Simulator for SUPO, a Benchmark Aqueous Homogeneous Reactor (AHR)
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Klein, Steven Karl [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Determan, John C. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
2015-10-14
A simulator has been developed for SUPO (Super Power) an aqueous homogeneous reactor (AHR) that operated at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) from 1951 to 1974. During that period SUPO accumulated approximately 600,000 kWh of operation. It is considered the benchmark for steady-state operation of an AHR. The SUPO simulator was developed using the process that resulted in a simulator for an accelerator-driven subcritical system, which has been previously reported.
Simulator for SUPO, a Benchmark Aqueous Homogeneous Reactor (AHR)
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A simulator has been developed for SUPO (Super Power) an aqueous homogeneous reactor (AHR) that operated at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) from 1951 to 1974. During that period SUPO accumulated approximately 600,000 kWh of operation. It is considered the benchmark for steady-state operation of an AHR. The SUPO simulator was developed using the process that resulted in a simulator for an accelerator-driven subcritical system, which has been previously reported.
Development of fuel management code for aqueous homogeneous reactors
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Fuel Management Code for Aqueous Homogeneous Reactors (FMCAHR) is developed based on the Monte Carlo transport method. FMCAHR has the ability of doing resonance treatment, searching for critical control rods height, and calculating the thermal hydraulic parameters, bubble volume fraction and burn-up. The main structure and development process of FMCAHR is introduced in this paper, and the verification shows that the computing results of FMCAHR are precise. (authors)
Final report on the aqueous homogeneous suspension reactor project
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The most important results of twenty five years of research and development work on circulating aqueous homogeneous suspensions of fissile material are presented. Experiments in the final phase were carried out with a prototype nuclear reactor (KEMA Suspension Test Reactor, KSTR), fuelled with an aqueous suspension of UO2/ThO2 particles. Summarizing the results of the experimental and post-operational research on the KSTR, it can be stated that the suspension reactor has largely fulfilled the expectations of its designers. No operational problems worth mentioning occurred during an experimental period covering several years. From the standpoint of reactor physics the results can be termed wholly favourable, especially at a high power level. The reactor proved to be inherently safe due to the prompt action of the comparatively high negative coefficient of reactivity. The mechanical behaviour of the parts inspected has also satisfied expectations. The problems encountered have been due exclusively to the presence of a flow stabilizer. This was installed in the period following some time of subcritical operation in order to reduce the reactivity fluctuations. A stabilizer closed on all sides might perhaps have prevented the problems mentioned and the applicability of the principle of the suspension reactor would have been demonstrated still more clearly. 19 refs.; 45 figs.; 7 tabs
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99mTc is a very useful radioisotope in medical diagnostic procedure. 99mTc is produced from 99Mo decay. Currently, most of 99Mo is produced by irradiating 235U in the nuclear reactor. 99Mo mostly results from the fission reaction of 235U targets with a fission yield about 6.1%. A small additional amount is created from 98Mo neutron activation. Actually 99Mo is also created in the reactor fuel, but usually we do not extract it. The fuel will become spent fuel which is a highly radioactive waste. 99Mo production system in the aqueous homogeneous reactor offers a better method, because all of the 99Mo can be extracted from the fuel solution. Fresh reactor fuel solution consists of uranyl nitrate dissolved in water. There is no separation of target and fuel in an aqueous homogeneous reactor where target and fuel become one liquid solution, and there is no spent fuel generated from this reactor. Simulation of the extraction process is performed while reactor in operation (without reactor shutdown). With an extraction flow rate of 3.6 L/h, after 43 hours of reactor operation the production of 99Mo is relatively constant at about 98.6 curie/hour. (author)
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A. Isnaeni
2014-04-01
Full Text Available 99mTc is a very useful radioisotope in medical diagnostic procedure. 99mTc is produced from 99Mo decay. Currently, most of 99Mo is produced by irradiating 235U in the nuclear reactor. 99Mo mostly results from the fission reaction of 235U targets with a fission yield about 6.1%. A small additional amount is created from 98Mo neutron activation. Actually 99Mo is also created in the reactor fuel, but usually we do not extract it. The fuel will become spent fuel which is a highly radioactive waste. 99Mo production system in the aqueous homogeneous reactor offers a better method, because all of the 99Mo can be extracted from the fuel solution. Fresh reactor fuel solution consists of uranyl nitrate dissolved in water. There is no separation of target and fuel in an aqueous homogeneous reactor where target and fuel become one liquid solution, and there is no spent fuel generated from this reactor. Simulation of the extraction process is performed while reactor in operation (without reactor shutdown. With an extraction flow rate of 3.6 L/h, after 43 hours of reactor operation the production of 99Mo is relatively constant at about 98.6 curie/hour
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Technetium-99m (99mTc), the daughter of Molybdenum-99 (99Mo), is the most commonly used medical radioisotope in the world. It accounts for over twenty-five million medical procedures each year worldwide, comprising about 80% of all radiopharmaceutical procedures. 99Mo is mostly prepared by the fission of uranium-235 targets in a nuclear reactor with a fission yield of about 6.1%. Currently over 95% of the fission product 99Mo is obtained using highly enriched uranium (HEU) targets. Smaller scale producers use low enriched uranium (LEU) targets. Small quantities of 99Mo are also produced by neutron activation through the use of the (n, γ) reaction. The concept of a compact homogeneous aqueous reactor fuelled by a uranium salt solution with off-line separation of radioisotopes of interest (99Mo, 131I) from aliquots of irradiated fuel solution has been cited in a few presentations in the series of International Conference on Isotopes (ICI) held in Vancouver (2000), Cape Town (2003) and Brussels (2005) and recently some corporate interest has also been noticeable. Calculations and some experimental research have shown that the use of aqueous homogeneous reactors (AHRs) could be an efficient technology for fission radioisotope production, having some prospective advantages compared with traditional technology based on the use of solid uranium targets irradiated in research reactors. This review of AHR status and prospects by a team of experts engaged in the field of homogeneous reactors and radioisotope producers yields an objective evaluation of the technological challenges and other relevant implications. The meeting to develop this report facilitated the exchange of information on the 'state of the art' of the technology related to homogeneous aqueous solution nuclear reactors, especially in connection with the production of radioisotopes. This publication presents a summary of discussions of a consultants meeting which is followed by the technical presentations
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Cooling, C.M., E-mail: c.cooling10@imperial.ac.uk [Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom); Williams, M.M.R. [Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom); Nygaard, E.T. [Babcock and Wilcox Technical Services Group (TSG) (United States); Eaton, M.D. [Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)
2013-09-15
Highlights: • A point kinetics model for the Medical Isotope Production Reactor is formulated. • Reactivity insertions are simulated using this model. • Polynomial chaos is used to simulate uncertainty in reactor parameters. • The computational efficiency of polynomial chaos is compared to that of Monte Carlo. -- Abstract: This paper models a conceptual Medical Isotope Production Reactor (MIPR) using a point kinetics model which is used to explore power excursions in the event of a reactivity insertion. The effect of uncertainty of key parameters is modelled using intrusive polynomial chaos. It is found that the system is stable against reactivity insertions and power excursions are all bounded and tend towards a new equilibrium state due to the negative feedbacks inherent in Aqueous Homogeneous Reactors (AHRs). The Polynomial Chaos Expansion (PCE) method is found to be much more computationally efficient than that of Monte Carlo simulation in this application.
Use of LEU in the aqueous homogeneous medical isotope production reactor
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Ball, R.M. [Babock & Wilcox, Lynchburg, VA (United States)
1997-08-01
The Medical Isotope Production Reactor (MIPR) is an aqueous solution of uranyl nitrate in water, contained in an aluminum cylinder immersed in a large pool of water which can provide both shielding and a medium for heat exchange. The control rods are inserted at the top through re-entrant thimbles. Provision is made to remove radiolytic gases and recombine emitted hydrogen and oxygen. Small quantities of the solution can be continuously extracted and replaced after passing through selective ion exchange columns, which are used to extract the desired products (fission products), e.g. molybdenum-99. This reactor type is known for its large negative temperature coefficient, the small amount of fuel required for criticality, and the ease of control. Calculation using TWODANT show that a 20% U-235 enriched system, water reflected can be critical with 73 liters of solution.
AQUEOUS HOMOGENEOUS REACTORTECHNICAL PANEL REPORT
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Diamond, D.J.; Bajorek, S.; Bakel, A.; Flanagan, G.; Mubayi, V.; Skarda, R.; Staudenmeier, J.; Taiwo, T.; Tonoike, K.; Tripp, C.; Wei, T.; Yarsky, P.
2010-12-03
Considerable interest has been expressed for developing a stable U.S. production capacity for medical isotopes and particularly for molybdenum- 99 (99Mo). This is motivated by recent re-ductions in production and supply worldwide. Consistent with U.S. nonproliferation objectives, any new production capability should not use highly enriched uranium fuel or targets. Conse-quently, Aqueous Homogeneous Reactors (AHRs) are under consideration for potential 99Mo production using low-enriched uranium. Although the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has guidance to facilitate the licensing process for non-power reactors, that guidance is focused on reactors with fixed, solid fuel and hence, not applicable to an AHR. A panel was convened to study the technical issues associated with normal operation and potential transients and accidents of an AHR that might be designed for isotope production. The panel has produced the requisite AHR licensing guidance for three chapters that exist now for non-power reactor licensing: Reac-tor Description, Reactor Coolant Systems, and Accident Analysis. The guidance is in two parts for each chapter: 1) standard format and content a licensee would use and 2) the standard review plan the NRC staff would use. This guidance takes into account the unique features of an AHR such as the fuel being in solution; the fission product barriers being the vessel and attached systems; the production and release of radiolytic and fission product gases and their impact on operations and their control by a gas management system; and the movement of fuel into and out of the reactor vessel.
Thermal-Hydraulics Study of a 75 kWth Aqueous Homogeneous Reactor for 99Mo Production
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Daniel Milian Pérez
2015-01-01
Full Text Available Tc99m is a very useful radioisotope, which is used in nearly 80% of all nuclear medicine procedures. Tc99m is produced from 99Mo decay. A potentially advantageous alternative to meeting current and future demand for 99Mo is the use of Aqueous Homogeneous Reactors (AHR. In this paper, a thermal-hydraulics study of the core of a 75 kWth AHR conceptual design based on the ARGUS reactor for 99Mo production is presented. As the ARGUS heat removal systems were designed for working at 20 kWth, the main objective of the thermal-hydraulics study was evaluating the heat removal systems in order to show that sufficient cooling capacity exists to prevent fuel solution overheating. The numerical simulations of an AHR model were carried out using the Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD code ANSYS CFX 14. Evaluation shows that the ARGUS heat removal systems working at 75 kWth are not able to provide sufficient cooling capacity to prevent fuel solution overheating. To solve this problem, the number of coiled cooling pipes inside the core was increased from one to five. The results of the CFD simulations with this modification in the design show that acceptable temperature distributions can be obtained.
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99mTc is a very useful radioisotope, which is used in nearly 80% of all nuclear medicine procedures. 99mTc is produced from 99Mo decay. Since 2007 the medical community has been plagued by 99Mo shortages due to aging reactors, such as the National Research Universal reactor in Canada and the High Flux Reactor in Petten, The Netherlands. At present, most of the world's supply of 99Mo for medical isotope production involves the neutron fission of 235U in multipurpose research reactors. 99Mo mostly results from the fission reaction of 235U targets with a fission yield about 6.1%. After irradiation in the reactor, the target is digested in acid or alkaline solutions and 99Mo is recovered through a series of extraction (separation) and purification steps. 99Mo production system in an Aqueous Homogeneous Reactor (AHR) offers a better method, because all of the 99Mo can be extracted from the fuel solution. Over 30 AHRs has been built and operated around the world with 149 years of combined experience. In this paper, an AHR conceptual design using LEU (Low Enriched Uranium) is optimized to meet the South American demand for 99Mo for the coming years. Aspect related with the neutronic behavior such as optimal reflector thickness, critical height, medical isotope production and others are evaluated. The neutronic calculations have been performed with the well-known MCNPX computational code. A benchmarking experiments performed at the Russian Research Center 'Kurchatov Institute' in order to validate that the developed models of AHRs with MCNPX code and the available library in XSDIR, ENDF/B VI.2, are adequate for studies of aqueous fuel solutions. (Author)
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Perez, Daniel Milian; Lorenzo, Daniel E. Milian; Garcia, Lorena P. Rodriguez; Llanes, Jesus Salomon; Hernandez, Carlos R. Garcia, E-mail: dperez@instec.cu, E-mail: dmilian@instec.cu, E-mail: lorenapilar@instec.cu, E-mail: cgh@instec.cu [Instituto Superior de Tecnologias y Ciencias Aplicadas (InSTEC), La Habana (Cuba); Lira, Carlos A. Brayner de Oliveira, E-mail: cabol@ufpe.br [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife (Brazil); Rodriguez, Manuel Cadavid, E-mail: mcadavid2001@yahoo.com [Tecnologia Nuclear Medica Spa, TNM (Chile)
2015-07-01
{sup 99m}Tc is the most common radioisotope used in nuclear medicine. It is a very useful radioisotope, which is used in about 30-40 million procedures worldwide every year. Medical diagnostic imaging techniques using {sup 99m}Tc represent approximately 80% of all nuclear medicine procedures. Although {sup 99m}Tc can be produced directly on a cyclotron or other type of particle accelerator, currently is almost exclusively produced from the beta-decay of its 66-h parent {sup 99}Mo. {sup 99}Mo production system in an Aqueous Homogeneous Reactor (AHR) is potentially advantageous because of its low cost, small critical mass, inherent passive safety, and simplified fuel handling, processing and purification characteristics. In this paper, an AHR conceptual design using Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) is studied and optimized for the production of {sup 99}Mo. Aspects related with the neutronic behavior such as optimal reflector thickness, critical height, medical isotopes production and the reactivity feedback introduced in the solution by the volumetric expansion of the fuel solution due to thermal expansion of the fuel solution and the void volume generated by radiolytic gas bubbles were evaluated. Thermal-hydraulics studies were carried out in order to show that sufficient cooling capacity exists to prevent fuel overheating. The neutronic and thermal-hydraulics calculations have been performed with the MCNPX computational code and the version 14 of ANSYS CFX respectively. The neutronic calculations demonstrated that the reactor is able to produce 370 six-day curies of {sup 99}Mo in 5 days operation cycles and the CFD simulation demonstrated that the heat removal systems provide sufficient cooling capacity to prevent fuel overheating, the maximum temperature reached by the fuel (89.29 deg C) was smaller to the allowable temperature limit (90 deg C). (author)
A novel approach to the production of medical radioisotopes: the homogeneous SLOWPOKE reactor
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Bonin, H.W., E-mail: bonin-h@rmc.ca [Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario (Canada); Hilborn, J.W. [retired, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River, Ontario (Canada); Carlin, G.E. [Ontario Power Generation, Toronto, Ontario (Canada); Gagnon, R.; Busatta, P. [Royal Canadian Navy, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)
2015-03-15
In 2009, the unexpected 15-month outage of the Canadian NRU nuclear reactor resulted in a sudden 30% world shortage, with higher shortages experienced in North America than in Europe. Commercial radioisotope production is from just eight nuclear reactors, most being aging systems near the end of their service life. This paper proposes a more efficient production and distribution model. Tc-99m unit doses would be distributed to regional hospitals from ten integrated 'industrial radiopharmacies', located at existing licensed nuclear reactor sites in North America. At each site, one or more 20 kW Homogeneous SLOWPOKE nuclear reactors would deliver 15 litres of irradiated aqueous uranyl sulfate fuel solution daily to industrial-scale hot cells, for extraction of Mo-99; and the low-enriched uranium would be recycled. Purified Mo-99 would be incorporated in large Mo-99/Tc-99m generators for extraction of Tc-99m five days a week; and each automated hot-cell facility would be designed to load up to 7,000 Tc-99m syringes daily for road delivery to all of the nuclear medicine hospitals within a 3-hour range. At the current price of $20 per unit dose, the annual gross income from 10 sites would be approximately $360 million. The Homogeneous SLOWPOKE reactor evolved from the inherently safe SLOWPOKE-2 research reactor, with a double goal: replacing the heterogeneous SLOWPOKE-2 reactors at the end-of-core life, enabling them to continue their primary missions of research and education, together with full time commercial radioisotope production. The Homogeneous SLOWPOKE reactor was modelled using both deterministic and probabilistic reactor simulation codes. The homogeneous fuel mixture is a dilute aqueous solution of low-enriched uranyl sulfate containing approximately 1 kg of U-235. The reactor is controlled by mechanical absorber rods in the beryllium reflector. Safety analysis was carried out for both normal operation and transient conditions. The most severe
Revisiting homogeneous suspension reactors for production of radioisotopes
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Some 50 years ago in Geneva Conferences I, II and III (1955. 1958 and 1964) on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, and also in Vienna Symposium on Reactor Experiments (1961), several papers where presented by different countries referring to advances in homogeneous suspension reactors. In particular the Dutch KEMA Suspension Test Reactor (KSTR) was developed, built and successfully operated in the sixties and seventies. It was a 1MWth reactor in which a suspension (6 microns spheres) of mixed UO2/ThO2 in light water was circulated in a closed loop through a sphere-shaped vessel. One of the basic ideas on these suspension reactors was to apply the fission recoil separation effect as a means of purification of the fuel: the non-volatile fission products can be adsorbed in dispersed active charcoal and removed from the liquid. Undoubtedly, this method can present some advantages and better yields for the production of Mo-99 and other short lived radioisotopes, since they have to be extracted from a liquid in which practically no uranium is present. Details are mentioned of the different aspects that have been taken into account and which ones could be added in the corresponding actualization of suspension reactors for radioisotope production. In recent years great advances have been made in nanotechnology that can be used in the tailoring of fuel particles and adsorbent media. Recently, in CNEA Buenos Aires, a new facility has been inaugurated and is being equipped and licensed for laboratory experiments and preparative synthesis of nuclear nanoparticles. RA-6 and RA-3 experimental reactors in Argentina can be used for in-pile testing. (author)
MUPO, Critical 43 Group Spectra Calculation for Homogeneous Reactor
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1 - Nature of physical problem solved: MUPO calculates the critical spectrum of a bare homogeneous reactor in 43 groups. This spectrum is used to evaluate condensed microscopic cross-sections. An option for this programme is to read in the library data from cards and write the binary library tape -DRAGON LIBRARY 3-. 2 - Method of solution: 3 options. Introduction of an additional absorber to account for a control poison, source iteration technique, and a buckling iteration. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: 110 materials
Localized patterns in homogeneous networks of diffusively coupled reactors
Moore, Peter K.; Horsthemke, Werner
2005-06-01
We study the influence of network topology on instabilities of the homogeneous steady state of diffusively coupled, monostable nonlinear cells. A particular focus are diffusion-induced instabilities, i.e., Turing instabilities. We present various theorems that make it possible to determine analytically the stability properties of networks with arbitrary topologies and general monostable dynamics of the individual cells. This work aims in particular to determine those topologies that will give rise to localized stationary patterns. Specific examples focus on well-stirred chemical reactors. The reactors are coupled by diffusion-like mass transfer, and the kinetics is given by the Lengyel-Epstein model, a two-variable scheme for the chlorine dioxide-iodine-malonic acid reaction.
SLAROM: a code for cell homogenization calculation of fast reactor
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A revised version of the SLAROM code has been developed. The main function of SLAROM is to perform the cell homogenization calculation of a fast power reactor and a fast critical assembly. The code uses the JFS2 or JFS3 type cross section set as a multi-group cross section library. The region dependent effective cross sections are calculated by taking account of the heterogeneity effect of resonance shielding for heavy nuclides. The integral transport equations are solved by using the collision probability method. SLAROM installs collision probability calculation routines for various geometries encountered in a fast reactor analysis. The effective multiplication factor (ksub(eff)) calculation or buckling search mode is available. The cell homogenized cross sections are obtained by weighting with the fine structure flux and volumes. The calculation of anisotropic diffusion coefficient is based on the Benoist's definition with use of the directional collision probability. The averaged macroscopic and microscopic cross sections are saved on the Partitioned Data Set file with a unified format. In addition to the cell calculation, another module is equipped to solve one dimensional diffusion equations in normal and adjoint modes. The fluxes obtained by this module can be used to collapse the fine group cross sections into the broad group structure. The perturbation calculation is also available. This report describes the calculational method adopted in the SLAROM code, input data and job control statements instructions, structure of the code, file requirement and sample input and output data. Since the input data are punched in a free format, users will be easy to prepare them. The description of auxiliary programs is given in Appendix for a help of the data handling on the PDS file. (author)
REMOVAL OF REMAZOL ROSSO RB DYE FROM AQUEOUS EFFLUENTS BY HOMOGENOUS FENTON OXIDATION PROCESSES
Carmen Zaharia; Victoria Fedorcea; Adrian Beda; Victor Amarandei; Augustin Muresan
2014-01-01
The paper presents some data from our laboratory-setup experiments of homogenous oxidative processes with hydrogen peroxide (i.e. advanced Fenton oxidation processes) applied for Remazol Rosso RB dye-containing aqueous systems, especially textile effluents. Therefore, some different operating parameters (including pH, concentration of dye, H2O2 and ferrous ions, oxidation time, temperature, stirring regime, among its) were tested for determination of the best performance in effluent decolorat...
Analysis of a homogenous and heterogeneous stylized half core of a CANDU reactor
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EL-Khawlani, Afrah [Physics Department, Sana' a (Yemen); Aziz, Moustafa [Nuclear and radiological regulatory authority, Cairo (Egypt); Ismail, Mahmud Yehia; Ellithi, Ali Yehia [Cairo Univ. (Egypt). Faculty of Science
2015-03-15
The MCNPX (Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code System) code has been used for modeling and simulation of a half core of CANDU (CANada Deuterium-Uranium) reactor, both homogenous and heterogeneous model for the reactor core are designed. The fuel is burnt in normal operation conditions of CANDU reactors. Natural uranium fuel is used in the model. The multiplication factor for homogeneous and heterogeneous reactor core is calculated and compared during fuel burnup. The concentration of both uranium and plutonium isotopes are analysed in the model. The flux and power distributions through channels are calculated.
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2015-01-01
Full Text Available We propose a robust method to distinguish isolated single gold nanoparticles (AuNP monomers and their dimers under Brownian motion, a key for ultrasensitive homogeneous bioassays, including AuNP sandwich assays. To detect dimers and distinguish them from a larger number of monomers in aqueous solution, single-particle polarization microscopy was performed. For the accurate detection of individual particles, the optical anisotropy and rotational diffusion time are measured because a dimer is much more anisotropic than the nearly spherical monomer and the rotational diffusion time of a dimer is four times that of a monomer. By employing an autocorrelation analysis, we defined a measure of distinguishing that simultaneously enables high detection probability and low error probability. The detection platform offers homogeneous DNA hybridization assays and immunoassays at the subpicomolar level.
REMOVAL OF REMAZOL ROSSO RB DYE FROM AQUEOUS EFFLUENTS BY HOMOGENOUS FENTON OXIDATION PROCESSES
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Carmen Zaharia
2014-06-01
Full Text Available The paper presents some data from our laboratory-setup experiments of homogenous oxidative processes with hydrogen peroxide (i.e. advanced Fenton oxidation processes applied for Remazol Rosso RB dye-containing aqueous systems, especially textile effluents. Therefore, some different operating parameters (including pH, concentration of dye, H2O2 and ferrous ions, oxidation time, temperature, stirring regime, among its were tested for determination of the best performance in effluent decoloration and dye removal, meaning the optimal values of each studied parameters for highest decoloration or dye removal.
Present status of the use of LEU in aqueous reactors to produce Mo-99
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Ball, Russell M. [Technology Commercialization International, Lynchburg, VA (United States); E-mail: 76130.1301@compuserve.com; Pavshook, V.A.; Khvostionov, V.Ye. [Russian Research Centre Kurchatov Inst., Moscow (Russian Federation)
1998-07-01
An operating aqueous homogeneous reactor, the ARGUS at Kurchatov Institute, has been used to produce fission product molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), widely used in nuclear medicine to produce technetium-99m (Tc-99m). The Mo-99 has been extracted from the sulfate solution using an organic sorbent after operation at 1 kW/liter. after purification, the material has been assayed and the result is well within required specification of the USPharmacopaeia. Operation calculation are presented to show the sources and quantity of alpha activity when LEU is used. (author)
Homogeneous Catalytic Hydrogenations and Photocatalytic Reactions in Microstructured Reactor Systems
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Pavlorková, Jana; Křišťál, Jiří; Drhová, Magdalena; Hejda, S.; Klusoň, Petr
Prague: Czech Society of Industrial Chemistry, 2014 - (Kalenda, P.; Lubojacký, J.), s. 231-232 ISBN 978-80-86238-64-7. [mezinárodní chemicko-technologická konference /2./. Mikulov (CZ), 07.04.2014-09.04.2014] Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : microstructured reactor * hydrogenation * photochemical oxidation Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering http://www.icct.cz
Computer simulation of homogenization of boric acid in a pressurizer of the advanced nuclear reactor
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Rosa, Jose E.P. da; Moreira, Maria de L., E-mail: jeduird@hotmail.com, E-mail: malu@ien.gov.br [Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Oliveira, Andre F. de, E-mail: eafoliveira@ien.gov.br [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia (COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Nuclear
2013-07-01
The reactivity of a water cooled reactor is controlled using control rods or boron dilution in water of the primary circuit. The boron-10 ({sup 10} B) is an efficient neutron absorber, especially when used in the absorption of thermal neutrons. Transient studies with disabilities in the homogenization of boron in PWR reactors become important as the boric acid solution is added to the primary circuit coolant in order to help control the fission rate in the reactor core. After reactor shutdown, the boron present in coolant has the function of maintaining reactor subcriticality. If low concentrated boron solution enters in the primary circuit, it becomes necessary to inject boron and to assure that the coolant will be well homogenized in order to increase the concentration and thus preventing water with small amounts of boron to reach the core. The aim of this study is to simulate the boron homogenization in the pressurizer of an advanced nuclear reactor. It is used a test section, which represents a quarter of a modular nuclear reactor pressurizer. By using the CFX code, a computer program that allows thermal hydraulic analysis of different types of flow, three examples were simulated using different operating conditions. With the results, it was analyzed the parameters that could influence this homogenization. Case studies such as variation of the dimensions of the water inlet and outlet tubes, flow variation and change in positioning of entrances and exits were made with the goal of finding parameters that could help the optimization of the homogenization of boron. The results confirm that the issues analyzed can be changed in the project in order to obtain the best operating condition. (author)
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Most modern nodal methods in use by the reactor vendors and utilities are based on the generalized equivalence theory (GET) that uses homogenized cross sections and flux discontinuity factors. These homogenized parameters, referred to as infinite medium parameters, are precomputed by performing single bundle fine-mesh calculations with zero current boundary conditions. It is known that for configurations in which the node-to-node leakage (e.g., surface current-to-flux ratio) is large the use of the infinite medium parameters could lead to large errors in the nodal solution. This would be the case for highly heterogeneous core configurations, typical of modern reactor core designs
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Farzad Rahnema
2003-09-30
Most modern nodal methods in use by the reactor vendors and utilities are based on the generalized equivalence theory (GET) that uses homogenized cross sections and flux discontinuity factors. These homogenized parameters, referred to as infinite medium parameters, are precomputed by performing single bundle fine-mesh calculations with zero current boundary conditions. It is known that for configurations in which the node-to-node leakage (e.g., surface current-to-flux ratio) is large the use of the infinite medium parameters could lead to large errors in the nodal solution. This would be the case for highly heterogeneous core configurations, typical of modern reactor core designs.
Reactor physics analysis method based on Monte Carlo homogenization
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Background: Many new concepts of nuclear energy systems with complicated geometric structures and diverse energy spectra have been put forward to meet the future demand of nuclear energy market. The traditional deterministic neutronics analysis method has been challenged in two aspects: one is the ability of generic geometry processing; the other is the multi-spectrum applicability of the multi-group cross section libraries. The Monte Carlo (MC) method predominates the suitability of geometry and spectrum, but faces the problems of long computation time and slow convergence. Purpose: This work aims to find a novel scheme to take the advantages of both methods drawn from the deterministic core analysis method and MC method. Methods: A new two-step core analysis scheme is proposed to combine the geometry modeling capability and continuous energy cross section libraries of MC method, as well as the higher computational efficiency of deterministic method. First of all, the MC simulations are performed for assembly, and the assembly homogenized multi-group cross sections are tallied at the same time. Then, the core diffusion calculations can be done with these multi-group cross sections. Results: The new scheme can achieve high efficiency while maintain acceptable precision. Conclusion: The new scheme can be used as an effective tool for the design and analysis of innovative nuclear energy systems, which has been verified by numeric tests. (authors)
LOCA- and ATWS-calculations for homogeneous and heterogeneous advanced pressurized water reactors
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LOCA and ATWS calculations have been performed for the two KfK reference designs (homogeneous with p/d=1.2 and heterogeneous reactor) of APWR and for a homogeneous reactor with a tighter fuel rod lattice (p/d=1.123) as well as for a reference PWR. The calculations have been performed with the Ispra version of the code RELAP5/Mod.1. New correlations have been introduced in the code to account for the core geometry, which is different from that of a PWR. The results of the calculations show that during the LOCA the fuel rod cladding hot spot temperatures in the seed of the heterogeneous reactor reach values which are about 2500C higher than the corresponding temperatures for a PWR, and that during the ATWS the pressure inside the primary circuit exceeds the maximal allowable pressure in the case of the homogeneous reactor with p/d=1.123. On the basis of the present calculations only the homogeneous reactor with p/d=1.2 appears to be acceptable from a safety point of view. These results need of course experimental confirmation. (orig.)
Zhang, Hairong; Guo, Haijun; Wang, Bo; Shi, Silan; Xiong, Lian; Chen, Xinde
2016-01-20
In this work, bacterial cellulose (BC) was activated by ethylenediamine (EDA) and then dissolved in lithium chloride/N,N-dimethylacetamide (LiCl/DMAc) aqueous solutions. The resulting transparent solution was cast on a glass plate to prepare regenerated BC. Then cationic BC was prepared homogeneously by the reaction between regenerated BC and 3-chloro-2-hydroxypropyl-trimethyl ammonium chloride (CHPTAC) in a NaOH/urea aqueous solution. Structure and properties of the BC and its products were characterized by different techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA). The results showed that there was no significant difference between the structures of BC, activated BC and regenerated BC. The effects of different temperature and molar ratio of CHPTAC to anhydroglucose unit (AGU) on the degree of substitution (DS) value were examined. The DS values of cationic BC ranged between 0.21 and 0.51. PMID:26572343
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Highlights: • Uncertain neutron diffusion equation of bare square homogeneous reactor is studied. • Proposed interval arithmetic is extended for fuzzy numbers. • The developed fuzzy arithmetic is used to handle uncertain parameters. • Governing differential equation is modelled by modified fuzzy finite element method. • Fuzzy critical eigenvalues and effective multiplication factors are investigated. - Abstract: The scattering of neutron collision inside a reactor depends upon geometry of the reactor, diffusion coefficient and absorption coefficient etc. In general these parameters are not crisp and hence we get uncertain neutron diffusion equation. In this paper we have investigated the above equation for a bare square homogeneous reactor. Here the uncertain governing differential equation is modelled by a modified fuzzy finite element method. Using modified fuzzy finite element method, obtained eigenvalues and effective multiplication factors are studied. Corresponding results are compared with the classical finite element method in special cases and various uncertain results have been discussed
Conceptual design of a new homogeneous reactor for medical radioisotope Mo-99/Tc-99m production
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Liem, Peng Hong [Nippon Advanced Information Service (NAIS Co., Inc.) Scientific Computational Division, 416 Muramatsu, Tokaimura, Ibaraki (Japan); Tran, Hoai Nam [Chalmers University of Technology, Dept. of Applied Physics, Div. of Nuclear Engineering, SE-412 96 Gothenburg (Sweden); Sembiring, Tagor Malem [National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), Center for Reactor Technology and Nuclear Safety, Kawasan Puspiptek, Serpong, Tangerang Selatan, Banten (Indonesia); Arbie, Bakri [PT MOTAB Technology, Kedoya Elok Plaza Blok DA 12, Jl. Panjang, Kebun Jeruk, Jakarta Barat (Indonesia)
2014-09-30
To partly solve the global and regional shortages of Mo-99 supply, a conceptual design of a nitrate-fuel-solution based homogeneous reactor dedicated for Mo-99/Tc-99m medical radioisotope production is proposed. The modified LEU Cintichem process for Mo-99 extraction which has been licensed and demonstrated commercially for decades by BATAN is taken into account as a key design consideration. The design characteristics and main parameters are identified and the advantageous aspects are shown by comparing with the BATAN's existing Mo-99 supply chain which uses a heterogeneous reactor (RSG GAS multipurpose reactor)
Non-aqueous removal of sodium from reactor components
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Reactor components from sodium-cooled systems. whether radioactive or not, must have the sodium removed before they can be safely handled for 1) disposal, 2) examination and test, or 3) decontamination, repair, and requalification. In the latter two cases, the sodium must be removed in a manner which will not harm the component. and prevent future use. Two methods for sodium removal using non-aqueous techniques have been studied extensively in the U.S.A. in the past few years: the Alcohol Process, which uses a fully denatured ethanol to react away the sodium; and the Evaporative Process, which uses heat and vacuum to evaporate the sodium from the component
An improved assembly homogenization approach for plate-type research reactor
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Highlights: • An improved assembly homogenization approach is developed for plate-type research reactor. • The approach includes direct assembly calculation and SPH equivalence method. • The assembly environmental effect is considered with multi-assembly calculations and assembly classification. • The control rod worth can be calculated accurately by the improved approach. - Abstract: We have developed an improved assembly homogenization approach for plate-type research reactor. Compared with the conventional cell and assembly homogenization way, three advanced homogenization methods are used in our improved approach, including the direct single and multi-assembly calculations, treatment of the assembly environmental effect by multi-assembly calculations and assembly classification, and the superhomogenization (SPH) method. The approach is carried out with DRAGON v4 code. The neutronic analysis for fresh fueled core of JRR-3M with UAlx–Al dispersion type fuel is carried out by diffusion code CITATION with 3-group homogenized cross sections which are generated by the improved approach. Results by Monte Carlo code are taken as references, and results by the conventional three-step method are given for comparison purposes. The calculation results show that the improved assembly homogenization approach is effective to improve the accuracy of keff eigenvalue, control rod worth and neutron flux distributions for whole core calculations. Especially, the control rod worth can be calculated accurately by the improved approach
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Soheil Sayyahi; Jafar Saghanezhad
2011-01-01
In this letter, a mild and efficient procedure for synthesis of phenacyl derivatives under homogenous catalysis in the presence of tetrabutylammonium bromide in aqueous media is described. The nucleophilic substitution reactions were performed under ecofriendly conditions and gave the corresponding products in high yields and short reaction times.
Homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction of uranium(VI) from acetate aqueous solution
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A selective and very effective concentration method for uranium(VI) was developed by the homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction method based on the ion-pair phase separation of perfluorooctanoate ion (PFOA-) with tetrabutylammonium ion (TBA+). Under the experimental conditions ([PFOA-]T=6.67x10-3 M, [TBA+]T=5.0x10-2 M, [acetate]T=0.17 M, pH 4.0), the extraction % of uranium(VI) was 96%, and the maximum concentration factor was approximately 330-fold (i.e., 90 μl of the sedimented phase was produced from 30 ml of the aqueous phase). The extracted species was estimated by the normal liquid-liquid extraction method in a water/ethyl acetate system to be UO2(CH3COO)-3·TBA+. The proposed homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction method was applied as a preconcentration method for the spectrophotometric determination of uranium(VI) with arsenazo III. The calibration graph was linear over the range 3.3x10-8-2.7x10-6 M. The relative standard deviation for the central value of the calibration graph was 1.4% (10 determinations), and the detection limit (S/N=3) was 6.0x10-10 M. When the proposed method was applied to the separation and determination of uranium(VI) added to sea water, the results were satisfactory. (Copyright (c) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)
Homogenization of some radiative heat transfer models: application to gas-cooled reactor cores
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In the context of homogenization theory we treat some heat transfer problems involving unusual (according to the homogenization) boundary conditions. These problems are defined in a solid periodic perforated domain where two scales (macroscopic and microscopic) are to be taken into account and describe heat transfer by conduction in the solid and by radiation on the wall of each hole. Two kinds of radiation are considered: radiation in an infinite medium (non-linear problem) and radiation in cavity with grey-diffuse walls (non-linear and non-local problem). The derived homogenized models are conduction problems with an effective conductivity which depend on the considered radiation. Thus we introduce a framework (homogenization and validation) based on mathematical justification using the two-scale convergence method and numerical validation by simulations using the computer code CAST3M. This study, performed for gas cooled reactors cores, can be extended to other perforated domains involving the considered heat transfer phenomena. (author)
The reformation of liquid hydrocarbons in an aqueous discharge reactor
Zhang, Xuming; Cha, Min Suk
2015-06-01
We present an aqueous discharge reactor for the reformation of liquid hydrocarbons. To increase a dielectric constant of a liquid medium, we added distilled water to iso-octane and n-dodecane. As expected, we found decreased discharge onset voltage and increased discharge power with increased water content. Results using optical emission spectroscopy identified OH radicals and O atoms as the predominant oxidative reactive species with the addition of water. Enriched CH radicals were also visualized, evidencing the existence of cascade carbon-carbon cleavage and dehydrogenation processes in the aqueous discharge. The gaseous product consisted primarily of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and unsaturated hydrocarbons. The composition of the product was readily adjustable by varying the volume of water added, which demonstrated a significant difference in composition with respect to the tested liquid hydrocarbon. In this study, we found no presence of CO2 emissions or the contamination of the reactor by solid carbon deposition. These findings offer a new approach to the reforming processes of liquid hydrocarbons and provide a novel concept for the design of a practical and compact plasma reformer.
The reformation of liquid hydrocarbons in an aqueous discharge reactor
Zhang, Xuming
2015-04-21
We present an aqueous discharge reactor for the reformation of liquid hydrocarbons. To increase a dielectric constant of a liquid medium, we added distilled water to iso-octane and n-dodecane. As expected, we found decreased discharge onset voltage and increased discharge power with increased water content. Results using optical emission spectroscopy identified OH radicals and O atoms as the predominant oxidative reactive species with the addition of water. Enriched CH radicals were also visualized, evidencing the existence of cascade carbon-carbon cleavage and dehydrogenation processes in the aqueous discharge. The gaseous product consisted primarily of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and unsaturated hydrocarbons. The composition of the product was readily adjustable by varying the volume of water added, which demonstrated a significant difference in composition with respect to the tested liquid hydrocarbon. In this study, we found no presence of CO
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The objective of the present work is to estimate breeding ratio, radiation damage rate and minor actinide transmutation rate of infinite homogeneous lead and sodium cooled fast reactors. Uncertainty analysis is performed taking into account uncertainty in nuclear data and composition of the reactors. We use the recently released ENDF/B-VII.1 nuclear data library and restrict the work to the beginning of reactor life. We work under multigroup approximation. The Bondarenko method is used to acquire effective cross sections for the homogeneous reactor. Modeling error and numerical error are estimated. The adjoint sensitivity analysis is performed to calculate generalized adjoint fluxes for the responses. The generalized adjoint fluxes are used to calculate first order sensitivities of the responses to model parameters. The acquired sensitivities are used to propagate uncertainties in the input data to find out uncertainties in the responses. We show that the uncertainty in model parameters is the dominant source of uncertainty, followed by modeling error, input data precision and numerical error. The uncertainty due to composition of the reactor is low. We identify main sources of uncertainty and note that the low-fidelity evaluation of 16O is problematic due to lack of correlation between total and elastic reactions
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Vanhanen, R., E-mail: risto.vanhanen@aalto.fi
2015-03-15
The objective of the present work is to estimate breeding ratio, radiation damage rate and minor actinide transmutation rate of infinite homogeneous lead and sodium cooled fast reactors. Uncertainty analysis is performed taking into account uncertainty in nuclear data and composition of the reactors. We use the recently released ENDF/B-VII.1 nuclear data library and restrict the work to the beginning of reactor life. We work under multigroup approximation. The Bondarenko method is used to acquire effective cross sections for the homogeneous reactor. Modeling error and numerical error are estimated. The adjoint sensitivity analysis is performed to calculate generalized adjoint fluxes for the responses. The generalized adjoint fluxes are used to calculate first order sensitivities of the responses to model parameters. The acquired sensitivities are used to propagate uncertainties in the input data to find out uncertainties in the responses. We show that the uncertainty in model parameters is the dominant source of uncertainty, followed by modeling error, input data precision and numerical error. The uncertainty due to composition of the reactor is low. We identify main sources of uncertainty and note that the low-fidelity evaluation of {sup 16}O is problematic due to lack of correlation between total and elastic reactions.
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S Nayak; S Chakraverty
2015-10-01
In this paper, neutron diffusion equation of a triangular homogeneous bare reactor with uncertain parameters has been investigated. Here the involved parameters viz. geometry of the reactor, diffusion coefficient and absorption coefficient, etc. are uncertain and these are considered as fuzzy. Fuzzy values are handled through limit method which was defined for interval computations. The concept of fuzziness is hybridised with traditional finite element method to propose fuzzy finite element method. The proposed fuzzy finite element method has been used to obtain the uncertain eigenvalues of the said problem. Further these uncertain eigenvalues are compared with the traditional finite element method in special cases.
Optimal Homogenization of Perfusion Flows in Microfluidic Bio-Reactors: A Numerical Study
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Okkels, Fridolin; Dufva, Martin; Bruus, Henrik
2011-01-01
In recent years, the interest in small-scale bio-reactors has increased dramatically. To ensure homogeneous conditions within the complete area of perfused microfluidic bio-reactors, we develop a general design of a continually feed bio-reactor with uniform perfusion flow. This is achieved by...... introducing a specific type of perfusion inlet to the reaction area. The geometry of these inlets are found using the methods of topology optimization and shape optimization. The results are compared with two different analytic models, from which a general parametric description of the design is obtained and...... tested numerically. Such a parametric description will generally be beneficial for the design of a broad range of microfluidic bioreactors used for, e. g., cell culturing and analysis and in feeding bio-arrays....
Design requirements for innovative homogeneous reactor, lesson learned from Fukushima accident
Arbie, Bakri; Pinem, Suryan; Sembiring, Tagor; Subki, Iyos
2012-06-01
The Fukushima disaster is the largest nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, but it is more complex as multiple reactors and spent fuel pools are involved. The severity of the nuclear accident is rated 7 in the International Nuclear Events Scale. Expert said that "Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind". According to Mitsuru Obe, in The Wall Street Journal, May 16th of 2011, TEPCO estimates the nuclear fuel was exposed to the air less than five hours after the earthquake struck. Fuel rods melted away rapidly as the temperatures inside the core reached 2800 C within six hours. In less than 16 hours, the reactor core melted and dropped to the bottom of the pressure vessel. The information should be evaluated in detail. In Germany several nuclear power plant were shutdown, Italy postponed it's nuclear power program and China reviewed their nuclear power program. Different news come from Britain, in October 11, 2011, the Safety Committee said all clear for nuclear power in Britain, because there are no risk of strong earthquake and tsunami in the region. Due to this severe fact, many nuclear scientists and engineer from all over the world are looking for a new approach, such as homogeneous reactor which was developed in Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1960-ies, during Dr. Alvin Weinberg tenure as the Director of ORNL. The paper will describe the design requirement that will be used as the basis for innovative homogeneous reactor. Innovative Homogeneous Reactor is expected to reduce core melt by two decades (4), since the fuel is intermix homogeneously with coolant and secondly we eliminate the used fuel rod which need to be cooled for a long period of time. In order to be successful for its implementation of the innovative system, testing and validation, three phases of development will be introduced. The first phase is Low Level Goals is really the proof of concept;the Medium Level Goal is Technical Goalsand the High
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Full text: One of the energy alternatives to fossil fuels which do not produce greenhouse gases is the nuclear energy. One of the drawbacks of this alternative is the generation of radioactive wastes of long half-life and its relation to the generation of nuclear materials to produce weapons of mass destruction. An option to these drawbacks of nuclear energy is to use Thorium as part of the nuclear fuel which it becomes in U233 when capturing neutrons, that is a fissile material. In this paper Monte Carlo methods were used to design a homogeneous subcritical reactor based on thorium. As neutron reflector graphite was used. The reactor core is homogeneous and is formed of 70% light water as moderator, 12% of enriched uranium UO2(NO3)4 and 18% of thorium Th(NO3)4 as fuel. To start the nuclear fission chain reaction an isotopic source of californium 252 was used with an intensity of 4.6 x 107 s-1. In the design the value of the effective multiplication factor, whose value turned out keff <1 was calculated. Also, the neutron spectra at different distances from the source and the total fluence were calculated, as well as the values of the ambient dose equivalent in the periphery of the reactor. (Author)
Homogeneous recycling of minor actinides in an EFR type fast reactor
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The capability of the European Fast Reactor (EFR) as a typical large fast reactor to incinerate the minor actinides Np and Am, produced in LWRs, has been investigated for the case of homogeneous recycling of Np, Am and Pu. Detailed account is taken for a three-region reload scheme in which every two years 1/3 of the core is refuelled. The fraction of admixed minor actinides is varied from 2.8 to 7.5%. Results are given in terms of the number of clean-up LWRs by one burner, the nuclide inventories during recycling, and the risk potential of the waste from the incineration system compared to the non-incineration case. It is concluded that an enforced research should be done in chemistry to prove that a satisfactory separation especially of Am and also of Cm from the rare earths in the waste is possible on large scale. (author). 4 refs, 7 figs, 1 tab
Optimal homogenization of perfusion flows in microfluidic bio-reactors; a numerical study
Okkels, Fridolin; Bruus, Henrik
2009-01-01
To ensure homogeneous conditions within the complete area of perfused microfluidic bio-reactors, we develop a general design of a continuously feed bio-reactor with uniform perfusion flow. This is achieved by introducing a specific type of perfusion inlet to the reaction area. The geometry of these inlets are found using the methods of topology optimization and shape optimization. The results are compared with two different analytic models, from which a general parametric description of the design is obtained and tested numerically. Such a parametric description will generally be beneficial for the design of a broad range of microfluidic bioreactors used for e.g. cell culturing and analysis, and in feeding bio-arrays.
Investigation of aqueous slurries as fusion reactor blankets
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Numerical and experimental studies were carried out to assess the feasibility of using an aqueous slurry, with lithium in its solid component, to meet the tritium breeding, cooling, and shielding requirements of a controlled thermonuclear reactor (CTR). The numerical studies were designed to demonstrate the theoretical ability of a conceptual slurry blanket to breed adequate tritium to sustain the CTR. The experimental studies were designed to show that the tritium retention characteristics of likely solid components for the slurry were conducive to adequate tritium recovery without the need for isotopic separation. The numerical portion of this work consisted in part of using ANISN, a one-dimensional finite difference neutron transport code, to model the neutronic performance of the slurry blanket concept. The parameters governing tritium production and retention in a slurry were computed and used to modify the results of the ANISN computer runs. The numerical work demonstrated that the slurry blanket was only marginally capable of breeding sufficient tritium without the aid of a neutron multiplying region. The experimental portion of this work consisted of several neutron irradiation experiments, which were designed to determine the retention abilities of LiF particles
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The recently developed Hybrid Diffusion-Transport Spatial Homogenization (DTH) Method was previously tested on a benchmark problem typical of a boiling water reactor. In this paper, the DTH method is tested in a 1-D benchmark problem based on the Japanese High Temperature Test Reactor (HTTR). This acts as a verification of the method for a reactor that is optically thinner than the original BWR test benchmark. (author)
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As a part of the Dept. of Energy's Innovations in Nuclear Infrastructure and Education (INIE) Program a full facility model is being built of the Ohio State Univ. Research Reactor (OSURR) using the discrete ordinates transport code, PENTRAN. Since the thickness of the fuel plate of OSURR is very small, billions of spatial meshes are required in order to represent the whole reactor core. This, however, is not practical even with the PENTRAN code which is capable of partitioning the memory among processors. Hence, it is essential to consider a certain level of homogenization of fuel, clad, and/or moderator/coolant. Further, since fuel and cladding materials contain impurities and dimensions include tolerances, it also is important to estimate their impacts on the core eigenvalue. The impacts of different homogenization cases as well as the uncertainties in composition and dimensions of the fuel plates on k∞ are examined. To estimate the accuracy of different cases, Monte Carlo reference calculations are performed using the MCNP5 code. The selected combination will be used for full-facility simulation. (authors)
An expert system to analyze homogeneity in fuel element plates for research reactors
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In the manufacturing control of Fuel Element Plates for Research Reactors, one of the problems to be addressed is how to determine the U-density homogeneity in a fuel plate and how to obtain qualitative and quantitative information in order to establish acceptance or rejection criteria for such, as well as carrying out the quality follow-up.This paper is aimed at developing computing software which implements an Unsupervised Competitive Learning Neural Network for the acknowledgment of regions belonging to a digitalized gray scale image. This program is applied to X-ray images. These images are generated when the X-ray beams go through a fuel plate of approximately 60 cm x 8 cm x 0.1 cm thick. A Nuclear Fuel Element for Research Reactors usually consists of 18 to 22 of these plates, positioned in parallel, in an arrangement of 8 x 7 cm. Carrying out the inspection of the digitalized X-ray image, the neural network detects regions with different luminous densities corresponding to U-densities in the fuel plate. This is used in quality control to detect failures and verify acceptance criteria depending on the homogeneity of the plate. This modality of inspection is important as it allows the performance of non-destructive measurements and the automatic generation of the map of U-relative densities of the fuel plate. (author)
Fast Reactor Systems and Innovative Fuels for Minor Actinides Homogeneous Recycling
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This work is focused on the performance of critical fast reactor systems aimed at the transmutation of minor actinides (Np, Am, Cm) homogeneously dispersed in the MOX driver fuel. In particular, the paper deals with two scenarios in the 2050 time horizon, at first evaluating an extension of once-through fuel cycle strategy, hence introducing fast reactors in a closed fuel cycle strategy beyond 2030. The synergistic use of the DESAE and NFCSS scenario codes permitted to evaluate key indicators for natural resources usage, waste management, proliferation issues, and fuel cycle infrastructures needs. The paper aims at discussing the sustainability of a high development of nuclear energy to promote a transition to a low-carbon energy future. Finally, the results of scenarios analysis are discussed in the light of the ongoing studies moving ahead in the development of innovative fuels for minor actinides transmutation (e.g., PELGRIMM EU projects), where ENEA is actively involved on the track of related past activities. (author)
Magnetic separation of Dy(III) ions from homogeneous aqueous solutions
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The possibility to enrich paramagnetic dysprosium(III) ions in a magnetic field gradient is proved by means of interferometry, which may open the route for a magnetic separation of rare earth ions from aqueous solutions. The separation dynamics are studied for three different concentrations of DyCl3 and compared with those found recently in a sulphate solution of the 3d ion Mn(II). In view of the similar-sized hydration spheres for Dy(III) and Mn(II), the slower separation dynamics in DyCl3 is attributed to both a higher densification coefficient and the strong impact of Brownian motion due to the absence of ion-pair clusters
Tan, Chongxiao; Gajovic-Eichelmann, Nenad; Polzius, Rainer; Hildebrandt, Niko; Bier, Frank F
2010-11-01
The detection of the major active component of cannabis, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), becomes increasingly relevant due to its widespread abuse. For control purposes, some easy-to-use, sensitive and inexpensive test methods are needed. We have developed a fluorescence immunoassay utilising THC-fluorescein conjugate as tracer. Fluorescence spectroscopy of the conjugate revealed an unusual property: The relatively weak fluorescence of a dilute tracer solution was increased by a factor of up to 5 after binding of a THC-specific antibody. Fluorescence lifetime measurements in aqueous solutions suggested two different tracer conformations both associated with quenching of fluorescein fluorescence by the intramolecular THC moiety. After antibody binding, the tracer enters a third conformation in which fluorescence quenching of fluorescein is completely suppressed. Utilising this property, we established a homogeneous competitive immunoassay (homogeneous increasing fluorescence immunoassay) with low detection limits. The test requires only two reagents, the new tracer molecule and an anti-THC antibody. A single test takes only 8 min. The dynamic detection range for THC is 0.5 to 20 ng/mL in buffer, with a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.5 ng/mL. The test also works in diluted saliva samples (1:10 dilution with buffer) with an LOD of 2 ng/mL and a dynamic range of 2-50 ng/mL. PMID:20740278
Generalization of the Analytical Exponential Model for Homogeneous Reactor Kinetics Equations
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Abdallah A. Nahla
2012-01-01
Full Text Available Mathematical form for two energy groups of three-dimensional homogeneous reactor kinetics equations and average one group of the precursor concentration of delayed neutrons is presented. This mathematical form is called “two energy groups of the point kinetics equations.” We rewrite two energy groups of the point kinetics equations in the matrix form. Generalization of the analytical exponential model (GAEM is developed for solving two energy groups of the point kinetics equations. The GAEM is based on the eigenvalues and the corresponding eigenvectors of the coefficient matrix. The eigenvalues of the coefficient matrix are calculated numerically using visual FORTRAN code, based on Laguerre’s method, to calculate the roots of an algebraic equation with real coefficients. The eigenvectors of the coefficient matrix are calculated analytically. The results of the GAEM are compared with the traditional methods. These comparisons substantiate the accuracy of the results of the GAEM. In addition, the GAEM is faster than the traditional methods.
Peng, Na; Ai, Ziye; Fang, Zehong; Wang, Yanfeng; Xia, Zhiping; Zhong, Zibiao; Fan, Xiaoli; Ye, Qifa
2016-10-01
Water-soluble quaternized chitins (QCs) were homogeneously synthesized by reacting chitin with (3-chloro-2-hydroxypropyl) trimethylammonium chloride (CHPTAC) in 8wt% NaOH/4wt% urea aqueous solutions. The chemical structure and solution properties of the quaternized chitins were characterized by (1)H NMR, FT-IR, elemental analysis, dynamic light scattering (DLS) and zeta potential measurements. The results demonstrated that the water-soluble QCs, with a degree of substitution (DS) values of 0.27-0.54, could be obtained by varying the concentration of chitin, the molar ratio of CHPTAC to chitin unit, and the reaction time at room temperature (25°C). Two QCs (DS=0.36 and 0.54) were selected and studied as gene carriers. Agarose gel retardation assay revealed that both QCs could condense DNA efficiently when N/P ratio>3. The results of particle size and zeta potential indicated that both QCs had a good ability of condensing plasmid DNA into compact nanoparticles with the size of 100-200nm and zeta potential of +18 to +36mV. Compared to polyethylenimine (PEI, 25kDa), the QCs exhibited outstanding low cytotoxicity. Transfection efficiencies of the QCs/DNA complexes were measured using pGL-3 encoding luciferase as the foreign DNA, and the QCs/DNA complexes showed effective transfection efficiencies in 293T cells. These results revealed that the QCs prepared in NaOH/urea aqueous solutions could be used as promising non-viral gene carriers owing to their excellent characteristics. PMID:27312628
Liu, Lingzhi; Dong, Xiaohu; Xiao, Yan; Lian, Wenlong; Liu, Zhihong
2011-05-21
In the present work, a two-photon excited fluorescent chemosensor for Cu(2+) was prepared. The probe was constructed on the basis of internal charge transfer (ICT) principle with macrocyclic dioxotetraamine as the Cu(2+) receptor. The good water-solubility of the molecule enabled recognition and assay of Cu(2+) ions in biological media. The photophysical properties of the chemosensor were investigated in detail, exhibiting favorable fluorescence quantum yield and moderate two-photon absorption cross-section. The studies on binding thermodynamics demonstrated the formation of 1 : 1 complex between the chemosensor and Cu(2+) and an association constant of ca. 1.04 × 10(5) M(-1). Due to the rational design of the molecular structure, the sensor was highly specific to Cu(2+), which ensured high selectivity in Cu(2+) determination. Upon Cu(2+) binding, the intramolecular charge-transfer extent within the chromophore was weakened resulting in a remarkable quenching of fluorescence, based on which quantitative determination of Cu(2+) was performed. Good linearity was obtained between the fluorescence quenching value and Cu(2+) concentration ranging from 0.04 to 2.0 μM in aqueous solution. Benefiting from the merits of two-photon excitation, the chemosensor was free of interference from background luminescence in serum. A homogeneous quantitative determination of Cu(2+) was achieved in the serum medium with a linear range of 0.04 to 2.0 μM. Considering the structural flexibility of the sensor, this work also opens up the possibility to construct other two-photon excited chemosensors for direct homogeneous assay of various molecules/ions in complicated biological sample matrices. PMID:21416097
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In this paper, the accuracy and computational efficiency of the efficient consistent spatial homogenization method (ECSH) in neutron transport theory is assessed in a 1D benchmark problem characteristic of gas cooled thermal systems that are extremely challenging for conventional homogenization methods because of their longer neutron mean free path than water-based thermal reactors. The ECSH method is an extension of the consistent spatial homogenization method by using: (1) B-spline instead of Fourier series for the expansion of the spatial domain in the auxiliary cross section term and (2) a source iteration scheme instead of local fixed-source calculations in the re-homogenization procedure. Furthermore, the effect of the angular expansion order in the definition of the auxiliary cross section is studied. This method can be viewed as a significant improvement in accuracy of standard homogenization methods used for VHTR whole core analysis in which core environment effects are pronounced. It is shown that the ECSH method can reproduce the heterogeneous transport solution with up to 4 times faster computational speed, depending on the configuration of the control rods while maintaining reasonable accuracy and robust re-homogenization procedure. (author)
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Berger, F.; Bertrand, J
1958-12-01
Reactivity depends strongly on disturbances of the level of the plutonium solution In the homogeneous reactor. Proserpine has a small cylindrical core, 250 mm diameter, and 10 liters volume. With a view to reducing the dangers due to corrosion and contamination, the solution level in the core is raised by pneumatic pressure. The level is stabilized by means of a regulating system. During critical experiments the variations of the level are less than one hundredth part of a millimeter. (author) [French] Les variations du niveau de la solution de plutonium dans le reacteur homogene Proserpine ont une grosse influence sur la reactivite, car le coeur est petit (10 litres de solution dans un cylindre de diametre 250 mm). En vue de reduire les dangers dus a la corrosion et a la contamination, la commande du volume liquide est pneumatique. Nous avons realise la stabilite du niveau par une regulation qui, dans les essais en regime critique, limite les variations du plan liquide a une fraction de centieme de millimetre. (auteur)
Biodenitrification of gaseous diffusion plant aqueous wastes: stirred bed reactor
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Approximately 30 kilograms of nitrates per day are discarded in the raffinates (acid wastes) of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant's X-705 Uranium Recovery and Decontamination Facility. A biodenitrification process employing continuous-flow, stirred-bed reactors has been successfully used to remove nitrates from similar acid wastes at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant. Laboratory studies have been made at Portsmouth to characterize the X-705 raffinates and to test the stirred-bed biodenitrification process on such raffinates. Raffinates which had been previously characterized were pumped through continuous-flow, stirred-bed, laboratory-scale reactors. Tests were conducted over a period of 146 days and involved variations in composition, mixing requirements, and the fate of several metal ions in the raffinates. Tests results show that 20 weight percent nitrates were reduced to a target nitrate effluent concentration of 100 μg/ml with a 99.64 percent efficiency. However, the average denitrification rate achieved was only 33% of that demonstrated with the Y-12 stirred-bed system. These low rates were probably due to the toxic effects of heavy metal ions on the denitrifying bacteria. Also, most of the uranium in the raffinate feed remained in the biomass and calcite, which collected in the reactor. This could cause criticality problems. For these reasons, it was decided not to make use of the stirred-bed bioreactor at Portsmouth. Instead, the biodenitrification installation now planned will use fluidized bed columns whose performance will be the subject of a subsequent report
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A study on improving the homogeneous dispersion of atomized spherical particles in fuel meats has been performed in connection with the development of high uranium density fuel. In comparing various mixing methods, the better homogeneity of the mixture could be obtained as in order of Spex mill, V-shape tumbler mixer, and off-axis rotating drum mixer. The Spex mill mixer required some laborious work because of its small capacity per batch. Trough optimizing the rotating speed parameter for the V-shape tumbler mixer, almost the same homogeneity as with the Spex mill could be obtained. The homogeneity of the extruded fuel meats appeared to improve through extrusion. All extruded fuel meats with U3 Si powder of 50-volume % had fairly smooth surfaces. The homogeneity of fuel meats by V-shaped tumbler mixer revealed to be fairly good on micrographs. (author)
Homogeneous fast reactor benchmark testing of CENDL-2 and ENDF/B-6
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How to choose correct weighting spectrum has been studied to produce multigroup constants for fast reactor benchmark calculations. A correct weighting option makes us obtain satisfying results of Keff and central reaction rate ratios for nine fast reactor benchmark testings of CENDL-2 and ENDF/B-6. (4 tabs., 2 figs.)
Homogeneous fast reactor benchmark testing of CENDL-2 and ENDF/B-6
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How to choose correct weighting spectrum has been studied to produce multigroup constants for fast reactor benchmark calculations. A correct weighting option makes us obtain satisfying results of Keff and central reaction rate ratios for nine fast reactor benchmark testing of CENDL-2 and ENDF/B-6. (author). 8 refs, 2 figs, 4 tabs
Axial dependence of homogenized cross sections used for nodal analysis of the boiling water reactor
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The objective of the work here was to assess the errors introduced by using 2D, few group homogenized cross sections to perform neutronics analysis of BWR problems with significant axial heterogeneities. The 3D method of characteristics code DeCART is used to generate 2-group assembly homogenized cross sections first using a conventional 2D lattice model and then using a full 3D solution of the assembly. A single BWR fuel assembly model based on an advanced BWR lattice design is used with a typical void distribution applied to the fuel channel coolant. This model is validated against an MCNP model. A comparison of the cross sections is performed for the assembly homogenized planar cross sections from the DeCART 3D and DeCART 2D solutions. (authors)
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Kennedy, R. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH 43202 (United States); Dionne, B. [Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 (United States); Aldemir, T. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH 43202 (United States); Sjoden, G.; Haghighat, A. [Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 (United States)
2006-07-01
As a part of the Dept. of Energy's Innovations in Nuclear Infrastructure and Education (INIE) Program a full facility model is being built of the Ohio State Univ. Research Reactor (OSURR) using the discrete ordinates transport code, PENTRAN. Since the thickness of the fuel plate of OSURR is very small, billions of spatial meshes are required in order to represent the whole reactor core. This, however, is not practical even with the PENTRAN code which is capable of partitioning the memory among processors. Hence, it is essential to consider a certain level of homogenization of fuel, clad, and/or moderator/coolant. Further, since fuel and cladding materials contain impurities and dimensions include tolerances, it also is important to estimate their impacts on the core eigenvalue. The impacts of different homogenization cases as well as the uncertainties in composition and dimensions of the fuel plates on k{sub {infinity}} are examined. To estimate the accuracy of different cases, Monte Carlo reference calculations are performed using the MCNP5 code. The selected combination will be used for full-facility simulation. (authors)
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Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has been implementing the 'Fast Reactor Cycle Technology Development (FaCT)' project in cooperation with electric utilities toward the commercialization of fast reactor cycle system in Japan before 2050. In the FaCT project, a combination system of 'the Japan Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (JSFR) with oxide fuel, the advanced aqueous reprocessing, and the simplified pelletizing fuel fabrication' has been adopted pursuing full-actinides recycling in a closed cycle. In the advanced aqueous reprocessing concept, JAEA has proposed NEXT (New extraction system for TRU recovery) system consists of six innovative technologies (disassembling and shearing, fuel dissolution, uranium (U) crystallization, highly effective extraction system with group separation of U- plutonium (Pu) - neptunium (Np), MA recovery by extraction chromatography and Salt-free process for waste reduction ). Toward the present milestone in the FaCT project, the evaluation work to decide whether the innovative technologies can be adopted for the advanced aqueous reprocessing is in progress. So far, on the basis of the progress in design study and research works on the relevant innovative technologies, three technologies as disassembling/shearing, highly effective dissolution and effective uranium pre-recovery by crystallization are judged to be adoptable in the preliminary assessment by JAEA and electric utilities. The final decision will be made by the end of 2010. The selected technologies will be adopted for the conceptual design, and related research and development works will be carried out from 2011, and the future development program toward the commercialization until 2015 would be applied. (authors)
CO{sub 2} capture by aqueous solutions of glucosamine in a bubble column reactor
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Garcia-Abuin, A.; Gomez-Diaz, D.; Navaza, J.M.; Vidal-Tato, I. [University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago De Compostela (Spain)
2010-08-01
The present work analyses the carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) capture process by means of absorption with chemical reaction with glucosamine aqueous solutions, using a bubble column reactor (BCR). Experimental results indicate that this reagent has a similar behaviour to other common amines (i.e. monoethanolamine, widely used in CO{sub 2} capture), as regarding the capture rate of this acidic gas. The value of the mass transfer coefficient corresponding to the liquid phase has been determined, and the effect of different operation conditions upon the value of that coefficient has also been analysed (amine concentration, pH and gas flow-rate).
Homogenization of the internal structures of a reactor with the cooling fluid
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To take into account the influence of a structure net among a fluid flow, without modelling exactly the structure shape, a concept of ''equivalent porosity method'' was developed. The structures are considered as solid pores inside the fluid. The structure presence is represented by three parameters: a porosity, a shape coefficient and a pressure loss coefficient. The method was studied for an Hypothetical Core Disruptive Accident in a Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor, but it can be applied to any problem involving fluid flow getting through a solid net. The model was implemented in the computer code CASTEM-PLEXUS and validated on an analytical shock tube test, simulating an horizontal slice of a schematic LMFBR in case of a HCDA (bubble at high pressure, liquid sodium and internal structures of the reactor). A short parametric study shows the influence of the porosity and the structure shape on the pressure wave impacting the shock tube bottom. These results were used to simulate numerically the HCDA mechanical effects in a small scale reactor mock-up. (author)
An assessment of once-through homogeneous thorium fuel economics for light water reactors
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The fuel economics of an once-through homogeneous thorium fuel concept for PWR was assessed by doing a detailed core analysis. In addition to this, the fuel economics assessment was also performed for two other ways enhancing the economic potential of thorium fuel; thorium utilization in the mixed core with uranium fuel assembly and Duplex thorium fuel concepts. As a results of fuel economics assessment, the thorium fuel cycle does not show any economic incentives in preference to uranium fuel cycle under the 18-months fuel cycle for PWR. However, the utilization of thorium is the mixed core with uranium fuel assembly and Duplex thorium fuel cycle and show superior fuel economics to uranium fuel under the longer fuel cycle scheme. The economic potential of once-through thorium fuel cycle is expected to be increased further by utilizing the Duplex thorium fuel in the mixed core with uranium fuel assembly
An evaluation of once-through homogeneous thorium fuel cycle for light water reactors
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The other ways enhancing the economic potential of thorium fuel has been assessed ; the utilization of lower enriched uranium in thorium-uranium fuel, duplex thorium fuel concept, thorium utilization in the mixed core with uranium fuel assembly and thorium blanket utilization in the uranium core. The fuel economics of the proposed ways of thorium fuel increased compared to the previous homogeneous thorium fuel cycle. Compared to uranium fuel cycle, however, they do not show any economic incentives. From the view of proliferation resistance potential, thorium fuel option has the advantage to reduce the inventory of plutonium production. Any of proposed thorium options are less economical than uranium fuel option, the thorium fuel option has the potential to be utilized in the future for the sake of the effective consumption of excessive plutonium and the preparation against the using up of uranium resource
Phosphate removal from aqueous solution using ZVI/sand bed reactor: Behavior and mechanism.
Sleiman, Nathalie; Deluchat, Véronique; Wazne, Mahmoud; Mallet, Martine; Courtin-Nomade, Alexandra; Kazpard, Véronique; Baudu, Michel
2016-08-01
This research reports on phosphate removal from aqueous solution using ZVI/sand packed columns. The influence of column preconditioning, consisting of ZVI pre-oxidation before feeding the columns with phosphate solution, revealed that a column aged for 1 day was more efficient than un-conditioned column, 5-days and 10-days preconditioned columns. The distribution of phosphate trapped inside the columns was evaluated by measuring phosphate concentration in the solids at different levels (P1, P2 and P3) along the depth of the columns. The distribution of phosphate inside the columns was determined for a time period up to 46 days, corresponding to column saturation. Results showed heterogeneous trapping along the column before saturation and homogeneous distribution upon saturation. The maximum cumulative trapped phosphate after column dismantling was determined before saturation (after 17 days running) at 130, 68 and 31 mgP/gFe at the inlet-P1, P1-P2 and P2-P3 layers, respectively, whereas the homogeneous distribution of phosphate upon saturation was determined at 132 mgP/gFe throughout the column. Solid supports were characterized using SEM, XRD and XPS. Lepidocrocite and maghemite/magnetite were the only iron oxidation products identified at the different layers inside the columns. XPS results confirmed the sorption of phosphate at the surface of ZVI and its oxidation products and highlighted the formation of an iron phosphate complex. PMID:27135373
Risk analysis of the aqueous fast reactor fuel cycle facility in the conceptual design stage
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This paper describes the radioactive release risk of the advanced aqueous reprocessing and fabrication facility for the fast reactor fuel cycle. Because this advanced facility is still in the conceptual design stage, the risk analysis aims at grasping the entire risk comprehensively as simple as possible. As a potential hazard, it was shown that the main process in the reprocessing and fuel fabrication facilities involved only an order of 10-3 of radioactivity in the single reactor core of large scale. Abnormal phenomena related to radioactive solution that can cause radioactive release from the facility to the environmental atmosphere in a large quantity were identified as follows: in-vessel boiling caused by loss of cooling system, a leak and fire of inflammable organic solvent in a cell, in-vessel boiling due to criticality accident, an explosion. Simplified estimation about the quantitative risk of radioactive release showed that in-vessel boiling due to loss of cooling system had the largest contribution to the non-volatile radioactive substance release in a large quantity and that criticality accidents initiated from incomplete extraction stripping of Pu nuclides were dominant in the release risk of radioactive iodine and noble gas with a short-half-life. (author)
Martins, Rosimeire; Britto-Costa, Pedro H; Ruotolo, Luís Augusto M
2012-06-01
This work investigates the removal of metal ions from synthetic aqueous effluents using a spouted bed electrochemical reactor whose cathode was composed of 1.0 mm copper particles. Using a Box-Behnken factorial design, the effects of current (I), electrode thickness (L), draught distance (d) and support electrolyte concentration (C(s)) on current efficiency (CE), space-time yield (Y) and energy consumption (EC) were analysed. The results were statistically analysed and the effect of each variable was evaluated using the surface response methodology. The results showed that C(s) is the most important variable to consider in the process optimization. A current of 8.0 A can be applied in order to obtain high Y and CE with an acceptable EC. Electrode thicknesses greater than 1.3 cm are not recommended because the irregular potential distribution leads to a Y drop owing to the low CE observed for this condition. The draught distance does not have statistical significance; therefore, the particle circulation rate is not important in this kind of electrochemical reactor. PMID:22856281
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Nogueira, K.R.B.; Nascimento, C.A.O.; Guardani, R.; Teixeira, A.C.S.C. [University of Sao Paulo, Chemical Engineering Department, Sao Paulo (Brazil)
2012-12-15
Solar reactors can be attractive in photodegradation processes due to lower electrical energy demand. The performance of a solar reactor for two flow configurations, i.e., plug flow and mixed flow, is compared based on experimental results with a pilot-scale solar reactor. Aqueous solutions of phenol were used as a model for industrial wastewater containing organic contaminants. Batch experiments were carried out under clear sky, resulting in removal rates in the range of 96-100 %. The dissolved organic carbon removal rate was simulated by an empirical model based on neural networks, which was adjusted to the experimental data, resulting in a correlation coefficient of 0.9856. This approach enabled to estimate effects of process variables which could not be evaluated from the experiments. Simulations with different reactor configurations indicated relevant aspects for the design of solar reactors. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)
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Today neutron transport in PWR's core is routinely computed through the transport-diffusion(2 groups) scheme. This method gives satisfactory results for reactors operating in normal conditions but the 2 group diffusion approximation is unable to take into account interface effects or anisotropy. The improvement of this scheme is logically possible through the use of a simplified PN method (SPN) for the modeling of the core. The comparison between SN calculations and SPN calculations shows an excellent agreement on eigenvalues as well as on power maps. We can notice that: -) it is no use extending the development beyond P3, there is no effect; -) the P1 development is adequate; and -) the P0 development is totally inappropriate. Calculations performed on the N4 core of the Chooz power plant have enabled us to compare diffusion operators with transport operators (SP1, SP3, SP5 and SP7). These calculations show that the implementation of the SPN method is feasible but the extra-costs in computation times and memory are important. We recommend: SP5P1 calculations for heterogeneous 2-dimension geometry and SP3P1 calculations for the homogeneous 3-dimension geometry. (A.C.)
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Highlights: • Experimental bench with test section made of transparent acrylic, simulating the pressurizer reactor IRIS. • Workbench used to study the process of homogenization of boron in the pressurizer IRIS nuclear reactor. • Results were obtained through videos and digital photos of the test section. - Abstract: The reactivity control of a nuclear reactor to pressurized water is made by means of controlling bars or by boron dilution in the water from the coolant of a primary circuit. The control with boron dilution has great importance, despite inserting small variations in the reactivity in the reactor, as it does not significantly affect the distribution of the neutron flux. A simplified experimental bench with a test section manufactured in transparent acrylic, was built in reduced scale as to be used in a boron homogenizing process, simulating an IRIS reactor pressurizer (International Reactor Innovative and Secure). The bench was assembled in the Centro Regional de Ciências Nucleares do Nordeste (CRCN-NE), an entity linked to the Comissão Nacional de Energia Nuclear (CNEN), Recife–PE
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Highlights: ► Experimental bench with test section made of transparent acrylic, simulating the pressurizer reactor IRIS. ► Workbench used to study the process of homogenization of boron in the pressurizer IRIS nuclear reactor. ► Results were obtained through videos and digital photos of the test section. - Abstract: The reactivity control of a nuclear reactor to pressurized water is made by means of controlling bars or by boron dilution in the water from the coolant of a primary circuit. The control with boron dilution has great importance, despite inserting small variations in the reactivity in the reactor, as it does not significantly affect the distribution of the neutron flux. A simplified experimental bench with a test section manufactured in transparent acrylic, was built in reduced scale as to be used in a boron homogenizing process, simulating an IRIS reactor pressurizer (International Reactor Innovative and Secure). The bench was assembled in the Centro Regional de Ciências Nucleares do Nordeste (CRCN-NE), an entity linked to the Comissão Nacional de Energia Nuclear (CNEN), Recife – PE
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Moline, G.R.
1998-03-01
The Homogeneous Reactor Experiment (HRE) Pond is the site of a former impoundment for radioactive wastes that has since been drained, filled with soil, and covered with an asphalt cap. The site is bordered to the east and south by a tributary that empties into Melton Branch Creek and that contains significant concentrations of radioactive contaminants, primarily {sup 90}Sr. Because of the proximity of the tributary to the HRE disposal site and the probable flow of groundwater from the site to the tributary, it is hypothesized that the HRE Pond is a source of contamination to he creek. As a means for temporary containment of contaminants within the impoundment, a cryogenic barrier technology demonstration was initiated in FY96 with a background hydrologic investigation that continued through FY97. Cryogenic equipment installation was completed in FY97, and freezing was initiated in September of 1997. This report documents the results of a hydrologic and geologic investigation of the HRE Pond/cryogenic barrier site. The purpose of this investigation is to evaluate the hydrologic conditions within and around the impoundment in order to meet the following objectives: (1) to provide a pre-barrier subsurface hydrologic baseline for post-barrier performance assessment; (2) to confirm that the impoundment is hydraulically connected to the surrounding sediments; and (3) to determine the likely contaminant exit pathways from the impoundment. The methods of investigation included water level and temperature monitoring in a network of wells and standpipes in and surrounding the impoundment, a helium tracer test conducted under ambient flow conditions, and geologic logging during the drilling of boreholes for installation of cryogenic probes and temperature monitoring wells.
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The Homogeneous Reactor Experiment (HRE) Pond is the site of a former impoundment for radioactive wastes that has since been drained, filled with soil, and covered with an asphalt cap. The site is bordered to the east and south by a tributary that empties into Melton Branch Creek and that contains significant concentrations of radioactive contaminants, primarily 90Sr. Because of the proximity of the tributary to the HRE disposal site and the probable flow of groundwater from the site to the tributary, it is hypothesized that the HRE Pond is a source of contamination to he creek. As a means for temporary containment of contaminants within the impoundment, a cryogenic barrier technology demonstration was initiated in FY96 with a background hydrologic investigation that continued through FY97. Cryogenic equipment installation was completed in FY97, and freezing was initiated in September of 1997. This report documents the results of a hydrologic and geologic investigation of the HRE Pond/cryogenic barrier site. The purpose of this investigation is to evaluate the hydrologic conditions within and around the impoundment in order to meet the following objectives: (1) to provide a pre-barrier subsurface hydrologic baseline for post-barrier performance assessment; (2) to confirm that the impoundment is hydraulically connected to the surrounding sediments; and (3) to determine the likely contaminant exit pathways from the impoundment. The methods of investigation included water level and temperature monitoring in a network of wells and standpipes in and surrounding the impoundment, a helium tracer test conducted under ambient flow conditions, and geologic logging during the drilling of boreholes for installation of cryogenic probes and temperature monitoring wells
Tailored reforming of n-dodecane in an aqueous discharge reactor
Zhang, Xuming; Cha, Min Suk
2016-05-01
Here, we present an original technical approach to simultaneously produce a tailored synthetic liquid fuel and a syngas. In an aqueous discharge reactor with gaseous bubbles, we reformed an emulsified n-dodecane/water mixture. The higher dielectric permittivity of the mixture facilitates electrical discharges that cause the electron impact dissociation of n-dodecane into alkyl and hydrogen radicals, while the addition of water also provides a steam-reforming environment inside the discharged bubbles. We added methane and carbon dioxide to the system because they dissociate into methyl and oxygen radicals, respectively, which prevent the alkyl-alkyl recombinations that result in the formation of long-chain hydrocarbons (HCs). Thus, we were able to control product selectivity by adding methane to increase the production of short-chain HCs and hydrogen gas or by adding carbon dioxide to increase the production of oxygenated fuels, such as 1-dodecanol. Using gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry we detail the compositions of both the synthetic liquid and the syngas, and we provide conceptual chemical mechanisms to selectively increase the production of oxygenates and that of HCs that are shorter or longer than the base fuel. The basis of this in-liquid discharge for the purpose of fuel reforming has potential applications to advanced engines to control ignition delay time, a continuing focus of study in our lab.
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In this thesis the rate constants for a number of radical reactions in aqueous solution have been studied in a wide temperature range. The reactions of H with H2O2, OH and HO2 and the reactions of HO2 with OH, Fe2+ and Cu2+ have been studied. For each reaction rate constants have been determined as a function of temperature using the technique of high temperature, high pressure (HTP) pulse radiolysis. The rate constants were obtained by fitting a kinetic computer model to the experimental data. From an Arrhenius plot the activation energy of each reaction was determined. The data determined in this way are important for modeling of radiolysis in nuclear light water reactors. A previously developed model for calculation of the effect of water radiolysis products on oxidation and dissolution of spent nuclear fuel has been improved. In the new model, called TraRaMo, simultaneous transport by diffusion and chemical reactions induced by radiolysis can be modeled. The model is a compartment model. After a radiolysis calculation in each compartment, diffusion of the species are allowed to take place before a new radiolysis calculation in the next time step. Three different types of radiation can be simulated simultaneously
A. M. LOPES; Silva, Daniel Pereira da; A.A. Vicente; Pessoa Júnior, Adalberto; Teixeira, J. A.
2011-01-01
Aqueous two-phase micellar systems (ATPMS) are micellar surfactant solutions with physical properties that make them very efficient for the extraction/concentration of biological products. In this work the main proposal that has been discussed is the possible applicability and importance of a novel oscillatory flow micro-reactor (micro-OFR) envisaged for parallel screening and/or development of industrial bioprocesses in ATPMS. Based on the technology of oscillatory flow mixing (OFM), this ba...
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Performance of metal catalysts to decompose aqueous phenol was experimentally investigated. Comparison of the phenol decomposition rates within three-phase fluidized-bed reactors utilizing only O3, TiO2 deposited on silica beads, metal catalyst (Ni or Co) impregnated on mesoporous carbon beads, or O3 in combination with each catalyst was thoroughly examined. It was found that the use of Co catalyst with the presence of O3 led to the best removal condition which aqueous phenol was completely decomposed within 10 min (k = 0.1944 min-1). In contrast, the use of TiO2 without O3 resulted in the worst decomposition of phenol (k = 0.0066 min-1). Some intermediate products, such as hydroquinone and catechol, were also detected but their final concentrations were negligibly low.
Safeguarding research reactors
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The report is organized in four sections, including the introduction. The second section contains a discussion of the characteristics and attributes of research reactors important to safeguards. In this section, research reactors are described according to their power level, if greater than 25 thermal megawatts, or according to each fuel type. This descriptive discussion includes both reactor and reactor fuel information of a generic nature, according to the following categories. 1. Research reactors with more than 25 megawatts thermal power, 2. Plate fuelled reactors, 3. Assembly fuelled reactors. 4. Research reactors fuelled with individual rods. 5. Disk fuelled reactors, and 6. Research reactors fuelled with aqueous homogeneous fuel. The third section consists of a brief discussion of general IAEA safeguards as they apply to research reactors. This section is based on IAEA safeguards implementation documents and technical reports that are used to establish Agency-State agreements and facility attachments. The fourth and last section describes inspection activities at research reactors necessary to meet Agency objectives. The scope of the activities extends to both pre and post inspection as well as the on-site inspection and includes the examination of records and reports relative to reactor operation and to receipts, shipments and certain internal transfers, periodic verification of fresh fuel, spent fuel and core fuel, activities related to containment and surveillance, and other selected activities, depending on the reactor
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R. M. Ferrer; S. Bays; M. Pope
2008-03-01
The Systems Analysis Campaign under the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) has requested the fuel cycle analysis group at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to analyze and provide isotopic data for four scenarios in which different strategies for Minor Actinides (MA) management are investigated. A 1000 MWth commercial-scale Sodium Fast Reactor (SFR) design was selected as the baseline in this scenario study. Two transuranic (TRU) conversion ratios, defined as the ratio of the amount of TRU produced over the TRU destroyed in the reactor core, along with different fuel-types were investigated.
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The new theoretical method, implemented in APOLLO-2 code as the TIBERE procedure, allows to take into account, the influence of assembly heterogeneity on neutron leakage. This method lies on the heterogeneous B1 procedure; however this formalism, in its exact form, should lead to very complex calculations; but, assuming a small number of approximations, it is possible to reduce it to a formalism using only calculation tools very close to those existing in APOLLO-2. It is the purpose of the TIBERE model, which allows to define the leakage cross-sections as additional absorption cross-sections having a space and energy dependence, thus cell-consistent leakage rates can be defined in order to perform the whole core calculation. The study of this refined heterogeneous leakage treatment was undertaken because of the insufficiency of the homogeneous leakage model, especially in cases when an assembly contains voided or almost voided zones, so that the streaming effect may become important. The fission rate comparisons between the experimental results obtained from the series of experiments EPICURE where the water was substituted, in the central part of reactor, by aluminium in order to simulate void and the results of the whole reactor calculations were accomplished, where leakages were calculated by the classical (homogeneous) procedure and by the TIBERE (heterogeneous) procedure of APOLLO-2 code. They prove that the heterogeneous treatment of leakage give results which lie on the whole closer to the experimental values. In other words, the classical leakage procedure underestimates the depression in the zone with aluminium, due to streaming. This new model could be used, of course, for PWR's with other types of fuel, and also for other types of reactors. (author)
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Delgado H, C. E.; Vega C, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas, Zac. (Mexico); Sajo B, L., E-mail: ce_delgado89@hotmail.com [Universidad Simon Bolivar, Laboratorio de Fisica Nuclear, Apdo. 89000, 1080A Caracas (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)
2015-10-15
Full text: One of the energy alternatives to fossil fuels which do not produce greenhouse gases is the nuclear energy. One of the drawbacks of this alternative is the generation of radioactive wastes of long half-life and its relation to the generation of nuclear materials to produce weapons of mass destruction. An option to these drawbacks of nuclear energy is to use Thorium as part of the nuclear fuel which it becomes in U{sup 233} when capturing neutrons, that is a fissile material. In this paper Monte Carlo methods were used to design a homogeneous subcritical reactor based on thorium. As neutron reflector graphite was used. The reactor core is homogeneous and is formed of 70% light water as moderator, 12% of enriched uranium UO{sub 2}(NO{sub 3}){sub 4} and 18% of thorium Th(NO{sub 3}){sub 4} as fuel. To start the nuclear fission chain reaction an isotopic source of californium 252 was used with an intensity of 4.6 x 10{sup 7} s{sup -1}. In the design the value of the effective multiplication factor, whose value turned out k{sub eff} <1 was calculated. Also, the neutron spectra at different distances from the source and the total fluence were calculated, as well as the values of the ambient dose equivalent in the periphery of the reactor. (Author)
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A method for the numerical simulation of the Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) core internal's behaviour during a blowdown accident is described, by which the motion of the reactor core and the interaction of the fuel elements with the core barrel and the coolant medium is calculated. Furthermore, some simple models for the support columns, lower and upper core support and the grid plate are provided. All these models have been implemented into the code Flux-4. For the solution of the very complex, coupled equations of motions for fluid and fuel rods an efficient numerical solution technique has been developed. With the new code-version Flux-5 the PWR-blowdown is parametically investigated. The calculated core barrel loadings are compared with Flux-4 results, simulating the core's inertia by a mass ring of HDR type. (orig.)
Aqueous salt blanket tritium systems for the TITAN-II reversed-field pinch fusion reactor design
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TITAN is a high-power-density reversed-field pinch reactor design. The TITAN-II concept is based on an aqueous lithium salt blanket immersed in a loop-in-pool design to provide a high level of passive safety. The blanket uses 50 Ci/kg water in the primary heat transport circuit, and 0.4 Ci/kg in the cold water pool. The main coolant stream is treated by a 5-stage Vapor Phase Catalytic Exchange process, followed by Cryogenic Distillation. Water Distillation is used to process the cold pool. The design uses proven technologies (although on a ten times larger scale), and takes advantage of features of light water tritium recovery. Tritium losses are controlled to 50 Ci/d by leak-tight design, tritium release trapping by the cold pool, lower pressure in the primary system relative to the steam system, and air driers
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Two issues may affect the accuracy of computed core reactivities and flux/power distributions for the Super Critical Water Reactor (SCWR) core with traditional core-analysis code RFSP: one is the two-energy-group neutron-diffusion theory; the other is the generation of lattice-homogenized properties with the lattice code based on the single-lattice-cell model without considering the effects of the environment. These two issues are not SCWR specific; however their effect may be more significant for SCWR. It has been illustrated that the lattice-homogenized properties calculated with the single-lattice-cell model is not sufficiently accurate for heterogeneous core configurations such as ACR-1000 checkerboard-voiding and core-reflector interface when adjacent channels experience significant spectrum interaction. To evaluate the adequacy of using two-group neutron-diffusion theory with single-lattice-based lattice properties for the analysis of the SCWR core, a 2-D SCWR benchmark problem was setup with the reference solution provided by the continuous-energy Monte-Carlo code SERPENT. The assessment shows that the traditional two-group neutron-diffusion theory with the single-lattice-cell- based lattice properties is not sufficient to capture either the spectral change or the environment effect for the SCWR core. The solution of the eight-group neutron-diffusion equation with the multicell- based lattice properties is considered appropriate for the analysis of the d SCWR core. (authors)
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The invention relates to a method for removing cesium from an aqueous liquid, and to a resin bed containing a mixture of an anion exchange resin and cation exchange resin useful in said purification. In a preferred embodiment, the present invention is a method for purifying the reactor coolant of a presurized water or boiling water reactor. Said method, which is particularly advantageously employed in purifying the reactor coolant in the primary circuit of a pressurized reactor, comprises contacting at least a portion of the reactor coolant with a strong base anion exchange resin and the strong acid cation exchange resin derived from a highly cross-linked, macroporous copolymer of a monovinylidene aromatic and a cross-linking monomer copolymerizable therewith. Although the reactor coolant can sequentially be contacted with one resin type and thereafter with the second resin type, the contact is preferably conducted using a resin bed comprising a mixture of the cation and anion exchange resins. 1 fig., refs
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Several series of experiments with plutonium-uranyl nitrate solution containing soluble poisons (boron and gadolinium) were performed at BNW (Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories) in the 1970s. Evaluation of nine homogeneous configurations, which consist of a plutonium-uranyl nitrate [Pu(NO3)4, UO2(NO3)2] solution containing boric acid (H3BO3) and gadolinium nitrate (Gd(NO3)3) is performed in this paper. A Monte-Carlo calculational model with the use of MCNP5 was developed for the determination of the uncertainties. The evaluation of the benchmark was performed for validation of calculational techniques and comparison of calculational results with the experimental data. Effects of various uncertainties on the multiplication factor were studied. Special care was devoted to the determination of the uncertainty in the boron concentration in the fissile solution, since the data available from the experimental report was not sufficient and additional data had to be derived from the logbooks. The sensitivity studies included parametric variation of material composition and geometry and for three of the experiments the combined uncertainty has been found to be less than 1% in keff. (author)
Simple and rapid hydrogenation of p-nitrophenol with aqueous formic acid in catalytic flow reactors
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Rahat Javaid
2013-06-01
Full Text Available The inner surface of a metallic tube (i.d. 0.5 mm was coated with a palladium (Pd-based thin metallic layer by flow electroless plating. Simultaneous plating of Pd and silver (Ag from their electroless-plating solution produced a mixed distributed bimetallic layer. Preferential acid leaching of Ag from the Pd–Ag layer produced a porous Pd surface. Hydrogenation of p-nitrophenol was examined in the presence of formic acid simply by passing the reaction solution through the catalytic tubular reactors. p-Aminophenol was the sole product of hydrogenation. No side reaction occurred. Reaction conversion with respect to p-nitrophenol was dependent on the catalyst layer type, the temperature, pH, amount of formic acid, and the residence time. A porous and oxidized Pd (PdO surface gave the best reaction conversion among the catalytic reactors examined. p-Nitrophenol was converted quantitatively to p-aminophenol within 15 s of residence time in the porous PdO reactor at 40 °C. Evolution of carbon dioxide (CO2 was observed during the reaction, although hydrogen (H2 was not found in the gas phase. Dehydrogenation of formic acid did not occur to any practical degree in the absence of p-nitrophenol. Consequently, the nitro group was reduced via hydrogen transfer from formic acid to p-nitrophenol and not by hydrogen generated by dehydrogenation of formic acid.
Simple and rapid hydrogenation of p-nitrophenol with aqueous formic acid in catalytic flow reactors.
Javaid, Rahat; Kawasaki, Shin-Ichiro; Suzuki, Akira; Suzuki, Toshishige M
2013-01-01
The inner surface of a metallic tube (i.d. 0.5 mm) was coated with a palladium (Pd)-based thin metallic layer by flow electroless plating. Simultaneous plating of Pd and silver (Ag) from their electroless-plating solution produced a mixed distributed bimetallic layer. Preferential acid leaching of Ag from the Pd-Ag layer produced a porous Pd surface. Hydrogenation of p-nitrophenol was examined in the presence of formic acid simply by passing the reaction solution through the catalytic tubular reactors. p-Aminophenol was the sole product of hydrogenation. No side reaction occurred. Reaction conversion with respect to p-nitrophenol was dependent on the catalyst layer type, the temperature, pH, amount of formic acid, and the residence time. A porous and oxidized Pd (PdO) surface gave the best reaction conversion among the catalytic reactors examined. p-Nitrophenol was converted quantitatively to p-aminophenol within 15 s of residence time in the porous PdO reactor at 40 °C. Evolution of carbon dioxide (CO2) was observed during the reaction, although hydrogen (H2) was not found in the gas phase. Dehydrogenation of formic acid did not occur to any practical degree in the absence of p-nitrophenol. Consequently, the nitro group was reduced via hydrogen transfer from formic acid to p-nitrophenol and not by hydrogen generated by dehydrogenation of formic acid. PMID:23843908
Development of Tubular Type Underwater Discharge Reactor to decompose Fe-EDTA from aqueous solution
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In case of a nuclear industry, the wastewater is hardly generated in normal operating conditions aside from laundry rooms, particularly for wastewater contaminated by radioactive materials. However if the steam generator (SG) chemical cleaning works are carrying out, it is another story. In this case we have to predict wastewater production at least from several tons to several hundreds tons during the works. Actually Kori Unit 4 in Korea is preparing the advanced sludge conditioning agents (ASCAs) project at the next overhaul period, June-2007, to remove the tube sheet scale, and we are predicting that the 200 . 250 tons waste solutions are going to produce during this works. SG chemical cleaning waste solution containing chelating agents such as EDTA is hardly easy to purify and radioactive materials included in this solution make much harder. Therefore we must have technologies to purify this chemical cleaning waste solution. The best wastewater treatment system should have great adaptability, low environmental impact, low amount of hazardous waste, and low capital and operating costs. In this study we developed the underwater spark discharge system (USDS) to decompose Fe-EDTA from aqueous solution which is contaminated with radioactive materials
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El Ganaoui, K
2006-09-15
In the context of homogenization theory we treat some heat transfer problems involving unusual (according to the homogenization) boundary conditions. These problems are defined in a solid periodic perforated domain where two scales (macroscopic and microscopic) are to be taken into account and describe heat transfer by conduction in the solid and by radiation on the wall of each hole. Two kinds of radiation are considered: radiation in an infinite medium (non-linear problem) and radiation in cavity with grey-diffuse walls (non-linear and non-local problem). The derived homogenized models are conduction problems with an effective conductivity which depend on the considered radiation. Thus we introduce a framework (homogenization and validation) based on mathematical justification using the two-scale convergence method and numerical validation by simulations using the computer code CAST3M. This study, performed for gas cooled reactors cores, can be extended to other perforated domains involving the considered heat transfer phenomena. (author)
A low-risk aqueous lithium salt blanket for engineering test reactors
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A simple blanket concept is proposed based on 1-3 wt.% lithium dissolved as a salt in low temperature (80 degrees C) and low pressure (0.1 MPa) water. This concept can provide, for example, a 0.5 tritium breeding ratio with 60% steel structure and 70% coverage. The use of neutron multipliers, other structural materials (especially zirconium alloys), higher coverage and higher lithium salt concentrations allows tritium breeding ratios over unity if necessary. Other advantages of this concept include the simple shield-like geometry, substantial structural volume for mechanical strength, excellent heat transfer ability of water coolant, efficient neutron and gamma shielding through the combination of high-Z structure and low-Z water, and conventional tritium recovery and control technology. This concept could initially provide the shielding needs for an engineering test reactor and later, by the addition of lithium salt and tritium recovery systems, also provide tritium breeding. This staged operation and liquid breeder/coolant allows control over the tritium inventory in the device without machine disassembly. 14 refs
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Wahab, Mohamed Ali, E-mail: waheb_med@yahoo.fr [University of Carthage, Water Research and Technologies Centre (CERTE), Wastewater Treatment and Recycling Laboratory, B.P. 273, 8020 Soliman (Tunisia); Hassine, Rafik Ben [International Environmental Green Technology (IGET) (Tunisia); Jellali, Salah, E-mail: salah.jallali@certe.rnrt.tn [University of Carthage, Water Research and Technologies Centre (CERTE), Wastewater Treatment and Recycling Laboratory, B.P. 273, 8020 Soliman (Tunisia)
2011-05-15
The present study aims to develop a new potentially low-cost, sustainable treatment approach to soluble inorganic phosphorus removal from synthetic solutions and secondary wastewater effluents in which a plant waste (Posidonia oceanica fiber: POF) is used for further agronomic benefit. Dynamic flow tests using a continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR) were carried out to study the effect of initial concentration of phosphorus, amount of adsorbent, feeding flow rate and anions competition. The experimental results showed that the removal efficiency of phosphorus from synthetic solutions is about 80% for 10 g L{sup -1} of POF. In addition, the variation of the initial concentration of phosphorus from 8 to 50 mg L{sup -1} increased the adsorption capacity from 0.99 to 3.03 mg g{sup -1}. The use of secondary treated wastewater showed the presence of competition phenomenon between phosphorus and sulphate which could be overcoming with increasing the sorptive surface area and providing more adsorption sites when increasing the adsorbent dosage of POF. Compared with columns studies, this novel CSTR system showed more advantages for the removal of soluble phosphorus as a tertiary treatment of urban secondary effluents with more adsorption efficiency and capacity, in addition to the prospect use of saturated POF with nutriment as fertilizer and compost.
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The present study aims to develop a new potentially low-cost, sustainable treatment approach to soluble inorganic phosphorus removal from synthetic solutions and secondary wastewater effluents in which a plant waste (Posidonia oceanica fiber: POF) is used for further agronomic benefit. Dynamic flow tests using a continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR) were carried out to study the effect of initial concentration of phosphorus, amount of adsorbent, feeding flow rate and anions competition. The experimental results showed that the removal efficiency of phosphorus from synthetic solutions is about 80% for 10 g L-1 of POF. In addition, the variation of the initial concentration of phosphorus from 8 to 50 mg L-1 increased the adsorption capacity from 0.99 to 3.03 mg g-1. The use of secondary treated wastewater showed the presence of competition phenomenon between phosphorus and sulphate which could be overcoming with increasing the sorptive surface area and providing more adsorption sites when increasing the adsorbent dosage of POF. Compared with columns studies, this novel CSTR system showed more advantages for the removal of soluble phosphorus as a tertiary treatment of urban secondary effluents with more adsorption efficiency and capacity, in addition to the prospect use of saturated POF with nutriment as fertilizer and compost.
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Dialkyl- and diarylammonium ions are able to form complexes with α-cyclodextrin and cucurbit[6]uril. These amines are able to complex two guest molecules simultaneously resulting in the formation of homogeneous or heterogeneous 1:2 (ratio of dialkylammonium to ligand) complexes. The stability constants and reaction enthalpies for the formation of 1:1 complexes have been measured using potentiometric and calorimetric titrations. Differences between the values obtained by these methods can be attributed to solvent composition. Only for the 1:2 complex formation with cucurbit[6]uril, the ligands influenced each other. The polar carbonyl groups at each portal of the cucurbit[6]urils interacted simultaneously with the protonated amino group resulting in an electrostatic repulsion between both molecules. No further interactions between two complexed molecules of α-cyclodextrin or cucurbit[6]uril and α-cyclodextrin were observed. The absence of polar groups in the case of α-cyclodextrin led to unaffected formation of homogeneous and even heterogeneous 1:2 complexes.
The development of breeder reactors in the US
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This article discusses the early history of breeder development in the US, the early history of the fast reactor in the US, changes during the Carter administration, and the development of LMFBR technology. Topics considered include the intermediate-energy plutonium breeder, the molten plutonium breeder, the aqueous homogeneous reactor, the molten-salt reactor, the liquid metal-fueled reactor, electronuclear breeding, the Experimental Breeder Reactor-I, the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II, the Enrico Fermi Reactor, a programmatic change to ceramic fuel, the South East Fast Oxide Reactor, the sodium void coefficient, the 1000-MWe studies of 1964, the 1000-MWe studies of 1967-1969, the FARET design, the Fast Flux Test Facility, the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR), the gas-cooled fast breeder, the light-water breeder, materials for cladding and duct walls, and reactor safety. It is pointed out that the Congress opposes the construction of the CRBR, while the Reagan administration strongly supports it
Homogenization approach in engineering
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Homogenization is an approach which studies the macrobehavior of a medium by its microproperties. Problems with a microstructure play an essential role in such fields as mechanics, chemistry, physics, and reactor engineering. Attention is concentrated on a simple specific model problem to illustrate results and problems typical of the homogenization approach. Only the diffusion problem is treated here, but some statements are made about the elasticity of composite materials. The differential equation is solved for linear cases with and without boundaries and for the nonlinear case. 3 figures, 1 table
Chadwick, John C; Freixa, Zoraida; van Leeuwen, Piet W N M
2011-01-01
This first book to illuminate this important aspect of chemical synthesis improves the lifetime of catalysts, thus reducing material and saving energy, costs and waste.The international panel of expert authors describes the studies that have been conducted concerning the way homogeneous catalysts decompose, and the differences between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts. The result is a ready reference for organic, catalytic, polymer and complex chemists, as well as those working in industry and with/on organometallics.
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In the framework of the Generation IV reactors neutronic research, new core calculation tools are implemented in the code system APOLLO3 for the deterministic part. These calculation methods are based on the discretization concept of nuclear energy data (named multi-group and are generally produced by deterministic codes) and should be validated and qualified with respect to some Monte-Carlo reference calculations. This thesis aims to develop an alternative technique of producing multi-group nuclear properties by a Monte-Carlo code (TRIPOLI-4). At first, after having tested the existing homogenization and condensation functionalities with better precision obtained nowadays, some inconsistencies are revealed. Several new multi-group parameters estimators are developed and validated for TRIPOLI-4 code with the aid of itself, since it has the possibility to use the multi-group constants in a core calculation. Secondly, the scattering anisotropy effect which is necessary for handling neutron leakage case is studied. A correction technique concerning the diagonal line of the first order moment of the scattering matrix is proposed. This is named the IGSC technique and is based on the usage of an approximate current which is introduced by Todorova. An improvement of this IGSC technique is then presented for the geometries which hold an important heterogeneity property. This improvement uses a more accurate current quantity which is the projection on the abscissa X. The later current can represent the real situation better but is limited to 1D geometries. Finally, a B1 leakage model is implemented in the TRIPOLI-4 code for generating multi-group cross sections with a fundamental mode based critical spectrum. This leakage model is analyzed and validated rigorously by the comparison with other codes: Serpent and ECCO, as well as an analytical case.The whole development work introduced in TRIPOLI-4 code allows producing multi-group constants which can then be used in the core
Chemical reactions at aqueous interfaces
Vecitis, Chad David
2009-12-01
Interfaces or phase boundaries are a unique chemical environment relative to individual gas, liquid, or solid phases. Interfacial reaction mechanisms and kinetics are often at variance with homogeneous chemistry due to mass transfer, molecular orientation, and catalytic effects. Aqueous interfaces are a common subject of environmental science and engineering research, and three environmentally relevant aqueous interfaces are investigated in this thesis: 1) fluorochemical sonochemistry (bubble-water), 2) aqueous aerosol ozonation (gas-water droplet), and 3) electrolytic hydrogen production and simultaneous organic oxidation (water-metal/semiconductor). Direct interfacial analysis under environmentally relevant conditions is difficult, since most surface-specific techniques require relatively `extreme' conditions. Thus, the experimental investigations here focus on the development of chemical reactors and analytical techniques for the completion of time/concentration-dependent measurements of reactants and their products. Kinetic modeling, estimations, and/or correlations were used to extract information on interfacially relevant processes. We found that interfacial chemistry was determined to be the rate-limiting step to a subsequent series of relatively fast homogeneous reactions, for example: 1) Pyrolytic cleavage of the ionic headgroup of perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) adsorbed to cavitating bubble-water interfaces during sonolysis was the rate-determining step in transformation to their inorganic constituents carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and fluoride; 2) ozone oxidation of aqueous iodide to hypoiodous acid at the aerosol-gas interface is the rate-determining step in the oxidation of bromide and chloride to dihalogens; 3) Electrolytic oxidation of anodic titanol surface groups is rate-limiting for the overall oxidation of organics by the dichloride radical. We also found chemistry unique to the interface, for example: 1
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Sanchez, R.; Ragusa, J.; Santandrea, S. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Direction de l' Energie Nucleaire, Service d' Etudes de Reacteurs et de Modelisation Avancee, CEA de Saclay, DM2S/SERMA 91 191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex (France)]. e-mail: richard.sanchez@cea.fr
2004-07-01
The problem of the determination of a homogeneous reflector that preserves a set of prescribed albedo is considered. Duality is used for a direct estimation of the derivatives needed in the iterative calculation of the optimal homogeneous cross sections. The calculation is based on the preservation of collapsed multigroup albedo obtained from detailed reference calculations and depends on the low-order operator used for core calculations. In this work we analyze diffusion and transport as low-order operators and argue that the P{sub 0} transfers are the best choice for the unknown cross sections to be adjusted. Numerical results illustrate the new approach for SP{sub N} core calculations. (Author)
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Highlights: ► We solve heat, mass, and momentum transfer in a tubular chemical reactor. ► Homogeneous chemical reaction and laminar power-law fluid flow are considered. ► Transient and steady-state behavior of the chemical reactor is studied carefully. ► General governing equations are solved using finite-difference method and analyzed. ► Influences of various parameters on the simulation results are investigated. - Abstract: In this article, the problem of simultaneous heat, mass, and momentum transfer in the developing region of tubular reactors with homogeneous chemical reaction and laminar power-law fluid flow under unsteady-state conditions has been solved. In this regard, the general governing equations were solved using finite-difference method and analyzed carefully. Moreover, the influences of various parameters and dimensionless numbers such as power-law index, heat of reaction, reaction order, and Damköhler number value on the numerical results were investigated. In addition, the numerical results obtained for the fully-developed velocity distribution of Newtonian fluid flow and Sherwood number value were validated against the well-known fully-developed velocity distribution and reported Sherwood number value in the literature and good agreement was obtained.
Passive safety of the Medical Isotope Production Reactor (MIPR)
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The Medical Isotope Production Reactor (MIPR) is an aqueous homogeneous reactor designed with the minimum possible waste heat and waste radioactive products, lowest uranium consumption, and enhanced passive safety to produce medical isotopes that are based on short-lived fission products. A major product of the reactor is 99Mo, which decays to a daughter isotope, 99Tc, which can be fixed chemically to pharmaceuticals. Technetium-99 is widely used by the medical community for diagnostic purposes arising form the short half-life and desirable gamma energy of the decay. The only approved method of obtaining 99Mo for use in humans is from a fission product using chemical separation means
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The microscopic study of a cell is meant for the determination of the infinite multiplication factor of the cell, which is given by the four factor formula: K(infinite) = n(epsilon)pf. The analysis of an homogeneous reactor is similar to that of an heterogeneous reactor, but each factor of the four factor formula can not be calculated by the formulas developed in the case of an homogeneous reactor. A great number of methods was developed for the calculation of heterogeneous reactors and some of them are discussed. (Author)
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Vallet, Ana, E-mail: avallet@quim.ucm.es [Grupo de Catalisis y Procesos de Separacion (CyPS), Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Avda. Complutense s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Besson, Michele, E-mail: michele.besson@ircelyon.univ-lyon1.fr [IRCELYON, Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l' environnement de Lyon, UMR5256 CNRS-Universite Lyon1, 2 Avenue Albert Einstein, F-69626 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Ovejero, Gabriel; Garcia, Juan [Grupo de Catalisis y Procesos de Separacion (CyPS), Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Avda. Complutense s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain)
2012-08-15
Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ni supported over hydrotalcite calcined precursors as catalyst. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Catalytic wet air oxidation in trickle bed reactor for Basic Yellow 11 removal. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Dye removal depends on temperature, initial dye concentration and flow rate. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The catalyst proved to be stable and efficient for the dye degradation. - Abstract: Catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO) of a Basic Yellow 11 (BY11) aqueous solution, chosen as a model of a hardly biodegradable non-azo dye was carried out in a continuous-flow trickle-bed reactor, using nickel supported over hydrotalcite precursor calcined at 550 Degree-Sign C. An increase in the reaction temperature (120-180 Degree-Sign C), and a decrease in dye concentration (1000-3000 ppm) or liquid flow rate (0.1-0.7 mL min{sup -1}) enhanced the CWAO performance in a 30 and 19% for the variation of the temperature and concentration respectively. After a small leaching observed within the first hours, the catalyst proved to be very stable during the 65-day reaction. The CWAO process was found to be very efficient, achieving BY11 conversion up to 95% and TOC conversion up to 85% at 0.1 mL min{sup -1} and 180 Degree-Sign C under 5 MPa air.
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Highlights: ► Ni supported over hydrotalcite calcined precursors as catalyst. ► Catalytic wet air oxidation in trickle bed reactor for Basic Yellow 11 removal. ► Dye removal depends on temperature, initial dye concentration and flow rate. ► The catalyst proved to be stable and efficient for the dye degradation. - Abstract: Catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO) of a Basic Yellow 11 (BY11) aqueous solution, chosen as a model of a hardly biodegradable non-azo dye was carried out in a continuous-flow trickle-bed reactor, using nickel supported over hydrotalcite precursor calcined at 550 °C. An increase in the reaction temperature (120–180 °C), and a decrease in dye concentration (1000–3000 ppm) or liquid flow rate (0.1–0.7 mL min−1) enhanced the CWAO performance in a 30 and 19% for the variation of the temperature and concentration respectively. After a small leaching observed within the first hours, the catalyst proved to be very stable during the 65-day reaction. The CWAO process was found to be very efficient, achieving BY11 conversion up to 95% and TOC conversion up to 85% at 0.1 mL min−1 and 180 °C under 5 MPa air.
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Suri, Rominder P.S. [Villanova Center for the Environment, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085-4263 (United States)]. E-mail: rominder.suri@villanova.edu; Nayak, Mohan [Villanova Center for the Environment, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085-4263 (United States); Devaiah, Uthappa [Villanova Center for the Environment, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085-4263 (United States); Helmig, Edward [Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Frazer, PA 19355 (United States)
2007-07-31
There are many reports documenting the adverse effects, such as feminization of fish, of estrogen hormones in the environment. One of the major sources of these compounds is from municipal wastewater effluents. The biological processes at municipal wastewater treatment plants cannot completely remove these compounds. This paper discusses the use of ultrasound to destroy estrogen compounds in water. The study examines the effect of ultrasound power density and power intensity on the destruction of various estrogen compounds which include: 17{alpha}-estradiol, 17{beta}-estradiol, estrone, estriol, equilin, 17{alpha}-dihydroequilin, 17{alpha}-ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel. These tests were conducted in single component batch and flow through reactors using 0.6, 2 and 4 kW ultrasound sources. The sonolysis process produced 80-90% destruction of individual estrogens at initial concentration of 10 {mu}g/L within 40-60 min of contact time. First order rate constants for the individual compounds under different conditions are presented. The estrogen degradation rates increase with increase in power intensity. However, the energy efficiency of the reactor was higher at lower power density. The 4 kW ultrasound reactor was more energy efficient compared to the 0.6 and 2 kW sonicators.
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An ecofriendly green chemistry method using a natural biopolymer, Gum Kondagogu (GK) for the removal of U (VI) from aqueous, simulated nuclear effluents was studied. The adsorption characteristic of GK towards U (VI) from aqueous solution was studied at varied pH, contact time, adsorbent dose, initial U (VI) concentration and temperature using UV–Visible spectroscopy and ICP-MS. Maximum adsorption was seen at pH 4, 0.1% GK with 60 min contact time at room temperature. The GK- U (VI) composite was characterized by FT-IR, zeta potential, TEM and SEM-EDAX. The Langmuir isotherm was found to be 487 mg of U (VI) g−1 of GK. The adsorption capacity and (%) of U (VI) was found to be 490 ± 5.4 mg g−1 and 98.5%. Moreover adsorption of U (VI) by GK was not influenced by other cations present in the simulated effluents. The adsorbed U (VI) was efficiently stripped from composite using 1 M HCl. - Highlights: • An eco-friendly method for removal of U (VI) from simulated nuclear effluents by Gum Kondagogu. • The Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm indicated favourable adsorption. • The adsorption (%) of U (VI) by GK was found to be 98.5%. • Desorption studies on biosorbed metal ions showed that HCl was a good eluent
Homogenization of neutronic diffusion models
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In order to study and simulate nuclear reactor cores, one needs to access the neutron distribution in the core. In practice, the description of this density of neutrons is given by a system of diffusion equations, coupled by non differential exchange terms. The strong heterogeneity of the medium constitutes a major obstacle to the numerical computation of this models at reasonable cost. Homogenization appears as compulsory. Heuristic methods have been developed since the origin by nuclear physicists, under a periodicity assumption on the coefficients. They consist in doing a fine computation one a single periodicity cell, to solve the system on the whole domain with homogeneous coefficients, and to reconstruct the neutron density by multiplying the solutions of the two computations. The objectives of this work are to provide mathematically rigorous basis to this factorization method, to obtain the exact formulas of the homogenized coefficients, and to start on geometries where two periodical medium are placed side by side. The first result of this thesis concerns eigenvalue problem models which are used to characterize the state of criticality of the reactor, under a symmetry assumption on the coefficients. The convergence of the homogenization process is proved, and formulas of the homogenized coefficients are given. We then show that without symmetry assumptions, a drift phenomenon appears. It is characterized by the mean of a real Bloch wave method, which gives the homogenized limit in the general case. These results for the critical problem are then adapted to the evolution model. Finally, the homogenization of the critical problem in the case of two side by side periodic medium is studied on a one dimensional on equation model. (authors)
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Purpose: To provide a spray cooling structure wherein the steam phase in a bwr reactor vessel can sufficiently be cooled and the upper cap and flanges in the vessel can be cooled rapidly which kept from direct contaction with cold water. Constitution: An apertured shielding is provided in parallel spaced apart from the inner wall surface at the upper portion of a reactor vessel equipped with a spray nozzle, and the lower end of the shielding and the inner wall of the vessel are closed to each other so as to store the cooling water. Upon spray cooling, cooling water jetting out from the nozzle cools the vapor phase in the vessel and then hits against the shielding. Then the cooling water mostly falls as it is, while partially enters through the apertures to the back of the shielding plate, abuts against stoppers and falls down. The stoppers are formed in an inverted L shape so that the spray water may not in direct contaction with the inner wall of the vessel. (Horiuchi, T.)
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For the Jules Horowitz new material-testing reactor (JHR), an aluminium base alloy, called AlFeNi, will be used for the cladding of the fuel plates. This alloy (Al - 1% Fe - 1% Ni - 1 % Mg), which is already used as fuel cladding, was developed for its good corrosion resistance in water at high temperatures. However, few studies dealing with the alteration process in water and the relationships with irradiation effects have been performed on this alloy. The conception of the JHR fuel requires a better knowledge of the corrosion mechanisms. Corrosion tests were performed in autoclaves at 70 C, 165 C and 250 C on AlFeNi plates representative of the fuel cladding. Several techniques were used to characterize the corrosion scale: SEM, TEM, EPMA, XRD, Raman spectroscopy. Our observations show that the corrosion scale is made of two main layers: a dense amorphous scale close to the metal and a porous crystalline scale in contact with the water. More than the morphology, the chemical compositions of both layers are different. This duplex structure results from a mixed growth mechanism: an anionic growth to develop the inner oxide and a cationic diffusion followed by a dissolution-precipitation process to form the outer one. Dynamic experiments at 70 C and corrosion kinetics measurements have demonstrated that the oxide growth process is controlled by a diffusion step associated to a dissolution/precipitation process. A corrosion mechanism of the AlFeNi alloy in aqueous media has been proposed. Then post-irradiation exams performed on irradiated fuel plates were used to investigate the effects of the irradiation on the corrosion behaviour in the reactor core. (author)
An Account of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Thirteen Research Reactors
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The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has built and operated 13 nuclear reactors in its 66-year history. The first was the graphite reactor, the world's first operational nuclear reactor, which served as a plutonium production pilot plant during World War II. It was followed by two aqueous-homogeneous reactors and two red-hot molten-salt reactors that were parts of power-reactor development programs and by eight others designed for research and radioisotope production. One of the eight was an all-metal fast burst reactor used for health physics studies. All of the others were light-water cooled and moderated, including the famous swimming-pool reactor that was copied dozens of times around the world. Two of the reactors were hoisted 200 feet into the air to study the shielding needs of proposed nuclear-powered aircraft. The final reactor, and the only one still operating today, is the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) that was built particularly for the production of californium and other heavy elements. With the world's highest flux and recent upgrades that include the addition of a cold neutron source, the 44-year-old HFIR continues to be a valuable tool for research and isotope production, attracting some 500 scientific visitors and guests to Oak Ridge each year. This report describes all of the reactors and their histories.
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In contrast to conventional amperometric electrodes, amperometric microelectrodes exhibit certain unique characteristics that make them well suited as sensors in the dilute aqueous electrolytes. The heat-transport systems (HTSs) of thermal power plants employ such electrolytes as coolants at elevated temperatures and pressures. Thus, amperometric microelectrodes are in principle well suited for the in-situ monitoring of HTS coolant chemistry. This report describes the experimental evaluation of a platinum microdisc electrode for one such application. The results of these experiments demonstrate that microelectrodes can be used to monitor the concentration of dissolved oxygen in simulated HTS coolants at 150 degrees C in the concentration range of 10-1000 ppb. Measurements of open-circuit potential, commonly referred to as ECP, are currently being made from platinum electrodes installed in the HTSs of a number of nuclear reactors. The availability of platinum microelectrodes capable of functioning under HTS conditions offers the prospect of replacing the conventional electrodes with microelectrodes. Such a strategy would allow the use of a variety of more advanced electrochemical techniques that involve the polarization of the electrode from its open-circuit potential through the external application of potential. Thus, the utility of electrochemical monitors could be significantly enhanced for minimal additional expense while maintaining probe and system reliability. (author)
Pidchenko, I.; Heberling, F.; Kvashnina, KO; Finck, N.; Schild, D.; Bohnert, E.; Schäfer, T.; Rothe, J.; Geckeis, H.; Vitova, T.
2016-05-01
The redox variations and changes in local atomic environment of uranium (U) interacted with the magnetite nanoparticles were studied in a proof of principle experiment by the U L3 and M4 edges high energy resolution X-ray absorption near edge structure (HR-XANES) technique. We designed and applied a mixed flow reactor (MFR) set-up to maintain dynamic flow conditions during U-magnetite interactions. Formation of hydrolyzed, bi- and poly-nuclear U species were excluded by slow continuous injection of U(VI) (10-6 M) and pH control integrated in the MFR set-up. The applied U HR-XANES technique is more sensitive to minor changes in the U redox states and bonding compared to the conventional XANES method. Major U(VI) contribution in uranyl type of bonding is found in the magnetite nanoparticles after three days operation time of the MFR. Indications for shortening of the U-Oaxial bond length for the magnetite compared to the maghemite system are present too.
Su, Cheng-Kuan; Hsieh, Meng-Hsuan; Sun, Yuh-Chang
2016-03-31
Whether silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) persist or release silver ions (Ag(+)) when discharged into a natural environment has remained an unresolved issue. In this study, we employed a low-cost stereolithographic three-dimensional printing (3DP) technology to fabricate the angle-defined knotted reactors (KRs) to construct a simple differentiation scheme for quantitative assessment of Ag(+) ions and AgNPs in municipal wastewater samples. We chose xanthan/phosphate-buffered saline as a dispersion medium for in situ stabilization of the two silver species, while also facilitating their extraction from complicated wastewater matrices. After method optimization, we measured extraction efficiencies of 54.5 and 32.3% for retaining Ag(+) ions and AgNPs, respectively, in the printed KR (768-turn), with detection limits (DLs) of 0.86 and 0.52 ng L(-1) when determining Ag(+) ions and AgNPs, respectively (sample run at pH 11 without a rinse solution), and 0.86 ng L(-1) when determining Ag(+) ions alone (sample run at pH 12 with a 1.5-mL rinse solution). The proposed scheme is tolerant of the wastewater matrix and provides more reliable differentiation between Ag(+)/AgNPs than does a conventional filtration method. The concept and applicability of adopting 3DP technology to renew traditional KR devices were evidently proven by means of these significantly improved analytical performance. Our analytical data suggested that the concentrations of Ag(+) ions and AgNPs in the tested industrial wastewater sample were both higher than those in domestic wastewater, implying that industrial activity might be a main source of environmental silver species, rather than domestic discharge from AgNP-containing products. PMID:26965333
Materials chemical compatibility for the fabrication of small inherently safe nuclear reactors
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Aqueous nuclear fuels offer a unique set of characteristics for homogeneous reactor nuclear applications. Their advantages include high nuclear stability and inherent safety, high power density, high burn-up, simple preparation and reprocessing, easy fuel handling, high neutron economy, and simple control system leading to simple mechanical designs. The major disadvantages are corrosion, limited uranium concentration, and radiation decomposition of water. Likewise, organic coolants offer certain properties that are conducive for small reactor applications. These include reduced corrosion and activation, and low vapour pressures with good heat-transfer capabilities. Their major disadvantages are decomposition, fouling and flammability. A particular organic coolant, HB-40, has been extensively studied in Canada and was used for nineteen years in the 60-MWt organic-cooled WR-1 reactor at the Whiteshell Nuclear Research Establishment (WNRE) of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL). Proper attention to design and coolant chemistry in the nineteen years of operation in the WR-1 reactor kept the coolant aspects related to decomposition, fouling and flammability to acceptable levels. For small reactor applications, organic coolants are potentially superior to heavy water in terms of overall cost. The purpose of this thesis work was, through a literature review, to select the most suitable aqueous fuel and materials of construction for two proposed small inherently safe reactors, the QH-1 reactor and the homogeneous SLOWPOKE reactor under design at the Royal Military College of Canada.
Calviño-Louzao, E.; Hervella, L. M.; Seoane-Bascoy, J.; Vázquez-Lorenzo, R.
2013-01-01
Left-invariant Cotton solitons on homogeneous manifolds are determined. Moreover, algebraic Cotton solitons are studied providing examples of non-invariant Cotton solitons, both in the Riemannian and Lorentzian homogeneous settings.
Homogeneity of Inorganic Glasses
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Jensen, Martin; Zhang, L.; Keding, Ralf;
2011-01-01
Homogeneity of glasses is a key factor determining their physical and chemical properties and overall quality. However, quantification of the homogeneity of a variety of glasses is still a challenge for glass scientists and technologists. Here, we show a simple approach by which the homogeneity o...
Homogeneous phosphorus of silicon by neutron transmutation
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The manufacture of high-voltage power semiconductors requires a homogeneous phosphorus doping of silicon within extremely narrow limits. It was the aim of the investigations to develop neutron irradiation as a means to homogeneously dope silicon with phosphorus on an industrial scale. Special attention was given to the selection of suitable reactor positions, the annealing of the irradiation damage, and the electrical properties of the devices. The experience with the application of neutron irradiated silicon for a wide spectrum of devices shows that expected homogeneity and aiming accuracy with respect to the doping can be reached with high reliability. (orig.) 891 ORU/orig. 892 MB
An Account of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Thirteen Research Reactors
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Rosenthal, Murray Wilford [ORNL
2009-08-01
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has built and operated 13 nuclear reactors in its 66-year history. The first was the graphite reactor, the world's first operational nuclear reactor, which served as a plutonium production pilot plant during World War II. It was followed by two aqueous-homogeneous reactors and two red-hot molten-salt reactors that were parts of power-reactor development programs and by eight others designed for research and radioisotope production. One of the eight was an all-metal fast burst reactor used for health physics studies. All of the others were light-water cooled and moderated, including the famous swimming-pool reactor that was copied dozens of times around the world. Two of the reactors were hoisted 200 feet into the air to study the shielding needs of proposed nuclear-powered aircraft. The final reactor, and the only one still operating today, is the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) that was built particularly for the production of californium and other heavy elements. With the world's highest flux and recent upgrades that include the addition of a cold neutron source, the 44-year-old HFIR continues to be a valuable tool for research and isotope production, attracting some 500 scientific visitors and guests to Oak Ridge each year. This report describes all of the reactors and their histories.
Spatial homogenization of diffusion theory parameters
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It is common practice in the determination of nuclear reactor criticality and power distributions to introduce two stages of homogenization. This paper will be concerned with the second stage in which group diffusion parameters for homogenized fuel rod cells, explicitly represented control rods, poison lumps and structural materials are further homogenized over fuel assemblies. We first extend some work by Kollas and Henry (1976) dealing with the question of whether ''exact'' equivalent homogenized diffusion theory parameters exist. We prove that, if an assembly composed of heterogeneous slabs can be described by group-diffusion theory, it is possible to define group parameters spatially constant over the entire assembly that reproduce exactly the average reaction rates and leakage rates of that assembly
Maartens, Roy
2011-12-28
The standard model of cosmology is based on the existence of homogeneous surfaces as the background arena for structure formation. Homogeneity underpins both general relativistic and modified gravity models and is central to the way in which we interpret observations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and the galaxy distribution. However, homogeneity cannot be directly observed in the galaxy distribution or CMB, even with perfect observations, since we observe on the past light cone and not on spatial surfaces. We can directly observe and test for isotropy, but to link this to homogeneity we need to assume the Copernican principle (CP). First, we discuss the link between isotropic observations on the past light cone and isotropic space-time geometry: what observations do we need to be isotropic in order to deduce space-time isotropy? Second, we discuss what we can say with the Copernican assumption. The most powerful result is based on the CMB: the vanishing of the dipole, quadrupole and octupole of the CMB is sufficient to impose homogeneity. Real observations lead to near-isotropy on large scales--does this lead to near-homogeneity? There are important partial results, and we discuss why this remains a difficult open question. Thus, we are currently unable to prove homogeneity of the Universe on large scales, even with the CP. However, we can use observations of the cosmic microwave background, galaxies and clusters to test homogeneity itself. PMID:22084298
Benchmarking monthly homogenization algorithms
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V. K. C. Venema
2011-08-01
Full Text Available The COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology Action ES0601: Advances in homogenization methods of climate series: an integrated approach (HOME has executed a blind intercomparison and validation study for monthly homogenization algorithms. Time series of monthly temperature and precipitation were evaluated because of their importance for climate studies and because they represent two important types of statistics (additive and multiplicative. The algorithms were validated against a realistic benchmark dataset. The benchmark contains real inhomogeneous data as well as simulated data with inserted inhomogeneities. Random break-type inhomogeneities were added to the simulated datasets modeled as a Poisson process with normally distributed breakpoint sizes. To approximate real world conditions, breaks were introduced that occur simultaneously in multiple station series within a simulated network of station data. The simulated time series also contained outliers, missing data periods and local station trends. Further, a stochastic nonlinear global (network-wide trend was added.
Participants provided 25 separate homogenized contributions as part of the blind study as well as 22 additional solutions submitted after the details of the imposed inhomogeneities were revealed. These homogenized datasets were assessed by a number of performance metrics including (i the centered root mean square error relative to the true homogeneous value at various averaging scales, (ii the error in linear trend estimates and (iii traditional contingency skill scores. The metrics were computed both using the individual station series as well as the network average regional series. The performance of the contributions depends significantly on the error metric considered. Contingency scores by themselves are not very informative. Although relative homogenization algorithms typically improve the homogeneity of temperature data, only the best ones improve
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A nuclear reactor has a large prompt negative temperature coefficient of reactivity. A reactor core assembly of a plurality of fluid-tight fuel elements is located within a water-filled tank. Each fuel element contains a solid homogeneous mixture of 50-79 w/o zirconium hydride, 20-50 w/o uranium and 0.5-1.5 W erbium. The uranium is not more than 20 percent enriched, and the ratio of hydrogen atoms to zirconium atoms is between 1.5:1 and 7:1. The core has a long lifetime, E.G., at least about 1200 days
Dynamics of homogeneous nucleation
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Toxværd, Søren
2015-01-01
clusters fluctuates, but the mean temperature remains below the temperature in the supersaturated gas until they reach the critical nucleation size. The critical nuclei have, however, a temperature equal to the supersaturated gas. The kinetics of homogeneous nucleation is not only caused by a grow or......The classical nucleation theory for homogeneous nucleation is formulated as a theory for a density fluctuation in a supersaturated gas at a given temperature. But molecular dynamics simulations reveal that it is small cold clusters which initiates the nucleation. The temperature in the nucleating...
Tignanelli, H. L.; Vazquez, R. A.; Mostaccio, C.; Gordillo, S.; Plastino, A.
1990-11-01
RESUMEN. Presentamos una metodologia de analisis de la homogeneidad a partir de la Teoria de la Informaci6n, aplicable a muestras de datos observacionales. ABSTRACT:Standard concepts that underlie Information Theory are employed in order design a methodology that enables one to analyze the homogeneity of a given data sample. Key : DATA ANALYSIS
Optimization of 200 kW medical isotope production reactor design
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One of the primary methods of producing medical isotopes such as 99Mo and 131I is by irradiating uranium targets in heterogeneous reactors. Homogeneous aqueous reactors present a potential alternative to medical isotope production. In response to the global demand for medical isotopes, a concept design of the 200 kW medical isotope production reactor (MIPR) was accomplished by Nuclear Power Institute of China in 2000. Further R and D work was completed in subsequent years, including the optimization of design, reactor thermohydraulic experiments, gas circulation system experiments, etc. Compared with the normal isotope production method such as target irradiation, the MIPR can produce more types of isotope at lower cost and with less radioactive waste generation. (author)
Strictly homogeneous laterally complete modules
Chilin, V. I.; Karimov, J. A.
2016-03-01
Let A be a laterally complete commutative regular algebra and X be a laterally complete A-module. In this paper we introduce a notion of homogeneous and strictly homogeneous A-modules. It is proved that any homogeneous A-module is strictly homogeneous A-module, if the Boolean algebra of all idempotents in A is multi-σ-finite.
Synthesis of silica nanosphere from homogeneous and heterogeneous systems
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N Venkatathri
2007-12-01
Silica nanosphere was synthesized using homogeneous and heterogeneous systems, respectively. In homogeneous system, silica spheres were synthesized without cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTABr), which gave bimodal particle size and lower yield (77%). To improve the yield, CTABr was added and found that the yield was very high (100%). The particle was in nm range, but the particle sizes are bimodal. To avoid it, reaction in heterogeneous system using CTABr was carried out. Nanosized silica sphere with uniform size (yield, 94%) was observed. Homogeneous system contains a mixture of ethanol, water, aqueous ammonia and tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS). In the case of heterogeneous system, only ethanol was absent.
Ma, Alexandre
2015-01-01
This work is part of the Research and Development of Photovoltaic. The aim was to study, develop and optimize a new deposition plasma process for the elaboration of zinc oxide thin layers (ZnO) as the window layer in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells of. The particularity of this process is to quickly realize oxide layers (≥ 0.6 nm/s) from an aqueous solution of non-toxic precursors, interacting in the form of droplets, with the plasma. The feasibility of the ZnO deposition by the low power plasma rea...
Homogenous finitary symmetric groups
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Otto. H. Kegel
2015-03-01
Full Text Available We characterize strictly diagonal type of embeddings of finitary symmetric groups in terms of cardinality and the characteristic. Namely, we prove the following. Let kappa be an infinite cardinal. If G=underseti=1stackrelinftybigcupG i , where G i =FSym(kappan i , (H=underseti=1stackrelinftybigcupH i , where H i =Alt(kappan i , is a group of strictly diagonal type and xi=(p 1 ,p 2 ,ldots is an infinite sequence of primes, then G is isomorphic to the homogenous finitary symmetric group FSym(kappa(xi (H is isomorphic to the homogenous alternating group Alt(kappa(xi , where n 0 =1,n i =p 1 p 2 ldotsp i .
Homogeneous group, research, institution
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Francesca Natascia Vasta
2014-09-01
Full Text Available The work outlines the complex connection among empiric research, therapeutic programs and host institution. It is considered the current research state in Italy. Italian research field is analyzed and critic data are outlined: lack of results regarding both the therapeutic processes and the effectiveness of eating disorders group analytic treatment. The work investigates on an eating disorders homogeneous group, led into an eating disorder outpatient service. First we present the methodological steps the research is based on including the strong connection among theory and clinical tools. Secondly clinical tools are described and the results commented. Finally, our results suggest the necessity of validating some more specifical hypothesis: verifying the relationship between clinical improvement (sense of exclusion and painful emotions reduction and specific group therapeutic processes; verifying the relationship between depressive feelings, relapses and transition trough a more differentiated groupal field.Keywords: Homogeneous group; Eating disorders; Institutional field; Therapeutic outcome
Homogen Mur - et udviklingsprojekt
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Dahl, Torben; Beim, Anne; Sørensen, Peter; Nørbak, Charlotte; Nicolaisen, Ole
1997-01-01
Mølletorvet i Slagelse er det første byggeri i Danmark, hvor ydervæggen er udført af homogene bærende og isolerende teglblokke. Byggeriet viser en række af de muligheder, der både med hensyn til konstruktioner, energiforhold og arkitektur ligger i anvendelsen af homogent blokmurværk.......Mølletorvet i Slagelse er det første byggeri i Danmark, hvor ydervæggen er udført af homogene bærende og isolerende teglblokke. Byggeriet viser en række af de muligheder, der både med hensyn til konstruktioner, energiforhold og arkitektur ligger i anvendelsen af homogent blokmurværk....
Blau, Matthias; O'Loughlin, Martin
2002-01-01
Motivated by the search for potentially exactly solvable time-dependent string backgrounds, we determine all homogeneous plane wave (HPW) metrics in any dimension and find one family of HPWs with geodesically complete metrics and another with metrics containing null singularities. The former generalises both the Cahen-Wallach (constant $A_{ij}$) metrics to time-dependent HPWs, $A_{ij}(t)$, and the Ozsvath-Sch\\"ucking anti-Mach metric to arbitrary dimensions. The latter is a generalisation of ...
Homogenization of dislocation dynamics
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In this paper we consider the dynamics of dislocations with the same Burgers vector, contained in the same glide plane, and moving in a material with periodic obstacles. We study two cases: i) the particular case of parallel straight dislocations and ii) the general case of curved dislocations. In each case, we perform rigorously the homogenization of the dynamics and predict the corresponding effective macroscopic elasto-visco-plastic flow rule.
Homogenization of dislocation dynamics
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El Hajj, Ahmad; Ibrahim, Hassan; Monneau, Regis, E-mail: elhajj@cermics.enpc.fr, E-mail: ibrahim@cermics.enpc.fr, E-mail: monneau@cermics.enpc.fr [CERMICS, ENPC, 6 and 8 avenue Blaise Pascal, Cite Descartes, Champs sur Marne, 77455 Marne-la-Valle Cedex 2 (France)
2009-07-15
In this paper we consider the dynamics of dislocations with the same Burgers vector, contained in the same glide plane, and moving in a material with periodic obstacles. We study two cases: i) the particular case of parallel straight dislocations and ii) the general case of curved dislocations. In each case, we perform rigorously the homogenization of the dynamics and predict the corresponding effective macroscopic elasto-visco-plastic flow rule.
Figueroa-O'Farrill, José
2015-01-01
Motivated by the search for new gravity duals to M2 branes with $N>4$ supersymmetry --- equivalently, M-theory backgrounds with Killing superalgebra $\\mathfrak{osp}(N|4)$ for $N>4$ --- we classify (except for a small gap) homogeneous M-theory backgrounds with symmetry Lie algebra $\\mathfrak{so}(n) \\oplus \\mathfrak{so}(3,2)$ for $n=5,6,7$. We find that there are no new backgrounds with $n=6,7$ but we do find a number of new (to us) backgrounds with $n=5$. All backgrounds are metrically products of the form $\\operatorname{AdS}_4 \\times P^7$, with $P$ riemannian and homogeneous under the action of $\\operatorname{SO}(5)$, or $S^4 \\times Q^7$ with $Q$ lorentzian and homogeneous under the action of $\\operatorname{SO}(3,2)$. At least one of the new backgrounds is supersymmetric (albeit with only $N=2$) and we show that it can be constructed from a supersymmetric Freund--Rubin background via a Wick rotation. Two of the new backgrounds have only been approximated numerically.
Preliminary design of the Delft Isotope Production Reactor (DIPR)
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The abundant and strongly growing use of Technetium-99m in medical diagnostics depends on just a few producers and processors of Molybdenum-99 world-wide, making the molybdenum supply chain very sensitive to interruptions. New production routes are needed, especially be-cause some of the reactors used for the production of this isotope will soon reach the end of their economic lifetime. In this paper a preliminary design of a special purpose isotope production reactor, named DIPR, is presented, which could produce about 8% of the world-wide demand. The reactor design is based on aqueous homogeneous reactors studied in the past and has been evaluated using coupled neutronics and CFD calculations. Both steady state and transient analyses have been carried out, showing the mild behavior of the reactor in various situations. The consequences of an operation error leading to an increase of the uranium concentration in the fuel solution has to be investigated in greater detail, taking into account a more complete physics model. Until now, no show stopper has been identified and the DIPR seems a promising reactor for securing the isotope supply chain. (author)
Application of homogeneity procedure for partly immerse control rods in axially reflected system
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Homogenization procedure is applied for calculating the reactivity of heavy water reactor and depth of control rods immersion in order to maintain the criticality dependent on the fuel burnup. Since a real reactor is axially reflected a practical formula is derived for obtaining homogenized L2 values for reflector containing control rod lattice. Computer codes for standard calculation of control rod parameters in power thermal reactor
Deng, Shaoqiang
2012-01-01
"Homogeneous Finsler Spaces" is the first book to emphasize the relationship between Lie groups and Finsler geometry, and the first to show the validity in using Lie theory for the study of Finsler geometry problems. This book contains a series of new results obtained by the author and collaborators during the last decade. The topic of Finsler geometry has developed rapidly in recent years. One of the main reasons for its surge in development is its use in many scientific fields, such as general relativity, mathematical biology, and phycology (study of algae). This monograph introduc
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Blau, Matthias E-mail: mblau@ictp.trieste.it; O' Loughlin, Martin E-mail: loughlin@sissa.it
2003-03-24
Motivated by the search for potentially exactly solvable time-dependent string backgrounds, we determine all homogeneous plane wave (HPW) metrics in any dimension and find one family of HPWs with geodesically complete metrics and another with metrics containing null singularities. The former generalises both the Cahen-Wallach (constant A{sub ij}) metrics to time-dependent HPWs, A{sub ij}(x{sup +}), and the Ozsvath-Schuecking anti-Mach metric to arbitrary dimensions. The latter is a generalisation of the known homogeneous metrics with A{sub ij}{approx}1/(x{sup +}){sup 2} to a more complicated time-dependence. We display these metrics in various coordinate systems, show how to embed them into string theory, and determine the isometry algebra of a general HPW and the associated conserved charges. We review the Lewis-Riesenfeld theory of invariants of time-dependent harmonic oscillators and show how it can be deduced from the geometry of plane waves. We advocate the use of the invariant associated with the extra (timelike) isometry of HPWs for lightcone quantisation, and illustrate the procedure in some examples.
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Motivated by the search for potentially exactly solvable time-dependent string backgrounds, we determine all homogeneous plane wave (HPW) metrics in any dimension and find one family of HPWs with geodesically complete metrics and another with metrics containing null singularities. The former generalises both the Cahen-Wallach (constant Aij) metrics to time-dependent HPWs, Aij(x+), and the Ozsvath-Schuecking anti-Mach metric to arbitrary dimensions. The latter is a generalisation of the known homogeneous metrics with Aij∼1/(x+)2 to a more complicated time-dependence. We display these metrics in various coordinate systems, show how to embed them into string theory, and determine the isometry algebra of a general HPW and the associated conserved charges. We review the Lewis-Riesenfeld theory of invariants of time-dependent harmonic oscillators and show how it can be deduced from the geometry of plane waves. We advocate the use of the invariant associated with the extra (timelike) isometry of HPWs for lightcone quantisation, and illustrate the procedure in some examples
Blau, Matthias; Blau, Matthias; Loughlin, Martin O'
2003-01-01
Motivated by the search for potentially exactly solvable time-dependent string backgrounds, we determine all homogeneous plane wave (HPW) metrics in any dimension and find one family of HPWs with geodesically complete metrics and another with metrics with null singularities. The former generalises both the Cahen-Wallach (constant $A_{ij}$) metrics to time-dependent HPWs, $A_{ij}(t)$, and the Ozsvath-Sch\\"ucking anti-Mach metric to arbitrary dimensions. The latter is a generalisation of the known homogeneous metrics with $A_{ij}\\sim 1/t^2$ to a more complicated time-dependence. We display these metrics in various coordinate systems, show how to embed them into string theory, and determine the isometry algebra of a general HPW and the associated conserved charges. We review the Lewis-Riesenfeld theory of invariants of time-dependent harmonic oscillators and show how it can be deduced from the geometry of plane waves. We advocate the use of the invariant associated with the extra (timelike) isometry of HPWs for ...
Analyses of beyond design basis accident homogeneous boron dilution scenarios
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Kereszturi, Andras; Hegyi, Gyoergy; Maraczy, Csaba; Trosztel, Istvan; Tota, Adam [Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Energy Research, Budapest (Hungary); Karsa, Zoltan [NUBIKI Nuclear Safety Research Institute, Ltd., Budapest (Hungary)
2015-09-15
Homogeneous boron dilution scenarios in a VVER-440 reactor were analyzed using the coupled KIKO3D-ATHLET code. The scenarios are named ''homogeneous'' because of the very slow dilution caused by a rupture in the heat exchanger of the makeup system. Without the presented analyses, a significant contribution of the homogeneous boron dilution to the Core Damage Frequency (CDF) had to be assumed in the Probabilistic Safety Analyses (PSA). According to the combined results of the presented deterministic and probabilistic analyses, the final conclusion is that boron dilution transients don't give significant contribution to the CDF for the investigated VVER-440 NPP.
An iterative homogenization technique that preserves assembly core exchanges
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Mondot, Ph. [Electricite de France, Recherche et Developement, SINETICS, 92 - Clamart (France); Sanchez, R. [CEA Saclay, Direction des Etudes Nucleaires, Service Etude des Reacteurs et de Modelisations Avancees, 91 - Gilf sur Yvette (France)
2003-07-01
A new interactive homogenization procedure for reactor core calculations is proposed that requires iterative transport assembly and diffusion core calculations. At each iteration the transport solution of every assembly type is used to produce homogenized cross sections for the core calculation. The converged solution gives assembly fine multigroup transport fluxes that preserve macro-group assembly exchanges in the core. This homogenization avoids the periodic lattice-leakage model approximation and gives detailed assembly transport fluxes without need of an approximated flux reconstruction. Preliminary results are given for a one-dimensional core model. (authors)
Analyses of beyond design basis accident homogeneous boron dilution scenarios
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Homogeneous boron dilution scenarios in a VVER-440 reactor were analyzed using the coupled KIKO3D-ATHLET code. The scenarios are named ''homogeneous'' because of the very slow dilution caused by a rupture in the heat exchanger of the makeup system. Without the presented analyses, a significant contribution of the homogeneous boron dilution to the Core Damage Frequency (CDF) had to be assumed in the Probabilistic Safety Analyses (PSA). According to the combined results of the presented deterministic and probabilistic analyses, the final conclusion is that boron dilution transients don't give significant contribution to the CDF for the investigated VVER-440 NPP.
'Proserpine'. Homogeneous critical experiment with plutonium
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Proserpine is a homogeneous critical experiment in which plutonium is used as a fissile material. This experiment has been designed to investigate static and kinetic parameters of a thermal neutron reactor in which fissile material is highly concentrated. This report proposes a brief description of the installation (core, solution circuits, measurement and level adjustment, reflector, adjustment mechanism and safety, thermostatically-controlled booth and temperature control, installation safety), and presents the experimental program (critical mass, characteristics of the fissile solution, temperature coefficient) and the first results obtained in a zircaloy vessel. This experiment had two main objectives: a minimum critical mass, and an operating safety with respect to contamination risks
Toward whole-core neutron transport without spatial homogenization
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Full text of publication follows: A long-term goal of computational reactor physics is the deterministic analysis of power reactor core neutronics without incurring significant discretization errors in the energy, spatial or angular variables. In principle, given large enough parallel configurations with unlimited CPU time and memory, this goal could be achieved using existing three-dimensional neutron transport codes. In practice, however, solving the Boltzmann equation for neutrons over the six-dimensional phase space is made intractable by the nature of neutron cross-sections and the complexity and size of power reactor cores. Tens of thousands of energy groups would be required for faithful cross section representation. Likewise, the numerous material interfaces present in power reactor lattices require exceedingly fine spatial mesh structures; these ubiquitous interfaces preclude effective implementation of adaptive grid, mesh-less methods and related techniques that have been applied so successfully in other areas of engineering science. These challenges notwithstanding, substantial progress continues in the pursuit for more robust deterministic methods for whole-core neutronics analysis. This paper examines the progress over roughly the last decade, emphasizing the space-angle variables and the quest to eliminate errors attributable to spatial homogenization. As prolog we briefly assess 1990's methods used in light water reactor analysis and review the lessons learned from the C5G7 benchmark exercises which were originated in 1999 to appraise the ability of transport codes to perform core calculations without homogenization. We proceed by examining progress over the last decade much of which falls into three areas. These may be broadly characterized as reduced homogenization, dynamic homogenization and planar-axial synthesis. In the first, homogenization in three-dimensional calculations is reduced from the fuel assembly to the pin-cell level. In the second
Homogenization of resonant chiral metamaterials
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Andryieuski, Andrei; Menzel, C.; Rockstuhl, Carsten;
2010-01-01
Homogenization of metamaterials is a crucial issue as it allows to describe their optical response in terms of effective wave parameters as, e.g., propagation constants. In this paper we consider the possible homogenization of chiral metamaterials. We show that for meta-atoms of a certain size a...... critical density exists above which increasing coupling between neighboring meta-atoms prevails a reasonable homogenization. On the contrary, a dilution in excess will induce features reminiscent to photonic crystals likewise prevailing a homogenization. Based on Bloch mode dispersion we introduce an...... analytical criterion for performing the homogenization and a tool to predict the homogenization limit. We show that strong coupling between meta-atoms of chiral metamaterials may prevent their homogenization at all....
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Mingxin Huo
2012-02-01
Full Text Available P25 film, prepared by a facile dip-coating method without any binder, was further developed in a recirculating reactor for quinoline removal from synthetic wastewater. Macroporous foam Ni, which has an open three-dimensional network structure, was utilized as a substrate to make good use of UV rays. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the coated/calcinated P25 films consisted of two crystal phases, and had a number of uniform microcracks on the surface. The effects of initial quinoline concentration, light intensity, reaction temperature, aeration, and initial pH were studied. Increased reaction time, light intensity, environmental temperature, and gas aeration were found to significantly improve the quinoline removal efficiency. The aeration effect of oxygen dependency on the quinoline degradation had the trend pure oxygen > air > no gas > pure nitrogen with free O2. The solution pH crucially affected quinoline photodegradation; the high electrostatic adsorption of quinoline molecules on the TiO2 surface was strongly pH dependent. 2-Pyridine-carboxaldehyde, 3-pyridinecarboxaldehyde, and 2(1H-quinolinone were identified as the major intermediates of quinoline degradation. Based on these intermediates, a primary degradation mechanism was proposed. This reusable P25 film benefits the photodegradation of water contaminants and has potential in other various applications.
The decommissioning of the KEMA suspension test reactor
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In this report the decommissioning of the KEMA Suspension Test Reactor (KSTR) is described. This reactor was a 1 MWth aqueous homo-geneous nuclear reactor in which a suspension of a mixed oxide UO2/ ThO2 in light water was circulated in a closed loop through a sphere-shaped core vessel. The reactor, located on KEMA premises, made 150 MW of heat during its critical periods. Dismantling of this reactor, with its many connected subsystems, meant the mastering of activated components which were also contaminated on inner surfaces caused by small fuel deposits (alpha contaminants) and fission products (beta, gamma contaminants). A description is given of the save removal of the fuel, the remote dismantling of systems and components and the disposal of steel scrap and other materials. Important features are the measures to be taken and provisions needed for safe handling, for the reduction of the radiation dose for the working team and the prevention of spreading of activity over the working area and the environment. It has been demonstrated that safe dismantling and disposal of such systems can be achieved. Experience gained at KEMA for the proper dismantling and for safety measures to be taken for workers and the environment can be made available for similar dismantling projects. A cost break-down is included in the report. (author). 22 refs.; 52 figs.; 12 tabs
Homogeneous Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation in Microfluidic Flow System
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Pavlorková, Jana; Křišťál, Jiří; Klusoň, Petr
Budapest: Budapest University of Technology and Economics, 2014, s. 207-208. ISBN 978-963-05-9518-6. [International Conference on Microreactor Technology IMRET /13./. Budapest (HU), 23.06.2014-25.06.2014] Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : homogeneous catalysis * transfer hydrogenation * micro structured reactor systems Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering
Homogeneous nucleation of methane hydrates: unrealistic under realistic conditions.
Knott, Brandon C; Molinero, Valeria; Doherty, Michael F; Peters, Baron
2012-12-01
Methane hydrates are ice-like inclusion compounds with importance to the oil and natural gas industry, global climate change, and gas transportation and storage. The molecular mechanism by which these compounds form under conditions relevant to industry and nature remains mysterious. To understand the mechanism of methane hydrate nucleation from supersaturated aqueous solutions, we performed simulations at controlled and realistic supersaturation. We found that critical nuclei are extremely large and that homogeneous nucleation rates are extremely low. Our findings suggest that nucleation of methane hydrates under these realistic conditions cannot occur by a homogeneous mechanism. PMID:23148735
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Hogerton, John
1964-01-01
This pamphlet describes how reactors work; discusses reactor design; describes research, teaching, and materials testing reactors; production reactors; reactors for electric power generation; reactors for supply heat; reactors for propulsion; reactors for space; reactor safety; and reactors of tomorrow. The appendix discusses characteristics of U.S. civilian power reactor concepts and lists some of the U.S. reactor power projects, with location, type, capacity, owner, and startup date.
Todd, Donald; Tsvetkov, Pavel
2012-01-01
Fast Spectrum Reactors presents a detailed overview of world-wide technology contributing to the development of fast spectrum reactors. With a unique focus on the capabilities of fast spectrum reactors to address nuclear waste transmutation issues, in addition to the well-known capabilities of breeding new fuel, this volume describes how fast spectrum reactors contribute to the wide application of nuclear power systems to serve the global nuclear renaissance while minimizing nuclear proliferation concerns. Readers will find an introduction to the sustainable development of nuclear energy and the role of fast reactors, in addition to an economic analysis of nuclear reactors. A section devoted to neutronics offers the current trends in nuclear design, such as performance parameters and the optimization of advanced power systems. The latest findings on fuel management, partitioning and transmutation include the physics, efficiency and strategies of transmutation, homogeneous and heterogeneous recycling, in addit...
Homogeneous Spaces and Equivariant Embeddings
Timashev, DA
2011-01-01
Homogeneous spaces of linear algebraic groups lie at the crossroads of algebraic geometry, theory of algebraic groups, classical projective and enumerative geometry, harmonic analysis, and representation theory. By standard reasons of algebraic geometry, in order to solve various problems on a homogeneous space it is natural and helpful to compactify it keeping track of the group action, i.e. to consider equivariant completions or, more generally, open embeddings of a given homogeneous space. Such equivariant embeddings are the subject of this book. We focus on classification of equivariant em
Treatment of Pesticides in Wastewater by Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Photocatalysis
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Catalina Daniela Stan
2012-01-01
Full Text Available The effect of different heterogeneous and homogeneous photocatalytic systems on the oxidative degradation of mepiquat chloride in aqueous solutions was investigated. In the case of heterogeneous reactions, the influence of five factors was studied: the type of catalyst, photocatalyst concentration, pH, pesticide concentration, and the presence of H2O2 and/or Fe3+. For homogeneous catalysis, other factors were studied: the oxidising agent and the light source. Nearly complete degradation of mepiquat chloride was obtained after about 180 minutes in the presence of an acid medium (pH3 using a UV-A lamp and TiO2P-25 catalyst (0.5 g/L, for an initial pesticide concentration of 10 ppm. Degradation rates corresponding to homogeneous photocatalysis were lower compared to those corresponding to the use of TiO2 as the photocatalyst.
Approximation theory and homogenization for neutron transport processes
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In practical calculation of reactor systems homogenization is performed by some techniques mostly based on intuition and there is no uniquely accepted approach to this problem. In the first part of the paper an attempt is made to formulate mathematical basis of homogenization for the neutron diffusion and transport equations using recent developments in this field. The boundary value problems for both equations for non smooth H - periodic coefficients are related to appropriate variational problems stated in terms of bilinear forms. The behaviour of the solutions for H → 0 is investigated under various assumptions concerning a limit process to get the coefficients of homogenized equations. In the second part of the paper the assymptotic equivalence of the neutron diffusion to the transport equation is studied. The relation between homogenization procedures for both equations is also examined. As an example, the deriviation of the equations of homogenization in the case of hexagonal geometry typical for V.V.E.R. reactor is given. The obtained formulae for so called effective diffusion coefficient are analyzed for various types of lattices. (author)
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Perin, Chloé
2010-01-01
We show that any non abelian free group $\\F$ is strongly $\\aleph_0$-homogeneous, i.e. that finite tuples of elements which satisfy the same first-order properties are in the same orbit under $\\Aut(\\F)$. We give a characterization of elements in finitely generated groups which have the same first-order properties as a primitive element of the free group. We deduce as a consequence that most hyperbolic surface groups are not $\\aleph_0$-homogeneous.
Albedo matrices in assembly homogenization
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Relations between albedo matrices and a set of diffusion coefficients for a homogeneous medium is considered. The possibility to determine albedo matrices in a homogeneous diffusion medium on the basis of diffusion constants is proved. Relations for the reverse calculation of a set of equivalent diffusion constants using the albedo matrices are obtained. These relations can be used to check the albedo matrices determined by a numerical method. 10 refs.; 2 tabs
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This manual covers all the aspects of the science of neutron transport in nuclear reactors and can be used with great advantage by students, engineers or even reactor experts. It is composed of 18 chapters: 1) basis of nuclear physics, 2) the interactions of neutrons with matter, 3) the interactions of electromagnetic radiations and charged-particles with matter, 4) neutron slowing-down, 5) resonant absorption, 6) Doppler effect, 7) neutron thermalization, 8) Boltzmann equation, 9) calculation methods in neutron transport theory, 10) neutron scattering, 11) reactor reactivity, 12) theory of the critical homogenous pile, 13) the neutron reflector, 14) the heterogeneous reactor, 15) the equations of the fuel cycle, 16) neutron counter-reactions, 17) reactor kinetics, and 18) calculation methods in neutron scattering
Investigations on the process of homogenization in bioreactors by the method of radioactive tracers
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The kinetics of the homogenization process was studied in three types of bioreactors by the use of radioactive tracers. The received data was interpreted on the base of a mathematical model and conclusions were made about the qualities of the investigated reactors. On the base of the received information the technological regime of the reactor can be optimized
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Magat, Ph
1997-04-01
Today neutron transport in PWR's core is routinely computed through the transport-diffusion(2 groups) scheme. This method gives satisfactory results for reactors operating in normal conditions but the 2 group diffusion approximation is unable to take into account interface effects or anisotropy. The improvement of this scheme is logically possible through the use of a simplified P{sub N} method (SP{sub N}) for the modeling of the core. The comparison between S{sub N} calculations and SP{sub N} calculations shows an excellent agreement on eigenvalues as well as on power maps. We can notice that: -) it is no use extending the development beyond P{sub 3}, there is no effect; -) the P{sub 1} development is adequate; and -) the P{sub 0} development is totally inappropriate. Calculations performed on the N4 core of the Chooz power plant have enabled us to compare diffusion operators with transport operators (SP{sub 1}, SP{sub 3}, SP{sub 5} and SP{sub 7}). These calculations show that the implementation of the SP{sub N} method is feasible but the extra-costs in computation times and memory are important. We recommend: SP{sub 5}P{sub 1} calculations for heterogeneous 2-dimension geometry and SP{sub 3}P{sub 1} calculations for the homogeneous 3-dimension geometry. (A.C.)
Simulation of homogeneous diesel combustion processes; Simulation homogener Diesel-Brennverfahren
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Bauer, Clemens
2008-07-01
For the modeling of ignition and combustion of homogeneous Diesel combustion processes two modeling approaches were developed. In both approaches the heat release during the cool flame phase as the first phase of the homogeneous combustion process is considered. The first approach is called Multi-SR approach within this work and is based on the coupling of a system of stochastic reactors with a 3d-CFD-code. The stochastic reactors are modeled in a langrangian way by particles which are moved convectively with the flow field. Depending on the local position they represent their surrounding area in the combustion chamber. Information concerning convection, evaporation, wall heat transfer as well as the turbulent timescale needed for the turbulent mixing process are transferred from the 3d-CFC-Code to the stochastic reactors. With this modeling approach ignition and combustion are implicitly considered. The second approach is a progress variable one with the reaction time as progress variable used for the turbulent description of the ignition phase of homogeneous Diesel combustion processes. The model is based on an online-generated library. Within this library the laminar heat release rates are calculated depending on the reaction time. Based on the library the turbulent released energy during the ignition phase is calculated. In the end the turbulent released energy is coupled to the 3d-CFC-Code based on a simple chemical reaction. After reaching a predefined criterion the ignition model is switched to a conventional Diesel combustion model. With this model the main combustion part is simulated then. The Multi-SR-approach as well as the progress variable approach were implemented in the three-dimensional CFD-Code KIVA [87] and validated with single cylinder data. In most cases the Multi-SR-approach showed a good agreement respect to start of the cool flame and main combustion, maximum pressure and post flame behaviour. The heat release rate during the cool flame
Computer modeling of homogenization of boric acid in IRIS pressurizer
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Integral layout of nuclear reactor IRIS makes possible the elimination of the spray system; which is usually used to mitigate in-surge transient and help to boron homogenization. The study of transients with deficiencies in the boron homogenization in this technology is very important, because they can cause disturbances in the reactor power and insert a strong reactivity in the core. The aim of the present research is to model the IRIS pressurizer using the CFX code searching for designs alternatives that guaranteed its intrinsic security, focused on the phenomena before mentioned. A symmetric tri dimensional model equivalent to 1/8 of the total geometry was adopted to reduce mesh size and minimize processing time. The relationships are programmed and incorporated into the code. This paper discusses the model developed and the behavior of the system for representative transients sequences. The results of the analyzed IRIS transients could be applied to the design of the pressurizer internal structures and components. (Author)
Genetic Homogenization of Composite Materials
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P. Tobola
2009-04-01
Full Text Available The paper is focused on numerical studies of electromagnetic properties of composite materials used for the construction of small airplanes. Discussions concentrate on the genetic homogenization of composite layers and composite layers with a slot. The homogenization is aimed to reduce CPU-time demands of EMC computational models of electrically large airplanes. First, a methodology of creating a 3-dimensional numerical model of a composite material in CST Microwave Studio is proposed focusing on a sufficient accuracy of the model. Second, a proper implementation of a genetic optimization in Matlab is discussed. Third, an association of the optimization script and a simplified 2-dimensional model of the homogeneous equivalent model in Comsol Multiphysics is proposed considering EMC issues. Results of computations are experimentally verified.
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Horn, Anna Frisenfeldt; Barouh, Nathalie; Nielsen, Nina Skall;
2013-01-01
The oxidative stability of 10 % fish oil-in-water emulsions was investigated for emulsions prepared under different homogenization conditions. Homogenization was conducted at two different pressures (5 or 22.5 MPa), and at two different temperatures (22 and 72 °C). Milk proteins were used as the...... decreased the oxidative stability of emulsions with α-lactalbumin and β-lactoglobulin. For both types of emulsions the partitioning of proteins between the interface and the aqueous phase appeared to be important for the oxidative stability. The effect of pre-heating the aqueous phase with the milk proteins...
Research reactors in Argentina
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Argentine Nuclear Development started in early fifties. In 1957, it was decided to built the first a research reactor. RA-1 reactor (120 kw, today licensed to work at 40 kW) started operation in January 1958. Originally RA-1 was an Argonaut (American design) reactor. In early sixties, the RA-1 core was changed. Fuel rods (20% enrichment) was introduced instead the old Argonaut core design. For that reason, a critical facility named RA-0 was built. After that, the RA-3 project started, to build a multipurpose 5 MW nuclear reactor MTR pool type, to produce radioisotopes and research. For that reason and to define the characteristics of the RA-3 core, another critical facility was built, RA-2. Initially RA-3 was a 90 % enriched fuel reactor, and started operation in 1967. When Atucha I NPP project started, a German design Power Reactor, a small homogeneous reactor was donated by the German Government to Argentina (1969). This was RA-4 reactor (20% enrichment, 1W). In 1982, RA-6 pool reactor achieved criticality. This is a 500 kW reactor with 90% enriched MTR fuel elements. In 1990, RA-3 started to operate fueled by 20% enriched fuel. In 1997, the RA-8 (multipurpose critical facility located at Pilcaniyeu) started to operate. RA-3 reactor is the most important CNEA reactor for Argentine Research Reactors development. It is the first in a succession of Argentine MTR reactors built by CNEA (and INVAP SE ) in Argentina and other countries: RA-6 (500 kW, Bariloche-Argentina), RP-10 (10MW, Peru), NUR (500 kW, Algeria), MPR (22 MW, Egypt). The experience of Argentinian industry permits to compete with foreign developed countries as supplier of research reactors. Today, CNEA has six research reactors whose activities have a range from education and promotion of nuclear activity, to radioisotope production. For more than forty years, Argentine Research Reactors are working. The experience of Argentine is important, and argentine firms are able to compete in the design and
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Research reactor managers are increasingly implementing improvements in their management of safety through the application of good practices originally developed as power reactor programs. This paper considers ways to select practices to emulate, effectively incorporate them into a research reactor program and evaluate their contribution to safety. Relative to research reactors, power reactor programs look relatively homogeneous when considering source terms, stored energy, core power density, operating cycles, plant systems and staff sizes. They have potential hazard consequences that require effective safety management programs. Finally, power reactors generate a stream of revenue to fund these programs. The power reactor community has combined their resources with the homogeneity of their challenge to create impressive safety management tools, many of which can be effectively implemented in the research reactor community. However, not all programs can be effectively implemented in all research reactors. number of power reactor programs are analyzed in the paper with consideration of their effective implementation and potential contribution to research reactor. (author)
Resonance integral calculations for high temperature reactors
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Methods of calculation of resonance integrals of finite dilution and temperature are given for both, homogeneous and heterogeneous geometries, together with results obtained from these methods as applied to the design of high temperature reactors. (author)
Homogeneous zones definition in deterministic codes and effect on computed neutronic parameters
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Varvayanni, M. [NCSR ' DEMOKRITOS' , P.O. Box 60228, 15310 Aghia Paraskevi, Attiki (Greece)], E-mail: melina@ipta.demokritos.gr; Savva, P.; Catsaros, N. [NCSR ' DEMOKRITOS' , P.O. Box 60228, 15310 Aghia Paraskevi, Attiki (Greece); Antonopoulos-Domis, M. [School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki (Greece)
2009-05-15
The design or modification and in general the analysis and control of nuclear reactors require complex calculations, which are carried out by numerical codes including neutronic and thermal-hydraulic components. Among the neutronic codes, the deterministic ones which solve the neutron transport/diffusion equation simulate the reactor core by dividing it into homogenized zones, i.e. volumes within which the macroscopic nuclear properties are considered uniform. These codes have been extensively used and tested for several decades and are shown to perform well when they analyze reactor cores containing regions with relatively homogeneous distributions of fuel, moderator and absorbing materials. In this work, the sensitivity of computed key neutronic parameters to the partitioning of the reactor core in homogenized zones is examined. Application is made for a configuration of the Greek Research Reactor (GRR-1) core, which is pool type, fueled by slab-type fuel elements. For the calculations, the neutronic code system consisting of XSDRNPM (cell-calculations) and CITATION (core analysis) is used with two different definitions of homogeneous zones for the special/control fuel assemblies. The effect on computations of neutron flux distribution, void-induced reactivity and total control rod worth is examined based on corresponding measurements. It is shown that with a more appropriate partition in homogeneous zones, the agreement of computed results with measurements can be remarkably improved concerning mainly the neutron flux, while the control rods worth is the less affected quantity.
Homogeneous zones definition in deterministic codes and effect on computed neutronic parameters
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The design or modification and in general the analysis and control of nuclear reactors require complex calculations, which are carried out by numerical codes including neutronic and thermal-hydraulic components. Among the neutronic codes, the deterministic ones which solve the neutron transport/diffusion equation simulate the reactor core by dividing it into homogenized zones, i.e. volumes within which the macroscopic nuclear properties are considered uniform. These codes have been extensively used and tested for several decades and are shown to perform well when they analyze reactor cores containing regions with relatively homogeneous distributions of fuel, moderator and absorbing materials. In this work, the sensitivity of computed key neutronic parameters to the partitioning of the reactor core in homogenized zones is examined. Application is made for a configuration of the Greek Research Reactor (GRR-1) core, which is pool type, fueled by slab-type fuel elements. For the calculations, the neutronic code system consisting of XSDRNPM (cell-calculations) and CITATION (core analysis) is used with two different definitions of homogeneous zones for the special/control fuel assemblies. The effect on computations of neutron flux distribution, void-induced reactivity and total control rod worth is examined based on corresponding measurements. It is shown that with a more appropriate partition in homogeneous zones, the agreement of computed results with measurements can be remarkably improved concerning mainly the neutron flux, while the control rods worth is the less affected quantity.
On $\\delta$-homogeneous Riemannian manifolds
Berestovskii, V. N.; Nikonorov, Yu. G.
2006-01-01
We study in this paper previously defined by V.N. Berestovskii and C.P. Plaut $\\delta$-homogeneous spaces in the case of Riemannian manifolds. Every such manifold has non-negative sectional curvature. The universal covering of any $\\delta$-homogeneous Riemannian manifolds is itself $\\delta$-homogeneous. In turn, every simply connected Riemannian $\\delta$-homogeneous manifold is a direct metric product of an Euclidean space and compact simply connected indecomposable homogeneous manifolds; all...
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Mayor, G.; Mesiar, Radko; Torrens, J.
2008-01-01
Roč. 44, č. 6 (2008), s. 745-756. ISSN 0023-5954 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA402/08/0618 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : copula * diagonal section * quasi-homegeneity Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 0.281, year: 2008 http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2008/E/mesiar-on quasi-homogeneous copulas.pdf
Self-consolidating concrete homogeneity
Jarque, J. C.; Parra, C.; Valcuende, M.O.
2007-01-01
Concrete instability may lead to the non-uniform distribution of its properties. The homogeneity of self-consolidating concrete in vertically cast members was therefore explored in this study, analyzing both resistance to segregation and pore structure uniformity. To this end, two series of concretes were prepared, self-consolidating and traditional vibrated materials, with different w/c ratios and types of cement. The results showed that selfconsolidating concretes exhibit high resistance to...
Homogenized Elasticity of Martensitic Microstructures
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Seiner, Hanuš; Glatz, Ondřej; Landa, Michal
Freiburg : Fraunhofer Verlag, 2010 - (Gumbsch, P.; van der Giessen, E.), s. 546-549 ISBN 978-3-8396-0166-2. [International Conference on Multiscale Materials Modelling MMM2010 /5./. Freiburrg (DE), 04.10.2010-08.10.2010] R&D Projects: GA ČR GP202/09/P164 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : martensitic transformations * homogenization procedure * 1st order laminate Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism
Homogeneous determination of maximum magnitude
Meletti, C.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione Milano-Pavia, Milano, Italia; D'Amico, V.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione Milano-Pavia, Milano, Italia; Martinelli, F.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione Milano-Pavia, Milano, Italia
2010-01-01
This deliverable represents the result of the activities performed by a working group at INGV. The main object of the Task 3.5 is defined in the Description of Work. This task will produce a homogeneous assessment (possibly multiple models) of the distribution of the expected Maximum Magnitude for earthquakes expected in various tectonic provinces of Europe, to serve as input for the computation and validation of seismic hazard. This goal will be achieved by combining input from earthqu...
Homogenization in elasto-plasticity
Orlik, J
2008-01-01
The theory of the two-scale convergence was applied to homogenization of elasto-plastic composites with a periodic structure and exponential hardening law. The theory is based on the fact that the elastic as well as the plastic part of the stress field two-scale converges to a limit, which is factorized by parts, depending only on macroscopic characteristics, represented in terms of corresponding part of the homogenised stress tensor and only on stress concentration tensor, related to the mic...
HELIOS2: simple procedure for generating two-group homogenized parameters
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The recent nodal reactor theory has improved the nodal reactor analyses to the point where accurate three-dimensional nodal methods can successfully replace the detailed pin-by pin calculations, provided adequate homogenized parameters are available. That has been the driving force behind the continuing development of transport methods and lattice codes from one side and homogenization techniques from the other. The introduction of heterogeneous factors by Koebke (1984) in the Equivalence Theory followed by the General Equivalent Theory and the definition of the discontinuity factors by Smith (1985), significantly improved the results from homogenized nodal calculations at the time and basically made possible the subsequent advances in the nodal methods and higher order homogenization and re homogenization techniques. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the applicability of HELIOS2 (3) and its post processor ZENITH in a simple, analytical procedure to derive and study homogenization parameters in a multi-assembly domain of fuel assemblies and non-multiplying assembly area. The two-group homogenized parameters are generated in the multi-assembly transport calculation by HELIOS and then used in one-dimensional, two-group homogeneous diffusion problem solved in ZENITH. The procedure is used to generate discontinuity factors and albedo matrices for non-multiplying domain and to verify their dependence on exposure and calculation conditions. (Authors)
Properties of isometrically homogeneous curves
Donne, Enrico Le
2011-01-01
This paper is devoted to the study of isometrically homogeneous spaces from the view point of metric geometry. Mainly we focus on those spaces that are homeomorphic to lines. We show that one can reduce the study to those distances on $\\R$ that are translation invariant. We study possible values of various metric dimensions of such spaces. One of the main results is the equivalence of two properties: the first one is linear connectedness and the second one is 1-dimensionality, with respect to Nagata dimension. Several concrete pathological examples are provided.
Fluidized-Bed Silane-Decomposition Reactor
Iya, Sridhar K.
1991-01-01
Fluidized-bed pyrolysis reactor produces high-purity polycrystalline silicon from silane or halosilane via efficient heterogeneous deposition of silicon on silicon seed particles. Formation of silicon dust via homogeneous decomposition of silane minimized, and deposition of silicon on wall of reactor effectively eliminated. Silicon used to construct solar cells and other semiconductor products.
Application of equivalence methods on Monte Carlo method based homogenization multi-group constants
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The multi-group constants generated via continuous energy Monte Carlo method do not satisfy the equivalence between reference calculation and diffusion calculation applied in reactor core analysis. To the satisfaction of the equivalence theory, general equivalence theory (GET) and super homogenization method (SPH) were applied to the Monte Carlo method based group constants, and a simplified reactor core and C5G7 benchmark were examined with the Monte Carlo constants. The results show that the calculating precision of group constants is improved, and GET and SPH are good candidates for the equivalence treatment of Monte Carlo homogenization. (authors)
Homogenization scheme for acoustic metamaterials
Yang, Min
2014-02-26
We present a homogenization scheme for acoustic metamaterials that is based on reproducing the lowest orders of scattering amplitudes from a finite volume of metamaterials. This approach is noted to differ significantly from that of coherent potential approximation, which is based on adjusting the effective-medium parameters to minimize scatterings in the long-wavelength limit. With the aid of metamaterials’ eigenstates, the effective parameters, such as mass density and elastic modulus can be obtained by matching the surface responses of a metamaterial\\'s structural unit cell with a piece of homogenized material. From the Green\\'s theorem applied to the exterior domain problem, matching the surface responses is noted to be the same as reproducing the scattering amplitudes. We verify our scheme by applying it to three different examples: a layered lattice, a two-dimensional hexagonal lattice, and a decorated-membrane system. It is shown that the predicted characteristics and wave fields agree almost exactly with numerical simulations and experiments and the scheme\\'s validity is constrained by the number of dominant surface multipoles instead of the usual long-wavelength assumption. In particular, the validity extends to the full band in one dimension and to regimes near the boundaries of the Brillouin zone in two dimensions.
ISOTOPE METHODS IN HOMOGENEOUS CATALYSIS.
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BULLOCK,R.M.; BENDER,B.R.
2000-12-01
The use of isotope labels has had a fundamentally important role in the determination of mechanisms of homogeneously catalyzed reactions. Mechanistic data is valuable since it can assist in the design and rational improvement of homogeneous catalysts. There are several ways to use isotopes in mechanistic chemistry. Isotopes can be introduced into controlled experiments and followed where they go or don't go; in this way, Libby, Calvin, Taube and others used isotopes to elucidate mechanistic pathways for very different, yet important chemistries. Another important isotope method is the study of kinetic isotope effects (KIEs) and equilibrium isotope effect (EIEs). Here the mere observation of where a label winds up is no longer enough - what matters is how much slower (or faster) a labeled molecule reacts than the unlabeled material. The most careti studies essentially involve the measurement of isotope fractionation between a reference ground state and the transition state. Thus kinetic isotope effects provide unique data unavailable from other methods, since information about the transition state of a reaction is obtained. Because getting an experimental glimpse of transition states is really tantamount to understanding catalysis, kinetic isotope effects are very powerful.
Federal Laboratory Consortium — The last of Hanfordqaodmasdkwaspemas7ajkqlsmdqpakldnzsdflss nine plutonium production reactors to be built was the N Reactor.This reactor was called a dual purpose...
Neutron transport equation - indications on homogenization and neutron diffusion
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In PWR nuclear reactor, the practical study of the neutrons in the core uses diffusion equation to describe the problem. On the other hand, the most correct method to describe these neutrons is to use the Boltzmann equation, or neutron transport equation. In this paper, we give some theoretical indications to obtain a diffusion equation from the general transport equation, with some simplifying hypothesis. The work is organised as follows: (a) the most general formulations of the transport equation are presented: integro-differential equation and integral equation; (b) the theoretical approximation of this Boltzmann equation by a diffusion equation is introduced, by the way of asymptotic developments; (c) practical homogenization methods of transport equation is then presented. In particular, the relationships with some general and useful methods in neutronic are shown, and some homogenization methods in energy and space are indicated. A lot of other points of view or complements are detailed in the text or the remarks
Calculation models for a nuclear reactor
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Determination of different parameters of nuclear reactors requires neutron transport calculations. Due to complicity of geometry and material composition of the reactor core, neutron calculations were performed for simplified models of the real arrangement. In frame of the present work two models were used for calculations. First, an elementary cell model was used to prepare cross section data set for a homogenized-core reactor model. The homogenized-core reactor model was then used to perform neutron transport calculation. The nuclear reactor is a tank-shaped thermal reactor. The semi-cylindrical core arrangement consists of aluminum made fuel bundles immersed in water which acts as a moderator as well as a coolant. Each fuel bundle consists of aluminum cladded fuel rods arranged in square lattices. (author)
Significance tests and sample homogeneity loophole
Kupczynski, Marian
2015-01-01
In their recent comment, published in Nature, Jeffrey T.Leek and Roger D.Peng discuss how P-values are widely abused in null hypothesis significance testing . We agree completely with them and in this short comment we discuss the importance of sample homogeneity tests. No matter with how much scrutiny data are gathered if homogeneity tests are not performed the significance tests suffer from sample homogeneity loophole and the results may not be trusted. For example sample homogeneity loophol...
Improving homogeneity by dynamic speed limit systems.
Nes, N. van Brandenberg, S. & Twisk, D.A.M.
2010-01-01
Homogeneity of driving speeds is an important variable in determining road safety; more homogeneous driving speeds increase road safety. This study investigates the effect of introducing dynamic speed limit systems on homogeneity of driving speeds. A total of 46 subjects twice drove a route along 12
The homogeneous geometries of real hyperbolic space
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Castrillón López, Marco; Gadea, Pedro Martínez; Swann, Andrew Francis
We describe the holonomy algebras of all canonical connections of homogeneous structures on real hyperbolic spaces in all dimensions. The structural results obtained then lead to a determination of the types, in the sense of Tricerri and Vanhecke, of the corresponding homogeneous tensors. We use...... our analysis to show that the moduli space of homogeneous structures on real hyperbolic space has two connected components....
Silane-Pyrolysis Reactor With Nonuniform Heating
Iya, Sridhar K.
1991-01-01
Improved reactor serves as last stage in system processing metallurgical-grade silicon feedstock into silicon powder of ultrahigh purity. Silane pyrolized to silicon powder and hydrogen gas via homogeneous decomposition reaction in free space. Features set of individually adjustable electrical heaters and purge flow of hydrogen to improve control of pyrolysis conditions. Power supplied to each heater set in conjunction with flow in reactor to obtain desired distribution of temperature as function of position along reactor.
Use of tritium measurements for homogeneity assessment in water reservoirs
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Tritium is the heaviest and only radioactive isotope of hydrogen. Apart from its natural origin, it is also produced as an activation product in PHWR type reactors which utilizes heavy water as moderator and coolant as well. Radioactive isotopes are useful in tracing the movement of water in the environment. The measurements of tritium for a large number of applications have been demonstrated in groundwater hydrology. This paper attempts to demonstrate the uses of tritium monitoring in assessing the water homogeneity in Rana Pratap Sagar Lake waters. (author)
Projective duality and homogeneous spaces
Tevelev, E A
2006-01-01
Projective duality is a very classical notion naturally arising in various areas of mathematics, such as algebraic and differential geometry, combinatorics, topology, analytical mechanics, and invariant theory, and the results in this field were until now scattered across the literature. Thus the appearance of a book specifically devoted to projective duality is a long-awaited and welcome event. Projective Duality and Homogeneous Spaces covers a vast and diverse range of topics in the field of dual varieties, ranging from differential geometry to Mori theory and from topology to the theory of algebras. It gives a very readable and thorough account and the presentation of the material is clear and convincing. For the most part of the book the only prerequisites are basic algebra and algebraic geometry. This book will be of great interest to graduate and postgraduate students as well as professional mathematicians working in algebra, geometry and analysis.
Modeling the homogenization kinetics of as-cast U-10wt% Mo alloys
Xu, Zhijie; Joshi, Vineet; Hu, Shenyang; Paxton, Dean; Lavender, Curt; Burkes, Douglas
2016-04-01
Low-enriched U-22at% Mo (U-10Mo) alloy has been considered as an alternative material to replace the highly enriched fuels in research reactors. For the U-10Mo to work effectively and replace the existing fuel material, a thorough understanding of the microstructure development from as-cast to the final formed structure is required. The as-cast microstructure typically resembles an inhomogeneous microstructure with regions containing molybdenum-rich and -lean regions, which may affect the processing and possibly the in-reactor performance. This as-cast structure must be homogenized by thermal treatment to produce a uniform Mo distribution. The development of a modeling capability will improve the understanding of the effect of initial microstructures on the Mo homogenization kinetics. In the current work, we investigated the effect of as-cast microstructure on the homogenization kinetics. The kinetics of the homogenization was modeled based on a rigorous algorithm that relates the line scan data of Mo concentration to the gray scale in energy dispersive spectroscopy images, which was used to generate a reconstructed Mo concentration map. The map was then used as realistic microstructure input for physics-based homogenization models, where the entire homogenization kinetics can be simulated and validated against the available experiment data at different homogenization times and temperatures.
Homogenization of thermal conductivity in a periodic structure
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TRISO particle is used for a high temperature gas cooled reactor. There are few billions of TRISO particles in a reactor core. It is necessary to develop a homogenization model for compact level or block level calculation. It is widely accepted to obtain a (flux-) volume average of inverse of diffusion coefficient such as the neutron diffusion coefficient or the thermal conductivity as an analogy to the neutron transport cross section. However there are large difference in the averaged conductivity when the structure is highly heterogeneous. Cho's method gives a quite reasonable result for practical application. However, Cho's method is not accurate in the sense that a Monte Carlo method is based on the Fredholm integral equation, and a diffusion equation cannot be converted into a Fredholm equation rigorously
Polyurethane phantoms with homogeneous and nearly homogeneous optical properties
Keränen, Ville T.; Mäkynen, Anssi J.; Dayton, Amanda L.; Prahl, Scott A.
2010-02-01
Phantoms with controlled optical properties are often used for calibration and standardization. The phantoms are typically prepared by adding absorbers and scatterers to a clear host material. It is usually assumed that the scatterers and absorbers are uniformly dispersed within the medium. To explore the effects of this assumption, we prepared paired sets of polyurethane phantoms (both with identical masses of absorber, India ink and scatterer, titanium dioxide). Polyurethane phantoms were made by mixing two polyurethane parts (a and b) together and letting them cure in a polypropylene container. The mixture was degassed before curing to ensure a sample without bubbles. The optical properties were controlled by mixing titanium dioxide or India ink into polyurethane part (a or b) before blending the parts together. By changing the mixing sequence, we could change the aggregation of the scattering and absorbing particles. Each set had one sample with homogeneously dispersed scatterers and absorbers, and a second sample with slightly aggregated scatterers or absorbers. We found that the measured transmittance could easily vary by a factor of twenty. The estimated optical properties (using the inverse adding-doubling method) indicate that when aggregation is present, the optical properties are no longer proportional to the concentrations of absorbers or scatterers.
Engineering reactors for catalytic reactions
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Vivek V Ranade
2014-03-01
Catalytic reactions are ubiquitous in chemical and allied industries. A homogeneous or heterogeneous catalyst which provides an alternative route of reaction with lower activation energy and better control on selectivity can make substantial impact on process viability and economics. Extensive studies have been conducted to establish sound basis for design and engineering of reactors for practising such catalytic reactions and for realizing improvements in reactor performance. In this article, application of recent (and not so recent) developments in engineering reactors for catalytic reactions is discussed. Some examples where performance enhancement was realized by catalyst design, appropriate choice of reactor, better injection and dispersion strategies and recent advances in process intensification/ multifunctional reactors are discussed to illustrate the approach.
Self-thinning and neutralizing thickened aqueous liquid
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Lybarger, J.H.; Scheuerman, R.F.
1979-04-17
A thickened aqueous liquid is described for use in well treating processes, such as sand or gravel packing, fracturing, fluid-diverting, selective-plugging, fluid-displacing etc. The thickened aqueous liquid consists of an aqueous solution containing 1) an acid-reactive cellulosic water thickener in an amount ranging from 0.1 to 4% by weight of the solution to provide viscosities which at 80/sup 0/F range from 100 to 51,000 cp; 2) an amount and composition of substantially homogeneously distributed acidifying material sufficient to cause a significant decrease in the viscosity of the solution after a selected time-temperature exposure; and 3) an amount and composition of substantially homogeneously-distributed relatively slowly-reactive pH-increasing material sufficient to subsequently raise the pH of the solution to a selected relatively neutral value after an increased time. 10 claims.
Yoshio Kobayashi; Naomichi Takahashi; Takafumi Maeda; Takehiro Yonezawa; Kazuhiko Yamasaki
2015-01-01
The present work proposes a method to fabricate indium tin oxide (ITO) particles using precursor particles synthesized with a combination of a homogeneous precipitation method and a seeding technique, and it also describes their electronic conductivity properties. Seed nanoparticles were produced using a co-precipitation method with aqueous solutions of indium (III) chloride, tin (IV) chloride aqueous solution and sodium hydroxide. Three types of ITO nanoparticles were fabricated. The first t...
Homogeneous modes of cosmological instantons
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We discuss the O(4) invariant perturbation modes of cosmological instantons. These modes are spatially homogeneous in Lorentzian spacetime and thus not relevant to density perturbations. But their properties are important in establishing the meaning of the Euclidean path integral. If negative modes are present, the Euclidean path integral is not well defined, but may nevertheless be useful in an approximate description of the decay of an unstable state. When gravitational dynamics is included, counting negative modes requires a careful treatment of the conformal factor problem. We demonstrate that for an appropriate choice of coordinate on phase space, the second order Euclidean action is bounded below for normalized perturbations and has a finite number of negative modes. We prove that there is a negative mode for many gravitational instantons of the Hawking-Moss or ColemanendashDe Luccia type, and discuss the associated spectral flow. We also investigate Hawking-Turok constrained instantons, which occur in a generic inflationary model. Implementing the regularization and constraint proposed by Kirklin, Turok and Wiseman, we find that those instantons leading to substantial inflation do not possess negative modes. Using an alternate regularization and constraint motivated by reduction from five dimensions, we find a negative mode is present. These investigations shed new light on the suitability of Euclidean quantum gravity as a potential description of our universe
Pharmaceutical Industry Oriented Homogeneous Catalysis
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Zhang Xumu
2004-01-01
Chiral therapeutics already makes up over one-third of pharmaceutical drugs currently sold worldwide. This is a growing industry with global chiral drug sales for 2002 increasing by 12%to $160 billion (Technology Catalysts International) of a total drug market of $410bn. The increasing demand to produce enantiomerically pure pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, flavors, and other fine chemicals has advanced the field of asymmetric catalytic technologies.We aim to become a high value technology provider and partner in the chiral therapeutics industry by offering proprietary catalysts, novel building blocks, and collaborative synthetic solutions. In decade, we have developed a set of novel chiral homogeneous phosphorus ligands such as Binaphane, Me-KetalPhos, TangPhos, f-Binaphane, Me-f-KetalPhos, C4TunePhos and Binapine,which we called Chiral Ligand ToolKit. Complementing the ToolKit, (R, S, S, R)-DIOP*, T-Phos,o-BIPHEP, o-BINAPO and FAP were added recently[1].These ligands can be applied to a broad variety of drug structural features by asymmetric hydrogenation of dehydroamino acid derivatives, enamides, unsatisfied acids and esters, ketones,beta ketoesters, imines and cyclic imines. And ligand FAP had been apllied succefully in allylic alkylation and [3+2] cycloaddition.
A Class of Homogeneous Einstein Manifolds
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Yifang KANG; Ke LIANG
2006-01-01
A Riemannian manifold (M,g) is called Einstein manifold if its Ricci tensor satisfies r=c·g for some constant c. General existence results are hard to obtain,e.g., it is as yet unknown whether every compact manifold admits an Einstein metric. A natural approach is to impose additional homogeneous assumptions. M. Y. Wang and W. Ziller have got some results on compact homogeneous space G/H. They investigate standard homogeneous metrics, the metric induced by Killing form on G/H, and get some classification results. In this paper some more general homogeneous metrics on some homogeneous space G/H are studies, and a necessary and sufficient condition for this metric to be Einstein is given. The authors also give some examples of Einstein manifolds with non-standard homogeneous metrics.
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The Reactor Physics and MYRRHA Department of SCK-CEN offers expertise in various areas of reactor physics, in particular in neutronics calculations, reactor dosimetry, reactor operation, reactor safety and control and non-destructive analysis of reactor fuel. This expertise is applied in the Department's own research projects in the VENUS critical facility, in the BR1 reactor and in the MYRRHA project (this project aims at designing a prototype Accelerator Driven System). Available expertise is also used in programmes external to the Department such as the reactor pressure steel vessel programme, the BR2 reactor dosimetry, and the preparation and interpretation of irradiation experiments by means of neutron and gamma calculations. The activities of the Fuzzy Logic and Intelligent Technologies in Nuclear Science programme cover several domains outside the department. Progress and achievements in these topical areas in 2000 are summarised
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SCK-CEN's Reactor Physics and MYRRHA Department offers expertise in various areas of reactor physics, in particular in neutron and gamma calculations, reactor dosimetry, reactor operation and control, reactor code benchmarking and reactor safety calculations. This expertise is applied in the Department's own research projects in the VENUS critical facility, in the BR1 reactor and in the MYRRHA project (this project aims at designing a prototype Accelerator Driven System). Available expertise is also used in programmes external to the Department such as the reactor pressure steel vessel programme, the BR2 materials testing reactor dosimetry, and the preparation and interpretation of irradiation experiments by means of neutron and gamma calculations. The activities of the Fuzzy Logic and Intelligent Technologies in Nuclear Science programme cover several domains outside the department. Progress and achievements in these topical areas in 2001 are summarised
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Ait Abderrahim, A
2001-04-01
The Reactor Physics and MYRRHA Department of SCK-CEN offers expertise in various areas of reactor physics, in particular in neutronics calculations, reactor dosimetry, reactor operation, reactor safety and control and non-destructive analysis of reactor fuel. This expertise is applied in the Department's own research projects in the VENUS critical facility, in the BR1 reactor and in the MYRRHA project (this project aims at designing a prototype Accelerator Driven System). Available expertise is also used in programmes external to the Department such as the reactor pressure steel vessel programme, the BR2 reactor dosimetry, and the preparation and interpretation of irradiation experiments by means of neutron and gamma calculations. The activities of the Fuzzy Logic and Intelligent Technologies in Nuclear Science programme cover several domains outside the department. Progress and achievements in these topical areas in 2000 are summarised.
Spatial homogenization methods for pin-by-pin neutron transport calculations
Kozlowski, Tomasz
For practical reactor core applications low-order transport approximations such as SP3 have been shown to provide sufficient accuracy for both static and transient calculations with considerably less computational expense than the discrete ordinate or the full spherical harmonics methods. These methods have been applied in several core simulators where homogenization was performed at the level of the pin cell. One of the principal problems has been to recover the error introduced by pin-cell homogenization. Two basic approaches to treat pin-cell homogenization error have been proposed: Superhomogenization (SPH) factors and Pin-Cell Discontinuity Factors (PDF). These methods are based on well established Equivalence Theory and Generalized Equivalence Theory to generate appropriate group constants. These methods are able to treat all sources of error together, allowing even few-group diffusion with one mesh per cell to reproduce the reference solution. A detailed investigation and consistent comparison of both homogenization techniques showed potential of PDF approach to improve accuracy of core calculation, but also reveal its limitation. In principle, the method is applicable only for the boundary conditions at which it was created, i.e. for boundary conditions considered during the homogenization process---normally zero current. Therefore, there exists a need to improve this method, making it more general and environment independent. The goal of proposed general homogenization technique is to create a function that is able to correctly predict the appropriate correction factor with only homogeneous information available, i.e. a function based on heterogeneous solution that could approximate PDFs using homogeneous solution. It has been shown that the PDF can be well approximated by least-square polynomial fit of non-dimensional heterogeneous solution and later used for PDF prediction using homogeneous solution. This shows a promise for PDF prediction for off
Operating experiences of the research reactors
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Nuclear research reactors are devices of wide importance, being used for different scientific research tasks, for testing and improving reactor systems and components, for the production of radioisotopes, for the purposes of defence, for staff training and for other purposes. There are three research reactors in Yugoslavia: RA, RB and TRIGA. Reactors RA and RB at the 'Boris Kidric' Institute of Nuclear Sciences are of heavy water type power being 6500 and 10 kW, and maximum thermal neutron flux of 1014 and 1011(n/cm2s), respectively. TRIGA reactor at the 'Jozef Stefan' Institute in Ljubljana is of 250 kW power and maximum thermal neutron flux of 1013(n/cm2s). Reactors RA and RB use soviet fuel in the form of uranium dioxide (80% enriched) and metallic uranium (2%). Besides, RB reactor operates with natural uranium too. TRIGA reactor uses american uranium fuel 70% and 20% enriched, uranium being mixed homogeneously with moderator (ZrH). Experiences in handling and controlling the fuel before irradiation in the reactor, in reactor and after it are numerous and valuable, involving either the commercial arrangements with foreign producers, or optimal burn up in reactor or fuel treatment after the reactor irradiation. Twenty years of operating experience of these reactors have great importance especially having in mind the number of trained staff. Maintenance of reactors systems and fluids in continuous operation is valuable experience from the point of view of water reactor utilization. The case of the RA reactor primary cycle cobalt decontamination and other events connected with nuclear and radiation security for all three reactors are also specially emphasized. Owing to our research reactors, numerous theoretical, numerical and experimental methods are developed for nuclear and other analyses and design of research and power reactors,as well as methods for control and protection of radiation. (author)
Model Misspecification: Finite Mixture or Homogeneous?
Tarpey, Thaddeus; Yun, Dong; Petkova, Eva
2008-01-01
A common problem in statistical modelling is to distinguish between finite mixture distribution and a homogeneous non-mixture distribution. Finite mixture models are widely used in practice and often mixtures of normal densities are indistinguishable from homogenous non-normal densities. This paper illustrates what happens when the EM algorithm for normal mixtures is applied to a distribution that is a homogeneous non-mixture distribution. In particular, a population-based EM algorithm for fi...
A literature review on biotic homogenization
Guangmei Wang; Jingcheng Yang; Chuangdao Jiang; Hongtao Zhao; Zhidong Zhang
2009-01-01
Biotic homogenization is the process whereby the genetic, taxonomic and functional similarity of two or more biotas increases over time. As a new research agenda for conservation biogeography, biotic homogenization has become a rapidly emerging topic of interest in ecology and evolution over the past decade. However, research on this topic is rare in China. Herein, we introduce the development of the concept of biotic homogenization, and then discuss methods to quantify its three components (...
The Homogeneity Scale of the universe
Ntelis, Pierros
2016-01-01
In this study, we probe the cosmic homogeneity with the BOSS CMASS galaxy sample in the redshift region of $0.43 < z < 0.7$. We use the normalised counts-in-spheres estimator $\\mathcal{N}(
Shaw, J
2013-01-01
Reactor Operation covers the theoretical aspects and design information of nuclear reactors. This book is composed of nine chapters that also consider their control, calibration, and experimentation.The opening chapters present the general problems of reactor operation and the principles of reactor control and operation. The succeeding chapters deal with the instrumentation, start-up, pre-commissioning, and physical experiments of nuclear reactors. The remaining chapters are devoted to the control rod calibrations and temperature coefficient measurements in the reactor. These chapters also exp
Russell, Charles R
2013-01-01
Reactor Safeguards provides information for all who are interested in the subject of reactor safeguards. Much of the material is descriptive although some sections are written for the engineer or physicist directly concerned with hazards analysis or site selection problems. The book opens with an introductory chapter on radiation hazards, the construction of nuclear reactors, safety issues, and the operation of nuclear reactors. This is followed by separate chapters that discuss radioactive materials, reactor kinetics, control and safety systems, containment, safety features for water reactor
Belkhiria, Sahbi; Meyer, Thierry; Renken, Albert
1994-01-01
A tubular recycle reactor was developed to ensure good homogeneity of concn. and temp. in the copolymn. of styrene and maleic anhydride. The compn. of the copolymer obtained is in good agreements with predicted values and the uniformity of compn. was measured for the entire mol.-wt. distribution. The characterization of the reactor (both hydrodynamic and stability) and the quality of the resulting polymer are presented herein. The limits of use of this reactor for the styrene-maleic anhydride...
Self-consolidating concrete homogeneity
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Jarque, J. C.
2007-08-01
Full Text Available Concrete instability may lead to the non-uniform distribution of its properties. The homogeneity of self-consolidating concrete in vertically cast members was therefore explored in this study, analyzing both resistance to segregation and pore structure uniformity. To this end, two series of concretes were prepared, self-consolidating and traditional vibrated materials, with different w/c ratios and types of cement. The results showed that selfconsolidating concretes exhibit high resistance to segregation, albeit slightly lower than found in the traditional mixtures. The pore structure in the former, however, tended to be slightly more uniform, probably as a result of less intense bleeding. Such concretes are also characterized by greater bulk density, lower porosity and smaller mean pore size, which translates into a higher resistance to pressurized water. For pore diameters of over about 0.5 Î¼m, however, the pore size distribution was found to be similar to the distribution in traditional concretes, with similar absorption rates.En este trabajo se estudia la homogeneidad de los hormigones autocompactantes en piezas hormigonadas verticalmente, determinando su resistencia a la segregación y la uniformidad de su estructura porosa, dado que la pérdida de estabilidad de una mezcla puede conducir a una distribución no uniforme de sus propiedades. Para ello se han fabricado dos tipos de hormigones, uno autocompactante y otro tradicional vibrado, con diferentes relaciones a/c y distintos tipos de cemento. Los resultados ponen de manifiesto que los hormigones autocompactantes presentan una buena resistencia a la segregación, aunque algo menor que la registrada en los hormigones tradicionales. A pesar de ello, su estructura porosa tiende a ser ligeramente más uniforme, debido probablemente a un menor sangrado. Asimismo, presentan una mayor densidad aparente, una menor porosidad y un menor tamaño medio de poro, lo que les confiere mejores
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Martens, Frederick H. [Argonne National Laboratory; Jacobson, Norman H.
1968-09-01
This booklet discusses research reactors - reactors designed to provide a source of neutrons and/or gamma radiation for research, or to aid in the investigation of the effects of radiation on any type of material.
Investigations into homogenization of electromagnetic metamaterials
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Clausen, Niels Christian Jerichau
This dissertation encompasses homogenization methods, with a special interest into their applications to metamaterial homogenization. The first method studied is the Floquet-Bloch method, that is based on the assumption of a material being infinite periodic. Its field can then be expanded in term...
CLASSIFICATION OF CUBIC PARAMETERIZED HOMOGENEOUS VECTOR FIELDS
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Karnal H.Yasir; TANG Yun
2002-01-01
In this paper the cubic homogeneous parameterized vector fields are studied.The classification of the phase portrait near the critical point is presented. This classification is an extension of the result given by Takens to the cubic homogeneous parameterized vector fields with six parameters.
CLASSIFICATION OF CUBIC PARAMETERIZED HOMOGENEOUS VECTOR FIELDS
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KamalH.Yasir; TNAGYun
2002-01-01
In this paper the cubic homogeneous parameterized vector fields are studied.The classification of the phase portrait near the critical point is presented.This classification is an extension of the result given by takens to the cubic homogeneous parameterized vector fields with six parameters.
s-Numbers sequences for homogeneous polynomials
Caliskan, Erhan; Rueda, Pilar
2015-01-01
We extend the well known theory of $s$-numbers of linear operators to homogeneous polynomials defined between Banach spaces. Approximation, Kolmogorov and Gelfand numbers of polynomials are introduced and some well-known results of the linear and multilinear settings are obtained for homogeneous polynomials.
DETERMINISTIC HOMOGENIZATION OF QUASILINEAR DAMPED HYPERBOLIC EQUATIONS
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Gabriel Nguetseng; Hubert Nnang; Nils Svanstedt
2011-01-01
Deterministic homogenization is studied for quasilinear monotone hyperbolic problems with a linear damping term.It is shown by the sigma-convergence method that the sequence of solutions to a class of multi-scale highly oscillatory hyperbolic problems converges to the solution to a homogenized quasilinear hyperbolic problem.
Multilevel Monte Carlo Approaches for Numerical Homogenization
Efendiev, Yalchin R.
2015-10-01
In this article, we study the application of multilevel Monte Carlo (MLMC) approaches to numerical random homogenization. Our objective is to compute the expectation of some functionals of the homogenized coefficients, or of the homogenized solutions. This is accomplished within MLMC by considering different sizes of representative volumes (RVEs). Many inexpensive computations with the smallest RVE size are combined with fewer expensive computations performed on larger RVEs. Likewise, when it comes to homogenized solutions, different levels of coarse-grid meshes are used to solve the homogenized equation. We show that, by carefully selecting the number of realizations at each level, we can achieve a speed-up in the computations in comparison to a standard Monte Carlo method. Numerical results are presented for both one-dimensional and two-dimensional test-cases that illustrate the efficiency of the approach.
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This article proposes an overview of research reactors, i.e. nuclear reactors of less than 100 MW. Generally, these reactors are used as neutron generators for basic research in matter sciences and for technological research as a support to power reactors. The author proposes an overview of the general design of research reactors in terms of core size, of number of fissions, of neutron flow, of neutron space distribution. He outlines that this design is a compromise between a compact enough core, a sufficient experiment volume, and high enough power densities without affecting neutron performance or its experimental use. The author evokes the safety framework (same regulations as for power reactors, more constraining measures after Fukushima, international bodies). He presents the main characteristics and operation of the two families which represent almost all research reactors; firstly, heavy water reactors (photos, drawings and figures illustrate different examples); and secondly light water moderated and cooled reactors with a distinction between open core pool reactors like Melusine and Triton, pool reactors with containment, experimental fast breeder reactors (Rapsodie, the Russian BOR 60, the Chinese CEFR). The author describes the main uses of research reactors: basic research, applied and technological research, safety tests, production of radio-isotopes for medicine and industry, analysis of elements present under the form of traces at very low concentrations, non destructive testing, doping of silicon mono-crystalline ingots. The author then discusses the relationship between research reactors and non proliferation, and finally evokes perspectives (decrease of the number of research reactors in the world, the Jules Horowitz project)
Reactor physics and reactor computations
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Mathematical methods and computer calculations for nuclear and thermonuclear reactor kinetics, reactor physics, neutron transport theory, core lattice parameters, waste treatment by transmutation, breeding, nuclear and thermonuclear fuels are the main interests of the conference
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There are currently 284 research reactors in operation, and 12 under construction around the world. Of the operating reactors, nearly two-thirds are used exclusively for research, and the rest for a variety of purposes, including training, testing, and critical assembly. For more than 50 years, research reactor programs have contributed greatly to the scientific and educational communities. Today, six of the world's research reactors are being shut down, three of which are in the USA. With government budget constraints and the growing proliferation concerns surrounding the use of highly enriched uranium in some of these reactors, the future of nuclear research could be impacted
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Object: To provide a jet and missile protective wall of a configuration being inflated toward the center of a reactor container on the inside of a body of the reactor container disposed within a biological shield wall to thereby increase safety of the reactor container. Structure: A jet and missile protective wall comprised of curved surfaces internally formed with a plurality of arch inflations filled with concrete between inner and outer iron plates and shape steel beam is provided between a reactor container surrounded by a biological shield wall and a thermal shield wall surrounding the reactor pressure vessel, and an adiabatic heat insulating material is filled in space therebetween. (Yoshino, Y.)
Some data on operational, in-construction, projected or studied nuclear reactors - 6. edition
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This directory contains brief presentations of various types of nuclear reactors or piles. It indicates their location, main characteristics and status (operational, in construction, projected, studied). Several types are addressed: natural uranium-fueled reactors moderated with graphite or with heavy water (research piles, power reactors), enriched uranium-fueled reactors moderated with ordinary water or with other products (research piles and power reactors), homogeneous thermal reactors (research piles, power reactors), fast breeder reactors (research piles, power reactors), and non classified reactors (supposed research piles and power reactors). An analytic list indicates the moderator, fuel-type (either natural or enriched), nationality, location, status (operational, in construction, projected, studied or dismantled), reactor name or names. An alphabetic index of each reactor name, location and constructor is provided. Tables give some limited information which enable comparison between reactors in terms of types and fuel elements
String pair production in non homogeneous backgrounds
Bolognesi, S.; Rabinovici, E.; Tallarita, G.
2016-04-01
We consider string pair production in non homogeneous electric backgrounds. We study several particular configurations which can be addressed with the Euclidean world-sheet instanton technique, the analogue of the world-line instanton for particles. In the first case the string is suspended between two D-branes in flat space-time, in the second case the string lives in AdS and terminates on one D-brane (this realizes the holographic Schwinger effect). In some regions of parameter space the result is well approximated by the known analytical formulas, either the particle pair production in non-homogeneous background or the string pair production in homogeneous background. In other cases we see effects which are intrinsically stringy and related to the non-homogeneity of the background. The pair production is enhanced already for particles in time dependent electric field backgrounds. The string nature enhances this even further. For spacial varying electrical background fields the string pair production is less suppressed than the rate of particle pair production. We discuss in some detail how the critical field is affected by the non-homogeneity, for both time and space dependent electric field backgrouds. We also comment on what could be an interesting new prediction for the small field limit. The third case we consider is pair production in holographic confining backgrounds with homogeneous and non-homogeneous fields.
Benchmarking homogenization algorithms for monthly data
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V. K. C. Venema
2012-01-01
Full Text Available The COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology Action ES0601: advances in homogenization methods of climate series: an integrated approach (HOME has executed a blind intercomparison and validation study for monthly homogenization algorithms. Time series of monthly temperature and precipitation were evaluated because of their importance for climate studies and because they represent two important types of statistics (additive and multiplicative. The algorithms were validated against a realistic benchmark dataset. The benchmark contains real inhomogeneous data as well as simulated data with inserted inhomogeneities. Random independent break-type inhomogeneities with normally distributed breakpoint sizes were added to the simulated datasets. To approximate real world conditions, breaks were introduced that occur simultaneously in multiple station series within a simulated network of station data. The simulated time series also contained outliers, missing data periods and local station trends. Further, a stochastic nonlinear global (network-wide trend was added.
Participants provided 25 separate homogenized contributions as part of the blind study. After the deadline at which details of the imposed inhomogeneities were revealed, 22 additional solutions were submitted. These homogenized datasets were assessed by a number of performance metrics including (i the centered root mean square error relative to the true homogeneous value at various averaging scales, (ii the error in linear trend estimates and (iii traditional contingency skill scores. The metrics were computed both using the individual station series as well as the network average regional series. The performance of the contributions depends significantly on the error metric considered. Contingency scores by themselves are not very informative. Although relative homogenization algorithms typically improve the homogeneity of temperature data, only the best ones improve
Self-thinning and neutralizing thickened aqueous liquid
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Lybarger, J.H.; Scheuerman, R.F.
1975-07-01
A method is described for thickening water and then reducing the viscosity at a selected time. The thickened aqueous liquid contains (1) enough dissolved acid-reactive cellulosic water thickener to provide a selected viscosity, (2) an amount and composition of substantially homogeneously distributed acidifying material sufficient to cause a decrease in the viscosity of the solution after a selected time-temperature exposure, and (3) an amount and composition of substantially homogeneously distributed relatively slowly reactive pH-increasing material sufficient to raise the pH of the solution to a selected substantially neutral value after an additional time. (5 claims)
Higher Order Macro Coefficients in Periodic Homogenization
Conca, Carlos; San Martin, Jorge; Smaranda, Loredana; Vanninathan, Muthusamy
2011-09-01
A first set of macro coefficients known as the homogenized coefficients appear in the homogenization of PDE on periodic structures. If energy is increased or scale is decreased, these coefficients do not provide adequate approximation. Using Bloch decomposition, it is first realized that the above coefficients correspond to the lowest energy and the largest scale. This naturally paves the way to introduce other sets of macro coefficients corresponding to higher energies and lower scales which yield better approximation. The next task is to compare their properties with those of the homogenized coefficients. This article reviews these developments along with some new results yet to be published.
Higher Order Macro Coefficients in Periodic Homogenization
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Conca, Carlos; San Martin, Jorge [Departamento de IngenierIa Matematica, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas y Matematicas, Universidad de Chile and Centro de Modelamiento Matematico, UMR 2071 CNRS-UChile, Casilla 170/3 - Correo 3, Santiago (Chile); Smaranda, Loredana [Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Pitesti, 110040 Pitesti, Str. Targu din Vale Nr.1, Arges (Romania); Vanninathan, Muthusamy, E-mail: cconca@dim.uchile.cl, E-mail: jorge@dim.uchile.cl, E-mail: smaranda@dim.uchile.cl, E-mail: vanni@math.tifrbng.res.in [TIFR-CAM, Post Bag 6503, GKVK Post, Bangalore - 560065 (India)
2011-09-15
A first set of macro coefficients known as the homogenized coefficients appear in the homogenization of PDE on periodic structures. If energy is increased or scale is decreased, these coefficients do not provide adequate approximation. Using Bloch decomposition, it is first realized that the above coefficients correspond to the lowest energy and the largest scale. This naturally paves the way to introduce other sets of macro coefficients corresponding to higher energies and lower scales which yield better approximation. The next task is to compare their properties with those of the homogenized coefficients. This article reviews these developments along with some new results yet to be published.
Three-dimensional homogeneous generalized Ricci solitons
Calvaruso, Giovanni
2015-01-01
We study three-dimensional generalized Ricci solitons, both in Riemannian and Lorentzian settings. We shall determine their homogeneous models, classifying left-invariant generalized Ricci solitons on three-dimensional Lie groups.
Homogeneous cosmological models in Yang's gravitation theory
Fennelly, A. J.; Pavelle, R.
1979-01-01
We present a dynamic, spatially homogeneous solution of Yang's pure space gravitational field equations which is non-Einsteinian. The predictions of this cosmological model seem to be at variance with observations.
Lie superalgebras with some homogeneous structures
Ayadi, Imen; Benayadi, Saïd
2010-01-01
We generalize to the case of Lie superalgebras the classical symplectic double extension of symplectic Lie algebras introduced in [2]. We use this concept to give an inductive description of nilpotent homogeneous-symplectic Lie superalgebras. Several examples are included to show the existence of homogeneous quadratic symplectic Lie superalgebras other than even-quadratic even-symplectic considered in [6]. We study the structures of even (resp. odd)-quadratic odd (resp. even)-symplectic Lie superalgebras and odd-quadratic odd-symplectic Lie superalgebras and we give its inductive descriptions in terms of quadratic generalized double extensions and odd quadratic generalized double extensions. This study complete the inductive descriptions of homogeneous quadratic symplectic Lie superalgebras started in [6]. Finally, we generalize to the case of homogeneous quadratic symplectic Lie superargebras some relations between even-quadratic even-symplectic Lie superalgebras and Manin superalgebras established in [6].
On homogeneous Einstein (α , β) -metrics
Yan, Zaili; Deng, Shaoqiang
2016-05-01
In this paper, we study homogeneous Einstein (α , β) -metrics. First, we deduce a formula for Ricci curvature of a homogeneous (α , β) -metric. Based on this formula, we obtain a sufficient and necessary condition for a compact homogeneous (α , β) -metric to be Einstein and with vanishing S-curvature. Moreover, we prove that any homogeneous Ricci flat (α , β) space with vanishing S-curvature must be a Minkowski space. Finally, we consider left invariant Einstein (α , β) -metrics on Lie groups with negative Ricci constant. Under some appropriate conditions, we show that the underlying Lie groups must be two step solvable. We also present a more convenient sufficient and necessary condition for the metric to be Einstein in this special case.
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One of the important issues regarding deterministic transport methods for whole core calculations is that homogenized techniques can introduce errors into results. On the other hand, with modern computation abilities, direct whole core heterogeneous calculations are becoming increasingly feasible. This report provides an analysis of the results obtained from a challenging benchmark on deterministic MOX fuel assembly transport calculations without spatial homogenization. A majority of the participants obtained solutions that were more than acceptable for typical reactor calculations. The report will be of particular interest to reactor physicists and transport code developers. (author)
Neutron thermalization in absorbing infinite homogeneous media: theoretical methods
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After a general survey of the theory of neutron thermalization in homogeneous media, one introduces, through a proper formulation, a simplified model generalizing both the Horowitz model (generalized heavy free gas approximation) and the proton gas model. When this model is used, the calculation of spectra is reduced to the solution of linear second order differential equations. Since it depends on two arbitrary functions, the model gives a good approximation of any usual moderator for reactor physics purposes. The choice of these functions is discussed from a theoretical point of view; a method based on the consideration of the first two moments of the scattering law is investigated. Finally, the possibility of discriminating models by using experimental informations is considered. (author)
Aqueous phase processing of secondary organic aerosol from isoprene photooxidation
Liu, Y.; Monod, A.; Tritscher, T.; Praplan, A. P.; DeCarlo, P. F.; Temime-Roussel, B.; Quivet, E.; Marchand, N.; Dommen, J.; Baltensperger, U.
2012-07-01
Transport of reactive air masses into humid and wet areas is highly frequent in the atmosphere, making the study of aqueous phase processing of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) very relevant. We have investigated the aqueous phase processing of SOA generated from gas-phase photooxidation of isoprene using a smog chamber. The SOA collected on filters was extracted by water and subsequently oxidized in the aqueous phase either by H2O2 under dark conditions or by OH radicals in the presence of light, using a photochemical reactor. Online and offline analytical techniques including SMPS, HR-AMS, H-TDMA, TD-API-AMS, were employed for physical and chemical characterization of the chamber SOA and nebulized filter extracts. After aqueous phase processing, the particles were significantly more hygroscopic, and HR-AMS data showed higher signal intensity at m/z 44 and a lower signal intensity at m/z 43, thus showing the impact of aqueous phase processing on SOA aging, in good agreement with a few previous studies. Additional offline measurement techniques (IC-MS, APCI-MS2 and HPLC-APCI-MS) permitted the identification and quantification of sixteen individual chemical compounds before and after aqueous phase processing. Among these compounds, small organic acids (including formic, glyoxylic, glycolic, butyric, oxalic and 2,3-dihydroxymethacrylic acid (i.e. 2-methylglyceric acid)) were detected, and their concentrations significantly increased after aqueous phase processing. In particular, the aqueous phase formation of 2-methylglyceric acid and trihydroxy-3-methylbutanal was correlated with the consumption of 2,3-dihydroxy-2-methyl-propanal, and 2-methylbutane-1,2,3,4-tetrol, respectively, and an aqueous phase mechanism was proposed accordingly. Overall, the aging effect observed here was rather small compared to previous studies, and this limited effect could possibly be explained by the lower liquid phase OH concentrations employed here, and/or the development of oligomers
Homogenization of ordinary and linear transport equations
Peirone, Roberto
1996-01-01
The homogenization of first order ordinary differential equations in $\\mathbb{R}^N$ and associated linear transport equations are studied. We prove the equivalence between $G$-convergence and strong $G$-convergence for the ordinary equations. We give a sufficient condition, which is also necessary in the autonomous case, for the weak homogenization of the linear transport equations. This condition is satisfied when div$_x f=0$.
Layout optimization using the homogenization method
Suzuki, Katsuyuki; Kikuchi, Noboru
A generalized layout problem involving sizing, shape, and topology optimization is solved by using the homogenization method for three-dimensional linearly elastic shell structures in order to seek a possibility of establishment of an integrated design system of automotive car bodies, as an extension of the previous work by Bendsoe and Kikuchi. A formulation of a three-dimensional homogenized shell, a solution algorithm, and several examples of computing the optimum layout are presented in this first part of the two articles.
Bloch Approximation in Homogenization and Applications
Conca Rosende, Carlos; Orive, R.; Vanninathan, Muthusamy
2002-01-01
The classical problem of homogenization of elliptic operators with periodically oscillating coefficients is revisited in this paper. As is well known, the homogenization process in a classical framework is concerned with the study of asymptotic behavior of solutions $u^\\varepsilon$ of boundary value problems associated with such operators when the period $\\varepsilon>0$ of the coefficients is small. In a previous work by C. Conca and M. Vanninathan [SIAM J. Appl. Math., 57 (1997), pp. 1639--1...
Layout optimization using the homogenization method
Suzuki, Katsuyuki; Kikuchi, Noboru
1993-01-01
A generalized layout problem involving sizing, shape, and topology optimization is solved by using the homogenization method for three-dimensional linearly elastic shell structures in order to seek a possibility of establishment of an integrated design system of automotive car bodies, as an extension of the previous work by Bendsoe and Kikuchi. A formulation of a three-dimensional homogenized shell, a solution algorithm, and several examples of computing the optimum layout are presented in this first part of the two articles.
On homogeneous nontransitive binary perfect code
Mogilnykh, I. Yu.; Solov'eva, F. I.
2014-01-01
Studying binary perfect codes we show the existence of homogeneous nontransitive codes. Thus, as far as perfect codes are concerned, the propelinear codes are strictly contained in transitive codes, wheresas homogeneous codes form a strict subclass of transitive codes. In the work we deduce a necessary and sufficient condition for transitivity of perfect binary codes of rank one more than that of Hamming code. The paper is in Russian.
Significance tests and sample homogeneity loophole
Kupczynski, Marian
2015-01-01
In their recent comment, published in Nature, Jeffrey T.Leek and Roger D.Peng discuss how P-values are widely abused in null hypothesis significance testing . We agree completely with them and in this short comment we discuss the importance of sample homogeneity tests. No matter with how much scrutiny data are gathered if homogeneity tests are not performed the significance tests suffer from sample homogeneity loophole and the results may not be trusted. For example sample homogeneity loophole was not closed in the experiment testing local realism in which a significant violation of Eberhard inequality was found. We are not surprised that Bell type inequalities are violated since if the contextual character of quantum observables is properly taken into account these inequalities cannot be proven. However in order to trust the significance of the violation sample homogeneity loophole must be closed. Therefore we repeat after Jeffrey T.Leek and Roger D.Peng that sample homogeneity loophole is probably just the ...
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Capdebosq, Y
1999-09-01
In order to study and simulate nuclear reactor cores, one needs to access the neutron distribution in the core. In practice, the description of this density of neutrons is given by a system of diffusion equations, coupled by non differential exchange terms. The strong heterogeneity of the medium constitutes a major obstacle to the numerical computation of this models at reasonable cost. Homogenization appears as compulsory. Heuristic methods have been developed since the origin by nuclear physicists, under a periodicity assumption on the coefficients. They consist in doing a fine computation one a single periodicity cell, to solve the system on the whole domain with homogeneous coefficients, and to reconstruct the neutron density by multiplying the solutions of the two computations. The objectives of this work are to provide mathematically rigorous basis to this factorization method, to obtain the exact formulas of the homogenized coefficients, and to start on geometries where two periodical medium are placed side by side. The first result of this thesis concerns eigenvalue problem models which are used to characterize the state of criticality of the reactor, under a symmetry assumption on the coefficients. The convergence of the homogenization process is proved, and formulas of the homogenized coefficients are given. We then show that without symmetry assumptions, a drift phenomenon appears. It is characterized by the mean of a real Bloch wave method, which gives the homogenized limit in the general case. These results for the critical problem are then adapted to the evolution model. Finally, the homogenization of the critical problem in the case of two side by side periodic medium is studied on a one dimensional on equation model. (authors)
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2005-10-01
Full Text Available A CPC (Compound Parabolic Concentrator reactor was projected and constructed aiming to promote the degradation of the organic matter present in considerable volumes of aqueous effluents, under the action of solar radiation. The essays were done using a model effluent which consists of a mixture of fragments of a sodium salt of lignosulphonic acid possessing a mean molecular weigth of 52,000 Daltons, and a real effluent, from a chip board industry. The volume of effluent in each test was about 50 L. The tests involved heterogeneous (TiO2 P25 Degussa and formulations made from the association of TiO2 with a photosensitiser, and homogeneous (thermal and photochemical Fenton reactions catalysis of the effluents. The results demonstrate the viability of application of this kind of reactor even when the load of organic pollutants is high.
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The whole reactor building is accommodated in a shaft and is sealed level with the earth's surface by a building ceiling, which provides protection against penetration due to external effects. The building ceiling is supported on walls of the reactor building, which line the shaft and transfer the vertical components of forces to the foundations. The thickness of the walls is designed to withstand horizontal pressure waves in the floor. The building ceiling has an opening above the reactor, which must be closed by cover plates. Operating equipment for the reactor can be situated above the building ceiling. (orig./HP)
Analysis of thorium/U-233 lattices and cores in a breeder/burner heavy water reactor
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Due to the inevitable dwindling of uranium resources, advanced fuel cycles in the current generation of reactors stand to be of great benefit in the future. Heavy water moderated reactors have much potential to make use of thorium, a currently unexploited resource. Core fuelling configurations of a Heavy Water Reactor based on the self-sufficient thorium fuel cycle were simulated using the DRAGON and DONJON reactor physics codes. Three heterogeneously fuelled reactors and one homogeneously fuelled reactor were studied. (author)
Thermohydraulic and constructional boundary conditions of an advanced PWR reactor
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The advantages and special features of an advanced PWR reactor (FDWR) have been systematically investigated for several years by the Department of Space Flight and Reactor Technology of the University of Brunswick (LRR-TUBS). The FDWR will have a homogeneous core, i.e. the fuel elements will consist of fuel rods of the same size and enrichment. (orig./GL)
Nucleation and capture of condensible airborne contaminants in an aqueous scrubbing system
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The fate of condensible contaminants in an aqueous scrubbing system was evaluated. Knowledge of the behavior of volatile fission product compounds is important in evaluating the effectiveness of emergency air cleaning systems proposed for use in containment systems of breeder reactor plants. When a high temperature air stream passes through a spray quench chamber, very large cooling rates occur in the drop boundary layers. These large cooling rates cause large supersaturations in airborne concentrations of condensible contaminants, and one predicts that most condensation would take place through homogeneous nucleation. The very small particles formed would agglomerate, and attach to sodium aerosol particles which would be present. In the study the overall removal efficiency of volatile fission product species (typified by NaI, SeO2, and Sb2O3) in an air cleaning train (quench chamber, venturi scrubber, and fibrous bed) was theoretically evaluated. The overall removal efficiency of condensible materials was found to be lower than that for sodium compound aerosols because the freshly condensed particles would be smaller in size. For a base case, a removal efficiency of 99.97 percent was predicted for condensible materials. The fibrous bed scrubber exhibited superior particle removal characteristics for small particles compared to the quench chamber and venturi scrubber. Its removal efficiency exceeded 97 percent for even the most penetrating particle size (about 0.4 micron aerodynamic diameter). Therefore, all condensible fission products would be removed with efficiencies exceeding 97 percent
Molina Mansilla, Ricardo; Erra Serrabasa, Pilar; Bertrán Serra, Enric
2008-01-01
[EN] A plasma reactor that can operate in a wide pressure range, from vacuum and low pressures to atmospheric pressure and higher pressures. The plasma reactor is also able to regulate other important settings and can be used for processing a wide range of different samples, such as relatively large samples or samples with rough surfaces.
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Progress in research on reactor physics in 1997 at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK/CEN is described. Activities in the following four domains are discussed: core physics, ex-core neutron transport, experiments in Materials Testing Reactors, international benchmarks
Acidic aqueous uranium electrodeposition for target fabrication
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Direct irradiation of targets inside nuclear research or multiple purpose reactors is a common route to produce 99Mo-99mTc radioisotopes. The electroplating of low enriched uranium over nickel substrate might be a potential alternative to produce targets of 235U. The electrochemistry of uranium at low temperature might be beneficial for an alternative route to produce 99Mo irradiation LEU targets. Electrodeposition of uranium can be made using ionic and aqueous solutions producing uranium oxide deposits. The performance of uranium electrodeposition is relatively low because a big competition with H2 evolution happens inside the window of electrochemical reduction potential. This work explores possibilities of electroplating uranium as UO22+ (Uranium-VI) in order to achieve electroplating uranium in a sufficient amount to be commercially irradiated in the future Brazilian RMB reactor. Electroplated nickel substrate was followed by cathodic current electrodeposition from aqueous UO2(NO3)2 solution. EIS tests and modeling showed that a film formed differently in the three tested cathodic potentials. At the lower level, (-1.8V) there was an indication of a double film formation, one overlaying the other with ionic mass diffusion impaired at the interface with nickel substrate as showed by the relatively lower admittance of Warburg component. (author)
Aqueous polyethylene oxide solutions
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A number of aspects concerning the reorientation of polymer, water and ion hydration complexes have been studied in aqueous solution of polyethylene oxide (PEO). The polymer dynamics are investigated by 1H-PEO and 13C-PEO nuclear relaxation experiments. 162 refs.; 30 figs.; 19 tabs
Homogeneous and heterogeneous aqueous phase oxidation of phenol with fenton-like processes
Messele, Selamawit Ashagre
2014-01-01
In the last decades, various chemical oxidation techniques have been developed to overcome the inconveniences associated to conventional treatment of industrial wastewaters. Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) have been reported to be effective for the degradation of soluble organic contaminants from wastewaters containing non-biodegradable organic pollutants, because they can often provide an almost total degradation, under reasonably mild conditions of temperature and pressure. Among them, ...
Ahmad, R.
2016-07-01
This article reports an unbiased analysis for the water based rod shaped alumina nanoparticles by considering both the homogeneous and non-homogeneous nanofluid models over the coupled nanofluid-surface interface. The mechanics of the surface are found for both the homogeneous and non-homogeneous models, which were ignored in previous studies. The viscosity and thermal conductivity data are implemented from the international nanofluid property benchmark exercise. All the simulations are being done by using the experimentally verified results. By considering the homogeneous and non-homogeneous models, the precise movement of the alumina nanoparticles over the surface has been observed by solving the corresponding system of differential equations. For the non-homogeneous model, a uniform temperature and nanofluid volume fraction are assumed at the surface, and the flux of the alumina nanoparticle is taken as zero. The assumption of zero nanoparticle flux at the surface makes the non-homogeneous model physically more realistic. The differences of all profiles for both the homogeneous and nonhomogeneous models are insignificant, and this is due to small deviations in the values of the Brownian motion and thermophoresis parameters.
Preliminary evaluation of alternate-fueled gas cooled fast reactors
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A preliminary evaluation of various alternative fuel cycles for the Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GCFR) is presented. Both homogeneous and heterogeneous oxide-fueled GCFRs are considered. The scenario considered is the energy center/dispersed reactor concept in which proliferation-resistant denatured reactors are coupled to 233U production reactors operating in secure energy centers. Individual reactor performance characteristics and symbiotic system parameters are summarized for several possible alternative fuel concepts. Comparisons are made between the classical homogeneous GCFR and the advanced heterogeneous concept on the basis of breeding ratio, doubling time, and net fissile gain. In addition, comparisons are made between a three-dimensional reactor model and the R-Z heterogeneous configuration utilized for the depletion and fuel management calculations. Lastly, thirty-year mass balance data are given for the various GCFR fuel cycles studied
A new concept of equivalent homogenization method
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A new concept of equivalent homogenization is proposed. The concept employs new set of homogenized parameters: homogenized cross sections (XS) and interface matrix (IM), which relates partial currents at the cell interfaces. The idea of interface matrix generalizes the idea of discontinuity factors (DFs), proposed and developed by K. Koebke and K. Smith. The offered concept covers both those of K. Koebke and K. Smith; both of them can be simulated within framework of new concept. Also, the offered concept covers Siemens KWU approach for baffle/reflector simulation, where the equivalent homogenized reflector XS are derived from the conservation of response matrix at the interface in 1D simi-infinite slab geometry. The IM and XS of new concept satisfy the same assumption about response matrix conservation in 1D semi-infinite slab geometry. It is expected that the new concept provides more accurate approximation of heterogeneous cell, especially in case of the steep flux gradients at the cell interfaces. The attractive shapes of new concept are: improved accuracy, simplicity of incorporation in the existing codes, equal numerical expenses in comparison to the K. Smith's approach. The new concept is useful for: (a) explicit reflector/baffle simulation; (b) control blades simulation; (c) mixed UO2/MOX core simulation. The offered model has been incorporated in the finite difference code and in the nodal code PANDOX. The numerical results show good accuracy of core calculations and insensitivity of homogenized parameters with respect to in-core conditions. 9 figs., 7 refs. (Author)
Exploring an approximation for the homogeneous freezing temperature of water droplets
O, Kuan-Ting; Wood, Robert
2016-06-01
In this work, based on the well-known formulae of classical nucleation theory (CNT), the temperature TNc = 1 at which the mean number of critical embryos inside a droplet is unity is derived from the Boltzmann distribution function and explored as an approximation for homogeneous freezing temperature of water droplets. Without including the information of the applied cooling rate γcooling and the number of observed droplets Ntotal_droplets in the calculation, the approximation TNc = 1 is able to reproduce the dependence of homogeneous freezing temperature on drop size V and water activity aw of aqueous drops observed in a wide range of experimental studies for droplet diameter > 10 µm and aw > 0.85, suggesting the effect of γcooling and Ntotal_droplets may be secondary compared to the effect of V and aw on homogeneous freezing temperatures in these size and water activity ranges under realistic atmospheric conditions. We use the TNc = 1 approximation to argue that the distribution of homogeneous freezing temperatures observed in the experiments may be partly explained by the spread in the size distribution of droplets used in the particular experiment. It thus appears that the simplicity of this approximation makes it potentially useful for predicting homogeneous freezing temperatures of water droplets in the atmosphere.
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Highlights: • Electrochemical characterisation of ferroceneboronic acid-diol interactions in non-aqueous solutions. • Elucidation of the signalling process and signalling mechanism of the ferroceneboronic acid upon interaction with diols in aqueous and non-aqueous solutions. • Effect of coordination of boron atom on electrochemistry of ferroceneboronic acid in free and bound forms with diols. - Abstract: Ferroceneboronic acid (FcBA) was employed as a model compound for clarification of binding and signalling properties of molecular probe for saccharides. As the simplest electrochemically active boronic acid, its interactions with diverse diols were studied in homogeneous phase under aqueous and non-aqueous conditions. The FcBA-diol system was examined by cyclic voltammetry resulting in two redox pairs corresponding to free and bound forms of FcBA. Redox potential of the bound form of FcBA was shifted in the cathodic direction in aqueous conditions due to coordination of the hydroxyl group to the boron atom. Oppositely, the anodic shift of the redox potential was observed upon the interaction of FcBA with diols in non-aqueous solvents. The binding properties and signalling mechanism of electrochemically active boronic acids were deduced and the assumptions resulting from the electrochemical behaviour were confirmed by 1H and 11B NMR spectroscopies. The binding constants of the tested diols in aqueous and non-aqueous media were determined and compared
The performance of 3500 MWth homogeneous and heterogeneous metal fueled core designs
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Performance parameters are calculated for a representative 3500 MWth homogeneous and a heterogeneous metal fueled reactor design. The equilibrium cycle neutronic characteristics, safety coefficients, control system requirements, and control rod worths are evaluated. The thermal-hydraulic characteristics for both configurations are also compared. The heavy metal fuel loading requirements and neutronic performance characteristics are also evaluated for the uranium startup option. 14 refs., 14 figs., 20 tabs
The performance of 3500 MWth homogeneous and heterogeneous metal fueled core designs
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Turski, R.; Yang, Shi-tien
1987-11-01
Performance parameters are calculated for a representative 3500 MWth homogeneous and a heterogeneous metal fueled reactor design. The equilibrium cycle neutronic characteristics, safety coefficients, control system requirements, and control rod worths are evaluated. The thermal-hydraulic characteristics for both configurations are also compared. The heavy metal fuel loading requirements and neutronic performance characteristics are also evaluated for the uranium startup option. 14 refs., 14 figs., 20 tabs.
The chemical homogeneity of open clusters
Bovy, Jo
2015-01-01
Determining the level of chemical homogeneity in open clusters is of fundamental importance in the study of the evolution of star-forming clouds and that of the Galactic disk. Yet limiting the initial abundance spread in clusters has been hampered by difficulties in obtaining consistent spectroscopic abundances for different stellar types. Without reference to any specific model of stellar photospheres, a model for a homogeneous cluster is that it forms a one-dimensional sequence, with any differences between members due to variations in stellar mass and observational uncertainties. I present a novel method for investigating the abundance spread in open clusters that tests this one-dimensional hypothesis at the level of observed stellar spectra, rather than constraining homogeneity using derived abundances as traditionally done. Using high-resolution APOGEE spectra for 49 giants in M67, NGC 6819, and NGC 2420 I demonstrate that these spectra form one-dimensional sequences for each cluster. With detailed forwa...
Method of Mapping Anomalies in Homogenous Material
Woodard, Stanley E. (Inventor); Taylor, Bryant D. (Inventor)
2016-01-01
An electrical conductor and antenna are positioned in a fixed relationship to one another. Relative lateral movement is generated between the electrical conductor and a homogenous material while maintaining the electrical conductor at a fixed distance from the homogenous material. The antenna supplies a time-varying magnetic field that causes the electrical conductor to resonate and generate harmonic electric and magnetic field responses. Disruptions in at least one of the electric and magnetic field responses during this lateral movement are indicative of a lateral location of a subsurface anomaly. Next, relative out-of-plane movement is generated between the electrical conductor and the homogenous material in the vicinity of the anomaly's lateral location. Disruptions in at least one of the electric and magnetic field responses during this out-of-plane movement are indicative of a depth location of the subsurface anomaly. A recording of the disruptions provides a mapping of the anomaly.
Homogenization of Periodic Systems with Large Potentials
Allaire, Grégoire; Capdeboscq, Yves; Piatnitski, Andrey; Siess, Vincent; Vanninathan, M.
2004-11-01
We consider the homogenization of a system of second-order equations with a large potential in a periodic medium. Denoting by ɛ the period, the potential is scaled as ɛ-2. Under a generic assumption on the spectral properties of the associated cell problem, we prove that the solution can be approximately factorized as the product of a fast oscillating cell eigenfunction and of a slowly varying solution of a scalar second-order equation. This result applies to various types of equations such as parabolic, hyperbolic or eigenvalue problems, as well as fourth-order plate equation. We also prove that, for well-prepared initial data concentrating at the bottom of a Bloch band, the resulting homogenized tensor depends on the chosen Bloch band. Our method is based on a combination of classical homogenization techniques (two-scale convergence and suitable oscillating test functions) and of Bloch waves decomposition.
Commensurability effects in holographic homogeneous lattices
Andrade, Tomas
2015-01-01
An interesting application of the gauge/gravity duality to condensed matter physics is the description of a lattice via breaking translational invariance on the gravity side. By making use of global symmetries, it is possible to do so without scarifying homogeneity of the pertinent bulk solutions, which we thus term as "homogeneous holographic lattices." Due to their technical simplicity, these configurations have received a great deal of attention in the last few years and have been shown to correctly describe momentum relaxation and hence (finite) DC conductivities. However, it is not clear whether they are able to capture other lattice effects which are of interest in condensed matter. In this paper we investigate this question focusing our attention on the phenomenon of commensurability, which arises when the lattice scale is tuned to be equal to (an integer multiple of) another momentum scale in the system. We do so by studying the formation of spatially modulated phases in various models of homogeneous ...
Study of isotopic exchange reactors (1961)
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A study is made of the general case of the theory of first-order isotopic chemical exchange between a gaseous and a liquid phase in a reactor, starting from fundamental reaction kinetics data, and without making any limiting hypothesis concerning the value of the separation factor. The cases of counter-current reactors and of co-current reactors are considered successively. The general deuterium conservation equation requires the definition of the quotient of the reactor; the performances of this reactor are characterised by its overall efficiency. The idea of the ratio is introduced because it represents a convenient intermediary in the calculations. The search for an additive value for reactors in series leads logically to the defining of an exchange capacity, and a total efficiency, or number of theoretical reactors. This method of expressing the performances of a reactor is more general than the efficiency due to Murphee which only has a physical significance in the particular case of homogeneous liquid reactors. The relationships between these various quantities are established, and the representation due to Mc Cabe and Thiele is generalized. The reactor performances are linked to the first - order reaction kinetics by the transfer number. The relationships are given for a certain number of concrete cases. Finally the application of these calculations is given, together with the approximations necessary in the case where, because of the presence of several components in each phase, the exchange reaction no longer obeys a single kinetic law. (authors)
Microscopic investigations of homogeneous nucleation in charged sphere suspensions.
Wette, Patrick; Schöpe, Hans Joachim; Palberg, Thomas
2005-11-01
We studied the homogeneous nucleation kinetics of an aqueous suspension of charged colloidal spheres under de-ionized conditions. Samples of equilibrium crystalline structure were shear molten and the metastable melt left to solidify after cessation of shear. At low particle number densities n, corresponding to low metastability of the melt, nucleation was monitored directly via video microscopy. We determined the nucleation rates gamma(t) by counting the number of newly appearing crystals in the observation volume per unit time. Using a suitable discrete adaptation of Avrami's [J. Chem. Phys. 7, 1003 (1939); ibid.8, 212 (1940); ibid.9, 177 (1941)] model for solidification via homogeneous nucleation and subsequent growth, we calculate the remaining free volume VF(t) to obtain the rate densities J(t) = gamma(t)/VF(t). We observe J(t) to rise steeply, display a plateau at a maximum rate density Jmax, and to decrease again. With increased n the plateau duration shrinks while Jmax increases. At low to moderate number densities fully solidified samples were analyzed by microscopy to obtain the grain-size distribution and the average crystallite size angle brackets(L). Under the assumption of stationarity, we obtained the nucleation rate density J(Avr), which increased strongly with increasing n. Interestingly, J(Avr) agrees quantitatively to Jmax and to J(Avr) as obtained previously from scattering data taken on the same sample at large n. Thus, by combination of different methods, reliable nucleation rate densities are now available over roughly one order of magnitude in n and eight orders of magnitude in J. PMID:16375564
Statistical methods for assessment of blend homogeneity
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Madsen, Camilla
2002-01-01
In this thesis the use of various statistical methods to address some of the problems related to assessment of the homogeneity of powder blends in tablet production is discussed. It is not straight forward to assess the homogeneity of a powder blend. The reason is partly that in bulk materials as...... shown how to set up parametric acceptance criteria for the batch that gives a high confidence that future samples with a probability larger than a specified value will pass the USP threeclass criteria. Properties and robustness of proposed changes to the USP test for content uniformity are investigated...
Homogenization of High-Contrast Brinkman Flows
Brown, Donald L.
2015-04-16
Modeling porous flow in complex media is a challenging problem. Not only is the problem inherently multiscale but, due to high contrast in permeability values, flow velocities may differ greatly throughout the medium. To avoid complicated interface conditions, the Brinkman model is often used for such flows [O. Iliev, R. Lazarov, and J. Willems, Multiscale Model. Simul., 9 (2011), pp. 1350--1372]. Instead of permeability variations and contrast being contained in the geometric media structure, this information is contained in a highly varying and high-contrast coefficient. In this work, we present two main contributions. First, we develop a novel homogenization procedure for the high-contrast Brinkman equations by constructing correctors and carefully estimating the residuals. Understanding the relationship between scales and contrast values is critical to obtaining useful estimates. Therefore, standard convergence-based homogenization techniques [G. A. Chechkin, A. L. Piatniski, and A. S. Shamev, Homogenization: Methods and Applications, Transl. Math. Monogr. 234, American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 2007, G. Allaire, SIAM J. Math. Anal., 23 (1992), pp. 1482--1518], although a powerful tool, are not applicable here. Our second point is that the Brinkman equations, in certain scaling regimes, are invariant under homogenization. Unlike in the case of Stokes-to-Darcy homogenization [D. Brown, P. Popov, and Y. Efendiev, GEM Int. J. Geomath., 2 (2011), pp. 281--305, E. Marusic-Paloka and A. Mikelic, Boll. Un. Mat. Ital. A (7), 10 (1996), pp. 661--671], the results presented here under certain velocity regimes yield a Brinkman-to-Brinkman upscaling that allows using a single software platform to compute on both microscales and macroscales. In this paper, we discuss the homogenized Brinkman equations. We derive auxiliary cell problems to build correctors and calculate effective coefficients for certain velocity regimes. Due to the boundary effects, we construct
An eigenelement method and two homogenization conditions
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Yufeng Xing; Xingming Wang
2009-01-01
Under inspiration from the structure-preserving property of symplectic difference schemes for Hamiltonian systems, two homogenization conditions for a representa-tive unit cell of the periodical composites are proposed, one condition is the equivalence of strain energy, and the other is the deformation similarity. Based on these two homoge-nization conditions, an eigenelement method is presented, which is characteristic of structure-preserving property. It follows from the frequency comparisons that the eigenel-ement method is more accurate than the stiffness average method and the compliance average method.
Irregular Homogeneity Domains in Ternary Intermetallic Systems
Jean-Marc Joubert; Mohamed Andasmas; Jean-Claude Crivello
2015-01-01
Ternary intermetallic A–B–C systems sometimes have unexpected behaviors. The present paper examines situations in which there is a tendency to simultaneously form the compounds ABx, ACx and BCx with the same crystal structure. This causes irregular shapes of the phase homogeneity domains and, from a structural point of view, a complete reversal of site occupancies for the B atom when crossing the homogeneity domain. This work reviews previous studies done in the systems Fe–Nb–Zr, Hf–Mo–Re, Hf...
Homogeneous oxalate precipitation of Pu(III)
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This paper reports on homogeneous oxalate precipitation using diethyl oxalate which was compared to precipitating Pu(III) oxalate with solid oxalic acid. The diethyl oxalate technique at 75 degrees C is better because it gives 50% less plutonium in the filtrate with a reasonable filtering time. Also, the procedure for the homogeneous precipitation is easier to automate because the liquid diethyl oxalate is simpler to introduce into the precipitator than solid oxalic acid. It also provides flexibility because the hydrolysis rate and therefore the precipitation rate can be controlled by varying the temperature
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Weyl's Gauge Principle of 1929 has been used to establish Weyl's Quantum Principle (WQP) that requires that the Weyl scale factor should be unity. It has been shown that the WQP requires the following: quantum mechanics must be used to determine system states; the electrostatic potential must be non-singular and quantified; interactions between particles with different electric charges (i.e. electron and proton) do not obey Newton's Third Law at sub-nuclear separations, and nuclear particles may be much different than expected using the standard model. The above WQP requirements lead to a potential fusion reactor wherein deuterium nuclei are preferentially fused into helium nuclei. Because the deuterium nuclei are preferentially fused into helium nuclei at temperatures and energies lower than specified by the standard model there is no harmful radiation as a byproduct of this fusion process. Therefore, a reactor using this reaction does not need any shielding to contain such radiation. The energy released from each reaction and the absence of shielding makes the deuterium-plus-deuterium-to-helium (DDH) reactor very compact when compared to other reactors, both fission and fusion types. Moreover, the potential energy output per reactor weight and the absence of harmful radiation makes the DDH reactor an ideal candidate for space power. The logic is summarized by which the WQP requires the above conditions that make the prediction of DDH possible. The details of the DDH reaction will be presented along with the specifics of why the DDH reactor may be made to cause two deuterium nuclei to preferentially fuse to a helium nucleus. The presentation will also indicate the calculations needed to predict the reactor temperature as a function of fuel loading, reactor size, and desired output and will include the progress achieved to date
Hyperelastic bodies under homogeneous Cauchy stress induced by non-homogeneous finite deformations
Mihai, L Angela
2016-01-01
We discuss whether homogeneous Cauchy stress implies homogeneous strain in isotropic nonlinear elasticity. While for linear elasticity the positive answer is clear, we exhibit, through detailed calculations, an example with inhomogeneous continuous deformation but constant Cauchy stress. The example is derived from a non rank-one convex elastic energy. Connections to conforming and non-conforming finite element implementations are drawn.
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The chemistry of iodine has been examined in aqueous solutions of pH 6 to 10 containing 2500 ppM boron as H3BO3 at temperatures up to 1500C using absorption spectrophotometry to identify and monitor the iodine species present. Kinetic rate constants for the disproportionation of the HOI intermediate, 3HOI= IO3- + 2I- + 3H+, have been measured as a function of pH even though no direct spectral evidence for HOI itself has been observed. An HOI partition coefficient >104 has been estimated; results of ionic strength tests are consistent with HOI being present as an uncharged triatomic species in solution. Redox and radiation effects on the aqueous iodine chemistry have also been described. 11 refs., 2 figs., 3 tabs
Present status of advanced aqueous separation process technology development
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In 'the Feasibility study on commercialized fast reactor cycle systems' begun in 1999, the commercialized candidate concept of the process as the advanced aqueous reprocessing system has been examined. This process, named NEXT, includes such advanced process elements as high efficiency dissolution, crystallization, U/Pu/Np co-recovery, and MA recovery. Small scale hot tests of these process elements have been conducted with irradiated fuel of the experimental Fast Reactor 'JOYO' in Chemical Processing Facility (CPF). The prospect of the technical feasibility of the NEXT process is being obtained as a promising candidate concept. (author)
Benchmarking homogenization algorithms for monthly data
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Venema, V. K. C.; Mestre, O.; Aquilar, E.; Auer, I.; Guijarro, J. A.; Domonkos, P.; Vertačník, G.; Szentimrey, T.; Štěpánek, Petr; Zahradníček, Pavel; Viarre, J.; Mueller-Westermeier, G.; Lakatos, M.; Williams, C. N.; Menne, M. J.; Lindau, R.; Rasol, D.; Rustemeier, E.; Kolokythas, K.; Marinova, T.; Andresen, L.; Acquaotta, F.; Fratianni, S.; Cheval, S.; Klancar, M.; Brunetti, M.; Gruber, C.; Duran, M. P.; Likso, T.; Esteban, P.; Brandsma, T.
2012-01-01
Roč. 8, č. 1 (2012), s. 89-115. ISSN 1814-9324 Institutional support: RVO:67179843 Keywords : climate data * instrumental time-series * greater alpine region * homogeneity test * variability * inhomogeneities Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 3.556, year: 2012
Volume and geometry of homogeneously adequate knots
Bartholomew, Paige; McQuarrie, Shane; Purcell, Jessica S.; Weser, Kai
2014-01-01
We bound the hyperbolic volumes of a large class of knots and links, called homogeneously adequate knots and links, in terms of their diagrams. To do so, we use the decomposition of these links into ideal polyhedra, developed by Futer, Kalfagianni, and Purcell. We identify essential product disks in these polyhedra.
String pair production in non homogeneous backgrounds
Bolognesi, Stefano; Tallarita, Gianni
2016-01-01
We consider string pair production in non homogeneous electric backgrounds. We study several particular configurations which can be addressed with the Euclidean world-sheet instanton technique, the analogue of the world-line instanton for particles. In the first case the string is suspended between two D-branes in flat space-time, in the second case the string lives in AdS and terminates on one D-brane (this realizes the holographic Schwinger effect). In some regions of parameter space the result is well approximated by the known analytical formulas, either the particle pair production in non-homogeneous background or the string pair production in homogeneous background. In other cases we see effects which are intrinsically stringy and related to the non-homogeneity of the background. The pair production is enhanced already for particles in time dependent electric field backgrounds. The string nature enhances this even further. For spacial varying electrical background fields the string pair production is les...
Price Elasticities Implied by Homogeneous Production Functions
Price, J. Michael
1994-01-01
If a production process is characterized by a homogeneous production function, the conditions required for profit maximization imply that the elasticity of demand for each input must be elastic with respect to output price. This restriction limits the usefulness of these functions in empirical analysis.
Quantum Homogeneous Spaces as Quantum Quotient Spaces
Brzezinski, Tomasz
1995-01-01
We show that certain embeddable homogeneous spaces of a quantum group that do not correspond to a quantum subgroup still have the structure of quantum quotient spaces. We propose a construction of quantum fibre bundles on such spaces. The quantum plane and the general quantum two-spheres are discussed in detail.
Inverse acoustic problem of N homogeneous scatterers
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Berntsen, Svend
The three-dimensional inverse acoustic medium problem of N homogeneous objects with known geometry and location is considered. It is proven that one scattering experiment is sufficient for the unique determination of the complex wavenumbers of the objects. The mapping from the scattered fields at a...
Hypersurface homogeneous Killing spinor space–times
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I present a complete list of hypersurface homogeneous space–times admitting a non-null valence two Killing spinor, including a new class admitting only exceptional Killing tensors. A connection is established with the classification of locally rotationally symmetric or boost symmetric space–times. (paper)
Homogeneity analysis of precipitation series in Iran
Hosseinzadeh Talaee, P.; Kouchakzadeh, Mahdi; Shifteh Some'e, B.
2014-10-01
Assessment of the reliability and quality of historical precipitation data is required in the modeling of hydrology and water resource processes and for climate change studies. The homogeneity of the annual and monthly precipitation data sets throughout Iran was tested using the Bayesian, Cumulative Deviations, and von Neumann tests at a significance level of 0.05. The precipitation records from 41 meteorological stations covering the years between 1966 and 2005 were considered. The annual series of Iranian precipitation were found to be homogeneous by applying the Bayesian and Cumulative Deviations tests, while the von Neumann test detected inhomogeneities at seven stations. Almost all the monthly precipitation data sets are homogeneous and considered as "useful." The outputs of the statistical tests for the homogeneity analysis of the precipitation time series had discrepancies in some cases which are related to different sensitivities of the tests to break in the time series. It was found that the von Neumann test is more sensitive than the Bayesian and Cumulative Deviations tests in the determination of inhomogeneity in the precipitation series.
Locally periodic homogenization of reflected diffusion
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Aboubakary Diakhaby
2006-01-01
Full Text Available We study the homogenization of reflected SDEs with locally periodic coefficients and highly oscillating drift. Our method is entirely probabilistic, and builds upon earlier works of Tanaka, Benchérif-Madani and Pardoux, and Bensoussan et al We extend, to Tanaka's theorem locally periodic case.
Photodegradation of Lincomycin in Aqueous Solution
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2006-01-01
Full Text Available Aqueous solutions of lincomycin were irradiated with UV light in homogeneous and heterogeneous systems. Lincomycin disappeared in both systems but the presence of TiO 2 noticeably accelerated the degradation of the antibiotic in comparison with direct photolysis. The rate of decomposition was dependent on the concentration of lincomycin and followed a pseudo-first-order kinetics. Photolysis involved only the oxidation of lincomycin without mineralization. Differently, the treatment with TiO 2 and UV light resulted in a complete mineralization of the antibiotic. The degradation pathways involved S- and N-demethylation and propyldealkylation. The mineralization of the molecule led to the formation of sulfate, ammonium, and nitrate ions.
Anderson, H.L.
1960-09-20
A nuclear reactor is described comprising fissionable material dispersed in graphite blocks, helium filling the voids of the blocks and the spaces therebetween, and means other than the helium in thermal conductive contact with the graphite for removing heat.
Miller, H.I.; Smith, R.C.
1958-01-21
This patent relates to nuclear reactors of the type which use a liquid fuel, such as a solution of uranyl sulfate in ordinary water which acts as the moderator. The reactor is comprised of a spherical vessel having a diameter of about 12 inches substantially surrounded by a reflector of beryllium oxide. Conventionnl control rods and safety rods are operated in slots in the reflector outside the vessel to control the operation of the reactor. An additional means for increasing the safety factor of the reactor by raising the ratio of delayed neutrons to prompt neutrons, is provided and consists of a soluble sulfate salt of beryllium dissolved in the liquid fuel in the proper proportion to obtain the result desired.
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Westerterp, K.R.
1992-01-01
Multifunctional reactors are single pieces of equipment in which, besides the reaction, other functions are carried out simultaneously. The other functions can be a heat, mass or momentum transfer operation and even another reaction. Multifunctional reactors are not new, but they have received much emphasis in research in the last decade. A survey is given of modern developments and the first successful applications on a large scale. It is explained why their application in many instances is ...
Anderson, C.R.
1962-07-24
A fluidized bed nuclear reactor and a method of operating such a reactor are described. In the design means are provided for flowing a liquid moderator upwardly through the center of a bed of pellets of a nentron-fissionable material at such a rate as to obtain particulate fluidization while constraining the lower pontion of the bed into a conical shape. A smooth circulation of particles rising in the center and falling at the outside of the bed is thereby established. (AEC)
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In order to reduce neutron embrittlement of the pressue vessel of an LWR, blanked off elements are fitted at the edge of the reactor core, with the same dimensions as the fuel elements. They are parallel to each other, and to the edge of the reactor taking the place of fuel rods, and are plates of neutron-absorbing material (stainless steel, boron steel, borated Al). (HP)
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The reasons for the development of fast reactors are briefly reviewed (a propitious neutron balance oriented towards a maximum uranium burnup) and its special requirements (cooling, fissile material density and reprocessing) discussed. The three stages in the French program of fast reactor development are outlined with Rapsodie at Cadarache, Phenix at Marcoule, and Super Phenix at Creys-Malville. The more specific features of the program of research and development are emphasized: kinetics and the core, the fuel and the components
Quantitative Determination of Uranium Homogeneity Distribution in MTR Fuel Type Plates
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IPEN/CNEN-SP produces the fuel to supply its nuclear research reactor IEA-R1. The fuel is assembled with fuel plates containing a U3Si2-Al composite meat. A good homogeneity in the uranium distribution inside the fuel plate meat is important from the standpoint of irradiation performance. Considering the lower power of reactor IEA- R1, the uranium distribution in the fuel plate has been evaluated only by visual inspection of radiographs. However, with the possibility of IPEN to manufacture the fuel for the new Brazilian Multipurpose Reactor (RMB), with higher power, it urges to develop a methodology to determine quantitatively the uranium distribution into the fuel. This paper presents a methodology based on X-ray attenuation, in order to qualify the uranium concentration distribution in the meat of the fuel plate by using optical densities in radiographs and comparison with standards. (author)
Aqueous corrosion study on U-Zr alloy
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In low power or research reactor, U-Zr alloy is a potential candidate for dispersion fuel. Moreover, Zirconium has a low thermal-neutron cross section and uranium alloyed with Zr has excellent corrosion resistance and dimensional stability during thermal cycling. In the present study aqueous corrosion behavior of U-Zr alloy samples was studied in autoclave at 200 deg C temperature. Corrosion rate was determined from weight loss with time. (author)
Aqueous sodium hydroxide seasonal thermal energy storage
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Gantenbein, P.; Daguenet-Frick, X.; Frank, E. [Univ. of Applied Sciences Rapperswil (Switzerland). Inst. for Solar Technologies SPF; Weber, R.; Fumey, B. [EMPA Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Duebendorf (Switzerland); Williamson, T. [Kingspan Renewables Ltd, Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
2012-07-01
Seasonal storage of sensible thermal energy in materials is a challenge in respect to thermal loss corresponding to low volumetric energy density. In a process involving absorption and desorption lower heat losses and higher energy densities can be reached. The working pair sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and water can be employed to this purpose. A possible application of such a system can be a single family passive energy building that requires a maximum power output of approximately 8 kW. The required absorption/desorption zone can be designed as a falling film tube bundle, using either Hu's or Owens' correlations. To meet the required power the tube bundle can be built of 300 mm long tubes with an outer diameter of 12 mm in a configuration of either 3 rows of 18 tubes or 2 rows of 25 tubes. During desorption one row of 18 tubes or 3 rows of 6 tubes are sufficient. In the absorption or discharging process a mass flow of 2 to 4 kg/h of aqueous NaOH with a concentration of 50 wt% NaOH is required. In the reverse process 18 to 30 kg/h of aqueous NaOH at a concentration of 30 wt% are necessary. The mass transport is performed without recirculation, reducing the parasitic power consumption. Initial experiments conducted with a less reactive substitute liquid showed good homogeneous distribution.
Novel Catalytic Membrane Reactors
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Stuart Nemser, PhD
2010-10-01
There are many industrial catalytic organic reversible reactions with amines or alcohols that have water as one of the products. Many of these reactions are homogeneously catalyzed. In all cases removal of water facilitates the reaction and produces more of the desired chemical product. By shifting the reaction to right we produce more chemical product with little or no additional capital investment. Many of these reactions can also relate to bioprocesses. Given the large number of water-organic compound separations achievable and the ability of the Compact Membrane Systems, Inc. (CMS) perfluoro membranes to withstand these harsh operating conditions, this is an ideal demonstration system for the water-of-reaction removal using a membrane reactor. Enhanced reaction synthesis is consistent with the DOE objective to lower the energy intensity of U.S. industry 25% by 2017 in accord with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and to improve the United States manufacturing competitiveness. The objective of this program is to develop the platform technology for enhancing homogeneous catalytic chemical syntheses.
A unidirectional acoustic cloak for multilayered background media with homogeneous metamaterials
Zhu, Jian; Chen, Tianning; Liang, Qingxuan; Wang, Xiaopeng; Xiong, Jie; Jiang, Ping
2015-08-01
The acoustic cloak, which can make an object hard to detect acoustically in a homogeneous background, has attracted great attention from researchers in recent years. The inhomogeneous background media were considered in this paper. The relative constitutive parameters were derived for acoustic cloaks working in multilayered media. And a unidirectional acoustic cloak for layered background media was proposed, designed and implemented successfully in a wide frequency range. In water and NaCl aqueous solution, the acoustic cloak was designed and realized with homogeneous metamaterials which were composed of steel and porous materials. The effective parameters of the unit cells of the cloak were determined by using the effective medium theory. Numerical results demonstrated excellent cloaking performance and showed that such a device could be physically realized with natural materials which will greatly promote the real applications of an invisibility cloak in inhomogeneous backgrounds.
A unidirectional acoustic cloak for multilayered background media with homogeneous metamaterials
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The acoustic cloak, which can make an object hard to detect acoustically in a homogeneous background, has attracted great attention from researchers in recent years. The inhomogeneous background media were considered in this paper. The relative constitutive parameters were derived for acoustic cloaks working in multilayered media. And a unidirectional acoustic cloak for layered background media was proposed, designed and implemented successfully in a wide frequency range. In water and NaCl aqueous solution, the acoustic cloak was designed and realized with homogeneous metamaterials which were composed of steel and porous materials. The effective parameters of the unit cells of the cloak were determined by using the effective medium theory. Numerical results demonstrated excellent cloaking performance and showed that such a device could be physically realized with natural materials which will greatly promote the real applications of an invisibility cloak in inhomogeneous backgrounds. (paper)
Research reactors - an overview
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West, C.D.
1997-03-01
A broad overview of different types of research and type reactors is provided in this paper. Reactor designs and operating conditions are briefly described for four reactors. The reactor types described include swimming pool reactors, the High Flux Isotope Reactor, the Mark I TRIGA reactor, and the Advanced Neutron Source reactor. Emphasis in the descriptions is placed on safety-related features of the reactors. 7 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs.
Homogeneous and Heterogeneous (Fex, Cr1-x)(OH)3 Precipitation: Implications for Cr Sequestration.
Dai, Chong; Zuo, Xiaobing; Cao, Bo; Hu, Yandi
2016-02-16
The formation of (Fe, Cr)(OH)3 nanoparticles determines the fate of aqueous Cr in many aquatic environments. Using small-angle X-ray scattering, precipitation rates of (Fe, Cr)(OH)3 nanoparticles in solution and on quartz were quantified from 0.1 mM Fe(III) solutions containing 0-0.25 mM Cr(III) at pH = 3.7 ± 0.2. Concentration ratio of aqueous Cr(III)/Fe(III) controlled the chemical composition (x) of (Fex, Cr1-x)(OH)3 precipitates, solutions' supersaturation with respect to precipitates, and the surface charge of quartz. Therefore, the aqueous Cr(III)/Fe(III) ratio affected homogeneous (in solution) and heterogeneous (on quartz) precipitation rates of (Fex, Cr1-x)(OH)3 through different mechanisms. The sequestration mechanisms of Cr(III) in precipitates were also investigated. In solutions with high aqueous Cr(III)/Fe(III) ratios, surface enrichment of Cr(III) on the precipitates occurred, resulting in slower particle growth in solutions. From solutions with 0-0.1 mM Cr(III), the particles on quartz grew from 2 to 4 nm within 1 h. Interestingly, from solution with 0.25 mM Cr(III), particles of two distinct sizes (2 and 6 nm) formed on quartz, and their sizes remained unchanged throughout the reaction. Our study provided new insights on homogeneous and heterogeneous precipitation of (Fex, Cr1-x)(OH)3 nanoparticles, which can help determine the fate of Cr in aquatic environments. PMID:26765070
Homogeneous and Heterogeneous (Fex, Cr1-x)(OH)3 Precipitation: Implications for Cr Sequestration
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Dai, Chong; Zuo, Xiaobing; Cao, B; Hu, Yandi
2016-02-16
The formation of (Fe, Cr)(OH)3 nanoparticles determines the fate of aqueous Cr in many aquatic environments. Using small angle X-ray scattering, precipitation rates of (Fe, Cr)(OH)3 nanoparticles in solution and on quartz were quantified from 0.1 mM Fe(III) solutions containing 0 – 0.25 mM Cr(III) at pH = 3.7 ± 0.2. Concentration ratio of aqueous Cr(III)/Fe(III) controlled the chemical composition (x) of (Fex, Cr1-x)(OH)3 precipitates, solutions’ supersaturation with respect to precipitates, and the surface charge of quartz. Therefore, aqueous Cr(III)/Fe(III) ratio affected homogeneous (in solution) and heterogeneous (on quartz) precipitation rates of (Fex, Cr1-x)(OH)3 through different mechanisms. The sequestration mechanisms of Cr(III) in precipitates were also investigated. In solutions with high aqueous Cr(III)/Fe(III) ratios, surface enrichment of Cr(III) on the precipitates occurred, resulting in slower particle growth in solution. From solutions with 0 – 0.1 mM Cr(III), the particles on quartz grew from 2 to 4 nm within 1 h. Interestingly, from solution with 0.25 mM Cr(III), particles of two distinct sizes (2 and 6 nm) formed on quartz, and their sizes remained unchanged throughout the reaction. Our study provided new insights on homogeneous and heterogeneous precipitation of (Fex, Cr1-x)(OH)3 nanoparticles, which can help determine the fate of Cr in aquatic environments.
Shape optimization in biomimetics by homogenization modelling
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Optimal shape design of microstructured materials has recently attracted a great deal of attention in material science. The shape and the topology of the microstructure have a significant impact on the macroscopic properties. The present work is devoted to the shape optimization of new biomorphic microcellular ceramics produced from natural wood by biotemplating. We are interested in finding the best material-and-shape combination in order to achieve the optimal prespecified performance of the composite material. The computation of the effective material properties is carried out using the homogenization method. Adaptive mesh-refinement technique based on the computation of recovered stresses is applied in the microstructure to find the homogenized elasticity coefficients. Numerical results show the reliability of the implemented a posteriori error estimator. (author)
Is the Universe Homogeneous? (On Large Scales)
Guzzo, L
1997-01-01
I critically discuss in a pedagogical and phenomenological way a few crucial tests challenging the claims by Pietronero and collaborators that there is no evidence from available galaxy catalogues that the Universe is actually homogeneous above a certain scale. In a series of papers, these authors assert that observations are consistent with a fractal distribution of objects extending to the limit of the present data. I show that while galaxies are indeed clustered in a scale-free way on small and intermediate scales, this behaviour does not continue indefinitely. Although the specific wavelength at which the galaxy distribution apparently turns to homogeneity is dangerously close to the size of the largest samples presently available, there are serious hints suggesting that this turnover is real and that its effects are detected in the behaviour of statistical estimators. The most recent claims of a continuing fractal hierarchy up to scales of several hundreds Mpc seem to be abscribable to the use of incompl...
Searching for the scale of homogeneity
Martínez, V J; Moyeed, R A; Graham, M J; Martinez, Vicent J.; Pons-Borderia, Maria-Jesus; Moyeed, Rana A.; Graham, Matthew J.
1998-01-01
We introduce a statistical quantity, known as the $K$ function, related to the integral of the two--point correlation function. It gives us straightforward information about the scale where clustering dominates and the scale at which homogeneity is reached. We evaluate the correlation dimension, $D_2$, as the local slope of the log--log plot of the $K$ function. We apply this statistic to several stochastic point fields, to three numerical simulations describing the distribution of clusters and finally to real galaxy redshift surveys. Four different galaxy catalogues have been analysed using this technique: the Center for Astrophysics I, the Perseus--Pisces redshift surveys (these two lying in our local neighbourhood), the Stromlo--APM and the 1.2 Jy {\\it IRAS} redshift surveys (these two encompassing a larger volume). In all cases, this cumulant quantity shows the fingerprint of the transition to homogeneity. The reliability of the estimates is clearly demonstrated by the results from controllable point sets...
Quantum memory with a controlled homogeneous splitting
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We propose a quantum memory protocol where an input light field can be stored onto and released from a single ground state atomic ensemble by controlling dynamically the strength of an external static and homogeneous field. The technique relies on the adiabatic following of a polaritonic excitation onto a state for which the forward collective radiative emission is forbidden. The resemblance with the archetypal electromagnetically induced transparency is only formal because no ground state coherence-based slow-light propagation is considered here. As compared to the other grand category of protocols derived from the photon-echo technique, our approach only involves a homogeneous static field. We discuss two physical situations where the effect can be observed, and show that in the limit where the excited state lifetime is longer than the storage time; the protocols are perfectly efficient and noise free. We compare the technique with other quantum memories, and propose atomic systems where the experiment can be realized. (paper)
Smooth homogeneous structures in operator theory
Beltita, Daniel
2005-01-01
Geometric ideas and techniques play an important role in operator theory and the theory of operator algebras. Smooth Homogeneous Structures in Operator Theory builds the background needed to understand this circle of ideas and reports on recent developments in this fruitful field of research. Requiring only a moderate familiarity with functional analysis and general topology, the author begins with an introduction to infinite dimensional Lie theory with emphasis on the relationship between Lie groups and Lie algebras. A detailed examination of smooth homogeneous spaces follows. This study is illustrated by familiar examples from operator theory and develops methods that allow endowing such spaces with structures of complex manifolds. The final section of the book explores equivariant monotone operators and Kähler structures. It examines certain symmetry properties of abstract reproducing kernels and arrives at a very general version of the construction of restricted Grassmann manifolds from the theory of loo...
Beyond relationships between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis
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Dixon, David A. [Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (United States); Katz, Alexander [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Arslan, Ilke [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Gates, Bruce C. [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)
2014-08-13
Scientists who regard catalysis as a coherent field have been striving for decades to articulate the fundamental unifying principles. But because these principles seem to be broader than chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science combined, catalytic scientists commonly interact within the sub-domains of homogeneous, heterogeneous, and bio-catalysis, and increasingly within even narrower domains such as organocatalysis, phase-transfer catalysis, acid-base catalysis, zeolite catalysis, etc. Attempts to unify catalysis have motivated researchers to find relationships between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis and to mimic enzymes. These themes have inspired vibrant international meetings and workshops, and we have benefited from the idea exchanges and have some thoughts about a path forward.
Broken Ergodicity in Ideal, Homogeneous, Incompressible Turbulence
Morin, Lee; Shebalin, John; Fu, Terry; Nguyen, Phu; Shum, Victor
2010-01-01
We discuss the statistical mechanics of numerical models of ideal homogeneous, incompressible turbulence and their relevance for dissipative fluids and magnetofluids. These numerical models are based on Fourier series and the relevant statistical theory predicts that Fourier coefficients of fluid velocity and magnetic fields (if present) are zero-mean random variables. However, numerical simulations clearly show that certain coefficients have a non-zero mean value that can be very large compared to the associated standard deviation. We explain this phenomena in terms of broken ergodicity', which is defined to occur when dynamical behavior does not match ensemble predictions on very long time-scales. We review the theoretical basis of broken ergodicity, apply it to 2-D and 3-D fluid and magnetohydrodynamic simulations of homogeneous turbulence, and show new results from simulations using GPU (graphical processing unit) computers.
Kinematical uniqueness of homogeneous isotropic LQC
Engle, Jonathan
2016-01-01
In a paper by Ashtekar and Campiglia, invariance under volume preserving residual diffeomorphisms has been used to single out the standard representation of the reduced holonomy-flux algebra in homogeneous loop quantum cosmology (LQC). In this paper, we use invariance under all residual diffeomorphisms to single out the standard kinematical Hilbert space of homogeneous isotropic LQC for both the standard configuration space $\\mathbb{R}_{\\mathrm{Bohr}}$, as well as for the Fleischhack one $\\mathbb{R} \\sqcup \\mathbb{R}_{\\mathrm{Bohr}}$. We first determine the scale invariant Radon measures on these spaces, and then show that the Haar measure on $\\mathbb{R}_{\\mathrm{Bohr}}$ is the only such measure for which the momentum operator is hermitian w.r.t. the corresponding inner product. In particular, the measure is forced to be identically zero on $\\mathbb{R}$ in the Fleischhack case, so that for both approaches, the standard kinematical LQC-Hilbert space is singled out.
Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy and homogeneity in polycrystals.
Kaplan, Gunes; Darling, T W; McCall, K R
2009-01-01
Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) is capable of determining the bulk elastic properties of a solid from its characteristic vibration frequencies, given the dimensions, density and shape of the sample. The model used for extracting values of the elastic constants assumes perfect homogeneity, which can be approximated by average-isotropic polycrystals. This approximation is excellent in the small grain regime assumed for most averaging procedures, but for real samples with indeterminate grain size distributions, it is not clear where the approximation breaks down. RUS measurements were made on pure copper samples where the grain size distribution was changed by progressive heat treatments in order to find a quantitative limit for the loss of homogeneity. It is found that when a measure of the largest grains is 15% of the sample's smallest dimension, the deviation in RUS fits indicates elastic inhomogeneity. PMID:18804831
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Continuous unloading during operation presents special problems for the unloading programme - problems far more complex than when the reactor is unloaded during shutdown. The yield of the fuel is linked with the homogenization of its irradiation and this in turn is a function of the radial and the axial flux. Axial homogenization of the irradiation depends on the method of unloading. In reactors that can be unloaded during operation it can be achieved under more favourable conditions than in reactors that must be unloaded during shut-down. In reactors unloaded during operation, radial homogenization of the irradiation results from the execution of an unloading programme established per channel - not per zone, as in reactors unloaded during shut-down. The unloading programmes are prepared at the Marcoule Centre by a punched-card machine - electronic computer system, which also carries out various accessory operations connected with the functioning of the reactors and control of the fuel. (author)
Homogenization of biomechanical models for plant tissues
Piatnitski, Andrey; Ptashnyk, Mariya
2015-01-01
In this paper homogenization of a mathematical model for plant tissue biomechanics is presented. The microscopic model constitutes a strongly coupled system of reaction-diffusion-convection equations for chemical processes in plant cells, the equations of poroelasticity for elastic deformations of plant cell walls and middle lamella, and Stokes equations for fluid flow inside the cells. The chemical process in cells and the elastic properties of cell walls and middle lamella are coupled becau...
Explaining Price Dispersion for Homogeneous Grocery Products
Aalto-Setälä Ville
2003-01-01
This study examines the dispersion in prices for homogeneous grocery products, and studies the effect of product characteristics, demographic characteristics of consumers, and market structure on search costs and price dispersion. The findings show that price dispersion is affected by search costs. The variables that increased relative price dispersion the most were low budget share and low price of the product. Demographic characteristics affected price dispersion as well: a high proportion ...
Higher dimensional homogeneous cosmology in Lyra geometry
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F Rahaman; S Das; N Begum; M Hossain
2003-07-01
Assuming a homogeneous perfect ﬂuid with ρ = ρ() and = (), we have obtained exact solutions for cosmological models in higher-dimension based on Lyra geometry. Depending on the form of metric chosen, the model is similar to FRW type. The explicit solutions of the scale factor are found via the assumption of an equation of state = ρ, where is a constant. Some astrophysical parameters are also calculated.
Algebraic density property of homogeneous spaces
Donzelli, Fabrizio; Dvorsky, Alexander; Kaliman, Shulim
2008-01-01
Let $X$ be an affine algebraic variety with a transitive action of the algebraic automorphism group. Suppose that $X$ is equipped with several non-degenerate fixed point free $SL_2$-actions satisfying some mild additional assumption. Then we show that the Lie algebra generated by completely integrable algebraic vector fields on $X$ coincides with the set of all algebraic vector fields. In particular, we show that apart from a few exceptions this fact is true for any homogeneous space of form ...
Spherical cloaking with homogeneous isotropic multilayered structures.
Qiu, Cheng-Wei; Hu, Li; Xu, Xiaofei; Feng, Yijun
2009-04-01
We propose a practical realization of electromagnetic spherical cloaking by layered structure of homogeneous isotropic materials. By mimicking the classic anisotropic cloak by many alternating thin layers of isotropic dielectrics, the permittivity and permeability in each isotropic layer can be properly determined by effective medium theory in order to achieve invisibility. The model greatly facilitates modeling by Mie theory and realization by multilayer coating of dielectrics. Eigenmode analysis is also presented to provide insights of the discretization in multilayers. PMID:19518392
Homogenization of eigenvalue problems in perforated domains
Vanninathan, M.
1981-01-01
In this paper, we treat some eigenvalue problems in periodically perforated domains and study the asymptotic behaviour of the eigenvalues and the eigenvectors when the number of holes in the domain increases to infinity Using the method of asymptotic expansion, we give explicit formula for the homogenized coefficients and expansion for eigenvalues and eigenvectors. If we denote by ε the size of each hole in the domain, then we obtain the following aysmptotic expansion for the eigenvalues: Dir...
A Statistical Theory of Homogeneous Isotropic Turbulence
de Divitiis, Nicola
2009-01-01
The present work proposes a theory of isotropic and homogeneous turbulence for incompressible fluids, which assumes that the turbulence is due to the bifurcations associated to the velocity field. The theory is formulated using a representation of the fluid motion which is more general than the classical Navier-Stokes equations, where the fluid state variables are expressed in terms of the referential coordinates. The theory is developed according to the following four items: 1) Study of the ...
Emergence of Leadership within a Homogeneous Group
Eskridge, Brent E.; Valle, Elizabeth; Schlupp, Ingo
2015-01-01
Large scale coordination without dominant, consistent leadership is frequent in nature. How individuals emerge from within the group as leaders, however transitory this position may be, has become an increasingly common question asked. This question is further complicated by the fact that in many of these aggregations, differences between individuals are minor and the group is largely considered to be homogeneous. In the simulations presented here, we investigate the emergence of leadership i...
Spin precession in a homogeneous gravitational field
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First a geometrical approach for the homogeneous gravitational field is given, emphasizing its main physical features, and in accordance with relativity in which this field is interpreted as the field apparently experienced by a uniformly accelerated observer (Born-Motion). A stationary beam of particles is then studied in both the particle and the wave pictures. In the particle picture, we first study the beam in the non-relativistic approximation, and then the relativistic beam. The velocity fields, and orbit equations, as well as the connection of the relativistic beam to the non-relativistic beam, as c→ infinity, are given. Our main result is then established by calculating the so-called Quasi-Thomas precession of the spin of the particle in a homogeneous gravitational field. The differences with the regular Thomas precession are discussed and illustrated with space-time diagrams. Some numerical estimates are given. The beam is then studied in the wave picture for Dirac particles. First the Dirac equation is established in the homogeneous gravitational field by the appropriate coordinate, and Lorentz transformation, on the Dirac 4-component spinor wave function in the freely falling frame. Then working to first order in the coupling constant g, an approximate plane wave function is given as a solution for the stationary beam. The precession of the spin is then obtained, and it agrees with the result given by the particle picture. The translationary motion is also discussed briefly. The similar problem of a homogeneous electric field is discussed, via the principle of equivalence, and some formal analogies are found. Finally, a brief discussion of future research, in connection with recently available experiments to test the principle of equilavence at the quantum level, and in the context of this thesis, is given
General description of homogeneous isotropic disordered systems
Averbuch, Pierre
1993-01-01
As all the physical quantities describing such a system are spherical tensors, it is shown that homogeneity and isotropy imply for the cross-correlation functions such conditions that they can be written with only standard spherical functions and a few scalar functions in which the whole physical information is included. The two limiting cases of a system with many independent defects and of a polycrystal, Gauss and Poisson limits, are discussed.
'Parodie', a large homogeneous stationary plasma
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A low pressure discharge plasma with magnetic multipolar confinement has been constructed to experimentally investigate turbulence phenomena. Its main characteristics are described: the technology (cylindrical machine 1 m in diameter and 1 m long, sliding vacuum rule section, permanent magnets...); and the plasma parameters (108-1010 cm-3 electron density; homogeneous within 1% in a volume of 0.3 m3, fluctuations at thermal level)
Correlated equilibria in homogenous good Bertrand competition
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Jann, Ole; Schottmüller, Christoph
2015-01-01
We show that there is a unique correlated equilibrium, identical to the unique Nash equilibrium, in the classic Bertrand oligopoly model with homogenous goods and identical marginal costs. This provides a theoretical underpinning for the so-called "Bertrand paradox'' as well as its most general f...... formulation to date. Our proof generalizes to asymmetric marginal costs and arbitrarily many players in the following way: The market price cannot be higher than the second lowest marginal cost in any correlated equilibrium....
Diffusion homogenization in multicomponent dispersed heterogeneous systems
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The processes of diffusion homogenizing in multicomponent powders within the temperature range of solid solutions are under study. The physical model is suggested and the mathematical algorithm is developed to calculate the statistical distribution function in the concentration space as well as other integral values describing the degree of system heterogeneity. Numerical solution is made for ternary metal system (W-Mo-Re) in the form of computer program. Calculation results are presented
Equilibrium states of homogeneous sheared compressible turbulence
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M. Riahi
2011-06-01
Full Text Available Equilibrium states of homogeneous compressible turbulence subjected to rapid shear is studied using rapid distortion theory (RDT. The purpose of this study is to determine the numerical solutions of unsteady linearized equations governing double correlations spectra evolution. In this work, RDT code developed by authors solves these equations for compressible homogeneous shear flows. Numerical integration of these equations is carried out using a second-order simple and accurate scheme. The two Mach numbers relevant to homogeneous shear flow are the turbulent Mach number Mt, given by the root mean square turbulent velocity fluctuations divided by the speed of sound, and the gradient Mach number Mg which is the mean shear rate times the transverse integral scale of the turbulence divided by the speed of sound. Validation of this code is performed by comparing RDT results with direct numerical simulation (DNS of [A. Simone, G.N. Coleman, and C. Cambon, Fluid Mech. 330, 307 (1997] and [S. Sarkar, J. Fluid Mech. 282, 163 (1995] for various values of initial gradient Mach number Mg0. It was found that RDT is valid for small values of the non-dimensional times St (St 10 in particular for large values of Mg0. This essential feature justifies the resort to RDT in order to determine equilibrium states in the compressible regime.
Homogeneous Biosensing Based on Magnetic Particle Labels
Schrittwieser, Stefan
2016-06-06
The growing availability of biomarker panels for molecular diagnostics is leading to an increasing need for fast and sensitive biosensing technologies that are applicable to point-of-care testing. In that regard, homogeneous measurement principles are especially relevant as they usually do not require extensive sample preparation procedures, thus reducing the total analysis time and maximizing ease-of-use. In this review, we focus on homogeneous biosensors for the in vitro detection of biomarkers. Within this broad range of biosensors, we concentrate on methods that apply magnetic particle labels. The advantage of such methods lies in the added possibility to manipulate the particle labels by applied magnetic fields, which can be exploited, for example, to decrease incubation times or to enhance the signal-to-noise-ratio of the measurement signal by applying frequency-selective detection. In our review, we discriminate the corresponding methods based on the nature of the acquired measurement signal, which can either be based on magnetic or optical detection. The underlying measurement principles of the different techniques are discussed, and biosensing examples for all techniques are reported, thereby demonstrating the broad applicability of homogeneous in vitro biosensing based on magnetic particle label actuation.
Tits Satake projections of homogeneous special geometries
Fré, Pietro; Gargiulo, Floriana; Rosseel, Jan; Rulik, Ksenya; Trigiante, Mario; Van Proeyen, Antoine
2007-01-01
We organize the homogeneous special geometries, describing as well the couplings of D = 6, 5, 4 and 3 supergravities with eight supercharges, in a small number of universality classes. This relates manifolds on which similar types of dynamical solutions can exist. The mathematical ingredient is the Tits Satake projection of real simple Lie algebras, which we extend to all solvable Lie algebras occurring in these homogeneous special geometries. Apart from some exotic cases all the other, 'very special', homogeneous manifolds can be grouped into seven universality classes. The organization of these classes, which capture the essential features of their basic dynamics, commutes with the r- and c-map. Different members are distinguished by different choices of the paint group, a notion discovered in the context of cosmic billiard dynamics of non-maximally supersymmetric supergravities. We comment on the usefulness of this organization in universality class both in relation with cosmic billiard dynamics and with configurations of branes and orbifolds defining special geometry backgrounds.
Anarjan, Navideh; Jafarizadeh-Malmiri, Hoda; Nehdi, Imededdine Arbi; Sbihi, Hassen Mohamed; Al-Resayes, Saud Ibrahim; Tan, Chin Ping
2015-01-01
Nanodispersion systems allow incorporation of lipophilic bioactives, such as astaxanthin (a fat soluble carotenoid) into aqueous systems, which can improve their solubility, bioavailability, and stability, and widen their uses in water-based pharmaceutical and food products. In this study, response surface methodology was used to investigate the influences of homogenization time (0.5–20 minutes) and speed (1,000–9,000 rpm) in the formation of astaxanthin nanodispersions via the solvent-diffus...
Implementation of model predictive control on a hydrothermal oxidation reactor
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Muske, K.R. [Villanova Univ., PA (United States). Dept. of Chemical Engineering; Dell`Orco, P.C.; Le, L.A.; Flesner, R.L. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States). High Explosives Science and Technology Group
1998-12-31
This paper describes the model-based control algorithm developed for a hydrothermal oxidation reactor at the Pantex Department of Energy facility in Amarillo, Texas. The combination of base hydrolysis and hydrothermal oxidation is used for the disposal of PBX 9404 high explosive at Pantex. The reactor oxidizes the organic compounds in the hydrolysate solutions obtained from the base hydrolysis process. The objective of the model predictive controller is to minimize the total aqueous nitrogen compounds in the effluent of the reactor. The controller also maintains a desired excess oxygen concentration in the reactor effluent to ensure the complete destruction of the organic carbon compounds in the hydrolysate.
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In 1962, the RA reactor was operated almost three times more than in 1961, producing total of 25 555 MWh. Diagram containing comparative data about reactor operation for 1960, 1961, and 1962, percent of fuel used and U-235 burnup shows increase in reactor operation. Number of samples irradiated was 659, number of experiments done was 16. mean powered level was 5.93 MW. Fuel was added into the core twice during the reporting year. In fact the core was increased from 56 to 68 fuel channels and later to 84 fuel channels. Fuel was added to the core when the reactivity worth decreased to the minimum operation level due to burnup. In addition to this 5 central fuel channels were exchanged with fresh fuel in february for the purpose of irradiation in the VISA-2 channel
Lasserre, T; Lasserre, Thierry; Sobel, Henry W.
2005-01-01
We review the status and the results of reactor neutrino experiments, that toe the cutting edge of neutrino research. Short baseline experiments have provided the measurement of the reactor neutrino spectrum, and are still searching for important phenomena such as the neutrino magnetic moment. They could open the door to the measurement of coherent neutrino scattering in a near future. Middle and long baseline oscillation experiments at Chooz and KamLAND have played a relevant role in neutrino oscillation physics in the last years. It is now widely accepted that a new middle baseline disappearance reactor neutrino experiment with multiple detectors could provide a clean measurement of the last undetermined neutrino mixing angle theta13. We conclude by opening on possible use of neutrinos for Society: NonProliferation of Nuclear materials and Geophysics.
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In a liquid cooled nuclear reactor, the combination is described for a single-walled vessel containing liquid coolant in which the reactor core is submerged, and a containment structure, primarily of material for shielding against radioactivity, surrounding at least the liquid-containing part of the vessel with clearance therebetween and having that surface thereof which faces the vessel make compatible with the liquid, thereby providing a leak jacket for the vessel. The structure is preferably a metal-lined concrete vault, and cooling means are provided for protecting the concrete against reaching a temperature at which damage would occur. (U.S.)
Towards a methanol economy based on homogeneous catalysis: methanol to H_{2} and CO_{2} to methanol
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Alberico, E.; Nielsen, Martin
2015-01-01
The possibility to implement both the exhaustive dehydrogenation of aqueous methanol to hydrogen and CO2 and the reverse reaction, the hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol and water, may pave the way to a methanol based economy as part of a promising renewable energy system. Recently, homogeneous...
Mo-99 production on a LEU solution reactor
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A pilot homogenous reactor utilizing LEU has been developed by the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow along with their commercial partner TCI Medical. This solution reactor operates at levels up to 50 kilowatts and has successfully produced high quality Mo-99 and Sr-89. Radiochemical extraction of medical radionuclides from the reactor solution is performed by passing the solution across a series of inorganic sorbents. This reactor has commercial potential for medical radionuclide production using LEU UO2SO4 fuel. Additional development work is needed to optimize multiple 50 kilowatt cores while at the same time, optimizing production efficiency and capital expenditure. (author)
Synthesis of carboxymethyl chitin in aqueous solution and its thermo- and pH-sensitive behaviors.
Liu, Hui; Yang, Qizhi; Zhang, Lina; Zhuo, Renxi; Jiang, Xulin
2016-02-10
Homogenous modification of natural chitin offers the advantage of fair structure control. In this work, novel carboxymethyl chitins (CMCHs) with broad range of degree of substitution (DS: 0.035 to 0.74), high degree of acetylation (DA) and little de-polymerization were synthesized homogeneously in aqueous NaOH/urea solution. The simultaneous determination of DA, DS and carboxymethylation fraction at C3 and C6 for these CMCHs was achieved by proton NMR in acidic deuterated aqueous solution for the first time. Due to the good homogeneity, the prepared CMCH-4 with lower DS of carboxymethylation exhibited, for the first time to our knowledge, dual thermo- and pH-sensitive properties. The nontoxic thermo-sensitive polymer systems gel at body temperature (37 °C) in physiological condition, which is very useful as injectable hydrogels for drug delivery and tissue engineering. PMID:26686169
Estimating minimum polycrystalline aggregate size for macroscopic material homogeneity
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During severe accidents the pressure boundary of reactor coolant system can be subjected to extreme loadings, which might cause failure. Reliable estimation of the extreme deformations can be crucial to determine the consequences of severe accidents. Important drawback of classical continuum mechanics is idealization of inhomogenous microstructure of materials. Classical continuum mechanics therefore cannot predict accurately the differences between measured responses of specimens, which are different in size but geometrical similar (size effect). A numerical approach, which models elastic-plastic behavior on mesoscopic level, is proposed to estimate minimum size of polycrystalline aggregate above which it can be considered macroscopically homogeneous. The main idea is to divide continuum into a set of sub-continua. Analysis of macroscopic element is divided into modeling the random grain structure (using Voronoi tessellation and random orientation of crystal lattice) and calculation of strain/stress field. Finite element method is used to obtain numerical solutions of strain and stress fields. The analysis is limited to 2D models.(author)
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In an improved reactor core for a high conversion BWR reactor, Pu-breeding type BWR type reactor, Pu-breeding type BWR type rector, FEBR type reactor, etc., two types of fuel assemblies are loaded such that fuel assemblies using a channel box of a smaller irradiation deformation ratio are loaded in a high conversion region, while other fuel assemblies are loaded in a burner region. This enables to suppress the irradiation deformation within an allowable limit in the high conversion region where the fast neutron flux is high and the load weight from the inside of the channel box due to the pressure loss is large. At the same time, the irradiation deformation can be restricted within an allowable limit without deteriorating the neutron economy in the burner region in which fast neutron flux is low and the load weight from the inside of the channel box is small since a channel box with smaller neutron absorption cross section or reduced wall thickness is charged. As a result, it is possible to prevent structural deformations such as swelling of the channel box, bending of the entire assemblies, bending of fuel rods, etc. (K.M.)
Aqueous Corrosion Rates for Waste Package Materials
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S. Arthur
2004-10-08
The purpose of this analysis, as directed by ''Technical Work Plan for: Regulatory Integration Modeling and Analysis of the Waste Form and Waste Package'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 171583]), is to compile applicable corrosion data from the literature (journal articles, engineering documents, materials handbooks, or standards, and national laboratory reports), evaluate the quality of these data, and use these to perform statistical analyses and distributions for aqueous corrosion rates of waste package materials. The purpose of this report is not to describe the performance of engineered barriers for the TSPA-LA. Instead, the analysis provides simple statistics on aqueous corrosion rates of steels and alloys. These rates are limited by various aqueous parameters such as temperature (up to 100 C), water type (i.e., fresh versus saline), and pH. Corrosion data of materials at pH extremes (below 4 and above 9) are not included in this analysis, as materials commonly display different corrosion behaviors under these conditions. The exception is highly corrosion-resistant materials (Inconel Alloys) for which rate data from corrosion tests at a pH of approximately 3 were included. The waste package materials investigated are those from the long and short 5-DHLW waste packages, 2-MCO/2-DHLW waste package, and the 21-PWR commercial waste package. This analysis also contains rate data for some of the materials present inside the fuel canisters for the following fuel types: U-Mo (Fermi U-10%Mo), MOX (FFTF), Thorium Carbide and Th/U Carbide (Fort Saint Vrain [FSVR]), Th/U Oxide (Shippingport LWBR), U-metal (N Reactor), Intact U-Oxide (Shippingport PWR, Commercial), aluminum-based, and U-Zr-H (TRIGA). Analysis of corrosion rates for Alloy 22, spent nuclear fuel, defense high level waste (DHLW) glass, and Titanium Grade 7 can be found in other analysis or model reports.
Aqueous Corrosion Rates for Waste Package Materials
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The purpose of this analysis, as directed by ''Technical Work Plan for: Regulatory Integration Modeling and Analysis of the Waste Form and Waste Package'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 171583]), is to compile applicable corrosion data from the literature (journal articles, engineering documents, materials handbooks, or standards, and national laboratory reports), evaluate the quality of these data, and use these to perform statistical analyses and distributions for aqueous corrosion rates of waste package materials. The purpose of this report is not to describe the performance of engineered barriers for the TSPA-LA. Instead, the analysis provides simple statistics on aqueous corrosion rates of steels and alloys. These rates are limited by various aqueous parameters such as temperature (up to 100 C), water type (i.e., fresh versus saline), and pH. Corrosion data of materials at pH extremes (below 4 and above 9) are not included in this analysis, as materials commonly display different corrosion behaviors under these conditions. The exception is highly corrosion-resistant materials (Inconel Alloys) for which rate data from corrosion tests at a pH of approximately 3 were included. The waste package materials investigated are those from the long and short 5-DHLW waste packages, 2-MCO/2-DHLW waste package, and the 21-PWR commercial waste package. This analysis also contains rate data for some of the materials present inside the fuel canisters for the following fuel types: U-Mo (Fermi U-10%Mo), MOX (FFTF), Thorium Carbide and Th/U Carbide (Fort Saint Vrain [FSVR]), Th/U Oxide (Shippingport LWBR), U-metal (N Reactor), Intact U-Oxide (Shippingport PWR, Commercial), aluminum-based, and U-Zr-H (TRIGA). Analysis of corrosion rates for Alloy 22, spent nuclear fuel, defense high level waste (DHLW) glass, and Titanium Grade 7 can be found in other analysis or model reports
Sulfur isotope homogeneity of lunar mare basalts
Wing, Boswell A.; Farquhar, James
2015-12-01
We present a new set of high precision measurements of relative 33S/32S, 34S/32S, and 36S/32S values in lunar mare basalts. The measurements are referenced to the Vienna-Canyon Diablo Troilite (V-CDT) scale, on which the international reference material, IAEA-S-1, is characterized by δ33S = -0.061‰, δ34S ≡ -0.3‰ and δ36S = -1.27‰. The present dataset confirms that lunar mare basalts are characterized by a remarkable degree of sulfur isotopic homogeneity, with most new and published SF6-based sulfur isotope measurements consistent with a single mass-dependent mean isotopic composition of δ34S = 0.58 ± 0.05‰, Δ33S = 0.008 ± 0.006‰, and Δ36S = 0.2 ± 0.2‰, relative to V-CDT, where the uncertainties are quoted as 99% confidence intervals on the mean. This homogeneity allows identification of a single sample (12022, 281) with an apparent 33S enrichment, possibly reflecting cosmic-ray-induced spallation reactions. It also reveals that some mare basalts have slightly lower δ34S values than the population mean, which is consistent with sulfur loss from a reduced basaltic melt prior to eruption at the lunar surface. Both the sulfur isotope homogeneity of the lunar mare basalts and the predicted sensitivity of sulfur isotopes to vaporization-driven fractionation suggest that less than ≈1-10% of lunar sulfur was lost after a potential moon-forming impact event.
Homogeneous almost quaternion-Hermitian manifolds
Moroianu, Andrei; Pilca, Mihaela; Semmelmann, Uwe
2012-01-01
An almost quaternion-Hermitian structure on a Riemannian manifold $(M^{4n},g)$ is a reduction of the structure group of $M$ to $\\mathrm{Sp}(n)\\mathrm{Sp}(1)\\subset \\mathrm{SO}(4n)$. In this paper we show that a compact simply connected homogeneous almost quaternion-Hermitian manifold of non-vanishing Euler characteristic is either a Wolf space, or $\\mathbb{S}^2\\times \\mathbb{S}^2$, or the complex quadric $\\mathrm{SO}(7)/\\mathrm{U}(3)$.
Nonlinear partial differential equations on homogeneous spaces
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The work of A.K.N.S. which is based on the s1(2,R) valued soliton connection is extended to obtain new integrable coupled nonlinear partial differential equations. This is achieved by assuming the soliton connection having values in a semisimple Lie, Kac-Moody, Lie super algebras. Extensions of some of the integrable nonlinear p.d.e's are given explicitly. In particular the coupled NLS equations on various homogeneous spaces and the coupled modified KdV equations are obtained on symmetric spaces. (author). 20 refs
Mechanisms in homogeneous and heterogeneous epoxidation catalysis
Oyama, S Ted
2011-01-01
The catalytic epoxidation of olefins plays an important role in the industrial production of several commodity compounds, as well as in the synthesis of many intermediates, fine chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. The scale of production ranges from millions of tons per year to a few grams per year. The diversity of catalysts is large and encompasses all the known categories of catalyst type: homogeneous, heterogeneous, and biological. This book summarizes the current status in these fields concentrating on rates, kinetics, and reaction mechanisms, but also covers broad topics including modeli
REITERATED HOMOGENIZATION OF DEGENERATE NONLINEAR ELLIPTIC EQUATIONS
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2002-01-01
The authors study homogenization of some nonlinear partial differential equations of the form -div (a (hx,h2x,Duh)) = f,where a is periodic in the first two arguments and monotone in the third.In particular the case where a satisfies degenerated structure conditions is studied.It is proved that uh converges weakly in Wo1.1 (Ω) to the unique solution of a limit problem as h →∞.Moreover,explicit expressions for the limit problem are obtained.
Spin dynamics through homogeneous magnetic superlattices
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We develop a theory to study the spin dynamics of a 2DEG moving across a magnetic superlattice, where the external, tilted and sectionally homogeneous magnetic fields, induce spin transitions between the two spin components, along the superlattice. Using the transfer matrix approach, we provide a joint description of the spatial evolution of the spin-1/2 wave functions: amplitude and phase, in terms of the tilting angle, the Fermi energy and the magnetic field strengths. Clear signatures of coherent spin mixing and coherent spin flipping processes are also obtained. (author)
Homogenizing the dose for adjacent fields
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Difficulties are found in radiotherapy in the determination of the gap which should be left among adjacent fields on the skin. In order to homogenize the dose at a given depth, measurements are done with a wood phantom using films, thermoluminescent dosemeters and ionization chambers. Field match is checked according to tables related in the literature and experimental data. Two tables of field separation are built at various depths, one for simultaneous adjacent fields and the other for non-simultaneous adjacent fields. Tables must be checked and the additional distances corrected for each field
Homogeneous viscous universes with magnetic field
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In this thesis homogeneous universes are studied containing a large scale magnetic field. In the evolution three different phases are distinguished: the lepton, the plasma and the matter dominated eras. During the lepton and plasma eras, which form the radiation dominated phase, the material contents of the universe are taken to consist of a viscous fluid. The transport properties taking place during this radiation dominated period are described with the help of relativistic kinetic theory, thereby taking into account the effect of the magnetic field on the shear viscosity. In the matter dominated phase the contents of the universe mainly consists of dust and, therefore, viscosity is absent during this period. (Auth.)
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Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Controlling hydrophilicity of polymer film by varying gas flow rate is proposed in atmospheric-pressure homogeneous plasma treatment. • Without employing additional reactive gas, requiring more plasma power and longer treatment time, hydrophilicity of polyimide films was improved after the low-gas-flow plasma treatment. • The gas flow rate affects the hydrophilic properties of polymer surface by changing the discharge atmosphere in the particular geometry of the reactor developed. • Low-gas-flow induced wettability control suggests effective and economical plasma treatment. - Abstract: This paper reports on controlling the hydrophilicity of polyimide films using atmospheric-pressure homogeneous plasmas by changing only the gas flow rate. The gas flow changed the discharge atmosphere by mixing the feed gas with ambient air because of the particular geometry of the reactor developed for the study, and a low gas flow rate was found to be favorable because it generated abundant nitrogen or oxygen species that served as sources of hydrophilic functional groups over the polymer surface. After low-gas-flow plasma treatment, the polymer surface exhibited hydrophilic characteristics with increased surface roughness and enhanced chemical properties owing to the surface addition of functional groups. Without adding any reactive gases or requiring high plasma power and longer treatment time, the developed reactor with low-gas-flow operation offered effective and economical wettability control of polyimide films
Fluoride reactor for the destruction of actinides from spent nuclear fuel
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Reactor based on liquid salts (Molten Salt Reactor - MSR) is one of 6 prospective reactors, designed in the Generation IV initiative. Fluoride in the reactor fuel is dissolved in a mixture of fluoride salts. This technology was developed in the fifties and sixties of the twentieth century. New technologies associated with this research include the Brayton cycle, which eliminates several shortcomings related to the historical construction of fluoride reactor, mainly focusing on security. When compared with other reactors, the largest differences are in the MSR that uses less fissionable material and to maintain a controlled nuclear reaction in its radius has only a homogeneous liquid mixture of all the chemical components. (author)
Aqueous phase processing of secondary organic aerosol from isoprene photooxidation
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Y. Liu
2012-07-01
Full Text Available Transport of reactive air masses into humid and wet areas is highly frequent in the atmosphere, making the study of aqueous phase processing of secondary organic aerosol (SOA very relevant. We have investigated the aqueous phase processing of SOA generated from gas-phase photooxidation of isoprene using a smog chamber. The SOA collected on filters was extracted by water and subsequently oxidized in the aqueous phase either by H_{2}O_{2} under dark conditions or by OH radicals in the presence of light, using a photochemical reactor. Online and offline analytical techniques including SMPS, HR-AMS, H-TDMA, TD-API-AMS, were employed for physical and chemical characterization of the chamber SOA and nebulized filter extracts. After aqueous phase processing, the particles were significantly more hygroscopic, and HR-AMS data showed higher signal intensity at m/z 44 and a lower signal intensity at m/z 43, thus showing the impact of aqueous phase processing on SOA aging, in good agreement with a few previous studies. Additional offline measurement techniques (IC-MS, APCI-MS^{2} and HPLC-APCI-MS permitted the identification and quantification of sixteen individual chemical compounds before and after aqueous phase processing. Among these compounds, small organic acids (including formic, glyoxylic, glycolic, butyric, oxalic and 2,3-dihydroxymethacrylic acid (i.e. 2-methylglyceric acid were detected, and their concentrations significantly increased after aqueous phase processing. In particular, the aqueous phase formation of 2-methylglyceric acid and trihydroxy-3-methylbutanal was correlated with the consumption of 2,3-dihydroxy-2-methyl-propanal, and 2-methylbutane-1,2,3,4-tetrol, respectively, and an aqueous phase mechanism was proposed accordingly. Overall, the aging effect observed here was rather small compared to previous studies, and this limited effect could possibly be explained by the lower liquid phase OH
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2011-09-01
Full Text Available Many experiments have been conducted to study the hydrodynamic characteristics of column reactors and loop reactors. In this present work, a novel combined loop airlift fluidized bed reactor was developed to study the effect of superficial gas and liquid velocities, particle diameter, fluid properties on gas holdup by using Newtonian and non-Newtonian liquids. Compressed air was used as gas phase. Water, 5% n-butanol, various concentrations of glycerol (60 and 80% were used as Newtonian liquids, and different concentrations of carboxy methyl cellulose aqueous solutions (0.25, 0.6 and 1.0% were used as non-Newtonian liquids. Different sizes of spheres, Bearl saddles and Raschig rings were used as solid phases. From the experimental results, it was found that the increase in superficial gas velocity increases the gas holdup, but it decreases with increase in superficial liquid velocity and viscosity of liquids. Based on the experimental results a correlation was developed to predict the gas hold-up for Newtonian and non-Newtonian liquids for a wide range of operating conditions at a homogeneous flow regime where the superficial gas velocity is approximately less than 5 cm/s
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This paper discusses the work carried out at the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories in underlying and applied radiation chemical research performed to optimise the processes occurring in the four aqueous systems in and around the core. The aqueous systems subject to radiolysis in CANDU reactors are Heat Transport System, Moderator, Liquid Zone Controls and End Shields.
Paredes, Alejandro Javier; Llabot, Juan Manuel; Sánchez Bruni, Sergio; Allemandi, Daniel; Palma, Santiago Daniel
2016-10-01
Albendazole (ABZ) is a broad-spectrum antiparasitic drug used in the treatment of human or animal infections. Although ABZ has shown a high efficacy for repeated doses in monogastric mammals, its low aqueous solubility leads to erratic bioavailability. The aim of this work was to optimize a procedure in order to obtain ABZ self-dispersible nanocrystals (SDNC) by combining high pressure homogenization (HPH) and spray-drying (SD). The material thus obtained was characterized and the variables affecting both the HPH and SD processes were studied. As expected, the homogenizing pressure and number of cycles influenced the final particle size, while the stabilizer concentration had a strong impact on SD output and redispersion of powders upon contact with water. ABZ SDNC were successfully obtained with high process yield and redispersibility. The characteristic peaks of ABZ were clearly identified in the X-ray patterns of the processed samples. A noticeable increase in the dissolution rate was observed in the aqueous environment. PMID:26856301
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In the work by the neutron-graph the homogeneity domain of the introduction solid solution TiCx Hy is determined. The sample neutron grams have been taken on the neutron diffractometer (λ=.1085 nm) installed at the thermal column of the WWR-SM reactor (INF AN RUz). For the phase analysis and estimation of solid solutions homogeneity the X-ray graph was used. X-ray grams were taken on the X-ray diffractometer DRON-3M with use of CuKα radiation (λ=0.015418 nm)
On Shearing Fluids with Homogeneous Densities
Srivastava, D C; Kumar, Rajesh
2016-01-01
In this paper, we study shearing spherically symmetric homogeneous density fluids in comoving coordinates. It is found that the expansion of the four-velocity of a perfect fluid is homogeneous, whereas its shear is generated by an arbitrary function of time M(t), related to the mass function of the distribution. This function is found to bear a functional relationship with density. The field equations are reduced to two coupled first order ordinary differential equations for the metric coefficients, g 11 and g 22. We have explored a class of solutions assuming that M is a linear function of the density. This class embodies, as a subcase, the complete class of shear-free solutions. We have discussed the off quoted work of Kustaanheimo (1947) and have noted that it deals with shear-free fluids having anisotropic pressure. It is shown that the anisotropy of the fluid is characterized by an arbitrary function of time. We have discussed some issues of historical priorities and credentials related to shear-free sol...
Homogeneous cooling of mixtures of particle shapes
Hidalgo, R. C.; Serero, D.; Pöschel, T.
2016-07-01
In this work, we examine theoretically the cooling dynamics of binary mixtures of spheres and rods. To this end, we introduce a generalized mean field analytical theory, which describes the free cooling behavior of the mixture. The relevant characteristic time scale for the cooling process is derived, depending on the mixture composition and the aspect ratio of the rods. We simulate mixtures of spherocylinders and spheres using a molecular dynamics algorithm implemented on graphics processing unit (GPU) architecture. We systematically study mixtures composed of spheres and rods with several aspect ratios and varying the mixture composition. A homogeneous cooling state, where the time dependence of the system's intensive variables occurs only through a global granular temperature, is identified. We find cooling dynamics in excellent agreement with Haff's law, when using an adequate time scale. Using the scaling properties of the homogeneous cooling dynamics, we estimated numerically the efficiency of the energy interchange between rotational and translational degrees of freedom for collisions between spheres and rods.
Photo-electret effects in homogenous semiconductors
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In the given work is shown the opportunity and created the theory of photo-electret condition in semiconductors with Dember mechanism of photo-voltage generation. Photo-electret of such type can be created, instead of traditional and without an external field as a result of only one illumination. Polar factor, in this case, is the distinction of electrons and holes mobility. Considered the multilayered structure with homogeneous photoactive micro areas shared by the layers, which are interfering to alignment of carriers concentration. We consider, that the homogeneous photoactive areas contain deep levels of stick. Because of addition of elementary photo voltage in separate micro photo cells it is formed the abnormal-large photo voltage (APV-effect). Let's notice, that Dember photo-voltage in a separate micro photo-cell ≤kT/q. From the received expressions, in practically important, special case, when quasi- balance between valent zone and stick levels established in much more smaller time, than free hole lifetime, and we received, that photo-voltage is relaxing. Comparing of the received expressions with the laws of photo voltage attenuation in p-n- junction structures shows their identity; the difference is only in absolute meanings of photo voltage. During the illumination in the semiconductor are created the superfluous concentration of charge carriers and part from them stays at deep levels. At de-energizing light there is a gradual generation of carriers located at these levels
Irregular Homogeneity Domains in Ternary Intermetallic Systems
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Jean-Marc Joubert
2015-12-01
Full Text Available Ternary intermetallic A–B–C systems sometimes have unexpected behaviors. The present paper examines situations in which there is a tendency to simultaneously form the compounds ABx, ACx and BCx with the same crystal structure. This causes irregular shapes of the phase homogeneity domains and, from a structural point of view, a complete reversal of site occupancies for the B atom when crossing the homogeneity domain. This work reviews previous studies done in the systems Fe–Nb–Zr, Hf–Mo–Re, Hf–Re–W, Mo–Re–Zr, Re–W–Zr, Cr–Mn–Si, Cr–Mo–Re, and Mo–Ni–Re, and involving the topologically close-packed Laves, χ and σ phases. These systems have been studied using ternary isothermal section determination, DFT calculations, site occupancy measurement using joint X-ray, and neutron diffraction Rietveld refinement. Conclusions are drawn concerning this phenomenon. The paper also reports new experimental or calculated data on Co–Cr–Re and Fe–Nb–Zr systems.
Homogenization in micro-magneto-mechanics
Sridhar, A.; Keip, M.-A.; Miehe, C.
2016-07-01
Ferromagnetic materials are characterized by a heterogeneous micro-structure that can be altered by external magnetic and mechanical stimuli. The understanding and the description of the micro-structure evolution is of particular importance for the design and the analysis of smart materials with magneto-mechanical coupling. The macroscopic response of the material results from complex magneto-mechanical interactions occurring on smaller length scales, which are driven by magnetization reorientation and associated magnetic domain wall motions. The aim of this work is to directly base the description of the macroscopic magneto-mechanical material behavior on the micro-magnetic domain evolution. This will be realized by the incorporation of a ferromagnetic phase-field formulation into a macroscopic Boltzmann continuum by the use of computational homogenization. The transition conditions between the two scales are obtained via rigorous exploitation of rate-type and incremental variational principles, which incorporate an extended version of the classical Hill-Mandel macro-homogeneity condition covering the phase field on the micro-scale. An efficient two-scale computational scenario is developed based on an operator splitting scheme that includes a predictor for the magnetization on the micro-scale. Two- and three-dimensional numerical simulations demonstrate the performance of the method. They investigate micro-magnetic domain evolution driven by macroscopic fields as well as the associated overall hysteretic response of ferromagnetic solids.
Using deterministic methods for research reactor studies
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As an alternative to prohibitive Monte Carlo simulations, deterministic methods can be used to simulate research reactors. Using various microscopic cross section libraries currently available in Canada, flux distributions were obtained from DRAGON cell and supercell transport calculations. Then, homogenization/condensation is done to produce few-group nuclear properties, and diffusion calculations were performed using DONJON core models. In this paper, the multigroup modular environment of the code DONJON is presented, and the various steps required in the modelling of SLOWPOKE hexagonal cores are described. Numerical simulations are also compared with experimental data available for the EPM Slowpoke reactor. (author)
Second order corrector in the homogenization of a conductive-radiative heat transfer problem
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This paper focuses on the contribution of the so-called second order corrector in periodic homogenization applied to a conductive-radiative heat transfer problem. More precisely, heat is diffusing in a periodically perforated domain with a non-local boundary condition modelling the radiative transfer in each hole. If the source term is a periodically oscillating function (which is the case in our application to nuclear reactor physics), a strong gradient of the temperature takes place in each periodicity cell, corresponding to a large heat flux between the sources and the perforations. This effect cannot be taken into account by the homogenized model, neither by the first order corrector. We show that this local gradient effect can be reproduced if the second order corrector is added to the reconstructed solution. (authors)
Radiolysis of berberine or palmatine in aqueous solution
Marszalek, Milena; Wolszczak, Marian
2011-01-01
The reactions of hydrated electron (eaq-), hydrogen atom (H rad ) (reducing species) and Cl2•-, Br2•-, N,O•H radicals (oxidizing species) with berberine or palmatine in aqueous solution have been studied by steady-state and pulse radiolysis. The spectra of transient intermediates, leading to the final products, are presented. The rate constants of the reaction of eaq- and rad OH radical with both alkaloids in the homogenous solution and in the presence of DNA are reported. It is demonstrated that the primary products of the reaction of berberine and palmatine with eaq- and radicals generated during radiolysis are unstable and undergo further reactions.
Polymerization of beta-amino acids in aqueous solution
Liu, R.; Orgel, L. E.; Bada, J. L. (Principal Investigator)
1998-01-01
We have compared carbonyl diimidazole (CDI) and 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide (EDAC) as activating agents for the oligomerization of negatively-charged alpha- and beta-amino acids in homogeneous aqueous solution. alpha-Amino acids can be oligomerized efficiently using CDI, but not by EDAC. beta-Amino acids can be oligomerized efficiently using EDAC, but not by CDI. Aspartic acid, an alpha- and beta-dicarboxylic acid is oligomerized efficiently by both reagents. These results are explained in terms of the mechanisms of the reactions, and their relevance to prebiotic chemistry is discussed.
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A reactor container has a suppression chamber partitioned by concrete side walls, a reactor pedestal and a diaphragm floor. A plurality of partitioning walls are disposed in circumferential direction each at an interval inside the suppression chamber, so that independent chambers in a state being divided into plurality are formed inside the suppression chamber. The partition walls are formed from the bottom portion of the suppression chamber up to the diaphragm floor to isolate pool water in a divided state. Operation platforms are formed above the suppression chamber and connected to an access port. Upon conducting maintenance, inspection or repairing, a pump is disposed in the independent chamber to transfer pool water therein to one or a plurality of other independent chambers to make it vacant. (I.N.)
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The present invention concerns a structure of ABWR-type reactor buildings, which can increase the capacity of a spent fuel storage area at a low cost and improved earthquake proofness. In the reactor building, the floor of a spent fuel pool is made flat, and a depth of the pool water satisfying requirement for shielding is ensured. In addition, a depth of pool water is also maintained for a equipment provisionally storing pool for storing spent fuels, and a capacity for a spent fuel storage area is increased by utilizing surplus space of the equipment provisionally storing pool. Since the flattened floor of the spent fuel pool is flushed with the floor of the equipment provisionally storing pool, transfer of horizontal loads applied to the building upon occurrence of earthquakes is made smooth, to improve earthquake proofness of the building. (T.M.)
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Disclosed is a nuclear reactor cooled by a freezable liquid has a vessel for containing said liquid and comprising a structure shaped as a container, and cooling means in the region of the surface of said structure for effecting freezing of said liquid coolant at and for a finite distance from said surface for providing a layer of frozen coolant on and supported by said surface for containing said liquid coolant. In a specific example, where the reactor is sodium-cooled, the said structure is a metal-lined concrete vault, cooling is effected by closed cooling loops containing NaK, the loops extending over the lined surface of the concrete vault with outward and reverse pipe runs of each loop separated by thermal insulation, and air is flowed through cooling pipes embedded in the concrete behind the metal lining. 7 claims, 3 figures
Four-dimensional pseudo-Riemannian homogeneous Ricci solitons
Calvaruso, Giovanni; Fino, Anna
2011-01-01
We consider four-dimensional homogeneous pseudo-Riemannian manifolds with non-trivial isotropy and completely classify the cases giving rise to non-trivial homogeneous Ricci solitons. In particular, we show the existence of non-compact homogeneous (and also invariant) pseudo-Riemannian Ricci solitons which are not isometric to solvmanifolds, and of conformally flat homogeneous pseudo-Riemannian Ricci solitons which are not symmetric.
MULTISCALE HOMOGENIZATION OF NONLINEAR HYPERBOLIC EQUATIONS WITH SEVERAL TIME SCALES
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Jean Louis Woukeng; David Dongo
2011-01-01
We study the multiscale homogenization of a nonlinear hyperbolic equation in a periodic setting. We obtain an accurate homogenization result. We also show that as the nonlinear term depends on the microscopic time variable, the global homogenized problem thus obtained is a system consisting of two hyperbolic equations. It is also shown that in spite of the presence of several time scales, the global homogenized problem is not a reiterated one.
Anderson, J.B.
1960-01-01
A reactor is described which comprises a tank, a plurality of coaxial steel sleeves in the tank, a mass of water in the tank, and wire grids in abutting relationship within a plurality of elongated parallel channels within the steel sleeves, the wire being provided with a plurality of bends in the same plane forming adjacent parallel sections between bends, and the sections of adjacent grids being normally disposed relative to each other.
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The liquid metal (sodium) cooled fast breeder reactor has got fuel subassemblies which are bundled and enclosed by a common can. In order to reduce bending of the sides of the can because of the load caused by the coolant pressure the can has got a dodecagon-shaped crosssection. The surfaces of the can may be of equal width. One out of two surfaces may also be convex towards the center. (RW)
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A detector having high sensitivity to fast neutrons and having low sensitivity to thermal neutrons is disposed for reducing influences of neutron detector signals on detection values of neutron fluxes when the upper end of control rod pass in the vicinity of the neutron flux detector. Namely, the change of the neutron fluxes is greater in the thermal neutron energy region while it is smaller in the fast neutron energy region. This is because the neutron absorbing cross section of B-10 used as neutron absorbers of control rods is greater in the thermal neutron region and it is smaller in the fast neutron region. As a result, increase of the neutron detection signals along with the local neutron flux change can be reduced, and detection signals corresponding to the reactor power can be obtained. Even when gang withdrawal of operating a plurality of control rods at the same time is performed, the reactor operation cycle can be measured accurately, thereby enabling to shorten the reactor startup time. (N.H.)
Fuel loading and homogeneity analysis of HFIR design fuel plates loaded with uranium silicide fuel
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Twelve nuclear reactor fuel plates were analyzed for fuel loading and fuel loading homogeneity by measuring the attenuation of a collimated X-ray beam as it passed through the plates. The plates were identical to those used by the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) but were loaded with uranium silicide rather than with HFIR's uranium oxide fuel. Systematic deviations from nominal fuel loading were observed as higher loading near the center of the plates and underloading near the radial edges. These deviations were within those allowed by HFIR specifications. The report begins with a brief background on the thermal-hydraulic uncertainty analysis for the Advanced Neutron Source (ANS) Reactor that motivated a statistical description of fuel loading and homogeneity. The body of the report addresses the homogeneity measurement techniques employed, the numerical correction required to account for a difference in fuel types, and the statistical analysis of the resulting data. This statistical analysis pertains to local variation in fuel loading, as well as to ''hot segment'' analysis of narrow axial regions along the plate and ''hot streak'' analysis, the cumulative effect of hot segment loading variation. The data for all twelve plates were compiled and divided into 20 regions for analysis, with each region represented by a mean and a standard deviation to report percent deviation from nominal fuel loading. The central regions of the plates showed mean values of about +3% deviation, while the edge regions showed mean values of about -7% deviation. The data within these regions roughly approximated random samplings from normal distributions, although the chi-square (χ2) test for goodness of fit to normal distributions was not satisfied
Homogenization of a stationary flow of a generalized Newtonian fluid
Bulíček, Miroslav; Kalousek, Martin; Kaplický, Petr
2016-01-01
We perform the homogenization process avoiding the necessity of testing the weak formulation of the initial and homogenized systems by corresponding weak solutions. We show that the stress tensor for homogenized problem depends on the gradient involving the limit of a sequence selected from a family of solutions of initial problems.
THE ANALYTICAL PROPERTIES FOR HOMOGENEOUS RANDOM TRANSITION FUNCTIONS
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2007-01-01
The concepts of Markov process in random environment and homogeneous random transition functions are introduced. The necessary and sufficient conditions for homogeneous random transition function are given. The main results in this article are the analytical properties, such as continuity, differentiability, random Kolmogorov backward equation and random Kolmogorov forward equation of homogeneous random transition functions.
Catalytic oxidation of calcium sulfite in solution/aqueous slurry
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WU Xiao-qin; WU Zhong-biao; WANG Da-hui
2004-01-01
Forced oxidation of calcium sulfite aqueous slurry is a key step for the calcium-based flue gas desulfurization(FGD) residue. Experiments were conducted in a semi-batch system and a continuous flow system on lab scales. The main reactor in semi-batch system is a 1000 ml volume flask. It has five necks for continuous feeding of gas and a batch of calcium sulfite solution/aqueous slurry. In continuous flow system, the main part is a jacketed Pyrex glass reactor in which gas and solution/aqueous slurry are fed continuously. Calcium sulfite oxidation is a series of complex free-radical reactions. According to experimental results and literature data, the reactions are influenced significantly by manganese as catalyst. At low concentration of manganese and calcium sulfite, the reaction rate is dependent on 1.5 order of sulfite concentration, 0.5 order of manganese concentration, and zero order of oxygen concentration in which the oxidation is controlled by chemical kinetics. With concentrations of calcium sulfite and manganese increasing, the reactions are independent gradually on the constituents in solution but are impacted by oxygen concentration. Manganese can accelerate the free-radical reactions, and then enhances the mass transfer of oxygen from gas to liquid. The critical concentration of calcium sulfite is 0.007 mol/L, manganese is 10-4 mol/L, and oxygen is of 0.2-0.4 atm.
Biodiesel and FAME synthesis assisted by microwaves: Homogeneous batch and flow processes
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J. Hernando; P. Leton; M.P. Matia; J.L. Novella; J. Alvarez-Builla [Universidad de Alcala, Madrid (Spain). Planta Piloto de Quimica Fina
2007-07-15
Fatty acids methyl esters (FAME) have been prepared under microwave irradiation, using homogeneous catalysis, either in batch or in a flow system. The quality of the biodiesel obtained has been confirmed by GC analysis of the isolated product. While the initial experiments have been performed in a small scale laboratory batch reactor, the best experiment has been straightforward converted into a stop-flow process, by the use of a microwave flow system. Compared with conventional heating methods, the process using microwaves irradiation proved to be a faster method for alcoholysis of triglycerides with methanol, leading to high yields of FAME. Short communication. 19 refs., 2 tabs.
Preparation of homogeneous thorium oxide powders for development of certified reference materials
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In view of the growing importance of Thorium Oxide (ThO2) as a fuel in nuclear power reactors, it is essential to develop Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) for trace level assay of ThO2 in order to validate analytical methods and also to assess the performance of an individual chemical laboratory. The present paper discusses the preparation of four batches of homogeneous Thorium Oxide (ThO2) powders on kilogram levels including a batch of ThO2 and Natural UO2 mixed oxide with varying amounts of impurities and also developing them as CRMs based on round robin tests. (author)
Soybean epoxide production with in situ peracetic acid using homogeneous catalysis
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Luis Alejandro Boyacá Mendivelso
2010-05-01
Full Text Available Using vegetable oils has become an excellent option for petrochemical product substitution. The epoxides obtained from such oils have wide applications as plastifiers and PVC stabilisers and as raw material in polyol synthesis for the polyurethane industry. This paper presents soybean oil epoxidation using a homogeneous catalyst in a well-mixed, stirred reactor being operated in iso- thermal conditions. The best result achieved was a 6.4% oxyrane oxygen content using hydrogen peroxide (25% molar excess, a- cetic acid (5% p/p and sulphuric acid (2% p/p concentrations at 80°C.
Magnetism and homogenization of micro-resonators
Kohn, Robert V
2007-01-01
Arrays of cylindrical metal micro-resonators embedded in a dielectric matrix were proposed by Pendry, et. al., in 1999 as a means of creating a microscopic structure that exhibits strong bulk magnetic behavior at frequencies not realized in nature. This behavior arises for H-polarized fields in the quasi-static regime, in which the scale of the micro-structure is much smaller than the free-space wavelength of the fields. We carry out both formal and rigorous two-scale homogenization analyses, paying special attention to the appropriate method of averaging, which does not involve the usual cell averages. We show that the effective magnetic and dielectric coefficients obtained by means of such averaging characterize a bulk medium that, to leading order, produces the same scattering data as the micro-structured composite.
The homogeneous and isotropic Weyssenhoff fluid
Boehmer, C G; Boehmer, Christian G.; Bronowski, Piotr
2006-01-01
We consider a Weyssenhoff fluid assuming that the spacetime is homogeneous and isotropic, therefore being relevant for cosmological considerations of gravity theories with torsion. In this paper, it is explicitely shown that the Weyssenhoff fluids obeying the Frenkel condition or the Papapetrou-Corinaldesi condition are incompatible with the cosmological principle, which restricts the torsion tensor to have only a vector and an axial vector component. Moreover it turns out that the Weyssenhoff fluid obeying the Tulczyjew condition is also incompatible with the cosmological principle. Based on this result we propose to reconsider a number of previous works that analysed cosmological solutions of Einstein-Cartan theory, since their spin fluids usually did not obey the cosmological principle.
The structure and homogeneity of Psalm 32
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J. Henk Potgieter
2014-02-01
Full Text Available Psalm 32 is widely regarded as a psalm of thanksgiving with elements of wisdom poetry intermingled into it. The wisdom elements are variously explained as having been present from the beginning, or as having been added to a foundational composition. Such views of the Gattung have had a decisive influence on the interpretation of the psalm. This article argues, on the basis of a structural analysis, that Psalm 32 should be understood as a homogeneous wisdom composition. The parallel and inverse structure of its two stanzas demonstrate that the aim of its author was to encourage the upright to foster an open, intimate relationship with Yahweh in which transgressions are confessed and Yahweh’s benevolent guidance on the way of life is wisely accepted.
Homogeneous spacelike singularities inside spherical black holes
Burko, L M
1997-01-01
Recent numerical simulations have found that the Cauchy horizon inside spherical charged black holes, when perturbed nonlinearly by a self-gravitating, minimally-coupled, massless, spherically-symmetric scalar field, turns into a null weak singularity which focuses monotonically to $r=0$ at late times, where the singularity becomes spacelike. Our main objective is to study this spacelike singularity. We study analytically the spherically-symmetric Einstein-Maxwell-scalar equations asymptotically near the singularity. We obtain a series-expansion solution for the metric functions and for the scalar field near $r=0$ under the simplifying assumption of homogeneity. Namely, we neglect spatial derivatives and keep only temporal derivatives. We find that there indeed exists a generic spacelike singularity solution for these equations (in the sense that the solution depends on enough free parameters), with similar properties to those found in the numerical simulations. This singularity is strong in the Tipler sense,...
Homogeneously dispersed multimetal oxygen-evolving catalysts.
Zhang, Bo; Zheng, Xueli; Voznyy, Oleksandr; Comin, Riccardo; Bajdich, Michal; García-Melchor, Max; Han, Lili; Xu, Jixian; Liu, Min; Zheng, Lirong; García de Arquer, F Pelayo; Dinh, Cao Thang; Fan, Fengjia; Yuan, Mingjian; Yassitepe, Emre; Chen, Ning; Regier, Tom; Liu, Pengfei; Li, Yuhang; De Luna, Phil; Janmohamed, Alyf; Xin, Huolin L; Yang, Huagui; Vojvodic, Aleksandra; Sargent, Edward H
2016-04-15
Earth-abundant first-row (3d) transition metal-based catalysts have been developed for the oxygen-evolution reaction (OER); however, they operate at overpotentials substantially above thermodynamic requirements. Density functional theory suggested that non-3d high-valency metals such as tungsten can modulate 3d metal oxides, providing near-optimal adsorption energies for OER intermediates. We developed a room-temperature synthesis to produce gelled oxyhydroxides materials with an atomically homogeneous metal distribution. These gelled FeCoW oxyhydroxides exhibit the lowest overpotential (191 millivolts) reported at 10 milliamperes per square centimeter in alkaline electrolyte. The catalyst shows no evidence of degradation after more than 500 hours of operation. X-ray absorption and computational studies reveal a synergistic interplay between tungsten, iron, and cobalt in producing a favorable local coordination environment and electronic structure that enhance the energetics for OER. PMID:27013427
Homogeneous cosmology with aggressively expanding civilizations
Olson, S Jay
2014-01-01
In the context of a homogeneous universe, we note that the appearance of aggressively expanding advanced life is geometrically similar to the process of nucleation and bubble growth in a first-order cosmological phase transition. We exploit this similarity to describe the dynamics of life saturating the universe on a cosmic scale, adapting the phase transition model to incorporate probability distributions of expansion and resource consumption strategies. Through a series of numerical solutions covering several orders of magnitude in the input assumption parameters, the resulting cosmological model is used to address basic questions related to the intergalactic spreading of life, dealing with issues such as timescales, observability, competition between strategies, and first-mover advantage. Finally, we examine physical effects on the universe itself, such as reheating and the backreaction on the evolution of the scale factor, if such life is able to control and convert a significant fraction of the available...
Lyapunov Analysis of Homogeneous Isotropic Turbulence
de Divitiis, Nicola
2009-01-01
The present work studies the isotropic and homogeneous turbulence for incompressible fluids, through an opportune Lyapunov analysis, assuming that the turbulence is due to the bifurcations associated to the velocity field. A particular representation of the fluid motion is adopted, where the fluid state variables are expressed in terms of the referential coordinates. The analysis is based on the Taylor and Kolmogorov scales and is developed according to the following four items: 1) Qualitative description of the route toward the turbulence through the bifurcations of the velocity field. 2) Referential description of the motion and calculation of the velocity fluctuation using the Lyapunov analysis of the local deformation. 3) Study of the mechanism of the energy cascade from large to small scales through the Lyapunov analysis of the relative kinematics equations of motion. 4) Determination of the statistics of the velocity difference with the Fourier analysis. %Each item contributes to the formulation of the ...
A Statistical Theory of Homogeneous Isotropic Turbulence
de Divitiis, Nicola
2009-01-01
The present work proposes a theory of isotropic and homogeneous turbulence for incompressible fluids, which assumes that the turbulence is due to the bifurcations associated to the velocity field. The theory is formulated using a representation of the fluid motion which is more general than the classical Navier-Stokes equations, where the fluid state variables are expressed in terms of the referential coordinates. The theory is developed according to the following four items: 1) Study of the route toward the turbulence through the bifurcations analysis of the kinematic equations. 2) Referential description of the motion and calculation of the velocity fluctuation using the Lyapunov analysis of the local deformation. 3) Study of the mechanism of the energy cascade from large to small scales through the Lyapunov analysis of the relative kinematics equations of motion. 4) Determination of the statistics of the velocity difference with the Fourier analysis. Each item contributes to the formulation of the theory. ...
Nanodosimetric track structure in homogeneous extended beams
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Physical aspects of particle track structure are important in determining the induction of clustered damage in relevant subcellular structures like the DNA and higher-order genomic structures. The direct measurement of track-structure properties of ionising radiation is feasible today by counting the number of ionizations produced inside a small gas volume. In particular, the so-called track-nano-dosimeter, installed at the TANDEM-ALPI accelerator complex of LNL, measures ionisation cluster-size distributions in a simulated subcellular structure of dimensions 20 nm, corresponding approximately to the diameter of the chromatin fibre. The target volume is irradiated by pencil beams of primary particles passing at specified impact parameter. To directly relate these measured track-structure data to radiobiological measurements performed in broad homogeneous particle beams, these data can be integrated over the impact parameter. This procedure was successfully applied to 240 MeV carbon ions and compared with Monte Carlo simulations for extended fields. (authors)
Conformally compactified homogeneous spaces (Possible Observable Consequences)
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Some arguments based on the possible spontaneous violation of the Cosmological Principles (represented by the observed large-scale structures of galaxies), the Cartan-geometry of simple spinors and on the Fock-formulation of hydrogen-atom wave-equation in momentum-space, are presented in favour of the hypothesis that space-time and momentum-space should be both conformally compactified and represented by the two four-dimensional homogeneous spaces of the conformal group, both isomorphic to (S3 X S1)/Z2 and correlated by conformal inversion. Within this framework, the possible common origin for the S0(4) symmetry underlying the geometrical structure of the Universe, of Kepler orbits and of the H-atom is discussed. On of the consequences of the proposed hypothesis could be that any quantum field theory should be naturally free from both infrared and ultraviolet divergences. But then physical spaces defined as those where physical phenomena may be best described, could be different from those homogeneous spaces. A simple, exactly soluble, toy model, valid for a two-dimensional space-time is presented where the conjecture conformally compactified space-time and momentum-space are both isomorphic to (S1 X S1)/Z2, while the physical spaces are two finite lattice which are dual since Fourier transforms, represented by finite, discrete, sums may be well defined on them. Furthermore, a q-deformed SUq(1,1) may be represented on them if q is a root of unity. (author). 22 refs, 3 figs
Reactor core of nuclear reactor
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In a BWR type nuclear reactor, the number of first fuel assemblies (uranium) loaded in a reactor core is smaller than that of second fuel assemblies (mixed oxide), the average burnup degree upon take-out of the first fuel assemblies is reduced to less than that of the second fuel assemblies, and the number of the kinds of the fuel rods constituting the first fuel assemblies is made smaller than that of the fuel rods constituting the second fuel assemblies. As a result, the variety of the plutonium enrichment degree is reduced to make the distribution of the axial enrichment degree uniform, thereby enabling to simplify the distribution of the enrichment degree. Then the number of molding fabrication steps for MOX fuel assemblies can be reduced, thereby enabling to reduce the cost for molding and fabrication. (N.H.)
Kang, Woo Seok; Hur, Min; Lee, Jae-Ok; Song, Young-Hoon
2014-03-01
This paper reports on controlling the hydrophilicity of polyimide films using atmospheric-pressure homogeneous plasmas by changing only the gas flow rate. The gas flow changed the discharge atmosphere by mixing the feed gas with ambient air because of the particular geometry of the reactor developed for the study, and a low gas flow rate was found to be favorable because it generated abundant nitrogen or oxygen species that served as sources of hydrophilic functional groups over the polymer surface. After low-gas-flow plasma treatment, the polymer surface exhibited hydrophilic characteristics with increased surface roughness and enhanced chemical properties owing to the surface addition of functional groups. Without adding any reactive gases or requiring high plasma power and longer treatment time, the developed reactor with low-gas-flow operation offered effective and economical wettability control of polyimide films.
Current status on fast reactor program in Kazakhstan
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Atomic scientific-industrial complex of Republic of Kazakhstan consist of: Uranium mining, production and power industry, Enterprises of uranium ores geological searching and number of natural mines (using the mining and underground leaching techniques); Two plants of U3O8 production at Aktau and Stepnogorsk towns; Metallurgical plant producing uranium fuel pellets for fuel assemblies of RBMK and VVER reactors types; Energy plant at Aktau (MAEK) is used for production of heat, electricity and desalination of water and based on three energy blocks using natural gas and one nuclear unit with fast breeder reactor BN-350. The fast breeder reactor BN-350 at Aktau was commissioned in November 1972 and finally shutdown in April 1999. Three different type of the research reactors and non reactor test facility on the territory of the former Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site and one research reactor and subcritical assembly nearly Almaty are exploiting for the investigation in field of reactors nuclear safety and other type of investigations. These are: VVR-K - light water reactor, power - 10 MW, EWG-1M - thermal light water heterogeneous vessel reactor with light water moderator and coolant, beryllium reflector, maximum thermal power - 35 MW, IGR - impulse homogeneous uranium-graphite thermal neutron reactor with graphite reflector, RA - thermal neutron high temperature gas heterogeneous reactor with air coolant, zirconium hydride moderator, and beryllium reflector, about 0.5 MW power, EAGLE - non reactor test facility for reactor fuel element melt process due to severe accident studding. Project on construction of experimental reactor TOKOMAK at city Kurchatov (in frame of International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is going on (design and equipment manufacture and procurement stage). Accomplishment of the project is estimated for year 2007. Works on construction of the new cyclotron at Astana University started at the beginning of this year in co-operation with Dubna
Simulating the Behaviour of the Fast Reactor Joyo (Draft)
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Motivated by the development of fast reactors the behaviour of the Japanese experimental fast reactor Joyo is simulated with two Monte Carlo codes: Monte Carlo NParticle (MCNP) and Probabilistic Scattering Game (PSG). The simulations are based on the benchmark study 'Japan's Experimental Fast Reactor Joyo MKI core: Sodium-Cooled Uranium-Plutonium Mixed Oxide Fueled Fast Core Surrounded by UO2 Blanket'. The study is focused on the criticality of the reactor, control rod worth, sodium void reactivity and isothermal temperature coefficient of the reactor. These features are calculated by applying both homogeneous and heterogeneous reactor core models that are built according to the benchmark instructions. The results of the two models obtained by the two codes are compared with each other and especially with the experimental results presented in the benchmark. (author)
Hot zero power reactor calculations using the Insilico code
Hamilton, Steven P.; Evans, Thomas M.; Davidson, Gregory G.; Johnson, Seth R.; Pandya, Tara M.; Godfrey, Andrew T.
2016-06-01
In this paper we describe the reactor physics simulation capabilities of the Insilico code. A description of the various capabilities of the code is provided, including detailed discussion of the geometry, meshing, cross section processing, and neutron transport options. Numerical results demonstrate that Insilico using an SPN solver with pin-homogenized cross section generation is capable of delivering highly accurate full-core simulation of various pressurized water reactor problems. Comparison to both Monte Carlo calculations and measured plant data is provided.
Dissolution test for homogeneity of mixed oxide fuel pellets
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Experiments were performed to determine the relationship between fuel pellet homogeneity and pellet dissolubility. Although, in general, the amount of pellet residue decreased with increased homogeneity, as measured by the pellet figure of merit, the relationship was not absolute. Thus, all pellets with high figure of merit (excellent homogeneity) do not necessarily dissolve completely and all samples that dissolve completely do not necessarily have excellent homogeneity. It was therefore concluded that pellet dissolubility measurements could not be substituted for figure of merit determinations as a measurement of pellet homogeneity. 8 figures, 3 tables
Homogeneity study of candidate reference material in fish matrix
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A material is perfectly homogeneous with respect to a given characteristic, or composition, if there is no difference between the values obtained from one part to another. Homogeneity is usually evaluated using analysis of variance (ANOVA). However, the requirement that populations of data to be processed must have a normal distribution and equal variances greatly limits the use of this statistical tool. A more suitable test for assessing the homogeneity of RMs, known as sufficient homogeneity, was proposed by Fearn and Thompson. In this work, we evaluate the performance of the two statistical treatments for assessing homogeneity of methylmercury (MeHg) in candidate reference material of fish tissue
Is it possible to homogenize resonant chiral metamaterials ?
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Andryieuski, Andrei; Menzel, Christoph; Rockstuhl, Carsten;
2010-01-01
Homogenization of metamaterials is very important as it makes possible description in terms of effective parameters. In this contribution we consider the homogenization of chiral metamaterials. We show that for some metamaterials there is an optimal meta-atom size which depends on the coupling...... between meta-atoms. We introduce numerical criterion of homogeneity on the basis of the Bloch modes dispersion diagram calculation and a tool to predict the homogeneity limit. We show that some metamaterials with strong coupling between meta-atoms cannot be considered as homogeneous at all...
Propene Hydroformylation by Supported Aqueous-phase Rh-NORBOS Catalysts
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Riisager, Anders; Eriksen, Kim Michael; Hjortkjær, Jes; Fehrmann, Rasmus
The gas-phase hydroformylation reaction of propene using supported aqueous-phase (SAP) Rh-NORBOS modified catalysts in a continuous flow reactor has been examined. SAP catalysts supported on six different support materials were made by wet impregnation using solutions of the precursor complex Rh(...
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Within the general context of extended service life, the Reactor Materials Program was initiated in 1984. This comprehensive program addressed material performance in SRS reactor tanks and the primary coolant or Process Water System (PWS) piping. Three of the eleven tasks concerned moderator quality and corrosion mitigation. Definition and control of the stainless steel aqueous environment is a key factor in corrosion mitigation. The Reactor Materials Program systematically investigated the SRS environment and its effect on crack initiation and propagation in stainless steel, with the objective of improving this environment. The purpose of this report is to summarize the contributions of Tasks 6, 7 and 10 of the Reactor Materials Program to the understanding and control of moderator quality and its relationship to mitigation of stress corrosion cracking
Formation of 32P-labelled Polyphosphates in Reactor-irradiated Solutions of Orthophosphate
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Fenger, Jørgen Folkvard; Pagsberg, Palle Bjørn
1973-01-01
Aqueous solutions of potassium orthophosphate were reactor irradiated and analysed by electrophoresis. The resulting distributions of 32P-activity in phosphorus oxyanions resemble the ones obtained with reactor-irradiated solid phosphates. Even in dilute solutions, polymers are formed; their total...
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The presentation is based on the following areas: Types of Nuclear Reactors, coolant, moderator, neutron spectrum, fuel type, pressurized water reactor (PWR), boiling water reactor (BWR) reactor pressurized heavy water (PHWR), gas-cooled reactor, RBMK , Nuclear Electricity Generation,Challenges in Nuclear Technology Deployment,EPR, APR1400, A P 1000, A PWR, ATMEA 1, VVER-1000, A PWR, VVER 1200, Boiling Water Reactor, A BWR, A BWR -II, ESBUR, Ke ren, AREVA, Heavy Water Reactor, Candu 6, Acr-1000, HWR, Bw, Iris, CAREM NuCcale, Smart, KLT-HOS, Westinghouse small modular Reactor, Gas Cooled Reactors, PBMR.
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A nuclear reactor is described in which the core components, including fuel-rod assemblies, control-rod assemblies, fertile rod-assemblies, and removable shielding assemblies, are supported by a plurality of separate inlet modular units. These units are referred to as inlet module units to distinguish them from the modules of the upper internals of the reactor. The modular units are supported, each removable independently of the others, in liners in the supporting structure for the lower internals of the reactor. The core assemblies are removably supported in integral receptacles or sockets of the modular units. The liners, units, sockets and assemblies have inlet openings for entry of the fluid. The modular units are each removably mounted in the liners with fluid seals interposed between the opening in the liner and inlet module into which the fluid enters in the upper and lower portion of the liner. Each assembly is similarly mounted in a corresponding receptacle with fluid seals interposed between the openings where the fluid enters in the lower portion of the receptacle or fitting closely in these regions. As fluid flows along each core assembly a pressure drop is produced along the fluid so that the fluid which emerges from each core assembly is at a lower pressure than the fluid which enters the core assembly. However because of the seals interposed in the mountings of the units and assemblies the pressures above and below the units and assemblies are balanced and the units are held in the liners and the assemblies are held in the receptacles by their weights as they have a higher specific gravity than the fluid. The low-pressure spaces between each module and its liner and between each core assembly and its module is vented to the low-pressure regions of the vessel to assure that fluid which leaks through the seals does not accumulate and destroy the hydraulic balance
Mars Aqueous Processing System Project
National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Mars Aqueous Processing System (MAPS) is an innovative method to produce useful building materials from Martian regolith. Acids and bases produced from the regolith...
Mars Aqueous Processing System Project
National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The Mars Aqueous Processing System (MAPS) is a novel technology for recovering oxygen, iron, and other constituents from lunar and Mars soils. The closed-loop...
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It's presented data about nuclear research reactors in the world, retrieved from the Sien (Nuclear and Energetic Information System) data bank. The information are organized in table forms as follows: research reactors by countries; research reactors by type; research reactors by fuel and research reactors by purpose. (E.G.)
Nuclear reactor physics course for reactor operators
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The education and training of nuclear reactor operators is important to guarantee the safe operation of present and future nuclear reactors. Therefore, a course on basic 'Nuclear reactor physics' in the initial and continuous training of reactor operators has proven to be indispensable. In most countries, such training also results from the direct request from the safety authorities to assure the high level of competence of the staff in nuclear reactors. The aim of the basic course on 'Nuclear Reactor Physics for reactor operators' is to provide the reactor operators with a basic understanding of the main concepts relevant to nuclear reactors. Seen the education level of the participants, mathematical derivations are simplified and reduced to a minimum, but not completely eliminated
Heterogeneous Recycling in Fast Reactors
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Forget, Benoit; Pope, Michael; Piet, Steven J.; Driscoll, Michael
2012-07-30
Current sodium fast reactor (SFR) designs have avoided the use of depleted uranium blankets over concerns of creating weapons grade plutonium. While reducing proliferation risks, this restrains the reactor design space considerably. This project will analyze various blanket and transmutation target configurations that could broaden the design space while still addressing the non-proliferation issues. The blanket designs will be assessed based on the transmutation efficiency of key minor actinide (MA) isotopes and also on mitigation of associated proliferation risks. This study will also evaluate SFR core performance under different scenarios in which depleted uranium blankets are modified to include minor actinides with or without moderators (e.g. BeO, MgO, B4C, and hydrides). This will be done in an effort to increase the sustainability of the reactor and increase its power density while still offering a proliferation resistant design with the capability of burning MA waste produced from light water reactors (LWRs). Researchers will also analyze the use of recycled (as opposed to depleted) uranium in the blankets. The various designs will compare MA transmutation efficiency, plutonium breeding characteristics, proliferation risk, shutdown margins and reactivity coefficients with a current reference sodium fast reactor design employing homogeneous recycling. The team will also evaluate the out-of-core accumulation and/or burn-down rates of MAs and plutonium isotopes on a cycle-by-cycle basis. This cycle-by-cycle information will be produced in a format readily usable by the fuel cycle systems analysis code, VISION, for assessment of the sustainability of the deployment scenarios.
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Cover gas spaces for primary coolant vessel, such as a reactor container, a pump vessel and an intermediate heat exchanger vessel are in communication with each other by an inverted U-shaped pressure conduit. A transmitter and a receiver are disposed to the pressure conduit at appropriate positions. If vibration frequencies (pressure vibration) from low frequency to high frequency are generated continuously from the transmitter to the inside of the communication pipe, a resonance phenomenon (air-column resonance oscillation) is caused by the inherent frequency or the like of the communication pipe. The frequency of the air-column resonance oscillation is changed by the inner diameter and the clogged state of the pipelines. Accordingly, by detecting the change of the air-column oscillation characteristics by the receiver, the clogged state of the flow channels in the pipelines can be detected even during the reactor operation. With such procedures, steams of coolants flowing entrained by the cover gases can be prevented from condensation and coagulation at a low temperature portion of the pipelines, otherwise it would lead clogging in the pipelines. (I.N.)
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The characteristic of several possible schemes of initial core loading for pebble-bed high temperature gas cooled reactor is analyzed. The homogeneous mixture of spherical graphite and spherical fuel element is chosen as the initial core loading of HTR-10. Calculation has been done by using the high temperature gas cooled reactor simulation code VSOP. Analysis has been done about the model of fuel shuffling, the peak-power-variation-history of single spherical fuel element and the fuel-burnup-variation-history from the initial loading and running through phase to the equilibrium state of the core. The result shows that the homogeneous mixture of spherical graphite and spherical fuel element as the initial core-loading and the variable rate of fresh spherical fuel re-loading as the fuel shuffling model being chosen, the reactor can run under the condition of a stable keff and the designed parameter limit of peak power of single fuel sphere and peak burnup not being exceeded. Therefore the choice of homogeneous mixture of spherical graphite and fuel as the initial loading is feasible for the HTR-10 initial core design
Application of macro-cellular SiC reactor to diesel engine-like injection and combustion conditions
Cypris, Jochen; Weclas, Miroslaw; Greil, Peter; Schlier, Lorenz M.; Travitzky, Nahum; Zhang, W
2012-01-01
One of novel combustion technologies for low emissions and highly efficient internal combustion engines is combustion in porous reactors (PM). The heat release process inside combustion reactor is homogeneous and flameless resulting in a nearly zero emissions level. Such combustion process, however is non-stationary, is performed under high pressure with requirement of mixture formation directly inside the combustion reactor (high pressure fuel injection). Reactor heat capacity resulting in l...
Compositional Homogeneity of CM Parent Bodies
Vernazza, P.; Marsset, M.; Beck, P.; Binzel, R. P.; Birlan, M.; Cloutis, E. A.; DeMeo, F. E.; Dumas, C.; Hiroi, T.
2016-09-01
CM chondrites are the most common type of hydrated meteorites, making up ˜1.5% of all falls. Whereas most CM chondrites experienced only low-temperature (˜0°C–120°C) aqueous alteration, the existence of a small fraction of CM chondrites that suffered both hydration and heating complicates our understanding of the early thermal evolution of the CM parent body(ies). Here, we provide new constraints on the collisional and thermal history of CM-like bodies from a comparison between newly acquired spectral measurements of main-belt Ch/Cgh-type asteroids (70 objects) and existing laboratory spectral measurements of CM chondrites. It first appears that the spectral variation observed among CM-like bodies is essentially due to variations in the average regolith grain size. Second, the spectral properties of the vast majority (unheated) of CM chondrites resemble both the surfaces and the interiors of CM-like bodies, implying a “low” temperature (origin is the likely explanation for the existence of heated CM chondrites. Finally, similarly to S-type asteroids and (2) Pallas, the surfaces of large (D > 100 km)—supposedly primordial—Ch/Cgh-type main-belt asteroids likely expose the interiors of the primordial CM parent bodies, a possible consequence of impacts by small asteroids (D solar system.
Compositional Homogeneity of CM Parent Bodies
Vernazza, P.; Marsset, M.; Beck, P.; Binzel, R. P.; Birlan, M.; Cloutis, E. A.; DeMeo, F. E.; Dumas, C.; Hiroi, T.
2016-09-01
CM chondrites are the most common type of hydrated meteorites, making up ˜1.5% of all falls. Whereas most CM chondrites experienced only low-temperature (˜0°C–120°C) aqueous alteration, the existence of a small fraction of CM chondrites that suffered both hydration and heating complicates our understanding of the early thermal evolution of the CM parent body(ies). Here, we provide new constraints on the collisional and thermal history of CM-like bodies from a comparison between newly acquired spectral measurements of main-belt Ch/Cgh-type asteroids (70 objects) and existing laboratory spectral measurements of CM chondrites. It first appears that the spectral variation observed among CM-like bodies is essentially due to variations in the average regolith grain size. Second, the spectral properties of the vast majority (unheated) of CM chondrites resemble both the surfaces and the interiors of CM-like bodies, implying a “low” temperature (body(ies). It follows that an impact origin is the likely explanation for the existence of heated CM chondrites. Finally, similarly to S-type asteroids and (2) Pallas, the surfaces of large (D > 100 km)—supposedly primordial—Ch/Cgh-type main-belt asteroids likely expose the interiors of the primordial CM parent bodies, a possible consequence of impacts by small asteroids (D < 10 km) in the early solar system.
Persymmetric Adaptive Detectors of Subspace Signals in Homogeneous and Partially Homogeneous Clutter
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Ding Hao
2015-08-01
Full Text Available In the field of adaptive radar detection, an effective strategy to improve the detection performance is to exploit the structural information of the covariance matrix, especially in the case of insufficient reference cells. Thus, in this study, the problem of detecting multidimensional subspace signals is discussed by considering the persymmetric structure of the clutter covariance matrix, which implies that the covariance matrix is persymmetric about its cross diagonal. Persymmetric adaptive detectors are derived on the basis of the one-step principle as well as the two-step Generalized Likelihood Ratio Test (GLRT in homogeneous and partially homogeneous clutter. The proposed detectors consider the structural information of the covariance matrix at the design stage. Simulation results suggest performance improvement compared with existing detectors when reference cells are insufficient. Moreover, the detection performance is assessed with respect to the effects of the covariance matrix, signal subspace dimension, and mismatched performance of signal subspace as well as signal fluctuations.
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Escher, A; Boulouchos, K.
2006-12-15
This annual report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) reports on work done in 2006 at the Laboratory for Aero-thermochemistry and Combustion Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, on the simulation of homogeneous self-igniting combustion. It also presents the results of experimental work on the ignition of n-butane and n-heptane in the institute's one-stroke test engine. Two simulation methods are discussed, both of which corresponded well with the results of experiments carried out. The authors note that the results provide a deeper insight into the mechanisms of self-ignition in homogeneous mixtures.
Annual progress report FY 1976. [Numerical methods for time-dependent reactor dynamics
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Hansen, K.F.; Henry, A.F.
1976-03-01
This project is directed toward development of numerical methods suitable for the computer solution of problems in reactor dynamics and safety. Specific areas of research include methods of integration of the time-dependent diffusion equations by finite difference and finite element methods; representation of reactor properties by various homogenization procedures; application of synthesis methods; and development of response matrix techniques.
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A concept of nuclear power technology system with homogeneous molten salt reactors for burning and transmutation of long-lived radioactive toxic nuclides is considered in the paper. Disposition of such reactors in enterprises of fuel cycle allows to provide them with power and facilitate solution of problems with rad waste with minimal losses. (Authors)
Hybrid adsorptive membrane reactor
Tsotsis, Theodore T. (Inventor); Sahimi, Muhammad (Inventor); Fayyaz-Najafi, Babak (Inventor); Harale, Aadesh (Inventor); Park, Byoung-Gi (Inventor); Liu, Paul K. T. (Inventor)
2011-01-01
A hybrid adsorbent-membrane reactor in which the chemical reaction, membrane separation, and product adsorption are coupled. Also disclosed are a dual-reactor apparatus and a process using the reactor or the apparatus.
Hybrid adsorptive membrane reactor
Tsotsis, Theodore T.; Sahimi, Muhammad; Fayyaz-Najafi, Babak; Harale, Aadesh; Park, Byoung-Gi; Liu, Paul K. T.
2011-03-01
A hybrid adsorbent-membrane reactor in which the chemical reaction, membrane separation, and product adsorption are coupled. Also disclosed are a dual-reactor apparatus and a process using the reactor or the apparatus.
Nearsightedness of Finite Homogeneous Model Systems
Mitsuta, Yuki; Yamanaka, Shusuke; Kawakami, Takashi; Okumura, Mitsutaka; Yamaguchi, Kizashi; Nakamura, Haruki
On the basis of linear response function (LRF) analysis, nearsightedness of finite systems is examined for nearly homogeneous molecular systems. We first treated with Hn (n = 2-100) to inspect the local or nonlocal responses of these systems, which are, in other words, the magnitudes of nearsightedness of the finite systems. Further, the LRFs of H100n+ (n = 0-98) have been examined in order to clarify whether the magnitude of nearsightedness depends either the size of systems or the number of electrons in systems. From our calculations, we conjectured that the number of electrons are essential for nearsightedness of electronic matter (NEM) of this type of systems. This conjecture has been confirmed from the fact that the LRFs of H100n+ (n = 0-98) are similar to those of N electrons (N = 2-100) in a square well potential, showing that attractive potentials of H100n+ (n = 0-98) do not change significantly the dependence of the magnitudes of NEM on the number of electrons.
Numerical Computation of Homogeneous Slope Stability
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Shuangshuang Xiao
2015-01-01
Full Text Available To simplify the computational process of homogeneous slope stability, improve computational accuracy, and find multiple potential slip surfaces of a complex geometric slope, this study utilized the limit equilibrium method to derive expression equations of overall and partial factors of safety. This study transformed the solution of the minimum factor of safety (FOS to solving of a constrained nonlinear programming problem and applied an exhaustive method (EM and particle swarm optimization algorithm (PSO to this problem. In simple slope examples, the computational results using an EM and PSO were close to those obtained using other methods. Compared to the EM, the PSO had a small computation error and a significantly shorter computation time. As a result, the PSO could precisely calculate the slope FOS with high efficiency. The example of the multistage slope analysis indicated that this slope had two potential slip surfaces. The factors of safety were 1.1182 and 1.1560, respectively. The differences between these and the minimum FOS (1.0759 were small, but the positions of the slip surfaces were completely different than the critical slip surface (CSS.
Redatuming Operators Analysis in Homogeneous Media
Oliveira, Fransisco de Souza; Figueiredo, Jose J. S. de; Freitas, Lucas
2015-04-01
A redatuming operation is used to simulate the acquisition of data in new levels, avoiding distortions produced by near-surface irregularities related to either geometric or material property heterogeneities. In this work, the application of the true-amplitude Kirchhoff redatuming (TAKR) operator on homogeneous media is compared with conventional Kirchhoff redatuming (KR) operator restricted to the zero-offset case. The TAKR and the KR operators are analytically and numerically compared in order to verify their impacts on the data at a new level. Analyses of amplitude and velocity sensitivity of the TAKR and KR were performed: one concerning the difference between the weight functions and the other related to the velocity variation. The comparisons between operators were performed using numerical examples. The feasibility of the KR and TAKR operators was demonstrated not only kinematically but also dynamically for their purposes. In other words, one preserves amplitude (KR), and the other corrects the amplitude (TAKR). In the end, we applied the operators to a GPR data set.
Pair reversal in homogeneous isotropic turbulence
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We show that the separation of particle pairs in the inertial subrange of homogeneous isotropic turbulence is strongly influenced by the pairs that separate quasi-diffusively. We quantify the influence of the diffusive separators by considering the probability that a pair will 'reverse' direction across a given separation i.e. its separation will decrease (before eventually increasing) and derive an analytical expression for the expected number of reversals across this separation for a quasi-one-dimensional model of relative dispersion in the inertial subrange with Gaussian turbulence. We compare this theoretical result with three different Lagrangian stochastic models in which the influence of the diffusive and ballistic separators (the latter dominated by velocity memory) can be varied by means of the value of C0, the constant of proportionality in the Lagrangian velocity structure function, which appears explicitly in Lagrangian stochastic models. We also compare these results with data from a direct numerical simulation of turbulence. The results indicate the importance of the transverse relative velocity component (i.e. the ability of pairs to rotate), which is absent in Q1D models, in determining the correct quantitative relative dispersion statistics.
Forming homogeneous clusters for differential risk information
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Latent risk situations are always present in society. General information on these risk situations is supposed to be received differently by different groups of people in the population. In the aftermath of specific accidents different groups presumably have need of specific information about how to act to survive, to avoid injuries, to find more information, to obtain facts about the accidents etc. As targets for information these different groups could be defined in different ways. The conventional way is to divide the population according to demographic variables, such as age, sex, occupation etc. Another way would be to structure the population according to dependent variables measured in different studies. They may concern risk perception, emotional reactions, specific technical knowledge of the accidents, and belief in the information sources. One procedure for forming such groupings of people into homogeneous clusters would be by statistical clustering methods on dependent variables. Examples of such clustering procedures are presented and discussed. Data are from a Norwegian study on the perception of radiation from nuclear accidents and other radiation sources. Speculations are made on different risk information strategies. Elements of a research programme are proposed. (author)
Homogeneous screening assay for human tankyrase.
Narwal, Mohit; Fallarero, Adyary; Vuorela, Pia; Lehtiö, Lari
2012-06-01
Tankyrase, a member of human PARP protein superfamily, catalyzes a covalent post-translational modification of substrate proteins. This modification, poly(ADP-ribos)ylation, leads to changes in protein interactions and modifies downstream signaling events. Tankyrase 1 is a potential drug target due to its functions in telomere homeostasis and in Wnt signaling. We describe here optimization and application of an activity-based homogenous assay for tankyrase inhibitors in a high-throughput screening format. The method measures the consumption of substrate by the chemical conversion of the remaining NAD(+) into a stable fluorescent condensation product. Conditions were optimized to measure the enzymatic auto-modification of a recombinant catalytic fragment of tankyrase 1. The fluorescence assay is inexpensive, operationally easy and performs well according to the statistical analysis (Z'= 0.7). A validatory screen with a natural product library confirmed suitability of the assay for finding new tankyrase inhibitors. Flavone was the most potent (IC(50)=325 nM) hit from the natural compounds. A flavone derivative, apigenin, and isopropyl gallate showed potency on the micromolar range, but displayed over 30-fold selectivity for tankyrase over the studied isoenzymes PARP1 and PARP2. The assay is robust and will be useful for screening new tankyrase inhibitors. PMID:22357873
Development of a mechanical homogenizer coffee
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Raphael Magalhães Gomes Moreira
2013-12-01
Full Text Available The crop Coffee demands investments to the machines development, which it enables the processes ofpost-harvesting, becoming them faster, meanwhile improving the working. The use of stationary layer dryers are responsible for good results at drying and product quality, but it requires a constant revolving, in order to homogenize the grain mass and improve the air distribution inside the drying chamber. The shortage of workmanship, associated to the need of constant revolving and the heavy working conditions, it becomes it indispensable to mechanize, in some way, this step. The agricultural machine design is considered of great complexity, regarding it must be concerned with the interactions among the operator, machine and environment. When designing a machine, the experience and the dominion of several standpoints have to be interpreted clearly. With the increasing competitiveness on the consumer market and agricultural machines, several companies have joined the research centers, because in general, do not make use of systematic procedures during the project, which can result in failures during operation. This article aimed to design and build a semi-mechanized revolving prototype used to mix the coffee beans. The revolving prototype with the helical screw principles proved to be able to performing the grains transport efficiently.
Theoretical studies of homogeneous catalysts mimicking nitrogenase.
Sgrignani, Jacopo; Franco, Duvan; Magistrato, Alessandra
2011-01-01
The conversion of molecular nitrogen to ammonia is a key biological and chemical process and represents one of the most challenging topics in chemistry and biology. In Nature the Mo-containing nitrogenase enzymes perform nitrogen 'fixation' via an iron molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co) under ambient conditions. In contrast, industrially, the Haber-Bosch process reduces molecular nitrogen and hydrogen to ammonia with a heterogeneous iron catalyst under drastic conditions of temperature and pressure. This process accounts for the production of millions of tons of nitrogen compounds used for agricultural and industrial purposes, but the high temperature and pressure required result in a large energy loss, leading to several economic and environmental issues. During the last 40 years many attempts have been made to synthesize simple homogeneous catalysts that can activate dinitrogen under the same mild conditions of the nitrogenase enzymes. Several compounds, almost all containing transition metals, have been shown to bind and activate N₂ to various degrees. However, to date Mo(N₂)(HIPTN)₃N with (HIPTN)₃N= hexaisopropyl-terphenyl-triamidoamine is the only compound performing this process catalytically. In this review we describe how Density Functional Theory calculations have been of help in elucidating the reaction mechanisms of the inorganic compounds that activate or fix N₂. These studies provided important insights that rationalize and complement the experimental findings about the reaction mechanisms of known catalysts, predicting the reactivity of new potential catalysts and helping in tailoring new efficient catalytic compounds. PMID:21221062
Theoretical Studies of Homogeneous Catalysts Mimicking Nitrogenase
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Alessandra Magistrato
2011-01-01
Full Text Available The conversion of molecular nitrogen to ammonia is a key biological and chemical process and represents one of the most challenging topics in chemistry and biology. In Nature the Mo-containing nitrogenase enzymes perform nitrogen ‘fixation’ via an iron molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co under ambient conditions. In contrast, industrially, the Haber-Bosch process reduces molecular nitrogen and hydrogen to ammonia with a heterogeneous iron catalyst under drastic conditions of temperature and pressure. This process accounts for the production of millions of tons of nitrogen compounds used for agricultural and industrial purposes, but the high temperature and pressure required result in a large energy loss, leading to several economic and environmental issues. During the last 40 years many attempts have been made to synthesize simple homogeneous catalysts that can activate dinitrogen under the same mild conditions of the nitrogenase enzymes. Several compounds, almost all containing transition metals, have been shown to bind and activate N2 to various degrees. However, to date Mo(N2(HIPTN3N with (HIPTN3N= hexaisopropyl-terphenyl-triamidoamine is the only compound performing this process catalytically. In this review we describe how Density Functional Theory calculations have been of help in elucidating the reaction mechanisms of the inorganic compounds that activate or fix N2. These studies provided important insights that rationalize and complement the experimental findings about the reaction mechanisms of known catalysts, predicting the reactivity of new potential catalysts and helping in tailoring new efficient catalytic compounds.
Inhomogeneous radiative forcing of homogeneous greenhouse gases
Huang, Yi; Tan, Xiaoxiao; Xia, Yan
2016-03-01
Radiative forcing of a homogeneous greenhouse gas (HGG) can be very inhomogeneous because the forcing is dependent on other atmospheric and surface variables. In the case of doubling CO2, the monthly mean instantaneous forcing at the top of the atmosphere is found to vary geographically and temporally from positive to negative values, with the range (-2.5-5.1 W m-2) being more than 3 times the magnitude of the global mean value (2.3 W m-2). The vertical temperature change across the atmospheric column (temperature lapse rate) is found to be the best single predictor for explaining forcing variation. In addition, the masking effects of clouds and water vapor also contribute to forcing inhomogeneity. A regression model that predicts forcing from geophysical variables is constructed. This model can explain more than 90% of the variance of the forcing. Applying this model to analyzing the forcing variation in the Climate Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 models, we find that intermodel discrepancy in CO2 forcing caused by model climatology leads to considerable discrepancy in their projected change in poleward energy transport.
Homogeneous cosmology with aggressively expanding civilizations
Olson, S. Jay
2015-11-01
In the context of a homogeneous Universe, we note that the appearance of aggressively expanding advanced life is geometrically similar to the process of nucleation and bubble growth in a first-order cosmological phase transition. We exploit this similarity to describe the dynamics of life saturating the Universe on a cosmic scale, adapting the phase transition model to incorporate probability distributions of expansion and resource consumption strategies. Through a series of numerical solutions spanning several orders of magnitude in the input assumption parameters, the resulting cosmological model is used to address basic questions related to the intergalactic spreading of life, dealing with issues such as timescales, observability, competition between strategies, and first-mover advantage. Finally, we examine physical effects on the Universe itself, such as reheating and the backreaction on the evolution of the scale factor, if such life is able to control and convert a significant fraction of the available pressureless matter into radiation. We conclude that the existence of life, if certain advanced technologies are practical, could have a significant influence on the future large-scale evolution of the Universe.
The US Liquid Metal Reactor Development Program
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The US Liquid Metal Reactor Development Program has been restructured to take advantage of the opportunity today to carry out R and D on truly advanced reactor technology. The program gives particular emphasis to improvements to reactor safety. The new directions are based on the technology of the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR). Much of the basis for superior safety performance using IFR technology has been experimentally verified and aggressive programs continue in EBR-II and TREAT. Progress has been made in demonstrating both the metallic fuel and the new electrochemical processes of the IFR. The FFTF facility is converting to metallic fuel; however, FFTF also maintains a considerable US program in oxide fuels. In addition, generic programs are continuing in steam generator testing, materials development, and, with international cooperation, aqueous reprocessing. Design studies are carried out in conjunction with the IFR technology development program. In summary, the US maintains an active development program in Liquid Metal Reactor technology, and new directions in reactor safety are central to the program
Candu reactors with thorium fuel cycles
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Over the last decade and a half AECL has established a strong record of delivering CANDU 6 nuclear power plants on time and at budget. Inherently flexible features of the CANDU type reactors, such as on-power fuelling, high neutron economy, fuel channel based heat transport system, simple fuel bundle configuration, two independent shut down systems, a cool moderator and a defence-in-depth based safety philosophy provides an evolutionary path to further improvements in design. The immediate milestone on this path is the Advanced CANDU ReactorTM** (ACRTM**), in the form of the ACR-1000TM**. This effort is being followed by the Super Critical Water Reactor (SCWR) design that will allow water-cooled reactors to attain high efficiencies by increasing the coolant temperature above 5500C. Adaptability of the CANDU design to different fuel cycles is another technology advantage that offers an additional avenue for design evolution. Thorium is one of the potential fuels for future reactors due to relative abundance, neutronics advantage as a fertile material in thermal reactors and proliferation resistance. The Thorium fuel cycle is also of interest to China, India, and Turkey due to local abundance that can ensure sustainable energy independence over the long term. AECL has performed an assessment of both CANDU 6 and ACR-1000 designs to identify systems, components, safety features and operational processes that may need to be modified to replace the NU or SEU fuel cycles with one based on Thorium. The paper reviews some of these requirements and the associated practical design solutions. These modifications can either be incorporated into the design prior to construction or, for currently operational reactors, during a refurbishment outage. In parallel with reactor modifications, various Thorium fuel cycles, either based on mixed bundles (homogeneous) or mixed channels (heterogeneous) have been assessed for technical and economic viability. Potential applications of a
Wisman, Ronald V.; Vries, Johannes G. de; Deelman, Berth-Jan; Heeres, Hero J.
2006-01-01
The overall kinetics of the asymmetric transfer hydrogenation of acetophenone to 1-phenyl-ethanol using a Noyori-type homogeneous Ru-catalyst with a chiral amino-alcohol ligand ((1R, 2S)-(+)- cis-1-amino-2- indanol) were determined in a batch reactor with on-line FT-IR spectroscopy. Data analysis sh
Fast Reactor Fuel Development in Europe
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Research and development of minor-actinide-bearing fuels in Europe has made significant progress, with a number of scoping irradiation tests made on a number of candidate fuels foreseen for fast reactors and dedicated minor actinide transmutation systems, e.g. the accelerator driven system. Currently, efforts concentrate on uranium based fuels, as the deployment of fast reactor fleets requires Pu generation in order to achieve sustainability. Both homogeneous and heterogeneous concepts for minor actinide reactor recycling are considered. In the former, the minor actinides are added in small quantities to the mixed oxide fuel, while in the latter, the minor actinides are loaded in significant quantities in UO2. Irradiation programmes to test these concepts for pellet and SPHEREPAC fuel configurations are under way. (author)
MODELING AND SIMULATION OF AMMONIA SYNTHESIS REACTOR
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Madjid Kakavand
2006-06-01
Full Text Available In this paper an industrial ammonia synthesis reactor has been modeled. The reactor under study is of horizontal type. This reactor which is under the license of Kellogg Company is equipped with three axial flow catalyst beds and an internal heat exchanger in accompany with a cooling flow. The achieved modeling is one dimensional and non-homogenous. Considering the sever effect of internal heat exchanger on reactor operation, it has been simulated by calculation of film heat transfer coefficients in its tube and shell and then, taking into account the shell thermal resistance and fouling coefficient, obtaining the overall heat transfer coefficient. So in the developed software, the heat transfer coefficient is first calculated using the conditions of the input flow to the exchanger and then the input flows to the first and second beds are calculated. The differential equations have been solved using Rung Kutta 4 method and the results have been compared with the available industrial data. Finally the capability of the developed software for industrial application has been investigated by changing the reactor operation conditions and studying their effects on reactor output.
Study of an hypothetical reactor meltdown accident for a 50 MW sub(th) fast reactor
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A melhodology for determining the energy released in hypothetical reactor meltdown accidents is presented. A numerical code was developed based upon the Nicholson method for a uniform and homogeneous reactor with spherical geometry. A comparative study with other know programs in the literature which use better approximations for small energy released, shows that the methodology used were compatible with those under comparison. Besides the influence of some parameters on the energy released, such as the initial power level and the prompt neutron lifetime was studied under this metodology and its result exhibitted. The Doppler effect was also analyzed and its influence on the energy released has been emphasized. (Author)
Parametric study of the Tormac fusion reactor concept
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A preliminary but comprehensive power balance for the D-T Tormac magnetic fusion reactor concept is examined parametrically in order to establish general scaling relationships, tradeoffs, and constraints. The results are based on the simplifying assumptions of steady-state operation, a homogeneous plasma, and ideal thin-sheath, mirror-like confinement. Crucial physics uncertainties requiring further theoretical and experimental research attention are identified. Representative reactor physics operating points are generated to illustrate anticipated Tormac reactor embodiments. This study should be considered preliminary to a more detailed physics and technology modeling effort and is intended only to scope and identify possible operating points, parametric sensitivities, and potential physics/technological problems
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Purpose: To prevent shocks exerted on a vent head due to pool-swell caused within a pressure suppression chamber (disposed in a torus configuration around the dry well) upon loss of coolant accident in BWR type reactors. Constitution: The following relationship is established between the volume V (m3) of a dry well and the ruptured opening area A (m2) at the boundary expected upon loss of coolant accident: V >= 30340 (m) x A Then, the volume of the dry well is made larger than the ruptured open area, that is, the steam flow rate of leaking coolants upon loss of coolant accident to decrease the pressure rise in the dry well at the initial state where loss of coolant accident is resulted. Accordingly, the pressure of non-compressive gases jetted out from the lower end of the downcomer to the pool water is decreased to suppress the pool-swell. (Ikeda, J.)
Variation principle of piezothermoelastic bodies, canonical equation and homogeneous equation
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LIU Yan-hong; ZHANG Hui-ming
2007-01-01
Combining the symplectic variations theory, the homogeneous control equation and isoparametric element homogeneous formulations for piezothermoelastic hybrid laminates problems were deduced. Firstly, based on the generalized Hamilton variation principle, the non-homogeneous Hamilton canonical equation for piezothermoelastic bodies was derived. Then the symplectic relationship of variations in the thermal equilibrium formulations and gradient equations was considered, and the non-homogeneous canonical equation was transformed to homogeneous control equation for solving independently the coupling problem of piezothermoelastic bodies by the incensement of dimensions of the canonical equation. For the convenience of deriving Hamilton isoparametric element formulations with four nodes, one can consider the temperature gradient equation as constitutive relation and reconstruct new variation principle. The homogeneous equation simplifies greatly the solution programs which are often performed to solve nonhomogeneous equation and second order differential equation on the thermal equilibrium and gradient relationship.
Line segments in homogeneous scalar turbulence
Gauding, Michael; Goebbert, Jens Henrik; Hasse, Christian; Peters, Norbert
2015-09-01
The local structure of a turbulent scalar field in homogeneous isotropic turbulence is analyzed by direct numerical simulations (DNS) with different Taylor micro-scale based Reynolds numbers between 119 and 529. A novel signal decomposition approach is introduced where the signal of the scalar along a straight line is partitioned into segments based on the local extremal points of the scalar field. These segments are then parameterized by the distance ℓ between adjacent extremal points and the scalar difference Δϕ at the extrema. Both variables are statistical quantities and a joint distribution function of these quantities contains most information to statistically describe the scalar field. It is highlighted that the marginal distribution function of the length becomes independent of Reynolds number when normalized by the mean length ℓm. From a statistical approach, it is further shown that the mean length scales with the Kolmogorov length, which is also confirmed by DNS. For turbulent mixing, the scalar gradient plays a paramount role. Turbulent scalar fields are characterized by cliff-ramp-like structures manifesting the occurrence of localized large scalar gradients. To study turbulent mixing, a segment-based gradient is defined as Δϕ/ℓ. Joint statistics of the length and the segment-based gradient provide novel understanding of cliff-ramp-like structures. Ramp-like structures are unveiled by the asymmetry of the joint distribution function of the segment-based gradient and the length. Cliff-like structures are further analyzed by conditional statistics and it is shown from DNS that the width of cliffs scales with the Kolmogorov length scale.
Structure of homogeneous nonhelical magnetohydrodynamic turbulence
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Miller, R.S.; Mashayek, F.; Adumitroaie, V.; Givi, P. [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York 14260-4400 (United States)
1996-09-01
Results are presented for three-dimensional direct numerical simulations of nonhelical magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence for both stationary isotropic and homogeneous shear flow configurations with zero mean induction and unity magnetic Prandtl number. Small scale dynamo action is observed in both flows, and stationary values for the ratio of magnetic to kinetic energy are shown to scale nearly linearly with the Taylor microscale Reynolds numbers above a critical value of Re{sub {lambda}}{approx_equal}30. The presence of the magnetic field has the effect of decreasing the kinetic energy of the flow, while simultaneously increasing the Taylor microscale Reynolds number due to enlargement of the hydrodynamic length scales. For shear flows, both the velocity and the magnetic fields become increasingly anisotropic with increasing initial magnetic field strength. The kinetic energy spectra show a relative increase in high wave-number energy in the presence of a magnetic field. The magnetic field is found to portray an intermittent behavior, with peak values of the flatness near the critical Reynolds number. The magnetic field of both flows is organized in the form of {open_quote}{open_quote}flux tubes{close_quote}{close_quote} and magnetic {open_quote}{open_quote}sheets.{close_quote}{close_quote} These regions of large magnetic field strength show a small correlation with moderate vorticity regions, while the electric current structures are correlated with large amplitude strain regions of the turbulence. Some of the characteristics of small scale MHD turbulence are explained via the {open_quote}{open_quote}structural{close_quote}{close_quote} description of turbulence. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}
Structure of homogeneous nonhelical magnetohydrodynamic turbulence
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Results are presented for three-dimensional direct numerical simulations of nonhelical magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence for both stationary isotropic and homogeneous shear flow configurations with zero mean induction and unity magnetic Prandtl number. Small scale dynamo action is observed in both flows, and stationary values for the ratio of magnetic to kinetic energy are shown to scale nearly linearly with the Taylor microscale Reynolds numbers above a critical value of Reλ≅30. The presence of the magnetic field has the effect of decreasing the kinetic energy of the flow, while simultaneously increasing the Taylor microscale Reynolds number due to enlargement of the hydrodynamic length scales. For shear flows, both the velocity and the magnetic fields become increasingly anisotropic with increasing initial magnetic field strength. The kinetic energy spectra show a relative increase in high wave-number energy in the presence of a magnetic field. The magnetic field is found to portray an intermittent behavior, with peak values of the flatness near the critical Reynolds number. The magnetic field of both flows is organized in the form of open-quote open-quote flux tubes close-quote close-quote and magnetic open-quote open-quote sheets.close-quote close-quote These regions of large magnetic field strength show a small correlation with moderate vorticity regions, while the electric current structures are correlated with large amplitude strain regions of the turbulence. Some of the characteristics of small scale MHD turbulence are explained via the open-quote open-quote structural close-quote close-quote description of turbulence. copyright 1996 American Institute of Physics
Fabrication of fuel and recycling of minor actinides in fast reactors
Somers, Joseph
2010-01-01
Fuels for future fast reactors will not only produce energy, but they must also actively contribute to the minimisation of long lived wastes produced by these, and other reactor systems. The fuels must incorporate minor actinides (MA = Np, Am, Cm) for neutron transmutation into short lived isotopes. Within Europe oxide fuels are favoured. Transmutation can be considered in homogeneous or heterogeneous reactor recycle modes (i.e. in fuels or targets, respectively). Fabrication of such fuels...
Comparison of multigroup and few-group calculations of fast power reactor parameters
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The basic parameters of a fast breeder reactor in two-dimensional cylindrical geometry and in multi- and few-group diffusion approximation were calculated and compared. Two different types of reactor were considered, viz., homogeneous and heterogeneous. The results can serve as a quantitative aid for the choice of the proper number of groups for the calculations of various reactor parameters with required accuracy. (author)
Simulation of emulsion copolymerization reactions in a continuous pulsed sieve-plate column reactor
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2004-09-01
Full Text Available This work addressed the viability of using a pulsed sieve-plate column reactor to carry out continuous vinyl acetate/butyl acrylate emulsion copolymerization reactions. A rigorous mathematical model of emulsion copolymerization reactions in a tubular reactor with axial dispersion was used for this purpose. Operational conditions were defined to attain high monomer conversions at the reactor outlet in a relatively short residence time and, at the same time, produce a copolymer with a more homogeneous composition.
On a certain approach to quantum homogeneous spaces
Kasprzak, Pawel
2010-01-01
We propose a definition of a quantum homogeneous space of a locally compact quantum group. We show that classically it reduces to the notion of a homogeneous spaces. On the quantum level our definition goes beyond the quotient case. It provides a framework which, besides the Vaes' quotient of a locally compact quantum group by its closed quantum subgroup (our main motivation) is also compatible with, generically non-quotient, quantum homogeneous spaces of a compact quantum group studied by P....
A Modified Homogeneous Balance Method and Its Applications
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刘春平
2011-01-01
A modified homogeneous balance method is proposed by improving some key steps in the homogeneous balance method. Bilinear equations of some nonlinear evolution equations are derived by using the modified homogeneous balance method. Generalized Boussinesq equation, KP equation, and mKdV equation are chosen as examples to illustrate our method. This approach is also applicable to a large variety of nonlinear evolution equations.
Defining Least Community as a Homogeneous Group in Complex Networks
Jiang, Bin; Ma, Ding
2015-01-01
This paper introduces a new concept of least community that is as homogeneous as a random graph, and develops a new community detection algorithm from the perspective of homogeneity or heterogeneity. Based on this concept, we adopt head/tail breaks - a newly developed classification scheme for data with a heavy-tailed distribution - and rely on edge betweenness given its heavy-tailed distribution to iteratively partition a network into many heterogeneous and homogeneous communities. Surprisin...
Some Characteristic Quantities Associated with Homogeneous -Type and -Type Functions
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Cho Yeol Je
2007-01-01
Full Text Available Several characteristic quantities associated with homogeneous -type and -type functions are introduced and studied in this paper. Further, the concepts of -property and -property for a couple of functions are introduced and some quantities for a pair of homogeneous functions having -property and -property are obtained, respectively. As an application, a bound for the solution of the homogeneous complementarity problem with a -type function is derived.
Invariant holomorphic foliations on Kobayashi hyperbolic homogeneous manifolds
Bracci, Filippo; McKay, Benjamin
2011-01-01
Let $M=G/H$ be a Kobayashi hyperbolic, homogeneous complex manifold endowed with a non-singular, $G$-invariant, holomorphic foliation $\\mathcal F$. We show that $\\mathcal F$ is given by a $G$-equivariant, holomorphic fibration over a hyperbolic, $G$-homogeneous complex manifold. If the codimension of $\\mathcal F$ is $1,2$ or 3, this fibration is trivial and $M$ is biholomorphic to the product of hyperbolic, homogeneous complex manifolds.
Utilization of nuclear research reactors
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prior to the beginning of the course was of particular value. Interesting scientific visits and demonstrations at the Isotope Institute and at the Central Research Institute for Physics (IFKI), both of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, were also arranged. During the Study Tour at the Central Institute for Nuclear Research in Rossendorf near Dresden, German Democratic Republic, the participants had the opportunity to observe the organization of a 10 MW nuclear reactor where radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals are produced on a commercial scale. Lectures were delivered by local scientists on some of their programmes in applied research in solid state physics and material sciences. At the Technical University of Dresden, the group visited the homogeneous solid-moderated zero-power training reactor (AKR), primarily dedicated to nuclear education and training. Studies on different theoretical and experimental aspects of radiation protection (solid state nuclear track and thermoluminescent detectors) are also being carried out. The last day of the Study Tour was devoted to a visit to the College for Advanced Technology at Zittau, where a training reactor with a power of a few watts has been recently installed. (author)
Homogenization of one dimensional SiC/SiC composites in traction condition
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Full text of publication follows: SiC/SiC composites have long been studied as possible material for fusion structural applications. They are now also studied as cladding material for future nuclear fission reactors. CEA develops a program in order to model their mechanical behavior, and particularly their evolution in reactors, under irradiation and high temperature conditions. The study of such complex materials needs a focus on much simpler objects: micro and mini-composites which are one dimensional (1D). A lot of experiments will be performed on these 1D composites, in order to study the influence of temperature, irradiation, chemical reactions, etc. and to model their effects. This modeling only concerns the 1-D composites, and needs to be reported at a bigger scale on the mechanical behavior model of 2D or 3D composites. This will be done by a homogenization process. From this point of view, the modeling of 1D composites is a key point in this study: - It is helpful for understanding and modeling all the experiments done on 1D composites; - It is the first step of the homogenization process. A lot of 1D composite models have already been developed. All of them share approximately the same physical modeling of the composites elements: fibers and matrix are elastic fragile materials, their cracking assuming a Weibull model, and the interface is modeled by a shear stress τ. The main problem for combining these elements and producing by homogenization a behavior model is to take the random fragmentation process into account. To do this, several approaches are commonly used: Monte Carlo simulations, Random Sequential Addition (RSA), etc. In this paper, we proposed yet another approach, based on the length distribution of a non uniform Poisson process. The main interest of this new approach is that it does not need any approximation and yields finally analytical formulas. This exact solution enables us to give some very close approximations, leading to very
Operator Algebra Quantum Homogeneous Spaces of Universal Gauge Groups
Mahanta, Snigdhayan; Mathai, Varghese
2011-09-01
In this paper, we quantize universal gauge groups such as SU(∞), as well as their homogeneous spaces, in the σ- C*-algebra setting. More precisely, we propose concise definitions of σ- C*-quantum groups and σ- C*-quantum homogeneous spaces and explain these concepts here. At the same time, we put these definitions in the mathematical context of countably compactly generated spaces as well as C*-compact quantum groups and homogeneous spaces. We also study the representable K-theory of these spaces and compute these groups for the quantum homogeneous spaces associated to the quantum version of the universal gauge group SU(∞).
Non-Aqueous Capillary Electrophoresis
Szumski, Michał; Buszewski, Bogusław
Non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis and capillary electrochromatography are special variants of these techniques. Here, organic solvents or their mixtures with or without dissolved electrolytes are used as separation buffer or mobile phase, respectively. The most important features of non-aqueous systems are: better solubility of more hydrophobic ionic substances (many natural products) than in water, much less current and Joule heating allows for using highly concentrated buffers and/or larger capillary internal diameters, polar interactions are enhanced in organic solvents which is often highly advantageous in chiral separation systems. This chapter presents most frequently used solvents, their properties, as well as shows pH* scale which is often used in non-aqueous systems.
Amphoteric Aqueous Hafnium Cluster Chemistry.
Goberna-Ferrón, Sara; Park, Deok-Hie; Amador, Jenn M; Keszler, Douglas A; Nyman, May
2016-05-17
Selective dissolution of hafnium-peroxo-sulfate films in aqueous tetramethylammonium hydroxide enables extreme UV lithographic patterning of sub-10 nm HfO2 structures. Hafnium speciation under these basic conditions (pH>10), however, is unknown, as studies of hafnium aqueous chemistry have been limited to acid. Here, we report synthesis, crystal growth, and structural characterization of the first polynuclear hydroxo hafnium cluster isolated from base, [TMA]6 [Hf6 (μ-O2 )6 (μ-OH)6 (OH)12 ]⋅38 H2 O. The solution behavior of the cluster, including supramolecular assembly via hydrogen bonding is detailed via small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). The study opens a new chapter in the aqueous chemistry of hafnium, exemplifying the concept of amphoteric clusters and informing a critical process in single-digit-nm lithography. PMID:27094575
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Schneider, B.; Boulouchos, K.
2008-07-01
This annual report for the year 2008 for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) reviews work done at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, concerning the theoretical and experimental study of self-igniting fuel-air combustion processes that occur in HCCI (Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition) engines. The work done in 2008 is reviewed, including the systematic search for better injection strategies and cylinder head design. Over 100 intricate calculation runs were made, each needing more than a day of computation and evaluation time. Experimental work in the institute's engine laboratory is also reviewed.
Markov Chain Computation for Homogeneous and Non-homogeneous Data: MARCH 1.1 Users Guide
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2001-03-01
Full Text Available MARCH is a free software for the computation of different types of Markovian models including homogeneous Markov Chains, Hidden Markov Models (HMMs and Double Chain Markov Models (DCMMs. The main characteristic of this software is the implementation of a powerful optimization method for HMMs and DCMMs combining a genetic algorithm with the standard Baum-Welch procedure. MARCH is distributed as a set of Matlab functions running under Matlab 5 or higher on any computing platform. A PC Windows version running independently from Matlab is also available.
Physics of nuclear reactors; La physique des reacteurs nucleaires
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Marguet, S. [Ecole Nationale Superieure de Risques Industriels de Bourges, 18 (France); Institut de Transfert de Technologie d' EDF, 92 - Clamart (France)
2011-07-01
This manual covers all the aspects of the science of neutron transport in nuclear reactors and can be used with great advantage by students, engineers or even reactor experts. It is composed of 18 chapters: 1) basis of nuclear physics, 2) the interactions of neutrons with matter, 3) the interactions of electromagnetic radiations and charged-particles with matter, 4) neutron slowing-down, 5) resonant absorption, 6) Doppler effect, 7) neutron thermalization, 8) Boltzmann equation, 9) calculation methods in neutron transport theory, 10) neutron scattering, 11) reactor reactivity, 12) theory of the critical homogenous pile, 13) the neutron reflector, 14) the heterogeneous reactor, 15) the equations of the fuel cycle, 16) neutron counter-reactions, 17) reactor kinetics, and 18) calculation methods in neutron scattering
New modelling method for fast reactor neutronic behaviours analysis
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Due to safety rules running on fourth generation reactors' core development, neutronics simulation tools have to be as accurate as never before. First part of this report enumerates every step of fast reactor's neutronics simulation implemented in current reference code: ECCO. Considering the field of fast reactors that meet criteria of fourth generation, ability of models to describe self-shielding phenomenon, to simulate neutrons leakage in a lattice of fuel assemblies and to produce representative macroscopic sections is evaluated. The second part of this thesis is dedicated to the simulation of fast reactors' core with steel reflector. These require the development of advanced methods of condensation and homogenization. Several methods are proposed and compared on a typical case: the ZONA2B core of MASURCA reactor. (author)
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Bazzaoui, M. [Faculdade de Engenharia, Departamento de Engenharia Quimica, Universidade do Porto, Rua Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto (Portugal)]. E-mail: bazzaoui@fe.up.pt; Martins, J.I. [Faculdade de Engenharia, Departamento de Engenharia Quimica, Universidade do Porto, Rua Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto (Portugal); Reis, T.C. [Faculdade de Engenharia, Departamento de Engenharia Quimica, Universidade do Porto, Rua Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto (Portugal); Bazzaoui, E.A. [Faculte des Sciences, Departement de Chimie, Universite Mohammed I er, 60 000 Oujda (Morocco); Nunes, M.C. [Faculdade de Engenharia, Departamento de Electrotecnica, Universidade do Porto, Rua Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto (Portugal); Martins, L. [Centre de Recherche Public de la Sante, 18 rue Dicks (Luxembourg)
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The electrodeposition of polypyrrole (PPy) on oxidizable metals such as aluminum and iron has been achieved in aqueous medium of saccharin and pyrrole. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis reveal a good homogeneity of the obtained PPy film. The electrochemical synthesis of PPy coating has been achieved successfully under potentiodynamic, galvanostatic and potentiostatic techniques. The corrosion experiments performed in HCl show that the PPy coating increases the corrosion potential and decreases the corrosion current density.
Radiation-thermal decomposition of nitric and acetic acids in the aqueous nitrate solution
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Kinetics of radiation, thermal and radiation-thermal decompositions of nitric and acetic acid mixture was investigated in aqueous sodium nitrate solution in homogeneous conditions as well as by interaction of solid phase as sand rock. Temperature dependences of rate of radiation, thermal and radiation-thermal decompositions of the acids were calculated using experimental data. Resulting solutions make possible the calculation of acid decomposition dynamics accounting conditions of underground radioactive waste disposals
Haroon Jamshaid Qazi; Hamid Majeed; Waseem Safdar; John Antoniou; Zhong Fang
2015-01-01
Microencapsulation is a promising technique to retain the physical attributes of nanoemulsions and to overcome the oxidation of bioactives that become more available to aqueous phase during emulsification. Purity Gum Ultra (PGU) and Hi-CAP 100 (HiCap) emulsified nanoemulsions of Clove Oil (CO) co-encapsulated with Canola oil (CA) and Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) (5:5% v/v CO:CA and CO:MCT) were prepared through high pressure homogenization. Microencapsulation of nanoemulsions was performed...
Coacervates as prebiotic chemical reactors
Kolb, Vera M.; Swanson, Mercedes; Menger, Fredric M.
2012-10-01
Coacervates are colloidal systems that are comprised of two immiscible aqueous layers, the colloid-rich layer, so-called coacervate, and the colloid-poor layer, so-called equilibrium liquid. Although immiscible, the two phases are both water-rich. Coacervates are important for prebiotic chemistry, but also have various practical applications, notably as transport vehicles of personal care products and pharmaceuticals. Our objectives are to explore the potential of coacervates as prebiotic chemical reactors. Since the reaction medium in coacervates is water, this creates a challenge, since most organic reactants are not water-soluble. To overcome this challenge we are utilizing recent Green Chemistry examples of the organic reactions in water, such as the Passerini reaction. We have investigated this reaction in two coacervate systems, and report here our preliminary results.
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A survey of reasearch reactors based on the IAEA Nuclear Research Reactor Data Base (RRDB) was done. This database includes information on 273 operating research reactors ranging in power from zero to several hundred MW. From these 273 operating research reactors 205 reactors have a power level below 5 MW, the remaining 68 reactors range from 5 MW up to several 100 MW thermal power. The major reactor types with common design are: Siemens Unterrichtsreaktors, 1.2 Argonaut reactors, Slowpoke reactors, the miniature neutron source reactors, TRIGA reactors, material testing reactors and high flux reactors. Technical data such as: power, fuel material, fuel type, enrichment, maximum neutron flux density and experimental facilities for each reactor type as well as a description of their utilization in physics and chemistry, medicine and biology, academic research and teaching, training purposes (students and physicists, operating personnel), industrial application (neutron radiography, silicon neutron transmutation doping facilities) are provided. The geographically distribution of these reactors is also shown. As conclusions the author discussed the advantages (low capital cost, low operating cost, low burn up, simple to operate, safe, less restrictive containment and sitting requirements, versatility) and disadvantages (lower sensitivity for NAA, limited radioisotope production, limited use of neutron beams, limited access to the core, licensing) of low power research reactors. 24 figs., refs. 15, Tab. 1 (nevyjel)
Department of reactor technology
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The activities of the Department of Reactor Technology at Risoe during 1979 are described. The work is presented in five chapters: Reactor Engineering, Reactor Physics and Dynamics, Heat Transfer and Hydraulics, The DR 1 Reactor, and Non-Nuclear Activities. A list of the staff and of publications is included. (author)
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Statistical fluctuations of reactivity represent reactor noise. Analysis of reactor noise enables determining a series of reactor kinetic parameters. Fluctuations of power was measured by ionization chamber placed next to the tank of the RB reactor. The signal was digitized by an analog-digital converter. After calculation of the mean power, 3000 data obtained by sampling were analysed
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This work reports the preparation, characterization and study of the ion exchange behavior of hydrous niobium oxide prepared by a homogeneous precipitation method. The precipitating agent was obtained in aqueous solution by thermal decomposition of urea or ammonium carbonate. The compounds were chemically and physically characterized by X-ray diffractometry, thermal analysis (TG/DTG), surface area measurements and ion exchange behavior with sodium. The materials prepared with ammonium carbonate presented a higher degree of crystallinity and better ion exchange capacity with sodium than materials prepared with urea. In the homogeneous precipitation method, materials were obtained with specific surface area of 123 - 224 m2 g-1. A variation of the preparation process produced hydrous niobium oxide with a different degree of hydration and specific surface area. This provided materials with different physico-chemical properties. (author)
Analysis of dryout behaviour in laterally non-homogeneous debris beds using the MEWA-2D code
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The present study analyses the impact of lateral non-homogeneities on the coolability of heated, initially water filled debris beds. Debris beds which may be formed in a postulated severe accident in light water reactors can not be expected to have a homogeneous structure. Lateral non-homogeneities are given e.g. already by a variation in height as in a heap of debris. Internally, less porous or more porous region may occur, the latter even as downcomer-like structures are considered to favour supply of water to the bed and thus coolability. In previous work it has been shown that such non-homogeneities are often strongly enhancing coolability, as compared to earlier investigations on laterally homogeneous beds. The present contribution aims at extending the view by analysing further cases of non-homogeneities with the MEWA-2D code. Especially, effects of capillary forces are considered in contrast to earlier analysis. Part of the paper deals with specific experiments performed in the POMECO facility at KTH in which a laterally stratified debris bed has been considered, whereby especially a strong jump of porosity, from 0.26 to 0.38, has been established. Astonishingly, under top as well as bottom flooding, dryout in these experiments occurred first in the lateral layer with higher porosity. Understanding is now provided by the effect of capillary forces: water is drawn from this layer to the less porous one. This effect improves the cooling in the less porous layer while it reduces coolability of the more porous layer. No real loop behaviour of inflow via the higher porosities with subsequent upflow in the less porous layer establishes here, in contrast to expectations. Other cases (different lateral heating in an otherwise homogeneous bed, closed downcomer in a homogeneous bed and heap-like debris) show, on the other hand, strongly improved coolability by such loops establishing due to the lateral differences in void and the corresponding pressure differences
Feeding premature infants banked human milk homogenized by ultrasonic treatment.
Rayol, M R; Martinez, F E; Jorge, S M; Gonçalves, A L; Desai, I D
1993-12-01
Premature neonates fed ultrasonically homogenized human milk had better weight gain and triceps skin-fold thickness than did a control group given untreated human milk (p tube feeding (p Ultrasonic homogenization of human milk appears to minimize loss of fat and thus allows better growth of premature infants. PMID:8229535
Non-linear waves in heterogeneous elastic rods via homogenization
De Luna, Manuel Quezada
2012-03-01
We consider the propagation of a planar loop on a heterogeneous elastic rod with a periodic microstructure consisting of two alternating homogeneous regions with different material properties. The analysis is carried out using a second-order homogenization theory based on a multiple scale asymptotic expansion. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Holomorphic maps from rational homogeneous spaces onto projective manifolds
Lau, Chihin
2008-01-01
Answering a problem raised by Lazarsfeld, Hwang and Mok proved that a surjective holomorphic map from a rational homogeneous space of Picard number 1 onto projective manifold different from projective space must be a biholomorphism. THe aim of this paper is to generalized this result to irreducible rational homogeneous space of higher Picard number.
On the classification of quasi-homogeneous curves
Câmara, Leonardo Meireles
2010-01-01
We apply techniques of Holomorphic Foliations in the description of the analytic invariants associated to germs of quasi-homogeneous curves in $(\\mathbb{C}^2,0)$. As a consequence we obtain an effective method to determine whether two quasi-homogeneous curves are analytically equivalent.
Rhodium trichloride as a homogeneous catalyst for isotopic hydrogen exchange
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The use of rhodium trichloride as a homogeneous catalyst for the exchange of aromatic compounds and alkanes is described; comparison of the results with corresponding data from heterogeneous rhodium metal and other homogeneous systems, e.g., platinum and iridium, supports the proposal that specific type of π-complex mechanisms are common to all such exchange systems. (author)
Homogeneous Buchberger algorithms and Sullivant's computational commutative algebra challenge
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Lauritzen, Niels
2005-01-01
We give a variant of the homogeneous Buchberger algorithm for positively graded lattice ideals. Using this algorithm we solve the Sullivant computational commutative algebra challenge.......We give a variant of the homogeneous Buchberger algorithm for positively graded lattice ideals. Using this algorithm we solve the Sullivant computational commutative algebra challenge....
Quantitative determination of uranium distribution homogeneity in MTR fuel type plates
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IPEN/CNEN-SP produces the fuel to supply its nuclear research reactor IEA-R1. The fuel is assembled with fuel plates containing an U3Si2-Al composite meat. A good homogeneity in the uranium distribution inside the fuel plate meat is important from the standpoint of irradiation performance. Considering the lower power of reactor IEA-R1, the uranium distribution in the fuel plate has been evaluated only by visual inspection of radiographs. However, with the possibility of IPEN to manufacture the fuel for the new Brazilian Multipurpose Reactor (RMB), with higher power, it urges to develop a methodology to determine quantitatively the uranium distribution into the fuel. This paper presents a methodology based on X-ray attenuation, in order to quantify the uranium concentration distribution in the meat of the fuel plate by using optical densities in radiographs and comparison with standards. The results demonstrated the inapplicability of the method, considering the current specification for the fuel plates due to the high intrinsic error to the method. However, the study of the errors involved in the methodology, seeking to increase their accuracy and precision, can enable the application of the method to qualify the final product. (author)
Interfacial effects in fast reactors
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The problem of increased resonance capture rates near zone interfaces in fast reactor media has been examined both theoretically and experimentally. An interface traversing assembly was designed, constructed and employed to measure U-238 capture rates near th blanket--reflector interface in the MIT Blanket Test Facility. Prior MIT experiments on a thorium--uranium interface in a blanket assembly were also reanalyzed. Extremely localized fertile capture rate increases of on the order of 50% were measured immediately at the interfaces relative to extrapolation of asymptotic interior traverses, and relative to state-of-the-art (LIB-IV, SPHINX, ANISN/2DB) calculations which employ infinite-medium self-shielding throughout a given zone. A method was developed to compute a spatially varying background scattering cross section per absorber nucleus which takes into account both homogeneous and heterogeneous effects on the interface flux transient
Thermal concentrator homogenized with solar-shaped mantle
Petiteau, David; Bellieud, Michel; Zerrad, Myriam; Amra, Claude
2015-01-01
We propose solar-shaped thermal concentrators designed with orthoradial layers and obtained in practice through the homogenization of an ideal thermal concentrator. Considering the spectral regime of the heat equation, we quantitatively evaluate at different pulsations the effectiveness of the homogenized concentrators by comparing the thermal flux existing in an ideal concentrator and the thermal flux in an homogenized concentrator. Dependence on the pulsation is shown to be negligible and plotting the effectiveness of the homogenized concentrators as a function of the number of orthoradial layers $N$, we determine the number of layers needed to achieve a certain effectiveness. Significantly high numbers $N$(ranging from a hundred to tens of thousands layers) are found highlighting the fact that achieving high effectiveness demands a high level of engineering of the homogenized concentrator.
Scale-dependent homogeneity measures for causal dynamical triangulations
Cooperman, Joshua H
2014-01-01
I propose two scale-dependent measures of the homogeneity of the quantum geometry determined by an ensemble of causal triangulations. The first measure is volumetric, probing the growth of volume with graph geodesic distance. The second measure is spectral, probing the return probability of a random walk with diffusion time. Both of these measures, particularly the first, are closely related to those used to assess the homogeneity of our own universe on the basis of galaxy redshift surveys. I employ these measures to quantify the quantum spacetime homogeneity as well as the temporal evolution of quantum spatial homogeneity of ensembles of causal triangulations in the well-known physical phase. According to these measures, the quantum spacetime geometry exhibits some degree of inhomogeneity on sufficiently small scales and a high degree of homogeneity on sufficiently large scales. This inhomogeneity appears unrelated to the phenomenon of dynamical dimensional reduction. I also uncover evidence for power-law sc...
Fibrations and globalizations of compact homogeneous CR-manifolds
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Fibration methods which were previously used for complex homogeneous spaces and CR-homogeneous spaces of special types [1]-[4] are developed in a general framework. These include the g-anticanonical fibration in the CR-setting, which reduces certain considerations to the compact projective algebraic case, where a Borel-Remmert type splitting theorem is proved. This leads to a reduction to spaces homogeneous under actions of compact Lie groups. General globalization theorems are proved which enable one to regard a homogeneous CR-manifold as an orbit of a real Lie group in a complex homogeneous space of a complex Lie group. In the special case of CR-codimension at most two, precise classification results are proved and are applied to show that in most cases there exists such a globalization
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Tabatabaeian Khalil
2012-01-01
Full Text Available The one-pot domino Knoevenagel-type condensation/Michael reaction of aromatic, heteroaromatic and aliphatic aldehydes with 4-hydroxycoumarin in aqueous media in the presence of ruthenium salt as homogeneous catalyst was investigated. It was found that 5 mol% of RuCl3.nH2O catalyzes biscoumarin synthesis in high yields (70-95% under optimised, mild, green and environmentally benign reaction conditions in short times (25-35min.
Aqueous Geochemistry at High Pressures and High Temperatures
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Bass, Jay D. [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (United States)
2015-05-21
This project is aimed at experimental characterization of the sound velocities, equations of state (EOS), and derived physical and chemical properties of aqueous solutions and carbon dioxide at extreme pressure and temperature conditions relevant to processes occurring in the interior of the Earth. Chemical transport, phase changes (including melting), fluid-solid reactions, and formation of magmatic liquids at convergent plat boundaries are a key motivation for this project. Research in this area has long been limited by the extreme experimental challenges and lack of data under the appropriate pressure-temperature (P-T) conditions. The vast majority of studies of aqueous geochemistry relevant to terrestrial problems of fluid-rock interactions have been conducted at 0.3 GPa or less, and the widely used Helgeson-Kirkham-Flowers equation of state for aqueous species is applicable only at ~ < 0.5 GPa. These limits are unfortunate because fluid flow and reactions plays a central role in many deeper environments. Recent efforts including our own, have resulted in new experimental techniques that now make it possible to investigate properties of homogeneous and heterogeneous equilibria involving aqueous species and minerals over a much broader range of pressure and temperature appropriate for deep crustal and upper mantle processes involving water-rich fluids. We carried out 1) Brillouin scattering measurements of the equations of state and molar volume of water and carbon dioxide to over 10 GPa and 870K using precise resistance heating of samples under pressure in the diamond anvil cell, and 2) the phase diagrams of the water and CO2, and 3) Exploring new experimental approaches, including CO2 laser heating of samples in a diamond cell, to measurements of sound velocities, EOS, and phase relations by Brillouin scattering to far greater pressures and temperatures.
Aqueous coordination complexes of neptunium
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Thecomplex formation constants, obtained by different methods, for the complexing of neptunium, in different oxidation states, in aqueous solutions, with several organic and inorganic ligands, have been critically reviewed. The values for the thermodynamic parameters associated with the complex formation, wherever available, are also presented. (author)
Aqueous systems and geothermal energy
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Significant unpublished results reported include: osmotic coefficients of KCl solutions vs. molality at 109 to 2010C; cadmium ion diffusivities in CaCl2 hydrous melts; a x-ray diffraction study of the uranyl complex in water; solubility of amorphous silica in aqueous NaNO3 solutions at 100 to 3000C; and corrosion of carbon steel by geothermal brine
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Published in English and in French, this large report first proposes an overview of the use and history of research nuclear reactors. It discusses their definition, and presents the various types of research reactors which can be either related to nuclear power (critical mock-ups, material test reactors, safety test reactors, training reactors, prototypes), or to research (basic research, industry, health), or to specific particle physics phenomena (neutron diffraction, isotope production, neutron activation, neutron radiography, semiconductor doping). It reports the history of the French research reactors by distinguishing the first atomic pile (ZOE), and the activities and achievements during the fifties, the sixties and the seventies. It also addresses the development of instrumentation for research reactors (neutron, thermal, mechanical and fission gas release measurements). The other parts of the report concern the validation of neutronics calculations for different reactors (the EOLE water critical mock-up, the MASURCA air critical mock-up dedicated to fast neutron reactor study, the MINERVE water critical mock-up, the CALIBAN pulsed research reactor), the testing of materials under irradiation (OSIRIS reactor, laboratories associated with research reactors, the Jules Horowitz reactor and its experimental programs and related devices, irradiation of materials with ion beams), the investigation of accident situations (on the CABRI, Phebus, Silene and Jules Horowitz reactors). The last part proposes a worldwide overview of research reactors
Cui, Bo; Feng, Lei; Wang, Chunxin; Yang, Dongsheng; Yu, Manli; Zeng, Zhanghua; Wang, Yan; Sun, Changjiao; Zhao, Xiang; Cui, Haixin
2016-01-01
Poorly water-soluble compounds are difficult to develop as pesticide products and face great challenges in water-based and environmentally friendly formulation development. In this study, high pressure homogenization combined with lyophilization was adopted to prepare the solid nanodispersions of chlorantraniliprole with poor solubility and high melting point. The mean particle sizes of the solid nanodispersions with different pesticide contents were all less than 75 nm, even when the content was up to 91.5%. For the 2.5% chlorantraniliprole solid nanodispersion with the mean particle size of 29 nm, the suspensibility and wetting time in water were 97.32% and 13 s, respectively. The re-dispersibility and wettability were superior to those of conventional water dispersible granules. The retention on the rice leaf of 18.7 mg/cm2 was 1.5 and 3 times that of commercial aqueous suspension concentrate and pure water. The bioassay result to diamondback moths indicated that the toxicity of the solid nanodispersion was 3.3 and 2.8 times that of technical and aqueous suspension concentrate, respectively. Moreover, the solid nanodispersion has the advantages of total avoidance of organic solvents, significant reduction of surfactants and feasibility of obtaining high concentration nanoformulations. The solid nanodispersion is an attractive candidate for improving pesticide solubility and efficacy, and its application in crop production will reduce both residues in food and environmental pollution of pesticide. PMID:27500828
Homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction of uranium (VI) using tri-n-octylphosphine oxide
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A simple and efficient method for the selective separation and preconcentration of uranium (VI) using homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction was developed. Tri-n-octylphosphine oxide (TOPO) and tri-n-butylphosphate (TBP) were investigated as complexing ligands, and perfluorooctanoate ion (PFOA-) was applied as a phase separator agent under strongly acidic conditions. Under the optimal conditions ([PFOA-] = 1.7 x 10-3M, [TOPO] 5.4 x 10-4 M, [HNO3] = 0.3 M, [acetone] = 3.2% v/v) 10 μg of uranium in 40 ml aqueous phase could be extracted quantitatively into 8 μl of the sedimented phase. The maximum concentration factor was 5000-fold. However, an effort for the quantitative extraction using TBP was inefficient and the percent recovery was at most 56.7. The influence of the type and concentration of acid solution, optimum amount of the ligand, type and volume of the organic solvent, concentration of PFOA, volume of the aqueous sample and effect of different diverse ions on the extraction and determination of uranium (VI) were investigated. The proposed method was applied to the extraction and determination of uranium (VI) in natural water samples. (author)
Cui, Bo; Feng, Lei; Wang, Chunxin; Yang, Dongsheng; Yu, Manli; Zeng, Zhanghua; Wang, Yan; Sun, Changjiao; Zhao, Xiang; Cui, Haixin
2016-01-01
Poorly water-soluble compounds are difficult to develop as pesticide products and face great challenges in water-based and environmentally friendly formulation development. In this study, high pressure homogenization combined with lyophilization was adopted to prepare the solid nanodispersions of chlorantraniliprole with poor solubility and high melting point. The mean particle sizes of the solid nanodispersions with different pesticide contents were all less than 75 nm, even when the content was up to 91.5%. For the 2.5% chlorantraniliprole solid nanodispersion with the mean particle size of 29 nm, the suspensibility and wetting time in water were 97.32% and 13 s, respectively. The re-dispersibility and wettability were superior to those of conventional water dispersible granules. The retention on the rice leaf of 18.7 mg/cm2 was 1.5 and 3 times that of commercial aqueous suspension concentrate and pure water. The bioassay result to diamondback moths indicated that the toxicity of the solid nanodispersion was 3.3 and 2.8 times that of technical and aqueous suspension concentrate, respectively. Moreover, the solid nanodispersion has the advantages of total avoidance of organic solvents, significant reduction of surfactants and feasibility of obtaining high concentration nanoformulations. The solid nanodispersion is an attractive candidate for improving pesticide solubility and efficacy, and its application in crop production will reduce both residues in food and environmental pollution of pesticide. PMID:27500828
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de Franca Teixeira dos Prazeres, D.M.
1992-10-01
The work reports the development of a membrane reactor for the hydrolysis of triglycerides catalyzed by lipase B from Chromobacterium viscosum in AOT/isooctane reversed miceller system. In a preliminary phase the potential of the organic system was evaluated with comparative studies on the activity and stability of lipase B in aqueous media (emulsion) and in the alternative miceller media. A tubular ceramic membrane reactor with recirculation was selected for the olive oil hydrolysis in a reversed miceller system. The influence of the hydration degree, recirculation rate, AOT, olive oil and lipase concentration in the operation of the reactor were investigated in a batch mode. The hydration degree was identified as a critical parameter due to its influence in the separation process and in the kinetics of the reaction.
Transient behaviour study program of research reactors fuel elements at the Hydra Pulse Reactor
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Program on behavior study of research reactor Fuel Elements (FE) under transient regimes initiated by excessive reactivity insertion is being presented. Program would be realized at HYDRA pulse reactor at Russian Research Center 'Kurchatov Institute' (RRC 'K1'). HYDRA uses aqueous solution of uranyl sulfate (UO2SO4) as a fuel. Up to 30 MJ of energy can be released inside the core during the single pulse, effective power pulse width varying from 2 to 10 ms. Reactor facility allows to investigate behaviour of FE consisting of different types of fuel composition, being developed according to Russian RERTR. First part of program is aimed at transient behaviour studying of FE MR, IRT-3M, WWR-M5 types containing meats based on dioxide uranium in aluminum matrix. Mentioned FEs use 90% and 36% enriched uranium. (author)
Advanced Aqueous Separation Systems for Actinide Partitioning
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Nash, Ken [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States); Martin, Leigh [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Lumetta, Gregg [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
2015-04-02
One of the most challenging aspects of advanced processing of used nuclear fuel is the separation of transplutonium actinides from fission product lanthanides. This separation is essential if actinide transmutation options are to be pursued in advanced fuel cycles, as lanthanides compete with actinides for neutrons in both thermal and fast reactors, thus limiting efficiency. The separation is difficult because the chemistry of Am3+ and Cm3+ is nearly identical to that of the trivalent lanthanides (Ln3+). The prior literature teaches that two approaches offer the greatest probability of devising a successful group separation process based on aqueous processes: 1) the application of complexing agents containing ligand donor atoms that are softer than oxygen (N, S, Cl-) or 2) changing the oxidation state of Am to the IV, V, or VI state to increase the essential differences between Am and lanthanide chemistry (an approach utilized in the PUREX process to selectively remove Pu4+ and UO22+ from fission products). The latter approach offers the additional benefit of enabling a separation of Am from Cm, as Cm(III) is resistant to oxidation and so can easily be made to follow the lanthanides. The fundamental limitations of these approaches are that 1) the soft(er) donor atoms that interact more strongly with actinide cations than lanthanides form substantially weaker bonds than oxygen atoms, thus necessitating modification of extraction conditions for adequate phase transfer efficiency, 2) soft donor reagents have been seen to suffer slow phase transfer kinetics and hydro-/radiolytic stability limitations and 3) the upper oxidation states of Am are all moderately strong oxidants, hence of only transient stability in media representative of conventional aqueous separations systems. There are examples in the literature of both approaches having been described. However, it is not clear at present that any extant process is sufficiently robust for application at the scale
SERPENT Monte Carlo reactor physics code
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SERPENT is a three-dimensional continuous-energy Monte Carlo reactor physics burnup calculation code, developed at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland since 2004. The code is specialized in lattice physics applications, but the universe-based geometry description allows transport simulation to be carried out in complicated three-dimensional geometries as well. The suggested applications of SERPENT include generation of homogenized multi-group constants for deterministic reactor simulator calculations, fuel cycle studies involving detailed assembly-level burnup calculations, validation of deterministic lattice transport codes, research reactor applications, educational purposes and demonstration of reactor physics phenomena. The Serpent code has been publicly distributed by the OECD/NEA Data Bank since May 2009 and RSICC in the U. S. since March 2010. The code is being used in some 35 organizations in 20 countries around the world. This paper presents an overview of the methods and capabilities of the Serpent code, with examples in the modelling of WWER-440 reactor physics. (Author)
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Sarkar, Amrita; Kedia, Niraja [Department of Chemical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, Mohanpur Campus, BCKV Main P.O., Mohanpur 741252, Nadia, WB (India); Bagchi, Sanjib, E-mail: bsanjibb@yahoo.com [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Presidency University, 86/1 College Street, Kolkata 700073 (India)
2014-07-01
A new water soluble donor–acceptor dye, sodium 4-(methyl((1E,3E)-3-(1-oxo-1H-inden-2(3H)-ylidene)prop-1-enyl)amino) benzoate (DN3) has been synthesized. Optical response of the solvatochromic dye (DN3) has been studied in various homogeneous (neat and mixed binary solvents) and heterogeneous (SDS and CTAB homomicelle and β-cyclodextrin nanocavity) media. To get information regarding the change in the solvation interaction of the dye with the alteration in its microenvironment in different media, the photophysical properties of the dye have been monitored in various media using steady state and time resolved spectral analysis. Results obtained for mixed binary solvents containing water indicate that the solute is preferentially solvated by one of the component solvents and solvent–solvent interactions are also important in determining the preference. Effect of variation of pH in aqueous medium on the spectroscopic parameters of the dye has been studied and its pKa has been estimated. Studies in homomicelles (SDS and CTAB) reveal that the dye distributes itself between the aqueous and the micellar phase and the values of distribution coefficient have been estimated from the fluorescence parameters. The dye is encapsulated in β-cyclodextrin nanocavity and a 1:2 dye-β-cyclodextrin host–guest interaction is indicated. Semi-empirical quantum chemical calculations have been carried out to support the experimental results. - Highlights: • A water soluble fluorescent dye has been synthesized and studied in various media. • The dye is sensitive towards changes in micropolarity and pH of the medium. • Study in mixed binary solvent system indicates preferential solvation of the dye. • Stronger interaction of the dye is indicated with CTAB micelles compared to SDS. • Study in aqueous β-CD medium reveals favorable 1:2 binding of the dye with β-CD.
Characterizing Fullerene Nanoparticles in Aqueous Suspensions
Studies have indicated that fullerenes can form stable colloidal suspensions in water when introduced to the aqueous phase through solvent exchange, sonication, or extended mixing. The colloidal suspensions created using these techniques have effective aqueous phase concentratio...
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University courses in nuclear reactor physics at the universities consist of a theoretical description of the physics and technology of nuclear reactors. In order to demonstrate the basic concepts in reactor physics, training exercises in nuclear reactor installations are also desirable. Since the number of reactor facilities is however strongly decreasing in Europe, it becomes difficult to offer to students a means for demonstrating the basic concepts in reactor physics by performing training exercises in nuclear installations. Universities do not generally possess the capabilities for performing training exercises. Therefore, SCK-CEN offers universities the possibility to perform (on a commercial basis) training exercises at its infrastructure consisting of two research reactors (BR1 and VENUS). Besides the organisation of training exercises in the framework of university courses, SCK-CEN also organizes theoretical courses in reactor physics for the education and training of nuclear reactor operators. It is indeed a very important subject to guarantee the safe operation of present and future nuclear reactors. In this framework, an understanding of the fundamental principles of nuclear reactor physics is also necessary for reactor operators. Therefore, the organisation of a basic Nuclear reactor physics course at the level of reactor operators in the initial and continuous training of reactor operators has proven to be indispensable. In most countries, such training also results from the direct request from the safety authorities to assure the high level of competence of the staff in nuclear reactors. The objectives this activity are: (1) to provide training and education activities in reactor physics for university students and (2) to organise courses in nuclear reactor physics for reactor operators