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  1. In-situ ellipsometric characterization of the growth of porous anisotropic nanocrystalline ZnO layers

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    Laha, P.; Nazarkin, M. Y.; Volkova, A. V.; Simunin, M. M.; Terryn, H.; Gavrilov, S. A.; Ustarroz, J.

    2015-03-01

    ZnO films have increasingly been in the spotlight due to their largely varied electro-physical and optical properties. For several applications, porous anisotropic nanocrystalline layers are especially interesting. To study the growth kinetics of such films during different fabrication processes, a powerful non-destructive in-situ technique is required. In this work, both ex-situ and in-situ spectroscopic ellipsometry are used along with advanced modelling techniques that are able to take both the anisotropy and the porosity of the films into account. Scanning electron microscopy, along with nitrogen absorption methods for measuring porosity, validated the ellipsometric data and proposed model. The film, grown by chemical bath deposition, was monitored from around 700 to 1800 nm in thickness. This same principle can now be used to monitor any other porous and/or anisotropic structure in an effective in-situ manner, e.g., growth of porous anodic aluminium oxides, nano-porous silica films, etc.

  2. In-situ ellipsometric characterization of the growth of porous anisotropic nanocrystalline ZnO layers

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    ZnO films have increasingly been in the spotlight due to their largely varied electro-physical and optical properties. For several applications, porous anisotropic nanocrystalline layers are especially interesting. To study the growth kinetics of such films during different fabrication processes, a powerful non-destructive in-situ technique is required. In this work, both ex-situ and in-situ spectroscopic ellipsometry are used along with advanced modelling techniques that are able to take both the anisotropy and the porosity of the films into account. Scanning electron microscopy, along with nitrogen absorption methods for measuring porosity, validated the ellipsometric data and proposed model. The film, grown by chemical bath deposition, was monitored from around 700 to 1800 nm in thickness. This same principle can now be used to monitor any other porous and/or anisotropic structure in an effective in-situ manner, e.g., growth of porous anodic aluminium oxides, nano-porous silica films, etc

  3. In-situ ellipsometric characterization of the growth of porous anisotropic nanocrystalline ZnO layers

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    Laha, P., E-mail: plaha@vub.ac.be; Terryn, H.; Ustarroz, J., E-mail: justarro@vub.ac.be [Research Group Electrochemical and Surface Engineering (SURF), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Elsene, Brussels (Belgium); Nazarkin, M. Y., E-mail: mikleo@mail.ru; Gavrilov, S. A. [Department of Materials of Functional Electronics (MFE), National Research University of Electronic Technology, Bld. 5, Pas. 4806, Zelenograd, Moscow 124498 (Russian Federation); Volkova, A. V.; Simunin, M. M. [Department of Quantum Physics and Nanoelectronics (QPN), National Research University of Electronic Technology, Bld. 5, Pas. 4806, Zelenograd, Moscow 124498 (Russian Federation)

    2015-03-09

    ZnO films have increasingly been in the spotlight due to their largely varied electro-physical and optical properties. For several applications, porous anisotropic nanocrystalline layers are especially interesting. To study the growth kinetics of such films during different fabrication processes, a powerful non-destructive in-situ technique is required. In this work, both ex-situ and in-situ spectroscopic ellipsometry are used along with advanced modelling techniques that are able to take both the anisotropy and the porosity of the films into account. Scanning electron microscopy, along with nitrogen absorption methods for measuring porosity, validated the ellipsometric data and proposed model. The film, grown by chemical bath deposition, was monitored from around 700 to 1800 nm in thickness. This same principle can now be used to monitor any other porous and/or anisotropic structure in an effective in-situ manner, e.g., growth of porous anodic aluminium oxides, nano-porous silica films, etc.

  4. Seepage of a fluid to an imperfect well in a bounded nonhomogeneously anisotropic fissured-porous layer

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    Antonova, A.M.; Moiseikina, I.I. [Kiev Univ. (Ukraine)

    1994-10-05

    We consider nonstationary seepage in a bounded nonhomogeneously anisotropic fissured-porous layer. The layer contains by an imperfect well, which operates with a constant discharge. Formulas for the distribution of fluid pressure are obtained using the Laplace transform and the separation of variables method.

  5. The effect of rotation on the onset of convection in a horizontal anisotropic porous layer

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    Malashetty, M.S.; Swamy, Mahantesh [Department of Mathematics, Gulbarga University, Jnana Ganga, Gulbarga 585 106 (India)

    2007-10-15

    The effect of rotation and anisotropy on the onset of convection in a horizontal porous layer is investigated using a linear theory and a weak nonlinear theory. The linear theory is based on the usual normal mode technique and the nonlinear theory on the truncated Fourier series analysis. Darcy model extended to include time derivative and Coriolis terms with anisotropic permeability is used to describe the flow through porous media. A modified energy equation including the thermal anisotropy is used. The effect of rotation, mechanical and thermal anisotropy parameters and the Prandtl number on the stationary and overstable convection is discussed. It is found that the effect of mechanical anisotropy is to allow the onset of oscillatory convection instead of stationary. It is also found that the existence of overstable motions in case of rotating porous medium is not restricted to a particular range of Prandtl number as compared to the pure viscous fluid case. The steady finite amplitude analysis is performed using truncated Fourier series to find the Nusselt number. The effect of various parameters on heat transfer is investigated. (author)

  6. Onset of Darcy-Brinkman Reaction-Convection in an Anisotropic Porous Layer

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    S. N. Gaikwad

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The linear and nonlinear stability analysis of double diffusive reaction-convection in a sparsely packed anisotropic porous layer subjected to chemical equilibrium on the boundaries is investigated analytically. The linear analysis is based on the usual normal mode method and the nonlinear theory on the truncated representation of Fourier series method. The Darcy-Brinkman model is employed for the momentum equation. The onset criterion for stationary, oscillatory and finite amplitude convection is derived analytically. The effect of Darcy number, Damkohler number, anisotropy parameters, Lewis number, and normalized porosity on the stationary, oscillatory, and finite amplitude convection is shown graphically. It is found that the effect of Darcy number and mechanical anisotropy parameter have destabilizing effect, while the thermal anisotropy parameter has stabilizing effect on the stationary, oscillatory and finite amplitude convection. The Damkohler number has destabilizing effect in the case of stationary mode, with stabilizing effect in the case of oscillatory and finite amplitude modes. Further, the transient behavior of the Nusselt and Sherwood numbers are investigated by solving the nonlinear system of ordinary differential equations numerically using the Runge-Kutta method.

  7. Linear Stability Analysis of Double Diffusive Convection in a Horizontal Sparsely Packed Rotating Anisotropic Porous Layer in Presence of Soret Effect

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    S.N. Gaikwad

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we have investigated theoretically the effect of Soret parameter on the onset of double diffusive rotating anisotropic convection in a horizontal sparsely packed porous layer using linear stability theory which is based on the usual normal mode technique. The Brinkman model that includes the Coriolis term is employed for the momentum equation. The effect of anisotropy parameters, Soret parameter, solute Rayleigh number, Taylor number, Lewis number, Darcy and Darcy Prandtl number on stationary and oscillatory convection is shown graphically.

  8. Quantitative Permeability Prediction for Anisotropic Porous Media

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    Sheng, Q.; Thompson, K. E.

    2012-12-01

    Pore-scale modeling as a predictive tool has become an integral to both research and commercial simulation in recent years. Permeability is one of the most important of the many properties that can be simulated. Traditionally, permeability is determined using Darcy's law, based on the assumption that the pressure gradient is aligned with the principal flow direction. However, a wide variety of porous media exhibit anisotropic permeability due to particle orientation or laminated structure. In these types of materials, the direction of fluid flow is not aligned with the pressure gradient (except along the principal directions). Thus, it is desirable to predict the full permeability tensor for anisotropic materials using a first-principles pore-scale approach. In this work, we present a fast method to determine the full permeability tensor and the principal directions using a novel network modeling algorithm. We also test the ability of network modeling (which is an approximate method) to detect anisotropy in various structures. Both computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods and network modeling have emerged as effective techniques to predict rock properties. CFD models are more rigorous but computationally expensive. Network modeling involves significant approximations but can be orders-of-magnitude more efficient computationally, which is important for both speed and the ability to model larger scales. This work uses network modeling, with simulations performed on two types of anisotropic materials: laminated packings (with layers of different sized particles) and oriented packings (containing particles with preferential orientation). Pore network models are created from the porous media data, and a novel method is used to determine the permeability tensor and principal flow direction using pore network modeling. The method is verified by comparing the calculated principal directions with the known anisotropy and also by comparing permeability with values from CFD

  9. Numerical investigation of nanoparticles transport in anisotropic porous media.

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    Salama, Amgad; Negara, Ardiansyah; El Amin, Mohamed; Sun, Shuyu

    2015-10-01

    In this work the problem related to the transport of nanoparticles in anisotropic porous media is investigated numerically using the multipoint flux approximation. Anisotropy of porous media properties is an essential feature that exists almost everywhere in subsurface formations. In anisotropic media, the flux and the pressure gradient vectors are no longer collinear and therefore interesting patterns emerge. The transport of nanoparticles in subsurface formations is affected by several complex processes including surface charges, heterogeneity of nanoparticles and soil grain collectors, interfacial dynamics of double-layer and many others. We use the framework of the theory of filtration in this investigation. Processes like particles deposition, entrapment, as well as detachment are accounted for. From the numerical methods point of view, traditional two-point flux finite difference approximation cannot handle anisotropy of media properties. Therefore, in this work we use the multipoint flux approximation (MPFA). In this technique, the flux components are affected by more neighboring points as opposed to the mere two points that are usually used in traditional finite volume methods. We also use the experimenting pressure field approach which automatically constructs the global system of equations by solving multitude of local problems. This approach facilitates to a large extent the construction of the global system. A set of numerical examples is considered involving two-dimensional rectangular domain. A source of nanoparticles is inserted in the middle of the anisotropic layer. We investigate the effects of both anisotropy angle and anisotropy ratio on the transport of nanoparticles in saturated porous media. It is found that the concentration plume and porosity contours follow closely the principal direction of anisotropy of permeability of the central domain. PMID:26212784

  10. Numerical investigation of nanoparticles transport in anisotropic porous media

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    Salama, Amgad

    2015-07-13

    In this work the problem related to the transport of nanoparticles in anisotropic porous media is investigated numerically using the multipoint flux approximation. Anisotropy of porous media properties are an essential feature that exist almost everywhere in subsurface formations. In anisotropic media, the flux and the pressure gradient vectors are no longer collinear and therefore interesting patterns emerge. The transport of nanoparticles in subsurface formations is affected by several complex processes including surface charges, heterogeneity of nanoparticles and soil grain collectors, interfacial dynamics of double-layer and many others. We use the framework of the theory of filtration in this investigation. Processes like particles deposition, entrapment, as well as detachment are accounted for. From the numerical methods point of view, traditional two-point flux finite difference approximation cannot handle anisotropy of media properties. Therefore, in this work we use the multipoint flux approximation (MPFA). In this technique, the flux components are affected by more neighboring points as opposed to the mere two points that are usually used in traditional finite volume methods. We also use the experimenting pressure field approach which automatically constructs the global system of equations by solving multitude of local problems. This approach facilitates to a large extent the construction of the global system. A set of numerical examples is considered involving two-dimensional rectangular domain. A source of nanoparticles is inserted in the middle of the anisotropic layer. We investigate the effects of both anisotropy angle and anisotropy ratio on the transport of nanoparticles in saturated porous media. It is found that the concentration plume and porosity contours follow closely the principal direction of anisotropy of permeability of the central domain.

  11. Effect of irregularity on torsional surface waves in an initially stressed anisotropic porous layer sandwiched between homogeneous and non-homogeneous half-space

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    Anup Saha; Santimoy Kundu; Shishir Gupta; Pramod Kumar Vaishnav

    2016-06-01

    The present paper is concerned with the propagation of torsional surface waves in an initially stressedanisotropic porous layer sandwiched between homogeneous and non-homogeneous half-space. We assumethe quadratic inhomogeneity in rigidity and density in the lower half-space and irregularity is taken inthe form of rectangle at the interface separating the layer from the lower half-space. The dispersionequation for torsional waves has been obtained in a closed form. Velocity equation is also obtained inthe absence of irregularity. The study reveals that the presence of irregularity, initial stress, porosity,inhomogeneity and anisotropy factor in the dispersion equation approves the significant effect of theseparameters in the propagation of torsional waves in porous medium. It has also been observed that fora uniform media, the velocity equation reduces to the classical result of Love wave.

  12. Anisotropic Optical Properties of Layered Germanium Sulfide

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    Tan, Dezhi; Wang, Feijiu; Mohamed, Nur Baizura; Mouri, Shinichiro; Sandhaya, Koirala; Zhang, Wenjing; Miyauchi, Yuhei; Ohfuchi, Mari; Matsuda, Kazunari

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) layered materials, transition metal dichalcogenides and black phosphorus, have attracted much interest from the viewpoints of fundamental physics and device applications. The establishment of new functionalities in anisotropic layered 2D materials is a challenging but rewarding frontier, owing to their remarkable optical properties and prospects for new devices. Here, we report the anisotropic optical properties of layered 2D monochalcogenide of germanium sulfide (GeS). Three Raman scattering peaks corresponding to the B3g, A1g, and A2g modes with strong polarization dependence are demonstrated in the GeS flakes, which validates polarized Raman spectroscopy as an effective method for identifying the crystal orientation of anisotropic layered GeS. Photoluminescence (PL) is observed with a peak at around 1.66 eV that originates from the direct optical transition in GeS at room temperature. Moreover, determination of the polarization dependent characteristics of the PL and absorption reveals...

  13. Fundamental Solution of the Anisotropic Porous Medium Equation

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    Bin Heng SONG; Huai Yu JIAN

    2005-01-01

    We establish the existence of fundamental solutions for the anisotropic porous medium equation, ut = ∑n i=1(umi)xixi in sRn × (0,∞), where m1,m2,..., and mn are positive constants satisfying min1≤i≤n{mi} ≤ 1, Σni=i mi > n -- 2, and max1≤i≤n{mi} ≤1/n+ Σi=1 mi).

  14. On Backus average for generally anisotropic layers

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    Bos, Len; Slawinski, Michael A; Stanoev, Theodore

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, following the Backus (1962) approach, we examine expressions for elasticity parameters of a homogeneous generally anisotropic medium that is long-wave-equivalent to a stack of thin generally anisotropic layers. These expressions reduce to the results of Backus (1962) for the case of isotropic and transversely isotropic layers. In over half-a-century since the publications of Backus (1962) there have been numerous publications applying and extending that formulation. However, neither George Backus nor the authors of the present paper are aware of further examinations of mathematical underpinnings of the original formulation; hence, this paper. We prove that---within the long-wave approximation---if the thin layers obey stability conditions then so does the equivalent medium. We examine---within the Backus-average context---the approximation of the average of a product as the product of averages, and express it as a proposition in terms of an upper bound. In the presented examination we use the e...

  15. Fabric dependence of quasi-waves in anisotropic porous media.

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    Cardoso, Luis; Cowin, Stephen C

    2011-05-01

    Assessment of bone loss and osteoporosis by ultrasound systems is based on the speed of sound and broadband ultrasound attenuation of a single wave. However, the existence of a second wave in cancellous bone has been reported and its existence is an unequivocal signature of poroelastic media. To account for the fact that ultrasound is sensitive to microarchitecture as well as bone mineral density (BMD), a fabric-dependent anisotropic poroelastic wave propagation theory was recently developed for pure wave modes propagating along a plane of symmetry in an anisotropic medium. Key to this development was the inclusion of the fabric tensor--a quantitative stereological measure of the degree of structural anisotropy of bone--into the linear poroelasticity theory. In the present study, this framework is extended to the propagation of mixed wave modes along an arbitrary direction in anisotropic porous media called quasi-waves. It was found that differences between phase and group velocities are due to the anisotropy of the bone microarchitecture, and that the experimental wave velocities are more accurately predicted by the poroelastic model when the fabric tensor variable is taken into account. This poroelastic wave propagation theory represents an alternative for bone quality assessment beyond BMD. PMID:21568431

  16. Electrically Anisotropic Layered Perovskite Single Crystal

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    Li, Ting-You

    2016-04-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites (OIHPs), which are promising materials for electronic and optoelectronic applications (1-10), have made into layered organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites (LOIHPs). These LOIHPs have been applied to thin-film transistors, solar cells and tunable wavelength phosphors (11-18). It is known that devices fabricated with single crystal exhibit the superior performance, which makes the growth of large-sized single crystals critical for future device applications (19-23). However, the difficulty in growing large-sized LOIHPs single crystal with superior electrical properties limits their practical applications. Here, we report a method to grow the centimeter-scaled LOIHP single crystal of [(HOC2H4NH3)2PbI4], demonstrating the potentials in mass production. After that, we reveal anisotropic electrical and optoelectronic properties which proved the carrier propagating along inorganic framework. The carrier mobility of in-inorganic-plane (in-plane) devices shows the average value of 45 cm2 V–1 s–1 which is about 100 times greater than the record of LOIHP devices (15), showing the importance of single crystal in device application. Moreover, the LOIHP single crystals show its ultra-short carrier lifetime of 42.7 ps and photoluminescence quantum efficiency (PLQE) of 25.4 %. We expect this report to be a start of LOIHPs for advanced applications in which the anisotropic properties are needed (24-25), and meets the demand of high-speed applications and fast-response applications.

  17. Anisotropic damage coupled modeling of saturated porous rock

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    2010-01-01

    It is widely acknowledged that the natural rock mass is anisotropic and its failing type is also non-isotropic. An orthotropic elastic damaged model has been proposed in which the elastic deformation,the damaged deformation and irreversible deformation can be identified respectively. A second rank damage tensor is employed to characterize the induced damage and damage evolution related to the propagation conditions of microcracks. A specific form of the Gibbs free energy function is used to obtain the effective elastic stiffness and the limited scopes of damage parameters are suggested. The model’s parameter determination is proposed by virtue of conventional tri-axial test. Then,the proposed model is developed to simulate the coupled hydraulic mechanical responses and traction behaviors in different loading paths of porous media.

  18. Explicit analytical solutions of the anisotropic Brinkman model for the natural convection in porous media (Ⅱ)

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    CAI; Ruixian; GOU; Chenhua; ZHANG; Na

    2005-01-01

    Some algebraically explicit analytical solutions are derived for the anisotropic Brinkman model―an improved Darcy model―describing the natural convection in porous media. Besides their important theoretical meaning (for example, in analyzing the non-Darcy and anisotropic effects on the convection), such analytical solutions can be the benchmark solutions that can promote the development of computational heat and mass transfer. Some solutions considering the anisotropic effect of permeability have been given previously by the authors, and this paper gives solutions including the anisotropic effect of thermal conductivity and the effect of heat sources.

  19. Electric double layer of anisotropic dielectric colloids under electric fields

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    Han, M.; Wu, H.; Luijten, E.

    2016-07-01

    Anisotropic colloidal particles constitute an important class of building blocks for self-assembly directed by electrical fields. The aggregation of these building blocks is driven by induced dipole moments, which arise from an interplay between dielectric effects and the electric double layer. For particles that are anisotropic in shape, charge distribution, and dielectric properties, calculation of the electric double layer requires coupling of the ionic dynamics to a Poisson solver. We apply recently proposed methods to solve this problem for experimentally employed colloids in static and time-dependent electric fields. This allows us to predict the effects of field strength and frequency on the colloidal properties.

  20. Coupling two-phase fluid flow with two-phase darcy flow in anisotropic porous media

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    Chen, J.

    2014-06-03

    This paper reports a numerical study of coupling two-phase fluid flow in a free fluid region with two-phase Darcy flow in a homogeneous and anisotropic porous medium region. The model consists of coupled Cahn-Hilliard and Navier-Stokes equations in the free fluid region and the two-phase Darcy law in the anisotropic porous medium region. A Robin-Robin domain decomposition method is used for the coupled Navier-Stokes and Darcy system with the generalized Beavers-Joseph-Saffman condition on the interface between the free flow and the porous media regions. Obtained results have shown the anisotropic properties effect on the velocity and pressure of the two-phase flow. 2014 Jie Chen et al.

  1. Effective Heat and Mass Transport Properties of Anisotropic Porous Ceria for Solar Thermochemical Fuel Generation

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    Sophia Haussener; Aldo Steinfeld

    2012-01-01

    High-resolution X-ray computed tomography is employed to obtain the exact 3D geometrical configuration of porous anisotropic ceria applied in solar-driven thermochemical cycles for splitting H2O and CO2. The tomography data are, in turn, used in direct pore-level numerical simulations for determining the morphological and effective heat/mass transport properties of porous ceria, namely: porosity, specific surface area, pore size distribution, extinction coefficient, thermal conductivity, conv...

  2. Wave propagation in layered anisotropic media with application to composites

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    Nayfeh, AH

    1995-01-01

    Recent advances in the study of the dynamic behavior of layered materials in general, and laminated fibrous composites in particular, are presented in this book. The need to understand the microstructural behavior of such classes of materials has brought a new challenge to existing analytical tools. This book explores the fundamental question of how mechanical waves propagate and interact with layered anisotropic media. The chapters are organized in a logical sequence depending upon the complexity of the physical model and its mathematical treatment.

  3. Propagation of shock wave fronts in anisotrope layered media

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    Propagation of shock waves in layered anisotropic tectonic media is associated with their fronts transformation, scattering, bifurcation and focussing. To investigate these phenomena, a technique based on joint usage of ray theory and theory of stereomechanical impact is elaborated. It is used for computer simulation of dynamical interaction of shock waves with curvilinear interfaces between anisotropic elastic media. Issues are considered which are related to the shock waves fronts surfaces bifurcations and generation of caustics connected with stress concentration and formation of zones where the stresses tend to infinity

  4. Layer like porous materials with hierarchical structure.

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    Roth, Wieslaw J; Gil, Barbara; Makowski, Wacław; Marszalek, Bartosz; Eliášová, Pavla

    2016-06-13

    Many chemical compositions produce layered solids consisting of extended sheets with thickness not greater than a few nanometers. The layers are weakly bonded together in a crystal and can be modified into various nanoarchitectures including porous hierarchical structures. Several classes of 2-dimensional (2D) materials have been extensively studied and developed because of their potential usefulness as catalysts and sorbents. They are discussed in this review with focus on clays, layered transition metal oxides, silicates, layered double hydroxides, metal(iv) phosphates and phosphonates, especially zirconium, and zeolites. Pillaring and delamination are the primary methods for structural modification and pore tailoring. The reported approaches are described and compared for the different classes of materials. The methods of characterization include identification by X-ray diffraction and microscopy, pore size analysis and activity assessment by IR spectroscopy and catalytic testing. The discovery of layered zeolites was a fundamental breakthrough that created unprecedented opportunities because of (i) inherent strong acid sites that make them very active catalytically, (ii) porosity through the layers and (iii) bridging of 2D and 3D structures. Approximately 16 different types of layered zeolite structures and modifications have been identified as distinct forms. It is also expected that many among the over 200 recognized zeolite frameworks can produce layered precursors. Additional advances enabled by 2D zeolites include synthesis of layered materials by design, hierarchical structures obtained by direct synthesis and top-down preparation of layered materials from 3D frameworks. PMID:26489452

  5. Plane strain consolidation of soil layer with anisotropic permeability

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    Zhi-yong AI; Chao WU

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents an alternative analytical technique to study a plane strain consolidation of a poroelastic soil by taking into account the anisotropy of permeability. From the governing equations of a saturated poroelastic soil, the relationship of basic variables for a point of a soil layer is established between the ground surface (z=0) and the depth z in the Laplace-Fourier transform domain. Combined with the boundary conditions, an exact solution is derived for plane strain Biot's consolidation of a finite soil layer with anisotropic permeability in the transform domain. Numerical inversions of the Laplace transform and the Fourier transform are adopted to obtain the actual solution in the physical domain. Numerical results of plane strain Biot's consolidation for a single soil layer show that the anisotropic of permeability has a great influence on the consolidation behavior of the soils.

  6. Resonant electromagnetic scattering in anisotropic layered media

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    The resonant excitation of an electromagnetic guided mode of a slab structure by exterior radiation results in anomalous scattering behavior, including sharp energy-transmission anomalies and field amplification around the frequency of the slab mode. In the case of a periodically layered ambient medium, anisotropy serves to couple the slab mode to radiation. Exact expressions for scattering phenomena are proved by analyzing a pole of the full scattering matrix as it moves off the real frequency axis into the lower half complex plane under a detuning of the wavevector parallel to the slab. The real pole is the frequency of a perfect (infinite Q) guided mode, which becomes lossy as the frequency gains an imaginary part. This work extends results of Shipman and Venakides to evanescent source fields and two-dimensional parallel wavevector and demonstrates by example how the latter allows one to control independently the width and central frequency of a resonance by varying the angle of incidence of the source field. The analysis relies on two nondegeneracy conditions of the complex dispersion relation for slab modes (relating poles of the scattering matrix to wavevector), which were assumed in previous works and are proved in this work for layered media. One of them asserts that the dispersion relation near the wavevector κ and frequency ω of a perfect guided mode is the zero set of a simple eigenvalue ℓ(κ, ω), and the other relates ∂ℓ/∂ω to the total energy of the mode, thereby implying that this derivative is nonzero

  7. Van der Waals interaction torque and force between dielectrically anisotropic layered media

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    Lu, Bing-Sui

    2016-01-01

    We analyse the van der Waals interaction for a pair of dielectrically anisotropic plane-layered media interacting across a dielectrically isotropic medium. We investigate the van der Waals torque and force for the following cases: (i) a pair of single anisotropic layers, (ii) a single anisotropic layer interacting with a multilayered slab consisting of alternating anisotropic and isotropic layers, and (iii) a pair of multilayered slabs each consisting of alternating anisotropic and isotropic layers, looking at the cases where the optical axes lie parallel and/or perpendicular to the plane of the layers. For the first case, the optical axes of the oppositely facing anisotropic layers of the two interacting slabs generally have an angular mismatch, and within each multilayered slab the optical axes may either be the same, or undergo constant angular increments across the anisotropic layers. In particular, we examine how the behaviors of the van der Waals torque and force can be "tuned" by adjusting the layer th...

  8. Elastodynamic analysis of anisotropic liquid-saturated porous medium due to mechanical sources

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    2007-01-01

    Elastodynamlc analysis of an anisotropic liquid-saturated porous medium is made to study a deformation problem of a transversely isotropic liquid-saturated porous medium due to mechanical sources. Certain physical problems are of the nature, in which the deformation takes place only in one direction, e.g., the problem relating to deformed structures and columns. In soil mechanics, an assumption of only vertical subsidence is often invoked and this leads to the one dimensional model of poroelasticity. By considering a model of one-dimensional deformation of the anisotropic liquid-saturated porous medium, variations in disturbances are observed with reference to time and distance.The distributions of displacements and stresses are affected due to the anisotropy of the medium, and also due to the type of sources causing the disturbances.

  9. Slow wave cavity resonance in periodic stacks of anisotropic layers

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    Figotin, Alex

    2007-01-01

    We consider Fabry-Perot cavity resonance in periodic layered structures involving birefringent layers. Previously we have shown that the presence of birefringent layers with misaligned in-plane anisotropy can dramatically enhance the performance of the photonic-crystal cavity. It allows to reduce the size of a Fabry-Perot resonator by an order of magnitude without compromising on its performance. The key characteristic of the enhanced photonic-crystal cavity is that its Bloch dispersion relation displays a degenerate photonic band edge, rather than only regular ones. This can be realized in specially arranged stacks of misaligned anisotropic layers. On the down side, the presence of birefringent layers results in the Fabry-Perot resonance being coupled only with one (elliptic) polarization component of the incident wave, while the other polarization component is reflected back to space. In this paper we show how a small modification of the periodic layered array can solve the above fundamental problem and pro...

  10. Investigation of lattice strains in layered structures containing porous silicon

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    Silicon layered structures containing porous silicon modified with various thermal treatments and epitaxial layers deposited on porous layers were studied with a number of complementary X-ray diffraction methods using synchrotron source. The methods of characterization included recording of rocking curves for reflections with various asymmetry as well as projection, section and micro-Laue topography. It was found that oxidizing and sintering of porous silicon seriously modified the strains in the porous layer and in some cases even inverting the sense of strain with respect to that in initially formed porous layer. Consequently the deposited epitaxial layer usually was not laterally coherent with the substrate. Some of investigated layers were not stable in time and after few months period exhibited significant lost of coherence of porous skeleton. (author)

  11. Fabric dependence of quasi-waves in anisotropic porous media

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    Cardoso, Luis; Cowin, Stephen C.

    2011-01-01

    Assessment of bone loss and osteoporosis by ultrasound systems is based on the speed of sound and broadband ultrasound attenuation of a single wave. However, the existence of a second wave in cancellous bone has been reported and its existence is an unequivocal signature of poroelastic media. To account for the fact that ultrasound is sensitive to microarchitecture as well as bone mineral density (BMD), a fabric-dependent anisotropic poroelastic wave propagation theory was recently developed ...

  12. Mechanical transport and porous media equivalence in anisotropic fracture networks

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    The objective of this work is to investigate the directional characteristics of hydraulic effective porosity in an effort to understand porous medium equivalence for continuous and discontinuous fracture systems. Continuous systems contain infinitely long fractures. Discontinuous systems consist of fractures with finite lengths. The distribution of apertures (heterogeneity) has a major influence on the degree of porous medium equivalence for distributed continuous and discontinuous systems. When the aperture distribution is narrow, the hydraulic effective porosity is slightly less than the total porosity for continuous systems, and greater than the rock effective porosity for discontinuous systems. However, when heterogeneity is significant, the hydraulic effective porosity is directionally dependent and greater than total porosity for both systems. Non-porous medium behavior ws found to differ for distributed continuous systems and for continuous systems with parallel sets. For the latter systems, hydraulic effective porosity abruptly decreases below total porosity in those particular directions where the hydraulic gradient and the orientation of a fracture set are orthogonal. The results for the continuous systems with parallel sets also demonstrate that a system that behaves like a continuum for fluid flux may not behave like a continuum for mechanical transport. 3 references, 13 figures

  13. Equivalent medium theory of layered sphere particle with anisotropic shells

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    Li, Xingcai; Wang, Minzhong; Zhang, Beidou

    2016-08-01

    Researches on the optical properties of small particle have been widely concerned in the atmospheric science, astronomy, astrophysics, biology and medical science. This paper provides an equivalent dielectric theory for the functional graded particle with anisotropic shells, in which inhomogeneous and anisotropic particle was equivalently transformed into a new kind of homogeneous, continuous and isotropic sphere with same size but different permittivity, and then greatly simplify the calculation process of particle's optical property. Meanwhile, the paper also discusses whether the charge on the particle can change the expression of its equivalent permittivity or not. These results proposed in this paper can be used to simulate the electrical, optical properties of layered sphere, it also meet the research requirement in the design of functional graded particles in different subjects.

  14. Anisotropic Josephson-vortex dynamics in layered organic superconductors

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    Yasuzuka, S., E-mail: yasuzuka@chem.tsukuba.ac.j [Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8571 (Japan); Uji, S.; Satsukawa, H.; Kimata, M.; Terashima, T. [National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0003 (Japan); Koga, H.; Yamamura, Y.; Saito, K. [Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8571 (Japan); Akutsu, H.; Yamada, J. [Department of Material Science, Graduate School of Material Science, University of Hyogo, Ako-gun, Hyogo 678-1297 (Japan)

    2010-06-01

    To study the anisotropic Josephson-vortex dynamics in the d-wave superconductors, the interplane resistance has been measured on layered organic superconductors {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2} and {beta}-(BDA-TTP){sub 2}SbF{sub 6} under magnetic fields precisely parallel to the conducting planes. For {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2}, in-plane angular dependence of the Josephson-vortex flow resistance is mainly described by the fourfold symmetry and dip structures appear when the magnetic field is applied parallel to the b- and c-axes. The obtained results have a relation to the d-wave superconducting gap symmetry. However, the absence of in-plane fourfold anisotropy was found for {beta}-(BDA-TTP){sub 2}SbF{sub 6}. The different anisotropic behavior is discussed in terms of the interlayer coupling strength.

  15. Generalization of the van der Waals equation for anisotropic fluids in porous media

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    Holovko, Myroslav; Shmotolokha, Volodymyr

    2015-01-01

    The generalized van der Waals equation of state for anisotropic liquids in porous media consists of two terms.One of them is based on the equation of state for hard spherocylinders in random porous media obtained from the scaled particle theory.The second term is expressed in terms of the mean value of attractive intermolecular interactions.The obtained equation is used for the investigation of the gas-liquid-nematic phase behavior of a molecular system depending on the anisotropy of molecule...

  16. A 3D porous media liver lobule model: the importance of vascular septa and anisotropic permeability for homogeneous perfusion

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    Debbaut, Charlotte; Vierendeels, Jan; Siggers, Jennifer H.; Repetto, Rodolfo; Monbaliu, Diethard; Segers, Patrick

    2014-01-01

    The hepatic blood circulation is complex, particularly at the microcirculatory level. Previously, 2D liver lobule models using porous media and a 3D model using real sinusoidal geometries have been developed. We extended these models to investigate the role of vascular septa (VS) and anisotropic permeability. The lobule was modelled as a hexagonal prism (with or without VS) and the tissue was treated as a porous medium (isotropic or anisotropic permeability). Models were solved using computat...

  17. Computation of the transient flow in zoned anisotropic porous media by the boundary element method

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    Bruch, E.; Grilli, S.

    Results on the application of the BEM to transient two-dimensional flows in zoned anisotropic porous media are presented, including the iterative calculation of the free surface seepage position. The classical BEM equations are discretized by linear, quadratic, or cubic elements, employing special singular numerical quadrature rules. The method is improved by the incorporation of a subregion division. The present technique is shown to be very accurate and to avoid previously encountered oscillation problems.

  18. Influence of anisotropic permeability on convection in porous media: Implications for geological CO2 sequestration

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    De Paoli, Marco; Zonta, Francesco; Soldati, Alfredo

    2016-05-01

    Solute convection in porous media at high Rayleigh-Darcy numbers has important fundamental features and may also bear implications for geological CO2 sequestration processes. With the aid of direct numerical simulations, we examine the role of anisotropic permeability on the distribution of solutal concentration in fluid saturated porous medium. Our computational analyses span over few decades of Rayleigh-Darcy number and confirm the linear scaling of Nusselt number that was previously found in the literature. In addition, we find that anisotropic permeability γ < 1, i.e., with vertical permeability smaller than horizontal permeability, effectively increases the Nusselt number compared with isotropic conditions. We link this seemingly counterintuitive effect with the occurring modifications to the flow topology in the anisotropic conditions. Finally, we use our data computed for the two-sided configuration (i.e., Dirichlet conditions on upper and lower boundaries) to examine the time evolution of solutal dynamics in the one-sided configuration, and we demonstrate that the finite-time (short-term) amount of CO2 that can be dissolved in anisotropic sedimentary rocks is much larger than in isotropic rocks.

  19. Film boiling on porous layered brass sphere during quenching

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    Kang, Jun-young; Kim, Seol Ha; Jo, Hangjin; Lee, Gi Cheol; Kiyofumi, Moriyama; Park, Hyun Sun [POSTECH, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Moo Hwan [KOREA Institute of Nuclear Safety, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    Fluid (liquid or gas) can afford to be permeable into porous layer on heat transfer surface and this phenomenon significantly affects phase-change heat transfer, especially boiling. The Corrosion Residual Unidentified Deposition (CRUD) which has generally micro-scaled pore geometry could have considered as porous layer and it was suggested that modification of heat transfer surface like CRUD can influence cooling rate during Loss-Of-Coolant Accident (LOCA) transient. Therefore, role of porous layer will be more emphasized at core-safety analysis, because, recently strategy of nuclear-fuel operation gradually becomes higher burn-up and longer cycle. As another aspect, study about film boiling has widely concerned due to its importance at core-coolability in LOCA, however, consideration of porous layer has relatively restricted because of difficulty of fabrication, excepting for horizontal surface. In this article, we briefly introduce experimental result of film boiling on porous layered surface during quenching. Laboratory-scaled quenching facility was applied and porous layer was fabricated by Electro-Chemical Deposition (ECD) method at spherical brass test section. We observed that the existence of porous layer on heat transfer surface considerable affected the cooling rate (t{sub cool,MPS}/t{sub cool,BBS}-12) during quenching in a saturated distilled water, therefore, it is expected that porous layer like CURD may have the potential able to affect LOCA transient.

  20. Imaging anisotropic layering with Bayesian inversion of multiple data types

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    Bodin, T.; Leiva, J.; Romanowicz, B.; Maupin, V.; Yuan, H.

    2016-07-01

    Azimuthal anisotropy is a powerful tool to reveal information about both the present structure and past evolution of the mantle. Anisotropic images of the upper mantle are usually obtained by analysing various types of seismic observables, such as surface wave dispersion curves or waveforms, SKS splitting data, or receiver functions. These different data types sample different volumes of the earth, they are sensitive to different length scales, and hence are associated with different levels of uncertainties. They are traditionally interpreted separately, and often result in incompatible models. We present a Bayesian inversion approach to jointly invert these different data types. Seismograms for SKS and P phases are directly inverted using a cross-convolution approach, thus avoiding intermediate processing steps, such as numerical deconvolution or computation of splitting parameters. Probabilistic 1-D profiles are obtained with a transdimensional Markov chain Monte Carlo scheme, in which the number of layers, as well as the presence or absence of anisotropy in each layer, are treated as unknown parameters. In this way, seismic anisotropy is only introduced if required by the data. The algorithm is used to resolve both isotropic and anisotropic layering down to a depth of 350 km beneath two seismic stations in North America in two different tectonic settings: the stable Canadian shield (station FFC) and the tectonically active southern Basin and Range Province (station TA-214A). In both cases, the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary is clearly visible, and marked by a change in direction of the fast axis of anisotropy. Our study confirms that azimuthal anisotropy is a powerful tool for detecting layering in the upper mantle.

  1. Imaging Anisotropic Layering with Bayesian Inversion of Multiple Data Types

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    Bodin, T.; Leiva, J.; Romanowicz, B.; Maupin, V.; Yuan, H.

    2016-04-01

    Azimuthal anisotropy is a powerful tool to reveal information about both the present structure and past evolution of the mantle. Anisotropic images of the upper-mantle are usually obtained by analyzing various types of seismic observables, such as surface wave dispersion curves or waveforms, SKS splitting data, or receiver functions. These different data types sample different volumes of the earth, they are sensitive to different length-scales, and hence are associated with different levels of uncertainties. They are traditionally interpreted separately, and often result in incompatible models. We present a Bayesian inversion approach to jointly invert these different data types. Seismograms for SKS and P phases are directly inverted using a cross-convolution approach, thus avoiding intermediate processing steps such as numerical deconvolution or computation of splitting parameters. Probabilistic 1D profiles are obtained with a transdimensional Markov chain Monte Carlo scheme, in which the number of layers, as well as the presence or absence of anisotropy in each layer, are treated as unknown parameters. In this way, seismic anisotropy is only introduced if required by the data. The algorithm is used to resolve both isotropic and anisotropic layering down to a depth of 350 km beneath two seismic stations in North America in two different tectonic settings: the stable Canadian shield (station FFC), and the tectonically active southern Basin and Range Province (station TA-214A). In both cases, the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary is clearly visible, and marked by a change in direction of the fast axis of anisotropy. Our study confirms that azimuthal anisotropy is a powerful tool for detecting layering in the upper mantle.

  2. A robust absorbing layer method for anisotropic seismic wave modeling

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    Métivier, L., E-mail: ludovic.metivier@ujf-grenoble.fr [LJK, CNRS, Université de Grenoble, BP 53, 38041 Grenoble Cedex 09 (France); ISTerre, Université de Grenoble I, BP 53, 38041 Grenoble Cedex 09 (France); Brossier, R. [ISTerre, Université de Grenoble I, BP 53, 38041 Grenoble Cedex 09 (France); Labbé, S. [LJK, CNRS, Université de Grenoble, BP 53, 38041 Grenoble Cedex 09 (France); Operto, S. [Géoazur, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, CNRS, IRD, OCA, Villefranche-sur-Mer (France); Virieux, J. [ISTerre, Université de Grenoble I, BP 53, 38041 Grenoble Cedex 09 (France)

    2014-12-15

    When applied to wave propagation modeling in anisotropic media, Perfectly Matched Layers (PML) exhibit instabilities. Incoming waves are amplified instead of being absorbed. Overcoming this difficulty is crucial as in many seismic imaging applications, accounting accurately for the subsurface anisotropy is mandatory. In this study, we present the SMART layer method as an alternative to PML approach. This method is based on the decomposition of the wavefield into components propagating inward and outward the domain of interest. Only outgoing components are damped. We show that for elastic and acoustic wave propagation in Transverse Isotropic media, the SMART layer is unconditionally dissipative: no amplification of the wavefield is possible. The SMART layers are not perfectly matched, therefore less accurate than conventional PML. However, a reasonable increase of the layer size yields an accuracy similar to PML. Finally, we illustrate that the selective damping strategy on which is based the SMART method can prevent the generation of spurious S-waves by embedding the source in a small zone where only S-waves are damped.

  3. Thermal conduction in single-layer black phosphorus: highly anisotropic?

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    The single-layer black phosphorus is characteristic for its puckered structure, which has led to distinct anisotropy in its optical, electronic, and mechanical properties. We use the non-equilibrium Green's function approach and the first-principles method to investigate the thermal conductance for single-layer black phosphorus in the ballistic transport regime, in which the phonon–phonon scattering is neglected. We find that the anisotropy in the thermal conduction is very weak for the single-layer black phosphorus—the difference between two in-plane directions is less than 4%. Our phonon calculations disclose that the out-of-plane acoustic phonon branch has lower group velocities in the direction perpendicular to the pucker, as the black phosphorus is softer in this direction, leading to a weakening effect for the thermal conductance in the perpendicular direction. However, the longitudinal acoustic phonon branch behaves abnormally; i.e., the group velocity of this phonon branch is higher in the perpendicular direction, although the single-layer black phosphorus is softer in this direction. The abnormal behavior of the longitudinal acoustic phonon branch is closely related to the highly anisotropic Poisson's ratio in the single-layer black phosphorus. As a result of the counteraction between the out-of-plane phonon mode and the in-plane phonon modes, the thermal conductance in the perpendicular direction is weaker than the parallel direction, but the anisotropy is pretty small. (paper)

  4. Density-Driven Flow Simulation in Anisotropic Porous Media: Application to CO2 Geological Sequestration

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    Negara, Ardiansyah

    2014-04-21

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration in saline aquifers is considered as one of the most viable and promising ways to reduce CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. CO2 is injected into deep saline formations at supercritical state where its density is smaller than the hosting brine. This motivates an upward motion and eventually CO2 is trapped beneath the cap rock. The trapped CO2 slowly dissolves into the brine causing the density of the mixture to become larger than the host brine. This causes gravitational instabilities that is propagated and magnified with time. In this kind of density-driven flows, the CO2-rich brines migrate downward while the brines with low CO2 concentration move upward. With respect to the properties of the subsurface aquifers, there are instances where saline formations can possess anisotropy with respect to their hydraulic properties. Such anisotropy can have significant effect on the onset and propagation of flow instabilities. Anisotropy is predicted to be more influential in dictating the direction of the convective flow. To account for permeability anisotropy, the method of multipoint flux approximation (MPFA) in the framework of finite differences schemes is used. The MPFA method requires more point stencil than the traditional two-point flux approximation (TPFA). For example, calculation of one flux component requires 6-point stencil and 18-point stencil in 2-D and 3-D cases, respectively. As consequence, the matrix of coefficient for obtaining the pressure fields will be quite complex. Therefore, we combine the MPFA method with the experimenting pressure field technique in which the problem is reduced to solving multitude of local problems and the global matrix of coefficients is constructed automatically, which significantly reduces the complexity. We present several numerical scenarios of density-driven flow simulation in homogeneous, layered, and heterogeneous anisotropic porous media. The numerical results emphasize the

  5. Poroelastic measurement schemes resulting in complete data sets for granular and other anisotropic porous media

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    Berryman, J.G.

    2009-11-20

    Poroelastic analysis usually progresses from assumed knowledge of dry or drained porous media to the predicted behavior of fluid-saturated and undrained porous media. Unfortunately, the experimental situation is often incompatible with these assumptions, especially when field data (from hydrological or oil/gas reservoirs) are involved. The present work considers several different experimental scenarios typified by one in which a set of undrained poroelastic (stiffness) constants has been measured using either ultrasound or seismic wave analysis, while some or all of the dry or drained constants are normally unknown. Drained constants for such a poroelastic system can be deduced for isotropic systems from available data if a complete set of undrained compliance data for the principal stresses are available - together with a few other commonly measured quantities such as porosity, fluid bulk modulus, and grain bulk modulus. Similar results are also developed here for anisotropic systems having up to orthotropic symmetry if the system is granular (i.e., composed of solid grains assembled into a solid matrix, either by a cementation process or by applied stress) and the grains are known to be elastically homogeneous. Finally, the analysis is also fully developed for anisotropic systems with nonhomogeneous (more than one mineral type), but still isotropic, grains - as well as for uniform collections of anisotropic grains as long as their axes of symmetry are either perfectly aligned or perfectly random.

  6. Slow-wave resonance in periodic stacks of anisotropic layers

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    We consider a Fabry-Perot resonance (a transmission band edge resonance) in periodic layered structures involving birefringent layers. In a previous publication [Phys. Rev. E 72, 036619 (2005)] we have shown that the presence of birefringent layers with misaligned in-plane anisotropy can dramatically enhance the performance of the photonic-crystal resonator. It allows us to reduce its size by an order of magnitude without compromising on its performance. The key characteristic of the enhanced slow-wave resonator is that the Bloch dispersion relation ω(k) of the periodic structure displays a degenerate photonic band edge, in the vicinity of which the dispersion curve can be approximated as Δω∼(Δk)4, rather than Δω∼(Δk)2. Such a situation can be realized in specially arranged stacks of misaligned anisotropic layers. On the down side, the presence of birefringent layers results in the slow-wave resonance being coupled only with one (elliptic) polarization component of the incident wave, while the other polarization component is reflected back to space. In this paper we show how a small modification of the periodic layered array can solve the above fundamental problem and provide a perfect impedance match regardless of the incident wave polarization, while preserving the giant slow-wave resonance characteristic of a degenerate photonic band edge. Both features are of critical importance for many practical applications, such as the enhancement of various light-matter interactions, light amplification and lasing, optical and microwave filters, antennas, etc

  7. Deposited Micro Porous Layer as Lubricant Carrier in Metal Forming

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    Arentoft, Mogens; Bay, Niels; Tang, Peter Torben;

    2008-01-01

    A new porous coating for carrying lubricant in metal forming processes is developed. The coating is established by simultaneous electrochemical deposition of two pure metals. One of them is subsequently etched away leaving a porous surface layer. Lubricant can be trapped in the pores acting as lu...

  8. Buried Porous Silicon-Germanium Layers in Monocrystalline Silicon Lattices

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    Fathauer, Robert W. (Inventor); George, Thomas (Inventor); Jones, Eric W. (Inventor)

    1998-01-01

    Monocrystalline semiconductor lattices with a buried porous semiconductor layer having different chemical composition is discussed and monocrystalline semiconductor superlattices with a buried porous semiconductor layers having different chemical composition than that of its monocrystalline semiconductor superlattice are discussed. Lattices of alternating layers of monocrystalline silicon and porous silicon-germanium have been produced. These single crystal lattices have been fabricated by epitaxial growth of Si and Si-Ge layers followed by patterning into mesa structures. The mesa structures are strain etched resulting in porosification of the Si-Ge layers with a minor amount of porosification of the monocrystalline Si layers. Thicker Si-Ge layers produced in a similar manner emitted visible light at room temperature.

  9. Effective Heat and Mass Transport Properties of Anisotropic Porous Ceria for Solar Thermochemical Fuel Generation

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    Sophia Haussener

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available High-resolution X-ray computed tomography is employed to obtain the exact 3D geometrical configuration of porous anisotropic ceria applied in solar-driven thermochemical cycles for splitting H2O and CO2. The tomography data are, in turn, used in direct pore-level numerical simulations for determining the morphological and effective heat/mass transport properties of porous ceria, namely: porosity, specific surface area, pore size distribution, extinction coefficient, thermal conductivity, convective heat transfer coefficient, permeability, Dupuit-Forchheimer coefficient, and tortuosity and residence time distributions. Tailored foam designs for enhanced transport properties are examined by means of adjusting morphologies of artificial ceria samples composed of bimodal distributed overlapping transparent spheres in an opaque medium.

  10. Nanomechanical properties of thick porous silicon layers grown on p- and p+-type bulk crystalline Si

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    Charitidis, C.A., E-mail: charitidis@chemeng.ntua.gr [National Technical University of Athens, School of Chemical Engineering 9 Heroon Polytechniou St., 15780 Zographos, Athens (Greece); Skarmoutsou, A. [National Technical University of Athens, School of Chemical Engineering 9 Heroon Polytechniou St., 15780 Zographos, Athens (Greece); Nassiopoulou, A.G.; Dragoneas, A. [IMEL/NCSR Demokritos, P.O. Box 60228, 153 10 Aghia Paraskevi Attikis, Athens (Greece)

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} The nanomechanical properties of bulk crystalline Si. {yields} The nanomechanical properties of porous Si. {yields} The elastic-plastic deformation of porous Si compared to bulk crystalline quantified by nanoindentation data analysis. - Abstract: The nanomechanical properties and the nanoscale deformation of thick porous Si (PSi) layers of two different morphologies, grown electrochemically on p-type and p+-type Si wafers were investigated by the depth-sensing nanoindentation technique over a small range of loads using a Berkovich indenter and were compared with those of bulk crystalline Si. The microstructure of the thick PSi layers was characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy. PSi layers on p+-type Si show an anisotropic mesoporous structure with straight vertical pores of diameter in the range of 30-50 nm, while those on p-type Si show a sponge like mesoporous structure. The effect of the microstructure on the mechanical properties of the layers is discussed. It is shown that the hardness and Young's modulus of the PSi layers exhibit a strong dependence on their microstructure. In particular, PSi layers with the anisotropic straight vertical pores show higher hardness and elastic modulus values than sponge-like layers. However, sponge-like PSi layers reveal less plastic deformation and higher wear resistance compared with layers with straight vertical pores.

  11. Nanomechanical properties of thick porous silicon layers grown on p- and p+-type bulk crystalline Si

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    Highlights: → The nanomechanical properties of bulk crystalline Si. → The nanomechanical properties of porous Si. → The elastic-plastic deformation of porous Si compared to bulk crystalline quantified by nanoindentation data analysis. - Abstract: The nanomechanical properties and the nanoscale deformation of thick porous Si (PSi) layers of two different morphologies, grown electrochemically on p-type and p+-type Si wafers were investigated by the depth-sensing nanoindentation technique over a small range of loads using a Berkovich indenter and were compared with those of bulk crystalline Si. The microstructure of the thick PSi layers was characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy. PSi layers on p+-type Si show an anisotropic mesoporous structure with straight vertical pores of diameter in the range of 30-50 nm, while those on p-type Si show a sponge like mesoporous structure. The effect of the microstructure on the mechanical properties of the layers is discussed. It is shown that the hardness and Young's modulus of the PSi layers exhibit a strong dependence on their microstructure. In particular, PSi layers with the anisotropic straight vertical pores show higher hardness and elastic modulus values than sponge-like layers. However, sponge-like PSi layers reveal less plastic deformation and higher wear resistance compared with layers with straight vertical pores.

  12. Crack Growth along Interfaces in Porous Ceramic Layers

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    Sørensen, Bent F.; Horsewell, Andy

    2001-01-01

    Crack growth along porous ceramic layers was studied experimentally. Double cantilever beam sandwich specimens were loaded with pure bending moments to obtain stable crack growth. The experiments were conducted in an environmental scanning electron microscope enabling in situ observations of...

  13. Natural convection in superposed fluid-porous layers

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    Bagchi, Aniruddha

    2013-01-01

    Natural Convection in Composite Fluid-Porous Domains provides a timely overview of the current state of understanding on the phenomenon of convection in composite fluid-porous layers. Natural convection in horizontal fluid-porous layers has received renewed attention because of engineering problems such as post-accident cooling of nuclear reactors, contaminant transport in groundwater, and convection in fibrous insulation systems. Because applications of the problem span many scientific domains, the book serves as a valuable resource for a wide audience.

  14. Lamb waves in a thin isotropic layer between two anisotropic layers

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    ZHANG Haiyan; ZHOU Quan; L(U) Donghui

    2004-01-01

    Attenuative Lamb wave propagation in adhesively bonded anisotropic composite plates is introduced. The isotropic adhesive exhibits viscous behavior to stimulate the poor curing of the middle layer. Viscosity is assumed to vary linearly with frequency, implying that attenuation per wavelength is constant. Attenuation can be implemented in the analysis through modification of elastic properties of isotropic adhesive. The new properties become complex, but cause no further complications in the analysis. The characteristic equation is the same as that used for the elastic plate case, except that both real and imaginary parts of the wave number (i.e., the attenuation) must be computed. Based on the Lowe's solution in finding the complex roots of characteristic equation, the effect of longitudinal and shear attenuation coefficients of the middle adhesive layer on phase velocity dispersion curves and attenuation dispersion curves of Lamb waves propagating in bonded anisotropic composites is visualized numerically.

  15. The unsteady flow of a weakly compressible fluid in a thin porous layer. I: Two-dimensional theory

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    Needham, D. J.; Langdon, Stephen; Busswell, G. S.; Gilchrist, J. P.

    2009-01-01

    We consider the problem of determining the pressure and velocity fields for a weakly compressible fluid flowing in a two-dimensional reservoir in an inhomogeneous, anisotropic porous medium, with vertical side walls and variable upper and lower boundaries, in the presence of vertical wells injecting or extracting fluid. Numerical solution of this problem may be expensive, particularly in the case that the depth scale of the layer h is small compared to the horizontal length scale l. This is...

  16. Layer like porous materials with hierarchical structure

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    Roth, W. J.; Gil, B.; Makowski, W.; Marszalek, B.; Eliášová, Pavla

    -, - (2016). ISSN 0306-0012 R&D Projects: GA ČR GBP106/12/G015 Institutional support: RVO:61388955 Keywords : porous materials * physical chemistry Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 33.383, year: 2014

  17. A 3D porous media liver lobule model: the importance of vascular septa and anisotropic permeability for homogeneous perfusion.

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    Debbaut, Charlotte; Vierendeels, Jan; Siggers, Jennifer H; Repetto, Rodolfo; Monbaliu, Diethard; Segers, Patrick

    2014-01-01

    The hepatic blood circulation is complex, particularly at the microcirculatory level. Previously, 2D liver lobule models using porous media and a 3D model using real sinusoidal geometries have been developed. We extended these models to investigate the role of vascular septa (VS) and anisotropic permeability. The lobule was modelled as a hexagonal prism (with or without VS) and the tissue was treated as a porous medium (isotropic or anisotropic permeability). Models were solved using computational fluid dynamics. VS inclusion resulted in more spatially homogeneous perfusion. Anisotropic permeability resulted in a larger axial velocity component than isotropic permeability. A parameter study revealed that results are most sensitive to the lobule size and radial pressure drop. Our model provides insight into hepatic microhaemodynamics, and suggests that inclusion of VS in the model leads to perfusion patterns that are likely to reflect physiological reality. The model has potential for applications to unphysiological and pathological conditions. PMID:23237543

  18. Transverse mixing in three-dimensional nonstationary anisotropic heterogeneous porous media

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    Cirpka, Olaf; Chiogna, Gabriele; Rolle, Massimo;

    2015-01-01

    Groundwater plumes originating from continuously emitting sources are typically controlled by transverse mixing between the plume and reactants in the ambient solution. In two-dimensional domains, heterogeneity causes only weak enhancement of transverse mixing in steady-state flows. In three......-dimensional domains, more complex flow patterns are possible because streamlines can twist. In particular, spatially varying orientation of anisotropy can cause steady-state groundwater whirls. We analyze steady-state solute transport in three-dimensional locally isotropic heterogeneous porous media with blockwise...... anisotropic correlation structure, in which the principal directions of anisotropy differ from block to block. For this purpose, we propose a transport scheme that relies on advective transport along streamlines and transverse-dispersive mass exchange between them based on Voronoi tessellation. We compare...

  19. A linear analytical study of Soret-driven ferrothermohaline convection in an anisotropic porous medium

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    Sekar, R., E-mail: rsekar@pec.edu [Department of Mathematics, Pondicherry Engineering College, Puducherry 605014 (India); Raju, K. [Department of Mathematics, Pondicherry Engineering College, Puducherry 605014 (India); Vasanthakumari, R. [Kasthurba College for Women, Villianur, Puducherry 605110 (India)

    2013-04-15

    The Soret-driven ferrothermoconvective instability of multi- component fluid in an anisotropic porous medium heated from below and salted from above has been analyzed using Brinkman model for various values of anisotropic parameter. The salinity effect is contained in magnetization and density of the ferrofluid and the system is assumed to have anisotropy in the vertical direction and isotropy in the horizontal direction. A small perturbation imparted on the basic state and a linear stability analysis is used for this model for which the normal mode technique is applied. The present analysis has been carried out through both stationary as well as oscillatory modes. The vertical anisotropy tends to destabilize the system. -- Highlights: ► We examine the effect of anisotropy and magnetization of convection in Soret effect. ► The system loses its stability for critical Rayleigh number for various parameters like R{sub s} and K{sub 1}. ► The larger temperature difference is needed to guarantee the occurring of convection. ► The Soret effect plays a dominant role for the stability of the system.

  20. A linear analytical study of Soret-driven ferrothermohaline convection in an anisotropic porous medium

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    The Soret-driven ferrothermoconvective instability of multi- component fluid in an anisotropic porous medium heated from below and salted from above has been analyzed using Brinkman model for various values of anisotropic parameter. The salinity effect is contained in magnetization and density of the ferrofluid and the system is assumed to have anisotropy in the vertical direction and isotropy in the horizontal direction. A small perturbation imparted on the basic state and a linear stability analysis is used for this model for which the normal mode technique is applied. The present analysis has been carried out through both stationary as well as oscillatory modes. The vertical anisotropy tends to destabilize the system. -- Highlights: ► We examine the effect of anisotropy and magnetization of convection in Soret effect. ► The system loses its stability for critical Rayleigh number for various parameters like Rs and K1. ► The larger temperature difference is needed to guarantee the occurring of convection. ► The Soret effect plays a dominant role for the stability of the system

  1. Atomic Layer Epitaxial Growth of Gaas on Porous Silicon Substrate

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    Mohamed Lajnef

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available GaAs thin film has been grown on porous silicon by metal organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD for different growth temperatures using atomic layer epitaxy (ALE technique. The morphology of GaAs layer was investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM. The effect of growth temperature is studied using photoluminescence measurements (PL.The photoluminescence spectra revealed a dissymmetry form toward high energies attributed to strain effect resulting from the lattice mismatch between GaAs and porous Si substrate.

  2. Multiphase flow simulation with gravity effect in anisotropic porous media using multipoint flux approximation

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    Negara, Ardiansyah

    2015-03-04

    Numerical investigations of two-phase flows in anisotropic porous media have been conducted. In the flow model, the permeability has been considered as a full tensor and is implemented in the numerical scheme using the multipoint flux approximation within the framework of finite difference method. In addition, the experimenting pressure field approach is used to obtain the solution of the pressure field, which makes the matrix of coefficient of the global system easily constructed. A number of numerical experiments on the flow of two-phase system in two-dimensional porous medium domain are presented. In this work, the gravity is included in the model to capture the possible buoyancy-driven effects due to density differences between the two phases. Different anisotropy scenarios have been considered. From the numerical results, interesting patterns of the flow, pressure, and saturation fields emerge, which are significantly influenced by the anisotropy of the absolute permeability field. It is found that the two-phase system moves along the principal direction of anisotropy. Furthermore, the effects of anisotropy orientation on the flow rates and the cross flow index are also discussed in the paper.

  3. Gas sensors based on silicon devices with a porous layer

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    Barillaro, G.; Diligenti, A.; Nannini, A.; Strambini, L. M.

    2005-06-01

    In this work two silicon devices, that is a FET and a p crystalline silicon resistor having porous silicon as adsorbing layer are presented as gas sensors. Owing to they are easily integrable with silicon electronics, these devices could represent an improvement of the functionality of silicon for sensor applications. Unlike other porous silicon-based sensors, in this case the sensing variable is a current flowing in the crystalline silicon, so that the porous silicon film has only the function of adsorbing layer and its properties, electrical or optical, are not directly involved in the measurement. The fabrication processes and an electrical characterization in presence of isopropanol vapors are presented and discussed for both devices.

  4. X-ray and scanning electron microscopic investigation of porous silicon and silicon epitaxial layers grown on porous silicon

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    The 1 to 5 μm thick layers of porous silicon and epitaxial layers grown on porous silicon were studied by means of X-ray diffraction methods, realised with a wide use of synchrotron source and scanning microscopy. The results of x-ray investigation pointed the difference of lateral periodicity between the porous layer and the substrate. It was also found that the deposition of epitaxial layer considerably reduced the coherence of porous fragments. A number of interface phenomena was also observed in section and plane wave topographs. The scanning electron microscopic investigation of cleavage faces enabled direct evaluation of porous layer thickness and revealed some details of their morphology. The scanning observation of etched surfaces of epitaxial layers deposited on porous silicon revealed dislocations and other defects not reasonable in the X-ray topographs. (author)

  5. Boundary Layer Flows in Porous Media with Lateral Mass Flux

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    Nemati, H; H, Bararnia; Noori, F;

    2015-01-01

    Solutions for free convection boundary layers on a heated vertical plate with lateral mass flux embedded in a saturated porous medium are presented using the Homotopy Analysis Method and Shooting Numerical Method. Homotopy Analysis Method yields an analytic solution in the form of a rapidly...

  6. Plasma resonance in anisotropic layered high-Tc superconductors

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    Sakai, Shigeki; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    1999-01-01

    The plasma resonance is described theoretically by the inductive coupling model for a large stacked Josephson-junction system such as the intrinsic Josephson-junction array in anisotropic high- T-c superconductors. Eigenmodes of the plasma oscillation are analytically described and a numerical...

  7. Spectral magnetotelluric impedances for an anisotropic layered conductor

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    Pek, Josef

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 50, č. 4 (2002), s. 619-643. ISSN 0001-5725 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA205/99/0917; GA MŠk ME 185 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z3012916 Keywords : magnetotelluric impedance * anisotropic conductor * electromagnetic induction Subject RIV: DE - Earth Magnetism, Geodesy, Geography

  8. Description of a Furnace for the Creation of Anisotropic Porous Metals

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    Gutsch, Thomas; Miszkiel, Mark; Schmale, David T.

    1999-05-01

    A furnace has been built for the purpose of producing anisotropic porous metals through solid-gas eutectic solidification. This process allows control of continuously formed anisotropic pores in metals and was discovered at the State Metallurgical Academic' University in Dnepropetrovsk Ukraine. The process incorporates hydrogen gas within the metal as it solidifies from the molten state. Metals which do not form hydrides, including iron, nickel, aluminum, copper and others can be formed in this manner. The furnace is housed within a ~.64 meter³ (30 ft³) ASME code stamped cylindrical stainless steel vacuum/pressure vessel. The vessel is a water chilled vertical cylinder with removable covers at the top and bottom. It can be evacuated to 20 mTorr or pressurized to 5.5 MPa (800 psi). A charge of 2700 cc (167 in³) of molten metal can be melted in a crucible in the upper portion within a watercooled 30 cm (12 in.) ID induction coil. A 175 kW Inductotherm power source energizes the coil. Vertical actuation of a ceramic stopper rod allows the molten metal to be tapped into a solidification mold beneath the melting crucible. The cylindrical mold rests on a water cooled copper base inducing directional solidification from the bottom. Mixtures of hydrogen and argon gases are introduced during the process. The system is remotely controlled and located in a structure with frangible walls specially designed for possible ambient pressure excursions as a result of equipment failure. This paper includes a general description of the furnace and operating procedure and a detailed description of the control, monitoring and interlock systems.

  9. Combined analyses of ion beam synthesized layers in porous silicon

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    High dose ion implantation was used to form polycrystalline silicide films on porous silicon with different native concentrations of light impurities (C and O). Porous silicon layers several μm thick were implanted with 170 KeV Cr+ ions to fluences of 3x10'17 ions/cm2 both at room temperature and 450 oC. Similar samples were implanted with 100 keV Co+ ions to fluences of 2x1017 ions/cm2 at room temperature and 350 oC and 450 oC. The formed silicide compounds were studied by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, elastic recoil detection, glancing incidence X-ray diffraction, and four point-probe sheet resistance measurements. Selected Co implanted samples were analysed by cross-section transmission electron microscopy. Results show that the light impurities were partially expelled from the forming silicide layer. Combining cross-section transmission electron microscopy with ion beam methods it was possible to show that, in the implanted region, the porous structure collapses and densities during implantation, but the underlying porous silicon remains intact. The layer structure as well as the quality and type of the formed silicide, were found to depend on the original impurity level, implantation temperature, and annealing. (author)

  10. The propagation of Lamb waves in an anisotropic plate bordered with liquid layers

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    YAN Ping; ZHU Zhemin; DU Gonghuan

    2002-01-01

    Based on elastic wave propagation theory, the dispersion equation for a thin anisotropic plate (such as commonly used Zinc oxide in micro-transducers) bordered with liquid layers is derived. Higher symmetry crystals, such as orthorhombic, tetragonal, cubic, isotropic,are included in this analysis as well. For the case of one liquid layer loading, numerical calculations show that the phase velocity changes periodically with the thickness of the liquid layer.When the thickness 2d of the anisotropic plate is very small, mass sensing application of A0mode Lamb wave is also discussed.

  11. Strain-Engineering Anisotropic Electrical Conductance of Phosphorene and Few-Layer Black Phosphorus

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    Fei, Ruixiang; Yang, Li

    2014-01-01

    Newly fabricated monolayer phosphorene and its few-layer structures are expected to be promising for electronic and optical applications because of their finite direct band gaps and sizable but anisotropic electronic mobility. By first-principles simulations, we show that this unique anisotropic conductance can be controlled by using simple strain conditions. With the appropriate biaxial or uniaxial strain, we can rotate the preferred conducting direction by 90 degrees. This will be of useful...

  12. Coulomb drag in anisotropic systems: a theoretical study on a double-layer phosphorene

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    Saberi-Pouya, S.; Vazifehshenas, T.; Farmanbar, M.; Salavati-Fard, T.

    2016-01-01

    We theoretically study the Coulomb drag resistivity in a double-layer electron system with highly anisotropic parabolic band structure using Boltzmann transport theory. As an example, we consider a double-layer phosphorene on which we apply our formalism. This approach, in principle, can be tuned fo

  13. Numerical research on the anisotropic transport of thermal neutron in heterogeneous porous media with micron X-ray computed tomography

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    Yong Wang; Wenzheng Yue; Mo Zhang

    2016-01-01

    The anisotropic transport of thermal neutron in heterogeneous porous media is of great research interests in many fields. In this paper, it is the first time that a new model based on micron X-ray computed tomography (CT) has been proposed to simultaneously consider both the separation of matrix and pore and the distribution of mineral components. We apply the Monte Carlo method to simulate thermal neutrons transporting through the model along different directions, and meanwhile detect those ...

  14. Anisotropic Diffusion of Polyelectrolyte Chains within Multi-layer Films

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    Xu, Li [Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey; Kozlovskaya, Veronika [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Kharlampieva, Eugenia [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Ankner, John Francis [ORNL; Sukhishvili, Prof. Svetlana A. [Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey

    2012-01-01

    We found diffusion of polyelectrolyte chains within multilayer films to be highly anisotropic, with the preferential chain motion parallel to the substrate. The degree of anisotropy was quantified by a combination of fluorescence recovery after photobleaching and neutron reflectometry, probing chain diffusion in directions parallel and perpendicular to the substrate, respectively. Chain mobility was controlled by ionic strength of annealing solutions and steric hindrance to ionic pairing of interacting polyelectrolytes.

  15. POROUS MEMBRANE TEMPLATED SYNTHESIS OF POLYMER PILLARED LAYER

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    Zhong-wei Niu; Dan Li; Zhen-zhong Yang

    2003-01-01

    The anodic porous alumina membranes with a definite pore diameter and aspect ratio were used as templates to synthesize polymer pillared layer structures. The pillared polymer was produced in the template membrane pores, and the layer on the template surfaces. Rigid cured epoxy resin, polystyrene and soft hydrogel were chosen to confirm the methodology. The pillars were in the form of either tubes or fibers, which were controlled by the alumina membrane pore surface wettability. The structural features were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy results.

  16. Coulomb drag in anisotropic systems: a theoretical study on a double-layer phosphorene

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    Saberi-Pouya, S.; Vazifehshenas, T.; Farmanbar, M.; Salavati-fard, T.

    2016-07-01

    We theoretically study the Coulomb drag resistivity in a double-layer electron system with highly anisotropic parabolic band structure using Boltzmann transport theory. As an example, we consider a double-layer phosphorene on which we apply our formalism. This approach, in principle, can be tuned for other double-layered systems with paraboloidal band structures. Our calculations show the rotation of one layer with respect to another layer can be considered a way of controlling the drag resistivity in such systems. As a result of rotation, the off-diagonal elements of the drag resistivity tensor have non-zero values at any temperature. In addition, we show that the anisotropic drag resistivity is very sensitive to the direction of momentum transfer between two layers due to highly anisotropic inter-layer electron–electron interaction and also the plasmon modes. In particular, the drag anisotropy ratio, {ρyy}/{ρxx} , can reach up to ∼ 3 by changing the temperature. Furthermore, our calculations suggest that including the local field correction in the dielectric function changes the results significantly. Finally, We examine the dependence of drag resistivity and its anisotropy ratio on various parameters like inter-layer separation, electron density, short-range interaction and insulating substrate/spacer.

  17. Subsurface Flow Modeling in Single and Dual Continuum Anisotropic Porous Media using the Multipoint Flux Approximation Method

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    Negara, Ardiansyah

    2015-05-01

    Anisotropy of hydraulic properties of the subsurface geologic formations is an essential feature that has been established as a consequence of the different geologic processes that undergo during the longer geologic time scale. With respect to subsurface reservoirs, in many cases, anisotropy plays significant role in dictating the direction of flow that becomes no longer dependent only on driving forces like the pressure gradient and gravity but also on the principal directions of anisotropy. Therefore, there has been a great deal of motivation to consider anisotropy into the subsurface flow and transport models. In this dissertation, we present subsurface flow modeling in single and dual continuum anisotropic porous media, which include the single-phase groundwater flow coupled with the solute transport in anisotropic porous media, the two-phase flow with gravity effect in anisotropic porous media, and the natural gas flow in anisotropic shale reservoirs. We have employed the multipoint flux approximation (MPFA) method to handle anisotropy in the flow model. The MPFA method is designed to provide correct discretization of the flow equations for general orientation of the principal directions of the permeability tensor. The implementation of MPFA method is combined with the experimenting pressure field approach, a newly developed technique that enables the solution of the global problem breaks down into the solution of multitude of local problems. The numerical results of the study demonstrate the significant effects of anisotropy of the subsurface formations. For the single-phase groundwater flow coupled with the solute transport modeling in anisotropic porous media, the results shows the strong impact of anisotropy on the pressure field and the migration of the solute concentration. For the two-phase flow modeling with gravity effect in anisotropic porous media, it is observed that the buoyancy-driven flow, which emerges due to the density differences between the

  18. Time-dependent penetrative mixed convection in a porous layer

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    In the last few decades, heat and mass transfer in porous media have been studied extensively by many investigators. The main motivations behind these studies were the wide range of applications and the interaction of multiple processes. Examples include geothermal energy production, drying of porous media, high level nuclear waste disposal, and energy-related engineering technologies. Here, a general two-dimensional, time-dependent model has been developed to investigate the transfer of heat and mass in a liquid saturated porous layer locally heated from above. Both free and mixed convection are considered. For mixed convection an eternal flow is assumed to enter the two-dimensional domain in the horizontal direction. At a finite segment of the top wall, two types of heat sources are applied: a constant flux heat source and a time varying heat, constant flux source. The latter is a representation of heat released by spent nuclear fuel in a mined repository located above the layer. Both time-dependent and steady solutions of the flow and temperature fields are obtained. For natural convection, the effects of Rayleigh number on the Nusselt number are obtained. For mixed convection, the effects of both Rayleigh and Peclet numbers are studied. In addition, the effects of the aspect ratio, as well as the length of the heated zone are examined

  19. Growth Assisted by Glancing Angle Deposition: A New Technique to Fabricate Highly Porous Anisotropic Thin Films.

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    Sanchez-Valencia, Juan Ramon; Longtin, Remi; Rossell, Marta D; Gröning, Pierangelo

    2016-04-01

    We report a new methodology based on glancing angle deposition (GLAD) of an organic molecule in combination with perpendicular growth of a second inorganic material. The resulting thin films retain a very well-defined tilted columnar microstructure characteristic of GLAD with the inorganic material embedded inside the columns. We refer to this new methodology as growth assisted by glancing angle deposition or GAGLAD, since the material of interest (here, the inorganic) grows in the form of tilted columns, though it is deposited under a nonglancing configuration. As a "proof of concept", we have used silver and zinc oxide as the perpendicularly deposited material since they usually form ill-defined columnar microstructures at room temperature by GLAD. By means of our GAGLAD methodology, the typical tilted columnar microstructure can be developed for materials that otherwise do not form ordered structures under conventional GLAD. This simple methodology broadens significantly the range of materials where control of the microstructure can be achieved by tuning the geometrical deposition parameters. The two examples presented here, Ag/Alq3 and ZnO/Alq3, have been deposited by physical vapor deposition (PVD) and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), respectively: two different vacuum techniques that illustrate the generality of the proposed technique. The two type of hybrid samples present very interesting properties that demonstrate the potentiality of GAGLAD. On one hand, the Ag/Alq3 samples present highly optical anisotropic properties when they are analyzed with linearly polarized light. To our knowledge, these Ag/Alq3 samples present the highest angular selectivity reported in the visible range. On the other hand, ZnO/Alq3 samples are used to develop highly porous ZnO thin films by using Alq3 as sacrificial material. In this way, antireflective ZnO samples with very low refractive index and extinction coefficient have been obtained. PMID:26954074

  20. Three-Dimensional Lattice Boltzmann Simulation of Liquid Water Transport in Porous Layer of PEMFC

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    Bo Han

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available A three-dimensional two-phase lattice Boltzmann model (LBM is implemented and validated for qualitative study of the fundamental phenomena of liquid water transport in the porous layer of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC. In the present study, the three-dimensional microstructures of a porous layer are numerically reconstructed by a random generation method. The LBM simulations focus on the effects of the porous layer porosity and boundary liquid saturation on liquid water transport in porous materials. Numerical results confirm that liquid water transport is strongly affected by the microstructures in a porous layer, and the transport process prefers the large pores as its main pathway. The preferential transport phenomenon is more profound with a decreased porous layer porosity and/or boundary liquid saturation. In the transport process, the breakup of a liquid water stream can occur under certain conditions, leading to the formation of liquid droplets inside the porous layer. This phenomenon is related to the connecting bridge or neck resistance dictated by the surface tension, and happens more frequently with a smaller porous layer porosity. Results indicate that an optimized design of porous layer porosity and the combination of various pore sizes may improve both the liquid water removal and gaseous reactant transport in the porous layer of a PEMFC.

  1. Augmentation of heat transfer from a solid cylinder wrapped with a porous layer

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    Bhattacharyya, S.; Singh, Ashok

    In the present study, the heat transfer from a porous wrapped solid cylinder is considered. The heated cylinder is placed horizontally and is subjected to a uniform cross-flow. The aim is to investigate the heat transfer augmentation through the inclusion of a porous wrapper. The porous layer is of...... value of porous layer thickness for heat transfer augmentation and its dependence on other properties of the porous foam is obtained. The flow field is analyzed through a single domain approach in which the porous layer is considered as a pseudo-fluid and the composite region as a continuum. A pressure...... correction based iterative algorithm is used for computation. Our results show that a thin porous wrapper of high thermal conductivity can enhance the rate of heat transfer substantially. Periodic vortex shedding is observed from the porous shrouded solid cylinder for high values of Reynolds number. The...

  2. Effective reactive surface area: An anisotropic property of physically and chemically heterogeneous porous media

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    Although transport calculations are often formulated in terms of mass-based isotropic distribution coefficients, it is the abundance of reactive surface areas of subsurface materials that controls contaminant adsorption. In water-saturated homogeneous systems devoid of advective fluxes (e.g., batch experiments), the available reactive surface area is similar to the total surface area (as measured by conventional methods such as BET gas adsorption). However, in physically and chemically heterogeneous systems with advective fluxes, the effective reactive surface area (i.e., the surface area that a packet of advecting water interacts with) is smaller than the laboratory measured surface area and is a complex function of advective velocity and the correlation structures of the physical and chemical heterogeneities. Theoretical derivations for an important but simple type of heterogeneity (fine-scale horizontal layering) suggest that the effective reactive surface area is an anisotropic property of the medium and is inversely correlated with the anisotropy in hydraulic conductivity. The implications of reactive transport anisotropy include the concept that the retardation factor should be treated as a directional property rather than being treated as a constant. Furthermore, because of the inverse relationship between effective reactive surface area and hydraulic conductivity, batch adsorption experiments tend to overestimate the retention of contaminants relative to intact natural materials

  3. Gravity-Driven Instability in a Liquid Film Overlying an Inhomogeneous Porous Layer

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    ZHAO Si-Cheng; LIU Qiu-Sheng; NGUYEN-THI Henri; BILLIA Bernard

    2011-01-01

    @@ A new model consisting of a liquid film overlying a saturated and inhomogeneous porous layer is investigated.We concentrate on effects of inhomogeneity on transition of instability modes.Influences of the averaged porosity and the gradient of porosity distribution on the instability behaviors of a liquid-porous layer system are emphasized.The average permeability of the porous layer is a key factor to determine the penetration of convection in the system.%A new model consisting of a liquid film overlying a saturated and inhomogeneous porous layer is investigated. We concentrate on effects of inhomogeneity on transition of instability modes. Influences of the averaged porosity and the gradient of porosity distribution on the instability behaviors of a liquid-porous layer system are emphasized.The average permeability of the porous layer is a key factor to determine the penetration of convection in the system.

  4. Streamline Simulation of a Two-Phase Flow in Heterogeneous and Anisotropic Porous Media

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    Cervantes, D.; Salazar, A.; de la Cruz, L.

    2013-05-01

    numerical errors on the solution. The domain of study is a heterogeneous and anisotropic porous media, with several distributions of injector and producer wells. [1] Muskat, M. and Wyckoff, R.: "Theoretical Analysis of Waterfooding Networks," Trans. AIME (1934) 107, 62-77.

  5. Epitaxial Growth of High-Quality Silicon Films on Double-Layer Porous Silicon

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    黄宜平; 竺士炀; 李爱珍; 王瑾; 黄靖云; 叶志镇

    2001-01-01

    The epitaxial growth of a high-quality silicon layer on double-layer porous silicon by ultra-high vacuum/chemical vapour deposition has been reported. The two-step anodization process results in a double-layer porous silicon structure with a different porosity. This double-layer porous silicon structure and an extended low-temperature annealing in a vacuum system was found to be helpful in subsequent silicon epitaxial growth. X-ray diffraction,cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy and spreading resistance testing were used in this work to study the properties of epitaxial silicon layers grown on the double-layer porous silicon. The results show that the epitaxial silicon layer is of good crystallinity and the same orientation with the silicon substrate and the porous silicon layer.

  6. Prediction of anisotropic transport in Nafion containing catalyst layers

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    Dorenbos, G.; Pomogaev, V.A.; Takigawa, M. [Knowledgenet Co., Lofty Chuo Bldg. (9F), 1-17-24, Shinkawa, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0033 (Japan); Toyota Motor Co., Future Project Division, 1200 Mishuku, Susono, Shizuoka 410-1193 (Japan); Morohoshi, K. [Toyota Motor Co., Future Project Division, 1200 Mishuku, Susono, Shizuoka 410-1193 (Japan)

    2010-01-15

    Using dissipative particle dynamics we model phase separation within Nafion electrolytes of thickness between 5 and 10 nm containing 20 volume percent water, sandwiched between a carbon catalyst support (CCS) layer and air. The diffusion pathway for protons and water is probed by Monte Carlo trajectory calculations. While varying the interactions between CCS and water, diffusion parallel to the CCS is predicted to be highest and perpendicular diffusion to be lowest for a hydrophilic CCS. This is explained by variations in water density profiles along the perpendicular direction, which act as bottlenecks for diffusion. Increasing the hydrophobic character of the CCS lifts up these bottlenecks. (author)

  7. Generalized transfer matrix method for propagation of surface waves in layered azimuthally anisotropic half-space

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    Liu, Tianyun; Zhao, Chongbin; Duan, Yunling

    2012-08-01

    This paper presents a systematic and efficient method, namely the generalized transfer matrix method, for evaluating the dispersion curves and eigenfunctions of surface waves in multilayered azimuthally anisotropic half-space. Apart from avoiding the well-known numerical difficulties associated with the existing Thomson-Haskell method, the generalized transfer matrix method possesses the robust determination of independent polarization vectors by using the singular value decomposition (SVD) approach, the explicit inversion of the 6 × 6 eigencolumn matrix without any resort to numerical inversion and the efficient computation of eigenfunctions for layered azimuthally anisotropic media. By means of straightforward transformations, the generalized transfer matrix method leads to a twofold recursive algorithm: (1) for the recursive computation of phase velocities it starts from the bottom half-space to the top layer and (2) for the recursive solution of eigenfunctions it starts from the top layer to the bottom half-space. While keeping the simplicity of the Thomson-Haskell transfer matrix method, the generalized transfer matrix method is of unconditional stability and computational efficiency. The related numerical examples demonstrate that the generalized transfer matrix method is a powerful and robust tool for simulating the propagation of elastic surface waves in the layered azimuthally anisotropic half-space.

  8. Ultralight anisotropic foams from layered aligned carbon nanotube sheets

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    Faraji, Shaghayegh; L. Stano, Kelly; Yildiz, Ozkan; Li, Ang; Zhu, Yuntian; Bradford, Philip D.

    2015-10-01

    In this work, we present large scale, ultralight aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) structures which have densities an order of magnitude lower than CNT arrays, have tunable properties and exhibit resiliency after compression. By stacking aligned sheets of carbon nanotubes and then infiltrating with a pyrolytic carbon (PyC), resilient foam-like materials were produced that exhibited complete recovery from 90% compressive strain. With density as low as 3.8 mg cm-3, the foam structure is over 500 times less dense than bulk graphite. Microscopy revealed that PyC coated the junctions among CNTs, and also increased CNT surface roughness. These changes in the morphology explain the transition from inelastic behavior to foam-like recovery of the layered CNT sheet structure. Mechanical and thermal properties of the foams were tuned for different applications through variation of PyC deposition duration while dynamic mechanical analysis showed no change in mechanical properties over a large temperature range. Observation of a large and linear electrical resistance change during compression of the aligned CNT/carbon (ACNT/C) foams makes strain/pressure sensors a relevant application. The foams have high oil absorption capacities, up to 275 times their own weight, which suggests they may be useful in water treatment and oil spill cleanup. Finally, the ACNT/C foam's high porosity, surface area and stability allow for demonstration of the foams as catalyst support structures.In this work, we present large scale, ultralight aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) structures which have densities an order of magnitude lower than CNT arrays, have tunable properties and exhibit resiliency after compression. By stacking aligned sheets of carbon nanotubes and then infiltrating with a pyrolytic carbon (PyC), resilient foam-like materials were produced that exhibited complete recovery from 90% compressive strain. With density as low as 3.8 mg cm-3, the foam structure is over 500 times less dense than

  9. Strongly Resonant Transmission of Electromagnetic Radiation in Periodic Anisotropic Layered Media

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    Chabanov, A A

    2007-01-01

    The electromagnetic dispersion in periodic layered media can be tailored and their resonant properties can be considerably improved by utilizing anisotropic materials. Periodic structures with a photonic band edge split into two parts, or so-called split band edge, exhibit superior resonant properties including exceptionally high values of Q of their transmission resonances and nearly perfect impedance matching at the boundaries, even when the number of unit cells N is not large. A microwave transmission resonance of Q~1600 is demonstrated in a periodic stack of form-birefringent layers of N=12 realized in waveguide geometry.

  10. Metal contact, resistivity and Hall measurement studies of a quasi monocrystalline porous silicon layer vis-à-vis porous silicon

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    Low-porosity (∼20–30%) porous silicon produced by electrochemical anodization was thermally annealed at high temperature (1050–1100 °C) for 30 min in H2 atmosphere to convert it to quasi monocrystalline porous silicon (QMPS). Grazing incidence x-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy confirmed the formation of QMPS. The electrical contacts to QMPS layers were studied with Au and Al and compared with that of porous silicon. Al confirmed the ohmic nature to QMPS. The resistivity of QMPS layers was in the range of 5–20 Ω cm as determined by a two-point probe as well as by van der Pauw methods. The average hole mobility (71 cm2 V−1 s−1) obtained from Hall effect studies agreed well with the reported value (67 cm2 V−1 s−1). The QMPS layer thus obtained may be a potential active material for solar cells after successful layer transfer

  11. Polarisations of quasi-waves in a general anisotropic porous solid saturated with viscous liquid

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    M D Sharma

    2005-08-01

    Wave propagation is studied in a general anisotropic poroelastic solid saturated with a viscous fluid flowing through its pores of anisotropic permeability. The extended version of Biot's theory is used to derive a system of modified Christoffel equations for the propagation of plane harmonic waves in such media. The non-trivial solution of this system is ensured by a biquadratic equation whose roots represent the complex velocities of four attenuating quasi-waves in the medium. These complex velocities define phase velocity and attenuation of each quasi-wave propagating along a given phase direction in three-dimensional space. The solution itself defines the polarisations of the quasi-waves along with phase shift. The variations of polarisations of quasi-waves with their phase direction, are computed for a realistic numerical model.

  12. Anisotropic Elastic Properties of Flexible Metal-Organic Frameworks: How Soft are Soft Porous Crystals?

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    Ortiz, Aurélie U.; Boutin, Anne; Fuchs, Alain H; Coudert, François-Xavier

    2012-01-01

    We performed ab initio calculations of the elastic constants of five flexible metal-organic frameworks: MIL-53(Al), MIL-53(Ga), MIL-47 and the square and lozenge structures of DMOF-1. Tensorial analysis of the elastic constants reveal a highly anisotropic elastic behavior, some deformation directions exhibiting very low Young's modulus and shear modulus. This anisotropy can reach a 400:1 ratio between the most rigid and weakest directions, in stark contrast with the case of non-flexible MOFs ...

  13. Discontinuous Galerkin Immersed Finite Volume Element Method for Anisotropic Flow Models in Porous Medium

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    Zhong-yan Liu; Huan-zhen Chen

    2014-01-01

    By choosing the trial function space to the immersed finite element space and the test function space to be piecewise constant function space, we develop a discontinuous Galerkin immersed finite volume element method to solve numerically a kind of anisotropic diffusion models governed by the elliptic interface problems with discontinuous tensor-conductivity. The existence and uniqueness of the discrete scheme are proved, and an optimal-order energy-norm estimate and ${L}^{2}$ -norm estimate f...

  14. The representation of flows to partially penetrating rivers from layered and anisotropic aquifers

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    Miles, J. C.

    1987-11-01

    It has previously been shown that it is possible to represent the flow of water from a homogeneous, isotropic aquifer to a river or drain by using a Dupuit-Forcheimer groundwater flow model coupled with equations to calculate the magnitude of the flow to the river. This work has now been extended to include anisotropic and layered aquifers. Results obtained from two-dimensional free surface seepage models are used to assess the accuracy of the results from the Dupuit-Forcheimer models. It is shown that such models can be used to accurately estimate the flow to a river for a wide variety of situations. Miles, 1985b.

  15. Modeling the effects of porous and semi-permeable layers on corrosion processes

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    Porous and semi-permeable layers play a role in many corrosion processes. Porous layers may simply affect the rate of corrosion by affecting the rate of mass transport of reactants and products to and from the corroding surface. Semi-permeable layers can further affect the corrosion process by reacting with products and/or reactants. Reactions in semi-permeable layers include redox processes involving electron transfer, adsorption, ion-exchange and complexation reactions and precipitation/dissolution processes. Examples of porous and semi-permeable layers include non-reactive salt films, precipitate layers consisting of redox-active species in multiple oxidation states (e.g., Fe oxide films), clay and soil layers and biofilms. Examples of these various types of processes will be discussed and modeling techniques developed from studies for the disposal of high-level nuclear waste presented

  16. Modelling the effects of porous and semi-permeable layers on corrosion processes

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    Porous and semi-permeable layers play a role in many corrosion processes. Porous layers may simply affect the rate of corrosion by affecting the rate of mass transport of reactants and products to and from the corroding surface. Semi-permeable layers can further affect the corrosion process by reacting with products and/or reactants. Reactions in semi-permeable layers include redox processes involving electron transfer, adsorption, ion-exchange and complexation reactions and precipitation/dissolution processes. Examples of porous and semi-permeable layers include non-reactive salt films, precipitate layers consisting of redox-active species in multiple oxidation states (e.g., Fe oxide films), clay and soil layers and biofilms. Examples of these various types of processes will be discussed and modelling techniques developed from studies for the disposal of high-level nuclear waste presented. (author). 48 refs., 1 tab., 12 figs

  17. Observation of anisotropic diffusion of light in compacted granular porous materials

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    Alerstam, Erik

    2011-01-01

    Employing spatially resolved photon time-of-flight spectroscopy, we reveal anisotropic diffusion of light in compressed granular media. Findings correlate well with recent reports of pore structural anisotropy and its pressure dependence, and significantly reshape our understanding of the optics of compacted granular matter. New routes to material characterization and investigations of compression-induced anisotropy are opened, and an urgent need for better understanding of the relation between compression, microstructure and light scattering is disclosed. Important implications for quantitative spectroscopy of powder compacts in general, and pharmaceutical tablets in particular, are also discussed.

  18. Anisotropic magnetic porous assemblies of oxide nanoparticles interconnected via silica bridges for catalytic application.

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    Wacker, Josias B; Parashar, Virendra K; Gijs, Martin A M

    2011-04-19

    We report the microfluidic chip-based assembly of colloidal silanol-functionalized silica nanoparticles using monodisperse water-in-oil droplets as templates. The nanoparticles are linked via silica bridges, thereby forming superstructures that range from doublets to porous spherical or rod-like micro-objects. Adding magnetite nanoparticles to the colloid generates micro-objects that can be magnetically manipulated. We functionalized such magnetic porous assemblies with horseradish peroxidase and demonstrate the catalytic binding of fluorescent dye-labeled tyramide over the complete effective surface of the superstructure. Such nanoparticle assemblies permit easy manipulation and recovery after a heterogeneous catalytic process while providing a large surface similar to that of the individual nanoparticles. PMID:21417232

  19. Generalized Lagrangian Coordinates for Transport and Two-Phase Flows in Heterogeneous Anisotropic Porous Media

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    Plouraboué, Franck; Bergeon, Alain; Azaïez, Mejdi

    2001-01-01

    We show how Lagrangian coordinates provide an effective representation of how difficult non-linear, hyperbolic transport problems in porous media can be dealt with. Recalling Lagrangian description first, we then derive some basic but remarkable properties useful for the numerical com- putation of projected transport operators. We furthermore introduce new generalized Lagrangian coordinates with their application to the Darcy–Muskat two-phase flow models. We show how these general...

  20. Mechanics of layered anisotropic poroelastic media with applications to effective stress for fluid permeability

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    2010-06-01

    The mechanics of vertically layered porous media has some similarities to and some differences from the more typical layered analysis for purely elastic media. Assuming welded solid contact at the solid-solid interfaces implies the usual continuity conditions, which are continuity of the vertical (layering direction) stress components and the horizontal strain components. These conditions are valid for both elastic and poroelastic media. Differences arise through the conditions for the pore pressure and the increment of fluid content in the context of fluid-saturated porous media. The two distinct conditions most often considered between any pair of contiguous layers are: (1) an undrained fluid condition at the interface, meaning that the increment of fluid content is zero (i.e., {delta}{zeta} = 0), or (2) fluid pressure continuity at the interface, implying that the change in fluid pressure is zero across the interface (i.e., {delta}p{sub f} = 0). Depending on the types of measurements being made on the system and the pertinent boundary conditions for these measurements, either (or neither) of these two conditions might be directly pertinent. But these conditions are sufficient nevertheless to be used as thought experiments to determine the expected values of all the poroelastic coefficients. For quasi-static mechanical changes over long time periods, we expect drained conditions to hold, so the pressure must then be continuous. For high frequency wave propagation, the pore-fluid typically acts as if it were undrained (or very nearly so), with vanishing of the fluid increment at the boundaries being appropriate. Poroelastic analysis of both these end-member cases is discussed, and the general equations for a variety of applications to heterogeneous porous media are developed. In particular, effective stress for the fluid permeability of such poroelastic systems is considered; fluid permeabilities characteristic of granular media or tubular pore shapes are treated

  1. The measurement of the shear modulus for polymer porous layer with two microphones

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    Gareton, Vincent; Lafarge, Denis; Sahraoui, Sohbi

    2009-01-01

    An experimental method is described for measuring the shear modulus of thin porous layer. An acoustical excitation with a loudspeaker and a simulation performed with the Biot theory allow measurement without any mechanical excitation.

  2. Method of producing buried porous silicon-geramanium layers in monocrystalline silicon lattices

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    Fathauer, Robert W. (Inventor); George, Thomas (Inventor); Jones, Eric W. (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    Lattices of alternating layers of monocrystalline silicon and porous silicon-germanium have been produced. These single crystal lattices have been fabricated by epitaxial growth of Si and Si--Ge layers followed by patterning into mesa structures. The mesa structures are stain etched resulting in porosification of the Si--Ge layers with a minor amount of porosification of the monocrystalline Si layers. Thicker Si--Ge layers produced in a similar manner emitted visible light at room temperature.

  3. Anisotropic elastic properties of flexible metal-organic frameworks: how soft are soft porous crystals?

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    Ortiz, Aurélie U; Boutin, Anne; Fuchs, Alain H; Coudert, François-Xavier

    2012-11-01

    We performed ab initio calculations of the elastic constants of five flexible metal-organic frameworks (MOFs): MIL-53(Al), MIL-53(Ga), MIL-47, and the square and lozenge structures of DMOF-1. Tensorial analysis of the elastic constants reveals a highly anisotropic elastic behavior, some deformation directions exhibiting very low Young's modulus and shear modulus. This anisotropy can reach a 400:1 ratio between the most rigid and weakest directions, in stark contrast to the case of nonflexible MOFs such as MOF-5 and ZIF-8. In addition, we show that flexible MOFs can display extremely large negative linear compressibility. These results uncover the microscopic roots of stimuli-induced structural transitions in flexible MOFs, by linking the local elastic behavior of the material and its multistability. PMID:23215398

  4. Instability modes of a two-layer Newtonian plane Couette flow past a porous medium

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    Praveen Kumar, A. Ananth; Goyal, Himanshu; Banerjee, Tamal; Bandyopadhyay, Dipankar

    2013-06-01

    We explore the salient features of the different instability modes of a pressure-driven two-layer plane Couette flow confined between a moving wall and a Darcy-Brinkman porous layer. A linear stability analysis of the conservation laws leads to an Orr-Sommerfeld system, which is solved numerically with appropriate boundary conditions to identify the time and length scales of the instability modes. The study reveals that the movement of the confining wall together with the slippage at the porous-liquid interface originating from the flow inside the porous layer can stimulate a pair of finite-wave-number shear modes in addition to the long-wave interfacial mode of instability. The shear modes dominate the interfacial mode, especially when the frictional influence at the liquid layers is smaller due to the movement of the confining plate or due to the larger slippage at the porous-liquid interface. The shear modes are found to be present under all combinations of the viscosity μr and thickness hr ratios of the liquid layers. This is in stark contrast to the two-layer flow confined between nonporous plates where the interfacial (shear) mode is observed only when μr>hr2 (μrflows where the presence of a bounding porous layer or moving wall can expedite the intermixing of layers to improve the multiphase mixing, heat and mass transfer, and emulsification characteristics.

  5. Layer-dependent anisotropic electronic structure of freestanding quasi-two-dimensional Mo S 2

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    Hong, Jinhua

    2016-02-29

    The anisotropy of the electronic transition is a well-known characteristic of low-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides, but their layer-thickness dependence has not been properly investigated experimentally until now. Yet, it not only determines the optical properties of these low-dimensional materials, but also holds the key in revealing the underlying character of the electronic states involved. Here we used both angle-resolved electron energy-loss spectroscopy and spectral analysis of angle-integrated spectra to study the evolution of the anisotropic electronic transition involving the low-energy valence electrons in the freestanding MoS2 layers with different thicknesses. We are able to demonstrate that the well-known direct gap at 1.8 eV is only excited by the in-plane polarized field while the out-of-plane polarized optical gap is 2.4 ± 0.2 eV in monolayer MoS2. This contrasts with the much smaller anisotropic response found for the indirect gap in the few-layer MoS2 systems. In addition, we determined that the joint density of states associated with the indirect gap transition in the multilayer systems and the corresponding indirect transition in the monolayer case has a characteristic three-dimensional-like character. We attribute this to the soft-edge behavior of the confining potential and it is an important factor when considering the dynamical screening of the electric field at the relevant excitation energies. Our result provides a logical explanation for the large sensitivity of the indirect transition to thickness variation compared with that for the direct transition, in terms of quantum confinement effect.

  6. Sintering of bi-layered porous structures: Stress development and shape evolution

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    Ni, De Wei; Esposito, Vincenzo; Ramousse, Severine; Pryds, Nini

    Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (CGO) and (La, Sr)MnO3 (LSM) are electro-ceramics materials with high potential for several electrochemical applications such as solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC), gas separation membranes, and flue gas purification application. In the latter case, these materials are shaped as thick...... porous layers and sintered by co-firing process. In this work, porous CGO and LSM/CGO single layers were prepared by tape casting, and CGO-LSM/CGO bi-layer structures were obtained by lamination. The shrinkage characteristics of individual layers were measured by optical dilatometry and the uniaxial...

  7. Numerical research on the anisotropic transport of thermal neutron in heterogeneous porous media with micron X-ray computed tomography

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    Wang, Yong; Yue, Wenzheng; Zhang, Mo

    2016-06-01

    The anisotropic transport of thermal neutron in heterogeneous porous media is of great research interests in many fields. In this paper, it is the first time that a new model based on micron X-ray computed tomography (CT) has been proposed to simultaneously consider both the separation of matrix and pore and the distribution of mineral components. We apply the Monte Carlo method to simulate thermal neutrons transporting through the model along different directions, and meanwhile detect those unreacted thermal neutrons by an array detector on the other side of the model. Therefore, the anisotropy of pore structure can be imaged by the amount of received thermal neutrons, due to the difference of rock matrix and pore-filling fluids in the macroscopic reaction cross section (MRCS). The new model has been verified by the consistent between the simulated data and the pore distribution from X-ray CT. The results show that the evaluation of porosity can be affected by the anisotropy of media. Based on the research, a new formula is developed to describe the correlation between the resolution of array detectors and the quality of imaging. The formula can be further used to analyze the critical resolution and the suitable number of thermal neutrons emitted in each simulation. Unconventionally, we find that a higher resolution cannot always lead to a better image.

  8. Integral superposition of paraxial Gaussian beams in inhomogeneous anisotropic layered structures in Cartesian coordinates

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    Červený, V.; Pšenčík, Ivan

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 25, - (2015), s. 109-155. ISSN 2336-3827 Institutional support: RVO:67985530 Keywords : integral superposition of paraxial Gaussian beams * inhomogeneous anisotropic media * S waves in weakly anisotropic media Subject RIV: DC - Siesmology, Volcanology, Earth Structure

  9. The magnetic field inside a layered anisotropic spherical conductor due to internal sources

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    Nieminen, Jaakko O.; Stenroos, Matti

    2016-01-01

    Recent advances in neuronal current imaging using magnetic resonance imaging and in invasive measurement of neuronal magnetic fields have given a need for methods to compute the magnetic field inside a volume conductor due to source currents that are within the conductor. In this work, we derive, verify, and demonstrate an analytical expression for the magnetic field inside an anisotropic multilayer spherically symmetric conductor due to an internal current dipole. We casted an existing solution for electric field to vector spherical harmonic (VSH) form. Next, we wrote an ansatz for the magnetic field using toroidal-poloidal decomposition that uses the same VSHs. Using properties of toroidal and poloidal components and VSHs and applying magnetic scalar potential, we then formulated a series expression for the magnetic field. The convergence of the solution was accelerated by formulating the solution using an addition-subtraction method. We verified the resulting formula against boundary-element method. The verification showed that the formulas and implementation are correct; 99th percentiles of amplitude and angle differences between the solutions were below 0.5% and 0.5°, respectively. As expected, the addition-subtraction model converged faster than the unaccelerated model; close to the source, 250 terms gave relative error below 1%, and the number of needed terms drops fast, as the distance to the source increases. Depending on model conductivities and source position, field patterns inside a layered sphere may differ considerably from those in a homogeneous sphere. In addition to being a practical modeling tool, the derived solution can be used to verify numerical methods, especially finite-element method, inside layered anisotropic conductors.

  10. Calculation of reflectance of porous silicon double-layer antireflection coating for silicon solar cells

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    Martirosyan, Kh.S.; Hovhannisyan, A.S.; Aroutiounian, V.M. [Department of Physics of Semiconductors and Microelectronics, Yerevan State University, 375025 Yerevan (Armenia)

    2007-07-01

    Calculations of the reflectance spectrum of the double-layer porous silicon antireflection coating for silicon solar cells were carried out using optical matrix approach method. Comparison of obtained reflectance spectrum of double-layer porous silicon with the spectra obtained experimentally without optimization of parameters of layers and for the SiO{sub 2}/TiO{sub 2} antireflection coating was shown lower reflectance value for this new construction proposed by us. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  11. Qualitative experiment of unsaturated water vadose through two-layer porous media

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    The method and main results of qualitative experiment of unsaturated water vadose through two-layer porous media is introduced in this paper. Two types of compositions of porous media, i.e. coarse-fine quartz sand (Type I) and quartz sand-loess (Type II), were used for the experiment. The experiment box is made of glass. And tracers used for the experiment are Rhodamine B and Eosin Y. The vadose path and expansion of tracers through two-layer porous media were observed under artificial sprinkling from top surface for 'top release' of Type I and II as well as for 'middle release' of Type II, respectively. The detouring flow phenomenon of unsaturated water through two-layer porous media is observed, whether they are made up of coarse and fine quartz sand or quartz sand and loess, even though the coarse particle layer is very thin. An obvious space is formed at the lower part of the coarse particle layer at longer time of releasing tracer from the top. And a narrow tracer zone is formed at the lower part of coarse particle layer for releasing tracer from mixed tracer and quartz sand layer in the middle of loess. The complementary scenario is observed for both mentioned above. Moreover, the tracer, which is initially put in coarse particle layer within loess, expanded up and down into loess and the expansion extent increases with retention period under no water sprinkling

  12. Fabrication of luminescent porous silicon with stain etches and evidence that luminescence originates in amorphous layers

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    Fathauer, R. W.; George, T.; Ksendzov, A.; Lin, T. L.; Pike, W. T.; Vasquez, R. P.; Wu, Z.-C.

    1992-01-01

    Simple immersion of Si in stain etches of HF:HNO3:H2O or NaNO2 in aqueous HF was used to produce films exhibiting luminescence in the visible similar to that of anodically-etched porous Si. All of the luminescent samples consist of amorphous porous Si in at least the near surface region. No evidence was found for small crystalline regions within these amorphous layers.

  13. Purification of silicon powder by the formation of thin porous layer followed byphoto-thermal annealing

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    Khalifa, Marouan; Hajji, Messaoud; Ezzaouia, Hatem

    2012-01-01

    Porous silicon has been prepared using a vapor-etching based technique on a commercial silicon powder. Strong visible emission was observed in all samples. Obtained silicon powder with a thin porous layer at the surface was subjected to a photo-thermal annealing at different temperatures under oxygen atmosphere followed by a chemical treatment. Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry results indicate that silicon purity is improved from 99.1% to 99.994% after annealing at 900°C.

  14. Anomalous long-term degradation of photoluminescence in porous silicon layers

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    The main systematic features of degradation of photoluminescence of porous silicon layers during long-term storage in air are studied. A profound increase in the photoluminescence intensity and a shift of the photoluminescence peak to shorter wavelengths in the optical spectra are observed for all samples. It is found that the degree of degradation depends on the initial crystallographic orientation of the silicon substrate. The decrease in the average diameters of silicon nanoclusters in porous silicon samples is attributed to chemical processes that occur at the developed porous surface with participation of atmospheric oxygen.

  15. Research of Porization and Adsorptions in High-Porous Adsorptive Layers of Vermiculite

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Adsorption capacity of the adsorbent is dependent on the concentration of the substance in the liquid or vapor phase, its partial pressure, temperature, and the initial state of the adsorbent. At the swelling a cellular porous structure is formed, total porosity that connects with the entered number and the content of the gaseous component masses. The rheological characteristics of porous masses have the decisive effect on the porous structure. Common state for all versions of swelling is a plastic-viscous porous mass condition during their porization. The interlayer structure and inter-packet intervals may be considered as vermiculite plate micropores with dimensions of 0.3 – 1.2 nm. Vermiculite cation exchange capacity is in the range of 100-150 mEq / 100 g, i.e. from clay minerals it is one of the most interchangeable. The research results of the internal structure of adsorption layers by the adsorption isotherms means indicative of the internal surface of the porous layer is characterized by an extremely complex and developed form and can be described by means of fractal geometry. A model of the geometric structure of mica materials formed in the process of blistering during heat treatment is developed. The presented model has sufficiently general form and can be used both in the organization of systematic experimental studies of porization and adsorption in the adsorption layers of highly porous, and for the porization vermiculite optimization.

  16. Dynamical analysis of multi-layered anisotropic cylindrical panels under thermal load

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    The increased use of composite materials in aerospace and mechanical engineering structures is due to their high stiffness and strength-to-weight ratio. Studies involving the thermoelastic behavior of composite plates and shells have received great attention in recent years. Thermoelastic problems of reinforced rectangular panels was investigated by Birman. In this paper the static response of isotropic reinforced panels in non-uniform thermal field is discussed. An exact three-dimensional thermoelasticity solution for a cross-ply cylindrical panel has been obtained by Huang and Tauchert using the power series method. Three-dimensional thermal stress analysis of laminated panels have been studied by Saha and Pabitra. Analytical three-dimensional thermoelasticity solutions are presented for static problems of simply supported sandwich panels and cylindrical shells subjected to mechanical load and temperature gradient with constant intensity at inner or outer surfaces by Scott and Noor. Thermoelasticity solution of multilayer anisotropic shells was studied by Shvets and Flyachok. In this paper , the complete system of basic equations of linear dynamic theory of thermal stresses in multilayer shells is developed with the allowance for transverse anisotropy of the material for each layer. In this paper the governing differential equations of motion in term of displacements for each layer of cylindrical panel are solved by enforcing continuity conditions and using Galerkin finite element method. Refs. 5 (author)

  17. Solving global problem by considering multitude of local problems: Application to fluid flow in anisotropic porous media using the multipoint flux approximation

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    Salama, Amgad

    2014-09-01

    In this work we apply the experimenting pressure field approach to the numerical solution of the single phase flow problem in anisotropic porous media using the multipoint flux approximation. We apply this method to the problem of flow in saturated anisotropic porous media. In anisotropic media the component flux representation requires, generally multiple pressure values in neighboring cells (e.g., six pressure values of the neighboring cells is required in two-dimensional rectangular meshes). This apparently results in the need for a nine points stencil for the discretized pressure equation (27 points stencil in three-dimensional rectangular mesh). The coefficients associated with the discretized pressure equation are complex and require longer expressions which make their implementation prone to errors. In the experimenting pressure field technique, the matrix of coefficients is generated automatically within the solver. A set of predefined pressure fields is operated on the domain through which the velocity field is obtained. Apparently such velocity fields do not satisfy the mass conservation equations entailed by the source/sink term and boundary conditions from which the residual is calculated. In this method the experimenting pressure fields are designed such that the residual reduces to the coefficients of the pressure equation matrix. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Models for seismic wave propagation in periodically layered porous media

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    Kudarova, A.; Van Dalen, K.N.; Drijkoningen, G.G.

    2014-01-01

    Several models are discussed for seismic wave propagation in periodically layered poroelastic media where layers represent mesoscopic-scale heterogeneities that are larger than the pore and grain sizes but smaller than the wavelength. The layers behave according to Biot’s theory. Wave propagation no

  19. Optimal damping ratios of multi-axial perfectly matched layers for elastic-wave modeling in general anisotropic media

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    Gao, Kai

    2016-01-01

    The conventional Perfectly Matched Layer (PML) is unstable for certain kinds of anisotropic media. This instability is intrinsic and independent of PML formulation or implementation. The Multi-axial PML (MPML) removes such instability using a nonzero damping coefficient in the direction parallel with the interface between a PML and the investigated domain. The damping ratio of MPML is the ratio between the damping coefficients along the directions parallel with and perpendicular to the interface between a PML and the investigated domain. No quantitative approach is available for obtaining these damping ratios for general anisotropic media. We develop a quantitative approach to determining optimal damping ratios to not only stabilize PMLs, but also minimize the artificial reflections from MPMLs. Numerical tests based on finite-difference method show that our new method can effectively provide a set of optimal MPML damping ratios for elastic-wave propagation in 2D and 3D general anisotropic media.

  20. Urban flood modeling with porous shallow-water equations: A case study of model errors in the presence of anisotropic porosity

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    Kim, Byunghyun; Sanders, Brett F.; Famiglietti, James S.; Guinot, Vincent

    2015-04-01

    Porous shallow-water models (porosity models) simulate urban flood flows orders of magnitude faster than classical shallow-water models due to a relatively coarse grid and large time step, enabling flood hazard mapping over far greater spatial extents than is possible with classical shallow-water models. Here the errors of both isotropic and anisotropic porosity models are examined in the presence of anisotropic porosity, i.e., unevenly spaced obstacles in the cross-flow and along-flow directions, which is common in practical applications. We show that porosity models are affected by three types of errors: (a) structural model error associated with limitations of the shallow-water equations, (b) scale errors associated with use of a relatively coarse grid, and (c) porosity model errors associated with the formulation of the porosity equations to account for sub-grid scale obstructions. Results from a unique laboratory test case with strong anisotropy indicate that porosity model errors are smaller than structural model errors, and that porosity model errors in both depth and velocity are substantially smaller for anisotropic versus isotropic porosity models. Test case results also show that the anisotropic porosity model is equally accurate as classical shallow-water models when compared directly to gage measurements, while the isotropic model is less accurate. Further, results show the anisotropic porosity model resolves flow variability at smaller spatial scales than the isotropic model because the latter is restricted by the assumption of a Representative Elemental Volume (REV) which is considerably larger than the size of obstructions. These results point to anisotropic porosity models as being well-suited to whole-city urban flood prediction, but also reveal that point-scale flow attributes relevant to flood risk such as localized wakes and wave reflections from flow obstructions may not be resolved.

  1. Experimental investigation on rainfall infiltration and solute transport in layered porous and fractured media

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    WANG Hui-fang; WANG Ming-yu

    2012-01-01

    Layered structures with upper porous and lower fractured media are widely distributed in the world.An experimental investigation on rainfall infiltration and solute transport in such layered structures can provide the necessary foundation for effectively preventing and forecasting water bursting in mines,controlling contamination of mine water,and accomplishing ecological restoration of mining areas.A typical physical model of the layered structures with porous and fractured media was created in this study.Then rainfall infiltration experiments were conducted after salt solution was sprayed on the surface of the layered structure.The volumetric water content and concentration of chlorine ions at different specified positions along the profile of the experiment system were measured in real-time.The experimental results showed that the lower fractured media,with a considerably higher permeability than that of the upper porous media,had significant effects on preventing water infiltration.Moreover,although the porous media were homogeneous statistically in the whole domain,spatial variations in the features of effluent concentrations with regards to time,or so called breakthrough curves,at various sampling points located at the horizontal plane in the porous media near the porous-fractured interface were observed,indicating the diversity of solute transport at small scales.Furthermore,the breakthrough curves of the outflow at the bottom,located beneath the underlying fractured rock,were able to capture and integrate features of the breakthrough curves of both the upper porous and fractured media,which exhibited multiple peaks,while the peak values were reduced one by one with time.

  2. Ceramic Membranes by Electrochemical Vapor Deposition of Zirconia-Yttria-Terbia Layers on Porous Substrates

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    Brinkman, Hendrik W.; Burggraaf, Anthonie J.

    1995-01-01

    By means of electrochemical vapor deposition (EVD), it is possible to grow thin, dense layers of zirconia/yttria/terbiasolid solution (ZYT) on porous ceramic substrates. These layers can be used as ceramic membranes for oxygen separation.The kinetics of the EVD process, the morphology of the grown layers and their oxygen permeation properties are investigated.At a deposition temperature of 800°C, the EVD layer growth is limited by bulk electrochemical transport. At 1000°Cthe layer growth is l...

  3. Vortex pumps in the crossing lattices regime of highly anisotropic layered superconductors

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    It is now well established that vortex dynamics in samples with a spatially asymmetric pinning potential can lead to rectifying vortex 'diode' behaviour. Spatial asymmetry is not a fundamental requirement for the control of vortex motion, however, and we demonstrate that vortex 'lensing' is possible in highly anisotropic layered superconductors simply under the action of non time-reversible trains of in-plane magnetic field pulses. Our devices depend crucially on the existence of 'crossing' pancake vortex (PV) and Josephson vortex (JV) lattices in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (BSCCO) single crystals under tilted magnetic fields. An attractive interaction between these two sub-lattices makes it possible to indirectly manipulate the PV distribution by modifying the JV lattice, and a number of functional devices based on this principle have been proposed. In our experiments a BSCCO single crystal is placed on a Hall probe array, and cooled below T c in a small out-of- plane magnetic field. Trains of sawtooth in-plane field pulses are then applied to the system and different elements of the Hall array used to demonstrate PV lensing or antilensing behaviour, depending on the pulse shape. The mechanism leading to lensing will be discussed and results compared with molecular dynamics simulations

  4. Forward modelling of multi-component induction logging tools in layered anisotropic dipping formations

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    Multi-component induction logging provides great assistance in the exploration of thinly laminated reservoirs. The 1D parametric inversion following an adaptive borehole correction is the key step in the data processing of multi-component induction logging responses. To make the inversion process reasonably fast, an efficient forward modelling method is necessary. In this paper, a modelling method has been developed to simulate the multi-component induction tools in deviated wells drilled in layered anisotropic formations. With the introduction of generalized reflection coefficients, the analytic expressions of magnetic field in the form of a Sommerfeld integral were derived. The fast numerical computation of the integral has been completed by using the fast Fourier–Hankel transform and fast Hankel transform methods. The latter is so time efficient that it is competent enough for real-time multi-parameter inversion. In this paper, some simulated results have been presented and they are in excellent agreement with the finite difference method code's solution. (paper)

  5. The Comparison of Engineering Properties Between Single and Double Layer Porous Asphalt made of Packing Gradation

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    Hardiman M. Y

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available is paper presents the comparison of engineering properties between single and double layer porous asphalt (SLPA and DLPA made of packing gradation. Three nominal maximum aggregate sizes (NMAS were tested each made up of 10, 14, and 20 mm for SLPA. While for the DLPA with 30, 20, and 15 mm top layer are made of 10 and 14 mm NMAS, with a base layer of 20 mm NMAS. Total thickness of all mixes is 70 mm. Binders used are 60/70 penetration base bitumen and polymer binder styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS. The result shows that the properties of SLPA mix namely permeability and resistance to abrasion loss decreases when the NMAS in SLPA decreases. The abrasion loss of DLPA mixes increases when the porous asphalt top layer thickness decreases, while drainage time value decreases. However, SLPA with 20 mm NMAS exhibits higher abrasion loss compared to all DLPA mixes.

  6. Improved Modeling Approaches for Constrained Sintering of Bi-Layered Porous Structures

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    Tadesse Molla, Tesfaye; Frandsen, Henrik Lund; Esposito, Vincenzo;

    2012-01-01

    Shape instabilities during constrained sintering experiment of bi-layer porous and dense cerium gadolinium oxide (CGO) structures have been analyzed. An analytical and a numerical model based on the continuum theory of sintering has been implemented to describe the evolution of bow and densificat...

  7. High-resolution synchrotron diffraction study of porous buffer InP(001) layers

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    Lomov, A. A.; Punegov, V. I.; Nohavica, Dušan; Chuev, M.A.; Vasiliev, A.L.; Novikov, D. V.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 47, č. 5 (2014), s. 1614-1625. ISSN 0021-8898 Institutional support: RVO:67985882 Keywords : porous layers * X-ray reciprocal space mapping * indium phosphide Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 3.720, year: 2014

  8. Improved tribological properties of TiC with porous nanostructured TiO2 intermediate layer

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    Highlights: ► The porous TiO2 nanoparticle coating is deposited as an intermediate layer on steel. ► A homogenous and low friction TiC nanostructure coating is deposited by plasma CVD. ► Intermediate layer can be determined the nucleation and growth of the TiC coating. ► The porous interlayer improves the friction and wear of the TiC nanostructure coating. - Abstract: The mismatch in the thermal expansion coefficients between TiC coatings and steel substrates and residual stress in the TiC degrade the tribological properties. In this work, a porous nanostructured TiO2 coating is deposited as an intermediate layer on hot-work steel (H11) before final deposition of the TiC film. This intermediate layer is expected to reduce the interfacial energy, decreases the thermal mismatch between TiC and steel, and improves the tribological properties. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and pin-on-disk are used to study the structure as well as tribological properties such as friction, wear, and hardness. Our results reveal that the porous TiO2 interlayer improves the friction, wear, hardness, and elastic modulus of the system.

  9. Thermosolutal natural convection in a vertically layered fluid-porous medium heated from the side

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    Mharzi, Mohamed; Daoudi, Saad [Universite Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, Faculte des Sciences de Fes Dhar El Mehraz, Fes Atlas (Morocco); Daguenet, Michel [Universite de Perpignan, Lab. de Thermodynamique et Energetique, Perpignan, 66 (France)

    2000-07-01

    The authors formulate the natural thermosolutal convection in an elongated enclosure of horizontal axis, partitioned by a vertical porous layer. They use the Boussinesq approximation, the steam function, the vorticity and the extended Darcy-Brinkman formulation to describe the transfer occurring in the porous layer. The chosen dimensionless parameters allow obtaining a single set of conservation equations, valid both in the two fluid compartments and in the porous layer. They solve numerically the set of coupling equations using the volume control approach. After recovering some literature results, they study, in an enclosure of square section which is partitioned by a porous layer into two equal fluid compartments, the influences of the main parameters on the Nusselt and Sherwood numbers for the Rayleigh number varying from 10{sup 4} to 10{sup 7}, the Darcy number from 10{sup -5} to 10{sup -3}, the thermal conductivity ratio from 1 to 100, the solutal diffusivity ratio from 0.01 to 1, the Lewis number from 0.1 to 5 and the buoyancy ratio from -5 to 5. For Ra{>=}10{sup 4}, a multicellular convective fluid flow can appear when -3{<=}N{<=} - 0.5 and if, at least, Le, R{sub k} or R{sub d} is different from unity. (Author)

  10. Porous layer open tubular columns with immobilized trypsin for protein digestion

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    Knob, R.

    2013-01-01

    We have developed a monolithic porous layer open tubular (PLOT) column with immobilized trypsin for protein digestion. The PLOT column was prepared in a 10 (mikro)m ID fused silica capillary. Trypsin was immobilized on the monolithic surface and the developed enzyme reactor was used for protein digestion followed by on-line ESI/MS analysis.

  11. Noise Control Using Coconut Coir Fiber Sound Absorber with Porous Layer Backing and Perforated Panel

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    Rozli Zulkifli; Zulkarnain; Mohd J.M. Nor

    2010-01-01

    Problem statement: Noise control was one of the major requirements to improve the living environment. One of the methods to do that is provided by sound absorber. Commonly, multi-layer sound absorbers are applied to absorb broadband noise that was composed of perforated plates, air space and porous material. However, multi-layers sound absorbers effectiveness depends on their construction. This study was conducted to investigate the potential of using coconut coir fiber as sound absorber. The...

  12. Synthesis of a porous oxide layer on a multifunctional biomedical titanium by micro-arc oxidation

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    To improve apatite forming ability of Ti-24Nb-4Zr-7.9Sn alloy, a porous oxidation layer has been synthesized by micro-arc oxidation in a calcium acetate electrolyte and subsequent heat treatment. These oxide layers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, thin film X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. After the above treatments, the surface oxide consists of two layers: a thin, compact and uniform inner layer and a porous outer layer. Ca ions are incorporated into the oxide layer in the form of CaO while Ti, Nb and Sn participate in the oxidation to form TiO2, Nb2O5 and SnO2, respectively. After heat treatment at 600 deg. C, surfaces with such porous oxides have better apatite forming ability than the ground, smooth surface of the alloy, as evidenced by apatite formation within 7 days of soaking in a simulated body fluid. Preliminary in vitro cell test on rabbit's osteoblast show that these surfaces gain considerable improvement in cell proliferation.

  13. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) application in metal barrier layer integrity for porous low- k materials

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    Simon, Lin; Gidley, D W; Wetzel, J T; Monnig, K A; Ryan, E T; Simon, Jang; Douglas, Yu; Liang, M S; En, W G; Jones, E C; Sturm, J C; Chan, M J; Tiwari, S C; Hirose, M

    2002-01-01

    Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS) is a useful tool to pre-screen metal barrier integrity for Si-based porous low-k dielectrics. Pore size of low-k, thickness of metal barrier Ta, positronium (Ps) leakage from PALS, trench sidewall morphology, electrical test from one level metal (1LM) pattern wafer and Cu diffusion analysis were all correlated. Macro-porous low-k (pore size >=200 AA) and large scale meso-porous low-k (>50~200 AA) encounter both Ps leakage and Cu diffusion into low-k dielectric in the 0.25 mu mL/0.3 mu mS structures when using SEMATECH in-house PVD Ta 250 AA as barrier layer. For small scale meso-porous (>20~50 AA) and micro- porous (<=20 AA) low-k, no Ps leakage and no Cu diffusion into low-k were observed even with PVD Ta 50 AA, which is proved also owing to sidewall densification to seal all sidewall pores due to plasma etch and ash. For future technology, smaller pore size of porous Si-based low-k (=<50 AA) will be preferential for dense low-k like trench sidewall to...

  14. Numerical studies of radionuclide migration in layered porous media

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    Numerical solutions to both the conventional advection-dispersion equation and a new transport equation (containing directional dependence) are utilized to study the migration of radionuclides in layered fractured formations. The new transport formulation, with its directional dependence, yields details in concentration profiles not shown by the advection-dispersion approach

  15. Noise Control Using Coconut Coir Fiber Sound Absorber with Porous Layer Backing and Perforated Panel

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    Rozli Zulkifli

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Noise control was one of the major requirements to improve the living environment. One of the methods to do that is provided by sound absorber. Commonly, multi-layer sound absorbers are applied to absorb broadband noise that was composed of perforated plates, air space and porous material. However, multi-layers sound absorbers effectiveness depends on their construction. This study was conducted to investigate the potential of using coconut coir fiber as sound absorber. The effects of porous layer backing and perforated plate on sound absorption coefficient of sound absorber using coconut coir fiber were studied. Approach: Car boot liners made from woven cotton cloth were used as type of porous layer in the study. This material has been used widely in automotive industry. Perforated plate used was machined with perforation ratio of 0.20, thickness of 1 mm and holed diameter of 2 mm. The samples were tested at the acoustic lab of the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, according to ASTM E 1050-98 international standards for noise absorption coefficient. Results: The experiment data indicates that porous layer backing can improve noise absorption coefficient at low and high frequencies with significant increasing. 20 mm thick layer coconut coir fiber with porous layer backing exhibit peak value at frequencies between 2750-2825 Hz with maximum value of 0.97. The experimental results also found that the coconut coir fiber with perforated plate gives higher value for lower frequencies range from 600-2400 Hz. The optimum value for coconut coir fiber with perforated panel is around 0.94-0.95 for the frequency range 2600-2700 Hz. Conclusion: Noise absorption coefficient of coconut coir fiber was increased at all frequency when they were backing with Woven Cotton Cloth (WCC. At low frequency, the NAC have significant increasing. This is because WCC have higher flow resistivity than coconut coir

  16. Purification of silicon powder by the formation of thin porous layer followed byphoto-thermal annealing.

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    Khalifa, Marouan; Hajji, Messaoud; Ezzaouia, Hatem

    2012-01-01

    Porous silicon has been prepared using a vapor-etching based technique on a commercial silicon powder. Strong visible emission was observed in all samples. Obtained silicon powder with a thin porous layer at the surface was subjected to a photo-thermal annealing at different temperatures under oxygen atmosphere followed by a chemical treatment. Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry results indicate that silicon purity is improved from 99.1% to 99.994% after annealing at 900°C. PMID:22873706

  17. Improvement of photoluminescence and electrical properties of porous silicon layer treated with lanthanum

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    The influence of surface treatment of porous silicon (PS) in lanthanum (La) containing solution during different times on its photoluminescence and electrical properties has been investigated. For this purpose, chemical composition, structural, vibrational, photoluminescence and electrical characteristics of the porous silicon layer with and without lanthanum were examined using X-ray diffractometry (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, Fourier transmission infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and current–voltage (I–V) measurements. The results indicate that porous silicon layers treated with lanthanum exhibit an enhancement of photoluminescence intensity and show an improvement current intensity compared to untreated porous silicon layer. - Highlights: ► Degradation of the electrical and the PL properties of PS remains a key issue for industrial production. ► In order to solve this problem, the passivation of the PS surface by treating it with La is investigated. ► To understand the effects of La on PL and electrical properties, EDX, FTIR, XRD, I–V and UV–vis analysis were performed.

  18. THERMAL CONSOLIDATION OF LAYERED POROUS HALF-SPACE TO VARIABLE THERMAL LOADING

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    BAI Bing

    2006-01-01

    An analytical method was derived for the thermal consolidation of layered,saturated porous half-space to variable thermal loading with time. In the coupled governing equations of linear thermoelastic media, the influences of thermo-osmosis effect and thermal filtration effect were introduced. Solutions in Laplace transform space were first obtained and then numerically inverted. The responses of a double-layered porous space subjected to exponential decaying thermal loading were studied. The influences of the differences between the properties of the two layers (e.g., the coefficient of thermal consolidation, elastic modulus) on thermal consolidation were discussed. The studies show that the coupling effects of displacement and stress fields on temperature field can be completely neglected, however, thc thermo-osmosis effect has an obvious influence on thermal responses.

  19. Strengthening of polymer ordered porous materials based on a layered nanocomposite internal structure.

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    Heng, Liping; Guo, Xieyou; Guo, Tianqi; Wang, Bin; Jiang, Lei

    2016-07-21

    Ordered porous polymeric films attract more and more attention because they have many advantages and broad application prospects in many fields. But because of their large flexibility and poor mechanical properties, some of the scope for application is greatly limited. Inspired by the ordered pore structure of the honeycomb and the layered structure of natural nacre, we prepared an ordered porous polymer film with a layered structure in the pore wall by the solvent-evaporation-restriction assisted hard template method. Compared with other samples, this kind of film with the layered structure showed both excellent mechanical properties and good stability. This kind of film with high mechanical strength, is considered to have wide applications in the areas of separation, biomedicine, precision instruments, aerospace, environmental protection and so on. PMID:27355160

  20. Atomic layer deposition in porous structures: 3D photonic crystals

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    This paper reports recent results from studies of atomic layer deposition for the infiltration of three-dimensional photonic crystals. Infiltration of ZnS:Mn and TiO2 are reported for SiO2-based opal templates. It has been demonstrated that high filling fractions can be achieved and that the infiltrated material can be of high crystalline quality as assessed by photoluminescence measurements. The highly conformal and uniform coatings obtained in these studies are shown to contribute significantly to the photonic band gap properties. These investigations show the advantages of atomic layer deposition (ALD) as a flexible and practical pathway for attaining high performance photonic crystal structures and optical microcavities

  1. Effect of radiation on the laminar convective heat transfer through a layer of highly porous medium

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    A numerical investigation is reported of the coupled forced convective and radiative transfer through a highly porous medium. The porosity range investigated is high enough that the fluid inertia terms in the momentum equation cannot be neglected; i.e., the simple form of Darcy's law is invalid. The geometry studied is a plane layer of highly porous medium resting on one impermeable boundary and exposed to a two-dimensional laminar external flow field. The objective is to determine the effective overall heat transfer coefficients for such a geometry. The results are applicable to diverse situations, including insulation batts exposed to external flow, the heat loss and drying rates of grain fields and forest areas, and the drying of beds of porous material exposed to convective and radiative heating

  2. Cooperation of micro- and meso-porous carbon electrode materials in electric double-layer capacitors

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    Zheng, Cheng [State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 5625 Renmin Street, Changchun 130022, Jilin Province (China); Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China); Qi, Li; Wang, Hongyu [State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 5625 Renmin Street, Changchun 130022, Jilin Province (China); Yoshio, Masaki [Advanced Research Center, Saga University, 1341 Yoga-machi, Saga 840-0047 (Japan)

    2010-07-01

    The capacitive characteristics of micro- and meso-porous carbon materials have been compared in cyclic voltammetric studies and galvanostatic charge-discharge tests. Meso-porous carbon can keep certain high capacitance values at high scan rates, whereas micro-porous carbon possesses very high capacitance values at low scan rates but fades quickly as the scan rate rises up. For better performance of electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs), the cooperative application of both kinds of carbon materials has been proposed in the following two ways: mixing both kinds of carbons in the same electrode or using the asymmetric configuration of carbon electrodes in the same EDLC. The cooperative effect on the electrochemical performance has also been addressed. (author)

  3. Role of the buffer porous layer and dysprosium doping in GaInP-porGaAs-GaAs heterostructures

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    Domashevskaya, E.P.; Seredin, P.V.; Gordienko, N.N.; Glotov, A.V. [Physics Department, Voronezh State University (Russian Federation); Arsentyev, I.N.; Shishkov, M.V. [Ioffe Physical and Technical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)

    2009-07-15

    In the samples with porous buffer layer the residual internal stresses caused by the difference in lattice parameters between the surface layer of ternary GaInP alloy and GaAs substrate are redistributed into the porous layer, which in this case plays a role of a ''sponge'' and completely removes the internal stresses. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  4. Study on structural properties of epitaxial silicon films on annealed double layer porous silicon

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    In this paper, epitaxial silicon films were grown on annealed double layer porous silicon by LPCVD. The evolvement of the double layer porous silicon before and after thermal annealing was investigated by scanning electron microscope. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy were used to investigate the structural properties of the epitaxial silicon thin films grown at different temperature and different pressure. The results show that the surface of the low-porosity layer becomes smooth and there are just few silicon-bridges connecting the porous layer and the substrate wafer. The qualities of the epitaxial silicon thin films become better along with increasing deposition temperature. All of the Raman peaks of silicon films with different deposition pressure are situated at 521 cm-1 under the deposition temperature of 1100 °C, and the Raman intensity of the silicon film deposited at 100 Pa is much closer to that of the monocrystalline silicon wafer. The epitaxial silicon films are all (4 0 0)-oriented and (4 0 0) peak of silicon film deposited at 100 Pa is more symmetric.

  5. Structure, composition and morphology of bioactive titanate layer on porous titanium surfaces

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    Li, Jinshan; Wang, Xiaohua; Hu, Rui; Kou, Hongchao

    2014-07-01

    A bioactive coating was produced on pore surfaces of porous titanium samples by an amendatory alkali-heat treatment method. Porous titanium was prepared by powder metallurgy and its porosity and average size were 45% and 135 μm, respectively. Coating morphology, coating structure and phase constituents were examined by SEM, XPS and XRD. It was found that a micro-network structure with sizes of bioactive sodium titanate and rutile phases of TiO2 covered the interior and exterior of porous titanium cells, and redundant Ca ion was detected in the titanate layer. The concentration distribution of Ti, O, Ca and Na in the coating showed a compositional gradient from the intermediate layer toward the outer surface. These compositional gradients indicate that the coating bonded to Ti substrate without a distinct interface. After immersion into the SBF solution for 3 days, a bone-like carbonate-hydroxylapatite showing a good biocompatibility was detected on the coating surface. And the redundant Ca advanced the bioactivity of the coating. Thus, the present modification is expected to allow the use of the bioactive porous titanium as artificial bones even under load-bearing conditions.

  6. Layer-by-layer assembly of multifunctional porous N-doped carbon nanotube hybrid architectures for flexible conductors and beyond.

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    Zhao, Songfang; Gao, Yongju; Li, Jinhui; Zhang, Guoping; Zhi, Chunyi; Deng, Libo; Sun, Rong; Wong, Ching-Ping

    2015-04-01

    Coassemble diverse functional nanomaterials with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to form three-dimensional (3D) porous CNTs hybrid architectures (CHAs) are potentially desirable for applications in energy storage, flexible conductors, and catalysis, because of diverse functionalities and synergistic effects in the CHAs. Herein, we report a scalable strategy to incorporate various functional nanomaterials with N-doped CNTs (N-CNTs) into such 3D porous CHAs on the polyurethane (PU) sponge skeletons via layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly. To investigate their properties and applications, the specific CHAs based on N-CNTs and Ag nanoparticles (NPs), denoted as PU-(N-CNTs/Ag NPs)n, are developed. The unique binary structure enables these specific CHAs conductors to possess reliable mechanical and electrical performance under various elastic deformations as well as excellent hydrophilicity. Moreover, they are employed as strain-gauge sensor and heterogeneous catalyst, respectively. The sensor could detect continuous signal, static signal, and pulse signal with superior sustainability and reversibility, indicating an important branch of electromechanical devices. Furthermore, the synergistic effects among N-CNTs, Ag NPs, and porous structure endow the CHAs with excellent performance in catalysis. We have a great expectation that LbL assembly can afford a universal route for incorporating diverse functional materials into one structure. PMID:25749434

  7. Comparison of stress, strain, and elastic properties for porous silicon layers supported by substrate and corresponding membranes

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    Dariani, R. S.; Nazari, M.

    2016-09-01

    This paper describes characterization of mechanical properties of porous silicon (PS) layers with different porosities using high resolution XRD. The XRD measurement determined various mechanical properties of PS such as; Young modulus, Poisson's ratio, and lattice parameter expansion. Our results indicated that mechanical properties reduce with increasing porosity. Also, the mechanical properties of two different porous layers, either supported by or detached from the substrate were examined. Comparison of the two porous layers showed that the constraint in the interatomic spacing is the origin of the lattice constant expansion in the planes perpendicular to the surface. This phenomenon can be useful for gas sensor applications.

  8. Convection in layered porous media: A comparison of boundary heating methods

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    Convection in a horizontal, doubly layered porous medium has been investigated numerically. A two-dimensional, time dependent model has been developed to compute heat transfer in a saturated porous medium that is locally heated from either above or below. The primary objective is to ascertain how these modes of heating can be differentiated via an examination of the heat transfer results. Both natural and mixed convection are considered. For mixed convection in which a uniform horizontal flow is assumed to enter the domain, the qualitative relation between the Rayleigh and Peclet numbers is obtained over a large range for each. The effect of the length of the heating zone on the flow structure is also examined. The permeability ratio and the ratio of the thermal conductivity of the two layers is also allowed to vary, thus giving the computing Nusselt numbers a broad range of applicability in geophysical and engineered systems

  9. Effect of anodization time on photoluminescence of porous thin SiC layer grown onto silicon

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    Keffous, A. [Unite de Developpement de la Technologie du Silicium (UDTS), 2, bd. Frantz Fanon, B.P. 399 Alger-Gare Alger (Algeria)]. E-mail: keffousa@yahoo.fr; Bourenane, K. [Unite de Developpement de la Technologie du Silicium (UDTS), 2, bd. Frantz Fanon, B.P. 399 Alger-Gare Alger (Algeria)]. E-mail: bourima2003@yahoo.fr; Kechouane, M. [Universite des Sciences et Technologie Houari Boumediene-Faculte de Physique, 2, bd. Frantz Fanon, B.P. 399 Alger-Gare Alger (Algeria); Gabouze, N. [Unite de Developpement de la Technologie du Silicium (UDTS), 2, bd. Frantz Fanon, B.P. 399 Alger-Gare Alger (Algeria); Kerdja, T. [Centre de Developpement de la Techniques Avancees (CDTA), 2, bd. Frantz Fanon, B.P. 399 Alger-Gare Alger (Algeria); Guerbous, L. [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger (CRNA), 2, bd. Frantz Fanon, B.P. 399 Alger-Gare Alger (Algeria); Lafane, S. [Centre de Developpement de la Techniques Avancees (CDTA), 2, bd. Frantz Fanon, B.P. 399 Alger-Gare Alger (Algeria)

    2007-10-15

    A porous SiC (PSC) layer was fabricated by anodization of a 1.6 {mu}m thin SiC layer deposited onto p-type Si(1 0 0) substrate by pulsed laser deposition (PLD), using a hot-pressed 6H-SiC(p) as sputtered target. p-Type PSC layers were fabricated by anodization in HF/ethylene glycol electrolyte (1:1 by vol.) at different etching times. The properties of the PSC layer formed by this method were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence (PL). The results show, that the growth layer was crystalline and PL spectra exhibit blue band emission centered at 2.95 eV. In addition, the results indicate clearly an increase in PL intensity by ten times of magnitude compared to that exhibited by the unetched sample.

  10. Effect of anodization time on photoluminescence of porous thin SiC layer grown onto silicon

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    A porous SiC (PSC) layer was fabricated by anodization of a 1.6 μm thin SiC layer deposited onto p-type Si(1 0 0) substrate by pulsed laser deposition (PLD), using a hot-pressed 6H-SiC(p) as sputtered target. p-Type PSC layers were fabricated by anodization in HF/ethylene glycol electrolyte (1:1 by vol.) at different etching times. The properties of the PSC layer formed by this method were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence (PL). The results show, that the growth layer was crystalline and PL spectra exhibit blue band emission centered at 2.95 eV. In addition, the results indicate clearly an increase in PL intensity by ten times of magnitude compared to that exhibited by the unetched sample

  11. Growth and characterization of molecular beam epitaxial GaAs layers on porous silicon

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    Lin, T. L.; Liu, J. K.; Sadwick, L.; Wang, K. L.; Kao, Y. C.

    1987-01-01

    GaAs layers have been grown on porous silicon (PS) substrates with good crystallinity by molecular beam epitaxy. In spite of the surface irregularity of PS substrates, no surface morphology deterioration was observed on epitaxial GaAs overlayers. A 10-percent Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy minimum channeling yield for GaAs-on-PS layers as compared to 16 percent for GaAs-on-Si layers grown under the same condition indicates a possible improvement of crystallinity when GaAs is grown on PS. Transmission electron microscopy reveals that the dominant defects in the GaAs-on-PS layers are microtwins and stacking faults, which originate from the GaAs/PS interface. GaAs is found to penetrate into the PS layers. n-type GaAs/p-type PS heterojunction diodes were fabricated with good rectifying characteristics.

  12. On Exchange of Stabilities in Ferromagnetic Convection in a Rotating Ferrofluid Saturated Porous Layer

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    Jyoti Prakash

    2014-01-01

    In the present paper, first of all, it is proved that the ‘principle of the exchange of stabilities’ is not, in general valid, for the case of free boundaries and then a sufficient condition is derived for the validity of this principle in ferromagnetic convection, for the case of free boundaries, in a horizontal ferrofluid saturated porous layer in the presence of a uniform vertical magnetic field and uniform rotation about the vertical axis.

  13. On Exchange of Stabilities in Ferromagnetic Convection in a Rotating Ferrofluid Saturated Porous Layer

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    Jyoti Prakash

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present paper, first of all, it is proved that the ‘principle of the exchange of stabilities’ is not, in general valid, for the case of free boundaries and then a sufficient condition is derived for the validity of this principle in ferromagnetic convection, for the case of free boundaries, in a horizontal ferrofluid saturated porous layer in the presence of a uniform vertical magnetic field and uniform rotation about the vertical axis.

  14. A Microfluidic Pore Network Approach to Investigate Water Transport in Fuel Cell Porous Transport Layers

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    Bazylak, A; Berejnov, V.; Markicevic, B.; Sinton, D.; Djilali, N.

    2008-01-01

    Pore network modelling has traditionally been used to study displacement processes in idealized porous media related to geological flows, with applications ranging from groundwater hydrology to enhanced oil recovery. Very recently, pore network modelling has been applied to model the gas diffusion layer (GDL) of a polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell. Discrete pore network models have the potential to elucidate transport phenomena in the GDL with high computational efficiency, in cont...

  15. Natural convection boundary layer with suction and mass transfer in a porous medium

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    The free convection boundary layer flow with simultaneous heat and mass transfer in a porous medium is studied when the boundary wall moves in its own plane with suction. The study also incorporates chemical reaction for the very simple model of a binary reaction with Arrhenius activation energy. For large suction asymptotic approximate solutions are obtained for the flow variables for various values of the activation energy. (author). 10 refs, 2 figs

  16. Atomic layer deposition TiO2 coated porous silicon surface: Structural characterization and morphological features

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    TiO2 thin films were grown on highly-doped p-Si (100) macro- and mesoporous structures by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using TiCl4 and deionized water as precursors at 300 °C. The crystalline structure, chemical composition, and morphology of the deposited films and initial silicon nanostructures were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The mean size of TiO2 crystallites was determined by TEM, XRD and Raman spectroscopy. It was shown that the mean crystallite size and the crystallinity of the TiO2 are influenced dramatically by the morphology of the porous silicon, with the mesoporous silicon resulting in a much finer grain size and amorphous structure than the macroporous silicon having a partially crystal anatase phase. A simple model of the ALD layer growth inside the pores was presented. - Highlights: • The morphology and chemical composition of TiO2 and porous Si were established. • The approximate size of TiO2 nanocrystals was estimated. • The model of the atomic layer deposition coating in the porous Si was presented

  17. Power transmission through double-walled laminated composite panels considering porous layer-air gap insulation

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    M H SHOJAEIFARD; R TALEBITOOTI; B RANJBAR; R AHMADI

    2014-01-01

    The acoustic behavior of double-walled laminated composite panels consisting of two porous and air gap middle layers is studied within the classical laminated plate theory (CLPT). Thus, viscous and inertia coupling in a dynamic equation, as well as stress transfer, thermal and elastic coupling of porous material are based on the Biot theory. In addition, the wave equations are extracted according to the vibration equation of composite layers. The transmission loss (TL) of the structure is then calculated by solving these equations simultaneously. Statistical energy analysis (SEA) is developed to divide the structure into specific subsystems, and power transmission is extracted with balancing power flow equations of the subsystems. Comparison between the present work and the results reported elsewhere shows excellent agreement. The results also indicate that, although favorable enhancement is seen in noise control particularly at high frequencies, the corresponding parameters associated with fluid phase and solid phase of the porous layer are important on TL according to the boundary condition interfaces. Finally, the influence of composite material and stacking sequence on power transmission is discussed.

  18. Tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance: A spin-valve-like tunnel magnetoresistance using a single magnetic layer

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    Gould, C.; Rüster, C.; Jungwirth, Tomáš; Girgis, E.; Schott, G. M.; Giraud, R.; Brunner, K.; Schmidt, G.; Molenkamp, L. W.

    2004-01-01

    Roč. 93, č. 11 (2004), 117203/1-117203/4. ISSN 0031-9007 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/02/0912 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1010914 Keywords : semiconductor spintronic s * tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 7.218, year: 2004

  19. Mixed convection boundary layer flow over a vertical surface embedded in a thermally stratified porous medium

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    Ishak, Anuar [School of Mathematical Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Nazar, Roslinda [School of Mathematical Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia)], E-mail: rmn72my@yahoo.com; Pop, Ioan [Faculty of Mathematics, University of Cluj, R-3400 Cluj, CP 253 (Romania)

    2008-03-31

    The mixed convection boundary layer flow through a stable stratified porous medium bounded by a vertical surface is investigated. The external velocity and the surface temperature are assumed to vary as x{sup m}, where x is measured from the leading edge of the vertical surface and m is a constant. Numerical solutions for the governing Darcy and energy equations are obtained. The results indicate that the thermal stratification significantly affects the surface shear stress as well as the surface heat transfer, besides delays the boundary layer separation.

  20. High-performance antireflective coatings with a porous nanoparticle layer for visible wavelengths.

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    Murata, Tsuyoshi; Ishizawa, Hitoshi; Tanaka, Akira

    2011-03-20

    Ghosts and flares are well-known problems that are caused by reflections from lens surfaces when we take photographs. It is more difficult to prevent such stray light in a digital camera than in a film camera because of high reflectance from the low-pass filter and diffraction from the image sensor. To prevent such stray light, we introduce an ultralow refractive index layer into the antireflective (AR) coatings. We used the solgel method to form porous fluoride layers with ultralow refractive indices, and we succeeded in developing a unique process to form AR coatings with superior performance. PMID:21460972

  1. Microstructural and Wear Behavior Characterization of Porous Layers Produced by Pulsed Laser Irradiation in Glass-Ceramics Substrates

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    Jose I. Peña

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In this work, wear behavior and microstructural characterization of porous layers produced in glass-ceramic substrates by pulsed laser irradiation in the nanosecond range are studied under unidirectional sliding conditions against AISI316 and corundum counterbodies. Depending on the optical configuration of the laser beam and on the working parameters, the local temperature and pressure applied over the interaction zone can generate a porous glass-ceramic layer. Material transference from the ball to the porous glass-ceramic layer was observed in the wear tests carried out against the AISI316 ball counterface whereas, in the case of the corundum ball, the wear volume loss was concentrated in the porous layer. Wear rate and friction coefficient presented higher values than expected for dense glass-ceramics.

  2. Influence of the anodic etching current density on the morphology of the porous SiC layer

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    Anh Tuan Cao

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In this report, we fabricated a porous layer in amorphous SiC thin films by using constant-current anodic etching in an electrolyte of aqueous diluted hydrofluoric acid. The morphology of the porous amorphous SiC layer changed as the anodic current density changed: At low current density, the porous layer had a low pore density and consisted of small pores that branched downward. At moderate current density, the pore size and depth increased, and the pores grew perpendicular to the surface, creating a columnar pore structure. At high current density, the porous structure remained perpendicular, the pore size increased, and the pore depth decreased. We explained the changes in pore size and depth at high current density by the growth of a silicon oxide layer during etching at the tips of the pores.

  3. Ultrafast triggered transient energy storage by atomic layer deposition into porous silicon for integrated transient electronics

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    Douglas, Anna; Muralidharan, Nitin; Carter, Rachel; Share, Keith; Pint, Cary L.

    2016-03-01

    Here we demonstrate the first on-chip silicon-integrated rechargeable transient power source based on atomic layer deposition (ALD) coating of vanadium oxide (VOx) into porous silicon. A stable specific capacitance above 20 F g-1 is achieved until the device is triggered with alkaline solutions. Due to the rational design of the active VOx coating enabled by ALD, transience occurs through a rapid disabling step that occurs within seconds, followed by full dissolution of all active materials within 30 minutes of the initial trigger. This work demonstrates how engineered materials for energy storage can provide a basis for next-generation transient systems and highlights porous silicon as a versatile scaffold to integrate transient energy storage into transient electronics.Here we demonstrate the first on-chip silicon-integrated rechargeable transient power source based on atomic layer deposition (ALD) coating of vanadium oxide (VOx) into porous silicon. A stable specific capacitance above 20 F g-1 is achieved until the device is triggered with alkaline solutions. Due to the rational design of the active VOx coating enabled by ALD, transience occurs through a rapid disabling step that occurs within seconds, followed by full dissolution of all active materials within 30 minutes of the initial trigger. This work demonstrates how engineered materials for energy storage can provide a basis for next-generation transient systems and highlights porous silicon as a versatile scaffold to integrate transient energy storage into transient electronics. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: (i) Experimental details for ALD and material fabrication, ellipsometry film thickness, preparation of gel electrolyte and separator, details for electrochemical measurements, HRTEM image of VOx coated porous silicon, Raman spectroscopy for VOx as-deposited as well as annealed in air for 1 hour at 450 °C, SEM and transient behavior dissolution tests of uniformly coated VOx on

  4. Controlled ultraviolet (UV) photoinitiated fabrication of monolithic porous layer open tubular (monoPLOT) capillary columns for chromatographic applications

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    Collins, David; Nesterenko, Ekaterina; Brabazon, Dermot; Paull, Brett

    2012-01-01

    An automated column fabrication technique that is based on a ultraviolet (UV) light-emitting diode (LED) array oven, and provides precisely controlled "in-capillary" ultraviolet (UV) initiated polymerization at 365 nm, is presented for the production of open tubular monolithic porous polymer layer capillary (monoPLOT) columns of varying length, inner diameter (ID), and porous layer thickness. The developed approach allows the preparation of columns of varying length, because of an automated c...

  5. Microstructural and Wear Behavior Characterization of Porous Layers Produced by Pulsed Laser Irradiation in Glass-Ceramics Substrates

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    Jose I. Peña; Elena Gracia-Escosa; de Damborenea, Juan J.; Daniel Sola; Ana Conde; Iñaki García

    2013-01-01

    In this work, wear behavior and microstructural characterization of porous layers produced in glass-ceramic substrates by pulsed laser irradiation in the nanosecond range are studied under unidirectional sliding conditions against AISI316 and corundum counterbodies. Depending on the optical configuration of the laser beam and on the working parameters, the local temperature and pressure applied over the interaction zone can generate a porous glass-ceramic layer. Material transference from the...

  6. Porous thin film barrier layers from 2,3-dicarboxylic acid cellulose nanofibrils for membrane structures.

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    Visanko, Miikka; Liimatainen, Henrikki; Sirviö, Juho Antti; Haapala, Antti; Sliz, Rafal; Niinimäki, Jouko; Hormi, Osmo

    2014-02-15

    To fabricate a strong hydrophilic barrier layer for ultrafiltration (UF) membranes, 2,3-dicarboxylic acid cellulose nanofibrils with high anionic surface charge density (1.2 mekv/g at pH 7) and a width of 22 ± 4 nm were used. A simple vacuum filtration method combined with a solvent exchange procedure resulted in a porous layer with a thickness of ∼ 0.85 μm. The fabricated membranes reached high rejection efficiencies (74-80%) when aqueous dextrans up to 35-45 kDa were filtrated to evaluate the molecular weight cut-offs (MWCO). A linear correlation between the barrier layer thickness and the flux rate was observed in all tested cases. Further optimization of the barrier layer thickness can lead to an even more effective structure. PMID:24507322

  7. A two-phase moisture transport model accounting for sorption hysteresis in layered porous building constructions

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    Johannesson, Björn; Janz, Mårten

    2009-01-01

    Building constructions most commonly consists of layered porous materials such as masonry on bricks. The moisture distribution and its variations due to change in surrounding environment is of special interest in such layered construction since materials adsorb different amounts of water and......, with account also to sorption hysteresis. The different materials in the considered layered construction are assigned different properties, i.e. vapor and liquid water diffusivities and boundary (wetting and drying) sorption curves. Further, the scanning behavior between wetting and drying boundary...... curves are model by introducing appropriate material constants. Special properties have to be given for the interface between different materials in the layered construction in the model to be presented. In this case it is assumed that vapor penetrates through such interfaces easily but not the liquid...

  8. Convergence Analysis of a FV-FE Scheme for Partially Miscible Two-Phase Flow in Anisotropic Porous Media

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    2014-01-01

    We study the convergence of a combined finite volume nonconforming finite element scheme on general meshes for a partially miscible two-phase flow model in anisotropic porous media. This model includes capillary effects and exchange between the phase. The diffusion term,which can be anisotropic and heterogeneous, is discretized by piecewise linear nonconforming triangular finite elements. The other terms are discretized by means of a cell-centered finite volume scheme on a dual mesh. The relative permeability of each phase is decentred according the sign of the velocity at the dual interface. The convergence of the scheme is proved thanks to an estimate on the two pressures which allows to show estimates on the discrete time and compactness results in the case of degenerate relative permeabilities. A key point in the scheme is to use particular averaging formula for the dissolution function arising in the diffusion term. We show also a simulation of CO2 injection in a water saturated reservoir and nuclear waste management. Numerical results are obtained by in-house numerical code. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014.

  9. Anisotropic field-effect hole mobility of liquid crystalline conjugated polymer layers formed on photoaligned polyimide films

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    Sakamoto, Kenji; Yasuda, Takeshi; Miki, Kazushi; Chikamatsu, Masayuki; Azumi, Reiko

    2011-01-01

    We have fabricated organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) with a highly oriented active layer of poly[(9,9-dioctylfluorenyl-2,7-diyl)-co-bithiophene] (F8T2), which was formed with the help of a photoaligned polyimide film. Photoalignment is an attractive technique for integrating OFETs with aligned active layers on the same substrate, because of its potential capability of two-dimensional alignment patterning. The F8T2 layer formed on the photoaligned polyimide film showed an absorption dichroic ratio greater than 15 after annealing at 285 °C. Top-gate/bottom-contact-type OFETs with a parylene gate insulating layer exhibited an enhanced hole mobility (0.016 cm2 V-1 s-1) along the alignment direction of the F8T2 backbone structure and a suppressed one (0.002 cm2 V-1 s-1) along the perpendicular direction. This result shows that the photoaligned polyimide film is an attractive alignment layer for fabricating and integrating OFETs with aligned active layers. Current-direction-dependent bias stress effect was observed for those OFETs; when the current flowed parallel to the alignment direction of the F8T2 backbone structures, a larger negative threshold voltage shift was observed. This anisotropic bias stress effect was discussed on the basis of a microstructure model of aligned F8T2 films.

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

  11. Tensor Greens' Function Evaluation in Arbitrarily Anisotropic, Layered Media using Complex-Plane Gauss-Laguerre Quadrature

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    2014-01-01

    We discuss the application of Complex-Plane Gauss-Laguerre Quadrature (CGLQ) to efficiently evaluate two-dimensional Fourier integrals arising as the solution to electromagnetic fields radiated by elementary dipole antennas embedded within planar-layered media with arbitrary material parameters. More specifically, we apply CGLQ to the long-standing problem of rapidly and efficiently evaluating the semi-infinite length "tails" of the Fourier integral path while simultaneously and robustly guaranteeing absolute, exponential convergence of the field solution despite diversity in the doubly anisotropic layer parameters, source type (i.e., electric or equivalent magnetic dipole), source orientation, observed field type (magnetic or electric), (non-zero) frequency, and (non-zero) source-observer separation geometry. The proposed algorithm exhibits robustness despite unique challenges arising for the fast evaluation of such two-dimensional integrals. Herein, we (1) develop the mathematical treatment to rigorously ev...

  12. Fabrication of particular structures of hexagonal boron nitride and boron-carbon-nitrogen layers by anisotropic etching

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    Vishwakarma, Riteshkumar; Sharma, Subash; Shinde, Sachin M.; Sharma, Kamal P.; Thangaraja, Amutha; Kalita, Golap; Tanemura, Masaki

    2016-05-01

    Anisotropic etching of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) and boron-carbon-nitrogen (BCN) basal plane can be an exciting platform to develop well-defined structures with interesting properties. Here, we developed an etching process of atomically thin h-BN and BCN layers to fabricate nanoribbons (NRs) and other distinct structures by annealing in H2 and Ar gas mixture. BCN and h-BN films are grown on Cu foil by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using solid camphor and ammonia borane as carbon, nitrogen and boron source, respectively. Formation of micron size well-defined etched holes and NRs are obtained in both h-BN and BCN layers by the post growth annealing process. The etching process of h-BN and BCN basal plane to fabricate NRs and other structures with pronounced edges can open up new possibilities in 2D hybrid materials.

  13. A Microfluidic Pore Network Approach to Investigate Water Transport in Fuel Cell Porous Transport Layers

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    Bazylak, A; Markicevic, B; Sinton, D; Djilali, N

    2008-01-01

    Pore network modelling has traditionally been used to study displacement processes in idealized porous media related to geological flows, with applications ranging from groundwater hydrology to enhanced oil recovery. Very recently, pore network modelling has been applied to model the gas diffusion layer (GDL) of a polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell. Discrete pore network models have the potential to elucidate transport phenomena in the GDL with high computational efficiency, in contrast to continuum or molecular dynamics modelling that require extensive computational resources. However, the challenge in studying the GDL with pore network modelling lies in defining the network parameters that accurately describe the porous media as well as the conditions of fluid invasion that represent realistic transport processes. In this work, we discuss the first stage of developing and validating a GDL-representative pore network model. We begin with a two-dimensional pore network model with a single mobile pha...

  14. Formation of porous surface layers in reaction bonded silicon nitride during processing

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    Shaw, N. J.; Glasgow, T. K.

    1979-01-01

    Microstructural examination of reaction bonded silicon nitride (RBSN) has shown that there is often a region adjacent to the as-nitrided surfaces that is even more porous than the interior of this already quite porous material. Because this layer of large porosity is considered detrimental to both the strength and oxidation resistance of RBSN, a study was undertaken to determine if its formation could be prevented during processing. All test bars studied were made from a single batch of Si powder which was milled for 4 hours in heptane in a vibratory mill using high density alumina cylinders as the grinding media. After air drying the powder, bars were compacted in a single acting die and hydropressed.

  15. Surface charging of thick porous water ice layers relevant for ion sputtering experiments

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    Galli, A.; Vorburger, A.; Pommerol, A.; Wurz, P.; Jost, B.; Poch, O.; Brouet, Y.; Tulej, M.; Thomas, N.

    2016-07-01

    We use a laboratory facility to study the sputtering properties of centimeter-thick porous water ice subjected to the bombardment of ions and electrons to better understand the formation of exospheres of the icy moons of Jupiter. Our ice samples are as similar as possible to the expected moon surfaces but surface charging of the samples during ion irradiation may distort the experimental results. We therefore monitor the time scales for charging and discharging of the samples when subjected to a beam of ions. These experiments allow us to derive an electric conductivity of deep porous ice layers. The results imply that electron irradiation and sputtering play a non-negligible role for certain plasma conditions at the icy moons of Jupiter. The observed ion sputtering yields from our ice samples are similar to previous experiments where compact ice films were sputtered off a micro-balance.

  16. The symmetries of the system matrix and propagator matrix for anisotropic media and of the system matrix forperiodically layered media

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    Xu, Guo-Ming; Ni, Si-Dao

    1998-11-01

    The `auxiliary' symmetry properties of the system matrix (symmetry with respect to the trailing diagonal) for a general anisotropic dissipative medium and the special form for a monoclinic medium are revealed by rearranging the motion-stress vector. The propagator matrix of a single-layer general anisotropic dissipative medium is also shown to have auxiliary symmetry. For the multilayered case, a relatively simple matrix method is utilized to obtain the inverse of the propagator matrix. Further, Woodhouse's inverse of the propagator matrix for a transversely isotropic medium is extended in a clearer form to handle the monoclinic symmetric medium. The properties of a periodic layer system are studied through its system matrix Aly , which is computed from the propagator matrix P. The matrix Aly is then compared with Aeq , the system matrix for the long-wavelength equivalent medium of the periodic isotropic layers. Then we can find how the periodic layered medium departs from its long-wavelength equivalent medium when the wavelength decreases. In our numerical example, the results show that, when λ/D decreases to 6-8, the components of the two matrices will depart from each other. The component ratio of these two matrices increases to its maximum (more than 15 in our numerical test) when λ/D is reduced to 2.3, and then oscillates with λ/D when it is further reduced. The eigenvalues of the system matrix Aly show that the velocities of P and S waves decrease when λ/D is reduced from 6-8 and reach their minimum values when λ/D is reduced to 2.3 and then oscillate afterwards. We compute the time shifts between the peaks of the transmitted waves and the incident waves. The resulting velocity curves show a similar variation to those computed from the eigenvalues of the system matrix Aly , but on a smaller scale. This can be explained by the spectrum width of the incident waves.

  17. Mesoscopic objects, porous layers and nanocomposites-Possibilities of sol-gel chemistry

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    The goal of this study was to prepare mesoscopic objects, thin porous films and nanocomposite coatings with the use of sol-gel technique. Silica nanotubes, titania nanoparticles, porous titania and zirconia coatings as well as titania nanocomposites were successfully synthesized by changing the type of sol-gel precursor, sol composition and applying dip-coating deposition procedure in order to obtain thin films or coatings. All materials were visualized and characterized by the Atomic Force Microcscopy (AFM) technique. Moreover, characterization of titania nanocomposites was extended to the tribological tests performed by means of microtribometer operating in normal loads range of 30-100 mN. The AFM analysis of mesoscopic objects and nanoparticles showed that the diameter of synthesized silica nanotubes was 60-70 nm and the size of titania nanoparticles was 43 nm. In case of porous layers the pore size in titania and zirconia coatings oscillated between 100 and 240 nm, however their shape and distribution were irregular. Microtribological studies of nanocomposites revealed the moderate decrease of the coefficient of friction for samples containing 5, 15 and 5 wt.% of zirconia nanoparticles in titania coatings annealed at 100, 500 and 1000 deg. C respectively. An enhancement of antiwear properties was already observed for 1 wt.% of nanophase content, except the sample annealed at 500 deg. C. It was also found that the annealing at high temperatures is a primary factor which affects the reduction of friction and wear of titania coatings while the presence of nanoparticles has secondary effect. Investigations in this study carried out with the use of the AFM technique highlighted the potential and flexibility of sol-gel approach in designing of various types of advanced materials in a form of mesoscopic objects, porous coatings and composite layers. Results collected in this study clearly demonstrated that sol-gel technique can be applied effectively in preparation of

  18. An improved design of TRISO particle with porous SiC inner layer by fluidized bed-chemical vapor deposition

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    Liu, Rongzheng; Liu, Malin; Chang, Jiaxing; Shao, Youlin; Liu, Bing

    2015-12-01

    Tristructural-isotropic (TRISO) particle has been successful in high temperature gas cooled reactor (HTGR), but an improved design is required for future development. In this paper, the coating layers are reconsidered, and an improved design of TRISO particle with porous SiC inner layer is proposed. Three methods of preparing the porous SiC layer, called high methyltrichlorosilane (MTS) concentration method, high Ar concentration method and hexamethyldisilane (HMDS) method, are experimentally studied. It is indicated that porous SiC layer can be successfully prepared and the density of SiC layer can be adjusted by tuning the preparation parameters. Microstructure and characterization of the improved TRISO coated particle are given based on scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman scattering and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis. It can be found that the improved TRISO coated particle with porous SiC layer can be mass produced successfully. The formation mechanisms of porous SiC layer are also discussed based on the fluidized bed-chemical vapor deposition principle.

  19. Random Boundary Simulation of Pumping Groundwater on Two-layer Soft Soil Structure with Porous Media

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    2002-01-01

    Based on random theory,fluid dynamics,porous media and soil mechanics,the porosity and random characteristic of the two-layer soft soil in Wuhan region were studied in this paper.The random seepage coefficient on the two-layer soft soil was analyzed,and the seepage model and its random distribution function were given.The groundwater flow differential equations related to the two layer soft soil structure were also established.The evaluation procedure of effect boundary on the pumping water in deep foundation pit was put forward.Moreover,with an engineering example,the probability distribution on random boundary prediction for pumping water of foundation pit was computed.

  20. Anisotropic viscoelastic shell modeling technique of copper patterns/photoimageable solder resist composite for warpage simulation of multi-layer printed circuit boards

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    In this study, the warpage simulation of a multi-layer printed circuit board (PCB) was performed as a function of various copper (Cu) patterns/photoimageable solder resist (PSR) composite patterns and their anisotropic viscoelastic properties. The thermo-mechanical properties of Cu/PSR patterns were obtained from finite element analysis (virtual test) and homogenized with anisotropic composite shell models that considered the viscoelastic properties. The multi-layer PCB model was simplified based on the unit Cu/PSR patterns and the warpage simulation during the reflow process was performed by using ABAQUS combined with a user-defined subroutine. From these results, it was demonstrated that the proposed anisotropic viscoelastic composite shell simulation technique can be successfully used to predict warpage of multi-layer PCBs during the reflow process. (paper)

  1. High power direct methanol fuel cell with a porous carbon nanofiber anode layer

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    Highlights: • This study demonstrates a novel porous carbon nanofiber anode (PNCF) layer. • PNFC anode layer DMFC presents power density of 23.0 mW cm−2. • This unit operates at room temperature and consumes low concentration of methanol. - Abstract: Three anode electrodes containing Pt–Ru Black as a catalyst were fabricated with a porous layer made with different carbon materials: carbon black (CB), carbon nanofiber (CNF) and a combination of both carbon materials (CB + CNF). The carbon-based porous layer was coated onto a carbon cloth with PTFE pre-treatment for delivering hydrophobic properties and applied in direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). Characterisation of electrochemical properties for three different anode electrodes was performed with cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry (CA) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) at room temperature in a half-cell configuration. The evolution of the surface morphology of diffusion layer and electrodes was characterised by using variable-pressure scanning electron microscopy (VP-SEM). The electrochemical results indicate that electrode with CNF layer showed the highest current densities compared to CB and CB + CNF with the same catalyst loading. VP-SEM measurements show the network formation within the structure, which could facilitate the methanol mass transfer and improve the catalyst efficiency. The electrodes were applied to a single-cell DMFC, and the cell performance was experimentally investigated under passive operating mode and room temperature. A maximum power density of 23.0 mW cm−2 at a current density of 88.0 mA cm−2 with a 3 M dilute methanol solution was achieved. The results show that the electrodes with a CNF layer could improve the performance of DMFC as compared with commercially used CB and prove it’s potentially application in DMFC technology especially for portable power source applications due to several advantages as followings: operating at low concentration of

  2. Computation of the potential distribution in a four-layer anisotropic concentric spherical volume conductor.

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    Zhou, H; van Oosterom, A

    1992-02-01

    A method for solving the potential distribution in a multilayer anisotropic concentric spherical volume conductor, which has recently been described in the literature, has been tested and found to be numerically unstable. In this paper it is demonstrated how these numerical difficulties can be avoided. Moreover, the method is extended by lifting the previously imposed restriction on the innermost region to be isotropic. A convergence criterion for determining the required number of terms in the final series expansion is proposed. The influences of radial and tangential conductivity values of the skull and brain tissue on the dipole-induced potential are investigated. PMID:1612618

  3. Comparative study of LPE and VPE silicon thin film on porous sacrificial layer

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    Thin film single crystal silicon on foreign substrate is an attractive way to realize cheap and efficient photovoltaic devices. In this paper we will compare epitaxial growth of silicon thin film on double porous sacrificial layers obtained by liquid or vapor phase epitaxy (LPE or VPE). Porous silicon is formed by electrochemical anodisation of monocrystalline silicon in a HF/ethanol solution. VPE is achieved in an atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD) reactor under H2 atmosphere. Growth rate is in between 0.5-3 μm/min. LPE is realised in a graphite sliding boat using indium or tin as solvent. Growth rate is in the range 0.1-1 μm/min depending on the temperature, the cooling rate and the solvent. We discuss the substrate orientation, temperature, growth rate, layer homogeneity and electrical properties of the epilayers for both growing techniques. Diffusion length and mobility are measured respectively with LBIC and Hall effect technique. The values obtained for p-type (μ>100 V/cm2/s and Ln>100 μm) allows the realisation of solar cell using interdigitated technology on the top of this layer, which is detached and transferred onto mullite substrate

  4. Measurement of capillary pressure in fuel cell diffusion media, micro-porous layers, catalyst layers, and interfaces

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    LaManna, Jacob M.; Bothe, James V.; Zhang, Feng Yuan; Mench, Matthew M.

    2014-12-01

    In this work, semi-empirical Leverett J-Function relationships relating capillary pressure and water saturation are experimentally derived for commercial and experimental polymer electrolyte fuel cell materials developed for automotive applications. Relationships were derived for Mitsubishi Rayon Corp. (MRC) U105 and General Motors (GM) experimental high tortuosity diffusion media (DM), the micro-porous layer (MPL), and the catalyst layer (CL). The standard Leverett J-Function under-predicted drainage curves for the DM at high saturation levels and significantly under-predicted the capillary pressure requirements for the MPL and CL across the entire saturation range. Composite structures were tested to understand interfacial effects for DM|MPL and MPL|CL. Each additional layer was found to superimpose its effects on capillary pressure onto the previous layers. The MPL formulation tested increased in porosity from a 136 nm peak average to a 153 nm peak average with increased surface porosity of the substrate. Additionally, small voids and pockets that accumulate liquid water were found to exist in the MPL|CL interface. The results of this work are useful for computational modelers seeking to enhance the resolution of their macroscopic multi-phase flow models which underestimate capillary pressure using the standard Leverett J-Function.

  5. Efficient solar photocatalytic activity of TiO2 coated nano-porous silicon by atomic layer deposition

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    Sampath, Sridhar; Maydannik, Philipp; Ivanova, Tatiana; Shestakova, Marina; Homola, Tomáš; Bryukvin, Anton; Sillanpää, Mika; Nagumothu, Rameshbabu; Alagan, Viswanathan

    2016-09-01

    In the present study, TiO2 coated nano-porous silicon (TiO2/PS) was prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) whereas porous silicon was prepared by stain etching method for efficient solar photocatalytic activity. TiO2/PS was characterized by FESEM, AFM, XRD, XPS and DRS UV-vis spectrophotometer. Absorbance spectrum revealed that TiO2/PS absorbs complete solar light with wave length range of 300 nm-800 nm and most importantly, it absorbs stronger visible light than UV light. The reason for efficient solar light absorption of TiO2/PS is that nanostructured TiO2 layer absorbs UV light and nano-porous silicon layer absorbs visible light which is transparent to TiO2 layer. The amount of visible light absorption of TiO2/PS directly increases with increase of silicon etching time. The effect of silicon etching time of TiO2/PS on solar photocatalytic activity was investigated towards methylene blue dye degradation. Layer by layer solar absorption mechanism was used to explain the enhanced photocatalytic activity of TiO2/PS solar absorber. According to this, the photo-generated electrons of porous silicon will be effectively injected into TiO2 via hetero junction interface which leads to efficient charge separation even though porous silicon is not participating in any redox reactions in direct.

  6. Series solutions of boundary-layer flows in porous media with lateral mass flux

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    Awang Kechil, Seripah [Universiti Tekonologi MARA, Department of Mathematics, Shah Alam Selangor (Malaysia); Hashim, Ishak [Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, School of Mathematical Sciences, UKM Bangi Selangor (Malaysia)

    2008-08-15

    Approximate analytical solutions for free convection boundary layers on a heated vertical plate with lateral mass flux embedded in a saturated porous medium are presented using the modified Adomian decomposition method and Pade technique. Several values of the wall temperature exponent for illustrating the effects of suction/injection parameter on the flow and heat transfer are considered. This study also includes the influence of the exponent on an impermeable surface. The results obtained are comparable to the exact analytical solutions and elucidate reliability and efficiency of the technique. (orig.)

  7. A note on conservative transport in anisotropic, heterogeneous porous media in the presence of small-amplitude transients

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    Naff, R.L.

    1998-01-01

    The late-time macrodispersion coefficients are obtained for the case of flow in the presence of a small-scale deterministic transient in a three-dimensional anisotropic, heterogeneous medium. The transient is assumed to affect only the velocity component transverse to the mean flow direction and to take the form of a periodic function. For the case of a highly stratified medium, these late-time macrodispersion coefficients behave largely as the standard coefficients used in the transport equation. Only in the event that the medium is isotropic is it probable that significant deviations from the standard coefficients would occur.

  8. Characterization and properties of a modified Si solar cell emitter by a porous Si layer

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    Porous Si (PS) has become an interesting material owing to its potential applications in many fields including microelectronics, optoelectronics and photovoltaics. PS layers on the front surface of n+/p monocrystalline, textured Si solar cells have been investigated with the aim of improving the performance of standard screen-printed cells, because an antireflection coating and a surface passivation can be obtained simultaneously in one chemical process. The results obtained could be useful in optimising the Si surface chemical treatment process. The surface morphology and microstructure of PS layers were investigated using SEM, TEM and non-contact AFM methods. The surface morphology of a PS layer depends strongly on the region where the pores are formed. The structure of PS layer is composed of macro-pores formed in p type Si (sizes vary over a large range up to 250 nm) and meso-pores formed in the n+ region of the p-n+ junction. The meso-pores of average size 20 nm on the pyramid slope elongate preferentially along the direction. The interface between the PS layer and the substrate as well as the surface roughness are clearly defined. The results show that the PS layer on the pyramids is formed uniformly along the walls. Meso-pores created on the macro-pore surface are a characteristic feature of the surface between pyramids. Such a surface modification allows improving the Si solar cell characteristics

  9. Biodegradable polymer for sealing porous PEO layer on pure magnesium: An in vitro degradation study

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Poly(L-lactide) was used to seal the porous PEO layer on Mg. • The dual-layer coating improved the in vitro degradation resistance of Mg. • Localized degradation was inhibited in the dual-layer coated Mg. - Abstract: An attempt was made to seal the porous silicate-based plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) layer on pure magnesium (Mg) with a biodegradable polymer, poly(L-lactide) (PLLA), to delay the localized degradation of magnesium-based implants in body fluid for better in-service mechanical integrity. Firstly, a silicate-based PEO coating on pure magnesium was performed using a pulsed constant current method. In order to seal the pores in the PEO layer, PLLA was coated using a two-step spin coating method. The performance of the PEO–PLLA Mg was evaluated using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiodynamic polarization. The EIS results showed that the polarization resistance (Rp) of the PEO–PLLA Mg was close to two orders of magnitude higher than that of the PEO Mg. While the corrosion current density (icorr) of the pure Mg was reduced by 65% with the PEO coating, the PEO–PLLA coating reduced the icorr by almost 100%. As expected, the Rp of the PEO–PLLA Mg decreased with increase in exposure time. However, it was noted that the Rp of the PEO–PLLA Mg even after 100 h was six times higher than that of the PEO Mg after 48 h exposure, and did not show any visible localized attack

  10. Biodegradable polymer for sealing porous PEO layer on pure magnesium: An in vitro degradation study

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    Alabbasi, Alyaa; Mehjabeen, Afrin [Biomaterials and Engineering Materials (BEM) Laboratory, James Cook University, Townsville 4811, Queensland (Australia); Kannan, M. Bobby, E-mail: bobby.mathan@jcu.edu.au [Biomaterials and Engineering Materials (BEM) Laboratory, James Cook University, Townsville 4811, Queensland (Australia); Ye, Qingsong [Discipline of Dentistry, James Cook University, Townsville 4811, Queensland (Australia); Blawert, Carsten [Magnesium Innovation Centre, Institute of Materials Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Geesthacht 21502 (Germany)

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Poly(L-lactide) was used to seal the porous PEO layer on Mg. • The dual-layer coating improved the in vitro degradation resistance of Mg. • Localized degradation was inhibited in the dual-layer coated Mg. - Abstract: An attempt was made to seal the porous silicate-based plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) layer on pure magnesium (Mg) with a biodegradable polymer, poly(L-lactide) (PLLA), to delay the localized degradation of magnesium-based implants in body fluid for better in-service mechanical integrity. Firstly, a silicate-based PEO coating on pure magnesium was performed using a pulsed constant current method. In order to seal the pores in the PEO layer, PLLA was coated using a two-step spin coating method. The performance of the PEO–PLLA Mg was evaluated using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiodynamic polarization. The EIS results showed that the polarization resistance (R{sub p}) of the PEO–PLLA Mg was close to two orders of magnitude higher than that of the PEO Mg. While the corrosion current density (i{sub corr}) of the pure Mg was reduced by 65% with the PEO coating, the PEO–PLLA coating reduced the i{sub corr} by almost 100%. As expected, the R{sub p} of the PEO–PLLA Mg decreased with increase in exposure time. However, it was noted that the R{sub p} of the PEO–PLLA Mg even after 100 h was six times higher than that of the PEO Mg after 48 h exposure, and did not show any visible localized attack.

  11. Application of X-ray diffraction methods in the study of micrometer-sized porous Si layers

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    An X-ray analysis of porous silicon layers (Sb-doped n+-Si(111)) obtained by anodic oxidation for different times with a current of 50 mA/cm2 is performed by the methods of double-crystal rocking curves and total external reflection. A nondestructive method for monitoring the stationary process of the formation of micrometer-sized porous silicon layers and estimating their porosity and thickness is proposed. The parameters obtained for porous silicon layers with a thickness of ∼6 μm are confirmed by the joint processing of diffraction curves for the 111 and 333 reflections on the basis of the developed model of dynamic scattering from layers while taking into account the strain profiles Δd(z)/d, the static Debye-Waller factor f(z), and the porosity P(z). The advantages and drawbacks of the proposed method are discussed.

  12. A second-order, perfectly matched layer formulation to model 3D transient wave propagation in anisotropic elastic media

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    Assi, Hisham

    2016-01-01

    Numerical simulation of wave propagation in an infinite medium is made possible by surrounding a finite region by a perfectly matched layer (PML). Using this approach a generalized three-dimensional (3D) formulation is proposed for time-domain modeling of elastic wave propagation in an unbounded lossless anisotropic medium. The formulation is based on a second-order approach that has the advantages of, physical relationship to the underlying equations, and amenability to be implemented in common numerical schemes. Specifically, our formulation uses three second-order equations of the displacement field and nine auxiliary equations, along with the three time histories of the displacement field. The properties of the PML, which are controlled by a complex two-parameter stretch function, are such that it acts as near perfect absorber. Using finite element method (FEM) 3D numerical results are presented for a highly anisotropic medium. An extension of the formulation to the particular case of a Kelvin-Vogit visco...

  13. Optical scatterometry with analytic approaches applied to periodic nano-arrays including anisotropic layers

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    Abdulhalim, I.

    2007-06-01

    Optical scatterometry is being used as a powerful technique for measurement of sub-wavelength periodic structures. It is based on measuring the scattered signal and solving the inverse scattering problem. For periodic nano-arrays with feature size less than 100nm, it is possible to simplify the electromagnetic simulations using the Rytov near quasi-static approximation valid for feature periods only few times less than the wavelength. This is shown to be adequate for the determination of the structure parameters from the zero order reflected or transmitted waves and their polarization or ellipsometric properties. The validity of this approach is applied to lamellar nano-scale grating photo-resist lines on Si substrate. Formulation for structures containing anisotropic multilayers is presented using the 4x4 matrix approach.

  14. Computer-Aided Process Planning for the Layered Fabrication of Porous Scaffold Matrices

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    Starly, Binil

    Rapid Prototyping (RP) technology promises to have a tremendous impact on the design and fabrication of porous tissue replacement structures for applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The layer-by-layer fabrication technology enables the design of patient-specific medical implants and complex structures for diseased tissue replacement strategies. Combined with advancements in imaging modalities and bio-modeling software, physicians can engage themselves in advanced solutions for craniofacial and mandibular reconstruction. For example, prior to the advancement of RP technologies, solid titanium parts used as implants for mandibular reconstruction were fashioned out of molding or CNC-based machining processes (Fig. 3.1). Titanium implants built using this process are often heavy, leading to increased patient discomfort. In addition, the Young's modulus of titanium is almost five times that of healthy cortical bone resulting in stress shielding effects [1,2]. With the advent of CAD/CAM-based tools, the virtual reconstruction of the implants has resulted in significant design improvements. The new generation of implants can be porous, enabling the in-growth of healthy bone tissue for additional implant fixation and stabilization. Newer implants would conform to the external shape of the defect site that is intended to be filled in. More importantly, the effective elastic modulus of the implant can be designed to match that of surrounding tissue. Ideally, the weight of the implant can be designed to equal the weight of the tissue that is being replaced resulting in increased patient comfort. Currently, such porous structures for reconstruction can only be fabricated using RP-based metal fabrication technologies such as Electron Beam Melting (EBM), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS®), and 3D™ Printing processes.

  15. Mechanical and corrosion performance of SiC multilayer containing porous layers

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    Presently, one of the most interesting approaches to the generation of H2 is based on sulphur-based cycles, that however require structural components able to work in a corrosive environment at high temperature. Silicon carbide (SiC) is one of the most promising materials for this application, and to increase its limited toughness multilayered structures can be envisaged, since crack deviation and delamination increase energy adsorption during fracture. In this work tape casting and pressureless sintering were used to produce SiC samples consisting in alternating dense and porous layers, the porosity being realised by the insertion of pore forming agents during the preparation of the green ceramic. The mechanical properties of these materials were studied both at room temperature and at 1550 deg. C. The effect of corrosion at 850 deg. C by a mixture of H2O, O2 and SO2 was studied by comparing microstructure and mechanical behaviour before and after long-term (1000 h) corrosion treatments. Corrosion resistance was very good, and flexural strength was strongly increased due to a combined effect of crack tip blunting and compressive residual stress formation. Concerning the architecture instead, the insertion of porous layers brings to a reduction of flexural strength, while Young's modulus remains almost constant.

  16. Steam and air co-injection in removing residual TCE in unsaturated layered sandy porous media

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    Peng, Sheng; Wang, Ning; Chen, Jiajun

    2013-10-01

    Steam and air co-injection is a promising technique for volatile and semi-volatile organic contaminant remediation in heterogeneous porous media. In this study, removal of trichloroethene (TCE) with steam-air co-injection was investigated through a series of 2D sandbox experiments with different layered sand structures, and through numerical simulations. The results show that a layered structure with coarse sand, in which steam and air convection are relatively rapid, resulted in a higher removal rate and a larger removal ratio than those observed in an experiment using finer sand; however, the difference was not significant, and the removal ratios from three experiments ranged from 85% to 94%. Slight downward movement of TCE was observed for Experiment 1 (TCE initially in a fine sand zone encased in a coarse sand), while no such movement was observed for Experiment 2 (TCE initially in two fine sand layers encased in a coarse sand) or 3 (TCE initially in a silty sand zone encased in a coarse sand). Simulations show accumulation of TCE at the interface of the layered sands, which indicates a capillary barrier effect in restraining the downward movement of TCE. This effect is illustrated further by a numerical experiment with homogeneous coarse sand, in which continuous downward TCE movement to the bottom of the sandbox was simulated. Another numerical experiment with higher water saturation was also conducted. The results illustrate a complicated influence of water saturation on TCE removal in a layered sand structure.

  17. Discrete and continuous modelling of convective heat transport in a thin porous layer of mono sized spheres

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    Burström, Per E. C.; Frishfelds, Vilnis; Ljung, Anna-Lena; Lundström, T. Staffan; Marjavaara, B. Daniel

    2016-04-01

    Convective heat transport in a relatively thin porous layer of monosized particles is here modeled. The size of the particles is only one order of magnitude smaller than the thickness of the layer. Both a discrete three-dimensional system of particles and a continuous one-dimensional model are considered. The methodology applied for the discrete system is Voronoi discretization with minimization of dissipation rate of energy. The discrete and continuous model compares well for low velocities for the studied uniform inlet boundary conditions. When increasing the speed or for a thin porous layer however, the continuous model diverge from the discrete approach if a constant dispersion is used in the continuous approach. The new result is thus that a special correlation must be used when using a continuous model for flow perpendicular to a thin porous media in order to predict the dispersion in proper manner, especially in combination with higher velocities.

  18. Observation of anisotropic interlayer Raman modes in few-layer ReS{sub 2}

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    Nagler, Philipp; Plechinger, Gerd; Schueller, Christian; Korn, Tobias [Institut fuer Experimentelle und Angewandte Physik, Universitaet Regensburg, 93040, Regensburg (Germany)

    2016-02-15

    ReS{sub 2} has recently emerged as a new member in the rapidly growing family of two-dimensional materials. Unlike MoS{sub 2} or WSe{sub 2}, the optical and electrical properties of ReS{sub 2} are not isotropic due to the reduced symmetry of the crystal. Here, we present layer-dependent Raman measurements of ReS{sub 2} samples ranging from monolayers to ten layers in the ultralow frequency regime. We observe layer breathing and shear modes which allow for easy assignment of the number of layers. Polarization-dependent measurements give further insight into the crystal structure and reveal an energetic shift of the shear mode which stems from the in-plane anisotropy of the shear modulus in this material. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  19. Effects of zinc capping layers and annealing on the properties of porous silicon

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    Kim, Min Su; Yim, Kwang Gug; Kim, Soa Ram; Leem, Jae-Young; Nam, Gi Woong [Inje University, Gimhae (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Dong Yul [Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Yongin (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jin Soo [Chonbuk National University, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jong Su [Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan (Korea, Republic of); Son, Jeong Sik [Kyungwoon University, Gumi (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    Porous silicon (PS) was prepared by using electrochemical anodization. Ultra-thin zinc layers were deposited on the PS by using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PA-MBE). The effects of the zinc capping layers and annealing on the properties of the PS were investigated by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence (PL). The as-prepared PS has fissure-like pores over the entire surface. The irregular and randomly distributed nanosized pores became circular after deposition of zinc layers with a thickness of 120 A. As the annealing temperature was increased to 600 .deg. C, the diameter of the circular shaped pores increased. However, the contours of the circular shaped pores on the surface of the PS capped with the ultra-thin zinc layers (ZPS) became blurred slightly by further increases in the annealing temperature. The ZPS exhibited a higher intensity and an enhanced photostability of the red emission peak compared with conventional PS. The size and the number of the circular-shaped pores on the surface of the ZPS were increased by annealing, leading to increases in the intensities and the full width at half maximums and the redshifts of the emission peaks. Moreover, the annealing temperature of 600 .deg. C was the most suitable for enhancing the luminescent intensity of the ZPS.

  20. Radial microstructure and optical properties of a porous silicon layer by pulse anodic etching*

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    2011-01-01

    This paper investigates the radial refractive index and optical and physical thicknesses of porous silicon (PS) layers prepared by pulse etching by means of reflectance spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The relationship between the radial refractive index and optical thickness of the PS sample and the position away from the etched centre along the radial direction has been analyzed in detail.With the position farther away from the etched centre, the SEM image shows that the physical thickness of the PS sample decreases slowly, whereas intensely decreases from 2.48 to 1.72 μm near the edge at a distance of 58 μm. Moreover, the radial refractive index increases, indicating that the porosity becomes smaller. Meanwhile, the reflectance spectra exhibit the less intense interference oscillations, which mean that the uniformity and interface smoothness of the PS layers become worse, and the envelope curves of photoluminescence spectra exhibit a trend of blue-shift, indicating a reduction in nanocrystal dimensions. The PS micro-cavity is prepared to study the radial optical properties of the PS layer, and the results verify that the uniformity and smoothness of the PS layer in the centre are better than those at the edge.

  1. A combined SEM, CV and EIS study of multi-layered porous ceramic reactors for flue gas purification

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    He, Zeming; Andersen, Kjeld Bøhm; Nygaard, Frederik Berg; Kammer Hansen, Kent

    2013-01-01

    The effect of sintering temperature of 12-layered porous ceramic reactors (comprising 5 cells) was studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The difference in microstructures of the reactors was evaluated by SEM....... Additional information on the influence of sintering temperature on the properties of the reactors could be gained by the use of EIS. The present work has provided the first set of fundamental electrochemical data and their interpretation in terms of fabrication conditions, for the multi-layered porous...... ceramic reactors....

  2. Photoluminescence enhancement in porous SiC passivated by atomic layer deposited Al2O3 films

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    Lu, Weifang; Iwasa, Yoshimi; Ou, Yiyu;

    2016-01-01

    Porous SiC co-doped with B and N was passivated by atomic layer deposited (ALD) Al2O3 films to enhance the photoluminescence. After optimizing the deposition conditions, as high as 14.9 times photoluminescence enhancement has been achieved.......Porous SiC co-doped with B and N was passivated by atomic layer deposited (ALD) Al2O3 films to enhance the photoluminescence. After optimizing the deposition conditions, as high as 14.9 times photoluminescence enhancement has been achieved....

  3. Double-layer anisotropic light diffusion films fabricated using a two-step UV curing technique

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    Kusama, Kentaro; Ishinabe, Takahiro; Katagiri, Baku; Orui, Tomoo; Shoshi, Satoru; Fujikake, Hideo

    2016-04-01

    We developed a novel light diffusion film with a double diffusion layer structure for high reflectivity and a wide diffusion angle range. We demonstrated that the internal layer structure of the light diffusion film is controlled by the diffusion angle of the ultraviolet (UV) light used for photopolymerization. We successfully fabricated two different diffusion layers in a single polymer film using a two-step UV curing process and achieved a wide diffusion angle range and high reflectivity normal to the film surface. Our light diffusion film can control the distribution of diffused light, and should contribute to the development of future low-power reflective displays with high reflectivity similar to the white paper.

  4. Anisotropic Diffusion In Layered Argillaceous Rocks: A Case Study With Opalinus Clay

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    Van Loon, L.R.; Soler, J.; Mueller, W.; Bradbury, M.H

    2003-03-01

    Anisotropic diffusion was studied in Opalinus Clay, a potential host rock for the disposal of spent fuel, vitrified high-level waste and intermediate-level waste. Diffusion parallel to the bedding was measured using a radial through-diffusion technique, while diffusion perpendicular to the bedding was measured using the classical (planar) through-diffusion method. The materials used were samples from Mont Terri (MT) and Benken (BE), respectively. Diffusion of Tritiated Water (HTO), parallel and perpendicular to the bedding, was studied under confining pressures of 7 MPa (MT) and 14 MPa (BE), respectively. The effective diffusion coefficient for diffusion parallel to the bedding, D{sub e}, was found to be 3.20({+-}0.26)x10{sup 11} m{sup 2}s{sup -1} and for the Benken 5.39({+-}0.43)x10{sup -11} m{sup 2}s-1 for the Mont Terri samples. The diffusion accessible porosity was {approx} 0.15({+-}0.02) in both cases. For diffusion perpendicular to the bedding, the effective diffusion coefficient was 5.44({+-}0.35)x10{sup -12} m{sup 2}s-1 and 1.37({+-}0.08)x10{sup -11} m{sup 2}s{sup -1} for the Benken and Mont Terri samples, respectively. The diffusion accessible porosity was also {approx}0.15({+-}0.02) in both cases. These first results indicate that diffusion parallel to bedding is larger than that perpendicular to the bedding by a factor of 4 to 6. This might be explained in terms of smaller path lengths (tortuosity) for species diffusing parallel to the fabric. (author)

  5. One-step synthesis of hierarchically porous carbons for high-performance electric double layer supercapacitors

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    Zhang, Haitao; Zhang, Lei; Chen, Jun; Su, Hai; Liu, Fangyan; Yang, Weiqing

    2016-05-01

    With plenty of unique porous structure at micro-/nano scale, hierarchically porous carbons (HPCs) are promising for usage in advanced electric double layer supercapacitors (EDLCs) as the electrode materials. However, wide-range adoption of HPC for practical application is largely shadowed by its extremely complex synthesis process with considerably low production efficiency. Herein we reported a simple template-free, one-step sintering method, to massively produce the HPCs for high-performance EDLCs. Resorting to the 3D structure modification of the wide pore size distribution, high surface area of HPCs (up to 3000 m2 g-1) was achieved. By using 1 M Na2SO4 as electrolyte, the as-fabricated HPCs based EDLCs can be operated reversibly over a wide voltage window of 1.6 V with superior specific capacitance of 240 F g-1 under a current density of 0.5 A g-1. In the meanwhile, the EDLCs exhibit excellent rate capability (high power density of 16 kW kg-1 at 10.2 Wh kg-1) and long-term cycling stability with 9% loss of its initial capacitance after 2000 cycles. This output performance distinguished itself among most of the carbon-based EDLCs with neutral aqueous electrolyte. Thus, the template-free one-step sintering method produced HPCs for EDLCs represents a new approach for high-performance energy storage.

  6. GO-induced assembly of gelatin toward stacked layer-like porous carbon for advanced supercapacitors

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    Zhang, Xiaomeng; Jiao, Yanqing; Sun, Li; Wang, Lei; Wu, Aiping; Yan, Haijing; Meng, Meichen; Tian, Chungui; Jiang, Baojiang; Fu, Honggang

    2016-01-01

    Layer-like nanocarbons with high surface area and good conductivity are promising materials for supercapacitors due to their good ability for effective charge-transfer and mass-transfer. In this paper, stacked layer-like porous carbon containing RGO (reduced graphene oxides) (LPCG) was constructed via the GO-induced assembly of gelatin followed by carbonization and activation processes. Under suitable conditions, LPCG-based materials with a thickness of about 100 nm and a high specific surface area (up to 1476 m2 g-1) could be obtained. In the materials, the closed combination of RGO and porous carbon can be observed, which is favourable for the development of the synergistic effects of both components. The presence of GO can not only enhance the conductivity of LPCG-based materials, but also is essential for the formation of a thin carbon sheet with a stacked structure. Otherwise, the plate-like, non-stacked carbon with a thickness of about 500 nm could be formed in the absence of RGO. The porous structure along with the presence of RGO allows rapid charge-transfer and easy access and diffusion of electrolyte ions. As a result, the materials exhibited a high discharge specific capacitance (455 F g-1 at 0.5 A g-1, 366 F g-1 at 1 A g-1), good rate capability (221 F g-1 at density 30 A g-1) and good cycling stability. In aqueous electrolytes, the energy density could be up to 9.32 W h kg-1 at a relatively low power density of 500 W kg-1 with a good cycling stability (>96% over 5000 cycles). It was found that (1) the rational combination of RGO and porous carbon is essential for enhancing the capacitance performance and improving the cycling stability and (2) the high conductivity is favorable for improving the rate performance of the materials. The LPCG-based materials have extensive potential for practical applications in energy storage and conversion devices.Layer-like nanocarbons with high surface area and good conductivity are promising materials for

  7. On the boundary layer structure near a highly permeable porous interface

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    Dalwadi, Mohit P; Waters, Sarah L; Oliver, James M

    2015-01-01

    The method of matched asymptotic expansions is used to study the canonical problem of steady laminar flow through a narrow two-dimensional channel blocked by a tight-fitting finite-length highly permeable porous obstacle. We investigate the behaviour of the local flow close to the interface between the single-phase and porous regions (governed by the incompressible Navier--Stokes and Darcy flow equations, respectively). We solve for the local flow in the limits of low and high Reynolds number, facilitating an understanding of the nature of the transition from Poiseuille to plug to Poiseuille flow in each of these limits. Significant analytic progress is made in the high-Reynolds-number limit, as we are able to explore in detail the rich boundary layer structure that occurs. We derive general results for the interfacial stress and for the conditions that couple the flow in the regions away from the interface. We consider the three-dimensional generalization to unsteady laminar flow through and around a tight-f...

  8. High-Density Protein Loading on Hierarchically Porous Layered Double Hydroxide Composites with a Rational Mesostructure.

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    Tokudome, Yasuaki; Fukui, Megu; Tarutani, Naoki; Nishimura, Sari; Prevot, Vanessa; Forano, Claude; Poologasundarampillai, Gowsihan; Lee, Peter D; Takahashi, Masahide

    2016-09-01

    Hierarchically porous biocompatible Mg-Al-Cl-type layered double hydroxide (LDH) composites containing aluminum hydroxide (Alhy) have been prepared using a phase-separation process. The sol-gel synthesis allows for the hierarchical pores of the LDH-Alhy composites to be tuned, leading to a high specific solid surface area per unit volume available for high-molecular-weight protein adsorptions. A linear relationship between the effective surface area, SEFF, and loading capacity of a model protein, bovine serum albumin (BSA), is established following successful control of the structure of the LDH-Alhy composite. The threshold of the mean pore diameter, Dpm, above which BSA is effectively adsorbed on the surface of LDH-Alhy composites, is deduced as 20 nm. In particular, LDH-Alhy composite aerogels obtained via supercritical drying exhibit an extremely high capacity for protein loading (996 mg/g) as a result of a large mean mesopore diameter (>30 nm). The protein loading on LDH-Alhy is >14 times that of a reference LDH material (70 mg/g) prepared via a standard procedure. Importantly, BSA molecules pre-adsorbed on porous composites were successfully released on soaking in ionic solutions (HPO4(2-) and Cl(-) aqueous). The superior capability of the biocompatible LDH materials for loading, encapsulation, and releasing large quantities of proteins was clearly demonstrated. PMID:27501777

  9. Polarization-Conversion Guided Mode (PCGM) technique for exploring thin anisotropic surface layers.

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    Yang, Fuzi; Ruan, Lizhen; Sambles, John R

    2007-09-01

    A Polarization-Conversion Guided Mode (PCGM) technique has been developed to quantify optical anisotropy as low as 10-5 for a surface layer only 10 nm thick. The optical geometry consists of an index-fluid matched prism-coupler and an air-gap waveguide comprising the thin sample on a glass plate as the incident surface with a gold reflector forming the other surface of the guide. This allows non-destructive characterization of the optical anisotropy of surface layers. The polarization conversion signal is extraordinarily sensitive. Thus the influence of the polarization purity of the incoming beam, very small twists and/or tilts between the normal to the prism bottom surface and the sample plane, have all been analyzed in detail to allow extraction of the sought for information about the thin layer. Rubbed polyimide thin films and incline-evaporated SiOx layers, both used for liquid crystal alignment, have been examined by this PCGM technique to demonstrate its power. PMID:19547479

  10. Onset of Convection in a Nanofluid Saturated Porous Layer with Temperature Dependent Viscosity

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    I. S. Shivakumara

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The effect of nanofluid viscosity varying exponentially with temperature on the onset of convection in a layer of nanofluid saturated Darcy porous medium is investigated. The nanoparticle flux is zero condition on the boundaries is invoked to account for physically realistic situation. The resulting eigenvalue problem is solved numerically using the Galerkin method. It is observed that the instability sets in only as stationary convection and the occurrence of oscillatory convection is ruled out. The effect of viscosity parameter on the characteristics of stability is found to be significant and dual in nature. The onset of convection is hastened and the size of convection cells is enlarged with an increase in the value of modified diffusivity ratio, concentration Darcy-Rayleigh number, the modified particle density increment parameter and the Lewis number.

  11. Formation of nano-structured CdSe composites in porous SiOx layers

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    A possibility to fabricate nanocomposite structures using various techniques - in particular, the implantation of CdSe nanoparticles into a por-SiOx matrix and the formation of CdSe nanoparticles in a por-SiOx matrix as a result of the chemical deposition - has been studied. The deposition of CdSe nanoparticles was shown to result in the formation of several fractions of nanoparticles in the porous near-surface layer Si - SiOx, with nanoparticle dimensions being about 1.2 and 2.5 nm for their deposition from a colloid solution, and about 1.9 and 2.3 nm at the chemical deposition. The properties of nano-structured composites obtained by those two methods are found to be controllable by varying the regimes of additional treatments and the time of nanoparticle synthesis, respectively.

  12. Strong infrared photoluminescence in highly porous layers of large faceted Si crystalline nanoparticles.

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    de Jong, E M L D; Mannino, G; Alberti, A; Ruggeri, R; Italia, M; Zontone, F; Chushkin, Y; Pennisi, A R; Gregorkiewicz, T; Faraci, G

    2016-01-01

    Almost all physical processes in solids are influenced by phonons, but their effect is frequently overlooked. In this paper, we investigate the photoluminescence of large silicon nanoparticles (approximately 100 nm size, synthesized by chemical vapor deposition) in the visible to the infrared detection range. We find that upon increasing laser irradiance, an enormous photoluminescence emission band appears in the infrared. Its intensity exhibits a superlinear power dependence, increasing over four orders of magnitude in the investigated pump power range. Particles of different sizes as well as different shapes in porous layers are investigated. The results are discussed taking into account the efficient generation of phonons under high-power pumping, and the reduced capability, porosity dependent, of the silicon nanoparticles to exchange energy with each other and with the substrate. Our findings are relevant for heat management strategies in silicon. PMID:27216452

  13. Strong infrared photoluminescence in highly porous layers of large faceted Si crystalline nanoparticles

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    de Jong, E. M. L. D.; Mannino, G.; Alberti, A.; Ruggeri, R.; Italia, M.; Zontone, F.; Chushkin, Y.; Pennisi, A. R.; Gregorkiewicz, T.; Faraci, G.

    2016-05-01

    Almost all physical processes in solids are influenced by phonons, but their effect is frequently overlooked. In this paper, we investigate the photoluminescence of large silicon nanoparticles (approximately 100 nm size, synthesized by chemical vapor deposition) in the visible to the infrared detection range. We find that upon increasing laser irradiance, an enormous photoluminescence emission band appears in the infrared. Its intensity exhibits a superlinear power dependence, increasing over four orders of magnitude in the investigated pump power range. Particles of different sizes as well as different shapes in porous layers are investigated. The results are discussed taking into account the efficient generation of phonons under high-power pumping, and the reduced capability, porosity dependent, of the silicon nanoparticles to exchange energy with each other and with the substrate. Our findings are relevant for heat management strategies in silicon.

  14. Adjustment of residual stress and intermediate layer to BDD/porous Ti composite membrane

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    Tian, Cheng-lu; Li, Xiao-wei; Chang, Ming

    2013-05-01

    Diamond films are deposited on porous Ti substrates by hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) method. For adjusting the residual stress of substrate and the titanium carbide (TiC) intermediate layer, the substrates are under annealing process firstly, then are put into alkaline solution with electricity oxidation, and finally composite membranes are obtained by HFCVD, which are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), metalloscope and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Results show that the composite membranes deposited on unannealed substrates are cracked obviously in both sides and broken off easily. After annealing process, the membranes are no longer cracked easily, because the tensile stress distributed in substrates is significantly relieved. After passivation process, TiC generated between diamond film and substrate is less than that without passivation process.

  15. (Zn,Cd)S porous layers for dye-sensitized solar cell application

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    Olea, Alfredo; Sebastian, P.J. [Coordinacion de Solar-H2-Celda de Combustible, CIE-UNAM 62580 Temixco, Morelos (Mexico)

    1998-07-23

    Porous (Zn,Cd)S structures were formed by screen printing of CdS, ZnS, ZnCl{sub 2} and CdCl{sub 2} powders in different configurations and sintering in air at high temperature. The XRD (X-ray diffraction) analysis of these layers sintered at different temperatures revealed that the CdO and ZnO formation in the (Zn,CdS) matrix is by the phase transformation of (Zn,Cd)S. The structure, composition and photosensitivity of this composite structure depends on the sintering temperature, sintering atmosphere and the flux to semiconductor (F/S) ratio. The results indicate that the screen printed (Zn,Cd)S structure may be used as a photoconductor in solid state devices and as a photoelectrode in photo-electro-chemical energy conversion systems

  16. The computer programs for heat transfer analysis in a horizontal annular porous insulation layer

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    Two computor programs have been developed to analyze natural convective heat transfer in an annular porous insulation layer which has a horizontal axis. In the insulation layer, it is considered that the Darcy's law rules the fluid motion and the effect of density variation on natural convection is taken into account basis of Boussinesq approximation. The boundary condition at the outer surface of insulation layer is applicable to both constant temperature and given heat transfer conditions for the energy equation. In solving the equations the successive over relaxation (SOR) method was employed for both momentum and energy equations and up-wind difference-method was also applied to the convective term of energy equation to avoid the divergence of the solutions. The input data including some control parameters are briefly described with their formats and the output data are also explained. Elements of the programs including the main program and the fucntions of subroutines are described. The source program listing is appended. (author)

  17. Formation of Porous Apatite Layer during In Vitro Study of Hydroxyapatite-AW Based Glass Composites

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This research discussed the fabrication, characterization, and in vitro study of composites based on the mixture of hydroxyapatite powder and apatite-wollastonite (AW based glass. AW based glass was prepared from the SiO2-CaO-MgO-P2O5-CaF2 glass system. This study focuses on the effect of composition and sintering temperature that influences the properties of these composites. Microstructural study revealed the formation of apatite layer on the composite surfaces when immersed in simulated body fluid (SBF solution at 37°C. Composites containing ≥50 wt% AW based glass showed good bioactivity after 7 days of immersion in the SBF. A porous calcium phosphate (potentially hydroxycarbonate apatite, HCA layer formed at the SBF-composite interface and the layer became denser at longer soaking period, for periods ranging from 7 to 28 days. Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES analysis showed that early stage of soaking occurred with the release of Ca and Si ions from the composites and the decrease of P ions with slow exchange rate.

  18. Optical and electrical properties of porous silicon layer formed on the textured surface by electrochemical etching

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    Porous silicon (PS) layers were formed on textured crystalline silicon by electrochemical etching in HF-based electrolyte. Optical and electrical properties of the TMAH textured surfaces with PS formation are studied. Moreover, the influences of the initial structures and the anodizing time on the optical and electrical properties of the surfaces after PS formation are investigated. The results show that the TMAH textured surfaces with PS formation present a dramatic decrease in reflectance. The longer the anodizing time is, the lower the reflectance. Moreover, an initial surface with bigger pyramids achieved lower reflectance in a short wavelength range. A minimum reflectance of 3.86% at 460 nm is achieved for a short anodizing time of 2 min. Furthermore, the reflectance spectrum of the sample, which was etched in 3 vol.% TMAH for 25 min and then anodized for 20 min, is extremely flat and lies between 3.67% and 6.15% in the wavelength range from 400 to 1040 nm. In addition, for a short anodizing time, a slight increase in the effective carrier lifetime is observed. Our results indicate that PS layers formed on a TMAH textured surface for a short anodization treatment can be used as both broadband antireflection coatings and passivation layers for the application in solar cells. (semiconductor technology)

  19. Optical and electrical properties of porous silicon layer formed on the textured surface by electrochemical etching

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    Ou Weiying; Zhao Lei; Diao Hongwei; Zhang Jun; Wang Wenjing, E-mail: wjwangwj@126.com [Key Laboratory of Solar Thermal Energy and Photovoltaic System, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2011-05-15

    Porous silicon (PS) layers were formed on textured crystalline silicon by electrochemical etching in HF-based electrolyte. Optical and electrical properties of the TMAH textured surfaces with PS formation are studied. Moreover, the influences of the initial structures and the anodizing time on the optical and electrical properties of the surfaces after PS formation are investigated. The results show that the TMAH textured surfaces with PS formation present a dramatic decrease in reflectance. The longer the anodizing time is, the lower the reflectance. Moreover, an initial surface with bigger pyramids achieved lower reflectance in a short wavelength range. A minimum reflectance of 3.86% at 460 nm is achieved for a short anodizing time of 2 min. Furthermore, the reflectance spectrum of the sample, which was etched in 3 vol.% TMAH for 25 min and then anodized for 20 min, is extremely flat and lies between 3.67% and 6.15% in the wavelength range from 400 to 1040 nm. In addition, for a short anodizing time, a slight increase in the effective carrier lifetime is observed. Our results indicate that PS layers formed on a TMAH textured surface for a short anodization treatment can be used as both broadband antireflection coatings and passivation layers for the application in solar cells. (semiconductor technology)

  20. Optical and electrical properties of porous silicon layer formed on the textured surface by electrochemical etching

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    Weiying, Ou; Lei, Zhao; Hongwei, Diao; Jun, Zhang; Wenjing, Wang

    2011-05-01

    Porous silicon (PS) layers were formed on textured crystalline silicon by electrochemical etching in HF-based electrolyte. Optical and electrical properties of the TMAH textured surfaces with PS formation are studied. Moreover, the influences of the initial structures and the anodizing time on the optical and electrical properties of the surfaces after PS formation are investigated. The results show that the TMAH textured surfaces with PS formation present a dramatic decrease in reflectance. The longer the anodizing time is, the lower the reflectance. Moreover, an initial surface with bigger pyramids achieved lower reflectance in a short wavelength range. A minimum reflectance of 3.86% at 460 nm is achieved for a short anodizing time of 2 min. Furthermore, the reflectance spectrum of the sample, which was etched in 3 vol.% TMAH for 25 min and then anodized for 20 min, is extremely flat and lies between 3.67% and 6.15% in the wavelength range from 400 to 1040 nm. In addition, for a short anodizing time, a slight increase in the effective carrier lifetime is observed. Our results indicate that PS layers formed on a TMAH textured surface for a short anodization treatment can be used as both broadband antireflection coatings and passivation layers for the application in solar cells.

  1. Numerical investigations on liquid water removal from the porous gas diffusion layer by reactant flow

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    Water removal from the gas diffusion layer (GDL) is crucial for the efficient operation of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell. Static pressure gradient caused by the fast reactant flow in the flow channel is one of the main mechanisms of water removal from GDL. Reactant can leak or cross directly to the neighboring channel via the porous GDL in the cells with serpentine flow channel and many of its modifications. Such cross flow plays an important role for the removal of liquid water accumulated in the GDL especially under land area. To investigate the characteristics of liquid water behavior in the GDL under pressure gradient, the fibrous porous structure of the carbon paper is modeled by three dimensional impermeable cylinders randomly distributed in the in-plane directions and unsteady two-phase simulations are conducted. It is shown that the permeability from the numerical model matches well the experimental measurements of the common GDLs in the literature. The contact angle and pressure gradient are the key parameters that determine the initiation and the process of liquid water transport in the GDL which is initially wet with stagnant liquid water. It has been observed that the larger contact angle results in faster water removal from the GDL. Numerical simulations are performed for a wide range of pressure gradient with different contact angles to determine the minimum pressure gradient that initiates the liquid water transport in the GDL. It is found that the amount of pressure gradient caused by the cross flow is sufficient and effective to get rid of the liquid water accumulated in the GDL. The simulation results are also compared with experimental data in literature showing a good agreement. The characteristics of liquid water discharging from the gas diffusion layer are also described.

  2. Numerical modeling and analysis of micro-porous layer effects in polymer electrolyte fuel cells

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    Kang, Kyungmun; Ju, Hyunchul [School of Mechanical Engineering, Inha University, 253 Yonghyun-Dong, Nam-Gu, Incheon 402-751 (Korea)

    2009-12-01

    It is well known that a micro-porous layer (MPL) plays a crucial role in the water management of polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs), and thereby, significantly stabilizes and improves cell performance. To ascertain the exact roles of MPLs, a numerical MPL model is developed in this study and incorporated with comprehensive, multi-dimensional, multi-phase fuel-cell models that have been devised earlier. The effects of different porous properties and liquid-entry pressures between an MPL and a gas diffusion layer (GDL) are examined via fully three-dimensional numerical simulations. First, when the differences in pore properties and wettability between the MPL and GDL are taken into account but the difference in the entry pressures is ignored, the numerical MPL model captures a discontinuity in liquid saturation at the GDL vertical stroke MPL interface. The simulation does not, however, capture the beneficial effects of an MPL on cell performance, predicting even lower performance than in the case of no MPL. On the other hand, when a high liquid-entry pressure in an MPL is additionally considered, the numerical MPL model predicts a liquid-free MPL and successfully demonstrates the phenomenon that the high liquid-entry pressure of the MPL prevents any liquid water from entering the MPL. Consequently, it is found from the simulation results that a liquid-free MPL significantly enhances the back-flow of water across the membrane into the anode, which, in turn, helps to avoid membrane dehydration and alleviate the level of GDL flooding. As a result, the model successfully reports the beneficial effects of MPLs on PEFC performance and predicts higher performance in the presence of MPLs (e.g., an increase of 67 mV at 1.5 A cm{sup -2}). This study provides a fundamental explanation of the function of MPLs and quantifies the influence of their porous properties and the liquid-entry pressure on water transport and cell performance. (author)

  3. Fast and slow flexural waves in a deviated borehole in homogeneous and layered anisotropic formations

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    He, Xiao; Hu, Hengshan; Guan, Wei

    2010-04-01

    Dipole acoustic fields in an arbitrarily deviated well penetrating a homogeneous as well as a stratified transversely isotropic formation are simulated using a 3-D finite-difference time-domain algorithm in cylindrical coordinates. The modelling results show that a dipole source can excite a fast- and a slow-flexural mode due to the shear wave anisotropy when the borehole is inclined with respect to the symmetry axis of transverse isotropy. Both flexural slownesses change with the wellbore deviation angle. The splitting of flexural modes is prominent in full wave arrays when the shear anisotropy is strong enough. It is revealed that the dipole orientation influences the relative amplitudes of the fast- and slow-flexural waves but it has no effect on their slownesses or phases. In a vertical well parallel to the symmetry axis, the two flexural waves degenerate and propagate at the same speed. The degenerated flexural wave travels approximately at the shear speed along the borehole wall except in a few formations. Our study shows, for example, that it is about 10 per cent slower than the shear wave in Mesaverde clayshale 5501. Even in that kind of formations, however, extraction of the fast- and slow-shear velocities from the flexural modes is still possible if the borehole deviation is large enough. To examine the effect of layering, we modelled the full waves in a formation with a sandwich. When the well is perpendicular to the layer interfaces, reflection is obvious and can be recognized. It becomes weaker or even invisible as the deviation angle increases, so it is difficult to detect a thin layer embedded in a formation directly from reflected waves. The sandwich can, instead, be recognized from the irregularity in the spectra of the full waveforms displayed versus depth. [Correction added after online publication 25th February 2009; the original spelling of `homogenous' in the title has been corrected to `homogeneous'.[

  4. A finite-difference program for stresses in anisotropic, layered plates in bending

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    Salamon, N. J.

    1975-01-01

    The interlaminar stresses induced in a layered laminate that is bent into a cylindrical surface are studied. The laminate is modeled as a continuum, and the resulting elasticity equations are solved using the finite difference method. The report sets forth the mathematical framework, presents some preliminary results, and provides a listing and explanation of the computer program. Significant among the results are apparent symmetry relationships that will reduce the numerical size of certain problems and an interlaminar stress behavior having a sharp rise at the free edges.

  5. Tuning of strain and surface roughness of porous silicon layers for higher-quality seeds for epitaxial growth

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    Karim, Marwa; Martini, Roberto; Radhakrishnan, Hariharsudan Sivaramakrishnan; van Nieuwenhuysen, Kris; Depauw, Valerie; Ramadan, Wedgan; Gordon, Ivan; Poortmans, Jef

    2014-07-01

    Sintered porous silicon is a well-known seed for homo-epitaxy that enables fabricating transferrable monocrystalline foils. The crystalline quality of these foils depends on the surface roughness and the strain of this porous seed, which should both be minimized. In order to provide guidelines for an optimum foil growth, we present a systematic investigation of the impact of the thickness of this seed and of its sintering time prior to epitaxial growth on strain and surface roughness. Strain and surface roughness were monitored in monolayers and double layers with different porosities as a function of seed thickness and of sintering time by high-resolution X-ray diffraction and profilometry, respectively. Unexpectedly, we found that strain in double and monolayers evolves in opposite ways with respect to layer thickness. This suggests that an interaction between layers in multiple stacks is to be considered. We also found that if higher seed thickness and longer annealing time are to be preferred to minimize the strain in double layers, the opposite is required to achieve smoother layers. The impact of these two parameters may be explained by considering the morphological evolution of the pores upon sintering and, in particular, the disappearance of interconnections between the porous seed and the bulk as well as the enlargement of pores near the surface. An optimum epitaxial growth hence calls for a trade-off in seed thickness and annealing time, between minimum-strained layers and rougher surfaces.

  6. Photocatalytic activity of porous multiwalled carbon nanotube-TiO2 composite layers for pollutant degradation.

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    Zouzelka, Radek; Kusumawati, Yuly; Remzova, Monika; Rathousky, Jiri; Pauporté, Thierry

    2016-11-01

    TiO2 nanoparticles are suitable building blocks nanostructures for the synthesis of porous functional thin films. Here we report the preparation of films using brookite, P25 titania and anatase pristine nanoparticles and of nanocomposite layers combining anatase nanoparticles and multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) at various concentrations. The structure and phase composition of the layers were characterized by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Their morphology and texture properties were determined by scanning electron microscopy and krypton adsorption experiments, respectively. Additionally to a strong absorption in the UV range, the composites exhibited light absorption in the visible range as well. The photocatalytic performance of the layers was tested in the degradation of aqueous solutions of 4-chlorophenol serving as a model of an eco-persistent pollutant. Besides the determination of the decrease in the concentration of 4-chlorophenol, also the formation of intermediate degradation products, namely hydroquinone and benzoquinone, was followed. The presence of MWCNTs had a beneficial effect on the photocatalytic performance, a marked increase in the photocatalytic degradation rate constant being observed even at very low concentrations of MWCNTs. Compared to a P25 reference layer, the first order rate reaction constant increased by about 100% for the composite films containing MWCNTs at concentrations above 0.6 wt%. The key parameters for the enhancement of the photocatalytic performance are discussed. The presence of carbon nanotubes influences beneficially the degradation of 4-chlorophenol by an attack of the primarily photoproduced hydroxyl radicals onto the 4-chlorophenol molecules. The degradation due to the direct charge transfer is practically not influenced at all. PMID:27262272

  7. Anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11–22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using double AlN buffer layers

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    Guijuan Zhao; Lianshan Wang; Shaoyan Yang; Huijie Li; Hongyuan Wei; Dongyue Han; Zhanguo Wang

    2016-01-01

    We report the anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11–22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using a three-step growth method which consisted of a low temperature AlN buffer layer, followed by a high temperature AlN buffer layer and GaN growth. By introducing double AlN buffer layers, we substantially improve the crystal and optical qualities of semi-polar (11–22) GaN, and significantly reduce the density of stacking faults and dislocations. The high resolution x-ray diffra...

  8. Quasiperiodicity and Chaos in the Nonlinear Evolution of the Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability of Supersonic Anisotropic Velocity Shear Layers

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    Choudhury, Roy; Brown, Kevin

    2000-11-01

    A nonlinear stability analysis using a multiple scales perturbation procedure is performed for the instability of two layers of strongly anisotropic, magnetized, inviscid, arbitrarily compressible fluids in relative motion. Such configurations are of relevance in a variety of space and astrophysical configurations. For modes near the critical point of the linear neutral curve, the nonlinear evolution is shown to be governed by a complicated nonlinear Klein-Gordon equation. The nonlinear coefficient turns out to be complex which is, to the best of our knowledge, unlike previously considered cases and leads to very different dynamics from that reported earlier. Both the spatially dependent and space-independent versions of this equation are considered to obtain the regimes where the linearly unstable solutions either evolve to final permanent envelope wave patterns resembling the empirically observed interacting vortex ensembles, or are disrupted via nonlinear modulational instability. In particular, the complex nonlinearity allows the existence of quasiperiodic and chaotic wave envelopes unlike in earlier physical models governed by nonlinear Klein-Gordon equations. In addition, a Melnikov function formulation reveals the onset of chaos as a consequence of modulation of the external magnetic field.

  9. Quantitative resonant soft x-ray reflectivity of ultrathin anisotropic organic layers: Simulation and experiment of PTCDA on Au

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    Capelli, R.; Mahne, N.; Koshmak, K.; Giglia, A.; Doyle, B. P.; Mukherjee, S.; Nannarone, S.; Pasquali, L.

    2016-07-01

    Resonant soft X-ray reflectivity at the carbon K edge, with linearly polarized light, was used to derive quantitative information of film morphology, molecular arrangement, and electronic orbital anisotropies of an ultrathin 3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) film on Au(111). The experimental spectra were simulated by computing the propagation of the electromagnetic field in a trilayer system (vacuum/PTCDA/Au), where the organic film was treated as an anisotropic medium. Optical constants were derived from the calculated (through density functional theory) absorption cross sections of the single molecule along the three principal molecular axes. These were used to construct the dielectric tensor of the film, assuming the molecules to be lying flat with respect to the substrate and with a herringbone arrangement parallel to the substrate plane. Resonant soft X-ray reflectivity proved to be extremely sensitive to film thickness, down to the single molecular layer. The best agreement between simulation and experiment was found for a film of 1.6 nm, with flat laying configuration of the molecules. The high sensitivity to experimental geometries in terms of beam incidence and light polarization was also clarified through simulations. The optical anisotropies of the organic film were experimentally determined and through the comparison with calculations, it was possible to relate them to the orbital symmetry of the empty electronic states.

  10. The Materials Chemistry of Atomic Oxygen with Applications to Anisotropic Etching of Submicron Structures in Microelectronics and the Surface Chemistry Engineering of Porous Solids

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    Koontz, S.L.; Leger, L.J.; Wu, C.; Cross, J.B.; Jurgensen, C.W. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)]|[Bell Telephone Labs., Inc., Murray Hill, NJ (United States)

    1994-05-01

    Neutral atomic oxygen is the most abundant component of the ionospheric plasma in the low Earth orbit environment (LEO; 200 to 700 kilometers altitude) and can produce significant degradation of some spacecraft materials. In order to produce a more complete understanding of the materials chemistry of atomic oxygen, the chemistry and physics of O-atom interactions with materials were determined in three radically different environments: (1) The Space Shuttle cargo bay in low Earth orbit (the EOIM-3 space flight experiment), (2) a high-velocity neutral atom beam system (HVAB) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and (3) a microwave-plasma flowing-discharge system at JSC. The Space Shuttle and the high velocity atom beam systems produce atom-surface collision energies ranging from 0.1 to 7 eV (hyperthermal atoms) under high-vacuum conditions, while the flowing discharge system produces a 0.065 eV surface collision energy at a total pressure of 2 Torr. Data obtained in the three different O-atom environments referred to above show that the rate of O-atom reaction with polymeric materials is strongly dependent on atom kinetic energy, obeying a reactive scattering law which suggests that atom kinetic energy is directly available for overcoming activation barriers in the reaction. General relationships between polymer reactivity with O atoms and polymer composition and molecular structure have been determined. In addition, vacuum ultraviolet photochemical effects have been shown to dominate the reaction of O atoms with fluorocarbon polymers. Finally, studies of the materials chemistry of O atoms have produced results which may be of interest to technologists outside the aerospace industry. Atomic oxygen `spin-off` or `dual use` technologies in the areas of anisotropic etching in microelectronic materials and device processing, as well as surface chemistry engineering of porous solid materials are described.

  11. The Materials Chemistry of Atomic Oxygen with Applications to Anisotropic Etching of Submicron Structures in Microelectronics and the Surface Chemistry Engineering of Porous Solids

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    Koontz, Steve L.; Leger, Lubert J.; Wu, Corina; Cross, Jon B.; Jurgensen, Charles W.

    1994-01-01

    Neutral atomic oxygen is the most abundant component of the ionospheric plasma in the low Earth orbit environment (LEO; 200 to 700 kilometers altitude) and can produce significant degradation of some spacecraft materials. In order to produce a more complete understanding of the materials chemistry of atomic oxygen, the chemistry and physics of O-atom interactions with materials were determined in three radically different environments: (1) The Space Shuttle cargo bay in low Earth orbit (the EOIM-3 space flight experiment), (2) a high-velocity neutral atom beam system (HVAB) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and (3) a microwave-plasma flowing-discharge system at JSC. The Space Shuttle and the high velocity atom beam systems produce atom-surface collision energies ranging from 0.1 to 7 eV (hyperthermal atoms) under high-vacuum conditions, while the flowing discharge system produces a 0.065 eV surface collision energy at a total pressure of 2 Torr. Data obtained in the three different O-atom environments referred to above show that the rate of O-atom reaction with polymeric materials is strongly dependent on atom kinetic energy, obeying a reactive scattering law which suggests that atom kinetic energy is directly available for overcoming activation barriers in the reaction. General relationships between polymer reactivity with O atoms and polymer composition and molecular structure have been determined. In addition, vacuum ultraviolet photochemical effects have been shown to dominate the reaction of O atoms with fluorocarbon polymers. Finally, studies of the materials chemistry of O atoms have produced results which may be of interest to technologists outside the aerospace industry. Atomic oxygen 'spin-off' or 'dual use' technologies in the areas of anisotropic etching in microelectronic materials and device processing, as well as surface chemistry engineering of porous solid materials are described.

  12. Anisotropic diffusion filter based edge enhancement for the segmentation of carotid intima-media layer in ultrasound images using variational level set method without re-initialisation.

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    Sumathi, K; Anandh, K R; Mahesh, V; Ramakrishnan, S

    2014-01-01

    In this work an attempt has been made to enhance the edges and segment the boundary of intima-media layer of Common Carotid Artery (CCA) using anisotropic diffusion filter and level set method. Ultrasound B mode longitudinal images of normal and abnormal images of common carotid arteries are used in this study. The images are subjected to anisotropic diffusion filter to generate edge map. This edge map is used as a stopping boundary in variational level set method without re-initialisation to segment the intima-media layer. Geometric features are extracted from this layer and analyzed statistically. Results show that anisotropic diffusion filtering is able to extract the edges in both normal and abnormal images. The obtained edge maps are found to have high contrast and sharp edges. The edge based variational level set method is able to segment the intima-media layer precisely from common carotid artery. The extracted geometrical features such as major axis and extent are found to be statistically significant in differentiating normal and abnormal images. Thus this study seems to be clinically useful in diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. PMID:25569941

  13. Porous layered lithium-rich oxide nanorods: Synthesis and performances as cathode of lithium ion battery

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    Highlights: • One-step co-crystallization of oxalates was developed to synthesize layered lithium-rich oxide. • The oxalates provide the product with nanorod morphology and hierarchically porous structure. • The product exhibits improved rate capability and cyclic stability. - Abstract: A layered lithium-rich oxide, Li[Li0.19Mn0.32Co0.49]O2, is synthesized by introducing manganese and cobalt via oxalates co-crystallization in reverse micellar microemulsion. The physical and electrochemical performances of the as-synthesized oxide are evaluated as cathode of lithium ion battery. The physical characterizations, from X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope, indicate that the as-synthesized oxide takes a nanorod morphology of up to 1 μm in length and 200 nm in diameter, which is composed of about 20 nm subunit nanoparticles, and possesses a hierarchical pore structure. Electrochemical measurements demonstrate that the as-synthesized oxide exhibits improved charge/discharge performances: less polarization, larger discharge capacity, higher rate capability, and better cyclic stability, compared to the sample synthesized by introducing the transition metals in solid-state reaction

  14. Hydrodynamics of two phase flow through homogeneous and stratified porous layers

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    An experimental investigation of two-phase flow through porous layers formed of nonheated glass particles has been made. The effect of particle size, particle size distribution, bed porosity and bed stratification on void fraction and pressure drop through particulate beds formed in a cylindrical and rectangular test section has been investigated. A model based on drift flux approach has been developed for the void fraction in homogeneous beds. Using the two phase friction pressure drop data, the relative permeabilities of the two phases have been concluded with void fraction. The void fraction and two-phase friction pressure gradient in beds composed of mixtures of spherical particles as well as sharps of different nominal sizes have also been examined. It is found that the models for single size particles are also applicable to mixtures of particles if a mean particle diameter for the mixture is defined. The observations in stratified beds indicate depletion or build up of voids at the interface between high and low permeability regions. Blocking of the flow into one of the layers of laterally stratified beds caused the pressures at different horizontal locations at the same bed height to be different from each other

  15. Biodegradable polymer for sealing porous PEO layer on pure magnesium: An in vitro degradation study

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    Alabbasi, Alyaa; Mehjabeen, Afrin; Kannan, M. Bobby; Ye, Qingsong; Blawert, Carsten

    2014-05-01

    An attempt was made to seal the porous silicate-based plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) layer on pure magnesium (Mg) with a biodegradable polymer, poly(L-lactide) (PLLA), to delay the localized degradation of magnesium-based implants in body fluid for better in-service mechanical integrity. Firstly, a silicate-based PEO coating on pure magnesium was performed using a pulsed constant current method. In order to seal the pores in the PEO layer, PLLA was coated using a two-step spin coating method. The performance of the PEO-PLLA Mg was evaluated using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiodynamic polarization. The EIS results showed that the polarization resistance (Rp) of the PEO-PLLA Mg was close to two orders of magnitude higher than that of the PEO Mg. While the corrosion current density (icorr) of the pure Mg was reduced by 65% with the PEO coating, the PEO-PLLA coating reduced the icorr by almost 100%. As expected, the Rp of the PEO-PLLA Mg decreased with increase in exposure time. However, it was noted that the Rp of the PEO-PLLA Mg even after 100 h was six times higher than that of the PEO Mg after 48 h exposure, and did not show any visible localized attack.

  16. linear stability analysis of coriolis force on ferrothermohaline convection saturating an anisotropic porous medium with Soret effect

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    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Instability of themocovection in a multi-component fluid has wide range of applications in ionospheric, geothermal and industries. In this analysis, the effect of rotation and vertical anisotropy on Soret-driven thermoconvective instability in a ferrofluid has been studied. The fluid layer is assumed to be horizontal and is heated from below and salted from above. In momentum equation, the effect of both substantial derivatives and coriolis terms are considered. The resulting eigen value problem is solved using Brinkman model. A linear stability analysis is used for both stationary and oscillatory instabilities for different parameters for which normal mode technique is applied. The effect of rotation tends to stabilize the system and anisotropy and Soret effects tend to destabilize the system.

  17. Effect of aging treatment on the in vitro nickel release from porous oxide layers on NiTi

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    Huan, Z.; Fratila-Apachitei, L. E.; Apachitei, I.; Duszczyk, J.

    2013-06-01

    Despite the ability of creating porous oxide layers on nickel-titanium alloy (NiTi) surface for biofunctionalization, the use of plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) has raised concerns over the possible increased levels of Ni release. Therefore, the primary aim of this study was to investigate the effect of aging in boiling water on Ni release from porous NiTi surfaces that have been formed by the PEO process. Based on different oxidation conditions, e.g. electrolyte composition and electrical parameters, three kinds of oxide layers with various characteristics were prepared on NiTi substrate. The process was followed by aging in boiling water for different durations. The Ni release was assessed by immersion tests in phosphate buffer saline and the Ni concentration was measured using the flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The results showed that aging in boiling water can significantly reduce the Ni release from oxidized porous samples, given that the duration of the treatment is finely adjusted according to the parameters of the as-formed oxide layer. Surface examination of the samples before and after aging in boiling water suggested that such a treatment is non-destructive while improving the corrosion resistance of oxidized samples, as evidenced by potentiodynamic polarization tests. The results of this study indicate that water boiling may be a suitable post-treatment required to minimize Ni release from porous oxides produced on NiTi by PEO for biomedical applications.

  18. Effect of aging treatment on the in vitro nickel release from porous oxide layers on NiTi

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    Despite the ability of creating porous oxide layers on nickel–titanium alloy (NiTi) surface for biofunctionalization, the use of plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) has raised concerns over the possible increased levels of Ni release. Therefore, the primary aim of this study was to investigate the effect of aging in boiling water on Ni release from porous NiTi surfaces that have been formed by the PEO process. Based on different oxidation conditions, e.g. electrolyte composition and electrical parameters, three kinds of oxide layers with various characteristics were prepared on NiTi substrate. The process was followed by aging in boiling water for different durations. The Ni release was assessed by immersion tests in phosphate buffer saline and the Ni concentration was measured using the flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The results showed that aging in boiling water can significantly reduce the Ni release from oxidized porous samples, given that the duration of the treatment is finely adjusted according to the parameters of the as-formed oxide layer. Surface examination of the samples before and after aging in boiling water suggested that such a treatment is non-destructive while improving the corrosion resistance of oxidized samples, as evidenced by potentiodynamic polarization tests. The results of this study indicate that water boiling may be a suitable post-treatment required to minimize Ni release from porous oxides produced on NiTi by PEO for biomedical applications.

  19. Reflectance spectrum of diamond-like carbon/porous silicon double-layer antireflection coatings designed for silicon solar cells

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    Aroutiounian, V.M.; Martirosyan, Kh.S. [Department of Physics of Semiconductors and Microelectronics, Yerevan State University, 375025 Yerevan (Armenia); Soukiassian, P.G. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Laboratoire SIMA associe a l' Universite de Paris-Sud/Orsay, DSM/DRECAM/SPCSI, Batiment 462, Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France)

    2007-07-01

    In this study, our purpose was to investigate the possibility of using a diamond-like carbon/porous silicon double-layer antireflection coating which is characterized by low reflectance, in order to enhance the performance of silicon solar cells and to protect them from various external influences. Experimental results obtained from reflectance measurements showed the possibility of achieving low reflectance value. Theoretical simulations of the reflectance spectra were carried out. The comparison of the reflectance spectrum of such diamond-like carbon/porous silicon double layer antireflection coating with spectra obtained from other types of coating layers showed a much lower reflectance within larger energy range including the UV, visible and infrared regions of the solar spectrum. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  20. Porous anodic alumina on galvanically grown PtSi layer for application in template-assisted Si nanowire growth

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    Stavrinidou Eleni

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We report on the fabrication and morphology/structural characterization of a porous anodic alumina (PAA/PtSi nano-template for use as matrix in template-assisted Si nanowire growth on a Si substrate. The PtSi layer was formed by electroless deposition from an aqueous solution containing the metal salt and HF, while the PAA membrane by anodizing an Al film deposited on the PtSi layer. The morphology and structure of the PtSi layer and of the alumina membrane on top were studied by Scanning and High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopies (SEM, HRTEM. Cross sectional HRTEM images combined with electron diffraction (ED were used to characterize the different interfaces between Si, PtSi and porous anodic alumina.

  1. Convergence in anisotropic conditions: gallery behaviour in the Callovo-Oxfordian clayey layer in North-Eastern France

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. Coyne et Bellier (Tractebel Engineering) has been supplying geotechnical services to Andra since 1994 regarding the feasibility for developing a repository for radioactive waste in a 490 m deep clayey formation at the Meuse/Haute-Marne site. Armines/Mines-ParisTech (French engineering school) has been an Andra scientific partner for several years due to its expertise in rock creep behaviour as well as in mining technologies. Throughout the different works carried out for Andra (especially the studies concerning the enlargement of the underground research laboratory), the behaviour of the Callovo-Oxfordian clayey were computed. These studies are used mainly for predicting the long-term behaviour of this layer. Lemaitre's rheological law (or modified Norton's law) has been used for such purposes. This time-dependent law is able to model the isotropic hardening of an elastic-viscoplastic solid by taking into account a non linear viscosity (γ) which Coyne et Bellier has decided to represent by means of a cone-shaped dash-pot element (stiffness increases during creep, cf. Eric Boidy's PhD). This hypothesis, together with that standing for 'long-term incompressibility' (viscoplastic deformation occurs at constant volume), allows the law be expressed by means of the second invariants of the stress (q) and strain (εvp) tensors. The rheological model when the long term behaviour takes place beyond a stress threshold (σS) is shown. Modelling works that use this law reproduce well convergence measurements as long as radial stresses around the galleries are isotropic. When the stress field around the gallery is anisotropic, the classic Lemaitre's law no longer fits the convergence measurements. This is the case for the GMR gallery at the main level of the laboratory: the horizontal stress is 1.3 times greater than the vertical stress whilst the average vertical convergence is more than five

  2. Disturbance of SH-type waves due to moving stress discontinuity in an anisotropic soil layer overlying an inhomogeneous elastic half-space

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    D Mandal; P C Pal; S Kumar

    2014-04-01

    The disturbance and propagation of SH-type waves in an anisotropic soil layer overlying an inhomogeneous elastic half-space by a moving stress discontinuity is considered. Stress discontinuity moves with non-uniform velocity and is impulsive in nature. The displacements are obtained in exact form by themethod due to Cagniard modified by de Hoop. The numerical result is calculated for special cases and the natures are depicted graphically.

  3. Protein-enabled layer-by-layer syntheses of aligned, porous-wall, high-aspect-ratio TiO{sub 2} nanotube arrays

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    Berrigan, John D.; Cai, Ye; Sandhage, Kenneth H. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Air Force Center of Excellence on Bio-Nano-Enabled Inorganic/Organic Nanocomposites and Improved Cognition (BIONIC), Georgia Institute of Technology, 771 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0400 (United States); Kang, Tae-Sik; Deneault, James R.; Durstock, Michael F. [Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, 45433-7702 (United States)

    2011-05-10

    An aqueous, protein-enabled (biomimetic), layer-by-layer titania deposition process is developed, for the first time, to convert aligned-nanochannel templates into high-aspect-ratio, aligned nanotube arrays with thin (34 nm) walls composed of co-continuous networks of pores and titania nanocrystals (15 nm ave. size). Alumina templates with aligned open nanochannels are exposed in an alternating fashion to aqueous protamine-bearing and titania precursor-bearing (Ti(IV) bis-ammonium-lactato-dihydroxide, TiBALDH) solutions. The ability of protamine to bind to alumina and titania, and to induce the formation of a Ti-O-bearing coating upon exposure to the TiBALDH precursor, enables the layer-by-layer deposition of a conformal protamine/Ti-O-bearing coating on the nanochannel surfaces within the porous alumina template. Subsequent protamine pyrolysis yields coatings composed of co-continuous networks of pores and titania nanoparticles. Selective dissolution of the underlying alumina template through the porous coating then yields freestanding, aligned, porous-wall titania nanotube arrays. The interconnected pores within the nanotube walls allow enhanced loading of functional molecules (such as a Ru-based N719 dye), whereas the interconnected titania nanoparticles enable the high-aspect-ratio, aligned nanotube arrays to be used as electrodes (as demonstrated for dye-sensitized solar cells with power conversion efficiencies of 5.2 {+-} 0.4%). (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  4. Outgassing of icy bodies in the Solar System - II. Heat transport in dry, porous surface dust layers

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    Gundlach, Bastian

    2011-01-01

    In this work, we present a new model for the heat conductivity of porous dust layers in vacuum, based on an existing solution of the heat transfer equation of single spheres in contact. This model is capable to distinguish between two different types of dust layers: dust layers composed of single particles (simple model) and dust layers consisting of individual aggregates (complex model). Additionally, we describe laboratory experiments, which were used to measure the heat conductivity of porous dust layers, in order to test the model. We found that the model predictions are in an excellent agreement with the experimental results. Furthermore, the implications of this new model on the modeling of cometary activity are discussed. Finally, the two variants of the model are used to calculate the H2O ice outgassing rate of comets as a function of the thickness of the ice-free dust layer. Therewith, the pressure inside the dust layer is derived and compared with the tensile strength of the material in order to dis...

  5. Porous carbon nanotube/PMMA conductive composites as a sensitive layer in vapor sensors

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    A novel vapor sensor was fabricated by multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) porous composite. Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) was used as a matrix. Porous sensing films were obtained by the dry-cast non-solvent-induced phase separation (NIPS) method. The experimental results showed a remarkable improvement in sensitivity and response time of conductive porous composite vapor sensors in comparison with dense composites. The response of porous films was about five times greater than dense ones with comparable thicknesses. In addition, the effect of surface modification of nanotubes on sensitivity of porous sensors was evaluated. It was observed that functionalized CNT/PMMA porous composite sensors show higher responsiveness towards a series of organic vapors. Their response was approximately ten times greater than the response of similar sensors without functionalization of CNTs, which was explained on the basis of polar interactions of vapors on the surface of CNTs and better dispersion of nanotubes in the polymer matrix

  6. Effects of anisotropic permeability and electrical conductivity of gas diffusion layers on the performance of proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Highlights: ► The in-plane electrical conductivity of the GDL must be captured numerically. ► Fuel cell performance is insensitive to the anisotropy in the permeability of GDL. ► The anisotropy in the in-plane electrical conductivity of the GDL can be neglected. ► For the reported conditions, the U-bend has no effect on the fuel cell performance. -- Abstract: A 3-dimensional model for an in-house proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell with serpentine channels has been developed in order to investigate the sensitivity of the fuel cell performance to the anisotropic gas permeability and electrical conductivity of gas diffusion layers (GDLs). For a realistic range of transport properties being investigated, the fuel cell performance was found to be very sensitive to the electrical conductivity but almost insensitive to the gas permeability of the GDL. For the given operating conditions, the current density was found to be a maximum in the vicinity of the edge between the flow channel and the rib of the current collector. Since the most common GDL materials present a rather significant anisotropy in the in-plane directions, the effects of such anisotropy has been evaluated. Given that the through-plane conductivity is maintained constant for all the cases investigated, for a realistic range of the in-plane electrical conductivity, the fuel cell performance was found to be almost insensitive to this parameter. Therefore such anisotropy can be practically ignored. Finally, for single phase operating conditions, the U-bend in the serpentine channel has no effect on the overall performance of the fuel cell. Hence, only a straight channel of the fuel cell may be modelled and used as a quick performance indicator.

  7. A nonlinear stability analysis in a double-diffusive magnetized ferrofluid layer saturating a porous medium

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    A nonlinear (energy) stability analysis is performed for a magnetized ferrofluid layer heated and soluted from below, saturating a porous medium in the stress-free boundary case. A rigorous nonlinear stability result is derived by introducing a suitable generalized energy functional. The mathematical emphasis is on how to control the nonlinear terms caused by magnetic body and inertia forces. For ferrofluids, we find that subcritical instabilities may exist but, in the case of non-ferrofluid, the global nonlinear stability Rayleigh number is exactly the same as that for linear instability. For lower values of magnetic parameters, this coincidence is immediately lost. The effect of the magnetic parameter, M3, solute gradient, Sf, and Darcy number, Da, on the subcritical instability region has also been analysed. It is shown that with an increase of the magnetic parameter and Darcy number the subcritical instability region between the two theories decreases quickly, while with an increase in solute gradient the subcritical region expands. We also demonstrate coupling between the buoyancy and magnetic forces in the nonlinear energy stability analysis

  8. Thermal Instability of Chemically Reacting Maxwell Fluid in a Horizontal Porous Layer with Constant Heat Flux Lower Boundary

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    Syeda Khudeja Akbar

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The effect of chemical reaction on the linear stability of a viscoelastic fluid saturated horizontal densely-packed porous layer is investigated. The viscoelastic properties are given by Maxwell constitutive relations. The porous layer is cooled from the upper boundary while an adiabatic thermal boundary condition is imposed at the lower boundary. Linear stability analysis suggests that there is a competition between the processes of viscous relaxation and thermal diffusion that causes the first convective instability to be oscillatory rather than stationary. The effect of Deborah number, Darcy-Prandtl number, normalized porosity, and the Frank-Kamenetskii number on the stability of the system is investigated. Using a weighted residual method we calculate numerically the convective thresholds for both stationary and oscillatory instability. The effects of viscoelasticity and chemical reaction on the instability are emphasized. Some existing results are reproduced as the particular cases of the present study.

  9. Lubricating layer formed on porous anodic alumina template due to pore effect at water lubricated sliding and its properties

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    A porous anodic alumina (PAA) template was manufactured to investigate the pore effect on the formation of lubricating layers. A PAA template with 260 nm pores was manufactured by two-step anodization using phosphoric acid. A sliding wear test was carried out using a ball-on-disk tester. Due to the pore effect, an aluminum hydroxide film; i.e., the lubricating layer, was formed at a specific condition. The PAA template has a low friction regime because of the aluminum hydroxide film. The adhesion and friction forces of the aluminum hydroxide film were measured using atomic force microscopy (AFM), and the adhesion and friction forces of the lubricating layer were lower than that of a typical oxide layer. Using AFM analysis, the existence of a lubricating layer can be verified.

  10. On injection-ejection fluid influence through different accelerating porous surfaces on unsteady 2d incompressible boundary layer characteristics

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    Ivanović Dečan

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Through the porous contour in perpendicular direction, the fluid of the same properties as incompressible fluid in basic flow, has been injected or ejected with velocity who is a function of the contour longitudinal coordinate and time. The corresponding equations of unsteady boundary layer, by introducing the appropriate variable transformations, momentum and energy equations and two similarity parameters sets, are transformed into generalized form. These parameters are expressing the influence of the outer flow velocity, the injection or ejection velocity and the flow history in boundary layer, on the boundary layer characteristics. Obtained generalized solutions are used to calculate the distributions of velocity, and shear stress in laminar-turbulent transition of unsteady incompressible boundary layer on different porous contours: circular cylinder, thin elliptical cylinder and aerofoil, whose centers velocities changes in time as a degree functions. The ejection of fluid postpones the boundary layer separation, i.e. laminar-turbulent transition, and vice versa the injection of fluid favors the separation. Boundary layer characteristics are found directly, no further numerical integration of momentum equation.

  11. HEAT TRANSFER IN THREE DIMENSIONAL MHD BOUNDARY LAYER FLOW OVER A CONTINUOUS POROUS SURFACE MOVING IN A PARALLEL FREE STREAM

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    KHEM CHAND

    2011-01-01

    The heat transfer and hydromagnetic boundary layer flow of an electrically conducting viscous ,incompressible fluid over a continuous flat surface moving in a parallel free stream is investigated. The porous infinite surface is subjected to a slightly sinusoidal transverse suction velocity distribution. The flow becomes three dimensional due to this type of suction velocity without taking into account the induced magnetic field; the mathematical analysis is presented for the hydromagnetic lam...

  12. Surface wave propagation in a double liquid layer over a liquid-saturated porous half-space

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    Rajneesh Kumar; Aseem Miglani; N R Garg

    2002-12-01

    The frequency equation is derived for surface waves in a liquidsaturated porous half-space supporting a double layer, that of inhomogeneous and homogeneous liquids. Asymptotic approximations of Bessel functions are used for long and short wavelength cases. Certain other problems are discussed as special cases. Velocity ratio (phase and group velocity) is obtained as a function of wavenumber and the results are shown graphically.

  13. Low reflectance of diamond-like carbon/porous silicon double layer antireflection coating for silicon solar cells

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    Aroutiounian, V M [Department of Semiconductor Physics and Microelectronics, Yerevan State University, 1 Alex Manoogian Street, Yerevan 375025 (Armenia); Martirosyan, Kh [Department of Semiconductor Physics and Microelectronics, Yerevan State University, 1 Alex Manoogian Street, Yerevan 375025 (Armenia); Soukiassian, P [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Laboratoire SIMA associe a l' Universite Paris-Sud/Orsay, DSM-DRECAM-SPCSI, Saclay, Batiment 462, 91191 Gif sur Yvette Cedex (France)

    2004-10-07

    Reflectance calculations for diamond-like carbon (DLC) antireflection thin-film coatings on porous silicon (PS) have been carried out using the optical matrix approach method. Comparison with the reflectance spectrum obtained for other antireflection coatings shows a much lower reflectance with a larger energy range including the ultraviolet, visible and infrared regions of the solar spectrum for the DLC/PS double layer. This finding is relevant in solar cell applications. (rapid communication)

  14. Highly ordered hexagonally arranged nanostructures on silicon through a self-assembled silicon-integrated porous anodic alumina masking layer

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    A combined process of electrochemical formation of self-assembled porous anodic alumina thin films on a Si substrate and Si etching through the pores was used to fabricate ideally ordered nanostructures on the silicon surface with a long-range, two-dimensional arrangement in a hexagonal close-packed lattice. Pore arrangement in the alumina film was achieved without any pre-patterning of the film surface before anodization. Perfect pattern transfer was achieved by an initial dry etching step, followed by wet or electrochemical etching of Si at the pore bottoms. Anisotropic wet etching using tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide (TMAH) solution resulted in pits in the form of inverted pyramids, while electrochemical etching using a hydrofluoric acid (HF) solution resulted in concave nanopits in the form of semi-spheres. Nanopatterns with lateral size in the range 12-200 nm, depth in the range 50-300 nm and periodicity in the range 30-200 nm were achieved either on large Si areas or on pre-selected confined areas on the Si substrate. The pore size and periodicity were tuned by changing the electrolyte for porous anodic alumina formation and the alumina pore widening time. This parallel large-area nanopatterning technique shows significant potential for use in Si technology and devices.

  15. Atomic layer deposition TiO{sub 2} coated porous silicon surface: Structural characterization and morphological features

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    Iatsunskyi, Igor, E-mail: igoyat@amu.edu.pl [NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University, 85 Umultowska str., 61-614, Poznan (Poland); Department of Experimental Physics, Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University, 42, Pastera str., 65023 Odessa (Ukraine); Jancelewicz, Mariusz; Nowaczyk, Grzegorz [NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University, 85 Umultowska str., 61-614, Poznan (Poland); Kempiński, Mateusz [NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University, 85 Umultowska str., 61-614, Poznan (Poland); Faculty of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 85, 61-614 Poland (Poland); Peplińska, Barbara [NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University, 85 Umultowska str., 61-614, Poznan (Poland); Department of Macromolecular Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 85, 61-614 Poznan (Poland); Jarek, Marcin; Załęski, Karol [NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University, 85 Umultowska str., 61-614, Poznan (Poland); Jurga, Stefan [NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University, 85 Umultowska str., 61-614, Poznan (Poland); Department of Macromolecular Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 85, 61-614 Poznan (Poland); Smyntyna, Valentyn [Department of Experimental Physics, Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University, 42, Pastera str., 65023 Odessa (Ukraine)

    2015-08-31

    TiO{sub 2} thin films were grown on highly-doped p-Si (100) macro- and mesoporous structures by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using TiCl{sub 4} and deionized water as precursors at 300 °C. The crystalline structure, chemical composition, and morphology of the deposited films and initial silicon nanostructures were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The mean size of TiO{sub 2} crystallites was determined by TEM, XRD and Raman spectroscopy. It was shown that the mean crystallite size and the crystallinity of the TiO{sub 2} are influenced dramatically by the morphology of the porous silicon, with the mesoporous silicon resulting in a much finer grain size and amorphous structure than the macroporous silicon having a partially crystal anatase phase. A simple model of the ALD layer growth inside the pores was presented. - Highlights: • The morphology and chemical composition of TiO{sub 2} and porous Si were established. • The approximate size of TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals was estimated. • The model of the atomic layer deposition coating in the porous Si was presented.

  16. Penetrative ferroconvection via internal heating in a saturated porous layer with constant heat flux at the lower boundary

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    Nanjundappa, C.E. [Department of Mathematics, Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Technology, Bangalore-560 056 (India); Shivakumara, I.S., E-mail: shivakumarais@gmail.com [UGC-CAS in Fluid Mechanics, Department of Mathematics, Bangalore University, Bangalore-560 001 (India); Prakash, H.N. [Department of Mathematics, Rajarajeswari College of Engineering, Bangalore-560 074 (India)

    2012-05-15

    A model for penetrative ferroconvection via internal heat generation in a ferrofluid saturated porous layer is explored. The Brinkman-Lapwood extended Darcy equation with fluid viscosity different from effective viscosity is used to describe the flow in the porous medium. The lower boundary of the porous layer is assumed to be rigid- paramagnetic and insulated to temperature perturbations, while at upper stress-free boundary a general convective-radiative exchange condition on perturbed temperature is imposed. The resulting eigenvalue problem is solved numerically using the Galerkin method. It is found that increasing in the dimensionless heat source strength N{sub s}, magnetic number M{sub 1} Darcy number Da and the non-linearity of magnetization parameter M{sub 3} is to hasten, while increase in the ratio of viscosities {Lambda}, Biot number Bi and magnetic susceptibility {chi} is to delay the onset of ferroconvection. Further, increase in Bi, Da{sup -1} and N{sub s} and decrease in {Lambda}, M{sub 1} and M{sub 3} is to diminish the dimension of convection cells. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Onset of penetrative ferroconvection via internal heating in a Brinkman porous layer is studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The eigenvalue problem is solved numerically for lower rigid and upper free boundaries. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Internal heating is found to play a decisive role in understanding control of ferroconvection. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Increasing internal heating is to diminish the dimension of convection cells.

  17. Modified Shrinking Core Model for Atomic Layer Deposition of TiO2 on Porous Alumina with Ultrahigh Aspect Ratio

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    When atomic layer deposition (ALD) is performed on a porous material by using an organometallic precursor, minimum exposure time of the precursor for complete coverage becomes much longer since the ALD is limited by Knudsen diffusion in the pores. In the previous report by Min et al. (Ref. 23), shrinking core model (SCM) was proposed to predict the minimum exposure time of diethylzinc for ZnO ALD on a porous cylindrical alumina monolith. According to the SCM, the minimum exposure time of the precursor is influenced by volumetric density of adsorption sites, effective diffusion coefficient, precursor concentration in gas phase and size of the porous monolith. Here we modify the SCM in order to consider undesirable adsorption of byproduct molecules. TiO2 ALD was performed on the cylindrical alumina monolith by using titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) and water. We observed that the byproduct (i. e., HCl) of TiO2 ALD can chemically adsorb on adsorption sites, unlike the behavior of the byproduct (i. e., ethane) of ZnO ALD. Consequently, the minimum exposure time of TiCl4 (∼16 min) was significantly much shorter than that (∼71 min) of DEZ. The predicted minimum exposure time by the modified SCM well agrees with the observed time. In addition, the modified SCM gives an effective diffusion coefficient of TiCl4 of ∼1.78 Χ 10-2 cm2/s in the porous alumina monolith

  18. Electrophoretic enhanced micro arc oxidation of ZrO{sub 2}-HAp-TiO{sub 2} nanostructured porous layers

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    Samanipour, F. [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 16845-161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Bayati, M.R., E-mail: mbayati@ncsu.edu [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 16845-161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (United States); Zargar, H.R. [Department of Metals and Materials Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 (Canada); Golestani-Fard, F. [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 16845-161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials, Iran University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 16845-195, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Troczynski, T. [Department of Metals and Materials Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 (Canada); Taheri, M. [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 16845-161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-09-22

    Highlights: > ZrO{sub 2}-HA-TiO{sub 2} composite layers were synthesized via EPD/MAO hybrid technique. > Effect of the growth time on properties of the layers was studied. > Effect of the electrolyte composition on properties of the layers was studied. - Abstract: Micro arc oxidation (MAO) and electrophoretic deposition (EPD) processes were simultaneously employed to grow ZrO{sub 2}-HAp-TiO{sub 2} porous layers on titanium substrates under different conditions. Influence of the electrolyte composition and the growth time on surface morphology, topography, phase structure, and stoichiometry of the layers was investigated. The utilized electrolytes consisted of {beta}-glycerophosphate, calcium acetate, sodium phosphate, and micron sized yttria-stabilized zirconia with different concentrations. AFM and SEM evaluations revealed a rough surface with a porous structure with a pores size of 50-750 nm. The pores size increased with the time and the electrolyte concentration. Based on the XRD and XPS results, the layers consisted of anatase, hydroxyapatite, monoclinic ZrO{sub 2}, tetragonal ZrO{sub 2}, ZrO, CaTiO{sub 3}, and {alpha}-TCP phases whose fractions were observed to change depending on the synthesis conditions. The average crystalline size of the HAp phase was determined as {approx}54 nm. The nano-sized zirconia particles (d = 20-60 nm) were dispersed not only on surface, but also in depth of the layers. Utilizing thicker electrolytes and prolonging the growth time resulted in decomposition of hydroxyapatite as well as tetragonal ZrO{sub 2} to monoclinic ZrO{sub 2}. EDX results also showed that the zirconium wt% in the layers increased with the time. EPD-enhanced MAO (EEMAO) technique was expressed as an efficient route to fabricate ZrO{sub 2}-HAp-TiO{sub 2} multiphase systems within short times and only in one step.

  19. Laboratory Assessment of Water Flow Simulator for Porous Parking Lots Reservoir and Soil Layers

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    Zul Fahmi Mohamed Jaafar; Meor Othman Hamzah; Fauziah Ahmad

    2011-01-01

    Porous parking lots were implemented to fill the scarcity and strengthen the sustainable development of impervious surfaces in Malaysia to reduce surface runoff. The new methodology proposed enable simulation of reservoir course at stipulated air voids despite details study on water levels and infiltration of porous parking lots system. A uniformly graded choker and reservoir stones functioned as reservoir structure for temporary storm water detention. A specially fabricated water flow simula...

  20. Microstructure-based calculations and experimental results for sound absorbing porous layers of randomly packed rigid spherical beads

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    Zieliński, Tomasz G.

    2014-07-01

    Acoustics of stiff porous media with open porosity can be very effectively modelled using the so-called Johnson-Champoux-Allard-Pride-Lafarge model for sound absorbing porous media with rigid frame. It is an advanced semi-phenomenological model with eight parameters, namely, the total porosity, the viscous permeability and its thermal analogue, the tortuosity, two characteristic lengths (one specific for viscous forces, the other for thermal effects), and finally, viscous and thermal tortuosities at the frequency limit of 0 Hz. Most of these parameters can be measured directly, however, to this end specific equipment is required different for various parameters. Moreover, some parameters are difficult to determine. This is one of several reasons for the so-called multiscale approach, where the parameters are computed from specific finite-element analyses based on some realistic geometric representations of the actual microstructure of porous material. Such approach is presented and validated for layers made up of loosely packed small identical rigid spheres. The sound absorption of such layers was measured experimentally in the impedance tube using the so-called two-microphone transfer function method. The layers are characterised by open porosity and semi-regular microstructure: the identical spheres are loosely packed by random pouring and mixing under the gravity force inside the impedance tubes of various size. Therefore, the regular sphere packings were used to generate Representative Volume Elements suitable for calculations at the micro-scale level. These packings involve only one, two, or four spheres so that the three-dimensional finite-element calculations specific for viscous, thermal, and tortuous effects are feasible. In the proposed geometric packings, the spheres were slightly shifted in order to achieve the correct value of total porosity which was precisely estimated for the layers tested experimentally. Finally, in this paper some results based on

  1. Almost zero reflectance of a silicon oxynitride/porous silicon double layer antireflection coating for silicon photovoltaic cells

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    Aroutiounian, V M [Department of Semiconductor Physics and Microelectronics, Yerevan State University, 1 Alex Manoukian Street, Yerevan 375025 (Armenia); Martirosyan, Kh [Department of Semiconductor Physics and Microelectronics, Yerevan State University, 1 Alex Manoukian Street, Yerevan 375025 (Armenia); Soukiassian, P [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Laboratoire SIMA associe a l' Universite de Paris-Sud/Orsay, DSM/DRECAM/SPCSI, Batiment 462, Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France)

    2006-04-21

    Reflectance spectrum calculations for a silicon oxynitride (SiO{sub x}N{sub y})-porous silicon (PS) double layer antireflection coating is performed using the matrix method. The results are compared with the corresponding spectrum of diamond-like carbon (DLC)/PS and SiO{sub 2}/TiO{sub 2} double layer coatings. A lower reflectance in the visible and infrared regions of the solar spectrum for the SiO{sub x}N{sub y}/PS double layer is obtained, especially in the 450-600 nm spectral range (with a flat reflectance response remaining as low as {approx}0.01%), which corresponds to the maximum intensity of solar irradiation. These findings are of importance in solar cell applications.

  2. Al-Si alloy point contact formation and rear surface passivation for silicon solar cells using double layer porous silicon

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    Lowering the rear surface recombination velocities by a dielectric layer has fascinating advantages compared with the standard fully covered Al back-contact silicon solar cells. In this work the passivation effect by double layer porous silicon (PS) (wide band gap) and the formation of Al-Si alloy in narrow p-type Si point contact areas for rear passivated solar cells are analysed. As revealed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, we found that a thin passivating aluminum oxide (Al2O3) layer is formed. Scanning electron microscopy analysis performed in cross sections shows that with bilayer PS, liquid Al penetrates into the openings, alloying with the Si substrate at depth and decreasing the contact resistivity. At the solar cell level, the reduction in the contact area and resistivity leads to a minimization of the fill factor losses.

  3. Design of multi-layered porous fibrous metals for optimal sound absorption in the low frequency range

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    Wenjiong Chen

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a design method for calculating and optimizing sound absorption coefficient of multi-layered porous fibrous metals (PFM in the low frequency range. PFM is simplified as an equivalent idealized sheet with all metallic fibers aligned in one direction and distributed in periodic hexagonal patterns. We use a phenomenological model in the literature to investigate the effects of pore geometrical parameters (fiber diameter and gap on sound absorption performance. The sound absorption coefficient of multi-layered PFMs is calculated using impedance translation theorem. To demonstrate the validity of the present model, we compare the predicted results with the experimental data. With the average sound absorption (low frequency range as the objective function and the fiber gaps as the design variables, an optimization method for multi-layered fibrous metals is proposed. A new fibrous layout with given porosity of multi-layered fibrous metals is suggested to achieve optimal low frequency sound absorption. The sound absorption coefficient of the optimal multi-layered fibrous metal is higher than the single-layered fibrous metal, and a significant effect of the fibrous material on sound absorption is found due to the surface porosity of the multi-layered fibrous.

  4. Fabrication of super slippery sheet-layered and porous anodic aluminium oxide surfaces and its anticorrosion property

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    Song, Tingting; Liu, Qi; Liu, Jingyuan; Yang, Wanlu; Chen, Rongrong; Jing, Xiaoyan; Takahashi, Kazunobu; Wang, Jun

    2015-11-01

    Inspired by natural plants such as Nepenthes pitcher plants, super slippery surfaces have been developed to improve the attributes of repellent surfaces. In this report, super slippery porous anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) surfaces have fabricated by a simple and reproducible method. Firstly, the aluminium substrates were treated by an anodic process producing micro-nano structured sheet-layered pores, and then immersed in Methyl Silicone Oil, Fluororalkylsilane (FAS) and DuPont Krytox, respectively, generating super slippery surfaces. Such a good material with excellent anti-corrosion property through a simple and repeatable method may be potential candidates for metallic application in anti-corrosion and extreme environment.

  5. The onset of double diffusive convection in a viscoelastic fluid-saturated porous layer with non-equilibrium model.

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    Zhixin Yang

    Full Text Available The onset of double diffusive convection in a viscoelastic fluid-saturated porous layer is studied when the fluid and solid phase are not in local thermal equilibrium. The modified Darcy model is used for the momentum equation and a two-field model is used for energy equation each representing the fluid and solid phases separately. The effect of thermal non-equilibrium on the onset of double diffusive convection is discussed. The critical Rayleigh number and the corresponding wave number for the exchange of stability and over-stability are obtained, and the onset criterion for stationary and oscillatory convection is derived analytically and discussed numerically.

  6. T-RANS Simulations of Subcritical Flow with Heat Transfer Past a Circular Cylinder Surrounded by a Thin Porous Layer

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    Sobera, M.P.; Kleijn, C.R.

    2008-01-01

    We study flow and heat transfer to a cylinder in cross flow at Re = 3,900–80,000 by means of three-dimensional transient RANS (T-RANS) simulations, employing an RNG k − ε turbulence model. Both the case of a bare solid cylinder and that of a solid cylinder surrounded at some fixed distance by a thin porous layer have been studied. The latter configuration is a standard test geometry for measuring the insulating and protective performance of garments. In this geometry, the flow in the space be...

  7. Preparation of hierarchical porous carbon from waste printed circuit boards for high performance electric double-layer capacitors

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    Du, Xuan; Wang, Li; Zhao, Wei; Wang, Yi; Qi, Tao; Li, Chang Ming

    2016-08-01

    Renewable clean energy and resources recycling have become inevitable choices to solve worldwide energy shortages and environmental pollution problems. It is a great challenge to recycle tons of waste printed circuit boards (PCB) produced every year for clean environment while creating values. In this work, low cost, high quality activated carbons (ACs) were synthesized from non-metallic fractions (NMF) of waste PCB to offer a great potential for applications of electrochemical double-layer capacitors (EDLCs). After recovering metal from waste PCB, hierarchical porous carbons were produced from NMF by carbonization and activation processes. The experimental results exhibit that some pores were formed after carbonization due to the escape of impurity atoms introduced by additives in NMF. Then the pore structure was further tailored by adjusting the activation parameters. Roles of micropores and non-micropores in charge storage were investigated when the hierarchical porous carbons were applied as electrode of EDLCs. The highest specific capacitance of 210 F g-1 (at 50 mA g-1) and excellent rate capability were achieved when the ACs possessing a proper micropores/non-micropores ratio. This work not only provides a promising method to recycle PCB, but also investigates the structure tailoring arts for a rational hierarchical porous structure in energy storage/conversion.

  8. Synthesis of Indium Nitride Epitaxial Layers on a Substrate of Porous Indium Phosphide

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    J.A. Suchikova

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents a technique to obtain InN films on porous InP substrates by radical-beam gettering epitaxy. According to the results of the Auger spectroscopy, InN film thickness ranged from 100 nm to 0.5 microns depending on the etching conditions.

  9. Three-Dimensional Porous Particles Composed of Curved, Two-Dimensional, Nano-Sized Layers for Li-Ion Batteries

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    Yushin, Gleb; Evanoff, Kara; Magasinski, Alexander

    2012-01-01

    Thin Si films coated on porous 3D particles composed of curved 2D graphene sheets have been synthesized utilizing techniques that allow for tunable properties. Since graphene exhibits specific surface area up to 100 times higher than carbon black or graphite, the deposition of the same mass of Si on graphene is much faster in comparison -- a factor which is important for practical applications. In addition, the distance between graphene layers is tunable and variation in the thickness of the deposited Si film is feasible. Both of these characteristics allow for optimization of the energy and power characteristics. Thicker films will allow higher capacity, but slower rate capabilities. Thinner films will allow more rapid charging, or higher power performance. In this innovation, uniform deposition of Si and C layers on high-surface area graphene produced granules with specific surface area (SSA) of 5 sq. m/g.

  10. Excellent anti-corrosive pretreatment layer on iron substrate based on three-dimensional porous phytic acid/silane hybrid

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    Gao, Xiang; Lu, Ke; Xu, Lei; Xu, Hua; Lu, Haifeng; Gao, Feng; Hou, Shifeng; Ma, Houyi

    2016-01-01

    A novel, highly effective and environmentally friendly film-forming material, phytic acid (PA)/silane (denoted as PAS) hybrid with a three-dimensional (3D) network structure, was prepared through a condensation reaction of PA with methyltrihydroxysilane generated from the hydrolysis of methyltriethoxysilane (MTES). Two kinds of PAS-based pretreatment layers, namely NaBrO3-free and NaBrO3-doped PAS layers, were fabricated on iron substrates using the dip-coating method. SEM and AFM observations showed that the as-fabricated PAS-based layers possessed a 3D porous microstructure at the nanoscale and a rough surface morphology. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) and attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopic characterization demonstrated that the above PAS layers bound to the iron surface via the -P-O- bond. Moreover, analyses of steady-state polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopic (EIS) data indicated that the corrosion rates of the iron substrates decreased considerably in the presence of the two PAS-based pretreatment layers. In particular, the NaBrO3-dosed PAS layer displayed the better corrosion resistance ability as well as maintaining the original microstructure and surface morphology. The PAS-based pretreatment layers are expected to act as substitutes for chromate and phosphate conversion layers and will find widespread application in the surface pretreatment of iron and steel materials due to the advantages of being environmentally friendly, the rapid film-forming process, and, especially, the nanoporous microstructure and rough surface morphology.A novel, highly effective and environmentally friendly film-forming material, phytic acid (PA)/silane (denoted as PAS) hybrid with a three-dimensional (3D) network structure, was prepared through a condensation reaction of PA with methyltrihydroxysilane generated from the hydrolysis of methyltriethoxysilane (MTES). Two kinds of PAS-based pretreatment layers, namely Na

  11. Excellent anti-corrosive pretreatment layer on iron substrate based on three-dimensional porous phytic acid/silane hybrid.

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    Gao, Xiang; Lu, Ke; Xu, Lei; Xu, Hua; Lu, Haifeng; Gao, Feng; Hou, Shifeng; Ma, Houyi

    2016-01-21

    A novel, highly effective and environmentally friendly film-forming material, phytic acid (PA)/silane (denoted as PAS) hybrid with a three-dimensional (3D) network structure, was prepared through a condensation reaction of PA with methyltrihydroxysilane generated from the hydrolysis of methyltriethoxysilane (MTES). Two kinds of PAS-based pretreatment layers, namely NaBrO3-free and NaBrO3-doped PAS layers, were fabricated on iron substrates using the dip-coating method. SEM and AFM observations showed that the as-fabricated PAS-based layers possessed a 3D porous microstructure at the nanoscale and a rough surface morphology. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) and attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopic characterization demonstrated that the above PAS layers bound to the iron surface via the -P-O- bond. Moreover, analyses of steady-state polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopic (EIS) data indicated that the corrosion rates of the iron substrates decreased considerably in the presence of the two PAS-based pretreatment layers. In particular, the NaBrO3-dosed PAS layer displayed the better corrosion resistance ability as well as maintaining the original microstructure and surface morphology. The PAS-based pretreatment layers are expected to act as substitutes for chromate and phosphate conversion layers and will find widespread application in the surface pretreatment of iron and steel materials due to the advantages of being environmentally friendly, the rapid film-forming process, and, especially, the nanoporous microstructure and rough surface morphology. PMID:26689810

  12. PECULIAR FEATURES OF HEAT-HUMIDITY MODE PERTAINING TO POROUS LAYERS OF ASPHALT CONCRETE PAVEMENTS

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    V. Verenko

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents results of experimental investigations and points out the fact that conventional approaches to design and calculations of road pavements that presuppose application of porous asphalt concrete on compact bedding can cause some deformations and destructions initiated due to humidity migration in large internal material pores and lead to material destruction during warm season of the year when water is characterized by high activity. Such processes result in bitumen washing-out, white spot occurrence on the pavement and quick destruction of the pavement.The paper proposes to reconsider existing approaches to design and calculation of road pavements, estimation of reliability and service-ability levels of the applied construction materials. In particular it is necessary to calculate a road pavement with respect to thermo-physical action while excluding condensate and humidity accumulation in porous materials. 

  13. On the Onsetof Thermal Instability in a Low Prandtl Number Nanofluid Layer in a Porous Medium

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    Ramesh Chand

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Thermal instability in a low Prandtl number nanofluid in a porous medium is investigated by using Galerkin weighted residuals method for free-free boundaries. For porous medium, Brinkman-Darcy modelis applied. The model used for the nanofluid describes the effects of Brownian motion and thermophoresis. Linear stability theory based upon normal mode analysis is employed to find the expression for stationary and oscillatory convection. The effects of Prandtl- number, Darcy number, Lewis number and modified diffusivity ratio on the stationary convection are investigated both analytically and graphically. The results indicated that the Prandtl and Darcy numbers have a destabilizing effect while the Lewis number and modified diffusivity ratio have a stabilizing effect for the stationary convection.

  14. A pore network study on water distribution in bi-layer gas diffusion media: Effects of inlet boundary condition and micro-porous layer properties

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    Wu, Rui; Zhu, Xun; Liao, Qiang; Wang, Hong; Ding, Yu-dong; Li, Jun; Ye, Ding-ding [Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China)

    2010-09-15

    Water flooding in gas diffusion material (GDM) is an important limit in performance of proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEFMC). Some efforts, such as modifying the pore structures in the GDM, have been made in order to facilitate water transport and to reduce flooding in PEMFC. Recent experimental studies have demonstrated that using a bi-layer GDM, consisting of a fine micro-porous layer (MPL) and a coarse gas diffusion layer (GDL), can be advantageous for water management in PEMFC. In this work, a pore network model with an invasion percolation algorithm is developed and used to investigate the effects of MPL properties, including thickness, wettability and connectivity, on water distribution in the bi-layer GDM from the viewpoint at the pore level. Furthermore, a reasonable inlet boundary condition is proposed to describe the actual phenomenon that the CL surface is covered with many independent water droplets which are much larger than pore sizes in MPL. Influences of water droplet size and coverage fraction are also clarified in the present study. (author)

  15. Impact of micro-porous layer on liquid water distribution at the catalyst layer interface and cell performance in a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell

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    Tabe, Yutaka; Aoyama, Yusuke; Kadowaki, Kazumasa; Suzuki, Kengo; Chikahisa, Takemi

    2015-08-01

    In polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, a gas diffusion layer (GDL) with a micro-porous layer (MPL) gives better anti-flooding performance than GDLs without an MPL. To investigate the function and mechanism of the MPL to suppress water flooding, the liquid water distribution at the cathode catalyst layer (CL) surface are observed by a freezing method; in the method liquid water is immobilized in ice form by rapid freezing, followed by disassembling the cell for observations. The ice covered area is quantified by image processing and cells with and without an MPL are compared. The results show that the MPL suppresses water accumulation at the interface due to smaller pore size and finer contact with the CL, and this results in less water flooding. Investigation of ice formed after -10 °C cold start shutdowns and the temporary performance deterioration at ordinary temperatures also indicates a significant influence of the liquid water accumulating at the interface. The importance of the fine contact between CL and MPL, the relative absence of gaps, is demonstrated by a gas diffusion electrode (GDE) which is directly coated with catalyst ink on the surface of the MPL achieving finer contact of the layers.

  16. Ultrathin Ultra-broadband Electro-Absorption Modulator based on Few-layer Graphene based Anisotropic Metamaterial

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    Sayem, Ayed Al; Jahangir, Ifat; Rahman, Md Saifur

    2015-01-01

    In this article, a few-layered graphene-dielectric multilayer (metamaterial) electro-optic modulator has been proposed in the mid and far infrared range that works on electro-absorption mechanism. Graphene, both mono layer and few layer, is an actively tunable optical material that allows control of inter-band and intra-band transition by tuning its chemical potential. Utilizing this unique feature of graphene, we propose a multilayer graphene dielectric stack where few layer graphene is preferred over mono layer graphene. Although the total thickness of the stack still remains in the nanometer range, this device can exhibit superior performances in terms of (i) high modulation depth, (ii) ultra-broadband performance, (iii) ultra-low insertion loss due to inherent metamaterial properties, (iv) nanoscale footprint, (v) polarization independence and (vi) capability of being integrated to a silicon waveguide. Interestingly, these superior performances, achievable by using few layer graphene with carefully design...

  17. "Egg-Box"-Assisted Fabrication of Porous Carbon with Small Mesopores for High-Rate Electric Double Layer Capacitors.

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    Kang, Danmiao; Liu, Qinglei; Gu, Jiajun; Su, Yishi; Zhang, Wang; Zhang, Di

    2015-11-24

    Here we report a method to fabricate porous carbon with small mesopores around 2-4 nm by simple activation of charcoals derived from carbonization of seaweed consisting of microcrystalline domains formed by the "egg-box" model. The existence of mesopores in charcoals leads to a high specific surface area up to 3270 m(2) g(-1), with 95% surface area provided by small mesopores. This special pore structure shows high adaptability when used as electrode materials for an electric double layer capacitor, especially at high charge-discharge rate. The gravimetric capacitance values of the porous carbon are 425 and 210 F g(-1) and volumetric capacitance values are 242 and 120 F cm(-3) in 1 M H2SO4 and 1 M TEA BF4/AN, respectively. The capacitances even remain at 280 F g(-1) (160 F cm(-3)) at 100 A g(-1) and 156 F g(-1) (90 F cm(-3)) at 50 A g(-1) in the aqueous and organic electrolytes, demonstrating excellent high-rate capacitive performance. PMID:26418602

  18. Mathematical Modeling of Onset of Convection in a porous Layer with Viscosity Variation

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    FariborzRashidi; AliBahrami

    2000-01-01

    Instability theory is applied to diffusion-convection phenomenon in porous media,where the area in direction of transfer is large and viscosity of the oil varies due to gas dissolutio.n important application of this theory arises where diffusion-convection is employed as an EOR technique in oil reservoirs.As a bed of gas if formed below a column of oil,gas starts to diffuse into the oil,Therefore,the oil becomes lighter and an inverse gradient of density is developed as more gas diffuses in.Although this inverse density gradient is potentially unstable,convection will not initiate until the gradient extends to a certain value.The condition at which convection begins is known as "the onset of convection" and is well specified by the dimensionless Rayleigh number.In this study ,an instability analysis is made for convection-diffusion in large porous media,Unlike other studies where viscosity is assumed constant,in this work viscosity is postulated to be a function of gas concentration.It is shown that the mathematical model developed reduces to previous models if the viscosity variations are ignored.

  19. Irreversible membrane fouling abatement through pre-deposited layer of hierarchical porous carbons

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    Hamad, Juma

    2014-11-01

    In this work, dual-templated hierarchical porous carbons (HPCs), produced from a coupled ice-hard templating approach, are shown to be a highly effective solution to the commonly occurring problem of irreversible fouling of low-pressure membranes used for pre-treatment in wastewater reuse. For the first time, dual-templated HPCs, along with their respective counterparts - single-templated meso-porous carbon (MPCs) (without macropores) - are tested in terms of their fouling reduction capacity and ability to remove different effluent organic matter fractions present in wastewater and compared with a commercially available powdered activated carbon (PAC). The synthesized HPCs provided exceptional fouling abatement, a 4-fold higher fouling reduction as compared to the previously reported best performing commercial PAC and ~2.5-fold better fouling reduction than their respective mesoporous counterpart. Thus, it is shown that not only mesoporosity, but macroporosity is also necessary to achieve high fouling reduction, thus emphasizing the need for dual templating. In the case of HPCs, the pre-deposition technique is also found to outperform the traditional sorbent-feed mixing approach, mainly in terms of removal of fouling components. Based on their superior performance, a high permeability (ultra-low-pressure) membrane consisting of the synthesized HPC pre-deposited on a large pore size membrane support (0.45μm membrane), is shown to give excellent pre-treatment performance for wastewater reuse application. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

  20. Multi-layer asymptotic solution for wetting fronts in porous media with exponential moisture diffusivity

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    Budd, Christopher J

    2015-01-01

    We study the asymptotic behaviour of sharp front solutions arising from the nonlinear diffusion equation \\theta_t = (D(\\theta)\\theta_x)_x, where the diffusivity is an exponential function D({\\theta}) = D_o exp(\\beta\\theta). This problem arises in the study of unsaturated flow in porous media where {\\theta} represents the liquid saturation. For the physical parameters corresponding to actual porous media, the diffusivity at the residual saturation is D(0) = D_o << 1 so that the diffusion problem is nearly degenerate. Such problems are characterised by wetting fronts that sharply delineate regions of saturated and unsaturated flow, and that propagate with a well-defined speed. Using matched asymptotic expansions in the limit of large {\\beta}, we derive an analytical description of the solution that is uniformly valid throughout the wetting front. This is in contrast with most other related analyses that instead truncate the solution at some specific wetting front location, which is then calculated as part...

  1. Irreversible membrane fouling abatement through pre-deposited layer of hierarchical porous carbons.

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    Hamad, Juma Z; Dua, Rubal; Kurniasari, Novita; Kennedy, Maria D; Wang, Peng; Amy, Gary L

    2014-11-15

    In this work, dual-templated hierarchical porous carbons (HPCs), produced from a coupled ice-hard templating approach, are shown to be a highly effective solution to the commonly occurring problem of irreversible fouling of low-pressure membranes used for pre-treatment in wastewater reuse. For the first time, dual-templated HPCs, along with their respective counterparts - single-templated meso-porous carbon (MPCs) (without macropores) - are tested in terms of their fouling reduction capacity and ability to remove different effluent organic matter fractions present in wastewater and compared with a commercially available powdered activated carbon (PAC). The synthesized HPCs provided exceptional fouling abatement, a 4-fold higher fouling reduction as compared to the previously reported best performing commercial PAC and ∼2.5-fold better fouling reduction than their respective mesoporous counterpart. Thus, it is shown that not only mesoporosity, but macroporosity is also necessary to achieve high fouling reduction, thus emphasizing the need for dual templating. In the case of HPCs, the pre-deposition technique is also found to outperform the traditional sorbent-feed mixing approach, mainly in terms of removal of fouling components. Based on their superior performance, a high permeability (ultra-low-pressure) membrane consisting of the synthesized HPC pre-deposited on a large pore size membrane support (0.45 μm membrane), is shown to give excellent pre-treatment performance for wastewater reuse application. PMID:25128660

  2. Highly photocatalytic TiO2 interconnected porous powder fabricated by sponge-templated atomic layer deposition

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    Pan, Shengqiang; Zhao, Yuting; Huang, Gaoshan; Wang, Jiao; Baunack, Stefan; Gemming, Thomas; Li, Menglin; Zheng, Lirong; Schmidt, Oliver G.; Mei, Yongfeng

    2015-09-01

    A titanium dioxide (TiO2) interconnected porous structure has been fabricated by means of atomic layer deposition of TiO2 onto a reticular sponge template. The obtained freestanding TiO2 with large surface area can be easily taken out of the water to solve a complex separation procedure. A compact and conformal nanocoating was evidenced by morphologic characterization. A phase transition, as well as production of oxygen vacancies with increasing annealing temperature, was detected by x-ray diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. The photocatalytic experimental results demonstrated that the powder with appropriate annealing treatment possessed excellent photocatalytic ability due to the co-action of high surface area, oxygen vacancies and the optimal crystal structure.

  3. State space approach to viscoelastic fluid flow of hydromagnetic fluctuating boundary-layer through a porous medium

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    Ezzat, M.A. [Alexandria Univ. (Egypt). Dept. of Mathematics; Abd-Elaal, M.Z. [Alexandria Univ. (Egypt). Dept. of Mathematics

    1997-08-01

    The method of the matrix exponential, which constitutes the basis of the state space approach of modern control theory, is applied to the non-dimensional equations of a viscoelastic fluid flow of hydromagnetic fluctuating boundary-layer through a porous medium bounded by an infinite non-magnetic vertical plate. The formulation is valid for one-dimensional problems. The resulting formulation together with the Laplace transform technique is applied to a variety of problems. The solution to a problem of an electrically conducting viscoelastic fluid in the presence of a transverse magnetic field and to a problem for the flow between two parallel fixed plates is obtained. The inversion of the Laplace transforms is carried out using a nuermical approach. Numerical results for the velocity distribution and the induced magnetic field are given and illustrated graphically for each problem. (orig.)

  4. Influence of layer and anisotropic fluctuations of the refractive index on the beyond-the-horizon SHF propagation in the troposphere over the sea when there is an evaporation duct

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    Koshel, Konstantin V.; Shishkarev, A. A.

    1993-09-01

    On the basis of invariant imbedding method the disturbance theory for complex constants of the propagation is proposed. This approach allowed us to consider influence of layer and anisotropic fluctuations of refractive index on the beyond-the-horizon propagation in the adiabatic approximation at the existence of the evaporation duct. Finally, the paper considers some examples of the calculations and investigates stochastic effects.

  5. A unified formulation for guided-wave propagation in multi-layered mixed anisotropic-isotropic hybrid aerospace composites

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    Barazanchy, Darun; Giurgiutiu, Victor

    2016-04-01

    A unified approach was formulated to predict guided-wave propagation in a material regardless its degree of anisotropy, thereby having one solution method for both isotropic and anisotropic material. The unified approach was based on the coupled eigenvalue problem derived from Chirstoffels equation for a lamina. The eigenvalue problem yielded a set of eigenvalues, and corresponding eigenvectors that were used to obtain the stress-displacement matrix. The dispersion curves were obtained by applying the traction free boundary conditions to the stress-displacement matrix, and searching for sign changes in the complex determinant of the matrix. To search for sign changes, hence the velocity-wavenumber pairs which yielded a solution to the problem, the real and imaginary part of the complex determinant had to change sign simultaneously. A phase angle approach was, therefore, developed and successfully applied. A refinement algorithm was applied to refine the accuracy of the solution without increasing the computational time significantly. A high accuracy was required to calculated the correct partial-wave participation factors. The obtained partial-wave participation factors were used to calculate the modeshape through the thickness for each velocity-wavenumber pair. To identify the different wave types, A0, S0, SHS0, SHA0, a modeshape identification was applied successfully. The unified approach was evaluated for hybrid aerospace composites. In addition, the two most common solution methods: (i) the global matrix method; and (ii) the transfer matrix method were applied, and a comparative study between the different methods was performed.

  6. Analysis of chemical dissolution of the barrier layer of porous oxide on aluminum thin films using a re-anodizing technique

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    Chemical dissolution of the barrier layer of porous oxide formed on thin aluminum films (99.9% purity) in the 4% oxalic acid after immersion in 2 mol dm-3 sulphuric acid at 50 deg. C has been studied. The barrier layer thickness before and after dissolution was calculated using a re-anodizing technique. It has been shown that above 57 V the change in the growth mechanism of porous alumina films takes place. As a result, the change in the amount of regions in the barrier oxide with different dissolution rates is observed. The barrier oxide contains two layers at 50 V: the outer layer with the highest dissolution rate and the inner layer with a low dissolution rate. Above 60 V the barrier oxide contains three layers: the outer layer with a high dissolution rate, the middle layer with the highest dissolution rate and the inner layer with a low dissolution rate. We suggest that the formation of the outer layer of barrier oxide with a high dissolution rate is linked with the injection of protons or H3O+ ions from the electrolyte into the oxide film at the anodizing voltages above 57 V

  7. Formation Features of the Porous Silicon Layers Modified by НСl and HBr in the Context of Optical Properties

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Transmission and reflection spectra, refraction factor of the porous silicon layers produced in HF(48%: HCl:H2O and HF(48%:HBr:H2O solutions are investigated by the sample illumination and without it. It is established that layers produced by electrolytic anodizing in HF(48%:HBr:H2O = 16:2:80 mass% solution have the best antireflective characteristics and smaller optical transmission than other samples.

  8. Layer-by-layer assembly of imogolite nanotubes and polyelectrolytes into core-shell particles and their conversion to hierarchically porous spheres

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    Yoshiyuki Kuroda et al

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Core-shell particles were prepared by the layer-by-layer (LbL assembly of imogolite (IMO nanotubes and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate (PSS on polystyrene particles (diameter: 800 nm coated preliminarily with poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride (PDDA. PSS and imogolite were alternately adsorbed on the particles to form core-shell particles with one to three bilayers of PSS/IMO. Macroporous hollow spheres were formed by removing polystyrene cores via heat treatment or extraction when the number of bilayers was 2 or 3. The sample formed by extraction (the number of bilayer was 3 showed only macroporosity and PSS remained in the shell, whereas the heat-treated sample showed hierarchical micro- and macroporosities. When the diameter of polystyrene particles decreased from 800 nm to 300 or 100 nm, hollow spheres were deformed because of the increase in the relative length of imogolite nanotubes against the size of polystyrene particles. Imogolite is a promising building block of hierarchically porous materials with core-shell morphologies using LbL assembly.

  9. Improvement in photovoltaic properties of silicon solar cells with a doped porous silicon layer with rare earth (Ce, La) as antireflection coatings

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    The performance improvement of solar cells due to the formation of a porous silicon layer treated with rare earth (Ce, La) in the n+ emitter of silicon n+/p junctions has been investigated. The photovoltaic properties of the cells with and without treatment of the porous silicon layer are compared. From the reflection measurements, it was shown that the cells with treated PS layers have lower reflectivity value compared to cell with untreated PS layer. The main result is that the photovoltaic energy conversion efficiency of solar cells can be enhanced by using the treated porous silicon layers with the rare earth (Ce, La) as anti-reflection coatings. -- Highlights: • The reduction of optical loss in silicon (c-Si) solar cells attracts the attention of many researches to achieve high efficiencies. • To attain this aim, the treated PS layers with rare earth (La, Ce) are suggested to be used as an (ARC) of c-Si solar cell. • The result showed a decrease in the optical losses which can explain the improved photovoltaic properties

  10. Thermoconvective instability and local thermal non-equilibrium in a porous layer with isoflux-isothermal boundary conditions

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    The effects of lack of local thermal equilibrium between the solid phase and the fluid phase are taken into account for the convective stability analysis of a horizontal porous layer. The layer is bounded by a pair of plane parallel walls which are impermeable and such that the lower wall is subject to a uniform flux heating, while the upper wall is isothermal. The local thermal non-equilibrium is modelled through a two-temperature formulation of the energy exchange between the phases, resulting in a pair of local energy balance equations: one for each phase. Small-amplitude disturbances of the basic rest state are envisaged to test the stability. Then, the standard normal mode procedure is adopted to detect the onset conditions of convective rolls. Beyond the Darcy-Rayleigh number, playing the role of order parameter for the transition to instability, the relevant dimensionless parameters are the inter-phase heat transfer parameter and the thermal conductivity ratio. The disturbance governing equations, formulated as an eigenvalue problem, are solved numerically by a shooting method. Results are reported for the neutral stability curves and for the critical values for the onset of instability.

  11. Determination of the pore size distribution of micro porous layer in PEMFC using pore forming agents under various drying conditions

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    Chun, Jeong Hwan; Park, Ki Tae; Jo, Dong Hyun; Lee, Ji Young; Kim, Sang Gon; Kim, Sung Hyun [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Korea University, 1 Anam-Dong, Seongbuk-Ku, Seoul 136-713 (Korea); Lee, Eun Sook; Jyoung, Jy-Young [Energy Research Center, HyupJin I and C Co., LTD, 143-1 Gwelang-Ri, Jungnam-Myun, Hwasung-Si, Kyunggi-Do (Korea)

    2010-10-15

    In this paper, the effect of the pore size distribution of a micro-porous layer (MPL) on the performance of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) was investigated using self-made gas diffusion layers (GDLs) with different MPLs for which the pore size distribution was modified using pore forming agents under different drying conditions. When MPL dried at high temperature, more macro pores, approximately 1,000-20,000 nm in diameter, and less micro pores, below 100 nm, were observed relative to when MPL was dried at low temperature. Self-made GDLs were characterized by a field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), mercury porosimetry and self-made gas permeability measurement equipment. The performance of the single cells was measured under two different humidification conditions. The results demonstrate that the optimum pore size distribution of MPL depended on the cell operating humidification condition. The MPL dried at high temperature performed better than the MPL dried at low temperature under a low humidification condition; however, MPL dried at low temperature performed better under a high humidification condition. (author)

  12. Boundary layer flow and heat transfer of a Casson fluid past a symmetric porous wedge with surface heat flux

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    The aim of this paper is to investigate numerically the boundary layer forced convection flow of a Casson fluid past a symmetric porous wedge. Similarity transformations are used to convert the governing partial differential equations into ordinary ones. With the help of the shooting method, the reduced equations are then solved numerically. Comparisons are made with the previously published results in some special cases and they are found to be in excellent agreement with each other. The results obtained in this study are illustrated graphically and discussed in detail. The velocity is found to increase with an increasing Falkner–Skan exponent whereas the temperature decreases. With the rise of the Casson fluid parameter, the fluid velocity increases but the temperature is found to decrease in this case. Fluid velocity is suppressed with the increase of suction. The skin friction decreases with the increasing value of Casson fluid parameter. It is found that the temperature decreases as the Prandtl number increases and thermal boundary layer thickness decreases with the increasing value of Prandtl number. A significant finding of this investigation is that flow separation can be controlled by increasing the value of the Casson fluid parameter as well as by increasing the amount of suction. (electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics)

  13. Toward the Physical Basis of Complex Systems: Dielectric Analysis of Porous Silicon Nanochannels in the Electrical Double Layer Length Range

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    Radu Mircea Ciuceanu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Dielectric analysis (DEA shows changes in the properties of
    a materials as a response to the application on it of a time dependent electric field. Dielectric measurements are extremely sensitive to small changes in materials properties, that molecular relaxation, dipole changes, local motions that involve the reorientation of dipoles, and so can be observed by DEA. Electrical double layer (EDL, consists in a shielding layer that is naturally created within the liquid near a charged surface. The thickness of the EDL is given by the characteristic Debye length what grows less with the ionic strength defined by half summ products of concentration with square of charge for all solvent
    ions (co-ions, counterions, charged molecules. The typical length scale for the Debye length is on the order of 1 nm, depending on the ionic contents in the solvent; thus, the EDL becomes significant for nano-capillaries that nanochannels. The electrokinetic e®ects in the nanochannels depend essentialy on the distribution of charged species in EDL, described by the Poisson-Boltzmann equation those solutions require the solvent dielectric permittivity. In this work we propose a model for solvent low-frequency permittivity and a DEA profile taking into account both the porous silicon electrode and aqueous solvent properties in the Debye length range.

  14. Thermoconvective instability and local thermal non-equilibrium in a porous layer with isoflux-isothermal boundary conditions

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    Celli, Michele; Barletta, Antonio; Storesletten, Leiv

    2014-04-01

    The effects of lack of local thermal equilibrium between the solid phase and the fluid phase are taken into account for the convective stability analysis of a horizontal porous layer. The layer is bounded by a pair of plane parallel walls which are impermeable and such that the lower wall is subject to a uniform flux heating, while the upper wall is isothermal. The local thermal non-equilibrium is modelled through a two-temperature formulation of the energy exchange between the phases, resulting in a pair of local energy balance equations: one for each phase. Small-amplitude disturbances of the basic rest state are envisaged to test the stability. Then, the standard normal mode procedure is adopted to detect the onset conditions of convective rolls. Beyond the Darcy-Rayleigh number, playing the role of order parameter for the transition to instability, the relevant dimensionless parameters are the inter-phase heat transfer parameter and the thermal conductivity ratio. The disturbance governing equations, formulated as an eigenvalue problem, are solved numerically by a shooting method. Results are reported for the neutral stability curves and for the critical values for the onset of instability.

  15. Fabrication and surface passivation of porous 6H-SiC by atomic layer deposited films

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    Lu, Weifang; Ou, Yiyu; Petersen, Paul Michael;

    2016-01-01

    photoluminescence was observed and the etching process was optimized in terms of etching time and thickness. Enormous enhancement as well as redshift and broadening of photoluminescence spectra were observed after the passivation by atomic layer deposited Al2O3 and TiO2 films. No obvious luminescence was observed...

  16. Analysis of the sintering stresses and shape distortion produced in co-firing of CGO-LSM/CGO bi-layer porous structures

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    Ni, De Wei; Esposito, Vincenzo; Schmidt, Cristine Grings; Tadesse Molla, Tesfaye; Andersen, Kjeld Bøhm; Kaiser, Andreas; Ramousse, Severine; Pryds, Nini

    electrochemical flue gas purification devices, multilayer structures with alternating porous layers of CGO and a LSM/CGO mixture are used to achieve specific functional requirements. In a manufacturing process of such ceramic multilayer devices, co-firing is one of the critical steps as many defects such as......Gadolinium-doped cerium oxide (CGO) and lanthanum strontium manganate (LSM) are electro-ceramics materials with high potential for several electrochemical applications such as solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC), gas separation membranes, and flue gas purification devices. Especially for novel...... cracks, de-lamination and shape distortion can result as a consequence of sintering mismatch stresses caused by the strain rate difference between layers. This work seeks to understand the underlying mechanisms that occur during the co-firing of porous CGO-LSM/CGO bi-layer laminates, by evaluating the...

  17. Synthesis and proton conductivity of adsorption-saturated and solvated porous hydroxyethylated cyclam layers on the surface of PVC-coated cellulose fabric

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    Fridman, A. Ya.; Tsivadze, A. Yu.; Morozova, E. M.; Sokolova, N. P.; Voloshchuk, A. M.; Bardyshev, I. I.; Gorbunov, A. M.; Polyakova, I. Ya.; Titova, V. N.; Yavich, A. A.; Shapokhina, O. P.; Petrova, N. V.; Averin, A. A.

    2014-08-01

    Porous layers of associates of adsorption-saturated and benzene- and hexane-solvated chloride and sulfate of hydroxyethylated cyclams with acid aqua complexes were synthesized on the surface of PVC-coated cellulose fabric. The porous structure of the layers includes a system of internal pores connected with the external pores via the diamine rings of the common walls of the hydroxyethylated cyclam nets; the internal pores are filled with the associates; the solvent molecules are adsorbed on the developed surface of the layers or solvate it. The H+ motion rate in a layer placed in solvent vapors or liquid solvents was measured; the layers were found to be nonlinear H+ conductors. The potential of H+ transition from the acid solution into the layer, the H+ mobility constant, and the field variation constant of the H+ mobility of the layer depend on the layer composition. The adsorption and solvation are accompanied by the formation of host-guest molecular complexes between the diamine rings of the cyclam nets and the benzene or hexane molecules, affecting the resistance of the associates to the incorporation of H+ ions and the H+ mobility in the associates.

  18. Fractures in anisotropic media

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    Shao, Siyi

    Rocks may be composed of layers and contain fracture sets that cause the hydraulic, mechanical and seismic properties of a rock to be anisotropic. Coexisting fractures and layers in rock give rise to competing mechanisms of anisotropy. For example: (1) at low fracture stiffness, apparent shear-wave anisotropy induced by matrix layering can be masked or enhanced by the presence of a fracture, depending on the fracture orientation with respect to layering, and (2) compressional-wave guided modes generated by parallel fractures can also mask the presence of matrix layerings for particular fracture orientations and fracture specific stiffness. This report focuses on two anisotropic sources that are widely encountered in rock engineering: fractures (mechanical discontinuity) and matrix layering (impedance discontinuity), by investigating: (1) matrix property characterization, i.e., to determine elastic constants in anisotropic solids, (2) interface wave behavior in single-fractured anisotropic media, (3) compressional wave guided modes in parallel-fractured anisotropic media (single fracture orientation) and (4) the elastic response of orthogonal fracture networks. Elastic constants of a medium are required to understand and quantify wave propagation in anisotropic media but are affected by fractures and matrix properties. Experimental observations and analytical analysis demonstrate that behaviors of both fracture interface waves and compressional-wave guided modes for fractures in anisotropic media, are affected by fracture specific stiffness (controlled by external stresses), signal frequency and relative orientation between layerings in the matrix and fractures. A fractured layered medium exhibits: (1) fracture-dominated anisotropy when the fractures are weakly coupled; (2) isotropic behavior when fractures delay waves that are usually fast in a layered medium; and (3) matrix-dominated anisotropy when the fractures are closed and no longer delay the signal. The

  19. Surface Modification of Nano Porous Materials for Electric Double Layer Capacitors Application

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    Tashima, Daisuke; Kurosawatsu, Kenji; Sung, Youl-Moon; Otsubo, Masahisa; Honda, Chikahisa

    2007-01-01

    In this work, carbonaceous materials were modified in order to improve capacitance and charge density in electric double layer capacitors (EDLCs). Optimal conditions for plasma surface treatment of activated carbon have been examined for times from 10 min to 1 h at 150 ℃. The plasma is a high-frequency glow discharge in N2. The pressure of the gas is 13.3 Pa. The electrode is set up so that the EDLC sample is covered with the glow discharge. Space charge density can be improved by plasma surf...

  20. Wave Propagation in the Effective Model of Alternating Porous and Impermeable Solid Layers Propagation des ondes dans un modèle effectif constitué de couches solides alternativement poreuses et imperméables

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    Molotkov L.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Elastic properties of finely layered media are of great interest for seismic exploration. Theoretical models give a dependence of overall properties on constituent parameters. On the one hand they help geophysicists to estimate possible ranges of anisotropy and on the other hand they provide a basis for interpretation of measured anisotropic parameters in terms of microstructure. Last forty years such models with elastic constituents have been extensively used. Recently they have been updated for describing fractured rocks (Hsu and Schoenberg, 1993. In this case thin, and soft elastic layer models fracture. However reservoir rocks are porous and permeable. Porosity and permeability are taken into account by well-known Biot model. Finely layered porous sequences have some distinctive properties which are the topic of modern research (Schoenberg, 1996. Therefore it is important to update developed concepts to porous medium. Bakulin and Molotkov (1998, 1997 who generalized Backus averaging on poroelastic medium have done first step. Here we pay attention to one special case when there is only one preferential direction of fluid flow in porous rock. This may be caused by presence of impermeable barriers or lenses, which are modeled as set of solid layers intersecting porous medium. Such model corresponds to highly hydraulically anisotropic rock, which has very strong anisotropy of pore space structure and permeability. Les propriétés élastiques des milieux finement stratifiés présentent un grand intérêt pour l'exploration sismique. Les modèles théoriques donnent les propriétés générales en fonction des paramètres des constituants. D'une part, ils aident les géophysiciens à évaluer les gammes d'anisotropie possibles, et d'autre part, ils offrent une base pour l'interprétation des paramètres d'anisotropie mesurés en termes de microstructure. De tels modèles, élastiques, ont été largement utilisés ces quarante dernières ann

  1. Efficient removal of heavy metal ions from aqueous systems with the assembly of anisotropic layered double hydroxide nanocrystals@carbon nanosphere.

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    Gong, Jingming; Liu, Ting; Wang, Xiaoqing; Hu, Xianluo; Zhang, Lizhi

    2011-07-15

    We report on the efficient removal of heavy metal ions from simulated wastewater with a nanostructured assembly. The nanoassembly was obtained via direct assembling the performed anisotropic layered double hydroxide nanocrystals (LDH-NCs) onto the surface of carbon nanospheres (labeled as LDH-NCs@CNs). It was found that the maximum adsorption capacity of the nanoassembly toward Cu(2+) was ∼ 19.93 mg g(-1) when the initial Cu(2+) concentration was 10.0 mg L(-1), displaying a high efficiency for the removal of heavy metal ions. The Freundlich adsorption isotherm was applicable to describe the removal processes. Kinetics of the Cu(2+) removal was found to follow pseudo-second-order rate equation. Furthermore, the as-prepared building unit of the assembly, including LDH-NCs, CNs, and the assembly, as well as Cu(2+)-adsorbed assembly, were carefully examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), nitrogen sorption measurements, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Based on the characterization results, a possible mechanism of Cu(2+) removal with the assembly of LDH-NCs@CNs was proposed. Comparison experiments show that the adsorption capacity of the resulting LDH-NCs@CNs assembly was much higher than its any building unit alone (CNs or LDH-NCs), exhibiting the deliberation of the assembly on water decontamination. This work provides a very efficient, fast and convenient approach for exploring promising nanoassembly materials for water treatment. PMID:21692502

  2. Origin of high-density hole doping and anisotropic hole transport in a wide gap layered semiconductor LaCuOSe studied by first-principles calculations

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    Hiramatsu, Hidenori [ERATO-SORST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, 4259 Nagatsuta-cho, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan); Kamiya, Toshio [ERATO-SORST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, 4259 Nagatsuta-cho, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan); Materials and Structures Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan); Ueda, Kazushige [ERATO-SORST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, 4259 Nagatsuta-cho, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan); Faculty of Engineering, Department of Materials Science, Kyushu Institute of Technology, 1-1 Sensui-cho, Tobata-ku, Kitakyushu 804-8550 (Japan); Hirano, Masahiro [ERATO-SORST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, 4259 Nagatsuta-cho, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan); Frontier Research Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan); Hosono, Hideo [ERATO-SORST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, 4259 Nagatsuta-cho, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan); Materials and Structures Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan); Frontier Research Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan)

    2010-07-15

    LaCuOSe is a wide gap (E{sub g} = 2.8 eV) p-type semiconductor. Epitaxial films may be converted to a degenerate semiconductor with hole concentrations (n{sub h}) > 1 x 10{sup 21} cm{sup -3} by doping Mg ions to the La sites. We, however, found that the Mg concentration in the highest n{sub h} film was too low (<1%) to explain the high n{sub h}. Further, we observed large subgap absorption and no Burstein-Moss (BM) shift in the doped LaCuOSe, which contradict with a rigid-band scheme. The doping stability was examined by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The results showed that the substitution of the La site with an Mg ion needs a large extra energy and is not stable. Alternatively, copper vacancies are easily formed and work as shallow acceptors. On the other hand, it is also revealed that the calculation results are unable to explain the subgap absorption and the absence of a BM shift. Carrier transport calculations based on DFT and the Boltzmann transport theory were also performed, which provided information about anisotropic carrier transport in the layered crystal structure. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  3. In situ derivation of sulfur activated TiO{sub 2} nano porous layers through pulse-micro arc oxidation technology

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    Bayati, M.R., E-mail: mbayati@ncsu.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695 (United States); School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 16845-161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Golestani-Fard, F. [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 16845-161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials, Iran University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 16845-195, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Moshfegh, A.Z. [Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11155-9161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 14588-89694, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Molaei, Roya [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 16845-161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-10-15

    Highlights: {yields} S-TiO{sub 2} layers were grown by MAO technique under pulse current for the first time. {yields} Effect of growth parameters on chemical composition, topography, and morphology of the layers was studied. {yields} A correlation between photocatalytic performance and growth conditions was proposed. -- Abstract: Micro arc oxidation technique, as a facile and efficient process, was employed to grow sulfur doped titania porous layers. This research sheds light on the photocatalytic performance of the micro arc oxidized S-TiO{sub 2} nano-porous layers fabricated under pulse current. Morphological and topographical studies, performed by SEM and AFM techniques, revealed that increasing the frequency and/or decreasing the duty cycle resulted in formation of finer pores and smoother surfaces. XRD and XPS results showed that the layers consisted of anatase and rutile phases whose fraction was observed to change depending on the synthesis conditions. The highest anatase relative content was obtained at the frequency of 500 Hz and the duty cycle of 5%. Furthermore, photocatalytic activity of the layers was examined by measuring the decomposition rate of methylene blue under both ultraviolet and visible photo irradiations. Maximum photodegradation reaction rate constants over the pulse-grown S-TiO{sub 2} layers were respectively measured as 0.0202 and 0.0110 min{sup -1} for ultraviolet and visible irradiations.

  4. A family of layered chiral porous magnets exhibiting tunable ordering temperatures.

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    Atzori, Matteo; Benmansour, Samia; Mínguez Espallargas, Guillermo; Clemente-León, Miguel; Abhervé, Alexandre; Gómez-Claramunt, Patricia; Coronado, Eugenio; Artizzu, Flavia; Sessini, Elisa; Deplano, Paola; Serpe, Angela; Mercuri, Maria Laura; Gómez García, Carlos J

    2013-09-01

    A simple change of the substituents in the bridging ligand allows tuning of the ordering temperatures, Tc, in the new family of layered chiral magnets A[M(II)M(III)(X2An)3]·G (A = [(H3O)(phz)3](+) (phz = phenazine) or NBu4(+); X2An(2-) = C6O4X2(2-) = 2,5-dihydroxy-1,4-benzoquinone derivative dianion, with M(III) = Cr, Fe; M(II) = Mn, Fe, Co, etc.; X = Cl, Br, I, H; G = water or acetone). Depending on the nature of X, an increase in Tc from ca. 5.5 to 6.3, 8.2, and 11.0 K (for X = Cl, Br, I, and H, respectively) is observed in the MnCr derivative. Furthermore, the presence of the chiral cation [(H3O)(phz)3](+), formed by the association of a hydronium ion with three phenazine molecules, leads to a chiral structure where the Δ-[(H3O)(phz)3](+) cations are always located below the Δ-[Cr(Cl2An)3](3-) centers, leading to a very unusual localization of both kinds of metals (Cr and Mn) and to an eclipsed disposition of the layers. This eclipsed disposition generates hexagonal channels with a void volume of ca. 20% where guest molecules (acetone and water) can be reversibly absorbed. Here we present the structural and magnetic characterization of this new family of anilato-based molecular magnets. PMID:23968133

  5. Trace headspace sampling for quantitative analysis of explosives with cryoadsorption on short alumina porous layer open tubular columns.

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    Lovestead, Tara M; Bruno, Thomas J

    2010-07-01

    Quantitative headspace (HS) measurements have been performed on the practical industrial and military plastic bonded explosives (PBX) tagged-C-4, Semtex-1A, Semtex-H, detonating cord (detcord), and sheet explosive (Detaflex). The measurements were made by a modified purge and trap technique developed in our laboratory on the basis of cryoadsorption on short alumina-coated porous layer open tubular (PLOT) columns. Trace compounds (of both high and low volatility) were identified and quantitated as a function of HS collection temperature. The data are presented in the form of van't Hoff equations. The linear relationship of the recovered mass as a function of inverse collection temperature reveals the predictive capabilities of the methodology employed here. Knowledge of the compounds that can be detected, along with the expected concentrations to be collected, can aid in detection of explosive materials. Additionally, these data can aid in the standardization, calibration, and certification of energetic material detection devices and can aid in the training of canines for explosive detection. PMID:20536184

  6. A novel porous anionic metal-organic framework with pillared double-layer structure for selective adsorption of dyes

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    Sheng, Shu-Nan; Han, Yi; Wang, Bin; Zhao, Cui; Yang, Fan; Zhao, Min-Jian; Xie, Ya-Bo; Li, Jian-Rong

    2016-01-01

    A novel porous anionic metal-organic framework, (Me2NH2)2[Zn2L1.5bpy]·2DMF (BUT-201; H4L=4,8-disulfonaphthalene-2,6-dicarboxylic acid; bpy=4,4-bipyridine; DMF=N,N-dimethylformamide), with pillared double-layer structure has been synthesized through the reaction of a sulfonated carboxylic acid ligand and Zn(NO3)2·6H2O with 4,4-bipyridine as a co-ligand. It is found that BUT-201 can rapidly adsorb cationic dyes with a smaller size such as Methylene Blue (MB) and Acriflavine Hydrochloride (AH) by substitution of guest (CH3)2NH2+, but has no adsorption towards the cationic dyes with a lager size such as Methylene Violet (MV), the anionic dyes like C. I. Acid Yellow 1 (AY1) and neutral dyes like C. I. Solvent Yellow 7 (SY7), respectively. The results show that the adsorption behavior of BUT-201 relates not only to the charge but also to the size/shape of dyes. Furthermore, the adsorbed dyes can be gradually released in the methanol solution of LiNO3.

  7. A novel method to enhance the gettering efficiency in p-type Czochralski silicon by a sacrificial porous silicon layer

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    Zhang Caizhen; Wang Yongshun; Wang Zaixing

    2011-01-01

    A new two-step phosphorous diffusion gettering (TSPDG) process using a sacrificial porous silicon layer (PSL) is proposed.Due to a decrease in high temperature time,the TSPDG (PSL) process weakens the deterioration in performances of PSL,and increases the capability of impurity clusters to dissolve and diffuse to the gettering regions.By means of the TSPDG (PSL) process under conditions of 900 ℃/60 min + 700 ℃/30 min,the effective lifetime of minority carriers in solar-grade (SOG) Si is increased to 14.3 times its original value,and the short-circuit current density of solar cells is improved from 23.5 o 28.7 mA/cm2,and the open-circuit voltage from 0.534 to 0.596 V along with the transform efficiency from 8.1% to 11.8%,which are much superior to the results achieved by the PDG (PSL) process at 900 ℃ for 90 min.

  8. A study of water transport as a function of the micro-porous layer arrangement in PEMFCs

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    Kim, Taeyoung; Lee, Seungjae; Park, Heekyung [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, KAIST, Guseong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 305-701 (Korea)

    2010-08-15

    Electrochemical losses as a function of the micro-porous layer (MPL) arrangement in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs) are investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Net water flux across the polymer membrane in PEMFCs is investigated for various arrangements of the MPL, namely with MPL on the cathode side alone, with MPL on both the cathode and the anode sides and without MPL. EIS and water transport are recorded for various operating conditions, such as the relative humidity of the hydrogen inlet and current density, in a PEMFC fed by fully-saturated air. The cell with an MPL on the cathode side alone has better performance than two other types of cells. Furthermore, the cell with an MPL on only the cathode increases the water flux from cathode to anode as compared to the cells with MPLs on both electrodes and cells without MPL. Oxygen-mass-transport resistances of cells in the presence of an MPL on the cathode are lower than the values for the other two cells, which indicates that the molar concentration of oxygen at the reaction surface of the catalyst layer is higher. This suggests that the MPL forces the liquid water from the cathode side to the anode side and decreases the liquid saturation in GDL at high current densities. Consequently, the MPL helps in maintaining the water content in the polymer membrane and decreases the cathode charge transfer and oxygen-mass transport resistances in PEMFCs, even when the hydrogen inlet has a low relative humidity. (author)

  9. Honeycomb-structured porous poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) composite layers on a gold electrode

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    Three microstructured electrodes modified with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) were obtained. One electrode was modified with PEDOT doped with poly(4-lithium styrenesulfonic acid) (PSSLi), the second one with a PEDOT + polyacrylic acid composite doped with PSSLi, and the third one with a PEDOT + anthranilic acid composite doped with poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid). The three electrodes were prepared using templates of polystyrene latex spheres (PS). The templates were deposited on the electrode using our dip-coating-like technique that we developed by optimizing key parameters, such as PS and sodium dodecyl sulfate concentration, angle of inclination, and decantation rate. The structure of the templates was verified by optical microscopy. A conducting polymer layer was obtained by electropolymerization from appropriate monomer solutions. In the final stage, the template was dissolved in toluene and the morphology of the resulting honeycomb-structure was examined by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy methods. The electrochemical properties of the electrodes were tested by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. - Highlights: • We developed microstructured electrodes based on conducting composites. • We obtained three composites with PEDOT, polyacrylic acid and anthranilic acid. • All structures were obtained on a polystyrene template via electropolymerization. • SDS surfactant plays a key role during template deposition process

  10. Honeycomb-structured porous poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) composite layers on a gold electrode

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    Krzyczmonik, Paweł, E-mail: pawel@chemia.uni.lodz.pl [Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Team of Electroanalysis and Electrochemistry, University of Lodz, Tamka 12, 91-403 Lodz (Poland); Socha, Ewelina; Skrzypek, Sławomira [Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Team of Electroanalysis and Electrochemistry, University of Lodz, Tamka 12, 91-403 Lodz (Poland); Soliwoda, Katarzyna; Celichowski, Grzegorz; Grobelny, Jarosław [Department of Materials Technology and Chemistry, University of Lodz, Pomorska 163, 90-236 Lodz (Poland)

    2014-08-28

    Three microstructured electrodes modified with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) were obtained. One electrode was modified with PEDOT doped with poly(4-lithium styrenesulfonic acid) (PSSLi), the second one with a PEDOT + polyacrylic acid composite doped with PSSLi, and the third one with a PEDOT + anthranilic acid composite doped with poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid). The three electrodes were prepared using templates of polystyrene latex spheres (PS). The templates were deposited on the electrode using our dip-coating-like technique that we developed by optimizing key parameters, such as PS and sodium dodecyl sulfate concentration, angle of inclination, and decantation rate. The structure of the templates was verified by optical microscopy. A conducting polymer layer was obtained by electropolymerization from appropriate monomer solutions. In the final stage, the template was dissolved in toluene and the morphology of the resulting honeycomb-structure was examined by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy methods. The electrochemical properties of the electrodes were tested by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. - Highlights: • We developed microstructured electrodes based on conducting composites. • We obtained three composites with PEDOT, polyacrylic acid and anthranilic acid. • All structures were obtained on a polystyrene template via electropolymerization. • SDS surfactant plays a key role during template deposition process.

  11. Ion-conducting porous layers of sodium hydroxide complexes with hydroxyethylated cyclams on modified surfaces of a PVC coating for fabrics

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    Tsivadze, A. Yu.; Fridman, A. Ya.; Morozova, E. M.; Sokolova, N. P.; Voloshchuk, A. M.; Petukhova, G. A.; Bardyshev, I. I.; Novikov, A. K.; Gorbunov, A. M.; Polyakova, I. Ya.; Titova, V. N.; Yavich, A. A.; Petrova, N. V.

    2015-02-01

    Layers of polynuclear NaOH complexes with aza-crown groups are synthesized using a NaOH solution on porous layers with internal voids of macromolecular hydroxyethylated cyclams on a chemically modified PVC coating that encapsulates the fibers of a cellulose fabric. The porous structure of the layers is studied along with the adsorption of solvent vapors (benzene, hexane) and liquid solvents. The OH- conductivity of layers that act as electrochemical bridges is examined in air and the vapor and liquid phases of the solvent. It is established that the complexes occupy the voids and have a developed system of hydrogen bonds. The pores are filled during adsorption. Molecules of the solvent are connected by the macrocyclic groups of pore walls into a host-guest complex as the structural system of hydrogen bonds changes. It is observed that the motions of OH- ions start at a certain value of potential E over. An expression describing the dependence of velocity of voltage is obtained: v' = K 1( E - E over) + K 2( E - E over)2, where K 1 is the conductivity constant of a layer and K 2 is the constant of transfer acceleration, determined by the structural changes in the layer in a field of moving OH- ions. It is shown that the values of E over, K 1, and K 2 depend on the composition of the complex and the nature of solvents.

  12. Boundry Layer Flow and Heat Transfer along an Infinite Porous Hot Horizontal Continuous Moving Plate By Means Of the Natural Transformation Method

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    Surendra Kumar Agarwal; Anuj Kumar Jhankal

    2016-01-01

    An analysis is made for the two-dimensional laminar boundary layer flow of a viscous, incompressible fluid,along an infinite porous hot horizontal continuous moving plate. The governing system of partial differential equations was transformed into ordinary differential equations before being solve by Natural transformation. The effects of various physical parameters, such as Eckert number Ec , Prandtlnumber Pr , plate velocity α and heat source/sink parameter Sare present...

  13. MIXED CONVECTION BOUNDARY LAYER FLOW ON A VERTICAL SURFACE IN A POROUS MEDIUM SATURATED BY A NANOFLUID WITH SUCTION OR INJECTION

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    M. H.M. Yasin; N. M. Arifin; R. Nazar; Ismail, F.; I. Pop

    2013-01-01

    An analysis of the steady mixed convection boundary layer flow past a vertical permeable surface embedded in a porous medium saturated by a nanofluid is performed in this study. Numerical solutions of the similarity equations are obtained using the shooting method. Three types of metallic or nonmetallic nanoparticles, namely Copper (Cu), Alumina (Al2O3) and Titania (TiO2) are considered by using a water-based fluid to investigate the effect of the solid volume fraction or nanoparticle volume ...

  14. Effect of layer thickness and printing orientation on mechanical properties and dimensional accuracy of 3D printed porous samples for bone tissue engineering.

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    Full Text Available Powder-based inkjet 3D printing method is one of the most attractive solid free form techniques. It involves a sequential layering process through which 3D porous scaffolds can be directly produced from computer-generated models. 3D printed products' quality are controlled by the optimal build parameters. In this study, Calcium Sulfate based powders were used for porous scaffolds fabrication. The printed scaffolds of 0.8 mm pore size, with different layer thickness and printing orientation, were subjected to the depowdering step. The effects of four layer thicknesses and printing orientations, (parallel to X, Y and Z, on the physical and mechanical properties of printed scaffolds were investigated. It was observed that the compressive strength, toughness and Young's modulus of samples with 0.1125 and 0.125 mm layer thickness were more than others. Furthermore, the results of SEM and μCT analyses showed that samples with 0.1125 mm layer thickness printed in X direction have more dimensional accuracy and significantly close to CAD software based designs with predefined pore size, porosity and pore interconnectivity.

  15. In-syringe extraction using dissolvable layered double hydroxide-polymer sponges templated from hierarchically porous coordination polymers.

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    Ghani, Milad; Frizzarin, Rejane M; Maya, Fernando; Cerdà, Víctor

    2016-07-01

    Herein we report the use of cobalt porous coordination polymers (PCP) as intermediates to prepare advanced extraction media based on layered double hydroxides (LDH) supported on melamine polymer foam. The obtained dissolvable Ni-Co LDH composite sponges can be molded and used as sorbent for the in-syringe solid-phase extraction (SPE) of phenolic acids from fruit juices. The proposed sorbent is obtained due to the surfactant-assisted self-assembly of Co(II)/imidazolate PCPs on commercially available melamine foam, followed by the in situ conversion of the PCP into the final dissolvable LDH coating. Advantageous features for SPE are obtained by using PCPs with hierarchical porosity (HPCPs). The LDH-sponge prepared using intermediate HPCPs (HLDH-sponge) is placed in the headspace of a glass syringe, enabling flow-through extraction followed by analyte elution by the dissolution of the LDH coating in acidic conditions. Three phenolic acids (gallic acid, p-hydroxybenzoic acid and caffeic acid) were extracted and quantified using high performance liquid chromatography. Using a 5mL sample volume, the obtained detection limits were 0.15-0.35μgL(-1). The proposed method for the preparation of HLDH-sponges showed a good reproducibility as observed from the intra- and inter-day RSD's, which were <10% for all analytes. The batch-to-batch reproducibility for three different batches of HLDH-sponges was 10.6-11.2%. Enrichment factors of 15-21 were obtained. The HLDH-sponges were applied satisfactorily to the determination of phenolic acids in natural and commercial fruit juices, obtaining relative recoveries among 89.7-95.3%. PMID:27247213

  16. Effect of double stratification on mixed convection boundary layer flow of a nanofluid past a vertical plate in a porous medium

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    Srinivasacharya, D.; Surender, Ontela

    2015-01-01

    The effect of thermal and mass stratification on mixed convection boundary layer flow over a vertical flat plate embedded in a porous medium saturated by a nanofluid has been investigated. The vertical plate is maintained at uniform and constant heat, mass and nanoparticle fluxes, and the behavior of the porous medium is described by the Darcy model. The model considered for nanofluids incorporates the effects of Brownian motion and thermophoresis. In addition, the thermal energy equations include regular diffusion and cross-diffusion terms. A suitable coordinate transformation is introduced, and the obtained system of non-similar, coupled and non-linear partial differential equations is solved numerically. The influence of pertinent parameters on the non-dimensional velocity, temperature, concentration and nanoparticle volume fraction are discussed. In addition, the variation of heat, mass and nanoparticle transfer rates at the plate are exhibited graphically for different values of physical parameters.

  17. Unsteady two-layered fluid flow of conducting fluids in a channel between parallel porous plates under transverse magnetic field in a rotating system

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    Linga Raju, T.; Neela Rao, B.

    2016-05-01

    An unsteady MHD two-layered fluid flow of electrically conducting fluids in a horizontal channel bounded by two parallel porous plates under the influence of a transversely applied uniform strong magnetic field in a rotating system is analyzed. The flow is driven by a common constant pressure gradient in a channel bounded by two parallel porous plates, one being stationary and the other oscillatory. The two fluids are assumed to be incompressible, electrically conducting with different viscosities and electrical conductivities. The governing partial differential equations are reduced to the linear ordinary differential equations using two-term series. The resulting equations are solved analytically to obtain exact solutions for the velocity distributions (primary and secondary) in the two regions respectively, by assuming their solutions as a combination of both the steady state and time dependent components of the solutions. Numerical values of the velocity distributions are computed for different sets of values of the governing parameters involved in the study and their corresponding profiles are also plotted. The details of the flow characteristics and their dependence on the governing parameters involved, such as the Hartmann number, Taylor number, porous parameter, ratio of the viscosities, electrical conductivities and heights are discussed. Also an observation is made how the velocity distributions vary with the rotating hydromagnetic interaction in the case of steady and unsteady flow motions. The primary velocity distributions in the two regions are seen to decrease with an increase in the Taylor number, but an increase in the Taylor number causes a rise in secondary velocity distributions. It is found that an increase in the porous parameter decreases both the primary and secondary velocity distributions in the two regions.

  18. Unsteady two-layered fluid flow of conducting fluids in a channel between parallel porous plates under transverse magnetic field in a rotating system

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    Linga Raju T.

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available An unsteady MHD two-layered fluid flow of electrically conducting fluids in a horizontal channel bounded by two parallel porous plates under the influence of a transversely applied uniform strong magnetic field in a rotating system is analyzed. The flow is driven by a common constant pressure gradient in a channel bounded by two parallel porous plates, one being stationary and the other oscillatory. The two fluids are assumed to be incompressible, electrically conducting with different viscosities and electrical conductivities. The governing partial differential equations are reduced to the linear ordinary differential equations using two-term series. The resulting equations are solved analytically to obtain exact solutions for the velocity distributions (primary and secondary in the two regions respectively, by assuming their solutions as a combination of both the steady state and time dependent components of the solutions. Numerical values of the velocity distributions are computed for different sets of values of the governing parameters involved in the study and their corresponding profiles are also plotted. The details of the flow characteristics and their dependence on the governing parameters involved, such as the Hartmann number, Taylor number, porous parameter, ratio of the viscosities, electrical conductivities and heights are discussed. Also an observation is made how the velocity distributions vary with the rotating hydromagnetic interaction in the case of steady and unsteady flow motions. The primary velocity distributions in the two regions are seen to decrease with an increase in the Taylor number, but an increase in the Taylor number causes a rise in secondary velocity distributions. It is found that an increase in the porous parameter decreases both the primary and secondary velocity distributions in the two regions.

  19. Porous Hybrid Network of Graphene and Metal Oxide Nanosheets as Useful Matrix for Improving the Electrode Performance of Layered Double Hydroxides.

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    Gu, Tae-Ha; Gunjakar, Jayavant L; Kim, In Young; Patil, Sharad B; Lee, Jang Mee; Jin, Xiaoyan; Lee, Nam-Suk; Hwang, Seong-Ju

    2015-08-26

    Mesoporous hybrid network of reduced graphene oxide (rG-O) and layered MnO(2) nanosheets could act as an efficient immobilization matrix for improving the electrochemical activity of layered double hydroxide (LDH). The control of MnO(2) /rG-O ratio is crucial in optimizing the porous structure and electrical conductivity of the resulting hybrid structure. The immobilization of Co-Al-LDH on hybrid MnO(2) /rG-O network is more effective in enhancing its electrode activity compared with that of on pure rG-O network. The Co-Al-LDH-rG-O-MnO(2) nanohybrid deliveres a greater specific capacitance than does MnO(2) -free Co-Al-LDH-rG-O nanohybrid. The beneficial effect of MnO(2) incorporation on the electrode performance of nanohybrid is more prominent for higher current density and faster scan rate, underscoring the significant enhancement of the electron transport of Co-Al-LDH-rG-O. This is supported by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The present study clearly demonstrates the usefulness of the porously assembled hybrid network of graphene and metal oxide nanosheets as an effective platform for exploring efficient LDH-based functional materials. PMID:25930158

  20. Pd nanoparticles on ZnO-passivated porous carbon by atomic layer deposition: an effective electrochemical catalyst for Li-O2 battery.

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    Luo, Xiangyi; Piernavieja-Hermida, Mar; Lu, Jun; Wu, Tianpin; Wen, Jianguo; Ren, Yang; Miller, Dean; Zak Fang, Zhigang; Lei, Yu; Amine, Khalil

    2015-04-24

    Uniformly dispersed Pd nanoparticles on ZnO-passivated porous carbon were synthesized via an atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique, which was tested as a cathode material in a rechargeable Li-O2 battery, showing a highly active catalytic effect toward the electrochemical reactions-in particular, the oxygen evolution reaction. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed discrete crystalline nanoparticles decorating the surface of the ZnO-passivated porous carbon support in which the size could be controlled in the range of 3-6 nm, depending on the number of Pd ALD cycles performed. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) at the Pd K-edge revealed that the carbon-supported Pd existed in a mixed phase of metallic palladium and palladium oxide. The ZnO-passivated layer effectively blocks the defect sites on the carbon surface, minimizing the electrolyte decomposition. Our results suggest that ALD is a promising technique for tailoring the surface composition and structure of nanoporous supports for Li-O2 batteries. PMID:25829367

  1. Materials based on carbon-filled porous layers of PVC cyclam derivatives cross-linked with the surfaces of asbestos fabric fibers

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    Tzivadze, A. Yu.; Fridman, A. Ya.; Morozova, E. M.; Sokolova, N. P.; Voloshchuk, A. M.; Petukhova, G. A.; Bardishev, I. I.; Gorbunov, A. M.; Novikov, A. K.; Polyakova, I. Ya.; Titova, V. N.; Yavich, A. A.; Petrova, N. V.

    2016-08-01

    The synthesis of bilayer materials with porous upper layers composed of PVC hydroxyethylcyclam derivatives filled with carbon and a layer consisting of hydroxyethylcyclam, cross-linked via Si-O-C groups with the silica chains of a developed surface of asbestos fabric, is described. The aza-crown groups in these materials are bound with aqua complexes of H2SO4 or NaOH. The structure of the materials is examined, their adsorption characteristics are determined, and the rate of motion of H+ or OH- ions in electrochemical bridges is measured, while the formation of H2 and O2 in their cathodic and anodic polarization is determined as a function of voltage. It is shown that the upper layer of these materials is adsorption-active and electronand H+- or OH-- conductive, while the bottom layer is only H+- or OH-- conductive; through it, the upper layer is supplied with the H+ or OH- ions needed for the regeneration of the aqua complexes broken down to H2 and O2 on carbon particles.

  2. Superlens from complementary anisotropic metamaterials

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    Li, G. X.; Tam, H. L.; Wang, F. Y.; Cheah, K. W.

    2007-12-01

    Metamaterials with isotropic property have been shown to possess novel optical properties such as a negative refractive index that can be used to design a superlens. Recently, it was shown that metamaterials with anisotropic property can translate the high-frequency wave vector k values from evanescence to propagating. However, electromagnetic waves traveling in single-layer anisotropic metamaterial produce diverging waves of different spatial frequency. In this work, it is shown that, using bilayer metamaterials that have complementary anisotropic property, the diverging waves are recombined to produce a subwavelength image, i.e., a superlens device can be designed. The simulation further shows that the design can be achieved using a metal/oxide multilayer, and a resolution of 30 nm can be easily obtained in the optical frequency range.

  3. Stability Of Superposed Fluids Through Magnetic Field With Suspended Particles Of Different Permeability Saturated Through Porous Layer

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    Singh, M.

    2015-12-01

    The instability of plane interface between two superposed Rivlin-Ericksen elastico-viscous fluids saturated through a porous medium has been studied to include the suspended (dust) particles effect. Following the linearized stability theory and normal mode analysis the dispersion relation is obtained. For stationary convection, the Rivlin-Ericksen elastico-viscous fluid behaves like Newtonian fluids. It found that for a potentially stable arrangement the Rivlin-Ericksen elastico-viscous fluid of different permeabilities in the presence of suspended particles in a porous medium is stable, whereas in a potentially unstable case instability of the system occurs. In the presence of a magnetic field for a potentially stable arrangement the system is always stable and for the potentially unstable arrangement, the magnetic field succeeds in stabilizing certain wave-number band which was unstable in the absence of the magnetic field.

  4. Stability Of Superposed Fluids Through Magnetic Field With Suspended Particles Of Different Permeability Saturated Through Porous Layer

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    Singh M.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The instability of plane interface between two superposed Rivlin-Ericksen elastico-viscous fluids saturated through a porous medium has been studied to include the suspended (dust particles effect. Following the linearized stability theory and normal mode analysis the dispersion relation is obtained. For stationary convection, the Rivlin-Ericksen elastico-viscous fluid behaves like Newtonian fluids. It found that for a potentially stable arrangement the Rivlin-Ericksen elastico-viscous fluid of different permeabilities in the presence of suspended particles in a porous medium is stable, whereas in a potentially unstable case instability of the system occurs. In the presence of a magnetic field for a potentially stable arrangement the system is always stable and for the potentially unstable arrangement, the magnetic field succeeds in stabilizing certain wave-number band which was unstable in the absence of the magnetic field.

  5. Porous nitrogen-doped carbon microspheres derived from microporous polymeric organic frameworks for high performance electric double-layer capacitors.

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    Han, Jinpeng; Xu, Guiyin; Dou, Hui; MacFarlane, Douglas R

    2015-02-01

    This research presents a simple and efficient method to synthesize porous nitrogen-doped carbon microspheres (PNCM) by the carbonization of microporous poly(terephthalaldehyde-pyrrole) organic frameworks (PtpOF). The common KOH activation process is used to tune the porous texture of the PNCM and produce an activated-PNCM (A-PNCM). The PNCM and A-PNCM with specific surface area of 921 and 1303 m(2)  g(-1) , respectively, are demonstrated as promising candidates for EDLCs. At a current density of 0.5 A g(-1) , the specific capacitances of the PNCM and A-PNCM are 248 and 282 F g(-1) , respectively. At the relatively high current density of 20 A g(-1) , the capacitance remaining is 95 and 154 F g(-1) , respectively. Capacity retention of the A-PNCM is more than 92% after 10000 charge/discharge cycles at a current density of 2 A g(-1) . PMID:25469994

  6. Photoluminescence properties of sol-gel derived SiO.sub.2./sub. layers doped with porous silicon

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    Švrček, Vladimír; Pelant, Ivan; Rehspringer, J. L.; Gilliot, P.; Ohlmann, D.; Crégut, O.; Hönerlage, B.; Chvojka, T.; Valenta, J.; Dian, J.

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 19, - (2002), s. 233-236. ISSN 0928-4931 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA1010809; GA AV ČR IAB2949101; GA AV ČR IAB1112901 Grant ostatní: GA UK(XC) 144/2000/B/FYZ Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1010914 Keywords : nanocrystalline silicon * photoluminescence * porous silicon Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 0.734, year: 2002

  7. Interplay between out-of-plane anisotropic L11-type CoPt and in-plane anisotropic NiFe layers in CoPt/NiFe exchange springs

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    Films of L11-type CoPt/NiFe exchange springs were grown with different NiFe (Permalloy) layer thickness (tNiFe = 0–10 nm). X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the characteristic peak position of NiFe(111) is not affected by the CoPt-layer—confirming the absence of any inter-diffusion between the CoPt and NiFe layers. Magnetic studies indicate that the magnetization orientation of NiFe layer can be tuned through varying tNiFe and the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of L11-type CoPt/NiFe films cannot sustain for tNiFe larger than 3.0 nm due to the existence of exchange interaction at the interface of L11-CoPt and NiFe layers. Magnetic force microscopy analysis on the as-grown samples shows the changes in morphology from maze-like domains with good contrast to hazy domains when tNiFe ≥ 3.0 nm. The three-dimensional micro-magnetic simulation results demonstrate that the magnetization orientation in NiFe layer is not uniform, which continuously increases from the interface to the top of NiFe layer. Furthermore, the tilt angle of the topmost NiFe layers can be changed over a very wide range from a small number to about 75° by varying tNiFe from 1 to 10 nm. It is worth noting that there is an abrupt change in the magnetization direction at the interface, for all the tNiFe investigated. The results of present study demonstrate that the tunable tilted exchange springs can be realized with L11-type CoPt/NiFe bilayers for future applications in three-axis magnetic sensors or advanced spintronic devices demanding inclined magnetic anisotropy.

  8. Porous carbons

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    Satish M Manocha

    2003-02-01

    Carbon in dense as well as porous solid form is used in a variety of applications. Activated porous carbons are made through pyrolysis and activation of carbonaceous natural as well as synthetic precursors. Pyrolysed woods replicate the structure of original wood but as such possess very low surface areas and poor adsorption capacities. On activation, these exhibit increased adsorption volumes of 0.5–0.8 cm3 /gm and surface areas of 700–1800 m2 /gm depending on activation conditions, whether physical or chemical. Former carbons possess mixed pore size distribution while chemically activated carbons predominantly possess micropores. Thus, these carbons can be used for adsorption of wide distributions of molecules from gas to liquid. The molecular adsorption within the pores is due to single layer or multilayer molecule deposition at the pore walls and hence results in different types of adsorption isotherm. On the other hand, activated carbon fibres with controlled microporous structure and surface area in the range of 2500 m2 /gm can be developed by controlled pyrolysis and physical activation of amorphous carbon fibres. Active carbon fibres with unmatchable pore structure and surface characteristics are present and futuristic porous materials for a number of applications from pollution control to energy storage.

  9. Thermal conductivity of a graphite bipolar plate (BPP) and its thermal contact resistance with fuel cell gas diffusion layers: Effect of compression, PTFE, micro porous layer (MPL), BPP out-of-flatness and cyclic load

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    Sadeghifar, Hamidreza; Djilali, Ned; Bahrami, Majid

    2015-01-01

    This paper reports on measurements of thermal conductivity of a graphite bipolar plate (BPP) as a function of temperature and its thermal contact resistance (TCR) with treated and untreated gas diffusion layers (GDLs). The thermal conductivity of the BPP decreases with temperature and its thermal contact resistance with GDLs, which has been overlooked in the literature, is found to be dominant over a relatively wide range of compression. The effects of PTFE loading, micro porous layer (MPL), compression, and BPP out-of-flatness are also investigated experimentally. It is found that high PTFE loadings, MPL and even small BPP out-of-flatness increase the BPP-GDL thermal contact resistance dramatically. The paper also presents the effect of cyclic load on the total resistance of a GDL-BPP assembly, which sheds light on the behavior of these materials under operating conditions in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells.

  10. Interplay between out-of-plane anisotropic L1{sub 1}-type CoPt and in-plane anisotropic NiFe layers in CoPt/NiFe exchange springs

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    Saravanan, P. [Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad 500058 (India); Hsu, Jen-Hwa, E-mail: jhhsu@phys.ntu.edu.tw; Tsai, C. L. [Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Tsai, C. Y.; Lin, Y. H. [Graduate Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Kuo, C. Y.; Wu, J.-C. [Department of Physics, National Chang Hua University of Education, Chang Hua 50000, Taiwan (China); Lee, C.-M. [Graduate School of Materials Science, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Douliou 64002, Taiwan (China)

    2014-06-28

    Films of L1{sub 1}-type CoPt/NiFe exchange springs were grown with different NiFe (Permalloy) layer thickness (t{sub NiFe} = 0–10 nm). X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the characteristic peak position of NiFe(111) is not affected by the CoPt-layer—confirming the absence of any inter-diffusion between the CoPt and NiFe layers. Magnetic studies indicate that the magnetization orientation of NiFe layer can be tuned through varying t{sub NiFe} and the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of L1{sub 1}-type CoPt/NiFe films cannot sustain for t{sub NiFe} larger than 3.0 nm due to the existence of exchange interaction at the interface of L1{sub 1}-CoPt and NiFe layers. Magnetic force microscopy analysis on the as-grown samples shows the changes in morphology from maze-like domains with good contrast to hazy domains when t{sub NiFe} ≥ 3.0 nm. The three-dimensional micro-magnetic simulation results demonstrate that the magnetization orientation in NiFe layer is not uniform, which continuously increases from the interface to the top of NiFe layer. Furthermore, the tilt angle of the topmost NiFe layers can be changed over a very wide range from a small number to about 75° by varying t{sub NiFe} from 1 to 10 nm. It is worth noting that there is an abrupt change in the magnetization direction at the interface, for all the t{sub NiFe} investigated. The results of present study demonstrate that the tunable tilted exchange springs can be realized with L1{sub 1}-type CoPt/NiFe bilayers for future applications in three-axis magnetic sensors or advanced spintronic devices demanding inclined magnetic anisotropy.

  11. Probing Cu Diffusion Barrier Layers on Porous Low-Dielectric-Constant Films by Posireonium Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy

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    HU Yi-Fan; SUN Jia-Ning; Gidley D.W.

    2005-01-01

    @@ Two kinds of Cu diffusion barrier layers, sealedfilms and capped fi1ms, on nanoporous low-dielectric-constant filmsare investigated by positronium annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). We have found that the minimumthickness of Ta to form an effective diffusion barrier is affected by the pore size. The films with large poresrequire thick barrier layers to form effective diffusion barriers. In addition, a possible ultra-thin diffusion barrier,i.e. a plasma-induced densification layer, has also been investigated. The PALS data confirm that a porouslow-dielectric-constant thin film can be shrunk by exposure to plasma. This shrinkage is confined to a surfacelayer of collapsed pores and forms a dense layer. The dense layer tends to behave as Ps (positronium) diffusionbarriers. Indeed, the controlled thin "skin" layer could prevent Cu diffusion into the underlying dielectrics.

  12. Investigation of the role of the micro-porous layer in polymer electrolyte fuel cells with hydrogen deuterium contrast neutron radiography.

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    Cho, Kyu Taek; Mench, Matthew M

    2012-03-28

    In this study, the high resolution hydrogen-deuterium contrast radiography method was applied to elucidate the impact of the micro-porous layer (MPL) on water distribution in the porous fuel cell media. At the steady state, deuterium replaced hydrogen in the anode stream, and the large difference in neutron attenuation of the D(2)O produced at the cathode was used to track the produced water. It was found that the water content peaked in the cathode-side diffusion media (DM) for the cell without MPL, but with an MPL on the anode and cathode DM, the peak water amount was pushed toward the anode, resulting in a relatively flattened water profile through components and demonstrating a liquid barrier effect. Additionally, the dynamic water behavior in diffusion media was analyzed to understand the effect of a MPL and operating conditions. The water content in the DM changed with applied current, although there is a significant amount of residual liquid content that does not appear to be part of capillary channels. The effect of the MPL on irreducible saturation in DM and cell performance was also investigated. PMID:22337210

  13. High-performance hybrid supercapacitor with 3D hierarchical porous flower-like layered double hydroxide grown on nickel foam as binder-free electrode

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    Zhang, Luojiang; Hui, Kwun Nam; San Hui, Kwan; Lee, Haiwon

    2016-06-01

    The synthesis of layered double hydroxide (LDH) as electroactive material has been well reported; however, fabricating an LDH electrode with excellent electrochemical performance at high current density remains a challenge. In this paper, we report a 3D hierarchical porous flower-like NiAl-LDH grown on nickel foam (NF) through a liquid-phase deposition method as a high-performance binder-free electrode for energy storage. With large ion-accessible surface area as well as efficient electron and ion transport pathways, the prepared LDH-NF electrode achieves high specific capacity (1250 C g-1 at 2 A g-1 and 401 C g-1 at 50 A g-1) after 5000 cycles of activation at 20 A g-1 and high cycling stability (76.7% retention after another 5000 cycles at 50 A g-1), which is higher than those of most previously reported NiAl-LDH-based materials. Moreover, a hybrid supercapacitor with LDH-NF as the positive electrode and porous graphene nanosheet coated on NF (GNS-NF) as the negative electrode, delivers high energy density (30.2 Wh kg-1 at a power density of 800 W kg-1) and long cycle life, which outperforms the other devices reported in the literature. This study shows that the prepared LDH-NF electrode offers great potential in energy storage device applications.

  14. Viscous Dissipation and Variable Viscosity Effects on MHD Boundary Layer Flow in Porous Medium Past a Moving Vertical Plate with Suction

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    P. K. Singh

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the problem of a steady two dimensional boundary layer flow of an incompressible, viscous and electrically conducting fluid, with heat and mass transfer, past a moving vertical porous plate in the presence of uniform magnetic field applied normal to the plate, taking into account the effects of variable viscosity and viscous dissipation. The equations of motion, heat and mass transfer are transformed into a system of coupled ordinary differential equations in the non-dimensional form which are solved numerically. The effects of various parameters such as Prandtl number, Eckert number and Schmidt number on the velocity, temperature and concentration fields are discussed with the help of graphs.

  15. Entropy generation analysis of the revised Cheng-Minkowycz problem for natural convective boundary layer flow of nanofluid in a porous medium

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    Rashidi Mohammad Mehdi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The similar solution on the equations of the revised Cheng-Minkowycz problem for natural convective boundary layer flow of nanofluid through a porous medium gives (using an analytical method, a system of non-linear partial differential equations which are solved by optimal homotopy analysis method. Effects of various drastic parameters on the fluid and heat transfer characteristics have been analyzed. A very good agreement is observed between the obtained results and the numerical ones. The entropy generation has been derived and a comprehensive parametric analysis on that has been done. Each component of the entropy generation has been analyzed separately and the contribution of each one on the total value of entropy generation has been determined. It is found that the entropy generation as an important aspect of the industrial applications has been affected by various parameters which should be controlled to minimize the entropy generation.

  16. Unsteady Similarity Solution of Free convective boundary layer flow over porous plate with variable properties considering viscous dissipation and Slip Effect

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The combined effects of viscous dissipation and slip effect on the momentum and thermal transport for the unsteady boundary layer flow over porous plate have been carried out. We have applied free parameter method to solve governing partial differential equations. The governing non-linear partial differential equations are transformed into a system of coupled non-linear ordinary differential equations using similarity transformations and then solved numerically using the Runge–Kutta method with shooting technique for better accuracy. The flow and temperature fields as well as the free convective parameter and heat transfer coefficient are determined and displayed graphically involved in the similarity transformation. Effects of the slip parameter, free convection parameter, Prandtl number and unsteadiness parameter on the flow and heat transfer are examined and analyzed

  17. Influence of yield stress on free convective boundary-layer flow of a non-Newtonian nanofluid past a vertical plate in a porous medium

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    The effect of yield stress on the free convective heat transfer of dilute liquid suspensions of nanofluids flowing on a vertical plate saturated in porous medium under laminar conditions is investigated considering the nanofluid obeys the mathematical model of power-law. The model used for non-Newtonian nanofluid incorporates the effects of Brownian motion and thermophoresis. The governing boundary- layer equations are cast into dimensionless system which is solved numerically using a deferred correction technique and Newton iteration. This solution depends on yield stress parameter Ω, a power-law index n, Lewis number Le, a buoyancy-ratio number Nr, a Brownian motion number Nb, and a thermophoresis number Nt. Analyses of the results found that the reduced Nusselt and Sherwood numbers are decreasing functions of the higher yield stress parameter for each dimensionless numbers, n and Le, except the reduced Sherwood number is an increasing function of higher Nb for different values of yield stress parameter

  18. MHD Marangoni boundary layer flow and heat transfer of pseudo-plastic nanofluids over a porous medium with a modified model

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    Lin, Yanhai; Zheng, Liancun; Zhang, Xinxin

    2015-11-01

    We present a research for the MHD Marangoni boundary layer flow and heat transfer in pseudo-plastic power law nanofluids over a porous medium driven by temperature gradient. A variable magnetic field is considered. Four different types of nanoparticles, copper, aluminum oxide, copper oxide, and titanium oxide are considered with pseudo-plastic power-law carboxy methyl cellulose (CMC)-water used as base fluids. A generalized Fourier law proposed by Zheng for varying thermal conductivity of nanofluids is taken into account, and the surface tension is assumed a quadratic function of the temperature. The governing partial differential equations (PDEs) are formulated, and similarity solutions are obtained numerically using shooting technique combined with Runge-Kutta iteration program and Newton's scheme. The effects of various physical parameters on horizontal velocity component and temperature curves are discussed and graphically illustrated in details.

  19. Catalytic Graphitization for Preparation of Porous Carbon Material Derived from Bamboo Precursor and Performance as Electrode of Electrical Double-Layer Capacitor

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    Tsubota, Toshiki; Maguchi, Yuta; Kamimura, Sunao; Ohno, Teruhisa; Yasuoka, Takehiro; Nishida, Haruo

    2015-12-01

    The combination of addition of Fe (as a catalyst for graphitization) and CO2 activation (a kind of gaseous activation) was applied to prepare a porous carbon material from bamboo powder (a waste product of superheated steam treatment). Regardless of the heat treatment temperature, many macropores were successfully formed after the heating process by removal of Fe compounds. A turbostratic carbon structure was generated in the Fe-added sample heated at 850°C. It was confirmed that the added Fe acted as a template for pore formation. Moreover, it was confirmed that the added Fe acted as a catalyst for graphitization. The resulting electrochemical performance as the electrode of an electrical double-layer capacitor, as demonstrated by cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and charge-discharge testing, could be explained based on the graphitization and activation effects. Addition of Fe could affect the electrical properties of carbon material derived from bamboo.

  20. Enhancement of non-resonant dielectric cloaks using anisotropic composites

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    Takezawa, Akihiro

    2014-01-01

    The effectiveness of homogenized anisotropic materials in non-resonant dielectric multilayer cloaking is studied. Because existing multilayer cloaking by isotropic materials can be regarded as homogenous anisotropic cloaking from a macroscopic view, they can be efficiently designed by handling the physical properties of anisotropic materials directly. Anisotropic properties can be realized in two-phase composites if the physical properties of the material are within appropriate bounds. The optimized anisotropic physical properties are identified by a numerical optimization technique based on a full-wave simulation using the finite element method. The cloaking performance measured by the total scattering width is improved by about 10% compared with existing multilayer cloaking by isotropic materials in eight-layer cylindrical cloaking materials. The same performance with eight-layer cloaking by isotropic materials is achieved by three-layer cloaking using anisotropic materials. Cloaking with a about 50% reduct...

  1. Oxidized Nano-Porous-Silicon Buffer Layers for Suppressing the Visible Photoresponsivity of ZnO Ultraviolet Photodetectors on Si Substrates

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    Kuen-Hsien Wu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper demonstrated the fabrication and optoelectronic characteristics of ZnO ultraviolet (UV photodetectors fabricated on Si substrates with oxidized nano-porous-Si (ONPS buffer layers. ONPS layers were prepared on the surfaces of Si substrates by use of an electrochemical anodization technique following a rapid-thermal-oxidation process. Experimental results indicated that application of ONPS buffer layers not only improved the crystallinty of the deposited ZnO thin films but also greatly restricted the visible-to-infrared photoresponse that was generated from the light absorption of Si substrates. The developed ZnO-on-ONPS photodiodes achieved high photoresponsivity for the incident UV light of 300 ∼ 400 nm and got a large photo-to-dark current ratio up to 104 at wavelength of 375 nm under a bias of 5 V. Therefore, ZnO on ONPS provides a highly potential approach for the development of low-cost visible-blind UV photodetectors.

  2. Microscale X-ray tomographic investigation of the interfacial morphology between the catalyst and micro porous layers in proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Prass, Sebastian; Hasanpour, Sadegh; Sow, Pradeep Kumar; Phillion, André B.; Mérida, Walter

    2016-07-01

    The interfacial morphology between the catalyst layer (CL) and micro porous layer (MPL) influences the performance of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). Here we report a direct method to investigate the CL-MPL interfacial morphology of stacked and compressed gas diffusion layer (GDL with MPL)-catalyst coated membrane (CCM) assemblies. The area, origin and dimensions of interfacial gaps are studied with high-resolution X-ray micro computed tomography (X-μCT). The projected gap area (fraction of the CL-MPL interface separated by gaps) is higher for GDL-CCM assemblies with large differences in the surface roughness between CL and MPL but reduces with increasing compression and similarity in roughness. Relatively large continuous gaps are found in proximity to cracks in the MPL. These are hypothesized to form due to the presence of large pores on the surface of the GDL. Smaller gaps are induced by the surface roughness features throughout the CL-MPL interface. By modification of the pore sizes on the GDL surface serving as substrate for the MPL, the number and dimension of MPL crack induced gaps can be manipulated. Moreover, adjusting the CL and MPL surface roughness parameters to achieve similar orders of roughness can improve the surface mating characteristics of these two components.

  3. Underwater Superoleophobicity Induced by the Thickness of the Thermally Grown Porous Oxide Layer on C84400 Copper Alloy

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    Aniedi Nyong

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The underwater contact angle behavior on oxide layers of varying thicknesses was studied. These oxide layers were grown by thermally oxidizing C84400 copper alloys in N2-0.75 wt.% O2 and N2-5 wt.% O2 gas mixtures at 650 °C. Characterization of the oxidized specimens was effected using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope (SEM and contact angle goniometer. The results from the X-ray diffraction analyses confirmed the formation of CuO, ZnO and PbO. The average sizes of the oxide granules were in the range of 70 nm to 750 nm, with the average thickness of the oxide layer increasing with the increase in the weight percent of oxygen in the N2-O2 gas mixtures. The results showed that the oxide layer growth followed the parabolic law. The underwater oil contact angles increased, due to the change in the surface morphology and porosity of the oxide layer. The small sizes and irregular packing of the oxide granules cause hierarchical rough surface layers with pores. The estimated pore sizes, in the range of 88 ± 40 to 280 ± 76, were predominant on the oxide layers of the samples processed in the N2-5 wt.% O2 gas mixture. The presence of these pores caused an increase in the porosities as the thickness of the oxide layers increased. At oxide layer thickness above 25 microns, the measured contact angle exceeded 150° as underwater superoleophobicity was recorded.

  4. Densification and grain growth during sintering of porous Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95tape cast layers: A comprehensive study on heuristic methods

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    Ni, De Wei; Schmidt, Cristine Grings; Teocoli, Francesca;

    2013-01-01

    The sintering behavior of porous Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95(CGO10) tape cast layers was systematically investigated to establish fundamental kinetic parameters associated to densification and grain growth. Densification and grain growth were characterized by a set of different methods to determine the domin...

  5. Porous silicon gettering

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    Tsuo, Y.S.; Menna, P.; Al-Jassim, M. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)] [and others

    1995-08-01

    We have studied a novel extrinsic gettering method that utilizes the very large surface areas, produced by porous silicon etch on both front and back surfaces of the silicon wafer, as gettering sites. In this method, a simple and low-cost chemical etching is used to generate the porous silicon layers. Then, a high-flux solar furnace (HFSF) is used to provide high-temperature annealing and the required injection of silicon interstitials. The gettering sites, along with the gettered impurities, can be easily removed at the end the process. The porous silicon removal process consists of oxidizing the porous silicon near the end the gettering process followed by sample immersion in HF acid. Each porous silicon gettering process removes up to about 10 {mu}m of wafer thickness. This gettering process can be repeated so that the desired purity level is obtained.

  6. Fabricating porous silicon carbide

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    Shor, Joseph S. (Inventor); Kurtz, Anthony D. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    The formation of porous SiC occurs under electrochemical anodization. A sample of SiC is contacted electrically with nickel and placed into an electrochemical cell which cell includes a counter electrode and a reference electrode. The sample is encapsulated so that only a bare semiconductor surface is exposed. The electrochemical cell is filled with an HF electrolyte which dissolves the SiC electrochemically. A potential is applied to the semiconductor and UV light illuminates the surface of the semiconductor. By controlling the light intensity, the potential and the doping level, a porous layer is formed in the semiconductor and thus one produces porous SiC.

  7. Improved functionality of lithium-ion batteries enabled by atomic layer deposition on the porous microstructure of polymer separators and coating electrodes

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    Jung, Yoon Seok [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO (United States); Interdisciplinary School of Green Energy, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan (Korea, Republic of); Cavanagh, Andrew S. [Department of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO (United States); Gedvilas, Lynn; Kim, Gi-Heon; Dillon, Anne C. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO (United States); Widjonarko, Nicodemus E. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO (United States); Department of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO (United States); Scott, Isaac D. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO (United States); Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO (United States); Lee, Se-Hee [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO (United States); George, Steven M. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO (United States); Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO (United States)

    2012-08-15

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is applied on a polypropylene separator for lithium-ion batteries. A thin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer (<10 nm) is coated on every surface of the porous polymer microframework without significantly increasing the total separator thickness. The thin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD coating results in significantly suppressed thermal shrinkage, which may lead to improved safety of the batteries. More importantly, the wettability of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD-coated separators in an extremely polar electrolyte based on pure propylene carbonate (PC) solvent is demonstrated, without any decrease in electrochemical performances such as capacity, rate capability, and cycle life. Finally, a LiCoO{sub 2}/natural graphite full cell is demonstrated under extremely severe conditions (pure PC-based electrolyte and high (4.5 V) upper cut-off potential), which is enabled by the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD coating on all three components (cathode, anode, and separator). (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  8. Effects of composition of the micro porous layer and the substrate on performance in the electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CO

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    Kim, Byoungsu; Hillman, Febrian; Ariyoshi, Miho; Fujikawa, Shigenori; Kenis, Paul J. A.

    2016-04-01

    With the development of better catalysts, mass transport limitations are becoming a challenge to high throughput electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CO. In contrast to optimization of electrodes for fuel cells, optimization of gas diffusion electrodes (GDE) - consisting of a carbon fiber substrate (CFS), a micro porous layer (MPL), and a catalyst layer (CL) - for CO2 reduction has not received a lot of attention. Here, we studied the effect of the MPL and CFS composition on cathode performance in electroreduction of CO2 to CO. In a flow reactor, optimized GDEs exhibited a higher partial current density for CO production than Sigracet 35BC, a commercially available GDE. By performing electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in a CO2 flow reactor we determined that a loading of 20 wt% PTFE in the MPL resulted in the best performance. We also investigated the influence of the thickness and wet proof level of CFS with two different feeds, 100% CO2 and the mixture of 50% CO2 and N2, determining that thinner and lower wet proofing of the CFS yields better cathode performance than when using a thicker and higher wet proof level of CFS.

  9. MIXED CONVECTION BOUNDARY LAYER FLOW ON A VERTICAL SURFACE IN A POROUS MEDIUM SATURATED BY A NANOFLUID WITH SUCTION OR INJECTION

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    M. H.M. Yasin

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available An analysis of the steady mixed convection boundary layer flow past a vertical permeable surface embedded in a porous medium saturated by a nanofluid is performed in this study. Numerical solutions of the similarity equations are obtained using the shooting method. Three types of metallic or nonmetallic nanoparticles, namely Copper (Cu, Alumina (Al2O3 and Titania (TiO2 are considered by using a water-based fluid to investigate the effect of the solid volume fraction or nanoparticle volume fraction parameter φ of the nanofluid. The numerical results of the skin friction coefficient and the velocity profiles are presented and discussed. It is found that the imposition of suction is to increase the velocity profiles and to delay the separation of boundary layer, while the injection parameter decreases the velocity profiles. On the other hand, the range of solutions for the injection case is largest for Al2O3 nanoparticles and smallest for Cu nanoparticles.

  10. Mathematical Study of Laminar Boundary Layer Flow and Heat Transfer of Tangenthyperbolic Fluid Pasta Vertical Porous Plate with Biot Number Effects

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    Ramachandra Prasad

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this article, we investigate the nonlinear steady boundary layer flow and heat transfer of an incompressible Tangent Hyperbolicnon-Newtonian fluid from a vertical porous plate. The transformed conservation equations are solved numerically subject to physically appropriate boundary conditions using a second-order accurate implicit finite-difference Keller Box technique. The numerical code is validated with previous studies. The influence of a number of emerging non-dimensional parameters, namely the Weissenberg number (We, the power law index (n, Prandtl number (Pr, Biot number (, and dimensionless local suction parameter(on velocity and temperature evolution in the boundary layer regime are examined in detail. Furthermore the effects of these parameters on surface heat transfer rate and local skin friction are also investigated. Validation with earlier Newtonian studies is presented and excellent correlation achieved. It is found that velocity, Skin friction and Nusselt number (heat transfer rate are reduced with increasing Weissenberg number (We, whereas, temperature is enhanced. Increasing power law index (n enhances velocity and Nusselt number (heat transfer rate but temperature and Skin friction decrease. An increase in the Biot number ( is observed to enhance velocity, temperature, local skin friction and Nusselt number. An increasing Prandtl number, Pr, is found to decrease both velocity, temperature and skin friction but elevates heat transfer rate (Nusselt number. The study is relevant to chemical materials processing applications.

  11. Porous Hybrid Composites of Few-Layer MoS2 Nanosheets Embedded in a Carbon Matrix with an Excellent Supercapacitor Electrode Performance.

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    Ji, Hongmei; Liu, Chao; Wang, Ting; Chen, Jing; Mao, Zhengning; Zhao, Jin; Hou, Wenhua; Yang, Gang

    2015-12-22

    Porous hierarchical architectures of few-layer MoS2 nanosheets dispersed in carbon matrix are prepared by a microwave-hydrothermal method followed by annealing treatment via using glucose as C source and structure-directing agent and (NH4 )2 MoS4 as both Mo and S sources. It is found that the morphology and size of the secondary building units (SBUs), the size and layer number of MoS2 nanosheets as well as the distribution of MoS2 nanosheets in carbon matrix, can be effectively controlled by simply adjusting the molar ratio of (NH4 )2 MoS4 to glucose, leading to the materials with a low charge-transfer resistance, many electrochemical active sites and a robust structure for an outstanding energy storage performance including a high specific capacitance (589 F g(-1) at 0.5 A g(-1) ), a good rate capability (364 F g(-1) at 20 A g(-1) ), and an excellent cycling stability (retention 104% after 2000 cycles) for application in supercapacitors. The exceptional rate capability endows the electrode with a high energy density of 72.7 Wh kg(-1) and a high power density of 12.0 kW kg(-1) simultaneously. This work presents a facile and scalable approach for synthesizing novel heterostructures of MoS2 -based electrode materials with an enhanced rate capability and cyclability for potential application in supercapacitor. PMID:26551452

  12. Effect of porous structure of catalyst layer on effective oxygen diffusion coefficient in polymer electrolyte fuel cell

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    Inoue, Gen; Kawase, Motoaki

    2016-09-01

    It is important to reduce the oxygen diffusion resistance through PEFC porous electrode, because it is the key to reduce the PEFC cost. However, the gas diffusion coefficient of CL is lower than MPL in spite of framework consisted of same carbon blacks. In this study, in order to understand the reasons of the lower gas diffusion performance of CL, the relationship between a carbon black agglomerate structure and ionomer adhesion condition is evaluated by a numerical analysis with an actual reconstructed structure and a simulated structure. As a result, the gas diffusion property of CL strongly depends on the ionomer adhesion shape. In the case of adhesion shape with the same curvature of ionomer interface, each pore can not be connected enough. So the pore tortuosity increases. Moreover, in the case of existence of inefficient large pores formed by carbon black agglomerate and ununiformly coated ionomer, the gas diffusion performance decrease rapidly. As the measurement values in actual CL are almost equal to that with model structure with inefficient large pores. These characteristics can be confirmed by actual cross-section image obtained by FIB-SEM.

  13. Effect of boundaries on the dynamic interaction of a liquid-filled porous layer and a supporting continuum

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    M Tajuddin; G Narayan Reddy

    2005-08-01

    A transcendental equation is derived relating wave number and phase velocity of propagation of waves in a partially saturated layered half-space under plane strain conditions. The period equation is derived and discussed for two types of boundaries, permeable and impermeable. In the limiting cases, the problem reduces to more simplified forms as discussed by earlier researchers.

  14. Effects of different electrolytes on the electrochemical and dynamic behavior of electric double layer capacitors based on a porous silicon carbide electrode.

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    Kim, Myeongjin; Oh, Ilgeun; Kim, Jooheon

    2015-07-01

    Controlling the structure and morphology of porous electrode materials is an effective strategy for realizing a high surface area and efficient paths for ion diffusion. Moreover, excellent electrical conductivity can significantly decrease the internal resistance of an electrode by the formation of a conductive network and facilitate the application of electrostatic charges, which favors the accumulation of an electrical double layer. In light of these facts, we demonstrate the fabrication of β-polytype porous silicon carbide spheres (PSiCS) with a hierarchical pore structure in which micro- and mesopores are interconnected with a mesoporous network. Further, to investigate the effects of the electrolyte on the electrochemical and dynamic behavior, two-electrode symmetrical supercapacitors based on the PSiCS electrode with an aqueous electrolyte (1 M potassium chloride, KCl) or an organic electrolyte (1 M tetraethylammonium tetrafluoroborate in acetonitrile, TEABF4/AN) were assembled. The symmetrical supercapacitor based on the PSiCS electrode with the aqueous electrolyte exhibited a high charge-storage capacity with a specific capacitance of 82.9 F g(-1) at a scan rate of 5 mV s(-1), which is much higher than that obtained using the organic electrolyte (60.3 F g(-1) at a scan rate of 5 mV s(-1)). However, the energy density of the organic electrolyte system was 102.59 W h kg(-1) at a scan rate of 5 mV s(-1), which is greatly superior to that of the aqueous electrolyte system (energy density: 29.47 W h kg(-1)) owing to the wide cell operating voltage range. PMID:26051533

  15. Mechanical identification of layer-specific properties of mouse carotid arteries using 3D-DIC and a hyperelastic anisotropic constitutive model

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    Badel, Pierre; Lessner, Susan; Sutton, Michael A; 10.1080/10255842.2011.586945

    2012-01-01

    The role of mechanics is known to be of primary order in many arterial diseases; however, determining mechanical properties of arteries remains a challenge. This paper discusses the identifiability of the passive mechanical properties of a mouse carotid artery, taking into account the orientation of collagen fibres in the medial and adventitial layers. On the basis of 3D digital image correlation measurements of the surface strain during an inflation/extension test, an inverse identification method is set up. It involves a 3D finite element mechanical model of the mechanical test and an optimisation algorithm. A two-layer constitutive model derived from the Holzapfel model is used, with five and then seven parameters. The five-parameter model is successfully identified providing layer-specific fibre angles. The seven-parameter model is over parameterised, yet it is shown that additional data from a simple tension test make the identification of refined layer-specific data reliable.

  16. Improving the Long-Term Stability of Perovskite Solar Cells with a Porous Al 2 O 3 Buffer Layer

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    Guarnera, Simone

    2015-02-05

    © 2015 American Chemical Society. Hybrid perovskites represent a new paradigm for photovoltaics, which have the potential to overcome the performance limits of current technologies and achieve low cost and high versatility. However, an efficiency drop is often observed within the first few hundred hours of device operation, which could become an important issue. Here, we demonstrate that the electrode\\'s metal migrating through the hole transporting material (HTM) layer and eventually contacting the perovskite is in part responsible for this early device degradation. We show that depositing the HTM within an insulating mesoporous "buffer layer" comprised of Al2O3 nanoparticles prevents the metal electrode migration while allowing for precise control of the HTM thickness. This enables an improvement in the solar cell fill factor and prevents degradation of the device after 350 h of operation. (Graph Presented).

  17. MHD mixed convective boundary layer flow of a nanofluid through a porous medium due to an exponentially stretching sheet

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    Ferdows, M.

    2012-01-01

    Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) boundary layer flow of a nanofluid over an exponentially stretching sheet was studied. The governing boundary layer equations are reduced into ordinary differential equations by a similarity transformation. The transformed equations are solved numerically using the Nactsheim-Swigert shooting technique together with Runge-Kutta six-order iteration schemes. The effects of the governing parameters on the flow field and heat transfer characteristics were obtained and discussed. The numerical solutions for the wall skin friction coefficient, the heat and mass transfer coefficient, and the velocity, temperature, and concentration profiles are computed, analyzed, and discussed graphically. Comparison with previously published work is performed and excellent agreement is observed. 2012 M. Ferdows et al.

  18. A novel porous Fe/Fe-W alloy scaffold with a double-layer structured skeleton: Preparation, in vitro degradability and biocompatibility.

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    He, Jin; He, Feng-Li; Li, Da-Wei; Liu, Ya-Li; Yin, Da-Chuan

    2016-06-01

    A novel porous Fe/Fe-W alloy scaffold with a double-layer structured skeleton was prepared for the first time by electrodeposition. The microstructure of the scaffold was analysed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and mercury porosimetry. Mechanical property, in vitro degradability and biocompatibility were tested by tensile test, immersion and a cytotoxicity test. The results showed that the scaffolds exhibited a cellular structure that is similar to that of cancellous bone and had a considerably large specific surface area. The skeleton of the scaffolds showed a double-layer structure that was composed of a hollow Fe skeleton wrapped in a thin layer of Fe-W alloy. The tensile strength and the apparent density are close to that of cancellous bone. It was also found that the different surface microstructures showed different effects on in vitro degradability and biocompatibility. In the immersion test, the corrosion rate decreased gradually as the immersion time increased. In the cytotoxicity test, the extraction medium of the pure Fe scaffold showed the lowest cell viability, followed by that of 1.5FeW as a close second. The extraction media of FeW, Fe1.5W and Fe2W were similar, and their cell viability was far above that of the Fe and 1.5FeW scaffolds. The structural style of the scaffolds presented in this paper is potentially useful and applicable to developing degradable scaffolds with a tailored corrosion rate. PMID:26970820

  19. Increase in efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells by porous TiO2 layer modification with gadolinium-containing thin layer

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    Maciej Zalas; Mariusz Walkowiak; Grzegorz Schroeder

    2011-01-01

    Modified with gadolinium-containing layer,nanoporous titania electrode and its application in dye-sensitized solar cells were reported.The electrode prepared was characterized with UV-Vis and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques.The amount of gadolinium was measured with inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) experiments.The modified electrode showed reduced N3 dye adsorption ability,but increased light conversion efficiency in comparison with the non-modified electrode.The overall conversion efficiencies,determined under 400 W/m2 irradiation with tungsten- halogen lamp at room temperature,were 0.55% for non-modified and 0.74% for modified electrodes.

  20. Effect of the porous carbon layer in the cathode gas diffusion media on direct methanol fuel cell performances

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    Park, Jun-Young [Department of Advanced Materials Engineering, Sejong University, 98 Gunja-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 143-747 (Korea); Kim, Hee-Tak; Son, In-Hyuk; Han, Sangil [Energy Lab, Corporate R and D Center, Samsung SDI Co., LTD, 575, Shin-dong, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do 443-391 (Korea); Lee, Eun Sook [Energy Research Center, Jinwoo Engineering, Co., LTD., 143-2, Gwelang-Ri, Jungnam-Myun, Hwasung-City, Kyunggi-Do 445-963 (Korea)

    2009-10-15

    The effect of cathode gas diffusion media with microporous layers (MPLs) on direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) performances is studied by combining electrochemical analysis and physicochemical investigation. The membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) using MPL-modified cathode gas diffusion layers (GDLs, GDL-1) showed slightly better performances (117 mW cm{sup -2}) at 0.4 V and 70 C than commercial GDL (SIGRACET {sup registered} product version: GDL-35BC, SGL Co.) DMFC MEAs (110 mW cm{sup -2}). This might be due to high gas permeability, uniform pore distributions, and low water transport coefficient including methanol crossover. For GDL-1, the air permeability was 31.0 cm{sup 3} cm{sup -2} s{sup -1}, while the one for SGL 35BC GDLs was 21.7 cm{sup 3} cm{sup -2} s{sup -1}. Also, the GDL-1 in the pore-size distribution diagrams had distinct peaks due to more uniform distributions of macropores and micropores with smaller holes between aggregates of carbon particles compared to GDL-35 BC as confirmed by SEM images. Furthermore, the MEA using GDL-1 for the cathode had a lower water transfer coefficient compared to an MEA with a commercial 35 BC GDL. (author)

  1. Fabrication of a hierarchical dodecyl sulfate-layered double hydroxide nanocomposite on porous aluminum wire as an efficient coating for solid-phase microextraction of phenols

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    We have synthesized, by a hydrothermal crystallization method, a layered double hydroxide of aluminum that is intercalated with the dodecyl sulfate anion. This nanocomposite is formed on a porous aluminum wire and can be used as a fiber coating for solid-phase microextraction. The nanocomposite has a flower like morphology and a high specific surface. The coating can be prepared easily, is mechanically stable, and exhibits relatively high thermal stability. It is capable of extracting phenolic compounds from water samples. Following thermal desorption, the phenols were quantified by GC-MS. The effects of extraction temperature, extraction time, sample ionic strength, stirring rate, pH, desorption temperature and desorption time were studied. Under optimal conditions, the repeatability for one fiber (for n = 5), expressed as the relative standard deviation, is between 3.9 and 7.6 %. The detection limits range from 0.2 to 4 pg mL−1. The method is simple, fast, and inexpensive. The fibers are thermally stable and yield better recoveries than conventional methods of analysis. (author)

  2. Triple convective-diffusion boundary layer along a vertical flat plate in a porous medium saturated by a water-based nano-fluid

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    In this article, we investigate steady triple convective-diffusive boundary layer free convection flow past a vertical flat plate embedded in a porous medium filled by a water-based nano-fluid and two salts. The plate is assumed to be convectively cooled by a surrounding fluid. It is assumed that there is no nanoparticle flux at the surface and the effect of thermophoresis is taken in to account in the boundary condition. The effects of Brownian motion and thermophoresis parameters are also introduced through a Buongiorno model in the governing equations. The self-similar solutions are obtained numerically using an implicit finite difference method. The effects of the buoyancy ratio, regular Lewis numbers and modified Dufour parameters of both salts and nano-fluid parameters on the flow and heat transfer are investigated. It is found that the heat transfer rate increases as we include nanoparticles and salts. Furthermore, it is also shown that the Brownian motion has negligible effects on reduced Nusselt number. (authors)

  3. Three-dimensional phase segregation of micro-porous layers for fuel cells by nano-scale X-ray computed tomography

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    Andisheh-Tadbir, Mehdi; Orfino, Francesco P.; Kjeang, Erik

    2016-04-01

    Modern hydrogen powered polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) utilize a micro-porous layer (MPL) consisting of carbon nanoparticles and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) to enhance the transport phenomena and performance while reducing cost. However, the underlying mechanisms are not yet completely understood due to a lack of information about the detailed MPL structure and properties. In the present work, the 3D phase segregated nanostructure of an MPL is revealed for the first time through the development of a customized, non-destructive procedure for monochromatic nano-scale X-ray computed tomography visualization. Utilizing this technique, it is discovered that PTFE is situated in conglomerated regions distributed randomly within connected domains of carbon particles; hence, it is concluded that PTFE acts as a binder for the carbon particles and provides structural support for the MPL. Exposed PTFE surfaces are also observed that will aid the desired hydrophobicity of the material. Additionally, the present approach uniquely enables phase segregated calculation of effective transport properties, as reported herein, which is particularly important for accurate estimation of electrical and thermal conductivity. Overall, the new imaging technique and associated findings may contribute to further performance improvements and cost reduction in support of fuel cell commercialization for clean energy applications.

  4. Influence of permeability anisotropy on mixing controlled reactive transport simulations in porous media

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    Chiogna, Gabriele; Herrera, Paulo

    2015-04-01

    Several studies have demonstrated how plume deformation induced by flow heterogeneity in porous media can enhance mixing of reactants. This enhancement can have important impact on mixing controlled reactions such a biodegradation of plumes of organic compounds. On the other hand, recent studies have indicated the possibility of observing complex flow topology on groundwater flow that occurs in anisotropic yet homogenous porous media. Moreover, it has been demonstrated that those complex flow topologies can also enhance solute mixing. We study the effect of medium anisotropy on reactive solute transport for the case of a chemical reactor composed of two homogeneous anisotropic layers. We simulate different injection strategies for different chemical reactions that involve two reactants. We demonstrate the effect of the medium anisotropy by analyzing the results of the simulations and identify best strategies for the operation and design of the system to maximize reaction rates. These findings could have potential application in the design of new remediation systems for contaminated groundwater, chemical reactors and other engineering problems that involve flow through porous media.

  5. New surfaces for desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry: porous silicon and ultra-thin layer chromatography plates.

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    Kauppila, Tiina J; Talaty, Nari; Salo, Piia K; Kotiaho, Tapio; Kostiainen, Risto; Cooks, R Graham

    2006-01-01

    The performance of nanoporous silicon (pSi) and ultra-thin layer chromatography (UTLC) plates as surfaces for desorption electrospray ionization (DESI) was compared with that of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), both popular surfaces in previous DESI studies. The limits of detection (LODs) and other analytical characteristics for six different test compounds were determined using all four surfaces. The LODs for the compounds were in the fmol-pmol (pg-ng) range. The LODs with the pSi surface were further improved for each of the compounds when heat was applied to the surface during sample application which gave LODs as low as or lower than those achieved with PMMA and PTFE. The UTLC plates were successfully used as a rapid means of chromatographic separation prior to DESI-MS analysis. Another advantage achieved using the newer pSi and UTLC surfaces was increased speed of analysis, associated with drying of solution-phase samples. This took place immediately at the UTLC surface and it could be achieved rapidly by gently heating the pSi surface. The presence of salts in the sample did not cause suppression of the analyte signal with any of the surfaces. PMID:16773669

  6. Selective formation of porous silicon

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    Fathauer, Robert W. (Inventor); Jones, Eric W. (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    A pattern of porous silicon is produced in the surface of a silicon substrate by forming a pattern of crystal defects in said surface, preferably by applying an ion milling beam through openings in a photoresist layer to the surface, and then exposing said surface to a stain etchant, such as HF:HNO3:H2O. The defected crystal will preferentially etch to form a pattern of porous silicon. When the amorphous content of the porous silicon exceeds 70 percent, the porous silicon pattern emits visible light at room temperature.

  7. Reflectance analysis of a multilayer one-dimensional porous silicon structure: Theory and experiment

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    Saarinen, Jarkko J.; Weiss, Sharon M.; Fauchet, Philippe M.; Sipe, J. E.

    2008-07-01

    We present a method for treating birefringent effects in layered media and apply the formalism to analyze reflectance from a multilayer one-dimensional (1D) porous silicon (PS) structure at off-normal incidence. The approach is to characterize the fields in terms of s- and p-polarized amplitudes in each layer, and the calculations then naturally employ Fresnel reflection and transmission coefficients for the uniaxially anisotropic media. We observe an excellent agreement between the theoretical and experimental curves by including optical absorption and macroscale waviness of the PS layers, and the resolution of the spectrophotometer. In particular, we point out the importance of birefringent effects that cause the splitting of the resonance wavelengths between two different polarizations. The investigated 1D PS structure can be used, for example, as a polarization sensitive optical switch.

  8. Anisotropic Stars II Stability

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    Dev, K; Dev, Krsna; Gleiser, Marcelo

    2003-01-01

    We investigate the stability of self-gravitating spherically symmetric anisotropic spheres under radial perturbations. We consider both the Newtonian and the full general-relativistic perturbation treatment. In the general-relativistic case, we extend the variational formalism for spheres with isotropic pressure developed by Chandrasekhar. We find that, in general, when the tangential pressure is greater than the radial pressure, the stability of the anisotropic sphere is enhanced when compared to isotropic configurations. In particular, anisotropic spheres are found to be stable for smaller values of the adiabatic index $\\gamma$.

  9. Q-factor and absorption enhancement for plasmonic anisotropic nanoparticles

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    Liu, Wei; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the scattering and absorption properties of anisotropic metal-dielectric core-shell nanoparticles. It is revealed that the radially anisotropic dielectric layer can accelerate the evanescent decay of the localized resonant surface modes, leading to Q-factor and absorption rate enhancement. Moreover, the absorption cross section can be maximized to reach the single resonance absorption limit. We further show that such artificial anisotropic cladding materials can be realized by isotropic layered structures, which may inspire many applications based on scattering and absorption of plasmonic nanoparticles.

  10. Enhancement of non-resonant dielectric cloaks using anisotropic composites

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    Cloaking techniques conceal objects by controlling the flow of electromagnetic waves to minimize scattering. Herein, the effectiveness of homogenized anisotropic materials in non-resonant dielectric multilayer cloaking is studied. Because existing multilayer cloaking by isotropic materials can be regarded as homogenous anisotropic cloaking from a macroscopic view, anisotropic materials can be efficiently designed through optimization of their physical properties. Anisotropic properties can be realized in two-phase composites if the physical properties of the material are within appropriate bounds. The optimized anisotropic physical properties are identified by a numerical optimization technique based on a full-wave simulation using the finite element method. The cloaking performance measured by the total scattering width is improved by about 2.8% and 25% in eight- and three-layer cylindrical cloaking materials, respectively, compared with multilayer cloaking by isotropic materials. In all cloaking examples, the optimized microstructures of the two-phase composites are identified as the simple lamination of two materials, which maximizes the anisotropy. The same performance as published for eight-layer cloaking by isotropic materials is achieved by three-layer cloaking using the anisotropic material. Cloaking with an approximately 50% reduction of total scattering width is achieved even in an octagonal object. Since the cloaking effect can be realized using just a few layers of the laminated anisotropic dielectric composite, this may have an advantage in the mass production of cloaking devices

  11. Enhancement of non-resonant dielectric cloaks using anisotropic composites

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    Takezawa, Akihiro, E-mail: akihiro@hiroshima-u.ac.jp; Kitamura, Mitsuru [Division of Mechanical Systems and Applied Mechanics, Institute of Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima (Japan)

    2014-01-15

    Cloaking techniques conceal objects by controlling the flow of electromagnetic waves to minimize scattering. Herein, the effectiveness of homogenized anisotropic materials in non-resonant dielectric multilayer cloaking is studied. Because existing multilayer cloaking by isotropic materials can be regarded as homogenous anisotropic cloaking from a macroscopic view, anisotropic materials can be efficiently designed through optimization of their physical properties. Anisotropic properties can be realized in two-phase composites if the physical properties of the material are within appropriate bounds. The optimized anisotropic physical properties are identified by a numerical optimization technique based on a full-wave simulation using the finite element method. The cloaking performance measured by the total scattering width is improved by about 2.8% and 25% in eight- and three-layer cylindrical cloaking materials, respectively, compared with multilayer cloaking by isotropic materials. In all cloaking examples, the optimized microstructures of the two-phase composites are identified as the simple lamination of two materials, which maximizes the anisotropy. The same performance as published for eight-layer cloaking by isotropic materials is achieved by three-layer cloaking using the anisotropic material. Cloaking with an approximately 50% reduction of total scattering width is achieved even in an octagonal object. Since the cloaking effect can be realized using just a few layers of the laminated anisotropic dielectric composite, this may have an advantage in the mass production of cloaking devices.

  12. Enhancement of non-resonant dielectric cloaks using anisotropic composites

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    Akihiro Takezawa

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cloaking techniques conceal objects by controlling the flow of electromagnetic waves to minimize scattering. Herein, the effectiveness of homogenized anisotropic materials in non-resonant dielectric multilayer cloaking is studied. Because existing multilayer cloaking by isotropic materials can be regarded as homogenous anisotropic cloaking from a macroscopic view, anisotropic materials can be efficiently designed through optimization of their physical properties. Anisotropic properties can be realized in two-phase composites if the physical properties of the material are within appropriate bounds. The optimized anisotropic physical properties are identified by a numerical optimization technique based on a full-wave simulation using the finite element method. The cloaking performance measured by the total scattering width is improved by about 2.8% and 25% in eight- and three-layer cylindrical cloaking materials, respectively, compared with multilayer cloaking by isotropic materials. In all cloaking examples, the optimized microstructures of the two-phase composites are identified as the simple lamination of two materials, which maximizes the anisotropy. The same performance as published for eight-layer cloaking by isotropic materials is achieved by three-layer cloaking using the anisotropic material. Cloaking with an approximately 50% reduction of total scattering width is achieved even in an octagonal object. Since the cloaking effect can be realized using just a few layers of the laminated anisotropic dielectric composite, this may have an advantage in the mass production of cloaking devices.

  13. Enhancement of non-resonant dielectric cloaks using anisotropic composites

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    Takezawa, Akihiro; Kitamura, Mitsuru

    2014-01-01

    Cloaking techniques conceal objects by controlling the flow of electromagnetic waves to minimize scattering. Herein, the effectiveness of homogenized anisotropic materials in non-resonant dielectric multilayer cloaking is studied. Because existing multilayer cloaking by isotropic materials can be regarded as homogenous anisotropic cloaking from a macroscopic view, anisotropic materials can be efficiently designed through optimization of their physical properties. Anisotropic properties can be realized in two-phase composites if the physical properties of the material are within appropriate bounds. The optimized anisotropic physical properties are identified by a numerical optimization technique based on a full-wave simulation using the finite element method. The cloaking performance measured by the total scattering width is improved by about 2.8% and 25% in eight- and three-layer cylindrical cloaking materials, respectively, compared with multilayer cloaking by isotropic materials. In all cloaking examples, the optimized microstructures of the two-phase composites are identified as the simple lamination of two materials, which maximizes the anisotropy. The same performance as published for eight-layer cloaking by isotropic materials is achieved by three-layer cloaking using the anisotropic material. Cloaking with an approximately 50% reduction of total scattering width is achieved even in an octagonal object. Since the cloaking effect can be realized using just a few layers of the laminated anisotropic dielectric composite, this may have an advantage in the mass production of cloaking devices.

  14. Porous silicon carbide (SIC) semiconductor device

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    Shor, Joseph S. (Inventor); Kurtz, Anthony D. (Inventor)

    1996-01-01

    Porous silicon carbide is fabricated according to techniques which result in a significant portion of nanocrystallites within the material in a sub 10 nanometer regime. There is described techniques for passivating porous silicon carbide which result in the fabrication of optoelectronic devices which exhibit brighter blue luminescence and exhibit improved qualities. Based on certain of the techniques described porous silicon carbide is used as a sacrificial layer for the patterning of silicon carbide. Porous silicon carbide is then removed from the bulk substrate by oxidation and other methods. The techniques described employ a two-step process which is used to pattern bulk silicon carbide where selected areas of the wafer are then made porous and then the porous layer is subsequently removed. The process to form porous silicon carbide exhibits dopant selectivity and a two-step etching procedure is implemented for silicon carbide multilayers.

  15. Fabrication of anisotropic microparticles by laser ablation and laser heating

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    Fukuda, Kozue; Higuchi, Takeshi; Aita, Tadahiro, E-mail: aita@yz.yamagata-u.ac.jp

    2015-02-01

    Laser ablation and laser heating were used as micro-cutting and micro-bonding tools for fabrication of anisotropic microparticles. By using the techniques, two kinds of anisotropic microparticles to which a polymer film or magnetic particles was attached on their one hemisphere were fabricated from transparent spherical acrylic polymer particles of about 10 μm. In the fabrication of the anisotropic particles to which a polymer film attached, a mono-particle layer of the acrylic polymer particles formed on water surface was transferred on to a target plate coated with a polymer film and the plate was heated so that the particles strongly adhered to the polymer film. The plate was irradiated by 1064 nm or 532 nm pulse light from a Q-switched YAG laser to cause the ablation of the target. The ablation blew off the polymer film together with the acrylic polymer particles from the target plate, which gave the anisotropic particles. Anisotropic particles to which magnetic particles attached on their one hemisphere were fabricated by laser heating. A magnetic particle layer formed on water surface was transferred onto a quartz plate and then the monoparticle layer of the acrylic polymer particles was transferred onto the magnetic particle layer. The magnetic particles were heated by irradiation of 808 nm light from a CW diode laser, which caused the adhesion of the magnetic particles to the polymer particles. Rotation of the obtained magnetically anisotropic particles under rotating magnetic field was demonstrated. - Highlights: • Laser ablation and laser heating were used for fabrication of anisotropic particles. • Anisotropic microparticles having a polymer film or magnetic particles on their one hemisphere were fabricated. • The magnetically anisotropic microparticles rotated under a rotating magnetic field.

  16. Fabrication of anisotropic microparticles by laser ablation and laser heating

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    Laser ablation and laser heating were used as micro-cutting and micro-bonding tools for fabrication of anisotropic microparticles. By using the techniques, two kinds of anisotropic microparticles to which a polymer film or magnetic particles was attached on their one hemisphere were fabricated from transparent spherical acrylic polymer particles of about 10 μm. In the fabrication of the anisotropic particles to which a polymer film attached, a mono-particle layer of the acrylic polymer particles formed on water surface was transferred on to a target plate coated with a polymer film and the plate was heated so that the particles strongly adhered to the polymer film. The plate was irradiated by 1064 nm or 532 nm pulse light from a Q-switched YAG laser to cause the ablation of the target. The ablation blew off the polymer film together with the acrylic polymer particles from the target plate, which gave the anisotropic particles. Anisotropic particles to which magnetic particles attached on their one hemisphere were fabricated by laser heating. A magnetic particle layer formed on water surface was transferred onto a quartz plate and then the monoparticle layer of the acrylic polymer particles was transferred onto the magnetic particle layer. The magnetic particles were heated by irradiation of 808 nm light from a CW diode laser, which caused the adhesion of the magnetic particles to the polymer particles. Rotation of the obtained magnetically anisotropic particles under rotating magnetic field was demonstrated. - Highlights: • Laser ablation and laser heating were used for fabrication of anisotropic particles. • Anisotropic microparticles having a polymer film or magnetic particles on their one hemisphere were fabricated. • The magnetically anisotropic microparticles rotated under a rotating magnetic field

  17. Analysis of thin-film silicon solar cells with plasma textured front surface and multi-layer porous silicon back reflector

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    Ghannam, Moustafa Y.; Alomar, Abdulazeez S. [EE Department, College of Engineering and Petroleum, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5969, 13060 Safat (Kuwait); Abouelsaood, Ahmed A. [Department of Mathematics and Physics, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University (Egypt); Poortmans, Jef [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Belgium)

    2010-05-15

    The optical performance of thin crystalline silicon solar cells with plasma textured front surface and with porous silicon stack back reflector is analysed. A rigorous analytical ray tracing model, that uses an accurately estimated porous silicon refractive index, is elaborated to predict the optical absorption, carrier generation, external quantum efficiency, and total photogenerated current in the cell. Calculated results best fitted to those measured for an experimental demonstration cell show that surface recombination is a major loss factor in the demonstration cell. The study also concludes that the plasma textured front surface has poor light diffusion properties, and predicts that the maximum gain in the photocurrent from back reflection at the porous silicon stack equals 10% compared to 20% if the back reflector is ideal. However, the proposed cell is realistic and promises excellent performance when state of the art front surface texturing, passivation and front metallization techniques are implemented. (author)

  18. Electrochemical Method of Making Porous Particles Using a Constant Current Density

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    Ferrari, Mauro (Inventor); Liu, Xuewu (Inventor); Cheng, Ming-Cheng (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Provided is a particle that includes a first porous region and a second porous region that differs from the first porous region. Also provided is a particle that has a wet etched porous region and that does have a nucleation layer associated with wet etching. Methods of making porous particles are also provided.

  19. Averaging anisotropic cosmologies

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    We examine the effects of spatial inhomogeneities on irrotational anisotropic cosmologies by looking at the average properties of anisotropic pressure-free models. Adopting the Buchert scheme, we recast the averaged scalar equations in Bianchi-type form and close the standard system by introducing a propagation formula for the average shear magnitude. We then investigate the evolution of anisotropic average vacuum models and those filled with pressureless matter. In the latter case we show that the backreaction effects can modify the familiar Kasner-like singularity and potentially remove Mixmaster-type oscillations. The presence of nonzero average shear in our equations also allows us to examine the constraints that a phase of backreaction-driven accelerated expansion might put on the anisotropy of the averaged domain. We close by assessing the status of these and other attempts to define and calculate 'average' spacetime behaviour in general relativity

  20. Anisotropic Metamaterial Optical Fibers

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    Pratap, Dheeraj; Pollock, Justin G; Iyer, Ashwin K

    2014-01-01

    Internal physical structure can drastically modify the properties of waveguides: photonic crystal fibers are able to confine light inside a hollow air core by Bragg scattering from a periodic array of holes, while metamaterial loaded waveguides for microwaves can support propagation at frequencies well below cutoff. Anisotropic metamaterials assembled into cylindrically symmetric geometries constitute light-guiding structures that support new kinds of exotic modes. A microtube of anodized nanoporous alumina, with nanopores radially emanating from the inner wall to the outer surface, is a manifestation of such an anisotropic metamaterial optical fiber. The nanopores, when filled with a plasmonic metal such as silver or gold, greatly increase the electromagnetic anisotropy. The modal solutions in anisotropic circular waveguides can be uncommon Bessel functions with imaginary orders.

  1. Anisotropic elastic plates

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    Hwu, Chyanbin

    2010-01-01

    As structural elements, anisotropic elastic plates find wide applications in modern technology. The plates here are considered to be subjected to not only in plane load but also transverse load. In other words, both plane and plate bending problems as well as the stretching-bending coupling problems are all explained in this book. In addition to the introduction of the theory of anisotropic elasticity, several important subjects have are discussed in this book such as interfaces, cracks, holes, inclusions, contact problems, piezoelectric materials, thermoelastic problems and boundary element a

  2. Anisotropic Weyl invariance

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    Pérez-Nadal, Guillem

    2016-01-01

    We consider a non-relativistic free scalar field theory with a type of anisotropic scale invariance in which the number of coordinates "scaling like time" is generically greater than one. We propose the Cartesian product of two curved spaces, with the metric of each space parameterized by the other space, as a notion of curved background to which the theory can be extended. We study this type of geometries, and find a family of extensions of the theory to curved backgrounds in which the anisotropic scale invariance is promoted to a local, Weyl-type symmetry.

  3. Size-dependent filtration of nanoparticles on porous films composed by polystyrene microsphere monolayers and applications in site-selective deposition of nanoparticles

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    Ruan, Weidong [Jilin University, State Key Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials (China); Zhou, Tieli [Changchun University, College of Food Engineering and Landscape Architecture (China); Sun, Chengbin; Tao, Yanchun; Lu, Fei; Wang, Xu; Zhao, Bing, E-mail: zhaob@mail.jlu.edu.cn [Jilin University, State Key Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials (China); Cui, Yinqiu, E-mail: cuiyq@jlu.edu.cn [Jilin University, School of Life Sciences (China)

    2015-10-15

    Composite films composed of polystyrene (PS) microsphere monolayers and gold (Au) and/or silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) decorations were prepared by a novel size-dependent filtration effect on close-packed PS microsphere arrays. The uniform pores inlaid in the PS monolayer films acted as the transport tunnels for NPs. The steric restriction induced by the size of the pores was used as a main strategy to fabricate hybrid micro/nano films, which were composed of PS microspheres with inhomogeneous anisotropic decorations. The Au and Ag NPs were used as the building blocks to decorate the PS microspheres through a layer-by-layer self-assembly technique with the aid of polyelectrolyte coupling agents. Only the small particles which could pass through the micropores could reach to and deposit on the inner surfaces of the PS microsphere monolayer films. Large particles remained on the outside and could only deposit on the outer surfaces. Thus, the inhomogeneous anisotropic decoration was obtained. This study provides a novel strategy for fabricating anisotropic micro/nanostructures by the size-dependent filtration effect of NPs on porous films and has the potential in applications of anisotropic self-assembly, sensor, and surface modifications at nanoscale.

  4. Size-dependent filtration of nanoparticles on porous films composed by polystyrene microsphere monolayers and applications in site-selective deposition of nanoparticles

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    Composite films composed of polystyrene (PS) microsphere monolayers and gold (Au) and/or silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) decorations were prepared by a novel size-dependent filtration effect on close-packed PS microsphere arrays. The uniform pores inlaid in the PS monolayer films acted as the transport tunnels for NPs. The steric restriction induced by the size of the pores was used as a main strategy to fabricate hybrid micro/nano films, which were composed of PS microspheres with inhomogeneous anisotropic decorations. The Au and Ag NPs were used as the building blocks to decorate the PS microspheres through a layer-by-layer self-assembly technique with the aid of polyelectrolyte coupling agents. Only the small particles which could pass through the micropores could reach to and deposit on the inner surfaces of the PS microsphere monolayer films. Large particles remained on the outside and could only deposit on the outer surfaces. Thus, the inhomogeneous anisotropic decoration was obtained. This study provides a novel strategy for fabricating anisotropic micro/nanostructures by the size-dependent filtration effect of NPs on porous films and has the potential in applications of anisotropic self-assembly, sensor, and surface modifications at nanoscale.

  5. Simple recurrence matrix relations for multilayer anisotropic thin films.

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    Cojocaru, E

    2000-01-01

    Generalized Abelès relations for one anisotropic thin film [E. Cojocaru, Appl. Opt. 36, 2825-2829 (1997)] are developed for light propagation from an isotropic medium of incidence (with refractive index n(0)) within a multilayer anisotropic thin film coated onto an anisotropic substrate. An immersion model is used for which it is assumed that each layer is imaginatively embedded between isotropic gaps of zero thickness and refractive index n(0). This model leads to simple expressions for the resultant transmitted and reflected electric field amplitudes at interfaces. They parallel the Abelès recurrence relations for layered isotropic media. These matrix relations include multiple reflections while they deal with total fields. They can be applied directly to complex stacks of isotropic and anisotropic thin films. PMID:18337882

  6. Selective optical transmission in anisotropic multilayers structure

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    We developed a Green's function method to study theoretically a single-defect photonic crystal composed of anisotropic dielectric materials. This structure can trap light of a given frequency range and filter only a certain frequency light with a very high quality. It is shown that the defect modes appear as peaks in the transmission spectrum. Their intensities and frequency positions depend on the incidence angle and the orientation of the principal axes of layers consisting of the superlattice and the layer defect. Our structure offers a great variety of possibilities for creating and controlling the number and transmitted intensities of defect modes. It can be a good candidate for realizing a selective electromagnetic filter. In addition to this filtration process, the defective anisotropic photonic crystal can be used to switch the modes when appropriate geometry is selected. (author)

  7. Investigation of Porosity Evolution and Orthotropic Axes on Anisotropic Materials

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    Rahimi, Raheleh Mohammad

    Advancement of porosities that happens in shear deformation of anisotropic materials is investigated by Dr. Kweon. As the hydrostatic stress in shear deformation is zero, in the solid mechanics' researches it is proved several times that porosity will not be expanded in shear deformation. Dr. Kweon showed that this statement can be wrong in large deformation of simple shear. He proposed anisotropic ductile fracture model to show that hydrostatic stress becomes nonzero and porosities are increased in the simple shear deformation of anisotropic materials. This study investigates the effect of the evolution of anisotropy which means the rotation of the orthotropic axes onto the porosity changes. Hill coefficient shows that how orthotropic materials indicate different ductile fracture manners in shear deformation. Also the effect of void aspect ratio on change of porosity is investigated. It has been found that the interaction among porosity, the matrix anisotropy and void aspect ratio play a crucial role in the ductile damage of porous materials.

  8. On the Newtonian anisotropic configurations

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    Shojai, F. [University of Tehran, Department of Physics, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), Foundations of Physics Group, School of Physics, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Fazel, M.R.; Stepanian, A. [University of Tehran, Department of Physics, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kohandel, M. [Alzahra University, Department of Sciences, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-06-15

    In this paper we are concerned with the effects of an anisotropic pressure on the boundary conditions of the anisotropic Lane-Emden equation and the homology theorem. Some new exact solutions of this equation are derived. Then some of the theorems governing the Newtonian perfect fluid star are extended, taking the anisotropic pressure into account. (orig.)

  9. Anisotropic Lyra cosmology

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    B B Bhowmik; A Rajput

    2004-06-01

    Anisotropic Bianchi Type-I cosmological models have been studied on the basis of Lyra's geometry. Two types of models, one with constant deceleration parameter and the other with variable deceleration parameter have been derived by considering a time-dependent displacement field.

  10. Anisotropic Ambient Volume Shading.

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    Ament, Marco; Dachsbacher, Carsten

    2016-01-01

    We present a novel method to compute anisotropic shading for direct volume rendering to improve the perception of the orientation and shape of surface-like structures. We determine the scale-aware anisotropy of a shading point by analyzing its ambient region. We sample adjacent points with similar scalar values to perform a principal component analysis by computing the eigenvectors and eigenvalues of the covariance matrix. In particular, we estimate the tangent directions, which serve as the tangent frame for anisotropic bidirectional reflectance distribution functions. Moreover, we exploit the ratio of the eigenvalues to measure the magnitude of the anisotropy at each shading point. Altogether, this allows us to model a data-driven, smooth transition from isotropic to strongly anisotropic volume shading. In this way, the shape of volumetric features can be enhanced significantly by aligning specular highlights along the principal direction of anisotropy. Our algorithm is independent of the transfer function, which allows us to compute all shading parameters once and store them with the data set. We integrated our method in a GPU-based volume renderer, which offers interactive control of the transfer function, light source positions, and viewpoint. Our results demonstrate the benefit of anisotropic shading for visualization to achieve data-driven local illumination for improved perception compared to isotropic shading. PMID:26529745

  11. Dynamics of Anisotropic Universes

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    Pérez, J

    2006-01-01

    We present a general study of the dynamical properties of Anisotropic Bianchi Universes in the context of Einstein General Relativity. Integrability results using Kovalevskaya exponents are reported and connected to general knowledge about Bianchi dynamics. Finally, dynamics toward singularity in Bianchi type VIII and IX universes are showed to be equivalent in some precise sence.

  12. Modeling anisotropic flow and heat transport by using mimetic finite differences

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    Chen, Tao; Clauser, Christoph; Marquart, Gabriele; Willbrand, Karen; Büsing, Henrik

    2016-08-01

    Modeling anisotropic flow in porous or fractured rock often assumes that the permeability tensor is diagonal, which means that its principle directions are always aligned with the coordinate axes. However, the permeability of a heterogeneous anisotropic medium usually is a full tensor. For overcoming this shortcoming, we use the mimetic finite difference method (mFD) for discretizing the flow equation in a hydrothermal reservoir simulation code, SHEMAT-Suite, which couples this equation with the heat transport equation. We verify SHEMAT-Suite-mFD against analytical solutions of pumping tests, using both diagonal and full permeability tensors. We compare results from three benchmarks for testing the capability of SHEMAT-Suite-mFD to handle anisotropic flow in porous and fractured media. The benchmarks include coupled flow and heat transport problems, three-dimensional problems and flow through a fractured porous medium with full equivalent permeability tensor. It shows firstly that the mimetic finite difference method can model anisotropic flow both in porous and in fractured media accurately and its results are better than those obtained by the multi-point flux approximation method in highly anisotropic models, secondly that the asymmetric permeability tensor can be included and leads to improved results compared the symmetric permeability tensor in the equivalent fracture models, and thirdly that the method can be easily implemented in existing finite volume or finite difference codes, which has been demonstrated successfully for SHEMAT-Suite.

  13. Steady Counterflow he II Heat Transfer Through Porous Media

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    Dalban-Canassy, M.; Van Sciver, S. W.

    2010-04-01

    We present steady state counterflow measurements performed on porous samples saturated in He II. The experiment is composed of a vacuum insulated open channel whose top extremity is closed to a Minco® heater. The temperature and pressure differences across the plug are measured by two germanium TTR-G Microsensors® thermometers and a Validyne DP10-20 differential pressure sensor. Applied heat fluxes range up to 0.5 kW/m2 of sample cross section. Measurements were performed at temperatures ranging from 1.7 to 2.1 K on highly anisotropic samples provided by Composite Technology Development Inc.: circular pellets (3.08 mm thick and 28.58 mm in diameter) of 20 compressed layers of pre-impregnated woven magnet insulation. In the laminar regime, the permeability is estimated from the pressure drop measurements for comparison with room temperature data. In the turbulent regime, the model based on tortuosity developed previously fails to describe the heat transfer behavior of He II in this type of porous medium.

  14. Force modulation microscopy of multilayered porous silicon samples

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    Sbrana, F.; Ghulinyan, M.; Pavesi, L.

    2005-06-01

    In this paper we report on Force Modulation Microscopy (FMM) study and force-distance curve analysis of porous silicon layers grown on silicon. The characterization has been carried out on the cross section of porous silicon. The FMM images allowed us to investigate the morphological thickness of the layers through local elasticity differences resolving both between porous silicon layers of different porosities and between porous silicon and silicon itself. Force-distance curves showed different adhesion behaviour: porous silicon is more hydrophobic than bulk silicon in cross sectional view.

  15. Fabrication of hierarchical flower-like porous ZnO nanostructures from layered ZnC{sub 2}O{sub 4}·3Zn(OH){sub 2} and gas sensing properties

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    Cui, Jiashan; Sun, Jianbo, E-mail: xiaohan2298@163.com; Liu, Xin; Li, Jinwei; Ma, Xinzhi; Chen, Tingting

    2014-07-01

    ZnO materials with porous and hierarchical flower-like structure were synthesized through mild hydrothermal and simple calcination approach, in which the flower-like layered zinc oxalate hydroxide (ZnC{sub 2}O{sub 4}·3Zn(OH){sub 2}) precursor was first synthesized and then calcined at 600 °C. The obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopic (TEM), Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) and thermogravimetric (TG) analysis. We proposed the possible growth mechanism of the material via studying the time evolution experiment results. In the process of reaction, oxalic acid as a structure-directing agent hydrolyzed and then formed primarily sheets-like intermediate ZnC{sub 2}O{sub 4}·2H{sub 2}O. Hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) as surfactant, with directional adsorption, leads to the formation of layered zinc oxalate hydroxide precursor. Furthermore, the gas sensitivity also can be characterized, whose results indicated that the synthesized materials had a preferable selectivity to ethanol gas. The fast response rate and reversible performance can be attributed to the produced greater specific surface area produced, which was caused by the porous and hierarchical flower-like structure.

  16. Influence of interfacial oxide on the optical properties of single layer CdTe/CdS quantum dots in porous silicon scaffolds

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    Using a combination of continuous wave and time-resolved spectroscopy, we study the effects of interfacial conditions on the radiative lifetimes and photoluminescence intensities of sub-monolayer colloidal CdTe/CdS quantum dots (QDs) embedded in a three-dimensional porous silicon (PSi) scaffold. The PSi matrix was thermally oxidized under different conditions to change the interfacial oxide thickness. QDs embedded in a PSi matrix with ∼0.4 nm of interfacial oxide exhibited reduced photoluminescence intensity and nearly five times shorter radiative lifetimes (∼16 ns) compared to QDs immobilized within completely oxidized, porous silica (PSiO2) frameworks (∼78 ns). The exponential dependence of QD lifetime on interfacial oxide thickness in the PSi scaffolds suggests charge transfer plays an important role in the exciton dynamics

  17. Influence of interfacial oxide on the optical properties of single layer CdTe/CdS quantum dots in porous silicon scaffolds

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    Gaur, Girija; Fleetwood, Daniel M.; Weller, Robert A.; Reed, Robert A.; Weiss, Sharon M., E-mail: sharon.weiss@vanderbilt.edu [Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37212 (United States); Koktysh, Dmitry S. [Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37212 (United States); Department of Chemistry, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37212 (United States)

    2015-08-10

    Using a combination of continuous wave and time-resolved spectroscopy, we study the effects of interfacial conditions on the radiative lifetimes and photoluminescence intensities of sub-monolayer colloidal CdTe/CdS quantum dots (QDs) embedded in a three-dimensional porous silicon (PSi) scaffold. The PSi matrix was thermally oxidized under different conditions to change the interfacial oxide thickness. QDs embedded in a PSi matrix with ∼0.4 nm of interfacial oxide exhibited reduced photoluminescence intensity and nearly five times shorter radiative lifetimes (∼16 ns) compared to QDs immobilized within completely oxidized, porous silica (PSiO{sub 2}) frameworks (∼78 ns). The exponential dependence of QD lifetime on interfacial oxide thickness in the PSi scaffolds suggests charge transfer plays an important role in the exciton dynamics.

  18. Layer-by-layer functionalized porous Zinc sulfide nanospheres-based solid-phase extraction combined with liquid chromatography time-of-flight/mass and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for the specific enrichment and identification of alkaloids from Crinum asiaticum var. sinicum.

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    Zhu, Dong; Miao, Zhao Yi; Yang, Rui Xiang; Wen, Hong Mei; Li, Wei; Chen, Jun; Kang, An; Shan, Chen-Xiao; Yu, Sheng; Hu, Yue

    2016-08-17

    The current widely utilized polymer or C8, C18 end-capped material-based sorbents for solid-phase extraction could not capture alkaloids well only based on "like dissolves like" principle. In this paper, a layer-by-layer functionalized porous Zinc sulfide nanospheres-based solid-phase extraction (SPE) combined with liquid chromatography time-of-flight/mass spectrometry (LC-TOF/MS) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was developed for the specific enrichment and identification of alkaloids from complex matrixes, Crinum asiaticum var. sinicum crude extracts. The functionalized porous Zinc sulfide nanospheres were prepared by the amidation reaction of poly-(acrylic acid) (PAA) homopolymer with amino groups onto the porous ZnS nanospheres. Tandem LC-TOF/MS spectrometry presented that the almost all of the twenty-three main peaks in elution fraction from the SPE could be inferred as alkaloids with ion of mass according to the nitrogen rule and hit formula with Peak View1.2@software from AB SCIEX, and seven alkaloids including two new found chemical entities were directly identified from their GC-MS spectra and retention indices. We believe that this SPE protocol can also be utilized in the future to selectively enrich alkaloids from extracts of other plant species. PMID:27286770

  19. Comparison of line x-ray emission from solid and porous nano-layer coated targets irradiated by double laser pulses

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    Fazeli, R., E-mail: rfazeli@iust.ac.ir [Faculty of Science, Lahijan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Lahijan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mahdieh, M. H., E-mail: mahdm@iust.ac.ir [Department of Physics, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-11-15

    Enhancement of line x-ray emission from both solid and porous iron targets induced by irradiation of single and double laser pulses is studied numerically. The line emission from laser produced plasma is calculated within the extreme ultra-violet lithography wavelength range of 13.5–13.7 nm. The effects of pre-pulse intensity and delay time between two pulses (pre-pulse and main pulse) are examined. The results show that using double pulses irradiation in the conditions of porous target can reduce the x-ray enhancement. According to the results, the use of both pre-pulse and porous target leads to efficient absorption of the laser energy. Calculations also show that such enhanced laser absorption can ionize atoms of the target material to very high degrees of ionization, leading to decrease of the density of appropriate ions that are responsible for line emission in the selected wavelength region. By increasing the target porosity, x-ray yield was more reduced.

  20. Comparison of line x-ray emission from solid and porous nano-layer coated targets irradiated by double laser pulses

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    Enhancement of line x-ray emission from both solid and porous iron targets induced by irradiation of single and double laser pulses is studied numerically. The line emission from laser produced plasma is calculated within the extreme ultra-violet lithography wavelength range of 13.5–13.7 nm. The effects of pre-pulse intensity and delay time between two pulses (pre-pulse and main pulse) are examined. The results show that using double pulses irradiation in the conditions of porous target can reduce the x-ray enhancement. According to the results, the use of both pre-pulse and porous target leads to efficient absorption of the laser energy. Calculations also show that such enhanced laser absorption can ionize atoms of the target material to very high degrees of ionization, leading to decrease of the density of appropriate ions that are responsible for line emission in the selected wavelength region. By increasing the target porosity, x-ray yield was more reduced

  1. Thermal diffusivity measurement of the porous pyrocarbon layer of a high temperature reactor fuel particulate by photothermal microscopy; Mesure de la diffusivite thermique de la couche de pyrocarbone poreux d'une particule de combustible pour reacteur a haute temperature par microscopie photothermique

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    Le Meur, G.; Rochais, D.; Domingues, G. [CEA Centre d' Etudes du Ripault (SRCC/LMC), 37 - Tours (France); Basini, V. [CEA Cadarache (DEC/SPUA/LMPC), 13 - Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France). Dept. d' Etudes des Combustibles

    2006-07-01

    This work presents the results of a measurements campaign of the thermal diffusivity of the porous pyrocarbon layer (90 {mu}m thickness) of a HTR (high temperature reactor) fuel particulate. The photo-reflectance microscopy technique is used and allows to characterize the microscopic skeleton of the layer. The effective thermal diffusivity of the layer is estimated using a numerical homogenization technique which integrates the properties of gases confined inside the porosities. (J.S.)

  2. Spatial atomic layer deposition on flexible porous substrates: ZnO on anodic aluminum oxide films and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on Li ion battery electrodes

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    Sharma, Kashish [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309 (United States); Routkevitch, Dmitri; Varaksa, Natalia [InRedox, Longmont, Colorado 80544 (United States); George, Steven M., E-mail: Steven.George@Colorado.Edu [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309 and Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309 (United States)

    2016-01-15

    Spatial atomic layer deposition (S-ALD) was examined on flexible porous substrates utilizing a rotating cylinder reactor to perform the S-ALD. S-ALD was first explored on flexible polyethylene terephthalate polymer substrates to obtain S-ALD growth rates on flat surfaces. ZnO ALD with diethylzinc and ozone as the reactants at 50 °C was the model S-ALD system. ZnO S-ALD was then performed on nanoporous flexible anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) films. ZnO S-ALD in porous substrates depends on the pore diameter, pore aspect ratio, and reactant exposure time that define the gas transport. To evaluate these parameters, the Zn coverage profiles in the pores of the AAO films were measured using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). EDS measurements were conducted for different reaction conditions and AAO pore geometries. Substrate speeds and reactant pulse durations were defined by rotating cylinder rates of 10, 100, and 200 revolutions per minute (RPM). AAO pore diameters of 10, 25, 50, and 100 nm were utilized with a pore length of 25 μm. Uniform Zn coverage profiles were obtained at 10 RPM and pore diameters of 100 nm. The Zn coverage was less uniform at higher RPM values and smaller pore diameters. These results indicate that S-ALD into porous substrates is feasible under certain reaction conditions. S-ALD was then performed on porous Li ion battery electrodes to test S-ALD on a technologically important porous substrate. Li{sub 0.20}Mn{sub 0.54}Ni{sub 0.13}Co{sub 0.13}O{sub 2} electrodes on flexible metal foil were coated with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} using 2–5 Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD cycles. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD was performed in the S-ALD reactor at a rotating cylinder rate of 10 RPM using trimethylaluminum and ozone as the reactants at 50 °C. The capacity of the electrodes was then tested versus number of charge–discharge cycles. These measurements revealed that the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} S-ALD coating on the electrodes enhanced the capacity stability. This S

  3. ZnO/porous-Si and TiO{sub 2}/porous-Si nanocomposite nanopillars

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    Wang, Dong, E-mail: dong.wang@tu-ilmenau.de; Yan, Yong; Schaaf, Peter [Chair Materials for Electronics, Institute of Materials Engineering and Institute of Micro- and Nanotechnologies MacroNano, TU Ilmenau, Gustav-Kirchhoff-Str. 5, 98693 Ilmenau (Germany); Sharp, Thomas [Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology Ltd., Yatton, Bristol BS49 4AP (United Kingdom); Schönherr, Sven; Ronning, Carsten [Institute for Solid State Physics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Max-Wien-Platz 1, 07743 Jena (Germany); Ji, Ran [SUSS MicroTec Lithography GmbH, Schleissheimer Str. 90, 85748 Garching (Germany)

    2015-01-01

    Porous Si nanopillar arrays are used as templates for atomic layer deposition of ZnO and TiO{sub 2}, and thus, ZnO/porous-Si and TiO{sub 2}/porous-Si nanocomposite nanopillars are fabricated. The diffusion of the precursor molecules into the inside of the porous structure occurs via Knudsen diffusion and is strongly limited by the small pore size. The luminescence of the ZnO/porous-Si nanocomposite nanopillars is also investigated, and the optical emission can be changed and even quenched after a strong plasma treatment. Such nanocomposite nanopillars are interesting for photocatalysis and sensors.

  4. Anisotropic progressive photon mapping

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    Liu, XiaoDan; Zheng, ChangWen

    2014-01-01

    Progressive photon mapping solves the memory limitation problem of traditional photon mapping. It gives the correct radiance with a large passes, but it converges slowly. We propose an anisotropic progressive photon mapping method to generate high quality images with a few passes. During the rendering process, different from standard progressive photon mapping, we store the photons on the surfaces. At the end of each pass, an anisotropic method is employed to compute the radiance of each eye ray based on the stored photons. Before move to a new pass, the photons in the scene are cleared. The experiments show that our method generates better results than the standard progressive photon mapping in both numerical and visual qualities.

  5. Molecular anisotropic magnetoresistance

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    Otte, Fabian; Heinze, Stefan; Mokrousov, Yuriy

    2015-01-01

    Using density functional theory calculations, we demonstrate that the effect of anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) can be enhanced by orders of magnitude with respect to conventional bulk ferromagnets in junctions containing molecules sandwiched between ferromagnetic leads. We study ballistic transport in metal-benzene complexes contacted by $3d$ transition-metal wires. We show that the gigantic AMR can arise from spin-orbit coupling effects in the leads, drastically enhanced by orbital-symm...

  6. Scattering characteristics from porous silicon

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    Porous silicon layers come into existence as a result of electrochemical anodization on silicon. Although a great deal of research has been done on the formation and optical properties of this material, the exact mechanism involved is not well-understood yet. In this article, first, the optical properties of silicon and porous silicon are described. Then, previous research and the proposed models about reflection from porous silicon and the origin of its photoluminescence are reviewed. The reflecting and scattering, absorption and transmission of light from this material, are then investigated. These experiments include: different methods of porous silicon sample preparation; their photoluminescence, reflecting and scattering of light; determining different characteristics with respect to Si bulk

  7. Extremely Anisotropic Scintillations

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    Walker, Mark; Bignall, Hayley

    2008-01-01

    A small number of quasars exhibit interstellar scintillation on time-scales less than an hour; their scintillation patterns are all known to be anisotropic. Here we consider a totally anisotropic model in which the scintillation pattern is effectively one-dimensional. For the persistent rapid scintillators J1819+3845 and PKS1257-326 we show that this model offers a good description of the two-station time-delay measurements and the annual cycle in the scintillation time-scale. Generalising the model to finite anisotropy yields a better match to the data but the improvement is not significant and the two additional parameters which are required to describe this model are not justified by the existing data. The extreme anisotropy we infer for the scintillation patterns must be attributed to the scattering medium rather than a highly elongated source. For J1819+3845 the totally anisotropic model predicts that the particular radio flux variations seen between mid July and late August should repeat between late Au...

  8. Electroless porous silicon formation applied to fabrication of boron-silica-glass cantilevers

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    Teva, Jordi; Davis, Zachary James; Hansen, Ole

    2010-01-01

    This work describes the characterization and optimization of anisotropic formation of porous silicon in large volumes (0.5-1 mm3) of silicon by an electroless wet etching technique. The main goal is to use porous silicon as a sacrificial volume for bulk micromachining processes, especially in cas...

  9. The effect of growth parameters on photo-catalytic performance of the MAO-synthesized TiO2 nano-porous layers

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    In this research, the effect of applied voltage and electrolyte concentration on structure, chemical composition, optical properties, and especially photo-catalytic activity of the TiO2 layers containing micro/nano-sized pores are discussed. TiO2 layers were synthesized by micro arc oxidation (MAO) process using different electrolyte concentrations and applied voltages. Surface structure of the layers was studied by scanning electron microscope (SEM); furthermore, energy dispersive spectrophotometry (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques were employed to determine phase structure and chemical composition of the layers. Photo-activity of the layers was also examined by measuring the decomposition rate of methylene blue on their surfaces. Band gap energy of the grown layers was also measured by a UV-vis spectrophotometer. It was found that there is a critical voltage at which electrical sparks begin to appear on the anode surface due to applying voltages higher than breakdown voltage of the surface gas layer. The critical voltage which was responsible for formation of structural pores decreased at higher concentrations of electrolyte. Meanwhile, surface pore size increased at higher applied voltages, or alternatively using electrolytes with higher concentrations. The layers contained the anatase and the rutile phases whose fractions varied with the synthesis parameters. It was also revealed that the band gap energy of the grown layers decreased with the applied voltage and electrolyte concentration. Moreover, the photo-catalytic performance of the layers synthesized at medium applied voltages was higher than that of the layers produced at lower or higher voltages. More than 90% of methylene blue solution was decomposed after 160 min UV irradiation on the layers produced in an electrolyte with a concentration of 10 g l-1.

  10. Anisotropic Absorption of Pure Spin Currents.

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    Baker, A A; Figueroa, A I; Love, C J; Cavill, S A; Hesjedal, T; van der Laan, G

    2016-01-29

    Spin transfer in magnetic multilayers offers the possibility of ultrafast, low-power device operation. We report a study of spin pumping in spin valves, demonstrating that a strong anisotropy of spin pumping from the source layer can be induced by an angular dependence of the total Gilbert damping parameter, α, in the spin sink layer. Using lab- and synchrotron-based ferromagnetic resonance, we show that an in-plane variation of damping in a crystalline Co_{50}Fe_{50} layer leads to an anisotropic α in a polycrystalline Ni_{81}Fe_{19} layer. This anisotropy is suppressed above the spin diffusion length in Cr, which is found to be 8 nm, and is independent of static exchange coupling in the spin valve. These results offer a valuable insight into the transmission and absorption of spin currents, and a mechanism by which enhanced spin torques and angular control may be realized for next-generation spintronic devices. PMID:26871353

  11. Porous Hydrogels

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    Přádný, Martin; Michálek, Jiří; Širc, Jakub

    New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2009 - (Acosta, J.; Camacho, A.), s. 57-74 ISBN 978-1-60741-401-8 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR 1QS400500558; GA MŠk 1M0538 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : hydrogels * porous * tissue engineering Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  12. Double-diffusive natural convective boundary layer flow in a porous medium saturated with a nano-fluid over a vertical plate: Prescribed surface heat, solute and nano-particle fluxes

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    Khan, W.A. [Department of Engineering Sciences, National University of Sciences and Technology, Karachi 75350 (Pakistan); Aziz, A. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 99258 (United States)

    2011-11-15

    The Buongiorno model [16] has been used to study the double-diffusive natural convection from a vertical plate to a porous medium saturated with a binary base fluid containing nano-particles. The model identifies the Brownian motion and thermophoresis as the primary mechanisms for enhanced convection characteristics of the nano-fluid. The behavior of the porous medium is described by the Darcy model. The vertical surface has the heat, mass and nano-particle fluxes each prescribed as a power law function of the distance along the wall. The transport equations are transformed into four nonlinear, coupled similarity equations containing eight dimensionless parameters. These equations are solved numerically to obtain the velocity, temperature, solute concentration and nano-particle concentration in the respective boundary layers. Results are presented to illustrate the effects of various parameters including the exponent of the power law describing the imposed surface fluxes on the heat and mass transfer characteristics of the flow. These results are supplemented with the data for the reduced Nusselt number and the two reduced Sherwood numbers, one for the solute and the other for the nano-particles. (authors)

  13. On the Validity of the “Thin” and “Thick” Double-Layer Assumptions When Calculating Streaming Currents in Porous Media

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    Matthew D. Jackson

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We find that the thin double layer assumption, in which the thickness of the electrical diffuse layer is assumed small compared to the radius of curvature of a pore or throat, is valid in a capillary tubes model so long as the capillary radius is >200 times the double layer thickness, while the thick double layer assumption, in which the diffuse layer is assumed to extend across the entire pore or throat, is valid so long as the capillary radius is >6 times smaller than the double layer thickness. At low surface charge density (0.5 M the validity criteria are less stringent. Our results suggest that the thin double layer assumption is valid in sandstones at low specific surface charge (<10 mC⋅m−2, but may not be valid in sandstones of moderate- to small pore-throat size at higher surface charge if the brine concentration is low (<0.001 M. The thick double layer assumption is likely to be valid in mudstones at low brine concentration (<0.1 M and surface charge (<10 mC⋅m−2, but at higher surface charge, it is likely to be valid only at low brine concentration (<0.003 M. Consequently, neither assumption may be valid in mudstones saturated with natural brines.

  14. Mass and heat transfers in the parietal boundary layer and inside a flat porous wall submitted to effusion or transpiration; Transferts de masse et de chaleur dans la couche limite parietale et a l'interieur d'une paroi poreuse plane soumise a de l'effusion ou de la transpiration

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    Bellettre, J.

    1998-12-01

    The flows and the heat transfer near and inside a porous wall subjected to an internal flow are numerically and experimentally studied. Numerical simulations of the main flow are performed using a classical model of turbulence (RNG k-{xi} model). A discrete modeling of blowing through a porous plate is developed in order to predict interactions between the main flow and the injected fluid. Numerical results are in good agreement with experimental data obtained with a subsonic wind tunnel. The coupling between the heat transfer near and inside porous plates is studied for different injection rates, main flow temperatures and internal exchange surfaces of porous media. Surfaces temperatures are calculated using a nodal model of internal heat transfer, linked to the model of boundary layer submitted to injection. By comparing numerical and experimental temperatures of walls, the heat transfer coefficients inside porous media are calculated. In order to improve the thermal protection of walls, the transpiration with a liquid is studied. Experimental results, obtained with ethanol injection whereas the main flow is gaseous, show an important enhancement of the protection process. The coolant evaporation rate is calculated using measurement of mass fraction in the boundary layer and is used for the numerical study of mass transfer in the boundary layer. (author)

  15. Model anisotropic quantum Hall states

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    Qiu, R. -Z.; Haldane, F.D.M.; Wan, Xin; Yang, Kun; Yi, Su

    2012-01-01

    Model quantum Hall states including Laughlin, Moore-Read and Read-Rezayi states are generalized into appropriate anisotropic form. The generalized states are exact zero-energy eigenstates of corresponding anisotropic two- or multi-body Hamiltonians, and explicitly illustrate the existence of geometric degrees of in the fractional quantum Hall effect. These generalized model quantum Hall states can provide a good description of the quantum Hall system with anisotropic interactions. Some numeri...

  16. On the Relativistic anisotropic configurations

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    Shojai, F; Stepanian, A

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we study anisotropic spherical polytropes within the framework of general relativity. Using the anisotropic Tolman-Oppenheimer-Volkov (TOV) equations, we explore the relativistic anisotropic Lane-Emden equations. We find how the anisotropic pressure affects the boundary conditions of these equations. Also we argue that the behaviour of physical quantities near the center of star changes in the presence of anisotropy. For constant density, a class of exact solution is derived with the aid of a new ansatz and its physical properties are discussed.

  17. Mixed convection boundary layer flow at the lower stagnation point of a sphere embedded in a porous medium in presence of heat source/sink: Constant heat flux case

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    Fauzi, Nur Fatihah; Ahmad, Syakila; Pop, Ioan

    2014-07-01

    The steady mixed convection flow of an incompressible viscous fluid over an isoflux sphere embedded in a porous medium with the existence of heat source/sink is theoretically considered for both the assisting and opposing flow cases with small Prandtl number. The transformed equations of the non-similar boundary layer at the lower stagnation point of the sphere are solved numerically using a finite-difference method known as the Keller-box scheme. Numerical results are presented for the skin friction coefficient and the local wall temperature, as well as the velocity and temperature profiles for different values of the porosity parameter, the heat source/sink parameter and the mixed convection parameter for air. It is noticed that the solution has two branches in a certain range of the mixed convection parameter.

  18. THE THICKNESS DEPENDENCE OF OXYGEN PERMEABILITY IN SOL-GEL DERIVED CGO-COFE2O4 THIN FILMS ON POROUS CERAMIC SUBSTRATES: A SPUTTERED BLOCKING LAYER FOR THICKNESS CONTROL

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    Brinkman, K

    2009-01-08

    Mixed conductive oxides are a topic of interest for applications in oxygen separation membranes as well as use in producing hydrogen fuel through the partial oxidation of methane. The oxygen flux through the membrane is governed both by the oxygen ionic conductivity as well as the material's electronic conductivity; composite membranes like Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}O{sub 2-{delta}} (CGO)-CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (CFO) use gadolinium doped ceria oxides as the ionic conducting material combined with cobalt iron spinel which serves as the electronic conductor. In this study we employ {approx} 50 nm sputtered CeO{sub 2} layers on the surface of porous CGO ceramic substrates which serve as solution 'blocking' layers during the thin film fabrication process facilitating the control of film thickness. Films with thickness of {approx} 2 and 4 microns were prepared by depositing 40 and 95 separate sol-gel layers respectively. Oxygen flux measurements indicated that the permeation increased with decreasing membrane thickness; thin film membrane with thickness on the micron level showed flux values an order of magnitude greater (0.03 {micro}mol/cm{sup 2} s) at 800 C as compared to 1mm thick bulk ceramic membranes (0.003 {micro}mol/cm{sup 2}).

  19. Relaxation of Anisotropic Glasses

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    Deubener, Joachim; Martin, Birgit; Wondraczek, Lothar; Yue, Yuanzheng

    2004-01-01

    Anisotropic glasses are obtained from uniaxial compressing and pulling of glass forming liquids above the transition temperature range. To freeze-in, at least partly the structural state of the flowing melt, cylindrical samples were subjected to a controlled cooling process under constant load...... differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dilatometry. The energy release and expansion-shrinkage behaviour of the glasses are investigated as a function of the applied deformation stress. Structural origins of the frozen-in birefringence induced by viscous flow are discussed and correlation between the...

  20. Anisotropically Inflating Universes

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    Barrow, J D; Barrow, John D.; Hervik, Sigbjorn

    2008-01-01

    We show that in theories of gravity that add quadratic curvature invariants to the Einstein-Hilbert action there exist expanding vacuum cosmologies with positive cosmological constant which do not approach the de Sitter universe. Exact solutions are found which inflate anisotropically. This behaviour is driven by the Ricci curvature invariant and has no counterpart in the general relativistic limit. These examples show that the cosmic no-hair theorem does not hold in these higher-order extensions of general relativity and raises new questions about the ubiquity of inflation in the very early universe and the thermodynamics of gravitational fields.

  1. Anisotropic Stars Exact Solutions

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    Dev, K; Dev, Krsna; Gleiser, Marcelo

    2000-01-01

    We study the effects of anisotropic pressure on the properties of spherically symmetric, gravitationally bound objects. We consider the full general relativistic treatment of this problem and obtain exact solutions for various form of equations of state connecting the radial and tangential pressures. It is shown that pressure anisotropy can have significant effects on the structure and properties of stellar objects. In particular, the maximum value of 2M/R can approach unity (2M/R < 8/9 for isotropic objects) and the surface redshift can be arbitrarily large.

  2. Capillary-Driven Transport of Dissolved Salt to the Drying Zone During CO2 Injection in Homogeneous and Layered Porous Media

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    Roels, S.M.; El Chatib, N.; Nicolaides, C.; Zitha, P.L.J.

    2016-01-01

    A major challenge of CO2 injection into saline aquifers is the risk of formation clogging due to salt precipitation. Capillary-driven flow of brine can provide a continuous transport of dissolved salt toward the dry zone around the injection well where it ultimately precipitates due to evaporation. In this study, core flooding experiments were performed in homogeneous coarse-textured cores and in layered cores consisting of a coarse-textured layer overlying a fine-textured layer. CO2 was inje...

  3. Characterization of highly anisotropic three-dimensionally nanostructured surfaces

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    Generalized ellipsometry, a non-destructive optical characterization technique, is employed to determine geometrical structure parameters and anisotropic dielectric properties of highly spatially coherent three-dimensionally nanostructured thin films grown by glancing angle deposition. The (piecewise) homogeneous biaxial layer model approach is discussed, which can be universally applied to model the optical response of sculptured thin films with different geometries and from diverse materials, and structural parameters as well as effective optical properties of the nanostructured thin films are obtained. Alternative model approaches for slanted columnar thin films, anisotropic effective medium approximations based on the Bruggeman formalism, are presented, which deliver results comparable to the homogeneous biaxial layer approach and in addition provide film constituent volume fraction parameters as well as depolarization or shape factors. Advantages of these ellipsometry models are discussed on the example of metal slanted columnar thin films, which have been conformally coated with a thin passivating oxide layer by atomic layer deposition. Furthermore, the application of an effective medium approximation approach to in-situ growth monitoring of this anisotropic thin film functionalization process is presented. It was found that structural parameters determined with the presented optical model equivalents for slanted columnar thin films agree very well with scanning electron microscope image estimates. - Highlights: • Summary of optical model strategies for sculptured thin films with arbitrary geometries • Application of the rigorous anisotropic Bruggeman effective medium applications • In-situ growth monitoring of atomic layer deposition on biaxial metal slanted columnar thin film

  4. Chaotic advection in 2D anisotropic porous media

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    Varghese, Stephen; Speetjens, Michel; Trieling, Ruben; Toschi, Federico

    2015-11-01

    Traditional methods for heat recovery from underground geothermal reservoirs employ a static system of injector-producer wells. Recent studies in literature have shown that using a well-devised pumping scheme, through actuation of multiple injector-producer wells, can dramatically enhance production rates due to the increased scalar / heat transport by means of chaotic advection. However the effect of reservoir anisotropy on kinematic mixing and heat transport is unknown and has to be incorporated and studied for practical deployment in the field. As a first step, we numerically investigate the effect of anisotropy (both magnitude and direction) on (chaotic) advection of passive tracers in a time-periodic Darcy flow within a 2D circular domain driven by periodically reoriented diametrically opposite source-sink pairs. Preliminary results indicate that anisotropy has a significant impact on the location, shape and size of coherent structures in the Poincare sections. This implies that the optimal operating parameters (well spacing, time period of well actuation) may vary strongly and must be carefully chosen so as to enhance subsurface transport. This work is part of the research program of the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), which is part of Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This research program is co-financed by Shell Global Solutions International B.V.

  5. Anisotropic porous polymer foams for potential guided tissue engineering

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    Kasoju, Naresh; Kubies, Dana; Rypáček, František

    Prague : Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry AS CR, 2013. L21. ISBN 978-80-85009-76-7. [Workshop "Career in Polymers" /5./. 12.07.2013-13.07.2013, Prague] R&D Projects: GA MŠk EE2.3.30.0029 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : tissue engineering * polymer Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry

  6. Enhancement of QDs' fluorescence based on porous silicon Bragg mirror

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    We fabricated a new porous silicon photonic device which is a special multi-layer porous silicon including two different single layer porous silicon and a porous silicon Bragg mirror, and investigated the influence of porous silicon Bragg mirror's structure on the fluorescence intensity of quantum dots (QDs) which infiltrated into porous silicon device, and CdSe/ZnS QDs we used emit at 605 nm and 625 nm respectively. By immersing porous silicon samples in QDs solution, QDs were successfully infiltrated into porous silicon devices which have high reflection band at or beyond fluorescence peak. Experimental results show that the fluorescence intensity of QDs which infiltrated into the first layer of porous silicon device can be enhanced when fluorescence peak falls into the high reflection band of porous silicon device

  7. Adaptive anisotropic meshing for steady convection-dominated problems

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    Nguyen, Hoa [Tulane University; Gunzburger, Max [Florida State University; Ju, Lili [University of South Carolina; Burkardt, John [Florida State University

    2009-01-01

    Obtaining accurate solutions for convection–diffusion equations is challenging due to the presence of layers when convection dominates the diffusion. To solve this problem, we design an adaptive meshing algorithm which optimizes the alignment of anisotropic meshes with the numerical solution. Three main ingredients are used. First, the streamline upwind Petrov–Galerkin method is used to produce a stabilized solution. Second, an adapted metric tensor is computed from the approximate solution. Third, optimized anisotropic meshes are generated from the computed metric tensor by an anisotropic centroidal Voronoi tessellation algorithm. Our algorithm is tested on a variety of two-dimensional examples and the results shows that the algorithm is robust in detecting layers and efficient in avoiding non-physical oscillations in the numerical approximation.

  8. Optics of anisotropic nanostructures

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    Rokushima, Katsu; Antoš, Roman; Mistrík, Jan; Višňovský, Štefan; Yamaguchi, Tomuo

    2006-07-01

    The analytical formalism of Rokushima and Yamakita [J. Opt. Soc. Am. 73, 901-908 (1983)] treating the Fraunhofer diffraction in planar multilayered anisotropic gratings proved to be a useful introduction to new fundamental and practical situations encountered in laterally structured periodic (both isotropic and anisotropic) multilayer media. These are employed in the spectroscopic ellipsometry for modeling surface roughness and in-depth profiles, as well as in the design of various frequency-selective elements including photonic crystals. The subject forms the basis for the solution of inverse problems in scatterometry of periodic nanostructures including magnetic and magneto-optic recording media. It has no principal limitations as for the frequencies and period to radiation wavelength ratios and may include matter wave diffraction. The aim of the paper is to make this formalism easily accessible to a broader community of students and non-specialists. Many aspects of traditional electromagnetic optics are covered as special cases from a modern and more general point of view, e.g., plane wave propagation in isotropic media, reflection and refraction at interfaces, Fabry-Perot resonator, optics of thin films and multilayers, slab dielectric waveguides, crystal optics, acousto-, electro-, and magneto-optics, diffraction gratings, etc. The formalism is illustrated on a model simulating the diffraction on a ferromagnetic wire grating.

  9. Preparation and Oxygen Permeability of BaCo0.7Fe0.2Nb0.1O3-δ Membrane Modified by Ce0.8Y0.2O2-δ Porous Layer on the Air Side

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    Yuan Qiang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available BaCo0.7Fe0.2Nb0.1O3−δ (BCFN dense ceramic membrane with submicron-Ce0.8Y0.2O2−δ (YDC porous layer was investigated by the partial oxidation of coke oven gas (COG in hydrogen production. XRD analysis showed this composite had good stability and no chemical reaction at high temperature. SEM and TEM characterization further showed BCFN membrane was uniformly modified by YDC porous layer (about 5~6 μm thickness formed by the accumulation of relative nanoparticles. At the respective COG flux and air flux of 108 mL/min and 173 mL/min, the oxygen permeation flux of BCFN modified by submicron-YDC porous layer reached 16.62 mL·min−1·cm−2, which was about 23.5% higher than that of pure BCFN membrane. Therefore, submicron-YDC porous layer obviously improved the oxygen permeation flux of BCFN membrane and its stability at 875°C.

  10. Anisotropic spheres in general relativity

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    A prescription originally conceived for perfect fluids is extended to the case of anisotropic pressures. The method is used to obtain exact analytical solutions of the Einstein equations for spherically symmetric selfgravitating distribution of anisotropic matter. The solutions are matched to the Schwarzschild exterior metric. (author). 15 refs

  11. Modeling and Thermal Performance Evaluation of Porous Curd Layers in Sub-Cooled Boiling Region of PWRs and Effects of Sub-Cooled Nucleate Boiling on Anomalous Porous Crud Deposition on Fuel Pin Surfaces

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    Barclay Jones

    2005-06-27

    A significant number of current PWRs around the world are experiencing anomalous crud deposition in the sub-cooled region of the core, resulting in an axial power shift or Axial Offset Anomaly (AOA), a condition that continues to elude prediction of occurrence and thermal/neutronic performance. This creates an operational difficulty of not being able to accurately determine power safety margin. In some cases this condition has required power ''down rating'' by as much as thirty percent and the concomitant considerable loss of revenue for the utility. This study examines two aspects of the issue: thermal performance of crud layer and effect of sub-cooled nucleate boiling on the solute concentration and its influence on initiation of crud deposition/formation on fuel pin surface.

  12. Computational Study of Subdural Cortical Stimulation: Effects of Simulating Anisotropic Conductivity on Activation of Cortical Neurons.

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    Hyeon Seo

    Full Text Available Subdural cortical stimulation (SuCS is an appealing method in the treatment of neurological disorders, and computational modeling studies of SuCS have been applied to determine the optimal design for electrotherapy. To achieve a better understanding of computational modeling on the stimulation effects of SuCS, the influence of anisotropic white matter conductivity on the activation of cortical neurons was investigated in a realistic head model. In this paper, we constructed pyramidal neuronal models (layers 3 and 5 that showed primary excitation of the corticospinal tract, and an anatomically realistic head model reflecting complex brain geometry. The anisotropic information was acquired from diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging (DT-MRI and then applied to the white matter at various ratios of anisotropic conductivity. First, we compared the isotropic and anisotropic models; compared to the isotropic model, the anisotropic model showed that neurons were activated in the deeper bank during cathodal stimulation and in the wider crown during anodal stimulation. Second, several popular anisotropic principles were adapted to investigate the effects of variations in anisotropic information. We observed that excitation thresholds varied with anisotropic principles, especially with anodal stimulation. Overall, incorporating anisotropic conductivity into the anatomically realistic head model is critical for accurate estimation of neuronal responses; however, caution should be used in the selection of anisotropic information.

  13. Vertical Flow Lithography for Fabrication of 3D Anisotropic Particles.

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    Habasaki, Shohei; Lee, Won Chul; Yoshida, Shotaro; Takeuchi, Shoji

    2015-12-22

    A microfluidics-based method for the 3D fabrication of anisotropic particles is reported. The method uses a vertical microchannel where tunable light patterns solidify photocurable resins for stacking multiple layers of the resins, thus enabling an application of stereolithography concepts to conventional flow lithography. Multilayered, tapered, and angular compartmental microparticles are demonstrated. PMID:26551590

  14. Three anisotropic benchmark problems for adaptive finite element methods

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    Šolín, Pavel; Čertík, O.; Korous, L.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 219, č. 13 (2013), s. 7286-7295. ISSN 0096-3003 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA100760702 Institutional support: RVO:61388998 Keywords : benchmark problem * anisotropic solution * boundary layer Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 1.600, year: 2013

  15. Averaging anisotropic cosmologies

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    Barrow, J D; Barrow, John D.; Tsagas, Christos G.

    2006-01-01

    We examine the effects of spatial inhomogeneities on irrotational anisotropic cosmologies by looking at the average properties of pressure-free Bianchi-type models. Adopting the Buchert averaging scheme, we identify the kinematic backreaction effects by focussing on spacetimes with zero or isotropic spatial curvature. This allows us to close the system of the standard scalar formulae with a propagation equation for the shear magnitude. We find no change in the already known conditions for accelerated expansion. The backreaction terms are expressed as algebraic relations between the mean-square fluctuations of the models' irreducible kinematical variables. Based on these we investigate the early evolution of averaged vacuum Bianchi type $I$ universes and those filled with pressureless matter. In the latter case we show that the backreaction effects can modify the familiar Kasner-like singularity and potentially remove Mixmaster-type oscillations. We also discuss the possibility of accelerated expansion due to ...

  16. Thermodynamics of anisotropic branes

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    Ávila, Daniel; Patiño, Leonardo; Trancanelli, Diego

    2016-01-01

    We study the thermodynamics of flavor D7-branes embedded in an anisotropic black brane solution of type IIB supergravity. The flavor branes undergo a phase transition between a `Minkowski embedding', in which they lie outside of the horizon, and a `black hole embedding', in which they fall into the horizon. This transition depends on two independent dimensionless ratios, which are formed out of the black hole temperature, its anisotropy parameter, and the mass of the flavor degrees of freedom. It happens either at a critical temperature or at a critical anisotropy. A general lesson we learn from this analysis is that the anisotropy, in this particular realization, induces similar effects as the temperature. In particular, increasing the anisotropy bends the branes more and more into the horizon. Moreover, we observe that the transition becomes smoother for higher anisotropies.

  17. Method of fabricating porous silicon carbide (SiC)

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    Shor, Joseph S. (Inventor); Kurtz, Anthony D. (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    Porous silicon carbide is fabricated according to techniques which result in a significant portion of nanocrystallites within the material in a sub 10 nanometer regime. There is described techniques for passivating porous silicon carbide which result in the fabrication of optoelectronic devices which exhibit brighter blue luminescence and exhibit improved qualities. Based on certain of the techniques described porous silicon carbide is used as a sacrificial layer for the patterning of silicon carbide. Porous silicon carbide is then removed from the bulk substrate by oxidation and other methods. The techniques described employ a two-step process which is used to pattern bulk silicon carbide where selected areas of the wafer are then made porous and then the porous layer is subsequently removed. The process to form porous silicon carbide exhibits dopant selectivity and a two-step etching procedure is implemented for silicon carbide multilayers.

  18. Formation of porous gas hydrates

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    Salamatin, Andrey N

    2015-01-01

    Gas hydrates grown at gas-ice interfaces are examined by electron microscopy and found to have a submicron porous texture. Permeability of the intervening hydrate layers provides the connection between the two counterparts (gas and water molecules) of the clathration reaction and makes further hydrate formation possible. The study is focused on phenomenological description of principal stages and rate-limiting processes that control the kinetics of the porous gas hydrate crystal growth from ice powders. Although the detailed physical mechanisms involved in the porous hydrate formation still are not fully understood, the initial stage of hydrate film spreading over the ice surface should be distinguished from the subsequent stage which is presumably limited by the clathration reaction at the ice-hydrate interface and develops after the ice grain coating is finished. The model reveals a time dependence of the reaction degree essentially different from that when the rate-limiting step of the hydrate formation at...

  19. Anisotropic Inflation with General Potentials

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    Shi, Jiaming; Qiu, Taotao

    2015-01-01

    Anomalies in recent observational data indicate that there might be some "anisotropic hair" generated in an inflation period. To obtain general information about the effects of this anisotropic hair to inflation models, we studied anisotropic inflation models that involve one vector and one scalar using several types of potentials. We determined the general relationship between the degree of anisotropy and the fraction of the vector and scalar fields, and concluded that the anisotropies behave independently of the potentials. We also generalized our study to the case of multi-directional anisotropies.

  20. Porous Ascend

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    Riiber, Jacob; Tamke, Martin; Ramsgaard Thomsen, Mette

    2012-01-01

    towards a novel approach to working with, and reproducing, complexity within collections of architectural components. With no predefined coordinization mapping the ever changing fractal pattern, building proceeds by a locally defined identification and pairing of elements. In this way the project......The Porous Ascend project investigates how algorithmic and generative approaches allows for the utilization of complex, and by other means inaccessible, ways of devising the schema by which we arrange the parts of an architectural object. It does so by pursuing to physically realize a structure of...... folded elements, based on the concept of applying recursion to the geometry of the non-periodic Penrose tiling. Within this process the project explores questions regarding the making of bespoke digital design tools, digital production, material behaviour and assemblage strategies. The project points...

  1. Gradient expansion for anisotropic hydrodynamics

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    Florkowski, Wojciech; Spaliński, Michał

    2016-01-01

    We compute the gradient expansion for anisotropic hydrodynamics. The results are compared with the corresponding expansion of the underlying kinetic-theory model with the collision term treated in the relaxation time approximation. We find that a recent formulation of anisotropic hydrodynamics based on an anisotropic matching principle yields the first three terms of the gradient expansion in agreement with those obtained for the kinetic theory. This gives further support for this particular hydrodynamic model as a good approximation of the kinetic-theory approach. We further find that the gradient expansion of anisotropic hydrodynamics is an asymptotic series, and the singularities of the analytic continuation of its Borel transform indicate the presence of non-hydrodynamic modes.

  2. Photon states in anisotropic media

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    Deepak Kumar

    2002-08-01

    Quantum aspects of optical polarization are discussed for waves traveling in anisotropic dielectric media with a view to relate the dynamics of polarization with that of photon spin and its manipulation by classical polarizers.

  3. Effect of chemical reaction, heat and mass transfer on nonlinear boundary layer past a porous shrinking sheet in the presence of suction

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    Muhaimin, E-mail: muh003@yahoo.co [Computational Fluid Dynamics, FSSW, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, 86400, Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, Johor (Malaysia); Kandasamy, Ramasamy, E-mail: future990@gmail.co [Computational Fluid Dynamics, FSSW, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, 86400, Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, Johor (Malaysia); Hashim, Ishak [School of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, UKM, Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2010-05-15

    This work is concerned with the viscous flow due to a shrinking sheet in the presence of suction with variable stream conditions. The cases of two-dimensional and axisymmetric shrinking have been discussed. The governing partial differential equations of the problem, subjected to their boundary conditions, are solved numerically by applying an efficient solution scheme for local nonsimilarity boundary layer analysis. Favorable comparison with previously published work is performed. Numerical results for the dimensionless velocity, temperature and concentration profiles as well as for the skin friction, heat and mass transfer and deposition rate are obtained and displayed graphically for pertinent parameters to show interesting aspects of the solution.

  4. Application of Anisotropic Texture Components

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    Eschner, Th.; Fundenberger, J.-J.

    1997-01-01

    The description of textures in terms of texture components is an established conception in quantitative texture analysis. Recent developments lead to the representation of orientation distribution functions as a weighted sum of model functions, each corresponding to one anisotropic texture component. As was shown previously, an adequate texture description is possible with only a very small number of anisotropic texture components. As a result, textures and texture changes can be described by...

  5. On full-tensor permeabilities of porous media from numerical solutions of the Navier-Stokes equation

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    Wang, Y.

    2013-01-01

    A numerical method is proposed to compute full-tensor permeability of porous media without artificial simplification. Navier-Stokes (N-S) equation and Darcy\\'s law are combined to design these numerical experiments. This method can successfully detect the permeability values in principle directions of the porous media and the anisotropic degrees. It is found that the same configuration of porous media may possess isotropic features at lower Reynolds numbers while manifesting anisotropic features at higher Reynolds numbers due to the nonlinearity from convection. Anisotropy becomes pronounced especially when convection is dominant. 2013 Yi Wang et al.

  6. One-pot solvothermal synthesis of a well-ordered layered sodium aluminoalcoholate complex: a useful precursor for the preparation of porous Al2O3 particles

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    Li, XS; Michaelis, VK; Ong, TC; Smith, SJ; McKay, I; Muller, P; Griffin, RG; Wang, EN

    2014-01-01

    One-pot solvothermal synthesis of a robust tetranuclear sodium hexakis(glycolato)tris(methanolato)aluminate complex Na-3[Al-4(OCH3)(3)(OCH2CH2O)(6)] via a modified yet rigorous base-catalyzed transesterification mechanism is presented here. Single crystal X-ray diffraction (SCXRD) studies indicate that this unique Al complex contains three pentacoordinate Al3+ ions, each bound to two bidentate ethylene glycolate chelators and one monodentate methanolate ligand. The remaining fourth Al3+ ion is octahedrally coordinated to one oxygen atom from each of the six surrounding glycolate chelators, effectively stitching the three pentacoordinate Al moieties together into a novel tetranuclear Al complex. This aluminate complex is periodically self-assembled into well-ordered layers normal to the [110] axis with the intra-/inter-layer bonding involving extensive ionic bonds from the three charge-counterbalancing Na+ cations rather than the more typical hydrogen bonding interactions as a result of fewer free hydroxyl groups present in its structure. It can also serve as a valuable precursor toward the facile synthesis of high-surface-area alumina powders using a very efficient rapid pyrolysis technique.

  7. A crossover in anisotropic nanomechanochemistry of van der Waals crystals

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    In nanoscale mechanochemistry, mechanical forces selectively break covalent bonds to essentially control chemical reactions. An archetype is anisotropic detonation of layered energetic molecular crystals bonded by van der Waals (vdW) interactions. Here, quantum molecular dynamics simulations reveal a crossover of anisotropic nanomechanochemistry of vdW crystal. Within 10−13 s from the passage of shock front, lateral collision produces NO2 via twisting and bending of nitro-groups and the resulting inverse Jahn-Teller effect, which is mediated by strong intra-layer hydrogen bonds. Subsequently, as we transition from heterogeneous to homogeneous mechanochemical regimes around 10−12 s, shock normal to multilayers becomes more reactive, producing H2O assisted by inter-layer N-N bond formation. These time-resolved results provide much needed atomistic understanding of nanomechanochemistry that underlies a wider range of technologies

  8. A crossover in anisotropic nanomechanochemistry of van der Waals crystals

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    Shimamura, Kohei [Department of Physics, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto 860-8555 (Japan); Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulations, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Computer Science, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089-0242 (United States); Graduate School of System Informatics, Kobe University, Kobe 657-8501 (Japan); Misawa, Masaaki [Department of Physics, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto 860-8555 (Japan); Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulations, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Computer Science, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089-0242 (United States); Li, Ying [Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya [Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulations, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Computer Science, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089-0242 (United States); Shimojo, Fuyuki [Department of Physics, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto 860-8555 (Japan)

    2015-12-07

    In nanoscale mechanochemistry, mechanical forces selectively break covalent bonds to essentially control chemical reactions. An archetype is anisotropic detonation of layered energetic molecular crystals bonded by van der Waals (vdW) interactions. Here, quantum molecular dynamics simulations reveal a crossover of anisotropic nanomechanochemistry of vdW crystal. Within 10{sup −13} s from the passage of shock front, lateral collision produces NO{sub 2} via twisting and bending of nitro-groups and the resulting inverse Jahn-Teller effect, which is mediated by strong intra-layer hydrogen bonds. Subsequently, as we transition from heterogeneous to homogeneous mechanochemical regimes around 10{sup −12} s, shock normal to multilayers becomes more reactive, producing H{sub 2}O assisted by inter-layer N-N bond formation. These time-resolved results provide much needed atomistic understanding of nanomechanochemistry that underlies a wider range of technologies.

  9. A finite difference, multipoint flux numerical approach to flow in porous media: Numerical examples

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    Osman, Hossam

    2012-06-17

    It is clear that none of the current available numerical schemes which may be adopted to solve transport phenomena in porous media fulfill all the required robustness conditions. That is while the finite difference methods are the simplest of all, they face several difficulties in complex geometries and anisotropic media. On the other hand, while finite element methods are well suited to complex geometries and can deal with anisotropic media, they are more involved in coding and usually require more execution time. Therefore, in this work we try to combine some features of the finite element technique, namely its ability to work with anisotropic media with the finite difference approach. We reduce the multipoint flux, mixed finite element technique through some quadrature rules to an equivalent cell-centered finite difference approximation. We show examples on using this technique to single-phase flow in anisotropic porous media.

  10. Time resolved analysis of water drainage in porous asphalt concrete using neutron radiography.

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    Poulikakos, L D; Sedighi Gilani, M; Derome, D; Jerjen, I; Vontobel, P

    2013-07-01

    Porous asphalt as a road surface layer controls aquaplaning as rain water can drain through its highly porous structure. The process of water drainage through this permeable layer is studied using neutron radiography. Time-resolved water configuration and distribution within the porous structure are reported. It is shown that radiography depicts the process of liquid water transport within the complex geometry of porous asphalt, capturing water films, filled dead end pores and water islands. PMID:23500651

  11. Lie Group Analysis for Boundary Layer Flow of Nanofluids near the Stagnation-Point over a Permeable Stretching Surface Embedded in a Porous Medium in the Presence of Radiation and Heat Generation/Absorption

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    P. Sreenivasulu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study investigates the influence of thermal radiation and heat generation/absorption on a two dimensional steady boundary layer flow near the stagnation-point on a permeable stretching sheet in a porous medium saturated with nanofluids. The governing partial differential equations with the appropriate boundary conditions are reduced to a set of ordinary differential equations via Lie-group analysis. The resultant equations are then solved numerically using Runge - Kutta fourth order method along with shooting technique. Two types of nanofluids, namely, copper-water and alumina-water are considered. The velocity and temperature as well as the shear stress and heat transfer rates are computed. The influence of pertinent parameters such as radiation parameter Nr, nanofluid volume fraction parameter , the ratio of free stream velocity and stretching velocity parameter a/c , the permeability parameter K1, suction/blowing parameter S, and heat source/sink parameter  on the flow and heat transfer characteristics is discussed. The present study helps to understand the efficiency of heat transfer transport in nanofluids which are likely to be the smart coolants of the next generation.

  12. Strongly Coupled Ternary Hybrid Aerogels of N-deficient Porous Graphitic-C3N4 Nanosheets/N-Doped Graphene/NiFe-Layered Double Hydroxide for Solar-Driven Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation.

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    Hou, Yang; Wen, Zhenhai; Cui, Shumao; Feng, Xinliang; Chen, Junhong

    2016-04-13

    Developing photoanodes with efficient sunlight harvesting, excellent charge separation and transfer, and fast surface reaction kinetics remains a key challenge in photoelectrochemical water splitting devices. Here we report a new strongly coupled ternary hybrid aerogel that is designed and constructed by in situ assembly of N-deficient porous carbon nitride nanosheets and NiFe-layered double hydroxide into a 3D N-doped graphene framework architecture using a facile hydrothermal method. Such a 3D hierarchical structure combines several advantageous features, including effective light-trapping, multidimensional electron transport pathways, short charge transport time and distance, strong coupling effect, and improved surface reaction kinetics. Benefiting from the desirable nanostructure, the ternary hybrid aerogels exhibited remarkable photoelectrochemical performance for water oxidation. Results included a record-high photocurrent density that reached 162.3 μA cm(-2) at 1.4 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode with a maximum incident photon-to-current efficiency of 2.5% at 350 nm under AM 1.5G irradiation, and remarkable photostability. The work represents a significant step toward the development of novel 3D aerogel-based photoanodes for solar water splitting. PMID:26963768

  13. Cryogenic etching processes applied to porous low-k materials using SF6/C4F8 plasmas

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    Leroy, F.; Zhang, L.; Tillocher, T.; Yatsuda, K.; Maekawa, K.; Nishimura, E.; Lefaucheux, P.; de Marneffe, J.-F.; Baklanov, M. R.; Dussart, R.

    2015-11-01

    Cryogenic etching processes in SF6 and SF6/C4F8 plasmas were successfully applied to porous organosilicate glasses. Such materials are low-k candidates for advanced interconnects. Their integration is very challenging because of plasma induced damage. These two chemistries (SF6 and SF6/C4F8) have demonstrated a promising capability of significantly reducing the damage caused by plasma etching. Desorbed species were analyzed during the wafer warm-up from cryogenic to room temperature by in situ mass spectrometry. An equivalent damage layer (EDL) was evaluated by ex situ Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and in situ ellipsometry. An anneal step at 350 °C seems efficient to completely desorb the remaining CF x species. Anisotropic profiles were obtained using both chemistries. The selectivity is enhanced using SF6/C4F8 process at low temperature.

  14. Atomic layer deposition of ruthenium surface-coating on porous platinum catalysts for high-performance direct ethanol solid oxide fuel cells

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    Jeong, Heon Jae; Kim, Jun Woo; Jang, Dong Young; Shim, Joon Hyung

    2015-09-01

    Pt-Ru bi-metallic catalysts are synthesized by atomic layer deposition (ALD) of Ru surface-coating on sputtered Pt mesh. The catalysts are evaluated in direct ethanol solid oxide fuel cells (DESOFCs) in the temperature range of 300-500 °C. Island-growth of the ALD Ru coating is confirmed by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses. The performance of the DESOFCs is evaluated based on the current-voltage output and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Genuine reduction of the polarization impedance, and enhanced power output with improved surface kinetics are achieved with the optimized ALD Ru surface-coating compared to bare Pt. The chemical composition of the Pt/ALD Ru electrode surface after fuel cell operation is analyzed via XPS. Enhanced cell performance is clearly achieved, attributed to the effective Pt/ALD Ru bi-metallic catalysis, including oxidation of Cdbnd O by Ru, and de-protonation of ethanol and cleavage of C-C bonds by Pt, as supported by surface morphology analysis which confirms formation of a large amount of carbon on bare Pt after the ethanol-fuel-cell test.

  15. Porosity-dependent fractal nature of the porous silicon surface

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    Porous silicon films with porosity ranging from 42% to 77% were fabricated by electrochemical anodization under different current density. We used atomic force microscopy and dynamic scaling theory for deriving the surface roughness profile and processing the topography of the porous silicon layers, respectively. We first compared the topography of bare silicon surface with porous silicon and then studied the effect of the porosity of porous silicon films on their scaling behavior by using their self-affinity nature. Our work demonstrated that silicon compared to the porous silicon films has the highest Hurst parameter, indicating that the formation of porous layer due to the anodization etching of silicon surface leads to an increase of its roughness. Fractal analysis revealed that the evolution of the nanocrystallites’ fractal dimension along with porosity. Also, we found that both interface width and Hurst parameter are affected by the increase of porosity

  16. Porosity-dependent fractal nature of the porous silicon surface

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    Rahmani, N.; Dariani, R. S., E-mail: dariani@alzahra.ac.ir [Department of Physics, Alzahra University, Tehran, 1993893973 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-07-15

    Porous silicon films with porosity ranging from 42% to 77% were fabricated by electrochemical anodization under different current density. We used atomic force microscopy and dynamic scaling theory for deriving the surface roughness profile and processing the topography of the porous silicon layers, respectively. We first compared the topography of bare silicon surface with porous silicon and then studied the effect of the porosity of porous silicon films on their scaling behavior by using their self-affinity nature. Our work demonstrated that silicon compared to the porous silicon films has the highest Hurst parameter, indicating that the formation of porous layer due to the anodization etching of silicon surface leads to an increase of its roughness. Fractal analysis revealed that the evolution of the nanocrystallites’ fractal dimension along with porosity. Also, we found that both interface width and Hurst parameter are affected by the increase of porosity.

  17. Superfluid phase stability of 3He in axially anisotropic aerogel

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    Measurements of superfluid 3He in 98% aerogel demonstrate the existence of a metastable A-like phase and a stable B-like phase. It has been suggested that the relative stability of these two phases is controlled by anisotropic quasiparticle scattering in the aerogel. Anisotropic scattering produced by axial compression of the aerogel has been predicted to stabilize the axial state of superfluid 3He. To explore this possibility, we used transverse acoustic impedance to map out the phase diagram of superfluid 3He in a ∼ 98% porous silica aerogel subjected to 17% axial compression. We have previously shown that axial anisotropy in aerogel leads to optical birefringence and that optical cross-polarization studies can be used to characterize such anisotropy. Consequently, we have performed optical cross-polarization experiments to verify the presence and uniformity of the axial anisotropy in our aerogel sample. We find that uniform axial anisotropy introduced by 17% compression does not stabilize the A-like phase. We also find an increase in the supercooling of the A-like phase at lower pressure, indicating a modification to B-like phase nucleation in globally anisotropic aerogels.

  18. Porous structure formation in ion irradiated germanium

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    The ion beam induced modification of amorphous germanium is characterised by the formation of voids close to the sample surface and the transformation into a sponge-like porous surface layer at high ion fluences. This extreme structural modification of the sample surface is independent of the (heavy) ion species used and accompanied by a strong volume expansion. Nevertheless, recently it was demonstrated that buried voids (and buried sponge-like layers) can be formed in the depth of the projected ion range, however, only for the irradiation with I-ions at high ion fluences. Thus, the ion species and their chemical properties seem to play an important role in the structural modification around the projected ion range. In this paper we investigate the influence of the ion species on the ion beam induced void formation in Ge for room temperature irradiation with 380 keV I- and Au-ions as a function of the ion fluence. Independent of the ion species, a strong volume expansion is observed caused by void formation and the transformation into a sponge-like porous surface layer. For both ion species used, the final porous layers are structurally identical as established by cross section and plan view electron microscopy investigations. Further ion irradiation of the sponge-like porous structure, however, leads to significant differences in the ion beam induced structural evolution. For the Au-ion irradiation the porous layer remains nearly unchanged, whereas for the irradiation with I-ions a transformation from sponge-like to netlike porous layers occurs which is accompanied again by an extreme volume expansion. The underlying mechanism will be discussed based on chemical properties of the implanted ions

  19. Continuum mechanics of anisotropic materials

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    Cowin, Stephen C

    2013-01-01

    Continuum Mechanics of Anisotropic Materials(CMAM) presents an entirely new and unique development of material anisotropy in the context of an appropriate selection and organization of continuum mechanics topics. These features will distinguish this continuum mechanics book from other books on this subject. Textbooks on continuum mechanics are widely employed in engineering education, however, none of them deal specifically with anisotropy in materials. For the audience of Biomedical, Chemical and Civil Engineering students, these materials will be dealt with more frequently and greater accuracy in their analysis will be desired. Continuum Mechanics of Anisotropic Materials' author has been a leader in the field of developing new approaches for the understanding of anisotropic materials.

  20. Functionalization control of porous silicon optical structures using reflectance spectra modeling for biosensing applications

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    Highlights: → Porous silicon layers with sufficient adjusted pore size and defined porosity. → Biological molecules covalently attached on the modified porous silica surface. → Adjustment of experimental and calculated reflectance spectra to determine volume fraction of biomolecules in functionalized porous silicon structures: single layers and microcavity structures. - Abstract: Modeling and experimental reflectance spectra of porous silicon single layers at different steps of functionalization and protein grafting process are adjusted in order to determine the volume fraction of the biomolecules attached to the internal pore surface. This method is applied in order to control the efficiency of the chemical functionalization process of porous silicon single layers. Using results from single porous silicon layer study, theoretical microcavity is simulated at each step of the functionalization process. The calculated reflectance spectrum is in good agreement to the experimental one. Therefore the single layers study can be applied to multilayer structures and can be adapted for other optical structures such as waveguides, interferometers for biosensing applications.

  1. Dynamical analysis of anisotropic inflation

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    Karčiauskas, Mindaugas

    2016-06-01

    The inflaton coupling to a vector field via the f(φ)2F μνFμν term is used in several contexts in the literature, such as to generate primordial magnetic fields, to produce statistically anisotropic curvature perturbation, to support anisotropic inflation, and to circumvent the η-problem. In this work, I perform dynamical analysis of this system allowing for the most general Bianchi I initial conditions. I also confirm the stability of attractor fixed points along phase-space directions that had not been investigated before.

  2. Latest developments in anisotropic hydrodynamics

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    Tinti, Leonardo

    2015-01-01

    We discuss the leading order of anisotropic hydrodynamics expansion. It has already been shown that in the (0+1) and (1+1)-dimensional cases it is consistent with the second order viscous hydrodynamics, and it provides a striking agreement with the exact solutions of the Boltzmann equation. Quite recently, a new set of equations has been proposed for the leading order of anisotropic hydrodynamics, which is consistent with the second order viscous hydrodynamics in the most general (3+1)-dimensional case, and does not require a next-to-leading treatment for describing pressure anisotropies in the transverse plane.

  3. Anisotropic hydrodynamics: Motivation and methodology

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    In this proceedings contribution I review recent progress in our understanding of the bulk dynamics of relativistic systems that possess potentially large local rest frame momentum-space anisotropies. In order to deal with these momentum-space anisotropies, a reorganization of relativistic viscous hydrodynamics can be made around an anisotropic background, and the resulting dynamical framework has been dubbed “anisotropic hydrodynamics”. I also discuss expectations for the degree of momentum-space anisotropy of the quark–gluon plasma generated in relativistic heavy ion collisions at RHIC and LHC from second-order viscous hydrodynamics, strong-coupling approaches, and weak-coupling approaches

  4. Magnetic phase diagram of the anisotropic double-exchange model: a Monte Carlo study

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    The magnetic phase diagram of highly anisotropic double-exchange model systems is investigated as a function of the ratio of the anisotropic hopping integrals, i.e., tc/tab, on a three-dimensional lattice by using Monte Carlo calculations. The magnetic domain structure at low temperature is found to be a generic property of the strong anisotropy region. Moreover, the tc/tab ratio is crucial in determining the anisotropic charge transport due to the relative spin orientation of the magnetic domains. As a result, we show the anisotropic hopping integral is the most likely cause of the magnetic domain structure. It is noted that the competition between the reduced interlayer double-exchange coupling and the thermal frustration of the ordered two-dimensional ferromagnetic layer seems to be crucial in understanding the properties of layered manganites

  5. Characterization of highly anisotropic three-dimensionally nanostructured surfaces

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    Schmidt, Daniel

    2013-01-01

    Generalized ellipsometry, a non-destructive optical characterization technique, is employed to determine geometrical structure parameters and anisotropic dielectric properties of highly spatially coherent three-dimensionally nanostructured thin films grown by glancing angle deposition. The (piecewise) homogeneous biaxial layer model approach is discussed, which can be universally applied to model the optical response of sculptured thin films with different geometries and from diverse materials, and structural parameters as well as effective optical properties of the nanostructured thin films are obtained. Alternative model approaches for slanted columnar thin films, anisotropic effective medium approximations based on the Bruggeman formalism, are presented, which deliver results comparable to the homogeneous biaxial layer approach and in addition provide film constituent volume fraction parameters as well as depolarization or shape factors. Advantages of these ellipsometry models are discussed on the example ...

  6. Translation correlations in anisotropically scattering media

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    Judkewitz, Benjamin; Horstmeyer, Roarke; Vellekoop, Ivo M.; Papadopoulos, Ioannis N.; Yang, Changhuei

    2015-08-01

    Controlling light propagation across scattering media by wavefront shaping holds great promise for a wide range of communications and imaging applications. But, finding the right shape for the wavefront is a challenge when the mapping between input and output scattered wavefronts (that is, the transmission matrix) is not known. Correlations in transmission matrices, especially the so-called memory effect, have been exploited to address this limitation. However, the traditional memory effect applies to thin scattering layers at a distance from the target, which precludes its use within thick scattering media, such as fog and biological tissue. Here, we theoretically predict and experimentally verify new transmission matrix correlations within thick anisotropically scattering media, with important implications for biomedical imaging and adaptive optics.

  7. Porous ceramics mimicking nature—preparation and properties of microstructures with unidirectionally oriented pores

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    Kiyoshi Okada, Toshihiro Isobe, Ken-ichi Katsumata, Yoshikazu Kameshima, Akira Nakajima and Kenneth J D MacKenzie

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Porous ceramics with unidirectionally oriented pores have been prepared by various methods such as anodic oxidation, templating using wood, unidirectional solidification, extrusion, etc. The templating method directly replicates the porous microstructure of wood to prepare porous ceramics, whereas the extrusion method mimics the microstructures of tracheids and xylems in trees. These two methods are therefore the main focus of this review as they provide good examples of the preparation of functional porous ceramics with properties replicating nature. The well-oriented cylindrical through-hole pores prepared by the extrusion method using fibers as the pore formers provide excellent permeability together with high mechanical strength. Examples of applications of these porous ceramics are given, including their excellent capillary lift of over 1 m height which could be used to counteract urban heat island phenomena, and other interesting properties arising from anisotropic unidirectional porous structures.

  8. Amine Functionalized Porous Network

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    Eddaoudi, Mohamed

    2015-05-28

    Amine groups can be introduced in porous materials by a direct (one pot) or post-synthetic modification (PSM) process on aldehyde groups, and the resulting porous materials have increased gas affinity.

  9. Photonic Crystal Sensors Based on Porous Silicon

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    Claudia Pacholski

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Porous silicon has been established as an excellent sensing platform for the optical detection of hazardous chemicals and biomolecular interactions such as DNA hybridization, antigen/antibody binding, and enzymatic reactions. Its porous nature provides a high surface area within a small volume, which can be easily controlled by changing the pore sizes. As the porosity and consequently the refractive index of an etched porous silicon layer depends on the electrochemial etching conditions photonic crystals composed of multilayered porous silicon films with well-resolved and narrow optical reflectivity features can easily be obtained. The prominent optical response of the photonic crystal decreases the detection limit and therefore increases the sensitivity of porous silicon sensors in comparison to sensors utilizing Fabry-Pérot based optical transduction. Development of porous silicon photonic crystal sensors which allow for the detection of analytes by the naked eye using a simple color change or the fabrication of stacked porous silicon photonic crystals showing two distinct optical features which can be utilized for the discrimination of analytes emphasize its high application potential.

  10. The Features of Self-Assembling Organic Bilayers Important to the Formation of Anisotropic Inorganic Materials in Microgravity Conditions

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    Talham, Daniel R.; Adair, James H.

    1999-01-01

    There is a growing need for inorganic anisotropic particles in a variety of materials science applications. Structural, optical, and electrical properties can be greatly augmented by the fabrication of composite materials with anisotropic microstructures or with anisotropic particles uniformly dispersed in an isotropic matrix. Examples include structural composites, magnetic and optical recording media, photographic film, certain metal and ceramic alloys, and display technologies including flat panel displays. While considerable progress has been made toward developing an understanding of the synthesis of powders composed of monodispersed, spherical particles, these efforts have not been transferred to the synthesis of anisotropic nanoparticles. The major objective of the program is to develop a fundamental understanding of the growth of anisotropic particles at organic templates, with emphasis on the chemical and structural aspects of layered organic assemblies that contribute to the formation of anisotropic inorganic particles.

  11. Single-layer graphene-assembled 3D porous carbon composites with PVA and Fe₃O₄ nano-fillers: an interface-mediated superior dielectric and EMI shielding performance.

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    Rao, B V Bhaskara; Yadav, Prasad; Aepuru, Radhamanohar; Panda, H S; Ogale, Satishchandra; Kale, S N

    2015-07-28

    In this study, a novel composite of Fe3O4 nanofiller-decorated single-layer graphene-assembled porous carbon (SLGAPC) with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) having flexibility and a density of 0.75 g cm(-3) is explored for its dielectric and electromagnetic interference (EMI) response properties. The composite is prepared by the solution casting method and its constituents are optimized as 15 wt% SLGAPC and 20 wt% Fe3O4 through a novel solvent relaxation nuclear magnetic resonance experiment. The PVA-SLGAPC-Fe3O4 composite shows high dielectric permittivity in the range of 1 Hz-10 MHz, enhanced by a factor of 4 as compared to that of the PVA-SLGAPC composite, with a reduced loss by a factor of 2. The temperature dependent dielectric properties reveal the activation energy behaviour with reference to the glass transition temperature (80 °C) of PVA. The dielectric hysteresis with the temperature cycle reveals a remnant polarization. The enhanced dielectric properties are suggested to be the result of improvement in the localized polarization of the integrated interface system (Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars (MWS) polarization) formed by the uniform adsorption of Fe3O4 on the surface of SLGAPC conjugated with PVA. The EMI shielding property of the composite with a low thickness of 0.3 mm in the X-band (8.2-12.4 GHz) shows a very impressive shielding efficiency of ∼15 dB and a specific shielding effectiveness of 20 dB (g cm(-3))(-1), indicating the promising character of this material for flexible EMI shielding applications. PMID:26105548

  12. Effects of the Biot and the squirt-flow coupling interaction on anisotropic elastic waves

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    2000-01-01

    Considering the velocity anisotropy of the solid/fluid relative motion and employment of the BISQ theory[1] based on the one-dimensional porous isotropic case, we establish a two-phase anisotropic elastic wave equation to simultaneously include the Biot and the squirt mechanisms in terms of both the basic principles of the fluid's mass conservation and the elastic-wave dynamical equations in the two-phase anisotropic rock. Numerical results, while the Biot-flow and the squirt-flow effects are simultaneously considered in the transversely isotropic (TI) poroelastic medium, show that the attenuation of the quasi P-wave and the quasi SV-wave strongly depend on the permeability anisotropy, and the attenuation behavior at low and high frequencies is contrary. Meanwhile, the attenuation and dispersion of the quasi P-wave are also affected seriously by the anisotropic solid/fluid coupling additional density.

  13. Porous squeeze-film flow

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    Knox, D. J.

    2013-11-14

    © 2013 © The authors 2013. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. All rights reserved. The squeeze-film flow of a thin layer of Newtonian fluid filling the gap between a flat impermeable surface moving under a prescribed constant load and a flat thin porous bed coating a stationary flat impermeable surface is considered. Unlike in the classical case of an impermeable bed, in which an infinite time is required for the two surfaces to touch, for a porous bed contact occurs in a finite contact time. Using a lubrication approximation, an implicit expression for the fluid layer thickness and an explicit expression for the contact time are obtained and analysed. In addition, the fluid particle paths are calculated, and the penetration depths of fluid particles into the porous bed are determined. In particular, the behaviour in the asymptotic limit of small permeability, in which the contact time is large but finite, is investigated. Finally, the results are interpreted in the context of lubrication in the human knee joint, and some conclusions are drawn about the contact time of the cartilage-coated femoral condyles and tibial plateau and the penetration of nutrients into the cartilage.

  14. Failure in imperfect anisotropic materials

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    Legarth, Brian Nyvang

    2005-01-01

    The fundamental cause of crack growth, namely nucleation and growth of voids, is investigated numerically for a two phase imperfect anisotropic material. A unit cell approach is adopted from which the overall stress strain is evaluated. Failure is observed as a sudden stress drop and depending on...

  15. Magnetic relaxation in anisotropic magnets

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    Lindgård, Per-Anker

    1971-01-01

    The line shape and the kinematic and thermodynamic slowing down of the critical and paramagnetic relaxation in axially anisotropic materials are discussed. Kinematic slowing down occurs only in the longitudinal relaxation function. The thermodynamic slowing down occurs in either the transverse or...

  16. Analytical solutions for whirling groundwater flow in two-dimensional heterogeneous anisotropic aquifers

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    Hemker, K.; Bakker, M.

    2006-01-01

    Analytical solutions are derived for steady state groundwater flow in a heterogeneous, anisotropic, semiconfined aquifer. The aquifer consists of a number of horizontal layers, while each layer consists of a number of homogeneous cells with different hydraulic conductivity tensors. An exact solution

  17. Scattering characteristics from porous silicon

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    R. Sabet-Dariani

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available   Porous silicon (PS layers come into existance as a result of electrochemical anodization on silicon. Although a great deal of research has been done on the formation and optical properties of this material, the exact mechanism involved is not well-understood yet.   In this article, first, the optical properties of silicon and porous silicon are described. Then, previous research and the proposed models about reflection from PS and the origin of its photoluminescence are reveiwed. The reflecting and scattering, absorption and transmission of light from this material, are then investigated. These experiments include,different methods of PS sample preparation their photoluminescence, reflecting and scattering of light determining different characteristics with respect to Si bulk.

  18. Amplified detection of protease activity using porous silicon nanostructures

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    Orosco, Manuel

    This dissertation will focus on harnessing the optical properties of porous silicon to sense protease activity. Electrochemical etching of polished silicon wafers produces porous silicon with unique optical properties such as Fabry-Perot fringes or a dielectric mirror reflecting specific wavelengths. Porous silicon optical transducers are coupled to a biochemical reaction (protease activity) and optically measured in a label-free manner. The first chapter is an introductory chapter discussing the current methods of detecting protease activity. Also discussed is the use of porous silicon for label-free sensing. The second chapter discusses the use of thin protein layers that are spin coated on the surface of a porous silicon film and excluded from the porous matrix based on size. When active proteases are introduced to the protein layer, small peptide fragments are generated, causing a change in refractive index from low to high. This can be used as a tool to monitor protease activity and amplify the signal to the naked eye. To extend on the second chapter, a double layered porous silicon film with the first layer have large pores and the second layer etched below having small pores was used for sensing protease activity. Proteases are adsorbed into the first layer and introduction of whole protein substrate produces small peptide fragments that can enter the second layer (changing the effective optical thickness). The fourth chapter describes a method of using luminescent transducers coupled to protein films. An "on-off" sensor using protein coated luminescent porous silicon was used to detect a decrease in the intensity of luminescence due to degradation of the protein film. An "off-on" sensor involved a fluorescent dye housed in the porous film and capped with a protein coating. The release of the dye is caused by the action of a protease causing an increase in fluorescent intensity from the dye.

  19. Luminescence properties of Si-containing porous matrix–PbS nanoparticle systems

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    The luminescence properties of systems that contain lead-sulfide nanoparticles deposited onto substrates fabricated from porous silicon, oxidized porous silicon, and porous (tin-oxide)–(silicon-oxide) layers are studied. It is shown that the structure and composition of the matrix induce a strong effect on the luminescence spectra of colloidal quantum dots, defining their emission wavelength

  20. Luminescence properties of Si-containing porous matrix–PbS nanoparticle systems

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    Tarasov, S. A., E-mail: satarasov@mail.ru; Aleksandrova, O. A.; Lamkin, I. A.; Maksimov, A. I.; Maraeva, E. V.; Mikhailov, I. I.; Moshnikov, V. A. [St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University “LETI” (Russian Federation); Musikhin, S. F. [St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University (Russian Federation); Nalimova, S. S.; Permyakov, N. V.; Spivak, Yu. M.; Travkin, P. G. [St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University “LETI” (Russian Federation)

    2015-12-15

    The luminescence properties of systems that contain lead-sulfide nanoparticles deposited onto substrates fabricated from porous silicon, oxidized porous silicon, and porous (tin-oxide)–(silicon-oxide) layers are studied. It is shown that the structure and composition of the matrix induce a strong effect on the luminescence spectra of colloidal quantum dots, defining their emission wavelength.

  1. Porous silicon: Synthesis and optical properties

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    Formation of porous silicon by electrochemical etching method of both p and n-type single crystal silicon wafers in HF based solutions has been performed by using three different modes. In addition to DC and pulsed voltage, a novel etching mode is developed to prepare light-emitting porous silicon by applying and holding-up a voltage in gradient steps form periodically, between the silicon wafer and a graphite electrode. Under same equivalent etching conditions, periodic gradient steps voltage etching can yield a porous silicon layer with stronger photoluminescence intensity and blue shift than the porous silicon layer prepared by DC or pulsed voltage etching. It has been found that the holding-up of the applied voltage during the etching process for defined interval of time is another significant future of this method, which highly affects the blue shift. This can be used for tailoring a porous layer with novel properties. The actual mechanism behind the blue shift is not clear exactly, even the experimental observation of atomic force microscope and purist measurements in support with quantum confinement model. It has been seen also from Fourier Transform Infrared study that interplays between O-Si-H and Si-H bond intensities play key role in deciding the efficiency of photoluminescence emission. Study of relative humidity sensing and photonic crystal properties of pours silicon samples has confirmed the advantages of the new adopted etching mode. The sensitivity at room temperature of porous silicon prepared by periodic gradient steps voltage etching was found to be about 70% as compared to 51% and 45% for the porous silicon prepared by DC and pulsed voltage etching, respectively. (author)

  2. Tailored Porous Materials

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    BARTON,THOMAS J.; BULL,LUCY M.; KLEMPERER,WALTER G.; LOY,DOUGLAS A.; MCENANEY,BRIAN; MISONO,MAKOTO; MONSON,PETER A.; PEZ,GUIDO; SCHERER,GEORGE W.; VARTULI,JAMES C.; YAGHI,OMAR M.

    1999-11-09

    Tailoring of porous materials involves not only chemical synthetic techniques for tailoring microscopic properties such as pore size, pore shape, pore connectivity, and pore surface reactivity, but also materials processing techniques for tailoring the meso- and the macroscopic properties of bulk materials in the form of fibers, thin films and monoliths. These issues are addressed in the context of five specific classes of porous materials: oxide molecular sieves, porous coordination solids, porous carbons, sol-gel derived oxides, and porous heteropolyanion salts. Reviews of these specific areas are preceded by a presentation of background material and review of current theoretical approaches to adsorption phenomena. A concluding section outlines current research needs and opportunities.

  3. Reflection of electromagnetic plane waves in a long-wavelength approximation from a multilayer system of anisotropic transparent films on absorbing medium

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    Adamson, P.

    The propagation of s- and p-polarised electromagnetic plane waves in a N-layer system of anisotropic films on isotropic and homogeneous absorbing substrate is investigated in the long-wavelength limit. The analytical expressions are obtained for the reflection (transmission) coefficients and ellipsometric angles of an anisotropic multilayer system. All analytical results are correlated with the numerical solution of the reflection problem on the basis of rigorous electromagnetic theory for anisotropic layered systemsE The possibilities of using obtained approximate formulae for resolving the inverse problem for ultrathin anisotropic dielectric films upon absorbing substrates are discussed.

  4. Luminescent porous silicon prepared by reactive ion etching

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    Realization of luminescent porous silicon structures by a sequential reactive ion etching is reported. The process is composed of one etching and two passivation subsequences. The impact of substrate resistivity, plasma power and the duration of the etching subsequence on the porosity and thickness of the fabricated porous silicon layer are investigated, as are the roles of two passivation subsequences. The porous silicon layer shows stable photoluminescence in the blue portion of the spectrum. Luminescence stability is due to the stable passivating oxyfluoride layer formed in the two passivation subsequences. Formation of the stable passivating layer is due to the controlled oxidation of the porous silicon surface and the passivation of the dangling bonds in the fluorination subsequence. Since the fabrication process is performed at room temperature, it can be used as a post-fabrication treatment to integrate light-emitting structures with microelectronic circuits. (paper)

  5. Numerical modeling of boiling heat transfer in porous media

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    Theoretical models were developed and validated to investigate boiling heat transfer in porous layers with and without the presence of chimneys. The critical heat flux and distributions of temperature, liquid saturation, liquid and vapor pressures, and liquid and vapor velocities were predicted numerically under typical PWR conditions. The results indicate that a porous layer produces a higher heat transfer coefficient in the nucleate boiling regime, as is well-known, and could potentially yield a much higher critical heat flux than a plain surface does. Moreover, a chimney-type porous layer can have a better thermal performance, i.e., heat transfer coefficient and critical heat flux than a homogeneous one, primarily due to the presence of chimneys providing pathways for vapor to escape from the porous layer with less resistance

  6. Anisotropic metasurface with near-unity circular polarization conversion

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    Wu, Xiaoxiao; Meng, Yan; Wang, Li; Tian, Jingxuan; Dai, Shiwei; Wen, Weijia

    2016-05-01

    We demonstrate a bi-layer ultrathin anisotropic metasurface which could near-completely convert the circular-polarized electromagnetic wave to its cross polarization. The bi-layer metasurface is composed of periodic 180°-twisted double-cut split ring resonators on both sides of an F4B substrate. At resonance, cross-polarized transmission larger than 94% is observed both in simulations and experiments. The resonant frequency of the metasurface could be effectively tuned by adjusting the geometric parameters of the metasurface, while relatively high conversion efficiency is preserved. The high efficiency and ease of fabrication suggest that the ultrathin metasurface could have potential applications in telecommunications.

  7. Different approaches to the analysis of small angle scattering experiments on porous aluminum-hydroxide

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    Rasmussen, F.B.

    2001-01-01

    Different approaches to the analysis of Small Angle X-ray Scattering experiments on the porous aluminum-hydroxide pseudo-boehmite are compared. Experimental data is analyzed both as scattering from mass fractal aggregates and polydisperse collections of anisotropic particles. Both types of analysis...

  8. Conductivities in an anisotropic medium

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    Khimphun, Sunly; Park, Chanyong

    2016-01-01

    In order to imitate anisotropic medium of a condensed matter system, we take into account an Einstein-Maxwell-dilaton-axion model as a dual gravity theory where the anisotropy is caused by different momentum relaxations. This gravity model allows an anisotropic charged black hole solution. On this background, we investigate how the linear responses of vector modes like electric, thermoelectric, and thermal conductivities rely on the anisotropy. We find that the electric conductivity in low frequency limit shows a Drude peak and that in the intermediate frequency regime it reveals the power law behavior. Especially, when the anisotropy increases the exponent of the power law becomes smaller. In addition, we find that there exist a critical value for the anisotropy at which the DC conductivity reaches to its maximum value.

  9. Anisotropic Inflation and Cosmological Observations

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    Emami, Razieh

    2015-01-01

    Recent observations opened up a new window on the inflationary model building. As it was firstly reported by the WMAP data, there may be some indications of statistical anisotropy on the CMB map, although the statistical significance of these findings are under debate. Motivated by these observations, people begun considering new inflationary models which may lead to statistical anisotropy. The simplest possible way to construct anisotropic inflation is to introduce vector fields. During the course of this thesis, we study models of anisotropic inflation and their observational implications such as power spectrum, bispectrum etc. Firstly we build a new model, which contains the gauge field which breaks the conformal invariance while preserving the gauge invariance. We show that in these kind of models, there can be an attractor phase in the evolution of the system when the back-reaction of the gauge field becomes important in the evolution of the inflaton field. We then study the cosmological perturbation the...

  10. Stealths on Anisotropic Holographic Backgrounds

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    Ayón-Beato, Eloy; Juárez-Aubry, María Montserrat

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we are interested in exploring the existence of stealth configurations on anisotropic backgrounds playing a prominent role in the non-relativistic version of the gauge/gravity correspondence. By stealth configuration, we mean a nontrivial scalar field nonminimally coupled to gravity whose energy-momentum tensor evaluated on the anisotropic background vanishes identically. In the case of a Lifshitz spacetime with a nontrivial dynamical exponent z, we spotlight the role played by the anisotropy to establish the holographic character of the stealth configurations, i.e. the scalar field is shown to only depend on the radial holographic direction. This configuration which turns out to be massless and without integration constants is possible for a unique value of the nonminimal coupling parameter. Then, using a simple conformal argument, we map this configuration into a stealth solution defined on the so-called hyperscaling violation metric which is conformally related to the Lifshitz spacetime. Thi...

  11. Sintering of Multilayered Porous Structures: Part I-Constitutive Models

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    Olevsky, Eugene; Tadesse Molla, Tesfaye; Frandsen, Henrik Lund; Bjørk, Rasmus; Esposito, Vincenzo; Ni, De Wei; Ilyina, Aleksandra; Pryds, Nini

    2013-01-01

    Theoretical analyses of shrinkage and distortion kinetics during sintering of bilayered porous structures are carried out. The developed modeling framework is based on the continuum theory of sintering; it enables the direct assessment of the cofiring process outcomes and of the impact of process...... of all input parameters necessary for modeling sintering of bilayers using experimental techniques similar to optical dilatometry applied to each individual layer and to a symmetric trilayered porous structure based on the two-layer materials utilized in the bilayered system. Examples of sintering...... different porous bilayered systems are presented to justify the capability of the model in predicting and optimizing sintering kinetics....

  12. Mirage technique in anisotropic solids

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    Quelin, X.; Perrin, B; Perrin, Bernard; Louis, G.

    1994-01-01

    Theoretical and experimental analysis of heat diffusion in an anisotropic medium are presented. The solution of the 3D thermal conduction equation in an orthorhombic medium is calculated by the mean of a Fourier transforms method. Experiments were performed on an orthorhombic polydiacetylene single crystal sample. The temperature field at the sample surface was determined using the photothermal probe beam deflection technique. Then the 3 coefficients of the thermal conductivity tensor have be...

  13. Simulation of uncompressible fluid flow through a porous media

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    Ramirez, A. [Instituto Politecnico Nacional (SEPI-ESIQIE-IPN), Unidad Profesional Zacatenco, Laboratorio de Analisis Met. (Edif. ' Z' y Edif. ' 6' P.B.), Mexico City (Mexico)], E-mail: adaramil@yahoo.com.mx; Gonzalez, J.L. [Instituto Politecnico Nacional (SEPI-ESIQIE-IPN), Unidad Profesional Zacatenco, Laboratorio de Analisis Met. (Edif. ' Z' y Edif. ' 6' P.B.), Mexico City (Mexico); Carrillo, F. [Instituto Politecnico Nacional (SEPI-CICATA-IPN), Unidad Altamira Tamaulipas, Mexico (Mexico); Lopez, S. [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo (I.M.P.-D.F.), Mexico (Mexico)

    2009-02-28

    Recently, a great interest has been focused for investigations about transport phenomena in disordered systems. One of the most treated topics is fluid flow through anisotropic materials due to the importance in many industrial processes like fluid flow in filters, membranes, walls, oil reservoirs, etc. In this work is described the formulation of a 2D mathematical model to simulate the fluid flow behavior through a porous media (PM) based on the solution of the continuity equation as a function of the Darcy's law for a percolation system; which was reproduced using computational techniques reproduced using a random distribution of the porous media properties (porosity, permeability and saturation). The model displays the filling of a partially saturated porous media with a new injected fluid showing the non-defined advance front and dispersion of fluids phenomena.

  14. Simulation of uncompressible fluid flow through a porous media

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    Recently, a great interest has been focused for investigations about transport phenomena in disordered systems. One of the most treated topics is fluid flow through anisotropic materials due to the importance in many industrial processes like fluid flow in filters, membranes, walls, oil reservoirs, etc. In this work is described the formulation of a 2D mathematical model to simulate the fluid flow behavior through a porous media (PM) based on the solution of the continuity equation as a function of the Darcy's law for a percolation system; which was reproduced using computational techniques reproduced using a random distribution of the porous media properties (porosity, permeability and saturation). The model displays the filling of a partially saturated porous media with a new injected fluid showing the non-defined advance front and dispersion of fluids phenomena.

  15. Mechanical properties, modeling and design of porous clay ceramics

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    Porous ceramics with three different porosities were fabricated by the sintering of redart clay and woodchips (sawdust). The latter was used as the pore-forming agent in porous ceramic water. The porosity, pore size and density of the materials were characterized using Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry and Helium Pyncnometer technique, while the structure and chemistry of the materials were elucidated via X-ray diffraction (XRD), environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The compressive strength of the porous clay ceramics were found to exhibit a downward trend with increasing porosity. Due to the anisotropic nature of the porous material, two types of specimen (T- and S-Type) were fabricated for the measurement of flexural strength, fracture toughness and resistance-curve behavior under three point bending. The observed crack-tip shielding/toughening mechanism was then modeled using fracture mechanics concepts. The measured mechanical/physical properties, such as: elastic modulus, density and porosity, were then incorporated into finite element models for the computation of stress distributions due to hydrostatic pressures exerted on the porous clay ceramics by the water in filter with different geometries and supporting configurations. The implications of the results are discussed for potential scale-up and design of a mechanically robust porous ceramic for water filtration.

  16. TOPICAL REVIEW Textured silicon nitride: processing and anisotropic properties

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    Xinwen Zhu and Yoshio Sakka

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Textured silicon nitride (Si3N4 has been intensively studied over the past 15 years because of its use for achieving its superthermal and mechanical properties. In this review we present the fundamental aspects of the processing and anisotropic properties of textured Si3N4, with emphasis on the anisotropic and abnormal grain growth of β-Si3N4, texture structure and texture analysis, processing methods and anisotropic properties. On the basis of the texturing mechanisms, the processing methods described in this article have been classified into two types: hot-working (HW and templated grain growth (TGG. The HW method includes the hot-pressing, hot-forging and sinter-forging techniques, and the TGG method includes the cold-pressing, extrusion, tape-casting and strong magnetic field alignment techniques for β-Si3N4 seed crystals. Each processing technique is thoroughly discussed in terms of theoretical models and experimental data, including the texturing mechanisms and the factors affecting texture development. Also, methods of synthesizing the rodlike β-Si3N4 single crystals are presented. Various anisotropic properties of textured Si3 N4 and their origins are thoroughly described and discussed, such as hardness, elastic modulus, bending strength, fracture toughness, fracture energy, creep behavior, tribological and wear behavior, erosion behavior, contact damage behavior and thermal conductivity. Models are analyzed to determine the thermal anisotropy by considering the intrinsic thermal anisotropy, degree of orientation and various microstructure factors. Textured porous Si3N4 with a unique microstructure composed of oriented elongated β-Si3N4 and anisotropic pores is also described for the first time, with emphasis on its unique mechanical and thermal-mechanical properties. Moreover, as an important related material, textured α-Sialon is also reviewed, because the presence of elongated α-Sialon grains allows the production of textured

  17. Ballistic Anisotropic Magnetoresistance of Single-Atom Contacts.

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    Schöneberg, J; Otte, F; Néel, N; Weismann, A; Mokrousov, Y; Kröger, J; Berndt, R; Heinze, S

    2016-02-10

    Anisotropic magnetoresistance, that is, the sensitivity of the electrical resistance of magnetic materials on the magnetization direction, is expected to be strongly enhanced in ballistic transport through nanoscale junctions. However, unambiguous experimental evidence of this effect is difficult to achieve. We utilize single-atom junctions to measure this ballistic anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR). Single Co and Ir atoms are deposited on domains and domain walls of ferromagnetic Fe layers on W(110) to control their magnetization directions. They are contacted with nonmagnetic tips in a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope to measure the junction conductances. Large changes of the magnetoresistance occur from the tunneling to the ballistic regime due to the competition of localized and delocalized d-orbitals, which are differently affected by spin-orbit coupling. This work shows that engineering the AMR at the single atom level is feasible. PMID:26783634

  18. Generalized method for retrieving effective parameters of anisotropic metamaterials.

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    Castanié, A; Mercier, J-F; Félix, S; Maurel, A

    2014-12-01

    Electromagnetic or acoustic metamaterials can be described in terms of equivalent effective, in general anisotropic, media and several techniques exist to determine the effective permeability and permittivity (or effective mass density and bulk modulus in the context of acoustics). Among these techniques, retrieval methods use the measured reflection and transmission coefficients (or scattering coefficients) for waves incident on a metamaterial slab containing few unit cells. Until now, anisotropic effective slabs have been considered in the literature but they are limited to the case where one of the axes of anisotropy is aligned with the slab interface. We propose an extension to arbitrary orientations of the principal axes of anisotropy and oblique incidence. The retrieval method is illustrated in the electromagnetic case for layered media, and in the acoustic case for array of tilted elliptical particles. PMID:25606924

  19. Crystallization of amorphous silicon thin films deposited by PECVD on nickel-metalized porous silicon

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    Ben Slama, Sonia; Hajji, Messaoud; Ezzaouia, Hatem

    2012-01-01

    Porous silicon layers were elaborated by electrochemical etching of heavily doped p-type silicon substrates. Metallization of porous silicon was carried out by immersion of substrates in diluted aqueous solution of nickel. Amorphous silicon thin films were deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition on metalized porous layers. Deposited amorphous thin films were crystallized under vacuum at 750°C. Obtained results from structural, optical, and electrical characterizations show that...

  20. Plasma-deposited fluoropolymer film mask for local porous silicon formation

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    Defforge, Thomas; Capelle, Marie; Tran-Van, François; Gautier, Gaël

    2012-01-01

    The study of an innovative fluoropolymer masking layer for silicon anodization is proposed. Due to its high chemical resistance to hydrofluoric acid even under anodic bias, this thin film deposited by plasma has allowed the formation of deep porous silicon regions patterned on the silicon wafer. Unlike most of other masks, fluoropolymer removal after electrochemical etching is rapid and does not alter the porous layer. Local porous regions were thus fabricated both in p+-type and low-doped n-...