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  1. High-aspect ratio magnetic nanocomposite polymer cilium

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    Rahbar, M.; Tseng, H. Y.; Gray, B. L.

    2014-03-01

    This paper presents a new fabrication technique to achieve ultra high-aspect ratio artificial cilia micro-patterned from flexible highly magnetic rare earth nanoparticle-doped polymers. We have developed a simple, inexpensive and scalable fabrication method to create cilia structures that can be actuated by miniature electromagnets, that are suitable to be used for lab-on-a chip (LOC) and micro-total-analysis-system (μ-TAS) applications such as mixers and flow-control elements. The magnetic cilia are fabricated and magnetically polarized directly in microfluidic channels or reaction chambers, allowing for easy integration with complex microfluidic systems. These cilia structures can be combined on a single chip with other microfluidic components employing the same permanently magnetic nano-composite polymer (MNCP), such as valves or pumps. Rare earth permanent magnetic powder, (Nd0.7Ce0.3)10.5Fe83.9B5.6, is used to dope polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), resulting in a highly flexible M-NCP of much higher magnetization and remanence [1] than ferromagnetic polymers typically employed in magnetic microfluidics. Sacrificial poly(ethylene-glycol) (PEG) is used to mold the highly magnetic polymer into ultra high-aspect ratio artificial cilia. Cilia structures with aspect ratio exceeding 8:0.13 can be easily fabricated using this technique and are actuated using miniature electromagnets to achieve a high range of motion/vibration.

  2. Self-masked high-aspect-ratio polymer nanopillars

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    In this paper, a simple, cost effective, and potentially universal method is proposed for the formation of high-aspect-ratio nanopillars on various polymers. Our method involves direct reactive ion etching (RIE) using self-formed nanomasks oriented from a dummy material (cover glass). The mechanism is evaluated using nanopillar characterization and surface analysis results from x-ray photoelectron microscopy (XPS) and Auger electron microscopy (AES). By varying the dummy material configuration and modifying the RIE etching time, the distribution and dimensions of the nanopillars can be manipulated to meet a range of requirements. The maximum structural aspect ratio of 60 (6.7 μm high and 112 nm thick nanopillars) can be easily prepared using a 60 min self-masked high-aspect-ratio polymer nanopillars fabrication (SMHAR) process on poly(monochloro-p-xylylene) (Parylene C). Furthermore, nanopillars can also be generated using the same SMHAR process on poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and SU-8 photoresist, creating nanostructured PDMS or SU-8 materials in lab-on-a-chip (LOC) or nano/micro-electromechanical systems (N/MEMS).

  3. Modelling and manufacture of regular microstructures with high aspect ratio in acrylic plastic

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    The possibility of manufacture of microstructures with high aspect ratio in industrial acrylic plastic by the method of deep X-ray lithography is investigated. A characteristic dependence of the rate of dissolution of the polymer on the dose of the radiation absorbed is obtained. Processing regimes for the formation of deep structures were selected. A model for computation of the profile of development of structures in view of large exhibition depth was suggested. 25x25 μm through channels were obtained in sheet acrylic plastic 1000 μm thick

  4. Inkjet Printing of High Aspect Ratio Superparamagnetic SU-8 Microstructures with Preferential Magnetic Directions

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    Loïc Jacot-Descombes

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Structuring SU-8 based superparamagnetic polymer composite (SPMPC containing Fe3O4 nanoparticles by photolithography is limited in thickness due to light absorption by the nanoparticles. Hence, obtaining thicker structures requires alternative processing techniques. This paper presents a method based on inkjet printing and thermal curing for the fabrication of much thicker hemispherical microstructures of SPMPC. The microstructures are fabricated by inkjet printing the nanoparticle-doped SU-8 onto flat substrates functionalized to reduce the surface energy and thus the wetting. The thickness and the aspect ratio of the printed structures are further increased by printing the composite onto substrates with confinement pedestals. Fully crosslinked microstructures with a thickness up to 88.8 μm and edge angle of 112° ± 4° are obtained. Manipulation of the microstructures by an external field is enabled by creating lines of densely aggregated nanoparticles inside the composite. To this end, the printed microstructures are placed within an external magnetic field directly before crosslinking inducing the aggregation of dense Fe3O4 nanoparticle lines with in-plane and out-of-plane directions.

  5. High aspect ratio micro tool manufacturing for polymer replication using mu EDM of silicon, selective etching and electroforming

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    Tosello, Guido; Bissacco, Giuliano; Tang, Peter Torben;

    2008-01-01

    Mass fabrication of polymer micro components with high aspect ratio micro-structures requires high performance micro tools allowing the use of low cost replication processes such as micro injection moulding. In this regard an innovative process chain, based on a combination of micro electrical...... discharge machining (mu EDM) of a silicon substrate, electroforming and selective etching was used for the manufacturing of a micro tool. The micro tool was employed for polymer replication by means of the injection moulding process....

  6. Proton beam writing and electroplating for the fabrication of high aspect ratio Au microstructures

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    We present an approach to fabricate tall high aspect ratio Au microstructures by means of proton beam direct writing. Combining proton beam direct writing and electroplating, we successfully produced gold structures with sub-micrometer lateral dimensions, structure heights in excess of 11 μm, and aspect ratios over 28. Sidewall quality of the Au structures was improved by lowering the process temperature to 20 deg. C when developing PMMA patterns with GG developer. The application of such structures as X-ray masks for deep X-ray lithography with synchrotron radiation was demonstrated.

  7. Proton beam writing and electroplating for the fabrication of high aspect ratio Au microstructures

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    Yue Weisheng [Centre for Ion Beam Applications, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Ren Yaping [Singapore Synchrotron Light Source, National University of Singapore, 5 Research Link, Singapore 117603 (Singapore); Kan, Jeroen Anton van; Chiam, S.-Y. [Centre for Ion Beam Applications, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Jian, Linke; Moser, Herbert O. [Singapore Synchrotron Light Source, National University of Singapore, 5 Research Link, Singapore 117603 (Singapore); Osipowicz, Thomas [Centre for Ion Beam Applications, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore)], E-mail: phyto@nus.edu.sg; Watt, Frank [Centre for Ion Beam Applications, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore)

    2009-07-01

    We present an approach to fabricate tall high aspect ratio Au microstructures by means of proton beam direct writing. Combining proton beam direct writing and electroplating, we successfully produced gold structures with sub-micrometer lateral dimensions, structure heights in excess of 11 {mu}m, and aspect ratios over 28. Sidewall quality of the Au structures was improved by lowering the process temperature to 20 deg. C when developing PMMA patterns with GG developer. The application of such structures as X-ray masks for deep X-ray lithography with synchrotron radiation was demonstrated.

  8. ELECTROCHEMICAL MICROMACHINING USING VIBRATILE TUNGSTEN WIRE FOR HIGH-ASPECT-RATIO MICROSTRUCTURES

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    Wang, K

    2010-01-01

    Electrochemical micromachining can remove electrically conductive materials with the transferring of ions, so that high precision is achievable. A novel method for fabricating high-aspect-ratio microstructures by electrochemical micromachining using vibratile tungsten wire was proposed in this paper. The slight vibration of tungsten wire can improve the machining stability. The relations between the machining accuracy and machining parameters were experimentally studied. Micro groove with the...

  9. Injection moulding of ultra high aspect ratio nanostructures using coated polymer tooling

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    Replication-based nanofabrication techniques offer rapid, cost effective ways to produce nanostructured devices for a host of applications in engineering, biological research and beyond. In this work we developed a method to replicate ultra high aspect ratio (UHAR) nanopillars by injection molding with failure rates lower than one pillar in a thousand. We provide a review of the literature in which replication of difficult micro- and nanostructures is facilitated through the use of different tooling materials and surface coatings, before describing the non-adhesive surface coatings which we used to translate a previously developed technique from low to high aspect ratios. This development involved a systematic study of nine different surface coatings on polymer tooling initially patterned by nanoimprint lithography. Using this method we were able to produce injection moulded pillar-like nanostructures with aspect ratios of up to 20:1, more than 6 times that reported elsewhere in the literature for this type of feature. (paper)

  10. Microfluidic active mixers employing ultra-high aspect-ratio rare-earth magnetic nano-composite polymer artificial cilia

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    We present a new micromixer based on highly magnetic, flexible, high aspect-ratio, artificial cilia that are fabricated as individual micromixer elements or in arrays for improved mixing performance. These new cilia enable high efficiency, fast mixing in a microchamber, and are controlled by small electromagnetic fields. The artificial cilia are fabricated using a new micromolding process for nano-composite polymers. Cilia fibers with aspect-ratios as high as 8:0.13 demonstrate the fabrication technique's capability in creating ultra-high aspect-ratio microstructures. Cilia, which are realized in polydimethylsiloxane doped with rare-earth magnetic powder, are magnetized to produce permanent magnetic structures with bidirectional deflection capabilities, making them highly suitable as mixers controlled by electromagnetic fields. Due to the high magnetization level of the polarized nano-composite polymer, we are able to use miniature electromagnets providing relatively small magnetic fields of 1.1 to 7 mT to actuate the cilia microstructures over a very wide motion range. Mixing performances of a single cilium, as well as different arrays of multiple cilia ranging from 2 to 8 per reaction chamber, are characterized and compared with passive diffusion mixing performance. The mixer cilia are actuated at different amplitudes and frequencies to optimize mixing performance. We demonstrate that more than 85% of the total volume of the reaction chamber is fully mixed after 3.5 min using a single cilium mixer at 7 mT compared with only 20% of the total volume mixed with passive diffusion. The time to achieve over 85% mixing is further reduced to 70 s using an array of eight cilia microstructures. The novel microfabrication technique and use of rare-earth permanently-magnetizable nano-composite polymers in mixer applications has not been reported elsewhere by other researchers. We further demonstrate improved mixing over other cilia micromixers as enabled by the high

  11. Ni-Al2O3 and Ni-Al composite high-aspect-ratio microstructures

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    Wang, Tao; Sorrell, Melford; Kelly, Kevin W.; Ma, Evan

    1998-09-01

    High-aspect-ratio microstructures (HARMs) have a variety of potential applications in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, catalysts and other microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The aim of this work is to demonstrate the feasibility to fabricate high performance particulate metal-matrix composite and intermetallic micromechanical structures using the LIGA process. Well-defined functionally graded Ni-Al2O3 and Ni-Al high-aspect-ratio microposts were electroformed into lithographically patterned PMMA holes from a nickel sulfamate bath containing submicron alumina and a diluted Watts bath containing microsized aluminum particles, respectively. SEM image analysis showed that the volume fraction of the alumina reached up to around 30% in the Ni-Al2O3 deposit. The Vickers microhardness of these composites is in the range of 418 through 545, which is higher than those of nickel microstructures from a similar particle-free bath and other Ni-based electrodeposits. In the work on Ni-Al electroplating, a newly developed diluted Watts bath was used to codeposit micron-sized aluminum particles. The intermetallic compound Ni3Al was formed by the reaction of nickel matrices and aluminum particles through subsequent annealing at 630 degrees Celsius. WDS and XRD analyses confirmed that the annealed coating is a two-phase (Ni-Ni3Al) composite. The maximum aluminum volume fraction reached 19% at a cathode current density of 12 mA cm-2, and the Vickers microhardness of the as-deposited coatings is in the range 392 - 515 depending on the amount of aluminum incorporated.

  12. Fabrication process for tall, sharp, hollow, high aspect ratio polymer microneedles on a platform

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    This paper reports on a new lithographic process for fabricating arrays of tall, high aspect ratio (defined as height/wall thickness), hollow, polymer microneedles on a platform. The microneedles feature a high sharpness (down to 3 µm tip radius) and aspect ratio (>65) which is a factor 2 and 4 better than the state of the art, respectively. The maximum achievable needle shaft length is over 1 mm. The improved performance was obtained by using an anisotropically patterned silicon substrate covered with an antireflective layer as mold for the needle tip and an optimized SU-8 lithographic process. Furthermore, a platform containing liquid feedthroughs holding an arbitrary number of needles out of plane can be manufactured with only one additional process step. The high aspect ratio microneedles undergo failure at the critical load of around 230 mN in the case of 1 mm long hollow needles with triangular cross section and a base of 175 µm. Penetration into human skin is demonstrated as well. (paper)

  13. Clothing polymer fibers with well-aligned and high-aspect ratio carbon nanotubes

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    Sun, Gengzhi; Zheng, Lianxi; An, Jia; Pan, Yongzheng; Zhou, Jinyuan; Zhan, Zhaoyao; Pang, John H. L.; Chua, Chee Kai; Leong, Kah Fai; Li, Lin

    2013-03-01

    It is believed that the crucial step towards preparation of electrical conductive polymer-carbon nanotube (CNT) composites is dispersing CNTs with a high length-to-diameter aspect ratio in a well-aligned manner. However, this process is extremely challenging when dealing with long and entangled CNTs. Here in this study, a new approach is demonstrated to fabricate conductive polymer-CNT composite fibers without involving any dispersion process. Well-aligned CNT films were firstly drawn from CNT arrays, and then directly coated on polycaprolactone fibers to form polymer-CNT composite fibers. The conductivity of these composite fibers can be as high as 285 S m-1 with only 2.5 wt% CNT loading, and reach 1549 S m-1 when CNT loading is 13.4 wt%. As-prepared composite fibers also exhibit 82% retention of conductivity at a strain of 7%, and have improved mechanical properties.It is believed that the crucial step towards preparation of electrical conductive polymer-carbon nanotube (CNT) composites is dispersing CNTs with a high length-to-diameter aspect ratio in a well-aligned manner. However, this process is extremely challenging when dealing with long and entangled CNTs. Here in this study, a new approach is demonstrated to fabricate conductive polymer-CNT composite fibers without involving any dispersion process. Well-aligned CNT films were firstly drawn from CNT arrays, and then directly coated on polycaprolactone fibers to form polymer-CNT composite fibers. The conductivity of these composite fibers can be as high as 285 S m-1 with only 2.5 wt% CNT loading, and reach 1549 S m-1 when CNT loading is 13.4 wt%. As-prepared composite fibers also exhibit 82% retention of conductivity at a strain of 7%, and have improved mechanical properties. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr34208e

  14. Fabrication of high-aspect-ratio microstructures using dielectrophoresis-electrocapillary force-driven UV-imprinting

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    We propose a novel method for fabricating high-aspect-ratio micro-/nano-structures by dielectrophoresis-electrocapillary force (DEP-ECF)-driven UV-imprinting. The force of DEP-ECF, acting on an air–liquid interface and an air–liquid–solid three-phase contact line, is generated by applying voltage between an electrically conductive mold and a substrate, and tends to pull the dielectric liquid (a UV-curable pre-polymer) into the mold micro-cavities. The existence of DEP-ECF is explained theoretically and demonstrated experimentally by the electrically induced reduction of the contact angle. Furthermore, DEP-ECF is proven to play a critical role in forcing the polymer to fill into the mold cavities by the real-time observation of the dynamic filling process. Using the DEP-ECF-driven UV-imprinting process, high-aspect-ratio polymer micro-/nano-structures (more than 10:1) are fabricated with high consistency. This patterning method can overcome the drawbacks of the mechanically induced mold deformation and position shift in conventional imprinting lithography and maximize the pattern uniformity which is usually poor in capillary force lithography

  15. X-ray fabrication of SAW resonators with narrow electrodes in thick high-aspect-ratio polymer templates

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    X-ray lithography shadow projection using silicon nitride-based x-ray masks is used to fabricate sub-micron scale, high-aspect-ratio structures in thick polymer templates for surface acoustic wave (SAW) applications. Interdigital electrode patterns with 380 nm wide, free-standing polymer features are fabricated in 2 µm thick templates, representing an aspect ratio of 5.26:1. The tall and narrow polymer 'ribbons' run laterally in a serpentine arrangement of 114 electrodes over a large area of approximately 30 µm × 250 µm. Aluminum deposition and lift-off using the polymer templates are performed to construct metal electrodes for the verification of SAW resonator performance above 2.5 GHz. Environmental scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy are used to inspect the metal electrode edge and surface topology, and demonstrate the feasibility of metal lift-off with highly vertical sidewall polymer templates for SAW applications. Such precise polymer templates could offer interesting possibilities for acoustic applications requiring thick and/or narrow electrodes and reflectors not only through more traditional metal deposition approaches but also as thick etch masks for metal removal.

  16. UV activation of polymeric high aspect ratio microstructures: ramifications in antibody surface loading for circulating tumor cell selection.

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    Jackson, Joshua M; Witek, Małgorzata A; Hupert, Mateusz L; Brady, Charles; Pullagurla, Swathi; Kamande, Joyce; Aufforth, Rachel D; Tignanelli, Christopher J; Torphy, Robert J; Yeh, Jen Jen; Soper, Steven A

    2014-01-01

    The need to activate thermoplastic surfaces using robust and efficient methods has been driven by the fact that replication techniques can be used to produce microfluidic devices in a high production mode and at low cost, making polymer microfluidics invaluable for in vitro diagnostics, such as circulating tumor cell (CTC) analysis, where device disposability is critical to mitigate artifacts associated with sample carryover. Modifying the surface chemistry of thermoplastic devices through activation techniques can be used to increase the wettability of the surface or to produce functional scaffolds to allow for the covalent attachment of biologics, such as antibodies for CTC recognition. Extensive surface characterization tools were used to investigate UV activation of various surfaces to produce uniform and high surface coverage of functional groups, such as carboxylic acids in microchannels of different aspect ratios. We found that the efficiency of the UV activation process is highly dependent on the microchannel aspect ratio and the identity of the thermoplastic substrate. Colorimetric assays and fluorescence imaging of UV-activated microchannels following EDC/NHS coupling of Cy3-labeled oligonucleotides indicated that UV-activation of a PMMA microchannel with an aspect ratio of ~3 was significantly less efficient toward the bottom of the channel compared to the upper sections. This effect was a consequence of the bulk polymer's damping of the modifying UV radiation due to absorption artifacts. In contrast, this effect was less pronounced for COC. Moreover, we observed that after thermal fusion bonding of the device's cover plate to the substrate, many of the generated functional groups buried into the bulk rendering them inaccessible. The propensity of this surface reorganization was found to be higher for PMMA compared to COC. As an example of the effects of material and microchannel aspect ratios on device functionality, thermoplastic devices for the

  17. Characterization of the optical parameters of high aspect ratio polymer micro-optical components

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    Krajewski, Rafal; Van Erps, Jurgen; Wissmann, Markus; Kujawinska, Malgorzata; Parriaux, Olivier; Tonchev, S.; Mohr, Jurgen; Thienpont, Hugo

    2008-04-01

    Over the last decades the significant grow of interest of photonics devices is observed in various fields of applications. Due to the market demands, the current research studies are focused on the technologies providing miniaturized, reliable low-cost micro-optical systems, particularly the ones featuring the fabrication of high aspect ratio structures. A high potential of these technologies comes from the fact that fabrication process is not limited to single optical components, but entire systems integrating sets of elements could be fabricated. This could in turn result in a significant saving on the assembly and packaging costs. We present a brief overview of the most common high aspect ratio fabrication technologies for micro-optical components followed by some characterization studies of these techniques. The sidewall quality and internal homogeneity will be considered as the most crucial parameters, having an impact on the wavefront propagation in the fabricated components. We show the characterization procedure and measurement results for components prototyped with Deep Proton Writing and glass micromachining technology replicated with Hot Embossing and Elastomeric Mould Vacuum Casting technology. We discuss the pros and cons for using these technologies for the production of miniaturized interferometers blocks. In this paper we present the status of our research on the new technology chain and we show the concept of microinterferometers to be fabricated within presented technology chain.

  18. Optimization of laser energy deposition for single-shot high aspect-ratio microstructuring of thick BK7 glass

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    Garzillo, Valerio; Jukna, Vytautas; Couairon, Arnaud; Grigutis, Robertas; Di Trapani, Paolo; Jedrkiewicz, Ottavia

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the generation of high aspect ratio microstructures across 0.7 mm thick glass by means of single shot Bessel beam laser direct writing. We study the effect on the photoinscription of the cone angle, as well as of the energy and duration of the ultrashort laser pulse. The aim of the study is to optimize the parameters for the writing of a regular microstructure due to index modification along the whole sample thickness. By using a spectrally resolved single pulse transmission diagnostics at the output surface of the glass, we correlate the single shot material modification with observations of the absorption in different portions of the retrieved spectra, and with the absence or presence of spectral modulation. Numerical simulations of the evolution of the Bessel pulse intensity and of the energy deposition inside the sample help us interpret the experimental results that suggest to use picosecond pulses for an efficient and more regular energy deposition. Picosecond pulses take advantage of nonlinear plasma absorption and avoid temporal dynamics effects which can compromise the stationarity of the Bessel beam propagation.

  19. Reinforcement of a poly(dimethyl siloxane) mold with high aspect ratio microstructures via a gas–liquid phase sol–gel process

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    A gas–liquid phase sol–gel process was proposed to reinforce a poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) mold with high aspect ratio microstructures (HARMs) for micromolding. Unlike the conventional sol–gel process or in situ precipitation of silicate nanoparticles (SiO2) inside the PDMS network, the vapor of water and aminomethyl propanol-95 permeated through the PDMS which was pre-soaked with tetraethoxy silane (TEOS), leading to the occurrence of hydrolysis and condensation and reinforcement of the PDMS. The reinforced PDMS mold with HARMs was used for micromolding, and high replication accuracy was achieved. The proposed technique not only prevents the surface of microstructures on the mold from potential agglomeration of particles but also allows for the repetitive usage of the silicon mother mold without damage

  20. UV activation of polymeric high aspect ratio microstructures: ramifications in antibody surface loading for circulating tumor cell selection†

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    Jackson, Joshua M.; Witek, Małgorzata A.; Hupert, Mateusz L.; Brady, Charles; Pullagurla, Swathi; Kamande, Joyce; Aufforth, Rachel D.; Tignanelli, Christopher J.; Torphy, Robert J.; Yeh, Jen Jen; Soper, Steven A.

    2014-01-01

    The need to activate thermoplastic surfaces using robust and efficient methods has been driven by the fact that replication techniques can be used to produce microfluidic devices in a high production mode and at low cost, making polymer microfluidics invaluable for in vitro diagnostics, such as circulating tumor cell (CTC) analysis, where device disposability is critical to mitigate artifacts associated with sample carryover. Modifying the surface chemistry of thermoplastic devices through ac...

  1. Simple and cost-effective fabrication of solid biodegradable polymer microneedle arrays with adjustable aspect ratio for transdermal drug delivery using acupuncture microneedles

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    Cha, Kyoung Je; Kim, Taewan; Jea Park, Sung; Kim, Dong Sung

    2014-11-01

    Polymer microneedle arrays (MNAs) have received much attention for their use in transdermal drug delivery and microneedle therapy systems due to the advantages they offer, such as low cost, good mechanical properties, and a versatile choice of materials. Here, we present a simple and cost-effective method for the fabrication of a biodegradable polymer MNA in which the aspect ratio of each microneedle is adjustable using commercially available acupuncture microneedles. In our process, a master template with acupuncture microneedles, whose shape will be the final MNA, was carefully prepared by fixing them onto a plastic substrate with selectively drilled holes which, in turn, determine the aspect ratios of the microneedles. A polylactic acid (PLA; a biodegradable polymer) MNA was fabricated by a micromolding process with a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) mold containing the cavity of the microneedles, which was obtained by the PDMS replica molding against the master template. The mechanical force and degradation behavior of the replicated PLA MNA were characterized with the help of a compression test and an accelerated degradation test, respectively. Finally, the transdermal drug delivery performance of the PLA MNA was successfully simulated by two different methods of penetration and staining, using the skin of a pig cadaver. These results indicated that the proposed method can be effectively used for the fabrication of polymer MNAs which can be used in various microneedle applications.

  2. Simple and cost-effective fabrication of solid biodegradable polymer microneedle arrays with adjustable aspect ratio for transdermal drug delivery using acupuncture microneedles

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    Polymer microneedle arrays (MNAs) have received much attention for their use in transdermal drug delivery and microneedle therapy systems due to the advantages they offer, such as low cost, good mechanical properties, and a versatile choice of materials. Here, we present a simple and cost-effective method for the fabrication of a biodegradable polymer MNA in which the aspect ratio of each microneedle is adjustable using commercially available acupuncture microneedles. In our process, a master template with acupuncture microneedles, whose shape will be the final MNA, was carefully prepared by fixing them onto a plastic substrate with selectively drilled holes which, in turn, determine the aspect ratios of the microneedles. A polylactic acid (PLA; a biodegradable polymer) MNA was fabricated by a micromolding process with a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) mold containing the cavity of the microneedles, which was obtained by the PDMS replica molding against the master template. The mechanical force and degradation behavior of the replicated PLA MNA were characterized with the help of a compression test and an accelerated degradation test, respectively. Finally, the transdermal drug delivery performance of the PLA MNA was successfully simulated by two different methods of penetration and staining, using the skin of a pig cadaver. These results indicated that the proposed method can be effectively used for the fabrication of polymer MNAs which can be used in various microneedle applications. (paper)

  3. Large Aspect Ratio Tokamak Study

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    The Large Aspect Ratio Tokamak Study (LARTS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) investigated the potential for producing a viable longburn tokamak reactor by enhancing the volt-second capability of the ohmic heating transformer through the use of high aspect ratio designs. The plasma physics, engineering, and economic implications of high aspect ratio tokamaks were assessed in the context of extended burn operation. Using a one-dimensional transport code plasma startup and burn parameters were addressed. The pulsed electrical power requirements for the poloidal field system, which have a major impact on reactor economics, were minimized by optimizing the startup and shutdown portions of the tokamak cycle. A representative large aspect ratio tokamak with an aspect ratio of 8 was found to achieve a burn time of 3.5 h at capital cost only approx. 25% greater than that of a moderate aspect ratio design tokamak

  4. A microstructured Polymer Optical Fiber Biosensor

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    Emiliyanov, Grigoriy Andreev; Jensen, Jesper Bo; Hoiby, Poul E.;

    2006-01-01

    We demonstrate selective detection of fluorophore labeled antibodies from minute samples probed by a sensor layer of the complementary biomolecules immobilized inside the air holes of microstructured Polymer Optical Fibers.......We demonstrate selective detection of fluorophore labeled antibodies from minute samples probed by a sensor layer of the complementary biomolecules immobilized inside the air holes of microstructured Polymer Optical Fibers....

  5. Programmable and self-demolding microstructured molds fabricated from shape-memory polymers

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    Meier, Tobias; Bur, Julia; Reinhard, Maximilian; Schneider, Marc; Kolew, Alexander; Worgull, Matthias; Hölscher, Hendrik

    2015-06-01

    We introduce shape memory polymers as materials to augment molds with programmable switching between different micro and nanostructures as functional features of the mold and self-demolding properties. These polymer molds can be used for hot embossing (or nanoimprinting) and casting. Furthermore, they enable the replication of nano- and microstructures on curved surfaces as well as embedded structures like on the inside walls of a microfluidic channel. The shape memory polymer molds can be replicated from master molds fabricated by conventional techniques. We tested their durability for microfabrication processes and demonstrated the advantages of shape memory molds for hot embossing and casting by replicating microstructures with high aspect ratios and optical grade surface quality.

  6. Effect of particle aspect ratio in magnetorheology

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    Morillas, Jose R.; Carreón-González, Elizabeth; de Vicente, Juan

    2015-12-01

    We investigate the influence of the aspect ratio of the dispersed particles in magnetorheology. Two systems are studied: conventional magnetorheological fluids prepared by dispersion of nickel nanowires, and inverse ferrofluids prepared by dispersion of glass fibers in a ferrofluid. In both cases the apparent yield stress is found to increase with aspect ratio in contradiction to available models in the literature. Experimental observations demonstrate that the particle volume fraction within the aggregates initially increases with increasing the aspect ratio of the dispersed particles. When the aspect ratio is further raised, a gel-like percolating structure forms inhibiting the formation of elongated clusters in the field direction.

  7. Microstructure formation in a thick polymer by electrostatic-induced lithography

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    This article demonstrates the manufacturing of microstructures in a thick polymer using electrostatic-induced lithography. Unlike previous work reported elsewhere, it focuses on the fabrication of structures from meso- to micro-scale. The electrostatic-induced lithography technique is proven to work with not only dc voltage but also ac voltage. Microstructures including microchannels, sinusoidal surface profile microstructures, waveguide core, microlens array and binary Fresnel zone plate have been successfully fabricated. The aspect ratio obtained for some samples is up to 4.5:1. The whole fabrication process is fast, cost-effective in terms of the simple experimental setup and no photosensitive material is needed. This process is expected to find applications in microfluidics, photonics or micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems. (paper)

  8. Transcription and the aspect ratio of DNA

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    Olsen, Kasper Wibeck; Bohr, Jakob

    2013-01-01

    analysis of transcription. It is shown that under certain reasonable assumptions transcription is only possible if the aspect ratio is in the regime corresponding to further twisting. We find this constraint to be in agreement with long-established crystallographic studies of DNA.......Two separate regimes exist for the aspect ratio of DNA. A low aspect regime where DNA will twist further under strain and a high aspect regime where DNA will untwist under strain. The question of the overall geometry, i.e. the aspect ratio, of DNA is revisited from the perspective of a geometrical...

  9. Effect of grid aspect ratio on convergence

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    Buelow, P. E. O.; Venkateswaran, S.; Merkle, Charles L.

    1994-01-01

    The effects of high-aspect-ratio grids on algorithm convergence are considered by means of vector stability theory and computational experiments. The results indicate that approximately factored implicit schemes experience convergence deterioration because of nonoptimum local time-stepping procedures and increased need for viscous preconditioning. Based on this insight, an enhanced algorithm is devised using improved selection of the local time step, appropriate definition of the viscous preconditioning matrix, and proper implementation of the boundary conditions. The new algorithm provides uniformly efficient convergence at all aspect ratios for both Euler and Navier-Stokes computations for a variety of test problems.

  10. Dielectrophoretically structured piezoelectric composites with high aspect ratio piezoelectric particles inclusions

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    Van den Ende, D.A.; Van Kempen, S.E.; Wu, X.; Groen, W.A.; Randall, C.A.; Van der Zwaag, S.

    2012-01-01

    Piezoelectric composites were prepared by dielectrophoretic alignment of high aspect ratio piezoelectric particles in a thermosetting polymer matrix. A high level of alignment was achieved in the cured composite from a resin containing randomly oriented high aspect ratio particles. Upon application

  11. Masks for high aspect ratio x-ray lithography

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    Fabrication of very high aspect ratio microstructures, as well as ultra-high precision manufacturing is of increasing interest in a multitude of applications. Fields as diverse as micromechanics, robotics, integrated optics, and sensors benefit from this technology. The scale-length of this spatial regime is between what can be achieved using classical machine tool operations and that which is used in microelectronics. This requires new manufacturing techniques, such as the LIGA process, which combines x-ray lithography, electroforming, and plastic molding

  12. Cyclic voltammetric investigations of microstructured and platinum-covered glassy carbon electrodes in contact with a polymer electrolyte membrane

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    Scherer, G.G.; Veziridis, Z.; Staub, M. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland); Freimuth, H. [Inst. fuer Mikrotechnik Mainz IMM, Mainz (Germany)

    1997-06-01

    Model gas diffusion electrodes were prepared by microstructuring glassy carbon surfaces with high aspect ratios and subsequent deposition of platinum. These electrodes were characterized by hydrogen under-potential deposition (H-upd) in contact with a polymer electrolyte membrane employing cyclic voltametry. H-upd was found on platinum areas not in direct contact to the solid electrolyte, as long as a continuous platinum-path existed. A carbon surface between platinum acts as barrier for H-upd. (author) 4 figs., 5 refs.

  13. Modeling of nano-reinforced polymer composites: Microstructure effect on Young’s modulus

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    Peng, R.D.; Zhou, H.W.; Wang, H.W.; Mishnaevsky, Leon, Jr.

    2012-01-01

    A computational numerical-analytical model of nano-reinforced polymer composites is developed taking into account the interface and particle clustering effects. The model was employed to analyze the interrelationships between microstructures and mechanical properties of nanocomposites. An improved...... effective interface model which is based on Mori–Tanaka approach and includes the nanoparticle geometry and clustering effects was developed. A program code for the automatic generation of two-dimensional multiparticle unit cell models of nanocomposites and finite element meshes on the basis of “grid method......” algorithm was developed in the ABAQUS Scripting Interface. In the computational studies, it was observed that the elastic modulus increases with the increasing the aspect ratio of nanoparticles. The thickness and properties of effective interface layers and the shape and degree of particles clustering have...

  14. Single-photon-multi-layer-interference lithography for high-aspect-ratio and three-dimensional SU-8 micro-/nanostructures

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    Ghosh, Siddharth; Ananthasuresh, G. K.

    2016-01-01

    We report microstructures of SU-8 photo-sensitive polymer with high-aspect-ratio, which is defined as the ratio of height to in-plane feature size. The highest aspect ratio achieved in this work exceeds 250. A multi-layer and single-photon lithography approach is used in this work to expose SU-8 photoresist of thickness up to 100 μm. Here, multi-layer and time-lapsed writing is the key concept that enables nanometer localised controlled photo-induced polymerisation. We use a converging monochromatic laser beam of 405 nm wavelength with a controllable aperture. The reflection of the converging optics from the silicon substrate underneath is responsible for a trapezoidal edge profile of SU-8 microstructure. The reflection induced interfered point-spread-function and multi-layer-single-photon exposure helps to achieve sub-wavelength feature sizes. We obtained a 75 nm tip diameter on a pyramid shaped microstructure. The converging beam profile determines the number of multiple optical focal planes along the depth of field. These focal planes are scanned and exposed non-concurrently with varying energy dosage. It is notable that an un-automated height axis control is sufficient for this method. All of these contribute to realising super-high-aspect-ratio and 3D micro-/nanostructures using SU-8. Finally, we also address the critical problems of photoresist-based micro-/nanofabrication and their solutions. PMID:26725843

  15. Injection molding of high aspect ratio sub-100 nm nanostructures

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    We have explored the use of mold coatings and optimized processing conditions to injection mold high aspect ratio nanostructures (height-to-width >1) in cyclic olefin copolymer (COC). Optimizing the molding parameters on uncoated nickel molds resulted in slight improvements in replication quality as described by height, width and uniformity of the nanoscopic features. Use of a mold temperature transiently above the polymer glass transition temperature (Tg) was the most important factor in increasing the replication fidelity. Surface coating of the nickel molds with a fluorocarbon-containing thin film (FDTS) greatly enhanced the quality of replicated features, in particular at transient mold temperatures above Tg. Injection molding using the latter mold temperature regime resulted in a bimodal distribution of pillar heights, corresponding to either full or very poor replication of the individual pillars. The poorly replicated structures on nickel molds with or without FDTS coatings all appeared fractured. We investigated the underlying mechanism in a macroscopic model system and found reduced wetting and strongly decreased adhesion of solidified COC droplets on nickel surfaces after coating with FDTS. Reduced adhesion forces are consistent with lowered friction that reduces the risk of fracturing the nanoscopic pillars during demolding. Optimized mold surface chemistry and associated injection molding conditions permitted the fabrication of square arrays of 40 nm wide and 107 nm high (aspect ratio >2.5) pillars on a 200 nm pitch. (paper)

  16. Aspect ratio dependence in magnetorotational instability shearing box simulations

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    Bodo, G; Cattaneo, F; Rossi, P; Ferrari, A

    2008-01-01

    Aims: We study the changes in the properties of turbulence driven by the magnetorotational instability in a shearing box, as the computational domain size in the radial direction is varied relative to the height Methods: We perform 3D simulations in the shearing box approximation, with a net magnetic flux, and we consider computational domains with different aspect ratios Results: We find that in boxes of aspect ratio unity the transport of angular momentum is strongly intermittent and dominated by channel solutions in agreement with previous work. In contrast, in boxes with larger aspect ratio, the channel solutions and the associated intermittent behavior disappear. Conclusions: There is strong evidence that, as the aspect ratio becomes larger, the characteristics of the solution become aspect ratio independent. We conclude that shearing box calculations with aspect ratio unity or near unity may introduce spurious effects.

  17. Modeling and characterization of dielectrophoretically structured piezoelectric composites using piezoceramic particle inclusions with high aspect ratios

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    Ende, D.A. van den; Maier, R.A.; Neer, P.L.M.J. van; Zwaag, S. van der; Randall, C.A.; Groen, W.A.

    2013-01-01

    In this work, the piezoelectric properties at high electric fields of dielectrophoretically aligned PZT - polymer composites containing high aspect ratio particles (such as short fibers) are presented. Polarization and strain as a function of electric field are evaluated. The properties of the compo

  18. Sensing characteristics of birefringent microstructured polymer optical fiber

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    Szczurowski, Marcin K.; Frazao, Orlando; Baptista, J. M.;

    2011-01-01

    We experimentally studied several sensing characteristics of a birefringent microstructured polymer optical fiber. The fiber exhibits a birefringence of the order 2×10-5 at 1.3 μm because of two small holes adjacent to the core. In this fiber, we measured spectral dependence of phase and group mo...

  19. 3D microstructuring of biodegradable polymers

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    Nagstrup, Johan; Keller, Stephan Sylvest; Almdal, Kristoffer;

    2011-01-01

    Biopolymer films with a thickness of 100μm are prepared using spin coating technique with solutions consisting of 25wt.% polycaprolactone or poly-l-lactide in dichloromethane. SU-8 stamps are fabricated using three photolithography steps. The stamps are used to emboss 3D microstructures...

  20. Microstructure of Steel Fiber Reinforced Polymer-cement-based Composites

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    2002-01-01

    Mercury intrusion porosimetry was used to measure the pore structure of steel fiber reinforced polymer-cement-based composite.The results indicate that the large pore volume decreases by 57.8%-51.2% and by 87.1%-88% with the addition of steel fibers and polymers respectively.When both steel fibers and polymers are simultaneously added,the large pore volume decreases by 88.3%-90.1%.As a surface active material,polymer has a favorable water-reduced and forming-film effect,which is contributed to the decrease of the thickness of water film and the improvement of the conglutination between the fibers and the matrix.Polymers could form a microstructure network.This network structure and the bone structure of cement hydration products penetrate each other and thus the interpenetrating network with sticky aggregate and steel fiber inside forms.

  1. Formation of high aspect ratio polyamide-6 nanofibers via electrically induced double layer during electrospinning

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    In the present study, the formation of high aspect ratio nanofibers in polyamide-6 was investigated as a function of applied voltage ranging from 15 to 25 kV using electrospinning technique. All other experimental parameters were kept constant. The electrospun polyamide-6 nanofibers were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF). FE-SEM images of polyamide-6 nanofibers showed that the diameter of the electrospun fiber was decreased with increasing applied voltage. At the critical applied voltage, the polymer solution was completely ionized to form the dense high aspect ratio nanofibers in between the main nanofibers. The diameter of the polyamide-6 nanofibers was observed to be in the range of 75-110 nm, whereas the high aspect ratio structures consisted of regularly distributed very fine nanofibers with diameters of about 9-28 nm. Trends in fiber diameter and diameter distribution were discussed for the high aspect ratio nanofibers. TEM results revealed that the formation of double layers in polyamide-6 nanofibers and then split-up into ultrafine fibers. The electrically induced double layer in combination with the polyelectrolytic nature of solution is proposed as the suitable mechanisms for the formation of high aspect ratio nanofibers in polyamide-6.

  2. Modeling Percolation in Polymer Nanocomposites by Stochastic Microstructuring

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    Matias Soto

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A methodology was developed for the prediction of the electrical properties of carbon nanotube-polymer nanocomposites via Monte Carlo computational simulations. A two-dimensional microstructure that takes into account waviness, fiber length and diameter distributions is used as a representative volume element. Fiber interactions in the microstructure are identified and then modeled as an equivalent electrical circuit, assuming one-third metallic and two-thirds semiconductor nanotubes. Tunneling paths in the microstructure are also modeled as electrical resistors, and crossing fibers are accounted for by assuming a contact resistance associated with them. The equivalent resistor network is then converted into a set of linear equations using nodal voltage analysis, which is then solved by means of the Gauss–Jordan elimination method. Nodal voltages are obtained for the microstructure, from which the percolation probability, equivalent resistance and conductivity are calculated. Percolation probability curves and electrical conductivity values are compared to those found in the literature.

  3. Perspectives on low-aspect-ratio torsatron/heliotron

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    The advantages of the low-aspect-ratio torsatron/heliotron configuration is discussed from the point of view of plasma confinement. Recent numerical results on the configuration study and the experimental data base are reviewed. (author)

  4. The effect of the aspect ratio of carbon nanotubes on their effective reinforcement modulus in an epoxy matrix

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    Martone, A.; Faiella, G.; Antonucci, V.; Giordano, M; Zarrelli, M

    2011-01-01

    Abstract The potentiality of carbon nanotubes as reinforcement material is not only due to their exceptional high modulus, but also to their high aspect ratio. Indeed, the nanotubes contribution to the mechanical reinforcement in a polymer is strongly dependent on their distribution within the hosting matrix. In fact, the clustering of carbon nanotubes does limit the theoretical enhancement of the composite mechanical properties by a reduction of their effective aspect ratio. ...

  5. Low-aspect-ratio toroidal equilibria of electron clouds

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    Toroidal electron clouds with a low aspect ratio (as small as 1.3) and lasting for thousands of poloidal rotation periods have been formed in the laboratory. Characteristic toroidal effects like a large inward shift of the minor axis of equipotential contours, elliptical and triangular deformations, etc., have been observed experimentally for the first time. The results of new analytic and numerical investigations of low-aspect-ratio electron cloud equilibria, which reproduce many of the observed features, are also presented

  6. Deep Reactive Ion Etching for High Aspect Ratio Microelectromechanical Components

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    Jensen, Søren; Yalcinkaya, Arda Deniz; Jacobsen, S.; Rasmussen, T.; Rasmussen, Frank Engel; Hansen, Ole

    A deep reactive ion etch (DRIE) process for fabrication of high aspect ratio trenches has been developed. Trenches with aspect ratios exceeding 20 and vertical sidewalls with low roughness have been demonstrated. The process has successfully been used in the fabrication of silicon-on-insulator (S......) released comb drive based resonators and tunable capacitors for MEMS applications. Brief characterizations of the devices are presented....

  7. Effect of mineral dust aerosol aspect ratio on polarized reflectance

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    The effects of dust particle aspect ratios on single- and multiple-scattering processes are studied using the spheroidal model in order to obtain a better understanding of the radiance and polarization signals at the top of the atmosphere (TOA) under various dust-aerosol-loading conditions. Specifically, the impact of the particle aspect ratio on the polarization state of the TOA radiation field is demonstrated by comparing the normalized polarized radiances observed by the POLDER (POLarization and Directionality of the Earth's Reflectances) instrument on board the PARASOL (Polarisation et Anisotropie des Reflectances au sommet de l'Atmosphère, couples avec un Satellite d'Observation emportant un Lidar) satellite with the corresponding theoretical counterparts. Furthermore, presented are the aspect ratio values inferred from multi-angular polarized radiance measurements of Saharan and Asian dust by the POLDER/PARASOL. - Highlights: • The radiative effect of dust aerosol aspect ratio is investigated. • A computational efficient vector radiative transfer model is developed. • Spaceborne Polarimetric measurements are used to retrieve aerosol properties. • A case study of Saharan dust shows a mean aspect ratio of 2.5. • Asian dust exhibits two aspect ratio values, 2.5 and 1.25

  8. Microstructure of polymer composite with barium ferrite powder

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    R. Nowosielski; R. Babilas; G. Dercz; L. Pająk

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of the paper is the microstructure characterization of commercial BaFe12O19 powder and its composite material in polymer matrix; XRD (X-Ray Diffraction) and SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy) methods were applied.Design/methodology/approach: The Rietveld method appeared to be very useful in the verification of the qualitative phase composition and in the determination of phase abundance. Hill and Howard procedure was applied for quantitative phase analysis. The parameters of ...

  9. Microstructure and rheology of microfibril-polymer networks.

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    Veen, Sandra J; Versluis, Peter; Kuijk, Anke; Velikov, Krassimir P

    2015-12-14

    By using an adsorbing polymer in combination with mechanical de-agglomeration, the microstructure and rheological properties of networks of microfibrils could be controlled. By the addition of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose during de-agglomeration of networks of bacterial cellulose, the microstructure could be changed from an inhomogeneous network with bundles of microfibrils and voids to a more homogeneous spread and alignment of the particles. As a result the macroscopic rheological properties were altered. Although still elastic and gel-like in nature, the elasticity and viscous behavior of the network as a function of microfibril concentration is altered. The microstructure is thus changed by changing the surface properties of the building blocks leading to a direct influence on the materials macroscopic behavior. PMID:26434637

  10. Large area UV casting using diverse polyacrylates of microchannels separated by high aspect ratio microwalls.

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    Zhou, W X; Chan-Park, Mary B

    2005-05-01

    Large area molding of long and deep microchannels separated by high aspect ratio microwalls is important for high sensitivity and high throughput microfluidic devices. Ultraviolet (UV) casting is a feasible, economical and convenient method of replication of such microstructures in plastics. It is shown that a wide variety of polyacrylates with diverse properties such as those made from epoxy (EP), polyurethane (UR), polyester (ES), poly (ethylene glycol) (EG) and poly(propylene glycol) (PG) can be used for the high aspect ratio (7-9) UV casting of such linear microstructures over a 100 mm diameter, enlarging the range of applications of the replicated microstructures. Some challenges arise. With the EG formulation, wavy microstructures were observed; this can be overcome by stress relaxation. With non-polar PG formulation, poor adhesion between the polyester substrate and resin can lead to delamination of the casting from the substrate during demolding; this can be overcome by pre-coating a partially cured same resin on the polyester substrate. An optimum UV irradiation time was important for cure at the deepest end of the microstructure without excessive crosslinking leading to much increased demolding forces. The viscosity and wetting capability of the formulations were found to affect replication fidelity. PMID:15856087

  11. High aspect ratio sub-15 nm silicon trenches from block copolymer templates.

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    Gu, Xiaodan; Liu, Zuwei; Gunkel, Ilja; Chourou, S T; Hong, Sung Woo; Olynick, Deirdre L; Russell, Thomas P

    2012-11-01

    High-aspect-ratio sub-15-nm silicon trenches are fabricated directly from plasma etching of a block copolymer mask. A novel method that combines a block copolymer reconstruction process and reactive ion etching is used to make the polymer mask. Silicon trenches are characterized by various methods and used as a master for subsequent imprinting of different materials. Silicon nanoholes are generated from a block copolymer with cylindrical microdomains oriented normal to the surface. PMID:22903820

  12. Dry friction of microstructured polymer surfaces inspired by snake skin

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    Heepe, Lars; Fadeeva, Elena; Gorb, Stanislav N

    2014-01-01

    Summary The microstructure investigated in this study was inspired by the anisotropic microornamentation of scales from the ventral body side of the California King Snake (Lampropeltis getula californiae). Frictional properties of snake-inspired microstructured polymer surface (SIMPS) made of epoxy resin were characterised in contact with a smooth glass ball by a microtribometer in two perpendicular directions. The SIMPS exhibited a considerable frictional anisotropy: Frictional coefficients measured along the microstructure were about 33% lower than those measured in the opposite direction. Frictional coefficients were compared to those obtained on other types of surface microstructure: (i) smooth ones, (ii) rough ones, and (iii) ones with periodic groove-like microstructures of different dimensions. The results demonstrate the existence of a common pattern of interaction between two general effects that influence friction: (1) molecular interaction depending on real contact area and (2) the mechanical interlocking of both contacting surfaces. The strongest reduction of the frictional coefficient, compared to the smooth reference surface, was observed at a medium range of surface structure dimensions suggesting a trade-off between these two effects. PMID:25161844

  13. Colloidal lithography for fabricating patterned polymer-brush microstructures

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    Tao Chen

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available We exploit a series of robust, but simple and convenient colloidal lithography (CL approaches, using a microsphere array as a mask or as a guiding template, and combine this with surface-initiated atom-transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP to fabricate patterned polymer-brush microstructures. The advantages of the CL technique over other lithographic approaches for the fabrication of patterned polymer brushes are (i that it can be carried out with commercially available colloidal particles at a relatively low cost, (ii that no complex equipment is required to create the patterned templates with micro- and nanoscale features, and (iii that polymer brush features are controlled simply by changing the size or chemical functionality of the microspheres or the substrate.

  14. Polymer microstructured fibers for guiding of THz radiation

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    Nielsen, Kristian; Bang, Ole; Jepsen, Peter Uhd

    2010-01-01

    FDTD methods, and based on the design, a preform is drilled in a low-loss polymer preform. This preform is heated to above the glass transition temperature of the polymer, and the preform is drawn to the desired dimensions in a single manufacturing step. Optical characterization of the fabricated......Waveguides of various kinds for guided propagation and manipulation of light at terahertz (THz) frequencies are currently attracting considerable attention. There are several applications and perspectives which drive the development of techniques for waveguiding of broadband as well as narrowband...... spectroscopic investigations of minute sample quantities [3]. In this presentation we will describe our current efforts in the development, fabrication and characterization of a class of THz waveguides and components based on microstructured polymer optical fibers (mPOF’s) [4] designed for the THz frequency...

  15. Turbulent convection at high Rayleigh numbers and aspect ratio 4

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    We report measurements of the Nusselt number, Nu, in turbulent thermal convection in a cylindrical container of aspect ratio 4. The highest Rayleigh number achieved was Ra=2x1013. Except for the last half a decade or so of Ra, experimental conditions obey the Boussinesq approximation accurately. For these conditions, the data show that the log Nu-log Ra slope saturates at a value close to 1/3, as observed previously by us in experiments with smaller aspect ratios. The increasing slope over the last half a decade of Ra is inconclusive because the corresponding conditions are non-Boussinesq. Finally, we report a modified scaling relation between the plume advection frequency and Ra that collapses data for different aspect ratios. (author)

  16. Aspect ratio effect on shock-accelerated elliptic gas cylinders

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    Zou, Liyong; Liao, Shenfei; Liu, Cangli; Wang, Yanping; Zhai, Zhigang

    2016-03-01

    The evolution of an elliptic heavy-gas (SF6) cylinder accelerated by a planar weak shock wave is investigated experimentally using particle image velocimetry (PIV) diagnostics, and the emphasis is on the aspect ratio effect on shock-elliptic cylinder interaction. Experiments are conducted at five different aspect ratios (the ratio of length in streamwise and spanwise directions) varied from 0.25 to 4.0. PIV raw images and quantitative flow field data are obtained at t = 0.6 ms after the shock impact. As the aspect ratio increases, the interface morphology develops faster owing to more vorticity produced along the interface and smaller vortex spacing between the two vortex cores. For each case in this study, the maximal fluctuating velocity locates at the middle point of the two counter-vortices. The histograms of fluctuating velocity reveal that a distinct double-peak structure appears in the largest aspect ratio case in comparison with a single-peak structure in the smallest aspect ratio case. The vortex velocities predicted by the theoretical model [G. Rudinger and L. M. Somers, "Behaviour of small regions of different gases carried in accelerated gas flows," J. Fluid Mech. 7, 161-176 (1960)] agree well with the experimental ones. With the increase of aspect ratio, the maximal value of vorticity increases as well as the circulation, and more low-magnitude quantities are generated, which indicates the formation of multi-scale flow structure in the late mixing process. It is found that the experimental circulation of the vortex motion is reasonably estimated by the ideal point vortex-pair model.

  17. Aspect ratio dependent etching lag reduction in deep silicon etch processes

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    Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) device fabrication often involves three dimensional structures with high aspect ratios. Moreover, MEMS designs require structures with different dimensions and aspect ratios to coexist on a single microchip. There is a well-documented aspect ratio dependent etching (ARDE) effect in deep silicon etching processes. For features with different dimensions etched simultaneously, the ARDE effect causes bigger features to be etched at faster rates. In practice, ARDE effect has many undesired complications to MEMS device fabrication. This article presents a physical model to describe the time division multiplex (TDM) plasma etch processes and thereafter the experimental results on ARDE lag reduction. The model breaks individual plasma etch cycles in the TDM plasma etch processes into polymer deposition, polymer removal, and spontaneous silicon etching stages. With the insights gained from the model and control over the passivation and etch steps, it has been demonstrated that ARDE lag can be controlled effectively. Experiments have shown that a normal ARDE lag can be changed to an inverse ARDE lag. Under optimized conditions, the ARDE lag is reduced to below 2%-3% for trenches with widths ranging from 2.5 to 100 μm, while maintaining good etch profile in trenches with different dimensions. Such results are achieved at etch rates exceeding 2 μm/min

  18. Transitions in Dynamo Modes Controlled by the Domain Aspect Ratio

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    Goudard, L.; Dormy, E.

    2007-12-01

    Magnetic fields of internal origin are observed on many planets in the solar system. The Sun itself acts as a dynamo. While these natural objects are very different in their composition, when it comes to dynamo modeling the governing equations are remarkably similar. One of the controlling parameters to distinguish between these objects is the aspect ratio of the convecting domain. Comparing the Sun to the Earth raises the issue of the nature of reversals. A challenging issue is to determine why the geomagnetic field reverses polarity on an irregular basis, whereas the Sun --which is a much larger object, governed by stronger nonlinearities-- reverses its magnetic polarity on a quasi-periodic timescale of 11 yrs. We use a three-dimensional Boussinesq model (the Parody code) to investigate the transition between these two types of behavior. We show that the aspect ratio of the convecting domain controls the nature of the dynamo field. We report a butterfly-like diagram at large aspect ratio, with magnetic activity near 30° of latitudes, which migrates with time toward the equator. We trace the existence of the dynamo wave solution at various aspect ratio and suggest possible consequences for the geomagnetic secular variation.

  19. Cyclotron wave adsorption in large aspect ratio elongated tokamaks

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    Transverse dielectric susceptibility elements are derived for radio frequency waves in a large aspect ratio toroidal plasma with elliptic magnetic surfaces by solving the Vlasov equation for untrapped, t-trapped and d-trapped particles. These dielectric characteristics are suitable for estimating the wave absorption by the fundamental cyclotron resonance damping in the frequency range of ion-cyclotron and electron cyclotron resonances.

  20. Scattering and extinction from high-aspect-ratio trenches

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    Roberts, Alexander Sylvester; Søndergaard, Thomas; Chirumamilla, Manohar; Pors, Anders Lambertus; Beermann, Jonas; Pedersen, Kjeld; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.

    2015-01-01

    We construct a semi-analytical model describing the scattering, extinction and absorption properties of a high aspect-ratio trench in a metallic film. We find that these trenches act as highly efficient scatterers of free waves. In the perfect conductor limit, which for many metals is approached in...

  1. Microstructure of polymer composite with barium ferrite powder

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    R. Nowosielski

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the paper is the microstructure characterization of commercial BaFe12O19 powder and its composite material in polymer matrix; XRD (X-Ray Diffraction and SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy methods were applied.Design/methodology/approach: The Rietveld method appeared to be very useful in the verification of the qualitative phase composition and in the determination of phase abundance. Hill and Howard procedure was applied for quantitative phase analysis. The parameters of the individual diffraction line profiles were determined by PRO-FIT Toraya procedure. The morphology of barium ferrite powders and a fracture surface of the examined composite material was analyzed using the scanning electron microscope.Findings: The X-ray diffraction analysis enabled the identification of BaFe12O19 and Fe2O3 phases in examined material. Basing on Rietveld and Toraya methods the determination of lattice parameters, crystallite size and the lattice distortion was performed. Distribution of powders of barium ferrite in polymer matrix is irregular and powder particles are of irregular shapes and different sizes.Research limitations/implications: Maked researches are limited only to characterization the microstructure of commercial material, because obtained results will be helpful to prepare barium ferrite powders by mechanical alloying and subsequent annealing in the future. As prepared BaFe12O19 powders will be used as the starting material for magnets bonded with polymer material.Originality/value: The obtained results of investigations by different methods of structure analysis confirm their useful in the microstructure analysis of powder materials.

  2. Selective detection of antibodies in microstructured polymer optical fibers

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    Jensen, Jesper Bo Damm; Hoiby, P.E.; Emiliyanov, Grigoriy Andreev;

    2005-01-01

    We demonstrate selective detection of fluorophore labeled antibodies from minute samples probed by a sensor layer of complementary biomolecules immobilized inside the air holes of microstructured Polymer Optical Fiber (mPOF). The fiber core is defined by a ring of 6 air holes and a simple procedure...... was applied to selectively capture either α-streptavidin or α-CRP antibodies inside these air holes. A sensitive and easy-to-use fluorescence method was used for the optical detection. Our results show that mPOF based biosensors can provide reliable and selective antibody detection in ultra small...

  3. Sealing of polymer micro-structures by over-moulding

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    Vingaard, Mathias; Christiansen, Jesper de Claville

    2012-01-01

    A concept for sealing of polymer micro-structures by over-moulding with polystyrene was devised and investigated by both experiments and simulations. The depth to which the melt filled the structure, i.e. a groove in the surface of the insert, before solidification was compared with results from...... on filling depth in the narrowest grooves. Around the experimental groove widths, there was good agreement between experiments and simulations. It was concluded that sealing by over-moulding is feasible if the depth/width ratio of the structure is large enough which in this paper is larger than six, i.e. up...

  4. Investigation of sensing properties of microstructured polymer optical fibres

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    Witt, J.; Steffen, M.; Schukar, M.; Krebber, K.

    2010-04-01

    We investigated sensing properties of single mode poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) microstructured polymer optical fibres (MPOF) with mechanically imprinted long period gratings (LPG). After preparation of the MPOF end-faces the samples were elongated with silica fibres. These samples were used to measure the influence of strain to the LPG wavelength which showed the viscoelastic nature of PMMA. We also measured the influence of temperature and humidity. The results show that MPOF LPGs are well suited for strain sensing. One MPOF LPG was stitched to a textile. Using this textile we measured a simulated respiratory motion.

  5. Dense high-aspect ratio 3D carbon pillars on interdigitated microelectrode arrays

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    Amato, Letizia; Heiskanen, Arto; Hansen, Rasmus;

    2015-01-01

    In this work we present high-aspect ratio carbon pillars (1.4 μm in diameter and ∼11 μm in height) on top of interdigitated electrode arrays to be used for electrochemical applications. For this purpose, different types of 2D and 3D pyrolysed carbon structures were fabricated and characterised...... including surface- and microstructure, electrical and electrochemical properties. A pre-treatment of oxidised Si wafers is introduced to eliminate electrode delamination and ensure structure stability in water during long time-experiments. Additionally, a heat treatment method is reported for regeneration...

  6. Method for fabricating high aspect ratio structures in perovskite material

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    Karapetrov, Goran T.; Kwok, Wai-Kwong; Crabtree, George W.; Iavarone, Maria

    2003-10-28

    A method of fabricating high aspect ratio ceramic structures in which a selected portion of perovskite or perovskite-like crystalline material is exposed to a high energy ion beam for a time sufficient to cause the crystalline material contacted by the ion beam to have substantially parallel columnar defects. Then selected portions of the material having substantially parallel columnar defects are etched leaving material with and without substantially parallel columnar defects in a predetermined shape having high aspect ratios of not less than 2 to 1. Etching is accomplished by optical or PMMA lithography. There is also disclosed a structure of a ceramic which is superconducting at a temperature in the range of from about 10.degree. K. to about 90.degree. K. with substantially parallel columnar defects in which the smallest lateral dimension of the structure is less than about 5 microns, and the thickness of the structure is greater than 2 times the smallest lateral dimension of the structure.

  7. High-aspect-ratio fine-line metallization

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    Chang, Chienliu; Chang, Peizen; Yen, Kaihsiang; Lu, Sheyshi

    1998-08-01

    This study is aimed at making metallic fine lines characterized with high aspect ratio. There are two methods we have developed. One is the trilevel lift-off method with submicron lithography, and the other is the lift-off method by using the commercial negative photoresist SU-8 made by IBM. First, the trilevel lift-off method is described. A pre- imidized, soluble polyimide layer of OCG Probimide 293 A is spun on a wafer with thickness 4 micrometer. A 120 nm thick layer of silicon oxynitride was formed on the polyimide by PECVD. A layer photoresist layer was applied and patterned. This photoresist layer is used as the etching mask of silicon oxynitride by RIE with the gas CF4 plasma. Similarly, the silicon oxynitride is used as the etching mask of the thick polyimide layers by RIE with the gas O2 plasma. After metallization the pre-imidized polyimide is dissolved in methylene chloride lifting off the oxynitride and metal layers. Following this way, the submicron lithography, such as silylation technology, is suitable to make the aspect ratio up to 10 and the metal line will still have 3 micrometer height. The other is the lift-off method by using negative photoresist SU-8. This SU-8 is originally used as high aspect ratio molding. The linewidth of SU-8 is reduced to 2 micrometer linewidth with 12 micrometer height, and used as the remover to lift off after metallization. This SU-8 makes the fine-line metallization of 2 micrometer linewidth to achieve the aspect- ratio up to 5.

  8. Heat Transfer in Trapezoidal Microchannels of Various Aspect Ratios

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    McHale, John P.; Garimella, Suresh V.

    2010-01-01

    Heat transfer in the thermal entrance region of trapezoidal microchannels is investigated for hydrodynamically fully developed, single-phase, laminar flow with no-slip conditions. Three-dimensional numerical simulations were performed using a finite-volume approach for trapezoidal channels with a wide range of aspect ratios. The sidewall angles of 54.7 degrees and 45 degrees are chosen to correspond to etch-resistant planes in the crystal structure of silicon. Local and average Nusselt number...

  9. Rayleigh-Benard Convection in Large-Aspect-Ratio Domains

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    Paul, M. R.; Chiam, K-H.; Cross, M. C.; Fischer, P. F.

    2004-01-01

    The coarsening and wavenumber selection of striped states growing from random initial conditions are studied in a non-relaxational, spatially extended, and far-from-equilibrium system by performing large-scale numerical simulations of Rayleigh-B\\'{e}nard convection in a large-aspect-ratio cylindrical domain with experimentally realistic boundaries. We find evidence that various measures of the coarsening dynamics scale in time with different power-law exponents, indicating that multiple lengt...

  10. Controlling metamaterial resonances via dielectric and aspect ratio effects

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    Chiam, Sher-Yi; Singh, Ranjan; Zhang, Weili; Bettiol, Andrew A

    2010-01-01

    We study ways to enhance the sensitivity and dynamic tuning range of the fundamental inductor-capacitor (LC) resonance in split ring resonators (SRRs) by controlling the aspect ratio of the SRRs and their substrate thickness. We conclude that both factors can significantly affect the LC resonance. We show that metafilms consisting of low height SRRs on a thin substrate are most sensitive to changes in their dielectric environment and thus show excellent potential for sensing applications.

  11. Controlling the profile of high aspect ratio gratings in diamond

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    Vargas Catalan, Ernesto; Forsberg, Pontus; Absil, Olivier; Karlsson, Mikael

    2016-01-01

    Diamond is an excellent material for infrared optics and for applications in harsh environments. Some of those desirable properties, i.e. hardness and chemical inertness, also make it a challenging material to machine and etch. In this study we have tested a wide range of etch parameters in an inductively coupled plasma etcher, in order to produce highly controlled, high aspect ratio gratings in diamond. We discuss the effects of pressure, bias power, and some gas mixture variation (pure oxyg...

  12. Low Aspect-Ratio Wings for Wing-Ships

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    Filippone, Antonino; Selig, M.

    1998-01-01

    Flying on ground poses technical and aerodynamical challenges. The requirements for compactness, efficiency, manouverability, off-design operation,open new areas of investigations in the fieldof aerodynamic analysis and design. A review ofthe characteristics of low-aspect ratio wings, in- and out...... of ground, is presented. It is shownthat the performance of such wings is generally inferior to that of slender wings, although in ground placement can yield substantial improvements in the aerodynamic efficiency....

  13. Instability of low viscosity elliptic jets with varying aspect ratio

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    Kulkarni, Varun

    2011-11-01

    In this work an analytical description of capillary instability of liquid elliptic jets with varying aspect ratio is presented. Linear stability analysis in the long wave approximation with negligible gravitational effects is employed. Elliptic cylindrical coordinate system is used and perturbation velocity potential substituted in the Laplace equation to yield Mathieu and Modified Mathieu differential equations. The dispersion relation for elliptical orifices of any aspect ratio is derived and validated for axisymmetric disturbances with m = 0, in the limit of aspect ratio, μ = 1 , i.e. the case of a circular jet. As Mathieu functions and Modified Mathieu function solutions converge to Bessel's functions in this limit the Rayleigh-Plateau instability criterion is met. Also, stability of solutions corresponding to asymmetric disturbances for the kink mode, m = 1 and flute modes corresponding to m >= 2 is discussed. Experimental data from earlier works is used to compare observations made for elliptical orifices with μ ≠ 1 . This novel approach aims at generalizing the results pertaining to cylindrical jets with circular cross section leading to better understanding of breakup in liquid jets of various geometries.

  14. Second regime tokamak operation at large aspect ratio

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    The equilibrium, stability, and transport properties of large aspect ratio tokamaks operating at the second stability regime are described theoretically using numerical and analytical techniques. It has been shown that, at large aspect ratio, significant current profile control is possible with relatively modest amounts of neutral beam current drive, and the power needed to access and maintain the second regime operation is calculated to be about 3 MW using the results of an integrated 1.5D transport and stability code. An example second regime experiment has been described and the results are presented of extensive calculations illustrating several possible operating scenarios, external and internal model stability boundaries, and the experimental features needed to evaluate and test the high beta tokamak theories. The theory which describes the stabilizing effect of energetic particles during high beta operation was extended to finite aspect ratio. A key technical problem for application of this technique appears to be caused by ripple transport. Plasma rotation effects are found to be generally destabilizing and several other schemes for improved access to the second stability regime are discussed including ponderomotive stabilization of the plasma edge region and active feedback control

  15. Crystallization behavior and microstructural characterization of drug/polymer systems

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    Zhu, Qing

    Solid dispersions of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) in a polymeric matrix have received extensive attention as a potential approach to increase the dissolution rate of the API. Among different types of solid dispersions, polyethylene glycol (PEG) based semicrystalline solid dispersions have attracted considerable interest, for the reason that PEG enables the delivery of most APIs with low aqueous solubility. However, there are still limitations that restrict the application of this technique for drug formulations. One main concern is the reproducibility of the physicochemical properties of the solid dispersions during scale-up and storage. Additionally, the mechanism by which the dissolution rate is enhanced is still unclear. These are all related to the microstructure of the solid dispersions. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to have a fundamental understanding of the crystallization behavior and microstructural evolution of API/PEG solid dispersions. The model API was comelted with PEG and solidified at predetermined temperatures. The effect of the physicochemical properties of the APIs, polymer matrix and preparation conditions on the crystallization behavior and structure were investigated, using wide-angle X-ray scattering, small-angle X-ray scattering, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and second harmonic imaging microscopy. When API/PEG solid dispersions were formed using different APIs, it was found that, for the fast crystallizing APIs (e.g. naproxen), the interaction between the API and the PEG matrix slowed down the crystallization rate of naproxen. For the slow crystallizing APIs (e.g. ibuprofen), crystalline PEG acted as heterogeneous nuclei to speed up the onset of crystallization. It was also found that, APIs with strong interaction in PEG (e.g. Naproxen/PEG) favored the interlamellar incorporation of naproxen in PEG matrix before naproxen crystallized. When the naproxen/PEG solid dispersions are prepared at

  16. Use of Polymer Micro-Structures for Drug & Gene Delivery

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    Chu, Ben

    2005-03-01

    The design of polymer microstructures, including polyelectrolyte-surfactant complex formation, plays an important role in the protection and controlled release of drugs & DNA fragments. Two examples are presented: one for drug release and one for gene delivery. Non-viral gene therapy is a challenging problem that has not yet met much success even though numerous attempts have been made. The gene delivery illustration aims to present one specific approach on how DNA fragments can be delivered to a cell by using an electro-spun scaffold as a carrier, i.e., to consider how DNA fragments can be trapped into a scaffold for subsequent release and transfection. Our scheme is to capture the DNA fragments by taking advantage of the DNA coil-to-globule transition and to encapsulate the condensed DNA globule by using block copolymers. The supra-molecular capsule can then be incorporated into a nano-structured biodegradable polymer scaffold by means of electro-spinning. Subsequent DNA release to cells that adhere to the scaffolds was measured by using fluorescence microscopy.AcknowledgementsFinancial Support:National Science Foundation, Polymers Program (DMR9984102 & Creativity Extension Award), Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook, ITG Grant, and NIH SBIR Grant to STAR.Main contributors include Professors Benjamin S. Hsiao and Michael Hadjiargyrou, Drs. Dufei Fang, Dehai Liang and Kwangsok Kim, Ms. K. Luu and Mr. J. Chiu.

  17. A wearable, highly stable, strain and bending sensor based on high aspect ratio graphite nanobelts

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    Alaferdov, A. V.; Savu, R.; Rackauskas, T. A.; Rackauskas, S.; Canesqui, M. A.; de Lara, D. S.; Setti, G. O.; Joanni, E.; de Trindade, G. M.; Lima, U. B.; de Souza, A. S.; Moshkalev, S. A.

    2016-09-01

    A simple and scalable method was developed for the fabrication of wearable strain and bending sensors, based on high aspect ratio (length/thickness ∼103) graphite nanobelt thin films deposited by a modified Langmuir–Blodgett technique onto flexible polymer substrates. The sensing mechanism is based on the changes in contact resistance between individual nanobelts upon substrate deformation. Very high sensor response stability for more than 5000 strain–release cycles and a device power consumption as low as 1 nW were achieved. The device maximum stretchability is limited by the metal electrodes and the polymer substrate; the maximum strain that could be applied to the polymer used in this work was 40%. Bending tests carried out for various radii of curvature demonstrated distinct sensor responses for positive and negative curvatures. The graphite nanobelt thin flexible films were successfully tested for acoustic vibration and heartbeat sensing.

  18. Tight aspect ratio tokamak power reactor with superconducting TF coils

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    Tight aspect ratio tokamak power reactor with super-conducting toroidal field (TF) coils has been proposed. A center solenoid coil system and an inboard blanket were discarded. The key point was how to find the engineering design solution of the TF coil system with the high field and high current density. The coil system with the center post radius of less than 1 m can generate the maximum field of ∼ 20 T. This coil system causes a compact reactor concept, where the plasma major and minor radii of 3.75 m and 1.9 m, respectively and the fusion power of 1.8 GW. (author)

  19. Tight aspect ratio tokamak power reactor with superconducting TF coils

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    Tight aspect ratio tokamak power reactor with super-conducting toroidal field (TF) coils has been proposed. A center solenoid coil system and an inboard blanket were discarded. The key point was how to find the engineering design solution of the TF coil system with the high and high current density. The coil system with the center post radius of less than 1 m can generate the maximum field of ∼20 T. This coil system causes, a compact reactor concept, where the plasma major and minor radii o 3.75 m and 1.9 m, respectively and the fusion power of 1.8 GW. (author)

  20. Analysis and characterization of demolding of hot embossed polymer microstructures

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    Dirckx, Matthew E.; Hardt, David E.

    2011-08-01

    Micro-molding techniques including injection molding and hot embossing have great potential for manufacturing microfluidic 'lab-on-a-chip' devices for point-of-care diagnostics and many other applications; however, separating the part from the mold (demolding) can pose problems. This paper presents a study of demolding of hot embossed polymer microstructures, including theoretical analysis and finite element simulations, along with demolding experiments using a newly developed test method. Using this method, the energy dissipated during demolding (the demolding toughness) can be determined for individual microstructures. It has been found that both adhesion and sidewall friction play a role in demolding, with adhesion being degraded by thermal stress and friction being exacerbated as the part cools. A minimum value of demolding toughness occurs at the temperature where adhesion is fully degraded. This temperature depends on the initial adhesion strength, the part's material properties and the geometry of mold features. The minimum toughness temperature has been identified for several simple mold patterns for parts made of poly-methyl-methacrylate and polycarbonate. The minimum toughness temperature is higher for sparser patterns of features and lower for denser ones. Below this temperature, the demolding toughness is related to feature height but is not related to feature width.

  1. Aspect ratio effects in turbulent duct flows studied with DNS

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    Vinuesa, R.; Noorani, A.; Lozano-Durán, A.; Schlatter, P.; Fischer, P.; Nagib, H.

    2012-11-01

    Three-dimensional effects present in turbulent duct flows, i.e., side-wall boundary layers and secondary motions, are studied by means of direct numerical simulations (DNS). The spectral element code Nek5000, developed by Fischer et. al. (2008), is used to compute turbulent duct flows with aspect ratios 1 and 3 in streamwise-periodic boxes of length 25 h (long enough to capture the longest streamwise structures). The total number of grid points is 28 and 62 million respectively, and the inflow conditions were adjusted iteratively in order to keep the same bulk Reynolds number at the centerplane (Reb , c = 2800) in both cases. Spanwise variations in wall shear, mean-flow profiles and turbulence statistics were analyzed with aspect ratio, and also compared with the 2D channel. The simulations were started from a laminar duct profile, and transition to turbulence was triggered by means of trip-forcing in the wall-normal direction, applied at the two horizontal walls. In addition, we developed a convergence criterion aimed at assessing the necessary averaging time TA for converged statistics. We find that econdary motions present in duct flows require longer averaging times and the total shear-stress profile is not necessarily linear.

  2. Measuring the aspect ratio renormalization of anisotropic-lattice gluons

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    Using tadpole-improved actions we investigate the consistency between different methods of measuring the aspect ratio renormalization of anisotropic-lattice gluons for bare aspect ratios χ0=4,6,10 and inverse lattice spacing in the range as-1=660--840 MeV. The tadpole corrections to the action, which are established self-consistently, are defined for two cases, mean link tadpoles in the Landau gauge and gauge invariant mean plaquette tadpoles. Parameters in the latter case exhibited no dependence on the spatial lattice size L, while in the former, parameters showed only a weak dependence on L easily extrapolated to L=∞. The renormalized anisotropy χR was measured using both the torelon dispersion relation and the sideways potential method. There is general agreement between these approaches, but there are discrepancies which are evidence for the presence of lattice artifact contributions. For the torelon these are estimated to be O(αSas2/R2), where R is the flux-tube radius. We also present some new data that suggest that rotational invariance is established more accurately for the mean-link action than the plaquette action

  3. Current drive and profile control in low aspect ratio tokamaks

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    The key to the theoretically predicted high performance of a low aspect ratio tokamak (LAT) is its ability to operate at very large plasma current*Ip. The plasma current at low aspect ratios follows the approximate formula: Ip ∼ (5a2Bt/Rqψ) [(1 + κ2)/2] [A/(A - 1)] where A quadruple-bond R/a which was derived from equilibrium studies. For constant qψ and Bt, Ip can increase by an order of magnitude over the case of tokamaks with A approx-gt 2.5. The large current results in a significantly enhanced βt (quadruple-bond βNIp/aBt) possibly of order unity. It also compensates for the reduction in A to maintain the same confinement performance assuming the confinement time τ follows the generic form ∼ HIpP-1/2R3/2κ1/2. The initiation and maintenance of such a large current is therefore a key issue for LATs

  4. HAREM: high aspect ratio etching and metallization for microsystems fabrication

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    Sarajlic, Edin; Yamahata, Christophe; Cordero, Mauricio; Collard, Dominique; Fujita, Hiroyuki

    2008-07-01

    We report a simple bulk micromachining method for the fabrication of high aspect ratio monocrystalline silicon MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) in a standard silicon wafer. We call this two-mask microfabrication process high aspect ratio etching and metallization or HAREM: it combines double-side etching and metallization to create suspended micromechanical structures with electrically 'insulating walls' on their backside. The insulating walls ensure a proper electrical insulation between the different actuation and sensing elements situated on either fixed or movable parts of the device. To demonstrate the high potential of this simple microfabrication method, we have designed and characterized electrostatically actuated microtweezers that integrate a differential capacitive sensor. The prototype showed an electrical insulation better than 1 GΩ between the different elements of the device. Furthermore, using a lock-in amplifier circuit, we could measure the position of the moving probe with few nanometers resolution for a displacement range of about 3 µm. This work was presented in part at the 21st IEEE MEMS Conference (Tucson, AZ, USA, 13-17 January, 2008) (doi:10.1109/MEMSYS.2008.4443656).

  5. Residual strain effects on large aspect ratio micro-diaphragms

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    Hijab, R.S.; Muller, R.S. (California Univ., Berkeley, CA (USA))

    1988-09-30

    Highly compliant, large aspect ratio diaphragms for use in low-pressure, capacitive-readout sensors, have been investigated. In such structures, unrelaxed strain in the diaphragms can radically alter mechanical behavior. Although strain can be reduced by thermal annealing, it usually reaches a remnant irreducible minimum. The purpose of this paper is to describe techniques that result in low-strain materials and that reduce the effects of residual strain in micro-diaphragms. Square polysilicon grilles and perforated diaphragms made from both single and double polysilicon layers and from single-crystal silicon, with aspect ratios (side/thickness) of up to 1000 and very low compressive strain ({approx}6 {times} 10{sup {minus}5}), have been fabricated. Strain reduction is achieved by combining thermal annealing with one of two mechanical design techniques. The first technique makes use of a series of cantilever beams to support the diaphragms. In a second procedure, corrugated surfaces in thinned membranes of single-crystal silicon are formed. The corrugations result from the use of boron doping and anisotropic silicon etching. In both of these techniques to produce low-strain diaphragms, an etched cavity is purposely formed in the substrate crystal below them. Only one-sided processing of wafers is employed, thus aiding reproducibility and providing ease of compatibility with an MOS process. A fast-etching sacrificial-support layer (phosphorus-doped CVD oxide) is used. 4 refs., 10 figs.

  6. Tilt stability of arbitrary aspect ratio ion rings

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    A study is made of the low-frequency tilt stability of finite aspect ratio field-reversed ion rings. A new analytic-numerical method is described which overcomes the large-aspect-ratio assumption of previous analytical treatments. The method involves the numerical evaluation of the Vlasov time history integrals for the ring particles using orbits determined numerically in numerically calculated self-consistent equilibria. The method is applied to the tilt stability of fat, noncircular cross-section rings. The condition for tilt instability is found to be of the form ω/sub z/>kΩ, where the parameter k varies from 0.7 to 1.0 for the cases studied, and where ω/sub z/ is the mean axial betatron frequency and Ω is the mean toroidal circulation frequency. For weak rings (field-reversal factor delta = B/sub self//B/sub e/x< or =1), k approaches unity, whereas for strong rings (deltaroughly-equal2), kroughly-equal0.7. As a given ring is elongated axially it is found that ω/sub z/ decreases, while Ω changes relatively little. A saturation mechanism is proposed whereby tilt unstable rings reach a stable equilibrium through axial lengthening

  7. Parametrization of the Gay-Berne potential for conjugated oligomer with a high aspect ratio

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    Lee, Cheng K.; Hua, Chi C.; Chen, Show A.

    2010-08-01

    The Gay-Berne (GB) potential has been a popular semiempirical model for describing the short-range intermolecular forces for a wide variety of aspherical molecules, including liquid crystals and anisotropic colloids, with generally small molecular dimensions and low aspect ratios (<5). This study evaluates the parametrization of the GB potential for a high-aspect-ratio (=10) oligomer belonging to a model conjugated polymer. We elaborate that the semiflexibility associated with a large oligomer species demands a variant umbrella-sampling scheme in establishing the potentials of mean force (PMFs) for four pair ellipsoid arrangements typically utilized to parametrize the GB potential. The model ellipsoid so constructed is shown to capture the PMFs of essential intermediate arrangements as well, and, according to the results of simplex optimizations, recommendations are given for the minimum set of parameters to be included in the optimization of a large oligomer or particulate species. To further attest the parametrized GB potential, the coarse-grained (CG) Monte Carlo simulations employing the GB potential and the back-mapped, full-atom atomistic molecular dynamics (AMD) simulations were performed for a dense oligomer system at two representative system temperatures. The results indicated that the CG simulations can capture, with exceptional computational efficiency, the AMD predictions with good thermal transferability. In future perspectives, we remark on potential applications to construct efficient, parameter-free CG models for capturing fundamental material properties of large oligomer/particulate species as well as long-chain conjugated polymers.

  8. Deposition of a-C:H films on inner surface of high-aspect-ratio microchannel

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    Hirata, Yuki; Choi, Junho

    2016-08-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) films were prepared on inner surface of 100-μm-width microchannel by using a bipolar-type plasma based ion implantation and deposition. The microchannel was fabricated using a silicon plate, and two kinds of microchannels were prepared, namely, with a bottom layer (open at one end) and without a bottom layer (open at both ends). The distribution of thickness and hardness of films was evaluated by SEM and nanoindentation measurements, respectively, and the microstructures of films were evaluated by Raman spectroscopy. Furthermore, the behavior of ions and radicals was analyzed simultaneously by combining the calculation methods of Particle-In-Cell/Monte Carlo Collision and Direct Simulation Monte Carlo to investigate the coating mechanism for the microchannel. It was found that the film thickness decreased as the depth of the coating position increased in the microchannels where it is open at one end. The uniformity of the film thickness improved by increasing the negative pulse voltage because ions can arrive at the deeper part of the microchannel. In addition, the hardness increased as the depth of the coating position increased. This is because the radicals do not arrive at the deeper part of the microchannel, and the incident proportion of ions relative to that of radicals increases, resulting in a high hardness due to the amorphization of the film. The opening area of the microchannel where the aspect ratio is very small, radicals dominate the incident flux, whereas ions prevail over radicals above an aspect ratio of about 7.5. On the other hand, in the microchannels that are open at both ends, there were great improvements in uniformity of the film thickness, hardness, and the film structure. The a-C:H films were successfully deposited on the entire inner surface of a microchannel with an aspect ratio of 20.

  9. Tunable Microwave Absorption Frequency by Aspect Ratio of Hollow Polydopamine@α-MnO2 Microspindles Studied by Electron Holography.

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    She, Wen; Bi, Han; Wen, Zhiwei; Liu, Qinghe; Zhao, Xuebing; Zhang, Jie; Che, Renchao

    2016-04-20

    A tunable response frequency is highly desirable for practical applications of microwave absorption materials but remains a great challenge. Here, hollow lightweight polydopamine@α-MnO2 microspindles were facilely synthesized with the tunable absorption frequency governed by the aspect ratio. The size of the hard template is a key factor to achieve the unique shape; the polymer layer with uniform thickness plays an important role in obtaining spindles with homogeneous size. With the aspect ratio increasing, the maximum reflection loss, as well as the absorption bandwidth (<-10 dB), increases and then decreases; meanwhile, the microwave absorption band shifts to the low frequency. The optimized aspect ratio of the cavity about the hollow polydopamine@α-MnO2 microspindles is ∼2.8. With 3 mm thickness at 9.7 GHz, the strongest reflection reaches -21.8 dB, and the width of the absorbing band (<-10 dB) is as wide as 3.3 GHz. Via electron holography, it is confirmed that strong charge accumulates around the interface between the polydopamine and α-MnO2 layers, which mainly contributes to the dielectric polarization absorption. This study proposes a reliable strategy to tune the absorption frequency via different aspect ratio polymer@α-MnO2 microspindles. PMID:27027922

  10. Fabrication of 3D metal/polymer microstructures by site-selective metal coating

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    Takeyasu, N. [RIKEN (The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research), Nanophotonics Laboratory, Saitama (Japan); Tanaka, T. [RIKEN (The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research), Nanophotonics Laboratory, Saitama (Japan); PRESTO, JST, Saitama (Japan); Kawata, S. [RIKEN (The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research), Nanophotonics Laboratory, Saitama (Japan); Osaka University, Department of Applied Physics, Osaka (Japan); CREST, JST, Saitama (Japan)

    2008-02-15

    Three-dimensional silver/polymer conjugated microstructures were fabricated by site-selective metal deposition on photopolymer structures in the sub-micrometer scale. Photopolymerizable resins with and without an amide group were independently prepared, and a three-dimensional polymer structure was fabricated with those resins by means of the two-photon-induced photopolymerization technique to confine the photopolymerization to a sub-micrometer volume. Silver was selectively deposited on the surface of the amide-containing polymer parts by electroless plating. This method can provide 3D arbitrary silver/polymer composite microstructures with sub-micrometer resolution. (orig.)

  11. Fabrication of 3D metal/polymer microstructures by site-selective metal coating

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    Takeyasu, N.; Tanaka, T.; Kawata, S.

    2008-02-01

    Three-dimensional silver/polymer conjugated microstructures were fabricated by site-selective metal deposition on photopolymer structures in the sub-micrometer scale. Photopolymerizable resins with and without an amide group were independently prepared, and a three-dimensional polymer structure was fabricated with those resins by means of the two-photon-induced photopolymerization technique to confine the photopolymerization to a sub-micrometer volume. Silver was selectively deposited on the surface of the amide-containing polymer parts by electroless plating. This method can provide 3D arbitrary silver/polymer composite microstructures with sub-micrometer resolution.

  12. Improving acousto-optical interaction by high aspect ratio electrodes

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    Dühring, Maria Bayard

    using these new types of SAWs compared to using the waves generated by the conventional interdigital transducer with thin electrodes. Thus, this indicates a way to improve acousto-optical interaction for integrated modulators, which have important applications such as optical phase shifters....... conventional interdigital transducers consisting of thin electrodes deposited at the surface. In this work the finite element method is employed to investigate if the acousto-optical interaction can be enhanced by generating the SAWs by interdigital transducers consisting of high aspect ratio electrodes. With...... a periodic model it is first shown that these tall electrodes introduce several new confined SAW modes with slow phase velocities because of mechanical energy storage in the electrodes. The periodic model is then extended to a finite model by using perfectly matched layers at the substrate borders...

  13. Injection molding of high aspect ratio sub-100 nm nanostructures

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    Matschuk, Maria; Larsen, Niels B

    2013-01-01

    We have explored the use of mold coatings and optimized processing conditions to injection mold high aspect ratio nanostructures (height-to-width >1) in cyclic olefin copolymer (COC). Optimizing the molding parameters on uncoated nickel molds resulted in slight improvements in replication quality......-containing thin film (FDTS) greatly enhanced the quality of replicated features, in particular at transient mold temperatures above Tg. Injection molding using the latter mold temperature regime resulted in a bimodal distribution of pillar heights, corresponding to either full or very poor replication of the...... coating with FDTS. Reduced adhesion forces are consistent with lowered friction that reduces the risk of fracturing the nanoscopic pillars during demolding. Optimized mold surface chemistry and associated injection molding conditions permitted the fabrication of square arrays of 40 nm wide and 107 nm high...

  14. Vortices in rotating and stratified flows: aspect ratio and sustainability

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    Le Gal P.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available In linear stratifications, vortices have a typical flat shape that appears to be not only a compromise between the rotation and the stratification of the background flow through their Coriolis parameter f and buoyancy frequency hbox{$ar{N}$} N̅ , but also involves the buoyancy frequency Nc within the vortices and their Rossby number Ro. We derive an analytical solution for the self-similar ellipsoidal shape of the vortices and the law for their aspect ratio. From this law, we show that long-lived vortices must necessary be either weakly stratified anticyclones or superstratified cyclones (which is less likely to occur. These predictions are experimentally and numerically verified and agree with published measurements for Jovian vortices and ocean meddies. This approach can be applied to a gaussian stratification to give good insights of the shape of vortices in protoplanetary disks and their sustainability.

  15. Fabrication of high aspect ratio micro electrode by using EDM

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    Mejid Elsiti, Nagwa; Noordin, M. Y.; Umar Alkali, Adam

    2016-02-01

    The electrical discharge machining (EDM) process inherits characteristics that make it a promising micro-machining technique. Micro electrical discharge machining (micro- EDM) is a derived form of EDM, which is commonly used to manufacture micro and miniature parts and components by using the conventional electrical discharge machining fundamentals. Moving block electro discharge grinding (Moving BEDG) is one of the processes that can be used to fabricate micro-electrode. In this study, a conventional die sinker EDM machine was used to fabricate the micro-electrode. Modifications are made to the moving BEDG, which include changing the direction of movements and control gap in one electrode. Consequently current was controlled due to the use of roughing, semi-finishing and finishing parameters. Finally, a high aspect ratio micro-electrode with a diameter of 110.49μm and length of 6000μm was fabricated.

  16. Noise Measurements of High Aspect Ratio Distributed Exhaust Systems

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    Bridges, James E.

    2015-01-01

    This paper covers far-field acoustic measurements of a family of rectangular nozzles with aspect ratio 8, in the high subsonic flow regime. Several variations of nozzle geometry, commonly found in embedded exhaust systems, are explored, including bevels, slants, single broad chevrons and notches, and internal septae. Far-field acoustic results, presented previously for the simple rectangular nozzle, showed that increasing aspect ratio increases the high frequency noise, especially directed in the plane containing the minor axis of the nozzle. Detailed changes to the nozzle geometry generally made little difference in the noise, and the differences were greatest at low speed. Having an extended lip on one broad side (bevel) did produce up to 3 decibels more noise in all directions, while extending the lip on the narrow side (slant) produced up to 2 decibels more noise, primarily on the side with the extension. Adding a single, non-intrusive chevron, made no significant change to the noise, while inverting the chevron (notch) produced up to 2decibels increase in the noise. Having internal walls (septae) within the nozzle, such as would be required for structural support or when multiple fan ducts are aggregated, reduced the noise of the rectangular jet, but could produce a highly directional shedding tone from the septae trailing edges. Finally, a nozzle with both septae and a beveled nozzle, representative of the exhaust system envisioned for a distributed electric propulsion aircraft with a common rectangular duct, produced almost as much noise as the beveled nozzle, with the septae not contributing much reduction in noise.

  17. Study of aspect ratio effects on MHD instabilities

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    Full text: Aspect ratio affects kinetic instabilities in many ways. In this paper we describe explicit aspect ratio scaling studies of kinetic instabilities using the NSTX and DIII- D devices and introduce new theoretical work on the general kinetic physics of KBM, TAE, CAE with applications on NSTX. The National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) and the DIII-D tokamak are nearly ideal for an Alfven mode similarity experiment, with similar neutral beams, fast-ion to Alfven speed, fast-ion pressure, and shape of the plasma, but the major radius differs by a factor of two. A similarity study of the toroidal Alfven mode (TAE) shows that the most unstable toroidal mode number scales as expected, supporting an expectation of a 'sea' of unstable modes in a reactor. Alfvenic instabilities with frequencies that chirp rapidly are common in NSTX but rare in DIII-D. Efforts to understand this difference in terms of the hole-clump theory of Berk and Breizman are reported. Compressional Alfven modes (CAE) on NSTX have the frequency scaling, polarization, dependence on the fast-ion distribution function, and low frequency limit qualitatively consistent with CAE theory. Experiments are planned to compare the stability limits on DIII-D with the NSTX stability limits, with the aim of determining if CAE will be excited by alphas in a reactor. The ballooning instability results from the release of free energy of non- uniform pressure that has a gradient in the same direction as the magnetic field curvature. We show that the combined kinetic effect of trapped electron dynamics and ion Larmor radii produces a large parallel electric field and hence a parallel current that greatly enhances the stabilizing effect of field line tension. We are grateful to the NSTX and DIII-D teams. (author)

  18. Geometry Control of Photo-induced Microstructures in an Azobenzene Polymer Film

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    Xu Ze-Da; LI Zhen; LIANG Li-Zhen; PENG Zhuo-Lun; CAI Zhi-Gang; ZHOU Jian-Ying; NINULESCU Valerica; ZHANG Ling-Zhi

    2001-01-01

    The mechanisms of photo-induced microstructures in an azobenzene polymer film are presented. They are based on the spatial periodic modulation of optical intensity and the photoisomerization of azobenzene molecules with the movement of main chains. Experiment and theory jointly point out the possibility of photo-inducing desired spatial microstructures in an azobenzene organic polymer via adequate optical lattices and adequately polarized ‘writing' beams.

  19. Bootstrap current for small aspect ratio TOKAMAK equilibria

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    Full text. We present equilibrium features of the very small ratio tokamak, TBR-2 E, with the aspect ratio of 1.6, which is being designed in Brazil - a joint project with the participation of the University of Sao Paulo, the State University of Campinas, and the National Institute for Space Research. The equilibria have been studied by using the SELENE-J code developed at JAERI, Japan, by Tokuda et al. We have concentrated our study on the determination of the stability limit by using the critical pressure criterion for ballooning stability and Mercier criterion for other MHD modes. The β-limit values were calculated for the case of the non-inductive current and found that its maximum lies at elongation of 1.7. Increasing the triangularity, the β-limit values increase, but the maximum continues to stay at the same value of elongation. We have also studied the effect of the neo-classical transport properties by changing the plasma temperature (or β values). In particular, we have studied the trapped particles and bootstrap current. We have found that at temperatures as low as 600 eV the transport is already in banana regime and that the bootstrap current may account for a significant part of the total plasma current. (author)

  20. Effect of high aspect ratio on ITER maintenance design

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    The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) baseline machine configuration and auxiliary systems design specify maintainability and repairability as fundamental requirements. Two important maintenance requirements for ITER are a device that is fully remotely maintainable, with the provision for hands-on maintenance wherever possible, and the ability to maintain components with short lives or high failure rates without moving other components or disturbing the machine's internal or external environment. Some of the maintenance tasks are accomplished through the use of specialized remote maintenance equipment that will perform crucial in-vessel and ex-vessel operations. In-vessel maintenance will be performed with a combination of horizontal and vertical access. Since the completion of the Conceptual Design Activity (CDA), systems studies by the US ITER design team have pointed to the possible benefits of a high aspect ratio design (HARD). The alternative HARD has been shown to have better performance characteristics than the present baseline. The HARD machine configuration modified in size a number of major components that must be remotely maintained or replaced. This required reevaluation of the maintenance scenarios of these components with respect to changes in physical accessibility, assembly and disassembly, and remote maintenance equipment. The CDA baseline design and HARD are compared from an assembly and maintenance feasibility perspective for some critical operations. 1 ref., 6 figs

  1. Geodesic Acoustic Modes in Rotating Large Aspect Ratio Tokamak Plasmas

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    Full text: Analytical theory of Geodesic Acoustic Modes (GAM's) is modified for a general case of rotating tokamak plasma. Both toroidal and poloidal components of steady-state plasma rotation are taken into account. For large aspect ratio tokamaks, the dispersion relation of electrostatic perturbations is derived analytically in the frame of one-fluid ideal magneto-hydrodynamics. In the case of small (compared to the sound frequency) angular rotation velocity, two solutions of dispersion relation are found. The first one is the standard GAM modified by the rotation effects. The second mode has a frequency close to the frequency of acoustic mode. The new GAM is induced by poloidal plasma rotation. This mode appears as a consequence of the Doppler frequency shift in the side-band components of plasma density, pressure and parallel velocity perturbations. The side-bands arise as the curvature driven response to the electrostatic potential perturbation with m =0(m is the poloidal wavenumber). The Doppler frequency shift is caused by poloidal rotation and has opposite signs for the m = 1 and m = -1 side-bands. Unlike the case of tokamak equilibrium with isothermal magnetic flux surfaces, no new low-frequency GAM arises in the case of purely toroidal plasma rotation in tokamak with isentropic magnetic surfaces. The pure toroidal flow results only in the up-shift of GAM frequency. (author)

  2. Model for aspect ratio dependent etch modulated processing

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    A time-multiplexed, anisotropic, inductively coupled plasma Si deep reactive ion etch process is characterized in terms of the Si macroload, cross-wafer spatial variation, local pattern density, and feature size. The process regime is established as neutral flux limited, in which material transport occurs in the molecular flow to transition flow regimes. For this process regime, a semiempirical, unified analytic model and a numeric model are developed using the Dushman and Clausing vacuum conductance correction factors, respectively, in the Coburn and Winters model of aspect ratio dependent etching. The experimental reaction probability for etching of Si by F was found to be 0.24 for Dushman's factor and 0.22 for Clausing's factor. Each model is validated to ±10% against experimental depth data for microdonut and trench test structures and match each other to within 10% for depths of up to 160 μm. The observed depth range is 64 μm at a depth of 160 μm.

  3. High-aspect-ratio bulk micromachining of titanium.

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    Aimi, Marco F; Rao, Masa P; MacDonald, Noel C; Zuruzi, Abu Samah; Bothman, David P

    2004-02-01

    Recent process developments have permitted the highly anisotropic bulk micromachining of titanium microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). By using the metal anisotropic reactive ion etching with oxidation (MARIO) process, arbitrarily high-aspect-ratio structures with straight sidewalls and micrometre-scale features have been bulk micromachined into titanium substrates of various thicknesses, ranging from 0.5-mm sheet down to 10-microm free-standing titanium foils. Bulk micromachined structures are generally free of residual stresses and are preferred when large, rigid, flat and/or high-force actuators are desired. However, so far there has been a limited ability to select materials on the basis of specific application in bulk micromachining, primarily because of the predominance of MEMS processes dedicated to single-crystal silicon, such as silicon deep reactive ion etching. The MARIO process permits the creation of bulk titanium MEMS, which offers potential for the use of a set of material properties beyond those provided by traditional semiconductor-based MEMS. Consequently, the MARIO process enables the fabrication of novel devices that capitalize on these assets to yield enhanced functionalities that would not be possible with traditional micromechanical material systems. PMID:14743212

  4. Microstructured Films Formed on Liquid Substrates via Initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition of Cross-Linked Polymers.

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    Bradley, Laura C; Gupta, Malancha

    2015-07-28

    We studied the formation of microstructured films at liquid surfaces via vapor phase polymerization of cross-linked polymers. The films were composed of micron-sized coral-like structures that originate at the liquid-vapor interface and extend vertically. The growth mechanism of the microstructures was determined to be simultaneous aggregation of the polymer on the liquid surface and wetting of the liquid on the growing aggregates. We demonstrated that we can increase the height of the microstructures and increase the surface roughness of the films by either decreasing the liquid viscosity or decreasing the polymer deposition rate. Our vapor phase method can be extended to synthesize functional, free-standing copolymer microstructured thin films for potential applications in tissue engineering, electrolyte membranes, and separations. PMID:26176742

  5. Characterization of peeling modes in a low aspect ratio tokamak

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    Peeling modes are observed at the plasma edge in the Pegasus Toroidal Experiment under conditions of high edge current density (Jedge ∼ 0.1 MA m−2) and low magnetic field (B ∼ 0.1 T) present at near-unity aspect ratio. Their macroscopic properties are measured using external Mirnov coil arrays, Langmuir probes and high-speed visible imaging. The modest edge parameters and short pulse lengths of Pegasus discharges permit direct measurement of the internal magnetic field structure with an insertable array of Hall-effect sensors, providing the current profile and its temporal evolution. Peeling modes generate coherent, edge-localized electromagnetic activity with low toroidal mode numbers n ⩽ 3 and high poloidal mode numbers, in agreement with theoretical expectations of a low-n external kink structure. Coherent MHD fluctuation amplitudes are found to be strongly dependent on the experimentally measured Jedge/B peeling instability drive, consistent with theory. Peeling modes nonlinearly generate ELM-like, field-aligned filamentary structures that detach from the edge and propagate radially outward. The KFIT equilibrium code is extended with an Akima spline profile parameterization and an improved model for induced toroidal wall current estimation to obtain a reconstruction during peeling activity with its current profile constrained by internal Hall measurements. It is used to test the analytic peeling stability criterion and numerically evaluate ideal MHD stability. Both approaches predict instability, in agreement with experiment, with the latter identifying an unstable external kink. (paper)

  6. Numerical Study of the Effect of the Sample Aspect Ratio on the Ductility of Bulk Metallic Glasses (BMGs) Under Compression

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    Jiang, Yunpeng

    2016-05-01

    In this article, a systematic numerical study was conducted to study the detailed shear banding evolution in bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) with various sample aspect ratios under uniaxial compression, and whereby the effect of the sample aspect ratio on the compressive ductility was elucidated. A finite strain viscoelastic model was employed to describe the shear banding nucleation, growth, and coalescence in BMG samples with the help of Anand and Su's theory, which was incorporated into the ABAQUS finite element method code as a user material subroutine VUMAT. The present numerical method was first verified by comparing with the corresponding experimental results, and then parameter analysis was performed to discuss the impact of microstructure parameters on the predicted results. The present modeling will shed some light on enhancing the toughness of BMG structures in the engineering applications.

  7. Dimensions and aspect ratios of natural ice crystals

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    J. Um

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available During the 2006 Tropical Warm Pool International Cloud Experiment (TWP-ICE in the tropics, the 2008 Indirect and Semi-Direct Aerosol Campaign (ISDAC in the Arctic, and the 2010 Small PARTicles In CirrUS (SPARTICUS campaign at mid-latitudes, high-resolution images of ice crystals were recorded by a Cloud Particle Imager at temperatures (T between −87 and 0 °C. The projected maximum dimension (D', length (L', and width (W' of pristine columns, plates, and component bullets of bullet rosettes were measured using newly developed software, the Ice Crystal Ruler. The number of bullets in each bullet rosette was also measured. Column crystals were further distinguished as either horizontally oriented columns or columns with other orientations to eliminate any orientation effect on the measured dimensions. The dimensions and aspect ratios (AR, the dimension of the major axis divided by the dimension of the minor axis of crystals were determined as functions of temperature, geophysical location, and type of cirrus. Dimensions of crystals generally increased with temperature. Columns and bullets had larger dimensions (i.e., W' of the minor axis (i.e., a axis for a given dimension (i.e., D' orL' of the major axis (i.e., c axis, and thus smaller AR, as T increased, whereas this trend did not occur for plate crystals. The average number of branches in bullet rosettes was 5.50 ± 1.35 during three campaigns and 6.32 ± 1.34 (5.46 ± 1.34; 4.95 ± 1.01 during TWP-ICE (SPARTICUS; ISDAC. The AR of bullets increased with the number of branches in bullet rosettes. Most dimensions of crystals and ARs of columnar crystals measured during SPARTICUS were larger than those measured during TWP-ICE and ISDAC at −67 L–W relationships of columns derived using current data exhibited a strong dependence on temperature; similar relationships determined in previous studies were within the range of the current data.

  8. Different methods to alter surface morphology of high aspect ratio structures

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    Leber, M.; Shandhi, M. M. H.; Hogan, A.; Solzbacher, F.; Bhandari, R.; Negi, S.

    2016-03-01

    In various applications such as neural prostheses or solar cells, there is a need to alter the surface morphology of high aspect ratio structures so that the real surface area is greater than geometrical area. The change in surface morphology enhances the devices functionality. One of the applications of altering the surface morphology is of neural implants such as the Utah electrode array (UEA) that communicate with single neurons by charge injection induced stimulation or by recording electrical neural signals. For high selectivity between single cells of the nervous system, the electrode surface area is required to be as small as possible, while the impedance is required to be as low as possible for good signal to noise ratios (SNR) during neural recording. For stimulation, high charge injection and charge transfer capacities of the electrodes are required, which increase with the electrode surface. Traditionally, researchers have worked with either increasing the roughness of the existing metallization (platinum grey, black) or other materials such as Iridium Oxide and PEDOT. All of these previously investigated methods lead to more complicated metal deposition processes that are difficult to control and often have a critical impact on the mechanical properties of the metal films. Therefore, a modification of the surface underneath the electrode's coating will increase its surface area while maintaining the standard and well controlled metal deposition process. In this work, the surfaces of the silicon micro-needles were engineered by creating a defined microstructure on the electrodes surface using several methods such as laser ablation, focused ion beam, sputter etching, reactive ion etching (RIE) and deep reactive ion etching (DRIE). The surface modification processes were optimized for the high aspect ratio silicon structures of the UEA. The increase in real surface area while maintaining the geometrical surface area was verified using scanning electron

  9. Downsizing of single crystalline high aspect ratio tungsten nanowires

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    Directional solidification of eutectic NiAl-W alloys offers an intuitive method to produce tungsten nanowires. Through the use of two different methods, the well-established Bridgman method and a newer type floating zone method, the direct influence of process parameters, like the withdrawal rate and the temperature gradient, onto the sample microstructure were studied. The sharp temperature gradient, built up using a four mirror system focusing the light emitted by halogen lamps inside the optical floating zone furnace allows producing nanowires with a diameter as small as 75 nm. Differences in the solid/liquid interface morphology depending on the solidification method used are discussed. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  10. Downsizing of single crystalline high aspect ratio tungsten nanowires

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    Milenkovic, Srdjan [IMDEA Materials Institute, Eric Kandel 2, 28906, Getafe (Spain); Drensler, Stefanie [Institute for Chemical Technology of Inorganic Materials, Johannes Kepler University, Altenberger Str. 69, 4040, Linz (Austria); Hassel, Achim Walter [Institute for Chemical Technology of Inorganic Materials, Johannes Kepler University, Altenberger Str. 69, 4040, Linz (Austria); Christian Doppler Laboratory for Combinatorial Oxide Chemistry, Institute for Chemical Technology of Inorganic Materials, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenberger Str. 69, 4040, Linz (Austria)

    2015-06-15

    Directional solidification of eutectic NiAl-W alloys offers an intuitive method to produce tungsten nanowires. Through the use of two different methods, the well-established Bridgman method and a newer type floating zone method, the direct influence of process parameters, like the withdrawal rate and the temperature gradient, onto the sample microstructure were studied. The sharp temperature gradient, built up using a four mirror system focusing the light emitted by halogen lamps inside the optical floating zone furnace allows producing nanowires with a diameter as small as 75 nm. Differences in the solid/liquid interface morphology depending on the solidification method used are discussed. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  11. Near-field properties of plasmonic nanostructures with high aspect ratio

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    Agha, Y Ould; Girard, C; Bouhelier, A; Francs, G Colas des

    2015-01-01

    Using the Green's dyad technique based on cuboidal meshing, we compute the electromagnetic field scattered by metal nanorods with high aspect ratio. We investigate the effect of the meshing shape on the numerical simulations. We observe that discretizing the object with cells with aspect ratios similar to the object's aspect ratio improves the computations, without degrading the convergency. We also compare our numerical simulations to finite element method and discuss further possible improvements.

  12. π-Donors microstructuring on surface of polymer film by their noncovalent interactions with iodine

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    Noncovalent (charge transfer) interaction between perylene and iodine in polycarbonate film provides formation of microstructured perylene layer on the polymer surface upon exposure of polymer film which contains dissolved perylene to solvent + iodine vapors. The prepared bilayer film possesses a sensing effect to iodine vapors which can be observed by both fluorescence and electrical conductivity changes. Similar bilayer films have been prepared also with anthracene and phenothiazine as π-donors with use of different polymer matrixes. Interaction of iodine with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) has also been studied by the M06-2x DFT calculations for better understanding of phenomenon of π-donors microstructuring on surface of polymer film. - Highlights: • Preparation of bilayer polymer films with π-donors on surface for the first time. • π-Donor phase purity is confirmed by XRD, IR spectroscopy, SEM. • Perylene bilayer polymer films possess fluorescence. • Perylene bilayer polymer films loss fluorescence under iodine vapors. • Perylene bilayer polymer films possess electrical conductivity when treated by iodine vapors

  13. π-Donors microstructuring on surface of polymer film by their noncovalent interactions with iodine

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    Traven, Valerii F., E-mail: valerii.traven@gmail.com [Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Moscow 125047, Miusskaya sq., 9 (Russian Federation); Ivanov, Ivan V.; Dolotov, Sergei M. [Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Moscow 125047, Miusskaya sq., 9 (Russian Federation); Veciana, Jaume Miro; Lebedev, Victor S. [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona–CSIC, Campus de la UAB, 08193, Bellaterra (Spain); Shulga, Yurii M.; Khasanov, Salavat S. [Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Acad. N.N. Semenov Prosp., 1, Chernogolovka, 142432 (Russian Federation); Medvedev, Michael G. [A. N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 119991, Vavilova str., 28 (Russian Federation); Laukhina, Elena E. [The Biomedical Research Networking Center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine, ICMAB-CSIC, Bellaterra, 08193 (Spain)

    2015-06-15

    Noncovalent (charge transfer) interaction between perylene and iodine in polycarbonate film provides formation of microstructured perylene layer on the polymer surface upon exposure of polymer film which contains dissolved perylene to solvent + iodine vapors. The prepared bilayer film possesses a sensing effect to iodine vapors which can be observed by both fluorescence and electrical conductivity changes. Similar bilayer films have been prepared also with anthracene and phenothiazine as π-donors with use of different polymer matrixes. Interaction of iodine with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) has also been studied by the M06-2x DFT calculations for better understanding of phenomenon of π-donors microstructuring on surface of polymer film. - Highlights: • Preparation of bilayer polymer films with π-donors on surface for the first time. • π-Donor phase purity is confirmed by XRD, IR spectroscopy, SEM. • Perylene bilayer polymer films possess fluorescence. • Perylene bilayer polymer films loss fluorescence under iodine vapors. • Perylene bilayer polymer films possess electrical conductivity when treated by iodine vapors.

  14. Filling of microvia with an aspect ratio of 5 by copper electrodeposition

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    The filling of microvias with a diameter of 5 μm and a depth of 25 μm (aspect ratio of 5) by copper electroplating was investigated. Filling experiments were evaluated by analyzing cross-sections of filled vias with scanning electron microscopy and focused ion beam. The fill-up evolution shows a bottom-up mechanism, also known as superfilling mechanism. The evolution of potential with time (chronopotentiometric measurements) was recorded during the fill-up process of vias and is interpreted based on potentiodynamic polarization measurements. The bottom-up fill mode is affected by the concentration of leveler inside the vias. A differential plating rate that is responsible for bottom-up plating, develops along the profile of the via on depletion of the leveler inside the vias. Since the depleted via is less inhibited, the local electrodeposition rate increases in the via. At the top part and outside the via, the electrodeposition rate is strongly inhibited due to a higher leveler concentration comparable to the one in the bulk electrolyte, what results in a low local electrodeposition rate. In this paper, the contribution of levelers to the bottom-up mechanism during the electrodeposition of copper in microvias is investigated. The observed microstructure supports the superfilling mechanism

  15. Dispersion-engineered and highly-nonlinear microstructured polymer optical fibres

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    Frosz, Michael Henoch; Nielsen, Kristian; Hlubina, Petr;

    2009-01-01

    We demonstrate dispersion-engineering of microstructured polymer optical fibres (mPOFs) made of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). A significant shift of the total dispersion from the material dispersion is confirmed through measurement of the mPOF dispersion using white-light spectral...

  16. Thermal tunability of photonic bandgaps in liquid crystal infiltrated microstructured polymer optical fibers

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    Yuan, Scott Wu; Wei, Lei; Alkeskjold, Thomas Tanggaard;

    2009-01-01

    We demonstrate the photonic bandgap effect and the thermal tunability of bandgaps in microstructured polymer optical fibers infiltrated with liquid crystal. Two liquid crystals with opposite sign of the temperature gradient of the ordinary refractive index (E7 and MDA-00- 1444) are used to...

  17. Angle dependent Fiber Bragg grating inscription in microstructured polymer optical fibers

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    Bundalo, Ivan-Lazar; Nielsen, Kristian; Bang, Ole

    2015-01-01

    We report on an incidence angle influence on inscription of the Fiber Bragg Gratings in Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microstructured polymer optical fibers. We have shown experimentally that there is a strong preference of certain angles, labeled Gamma K, over the other ones. Angles close to...... Marshall et al. (C)2015 Optical Society of America...

  18. Label-free biosensing with high sensitivity in dual-core microstructured polymer optical fibers

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    Markos, Christos; Yuan, Wu; Vlachos, Kyriakos;

    2011-01-01

    We present experimentally feasible designs of a dual-core microstructured polymer optical fiber (mPOF), which can act as a highly sensitive, label-free, and selective biosensor. An immobilized antigen sensing layer on the walls of the holes in the mPOF provides the ability to selectively capture...

  19. Influence of silica-polymer bond microstructure on tire-performance indicators

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    Cichomski, E.M.; Tolpekina, T.V.; Schultz, S.; Blume, A.; Dierkes, W.K.; Noordermeer, J.W.M.

    2015-01-01

    Changes in the coupling agent structure in a silica-silane filler system lead to alterations of the microstructure of the silica-polymer interface and determine the dynamic properties, thus wet skid resistance (WSR) and rolling resistance (RR) of a tire tread. Silanes with one ethoxy-group instead o

  20. Microstructure-mobility correlation in self-organised, conjugated polymer field-effect transistors

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    Sirringhaus, H.; Brown, P.J.; Friend, R.H.;

    2000-01-01

    We have investigated the correlation between polymer microstructure and charge carrier mobility in high-mobility, self-organised field-effect transistors of poly-3-hexyl-thiophene (P3HT). Two different preferential orientations of the microcrystalline P3HT domains with respect to the substrate ha...

  1. Research in manufacturing of micro-structured injection molded polymer parts

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    Lucyshyn, Thomas; Struklec, Tobias; Burgsteiner, Martin; Graninger, Georg; Holzer, Clemens

    2015-12-01

    An overview of current research results is given for the topic of injection molding of micro-structured polymer parts regarding filling behavior and demolding process of micro-structures as well as the production of micro-structures on curved surfaces. In order to better understand how micro-structures are formed during the filling stage of injection molding, a study was performed on a test part with micro-channels placed parallely and perpendicularly to flow direction. Short shots with a highly fluent Polypropylene grade were injection molded with the melt front stopping in the structure fields. The melt and mold temperature, the injection rate as well as the use of a variotherm heating system were varied in a systematic Design of Experiments. The shape of the flow front was investigated with the optical measurement system Alicona InfiniteFocus. The data gained was analyzed with Matlab scripts and provided the needed distance to completely fill the structures as a reference value. The next topic covers the demolding step, which is a crucial process step in injection molding of micro-structured parts as the successfully replicated structures often get destroyed in the following demolding step. In order to evaluate the influence of the four aspects polymer, mold surface (coatings), structure (geometry and placement) and process settings on the demolding behavior, an injection mold with integrated measurement system was built, which makes it possible to measure the demolding force respectively a demolding energy under process conditions. These values can be used to quantitatively compare the impact of the above mentioned influencing factors on demolding. Finally, a concept to produce micro-structures on curved surfaces with injection molding is shown: A flat metal premaster structure is used to produce an elastomeric polymer (dimethylsiloxane) master in a casting process. This master is fixed in a conventional injection mold and a thermoplastic polymer is replicated

  2. Aqueous base developable. Easy stripping, high aspect ratio negative photoresist for optical and proton beam lithography

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    Complete text of publication follows. A variety of different photo resists are used for the fabrication of polymer and metal high aspect ratio structures. Among them SU-8, a chemically amplified negative tone photoresist is the mostly used. However, after processing the finished resist pattern (SU-8) is hardly removed from the substrate. In the present work the formulation and process optimization of a negative tone chemically amplified photoresist (TADEP) is presented. TADEP resist consists of epoxy (EP), partially hydrogenated poly(hydroxystyrene) (PHS) components and 1-(4-hydroxy-3-methylphenyl) tetrahydrothiophenium triflate as PAG. In particular the component relative concentration and the PAG molecule have been optimized towards the optimum absorption in the exposure spectrum as also the dissolution rate of the uncrosslinked regions. In addition the PAB step has been studied towards the optimum conditions in terms of resist adhesion. The proton beam exposures were performed on the nuclear microprobe facility at ATOMKI. The proton energy was 2 MeV, the beam was focussed down to ∼3 μm spot size and the beam current used was in the 5-60 pA range. The scan size was typically 1000 μm and the beam step size was 1 μm. The fluence was 300 nC/mm2. The thermal processing steps (Post Apply Bake (PAB), Post Exposure Bake (PEB)) were carried out on a levelled hot plate. The development was performed in AZ726 MIF (0.26N TMAH) at room temperature in stirring mode. Before the nitrogen drying, the samples were rinsed in deionized water. Electroplating was carried out at a temperature controlled bath at 50 deg C by using a solution consisting of nickel sulfate, nickel chloride, boric acid, ferrous sulfate and saccharin and a constant current density of 40 mA/cm2. Stripping of the crosslinked regions was performed using acetone in an ultrasonic bath (Branson 2200, frequency of 47 kHz ± 6%). The resist structures are totally removed, despite the fact the width of the

  3. Electronic behavior of micro-structured polymer foils immersed in electrolyte

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    The presence of impurities in polymers makes them electroactive. When immersed in electrolytes, polymers can incorporate additional ions, thus changing their electronic properties. The aim of the present work is to characterize the electronic behavior of polymers with microstructures obtained from proton irradiation and etching. To that end, polyethylene terephthalate foils were irradiated with a 2.0 × 2.0 μm2 proton beam of 3 MeV. Subsequently, the foils were submitted to an etching procedure with NaOH, leading to microstructures of the order of 1000 μm2. Finally, the polymers were immersed in a solution of NaCl and submitted to an AC voltage from a function generator. The results show that the etching procedure after proton irradiation leads to buried structures in the polymers. Pristine and microstructured foils show an Ohmic behavior for frequencies below 1 kHz and a capacitive behavior above this frequency up to 1 MHz. This behavior is independent of the foil thickness and the area of the structures

  4. Seasonal dependence of the urban heat island on the street canyon aspect ratio

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    Theeuwes, N.E.; Steeneveld, G.J.; Ronda, R.J.; Heusinkveld, B.G.; Hove, van L.W.A.; Holtslag, A.A.M.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we study the relation between the urban heat island (UHI) in the urban canyon and street geometry, in particular the aspect ratio. Model results and observations show that two counteracting processes govern the relation between the nocturnal UHI and the building aspect ratio: i.e. trap

  5. Aspect ratio scaling of toroidal plasma equilibria and the tokamak bootstrap effect

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    The aspect ratio scaling of toroidal plasma equilibria is examined using a parametrization of an exact Solov close-quote ev solution to the Grad endash Shafranov equation in Boozer coordinates. The equilibrium analysis suggests that simultaneous enhancements in magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) stability and the bootstrap effect are possible in tight aspect ratio (A→1) tokamaks. The fundamental physical mechanism causing the enhancements is shown to be the natural increase of the MHD safety factor q in tight aspect ratio toroidal geometries. The results of the scaling model suggest that the lowest bootstrap current fractions are obtained in tokamaks with aspect ratios A∼3. It is also shown that a tight aspect ratio bootstrapped tokamak can be a weakly paramagnetic device. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  6. Hydrodynamic chromatography and field flow fractionation in finite aspect ratio channels.

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    Shendruk, T N; Slater, G W

    2014-04-25

    Hydrodynamic chromatography (HC) and field-flow fractionation (FFF) separation methods are often performed in 3D rectangular channels, though ideal retention theory assumes 2D systems. Devices are commonly designed with large aspect ratios; however, it can be unavoidable or desirable to design rectangular channels with small or even near-unity aspect ratios. To assess the significance of finite-aspect ratio effects and interpret experimental retention results, an ideal, analytical retention theory is needed. We derive a series solution for the ideal retention ratio of HC and FFF rectangular channels. Rather than limiting devices' ability to resolve samples, our theory predicts that retention curves for normal-mode FFF are well approximated by the infinite plate solution and that the performance of HC is actually improved. These findings suggest that FFF devices need not be designed with large aspect ratios and that rectangular HC channels are optimal when the aspect ratio is unity. PMID:24674643

  7. Preparation and Properties of Nanocomposites from Pristine and Modified SWCNTs of Comparable Average Aspect Ratios

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    Smith, Joseph G.; Delozier, Donavon M.; Watson, Kent A.; Connell, John W.; Bekyarova, E.; Haddon, R.; Yu, A.

    2008-01-01

    Low color, flexible, space-durable polyimide films with inherent and robust electrical conductivity to dissipate electrostatic charge (ESC) have been under investigation as part of a materials development activity for future NASA space missions. The use of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) is one means to achieving this goal. Even though the concentration of SWCNTs needed to achieve ESC dissipation is typically low, it is dependent upon purity, size, dispersion, and functionalization. In this study, SWCNTs prepared by the electric arc discharge method were used to synthesize nanocomposites using the LaRC(TradeMark) CP2 backbone as the matrix. Pristine and functionalized SWCNTs were mixed with an alkoxysilane terminated amide acid of LaRC(TradeMark) CP2 and the soluble imide form of the polymer and the resultant nanocomposites evaluated for mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties. Due to the preparative conditions for the pristine and functionalized SWCNTs, the average aspect ratio for both was comparable. This permitted the assessment of SWCNT functionalization with respect to various interactions (e.g. van der Waals, hydrogen bonding, covalent bond formation, etc.) with the matrix and the macroscopic effects upon nanocomposite properties. The results of this study are described herein.

  8. High Aspect Ratio Sub-15 nm Silicon Trenches From Block Copolymer Templates

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    Gu, Xiaodan; Liu, Zuwei; Gunkel, Ilja; Olynick, Deirdre; Russell, Thomas; University of Massachusetts Amherst Collaboration; Oxford Instrument Collaboration; Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Collaboration

    2013-03-01

    High-aspect-ratio sub-15 nm silicon trenches are fabricated directly from plasma etching of a block copolymer (BCP) mask. Polystyrene-b-poly(2-vinyl pyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) 40k-b-18k was spin coated and solvent annealed to form cylindrical structures parallel to the silicon substrate. The BCP thin film was reconstructed by immersion in ethanol and then subjected to an oxygen and argon reactive ion etching to fabricate the polymer mask. A low temperature ion coupled plasma with sulfur hexafluoride and oxygen was used to pattern transfer block copolymer structure to silicon with high selectivity (8:1) and fidelity. The silicon pattern was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and grazing incidence x-ray scattering. We also demonstrated fabrication of silicon nano-holes using polystyrene-b-polyethylene oxide (PS-b-PEO) using same methodology described above for PS-b-P2VP. Finally, we show such silicon nano-strucutre serves as excellent nano-imprint master template to pattern various functional materials like poly 3-hexylthiophene (P3HT).

  9. Synchrotron radiation direct photoetching of polymers and crystals for micromachining

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    Synchrotron radiation etching of polymers and optical crystals which are transparent throughout the spectral range from visible to ultraviolet has been carried out without using any chemicals, successfully creating high-aspect-ratio microstructures for micromachining. A detailed study of the etching rates by varying the synchrotron beam current, sample temperature, beam size and aspect ratio showed that this synchrotron radiation process is essentially different from laser ablation, while an in situ mass spectrometric analysis of gaseous etching products showed that the dissociation mechanism involved with the synchrotron radiation processing, even with heating, is completely different from the thermal dissociation of the laser ablation

  10. Microstructured Polymer Blend Surfaces Produced by Spraying Functional Copolymers and Their Blends

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    Nelson Vargas-Alfredo

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available We described the fabrication of functional and microstructured surfaces from polymer blends by spray deposition. This simple technique offers the possibility to simultaneously finely tune the microstructure as well as the surface chemical composition. Whereas at lower polymer concentration, randomly distributed surface micropatterns were observed, an increase of the concentration leads to significant changes on these structures. On the one hand, using pure homopolystyrene fiber-like structures were observed when the polymer concentration exceeded 30 mg/mL. Interestingly, the incorporation of 2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorostyrene changed the morphology, and, instead of fibers, micrometer size particles were identified at the surface. These fluorinated microparticles provide superhydrophobic properties leading to surfaces with contact angles above 165°. Equally, in addition to the microstructures provided by the spray deposition, the use of thermoresponsive polymers to fabricate interfaces with responsive properties is also described. Contact angle measurements revealed variations on the surface wettability upon heating when blends of polystyrene and polystyrene-b-poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate are employed. Finally, the use of spraying techniques to fabricate gradient surfaces is proposed. Maintaining a constant orientation, the surface topography and thus the contact angle varies gradually from the center to the edge of the film depending on the spray angle.

  11. New Vehicle Detection Method with Aspect Ratio Estimation for Hypothesized Windows

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    Jisu Kim

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available All kinds of vehicles have different ratios of width to height, which are called the aspect ratios. Most previous works, however, use a fixed aspect ratio for vehicle detection (VD. The use of a fixed vehicle aspect ratio for VD degrades the performance. Thus, the estimation of a vehicle aspect ratio is an important part of robust VD. Taking this idea into account, a new on-road vehicle detection system is proposed in this paper. The proposed method estimates the aspect ratio of the hypothesized windows to improve the VD performance. Our proposed method uses an Aggregate Channel Feature (ACF and a support vector machine (SVM to verify the hypothesized windows with the estimated aspect ratio. The contribution of this paper is threefold. First, the estimation of vehicle aspect ratio is inserted between the HG (hypothesis generation and the HV (hypothesis verification. Second, a simple HG method named a signed horizontal edge map is proposed to speed up VD. Third, a new measure is proposed to represent the overlapping ratio between the ground truth and the detection results. This new measure is used to show that the proposed method is better than previous works in terms of robust VD. Finally, the Pittsburgh dataset is used to verify the performance of the proposed method.

  12. Microstructure of polymer-clay nanocomposites studied by positrons

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    The epoxy-rectorite nanocomposites with different rectorite contents, epoxide equivalent were prepared and its microstructure was studied by positron annihilation and X-ray diffraction (XRD). At low rectorite content (0-2.0%), the free volume size in nanocomposites is nearly the same, but its concentration decreases with increasing content; the exfoliated structure was observed by XRD and interfacial layer formation between rectorite platelets and epoxy matrix was probed by positrons. Comparing with epoxy-montmorillonite, the exfoliated structure and interfacial layers are easier formed in epoxy-rectorite nanocomposites

  13. Printing microstructures in a polymer matrix using a ferrofluid droplet

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    Abdel Fattah, Abdel Rahman; Ghosh, Suvojit; Puri, Ishwar K.

    2016-03-01

    We print complex curvilinear microstructures in an elastomer matrix using a ferrofluid droplet as the print head. A magnetic field moves the droplet along a prescribed path in liquid polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The droplet sheds magnetic nanoparticle (MNP) clusters in its wake, forming printed features. The PDMS is subsequently heated so that it crosslinks, which preserves the printed features in the elastomer matrix. The competition between magnetic and drag forces experienced by the ferrofluid droplet and its trailing MNPs highlight design criteria for successful printing, which are experimentally confirmed. The method promises new applications, such as flexible 3D circuitry.

  14. Development of microstructure affected by in-mould manipulation in polymer composites and nanocomposites

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    M. Bilewicz

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Investigation of microstructure of polymer nanocomposites subjected to high shear rates during solidification phase.Design/methodology/approach: Injection moulding technique combined with specially designed mould gives possibility to manipulate solidifying polymer or polymer’s mixture inside cavity mould.Findings: Significant increment of fracture energy depending of applied conditions including melt temperature and time of shearing of polymer blend.Research limitations/implications: Obtained nanocomposites contain better mechanical properties comparing to polymer composites and application of SCORIM technique brought satisfying and improved results comparing to conventional methods.Practical implications: Implicated advanced technique to conventional injection moulding gives high performance material with good increased toughness and nanoplatteled particles, uniformly distributed, thanks to the applied technique, inside matrix well reinforce final products.Originality/value: SCORIM technique is rarely used technology and has influence on creation and development of morphology of processed materials.

  15. High aspect ratio composite structures with 48.5% thermal neutron detection efficiency

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    Shao, Q.; Voss, L. F.; Conway, A. M.; Nikolic, R. J. [Center for Micro and Nano Technology, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, Livermore, California 94550 (United States); Dar, M. A.; Cheung, C. L. [Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588 (United States)

    2013-02-11

    The pillar structured thermal neutron detector is based on the combination of high aspect ratio silicon p-i-n pillars surrounded by the neutron converter material {sup 10}B. By etching high aspect ratio pillar structures into silicon, the result is a device that efficiently absorbs the thermal neutron flux by accommodating a large volume fraction of {sup 10}B within the silicon pillar array. Here, we report a thermal neutron detection efficiency of 48.5% using a 50 {mu}m pillar array with an aspect ratio of 25:1.

  16. Ultra-high aspect ratio replaceable AFM tips using deformation-suppressed focused ion beam milling

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    Savenko, Alexey; Yildiz, Izzet; Petersen, Dirch Hjorth;

    2013-01-01

    Fabrication of ultra-high aspect ratio exchangeable and customizable tips for atomic force microscopy (AFM) using lateral focused ion beam (FIB) milling is presented. While on-axis FIB milling does allow high aspect ratio (HAR) AFM tips to be defined, lateral milling gives far better flexibility...... in terms of defining the shape and size of the tip. Due to beam-induced deformation, it has so far not been possible to define HAR structures using lateral FIB milling. In this work we obtain aspect ratios of up to 45, with tip diameters down to 9 nm, by a deformation-suppressing writing strategy. Several...

  17. Distribution over pore radii in random and isotropic systems of polydisperse rods with finite aspect ratios

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    Chatterjee, Avik P.

    2016-06-01

    Excluded-volume arguments are applied toward modeling the pore-size distribution in systems of randomly arranged cylindrical rods with finite and nonuniform aspect ratios. An explicit expression for the pore-size distribution is obtained by way of an analogy to a hypothetical system of fully penetrable objects, through a mapping that is designed to preserve the volume fraction occupied by the particle cores and the specific surface area. Results are presented for the mean value and standard deviation of the pore radius as functions of the rod aspect ratio, volume fraction, and polydispersity (degree of nonuniformity in the aspect ratios of the particles).

  18. Tailored Au nanorods: optimizing functionality, controlling the aspect ratio and increasing biocompatibility

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    Cai Xiaoqing; Wang, Cheng-Liang; Chen, Hsiang-Hsin; Chien, Chia-Chi; Lai Shengfeng; Chen Yiyun; Hua, Tzu-En; Kempson, Ivan M; Hwu, Y [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei 115, Taiwan (China); Yang, C S [Center for Nanomedicine, National Health Research Institutes, Miaoli, Taiwan (China); Margaritondo, G, E-mail: phhwu@sinica.edu.tw [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

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    Monodisperse gold nanorods with high aspect ratio were synthesized by x-ray irradiation. Irradiation was first used to stimulate the creation of seeds. Afterward, nanorod growth was stimulated either by chemical reduction or again by x-ray irradiation. In the last case, the entire process took place without reducing agents. The shape of the final products could be controlled by modulating the intensity of the x-ray irradiation during the seed synthesis. In turn, the nanorod aspect ratio determines the absorption wavelength of the nanorods that can thus be optimized for different applications. Likewise, the aspect ratio influences the uptake of the nanorods by HeLa cells.

  19. Effect of Aspect Ratio on Field Emission Properties of ZnO Nanorod Arrays

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    Liu Huibiao; Guo Yanbing; Li Yuliang; Qian Xuemin; Song Yinglin

    2008-01-01

    AbstractZnO nanorod arrays are prepared on a silicon wafer through a multi-step hydrothermal process. The aspect ratios and densities of the ZnO nanorod arrays are controlled by adjusting the reaction times and concentrations of solution. The investigation of field emission properties of ZnO nanorod arrays revealed a strong dependency on the aspect ratio and their density. The aspect ratio and spacing of ZnO nanorod arrays are 39 and 167 nm (sample C), respectively, to exhibit the best field ...

  20. Ion beam irradiation -- An efficient method to modify the sub-nanometer scale microstructure of polymers in a controlled way

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    The microstructural evolution of polymers induced by ion bean irradiation was investigated using gas permeation measurements with different molecule size gases and positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) using variable-energy positron. Simultaneous large increases in gas permeability and permselectivity of polymer-ceramic composite membranes modified by 180 keV H+ ion irradiation indicated that ion irradiation of polymers can modify the microstructure of polymer at sub-nanometer level in a controlled way. PAS results were consistent with the gas permeation results. The results of this work demonstrated ion beam irradiation has a promising application potential in the separation industry

  1. Selective three-dimensional hydrophilization of microstructured polymer surfaces through confined photocatalytic oxidation

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Microstructured polymer surfaces with selective 3-D anisotropy were created. • Selective UV treatment was performed to alter surface wettability. • Removable meshes resembling a photomask were applied during UV treatment. • Micropatterning by viscous polymer on solid surface was performed. - Abstract: While the conventional photomask technique gives only two-dimensional anisotropies, in this study we fabricated microstructured polymer surfaces with a selective three-dimensional anisotropy. With the applied removable mesh, we were able to confine the contacting area between the surface and photoinitiator and provide three-dimensional wettability anisotropies. Different types of meshes were used depending on the desired micropatterns shape, size and substrate material. The results revealed the three-dimensional anisotropic micropits pattern with depth profiles, which would be applicable for the confinement and patterning of cells and biomolecules. In addition, the proposed method is applicable for creating selectively activated polymer surface as a substrate for further atomic layer deposition. Moreover, we demonstrate a low cost and fast mass productive method for patterning a viscous polymer liquid in a micro-sized scale

  2. Interferometric microstructured polymer optical fiber ultrasound sensor for optoacoustic endoscopic imaging in biomedical applications

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    Gallego, Daniel; Sáez-Rodríguez, David; Webb, David;

    2014-01-01

    We report a characterization of the acoustic sensitivity of microstructured polymer optical fiber interferometric sensors at ultrasonic frequencies from 100kHz to 10MHz. The use of wide-band ultrasonic fiber optic sensors in biomedical ultrasonic and optoacoustic applications is an open alternative...... to conventional piezoelectric transducers. These kind of sensors, made of biocompatible polymers, are good candidates for the sensing element in an optoacoustic endoscope because of its high sensitivity, its shape and its non-brittle and non-electric nature. The acoustic sensitivity of the intrinsic fiber optic...

  3. Effects of alkyl chain positioning on conjugated polymer microstructure and field-effect mobilities

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    Schroeder, Bob C.

    2015-07-02

    Solubilizing alkyl chains play a crucial role in the design of semiconducting polymers because they define the materials solubility and processability as well as both the crystallinity and solid-state microstructure. In this paper, we present a scarcely explored design approach by attaching the alkyl side chains on one side (cis-) or on both sides (trans-) of the conjugated backbone. We further investigate the effects of this structural modification on the solid-state properties of the polymers and on the charge-carrier mobilities in organic thin-film transistors. Copyright © Materials Research Society 2015

  4. Effect of Aspect Ratio on Field Emission Properties of ZnO Nanorod Arrays

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    Liu Huibiao

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractZnO nanorod arrays are prepared on a silicon wafer through a multi-step hydrothermal process. The aspect ratios and densities of the ZnO nanorod arrays are controlled by adjusting the reaction times and concentrations of solution. The investigation of field emission properties of ZnO nanorod arrays revealed a strong dependency on the aspect ratio and their density. The aspect ratio and spacing of ZnO nanorod arrays are 39 and 167 nm (sample C, respectively, to exhibit the best field emission properties. The turn-on field and threshold field of the nanorod arrays are 3.83 V/μm and 5.65 V/μm, respectively. Importantly, the sample C shows a highest enhancement of factorβ, which is 2612. The result shows that an optimum density and aspect ratio of ZnO nanorod arrays have high efficiency of field emission.

  5. Characterization of Hyaluronan-Protein Microstructures and Polymer Solutions

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    Curtis, J. E.; McLane, L.; Bedoya, M.; Beatty, R.; Kramer, A.; Boehm, H.; Scrimgeour, J.

    2010-03-01

    Evidence is mounting that mechanical and topographical features of biomaterials can be as critical for cellular behavior as chemical properties. A case in point is hyaluronan (HA), a large polysaccharide with unique mechanical and hydrodynamic properties, found in many tissues and bodily fluids. Thanks to a large variety of accessible conformations and aggregation states, this remarkable polymer can impart on its biological environment a diverse range of structural and viscoelastic properties with far-reaching consequences for cell physiology (migration, inflammation, cancer). Supramolecular assembly of HA is typically mediated by HA-binding proteins. These specialized molecules are known to assist the formation of organized structures, such as cross-linked bundles, gels, or the all-important pericellular coat, a polymer network anchored to many cell surfaces. Precisely how the material properties of HA-rich matrices and aggregates are modified by the associated proteins, however, is largely a matter of speculation. We will present new insights concerning the cell coat and HA-protein solutions characterized using passive microrheology, fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), and optical force probe microscopy.

  6. Selective Serial Multi-Antibody Biosensing with TOPAS Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibers

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    Emiliyanov, Grigoriy Andreev; Høiby, Poul E.; Pedersen, Lars H.; Bang, Ole

    2013-01-01

    We have developed a fluorescence-based fiber-optical biosensor, which can selectively detect different antibodies in serial at preselected positions inside a single piece of fiber. The fiber is a microstructured polymer optical fiber fabricated from TOPAS cyclic olefin copolymer, which allows for...... UV activation of localized sensor layers inside the holes of the fiber. Serial fluorescence-based selective sensing of Cy3-labelled α-streptavidin and Cy5-labelled α-CRP antibodies is demonstrated....

  7. Light propagation mechanism switching in a liquid crystal infiltrated microstructured polymer optical fibre

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    Rutkowska, K. A.; Milenko, K.; Chojnowska, O.; Dąbrowski, R.; Woliński, T. R.

    2015-12-01

    In this work studies on propagation properties of a microstructured polymer optical fibre infiltrated with a nematic liquid crystal are presented. Specifically, the influence of an infiltration method on the LC molecular alignment inside fibre air-channels and, thus, on light guidance is discussed. Switching between propagation mechanisms, namely the transition from modified total internal reflection (mTIR) to the photonic bandgap effect obtained by varying external temperature is also demonstrated.

  8. Study of Double-Side Ultrasonic Embossing for Fabrication of Microstructures on Thermoplastic Polymer Substrates

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    Yi Luo; Xu Yan; Na Qi; Xiaodong Wang; Liangjiang Wang

    2013-01-01

    Double-side replication of polymer substrates is beneficial to the design and the fabrication of 3-demensional devices. The ultrasonic embossing method is a promising, high efficiency and low cost replication method for thermoplastic substrates. It is convenient to apply silicon molds in ultrasonic embossing, because microstructures can be easily fabricated on silicon wafers with etching techniques. To reduce the risk of damaging to silicon molds and to improve the replication uniformity on b...

  9. Configuration studies for a small-aspect-ratio tokamak stellarator hybrid

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    The use of modulated toroidal coils offers a new path to the tokamak-stellarator hybrids. Low-aspect-ratio configurations can be found with robust vacuum flux surfaces and rotational transform close to the transform of a reverse-shear tokamak. These configurations have clear advantages in minimizing disruptions and their effect and in reducing tokamak current drive needs. They also allow the study of low-aspect-ratio effects on stellarator confinement in small devices

  10. The Effect of Nano seed Concentration on the Aspect Ratio of Gold Nano rod

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    This paper reports the synthesis of gold nano rod with controlled aspect ratio prepared by varying the concentration of nano seed addition into the growth solution via the seed mediated growth method. In typical process, the gold nano rod with aspect ratio from ca. 2.2 to 4.2 can be successfully obtained. Owing to its simplicity, the present approach could be used to produce gold nano rod with special properties for SERS and catalyst application. (author)

  11. A Sense of Proportion: Aspect Ratio and the Framing of Television Space

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    Cardwell, Sarah E. F.

    2015-01-01

    ‘Aspect ratio’ is frequently overlooked or naively characterised. Yet it plays a fundamental, determining role in forming and framing television’s spaces. A balanced reappraisal of television’s varied aspect ratios and their unique dramatic and aesthetic possibilities can enhance our close analyses and our understanding of television’s ‘art history’. This paper challenges myths, misunderstandings and preconceptions about TV’s aspect ratios and their spatial properties. Countering prevailing p...

  12. Primary oscillatory instability in low-aspect-ratio rotating disk - cylinder system (rotor - stator cavity)

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    Gelfgat, A. Yu

    2014-01-01

    Three-dimensional instability of axisymmetric flow in a rotating disk - cylinder configuration is studied numerically for the case of low cylinders with the height/radius aspect ratio varying between 1 and 0.1. A complete stability diagram for the transition from steady axisymmetric to oscillatory three-dimensional flow regime is reported. A good agreement with experimental results is obtained. It is shown that critical azimuthal wavenumber grows with the decrease of the aspect ratio, reachin...

  13. Revealing the nanoparticles aspect ratio in the glass-metal nanocomposites irradiated with femtosecond laser

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    Chervinskii, S.; Drevinskas, R.; D. V. Karpov; Beresna, M; Lipovskii, A. A.; Svirko, Yu. P.; Kazansky, P. G.

    2015-01-01

    We studied a femtosecond laser shaping of silver nanoparticles embedded in soda-lime glass. Comparing experimental absorption spectra with the modeling based on Maxwell Garnett approximation modified for spheroidal inclusions, we obtained the mean aspect ratio of the re-shaped silver nanoparticles as a function of the laser fluence. We demonstrated that under our experimental conditions the spherical shape of silver nanoparticles changed to a prolate spheroid with the aspect ratio as high as ...

  14. Dynamic Light Scattering of Short Au Rods with Low Aspect Ratios

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    Rodriguez-Fernández, J.; Perez-Juste, J.; L.M. Liz-Marzán; Lang, P. R.

    2007-01-01

    The translational and rotational diffusion of a series of gold nanorods with low aspect ratios was investigated by dynamic light scattering (DLS). It is shown that the translational and rotational diffusion coefficients can be determined because the particle shape causes an anisotropy of the polarizability. This gives rise to two clearly distinguishable relaxation modes in the time correlation function of the scattered light. The particle length and aspect ratio were determined independently ...

  15. Friction behavior of a microstructured polymer surface inspired by snake skin

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    Heepe, Lars; Gorb, Stanislav N

    2014-01-01

    Summary The aim of this study was to understand the influence of microstructures found on ventral scales of the biological model, Lampropeltis getula californiae, the California King Snake, on the friction behavior. For this purpose, we compared snake-inspired anisotropic microstructured surfaces to other microstructured surfaces with isotropic and anisotropic geometry. To exclude that the friction measurements were influenced by physico-chemical variations, all friction measurements were performed on the same epoxy polymer. For frictional measurements a microtribometer was used. Original data were processed by fast Fourier transformation (FFT) with a zero frequency related to the average friction and other peaks resulting from periodic stick-slip behavior. The data showed that the specific ventral surface ornamentation of snakes does not only reduce the frictional coefficient and generate anisotropic frictional properties, but also reduces stick-slip vibrations during sliding, which might be an adaptation to reduce wear. Based on this extensive comparative study of different microstructured polymer samples, it was experimentally demonstrated that the friction-induced stick-slip behavior does not solely depend on the frictional coefficient of the contact pair. PMID:24611129

  16. Vortex formation and drag on low aspect ratio, normal flat plates

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    Ringuette, Matthew James

    Experiments were done to investigate the role of vortex formation in the drag force generation of low aspect ratio, normal flat plates starting from rest. This very simplified case is a first, fundamental step toward understanding the more complicated flow of hovering flight, which relies primarily on drag for propulsion. The relative importance of the plate's free end, or tip, with varying aspect ratio was also studied. Identifying the relationship among aspect ratio, vortex formation, and drag force can provide insight into the wing aspect ratios and kinematics found nature, with the eventual goal of designing man-made flapping wing micro air vehicles. The experiments were carried out using flat plate models in a towing tank at a moderate Reynolds number of 3000. Two aspect ratios, 6 and 2, were considered, the latter in order to have a highly tip-dominated case. A force balance measured the time-varying drag, and multiple, perpendicular sections of the flow velocity were measured quantitatively using digital particle image velocimetry. Vorticity fields were calculated from the velocity data, and features in the drag force for different aspect ratios were related to the vortex dynamics. Finally, since the flow is highly three-dimensional, dye flow visualization was done to characterize its structure and to augment the two-dimensional digital particle image velocimetry data.

  17. Variable aspect ratio method in the Xu–White model for shear-wave velocity estimation

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    Shear-wave velocity logs are useful for various seismic interpretation applications, including bright spot analyses, amplitude-versus-offset analyses and multicomponent seismic interpretations. This paper presents a method for predicting the shear-wave velocity of argillaceous sandstone from conventional log data and experimental data, based on Gassmann's equations and the Xu–White model. This variable aspect ratio method takes into account all the influences of the matrix nature, shale content, porosity size and pore geometry, and the properties of pore fluid of argillaceous sandstone, replacing the fixed aspect ratio assumption in the conventional Xu–White model. To achieve this, we first use the Xu–White model to derive the bulk and shear modulus of dry rock in a sand–clay mixture. Secondly, we use Gassmann's equations to calculate the fluid-saturated elastic properties, including compressional and shear-wave velocities. Finally, we use the variable aspect ratio method to estimate the shear-wave velocity. The numerical results indicate that the variable aspect ratio method provides an important improvement in the application of the Xu–White model for sand–clay mixtures and allows for a variable aspect ratio log to be introduced into the Xu–White model instead of the constant aspect ratio assumption. This method shows a significant improvement in predicting velocities over the conventional Xu–White model. (paper)

  18. Effect of tip vortices on membrane vibration of flexible wings with different aspect ratios

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    Genç, Mustafa Serdar; Hakan Açikel, Halil; Demir, Hacımurat; Özden, Mustafa; Çağdaş, Mücahit; Isabekov, Iliasbek

    2016-03-01

    In this study, the effect of the aspect ratio on the aerodynamics characteristic of flexible membrane wings with different aspect ratios (AR = 1 and AR = 3) is experimentally investigated at Reynolds number of 25000. Time accurate measurements of membrane deformation using Digital Image Correlation system (DIC) is carried out while normal forces of the wing will be measured by helping a load-cell system and flow on the wing was visualized by means of smoke wire technic. The characteristics of high aspect ratio wings are shown to be affected by leading edge separation bubbles at low Reynolds number. It is concluded that the camber of membrane wing excites the separated shear layer and this situation increases the lift coefficient relatively more as compared to rigid wings. In membrane wings with low aspect ratio, unsteadiness included tip vortices and vortex shedding, and the combination of tip vortices and vortex shedding causes complex unsteady deformations of these membrane wings. The characteristic of high aspect ratio wings was shown to be affected by leading edge separation bubbles at low Reynolds numbers whereas the deformations of flexible wing with low aspect ratio affected by tip vortices and leading edge separation bubbles.

  19. Thorough tuning of the aspect ratio of gold nanorods using response surface methodology

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    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •We are finely controlling the aspect ratio of gold nanorods. •We study the effect of variables on aspect ratio (AR) of gold nanorods simultaneously. •We use response surface methodology to make the relation among parameters affect on AR. -- Abstract: In the present work a central composite design based on response surface methodology (RSM) is employed for fine tuning of the aspect ratios of seed-mediated synthesized gold nanorods (GNRs). The relations between the affecting parameters, including ratio of l-ascorbic acid to Au3+ ions, concentrations of silver nitrate, CTAB, and CTAB-capped gold seeds, were explored using a RSM model. It is observed that the effect of each parameter on the aspect ratio of developing nanorods highly depends on the value of the other parameters. The concentrations of silver ions, ascorbic acid and seeds are found to have a high contribution in controlling the aspect ratios of NRs. The optimized parameters led to a high yield synthesis of gold nanorods with an ideal aspect ratio ranging from 1 (spherical particle) to 4.9. In addition, corresponding tunable surface Plasmon absorption band has been extended to 880 nm. The resulted nanorods were characterized by UV–visible spectrometry and transmission electron microscopy

  20. Effect of tip vortices on membrane vibration of flexible wings with different aspect ratios

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    Genç Mustafa Serdar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the effect of the aspect ratio on the aerodynamics characteristic of flexible membrane wings with different aspect ratios (AR = 1 and AR = 3 is experimentally investigated at Reynolds number of 25000. Time accurate measurements of membrane deformation using Digital Image Correlation system (DIC is carried out while normal forces of the wing will be measured by helping a load-cell system and flow on the wing was visualized by means of smoke wire technic. The characteristics of high aspect ratio wings are shown to be affected by leading edge separation bubbles at low Reynolds number. It is concluded that the camber of membrane wing excites the separated shear layer and this situation increases the lift coefficient relatively more as compared to rigid wings. In membrane wings with low aspect ratio, unsteadiness included tip vortices and vortex shedding, and the combination of tip vortices and vortex shedding causes complex unsteady deformations of these membrane wings. The characteristic of high aspect ratio wings was shown to be affected by leading edge separation bubbles at low Reynolds numbers whereas the deformations of flexible wing with low aspect ratio affected by tip vortices and leading edge separation bubbles.

  1. Use of STIM for morphological studies of microstructured polymer foils

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    In this work, morphological characterization of microstructures produced by focused 3 MeV H+ beams and chemical etching on poly(ethylene terephthalate) foils was investigated by on- and off-axis scanning transmission ion microscopy (STIM). STIM images were obtained from different energy regions of the transmitted energy spectra. STIM performance was compared to scanning electron microscopy (SEM) used as a reference. STIM and SEM images provided similar morphological information. The deviations observed between the measured dimensions obtained from both techniques were within the uncertainties of the experiment. Moreover, the scaling of the structures’ size versus etching time (i.e. the etching rates) extracted from STIM and SEM data were equivalent. Prolonged etching times of up to 60 min were performed to check the effect of the irradiation on the non-bombarded vicinity of the structured lines. STIM images clearly revealed a distribution of cavities and porosity along the structured walls for etching times above 20 min. This is attributed to thermal effects and outgassing during the proton beam writing, which probably create voids that are enlarged by the long exposure to the etching solution

  2. Production and Characterization of Polycarbonate Microstructured Polymer Optical Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor

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    Fasano, Andrea; Woyessa, Getinet; Stajanca, P.;

    2015-01-01

    and strain sensing. The PC optical fibers are for some applications an attractive alternative to conventional materials used in POF fabrication, such as polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). In general, PC can be used at temperature up to 120 °C and breaks at considerably higher strains than PMMA.......We present the fabrication and characterization of a polycarbonate (PC) microstructured polymer optical fiber (mPOF) and the writing of a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) in it to obtain a polymer optical FBG sen-sor. The manufacturing process of the PC mPOF consists of multiple consecutive stages, such...... as casting of pol-ymer granulates into a solid rod, machining and drilling of a 3-ring hexagonal lattice of holes into it, and finally drawing into fiber. We demonstrate that the obtained PC mPOF is photosensitive and FBGs can be conveniently inscribed into it, thereby enabling FBG-based temperature...

  3. Controllable fabrication of periodic arrays of high-aspect-ratio micro-nano hierarchical structures and their superhydrophobicity

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    This paper demonstrates a flexible and controllable fabrication of vertically aligned and high-aspect-ratio (HAR) micro-nano hierarchical structures using conventional micro-technologies. We first masked the nanopatterns on a photoresist mold by shifting the same photomask, which could be performed using conventional contact microlithography. Thereby replicating nanopatterns onto an aluminium mold and successfully fabricating silicon nanopillar arrays about 300 nm in diameter and 5 µm in height via the deep reactive etching (DRIE) process. We also fabricated micro-nano hierarchical structures with variable aspect ratios using the proposed nanopattern technology and DRIE process without using any special nanopatterning equipment or techniques. The proposed method not only simplified the fabrication process but also produced HAR (higher than 15) structures. We also investigate the replica molding steps from the fabricated silicon stamp to a UV-curable polymer replica using a PDMS mold and conventional nano-imprinting, where each nanopillar diameter was 320 nm with 95% fidelity. As a result, the hierarchical structure arrays show stable superhydrophobic surface properties with a contact angle of approximately 160°. Owing to the cost efficiency of mass production and the fidelity of the strategy, the methodology could provide a general approach for fabricating complex three-dimensional periodic hierarchical structures onto a single chip and can be applied to various fields of multifunctional applications. (paper)

  4. Size Dependent Cellular Uptake of Rod-like Bionanoparticles with Different Aspect Ratios

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    Liu, Xiangxiang; Wu, Fengchi; Tian, Ye; Wu, Man; Zhou, Quan; Jiang, Shidong; Niu, Zhongwei

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the cellular internalization mechanism of nanoparticles is essential to study their biological fate. Especially, due to the anisotropic properties, rod-like nanoparticles have attracted growing interest for the enhanced internalization efficiency with respect to spherical nanoparticles. Here, to elucidate the effect of aspect ratio of rod-like nanoparticles on cellular uptake, tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), a typical rod-like bionanoparticle, is developed as a model. Nanorods with different aspect ratios can be obtained by ultrasound treatment and sucrose density gradient centrifugation. By incubating with epithelial and endothelial cells, we found that the rod-like bionanoparticles with various aspect ratios had different internalization pathways in different cell lines: microtubules transport in HeLa and clathrin-mediated uptake in HUVEC for TMV4 and TMV8; caveolae-mediated pathway and microtubules transport in HeLa and HUVEC for TMV17. Differently from most nanoparticles, for all the three TMV nano-rods with different aspect ratios, macropinocytosis takes no effect on the internalization in both cell types. This work provides a fundamental understanding of the influence of aspect ratio on cellular uptake decoupled from charge and material composition. PMID:27080246

  5. Influence of grid aspect ratio on planetary boundary layer turbulence in large-eddy simulations

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    Nishizawa, S.; Yashiro, H.; Sato, Y.; Miyamoto, Y.; Tomita, H.

    2015-10-01

    We examine the influence of the grid aspect ratio of horizontal to vertical grid spacing on turbulence in the planetary boundary layer (PBL) in a large-eddy simulation (LES). In order to clarify and distinguish them from other artificial effects caused by numerical schemes, we used a fully compressible meteorological LES model with a fully explicit scheme of temporal integration. The influences are investigated with a series of sensitivity tests with parameter sweeps of spatial resolution and grid aspect ratio. We confirmed that the mixing length of the eddy viscosity and diffusion due to sub-grid-scale turbulence plays an essential role in reproducing the theoretical -5/3 slope of the energy spectrum. If we define the filter length in LES modeling based on consideration of the numerical scheme, and introduce a corrective factor for the grid aspect ratio into the mixing length, the theoretical slope of the energy spectrum can be obtained; otherwise, spurious energy piling appears at high wave numbers. We also found that the grid aspect ratio has influence on the turbulent statistics, especially the skewness of the vertical velocity near the top of the PBL, which becomes spuriously large with large aspect ratio, even if a reasonable spectrum is obtained.

  6. Effects of Aspect Ratio on Water Immersion into Deep Silica Nanoholes.

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    Zheng, Jing; Zhang, Junqiao; Tan, Lu; Li, Debing; Huang, Liangliang; Wang, Qi; Liu, Yingchun

    2016-08-30

    Understanding the influence of aspect ratio on water immersion into silica nanoholes is of significant importance to the etching process of semiconductor fabrication and other water immersion-related physical and biological processes. In this work, the processes of water immersion into silica nanoholes with different height/width aspect ratios (ϕ = 0.87, 1.92, 2.97, 4.01, 5.06) and different numbers of water molecules (N = 9986, 19972, 29958, 39944) were studied by molecular dynamics simulations. A comprehensive analysis has been conducted about the detailed process of water immersion and the influence of aspect ratios on water immersion rates. Five distinguishable stages were identified for the immersion process with all studied models. The results reveal that water can easily immerse into the silica nanoholes with larger ϕ and smaller N. The calculation also suggests that aspect ratios have a greater effect on water immersion rates for larger N numbers. The mechanism of the water immersion process is discussed in this work. We also propose a mathematical model to correlate the complete water immersion process for different aspect ratios. PMID:27506253

  7. Hydrodynamic thrust generation and power consumption investigations for piezoelectric fins with different aspect ratios

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    Shahab, S.; Tan, D.; Erturk, A.

    2015-12-01

    Bio-inspired hydrodynamic thrust generation using piezoelectric transduction has recently been explored using Macro-Fiber Composite (MFC) actuators. The MFC technology strikes a balance between the actuation force and structural deformation levels for effective swimming performance, and additionally offers geometric scalability, silent operation, and ease of fabrication. Recently we have shown that mean thrust levels comparable to biological fish of similar size can be achieved using MFC fins. The present work investigates the effect of length-to-width (L/b) aspect ratio on the hydrodynamic thrust generation performance of MFC cantilever fins by accounting for the power consumption level. It is known that the hydrodynamic inertia and drag coefficients are controlled by the aspect ratio especially for L/b< 5. The three MFC bimorph fins explored in this work have the aspect ratios of 2.1, 3.9, and 5.4. A nonlinear electrohydroelastic model is employed to extract the inertia and drag coefficients from the vibration response to harmonic actuation for the first bending mode. Experiments are then conducted for various actuation voltage levels to quantify the mean thrust resultant and power consumption levels for different aspect ratios. Variation of the thrust coefficient of the MFC bimorph fins with changing aspect ratio is also semi-empirically modeled and presented.

  8. Template synthesis and magnetoresistance property of Ni and Co single nanowires electrodeposited into nanopores with a wide range of aspect ratios

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    Nanopores with a wide range of aspect ratios were fabricated in an anodized aluminium oxide layer on bulk metallic aluminium. The aspect ratios (L/D) were around 20-1000 (pore length, L, 1000-60 000 nm; pore diameter, D, 50-100 nm). For comparison, nanopores in polymer films were also prepared using heavy-ion-track etched polyimide films (L, 70 000 nm; D, 70 nm; L/D 1000) and polycarbonate films (L, 30 000 nm; D, 100 nm; L/D = 300). The pore diameter of the anodized aluminium oxide layer was controlled by the anodization voltage, while the pore diameter of the heavy-ion-tracked polyimide and polycarbonate films was controlled by the etching time in a sodium hydroxide alkaline solution. Ni and Co homogeneous single nanowires were fabricated using the electrodeposition and in situ contacted techniques in the nanoporous templates. The Ni and Co nanowires with the largest aspect ratios (L/D = 1000) showed around 2.3% and 1.6% of the typical anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR), and the effects of aspect ratio on the resistance and AMR were investigated

  9. Microstructure of 3D-Printed Polymer Composites Investigated by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering

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    Kang, Tae Hui; Compton, Brett G.; Heller, William T.; Urban, Voker S.; Duty, Chad E.; Do, Changwoo

    Polymer composites printed from the large scale printer at Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been investigated by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). For the Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)/Carbon Fiber (CF) composites, the microstructure of polymer domains and the alignment of CF have been characterized across the layer from the printed piece. CF shows strong anisotropic alignment along the printing direction due to the flow of polymer melt at the nozzle. Order parameter of the anisotropy which ranges from -0.11 to -0.06 exhibits strong correlation with the position within the layer: stronger alignment near the layer interface. It is also confirmed that the existence of CF reduces the polymer domain correlation length significantly and reinforces the mechanical strength of the polymer composites. For the Epoxy/nano-clay platelet composites, the effect of processing condition, nozzle size, and the addition of the another filler, Silicon Carbide (SC), have been investigated by SANS. Nano-clay platelet shows strong anisotropic alignment along the printing direction as well. Order parameter of the anisotropy varies according to nozzle size and presence of the SC, and difference disappears at high Q region. Scientific User Facilities Division and Materials Sciences and Energy Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy.

  10. Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) responds differentially to a robotic fish of varying swimming depth and aspect ratio.

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    Polverino, Giovanni; Porfiri, Maurizio

    2013-08-01

    In this study, we explore the feasibility of using bioinspired robotics to influence the behaviour of mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis), a social freshwater fish species that is extensively studied for the ecological issues associated with its diffusion in non-native environments. Specifically, in a dichotomous choice test, we investigate the behavioural response of small shoals of mosquitofish to a robotic fish inspired by mosquitofish in its colouration, shape, aspect ratio, and locomotion. Our results indicate that the swimming depth and the aspect ratio of the robotic fish are both determinants of mosquitofish preference. In particular, we find that mosquitofish are never attracted by a robotic fish whose colouration and shape are inspired by live subjects and that the degree of repulsion varies as a function of the swimming depth and the aspect ratio. PMID:23684918

  11. Controlled Aspect Ratios of Gold Nanorods in Reduction-Limited Conditions

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Aspect ratios of gold nanorods have been finely modified in reduction-limited conditions via two electrochemical ways: by changing the amount of a growth solution containing small gold clusters in the presence of already prepared gold nanorods as seeds or by changing electrolysis time in the presence or absence of a silver plate. While the atomic molar ratio of gold in the growth solution to gold in the seed solution is critical in the former method, the relative molar ratio of gold ions to silver ions in the electrolytic solution is important in the latter way for the control of the aspect ratios of gold nanorods. The aspect ratios of gold nanorods decrease with an increase of electrolysis time in the absence of a silver plate, but they increase with an increase of electrolysis time in the presence of a silver plate.

  12. Primary oscillatory instability in low-aspect-ratio rotating disk - cylinder system (rotor - stator cavity)

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    Gelfgat, A Yu

    2014-01-01

    Three-dimensional instability of axisymmetric flow in a rotating disk - cylinder configuration is studied numerically for the case of low cylinders with the height/radius aspect ratio varying between 1 and 0.1. A complete stability diagram for the transition from steady axisymmetric to oscillatory three-dimensional flow regime is reported. A good agreement with experimental results is obtained. It is shown that critical azimuthal wavenumber grows with the decrease of the aspect ratio, reaching the value of 19 at the aspect ratio 0.1. It is argued that the observed instability cannot be described as resulting from a B\\"odewadt flow or from a boundary layer only. Other reasons that can destabilize the flow are discussed.

  13. Ripple Loss of Alpha Particles in a Low-Aspect-Ratio Tokamak Reactor

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    Studies on the loss of alpha particles enhanced by toroidal field (TF) ripple in a low-aspect-ratio tokamak reactor (VECTOR) have been made by using an orbit-following Monte-Carlo code. In actual TF coil systems, the ripple loss of alpha particles is strongly reduced as the aspect ratio becomes low (the power loss ∝ A8.8 for A≥2.5) and the reduction of the number of TF coils results in a large amount of ripple loss even in a low-aspect-ratio tokamak. To reduce the number of TF coils from 12 to 6, about 40% of coil size enlargement is necessary in VECTOR. Ferrite plates are very effective to reduce ripple losses of alpha particles. By using ferrite plates, the coil size enlargement for N=6 can be relaxed to 15% and the number of coils can be reduced from 12 to 8 without enlargement of coil size in VECTOR. (author)

  14. Development of high-aspect-ratio microchannel heat exchanger based on multi-tool milling process

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    潘敏强; 李金恒; 汤勇

    2008-01-01

    A high-aspect-ratio microchannel heat exchanger based on multi-tool milling process was developed. Several slotting cutters were stacked together for simultaneously machining several high-aspect-ratio microchannels with manifold structures. On the basis of multi-tool milling process, the structural design of the manifold side height, microchannel length, width, number, and interval were analyzed. The heat transfer performances of high-aspect-ratio microchannel heat exchangers with two different manifolds were investigated by experiments, and the influencing factors were analyzed. The results indicate that the magnitude of heat transfer area per unit volume dominates the heat transfer performances of plate-type micro heat exchanger, while the velocity distribution between microchannels has little effects on the heat transfer performances.

  15. Aspect Ratio Model for Radiation-Tolerant Dummy Gate-Assisted n-MOSFET Layout.

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    Lee, Min Su; Lee, Hee Chul

    2014-01-01

    In order to acquire radiation-tolerant characteristics in integrated circuits, a dummy gate-assisted n-type metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (DGA n-MOSFET) layout was adopted. The DGA n-MOSFET has a different channel shape compared with the standard n-MOSFET. The standard n-MOSFET has a rectangular channel shape, whereas the DGA n-MOSFET has an extended rectangular shape at the edge of the source and drain, which affects its aspect ratio. In order to increase its practical use, a new aspect ratio model is proposed for the DGA n-MOSFET and this model is evaluated through three-dimensional simulations and measurements of the fabricated devices. The proposed aspect ratio model for the DGA n-MOSFET exhibits good agreement with the simulation and measurement results. PMID:27350975

  16. Improvement of high aspect ratio Si etching by optimized oxygen plasma irradiation inserted DRIE

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    This paper describes an advanced Si-deep etching process achieving a high aspect ratio with excellent verticality by the improvement of the O2 plasma source condition in the oxygen plasma irradiation inserted deep reactive ion etching (OP-DRIE) process that we have developed. The conventional DRIE process which we call the Bosch process has a trade-off relation between the high aspect ratio and verticality in the trench profile. Our developed process technique, repeating the conventional DRIE and the O2 plasma irradiation process alternately, can achieve the vertical trench profile with a higher aspect ratio than that of the conventional DRIE process. In order to maximize an advantage of the developed process, a thickness of the SiO2 layer formed by irradiation of O2 plasma should be large enough as a protection layer. However, because of insufficient SiO2 thickness formed by O2 plasma, the aspect ratio has been limited in previous work. Furthermore, mask material (SiO2) erosion which is another limitation factor of the aspect ratio is increased by the insertion of O2 plasma irradiation. In this paper, we have investigated optimum O2 plasma source conditions that allow an increase in SiO2 thickness with a high oxidation rate, and at the same time, with less mask erosion on the top of the wafer. We have clarified the effects of frequency and pulsed/CW modes of the plasma source on the effectiveness in SiO2 formation. From the obtained oxygen plasma source condition, we achieved the etched Si trench having an aspect ratio of over 70 with excellent verticality (uniform trench width)

  17. Fabrication of high aspect ratio nanogrid transparent electrodes via capillary assembly of Ag nanoparticles

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    Kang, Juhoon; Park, Chang-Goo; Lee, Su-Han; Cho, Changsoon; Choi, Dae-Geun; Lee, Jung-Yong

    2016-05-01

    In this report, we describe the fabrication of periodic Ag nanogrid electrodes by capillary assembly of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) along patterned nanogrid templates. By assembling the AgNPs into these high-aspect-ratio nanogrid patterns, we can obtain high-aspect-ratio nanogratings, which can overcome the inherent trade-off between the optical transmittance and the sheet resistance of transparent electrodes. The junction resistance between the AgNPs is effectively reduced by photochemical welding and post-annealing. The fabricated high-aspect-ratio nanogrid structure with a line width of 150 nm and a height of 450 nm has a sheet resistance of 15.2 Ω sq-1 and an optical transmittance of 85.4%.In this report, we describe the fabrication of periodic Ag nanogrid electrodes by capillary assembly of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) along patterned nanogrid templates. By assembling the AgNPs into these high-aspect-ratio nanogrid patterns, we can obtain high-aspect-ratio nanogratings, which can overcome the inherent trade-off between the optical transmittance and the sheet resistance of transparent electrodes. The junction resistance between the AgNPs is effectively reduced by photochemical welding and post-annealing. The fabricated high-aspect-ratio nanogrid structure with a line width of 150 nm and a height of 450 nm has a sheet resistance of 15.2 Ω sq-1 and an optical transmittance of 85.4%. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr01896c

  18. Simple Systematic Synthesis of Periodic Mesoporous Organosilica Nanoparticles with Adjustable Aspect Ratios

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract One-dimensional periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO nanoparticles with tunable aspect ratios are obtained from a chain-type molecular precursor octaethoxy-1,3,5-trisilapentane. The aspect ratio can be tuned from 2:1 to >20:1 simply by variation in the precursor concentration in acidic aqueous solutions containing constant amounts of triblock copolymer Pluronic P123. The mesochannels are highly ordered and are oriented parallel to the longitudinal axis of the PMO particles. No significant Si–C bond cleavage occurs during the synthesis according to29Si MAS NMR. The materials exhibit surface areas between 181 and 936 m2 g−1.

  19. Short Wavelength Ion Temperature Gradient Driven Instability in Noncircular Flux Surface Plasmas with Finite Aspect Ratio

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    WANG Ying; GAO Zhe

    2006-01-01

    @@ By employing the local equilibrium of shaped tokamak plasmas, a gyrokinetic model with integral eigenmode equations is developed to investigate effects of the finite aspect ratio and noncircular flux surface on short wavelength ion temperature gradient (SWITG) driven modes. It is found that when nonadiabatic electron and trapped particle effects are not considered, the SWITG mode can be stabilized by finite aspect ratio A, elongation κ and triangularity δ, and can be destabilized by the Shafranov shift gradient (e)R0/(e)r.

  20. Bootstrap current in low aspect ratio tokamaks using Maschke equilibrium model

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    A study of relevant aspects of equilibrium and bootstrap current in low-aspect-ratio tokamaks is made using the Maschke equilibrium model, which provides analytic and exact solution of the Grad-Shafranov equation. The current profile in the Maschke model is parabolic, which is a good approximation for actual experimentally observed ones. The results are compared with the Soloviev equilibrium model, that has the current profile almost flat. It is shown that the bootstrap current depends on the geometrical parameter of the plasma column, that is, elongation. The bootstrap current increases with the inverse aspect ratio for elongated cross-section of the plasma column. (author). 6 refs., 2 figs

  1. Laminar flow in radial flow cell with small aspect ratios: Numerical and experimental study

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    Detry, J. G.; Deroanne, C.; Sindic, M.; Jensen, Bo Boye Busk

    2009-01-01

    be applied for experiments performed at higher Reynolds numbers. The present study is a numerical analysis of the radial axisymmetrical flow for aspect ratios of 0.125, 0.25, 0.5 and 1 with inlet pipe Reynolds numbers varying from 0 to 2000, aiming at computing the wall shear stress distribution at...... investigations. The experimental positions of these recirculation zones corresponded well to the numerical predictions. Based on this work, a map of the flow for the different aspect ratios was developed, which can be particularly interesting for the design of experimental devices involving axisymmetrical flow....

  2. Aspect ratio analysis for ground states of bosons in anisotropic traps

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    Characteristics of the initial condensate in the recent experiment on Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) of 87Rb atoms in an anisotropic magnetic trap are discussed. Given the aspect ratio R, the quality of BEC is estimated. A simple analytical ansatz for the initial condensate wave function is proposed as a function of the aspect ratio which, in contrast to the Baym-Pethick trial wave function, can be used for any interaction strength, reproduces both the weak and the strong interaction limits, and which is in better agreement with numerical results than the latter

  3. Effect of aspect ratio and surface defects on the photocatalytic activity of ZnO nanorods

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    Zhang, Xinyu; Qin, Jiaqian; Xue, Yanan; Yu, Pengfei; Zhang, Bing; Wang, Limin; Liu, Riping

    2014-04-01

    ZnO, aside from TiO2, has been considered as a promising material for purification and disinfection of water and air, and remediation of hazardous waste, owing to its high activity, environment-friendly feature and lower cost. However, their poor visible light utilization greatly limited their practical applications. Herein, we demonstrate the fabrication of different aspect ratios of the ZnO nanorods with surface defects by mechanical-assisted thermal decomposition method. The experiments revealed that ZnO nanorods with higher aspect ratio and surface defects show significantly higher photocatalytic performances.

  4. Fabrication of high-aspect ratio silicon nanopillars for tribological experiments

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    Antonov, Pavlo V.; Zuiddam, Marc R.; Frenken, Joost W. M.

    2015-10-01

    This article reports the results of the fabrication of large arrays of nanopillars for future tribological experiments. This fabrication focused on achieving a constant high aspect ratio up to 1∶24 and a separation between each pair of adjacent pillars. Electron beam lithography was used to write patterns in hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) negative tone resist. To achieve nanopillars of high aspect ratios and with smooth sides, deep reactive ion etching was employed with SF6 and O2 at cryogenic temperatures. Finally, the residual HSQ was removed using CHF3/O2 plasma etching in order to obtain a smooth finish.

  5. A high-aspect-ratio design option for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor

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    Design features and performance estimates for HARD -- the high-aspect-ratio (A = 4) International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) design variant developed by the US ITER Team -- are presented. Key physics and engineering considerations associated with increased aspect ratio are described. The HARD design makes it possible for ITER to achieve both the ignition/extended-burn and steady-state/technology-testing performance goals set forth in ITER Terms of Reference. These capabilities are obtain in a device that is otherwise similar in concept, size and cost to the A = 2.8 ITER design defined by the Conceptual Design Activity

  6. Theory and observations of high frequency Alfven Eigenmodes in low aspect ratio plasma

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    New observations of sub-cyclotron frequency instabilities in low aspect ratio plasmas in the National Spherical Torus experiment (NSTX) are reported, The frequencies of observed instabilities scale with the characteristic Alfven velocity of the plasma. A theory of localized Compressional Alfven Eigenmodes (CAE) and Global shear Alfven Eigenmodes (GAE) in low aspect ratio plasmas is presented to explain the observed high frequency instabilities. CAE's/GE's are driven by the velocity space gradient of energetic super-Alfvenic beam ions via Doppler shifted cyclotron resonances. Properties of such instabilities are investigated. (author)

  7. Study of aspect ratio effects on kinetic MHD instabilities in NSTX and DIII-D

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    We report general observations of kinetic instabilities on the low aspect-ratio National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) and describe explicit aspect ratio scaling studies of kinetic instabilities using both the NSTX and the DIII-D tokamak. The NSTX and the DIII-D tokamak are nearly ideal for such experiments, having a factor of two difference in major radius but otherwise similar parameters. We also introduce new theoretical work on the physics of kinetic ballooning modes (KBM), toroidal Alfven eigenmodes (TAE), and compressional Alfven eigenmodes (CAE) with applications to NSTX. (author)

  8. Revealing the nanoparticles aspect ratio in the glass-metal nanocomposites irradiated with femtosecond laser

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    Chervinskii, S.; Drevinskas, R.; Karpov, D. V.; Beresna, M.; Lipovskii, A. A.; Svirko, Yu. P.; Kazansky, P. G.

    2015-09-01

    We studied a femtosecond laser shaping of silver nanoparticles embedded in soda-lime glass. Comparing experimental absorption spectra with the modeling based on Maxwell Garnett approximation modified for spheroidal inclusions, we obtained the mean aspect ratio of the re-shaped silver nanoparticles as a function of the laser fluence. We demonstrated that under our experimental conditions the spherical shape of silver nanoparticles changed to a prolate spheroid with the aspect ratio as high as 3.5 at the laser fluence of 0.6 J/cm2. The developed approach can be employed to control the anisotropy of the glass-metal composites.

  9. Bound of aspect ratio of base-isolated buildings considering nonlinear tensile behavior of rubber bearing

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    Hino, J.; Yoshitomi, S.; Tsuji, M.; Takewaki, Izuru

    2008-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to propose a simple analysis method of axial deformation of base-isolation rubber bearings in a building subjected to earthquake loading and present its applicability to the analysis of the bound of the aspect ratio of base-isolated buildings. The base shear coefficient is introduced as a key parameter for the bound analysis. The bound of the aspect ratio of base-isolated buildings is analyzed based on the relationship of the following four quantities; (i) ultimat...

  10. Lift Enhancement for Low-Aspect-Ratio Wings with Periodic Excitation

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    Taira, Kunihiko; Rowley, Clarence W.; Colonius, Tim; Williams, David R

    2010-01-01

    In an effort to enhance lift on low-aspect-ratio rectangular flat-plate wings in low-Reynolds-number post-stall flows, periodic injection of momentum is considered along the trailing edge in this numerical study. The purpose of actuation is not to reattach the flow but to change the dynamics of the wake vortices such that the resulting lift force is increased. Periodic forcing is observed to be effective in increasing lift for various aspect ratios and angles of attack, achieving ...

  11. A loss-based, magnetic field sensor implemented in a ferrofluid infiltrated microstructured polymer optical fiber

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    We report an in-fiber magnetic field sensor based on magneto-driven optical loss effects, while being implemented in a ferrofluid infiltrated microstructured polymer optical fiber. We demonstrate that magnetic field flux changes up to 2000 gauss can be detected when the magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the fiber axis. In addition, the sensor exhibits high polarization sensitivity for the interrogated wavelengths, providing the possibility of both field flux and direction measurements. The underlying physical and guidance mechanisms of this sensing transduction are further investigated using spectrophotometric, light scattering measurements, and numerical simulations, suggesting photonic Hall effect as the dominant physical, transducing mechanism

  12. A loss-based, magnetic field sensor implemented in a ferrofluid infiltrated microstructured polymer optical fiber

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    Candiani, A. [Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL), Heraklion 70013 Greece (Greece); Department of Information Engineering (DII), University of Parma, Parma 43124 (Italy); Argyros, A.; Leon-Saval, S. G.; Lwin, R. [Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS), School of Physics, The University of Sydney, Sydney (Australia); Selleri, S. [Department of Information Engineering (DII), University of Parma, Parma 43124 (Italy); Pissadakis, S., E-mail: pissas@iesl.forth.gr [Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL), Heraklion 70013 Greece (Greece)

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    We report an in-fiber magnetic field sensor based on magneto-driven optical loss effects, while being implemented in a ferrofluid infiltrated microstructured polymer optical fiber. We demonstrate that magnetic field flux changes up to 2000 gauss can be detected when the magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the fiber axis. In addition, the sensor exhibits high polarization sensitivity for the interrogated wavelengths, providing the possibility of both field flux and direction measurements. The underlying physical and guidance mechanisms of this sensing transduction are further investigated using spectrophotometric, light scattering measurements, and numerical simulations, suggesting photonic Hall effect as the dominant physical, transducing mechanism.

  13. Bragg grating writing in PMMA microstructured polymer optical fibers in less than 7 minutes

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    Bundalo, Ivan-Lazar; Nielsen, Kristian; Markos, Christos;

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate fiber Bragg grating (FBG) writing in PMMA microstructured Polymer Optical Fibers (mPOFs) using UV Phase Mask technique with writing times shorter than 10 min. The shortest writing time was 6 minutes and 50 seconds and the longest writing time was 8 min and 50 sec. The FBGs were...... written in a 125 x00B5;m PMMA mPOF having 3-rings of holes, the reflection peaks were centred at 632.6 nm and have a reflectivity as high as 26 dB. We also demonstrate how the writing dynamics depends on the intensity of the writing beam....

  14. Dispersion-modulation by high material loss in microstructured polymer optical fibers

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    Frosz, Michael Henoch

    2009-01-01

    The influence of strong loss peaks on the dispersion (through the Kramers-Kronig relations) of a nonlinear waveguide is investigated theore­ti­cally. It is found specifically for degenerate four-wave mixing in a poly(methyl methacrylate) microstructured polymer optical fiber that the loss-induced dispersion significantly modifies the wavelengths for which there is phase-match. Depending on the pump wavelength, the waveguide disper­sion, and the loss peaks, it is possible for the output spectr...

  15. Visible Light Driven Photocatalytic Reactor Based on Micro-structured Polymer Optical Fiber Preform

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    Li, Dong-Dong; She, Jiang-Bo; Wang, Chang-Shun; Peng, Bo

    2014-05-01

    A novel visible light driven photocatalytic reactor with 547 pieces of Ag/AgBr-film-modified capillaries is reported and it is derived from a microstructured polymer optical fiber (MPOF) preform. The MPOF preform not only plays the role of a light-transmitting media, but it is also a Ag/AgBr supporting and waste-water pipe to supply the photocatalytic degradation of dyes solute. The photocatalytic reactor has such a large surface area for Ag/AgBr loading, which is a visible light driven photocatalyst that photodegradation efficiency is enhanced.

  16. Finite element analysis of surface acoustic waves in high aspect ratio electrodes

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    Dühring, Maria Bayard; Laude, Vincent; Khelif, Abdelkrim

    2008-01-01

    This paper elaborates on how the finite element method is employed to model surface acoustic waves generated by high aspect ratio electrodes and their interaction with optical waves in a waveguide. With a periodic model it is shown that these electrodes act as a mechanical resonator which slows...

  17. Dispersion and Polarization of Surface Waves Trapped in High Aspect Ratio Electrode Arrays

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    Laude, Vincent; Dühring, Maria Bayard; Moubchir, Hanane;

    2007-01-01

    additional results on the polarization and the dispersion of the surface waves trapped by high aspect ratio electrode arrays. A finite element model, including periodic boundary conditions along the propagation direction and a perfectly matched layer (PML) to absorb waves away from the surface, was...

  18. Studies on equilibrium analysis and cylindrical model of low aspect ratio tokamak

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    The low-aspect-ratio tokamak is expected to realize a compact and economical fusion reactor. This paper presents a equilibrium study of low-aspect-ratio tokamaks for the basis of both of Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) analysis and cylindrical approximation model. Since its external toroidal field coil does not have enough surrounding space for the installation of neutron shielding material, it should be made of a normal conductor, whose current density and the resistive power loss should be estimated. On the basis of the cylindrical approximation model, the relationships are derived between the resistive power loss and various plasma parameters as aspect ratio, elongation, safety factor at the edge, and total beta value. The resistive power loss can be decreased by decreasing aspect ratio, however, neutron wall loading and the total beta increase. It is found that they can be in the reasonable quantitative range by the appropriate selections of the plasma parameters. The evaluation is made of the applicability of the model by comparing the results with those of the numerical MHD analysis. (author)

  19. Global gyrokinetic stability of collisionless microtearing modes in large aspect ratio tokamaks

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    Linear full radius gyrokinetic calculations show the existence of unstable microtearing modes (MTMs) in purely collisionless, high temperature, large aspect ratio tokamak plasmas. The present study takes into account fully gyrokinetic highly passing ions and electrons. The global 2-D structures of the collisionless mode with full radius coupling of the poloidal modes is obtained and compared with another electromagnetic mode, namely, the Alfvén Ion Temperature Gradient (AITG) mode (or Kinetic Ballooning Mode, KBM) for the same equilibrium profile. Several important characteristics of the modes are brought out and compared, such as a clear signature in the symmetry properties of the two modes, the plasma–β dependence, and radial and poloidal length scales of the electrostatic and magnetic vector potential fluctuations. Extensive parameter scans for this collisionless microtearing mode reveal the scaling of the growth rate with β and the electron temperature gradient ηe. Scans at different β values show an inverse relationship between the ηe threshold and β, leading to a stability diagram, and implying that the mode might exist at moderate to strong temperature gradients for finite β plasmas in large aspect ratio tokamaks. In contrast to small aspect ratio tokamaks where the trapped electron magnetic drift resonance is found to be important, in large aspect ratio tokamaks, a strong destabilization due to the magnetic drift resonance of passing electrons is observed and is identified as a possible collisionless drive mechanism for the collisionless MTM

  20. The Flow Field Downstream of a Dynamic Low Aspect Ratio Circular Cylinder: A Parametric Study

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    Gildersleeve, Samantha; Dan, Clingman; Amitay, Michael

    2015-11-01

    Flow past a static, low aspect ratio cylinder (pin) has shown the formation of vortical structures, namely the horseshoe and arch-type vortex. These vortical structures may have substantial effects in controlling flow separation over airfoils. In the present experiments, the flow field associated with a low aspect ratio cylinder as it interacts with a laminar boundary layer under static and dynamic conditions was investigated through a parametric study over a flat plate. As a result of the pin being actuated in the wall-normal direction, the structures formed in the wake of the pin were seen to be a strong function of actuation amplitude, driving frequency, and aspect ratio of the cylinder. The study was conducted at a Reynolds number of 1875, based on the local boundary layer thickness, with a free stream velocity of 10 m/s. SPIV data were collected for two aspect ratios of 0.75 and 1.125, actuation amplitudes of 6.7% and 16.7%, and driving frequencies of 175 Hz and 350 Hz. Results indicate that the presence and interactions between vortical structures are altered in comparison to the static case and suggest increased large-scale mixing when the pin is driven at the shedding frequency (350 Hz). Supported by the Boeing Company.

  1. A Close Look at Charge Generation in Polymer:Fullerene Blends with Microstructure Control

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    Scarongella, Mariateresa

    2015-03-04

    © 2015 American Chemical Society. We reveal some of the key mechanisms during charge generation in polymer:fullerene blends exploiting our well-defined understanding of the microstructures obtained in pBTTT:PCBM systems via processing with fatty acid methyl ester additives. Based on ultrafast transient absorption, electro-absorption, and fluorescence up-conversion spectroscopy, we find that exciton diffusion through relatively phase-pure polymer or fullerene domains limits the rate of electron and hole transfer, while prompt charge separation occurs in regions where the polymer and fullerene are molecularly intermixed (such as the co-crystal phase where fullerenes intercalate between polymer chains in pBTTT:PCBM). We moreover confirm the importance of neat domains, which are essential to prevent geminate recombination of bound electron-hole pairs. Most interestingly, using an electro-absorption (Stark effect) signature, we directly visualize the migration of holes from intermixed to neat regions, which occurs on the subpicosecond time scale. This ultrafast transport is likely sustained by high local mobility (possibly along chains extending from the co-crystal phase to neat regions) and by an energy cascade driving the holes toward the neat domains.

  2. Graphene-Induced Oriented Interfacial Microstructures in Single Fiber Polymer Composites.

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    Abdou, John P; Braggin, Gregory A; Luo, Yanqi; Stevenson, Alexandra R; Chun, Danielle; Zhang, Shanju

    2015-06-24

    Interfacial interactions between the polymer and graphene are pivotal in determining the reinforcement efficiency in the graphene-enhanced polymer nanocomposites. Here, we report on the dynamic process of graphene-induced oriented interfacial crystals of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) in the single fiber polymer composites by means of polarized optical microscopy (POM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The graphene fibers are obtained by chemical reduction of graphene oxide fibers, and the latter is produced from the liquid crystalline dispersion of graphene oxide via a wet coagulation route. The lamellar crystals of iPP grow perpendicular to the fiber axis, forming an oriented transcrystalline (TC) interphase surrounding the graphene fiber. Various factors including the diameter of graphene fibers, crystallization temperature, and time are investigated. The dynamic process of polymer transcrystallization surrounding the graphene fiber is studied in the temperature range 124-132 °C. The Lauritzen-Hoffman theory of heterogeneous nucleation is applied to analyze the transcrystallization process, and the fold surface free energy is determined. Study into microstructures demonstrates a cross-hatched lamellar morphology of the TC interphase and the strong interfacial adhesion between the iPP and graphene. Under appropriate conditions, the β-form transcrystals occur whereas the α-form transcrystals are predominant surrounding the graphene fibers. PMID:26058086

  3. Experimental investigation on tilt stabilizing effect of external toroidal field in low aspect ratio tokamak

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    This paper describes experimental investigations on the equilibrium and global stability of low aspect ratio tokamaks with different aspect ratios ranging from 1.1 to 1.9. The Z-θ pinch spheromak formation technique is used to produce low aspect ratio tokamaks in an external toroidal field generated by the center conductor. Using this operation, the plasma stability has been investigated in the transition regime from tokamaks to spheromaks. It has been found that there exists a lower critical value of the center conductor current to surpress the global plasma instability of the n=1 tilt and/or shift modes. The ratio of this critical current to plasma current is experimentally measured for the first time as a function of the aspect ratio. Glass-tube cylindrical limiters with different radii are installed along the symmetric center axis of the Spherical Torus-3 device [Y. Ono et al., Phys. Fluids B 5, 3691 (1993)]. As the aspect ratio is decreased from 1.9 to 1.1, it is observed that the critical ratio of the center conductor current to plasma current decreases from 1.2 to 0.2. The safety factor q at the plasma edge corresponding to this critical current is roughly 1.5 to 3.0. Similar experiments are also carried out with a thin metal cover surrounding the surface of the glass tube limiter. The thin metal cover permits the decrease in the critical current and the corresponding edge q value of q∼1. These experimental results of the critical current ratio are found to be comparable to that predicted from theoretical models where the restoring force against the tilt motion is considered to be generated by the interaction of the external toroidal field with the n=1 induced surface currents in the tilt motion. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  4. A 3-dimensional in vitro model of epithelioid granulomas induced by high aspect ratio nanomaterials

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    Hurt Robert H

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The most common causes of granulomatous inflammation are persistent pathogens and poorly-degradable irritating materials. A characteristic pathological reaction to intratracheal instillation, pharyngeal aspiration, or inhalation of carbon nanotubes is formation of epithelioid granulomas accompanied by interstitial fibrosis in the lungs. In the mesothelium, a similar response is induced by high aspect ratio nanomaterials, including asbestos fibers, following intraperitoneal injection. This asbestos-like behaviour of some engineered nanomaterials is a concern for their potential adverse health effects in the lungs and mesothelium. We hypothesize that high aspect ratio nanomaterials will induce epithelioid granulomas in nonadherent macrophages in 3D cultures. Results Carbon black particles (Printex 90 and crocidolite asbestos fibers were used as well-characterized reference materials and compared with three commercial samples of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs. Doses were identified in 2D and 3D cultures in order to minimize acute toxicity and to reflect realistic occupational exposures in humans and in previous inhalation studies in rodents. Under serum-free conditions, exposure of nonadherent primary murine bone marrow-derived macrophages to 0.5 μg/ml (0.38 μg/cm2 of crocidolite asbestos fibers or MWCNTs, but not carbon black, induced macrophage differentiation into epithelioid cells and formation of stable aggregates with the characteristic morphology of granulomas. Formation of multinucleated giant cells was also induced by asbestos fibers or MWCNTs in this 3D in vitro model. After 7-14 days, macrophages exposed to high aspect ratio nanomaterials co-expressed proinflammatory (M1 as well as profibrotic (M2 phenotypic markers. Conclusions Induction of epithelioid granulomas appears to correlate with high aspect ratio and complex 3D structure of carbon nanotubes, not with their iron content or surface area. This model

  5. Effects of Confinement on Microstructure and Charge Transport in High Performance Semicrystalline Polymer Semiconductors

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    Himmelberger, Scott

    2012-11-23

    The film thickness of one of the most crystalline and highest performing polymer semiconductors, poly(2,5-bis(3-tetradecylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b] thiophene) (PBTTT), is varied in order to determine the effects of interfaces and confinement on the microstructure and performance in organic field effect transistors (OFETs). Crystalline texture and overall film crystallinity are found to depend strongly on film thickness and thermal processing. The angular distribution of crystallites narrows upon both a decrease in film thickness and thermal annealing. These changes in the film microstructure are paired with thin-film transistor characterization and shown to be directly correlated with variations in charge carrier mobility. Charge transport is shown to be governed by film crystallinity in films below 20 nm and by crystalline orientation for thicker films. An optimal thickness is found for PBTTT at which the mobility is maximized in unannealed films and where mobility reaches a plateau at its highest value for annealed films. The effects of confinement on the morphology and charge transport properties of poly(2,5-bis(3-tetradecylthiophen-2-yl) thieno[3,2-b]thiophene) (PBTTT) are studied using quantitative X-ray diffraction and field-effect transistor measurements. Polymer crystallinity is found to limit charge transport in the thinnest films while crystalline texture and intergrain connectivity modulate carrier mobility in thicker films. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Surface and Microstructural Failures of PET-Coated ECCS Plates by Salmon-Polymer Interaction

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    Ernesto Zumelzu

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The new types of knowledge-intensive, multilayer containers consist of steel plates protected against corrosion by nanometric electrolytic chromium (Cr0 and chromium oxide (Cr2O3 layers chemically bonded to polyethylene terephthalate (PET polymer coating to preserve food. It was observed that after emptying the cans, the salmon adhered to the polymer coating, changing its color, and that this adhesion increased with longer storage times. This work was aimed at determining the product-container interactions and their characterization by X-ray diffraction (XRD, confocal Raman and micro-Raman imaging and scanning electron microscopy (SEM analysis. The zones of adhesion showed surface changes, variations in crystallinity and microstructural degradation of the PET coating. In addition, localized damages altering the functional properties of the multilayer system were observed as microcracking in the chromium layers that protect the steel. The degradation undergone was evaluated and characterized at a surface and microstructural level to establish the failure mechanisms, which were mainly associated with the activity of the adhered muscle and its biochemical components. Finally, a recommendation is done to preserve the useful life and functionality of cans for the preservation and efficient use of resources with an impact on recycling and environmental conservancy.

  7. Rapid transfer of hierarchical microstructures onto biomimetic polymer surfaces with gradually tunable water adhesion from slippery to sticky superhydrophobicity

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    Chen, An-Fu; Huang, Han-Xiong

    2016-02-01

    Biomimetic superhydrophobic surfaces are generally limited to extremely high or quite low water droplet adhesion. The present work proposes flexible template replication methods for bio-inspired polypropylene (PP) surfaces with microtopographies and gradually tunable water droplet adhesion in one step using microinjection compression molding (μ-ICM). A dual-level microstructure appears on PP surfaces prepared using a flexible template. The microstructures obtained under low and high mold temperatures exhibit low-aspect-ratio (AR) micropillars with semi-spherical top and high-AR ones with conical top, resulting in the surfaces with high-adhesive hydrophobicity and low-adhesive superhydrophobicity, respectively. Further, silica nanoparticles (SNPs) coated on templates are transferred to viscous state-dominated melt during its filling in μ-ICM, and firmly adhered to the skin of the replicas, forming hierarchical microstructures on PP surfaces. The hydrophilic and hydrophobic SNPs on high-AR micropillared surfaces help achieve extremely high (petal effect) and extremely low (lotus effect) adhesion on superhydrophobic surfaces, respectively. The hybrid SNPs on low-AR micropillars change the Wenzel state-dominated surface to Cassie-Baxter state-dominated surface and preserves medium adhesion with superhydrophobicity. The proposed methods for fast and mass replication of superhydrophobic surfaces with the dual-level or hierarchical microtopography can be excellent candidates for the development of microfluidics, sensors, and labs on chip.

  8. Thermal stability of mesoporous silica-coated gold nanorods with different aspect ratios

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    The effect of different temperatures (up to 900 °C) on the morphology of mesoporous silica-coated gold nanorods was systematically investigated. Gold nanorods with different aspect ratios (AR ranging from 2.5 to 4.3) were coated with a 15 nm thick mesoporous silica shell. Silicon supported monolayers of the particles were annealed in the temperature range of 300–900 °C. The resulting changes in particle morphology were investigated using scanning electron microscopy and visible wavelength extinction spectroscopy. The silica coating generally improved the stability of the nanorods from ca. 250 °C by several hundreds degree Celsius. For nanorods with AR < 3 the shape and the aspect ratio change is only moderate up to 700 °C. At 900 °C these nanorods became spherical. For nanorods with AR>3, lower stability was found as the aspect ratio decrease was more significant and they transformed into spherical particles already at 700 °C. It was confirmed by investigating empty silica shells that the observed conformal change of the shell material when annealing core/shell particles is dictated by the deformation of the core particle. This also implies that a significant mechanical stress is exerted on the shell upon core deformation. In accordance with this, for the highest aspect ratio (AR ∼ 4) nanorod the shell breaks up at 900 °C and the gold cores were partially released and coalesced into large spherical particles. - Highlights: • Deformation of mesoporous silica-coated gold nanorods upon annealing up to 900 °C. • The silica shell protects the gold cores from turning into spheres up to 500 °C. • Decreasing thermal stability with increasing aspect ratio. • Deformation of the silica shell dictated by the shape change of the gold core. • Core induced break-up of the shell for high aspect ratio nanorods

  9. A high aspect ratio SU-8 fabrication technique for hollow microneedles for transdermal drug delivery and blood extraction

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    Protein drugs, e.g. hormonal drugs, cannot be delivered orally to a patient as they get digested in the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract. Thus, it is imperative that these kinds of drugs are delivered transdermally through the skin. To provide for real-time feedback as well as to test independently for various substances in the blood, we also need a blood sampling system. Microneedles can perform both these functions. Further, microneedles made of silicon or metal have the risk of breaking inside the skin thereby leading to complications. SU-8, being approved of as being biocompatible by the Food and Drug Agency (FDA) of the United States, is an attractive alternative because firstly it is a polymer material, thereby reducing the chances of breakages inside the skin, and secondly it is a negative photoresist, thereby leading to ease of fabrication. Thus, here we present very tall (around 1600 µm) SU-8 polymer-based hollow microneedles fabricated by a simple and repeatable process, which are a very good candidate for transdermal drug delivery as well as blood extraction. The paper elaborates on the details that allow the fabrication of such extreme aspect ratios (>100).

  10. A high aspect ratio SU-8 fabrication technique for hollow microneedles for transdermal drug delivery and blood extraction

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    Chaudhri, Buddhadev Paul; Ceyssens, Frederik; De Moor, Piet; Van Hoof, Chris; Puers, Robert

    2010-06-01

    Protein drugs, e.g. hormonal drugs, cannot be delivered orally to a patient as they get digested in the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract. Thus, it is imperative that these kinds of drugs are delivered transdermally through the skin. To provide for real-time feedback as well as to test independently for various substances in the blood, we also need a blood sampling system. Microneedles can perform both these functions. Further, microneedles made of silicon or metal have the risk of breaking inside the skin thereby leading to complications. SU-8, being approved of as being biocompatible by the Food and Drug Agency (FDA) of the United States, is an attractive alternative because firstly it is a polymer material, thereby reducing the chances of breakages inside the skin, and secondly it is a negative photoresist, thereby leading to ease of fabrication. Thus, here we present very tall (around 1600 µm) SU-8 polymer-based hollow microneedles fabricated by a simple and repeatable process, which are a very good candidate for transdermal drug delivery as well as blood extraction. The paper elaborates on the details that allow the fabrication of such extreme aspect ratios (>100).

  11. High Yield Synthesis of Aspect Ratio Controlled Graphenic Materials from Anthracite Coal in Supercritical Fluids.

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    Sasikala, Suchithra Padmajan; Henry, Lucile; Yesilbag Tonga, Gulen; Huang, Kai; Das, Riddha; Giroire, Baptiste; Marre, Samuel; Rotello, Vincent M; Penicaud, Alain; Poulin, Philippe; Aymonier, Cyril

    2016-05-24

    This paper rationalizes the green and scalable synthesis of graphenic materials of different aspect ratios using anthracite coal as a single source material under different supercritical environments. Single layer, monodisperse graphene oxide quantum dots (GQDs) are obtained at high yield (55 wt %) from anthracite coal in supercritical water. The obtained GQDs are ∼3 nm in lateral size and display a high fluorescence quantum yield of 28%. They show high cell viability and are readily used for imaging cancer cells. In an analogous experiment, high aspect ratio graphenic materials with ribbon-like morphology (GRs) are synthesized from the same source material in supercritical ethanol at a yield of 6.4 wt %. A thin film of GRs with 68% transparency shows a surface resistance of 9.3 kΩ/sq. This is apparently the demonstration of anthracite coal as a source for electrically conductive graphenic materials. PMID:27135862

  12. Selective aspect ratio of CNTs based on annealing temperature by TCVD method

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    Yousefi, Amin Termeh; Mahmood, Mohamad Rusop; Ikeda, Shoichiro

    2016-07-01

    Various aspect ratios of CNTs reported based on alteration of annealing temperature using thermal-chemical vapor deposition (TCVD) method. Also the growth dependent and independent parameters of the carbon nanotube (CNTs) array were studied as a function of synthesis method. The FESEM images indicate that the nanotubes are approximately perpendicular to the surface of the silicon substrate and form carbon nanotubes in different aspect ratios according to the applied annealing temperature. Furthermore, due to the optimized results it can be observed that, the mechanism of the CNTs growth is still present in the annealing step as well as deposition process and the most CNTs with crystalline aspect, produced in the annealing temperature, which was optimized at 700 - 900 ˚C. This result demonstrates that the growth rate, mass production, diameter, density, and crystallinity of CNT can be controlled by the annealing temperature.

  13. Fabrication of High Aspect Ratio SU-8 Structures for Integrated Spectrometers

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    Anhøj, Thomas Aarøe

    2007-01-01

    This dissertation deals with the fabrication of integrated spectrometers for use in miniaturized chemical analysis systems, also called 'lab-on-a-chip'-systems. The spectrometers are based on concave re ection gratings, and are fabricated in the epoxy-based material SU-8 by means of...... photolithography. Successful fabrication of re ection gratings requires a high degree of precision in the photolithographic process. The fabrication process has thus been optimized by optimizing the photolithographic process for fabrication of high aspect ratio structures, i.e. structures with details that are...... small compared to the height of the structure. A decisive factor is the ability of the process to separate closely- spaced structures. The primary measure of quality is thus the aspect ratio of the narrowest trench which it is possible to resolve in the lithographic process. The optimization of the...

  14. Integral transform solution for natural convection in three-dimensional porous cavities: Aspect ratio effects

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    Luz Neto, H. [National Institute of Technology, INT/MCT Ministerio de Ciencia e Tecnologia, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Quaresma, J.N.N. [Chemical and Food Engineering Department, DEQAL/UFPA, Universidade Federal do Para Belem, PA (Brazil); Cotta, R.M. [Mechanical Engineering Department, POLI/COPPE/UFRJ, Cidade Universitaria, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Cx. Postal 68503, 21945-970 Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2006-11-15

    Three-dimensional natural convection in box-like cavities filled with a porous material is revisited, by considering a transient formulation for the energy balance and a quasi-steady formulation for the flow problem. The Generalized Integral Transform Technique (GITT) is employed in the hybrid numerical-analytical solution of the Darcy law based model for vertical cavities (insulated vertical walls with differentially prescribed horizontal wall temperatures), employing the vorticity-vector potential formulation. Comparisons with previously reported numerical solutions are performed and the transition between conductive and convective states is illustrated, centering on the aspect ratio influence on the flow and heat transfer phenomena. A set of reference results for the steady-state behavior under different aspect ratio is provided for covalidation purposes. (author)

  15. Dense high aspect ratio hydrogen silsesquioxane nanostructures by 100 keV electron beam lithography

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    Vila-Comamala, Joan; Gorelick, Sergey; Guzenko, Vitaliy A; David, Christian [Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen CH-5232 (Switzerland); Faerm, Elina; Ritala, Mikko, E-mail: joan.vila@psi.ch [Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki, Helsinki FI-00014 (Finland)

    2010-07-16

    We investigated the fabrication of dense, high aspect ratio hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) nanostructures by 100 keV electron beam lithography. The samples were developed using a high contrast developer and supercritically dried in carbon dioxide. Dense gratings with line widths down to 25 nm were patterned in 500 nm-thick resist layers and semi-dense gratings with line widths down to 10 nm (40 nm pitch) were patterned in 250 nm-thick resist layers. The dense HSQ nanostructures were used as molds for gold electrodeposition, and the semi-dense HSQ gratings were iridium-coated by atomic layer deposition. We used these methods to produce Fresnel zone plates with extreme aspect ratio for scanning transmission x-ray microscopy that showed excellent performance at 1.0 keV photon energy.

  16. Dense high aspect ratio hydrogen silsesquioxane nanostructures by 100 keV electron beam lithography

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    Vila-Comamala, Joan; Gorelick, Sergey; Guzenko, Vitaliy A.; Färm, Elina; Ritala, Mikko; David, Christian

    2010-07-01

    We investigated the fabrication of dense, high aspect ratio hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) nanostructures by 100 keV electron beam lithography. The samples were developed using a high contrast developer and supercritically dried in carbon dioxide. Dense gratings with line widths down to 25 nm were patterned in 500 nm-thick resist layers and semi-dense gratings with line widths down to 10 nm (40 nm pitch) were patterned in 250 nm-thick resist layers. The dense HSQ nanostructures were used as molds for gold electrodeposition, and the semi-dense HSQ gratings were iridium-coated by atomic layer deposition. We used these methods to produce Fresnel zone plates with extreme aspect ratio for scanning transmission x-ray microscopy that showed excellent performance at 1.0 keV photon energy.

  17. Rapid fabrication of high aspect ratio silicon nanopillars for chemical analysis

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    Sainiemi, Lauri; Keskinen, Helmi; Aromaa, Mikko; Luosujärvi, Laura; Grigoras, Kestas; Kotiaho, Tapio; Mäkelä, Jyrki M.; Franssila, Sami

    2007-12-01

    In this study, a method for fabrication of high aspect ratio silicon nanopillars is presented. The method combines liquid flame spray production of silica nanoparticle agglomerates with cryogenic deep reactive ion etching. First, the nanoparticle agglomerates, having a diameter of about 100 nm, are deposited on a silicon wafer. Then, during the subsequent cryogenic deep reactive ion etching process, the particle agglomerates act as etch masks and silicon nanopillars are formed. Aspect ratios of up to 20:1 are demonstrated. The masking process is rapid, cheap and has the potential to be scaled up for large areas. Three other structured silicon surfaces were fabricated for comparison. All four surfaces were utilized as desorption/ionization on silicon (DIOS) sample plates. The mass spectrometry results indicate that nanopillar surfaces masked with the liquid flame spray technique are well suited as DIOS sample plates.

  18. High aspect ratio nanochannel machining using single shot femtosecond Bessel beams

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    We report high aspect ratio nanochannel fabrication in glass using single-shot femtosecond Bessel beams of sub-3 μJ pulse energies at 800 nm. We obtain near-parallel nanochannels with diameters in the range 200-800 nm, and aspect ratios that can exceed 100. An array of 230 nm diameter channels with 1.6 μm pitch illustrates the reproducibility of this approach and the potential for writing periodic structures. We also report proof-of-principle machining of a through-channel of 400 nm diameter in a 43 μm thick membrane. These results represent a significant advance of femtosecond laser ablation technology into the nanometric regime.

  19. Synthesis of High-Aspect-Ratio Nickel Nanowires by Dropping Method.

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    Zhang, Jiaqi; Xiang, Wenfeng; Liu, Yuan; Hu, Minghao; Zhao, Kun

    2016-12-01

    A facile and high-yield route, dropping method, has been used to synthesize Ni nanowires (NWs) with a high aspect ratio. Compared to the conventional chemical reduction method, the diameter of Ni NWs prepared by the dropping method distinctively decreased and the surface roughness was improved. After optimizing the process parameters such as the Ni ion concentration and volume of the dropped NiCl2·6H2O solution, the diameter and aspect ratio of the NWs are 70 nm and ~600, respectively. The possible synthesized process of the dropping method was discussed. This work presents a preferred approach to fabricate high-quality one-dimensional magnetic materials which have potential applications in electrochemical devices, magnetic sensors, and catalytic agents. PMID:26925866

  20. Synthesis of High-Aspect-Ratio Nickel Nanowires by Dropping Method

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    Zhang, Jiaqi; Xiang, Wenfeng; Liu, Yuan; Hu, Minghao; Zhao, Kun

    2016-03-01

    A facile and high-yield route, dropping method, has been used to synthesize Ni nanowires (NWs) with a high aspect ratio. Compared to the conventional chemical reduction method, the diameter of Ni NWs prepared by the dropping method distinctively decreased and the surface roughness was improved. After optimizing the process parameters such as the Ni ion concentration and volume of the dropped NiCl2·6H2O solution, the diameter and aspect ratio of the NWs are 70 nm and ~600, respectively. The possible synthesized process of the dropping method was discussed. This work presents a preferred approach to fabricate high-quality one-dimensional magnetic materials which have potential applications in electrochemical devices, magnetic sensors, and catalytic agents.

  1. Light emitting diode with high aspect ratio submicron roughness for light extraction and methods of forming

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    Li, Ting

    2011-04-26

    The surface morphology of an LED light emitting surface is changed by applying a reactive ion etch (RIE) process to the light emitting surface. High aspect ratio, submicron roughness is formed on the light emitting surface by transferring a thin film metal hard-mask having submicron patterns to the surface prior to applying a reactive ion etch process. The submicron patterns in the metal hard-mask can be formed using a low cost, commercially available nano-patterned template which is transferred to the surface with the mask. After subsequently binding the mask to the surface, the template is removed and the RIE process is applied for time duration sufficient to change the morphology of the surface. The modified surface contains non-symmetric, submicron structures having high aspect ratio which increase the efficiency of the device.

  2. The Effect of Building Aspect Ratio on Energy Efficiency: A Case Study for Multi-Unit Residential Buildings in Canada

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    Philip McKeen; Fung, Alan S.

    2014-01-01

    This paper examines the energy consumption of varying aspect ratio in multi-unit residential buildings in Canadian cities. The aspect ratio of a building is one of the most important determinants of energy efficiency. It defines the building surface area by which heat is transferred between the interior and exterior environment. It also defines the amount of building area that is subject to solar gain. The extent to which this can be beneficial or detrimental depends on the aspect ratio and ...

  3. Effects of Variable Aspect-Ratio Inclusions on the Electrical Impedance of an Alumina Zirconia Composite at Intermediate Temperatures

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    Goldsby, Jon C.

    2010-01-01

    A series of alumina-yttria-stabilized zirconia composites containing either a high aspect ratio (5 and 30 mol%) hexagonal platelet alumina or an alumina low aspect ratio (5 and 30 mol%) spherical particulate was used to determine the effect of the aspect ratio on the temperature-dependent impedance of the composite material. The highest impedance across the temperature range of 373 to 1073 K is attributed to the grain boundary of the hexagonal platelet second phase in this alumina zirconia composite.

  4. Size Dependent Cellular Uptake of Rod-like Bionanoparticles with Different Aspect Ratios

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    Xiangxiang Liu; Fengchi Wu; Ye Tian; Man Wu; Quan Zhou; Shidong Jiang; Zhongwei Niu

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the cellular internalization mechanism of nanoparticles is essential to study their biological fate. Especially, due to the anisotropic properties, rod-like nanoparticles have attracted growing interest for the enhanced internalization efficiency with respect to spherical nanoparticles. Here, to elucidate the effect of aspect ratio of rod-like nanoparticles on cellular uptake, tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), a typical rod-like bionanoparticle, is developed as a model. Nanorods with ...

  5. Improving surface acousto-optical interaction by high aspect ratio electrodes

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    Dühring, Maria Bayard; Laude, Vincent; Khelif, Abdelkrim

    2009-01-01

    The acousto-optical interaction of an optical wave confined inside a waveguide and a surface acoustic wave launched by an interdigital transducer (IDT) at the surface of a piezoelectric material is considered. The IDT with high aspect ratio electrodes supports several acoustic modes that are strongly confined to the surface, causing a significant increase in the strain underneath the surface. A finite element method is employed to model the surface acoustic waves generated by a finite length ...

  6. Concept definition of KT-2, a large-aspect-ratio diverter tokamak with FWCD

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    A concept definition of the KT-2 tokamak is made. The research goal of the machine is to study the 'advanced tokamak' physics and engineering issues on the mid size large-aspect-ratio diverter tokamak with intense RF heating (>5 MW). Survey of the status of the research fields, the physics basis for the concept, operation scenarios, as well as machine design concept are presented. (Author) 86 refs., 17 figs., 22 tabs

  7. Numerical analysis of energetic particle stabilization of ballooning modes in finite-aspect-ratio tokamaks

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    The effect of energetic trapped particles on the stabilization of ballooning modes in finite-aspect-ratio tokamaks is numerically analyzed. The numerical solution of boundary value problem of an integro-differential equation is successfully obtained by RKF integral method with variable step size. The results show that the instability domain of ballooning modes becomes small along with the increase of energetic particles pressure. The energetic trapped particles can partially or completely suppress the instability of ballooning modes

  8. Reducing the aspect ratio of contact holes by in situ low-angle cross sectioning

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    Highlights: • Auger analysis of high-aspect ratio topographical structures is a challenging analytical task. In an Auger microprobe, equipped with a CMA and a coaxially mounted electron gun, due to a geometrical shadowing, the primary electron beam and the energy analyser did not have the required direct line of sight to the analysis area at the contact hole bottom simultaneously. • To enable Auger analysis of these high aspect ratio contact holes, some kind of suitable sample preparation is indispensable to reduce the pronounced topography. • Here the new sample preparation method ‘in situ low-angle cross sectioning’ is presented. Simply the sample is covered by a mask and it is sputtered by Ar+ ions at nearly crazing incidence utilizing the masks edge. In the shadow of the mask a bevel develops, which is flatter than give by the geometrical setup due to self-alignment effects. Since the bevel is produced inside the instrument, it is free of contaminations. • The benefit of in situ low-angle cross sectioning is demonstrated by an analysis of a contact hole bottom after a post reactive ion etching cleaning. - Abstract: Auger analysis of high-aspect ratio contact holes of integrated microelectronic devices is a challenging analytical task. Due to geometrical shadowing the primary electron beam and the energy analyser have not the required direct line of sight to the analysis area simultaneously. To solve this problem sample preparation is needed to flatten the three-dimensional geometry. Here the new approach of in situ low-angle cross sectioning is applied. By this method material gets removed inside the Auger instrument while the sample is sputtered by Ar+ ions at nearly grazing incidence utilizing the edge of a mask, which partly covers the sample. A very shallow bevel with respect to the sample surface is produced. Thus along the bevel contact holes with suitable aspect ratios are available for the Auger analysis

  9. An in vitro testing strategy towards mimicking the inhalation of high aspect ratio nanoparticles

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    Endes, Carola; Schmid, Otmar; Kinnear, Calum; Mueller, Silvana; Camarero-Espinosa, Sandra; Vanhecke, Dimitri; Foster, E Johan; Petri-Fink, Alke; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara; Weder, Christoph; Martin J. D. Clift

    2014-01-01

    Background The challenge remains to reliably mimic human exposure to high aspect ratio nanoparticles (HARN) via inhalation. Sophisticated, multi-cellular in vitro models are a particular advantageous solution to this issue, especially when considering the need to provide realistic and efficient alternatives to invasive animal experimentation for HARN hazard assessment. By incorporating a systematic test-bed of material characterisation techniques, a specific air-liquid cell exposure system wi...

  10. Geometrical Nonlinear Aeroelastic Stability Analysis of a Composite High-Aspect-Ratio Wing

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    Chang Chuan Xie; Jia Zhen Leng; Chao Yang

    2008-01-01

    A composite high-aspect-ratio wing of a high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) aircraft was modeled with FEM by MSC/NASTRAN, and the nonlinear static equilibrium state is calculated under design load with follower force effect, but without load redistribution. Assuming the little vibration amplitude of the wing around the static equilibrium state, the system is linearized and the natural frequencies and mode shapes of the deformed structure are obtained. Planar doublet lattice method is used to ...

  11. Reducing the aspect ratio of contact holes by in situ low-angle cross sectioning

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    Scheithauer, Uwe, E-mail: scht.uhg@googlemail.com

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Auger analysis of high-aspect ratio topographical structures is a challenging analytical task. In an Auger microprobe, equipped with a CMA and a coaxially mounted electron gun, due to a geometrical shadowing, the primary electron beam and the energy analyser did not have the required direct line of sight to the analysis area at the contact hole bottom simultaneously. • To enable Auger analysis of these high aspect ratio contact holes, some kind of suitable sample preparation is indispensable to reduce the pronounced topography. • Here the new sample preparation method ‘in situ low-angle cross sectioning’ is presented. Simply the sample is covered by a mask and it is sputtered by Ar{sup +} ions at nearly crazing incidence utilizing the masks edge. In the shadow of the mask a bevel develops, which is flatter than give by the geometrical setup due to self-alignment effects. Since the bevel is produced inside the instrument, it is free of contaminations. • The benefit of in situ low-angle cross sectioning is demonstrated by an analysis of a contact hole bottom after a post reactive ion etching cleaning. - Abstract: Auger analysis of high-aspect ratio contact holes of integrated microelectronic devices is a challenging analytical task. Due to geometrical shadowing the primary electron beam and the energy analyser have not the required direct line of sight to the analysis area simultaneously. To solve this problem sample preparation is needed to flatten the three-dimensional geometry. Here the new approach of in situ low-angle cross sectioning is applied. By this method material gets removed inside the Auger instrument while the sample is sputtered by Ar{sup +} ions at nearly grazing incidence utilizing the edge of a mask, which partly covers the sample. A very shallow bevel with respect to the sample surface is produced. Thus along the bevel contact holes with suitable aspect ratios are available for the Auger analysis.

  12. RCD Large Aspect-Ratio Tokamak Equilibrium with Magnetic Islands: a Perturbed Approach

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    F.L.Braga

    2013-01-01

    Solutions of Grad-Shafranov (GS) equation with Reversed Current Density (RCD) profiles present magnetic islands when the magnetic flux is explicitly dependent on the poloidal angle.In this work it is shown that a typical cylindrical (large aspect-ratio) RCD equilibrium configuration perturbed by the magnetic tield of a circular loop (simulating a divertor) is capable of generate magnetic islands,due to the poloidal symmetry break of the GS equilibrium solution.

  13. Alternative method for variable aspect ratio vias using a vortex mask

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    Schepis, Anthony R.; Levinson, Zac; Burbine, Andrew; Smith, Bruce W.

    2014-03-01

    Historically IC (integrated circuit) device scaling has bridged the gap between technology nodes. Device size reduction is enabled by increased pattern density, enhancing functionality and effectively reducing cost per chip. Exemplifying this trend are aggressive reductions in memory cell sizes that have resulted in systems with diminishing area between bit/word lines. This affords an even greater challenge in the patterning of contact level features that are inherently difficult to resolve because of their relatively small area and complex aerial image. To accommodate these trends, semiconductor device design has shifted toward the implementation of elliptical contact features. This empowers designers to maximize the use of free device space, preserving contact area and effectively reducing the via dimension just along a single axis. It is therefore critical to provide methods that enhance the resolving capacity of varying aspect ratio vias for implementation in electronic design systems. Vortex masks, characterized by their helically induced propagation of light and consequent dark core, afford great potential for the patterning of such features when coupled with a high resolution negative tone resist system. This study investigates the integration of a vortex mask in a 193nm immersion (193i) lithography system and qualifies its ability to augment aspect ratio through feature density using aerial image vector simulation. It was found that vortex fabricated vias provide a distinct resolution advantage over traditionally patterned contact features employing a 6% attenuated phase shift mask (APM). 1:1 features were resolvable at 110nm pitch with a 38nm critical dimension (CD) and 110nm depth of focus (DOF) at 10% exposure latitude (EL). Furthermore, iterative source-mask optimization was executed as means to augment aspect ratio. By employing mask asymmetries and directionally biased sources aspect ratios ranging between 1:1 and 2:1 were achievable, however, this

  14. "Barber pole turbulence" in large aspect ratio Taylor-Couette flow

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    Prigent, A; Dauchot, O.

    2000-01-01

    Investigations of counter-rotating Taylor-Couette flow (TCF) in the narrow gap limit are conducted in a very large aspect ratio apparatus. The phase diagram is presented and compared to that obtained by Andereck et al. The spiral turbulence regime is studied by varying both internal and external Reynolds numbers. Spiral turbulence is shown to emerge from the fully turbulent regime via a continuous transition appearing first as a modulated turbulent state, which eventually relaxes locally to t...

  15. Strong geographical variation in wing aspect ratio of a damselfly, Calopteryx maculata (Odonata: Zygoptera).

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    Hassall, Christopher

    2015-01-01

    Geographical patterns in body size have been described across a wide range of species, leading to the development of a series of fundamental biological rules. However, shape variables are less well-described despite having substantial consequences for organism performance. Wing aspect ratio (AR) has been proposed as a key shape parameter that determines function in flying animals, with high AR corresponding to longer, thinner wings that promote high manoeuvrability, low speed flight, and low AR corresponding to shorter, broader wings that promote high efficiency long distance flight. From this principle it might be predicted that populations living in cooler areas would exhibit low AR wings to compensate for reduced muscle efficiency at lower temperatures. I test this hypothesis using the riverine damselfly, Calopteryx maculata, sampled from 34 sites across its range margin in North America. Nine hundred and seven male specimens were captured from across the 34 sites (mean = 26.7 ± 2.9 SE per site), dissected and measured to quantify the area and length of all four wings. Geometric morphometrics were employed to investigate geographical variation in wing shape. The majority of variation in wing shape involved changes in wing aspect ratio, confirmed independently by geometric morphometrics and wing measurements. There was a strong negative relationship between wing aspect ratio and the maximum temperature of the warmest month which varies from west-east in North America, creating a positive relationship with longitude. This pattern suggests that higher aspect ratio may be associated with areas in which greater flight efficiency is required: regions of lower temperatures during the flight season. I discuss my findings in light of research of the functional ecology of wing shape across vertebrate and invertebrate taxa. PMID:26336648

  16. Concept definition of KT-2, a large-aspect-ratio diverter tokamak with FWCD

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    Kim, Sung Kyoo; Chang, In Soon; Chung, Moon Kyoo; Hwang, Chul Kyoo; Lee, Kwang Won; In, Sang Ryul; Choi, Byung Ho; Hong, Bong Keun; Oh, Byung Hoon; Chung, Seung Ho; Yoon, Byung Joo; Yoon, Jae Sung; Song, Woo Sub [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Chang, Choong Suk; Chang, Hong Yung; Choi, Duk In; Nam, Chang Heui [Korea Advanced Inst. of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Chung, Kyoo Sun [Hanyang Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Sang Heui [Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Heui Dong [Kyungpook National Univ., Taegu (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jae Koo [Pohang Inst. of Science and Technology, Kyungnam (Korea, Republic of)

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    A concept definition of the KT-2 tokamak is made. The research goal of the machine is to study the `advanced tokamak` physics and engineering issues on the mid size large-aspect-ratio diverter tokamak with intense RF heating (>5 MW). Survey of the status of the research fields, the physics basis for the concept, operation scenarios, as well as machine design concept are presented. (Author) 86 refs., 17 figs., 22 tabs.

  17. Mesh Regeneration Method for Jig-Shape Optimization Design of the High-Aspect-Ratio Wing

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    Huo, S. H.; Wang, F S; Z. Yuan; Yue, Z. F.

    2013-01-01

    A mesh regeneration method was put forward, and its application on the jig-shape optimization design of a high-aspect-ratio wing was carried out in the present study. In the mesh regeneration method, some control lines were selected based on configuration characters of the wing structure firstly. And then a new aerodynamic model was built according to the new control lines distribution which always keeps the same outline. Finally, mesh generation and quality optimization were carried out. Thr...

  18. Magnetic reversal modes in multisegmented nanowire arrays with long aspect ratio

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    Rando, E. A.; Allende, S.

    2015-01-01

    A detailed numerical analysis of the magnetization reversal processes in multisegmented nanowire arrays was developed. The nanowires have a long aspect ratio and are formed by magnetic and non-magnetic sections alternately arranged in such a way that the array resembles magnetic layers separated by non-magnetic layers. Attention has been focused on the influence of magnetostatic interaction in the magnetic pattern formation of these magnetic nanostructures. Results from a magnetic correlation...

  19. SUEX process optimization for ultra-thick high-aspect ratio LIGA imaging

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    Johnson, Donald W.; Goettert, Jost; Singh, Varshni; Yemane, Dawit

    2011-04-01

    oven, taken out and cooled to RT then relaxed up to 3 days before development to reduce stress. Development was done in PGMEA for up to 3 hours for the 1000μm thick samples followed by a short IPA rinse and drying in air. Very high aspect ratios of 100 or more have been routinely patterned with nearly perfectly straight sidewalls (~1-1.5μm deviation for a 1mm tall structure) and excellent image fidelity.

  20. Relation between self-organized criticality and grain aspect ratio in granular piles.

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    Denisov, D V; Villanueva, Y Y; Lőrincz, K A; May, S; Wijngaarden, R J

    2012-05-01

    We investigate experimentally whether self-organized criticality (SOC) occurs in granular piles composed of different grains, namely, rice, lentils, quinoa, and mung beans. These four grains were selected to have different aspect ratios, from oblong to oblate. As a function of aspect ratio, we determined the growth (β) and roughness (α) exponents, the avalanche fractal dimension (D), the avalanche size distribution exponent (τ), the critical angle (γ), and its fluctuation. At superficial inspection, three types of grains seem to have power-law-distributed avalanches with a well-defined τ. However, only rice is truly SOC if we take three criteria into account: a power-law-shaped avalanche size distribution, finite size scaling, and a universal scaling relation relating characteristic exponents. We study SOC as a spatiotemporal fractal; in particular, we study the spatial structure of criticality from local observation of the slope angle. From the fluctuation of the slope angle we conclude that greater fluctuation (and thus bigger avalanches) happen in piles consisting of grains with larger aspect ratio. PMID:23004752

  1. The effect of different aspect ratio and bottom heat flux towards contaminant removal using numerical analysis

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    Cubic Interpolated Pseudo-particle (CIP) numerical simulation scheme has been anticipated to predict the interaction involving fluids and solid particles in an open channel with rectangular shaped cavity flow. The rectangular shaped cavity is looking by different aspect ratio in modelling the real pipeline joints that are in a range of sizes. Various inlet velocities are also being applied in predicting various fluid flow characteristics. In this paper, the constant heat flux is introduced at the bottom wall, showing the buoyancy effects towards the contaminant's removal rate. In order to characterize the fluid flow, the numerical scheme alone is initially tested and validated in a lid driven cavity with a single particle. The study of buoyancy effects and different aspect ratio of rectangular geometry were carried out using a MATLAB govern by Navier-Stokes equation. CIP is used as a model for a numerical scheme solver for fluid solid particles interaction. The result shows that the higher aspect ratio coupled with heated bottom wall give higher percentage of contaminant's removal rate. Comparing with the benchmark results has demonstrated the applicability of the method to reproduce fluid structure which is complex in the system. Despite a slight deviation of the formations of vortices from some of the literature results, the general pattern is considered to be in close agreement with those published in the literature

  2. Effects of fiber aspect ratio evaluated by elastic analysis in discontinuous composites

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    Kim, Hong Gun [Jeonju University, Juenju (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-03-15

    An elastic stress analysis to investigate the effects of fiber aspect ratio in short fiber reinforced discontinuous composite materials has been done for different fiber volume fractions. In order to examine the elastic internal behavior, an evaluation of the load bearing capacity of discontinuous reinforcements is needed in advance. Accordingly, analytical derivation of composite mechanics has been carried out to predict fiber stresses and fiber/matrix interfacial shear stresses in discontinuous composites. The model is based on the theoretical development of conventional shear lag theory developed by Cox. However, the major shortcoming of the Cox model is due to the calculation without normal stress transfer from the end of fibers. In order to overcome the shortcoming, both of the normal and shear stress transfer mechanisms between the fiber and the matrix are accounted for with the stress concentration effects as well as material and geometrical properties. Results of predicted stresses concerning the various fiber aspect ratios are described by using the present model that is the closed form solution and compared with the Cox model and Taya model. It is found that the effect of fiber aspect ratio is significant to composite strengthening through load transfer from the matrix to the fiber, whereas the effect of fiber volume fraction is not so sensitive, relatively. It is also found that the present model has the capability to correctly predict the values of fiber stresses and fiber/matrix interfacial shear stresses

  3. Bootstrap current and neoclassical transport in tokamaks of arbitrary collisionality and aspect ratio

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    A multi-species fluid model is described for the steady state parallel and radial force balance equations in axisymmetric tokamak plasmas. The bootstrap current, electrical resistivity, and particle and heat fluxes are evaluated in terms of the rotation velocities and friction and viscosity coefficients. A recent formulation of the neoclassical plasma viscosity for arbitrary shape and aspect ratio (including the unity aspect ratio limit), arbitrary collisionality, and orbit squeezing from strong radial electric fields is used to illustrate features of the model. The bootstrap current for the very low aspect ratio National Spherical Torus Experiment [J. Spitzer et al., Fusion Technol. 30, 1337 (1996)] is compared with other models; the largest differences occur near the plasma edge from treatment of the collisional contributions. The effects of orbit squeezing on bootstrap current, thermal and particle transport, and poloidal rotation are illustrated for an enhanced reverse shear plasma in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor [D. Meade and the TFTR Group, Plasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion Research, 1990 (International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 1991), Vol. I, p. 9]. Multiple charge states of impurities are incorporated using the reduced ion charge state formalism for computational efficiency. Because the force balance equations allow for inclusion of external momentum and heat sources and sinks they can be used for general plasma rotation studies while retaining the multi-species neoclassical effects. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  4. Relation between self-organized criticality and grain aspect ratio in granular piles

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    Denisov, D. V.; Villanueva, Y. Y.; Lőrincz, K. A.; May, S.; Wijngaarden, R. J.

    2012-05-01

    We investigate experimentally whether self-organized criticality (SOC) occurs in granular piles composed of different grains, namely, rice, lentils, quinoa, and mung beans. These four grains were selected to have different aspect ratios, from oblong to oblate. As a function of aspect ratio, we determined the growth (β) and roughness (α) exponents, the avalanche fractal dimension (D), the avalanche size distribution exponent (τ), the critical angle (γ), and its fluctuation. At superficial inspection, three types of grains seem to have power-law-distributed avalanches with a well-defined τ. However, only rice is truly SOC if we take three criteria into account: a power-law-shaped avalanche size distribution, finite size scaling, and a universal scaling relation relating characteristic exponents. We study SOC as a spatiotemporal fractal; in particular, we study the spatial structure of criticality from local observation of the slope angle. From the fluctuation of the slope angle we conclude that greater fluctuation (and thus bigger avalanches) happen in piles consisting of grains with larger aspect ratio.

  5. Neoclassical toroidal plasma viscosity with effects of finite banana width for finite aspect ratio tokamaks

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    Shaing, K. C.; Sabbagh, S. A.

    2016-07-01

    Theory for neoclassical toroidal plasma viscosity has been developed to model transport phenomena, especially, toroidal plasma rotation for tokamaks with broken symmetry. Theoretical predictions are in agreement with the results of the numerical codes in the large aspect ratio limit. The theory has since been extended to include effects of finite aspect ratio and finite plasma β. Here, β is the ratio of the plasma thermal pressure to the magnetic field pressure. However, there are cases where the radial wavelength of the self-consistent perturbed magnetic field strength B on the perturbed magnetic surface is comparable to the width of the trapped particles, i.e., bananas. To accommodate those cases, the theory for neoclassical toroidal plasma viscosity is further extended here to include the effects of the finite banana width. The extended theory is developed using the orbit averaged drift kinetic equation in the low collisionality regimes. The results of the theory can now be used to model plasma transport, including toroidal plasma rotation, in real finite aspect ratio, and finite plasma β tokamaks with the radial wavelength of the perturbed symmetry breaking magnetic field strength comparable to or longer than the banana width.

  6. Effects of fiber aspect ratio evaluated by elastic analysis in discontinuous composites

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    An elastic stress analysis to investigate the effects of fiber aspect ratio in short fiber reinforced discontinuous composite materials has been done for different fiber volume fractions. In order to examine the elastic internal behavior, an evaluation of the load bearing capacity of discontinuous reinforcements is needed in advance. Accordingly, analytical derivation of composite mechanics has been carried out to predict fiber stresses and fiber/matrix interfacial shear stresses in discontinuous composites. The model is based on the theoretical development of conventional shear lag theory developed by Cox. However, the major shortcoming of the Cox model is due to the calculation without normal stress transfer from the end of fibers. In order to overcome the shortcoming, both of the normal and shear stress transfer mechanisms between the fiber and the matrix are accounted for with the stress concentration effects as well as material and geometrical properties. Results of predicted stresses concerning the various fiber aspect ratios are described by using the present model that is the closed form solution and compared with the Cox model and Taya model. It is found that the effect of fiber aspect ratio is significant to composite strengthening through load transfer from the matrix to the fiber, whereas the effect of fiber volume fraction is not so sensitive, relatively. It is also found that the present model has the capability to correctly predict the values of fiber stresses and fiber/matrix interfacial shear stresses

  7. SMARTOR: a small-aspect-ratio torus for demonstrating thermonuclear ignition

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    A tokamak with 2.6-m major radius and aspect ratio of 1.9 is proposed for demonstrating thermonuclear ignition in deuterium-tritium. The 6-MA plasma current is established in part by coinjection only of 40 MW of 80-keV neutral beams (inducing approximately 2 MA at low density) and in part by the flux swing of the equilibrium-field system (inducing approximately 4 M as the plasma pressure is increased)--there is no central current transformer and no poloidal-field coils inboard of the plasma. The core of the device consists simply of a 1.9-m-diameter steel-reinforced conducting trunk formed by coalescence of the inner legs of the toroidal-field coils. Alternate designs are presented, each with an aspect ratio of 1.9, with R/sub 0/ = 2.6 m and a plasma density sufficiently large to provide a comfortable safety margin for achieving ignition conditions. The first design features higher beta (anti β = 0.10, b/a approx. 1.6) with low tensile stress at the copper trunk (1000 kg/cm2), while the second features lower beta (anti β = 0.06, b/a approximately 1.2) with high tensile stress (1800 kg/cm2). Extension of this small-major-radius, small-aspect-ratio configuration to an economically practical fusion reactor is also examined

  8. Thermo-mechanical and micro-structural characterization of shape memory polymer foams

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    di Prima, Matthew Allen

    The need for a set of design criteria, models, and limits for the use of shape memory polymer foams was proposed. The effect of temperature and strain on the mechanical behavior; compression, tensile, cyclic compression, constrained recovery, and free strain recovery of the material was used to determine the operational limits of the material. Next, the damage mechanism and viscoelastic effects in compressive cycling were determined through further mechanical testing and with the incorporation of three dimensional structure mapping via micro-CT scanning. The influence of microstructure was determined by testing the basic thermomechanical, viscoelactic, and shape recovery behavior of foams with relative densities of 20, 30, and 40 percent. A similar suite of tests were then performed with the base epoxy material to generate the material properties for computational modeling. This data was then combined with three dimensional microstructures generated from micro-CT scans to develop material models for shape memory foams. These models were then validated by comparing model results to the experimental results under similar conditions.

  9. Study of double-side ultrasonic embossing for fabrication of microstructures on thermoplastic polymer substrates.

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    Luo, Yi; Yan, Xu; Qi, Na; Wang, Xiaodong; Wang, Liangjiang

    2013-01-01

    Double-side replication of polymer substrates is beneficial to the design and the fabrication of 3-demensional devices. The ultrasonic embossing method is a promising, high efficiency and low cost replication method for thermoplastic substrates. It is convenient to apply silicon molds in ultrasonic embossing, because microstructures can be easily fabricated on silicon wafers with etching techniques. To reduce the risk of damaging to silicon molds and to improve the replication uniformity on both sides of the polymer substrates, thermal assisted ultrasonic embossing method was proposed and tested. The processing parameters for the replication of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), including ultrasonic amplitude, ultrasonic force, ultrasonic time, and thermal assisted temperature were studied using orthogonal array experiments. The influences of the substrate thickness, pattern style and density were also investigated. The experiment results show that the principal parameters for the upper and lower surface replication are ultrasonic amplitude and thermal assisted temperature, respectively. As to the replication uniformity on both sides, the ultrasonic force has the maximal influence. Using the optimized parameters, the replication rate reached 97.5% on both sides of the PMMA substrate, and the cycle time was less than 50 s. PMID:23630605

  10. Physical properties and microstructure of ceramic–polymer composites for restoration works

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    Highlights: ► Density, porosity and modulus decreased, whereas strength increased with polymer addition larger steatite particles. ► An interaction effect was found for the porosity. ► The material colour was similar to soapstone being useful for restoration works. - Abstract: Cement mortars prepared with steatite particles have been investigated for restoration of sculptures and other craftworks. This work investigates the addition of a thermoset polymer into cement-based composites reinforced with residues of steatite particles in order to seal the open pores, reduce water penetration and thus enhancing the material's lifetime. A full factorial design of 2141 type was carried out to investigate the effect of the steatite particle size and polymeric fraction on the physical and mechanical properties of the composite materials, such as bulk density, apparent porosity, elastic modulus and compressive strength. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to reveal features in the microstructure that are related to the physical properties. Results have shown that highest compressive strength (43 MPa) and lowest apparent porosity (0.19%) are achieved when steatite particles are coarser (ranging from 1.41 mm to 0.42 mm) and 40% of polymeric phase is employed. The composite with best performance also presented texture and colour quite similar to the surface characteristics of the natural soap-stone, which makes it suitable for restoration purposes.

  11. Study of double-side ultrasonic embossing for fabrication of microstructures on thermoplastic polymer substrates.

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    Full Text Available Double-side replication of polymer substrates is beneficial to the design and the fabrication of 3-demensional devices. The ultrasonic embossing method is a promising, high efficiency and low cost replication method for thermoplastic substrates. It is convenient to apply silicon molds in ultrasonic embossing, because microstructures can be easily fabricated on silicon wafers with etching techniques. To reduce the risk of damaging to silicon molds and to improve the replication uniformity on both sides of the polymer substrates, thermal assisted ultrasonic embossing method was proposed and tested. The processing parameters for the replication of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA, including ultrasonic amplitude, ultrasonic force, ultrasonic time, and thermal assisted temperature were studied using orthogonal array experiments. The influences of the substrate thickness, pattern style and density were also investigated. The experiment results show that the principal parameters for the upper and lower surface replication are ultrasonic amplitude and thermal assisted temperature, respectively. As to the replication uniformity on both sides, the ultrasonic force has the maximal influence. Using the optimized parameters, the replication rate reached 97.5% on both sides of the PMMA substrate, and the cycle time was less than 50 s.

  12. Instabilities with polyacrylamide solution in small and large aspect ratios Taylor-Couette systems

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    We have investigated the stability of viscoelastic polyacrylamide solution in Taylor-Couette system with different aspect ratios. The first instability modes observed in a Taylor-Couette system with Γ = 10 were TVF and WVF, as for Newtonian fluid. At higher Taylor numbers moving vortices occur, a wavy mode with non-stationary vortex size. In the Taylor-Couette system with Γ = 45.9 we note a coexistence of various instability modes. In addition to TVF, counterpropagating waves developed at the transition from the base state flow. At higher Taylor number values Taylor vortices of different sizes occurred. Reduced amplitude Wavy vortex flow has also been observed.

  13. High aspect ratio MEMS capacitor for high frequency impedance matching applications

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    Yalcinkaya, Arda Deniz; Jensen, Søren; Hansen, Ole

    2003-01-01

    We present a microelectromechanical tunable capacitor with a low control voltage, a wide tuning range and adequate electrical quality factor. The device is fabricated in a single-crystalline silicon layer using deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) for obtaining high-aspect ratio (> 20) parallel comb......-drive structures with vertical sidewalls. The process sequence for fabrication of the devices uses only one lithographic masking step and can be completed in a short time. The fabricated device was characterized with respect to electrical quality factor, tuning range, self-resonance frequency and transient...

  14. First estimate of bootstrap current in the ETE small aspect ratio tokamak

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    A first estimate of the bootstrap current in the ETE (Experimento Tokamak Esferico) small aspect ratio tokamak using the Hirshman single-ion collisionless model shows that we can expect a ratio of 15 to 30% of total bootstrap current in relation to the total equilibrium current depending on the optimization level of the plasma profile parameters. Bootstrap current levels basically depend on the βp values which must be kept under a critical level due to stability conditions and current alignment requirements. Preliminary studies of Shaing's predictions regarding bootstrap current calculations in collisional plasmas are briefly described and different methods for the trapped particle fraction calculation are also illustrated. (Author)

  15. Non-destructive automatic determination of aspect ratio and cross-sectional properties of fibres

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    Miettinen, Arttu; Ojala, Antti; Wikström, Lisa;

    2015-01-01

    A novel method for computerised estimation of the aspect ratio distribution and various cross-sectional geometrical properties of fibres in short-fibre reinforced composites is proposed. The method, based on X-ray micro-computed tomography, is non-destructive and does not require user interventio...... the processing steps. Finally, the feasibility of the method is assessed by estimating parameters of a micromechanical model for flax fibre composites and comparing the results with those from tensile tests. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved....

  16. Light extinction and scattering from individual and arrayed high-aspect-ratio trenches in metals

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    Roberts, Alexander Sylvester; Søndergaard, Thomas; Chirumamilla, Manohar; Pors, Anders Lambertus; Beermann, Jonas; Pedersen, Kjeld; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the scattering properties of two-dimensional high-aspect-ratio metal trenches acting as resonators for gap-surface plasmons and show that these resonators are highly efficient scatterers of free waves, reaching at resonance in the perfect-conductor limit the unitary dipolar limit for...... only on the resonance wavelength. For real metals with nonzero absorption, efficient monomaterial absorbers and emitters can be fabricated. We extend the analysis to tapering trenches that can be readily fabricated employing common milling or etching techniques and verify by reflection spectroscopy and...

  17. Ordered arrays of silicon pillars with controlled height and aspect ratio

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    We report the fabrication of ordered arrays of silicon pillars via a combination of nanosphere lithography (NSL) and reactive ion etching (RIE). For NSL we used monolayers of silica particles self-assembled onto silicon substrates as masks for the deposition of hexagonal arrays of chromium nanoislands. By changing the amount of the deposited metal we fabricated arrays of nanoislands with different size and spacing. By using these arrays as masks for RIE, silicon pillars with different height (up to 1100 nm) and aspect ratio (up to 12:1) could be obtained

  18. Transport theory for energetic alpha particles in finite aspect ratio tokamaks with broken symmetry

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    Shaing, K. C.; Schlutt, M.; Lai, A. L.

    2016-02-01

    Transport theory for the energetic alpha particles in finite aspect ratio tokamaks with broken symmetry is developed for the case where the slowing down collision operator dominates. The transport fluxes in the 1 /ν and superbanana plateau regimes are derived. Here, ν is the typical collision frequency. They can be used in modeling the energy loss of the alpha particles in thermonuclear fusion reactors. Numerical realizations of the superbanana orbits of alpha particles in tokamaks with broken symmetry are also presented. The existence of the superbananas corroborates the predictions of the theories presented here and elsewhere.

  19. Nonsolenoidal Startup and Plasma Stability at Near-Unity Aspect Ratio in the Pegasus Toroidal Experiment

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    Full text: The Pegasus experiment is an ultralow aspect ratio spherical tokamak. The research program on this experiment is developing non-solenoidal startup and growth techniques for tokamaks, and exploring plasma stability at near-unity aspect ratio. Helicity injection from localized current sources in the plasma periphery have produced total tokamak plasma current up to 0.17 MA with less than 4kA injected. These results are consistent with a simple theory invoking helicity balance and Taylor relaxation constraints. Startup discharges created with helicity injection and poloidal field induction produce reasonable target plasmas for further current drive. For example, they readily couple to ohmic induction after helicity injection. Increasing the nonsolenoidal startup current to 0.3 MA will test theory to the point where parallel conduction losses may dominate the helicity loss rate. This regime must be addressed for extrapolation to larger fusion-scale experiments. Nonsolenoidal plasma growth following startup may be pursued via Higher Harmonic Fast Wave heating and/or Electron Bernstein Wave heating and current drive. The ability to strongly modify the plasma current profile through helicity injection and/or detailed field programming is opening a path to the unique high normalized current, high-beta regime at near-unity aspect ratio. Earlier experiments indicated a soft limit wherein the total plasma current was limited to approximately the total toroidal field rod current. Current profile manipulation mitigates the large-scale internal tearing modes that previously limited the plasma current. This opens access to the high beta regime where the plasma current can substantially exceed the toroidal field current. Finally, operation at near-unity aspect ratio provides easy access to regimes of high peeling and ballooning mode drive in the plasma edge region. Electromagnetic filamentary structures are observed in the Pegasus edge region and they display

  20. Time-Scales for Non-Inductive Current Buildup in Low-Aspect-Ratio Toroidal Geometry

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    The fundamental differences between inductive and non-inductive current buildup are clarified and the associated time-scales and other implications are discussed. A simulation is presented whereby the plasma current in a low-aspect-ratio torus is increased primarily by the self-generated bootstrap current with only 10% coming from external current drive. The maximum obtainable plasma current by this process is shown to scale with the toroidal field strength. The basic physics setting the time-scales can be obtained from a 1D analysis. Comparisons are made between the timescales found here and those reported in the experimental literature

  1. Magnetic properties of large aspect ratio Co dots electrodeposited on prestructured silicon substrates

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    A silicon substrate, pre-structured by focused ion beam (FIB), is used for selective electrodeposition of cylindrical cobalt nanodots with a large aspect ratio of depth to diameter of 2. These nanostructures are characterised by magnetic force microscopy (MFM) and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR). Cobalt dots grown in the pulsed mode are single domain in the remnant state with an easy magnetization perpendicular to the substrate. On the contrary, some of the dots grown, in the continuous mode, present a Co cap on top, which leads to the formation of magnetic vortices with an in-plane magnetization component

  2. Dependence of the H-mode pedestal structure on aspect ratio

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    We report on a set of experiments between NSTX, MAST, and DIII-D to determine the aspect ratio dependence of the pedestal. The dimensionless parameters of electron collisionality (νe*) and normalized ion gyroradius (ρi*) were matched at the top of the outboard pedestal, and the widths and gradients were assessed. These experiments were motivated in part by the fact that many of the machines in the international database used for scaling the pedestal parameters for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) have different aspect ratios, and the experiments were conducted through the ITPA pedestal physics working group. A significant dependence of the pedestal on aspect ratio would not be surprising, because variation of the aspect ratio primarily affects the edge magnetic topology. A common double-null shape was developed for these experiments with triangularity ∼0.5 and elongation ∼2. The toroidal fields and plasma currents used were 0.45-0.55 T and 0.6-0.8 MA in all three machines. The dimensionless parameters νe* ∼ and ρi* ∼ 0.01 were matched at the top of the outboard pedestal by variation of the target density and neutral beam heating power while maintaining ELMy H-mode. The pedestal widths and gradients were analyzed in each machine using a 'standard' modified hyperbolic tangent function; the ranges of pedestal top parameters obtained in this manner were neped : 3-5 x 1019 m-3, Teped : 100-250 eV, and Peped : 0.4-1.5 kPa. The pedestal ne, Te and Pe widths measured in DIII-D for these discharges were between 6-8% in ΨN (normalized poloidal flux), i.e. almost twice as large as the normal range of widths at the normal Bt = 2.1T. In comparison, the pedestal widths in MAST were between 1.5-4% in ΨN, and final assessment of the widths in NSTX is still in progress. Edge stability analysis has commenced and will be presented at the conference for all three machines. (author)

  3. Study of blade aspect ratio on a compressor front stage aerodynamic and mechanical design report

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    Burger, G. D.; Lee, D.; Snow, D. W.

    1979-01-01

    A single stage compressor was designed with the intent of demonstrating that, for a tip speed and hub-tip ratio typical of an advanced core compressor front stage, the use of low aspect ratio can permit high levels of blade loading to be achieved at an acceptable level of efficiency. The design pressure ratio is 1.8 at an adiabatic efficiency of 88.5 percent. Both rotor and stator have multiple-circular-arc airfoil sections. Variable IGV and stator vanes permit low speed matching adjustments. The design incorporates an inlet duct representative of an engine transition duct between fan and high pressure compressor.

  4. High Confinement Mode and Edge Localized Mode Characteristics in a Near-Unity Aspect Ratio Tokamak.

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    Thome, K E; Bongard, M W; Barr, J L; Bodner, G M; Burke, M G; Fonck, R J; Kriete, D M; Perry, J M; Schlossberg, D J

    2016-04-29

    Tokamak experiments at near-unity aspect ratio A≲1.2 offer new insights into the self-organized H-mode plasma confinement regime. In contrast to conventional A∼3 plasmas, the L-H power threshold P_{LH} is ∼15× higher than scaling predictions, and it is insensitive to magnetic topology, consistent with modeling. Edge localized mode (ELM) instabilities shift to lower toroidal mode numbers as A decreases. These ultralow-A operations enable heretofore inaccessible J_{edge}(R,t) measurements through an ELM that show a complex multimodal collapse and the ejection of a current-carrying filament. PMID:27176526

  5. Two phase pressure drop characteristics in rectangular channel with low aspect ratio

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    The study on two phase pressure drop in rectangular channel with low aspect ratio (0.05) was carried on using water. The state-of-art correlations failed to satisfactorily predict the experimental data. The dimensionless Nconf, can account for the maximum size of the bubble confined in small channel during flow boiling process. The data were used to develop a new correlation based on Lockhart-Martinelli method with Nconf. The correlation is tested against the experimental data, and the relative deviation is in ±15%. (authors)

  6. Crystallographic Silicon-Etching for Ultra-High Aspect-Ratio FinFET

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    Jovanovic, V.; Suligoj, T.; Nanver, L.K.

    2008-01-01

    The fabrication process for the FinFET with ultra-high fin-height to fin-width aspect-ratio is presented. The processing is based on the crystallographic etching of (110) bulk silicon-wafers by TMAH to expose the vertical (111) planes. The nitride-spacers are used as the hard-mask for the fin-etching and the fins are isolated by the planarization and etch-back of the thick isolation oxide. The demonstration devices exhibit nearly ideal S of 62-64 mV/dec and DIBL of 10 mV/V or lower, for the g...

  7. Calibration artefact for the microscale with high aspect ratio: The fiber gauge

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    Marinello, Francesco; Savio, Enrico; Carmignato, Simone;

    2008-01-01

    The paper presents a new concept of micro-artefact, the fiber gauge, consisting of a set of optical fibers sticking out from a flat surface. The fibers are arranged as a regular array of different height cylinders, with aspect ratios up to 20:1. The artefact is produced taking advantage of optical...... fibers manufacturing technology, featuring relatively high geometrical accuracy, combined with very good mechanical properties. The fiber gauge can be applied to calibration of most contact or non-contact instruments for characterization of surface topographies and 3Dmicro-geometries, such as micro- or...

  8. Selective Photo-induced Cross-linking of Polynorbornens: Towards the Fabrication of Polymer 2D- and 3D- Microstructures

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    Full text: Ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) has become an important tool for the synthesis of highly defined polymers and various polymer architectures. In the present work, the residual double bonds in ROMP derived polymeric materials were exploited for a photoinduced thiol-ene reaction in order to achieve a selective cross-linking of the macromolecules. To demonstrate the versatility of this reaction for the realization of polymeric microstructures, thin films of poly(norbornene dicarboxylic acid, dimethylester) were structured by means of photolithography. Besides the photoinduced thiol-ene reaction, which was investigated by means of FTIR measurements, also the cross-linking of the macromolecules and thus the change in the solubility were assessed by means of sol-gel analysis. Thin films of this polymer were laterally patterned using conventional single photon lithography leading to resolutions in the μm range. Going a step further, this approach can also be used for realizing 3D polynorborne microstructures employing the two photo absorption writing technique. The obtained 3D features have been visualized by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy, respectively. The accessibility and reactivity of the polynorbornene main chain C = C double bonds in the thiol-ene reaction paves the way towards novel strategies for the realization of polymer 2D and 3D microstructures. (author)

  9. Stable equilibria for bootstrap-current-driven low aspect ratio tokamaks

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    Low aspect ratio tokamaks (LATs) can potentially provide a high ratio of plasma pressure to magnetic pressure β and high plasma current I at a modest size. This opens up the possibility of a high-power density compact fusion power plant. For the concept to be economically feasible, bootstrap current must be a major component of the plasma current, which requires operating at high βp. A high value of the Troyon factor βN and strong shaping is required to allow simultaneous operation at a high-β and high bootstrap fraction. Ideal magnetohydrodynamic stability of a range of equilibria at aspect ratio 1.4 is systematically explored by varying the pressure profile and shape. The pressure and current profiles are constrained in such a way as to assure complete bootstrap current alignment. Both βN and β are defined in terms of the vacuum toroidal field. Equilibria with βN≥8 and β∼35%endash 55% exist that are stable to n=∞ ballooning modes. The highest β case is shown to be stable to n=0,1,2,3 kink modes with a conducting wall. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  10. Microscopic silicon-based lateral high-aspect-ratio structures for thin film conformality analysis

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    Gao, Feng; Arpiainen, Sanna; Puurunen, Riikka L., E-mail: riikka.puurunen@vtt.fi [VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Tietotie 3, 02044 Espoo (Finland)

    2015-01-15

    Film conformality is one of the major drivers for the interest in atomic layer deposition (ALD) processes. This work presents new silicon-based microscopic lateral high-aspect-ratio (LHAR) test structures for the analysis of the conformality of thin films deposited by ALD and by other chemical vapor deposition means. The microscopic LHAR structures consist of a lateral cavity inside silicon with a roof supported by pillars. The cavity length (e.g., 20–5000 μm) and cavity height (e.g., 200–1000 nm) can be varied, giving aspect ratios of, e.g., 20:1 to 25 000:1. Film conformality can be analyzed with the microscopic LHAR by several means, as demonstrated for the ALD Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} processes from Me{sub 3}Al/H{sub 2}O and TiCl{sub 4}/H{sub 2}O. The microscopic LHAR test structures introduced in this work expose a new parameter space for thin film conformality investigations expected to prove useful in the development, tuning and modeling of ALD and other chemical vapor deposition processes.

  11. Effects of fluid behavior around low aspect ratio, low Reynolds number wings on aerodynamic stability

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    Shields, Matthew; Mohseni, Kamran

    2011-11-01

    The innovation of micro aerial vehicles (MAVs) has brought to attention the unique flow regime associated with low aspect ratio (LAR), low Reynolds number fliers. The dominant effects of developing tip vortices and leading edge vortices create a fundamentally different flow regime than that of conventional aircraft. An improved knowledge of low aspect ratio, low Reynolds number aerodynamics can be greatly beneficial for future MAV design. A little investigated but vital aspect of LAR aerodynamics is the behavior of the fluid as the wing yaws. Flow visualization experiments undertaken in the group for the canonical case of varying AR flat plates indicate that the propagation of the tip vortex keeps the flow attached over the upstream portion of the wing, while the downstream vortex is convected away from the wing. This induces asymmetric, destabilizing loading on the wing which has been observed to adversely affect MAV flight. In addition, experimental load measurements indicate significant nonlinearities in forces and moments which can be attributed to the development and propagation of these vortical structures. A non-dimensional analysis of the rigid body equations of motion indicates that these nonlinearities create dependencies which dramatically change the conventional linearization process. These flow phenomena are investigated with intent to apply to future MAV design.

  12. High aspect ratio problem in simulation of a fault current limiter based on superconducting tapes

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    Velichko, A V; Coombs, T A [Electrical Engineering Division, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

    2006-06-15

    We are offering a solution for the high-aspect-ratio problem relevant to the numerical simulation of AC loss in superconductors and metals with high aspect (width-to-thickness) ratio. This is particularly relevant to simulation of fault current limiters (FCLs) based on second generation YBCO tapes on RABiTS. By assuming a linear scaling of the electric and thermal properties with the size of the structure, we can replace the real sample with an effective sample of a reduced aspect ratio by introducing size multipliers into the equations that govern the physics of the system. The simulation is performed using both a proprietary equivalent circuit software and a commercial FEM software. The correctness of the procedure is verified by simulating temperature and current distributions for samples with all three dimensions varying within 10{sup -3}-10{sup 3} of the original size. Qualitatively the distributions for the original and scaled samples are indistinguishable, whereas quantitative differences in the worst case do not exceed 10%.

  13. High aspect ratio problem in simulation of a fault current limiter based on superconducting tapes

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    We are offering a solution for the high-aspect-ratio problem relevant to the numerical simulation of AC loss in superconductors and metals with high aspect (width-to-thickness) ratio. This is particularly relevant to simulation of fault current limiters (FCLs) based on second generation YBCO tapes on RABiTS. By assuming a linear scaling of the electric and thermal properties with the size of the structure, we can replace the real sample with an effective sample of a reduced aspect ratio by introducing size multipliers into the equations that govern the physics of the system. The simulation is performed using both a proprietary equivalent circuit software and a commercial FEM software. The correctness of the procedure is verified by simulating temperature and current distributions for samples with all three dimensions varying within 10-3-103 of the original size. Qualitatively the distributions for the original and scaled samples are indistinguishable, whereas quantitative differences in the worst case do not exceed 10%

  14. Numerical simulation of the tip vortex off a low-aspect-ratio wing at transonic speed

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    Mansour, N. N.

    1984-01-01

    The viscous transonic flow around a low aspect ratio wing was computed by an implicit, three dimensional, thin-layer Navier-Stokes solver. The grid around the geometry of interest is obtained numerically as a solution to a Dirichlet problem for the cube. A low aspect ratio wing with large sweep, twist, taper, and camber is the chosen geometry. The topology chosen to wrap the mesh around the wing with good tip resolution is a C-O type mesh. The flow around the wing was computed for a free stream Mach number of 0.82 at an angle of attack of 5 deg. At this Mach number, an oblique shock forms on the upper surface of the wing, and a tip vortex and three dimensional flow separation off the wind surface are observed. Particle path lines indicate that the three dimensional flow separation on the wing surface is part of the roots of the tip vortex formation. The lifting of the tip vortex before the wing trailing edge is observed by following the trajectory of particles release around the wing tip.

  15. Simulation and Measurement of Neuroelectrodes' Characteristics with Integrated High Aspect Ratio Nano Structures

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Improving the interface between electrodes and neurons has been the focus of research for the last decade. Neuroelectrodes should show small geometrical surface area and low impedance for measuring and high charge injection capacities for stimulation. Increasing the electrochemically active surface area by using nanoporous electrode material or by integrating nanostructures onto planar electrodes is a common approach to improve this interface. In this paper a simulation approach for neuro electrodes' characteristics with integrated high aspect ratio nano structures based on a point-contact-model is presented. The results are compared with experimental findings conducted with real nanostructured microelectrodes. In particular, effects of carbon nanotubes and gold nanowires integrated onto microelectrodes are described. Simulated and measured impedance properties are presented and its effects onto the transfer function between the neural membrane potential and the amplifier output signal are studied based on the point-contact-model. Simulations show, in good agreement with experimental results, that electrode impedances can be dramatically reduced by the integration of high aspect ratio nanostructures such as gold nanowires and carbon nanotubes. This lowers thermal noise and improves the signal-to-noise ratio for measuring electrodes. It also may increase the adhesion of cells to the substrate and thus increase measurable signal amplitudes.

  16. Energetic particle stabilization of ballooning modes in a finite aspect ratio tokamak

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    The effect of energetic trapped particles on the stabilization of high toroidal mode number (n→∞) ballooning modes in tokamaks is investigated numerically in the low frequency limit, for a realistic anisotropic equilibrium with a circular cross-section and a moderate aspect ratio of 3. In the case when qm (safety factor at the magnetic axis) is close to unity, energetic ions can double the ballooning first stability beta limit. This enhanced beta value is limited by the drift non-reversal condition used here as a theoretical assumption. In this case, second stability is not achieved because, with an aspect ratio of 3, the second stability limit is either very high or does not exist. However, if qm is increased somewhat above unity, there exists a second stability region on a large fraction of the flux surfaces for moderate beta values, i.e. there is an unstable region between the first and the second stability without energetic particles. It is shown that the energetic trapped particles can partially or completely stabilize this unstable gap between first and second stability. In summary, second stability can be attained by the introduction of energetic particles, in combination with current profile control to increase qm above unity, when the parameters that determine the energetic pressure profile are properly chosen. (author)

  17. Energetic particle stabilization of ballooning modes in a finite-aspect-ratio tokamak

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    The effect of energetic trapped particles on the stabilization of high-toroidal-mode-number (n → ∞) ballooning modes in tokamaks is investigated numerically in the low frequency limit, for a realistic anisotropic equilibrium with a circular cross-section and a moderate aspect ratio of 3. In the case when qm (safety factor at the magnetic axis) is close to unity, energetic ions can double the ballooning first stability beta limit. This enhanced beta value is limited by the drift-nonreversal condition used here as a theoretical assumption. In this case, second stability is not achieved because, with an aspect ratio of 3, the second stability limit is either very high or does not exist. However, if qm is increased somewhat above unity, there exists a second stability region on a large fraction of the flux surfaces for moderate beta values; i.e., there is an unstable region between first and second stability without energetic particles. It is shown that the energetic trapped particles can partially or completely stabilize this unstable gap between first and second stability. In summary, second stability can be attained by the introduction of energetic particles, in combination with current profile control to increase qm above unity, when the parameters that determine the energetic pressure profile are properly chosen. (author)

  18. Etching of Silicon in HBr Plasmas for High Aspect Ratio Features

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    Hwang, Helen H.; Meyyappan, M.; Mathad, G. S.; Ranade, R.

    2002-01-01

    Etching in semiconductor processing typically involves using halides because of the relatively fast rates. Bromine containing plasmas can generate high aspect ratio trenches, desirable for DRAM and MEMS applications, with relatively straight sidewalk We present scanning electron microscope images for silicon-etched trenches in a HBr plasma. Using a feature profile simulation, we show that the removal yield parameter, or number of neutrals removed per incident ion due to all processes (sputtering, spontaneous desorption, etc.), dictates the profile shape. We find that the profile becomes pinched off when the removal yield is a constant, with a maximum aspect ratio (AR) of about 5 to 1 (depth to height). When the removal yield decreases with increasing ion angle, the etch rate increases at the comers and the trench bottom broadens. The profiles have ARs of over 9:1 for yields that vary with ion angle. To match the experimentally observed etched time of 250 s for an AR of 9:1 with a trench width of 0.135 microns, we find that the neutral flux must be 3.336 x 10(exp 17)sq cm/s.

  19. Nanofabrication of high aspect ratio structures using an evaporated resist containing metal.

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    Con, Celal; Zhang, Jian; Cui, Bo

    2014-05-01

    Organic electron beam resists are typically not resistant to the plasma etching employed to transfer the pattern into the underlying layer. Here, the authors present the incorporation of a metal hard mask material into negative resist polystyrene by co-evaporation of the polystyrene and the metal onto a substrate. With a volume ratio of 1:15 between Cr and polystyrene, this nanocomposite resist showed an etching selectivity to silicon one order higher than pure polystyrene resist. Silicon structures of 100 nm width and 3.5 μm height (aspect ratio 1:35) were obtained using a non-switching deep silicon etching recipe with SF6 and C4F8 gas. Moreover, unlike the common spin coating method, evaporated nanocomposite resist can be coated onto irregular and non-flat surfaces such as optical fibers and AFM cantilevers. As a proof of concept, we fabricated high aspect ratio structures on top of an AFM cantilever. Nanofabrication on non-flat surfaces may find applications in the fields of (AFM) tip enhanced Raman spectroscopy for chemical analysis and lab-on-fiber technology. PMID:24717720

  20. Measuring ion velocity distribution functions through high-aspect ratio holes in inductively coupled plasmas

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    Cunge, G.; Darnon, M.; Dubois, J.; Bezard, P.; Mourey, O.; Petit-Etienne, C.; Vallier, L.; Despiau-Pujo, E.; Sadeghi, N.

    2016-02-01

    Several issues associated with plasma etching of high aspect ratio structures originate from the ions' bombardment of the sidewalls of the feature. The off normal angle incident ions are primarily due to their temperature at the sheath edge and possibly to charging effects. We have measured the ion velocity distribution function (IVDF) at the wafer surface in an industrial inductively coupled plasma reactor by using multigrid retarding field analyzers (RFA) in front of which we place 400 μm thick capillary plates with holes of 25, 50, and 100 μm diameters. The RFA then probes IVDF at the exit of the holes with Aspect Ratios (AR) of 16, 8, and 4, respectively. The results show that the ion flux dramatically drops with the increase in AR. By comparing the measured IVDF with an analytical model, we concluded that the ion temperature is 0.27 eV in our plasma conditions. The charging effects are also observed and are shown to significantly reduce the ion energy at the bottom of the feature but only with a "minor" effect on the ion flux and the shape of the IVDF.

  1. Fabrication of high aspect ratio microtube arrays for 2D photonic crystals

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    This paper describes the fabrication of 2D photonic crystals made of high aspect ratio Si microtube arrays. The tube fabrication is based on the creation of macropore arrays in n-doped Si substrates via photoassisted electrochemical etching. These macropores are successively filled using thermal oxidation and chemical vapor depostion. The substrate material is partially removed by a KOH immersion, and the filled macropores are exposed, forming arrays of microtubes with very high aspect ratios of up to 1:60. Point and line defects are introduced into some of the tube arrays by selectively omitting macropores during the fabrication. The mechanical properties of the tubes were investigated by measuring their stiffness and elastic modulus using an atomic force microscope based setup. Additionally, the resonant modes of the microtubes were simulated with FEM methods. Optical simulations reveal that these tube arrays form 2D photonic crystals, which can contain bandgaps for TM polarized light. It is also shown that the optical properties of the photonic crystals depend strongly on the tube filling factor. Adjusting the filling factor of the tubes allows tuning of the photonic properties of the tube arrays. (papers)

  2. An Empirical Jet-Surface Interaction Noise Model with Temperature and Nozzle Aspect Ratio Effects

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    Brown, Cliff

    2015-01-01

    An empirical model for jet-surface interaction (JSI) noise produced by a round jet near a flat plate is described and the resulting model evaluated. The model covers unheated and hot jet conditions (1 less than or equal to jet total temperature ratio less than or equal to 2.7) in the subsonic range (0.5 less than or equal to M(sub a) less than or equal to 0.9), surface lengths 0.6 less than or equal to (axial distance from jet exit to surface trailing edge (inches)/nozzle exit diameter) less than or equal to 10, and surface standoff distances (0 less than or equal to (radial distance from jet lipline to surface (inches)/axial distance from jet exit to surface trailing edge (inches)) less than or equal to 1) using only second-order polynomials to provide predictable behavior. The JSI noise model is combined with an existing jet mixing noise model to produce exhaust noise predictions. Fit quality metrics and comparisons to between the predicted and experimental data indicate that the model is suitable for many system level studies. A first-order correction to the JSI source model that accounts for the effect of nozzle aspect ratio is also explored. This correction is based on changes to the potential core length and frequency scaling associated with rectangular nozzles up to 8:1 aspect ratio. However, more work is needed to refine these findings into a formal model.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of layered double hydroxides with a high aspect ratio

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    A new route for synthesis of Mg/Al layered double hydroxide (Mg6Al2(OH)16(CO3).4H2O) has been introduced, which can be considered as a modified calcination-rehydration method. Under the hydrothermal conditions, LDHs with a high aspect ratio were synthesized and characterized by inductively coupled plasma-atom emission spectrometer (ICP-AES), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermal measurement (TG-DTG) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). XRD patterns display the crystalline enhanced with the increase of hydrothermal temperature and aging time. TG-DTG curves show the more stable LDHs were synthesized at higher temperature. SEM images indicate the lateral size of the synthesized LDHs locates at ca. 1-6 μm and the thickness at ca. 35-60 nm. And the particle size depends strongly on the treatment temperature and aging time. A buffer solution consisted of HCO3- and CO32- keeps the pH of reaction system in a certain range and offers a low supersaturated reaction circumstance. This is of high importance for the formation of LDHs with a high aspect ratio

  4. Impact of Aspect Ratio and Solar Heating on Street Conyn Air Temperature

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The results obtained from RNG (Re-Normalization Group version of k-? turbulence model are reported in this study. The model is adopted to elucidate the impact of different building aspect ratios (i.e., ratio of building-height-to-street-canyon-width and solar heating on temperatures in street canyon. The validation of Navier-Stokes and energy transport equations showed that the model prediction for air-temperature and ambient wind provides reasonable accuracy. The model was applied on AR (Aspect Ratios one to eight and surface temperature difference (??s-a of 2 -8. Notably, air-temperatures were higher in high AR street canyons in particular on the leeward side of the street canyon. Further investigation showed that the difference between the air-temperature of high and low AR street canyons ( AR was positive and high with higher ??s-a. Conversely, the AR become negative and low gradually with lower values of ??s-a. These results could be very beneficial for the city and regional planners, civil engineers and HVAC experts who design street canyons and strive for human thermal comfort with minimum possible energy requirements.

  5. Effect of free surface on near-wake flow of elliptic cylinders with different aspect ratios

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    Lee, Sang Joon; Daichin, -

    2003-04-01

    The flow fields behind elliptic cylinders with different aspect ratios adjacent to a free surface were investigated experimentally in a circulating water channel. The elliptic cylinders tested in this study have same cross section area. For each elliptic cylinder, the experiments were carried out under different conditions by varying the submergence depth of the cylinder beneath the free surface. The flow fields were measured using a single-frame double-exposure PIV system. For each experimental condition, 350 instantaneous velocity fields were captured and ensemble-averaged to obtain the mean flow field information and spatial distribution of turbulent statistics. The near-wakes can be basically classified into three typical patterns, which are formation of Coanda effect, generation of substantial jet-like flow, and attachment of jet flow to the free surface. The general flow structures behind the elliptic cylinder are similar to previous results for a circular submerged near to a free surface. However, the wake width and the angle of downward deflection of the shear layer developed from the lower surface of the elliptic cylinder are smaller than those for the circular cylinder. These trends are enhance with increasing of the cylinder aspect ratios.

  6. Control of size and aspect ratio in hydroquinone-based synthesis of gold nanorods

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    Morasso, Carlo, E-mail: cmorasso@dongnocchi.it; Picciolini, Silvia; Schiumarini, Domitilla [Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi ONLUS, Laboratory of Nanomedicine and Clinical Biophotonics (LABION) (Italy); Mehn, Dora; Ojea-Jiménez, Isaac [European Commission Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) (Italy); Zanchetta, Giuliano [Universitá degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Biotecnologie Mediche e Medicina Traslazionale (Italy); Vanna, Renzo; Bedoni, Marzia [Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi ONLUS, Laboratory of Nanomedicine and Clinical Biophotonics (LABION) (Italy); Prosperi, Davide [Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, NanoBioLab, Dipartimento di Biotecnologie e Bioscienze (Italy); Gramatica, Furio [Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi ONLUS, Laboratory of Nanomedicine and Clinical Biophotonics (LABION) (Italy)

    2015-08-15

    In this article, we describe how it is possible to tune the size and the aspect ratio of gold nanorods obtained using a highly efficient protocol based on the use of hydroquinone as a reducing agent by varying the amounts of CTAB and silver ions present in the “seed-growth” solution. Our approach not only allows us to prepare nanorods with a four times increased Au{sup 3+} reduction yield, when compared with the commonly used protocol based on ascorbic acid, but also allows a remarkable reduction of 50–60 % of the amount of CTAB needed. In fact, according to our findings, the concentration of CTAB present in the seed-growth solution do not linearly influence the final aspect ratio of the obtained nanorods, and an optimal concentration range between 30 and 50 mM has been identified as the one that is able to generate particles with more elongated shapes. On the optimized protocol, the effect of the concentration of Ag{sup +} ions in the seed-growth solution and the stability of the obtained particles has also been investigated.

  7. Impact of aspect ratio and solar heating on street canyon air temperature

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    The results obtained from RNG (Re-Normalization Group) version of k-and turbulence model are reported in this study. The model is adopted to elucidate the impact of different building aspect ratios (i.e., ratio of building-height-to-street-canyon-width) and solar heating on temperatures in street canyon. The validation of Navier-Stokes and energy an sport equations showed that the model prediction for air-temperature and ambient wind provides reasonable accuracy. The model was applied on AR (Aspect Ratios) one to eight and surface temperature difference (delta and theta/sub s-a/)) of 2 -8. Notably, air-temperatures were higher in high AR street canyons in particular on the leeward side of the street canyon. Further investigation showed that the difference between the air-temperature 'high and low AR street canyons (AR) was positive and high with higher delta and theta/sub s-a/) conversely, the AR become negative and low gradually with lower values of delta and theta(/sub s-a/). These results could be very beneficial for the city and regional planners, civil engineers Id HVAC experts who design street canyons and strive for human thermal comfort with minimum possible energy requirements. (author)

  8. Control of size and aspect ratio in hydroquinone-based synthesis of gold nanorods

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    In this article, we describe how it is possible to tune the size and the aspect ratio of gold nanorods obtained using a highly efficient protocol based on the use of hydroquinone as a reducing agent by varying the amounts of CTAB and silver ions present in the “seed-growth” solution. Our approach not only allows us to prepare nanorods with a four times increased Au3+ reduction yield, when compared with the commonly used protocol based on ascorbic acid, but also allows a remarkable reduction of 50–60 % of the amount of CTAB needed. In fact, according to our findings, the concentration of CTAB present in the seed-growth solution do not linearly influence the final aspect ratio of the obtained nanorods, and an optimal concentration range between 30 and 50 mM has been identified as the one that is able to generate particles with more elongated shapes. On the optimized protocol, the effect of the concentration of Ag+ ions in the seed-growth solution and the stability of the obtained particles has also been investigated

  9. High aspect ratio PS-b-PMMA block copolymer masks for lithographic applications.

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    Ferrarese Lupi, F; Giammaria, T J; Volpe, F G; Lotto, F; Seguini, G; Pivac, B; Laus, M; Perego, M

    2014-12-10

    The control of the self-assembly (SA) process and nanostructure orientation in diblock copolymer (DBC) thick films is a crucial technological issue. Perpendicular orientation of the nanostructures in symmetric and asymmetric poly(styrene)-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) block copolymer films obtained by means of simple thermal treatments was demonstrated to occur in well-defined thickness windows featuring modest maximum values, thus resulting in low aspect ratio (h/d < 2) of the final lithographic mask. In this manuscript, the thickness window corresponding to the perpendicular orientation of the cylindrical structures in asymmetric DBC is investigated at high temperatures (190 °C ≤ T ≤ 310 °C) using a rapid thermal processing machine. A systematic study of the annealing conditions (temperature and time) of asymmetric PS-b-PMMA (Mn = 67.1, polydispersity index = 1.09) films, with thicknesses ranging from 10 to 400 nm, allowed ordered patterns, with a maximum value of orientational correlation length of 350 nm, to be obtained for film thicknesses up to 200 nm. The complete propagation of the cylindrical structures through the whole film thickness in a high aspect ratio PS template (h/d ≈ 7) is probed by lift-off process. Si nanopillars are obtained having the same lateral ordering and characteristic dimensions of the DBC lithographic mask as further confirmed by grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering experiments. PMID:25387131

  10. Effect of carbon nanofillers on the microstructure and electromechanical properties of electroactive polymers

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    Sigamani, Nirmal Shankar

    electroactive polymers, the relatively high electrical conductivity and low breakdown limits their use for practical applications. So next step was to exploit the advantages of a conductive carbon nanostructure while controlling its network to better impact its electrical properties which could also lead to higher breakdown strength. Based on the promising impact of hybrid nanofillers on the ferroelectric polymer PVDF, a similar polymer with a relaxor ferroelectric character is considered owing to its higher inherent electroactive response and higher breakdown strength. Given that it is not broadly studied, there was a need to understand structure-property relationship of the PVDF TrFE CTFE terpolymer. Hence, the effect of processing conditions (such as annealing times and isothermal crystallization temperatures) on the microstructure and the subsequent electromechanical properties were analyzed. This structure-property analysis helped to understand the relation between the different types of crystalline phases and the degrees of crystallinity as well as to observe crystal sizes as they relate to the electric field induced strain. As a final step, the effect of the hybrid SWNT/GO on both microstructure and electromechanical properties of the terpolymer were studied. The hybrid nanofillers were chemically modified to form a covalent bond between them to improve their interaction. The morphology of the hybrid nanofillers after the chemical modification was studied for two different chemical modification routes: one using thionyl chloride, other using NHS and EDAC as catalysts. Of the two methods, the NHS and EDAC catalyst method showed a strong uniform interaction, confirmed by SEM images and FTIR results, with a shift in the peak to 1630 cm-1. Finally, the effect of hybrid SWNT and GO on the electromechanical properties were studied and, interestingly, the hybrid terpolymer nanocomposite film showed a lower electroactive strain compared to pure terpolymer at the same applied

  11. Nanoparticles in Polymers: Assembly, Rheology and Properties

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    Rao, Yuanqiao

    Inorganic nanoparticles have the potential of providing functionalities that are difficult to realize using organic materials; and nanocomposites is an effective mean to impart processibility and construct bulk materials with breakthrough properties. The dispersion and assembly of nanoparticles are critical to both processibility and properties of the resulting product. In this talk, we will discuss several methods to control the hierarchical structure of nanoparticles in polymers and resulting rheological, mechanical and optical properties. In one example, polymer-particle interaction and secondary microstructure were designed to provide a low viscosity composition comprising exfoliated high aspect ratio clay nanoparticles; in another example, the microstructure control through templates was shown to enable unique thermal mechanical and optical properties. Jeff Munro, Stephanie Potisek, Phillip Hustad; all of the Dow Chemical Company are co-authors.

  12. Fabrication of silicon nanotip arrays with high aspect ratio by cesium chloride self-assembly and dry etching

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Nanotip arrays with high aspect ratio, which have attracted much attention due to their potential applications, have been fabricated by many methods. Dry etching combined with self-assembly masks is widely used because of the convenience of dry etching and high throughput of self-assembly. In this paper, we report a method combining Cesium Chloride (CsCl self-assembly with inductively coupled plasma (ICP dry etching to fabricate silicon nanotip arrays with high aspect ratio and silicon nanotip arrays with aspect ratio 15 have been achieved after optimization of all parameters.

  13. Optimized aspect ratios of restrained thick-wall cylinders by virtue of Poisson's ratio selection. Part two: Temperature application

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    Highlights: → Incontrovertible evidence is presented that thermal stresses in cylindrical components which include nuclear reactors and containment vessels are shown to be highly dependent on the Poisson's ratio of the materials. → The key novelty is concerned with the identification of a new potential thermal applications for negative Poisson's ratio (auxetic) materials; i.e. those that get fatter when they are stretched. → Negative Poisson's ratio (auxetic) materials exhibit lower thermal stress build-up than conventional positive Poisson's ratio materials, this conjecture being proven using thermal surface plots. - Abstract: Analytical and numerical modelling have been employed to show that the choice of Poisson's ratio is one of the principal design criteria in order to reduce thermal stress build-up in isotropic materials. The modelling procedures are all twofold; consisting of a solution to a steady-state heat conduction problem followed by a linear static solution. The models developed take the form of simplistic thick-wall cylinders such model systems are applicable at macro-structural and micro-structural levels as the underlining formulations are based on the classical theory of elasticity. Generally, the results show that the Poisson's ratio of the material has a greater effect on the magnitude of the principal stresses than the aspect ratio of the cylinders investigated. Constraining the outside of these models significantly increases the thermal stresses induced. The most significant and original finding presented is that the for both freely expanding and constrained thick-wall cylinders the optimum Poisson's ratio is minus unity.

  14. Facile Route to Vertically Aligned High-Aspect Ratio Block Copolymer Films via Dynamic Zone Annealing

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    Singh, Gurpreet; Kulkarni, Manish; Yager, Kevin; Smilgies, Detlef; Bucknall, David; Karim, Alamgir

    2012-02-01

    Directed assembly of block copolymers (BCP) can be used to fabricate a diversity of nanostructures useful for nanotech applications. The ability to vertically orient etchable high aspect ratio (˜30) ordered BCP domains on flexible substrates via continuous processing methods are particularly attractive for nanomanufacturing. We apply sharp dynamic cold zone annealing (CZA-S) to create etchable, and predominantly vertically oriented 30nm cylindrical domains in 1 μm thick poly(styrene-b-methylmethacrylate) films on low thermal conductivity rigid (quartz) and flexible (PDMS & Kapton) substrates. Under similar static conditions, temporally stable vertical cylinders form within a narrow zone above a critical temperature gradient. Primary ordering mechanism of CZA-S involves sweeping this vertically orienting zone created at maximum thermal gradient. An optimal speed is needed since the process competes with preferential surface wetting dynamics that favors parallel orientation. GISAXS of etched BCP films confirms internal morphology.

  15. High aspect ratio micro mold machining with focused proton beam writing

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    This paper deals with surface structure-shaping process on EB resists by proton beam writing (PBW). The PBW is a direct writing lithographic technique to fabricate a deep mesa structure with sub-micrometer 2D resolution. The deep structure was obtained with MeV-energy protons which have a low proximity effect compared with electrons. Micrometer scale patterns with high aspect ratio were also obtained with a beam focusing and a scanning system. Since the range of protons in resist materials can be controlled with ion energy, energy-dependent three-dimensional structures were obtained by controlling the voltage of the ion accelerator. The PBW process enables us to fabricate a prototype for MEMS and a micro mold for nanoimprint process. (author)

  16. Economically attractive features of steady-state neoclassical reversed field pinch equilibrium with low aspect ratio

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    Dominant plasma self-induced current equilibrium is achieved together with the high β for the steady-state neoclassical reversed field pinch (RFP) equilibrium with low aspect ratio by broadening the plasma pressure profile. The RF-driven current, when the safety factor is smaller than unity, is much less than the self-induced current, which dominates (96%) the toroidal current. This neoclassical RFP equilibrium has strong magnetic shear or a high-stability beta (βt = 63%) due to its hollow current profile. It is shown that the obtained equilibrium is close to the relaxed-equilibrium state with a minimum energy, and is also robust against microinstabilities. These attractive features allow the economical design of compact steady-state fusion power plants with low cost of electricity (COE). (author)

  17. Calculation of Hamada coordinates for a large-aspect-ratio tokamak

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    The application of the well-known moment equation approach to neoclassical transport requires the use of Hamada coordinates in three-dimensional toroidal plasmas. The lack of analytical expressions and the difficulty associated with the numerical calculation of these coordinates has strongly limited the use of this approach. In this paper analytical calculations of Hamada coordinates for a large-aspect-ratio tokamak are presented. Knowledge of these coordinates for this relatively simple two-dimensional case will allow, for the first time, a general analytical application of the moment equation approach, and also a check of this approach against well-known results. In particular, it is shown here that the approach correctly reproduces the Pfirsch--Schlueter diffusion rate

  18. Improving surface acousto-optical interaction by high aspect ratio electrodes

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    Dühring, Maria Bayard; Laude, Vincent; Khelif, Abdelkrim

    2009-01-01

    propagating in a waveguide buried in the lithium niobate substrate supporting the electrodes. The interaction can be increased up to 600 times using these new types of surface acoustic waves as compared to using a conventional IDT with thin electrodes. This result could find applications in improved acousto......The acousto-optical interaction of an optical wave confined inside a waveguide and a surface acoustic wave launched by an interdigital transducer (IDT) at the surface of a piezoelectric material is considered. The IDT with high aspect ratio electrodes supports several acoustic modes that are...... strongly confined to the surface, causing a significant increase in the strain underneath the surface. A finite element method is employed to model the surface acoustic waves generated by a finite length IDT with 12 electrode pairs and subsequently to study their interaction with an optical wave...

  19. Static Response of Functionally Graded Material Plate under Transverse Load for Varying Aspect Ratio

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Functionally gradient materials (FGM are one of the most widely used materials in various applications because of their adaptability to different situations by changing the material constituents as per the requirement. Nowadays it is very easy to tailor the properties to serve specific purposes in functionally gradient material. Most structural components used in the field of engineering can be classified as beams, plates, or shells for analysis purposes. In the present study the power law, sigmoid law and exponential distribution, is considered for the volume fraction distributions of the functionally graded plates. The work includes parametric studies performed by varying volume fraction distributions and aspect ratio. The FGM plate is subjected to transverse UDL (uniformly distributed load and point load and the response is analysed.

  20. Controlled synthesis of uniform silver nanowires with high aspect ratios in aqueous solutions of gemini surfactant

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    XU Jian; LIU Weijun; LIU Honglai; HU Ying

    2007-01-01

    A simple solution-phase approach has been demonstrated for the large-scale synthesis of silver nanowires with diameters in the range of 15-25 nm,and lengths usually in the range of tens of micrometers.In the presence of gemini surfactant 1,3-bis(cetyldimethylammonium)propane dibromide(16-3-16),the growth of silver could be directed into a highly anisotropic mode to form uniform nanowires with aspect ratios up to about 2,000.X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy(XPS),transmission electron microscopy(TEM),energy-dispersive X-ray(EDX),X-ray powder diffraction (XRD),electron diffraction(ED),and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy,were used to characterize the as-prepared silver nanowires,indicating the formation of a highly pure phase,good crystallinity,as well as a uniform diameter.

  1. Extreme hydrophobicity and omniphilicity of high-aspect-ratio silicon structures

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    Kwak, Moon Kyu; Park, Cheol Woo; Hwang, Kwang-Il; Park, Choon Man; Jeong, Hoon Eui; Choi, Jun Ho

    2015-03-01

    We present an application of high-aspect-ratio (high-AR) silicon structures (black silicon) with high water repellency and good wettability by oils and solvents. The fabrication of black silicon consists of a deep reactive-ion etching process for extremely-high-AR silicon structures and surface treatment with C4F8 gas. Such high-AR structures were found to be highly resistant against wetting by water, but they also have good wetting characteristics with respect to certain liquids such as ethanol, hexane and mineral oil. To determine the relationship between the AR of nanostructures and wetting selectivity, four different black silicon samples with different pattern heights were used. The static contact angles of various liquid were measured for the analysis of wetting properties of the four black silicon samples. To explore feasible applications, ethanol-water separation was performed as a miniaturized experimental simulation of environmental remediation.

  2. Engineering Design Study of Quasi-Axisymmetric Stellarator with Low Aspect Ratio

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    The engineering design of the quasi-axisymmetric stellarator CHS-qa is described, having a toroidal period number of 2, major radius of 1.5 m, and plasma aspect ratio of 3.2. Although the entire structure of the machine is highly nonaxisymmetric and deformative, the following major engineering concerns for the modular coils and the vacuum vessel have been resolved: (a) modular coil design (curvature and twist of conductors), (b) supporting structures for modular coils, (c) errors due to electromagnetic forces and misalignment in manufacturing processes (analysis shows that the magnetic surface is robust against such disturbances), (d) construction procedure for vacuum vessel and modular coils, and (e) ports for heating and diagnostics

  3. Highly aligned arrays of high aspect ratio barium titanate nanowires via hydrothermal synthesis

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    We report on the development of a hydrothermal synthesis procedure that results in the growth of highly aligned arrays of high aspect ratio barium titanate nanowires. Using a multiple step, scalable hydrothermal reaction, a textured titanium dioxide film is deposited on titanium foil upon which highly aligned nanowires are grown via homoepitaxy and converted to barium titanate. Scanning electron microscope images clearly illustrate the effect the textured film has on the degree of orientation of the nanowires. The alignment of nanowires is quantified by calculating the Herman's Orientation Factor, which reveals a 58% improvement in orientation as compared to growth in the absence of the textured film. The ferroelectric properties of barium titanate combined with the development of this scalable growth procedure provide a powerful route towards increasing the efficiency and performance of nanowire-based devices in future real-world applications such as sensing and power harvesting

  4. Mineralization and optical characterization of copper oxide nanoparticles using a high aspect ratio bio-template

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    Organized chains of copper oxide nanoparticles were synthesized, without palladium (Pd) activation, using the M13 filamentous virus as a biological template. The interaction of Cu precursor ions with the negatively charged viral coat proteins were studied with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Discrete nanoparticles with an average diameter of 4.5 nm and narrow size distribution were closely spaced along the length of the high aspect ratio templates. The synthesized material was identified as a mixture of cubic Cu2O and monoclinic CuO. UV/Vis absorption measurements were completed and a direct optical band gap of 2.87 eV was determined using Tauc's method. This value was slightly larger than bulk, signaling quantum confinement effects within the templated materials.

  5. Performance and stability limits at near-unity aspect ratio in the Pegasus Toroidal Experiment

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    The Pegasus Toroidal Experiment is a mid-sized extremely-low aspect ratio (A) spherical torus (ST). It has the dual roles of exploring limits of ST behavior as A approaches 1 and studying the physics of ST plasmas in the tokamak-spheromak overlap regime. Major parameters are R 0.25 - 0.45 m, A 1.1 - 1.4, Ip ≤ 0.15MA, and Btp=aBt is similar to that observed for NBI-heated START discharges. Achievable plasma current apparently is subject to a 'soft' limit of Ip=Itf ≤ 1. Access to higher-current plasmas appears to be restricted by the appearance of large internal MHD activity, including m/n=2/1 and 3/2 modes. Recent experiments have begun to access ideal stability limits, with disruptions observed as q95 approaches 5, in agreement with numerical predictions. (author)

  6. Flow shear induced fluctuation suppression in finite aspect ratio shaped tokamak plasma

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    The suppression of turbulence by the E x B flow shear and parallel flow shear is studied in an arbitrary shape finite aspect ratio tokamak plasma using the two point nonlinear analysis previously utilized in a high aspect rat ampersand tokamak plasma. The result shows that only the E x B flow shear is responsible for the suppression of flute-like fluctuations. This suppression occurs regardless of the plasma rotation direction and is therefore, relevant for the VH mode plasma core as well as for the H mode plasma edge. Experimentally observed in-out asymmetry of fluctuation reduction behavior can be addressed in the context of flux expansion and magnetic field pitch variation on a given flux surface. The adverse effect of neutral particles on confinement improvement is also discussed in the context of the charge exchange induced parallel momentum damping

  7. Gust response analysis and wind tunnel test for a high-aspect ratio wing

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    Liu Yi

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available A theoretical nonlinear aeroelastic response analysis for a flexible high-aspect ratio wing excited by harmonic gust load is presented along with a companion wind tunnel test. A multidisciplinary coupled numerical calculation is developed to simulate the flexible model wing undergoing gust load in the time domain via discrete nonlinear finite element structural dynamic analysis and nonplanar unsteady vortex lattice aerodynamic computation. A dynamic perturbation analysis about a nonlinear static equilibrium is also used to determine the small perturbation flutter boundary. A novel noncontact 3-D camera measurement analysis system is firstly used in the wind tunnel test to obtain the spatial large deformation and responses. The responses of the flexible wing under different static equilibrium states and frequency gust loads are discussed. The fair to good quantitative agreements between the theoretical and experimental results demonstrate that the presented analysis method is an acceptable way to predict the geometrically nonlinear gust response for flexible wings.

  8. Initial performance results for high-aspect ratio gold MEMS deformable mirrors

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    Fernández, Bautista; Kubby, Joel

    2009-02-01

    The fabrication and initial performance results of high-aspect ratio 3-dimensional Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) Deformable Mirrors (DM) for Adaptive Optics (AO) will be discussed. The DM systems were fabricated out of gold, and consist of actuators bonded to a continuous face sheet, with different boundary conditions. DM mirror displacements vs. voltage have been measured with a white light interferometer and the corresponding results compared to Finite Element Analysis (FEA) simulations. Interferometer scans of a DM have shown that ~9.4um of stroke can be achieved with low voltage, thus showing that this fabrication process holds promise in the manufacturing of future MEMS DM's for the next generation of extremely large telescopes.

  9. Surface tension-induced high aspect-ratio PDMS micropillars with concave and convex lens tips

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    Li, Huawei

    2013-04-01

    This paper reports a novel method for the fabrication of 3-dimensional (3D) Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) micropillars with concave and convex lens tips in a one-step molding process, using a CO2 laser-machined Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) mold with through holes. The PDMS micropillars are 4 mm high and have an aspect ratio of 251. The micropillars are formed by capillary force drawing up PDMS into the through hole mold. The concave and convex lens tips of the PDMS cylindrical micropillars are induced by surface tension and are controllable by changing the surface wetting properties of the through holes in the PMMA mold. This technique eliminates the requirements of expensive and complicated facilities to prepare a 3D mold, and it provides a simple and rapid method to fabricate 3D PDMS micropillars with controllable dimensions and tip shapes. © 2013 IEEE.

  10. Pilot Study of Inhaled Aerosols Targeted via Magnetic Alignment of High Aspect Ratio Particles in Rabbits

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    Recently, inhaled pharmaceutical aerosols have seen increased investigation in the treatment of lung cancer, where the inability to deliver adequate therapeutic drug concentrations to tumour sites may be overcome with improved targeted delivery to the site of the tumour. In this study, the feasibility of magnetically targeted delivery of high aspect ratio particles loaded with iron oxide nanoparticles was studied in 19 New Zealand White rabbits. Half of the exposed rabbits had a magnetic field placed externally over their right lung. Iron sensitive magnetic resonance images of the lungs were acquired to determine the iron concentrations in the right and left lung of each animal. The right/left ratio increased in the middle and basal regions of the lung where, due to the morphology of the rabbit lung, this method of targeting is most effective. With further optimization, this technique could be an effective method for increasing the dose of drug delivered to a specific site within the lung.

  11. Measurement and simulation of jet mass caused by a high-aspect ratio hole perturbation

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    Keiter, Paul A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Cooley, James H [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Wilson, D C [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kyrala, George A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Blue, Brent E [LLNL; Edwards, J [LLNL; Elliott, James B [LLNL; Robey, H F [LLNL; Spears, B [Los Alamos National Laboratory

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    Inertial confinement fusion (ICF) capsule performance can be negatively impacted by the presence of hydrodynamic instabilities. To perform a gas fill on an ICF capsule, current plans involve drilling a small hole and inserting a fill tube to inject the gas mixture into the capsule. This introduces a perturbation on the capsule, which can seed hydrodynamic instabilities. The small hole can cause jetting of the shell material into the gas, which might adversely affect the capsule performance. We have performed simulations and experiments to study the hydrodynamic evolution of jets from high-aspect ratio holes, such as the fill tube hole. Although simulations using cold materials overpredict the amount of mass in the jet, when a reasonable amount of preheat (<1 eV) is introduced, the simulations are in better agreement with the experiment.

  12. Measurement and simulation of jet mass caused by a high-aspect ratio pertubation

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    Keiter, Paul A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Cooley, James [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kyrala, George [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Wilson, Doug [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Blue, Brent [LLNL/GA; Elliott, Jim [LLNL; Edwards, John [LLNL; Robey, Harry [LLNL; Spears, Brian [LLNL

    2009-01-01

    Inertial confinement fusion (ICF) capsule performance can be negatively impacted by the presence of hydrodynamic instabilities. To perform a gas fill on an ICF capsule current plans involve drilling a small hole and inserting a fill tube to inject the gas mixture into the capsule. This introduces a perturbation on the capsule, which can seed hydrodynamic instabilities. The small hole can cause jetting of the shell material into the gas, which might adversely affect the capsule performance. We have performed simulations and experiments to study the hydrodynamic evolution of jets from high-aspect ratio holes, such as the fill tube hole. Although simulations using cold materials over predict the amount of mass in the jet, when a reasonable amount of preheat (< 1 eV) is introduced, the simulations are in better agreement with the experiment.

  13. Enhanced Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells Toward Definitive Endoderm on Ultrahigh Aspect Ratio Nanopillars

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    Rasmussen, Camilla Holzmann; Reynolds, Paul M.; Petersen, Dorthe Roenn;

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    highlighted that the properties of the physical environment, such as substrate stiffness, affect cellular behavior. Here, mass-produced, injection molded polycarbonate nanopillars are presented, where the surface mechanical properties, i.e., stiffness, can be controlled by the geometric design of the...... ultrahigh aspect ratio nanopillars (stiffness can be reduced by 25.000X). It is found that tall nanopillars, yielding softer surfaces, significantly enhance the induction of defi nitive endoderm cells from pluripotent human embryonic stem cells, resulting in more consistent differentiation of a pure...... population compared to planar control. By contrast, further differentiation toward the pancreatic endoderm is less successful on “soft” pillars when compared to “stiff ” pillars or control, indicating differential cues during the different stages of differentiation. To accompany the mechanical properties of...

  14. Mineralization and optical characterization of copper oxide nanoparticles using a high aspect ratio bio-template

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    Zaman, Mohammed Shahriar; Haberer, Elaine D.

    2014-10-01

    Organized chains of copper oxide nanoparticles were synthesized, without palladium (Pd) activation, using the M13 filamentous virus as a biological template. The interaction of Cu precursor ions with the negatively charged viral coat proteins were studied with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Discrete nanoparticles with an average diameter of 4.5 nm and narrow size distribution were closely spaced along the length of the high aspect ratio templates. The synthesized material was identified as a mixture of cubic Cu2O and monoclinic CuO. UV/Vis absorption measurements were completed and a direct optical band gap of 2.87 eV was determined using Tauc's method. This value was slightly larger than bulk, signaling quantum confinement effects within the templated materials.

  15. Mineralization and optical characterization of copper oxide nanoparticles using a high aspect ratio bio-template

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    Zaman, Mohammed Shahriar [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Riverside, California 92521 (United States); Haberer, Elaine D., E-mail: haberer@ucr.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Riverside, California 92521 (United States); Materials Science and Engineering Program, University of California, Riverside, California 92521 (United States)

    2014-10-21

    Organized chains of copper oxide nanoparticles were synthesized, without palladium (Pd) activation, using the M13 filamentous virus as a biological template. The interaction of Cu precursor ions with the negatively charged viral coat proteins were studied with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Discrete nanoparticles with an average diameter of 4.5 nm and narrow size distribution were closely spaced along the length of the high aspect ratio templates. The synthesized material was identified as a mixture of cubic Cu₂O and monoclinic CuO. UV/Vis absorption measurements were completed and a direct optical band gap of 2.87 eV was determined using Tauc's method. This value was slightly larger than bulk, signaling quantum confinement effects within the templated materials.

  16. Effect of large aspect ratio of biomass particles on carbon burnout in a utility boiler

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    D. Gera; M.P. Mathur; M.C. Freeman; Allen Robinson [Fluent, Inc./NETL, Morgantown, WV (United States)

    2002-12-01

    This paper reports on the development and validation of comprehensive combustion sub models that include the effect of large aspect ratio of biomass (switchgrass) particles on carbon burnout and temperature distribution inside the particles. Temperature and carbon burnout data are compared from two different models that are formulated by assuming (i) the particles are cylindrical and conduct heat internally, and (ii) the particles are spherical without internal heat conduction, i.e., no temperature gradient exists inside the particle. It was inferred that the latter model significantly underpredicted the temperature of the particle and, consequently, the burnout. Additionally, some results from cofiring biomass (10% heat input) with pulverized coal (90% heat input) are compared with the pulverized coal (100% heat input) simulations and coal experiments in a tangentially fired 150 MW{sub e} utility boiler. 26 refs., 7 figs., 4 tabs.

  17. Fabrication of High Aspect Ratio Micro-Penning-Malmberg Gold Plated Silicon Trap Arrays

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    Narimannezhad, Alireza; Weber, Marc H; Lynn, Kelvin G

    2013-01-01

    Acquiring a portable high density charged particles trap might consist of an array of micro-Penning-Malmberg traps (microtraps) with substantially lower end barriers potential than conventional Penning-Malmberg traps [1]. We report on the progress of the fabrication of these microtraps designed for antimatter storage such as positrons. The fabrication of large length to radius aspect ratio (1000:1) microtrap arrays involved advanced techniques including photolithography, deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) of silicon wafers to achieve through-vias, gold sputtering of the wafers on the surfaces and inside the vias, and thermal compression bonding of the wafers. This paper describes the encountered issues during fabrication and addresses geometry errors and asymmetries. In order to minimize the patch effects on the lifetime of the trapped positrons, the bonded stacks were gold electroplated to achieve a uniform gold surface. We show by simulation and analytical calculation that how positrons confinement time depen...

  18. Millijoule femtosecond micro-Bessel beams for ultra-high aspect ratio machining.

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    Mitra, Sambit; Chanal, Margaux; Clady, Raphaël; Mouskeftaras, Alexandros; Grojo, David

    2015-08-20

    We report on a functional experimental design for Bessel beam generation capable of handling high-energy ultrashort pulses (up to 1.2 mJ per pulse of 50 fs duration). This allows us to deliver intensities exceeding the breakdown threshold for air or any dielectric along controlled micro-filaments with lengths exceeding 4 mm. It represents an unprecedented upscaling in comparison to recent femtosecond Bessel beam micromachining experiments. We produce void microchannels through glass substrates to demonstrate that aspect ratios exceeding 1200∶1 can be achieved by using single high-intensity pulses. This demonstration must lead to new methodologies for deep-drilling and high-speed cutting applications. PMID:26368773

  19. Large-area thermoelectric high-aspect-ratio nanostructures by atomic layer deposition

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    Ruoho, Mikko; Juntunen, Taneli; Tittonen, Ilkka

    2016-09-01

    We report on the thermoelectric properties of large-area high-aspect-ratio nanostructures. We fabricate the structures by atomic layer deposition of conformal ZnO thin films on track-etched polycarbonate substrate. The resulting structure consists of ZnO tubules which continue through the full thickness of the substrate. The electrical and thermal properties of the structures are studied both in-plane and out-of-plane. They exhibit very low out-of-plane thermal conductivity down to 0.15 W m‑1 K‑1 while the in-plane sheet resistance of the films was found to be half that of the same film on glass substrate, allowing material-independent doubling of output power of any planar thin-film thermoelectric generator. The wall thickness of the fabricated nanotubes was varied within a range of up to 100 nm. The samples show polycrystalline nature with (002) preferred crystal orientation.

  20. Design and Simulation of BTT Missile with High-Aspect-Ratio Wing Robust H∞ Autopilot

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    CUI Sheng-wang; LIU Li; MA Chun-yan

    2007-01-01

    For the strong coupling among the channels of bank-to-turn (BTT) missile with high-aspect-ratio wing,an autopilot is designed with a two loop control structure robust autopilot design methods.By the inner loop design,the question of pole-zero cancellation is solved,and the stabilization of structured uncertainty is achieved.Through the outer loop of H∞ controller design,the flying performance and robustness can be guaranteed.The nonlinear simulation results show that the autopilot designed has perfect time domain response,and can suppress bad influence of the inertial and kinematics couplings.It can make the missile fly stably in the large flying areas.The control is very effective.

  1. The Microstructure, Chemical Characteristic and Crystallization Behavior of the Polymer Derived Si-B-C-N Amorphous Ceramic

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    Gao, Dond; Zhang, Fanwei; Zhang, Yue; Song, Yang; Shi, Xiaobin

    Amorphous materials of the Si-(B)-C-N system have recently attracted considerable interest because of its hardness, low density, durability at extremely high temperature and easy to be prepared from precursor compounds by polymer route. The materials show a great potential to be used in the field of the Thermal Protective System (TPS) for the aircrafts, while the microstructure and chemical configuration are still not clearly revealed due to its complicated covalent character for this multi-component amorphous material. This paper focused on the characterization of polymer derived Si-(B)-C-N amorphous ceramic, various method were employed in order to obtain accurate information about the microstructure, chemical composition, bonding mode of components, such as TEM, EPMA, NMR and FT-IR. SiC crystalline was found existing in the amorphous glass, which indicates the preparation process was achieved accompanied by crystallization of SiC from polymer precursor. The microstructure of the researched material was analyzed and relative accurate chemical composition was obtained on the basis of characterization result, furthermore the covalent character of the amorphous material was deduced according to the characterization results obtained.

  2. Formation of Foam-like Microstructural Carbon Material by Carbonization of Porous Coordination Polymers through a Ligand-Assisted Foaming Process.

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    Kongpatpanich, Kanokwan; Horike, Satoshi; Fujiwara, Yu-ichi; Ogiwara, Naoki; Nishihara, Hirotomo; Kitagawa, Susumu

    2015-01-01

    Porous carbon material with a foam-like microstructure has been synthesized by direct carbonization of porous coordination polymer (PCP). In situ generation of foaming agents by chemical reactions of ligands in PCP during carbonization provides a simple way to create lightweight carbon material with a foam-like microstructure. Among several substituents investigated, the nitro group has been shown to be the key to obtain the unique foam-like microstructure, which is due to the fast kinetics o...

  3. A hypothetical model for predicting the toxicity of high aspect ratio nanoparticles (HARN)

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    The ability to predict nanoparticle (dimensional structures which are less than 100 nm in size) toxicity through the use of a suitable model is an important goal if nanoparticles are to be regulated in terms of exposures and toxicological effects. Recently, a model to predict toxicity of nanoparticles with high aspect ratio has been put forward by a consortium of scientists. The High aspect ratio nanoparticles (HARN) model is a platform that relates the physical dimensions of HARN (specifically length and diameter ratio) and biopersistence to their toxicity in biological environments. Potentially, this model is of great public health and economic importance, as it can be used as a tool to not only predict toxicological activity but can be used to classify the toxicity of various fibrous nanoparticles, without the need to carry out time-consuming and expensive toxicology studies. However, this model of toxicity is currently hypothetical in nature and is based solely on drawing similarities in its dimensional geometry with that of asbestos and synthetic vitreous fibres. The aim of this review is two-fold: (a) to present findings from past literature, on the physicochemical property and pathogenicity bioassay testing of HARN (b) to identify some of the challenges and future research steps crucial before the HARN model can be accepted as a predictive model. By presenting what has been done, we are able to identify scientific challenges and research directions that are needed for the HARN model to gain public acceptance. Our recommendations for future research includes the need to: (a) accurately link physicochemical data with corresponding pathogenicity assay data, through the use of suitable reference standards and standardised protocols, (b) develop better tools/techniques for physicochemical characterisation, (c) to develop better ways of monitoring HARN in the workplace, (d) to reliably measure dose exposure levels, in order to support future epidemiological

  4. Advanced Fuels Reactor using Aneutronic Rodless Ultra Low Aspect Ratio Tokamak Hydrogenic Plasmas

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    Ribeiro, Celso

    2015-11-01

    The use of advanced fuels for fusion reactor is conventionally envisaged for field reversed configuration (FRC) devices. It is proposed here a preliminary study about the use of these fuels but on an aneutronic Rodless Ultra Low Aspect Ratio (RULART) hydrogenic plasmas. The idea is to inject micro-size boron pellets vertically at the inboard side (HFS, where TF is very high and the tokamak electron temperature is relatively low because of profile), synchronised with a proton NBI pointed to this region. Therefore, p-B reactions should occur and alpha particles produced. These pellets will act as an edge-like disturbance only (cp. killer pellet, although the vertical HFS should make this less critical, since the unablated part should appear in the bottom of the device). The boron cloud will appear at midplance, possibly as a MARFE-look like. Scaling of the p-B reactions by varying the NBI energy should be compared with the predictions of nuclear physics. This could be an alternative to the FRC approach, without the difficulties of the optimization of the FRC low confinement time. Instead, a robust good tokamak confinement with high local HFS TF (enhanced due to the ultra low aspect ratio and low pitch angle) is used. The plasma central post makes the RULART concept attractive because of the proximity of NBI path and also because a fraction of born alphas will cross the plasma post and dragged into it in the direction of the central plasma post current, escaping vertically into a hole in the bias plate and reaching the direct electricity converter, such as in the FRC concept.

  5. The flowfield and performance of a low aspect ratio unsteady propulsor

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    Buchholz, James H. J.

    Thrust performance and wake structure were investigated for a rigid rectangular panel pitching about its leading edge in a free stream. Thrust coefficient was found to depend primarily on Strouhal number St and the aspect ratio of the panel S/C. Propulsive efficiency was sensitive to aspect ratio only for S/C less than 0.83; however, the magnitude of the peak efficiency of a given panel with variation in Strouhal number varied inversely with the amplitude to span ratio A/S, while the Strouhal number of optimum efficiency increased with increasing A/S. Peak efficiencies between 9% and 21% were measured. Wake structures corresponding to a subset of the thrust measurements were investigated using dye visualization and Digital Particle Image Velocimetry. In general, the wakes divided into two oblique jets; however, when operating at or near peak efficiency, the near wake in many cases represented a von Karman vortex street with the signs of the vortices reversed. The three-dimensional structure of the wakes were investigated in detail for S/C = 0.54, A/S = 0.31, ReC = 640. Three distinct wake structures were observed with variation in Strouhal number. For approximately 0.20 main constituent of the wake was a horseshoe vortex shed by the tips and trailing edge of the panel. Streamwise variation in the circulation of the streamwise horseshoe legs was consistent with a spanwise shear layer bridging them. For St > 0.25, a reorganization of some of the spanwise vorticity yielded a bifurcating wake formed by trains of vortex rings connected to the tips of the horseshoes. For St > 0.5 an additional structure formed from a perturbation of the streamwise leg which caused a spanwise expansion. The wake model paradigm established here is consistent with structures observed for a wide variety of unsteady flows.

  6. Plasma Filaments in Dielectric Barrier Discharges Penetrating into High Aspect Ratio Cracks for Sterilization

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    Babaeva, Natalia Yu.; Kushner, Mark J.

    2012-10-01

    The ability of surface-hugging-plasmas, as produced in dielectric barrier discharges (DBDs), to penetrate into crevices, turn corners and navigate geometrical obstructions, is important in plasma-wound healing and sterilization. In this talk, we discuss results from a computational investigation of the plasma filaments produced in an air DBD and impinging on and penetrating into deep, high aspect ratio cracks in the bottom dielectric. The model used in this work, nonPDPSIM, is a plasma hydrodynamics model in which continuity, momentum and energy equations are solved for charged and neutral species with solution of Poisson's equation for the electric potential, concurrent with radiation transport. A Monte Carlo simulation is used to obtain ion energy distributions (IEDs) to surfaces. Cracks are 1 mm deep and 3 μm to 250 μm wide (aspect ratios of 333 to 4). We found that when impinging onto the cracked dielectric, the plasma filament conformally spreads over the surface. The conductive plasma transfers the applied potential to the opening of the crack. The width of the crack, w, then determines the penetration of the plasma. If w is large compared to the filament, the penetration is surface hugging. If w is commensurate with the filament, the plasma fills the crack. If the Debye length is about w or larger, there is not significant penetration. For the conditions investigated, penetration occurred for w > 5-6 μm. IEDs onto the surfaces of the trenches produce transient pulses of ions with energies >150 eV.

  7. The effects of volume percent and aspect ratio of carbon fiber on fracture toughness of reinforced aluminum matrix composites

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    Carbon fiber reinforced aluminum matrix composites are used as advanced materials in aerospace and electronic industries. In order to investigate role of aspect ratio of carbon fiber on fracture toughness of aluminum matrix composite, the composite was produced using stir casting. Al-8.5%Si-5%Mg selected as a matrix. The samples were prepared with three volume fractions (1, 2 and 3) and three aspect ratios (300, 500 and 800). Three-point bending test was performed on the specimens to evaluate the fracture toughness of the materials. The results showed that the fracture toughness of composites depends on both fiber volume fraction and aspect ratio. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was employed to elucidate the fracture behavior and crack deflection of composites. The study also, showed that the toughening mechanism depends strongly on fiber volume fraction, aspect ratio and the degree of wetting between fiber and matrix

  8. The effect of wing stroke and aspect ratio on the force generation a compliant membrane flapping wing

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    Schunk, Cosima; Swartz, Sharon M.; Breuer, Kenneth S.

    2015-11-01

    Aspect ratio is one parameter used in efforts to predict a bat species' flight performance based on wing shape. Bats with high aspect ratio wings are expected to have superior lift-to-drag ratios and therefore to fly faster or be able to sustain longer flights. In contrast, bats with lower aspect ratio wings are usually thought to exhibit higher maneuverability. These assumptions are often based on fixed-wing aerodynamic theory, and do not take the wide variation in flapping kinematics observed in bats into account. To examine the influence of different stroke patterns, we measure lift and drag of highly compliant membrane wings with different bat-relevant aspect ratios. A two degree of freedom shoulder joint allows for independent control of flapping amplitude and wing sweep. We test five models with the same variations of stroke patterns, flapping frequencies, and wind speeds.

  9. Studi Eksperimental Pemanas Air Tenaga Surya Pelat Absorber Type Sinusoidal dengan Variasi Terhadap Derajat Kevacuman dan Aspect Ratio

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Sistem kolektor surya yang dirancang adalah kolektor dengan variasi tingkat kevakuman dan aspect ratio dengan tebal pelat (δ 1 mm . Untuk tingkat pemvakuman -20 cm.Hg, -40 cm.Hg, dan -60 cm.Hg serta menggunakan aspect ratio 1, 1.33, dan 2. Pengambilan data dilaksanakan dengan memvariasi debit fluida kerja dengan mengatur bukaan katup, yaitu dari 100 cc/menit sampai 300 cc/menits kenaikan 100 cc/menit. Dengan pemvariasian tingkat kevacuman di antara pelat absorber dan kaca penutup, diharapkan dapat memperkecil koefisien kehilangan, temperatur absorber naik, dan temperatur kaca penutup turun. Sehingga dapat meningkatkan efisiensi kolektor. Sehingga kita dapat menyimpulkan bahwa pada tingkat kevacuman -60 cmHg efisiensi yang didapat lebih besar dibandingkan dengan tingkat kevakuman -20 cmHg dan -40 cmHg. Sedangkan untuk aspect ratio 2 memiliki efisiensi terbesar dibandingkan aspect ratio 1 dan 1,33

  10. Plasmon assisted 3D microstructuring of gold nanoparticle-doped polymers

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    Jonušauskas, Linas; Lau, Marcus; Gruber, Peter; Gökce, Bilal; Barcikowski, Stephan; Malinauskas, Mangirdas; Ovsianikov, Aleksandr

    2016-04-01

    3D laser lithography of a negative photopolymer (zirconium/silicon hybrid solgel SZ2080) doped with gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) is performed with a 515 nm and 300 fs laser system and the effect of doping is explored. By varying the laser-generated Au NP doping concentration from 4.8 · 10-6 wt% to 9.8 · 10-3 wt% we find that the fabricated line widths are enlarged by up to 14.8% compared to structures achieved in pure SZ2080. While implicating a positive effect on the photosensitivity, the doping has no adverse impact on the mechanical quality of intricate 3D microstructures produced from the doped nanocompound. Additionally, we found that SZ2080 increases the long term (˜months) colloidal stability of Au NPs in isopropanol. By discussing the nanoparticle-light interaction in the 3D polymer structures we provide implications that our findings might have on other fields, such as biomedicine and photonics.

  11. Determination of optimum aspect ratio for laminar flow heat transfer of dilute viscoelastic solutions in flattened tube heat exchangers

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    Ismail, Z. [Universiti Malaya, Civil Engineering Department, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Karim, R. [TTDI, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    2012-08-15

    Heat transfer of viscoelastic liquids in five flattened tubes with aspect ratios ranging from 1.4 to 5.7 were presented. Water was used as the heating medium; and solutions of polyacrylamide were used as the viscoelastic solutions. Heat transfer increase from flattening was 101% higher while secondary flow contributed a maximum increase of 65% for the 250 ppm solution and about 85% for the 500 ppm solutions at an aspect ratio of 1.6. (orig.)

  12. EFFECTS OF MOIST FROUDE NUMBER AND OROGRAPHIC ASPECT RATIO ON A CONDITIONALLY UNSTABLE FLOW OVER A MESOSCALE MOUNTAIN

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    Chen, Shu-Hua; Lin, Yuh-Lang; Zhao, Zhan; Dawn Reeves, Heather

    2005-01-01

    Abstract: A series of idealized simulations for an unsaturated, conditionally unstable flow over a two-dimensional mountain ridge were performed to investigate how the unsaturated moist Froude number (Fw) and the aspect ratio of mountain height to half-width (h/a), affect the propagation, cloud type and rainfall amount of orographically induced precipitation systems. The moist Froude number (Fw) was varied by increasing or decreasing the basic state wind speed (U) while the aspect ratio was v...

  13. Fabrication of silicon nanotip arrays with high aspect ratio by cesium chloride self-assembly and dry etching

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    Xinshuai Zhang; Jing Liu; Bo Wang; Tianchong Zhang; Futing Yi

    2014-01-01

    Nanotip arrays with high aspect ratio, which have attracted much attention due to their potential applications, have been fabricated by many methods. Dry etching combined with self-assembly masks is widely used because of the convenience of dry etching and high throughput of self-assembly. In this paper, we report a method combining Cesium Chloride (CsCl) self-assembly with inductively coupled plasma (ICP) dry etching to fabricate silicon nanotip arrays with high aspect ratio and silicon nano...

  14. Emission behavior of sudan red 7B on dogbone-shaped gold nanorods: Aspect ratio dependence of the metallic nanostructures

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    Rahman, Dewan S.; Sharma, Debdulal; Ghosh, Sujit Kumar, E-mail: sujitkchem@gmail.com

    2014-01-31

    Highlights: • CTAB-stabilized gold dogbones of variable aspect ratio have been synthesized. • Sudan red 7B has been used as fluoroprobe to elucidate aspect ratio dependence of the dogbones. • The relative intensity decreases exponentially with increasing aspect ratio. • The mechanism of quenching has been ascribed to the electron and energy transfer processes. - Abstract: Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide-stabilized ‘dogbone-shaped’ gold nanorods of aspect ratio varying from 1 to 6 have been synthesized by seed-mediated growth method in aqueous medium. Then, sudan red 7B, an alien molecular probe has been used as local probe to elucidate aspect ratio dependence of the nanorods on the photophysical properties of the dye molecules. It is seen that the relative intensity decreases exponentially with increasing aspect ratio and has been attributed to decrease in overall surface area for a particular concentration of the nanorods. The mechanism of fluorescence quenching has been ascribed to the electron and energy transfer processes in the gold-fluorophore hybrid nanostructures.

  15. Simulation and experimental study of aspect ratio limitation in Fresnel zone plates for hard-x-ray optics.

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    Liu, Jianpeng; Shao, Jinhai; Zhang, Sichao; Ma, Yaqi; Taksatorn, Nit; Mao, Chengwen; Chen, Yifang; Deng, Biao; Xiao, Tiqiao

    2015-11-10

    For acquiring high-contrast and high-brightness images in hard-x-ray optics, Fresnel zone plates with high aspect ratios (zone height/zone width) have been constantly pursued. However, knowledge of aspect ratio limits remains limited. This work explores the achievable aspect ratio limit in polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) by electron-beam lithography (EBL) under 100 keV, and investigates the lithographic factors for this limitation. Both Monte Carlo simulation and EBL on thick PMMA are applied to investigate the profile evolution with exposure doses over 100 nm wide dense zones. A high-resolution scanning electron microscope at low acceleration mode for charging free is applied to characterize the resultant zone profiles. It was discovered for what we believe is the first time that the primary electron-beam spreading in PMMA and the proximity effect due to extra exposure from neighboring areas could be the major causes of limiting the aspect ratio. Using the optimized lithography condition, a 100 nm zone plate with aspect ratio of 15/1 was fabricated and its focusing property was characterized at the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility. The aspect ratio limit found in this work should be extremely useful for guiding further technical development in nanofabrication of high-quality Fresnel zone plates. PMID:26560796

  16. High aspect ratio template and method for producing same for central and peripheral nerve repair

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    Sakamoto, Jeff S. (Inventor); Tuszynski, Mark Henry (Inventor); Gros, Thomas (Inventor); Chan, Christina (Inventor); Mehrotra, Sumit (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    Millimeter to nano-scale structures manufactured using a multi-component polymer fiber matrix are disclosed. The use of dissimilar polymers allows the selective dissolution of the polymers at various stages of the manufacturing process. In one application, biocompatible matrixes may be formed with long pore length and small pore size. The manufacturing process begins with a first polymer fiber arranged in a matrix formed by a second polymer fiber. End caps may be attached to provide structural support and the polymer fiber matrix selectively dissolved away leaving only the long polymer fibers. These may be exposed to another product, such as a biocompatible gel to form a biocompatible matrix. The polymer fibers may then be selectively dissolved leaving only a biocompatible gel scaffold with the pores formed by the dissolved polymer fibers. The scaffolds may be used in, among other applications, the repair of central and peripheral nerves. Scaffolds for the repair of peripheral nerves may include a reservoir for the sustained release of nerve growth factor. The scaffolds may also include a multifunctional polyelectrolyte layer for the sustained release of nerve growth factor and enhance biocompatibility.

  17. High aspect ratio AFM Probe processing by helium-ion-beam induced deposition.

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    Onishi, Keiko; Guo, Hongxuan; Nagano, Syoko; Fujita, Daisuke

    2014-11-01

    A Scanning Helium Ion Microscope (SHIM) is a high resolution surface observation instrument similar to a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) since both instruments employ finely focused particle beams of ions or electrons [1]. The apparent difference is that SHIMs can be used not only for a sub-nanometer scale resolution microscopic research, but also for the applications of very fine fabrication and direct lithography of surfaces at the nanoscale dimensions. On the other hand, atomic force microscope (AFM) is another type of high resolution microscopy which can measure a three-dimensional surface morphology by tracing a fine probe with a sharp tip apex on a specimen's surface.In order to measure highly uneven and concavo-convex surfaces by AFM, the probe of a high aspect ratio with a sharp tip is much more necessary than the probe of a general quadrangular pyramid shape. In this paper we report the manufacture of the probe tip of the high aspect ratio by ion-beam induced gas deposition using a nanoscale helium ion beam of SHIM.Gas of platinum organic compound was injected into the sample surface neighborhood in the vacuum chamber of SHIM. The decomposition of the gas and the precipitation of the involved metal brought up a platinum nano-object in a pillar shape on the normal commercial AFM probe tip. A SHIM system (Carl Zeiss, Orion Plus) equipped with the gas injection system (OmniProbe, OmniGIS) was used for the research. While the vacuum being kept to work, we injected platinum organic compound ((CH3)3(CH3C5H4)Pt) into the sample neighborhood and irradiated the helium ion beam with the shape of a point on the apex of the AFM probe tip. It is found that we can control the length of the Pt nano-pillar by irradiation time of the helium ion beam. The AFM probe which brought up a Pt nano-pillar is shown in Figure 1. It is revealed that a high-aspect-ratio Pt nano-pillar of ∼40nm diameter and up to ∼2000 nm length can be grown. In addition, for possible heating

  18. A small perturbation based optimization approach for the frequency placement of high aspect ratio wings

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    Goltsch, Mandy

    Design denotes the transformation of an identified need to its physical embodiment in a traditionally iterative approach of trial and error. Conceptual design plays a prominent role but an almost infinite number of possible solutions at the outset of design necessitates fast evaluations. The corresponding practice of empirical equations and low fidelity analyses becomes obsolete in the light of novel concepts. Ever increasing system complexity and resource scarcity mandate new approaches to adequately capture system characteristics. Contemporary concerns in atmospheric science and homeland security created an operational need for unconventional configurations. Unmanned long endurance flight at high altitudes offers a unique showcase for the exploration of new design spaces and the incidental deficit of conceptual modeling and simulation capabilities. Structural and aerodynamic performance requirements necessitate light weight materials and high aspect ratio wings resulting in distinct structural and aeroelastic response characteristics that stand in close correlation with natural vibration modes. The present research effort evolves around the development of an efficient and accurate optimization algorithm for high aspect ratio wings subject to natural frequency constraints. Foundational corner stones are beam dimensional reduction and modal perturbation redesign. Local and global analyses inherent to the former suggest corresponding levels of local and global optimization. The present approach departs from this suggestion. It introduces local level surrogate models to capacitate a methodology that consists of multi level analyses feeding into a single level optimization. The innovative heart of the new algorithm originates in small perturbation theory. A sequence of small perturbation solutions allows the optimizer to make incremental movements within the design space. It enables a directed search that is free of costly gradients. System matrices are decomposed

  19. Bragg Grating Based Sensors in Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibers: Accelerometers and Microphones

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    Stefani, Alessio

    gluing of polymer to silica fibers are discussed. The realization of gratings in polymer fibers is shown with two different techniques: the UV phase mask technique and the direct writing technique reported here for the first time for polymer fibers. Realization of gratings in PMMA step index fibers and...... realization of an optical microphone based on polymer ber Bragg gratings is reported....

  20. Vortices behavior depending on the aspect ratio of an insect-like flapping wing in hover

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    Han, Jong-Seob; Chang, Jo Won; Cho, Hwan-Kee

    2015-09-01

    Force measurements and digital particle image velocimetry (DPIV) were carried out to reveal the effects of the aspect ratio (AR) of an insect-like flapping wing. A total of seven aspect ratios around that of an insect wing including 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 were taken into account for the same hovering configurations. Time-course forces showed that both lift and drag in the translational phase were maximized in the case of AR = 3, which is the closest ratio to that of a living insect. The chordwise cross-sectional DPIV conclusively showed that the leading-edge vortex (LEV) on the wing of AR = 1.5 remained nearly unchanged in all cross sections. In other AR cases, however, the trailing-edge vortices (TEV) were clearly found with LEVs that lifted off the wing surfaces at the outboard cross sections. In each of these cases, the TEV interrupted the downwash, and the overall flows behind the wing became wakes similar to those found over a blunt body. The near-wake flow structures revealed that the tip vortex gradually entered the inner area from the wing tip as the AR increased. Circulations and downwash distributions showed a stretched LEV and asymmetrically developed tip and root vortices as the AR moved away from AR = 3. These results do not only indicate that the AR effects of a flapping wing are characteristics that are definitely distinctive from those of a typical aircraft, but also briefly imply that maintaining an LEV attachment by employing strong rotational accelerations is not the highest priority when attempting to achieve lift enhancements. Among the tested cases, the wing of AR = 3 had a balanced downwash flux as well as the best aerodynamic performance characteristics, including the maximum lift, reasonable efficiency, and a moderate pitching moment. This indirectly explains why the wings of living flyers adept at hovering have this AR, and it also suggests the appropriate AR for a flapping-type micro-air vehicle.

  1. Precisely rectilinear electro-thermal microactuator using a high-aspect ratio microstructured Si/SU-8 composite

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    This paper presents a Si/SU-8 composite electro-thermal microactuator that can generate a precisely rectilinear in-plane stroke. The microactuator consists of a pair of electro-thermally activated composite bimorphs which are joined at their tips through a central Si beam. When activated, the central beam deflects and outputs an in-plane rectilinear stroke at its center. The central stroke is precisely rectilinear along the plane of symmetry due to very high stiffness in the orthogonal directions to the stroke. This composite thermal microactuator produces a much larger rectilinear stroke and blocked force per unit temperature rise compared to an all-silicon one. At a temperature rise below 87 °C (driven below 8.0 V), the stroke increases linearly with the temperature rise up to 8.0 µm. Analytical and finite element models are developed for this range of actuation. Beyond an 87 °C temperature rise, the stroke was further enhanced by Poisson's ratio effect on SU-8 which increases the effective coefficient of thermal expansion of the composite. The microactuator could produce a maximum rectilinear stroke of 42 µm and a maximum estimated blocked force of 60 mN at a driving voltage of 14.5 V which causes a SU-8 average temperature rise of 266 °C. (paper)

  2. Fabrication of Ni stamp with high aspect ratio, two-leveled, cylindrical microstructures using dry etching and electroplating

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    Petersen, Ritika Singh; Keller, Stephan Sylvest; Hansen, Ole; Boisen, Anja

    2015-01-01

    obtained by defining a reservoir and a separating trench with different depths of 85 and 125 μm, respectively, in a single embossing step. The fabrication of the required two leveled stamp is done using a modified DEEMO (dry etching, electroplating and molding) process. Dry etching using the Bosch process...

  3. Hummingbird wing efficacy depends on aspect ratio and compares with helicopter rotors.

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    Kruyt, Jan W; Quicazán-Rubio, Elsa M; van Heijst, GertJan F; Altshuler, Douglas L; Lentink, David

    2014-10-01

    Hummingbirds are the only birds that can sustain hovering. This unique flight behaviour comes, however, at high energetic cost. Based on helicopter and aeroplane design theory, we expect that hummingbird wing aspect ratio (AR), which ranges from about 3.0 to 4.5, determines aerodynamic efficacy. Previous quasi-steady experiments with a wing spinner set-up provide no support for this prediction. To test this more carefully, we compare the quasi-steady hover performance of 26 wings, from 12 hummingbird taxa. We spun the wings at angular velocities and angles of attack that are representative for every species and measured lift and torque more precisely. The power (aerodynamic torque × angular velocity) required to lift weight depends on aerodynamic efficacy, which is measured by the power factor. Our comparative analysis shows that AR has a modest influence on lift and drag forces, as reported earlier, but interspecific differences in power factor are large. During the downstroke, the power required to hover decreases for larger AR wings at the angles of attack at which hummingbirds flap their wings (p helicopter rotor shows that they are remarkably similar. PMID:25079868

  4. Electronic transport through side-contacted graphene nanoribbons: effects of overlap, aspect ratio and orientation.

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    Krompiewski, S

    2011-11-01

    We numerically calculate the conductance and shot noise Fano factor of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) side-contacted to metallic leads. A tight-binding model and Landauer's formalism are used in combination with a modified recursion method for Green's functions. The interfaces are modeled as a contact region between an infinite metallic electrode and a segment of the GNR put on top of it. The key question to answer in this study is how the size and orientation of the GNR and the GNR/electrode interface area influence the transport properties. It turns out that in general the transport characteristics depend strongly on overlap, meant as the ratio between the electrode-supported GNR length and the unsupported one. Moreover, a speed of convergence (with the overlap length) depends on both the transport direction and the aspect ratio of the GNR. It is shown that a short overlap interface is often, but not always, advantageous in nanoelectronics. These findings reconcile some seemingly conflicting opinions reported in the literature. PMID:21975438

  5. Electronic transport through side-contacted graphene nanoribbons: effects of overlap, aspect ratio and orientation

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    Krompiewski, S [Institute of Molecular Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, ul. M Smoluchowskiego 17, 60179 Poznan (Poland)

    2011-11-04

    We numerically calculate the conductance and shot noise Fano factor of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) side-contacted to metallic leads. A tight-binding model and Landauer's formalism are used in combination with a modified recursion method for Green's functions. The interfaces are modeled as a contact region between an infinite metallic electrode and a segment of the GNR put on top of it. The key question to answer in this study is how the size and orientation of the GNR and the GNR/electrode interface area influence the transport properties. It turns out that in general the transport characteristics depend strongly on overlap, meant as the ratio between the electrode-supported GNR length and the unsupported one. Moreover, a speed of convergence (with the overlap length) depends on both the transport direction and the aspect ratio of the GNR. It is shown that a short overlap interface is often, but not always, advantageous in nanoelectronics. These findings reconcile some seemingly conflicting opinions reported in the literature.

  6. Viscous Faraday waves in 2D large aspect ratio annular containers

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    Vega, José M.; Mancebo, Francisco J.

    2002-11-01

    A weakly nonlinear analysis of viscous Faraday waves in a two-dimensional, large aspect ratio annulus is presented that accounts for the coupled, slow dynamics of both the surface wave envelope and the associated long wave flows. The analysis can be considered as the natural extension of well known linear results by Kumar & Tuckerman (1994). Two cases are considered, depending on the comparative values of the fluid depth and the wavelength of the excited surface waves. At small depth, a long wave, viscous mean flow must be considered that is slaved to the free surface deformation. The relevant amplitude equations coincide with those first derived by Coullet & Iooss (1990) in the analysis of spatially periodic patterns, and further analyzed by Matthews & Cox (2000). At larger depth, the system exhibits (a) an inviscid, long wave, oscillatory flow that is slaved to the surface wave envelope and (b) a long wave, viscous mean flow that exhibits its own dynamics. In both cases, the asymptotic equations have been derived from an exact formulation. Some analytically obtained results will be presented on the local and global stability of the simplest spatially uniform standing waves of the system.

  7. Numerical investigation of flow on NACA4412 aerofoil with different aspect ratios

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    Demir Hacımurat

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the flow over NACA4412 was investigated both numerically and experimentally at a different Reynolds numbers. The experiments were carried out in a low speed wind tunnel with various angles of attack and different Reynolds numbers (25000 and 50000. Airfoil was manufactured using 3D printer with a various aspect ratios (AR = 1 and AR = 3. Smoke-wire and oil flow visualization methods were used to visualize the surface flow patterns. NACA4412 aerofoil was designed by using SOLIDWORKS. The structural grid of numerical model was constructed by ANSYS ICEM CFD meshing software. Furthermore, ANSYS FLUENT™ software was used to perform numerical calculations. The numerical results were compared with experimental results. Bubble formation was shown in CFD streamlines and smoke-wire experiments at z / c = 0.4. Furthermore, bubble shrunk at z / c = 0.2 by reason of the effects of tip vortices in both numerical and experimental studies. Consequently, it was seen that there was a good agreement between numerical and experimental results.

  8. Fabrication and characterization of large arrays of mesoscopic gold rings on large-aspect-ratio cantilevers

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    We have fabricated large arrays of mesoscopic metal rings on ultrasensitive cantilevers. The arrays are defined by electron beam lithography and contain up to 105 rings. The rings have a circumference of 1 μm, and are made of ultrapure (6N) Au that is deposited onto a silicon-on-insulator wafer without an adhesion layer. Subsequent processing of the SOI wafer results in each array being supported at the end of a free-standing cantilever. To accommodate the large arrays while maintaining a low spring constant, the cantilevers are nearly 1 mm in both lateral dimensions and 100 nm thick. The extreme aspect ratio of the cantilevers, the large array size, and the absence of a sticking layer are intended to enable measurements of the rings' average persistent current in the presence of relatively small magnetic fields. We describe the motivation for these measurements, the fabrication of the devices, and the characterization of the cantilevers' mechanical properties. We also discuss the devices' expected performance in measurements of

  9. Large-area thermoelectric high-aspect-ratio nanostructures by atomic layer deposition.

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    Ruoho, Mikko; Juntunen, Taneli; Tittonen, Ilkka

    2016-09-01

    We report on the thermoelectric properties of large-area high-aspect-ratio nanostructures. We fabricate the structures by atomic layer deposition of conformal ZnO thin films on track-etched polycarbonate substrate. The resulting structure consists of ZnO tubules which continue through the full thickness of the substrate. The electrical and thermal properties of the structures are studied both in-plane and out-of-plane. They exhibit very low out-of-plane thermal conductivity down to 0.15 W m(-1) K(-1) while the in-plane sheet resistance of the films was found to be half that of the same film on glass substrate, allowing material-independent doubling of output power of any planar thin-film thermoelectric generator. The wall thickness of the fabricated nanotubes was varied within a range of up to 100 nm. The samples show polycrystalline nature with (002) preferred crystal orientation. PMID:27454037

  10. Bosch-like method for creating high aspect ratio poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) structures

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    Haiducu, Marius

    2012-02-02

    This paper presents a method for etching millimetre-deep trenches in commercial grade PMMA using deep-UV at 254 nm. The method is based on consecutive cycles of irradiation and development of the exposed areas, respectively. The exposure segment is performed using an inexpensive, in-house built irradiation box while the development part is accomplished using an isopropyl alcohol (IPA):H2O developer. The method was tested and characterized by etching various dimension square test structures in commercial grade, mirrored acrylic. The undercut of the sidewalls due to the uncollimated nature of the irradiation light was dramatically alleviated by using a honeycomb metallic grid in between the irradiation source and the acrylic substrate and by rotating the latter using a direct current (DC) motor-driven stage. By using an extremely affordable set-up and non-toxic, environmentally friendly materials and substances, this process represents an excellent alternative to microfabricating microfluidic devices in particular and high aspect ratio structures in general using PMMA as substrate. © 2012 SPIE.

  11. High aspect ratio iridescent three-dimensional metal–insulator–metal capacitors using atomic layer deposition

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    Burke, Micheal, E-mail: micheal.burke@tyndall.ie; Blake, Alan; Djara, Vladimir; O' Connell, Dan; Povey, Ian M.; Cherkaoui, Karim; Monaghan, Scott; Scully, Jim; Murphy, Richard; Hurley, Paul K.; Pemble, Martyn E.; Quinn, Aidan J., E-mail: aidan.quinn@tyndall.ie [Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork (Ireland)

    2015-01-01

    The authors report on the structural and electrical properties of TiN/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/TiN metal–insulator–metal (MIM) capacitor structures in submicron three-dimensional (3D) trench geometries with an aspect ratio of ∼30. A simplified process route was employed where the three layers for the MIM stack were deposited using atomic layer deposition (ALD) in a single run at a process temperature of 250 °C. The TiN top and bottom electrodes were deposited via plasma-enhanced ALD using a tetrakis(dimethylamino)titanium precursor. 3D trench devices yielded capacitance densities of 36 fF/μm{sup 2} and quality factors >65 at low frequency (200 Hz), with low leakage current densities (<3 nA/cm{sup 2} at 1 V). These devices also show strong optical iridescence which, when combined with the covert embedded capacitance, show potential for system in package (SiP) anticounterfeiting applications.

  12. Achieving High Aspect Ratio of Track Length to Width in Molds for Discrete Track Recording Media

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    S. N. Piramanayagam

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Discrete track media (DTM fabricated by nanoimprint lithography (NIL is considered as a potential technology for future hard disk drives (HDD. In the fabrication of a master mold for NIL, patterning the resist tracks with a narrow distribution in the width is the first critical step. This paper reports the challenges involved in the fabrication of high aspect ratio discrete tracks on Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA resist by means of electron beam lithography. It was observed that fabrication parameters applied for successful patterning of discrete tracks in nanoscale length were not directly suitable for the patterning of discrete tracks in micron scale. Hence different approaches such as thick layer resist coating, introducing of post exposure baking process, and varying of exposure parameters were used in order to achieve uniform sharp discrete tracks in micron scale length on the resist. The optimal parameters were used to pattern 20 μm long tracks with 70 nm track pitch on the resist.

  13. High aspect ratio lead zirconate titanate tube structures: I. Template assisted fabrication - vacuum infiltration method

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    Vladimír Kovaľ

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Polycrystalline Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PZT microtubes are fabricated by a vacuum infiltration method. The method is based on repeated infiltration of precursor solution into macroporous silicon (Si templates at a sub-atmospheric pressure. The pyrolyzed PZT tubes of a 2-µm outer diameter, extending to over 30 µm in length were released from the template using a selective isotropic-pulsed XeF2 reactive ion etching of silicon. Free-standing microtubes, partially anchored at the bottom of the Si template, were then crystallized in pure oxygen atmosphere at 750 °C for 2 min using a rapid thermal annealer. The perovskite phase of the final PZT tubes was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD analysis. The XRD spectrum also revealed a small amount of the pyrochlore phase in the structure and signs of possible fluoride contamination caused most likely by the XeF2 etching process. The surface morphology was examined using scanning electron microscopy. It was demonstrated that the whole surface of the pore walls was conformally coated during the repeated infiltration of templates, resulting in straight tubes with closed tips formed on the opposite ends as replicas of the pore bottoms. These high aspect ratio ferroelectric structures are suggested as building units for developing miniaturized electronic devices, such as memory storage (DRAM trenched capacitors, piezoelectric scanners and actuators, and are of fundamental value for the theory of ferroelectricity in systems with low dimensionality.

  14. H-mode Characterization and Edge Stability at Near-Unity Aspect Ratio in PEGASUS Discharges

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    Thome, K. E.; Barr, J. L.; Bongard, M. W.; Burke, M. G.; Fonck, R. J.; Peguero, L. M.; Perry, J. M.; Schlossberg, D. J.; Thompson, D. S.

    2013-10-01

    Unique features of operating at near-unity aspect ratio include: ready access to Ohmic H-mode; operation in the low collisionality regime with strong neoclassical effects; and ELM instabilities driven by peeling and peeling- ballooning modes. Ohmic H-mode is achieved in both limited and diverted configurations by using high-field-side fueling. The access to and characteristics of H-mode regimes as well as various ELM types in PEGASUS is currently being explored. Characteristics of the L-H transition are: formation of an edge current pedestal; reversal of the direction of toroidal flow at the transition; doubling of the stored energy; and the presence of ELMs. Modest temperatures and pulse lengths in PEGASUS allow the use of insertable probes to measure the properties of the edge plasma with high spatial and temporal resolution, even in ELMy H-mode. A current pedestal in the edge J (R , t) profile is observed in H-mode but not in L-mode operation. This pedestal is destroyed during an ELM event cycle, but returns quickly after the ELM. Peeling modes, identified in the edge of L-mode plasmas with strong edge current, drive the formation of an edge current hole and ejection of a current-carrying filament consistent with electromagnetic blob theory. Similar behavior is indicated with ELMs in H-mode plasmas. Work supported by US DOE Grant DE-FG02-96ER54375.

  15. Equilibrium properties at very low aspect ratio in the Pegasus toroidal experiment

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    Equilibrium reconstructions of low-aspect ratio (A < 1.3) discharges in the Pegasus toroidal experiment have been performed. Magnetic diagnostics are used for equilibrium constraint and a filament code is used to estimate the significant currents flowing in the vacuum vessel walls. This technique is able to fit the global plasma parameters of plasma current and major radius to within 5%, internal inductance to within 10% and plasma pressure to within 15% as determined by Monte Carlo estimation of the uncertainties in the fit parameters. Determination of the equilibrium properties of the plasma allows an understanding of the dynamics of internal tearing modes and external ideal kink modes that limit plasma performance. Internal tearing modes were found to degrade plasma confinement when rational surfaces are located in regions of low magnetic shear early in the discharge when temperature is lower and resistivity is higher. This confinement degradation limits the maximum achievable plasma current and pressure. Disruptions with precursors growing with a time of ∼90 μs have been found to be consistent with ideal external kink modes with a hybrid growth time

  16. Performance and stability limits at near-unity aspect ratio in the pegasus toroidal experiment

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    The Pegasus Toroidal Experiment is a mid-sized extremely-low aspect ratio (A) spherical torus (ST). It has the dual roles of exploring limits of ST behavior as A approaches 1 and studying the physics of ST plasmas in the tokamak-spheromak overlap regime. Major parameters are R 0.25 - 0.45 m, A 1.1 - 1.4, Ip T 20% have been obtained, and the operational space of beta vs Ip/aBT is similar to that observed for NBI-heated START discharges. Achievable plasma current is subject to an apparent limit of Ip/Itf ∼ 1. Access to higher-current plasmas appears to be restricted by the appearance of large internal MHD activity, including m/n=2/1 and 3/2 modes. Recent experiments have begun to access ideal stability limits, with disruptions observed as q95 approaches 5, in agreement with numerical predictions for external kink mode onset. (author)

  17. Performance and stability of near-unity aspect ratio plasmas in the Pegasus Toroidal Experiment

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    The Pegasus Toroidal Experiment [R. Fonck et al., Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 41, 1400 (1996)] is a spherical torus designed to study the limits of plasma behavior as the aspect ratio A approaches unity. Access to near-unity A is achieved through the use of a novel high-stress reinforced solenoid magnet. High toroidal beta βt is obtained in ohmically-heated plasmas by operation at low field with densities up to the Greenwald limit. Values of βt up to 20% and normalized beta up to 5 have been obtained. The ratio of plasma current to toroidal field rod current, known as the toroidal field utilization, reaches values as large as 1 but appears to approach a 'soft' boundary at that level related to both ohmic flux limitations and the onset of resistive magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) activity. The m/n=2/1 and 3/2 modes are most frequently observed, in agreement with the inferred safety factor profiles. Experiments are beginning to access the external kink stability boundary at edge safety factor q95=5, which is significantly higher than that observed in conventional tokamaks. Calculations using the DCON code [A. H. Glasser and M. S. Chance, Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 42, 1848 (1997)] confirm instability to the ideal kink

  18. Adaptive AFM scan speed control for high aspect ratio fast structure tracking

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    Ahmad, Ahmad; Schuh, Andreas; Rangelow, Ivo W. [Department of Microelectronic and Nanoelectronic Systems, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Ilmenau University of Technology, Gustav-Kirchhoffstr. 1, 98684 Ilmenau (Germany)

    2014-10-15

    Improved imaging rates in Atomic Force Microscopes (AFM) are of high interest for disciplines such as life sciences and failure analysis of semiconductor wafers, where the sample topology shows high aspect ratios. Also, fast imaging is necessary to cover a large surface under investigation in reasonable times. Since AFMs are composed of mechanical components, they are associated with comparably low resonance frequencies that undermine the effort to increase the acquisition rates. In particular, high and steep structures are difficult to follow, which causes the cantilever to temporarily loose contact to or crash into the sample. Here, we report on a novel approach that does not affect the scanner dynamics, but adapts the lateral scanning speed of the scanner. The controller monitors the control error signal and, only when necessary, decreases the scan speed to allow the z-piezo more time to react to changes in the sample's topography. In this case, the overall imaging rate can be significantly increased, because a general scan speed trade-off decision is not needed and smooth areas are scanned fast. In contrast to methods trying to increase the z-piezo bandwidth, our method is a comparably simple approach that can be easily adapted to standard systems.

  19. High-harmonic ion cyclotron heating and current drive in ultra-small aspect ratio tokamaks

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    Ultra-small aspect ratio tokamaks present a totally new plasma environment for heating and current drive experiments and involve a number of physics issues that have not previously been explored. These devices operate at low magnetic field and relatively high density so that the effective dielectric constant of the plasma to high harmonic fast waves (HHFW), is quite high, and perpendicular wavelength of fast waves is very short. λ ∼ 2.0 cm compared with λ - 10-20 cm. This makes possible strong electron absorption at high harmonics of the ion cyclotron frequency, Ωi, and at fairly high phase velocity in relation to electron thermal velocity. If the antenna system can control the parallel wave spectrum, this offers the promise of high efficiency off-axis current drive and the possibility for current drive radial profile control. Antenna phasing is ineffective for profile control in conventional tokamaks because of central absorption. There are also challenges for antenna design in this regime because of the high dielectric constant and the large angle of the magnetic field with respect to the equatorial plane (∼45 degrees), which varies greatly during current ramp. Preliminary experiments in this HHFW regime are being carried out in CDX-U

  20. Collisionless microtearing modes in large aspect ratio Tokamaks with weak reversed shear configurations

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    Krishna Swamy, Aditya; Ganesh, Rajaraman; Brunner, Stephan; Vaclavik, Jan; Villard, Laurent

    2015-11-01

    Gyrokinetic simulations have found Collisionless Microtearing Modes (MTM) to be linearly unstable in sharp temperature gradient regions of tokamaks, typically with high magnetic shear. The collisionless MTM is driven by the magnetic drift resonance of passing electrons, aided by the closeness of Mode Rational Surfaces (MRS) arising due to the high shear. Here, the role of global safety factor profile variation on the MTM instability and global mode structure is studied, in particular in weak reverse shear (WRS) configurations in large aspect ratio tokamaks. At lower shear profiles, multiple MTM branches are found with tearing parity as well as mixed parity. The linear growth rates of MTM is found to be weakened and linearly unstable modes are found whose global mode structures of φ~ and Ã∥ exhibit Mixed Parity. For the same equilibrium profiles and parameters, AITG instability is also studied and global mode structures are compared with MTM. The growth rate spectrum is found to extend to shorter/mesoscale wavelengths in WRS. Several other characteristics of MTMs and AITG are recovered in the WRS configuration, such as the dependency on free energy source and on plasma β.

  1. Numerical investigation of flow on NACA4412 aerofoil with different aspect ratios

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    Demir, Hacımurat; Özden, Mustafa; Genç, Mustafa Serdar; Çağdaş, Mücahit

    2016-03-01

    In this study, the flow over NACA4412 was investigated both numerically and experimentally at a different Reynolds numbers. The experiments were carried out in a low speed wind tunnel with various angles of attack and different Reynolds numbers (25000 and 50000). Airfoil was manufactured using 3D printer with a various aspect ratios (AR = 1 and AR = 3). Smoke-wire and oil flow visualization methods were used to visualize the surface flow patterns. NACA4412 aerofoil was designed by using SOLIDWORKS. The structural grid of numerical model was constructed by ANSYS ICEM CFD meshing software. Furthermore, ANSYS FLUENT™ software was used to perform numerical calculations. The numerical results were compared with experimental results. Bubble formation was shown in CFD streamlines and smoke-wire experiments at z / c = 0.4. Furthermore, bubble shrunk at z / c = 0.2 by reason of the effects of tip vortices in both numerical and experimental studies. Consequently, it was seen that there was a good agreement between numerical and experimental results.

  2. Shafranov shift in low-aspect-ratio heliotron/torsatron CHS

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    The MHD equilibrium properties of neutral-beam-heated plasmas have been experimentally investigated in the Compact Helical System (CHS), a low-aspect-ratio (Ap ∼ 5) heliotron/torsatron. This configuration is characterized by a strong breaking of helical symmetry. The radial profiles measured by various diagnostics have shown significant Shafranov shift due to plasma pressure. The deviation of the magnetic axis from its vacuum position has reached 50% of the minor radius. When the three-dimensional equilibrium code VMEC is used to reconstruct the equilibrium from the experimental data, the result is in good agreement with the experimentally observed Shafranov shift as well as the diamagnetic pressure in plasmas with ≤ 1.2% and β0 ≤ 3.3%. This β value corresponds to half of the conventional equilibrium β limit defined by the Shafranov shift reaching a value of half the minor radius. Although tangential neutral beam injection has caused pressure anisotropies p parallel/p perpendicular ≤ 3, the description of the equilibrium assuming isotropic pressure is consistent with the experiment. (author)

  3. Relationship between the consolidation parameter, porosity and aspect ratio in microporous carbonate rocks

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    de Ceia, Marco A. R.; Misságia, Roseane M.; Neto, Irineu Lima; Archilha, Nathaly

    2015-11-01

    The estimation of dry bulk modulus is required for the successful application of the Biot-Gassmann theory to forecast fluid changes within a reservoir. The Pride model is one of the several models described in the literature for predicting the dry elastic moduli of rocks. However, the accuracy of the Pride model depends on the estimation of the consolidation parameter. In this paper, the consolidation parameter was estimated using the pore stiffness, mineral bulk modulus and porosity. That approach allowed calculating the dry bulk modulus of a set of microporous carbonate rocks according to the Pride model and compare those estimates to the results obtained using the elastic velocities. The change in the consolidation parameter over a range of pressures suggests that the relationship between this parameter and the unconfined porosity increases at high effective pressure. Statistical analyses of the distribution of those consolidation parameter values were performed to verify how the effective pressure influences the mean value and variance. Mean pore aspect ratios were estimated using Kuster-Toksoz methodology to establish a relationship with the consolidation parameter and the unconfined porosity. Such relationship also accounts for pressure-dependence within the studied pressure range. Although only 20 samples were analyzed, those studies can contribute to advise the estimation of the consolidation parameter in this type of carbonate rocks.

  4. Fabrication and characterization of large arrays of mesoscopic gold rings on large-aspect-ratio cantilevers

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    Ngo, D. Q.; Petković, I., E-mail: ivana.petkovic@yale.edu; Lollo, A. [Department of Physics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520 (United States); Castellanos-Beltran, M. A. [National Institute for Standards and Technology, Boulder, Colorado 80305 (United States); Harris, J. G. E. [Department of Physics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520 (United States); Department of Applied Physics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520 (United States)

    2014-10-15

    We have fabricated large arrays of mesoscopic metal rings on ultrasensitive cantilevers. The arrays are defined by electron beam lithography and contain up to 10{sup 5} rings. The rings have a circumference of 1 μm, and are made of ultrapure (6N) Au that is deposited onto a silicon-on-insulator wafer without an adhesion layer. Subsequent processing of the SOI wafer results in each array being supported at the end of a free-standing cantilever. To accommodate the large arrays while maintaining a low spring constant, the cantilevers are nearly 1 mm in both lateral dimensions and 100 nm thick. The extreme aspect ratio of the cantilevers, the large array size, and the absence of a sticking layer are intended to enable measurements of the rings' average persistent current in the presence of relatively small magnetic fields. We describe the motivation for these measurements, the fabrication of the devices, and the characterization of the cantilevers' mechanical properties. We also discuss the devices' expected performance in measurements of .

  5. Confinement physic study in a small low-aspect-ratio helical device CHS

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    The configuration parameter of the plasma position relative to the center of the helical coil winding is very effective one for controlling the MHD stability and the trapped particle confinement in Heliotron/Torsatron systems. But these two characteristics are contradictory to each other in this parameter. The inward shifted configuration is favorable for the drift-orbit-optimization but it is predicted unstable with the Mercier criterion. Various physics problems, such as electric field structure, plasma rotation and MHD phenomena, have been studied in CHS with a compromising intermediate position. With this standard configuration, CHS has supplied experimental results for understanding general toroidal confinement physics and low-aspect-ratio helical systems. In the recent experiments, it was found that the wide range of inward shifted configurations gives stable plasma discharges without any restriction to the special pressure profile. Such enhanced range of operation made it possible to study experimentally the drift-orbit-optimized configuration in the Heliotron/Torsatron systems. The effect of configuration improvement was studied with plasmas in a low collisionality regime. (author)

  6. Experimental investigation of a large aspect ratio flat plate encountering a steam-wise gust

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    Mulleners, Karen; Mancini, Peter; Jones, Anya

    2015-11-01

    While humans are capable of mimicking, and even outperform, the kinematic capabilities of natural flyers, birds and insects are still way ahead of us when it comes to anticipating and dealing with turbulent and gusty flow conditions. To tailor and improve flight control capabilities of low Reynolds number flyers in real weather, we need to bridge this gap of knowledge. As a first step, we experimentally studied the aerodynamic influence of a simplified stream-wise gust on a large aspect ratio flat plate. The experiments were conduction in the 7 × 1 . 5 × 1 m3 towing tank at UMD which was equipped with a 4-axis computer-controlled motion system. The effect of a stream-wise gust was simulated by accelerating or decelerating the wing to a new constant velocity after an initial constant surge. A high-speed camera and light sheet optics were attached to the tow carriage allowing for time-resolved particle image velocimetry along the entire motion in addition to direct force measurements. A proper orthogonal decomposition of the flow field was carried out to study the time scales related to changes induced by the sudden acceleration or deceleration in addition to analyzing the size, position and trajectory of prominent vortices and associated forces during the gust encounter.

  7. Proposal for a risk banding framework for inhaled low aspect ratio nanoparticles based on physicochemical properties.

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    Oosterwijk, Mattheus T T; Feber, Maaike Le; Burello, Enrico

    2016-08-01

    We present a conceptual framework that can be used to assign risk bands to inhaled low aspect ratio nanoparticles starting from exposure bands assigned to a specific exposure situation. The framework mimics a basic physiological scheme that captures the essential mechanisms of fate and toxicity of inhaled nanoparticles and is composed of several models and rules that estimate the result of the following processes: the deposition of particles in the respiratory tract, their (de-)agglomeration, lung burden and clearance, their diffusion through the lung mucus layer, translocation and cellular uptake and local and systemic toxicity. Each model is based on a set of particle's physicochemical properties, including the size and size distribution(s), the zeta potential (or net charge at a specific pH), the surface hydrophobicity or hydrophilicity, the conduction band energy (for metals, metal oxides, quantum dots, etc.) and the solubility at a specific pH. The framework takes the exposure bands as input and predicts, using the above-mentioned models, an internal dose band (module 1). Module 2 assigns a relative hazard ranking depending on the region of particle deposition in the respiratory tract, the likelihood of uptake and whether the toxicological effects are assumed to be local and/or systemic. By combining the results of Module 1 and 2, the framework provides a relative risk ranking. PMID:26763369

  8. Parallel fabrication of high-aspect-ratio all-silicon grooves using femtosecond laser irradiation and wet etching

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    Li, Yanna; Chen, Tao; Pan, An; Li, Cunxia; Tang, Litie

    2015-11-01

    This paper introduces a simple method using 800 nm femtosecond laser irradiation and wet etching with a hydrofluoric (HF) acid solution for the parallel fabrication of high-aspect-ratio all-silicon groove arrays. In this method, one laser beam was divided into five beams by a diffractive optical element. Five laser-induced structure change (LISC) zones were formed in the silicon simultaneously with a single scan of the divided beams, and then the materials in the LISC zones were etched by HF acid solution to form groove arrays. Via this method, all-silicon grooves with aspect ratios up to 39.4 were produced, and the processing efficiency could be increased by five times in contrast with that of the single laser beam irradiation. Furthermore, high-aspect-ratio grooves with near uniform morphologies were fabricated using this method in silicon wafers with different crystal orientations.

  9. Global two-fluid simulations of geodesic acoustic modes in strongly shaped tight aspect ratio tokamak plasmas

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    Following recent observations suggesting the presence of the geodesic acoustic mode (GAM) in ohmically heated discharges in the Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) [J. R. Robinson et al., Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 54, 105007 (2012)], the behaviour of the GAM is studied numerically using the two fluid, global code CENTORI [P. J. Knight et al. Comput. Phys. Commun. 183, 2346 (2012)]. We examine mode localisation and effects of magnetic geometry, given by aspect ratio, elongation, and safety factor, on the observed frequency of the mode. An excellent agreement between simulations and experimental data is found for simulation plasma parameters matched to those of MAST. Increasing aspect ratio yields good agreement between the GAM frequency found in the simulations and an analytical result obtained for elongated large aspect ratio plasmas

  10. On the flow generated by rotating flat plates of low aspect ratio

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    DeVoria, Adam C.

    Low-aspect-ratio propulsors typically allow for high maneuverability at low-to-moderate speeds. This has made them the subject of much recent research aimed at employing such appendages on autonomous vehicles which are required to navigate tumultuous environments. This experimental investigation focuses on the fluid dynamic aspects associated with overly-simplified versions of such biologically-inspired propulsors. In doing so, fundamental contributions are made to the research area. The unsteady, three-dimensional flow of a low-aspect-ratio, trapezoidal flat plate undergoing rotation from rest at a 90° angle of attack and Reynolds numbers of O(103) is investigated experimentally. The objectives are to develop a straightforward protocol for vortex saturation, and to understand the effects of the root-to-tip flow for different velocity programs. The experiments are conducted in a glass-walled tank, and digital particle image velocimetry is used to obtain planar velocity measurements. A formation-parameter definition is investigated and is found to reasonably predict the state corresponding to the pinch-off of the initial tip vortex across the velocity programs tested. The flow in the region near the tip is relatively insensitive to Reynolds number over the range studied. The component normal to the plate is unaffected by total rotational amplitude while the tangential component has dependence on this angle. Also, an estimate of the first tip-vortex pinch-off time is obtained from the near-tip velocity data and agrees very well with values estimated using circulation. The angle of incidence of the bulk root-to-tip flow relative to the plate normal becomes more oblique with increasing rotational amplitude. Accordingly, the peak magnitude of the tangential velocity is also increased and as a result advects fluid momentum away from the plate at a higher rate. The more oblique impingement of the root-to-tip flow for increasing rotational amplitude is shown to have a

  11. Engineering design study of quasi-axisymmetric stellarator with low aspect-ratio

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    The quasi-axisymmetric stellarator CHS-qa has been designed from physics point of view on the basis of the so-called optimization of helical magnetic field configurations. Once its engineering design was introduced briefly as a part of physics design, here the details are described. The toroidal period number N of 2 has been selected because it gives a small aspect ratio resulting in a large plasma volume favorable for physics experiments. CHS-qa has the following machine parameters: major radius R of 1.5 m, plasma minor radius a of 0.47 m (Ap(=R/a)=3.2), maximum toroidal magnetic field strength of 1.5 T, flat-top time of 1 sec at full field. Because of quasi-axisymmetry of the magnetic field structure with N=2 the whole structure of the machine is of highly non-axisymmetry and of deformation, which causes asymmetric centripetal forces on modular coils and complicated distributions of the electromagnetic force. Major engineering points on the modular coils and on the vacuum vessel are as follows: 1) modular coil design (curvature and twist of conductors), 2) supporting structures of modular coils, 3) manufacturing process of vacuum vessel and modular coils, 4) design of ports for heating and diagnostics. The following results have been obtained. 1) Shapes of modular coils are designed under the tolerable curvature and twist. 2) To cope with centripetal forces and overturning forces supporting structures for coils are designed by using elliptical plates on the inboard side and rods between modular coils. Stress analysis is also done under the condition where the ratio of modular coil currents is changed for controlling bumpiness of the magnetic field. 3) The vacuum vessel is inside the modular coils. How to make the whole assembly has been carefully examined. 4) Tangential injection of NB is available. (orig.)

  12. The flow field in a high aspect ratio cooling duct with and without one heated wall

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    Rochlitz, Henrik; Scholz, Peter; Fuchs, Thomas

    2015-12-01

    The flow in a high aspect ratio generic cooling duct is described for different Reynolds numbers and for adiabatic as well as non-adiabatic conditions. The Reynolds number is varied in a range from 39,000 to 111,000. The generic cooling duct facility allows for applying a constant temperature on the duct's lower wall, and it ensures having well-defined boundary conditions. The high-quality, optical noninvasive measurement methods, namely Particle Image Velocimetry (2C2D-PIV, i.e., two velocity components in a plane), Stereo Particle Image Velocimetry (3C2D-PIV, i.e., three velocity components in a plane) and Volumetric Particle Tracking Velocimetry (3C3D-PTV, i.e., three velocity components in a volume), are used to characterize the flow in detail. Pressure transducers are installed for measuring the pressure losses. The repeatability and the validity of the data are discussed in detail. For that purpose, modifications in the test facility and in the experimental setup as well as comparisons between the different measurement methods are given. A focus lies on the average velocity distribution and on the turbulent statistics. The longitudinal velocity profile is analyzed in detail for Reynolds number variations. Secondary flows are identified with velocities of two orders of magnitude smaller than the longitudinal velocity. Reynolds stress distributions are given for several different cases. The Reynolds number dependency of overline{u'^2} and overline{v'^2} is shown, and a comparison between the adiabatic and the heated case is given. overline{u'^2} changes significantly when the lower wall heat flux is applied, whereas overline{v'^2} and overline{u'v'} almost stay constant.

  13. Long-range forces affecting equilibrium inertial focusing behavior in straight high aspect ratio microfluidic channels

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    Reece, Amy E.; Oakey, John

    2016-04-01

    The controlled and directed focusing of particles within flowing fluids is a problem of fundamental and technological significance. Microfluidic inertial focusing provides passive and precise lateral and longitudinal alignment of small particles without the need for external actuation or sheath fluid. The benefits of inertial focusing have quickly enabled the development of miniaturized flow cytometers, size-selective sorting devices, and other high-throughput particle screening tools. Straight channel inertial focusing device design requires knowledge of fluid properties and particle-channel size ratio. Equilibrium behavior of inertially focused particles has been extensively characterized and the constitutive phenomena described by scaling relationships for straight channels of square and rectangular cross section. In concentrated particle suspensions, however, long-range hydrodynamic repulsions give rise to complex particle ordering that, while interesting and potentially useful, can also dramatically diminish the technique's effectiveness for high-throughput particle handling applications. We have empirically investigated particle focusing behavior within channels of increasing aspect ratio and have identified three scaling regimes that produce varying degrees of geometrical ordering between focused particles. To explore the limits of inertial particle focusing and identify the origins of these long-range interparticle forces, we have explored equilibrium focusing behavior as a function of channel geometry and particle concentration. Experimental results for highly concentrated particle solutions identify equilibrium thresholds for focusing that scale weakly with concentration and strongly with channel geometry. Balancing geometry mediated inertial forces with estimates for interparticle repulsive forces now provide a complete picture of pattern formation among concentrated inertially focused particles and enhance our understanding of the fundamental limits of

  14. Geometrical Nonlinear Aeroelastic Stability Analysis of a Composite High-Aspect-Ratio Wing

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A composite high-aspect-ratio wing of a high-altitude long-endurance (HALE aircraft was modeled with FEM by MSC/NASTRAN, and the nonlinear static equilibrium state is calculated under design load with follower force effect, but without load redistribution. Assuming the little vibration amplitude of the wing around the static equilibrium state, the system is linearized and the natural frequencies and mode shapes of the deformed structure are obtained. Planar doublet lattice method is used to calculate unsteady aerodynamics in frequency domain ignoring the bending effect of the deflected wing. And then, the aeroelastic stability analysis of the system under a given load condition is successively carried out. Comparing with the linear results, the nonlinear displacement of the wing tip is higher. The results indicate that the critical nonlinear flutter is of the flap/chordwise bending type because of the chordwise bending having quite a large torsion component, with low critical speed and slowly growing damping, which dose not appear in the linear analysis. Furthermore, it is shown that the variation of the nonlinear flutter speed depends on the scale of the load and on the chordwise bending frequency. The research work indicates that, for the very flexible HALE aircraft, the nonlinear aeroelastic stability is very important, and should be considered in the design progress. Using present FEM software as the structure solver (e.g. MSC/NASTRAN, and the unsteady aerodynamic code, the nonlinear aeroelastic stability margin of a complex system other than a simple beam model can be determined.

  15. Effect of torsional stiffness and inertia on the dynamics of low aspect ratio flapping wings

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    Micro air vehicle-motivated aerodynamics in biological flight has been an important subject in the past decade. Inspired by the novel flapping wing mechanisms in insects, birds and bats, we have carried out a numerical study systematically investigating a three-dimensional flapping rigid wing with passively actuated lateral and rotational motion. Distinguishing it from the limited existing studies, this work performs a systematic examination on the effects of wing aspect ratio (AR = 1.0 to infinity), inertia (density ratio σ = 4–32), torsional stiffness (frequency ratio F = 1.5–10 and infinity) and pivot point (from chord-center to leading edge) on the dynamics response of a low AR rectangular wing under an initial zero speed flow field condition. The simulation results show that the symmetry breakdown of the flapping wing results in a forward/backward motion with a rotational pitching. When the wing reaches its stable periodic state, the induced pitching frequency is identical to its forced flapping frequency. However, depending on various kinematic and dynamic system parameters, (i.e. flapping frequency, density ratio and pitching axis), the lateral induced velocity shows a number of different oscillating frequencies. Furthermore, compared with a one degree of freedom (DoF) wing in the lateral direction only, the propulsion performance of such a two DoF wing relies very much on the magnitude of torsional stiffness adding on the pivot point, as well as its pitching axis. In all cases examined here, thrust force and moment generated by a long span wing is larger than that of a short wing, which is remarkably linked to the strong reverse von Kármán vortex street formed in the wake of a wing. (paper)

  16. Effect of torsional stiffness and inertia on the dynamics of low aspect ratio flapping wings.

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    Xiao, Qing; Hu, Jianxin; Liu, Hao

    2014-03-01

    Micro air vehicle-motivated aerodynamics in biological flight has been an important subject in the past decade. Inspired by the novel flapping wing mechanisms in insects, birds and bats, we have carried out a numerical study systematically investigating a three-dimensional flapping rigid wing with passively actuated lateral and rotational motion. Distinguishing it from the limited existing studies, this work performs a systematic examination on the effects of wing aspect ratio (AR = 1.0 to infinity), inertia (density ratio σ = 4-32), torsional stiffness (frequency ratio F = 1.5-10 and infinity) and pivot point (from chord-center to leading edge) on the dynamics response of a low AR rectangular wing under an initial zero speed flow field condition. The simulation results show that the symmetry breakdown of the flapping wing results in a forward/backward motion with a rotational pitching. When the wing reaches its stable periodic state, the induced pitching frequency is identical to its forced flapping frequency. However, depending on various kinematic and dynamic system parameters, (i.e. flapping frequency, density ratio and pitching axis), the lateral induced velocity shows a number of different oscillating frequencies. Furthermore, compared with a one degree of freedom (DoF) wing in the lateral direction only, the propulsion performance of such a two DoF wing relies very much on the magnitude of torsional stiffness adding on the pivot point, as well as its pitching axis. In all cases examined here, thrust force and moment generated by a long span wing is larger than that of a short wing, which is remarkably linked to the strong reverse von Kármán vortex street formed in the wake of a wing. PMID:24434625

  17. Fabrication of micro-pin array with high aspect ratio on stainless steel using nanosecond laser beam machining

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    Lee, Se Won [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Gwanak 599 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-Gu, Seoul, 151-744 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Hong Shik, E-mail: shinhs05@ut.ac.kr [Department of Energy System Engineering, Korea National University of Transportation, Chungju, Chungbuk, 380-702 (Korea, Republic of); Chu, Chong Nam [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Gwanak 599 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-Gu, Seoul, 151-744 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A high aspect ratio micro-pin array was fabricated by laser beam machining using the piling of a recast layer. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The recast layer could be piled due to the chromium oxide with high surface tension and viscosity of chromium oxide. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The machining characteristics for a high aspect ratio micro-pin array were investigated according to laser beam parameters. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Experiments for attaching force relative to the surface roughness of the subject plane were carried out. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The developed micro-pin array was successfully attached to vertical wall. - Abstract: In this paper, a micro-pin array with a high aspect ratio was fabricated on AISI 304 using laser beam ablation for attachment to a vertical wall. In recent times, there has been research in various fields, including robotics and bio-MEMS, regarding attachment to vertical walls, and micro-pin arrays may offer the best solution. For vertical wall attachment, the micro-pin should have a high aspect ratio, long length, and sharp tip. The recast layer could be piled due to the chromium oxide with high surface tension and viscosity of chromium oxide, and it composed the micro-pins with high aspect ratio. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to identify the characteristics of the piled recast layer. The machining characteristics for a high aspect ratio micro-pin array were investigated according to laser beam machining parameters. In addition, experiments for attaching force relative to the surface roughness of the subject plane were carried out.

  18. Fiber-optic liquid level monitoring system using microstructured polymer fiber Bragg grating array sensors: performance analysis

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    Marques, C. A. F.; Pospori, A.; Saez-Rodriguez, D.;

    2015-01-01

    A highly sensitive liquid level monitoring system based on microstructured polymer optical fiber Bragg grating (mPOFBG) array sensors is reported for the first time. The configuration is based on five mPOFBGs inscribed in the same fiber in the 850 nm spectral region, showing the potential...... to interrogate liquid level by measuring the strain induced in each mPOFBG embedded in a silicone rubber (SR) diaphragm, which deforms due to hydrostatic pressure variations. The sensor exhibits a highly linear response over the sensing range, a good repeatability, and a high resolution. The sensitivity...... of temperature and the liquid density....

  19. The effects of aspect ratio on heat transfer across air layers in a slot-ventilated wall cavity

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    Akin Odewole; Rodger Edwards

    2011-01-01

    The effects of aspect ratio on heat transfer across air layers (Pr ≈ 0.71) in a slot-ventilated wall cavity were numerically studied in this paper for Rayleigh number, Raw in the range of 1.4x105 to 12.0x105 using the Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) methodology. Large horizontal aspect ratios of 40 and 60 for the wall cavities investigated enable a two-dimensional approximation to be employed in the study of the heat transfer characteristics of the air layers over a range of temperatur...

  20. Impact of electron-beam irradiation on free-volume related microstructural properties of PVA:NaBr polymer composites

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    Sodium Bromide doped Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA:NaBr, 80:20) polymer composite films were prepared using a solution casting method. These films were subjected to 8 MeV electron beam radiation at a dose of up to 300 kGy in air at room temperature. The free volume related microstructural and electrical properties of these irradiated films were studied using various characterization methods, such as positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and AC and DC conductivity measurement techniques. The variations in the positron lifetime data indicate that the free-volume related properties of the doped polymer are affected by irradiation. From the results, it is found that at lower doses, a cross-linking network provides hopping sites for Na+ ions, and at higher doses, the chain-scission process facilitates ionic transport through segmental motion. Thus, the free volume around the polymer chain leads to mobility of the ions as well as the polymer segments and hence contributes to the enhancement of conductivity

  1. Minimizing scattering from antireflective surfaces replicated from low-aspect-ratio black silicon

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    Christiansen, Alexander Bruun; Clausen, Jeppe; Mortensen, N. Asger;

    2012-01-01

    The scattering properties of randomly structured antireflective black silicon polymer replica have been investigated. Using a two-step casting process, the structures can be replicated in Ormocomp on areas of up to 3 in. in diameter. Fourier analysis of scanning electron microscopy images of the...... reflectance by a factor of two....

  2. Fabrication of combined-scale nano- and microfluidic polymer systems using a multilevel dry etching, electroplating and molding process

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    Tanzi, Simone; Østergaard, Peter Friis; Matteucci, Marco;

    2012-01-01

    Microfabricated single-cell capture and DNA stretching devices have been produced by injection molding. The fabrication scheme employed deep reactive ion etching in a silicon substrate, electroplating in nickel and molding in cyclic olefin polymer. This work proposes technical solutions to...... fabrication challenges associated with chip sealing and demolding of polymer high-volume replication methods. UV-assisted thermal bonding was found to ensure a strong seal of the microstructures in the molded part without altering the geometry of the channels. In the DNA stretching device, a low aspect ratio...

  3. Low Reynolds number flow in rectangular cooling channels provided with low aspect ratio pin fins

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    The flow structures around single heat transfer promoters of different shapes (square, circular, triangular and rhomboidal) have been investigated experimentally by means of a 2-D Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) technique. The geometrical configuration and flow conditions considered are typical of real liquid cooling channels. They include low aspect ratio pin fins confined at both ends by the walls of a rectangular channel, water flow at low Reynolds numbers (Re = 800, 1800, 2800), high core flow turbulence and undeveloped boundary layers at the position of the obstacle. In front of the pin fins the high turbulence level is found to promote a strong instability of the horseshoe vortex system that forms at the wall/obstacle junction. In particular, frequent events of break-away of the primary vortices and inrush of core fluid, which are known to enhance the wall heat transfer, are observed in the cases of square and circular pins already from Re = 1800. The near wake downstream of the obstacles appears to be influenced by streamwise oriented vortical structures produced at the wall/obstacle junction. They give rise to spanwise velocity components (up-wash flow) that lead to a three-dimensional mass recirculation behind the pins. The combination of up-wash flows, low Reynolds number and high core flow turbulence gives rise to a competition between the classical alternate vortex shedding and an irregular shedding mode characterized by the decoupling of the shear layers and the absence of well organized primary structures. At Re = 800, the irregular shedding prevails and the mean wake topology is almost insensitive to the obstacle shape. As the Reynolds number is increased, the junction flow structures reduce in size and strength, their effect on the wake flow weakens and the recirculation structures behind the obstacles differentiate significantly according to the pin shape. Besides investigating complex flow structures in geometrical and flow configurations of

  4. Local Current Injector System for Nonsolenoidal Startup in a Low Aspect Ratio Tokamak

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    Full text: The Pegasus experiment is an ultralow aspect ratio spherical tokamak that is developing nonsolenoidal startup and current growth techniques. Helicity injection from localized current sources in the plasma periphery have produced plasma currents up to 0.15 MA with less than 4 kA injected, and the resulting plasmas provide stable target plasmas for further current drive. This localized helicity injection startup technique requires the development of robust, high current density sources (∼ 1 kA/cm2) that can exist in the plasma scrape off region during plasma initiation, growth, and possibly sustainment. An integrated assembly of active arc plasma sources and a passive electrode emitter is under development for this application to MA-class spherical tokamak applications. Compact arc plasma current sources are used for initial current injection along vacuum field lines to produce a tokamak-like plasma through null formation and Taylor relaxation. Further current growth is realized through helicity injection from these arc sources or passive electrodes in the plasma edge region. Use of passive metallic electrodes can greatly simplify the design and allow for higher injected currents to optimize the resulting plasma current. The compact, active arc sources provide an extracted current stream that appears to be governed by a double layer sheath at the arc exit region. At voltages greater than eV/kT ∼ 10 and high currents, the extracted current scales as V1/2, presumably due to sheath expansion or the Alfven-Lawson current limit for electrons. Control of the arc plasma density through active gas feed control and detailed design of the arc chamber should provide active control of the effective loop voltage applied to the tokamak plasma. The arc source and electrode structures are isolated from the edge plasma by a local BN limiter and nearby scraper limiter assembly. This mitigates interactions between the injector assembly and the plasma, and resulting

  5. Direct e-beam writing of dense and high aspect ratio nanostructures in thick layers of PMMA for electroplating

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    Gorelick, Sergey; Guzenko, Vitaliy A; Vila-Comamala, Joan; David, Christian, E-mail: sergey.gorelick@psi.ch [Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland)

    2010-07-23

    Due to the ability of 100 keV electrons to penetrate deep into resist with little scattering, we were able to directly write various dense and high aspect ratio nanostructures in 540 nm and 1.1 {mu}m thick layers of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) resist. The PMMA molds produced by electron beam lithography were developed using a high contrast developer. The molds were used to transfer the pattern into metallic nanostructures by filling the developed trenches with Au by electroplating. By exposing lines narrower than the target width, we observed improved process latitude and line width control. The obtained aspect ratios of the dense structures are nearly 20 in 1.1 {mu}m PMMA layers and > 16 for structures electroplated into this PMMA mold. The fabrication method was successfully applied to produce Au diffractive x-ray Fresnel zone plates of exceptionally good quality with 50 and 70 nm outermost zones using 540 nm and 1.1 {mu}m thick PMMA molds. In addition, we also produced regular arrays of high aspect ratio and dense Au nanorods with periods down to 100 nm and high aspect ratio split-ring resonators.

  6. Direct e-beam writing of dense and high aspect ratio nanostructures in thick layers of PMMA for electroplating

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    Gorelick, Sergey; Guzenko, Vitaliy A.; Vila-Comamala, Joan; David, Christian

    2010-07-01

    Due to the ability of 100 keV electrons to penetrate deep into resist with little scattering, we were able to directly write various dense and high aspect ratio nanostructures in 540 nm and 1.1 µm thick layers of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) resist. The PMMA molds produced by electron beam lithography were developed using a high contrast developer. The molds were used to transfer the pattern into metallic nanostructures by filling the developed trenches with Au by electroplating. By exposing lines narrower than the target width, we observed improved process latitude and line width control. The obtained aspect ratios of the dense structures are nearly 20 in 1.1 µm PMMA layers and > 16 for structures electroplated into this PMMA mold. The fabrication method was successfully applied to produce Au diffractive x-ray Fresnel zone plates of exceptionally good quality with 50 and 70 nm outermost zones using 540 nm and 1.1 µm thick PMMA molds. In addition, we also produced regular arrays of high aspect ratio and dense Au nanorods with periods down to 100 nm and high aspect ratio split-ring resonators.

  7. A Combined Experimental and Numerical Approach to the Laser Joining of Hybrid Polymer - Metal Parts

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    Rodríguez-Vidal, E.; Lambarri, J.; Soriano, C.; Sanz, C.; Verhaeghe, G.

    A two-step method for the joining of opaque polymer to metal is presented. Firstly, the metal is structured locally on a micro-scale level, to ensure adhesion with the polymeric counterpart. In a second step, the opposite side of the micro-structured metal is irradiated by means of a laser source. The heat thereby created is conducted by the metal and results in the melting of the polymer at the interface. The polymer thereby adheres to the metal and flows into the previously engraved structures, creating an additional mechanical interlock between the two materials. The welding parameters are fine-tuned with the assistance of a finite element model, to ensure the required interface temperature. The method is illustrated using a dual phase steel joined to a fiber-reinforced polyamide. The effect of different microstructures, in particular geometry and cavity aspect ratio, on the joint's tensile-shear mechanical performance is discussed.

  8. Large-area, high-aspect-ratio SU-8 molds for the fabrication of PDMS microfluidic devices

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    A relatively low-cost fabrication method using soft lithography and molding for large-area, high-aspect-ratio microfluidic devices, which have traditionally been difficult to fabricate, has been developed and is presented in this work. The fabrication process includes novel but simple modifications of conventional microfabrication steps and can be performed in any standard microfabrication facility. Specifically, the fabrication and testing of a microfluidic device for continuous flow deposition of bio-molecules in an array format are presented. The array layout requires high-aspect-ratio elastomeric channels that are 350 µm tall, extend more than 10 cm across the substrate and are separated by as little as 20 µm. The mold from which these channels were fabricated consisted of high-quality, 335 µm tall SU-8 structures with a high-negative aspect ratio of 17 on a 150 mm silicon wafer and was produced using spin coating and UV-lithography. Several unique processing steps are introduced into the lithographic patterning to eliminate many of the problems experienced when fabricating tall, high-aspect-ratio SU-8 structures. In particular, techniques are used to ensure uniform molds, both in height and quality, that are fully developed even in the deep negative-aspect-ratio areas, have no leftover films at the top of the structures caused by overexposure and no bowing or angled sidewalls from diffraction of the applied UV light. Successful microfluidic device creation was demonstrated using these molds by casting, curing and bonding a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomer. A unique microfluidic device, requiring these stringent geometries, for continuous flow printing of a linear array of 16 protein and antibody spots has been demonstrated and validated by using surface plasmon resonance imaging of printed arrays

  9. Effects of Aspect Ratio on the Observed Hoop Strain Variation in FRP Confined Concrete Cylinders

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    Bisby, L. A.; Sinclair, D; Webster, M.; Stratford, T. J.; Take, W.A.

    2009-01-01

    Confinement of circular concrete columns by circumferential fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) wraps is among the most widely implemented applications of FRP materials for infrastructure. FRPs are wrapped in the hoop direction around the perimeter of concrete columns and bonded in place with an epoxy adhesive; the effect of this is to drastically improve the columns’ strength and deformability, which has clear benefits for axial strengthening, seismic enhancement, and blast damage mitigation. The...

  10. 3D Viscoelastic Finite Element Modelling of Polymer Flow in the Fiber Drawing Process for Microstructured Polymer Optical Fiber Fabrication

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    Fasano, Andrea; Rasmussen, Henrik K.; Marín, J. M. R.

    2015-01-01

    numerical modelling of mPOF drawing has mainly beenbased on principles, such as generalized Newtonian fluid dynamics, which are not able to cope with the elasticcomponent in polymer flow. In the present work, we employ the K-BKZ constitutive equation, a non-linearsingle-integral model that combines both...

  11. Finite-span rotating wings: three-dimensional vortex formation and variations with aspect ratio

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    Carr, Z. R.; Chen, C.; Ringuette, M. J.

    2013-02-01

    We investigate experimentally the effect of aspect ratio ( [InlineMediaObject not available: see fulltext.] ) on the time-varying, three-dimensional flow structure of flat-plate wings rotating from rest at 45° angle of attack. Plates of [InlineMediaObject not available: see fulltext.] = 2 and 4 are tested in a 50 % by mass glycerin-water mixture, with a total rotation of ϕ = 120° and a matched tip Reynolds number of 5,000. The time-varying, three-component volumetric velocity field is reconstructed using phase-locked, phase-averaged stereoscopic digital particle image velocimetry in multiple, closely-spaced chordwise planes. The vortex structure is analyzed using the {Q}-criterion, helicity density, and spanwise quantities. For both [InlineMediaObject not available: see fulltext.] s, the flow initially consists of a connected and coherent leading-edge vortex (LEV), tip vortex (TV), and trailing-edge vortex (TEV) loop; the LEV increases in size with span and tilts aft. Smaller, discrete vortices are present in the separated shear layers at the trailing and tip edges, which wrap around the primary TEV and TV. After about ϕ = 20°, the outboard-span LEV lifts off the plate and becomes arch-like. A second, smaller LEV and the formation of corner vortex structures follow. For [InlineMediaObject not available: see fulltext.] = 4, the outboard LEV moves farther aft, multiple LEVs form ahead of it, and after about ϕ = 50° a breakdown of the lifted-off LEV and the TV occurs. However, for [InlineMediaObject not available: see fulltext.] = 2, the outboard LEV lift-off is not progressive, and the overall LEV-TV flow remains more coherent and closer to the plate, with evidence of breakdown late in the motion. Inboard of about 50 % span, the [InlineMediaObject not available: see fulltext.] = 4 LEV is stable for the motion duration. Up to approximately 60 % span, the [InlineMediaObject not available: see fulltext.] = 2 LEV is distinct from the TV and is similarly stable

  12. The impact of changing solar screen rotation angle and its opening aspect ratios on Daylight Availability in residential desert buildings

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    Sherif, Ahmed H.

    2012-11-01

    In desert sunny clear-sky regions solar penetration can become excessive. This can cause non-uniform daylight distribution, glare and high solar heat gain, affecting both visual and thermal comfort. Shading devices, such as solar screens, were usually used to diffuse and prevent direct solar penetration into spaces. This paper investigates the impact of changing solar screen axial rotation angle and screen opening aspect ratio on daylighting performance in a typical residential living room space under the desert sunny clear-sky. The larger aim is to arrive at efficient solar screen designs that suit the different orientations.The study was divided into three consecutive phases. In phase one, the effect of the two parameters on Daylight Availability was tested. The solar screen was axially rotated by three different angles at 10° increments. Also, the aspect ratio of the screen opening in both horizontal and vertical directions was changed systematically. Simulation was conducted using the annual Daylight Dynamic Performance Metrics (DDPMs). In phase two, the Annual Daylight Glare Probability (DGP) metric was evaluated for the cases that were found adequate in phase one. In the third phase, the annual solar energy transmittance through the screen was calculated for the cases that achieved acceptable performance in the two previous phases in order to identify the more energy efficient screens.Solar screens with openings having horizontal aspect ratios were found to be the most effective, while those with vertical aspect ratios were achieved the lowest performance. In the North orientation, since almost all the cases that were tested in this research provided acceptable daylighting performance, the designer now have a variety of options to choose from. Preference should be given to screen openings of horizontal aspect ratios, especially the 12:1 and 18:1 (H:V) screens that achieved the best performance where 92% of the space was " daylit" in comparison with only 53

  13. Micro-patternable nanoporous polymer integrated with microstructures for molecular filtration

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    This paper proposes a facile method to fabricate nanoporous microstructures by a photo-patternable SU-8 photoresist, to serve as a molecular filter in microfluidic systems. The fabrication process involves solvent-controlled nanoporous structure formation combined with standard photolithography steps for microstructure fabrication. The self-formed nanoporous morphology embedded inside the microstructure exhibits a sufficient mechanical strength and eliminates complex processes or protocols for integration/assembly of nano- and microstructures. Field emission gun scanning electronic microscopy (FEGSEM) images showed the fabricated nanoporous morphologies with embedded nanogaps of about 6-10 nm. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) images also depicted a clear difference on the degree of porosity between the solvent-controlled SU-8 and the standard resist. Fluorescent dyes, namely Rhodamine-B and Rhodamine-6G, were employed to estimate the diffusivity of the fabricated SU-8 based nanofilter and demonstrated that the Rhodamine based fluorescent molecules can penetrate these nanosized filtration structures. The fabricated nanofilter was capable of providing a molecular weight cut-off range up to 70 kDa, estimated roughly for a molecule with a diameter of 6-10 nm. This simple process provides a novel way to integrate the nanofiltration capability into microstructures while maintaining a sufficient mechanical strength for molecular level filtration in lab-on-chip (LOC) systems

  14. Femtosecond fabrication of waveguide-like micro-structures in a photorefractive polymer

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    Min Gu; Tom Rodgers; Daniel Day

    2003-01-01

    In this letter, we report on, for the first time, the successful femtosecond micro-fabrication of continu-ous waveguide-like channels in the photorefractive polymer consisting of the nonlinear chromophore 2,5-dimethyl-4-(p-nitrophenylazo)anisole (DMNPAA), the photosensitive compound 2,4,7-trinitro-9-flourenone(TNF), and the plasticiser N-ethylcarbazole (ECZ) all doped in the polymer matrix poly(methyl methacry-late) (PMMA). These channels are caused by the change in refractive index as a result of the localisedheating of the polymer and therefore have an important potential for micro-photonic devices in future.

  15. Effects of aspect ratio and specimen size on uniaxial failure stress of iron green bodies at high strain rates

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    Kuroyanagi Yuki

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Powder metallurgy is used for the production of a number of mechanical parts and is an essential production method. These are great advantages such as product cost effectiveness and product uniqueness. In general, however parts created by powder metallurgy have low strength because of low density. In order to increase strength as well as density, new techniques such as high-velocity-compaction (HVC was developed and further investigation has been conducted on improvement of techniques and optimum condition using computer simulation. In this study, the effects of aspect ratio and specimen size of iron green bodies on failure strength of uniaxial compression and failure behavior were examined using a split Hopkinson pressure Bar. The diameters of specimens were 12.5 mm and 25 mm the aspect ratios (thickness/diameter were 0.8 and 1.2.

  16. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of ultra-high aspect ratio ZnO nanowires due to Cu induced defects

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    Pasupathi Sugavaneshwar, Ramu; Duy Dao, Thang; Nanda, Karuna Kar; Nagao, Tadaaki; Hishita, Shunichi; Sakaguchi, Isao

    2015-12-01

    We report the synthesis of ZnO nanowires in ambient air at 650°C by a single-step vapor transport method using two different sources Zn (ZnO nanowires-I) and Zn:Cu (ZnO nanowires-II). The Zn:Cu mixed source co-vaporize Zn with a small amount of Cu at temperatures where elemental Cu source does not vaporize. This method provides us a facile route for Cu doping into ZnO. The aspect ratio of the grown ZnO nanowires-II was found to be higher by more than five times compared ZnO nanowires-I. Photocatalytic activity was measured by using a solar simulator and its ultraviolet-filtered light. The ZnO nanowires-II shows higher catalytic activity due to increased aspect ratio and higher content of surface defects because of incorporation of Cu impurities.

  17. Fabrication and direct transmission measurement of high-aspect-ratio two-dimensional silicon-based photonic crystal chips

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    We report the fabrication and characterization of two-dimensional silicon-based photonic crystal (PhC) structures realized by a combination of electron-beam lithography and dry-etching techniques. PhCs of various lattices with very high aspect ratios up to 20 have been achieved, and PhC chips were prepared by standard semiconductor technologies, including thinning and cleaving. The chips consisting of high-aspect-ratio air rods or dielectric rods permit a direct transmission measurement, and they were observed to demonstrate pronounced photonic bandgap effects. Several photonic bandgap behaviors were identified by comparing transmission with reflection and experimental results with numerical results, and by considering detecting beam property. Copyright 2001 Optical Society of America

  18. The field emission properties of high aspect ratio diamond nanocone arrays fabricated by focused ion beam milling

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    Z.L. Wang, Q. Wang, H.J. Li, J.J. Li, P. Xu, Q. Luo, A.Z. Jin, H.F. Yang and C.Z. Gu

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available High aspect ratio diamond nanocone arrays are formed on freestanding diamond film by means of focused ion beam (FIB milling technology and hot-filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD method. The structure and phase purity of an individual diamond nanocone are characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The result indicates that the diamond cones with high aspect ratio and small tip apex radius can be obtained by optimizing the parameters of FIB milling and diamond growth. The diamond nanocone arrays were also used to study the electron field emission properties and electric field shielding effect, finding high emission current density, low threshold and weak shielding effect, all attributable to the high field enhancement factor and suitable cone density of the diamond nanocone emitter

  19. Effects of aspect ratio and specimen size on uniaxial failure stress of iron green bodies at high strain rates

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    Kuroyanagi, Yuki; Nishida, Masahiro; Ogura, Takashi; Häggblad, H.-Å.; Jonsén, P.; Gustafsson, G.

    2015-09-01

    Powder metallurgy is used for the production of a number of mechanical parts and is an essential production method. These are great advantages such as product cost effectiveness and product uniqueness. In general, however parts created by powder metallurgy have low strength because of low density. In order to increase strength as well as density, new techniques such as high-velocity-compaction (HVC) was developed and further investigation has been conducted on improvement of techniques and optimum condition using computer simulation. In this study, the effects of aspect ratio and specimen size of iron green bodies on failure strength of uniaxial compression and failure behavior were examined using a split Hopkinson pressure Bar. The diameters of specimens were 12.5 mm and 25 mm the aspect ratios (thickness/diameter) were 0.8 and 1.2.

  20. High aspect ratio nano-fabrication of photonic crystal structures on glass wafers using chrome as hard mask

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    Wafer-scale nano-fabrication of silicon nitride (Si xN y) photonic crystal (PhC) structures on glass (quartz) substrates is demonstrated using a thin (30 nm) chromium (Cr) layer as the hard mask for transferring the electron beam lithography (EBL) defined resist patterns. The use of the thin Cr layer not only solves the charging effect during the EBL on the insulating substrate, but also facilitates high aspect ratio PhCs by acting as a hard mask while deep etching into the Si xN y. A very high aspect ratio of 10:1 on a 60 nm wide grating structure has been achieved while preserving the quality of the flat top of the narrow lines. The presented nano-fabrication method provides PhC structures necessary for a high quality optical response. Finally, we fabricated a refractive index based PhC sensor which shows a sensitivity of 185 nm per RIU. (paper)

  1. High fidelity replication of surface texture and geometric form of a high aspect ratio aerodynamic test component

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    Walton, Karl; Fleming, Leigh; Goodhand, Martin; Racasan, Radu; Zeng, Wenhan

    2016-01-01

    This paper details, assesses and validates a technique for the replication of a titanium wind tunnel test aerofoil in polyurethane resin. Existing resin replication techniques are adapted to overcome the technical difficulties associated with casting a high aspect ratio component. The technique is shown to have high replication fidelity over all important length-scales. The blade chord was accurate to 0.02%, and the maximum blade thickness was accurate to 2.5%. Important spatial a...

  2. Integrable perturbed magnetic fields in toroidal geometry: An exact analytical flux surface label for large aspect ratio

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    An analytical description of magnetic islands is presented for the typical case of a single perturbation mode introduced to tokamak plasma equilibrium in the large aspect ratio approximation. Following the Hamiltonian structure directly in terms of toroidal coordinates, the well known integrability of this system is exploited, laying out a precise and practical way for determining the island topology features, as required in various applications, through an analytical and exact flux surface label

  3. Effects of aspect ratio and concentration on rheology of epoxy suspensions containing model plate-like nanoparticles

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    White, K. L.; Takahara, A. [International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (WPI-I2CNER), Kyushu University, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Hawkins, S.; Sue, H.-J., E-mail: hjsue@tamu.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A& M University, College Station, Texas 77843 (United States); Miyamoto, M. [Kaneka US Materials Research Center, Kaneka America Holdings, Inc., College Station, Texas 77843 (United States)

    2015-12-15

    Hexagonal 2-dimensional α-zirconium phosphate crystals were prepared with lateral diameters ranging from 110 nm to 1.5 μm to investigate the effect of particle size on suspension rheology. The nanoplatelets were exfoliated to individual sheets with monodisperse thickness and dispersed in a Newtonian epoxy fluid. The steady shear response of dilute and semi-dilute suspensions was measured and compared to expressions obtained from theory for infinitely dilute suspensions. For suspensions containing the smaller nanoplatelets, aspect ratio ∼160, the low shear rate viscosity and transition to shear thinning behavior were well described by theory for loadings up to 0.5 vol. %. The agreement was improved by assuming a moderate polydispersity in lateral diameter, ∼30%–50%, which is consistent with experimental observation. For the higher aspect ratio nanoplatelets, good agreement between theory and experiment was observed only at high shear rates. At lower shear rate, theory consistently over-predicted viscosity, which was attributed to a progressive shift to non-isotropic initial conditions with increasing particle size. The results suggest that at a fixed Peclet number, there is an increasing tendency for the nanoplatelets to form transient, local stacks as particle size increases. The largest particles, aspect ratio ∼2200, showed unusual shear thinning and thickening behaviors that were attributed to particle flexibility. The findings demonstrate the surprising utility of theory for infinitely dilute suspensions to interpret, and in some cases quantitatively describe, the non-Newtonian viscosity of real suspensions containing high aspect ratio plate-like particles. A simple framework is proposed to interpret deviations from ideal behavior based on the local and collective behavior of the suspended nanoplatelets.

  4. Wind tunnel tests of high-lift systems for advanced transports using high-aspect-ratio supercritical wings

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    Allen, J. B.; Oliver, W. R.; Spacht, L. A.

    1982-01-01

    The wind tunnel testing of an advanced technology high lift system for a wide body and a narrow body transport incorporating high aspect ratio supercritical wings is described. This testing has added to the very limited low speed high Reynolds number data base for this class or aircraft. The experimental results include the effects on low speed aerodynamic characteristics of various leading and trailing edge devices, nacelles and pylons, ailerons, and spoilers, and the effects of Mach and Reynolds numbers.

  5. Effects of aspect ratio and concentration on rheology of epoxy suspensions containing model plate-like nanoparticles

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    Hexagonal 2-dimensional α-zirconium phosphate crystals were prepared with lateral diameters ranging from 110 nm to 1.5 μm to investigate the effect of particle size on suspension rheology. The nanoplatelets were exfoliated to individual sheets with monodisperse thickness and dispersed in a Newtonian epoxy fluid. The steady shear response of dilute and semi-dilute suspensions was measured and compared to expressions obtained from theory for infinitely dilute suspensions. For suspensions containing the smaller nanoplatelets, aspect ratio ∼160, the low shear rate viscosity and transition to shear thinning behavior were well described by theory for loadings up to 0.5 vol. %. The agreement was improved by assuming a moderate polydispersity in lateral diameter, ∼30%–50%, which is consistent with experimental observation. For the higher aspect ratio nanoplatelets, good agreement between theory and experiment was observed only at high shear rates. At lower shear rate, theory consistently over-predicted viscosity, which was attributed to a progressive shift to non-isotropic initial conditions with increasing particle size. The results suggest that at a fixed Peclet number, there is an increasing tendency for the nanoplatelets to form transient, local stacks as particle size increases. The largest particles, aspect ratio ∼2200, showed unusual shear thinning and thickening behaviors that were attributed to particle flexibility. The findings demonstrate the surprising utility of theory for infinitely dilute suspensions to interpret, and in some cases quantitatively describe, the non-Newtonian viscosity of real suspensions containing high aspect ratio plate-like particles. A simple framework is proposed to interpret deviations from ideal behavior based on the local and collective behavior of the suspended nanoplatelets

  6. Nanoimprinting ultrasmall and high-aspect-ratio structures by using rubber-toughened UV cured epoxy resist

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    A simple and robust scheme is proposed for the fabrication of nanoscale (20 nm line width) and high-aspect-ratio (9:1) structures by using modulus-tunable UV curable epoxy resists. Additionally, the ability to control the Young’s modulus of the imprinted material from hard to rigiflex using these epoxy resists is demonstrated. The physical properties of the new epoxy resists were controlled by adjusting the ratio of bisphenol F-type epoxy resin and acrylonitrile–butadiene rubber-based epoxy resin in the formulation of the resist. The mechanical properties of the resist were tuned to obtain various aspect ratios as well as mold flexibility for conformal contact over non-planar surfaces and large areas. In order to reduce the line width of the imprinted patterns, a process to conformally coat the mold structure by atomic layer deposition of alumina was also developed. Narrow lines with high-aspect-ratio features and with very low defect density were achieved via the new approach and the high mechanical strength of the new resist formulation. (paper)

  7. Fabrication of high aspect ratio tungsten nanostructures on ultrathin c-Si membranes for extreme UV applications.

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    Delachat, F; Le Drogoff, B; Constancias, C; Delprat, S; Gautier, E; Chaker, M; Margot, J

    2016-01-15

    In this work, we demonstrate a full process for fabricating high aspect ratio diffraction optics for extreme ultraviolet lithography. The transmissive optics consists in nanometer scale tungsten patterns standing on flat, ultrathin (100 nm) and highly transparent (>85% at 13.5 nm) silicon membranes (diameter of 1 mm). These tungsten patterns were achieved using an innovative pseudo-Bosch etching process based on an inductively coupled plasma ignited in a mixture of SF6 and C4F8. Circular ultra-thin Si membranes were fabricated through a state-of-the-art method using direct-bonding with thermal difference. The silicon membranes were sputter-coated with a few hundred nanometers (100-300 nm) of stress-controlled tungsten and a very thin layer of chromium. Nanoscale features were written in a thin resist layer by electron beam lithography and transferred onto tungsten by plasma etching of both the chromium hard mask and the tungsten layer. This etching process results in highly anisotropic tungsten features at room temperature. The homogeneity and the aspect ratio of the advanced pattern transfer on the membranes were characterized with scanning electron microscopy after focus ion beam milling. An aspect ratio of about 6 for 35 nm size pattern is successfully obtained on a 1 mm diameter 100 nm thick Si membrane. The whole fabrication process is fully compatible with standard industrial semiconductor technology. PMID:26630379

  8. Nanoimprinting ultrasmall and high-aspect-ratio structures by using rubber-toughened UV cured epoxy resist

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    Shin, Young Jae; Wu, Yi-Kuei; Guo, L. Jay

    2013-06-01

    A simple and robust scheme is proposed for the fabrication of nanoscale (20 nm line width) and high-aspect-ratio (9:1) structures by using modulus-tunable UV curable epoxy resists. Additionally, the ability to control the Young’s modulus of the imprinted material from hard to rigiflex using these epoxy resists is demonstrated. The physical properties of the new epoxy resists were controlled by adjusting the ratio of bisphenol F-type epoxy resin and acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber-based epoxy resin in the formulation of the resist. The mechanical properties of the resist were tuned to obtain various aspect ratios as well as mold flexibility for conformal contact over non-planar surfaces and large areas. In order to reduce the line width of the imprinted patterns, a process to conformally coat the mold structure by atomic layer deposition of alumina was also developed. Narrow lines with high-aspect-ratio features and with very low defect density were achieved via the new approach and the high mechanical strength of the new resist formulation.

  9. Fabrication of high aspect ratio tungsten nanostructures on ultrathin c-Si membranes for extreme UV applications

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    Delachat, F.; Le Drogoff, B.; Constancias, C.; Delprat, S.; Gautier, E.; Chaker, M.; Margot, J.

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we demonstrate a full process for fabricating high aspect ratio diffraction optics for extreme ultraviolet lithography. The transmissive optics consists in nanometer scale tungsten patterns standing on flat, ultrathin (100 nm) and highly transparent (>85% at 13.5 nm) silicon membranes (diameter of 1 mm). These tungsten patterns were achieved using an innovative pseudo-Bosch etching process based on an inductively coupled plasma ignited in a mixture of SF6 and C4F8. Circular ultra-thin Si membranes were fabricated through a state-of-the-art method using direct-bonding with thermal difference. The silicon membranes were sputter-coated with a few hundred nanometers (100-300 nm) of stress-controlled tungsten and a very thin layer of chromium. Nanoscale features were written in a thin resist layer by electron beam lithography and transferred onto tungsten by plasma etching of both the chromium hard mask and the tungsten layer. This etching process results in highly anisotropic tungsten features at room temperature. The homogeneity and the aspect ratio of the advanced pattern transfer on the membranes were characterized with scanning electron microscopy after focus ion beam milling. An aspect ratio of about 6 for 35 nm size pattern is successfully obtained on a 1 mm diameter 100 nm thick Si membrane. The whole fabrication process is fully compatible with standard industrial semiconductor technology.

  10. Exercise in Experimental Plastics Technology: Hot Embossing of Polymers with surface microstructure

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    Eriksson, Torbjörn Gerhard; Rasmussen, Henrik Koblitz

    2004-01-01

    relatively low cost for embossing tools, simple operation and high replication accuracy for small features. Two different plastic materials will be used to replicate surface microstructures by hot embossing. The hot embossing will be done in a hydraulic press where it is easy to control temperature and...

  11. The effects of polymer melt rheology on the replication of surface microstructures in isothermal moulding

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    Eriksson, Torbjörn Gerhard; Rasmussen, Henrik Koblitz

    2005-01-01

    Series of isothermal compression moulding experiments were performed with a polycarbonate and a polystyrene melt in a hot press. The bottom plate in the hot press was equipped with a microstructured nickel insert. The insert contained 10 parallel, rectangularly shaped microchannels with a depth of...

  12. Measurement of chromatic dispersion of microstructured polymer fibers by white-light spectral interferometry

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    Hlubina, Petr; Ciprian, Dalibor; Frosz, Michael Henoch;

    2009-01-01

    We present a white-light spectral interferometric method for measuring the chromatic dispersion of microstructured fibers made of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). The method uses an unbalanced Mach-Zehnder interferometer with the fiber of known length placed in one of the interferometer arms and t...

  13. Fabrication and characterization of polycarbonate microstructured polymer optical fibers for high-temperature-resistant fiber Bragg grating strain sensors

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    Fasano, Andrea; Woyessa, Getinet; Stajanca, Pavol;

    2016-01-01

    Here we present the fabrication of a solid-core microstructured polymer optical fiber (mPOF) made of polycarbonate (PC), and report the first experimental demonstration of a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) written in a PC optical fiber. The PC used in this work has a glass transition temperature of 145°C....... We also characterize the mPOF optically and mechanically, and further test the sensitivity of the PC FBG to strain and temperature. We demonstrate that the PC FBG can bear temperatures as high as 125°C without malfunctioning. In contrast, polymethyl methacrylate-based FBG technology is generally...... limited to temperatures below 90°C....

  14. High precision and high aspect ratio laser drilling: challenges and solutions

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    Uchtmann, Hermann; He, Chao; Gillner, Arnold

    2016-03-01

    Laser drilling is a very versatile tool to produce high accuracy bores in small and large geometries using different technologies. In large and deep hole drilling laser drilling can be found in drilling cooling holes into turbomachinery components such as turbine blades. In micro drilling, the technology is used for the generation of nozzles and filters. However, especially in macro drilling, the process often causes microstructure changes and induces defects such as recast layers and cracks. The defects are caused by the melt dominated drilling process by using pulse durations in the range of some 100 μm up to a few ms. A solution of this problem is the use of ultrashort pulsed laser radiation with pulse durations in the range of some 100 fs up to a few ps, however with the disadvantage of long drilling times. Thus, the aim of this work is to combine the productive process by using ms pulsed fiber laser radiation with subsequent ablation of existing recast layers at the hole wall by using ultrashort pulsed laser radiation. By using fast scanning techniques the recast layer can be avoided almost completely. With a similar technology also very small hole can be produced. Using a rotating dove prism a circular oscillation of the laser spots is performed and holes are drilled at intervals in 1 mm thick stainless steel (1.4301) by ultra-short laser pulses of 7 ps at 515 nm. The formation of hole and the behavior of energy deposition differ from other drilling strategies due to the helical revolution. The temporal evolution of the hole shape is analyzed by means of SEM techniques from which three drilling phases can be distinguished.

  15. Strong influence of polymer architecture on the microstructural evolution of hafnium-alkoxide-modified silazanes upon ceramization.

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    Papendorf, Benjamin; Nonnenmacher, Katharina; Ionescu, Emanuel; Kleebe, Hans-Joachim; Riedel, Ralf

    2011-04-01

    The present study focuses on the synthesis and ceramization of novel hafnium-alkoxide-modified silazanes as well as on their microstructure evolution at high temperatures. The synthesis of hafnia-modified polymer-derived SiCN ceramic nanocomposites is performed via chemical modification of a polysilazane and of a cyclotrisilazane, followed by cross-linking and pyrolysis in argon atmosphere. Spectroscopic investigation (i.e., NMR, FTIR, and Raman) shows that the hafnium alkoxide reacts with the N-H groups of the cyclotrisilazane; in the case of polysilazane, reactions of N-H as well as Si-H groups with the alkoxide are observed. Consequently, scanning and transmission electron microscopy studies reveal that the ceramic nanocomposites obtained from cyclotrisilazane and polysilazane exhibited markedly different microstructures, which is a result of the different reaction pathways of the hafnium alkoxide with cyclotrisilazane and with polysilazane. Furthermore, the two prepared ceramic nanocomposites are unexpectedly found to exhibit extremely different high-temperature behavior with respect to decomposition and crystallization; this essential difference is found to be related to the different distribution of hafnium throughout the ceramic network in the two samples. Thus, the homogeneous distribution of hafnium observed in the polysilazane-derived ceramic leads to an enhanced thermal stability with respect to decomposition, whereas the local enrichment of hafnium within the matrix of the cyclotrisilazane-based sample induces a pronounced decomposition upon annealing at high temperatures. The results indicate that the chemistry and architecture of the precursor has a crucial effect on the microstructure of the resulting ceramic material and consequently on its high-temperature behavior. PMID:21381195

  16. Microstructured polymer films by X-ray lithographic exposure and grafting

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    Recently we reported on a new technique to generate micro- and nanostructured polymer materials by the combination of selective irradiation of polymer substrates with X-rays and subsequent grafting of a second polymer. Here we focus on the spatially defined grafting throughout the thickness of poly(ethylene-alt-tetrafluoroethylene) (ETFE) and poly (tetrafluoroethylene-co-hexafluoropropylene) (FEP) films using X-ray irradiation through a metal mask, followed by grafting with styrene. Calculations of the transmission of X-rays through the polymer as a function of the wavelength have revealed that energy deposition within the substrate material, which should control the density of created radicals, can be selected in a wide range. Depending on the used wavelength the radicals are created either near the surface or in the bulk of the sample. First experiments demonstrated spatially defined grafting through a 100 μm thick ETFE film and 25 μm thick FEP film. The achieved graft level depends on the irradiation dose as well as on the grafting parameters such as concentration, temperature and time. The precision of structure definition within the film depends on the properties of the X-ray source, the metal mask and the grafting process. The presented process allows controlled grafting through fluoropolymer films with micrometer resolution and local modification of the properties of the films, such as ion conductivity, diffusion of specific molecules or optical properties

  17. Microstructured polymer films by X-ray lithographic exposure and grafting

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    Gürsel, Selmiye A.; Padeste, Celestino; Solak, Harun H.; Scherer, Günther G.

    2005-07-01

    Recently we reported on a new technique to generate micro- and nanostructured polymer materials by the combination of selective irradiation of polymer substrates with X-rays and subsequent grafting of a second polymer. Here we focus on the spatially defined grafting throughout the thickness of poly(ethylene-alt-tetrafluoroethylene) (ETFE) and poly (tetrafluoroethylene-co-hexafluoropropylene) (FEP) films using X-ray irradiation through a metal mask, followed by grafting with styrene. Calculations of the transmission of X-rays through the polymer as a function of the wavelength have revealed that energy deposition within the substrate material, which should control the density of created radicals, can be selected in a wide range. Depending on the used wavelength the radicals are created either near the surface or in the bulk of the sample. First experiments demonstrated spatially defined grafting through a 100 μm thick ETFE film and 25 μm thick FEP film. The achieved graft level depends on the irradiation dose as well as on the grafting parameters such as concentration, temperature and time. The precision of structure definition within the film depends on the properties of the X-ray source, the metal mask and the grafting process. The presented process allows controlled grafting through fluoropolymer films with micrometer resolution and local modification of the properties of the films, such as ion conductivity, diffusion of specific molecules or optical properties.

  18. Modelling of the isothermal replication of surface microstructures in polymer melts

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    Rasmussen, Henrik Koblitz; Eriksson, Torbjörn Gerhard

    2005-01-01

    boundary condition. This allows an investigation of the effect of the rheological properties of the polymer melt on the ability of the material to fill small structures in a mould surface. Series of isothermal compression moulding experiments were performed with a polycarbonate (PC) and a polystyrene (PS...

  19. Near-wake flow structure of elliptic cylinders close to a free surface: effect of cylinder aspect ratio

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    2004-05-01

    The flow fields behind elliptic cylinders adjacent to a free surface were investigated experimentally in a circulating water channel. A range of cylinder aspect ratios (AR=2, 3, 4) were considered, while the cross-sectional area of the elliptical cylinder was kept constant. The main objective of this study was to investigate the effect of cylinder aspect ratio and a free surface on the flow structure in the near-wake behind elliptic cylinders. For each elliptic cylinder, the flow structure was analyzed for various values of the submergence depth of the cylinder beneath the free surface. The flow fields were measured using a single-frame double-exposure PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) system. For each experimental condition, 350 instantaneous velocity fields were obtained and ensemble-averaged to obtain the mean velocity field and spatial distribution of the mean vorticity statistics. The results show that near-wake can be classified into three typical flow patterns: formation of a Coanda flow, generation of substantial jet-like flow, and attachment of this jet flow to the free surface. The general flow structure observed behind the elliptic cylinders resembles the structure previously reported for a circular cylinder submerged near a free surface. However, the wake width and the angle of downward deflection of the shear layer developed from the lower surface of the elliptic cylinder differ from those observed for a circular cylinder. These trends are enhanced as cylinder aspect ratio is increased. In addition, the free surface distortion is also discussed in the paper. (orig.)

  20. Near-wake flow structure of elliptic cylinders close to a free surface: effect of cylinder aspect ratio

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    Daichin, K. V.; Lee, Sang Joon

    The flow fields behind elliptic cylinders adjacent to a free surface were investigated experimentally in a circulating water channel. A range of cylinder aspect ratios (AR=2, 3, 4) were considered, while the cross-sectional area of the elliptical cylinder was kept constant. The main objective of this study was to investigate the effect of cylinder aspect ratio and a free surface on the flow structure in the near-wake behind elliptic cylinders. For each elliptic cylinder, the flow structure was analyzed for various values of the submergence depth of the cylinder beneath the free surface. The flow fields were measured using a single-frame double-exposure PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) system. For each experimental condition, 350 instantaneous velocity fields were obtained and ensemble-averaged to obtain the mean velocity field and spatial distribution of the mean vorticity statistics. The results show that near-wake can be classified into three typical flow patterns: formation of a Coanda flow, generation of substantial jet-like flow, and attachment of this jet flow to the free surface. The general flow structure observed behind the elliptic cylinders resembles the structure previously reported for a circular cylinder submerged near a free surface. However, the wake width and the angle of downward deflection of the shear layer developed from the lower surface of the elliptic cylinder differ from those observed for a circular cylinder. These trends are enhanced as cylinder aspect ratio is increased. In addition, the free surface distortion is also discussed in the paper.

  1. The effect of aspect ratio on the leading-edge vortex over an insect-like flapping wing.

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    Phillips, Nathan; Knowles, Kevin; Bomphrey, Richard J

    2015-10-01

    Insect wing shapes are diverse and a renowned source of inspiration for the new generation of autonomous flapping vehicles, yet the aerodynamic consequences of varying geometry is not well understood. One of the most defining and aerodynamically significant measures of wing shape is the aspect ratio, defined as the ratio of wing length (R) to mean wing chord (c). We investigated the impact of aspect ratio, AR, on the induced flow field around a flapping wing using a robotic device. Rigid rectangular wings ranging from AR = 1.5 to 7.5 were flapped with insect-like kinematics in air with a constant Reynolds number (Re) of 1400, and a dimensionless stroke amplitude of 6.5c (number of chords traversed by the wingtip). Pseudo-volumetric, ensemble-averaged, flow fields around the wings were captured using particle image velocimetry at 11 instances throughout simulated downstrokes. Results confirmed the presence of a high-lift, separated flow field with a leading-edge vortex (LEV), and revealed that the conical, primary LEV grows in size and strength with increasing AR. In each case, the LEV had an arch-shaped axis with its outboard end originating from a focus-sink singularity on the wing surface near the tip. LEV detachment was observed for AR > 1.5 around mid-stroke at ~70% span, and initiated sooner over higher aspect ratio wings. At AR > 3 the larger, stronger vortex persisted under the wing surface well into the next half-stroke leading to a reduction in lift. Circulatory lift attributable to the LEV increased with AR up to AR = 6. Higher aspect ratios generated proportionally less lift distally because of LEV breakdown, and also less lift closer to the wing root due to the previous LEV's continuing presence under the wing. In nature, insect wings go no higher than AR ~ 5, likely in part due to architectural and physiological constraints but also because of the reducing aerodynamic benefits of high AR wings. PMID:26451802

  2. A nonlinear magnetic helicity model of a tight aspect ratio bootstrapped tokamak with oscillating field current drive

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    Theoretical and computational analyses of bootstrapped tokamaks with oscillating field current drive (OFCD) have been developed using a nonlinear magnetic helicity model. Assuming a rigid current profile, the conditions for optimal tokamak steady-state operation are derived and are shown to agree with the results of computer calculations. Generalized limit formulae for the toroidal plasma beta and bootstrap current fraction are also obtained. The results of the analyses indicate that steady-state bootstrapped tokamak operation with high toroidal plasma beta can best be achieved in tight aspect ratio A → 1 reactors with OFCD supplying as much as a quarter of the total toroidal plasma current. (author)

  3. Freestanding membrane composed of micro-ring array with ultrahigh sidewall aspect ratio for application in lightweight cathode arrays

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    Graphical abstract: A freestanding multilayer ultrathin nano-membrane (FUN-membrane) with a micro-ring array (MRA), in which the dimension of each micro-ring is 3 μm in diameter, 2 μm in height and sub-100 nm in sidewall thickness is successfully fabricated, as shown in the SEM image of figure (a). Due to the MRA with ultrahigh aspect ratio of dielectric-metal sidewall, the FUN-membrane can be transferred to either rigid or flexible substrate to be used as the cathode for lightweight display panel, as shown in the schematic of figure (b). - Highlights: • Exploring a new fabrication method for the freestanding ultrathin nano-membrane (FUN-membrane). • FUN-membrane is composed of micro-ring array with ultrahigh aspect ratio of the insulator-metal sidewall. • The sharp metal edge of each micro-ring is preferred to be served as the micro-emitter. - Abstract: A freestanding multilayer ultrathin nano-membrane (FUN-membrane) with a micro-ring array (MRA) is successfully fabricated through the controllable film deposition. Each micro-ring of FUN-membrane is 3 μm in diameter, 2 μm in height and sub-100 nm in sidewall thickness, demonstrating an ultrahigh sidewall aspect ratio of 20:1. In our strategy, a silica layer (200 nm in thickness), a chromium transition layer (5 nm-thick) and a gold layer (40 nm-thick), were in sequence deposited on patterned photoresist. After removal of the photoresist by lift-off process, a FUN-membrane with MRA was peeled off from the substrate, where the gold layer acted as a protecting layer to prevent the MRA from fracture. The FUN-membrane was then transferred to a flexible polycarbonate (PC) sheet coated with indium tin oxide (ITO) layer, which was then used as a flexible and lightweight cathode. Remarkably, the field emission effect of the fabricated FUN-membrane cathode performs a high field-enhancement factor of 1.2 × 104 and a low turn-on voltage of 2 V/μm, indicating the advantages of the sharp metal edge of MRA. Due to the

  4. Buckling of ZnS-filled single-walled carbon nanotubes – The influence of aspect ratio

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    Monteiro, André O.

    2014-08-16

    The mechanical response of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) filled with crystalline zinc sulphide (ZnS) nanowires under uniaxial compression is studied using classical molecular dynamics. These simulations were used to analyse the behaviour of SWCNT, with and without ZnS filling, in terms of critical force and critical strain. Force versus strain curves have been computed for hollow and filled systems, the latter clearly showing an improvement of the mechanical behaviour caused by the ZnS nanowire. The same simulations were repeated for a large range of dimensions in order to evaluate the influence of the aspect ratio on the mechanical response of the tubes.

  5. The Effect of Aspect Ratio and Angle of Attack on the Transition Regions of the Inverted Flag Instability

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    Cosse, Julia; Sader, John; Fan, Boyu; Kim, Daegyoum; Gharib, Mory

    2014-11-01

    The inverted flag instability occurs when a pliable plate is held parallel to a free-stream, with the leading edge free to move and the trailing edge clamped. Large-amplitude flapping is observed across a slim band of non-dimensional wind speeds. This specific boundaries of this flapping band vary greatly, depending on both the aspect ratio and the angle of attack of the plate with respect to the incoming flow. In addition, both periodic and aperiodic flapping modes exist. The frequency of the plate motion was analyzed and was found to be consistent with vortex-induced vibration. This research is supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

  6. Freestanding membrane composed of micro-ring array with ultrahigh sidewall aspect ratio for application in lightweight cathode arrays

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    Wang, Lanlan [State Key Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049 (China); Liu, Hongzhong, E-mail: hzliu@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049 (China); Jiang, Weitao, E-mail: wtjiang@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049 (China); Gao, Wei [Key Laboratory of Mechanics on Western Disasters and Environment, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Chen, Bangdao [State Key Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049 (China); Li, Xin [Department of Microelectronics, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049 (China); Ding, Yucheng [State Key Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049 (China); An, Ningli [Department of Packaging Engineering, Xi’an University of Technology, Xi’an 710048 (China)

    2014-12-15

    Graphical abstract: A freestanding multilayer ultrathin nano-membrane (FUN-membrane) with a micro-ring array (MRA), in which the dimension of each micro-ring is 3 μm in diameter, 2 μm in height and sub-100 nm in sidewall thickness is successfully fabricated, as shown in the SEM image of figure (a). Due to the MRA with ultrahigh aspect ratio of dielectric-metal sidewall, the FUN-membrane can be transferred to either rigid or flexible substrate to be used as the cathode for lightweight display panel, as shown in the schematic of figure (b). - Highlights: • Exploring a new fabrication method for the freestanding ultrathin nano-membrane (FUN-membrane). • FUN-membrane is composed of micro-ring array with ultrahigh aspect ratio of the insulator-metal sidewall. • The sharp metal edge of each micro-ring is preferred to be served as the micro-emitter. - Abstract: A freestanding multilayer ultrathin nano-membrane (FUN-membrane) with a micro-ring array (MRA) is successfully fabricated through the controllable film deposition. Each micro-ring of FUN-membrane is 3 μm in diameter, 2 μm in height and sub-100 nm in sidewall thickness, demonstrating an ultrahigh sidewall aspect ratio of 20:1. In our strategy, a silica layer (200 nm in thickness), a chromium transition layer (5 nm-thick) and a gold layer (40 nm-thick), were in sequence deposited on patterned photoresist. After removal of the photoresist by lift-off process, a FUN-membrane with MRA was peeled off from the substrate, where the gold layer acted as a protecting layer to prevent the MRA from fracture. The FUN-membrane was then transferred to a flexible polycarbonate (PC) sheet coated with indium tin oxide (ITO) layer, which was then used as a flexible and lightweight cathode. Remarkably, the field emission effect of the fabricated FUN-membrane cathode performs a high field-enhancement factor of 1.2 × 10{sup 4} and a low turn-on voltage of 2 V/μm, indicating the advantages of the sharp metal edge of MRA. Due

  7. Aspect-Ratio Dependent Electron Transport and Recombination in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells fabricated with one-dimensional ZnO nanostructures

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    Highlights: • Investigated the aspect ratio dependence on electron transport proerties of ZnO. • Longer ZnO nanords showed better solar cell performance. • Low aspect ratio ZnO exhibit better light scattering effect. - Abstract: Though one-dimensional (1-D) ZnO nanrods are promising transport electron transport material in the photoanode of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC), 1-D ZnO nanorod based DSSCs exhibit poor energy conversion efficiencies. In this study, DSSCs were fabricated with 1-D ZnO nanorods having different aspect ratio and the dependence of solar cell performance on aspect ratio of ZnO nanorods was investigated. Photoanodes fabricated with different 1-D ZnO nanorods having aspect ratios of 4.4, 5.4, 5.8, 6.8 and 7.6 showed increasing solar cell performance with the increase of aspect ratio where 2.1 and 4.7% light conversion efficiencies were observed respectively for the lowest and highest aspect ratio of 1-D ZnO nanostructures. We study the electrical and operational differences between DSSC made with ZnO nanostructures with different aspect ratio. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is used to quantify the aspect ratio depended electron transport properties, charge recombination, life-time and charge diffusion lengths of excited electrons in 1D ZnO nanorods and electron transport properties are correlated to the observed cell performance. In addition, effect of aspect ratio of ZnO nanorods on dye loading amount and light scattering properties were also investigated

  8. Three-Dimensional Microstructure of a Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal Observed by Transmission Electron Microscopy

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    Pierron, Jean; Tournier-Lasserve, Valérie; Sopena, Pierre; Boudet, Alain; Sixou, Pierre; Mitov, Michel

    1995-11-01

    A film consisting of an amorphous photo-crosslinkable polymer matrix and a dispersion of microinclusions of a cholesteric polymer was investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The polymerization procedure of the blend provides a composite with many small nodules of spherical or ellipsoidal shapes, with sizes between 0.4 and 6 μm. The cholesteric stratification is well evidenced in transmission electron microscopy by dark lines due to diffraction contrast. The 3D organization was reconstructed by the observation of successive ultramicrotomed sections. Six types of nodules were distinguished according to the number of defects (foci or disclination lines), among which only three had already been observed and theoretically calculated. The confined geometry inherent in the size of the nodules, close to the cholesteric pitch, is responsible of these unexpected structures. In these conditions, the surface forces are in tight competition with the cholesteric elastic forces.

  9. Influence of Molecular Conformations and Microstructure on the Optoelectronic Properties of Conjugated Polymers

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    Ioan Botiz

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available It is increasingly obvious that the molecular conformations and the long-range arrangement that conjugated polymers can adopt under various experimental conditions in bulk, solutions or thin films, significantly impact their resulting optoelectronic properties. As a consequence, the functionalities and efficiencies of resulting organic devices, such as field-effect transistors, light-emitting diodes, or photovoltaic cells, also dramatically change due to the close structure/property relationship. A range of structure/optoelectronic properties relationships have been investigated over the last few years using various experimental and theoretical methods, and, further, interesting correlations are continuously revealed by the scientific community. In this review, we discuss the latest findings related to the structure/optoelectronic properties interrelationships that exist in organic devices fabricated with conjugated polymers in terms of charge mobility, absorption, photoluminescence, as well as photovoltaic properties.

  10. Microstructural and electrical properties of CoCl2 doped HPMC/PVP polymer blend films

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    Somashekarappa, H.; Prakash, Y.; Mahadevaiah, Hemalatha, K.; Somashekar, R.

    2013-02-01

    Solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) based on Hydroxypropylemethylcellulose (HPMC) and Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) polymer blend films complexed with different weight ratio of CoCl2 were prepared using solution casting method and investigated using X-ray line profile analysis. An attempt has been made to study the changes in crystal imperfection parameters in HPMC/PVP blend films with the increase in concentration of CoCl2. Results show that decrease in micro crystalline parameter values is accompanied with increase in the amorphous content in the film which is the reason for film to have more flexibility, biodegradability and good ionic conductivity. AC conductivity measurements in these films show that the conductivity increases as the concentration of CoCl2 increases. These films were suitable for electro chemical applications.

  11. Influence of Molecular Conformations and Microstructure on the Optoelectronic Properties of Conjugated Polymers

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    Botiz, Ioan

    2014-03-19

    It is increasingly obvious that the molecular conformations and the long-range arrangement that conjugated polymers can adopt under various experimental conditions in bulk, solutions or thin films, significantly impact their resulting optoelectronic properties. As a consequence, the functionalities and efficiencies of resulting organic devices, such as field-effect transistors, light-emitting diodes, or photovoltaic cells, also dramatically change due to the close structure/property relationship. A range of structure/optoelectronic properties relationships have been investigated over the last few years using various experimental and theoretical methods, and, further, interesting correlations are continuously revealed by the scientific community. In this review, we discuss the latest findings related to the structure/optoelectronic properties interrelationships that exist in organic devices fabricated with conjugated polymers in terms of charge mobility, absorption, photoluminescence, as well as photovoltaic properties. © 2014 by the authors.

  12. Electronic behavior of micro-structured polymer foils immersed in electrolyte

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    Souza, C. T.; Stori, E. M.; Fink, Dietmar; Vacík, Jiří; Švorčík, V.; Papaleo, R. M.; Amaral, L.; Dias, J.F.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 306, č. 7 (2013), s. 222-226. ISSN 0168-583X R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108 Institutional support: RVO:61389005 Keywords : polymer s * proton beam writing * etching * electrical properties Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.186, year: 2013 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168583X12007926

  13. Three-dimensional wake topology and propulsive performance of low-aspect-ratio pitching-rolling plates

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    Li, Chengyu; Dong, Haibo

    2016-07-01

    The wake topology and propulsive performance of low-aspect-ratio plates undergoing a pitching-rolling motion in a uniform stream were numerically investigated by an in-house immersed-boundary-method-based incompressible Navier-Stokes equation solver. A detailed analysis of the vortical structures indicated that the pitching-rolling plate produced double-loop vortices with alternating signs from its trailing edge every half period. These vortices then shed and further evolved into interconnected "double-C"-shaped vortex rings, which eventually formed a bifurcating wake pattern in the downstream. As the wake convected downstream, there was a slight deflection in the spanwise direction to the plate tip, and the contained vortex ring size gradually increased. In addition, the analysis of the propulsive performance indicated that the shedding process of the double-loop vortices led to two peaks in the lift and thrust force production per half cycle. The observation of the double peaks in the force production is in agreement with previous flapping wing studies. Simulations were also used to examine the variations in the wake structures and propulsive performance of the plates over a range of major parameters. The aforementioned vortex structures were found to be quite robust over a range of Strouhal numbers, Reynolds numbers, and plate aspect ratios.

  14. Length-dependent charge generation from vertical arrays of high-aspect-ratio ZnO nanowires.

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    Rivera, Vivian Farías; Auras, Florian; Motto, Paolo; Stassi, Stefano; Canavese, Giancarlo; Celasco, Edvige; Bein, Thomas; Onida, Barbara; Cauda, Valentina

    2013-10-18

    Aqueous chemical growth of zinc oxide nanowires is a flexible and effective approach to obtain dense arrays of vertically oriented nanostructures with high aspect ratio. Herein we present a systematic study of the different synthesis parameters that influence the ZnO seed layer and thus the resulting morphological features of the free-standing vertically oriented ZnO nanowires. We obtained a homogeneous coverage of transparent conductive substrates with high-aspect-ratio nanowire arrays (length/diameter ratio of up to 52). Such nanostructured vertical arrays were examined to assess their electric and piezoelectric properties, and showed an electric charge generation upon mechanical compressive stress. The principle of energy harvesting with these nanostructured ZnO arrays was demonstrated by connecting them to an electronic charge amplifier and storing the generated charge in a series of capacitors. We found that the generated charge and the electrical behavior of the ZnO nanowires are strictly dependent on the nanowire length. We have shown the importance of controlling the morphological properties of such ZnO nanostructures for optimizing a nanogenerator device. PMID:24027171

  15. New fabrication methodology for fine-feature high-aspect-ratio structures made from high-Z materials

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    Desai, Upendra D.; Orwig, Larry E.; Clark, David; Appleby, Michael

    1999-08-01

    Radiological imagin relies heavily on collimators to achieve diagnostic x-ray images. These collimating structures are required due to the lack of efficient x-ray reflectors or refractors needed to make lenses or mirrors. In order to achieve higher resolution x-ray images, finer collimator geometries are needed. The two critical parameters that define the fineness of a collimator are the length of the collimator structure and the aperture size. Current collimator fabrication technology provides structures with coarse cell sizes, which require long structural lengths, to achieve image optimization. Finer collimator geometries would help reduce the overall length of collimating structures. Tecomet, of Woburn, MA has developed a new technology to fabricate fine-featured, high aspect ratio structures made from high Z materials. These collimating structures have been made from tungsten with aspect ratios above 50:1 and geometry features less than 20 microns. This technology has enabled advancements in the design of x-ray coded apertures. This has opened the door to new ideas for x-ray imaging. Optimization coders, made from tungsten, can now be designed and fabricated to achieve very high angular resolution. Significant reduction in weight is realized due to the reduction in collimator thickness. The collimators made using these fabrication methods also provide greater long-term structural stability compared to collimators used in diagnostic x-ray imaging using lead.

  16. Fabrication of Pd-Fe nanowires with a high aspect ratio by AAO template-assisted electrodeposition

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    Research highlights: → Vertically oriented Pd0.86Fe0.14 nanowires have been fabricated in an AAO template using electrodeposition method at room temperature. → Pd-Fe alloy nanowires are approximately 65 nm in diameter and 10 μm in length with an aspect ratio of 153. → The structural characterization of Pd-Fe alloy nanowires is done with SEM, EDX and XRD. - Abstract: In this study, vertically oriented Pd0.86Fe0.14 nanowires have been fabricated using an anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) template by direct voltage electrodeposition at room temperature. AAO template-assisted electrodeposition of Pd-Fe was carried out in Pd(NH3)2Cl2:FeSO4.7H2O solution. The AAO template and the Pd0.86Fe0.14 nanowires were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) methods and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It was observed that the Pd0.86Fe0.14 nanowires were approximately 65 nm in diameter and 10 μm in length with an aspect ratio of 153 in a relatively large area of about 4 cm2. The nucleation rate and the number of atoms in the critical nucleus are determined from the analysis of current transients.

  17. Fabrication of a high aspect ratio thick silicon wafer mold and electroplating using flipchip bonding for MEMS applications

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    Kim, Bong-Hwan; Kim, Jong-Bok

    2009-06-01

    We have developed a microfabrication process for high aspect ratio thick silicon wafer molds and electroplating using flipchip bonding with THB 151N negative photoresist (JSR micro). This fabrication technique includes large area and high thickness silicon wafer mold electroplating. The process consists of silicon deep reactive ion etching (RIE) of the silicon wafer mold, photoresist bonding between the silicon mold and the substrate, nickel electroplating and a silicon removal process. High thickness silicon wafer molds were made by deep RIE and flipchip bonding. In addition, nickel electroplating was developed. Dry film resist (ORDYL MP112, TOK) and thick negative-tone photoresist (THB 151N, JSR micro) were used as bonding materials. In order to measure the bonding strength, the surface energy was calculated using a blade test. The surface energy of the bonding wafers was found to be 0.36-25.49 J m-2 at 60-180 °C for the dry film resist and 0.4-1.9 J m-2 for THB 151N in the same temperature range. Even though ORDYL MP112 has a better value of surface energy than THB 151N, it has a critical disadvantage when it comes to removing residue after electroplating. The proposed process can be applied to high aspect ratio MEMS structures, such as air gap inductors or vertical MEMS probe tips.

  18. Fabrication of a high aspect ratio thick silicon wafer mold and electroplating using flipchip bonding for MEMS applications

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    We have developed a microfabrication process for high aspect ratio thick silicon wafer molds and electroplating using flipchip bonding with THB 151N negative photoresist (JSR micro). This fabrication technique includes large area and high thickness silicon wafer mold electroplating. The process consists of silicon deep reactive ion etching (RIE) of the silicon wafer mold, photoresist bonding between the silicon mold and the substrate, nickel electroplating and a silicon removal process. High thickness silicon wafer molds were made by deep RIE and flipchip bonding. In addition, nickel electroplating was developed. Dry film resist (ORDYL MP112, TOK) and thick negative-tone photoresist (THB 151N, JSR micro) were used as bonding materials. In order to measure the bonding strength, the surface energy was calculated using a blade test. The surface energy of the bonding wafers was found to be 0.36–25.49 J m−2 at 60–180 °C for the dry film resist and 0.4–1.9 J m−2 for THB 151N in the same temperature range. Even though ORDYL MP112 has a better value of surface energy than THB 151N, it has a critical disadvantage when it comes to removing residue after electroplating. The proposed process can be applied to high aspect ratio MEMS structures, such as air gap inductors or vertical MEMS probe tips

  19. Bioinspired active whisker sensor for geometry detection of high aspect ratio microholes with simultaneous actuation and sensing capability

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    This paper presents a whisker transducer (WT)—inspired by a rat’s vibrissal tactile location perception—that can be used to detect the geometry of high aspect ratio microholes. The WT acts as both the actuator that generates whisking movement and the sensor that detects the mechanical impedance at its tip. This unique, simultaneous actuation-and-sensing capability is achieved through a 2 × 2 transduction matrix model that characterizes both the forward actuation and backward sensing functions of the transducer. The WT imitates a rat’s vibrissal location perception when driven by a special signal with a low-frequency component and a high-frequency component. The low-frequency component plays the role of the ‘whisking signal,’ encoding the whisker position over time, and the high-frequency component plays the role of the ‘touch signal,’ encoding the onset time of mechanical contact. The combination of these two signals allows the WT to detect the location of an object. The proposed transducer and location detection algorithm are validated using a miniature prototype fabricated through micro-EDM process. The achieved geometry measurement capability is of high linearity (R2 > 0.99) and low measurement uncertainty (200 nm). Its potential application in detecting the taper of high aspect ratio microholes is also demonstrated. (paper)

  20. Characterization Of High-Stroke High-Aspect Ratio Micro Electro Mechanical Systems Deformable Mirrors For Adaptive Optics

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    Bouchti, Mohamed Amine

    Adaptive optics MEMS deformable mirror, in conjunction with Shack Hartman wave front sensor and real-time controller, is capable of correcting time-varying aberrations in imaging applications through manipulating its mirror surface. Adaptive optics systems in astronomy for next generation large telescopes (30 meter primary mirrors) require a high stroke of 10microm of mechanical displacement. This required stroke would be achieved by MEMS deformable mirrors fabricated with high aspect ratio techniques. This thesis will review the designs of various types of high aspect actuators consisting of folded springs with rectangular and circular membranes as well as X-beam actuators. Finite element analysis (FEA) simulations of these designs have shown the ability of each design to achieve a stroke of approximately 9.4 microm. Also, FEA simulations proved that the X-beam actuators provide the best spring support while preventing tilting. In addition, this thesis will discuss device characterization and voltage vs. displacement test results for the high aspect ratio gold MEMS 16 x 16 X-beam actuators deformable mirror that has been bonded and packaged. The results have shown that the device is capable of achieving approximately 5.5 microm in individual actuator testing and 7microm in dual actuator testing.

  1. Fast fabrication of a high-aspect-ratio, self-ordered nanoporous alumina membrane by using high-field anodization

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    A series of processes for the fast fabrication of nanoporous anodic alumina membranes with high-aspect-ratio, self-ordered pore arrays was developed based on a high-field 2-step anodization in a 0.3 M oxalic electrolyte. The dielectric breakdown commonly driven by the high electric field was circumvented by using a linear sweep of the initial voltage from 0 to 140 V, followed by a constant voltage of 140 V for the first step and by using a controlled growth rate that was adjusted by varying the electrolyte concentration while applying an instantaneous constant voltage of 140 V for the second step. A thick nanoporous film of about 120 um was grown within 2 hours with an average interpore distance of 310 nm and an average pore size of 50 nm, where the aspect ratio of the pores was over 2000. In order to overcome the problems associated with a thick barrier layer formed during the high-field anodization, we applied a pulsed electrochemical detachment technique to remove the base Al metal. A through-hole membrane with a pore size of about 210 nm was fabricated after widening the pores through a chemical etching of the pore walls. These novel processes ensure reliable fabrication of a high-field nanoporous anodic alumina membrane and provide a new template for nano-scale research.

  2. Effects of AC/DC magnetic fields, frequency, and nanoparticle aspect ratio on cellular transfection of gene vectors

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    Ford, Kris; Mair, Lamar; Fisher, Mike; Rowshon Alam, Md.; Juliano, Rudolph; Superfine, Richard

    2008-10-01

    In order to make non-viral gene delivery a useful tool in the study and treatment of genetic disorders, it is imperative that these methodologies be further refined to yield optimal results. Transfection of magnetic nanoparticles and nanorods are used as non-viral gene vectors to transfect HeLa EGFP-654 cells that stably express a mutated enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) gene. We deliver antisense oligonucleotides to these cells designed to correct the aberrant splicing caused by the mutation in the EGFP gene. We also transfect human bronchial endothelial cells and immortalized WI-38 lung cells with pEGFP-N1 vectors. To achieve this we bind the genes to magnetic nanoparticles and nanorods and introduce magnetic fields to effect transfection. We wish to examine the effects of magnetic fields on the transfection of these particles and the benefits of using alternating (AC) magnetic fields in improving transfection rates over direct (DC) magnetic fields. We specifically look at the frequency dependence of the AC field and particle aspect ratio as it pertains to influencing transfection rate. We posit that the increase in angular momentum brought about by the AC field and the high aspect ratio of the nanorod particles, is vital to generating the force needed to move the particle through the cell membrane.

  3. Influence of microstructural features on thermal expansion coefficient in graphene/epoxy composites.

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    Shi, Zhan; Li, Xiao-Fei; Bai, Hua; Xu, Wei-Wei; Yang, Shui-Yuan; Lu, Yong; Han, Jia-Jia; Wang, Cui-Ping; Liu, Xing-Jun; Li, Wei-Bin

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, theoretical calculations were conducted to determine the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) based on the effective medium approach using Green's function method. The influences of microstructural features were investigated, including volume fraction, aspect ratio, and the orientation of graphene fillers. Calculated results demonstrated strong anisotropy of CTE when all graphene sheets in the composite were aligned in the in-plane direction due to the large difference between the elastic moduli of the graphene and epoxy. The in-plane CTE in the graphene/epoxy composite can be effectively reduced with small additions of graphene additive. Orientation dispersion among the graphene fillers significantly decreases the anisotropy of CTE. Accounting for the influences of all microstructural features, simulation results closely align with current experimental results. This work will provide a general guideline and a solid foundation for the optimal design and preparation of graphene/polymer composites. PMID:27441268

  4. Functionalization and characterization of pyrolyzed polymer based carbon microstructures for bionanoelectronics platforms

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    In this study, the investigation of surface-treatment of chemically inert graphitic carbon microelectrodes (derived from pyrolyzed photoresist polymer) for improving their attachment chemistry with DNA molecular wires and ropes as part of a bionanoelectronics platform is reported. Polymer microelectrodes were fabricated on a silicon wafer using standard negative lithography procedures with negative-tone photoresist. These microelectrode structures were then pyrolyzed and converted to a form of conductive carbon that is referred to as PP (pyrolyzed polymer) carbon throughout this paper. Functionalization of the resulting pyrolyzed structures was done using nitric, sulfuric, 4-amino benzoic acids (4-ABA), and oxygen plasma etching and the surface modifications confirmed with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, and electron dispersion x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Post surface-treatment analysis of microelectrodes with FTIR and Raman spectroscopy showed signature peaks characteristics of carboxyl functional groups while EDS showed an increase in oxygen content in the surface-treatment procedures (except 4-ABA) indicating an increase in carboxyl functional group. These functional groups form the basis for peptide bond with aminated oligonucleotides that in turn could be used as molecular wires and interconnects in a bionanoelectronics platform. Post-pyrolysis analysis using EDS showed relatively higher oxygen concentrations at the edges and location of defects compared to other locations on these microelectrodes. In addition, electrochemical impedance measurements showed metal-like behavior of PP carbon with high conductivity (|Z| <1 KΩ) and no detectable detrimental effect of oxygen plasma surface-treatment on electrical characteristic. In general, characterization results—taken together—indicated that oxygen plasma surface-treatment produced more reliable, less damaging, and consistently repeatable generation of carboxyl functional

  5. The Effect of Layer Orientation on the Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of a Polymer

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    Vega, V.; Clements, J.; Lam, T.; Abad, A.; Fritz, B.; Ula, N.; Es-Said, O. S.

    2011-08-01

    Rapid Prototyping (RP) is a method used everywhere from the entertainment industry to healthcare. Layer orientation is an important aspect of the final product. The objective of this research was to evaluate the effect of layer orientation on the mechanical strength and toughness of a polymer. The polymer used was a combination of two materials, ZP 130 and ZB 58, fused together in the Z Corporation Spectrum Z510 Rapid Prototyping Machine. ZP 130 is a powder composed of vinyl polymer (2-20%), sulfate salt (0-5%), and plaster that contains <1% crystalline silica (50-95%). ZB 58 is a liquid composed of glycerol (1-10%), preservative (sorbic acid salt) (0-2%), surfactant (<1%), pigment (<1%), and water (85-95%). After removal from the machine the samples were sealed with Z bond 101 which is Beta-methoxyethyl cyanoacrylate (60-100%). The layer orientations studied were the crack arrestor, crack divider, and short transverse with various combinations of the three, for a total of seven orientations. The mechanical strength was evaluated using tensile testing and three-point bend testing. The toughness was evaluated by Izod impact testing. Five samples for tensile testing and three-point bend testing as well as 15 samples for the Izod impact test for each of the seven orientations were made. The total number of samples was 175. The crack arrestor orientation was the strongest main orientation for the tensile and three-point bend test. Weibull analysis was done on the Izod impact testing due to high variation in the results for the crack arrestor and short transverse directions. It was found that the layer orientation and surface roughness played a significant role in the penetration of the Z bond 101 coating and in the overall strength of the samples.

  6. Effect of multi-walled carbon nanotubes aspect ratio and temperature on the dielectric behavior of alternating alkene-carbon monoxide polyketone nanocomposites

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    Abu-Surrah, Adnan S.; Abdul Jawad, Saadi; Al-Ramahi, Esraa; Hallak, Awni B.; Khattari, Z.

    2015-04-01

    New alternating poly(propylene-alt-carbon monoxide/ethylene-alt-carbon monoxide) (PECO)/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) composites have been prepared. Dielectric permittivity, electric modulus and ac conductivity of the isolated materials were investigated as a function of fiber aspect ratio, frequency and temperature. For aspect ratio of 30 and 200, a transition from insulator to semiconductor was observed at frequency 1×104. However, for high aspect ratio sample (660), no transition was observed and the conductivity is frequency independent in the measured frequency range of 10-106 Hz. The conductivity increases from about 1×10-4 for the sample that contain fibers of aspect ratio 30 and reaches 5×10-2 (Ω m)-1 for aspect ratio was 660. This behavior can be modeled by a circuit that consists of a contact resistance in series with a parallel combination of resistance (R) and capacitance (C). The calculated activation energy for sample filled with fibers having aspect ratio 30 is about 0.26 eV and decreases to about 0.16 eV when the aspect ratio is 660.

  7. Microstructure and residual stress of magnetron sputtered nanocrystalline palladium and palladium gold films on polymer substrates

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    The authors report the structural properties and residual stresses of 500-nm-thick nanocrystalline Pd and PdAu films on compliant substrates prepared by magnetron sputtering as a function of the pressure of the Ar-sputtering gas. Films were analyzed by x-ray diffraction, cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. At low pressures the metal films exhibit strong compressive stresses, which rapidly change to highly tensile with increasing pressure, and then gradually decrease. Along with this effect a change in microstructure is observed from a dense equiaxed structure at low pressures to distinctive columns with reduced atomic density at the column walls at higher pressures. The preparation of nearly stress-free dense nanocrystalline films is demonstrated.

  8. Towards quantitative modelling of surface deformation of polymer micro-structures under tactile scanning measurement

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    Contact stylus-based surface profilometry is capable of topography measurement whilst being independent of the physical, electrical and optical properties of the materials under test, and has therefore become an indispensable tool for dimensional measurement of transparent specimens. However, large measurement deviations will appear when soft specimens, especially specimens made of polymers, are measured by contact stylus profilometry. In this paper the surface deformation behaviour of two polymers for molding and one photoresist, i.e. Ormocomp, Ormoclad and SU-8, under different tactile measurement conditions have been experimentally investigated. An empirical analytical model is hereby proposed for the prediction of surface deformation of soft specimens under tactile (sliding) contact. Preliminary experimental results demonstrate that the proposed five-parameter model is applicable for describing the deformation behaviour of these thermoplastic materials under the scanning speed ranging from 2 to 200 μm s−1 and the probing force varying from 5 to 500 μN. In addition, thanks to quantitative topographical measurements of the layer thickness of the aforementioned photoresists, the scratch behaviour and the time-dependent mechanical properties of these materials have also been experimentally determined. (paper)

  9. Electronic properties and microstructures of amorphous silicon carbonitrides ceramics derived from polymer precursors

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    Jiang, Tao

    2009-12-01

    Polymer-derived ceramics (PDCs) are a new class of high-temperature materials synthesized by thermal decomposition of polymeric precursors. These materials possess many unique features as compared with conventional ceramics synthesized by powder metallurgy based processing. For example, PDCs are neither amorphous nor crystalline. Instead, they possess nano-domain structures. Due to the direct chemical-to-ceramic processing, PDCs can be used for making components and devices with complex shapes. Thus, understanding the properties and structures of these materials are of both fundamental and practical interest. In this work, the structures and electronic behavior of polymer-derived amorphous silicon carbonitrides (SiCNs) were investigated. The materials were synthesized by pyrolysis of a commercially available liquid precursor. Ceramic materials with varied structures/properties were successfully synthesized by modifying the precursor and using different pyrolysis temperatures. The structures of the obtained materials were studied using XRD, solid state NMR, EPR, FTIR and Raman Spectroscope. The electronic behavior of the materials was investigated by measuring I-V curves, Hall effects, temperature dependent conductivity. The experiments were also performed to measure UV-Visible absorption and dielectric properties of the materials. This work leads to the following significant progresses: (i) developed quantitative technique for measuring free carbon concentration; (ii) achieved better understanding of the electronic conduction mechanisms and measured electronic structures of the materials for the first time; and (iii) demonstrated that these materials possess unusual dielectric behavior and provide qualitative explanations.

  10. Effect of crystalline microstructure on the photophysical performance of polymer/perylene composite films

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    封伟; 徐友龙; 易文辉; 周峰; 王晓工; 吉野勝美

    2003-01-01

    To obtain high carrier mobility, better charge injection capability, and high photovoltaic device conversion efficiency, a powerful strategy is to improve the morphology of the polymer/dye composite films. Conjugated conducting polymer (CP) thin films doped with perylene derivative (PV) of various concentrations were prepared by spin-casting method, and their morphology and photovoltaic characteristics were examined. The change in morphology and molecular reorientation occurring in CP-PV composite films upon annealing at different temperatures was investigated using scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared and UV-vis absorption. By changing the annealing temperature, PV microcrystallines of 8-10μm in size lying parallel to the substrate surface can be obtained.Annealing effect improved the photovoltaic performance of ITO/CP-PV/A1 Schottky-type solar cells, which can be attributed to the formation of an electron conducting PV crystal network. Preliminary studies indicate that the morphological structure in CP-PV composite films has an important influence to their photovoltaic properties.

  11. Microstructural and electrical properties of PVA/PVP polymer blend films doped with cupric sulphate

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    Hemalatha, K.; Mahadevaiah, Gowtham, G. K.; Urs, G. Thejas; Somashekarappa, H.; Somashekar, R.

    2016-05-01

    A series of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) polymer blends added with different concentrations of cupric sulphate (CuSO4) were prepared by solution casting method and were subjected to X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Ac conductance measurements. An attempt has been made to study the changes in crystal imperfection parameters in PVA/PVP blend films with the increase in concentration of CuSO4. Results show that decrease in micro crystalline parameter values is accompanied with increase in the amorphous content in the film which is the reason for film to have more flexibility, biodegradability and good ionic conductivity. AC conductance measurements in these films show that the conductivity increases as the concentration of CuSO4 increases. These films were suitable for electro chemical applications.

  12. Inorganic polymers from laterite using activation with phosphoric acid and alkaline sodium silicate solution: Mechanical and microstructural properties

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    Lassinantti Gualtieri, Magdalena, E-mail: magdalena.gualtieri@unimore.it [Dipartimento di Ingegneria " Enzo Ferrari" , Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Via Vignolese 905/a, I-41125 Modena (Italy); Romagnoli, Marcello [Dipartimento di Ingegneria " Enzo Ferrari" , Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Via Vignolese 905/a, I-41125 Modena (Italy); Pollastri, Simone; Gualtieri, Alessandro F. [Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche, Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Via S. Eufemia 19I, I-41121 Modena (Italy)

    2015-01-15

    Geopolymers from laterite, an iron-rich soil available in developing countries, have great potential as building materials. In this work, laterite from Togo (Africa) was used to prepare geopolymers using both phosphoric acid and alkaline sodium silicate solution. Microstructural properties were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction and mercury porosimetry, whereas thermal properties were evaluated by thermal analyses. The local environment of iron was studied by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XANES region). The mechanical properties were determined. Modulus of Rupture and Young's modulus fell in the ranges 3.3–4.5 MPa and 12–33 GPa, respectively, rendering the materials good candidates for construction purposes. Heating above 900 °C results in weight-gain, presumably due to iron redox reactions. X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy data evidence changes in the chemical and structural environments of iron following thermal treatment of geopolymers. These changes indicate interaction between the geopolymer structure and iron during heating, possibly leading to redox properties. -- Highlights: •Geopolymerization of laterite is promising for fabrication of building materials. •Both phosphoric acid and alkaline sodium silicate solution can be used for activation. •Thermally activated redox properties of the inorganic polymers were observed.

  13. Inorganic polymers from laterite using activation with phosphoric acid and alkaline sodium silicate solution: Mechanical and microstructural properties

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    Geopolymers from laterite, an iron-rich soil available in developing countries, have great potential as building materials. In this work, laterite from Togo (Africa) was used to prepare geopolymers using both phosphoric acid and alkaline sodium silicate solution. Microstructural properties were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction and mercury porosimetry, whereas thermal properties were evaluated by thermal analyses. The local environment of iron was studied by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XANES region). The mechanical properties were determined. Modulus of Rupture and Young's modulus fell in the ranges 3.3–4.5 MPa and 12–33 GPa, respectively, rendering the materials good candidates for construction purposes. Heating above 900 °C results in weight-gain, presumably due to iron redox reactions. X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy data evidence changes in the chemical and structural environments of iron following thermal treatment of geopolymers. These changes indicate interaction between the geopolymer structure and iron during heating, possibly leading to redox properties. -- Highlights: •Geopolymerization of laterite is promising for fabrication of building materials. •Both phosphoric acid and alkaline sodium silicate solution can be used for activation. •Thermally activated redox properties of the inorganic polymers were observed

  14. Physics Issues in the Design of Low Aspect-Ratio, High-Beta, Quasi-Axisymmetric Stellarators

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    Compact stellarators have the potential to combine the best features of the stellarator and the advanced tokamak, offering steady state operation without current drive and potentially without disruptions at an aspect ratio similar to tokamaks. A quasi-axisymmetric stellarator is developed that is consistent with the boot-strap current and passively stable to the ballooning, kink, Mercier, vertical, and neoclassical tearing modes at b=4.1 % without need for conducting walls or external feedback. The configuration has good flux surfaces and fast ion confinement. Thermal transport analysis indicates that the confinement should be similar to tokamaks of the same size, allowing access to the b-limit with moderate power. Coils have been designed to reproduce the physics properties. Initial analysis indicates the coils have considerable flexibility to manipulate the configuration properties. Simulations of the current evolution indicate the kink-mode can remain stable during the approach to h igh-beta

  15. Cultivation of the photosynthesis microorganism in a Taylor-Couette Vortex Flow with a small aspect ratio

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    This study focuses on the dynamics of the Taylor-Couette Vortex Flow (TVF) in a photo-bioreactor in which CO2 is changed to O2 with high efficiency by the photosynthesis ability of micro algae. Stirring by means of a screw propeller is generally used for a simple agitation. However, the problem is that there exists a very high shearing flow region just near the propeller, which causes the destruction of the alga cell by the shearing force. In contrast, the TVF mixing is expected to reduce such a local and random shearing force because of their column of steady and orderly vortices. In this study, the relationship between the microorganism growth rate and the flow structures in dilute suspensions of a TVF is investigated and the flow characteristics are measured by using an ultrasonic velocity profiler with a small aspect ratio of 3.

  16. Superior Na-ion storage properties of high aspect ratio SnSe nanoplates prepared by a spray pyrolysis process

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    Park, Gi Dae; Lee, Jong-Heun; Kang, Yun Chan

    2016-06-01

    SnSe nanoplates with thin and uniform morphology are prepared by one-pot spray pyrolysis, and are examined as anode materials for Na-ion batteries. During the spray pyrolysis process, metallic Se and Sn are prepared from SeO2 and SnO2, respectively, under a reducing atmosphere. Metallic Sn and metalloid Se, with melting points of 232 and 221 °C, respectively, form a melted Sn-Se mixture, which reacts exothermally to form SnSe nanocrystals. Several of these nanocrystals are grown simultaneously forming a micron-sized powder. Complete elimination of the excess amount of metalloid Se, by forming H2Se gas, results in aggregation-free SnSe nanoplates. The aspect ratio of these nanoplates is as high as 11.3. The discharge capacities for the SnSe nanoplates, prepared from spray solutions containing 100, 400, and 800% of the stoichiometric SeO2 content needed to form SnSe, are 407, 558, and 211 mA h g-1, respectively, after 50 cycles at a constant current density of 0.3 A g-1 their capacity retentions calculated from the second cycle onwards are 77, 100, and 60%, respectively. The phase pure SnSe nanoplates with a high aspect ratio show good cycling and rate performances for Na-ion storage.SnSe nanoplates with thin and uniform morphology are prepared by one-pot spray pyrolysis, and are examined as anode materials for Na-ion batteries. During the spray pyrolysis process, metallic Se and Sn are prepared from SeO2 and SnO2, respectively, under a reducing atmosphere. Metallic Sn and metalloid Se, with melting points of 232 and 221 °C, respectively, form a melted Sn-Se mixture, which reacts exothermally to form SnSe nanocrystals. Several of these nanocrystals are grown simultaneously forming a micron-sized powder. Complete elimination of the excess amount of metalloid Se, by forming H2Se gas, results in aggregation-free SnSe nanoplates. The aspect ratio of these nanoplates is as high as 11.3. The discharge capacities for the SnSe nanoplates, prepared from spray solutions

  17. Fabrication of free-standing subwavelength metal–insulator–metal gratings using high-aspect-ratio nanoimprint techniques

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    Honma, Hiroaki; Mitsudome, Masato; Itoh, Shintaro; Ishida, Makoto; Sawada, Kazuaki; Takahashi, Kazuhiro

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we report on the construction of a free-standing metal–insulator–metal (MIM) subwavelength grating by nanoimprint and lift-off techniques, which can be used as a plasmonic color filter for imaging a multicolor spectrum. The free-standing subwavelength grating was designed to be composed of Al (50 nm)–SiO2 (150 nm)–Al (50 nm) layers, and the thickness of the SiO2 layer determined the wavelength selectivity for the color filter. The residual-free nanoimprint with an aspect ratio of 6:1 was applied in the lift-off process to the formation of MIM gratings. We successfully developed subwavelength MIM gratings with heights of more than 200 nm. We also demonstrated the fabrication of a free-standing MIM grating without lateral stiction, which was expected to improve the wavelength selectivity of a free-standing plasmonic color filter.

  18. Propagation delay and power dissipation for different aspect ratio of single-walled carbon nanotube bundled TSV

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    Goyal, Tanu; Majumder, Manoj Kumar; Kaushik, Brajesh Kumar

    2015-06-01

    Through-silicon vias (TSVs) have provided an attractive solution for three-dimensional (3D) integrated devices and circuit technologies with reduced parasitic losses and power dissipation, higher input-output (I/O) density and improved system performance. This paper investigates the propagation delay and average power dissipation of single-walled carbon nanotube bundled TSVs having different via radius and height. Depending on the physical configuration, a comprehensive and accurate analytical model of CNT bundled TSV is employed to represent the via (vertical interconnect access) line of a driver-TSV-load (DTL) system. The via radius and height are used to estimate the bundle aspect ratio (AR) and the cross-sectional area. For a fixed via height, the delay and the power dissipation are reduced up to 96.2% using a SWCNT bundled TSV with AR = 300 : 1 in comparison to AR = 6 : 1.

  19. Cultivation of the photosynthesis microorganism in a Taylor-Couette Vortex Flow with a small aspect ratio

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    Kawai, H; Yasui, S [Muroran Institute of Technology, 27-1 Mizumoto-cho, Muroran, 050-8585 (Japan); Takahashi, H; Kikura, H; Aritomi, M, E-mail: takahashi@2phase.nr.titech.ac.j [Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1 Ohokayama, Meguro, 152-8550 (Japan)

    2009-02-01

    This study focuses on the dynamics of the Taylor-Couette Vortex Flow (TVF) in a photo-bioreactor in which CO{sub 2} is changed to O{sub 2} with high efficiency by the photosynthesis ability of micro algae. Stirring by means of a screw propeller is generally used for a simple agitation. However, the problem is that there exists a very high shearing flow region just near the propeller, which causes the destruction of the alga cell by the shearing force. In contrast, the TVF mixing is expected to reduce such a local and random shearing force because of their column of steady and orderly vortices. In this study, the relationship between the microorganism growth rate and the flow structures in dilute suspensions of a TVF is investigated and the flow characteristics are measured by using an ultrasonic velocity profiler with a small aspect ratio of 3.

  20. High fidelity replication of surface texture and geometric form of a high aspect ratio aerodynamic test component

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    Walton, Karl; Fleming, Leigh; Goodhand, Martin; Racasan, Radu; Zeng, Wenhan

    2016-06-01

    This paper details, assesses and validates a technique for the replication of a titanium wind tunnel test aerofoil in polyurethane resin. Existing resin replication techniques are adapted to overcome the technical difficulties associated with casting a high aspect ratio component. The technique is shown to have high replication fidelity over all important length-scales. The blade chord was accurate to 0.02%, and the maximum blade thickness was accurate to 2.5%. Important spatial and amplitude areal surface texture parameter were accurate to within 2%. Compared to an existing similar system using correlation areal parameters the current technique is shown to have lower fidelity and this difference is discussed. The current technique was developed for the measurement of boundary layer flow ‘laminar to turbulent’ transition for gas turbine compressor blade profiles and this application is illustrated.

  1. A triple-layer protection process for high-aspect-ratio silicon micromachining by DRIE of SOI substrates

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    Using the buried oxide layer of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers as the etch-stop layer, a triple-layer protection process integrating deep reaction ion etching (DRIE) and wet anisotropic bulk micromachining is demonstrated to fabricate various three-dimensional MEMS devices on SOI wafer. Several limitations of the DRIE process, including bottom grass formation, reactive ion etching lag and notching effects, are solved by modifying the process parameters to achieve satisfactory performance. This process is capable of various applications and is applied to fabricate a resonant pressure sensor in this study. In summary, the developed process possesses most existing merits and reduces many design constraints of the existing high-aspect-ratio micromachining process, contributing to a more competitive and convenient micromachining. (paper)

  2. Sacrificial structures for deep reactive ion etching of high-aspect ratio kinoform silicon x-ray lenses

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    Stöhr, Frederik; Michael-Lindhard, Jonas; Hübner, Jörg;

    2015-01-01

    This article describes the realization of complex high-aspect ratio silicon structures with feature dimensions from 100 lm to 100nm by deep reactive ion etching using the Bosch process. As the exact shape of the sidewall profiles can be crucial for the proper functioning of a device, the authors...... investigated how sacrificial structures in the form of guarding walls and pillars may be utilized to facilitate accurate control of the etch profile. Unlike other sacrificial structuring approaches, no silicon-on-insulator substrates or multiple lithography steps are required. In addition, the safe removal of...... the sacrificial structures was accomplished by thermal oxidation and subsequent selective wet etching. The effects of the dimensions and relative placement of sacrificial walls and pillars on the etching result were determined through systematic experiments. The authors applied this process for exact...

  3. Estimation of Particle Size Distribution and Aspect Ratio of Non-Spherical Particles From Chord Length Distribution

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    Agimelen, Okpeafoh S; Vasile, Massimiliano; Nordon, Alison; Haley, Ian; Mulholland, Anthony J

    2014-01-01

    Information about size and shape of particles produced in various manufacturing processes is very important for process and product development because design of downstream processes as well as final product properties strongly depend on these geometrical particle attributes. However, recovery of particle size and shape information in situ during crystallisation processes has been a major challenge. The focused beam reflectance measurement (FBRM) provides the chord length distribution (CLD) of a population of particles in a suspension flowing close to the sensor window. Recovery of size and shape information from the CLD requires a model relating particle size and shape to its CLD as well as solving the corresponding inverse problem. This paper presents a comprehensive algorithm which produces estimates of particle size distribution and particle aspect ratio from measured CLD data. While the algorithm searches for a global best solution to the inverse problem without requiring further a priori information on ...

  4. Atmospheric pressure ionization waves propagating through a flexible high aspect ratio capillary channel and impinging upon a target

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    Atmospheric pressure ionization waves (IWs) propagating in flexible capillary tubes are a unique way of transporting a plasma and its active species to remote sites for applications such as biomedical procedures, particularly in endoscopic procedures. The propagation mechanisms for such IWs in tubes having aspect ratios of hundreds to thousands are not clear. In this paper, results are discussed from a numerical investigation of the fundamental properties of ionization waves generated by nanosecond voltage pulses inside a 15 cm long, 600 µm wide (aspect ratio 250), flexible dielectric channel. The channel, filled with a Ne/Xe = 99.9/0.1 gas mixture at 1 atm, empties into a small chamber separated from a target substrate by 1 cm. The IWs propagate through the entire length of the channel while maintaining similar strength and magnitude. Upon exiting the channel into the chamber, the IW induces a second streamer discharge at the channel–chamber junction. This streamer then propagates across the chamber and impinges upon the target. The average speeds of the capillary-bounded IW are about 5 × 107 cm s−1 and 1 × 108 cm s−1 for positive and negative polarities, respectively. The propagation speed is sensitive to the curvature of the channel. In both cases, the peak in ionization tends to be located along the channel walls and alternates from side-to-side depending on the direction of the local instantaneous electric field and curvature of the channel. The ionization region following the IW extends up to several centimeters inside the channel, as opposed to being highly localized at the ionization front in unconstrained, atmospheric pressure IWs. The maximum speed of the IW in the chamber is about twice that in the channel. (paper)

  5. Study on morphology of high-aspect-ratio grooves fabricated by using femtosecond laser irradiation and wet etching

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    Highlights: • We studied morphologies of silicon grooves fabricated by laser irradiation and wet etching. • We found nano-ripple structures formed on the groove sidewall. • Formations of nano-ripples were due to the formation of standing wave and nanoplanes. • Remaining debris on the groove bottom was removed by KOH etching. - Abstract: Morphologies of high-aspect-ratio silicon grooves fabricated by using femtosecond laser irradiation and selective chemical etching of hydrofluoric acid (HF) were studied. Oxygen was deeply doped into silicon under femtosecond laser irradiation in air, and then the oxygen-doped regions were removed by HF etching to form high-aspect-ratio grooves. After HF etching, periodic nano-ripples which were induced in silicon by femtosecond laser were observed on the groove sidewalls. The ripple orientation was perpendicular or parallel to the laser propagation direction (z direction), which depended on the relative direction between the laser polarization direction and the scanning direction. The formation of nano-ripples with orientations perpendicular to z direction could be attributed to the standing wave generated by the interference of the incident light and the reflected light in z direction. The formation of nano-ripples with orientations parallel to z direction could be attributed to the formation of self-organized periodic nanoplanes (bulk nanogratings) induced by femtosecond laser inside silicon. Materials in the tail portion of laser-induced oxygen doping (LIOD) regions were difficult to be etched by HF solution due to low oxygen concentration. The specimen was etched further in KOH solution to remove remaining materials in LIOD regions and all-silicon grooves were fabricated

  6. Surface Modification Energized by Focused Ion Beam: The Influence of Etch Rates & Aspect Ratio on Ripple Wavelengths.

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    MoberlyChan, W J

    2006-11-15

    Ion beams have been used to modify surface topography, producing nanometer-scale modulations (and even subnanometer ripples in this work) that have potential uses ranging from designing self-assembly structures, to controlling stiction of micromachined surfaces, to providing imprint templates for patterned media. Modern computer-controlled Focused Ion Beam tools enable alternating submicron patterned zones of such ion-eroded surfaces, as well as dramatically increasing the rate of ion beam processing. The DualBeam FIB/SEM also expedites process development while minimizing the use of materials that may be precious (Diamond) and/or produce hazardous byproducts (Beryllium). A FIB engineer can prototype a 3-by-3-by-3 matrix of variables in tens of minutes and consume as little as zeptoliters of material; whereas traditional ion beam processing would require tens of days and tens of precious wafers. Saturation wavelengths have been reported for ripples on materials such as single crystal silicon or diamond ({approx}200nm); however this work achieves wavelengths >400nm on natural diamond. Conversely, Be can provide a stable and ordered 2-dimensional array of <40nm periodicity; and ripples <0.4nm are also fabricated on carbon surfaces and quantified by HR-TEM and electron diffraction. Rippling is a function of material, ion beam, and angle; but is also controlled by chemical environment, redeposition, and aspect ratio. Ideally a material exhibits a constant yield (atoms sputtered off per incident ion); however, pragmatic FIB processes, coupled with the direct metrological feedback in a DualBeam tool, reveal etch rates do not remain constant for nanometer-scale processing. Control of rippling requires controlled metrology, and robust software tools are developed to enhance metrology. In situ monitoring of the influence of aspect ratio and redeposition at the micron scale correlates to the rippling fundamentals that occur at the nanometer scale and are controlled by the

  7. Numerical investigation of non-Newtonian fluids in annular ducts with finite aspect ratio using lattice Boltzmann method

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    Khali, S.; Nebbali, R.; Ameziani, D. E.; Bouhadef, K.

    2013-05-01

    In this work the instability of the Taylor-Couette flow for Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids (dilatant and pseudoplastic fluids) is investigated for cases of finite aspect ratios. The study is conducted numerically using the lattice Boltzmann method (LBM). In many industrial applications, the apparatuses and installations drift away from the idealized case of an annulus of infinite length, and thus the end caps effect can no longer be ignored. The inner cylinder is rotating while the outer one and the end walls are maintained at rest. The lattice two-dimensional nine-velocity (D2Q9) Boltzmann model developed from the Bhatnagar-Gross-Krook approximation is used to obtain the flow field for fluids obeying the power-law model. The combined effects of the Reynolds number, the radius ratio, and the power-law index n on the flow characteristics are analyzed for an annular space of finite aspect ratio. Two flow modes are obtained: a primary Couette flow (CF) mode and a secondary Taylor vortex flow (TVF) mode. The flow structures so obtained are different from one mode to another. The critical Reynolds number Rec for the passage from the primary to the secondary mode exhibits the lowest value for the pseudoplastic fluids and the highest value for the dilatant fluids. The findings are useful for studies of the swirling flow of non-Newtonians fluids in axisymmetric geometries using LBM. The flow changes from the CF to TVF and its structure switches from the two-cells to four-cells regime for both Newtonian and dilatant fluids. Contrariwise for pseudoplastic fluids, the flow exhibits 2-4-2 structure passing from two-cells to four cells and switches again to the two-cells configuration. Furthermore, the critical Reynolds number presents a monotonic increase with the power-law index n of the non-Newtonian fluid, and as the radius ratio grows, the transition flow regimes tend to appear for higher critical Reynolds numbers.

  8. Numerical investigation of non-Newtonian fluids in annular ducts with finite aspect ratio using lattice Boltzmann method.

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    Khali, S; Nebbali, R; Ameziani, D E; Bouhadef, K

    2013-05-01

    In this work the instability of the Taylor-Couette flow for Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids (dilatant and pseudoplastic fluids) is investigated for cases of finite aspect ratios. The study is conducted numerically using the lattice Boltzmann method (LBM). In many industrial applications, the apparatuses and installations drift away from the idealized case of an annulus of infinite length, and thus the end caps effect can no longer be ignored. The inner cylinder is rotating while the outer one and the end walls are maintained at rest. The lattice two-dimensional nine-velocity (D2Q9) Boltzmann model developed from the Bhatnagar-Gross-Krook approximation is used to obtain the flow field for fluids obeying the power-law model. The combined effects of the Reynolds number, the radius ratio, and the power-law index n on the flow characteristics are analyzed for an annular space of finite aspect ratio. Two flow modes are obtained: a primary Couette flow (CF) mode and a secondary Taylor vortex flow (TVF) mode. The flow structures so obtained are different from one mode to another. The critical Reynolds number Re(c) for the passage from the primary to the secondary mode exhibits the lowest value for the pseudoplastic fluids and the highest value for the dilatant fluids. The findings are useful for studies of the swirling flow of non-Newtonians fluids in axisymmetric geometries using LBM. The flow changes from the CF to TVF and its structure switches from the two-cells to four-cells regime for both Newtonian and dilatant fluids. Contrariwise for pseudoplastic fluids, the flow exhibits 2-4-2 structure passing from two-cells to four cells and switches again to the two-cells configuration. Furthermore, the critical Reynolds number presents a monotonic increase with the power-law index n of the non-Newtonian fluid, and as the radius ratio grows, the transition flow regimes tend to appear for higher critical Reynolds numbers. PMID:23767615

  9. Effect on plasma performance of a single MHD mode feedback control in low-aspect-ratio RFP RELAX

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    A feedback control system for the stabilization of resistive wall mode (RWM) was applied to a low-aspect-ratio reversed field pinch (RFP) with minimum power supply capabilities to control the single mode. The system consists of 64 saddle coils (4 and 16 in poloidal and toroidal direction, respectively) in the actuator covering the whole torus on the outer surface of the vacuum vessel. The sensor coils also have the same structure. The saddle coils are connected in series to control the single m/n = 1/2 mode, which has the largest growth rate in RELAX. The radial component of the magnetic field from the sensor coils was suppressed to the preset level and the m/n = 1/2 magnetic mode, which otherwise grows with field penetration time of the vessel, was reduced to 0.1% of the edge poloidal field throughout the discharge. The RFP discharge duration has been extended to ∼3.5 ms, the upper bound determined by the saturation of the iron core. Finally, the MHD control issues in a low-A machine are discussed. (author)

  10. Oxide mediated liquid-solid growth of high aspect ratio aligned gold silicide nanowires on Si(110) substrates

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    Silicon nanowires grown using the vapor-liquid-solid method are promising candidates for nanoelectronics applications. The nanowires grow from an Au-Si catalyst during silicon chemical vapor deposition. In this paper, the effect of temperature, oxide at the interface and substrate orientation on the nucleation and growth kinetics during formation of nanogold silicide structures is explained using an oxide mediated liquid-solid growth mechanism. Using real time in situ high temperature transmission electron microscopy (with 40 ms time resolution), we show the formation of high aspect ratio (∼15.0) aligned gold silicide nanorods in the presence of native oxide at the interface during in situ annealing of gold thin films on Si(110) substrates. Steps observed in the growth rate and real time electron diffraction show the existence of liquid Au-Si nano-alloy structures on the surface besides the un-reacted gold nanostructures. These results might enable us to engineer the growth of nanowires and similar structures with an Au-Si alloy as a catalyst.

  11. Formation of High Aspect Ratio TiO2 Nano tube Arrays by Anodization of Ti Foil in Organic Solution

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    Titanium oxide (TiO2) nano tubes were successfully formed by anodization of pure titanium foil in a standard two-electrode bath consisting of ethylene glycol solution containing 5 wt % NH4F. The pH of the solution was ∼7 and the anodization voltage was 60 V. It was observed that such anodization condition results in ordered arrays of TiO2 nano tubes with smooth surface and a very high aspect ratio. It was observed that a minimum of 1 wt % water addition was required to form well ordered TiO2 nano tubes with length of approximately 18.5 μm. As-anodized sample, the self-organized TiO2 nano tubes have amorphous structure and annealing at 500 degree Celsius of the nano tubes promote formation of anatase and rutile phase. Photo catalytic activity of well ordered TiO2 nano tubes with two different lengths was evaluated by measuring the degradation of methyl orange (MO). The elaboration of this observation is described in detail in this paper. (author)

  12. GaAs on Si epitaxy by aspect ratio trapping: Analysis and reduction of defects propagating along the trench direction

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    The Aspect Ratio Trapping technique has been extensively evaluated for improving the quality of III-V heteroepitaxial films grown on Si, due to the potential for terminating defects at the sidewalls of SiO2 patterned trenches that enclose the growth region. However, defects propagating along the trench direction cannot be effectively confined with this technique. We studied the effect of the trench bottom geometry on the density of defects of GaAs fins, grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition on 300 mm Si (001) wafers inside narrow (<90 nm wide) trenches. Plan view and cross sectional Scanning Electron Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy, together with High Resolution X-Ray Diffraction, were used to evaluate the crystal quality of GaAs. The prevalent defects that reach the top surface of GaAs fins are (111) twin planes propagating along the trench direction. The lowest density of twin planes, ∼8 × 108 cm−2, was achieved on “V” shaped bottom trenches, where GaAs nucleation occurs only on (111) Si planes, minimizing the interfacial energy and preventing the formation of antiphase boundaries

  13. Feasibility study on 3-D shape analysis of high-aspect-ratio features using through-focus scanning optical microscopy.

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    Attota, Ravi Kiran; Weck, Peter; Kramar, John A; Bunday, Benjamin; Vartanian, Victor

    2016-07-25

    In-line metrologies currently used in the semiconductor industry are being challenged by the aggressive pace of device scaling and the adoption of novel device architectures. Metrology and process control of three-dimensional (3-D) high-aspect-ratio (HAR) features are becoming increasingly important and also challenging. In this paper we present a feasibility study of through-focus scanning optical microscopy (TSOM) for 3-D shape analysis of HAR features. TSOM makes use of 3-D optical data collected using a conventional optical microscope for 3-D shape analysis. Simulation results of trenches and holes down to the 11 nm node are presented. The ability of TSOM to analyze an array of HAR features or a single isolated HAR feature is also presented. This allows for the use of targets with area over 100 times smaller than that of conventional gratings, saving valuable real estate on the wafers. Indications are that the sensitivity of TSOM may match or exceed the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) measurement requirements for the next several years. Both simulations and preliminary experimental results are presented. The simplicity, lowcost, high throughput, and nanometer scale 3-D shape sensitivity of TSOM make it an attractive inspection and process monitoring solution for nanomanufacturing. PMID:27464112

  14. GaAs on Si epitaxy by aspect ratio trapping: Analysis and reduction of defects propagating along the trench direction

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    Orzali, Tommaso, E-mail: tommaso.orzali@sematech.org; Vert, Alexey; O' Brien, Brendan; Papa Rao, Satyavolu S. [SEMATECH, 257 Fuller Rd Suite 2200, Albany, New York 12203 (United States); Herman, Joshua L.; Vivekanand, Saikumar [College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 251 Fuller Road, Albany, New York 12203 (United States); Hill, Richard J. W. [Now at Micron Technologies, 8000 S Federal Way, Boise, Idaho 83716 (United States); Karim, Zia [AIXTRON, Inc., 1139 Karlstad Dr., Sunnyvale, California 94089 (United States)

    2015-09-14

    The Aspect Ratio Trapping technique has been extensively evaluated for improving the quality of III-V heteroepitaxial films grown on Si, due to the potential for terminating defects at the sidewalls of SiO{sub 2} patterned trenches that enclose the growth region. However, defects propagating along the trench direction cannot be effectively confined with this technique. We studied the effect of the trench bottom geometry on the density of defects of GaAs fins, grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition on 300 mm Si (001) wafers inside narrow (<90 nm wide) trenches. Plan view and cross sectional Scanning Electron Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy, together with High Resolution X-Ray Diffraction, were used to evaluate the crystal quality of GaAs. The prevalent defects that reach the top surface of GaAs fins are (111) twin planes propagating along the trench direction. The lowest density of twin planes, ∼8 × 10{sup 8 }cm{sup −2}, was achieved on “V” shaped bottom trenches, where GaAs nucleation occurs only on (111) Si planes, minimizing the interfacial energy and preventing the formation of antiphase boundaries.

  15. Heat transport by turbulent Rayleigh-B'enard Convection in cylindrical cells with aspect ratio one and less

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    Nikolaenko, A; Funfschilling, D; Ahlers, G; Nikolaenko, Alexei; Brown, Eric; Funfschilling, Denis; Ahlers, Guenter

    2004-01-01

    We present high-precision measurements of the Nusselt number N as a function of the Rayleigh number R for cylindrical samples of water (Prandtl number sigma = 4.4) with a diameter D of 49.7 cm and heights L = 116.3, 74.6, and 50.6 cm, as well as for D = 24.8 cm and L = 90.2 cm. For each aspect ratio Gamma = D/L = 0.28, 0.43, 0.67, and 0.98 the data cover a range of a little over a decade of R. The maximum R ~= 10^12 and Nusselt number N ~= 600 were reached for Gamma = 0.43 and D = 49.7. The data were corrected for the influence of the finite conductivity of the top and bottom plates on the heat transport in the fluid to obtain estimates of N_infty for plates with infinite conductivity. The results for N_infty and Gamma >= 0.43 are nearly independent of Gamma. For Gamma = 0.275 N_infty falls about 2.5 % below the other data. For R ~ 1/3.

  16. Application of Self-Assembled Monolayers to the Electroless Metallization of High Aspect Ratio Vias for Microelectronics

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    Bernasconi, R.; Molazemhosseini, A.; Cervati, M.; Armini, S.; Magagnin, L.

    2016-07-01

    All-wet electroless metallization of through-silicon vias (TSVs) with a width of 5 μm and a 1:10 aspect ratio was carried out. Immersion in a n-(2-aminoethyl) 3-aminopropyl-trimethoxysilane (AEAPTMS) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) was used to enhance the adhesion between the metal film and substrate. Contact angle variation and atomic force microscopy were used to verify the formation of a SAM layer. A PdCl2 solution was later used to activate the silanized substrates, exploiting the affinity of the -NH3 functional group of AEAPTMS to palladium. A nickel-phosphorus-boron electroless bath was employed to deposit the first barrier layer onto silicon. The NiPB growth rate was evaluated on flat silicon wafers, while the structure of the coating obtained was investigated via glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy. Cross-sectional scanning electron microscope observations were carried out on metallized TSVs to characterize the NiPB seed, the Cu seed layer deposited with a second electroless step, and the Cu superfilling obtained with a commercial solution. Complete filling of TSV was achieved.

  17. A minimally invasive micro sampler for quantitative sampling with an ultrahigh-aspect-ratio microneedle and a PDMS actuator.

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    Liu, Long; Wang, Yan; Yao, Jinyuan; Yang, Cuijun; Ding, Guifu

    2016-08-01

    This study describes a novel micro sampler consisting of an ultrahigh-aspect-ratio microneedle and a PDMS actuator. The microneedle was fabricated by a new method which introduced reshaped photoresist technology to form a flow channel inside. The microneedle includes two parts: shaft and pedestal. In this study, the shaft length is 1500 μm with a 45° taper angle on the tip and pedestal is 1000 μm. Besides, the shaft and pedestal are connected by an arc connection structure with a length of 600 μm. The microneedles have sufficient mechanical strength to insert into skin with a wide safety margin which was proved by mechanics tests. Moreover, a PDMS actuator with a chamber inside was designed and fabricated in this study. The chamber, acting as a reservoir in sampling process as well as providing power, was optimized by finite element analysis (FEA) to decrease dead volume and improve sampling precision. The micro sampler just needs finger press to activate the sampling process as well as used for quantitative micro injection to some extent. And a volume of 31.5 ± 0.8 μl blood was successfully sampled from the ear artery of a rabbit. This micro sampler is suitable for micro sampling for diagnose or therapy in biomedical field. PMID:27372944

  18. Optimization of process parameters of the activated tungsten inert gas welding for aspect ratio of UNS S32205 duplex stainless steel welds

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    G. Magudeeswaran

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The activated TIG (ATIG welding process mainly focuses on increasing the depth of penetration and the reduction in the width of weld bead has not been paid much attention. The shape of a weld in terms of its width-to-depth ratio known as aspect ratio has a marked influence on its solidification cracking tendency. The major influencing ATIG welding parameters, such as electrode gap, travel speed, current and voltage, that aid in controlling the aspect ratio of DSS joints, must be optimized to obtain desirable aspect ratio for DSS joints. Hence in this study, the above parameters of ATIG welding for aspect ratio of ASTM/UNS S32205 DSS welds are optimized by using Taguchi orthogonal array (OA experimental design and other statistical tools such as Analysis of Variance (ANOVA and Pooled ANOVA techniques. The optimum process parameters are found to be 1 mm electrode gap, 130 mm/min travel speed, 140 A current and 12 V voltage. The aspect ratio and the ferrite content for the DSS joints fabricated using the optimized ATIG parameters are found to be well within the acceptable range and there is no macroscopically evident solidification cracking.

  19. Optimization of process parameters of the activated tungsten inert gas welding for aspect ratio of UNS S32205 duplex stainless steel welds

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    G. MAGUDEESWARAN; Sreehari R. NAIR; L. SUNDAR; N. HARIKANNAN

    2014-01-01

    The activated TIG (ATIG) welding process mainly focuses on increasing the depth of penetration and the reduction in the width of weld bead has not been paid much attention. The shape of a weld in terms of its width-to-depth ratio known as aspect ratio has a marked influence on its solidification cracking tendency. The major influencing ATIG welding parameters, such as electrode gap, travel speed, current and voltage, that aid in controlling the aspect ratio of DSS joints, must be optimized to obtain desirable aspect ratio for DSS joints. Hence in this study, the above parameters of ATIG welding for aspect ratio of ASTM/UNS S32205 DSS welds are optimized by using Taguchi orthogonal array (OA) experimental design and other statistical tools such as Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Pooled ANOVA techniques. The optimum process parameters are found to be 1 mm electrode gap, 130 mm/min travel speed, 140 A current and 12 V voltage. The aspect ratio and the ferrite content for the DSS joints fabricated using the optimized ATIG parameters are found to be well within the acceptable range and there is no macroscopically evident solidification cracking.

  20. Computational modeling of elastic properties of carbon nanotube/polymer composites with interphase regions. Part I: Micro-structural characterization and geometric modeling

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    Han, Fei

    2014-01-01

    A computational strategy to predict the elastic properties of carbon nanotube-reinforced polymer composites is proposed in this two-part paper. In Part I, the micro-structural characteristics of these nano-composites are discerned. These characteristics include networks/agglomerations of carbon nanotubes and thick polymer interphase regions between the nanotubes and the surrounding matrix. An algorithm is presented to construct three-dimensional geometric models with large amounts of randomly dispersed and aggregated nanotubes. The effects of the distribution of the nanotubes and the thickness of the interphase regions on the concentration of the interphase regions are demonstrated with numerical results. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Numerical investigation of the interaction between upstream cavity purge flow and main flow in low aspect ratio turbine cascade

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    Jia Wei; Liu Huoxing

    2013-01-01

    In modem gas turbines,rim seal located between the stator-disc and rotor-disc is used to prevent hot-gas ingestion into the inner stage-gap of high pressure turbine.However,the purge flow supplied to the cavity through the rim seal interacts with the main flow,producing additional aerodynamic loss due to the mixing process which plays a significant role in the formation,development and evolution of downstream secondary flow.In this paper,a set of cascade representative of low aspect ratio turbine is selected to numerically investigate the influence of upstream cavity purge flow on the hub secondary flow structure and aerodynamic loss.Cascade with/without upstream cavity and four different purge mass flow rates are all taken into account in this simulation.Then,a deep insight into the loss mechanism of interaction between purge flow and main flow is gained.The results show that the presence of cavity and purge flow has a significant impact on the main flow which not only changes the vortex structure in both the passage and upstream cavity,but also alters the cascade exit flow angle distribution along the spanwise.Moreover,aerodynamic loss in the cascade rises with the increase of purge flow rate while the sealing effect is also enhanced.Therefore,the effect of upstream cavity purge flow must be considered in the process of turbine aerodynamic design.What is more,it is necessary to minimize the purge flow rate in order to reduce aerodynamic loss on the premise of satisfying cooling requirements.

  2. On the onset of secondary flow and unsteady solutions through a loosely coiled rectangular duct for large aspect ratio

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    Shaha, Poly Rani; Rudro, Sajal Kanti; Poddar, Nayan Kumar; Mondal, Rabindra Nath

    2016-07-01

    The study of flows through coiled ducts and channels has attracted considerable attention not only because of their ample applications in Chemical, Mechanical, Civil, Nuclear and Biomechanical engineering but also because of their ample applications in other areas, such as blood flow in the veins and arteries of human and other animals. In this paper, a numerical study is presented for the fully developed two-dimensional flow of viscous incompressible fluid through a loosely coiled rectangular duct of large aspect ratio. Numerical calculations are carried out by using a spectral method, and covering a wide range of the Dean number, Dn, for two types of curvatures of the duct. The main concern of the present study is to find out effects of curvature as well as formation of secondary vortices on unsteady solutions whether the unsteady flow is steady-state, periodic, multi-periodic or chaotic, if Dn is increased. Time evolution calculations as well as their phase spaces are performed with a view to study the non-linear behavior of the unsteady solutions, and it is found that the steady-state flow turns into chaotic flow through various flow instabilities, if Dn is increased no matter what the curvature is. It is found that the unsteady flow is a steady-state solution for small Dn's and oscillates periodically or non-periodically (chaotic) between two- and twelve-vortex solutions, if Dn is increased. It is also found that the chaotic solution is weak for small Dn's but strong as Dn becomes large. Axial flow distribution is also investigated and shown in contour plots.

  3. pH-Dependent Toxicity of High Aspect Ratio ZnO Nanowires in Macrophages Due to Intracellular Dissolution

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    H. Müller, Karin

    2010-11-23

    High-aspect ratio ZnO nanowires have become one of the most promising products in the nanosciences within the past few years with a multitude of applications at the interface of optics and electronics. The interaction of zinc with cells and organisms is complex, with both deficiency and excess causing severe effects. The emerging significance of zinc for many cellular processes makes it imperative to investigate the biological safety of ZnO nanowires in order to guarantee their safe economic exploitation. In this study, ZnO nanowires were found to be toxic to human monocyte macrophages (HMMs) at similar concentrations as ZnCl2. Confocal microscopy on live cells confirmed a rise in intracellular Zn2+ concentrations prior to cell death. In vitro, ZnO nanowires dissolved very rapidly in a simulated body fluid of lysosomal pH, whereas they were comparatively stable at extracellular pH. Bright-field transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed a rapid macrophage uptake of ZnO nanowire aggregates by phagocytosis. Nanowire dissolution occurred within membrane-bound compartments, triggered by the acidic pH of the lysosomes. ZnO nanowire dissolution was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry. Deposition of electron-dense material throughout the ZnO nanowire structures observed by TEM could indicate adsorption of cellular components onto the wires or localized zinc-induced protein precipitation. Our study demonstrates that ZnO nanowire toxicity in HMMs is due to pH-triggered, intracellular release of ionic Zn2+ rather than the high-aspect nature of the wires. Cell death had features of necrosis as well as apoptosis, with mitochondria displaying severe structural changes. The implications of these findings for the application of ZnO nanowires are discussed. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  4. Solution of Full Wave Equation for Global Modes in Small Aspect Ratio Tokamaks with Non-Circular Cross-Section

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    The wave equation for strongly toroidal small aspect ratio (spherical) tokamaks with non-circular cross-section is properly formulated and solved for global waves, in the Alfven frequency range. The current-carrying toroidal plasma is surrounded by a helical sheet-current antenna, which is enclosed within a perfectly conducting wall. The problem is formulated in terms of the vector and scalar potentials (A,Φ), thus avoiding the numerical solution occurring in the case of (E,B) formulation. Adequate boundary conditions are applied at the vacuum - metallic wall interface and the magnetic axis. A recently derived dielectric tensor-operator, able to describe the anisotropic plasma response in spherical tokamaks, is used for this purpose; except for its linear character, no physical or geometrical limitations are imposed on it. The equilibrium profiles (magnetic field, pressure and current) are obtained from a numerical solution of the Grad-Shafranov equation. Specifically, the wave equation is solved by the aid of a numerical code we developed for the present problem, based on the well documented 2(1/2)D finite element solver proposed by E.G. Sewell. With the definitions Vi(θ,ρ) = Ui(-θ,ρ) (ViUi = Aj, Φ; j = ρ,φ,θ), our code solves simultaneously 16 second order partial differential equations (eight equations for each of real and imaginary set of functions Vi, Ui). A systematic analysis of the solutions obtained for various values and combinations of wavenumbers and frequencies in the Alfven range is presented

  5. Optical properties of high aspect ratio plasma etched silicon nanowires: fabrication-induced variability dramatically reduces reflectance.

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    Smyrnakis, A; Almpanis, E; Constantoudis, V; Papanikolaou, N; Gogolides, E

    2015-02-27

    In this work we investigate both experimentally and theoretically the optical properties of aligned, perpendicular to the substrate, high aspect ratio (AR), plasma etched Si nanowires (SiNWs) with controlled variability. We focus on the role of imperfections in fabrication, which manifest themselves as dimensional variability of SiNW, lattice defects or positional randomization. SiNW arrays are fabricated by e-beam lithography (perfectly ordered array) or colloidal particle self-assembly (quasi-ordered array) followed by cryogenic Si plasma etching, which offers fast etch rate (up to 3 μm min(-1)) combined with clean, smooth, and controllable sidewall profile, but induces some dimensional variability on the diameters of the SiNWs. Sub-200 nm diameter SiNWs having AR as high as 37:1 are demonstrated. The total reflectance of SiNWs is below 2% in a wide range of the optical spectrum. We experimentally demonstrate improved light absorption when moving from a perfectly ordered (after e-beam lithography) to a defective and quasi-ordered (after colloidal self-assembly) SiNW array. In addition our measured reflectivity (for both ordered and quasi-ordered SiNWs) is much lower compared to the one predicted theoretically for a perfect SiNWs array, using full-electrodynamic calculations with the layer-multiple-scattering method. To explain such low reflectivity, we model the influence of disorder using the average T-matrix approximation and show that even small dimensional variability (10-20%) leads to dramatic reduction of the reflectance (matching the experimental results) and increased light trapping inside the SiNW justifying their possible application in photovoltaic devices. PMID:25648611

  6. Aspect ratio control of Au nanorods via covariation of the total amount of HAuCl4 and ascorbic acid

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    Highlights: • The AR value decreased as the total amount of [HAuCl4] and [AA] increasing. • The UV–vis absorption spectra showed the peak wavelength of TSPR at around 530 nm. • The wavelength of LSPR had a red-shifted effect. - Abstract: Controlling the aspect ratio (AR) of gold nanorods (GNRs) via covariation of the total concentrations of HAuCl4 ([HAuCl4]) and ascorbic acid ([AA]) has been studied. Characteristics of GNRs were examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and ultraviolet–visible (UV–vis) absorption spectrophotometry. TEM results showed that single crystalline GNRs grew along an elongated growth direction of [100]. TEM results also revealed that the quantity of plate shaped and nearly spherical nanoparticles increased as the total amount of [HAuCl4] and [AA] decreased. The AR value measured from TEM images decreased from 4.74 to 2.41 as the total amount of [HAuCl4] and [AA] was increased from 0.305 to 2.44 mM. The UV–vis absorption spectra of all samples showed that the wavelength of transverse surface plasmon resonance (TSPR) peak appeared at around 530 nm for all samples. The wavelength of longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) peak increased from 640 to 894 nm as the total amount of [HAuCl4] and [AA] decreased from 2.44 to 0.305 mM. The wavelength of LSPR peak shows a red-shifted effect except when the total amount of [HAuCl4] and [AA] was 0.122 mM

  7. Influence of platelet aspect ratio on the mechanical behaviour of bio-inspired nanocomposites using molecular dynamics.

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    Mathiazhagan, S; Anup, S

    2016-06-01

    Superior mechanical properties of biocomposites such as nacre and bone are attributed to their basic building blocks. These basic building blocks have nanoscale features and play a major role in achieving combined stiffening, strengthening and toughening mechanisms. Bioinspired nanocomposites based on these basic building blocks, regularly and stairwise staggered arrangements of hard platelets in soft matrix, have huge potential for developing advanced materials. The study of applicability of mechanical principles of biological materials to engineered materials will guide designing advanced materials. To probe the generic mechanical characteristics of these bioinspired nanocomposites, the model material concept in molecular dynamics (MD) is used. In this paper, the effect of platelets aspect ratio (AR) on the mechanical behaviour of bioinspired nanocomposites is investigated. The obtained Young׳s moduli of both the models and the strengths of the regularly staggered models agree with the available theories. However, the strengths of the stairwise staggered models show significant difference. For the stairwise staggered model, we demonstrate the existence of two critical ARs, a smaller critical AR above which platelet fracture occurs and a higher critical AR above which composite strength remains constant. Our MD study also shows the existence of mechanisms of platelet pull-out and breakage for lower and higher ARs. Pullout mechanism acts as a major source of plasticity. Further, we find that the regularly staggered model can achieve an optimal combination of high Young׳s modulus, flow strength and toughness, and the stairwise staggered model is efficient in obtaining high Young׳s modulus and tensile strength. PMID:26741376

  8. Optical properties of high aspect ratio plasma etched silicon nanowires: fabrication-induced variability dramatically reduces reflectance

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    In this work we investigate both experimentally and theoretically the optical properties of aligned, perpendicular to the substrate, high aspect ratio (AR), plasma etched Si nanowires (SiNWs) with controlled variability. We focus on the role of imperfections in fabrication, which manifest themselves as dimensional variability of SiNW, lattice defects or positional randomization. SiNW arrays are fabricated by e-beam lithography (perfectly ordered array) or colloidal particle self-assembly (quasi-ordered array) followed by cryogenic Si plasma etching, which offers fast etch rate (up to 3 μm min−1) combined with clean, smooth, and controllable sidewall profile, but induces some dimensional variability on the diameters of the SiNWs. Sub-200 nm diameter SiNWs having AR as high as 37:1 are demonstrated. The total reflectance of SiNWs is below 2% in a wide range of the optical spectrum. We experimentally demonstrate improved light absorption when moving from a perfectly ordered (after e-beam lithography) to a defective and quasi-ordered (after colloidal self-assembly) SiNW array. In addition our measured reflectivity (for both ordered and quasi-ordered SiNWs) is much lower compared to the one predicted theoretically for a perfect SiNWs array, using full-electrodynamic calculations with the layer-multiple-scattering method. To explain such low reflectivity, we model the influence of disorder using the average T-matrix approximation and show that even small dimensional variability (10–20%) leads to dramatic reduction of the reflectance (matching the experimental results) and increased light trapping inside the SiNW justifying their possible application in photovoltaic devices. (paper)

  9. Aspect Ratio Plays a Role in the Hazard Potential of CeO2 Nanoparticles in Mouse Lung and Zebrafish Gastrointestinal Tract

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    Lin, Sijie; Wang, Xiang; Ji, Zhaoxia; Chang, Chong Hyun; Dong, Yuan; Meng, Huan; Liao, Yu-Pei; Wang, Meiying; Song, Tze-Bin; Kohan, Sirus; Xia, Tian; Zink, Jeffrey I.; Lin, Shuo; Nel, André E.

    2014-01-01

    We have previously demonstrated that there is a relationship between the aspect ratio (AR) of CeO2 nanoparticles and in vitro hazard potential. CeO2 nanorods with AR ≥ 22 induced lysosomal damage and progressive effects on IL-1β production and cytotoxicity in the human myeloid cell line, THP-1. In order to determine whether this toxicological paradigm for long aspect ratio (LAR) CeO2 is also relevant in vivo, we performed comparative studies in the mouse lung and gastrointestinal tract (GIT) ...

  10. Fabrication and characterization of high aspect ratio perpendicular patterned information storage media in an Al2O3/GaAs substrate

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    Wong, Joyce; Scherer, Axel; Todorovic, Mladen; Schultz, Sheldon

    1999-01-01

    In a new approach, we have fabricated 6:1 aspect ratio magnetic nanocolumns, 60–250 nm in diameter, embedded in a hard aluminum-oxide/gallium-arsenide (Al2O3/GaAs) substrate. The fabrication technique uses the highly selective etching properties of GaAs and AlAs, and highly efficient masking properties of Al2O3 to create small diameter, high aspect ratio holes. Nickel (Ni) is subsequently electroplated into the holes, followed by polishing, which creates a smooth and hard surface appropriate ...

  11. 3-dimensional free standing micro-structures by proton beam writing of Su 8-silver nanoParticle polymeric composite

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    Proton beam lithography a maskless direct-write lithographic technique (well suited for producing 3-Dimensional microstructures in a range of resist and semiconductor materials) is demonstrated as an effective tool in the creation of electrically conductive freestanding micro-structures in an Su 8 + Nano Silver polymer composite. The structures produced show non-ohmic conductivity and fit the percolation theory conduction model of tunneling of separated nanoparticles. Measurements show threshold switching and a change in conductivity of at least 4 orders of magnitude. The predictable range of protons in materials at a given energy is exploited in the creation of high aspect ratio, free standing micro-structures, made from a commercially available SU8 Silver nano-composite (GMC3060 form Gersteltec Inc. a negative tone photo-epoxy with added metallic nano-particles(Silver)) to create films with enhanced electrical properties when exposed and cured. Nano-composite films are directly written on with a finely focused MeV accelerated Proton particle beam. The energy loss of the incident proton beams in the target polymer nano- composite film is concentrated at the end of its range, where damage occurs; changing the chemistry of the nano-composite film via an acid initiated polymerization - creating conduction paths. Changing the energy of the incident beams provide exposed regions with different penetration and damage depth - exploited in the demonstrated cantilever microstructure.

  12. Photopatternable NdFeB polymer micromagnets for microfluidics and microrobotics applications

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    Microscale sensors and transducers based on magnetic forces can be used to provide wireless, contamination-free interaction with micro- and nanoenvironments. However, integration of magnetic components with typical microfabrication processes can be challenging. Here we show the creation and characterization of polymer micromagnets that can be utilized in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microfluidics, microassembly and microrobotics applications. These magnets can be patterned using standard UV lithography, are inexpensive to manufacture, and require limited equipment to produce. We demonstrate the creation of polymer micromagnets with 3 µm feature resolution and greater than 10:1 aspect ratio, the controlled movement of freestanding structures using contact-free applied magnetic fields, and the fabrication of novel ‘hybrid’ magnetic microstructures with controlled heterogeneity of magnetic properties. (paper)

  13. Resolving the three-dimensional microstructure of polymer electrolyte fuel cell electrodes using nanometer-scale X-ray computed tomography

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    Epting, William K.; Gelb, Jeff; Litster, Shawn

    2012-02-08

    The electrodes of a polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) are composite porous layers consisting of carbon and platinum nanoparticles and a polymer electrolyte binder. The proper composition and arrangement of these materials for fast reactant transport and high electrochemical activity is crucial to achieving high performance, long lifetimes, and low costs. Here, the microstructure of a PEFC electrode using nanometer-scale X-ray computed tomography (nano-CT) with a resolution of 50 nm is investigated. The nano-CT instrument obtains this resolution for the low-atomic-number catalyst support and binder using a combination of a Fresnel zone plate objective and Zernike phase contrast imaging. High-resolution, non-destructive imaging of the three-dimensional (3D) microstructures provides important new information on the size and form of the catalyst particle agglomerates and pore spaces. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP) is applied to evaluate the limits of the resolution and to verify the 3D reconstructions. The computational reconstructions and size distributions obtained with nano-CT can be used for evaluating electrode preparation, performing pore-scale simulations, and extracting effective morphological parameters for large-scale computational models. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  14. A facile phosphine-free colloidal synthesis of Cu2SnS3 and Cu2ZnSnS4 nanorods with a controllable aspect ratio.

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    Wang, Jian-Jun; Liu, Pai; Ryan, Kevin M

    2015-09-18

    Cu2SnS3 (CTS) nanorods were synthesized with a controllable aspect ratio via a facile phosphine-free colloidal synthesis. This synthesis can be readily extended to obtain Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nanorods with tunable Zn content. PMID:26235602

  15. Low-temperature plasma etching of high aspect-ratio densely packed 15 to sub-10 nm silicon features derived from PS-PDMS block copolymer patterns.

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    Liu, Zuwei; Gu, Xiaodan; Hwu, Justin; Sassolini, Simone; Olynick, Deirdre L

    2014-07-18

    The combination of block copolymer (BCP) lithography and plasma etching offers a gateway to densely packed sub-10 nm features for advanced nanotechnology. Despite the advances in BCP lithography, plasma pattern transfer remains a major challenge. We use controlled and low substrate temperatures during plasma etching of a chromium hard mask and then the underlying substrate as a route to high aspect ratio sub-10 nm silicon features derived from BCP lithography. Siloxane masks were fabricated using poly(styrene-b-siloxane) (PS-PDMS) BCP to create either line-type masks or, with the addition of low molecular weight PS-OH homopolymer, dot-type masks. Temperature control was essential for preventing mask migration and controlling the etched feature's shape. Vertical silicon wire features (15 nm with feature-to-feature spacing of 26 nm) were etched with aspect ratios up to 17 : 1; higher aspect ratios were limited by the collapse of nanoscale silicon structures. Sub-10 nm fin structures were etched with aspect ratios greater than 10 : 1. Transmission electron microscopy images of the wires reveal a crystalline silicon core with an amorphous surface layer, just slightly thicker than a native oxide. PMID:24971641

  16. Low-temperature plasma etching of high aspect-ratio densely packed 15 to sub-10 nm silicon features derived from PS-PDMS block copolymer patterns

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    The combination of block copolymer (BCP) lithography and plasma etching offers a gateway to densely packed sub-10 nm features for advanced nanotechnology. Despite the advances in BCP lithography, plasma pattern transfer remains a major challenge. We use controlled and low substrate temperatures during plasma etching of a chromium hard mask and then the underlying substrate as a route to high aspect ratio sub-10 nm silicon features derived from BCP lithography. Siloxane masks were fabricated using poly(styrene-b-siloxane) (PS-PDMS) BCP to create either line-type masks or, with the addition of low molecular weight PS-OH homopolymer, dot-type masks. Temperature control was essential for preventing mask migration and controlling the etched feature’s shape. Vertical silicon wire features (15 nm with feature-to-feature spacing of 26 nm) were etched with aspect ratios up to 17 : 1; higher aspect ratios were limited by the collapse of nanoscale silicon structures. Sub-10 nm fin structures were etched with aspect ratios greater than 10 : 1. Transmission electron microscopy images of the wires reveal a crystalline silicon core with an amorphous surface layer, just slightly thicker than a native oxide. (paper)

  17. The effect of the geometry aspect ratio on the silicon ellipse-shaped surrounding- gate field-effect transistor and circuit

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    The silicon (Si) surrounding-gate metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) has ultimate gate structures and is a potential candidate for use in next-generation high-performance nano-devices. However, because of limitations of the fabrication process, theoretically ideally round shape of the surrounding gate may not always guarantee. These limitations may lead to the formation of an ellipse-shaped surrounding gate with major (a) and minor (b) axes of different lengths. In this study, the effect of the geometry aspect ratio, a/b, on the dc and ac characteristics of the 16 nm gate ellipse-shaped surrounding-gate MOSFETs and circuits is examined by using a three-dimensional coupled device-circuit simulation technique. The dependences of electrical characteristics on the geometry aspect ratio are evaluated with reference to various device characteristics and the circuit properties, including the circuit gain, the 3 dB bandwidth, the unity-gain bandwidth, the rise/fall time and the delay time. In analog circuits, the device with an aspect ratio of less than 1 is promising because the short-channel effect is suppressed. However, for a digital circuit configuration, the transient response of the circuit relies on the charge/discharge capability of the transistor. Thus, a device with a large aspect ratio, such as 2, will be more suitable for digital applications

  18. Forces and Moments on Flat Plates of Small Aspect Ratio with Application to PV Wind Loads and Small Wind Turbine Blades

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    Xavier Ortiz

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available To improve knowledge of the wind loads on photovoltaic structures mounted on flat roofs at the high angles required in high latitudes, and to study starting flow on low aspect ratio wind turbine blades, a series of wind tunnel tests were undertaken. Thin flat plates of aspect ratios between 0.4 and 9.0 were mounted on a sensitive three-component instantaneous force and moment sensor. The Reynolds numbers varied from 6 × 104 to 2 × 105. Measurements were made for angles of attack between 0° and 90° both in the free stream and in wall proximity with increased turbulence and mean shear. The ratio of drag to lift closely follows the inverse tangent of the angle of incidence for virtually all measurements. This implies that the forces of interest are due largely to the instantaneous pressure distribution around the plate and are not significantly influenced by shear stresses. The instantaneous forces appear most complex for the smaller aspect ratios but the intensity of the normal force fluctuations is between 10% and 20% in the free-steam but can exceed 30% near the wall. As the wind tunnel floor is approached, the lift and drag reduce with increasing aspect ratio, and there is a reduction in the high frequency components of the forces. It is shown that the centre of pressure is closer to the centre of the plates than the quarter-chord position for nearly all cases.

  19. Fabrication of high aspect ratio TiO2 and Al2O3 nanogratings by atomic layer deposition

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    Shkondin, Evgeniy; Takayama, Osamu; Michael-Lindhard, Jonas;

    2016-01-01

    The authors report on the fabrication of TiO2 and Al2O3 nanostructured gratings with an aspect ratio of up to 50. The gratings were made by a combination of atomic layer deposition (ALD) and dry etch techniques. The workflow included fabrication of a Si template using deep reactive ion etching...

  20. Ti3C2Tx Filler Effect on the Proton Conduction Property of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane.

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    Liu, Yahua; Zhang, Jiakui; Zhang, Xiang; Li, Yifan; Wang, Jingtao

    2016-08-10

    Conductive polymer electrolyte membranes are increasingly attractive for a wide range of applications in hydrogen-relevant devices, for instance hydrogen fuel cells. In this study, two-dimensional Ti3C2Tx, a typical representative of the recently developed MXene family, is synthesized and employed as a universal filler for its features of large specific surface area, high aspect ratio, and sufficient terminated -OH groups. The Ti3C2Tx is incorporated into polymer matrix to explore its function on membrane microstructure and proton conduction property. Both phase-separated (acidic Nafion and sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone)) and non-phase-separated (basic chitosan) polymers are utilized as membrane matrixes. The microstructures, physicochemical properties, and proton conduction properties of the membranes are extensively investigated. It is demonstrated that Ti3C2Tx generates significant promotion effect on proton conduction of the composite membrane by facilitating both vehicle-type and Grotthuss-type proton transfer, yielding several times increased proton conductivity for every polymer-based composite membrane under various conditions, and the composite membrane achieves elevated hydrogen fuel cell performance. The stable Ti3C2Tx also reinforces the thermal and mechanical stabilities of these composite membranes. Since the MXene family includes more than 70 members, this exploration is expected to open up new perspectives for expanding their applications, especially as membrane modifiers and proton conductors. PMID:27430190