and constrasting it to electroplating. Additions to this procedure and the experiment in which they are used are discussed. Reactions involved are…

  19. The aluminum smelting process.

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    Kvande, Halvor

    2014-05-01

    This introduction to the industrial primary aluminum production process presents a short description of the electrolytic reduction technology, the history of aluminum, and the importance of this metal and its production process to modern society. Aluminum's special qualities have enabled advances in technologies coupled with energy and cost savings. Aircraft capabilities have been greatly enhanced, and increases in size and capacity are made possible by advances in aluminum technology. The metal's flexibility for shaping and extruding has led to architectural advances in energy-saving building construction. The high strength-to-weight ratio has meant a substantial reduction in energy consumption for trucks and other vehicles. The aluminum industry is therefore a pivotal one for ecological sustainability and strategic for technological development.

  20. Efficient population coding of naturalistic whisker motion in the ventro-posterior medial thalamus based on precise spike timing.

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    Bale, Michael R; Ince, Robin A A; Santagata, Greta; Petersen, Rasmus S

    2015-01-01

    The rodent whisker-associated thalamic nucleus (VPM) contains a somatotopic map where whisker representation is divided into distinct neuronal sub-populations, called "barreloids". Each barreloid projects to its associated cortical barrel column and so forms a gateway for incoming sensory stimuli to the barrel cortex. We aimed to determine how the population of neurons within one barreloid encodes naturalistic whisker motion. In rats, we recorded the extracellular activity of up to nine single neurons within a single barreloid, by implanting silicon probes parallel to the longitudinal axis of the barreloids. We found that play-back of texture-induced whisker motion evoked sparse responses, timed with millisecond precision. At the population level, there was synchronous activity: however, different subsets of neurons were synchronously active at different times. Mutual information between population responses and whisker motion increased near linearly with population size. When normalized to factor out firing rate differences, we found that texture was encoded with greater informational-efficiency than white noise. These results indicate that, within each VPM barreloid, there is a rich and efficient population code for naturalistic whisker motion based on precisely timed, population spike patterns.

  1. Long-Term Extensive Ectopic Hair Growth on the Spinal Cord of Mice from Transplanted Whisker Follicles.

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    Wenluo Cao

    Full Text Available We have previously demonstrated that hair follicles contain nestin-expressing pluripotent stem cells that can effect nerve and spinal cord repair upon transplantation. In the present study, isolated whisker follicles from nestin-driven green fluorescent protein (ND-GFP mice were histocultured on Gelfoam for 3 weeks for the purpose of transplantation to the spinal cord to heal an induced injury. The hair shaft was cut off from Gelfoam-histocultured whisker follicles, and the remaining part of the whisker follicles containing GFP-nestin expressing pluripotent stem cells were transplanted into the injured spinal cord of nude mice, along with the Gelfoam. After 90 days, the mice were sacrificed and the spinal cord lesion was observed to have healed. ND-GFP expression was intense at the healed area of the spinal cord, as observed by fluorescence microscopy, demonstrating that the hair follicle stem cells were involved in healing the spinal cord. Unexpectedly, the transplanted whisker follicles sprouted out remarkably long hair shafts in the spinal cord during the 90 days after transplantation of Gelfoam whisker histocultures to the injured spine. The pigmented hair fibers, grown from the transplanted whisker histocultures, curved and enclosed the spinal cord. The unanticipated results demonstrate the great potential of hair growth after transplantation of Gelfoam hair follicle histocultures, even at an ectopic site.

  2. Long-Term Extensive Ectopic Hair Growth on the Spinal Cord of Mice from Transplanted Whisker Follicles.

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    Cao, Wenluo; Li, Lingna; Mii, Sumiyuki; Amoh, Yasuyuki; Liu, Fang; Hoffman, Robert M

    2015-01-01

    We have previously demonstrated that hair follicles contain nestin-expressing pluripotent stem cells that can effect nerve and spinal cord repair upon transplantation. In the present study, isolated whisker follicles from nestin-driven green fluorescent protein (ND-GFP) mice were histocultured on Gelfoam for 3 weeks for the purpose of transplantation to the spinal cord to heal an induced injury. The hair shaft was cut off from Gelfoam-histocultured whisker follicles, and the remaining part of the whisker follicles containing GFP-nestin expressing pluripotent stem cells were transplanted into the injured spinal cord of nude mice, along with the Gelfoam. After 90 days, the mice were sacrificed and the spinal cord lesion was observed to have healed. ND-GFP expression was intense at the healed area of the spinal cord, as observed by fluorescence microscopy, demonstrating that the hair follicle stem cells were involved in healing the spinal cord. Unexpectedly, the transplanted whisker follicles sprouted out remarkably long hair shafts in the spinal cord during the 90 days after transplantation of Gelfoam whisker histocultures to the injured spine. The pigmented hair fibers, grown from the transplanted whisker histocultures, curved and enclosed the spinal cord. The unanticipated results demonstrate the great potential of hair growth after transplantation of Gelfoam hair follicle histocultures, even at an ectopic site.

  3. Ion-conductivity of thin film Li-Borate glasses

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    Abouzari, M.R.S.

    2007-12-17

    In this thesis, the specific conductivity of ion-sputtered lithium borate thin films is studied. To this end, lithium borate glasses of the composition yLi{sub 2}O.(1-y)B{sub 2}O{sub 3} with y=0.15, 0.20, 0.25, and 0.35 were produced as sputter targets. Films with thicknesses between 7 nm and 700 nm are deposited on silicon substrate between two AlLi electrodes. Conductivity spectra have been taken over a frequency range of 5 Hz to 2 MHz. The measurements were performed at different temperatures between 40 C and 350 C depending on the thickness and the composition of the films. The following results are derived by studying the conductivities of the films: i) The specific dc conductivity of layers with thicknesses larger than 150 nm is independent of their thicknesses; we call these layers 'thick films' and consider their conductivity as the 'base conductivity'. ii) The specific dc conductivity of layers with thicknesses smaller than 150 nm, called 'thin films', depends on the layer thickness. A nontrivial enhancement of the specific dc conductivity about three orders of magnitude for y=0.15, 0.2, and 0.25 is observed. iii) The base conductivity depends on y and at 120 C it varies between 4 x 10{sup -10} {omega}{sup -1}cm{sup -1} and 2.5 x 10{sup -6} {omega}{sup -1}cm{sup -1} when y varies between 0.15 and 0.35, whereas the maximum value of the specific dc conductivity of extremely thin films (with a thickness of some nanometre) seems to be independent of y and equals to the specific dc conductivity of layers with y= 0.35. Furthermore, we found in this work a physical interpretation of the so-called 'Constant Phase Element' (CPE) which is widely used in equivalent circuits for ionic conductors. This element describes correctly the depressed impedance semicircles observed in impedance spectroscopy. So far, this effect is sometimes attributed to the surface roughness. We have shown not only the invalidity of this approach, but

  4. Clinical biochemistry of aluminum

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    King, S.W.; Savory, J.; Wills, M.R.

    1981-05-01

    Aluminum toxicity has been implicated in the pathogenesis of a number of clinical disorders in patients with chronic renal failure on long-term intermittent hemodialysis treatment. The predominant disorders have been those involving either bone (osteomalacic dialysis osteodystrophy) or brain (dialysis encephalopathy). In nonuremic patients, an increased brain aluminum concentration has been implicated as a neurotoxic agent in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease and was associated with experimental neurofibrillary degeneration in animals. The brain aluminum concentrations of patients dying with the syndrome of dialysis encephalopathy (dialysis dementia) are significantly higher than in dialyzed patients without the syndrome and in nondialyzed patients. Two potential sources for the increased tissue content of aluminum in patients on hemodialysis have been proposed: (1) intestinal absorption from aluminum containing phosphate-binding gels, and (2) transfer across the dialysis membrane from aluminum in the water used to prepare the dialysate. These findings, coupled with our everyday exposure to the ubiquitous occurrence of aluminum in nature, have created concerns over the potential toxicity of this metal.

  5. The whisker nuisance task identifies a late-onset, persistent sensory sensitivity in diffuse brain-injured rats.

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    McNamara, Katelyn C S; Lisembee, Amanda M; Lifshitz, Jonathan

    2010-04-01

    Post-traumatic morbidity reduces the quality of life for traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors by altering neuropsychological function. After midline fluid percussion injury (FPI), diffuse pathology in the ventral posterior thalamus suggests that somatosensory whisker function may be impaired post-injury. The goals of the present study were to design and validate a task to detect injury-induced somatosensory morbidity (Experiment 1), and to evaluate preliminary applications of the task (Experiment 2). In Experiment 1, male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to moderate FPI (approximately 1.9 atm) or sham injury. Over an 8-week time course, the whiskers on both mystacial pads were stimulated manually with an applicator stick in an open field for three 5-min periods. Behavioral responses in this whisker nuisance task were recorded using objective criteria (max score = 16). Sham animals were ambivalent or soothed by whisker stimulation (4.0 +/- 0.8), whereas brain-injured rats showed aggravated responses at 1 week (6.7 +/- 0.9), which became significant at 4 weeks (9.5 +/- 0.5) and 8 weeks (8.4 +/- 1.1) compared to sham injury, indicating chronic injury-induced sensory sensitivity. Total free serum corticosterone levels indicated a significant stress response in brain-injured (125.0 +/- 17.7 ng/mL), but not uninjured animals (74.2 +/- 12.2 ng/mL) in response to whisker stimulation. In Experiment 2, to evaluate applications of the whisker nuisance task, four additional uninjured and brain-injured groups were subjected to mild brain injury only, shaved whiskers after moderate brain injury, repeated whisker nuisance task stimulation after moderate brain injury, or regular opportunities for tactile exploration of an enriched environment after moderate brain injury over 4 weeks post-injury. The whisker nuisance task has the sensitivity to detect mild brain injury (7.7 +/- 1.0), but morbidity was not mitigated by any of the neurorehabilitative interventions. Following

  6. Functionalization of Calcium Sulfate/Bioglass Scaffolds with Zinc Oxide Whisker

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    Cijun Shuai

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available There are urgent demands for satisfactory antibacterial activity and mechanical properties of bone scaffolds. In this study, zinc oxide whisker (ZnOw was introduced into calcium sulfate/bioglass scaffolds. Antimicrobial behavior was analyzed using Escherichia coli (E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus. The results showed that the scaffolds presented a strong antibacterial activity after introducing ZnOw, due to the antibacterial factors released from the degradation of ZnO. Moreover, ZnOw was also found to have a distinct reinforcing effect on mechanical properties. This was ascribed to whisker pull-out, crack bridging, crack deflection, crack branching and other toughening mechanisms. In addition, the cell culture experiments showed that the scaffolds with ZnOw had a good biocompatibility.

  7. Whisker growth studies under conditions which resemble those available on an orbiting space station

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    Hobbs, Herman H.

    1992-01-01

    Minimal funding was provided by NASA with one designated 'mission' being the clear demonstration of the relevance of previously supported whisker growth studies to microgravity research. While in one sense this work has shown the converse, namely, that ambient gravitational fields as high as 1 Earth normal have no relevance to growth of whiskers by hydrogen reduction of metal halides, a case is made that this does not demonstrate lack of relevance to microgravity research. On the contrary, the driving forces for this growth are precisely those which must be understood in order to understand growth in microgravity. The results described suggest that knowledge gained from this work may be highly fundamental to our understanding of the genesis of metal crystals. Time and money ran out before this work could be considered complete. At least another year's study and analysis will be required before publications could be justified.

  8. Exponentially small splitting for whiskered tori in Hamiltonian systems: Flow-box coordinates and upper bounds

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    Delshams, A; Seara, T M

    2003-01-01

    We consider a singular or weakly hyperbolic Hamiltonian, with $n+1$ degrees of freedom, as a model for the behaviour of a nearly-integrable Hamiltonian near a simple resonance. The model consists of an integrable Hamiltonian possessing an $n$-dimensional hyperbolic invariant torus with fast frequencies $\\omega/\\sqrt\\varepsilon$ and coincident whiskers, plus a perturbation of order $\\mu=\\varepsilon^p$. The vector $\\omega$ is assumed to satisfy a Diophantine condition. We provide a tool to study, in this singular case, the splitting of the perturbed whiskers for $\\varepsilon$ small enough, as well as their homoclinic intersections, using the Poincar\\'e--Melnikov method. Due to the exponential smallness of the Melnikov function, the size of the error term has to be carefully controlled. So we introduce flow-box coordinates in order to take advantage of the quasiperiodicity properties of the splitting. As a direct application of this approach, we obtain quite general upper bounds for the splitting.

  9. Silicon carbide whisker reinforced ceramic composites and method for making same

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    Wei, George C.

    1985-01-01

    The present invention is directed to the fabrication of ceramic composites which possess improved mechanical properties especially increased fracture toughness. In the formation of these ceramic composites, the single crystal SiC whiskers are mixed with fine ceramic powders of a ceramic material such as Al.sub.2 O.sub.3, mullite, or B.sub.4 C. The mixtures which contain a homogeneous dispersion of the SiC whiskers are hot pressed at pressures in a range of about 28 to 70 MPa and temperatures in the range of about 1600.degree. to 1950.degree. C. with pressing times varying from about 0.75 to 2.5 hours. The resulting ceramic composites show an increase in fracture toughness of up to about 9 MPa.m.sup.1/2 which represents as much as a two-fold increase over that of the matrix material.

  10. Exponentially small splitting for whiskered tori in Hamiltonian systems Continuation of transverse homoclinic orbits

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    Delshams, A

    2003-01-01

    We consider an example of singular or weakly hyperbolic Hamiltonian, with 3 degrees of freedom, as a model for the behaviour of a nearly-integrable Hamiltonian near a simple resonance. The model consists of an integrable Hamiltonian possessing a 2-dimensional hyperbolic invariant torus with fast frequencies $\\omega/\\sqrt\\varepsilon$ and coincident whiskers, plus a perturbation of order $\\mu=\\varepsilon^p$. We choose $\\omega$ as the golden vector. Our aim is to obtain asymptotic estimates for the splitting, proving the existence of transverse intersections between the perturbed whiskers for $\\varepsilon$ small enough, by applying the Poincar\\'e--Melnikov method together with a accurate control of the size of the error term. The good arithmetic properties of the golden vector allow us to prove that the splitting function has 4 simple zeros (corresponding to nondegenerate critical points of the splitting potential), giving rise to 4 transverse homoclinic orbits. More precisely, we show that a shift of these orbi...

  11. Exponentially small splitting for whiskered tori in Hamiltonian systems Flow-box coordinates and upper bounds

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    Delshams, A

    2003-01-01

    We consider a singular or weakly hyperbolic Hamiltonian, with $n+1$ degrees of freedom, as a model for the behaviour of a nearly-integrable Hamiltonian near a simple resonance. The model consists of an integrable Hamiltonian possessing an $n$-dimensional hyperbolic invariant torus with fast frequencies $\\omega/\\sqrt\\varepsilon$ and coincident whiskers, plus a perturbation of order $\\mu=\\varepsilon^p$. The vector $\\omega$ is assumed to satisfy a Diophantine condition. We provide a tool to study, in this singular case, the splitting of the perturbed whiskers for $\\varepsilon$ small enough, as well as their homoclinic intersections, using the Poincar\\'e--Melnikov method. Due to the exponential smallness of the Melnikov function, the size of the error term has to be carefully controlled. So we introduce flow-box coordinates in order to take advantage of the quasiperiodicity properties of the splitting. As a direct application of this approach, we obtain quite general upper bounds for the splitting.

  12. Study on the mechanism of surface modification of magnesium oxysulfate whisker

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    Dang, Li; Nai, Xueying; Zhu, Donghai; Jing, Yanwei; Liu, Xin; Dong, Yaping; Li, Wu

    2014-10-01

    Hydrophobic-lipophilic magnesium oxysulfate whisker (MOSw) was prepared by surface modification with lauric acid and the surface morphology of MOSw was examined with field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM). X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) was used to characterize the crystalline degree of MOSw and modified MOSw (MOSw-LA). Both FESEM and XRD suggested that modification occurred on the surface of MOSw exclusively. The inexistence of physisorbed lauric acid was proved by Fouier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. Thermogravimetric analyses ruled out the possibility that magnesium laurate (LA-Mg) physisorbed on the surface of MOSw-LA. Solid state 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (13C NMR) further verified the formation of COO-Mglauric acid was chemical adsorption taken place between lauric acid and Mgacid-base neutralization". This research provides a detailed explanation for a kind of surface modification, which may be further used in the performance of whisker/polymer matrix composites.

  13. PREDICTION OF MECHANICAL PROPERTY OF WHISKER REINFORCED METAL MATRIX COMPOSITE:PART-Ⅱ. VERIFICATION & APPLICATION

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    2000-01-01

    The present paper continues the discussion in Part-I. Model and Formulation. Based on the theory proposed in Part-I, the formulae predicting stiffness moduli of the composites in some typical cases of whisker orientations and loading conditions are derived and compared with theoretical representatives in literatures, experimental measurement and commonly-used empirical formulae. It seems that (1) with whisker reinforcing and matrix-hardening considered, the present prediction is in well agreement with the experimental measurement; (2) the present theory can predict accurate moduli with the proper pre-calculated parameters; (3) the upper-bound and lower-bound of the present theory are just the predictions of equal strain theory and equal stress theory; (4) the present theory provides a physical explanation and theoretical base for the present commonly-used empirical formulae. Compared with the microscopic mechanical theories, the present theory is competent for modulus prediction of practical engineering composite in accuracy and simplicity.

  14. Poly(Butylene Terephthalate Based Composites Containing Alumina Whiskers: Influence of Filler Functionalization on Dielectric Properties

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    Pietro Russo

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Poly(butylene terephthalate (PBT is one of the most widely used semicrystalline thermoplastics polyester because of its superior thermal and mechanical properties, high dimensional stability and excellent processability. In this research PBT-based nanocomposites, including various amounts (up to 10 wt% of commercial alumina whiskers, have been prepared by using a Brabender internal chamber mixer and analysed in terms of morphological features and dielectric properties. Specific attention has been focused on the effect of the filler functionalization considering 3-glycidoxy propylmethoxysilane (GPS or 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (MPS as coupling agents. Tests, performed on compounds filled with neat and functionalized alumina whiskers, show a clear dependence of relative dielectric permittivity εr, invariance of dissipation factor (tgδ, and a sensible increase of volume electrical resistivity (ρv with the filler’s content and are encouraging for a future introduction of such composites in many electrical applications.

  15. Long-Range Cortical Dynamics: A Perspective from the Mouse Sensorimotor Whisker System.

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    Ni, Jianguang; Chen, Jerry L

    2017-09-16

    In the mammalian neocortex, the capacity to dynamically route and coordinate the exchange of information between areas is a critical feature of cognitive function, enabling processes such as higher-level sensory processing and sensorimotor integration. Despite the importance attributed to long-range connections between cortical areas, their exact operations and role in cortical function remain an open question. In recent years, progress has been made in understanding long-range cortical circuits through work focused on the mouse sensorimotor whisker system. In this review, we examine recent studies dissecting long-range circuits involved in whisker sensorimotor processing as an entry point for understanding the rules that govern long-range cortical circuit function. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  16. Advances in aluminum pretreatment

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    Sudour, Michel; Maintier, Philippe [PPG Industries France, 3 Z.A.E. Les Dix Muids, B.P. 89, F-59583 Marly (France); Simpson, Mark [PPG Industries Inc., 1200 Piedmont Troy, Michigan 48083 (United States); Quaglia, Paolo [PPG Industries Italia, Via Garavelli 21, I-15028 Quattordio (Italy)

    2004-07-01

    As automotive manufacturers continue to look for ways to reduce vehicle weight, aluminum is finding more utility as a body panel component. The substitution of cold-rolled steel and zinc-coated substrates with aluminum has led to new challenges in vehicle pretreatment. As a result, changes to traditional pretreatment chemistries and operating practices are necessary in order to produce an acceptable coating on aluminum body panels. These changes result in increased sludging and other undesirable characteristics. In addition to the chemistry changes, there are also process-related problems to consider. Many existing automotive pretreatment lines simply were not designed to handle aluminum and its increased demands on filtration and circulation equipment. To retrofit such a system is capital intensive and in addition to requiring a significant amount of downtime, may not be totally effective. Thus, the complexities of pre-treating aluminum body panels have actually had a negative effect on efforts to introduce more aluminum into new vehicle design programs. Recent research into ways of reducing the negative effects has led to a new understanding of the nature of zinc phosphate bath -aluminum interactions. Many of the issues associated with the pretreatment of aluminum have been identified and can be mitigated with only minor changes to the zinc phosphate bath chemistry. The use of low levels of soluble Fe ions, together with free fluoride, has been shown to dramatically improve the efficiency of a zinc phosphate system processing aluminum. Appearance of zinc phosphate coatings, coating weights and sludge are all benefited by this chemistry change. (authors)

  17. Structure modeling of terbium doped strontium-lanthanum borate

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    A. Shyichuk; S. Lis; G. Meinrath

    2014-01-01

    Terbium doped strontium-lanthanum borate, Sr3La2(BO3)4:Tb (SLB), was studied by semi-empirical computational ap-proaches using PM6 parametrization and the SPARKLE model for lanthanide(III) (Ln(III)) cations. The focus of interest was on structural aspects, e.g. the cell parameters and distribution of dopant ions between various sites as a function of dopant concentration. The cell linear dimensions were calculated to decrease linearly with increasing dopant molar concentration. SLB offered two sites for the dopant. Calculations predicted that one of these sites should be preferred by the Tb(III) dopant. The optimized cell dimensions as well as the total energies differed for structures with dopant exclusively in site 1 or site 2. Computational predictions were tested against experimental results obtained for SLB synthesized by sol-gel method varying the dopant concentration. The agreement be-tween experimental and computational results was found sufficiently promising to continue the computational studies.

  18. Spectroscopic properties of the Ce-doped borate glasses

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    Kindrat, I. I.; Padlyak, B. V.; Mahlik, S.; Kukliński, B.; Kulyk, Y. O.

    2016-09-01

    The EPR, optical absorption and photoluminescence (emission and excitation) spectra as well as decay kinetics of a series of the Ce-doped glasses with Li2B4O7, LiKB4O7, CaB4O7, and LiCaBO3 compositions have been investigated and analysed. The borate glasses were obtained from the corresponding polycrystalline compounds in the air atmosphere, using standard glass technology. The EPR signals of the isolated Ce3+ and pair Ce3+-Ce3+ centres, coupled by magnetic dipolar and exchange interactions were registered at liquid helium temperatures. The characteristic for glass host broad bands corresponding to the 4f → 5d transitions of the Ce3+centres have been observed in the optical absorption and photoluminescence (emission and excitation) spectra. The obtained luminescence decay curves can be satisfactory described by exponential function with lifetimes in the 19.8-26.1 ns range, which depend on the basic glass composition. The local structure of Ce3+ centres in the investigated glasses has been considered and discussed.

  19. The local structure of europium-lead-borate glass ceramics

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    Rada, S.; Pascuta, P.; Culea, M.; Maties, V.; Rada, M.; Barlea, M.; Culea, E.

    2009-04-01

    Glass ceramics in the xEu 2O 3(100 - x)[3B 2O 3·PbO] system with 0 ⩽ x ⩽ 50 mol% have been prepared using the melt quenching method, succeeded by heat treatment applied at 625 °C and 675 °C, respectively, for 48 h. The influence of europium ions on structural behavior of the lead-borate glass ceramics has been investigated using infrared spectroscopy and DFT calculations. The addition of europium ions into the host glass ceramics matrix leads to an increase of the glass network polymerization due to the replacement of B sbnd O sbnd B bonds by the more resistant B sbnd O sbnd Pb bonds. The structural evolution of the studied glass ceramics with the gradual increase of the europium oxide content up to 50 mol% could be explained by considering that the excess of oxygen may be accommodated by the formation of [PbO 4] structural units. Then, the formation of different ionic complexes of the lead ions will decrease the rate of crystal growth and the conversion of the glass into crystalline material becomes more difficult, in agreement to the X-ray data.

  20. Structure-property relations in lanthanide borate glasses

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    Chakraborty, I. N.; Day, D. E.; Lapp, J. C.; Shelby, J. E.

    1985-01-01

    Glass formation in the system Ln2O3-B2O3 (Ln = Nd, Sm) was studied. Glasses could be formed in the range from 0 to 28 mol pct rare-earth oxide (Ln2O3), but liquid immiscibility in these systems limits the range of homogeneous glasses to 0 to 1.5 and 25 to 28 mol pct Ln2O3. The infrared spectra indicate that the rare-earth-rich glasses are structurally similar to rare-earth metaborates (LnB3O6) which contain (B3O6)-infinity chains. The variation in density, transformation temperature, thermal expansion coefficient, and transformation-range viscosity of these glasses with the size of the rare-earth ion is discussed. Glasses near the metaborate composition have a transformation temperature of about 700 C, which is high for binary borate glasses. Glasses could not be formed in the systems Eu2O3-, Gd2O3-, Ho2O3-, and Er2O3-B2O3, even by quenching at 1300 C/s. The sudden lack of glass formation in the system Ln2O3-B2O3 with Ln(3+) ions smaller than Sm(3+) is explained on the basis of the size effect of the Ln(3+) ion on the stability of (B3O6)-infinity chains in these metaborates.

  1. Relationship Between Iron Whisker Growth and Doping Amount of Oxide During Fe2O3 Reduction

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    Gong, Xuzhong; Zhao, Zhilong; Wang, Zhi; Zhang, Ben; Guo, Lei; Guo, Zhancheng

    2016-04-01

    Iron whisker growth during Fe2O3 doped with oxide reduced by CO was investigated by using in situ observation and scanning electron microscopy. The results indicated that the minimum doping amount (MDA) of various oxides, hindering the iron whisker growth, was different. The MDA of Al2O3, Li2O, Na2O, and K2O was 0.5, 0.4, 4, and 12 pct, respectively. From the reduction rate, it was found that Li2O, MgO, and Al2O3 had some suppressive effects on the Fe2O3 reduction process, thus, confining the growth of iron whisker. However, other oxides had some catalytic effects on the Fe2O3 reduction process (Fe2O3-Fe3O4-FeO-Fe), such as CaO, SrO, BaO, Na2O, and K2O. As long as their doping amount was enough, these oxides could inhibit the diffusion of the Fe atom. When the metal ionic radius in doped oxide was bigger than that of Fe3+, such as Ca2+, Sr2+, Ba2+, Na+, and K+, there were lots of spaces left in Fe2O3 doped with oxide after reduction, improving Fe atom diffusion. Consequently, their MDA was more than that of small radius to restrain the growth of iron whisker. Finally, the relationship between corresponding metal ionic radius, electron layer number, valence electron number, and MDA of oxide was expressed by using data fitting as follows: N_{{{{A}}y {{O}}x }} = 1.3 × 10^{ - 5} × {r_{{{{A}}^{x + } }}2 × √{n_{{{{A}}^{x + } }} } }/{f_{q }}

  2. SEM analysis of body hairs and whiskers of heterozygous tortoiseshell (Moto/+) female mice (Mus musculus).

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    Sheedlo, H J; Beck, M L

    1982-01-01

    Back hairs of +/+ and Moto/+ female Mus musculus generally exhibited identical form when examined by SEM. However, the hair shafts of Moto/+ female mice were beaded in appearance (monilethrix), twisted (pili torti) or exhibited a rough nodular appearance. Also, some hairs of Moto/+ female mice which were devoid of pigment appeared enlarged and bitubular. The whiskers of +/+ and Moto/+ female mice were identical in form. The hair abnormalities of Moto/+ female mice resulted from a copper defic...

  3. STRAIN REGULARITY IN REINFORCERS OFSHORT-FIBER/ WHISKER REINFORCED COMPOSITE AND ITS APPLICATION

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    2000-01-01

    If the reinforcers were spheroids or ellipsoids, and their volume fraction was no more than 10%, their interactions could be neglected so that the elastic modulus of the composites could be predicted accurately[1~4]. However, in practical short-fiber/whisker reinforced metal matrix composites, the volume fraction of reinforcers is as high as 15%~40%. Additionally, the shape of reinforcers is usually far much more complicated than that of spheroids or ellipsoids and their distribution is irregular. The distance between reinforcers is usually as small as their diameter, so that it is difficult to cut out a unit cell with only a singular reinforcer included. For this kind of engineering composites, accurate prediction of effective elastic moduli is still an open problem until now[5].  In Refs.[6, 7], based on the study of strain distribution in whisker reinforced composites, the ratio of the root-mean-square strain of reinforcers to the macro linear strain along the same direction is defined as deformation characteristic parameter λf. An explicit precise stiffness tensor is derived by introducing λf and distribution density function of reinforcers, which is able to predict the stiffness modulus of composites with arbitrary whisker orientation under any loading condition. However, accurate prediction of the present theory depends on the value of λf.  In the present paper, the relation between λf and the microstructure geometrical and physical parameters of the composite will be investigated with a shear lag model[8] and network model[9] in order to derive a regressive formula for λf. As an example of verification, the tensile stress-strain curve of a whisker reinforced metal matrix composite will be predicted and compared with experiments.

  4. Visual map shifts based on whisker-guided cues in the young mouse visual cortex.

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    Yoshitake, Kohei; Tsukano, Hiroaki; Tohmi, Manavu; Komagata, Seiji; Hishida, Ryuichi; Yagi, Takeshi; Shibuki, Katsuei

    2013-12-12

    Mice navigate nearby space using their vision and whiskers, and young mice learn to integrate these heterogeneous inputs in perceptual space. We found that cortical responses were depressed in the primary visual cortex of young mice after wearing a monocular prism. This depression was uniformly observed in the primary visual cortex and was eliminated by whisker trimming or lesions in the posterior parietal cortex. Compensatory visual map shifts of responses elicited via the eye that had worn the prism were also observed. As a result, cortical responses elicited via each eye were clearly separated when a visual stimulus was placed in front of the mice. A comparison of response areas before and after prism wearing indicated that the map shifts were produced by depression with spatial eccentricity. Visual map shifts based on whisker-guided cues may serve as a model for investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying higher sensory integration in the mammalian brain. Copyright © 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Growth and Photoluminescence Properties of Tetrapod-Shaped ZnO Microcrystals-Whiskers and Microrods

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    Xiaojun Liang; Bingfa Liu; Nan Chen

    2009-01-01

    Tetrapod-shaped ZnO microcrystals in forms of whiskers and microrods have been grown in the same crucible by thermal evaporation of Zn/C mixtures at a temperature of 930℃ in air without using any catalyst.The tetrapod-shaped ZnO microrods were capped by hexagonal pyramids.It is for the first time observed that the tetrapod-shaped ZnO whiskers and microrods have quite different morphologies, and this is believed to be a result of different growth behaviors associated with these two forms of ZnO microcrystals.The octa-twin model has been used to discuss their growth behaviors.Photoluminescence properties of these two forms of tetrapod-shaped ZnO microcrystals have been investigated using different excitation wavelengths.Both of the two forms of ZnO microcrystals showed strong green emission and weak ultraviolet emission behaviors.The excitation spectrum of the tetrapod-shaped ZnO whiskers showed a strong excitation peak at 395 nm, which was not observed for the tetrapod-shaped ZnO microrods.

  6. An Investigation of the Electrical Short Circuit Characteristics of Tin Whiskers

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    Courey, Karim J.

    2008-01-01

    Existing risk simulations make the assumption that when a free tin whisker has bridged two adjacent exposed electrical conductors, the result is an electrical short circuit. This conservative assumption is made because shorting is a random event that has a currently unknown probability associated with it. Due to contact resistance electrical shorts may not occur at lower voltage levels. In this experiment, we study the effect of varying voltage on the breakdown of the contact resistance which leads to a short circuit. From this data we can estimate the probability of an electrical short, as a function of voltage, given that a free tin whisker has bridged two adjacent exposed electrical conductors. Also, three tin whiskers grown from the same Space Shuttle Orbiter card guide used in the aforementioned experiment were cross-sectioned and studied using a focused ion beam (FIB). The rare polycrystalline structure seen in the FIB cross section was confirmed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The FIB was also used to cross section two card guides to facilitate the measurement of the grain size to determine that the tin plating on the card guides had a bright finish.

  7. Rigid polyurethane foam reinforced with cellulose whiskers:Synthesis and characterization

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    Yang Li; Hongfeng Ren; Arthur J Ragauskas

    2010-01-01

    A novel nanocomposite of rigid polyurethane foam was prepared by the polymerization of a sucrose-based polyol, a glycerol-based polyol and polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate in the presence of cellulose whiskers. The cell morphology of the resulting foams was examined by scanning electron microscopy which showed both the pure foam and the nanocomposite foam had homogeneous cell dispersion and uniform cell size of approximately 200μm. Analysis of the foams by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy indicated that both samples exhibited signals attributed to the polyurethane including the NH stretching and bending vibrations at 3320 cm-1 and 1530 cm-1, the OC=O vibration at 1730 cm-1 and the CO-NH vibration at 1600 cm-1. FT-IR analysis of the nanocomposite indicated that cellulose whiskers were crosslinked with the polyurethane matrix as the signal intensity of the OH stretch at 3500 cm-1 was significantly reduced in comparison to the spectral data acquired for a control sample prepared from the pure polyurethane foam mixed with cellulose whiskers. According to ASTM standard testing procedures, the tensile modulus, tensile strength and yield strength of the nanocomposite foam were found to be improved by 36.8%, 13.8%and 15.2%, and the compressive modulus and strength were enhanced by 179.9% and 143.4%, respectively. Dynamic mechanical analysis results testified the improvements of mechanical properties and showed a better thermal stability of the nanocomposite foam.

  8. Psychometric curve and behavioral strategies for whisker-based texture discrimination in rats.

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    Takeshi Morita

    Full Text Available The rodent whisker system is a major model for understanding neural mechanisms for tactile sensation of surface texture (roughness. Rats discriminate surface texture using the whiskers, and several theories exist for how texture information is physically sensed by the long, moveable macrovibrissae and encoded in spiking of neurons in somatosensory cortex. However, evaluating these theories requires a psychometric curve for texture discrimination, which is lacking. Here we trained rats to discriminate rough vs. fine sandpapers and grooved vs. smooth surfaces. Rats intermixed trials at macrovibrissa contact distance (nose >2 mm from surface with trials at shorter distance (nose <2 mm from surface. Macrovibrissae were required for distant contact trials, while microvibrissae and non-whisker tactile cues were used for short distance trials. A psychometric curve was measured for macrovibrissa-based sandpaper texture discrimination. Rats discriminated rough P150 from smoother P180, P280, and P400 sandpaper (100, 82, 52, and 35 µm mean grit size, respectively. Use of olfactory, visual, and auditory cues was ruled out. This is the highest reported resolution for rodent texture discrimination, and constrains models of neural coding of texture information.

  9. Polarized localization and borate-dependent degradation of the Arabidopsis borate transporter BOR1 in tobacco BY-2 cells [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/kv

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    Noboru Yamauchi

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In Arabidopsis the borate transporter BOR1, which is located in the plasma membrane, is degraded in the presence of excess boron by an endocytosis-mediated mechanism. A similar mechanism was suggested in rice as excess boron decreased rice borate transporter levels, although in this case whether the decrease was dependent on an increase in degradation or a decrease in protein synthesis was not elucidated. To address whether the borate-dependent degradation mechanism is conserved among plant cells, we analyzed the fate of GFP-tagged BOR1 (BOR1-GFP in transformed tobacco BY-2 cells. Cells expressing BOR1-GFP displayed GFP fluorescence at the plasma membrane, especially at the membrane between two attached cells. The plasma membrane signal was abolished when cells were incubated in medium with a high concentration of borate (3 to 5 mM. This decrease in BOR1-GFP signal was mediated by a specific degradation of the protein after internalization by endocytosis from the plasma membrane. Pharmacological analysis indicated that the decrease in BOR1-GFP largely depends on the increase in degradation rate and that the degradation was mediated by a tyrosine-motif and the actin cytoskeleton. Tyr mutants of BOR1-GFP, which has been shown to inhibit borate-dependent degradation in Arabidopsis root cells, did not show borate-dependent endocytosis in tobacco BY-2 cells. These findings indicate that the borate-dependent degradation machinery of the borate transporter is conserved among plant species.

  10. STUDY ON CaSO4 WHISKER REINFORCING AND TOUGHENING MECHANISMS FOR POLYURETHANE ELASTOMER%CaSO4晶须补强增韧聚氨酯弹性体机理的研究

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    刘玲; 殷宁; 亢茂青; 王心葵

    2001-01-01

    The CaSO4 whisker/polyurethane elastomer composites with high strength and high toughness are fabricated.The CaSO4 whisker reinforcing and toughening mechanisms for polyurethane elastomer are studied.The observation of the fracture surface by SEM and TEM shows that CaSO4 whisker reinforcing mechanism for polyurethane elastomer is mainly load transfering,while its toughening mechanism involves crack deflection and whisker pullout.The effects of dispersity of CaSO4 whisker and the interfacial bonding state on reinforcement and toughness are discussed.The results indicate that composites with 5%~10% CaSO4 whisker exhibit the best mechanical properties among the materials tested.Good bonding interface is formed between whisker and matrix after the surface of CaSO4 whisker being treated by silane coupling agent(KH-550).Better interfacial bonding state contributes to strength and toughness being fairly improved.

  11. Syrthesis and properties of nickel borate acylate as a new rubber-steel cord adhesion promoter

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    2001-01-01

    The synthetic method of nickel borate acylate (NBA), a kind of rubber-steel cord adhesion promoter (AP), through nickel carbonate, borate and mixed carboxylic acid was studied. The preparation of nickel carbonate could be performed through reaction of nickel sulfate with sodium carbonate in aqueous solution,in which fractional conversion of nickel was more than 99.9%. The mixed nickel carboxylate was prepared by the reaction of nicke carbonate with isooctanoic acid and acetic acid, under strong stirring for 2 h, the mole ratio of these chemicals were 1: 1: 1.1 respectively, and water should be removed completely by adding of inert organic solvent after reaction was finished so as to avoid hydrolysis of tributyl borate in the second reaction.NBA was synthesizec by reaction of mixed nickel carboxylate with tributyl borate under strong stirring at 200-250 ℃ for 6 h. By detection and comparison with 680C product from Manobond Company of England, the NBA synthesized through isooctanoic acid and tributyl borate was very similar to product 680C in IR data,300% fixed extension strength, tensile strength, hardness and cure curve, and was slightly lower than those ofproduct 680C in tensile failure extensibility and hot air aging. The experimental results show that the preparedNBA can be used as robber-steel cord AP.

  12. A new nanosensor composed of laminated samarium borate and immobilized laccase for phenol determination

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    Hu, Ping; Zhou, Xinlin; Wu, Qingsheng

    2014-02-01

    A new nanosensor composed of laminated samarium borate and immobilized laccase was developed for phenol determination. The laminated samarium borate was synthesized by a mild solid-state-hydrothermal (S-S-H) method without any surfactant or Template. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the samples. The morphology of the as-prepared materials was characterized by SEM, which shows that laminated samarium borate are uniform nanosheets with a layer-by-layer self-assembled single-crystal structure. These laminated samarium borate have typical diameters of 3 ~ 5 μm and the thickness of each layer is in the range of 10 ~ 80 nm. And then, these SmBO3 multilayers were used to immobilize the laccase. The proposed nanosensor composed of laminated samarium borate and immobilized laccase was successfully developed for phenol determination. Cyclic voltammetry were used to study the nanosensor. The proposed nanosensor displayed high sensitivity toward phenolic compounds. The linearity of the nanosensor for the detection of hydroquinone was obtained from 1 to 50 μM with a detection limit of 3 × 10-7 M (based on the S/N = 3).

  13. Diffuse traumatic brain injury initially attenuates and later expands activation of the rat somatosensory whisker circuit concomitant with neuroplastic responses.

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    Hall, Kelley D; Lifshitz, Jonathan

    2010-04-06

    Traumatic brain injury can initiate an array of chronic neurological deficits, effecting executive function, language and sensorimotor integration. Mechanical forces produce the diffuse pathology that disrupts neural circuit activation across vulnerable brain regions. The present manuscript explores the hypothesis that the extent of functional activation of brain-injured circuits is a consequence of initial disruption and consequent reorganization. In the rat, enduring sensory sensitivity to whisker stimulation directs regional analysis to the whisker barrel circuit. Adult, male rats were subjected to midline fluid percussion brain or sham injury and evaluated between 1day and 42days post-injury. Whisker somatosensory regions of the cortex and thalamus maintained cellular composition as visualized by Nissl stain. Within the first week post-injury, quantitatively less cFos activation was elicited by whisker stimulation, potentially due to axotomy within and surrounding the whisker circuit as visualized by amyloid precursor protein immunohistochemistry. Over six weeks post-injury, cFos activation after whisker stimulation showed a significant linear correlation with time in the cortex (r(2)=0.545; p=0.015), non-significant correlation in the thalamus (r(2)=0.326) and U-shaped correlation in the dentate gyrus (r(2)=0.831), all eventually exceeding sham levels. Ongoing neuroplastic responses in the cortex are evidenced by accumulating growth associated protein and synaptophysin gene expression. In the thalamus, the delayed restoration of plasticity markers may explain the broad distribution of neuronal activation extending into the striatum and hippocampus with whisker stimulation. The sprouting of diffuse-injured circuits into diffuse-injured tissue likely establishes maladaptive circuits responsible for behavioral morbidity. Therapeutic interventions to promote adaptive circuit restructuring may mitigate post-traumatic morbidity. Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V. All

  14. Support for the slip hypothesis from whisker-related tactile perception of rats in a noisy environment.

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    Waiblinger, Christian; Brugger, Dominik; Whitmire, Clarissa J; Stanley, Garrett B; Schwarz, Cornelius

    2015-01-01

    Rodents use active whisker movements to explore their environment. The "slip hypothesis" of whisker-related tactile perception entails that short-lived kinematic events (abrupt whisker movements, called "slips", due to bioelastic whisker properties that occur during active touch of textures) carry the decisive texture information. Supporting this hypothesis, previous studies have shown that slip amplitude and frequency occur in a texture-dependent way. Further, experiments employing passive pulsatile whisker deflections revealed that perceptual performance based on pulse kinematics (i.e., signatures that resemble slips) is far superior to the one based on time-integrated variables like frequency and intensity. So far, pulsatile stimuli were employed in a noise free environment. However, the realistic scenario involves background noise (e.g., evoked by rubbing across the texture). Therefore, if slips are used for tactile perception, the tactile neuronal system would need to differentiate slip-evoked spikes from those evoked by noise. To test the animals under these more realistic conditions, we presented passive whisker-deflections to head-fixed trained rats, consisting of "slip-like" events (waveforms mimicking slips occurring with touch of real textures) embedded into background noise. Varying the (i) shapes (ramp or pulse); (ii) kinematics (amplitude, velocity, etc.); and (iii) the probabilities of occurrence of slip-like events, we observed that rats could readily detect slip-like events of different shapes against noisy background. Psychophysical curves revealed that the difference of slip event and noise amplitude determined perception, while increased probability of occurrence (frequency) had barely any effect. These results strongly support the notion that encoding of kinematics dominantly determines whisker-related tactile perception while the computation of frequency or intensity plays a minor role.

  15. Support for the slip hypothesis from whisker-related tactile perception of rats in a noisy environment

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    Waiblinger, Christian; Brugger, Dominik; Whitmire, Clarissa J.; Stanley, Garrett B.; Schwarz, Cornelius

    2015-01-01

    Rodents use active whisker movements to explore their environment. The “slip hypothesis” of whisker-related tactile perception entails that short-lived kinematic events (abrupt whisker movements, called “slips”, due to bioelastic whisker properties that occur during active touch of textures) carry the decisive texture information. Supporting this hypothesis, previous studies have shown that slip amplitude and frequency occur in a texture-dependent way. Further, experiments employing passive pulsatile whisker deflections revealed that perceptual performance based on pulse kinematics (i.e., signatures that resemble slips) is far superior to the one based on time-integrated variables like frequency and intensity. So far, pulsatile stimuli were employed in a noise free environment. However, the realistic scenario involves background noise (e.g., evoked by rubbing across the texture). Therefore, if slips are used for tactile perception, the tactile neuronal system would need to differentiate slip-evoked spikes from those evoked by noise. To test the animals under these more realistic conditions, we presented passive whisker-deflections to head-fixed trained rats, consisting of “slip-like” events (waveforms mimicking slips occurring with touch of real textures) embedded into background noise. Varying the (i) shapes (ramp or pulse); (ii) kinematics (amplitude, velocity, etc.); and (iii) the probabilities of occurrence of slip-like events, we observed that rats could readily detect slip-like events of different shapes against noisy background. Psychophysical curves revealed that the difference of slip event and noise amplitude determined perception, while increased probability of occurrence (frequency) had barely any effect. These results strongly support the notion that encoding of kinematics dominantly determines whisker-related tactile perception while the computation of frequency or intensity plays a minor role. PMID:26528148

  16. Support for the slip hypothesis from whisker-related tactile perception of rats in a noisy environment

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    Christian eWaiblinger

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Rodents use active whisker movements to explore their environment. The ‘slip hypothesis’ of whisker-related tactile perception entails that short-lived kinematic events (abrupt whisker movements, called ‘slips’, due to bioelastic whisker properties that occur during active touch of textures carry the decisive texture information. Supporting this hypothesis, previous studies have shown that slip amplitude and frequency occur in a texture dependent way. Further, experiments employing passive pulsatile whisker deflections revealed that perceptual performance based on pulse kinematics (i.e. signatures that resemble slips is far superior to the one based on time-integrated variables like frequency and intensity. So far, pulsatile stimuli were employed in a noise free environment. However, the realistic scenario involves background noise (e.g. evoked by rubbing across the texture. Therefore, if slips are used for tactile perception, the tactile neuronal system would need to differentiate slip-evoked spikes from those evoked by noise. To test the animals under these more realistic conditions, we presented passive whisker-deflections to head-fixed trained rats, consisting of 'slip-like' events (waveforms mimicking slips occurring with touch of real textures embedded into background noise. Varying the i shapes (ramp or pulse, ii kinematics (amplitude, velocity, etc., and iii the probabilities of occurrence of slip-like events, we observed that rats could readily detect slip-like events of different shapes against noisy background. Psychophysical curves revealed that the difference of slip event and noise amplitude determined perception, while increased probability of occurrence (frequency had barely any effect. These results strongly support the notion that encoding of kinematics dominantly determines whisker-related tactile perception while the computation of frequency or intensity plays a minor role.

  17. Corrosion Inhibitors for Aluminum.

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    Muller, Bodo

    1995-01-01

    Describes a simple and reliable test method used to investigate the corrosion-inhibiting effects of various chelating agents on aluminum pigments in aqueous alkaline media. The experiments that are presented require no complicated or expensive electronic equipment. (DDR)

  18. Advances in aluminum anodizing

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    Dale, K. H.

    1969-01-01

    White anodize is applied to aluminum alloy surfaces by specific surface preparation, anodizing, pigmentation, and sealing techniques. The development techniques resulted in alloys, which are used in space vehicles, with good reflectance values and excellent corrosive resistance.

  19. CORROSION PROTECTION OF ALUMINUM

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    Dalrymple, R.S.; Nelson, W.B.

    1963-07-01

    Treatment of aluminum-base metal surfaces in an autoclave with an aqueous chromic acid solution of 0.5 to 3% by weight and of pH below 2 for 20 to 50 hrs at 160 to 180 deg C produces an extremely corrosion-resistant aluminum oxidechromium film on the surface. A chromic acid concentration of 1 to 2% and a pH of about 1 are preferred. (D.C.W.)

  20. Síntese de "whiskers" de CaSiO3 em fluxo salino para elaboração de biomateriais Synthesis of CaSiO3 "whiskers" in alkaline salt flux for biomaterials reinforcement

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    M. Motisuke

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Há tempos empregam-se "whiskers" cerâmicos como reforço de materiais nas mais diversas aplicações, porém os materiais com os quais estes são comumente fabricados (carbeto e nitreto de silício não permitem a sua utilização no campo dos biomateriais devido sua elevada toxicidade. Assim, torna-se interessante sintetizar "whiskers" biocompatíveis capazes de reforçar biomateriais cerâmicos e poliméricos sem prejudicar a saúde dos pacientes. Dessa forma, este trabalho tem como objetivo desenvolver e determinar os parâmetros limitantes de uma nova rota de síntese por fusão de sais de "whiskers" de CaSiO3, uma biocerâmica biocompatível, bioativa e reabsorvível. Este método é simples, barato e permite a produção em larga escala. Utilizou-se um fluxo de NaCl/KCl a 900 ºC para sintetizar "whiskers" de wollastonita, que foram caracterizados por difração de raios X e microscopia eletrônica de varredura. O método proposto mostrou-se eficiente, entretanto os tempos de patamar empregados não foram suficientes para garantir 100% de rendimento da reação de formação de CaSiO3, ocorrendo a formação de cristobalita.Materials reinforcement by ceramic whiskers has been employed for a long time in a variety of industrial applications. Nevertheless, the materials by which these whiskers are commonly made of (carbide and silicon nitride do not allow their use in biomaterials field due to their high toxicity. Then, it is of interest to synthesize ceramic whiskers which could reinforce biocompatible ceramic and polymeric biomaterials without harming the patients' health. In this manner, the aim of this work is to propose and analyze the limiting process variables of a new synthetic route to produce whiskers of CaSiO3 (wollastonite: a biocompatible, bioactive and readsorbable biomaterial. It was employed the molten salt synthesis at 900 ºC to grow wollastonite crystals which were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron

  1. 77 FR 74883 - Aging Management of Stainless Steel Structures and Components in Treated Borated Water; Revision 1

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    ... COMMISSION Aging Management of Stainless Steel Structures and Components in Treated Borated Water; Revision 1... corrects License Renewal Interim Staff Guidance, LR-ISG-2011-01, ``Aging Management of Stainless Steel Structures and Components in Treated Borated Water,'' which was announced in the Federal Register on May...

  2. Radiation Shielding Properties Comparison of Pb-Based Silicate, Borate, and Phosphate Glass Matrices

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    Suwimon Ruengsri

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Theoretical calculations of mass attenuation coefficients, partial interactions, atomic cross-section, and effective atomic numbers of PbO-based silicate, borate, and phosphate glass systems have been investigated at 662 keV. PbO-based silicate glass has been found with the highest total mass attenuation coefficient and then phosphate and borate glasses, respectively. Compton scattering has been the dominate interaction contributed to the different total attenuation coefficients in each of the glass matrices. The silicate and phosphate glass systems are more appropriate choices as lead-based radiation shielding glass than the borate glass system. Moreover, comparison of results has shown that the glasses possess better shielding properties than standard shielding concretes, suggesting a smaller size requirement in addition to transparency in the visible region.

  3. Esterification of Carboxylic Acids and Diacids by Trialkyl Borate under Solvent- and Catalyst-Free Conditions

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    MANSOORI Yagoub; TATAROGLU SEYIDOV Firdovsi; BOHLOOLI Shahrbanoo; ZAMANLOO Mohammad Reza; IMANZADEH Gholam Hassan

    2007-01-01

    Esterification or transesterification reactions are usually carried out in the presence of homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysts.However,recently a new method was reported for the esterification of carboxylic acids by tributyl borate under solvent- and catalyst-free conditions.In order to show the synthetic ability of trialkyl borate esters in the esterification reactions,here,the esterification of other carboxylic acids and diacids by tributyl-,triisoamyl-,and tribenzyl borate under the same conditions were reported.Some of the prepared ester and diester products have found wide applications as plasticizers and synthetic ester base lubricants.The esterification reactions have been cleanly carried out in the absence of any solvent under catalyst-free conditions.The maximum rate belongs to isoamyl trichloroacetate (Ⅵb) which reached about 76% within about 6.5 h.On the basis of obtained findings,it seems that electron withdrawing groups on carboxylic acid facilitate the esterification reaction.

  4. Dopant Concentration and Effective Atomic Number of Copper-Doped Potassium Borate Glasses

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    I. Hossain

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Copper-doped (0.5 mol% and undoped potassium borate glasses have been prepared by the composition of (100-xH3BO3 + xK2CO3, where 10 ≤ x ≤ 30 mol % by the traditional melting quenching method. The structural pattern of glasses with different composition has been identified by X-ray diffraction (XRD. The glow curves were analysed to determine various characterizations of the TLDs. Identification of the compositions and concentrations and effective atomic number of undoped and doped potassium borate glass was carried out using scanning electron microscope analysis (SEM. The dopant concentrations are found to be 0.25 mol%, while Zeff are 11.42 and 10.48 for Cu-doped and undoped potassium borate glasses, respectively.

  5. Rheological Properties of Konjac Glucomannan/SiO_2 /Organic-Borate Gels

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    WU Lili; ZHANG Chaocan; GUO Jinming; GAO Shanjun

    2009-01-01

    A series of thermoreversible konjac glucomannan gels crosslinked by organic bo-rate were prepared.Required amount of hydrophilic SiO_2 was added into the konjac glucomannan solutions before the crosslinking reaction.The gel network was formed through the crosslinking reac-tion between borate ions dissociated from organic borate and the cis-diol hydroxyl groups on the mannose units of polysaccharide chains.The rheological properties of the complex gels were studied by dynamic viscoelastic measurement.The gelation kinetics of the complex gels was studied and the critical gelation points of the gels were exactly determined by the Winter-Chambon criterion.The ef-fects of temperature and composite ratio on the shear storage modulus(G'),the loss modulus(G") and the sol-gel transition points were investigated.

  6. Complexation Between Borate ion and Hydroxyl Groups of Phenol-Formaldehyde Resol Resin

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    2002-01-01

    The complexation reaction between borate ions and phenol-formaldehyde resol resin in aqueous solution was studied by pH measurement, small model molecules and infrared spectroscopy.The results show that the complexation can proceed completely and rapidly at room temperature.Borate ion attacks phenol hydroxyl groups and adjacent position hydroxymethyl groups on the phenol ring of the resin, and forms the coordinate bond between boron atom in borate ion and oxygen atom in the hydroxyl groups. The complexation is a quantitative reaction. The complex is a six member ring containing two oxygens and one boron. The complexation can release hydrogen ions resulting in the decreasing pH in the resin solution.

  7. Luminescence properties of the Sm-doped borate glasses

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    Kindrat, I.I. [University of Zielona Góra, Institute of Physics, Division of Spectroscopy of Functional Materials, 4a Szafrana Street, 65-516 Zielona Góra (Poland); Padlyak, B.V., E-mail: B.Padlyak@if.uz.zgora.pl [University of Zielona Góra, Institute of Physics, Division of Spectroscopy of Functional Materials, 4a Szafrana Street, 65-516 Zielona Góra (Poland); Vlokh Institute of Physical Optics, 23 Dragomanov Street, 79-005 Lviv (Ukraine); Drzewiecki, A. [University of Zielona Góra, Institute of Physics, Division of Spectroscopy of Functional Materials, 4a Szafrana Street, 65-516 Zielona Góra (Poland)

    2015-10-15

    The optical absorption and photoluminescence (emission and excitation) spectra as well as decay kinetics of a series of the Sm-doped glasses with Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}, LiKB{sub 4}O{sub 7}, CaB{sub 4}O{sub 7}, and LiCaBO{sub 3} compositions were investigated and analysed. The Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}:Sm, LiKB{sub 4}O{sub 7}:Sm, CaB{sub 4}O{sub 7}:Sm, and LiCaBO{sub 3}:Sm glasses of high optical quality have been obtained from the corresponding polycrystalline compounds in the air atmosphere, using a standard glass technology. On the basis of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and optical spectra analysis it was shown that the samarium impurity is incorporated into the glass network as Sm{sup 3+} (4f{sup 5}, {sup 6}H{sub 5/2}) ions, exclusively. All observed 4f – 4f transitions of the Sm{sup 3+} centres in the optical absorption and luminescence spectra of the investigated glasses are identified. Most intense emission band of the Sm{sup 3+} ions peaked about 598 nm ({sup 4}G{sub 5/2} → {sup 6}H{sub 7/2} transition) is characterised by a single exponential decay with typical lifetime values, which depend on the basic glass composition as well as concentration and local structure of the Sm{sup 3+} luminescence centres. The quantum efficiency has been evaluated for observed transitions of the Sm{sup 3+} centres using obtained experimental lifetimes and radiative lifetimes calculated by Judd–Ofelt theory. The calculated high quantum efficiencies and measured quantum yields of luminescence show that the investigated borate glasses are perspective luminescence materials. Energy transfer from the Ce{sup 3+} non-controlled impurity and intrinsic luminescence centres to the Sm{sup 3+} centres has been observed. Peculiarities of the Sm{sup 3+} local structure in the network of investigated glasses have been discussed based on the obtained spectroscopic results and structural data. - Highlights: • The Sm-doped Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}, LiKB{sub 4}O{sub 7}, Ca

  8. Chemical and boron isotopic compositions of tourmaline from the Paleoproterozoic Houxianyu borate deposit, NE China: Implications for the origin of borate deposit

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    Yan, Xue-long; Chen, Bin

    2014-11-01

    The Houxianyu borate deposit in northeastern China is one of the largest boron sources of China, hosted mainly in the Paleoproterozoic meta-volcanic and sedimentary rocks (known as the Liaohe Group) that are characterized by high boron concentrations. The borate ore-body has intimate spatial relationship with the Mg-rich carbonates/silicates of the Group, with fine-grained gneisses (meta-felsic volcanic rocks) as main country rocks. The presence of abundant tourmalinites and tourmaline-rich quartz veins in the borate orebody provides an opportunity to study the origin of boron, the nature of ore-forming fluids, and possible mineralization mechanism. We report the chemical and boron isotopic compositions of tourmalines from the tourmaline-rich rocks in the borate deposit and from the tourmaline-bearing fine-grained gneisses. Tourmalines from the fine-grained gneisses are chemically homogeneous, showing relatively high Fe and Na and low Mg, with δ11B values in a narrow range from +1.22‰ to +2.63‰. Tourmalines from the tourmaline-rich rocks, however, commonly show compositional zoning, with an irregular detrital core and a euhedral overgrowth, and have significantly higher Mg, REE (and more pronounced positive Eu anomalies), V (229-1852 ppm) and Sr (208-1191 ppm) than those from the fine-grained gneisses. They show varied B isotope values ranging from +4.51‰ to +12.43‰, which plot intermediate between those of the terrigenous sediments and arc rocks with low boron isotope values (as represented by the δ11B = +1.22‰ to +2.63‰ of the fine-grained gneisses of this study) and those of marine carbonates and evaporates with high boron isotope values. In addition, the rim of the zoned tourmaline shows notably higher Mg, Ti, V, Sn, and Pb, and REE (particularly LREEs), but lower Fe, Co, Cr, Ni, Zn, Mn, and lower δ11B values than the core. These data suggest that (1) the sources of boron of the borate ore-body are mainly the Paleoproterozoic meta-volcanic and

  9. Structural and acoustical studies of lead sodium borate glasses

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    Saddeek, Yasser B. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Assiut P.O. 71452 (Egypt)], E-mail: ysaddeek@gmail.com

    2009-01-07

    Glasses in the system Na{sub 2-2x}B{sub 4-4x}Pb{sub x}O{sub 7-6x}, 0 {<=} x {<=} 0.8, have been prepared by the melt quenching technique. Elastic properties and Debye temperature have been investigated using sound velocity measurements at 4 MHz. The ultrasonic parameters along with the IR spectroscopic studies have been employed to study the role of PbO on the structure of Na{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7} glass. The density, the molar volume, and the ultrasonic parameters of these samples have been found to be compositional dependent. The results indicate that PbO acts as a network modifier in the range 0 {<=} x {<=} 0.4, while beyound x = 0.4, PbO acts as a network former which affects the diborate units that mainly consist the strong borate network. These results are interpreted in terms of the IR analysis that indicates the transformation of the structural units BO{sub 3} into BO{sub 4}, the increase in the number of non-bridging oxygen atoms, and the substitution of longer Pb-O bond length, in place of shorter B-O bond. The observed compositional dependence of the elastic moduli is interpreted in terms of the effect of PbO on the boron-coordination number of the glass structure and to the relatively large electron-phonon anharmonic interactions. A good correlation was observed between the experimentally determined elastic moduli and those computed according to Makishima-Mackenzie model.

  10. A molecular dynamics evaluation of the effect of dopant addition on grain boundary diffusion in tin: Implication for whisker growth

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    Banerjee, S., E-mail: soumik.banerjee@wsu.edu [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-2920 (United States); Dutta, I. [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-2920 (United States); Majumdar, B.S. [Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Department, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM 87801 (United States)

    2016-06-01

    Addition of lead dopant has been known to be an effective way of mitigating whisker growth in tin. However, the toxic nature of lead has necessitated a search for alternative dopant species. Recent investigations have indicated that indium can be an effective agent in reducing whisker growth. In an effort to investigate if reduction in diffusivity of tin atoms near grain boundaries in presence of dopant atoms is the underlying mechanism that causes reduced whisker growth, we employed molecular dynamics simulations to model tin grain boundaries with lead and indium dopants. We simulated pure tin grain boundary as well as grain boundaries with 4% dopants by mole fraction. Our results indicate that the dopant atoms segregate near the grain boundary and forms clusters, which in turn leads to reduced diffusivity of tin atoms by up to a factor of three. Since such reduction in diffusivity alone cannot reduce whisker growth by several orders of magnitude, we conclude that other mechanisms might play a more dominant role in mitigating tin whisker growth.

  11. Sparse, reliable, and long-term stable representation of periodic whisker deflections in the mouse barrel cortex.

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    Mayrhofer, Johannes M; Haiss, Florent; Helmchen, Fritjof; Weber, Bruno

    2015-07-15

    The rodent whisker system is a preferred model for studying plasticity in the somatosensory cortex (barrel cortex). Contrarily, only a small amount of research has been conducted to characterize the stability of neuronal population activity in the barrel cortex. We used the mouse whisker system to address the neuronal basis of stable perception in the somatosensory cortex. Cortical representation of periodic whisker deflections was studied in populations of neurons in supragranular layers over extended time periods (up to 3 months) with long-term two-photon Ca(2+) imaging in anesthetized mice. We found that in most of the neurons (87%), Ca(2+) responses increased sublinearly with increasing number of contralateral whisker deflections. The imaged population of neurons was activated in a stereotypic way over days and for different deflection rates (pulse frequencies). Thus, pulse frequencies are coded by response strength rather than by distinct neuronal sub-populations. A small population of highly responsive neurons (~3%) was sufficient to decode the whisker stimulus. This conserved functional map, led by a small set of highly responsive neurons, might form the foundation of stable sensory percepts. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Extensive Hair-Shaft Elongation by Isolated Mouse Whisker Follicles in Very Long-Term Gelfoam® Histoculture.

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    Cao, Wenluo; Li, Lingna; Mii, Sumiyuki; Amoh, Yasuyuki; Liu, Fang; Hoffman, Robert M

    2015-01-01

    We have previously studied mouse whisker follicles in Gelfoam® histoculture to determine the role of nestin-expressing plutipotent stem cells, located within the follicle, in the growth of the follicular sensory nerve. Long-term Gelfoam® whisker histoculture enabled hair follicle nestin-expressing stem cells to promote the extensive elongation of the whisker sensory nerve, which contained axon fibers. Transgenic mice in which the nestin promoter drives green fluorescent protein (ND-GFP) were used as the source of the whiskers allowing imaging of the nestin-expressing stem cells as they formed the follicular sensory nerve. In the present report, we show that Gelfoam®-histocultured whisker follicles produced growing pigmented and unpigmented hair shafts. Hair-shaft length increased rapidly by day-4 and continued growing until at least day-12 after which the hair-shaft length was constant. By day-63 in histoculture, the number of ND-GFP hair follicle stem cells increased significantly and the follicles were intact. The present study shows that Gelfoam® histoculture can support extensive hair-shaft growth as well as hair follicle sensory-nerve growth from isolated hair follicles which were maintained over very long periods of time. Gelfoam® histoculture of hair follicles can provide a very long-term period for evaluating novel agents to promote hair growth.

  13. Effect of surface treatment of hydroxyapatite whiskers on the mechanical properties of bis-GMA-based composites

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    Zhang Hongquan; Zhang Ming, E-mail: htmzhang@polyu.edu.h [Department of Health Technology and Informatics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong)

    2010-10-01

    The mechanical properties of bis-GMA-based composites filled with hydroxyapatite (HA) particles or whiskers are characterized in this paper. The inherent properties of reinforcements, the bonding strength of the filler-matrix interface and their dispersibility in a polymer matrix were intimately associated with the mechanical performance of the composites. Silanization of both particles and whiskers effectively improved the bonding of the filler-matrix interface, their dispersibility in matrix monomers and filler loading. The particle- and whisker-filled composites showed highly significant differences in both flexural strength and fracture toughness. HA whiskers prepared by hydrothermal homogeneous precipitation had superior dispersibility and wettability in the polymer matrix; no aggregation and entanglement were found in both the products before and after silanization and the resin composites. These features conferred the whiskers having good interface bonding with the polymer matrix and superior reinforcing and toughening effects. For the particulate filler, the addition of HA led to a decrease in the flexural strength for both silane-treated and untreated fillers. Cracks propagated easily through the micropores and voids in the HA aggregates, leading to lower flexural strength and low toughness. However, silanization of HA did not show obvious effects on the elastic modulus of the composites.

  14. The influence of microstructure on the tensile behavior of an aluminum metal matrix composite

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    Birt, Michael J.; Johnson, W. Steven

    1990-01-01

    The relationship between tensile properties and microstructure of a powder metallurgy aluminum alloy, 2009 was examined. The alloy was investigated both unreinforced and reinforced with 15 v/o SiC whiskers or 15 v/o SiC particulate to form a discontinuous metal matrix composite (MMC). The materials were investigated in the as-fabricated condition and in three different hot-rolled sheet thicknesses of 6.35, 3.18, and 1.8 mm. Image analysis was used to characterize the morphology of the reinforcements and their distributions within the matrix alloy. Fractographic examinations revealed that failure was associated with the presence of microstructural inhomogeneities which were related to both the matrix alloy and to the reinforcement. The results from these observations together with the matrix tensile data were used to predict the strengths and moduli of the MMC's using relatively simple models. The whisker MMC could be modeled as a short fiber composite and an attempt was made to model the particulate MMC as a dispersion/dislocation hardened alloy.

  15. Removal of borate by coprecipitation with Mg/Al layered double hydroxide

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    Kurashina, Masashi; Inoue, Tatsuki; Tajima, Chihiro; Kanezaki, Eiji

    2015-03-01

    Borate has been used for various industrial products and excessive dose of boron is harmful to humans. We investigated the removal of borate by direct coprecipitation with Mg/Al layered double hydroxide. In this study, the maximum removal of boron was 90% when Mg 30 mmol and Al 15 mmol at pH = 10 were used for 498 mg/l as B. The boron adsorption isotherms could be fitted to Langmuir model. The calculated constant Ws, saturation limit of boron adsorption, is 25 ± 2 mg/g and it is larger than that of ion exchange reaction (Ws = 15±1 mg/g).

  16. On the Anionic Group Approximation to the Borate Nonlinear Optical Materials

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    Rukang Li

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available In this mini-review type of article, a brief summary of the anionic group approximation as it relates to the borate nonlinear optical (NLO crystals, an idea firstly proposed by Professor Chen, is presented.The basic idea, calculation method, tabulated coefficients of various common borate, as well as nitrate or carbonate groups, in their ideal geometries will be presented. New practices reveal that those parameters can still give very accurate predicted NLO coefficients for recently found NLO crystals without any adjustment of parameters.

  17. Structural and optical properties of niobium doped silver-lead-borate glasses

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    Sathish, M.; Eraiah, B.

    2013-06-01

    Nb2O5 doped silver lead borate glasses with the chemical composition (29—x)PbO-1Ag2O-70B2O3-xNb2O5 (where x=0.1mol % and 0.5 mol %) have prepared by conventional melt quenching method. FTIR and UV absorption technique have been used in order to obtain the information concerning network structure. As Nb2O5 concentration increased, the borate glass network is shown to change three coordinated to four coordinated boron system. SEM technique confines glassy nature of the prepared samples. The calculated optical band gap increases with increase Nb2O5 concentration.

  18. Study of the microstructural transformations of borate glass and barium metaborate crystals induced by femtosecond laser

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    Chen Bin; Yu Bing-Kun; Yan Xiao-Na; Qiu Jian-Rong; Jiang Xiong-Wei; Zhu Cong-Shan

    2004-01-01

    This paper describes the microstructural transformations of borate glass and barium metaborate crystals induced by femtosecond laser. Such structural transformations were verified by Raman spectroscopy. The borate glass is transformed into low temperature (LT) phase of barium metaborate (BaB2O4) crystals after being irradiated for 10 min by a femtosecond laser. In addition, after 20 min of irradiation, high temperature (HT) phase of BaB2O4 crystals is also produced. Further studies demonstrate that LT phase BaB2O4 crystals are formed in the HT phase BaB2O4 crystals after femtosecond laser irradiation for 10 s.

  19. General and Localized corrosion of Austenitic and Borated Stainless Steels in Simulated Concentrated Ground Waters

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    D. Fix; J. Estill; L. Wong; R. Rebak

    2004-05-28

    Boron containing stainless steels are used in the nuclear industry for applications such as spent fuel storage, control rods and shielding. It was of interest to compare the corrosion resistance of three borated stainless steels with standard austenitic alloy materials such as type 304 and 316 stainless steels. Tests were conducted in three simulated concentrated ground waters at 90 C. Results show that the borated stainless were less resistant to corrosion than the witness austenitic materials. An acidic concentrated ground water was more aggressive than an alkaline concentrated ground water.

  20. General and Localized Corrosion of Austenitic And Borated Stainless Steels in Simulated Concentrated Ground Waters

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    Estill, J C; Rebak, R B; Fix, D V; Wong, L L

    2004-03-11

    Boron containing stainless steels are used in the nuclear industry for applications such as spent fuel storage, control rods and shielding. It was of interest to compare the corrosion resistance of three borated stainless steels with standard austenitic alloy materials such as type 304 and 316 stainless steels. Tests were conducted in three simulated concentrated ground waters at 90 C. Results show that the borated stainless were less resistant to corrosion than the witness austenitic materials. An acidic concentrated ground water was more aggressive than an alkaline concentrated ground water.

  1. Tenascin-C and tenascin-W in whisker follicle stem cell niches: possible roles in regulating stem cell proliferation and migration.

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    Tucker, Richard P; Ferralli, Jacqueline; Schittny, Johannes C; Chiquet-Ehrismann, Ruth

    2013-11-15

    The whisker follicle has CD34-positive stem cells that migrate from their niche near the bulge along the glassy membrane to the whisker bulb, where they participate in the formation of the whisker shaft. Using immunohistochemistry, we found the glycoprotein tenascin-C in the fibrous capsule of mouse whisker follicles, along the glassy membrane and in the trabecular region surrounding keratin-15-negative, CD34-positive stem cells. The related glycoprotein tenascin-W is found in the CD34-positive stem cell niche, in nearby trabeculae and along the glassy membrane. Tenascin-W is also found in the neural stem cell niche of nearby hair follicles. The formation of stress fibers and focal adhesion complexes in CD34-positive whisker-derived stem cells cultured on fibronectin was inhibited by both tenascin-C and tenascin-W, which is consistent with a role for these glycoproteins in promoting the migration of these cells from the niche to the whisker bulb. Tenascin-C, but not tenascin-W, increased the proliferation of whisker follicle stem cells in vitro. Thus, the CD34-positive whisker follicle stem cell niche contains both tenascin-C and tenascin-W, and these glycoproteins might play a role in directing the migration and proliferation of these stem cells.

  2. Aluminum, parathyroid hormone, and osteomalacia

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    Burnatowska-Hledin, M.A.; Kaiser, L.; Mayor, G.H.

    1983-01-01

    Aluminum exposure in man is unavoidable. The occurrence of dialysis dementia, vitamin D-resistant osteomalacia, and hypochromic microcytic anemia in dialysis patients underscores the potential for aluminum toxicity. Although exposure via dialysate and hyperalimentation leads to significant tissue aluminum accumulation, the ubiquitous occurrence of aluminum and the severe pathology associated with large aluminum burdens suggest that smaller exposures via the gastrointestinal tract and lungs could represent an important, though largely unrecognized, public health problem. It is clear that some aluminum absorption occurs with the ingestion of small amounts of aluminum in the diet and medicines, and even greater aluminum absorption is seen in individuals consuming large amounts of aluminum present in antacids. Aluminum absorption is enhanced in the presence of elevated circulating parathyroid hormone. In addition, elevated PTH leads to the preferential deposition of aluminum in brain and bone. Consequently, PTH is likely to be involved in the pathogenesis of toxicities in those organs. PTH excess also seems to lead to the deposition of aluminum in the parathyroid gland. The in vitro demonstration that aluminum inhibits parathyroid hormone release is consistent with the findings of a euparathyroid state in dialysis patients with aluminum related vitamin D-resistant osteomalacia. Nevertheless, it seems likely that hyperparathyroidism is at least initially involved in the pathogenesis of aluminum neurotoxicity and osteomalacia; the increases in tissue aluminum stores are followed by suppression of parathyroid hormone release, which is required for the evolution of osteomalacia. Impaired renal function is not a prerequisite for increased tissue aluminum burdens, nor for aluminum-related organ toxicity. Consequently, it is likely that these diseases will be observed in populations other than those with chronic renal disease.

  3. Correlating whisker growth and grain structure on Sn-Cu samples by real-time scanning electron microscopy and backscattering diffraction characterization

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    Pei Fei; Jadhav, Nitin; Chason, Eric [School of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912 (United States)

    2012-05-28

    Whiskers/hillocks grow out of Pb-free Sn coatings used in electronics manufacturing. To determine which grains form whiskers/hillocks, we use scanning electron microscopy and backscattering diffraction to simultaneously monitor the surface morphology and grain structure. To reduce surface roughness, we developed a ''peel-off'' method to prepare ultra-flat samples that were measured repeatedly while whiskers/hillocks formed. We find grains that form into whiskers/hillocks are present in the as-deposited film (i.e., not re-nucleated) and many have horizontal grain boundaries beneath them. Grain rotation during whisker/hillock formation means that measurements performed after the features grow do not indicate their initial grain orientations.

  4. Fabrication of aluminum foam from aluminum scrap Hamza

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    O. A. Osman1 ,

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available In this study the optimum parameters affecting the preparation of aluminum foam from recycled aluminum were studied, these parameters are: temperature, CaCO3 to aluminum scrap wt. ratio as foaming agent, Al2O3 to aluminum scrap wt. ratio as thickening agent, and stirring time. The results show that, the optimum parameters are the temperature ranged from 800 to 850oC, CaCO3 to aluminum scrap wt. ratio was 5%, Al2O3 to aluminum scrap wt. ratio was 3% and stirring time was 45 second with stirring speed 1200 rpm. The produced foam apparent densities ranged from 0.40-0.60 g/cm3. The microstructure of aluminum foam was examined by using SEM, EDX and XRD, the results show that, the aluminum pores were uniformly distributed along the all matrices and the cell walls covered by thin oxide film.

  5. Unusual stoichiometry control in the atomic layer deposition of manganese borate films from manganese bis(tris(pyrazolyl)borate) and ozone

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    Klesko, Joseph P.; Bellow, James A.; Saly, Mark J.; Winter, Charles H., E-mail: chw@chem.wayne.edu [Department of Chemistry, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 48202 (United States); Julin, Jaakko; Sajavaara, Timo [Department of Physics, University of Jyväskylä, 40014 Jyväskylä (Finland)

    2016-09-15

    The atomic layer deposition (ALD) of films with the approximate compositions Mn{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} and CoB{sub 2}O{sub 4} is described using MnTp{sub 2} or CoTp{sub 2} [Tp = tris(pyrazolyl)borate] with ozone. The solid state decomposition temperatures of MnTp{sub 2} and CoTp{sub 2} are ∼370 and ∼340 °C, respectively. Preparative-scale sublimations of MnTp{sub 2} and CoTp{sub 2} at 210 °C/0.05 Torr afforded >99% recoveries with <0.1% nonvolatile residues. Self-limited ALD growth was demonstrated at 325 °C for MnTp{sub 2} or CoTp{sub 2} with ozone as the coreactant. The growth rate for the manganese borate process was 0.19 Å/cycle within the ALD window of 300–350 °C. The growth rate for the cobalt borate process was 0.39–0.42 Å/cycle at 325 °C. X-ray diffraction of the as-deposited films indicated that they were amorphous. Atomic force microscopy of 35–36 nm thick manganese borate films grown within the 300–350 °C ALD window showed root mean square surface roughnesses of 0.4–0.6 nm. Film stoichiometries were assessed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and time of flight-elastic recoil detection analysis. The differing film stoichiometries obtained from the very similar precursors MnTp{sub 2} and CoTp{sub 2} are proposed to arise from the oxidizing ability of the intermediate high valent manganese oxide layers and lack thereof for cobalt.

  6. An Empirical Model for Estimating the Probability of Electrical Short Circuits from Tin Whiskers-Part I

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    Courey, Karim; Wright, Clara; Asfour, Shihab; Bayliss, Jon; Ludwig, Larry

    2008-01-01

    Existing risk simulations make the assumption that when a free tin whisker has bridged two adjacent exposed electrical conductors, the result is an electrical short circuit. This conservative assumption is made because shorting is a random event that has a currently unknown probability associated with it. Due to contact resistance, electrical shorts may not occur at lower voltage levels. In this experiment, we study the effect of varying voltage on the breakdown of the contact resistance which leads to a short circuit. From this data, we can estimate the probability of an electrical short, as a function of voltage, given that a free tin whisker has bridged two adjacent exposed electrical conductors. In addition, three tin whiskers grown from the same Space Shuttle Orbiter card guide used in the aforementioned experiment were cross sectioned and studied using a focused ion beam (FIB).

  7. Large-Scale Growth of Tubular Aragonite Whiskers through a MgCl2-Assisted Hydrothermal Process

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    Changyin Dong

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we have developed a facile MgCl2-assissted hydrothermal synthesis route to grow tubular aragonite whiskers on a large scale. The products have been characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD, optical microscopy, and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM. The results show the as-grown product is pure tubular aragonite crystalline whiskers with a diameter of 5–10 mm and a length of 100–200 mm, respectively. The concentration of Mg2+ plays an important role in determining the quality and purity of the products. Furthermore, the method can be extended to fabricate CaSO4 fibers. The high quality of the product and the mild conditions used mean that the present route has good prospects for the growth of inorganic crystalline whiskers.

  8. 硫酸钙晶须的制备进展%Progress in preparation of calcium sulphate whisker

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    黄哲元; 董发勤; 张伟

    2009-01-01

    Calcium sulfate whisker is a green environment - friendly material of excellent properties and low in price.It mainly abopts natural gypsum to produce calcium sulfate whisker,but natural gypsum is non-renewable resource.Therefore unlimited mining will lead to exhaustion of natural gypsum resources.There already has some researches on producing cal - cium sulfate whisker by using industrial by - product gypsum in China.Through expounding preparation principle of calcium sulfate whisker,and present situation of producing calcium sulfate whisker by using natural gypsum and industrial by - product gypsum,it was put forward that utilizing industrial by - product to prepare calcium sulfate whisker can protect natural gypsum resourse,as well as can realize resources regeneration,and it will be the future development tendency.%硫酸钙晶须是一种性能优良、价格低廉的绿色环保材料.制备硫酸钙晶须主要采用天然石膏为原料,而天然石膏是不可再生资源,无限开采将导致天然石膏资源的枯竭,目前中国已开始利用工业副产品制备硫酸钙晶须的研究.阐述了硫酸钙晶须的制备原理,以及利用天然石膏与工业副产品制备硫酸钙晶须的现状.提出了利用工业副产品制备硫酸钙晶须既能保护天然石膏资源,又能实现资源循环再生,将是今后的发展趋势.

  9. Multidimensional characterisation of biomechanical structures by combining Atomic Force Microscopy and Focused Ion Beam: A study of the rat whisker.

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    Adineh, Vahid Reza; Liu, Boyin; Rajan, Ramesh; Yan, Wenyi; Fu, Jing

    2015-07-01

    Understanding the heterogeneity of biological structures, particularly at the micro/nano scale can offer insights valuable for multidisciplinary research in tissue engineering and biomimicry designs. Here we propose to combine nanocharacterisation tools, particularly Focused Ion Beam (FIB) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) for three dimensional mapping of mechanical modulus and chemical signatures. The prototype platform is applied to image and investigate the fundamental mechanics of the rat face whiskers, a high-acuity sensor used to gain detailed information about the world. Grazing angle FIB milling was first applied to expose the interior cross section of the rat whisker sample, followed by a "lift-out" method to retrieve and position the target sample for further analyses. AFM force spectroscopy measurements revealed a non-uniform pattern of elastic modulus across the cross section, with a range from 0.8GPa to 13.5GPa. The highest elastic modulus was found at the outer cuticle region of the whisker, and values gradually decreased towards the interior cortex and medulla regions. Elemental mapping with EDS confirmed that the interior of the rat whisker is dominated by C, O, N, S, Cl and K, with a significant change of elemental distribution close to the exterior cuticle region. Based on these data, a novel comprehensive three dimensional (3D) elastic modulus model was constructed, and stress distributions under realistic conditions were investigated with Finite Element Analysis (FEA). The simulations could well account for the passive whisker deflections, with calculated resonant frequency as well as force-deflection for the whiskers being in good agreement with reported experimental data. Limitations and further applications are discussed for the proposed FIB/AFM approach, which holds good promise as a unique platform to gain insights on various heterogeneous biomaterials and biomechanical systems. Copyright © 2015 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier

  10. The morphology of the rat vibrissal array: a model for quantifying spatiotemporal patterns of whisker-object contact.

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    R Blythe Towal

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available In all sensory modalities, the data acquired by the nervous system is shaped by the biomechanics, material properties, and the morphology of the peripheral sensory organs. The rat vibrissal (whisker system is one of the premier models in neuroscience to study the relationship between physical embodiment of the sensor array and the neural circuits underlying perception. To date, however, the three-dimensional morphology of the vibrissal array has not been characterized. Quantifying array morphology is important because it directly constrains the mechanosensory inputs that will be generated during behavior. These inputs in turn shape all subsequent neural processing in the vibrissal-trigeminal system, from the trigeminal ganglion to primary somatosensory ("barrel" cortex. Here we develop a set of equations for the morphology of the vibrissal array that accurately describes the location of every point on every whisker to within ±5% of the whisker length. Given only a whisker's identity (row and column location within the array, the equations establish the whisker's two-dimensional (2D shape as well as three-dimensional (3D position and orientation. The equations were developed via parameterization of 2D and 3D scans of six rat vibrissal arrays, and the parameters were specifically chosen to be consistent with those commonly measured in behavioral studies. The final morphological model was used to simulate the contact patterns that would be generated as a rat uses its whiskers to tactually explore objects with varying curvatures. The simulations demonstrate that altering the morphology of the array changes the relationship between the sensory signals acquired and the curvature of the object. The morphology of the vibrissal array thus directly constrains the nature of the neural computations that can be associated with extraction of a particular object feature. These results illustrate the key role that the physical embodiment of the sensor array

  11. The Morphology of the Rat Vibrissal Array: A Model for Quantifying Spatiotemporal Patterns of Whisker-Object Contact

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    Gopal, Venkatesh; Solomon, Joseph H.; Hartmann, Mitra J. Z.

    2011-01-01

    In all sensory modalities, the data acquired by the nervous system is shaped by the biomechanics, material properties, and the morphology of the peripheral sensory organs. The rat vibrissal (whisker) system is one of the premier models in neuroscience to study the relationship between physical embodiment of the sensor array and the neural circuits underlying perception. To date, however, the three-dimensional morphology of the vibrissal array has not been characterized. Quantifying array morphology is important because it directly constrains the mechanosensory inputs that will be generated during behavior. These inputs in turn shape all subsequent neural processing in the vibrissal-trigeminal system, from the trigeminal ganglion to primary somatosensory (“barrel”) cortex. Here we develop a set of equations for the morphology of the vibrissal array that accurately describes the location of every point on every whisker to within ±5% of the whisker length. Given only a whisker's identity (row and column location within the array), the equations establish the whisker's two-dimensional (2D) shape as well as three-dimensional (3D) position and orientation. The equations were developed via parameterization of 2D and 3D scans of six rat vibrissal arrays, and the parameters were specifically chosen to be consistent with those commonly measured in behavioral studies. The final morphological model was used to simulate the contact patterns that would be generated as a rat uses its whiskers to tactually explore objects with varying curvatures. The simulations demonstrate that altering the morphology of the array changes the relationship between the sensory signals acquired and the curvature of the object. The morphology of the vibrissal array thus directly constrains the nature of the neural computations that can be associated with extraction of a particular object feature. These results illustrate the key role that the physical embodiment of the sensor array plays in the

  12. The influence of the effective physical properties of tin electrodeposited films on the growth of tin whiskers

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    Pedigo, Aaron E.

    The purpose of the present study was to characterize and calculate the effective film properties of electrodeposited tin films to determine factors influencing the growth of tin (Sn) whiskers. The growth of Sn whiskers represents an increased risk to the reliability of electronic devices, and is a particular concern in the high reliability environments demanded in aerospace and defense applications. Efforts to prevent whisker growth have proven difficult, in part, due to the lack of understanding concerning the fundamental mechanisms responsible for whisker growth. In the present study, Sn, Sn-Cu, and Sn Cu Pb films were electrodeposited from commercial electrolytes with different deposition parameters. The morphology of Sn hillocks and whiskers were characterized leading to a growth model considering the role of grain boundary mobility. Crystallographic texture measurements revealed non-random textures, dependent on electrolyte type, electrolyte additives, deposition current density, and film thickness. The crystallographic texture was also found to evolve with time, indicating recrystallization and grain growth. The corresponding textures were used to calculate the effective physical properties of the films, showing significant differences in the linear modulus of elasticity, biaxial modulus of elasticity, and coefficient of thermal expansion. The influence of these effective properties on the strain energy density of the film was analyzed with respect to the evolution of crystallographic texture and film stress. The results show that the reduction of strain energy and surface energy is not the only driving force dictating the evolution of the crystallographic texture. Recommendations are made for future studies to apply the analysis tools developed in this study for future whisker research, as well as for industrial applications.

  13. Cellular mechanisms for response heterogeneity among L2/3 pyramidal cells in whisker somatosensory cortex.

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    Elstrott, Justin; Clancy, Kelly B; Jafri, Haani; Akimenko, Igor; Feldman, Daniel E

    2014-07-15

    Whisker deflection evokes sparse, low-probability spiking among L2/3 pyramidal cells in rodent somatosensory cortex (S1), with spiking distributed nonuniformly between more and less responsive cells. The cellular and local circuit factors that determine whisker responsiveness across neurons are unclear. To identify these factors, we used two-photon calcium imaging and loose-seal recording to identify more and less responsive L2/3 neurons in S1 slices in vitro, during feedforward recruitment of the L2/3 network by L4 stimulation. We observed a broad gradient of spike recruitment thresholds within local L2/3 populations, with low- and high-threshold cells intermixed. This recruitment gradient was significantly correlated across different L4 stimulation sites, and between L4-evoked and whisker-evoked responses in vivo, indicating that a substantial component of responsiveness is independent of tuning to specific feedforward inputs. Low- and high-threshold L2/3 pyramidal cells differed in L4-evoked excitatory synaptic conductance and intrinsic excitability, including spike threshold and the likelihood of doublet spike bursts. A gradient of intrinsic excitability was observed across neurons. Cells that spiked most readily to L4 stimulation received the most synaptic excitation but had the lowest intrinsic excitability. Low- and high-threshold cells did not differ in dendritic morphology, passive membrane properties, or L4-evoked inhibitory conductance. Thus multiple gradients of physiological properties exist across L2/3 pyramidal cells, with excitatory synaptic input strength best predicting overall spiking responsiveness during network recruitment. Copyright © 2014 the American Physiological Society.

  14. Rat whisker movement after facial nerve lesion: evidence for autonomic contraction of skeletal muscle.

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    Heaton, James T; Sheu, Shu Hsien; Hohman, Marc H; Knox, Christopher J; Weinberg, Julie S; Kleiss, Ingrid J; Hadlock, Tessa A

    2014-04-18

    Vibrissal whisking is often employed to track facial nerve regeneration in rats; however, we have observed similar degrees of whisking recovery after facial nerve transection with or without repair. We hypothesized that the source of non-facial nerve-mediated whisker movement after chronic denervation was from autonomic, cholinergic axons traveling within the infraorbital branch of the trigeminal nerve (ION). Rats underwent unilateral facial nerve transection with repair (N=7) or resection without repair (N=11). Post-operative whisking amplitude was measured weekly across 10weeks, and during intraoperative stimulation of the ION and facial nerves at ⩾18weeks. Whisking was also measured after subsequent ION transection (N=6) or pharmacologic blocking of the autonomic ganglia using hexamethonium (N=3), and after snout cooling intended to elicit a vasodilation reflex (N=3). Whisking recovered more quickly and with greater amplitude in rats that underwent facial nerve repair compared to resection (Pwhisker movements decreased in all rats during the initial recovery period (indicative of reinnervation), but re-appeared in the resected rats after undergoing ION transection (indicative of motor denervation). Cholinergic, parasympathetic axons traveling within the ION innervate whisker pad vasculature, and immunohistochemistry for vasoactive intestinal peptide revealed these axons branching extensively over whisker pad muscles and contacting neuromuscular junctions after facial nerve resection. This study provides the first behavioral and anatomical evidence of spontaneous autonomic innervation of skeletal muscle after motor nerve lesion, which not only has implications for interpreting facial nerve reinnervation results, but also calls into question whether autonomic-mediated innervation of striated muscle occurs naturally in other forms of neuropathy. Copyright © 2014 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Probability distributions of whisker-surface contact: quantifying elements of the rat vibrissotactile natural scene.

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    Hobbs, Jennifer A; Towal, R Blythe; Hartmann, Mitra J Z

    2015-08-01

    Analysis of natural scene statistics has been a powerful approach for understanding neural coding in the auditory and visual systems. In the field of somatosensation, it has been more challenging to quantify the natural tactile scene, in part because somatosensory signals are so tightly linked to the animal's movements. The present work takes a step towards quantifying the natural tactile scene for the rat vibrissal system by simulating rat whisking motions to systematically investigate the probabilities of whisker-object contact in naturalistic environments. The simulations permit an exhaustive search through the complete space of possible contact patterns, thereby allowing for the characterization of the patterns that would most likely occur during long sequences of natural exploratory behavior. We specifically quantified the probabilities of 'concomitant contact', that is, given that a particular whisker makes contact with a surface during a whisk, what is the probability that each of the other whiskers will also make contact with the surface during that whisk? Probabilities of concomitant contact were quantified in simulations that assumed increasingly naturalistic conditions: first, the space of all possible head poses; second, the space of behaviorally preferred head poses as measured experimentally; and third, common head poses in environments such as cages and burrows. As environments became more naturalistic, the probability distributions shifted from exhibiting a 'row-wise' structure to a more diagonal structure. Results also reveal that the rat appears to use motor strategies (e.g. head pitches) that generate contact patterns that are particularly well suited to extract information in the presence of uncertainty. © 2015. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.

  16. STUDY ON APPLICATION OF POTASSIUM TITANATE WHISKER MATERIALS IN PREPARATION OF PHOTOCATALYST

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    2007-01-01

    The K2Ti4O9 whiskers were chosen for the catalyst carrier, TiO2/potassium titanate photocatalyst was prepared by Sol-gel method. The product was characterated by X-ray diffraction and SEM. EDS shows that, the main peck included Ti, O, and K in potassium titanate whisker. The main peak of K disappeared and the peaks of Ti, O stayed after whisker was covered. It directed that the surface of sample was covered by TiO2. XRD shows that diffraction peak appeared, which was corresponded to the peak of anatase TiO2. In the reaction device of photochemistry, using middle-pressure mercury lamp as illumination, rhodamine B as simulant pollutant, the photocatalytic performance of TiO2/potassium titanate was studied. Under the same conditions, the lower pH, the larger illuminance, the higher temperature, the greater aeration quantum and the lower initial concentration of rhodamine B, the higher decoloration rate was got. Under our experiment conditions: pH 6, the illuminance of 250W, the temperature of 313K, and the aeration quantum of 2.0L/min. When the concentration of rhodamine B was 8mg/L The photocatalyst of TiO2/potassium titanate was 0.01g/L. The decoloration rate of TiO2/potassium titanate dealt with the rhodamine B reach over 95% in 160min, and compare with TiO2, the decoloration rate of rhodamine B was improved 0.50~1.91 multiple. TiO2/potassium titanate can be used to treatment of dye wastewater.

  17. STUDY ON APPLICATION OF POTASSIUM TITANATE WHISKER MATERIALS IN PREPARATION OF PHOTOCATALYST

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    HUO Pengwei; LI Songtian; WU Chundu; YAN Yongsheng; WANG Lingling

    2007-01-01

    The K2Ti4O9 whiskers were chosen for the catalyst carrier, TiO2/potassium titanate photocatalyst was prepared by Sol-gel method. The product was characterated by X-ray diffraction and SEM. EDS shows that, the main peck included Ti, O, and K in potassium titanate whisker. The main peak of K disappeared and the peaks of Ti, O stayed after whisker was covered. It directed that the surface of sample was covered by TiO2. XRD shows that diffraction peak appeared, which was corresponded to the peak of anatase TiO2. In the reaction device of photochemistry, using middle-pressure mercury lamp as illumination, rhodamine B as simulant pollutant, the photocatalytic performance of TiO2/potassium titanate was studied. Under the same conditions, the lower pH, the larger illuminance, the higher temperature, the greater aeration quantum and the lower initial concentration of rhodamine B, the higher decoloration rate was got. Under our experiment conditions: pH 6, the illuminance of 250W, the temperature of 313K, and the aeration quantum of 2.0L/min. When the concentration of rhodamine B was 8mg/L The photocatalyst of TiO2/potassium titanate was 0.01g/L. The decoloration rate of TiO2/potassium titanate dealt with the rhodamine B reach over 95% in 160min, and compare with TiO2, the decoloration rate of rhodamine B was improved 0.50~1.91 multiple. TiO2/potassium titanate can be used to treatment of dye wastewater.

  18. Cerebellar potentiation and learning a whisker-based object localization task with a time response window.

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    Rahmati, Negah; Owens, Cullen B; Bosman, Laurens W J; Spanke, Jochen K; Lindeman, Sander; Gong, Wei; Potters, Jan-Willem; Romano, Vincenzo; Voges, Kai; Moscato, Letizia; Koekkoek, Sebastiaan K E; Negrello, Mario; De Zeeuw, Chris I

    2014-01-29

    Whisker-based object localization requires activation and plasticity of somatosensory and motor cortex. These parts of the cerebral cortex receive strong projections from the cerebellum via the thalamus, but it is unclear whether and to what extent cerebellar processing may contribute to such a sensorimotor task. Here, we subjected knock-out mice, which suffer from impaired intrinsic plasticity in their Purkinje cells and long-term potentiation at their parallel fiber-to-Purkinje cell synapses (L7-PP2B), to an object localization task with a time response window (RW). Water-deprived animals had to learn to localize an object with their whiskers, and based upon this location they were trained to lick within a particular period ("go" trial) or refrain from licking ("no-go" trial). L7-PP2B mice were not ataxic and showed proper basic motor performance during whisking and licking, but were severely impaired in learning this task compared with wild-type littermates. Significantly fewer L7-PP2B mice were able to learn the task at long RWs. Those L7-PP2B mice that eventually learned the task made unstable progress, were significantly slower in learning, and showed deficiencies in temporal tuning. These differences became greater as the RW became narrower. Trained wild-type mice, but not L7-PP2B mice, showed a net increase in simple spikes and complex spikes of their Purkinje cells during the task. We conclude that cerebellar processing, and potentiation in particular, can contribute to learning a whisker-based object localization task when timing is relevant. This study points toward a relevant role of cerebellum-cerebrum interaction in a sophisticated cognitive task requiring strict temporal processing.

  19. Optical properties of Eu2+-doped strontium borate glasses containing F- and Li+ ions

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    HUANG Yanlin; JANG Kiwan; WANG Xigang; JIANG Chuanfang

    2008-01-01

    In this experiment, strontium borate glasses were prepared using the conventional quenching method in air atmosphere. Optical absorption, photoluminescence excitation and emission spectra, X-ray excited luminescence (XEL), and luminescence decay curve of the as-prepared glasses were investigated at room temperature. The as-prepared glasses had two kinds of Eu ions, i.e., Eu2+ and Eu3+. Compared with the reported results of strontium borate glasses, Eu2+ luminescence was enhanced in the studied strontium borate glasses coprepared with F- and Li+ ions. The coexisting of Li+ or F- in the borate glasses could create more negative defect VSr″ and stabilize Eu2+ ions, which might act as donor of electrons;For the F- doping, the new center of B(O, F)4 (or BO3F) and BO2F2 units could be considered to be the distorted (BO4), which were needed as a rigid framework to stabilize the divalent rare earth ions.

  20. Preparation of α-Bromoketones Involving the Reaction of Enol Triethyl Borates with N-Bromosuccinimide

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    Izabella Jastrzebska

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The ketones (5α- and 5β-cholestan-3-one and (1S,7aS-1-tert-butoxy-hexahydro-7a-methyl-1H-inden-5-one were efficiently α-monobrominated by treatment of the corresponding enol triethyl borates with N-bromosuccinimide (NBS.

  1. DVD-d. "Borat", "United 93", "Must Daalia", "Vimm 2" / Andres Laasik

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    Laasik, Andres, 1960-2016

    2007-01-01

    Uued mängufilmide DVD-d : Larry Charlesi "Borat" (peaosas Sacha Baron Cohen; USA 2006), Paul Greengrassi "United 93" (USA 2006), Brian De Palma "Must Daalia" ("The Black Dahlia", USA 2006), Takashi Shimizu "Vimm 2" ("The Grudge 2", USA 2006)

  2. Synthesis and study on the luminescence properties of cadmium borate phosphors

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    Annalakshmi, O. [Radiological Safety Division, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102, Tamilnadu (India); Jose, M.T., E-mail: mtjosein@yahoo.co.in [Radiological Safety Division, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102, Tamilnadu (India); Venkatraman, B. [Radiological Safety Division, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102, Tamilnadu (India); Amarendra, G. [Materials Physics Division, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102, Tamilnadu (India)

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • Cadmium borate synthesized by solid state sintering technique. • Neutron sensitivity of the material ten times that of TLD-600. • Gamma sensitivity is found to be twice that of TLD-100. • Gamma response is linear from 0.1 to 10{sup 3} mGy. - Abstract: Cadmium borate compound prepared through wet chemical reaction from the starting chemicals followed by high temperature solid state synthesis below the melting point to get the final TL phosphor powder. Phase purity and bond details of cadmium borate crystals are characterized using X-ray diffraction technique and infrared spectroscopy. Feasibility of these materials for radiation dosimetry applications was studied after gamma and neutron irradiation. Gamma irradiation of undoped phosphors show a single peak around 185 °C whereas doping with gadolinium and silver, new more intense peak observed at 290 °C. Irradiation to thermal neutrons revealed single peak around 170 °C for all the phosphors. TL emission spectra and photoluminescence (PL) studies were also carried out on the phosphors. These borate materials are found to be highly sensitive to neutrons and hence can be used for neutron detection. Neutron sensitivity of the material is about ten times that of TLD-600.

  3. Characterization and Neutron Shielding Behavior of Dehydrated Magnesium Borate Minerals Synthesized via Solid-State Method

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    Azmi Seyhun Kipcak

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium borates are one of the major groups of boron minerals that have good neutron shielding performance. In this study, dehydrated magnesium borates were synthesized by solid-state method using magnesium oxide (MgO and boron oxide (B2O3, in order to test their ability of neutron shielding. After synthesizing the dehydrated magnesium borates, characterizations were done by X-ray Diffraction (XRD, fourier transform infrared (FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Also boron oxide (B2O3 contents and reaction yields (% were calculated. XRD results showed that seven different types of dehydrated magnesium borates were synthesized. 1000°C reaction temperature, 240 minutes of reaction time, and 3 : 2, 1 : 1 mole ratios of products were selected and tested for neutron transmission. Also reaction yields were calculated between 84 and 88% for the 3 : 2 mole ratio products. The neutron transmission experiments revealed that the 3 : 2 mole ratio of MgO to B2O3 neutron transmission results (0.618–0.655 was better than the ratio of 1 : 1 (0.772–0.843.

  4. Tetrakis(1-imidazolyl) borate (BIM4) based zwitterionic and related molecules used as electron injection layers

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    Li, Huaping; Xu, Yunhua; Bazan, Guillermo C

    2013-02-05

    Tetrakis(1-imidazolyl)borate (BIm4) based zwitterionic and/or related molecules for the fabrication of PLEDs is provided. Device performances with these materials approaches that of devices with Ba/Al cathodes for which the cathode contact is ohmic. Methods of producing such materials, and electron injection layers and devices containing these materials are also provided.

  5. Synthesis and properties of rubber-steel cord adhesion promoter nickel borate acylate

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    李晓如; 吴海鹰; 成本诚

    2002-01-01

    The synthesis of nickel borate acylate (NBA), a kind of rubber-steel cord adhesion promoter (AP), through nickel carbonate, borate and mixed carboxylic acid was studied. Nickel carbonate could be prepared by the reaction of nickel sulfate with sodium carbonate in aqueous solution. After strong stirring for 2h, the mixed nickel carboxylate could be synthesized by the reaction of nickel carbonate with isooctanoic acid and acetic acid. The mole ratio of these chemicals was 1∶1∶1.1. NBA was synthesized by reaction of mixed nickel carboxylate with tributyl borate under strong stirring at 200~250℃ for 6h. By detecting and comparing with 680C product from Manobond Company of England, the NBA synthesized through isooctanoic acid and tributyl borate is very similar with 680C in IR data, 300% fixed extension strength, tensile strength, hardness and cure curve. However, tensile failure extensibility and hot air aging of NBA are a little lower than those of 680C. The experimental results show that NBA can be used as rubber-steel cord AP.

  6. Crystallization of Reduced Strontium and Barium Niobate Perovskites from Borate Fluxes.

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    Hessen, B.; Sunshine, S.A.; Siegrist, T.; Jimenez, R.

    1991-01-01

    Single crystals of three AxNbO3 (A = Sr, Ba) reduced niobate cubic perovskites have been obtained by recrystallization of reduced ternary ceramic precursors from borate fluxes under high-vacuum. Product formation could be influenced by variation of the alkaline-earth metal oxide content of the flux,

  7. STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS OF ALKALI BORATE GLASSES - A MOLECULAR-DYNAMICS STUDY

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    VERHOEF, AH; DENHARTOG, HW

    1995-01-01

    Structural and dynamical properties of lithium, cesium and mixed alkali (i.e., lithium and cesium) borate glasses have been studied by the molecular dynamics method. The calculations yield glass structures consisting of planar BO3 triangles and BO4 tetrahedrons with no sixfold ring structures at all

  8. Geochemical characteristics of Kırka (Sarıkaya) borate deposit, northwestern Anatolia, Turkey

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    İ Koçak; Ş Koç

    2016-02-01

    The Kırka borate deposit was deposited in a Miocene lacustrine basin which is closely associated with volcanic activity which lasted from Paleogene to the beginning of Quaternary. Borate mineralization alternates with claystone, mudstone, tuff and fine-layered limestone and mostly shows a lenticular structure. The mineral paragenesis is composed of borax, tincalconite, ulexite, kurnakovite, probertite, tunellite, colemanite, dolomite, smectite group minerals, illite and some firstly reported minerals for the Kırka deposit including hydrochloroborite, brianroulstonite, hilgardite-4M and searlesite minerals. In comparison to average values of earth crust, concentrations of Cs, Sr, Li, As and Se were significantly enriched with respective rates of 21, 15, 14, 3 and 188 folds. Regarding KY, KS1 and KS2 locations, there are differences in both element abundances and their geochemical tendencies which are attributed to variations in discharge regime and physico-chemical conditions of the depositional environment. Independent behaviour of B2O3 might indicate that boron is not associated with clays and carbonates and, therefore, most part of boron must be derived from volcanic activity (hydrothermal solutions, gases). REE data indicate that the Kırka borate deposit was formed in a sedimentary environment where highly alkaline (high pH) hydrothermal solutions also took part in borate precipitation process.

  9. DVD-d. "Borat", "United 93", "Must Daalia", "Vimm 2" / Andres Laasik

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    2007-01-01

    Uued mängufilmide DVD-d : Larry Charlesi "Borat" (peaosas Sacha Baron Cohen; USA 2006), Paul Greengrassi "United 93" (USA 2006), Brian De Palma "Must Daalia" ("The Black Dahlia", USA 2006), Takashi Shimizu "Vimm 2" ("The Grudge 2", USA 2006)

  10. STRAIN REGULARITY IN REINFORCERS OF SHORT-FIBER/ WHISKER REINFORCED COMPOSITE AND ITS APPLICATION

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    Based on the study of strain distribution in short-fiber/whisker reinforced metal matrix composites, a deformation characteristic parameter λ is defined as the ratio of the root-mean-square strain of reinforcers to the macro-linear strain along the same direction. Quantitative relation between λ and microstructure parameters of the composite is obtained. As an example of applying and verifying λ, the stress-strain curve of [AlBO]w/Al composite under tensile loading is predicted and favorably compared with experiments. By using λ, the stiffness modulus of the composite with arbitrary reinforcer orientation under any loading condition is predicted from the microstructure parameters of material.

  11. Effects of incorporating nanosized calcium phosphate particles on properties of whisker-reinforced dental composites.

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    Xu, Hockin H K; Sun, Limin; Weir, Mike D; Takagi, Shozo; Chow, Laurence C; Hockey, Bernard

    2007-04-01

    Clinical data indicate that secondary caries and restoration fracture are the most common problems facing tooth restorations. Our ultimate goal was to develop mechanically-strong and caries-inhibiting dental composites. The specific goal of this pilot study was to understand the relationships between composite properties and the ratio of reinforcement filler/releasing filler. Nanoparticles of monocalcium phosphate monohydrate (MCPM) were synthesized and incorporated into a dental resin for the first time. Silicon carbide whiskers were fused with silica nanoparticles and mixed with the MCPM particles at MCPM/whisker mass ratios of 1:0, 2:1, 1:1, 1:2, and 0:1. The composites were immersed for 1-56 days to measure Ca and PO4 release. When the MCPM/whisker ratio was changed from 0:1 to 1:2, the composite flexural strength (mean +/- SD; n = 5) decreased from 174 +/- 26 MPa to 138 +/- 9 MPa (p < 0.05). A commercial nonreleasing composite had a strength of 112 +/- 14 MPa. When the MCPM/whisker ratio was changed from 1:2 to 1:1, the Ca concentration at 56 days increased from 0.77 +/- 0.04 mmol/L to 1.74 +/- 0.06 mmol/L (p < 0.05). The corresponding PO4 concentration increased from 3.88 +/- 0.21 mmol/L to 9.95 +/- 0.69 mmol/L (p < 0.05). Relationships were established between the amount of release and the MCPM volume fraction v(MCPM) in the resin: [Ca]= 42.9 v(MCPM) (2.7), and [PO4] = 48.7 v(MCPM) (1.4). In summary, the method of combining nanosized releasing fillers with reinforcing fillers yielded Ca- and PO4-releasing composites with mechanical properties matching or exceeding a commercial stress-bearing, nonreleasing composite. This method may be applicable to the use of other Ca-PO4 fillers in developing composites with high stress-bearing and caries-preventing capabilities, a combination not yet available in any dental materials.

  12. China’s Aluminum Resources

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    2004-01-01

    <正> The aluminum industry makes one of the keyindustries in China’s industrial and agriculturalmodernization and features a high degree ofrelevance with all industries.Of all the 124existing industries in China,113 use aluminum,representing an industrial relevance rate of91%.The consumption of aluminum is also ofhigh relevance with China’s GDP.

  13. Electrically conductive anodized aluminum coatings

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    Alwitt, Robert S. (Inventor); Liu, Yanming (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    A process for producing anodized aluminum with enhanced electrical conductivity, comprising anodic oxidation of aluminum alloy substrate, electrolytic deposition of a small amount of metal into the pores of the anodized aluminum, and electrolytic anodic deposition of an electrically conductive oxide, including manganese dioxide, into the pores containing the metal deposit; and the product produced by the process.

  14. Invisible Display in Aluminum

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    Prichystal, Jan Phuklin; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Bladt, Henrik Henriksen

    2005-01-01

    for an integrated display in a metal surface is often ruled by design and functionality of a product. The integration of displays in metal surfaces requires metal removal in order to clear the area of the display to some extent. The idea behind an invisible display in Aluminum concerns the processing of a metal...

  15. Aluminum for Plasmonics

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    2014-01-01

    in plasmon-enhanced light harvesting,14 photocatalysis ,511 surface- enhanced spectroscopies,1216 optics-based sensing,1722 nonlinear optics,2326...optical response of Al nanoparticles has appeared inconsistent relative to calculated spectra, even forwell-characterized geometries. Some studies have...model- ing their optical response. These results pro- vide a method for estimating the metallic purity of aluminum nanoparticles directly from their

  16. Effects of pH of the aqueous solutions on the growth of hydroxyapatite whiskers; Suisan apatite whisker no seicho ni oyobosu suiyoeki no pH no eikyo

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    Iizuka, T.; Nozuma, A. [NICHIAS Corporation, Shizuoka (Japan)

    1998-08-01

    In this study, the synthesis of hydroxyapatite whiskers at 90degC using solution method is carried out, and the effects of pH, mole ration of blended Ca/P and solution concentration on the growth of the whiskers are examined thus obtaining the following findings. Hydroxyapatite whisker aggregates are synthesized by adjusting a mixed solution of calcium chloride dissolved in hydrochloride acid and dipotassium hydrogenphosphate to have a pH vale of 4.4. To 5.00 and heating the same at 90degC for 24 hours. But meanwhile, monetite crystal precipitates slightly. The form of the synthesized whisker aggregate changes from spherical form to arborescent form and cone-like form with the adjustment of pH to higher values. When P concentration is 0.012M and the ratio of blended Ca/P is increased from 1.67 to 5, the initial pH of the precipitation reaction becomes lower whereas the form of the precipitate and the precipitation amount are scarcely influenced by the mole ratio of blended Ca/P. 24 refs., 5 figs.

  17. In-situ fabricated TiB2 particle-whisker synergistically toughened Ti(C, N)-based ceramic cutting tool material

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    Liu, Hanlian; Shi, Qiang; Huang, Chuanzhen; Zou, Bin; Xu, Liang; Wang, Jun

    2015-03-01

    The mechanical properties of ceramic cutting tool materials can be modified by introducing proper content of nanoparticles or whiskers. However, the process of adding whiskers or nanoparticles has the disadvantages of high cost and health hazard as well as the agglomeration; although a new in-situ two-step sintering process can solve the above problems to some extent, yet the problems of low conversion ratio of the raw materials and the abnormal grain growth exist in this process. In this paper, an in-situ one-step synthesis technology is proposed, which means the growth of whiskers or nanoparticles and the sintering of the compact can be accomplished by one time in furnace. A kind of Ti(C, N)-based ceramic cutting tool material synergistically toughened by TiB2 particles and whiskers is fabricated with this new process. The phase compositions, relationships between microstructure and mechanical properties as well as the toughening mechanisms are analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The composite which is sintered under a pressure of 32 MPa at a temperature of 1700°C in vacuum holding for 60 min can get the optimal mechanical properties. Its flexural strength, fracture toughness and Vickers hardness are 540 MPa, 7.81 MPa · m1/2 and 20.42 GPa, respectively. The composite has relatively high density, and the in-situ synthesized TiB2 whiskers have good surface integrity, which is beneficial for the improvement of the fracture toughness. It is concluded that the main toughening mechanisms of the present composite are whiskers pulling-out and crack deflection induced by whiskers, crack bridging by whiskers/particles and multi-scale particles synergistically toughening. This study proposes an in-situ one-step synthesis technology which can be well used for fabricating particles and whiskers synergistically toughened ceramic tool materials.

  18. In-situ Fabricated TiB2 Particle-whisker Synergistically Toughened Ti(C, N)-based Ceramic Cutting Tool Material

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    LIU Hanlian; SHI Qiang; HUANG Chuanzhen; ZOU Bin; XU Liang; WANG Jun

    2015-01-01

    The mechanical properties of ceramic cutting tool materials can be modified by introducing proper content of nanoparticles or whiskers. However, the process of adding whiskers or nanoparticles has the disadvantages of high cost and health hazard as well as the agglomeration;although a new in-situ two-step sintering process can solve the above problems to some extent, yet the problems of low conversion ratio of the raw materials and the abnormal grain growth exist in this process. In this paper, an in-situ one-step synthesis technology is proposed, which means the growth of whiskers or nanoparticles and the sintering of the compact can be accomplished by one time in furnace. A kind of Ti(C, N)-based ceramic cutting tool material synergistically toughened by TiB2 particles and whiskers is fabricated with this new process. The phase compositions, relationships between microstructure and mechanical properties as well as the toughening mechanisms are analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The composite which is sintered under a pressure of 32 MPa at a temperature of 1700℃ in vacuum holding for 60 min can get the optimal mechanical properties. Its flexural strength, fracture toughness and Vickers hardness are 540 MPa, 7.81 MPa•m1/2 and 20.42 GPa, respectively. The composite has relatively high density, and the in-situ synthesized TiB2 whiskers have good surface integrity, which is beneficial for the improvement of the fracture toughness. It is concluded that the main toughening mechanisms of the present composite are whiskers pulling-out and crack deflection induced by whiskers, crack bridging by whiskers/particles and multi-scale particles synergistically toughening. This study proposes an in-situ one-step synthesis technology which can be well used for fabricating particles and whiskers synergistically toughened ceramic tool materials.

  19. Pressure-Induced Phase Transitions In Gadolinium Iron Borate

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    Kharlamova, S. A.; Struzhkin, V. V.; Sinogeikin, S. V.; Gavriliuk, A. G.; Brown, D.; Toellner, T.; Zhao, J.; Lerche, M.; Lyubutin, I. S.; Ovchinnikov, S. G.; Alp, E. E.; Sturhahn, W.

    2007-12-01

    An understanding of spin crossover (SC) dynamics is relevant to understanding of a role or participation of SC in natural systems including lower Mantle minerals, heme proteins as well as from fundamental science of view. For example, pressure-induced electronic spin transitions of Fe2+ and Fe3+ iron occur in magnesiowustite, silicate perovskite and post-perovskite which are abundant minerals in the Earth's lower mantle [1-3]. Such a SC phenomenon has recently been observed in a number of magnetic minerals FeBO3 [4, 5], BiFeO3 [6], Fe2O3 [7], and Y3Fe5O12 [8], (La, Pr)FeO3 [9, 10]. In those cases, iron ions are in the trivalent state Fe3+ and the high-spin-low-spin (HS-LS) crossover is manifested as the collapse of the local magnetic moment and as the transition of the antiferromagnet to a paramagnetic state. For example, in FeBO3 at low temperatures a spin-crossover and some magnetic transitions with two triple points were found [4, 5]. Gadolinium iron borate, GdFe3(BO3)4 is also a system with SEC and recently, we have reported on phase transitions induced by high pressures in this material [11, 12]. We studied the structural and magnetic behavior of GdFe573(BO3)4 at high pressures and temperatures using a diamond anvil cell and a Synchrotron Mossbauer Spectroscopy technique. The hyperfine parameters and results obtained from the experiments are discussed. Based on our experimental data and theoretical calculation a tentative magnetic P-T phase diagram and an equation of states of GdFe573(BO3)4 are proposed. Important features of the phase diagram are a spin crossover, insulator-semiconductor transition and possible presence of two triple points where magnetic and paramagnetic phases of the high-spin and low-spin states coexist. 1. J. Badro, J.-P. Rueff, G. Vankó, et al., Science 305, 383 (2004). 2. J. M. Jackson, W. Sturhahn, G. Shen, et al., American Mineralogist 90, 199 (2005). 3. J.Li, V.V. Struzhkin, H.-K. Mao, et al., PNAS 101, 14027 (2004). 4. I.A. Troyan

  20. Computation of whiskered invariant tori and their associated manifolds: new fast algorithms

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    Huguet, Gemma; Sire, Yannick

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we present efficient algorithms for the computation of several invariant objects for Hamiltonian dynamics. More precisely, we consider KAM tori (i.e diffeomorphic copies of the torus such that the motion on them is conjugated to a rigid rotation) both Lagrangian tori (of maximal dimension) and whiskered tori (i.e. tori with hyperbolic directions which, together with the tangents to the torus and the symplectic conjugates span the whole tangent space). In the case of whiskered tori, we also present algorithms to compute the invariant splitting and the invariant manifolds associated to the splitting. We present them both for the case of discrete time and for differential equations. The algorithms are based on a Newton method to solve an appropriately chosen functional equation that expresses invariance. The algorithms are efficient: if we discretize the objects by $N$ elements, one step of the Newton method requires only O(N) storage and $O(N \\ln(N))$ operations. Furthermore, if the object we cons...

  1. A whisker-like carbon composite for the immobilization of laccase and its bioelectrochemistry

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    2010-01-01

    A novel mesoporous carbon/whisker-like carbon (MCWC) composite was used for the immobilization of laccase (Lac) and its bioelectrochemical behaviors were studied.It was confirmed by XPS that Lac was strongly adsorbed on the surface of the MCWC composite.The cyclic voltammetric results showed that the immobilized Lac underwent a direct quasi-reversible electrochemical reaction.The value of the electron transfer rate constant ks was estimated to be 0.770 s-1,indicating a reasonably fast electron transfer between the immobilized Lac and the underlying electrode.The surface concentration (I-) of Lac was estimated to be 2.730 × 10-12 mol/cm2.Further experimental results showed that the immobilized Lac displayed an appreciable electrocatalytic activity to the electrochemical reduction of O2.These properties could be attributed to the particular structure of loosely packed nanometer-scale carbon whiskers and the existence of a large amount of oxygen-containing groups.The immo- bilization method and the novel carrier (MCWC) may find new applications in fabricating the biocatalysts for biofuel cells.

  2. Vapor phase growth of titania whiskers by hydrolysis of titanium flouride

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    Oota, Toshitaka; Yamai, Iwao; Yokoyama, Mitsunori

    1984-04-01

    The chemical vapor deposition of TiO 2 crystals from the system TiF 4-H 2O was studied at elevated temperatures. When Na 2TiF 6 was used as a TiF 4 source, rutile-type TiO 2 needles grew to 30 mm in length in a comparatively short time over the melt in a platinum crucible in air. The needles were mostly skeletal or twinned intergrowths of acicular crystals. Rutile gradually changed to Na 2Ti 6O 13 by the reaction with NaF and moisture in the air. The formation of Na 2Ti 6O 13 was inhibited by addition of TiO 2 to the raw material. The rutile whiskers were grown under controlled conditions by means of a flow method from the system Na 2TiF 6-TiO 2-H 2O. The needles or whiskers were found to grow preferentially in the [001] direction.

  3. Thermoresponsive bacterial cellulose whisker/poly(NIPAM-co-BMA) nanogel complexes: synthesis, characterization, and biological evaluation.

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    Wu, Lei; Zhou, Hui; Sun, Hao-Jan; Zhao, Yanbing; Yang, Xiangliang; Cheng, Stephen Z D; Yang, Guang

    2013-04-08

    Dispersions of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-butyl methacrylate) (PNB) nanogels are known to exhibit reversible thermosensitive sol-gel phase behavior and can consequently be used in a wide range of biomedical applications. However, some dissatisfactory mechanical properties of PNB nanogels can limit their applications. In this paper, bacterial cellulose (BC) whiskers were first prepared by sulfuric acid hydrolysis and then nanosized by high-pressure homogenization for subsequent use in the preparation of BC whisker/PNB nanogel complexes (designated as BC/PNB). The mechanical properties of PNB was successfully enhanced, resulting in good biosafety. The BC/PNB nanogel dispersions exhibited phase transitions from swollen gel to shrunken gel with increasing temperature. In addition, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) data showed that the thermosensitivity of PNB nanogels was retained. Rheological tests also indicated that BC/PNB nanogel complexes had stronger gel strengths when compared with PNB nanogels. The concentrated dispersions showed shear thinning behavior and improved toughness, both of which can play a key role in the medical applications of nanogel complexes. Furthermore, the BC/PNB nanogel complexes were noncytotoxic according to cytotoxicity and hemolysis tests. Concentrated BC/PNB nanogel dispersion displayed gel a forming capacity in situ by catheter injection, which indicates potential for a wide range of medical applications.

  4. Prussian Blue Modified Solid Carbon Nanorod Whisker Paste Composite Electrodes: Evaluation towards the Electroanalytical Sensing of H2O2

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    Carolin Siimenson

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Metallic impurity free solid carbon nanorod “Whiskers” (SCNR Whiskers, a derivative of carbon nanotubes, are explored in the fabrication of a Prussian Blue composite electrode and critically evaluated towards the mediated electroanalytical sensing of H2O2. The sensitivity and detection limits for H2O2 on the paste electrodes containing 20% (w/w Prussian Blue, mineral oil, and carbon nanorod whiskers were explored and found to be 120 mA/(M cm2 and 4.1 μM, respectively, over the concentration range 0.01 to 0.10 mM. Charge transfer constant for the 20% Prussian Blue containing SCNR Whiskers paste electrode was calculated, for the reduction of Prussian Blue to Prussian White, to reveal a value of 1.8±0.2 1/s (α=0.43, N=3. Surprisingly, our studies indicate that these metallic impurity-free SCNR Whiskers, in this configuration, behave electrochemically similar to that of an electrode constructed from graphite.

  5. Possible connections between whiskered categories and groupoids, many object Lie algebras, automorphism structures and local-to-global questions

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    Brown, Ronald E

    2007-01-01

    We define the notion of whiskered categories and groupoids and discuss potential applications, relations betweens topics, extensions, for example to a many object Lie theory, to automorphism structures for crossed modules, and to resolutions of monoids. This paper is more an outline of a possible programme or programmes and their relationships than giving conclusive results.

  6. Developing an Empirical Model for Estimating the Probability of Electrical Short Circuits from Tin Whiskers. Part 2

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    Courey, Karim J.; Asfour, Shihab S.; Onar, Arzu; Bayliss, Jon A.; Ludwig, Larry L.; Wright, Maria C.

    2009-01-01

    To comply with lead-free legislation, many manufacturers have converted from tin-lead to pure tin finishes of electronic components. However, pure tin finishes have a greater propensity to grow tin whiskers than tin-lead finishes. Since tin whiskers present an electrical short circuit hazard in electronic components, simulations have been developed to quantify the risk of said short circuits occurring. Existing risk simulations make the assumption that when a free tin whisker has bridged two adjacent exposed electrical conductors, the result is an electrical short circuit. This conservative assumption is made because shorting is a random event that had an unknown probability associated with it. Note however that due to contact resistance electrical shorts may not occur at lower voltage levels. In our first article we developed an empirical probability model for tin whisker shorting. In this paper, we develop a more comprehensive empirical model using a refined experiment with a larger sample size, in which we studied the effect of varying voltage on the breakdown of the contact resistance which leads to a short circuit. From the resulting data we estimated the probability distribution of an electrical short, as a function of voltage. In addition, the unexpected polycrystalline structure seen in the focused ion beam (FIB) cross section in the first experiment was confirmed in this experiment using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The FIB was also used to cross section two card guides to facilitate the measurement of the grain size of each card guide's tin plating to determine its finish.

  7. Sensory deprivation during early development causes an increased exploratory behavior in a whisker-dependent decision task.

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    Papaioannou, Stylianos; Brigham, Leeann; Krieger, Patrik

    2013-01-01

    Stimulation of sensory pathways is important for the normal development of cortical sensory areas, and impairments in the normal development can have long-lasting effect on animal's behavior. In particular, disturbances that occur early in development can cause permanent changes in brain structure and function. The behavioral effect of early sensory deprivation was studied in the mouse whisker system using a protocol to induce a 1-week sensory deprivation immediately after birth. Only two rows of whiskers were spared (C and D rows), and the rest were deprived, to create a situation where an unbalanced sensory input, rather than a complete loss of input, causes a reorganization of the sensory map. Sensory deprivation increased the barrel size ratio of the spared CD rows compared with the deprived AB rows; thus, the map reorganization is likely due, at least in part, to a rewiring of thalamocortical projections. The behavioral effect of such a map reorganization was investigated in the gap-crossing task, where the animals used a whisker that was spared during the sensory deprivation. Animals that had been sensory deprived performed equally well with the control animals in the gap-crossing task, but were more active in exploring the gap area and consequently made more approaches to the gap - approaches that on average were of shorter duration. A restricted sensory deprivation of only some whiskers, although it does not seem to affect the overall performance of the animals, does have an effect on their behavioral strategy on executing the gap-crossing task.

  8. Hierarchical aqueous self-assembly of C60 nano-whiskers and C60-silver nano-hybrids under continuous flow.

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    Iyer, K Swaminathan; Raston, Colin L; Saunders, Martin

    2007-09-01

    The ubiquitous starch-iodine complex can be used to organize hydrophobic fullerene C(60) in water into nano-whiskers shrouded by the biopolymer, and are approximately 5-8 nm in cross section, and 250-350 nm in length, as a hierarchical self assembly process. The preformed starch-iodine complex reacts with solid pristine C(60) affording nano-whiskers with iodine surrounding the fullerene array, the iodine then being removed on treatment with ascorbic acid. The hydrophobic surface of the nano-whiskers of C(60) can be coated with silver metal in a controlled way using 'soft energy' spinning disc processing.

  9. A study on in situ growth of TaC whiskers in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix powder for ceramic cutting tools

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    Zhao, Guolong [Centre for Advanced Jet Engineering Technologies (CaJET), School of Mechanical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Key Laboratory of High-efficiency and Clean Mechanical Manufacture (Shandong University), Ministry of Education (China); Huang, Chuanzhen, E-mail: chuanzhenh@sdu.edu.cn [Centre for Advanced Jet Engineering Technologies (CaJET), School of Mechanical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Key Laboratory of High-efficiency and Clean Mechanical Manufacture (Shandong University), Ministry of Education (China); Liu, Hanlian; Xu, Liang; Chong, Xuewen; Zou, Bin; Zhu, Hongtao [Centre for Advanced Jet Engineering Technologies (CaJET), School of Mechanical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Key Laboratory of High-efficiency and Clean Mechanical Manufacture (Shandong University), Ministry of Education (China)

    2012-08-15

    Graphical abstract: In situ growth of TaC whiskers (TaC{sub w}) was synthesized in an α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix powder via a carbothermal reduction technique. The whiskers were 0.2–0.5 μm in diameter and 5–15 μm in length; they were straight and had smooth surfaces. Highlights: ► In situ growth of TaC whiskers was synthesized in an α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix powder. ► The wet mixing method and 1450 °C were suitable for whiskers growth. ► The growth of TaC whiskers is not influenced by the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder. ► The major impurities were TaC particles, nickel and unreacted carbon. -- Abstract: In situ growth of tantalum carbide (TaC) whiskers was synthesized in an α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix powder via a carbothermal reduction technique within a temperature range of 1350–1500 °C in an argon atmosphere. The starting materials consisted of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}, C, Ni and NaCl powders. Different mixing methods and various reaction temperatures were employed. Most of the prepared whiskers were 0.2–0.5 μm in diameter and 5–15 μm in length. The reaction temperature of 1400–1450 °C was suitable for the growth of TaC whiskers and a wet mixing method was beneficial to increase the whisker yield. Some of the whiskers exhibited the needle shape while others exhibited the screw shape. The growth mechanism of the whiskers was a complex mechanism involving a helical screw dislocation mechanism and a vapor–liquid–solid process. No obvious influences of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix powder on the growth of TaC whiskers were found and the major impurities in the obtained powder were TaC particles, nickel and unreacted carbon.

  10. Influence of Special Silica on the In—Situ Growth of Silicon Carbide Whiskers in Al2O3—C Refractories

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    WANGTian-ming; DOUShu-ju; 等

    1996-01-01

    In this paper,the influence of special silicas on the in-situ growth of silicon carbide whiskers in Al2O3-C refractories has been stud-ied.The microstructures of the products have been analyzed by means of SEM,and it is found that the whiskers grew better by adding some special silicas,Silica ② shows the best result because the VLS mechanism made the whiskers grow as long as 40μm and could be expected to greatly improve the mechnical properties of the refractories.

  11. Effects of interfaces and preferred orientation on the electrical response of composites of alumina and silicon carbide whiskers

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    Bertram, Brian D.

    Ceramic-matrix composites of alumina and silicon carbide whiskers have recently found novel commercial application as electromagnetic absorbers. However, a detailed understanding of how materials issues influence the composite electrical response which underpins this application has been absent until now. In this project, such composites were electrically measured over a wide range of conditions and modeled in terms of various aspects of the microstructure in order to understand how they work. For this purpose, three types of composites were made by different methods from the same set of ceramic powder blends loaded with different volume fractions of whiskers. In doing so, the interfaces between whiskers, the preferred orientations of whiskers, and the structure of electrically-connected whisker clusters were varied. In Chapter 3, it shown that Schottky energy barriers form at the junctions of the wide-bandgap semiconductor whiskers when metal electrodes are applied for measurements. These barriers were characterized on the microscopic and macroscopic level, and the gap between these different scales was bridged. Also, a modeling approach was developed for the loading dependence of the composite non-linear response which results from the barriers. In Chapter 4, the effects of significantly different types of preferred orientation are elucidated and a strong structure-property correlation is established. The effects of other structural issues on the electrical response are uncovered as well, such as those pertaining to porosity in the ceramic and the interfaces between electrically-connected SiCw. In Chapter 5, the non-linear response model of Chapter 3 is adapted in the development of a new model for electrically-percolated clusters. This model demonstrates how loading and interfacial issues influence the cluster topology and may result in the cluster having a non-linear electrical response. In Chapter 6, the effects of various factors on the broadband frequency

  12. The effects of borate minerals on the synthesis of nucleic acid bases, amino acids and biogenic carboxylic acids from formamide.

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    Saladino, Raffaele; Barontini, Maurizio; Cossetti, Cristina; Di Mauro, Ernesto; Crestini, Claudia

    2011-08-01

    The thermal condensation of formamide in the presence of mineral borates is reported. The products afforded are precursors of nucleic acids, amino acids derivatives and carboxylic acids. The efficiency and the selectivity of the reaction was studied in relation to the elemental composition of the 18 minerals analyzed. The possibility of synthesizing at the same time building blocks of both genetic and metabolic apparatuses, along with the production of amino acids, highlights the interest of the formamide/borate system in prebiotic chemistry.

  13. 中低品位磷矿生产磷酸联产石膏晶须技术现状%Present Status of Technology for Co-Production of Phosphoric Acid and Gypsum Whiskers from Medium-and Low-Grade Phosphate Rock

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    石学勇; 王金铭

    2013-01-01

    阐述了中低品位磷矿生产磷酸联产石膏晶须工艺技术的意义,并介绍了该工艺技术的基本原理和应用前景.采用盐酸和硫酸萃取磷矿并添加活性添加剂提高磷矿萃取速度和磷矿分解率,分离酸不溶物和部分杂质(铁、铝、镁),然后采用硫酸脱钙获得石膏晶须和磷酸,为中低品位磷矿综合利用提供了一条可行的途径.%A description is given of the technology for the co-production of phosphoric acid and gypsum whiskers from medium- and low-grade phosphate rock and its significance, also the fundamental principles of the technology and prospects for its use. Hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid react with phosphate rock with the addition of an active additive to increase the extraction rate and decomposition rate of the rock, the acid-insolubles and some impurities ( iron, aluminum and magnesium) are separated out, and then sulfuric acid is used for decalcification to obtain phosphoric acid and gypsum whiskers, thereby providing a feasible route for comprehensive utilization of medium-and low-grade phosphate rock.

  14. Borate cross-linked graphene oxide-chitosan as robust and high gas barrier films

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    Yan, Ning; Capezzuto, Filomena; Lavorgna, Marino; Buonocore, Giovanna G.; Tescione, Fabiana; Xia, Hesheng; Ambrosio, Luigi

    2016-05-01

    Chitosan (CS) is one of the most promising polymers due to its biocompatibility, biodegradability, and natural abundance. However, its poor mechanical and barrier properties make it difficult to satisfy a wide range of applications. Herein, borate ions, originating from the hydrolysis of sodium tetraborate decahydrate (borax), have been used to crosslink chitosan and graphene oxide (GO) nanocomposites. Chitosan films consisting of 1.0 wt% boron and 1.0 wt% GO exhibit a significant improvement in both the toughness and oxygen barrier properties compared to pristine chitosan. In particular the tensile strength of the samples after thermal treatment increases by ~160% compared to pristine chitosan, whereas their oxygen permeability reduces by ~90%. This is ascribed to the chemical crosslinking between chitosan and GO nanoplatelets through borate ions, as well as the formation of a layered morphology with graphene nanoplatelets oriented parallel to the sample surface. The exceptional robust and high gas barrier film has promising application in the packaging industry. The borate-crosslinking chemistry represents the potential strategy for improving properties of other polymer nanocomposites.Chitosan (CS) is one of the most promising polymers due to its biocompatibility, biodegradability, and natural abundance. However, its poor mechanical and barrier properties make it difficult to satisfy a wide range of applications. Herein, borate ions, originating from the hydrolysis of sodium tetraborate decahydrate (borax), have been used to crosslink chitosan and graphene oxide (GO) nanocomposites. Chitosan films consisting of 1.0 wt% boron and 1.0 wt% GO exhibit a significant improvement in both the toughness and oxygen barrier properties compared to pristine chitosan. In particular the tensile strength of the samples after thermal treatment increases by ~160% compared to pristine chitosan, whereas their oxygen permeability reduces by ~90%. This is ascribed to the chemical

  15. NMR and Nqr Study of Atomic Order in Alkali Borate Glasses.

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    Gravina, Samuel John

    A modified Robinson oscillator circuit was built for the detection of nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) in the 200 to 10,000 kHz region. The circuit demonstrates near ideal performance with the detected noise limited only by the sample temperature. The use of computer controlled data acquisition and a carefully designed sample probe allows for the use of an integrating time constant of up to 6 hours. This spectrometer has been used to detect ^{10}B and ^{11 }B NQR in lithium and sodium borate glasses and crystals. In pure boron oxide glass two distinct boron sites are found. By comparing this experiment with previous NMR and Raman spectroscopy studies, one of the sites, which comprises 85% of the total boron, can be attributed to boron atoms in boroxol rings. As sodium is added to the glass the abundance of boroxol rings decreases. At 20 mol% sodium oxide less than 2% of the boron atoms are found in boroxol rings. The dipole-dipole interaction between lithium cations and four-coordinated boron atoms (B_4 units) has been measured. It is found that every B_4 unit has one lithium cation next to it at an average distance of 2.82 A. A comparison with lithium borate crystals shows that diborate groups do not occur in significant quantities. Both high field and low field NMR studies of the boron quadrupole interaction in a B_4 unit also show that diborate groups are not found in the glass. A ^{23}Na and ^6Li NMR MASS study of lithium and sodium borate glasses shows that ^{23 }Na chemical shifts can distinguish sodium cations bound to non-bridging oxygens from sodium cations bound to bridging oxygens. The chemical shifts measured in lithium-sodium borate glasses are identical to those measured in lithium borate or sodium borate glasses, indicating similar alkali-oxygen coordination. A significant narrowing of the ^6Li NMR spectrum in a mixed alkali glass can be understood as a decrease in the entropy of the lithium cations. This result is consistent with the weak

  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.

  17. Research Progress on Aalcium Sulfate Whisker%硫酸钙晶须的研究进展

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    李桂璇; 谭建红; 李兵

    2016-01-01

    Calcium sulfate whisker is China’s excellent performance, with good market competitiveness and green environmental protection single crystal, which can be used in many aspects, but because of the complexity of preparation, the products are not enough. In order to have more products, the calcium sulfate whisker and process for preparation mechanism were briefly outlined, and in view of the different raw materials such as natural gypsum, halogen slag, carbide slag and different of preparation method such as atmospheric acidification method, hydrothermal method of calcium sulfate whiskers of preparation were described. The calcium sulfate whisker in the preparation, application development direction provided a reference of the future of calcium sulfate whisker deepen.%硫酸钙晶须是我国性能优良、具有很好市场竞争力且绿色环保的单晶体,可运用于多方面,但因其制备复杂,所以成品较少。为了能有更多成品得到使用,本文对硫酸钙晶须及其制备机理进行了简要的概述,同时针对不同的原料如天然石膏、卤渣、电石渣等及不同的制备方法如常压酸化法、水热法等对硫酸钙晶须的制备进行了表述,最后提出了硫酸钙晶须在制备、应用等方面发展的方向,为未来硫酸钙晶须的深化提供了一个参考。

  18. Response properties of whisker-associated primary afferent neurons following infraorbital nerve transection with microsurgical repair in adult rats.

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    Xiao, Bo; Zanoun, Rami R; Carvell, George E; Simons, Daniel J; Washington, Kia M

    2016-03-01

    The rodent whisker/trigeminal system, characterized by high spatial and temporal resolution, provides an experimental model for developing new therapies for improving sensory functions of damaged peripheral nerves. Here, we use controlled whisker stimulation and single-unit recordings of trigeminal ganglion cells to examine in detail the nature and time course of functional recovery of mechanoreceptive afferents following nerve transection with microsurgical repair of the infraorbital nerve (ION) branch of the trigeminal nerve in adult rats. Response measures include rapid vs. slow adaptation, firing rate, interspike intervals, latency, and angular (directional) tuning. Whisker-evoked responses, readily observable by 3 wk post-transection, recover progressively for at least the next 5 wk. All cells in transected animals, as in control cases, responded to deflections of single whiskers only, but topography within the ganglion was clearly disrupted. The time course and extent of recovery of quantitative response measures were receptor dependent. Cells displaying slowly adapting (SA) properties recovered more quickly than rapidly adapting (RA) populations, and for some response measures-notably evoked firing rates-closely approached or attained control levels by 8 wk post-transection. Angular tuning of RA cells was slightly better than control units, whereas SA tuning did not differ from control values. Nerve conduction times and refractory periods, examined separately using electrical stimulation of the ION, were slower than normal in all transected animals and poorly reflected recovery of whisker-evoked response latencies and interspike intervals. Results underscore the need for multiple therapeutic strategies that target different aspects of functional restitution following peripheral nerve injury. Copyright © 2016 the American Physiological Society.

  19. Electroluminescence of Zn{sub 2}GeO{sub 4}:Mn through SiC whisker electric field enhancement

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    Wagstaff, Brandon, E-mail: wagstabj@mcmaster.ca [McMaster University, Department of Engineering Physics, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4L8 (Canada); Kitai, Adrian, E-mail: kitaia@mcmaster.ca [McMaster University, Department of Engineering Physics, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4L8 (Canada); McMaster University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4L8 (Canada)

    2015-11-15

    Alternating current (AC) electroluminescence of thin film oxide phosphors is well known. However in this work electroluminescence of bulk oxide powder phosphors is achieved. A new type of AC Electroluminescent (ACEL) device has been created and developed by integrating SiC whiskers into a phosphor matrix composed of manganese-activated zinc germanate (Zn{sub 2}GeO{sub 4}:Mn{sup 2+}). The conductive SiC whiskers enhance the average electric field in specific regions of the phosphor such that localized breakdown of the phosphor occurs, thus emitting green light. This field enhancement allows light emission to occur in thick film oxide powder phosphors and is notably the first time that bright and reasonably efficient electroluminescence of zinc germanate has been observed without using expensive thin film deposition techniques. Light emission has been achieved in thick pressed pellets using surface-deposited electrodes and the brightness-voltage characteristics of light emission are shown to be consistent with field emission of carriers from the embedded whiskers. - Highlights: • A new electroluminescent phosphor, Zn{sub 2}GeO{sub 4}Mn{sup 2+}+SiC whiskers, is proposed. • A procedure is described to fabricate a solid sample of this composite material. • Under an AC voltage, green light is emitted only in samples containing the SiC whiskers. • A brightness of 25 Cd/m{sup 2} and efficiency of 0.25 Lm/W is observed 9.6×10{sup 6} V/m. • This is notably the first time that ACEL has been observed in bulk Zn{sub 2}GeO{sub 4}Mn{sup 2+}.

  20. Electrochemical Deposition of Zinc Oxide Crystal Whiskers%电化学法沉积氧化锌晶须

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    芦鹏曾; 李素; 贾金乾; 梁镇海

    2011-01-01

    Pine needle ZnO crystal whiskers were electrodeposited by anodization of zinc foil. The crystal whiskers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectroscopy. The results show that the lengths and diameters of ZnO crystal whiskers are 200 ~ 300 nm and 20 ~ 50 nm,respectively,with the ratio of the length to diameter ranging from 10 ~ 15. The whiskers belong to wurtzite ZnO ( JCPDS 36-1451 ) with good crystallinity and high purity. The crystalization behavior of ZnO was studied by cyclic voltammetry. The effects of the surface oxide layer at the zinc substrates and the [Zn( OH)4]2- concentration of the aqueous electrolyte on the formation of zinc oxide whiskers were investigated.%应用阳极氧化法沉积氧化锌(ZnO)松针状晶须,SEM和XRD观察、表征样品形貌与结构.结果表明,电沉积氧化锌晶须直径为20~50 nm、长度200~300nm、长径比10~15,纯度高,结晶度好,属六方晶系纤锌矿(JCPDS 36-1451).循环伏安法研究了该氧化锌结晶过程,并考察了电解液的锌酸盐[Zn(OH)4]2-浓度和基底表面氧化膜对晶须生成的影响.