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  1. Molecular Intercalation and Cohesion of Organic Bulk Heterojunction Photovoltaic Devices

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    Bruner, Christopher

    2013-01-17

    The phase separated bulk heterojunction (BHJ) layer in BHJ polymer:fullerene organic photovoltaic devices (OPV) are mechanically weak with low values of cohesion. Improved cohesion is important for OPV device thermomechanical reliability. BHJ devices are investigated and how fullerene intercalation within the active layer affects cohesive properties in the BHJ is shown. The intercalation of fullerenes between the side chains of the polymers poly(3,3″′-didocecyl quaterthiophene) (PQT-12) and poly(2,5-bis(3-hexadecylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (pBTTT) is shown to enhance BHJ layer cohesion. Cohesion values range from ≈1 to 5 J m -2, depending on the polymer:fullerene blend, processing conditions, and composition. Devices with non-intercalated BHJ layers are found to have significantly reduced values of cohesion. The resulting device power conversion efficiencies (PCE) are also investigated and correlated with the device cohesion. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Cohesion and device reliability in organic bulk heterojunction photovoltaic cells

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    Brand, Vitali

    2012-04-01

    The fracture resistance of P3HT:PC 60BM-based photovoltaic devices are characterized using quantitative adhesion and cohesion metrologies that allow identification of the weakest layer or interface in the device structure. We demonstrate that the phase separated bulk heterojunction layer is the weakest layer and report quantitative cohesion values which ranged from ∼1 to 20 J m -2. The effects of layer thickness, composition, and annealing treatments on layer cohesion are investigated. Using depth profiling and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy on the resulting fracture surfaces, we examine the gradient of molecular components through the thickness of the bulk heterojunction layer. Finally, using atomic force microscopy we show how the topography of the failure path is related to buckling of the metal electrode and how it develops with annealing. The research provides new insights on how the molecular design, structure and composition affect the cohesive properties of organic photovoltaics. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. FLOW PROPERTIES OF COHESIVE NANOPOWDERS

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    Jürgen Tomas

    2003-01-01

    The fundamentals of cohesive powder consolidation and flow behaviour using a reasonable combination of particle and continuum mechanics are explained. By means of the model "stiff particles with soft contacts", the influence of elastic-plastic repulsion in particle contacts is demonstrated. With this as the physical basis, the stationary yield locus, instantaneous yield loci and consolidation loci, flow function and compression function are presented. The flow properties of a very cohesive titania nanopowder (ds=200 nm) are shown. These models ara used to evaluate shear cell test results as constitutive functions for computer aided apparatus design for reliable powder flow.

  4. Stress, strain, and bulk microstructure in a cohesive powder

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    Andersson, R.; Bouwman, W.G.; Luding, S.; Schepper, de I.M.

    2008-01-01

    Spin-echo small-angle neutron scattering is able to characterize powders in terms of their density-density correlation function. Here we present a microstructural study on a fine cohesive powder undergoing uniaxial compression. As a function of compression, we measure the autocorrelation function of

  5. Magnetic and Cohesive Properties from Cononical Bands

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    Poulsen, U. K.; Kollar, J.; Andersen, O. K.

    1976-01-01

    The atomic volumes, the bulk moduli, the magnetizations, the gain susceptibilities and the derivatives of these quantities with respect to pressure have been obtained from first principles for Fe, Ni, Rh, Pd, Ir and Pt at 0K using canonical band theory and the local spin-density approximation...

  6. Dependence of ripple dimensions on cohesive and non-cohesive bed properties in the intertidal Dee Estuary

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    Lichtman, Ian; Thorne, Peter; Baas, Jacobus; O'Boyle, Louise; Cooke, Richard; Amoudry, Laurent; Bell, Paul; Aspden, Rebecca; Bass, Sarah; Davies, Alan; Hope, Julie; Malarkey, Jonathan; Manning, Andrew; Parsons, Daniel; Paterson, David; Peakall, Jeffrey; Schindler, Robert; Ye, Leiping

    2014-05-01

    There is a need to better understand the effects of cohesive and mixed sediments on coastal processes, to improve sediment transport models for the management of coastal erosion, siltation of navigation channels and habitat change. Although reasonable sediment transport predictors are available for pure sands, it still is not the case for mixed cohesive and non-cohesive sediments. Existing predictors mostly relate ripple dimensions to hydrodynamic conditions and median sediment grain diameter, assuming a narrow unimodal particle size distribution. Properties typical of mixed conditions, such as composition and cohesion for example, are not usually taken into account. This presents severe shortcomings to predictors' abilities. Indeed, laboratory experiments using mixed cohesive sediments have shown that bedform dimensions decrease with increasing bed mud content. In the field, one may expect current predictors to match data for well-sorted sands closely, but poorly for mixed sediments. Our work is part of the COHBED project and aims to: (1) examine, in field conditions, if ripple dimensions are significantly different for mixed cohesive sediment beds compared to beds with pure sand; (2) compare the field data with laboratory results that showed reduced ripple length due to cohesive mud content; and (3) assess the performance of a selection of ripple predictors for mixed sediment data. The COHBED project was set up to undertake laboratory experiments and fieldwork to study how physical and biological processes influence bedform development in a mixed cohesive-cohesionless sediment environment. As part of COHBED, a suite of instruments was deployed on tidal flats in the Dee Estuary (on the NW coast of England), collecting co-located measurements of the hydrodynamics, suspended sediment properties and bed morphology. The instruments occupied three sites collecting data over different bed compositions during a two week period (21 May to 4 June 2013). One site was

  7. Interparticle force based methodology for prediction of cohesive powder flow properties

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    Esayanur, Madhavan Sujatha Sarma

    The transport and handling of powders are key areas in the process industry that have a direct impact on the efficiency and/or the quality of the finished product. A lack of fundamental understanding of powder flow properties as a function of operating variables such as relative humidity, and particle size, leading to problems such as arching, rat-holing and segregation, is one the main causes for unscheduled down times in plant operation and loss of billions of dollars in revenues. Most of the current design strategies and characterization techniques for industrial powders are based on a continuum approach similar to the field of soil mechanics. Due to an increase in complexity of the synthesis process and reduction in size of powders to the nanoscale, the surface properties and inter particle forces play a significant role in determining the flow characteristics. The use of ensemble techniques such as direct shear testing to characterize powders are no longer adequate due to lack of understanding of the changes in the property of powders as a function of the major operating variables such as relative humidity, temperature etc. New instrumentation or techniques need to be developed to reliably characterize powder flow behavior. Simultaneously, scalability of the current models to predict powder flow needs to be revisited. Specifically, this study focuses on the development of an inter particle force based model for predicting the unconfined yield strength of cohesive powders. To understand the role of interparticle forces in determining the strength of cohesive powders, the particle scale interactions were characterized using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), contact angle, surface tension, and coefficient of friction. The bulk scale properties such as unconfined yield strength, packing structure, and size of the shear zone were also investigated. It was determined that an interparticle force based model incorporating the effect of particle size and packing structure

  8. Cohesive Energy-Lattice Constant and Bulk Modulus-Lattice Constant Relationships: Alkali Halides, Ag Halides, Tl Halides

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    Schlosser, Herbert

    1992-01-01

    In this note we present two expressions relating the cohesive energy, E(sub coh), and the zero pressure isothermal bulk modulus, B(sub 0), of the alkali halides. Ag halides and TI halides, with the nearest neighbor distances, d(sub nn). First, we show that the product E(sub coh)d(sub 0) within families of halide crystals with common crystal structure is to a good approximation constant, with maximum rms deviation of plus or minus 2%. Secondly, we demonstrate that within families of halide crystals with a common cation and common crystal structure the product B(sub 0)d(sup 3.5)(sub nn) is a good approximation constant, with maximum rms deviation of plus or minus 1.36%.

  9. Tailoring Magnetic Properties in Bulk Nanostructured Solids

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    Morales, Jason Rolando

    Important magnetic properties and behaviors such as coercivity, remanence, susceptibility, energy product, and exchange coupling can be tailored by controlling the grain size, composition, and density of bulk magnetic materials. At nanometric length scales the grain size plays an increasingly important role since magnetic domain behavior and grain boundary concentration determine bulk magnetic behavior. This has spurred a significant amount of work devoted to developing magnetic materials with nanometric features (thickness, grain/crystallite size, inclusions or shells) in 0D (powder), 1D (wires), and 2D (thin films) materials. Large 3D nanocrystalline materials are more suitable for many applications such as permanent magnets, magneto-optical Faraday isolators etc. Yet there are relatively few successful demonstrations of 3D magnetic materials with nanoscale influenced properties available in the literature. Making dense 3D bulk materials with magnetic nanocrystalline microstructures is a challenge because many traditional densification techniques (HIP, pressureless sintering, etc.) move the microstructure out of the "nano" regime during densification. This dissertation shows that the Current Activated Pressure Assisted Densification (CAPAD) method, also known as spark plasma sintering, can be used to create dense, bulk, magnetic, nanocrystalline solids with varied compositions suited to fit many applications. The results of my research will first show important implications for the use of CAPAD for the production of exchange-coupled nanocomposite magnets. Decreases in grain size were shown to have a significant role in increasing the magnitude of exchange bias. Second, preferentially ordered bulk magnetic materials were produced with highly anisotropic material properties. The ordered microstructure resulted in changing magnetic property magnitudes (ex. change in coercivity by almost 10x) depending on the relative orientation (0° vs. 90°) of an externally

  10. Production, Properties and Applications of Bulk Amorphous Alloys

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    Tao Zhang; Akihisa Inoue

    2000-01-01

    A review is given of recent work concerned with the production method, the characteristic properties(1) Bulk amorphous system; (2) Mechanical and magnetic properties of bulkamorphous alloys; (3)application of bulk amorphous alloys.

  11. Calculated Bulk Properties of the Actinide Metals

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    Skriver, Hans Lomholt; Andersen, O. K.; Johansson, B.

    1978-01-01

    Self-consistent relativistic calculations of the electronic properties for seven actinides (Ac-Am) have been performed using the linear muffin-tin orbitals method within the atomic-sphere approximation. Exchange and correlation were included in the local spin-density scheme. The theory explains...... the variation of the atomic volume and the bulk modulus through the 5f series in terms of an increasing 5f binding up to plutonium followed by a sudden localisation (through complete spin polarisation) in americium...

  12. Calculated Bulk Properties of the Actinide Metals

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    Skriver, Hans Lomholt; Andersen, O. K.; Johansson, B.

    1978-01-01

    Self-consistent relativistic calculations of the electronic properties for seven actinides (Ac-Am) have been performed using the linear muffin-tin orbitals method within the atomic-sphere approximation. Exchange and correlation were included in the local spin-density scheme. The theory explains t...... the variation of the atomic volume and the bulk modulus through the 5f series in terms of an increasing 5f binding up to plutonium followed by a sudden localisation (through complete spin polarisation) in americium...

  13. Rheological Properties and Incipient Motion of Cohesive Sediment in the Haihe Estuary of China

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    BAI Yu-chuan(白玉川); NG Chiu-on; SHEN Huan-ting(沈涣庭); WANG Shang-yi(王尚毅)

    2002-01-01

    The Haihe cohesive sediment, which is typical in China, is studied systematically for its basic physical and incipientmotion properties. Following the requirements of dredging works in the Haihe Estuary, cohesive sediment samples weretaken from three locations. Laboratory experiments were conducted to determine the rheological properties of these sam-ples and to examine the incipient motion of the cohesive sediment. It is found that the cohesive sediment has an obviousyield stress τb, which increases with the mud density in a manner of an exponential function, and so does the viscosityparameter η. The cohesive sediment behaves like a Bingham fluid when its density is below 1.38 ~ 1.40 g/cm3, andwhen denser than these values, it may become a power-law fluid. The incipient motion experiment also revealed that theincipient velocity of the cohesive sediment increases with the density in an exponential manner. Therefore, the incipientmotion is primarily related to the density, which is different from the case for non-cohesive sediment in which the incipi-ent motion is correlated with the diameter of sand particles instead. The incipient motion occurs in two different ways de-pending on the concentration of mud in the bottom. For sufficiently fine particles and a concentration lower than1.20 g/cm3, the cohesive sediment appears as fluidized mud, and the incipient motion is in the form of instability of aninternal wave. For a higher concentration, the cohesive sediment appears as general quasi-solid-mud, and the incipientmotion can be described by a series of extended Shields curves each with a different porosity for newly deposited alluvial mud.

  14. Experimental Investigation of Effects of Vibration upon Elastic and Cohesive Properties of Beds of Wet Sand

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    S. Alsop

    1995-01-01

    Full Text Available The transmission of sinusoidal vibrations through beds of cohesive particulate solids was measured. Results were interpreted in terms of a critical state model to predict the elastic swelling constant k, and the cohesive stress C. Factorial experimental design was used to identify significant parameters. Factors that affect k include percent moisture, bulk density, sample size, sample shape, the presence of a supporting membrane, and loading order. Factors that affect C include percent moisture and particle size distribution. Factors affecting k were interpreted in terms of their effects upon bed structure and factors affecting C in terms of an equivalent pore water pressure due to capillary and liquid bridge effects. The critical state model was modified to incorporate general relationships between axial and radial strains.

  15. Universal scaling properties of extremal cohesive holographic phases

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    Goutéraux, B

    2014-01-01

    In this work, we focus on zero-temperature, strongly-coupled, translation-invariant holographic phases at finite density. We show that they can be classified according to the scaling behaviour of the metric, the electric potential and the electric flux. Solutions fall into two classes, depending on whether they break relativistic symmetry or not. We conjecture a universal scaling for the optical conductivity at zero temperature and low frequencies, which reduces to the correct result for both classes of solutions. We also study the scaling behaviour of the electric flux through bulk minimal surfaces, which have been suggested to provide an order parameter for fractionalisation.

  16. Cohesive properties of (Cu,Ni)-(In,Sn) intermetallics: Database, electron-density correlations and interpretation of bonding trends

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    Ramos, S. B.; González Lemus, N. V.; Cabeza, G. F.; Fernández Guillermet, A.

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents a systematic and comparative study of the composition and volume dependence of the cohesive properties for a large group of Me-X intermetallic phases (IPs) with Me=Cu,Ni and X=In,Sn, which are of interest in relation with the design of lead-free soldering (LFS) alloys. The work relies upon a database with total-energy versus volume information developed by using projected augmented waves (PAW) calculations. In previous papers by the current authors it was shown that these results account satisfactorily for the direct and indirect experimental data available. In the present work, the database is further expanded to investigate the composition dependence of the volume (V0), and the composition and volume dependence of the bulk modulus (B0) and cohesive energy (Ecoh). On these bases, an analysis is performed of the systematic effects of replacing Cu by Ni in several Me-X phases (Me=Cu,Ni and X=In,Sn) reported as stable and metastable, as well as various hypothetical compounds involved in the thermodynamic modeling of IPs using the Compound-Energy Formalism. Moreover, it is shown that the cohesion-related quantities (B0/V0)½ and (Ecoh½/V0) can be correlated with a parameter expressing the number of valence electrons per unit volume. These findings are compared in detail with related relations involving the Miedema empirical electron density at the boundary of the Wigner-Seitz cell. In view of the co-variation of the cohesive properties, Ecoh is selected as a key property and its composition and structure dependence is examined in terms of a theoretical view of the bonding which involves the hybridization of the d-states of Cu or Ni with the s and p-states of In or Sn, for this class of compounds. In particular, a comparative analysis is performed of the DOS of various representative, iso-structural Me-X compounds. Various effects of relevance to understand the consequences of replacing Cu by Ni in LFS alloys are highlighted and explained

  17. Morphology and interdiffusion control to improve adhesion and cohesion properties in inverted polymer solar cells

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    Dupont, Stephanie R.

    2015-01-01

    © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. The role of pre-electrode deposition annealing on the morphology and the fracture properties of polymer solar cells is discussed. We found an increase in adhesion at the weak P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS interface with annealing temperature, caused by increased interdiffusion between the organic layers. The formation of micrometer sized PCBM crystallites, which occurs with annealing above the crystallization temperature of PCBM, initially weakened the P3HT:PCBM layer itself. Further annealing improved the cohesion, due to a pull-out toughening mechanism of the growing PCBM clusters. Understanding how the morphology, tuned by annealing, affects the adhesive and cohesive properties in these organic films is essential for the mechanical integrity of OPV devices.

  18. One-Electron Theory of Metals. Cohesive and Structural Properties

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    Skriver, Hans Lomholt

    by means of the Linear Muffin-Tin Orbital (LMTO) method. It has been the goal of the work to establish how well this one-electron approach describes physical properties such as the crystal structures of the transition metals, the structural phase transitions in the alkali, alkaline earth, and rare earth......The work described in the report r.nd the 16 accompanying publications is based upon a one-electron theory obtained within the local approximation to density-functional theory, and deals with the ground state of metals as obtained from selfconsistent electronic-structure calculations performed...

  19. Fundamental effects of hydrogen on cohesion properties of Cu/W interfaces

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    Ma, G. C.; Fan, J. L.; Gong, H. R.

    2017-01-01

    First principles calculation is used to investigate the thermodynamic stability of hydrogen at Cu/W interfaces and the effects of hydrogen on cohesion properties of Cu/W interfaces. It is revealed that the solution energies of H atom at the W lattice are more positive than those of H at the Cu/W interface and Cu lattice, suggesting that H atoms in the W lattice should have a tendency to diffuse into the Cu/W interface and Cu lattice. Calculation also shows that the location of interstitial H atom has an important influence on interface cohesion properties, e.g., H atom located just at the very interface area between W and Cu interface layers could dramatically decrease the interface strength of the Cu/W interface, which seems hostile to the performance and lifetime of the Cu/W interface. The derived results are in good agreement with experimental observations in the literature, and are discussed in terms of electronic structures, which could provide a deep understanding to the effects of interstitial H on various cohesion properties of Cu/W interfaces.

  20. Thermodynamic properties of bulk and confined water

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    Mallamace, Francesco, E-mail: francesco.mallamace@unime.it [Dipartimento di Fisica e Scienza della Terra Università di Messina and CNISM, I-98168 Messina (Italy); Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States); Center for Polymer Studies and Department of Physics, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 02215 (United States); Corsaro, Carmelo [Dipartimento di Fisica e Scienza della Terra Università di Messina and CNISM, I-98168 Messina (Italy); Mallamace, Domenico [Dipartimento di Scienze dell' Ambiente, della Sicurezza, del Territorio, degli Alimenti e della Salute, Università di Messina, I-98166 Messina (Italy); Vasi, Sebastiano; Vasi, Cirino [IPCF-CNR, I-98166 Messina (Italy); Stanley, H. Eugene [Center for Polymer Studies and Department of Physics, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 02215 (United States)

    2014-11-14

    The thermodynamic response functions of water display anomalous behaviors. We study these anomalous behaviors in bulk and confined water. We use nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to examine the configurational specific heat and the transport parameters in both the thermal stable and the metastable supercooled phases. The data we obtain suggest that there is a behavior common to both phases: that the dynamics of water exhibit two singular temperatures belonging to the supercooled and the stable phase, respectively. One is the dynamic fragile-to-strong crossover temperature (T{sub L} ≃ 225 K). The second, T{sup *} ∼ 315 ± 5 K, is a special locus of the isothermal compressibility K{sub T}(T, P) and the thermal expansion coefficient α{sub P}(T, P) in the P–T plane. In the case of water confined inside a protein, we observe that these two temperatures mark, respectively, the onset of protein flexibility from its low temperature glass state (T{sub L}) and the onset of the unfolding process (T{sup *})

  1. Cohesive properties of noble metals by van der Waals-corrected Density Functional Theory

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    Ambrosetti, Alberto

    2016-01-01

    The cohesive energy, equilibrium lattice constant, and bulk modulus of noble metals are computed by different van der Waals-corrected Density Functional Theory methods, including vdW-DF, vdW-DF2, vdW-DF-cx, rVV10 and PBE-D. Two specifically-designed methods are also developed in order to effectively include dynamical screening effects: the DFT/vdW-WF2p method, based on the generation of Maximally Localized Wannier Functions, and the RPAp scheme (in two variants), based on a single-oscillator model of the localized electron response. Comparison with results obtained without explicit inclusion of van der Waals effects, such as with the LDA, PBE, PBEsol, or the hybrid PBE0 functional, elucidates the importance of a suitable description of screened van der Waals interactions even in the case of strong metal bonding. Many-body effects are also quantitatively evaluated within the RPAp approach.

  2. Study of cohesive, electronic and magnetic properties of the Ni-In intermetallic system

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    Deluque Toro, C.E. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ingenieria Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires 1400, Neuquen 8300 (Argentina); Ramos de Debiaggi, S., E-mail: susana.ramos@fain.uncoma.edu.ar [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ingenieria Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires 1400, Neuquen 8300 (Argentina); CONICET (Argentina); Monti, A.M. [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica e Instituto Sabato, Univ. Nac. de San Martin/CNEA, Avda. General Paz 1499, B1650KNA, San Martin, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2012-08-15

    Cohesive, electronic and magnetic properties of the intermetallic system Ni-In, specifically the stable phases Ni{sub 3}In-hP8, Ni{sub 2}In-hP6, NiIn-hP6 and Ni{sub 2}In{sub 3}-hP5, have been investigated. At present, these materials are of great interest in connection to the application of the In-Sn alloys as lead-free micro-soldering alloys, and considering Ni as the contact material. In spite of this, scarce literature regarding basic thermodynamic properties of the Ni-In intermetallic phases has been found. Full-Potential Linear Augmented Plane Wave method (FP-LAPW) within the framework of the Density Functional Theory (DFT) with exchange and correlation effects in the Generalized Gradient (GGA) and Local Density (LDA) approximations is used. All the calculations include spin polarization. Structural parameters, formation energies and cohesive properties of the different phases are studied through minimization of internal parameters. The electronic density of states (DOS) is analyzed for each optimized structure. We found that the NiIn-hP6 phase is the most stable one and only the Ni{sub 3}In-hP8 phase exhibits magnetic properties.

  3. Properties of Bulk Sintered Silver As a Function of Porosity

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    Wereszczak, Andrew A [ORNL; Vuono, Daniel J [ORNL; Wang, Hsin [ORNL; Ferber, Mattison K [ORNL; Liang, Zhenxian [ORNL

    2012-06-01

    This report summarizes a study where various properties of bulk-sintered silver were investigated over a range of porosity. This work was conducted within the National Transportation Research Center's Power Device Packaging project that is part of the DOE Vehicle Technologies Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Motors Program. Sintered silver, as an interconnect material in power electronics, inherently has porosity in its produced structure because of the way it is made. Therefore, interest existed in this study to examine if that porosity affected electrical properties, thermal properties, and mechanical properties because any dependencies could affect the intended function (e.g., thermal transfer, mechanical stress relief, etc.) or reliability of that interconnect layer and alter how its performance is modeled. Disks of bulk-sintered silver were fabricated using different starting silver pastes and different sintering conditions to promote different amounts of porosity. Test coupons were harvested out of the disks to measure electrical resistivity and electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, coefficient of thermal expansion, elastic modulus, Poisson's ratio, and yield stress. The authors fully recognize that the microstructure of processed bulk silver coupons may indeed not be identical to the microstructure produced in thin (20-50 microns) layers of sintered silver. However, measuring these same properties with such a thin actual structure is very difficult, requires very specialized specimen preparation and unique testing instrumentation, is expensive, and has experimental shortfalls of its own, so the authors concluded that the herein measured responses using processed bulk sintered silver coupons would be sufficient to determine acceptable values of those properties. Almost all the investigated properties of bulk sintered silver changed with porosity content within a range of 3-38% porosity. Electrical resistivity, electrical conductivity

  4. Determination of thermal properties of composting bulking materials.

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    Ahn, H K; Sauer, T J; Richard, T L; Glanville, T D

    2009-09-01

    Thermal properties of compost bulking materials affect temperature and biodegradation during the composting process. Well determined thermal properties of compost feedstocks will therefore contribute to practical thermodynamic approaches. Thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, and volumetric heat capacity of 12 compost bulking materials were determined in this study. Thermal properties were determined at varying bulk densities (1, 1.3, 1.7, 2.5, and 5 times uncompacted bulk density), particle sizes (ground and bulk), and water contents (0, 20, 50, 80% of water holding capacity and saturated condition). For the water content at 80% of water holding capacity, saw dust, soil compost blend, beef manure, and turkey litter showed the highest thermal conductivity (K) and volumetric heat capacity (C) (K: 0.12-0.81 W/m degrees C and C: 1.36-4.08 MJ/m(3) degrees C). Silage showed medium values at the same water content (K: 0.09-0.47 W/m degrees C and C: 0.93-3.09 MJ/m(3) degrees C). Wheat straw, oat straw, soybean straw, cornstalks, alfalfa hay, and wood shavings produced the lowest K and C values (K: 0.03-0.30 W/m degrees C and C: 0.26-3.45 MJ/m(3) degrees C). Thermal conductivity and volumetric heat capacity showed a linear relationship with moisture content and bulk density, while thermal diffusivity showed a nonlinear relationship. Since the water, air, and solid materials have their own specific thermal property values, thermal properties of compost bulking materials vary with the rate of those three components by changing water content, bulk density, and particle size. The degree of saturation was used to represent the interaction between volumes of water, air, and solids under the various combinations of moisture content, bulk density, and particle size. The first order regression models developed in this paper represent the relationship between degree of saturation and volumetric heat capacity (r=0.95-0.99) and thermal conductivity (r=0.84-0.99) well. Improved

  5. Influence of polymeric additives on the cohesion and mechanical properties of calcium phosphate cements.

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    An, Jie; Wolke, Joop G C; Jansen, John A; Leeuwenburgh, Sander C G

    2016-03-01

    To expand the clinical applicability of calcium phosphate cements (CPCs) to load-bearing anatomical sites, the mechanical and setting properties of CPCs need to be improved. Specifically, organic additives need to be developed that can overcome the disintegration and brittleness of CPCs. Hence, we compared two conventional polymeric additives (i.e. carboxylmethylcellulose (CMC) and hyaluronan (HA)) with a novel organic additive that was designed to bind to calcium phosphate, i.e. hyaluronan-bisphosphonate (HABP). The unmodified cement used in this study consisted of a powder phase of α-tricalcium phosphate (α-TCP) and liquid phase of 4% NaH2PO4·2H2O, while the modified cements were fabricated by adding 0.75 or 1.5 wt% of the polymeric additive to the cement. The cohesion of α-TCP was improved considerably by the addition of CMC and HABP. None of the additives improved the compression and bending strength of the cements, but the addition of 0.75% HABP resulted into a significantly increased cement toughness as compared to the other experimental groups. The stimulatory effects of HABP on the cohesion and toughness of the cements is hypothesized to derive from the strong affinity between the polymer-grafted bisphosphonate ligands and the calcium ions in the cement matrix.

  6. The adhesive and cohesive properties of a bacterial polysaccharide adhesin are modulated by a deacetylase.

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    Wan, Zhe; Brown, Pamela J B; Elliott, Ellen N; Brun, Yves V

    2013-05-01

    Bacterial exopolysaccharide synthesis is a prevalent and indispensible activity in many biological processes, including surface adhesion and biofilm formation. In Caulobacter crescentus, surface attachment and subsequent biofilm growth depend on the ability to synthesize an adhesive polar polysaccharide known as the holdfast. In this work, we show that polar polysaccharide synthesis is a conserved phenomenon among Alphaproteobacterial species closely related to C. crescentus. Among them, mutagenesis of Asticcacaulis biprosthecum showed that disruption of the hfsH gene, which encodes a putative polysaccharide deacetylase, leads to accumulation of holdfast in the culture supernatant. Examination of the hfsH deletion mutant in C. crescentus revealed that this strain synthesizes holdfast; however, like the A. biprosthecum hfsH mutant, the holdfasts are shed into the medium and have decreased adhesiveness and cohesiveness. Site-directed mutagenesis at the predicted catalytic site of C. crescentus HfsH phenocopied the ΔhfsH mutant and abolished the esterase activity of HfsH. In contrast, overexpression of HfsH increased cell adherence without increasing holdfast synthesis. We conclude that the polysaccharide deacetylase activity of HfsH is required for the adhesive and cohesive properties of the holdfast, as well as for the anchoring of the holdfast to the cell envelope.

  7. Universal properties of bulk viscosity near the QCD phase transition

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    Karsch, F; Tuchin, K

    2008-01-01

    We extract the bulk viscosity of hot quark-gluon matter in the presence of light quarks from the recent lattice data on the QCD equation of state. For that purpose we extend the sum rule analysis by including the contribution of light quarks. We also discuss the universal properties of bulk viscosity in the vicinity of a second order phase transition, as it might occur in the chiral limit of QCD at fixed strange quark mass and most likely does occur in two-flavor QCD. We point out that a chiral transition in the O(4) universality class at zero baryon density as well as the transition at the chiral critical point which belongs to the Z(2) universality class both lead to the critical behavior of bulk viscosity. In particular, the latter universality class implies the divergence of the bulk viscosity, which may be used as a signature of the critical point. We discuss the physical picture behind the dramatic increase of bulk viscosity seen in our analysis, and devise possible experimental tests of related phenome...

  8. Far Infrared Optical Properties of Bulk Wurtzite Zinc Oxide Semiconductor

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    Pohkok Ooi; Saicheong Lee; Shashiong Ng; Zainuriah Hassan; Haslan Abu Hassan

    2011-01-01

    Polarized far infrared (FIR) reflectance technique was applied to study the optical properties of a bulk wurtzite zinc oxide (ZnO) single crystal. Room temperature polarized FIR reflectance spectra were taken at various angles of incidence, from 20° to 70°. The theoretical polarized FIR reflectance spectra were simulated based on the anisotropic dielectric function model. Good agreement was achieved between the experimental and the theoretical FIR reflectance spectra. Through this work, a complete set of reststrahlen parameters of a bulk wurtzite ZnO at the Brillouin zone centre was obtained. Additionally, other FIR optical properties such as the real and the imaginary parts of the complex dielectric function, real and imaginary parts of the refractive index, the absorption coefficient and the reciprocal of the absorption coefficient were also obtained by using numerical calculation.

  9. Correlation between the properties of the lipid matrix and the degrees of integrity and cohesion in healthy human Stratum corneum.

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    Berthaud, Fabienne; Boncheva, Mila

    2011-03-01

    The correlation between the degrees of integrity and cohesion in healthy human Stratum corneum (SC) and the properties of the SC lipid matrix could be examined non-invasively in vivo using ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and measurements of pH, conductance, and transepidermal water loss (TEWL) taken in the course of tape-stripping. The change of TEWL following the removal of a SC layer with a predefined thickness served as a measure for the SC integrity, and the amount of protein removed by predefined number of tapes - as a measure for the SC cohesion. The extent of lipids organized in orthorhombic lattices and the pH in the inner SC emerged as the main factors that determine the degree of integrity. The amounts and molecular organization of the SC lipids did not correlate with the degree of cohesion, while the pH and the hydration of SC correlated well with the degree of cohesion in the superficial but not in the inner SC layers. This study evidenced the variability of SC integrity and cohesion existing in healthy human skin, demonstrated the importance of the lipid molecular organization for the SC integrity, and illustrated the limitations in the determination the degree of corneodesmolysis in SC based only on the protein content of tape-strips.

  10. Rungs 1 to 4 of DFT Jacob's ladder: Extensive test on the lattice constant, bulk modulus, and cohesive energy of solids

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    Tran, Fabien; Stelzl, Julia; Blaha, Peter

    2016-05-01

    A large panel of old and recently proposed exchange-correlation functionals belonging to rungs 1 to 4 of Jacob's ladder of density functional theory are tested (with and without a dispersion correction term) for the calculation of the lattice constant, bulk modulus, and cohesive energy of solids. Particular attention will be paid to the functionals MGGA_MS2 [J. Sun et al., J. Chem. Phys. 138, 044113 (2013)], mBEEF [J. Wellendorff et al., J. Chem. Phys. 140, 144107 (2014)], and SCAN [J. Sun et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 036402 (2015)] which are meta-generalized gradient approximations (meta-GGA) and are developed with the goal to be universally good. Another goal is also to determine for which semilocal functionals and groups of solids it is beneficial (or not necessary) to use the Hartree-Fock exchange or a dispersion correction term. It is concluded that for strongly bound solids, functionals of the GGA, i.e., rung 2 of Jacob's ladder, are as accurate as the more sophisticated functionals of the higher rungs, while it is necessary to use dispersion corrected functionals in order to expect at least meaningful results for weakly bound solids. If results for finite systems are also considered, then the meta-GGA functionals are overall clearly superior to the GGA functionals.

  11. Ultraviolet-visible bulk optical properties of randomly distributed soot.

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    Renard, J B; Hadamcik, E; Brogniez, C; Berthet, G; Worms, J C; Chartier, M; Pirre, M; Ovarlez, J; Ovarlez, H

    2001-12-20

    The presence of soot in the lower stratosphere was recently established by in situ measurements. To isolate their contribution to optical measurements from that of background aerosol, the soot's bulk optical properties must be determined. Laboratory measurements of extinction and polarization of randomly distributed soot were conducted. For all soot, measurements show a slight reddening extinction between 400 and 700 nm and exhibit a maximum of 100% polarization at a scattering angle of 75 +/- 5 degrees. Such results cannot be reproduced by use of Mie theory assumptions. The different optical properties of soot and background stratospheric aerosol could allow isolation of soot in future analyses of stratospheric measurements.

  12. Bulk amorphous metallic alloys: Synthesis by fluxing techniques and properties

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    He, Yi; Shen, Tongde; Schwarz, R.B.

    1997-05-01

    Bulk amorphous alloys having dimensions of at least 1 cm diameter have been prepared in the Pd-Ni-P, Pd-Cu-P, Pd-Cu-Ni-P, and Pd-Ni-Fe-P systems using a fluxing and water quenching technique. The compositions for bulk glass formation have been determined in these systems. For these bulk metallic glasses, the difference between the crystallization temperature T{sub x}, and the glass transition temperature T{sub g}, {Delta}T = T{sub x} - T{sub g}, ranges from 60 to 1 10 K. These large values of {Delta}T open the possibility for the fabrication of amorphous near net-shape components using techniques such as injection molding. The thermal, elastic, and magnetic properties of these alloys have been studied, and we have found that bulk amorphous Pd{sub 40}Ni{sub 22.5}Fe{sub 17.5}P{sub 20} has spin glass behavior for temperatures below 30 K. 65 refs., 14 figs., 3 tabs.

  13. Ab initio study of the cohesive properties, electronic structure and thermodynamic stability of the Ni–In and Ni–Sn intermetallics

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    Ramos de Debiaggi, S., E-mail: sbramos@yahoo.com [Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires 1400, 8300 Neuquén (Argentina); CONICET (Argentina); Deluque Toro, C. [Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires 1400, 8300 Neuquén (Argentina); Cabeza, G.F. [CONICET (Argentina); Dpto. de Física, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Alem 1253, 8000 Bahía Blanca (Argentina); Fernández Guillermet, A. [CONICET (Argentina); Centro Atómico Bariloche e Instituto Balseiro, Avda. Bustillo 9500, 8400 Bariloche (Argentina)

    2013-11-05

    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •A DFT study of Ni–In and Ni–Sn compounds in Ni–In–Sn soldering alloys is reported. •Cohesive, electronic structure, and thermodynamic stability trends are established. •Phase-stabilities at low T are well reproduced by the 0 K thermodynamic values. •Available structural and equation-of-state data are satisfactorily accounted for. •Ab initio and CALPHAD data of hypothetical phases involved in sublattice models are compared. -- Abstract: A comprehensive study of the structural, cohesive and electronic properties of several stable, metastable and non-stable intermetallic phases (IPs) of the Ni–In and Ni–Sn systems have been performed by ab initio density-funcional-theory (DFT) methods. Using the projector augmented wave method we have performed systematic spin polarized calculations with the exchange and correlation functions of Perdew and Wang in the generalized gradient approximation (GGA), as well as those by Ceperley and Alder in the local-density-approximation (LDA). Structural properties, the energy-of-formation (EOF) from the elements and the cohesive properties of the various phases have been established by minimizing the internal structural parameters. We present trends at 0 K in the composition dependence of the molar volumen, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative, electronic density of states, magnetic moments and the EOF of several stable and metastable IPs reported in the Ni–In and Ni–Sn systems as well as various non-stable (hypothetical) compounds which are relevant in connection with the thermodynamic analysis of the Ni–In and Ni–Sn systems using Gibbs energy models and the so-called CALPHAD techniques. The results are compared with the available experimental data and with previously reported theoretical results. The present study of the thermodynamic and cohesive properties of Ni–In/Sn intermetallic phases should contribute to the understanding of the phase-stability systematics in

  14. Soy protein isolate molecular level contributions to bulk adhesive properties

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    Shera, Jeanne Norton

    Increasing environmental awareness and the recognized health hazards of formaldehyde-based resins has prompted a strong demand for environmentally-responsible adhesives for wood composites. Soy protein-based adhesives have been shown to be commercially viable with 90-day shelf stability and composite physical properties comparable to those of commercial formaldehyde-based particleboards. The main research focus is to isolate and characterize the molecular level features in soy protein isolate responsible for providing mechanical properties, storage stability, and water resistance during adhesive formulation, processing, and wood composite fabrication. Commercial composite board will be reviewed to enhance our understanding of the individual components and processes required for particleboard production. The levels of protein structure will be defined and an overview of current bio-based technology will be presented. In the process, the logic for utilizing soy protein as a sole binder in the adhesive will be reinforced. Variables such as adhesive components, pH, divalent ions, blend aging, protein molecular weight, formulation solids content, and soy protein functionalization will relate the bulk properties of soy protein adhesives to the molecular configuration of the soybean protein. This work has demonstrated that when intermolecular beta-sheet interactions and protein long-range order is disrupted, viscosity and mechanical properties decrease. Storage stability can be maintained through the stabilization of intermolecular beta-sheet interactions. When molecular weight is reduced through enzymatic digestion, long-range order is disrupted and viscosity and mechanical properties decrease accordingly. Processibility and physical properties must be balanced to increase solids while maintaining low viscosity, desirable mechanical properties, and adequate storage stability. The structure of the soybean protein must be related to the particleboard bulk mechanical

  15. Bulk Viscous Matter-dominated Universes: Asymptotic Properties

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    Avelino, Arturo; Gonzalez, Tame; Nucamendi, Ulises; Quiros, Israel

    2013-01-01

    By means of a combined study of the type Ia supernovae test,together with a study of the asymptotic properties in the equivalent phase space -- through the use of the dynamical systems tools -- we demonstrate that the bulk viscous matter-dominated scenario is not a good model to explain the accepted cosmological paradigm, at least, under the parametrization of bulk viscosity considered in this paper. The main objection against such scenarios is the absence of conventional radiation and matter-dominated critical points in the phase space of the model. This entails that radiation and matter dominance are not generic solutions of the cosmological equations, so that these stages can be implemented only by means of very particular solutions. Such a behavior is in marked contradiction with the accepted cosmological paradigm which requires of an earlier stage dominated by relativistic species, followed by a period of conventional non-relativistic matter domination, during which the cosmic structure we see was formed...

  16. Bulk viscous matter-dominated Universes: asymptotic properties

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    Avelino, Arturo [Departamento de Física, Campus León, Universidad de Guanajuato, León, Guanajuato (Mexico); García-Salcedo, Ricardo [Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada - Legaria del IPN, México D.F. (Mexico); Gonzalez, Tame [Departamento de Ingeniería Civil, División de Ingeniería, Universidad de Guanajuato, Guanajuato (Mexico); Nucamendi, Ulises [Instituto de Física y Matemáticas, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Edificio C-3, Ciudad Universitaria, CP. 58040 Morelia, Michoacán (Mexico); Quiros, Israel, E-mail: avelino@fisica.ugto.mx, E-mail: rigarcias@ipn.mx, E-mail: tamegc72@gmail.com, E-mail: ulises@ifm.umich.mx, E-mail: iquiros6403@gmail.com [Departamento de Matemáticas, Centro Universitario de Ciencias Exactas e Ingenierías (CUCEI), Corregidora 500 S.R., Universidad de Guadalajara, 44420 Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)

    2013-08-01

    By means of a combined use of the type Ia supernovae and H(z) data tests, together with the study of the asymptotic properties in the equivalent phase space — through the use of the dynamical systems tools — we demonstrate that the bulk viscous matter-dominated scenario is not a good model to explain the accepted cosmological paradigm, at least, under the parametrization of bulk viscosity considered in this paper. The main objection against such scenarios is the absence of conventional radiation and matter-dominated critical points in the phase space of the model. This entails that radiation and matter dominance are not generic solutions of the cosmological equations, so that these stages can be implemented only by means of unique and very specific initial conditions, i. e., of very unstable particular solutions. Such a behavior is in marked contradiction with the accepted cosmological paradigm which requires of an earlier stage dominated by relativistic species, followed by a period of conventional non-relativistic matter domination, during which the cosmic structure we see was formed. Also, we found that the bulk viscosity is positive just until very late times in the cosmic evolution, around z < 1. For earlier epochs it is negative, been in tension with the local second law of thermodynamics.

  17. Limits on hadron spectrum from bulk medium properties

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    Broniowski, Wojciech

    2016-01-01

    We bring up the fact that the bulk thermal properties of the hadron gas, as measured on the lattice, preclude a very fast rising of the number of resonance states in the QCD spectrum, as assumed by the Hagedorn hypothesis, unless a substantial repulsion between hadronic resonances is present. If the Hagedorn growth continued above masses ~1.8 GeV, then the thermodynamic functions would noticeably depart from the measured lattice values at temperatures above 140 MeV, just below the transition temperature to quark-gluon plasma.

  18. The Metal-Hydrogen System Basic Bulk Properties

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    Fukai, Yuh

    2005-01-01

    Metal hydrides are of inestimable importance for the future of hydrogen energy. This unique monograph presents a clear and comprehensive description of the bulk properties of the metal-hydrogen system. The statistical thermodynamics is treated over a very wide range of pressure, temperature and composition. Another prominent feature of the book is its elucidation of the quantum mechanical behavior of interstitial hydrogen atoms, including their states and motion. The important topic of hydrogen interaction with lattice defects and its materials-science implications are also discussed thoroughly. This second edition has been substantially revised and updated.

  19. Bulk Universality and Related Properties of Hermitian Matrix Models

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    Pastur, L

    2007-01-01

    We give a new proof of universality properties in the bulk of spectrum of the hermitian matrix models, assuming that the potential that determines the model is globally $C^{2}$ and locally $C^{3}$ function (see Theorem \\ref{t:U.t1}). The proof as our previous proof in \\cite{Pa-Sh:97} is based on the orthogonal polynomial techniques but does not use asymptotics of orthogonal polynomials. Rather, we obtain the $sin$-kernel as a unique solution of a certain non-linear integro-differential equation that follows from the determinant formulas for the correlation functions of the model. We also give a simplified and strengthened version of paper \\cite{BPS:95} on the existence and properties of the limiting Normalized Counting Measure of eigenvalues. We use these results in the proof of universality and we believe that they are of independent interest.

  20. Erosion properties of cohesive sediments in the Colorado River in Grand Canyon

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    Akahori, R.; Schmeeckle, M.W.; Topping, D.J.; Melis, T.S.

    2008-01-01

    Cohesive sediment deposits characterized by a high fraction of mud (silt plus clay) significantly affect the morphology and ecosystem of rivers. Potentially cohesive sediment samples were collected from deposits in the Colorado River in Marble and Grand Canyons. The erosion velocities of these samples were measured in a laboratory flume under varying boundary shear stresses. The non-dimensional boundary shear stress at which erosion commenced showed a systematic deviation from that of non-cohesive sediments at mud fractions greater than 0.2. An empirical relation for the boundary shear stress threshold of erosion as a function of mud fraction was proposed. The mass erosion rate was modelled using the Ariathurai-Partheniades equation. The erosion rate parameter of this equation was found to be a strong function of mud fraction. Under similar boundary shear stress and sediment supply conditions in the Colorado River, cohesive lateral eddy deposits formed of mud fractions in excess of 0.2 will erode less rapidly than non-cohesive deposits. Copyright ?? 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  1. Mechanical and thermal properties of bulk ZrB2

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    Nakamori, Fumihiro; Ohishi, Yuji; Muta, Hiroaki; Kurosaki, Ken; Fukumoto, Ken-ichi; Yamanaka, Shinsuke

    2015-12-01

    ZrB2 appears to have formed in the fuel debris at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster site, through the reaction between Zircaloy cladding materials and the control rod material B4C. Since ZrB2 has a high melting point of 3518 K, the ceramic has been widely studied as a heat-resistant material. Although various studies on the thermochemical and thermophysical properties have been performed for ZrB2, significant differences exist in the data, possibly due to impurities or the porosity within the studied samples. In the present study, we have prepared a ZrB2 bulk sample with 93.1% theoretical density by sintering ZrB2 powder. On this sample, we have comprehensively examined the thermal and mechanical properties of ZrB2 by the measurement of specific heat, ultrasonic sound velocities, thermal diffusivity, and thermal expansion. Vickers hardness and fracture toughness were also measured and found to be 13-23 GPa and 1.8-2.8 MPa m0.5, respectively. The relationships between these properties were carefully examined in the present study.

  2. Effect of silica gel on the cohesion, properties and biological performance of brushite cement.

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    Alkhraisat, Mohammad Hamdan; Rueda, Carmen; Jerez, Luis Blanco; Tamimi Mariño, Faleh; Torres, Jesus; Gbureck, Uwe; Lopez Cabarcos, Enrique

    2010-01-01

    The cohesion of calcium phosphate cements can be improved by the addition of substances to either the solid or liquid phase during the setting reaction. This study reports the effect of silica gel on brushite cement cohesion. The cement was prepared using a mixture of beta-tricalcium phosphate (beta-TCP) and monocalcium phosphate monohydrate as the solid phase, while the liquid phase comprised carboxylic acids silica gel. This cement presents a shorter final setting time (FST), better cohesion and higher amount of unreacted beta-TCP than the cement prepared without silica gel. Furthermore, in vivo experiments using rabbits as an animal model showed that after 8 weeks of implantation cements modified with silica gel showed a similar new bone formation volume and more remaining graft in comparison with unmodified cements. Thus, the silica gel could be efficiently applied to reduce cement disintegration and to decrease the resorption rate of brushite cements.

  3. Moisture Content Impact on Mechanical Properties of Selected Cohesive Soils from the Wielkopolskie Voivodeship Southern Part

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    Pezowicz Piotr

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Results of investigations of shearing resistance and compressibility of fine-grained cohesive soil from the southern part of the wielkopolskie voivodeship in relation to the increasing moisture content are presented. The analysis of two series of samples, using soil paste for the consistency index of 0.9 and 0.4–0.3 was carried out. The results imply that the increasing moisture content causes a decrease in the angle of shearing resistance and cohesion and is also reflected in the higher compressibility of the soil. It was observed that regardless of the soil consistency, the angle of shearing resistance decreases and the cohesion value and the oedometric modulus of primary (consolidation and secondary compressibility grows with the increase in the clay fraction.

  4. Correlation between Cohesive Energy Density, Fractional Free Volume, and Gas Transport Properties of Poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate Materials

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    Piotr Kubica

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The transport properties of the poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate (EVA materials to He, N2, O2, and CO2 are correlated with two polymer molecular structure parameters, that is, cohesive energy density (CED and fractional free volume (FFV, determined by the group contribution method. In our preceding paper, the attempt was made to approximate EVA permeability using a linear function of 1/FFV as predicted by the free volume theory. However, the deviations from this relationship appeared to be significant. In this paper, it is shown that permeation of gas molecules is controlled not only by free volume but also by the polymer cohesive energy. Moreover, the behavior of CO2 was found to differ significantly from that of other gases. In this instance, the correlation is much better when diffusivity instead of permeability is taken into account in a modified transport model.

  5. Coesão e resistência ao cisalhamento relacionadas a atributos físicos e químicos de um Latossolo Amarelo de tabuleiro costeiro Cohesion and shear strength as related to physical and chemical properties of a Yellow Latosol of coastal plain

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    Apolino José Nogueira da Silva

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Os solos coesos de tabuleiros costeiros têm como característica peculiar horizontes minerais subsuperficiais, que apresentam consistência friável quando úmidos, porém, quando secos, têm consistência dura, muito dura ou extremamente dura. Este trabalho teve o objetivo de estudar o comportamento mecânico de horizontes coesos e não-coesos de um Latossolo Amarelo de tabuleiro costeiro por meio de características de cisalhamento relacionadas com propriedades físicas, químicas e teor de água do solo. Os resultados mostraram que a coesão do solo e a resistência ao cisalhamento aumentaram expressivamente com a redução do teor de água no horizonte coeso. Este horizonte apresentou os maiores valores de densidade do solo, microporosidade e óxidos de Fe, Si e Al, resultando em maiores valores de coesão do solo e resistência ao cisalhamento, em relação aos horizontes não-coesos. Os maiores valores de coesão do solo resultaram em maiores valores de resistência à penetração no horizonte coeso, em relação aos não-coesos. As características de cisalhamento (coesão do solo, ângulo de atrito interno e resistência ao cisalhamento mostraram-se sensíveis à identificação de horizontes coesos em solos de tabuleiros costeiros.The cohesive soils of Brazilian coastal plain have subsurface horizon with a peculiar characteristic - when wet the consistency is friablet, but of hard, very hard or extremely hard consistency when dry. The objective of this study was to evaluate the mechanical characteristics of cohesive and non-cohesive horizons of a Yellow Latosol of coastal tableland based on shear parameters related with soil physical and chemical properties and moisture. The results showed that soil cohesion and shear strength increased substantially with the reduction of the water content in the cohesive horizon. The cohesive horizon presented the highest values of bulk density, microporosity and Fe, Si and Al oxides, resulting in

  6. Augmentation of the In Vivo Elastic Properties Measurement System to Include Bulk Properties

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    2014-09-30

    estimates based on measured displacement magnitudes. APPROACH The bulk properties measurement methods are intended to run concurrently with the...to better understand biomechanics of sound reception and production in cetaceans, and 2) to understand and hopefully mitigate any harmful effects of

  7. Bulk fabrication and properties of solar grade silicon microwires

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    F. A. Martinsen

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available We demonstrate a substrate-free novel route for fabrication of solar grade silicon microwires for photovoltaic applications. The microwires are fabricated from low purity starting material via a bulk molten-core fibre drawing method. In-situ segregation of impurities during the directional solidification of the fibres yields solar grade silicon cores (microwires where the concentration of electrically detrimental transition metals has been reduced between one and two orders of magnitude. The microwires show bulk minority carrier diffusion lengths measuring ∼40 μm, and mobilities comparable to those of single-crystal silicon. Microwires passivated with amorphous silicon yield diffusion lengths comparable to those in the bulk.

  8. Augmentation of the In Vivo Elastic Properties Measurement System to Include Bulk Properties

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    2015-09-30

    vivo shear and bulk properties of cetacean soft tissues, including jaw fats and brain. The ultimate goal is to field a prototype system for...pattern. A second ultrasonic transducer monitors the tissue displacement along the ultrasound beam axis, and supports an enhanced embodiment of an...Figure 1. CFE concept. Color contour plots illustrate soft tissue displacements parallel to the transducer beam axes. (A) The annular force generation

  9. Ab-initio investigations of the electronic properties of bulk wurtzite Beryllia and its derived nanofilms

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    2010-08-01

    In this Letter we investigate the electronic properties of the bulk and the nanofilm BeO in wurtzite structure. We performed a first-principles pseudo-potential method within the generalized gradient approximation. We will give more importance to the changes in band structure and density of states between the bulk structure and its derived nanofilms. The bonding characterization will be investigated via the analysis Mulliken population and charge density contours. It is found that the nanofilm retains the same properties as its bulk structure with slight changes in electronic properties and band structure which may offer some unusual transport properties. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Characterization of cohesion, adhesion and creep-properties of dynamically loaded coatings through the impact tester

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    Bouzakis, K.D.; Michailidis, N.; Lontos, A.; Siganos, A.; Hadjiyiannis, S.; Giannopoulos, G.; Maliaris, G. [Aristoteles Univ., Thessaloniki (Greece). Lab. for Machine Tools and Mfg. Engineering; Erkens, G. [CemeCon GmbH, Wuerselen (Germany)

    2001-10-01

    The coating impact test, in combination with finite elements method (FEM) simulation, is successfully used to characterize the fatigue performance of coatings. Critical values for stress components, responsible for distinctive fatigue failure modes of the coating, are obtained and the fatigue limits of various coatings are illustrated in form of generally applicable Smith and Woehler diagrams, determined through a developed evaluation software. This software takes into account the impact test experimental data, as well as coating and substrate constitutive laws. Herewith coating adhesive and cohesive failure modes are elucidated and a cutting performance prediction of coated tools can be carried out. On the other hand, creep phenomena of plasma sprayed coatings are quantitatively interpreted. (orig.)

  11. Structure and properties of nanocrystalline rare earth bulks prepared by spark plasma sintering

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    卢年端; 宋晓艳; 刘雪梅; 张久兴

    2009-01-01

    A series of rare earth bulks with the ultrafine nanocrystalline structure were prepared by applying an "oxygen-free" (an environmental oxygen concentration less than 0.5 ppm) in-situ synthesis system, where the inert-gas condensation was combined with the spark plasma sintering technology into an entirely closed system. The thermal and mechanical properties of the prepared ultrafine nanocrystalline bulks were characterized and compared with those of the raw polycrystalline bulks. It was found that the speci...

  12. Structural and magnetic properties of bulk nanocrystalline Erbium metal

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    Ming Yue

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Bulk nanocrystalline Erbium metals were prepared via Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS and subsequent annealing process. The nanocrystalline Er metals have the same hexagonal close packed structure as that of coarse-grained sample. Decrease in grain size results in remarkable changes in the three magnetic ordering temperatures of the nanocrystalline Er metal. At 5 K, the magnetization drops by 10.9%, while the coercivity increases by 4 times for nanocrystalline Er compared with those of coarse-grained sample. These results indicate the remarkable influence of the nanostructure on the magnetism of Er due to finite size effect.

  13. Comments on universal properties of entanglement entropy and bulk reconstruction

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    Haehl, Felix M

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    Entanglement entropy of holographic CFTs is expected to play a crucial role in the reconstruction of semiclassical bulk gravity. We consider the entanglement entropy of spherical regions of vacuum, which is known to contain universal contributions. After perturbing the CFT with a relevant scalar operator, also the first order change of this quantity gives a universal term which only depends on a discrete set of basic CFT parameters. We show that in gravity this statement corresponds to the uniqueness of the ghost-free graviton propagator on an AdS background geometry. While the gravitational dynamics in this context contains little information about the structure of the bulk theory, there is a discrete set of dimensionless parameters of the theory which determines the entanglement entropy. We argue that for every (not necessarily holographic) CFT, any reasonable gravity model can be used to compute this particular entanglement entropy. We elucidate how this statement is consistent with AdS/CFT and also give v...

  14. Optical and scintillation properties of bulk ZnO crystal

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    Yanagida, Takayuki [Kyushu Institute of Technology, 2-4 Hibikino, Wakamatsu, Kitakyushu 808-0196 (Japan); Fujimoto, Yutaka; Kurosawa, Shunsuke [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Yamanoi, Kohei; Sarukura, Nobuhiko [Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Kano, Masataka; Wakamiya, Akira [Daishinku Corporation, 1389 Shinzaike, Hiraoka-cho, Kakogawa, Hyogo 675-0194 (Japan)

    2012-12-15

    Single crystal bulk ZnO scintillator grown by the hydrothermal method was tested on its scintillation performances. In X-ray induced radio luminescence spectrum, it exhibited two intense emission peaks at 400 and 550 nm. The former was ascribed to the free and bound exciton related luminescence and the latter to oxygen vacancy related one, respectively. X-ray induced scintillation decay time of the exciton related emission measured by the pulse X-ray streak camera system resulted {proportional_to} 4 ns. Finally, the light yield under {sup 241}Am 5.5 MeV {alpha}-ray was examined and it resulted {proportional_to} 500 ph/5.5 MeV-{alpha}.(copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. Bulk Properties of Transition Metals: A Challenge for the Design of Universal Density Functionals.

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    Janthon, Patanachai; Luo, Sijie Andy; Kozlov, Sergey M; Viñes, Francesc; Limtrakul, Jumras; Truhlar, Donald G; Illas, Francesc

    2014-09-09

    Systematic evaluation of the accuracy of exchange-correlation functionals is essential to guide scientists in their choice of an optimal method for a given problem when using density functional theory. In this work, accuracy of one Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA) functional, three meta-GGA functionals, one Nonseparable Gradient Approximation (NGA) functional, one meta-NGA, and three hybrid GGA functionals was evaluated for calculations of the closest interatomic distances, cohesive energies, and bulk moduli of all 3d, 4d, and 5d bulk transition metals that have face centered cubic (fcc), hexagonal closed packed (hcp), or body centered cubic (bcc) structures (a total of 27 cases). Our results show that including the extra elements of kinetic energy density and Hartree-Fock exchange energy density into gradient approximation density functionals does not usually improve them. Nevertheless, the accuracies of the Tao-Perdew-Staroverov-Scuseria (TPSS) and M06-L meta-GGAs and the MN12-L meta-NGA approach the accuracy of the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) GGA, so usage of these functionals may be advisable for systems containing both solid-state transition metals and molecular species. The N12 NGA functional is also shown to be almost as accurate as PBE for bulk transition metals, and thus it could be a good choice for studies of catalysis given its proven good performance for molecular species.

  16. Influence of dry cohesion on the micro- and macro-mechanical properties of dense polydisperse powders & grains

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    Kievitsbosch, Robert; Smit, Hendrik; Magnanimo, Vanessa; Luding, Stefan; Taghizadeh, Kianoosh

    2017-06-01

    Understanding how cohesive granular materials behave is of interest for many industrial applications, such as pharmaceutical or food and civil engineering. Models of the behaviour of granular materials on the microscopic scale can be used to obtain macroscopic continuum relations by a micro-macro transition approach. The Discrete Element Method (DEM) is used to inspect the influence of cohesion on the micro and macro behaviour of granular assemblies by using an elasto-plastic cohesive contact model. Interestingly, we observe that frictional samples prepared with different cohesion values show a significant difference in pressure and coordination number in the jammed regime; the differences become more pronounced when packings are closer to the jamming density, i.e. the lowest density where the system is mechanically stable. Furthermore, we observe that cohesion has an influence on the jamming density for frictional samples, but there is no influence on the jamming density for frictionless samples.

  17. Correlations between critical parameters and bulk properties of nuclear matter

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    Lourenço, O; Dutra, M; Delfino, A

    2016-01-01

    The present work starts by providing a clear identification of correlations between critical parameters ($T_c$, $P_c$, $\\rho_c$) and bulk quantities at zero temperature of relativistic mean-field models (RMF) presenting third and fourth order self-interactions in the scalar field $\\sigma$. Motivated by the nonrelativistic version of this RMF model, we show that effective nucleon mass ($M^*$) and incompressibility ($K_o$), at the saturation density, are correlated with $T_c$, $P_c$, and $\\rho_c$, as well as, binding energy and saturation density itself. We verify agreement of results with previous theoretical ones regarding different hadronic models. Concerning recent experimental data of the symmetric nuclear matter critical parameters, our study allows a prediction of $T_c$, $P_c$ and $\\rho_c$ compatible with such values, by combining them, through the correlations found, with previous constraints related to $M^*$ and $K_o$. An improved RMF parametrization, that better agrees with experimental values for $T_...

  18. Magnetic properties of Fe-Co-based bulk metallic glasses

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    Tiberto, Paola, E-mail: tiberto@inrim.i [INRIM, Electromagnetism Division, Strada delle Cacce 91, I-10135 Torino (Italy); Piccin, Rafael [Universita di Torino, Dipartimento di Chimica IFM and NIS, I-10125 Torino (Italy); Lupu, Nicoleta; Chiriac, Horia [National Institute of Research and Development for Technichal Physics, 700050 Iasi (Romania); Baricco, Marcello [Universita di Torino, Dipartimento di Chimica IFM and NIS, I-10125 Torino (Italy)

    2009-08-26

    Amorphous [(Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}){sub 75}B{sub 20}Si{sub 5}]{sub 93}Nb{sub 4}Y{sub 3}(x=0, 0.2 and 0.4) have been produced by water-cooled Cu-mold injection casting technique in cylindrical shape. Amorphous ribbon having the same composition have been produced by rapid quenching technique. The presence of an amorphous structure have been checked by means of X-ray diffraction measurements and differential scanning calorimetry. Magnetic hysteresis loops have been measured by means of vibrating sample magnetometer at a maximum field of 10 kOe. In addition, to study the frequency dependence of magnetic losses, hysteresis loops have been measured by a digital wattmeter. A critical analysis of the results obtained on both ribbons and bulk cylinder will be presented. The obtained data will be compared with the ones of Fe-based materials conventionally exploited in applications.

  19. Modeling Fracture in Z-Pinned Composite Co-Cured Laminates Using Smeared Properties and Cohesive Elements in DYNA3D

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    2006-09-01

    x 107 1.95 x 1010 Critical Stress SIcr psi 2900.75 2900.75 Energy Release Rate G lb/in 1.425 0.456 Experiments Vs Simulation Comparison...Table 9. Cohesive Zone Property in the Z-pin Region Smeared Property A E G H Stiffness E11 Msi 15.6 17.3 17.3 15.6 Critical Stress SIcr ksi

  20. Bulk and electrochemical properties of BiVO4

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    Vinke, I.C.; Diepgrond, J.; Boukamp, B.A.; Vries, de K.J.; Burggraaf, A.J.

    1992-01-01

    The mixed (oxygen ionic-electronic) conductor bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) was studied with respect to its electrochemical properties. The ionic transference numbers, measured by the concentration cell method in the temperature range of 800 to 1000 K, vary from 0.7 to 0.3. The total conductivity of this

  1. Bulk Mechanical Properties of Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Electrodes

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    Giarra, Matthew; Landi, Brian; Cress, Cory; Raffaelle, Ryne

    2007-03-01

    The unique properties of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) make them especially well suited for use as electrodes in power devices such as lithium ion batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, solar cells, and supercapacitors. The performances of such devices are expected to be influenced, at least in part, by the mechanical properties of the SWNTs used in composites or in stand alone ``papers.'' Therefore, the elastic moduli and ultimate tensile strengths of SWNT papers were measured as functions of temperature, SWNT purity, SWNT length, and SWNT bundling. The SWNTs used to produce the papers were synthesized in an alexandrite laser vaporization reactor at 1100^oC and purified using conventional acid-reflux conditions. Characterization of the SWNTs was performed using SEM, BET, TGA, and optical and Raman spectroscopy. The purified material was filtered and dried to yield papers of bundled SWNTs which were analyzed using dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). It was observed that the mechanical properties of acid-refluxed SWNT papers were significantly improved by controlled thermal oxidation and strain-hardening. Elastic moduli of SWNT papers were measured between 3 and 6 GPa. Ultimate (breaking) tensile stresses were measured between 45 and 90 MPa at 1-3% strain. These results and their implications in regard to potential applications in power devices will be discussed.

  2. Fabrication of Bi2223 bulks with high critical current properties sintered in Ag tubes

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    Takeda, Yasuaki; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi; Motoki, Takanori; Kishio, Kohji; Nakashima, Takayoshi; Kagiyama, Tomohiro; Kobayashi, Shin-ichi; Hayashi, Kazuhiko

    2017-03-01

    Randomly grain oriented Bi2223 sintered bulks are one of the representative superconducting materials having weak-link problem due to very short coherence length particularly along the c-axis, resulting in poor intergrain Jc properties. In our previous studies, sintering and/or post-annealing under moderately reducing atmospheres were found to be effective for improving grain coupling in Bi2223 sintered bulks. Further optimizations of the synthesis process for Bi2223 sintered bulks were attempted in the present study to enhance their intergrain Jc. Effects of applied pressure of uniaxial pressing and sintering conditions on microstructure and superconducting properties have been systematically investigated. The best sample showed intergrain Jc of 2.0 kA cm-2 at 77 K and 8.2 kA cm-2 at 20 K, while its relative density was low ∼65%. These values are quite high as for a randomly oriented sintered bulk of cuprate superconductors.

  3. Bulk and electrochemical properties of BiVO4

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    Vinke, I.C.; Diepgrond, J. (Jan); Boukamp, B.A.; De, Vries, J.A.; Burggraaf, A.J.

    1992-01-01

    The mixed (oxygen ionic-electronic) conductor bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) was studied with respect to its electrochemical properties. The ionic transference numbers, measured by the concentration cell method in the temperature range of 800 to 1000 K, vary from 0.7 to 0.3. The total conductivity of this ceramic material isone order of magnitude lower than found for cubic yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ). The activation enthalpy for the electronic conductivity is high (193 kJ/mol) compared to the ...

  4. Chemical, electronic, and magnetic structure of LaFeCoSi alloy: Surface and bulk properties

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    Lollobrigida, V. [Dipartimento di Scienze, Università Roma Tre, I-00146 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica, Università Roma Tre, I-00146 Rome (Italy); Basso, V.; Kuepferling, M.; Coïsson, M.; Olivetti, E. S.; Celegato, F. [Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRIM), I-10135 Torino (Italy); Borgatti, F. [CNR, Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati (ISMN), I-40129 Bologna (Italy); Torelli, P.; Panaccione, G. [CNR, Istituto Officina dei Materiali (IOM), Lab. TASC, I-34149 Trieste (Italy); Tortora, L. [Laboratorio di Analisi di Superficie, Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica, Università Roma Tre, I-00146 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Università Tor Vergata, I-00133 Rome (Italy); Stefani, G.; Offi, F. [Dipartimento di Scienze, Università Roma Tre, I-00146 Rome (Italy)

    2014-05-28

    We investigate the chemical, electronic, and magnetic structure of the magnetocaloric LaFeCoSi compound with bulk and surface sensitive techniques. We put in evidence that the surface retains a soft ferromagnetic behavior at temperatures higher than the Curie temperature of the bulk due to the presence of Fe clusters at the surface only. This peculiar magnetic surface effect is attributed to the exchange interaction between the ferromagnetic Fe clusters located at the surface and the bulk magnetocaloric alloy, and it is used here to monitor the magnetic properties of the alloy itself.

  5. Sludge Bulking Property of Membrane Bio-reactor in Albumen Wqastewater Treatment

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    2004-01-01

    Albumen wastewater was treated by Membrane Bio-reactor. Sludge bulking property of Membrane Bio-Reactor was investigated in this study through contrast research. When the sludge bulking appeared, the removal efficiency of COD in Membrane Bio-reactor increased slightly under the function of filamentous bacteria. However, the negative effects of the higher net water-head differential pressures,the higher block rate of membrane pore and the great quantity of filamentous bacteria at the externalsurface pres...

  6. Understanding Cohesion in English

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    Shibayama, Morijiro

    1981-01-01

    Cohesion is Hasan's term. The concept of cohesion, however, is not well-formed and its mechanism is still to be studied. In this paper, the author says: 1. Both cohesion and a tie are semantic concepts. 2. Cohesion in a text is a set of ties between sentences. Based on the definitions, the author discusses the formal and lexicogrammatical factors which generate cohesion.

  7. Electronic structure, cohesive, and magnetic properties of the actinide-iridium Laves phases

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    Eriksson, O.; Johansson, B.; Brooks, M. S. S.

    1989-01-01

    The electronic structure of the isostructural AIr2 systems (A=Th, Pa, U, Np, Pu, and Am) has been obtained by means of the scalar relativistic and fully relativistic linear muffin-tin orbital techniques. Ground-state properties such as lattice constants and onset of magnetic order have been calcu...

  8. Bulk and electrochemical properties of BiVO[sub 4

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    Vinke, I.C.; Diepgrond, J.; Boukamp, B.A.; Vries, K.J. de; Burggraaf, A.J. (Lab. for Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Science and Catalysis, Univ. of Twente, Enschede (Netherlands))

    1992-09-01

    The mixed (oxygen ionic-electronic) conductor bismuth vanadate (BiVO[sub 4]) was studied with respect to its electrochemical properties. The ionic transference numbers, measured by the concentration cell method in the temperature range of 800 to 1000 K, vary from 0.7 to 0.3. The total conductivity of this ceramic material is one order of magnitude lower than found for cubic yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ). The activation enthalpy for the electronic conductivity is high (193 kJ/mol) compared to the ionic conductivity (71 kJ/mol). The P[sub O2] dependency of the conductivity data in combination with the Seebeck measurements showed electrons to be the majority charge carriers, indicating that BiVO[sub 4] is an n-type mixed conductor. (orig.).

  9. Study on the interfacial adhesion property of low-k thin film by the surface acoustic waves with cohesive zone model

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    Xiao, Xia; Qi, Haiyang; Tao, Ye; Kikkawa, Takamaro

    2016-12-01

    The cohesive zone model being increasingly used in discrete fracture processes simulation is adopted to study the interfacial adhesion property of low dielectric constant film deposited on the silicon substrate in this work. The two parameters, maximum normal traction and normal interface characteristic length in cohesive zone model, are taken into account to calculate the theoretical surface acoustic wave dispersion curves. Broadband surface acoustic wave signals with effective frequency up to 200 MHz are generated by short pulse ultraviolet laser source and detected by a piezoelectric transducer. The interfacial adhesion properties of dense and porous films determined accurately by matching the experimental dispersion curves with the calculated theoretical dispersion curves are 10.7 PPa/m and 2.8 PPa/m, respectively. The results show that the adhesion quality of dense low dielectric constant film is better than that of the porous. The study exhibits that the adhesion properties determined by improved laser-generated surface acoustic wave technique have the same trends with the test results of the nanoscratch technique, which indicates that the surface acoustic wave technique with cohesive zone model is a promising and nondestructive method for determining interfacial adhesion properties between low dielectric constant film and substrate.

  10. Contribution of the comonomers to the bulk and surface properties of methacrylate copolymers.

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    Hermitte, L; Thomas, F; Bougaran, R; Martelet, C

    2004-04-01

    Relationships between formulation, bulk properties, and surface properties are investigated on series of copolymers prepared with hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA), methylmethacrylate (MMA), and ethylmethacrylate (EMA) monomers, and on the homopolymers PMMA and PHEMA. The bulk water content, swelling ratio, and static (sessile drop and captive bubble) and dynamic (Wilhelmy plate technique) contact angles and the electrokinetic potential (streaming potential) are measured. The bulk water content and swelling ratio of HEMA copolymers are proportional to the amount of HEMA and are linearly correlated to the contact angle hysteresis. Periodic instabilities in the wetting cycles, similar to Haines jumps, are observed with HEMA copolymers and support a bidirectional relaxation of the hydrophilic groups respectively towards external water and capillary water. The origin of the electrokinetic potential of these nonionizable polymers is attributed to specific adsorption of [Formula: see text] ions. Its dependence on surface hydrophobicity and statistical length of the side-chains is interpreted in terms of the properties of water molecules near the interface.

  11. Glass Formability and Soft Magnetic Properties of Bulk Y-Fe-B-Ti Metals

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    2007-01-01

    The Ti effects on the glass forming ability and the magnetic properties of Y-Fe-B-Ti bulk metallic glasses have been investigated. Substituting 2 and 4 at% Ti for Fe or B in Y6Fe70B22 alloys decrease the saturation magnetization (σs) and deteriorate the glass forming ability, respectively. However, substitution of 2 at% Ti for Y in Y6Fe72B22 alloy induces larger supercooled region of 72.7℃, which not only makes the bulk glassy rod as large as 3mm in diameter, but also results in the superior soft magnetic properties of σ5=126emu/g,coercivity ( Hc ) = 0.2 Oe and Curie temperature (Tc) = 268℃. Among all Y-Fe-B-Ti bulk amorphous rods, Y4Fe72B22Ti2 displays the best glass forming ability and also the proper soft magnetic properties.

  12. Microstructure-property relationship in magnetoelectric bulk composites

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    Sheikh, Arif D.; Fawzi, Abdulsamee [Novel Materials Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Pune, Pune 411 007, M.S. (India); Mathe, V.L., E-mail: vlmathe@physics.unipune.ernet.i [Novel Materials Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Pune, Pune 411 007, M.S. (India)

    2011-03-15

    We present systematic studies that comprise phase connectivity and dielectric, multiferroic (MF) and magnetoelectric (ME) properties of (x) Ni{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}+(1-x) Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3}){sub 0.67}Ti{sub 0.33}O{sub 3} [where x=0.15, 0.30 and 0.45] ME composites prepared by conventional solid-state reaction method. Scanning electron microscopic images of the composites predict different types of connectivity schemes viz 3-0, 3-1 and 3-3. The phase transition temperature of PMN-PT is independent of Ni{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} content. Room temperature P-E and M-H loops indicate the simultaneous existence of ferroelectric/magnetic ordering. In order to study the possibility of monitoring electrical ordering by means of a magnetic field, ME measurements were carried out. The composition-dependent phase connectivity was well co-related to formation of percolation path and inturn magnetoelectric output. - Research highlights: > Synthesis of (x) Ni{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}+ (1-x) PMN-PT [where x=0.15, 0.30 and 0.45] ME composites. > Microstructure of the composites with x=0.15, 0.30 and 0.45, predicts different types of connectivity scheme viz 3-0, 3-1 and 3-3 respectively. > Dielectric behavior of the ME composites. > Room-temperature P-E and M-H loops indicate the existence of multiferroic ordering. > Co-relation of phase connectivity with magnetoelectric output.

  13. Visible and near-infrared bulk optical properties of raw milk.

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    Aernouts, B; Van Beers, R; Watté, R; Huybrechts, T; Lammertyn, J; Saeys, W

    2015-10-01

    The implementation of optical sensor technology to monitor the milk quality on dairy farms and milk processing plants would support the early detection of altering production processes. Basic visible and near-infrared spectroscopy is already widely used to measure the composition of agricultural and food products. However, to obtain maximal performance, the design of such optical sensors should be optimized with regard to the optical properties of the samples to be measured. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the visible and near-infrared bulk absorption coefficient, bulk scattering coefficient, and scattering anisotropy spectra for a diverse set of raw milk samples originating from individual cow milkings, representing the milk variability present on dairy farms. Accordingly, this database of bulk optical properties can be used in future simulation studies to efficiently optimize and validate the design of an optical milk quality sensor. In a next step of the current study, the relation between the obtained bulk optical properties and milk quality properties was analyzed in detail. The bulk absorption coefficient spectra were found to mainly contain information on the water, fat, and casein content, whereas the bulk scattering coefficient spectra were found to be primarily influenced by the quantity and the size of the fat globules. Moreover, a strong positive correlation (r ≥ 0.975) was found between the fat content in raw milk and the measured bulk scattering coefficients in the 1,300 to 1,400 nm wavelength range. Relative to the bulk scattering coefficient, the variability on the scattering anisotropy factor was found to be limited. This is because the milk scattering anisotropy is nearly independent of the fat globule and casein micelle quantity, while it is mainly determined by the size of the fat globules. As this study shows high correlations between the sample's bulk optical properties and the milk composition and fat globule size, a

  14. Structure and property evaluation of a vacuum plasma sprayed nanostructured tungsten-hafnium carbide bulk composite

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    Rea, K.E.; Viswanathan, V.; Kruize, A. [Surface Engineering and Nanotechnology Facility (SNF), University of Central Florida, Eng. 381, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816 (United States); AMPAC, Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering (MMAE), Nanoscience and Technology Center, University of Central Florida, Eng. 381, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816 (United States); Hosson, J.Th.M. de [Department of Applied Physics, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, NL-9747 AG (Netherlands); O' Dell, S.; McKechnie, T. [Plasma Processes, Inc., 4914 Moores Mill Road, Huntsville, AL 35811 (United States); Rajagopalan, S.; Vaidyanathan, R. [AMPAC, Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering (MMAE), Nanoscience and Technology Center, University of Central Florida, Eng. 381, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816 (United States); Seal, S. [Surface Engineering and Nanotechnology Facility (SNF), University of Central Florida, Eng. 381, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816 (United States); AMPAC, Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering (MMAE), Nanoscience and Technology Center, University of Central Florida, Eng. 381, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816 (United States)], E-mail: sseal@mail.ucf.edu

    2008-03-25

    Vacuum plasma spray (VPS) forming of tungsten-based metal matrix nanocomposites (MMCs) has shown to be a cost effective and time saving method for the formation of bulk monolithic nanostructured thermo-mechanical components. Spray drying of powder feedstock appears to have a significant effect on the improved mechanical properties of the bulk nanocomposite. The reported elastic modulus of the nanocomposite nearly doubles due to the presence of HfC nano particulates in the W matrix. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) revealed the retention of nanostructures at the select process conditions and is correlated with the enhanced mechanical properties of the nanocomposite.

  15. Thermal, spectral, and surface properties of LED light-polymerized bulk fill resin composites.

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    Pişkin, Mehmet Burçin; Atalı, Pınar Yılmaz; Figen, Aysel Kantürk

    2015-02-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the thermal, spectral, and surface properties of four different bulk fill materials – SureFil SDR (SDR, Dentsplay DETREY), QuixFil (QF, Dentsplay DETREY), X-tra base (XB, Voco) X-tra fil (XF, Voco) – polymerized by light-emitting diode (LED). Resin matrix, filler type, size and amount, and photoinitiator types influence the degree of conversion. LED-cured bulk fill composites achieved sufficient polymerization. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis revealed different patterns of surface roughness, depending on the composite material. Bulk fill materials showed surface characteristics similar to those of nanohybrid composites. Based on the thermal analysis results, glass transition (T(g)) and initial degradation (T(i)) temperatures changed depending on the bulk fill resin composites.

  16. Improvement of the mechanical properties of bulk superconductors; Jushiganshin niyoru baruku chodendotai no kikaitekitokusei no kaizen

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    Tomita, M; Murakami, M [Superconductivity Research Laboratory, Tokyo (Japan)

    1999-11-25

    Large single-grain bulk rare earth element (RE)-Ba-Cu-O superconductors can trip large fields exceeding several teslas and thus can function as very strong quasi-permanent magnets. However, the maximum trapped field is essentially limited by the mechanical strength of the bulk superconductors. The stress produced by refrigeration sometimes causes cracking. A large electromagnetic force also acts on superconductors when they trap large magnetic fields, and this occasionally leads to device failure. We have recently found that epoxy resin can penetrate into bulk superconductors under certain conditions. Microstructural observation revealed that microcracks as well as porosities can be impregnated with epoxy resin, which greatly improves the mechanical properties of bulk RE-Ba-Cu-O and thus results in the improvement of field trapping capability. (author)

  17. Structure and physical properties of silicon clusters and of vacancy clusters in bulk silicon

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    Sieck, A

    2000-01-01

    different from the solid. The calculated stabilities and positron-lifetimes of vacancy clusters in bulk silicon indicate the positron-lifetimes of about 435 ps detected in irradiated silicon to be related to clusters of 9 or 10 vacancies. The vacancies in these clusters form neighboring hexa-rings and, therefore, minimize the number of dangling bonds. In this thesis the growth-pattern of free silicon clusters and vacancy clusters in bulk silicon is investigated. The aim is to describe and to better understand the cluster to bulk transition. Silicon structures in between clusters and solids feature new interesting physical properties. The structure and physical properties of silicon clusters can be revealed by a combination of theory and experiment, only. Low-energy clusters are determined with different optimization techniques and a density-functional based tight-binding method. Additionally, infrared and Raman spectra, and polarizabilities calculated within self-consistent field density-functional theory are...

  18. Adhesion and cohesion.

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    von Fraunhofer, J Anthony

    2012-01-01

    The phenomena of adhesion and cohesion are reviewed and discussed with particular reference to dentistry. This review considers the forces involved in cohesion and adhesion together with the mechanisms of adhesion and the underlying molecular processes involved in bonding of dissimilar materials. The forces involved in surface tension, surface wetting, chemical adhesion, dispersive adhesion, diffusive adhesion, and mechanical adhesion are reviewed in detail and examples relevant to adhesive dentistry and bonding are given. Substrate surface chemistry and its influence on adhesion, together with the properties of adhesive materials, are evaluated. The underlying mechanisms involved in adhesion failure are covered. The relevance of the adhesion zone and its importance with regard to adhesive dentistry and bonding to enamel and dentin is discussed.

  19. Adhesion and Cohesion

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    J. Anthony von Fraunhofer

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The phenomena of adhesion and cohesion are reviewed and discussed with particular reference to dentistry. This review considers the forces involved in cohesion and adhesion together with the mechanisms of adhesion and the underlying molecular processes involved in bonding of dissimilar materials. The forces involved in surface tension, surface wetting, chemical adhesion, dispersive adhesion, diffusive adhesion, and mechanical adhesion are reviewed in detail and examples relevant to adhesive dentistry and bonding are given. Substrate surface chemistry and its influence on adhesion, together with the properties of adhesive materials, are evaluated. The underlying mechanisms involved in adhesion failure are covered. The relevance of the adhesion zone and its importance with regard to adhesive dentistry and bonding to enamel and dentin is discussed.

  20. Phase transformation and magnetic properties of Fe-Pt based bulk alloys

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    de Boer, F.R.; Xiao, Q.F.; Zhang, Z.D.; Buschow, K.H.J.; Bruck, E.H.

    2004-01-01

    The ordering transformation and magnetic properties of Fe59.75Pt39.5Nb0.75 bulk alloys have been investigated in detail by using different homogenization temperatures and different low-temperature annealing times to obtain samples with different microstructure and different atomically ordered states

  1. Surface and bulk dissolution properties, and selectivity of DNA-linked nanoparticle assemblies

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    Lukatsky, D.B.; Frenkel, D.

    2005-01-01

    Using a simple mean-field model, we analyze the surface and bulk dissolution properties of DNA-linked nanoparticle assemblies. We find that the dissolution temperature and the sharpness of the dissolution profiles increase with the grafting density of the single-stranded DNA "probes" on the surface

  2. Effect of ultrasonic homogenization on the Vis/NIR bulk optical properties of milk.

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    Aernouts, Ben; Van Beers, Robbe; Watté, Rodrigo; Huybrechts, Tjebbe; Jordens, Jeroen; Vermeulen, Daniel; Van Gerven, Tom; Lammertyn, Jeroen; Saeys, Wouter

    2015-02-01

    The size of colloidal particles in food products has a considerable impact on the product's physicochemical, functional and sensory characteristics. Measurement techniques to monitor the size of suspended particles could, therefore, help to further reduce the variability in production processes and promote the development of new food products with improved properties. Visible and near-infrared (Vis/NIR) spectroscopy is already widely used to measure the composition of agricultural and food products. However, this technology can also be consulted to acquire microstructure-related scattering properties of food products. In this study, the effect of the fat globule size on the Vis/NIR bulk scattering properties of milk was investigated. Variability in fat globule size distribution was created using ultrasonic homogenization of raw milk. Reduction of the fat globule size resulted in a higher wavelength-dependency of both the Vis/NIR bulk scattering coefficient and the scattering anisotropy factor. Moreover, the anisotropy factor and the bulk scattering coefficients for wavelengths above 600 nm were reduced and were dominated by Rayleigh scattering. Additionally, the bulk scattering properties could be well (R(2) ≥ 0.990) estimated from measured particle size distributions by consulting an algorithm based on the Mie solution. Future research could aim at the inversion of this model to estimate the particle size distributions from Vis/NIR spectroscopic measurements.

  3. Self-healing Nanofiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites. 2. Delamination/Debonding and Adhesive and Cohesive Properties.

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    Lee, Min Wook; An, Seongpil; Jo, Hong Seok; Yoon, Sam S; Yarin, Alexander L

    2015-09-09

    The capacity for core-shell nanofiber mats containing healing agents (resin monomer and cure) in their cores to adhere to a substrate was studied using blister testing. After extended periodic bending, the adhesion energy was measured, and the effect of self-healing on the composite's delamination from the substrate was considered. In addition, the cohesion of two layers of the self-healing nanofibers was examined using blister testing and compared to that of ordinary nanofiber mats. The damage inflicted by prolonged periodic bending to the interface of the two nanofiber mats was demonstrated to have self-healed, and the cohesion energy was measured.

  4. Nanomechanical properties of selected single pharmaceutical crystals as a predictor of their bulk behaviour.

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    Egart, Mateja; Janković, Biljana; Lah, Nina; Ilić, Ilija; Srčič, Stanko

    2015-02-01

    The main goal of this research was to assess the mechanical properties of APIs' polymorphic forms at the single-crystal level (piroxicam, famotidine, nifedipine, olanzapine) in order to predict their bulk deformational attributes, which are critical for some pharmaceutical technology processes. The mechanical properties of oriented single crystals were determined using instrumented nanoindentation (continuous stiffness measurement). All polymorphic forms investigated were previously identified using a combination of calorimetric and spectroscopic techniques. Mechanical properties such as Young's modulus and indentation hardness were consistent with the molecular packing of the polymorphic forms investigated with respect to crystal orientation. For mechanically interlocked structures, characteristic of most polymorphic forms, response of single crystals to indentation was isotropic. The material's bulk elastic properties can be successfully predicted by measuring Young's modulus of single crystals because a good linear correlation with a bulk parameter such as the tablets' elastic relaxation index was determined. The results confirm the idea that the intrinsic mechanical properties of pharmaceutical crystals (Young's modulus) largely control and anticipate their deformational behavior during tablet compression. Young's modulus and indentation hardness represent a very valuable and effective tool in preformulation studies for describing materials' mechanical attributes, which are important for technological processes in which materials are exposed to deformation.

  5. High temperature superconductor bulk materials fundamentals, processing, properties control, applications aspects

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    Krabbes, Gernot; Canders, Wolf-Rüdiger; May, Hardo; Palka, Ryszard

    2005-01-01

    With its comprehensive review of the current knowledge and the future requirements in the field, this book presents all the features of bulk high temperature superconducting materials. Starting from physical and chemical fundamentals, the authors move on to portray methods and problems of materials processing, thoroughly working out the characteristic properties of bulk superconductors in contrast to long conductors and films. They provide a wide range of specific materials characteristics with respect to the latest developments and future applications guiding from fundamentals to practical engineering examples. The authors are all leading international specialists involved in the field of high TC superconductor bulk materials since the beginning. Of utmost interest to engineers, scientists, and PhD students working in this field

  6. Effects of cooling rates on the mechanical properties of a Ti-based bulk metallic glass

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    2010-01-01

    Mechanical properties of the glassy specimens fabricated at different cooling rates with a composition of Ti40Zr25Cu12Ni3Be20 were systematically investigated. It was confirmed that faster cooling rates caused not only a larger amount of frozen-in free volume but also a higher glass transition temperature in the bulk glassy alloy. Increase in the free volume was found to favor plastic deformation and then to give rise to larger compressive plasticity, whilst the rise in the glass transition temperature seemed to be closely related to the higher yield strength. Moreover, the increase of yield strength and plasticity induced by fast cooling rates may also be associated with the residual stress generated during the fabrication process. Our results suggest that the deformation behavior of bulk metallic glasses is sensitive to various factors and influences from the other factors should be excluded as far as cooling-rate effects on bulk metallic glasses are considered.

  7. Effects of binder addition on the mechanical properties of bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors

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    Seki, H.; Wongsatanawarid, A.; Kobayashi, S.; Ikeda, Y.; Murakami, M.

    2010-11-01

    We studied the effects of binder addition on the mechanical properties of bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors. We prepared YBa2Cu3Oy, Y2BaCuO5 powders and polyvinyl alcohol mixed with water as a binder. These raw materials were mixed, and the binder-added powders were pressed into pellets. The hardness of the green compacts with binder is higher than that without the binder. However, the hardness of green compacts with 8% binder is the same as that with 4% binder. The maximum compression strength of the precursor with binder is higher than that without binder. Equally, the maximum strength of the green compacts with 8% binder is higher than that with 4% binder. The differential thermal analysis measurements showed that the exothermic reaction due to the decomposition of the organic binder started at 550 °C and gradually proceeded with further heating. After de-binder treatment, BaCO3 powders were produced on the green compacts. The green compacts were subjected to melt-processing. We also measured trapped magnetic fields of binder-added bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors with a Hall probe scanning device. Trapped magnetic field of the bulk added with 4% is higher than that of the binder-free bulk. Hence, Y-Ba-Cu-O bulk with suitable amount of binder shows good influence for mechanical strength and trapped magnetic field.

  8. Thermal properties measurement of dry bulk materials with a cylindrical three layers device

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    Jannot, Y.; Degiovanni, A.

    2013-09-01

    This paper presents a new method dedicated to thermal properties (conductivity and diffusivity) measurement of dry bulk materials including powders. The cylindrical three layers experimental device (brass/bulk material/stainless steel) and the principle of the measurement method based on a crenel thermal excitation are presented. The one-dimensional modeling of the system is used for a sensitivity analysis and to calculate the standard deviation of the estimation error. Experimental measurements are carried out on three bulk materials: glass beads, cork granules, and expanded polystyrene beads. The estimated thermal properties are compared with the values obtained by other measurement methods. Results are in good agreement with theoretical predictions: both thermal conductivity and diffusivity can be estimated with a good accuracy for low density material like cork granules or expanded polystyrene beads since only thermal diffusivity can be estimated for heavier materials like glass beads. It is finally shown that this method like all transient methods is not suited to the thermal characterization of wet bulk materials.

  9. The influence of fibrous bed bulk density on the bed properties

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    Šećerov-Sokolović Radmila M.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The mean properties of seven different fibrous materials and the properties of their different bed bulk densities were investigated. The morphology of the surface, size and geometry were measured by optical microscopy. The bed porosity was measured by the weighing method. The experimental bed permeability, in a high range of bulk density, was calculated from the values of the sanitary water pressure drop at a constant temperature of 15°C, since the data followed Darcy's law. The Reynolds number for a fibrous bed was calculated using a relation from the literature. The Reynolds number was less than 1 for all ranges of fluid velocity. Three empirical relations for fibrous bed permeability were used and compared with the experimental data. It was determined that the empirical data depended on the fiber diameter and fraction of solid in the bed. The relative error linearly increased with increasing fiber diameter.

  10. Titania doping effect on superconducting properties of MgB2 bulk samples

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    Serrano, G.; Bridoux, G.; Serquis, A.

    2009-05-01

    In this work we study the microstructural and superconducting properties of doped and undoped bulk MgB2 samples prepared by solid-state reaction, with 0 and 2.5 %at. nominal TiO2 nanotubes contents, annealed at different temperatures in the 750-900°C range. We discuss the Tc, Jc and Hc2 performance and their correlation with the different synthesis parameters.

  11. First principle investigation of structural and electronic properties of bulk ZnSe

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    Khatta, Swati; Tripathi, S. K., E-mail: surya@pu.ac.in; Prakash, Satya [Department of Physics, Center of Advanced Study in Physics, Panjab University, Chandigarh-160 014 (India)

    2015-08-28

    Electronic and structural properties of ZnSe are investigated using plane-wave self-consistent field method within the framework of density functional theory. The pseudopotential method within the local density approximation is used for the exchange-correlation potential. The equilibrium lattice parameter, static bulk modulus and its pressure derivative are calculated. The electronic band structure, partial density of states and density of states are also obtained. The results are compared with available theoretical calculations and experimental results.

  12. Titania doping effect on superconducting properties of MgB{sub 2} bulk samples

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    Serrano, G; Serquis, A [Institute Balseiro - Centra Atomico Bariloche and CONICET, (8400) S. C. de Bariloche, Rio Negro (Argentina); Bridoux, G, E-mail: serranog@ib.cnea.gov.a [Institute Balseiro - Centra Atomico Bariloche, (8400) S. C. de Bariloche, Rio Negro (Argentina)

    2009-05-01

    In this work we study the microstructural and superconducting properties of doped and undoped bulk MgB{sub 2} samples prepared by solid-state reaction, with 0 and 2.5 %at. nominal TiO{sub 2} nanotubes contents, annealed at different temperatures in the 750-900 deg. C range. We discuss the T{sub c}, J{sub c} and H{sub c2} performance and their correlation with the different synthesis parameters.

  13. Bulk magnetic properties of CdFe2O4 in nano-regime

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    Rucha Desai; R V Mehta; R V Upadhyay; Amita Gupta; A Praneet; K V Rao

    2007-06-01

    Cadmium ferrite particles have been synthesized using co-precipitation technique followed by a low temperature (600°C) annealing in a time scale much shorter than reported in literature. Incorporation of sodium chloride during annealing helps to form a single phase spinel structure with a final particle size of around 50 nm. Even at such a short length scale we observe the overall magnetic properties to be similar to those of the bulk. The observed magnetic properties can be explained on the basis of an anti-ferromagnetic core with a shell containing ‘ferromagnetic-like’, but canted spin structure.

  14. Crystallization and thermophysical properties of Cu46Zr47Al6Co1 bulk metallic glass

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    Kang Wu

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Phase evolution of two-step crystallization and the subsequent B2-phase transformation was presented in Cu46Zr47Al6Co1 bulk metallic glass (BMG during heating process. Thermophysical properties, i.e. the thermal diffusivity and the specific heat capacity, of the BMG in amorphous solid state and supercooled liquid state as well as its crystalline counterparts were measured from room temperature to 1070 K. The thermal conductivity was also calculated through combination of the data of the thermal diffusivity and the specific heat capacity. The possible influence of the crystallization on the thermophysical properties was discussed.

  15. Simultaneous description of bulk and interfacial properties of fluids by the Mie potential

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    Werth, Stephan; Horsch, Martin; Hasse, Hans

    2016-01-01

    The vapor-liquid equilibrium (VLE) of the Mie potential, where the dispersive exponent is constant (m = 6) while the repulsive exponent n is varied between 9 and 48, is systematically investigated by molecular simulation. For systems with planar vapor-liquid interfaces, long-range correction expressions are derived, so that interfacial and bulk properties can be computed accurately. The present simulation results are found to be consistent with the available body of literature on the Mie fluid which is substantially extended. On the basis of correlations for the considered thermodynamic properties, a multicriteria optimization becomes viable. Thereby, users can adjust the three parameters of the Mie potential to the properties of real fluids, weighting different thermodynamic properties according to their importance for a particular application scenario. In the present work, this is demonstrated for carbon dioxide for which different competing objective functions are studied which describe the accuracy of the...

  16. Nanostructuring and Thermoelectric Properties of Bulk N-type Mg2Si

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    YANG Meijun; ZHANG Lianmeng; SHEN Qiang

    2009-01-01

    Preparation and thermoelectric properties of nanostructured n-type Mg_2Si bulk ma-terials were reported.Nanosized Mg_2Si powder was obtained by mechanical milling of the microsized Mg_2Si powder prepared by solid-state reaction.The bulk materials with 30 nm and 5μm were prepared by spark plasma sintering of the nanosized and microsized Mg_2Si powder,respectively.Both the samples show n-type conduction and the Seebeck coefficient of the sintered samples increase deter-minately with the grain size decrease from 5μm to 30 nm.On the other hand,the electrical and thermal conductivity decrease with the decrease of grain size.Accordingly,decreasing their grain size in-creases their thermoelectric-figure-of-merit.A maximum thermoelectric figure of merit of 0.36 has been obtained for the nanostuctured Mg_2Si sample at 823 K,which is 38%higher than that of mi-crosized Mg_2Si bulk materials and higher than results of other literatures.It could be expected that the properties of the nanocomposites could be further improved by doping optimization.

  17. A robust, melting class bulk superhydrophobic material with heat-healing and self-cleaning properties

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    Ramakrishna, S.; Santhosh Kumar, K. S.; Mathew, Dona; Reghunadhan Nair, C. P.

    2015-01-01

    Superhydrophobic (SH) materials are essential for a myriad of applications such as anti-icing and self-cleaning due to their extreme water repellency. A single, robust material simultaneously possessing melt-coatability, bulk water repellency, self-cleanability, self-healability, self-refreshability, and adhesiveness has been remaining an elusive goal. We demonstrate a unique class of melt-processable, bulk SH coating by grafting long alkyl chains on silica nanoparticle surface by a facile one-step method. The well-defined nanomaterial shows SH property in the bulk and is found to heal macro-cracks on gentle heating. It retains wettability characteristics even after abrading with a sand paper. The surface regenerates SH features (due to reversible self-assembly of nano structures) quickly at ambient temperature even after cyclic water impalement, boiling water treatment and multiple finger rubbing tests. It exhibits self-cleaning properties on both fresh and cut surfaces. This kind of coating, hitherto undisclosed, is expected to be a breakthrough in the field of melt-processable SH coatings. PMID:26679096

  18. Macroscopic Properties of Restacked, Redox-Liquid Exfoliated Graphite and Graphite Mimics Produced in Bulk Quantities

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    Srivastava, Vikram K [ORNL; Quinlan, Ronald [ORNL; Agapov, Alexander L [ORNL; Dunlap, John R [ORNL; Nelson, Kimberly M [ORNL; Duranty, Edward R [ORNL; Sokolov, Alexei P [ORNL; Bhat, Gajanan [ORNL; Mays, Jimmy [ORNL

    2014-01-01

    The excellent properties exhibited by monolayer graphene have spurred the development of exfoliation techniques using bulk graphite to produce large quantities of pristine monolayer sheets. Development of simple chemistry to exfoliate and intercalate graphite and graphite mimics in large quantities is required for numerous applications. To determine the macroscopic behavior of restacked, exfoliated bulk materials, a systematic approach is presented using a simple, redox-liquid sonication process along to obtain large quantities of 2D and 3D hexagonally layered graphite, molybdenum disulfi de, and boron nitride, which are subsequently characterized to observe chemical and structural changes. For MoS 2 sonicated with the antioxidant sodium bisulfi te, results from Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and electron microscopy indicate the presence of distorted phases from different polymorphs, and apparent nanotube structures in the bulk, restacked powder. Furthermore, using thermograviemtric analysis, the antioxidant enhances the resistance to oxidative degradation of MoS 2 , upon thermal treatment up to 900 C. The addition of the ionic antioxidant decreased dispersion stability in non-polar solvent, suggesting decreased compatibility with non-polar systems. Using simple chemical methods, the ability to generate tailored multidimensional layered materials with unique macroscopic properties is critical for numerous applications, including electrical devices, reinforced polymer composites, lithium ion capacitors, and chemical sensing.

  19. Quick preparation and thermal transport properties of nanostructured β-FeSi2 bulk material

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    Li Han; Tang Xin-Feng; Cao Wei-Qiang; Zhang Qing-Jie

    2009-01-01

    This paper reports that the nanostructured β-FeSi2 bulk materials are prepared by a new synthesis process by combining melt spinning (MS) and subsequent spark plasma sintering (SPS). It investigates the influence of linear speed of the rolling copper wheel, injection pressure and SPS regime on microstructure and phase composition of the rapidly solidified ribbons after MS and bulk production respectively, and discusses the effects of the microstructure on Sis2 and ε-FeSi) in the rapidly solidified ribbons;thermal transport properties. There are two crystalline phases (α-Fe the crystal grains become smaller when the cooling rate increases (the 20 nm minimum crystal of ε-FeSi is obtained). Having been sintered for 1 min above 1123K and annealed for 5min at 923K, the single-phase nanostructured β- FeSi2 bulk materials with 200-500 nm grain size and 98% relative density are obtained. The microstructure of β-FeSi2has great effect on thermal transport properties. With decreasing sintering temperature, the grain size decreases, the thermal conductivity of β-FeSi2is reduced remarkably. The thermal conductivity of β-FeSi decreases notably (reduced 72% at room temperature) in comparison with the β-FeSi2prepared by traditional casting method.

  20. Near infrared to ultraviolet optical properties of bulk single crystal and nanocrystal thin film iron pyrite

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    Subedi, Indra; Bhandari, Khagendra P.; Ellingson, Randall J.; Podraza, Nikolas J.

    2016-07-01

    We report optical properties of iron pyrite (FeS2) determined from ex situ spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements made on both a commercially available bulk single crystal and nanocrystalline thin film over a spectral range of 0.735-5.887 eV. The complex dielectric function, ɛ (E) = ɛ 1 (E) + iɛ 2 (E), spectra have been determined by fitting a layered parametric model to the ellipsometric measurements. Spectra in ɛ are modeled using a Kramers-Kronig consistent critical point parabolic band model involving seven critical points for the bulk single crystal and four critical points for the nanocrystalline film. Absorption coefficient spectra for both types of samples are also determined from ɛ. Critical point features in the nanocrystalline films are broader, have lower amplitude and lower energy critical points detected having a small blue shift when compared to the single crystal sample.

  1. Using molecular mechanics to predict bulk material properties of fibronectin fibers.

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    Mark J Bradshaw

    Full Text Available The structural proteins of the extracellular matrix (ECM form fibers with finely tuned mechanical properties matched to the time scales of cell traction forces. Several proteins such as fibronectin (Fn and fibrin undergo molecular conformational changes that extend the proteins and are believed to be a major contributor to the extensibility of bulk fibers. The dynamics of these conformational changes have been thoroughly explored since the advent of single molecule force spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations but remarkably, these data have not been rigorously applied to the understanding of the time dependent mechanics of bulk ECM fibers. Using measurements of protein density within fibers, we have examined the influence of dynamic molecular conformational changes and the intermolecular arrangement of Fn within fibers on the bulk mechanical properties of Fn fibers. Fibers were simulated as molecular strands with architectures that promote either equal or disparate molecular loading under conditions of constant extension rate. Measurements of protein concentration within micron scale fibers using deep ultraviolet transmission microscopy allowed the simulations to be scaled appropriately for comparison to in vitro measurements of fiber mechanics as well as providing estimates of fiber porosity and water content, suggesting Fn fibers are approximately 75% solute. Comparing the properties predicted by single molecule measurements to in vitro measurements of Fn fibers showed that domain unfolding is sufficient to predict the high extensibility and nonlinear stiffness of Fn fibers with surprising accuracy, with disparately loaded fibers providing the best fit to experiment. This work shows the promise of this microstructural modeling approach for understanding Fn fiber properties, which is generally applicable to other ECM fibers, and could be further expanded to tissue scale by incorporating these simulated fibers into three dimensional

  2. Variability of structural and electronic properties of bulk and monolayer Si2Te3

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    Shen, X.; Puzyrev, Y. S.; Combs, C.; Pantelides, S. T.

    2016-09-01

    Silicon telluride has diverse properties for potential applications in Si-based devices ranging from fully integrated thermoelectrics to optoelectronics to chemical sensors. This material has a unique layered structure: it has a hexagonal closed-packed Te sublattice, with Si dimers occupying octahedral intercalation sites. Here, we report a theoretical study of this material in both bulk and monolayer form, unveiling an array of diverse properties arising from reorientations of the silicon dimers between planes of Te atoms. The band gap varies up to 30% depending on dimer orientations. The variation of dimer orientations gives rise to thermal contraction, arising from more dimers aligning out of the plane as the material is heated. Strain also affects the dimer orientations and provides a degree of control of the materials properties, making Si2Te3 a promising candidate for nanoscale mechanical, optical, and memristive devices.

  3. Temperature dependence of the bulk and surface properties of liquid Zn-Cd alloys

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    Awe, O.E. [University of Ibadan, Department of Physics, Ibadan (Nigeria); Azeez, A.A. [African University of Science and Technology, Abuja (Nigeria)

    2017-05-15

    The effects of temperature on the bulk and surface properties of liquid Zn-Cd alloys have been theoretically investigated, using a combination of self association model, Darken's thermodynamic equation for diffusion, empirical model for viscosity and a statistical mechanics model. The results from this study show that change in temperature resulted in cross-over effects in bulk and surface properties. We also found that with an increase in temperature, a pronounced asymmetry of viscosity isotherm is significantly reduced, and viscosity isotherm exhibited anomalous behaviour. Our results reveal that the homocoordination tendency in Zn-Cd liquid alloys is not strong and reduces with increasing temperature. The study further suggests a pronounced segregation of Cd-atoms at the surface of Zn-Cd liquid alloys and the extent of segregation reduces with temperature. We as well found that, in addition to the reported understanding that size-factor determines the compositional location of asymmetry of the viscosity isotherm, temperature is an operating parameter that has effect, not only on the composition of asymmetry, but also on the magnitude of asymmetry. In all the properties investigated, the most pronounced effect of temperature (52.9 %) is on the viscosity while the least effect (7.1 %) is on the surface tension. (orig.)

  4. Connecting point defect parameters with bulk properties to describe diffusion in solids

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    Chroneos, A.

    2016-12-01

    Diffusion is a fundamental process that can have an impact on numerous technological applications, such as nanoelectronics, nuclear materials, fuel cells, and batteries, whereas its understanding is important across scientific fields including materials science and geophysics. In numerous systems, it is difficult to experimentally determine the diffusion properties over a range of temperatures and pressures. This gap can be bridged by the use of thermodynamic models that link point defect parameters to bulk properties, which are more easily accessible. The present review offers a discussion on the applicability of the cBΩ model, which assumes that the defect Gibbs energy is proportional to the isothermal bulk modulus and the mean volume per atom. This thermodynamic model was first introduced 40 years ago; however, consequent advances in computational modelling and experimental techniques have regenerated the interest of the community in using it to calculate diffusion properties, particularly under extreme conditions. This work examines recent characteristic examples, in which the model has been employed in semiconductor and nuclear materials. Finally, there is a discussion on future directions and systems that will possibly be the focus of studies in the decades to come.

  5. Vibrational and optical properties of MoS2: From monolayer to bulk

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    Molina-Sánchez, Alejandro; Hummer, Kerstin; Wirtz, Ludger

    2015-12-01

    Molybdenum disulfide, MoS2, has recently gained considerable attention as a layered material where neighboring layers are only weakly interacting and can easily slide against each other. Therefore, mechanical exfoliation allows the fabrication of single and multi-layers and opens the possibility to generate atomically thin crystals with outstanding properties. In contrast to graphene, it has an optical gap of ~1.9 eV. This makes it a prominent candidate for transistor and opto-electronic applications. Single-layer MoS2 exhibits remarkably different physical properties compared to bulk MoS2 due to the absence of interlayer hybridization. For instance, while the band gap of bulk and multi-layer MoS2 is indirect, it becomes direct with decreasing number of layers. In this review, we analyze from a theoretical point of view the electronic, optical, and vibrational properties of single-layer, few-layer and bulk MoS2. In particular, we focus on the effects of spin-orbit interaction, number of layers, and applied tensile strain on the vibrational and optical properties. We examine the results obtained by different methodologies, mainly ab initio approaches. We also discuss which approximations are suitable for MoS2 and layered materials. The effect of external strain on the band gap of single-layer MoS2 and the crossover from indirect to direct band gap is investigated. We analyze the excitonic effects on the absorption spectra. The main features, such as the double peak at the absorption threshold and the high-energy exciton are presented. Furthermore, we report on the the phonon dispersion relations of single-layer, few-layer and bulk MoS2. Based on the latter, we explain the behavior of the Raman-active A1g and E2g1 modes as a function of the number of layers. Finally, we compare theoretical and experimental results of Raman, photoluminescence, and optical-absorption spectroscopy.

  6. Facile synthesis of tin phosphite nanosheets via exfoliated bulk crystals: Electronic structure and piezoelectric property.

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    Song, Jun-Ling; Zhang, Xi-Rui; Lu, Rui-Feng

    2016-08-01

    Tin phosphite nanosheets were synthesized by a facile exfoliation method. SnHPO3 nanosheets with a thickness of ∼2.6nm readily form a stable colloidal suspension in ethanol using ultrasonic method. Structures and optical properties of the obtained nanosheets were investigated. The prepared SnHPO3 nanosheets exhibit an obvious blue-shift in UV absorbance compared with bulk SnHPO3 crystal materials. Moreover, the piezoelectric coefficients of SnHPO3 monolayer were calculated based on density functional theory, which are larger than that of h-BN monolayer, indicating this material could be a good candidate for designing electro-optical nano-devices.

  7. A FRAMEWORK TO MEASURE CLASS COHESION

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    XuBaowen; ChenZhenqiang; 等

    2003-01-01

    Chasses are the basic modules in Object-Oriented(OO)softvare,which consist of attributed and methods.Thus,in OO environment,the cohesion is mainly about how tightly the attributed and methods of classes cohere with each other.This letter discusses the relationships between attributes and attributes,attributes and methods,methods and methods of a class,and the properties of these relationships.Based on these properties,the letter proposes a new framework to measure the cohesion of a class.The approach overcomes the limitations of previous class cohesion measures,which comsider only one or two of the three relationships in class.

  8. A FRAMEWORK TO MEASURE CLASS COHESION

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    Xu Baowen; Chen Zhenqiang; Zhou Yuming

    2003-01-01

    Classes are the basic modules in Object-Oriented (OO) software, which consist of attributes and methods. Thus, in OO environment, the cohesion is mainly about how tightly the attributes and methods of classes cohere with each other. This letter discusses the relationships between attributes and attributes, attributes and methods, methods and methods of a class,and the properties of these relationships. Based on these properties, the letter proposes a new framework to measure the cohesion of a class. The approach overcomes the limitations of previous class cohesion measures, which consider only one or two of the three relationships in a class.

  9. Study on Surface and Bulk Properties of Ce-5 % Lanthanum Alloy

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    Luo Lizhu; Wang Xiaolin; Fu Xiaoguo; Zhang Yanzhi; Zhao Zhengping; Liu Chunrong

    2004-01-01

    The surface and bulk properties of Ce-5% La were studied with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)and X-ray diffraction (XRD), respectively.The XRD analysis shows that cerium in bulk is in γ-phase, and its lattice parameter is 0.516 nm.And we also find Ce2O3 in the bulk from the XRD figure but no existence of metal lanthanum because of its small quantity.The XPS analysis shows that there are always oxides existing in the surface.The O1s peak always exists at the binding energy of 530.3 eV, which may be attributed to Ce2O3 and La2O3, but no evidence was found for the existence of CeO2.It is concluded that there is a thick layer of Ce2O3 on the sample surface.And the Ce3d peak show multi-split in the figure, in which there are two peaks in each region, 3d5/2 and 3d3/2, and the binding energy of these peaks are 882.86, 887.70 eV for 3d5/2, and 901.44, 905.93 eV for 3d3/2.The special phenomena can be attributed to the changes of 4f electronic configuration, and the cerium in the sample exhibits properties similar to Ce2O3.But the influence of the addition of lanthanum to cerium is not visible, and further investigations are expected.

  10. Thermoelectric properties of Mg2X (X = Si, Ge) based bulk and quantum well systems

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    Yelgel, Övgü Ceyda

    2017-01-01

    Mg2X (X = Si, Ge) compounds are promising thermoelectric materials for middle temperature applications due to good thermoelectric properties, nontoxicity, and abundantly available constituent elements. So far, these materials used in applications have all been in bulk form. Herein we report a full theory of thermoelectric transport properties of 3D bulk and 2D quantum well systems. The main aim of this present work is to show the effect of quantum confinement on the enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit theoretically. Results are given for n-type Mg2 Si0.5 Ge0.5 solid solutions and n-type Mg2Si/Mg2Ge/Mg2Si quantum well systems where the values of well widths are taken as 10 nm, 15 nm, and 20 nm, respectively. The n-type doping is made by using Sb- and La-elements as dopants. Experimental results for solid solutions are included to provide demonstration of proof of principle for the theoretical model applied for 3D bulk structures. The maximum thermoelectric figure of merits of Lax Mg2 -x Si0.49 Ge0.5 Sb0.01 solid solutions are obtained to be 0.64 and 0.56 at 800 K for x = 0 and x = 0.01 sample, respectively. While, at the same temperature, due to the relatively low phonon thermal conductivity the state-of-the-art ZT values of 2.41 and 2.26 have been attained in the Mg2Si/Mg2Ge/Mg2Si quantum well samples with 0.01 wt. % Sb-doped and 0.01 wt. % Sb- and 0.01 wt. % La-doped, respectively.

  11. Elastic properties of superconducting bulk metallic glasses; Elastische Eigenschaften von supraleitenden massiven metallischen Glaesern

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    Hempel, Marius

    2015-07-01

    Within the framework of this thesis the elastic properties of a superconducting bulk metallic glass between 10 mK and 300 K were first investigated. In order to measure the entire temperature range, in particular the low temperature part, new experimental techniques were developed. Using an inductive readout scheme for a double paddle oscillator it was possible to determine the internal friction and the relative change of sound velocity of bulk metallic glasses with high precision. This allowed for a detailed comparison of the data with different models. The analysis focuses on the low temperature regime where the properties of glassy materials are governed by atomic tunneling systems as described by the tunneling model. The influence of conduction electrons in the normal conducting state and quasiparticles in the superconducting state of the glass were accounted for in the theoretical description, resulting in a good agreement over a large temperature range between measured data and prediction of the tunneling model. This allowed for a direct determination of the coupling constant between electrons and tunneling systems. In the vicinity of the transition temperature Tc the data can only be described if a modified distribution function of the tunneling parameters is applied.

  12. Fast methods of computing bulk radiative properties of inhomogeneous clouds illuminated by solar radiation

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    Gabriel, P. [Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States)

    1995-09-01

    The use of cloud fraction as a means of incorporating horizontal cloud inhomogeneity in radiative transfer calculations is widespread in the atmospheric science community. This research attempts to bypass the use of cloud fraction in radiative transfer modeling for two-dimensional media. Gabriel describes two approximation techniques useful in calculating the domain averaged bulk radiative properties such as albedo, flux divergence and mean radiance that dispense with the need to use cloud fraction as a specifier of cloud inhomogeneity. The results suggest that the variability of the medium can largely be accounted for through the pseudo-source term, offering hope of parameterizing the equation of transfer in terms of the statistical properties of the medium. 1 fig.

  13. Multifragmentation of a very heavy nuclear system (II): bulk properties and spinodal decomposition

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    Frankland, J.D.; Rivet, M.F.; Borderie, B. [Paris-11 Univ., Inst. de Physique Nucleaire, 91 - Orsay (France)] [and others

    2000-07-01

    The properties of fragments and light charged particles emitted in multifragmentation of single sources formed in central 36 A.MeV Gd+U collisions are reviewed. Most of the products are isotropically distributed in the reaction c.m. Fragment kinetic energies reveal the onset of radial collective energy. A bulk effect is experimentally evidenced from the similarity of the charge distribution with that from the lighter 32 A.MeV Xe+Sn system. Spinodal decomposition of finite nuclear matter exhibits the same property in simulated central collisions for the two systems, and appears therefore as a possible mechanism at the origin of multifragmentation in this incident energy domain. (authors)

  14. Study of microstructure and electrical properties of bulk YBCO prepared by melt textured growth technique

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    Gonal, M. R.; Krishnan, Madangopal [Glass and Advanced Materials Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, INDIA 400 085 (India); Tewari, R. [Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, INDIA 400 085 (India); Tyagi, A. K. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, INDIA 400 085 (India); Gyore, A.; Vajda, I. [Department of Electric Power Engineering, Budapest Univ. of Technology & Economics, Budapest (Hungary)

    2015-06-24

    Bulk YBCO components were prepared using Melt Texture Growth (MTG) technique. Components were fabricated using MTG by addition of Y{sub 2}BaCuO{sub 5} (Y211) and Ag to YBCO, which leads to improved grain size without affecting superconducting properties. Green compacts prepared by cold isostatic pressing were pre-sintered at 930°C before subjecting melt texturing. Cooling rates lower than 1 °C.h{sup −1} was used, in between (peritectic) temperature of about 995 and 1025°C, to obtain large grained components. Microstructure studies in details were carried out by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Electron Probe Micro Analysis (EPMA), Orientation Imaging Microscope (OIM) and TEM correlated with electrical properties like Critical current density (J{sub c})

  15. The effect of curing intensity on mechanical properties of different bulk-fill composite resins.

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    Alkhudhairy, Fahad I

    2017-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of two curing light intensities on the mechanical properties (Vickers microhardness, compressive strength, and diametral tensile strength) of bulk-fill resin-based composites (RBCs). Four commercially available bulk-fill RBCs (Tetric(®) N-Ceram, SonicFill™, Smart Dentin Replacement (SDR™) Posterior Flowable Material, and Filtek™ Posterior Restorative) were used in this study. A total of 72 cylindrical specimens of each RBC (n=288) were prepared and subjected to Vickers microhardness, compressive strength, and diametral tensile strength tests at high (1200 mW/cm(2)) and low (650 mW/cm(2)) curing light intensities (each n=12). Results were evaluated using independent and paired sample t-tests, one-way analysis of variance, and Tukey's post hoc test. All tests were performed at a significance level of Pintensity light. Although having the least mean microhardness values, a significant difference was observed between SDR cured using high-intensity light and that cured using low-intensity light (Pintensity light, and the least was measured for Tetric N-Ceram cured using low-intensity light (214.3 MPa). At high and low curing light intensities, diametral tensile strength for all RBCs except SonicFill was significant (Pintensity (1200 mW/cm(2)) had a positive influence on the compressive and tensile strength of the four bulk-fill RBCs and microhardness of two materials tested compared with lower curing light intensity (650 mW/cm(2)). SonicFill showed the greatest microhardness and compressive strength significantly for both curing light intensities and greater diametral tensile strength with high-intensity light, although not significant. SDR cured with high-intensity light showed the greatest diametral tensile strength among the four materials.

  16. Irradiating of Bulk Soybeans: Influence on Their Functional and Sensory Properties for Soyfood Processing

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    Chia, Chiew-Ling; Wilson, Lester A.; Boylston, Terri; Perchonok, Michele; French, Stephen

    2006-01-01

    Soybeans were chosen for lunar and planetary missions, where soybeans will be supplied in bulk or grown locally, due to their nutritive value and ability to produce oil and protein for further food applications. However, soybeans must be processed into foods prior to consumption. Radiation that soybeans would be exposed to during bulk storage prior to and during a Mars mission may influence their germination and functional properties. The influence of radiation includes the affect of surface pasteurization to ensure the astronauts safety from food-borne illnesses (HACCP, CCP), and the affect of the amount of radiation the soybeans receive during a Mars mission. Decreases in the amount of natural antioxidants free radical formation, and oxidation-induced changes in the soybean will influence the nutritional value, texture, color, and aroma of soyfoods. The objective of this study was to determine the influence of pasteurization and sterilization surface radiation on whole soybeans using gamma and electron beam radiation. The influence of 0, 1, 5, 10, and 30kGy on microbial load, germination rate, ease of processing, and quality of soymilk and tofu were determined. Surface radiation of whole dry soybeans using electron beam or gamma rays from 1-30kGy did provide microbial safety for the astronauts. However, the lower dose levels had surviving yeasts and molds. These doses caused oxidative changes that resulted in soymilk and tofu with rancid aromas. GC-MS of the aroma compounds using SPME Headspace confirmed the presence of lipid oxidation compounds. Soybean germination ability was reduced as radiation dosage increased. While lower doses may reduce these problems, the ability to insure microbial safety of bulk soybeans will be lost. Counter measures could include vacuum packaging, nitrogen flushing, added antioxidants, and radiating under freezing conditions. Doses below 1kGy need to be investigated further to determine the influence of the radiation encountered

  17. Dynamics of Cohesive Sediments

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    Johansen, Claus

    the nature of the cohesive sediment with respect to the transport processes is presented. In addition, the flocculation process and the rheological behaviour of cohesive sediments is outlined. The second part contains the laboratory experiments. The laboratory experiments were conducted with respect......The present thesis considers the transport processes of cohesive sediments. The cohesive sediment used in the laboratory experiments was kaolinite, a clay mineral, in order to be able to reproduce the individual experiments. In the first part of the thesis, the theoretical considerations regarding...

  18. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Zr-Cu-Al bulk metallic glasses

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    2007-01-01

    Zr49Cu46Al5 and Zr48.5Cu46.5Al5 bulk metallic glasses(BMGs) with diameter of 5 mm were prepared through water-cooled copper mold casting. The phase structures of the two alloys were identified by X-ray diffractometry(XRD). The thermal stability was examined by differential scanning calorimetry(DSC). Zr49Cu46Al5 alloy shows a glass transition temperature, Tg, of about 689 K, an crystallization temperature, Tx, of about 736 K. The Zr48.5Cu46.5Al5 alloy shows no obvious exothermic peak. The microstructure of the as-cast alloys was analyzed by transmission electron microscopy(TEM). The aggregations of CuZr and CuZr2 nanocrystals with grain size of about 20 nm are observed in Zr49Cu46Al5 nanocrystalline composite, while the Zr48.5Cu46.5Al5 alloy containing many CuZr rmartensite plates is crystallized seriously. Mechanical properties of bulk Zr49Cu46Al5 nanocrystalline composite and Zr48.5Cu46.5Al5 alloy measured by compression tests at room temperature show that the work hardening ability of Zr48.5Cu46.5Al5 alloy is larger than that of Zr49Cu46Al5 alloy.

  19. Effects of Mass Fluctuation on Thermal Transport Properties in Bulk Bi2Te3

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    Huang, Ben; Zhai, Pengcheng; Yang, Xuqiu; Li, Guodong

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, we applied large-scale molecular dynamics and lattice dynamics to study the influence of mass fluctuation on thermal transport properties in bulk Bi2Te3, namely thermal conductivity (K), phonon density of state (PDOS), group velocity (v g), and mean free path (l). The results show that total atomic mass change can affect the relevant vibrational frequency on the micro level and heat transfer rate in the macro statistic, hence leading to the strength variation of the anharmonic phonon processes (Umklapp scattering) in the defect-free Bi2Te3 bulk. Moreover, it is interesting to find that the anharmonicity of Bi2Te3 can be also influenced by atomic differences of the structure such as the mass distribution in the primitive cell. Considering the asymmetry of the crystal structure and interatomic forces, it can be concluded by phonon frequency, lifetime, and velocity calculation that acoustic-optical phonon scattering shows the structure-sensitivity to the mass distribution and complicates the heat transfer mechanism, hence resulting in the low lattice thermal conductivity of Bi2Te3. This study is helpful for designing the material with tailored thermal conductivity via atomic substitution.

  20. Thermal and mechanical properties of Cu-Zr-Al bulk metallic glasses

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    Cheung, T.L. [Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong (Hong Kong); Shek, C.H. [Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong (Hong Kong)]. E-mail: apchshek@cityu.edu.hk

    2007-05-31

    The effects of adding small amount of aluminum to the binary Cu{sub 50}Zr{sub 50} bulk metallic glass (BMG) on the thermal and mechanical properties were investigated. The Al addition was limited to 3 {<=} x {<=} 10 at.% in order to form fully amorphous bulk samples. Glassy rods of 3 mm diameter of these alloys were prepared by copper mold suction casting. The (Cu{sub 50}Zr{sub 50}){sub 100-x}Al {sub x} BMGs (x = 0 and 3 {<=} x {<=} 10 at.%) were characterized with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Vickers microhardness test and nanoindentation, respectively. The glass transition temperatures, crystallization temperatures and super-cooled liquid regions of the specimens increased with increasing Al content. The microhardness of the specimens also increases with increasing Al content. Room temperature nanoindentation was carried out on the cross-section of the rods. The results showed that the nanohardness and creep displacement were dependent on the Al content.

  1. Accurate Electronic, Transport, and Bulk Properties of Wurtzite Beryllium Oxide (BeO)

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    Bamba, Cheick Oumar; Malozovsky, Yuriy; Franklin, Lashounda; Bagayoko, Diola

    We present ab-initio, self-consistent density functional theory (DFT) description of electronic, transport, and bulk properties of wurtzite Beryllium oxide (w-BeO). We used a local density approximation potential (LDA) and the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCOA) formalism. Our implementation of the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF), ensures the full, physical content of our local density approximation (LDA) calculations - as per the derivation of DFT [AIP Advances, 4, 127104 (2014) We report the band gap, density of states, partial density of state, effective masses, and the bulk modulus. Our calculated band gap of 10.29 eV, using an experimental, room temperature lattice constant of 2.6979 A at room temperature is in agreement with the experimental value of 10.6 eV. Acknowledgments:This work was funded in part the US National Science Foundation [NSF, Award Nos. EPS-1003897, NSF (2010-2015)-RII-SUBR, and HRD-1002541], the US Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA, Award No. DE-NA0002630), LaSPACE, and LONI-SUBR.

  2. Comparing near-surface and bulk densities of asteroids using radar scattering properties

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    Zambrano Marin, Luisa Fernanda; Nolan, Michael C.; Taylor, Patrick A.; Virkki, Anne

    2016-10-01

    Dual-polarization radar measurements of asteroids provide a joint constraint on the near-surface density and porosity, which can give insights on asteroid composition and evolution. Magri et al. (2001) used (433) Eros radar and spacecraft data as calibration for estimating the near-surface densities and porosities of 45 other radar-detected asteroids (36 main-belt and 9 near-Earth). At that time, only (433) Eros had both radar observations and a measured bulk density. Now that there have been spacecraft observations of several other asteroids and radar measurements of the densities of several binary near-Earth asteroids with various compositions, we can expand the calibration to include those objects. We begin by applying the method of Magri et al. to Ceres, Vesta, Itokawa, 1994 CC, 2001 SN263, 1998 QE2, and 2000 DP107 to explore the differences between the bulk density and the near-surface density measured with radar. We expect significant differences between Ceres and Vesta and the small near-Earth asteroids as the porosities of these objects are expected to be quite different. However, we expect that small binary objects likely have similar internal structures, so that any differences should depend on composition and perhaps surface weathering.Reference: Magri et al., "Radar constraints on asteroid Properties using 433 Eros as ground truth". Meteoritics & Planetary Science 36, 1697-1709, 2001.

  3. Bulk and surface properties of magnesium peroxide MgO2

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    Esch, Tobit R.; Bredow, Thomas

    2016-12-01

    Magnesium peroxide has been identified in Mg/air batteries as an intermediate in the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) [1]. It is assumed that MgO2 is involved in the solid-electrolyte interphase on the cathode surface. Therefore its structure and stability play a crucial role in the performance of Mg/air batteries. In this work we present a theoretical study of the bulk and low-index surface properties of MgO2. All methods give a good account of the experimental lattice parameters for MgO2 and MgO bulk. The reaction energies, enthalpies and free energies for MgO2 formation from MgO are compared among the different DFT methods and with the local MP2 method. A pronounced dependence from the applied functional is found. At variance with a previous theoretical study but in agreement with recent experiments we find that the MgO2 formation reaction is endothermic (HSE06-D3BJ: ΔH = 51.9 kJ/mol). The stability of low-index surfaces MgO2 (001) (Es = 0.96 J/m2) and (011) (Es = 1.98 J/m2) is calculated and compared to the surface energy of MgO (001). The formation energy of neutral oxygen vacancies in the topmost layer of the MgO2 (001) surface is calculated and compared with defect formation energies for MgO (001).

  4. Improvements on effective permittivity measurements of powdered alumina: Implications for bulk permittivity properties of asteroid regoliths

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    Hickson, Dylan; Sotodeh, Shahroukh; Daly, Michael G.; Ghent, Rebecca; Nolan, Michael C.

    2017-01-01

    Accurate measurements of the dielectric properties of materials are essential in constraining interpretations of radar observations of planetary bodies. For bodies whose surfaces are comprised of regolith this requires an understanding of the behaviour of the bulk permittivity of powders. In this research we measure the effective permittivity of powdered aluminium oxide (or alumina, Al2O3) in a 7 mm and 14 mm (diameter) coaxial airline at 7.5 GHz for multiple samples with varying grain size. The dielectric constant of alumina is extracted from these measurements using the Bruggeman (Effective Medium Approximation) mixing equation. We develop a model to account for heterogeneity within the airline, specifically in regards to local variation in porosity. The results of the model show good correlation to experimental data and effectively correct for grain size effects on the measured bulk permittivity. We show that particle shape can have a significant impact on the output of the model and can be accounted for by modelling particles as ellipsoids rather than perfect spheres, where the depolarization factor must be measured and averaged for a specific sample batch.

  5. Traversing the Lexical Cohesion Minefield

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    McGee, Iain

    2009-01-01

    When teachers hear the word "cohesion", they usually think of grammatical cohesion--an aspect of cohesion reasonably well covered in student books and teacher materials. However, occupying an area that straddles both lexis "proper" and cohesion lies "lexical cohesion". In what follows, it is argued that the teaching and learning of certain aspects…

  6. Spectroscopic and Mechanical Properties of a New Generation of Bulk Fill Composites

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    Monterubbianesi, Riccardo; Orsini, Giovanna; Tosi, Giorgio; Conti, Carla; Librando, Vito; Procaccini, Maurizio; Putignano, Angelo

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: The aims of this study were to in vitro evaluate the degree of conversion and the microhardness properties of five bulk fill resin composites; in addition, the performance of two curing lamps, used for composites polymerization, was also analyzed. Materials and Methods: The following five resin-based bulk fill composites were tested: SureFil SDR®, Fill Up!™, Filtek™, SonicFill™, and SonicFill2™. Samples of 4 mm in thickness were prepared using Teflon molds filled in one increment and light-polymerized using two LED power units. Ten samples for each composite were cured using Elipar S10 and 10 using Demi Ultra. Additional samples of SonicFill2, (3 and 5 mm-thick) were also tested. The degree of conversion (DC) was determined by Raman spectroscopy, while the Vickers microhardness (VMH) was evaluated using a microhardness tester. The experimental evaluation was carried out on top and bottom sides, immediately after curing (t0), and, on bottom, after 24 h (t24). Two-ways analysis of variance was applied to evaluate DC and VMH-values. In all analyses, the level of significance was set at p < 0.05. Results: All bulk fill resin composites recorded satisfactory DCs on top and bottom sides. At t0, the top of SDR and SonicFill2 showed the highest DCs-values (85.56 ± 9.52 and 85.47 ± 1.90, respectively), when cured using Elipar S10; using Demi Ultra, SonicFill2 showed the highest DCs-values (90.53 ± 2.18). At t0, the highest DCs-values of bottom sides were recorded by SDR (84.64 ± 11.68), when cured using Elipar S10, and Filtek (81.52 ± 4.14), using Demi Ultra. On top sides, Demi Ultra lamp showed significant higher DCs compared to the Elipar S10 (p < 0.05). SonicFill2 reached suitable DCs also on bottom of 5 mm-thick samples. At t0, VMH-values ranged between 24.4 and 69.18 for Elipar S10, and between 26.5 and 67.3 for Demi Ultra. Using both lamps, the lowest VMH-values were shown by SDR, while the highest values by SonicFill2. At t24, all DC and VMH

  7. The effect of curing intensity on mechanical properties of different bulk-fill composite resins

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    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Fahad I Alkhudhairy Restorative Dental Sciences Department, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of two curing light intensities on the mechanical properties (Vickers microhardness, compressive strength, and diametral tensile strength of bulk-fill resin-based composites (RBCs.Materials and methods: Four commercially available bulk-fill RBCs (Tetric® N-Ceram, SonicFill™, Smart Dentin Replacement (SDR™ Posterior Flowable Material, and Filtek™ Posterior Restorative were used in this study. A total of 72 cylindrical specimens of each RBC (n=288 were prepared and subjected to Vickers microhardness, compressive strength, and diametral tensile strength tests at high (1200 mW/cm2 and low (650 mW/cm2 curing light intensities (each n=12. Results were evaluated using independent and paired sample t-tests, one-way analysis of variance, and Tukey’s post hoc test. All tests were performed at a significance level of P<0.05.Results: The highest mean microhardness was observed for SonicFill (58.3 Vickers hardness number [VHN] cured using high-intensity light. Although having the least mean microhardness values, a significant difference was observed between SDR cured using high-intensity light and that cured using low-intensity light (P<0.05. In the total sample, the highest mean compressive strength was obtained for SonicFill (262.6 MPa, followed by SDR (253.2 MPa, both cured using high-intensity light, and the least was measured for Tetric N-Ceram cured using low-intensity light (214.3 MPa. At high and low curing light intensities, diametral tensile strength for all RBCs except SonicFill was significant (P<0.001.Conclusion: A higher curing light intensity (1200 mW/cm2 had a positive influence on the compressive and tensile strength of the four bulk-fill RBCs and microhardness of two materials tested compared with lower curing light intensity

  8. Membrane fouling in a submerged membrane bioreactor with focus on surface properties and interactions of cake sludge and bulk sludge.

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    Yu, Haiying; Lin, Hongjun; Zhang, Meijia; Hong, Huachang; He, Yiming; Wang, Fangyuan; Zhao, Leihong

    2014-10-01

    In this study, the fouling behaviors and surface properties of cake sludge and bulk sludge in a submerged membrane bioreactor (MBR) were investigated and compared. It was found that the specific filtration resistance (SFR) of cake sludge was about 5 times higher than that of bulk sludge. Two types of sludge possessed similar extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) content, particle size distribution (PSD) and zeta potential. However, their surface properties in terms of surface tensions were significantly different. Further analysis showed that cake sludge was more hydrophilic and had worse aggregation ability. Moreover, cake sludge surface possessed more hydrocarbon, less oxygen and nitrogen moieties than bulk sludge surface. It was suggested that, rather than EPS and PSD differences, the differences in the surface composition were the main cause of the great differences in SFR and adhesion ability between cake sludge and bulk sludge.

  9. Measuring Class Cohesion Based on Dependence Analysis

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    Zhen-Qiang Chen; Bao-Wen Xu; Yu-Ming Zhou

    2004-01-01

    Classes are the basic modules in object-oriented (OO) software, which consist of attributes and methods. Thus, in OO environment, the cohesion is mainly about the tightness of the attributes and methods of classes. This paper discusses the relationships between attributes and attributes, attributes and methods, methods and methods of a class based on dependence analysis. Then the paper presents methods to compute these dependencies. Based on these, the paper proposes a method to measure the class cohesion, which satisfies the properties that a good measurement should have. The approach overcomes the limitations of previous class cohesion measures, which consider only one or two of the three relationships in a class.

  10. Carrier transport and charge transfer properties in coumarin-doped bulk-heterojunction materials

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    Watanabe, T.; Maeda, T.; Yamashita, K. [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto 606-8585 (Japan); Yanagi, H. [Graduate School of Materials Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Nara 630-0192 (Japan)

    2012-12-15

    We have investigated photovoltaic properties of organic solar cells using polymer-fullerene bulk-heterojunction films doped with coumarin dyes. Whereas the coumarin molecules used in this study had similar absorption bands, evident difference was observed in the open-circuit voltage as well as in the short-circuit current. In particular, the doping of coumarin 307 was found to cause a distinct enhancement in the open-circuit voltage. On the other hand, the doping of coumarin 30 gave a serious degradation in the device performance. These results were strongly associated with calculated molecular energies of the doped dyes, especially with the highest occupied molecular orbital energy. (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  11. Bulk-Quantity Synthesis and Conductive Properties of Comb-Like Dendritic ZnO Nanostructures

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    LIAO Zhi-Min; ZHANG Hong-Zhou; XU Jun; YU Da-Peng

    2005-01-01

    @@ Adopting a simple low-temperature (~ 500℃) vapour process, we have synthesized bulk quantity comb-like dendritic ZnO nanostructures in large area.An atomic force microscope equipped with Au-coated probes was employed to elucidate the current-voltage characteristic of the individual ZnO nanocomb.The connection electrodes were defined by depositing Pt wires using focused ion beam (FIB).A rectification effect was observed,while it was slightly suppressed compared with that of the previous reports.The good conductive properties of the sample can be attributed to the Ga+ ions implantation through the FIB process of electrode definition.We suggest that the material and the FIB method can be developed to fabricate novel nanosized devices.

  12. Bulk and surface properties of ZnTe-ZnS system semiconductors

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    Kirovskaya, I. A.; Mironova, E. V.; Kosarev, B. A.; Nor, P. E.; Bukashkina, T. L.

    2016-10-01

    Physicochemical studies of a new ZnTe-ZnS semiconductor system are conducted. It is found that at certain ratios of binary components, substitutional solid solutions with a cubic sphalerite structure are formed in this system. Interrelated laws governing changes in the bulk (crystal chemical, structural) and surface (acid-base) properties with varying system composition are identified. It is assumed they can be attributed to the nature of the active (acid-base) sites. The presented data, observed patterns, and an interpretation of them are used not only to confirm earlier proposed mechanisms of atomic-molecular interaction on diamond-like semiconductors, but to search for promising materials for use in highly sensitive selective sensors for environmental and medical purposes as well.

  13. Ab initio calculation and spectral properties of nano- and bulk materials

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    Kulagin, N. A., E-mail: nkulagin@bestnet.kharkov.ua [Kharkov National University for Radioelectronics (Ukraine)

    2013-01-15

    This paper presents the development of ab initio calculation of the electronic structure of either clusters, nano-crystals, doped and unperfected bulk crystals. In addition, analysis of selected experimental data for {gamma}- or plasma irradiated pure and doped wide-band gap oxides such as sapphire, {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, garnet, Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}, Gd{sub 3}Sc{sub 2}Al{sub 3}O{sub 12} and perovskites YAlO{sub 3}, SrTiO{sub 3} is presented. Change in the crystals surface morphology and spectroscopic properties of sapphire, perovskites, garnets as well as ion oxidation state in pure and doped {gamma}- and plasma irradiated crystals are discussed in detail using the optical and X ray spectroscopy experimental results.

  14. Thermoelectric properties of bulk MoSi2 synthesized by solid state microwave heating

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    Lan, Yu; Xie, Mianyu; Ouyang, Ting; Yue, Song

    2016-07-01

    In this research, single phase α-MoSi2 was prepared by solid state hybrid microwave heating within 90 min at relatively low temperature 1273 K. Such precursor powders were then ball milled and sintered by microwave heating at different temperatures. The thermoelectric (TE) properties of MoSi2 bulks were investigated in the temperature range of 300-673 K. When the sintering temperature increases from 973 K to 1273 K, the electrical resistivity decreases significantly and the Seebeck coefficients increase obviously, leading to the maximum TE powder factor of 6.2 × 10-6Wm-1K-2 at 673 K. These results demonstrate the feasibility of high efficient and economical synthesis of MoSi2 by microwave heating technique, with the final products having comparable TE performance in comparison to those from typical methods with long duration and energy-extensive consumption.

  15. Effects of densification of precursor pellets on microstructures and critical current properties of YBCO melt-textured bulks

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    Setoyama, Yui; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi; Motoki, Takanori; Kishio, Kohji; Awaji, Satoshi; Kon, Koichi; Ichikawa, Naoki; Inamori, Satoshi; Naito, Kyogo

    2016-12-01

    Effects of densification of precursor disks on the density of residual voids and critical current properties for YBCO melt-textured bulk superconductors were systematically investigated. Six YBCO bulks were prepared from precursor pellets with different initial particle sizes of YBa2Cu3Oy (Y123) powder and applied pressures for pelletization. It was revealed that use of finer Y123 powder and consolidation using cold-isostatic-pressing (CIP) with higher pressures result in reduction of residual voids at inner regions of bulks and enhance Jc especially under low fields below the second peak.

  16. Electronic and optical properties of titanium nitride bulk and surfaces from first principles calculations

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    Mehmood, Faisal; Pachter, Ruth; Murphy, Neil R.; Johnson, Walter E.

    2015-11-01

    Prediction of the frequency-dependent dielectric function of thin films poses computational challenges, and at the same time experimental characterization by spectroscopic ellipsometry remains difficult to interpret because of changes in stoichiometry and surface morphology, temperature, thickness of the film, or substrate. In this work, we report calculations for titanium nitride (TiN), a promising material for plasmonic applications because of less loss and other practical advantages compared to noble metals. We investigated structural, electronic, and optical properties of stoichiometric bulk TiN, as well as of the TiN(100), TiN(110), and TiN(111) outermost surfaces. Density functional theory (DFT) and many-body GW methods (Green's (G) function-based approximation with screened Coulomb interaction (W)) were used, ranging from G0W0, GW0 to partially self-consistent sc-GW0, as well as the GW-BSE (Bethe-Salpeter equation) and time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) methods for prediction of the optical properties. Structural parameters and the band structure for bulk TiN were shown to be consistent with previous work. Calculated dielectric functions, plasma frequencies, reflectivity, and the electron energy loss spectrum demonstrated consistency with experiment at the GW0-BSE level. Deviations from experimental data are expected due to varying experimental conditions. Comparison of our results to spectroscopic ellipsometry data for realistic nanostructures has shown that although TDDFT may provide a computationally feasible level of theory in evaluation of the dielectric function, application is subject to validation with GW-BSE calculations.

  17. Understanding and Revisiting Properties of EuTiO3 Bulk Material and Films from First Principles

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    Yang, Yurong; Ren, Wei; Wang, Dawei; Bellaiche, L.

    2012-12-01

    Ab initio computations are performed to investigate properties of bulk material and epitaxial films made of EuTiO3 (ETO). A whole family of nanoscale twinned phases, that present complex oxygen octahedra tilting (OOT) and unusual antiferroelectricity, is found to be degenerate in energy with simpler phases (all possessing typical OOT) in bulk ETO. Such degeneracy provides a successful explanation of recently observed anomalous phenomena. The calculations also lead to revisiting the (rich) phase diagram of ETO films.

  18. Particle Size-Specific Magnetic Measurements as a Tool for Enhancing Our Understanding of the Bulk Magnetic Properties of Sediments

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    Robert G. Hatfield

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Bulk magnetic properties of soils and sediments are often sensitive proxies for environmental change but commonly require interpretation in terms of the different sources of magnetic minerals (or components that combine to generate them. Discrimination of different components in the bulk magnetic record is often attempted through endmember unmixing and/or high resolution measurements that can require intensive measurement plans, assume linear additivity, and sometimes have difficulty in discriminating a large number of sources. As an alternative, magnetic measurements can be made on isolated sediment fractions that constitute the bulk sample. When these types of measurements are taken, heterogeneity is frequently observed between the magnetic properties of different fractions, suggesting different magnetic components often associate with different physical grain sizes. Using a particle size-specific methodology, individual components can be isolated and studied and bulk magnetic properties can be linked to, and isolated from, sedimentological variations. Deconvolving sedimentary and magnetic variability in this way has strong potential for increased understanding of how magnetic fragments are carried in natural systems, how they vary with different source(s, and allows for a better assessment of the effect environmental variability has in driving bulk magnetic properties. However, despite these benefits, very few studies exploit the information they can provide. Here, I present an overview of the different sources of magnetic minerals, why they might associate with different sediment fractions, how bulk magnetic measurements have been used to understand the contribution of different components to the bulk magnetic record, and outline how particle size-specific magnetic measurements can assist in their better understanding. Advantages and disadvantages of this methodology, their role alongside bulk magnetic measurements, and potential future

  19. Diversity and Social Cohesion

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    Pagani, Camilla

    2014-01-01

    The issue of diversity, in its broadest sense, is discussed here in its relation to social cohesion, cross-cultural relations, ingroup-outgroup relations and educational interventions. The main thesis of the paper is that real social cohesion in an ingroup rests on the acknowledgment of and the dialog with the diversities of the members of the…

  20. Social cohesion in Europe

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    Reverda, Nol

    2010-01-01

    This chapter explores the current discussions and policies towards social exclusion and cohesion in Europe. In a first section will briefly be identified how the wording in the social work discourse changed from originally the thinking in terms of poverty to the ideas of social cohesion nowadays. Th

  1. INDICATORS OF TERRITORIAL COHESION

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    MARIA VASILESCU (DUMITRASCU

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In a world of globalization generating geographical concentration, relocation of activities, thus inducing territorial disparities, territorial cohesion has become a prerequisite for achieving sustainable economic growth and implementing social and economic cohesion. The ratification of Lisbon Treaty represents the moment when “Territorial Cohesion” has been added as an official policy aim of the EU to its previous aims of economic and social cohesion. Thus, the process of defining this concept of “Territorial Cohesion” has become the task of the Commission and EU Member States. Based on a literature review, the paper describes, in the first section, the polysemantic nature of territorial cohesion. The main objective of the next section is to address the main indicators, directly related to territorial objectives, that could be used to support policy makers in measuring and monitoring territorial cohesion related to European territorial development.

  2. The effect of anneal, solar irradiation and humidity on the adhesion/cohesion properties of P3HT:PCBM based inverted polymer solar cells

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    Dupont, Stephanie R.

    2012-06-01

    We use a thin-film adhesion technique that enables us to precisely measure the energy required to separate adjacent layers in OPV cells. We demonstrate the presence of weak interfaces in prototypical inverted polymer solar cells, either prepared by spin, spray or slot-die coating, including flexible and non flexible solar cells. In all cases, we observed adhesive failure at P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS interface, indicating the intrinsic material dependence of this mechanism. The impact of temperature, solar irradiation and humidity on the adhesion and cohesion properties of this particular interface is discussed. First, we have found that post-deposition annealing increases the adhesion significantly. Annealing changes the morphology in the photoactive layer and consequently alters the chemical properties at the interface. Second, solar irradiation on fully encapsulated solar cells has no damaging but in contrast an enhancing effect on the adhesion properties, due to the heat generated from IR radiation. Finally, the synergetic effect of stress and an environmental species like moisture greatly accelerates the decohesion rate in the weak hygroscopic PEDOT:PSS layer. This results in a loss of mechanical integrity and device performance. The insight into the mechanisms of delamination and decohesion yields general guidelines for the design of more reliable organic electronic devices. © 2012 IEEE.

  3. Magnetizing properties of the commercial bulk superconductors; Shihan yo koon chodendo baruku no jika tokusei

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    Fujita, H.; Fujinuma, S.; Noto, K. [Iwate Univ., Iwate (Japan); Murakami, M.; Yoshioka, J. [International Superconductivity Tech. Center, Tokyo (Japan); Chiba, T.

    2000-05-29

    It carries out the research in the high-temperature superconductor by many researchers, and it expects the practical application in tape wire rod, thin film and bulk material in various fields mainly on electric power application. Especially, it markets the high-temperature superconductivity bulk material for the application in the bulk material. It recently develops superconductive permanent magnet, which realized the temperature range of which superconducting characteristic using the high-temperature superconductivity bulk material is excellent using small refrigerating machine. Then, we evaluated the magnetization characteristic on the high-temperature superconductivity bulk material marketed. (NEDO)

  4. Direct correlation of single-molecule properties with bulk mechanical performance for the biomimetic design of polymers.

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    Chung, Jaeyoon; Kushner, Aaron M; Weisman, Adam C; Guan, Zhibin

    2014-11-01

    For rational design of advanced polymeric materials, it is critical to establish a clear mechanistic link between the molecular structure of a polymer and the emergent bulk mechanical properties. Despite progress towards this goal, it remains a major challenge to directly correlate the bulk mechanical performance to the nanomechanical properties of individual constituent macromolecules. Here, we show a direct correlation between the single-molecule nanomechanical properties of a biomimetic modular polymer and the mechanical characteristics of the resulting bulk material. The multi-cyclic single-molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS) data enabled quantitative derivation of the asymmetric potential energy profile of individual module rupture and re-folding, in which a steep dissociative pathway accounted for the high plateau modulus, while a shallow associative well explained the energy-dissipative hysteresis and dynamic, adaptive recovery. These results demonstrate the potential for SMFS to serve as a guide for future rational design of advanced multifunctional materials.

  5. Magnetic properties and power losses in Fe-Co-based bulk metallic glasses

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    Piccin, R. [Dip. Chim. IFM and NIS, Universita di Torino, Via P. Giuria 9, Torino 10125 (Italy)], E-mail: rafael.piccin@unito.it; Tiberto, P. [Electromagnetism Division, INRIM, Strade delle Cacce 91, Torino 10135 (Italy); Chiriac, H. [National Institute of Research and Development for Technical Physics, 47 Mangeron Blvd., Iasi 700050 (Romania); Baricco, M. [Dip. Chim. IFM and NIS, Universita di Torino, Via P. Giuria 9, Torino 10125 (Italy)

    2008-10-15

    Magnetic properties of Fe-Co-based bulk metallic glasses have been experimentally investigated. Samples were prepared by water-cooled Cu-mold injection casting technique. The samples have cylindrical shapes with 0.8 mm diameter and 30 mm length. Amorphous structures were confirmed by the presence of a main halo in X-ray diffraction patterns and by the detection of crystallization signal around 650 deg. C using differential scanning calorimetry. Owing to their amorphous structure, these materials present good soft magnetic properties with coercivity below 100 A/m and magnetic induction around 1.0 T in quasi-static conditions. Hysteresis loops were measured using a digital wattmeter with controlled induction waveform. Power losses were analyzed for the following compositions: [(Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}){sub 75}B{sub 20}Si{sub 5}]{sub 93}Nb{sub 4}Y{sub 3} (x=0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.5 and 0.6) over a range of frequencies from 1 to 400 Hz at selected fixed peak inductions. Co addition has shown to improve the soft magnetic properties when x=0.2, 0.4 and 0.5, decreasing coercive fields and power losses, while the magnetic induction is slightly increased (except for x=0.5). Further Co addition (x=0.6) is detrimental for the soft magnetic properties due to the presence of crystalline {alpha}-Fe-(Co) and boride phases. The frequency dependence of power losses was described using a separation theory. It has been observed that an f{sup 1/2} rule is in good agreement with the experimental data.

  6. Improving magnetic properties of MgB{sub 2} bulk superconductors by synthetic engine oil treatment

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    Taylan Koparan, E., E-mail: etaylan20@gmail.com [Department of Science Education, Eregli Faculty of Education, Bulent Ecevit University, TR-67300, Zonguldak (Turkey); Savaskan, B. [Energy Systems Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Karadeniz Technical University, 61830, Of, Trabzon (Turkey); Yanmaz, E. [Department of Mechatronics, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, İstanbul Gelişim University, İstanbul (Turkey)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • The effects of synthetic engine oil treatment on magnetic properties of bulk MgB{sub 2} superconductors has been first time investigated and reported. • Synthetic engine oil used as a product which is cheap and a rich carbon source obviously has improved the superconducting magnetic properties of MgB{sub 2}. • The critical current density of all of MgB{sub 2} samples immersed at different standby time in engine oil in whole field range has been better than that of the pure MgB{sub 2} sample. • The MgB{sub 2} sample immersed at 300 min standby time in synthetic engine oil has the best performance compared to other samples. - Abstract: The present study focuses on the effects of standby time of the MgB{sub 2} samples immersed in synthetic engine oil on the critical current density ( J{sub c}(H)), magnetic field dependence of the pinning force density f{sub p}(b) and T{sub c} performances of MgB{sub 2} bulk superconductors. Synthetic engine oil was used as a product which is cheap and a rich carbon source. Manufactured MgB{sub 2} pellet samples were immersed at different standby time of 30 min, 120 min, 300 min and 1440 min in synthetic engine oil after the first heating process. Finally, MgB{sub 2} samples immersed in synthetic engine oil were sintered at 1000 °C and kept for 15 min in Ar atmosphere. The critical current density of all of MgB{sub 2} samples immersed at different standby time in engine oil in whole field range was better than that of the pure MgB{sub 2} sample because of the number of the pinning centers. The MgB{sub 2} sample immersed at 300 min standby time in synthetic engine oil has the best performance compared to other samples. The J{sub c} value for the pure sample is 2.0 × 10{sup 3} A/cm{sup 2}, whereas for the MgB{sub 2} sample immersed at 300 min standby time in engine oil the J{sub c} is enhanced to 4.8 × 10{sup 3} A/cm{sup 2} at 5 K and 3 T. The superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}) did not change

  7. The Evolution of Microstructures and the Properties of Bulk Metallic Glass with Consubstantial Composition Laser Welding

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    Pingjun Tao

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available A Zr55Cu30Ni5Al10 plate-like bulk metallic glass (BMG was prepared using copper mold suction casting. Additionally, alloy powders with the same nominal composition were synthesized. The alloy powders were welded or melted to the cleaned surface of the BMG with a laser beam acceleration voltage of 60 kV, a beam current range from 60 to 100 mA, a welding speed of 60 mm/s, as well as an impulse width of 3.0 ms. The effect of consubstantial composition welding on the microstructures and properties was investigated. The molten and subsequently solidified metallic mixtures remain an amorphous structure, but the enthalpy of the welded or melted position varies due to the combination of the micro-structural relaxation and nano-crystals precipitated during the energy inputs. The surface layers of the BMG can be significantly intensified after welding processes; however, the heat-affected zones (HAZs exhibit a slight degradation in mechanical properties with respect to the BMG matrix. This study has important reference value for specialists working on the promotion of applications of BMGs.

  8. Structural and electronic properties of bulk and low-index surfaces of zincblende PtC

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    Gokhan Sensoy, Mehmet; Toffoli, Daniele; Ustunel, Hande

    2017-03-01

    Transition metal carbides have been extensively used in diverse applications over the past decade. Their versatility is in part thanks to their unique bonding, which displays a mixture of ionic, metallic and covalent character. While the bulk structure of zincblende (ZB) PtC has been investigated several times, a detailed understanding of the electronic and structural properties of its low-index surfaces is lacking. In this work, we present an ab initio investigation of the properties of five crystallographic ZB PtC surfaces (Pt/C-terminated PtC(1 0 0), PtC(1 1 0) and Pt/C-terminated PtC(1 1 1)). Upon geometry optimization, both polar and nonpolar surfaces undergo a mild interlayer relaxation, without extensive reconstructions. Calculated vacancy formation energies indicate facile C removal on the (1 1 1) surface while Pt-vacancy formation is endothermic. Finally, atomic O adsorption energies on all surfaces reveal a high affinity of the C-terminated surfaces towards this species.

  9. The bulk elastic modulus and the reversible properties of cell walls in developing Quercus leaves.

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    Saito, Takami; Soga, Kouichi; Hoson, Takayuki; Terashima, Ichiro

    2006-06-01

    We examined the relationship between the bulk elastic modulus (epsilon) of an individual leaf obtained by the pressure-volume (P-V) technique and the mechanical properties of cell walls in the leaf. The plants used were Quercus glauca and Q. serrata, an evergreen and a deciduous broad-leaved tree species, respectively. We compared epsilon and Young's modulus of leaf specimens determined by the stretch technique at various stages of their leaf development. The results showed that epsilon increased from approximately 5 to 20 MPa during leaf development, although other potential determinants of epsilon such as the apoplastic water content in the leaf and the diameter of a palisade tissue cells remained almost constant. epsilon in these two species was similar at every developmental stages, although the apparent mechanical strength of the leaf lamina and thickness of mesophyll cell walls were greater in Q. glauca. There were significant linear relationships between Young's modulus and epsilon (P < 0.01; R (2) = 0.78 and 0.84 in Q. glauca and Q. serrata, respectively) with small y-intercepts. From these results, we conclude that epsilon is closely related to the reversible properties of the cell walls. From the estimation of epsilon based on a physical model, we suggest that the effective thickness of cell walls responsible for epsilon is smaller than the observed wall thickness.

  10. Structural and electronic properties of bulk and low-index surfaces of zincblende PtC.

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    Sensoy, Mehmet Gokhan; Toffoli, Daniele; Ustunel, Hande

    2017-03-29

    Transition metal carbides have been extensively used in diverse applications over the past decade. Their versatility is in part thanks to their unique bonding, which displays a mixture of ionic, metallic and covalent character. While the bulk structure of zincblende (ZB) PtC has been investigated several times, a detailed understanding of the electronic and structural properties of its low-index surfaces is lacking. In this work, we present an ab initio investigation of the properties of five crystallographic ZB PtC surfaces (Pt/C-terminated PtC(1 0 0), PtC(1 1 0) and Pt/C-terminated PtC(1 1 1)). Upon geometry optimization, both polar and nonpolar surfaces undergo a mild interlayer relaxation, without extensive reconstructions. Calculated vacancy formation energies indicate facile C removal on the (1 1 1) surface while Pt-vacancy formation is endothermic. Finally, atomic O adsorption energies on all surfaces reveal a high affinity of the C-terminated surfaces towards this species.

  11. Bulk electronic, elastic, structural, and dielectric properties of the Weyl semimetal TaAs

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    Buckeridge, J.; Jevdokimovs, D.; Catlow, C. R. A.; Sokol, A. A.

    2016-03-01

    We present results of electronic structure calculations of the bulk properties of the Weyl semimetal TaAs. The emergence of Weyl (massless) fermions in TaAs, due to its electronic band structure, is indicative of a new state of matter in the condensed phase that is of great interest for fundamental physics and possibly new applications. Many of the physical properties of the material, however, are unknown. We have calculated the structural parameters, dielectric function, elastic constants, phonon dispersion, electronic band structure, and Born effective charges using density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation, including spin-orbit coupling where necessary. Our results provide essential information on the material; and our calculations agree well with the relatively small number of experimental data available. Moreover, we have determined the relative stability of the ground state body-centered tetragonal phase with respect to other common binary phases as a function of pressure at the athermal limit, predicting a transition to the CsCl cubic structure at 23.3 GPa. Finally, we have determined the band structure using an unbiased hybrid density functional that includes 25% exact exchange, in order to refine the previously determined positions in k space of the Weyl points.

  12. Structure–property relationships of oligothiophene–isoindigo polymers for efficient bulk-heterojunction solar cells

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    Ma, Zaifei

    2014-01-01

    A series of alternating oligothiophene (nT)-isoindigo (I) copolymers (PnTI) were synthesized to investigate the influence of the oligothiophene block length on the photovoltaic (PV) properties of PnTI:PCBM bulk-heterojunction blends. Our study indicates that the number of thiophene rings (n) in the repeating unit alters both polymer crystallinity and polymer-fullerene interfacial energetics, which results in a decreasing open-circuit voltage (Voc) of the solar cells with increasing n. The short-circuit current density (Jsc) of P1TI:PCBM devices is limited by the absence of a significant driving force for electron transfer. Instead, blends based on P5TI and P6TI feature large polymer domains, which limit charge generation and thus Jsc. The best PV performance with a power conversion efficiency of up to 6.9% was achieved with devices based on P3TI, where a combination of a favorable morphology and an optimal interfacial energy level offset ensures efficient exciton separation and charge generation. The structure-property relationship demonstrated in this work would be a valuable guideline for the design of high performance polymers with small energy losses during the charge generation process, allowing for the fabrication of efficient solar cells that combine a minimal loss in Voc with a high Jsc. © 2014 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  13. The effect of curing intensity on mechanical properties of different bulk-fill composite resins

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    Alkhudhairy, Fahad I

    2017-01-01

    Objective The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of two curing light intensities on the mechanical properties (Vickers microhardness, compressive strength, and diametral tensile strength) of bulk-fill resin-based composites (RBCs). Materials and methods Four commercially available bulk-fill RBCs (Tetric® N-Ceram, SonicFill™, Smart Dentin Replacement (SDR™) Posterior Flowable Material, and Filtek™ Posterior Restorative) were used in this study. A total of 72 cylindrical specimens of each RBC (n=288) were prepared and subjected to Vickers microhardness, compressive strength, and diametral tensile strength tests at high (1200 mW/cm2) and low (650 mW/cm2) curing light intensities (each n=12). Results were evaluated using independent and paired sample t-tests, one-way analysis of variance, and Tukey’s post hoc test. All tests were performed at a significance level of Pmicrohardness was observed for SonicFill (58.3 Vickers hardness number [VHN]) cured using high-intensity light. Although having the least mean microhardness values, a significant difference was observed between SDR cured using high-intensity light and that cured using low-intensity light (Pmicrohardness of two materials tested compared with lower curing light intensity (650 mW/cm2). SonicFill showed the greatest microhardness and compressive strength significantly for both curing light intensities and greater diametral tensile strength with high-intensity light, although not significant. SDR cured with high-intensity light showed the greatest diametral tensile strength among the four materials. PMID:28260947

  14. Superconducting Properties and Microstructure in MgB2 Bulks, Wires and Tapes

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    冯勇; 阎果; 赵勇; 吴晓京; 周廉; 张平祥

    2003-01-01

    We prepared a series of MgB2 bulk samples under different temperatures, holding time and increasing rates in temperature by the solid state reaction. The thermodynamic behavior and phase formation in the Mg-B system were studied by using DTA,XRD and SEM. The results indicate that the formation of the MgB2 phase is very fast and the high increasing rate in temperature is necessary to obtain high quality MgB2. In addition, the effects of the Zr-doping in Mg1-xZrxB2 bulk samples fabricated by the solid state reaction at ambient pressure on phase compositions, microstructure and flux pinning behavior were investigated by using XRD, SQUID magnetometer, SEM and TEM. Critical current density Jc can be significantly enhanced by the Zr-doping and the best data are achieved in Mg0.9Zr0.1B2. For this sample, Jc values are remarkably improved to 1.83×106 A/cm2 in self-field and 5.51×105 A/cm2 in 1 T at 20 K. Also, high quality MgB2/Ta/Cu wires and tapes with and without Ti-doping, MgB2/Fe wires and 18 filament MgB2/NbZr/Cu tapes were fabricated by the powder-in-tube (PIT) method at ambient pressure. The phase compositions, microstructure features and flux pinning properties were studied. The results suggest that Fe is thebest metal for these sheaths. MgB2/Fe wires exhibit very high Jc at high temperatures and high fields. Jc values reach as high as 1.43×105 A/cm2 (4.2 K, 4 T) and 3.72×104 A/cm2 (15 K, 4 T).

  15. Predicting bulk mechanical properties of cellularized collagen gels using multiphoton microscopy.

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    Raub, C B; Putnam, A J; Tromberg, B J; George, S C

    2010-12-01

    Cellularized collagen gels are a common model in tissue engineering, but the relationship between the microstructure and bulk mechanical properties is only partially understood. Multiphoton microscopy (MPM) is an ideal non-invasive tool for examining collagen microstructure, cellularity and crosslink content in these gels. In order to identify robust image parameters that characterize microstructural determinants of the bulk elastic modulus, we performed serial MPM and mechanical tests on acellular and cellularized (normal human lung fibroblasts) collagen hydrogels, before and after glutaraldehyde crosslinking. Following gel contraction over 16 days, cellularized collagen gel content approached that of native connective tissues (∼200 mg ml⁻¹). Young's modulus (E) measurements from acellular collagen gels (range 0.5-12 kPa) exhibited a power-law concentration dependence (range 3-9 mg ml⁻¹) with exponents from 2.1 to 2.2, similar to other semiflexible biopolymer networks such as fibrin and actin. In contrast, cellularized collagen gel stiffness (range 0.5-27 kPa) produced concentration-dependent exponents of 0.7 uncrosslinked and 1.1 crosslinked (range ∼5-200 mg ml⁻¹). The variation in E of cellularized collagen hydrogels can be explained by a power-law dependence on robust image parameters: either the second harmonic generation (SHG) and two-photon fluorescence (TPF) (matrix component) skewness (R²=0.75, exponents of -1.0 and -0.6, respectively); or alternatively the SHG and TPF (matrix component) speckle contrast (R²=0.83, exponents of -0.7 and -1.8, respectively). Image parameters based on the cellular component of TPF signal did not improve the fits. The concentration dependence of E suggests enhanced stress relaxation in cellularized vs. acellular gels. SHG and TPF image skewness and speckle contrast from cellularized collagen gels can predict E by capturing mechanically relevant information on collagen fiber, cell and crosslink density.

  16. Minority carrier bulk lifetimes through a large multicrystalline silicon ingot and related solar cell properties

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    Martinuzzi, S.; Gauthier, M.; Barakel, D.; Périchaud, I.; Le Quang, N.; Palais, O.; Goaer, G.

    2007-10-01

    The bulk lifetime τ n and diffusion length Ln of minority carriers vary through the height of a cast multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) block. This variation is due to the segregation of metallic impurities during the directional solidification and the native impurity concentrations increase from the bottom to the top of the ingot, which is solidified last, while the ingot bottom, which is solidified first, is contaminated by the contact with the crucible floor. It is of interest to verify if a correlation exists between the bulk lifetime τ of as cut wafers and the conversion efficiency η of solar cells. In a very large ingot (>310 kg), it was found that τ0, in raw wafers, τdif in phosphorus diffused ones and Ln in diffused wafers are smaller in the top and in the bottom of the ingot. The same evolution is observed in solar cells, however the diffusion length values Lcel in the central part of the ingot are markedly higher than those found in diffused wafers, due to the in-diffusion of hydrogen from the SiN-H antireflection coating layer. The variations of η and those of τ 0, along the ingot height, are well correlated, suggesting that the evaluation of τ 0 can predict the properties of the devices. In addition, segregation phenomena around the grain boundaries are observed at the bottom of the ingots, due to a marked contamination by the crucible floor, and at its top where impurities are accumulated. These phenomena are linked to the long duration of the solidification process and the large amount of imperfect silicon used to cast the ingot.

  17. Microwave processed bulk and nano NiMg ferrites: A comparative study on X-band electromagnetic interference shielding properties

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    Chandra Babu Naidu, K., E-mail: chandrababu954@gmail.com [Ceramic Composite Laboratory, Centre for Crystal Growth, SAS, VIT University, Vellore 632014, Tamilnadu (India); Madhuri, W., E-mail: madhuriw12@gmail.com [Ceramic Composite Laboratory, Centre for Crystal Growth, SAS, VIT University, Vellore 632014, Tamilnadu (India); IFW, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Technische Universität Dresden, 01069 Dresden (Germany)

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    Bulk and nano Ni{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0–1) samples were synthesized via microwave double sintering and microwave assisted hydrothermal techniques respectively. The diffraction pattern confirmed the formation of cubic spinel phases in case of both the ferrites. The larger bulk densities were achieved to the bulk than that of nano. In addition, a comparative study on X-band (8.4–12 GHz) electromagnetic interference shielding properties of current bulk and nanomaterials was elucidated. The results showed that the bulk Ni{sub 0.6}Mg{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} composition revealed the highest total shielding efficiency (SE{sub T}) of ∼17 dB. In comparison, the shielding efficiency values of all bulk contents were higher than that of nano because of larger bulk densities. Moreover, the ac-electromagnetic parameters such as electrical conductivity (σ{sub ac}), the respective real (ε′ & μ′) and imaginary parts (ε″ & μ″) of complex permittivity and permeability were investigated as a function of gigahertz frequency. The bulk ferrites of x = 0.4 & 0.6 showed the high ε″ of 10.26 & 6.71 and μ″ of 3.65 & 3.09 respectively at 12 GHz which can work as promising microwave absorber materials. Interestingly, nanoferrites exhibited negative μ″ values at few frequencies due to geometrical effects which improves the microwave absorption. - Highlights: • Bulk and nano NiMg ferrites are prepared by microwave and hydrothermal method. • X-band EMI shielding properties are studied for both bulk and nano ferrites. • Bulk Ni{sub 0.6}Mg{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} revealed the highest SE{sub T} of ∼17 dB at 8.4 GHz. • Bulk x = 0.4 & 0.6 showed the high ε″ and μ″ at 12 GHz for absorber applications.

  18. The role of valence electron concentration in the cohesive properties of YB{sub x}N{sub 1-x}, YC{sub x}N{sub 1-x} and YN{sub x}O{sub 1-x} compounds

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    Soto, G. [Centro de Ciencias de la Materia Condensada, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado Postal 356-22800, Ensenada Baja California (Mexico)], E-mail: gerardo@ccmc.unam.mx; Moreno-Armenta, M.G.; Reyes-Serrato, A. [Centro de Ciencias de la Materia Condensada, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado Postal 356-22800, Ensenada Baja California (Mexico)

    2008-09-08

    The mechanical properties are not yet understood at basic levels. Previous works shows that the greatest hardness for rock-salt structures (such as TiC{sub x}N{sub 1-x}) is attained for a valence electron concentration (VEC) of 4.2 electrons per atom. The present work is aimed to explore this concept for yttrium-based compounds. By means of first principles calculations we did a systematical investigation where nitrogen in YN (VEC = 4) was supplanted by either of B, C or O to reduce or increase its VEC, forming YB{sub x}N{sub 1-x}, YC{sub x}N{sub 1-x} and YN{sub 1-x}O{sub x} ternary compounds. We have calculated the cohesive energy (E{sub O}), cell volume (V{sub O}), bulk modulus (B{sub O}) and density of states (DoS) as a function of VEC. The Fermi level (E{sub f},) is shifted toward the valence band by substituting B or C in YN, and toward the conduction band by means of O. It is concluded that the optimal position for E{sub f} (maximum B{sub O}) is linked to the saturation of electronic states with e{sub g}-symmetry. At this point the excess of electrons provided by O starts filling antibonding states with t{sub 2g}-symmetry. That is, B{sub O} increases monotonically as a function of VEC until VEC {approx} 4.1, after that point B{sub O} decrease.

  19. Comparison of the cohesive and delamination fatigue properties of atomic-layer-deposited alumina and titania ultrathin protective coatings deposited at 200 °C

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    Farzad Sadeghi-Tohidi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The fatigue properties of ultrathin protective coatings on silicon thin films were investigated. The cohesive and delamination fatigue properties of 22 nm-thick atomic-layered-deposited (ALD titania were characterized and compared to that of 25 nm-thick alumina. Both coatings were deposited at 200 °C. The fatigue rates are comparable at 30 °C, 50% relative humidity (RH while they are one order of magnitude larger for alumina compared to titania at 80 °C, 90% RH. The improved fatigue performance is believed to be related to the improved stability of the ALD titania coating with water compared to ALD alumina, which may in part be related to the fact that ALD titania is crystalline, while ALD alumina is amorphous. Static fatigue crack nucleation and propagation was not observed. The underlying fatigue mechanism is different from previously documented mechanisms, such as stress corrosion cracking, and appears to result from the presence of compressive stresses and a rough coating–substrate interface.

  20. Effect of milling temperatures on surface area, surface energy and cohesion of pharmaceutical powders.

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    Shah, Umang V; Wang, Zihua; Olusanmi, Dolapo; Narang, Ajit S; Hussain, Munir A; Tobyn, Michael J; Heng, Jerry Y Y

    2015-11-10

    Particle bulk and surface properties are influenced by the powder processing routes. This study demonstrates the effect of milling temperatures on the particle surface properties, particularly surface energy and surface area, and ultimately on powder cohesion. An active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) of industrial relevance (brivanib alaninate, BA) was used to demonstrate the effect of two different, but most commonly used milling temperatures (cryogenic vs. ambient). The surface energy of powders milled at both cryogenic and room temperatures increased with increasing milling cycles. The increase in surface energy could be related to the generation of surface amorphous regions. Cohesion for both cryogenic and room temperature milled powders was measured and found to increase with increasing milling cycles. For cryogenic milling, BA had a surface area ∼ 5× higher than the one obtained at room temperature. This was due to the brittle nature of this compound at cryogenic temperature. By decoupling average contributions of surface area and surface energy on cohesion by salinization post-milling, the average contribution of surface energy on cohesion for powders milled at room temperature was 83% and 55% at cryogenic temperature.

  1. Solid, shape recovered 'Bulk' nitinol: Part II-Mechanical properties

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    Saigal, Anil, E-mail: anil.saigal@tufts.edu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155 (United States); Fonte, Matthew [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155 (United States)

    2011-06-25

    Highlights: {yields} Evaluate use of solid bulk Nitinol as a potential material for hip replacements. {yields} At 400 MPa, Nitinol has an endurance limit greater than 10 million cycles. {yields} Below 445 MPa [1 1 1] textured specimens last longer than [1 1 0] textured specimens. {yields} Above 445 MPa, it switches and both fail relatively quickly around 400,000 cycles. {yields} Impact toughness - Charpy: 4 ft-lbs {+-} 3%, CT: 20-31 MPa{radical}m. - Abstract: The use of Nitinol for medical purposes was first reported in the late 1960s. Today Nitinol is commonly used for the manufacture of stents, which are primarily used in peripheral and coronary bypass graft interventions. The application of NiTi in orthopedics is an exciting prospect but one that has yet to be realized. Nitinol's unique mechanical behavior is derived from the coordinated atomic movements manifesting in phase transformations from cubic austenite to monoclinic martensite. These phase transformations are solid-to-solid phase transformations that occur without diffusion or plasticity, potentially making them reversible. They involve changes in the crystalline structure that can be induced by changes in either temperature or stress. In addition to phase transformations, Nitinol's mechanical strength is strongly dependent on the alloy composition and the method in which the material is processed, i.e. rolled, drawn, extruded, or forged. The mechanical work, combined with the intermediate heat treatment steps, contribute to modify microstructure, transformation temperatures and mechanical properties. These manufacturing processing steps lead to texturing (crystallographic alignment) of the material. Alignment of the atomic planes from texture in the polycrystalline material have a marked influence on the mechanical properties by either limiting or promoting phase transformations and shape recovery strains. This paper focuses on the fatigue and fracture properties of Nitinol.

  2. Improving magnetic properties of MgB2 bulk superconductors by synthetic engine oil treatment

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    Taylan Koparan, E.; Savaskan, B.; Yanmaz, E.

    2016-08-01

    The present study focuses on the effects of standby time of the MgB2 samples immersed in synthetic engine oil on the critical current density (Jc(H)), magnetic field dependence of the pinning force density fp(b) and Tc performances of MgB2 bulk superconductors. Synthetic engine oil was used as a product which is cheap and a rich carbon source. Manufactured MgB2 pellet samples were immersed at different standby time of 30 min, 120 min, 300 min and 1440 min in synthetic engine oil after the first heating process. Finally, MgB2 samples immersed in synthetic engine oil were sintered at 1000 °C and kept for 15 min in Ar atmosphere. The critical current density of all of MgB2 samples immersed at different standby time in engine oil in whole field range was better than that of the pure MgB2 sample because of the number of the pinning centers. The MgB2 sample immersed at 300 min standby time in synthetic engine oil has the best performance compared to other samples. The Jc value for the pure sample is 2.0 × 103 A/cm2, whereas for the MgB2 sample immersed at 300 min standby time in engine oil the Jc is enhanced to 4.8 × 103A/cm2 at 5 K and 3 T. The superconducting transition temperature (Tc) did not change with the increasing standby time of the samples in synthetic engine oil at all. The best diamagnetic property was obtained from the sample which kept in synthetic engine oil for 300 min. Synthetic engine oil treatment results in remarkable improvement of the critical current density and pinning force performances of MgB2 superconductors. It was found that all MgB2 samples have a different pinning property at different measuring temperatures. Using synthetic engine oil as a product which is cheap and a rich carbon source in MgB2 bulk superconductors makes MgB2 samples immersed in synthetic engine oil a good candidate for industrial applications.

  3. Evaluation of the physical properties, bulk density and aggregate stability of potential substrates in quarry restoration.

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    Jordan, M.; Garcia-Orenes, F.; Mataix-Solera, J.; Garcia-Sanchez, E.

    2012-04-01

    Quarrying activity entails significant environmental impact affecting the soil, water, plants, landscape, etc. One of the most important impacts is the loss of the productive layer of the soil and its vegetation cover. However, mining activities are absolutely necessary for human development; keeping them sustainable implicates looking for viable solutions for the restoration of these areas to prevent degradation during and after the exploitation period. The aim of this study was to evaluate different substrates obtained from different mixes of sewage sludge and different mine spoils, to check how they are effective in quarry restoration, and to establish good practises in mining restoration. Also, the study tried to approach two refuses, one deriving from mining activity, as are the mine spoils that need to be reused for their valorisation, and the other, sewage sludge, obtained in the water depuration process to acquire a cheap substrate for soil rehabilitation. This preliminary work, which is included in a larger study, shows the results obtained from two physical properties studied, bulk density and aggregate stability, as key properties in the substrate structure for use in mining area restoration. Two doses of composted sewage sludge (30 and 90 Tm/Ha), both very rich in calcium carbonate, were applied to two different mine spoils under lab conditions. The first material, of poor quality, originated from the acquisition of arid particles in crushed limestone (Z). It is characterized by stable ''coarse elements'' predominance (up to 75% of its weight), and by the presence of elevated percentages of sand. The other waste material tested comes from limestone extraction (basically formed by the levels of interspersed non-limestone materials and the remains of stripped soils (D)). The results show that the high dose of sewage sludge applied to a mix of the two mine spoils significantly increased the percentage of stable aggregates by more than 50% than the control

  4. Modeling the material properties at the onset of damage initiation in bulk potassium dihydrogen phosphate crystals

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    Demos, Stavros G.; Feit, Michael D.; Duchateau, Guillaume

    2014-10-01

    A model simulating transient optical properties during laser damage in the bulk of KDP/DKDP crystals is presented. The model was developed and tested using as a benchmark its ability to reproduce the well-documented damage initiation behaviors but most importantly, the salient behavior of the wavelength dependence of the damage threshold. The model involves two phases. During phase I, the model assumes a moderate localized initial absorption that is strongly enhanced during the laser pulse via excited state absorption and thermally driven generation of additional point defects in the surrounding material. The model suggests that during a fraction of the pulse duration, the host material around the defect cluster is transformed into a strong absorber that leads to significant increase of the local temperature. During phase II, the model suggests that the excitation pathway consists mainly of one photon absorption events within a quasicontinuum of short-lived vibronic defect states spanning the band gap that was generated after the initial localized heating of the material due to thermal quenching of the excited state lifetimes. The width of the transition (steps) between different number of photons is governed by the instantaneous temperature, which was estimated using the experimental data. The model also suggests that the critical physical parameter prior to initiation of breakdown is the conduction band electron density. This model, employing very few free parameters, for the first time is able to quantitatively reproduce the wavelength dependence of the damage initiation threshold, and thus provides important insight into the physical processes involved.

  5. Comparisons of Accurate Electronic, Transport, and Bulk Properties of XP (X = B, Al, Ga, In)

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    Malozovsky, Yuriy; Ejembi, John; Saliev, Azizjon; Franklin, Lashounda; Bagayoko, Diola

    We present comparisons of results from ab-initio,self-consistent local density approximation (LDA) calculations of accurate, electronic and related properties of zinc blende XP (X =B, Al, Ga, In) phosphides. We implemented the linear combination of atomic orbitals following the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). Consequently, our results have the full physical content of DFT and agree very well with corresponding experimental ones [AIP Advances, 4, 127104 (2014)]. Our calculated, indirect band gap of 2.02 eV for BP, 2.56 eV for AlP, and of 2.29 eV for GaP, from Γ to X-point, are in excellent agreement with experimental values. Our calculated direct band gap of 1.43 eV, at Γ, for InP is also in an excellent agreement with experimental value. We discuss calculated electron and hole effective masses, total (DOS) and partial (pDOS) densities of states, and the bulk modulus of these phosphides. Acknowledgments: NSF and the Louisiana Board of Regents, LASiGMA [Award Nos. EPS- 1003897, NSF (2010-15)-RII-SUBR] and NSF HRD-1002541, DOE - National, Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) (Award Nos. DE-NA0001861 and DE- NA0002630), LaSPACE, and LONI-SUBR.

  6. Phase formation and mechanical properties of Cu-Zr-Ti bulk metallic glass composites

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    Kim, Byoung Jin; Yun, Young Su; Kim, Won Tae; Kim, Do Hyang

    2016-11-01

    The effect of the type of the crystalline phase and its volume fraction on the mechanical property of Cu50Zr50-xTix alloys (x = 0-10) bulk metallic glass composites has been investigated in this study. Up to 6 at% of Ti, B19' phase particles distributed in the glassy matrix, while at 8 and 10% of Ti, B2 phase particles are retained in the glass matrix due to suppression of the eutectoid transformation of B2 phase and by avoidance of martensitic transformation of B2 into B19'. The volume fraction of crystalline phase is strongly dependent on the cooling rate. The larger volume fraction of the crystalline phases results in the lower yield stress, the higher plastic strain, and the more pronounced work hardening behavior. At the crystalline volume fraction below 30%, the variation of the yield strength can be described by the rule of mixture model (ROM), while at the crystalline volume fraction higher than 50% by the load-bearing model (LBM). At the crystal fractions between 30 and 50%, there is a yield strength drop and a transition from the ROM to the LBM. This transition is due to the formation of the crystalline structural framework at higher crystal fraction.

  7. The effect of nanoparticle permeation on the bulk rheological properties of mucus from the small intestine.

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    Wilcox, M D; Van Rooij, L K; Chater, P I; Pereira de Sousa, I; Pearson, J P

    2015-10-01

    The effectiveness of delivering oral therapeutic peptides, proteins and nucleotides is often hindered by the protective mucus barrier that covers mucosal surfaces of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Encapsulation of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) in nanocarriers is a potential strategy to protect the cargo but they still have to pass the mucus barrier. Decorating nanoparticles with proteolytic enzymes has been shown to increase the permeation through mucus. Here we investigate the effect of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) nanoparticles decorated with bromelain (BRO), a proteolytic enzyme from pineapple stem, on the bulk rheology of mucus as well as non-decorated poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles. Porcine intestinal mucus from the small intestine was incubated for 30min in the presence of PLGA nanoparticles or polyacrylic nanoparticles decorated with bromelain (PAA-BRO). The effect of nanoparticles on the rheological properties, weight of gel, released glycoprotein content from mucus as well as the viscosity of liquid removed was assessed. Treatment with nanoparticles decreased mucus gel strength with PAA-BRO reducing it the most. PAA-BRO nanoparticles resulted in the release of increased glycoprotein from the gel network whereas mucus remained a gel and exhibited a similar breakdown stress to control mucus. Therefore it would be possible to use bromelain to increase the permeability of nanoparticles through mucus without destroying the gel and leaving the underlying mucosa unprotected.

  8. Microstructural and Superconducting Properties of V-Doped MgB2 Bulk and Wires

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    Castillo, O. E.; Sastry, P. V. P. S. S.; Trociewitz, B.; Trociewitz, U. P.; Schwartz, J.

    2004-06-01

    Studies of the effects of doping MgB2 bulk and Fe-clad wires with V are presented. Samples of composition Mg1-xVxB2 (x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15) have been investigated to understand the role of V doping on the phase formation, microstructure and superconducting properties. Fe-clad wires were fabricated by groove rolling and cold drawing. The superconducting transition temperature remained constant at about 39 K for all the compositions studied. Energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) analysis confirmed the presence of V in the superconducting phase. Enhancement of magnetization hysteresis loop widths indicates an improvement in flux pinning for V-doped samples. Studies on the variation of maximum reaction temperatures suggest that the optimum reaction temperature varies with V content. The optimum reaction temperature also depended on the wire diameter with the larger wires requiring higher reaction temperature. The transport critical current densities measured for groove-rolled wires were in the range of 1.0 - 1.4 × 105 A/cm2.

  9. Simulation study of mechanical properties of bulk metallic glass systems: martensitic inclusions and twinned precipitates

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    Zaheri, A.; Abdeljawad, F.; Haataja, M.

    2014-12-01

    Monolithic bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) exhibit a unique combination of mechanical properties, such as high strength and large elasticity limits, but the lack of ductility is considered the main Achilles' heel of BMG systems. To increase the competitiveness of BMGs vis-à-vis conventional structural materials, the problem of catastrophic failure via intense plastic strain localization (‘shear banding’) has to be addressed. Recent experimental observations suggest that the addition of structural heterogeneities, in the form of crystalline particles, to BMG systems hinders the catastrophic propagation of shear bands and leads to enhanced ductility. These structural heterogeneities can be introduced by either forming BMG composites, where second-phase crystalline particles accommodate applied loads via martensitic transformation mechanisms, or developing glassy alloys that precipitate crystalline particles under deformation, a process by which further deformation can be sustained by twinning mechanisms in the crystalline phase. In this work, we present a non-linear continuum model capable of capturing the structural heterogeneity in the glassy phase and accounting for intrinsic work hardening via martensitic transformations in second-phase reinforcements in BMG composites and deformation twinning in precipitated crystalline particles. Simulation results reveal that in addition to intrinsic work hardening in the crystalline phase, particle size greatly affects the overall mechanical behavior of these BMG systems. The precipitation of crystalline particles in monolithic BMGs yields two-phase microstructures that promote more homogeneous deformation, delay the propagation of incipient shear bands, and ultimately result in improved ductility characteristics.

  10. AC Calorimetry and Thermophysical Properties of Bulk Glass-Forming Metallic Liquids

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    Johnson, William L.

    2000-01-01

    Thermo-physical properties of two bulk metallic glass forming alloys, Ti34Zr11Cu47Ni8 (VIT 101) and Zr57Nb5Ni12.6Al10CU15.4 (VIT 106), were investigated in the stable and undercooled melt. Our investigation focused on measurements of the specific heat in the stable and undercooled liquid using the method of AC modulation calorimetry. The VIT 106 exhibited a maximum undercooling of 140 K in free radiative cooling. Specific heat measurements could be performed in stable melt down to an undercooling of 80 K. Analysis of the specific heat data indicate an anomaly near the equilibrium liquidus temperature. This anomaly is also observed in y the temperature dependencies of the external relaxation time, the specific volume, and the surface tension; it is tentatively attributed to a phase separation in the liquid state. The VIT 101 specimen exhibited a small undercooling of about 50 K. Specific heat measurements were performed in the stable and undercooled melt. These various results will be combined with ground based work such as the measurement of T-T-T curves in the electrostatic levitator and low temperature viscosity and specific heat measurements for modeling the nucleation kinetics of these alloys.

  11. Correlation between structural, electrical and magnetic properties of GdMnO{sub 3} bulk ceramics

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    Samantaray, S. [Institute of Materials Science, Planetarium Building, Bhubaneswar 751013, Odisha (India); Mishra, D.K. [Department of Physics, Institute of Technical Education and Research, S ‘O’ A University, Bhubaneswar 751030, Odisha (India); Pradhan, S.K. [Institute of Materials Science, Planetarium Building, Bhubaneswar 751013, Odisha (India); Mishra, P.; Sekhar, B.R. [Institue of Physics, Sachivalaya Marg, Bhubaneswar, Odisha (India); Behera, Debdhyan [Advanced Materials Technology Department, CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar 751013, Odisha (India); Rout, P.P.; Das, S.K. [Institute of Materials Science, Planetarium Building, Bhubaneswar 751013, Odisha (India); Sahu, D.R. [School of Physics, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa); Roul, B.K., E-mail: ims@iopb.res.in [Institute of Materials Science, Planetarium Building, Bhubaneswar 751013, Odisha (India)

    2013-08-15

    This paper reports the effect of sintering temperature on ferroelectric properties of GdMnO{sub 3} (GMO) bulk ceramics at room temperature prepared by the conventional solid state reaction route following slow step sintering schedule. Ferroelectric hysteresis loop as well as sharp dielectric anomaly in pure (99.999%) GMO sintered ceramics has been clearly observed. Samples sintered at 1350 °C become orthorhombic with Pbnm space group and showed frequency independent sharp dielectric anomalies at 373 K and a square type of novel ferroelectric hysteresis loop was observed at room temperature. Interestingly, dielectric anomalies and ferroelectric behavior were observed to be dependent upon sintering temperature of GdMnO{sub 3}. Room temperature dielectric constant (ε{sub r}) value at different frequencies is observed to be abnormally high. The magnetic field and temperature dependent magnetization show antiferromagnetic behavior at 40 K for both 1350 °C and 1700 °C sintered GMO. Present findings showed the possibility of application of GdMnO{sub 3} at room temperature as multifunctional materials. - Highlights: • Preparation of single-phasic polycrystalline GdMnO{sub 3} sample by the solid state sintering route. • Observation of square type P–E hysteresis loop with higher saturation and remnant polarization. • Observation of antiferromagnetic behavior at 40 K in polycrystalline GdMnO{sub 3}. • Possibility of room temperature application of GdMnO{sub 3} as multifunctional material.

  12. Structure–property relationships of oligothiophene–isoindigo polymers for efficient bulk-heterojunction solar cells

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    Ma, Zaifei; Sun, Wenjun; Himmelberger, Scott

    2014-01-01

    A series of alternating oligothiophene (nT)–isoindigo (I) copolymers (PnTI) were synthesized to investigate the influence of the oligothiophene block length on the photovoltaic (PV) properties of PnTI:PCBM bulk-heterojunction blends. Our study indicates that the number of thiophene rings (n......) in the repeating unit alters both polymer crystallinity and polymer–fullerene interfacial energetics, which results in a decreasing open-circuit voltage (Voc) of the solar cells with increasing n. The short-circuit current density (Jsc) of P1TI:PCBM devices is limited by the absence of a significant driving force...... for electron transfer. Instead, blends based on P5TI and P6TI feature large polymer domains, which limit charge generation and thus Jsc. The best PV performance with a power conversion efficiency of up to 6.9% was achieved with devices based on P3TI, where a combination of a favorable morphology and an optimal...

  13. Sustainability of National Cohesion

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    Andrei Mihai Cristea

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In the European Union, cohesion policy is the third country after the domestic and social policy, as this policy is a tool for economic growth and also a balancing factor. Through its solidarity funds contribute to the other sectorial policies: the Common Agricultural Policy, social policy, environmental policy. This article aims to demonstrate the importance of cohesion policy in the national economy and how to improve its implementation by ensuring sustainable development and sustainable economic growth

  14. Melt growth and properties of bulk BaSnO3 single crystals

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    Galazka, Z.; Uecker, R.; Irmscher, K.; Klimm, D.; Bertram, R.; Kwasniewski, A.; Naumann, M.; Schewski, R.; Pietsch, M.; Juda, U.; Fiedler, A.; Albrecht, M.; Ganschow, S.; Markurt, T.; Guguschev, C.; Bickermann, M.

    2017-02-01

    We present the first-time growth of bulk BaSnO3 single crystals from the melt by direct solidification, their basic electrical and optical properties as well as their structural quality. Our measurement of the melting point (MP) of BaSnO3 amounts to 1855 °C  ±  25 K. At this temperature an intensive decomposition and non-stoichiometric evaporation takes place as the partial pressure of SnO(g) is about 90 times higher than that of BaO(g). X ray powder diffraction identified only the BaSnO3 perovskite phase, while narrow rocking curves having a full width at half maximum of 26 arcsec and etch pit densities below 106 cm-2 confirm a high degree of structural perfection of the single crystals. In this respect they surpass the structural properties of those single crystals that were reported in the literature. The electrical conductivity of nominally undoped crystals depends on the growth conditions and ranges from insulating to medium n-type conductivity. After post-growth annealing in an oxidizing atmosphere undoped crystals are generally insulating. Doping the crystals with lanthanum during growth results in a high n-type conductivity. For a La doping concentration of 0.123 wt.% we measured an electron concentration of 3.3  ×  1019 cm-3 and an electron mobility of 219 cm2 V-1 s-1. Based on optical absorption measurements we determined an energy of 3.17  ±  0.04 eV at 5 K and of 2.99  ±  0.04 eV at 297 K for the indirect band gap of BaSnO3.

  15. Melt growth and properties of bulk BaSnO3 single crystals.

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    Galazka, Z; Uecker, R; Irmscher, K; Klimm, D; Bertram, R; Kwasniewski, A; Naumann, M; Schewski, R; Pietsch, M; Juda, U; Fiedler, A; Albrecht, M; Ganschow, S; Markurt, T; Guguschev, C; Bickermann, M

    2017-02-22

    We present the first-time growth of bulk BaSnO3 single crystals from the melt by direct solidification, their basic electrical and optical properties as well as their structural quality. Our measurement of the melting point (MP) of BaSnO3 amounts to 1855 °C  ±  25 K. At this temperature an intensive decomposition and non-stoichiometric evaporation takes place as the partial pressure of SnO(g) is about 90 times higher than that of BaO(g). X ray powder diffraction identified only the BaSnO3 perovskite phase, while narrow rocking curves having a full width at half maximum of 26 arcsec and etch pit densities below 10(6) cm(-2) confirm a high degree of structural perfection of the single crystals. In this respect they surpass the structural properties of those single crystals that were reported in the literature. The electrical conductivity of nominally undoped crystals depends on the growth conditions and ranges from insulating to medium n-type conductivity. After post-growth annealing in an oxidizing atmosphere undoped crystals are generally insulating. Doping the crystals with lanthanum during growth results in a high n-type conductivity. For a La doping concentration of 0.123 wt.% we measured an electron concentration of 3.3  ×  10(19) cm(-3) and an electron mobility of 219 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). Based on optical absorption measurements we determined an energy of 3.17  ±  0.04 eV at 5 K and of 2.99  ±  0.04 eV at 297 K for the indirect band gap of BaSnO3.

  16. Magnetic properties and microstructural homogeneity in NdFeAl bulk metallic glasses

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    Ortega-Zempoalteca, R.; Valenzuela, R.; Betancourt, I. [Depto de Materiales Metalicos y Ceramicos, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, UNAM, Avenida Universidad (Mexico)

    2011-11-15

    Bulk metallic glasses of nominal composition Nd{sub 60}Fe{sub 30}Al{sub 10} were prepared by copper mold casting in the form of rods of 3 mm in diameter and 50 mm in length. Preparation conditions were varied to assess the effects of the injection distance and the injection pressure of the melt. In order to determine their microstructure, disk-shaped samples were obtained from different cut zones along the axis rod. A non-homogeneous phase distribution was observed, which resulted from the heat transfer regime during the cooling of the melt in the copper mold. As expected, the nature, distribution and volumetric fraction of the various phases produced play an important role on the resulting magnetic properties. Among the main observed phases are Fe-rich rod-like crystals, Nd-rich dendritic crystals and a ''like-amorphous'' matrix. The hard magnetic properties of these materials can be associated with this matrix. In these cooling regimes, the coercive field increases as the cooling rate of the amorphous matrix increases. Hysteresis loops showed a high degree of coupling between phases with different magnetic order. Both the coercive field and the magnetization showed a significant variation along the rod axis; a maximum appeared as a function of the axis length. In order to gather more information about the coupling between the observed phases, {delta}M (or Henkel) plots were obtained, showing an exchange character for interactions (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  17. Surface and Bulk Electronic Structure and Chemisorption Properties of Titanium and Vanadium Oxides

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    Smith, Kevin Eugene

    The unusual electronic properties of Ti _2O_3 and V _2O_3, in particular the metal-insulator transitions which they undergo, have produced widespread interest in the physics of these materials, while the use of titanium and vanadium oxides as catalysts and catalyst supports makes a detailed understanding of their surface properties of great importance. The electronic structure and gas adsorption properties of single crystal titanium and vanadium oxides have been studied here using ultraviolet and x-ray photoemission spectroscopy, synchrotron radiation, Auger electron spectroscopy and low energy electron diffraction. Spatially anisotropic resonant photoemission from 3d states in Ti_2O_3 and V_2O_3 was observed and shown to originate from localised molecular orbitals. This contrasts with an energy analysis of the photoemission data which revealed dispersing, delocalised d-bands in both oxides. A large resonance was observed in the O 2p emission at the cation 3p to 3d absorption edge in Ti_2O _3 which is inconsistent with hybridisation, indicating the possible existence of inter-atomic resonances. The first detailed photoemission observation of metal-insulator transitions in Cr-doped V_2O _3 is reported; large changes in the density of states at the Fermi level are seen at these transitions. The surface electronic structure of single crystal TiO_2, Ti_2O _3 and V_2O _3 was found to be indistinguishable from that of the bulk. The interaction of SO_2 with these oxides was extensively studied since sulfur is a notorious catalyst poison. SO_2 reacts vigorously with the titanium oxides, dissociating in the presence of Ti^{3+} cations to form TiO_2 and TiS _2; in their absence no reaction occurs. Surprisingly, SO_2 reacts very weakly with V _2O_3, adsorbing in both dissociated and molecular form. Additionally, only a weak reaction of H_2S and TiO _2 was found. The electronic structure of these oxides is shown to be extremely complex, displaying both localised and

  18. Ab-initio investigation of structural, electronic and optical properties BSb compound in bulk and surface (110 states

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    H A Badehian

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In recent work the structural, electronic and optical properties of BSb compound in bulk and surface (110 states have been studied. Calculations have been performed using Full-Potential Augmented Plane Wave (FP-LAPW method by WIEN2k code in Density Functional Theory (DFT framework. The structural properties of the bulk such as lattice constant, bulk module and elastic constants have been investigated using four different approximations. The band gap energy of the bulk and the (110 surface of BSb were obtained about 1.082 and 0.38 eV respectively. Moreover the surface energy, the work function, the surface relaxation, surface state and the band structure of BSb (110 were investigated using symmetric and stoichiometric 15 layers slabs with the vacuum of 20 Bohr. In addition, the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric function of the bulk and the BSb (110 slab were calculated and compared to each other. Our obtained results have a good agreement with the available results.

  19. Size-resolved and bulk activation properties of aerosols in the North China Plain

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    Z. Z. Deng

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Size-resolved and bulk activation properties of aerosols were measured at a regional/suburban site in the North China Plain (NCP, which is occasionally heavily polluted by anthropogenic aerosol particles and gases. A Cloud Condensation Nuclei (CCN closure study is conducted with bulk CCN number concentration (NCCN and calculated CCN number concentration based on the aerosol number size distribution and size-resolved activation properties.

    The observed CCN number concentration (NCCN-obs are higher than those observed in other locations than China, with average NCCN-obs of roughly 2000, 3000, 6000, 10 000 and 13 000 cm−3 at supersaturations of 0.056, 0.083, 0.17, 0.35 and 0.70%, respectively. An inferred critical dry diameter (Dm is calculated based on the NCCN-obs and aerosol number size distribution assuming homogeneous chemical composition. The inferred cut-off diameters are in the ranges of 190–280, 160–260, 95–180, 65–120 and 50–100 nm at supersaturations of 0.056, 0.083, 0.17, 0.35 and 0.7%, with their mean values 230.1, 198.4, 128.4, 86.4 and 69.2 nm, respectively.

    Size-resolved activation measurements show that most of the 300 nm particles are activated at the investigated supersaturations, while almost no particles of 30 nm are activated even at the highest supersaturation of 0.72%. The activation ratio increases with increasing supersaturation and particle size. The slopes of the activation curves for ambient aerosols are not as steep as those observed in calibrations with ammonium sulfate suggesting that the observed aerosols is an external mixture of more hygroscopic and hydrophobic particles.

    The calculated CCN number concentrations (NCCN-calc based on the size-resolved activation ratio and aerosol number size distribution correlate well with the NCCN-obs, and

  20. Estimation of the Crustal Bulk Properties Beneath Mainland Portugal from P-Wave Teleseismic Receiver Functions

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    Dündar, Süleyman; Dias, Nuno A.; Silveira, Graça; Kind, Rainer; Vinnik, Lev; Matias, Luís; Bianchi, Marcelo

    2016-06-01

    In this work, we present results from teleseismic P-wave receiver functions (PRFs) obtained in Portugal, Western Iberia. A dense seismic station deployment conducted between 2010 and 2012, in the scope of the WILAS project and covering the entire country, allowed the most spatially extensive probing on the bulk crustal seismic properties of Portugal up to date. The application of the H- κ stacking algorithm to the PRFs enabled us to estimate the crustal thickness ( H) and the average crustal ratio of the P- and S-waves velocities V p/ V s ( κ) for the region. Observations of Moho conversions indicate that this interface is relatively smooth with the crustal thickness ranging between 24 and 34 km, with an average of 30 km. The highest V p/ V s values are found on the Mesozoic-Cenozoic crust beneath the western and southern coastal domain of Portugal, whereas the lowest values correspond to Palaeozoic crust underlying the remaining part of the subject area. An average V p/ V s is found to be 1.72, ranging 1.63-1.86 across the study area, indicating a predominantly felsic composition. Overall, we systematically observe a decrease of V p/ V s with increasing crustal thickness. Taken as a whole, our results indicate a clear distinction between the geological zones of the Variscan Iberian Massif in Portugal, the overall shape of the anomalies conditioned by the shape of the Ibero-Armorican Arc, and associated Late Paleozoic suture zones, and the Meso-Cenozoic basin associated with Atlantic rifting stages. Thickened crust (30-34 km) across the studied region may be inherited from continental collision during the Paleozoic Variscan orogeny. An anomalous crustal thinning to around 28 km is observed beneath the central part of the Central Iberian Zone and the eastern part of South Portuguese Zone.

  1. Effect of Initial Bulk Material Composition on Thermoelectric Properties of Bi2Te3 Thin Films

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    Budnik, A. V.; Rogacheva, E. I.; Pinegin, V. I.; Sipatov, A. Yu.; Fedorov, A. G.

    2013-07-01

    V2VI3 compounds and solid solutions based on them are known to be the best low-temperature thermoelectric (TE) materials. The predicted possibility of enhancement of the TE figure of merit in two-dimensional (2D) structures has stimulated studies of the properties of these materials in the thin-film state. The goal of the present work is to study the dependences of the Seebeck coefficient S, electrical conductivity σ, Hall coefficient R H, charge carrier mobility μ H, and TE power factor P = S 2 σ of Bi2Te3 thin films on the composition of the initial bulk material used for preparing them. Thin films with thickness d = 200 nm to 250 nm were grown by thermal evaporation in vacuum of stoichiometric Bi2Te3 crystals (60.0 at.% Te) and of crystals with 62.8 at.% Te onto glass substrates at temperatures T S of 320 K to 500 K. It was established that the conductivity type of the initial material is reproduced in films fairly well. For both materials, an increase in T S leads to an increase in the thin-film structural perfection, better correspondence between the film composition and that of the initial material, and increase in S, R H, μ H, σ, and P. The room-temperature maximum values of P for the films grown from crystals with 60.0 at.% and 62.8 at.% Te are P = 7.5 × 10-4 W/K2 m and 35 × 10-4 W/K2 m, respectively. Thus, by using Bi2Te3 crystals with different stoichiometry as initial materials, one can control the conductivity type and TE parameters of the films, applying a simple and low-cost method of thermal evaporation from a single source.

  2. Properties of grain boundaries in bulk, melt processed Y-Ba-Cu-O fabricated using bridge-shaped seeds

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    Shi, Y.-H.; Durrell, J. H.; Dennis, A. R.; Babu, N. Hari; Mancini, C. E.; Cardwell, D. A.

    2012-04-01

    Single grain RE-Ba-Cu-O ((RE)BCO, where RE is a rare earth element or yttrium) bulk superconducting materials have significant potential for a variety of engineering applications due to their ability to trap high magnetic fields. However, it is well known that the presence of grain boundaries coupled with a high angle of misorientation (typically 5°) significantly reduces the critical current density, Jc, in all forms of high temperature superconducting materials. It is of considerable fundamental and technological interest, therefore, to investigate the grain boundary properties of bulk, film and tape (RE)BCO. We report a successful multi-seeding technique for the fabrication of fully aligned, artificial (0° misalignment) grain boundaries within large grain YBCO bulk superconductors using bridge-shaped seeds. The microstructure and critical current densities of the grain boundaries produced by this technique have been studied in detail.

  3. The decay properties of the trapped magnetic field in HTS bulk superconducting actuator by AC controlled magnetic field

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    Kim, S.B. [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Okayama University, 3-1-1, Tsushima Naka, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Uwani, Y., E-mail: gen422310@s.okayama-u.ac.jp [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Okayama University, 3-1-1, Tsushima Naka, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Joo, J.H.; Kawamoto, R. [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Okayama University, 3-1-1, Tsushima Naka, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Jo, Y.S. [Center for Applied Superconductivity Technology, Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Seongju-dong, Changwon 641-120 (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-11-15

    The electric device applications of a high temperature superconducting (HTS) bulk magnet, having stable levitation and suspension properties according to their strong flux pinning force, have been proposed and developed. We have been investigating a three-dimensional (3-D) superconducting actuator using HTS bulks to develop a non-contract transportation device which moves freely in space. It is certain for our proposed 3-D superconducting actuator to be useful as a transporter used in a clean room where silicon wafers, which do not like mechanical contact and dust, are manufactured. The proposed actuator consists of the trapped HTS bulk as a mover and two-dimensionally arranged electromagnets as a stator. Up to now, the electromagnets consisted with iron core and copper coil were used as a stator, and each electromagnet was individually controlled using DC power supplies. In our previous work, the unstable movement characteristics of HTS bulk were observed under the DC operation, and the AC electromagnets driven with AC controlled current was proposed to solve these problems. In general, the trapped magnetic field in HTS bulk was decayed by a time-varying external magnetic field. Thus, it needs to optimize the shapes of AC electromagnets and operating patterns, the decay properties of the trapped magnetic field in the HTS bulk mover by the AC magnetic field should be cleared. In this paper, the influences of the frequency, the overall operating time, the strength of magnetization field and drive current against the decay of trapped magnetic field were experimentally studied using the fabricated AC electromagnets.

  4. Effect of silver addition on the mechanical and field trapping properties of Gd-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors

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    Nariki, S; Matsui, M; Murakami, M

    2002-01-01

    The effect of Ag addition on the microstructure and the mechanical and field trapping properties of Gd-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductor has been investigated. The single grain Gd-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors 32 mm in diameter were fabricated with 0-30 mass%Ag/sub 2/O additions by the melt growth method under controlled oxygen partial pressure of 1.0%. From microscopic observations, it was found that the macro- cracks in the a-b plane decreased with Ag addition. The three-point bending test showed that the average strength of Ag-free bulk was 69 MPa at room temperature, while the strength was dramatically improved to 110-115 MPa with 10-30 mass%Ag/sub 2/O additions. The trapped magnetic field of Ag-free bulk sample was 1.3 T at 77 K. The trapped field of bulk Gd-Ba-Cu-O samples with 10-20 mass%Ag/sub 2/O exhibited high values of 1.8-2.0 T at 77 K. However, the trapped field of the sample with 30 mass%Ag/sub 2/O addition was lowered to 1.1 T with decreasing the critical current density. The trapped field of Ag- adde...

  5. Influence of bulk fibre properties of PAN-based carbon felts on their performance in vanadium redox flow batteries

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    Schweiss, Rüdiger

    2015-03-01

    Polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based carbon felts with different fibre properties were studied in terms of their suitability as porous flow-through electrode materials in all vanadium redox flow batteries. The crystallinity and their bulk hetero element content (in particular nitrogen) of the carbon fibres was shown to produce a significant effect on the electrocatalytical properties of the electrodes towards vanadium species. Similar effects were seen on the capacity losses associated with concomitant hydrogen evolution. Adjustments of fibre properties offer the potential of manufacturing improved electrode materials, potentially without additional steps such as surface activation or decoration with catalytically active species.

  6. The effect of high energy concentration source irradiation on structure and properties of Fe-based bulk metallic glass

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    Pilarczyk, Wirginia

    2016-06-01

    Metallic glasses exhibit metastable structure and maintain this relatively stable amorphous state within certain temperature range. High intensity laser beam was used for the surface irradiation of Fe-Co-B-Si-Nb bulk metallic glasses. The variable parameter was laser beam pulse energy. For the analysis of structure and properties of bulk metallic glasses and their surface after laser remelting the X-ray analysis, microscopic observation and test of mechanical properties were carried out. Examination of the nanostructure of amorphous materials obtained by high pressure copper mold casting method and the irradiated with the use of TITAN 80-300 HRTEM was carried out. Nanohardness and reduced Young's modulus of particular amorphous and amorphous-crystalline material zone of the laser beam were examined with the use of Hysitron TI950 Triboindenter nanoindenter and with the use of Berkovich's indenter. The XRD and microscopic analysis showed that the test material is amorphous in its structure before irradiation. Microstructure observation with electron transmission microscopy gave information about alloy crystallization in the irradiated process. Identification of given crystal phases allows to determine the kind of crystal phases created in the first place and also further changes of phase composition of alloy. The main value of the nanohardness of the surface prepared by laser beam has the order of magnitude similar to bulk metallic glasses formed by casting process irrespective of the laser beam energy used. Research results analysis showed that the area between parent material and fusion zone is characterized by extraordinarily interesting structure which is and will be the subject of further analysis in the scope of bulk metallic glasses amorphous structure and high energy concentration source. The main goal of this work is the results' presentation of structure and chosen properties of the selected bulk metallic glasses after casting process and after irradiation

  7. A comparison study on the electronic structures, lattice dynamics and thermoelectric properties of bulk silicon and silicon nanotubes

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    Lu, Peng-Xian; Qu, Ling-Bo; Cheng, Qiao-Huan

    2013-11-01

    In order to investigate the mechanism of the electron and phonon transport in a silicon nanotube (SiNT), the electronic structures, the lattice dynamics, and the thermoelectric properties of bulk silicon (bulk Si) and a SiNT have been calculated in this work using density functional theory and Boltzmann transport theory. Our results suggest that the thermal conductivity of a SiNT is reduced by a factor of 1, while its electrical conductivity is improved significantly, although the Seebeck coefficient is increased slightly as compared to those of the bulk Si. As a consequence, the figure of merit (ZT) of a SiNT at 1200 K is enhanced by 12 times from 0.08 for bulk Si to 1.10. The large enhancement in electrical conductivity originates from the largely increased density of states at the Fermi energy level and the obviously narrowed band gap. The significant reduction in thermal conductivity is ascribed to the remarkably suppressed phonon thermal conductivity caused by a weakened covalent bonding, a decreased phonon density of states, a reduced phonon vibration frequency, as well as a shortened mean free path of phonons. The other factors influencing the thermoelectric properties have also been studied from the perspective of electronic structures and lattice dynamics.

  8. Non equilibrium optical properties in semiconductors from first--principles: a combined theoretical and experimental study of bulk silicon

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    Sangalli, Davide; Manzoni, Cristian; Cerullo, Giulio; Marini, Andrea

    2016-01-01

    The calculation of the equilibrium optical properties of bulk silicon by using the Bethe--Salpeter equation solved in the Kohn--Sham basis represents a cornerstone in the development of an ab--initio approach to the optical and electronic properties of materials. Nevertheless calculations of the {\\em transient} optical spectrum using the same efficient and successful scheme are scarce. We report, here, a joint theoretical and experimental study of the transient reflectivity spectrum of bulk silicon. Femtosecond transient reflectivity is compared to a parameter--free calculation based on the non--equilibrium Bethe--Salpeter equation. By providing an accurate description of the experimental results we disclose the different phenomena that determine the transient optical response of a semiconductor. We give a parameter--free interpretation of concepts like bleaching, photo--induced absorption and stimulated emission, beyond the Fermi golden rule. We also introduce the concept of optical gap renormalization, as a...

  9. Characterization of a-SiNx:H layer. Bulk properties, interface with Si and solar cell efficiency

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    Lamers, M.; Weeber, A. [ECN Solar Energy, P.O. Box 1, 1755 ZG Petten (Netherlands); Butler, K.; Harding, J. [University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN (United Kingdom); Vullum, P.E. [SINTEF, Box 4760 Sluppen, 7465 Trondheim (Norway)

    2013-04-15

    In this paper two front-side a-SiNx:H layers that can be used in the solar cell industry are extensively characterized and related to solar cell efficiency. Variations in layer build up, atomic density, optical properties, bulk passivation and surface passivation are discussed. The build up of these two layers are considered against a background of over 80 SiNx:H layers. These layers differ in stoichiometry, atomic content, optical properties and surface passivation, as the refractive index is varied between 1.8 and 3.0. Additionally, comparable data output of different characterization equipment is discussed on validity. On solar cells, the effect of different layer build up is investigated and it is found that a wide process window is allowed for similar cell efficiencies regarding the optical transmission, bulk and surface passivation.

  10. Structure and property evaluation of a vacuum plasma sprayed nanostructured tungsten-hafnium carbide bulk composite

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    Rea, K. E.; Viswanathan, V.; Kruize, A.; De Hosson, J. Th. M.; O'Dell, S.; McKechnie, T.; Rajagopalan, S.; Vaidyanathan, R.; Seal, S.; O’Dell, S.

    2008-01-01

    Vacuum plasma spray (VPS) forming of tungsten-based metal matrix nanocomposites (MMCs) has shown to be a cost effective and time saving method for the formation of bulk monolithic nanostructured then no-mechanical components. Spray drying of powder feedstock appears to have a significant effect on

  11. Effect of preheating and light-curing unit on physicochemical properties of a bulk fill composite.

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    Theobaldo, Jéssica Dias; Aguiar, Flávio Henrique Baggio; Pini, Núbia Inocencya Pavesi; Lima, Débora Alves Nunes Leite; Liporoni, Priscila Christiane Suzy; Catelan, Anderson

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of composite preheating and polymerization mode on degree of conversion (DC), microhardness (KHN), plasticization (P), and depth of polymerization (DP) of a bulk fill composite. Forty disc-shaped samples (n = 5) of a bulk fill composite were prepared (5 × 4 mm thick) and randomly divided into 4 groups according to light-curing unit (quartz-tungsten-halogen [QTH] or light-emitting diode [LED]) and preheating temperature (23 or 54 °C). A control group was prepared with a flowable composite at room temperature. DC was determined using a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, KHN was measured with a Knoop indenter, P was evaluated by percentage reduction of hardness after 24 h of ethanol storage, and DP was obtained by bottom/top ratio. Data were statistically analyzed by analysis of variance and Tukey's test (α = 0.05). Regardless of light-curing, the highest preheating temperature increased DC compared to room temperature on bottom surface. LED showed a higher DC compared to QTH. Overall, DC was higher on top surface than bottom. KHN, P, and DP were not affected by curing mode and temperature, and flowable composite showed similar KHN, and lower DC and P, compared to bulk fill. Composite preheating increased the polymerization degree of 4-mm-increment bulk fill, but it led to a higher plasticization compared to the conventional flowable composite evaluated.

  12. The microstructure network and thermoelectric properties of bulk (Bi,Sb)2Te3

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    Xie, Wenjie; Hitchcock, Dale A.; Kang, Hye J.

    2012-01-01

    We report small-angle neutron scattering studies on the microstructure network in bulk (Bi,Sb)(2)Te-3 synthesized by the melt-spinning (MS) and the spark-plasma-sintering (SPS) process. We find that rough interfaces of multiscale microstructures generated by the MS are responsible for the large...

  13. Electronic structure, bulk and magnetic properties of MB{sub 6} and MB{sub 12} borides

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    Baranovskiy, A.E. [Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering, NASU, Kharkov 61103 (Ukraine)]. E-mail: baranovskiy@ilt.kharkov.ua; Grechnev, G.E. [Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering, NASU, Kharkov 61103 (Ukraine); Fil, V.D. [Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering, NASU, Kharkov 61103 (Ukraine); Ignatova, T.V. [Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering, NASU, Kharkov 61103 (Ukraine); Logosha, A.V. [Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering, NASU, Kharkov 61103 (Ukraine); Panfilov, A.S. [Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering, NASU, Kharkov 61103 (Ukraine); Svechkarev, I.V. [Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering, NASU, Kharkov 61103 (Ukraine); Shitsevalova, N.Yu. [Institute for Problems of Materials Science, NASU, Kiev 03680 (Ukraine); Filippov, V.B. [Institute for Problems of Materials Science, NASU, Kiev 03680 (Ukraine); Eriksson, O. [Department of Physics, University of Uppsala, S-751 21 Uppsala (Sweden)

    2007-09-13

    The bulk and magnetic properties of MB{sub 6} and MB{sub 12} were investigated on the basis of first principles electronic structure calculations. The elastic constants were measured for ZrB{sub 12}, HoB{sub 12}, ErB{sub 12}, TmB{sub 12}, LuB{sub 12}, YB{sub 6} and LaB{sub 6} compounds at low temperatures. The calculated equations of states and balanced crystal orbital overlap populations have allowed to analyse bonding and magnetic properties of MB{sub 6} and MB{sub 12}.

  14. Correlation of Bulk Dielectric and Piezoelectric Properties to the Local Scale Phase Transformations, Domain Morphology, and Crystal Structure Modified

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    Priya, Shashank [Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States); Viehland, Dwight [Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States)

    2014-12-14

    Three year program entitled “Correlation of bulk dielectric and piezoelectric properties to the local scale phase transformations, domain morphology, and crystal structure in modified lead-free grain-textured ceramics and single crystals” was supported by the Department of Energy. This was a joint research program between D. Viehland and S. Priya at Virginia Tech. Single crystal and textured ceramics have been synthesized and characterized. Our goals have been (i) to conduct investigations of lead-free piezoelectric systems to establish the local structural and domain morphologies that result in enhanced properties, and (ii) to synthesize polycrystalline and grain oriented ceramics for understanding the role of composition, microstructure, and anisotropy

  15. Effect of Ca substitution on some physical properties of nano-structured and bulk Ni-ferrite samples

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    Assar, S.T., E-mail: soha_talaat@yahoo.com; Abosheiasha, H.F.

    2015-01-15

    Nanoparticles of Ni{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x=0.0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06 and 0.10) were prepared by citrate precursor method. A part of these samples was sintered at 600 °C for 2 h in order to keep the particles within the nano-size while the other part was sintered at 1000 °C to let the particles to grow to the bulk size. The effect of Ca{sup 2+} ion substitution in nickel ferrite on some structural, magnetic, electrical and thermal properties was investigated. All samples were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). A two probe method was used to measure the dc electrical conductivity whereas the photoacoustic (PA) technique was used to determine the thermal diffusivity of the samples. To interpret different experimental results for nano and bulk samples some cation distributions were assumed based on the VSM and XRD data. These suggested cation distributions give logical explanations for other experimental results such as the observed values of the absorption bands in FTIR spectra and the dc conductivity results. Finally, in the thermal measurements it was found that increasing the Ca{sup 2+} ion content causes a decrease in the thermal diffusivity of both nano and bulk samples. The explanation of this behavior is ascribed to the phonon-phonon scattering. - Highlights: • The physical properties of both nano and bulk samples of Ni-Ca ferrites were investigated. • Cation distribution plays a vital role in tailoring the physical properties of all the samples. • The dc conductivity of the nanosamples is higher than their bulk counterparts. • Increasing Ca{sup 2+} content enhances M{sub s}, M{sub r}, and σ{sub dc} of the bulk samples over their nanocounterparts. • The behavior of thermal diffusivity of the samples attributed to the phonon-phonon scattering.

  16. Tuning Optical Properties of MoS2 Bulk and Monolayer Under Compressive and Tensile Strain: A First Principles Study

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    Kafi, Fariba; Pilevar Shahri, Raheleh; Benam, Mohammad Reza; Akhtar, Arsalan

    2017-06-01

    Knowledge of the optical properties under compressive and tensile strain is highly important in photoelectron devices and the semiconductor industry. In this work, optical properties of bulk and monolayer MoS2 under compressive and tensile strains are investigated by means of density functional theory. The dielectric tensor is derived within the random phase approximation. Calculations indicate that unstrained two-dimensional and bulk MoS2 lead to semiconductors with the gaps of 1.64 eV and 0.84 eV, respectively, whereas the change in the value of the gap by applying tensile or compressive strain depends on the nature of strains. Dielectric function, absorption coefficient, reflectivity, energy loss and the refraction index of the strained and unstrained systems are studied for both parallel (E||x) and perpendicular (E||z) applied electric field polarizations, which are very sensitive to the type and amount of strains. For instance, the reflectivity of a MoS2 monolayer exposed to visible light in the E||z polarization direction, can be tuned from 4% to 10% by introducing strain. Finally, the Abbe number is calculated to characterize the dispersion of the materials under compressive and tensile strain. Bulk MoS2 for E||x shows the highest value of the Abbe number, which shrinks twenty times under the influence of compressive strain.

  17. Tuning Optical Properties of MoS2 Bulk and Monolayer Under Compressive and Tensile Strain: A First Principles Study

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    Kafi, Fariba; Pilevar Shahri, Raheleh; Benam, Mohammad Reza; Akhtar, Arsalan

    2017-10-01

    Knowledge of the optical properties under compressive and tensile strain is highly important in photoelectron devices and the semiconductor industry. In this work, optical properties of bulk and monolayer MoS2 under compressive and tensile strains are investigated by means of density functional theory. The dielectric tensor is derived within the random phase approximation. Calculations indicate that unstrained two-dimensional and bulk MoS2 lead to semiconductors with the gaps of 1.64 eV and 0.84 eV, respectively, whereas the change in the value of the gap by applying tensile or compressive strain depends on the nature of strains. Dielectric function, absorption coefficient, reflectivity, energy loss and the refraction index of the strained and unstrained systems are studied for both parallel ( E||x) and perpendicular ( E||z) applied electric field polarizations, which are very sensitive to the type and amount of strains. For instance, the reflectivity of a MoS2 monolayer exposed to visible light in the E||z polarization direction, can be tuned from 4% to 10% by introducing strain. Finally, the Abbe number is calculated to characterize the dispersion of the materials under compressive and tensile strain. Bulk MoS2 for E||x shows the highest value of the Abbe number, which shrinks twenty times under the influence of compressive strain.

  18. Measurement of Cohesion in Asteroid Regolith Materials

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    Kleinhenz, Julie E.; Gaier, James R.; Waters, Deborah L.; Harvey, Ralph; Zeszut, Zoe; Carreno, Brandon; Shober, Patrick

    2017-01-01

    A study has been initiated to examine cohesive forces in asteroid materials to contribute to a better understanding of low density bodies such as asteroids and Phobos, and assist in exploration missions involving interaction with their surface material. The test specimen used in this study was a lightly weathered CM2 meteorite which is spectroscopically similar to Type C (carbonaceous) asteroids, and thought to have representative surface chemistry. To account for sample heterogeneity, adhesion forces were measured between the CM2 sample and its five primary mineral phase components. These adhesive forces bound the range of cohesive force that can be expected for the bulk material. All materials were characterized using a variety of optical and spectroscopic methods. Adhesive forces on the order of 50 to 400 µN were measured using a torsion balance in an ultrahigh vacuum chamber. The mineral samples exhibited clearly different adhesive strengths in the following hierarchy: Serpentine > Siderite > Bronzite > Olivine ˜ Fe-Ni.

  19. Glass Formation, Chemical Properties and Surface Analysis of Cu-Based Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Akihisa Inoue

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper reviews the influence of alloying elements Mo, Nb, Ta and Ni on glass formation and corrosion resistance of Cu-based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs. In order to obtain basic knowledge for application to the industry, corrosion resistance of the Cu–Hf–Ti–(Mo, Nb, Ta, Ni and Cu–Zr–Ag–Al–(Nb bulk glassy alloy systems in various solutions are reported in this work. Moreover, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS analysis is performed to clarify the surface-related chemical characteristics of the alloy before and after immersion in the solutions; this has lead to a better understanding of the correlation between the surface composition and the corrosion resistance.

  20. Calculation of the Bulk Electromagnetic Properties of Thunderclouds Using a Two-Space Scattering Formalism

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    Phanord, Dieudonne D.; Koshak, William J.; Solakiewicz, Richard J.; Blakeslee, Richard J.

    1998-01-01

    A two-space scatterer formalism and equivalent medium approach of Twersky are used to obtain formulae for the bulk electromagnetic parameters of a thundercloud medium that is illuminated by lightning optical emissions. A modified WKB approximation is applied to derive the two-space scattering amplitude. Optical constants of dry air, moist atmosphere, and water,.are inserted into the formulae to generate numerical values via iteration. The two-space scatterer formalism results are close to those obtained from free- or sin-le-space formalisms for the dilute case. The numerical values of the bulk parameters are required to successfully transform the scattering problem to that of an equivalent obstacle excited by an incident wave traveling in K - space but radiating in k(sub 1) -space.

  1. Roles of Bulk and Surface Chemistry in the Oxygen Exchange Kinetics and Related Properties of Mixed Conducting Perovskite Oxide Electrodes

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    Nicola H. Perry

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Mixed conducting perovskite oxides and related structures serving as electrodes for electrochemical oxygen incorporation and evolution in solid oxide fuel and electrolysis cells, respectively, play a significant role in determining the cell efficiency and lifetime. Desired improvements in catalytic activity for rapid surface oxygen exchange, fast bulk transport (electronic and ionic, and thermo-chemo-mechanical stability of oxygen electrodes will require increased understanding of the impact of both bulk and surface chemistry on these properties. This review highlights selected work at the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER, Kyushu University, set in the context of work in the broader community, aiming to characterize and understand relationships between bulk and surface composition and oxygen electrode performance. Insights into aspects of bulk point defect chemistry, electronic structure, crystal structure, and cation choice that impact carrier concentrations and mobilities, surface exchange kinetics, and chemical expansion coefficients are emerging. At the same time, an understanding of the relationship between bulk and surface chemistry is being developed that may assist design of electrodes with more robust surface chemistries, e.g., impurity tolerance or limited surface segregation. Ion scattering techniques (e.g., secondary ion mass spectrometry, SIMS, or low energy ion scattering spectroscopy, LEIS with high surface sensitivity and increasing lateral resolution are proving useful for measuring surface exchange kinetics, diffusivity, and corresponding outer monolayer chemistry of electrodes exposed to typical operating conditions. Beyond consideration of chemical composition, the use of strain and/or a high density of active interfaces also show promise for enhancing performance.

  2. Relationship between material properties and transparent heater performance for both bulk-like and percolative nanostructured networks.

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    Sorel, Sophie; Bellet, Daniel; Coleman, Jonathan N

    2014-05-27

    Transparent heaters are important for many applications and in the future are likely to be fabricated from thin, conducting, nanostructured networks. However, the electrical properties of such networks are almost always controlled by percolative effects. The impact of percolation on heating effects has not been considered, and the material parameter combinations that lead to efficient performance are not known. In fact, figures of merit for transparent heaters have not been elucidated, either in bulk-like or percolative systems. Here, we develop a simple yet comprehensive model describing the operation of transparent heaters. By considering the balance of Joule heating versus power dissipated by both convection and radiation, we derive an expression for the time-dependent heater temperature as a function of both electrical and thermal parameters. This equation can be modified to describe the relationship between temperature, optical transmittance, and electrical/thermal parameters in both bulk-like and percolative systems. By performing experiments on silver nanowire networks, systems known to display both bulk-like and percolative regimes, we show the model to describe real systems extremely well. This work shows the performance of transparent heaters in the percolative regime to be significantly less efficient compared to the bulk-like regime, implying the diameter of the nanowires making up the network to be critical. The model allows the identification of figures of merit for networks in both bulk-like and percolative regimes. We show that metallic nanowire networks are most promising, closely followed by CVD graphene, with networks of solution-processed graphene and carbon nanotubes being much less efficient.

  3. Effect of preheating and light-curing unit on physicochemical properties of a bulk fill composite

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    Theobaldo JD

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Jéssica Dias Theobaldo,1 Flávio Henrique Baggio Aguiar,1 Núbia Inocencya Pavesi Pini,2 Débora Alves Nunes Leite Lima,1 Priscila Christiane Suzy Liporoni,3 Anderson Catelan3 1Department of Restorative Dentistry, Piracicaba Dental School, University of Campinas, Piracicaba, 2Ingá University Center, Maringá, 3Departament of Dentistry, University of Taubaté, Taubaté, Brazil Objective: The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of composite preheating and polymerization mode on degree of conversion (DC, microhardness (KHN, plasticization (P, and depth of polymerization (DP of a bulk fill composite.Methods: Forty disc-shaped samples (n = 5 of a bulk fill composite were prepared (5 × 4 mm thick and randomly divided into 4 groups according to light-curing unit (quartz–tungsten–halogen [QTH] or light-emitting diode [LED] and preheating temperature (23 or 54 °C. A control group was prepared with a flowable composite at room temperature. DC was determined using a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, KHN was measured with a Knoop indenter, P was evaluated by percentage reduction of hardness after 24 h of ethanol storage, and DP was obtained by bottom/top ratio. Data were statistically analyzed by analysis of variance and Tukey’s test (α = 0.05.Results: Regardless of light-curing, the highest preheating temperature increased DC compared to room temperature on bottom surface. LED showed a higher DC compared to QTH. Overall, DC was higher on top surface than bottom. KHN, P, and DP were not affected by curing mode and temperature, and flowable composite showed similar KHN, and lower DC and P, compared to bulk fill.Conclusion: Composite preheating increased the polymerization degree of 4-mm-increment bulk fill, but it led to a higher plasticization compared to the conventional flowable composite evaluated. Keywords: composite resins, physicochemical phenomena, polymerization, hardness, heating

  4. The microstructure of MX-80 clay with respect to its bulk physical properties under different environmental conditions

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    Pusch, R. [Geodevelopment AB, Lund (Sweden)

    2001-03-01

    A model of microstructural evolution of MX-80 buffer is presented in the report.Quantification of the microstructure is made by use of digitalized micrographs taken by transmission electron microscopy using suitably impregnated specimens with appropriate thickness. The model is termed MMM, a successor of the earlier GMM. Practically useful microstructural parameters refer to the fraction of a thin section that represents dense and soft parts of the clay matrix. The derived microstructural parameters are directly coupled to the most important bulk physical properties, i.e. the hydraulic conductivity, gas penetrability, swelling pressure and cation/anion diffusion capacities. The study has shown that even at very high densities, softer and more pervious zones exist in the form of interconnected 'external' voids filled with more or less dense clay gels. At bulk densities exceeding 2000 kg/m{sup 3} after water saturation, the gel density is also high but for low bulk densities it may be so much reduced that the gels do not remain stable at high electrolyte content of the pore water. The fact that the density variations are small for high bulk densities means that the separation of matrix components ('fracturing') that is required for letting gas through is on the same order of magnitude as the bulk swelling pressure. For lower bulk densities, displacement or consolidation of the clay gels in 'external' voids is concluded to take place in conjunction with gas penetration. At high densities the limited degree of continuity and constrictions of the channels leading to anion-excluding charge conditions mean that the anion diffusion capacity is very low, while cation diffusion may be extensive because it takes place not only through channels but also through the inter lamellar space and along the surfaces of stacks of lamellae, i.e. by surface diffusion. Two Pre-Quaternary clays that have been investigated and characterized with respect to the

  5. Critical Analysis on the Structural and Magnetic Properties of Bulk and Nanocrystalline Cu-Fe-O

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    D. Paul Joseph

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline and bulk samples of “Fe”-doped CuO were prepared by coprecipitation and ceramic methods. Structural and compositional analyses were performed using X-ray diffraction, SEM, and EDAX. Traces of secondary phases such as CuFe2O4, Fe3O4, and α-Fe2O3 having peaks very close to that of the host CuO were identified from the Rietveld profile analysis and the SAED pattern of bulk and nanocrystalline Cu0.98Fe0.02O samples. Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM measurements show hysteresis at 300 K for all the samples. The ferrimagnetic Neel transition temperature ( was found to be around 465°C irrespective of the content of “Fe”, which is close to the value of cubic CuFe2O4. High-pressure X-Ray diffraction studies were performed on 2% “Fe”-doped bulk CuO using synchrotron radiation. From the absence of any strong new peaks at high pressure, it is evident that the secondary phases if present could be less than the level of detection. Cu2O, which is diamagnetic by nature, was also doped with 1% of “Fe” and was found to show paramagnetic behavior in contrast to the “Fe” doped CuO. Hence the possibility of intrinsic magnetization of “Fe”-doped CuO apart from the secondary phases is discussed based on the magnetization and charge state of “Fe” and the host into which it is substituted.

  6. Fatigue Properties and Morphology of Fatigue Fracture of Bulk Metallic Glass

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    Zhao, X. Y.; Chen, Z. H.; Wang, H. P.; Zhan, J.

    2016-11-01

    Changes in the amorphous structure and fatigue resistance of Zr57.5Cu27.3Al8.5Ni6.7 bulk metallic glass are studied. A copper-rich phase produced by cyclic stresses is discovered. This phase observed on the fracture surface may hinder crack propagation. The specimens after fatigue failure have a V shape (do not break into two completely) due to the high density of shear bands and multiple branching of the shear bands in the strained region.

  7. Structure and properties of Fe-Cr-Mo-C bulk metallic glasses obtained by die casting method

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    W. Pilarczyk

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available urpose: The goal of this work is to investigate structure and properties of Fe54Cr16Mo12C18 alloy rods with different diameters obtained by the pressure die casting method.Design/methodology/approach: Master alloy ingot with compositions of Fe54Cr16Mo12C18 was prepared by induction melting of pure Fe, Cr, Mo, C elements in argon atmosphere. The investigated material were cast in form of rods with different diameters. Glassy and crystalline structures were examined by X-ray diffraction. The microscopic observation of the fracture morphology was carried out by the SEM with different magnification. The thermal properties of the studied alloy were examined by DTA and DSC method.Findings: These materials exhibit high glass-forming ability, excellent mechanical properties and corrosion resistance.Research limitations/implications: It is difficult to obtain a metallic glass of Fe54Cr16Mo12C18 alloy. The investigations carried out on the different samples of Fe54Cr16Mo12C18 bulk metallic alloy allowed to state that the studied ribbon was amorphous whereas rods were amorphous – crystalline.Originality/value: The formation and investigation of the casted Fe-Cr-Mo-C bulk materials and the study of glass-forming ability of this alloy.

  8. The sound velocity and bulk properties of sediments in the Bohai Sea and the Yellow Sea of China

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    ZHENG Jiewen; LIU Baohua; KAN Guangming; LI Guanbao; PEI Yanliang; LIU Xiaolei

    2016-01-01

    In order to investigate the correlation between a sound velocity and sediment bulk properties and explore the influence of frequency dependence of the sound velocity on the prediction of the sediment properties by the sound velocity, a compressional wave velocity is measured at frequencies of 25–250 kHz on marine sediment samples collected from the Bohai Sea and the Yellow Sea in laboratory, together with the geotechnical parameters of sediments. The results indicate that the sound velocity ranges from 1.232 to 1.721 km/s for the collected sediment samples with a significant dispersion within the series measuring frequency. Poorly sorted sediments are highly dispersive nearly with a positive linear relationship. The porosity shows a better negative logarithmic correlation with the sound velocity compared with other geotechnical parameters. Generally, the sound velocity increases with the increasing of the average particle size, sand content, wet and dry bulk densities, and decreasing of the clay content, and water content. An important point should be demonstrated that the higher correlation can be obtained when the measuring frequency is low within the frequency ranges from 25 to 250 kHz since the inhomogeneity of sediment properties has a more remarkably influence on the laboratory sound velocity measurement at the high frequency.

  9. Potential of a spectroscopic measurement method using adding-doubling to retrieve the bulk optical properties of dense microalgal media.

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    Bellini, Sarah; Bendoula, Ryad; Latrille, Eric; Roger, Jean-Michel

    2014-01-01

    In the context of algal mass cultivation, current techniques used for the characterization of algal cells require time-consuming sample preparation and a large amount of costly, standard instrumentation. As the physical and chemical properties of the algal cells strongly affect their optical properties, the optical characterization is seen as a promising method to provide an early diagnosis in the context of mass cultivation monitoring. This article explores the potential of a spectroscopic measurement method coupled with the inversion of the radiative transfer theory for the retrieval of the bulk optical properties of dense algal samples. Total transmittance and total reflectance measurements were performed over the 380-1020 nm range on dense algal samples with a double integrating sphere setup. The bulk absorption and scattering coefficients were thus extracted over the 380-1020 nm range by inverting the radiative transfer theory using inverse-adding-doubling computations. The experimental results are presented and discussed; the configuration of the optical setup remains a critical point. The absorption coefficients obtained for the four samples of this study appear not to be more informative about pigment composition than would be classical methods in analytical spectroscopy; however, there is a real added value in measuring the reduced scattering coefficient, as it appears to be strongly correlated to the size distribution of the algal cells.

  10. Microstructural and superconducting properties of C6H6 added bulk MgB2 superconductor

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    Babaoğlu, Meral G.; Safran, Serap; Çiçek, Özlem; Ağıl, Hasan; Ertekin, Ercan; Hossain, Md. Shahriar A.; Yanmaz, Ekrem; Gencer, Ali

    2012-10-01

    The effect of aromatic hydrocarbon (benzene, C6H6) addition on lattice parameters, microstructure, critical temperature (Tc), critical current density (Jc) of bulk MgB2 has been studied. In this work only 2 mol% C6H6 addition was found to be very effective in increasing the Jc values, while resulting in slight reduction of the Tc. Jc values of 2 mol% C6H6 added MgB2 bulks reached to 1.83×106 A/cm2 at 15 K and 0 T. Microstructural analyses suggest that Jc enhancement is associated with the substitution of carbon with boron and which also results in the smaller MgB2 grain size. The change in the lattice parameters or the lattice disorder is claimed as a cause of the slight reduction in the Tc by carbon addition. We note that our results show the advantages of C6H6 addition include homogeneous mixing of precursor powders, avoidance of expansive nanoadditives, production of highly reactive C, and significant enhancement in Jc of MgB2, compared to un-doped samples.

  11. Preparation and Properties of Mg-Cu-Y-Al bulk Amorphous Alloys

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    Pryds, Nini; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Ohnuma, M.

    2000-01-01

    Bulk amorphous (Mg(1-gamma)Al(gamma))(60)CU(30)Y(10) alloys were prepared using a relatively simple technique of rapid cooling of the melt in a copper wedge mould. The temperature vs, time was recorded during the cooling and solidification process of the melt and compared with a spacial and tempo......Bulk amorphous (Mg(1-gamma)Al(gamma))(60)CU(30)Y(10) alloys were prepared using a relatively simple technique of rapid cooling of the melt in a copper wedge mould. The temperature vs, time was recorded during the cooling and solidification process of the melt and compared with a spacial......-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) for different alloy compositions and annealing temperatures. On annealing into the supercooled liquid state (441 K), specimens with no Al content remain basically amorphous while nanoparticles are formed and remain stable also at higher...... temperatures in specimens containing a few percent Al. The alloy with no Al crystallises apparently without the formation of nanoparticles. The critical cooling rate for the formation of an amorphous Mg(60)CU(30)Y(10) specimen was determined experimentally by a combination of DSC data and temperature vs, time...

  12. On the adsorption properties of magnetic fluids: Impact of bulk structure

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    Kubovcikova, Martina; Gapon, Igor V.; Zavisova, Vlasta; Koneracka, Martina; Petrenko, Viktor I.; Soltwedel, Olaf; Almasy, László; Avdeev, Mikhail V.; Kopcansky, Peter

    2017-04-01

    Adsorption of nanoparticles from magnetic fluids (MFs) on solid surface (crystalline silicon) was studied by neutron reflectometry (NR) and related to the bulk structural organization of MFs concluded from small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The initial aqueous MF with nanomagnetite (co-precipitation reaction) stabilized by sodium oleate and MF modified by a biocompatible polymer, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), were considered. Regarding the bulk structure it was confirmed in the SANS experiment that comparatively small and compact (size 30 nm) aggregates of nanoparticle in the initial sample transfer to large and developed (size>130 nm, fractal dimension 2.7) associates in the PEG modified MF. This reorganization in the aggregates correlates with the changes in the neutron reflectivity that showed that a single adsorption layer of individual nanoparticles on the oxidized silicon surface for the initial MF disappears after the PEG modification. It is concluded that all particles in the modified fluid are in the aggregates that are not adsorbed by silicon.

  13. Electrodynamic balance measurements of thermodynamic, kinetic, and optical aerosol properties inaccessible to bulk methods

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    S. S. Steimer

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Measurements of a single, levitated particle in an electrodynamic balance are an established tool for deriving thermodynamic and material data such as density, refractive index and activities of components of an aqueous solution under supersaturated conditions, where bulk measurements are not possible. The retrieval relies on combining mass-to-charge data and size data from light scattering. Here, we use a combination of low- and high-resolution Mie resonance spectroscopy to obtain radius data, enabling an accurate size determination not only when the particle is in equilibrium, but also when it is out of equilibrium due to kinetic limitation of mass transport. With the data measured under non-equilibrium conditions, it is possible to retrieve the water diffusivity. A challenge is that the radius retrieval by comparing measured light scattering with Mie theory requires the knowledge of refractive index as a function of concentration. Here, we show an iterative retrieval of refractive index and size for compounds for which data cannot be obtained in the bulk either due to lack of sufficient amounts of sample or limited solubility. We demonstrate the measurement strategy and the retrieval of water activity, density, refractive index and water diffusivity for aqueous shikimic acid. Water diffusivity in concentrated shikimic acid decreases by 6 orders of magnitude at 250 K compared to that at room temperature.

  14. Electrodynamic balance measurements of thermodynamic, kinetic, and optical aerosol properties inaccessible to bulk methods

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    S. S. Steimer

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Measurements of a single, levitated particle in an electrodynamic balance are an established tool for deriving thermodynamic and material data such as density, refractive index and activities of components of an aqueous solution under supersaturated conditions, where bulk measurements are not possible. The retrieval relies on combining mass-to-charge data and size data from light scattering. Here, we use a combination of low- and high-resolution Mie resonance spectroscopy to obtain radius data, enabling an accurate size determination not only when the particle is in equilibrium, but also when it is out of equilibrium due to kinetic limitation of mass transport. With the data measured under non-equilibrium conditions, it is possible to retrieve the water diffusivity. A challenge is that the radius retrieval by comparing measured light scattering with Mie theory requires the knowledge of refractive index as a function of concentration. Here, we show an iterative retrieval of refractive index and size for compounds for which data cannot be obtained in the bulk either due to lack of sufficient amounts of sample or limited solubility. We demonstrate the measurement strategy and the retrieval of water activity, density, refractive index and water diffusivity for aqueous shikimic acid. Water diffusivity in concentrated shikimic acid decreases by 6 orders of magnitude at 250 K compared to that at room temperature.

  15. Hydrogen Desorption Properties of Bulk and Nanoconfined LiBH4-NaAlH4

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    Payam Javadian

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Nanoconfinement of 2LiBH4-NaAlH4 into a mesoporous carbon aerogel scaffold with a pore size, BET surface area and total pore volume of Dmax = 30 nm, SBET = 689 m2/g and Vtot = 1.21 mL/g, respectively is investigated. Nanoconfinement of 2LiBH4-NaAlH4 facilitates a reduction in the temperature of the hydrogen release by 132 °C, compared to that of bulk 2LiBH4-NaAlH4 and the onset of hydrogen release is below 100 °C. The reversible hydrogen storage capacity is also significantly improved for the nanoconfined sample, maintaining 83% of the initial hydrogen content after three cycles compared to 47% for that of the bulk sample. During nanoconfinement, LiBH4 and NaAlH4 reacts to form LiAlH4 and NaBH4 and the final dehydrogenation products, obtained at 481 °C are LiH, LiAl, AlB2 and Al. After rehydrogenation of the nanoconfined sample at T = 400 °C and p(H2 = 126 bar, amorphous NaBH4 is recovered along with unreacted LiH, AlB2 and Al and suggests that NaBH4 is the main compound that can reversibly release and uptake hydrogen.

  16. Evaluation of Trapped Magnetic Field Properties in Superconducting MgB2 Bulk Magnets of Various Shapes by Finite Element Method

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    Hiramatsu, Y.; Otabe, E. S.; Kiuchi, M.

    The trapped magnetic field properties of superconducting MgB2 bulk magnets with various shapes such as a triangular, a quadrangular, a hexangular bulk were calculated by the Finite Elements Method (FEM). The effect for the combination of several numbers of bulks was also investigated for several kinds of shapes to obtain large area of bulk surface in spite of one large bulk. In this calculation, the simple magnetization process replaced by the field-cool magnetization was used to obtain the equivalent distribution of the magnetic field, and the thermal equation in FEM was omitted. The trapped magnetic field for the triangular bulk by FEM was compared with the experimental result. It was found that the calculated results agreed well with the experimental result. The maximum trapped magnetic field was obtained in the cylindrical shape among several kinds of shapes. The trapped magnetic field was increased by the combination of multi-bulks. It was confirmed that the trapped magnetic field of the multi-bulks was larger than that of the single bulk. The trapped magnetic field increases with increasing the number of the bulks.

  17. Development of DPD coarse-grained models: From bulk to interfacial properties

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    Solano Canchaya, José G.; Dequidt, Alain; Goujon, Florent; Malfreyt, Patrice

    2016-08-01

    A new Bayesian method was recently introduced for developing coarse-grain (CG) force fields for molecular dynamics. The CG models designed for dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) are optimized based on trajectory matching. Here we extend this method to improve transferability across thermodynamic conditions. We demonstrate the capability of the method by developing a CG model of n-pentane from constant-NPT atomistic simulations of bulk liquid phases and we apply the CG-DPD model to the calculation of the surface tension of the liquid-vapor interface over a large range of temperatures. The coexisting densities, vapor pressures, and surface tensions calculated with different CG and atomistic models are compared to experiments. Depending on the database used for the development of the potentials, it is possible to build a CG model which performs very well in the reproduction of the surface tension on the orthobaric curve.

  18. Relationships between soil moisture-holding properties and soil texture, organic matter content, and bulk density

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    Riley, H. C. F.

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    Specimens from the surface horizon and the subsoil of 62 soil horizons in Hedmark and Oppland were investigated to study how the mechanical composition of the soil, the organic matter content and the bulk density affect their porosity and air capacity and their total and available water content. Most of the specimens belonged to the loam group, and a smaller number was from sandy and silty types of soil. Equations were established to make it possible to calculate the water retention curves and the amount of available water from the above mentioned parameters. As a rule, errors derived from the equations are no greater than those which are found in similar research in other countries.

  19. Raman Spectroscopy and Magnetic Properties of Mn-Doped ZnO Bulk Single Crystal

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    HE Qing-Bo; XU Jia-Yue; LI Xin-Hua; A.Kamzin; L.Kamzina

    2007-01-01

    Mn doped ZnO bulk single crystals are grown by the modified Bridgman method.The as-grown crystals are red in colour.The additional Raman mode observed at 524 cm-1 is attributed to the Mn ions incorporating into ZnO crystal.The crystal exhibited paramagnetic under lower applied fleld below 2280 Oe.Then diamagnetism is observed in the crystal when the magnetic field rises up and becomes dorainant under applied field above 5270 Oe.The magnetic susceptibility dependence on the temperature follows a Curie law indicating a typical paramagnetic characteristic under an applied field of 2kOe.No ferromagnetic ordering is observed in the as-grown Mn-doped ZnO crystal.

  20. Microstructure and mechanical properties of a novel Zr-based bulk metallic glass composite

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    SUN Yufeng; WANG Yuren; GUO Jian; WEI Bingchen; LI Weihuo

    2005-01-01

    Zr48.5Cu46.5Al5 bulk metallic glass (BMG) composites with diameters of 3 and 4 mm were prepared through suction casting in an arc melting furnace by modulating the alloy composition around the monothetic BMG composition of the high glass forming ability. Microstructural characterization reveals that the composites contain micron-sized CuZr phase with martensite structure, as well as nano-sized Zr2Cu crystalline particles and Cu10Zr7 plate-like phase embedded in an amorphous matrix. Room temperature compression tests showed that the composites exhibited significant strain hardening and obvious plastic strain of 7.7% for 3 mm and 6.4% for 4 mm diameter samples, respectively.

  1. Microstructure and mechanical properties of bulk highly faulted fcc/hcp nanostructured cobalt microstructures

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    Barry, Aliou Hamady [Université Paris 13, Sorbonne Paris Cité, LSPM CNRS UPR 3407, 93430 Villetaneuse (France); Laboratoire Chimie des Matériaux, Département de Chimie, Faculté des Sciences et Technique, Université de Nouakchott (Mauritania, Islamic Republic of); Dirras, Guy, E-mail: dirras@unv-paris13.fr [Université Paris 13, Sorbonne Paris Cité, LSPM CNRS UPR 3407, 93430 Villetaneuse (France); Schoenstein, Frederic; Tétard, Florent; Jouini, Noureddine [Université Paris 13, Sorbonne Paris Cité, LSPM CNRS UPR 3407, 93430 Villetaneuse (France)

    2014-05-01

    Nanostructured cobalt powders with an average particle size of 50 nm were synthesized using a polyol method and subsequently consolidated by spark plasma sintering (SPS). SPS experiments performed at 650 °C with sintering times ranging from 5 to 45 min under a pressure of 100 MPa, yielded to dense bulk nanostructured cobalt (relative density greater than 97%). X-ray diffraction patterns of the as-prepared powders showed only a face centered cubic (fcc) crystalline phase, whereas the consolidated samples exhibited a mixture of both fcc and hexagonal close packed (hcp) phases. Transmission electron microscopy observations revealed a lamellar substructure with a high density of nanotwins and stacking faults in every grain of the sintered samples. Room temperature compression tests, carried out at a strain rate of 10{sup −3} s{sup −1}, yielded to highest strain to fracture values of up to 5% for sample of holding time of 15 min, which exhibited a yield strength of 1440 MPa, an ultimate strength as high as 1740 MPa and a Young's modulus of 205 GPa. The modulus of elasticity obtained from the nanoindentation tests, ranges from 181 to 218 GPa. The lowest modulus value of 181 GPa was obtained for the sample with the highest sintering time (45 min), which could be related to mass density loss as a consequence of trapped gases releasing. - Highlights: • Co nanopowder (50 nm) was prepared by reduction in polyol medium. • SPS was used to process bulk nanostructured Co specimens. • Microstructures were made of intricate fcc/hcp, along with nanotwins and SFs. • High strengths and moderate compressive ductility were obtained. • Deformation mechanisms related to complex interplay of different length scales.

  2. Chemical and Physical Properties of Bulk Aerosols within Four Sectors Observed during TRACE-P

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    Jordan, C. E.; Anderson, B. E.; Talbot, R. W.; Dibb, J. E.; Fuelberg, E.; Hudgins, C. H.; Kiley, C. M.; Russo, R.; Scheuer, E.; Seid, G.

    2003-01-01

    Chemical and physical aerosol data collected on the DC-8 during TRACE-P were grouped into four sectors based on back trajectories. The four sectors represent long-range transport from the west (WSW), regional circulation over the western Pacific and Southeast Asia (SE Asia), polluted transport from Northern Asia with substantial sea salt at low altitudes (NNW) and a substantial amount of dust (Channel). WSW has generally low mixing ratios at both middle and high altitudes, with the bulk of the aerosol mass due to non-sea-salt water-soluble inorganic species. Low altitude SE Asia also has low mean mixing ratios in general, with the majority of the aerosol mass comprised of non-sea-salts, however, soot is also relatively important m this region. "w had the highest mean sea salt mixing ratios, with the aerosol mass at low altitudes (a km) evenly divided between sea salts, mm-sea-salts, and dust. The highest mean mixing ratios of water-soluble ions and soot were observed at the lowest altitudes (a km) in the Channel sector. The bulk of the aerosol mass exported from Asia emanates h m Channel at both low and midaltitudes, due to the prevalence of dust compared to other sectors. Number densities show enhanced fine particles for Channel and NNW, while their volume distributions are enhanced due to sea salt and dust Low-altitude Channel exhibits the highest condensation nuclei ((34) number densities along with enhanced scattering coefficients, compared to the other sectors. At midaltitudes (2-7 km), low mean CN number densities coupled with a high proportion of nonvolatile particles (265%) observed in polluted sectors (Channel and NNW) are attributed to wet scavenging which removes hygroscopic CN particles. Low single scatter albedo m SE Asia reflects enhanced soot

  3. Bulk and surface properties of demixing liquid Al-Sn and Sn-Tl alloys

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    Odusote, Y. A.; Popoola, A. I.; Oluyamo, S. S.

    2016-02-01

    The energetics of mixing in Al-Sn and Sn-Tl-segregating binary alloys has been explained through the study of surface properties (surface concentrations and surface tension) and various concentration-dependent thermodynamic (free energy of mixing, entropy of mixing and enthalpy of mixing) and transport (chemical diffusion) properties as well as the microscopic functions (concentration fluctuations in the long-wavelength limits and chemical short-range order parameter) using a statistical mechanical theory in conjunction with the self-association model (SAM). The theoretical property values obtained by the SAM were compared to the corresponding experimental values available in literature.

  4. Force transmission in cohesive granular media

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    Radjai, Farhang; Topin, Vincent; Richefeu, Vincent; Voivret, Charles; Delenne, Jean-Yves; Azéma, Emilien; El Youssoufi, Said

    2010-05-01

    We use numerical simulations to investigate force and stress transmission in cohesive granular media covering a wide class of materials encountered in nature and industrial processing. The cohesion results either from capillary bridges between particles or from the presence of a solid binding matrix filling fully or partially the interstitial space. The liquid bonding is treated by implementing a capillary force law within a debonding distance between particles and simulated by the discrete element method. The solid binding matrix is treated by means of the Lattice Element Method (LEM) based on a lattice-type discretization of the particles and matrix. Our data indicate that the exponential fall-off of strong compressive forces is a generic feature of both cohesive and noncohesive granular media both for liquid and solid bonding. The tensile forces exhibit a similar decreasing exponential distribution, suggesting that this form basically reflects granular disorder. This is consistent with the finding that not only the contact forces but also the stress components in the bulk of the particles and matrix, accessible from LEM simulations in the case of solid bonding, show an exponential fall-off. We also find that the distribution of weak compressive forces is sensitive to packing anisotropy, particle shape and particle size distribution. In the case of wet packings, we analyze the self-equilibrated forces induced by liquid bonds and show that the positive and negative particle pressures form a bi-percolating structure.

  5. Dominance of interface chemistry over the bulk properties in determining the electronic structure of epitaxial metal/perovskite oxide heterojunctions

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    Chambers, Scott A.; Du, Yingge; Gu, Meng; Droubay, Timothy C.; Hepplestone, Steven; Sushko, Petr

    2015-06-09

    We show that despite very similar crystallographic properties and work function values in the bulk, epitaxial Fe and Cr metallizations on Nb:SrTiO3(001) generate completely different heterojunction electronic properties. Cr is Ohmic whereas Fe forms a Schottky barrier with a barrier height of 0.50 eV. This contrast arises because of differences in interface chemistry. In contrast to Cr [Chambers, S. A. et al., Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 4001.], Fe exhibits a +2 oxidation state and occupies Ti sites in the perovskite lattice, resulting in negligible charge transfer to Ti, upward band bending, and Schottky barrier formation. The differences between Cr and Fe are understood by performing first-principles calculations of the energetics of defect formation which corroborate the observed interface chemistry and structure.

  6. Onset of Stationary Flows of a Cohesive Granular Material in a Channel

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    de Ryck, A.; Louisnard, O.

    The handling of bulk materials and powders in process engineering remains an important issue. To obtain reliable gravitational flows, starting and remaining stationary, the hoppers and transport channels must be designed at a scale appropriate for the friction and cohesive properties of the granular material. To describe such dense flows (the interaction with the surrounding ambient fluid is negligible compared to the weight of the particles and interparticles forces), they can be modelled by continuum mechanics, associated with a constitutive equation taking into account the friction behaviour (Mohr-Coulomb or Druger-Prager plasticity criterion). We use here the rheology proposed by Jop et al. (Nature 441: 727-730, 2006) which combines this with an associated flow rule (co-linearity of the stress and strain tensors) (Jenike, Powder Technol. 50: 229-236, 1987) and a viscous dependency of the coefficient of friction on the strain (Da Cruz et al., Phys. Rev. E 72: 021309, 2005).Using the method of characteristics to describe the flow structure (de Ryck, Granular Matter 10: 361-367, 2008), we deduce the minimal slope to obtain a stationary flow of cohesive granular materials on a finite width channel, whose lateral walls are rough or smooth. We also obtain the depth of the flow (maximal at the centre of the channel). In the case of weak cohesive materials, these results are formulated with simple analytical expressions.

  7. The tool for the automatic analysis of text cohesion (TAACO): Automatic assessment of local, global, and text cohesion.

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    Crossley, Scott A; Kyle, Kristopher; McNamara, Danielle S

    2016-12-01

    This study introduces the Tool for the Automatic Analysis of Cohesion (TAACO), a freely available text analysis tool that is easy to use, works on most operating systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux), is housed on a user's hard drive (rather than having an Internet interface), allows for the batch processing of text files, and incorporates over 150 classic and recently developed indices related to text cohesion. The study validates TAACO by investigating how its indices related to local, global, and overall text cohesion can predict expert judgments of text coherence and essay quality. The findings of this study provide predictive validation of TAACO and support the notion that expert judgments of text coherence and quality are either negatively correlated or not predicted by local and overall text cohesion indices, but are positively predicted by global indices of cohesion. Combined, these findings provide supporting evidence that coherence for expert raters is a property of global cohesion and not of local cohesion, and that expert ratings of text quality are positively related to global cohesion.

  8. Competition and social cohesion

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    Mario Libertini

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available "Competition" and "social cohesion" are both protected by E.U. and Italian laws. The author moves from the analysis of the meaning of these two concepts, in order to reflect on their compatibility and the way to conciliate them. The central problem - in the opinion of the Author - is to abandon the myth of spontaneous markets' order and to rebuild a political order able to maintain and support, as far as possible, the competitive market economy, but also to govern economic processes in critical moments and situations.

  9. Review of Cohesion in Indexing

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    Hasan Ashrafi Rizi

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Indexers often disagree on judging terms that best reflect the content of a document. Difference of opinion highlights one of the characteristics of indexing which is indexing cohesion. Also known as consistency, little study of the subject matter has been undertaken in the past few years. However, its importance has been recently acknowledged in effective information retrieval and expansion of access points to the document content. The present paper investigates cohesion in indexing. In addition of presenting the definitions offered by experts, it takes note of the factors influencing indexing cohesion. Methods for measuring cohesion are offered.

  10. Thermoelectric Properties of Mg2Si1-xSnx Synthesized by Bulk Mechanical Alloying

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    SONG Ren-bo; LIU Ya-zheng; Tatsuhiko AIZAWA

    2006-01-01

    Bulk mechanical alloying (BMA) has been successfully applied to solid-state synthesis of p-type and n-type thermoelectric materials Mg2Si1-xSnx (x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1) from element-powders at the room temperature in a relatively short time. The electrical conductivity, the Seebeck coefficient and the thermal conductivity of the Mg2Si1-xSnx are quite sensitive to the x-content. With the x-content rising, the electrical conductivity increases. When x = 0.6, it reaches the lowest and Mg2Si shows an n-type of semi-conducting. However, when x = 0.2 and T>525 K, the Seebeck coefficient of the samples will change the opposite way. While x≥0.4, the samples present a p-type of semi-conducting. The figure of merit, Z of Mg2Si1-xSnx will be obtained in the range from 300 K to 700 K. When x = 0.6, Z proves to be higher than that of other samples at 300 K≤T≤650 K.

  11. Preparation and Properties of Mg-Cu-Y-Al bulk Amorphous Alloys

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    Pryds, Nini; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Ohnuma, M.

    2000-01-01

    measurements to be 60-150 K/s, in agreement with estimates from the literature. The Vickers hardness (Hv) of the amorphous material for y = 2% is higher (similar to 360 kg/mm(2)) than for y = 0 (similar to 290 kg/mm(2)). On crystallisation the hardness of the latter material increases to the 400 kg/mm(2) level......Bulk amorphous (Mg(1-gamma)Al(gamma))(60)CU(30)Y(10) alloys were prepared using a relatively simple technique of rapid cooling of the melt in a copper wedge mould. The temperature vs, time was recorded during the cooling and solidification process of the melt and compared with a spacial...... and temporal numerical simulation of that process. It is concluded that good thermal contact is maintained between the amorphous part of the solidified sample and the mould, while a rather poor contact develops between the crystalline part of the sample and the mould, probably due to the appearance of a narrow...

  12. Mechanical properties of high dense coal fly-ash bulk materials by plasma spark sintering (SPS)

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    Kaneko, G.; Hasezaki, K.; Nakashita, A.; Kakuda, H. [Shimane University, Shimane (Japan). Dept. of Material Science

    2008-10-15

    Coal fly-ash bulk materials were prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS). The as-received coal fly ash produced by Misumi Power Station (The Chugoku Electric Power Co. Inc.), had an average particle size of 19 mm and contained about 2% carbon from unburned coal. The sintering temperature was 1273 K for 10 min. The mass density of the sintered compact was 2.4 x 103 kg/m{sup 3}. After three-point flexural testing of the compact, the average flexural strength and Young's modulus were 25.6 MPa and 23.0 GPa, respectively. From the flexural strength, the Weibull modulus was found to be m = 6.13, indicating that the compact was a typical ceramics. Fractographic examination indicated that in all specimens the fracture origin was located on the bottom surface and was not an intrinsic flaw. Vickers indentation test showed that the fracture toughness was 0.61 MPa.m{sup 0.5} and the calculated critical flaw size c{sub 0}, was 0.18 mm. This c{sub 0} value was larger than that of the voids and the unburned carbon at the fracture surface. It is noteworthy that the mechanical strength of the sintered compact was not affected by the voids and unburned carbon.

  13. Mechanical Properties, Damage and Fracture Mechanisms of Bulk Metallic Glass Materials

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    2007-01-01

    The deformation, damage, fracture, plasticity and melting phenomenon induced by shear fracture were investigated and summarized for Zr-, Cu-, Ti- and Mg-based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) and their composites. The shear fracture angles of these BMG materials often display obvious differences under compression and tension,and follow either the Mohr-Coulomb criterion or the unified tensile fracture criterion. The compressive plasticity of the composites is always higher than the tensile plasticity, leading to a significant inconsistency. The enhanced plasticity of BMG composites containing ductile dendrites compared to monolithic glasses strongly depends on the details of the microstructure of the composites. A deformation and damage mechanism of pseudo-plasticity, related to local cracking, is proposed to explain the inconsistency of plastic deformation under tension and compression. Besides, significant melting on the shear fracture surfaces was observed. It is suggested that melting is a common phenomenon in these materials with high strength and high elastic energy, as it is typical for BMGs and their composites failing under shear fracture. The melting mechanism can be explained by a combined effect of a significant temperature rise in the shear bands and the instantaneous release of the large amount of elastic energy stored in the material.

  14. Document Cohesion Flow: Striving towards Coherence

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    Crossley, Scott; Dascalu, Mihai; Trausan-Matu, Stefan; Allen, Laura; McNamara, Danielle

    2016-01-01

    Text cohesion is an important element of discourse processing. This paper presents a new approach to modeling, quantifying, and visualizing text cohesion using automated cohesion flow indices that capture semantic links among paragraphs. Cohesion flow is calculated by applying Cohesion Network

  15. Document Cohesion Flow: Striving towards Coherence

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    Crossley, Scott; Dascalu, Mihai; Trausan-Matu, Stefan; Allen, Laura; McNamara, Danielle

    2016-01-01

    Text cohesion is an important element of discourse processing. This paper presents a new approach to modeling, quantifying, and visualizing text cohesion using automated cohesion flow indices that capture semantic links among paragraphs. Cohesion flow is calculated by applying Cohesion Network Analy

  16. Leadership, cohesion and groupthink

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    Iurchevici Iulia

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The Groupthink Phenomenon refers to the tendency of the members of a group to reach solidarity and cohesion, the trend that makes to bypass any questions which would lead to disputes. In such cases, if the members expect counter-arguments regarding a certain issue, they avoid to raise the matter. If it is believed that a question cannot be answered – it isn’t asked. Originally, Janis the author of the term, explains this process through the environment that has been established within groups that are in the leading position, but later, puts a strong emphasis towards the tendency to maintain the unanimity of the decision of the group. As preceding conditions of this decision-making process are listed the following: the high cohesion of the group, its isolation from other external sources of information, the lack of an impartial leadership, lack of appropriate legal framework and procedures in the decision - making process, and also “homogeneity of members, background and their ideology”. The Groupthink is manifested by: Illusion of Invulnerability, Collective Rationalization, Illusion of morality, Out – Group Stereotypes, Strong pressures towards conformism, Self – Censorship, Illusions of unanimity, and the presence of “Mind Guards”. In order to understand the decisions of a group, it is important that some analysis of Groupthink to be done, because in this way, can be controlled or eliminated the communicational distortion that occurs at a time among members forming these groups.

  17. Numerical evaluation of bulk material properties of dental composites using two-phase finite element models.

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    Li, Jianying; Li, Haiyan; Fok, Alex S L; Watts, David C

    2012-09-01

    The aim of this study was to numerically evaluate the effects of filler contents and resin properties on the material properties of dental composites utilizing realistic 3D micromechanical finite element models. 3D micromechanical finite element models of dental composites containing irregular fillers with non-uniform sizes were created based on a large-scale, surrogate mixture fabricated from irregularly shaped stones and casting resin. The surrogate mixture was first scanned with a micro-CT scanner, and the images reassembled to produce a 3D finite element model. Different filler fractions were achieved by adjusting the matrix volume while keeping the fillers unchanged. Polymerization shrinkage, Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio and viscosity of the model composites were predicted using the finite element models, and their dependence on the filler fraction and material properties of the resin matrix were considered. Comparison of the numerical predictions with available experimental data and analytical models from the literature was performed. Increased filler fraction resulted in lower material shrinkage, higher Young's modulus, lower Poisson's ratio and higher viscosity in the composite. Predicted shrinkage and Young's modulus agreed well with the experimental data and analytical predictions. The McGee-McCullough model best fit the shrinkage and Young's modulus predicted by the finite element method. However, a new parameter, used as the exponent of the filler fraction, had to be introduced to the McGee-McCullough model to better match the predicted viscosity and Poisson's ratio with those from the finite element analysis. Realistic micro-structural finite element models were successfully applied to study the effects of filler fraction and matrix properties on a wide range of mechanical properties of dental composites with irregular fillers. The results can be used to direct the design of such materials to achieve the desired mechanical properties. Published by

  18. Chemical and physical properties of bulk aerosols within four sectors observed during TRACE-P

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    Jordan, C. E.; Anderson, B. E.; Talbot, R. W.; Dibb, J. E.; Fuelberg, H. E.; Hudgins, C. H.; Kiley, C. M.; Russo, R.; Scheuer, E.; Seid, G.; Thornhill, K. L.; Winstead, E.

    2003-11-01

    Chemical and physical aerosol data collected on the DC-8 during TRACE-P were grouped into four sectors based on back trajectories. The four sectors represent long-range transport from the west (WSW), regional circulation over the western Pacific and Southeast Asia (SE Asia), polluted transport from northern Asia with substantial sea salt at low altitudes (NNW) and a substantial amount of dust (Channel). WSW has generally low mixing ratios at both middle and high altitudes, with the bulk of the aerosol mass due to non-sea-salt water-soluble inorganic species. Low altitude SE Asia also has low mean mixing ratios in general, with the majority of the aerosol mass comprised of non-sea-salts, however, soot is also relatively important in this region. NNW had the highest mean sea salt mixing ratios, with the aerosol mass at low altitudes (Asia emanates from Channel at both low and midaltitudes, due to the prevalence of dust compared to other sectors. Number densities show enhanced fine particles for Channel and NNW, while their volume distributions are enhanced due to sea salt and dust. Low-altitude Channel exhibits the highest condensation nuclei (CN) number densities along with enhanced scattering coefficients, compared to the other sectors. At midaltitudes (2-7 km), low mean CN number densities coupled with a high proportion of nonvolatile particles (≥65%) observed in polluted sectors (Channel and NNW) are attributed to wet scavenging which removes hygroscopic CN particles. Low single scatter albedo in SE Asia reflects enhanced soot.

  19. Structure and magnetic properties of bulk nanocrystalline Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets prepared by hot pressing and hot deformation

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    SONG Jie; YUE Ming; ZUO Jianhua; ZHANG Zirui; LIU Weiqiang; ZHANG Dongtao; ZHANG Jiuxing

    2013-01-01

    Structure and magnetic properties were studied for bulk nanocrystalline Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets that were prepared at 650 ℃ for 3 min under 300 MPa using the SPS-3.20-MK-V sintering machine and the hot pressed magnets were then submitted to hot deformation with height reduction of 50%,60%,70%,80%,and 85%.Effects of height reduction (HR) and deformation temperature on the structure and magnetic properties of the magnets were investigated.The crystal structure was evaluated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the microstructure was observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM).The magnetic properties of the magnets were investigated by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM).As the height reduction increased,the remanence (Br) of the magnets increased first,peaks at 1.3 T with HR=60%,then decreased again,and the coercivity (Hci) of the magnets decreased monotonically.On the other hand,as the deformation temperature increased,the Br of the magnets increased first,peaks at 1.36 T with HR=60%,then decreased again,and the Hci of the magnets decreased monotonically.Under optimal conditions,the hot deformed magnet possessed excellent magnetic properties as Br=l.36 T,Hci=1143 kA/m,and (BH)max=370 kJ/m3,suggesting the good potential of the magnets in practical applications.

  20. Preparation, Electrochemical Property and Application in Bulk-modified Electrode of Dawson-type Phosphomolybdate-doped Polypyrrole Composite Nanoparticles

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    2006-01-01

    A kind of inorganic-organic hybrid semiconductor composite nanoparticles: Dawson-type phosphomolybdatedoped polypyrrole (P2Mo18-PPy) was designed and prepared using microemulsion oxidation-polymerization at room temperature and characterized by TEM and IR. The P2Mo18-PPy was used as a bulk-modifier to fabricate a chemically modified carbon paste electrode(CPE) by direct mixing, which represents the example of polyoxometalates (POMs)-doped semiconductor polymer nanoparticles modified electrode. Both the advantage of POMs-doped polymer and the surface-renewal property of the CPE were fully utilized. The electrochemical behavior of the P2Mo18-PPy bulk-modified CPE(P2Mo18-PPy-CPE) was investigated with cyclic voltammetry. Three couples of reversible redox peaks were observed in the range from + 800 to 0 mV, which corresponded to the reduction and oxidation through two-, four- and six-electron processes, respectively. The P2Mo18-PPY-CPE showed a high electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of nitrite, which expanded the application of POMs-doped semiconductor polymer nanoparticles.

  1. THE EFFECT OF THE PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF PARTICLES OF BULK-BLENDED FERTILIZERS ON SEGREGATION BY CONING

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    Silva G.A. da

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available Bulk blending is a way to produce compound fertilizers in which the different nutrients are present in different particles. Due to the heterogeneous composition of bulk blends, particle segregation, when it occurs, is a serious problem to the fertilizer producer, as well as to the farmer. Free fall is one of the main types of particle movement to promote segregation. The physical properties of the particles that potentially affect the tendency to segregate the most are size, density and shape. The main objective of this work is to study the influence of size and density of particles and distance of fall on segregation due to free fall. It was found that particle size is the most important physical characteristic to affect segregation; the greater the difference in particle size, the greater the segregation. Free fall is an important mechanical factor affecting segregation; the greater the distance of fall, the greater the segregation. No evidence of the influence of particle density on segregation was found

  2. Social Cohesion and Voluntary Associations

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    Heuser, Brian L.

    2005-01-01

    Voluntary organizations exert great influence over how social norms and ethical codes are guided into action. As such, they have a significant impact on societal levels of social cohesion. Although social capital involves generalized trust becoming manifest as spontaneous sociability, social cohesion is determined by how that sociability is…

  3. Trapped magnetic-field properties of prototype for Gd-Ba-Cu-O/MgB2 hybrid-type superconducting bulk magnet

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    Naito, Tomoyuki; Mochizuki, Hidehiko; Fujishiro, Hiroyuki; Teshima, Hidekazu

    2016-03-01

    We have studied experimentally and numerically the trapped magnetic-field properties of a hybrid-type superconducting bulk magnet, which comprised an inner Gd-Ba-Cu-O (GdBCO) disk-bulk and an outer MgB2 ring-bulk, under field-cooled magnetization (FCM) and pulsed-field magnetization (PFM). The trapped field by FCM at the center of the hybrid bulk was 4.5 T at 20 K, which was 0.2 T higher than that of the inner GdBCO disk-bulk without MgB2 ring-bulk. The experimental results by FCM were quantitatively reproduced by the numerical estimations for a model, which makes it possible to understand the trapped field properties of the hybrid bulk. The total magnetic flux by FCM, which was estimated numerically, was enhanced by about 1.7 times from 0.91 mWb of the single GdBCO bulk to 1.53 mWb of the hybrid bulk. We also succeeded in magnetizing the whole hybrid bulk by applying multi-pulsed-fields. The central trapped field of 1.88 T was not enhanced, but the total magnetic flux, which was obtained experimentally, was evidently increased by 2.5 times (0.25 \\to 0.62 mWb) for the hybrid bulk. The obtained results suggest that the hybridization is effective to enhance the total magnetic flux. To confirm the reinforcing effect of the MgB2 ring to the GdBCO disk during the cooling and magnetization processes, we have measured the thermal dilatation, {\\text{}}{dL}({\\text{}}T)/{\\text{}}L(300 K), of the GdBCO, MgB2 and stainless steel. As a result, the thermal dilatation of MgB2 was smaller than that of GdBCO. MgB2 ring-bulk shows no compression effect to resist the hoop stress of the GdBCO disk-bulk during the FCM process. The reinforcing material such as the stainless steel ring must be set outside the GdBCO disk-bulk.

  4. Electronic properties of Mn-phthalocyanine–C{sub 60} bulk heterojunctions: Combining photoemission and electron energy-loss spectroscopy

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    Roth, Friedrich [Center for Free-Electron Laser Science/DESY, Notkestraße 85, D-22607 Hamburg (Germany); Herzig, Melanie; Knupfer, Martin [FW Dresden, P.O. Box 270116, D-01171 Dresden (Germany); Lupulescu, Cosmin [Institute of Optics and Atomic Physics, TU Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, D-10623 Berlin (Germany); Darlatt, Erik; Gottwald, Alexander [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Abbestraße 2-12, D-10587 Berlin (Germany); Eberhardt, Wolfgang [Center for Free-Electron Laser Science/DESY, Notkestraße 85, D-22607 Hamburg (Germany); Institute of Optics and Atomic Physics, TU Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, D-10623 Berlin (Germany)

    2015-11-14

    The electronic properties of co-evaporated mixtures (blends) of manganese phthalocyanine and the fullerene C{sub 60} (MnPc:C{sub 60}) have been studied as a function of the concentration of the two constituents using two supplementary electron spectroscopic methods, photoemission spectroscopy (PES) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) in transmission. Our PES measurements provide a detailed picture of the electronic structure measured with different excitation energies as well as different mixing ratios between MnPc and C{sub 60}. Besides a relative energy shift, the occupied electronic states of the two materials remain essentially unchanged. The observed energy level alignment is different compared to that of the related CuPc:C{sub 60} bulk heterojunction. Moreover, the results from our EELS investigations show that, despite the rather small interface interaction, the MnPc related electronic excitation spectrum changes significantly by admixing C{sub 60} to MnPc thin films.

  5. Electronic properties of Mn-phthalocyanine-C60 bulk heterojunctions: Combining photoemission and electron energy-loss spectroscopy

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    Roth, Friedrich; Herzig, Melanie; Lupulescu, Cosmin; Darlatt, Erik; Gottwald, Alexander; Knupfer, Martin; Eberhardt, Wolfgang

    2015-11-01

    The electronic properties of co-evaporated mixtures (blends) of manganese phthalocyanine and the fullerene C60 (MnPc:C60) have been studied as a function of the concentration of the two constituents using two supplementary electron spectroscopic methods, photoemission spectroscopy (PES) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) in transmission. Our PES measurements provide a detailed picture of the electronic structure measured with different excitation energies as well as different mixing ratios between MnPc and C60. Besides a relative energy shift, the occupied electronic states of the two materials remain essentially unchanged. The observed energy level alignment is different compared to that of the related CuPc:C60 bulk heterojunction. Moreover, the results from our EELS investigations show that, despite the rather small interface interaction, the MnPc related electronic excitation spectrum changes significantly by admixing C60 to MnPc thin films.

  6. Enhanced Mechanical Properties of MgZnCa Bulk Metallic Glass Composites with Ti-Particle Dispersion

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    Pei Chun Wong

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Rod samples of Mg60Zn35Ca5 bulk metallic glass composites (BMGCs dispersed with Ti particles have been successfully fabricated via injection casting. The glass forming ability (GFA and the mechanical properties of these Mg-based BMGCs have been systematically investigated as a function of the volume fraction (Vf of Ti particles. The results showed that the compressive ductility increased with Vf. The mechanical performance of these BMGCs, with up to 5.4% compressive failure strain and 1187 MPa fracture strength at room temperature, can be obtained for the Mg-based BMGCs with 50 vol % Ti particles, suggesting that these dispersed Ti particles can absorb the energy of the crack propagations and can induce branches of the primary shear band into multiple secondary shear bands. It follows that further propagation of the shear band is blocked, enhancing the overall plasticity.

  7. Implications of Surface and Bulk Properties of Abutment Implants and Their Degradation in the Health of Periodontal Tissue

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    Erica Dorigatti de Avila

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the current review was to investigate the implications of the surface and bulk properties of abutment implants and their degradation in relation to periodontal health. The success of dental implants is no longer a challenge for dentistry. The scientific literature presents several types of implants that are specific for each case. However, in cases of prosthetics components, such as abutments, further research is needed to improve the materials used to avoid bacterial adhesion and enhance contact with epithelial cells. The implanted surfaces of the abutments are composed of chemical elements that may degrade under different temperatures or be damaged by the forces applied onto them. This study showed that the resulting release of such chemical elements could cause inflammation in the periodontal tissue. At the same time, the surface characteristics can be altered, thus favoring biofilm development and further increasing the inflammation. Finally, if not treated, this inflammation can cause the loss of the implant.

  8. A novel in situ device based on a bionic piezoelectric actuator to study tensile and fatigue properties of bulk materials

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    Wang, Shupeng; Zhang, Zhihui; Ren, Luquan; Zhao, Hongwei; Liang, Yunhong; Zhu, Bing

    2014-06-01

    In this work, a miniaturized device based on a bionic piezoelectric actuator was developed to investigate the static tensile and dynamic fatigue properties of bulk materials. The device mainly consists of a bionic stepping piezoelectric actuator based on wedge block clamping, a pair of grippers, and a set of precise signal test system. Tensile and fatigue examinations share a set of driving system and a set of signal test system. In situ tensile and fatigue examinations under scanning electron microscope or metallographic microscope could be carried out due to the miniaturized dimensions of the device. The structure and working principle of the device were discussed and the effects of output difference between two piezoelectric stacks on the device were theoretically analyzed. The tensile and fatigue examinations on ordinary copper were carried out using this device and its feasibility was verified through the comparison tests with a commercial tensile examination instrument.

  9. Comparison of Electronic and Optical Properties of GaN Monolayer and Bulk Structure: a First Principle Study

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    Imran, Muhammad; Hussain, Fayyaz; Rashid, Muhammad; Ullah, Hafeez; Sattar, Atif; Iqbal, Faisal; Ahmad, Ejaz

    2016-03-01

    The semiconducting two-dimensional (2D) architectures materials have potential applications in electronics and optics. The design and search of new 2D materials have attracted extensive attention recently. In this study, first principle calculation has been done on 2D gallium nitride (GaN) monolayer with respect to its formation and binding energies. The electronic and optical properties are also investigated. It is found that the single isolated GaN sheet is forming mainly ionic GaN bonds despite a slightly weaker GaN interaction as compared with its bulk counterpart. The dielectric constant value of 2D GaN is smaller as compared to 3D GaN due to less effective electronic screening effect in the layer, which is accompanied by lesser optical adsorption range and suggested to be a promising candidate in electronic and optoelectronic devices.

  10. A novel in situ device based on a bionic piezoelectric actuator to study tensile and fatigue properties of bulk materials

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    Wang, Shupeng; Zhang, Zhihui, E-mail: zhzh@jlu.edu.cn; Ren, Luquan; Liang, Yunhong [The Key Laboratory of Engineering Bionics (Ministry of Education) and the College of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Jilin University (Nanling Campus), 5988 Renmin Street, Changchun 130025 (China); Zhao, Hongwei [College of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Jilin University (Nanling Campus), 5988 Renmin Street, Changchun 130025 (China); Zhu, Bing [College of Automotive Engineering, Jilin University (Nanling Campus), 5988 Renmin Street, Changchun 130025 (China)

    2014-06-15

    In this work, a miniaturized device based on a bionic piezoelectric actuator was developed to investigate the static tensile and dynamic fatigue properties of bulk materials. The device mainly consists of a bionic stepping piezoelectric actuator based on wedge block clamping, a pair of grippers, and a set of precise signal test system. Tensile and fatigue examinations share a set of driving system and a set of signal test system. In situ tensile and fatigue examinations under scanning electron microscope or metallographic microscope could be carried out due to the miniaturized dimensions of the device. The structure and working principle of the device were discussed and the effects of output difference between two piezoelectric stacks on the device were theoretically analyzed. The tensile and fatigue examinations on ordinary copper were carried out using this device and its feasibility was verified through the comparison tests with a commercial tensile examination instrument.

  11. A novel in situ device based on a bionic piezoelectric actuator to study tensile and fatigue properties of bulk materials.

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    Wang, Shupeng; Zhang, Zhihui; Ren, Luquan; Zhao, Hongwei; Liang, Yunhong; Zhu, Bing

    2014-06-01

    In this work, a miniaturized device based on a bionic piezoelectric actuator was developed to investigate the static tensile and dynamic fatigue properties of bulk materials. The device mainly consists of a bionic stepping piezoelectric actuator based on wedge block clamping, a pair of grippers, and a set of precise signal test system. Tensile and fatigue examinations share a set of driving system and a set of signal test system. In situ tensile and fatigue examinations under scanning electron microscope or metallographic microscope could be carried out due to the miniaturized dimensions of the device. The structure and working principle of the device were discussed and the effects of output difference between two piezoelectric stacks on the device were theoretically analyzed. The tensile and fatigue examinations on ordinary copper were carried out using this device and its feasibility was verified through the comparison tests with a commercial tensile examination instrument.

  12. Tuning the Properties of Polymer Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells by Adjusting Fullerene Size to Control Intercalation

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    Cates, Nichole C.

    2009-12-09

    We demonstrate that intercalation of fullerene derivatives between the side chains of conjugated polymers can be controlled by adjusting the fullerene size and compare the properties of intercalated and nonintercalated poly(2,5-bis(3-hexadecylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (pBTTT):fullerene blends. The intercalated blends, which exhibit optimal solar-cell performance at 1:4 polymer:fullerene by weight, have better photoluminescence quenching and lower absorption than the nonintercalated blends, which optimize at 1:1. Understanding how intercalation affects performance will enable more effective design of polymer:fullerene solar cells. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  13. Static and Dynamical Properties of Ferroelectrics and Related Materials in Bulk and Nanostructure Forms

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    Gui, Zhigang

    Ferroelectrics (FE) and multiferroics (MFE) have attracted a lot of attentions due to their rich and novel properties. Studies towards FE and MFE are of both fundamental and technological importance. We use a first-principles-based effective Hamiltonian method, conventional ab-initio packages and linear-scale three-dimension fragment method to investigate several important issues about FE and MFE. Tuning the properties of FE and MFE films are essential for miniaturized device applications, which can be realized through epitaxial strain and growth direction. In this dissertation, we use the effective Hamiltonian method to study (i) BaTiO3 films grown along the (110) pseudocubic direction on various substrates, (ii) BaTiO3 films grown on a single substrate along directions varying from [001] to [110] via [111] pseudocubic direction. Optimized physical responses or curie temperatures are found along some special directions or under epitaxial strain of certain range. FE and MFE nanostructures are shown to possess electrical vortices (known as one type topological defect), which have the potential to be used in new memory devices. However, the dynamic mechanism behind them is barely known. We use the effective Hamiltonian method to reveal that there exists a distinct mode which is shown to be responsible for the formation of the electrical vortices and in the THz region. Spin-canted magnetic structures are commonly seen in MFE, which results in the coexistence of two or more magnetic order parameters in the same structure. Understanding the physics behind such coupled magnetic order parameters is of obvious benefit for the sake of control of the magnetic properties of such systems. We employ both the effective Hamiltonian and ab-initio methods to derive and prove there is a universal law that explicitly correlates various magnetic order parameters with the different types of oxygen octahedra rotations. FE or MFE possessing electrical vortices are experimentally shown to

  14. Structural and thermal properties of Cu-Hf-Ti bulk amorphous alloys

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    Rontó, V.; Nagy, E.; Svéda, M.; Roósz, A.; Tranta, F.

    2009-01-01

    Cu-Hf-Ti amorphous alloys are high strength and wear resistant materials. Master alloys of Cu57.5Hf27.5Ti15 and Cu57.5Hf25Ti17.5 ternary alloys have been prepared by arc melting, and wedge and rod shaped samples have been cast by centrifugal casting. Liquidus and solidus temperatures of the alloys were determined by DTA. The fully amorphous size was determined by X-ray diffraction. Thermodynamic properties of the amorphous alloys were studied by DSC measurements and Kissinger analyses were performed.

  15. Chemical bulk properties of multicrystalline silicon ingots for solar cells cast in silicon nitride crucibles

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    Modanese, C.; Di Sabatino, M.; Syvertsen, M.; Arnberg, L.

    2012-09-01

    Silicon nitride is an alternative material to the widely used silica crucibles for directional solidification of mc-Si ingots, its main advantages being the reusability in successive castings and elimination for a source for oxygen contamination of the ingot. In this work, several ingots were cast in these crucibles and compared to reference ingots cast in silica crucibles. The thermal properties of the Si3N4 crucible differ from those of the SiO2 crucible and lead to a different thermal history during melting and casting. The oxygen contamination of the ingot was observed to depend mainly on the melting and holding temperature, rather than on the crucible material. The lowest oxygen concentration was observed in the ingots with the lowest melting temperature. However, the thermal properties of the Si3N4 crucible influence the oxygen profile along ingot height, with a faster decrease in the concentration with increasing ingot height. This is believed to be due to a different mechanism for oxygen transport compared to that of the silica crucibles. The concentration of dopants in the ingots showed that contamination from the Si3N4 crucible occurred, probably due to diffusion of B- and P-oxides into the Si melt.

  16. An analytical model of the mechanical properties of bulk coal under confined stress

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    Wang, G.X.; Wang, Z.T.; Rudolph, V.; Massarotto, P.; Finley, R.J.

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents the development of an analytical model which can be used to relate the structural parameters of coal to its mechanical properties such as elastic modulus and Poisson's ratio under a confined stress condition. This model is developed primarily to support process modeling of coalbed methane (CBM) or CO2-enhanced CBM (ECBM) recovery from coal seam. It applied an innovative approach by which stresses acting on and strains occurring in coal are successively combined in rectangular coordinates, leading to the aggregated mechanical constants. These mechanical properties represent important information for improving CBM/ECBM simulations and incorporating within these considerations of directional permeability. The model, consisting of constitutive equations which implement a mechanically consistent stress-strains correlation, can be used as a generalized tool to study the mechanical and fluid behaviors of coal composites. An example using the model to predict the stress-strain correlation of coal under triaxial confined stress by accounting for the elastic and brittle (non-elastic) deformations is discussed. The result shows a good agreement between the prediction and the experimental measurement. ?? 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. THE EFFECTS OF GAMMA-RAY ON THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF Zr-BASED BULK METALLIC GLASS

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    L. H. Shah

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The effect of gamma-ray irradiation on the mechanical properties of Zr55Ni5Al10Cu30 bulk metallic glass (BMG was investigated. The samples were irradiated with a gamma-ray dose up to 2090.24 kGy prior to mechanical property investigations. Vickers hardness test, nano-indentation test as well as speed of sound measurements in order to calculate the material’s elastic moduli were conducted. An x-ray diffractogram device was also utilized to observe the BMG’s devitrification behavior. Results confirm that no significant changes were observed for any of the samples. XRD spectra of irradiated BMGs also show uniform broad peaks, indicating an amorphous structure inside the sample. This result indicates that a gamma-ray irradiation dose of up to 2090.24 kGy does not change the mechanical properties and the microstructure of the material, thus making it a good future structural candidate for gamma-ray rich environments.

  18. Effect of Au Content on Thermal Stability and Mechanical Properties of Au-Cu-Ag-Si Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Guo, H.; Zhang, W.; Chen, M. W.; Saotome, Y.; Fukuhara, M.; Inoue, A.

    2011-06-01

    The thermal stability, glass-forming ability (GFA), and mechanical and electrical properties of Au-based Au x Si17Cu75.5- x Ag7.5 ( x = 40 to 75.5 at. pct) metallic glasses were investigated. The glass transition temperature ( T g ) and crystallization temperature ( T x ) decreased with increasing Au content. The ultralow T g values below 373 K (100 °C) were obtained for alloys with x = 55 to 75.5. The alloys with x = 45 to 70 exhibited a high stabilization of supercooled liquid and a high GFA, and the supercooled liquid region and critical sample diameter for glass formation were in the range of 31 K to 50 K and 2 to 5 mm, respectively. The compressive fracture strength ( σ c,f ), Young's modulus ( E), and Vicker's hardness ( H v ) of the bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) decreased with increasing Au content. A linear correlation between Au concentration and the characteristic temperature, i.e., T g and T x , and mechanical properties, i.e., σ c,f , E, and H v , as well as electrical resistivity can be found in the BMGs, which will be helpful for the composition design of the desirable Au-based BMGs with tunable physical properties.

  19. Emergent low-symmetry phases with large property enhancement in ferroelectric KNbO3 bulk crystals

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    Lummen, Tom T. A.; Leung, J; Kumar, Amit; Wu, X; Ren, Y; Vanleeuwen, Brian K; Haislmaier, Ryan C.; Holt, Martin; Lai, Keji; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Gopalan, Venkatraman

    2017-08-18

    The design of new or enhanced functionality in materials is traditionally viewed as requiring the discovery of new chemical compositions through synthesis. Large property enhancements may however also be hidden within already well-known materials, when their structural symmetry is deviated from equilibrium through a small local strain or field. Here, the discovery of enhanced material properties associated with a new metastable phase of monoclinic symmetry within bulk KNbO3 is reported. This phase is found to coexist with the nominal orthorhombic phase at room temperature, and is both induced by and stabilized with local strains generated by a network of ferroelectric domain walls. While the local microstructural shear strain involved is only approximate to 0.017%, the concurrent symmetry reduction results in an optical second harmonic generation response that is over 550% higher at room temperature. Moreover, the meandering walls of the low-symmetry domains also exhibit enhanced electrical conductivity on the order of 1 S m(-1). This discovery reveals a potential new route to local engineering of significant property enhancements and conductivity through symmetry lowering in ferroelectric crystals.

  20. Properties of unirradiated fuel element graphites H-451 and SO818. [Bulk density, tensile properties, thermal expansion, thermal conductivity

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    Engle, G.B.; Johnson, W.R.

    1976-10-08

    Nuclear graphites H-451, lot 440 (Great Lakes Carbon Corporation (GLCC)), and SO818 (Airco Speer Division, Air Reduction Corporation (AS)) are described, and physical, mechanical, and chemical property data are presented for the graphites in the unirradiated state. A summary of the mean values of the property data and of data on TS-1240 and H-451, lot 426, is tabulated. A direct comparison of H-451, lot 426, chosen for Fort St. Vrain (FSV) fuel reload production, TS-1240, and SO818 may be made from the table. (auth)

  1. Bulk properties of crystalline single wall carbon nanotubes: Purification, pressure effects and transport

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    Fischer, J. E.; Lee, R. S.; Kim, H. J.; Rinzler, A. G.; Smalley, R. E.; Yaguzhinski, S. L.; Bozhko, A. D.; Sklovsky, D. E.; Nalimova, V. A.

    1998-08-01

    Pulsed laser ablation (PLA) has been scaled up to yield several grams/day of single-walled nanotubes. Annealed, purified material is highly crystalline, essentially free of amorphous carbon, fullerenes and catalyst residues, and about 3 times denser than the highly porous, as-grown product. In principle the interactions between tubes in a rope, and/or between rope crystallites, may be "tuned" by 3 different approaches—chemical doping, hydrostatic pressure, or purification/annealing, all of which have a dramatic effect on the temperature dependence of resistivity. In particular, we suggest that the crossover from positive to negative dR/dT at low temperature is a 3D effect and not an intrinsic property of isolated neutral SWNT.

  2. Raman spectroscopy and magnetic properties of bulk ZnO:Co single crystal

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    Millot, M. [Centro de Estudios de Semiconductores, Universidad de los Andes, Merida (Venezuela); Gonzalez, J. [Centro de Estudios de Semiconductores, Universidad de los Andes, Merida (Venezuela); Molina, I. [Centro de Estudios de Semiconductores, Universidad de los Andes, Merida (Venezuela); Salas, B. [Centro de Estudios de Semiconductores, Universidad de los Andes, Merida (Venezuela); Golacki, Z. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, PL-02-668 Warsaw (Poland); Broto, J.M. [Laboratoire National des Champs Magnetiques Pulses, 31432 Toulouse Cedex 04 (France); Rakoto, H. [Laboratoire National des Champs Magnetiques Pulses, 31432 Toulouse Cedex 04 (France); Goiran, M. [Laboratoire National des Champs Magnetiques Pulses, 31432 Toulouse Cedex 04 (France)]. E-mail: goiran@lncmp.org

    2006-10-26

    We report on the investigation of structural and magnetic properties of the cobalt-based diluted magnetic semiconductor with wurtzite structure: Zn{sub 1-x}Co {sub x}O. Single crystals were grown by chemical vapour transport. From the Raman measurements in the temperature range 10-300 K on samples with Co concentration of 5%, we detect the presence of very small quantities of hcp-Co and also the presence of anti-ferromagnetic CoO impurities. This result is in agreement with the behaviour of magnetisation measurements under pulsed magnetic fields. High frequency-high field ESR reveals clearly the large crystal field splitting of the energy levels of isolated Co{sup 2+} ions.

  3. AC conductivity and dielectric properties of bulk tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3})

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    El-Nahass, M.M. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Roxy 11757, Cairo (Egypt); Ali, H.A.M., E-mail: hend2061@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Roxy 11757, Cairo (Egypt); Saadeldin, M.; Zaghllol, M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Giza 12613 (Egypt)

    2012-11-15

    AC conductivity and dielectric properties of tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3}) in a pellet form were studied in the frequency range from 42 Hz to 5 MHz with a variation of temperature in the range from 303 K to 463 K. AC conductivity, {sigma}{sub ac}({omega}) was found to be a function of {omega}{sup s} where {omega} is the angular frequency and s is the frequency exponent. The values of s were found to be less than unity and decrease with increasing temperature, which supports the correlated barrier hopping mechanism (CBH) as the dominant mechanism for the conduction in WO{sub 3}. The dielectric constant ({epsilon} Prime ) and dielectric loss ({epsilon} Double-Prime ) were measured. The Cole-Cole diagram determined complex impedance for different temperatures.

  4. Bulk and Surface Properties of Liquid Al-Li and Li-Zn Alloys

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    Trybula, Marcela; Gancarz, Tomasz; Gasior, Wladyslaw; Pasturel, Alain

    2014-11-01

    Physicochemical properties like density, surface tension, and viscosity of liquid binary Al-Li and Li-Zn alloys have been measured using draining crucible method. The experimentally measured surface-tension values have been compared to theoretical results based either on the Butler model or the compound formation model assuming the existence of the most favored A 1 B 2 and A 2 B 3 clusters. Several models for viscosity calculation have been also applied and discussed in confrontation with measured data. Finally, the clustering effects in the liquid Al-Li and Li-Zn alloys have been examined using two microscopic functions, i.e., the concentration fluctuation function in the long-wavelength limit and the Warren-Cowley short-range order parameter.

  5. Comparative study of van der Waals corrections to the bulk properties of graphite.

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    Rêgo, Celso R C; Oliveira, Luiz N; Tereshchuk, Polina; Da Silva, Juarez L F

    2015-10-21

    Graphite is a stack of honeycomb (graphene) layers bound together by nonlocal, long-range van der Waals (vdW) forces, which are poorly described by density functional theory (DFT) within local or semilocal exchange-correlation functionals. Several approximations have been proposed to add a vdW correction to the DFT total energies (Stefan Grimme (D2 and D3) with different damping functions (D3-BJ), Tkatchenko-Scheffler (TS) without and with self-consistent screening (TS  +  SCS) effects). Those corrections have remarkly improved the agreement between our results and experiment for the interlayer distance (from 3.9 to 0.6%) [corrected] and high-level random-phase approximation (RPA) calculations for interlayer binding energy (from 69.5 to 1.5%). [corrected]. We report a systematic investigation of various structural, energetic and electron properties with the aforementioned vdW corrections followed by comparison with experimental and theoretical RPA data. Comparison between the resulting relative errors shows that the TS  +  SCS correction provides the best results; the other corrections yield significantly larger errors for at least one of the studied properties. If considerations of computational costs or convergence problems rule out the TS  +  SCS approach, we recommend the D3-BJ correction. Comparison between the computed π(z)Γ-splitting and experimental results shows disagreements of 10% or more with all vdW corrections. Even the computationally more expensive hybrid PBE0 has proved unable to improve the agreement with the measured splitting. Our results indicate that improvements of the exchange-correlation functionals beyond the vdW corrections are necessary to accurately describe the band structure of graphite.

  6. Independent control of adhesive and bulk properties of hybrid silica coatings on polycarbonate.

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    Lionti, Krystelle; Cui, Linying; Volksen, Willi; Dauskardt, Reinhold; Dubois, Geraud; Toury, Berangere

    2013-11-13

    Transparent polymers are widely used in many applications ranging from automotive windows to microelectronics packaging. However, their intrinsic characteristics, in particular their mechanical properties, are significantly degraded with exposure to different weather conditions. For instance, under humid environment or UV-irradiation, polycarbonate (PC) undergoes depolymerization, leading to the release of Bisphenol A, a molecule presumed to be a hormonal disruptor, potentially causing health problems. This is a serious concern and the new REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances ) program dictates that materials releasing Bisphenol A should be removed from the market by January 1st, 2015 (2012-1442 law). Manufacturers have tried to satisfy this new regulation by depositing atop the PC a dense oxide-like protective coating that would act as a barrier layer. While high hardness, modulus, and density can be achieved by this approach, these coatings suffer from poor adhesion to the PC as evidenced by the numerous delamination events occurring under low scratch constraints. Here, we show that the combination of a N2/H2-plasma treatment of PC before depositing a hybrid organic-inorganic solution leads to a coating displaying elevated hardness, modulus, and density, along with a very high adherence to PC (> 20 J/m(2) as measured by double cantilever beam test). In this study, the sol-gel coatings were composed of hybrid O/I silica (based on organoalkoxysilanes and colloidal silica) and designed to favor covalent bonding between the hybrid network and the surface treated PC, hence increasing the contribution of the plastic deformation from the substrate. Interestingly, double-cantilever beam (DCB) tests showed that the coating's adhesion to PC was the same irrespective of the organoalkoxysilanes/colloidal silica ratio. The versatility of the sol-gel deposition techniques (dip-coating, spray-coating, etc.), together with the

  7. Influence of impurity hydrogen on the structure and properties of bulk Li and pressure effects

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    LIU; Zhiming; MA; Yanming; HE; Zhi; GUI; Tian; HE; Wenjiong; LIU; Bingbing; ZOU; Guangtian

    2006-01-01

    The structure and properties of a 16-atom body-centered cubic lithium cell with an interstitial hydrogen atom are studied using a pseudopotential-plane-wave method within the density functional theory at 0 K and high pressures.The host lattice is dramatically distorted by the introduction of H.Although the hydrogen atom is stable at the tetragonal site in perfect bcc host lattice,it favors the octahedral site formed by six nonequivalent Li atoms after full relaxation of the cell,showing P4/mmm symmetry within the pressures ranging from 0 to 6 GPa.The lattice ratio (a/c) changes irregularly with external pressure at about 3 GPa.The hydrogen band lies in the bottom of the valence band,separated by a gap from the metallic bands,illustrating the electronegativity of hydrogen.High reflectivity in the low frequency area induced by the impurity hydrogen is observed when only interband transitions are taken account of.A dip in reflectivity due to parallel band transitions is observed at ~0.4 eV.Another dip at ~4.3 eV appears when external pressure increases over 4 GPa.

  8. Charge transport properties of bulk Ta3N5 from first principles

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    Morbec, Juliana M.; Galli, Giulia

    2016-01-01

    Tantalum nitride is considered a promising material for photoelectrochemical water splitting, however, its charge transport properties remain poorly understood. We investigated polaronic and band transport in Ta3N5 using first-principles calculations. We first studied the formation of small polarons using density-functional theory (DFT) including DFT +U and hybrid functionals. We found that electron small polarons may occur but hole polarons are not energetically favorable. The estimated polaronic mobility for electrons is at least three orders of magnitude smaller than that measured in Ta3N5 films, suggesting that the main transport mechanism for both electrons and holes is bandlike. Since band transport is strongly affected by the carrier effective masses, and Ta3N5 is known to have large electron and hole effective masses, we also investigated whether substitutional impurities or strain may help lower the effective masses. We found a significant reduction in both electron and hole effective masses (up to 17% for electrons and 39% for holes) under applied strain, which may lead to a substantial improvement (up to 30% for electrons and 15% for holes) in the carrier mobilities.

  9. Characterization of cohesive powders for bulk handling and DEM modelling

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    Thakur, S.C.; Imole, Olukayode Isaiah; Wojtkowski, Mateusz Bronislaw; Magnanimo, Vanessa; Montes, E.C.; Ramaioli, Marco; Ahmadian, H.; Ooi, J.Y.; Bischoff, M.; Ramm, E.; Onate, E; Owen, R.; Wriggers, P.

    2013-01-01

    The flow behaviour of granular materials is relevant for many industrial applications including the pharmaceutical, chemical, consumer goods and food industries. A key issue is the accurate characterisation of these powders under different loading conditions and flow regimes, for example in mixers,

  10. Transport Properties of Bulk Thermoelectrics An International Round-Robin Study, Part I: Seebeck Coefficient and Electrical Resistivity

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    Wang, Hsin [ORNL; Porter, Wallace D [ORNL; Bottner, Harold [Fraunhofer-Institute, Freiburg, Germany; Konig, Jan [Fraunhofer-Institute, Freiburg, Germany; Chen, Lidong [Chinese Academy of Sciences; Bai, Shengqiang [Chinese Academy of Sciences; Tritt, Terry M. [Clemson University; Mayolett, Alex [Corning, Inc; Senawiratne, Jayantha [Corning, Inc; Smith, Charlene [Corning, Inc; Harris, Fred [ZT-Plus; Gilbert, Partricia [Marlow Industries, Inc; Sharp, Jeff [Marlow Industries, Inc; Lo, Jason [CANMET - Materials Technology Laboratory, Natural Resources of Canada; Keinke, Holger [University of Waterloo, Canada; Kiss, Laszlo I. [University of Quebec at Chicoutimi

    2013-01-01

    Recent research and development of high temperature thermoelectric materials has demonstrated great potential of converting automobile exhaust heat directly into electricity. Thermoelectrics based on classic bismuth telluride have also started to impact the automotive industry by enhancing air conditioning efficiency and integrated cabin climate control. In addition to engineering challenges of making reliable and efficient devices to withstand thermal and mechanical cycling, the remaining issues in thermoelectric power generation and refrigeration are mostly materials related. The figure-of-merit, ZT, still needs to improve from the current value of 1.0 - 1.5 to above 2 to be competitive to other alternative technologies. In the meantime, the thermoelectric community could greatly benefit from the development of international test standards, improved test methods and better characterization tools. Internationally, thermoelectrics have been recognized by many countries as an important area for improving energy efficiency. The International Energy Agency (IEA) group under the implementing agreement for Advanced Materials for Transportation (AMT) identified thermoelectric materials as an important area in 2009. This paper is Part I of the international round-robin testing of transport properties of bulk thermoelectrics. The main focuses in Part I are on two electronic transport properties: Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity.

  11. Transport Properties of Bulk Thermoelectrics—An International Round-Robin Study, Part I: Seebeck Coefficient and Electrical Resistivity

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    Wang, Hsin; Porter, Wallace D.; Böttner, Harald; König, Jan; Chen, Lidong; Bai, Shengqiang; Tritt, Terry M.; Mayolet, Alex; Senawiratne, Jayantha; Smith, Charlene; Harris, Fred; Gilbert, Patricia; Sharp, Jeff W.; Lo, Jason; Kleinke, Holger; Kiss, Laszlo

    2013-04-01

    Recent research and development of high-temperature thermoelectric materials has demonstrated great potential for converting automobile exhaust heat directly into electricity. Thermoelectrics based on classic bismuth telluride have also started to impact the automotive industry by enhancing air-conditioning efficiency and integrated cabin climate control. In addition to engineering challenges of making reliable and efficient devices to withstand thermal and mechanical cycling, the remaining issues in thermoelectric power generation and refrigeration are mostly materials related. The dimensionless figure of merit, ZT, still needs to be improved from the current value of 1.0 to 1.5 to above 2.0 to be competitive with other alternative technologies. In the meantime, the thermoelectric community could greatly benefit from the development of international test standards, improved test methods, and better characterization tools. Internationally, thermoelectrics have been recognized by many countries as a key component for improving energy efficiency. The International Energy Agency (IEA) group under the Implementing Agreement for Advanced Materials for Transportation (AMT) identified thermoelectric materials as an important area in 2009. This paper is part I of the international round-robin testing of transport properties of bulk thermoelectrics. The main foci in part I are the measurement of two electronic transport properties: Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity.

  12. Effects of Bi-2212 addition on the levitation force properties of bulk MgB2 superconductors

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    Taylan Koparan, E.; Savaskan, B.; Guner, S. B.; Celik, S.

    2016-02-01

    We present a detailed investigation of the effects of Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8+κ (Bi-2212) adding on the levitation force and magnetic properties of bulk MgB2 obtained by hot press method. The amount of Bi-2212 was varied between 0 and 10 wt% (0, 2, 4, 6, 10 wt%) of the total MgB2. Moreover, we present MgB2 bulk samples fabricated by using different production methods including hot pressing method to our knowledge. All samples were prepared by using elemental magnesium (Mg) powder, amorphous nano-boron (B) powder and Bi-2212 powder which are produced by hot press method. As a result of hot press process, compact pellet samples were manufactured. The vertical and lateral levitation force measurements were executed at the temperatures of 20, 24 and 28 K under zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) regimes for samples with various adding levels. At 24 K and 28 K under ZFC regime, the 2 wt% Bi-2212 added sample exhibits a higher vertical levitation force than the pure sample. Bi-2212 added MgB2 samples compared to the pure sample have lower attractive force values in FC regime. The magnetic field dependence of the critical current density J c was calculated from the M-H loops for Bi-2212 added MgB2 samples. The 2 wt% Bi-2212 added sample has the best levitation and critical current density performance compared to other samples. The critical temperature ( T c ) has slightly dropped from 37.8 K for the pure MgB2 sample to 36.7 K for the 10 wt% of Bi-2212 added sample. The transition temperature slightly decreases when Bi-2212 adding level is increased.

  13. Effects of Bi-2212 addition on the levitation force properties of bulk MgB{sub 2} superconductors

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    Taylan Koparan, E. [Bulent Ecevit University, Department of Science Education, Eregli Faculty of Education, Zonguldak (Turkey); Savaskan, B. [Karadeniz Technical University, Energy Systems Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Trabzon (Turkey); Guner, S.B. [Recep Tayyip Erdogan University, Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rize (Turkey); Celik, S. [Sinop University, Energy Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Sinop (Turkey)

    2016-02-15

    We present a detailed investigation of the effects of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 1}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8+κ} (Bi-2212) adding on the levitation force and magnetic properties of bulk MgB{sub 2} obtained by hot press method. The amount of Bi-2212 was varied between 0 and 10 wt% (0, 2, 4, 6, 10 wt%) of the total MgB{sub 2}. Moreover, we present MgB{sub 2} bulk samples fabricated by using different production methods including hot pressing method to our knowledge. All samples were prepared by using elemental magnesium (Mg) powder, amorphous nano-boron (B) powder and Bi-2212 powder which are produced by hot press method. As a result of hot press process, compact pellet samples were manufactured. The vertical and lateral levitation force measurements were executed at the temperatures of 20, 24 and 28 K under zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) regimes for samples with various adding levels. At 24 K and 28 K under ZFC regime, the 2 wt% Bi-2212 added sample exhibits a higher vertical levitation force than the pure sample. Bi-2212 added MgB{sub 2} samples compared to the pure sample have lower attractive force values in FC regime. The magnetic field dependence of the critical current density J{sub c} was calculated from the M-H loops for Bi-2212 added MgB{sub 2} samples. The 2 wt% Bi-2212 added sample has the best levitation and critical current density performance compared to other samples. The critical temperature (T{sub c}) has slightly dropped from 37.8 K for the pure MgB{sub 2} sample to 36.7 K for the 10 wt% of Bi-2212 added sample. The transition temperature slightly decreases when Bi-2212 adding level is increased. (orig.)

  14. Microstructure and mechanical property of nano-SiCp reinforced high strength Mg bulk composites produced by friction stir processing

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    Sun, K., E-mail: greatsunkai@sina.com [Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing Technology, Ministry of Education (China); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Shi, Q.Y.; Sun, Y.J.; Chen, G.Q. [Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing Technology, Ministry of Education (China); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2012-06-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ultimate tensile strength of the bulk composite improved significantly. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanoparticles dispersed uniformly in the composites after friction stir process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Strengthening mechanism of the composites has been studied. - Abstract: Friction stir processing has been applied to fabricate SiC-Mg bulk composites in this study. AZ63 magnesium alloy, a kind of commercial engineering materials, was selected as base metal. SiC nanoparticles with average size of 40 nm were selected as reinforced particles. After being ultrasonic dispersed in ethanol and friction stir processed with base metal, the SiC particles were uniformly dispersed. Friction stir processing without filling any particles was also applied to base metal as a comparison group. Microstructure evolution was observed by optical microscope and scanning electron microscope. Fine and uniform nugget zone were found both in comparison group and composite. The phases of the material were determined by X-ray diffraction. Transmission electron microscopy observation was conducted to study the condition of SiC nanoparticles. SiC particles were found both inside the grain and at the grain boundary. No micro-sized particle agglomeration was observed in the composite. Vicker hardness and tensile test were carried out to study the mechanical properties of the composite. The average Vicker hardness of the base metal, comparison group and composite were 80 Hv, 85 Hv and 109 Hv respectively. The ultimate tensile strength of the composite reached 312 MPa. Compared with 160 MPa of the as-casted Mg alloy, 263 MPa of the comparison group, the effect of nanoparticles on strength increase was significant.

  15. ANALYSIS ON THE COHESIVE STRESS AT HALF INFINITE CRACK TIP

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    王利民; 徐世烺

    2003-01-01

    The nonlinear fracture behavior of quasi-brittle materials is closely related with the cohesive force distribution of fracture process zone at crack tip. Based on fracture character of quasi-brittle materials, a mechanical analysis model of half infinite crack with cohesive stress is presented. A pair of integral equations is established according to the superposition principle of crack opening displacement in solids, and the fictitious adhesive stress is unknown function. The properties of integral equations are analyzed, and the series function expression of cohesive stress is certified. By means of the data of actual crack opening displacement, two approaches to gain the cohesive stress distribution are proposed through resolving algebra equation. They are the integral transformation method for continuous displacement of actual crack opening, and the least square method for the discrete data of crack opening displacement. The calculation examples of two approaches and associated discussions are given.

  16. Effects of "natural" water and "added" water on prediction of moisture content and bulk density of shelled corn from microwave dielectric properties.

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    Trabelsi, Samir; Nelson, Stuart O; Lewis, Micah A

    2010-01-01

    Dielectric properties of samples of shelled corn of "natural" water content and those prepared by adding water were measured in free space at microwave frequencies and 23 degrees C. Results of measurements of attenuation, phase shift and dielectric constant and loss factor at 9 GHz show no difference between the samples with "natural" water and those in which water was added artificially. Bulk densities and moisture contents predicted from calibration equations expressed in terms of dielectric properties of both natural and added water samples agreed closely, and standard errors were less than 1% for moisture content and relative error for bulk density was less than 5%.

  17. Measuring powder flowability with a modified Warren Spring cohesion tester

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    Salam A. Mohammed; Ezzat C. Abdullah; Derek Geldart; Abdul Aziz A. Raman

    2011-01-01

    The measurement of powder fiowability is a major concern for most industrial processes that deal with the handling of bulk solids as raw materials, intermediates, or products. The development of devices that measure the flowability of non-aerated powders has not progressed as rapidly as might have been hoped since most research activities have been based on various types of shear testers intended to aid the design of hoppers. A new flowability indicator named as weighted cohesion (WS) is established using newly improved version of direct cohesion texture. A cornerstone of the proposed technique is that the procedure is automated, using a digital Warren Spring tester called Warren Spring-University of Malaya cohesion tester (WSUMCT), thus making results operator-insensitive. Besides being a practical tool to diagnose the cohesion of experimental powders, the ratio between measured cohesion (using WSUMCT) and aerated density (using Hosokawa PT-S) provides us with a powerful technique to research fundamental particle internal cohesion forces directly and use these data to indicate the flowability. In this work, a series of fine (9.4 .μm) and coarse (60 μm) porous silica gel particle mixtures, and mixtures of fine (28 μm) and coarse (72 μm) glass ballotini as well, were used as test powders. The results from these tests agree well with relative flowability determined on our newly driven indicator using WSUMCT. The validation of aerated weighted cohesion (WSA) as a flowability indicator was authenticated by comparing the conducted parameter with established measured Hausner ratio (HR) and angle of repose (AoR).

  18. Assessing the dependence of bulk ice properties from probes with anti-shatter tips on environmental conditions

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    Jackson, Robert C.

    Ice clouds have significant impacts on the Earth's radiative budget. Their radiative impact highly depends on ice cloud microphysical properties. Climate and weather prediction models have to make certain assumptions about how the various processes are represented. Observations of how cloud properties vary with environmental conditions can help evaluate some parameterizations used in models. However, sufficient data are not available to characterize how ice crystal properties vary as a function of environmental conditions. Furthermore, many of these assumptions are derived from historical datasets collected by in situ probes, namely optical array probes that can be contaminated by shattered artifacts generated by large particles shattering on the probe tips and inlets. Therefore this study has two main objectives. Prior estimates of ice crystal size distributions derived from 2D Cloud Probes (2DCs) have been artificially amplified by small ice crystals generated from the shattering of large ice crystals on the probe tips. Although anti-shatter tips and algorithms exist, there is considerable uncertainty in their effectiveness. Therefore, this thesis first examines the differences in ice crystal size distributions, and bulk and optical properties from adjacent 2DCs with standard and anti-shatter tips, and processed with and without anti-shattering algorithms. The measurements were obtained from the National Research Council of Canada Convair-580 during the 2008 Indirect and Semi-Direct Aerosol Campaign (ISDAC) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research C-130 during the 2011 Instrumentation Development and Education in Airborne Science 2011 (IDEAS-2011). The 2DC size distributions are compared with those from the Holographic Detector for Clouds (HOLODEC), which has anti-shatter tips and allows for identification of shattering through spatial statistics. The ratio of the number concentration N of particles with maximum dimensions 125 to 500 mum from the 2DC with

  19. Immigration, social cohesion, and naturalization

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    Lægaard, Sune

    2010-01-01

    social trust do not connect with issues of naturalization at all. Other conceptions of social cohesion are either politically controversial, problematic as part of the justification of stricter naturalization requirements, or in fact justify less demanding naturalization requirements.......The standard appeal to social cohesion in relation to immigration concerns admittance and residence. But social cohesion is sometimes also invoked as a relevant concern in relation to the attainment of citizenship in the state through naturalization. Many western states have recently tightened...... conditions for naturalization and introduced tougher language requirements and knowledge of society tests. The article discusses how concerns for social cohesion might function as a part of justifications of such restrictive naturalization requirements. It argues that standard concerns with generalized...

  20. Crystalline Precipitate in a Bulk Glass Forming Zr-Based Alloy and Its Effect on Mechanical Properties

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    2001-01-01

    Cylindrical and sheet samples of bulk metallic glass with a nominal composition of Zr52.5Ni14.6Al10Cu17.9Ti5 (at. pct) were prepared by melt injection casting. The crystalline precipitates formed during the casting were studied by metallographic observations and selected-area electron diffractions. The effect of crystalline precipitates on the mechanical properties were investigated by tensile and compressive tests at room temperature. Oxygen contents and the sample sizes (or cooling rates) strongly affect the formation of the crystalline precipitates. Overheating the alloy melt up to 200 K above its melting temperature can effectively prevent the formation of the crystalline precipitates to get fully glass samples with diameters up to 2 mm for cylinders and thickness up to 1 mm for sheets even the oxygen content is as higher as 0.08 wt pct.With increasing the sample sizes, the crystalline precipitates increase in volume fraction and size. The formation of the precipitates experienced two stages, i.e., initially nucleation and isotropic growth, and then anisotropic growth, finally forming faceted morphologies. Fully glassy Zr52.5Ni14.6Al10Cu17.9Ti5 alloy exhibits excellent tensile and compressive properties at room temperature. The presence of crystalline precipitates significantly decreases the tensile and compressive properties. With increasing the crystalline precipitates, the area of vein patterns on the fracture surface decreases, but the fracture steps increase, and the fracture mode changes from ductile to brittle resulting from the larger stress concentration caused by the larger sizes and faceted shapes of the crystalline precipitates.

  1. Calculation of elastic properties in lower part of the Kola borehole from bulk chemical compositions of core samples

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    Babeyko, A.Yu.; Sobolev, S.V. [Shmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth, Moscow (Russian Federation)]|[Univ. of Karlsruhe (Germany); Sinelnikov, E.D. [Shmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth, Moscow (Russian Federation)]|[State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook, NY (United States); Smirnov, Yu.P. [Scientific Center SG-3, Zapoliarniy (Russian Federation); Derevschikova, N.A. [Shmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    1994-09-01

    In-situ elastic properties in deep boreholes are controlled by several factors, mainly by lithology, petrofabric, fluid-filled cracks and pores. In order to separate the effects of different factors it is useful to extract lithology-controlled part from observed in-situ velocities. For that purpose we calculated mineralogical composition and isotropic crack-free elastic properties in the lower part of the Kola borehole from bulk chemical compositions of core samples. We use a new technique of petrophysical modeling based on thermodynamic approach. The reasonable accuracy of the modeling is confirmed by comparison with the observations of mineralogical composition and laboratory measurements of density and elastic wave velocities in upper crustal crystalline rocks at high confining pressure. Calculations were carried out for 896 core samples from the depth segment of 6840-10535m. Using these results we estimate density and crack-free isotropic elastic properties of 554 lithology-defined layers composing this depth segment. Average synthetic P-wave velocity appears to be 2.7% higher than the velocity from Vertical Seismic Profiling (VSP), and 5% higher than sonic log velocity. Average synthetic S-wave velocity is 1.4% higher than that from VSP. These differences can be explained by superposition of effects of fabric-related anisotropy, cracks aligned parallel to the foliation plain, and randomly oriented cracks, with the effects of cracks being the predominant control. Low sonic log velocities are likely caused by drilling-induced cracking (hydrofractures) in the borehole walls. The calculated synthetic density and velocity cross-sections can be used for much more detailed interpretations, for which, however, new, more detailed and reliable seismic data are required.

  2. Literature Review of Lexical Cohesion Theory

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    XIAO Fuliang

    2016-01-01

    Lexical cohesion theory contributes to its patterns and cohesive functions in English texts. Different linguists have different views on lexical cohesion are introduced and its patterns are guided in detail as well. A full understanding of lexical cohesion can help better comprehend English texts.

  3. [Group cohesion: a concept analysis].

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    Lin, Yen-Ru; Chen, Yu-Jung; Tzeng, Wen-Chii; Chou, Kuei-Ru

    2007-10-01

    Group cohesion is considered an essential condition for achieving a successful treatment team. High cohesion groups more readily reach their goals, with group members also feeling more secure about their functions and contributions. In clinical practice, nurses use group teaching and group therapy to help patient and family members gain knowledge and skills related to illness treatment and recuperation. Effective group leadership helps minimize non-productive time and manpower and enhance interpersonal interaction. A further advantage of group cohesion is that the more effective administration of nursing programs that results can raise the profession level of staffs and reduce turnover. Walker and Avant (1995) employ concept analysis to use defining attributes in order to apply the same definition and communication to the same profession. The purpose of this paper was to apply this methodology to an analysis of group cohesion. Steps used include a review of the literature on conceptual definitions of group cohesion, a determination of defining attributes, model construction, identification of borderline, contrary, and related cases, and identification of antecedents and consequences and empirical tools. It is hoped that this analysis can help nursing staff to gain a better understanding of the concept of group cohesion and to apply such to clinical practice and nursing administration.

  4. Growth of Ce:LiYF{sub 4} bulk single crystal with high Ce concentration by Cz method and the scintillation properties

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    Yokota, Yuui; Yamaji, Akihiro; Kurosawa, Shunsuke [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai, 9808577 Miyagi (Japan); Kawaguchi, Noriaki; Fukuda, Kentaro [Tokuyama Corp., Sendai, 9893204 Miyagi (Japan); Yoshikawa, Akira [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai, 9808577 Miyagi (Japan); New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), Tohoku University, Sendai, 9893204 Miyagi (Japan)

    2012-12-15

    Ce 2% doped LiYF4 [Ce:LYF] bulk single crystal was grown by Czochralski method and the structural phase, crystallinity, optical properties and scintillation properties were investigated. Grown Ce:LYF bulk single crystal included some cracks in the initial part of crystal and meanwhile there were no visible cracks in the center and end parts. Full width of half maximum of X-ray rocking curve on the plate crystal in center part of Ce:LYF bulk single crystal was 81.4 arcsec. Alpha-ray position in the pulse-height spectra under alpha-ray irradiation was almost quarter that of Li-glass(GS20). Decay times of the crystals in center and end parts were 69.9 and 58.3 ns, respectively (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  5. Optical absorption and scattering properties of bulk porcine muscle phantoms from interstitial radiance measurements in 650-900 nm range

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    Grabtchak, Serge; Montgomery, Logan G.; Whelan, William M.

    2014-05-01

    We demonstrated the application of relative radiance-based continuous wave (cw) measurements for recovering absorption and scattering properties (the effective attenuation coefficient, the diffusion coefficient, the absorption coefficient and the reduced scattering coefficient) of bulk porcine muscle phantoms in the 650-900 nm spectral range. Both the side-firing fiber (the detector) and the fiber with a spherical diffuser at the end (the source) were inserted interstitially at predetermined locations in the phantom. The porcine phantoms were prostate-shaped with ˜4 cm in diameter and ˜3 cm thickness and made from porcine loin or tenderloin muscles. The described method was previously validated using the diffusion approximation on simulated and experimental radiance data obtained for homogenous Intralipid-1% liquid phantom. The approach required performing measurements in two locations in the tissue with different distances to the source. Measurements were performed on 21 porcine phantoms. Spectral dependences of the effective attenuation and absorption coefficients for the loin phantom deviated from corresponding dependences for the tenderloin phantom for wavelengths tissues and organs for interstitial optical interrogation.

  6. Enhanced Photovoltaic Properties of Bulk Heterojunction Organic Photovoltaic Devices by an Addition of a Low Band Gap Conjugated Polymer

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    Eui Jin Lee

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we fabricated organic photovoltaics (OPVs by introducing the polymer additive HTh6BT into the photoactive layer of a poly(3-hexylthiophene:phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM system. The HTh6BT had a relatively low band gap energy of 1.65 eV and a molecular and crystalline structure similar to that of P3HT. In the photoactive layer, the HTh6BT and P3HT can both act as donors. In such parallel-type bulk heterojunctions, each donor can form excitons and generate charges while being separated from the donor/acceptor interface. Changes in the photovoltaic property of the OPV device by the addition of HTh6BT were evaluated, and the optical characteristics of the photoactive layer, as well as the surface morphology, polymer ordering, and crystallinity of the P3HT:PCBM film were analyzed. Compared to a device without HTh6BT, all short-circuit current densities, open-circuit voltages, and fill factors were enhanced, leading to the enhancement of the power conversion efficiency by 36%.

  7. Study on effect of annealing conditions on structural, magnetic and superconducting properties of MgB{sub 2} bulk samples

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    Phaneendra, Konduru, E-mail: phaneendra-50@yahoo.com; Asokan, K., E-mail: phaneendra-50@yahoo.com; Kanjilal, D. [Inter University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, Vasanth Kung, New Delhi-110067 (India); Awana, V. P. S. [Quantum Phenomena and Applications, National Physical Laboratory, K S Krishnan Marg, New Delhi-110012 (India); Sastry, S. Sreehari [Dept. of Physics, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur-522510 (India)

    2014-04-24

    Effect of annealing conditions on structural, magnetic and superconducting properties of Magnesium Diboride (MgB{sub 2}) bulk superconductor samples prepared by solid state route method are compared. The samples are made by taking Magnesium and Boron powders in stoichiometric ratio, grounded well and pelletized at pressure of about 10Tonnes. These pellets are annealed in both Argon and vacuum environment separately up to 800°c for two hours. Both the samples show clear superconducting transition at Tc ∼ 38 k. This is further conformed by AC/DC magnetization (M-T), Resistivity [ρ (T, H)] measurements under magnetic field up to 14 Tesla as well. Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction of both samples conformed the MgB{sub 2} phase formation with P6/mmm space group symmetry. Scanning Electron Microscopy images of the surface revile more agglomeration of grains in case of Argon annealed samples. This result in more critical current density (J{sub c}) of Argon annealed samples than vacuum annealed one calculated from Bean's critical state model. This high Jc is explained in terms of more inter grain connectivity for Argon annealed sample than vacuum annealed sample.

  8. Influence of Cu content on the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of Mg-Zn-Ca bulk metallic glasses

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    Zhao, Yan-feng; Zhu, Jian; Chang, Li; Song, Jing-guo; Chen, Xiao-hua; Hui, Xi-dong

    2014-05-01

    (Mg66.2Zn28.8Ca5)100- x Cu x (at%, x = 0, 1, 3, and 5) bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) of 2 mm in diameter were prepared by the conventional copper mold injection casting method. Besides, the influence of Cu content on the microstructure, thermal stability, mechanical properties, and corrosion behavior of Mg-Zn-Ca BMGs was investigated. It is found that the addition of Cu decreases the glass-forming ability of Mg-Zn-Ca BMGs. Crystalline phases are precipitated at a higher Cu content, larger than 3at%. The compressive fracture strength of Mg-Zn-Ca BMGs is enhanced by the addition of Cu. With the formation of in-situ composites, the compressive strength of the Mg-Zn-Ca alloy with 3at% Cu reaches 979 MPa, which is the highest strength among the Mg-Zn-Ca alloys. Furthermore, the addition of Cu also results in the increase of corrosion potential and the decrease of corrosion current density in Mg-Zn-Ca BMGs, thereby delaying their biodegradability.

  9. Microstructure and Thermoelectric Properties of Bulk Cobalt Antimonide (CoSb3) Skutterudites Obtained by Pulse Plasma Sintering

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    Kruszewski, M. J.; Zybała, R.; Ciupiński, Ł.; Chmielewski, M.; Adamczyk-Cieślak, B.; Michalski, A.; Rajska, M.; Kurzydłowski, K. J.

    2016-03-01

    The use of the pulse plasma sintering technique for CoSb3 thermoelectric material consolidation is reported in this work. The influence of sintering temperature on the microstructure and material properties such as the Seebeck coefficient, electrical resistivity, and thermal conductivity has been investigated. It is shown that, for samples fabricated at 923 K and 973 K, there were no significant differences in the average grain size or final phase composition. In both cases, a fine-grained polycrystalline structure of the compacts with density nearly equal to the theoretical value was achieved. Both samples were composed almost uniquely of CoSb3 phase. The measured thermoelectric parameters such as the Seebeck coefficient, electrical, and thermal conductivity showed similar dependence on temperature. For both samples, the Seebeck coefficient was negative at room temperature and showed a transition from n- to p-type conduction over the temperature range of 400 K to 460 K. The measured minimum thermal conductivity values, 4 W m-1 K-1 to 5 W m-1 K-1 at 723 K, are typical for undoped bulk CoSb3. A maximum ZT value of 0.08 at 623 K was obtained for the sample consolidated at 923 K for 5 min. The results of this work are very promising from the point of view of use of pulse plasma sintering as an alternative method for fabrication of a broad range of thermoelectric materials in the future.

  10. Study on effect of annealing conditions on structural, magnetic and superconducting properties of MgB2 bulk samples

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    Phaneendra, Konduru; Asokan, K.; Awana, V. P. S.; Sastry, S. Sreehari; Kanjilal, D.

    2014-04-01

    Effect of annealing conditions on structural, magnetic and superconducting properties of Magnesium Diboride (MgB2) bulk superconductor samples prepared by solid state route method are compared. The samples are made by taking Magnesium and Boron powders in stoichiometric ratio, grounded well and pelletized at pressure of about 10Tonnes. These pellets are annealed in both Argon and vacuum environment separately up to 800°c for two hours. Both the samples show clear superconducting transition at Tc ˜ 38 k. This is further conformed by AC/DC magnetization (M-T), Resistivity [ρ (T, H)] measurements under magnetic field up to 14 Tesla as well. Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction of both samples conformed the MgB2 phase formation with P6/mmm space group symmetry. Scanning Electron Microscopy images of the surface revile more agglomeration of grains in case of Argon annealed samples. This result in more critical current density (Jc) of Argon annealed samples than vacuum annealed one calculated from Bean's critical state model. This high Jc is explained in terms of more inter grain connectivity for Argon annealed sample than vacuum annealed sample.

  11. Improved properties of chemically modified graphene/poly(methyl methacrylate nanocomposites via a facile in-situ bulk polymerization

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    X. Y. Yuan

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The nanosheet of graphene was chemically modified by long alkyl chain for enhanced compatibility with polymer matrix and graphene/poly(methyl methacrylate (PMMA nanocomposites with homogeneous dispersion of the nanosheets and enhanced nanofiller-matrix interfacial interaction were fabricated via a facile in-situ bulk polymerization. The nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Scanning electron microscopy and thermogravimetry. The results showed that the graphene nanosheets were fully exfoliated in PMMA matrix and the thermal and mechanical properties of the nanocomposites were significantly improved at low graphene loadings. Large shifts of 15°C in the glass transition temperature and 27°C improvement of onset thermal degradation temperature were achieved with graphene loading as low as 0.07 wt%. A 67% increase in tensile strength was also observed by the addition of only 0.5 wt% graphene. The method used in this study provided a novel route to other graphene-based polymers.

  12. Microstructure, mechanical and bio-corrosion properties of Mn-doped Mg–Zn–Ca bulk metallic glass composites

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    Wang, Jingfeng, E-mail: jfwang@cqu.edu.cn [National Engineering Research Center for Magnesium Alloys, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Huang, Song; Li, Yang; Wei, Yiyun [National Engineering Research Center for Magnesium Alloys, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Xi, Xingfeng; Cai, Kaiyong [College of Bioengineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China)

    2013-10-15

    The effects of Mn substitution for Mg on the microstructure, mechanical properties, and corrosion behavior of Mg{sub 69−x}Zn{sub 27}Ca{sub 4}Mn{sub x} (x = 0, 0.5 and 1 at.%) alloys were investigated using X-ray diffraction, compressive tests, electrochemical treatments, and immersion tests, respectively. Microstructural observations showed that the Mg{sub 69}Zn{sub 27}Ca{sub 4} alloy was mainly amorphous. The addition of Mn decreases the glass-forming ability, which results in a decreased strength from 545 MPa to 364 MPa. However, this strength is still suitable for implant application. Polarization and immersion tests in the simulated body fluid at 37 °C revealed that the Mn-doped Mg–Zn–Ca alloys have significantly higher corrosion resistance than traditional ZK60 and pure Mg alloys. Cytotoxicity test showed that cell viabilities of osteoblasts cultured with Mn-doped Mg–Zn–Ca alloys extracts were higher than that of pure Mg. Mg{sub 68.5}Zn{sub 27}Ca{sub 4}Mn{sub 0.5} exhibits the highest bio-corrosion resistance, biocompatibility and has desirable mechanical properties, which could suggest to be used as biomedical materials in the future. - Highlights: • Novel Mn-doped Mg–Zn–Ca bulk metallic glass composites were made by copper mold cast. • The strength of the Mn-doped Mg–Zn–Ca is suitable for implant application. • The Mn-doped Mg–Zn–Ca alloys have significantly high bio-corrosion resistance. • The Mn-doped Mg–Zn–Ca alloys show better cell viabilities than that of pure Mg.

  13. Airbreathing Propulsion Fuels and Energy Exploratory Research and Development (APFEERD) Sub Task: Review of Bulk Physical Properties of Synthesized Hydrocarbon:Kerosenes and Blends

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    2017-06-01

    Exploratory Research and Development (APFEERD) Subtask: Review of Bulk Physical Properties of Synthesized Hydrocarbon: Kerosenes and Blends Clifford...AEROSPACE SYSTEMS DIRECTORATE (R4RQ) Delivery Order 0006: Airbreathing Propulsion Fuels and Energy Exploratory Research and Development (APFEERD) Sub...Acronym Description AFRL Air Force Research Laboratory APFEERD Airbreathing Propulsion Fuels and Energy Exploratory Research and Development

  14. Large difference between the magnetic properties of Ba and Ti co-doped BiFeO3 bulk materials and their corresponding nanoparticles prepared by ultrasonication

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    Ahmmad, Bashir; Kanomata, Kensaku; Koike, Kunihiro; Kubota, Shigeru; Kato, Hiroaki; Hirose, Fumihiko; Billah, Areef; Jalil, M. A.; Basith, M. A.

    2016-07-01

    The ceramic pellets of the nominal compositions Bi0.7Ba0.3Fe1-x Ti x O3 (x  =  0.00-0.20) were prepared initially by standard solid state reaction technique. The pellets were then ground into micrometer-sized powders and mixed with isopropanol in an ultrasonic bath to prepare nanoparticles. The x-ray diffraction patterns demonstrate the presence of a significant number of impurity phases in bulk powder materials. Interestingly, these secondary phases were completely removed due to the sonication of these bulk powder materials for 60 minutes. The field and temperature dependent magnetization measurements exhibited significant difference between the magnetic properties of the bulk materials and their corresponding nanoparticles. We anticipate that the large difference in the magnetic behavior may be associated with the presence and absence of secondary impurity phases in the bulk materials and their corresponding nanoparticles, respectively. The leakage current density of the bulk materials was also found to suppress in the ultrasonically prepared nanoparticles compared to that of bulk counterparts.

  15. Sororin actively maintains sister chromatid cohesion.

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    Ladurner, Rene; Kreidl, Emanuel; Ivanov, Miroslav P; Ekker, Heinz; Idarraga-Amado, Maria Helena; Busslinger, Georg A; Wutz, Gordana; Cisneros, David A; Peters, Jan-Michael

    2016-03-15

    Cohesion between sister chromatids is established during DNA replication but needs to be maintained to enable proper chromosome-spindle attachments in mitosis or meiosis. Cohesion is mediated by cohesin, but also depends on cohesin acetylation and sororin. Sororin contributes to cohesion by stabilizing cohesin on DNA. Sororin achieves this by inhibiting WAPL, which otherwise releases cohesin from DNA and destroys cohesion. Here we describe mouse models which enable the controlled depletion of sororin by gene deletion or auxin-induced degradation. We show that sororin is essential for embryonic development, cohesion maintenance, and proper chromosome segregation. We further show that the acetyltransferases ESCO1 and ESCO2 are essential for stabilizing cohesin on chromatin, that their only function in this process is to acetylate cohesin's SMC3 subunit, and that DNA replication is also required for stable cohesin-chromatin interactions. Unexpectedly, we find that sororin interacts dynamically with the cohesin complexes it stabilizes. This implies that sororin recruitment to cohesin does not depend on the DNA replication machinery or process itself, but on a property that cohesin acquires during cohesion establishment.

  16. Effects of gadolinium and silicon substitution on magnetic properties and microstructure of Nd–Fe–B–Nb bulk nanocomposite magnets

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    Ahmad, Zubair [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Yan, Mi, E-mail: mse_yanmi@zju.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Tao, Shan [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Husain, S. Wilayat [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan); Liu, Zhongwu [School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China, University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China)

    2015-03-15

    The magnetic properties, phase evolution and microstructure of Fe{sub 70−x}M{sub x}B{sub 19}Nd{sub 7}Nb{sub 4} (M=Si, Gd, Si+Gd; x=0–2.5 at%) bulk nanocomposite permanent magnets in the form of rods produced by annealing the amorphous precursor have been investigated systematically. Microstructural examination, three-dimensional atom probe microanalysis, δM-plots, X-ray diffraction analysis and magnetometer studies deduced that good magnetic properties in the magnets originate from the homogenous microstructure consisting of exchange coupled, soft magnetic (α-Fe, Fe{sub 3}B) and hard magnetic (Nd,Gd){sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B nanophases. Optimally annealed Fe{sub 70}B{sub 19}Nd{sub 7}Nb{sub 4} rod magnets exhibit magnetic properties of B{sub r}=0.61 T, {sub i}H{sub c}=876 kA/m and (BH){sub max}=50.2 kJ/m{sup 3}. Gadolinium and silicon addition to quaternary Fe{sub 70}B{sub 19}Nd{sub 7}Nb{sub 4} alloy increased the mass fraction of hard magnetic phase, strengthened the exchange coupling interactions and enhanced the magnetic properties. Gadolinium and silicon segregated into hard magnetic phase which led to enhance coercivity up to 1115 kA/m. Enhancement in the coercivity is mainly resulted by hard phase increment as well as domain wall pinning, while strengthening of exchange coupling is caused by grain size refinement and increase in Curie temperature of the magnetic phases. The Fe{sub 67}B{sub 19}Nd{sub 7}Gd{sub 2}Nb{sub 4}Si{sub 1} magnetic rods of 1.2 mm in diameter demonstrated the best magnetic properties such as intrinsic coercivity, {sub i}H{sub c} of 1115 kA/m, remanence, B{sub r} of 0.57 T and maximum energy product, (BH){sub max} of 65.7 kJ/m{sup 3}. - Highlights: • Magnetic and microstructural properties of Fe{sub 70−x}M{sub x}B{sub 19}Nd{sub 7}Nb{sub 4} (M=Si, Gd, Si+Gd; x=0–2.5 at%) magnets are studied. • Amorphous rods of 1.2 mm in diameter are synthesized by injection casting. • Magnetic properties are improved by substitution of Gd and Si

  17. Elastic properties of Pd40Cu30Ni10P20 bulk glass in supercooled liquid region

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    Nishiyama, N.; Inoue, A.; Jiang, Jianzhong

    2001-01-01

    In situ ultrasonic measurements for the Pd40Cu30Ni10P20 bulk glass in three states: Glassy solid, supercooled liquid, and crystalline, have been performed. It is found that velocities of both longitudinal and transverse waves and elastic moduli (shear modulus, bulk modulus, Young's modulus, and L...

  18. Relationship between the cohesion of guest particles on the flow behaviour of interactive mixtures.

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    Mangal, Sharad; Gengenbach, Thomas; Millington-Smith, Doug; Armstrong, Brian; Morton, David A V; Larson, Ian

    2016-05-01

    In this study, we aimed to investigate the effects cohesion of small surface-engineered guest binder particles on the flow behaviour of interactive mixtures. Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) - a model pharmaceutical binder - was spray-dried with varying l-leucine feed concentrations to create small surface-engineered binder particles with varying cohesion. These spray-dried formulations were characterised by their particle size distribution, morphology and cohesion. Interactive mixtures were produced by blending these spray-dried formulations with paracetamol. The resultant blends were visualised under scanning electron microscope to confirm formation of interactive mixtures. Surface coverage of paracetamol by guest particles as well as the flow behaviour of these mixtures were examined. The flow performance of interactive mixtures was evaluated using measurements of conditioned bulk density, basic flowability energy, aeration energy and compressibility. With higher feed l-leucine concentrations, the surface roughness of small binder particles increased, while their cohesion decreased. Visual inspection of the SEM images of the blends indicated that the guest particles adhered to the surface of paracetamol resulting in effective formation of interactive mixtures. These images also showed that the low-cohesion guest particles were better de-agglomerated that consequently formed a more homogeneous interactive mixture with paracetamol compared with high-cohesion formulations. The flow performance of interactive mixtures changed as a function of the cohesion of the guest particles. Interactive mixtures with low-cohesion guest binder particles showed notably improved bulk flow performance compared with those containing high-cohesion guest binder particles. Thus, our study suggests that the cohesion of guest particles dictates the flow performance of interactive mixtures.

  19. Theoretical investigation of the electronic structures and magnetic properties of the bulk and surface (001) of the quaternary Heusler alloy NiCoMnGa

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    Al-zyadi, Jabbar M. Khalaf, E-mail: Jabbar_alzyadi@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, College of Education, University of Basrah, Basrah 6100 (Iraq); Gao, G.Y. [School of Physics and Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Yao, Kai-Lun [School of Physics and Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); International Center of Materials Physics, Chinese Academy of sciences, Shenyang 110015 (China)

    2015-03-15

    In this paper, we study the electronic structures, magnetic properties, and half-metallicity of the bulk and (001) surface of Heusler alloy NiCoMnGa. Our first-principles calculations exhibit that, within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) of the electronic exchange–correlation functional, the quaternary Heusler alloy NiCoMnGa is a half-metallic ferromagnet at the equilibrium lattice constant of 5.795 Ǻ with a total spin magnetic moment of 5 μ{sub B} per formula unit. The calculated total atomic magnetic moment follows the Slater–Pauling rule. At the same equilibrium lattice constant, the half-metallicity confirmed in the bulk NiCoMnGa, is destroyed at both MnGa- and NiCo-terminated (001) surfaces and subsurfaces. Based on the magnetic property calculations, the magnetic moments of Co, Mn, and Ga atoms at the NiCo- and MnGa-terminated surfaces increase with respect to the corresponding bulk values while the atomic magnetic moment of Ni at the NiCo-terminated surface decreases. - Highlights: • The bulk NiCoMnGa quaternary-Heusler alloy is found to be a half-metallic ferromagnet. • Surface studies show that the half-metallicity of bulk NiCoMnGa is destroyed. • The magnetic moments are increased (decreased) at the (001) surface. • The quaternary-Heusler alloy follows a Slater–Pauling behavior.

  20. Characterization and study of pinning properties of bulk neodymium barium copper oxide superconductor with the neutron-induced fission

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    Osabe, Goro

    This dissertation describes work on characterization of the bulk Nd 1Ba2Cu3Oy high temperature superconductor, and investigation of flux pinning properties of columnar defects. The U/n process has been used to introduce quasi-columnar pinning centers into Nd123. The process involves adding 235U to the precursor powders of the superconductor, texturing, and irradiating with thermal neutrons. The nuclear fission fragments cause discontinuous broken columnar damage which acts as pinning centers. We intensively investigate the pinning properties due to the U/n process. We performed studies of superconductivity characteristics for U/n-Nd123, such as trapped field, critical current Jc, anisotropic, angular dependence of magnetization, flux creep, irreversible field and critical temperature. All measurements were made both before and after irradiation. The U/n process also results in chemical pinning centers smaller than 1mum. Pinning properties due to these chemical pinning centers were also investigated. Our results show that the U/n method increases the trapped field by factor of 4.45 (+/-0.36), and increases J c before 28,097 A/cm2 to values of 160,750 A/cm 2 at 77K with applied field 0.17T. If our best sample had been used at the best fluence, the sample would have reached a trapped field of 2997.9 G (3mm cube) at the peak fluence Fn = 0.885x10 16 n/cm2. A theoretical proposal for the summation problem for columnar pinning is also proposed. We introduce the concept of reduction of the order parameter due to the ion damage. We then have set up the summation problem for columnar defects. We use this approach for the summation problem in order to obtain Jc, as a function of diameter of columnar damage, number of incident ions, and magnetic field. These results have fairly good quantitative agreement with the actual experimental results. The calculations reveal that discontinuous columnar defects yield the maximum Jc in agreement with experiment. The highest Jc can be

  1. Impact of Bulk Aggregation on the Electronic Structure of Streptocyanines: Implications for the Solid-State Nonlinear Optical Properties and All-Optical Switching Applications

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    Gieseking, Rebecca L.

    2014-10-16

    Polymethine dyes in dilute solutions show many of the electronic and optical properties required for all-optical switching applications. However, in the form of thin films, their aggregation and interactions with counterions do generally strongly limit their utility. Here, we present a theoretical approach combining molecular-dynamics simulations and quantum-chemical calculations to describe the bulk molecular packing of streptocyanines (taken as representative of simple polymethines) with counterions of different hardness (Cl and BPh4 ) and understand the impact on the optical properties. The accuracy of the force field we use is verified by reproducing experimental crystal parameters as well as the configurations of polymethine/counterion complexes obtained from electronic-structure calculations. The aggregation characteristics can be understood in terms of both polymethinecounterion and polymethinepolymethine interactions. The counterions are found to localize near one end of the streptocyanine backbones, and the streptocyanines form a broad range of aggregates with significant electronic couplings between neighboring molecules. As a consequence, the linear and nonlinear optical properties are substantially modified in the bulk. By providing an understanding of the relationship between the molecular interactions and the bulk optical properties, our results point to a clear strategy for designing polymethine and counterion molecular structures and optimizing the materials properties for all-optical switching applications.

  2. Structural and magnetic properties of rapidly quenched and as-cast bulk NdFeBCu alloys

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    Sanchez Ll, J.L. [Laboratorio de Magnetismo, Facultad de Fisica-IMRE, Universidad de La Habana, Havana 10400 (Cuba)]. E-mail: sanchez@fisica.uh.cu; Bustamante S, R. [Laboratorio de Magnetismo, Facultad de Fisica-IMRE, Universidad de La Habana, Havana 10400 (Cuba); Barthem, V.M.T.S. [Instituto de Fisica, UFRJ, CT, Bloco A, C.P. 68528, 21945-970, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Miranda, P.E.V. de [Departamento de Engenharia Metalurgica e de Materiais, COPPE, UFRJ, C.P. 68505, 21945-970, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    2005-07-15

    A study of the structural and magnetic properties of as-cast and melt spun (x)Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B(100-x)Nd{sub 70}Cu{sub 30} alloys (x=10, 50 and 75%wt.) is presented. In as-cast alloys for x=10wt%. the formation of a high coercivity phase, referred to as N (T{sub C}=240 deg. C, {sub i}H{sub C}=4.9kOe) is found. N is a (Nd-Fe)-based phase with a Fe/Nd ratio lower than that of phase Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B ({phi}). It is suggested that this phase is related to the A{sub 1} phase found in binary Nd-Fe alloys. In melt-spun alloys, at the same x value of 10wt%, another hard phase is found which is suggested to be the Nd{sub 6}Fe{sub 13}Cu {delta}-phase (T{sub C}=192 deg. C, {sub i}H{sub C}=4.8kOe). Transmission electron microscope (TEM) micrographs of the ribbons with x=10wt% shows the formation of nanograins with a non-uniform grain size distribution. In cast alloys with x=50 and 75wt% large slab-like grains of {phi} are formed, in the inter-granular region a Nd-Cu eutectic phase and Nd grains, are observed. High coercivities are obtained in ribbons with x=50wt% ({sub i}H{sub C}=19.7kOe) and 75wt% ({sub i}H{sub C}=13.0kOe). A slight reduction in the Curie temperature of the {phi}-phase with respect to the bulk value is found in these ribbons.

  3. Bulk Nanostructured Materials

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    Koch, C. C.; Langdon, T. G.; Lavernia, E. J.

    2017-09-01

    This paper will address three topics of importance to bulk nanostructured materials. Bulk nanostructured materials are defined as bulk solids with nanoscale or partly nanoscale microstructures. This category of nanostructured materials has historical roots going back many decades but has relatively recent focus due to new discoveries of unique properties of some nanoscale materials. Bulk nanostructured materials are prepared by a variety of severe plastic deformation methods, and these will be reviewed. Powder processing to prepare bulk nanostructured materials requires that the powders be consolidated by typical combinations of pressure and temperature, the latter leading to coarsening of the microstructure. The thermal stability of nanostructured materials will also be discussed. An example of bringing nanostructured materials to applications as structural materials will be described in terms of the cryomilling of powders and their consolidation.

  4. Superconducting and mechanical properties of the bulk Bi(pb)SCCO system prepared via solid state and ammonium nitrate precipitation methods

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    Safran, S.; Kılıçarslan, E.; Ozturk, H.; Alp, M.; Akdogan, M.; Asikuzun, E.; Ozturk, O.; Kılıç, A.

    2015-09-01

    We have investigated the effect of preparation method on superconducting and mechanical properties of Bi(Pb)-2223 bulk samples using Bi1.85Pb0.35Sr2Ca2Cu3O10±y stoichiometry. Solid-state reaction and ammonium nitrate precipitation methods have been used for fabrication of the bulk samples. In addition, the effect of annealing time on BSCCO samples have been studied. Structural, electrical, magnetic and microhardness analyses of samples are performed by the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), DC resistivity, AC susceptibility and Vickers microhardness test. The critical transition temperature, phase purity, surface morphology and crystallinity of the prepared bulk samples are compared with each other. Elasticity (E), brittleness (Bi), fracture toughness (KIC) and yield strength (Y) values are also determined according to annealing time, applied load and production parameters of materials.

  5. Properties of the State of the Art of Bulk III-V Nitride Substrates and Homoepitaxial Layers

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    2010-01-01

    Czochralski or Bridgman because of the extremely high melting temperatures and very high nitrogen decomposition pressures [15–17]. Therefore, crystal...growers across the world have modified or adapted different methods requiring lower temperatures and pressures to grow bulk AlN and GaN semiconductors...high temperature (high nitrogenpressure solution technique— HPS) and HVPE (a quasi-bulk growth process) methods have produced relatively large area

  6. First-principles study on the magnetic and half-metallic properties in bulk and (001) surface of Ti{sub 2}CoSn Heusler alloy

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    Yan, Peng-Li [College of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xian 710119, Shaanxi (China); Zhang, Jian-Min, E-mail: jmzhang@snnu.edu.cn [College of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xian 710119, Shaanxi (China); Xu, Ke-Wei [College of Physics and Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, Xian University of Arts and Science, Xian 710065, Shaanxi (China)

    2016-06-30

    For the bulk and (001) surface of Ti{sub 2}CoSn Heusler alloy, the electronic and magnetic properties in bulk and the surface effect on the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of the alloy for different terminations of (001) surface have been studied by using first-principles calculations. The spin-gapless semiconductor (SGS) ferromagnetism with the magnetic moment of 3.00 μ{sub B}/f.u. is confirmed in the bulk Ti{sub 2}CoSn alloy with Hg{sub 2}CuTi-type structure. For two ideal terminations (TiCo, TiSn) and three modified terminations (CoCo*, TiTi*, SnSn*), the density of states (DOS) indicates that all terminations destroy the SGS character. Furthermore, we find that the atomic magnetic moments (AMM) decrease for the most atoms on the outmost three layers due to structural relaxation of these atoms inward. Both the DOS and AMM of the central layer L{sub 9} are similar to the corresponding bulk characters because surface effects fade out at the position of the inner layer, 12 Å below the surface. - Highlights: • Bulk Ti{sub 2}CoSn is spin-gapless semiconductor (SGS) ferromagnetism with 3 μB/f.u. moment. • All terminations of the (001) surface of the Ti{sub 2}CoSn alloy lose the SGS character. • Atomic magnetic moments at the (001) surface are greatly different from the bulk values.

  7. Mechanical Property and Corrosion Resistance Evaluations of Ti-6Al-7Nb Alloy Brazed with Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Miura, E. [Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan; Kato, H. [Tohoku University, Japan; Ogata, Toshiaki [Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan; Nishiyama, Nobuyuki [Tohoku University, Japan; Specht, Eliot D [ORNL; Shiraishi, Takanobu [ORNL; Inoue, A. [Tohoku University, Japan; Hisatsune, K. [Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan

    2007-01-01

    Exploitation of metallic glass as new brazing filler for Ti-based biomedical alloy was attempted. Ti-6Al-7Nb was used as a brazed material, and candidates of bulk metallic glass brazing filler were Cu60Hf25Ti15, Mg65Cu25Gd10, Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5 and Pd40Cu30P20Ni10. Convergence infrared-ray brazing was conducted for brazing Ti-6Al-7Nb/metallic glass in Ar atmosphere. After brazing, hardness measurement, X-ray tomography, cross-sectional observation, artificial saliva immersion test and tensile test were performed to evaluate brazability, mechanical property and corrosion resistance of the obtained brazing joints. The results of brazing using these metallic glass fillers show that all the metallic glasses were brazable to Ti-6Al-7Nb except for Mg65Cu25Gd10. Mg65Cu25Gd10, Cu60Hf25Ti15 and their joints collapsed rapidly during immersion test. Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5 joint was the best in terms of degradation resistance; however, tensile strength was inferior to the conventional one. Pd40Cu30Ni10P20 filler and Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5 filler and their joints did not show any collapse or tarnish during the immersion test. Pd40Cu30Ni10P20 joint showed the excellent properties in terms of both corrosion resistance and tensile strength, which were superior to a joint brazed using Ti-15Cu-25Ni conventional filler. X-ray tomograph indicates that fracture tends to occur in the vicinity of the brazing interface after tensile test. The brazed metallic glass fillers were fully crystallized, excluding Pd40Cu30Ni10P20 filler. Pd40Cu30Ni10P20 brazed filler contained mapleleaf like primary dendrite, peritectoid and a few microns interfacial reaction layer in glassy matrix. The results indicated that Pd40Cu30Ni10P20 is promising brazing filler for dental or biomaterial devices.

  8. The cohesiveness of sourcing teams

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    Lidegaard, Nina

    2015-01-01

    , the practical implementation is often unsuccessful leading to poor performance. Originating in PSM literature, factors influencing sourcing team performance are categorised into three: top management support, organisational structures, and those related to team members. In this paper, the concept...... of cohesiveness is introduced as an explanatory factor and, consequently, linkages between team cohesiveness and team performance are proposed.......Sourcing teams are introduced as an approach to achieving the interdepartmental integration necessary for companies to address the complexity of strategic sourcing. Companies aim at facilitating teams capable of balancing the goals and tasks of the team with departmental expectations; however...

  9. Unit Cohesion and the Surface Navy: Does Cohesion Affect Performance

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    1989-12-01

    Relationship of Group Cohe- sion to Group Performance: A Research Integration Attempt, by L. W. Oliver, A199069, July 1988. Cartwright , D., "The Nature of...Group Cohesiveness," in Darwin Cart- wright and Alvin Zander, eds., Group Dynamics: Research and Theory, New York: Harper and Row, 1968. Gujarati, D. N

  10. Influence of Size on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of an AISI 304L Stainless Steel—A Comparison between Bulk and Fibers

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    Baldenebro-Lopez, Francisco J.; Gomez-Esparza, Cynthia D.; Corral-Higuera, Ramon; Arredondo-Rea, Susana P.; Pellegrini-Cervantes, Manuel J.; Ledezma-Sillas, Jose E.; Martinez-Sanchez, Roberto; Herrera-Ramirez, Jose M.

    2015-01-01

    In this work, the mechanical properties and microstructural features of an AISI 304L stainless steel in two presentations, bulk and fibers, were systematically studied in order to establish the relationship among microstructure, mechanical properties, manufacturing process and effect on sample size. The microstructure was analyzed by XRD, SEM and TEM techniques. The strength, Young’s modulus and elongation of the samples were determined by tensile tests, while the hardness was measured by Vickers microhardness and nanoindentation tests. The materials have been observed to possess different mechanical and microstructural properties, which are compared and discussed. PMID:28787949

  11. Influence of Size on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of an AISI 304L Stainless Steel—A Comparison between Bulk and Fibers

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    Francisco J. Baldenebro-Lopez

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the mechanical properties and microstructural features of an AISI 304L stainless steel in two presentations, bulk and fibers, were systematically studied in order to establish the relationship among microstructure, mechanical properties, manufacturing process and effect on sample size. The microstructure was analyzed by XRD, SEM and TEM techniques. The strength, Young’s modulus and elongation of the samples were determined by tensile tests, while the hardness was measured by Vickers microhardness and nanoindentation tests. The materials have been observed to possess different mechanical and microstructural properties, which are compared and discussed.

  12. Forms of cohesion in confinement institutions

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    Ekaterina D. Slobodenyuk

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective to identify the diversity of cohesion forms in confinement institutions. Methods qualitative analyses based on indepth semistructured interviews. Results the study included adaptation of Western methodologies of the cohesion phenomenon analysis to the Russian reality and operationalization of the moral bases of group cohesion. This served as the bases for designing a guide for indepth semistructured interviews 10 interviews were conducted with people recently released from general and strict regime colonies. Content analysis of the interviews revealed a number of structural sections that demonstrate the diversity of cohesion forms alongside with one that is most meaningful to the prisoners and therefore the most well perceived and articulated by respondents. Analysis of the latter allowed to identify a set of groups showing different degree and nature of cohesion. By the degree of cohesion one can identify the poorly cohesive groups quotloutsquot moderately cohesive quotredsquot quotthievesquot and highly cohesive quotfightersquot. By the nature of cohesion in the prisonersrsquo community there are both groups united on the basis of social morality quotredsquot quotthievesquot and groups demonstrating a high degree of cohesion based on the social justice morality quotfightersquot. A detailed analysis of the latter group also showed that the cohesion can have both traits of morality social justice and features of social order moral. Scientific novelty using the sociopsychological theory of the moral motives in determining the bases of cohesion. Practical significance the research results can be applied for the development of sociopsychological techniques for the penal system reform.

  13. Factors affecting soil cohesion

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    Soil erodibility is a measure of a soil’s resistance against erosive forces and is affected by both intrinsic (or inherent) soil property and the extrinsic condition at the time erodibility measurement is made. Since soil erodibility is usually calculated from results obtained from erosion experimen...

  14. Cohesive Function of Lexical Repetition in Text

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    张莉; 卢沛沛

    2013-01-01

    Lexical repetition is the most direct form of lexical cohesion,which is the central device for making texts hang together. Although repetition is the most direct way to emphasize,it performs the cohesive effect more apparently.

  15. Writing Quality, Coherence, and Cohesion.

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    McCulley, George A.

    1985-01-01

    Using a random sample of 493 persuasive papers written by 17-year-olds during the 1978-79 National Assessment of Educational Progress writing evaluation, a study investigated the relationships among features of textual cohesion and primary trait assessments of writing quality and coherence, with manuscript length held statistically constant. (HOD)

  16. The Ethics of Social Cohesion

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    Heuser, Brian L.

    2005-01-01

    With trust as its antecedent, social capital comprises the potential capacities of a people to prosper. Building on the presence of social capital, social cohesion involves the internalization of social ethics and constitutes the level of realized propensity among citizens to engage in virtuous behavior for the common good. This theory elaboration…

  17. Developing Indicators of Territorial Cohesion

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    Gallina, Andrea; Farrugia, Nadia

    Territorial cohesion, broadly defined as the possibility for the population living in a territory to access services of general economic interest, is a relatively new concept, but which is increasingly gaining importance in the academic and policy-making spheres, especially in the European Union...

  18. Flocculation Dynamics of cohesive sediment

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    Maggi, F.

    2005-01-01

    Cohesive sediment suspended in natural waters is subject not only to transport and deposition processes but also to reactions of flocculation, \\textit{i.e.} aggregation of fine particles, and breakup of aggregates. Although aggregation and breakup occur at small and very small length scales compared

  19. Solution electrostatic levitator for measuring surface properties and bulk structures of an extremely supersaturated solution drop above metastable zone width limit

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    Lee, Sooheyong; Jo, Wonhyuk; Cho, Yong chan; Lee, Hyun Hwi; Lee, Geun Woo

    2017-05-01

    We report on the first integrated apparatus for measuring surface and thermophysical properties and bulk structures of a highly supersaturated solution by combining electrostatic levitation with real-time laser/x-ray scattering. Even today, a proper characterization of supersaturated solutions far above their solubility limits is extremely challenging because heterogeneous nucleation sites such as container walls or impurities readily initiate crystallization before the measurements can be performed. In this work, we demonstrate simultaneous measurements of drying kinetics and surface tension of a potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KH2PO4) aqueous solution droplet and its bulk structural evolution beyond the metastable zone width limit. Our experimental finding shows that the noticeable changes of the surface properties are accompanied by polymerizations of hydrated monomer clusters. The novel electrostatic levitation apparatus presented here provides an effective means for studying a wide range of highly concentrated solutions and liquids in deep metastable states.

  20. On Cohesion of I have a Dream

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    姬丽霞; 郑斌

    2009-01-01

    Cohesion theory was proposed by Halliday and Hasan in 1976, and then developed by them in 1985. Through the analysis of cohesive devices of the famous speech I have a Dream from the aspects of grammatical cohesion, lexical cohesion and parallelism, this paper proves that it not only functions as a device to make the text more compact, but could make the text more expressive and persuasive.

  1. Social Cohesion as the Goal: Can Social Cohesion Be Directly Pursued?

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    Koonce, Kelly A.

    2011-01-01

    This article establishes an understanding of social cohesion in general and discusses organizations and activities that are known to promote social cohesion before introducing organizations that claim to work toward social cohesion as one of their main priorities. The Council of Europe's Directorate General of Social Cohesion represents a…

  2. Cohesive zone modelling and the fracture process of structural tape

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    Stigh, Ulf; Biel, Anders; Svensson, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    Structural tapes provide comparable toughness as structural adhesives at orders of magnitude lower stresses. This is potentially useful to minimize the effects of differences in thermal expansion in the joining of mixed materials. The strength properties are modelled using the cohesive zone model....... Thus, a cohesive zone represents the tape, i.e. stresses in the tape are transmitted to the substrates through tractions determined by the separations of the surfaces of substrates. This simplification allows for structural analysis of large complex structures. The relation between the traction...

  3. Cohesion in Written Business Discourse: Some Contrasts.

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    Johns, Ann M.

    1980-01-01

    Describes study to determine whether "constellations" of cohesive items occur in letters, reports, and textbooks. Concludes cohesive elements can be identified in each type of discourse but generalizations cannot be made about cohesive features in broad classes of applied and academic English for Business and Economics (EBE) discourse. (Author/BK)

  4. Analysis of textual Cohesion in News Report

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    刘盛兰

    2014-01-01

    Cohesion embodies the non-structural resources in English discourse and indicates the latent continuity existing in the text.On the basis of cohesion theory,this paper analyzes textual cohesion of the selected news reports form BBC website,in order to explore the way of structuring the text and realizing the meaning of the text.

  5. Social Cohesion, Social Capital and the Neighbourhood.

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    Forrest, Ray; Kearns, Ade

    2001-01-01

    Outlines key dimensions of social cohesion, exploring whether societies are facing a new crisis in this area. Examines where contemporary residential neighborhoods fit into social cohesion debates, particularly regarding the interaction between social cohesion and social capital. Outlines key debates over social capital, showing how it can be…

  6. Calculation of cohesive energy of actinide metals

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    钱存富; 陈秀芳; 余瑞璜; 耿平; 段占强

    1997-01-01

    According to empirical electron theory of solids and molecules (EET), an equation for calculating the cohesive energy of actinide metals is given, the cohesive energy of 9 actinide metals with known crystal structure is calculated, which is identical with the experimental values on the whole, and the cohesive energy of 6 actinide metals with unknown crystal structure is forecast.

  7. Analysis of Cohesion inOliver Twist

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    2016-01-01

    Cohesion is an important concept in the study of stylistics. This thesis aims to study the applications of cohesion in the Charles Dicken’ world-famous novelOliver Twist, including both the grammatical and lexical cohesive devices in the work.

  8. The influence of a grain boundary on the thermal transport properties of bulk, melt-processed Y-Ba-Cu-O

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    Marchal, C.; Fagnard, J. F.; Shi, Y. H.; Cardwell, D. A.; Mucha, J.; Misiorek, H.; Cloots, R.; Vertruyen, B.; Vanderbemden, P.

    2013-01-01

    We report the dependence of thermal conductivity, thermoelectric power and electrical resistivity on temperature for a bulk, large grain melt-processed Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) high temperature superconductor (HTS) containing two grains separated by a well-defined grain boundary. Transport measurements at temperatures between 10 and 300 K were carried out both within one single grain (intra-granular properties) and across the grain boundary (inter-granular properties). The influence of an applied external magnetic field of up to 8 T on the measured sample properties was also investigated. The presence of the grain boundary is found to affect strongly the electrical resistivity of the melt-processed bulk sample, but has almost no effect on its thermoelectric power and thermal conductivity, within experimental error. The results of this study provide direct evidence that the heat flow in multi-granular melt-processed YBCO bulk samples should be virtually unaffected by the presence of grain boundaries in the material.

  9. The effect of hyaluronic acid on brushite cement cohesion.

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    Alkhraisat, M H; Rueda, C; Mariño, F T; Torres, J; Jerez, L B; Gbureck, U; Cabarcos, E L

    2009-10-01

    The improvement of calcium phosphate cement (CPC) cohesion is essential for its application in highly blood perfused regions. This study reports the effectiveness of hyaluronic acids of different molecular weights in the enhancement of brushite cement cohesion. The cement was prepared using a powder phase composed of a mixture of beta-tricalcium phosphate and monocalcium phosphate monohydrate, whereas the liquid phase was formed by 0.5M citric acid solution modified by the addition of hyaluronic acid of different molecular weights. It was found that medium and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid enhances the cement cohesion and scarcely affects the cement mechanical properties. However, concentrations >0.5% (w/v) were less efficient to prevent the cement disintegration. It is concluded that hyaluronic acid could be applied efficiently to reduce brushite cement disintegration.

  10. Effects of Soil Bulk Density on Gas Transport Parameters and Pore-Network Properties across a Sandy Field Site

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    Masis Melendez, Federico; de Jonge, Lis Wollesen; Chamindu, T K K Deepagoda

    2015-01-01

    The gas diffusion coefficient, air permeability, and their interrelations with air-filled porosity are crucial for characterization of diffusive and convective transport of gases in soils. Variations in soil bulk density can affect water retention, air-filled pore space, pore tortuosity...

  11. Differences in photoluminescence properties and thermal degradation between nanoparticle and bulk particle BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+ phosphors under UV?VUV irradiation.

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    Liu, Bitao; Xin, Shuangyu; Li, Fenghua; Zhang, Jiachi; Wang, Yuhua

    2014-05-01

    BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+ (BAM) phosphors used for plasma display panels and three-band fluorescence lamps are exposed to an oxidizing environment at about 500 degrees C, which is currently unavoidable in actual applications. We investigated the mechanism of the luminance degradation of BAM caused by annealing at 500 degrees C based on the difference in luminance degradation of bulk particle and nanoparticle samples under various excitation source irradiations. When the samples were excited by the different light sources, more than 30% degradation of luminance occurred under 147 nm while less than 10% degradation occurred under 254 nm both for nanoparticle and bulk particle samples. In addition, the luminescence degradation of nanophosphors shows a different tendency compared to the bulk phosphors. With a model based on the particle size and excitation light penetration depth, we demonstrate that the degradation is still mainly ascribed to the oxidized of divalent Eu. The differences in luminescence properties between nanophosphors and bulk phosphors are also illustrated by this model. As a result, the potential industrial applications of nanophosphors are evaluated.

  12. Influence of layered precursor pellets on the growth and properties of Y-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors by top-seeded melt-textured growth

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    Tang, Tian-wei; Wu, Dong-jie; Xu, Ke-Xi

    2016-03-01

    It is well known that a fine and homogeneous distribution of Y2BaCuO5 (Y211) phase particles in single-grain Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) bulk superconductors is essential for improving field-trapping ability. However, the size and concentration of Y211 phase particles in the fully melt-processed superconducting bulk increase significantly with the distance from the seed, which results in the accumulation of Y211 phase particles and the degradation of superconducting properties. In this paper, we report a new method of fabricating single-grain YBCO using layered precursor pellets. Using the top-seeded melt-textured growth process, single-grain YBCO bulk superconductors of about 22 mm in diameter and 9 mm in thickness were fabricated from layered precursor pellets and standard precursor pellets, respectively. The layered precursor pellets consist of precursor powders with 40 mol% Y211 at the top, 30 mol% Y211 in the middle and 20 mol% Y211 at the bottom of the whole pellets, while standard precursor pellets are prepared from precursor powders with only 40 mol% Y211. The growth morphology, microstructure and magnetic flux properties of the layered samples and standard samples were comparatively studied. The results proved that the layered precursor pellets allow a sufficient growth in the c-growth sector and a more uniform distribution of the Y211 phase in the matrix. The distribution of Y211 phase particles is qualitatively explained by the prevalent trapping/pushing theory. The trapped field at 77 K reaches 0.8 T, nearly 29% higher than the standard sample. The present results are very valuable for further improving the properties of YBCO bulk superconductors.

  13. A Molecular-Scale Understanding of Cohesion and Fracture in P3HT:Fullerene Blends

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    Tummala, Naga Rajesh

    2015-04-21

    Quantifying cohesion and understanding fracture phenomena in thin-film electronic devices are necessary for improved materials design and processing criteria. For organic photovoltaics (OPVs), the cohesion of the photoactive layer portends its mechanical flexibility, reliability, and lifetime. Here, the molecular mechanism for the initiation of cohesive failure in bulk heterojunction (BHJ) OPV active layers derived from the semiconducting polymer poly-(3-hexylthiophene) [P3HT] and two mono-substituted fullerenes is examined experimentally and through molecular-dynamics simulations. The results detail how, under identical conditions, cohesion significantly changes due to minor variations in the fullerene adduct functionality, an important materials consideration that needs to be taken into account across fields where soluble fullerene derivatives are used.

  14. Iconicity of cohesion in Persian causative constructions

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    Mohammad Ali Salmani Nodoushan

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper tries to show that Persian causative constructions are not only iconic in nature but also employ iconicity of cohesion in their syntactic structures productively. It starts with a description of iconicity and specifically focuses on the notion of conceptual distance as discussed by Haiman (1983. It then briefly reviews the formal typology of causative constructions (i. e., lexical, morphological, and periphrastic and summarizes the ideas proposed by Comrie (1989, Dixon (2000, Shibatani (1976, and Talmy (2003 to come up with a list of, and a table for, the semantic properties of causative constructions (i. e., directness, coercion, control, manipulation, separability, and clause structure. The paper then presents tangible evidence and examples from Persian to claim that the linguistic distance observed between [Vcause] and [Veffect] in different types of Persian causative constructions mirrors the conceptual distance between them, and concludes that the iconic nature of causative constructions in Persian can be explained on the basis of the principle of iconicity of cohesion. It lends support to the universality of the principles of functional-cognitive linguistics and shows that iconicity theory still has a high potential for explaining form-meaning relations in different syntactic structures.

  15. Persistent telomere cohesion triggers a prolonged anaphase.

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    Kim, Mi Kyung; Smith, Susan

    2014-01-01

    Telomeres use distinct mechanisms (not used by arms or centromeres) to mediate cohesion between sister chromatids. However, the motivation for a specialized mechanism at telomeres is not well understood. Here we show, using fluorescence in situ hybridization and live-cell imaging, that persistent sister chromatid cohesion at telomeres triggers a prolonged anaphase in normal human cells and cancer cells. Excess cohesion at telomeres can be induced by inhibition of tankyrase 1, a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase that is required for resolution of telomere cohesion, or by overexpression of proteins required to establish telomere cohesion, the shelterin subunit TIN2 and the cohesin subunit SA1. Regardless of the method of induction, excess cohesion at telomeres in mitosis prevents a robust and efficient anaphase. SA1- or TIN2-induced excess cohesion and anaphase delay can be rescued by overexpression of tankyrase 1. Moreover, we show that primary fibroblasts, which accumulate excess telomere cohesion at mitosis naturally during replicative aging, undergo a similar delay in anaphase progression that can also be rescued by overexpression of tankyrase 1. Our study demonstrates that there are opposing forces that regulate telomere cohesion. The observation that cells respond to unresolved telomere cohesion by delaying (but not completely disrupting) anaphase progression suggests a mechanism for tolerating excess cohesion and maintaining telomere integrity. This attempt to deal with telomere damage may be ultimately futile for aging fibroblasts but useful for cancer cells.

  16. CRACK PROPAGATION IN POLYCRYSTALLINE ELASTIC-VISCOPLASTIC MATERIALS USING COHESIVE ZONE MODELS

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    2006-01-01

    Cohesive zone model was used to simulate two-dimensional plane strain crack propagation at the grain level model including grain boundary zones. Simulated results show that the original crack-tip may not be separated firstly in an elastic-viscoplastic polycrystals. The grain interior's material properties (e.g. strain rate sensitivity) characterize the competitions between plastic and cohesive energy dissipation mechanisms.The higher the strain rate sensitivity is, the larger amount of the external work is transformed into plastic dissipation energy than into cohesive energy, which delays the cohesive zone rupturing. With the strain rate sensitivity decreased, the material property tends to approach the elastic-plastic responses. In this case, the plastic dissipation energy decreases and the cohesive dissipation energy increases which accelerates the cohesive zones debonding. Increasing the cohesive strength or the critical separation displacement will reduce the stress triaxiality at grain interiors and grain boundaries. Enhancing the cohesive zones ductility can improve the matrix materials resistance to void damage.

  17. Theoretical investigation of the electronic structures and magnetic properties of the bulk and surface (001) of the quaternary Heusler alloy NiCoMnGa

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    Al-zyadi, Jabbar M. Khalaf; Gao, G. Y.; Yao, Kai-Lun

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, we study the electronic structures, magnetic properties, and half-metallicity of the bulk and (001) surface of Heusler alloy NiCoMnGa. Our first-principles calculations exhibit that, within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) of the electronic exchange-correlation functional, the quaternary Heusler alloy NiCoMnGa is a half-metallic ferromagnet at the equilibrium lattice constant of 5.795 Ǻ with a total spin magnetic moment of 5 μB per formula unit. The calculated total atomic magnetic moment follows the Slater-Pauling rule. At the same equilibrium lattice constant, the half-metallicity confirmed in the bulk NiCoMnGa, is destroyed at both MnGa- and NiCo-terminated (001) surfaces and subsurfaces. Based on the magnetic property calculations, the magnetic moments of Co, Mn, and Ga atoms at the NiCo- and MnGa-terminated surfaces increase with respect to the corresponding bulk values while the atomic magnetic moment of Ni at the NiCo-terminated surface decreases.

  18. A Formula for Building Cohesion

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    2007-11-02

    in World.War II to feel the tremendous outpouring of warmth , friendebip, banding and esprit that exist among its members. They"had cohesion. "In the... interpersonal relationships. Furthermore, if the company comniader elects to provide compensatorzy time for the company but cannot allow the entire unit...that a unit commander can devise to provide settings for interpersonal relationships to flourish. Having provided for face-to-face relationships to

  19. Formation and mechanical properties of bulk Cu-Ti-Zr-Ni metallic glasses with high glass forming ability

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    YANG Ying-jun; KANG Fu-wei; XING Da-wei; SUN Jian-fei; SHEN Qing-ke; SHEN Jun

    2007-01-01

    Bulk amorphous Cu52.5Ti30Zr11.5Ni6 and Cu53.1Ti31.4Zr9.5Ni6 alloys with a high glass forming ability can be quenched into single amorphous rods with a diameter of 5 mm, and exhibit a high fracture strength of 2 212 MPa and 2 184 MPa under compressive condition, respectively. The stress-strain curves show nearly 2% elastic strain limit, yet display no appreciable macroscopic plastic deformation prior to the catastrophic fracture due to highly localized shear bands. The present work shows clearly evidence of molten droplets besides well-developed vein patterns typical of bulk metallic glasses on the fracture surface, suggesting that localized melting induced by adiabatic heating may occur during the final failure event.

  20. The Structure and Mechanical Properties of High-Strength Bulk Ultrafine-Grained Cobalt Prepared Using High-Energy Ball Milling in Combination with Spark Plasma Sintering

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available In this study, bulk ultrafine-grained and micro-crystalline cobalt was prepared using a combination of high-energy ball milling and subsequent spark plasma sintering. The average grain sizes of the ultrafine-grained and micro-crystalline materials were 200 nm and 1 μm, respectively. Mechanical properties such as the compressive yield strength, the ultimate compressive strength, the maximum compressive deformation and the Vickers hardness were studied and compared with those of a coarse-grained as-cast cobalt reference sample. The bulk ultrafine-grained sample showed an ultra-high compressive yield strength that was greater than 1 GPa, which is discussed with respect to the preparation technique and a structural investigation.

  1. Mode I Cohesive Law Characterization of Through-Crack Propagation in a Multidirectional Laminate

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    Bergan, Andrew C.; Davila, Carlos G.; Leone, Frank A.; Awerbuch, Jonathan; Tan, Tein-Min

    2014-01-01

    A method is proposed and assessed for the experimental characterization of through-the-thickness crack propagation in multidirectional composite laminates with a cohesive law. The fracture toughness and crack opening displacement are measured and used to determine a cohesive law. Two methods of computing fracture toughness are assessed and compared. While previously proposed cohesive characterizations based on the R-curve exhibit size effects, the proposed approach results in a cohesive law that is a material property. The compact tension specimen configuration is used to propagate damage while load and full-field displacements are recorded. These measurements are used to compute the fracture toughness and crack opening displacement from which the cohesive law is characterized. The experimental results show that a steady-state fracture toughness is not reached. However, the proposed method extrapolates to steady-state and is demonstrated capable of predicting the structural behavior of geometrically-scaled specimens.

  2. Effects of Mo additions on the glass-forming ability and magnetic properties of bulk amorphous Fe-C-Si-B-P-Mo alloys

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    YI; Seonghoon

    2010-01-01

    Glass formation, mechanical and magnetic properties of the Fe76-xC7.0Si3.3B5.0P8.7Mox (x=0, 1 at.%, 3 at.% and 5 at.%) alloys prepared using an industrial Fe-P master alloy have been studied. With the substitution of Mo for Fe, glass-forming ability (GFA) was significantly enhanced and fully amorphous rods with a diameter of up to 5 mm were produced in the alloy with 3% Mo. The Mo-containing amorphous alloys also exhibited high fracture strength of 3635–3881 MPa and excellent magnetic properties including a high saturation magnetization of 1.10–1.41 T, a high Curie temperature and a low coercive force. The unique combination of high GFA, high fracture strength and excellent magnetic properties make the newly developed bulk metallic glasses viable for practical engineering applications.

  3. Bulk growth, structure, optical properties and laser damage threshold of organic nonlinear optical crystals of Imidazolium L-Ascorbate

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    Saripalli, Ravi Kiran; Bhat, H. L.; Elizabeth, Suja

    2016-09-01

    Bulk, transparent organic nonlinear optical (NLO) single-crystals of imidazolium L-Ascorbate (ImLA) were grown using slow-evaporation. Crystal structure was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Preliminary linear optical measurements through UV-Visible and infrared spectroscopy revealed good optical transmittance and a low near-UV cutoff wavelength at 256 nm. Kurtz and Perry powder test revealed that ImLA is a phase-matchable NLO material with a second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency of 1.2 times larger than that of standard KH2PO4 (KDP). Laser damage thresholds were determined for ImLA.

  4. Happier together. Social cohesion and subjective well-being in Europe.

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    Delhey, Jan; Dragolov, Georgi

    2016-06-01

    Despite mushrooming research on "social" determinants of subjective well-being (SWB), little is known as to whether social cohesion as a collective property is among the key societal conditions for human happiness. This article fills this gap in investigating the importance of living in a cohesive society for citizens' SWB. For 27 European Union countries, it combines the newly developed Bertelsmann Foundation's Cohesion Index with individual well-being data on life evaluation and psychological functioning as surveyed in the recent European Quality of Life Survey. The main results from multi-level analyses are as follows. First, Europeans are indeed happier and psychologically healthier in more cohesive societies. Second, all three core domains of cohesion increase individuals' SWB. Third, citizens in the more affluent part of Europe feel the positivity of social cohesion more consistently than those in the less affluent part. Finally, within countries, cohesion is good for the SWB of resource-rich and resource-poor groups alike. Our findings also shed new light on the ongoing debate on economic progress and quality of life: what makes citizenries of affluent societies happier is, in the first place, their capacity to create togetherness and solidarity among their members-in other words, cohesion. © 2015 International Union of Psychological Science.

  5. Magnetic Properties of GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-y} Bulk Superconductors Fabricated by a Top-seeded Melt Growth Process

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    Kim, K. M.; Park, S. D.; Jun, B. H.; Kim, C. J. [Neutron Science Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Ko, T. K. [Dept. of Electrical and Eletronic Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-08-15

    The fabrications condition and superconducting properties of top-seeded melt growth (TSMG) processed GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-y} (Gd123) bulk superconductors were studied. Processing parameters (a maximum temperature (T{sub max}), a temperature for crystal growth (T{sub G}) and a cooling rate (R{sub G}) through a peritectic temperature (T{sub P}) for the fabrication of single grain Gd123 superconductors were optimized. The magnetic levitation forces, trapped magnetic fields, superconducting transition temperature (Tc) and critical current density (Jc) of the Gd123 bulks superconductors were estimated. Single grain Gd123 bulk superconductors were successfully fabricated at the optimized processing condition. The Tc of a TSMG processed Gd123 sample was 92.5 K and the Jc at 77 K and 0 T was approximately 50{kappa}A/cm{sup 2}. The trapped magnetic field contour and magnetic levitation forces were dependent on the top surface morphology of TSMG processed Gd123 samples. The single grain Gd123 samples, field-cooled at 77 K using a Nd-B-Fe permanent magnet with 5.27 kG and 30 mm dia., showed the trapped magnetic field contour of a single grain with a maximum of 4 kG at the sample center. The maximum magnetic levitation forces of the single grain Gd123 sample, field-cooled or zero field-cooled, were 40 N and 107 N, respectively.

  6. Superconducting and mechanical properties of the bulk Bi(pb)SCCO system prepared via solid state and ammonium nitrate precipitation methods

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    Safran, S., E-mail: safran@science.ankara.edu.tr [Ankara University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Tandoğan, Ankara 06100 (Turkey); Center of Excellence for Superconductivity Research, 50 Year Campus, Golbaşı, Ankara (Turkey); Kılıçarslan, E.; Ozturk, H. [Ankara University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Tandoğan, Ankara 06100 (Turkey); Center of Excellence for Superconductivity Research, 50 Year Campus, Golbaşı, Ankara (Turkey); Alp, M. [Center of Excellence for Superconductivity Research, 50 Year Campus, Golbaşı, Ankara (Turkey); Akdogan, M. [Center of Excellence for Superconductivity Research, 50 Year Campus, Golbaşı, Ankara (Turkey); Abant İzzet Baysal University, Department of Physics, Bolu (Turkey); Asikuzun, E.; Ozturk, O. [Kastamonu University, Department of Physics, Kastamonu (Turkey); Kastamonu University, Research and Application Center, Kastamonu (Turkey); Kılıç, A. [Ankara University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Tandoğan, Ankara 06100 (Turkey); Center of Excellence for Superconductivity Research, 50 Year Campus, Golbaşı, Ankara (Turkey)

    2015-09-01

    We have investigated the effect of preparation method on superconducting and mechanical properties of Bi(Pb)-2223 bulk samples using Bi{sub 1.85}Pb{sub 0.35}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10±y} stoichiometry. Solid-state reaction and ammonium nitrate precipitation methods have been used for fabrication of the bulk samples. In addition, the effect of annealing time on BSCCO samples have been studied. Structural, electrical, magnetic and microhardness analyses of samples are performed by the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), DC resistivity, AC susceptibility and Vickers microhardness test. The critical transition temperature, phase purity, surface morphology and crystallinity of the prepared bulk samples are compared with each other. Elasticity (E), brittleness (B{sub i}), fracture toughness (K{sub IC}) and yield strength (Y) values are also determined according to annealing time, applied load and production parameters of materials.

  7. Comparison of the effects of platinum and CeO2 on the properties of single grain, Sm-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors

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    Zhao, Wen; Shi, Yunhua; Radušovská, Monika; Dennis, Anthony R.; Durrell, John H.; Diko, Pavel; Cardwell, David A.

    2016-12-01

    SmBa2Cu3O7-δ (Sm-123) is a light-rare-earth barium-cuprate (LRE-BCO) high-temperature superconductor (HTS) with significant potential for high field industrial applications. We report the fabrication of large, single grain bulk [Sm-Ba-Cu-O (SmBCO)] superconductors containing 1 wt% CeO2 and 0.1 wt% Pt using a top-seeded melt growth process. The performance of the SmBCO bulk superconductors containing the different dopants was evaluated based on an analysis of their superconducting properties, including critical transition temperature, T c and critical current density, J c , and on sample microstructure. We find that both CeO2 and Pt dopants refine the size of Sm2BaCuO5 (Sm-211) particles trapped in the Sm-123 superconducting phase matrix, which act as effective flux pinning centres, although the addition of CeO2 results in broadly improved superconducting performance of the fully processed bulk single grain. However, 1 wt% CeO2 is significantly cheaper than 0.1 wt% Pt, which has clear economic benefits for use in medium to large scale production processes for these technologically important materials. Finally, the use of CeO2 results generally in the formation of finer Sm-211 particles and to the generation of fewer macro-cracks and Sm-211 free regions in the sample microstructure.

  8. Nonlinear optical properties of bulk cuprous oxide using single beam Z-scan at 790 nm

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    Serna, J.; Rueda, E. [Grupo de Óptica y Fotónica, Instituto de Física, Universidad de Antioquia U de A, Calle 70 No. 52-21, Medellín (Colombia); García, H., E-mail: hgarcia@siue.edu [Department of Physics, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois 60026 (United States)

    2014-11-10

    The two-photon absorption (TPA) coefficient β and the nonlinear index of refraction n{sub 2} for bulk cuprous oxide (Cu{sub 2}O) direct gap semiconductor single crystal have been measured by using a balance-detection Z-scan single beam technique, with an excellent signal to noise ratio. Both coefficients were measured at 790 nm using a 65 fs laser pulse at a repetition rate of 90.9 MHz, generated by a Ti:Sapphire laser oscillator. The experimental values for β were explained by using a model that includes allowed-allowed, forbidden-allowed, and forbidden-forbidden transitions. It was found that the forbidden-forbidden transition is the dominant mechanism, which is consistent with the band structure of Cu{sub 2}O. The low value for β found in bulk, as compared with respect to thin film, is explained in terms of the structural change in thin films that result in opposite parities of the conduction and valence band. The n{sub 2} is also theoretically calculated by using the TPA dispersion curve and the Kramers-Kronig relations for nonlinear optics.

  9. Viscosity properties and strong liquid behavior of Pr60Ni25Al15 bulk metallic glass-forming liquids

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    WANG Dan; ZHANG Di; WANG ShuYing; NING QianYan; ZHENG CaiPing; YAN Yuan; LIU Jia; SUN MinHua

    2008-01-01

    Pr60Ni25Al15 bulk metallic glass in a cuboid form with dimensions of 2 mm×2 mm×55 mm by copper mold casting method was cast.The dynamic viscosity near the glass transition region for Pr60Ni25Al15 was measured by three-point beam bending methods.The fragility parameter m and activation energy for viscous flow of the liquid sample were calculated to be: m = 31.66, E= 10689.17 K, respectively.It was shown that the supercooled liquid of Pr60Ni25Al15 alloy behaved much closer to strong glasses.The variation of active energy with temperature in supercooled liquid was analyzed.It was found that Kivelson's super-Arrhenius equation is not suitable for description of the activation energy in a supercooled region of Bulk metallic glass, and there is a direct proportion between activation energy crystal-lization and activation energy of viscous flow.

  10. Electrochemical properties of the passive film on bulk Zr-Fe-Cr intermetallic fabricated by spark plasma sintering

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    Bai, Yakui; Ling, Yunhan; Lai, Wensheng; Xing, Shupei; Ma, Wen

    2016-12-01

    Although Zr-based second phase particles (SPPs) are important factors influencing corrosion resistance of zircaloy cladding materials, the corrosion behavior of SPPs has not been investigated by means of electrochemical method so far. In order to clarify the role of SPPs commonly existed in zircaloy, bulk Zr-based intermetallics were firstly fabricated by spark plasma sintering (SPS) at temperatures 1373 K and an applied pressure of 60 MPa in this work. Both the natural passive film on surface and oxidation behavior of intermetallic has been investigated in this work. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern showed that as-prepared intermetallic of crystal structure belongs to Laves phase with AB2 type. Electrochemical measurement of passive film on surface of bulk Zr-based intermetallic exhibited significant difference with that of zirconium. Potentiodynamic measurements results revealed that intermetallic exhibited higher corrosion potential and lower corrosion current density than that of pure zirconium, implying that Zr-based second phase will act as cathode when they are included in zirconium matrix. Meanwhile, significant improvement of Zr-Fe-Cr intermetallic on the water chemistry corrosion resistance was demonstrated comparing with Zr-Fe and Zr-Cr binary intermetallics.

  11. Viscosity properties and strong liquid behavior of Pr60Ni25Al15 bulk metallic glass-forming liquids

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    2008-01-01

    Pr60Ni25Al15 bulk metallic glass in a cuboid form with dimensions of 2 mm×2 mm×55 mm by copper mold casting method was cast. The dynamic viscosity near the glass transition region for Pr60Ni25Al15 was measured by three-point beam bending methods. The fragility parameter m and activation energy for viscous flow of the liquid sample were calculated to be:m=31.66,E=10689.17 K,respectively. It was shown that the supercooled liquid of Pr60Ni25Al15 alloy behaved much closer to strong glasses. The variation of active energy with temperature in supercooled liquid was analyzed. It was found that Kivelson’s super-Arrhenius equation is not suitable for description of the activation energy in a supercooled region of Bulk metallic glass,and there is a direct proportion between activation energy crystal-lization and activation energy of viscous flow.

  12. Influence of magnetic cohesion on the stability of granular slopes.

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    Taylor, K; King, P J; Swift, Michael R

    2008-09-01

    We use a molecular dynamics model to simulate the formation and evolution of a granular pile in two dimensions in order to gain a better understanding of the role of magnetic interactions in avalanche dynamics. We find that the angle of repose increases only slowly with magnetic field; the increase in angle is small even for intergrain cohesive forces many times stronger than gravity. The magnetic forces within the bulk of the pile partially cancel as a result of the anisotropic nature of the dipole-dipole interaction between grains. However, we show that this cancellation effect is not sufficiently strong to explain the discrepancy between the angle of repose in wet systems and magnetically cohesive systems. In our simulations we observe shearing deep within the pile, and we argue that it is this motion that prevents the angle of repose from increasing dramatically. We also investigate different implementations of friction with the front and back walls of the container, and conclude that the nature of the friction dramatically affects the influence of magnetic cohesion on the angle of repose.

  13. Cohesion in Computer Text Generation: Lexical Substitution.

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    1983-05-01

    substitutions. Paul is able to generate a cohesive text which exhibits the binding of sentences through presupposition dependencies, the marking of old...lexical substitutions, Paul is able to generate a cohesive text - • which exhibits the binding of sentences through presupposition dependencies, the...problem in using these cohesive devices is that it is necessary to guarantee that they are understandable. That is, since these items refer anaphorically

  14. Party cohesion in the Icelandic Althingi

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    Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Institutional theories of party cohesion may be divided into "nomination theories" and "structure of the executive theories". The former seek explanations of cohesion in the way nominations are conducted, predicting that de-centralized and inclusive nominations will reduce party cohesion. The latter attempt to explain cohesion by reference to the structure of the executive, and predict that parliamentary government will increase cohesion. Party cohesion in the Icelandic Althingi has, hitherto, not been extensively studied. In this article, large amounts of data are explored to test hypotheses derived from the two theoretical approaches. The analysis is based on roll-call data dating back to 1961 and electronic voting records from 1991 onwards. The main conclusion is that party cohesion is at a high level in Iceland, despite decentralized and inclusive nominations, and hypotheses derived from nomination theories therefore find no support in our data. Hypotheses derived from "structure of the executive theories" fare much better and the main reason for high party cohesion in Iceland seems to be parliamentary government. Various features of our data, however, encourage us not to ignore other contextual features affecting party cohesion, which neither of the two institutional theories can account for satisfactorily.

  15. Psychological characteristics of group cohesion athletes.

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    Sheriff Sarhan

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The basic components of group cohesion in sport teams. An analysis of publications on cohesion within the groups where an interconnection of individual goals of each participant group with common goals and the end result of teamwork. The concept of harmony in the team sports, where the rate of group cohesion is dependent on such integrative index as psychological climate. It is established that a number of athletes to achieve high results require high cohesion, unity, value-normative orientation, deep identification and responsibility for the results of the joint group activities.

  16. Assessing Software Quality Through Visualised Cohesion Metrics

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    Timothy Shih

    2001-05-01

    Full Text Available Cohesion is one of the most important factors for software quality as well as maintainability, reliability and reusability. Module cohesion is defined as a quality attribute that seeks for measuring the singleness of the purpose of a module. The module of poor quality can be a serious obstacle to the system quality. In order to design a good software quality, software managers and engineers need to introduce cohesion metrics to measure and produce desirable software. A highly cohesion software is thought to be a desirable constructing. In this paper, we propose a function-oriented cohesion metrics based on the analysis of live variables, live span and the visualization of processing element dependency graph. We give six typical cohesion examples to be measured as our experiments and justification. Therefore, a well-defined, well-normalized, well-visualized and well-experimented cohesion metrics is proposed to indicate and thus enhance software cohesion strength. Furthermore, this cohesion metrics can be easily incorporated with software CASE tool to help software engineers to improve software quality.

  17. Automated Behavior and Cohesion Assessment Tools Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — An important consideration of long duration space flight operations is interpersonal dynamics that effect crew cohesion and performance. Flight surgeons have stated...

  18. Application of Cohesion Theory in Listening Text Analysis

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    董天; 牛敬敏

    2014-01-01

    Based on discourse cohesion,this thesis adopts phonological cohesion,lexical cohesion,structure cohesion and logical con-junction as the theoretical guidance and analyzes the listening texts and proves that multidimensional cohesion plays an important role in listen-ing comprehension.

  19. Cohesive Harmony and Textual Quality: An Empirical Investigation.

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    Fang, Zhihui; Cox, Beverly E.

    1998-01-01

    Finds developmental changes in both cohesive harmony and holistic writing quality in the writing of first graders, suggesting that cohesive harmony may be a sensitive measure of textual quality. Finds no consistent relationship between measures of cohesive ties and cohesive harmony. Suggests that cohesive harmony is a viable tool for discourse…

  20. Developing Team Cohesion: A Quasi-Field Experiment

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    2004-03-01

    the extent of motivation to accomplishing the organization’s goals and Group Characteristics Group Processes Cohesion Social Task...Workload Sharing Cohesion Social (Bonding) Task Effectiveness Spirit Pride Environment Stressful activities Social activities Individual...n Task Cohesion Social Cohesion Affective Horizontal Bonding Figure 3. Growth of cohesion over time for seven week familiarity period and one week

  1. Regions and the Territorial Cohesion

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    Ioan Ianos

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Territorial cohesion is an important target of European Union, constantly promoted by its institutions and their representatives. In the context of the Europe 2020 strategy, one of the most important support documents, the region represents a very important issue, being considered to be the key to its successfulness. The region is seen as a support for the smart growth and all the operational policy concepts try to make use of the spatial potential, by taking better account of the territorial specificities. Two main questions play attention: the need to transform the present-day developmental regions into administrative ones is a priority? What kind of regionalization it must to be promoted? Correlating these issues with already defined territorial cohesion, the administrative region is a real tool for the future territorial development. The experience of the last 14 years asks urgently the building of a new territorial administrative reform, giving competences to regions. For instant, each development region is a construction resulted from a free association of the counties. Their role in the regional development is much reduced one, because their regional councils are not elected; decisions taken at this level are consultative for the social, economical, cultural or political actors.

  2. Effect of Yttrium Addition on Glass-Forming Ability and Magnetic Properties of Fe–Co–B–Si–Nb Bulk Metallic Glass

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    Teruo Bitoh

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The glass-forming ability (GFA and the magnetic properties of the [(Fe0.5Co0.50.75B0.20Si0.05]96Nb4−xYx bulk metallic glasses (BMGs have been studied. The partial replacement of Nb by Y improves the thermal stability of the glass against crystallization. The saturation mass magnetization (σs exhibits a maximum around 2 at. % Y, and the value of σs of the alloy with 2 at. % Y is 6.5% larger than that of the Y-free alloy. The coercivity shows a tendency to decrease with increasing Y content. These results indicate that the partial replacement of Nb by Y in the Fe–Co–B–Si–Nb BMGs is useful to simultaneous achievement of high GFA, high σs, and good soft magnetic properties.

  3. Modeling reciprocal team cohesion-performance relationships, as impacted by shared leadership and members' competence.

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    Mathieu, John E; Kukenberger, Michael R; D'Innocenzo, Lauren; Reilly, Greg

    2015-05-01

    Despite the lengthy history of team cohesion-performance research, little is known about their reciprocal relationships over time. Using meta-analysis, we synthesize findings from 17 CLP design studies, and analyze their results using SEM. Results support that team cohesion and performance are related reciprocally with each other over time. We then used longitudinal data from 205 members of 57 student teams who competed in a complex business simulation over 10 weeks, to test: (a) whether team cohesion and performance were related reciprocally over multiple time periods, (b) the relative magnitude of those relationships, and (c) whether they were stable over time. We also considered the influence of team members' academic competence and degree of shared leadership on these dynamics. As anticipated, cohesion and performance were related positively, and reciprocally, over time. However, the cohesion → performance relationship was significantly higher than the performance → cohesion relationship. Moreover, the cohesion → performance relationship grew stronger over time whereas the performance → cohesion relationship remained fairly consistent over time. As expected, shared leadership related positively to team cohesion but not directly to their performance; whereas average team member academic competence related positively to team performance but was unrelated to team cohesion. Finally, we conducted and report a replication using a second sample of students competing in a business simulation. Our earlier substantive relationships were mostly replicated, and we illustrated the dynamic temporal properties of shared leadership. We discuss these findings in terms of theoretical importance, applied implications, and directions for future research. (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved.

  4. Assessment of bulk and surface properties of medical grade UHMWPE based nanocomposites using Nanoindentation and microtensile testing.

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    Rama Sreekanth, P S; Kanagaraj, S

    2013-02-01

    A thrust on the enhancement of the mechanical properties of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) to enhance its longevity has taken a new direction with the advent of nanomaterials and carbon nanotubes. In the present work, UHMWPE was reinforced by chemically treated multi walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) at different concentrations such as 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 and 5 wt%. The mechanical properties of nanocomposites were studied using a Nanoindentation technique and micro-tensile testing. It is observed that the toughness, ultimate stress, fracture strain, and yield stress of medical grade UHMWPE were enhanced by 176, 93, 70, and 44%, respectively at an optimum concentration of 2 wt% MWCNTs reinforcement. The mechanism for the enhancement of mechanical properties was confirmed by the micro-Raman and calorimetric technique. The reduction of the mechanical properties of nanocomposites beyond optimum concentration of MWCNTs was confirmed by the rheological studies. The generation of microvoids on the nanocomposites was verified by the scanning electron microscopy technique. Nanoindentation characteristics revealed that the surface hardness of UHMWPE was increased by 75% by the reinforcement of 2 wt% of MWCNTs. The Young's modulus obtained at the surface of nanocomposites was observed to be 9.8% higher than that of surface layer removed sample for 2 wt% nanocomposite. It is concluded that the presence of MWCNTs enhanced the mechanical properties and surface properties of medical grade UHMWPE.

  5. Simulation study of the discharge characteristics of silos with cohesive particles

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    Hund, David; Weis, Dominik; Hesse, Robert; Antonyuk, Sergiy

    2017-06-01

    In many industrial applications the silo for bulk materials is an important part of an overall process. Silos are used for instance to buffer intermediate products to ensure a continuous supply for the next process step. This study deals with the discharging behaviour of silos containing cohesive bulk solids with particle sizes in the range of 100-500 μm. In this contribution the TOMAS [1,2] model developed for stationary and non-stationary discharging of a convergent hopper is verified with experiments and simulations using the Discrete Element Method. Moreover the influence of the cohesion of the bulk solids on the discharge behaviour is analysed by the simulation. The simulation results showed a qualitative agreement with the analytical model of TOMAS.

  6. Study of microstructure and correlative magnetic property in bulk Fe{sub 61}Nd{sub 10}B{sub 25}Nb{sub 4} permanent magnet

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    Man, H.; Xu, H. [Laboratory for Microstructures, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Liu, H.W. [The Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Tan, X.H., E-mail: tanxiaohua123@163.com [Laboratory for Microstructures, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Peng, J.C.; Bai, Q. [Laboratory for Microstructures, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China)

    2012-11-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A fully dense bulk Fe{sub 61}Nd{sub 10}B{sub 25}Nb{sub 4} permanent magnet was obtained by the simple process of copper mold casting and subsequent annealed at 943 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The relationship between microstructures and correlative magnetic property of Fe{sub 61}Nd{sub 10}B{sub 25}Nb{sub 4} alloy was investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The high value of intrinsic coercivity of 1191 kA/m was obtained due to the existence of hard magnetic Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B phase. - Abstract: The correlation between microstructure and magnetic property of a bulk Fe{sub 61}Nd{sub 10}B{sub 25}Nb{sub 4} alloy are investigated. The microstructure of the as-cast Fe{sub 61}Nd{sub 10}B{sub 25}Nb{sub 4} alloy shows a small amount of NbFeB phase with a grain size of 500 nm embedded in an amorphous matrix. The as-cast sample shows soft magnetic behavior at room temperature, after a heat treatment the hard magnetic properties are observed. A fully dense bulk Fe{sub 61}Nd{sub 10}B{sub 25}Nb{sub 4} permanent magnet is obtained with an intrinsic coercivity ({sub i}H{sub c}) of 1191 kA/m and a maximum energy product ((BH){sub max}) of 31.7 kJ/m{sup 3} after annealing at 943 K for 20 min. The corresponding microstructure consists of Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B, NdFe{sub 4}B{sub 4} and NbFeB phases. The existence of the hard magnetic Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B phase is the reason resulting in a high value of {sub i}H{sub c}. On the other hand, the influences of NdFe{sub 4}B{sub 4} and NbFeB phases in the annealed specimen on the magnetic properties are also discussed.

  7. Effect of pH and interaction between egg white protein and hydroxypropymethylcellulose in bulk aqueous medium on foaming properties.

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    Sadahira, Mitie S; Lopes, Fernanda C Rezende; Rodrigues, Maria I; Yamada, Aureo T; Cunha, Rosiane L; Netto, Flavia M

    2015-07-10

    Egg white protein (EW) is used as surface-active ingredient in aerated food and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) is a polysaccharide that behaves as a surfactant. This study aimed at investigating the effects of process parameters biopolymer concentration (2.0-5.0%, w/w), EW:HPMC ratio (2:1-18:1), pH (3.0-6.0), and the influence of biopolymers' behavior in aqueous solution at different pH on the foaming properties (overrun, drainage, and bubble growth rate). Process parameters had effect on foaming properties. The pH was the major factor influencing the type of EW/HPMC interaction and affected the foaming properties of biopolymer mixture. At pH 3.0, EW and HPMC showed thermodynamic compatibility leading to better foaming properties, higher foaming capacity, and stability than without HPMC addition whereas at pH 4.5 and 6.0, EW and HPMC are incompatible that causes lower stability concerning the disproportionation comparing to foam without HPMC. At pH between 3.0 and 4.5, HPMC improves foaming properties of aerated products.

  8. Influence of bulking agents on physical, chemical, and microbiological properties during the two-stage composting of green waste.

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    Zhang, Lu; Sun, Xiangyang

    2016-02-01

    A recyclable organic bulking agent (BA) that can be screened and was developed to optimize green waste (GW) composting. This study investigated the use of wood chips (WC) (at 0%, 15%, and 25%) and/or composted green waste (CGW) (at 0%, 25%, and 35%) as the BAs in the two-stage composting of GW. The combined addition of WC and CGW improved the conditions of composting process and the quality of compost product in terms of composting temperature, porosity, water retention, particle-size distribution, pH, electrical conductivity (EC), cation exchange capacity (CEC), nitrogen losses, humification indices, microbial numbers, enzyme activities, macro- and micro-nutrient contents, and toxicity to germinating seeds. The compost matured in only 22days with the optimized two-stage composting method rather than in the 90-270days typically required for traditional composting. The optimal two-stage composting process and the best quality of compost product were obtained with the combined addition of 15% WC and 35% CGW.

  9. Textual Cohesion and Coherence in Children's Writing.

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    Fitzgerald, Jill; Spiegel, Dixie Lee

    1986-01-01

    Examined the relationship between cohesion and coherence in children's writing and investigated the degree to which this relationship would vary with quality of writing and grade level. Concludes that the relationship between cohesion and coherence did not vary according to quality of writing or grade level. (SRT)

  10. Academic Social Cohesion within Higher Education

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    Heuser, Brian L.

    2007-01-01

    This article explores the theoretical foundations of "social cohesion" as it relates to higher education institutions. In so doing it seeks (a) to understand the core elements of social cohesion--social capital, human capital and ethical behavioral norms that serve a common good--and (b) to establish a flexible framework for understanding the…

  11. Education and Social Cohesion: Higher Education

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    Moiseyenko, Olena

    2005-01-01

    Social cohesion is understood as the social networks and the norms of reciprocity and trustworthiness that arise from connections among individuals. When students attend higher education institutions, they go through a process of socialization, and it is vital to ensure that they acquire the core values that underpin the social cohesion. This…

  12. Networks, space, and residents' perception of cohesion.

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    Boessen, Adam; Hipp, John R; Smith, Emily J; Butts, Carter T; Nagle, Nicholas N; Almquist, Zack

    2014-06-01

    Community scholars increasingly focus on the linkage between residents' sense of cohesion with the neighborhood and their own social networks in the neighborhood. A challenge is that whereas some research only focuses on residents' social ties with fellow neighbors, such an approach misses out on the larger constellation of individuals' relationships and the spatial distribution of those relationships. Using data from the Twin Communities Network Study, the current project is one of the first studies to examine the actual spatial distribution of respondents' networks for a variety of relationships and the consequences of these for neighborhood and city cohesion. We also examine how a perceived structural measure of cohesion-triangle degree-impacts their perceptions of neighborhood and city cohesion. Our findings suggest that perceptions of cohesion within the neighborhood and the city depend on the number of neighborhood safety contacts as well as on the types of people with which they discuss important matters. On the other hand, kin and social friendship ties do not impact cohesion. A key finding is that residents who report more spatially dispersed networks for certain types of ties report lower levels of neighborhood and city cohesion. Residents with higher triangle degree within their neighborhood safety networks perceived more neighborhood cohesion.

  13. Sister chromatid cohesion and recombination in meiosis

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    Heemst, van D.; Heyting, C.

    2000-01-01

    Sister chromatids are associated from their formation until their disjunction. Cohesion between sister chromatids is provided by protein complexes, of which some components are conserved across the kingdoms and between the mitotic and meiotic cell cycles. Sister chromatid cohesion is intimately link

  14. Mixed Mode cohesive law with interface dilatation

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    Sørensen, Bent F.; Goutianos, Stergios

    2014-01-01

    shear stresses opposing the crack face displacements. A phenomenological Mixed Mode cohesive zone law, derived from a potential function, is developed to describe the above mentioned fracture behaviour under monotonic opening. The interface dilatation introduces two new lengths. The cohesive law...

  15. Unit Cohesion and the Impact of DADT

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    2010-01-01

    Janowitz, “Cohesion and Disintegra- tion in the Wehrmacht in World War II,” Public Opinion Quarterly 12, no. 2 (Summer 1948). 12. Leon Festinger ...Leon Festinger , “Informal Social Com- munication,” Psychological Review 57, no. 5 (September 1950). Unit Cohesion and the Impact of DADT Strategic

  16. Justice and Social Cohesion: Some conservative perspectives

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    Pedersen, Søren Hviid

    2011-01-01

    of this problem. The argument presented in this paper will, first, take its point of departure from David Hume’s notion of sympathy and how this makes social cohesion possible. Second, it will be argued that social cohesion is a prerequisite for the existence of justice, and therefore justice is a derivative...

  17. Why are Rich Countries more Politically Cohesive?

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    Dalgaard, Carl-Johan Lars; Olsson, Ola

    of other groups in society. If the gains from specialization become sufficiently large, however, a market economy will emerge. From being essentially non-cohesive under self-sufficiency, the political decision making process becomes cohesive in the market economy, as the welfare of individuals...

  18. Transfer and Cohesion in Interdisciplinary Education

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    Søren Harnow Klausen

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available One of the great challenges of interdisciplinary education is to create sufficient cohesion between disciplines. It is suggested that cohesion depends on the transfer of knowledge (in a broad sense, which includes skill and competences among the disciplines involved. Some of the most characteristic types of such transfer are identified and analyzed: Transfer of factual knowledge, theories, methods, models, skills, modes of collaboration and organization, meta-competences, disciplinary self-consciousness, problem selection, framework construction and motivation. Though some of these types of transfer may have a greater or smaller potential for creating cohesion, different kinds of cohesion may serve different interests, and there is no reason to assume that e.g. joint problem solving or theoretical integration should be more conducive to cohesion than e.g. contributions to motivation or disciplinary self-consciousness.

  19. Group cohesion: Relationships with work team culture.

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    Sánchez, José C; Yurrebaso, Amaia

    2009-02-01

    The aim of this study was to examine the relationships between group cohesion and the perceived culture and desired culture of work teams. Two separate studies were carried out with a time interval of one year. The first study had a sample of 50 work teams belonging to different organizations and the second study had a sample of 75 work teams. We used Lindell's index of agreement to estimate the culture and cohesion variables. Multiple and hierarchical regression analysis in both studies confirmed our initial hypothesis, showing that perceived and desired culture were positively related to group cohesion, and that culture gap had a negative association with cohesion. To a lesser extent, control variables such as job tenure and gender had a positive relationship with cohesion. The implications of these results are discussed along with the importance of considering the group level as analysis.

  20. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Bulk Nanostructured Cu-Ta Alloys Consolidated by Equal Channel Angular Extrusion

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    2014-07-01

    Averback RS, King WP. Scr Mater 2012;67:720. [2] Vo NQ, Chee SW, Schwen D, Zhang XA, Bellon P, Averback RS. Scr Mater 2010;63:929. [3] Zhang X, Wen JG...Cambridge University Press; 2007. [37] Li JCM. Mechanical properties of nanocrystalline materials. Singa- pore : Pan Stanford Publishing; 2011. [38] Wei QM

  1. Effects of alkyl chain length and substituent pattern of fullerene bis-adducts on film structures and photovoltaic properties of bulk heterojunction solar cells.

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    Tao, Ran; Umeyama, Tomokazu; Kurotobi, Kei; Imahori, Hiroshi

    2014-10-08

    A series of alkoxycarbonyl-substituted dihydronaphthyl-based [60]fullerene bis-adduct derivatives (denoted as C2BA, C4BA, and C6BA with the alkyl chain of ethyl, n-butyl, and n-hexyl, respectively) have been synthesized to investigate the effects of alkyl chain length and substituent pattern of fullerene bis-adducts on the film structures and photovoltaic properties of bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells. The shorter alkyl chain length caused lower solubility of the fullerene bis-adducts (C6BA > C4BA > C2BA), thereby resulting in the increased separation difficulty of respective bis-adduct isomers. The device performance based on poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and the fullerene bis-adduct regioisomer mixtures was enhanced by shortening the alkyl chain length. When using the regioisomerically separated fullerene bis-adducts, the devices based on trans-2 and a mixture of trans-4 and e of C4BA exhibited the highest power conversion efficiencies of ca. 2.4%, which are considerably higher than those of the C6BA counterparts (ca. 1.4%) and the C4BA regioisomer mixture (1.10%). The film morphologies as well as electron mobilities of the P3HT:bis-adduct blend films were found to affect the photovoltaic properties considerably. These results reveal that the alkyl chain length and substituent pattern of fullerene bis-adducts significantly influence the photovoltaic properties as well as the film structures of bulk heterojunction solar cells.

  2. Bulk permittivity, low frequency relaxation and the magnetic properties of Pb(Fe½Nb½)O3 ceramics.

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    Mishra, R K; Choudhary, R N P; Banerjee, A

    2010-01-20

    A Pb(Fe(½)Nb(½))O(3) ceramic sample was prepared through a high temperature solid-state reaction technique. The formation of a single-phase perovskite compound was confirmed by an x-ray diffraction technique. Dielectric and impedance parameters were measured as a function of frequency (10(2)-10(6) Hz) at different temperatures (28-200 °C). The results were described using an equivalent circuit model and by extending the universal capacitor concept introduced by Jonscher. Bulk permittivity of the material and the power law exponent (extracted from impedance data) exhibits an anomaly at a particular temperature related to the ferroelectric-paraelectric transition. A slow relaxation process has been observed in the vicinity of the transition temperature. Temperature dependent magnetization (2-300 K) was measured at different magnetic fields in both zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) modes. An antiferromagnetic transition was observed at 158 K but an unusual increase in magnetization below this transition indicates the onset of weak ferromagnetism at low temperature in this system. Nonlinear M-H and a finite opening in the hysteresis loop at 2 K substantiate the presence of ferromagnetic interactions. Significantly, a thermomagnetic history-dependent feature is observed below 9 K. The ZFC magnetization shows a sharp fall and it bifurcates from the monotonically increasing FC counterpart on decreasing temperature. This temperature, where ZFC magnetization shows a sharp peak, decreases with the increase in measurement field and it indicates the presence of a metastable magnetic state at low temperature.

  3. Spatial and temporal variation of bulk snow properties in northern boreal and tundra environments based on extensive field measurements

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    Hannula, Henna-Reetta; Lemmetyinen, Juha; Kontu, Anna; Derksen, Chris; Pulliainen, Jouni

    2016-08-01

    An extensive in situ data set of snow depth, snow water equivalent (SWE), and snow density collected in support of the European Space Agency (ESA) SnowSAR-2 airborne campaigns in northern Finland during the winter of 2011-2012 is presented (ESA Earth Observation Campaigns data 2000-2016). The suitability of the in situ measurement protocol to provide an accurate reference for the simultaneous airborne SAR (synthetic aperture radar) data products over different land cover types was analysed in the context of spatial scale, sample spacing, and uncertainty. The analysis was executed by applying autocorrelation analysis and root mean square difference (RMSD) error estimations. The results showed overall higher variability for all the three bulk snow parameters over tundra, open bogs and lakes (due to wind processes); however, snow depth tended to vary over shorter distances in forests (due to snow-vegetation interactions). Sample spacing/sample size had a statistically significant effect on the mean snow depth over all land cover types. Analysis executed for 50, 100, and 200 m transects revealed that in most cases less than five samples were adequate to describe the snow depth mean with RMSD < 5 %, but for land cover with high overall variability an indication of increased sample size of 1.5-3 times larger was gained depending on the scale and the desired maximum RMSD. Errors for most of the land cover types reached ˜ 10 % if only three measurements were considered. The collected measurements, which are available via the ESA website upon registration, compose an exceptionally large manually collected snow data set in Scandinavian taiga and tundra environments. This information represents a valuable contribution to the snow research community and can be applied to various snow studies.

  4. Pension Insurance Cohesive Testing System

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    Askarbek Arzybaev

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Many public pension systems worldwide are experiencing difficult economic period as its economy is in the period of financial crisis which affected to the social budget sustainability.Population aging and last decade economic circumstances are the factors the pension systems should overcome for maintaining either appropriate level of benefit amount for decent life in the developed countries or minimum subsistence allowances in developing and poor countries. The only prescription how to keep the pension system resistible is its periodical renovation by testing the system on (i soundness and effectiveness within national financial and economic system, (ii appropriateness of its organization and administration, (iii compliance of parameters with international standards. The article presents Cohesive Testing System – new method of national pension systems testing and indexing based on international standards of pension security and new CTS indices of the researched set of pension systems.

  5. Cohesion, Consensus, and Conflict: Technocratic Elites and Financial Crisis in Mexico and Argentina

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    Van Gunten, T.

    2015-01-01

    Observers of economic policy-making in developing countries often suggest that consensus and cohesion within technocratic policy elites facilitate the implementation and consolidation of reforms, but have not clearly defined these terms or the relationship between them. Likewise, political sociologists argue that social networks account for elite cohesion, but have not adequately specified the relevant structural properties of these networks. This article argues that structural network cohesi...

  6. Analysis of lexical cohesion in Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

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    田玉红

    2014-01-01

    Lexical cohesion is one of the most important cohesions in English discourse. Lexical cohesion can explicitly express coherence in English discourse and enhance discourse coherent competence with the help of using lexical items. Based on the cohesion theory of Halliday and other linguists, this paper analyzes the classification and effect of the lexical cohesion in Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and points out that various lexical cohesive devices can play particular roles in the coherence of the discourse.

  7. Bulk-quantity synthesis and electrical properties of SnO{sub 2} nanowires prepared by pulsed delivery

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    Chen, Z.W., E-mail: cnzwchen@yahoo.com.cn [Shanghai Applied Radiation Institute, Institute of Nanochemistry and Nanobiology, School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong (Hong Kong); Jiao, Z. [Shanghai Applied Radiation Institute, Institute of Nanochemistry and Nanobiology, School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Wu, M.H., E-mail: mhwu@staff.shu.edu.cn [Shanghai Applied Radiation Institute, Institute of Nanochemistry and Nanobiology, School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Shek, C.H.; Wu, C.M.L.; Lai, J.K.L. [Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong (Hong Kong)

    2009-06-15

    Tin dioxide nanowires have been realized via pulsed laser deposition techniques based on a sintered cassiterite SnO{sub 2} target, being deposited on Si (1 0 0) substrates at room temperature. X-ray diffraction indicated that the nanowires show the tetragonal rutile structure in the form of SnO{sub 2}. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that the nanowires are structurally perfect and uniform, and diameters range from 10 nm to 30 nm, and lengths of several hundreds nanometers to a few micrometers. Selected area electron diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy verified that the nanowires grow along the [1 1 0] growth direction. Electric properties were investigated by connecting a single SnO{sub 2} nanowire in field-effect transistor configuration. The SnO{sub 2} nanowires based on field-effect transistor devices exhibited that the SnO{sub 2} nanowires prepared by our method hold better electrical properties.

  8. Microstructures and mechanical properties of bulk nanocrystalline Fe{sub 3}Al materials with 5, 10 and 15 wt.% Cr prepared by aluminothermic reaction

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    La Peiqing, E-mail: pqla@lut.cn [State Key Laboratory of Gansu Advanced Non-ferrous Metal Materials, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China); Wang Hongding; Bai Yaping; Yang Yang; Wei Yupeng; Lu Xuefeng; Zhao Yang; Cheng Chunjie [State Key Laboratory of Gansu Advanced Non-ferrous Metal Materials, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China)

    2011-08-15

    Highlights: {yields} We prepare bulk nanocrystalline material by aluminothermic reaction. {yields} Microstructures keep bcc disordered structure of Fe{sub 3}Al. {yields} Materials have good plastic deformation and texture changes after compression. - Abstract: Bulk nanocrystalline Fe{sub 3}Al based materials with 5, 10 and 15 wt.% Cr were prepared by aluminothermic reaction, in which melts were superheated about 1500 K before solidification. Microstructures of the materials were investigated by optical microscope, electron probe microscope, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope. It was shown that microstructure of the materials consist of nanocrystalline matrix phase, which was composed of Fe, Al and Cr elements, and a small amount of contamination. The nanocrystalline phase was disordered bcc structure, and which did not change with Cr content. Average grain sizes of the nanocrystalline phase of the materials with 5, 10 and 15 wt.% Cr were 33, 21 and 37 nm, respectively. Compressive properties and hardness of the materials were tested. It indicated that the materials had a considerable plastic deformation and were not fractured in compression. Yield strength of the materials were about three times higher but hardness were a little lower than those of Fe{sub 3}Al material with coarsen grain. The hardness and yield strength of the materials varied slightly with Cr content and that of the material with 10 wt.% Cr was slightly lower. Average grain sizes of the materials decreased and texture changes appeared after the compression.

  9. Tailoring bulk mechanical properties of 3D printed objects of polylactic acid varying internal micro-architecture

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    Malinauskas, Mangirdas; Skliutas, Edvinas; Jonušauskas, Linas; Mizeras, Deividas; Šešok, Andžela; Piskarskas, Algis

    2015-05-01

    Herein we present 3D Printing (3DP) fabrication of structures having internal microarchitecture and characterization of their mechanical properties. Depending on the material, geometry and fill factor, the manufactured objects mechanical performance can be tailored from "hard" to "soft." In this work we employ low-cost fused filament fabrication 3D printer enabling point-by-point structuring of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) with~̴400 µm feature spatial resolution. The chosen architectures are defined as woodpiles (BCC, FCC and 60 deg rotating). The period is chosen to be of 1200 µm corresponding to 800 µm pores. The produced objects structural quality is characterized using scanning electron microscope, their mechanical properties such as flexural modulus, elastic modulus and stiffness are evaluated by measured experimentally using universal TIRAtest2300 machine. Within the limitation of the carried out study we show that the mechanical properties of 3D printed objects can be tuned at least 3 times by only changing the woodpile geometry arrangement, yet keeping the same filling factor and periodicity of the logs. Additionally, we demonstrate custom 3D printed µ-fluidic elements which can serve as cheap, biocompatible and environmentally biodegradable platforms for integrated Lab-On-Chip (LOC) devices.

  10. Effects of extra irradiation on surface and bulk properties of PMPC-grafted cross-linked polyethylene.

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    Yamane, Shihori; Kyomoto, Masayuki; Moro, Toru; Watanabe, Kenichi; Hashimoto, Masami; Takatori, Yoshio; Tanaka, Sakae; Ishihara, Kazuhiko

    2016-01-01

    Sterilization using high-energy irradiation is an important aspect of implementing an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene acetabular liner in total hip arthroplasty (THA). In this study, we evaluate the effects of extra irradiations such as gamma-ray or plasma irradiation during sterilization of the poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine [MPC]) (PMPC) surface and cross-linked polyethylene (CLPE) substrate of a PMPC-grafted CLPE acetabular liner. The PMPC-grafted surface yielded high wettability and low friction properties regardless of the extra irradiations as compared with untreated CLPE. During a hip simulator test, wear resistance of the PMPC-grafted CLPE liner was maintained after extra irradiation, which is due to the high wettability characteristics of the PMPC surface. In particular, the PMPC-grafted CLPE liner treated with plasma irradiation showed greater wettability and wear resistance than that with gamma-ray irradiation. However, we could not clearly observe the changes in chemical properties and morphology of the PMPC surface after both extra irradiations. The physical and mechanical properties attributed to CLPE substrate performance were also unchanged. In contrast, PMPC-grafted CLPE treated with plasma irradiation showed improved oxidation resistance as compared to that treated with gamma-ray irradiation after accelerated aging. Thus, we conclude that PMPC-grafted CLPE with plasma irradiation has promise as a lifelong solution for bearing in THA.

  11. Bulk dielectric and magnetic properties of PFW-PZT ceramics: absence of magnetically switched-off polarization.

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    Kempa, M; Kamba, S; Savinov, M; Maryško, M; Frait, Z; Vaněk, P; Tomczyk, M; Vilarinho, P M

    2010-11-10

    We investigated ceramics samples of solid solutions of [PbFe(2/3)W(1/3)O(3)](x)-[PbZr(0.53)Ti(0.47)O(3)](1 - x) (PFW(x)-PZT(1 - x), x = 0.2 and 0.3) by means of broad-band dielectric spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and SQUID magnetometry. We did not confirm the observations of Kumar et al (2009 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 21 382204), who reported on reversible suppression of ferroelectric polarization in polycrystalline PFW(x)-PZT(1 - x) thin films for magnetic fields above 0.5 T. We did not observe any change of ferroelectric polarization with external magnetic fields up to 3.2 T. Pirc et al (2009 Phys. Rev. B 79 214114) developed a theory explaining the reported large magnetoelectric effect in PFW(x)-PZT(1 - x), taking into account relaxor magnetic and relaxor ferroelectric properties of the system. Our data revealed classical ferroelectric properties below 525 K and 485 K in samples with x = 0.2 and 0.3, respectively. Moreover, paramagnetic behavior was observed down to 4.5 K instead of previously reported relaxor magnetic behavior. It seems that the reported switching-off of ferroelectric polarization in PFW(x)-PZT(1 - x) thin films is not an intrinsic property, but probably an effect of electrodes, interlayers, grain boundaries or second phases presented in polycrystalline thin films.

  12. Effects of Nb and Si on densities of valence electrons in bulk and defects of Fe3Al alloys

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    邓文; 钟夏平; 黄宇阳; 熊良钺; 王淑荷; 郭建亭; 龙期威

    1999-01-01

    Positron lifetime measurements have been performed in binary Fe3Al and Fe3Al doping with Nb or Si alloys. The densities of valence electrons of the bulk and microdefects in all tested samples have been calculated by using the positron lifetime parameters. Density of valence electron is low in the bulk of Fe3Al alloy. It indicates that, the 3d electrons in a Fe atom have strong-localized properties and tend to form covalent bonds with Al atoms, and the bonding nature in Fe3Al is a mixture of metallic and covalent bonds. The density of valence electron is very low in the defects of Fe3Al grain boundary, which makes the bonding cohesion in grain boundary quite weak. The addition of Si to Fe3Al gives rise to the decrease of the densities of valence electrons in the bulk and the grain boundary thus the metallic bonding cohesion. This makes the alloy more brittle. The addition of Nb to Fe3Al results in the decrease of the ordering energy of the alloy and increases the density of valence electron and th

  13. Ultra-violet absorption induced modifications in bulk and nanoscale electrical transport properties of Al-doped ZnO thin films

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    Kumar, Mohit; Basu, Tanmoy; Som, Tapobrata, E-mail: tsom@iopb.res.in [SUNAG Laboratory, Institute of Physics, Sachivalaya Marg, Bhubaneswar 751 005 (India)

    2015-08-07

    Using conductive atomic force microscopy and Kelvin probe force microscopy, we study local electrical transport properties in aluminum-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al or AZO) thin films. Current mapping shows a spatial variation in conductivity which corroborates well with the local mapping of donor concentration (∼10{sup 20 }cm{sup −3}). In addition, a strong enhancement in the local current at grains is observed after exposing the film to ultra-violet (UV) light which is attributed to persistent photocurrent. Further, it is shown that UV absorption gives a smooth conduction in AZO film which in turn gives rise to an improvement in the bulk photoresponsivity of an n-AZO/p-Si heterojunction diode. This finding is in contrast to the belief that UV absorption in an AZO layer leads to an optical loss for the underneath absorbing layer of a heterojunction solar cell.

  14. Ultra-violet absorption induced modifications in bulk and nanoscale electrical transport properties of Al-doped ZnO thin films

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    Kumar, Mohit; Basu, Tanmoy; Som, Tapobrata

    2015-08-01

    Using conductive atomic force microscopy and Kelvin probe force microscopy, we study local electrical transport properties in aluminum-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al or AZO) thin films. Current mapping shows a spatial variation in conductivity which corroborates well with the local mapping of donor concentration (˜1020 cm-3). In addition, a strong enhancement in the local current at grains is observed after exposing the film to ultra-violet (UV) light which is attributed to persistent photocurrent. Further, it is shown that UV absorption gives a smooth conduction in AZO film which in turn gives rise to an improvement in the bulk photoresponsivity of an n-AZO/p-Si heterojunction diode. This finding is in contrast to the belief that UV absorption in an AZO layer leads to an optical loss for the underneath absorbing layer of a heterojunction solar cell.

  15. Effect of annealing on the magnetic properties of Nd{sub 70}Fe{sub 20}Al{sub 10} bulk metallic glasses

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    Olivetti, Elena [Istituto Elettrotecnico Nazionale Galileo Ferraris, INFM, UdR To-Poli, Strada dele Cacce 91, I-10135 Torino (Italy); Dip. Chimica IFM, Universita di Torino, Via P. Giuria 9, I-10125, Torino (Italy); Baricco, Marcello [Dip. Chimica IFM, Universita di Torino, Via P. Giuria 9, I-10125, Torino (Italy); Ferrara, Enzo [Istituto Elettrotecnico Nazionale Galileo Ferraris, INFM, UdR To-Poli, Strada dele Cacce 91, I-10135 Torino (Italy); Tiberto, Paola [Istituto Elettrotecnico Nazionale Galileo Ferraris, INFM, UdR To-Poli, Strada dele Cacce 91, I-10135 Torino (Italy)]. E-mail: tiberto@ien.it; Martino, Luca [Istituto Elettrotecnico Nazionale Galileo Ferraris, INFM, UdR To-Poli, Strada dele Cacce 91, I-10135 Torino (Italy)

    2005-04-15

    In this work, the influence of thermal treatments on the hysteresis behaviour of Nd{sub 70}Fe{sub 20}Al{sub 10} bulk metallic glasses is studied. Two samples obtained applying different quenching rates have been characterized: (a) master alloy ingots, prepared through arc melting, and (b) cone-shaped ingots obtained by copper mould casting. DSC measurements have been performed on both alloys. Selected samples have been submitted to subsequent annealing. Hard magnetic properties have been observed at room temperature either in the as-cast master alloy or in the cone-shaped ingots. High values of coercivity are still observed after treatment at temperatures close to the crystallisation temperature (up to 500 deg. C). The different magnetic behaviour of the samples is discussed in terms of differences in the residual amorphous phase composition.

  16. Characterisation of flowability of cohesive powders by testing small quantities of weak compacts

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    Chuan Wang; Ali Hassanpour; Mojtaba Ghadiri

    2008-01-01

    Characterisation of flowability of small quantifies of cohesive powders is of great industrial interest, particularly for the pharmaceutical sec tors, where a limited amount of material is available or the material is not easily accessible. In this paper, ball indentation on a powder bed is evaluated for flow charaeterisation of small quantifies of cohesive powders at low levels of consolidation pressures. In parallel, the bulk powder is subjected to the common test method of unconfined direct compression. Analogous to indentation hardness testing, for which the indentation pressure is related to the flow stress, a constraint factor (C) is defined relating the unconfined yield stress and indentation pres sure. The constraint factors for the test powders have been evaluated, enabling an easy method to characterize the flow behaviour of cohesive powders.

  17. Ab initio search for cohesion-enhancing impurity elements at grain boundaries in molybdenum and tungsten

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    Scheiber, D.; Pippan, R.; Puschnig, P.; Romaner, L.

    2016-12-01

    We report high throughput density functional theory (DFT) calculations to simulate segregation of s- and p-elements in Mo and W. First, the preference of solutes for interstitial or substitutional positions in the bulk is evaluated and then the segregation energies for the solutes to interstitial and different substitutional sites at a grain boundary (GB) and a free surface (FS) are computed. We show that several solutes change their site preference from substitutional to interstitial position upon segregation to the GB. With the segregation energies to GB and FS, the changes in cohesion can be calculated and GB cohesion enhancing solutes can be identified. The results show striking similarity for both W and Mo. In addition, we collected the available literature data from experimental and theoretical side, which we consequently compare to our results. From our results and the comparison to literature, we identify B, C and Be as potential alloying additions for an increased GB cohesion in Mo and W.

  18. The low magnetic field properties of superconducting bulk yttrium barium copper oxide - Sintered versus partially melted material

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    Hein, R. A.; Hojaji, H.; Barkatt, A.; Shafii, H.; Michael, K. A.; Thorpe, A. N.; Ware, M. F.; Alterescu, S.

    1989-01-01

    A comparison of the low magnetic field properties of sintered (990 C) and partially melted samples (1050 C) has been performed. Changes in the microstructure produced by recrystallization from the melt result in a significant increase in flux pinning at 77 K. Low-frequency (10-100 Hz), low-ac magnetic-field (0.01-9.0 Oe) ac susceptibility data show that gross changes in the loss component accompany the observed changes in microstructure. The effects of applied dc magnetic fields (10-220 Oe) on the ac responses of these microstructures have also been probed.

  19. Effect of excess Y2O3 addition on the physical properties of melt processed YBCO bulks

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    YANG; Wanmin; ZHOU; Lian; FENG; Yong; ZHANG; Pingxiang; WU

    2004-01-01

    The YBCO superconductors with Y2O3 addition were prepared by a modified melt textured process and the effects of excess Y2O3 addition on the physical properties of melt textured YBCO have been investigated. It is found that the melt temperature of YBCO samples decreases drastically with the increasing Y2O3, and the maximum levitation forces are drastically different for samples with different Y2O3 addition. It is also found that the optimal Y2O3 addition to YBCO is about 10wt%. Considering the microstructure and the starting composition, the results are well discussed and interpreted.

  20. Influence of the irradiation temperature on the surface structure and physical/chemical properties of Ar ion-irradiated bulk metallic glasses

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    Menéndez, E., E-mail: Enric.MenendezDalmau@fys.kuleuven.be [KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern-en Stralingsfysica, Celestijnenlaan 200 D, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Hynowska, A.; Fornell, J.; Suriñach, S. [Departament de Física, Facultat de Ciències, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Montserrat, J. [Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona (IMB-CNM), CSIC, Campus Universitat Autònoma Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Temst, K.; Vantomme, A. [KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern-en Stralingsfysica, Celestijnenlaan 200 D, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Baró, M.D. [Departament de Física, Facultat de Ciències, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); García-Lecina, E. [Surfaces Division, IK4-CIDETEC, Parque Tecnológico de San Sebastián, E-20009 Donostia (Spain); Pellicer, E., E-mail: Eva.Pellicer@uab.cat [Departament de Física, Facultat de Ciències, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Sort, J., E-mail: Jordi.Sort@uab.cat [Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA) and Departament de Física, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Ion irradiation is performed on bulk metallic glasses at 300 K and close to T{sub g}. • Nanocrystallization is observed after high-temperature irradiation. • The mechanical properties are enhanced after the irradiation procedures. • Corrosion resistance is improved after irradiation close to T{sub g}. - Abstract: Surface treatments using multiple Ar ion irradiation processes with a maximum energy and fluence of 200 keV and 1 × 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2}, respectively, have been performed on two different metallic glasses: Zr{sub 55}Cu{sub 28}Al{sub 10}Ni{sub 7} and Ti{sub 40}Zr{sub 10}Cu{sub 38}Pd{sub 12}. Analogous irradiation procedures have been carried out at room temperature (RT) and at T = 620 K (≈0.9 T{sub g}, where T{sub g} denotes the glass transition). The structure, mechanical behavior, wettability and corrosion resistance of the irradiated alloys have been compared with the properties of the as-cast and annealed (T = 620 K) non-irradiated specimens. While ion irradiation at RT does not significantly alter the amorphous structure of the alloys, ion irradiation close to T{sub g} promotes decomposition/nanocrystallization. Consequently, the hardness (H) and reduced Young’s modulus (E{sub r}) decrease after irradiation at RT but they both increase after irradiation at 620 K. While annealing close to T{sub g} increases the hydrophobicity of the samples, irradiation induces virtually no changes in the contact angle when comparing with the as-cast state. Concerning the corrosion resistance, although not much effect is found after irradiation at RT, an improvement is observed after irradiation at 620 K, particularly for the Ti-based alloy. These results are of practical interest in order to engineer appropriate surface treatments based on ion irradiation, aimed at specific functional applications of bulk metallic glasses.

  1. Mixing behaviour of cohesive and non-cohesive particle mixtures in a ribbon mixer

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    Musha, H.; Dong, K.; Chandratilleke, G. R.; Bridgwater, J.; Yu, A. B.

    2013-06-01

    Ribbon mixers are used in a wide range of applications involving pharmaceuticals, ceramics and cosmetics, to name a few. Here, the discrete element method is used to investigate the effect of impeller speed on the mixing behaviours of cohesive as well as non-cohesive particle mixtures in a ribbon mixer, which has a horizontal cylindrical vessel. The mixing behaviours are characterized by particle-scale and macroscopic mixing indexes. Simulations show that the mixing rate increases with the impeller speed for both the cohesive and non-cohesive mixtures up to a certain speed, beyond which it showed a reduction. There is a possibility that the mixture quality becomes poorer at higher impeller speeds for the non-cohesive particles, but it was not the case with the cohesive particles. Inspection of velocity fields shows that many local recirculation regions exist in the case of non-cohesive particle mixing, preventing the overall mixing. By contrast, in the case of the cohesive mixture, there exists a circumferential motion about the shaft and a convective motion in the horizontal axial direction, improving the particle mixing. Force analyses are also carried out, which show that the particle contact forces increase with the impeller speed for non-cohesive particles, but in the case of cohesive particles, they increase initially with the impeller speed, and then show a reduction after a certain speed. The results will be useful in selecting operation conditions of a ribbon mixer.

  2. Mechanical properties and structure of zirconia-mullite ceramics prepared by in-situ controlled crystallization of Si-Al-Zr-O amorphous bulk

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    LIANG Shu-quan; ZHONG Jie; TAN Xiao-ping; TANG Yan

    2008-01-01

    Zirconia-mullite nano-composite ceramics were fabricated by in-situ controlled crystallization of Si-Al-Zr-O amorphous bulk, which were first treated at 900-1 000 ℃ for nucleation, then treated at higher temperature for crystallization to obtain ultra-fine zirconia-mullite composite ceramics. The effects of treating temperature and ZrO2 addition on mechanical properties and microstructure were analyzed. A unique structure in which there are a lot of near equiaxed t-ZrO2 grains and fine yield-cracks has been developed in the samples with 15% zirconia addition treated at 1 150 ℃. This specific microstructure is much more effective in toughening ceramics matrix and results in the best mechanical properties. The flexural strength and fracture toughness are 520 MPa and 5.13 MPa·m1/2, respectively. Either higher zirconia addition or higher crystallization temperature will produce large size rod-like ZrO2 and mullite grains, which are of negative effect on mechanical properties of this new composite ceramics.

  3. Oxygen self-diffusion in ThO2 under pressure: connecting point defect parameters with bulk properties

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    Cooper, M. W. D.; Fitzpatrick, M. E.; Tsoukalas, L. H.; Chroneos, A.

    2016-06-01

    ThO2 is a candidate material for use in nuclear fuel applications and as such it is important to investigate its materials properties over a range of temperatures and pressures. In the present study molecular dynamics calculations are used to calculate elastic and expansivity data. These are used in the framework of a thermodynamic model, the cBΩ model, to calculate the oxygen self-diffusion coefficient in ThO2 over a range of pressures (-10-10 GPa) and temperatures (300-1900 K). Increasing the hydrostatic pressure leads to a significant reduction in oxygen self-diffusion. Conversely, negative hydrostatic pressure significantly enhances oxygen self-diffusion.

  4. Effect of nanowires SiO2 on superconducting properties of YBa2Cu3O7-d bulks

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    Salem, M. K. Ben; Hannachi, E.; Slimani, Y.; Hamrita, A.; Bessais, L.; Azzouz, F. Ben; Salem, M. Ben

    2013-12-01

    The effects of SiO2 nanowires on the superconducting properties of YBa2Cu3O7-d (YBCO) compound were studied. Samples were synthesized in air using a standard solid state reaction technique by adding nanowires SiO2 up to 1wt.%. Phase analysis by X-ray diffraction (XRD), microstructure investigation by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS), critical current density dependence on applied magnetic field Jc(H) and electrical resistivity as a function of temperature ρ(T) were carried out to evaluate the relative performance of samples. We find that Tco does not change much (90.8-90.2 K) with the low concentration of SiO2 (≤ 0.1 wt.%) and Jc(H) is enhanced.

  5. Natural disasters and indicators of social cohesion.

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    Calo-Blanco, Aitor; Kovářík, Jaromír; Mengel, Friederike; Romero, José Gabriel

    2017-01-01

    Do adversarial environmental conditions create social cohesion? We provide new answers to this question by exploiting spatial and temporal variation in exposure to earthquakes across Chile. Using a variety of methods and controlling for a number of socio-economic variables, we find that exposure to earthquakes has a positive effect on several indicators of social cohesion. Social cohesion increases after a big earthquake and slowly erodes in periods where environmental conditions are less adverse. Our results contribute to the current debate on whether and how environmental conditions shape formal and informal institutions.

  6. STUDY ON STARTING VELOCITY OF COHESIVE SEDIMENTATION

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    2000-01-01

    In this paper, with the starting velocity experiments of natural cohesive sedimentation, the author proposes an assumption concerning the starting mechanism of cohesive sedimentation and gives a formula to determine the starting velocity of compact clay. It is pointed out that the fluctuating function of flow is a main factor for the starting of sedimentation. And the component and the structure of cohesive sedimentation are also the affecting factors for the starting. Consequently, the study shows that modern results of soil mechanics, clay mineralogy and fluid mechanics are helpful in the investigation of this kind of engineering problem.

  7. Natural disasters and indicators of social cohesion

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    Calo-Blanco, Aitor; Kovářík, Jaromír; Mengel, Friederike; Romero, José Gabriel

    2017-01-01

    Do adversarial environmental conditions create social cohesion? We provide new answers to this question by exploiting spatial and temporal variation in exposure to earthquakes across Chile. Using a variety of methods and controlling for a number of socio-economic variables, we find that exposure to earthquakes has a positive effect on several indicators of social cohesion. Social cohesion increases after a big earthquake and slowly erodes in periods where environmental conditions are less adverse. Our results contribute to the current debate on whether and how environmental conditions shape formal and informal institutions. PMID:28591148

  8. Cohesion Metrics for Ontology Design and Application

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    Haining Yao

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Recently, domain specific ontology development has been driven by research on the Semantic Web. Ontologies have been suggested for use in many application areas targeted by the Semantic Web, such as dynamic web service composition and general web service matching. Fundamental characteristics of these ontologies must be determined in order to effectively make use of them: for example, Sirin, Hendler and Parsia have suggested that determining fundamental characteristics of ontologies is important for dynamic web service composition. Our research examines cohesion metrics for ontologies. The cohesion metrics examine the fundamental quality of cohesion as it relates to ontologies.

  9. Spatial and Temporal Variation of Bulk Snow Properties in North Boreal and Tundra Environments Based on Extensive Field Measurements

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    Hannula, H. R.; Lemmetyinen, J.; Pulliainen, J.; Kontu, A.; Derksen, C.

    2015-12-01

    A large collection of in situ snow data was collected in a support of ESA SnowSAR airborne acquisitions in Northern Finland (Lemmetyinen et al., 2014). The purpose was to demonstrate the mission concept of the proposed ESA CoReH2O (Cold Regions Hydrology High-resolution Observatory, Rott et al., 2010) mission, a candidate in the ESA Earth Explorer series of Earth observing satellites. Around 21400 snow depth measurements, 600 SWE measurements and a number of distributed snow pit measurements were collected during 19 days between December 2011 and March 2012. In this study, these field measurements will be used to analyse the snow property variation within and between different land-cover types in North boreal and tundra environments. The wide heterogeneity of snow properties forms a challenge for remote snow information retrieval as even in flat areas the amount and type of heterogeneity vary in a number of different scales. Especially, information of hemispheric scale SWE variation is suffering from large uncertainties, although, assimilation of ground-based and space-borne information and algorithms specific for a land-cover type have lowered these remaining uncertainties (Takala et al., 2011). This study aims to contribute to this future work for more reliable SWE retrievals by statistically describing the snow parameter variation in these northern environments. Lemmetyinen, J., J. Pulliainen, A. Kontu, A. Wiesmann, C. Mätzler, H. Rott, K. Voglmeier, T. Nagler, A. Meta, A. Coccia, M. Schneebeli, M. Proksch, M. Davidson, D. Schüttemeyer, Chung-Chi Lin, and M. Kern, 2014. Observations of seasonal snow cover at X- and Ku bands during the NoSREx campaign. Proc. EUSAR 2014, 3-5 June 2014, Berlin. Rott, H., S.H. Yueh, D.W. Cline, C. Duguay, R. Essery et al., 2010. Cold Regions Hydrology High-resolution Observatory for Snow and Cold Land Processes. Proc. IEEE, 98(5), 752-765. Takala, M., K. Luojus, J. Pulliainen, C. Derksen, J. Lemmetyinen, J-P. Kärnä, J. Koskinen

  10. Electrum, the Gold-Silver Alloy, from the Bulk Scale to the Nanoscale: Synthesis, Properties, and Segregation Rules.

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    Guisbiers, Grégory; Mendoza-Cruz, Rubén; Bazán-Díaz, Lourdes; Velázquez-Salazar, J Jesús; Mendoza-Perez, Rafael; Robledo-Torres, José Antonio; Rodriguez-Lopez, José-Luis; Montejano-Carrizales, Juan Martín; Whetten, Robert L; José-Yacamán, Miguel

    2016-01-26

    The alloy Au-Ag system is an important noble bimetallic phase, both historically (as "Electrum") and now especially in nanotechnology, as it is applied in catalysis and nanomedicine. To comprehend the structural characteristics and the thermodynamic stability of this alloy, a knowledge of its phase diagram is required that considers explicitly its size and shape (morphology) dependence. However, as the experimental determination remains quite challenging at the nanoscale, theoretical guidance can provide significant advantages. Using a regular solution model within a nanothermodynamic approach to evaluate the size effect on all the parameters (melting temperature, melting enthalpy, and interaction parameters in both phases), the nanophase diagram is predicted. Besides an overall shift downward, there is a "tilting" effect on the solidus-liquidus curves for some particular shapes exposing the (100) and (110) facets (cube, rhombic dodecahedron, and cuboctahedron). The segregation calculation reveals the preferential presence of silver at the surface for all the polyhedral shapes considered, in excellent agreement with the latest transmission electron microscopy observations and energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis. By reviewing the nature of the surface segregated element of different bimetallic nanoalloys, two surface segregation rules, based on the melting temperatures and surface energies, are deduced. Finally, the optical properties of Au-Ag nanoparticles, calculated within the discrete dipole approximation, show the control that can be achieved in the tuning of the local surface plasmon resonance, depending of the alloy content, the chemical ordering, the morphology, the size of the nanoparticle, and the nature of the surrounding environment.

  11. Influence of crystallinity on thermo-process ability and mechanical properties in a Au-based bulk metallic glass

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    Cardinal, S.; Pelletier, J.M. [Universitéde Lyon, CNRS (France); INSA-Lyon, MATEIS UMR5510, F-69621 Villeurbanne (France); Eisenbart, M.; Klotz, U.E. [FEM, Research Institute Precious Metals and Metals Chemistry, Katharinenstrasse 17, 73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd (Germany)

    2016-04-13

    The present investigation addresses the impact of crystallinity on the mechanical properties: hardness (HV) and toughness (K{sub IC}) in an Au{sub 49}Cu{sub 26.9}Ag{sub 5.5}Pd{sub 2.3}Si{sub 16.3} BMG which appears especially attractive for applications in jewelry and watch making industries. Thermal stability is first determined using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction and thermo-mechanical analysis (TMA). Then the conditions (time, temperature) in which crystallization is observed (during annealing above the glass transition temperature) and the kinetics are determined. Results show an increase of hardness proportional to the volume fraction of the crystalline phase (ϕ) (from about 350 HV up to about 480 HV), and a drastic reduction in fracture toughness from about 20 MPa√m down to 1.5 MPa√m for fully crystalline structure. Finally the conditions required achieving a good compromise between hardness and toughness are established.

  12. Object Discovery via Cohesion Measurement.

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    Guo, Guanjun; Wang, Hanzi; Zhao, Wan-Lei; Yan, Yan; Li, Xuelong

    2017-02-16

    Color and intensity are two important components in an image. Usually, groups of image pixels, which are similar in color or intensity, are an informative representation for an object. They are therefore particularly suitable for computer vision tasks, such as saliency detection and object proposal generation. However, image pixels, which share a similar real-world color, may be quite different since colors are often distorted by intensity. In this paper, we reinvestigate the affinity matrices originally used in image segmentation methods based on spectral clustering. A new affinity matrix, which is robust to color distortions, is formulated for object discovery. Moreover, a cohesion measurement (CM) for object regions is also derived based on the formulated affinity matrix. Based on the new CM, a novel object discovery method is proposed to discover objects latent in an image by utilizing the eigenvectors of the affinity matrix. Then we apply the proposed method to both saliency detection and object proposal generation. Experimental results on several evaluation benchmarks demonstrate that the proposed CM-based method has achieved promising performance for these two tasks.

  13. Electrum, the Gold–Silver Alloy, from the Bulk Scale to the Nanoscale: Synthesis, Properties, and Segregation Rules

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    2015-01-01

    The alloy Au–Ag system is an important noble bimetallic phase, both historically (as “Electrum”) and now especially in nanotechnology, as it is applied in catalysis and nanomedicine. To comprehend the structural characteristics and the thermodynamic stability of this alloy, a knowledge of its phase diagram is required that considers explicitly its size and shape (morphology) dependence. However, as the experimental determination remains quite challenging at the nanoscale, theoretical guidance can provide significant advantages. Using a regular solution model within a nanothermodynamic approach to evaluate the size effect on all the parameters (melting temperature, melting enthalpy, and interaction parameters in both phases), the nanophase diagram is predicted. Besides an overall shift downward, there is a “tilting” effect on the solidus–liquidus curves for some particular shapes exposing the (100) and (110) facets (cube, rhombic dodecahedron, and cuboctahedron). The segregation calculation reveals the preferential presence of silver at the surface for all the polyhedral shapes considered, in excellent agreement with the latest transmission electron microscopy observations and energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis. By reviewing the nature of the surface segregated element of different bimetallic nanoalloys, two surface segregation rules, based on the melting temperatures and surface energies, are deduced. Finally, the optical properties of Au–Ag nanoparticles, calculated within the discrete dipole approximation, show the control that can be achieved in the tuning of the local surface plasmon resonance, depending of the alloy content, the chemical ordering, the morphology, the size of the nanoparticle, and the nature of the surrounding environment. PMID:26605557

  14. The influence of ascorbic acid, TGF-beta1, and cell-mediated remodeling on the bulk mechanical properties of 3-D PEG-fibrinogen constructs.

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    Kim, Peter D; Peyton, Shelly R; VanStrien, Amy J; Putnam, Andrew J

    2009-08-01

    Two-dimensional cell culture studies have shown that matrix rigidity can influence cell function, but little is known about how matrix physical properties, and their changes with time, influence cell function in 3-D. Biosynthetic hydrogels based on PEGylated fibrinogen permit the initial decoupling of matrix chemical and mechanical properties, and are thus potentially attractive for addressing this question. However, the mechanical stability of these gels due to passive hydrolysis and cell-mediated remodeling has not previously been addressed. Here, we show that the bulk mechanical properties of acellular PEG-fibrinogen hydrogels significantly decrease over time in PBS regardless of matrix cross-linking density in 7 days. To compensate, smooth muscle cells (SMCs) were encapsulated and stimulated to produce their own matrix using ascorbic acid or TGF-beta1. Ascorbic acid treatment improved the mechanical properties of the constructs after 14 days in less cross-linked matrices, but TGF-beta1 did not. The increase in matrix modulus of the constructs was not due to an increase in type I collagen deposition, which remained low and pericellular regardless of cross-link density or the soluble factor applied. Instead, ascorbic acid, but not TGF-beta1, preferentially enhanced the contractile SMC phenotype in the less cross-linked gels. Inhibition of contractility reduced cell spreading and the expression of contractile markers, and eliminated any beneficial increase in matrix modulus induced by cell-generated contraction of the gels. Together, these data show that PEG-fibrinogen hydrogels are susceptible to both hydrolysis and proteolysis, and suggest that some soluble factors may stimulate matrix remodeling by modulating SMC phenotype instead of inducing ECM synthesis in a 3-D matrix.

  15. Textual Cohesion in Modern Standard Chinese.

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    Okurowski, Mary Ellen

    1989-01-01

    Presents a description of textual cohesion in Modern standard Chinese (MSC), and describes three types of relations as discourse and text features that contribute to the overall unity or coherence of a text. (24 references) (Author/VWL)

  16. A CONCEPTUAL OVERVIEW OF TERRITORIAL COHESION

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    MARIA VASILESCU (DUMITRASCU

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Territorial cohesion is a complex concept that cannot be explained by a single definition. During the previous decades, territorial issues represented, undoubtedly, subjects of interest for various policy documents, actions and funding of the European Union, but the asymmetric impact of recent global crisis, doubled by the launch of the Green Paper (2008 and its inclusion in the Lisbon Treaty, in 2009, has underlined the importance of territorial cohesion, as one of the three main pillars of the new cohesion policy. In this context, this article tries to create a holistic perspective on territorial cohesion by analyzing the available studies and to determine its relevance to the European objective of strengthening the regions, promoting territorial integration and producing coherent policies, thus contributing to the sustainable development and global competitiveness of the European Union.

  17. Effects of ethanol on the surface and bulk properties of a microwave-processed PMMA denture base resin.

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    Regis, Rômulo Rocha; Soriani, Natércia Carreira; Azevedo, Alessandra Miranda; Silva-Lovato, Cláudia Helena; Paranhos, Helena Freitas Oliveira; de Souza, Raphael Freitas

    2009-08-01

    This study evaluated the effect of different concentrations of ethanol on hardness, roughness, flexural strength, and color stability of a denture base material using a microwave-processed acrylic resin as a model system. Sixty circular (14 x 4 mm) and 60 rectangular microwave-polymerized acrylic resin specimens (65 x 10 x 3 mm(3)) were employed in this study. The sample was divided into six groups according to the ethanol concentrations used in the immersion solution, as follows: 0% (water), 4.5%, 10%, 19%, 42%, and 100%. The specimens remained immersed for 30 days at 37 degrees C. The hardness test was performed by a hardness tester equipped with a Vickers diamond penetrator, and a surface roughness tester was used to measure the surface roughness of the specimens. Flexural strength testing was carried out on a universal testing machine. Color alterations (DeltaE) were measured by a portable spectrophotometer after 12 and 30 days. Variables were analyzed by ANOVA/Tukey's test (alpha= 0.05). For the range of ethanol-water solutions for immersion (water only, 4.5%, 10%, 19.5%, 42%, and 100%), the following results were obtained for hardness (13.9 +/- 2.0, 12.1 +/- 0.7, 12.9 +/- 0.9, 11.2 +/- 1.5, 5.7 +/- 0.3, 2.7 +/- 0.5 VHN), roughness (0.13 +/- 0.01, 0.15 +/- 0.07, 0.13 +/- 0.05, 0.13 +/- 0.02, 0.23 +/- 0.05, 0.41 +/- 0.19 mum), flexural strength (90 +/- 12, 103 +/- 18, 107 +/- 16, 90 +/- 25, 86 +/- 22, 8 +/- 2 MPa), and color (0.8 +/- 0.6, 0.8 +/- 0.3, 0.7 +/- 0.4, 0.9 +/- 0.3, 1.3 +/- 0.3, 3.9 +/- 1.5 DeltaE) after 30 days. The findings of this study showed that the ethanol concentrations of tested drinks affect the physical properties of the investigated acrylic resin. An obvious plasticizing effect was found, which could lead to a lower in vivo durability associated with alcohol consumption.

  18. Influence of specific intermolecular interactions on the thermal and dielectric properties of bulk polymers: atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of Nylon 6.

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    Lukasheva, N V; Tolmachev, D A; Nazarychev, V M; Kenny, J M; Lyulin, S V

    2017-01-04

    Specific intermolecular interactions, in particular H-bonding, have a strong influence on the structural, thermal and relaxation characteristics of polymers. We report here the results of molecular dynamics simulations of Nylon 6 which provides an excellent example for the investigation of such an influence. To demonstrate the effect of proper accounting for H-bonding on bulk polymer properties, the AMBER99sb force field is used with two different parametrization approaches leading to two different sets of partial atomic charges. The simulations allowed the study of the thermal and dielectric properties in a wide range of temperatures and cooling rates. The feasibility of the use of the three methods for the estimation of the glass transition temperature not only from the temperature dependence of structural characteristics such as density, but also by using the electrostatic energy and dielectric constant is demonstrated. The values of glass transition temperatures obtained at different cooling rates are practically the same for the three methods. By proper accounting for partial charges in the simulations, a reasonable agreement between the results of our simulations and experimental data for the density, thermal expansion coefficient, static dielectric constant and activation energy of γ and β relaxations is obtained demonstrating the validity of the modeling approach reported.

  19. The Effect of Thermal Cycling Treatments on the Thermal Stability and Mechanical Properties of a Ti-Based Bulk Metallic Glass Composite

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    Fan Bu

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The effect of thermal cycling treatments on the thermal stability and mechanical properties of a Ti48Zr20Nb12Cu5Be15 bulk metallic glass composite (BMGC has been investigated. Results show that moderate thermal cycles in a temperature range of −196 °C (cryogenic temperature, CT to 25 °C (room temperature, RT or annealing time at CT has not induced obvious changes of thermal stability and then it decreases slightly over critical thermal parameters. In addition, the dendritic second phases with a bcc structure are homogeneously embedded in the amorphous matrix; no visible changes are detected, which shows structural stability. Excellent mechanical properties as high as 1599 MPa yield strength and 34% plastic strain are obtained, and the yield strength and elastic modulus also increase gradually. The effect on the stability is analyzed quantitatively by crystallization kinetics and plastic-flow models, and indicates that the reduction of structural relaxation enthalpy, which is related to the degradation of spatial heterogeneity, reduces thermal stability but does not imperatively deteriorate the plasticity.

  20. Polydopamine-Gelatin as Universal Cell-Interactive Coating for Methacrylate-Based Medical Device Packaging Materials: When Surface Chemistry Overrules Substrate Bulk Properties.

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    Van De Walle, Elke; Van Nieuwenhove, Ine; Vanderleyden, Els; Declercq, Heidi; Gellynck, Karolien; Schaubroeck, David; Ottevaere, Heidi; Thienpont, Hugo; De Vos, Winnok H; Cornelissen, Maria; Van Vlierberghe, Sandra; Dubruel, Peter

    2016-01-11

    Despite its widespread application in the fields of ophthalmology, orthopedics, and dentistry and the stringent need for polymer packagings that induce in vivo tissue integration, the full potential of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and its derivatives as medical device packaging material has not been explored yet. We therefore elaborated on the development of a universal coating for methacrylate-based materials that ideally should reveal cell-interactivity irrespective of the polymer substrate bulk properties. Within this perspective, the present work reports on the UV-induced synthesis of PMMA and its more flexible poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-based derivative (PMMAPEG) and its subsequent surface decoration using polydopamine (PDA) as well as PDA combined with gelatin B (Gel B). Successful application of both layers was confirmed by multiple surface characterization techniques. The cell interactivity of the materials was studied by performing live-dead assays and immunostainings of the cytoskeletal components of fibroblasts. It can be concluded that only the combination of PDA and Gel B yields materials possessing similar cell interactivities, irrespective of the physicochemical properties of the underlying substrate. The proposed coating outperforms both the PDA functionalized and the pristine polymer surfaces. A universal cell-interactive coating for methacrylate-based medical device packaging materials has thus been realized.

  1. An overview of experimental results from ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions at the CERN LHC: Bulk properties and dynamical evolution

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    Panagiota Foka

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The first collisions of lead nuclei, delivered by the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC at the end of 2010, at a centre-of-mass energy per nucleon pair sNN= 2.76 TeV, marked the beginning of a new era in ultra-relativistic heavy-ion physics. Following the Run 1 period, LHC also successfully delivered Pb–Pb collisions at the collision energy sNN= 5.02 TeV at the end of 2015. The study of the properties of the produced hot and dense strongly-interacting matter at these unprecedented energies is experimentally pursued by all four big LHC experiments, ALICE, ATLAS, CMS, and LHCb. This review presents selected experimental results from heavy-ion collisions delivered during the first three years of the LHC operation focusing on the bulk matter properties and the dynamical evolution of the created system. It also presents the first results from Run 2 heavy-ion data at the highest energy, as well as from the studies of the reference pp and p–Pb systems, which are an integral part of the heavy-ion programme.

  2. Thermal stability and magnetic properties of Fe–Co–M–Zr–Nb–Ge–B (M=Mo, Cr bulk metallic glasses

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Fe62Co8−xMxZr6Nb4Ge1B19 (M=Mo, Cr bulk metallic glasses were synthesized in the diameter range up to 2 mm by copper mold casting, which exhibit high thermal stability and large glass-forming ability. The super-cooled liquid region diminishes by the dissolution of Mo. The addition of 2 at% Cr leads to the broading of the liquid region remarkably, resulting in the improvement of thermal stability. The crystallization takes place through a single exothermic reaction, accompanying the precipitation of more than three kinds of crystallized phases such as α-Fe, Fe2Zr and ZrB2. The Fe-based alloys show soft ferromagnetic properties. The saturation magnetization (σs decreases with increasing Mo or Cr content while the saturated magnetostriction increases with raising Mo or Cr content. There is no evident change in the σs and coercive force (Hc with annealing temperature below the crystallization temperature, which suggests a more relaxed atomic configuration the glasses have. The crystallization causes a substantial enhancement in both σs and Hc. Each soft magnetic property of the glasses containing Cr with higher thermal stability is superior to that of the alloys containing Mo.

  3. Thermal stability and magnetic properties of Fe-Co-M-Zr-Nb-Ge-B (M ¼ Mo, Cr) bulk metallic glasses

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    Min Xu; Qunjiao Wang

    2014-01-01

    Fe62Co8-xMxZr6Nb4Ge1B19 (M=Mo, Cr) bulk metallic glasses were synthesized in the diameter range up to 2 mm by copper mold casting, which exhibit high thermal stability and large glass-forming ability. The super-cooled liquid region diminishes by the dissolution of Mo. The addition of 2 at%Cr leads to the broading of the liquid region remarkably, resulting in the improvement of thermal stability. The crystallization takes place through a single exothermic reaction, accompanying the precipitation of more than three kinds of crystallized phases such asα-Fe, Fe2Zr and ZrB2. The Fe-based alloys show soft ferromagnetic properties. The saturation magnetization (ss) decreases with increasing Mo or Cr content while the saturated magnetostriction increases with raising Mo or Cr content. There is no evident change in the ss and coercive force (Hc) with annealing temperature below the crystallization temperature, which suggests a more relaxed atomic configuration the glasses have. The crystallization causes a substantial enhancement in both ss and Hc. Each soft magnetic property of the glasses containing Cr with higher thermal stability is superior to that of the alloys containing Mo.

  4. DYNAMIC COHESIVENESS IN A COMMUNICATIVE ENGLISH CLASS

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    Wang; Qiyan[1; Fu; Yanjun[2

    2001-01-01

    One of the main features of a communicative English classis activities, organized by the teacher and conducted by studentsperforming certain functions and involving different topics. Theuse of activities has gained much attention. However, the linkbetween activities seems to have been ignored. This paper is anattempt to explore the role of cohesiveness between activities incommunicative teaching. The cohesiveness can be eithermechanical or dynamic. The key is that dynamic cohesivenesscontributes to the atmosphere and effectiveness of communicativeEnglish classroom teaching.

  5. Modelling cohesive, frictional and viscoplastic materials

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    Alehossein, Habib; Qin, Zongyi

    2016-06-01

    Most materials in mining and civil engineering construction are not only viscoplastic, but also cohesive frictional. Fresh concrete, fly ash and mining slurries are all granular-frictional-visco-plastic fluids, although solid concrete is normally considered as a cohesive frictional material. Presented here is both a formulation of the pipe and disc flow rates as a function of pressure and pressure gradient and the CFD application to fresh concrete flow in L-Box tests.

  6. Group cohesion, task performance, and the experimenter expectancy effect.

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    Hoogstraten, J.; Vorst, H.C.M.

    1978-01-01

    Studied the effects of cohesion on task fulfillment and explored the influence of task fulfillment on the initial level of cohesion. Within 4-person groups of undergraduates, cohesion was manipulated successfully by a triple procedure. The level of cohesion was ascertained directly after the inducti

  7. Structural properties of the active layer of discotic hexabenzocoronene/perylene diimide bulk hetero junction photovoltaic devices: The role of alkyl side chain length

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    Al-Hussein, M., E-mail: m.alhussein@ju.edu.jo [Department of Physics, University of Jordan, Amman 11942 (Jordan); Hesse, H.C.; Weickert, J. [Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Department of Physics and Center for NanoScience(CeNS), Amalienstr.54, 80799 Munich (Germany); Doessel, L.; Feng, X.; Muellen, K. [Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Schmidt-Mende, L. [Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Department of Physics and Center for NanoScience(CeNS), Amalienstr.54, 80799 Munich (Germany)

    2011-10-31

    We investigate thin blend films of phenyl-substituted hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronenes (HBC) with various alkyl side chain lengths ((CH{sub 2})n, n = 6, 8, 12 and 16)/perylenediimide (PDI). These blends constitute the active layers in bulk-hetero junction organic solar cells we studied recently [1]. Their structural properties are studied by both scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction measurements. The results support the evidence for the formation of HBC donor-PDI acceptor complexes in all blends regardless of the side chain length of the HBC molecule. These complexes are packed into a layered structure parallel to the substrate for short side chain HBC molecules (n = 6 and 8). The layered structure is disrupted by increasing the side chain length of the HBC molecule and eventually a disordered structure is formed for long side chains (n > 12). We attribute this behavior to the size difference between the aromatic parts of the HBC and PDI molecules. For short side chains, the size difference results in a room for the side chains of the two molecules to fill in the space around the aromatic cores. For long side chains (n > 12), the empty space will not be enough to accommodate this increase, leading to the disruption of the layered structure and a rather disordered structure is formed. Our results highlight the importance of the donor-acceptor interaction in a bulk heterojunction active layer as well as the geometry of the two molecules and their role in determining the structure of the active layer and thus their photovoltaic performance.

  8. Preparation of high crystalline nanoparticles of rare-earth based complex pervoskites and comparison of their structural and magnetic properties with bulk counterparts

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    Basith, M. A.; Islam, M. A.; Ahmmad, Bashir; Sarowar Hossain, M. D.; Mølhave, K.

    2017-07-01

    A simple route to prepare Gd0.7Sr0.3MnO3 nanoparticles by ultrasonication of their bulk powder materials is presented in this article. For comparison, Gd0.7Sr0.3MnO3 nanoparticles are also prepared by ball milling. The prepared samples are characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), energy dispersive x-ray (EDX), x-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS), and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer. XRD Rietveld analysis is carried out extensively for the determination of crystallographic parameters and the amount of crystalline and amorphous phases. FESEM images demonstrate the formation of nanoparticles with average particle size in the range of 50-100 nm for both ultrasonication and 4 h (h) of ball milling. The bulk materials and nanoparticles synthesized by both ultrasonication and 4 h ball milling exhibit a paramagnetic to spin-glass transition. However, nanoparticles synthesized by 8 h and 12 h ball milling do not reveal any phase transition, rather show an upturn of magnetization at low temperature. The degradation of the magnetic properties in ball milled nanoparticles may be associated with amorphization of the nanoparticles due to ball milling particularly for milling time exceeding 8 h. This investigation demonstrates the potential of ultrasonication as a simple route to prepare high crystalline rare-earth based manganite nanoparticles with improved control compared to the traditional ball milling technique.

  9. Simulation of debonding in Al/epoxy T-peel joints using a potential-based cohesive zone model

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    Alfano, Marco

    2011-06-10

    In this work, a cohesive zone model of fracture is employed to study debonding in plastically deforming Al/epoxy T-peel joints. In order to model the adhesion between the bonded metal strips, the Park-Paulino-Roesler (PPR) potential based cohesive model (J Mech Phys Solids, 2009;57:891-908) is employed, and interface elements are implemented in a finite element com-mercial code. A study on the influence of the cohesive properties (i.e. cohesive strength, fracture energy, shape parameter and slope indicator) on the predicted peel-force versus displacement plots reveals that the numerical results are mostly sensitive to cohesive strength and fracture energy. In turn, these parameters are tuned until a match between experimental and simulated load displacement curves is achieved.

  10. Microstructures and mechanical properties of bulk nanocrystalline Fe–Al–C alloys made by mechanically alloying with subsequent spark plasma sintering

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    Yoritoshi Minamino, Yuichiro Koizumi, Nobuhiro Tsuji, Naoko Hirohata, Kiyoshi Mizuuchi and Yoshihira Ohkanda

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure and superior mechanical properties of bulk nanocrystalline Fe–Al–C alloys made by mechanically alloying (MA with subsequent spark plasma sintering (SPS were investigated. Three kinds of nanocrystalline Fe–24 at% Al–X at%C (X=1,2,4 alloy powder were produced by MA from iron and aluminum powder with addition of methanol, and were subsequently consolidated at 1073–1273 K under 64 MPa by SPS. These compacts have the relative densities of 99.97% (1 at%C to 99.5% (4 at%C. The structure of compacts with 1at%C is composed of grains of Fe3Al of 1.5 μm in diameter and nano κ-carbides (Fe3AlC0.5 precipitates, while those of compacts with 2 and 4 at%C are composed of nanocrystalline Fe3Al of about 80 nm in diameter, nano κ-carbides and small amount of large α-grains of about 1 μm in diameter. These structures maintain the nanostructure even at 973 K, that is, they have the good thermal stability. The mechanical properties of these compacts were measured by compression tests at room temperature (RT to 973 K in vacuum. The compacts with 1 and 2 at%C of this work perform the superior mechanical properties (e.g. yield strength of 2150 MPa and rupture strain of 0.14 for compact with 2 at%C at R.T. when compared with the ordinary Fe3Al casting (e.g. the yield strength of 380 MPa and rupture strain of 0.12.

  11. Rotation Induced Disruption of Cohesive Asteroids

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    Sanchez Lana, Diego; Scheeres, D. J.

    2013-10-01

    We use a Soft-Sphere Discrete Element Method (SSDEM) code to study the evolution of self-gravitating cohesive granular aggregates that are spun to disruption as a proxy to "rubble-pile" asteroids. Calculations have shown that the fine regolith in asteroids and molecular Van der Waals forces together may act as a cohesive matrix that provides enough structural strength to hold small NEAs together even at the observed high spin rates. With this in mind we have implemented cohesive forces between the large 10 m) particles that form our aggregates; its strength being controlled by the mean particle size of the matrix. The addition of rolling friction also has allowed us to obtain cohesionless aggregates with friction angles of at least 35° as measured by the Drucker-Prager yield criterion. A series of experiments were run with the code, keeping the size, density and number of grains constant while increasing the cohesive strength of the matrix holding the grains in place. It can be shown, through a scaling analysis, that when the cohesive strength between rubble pile components is increased by a factor of f, that the effective size of the asteroid being modeled will decrease by a factor of 1/√f. To evaluate this we ran a series of 12 cases with increasing cohesive strength, effectively modeling rubble piles of size from 0.1 km up to 100 km with a constant cohesive strength of 25 Pa. Some of our main results are as follows: 1. results from simulations are compatible with a simple model of asteroid strength that predicts, in the cohesion dominated case, that the spin rate for fission is inversely proportional to the size of the asteroid; 2. aggregates may disrupt by shedding or fission, depending on the cohesive strength and the size of the aggregate (shape and heterogeneity factors have not yet been considered); 3. disruption by fission is more likely for small aggregates than for larger aggregates with the same cohesive strength. Further results with spherical and a

  12. Size-resolved and bulk activation properties of aerosols in the North China plain: the importance of aerosol size distribution in the prediction of CCN number concentration

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    Z. Z. Deng

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Size-resolved and bulk activation properties of aerosols were measured at a regional/suburban site in the North China Plain (NCP, which is occasionally heavily polluted by anthropogenic aerosol particles and gases. A CCN (Cloud Condensation Nuclei closure study is conducted with bulk CCN number concentration (NCCN and calculated NCCN based on the aerosol number size distribution and size-resolved activation properties.

    The observed NCCN are higher than those observed in other locations than China, with average NCCN of roughly 2000, 3000, 6000, 10 000 and 13 000 cm−3 at supersaturations of 0.056, 0.083, 0.17, 0.35 and 0.70%, respectively. An inferred critical dry diameter (Dm is calculated based on the measured NCCN and aerosol number size distribution assuming homogeneous chemical composition. This inferred cut off diameter varies in a wide range, indicating that it is impossible to predict NCCN with a fixed critical diameter.

    Size-resolved activation measurements show that most of the 300 nm particles are activated at the investigated supersaturations, while almost no particles of 30 nm are activated even at the highest supersaturation of 0.72%. The activation ratio increases with increasing supersaturation and particle size. The slopes of the activation curves for ambient aerosols are not as steep as those observed in calibrations with ammonium sulfate suggesting that the observed aerosols is an external mixture of more hygroscopic and hydrophobic particles. This conclusion is confirmed by hygroscopicity measurements performed during two intensive field studies in 2009.

    The calculated NCCN based on the size-resolved activation ratio and aerosol number size distribution correlate well with the measured NCCN, and show an average overestimation

  13. Drinking water biofilm cohesiveness changes under chlorination or hydrodynamic stress.

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    Mathieu, L; Bertrand, I; Abe, Y; Angel, E; Block, J C; Skali-Lami, S; Francius, G

    2014-05-15

    Attempts at removal of drinking water biofilms rely on various preventive and curative strategies such as nutrient reduction in drinking water, disinfection or water flushing, which have demonstrated limited efficiency. The main reason for these failures is the cohesiveness of the biofilm driven by the physico-chemical properties of its exopolymeric matrix (EPS). Effective cleaning procedures should break up the matrix and/or change the elastic properties of bacterial biofilms. The aim of this study was to evaluate the change in the cohesive strength of two-month-old drinking water biofilms under increasing hydrodynamic shear stress τw (from ∼0.2 to ∼10 Pa) and shock chlorination (applied concentration at T0: 10 mg Cl2/L; 60 min contact time). Biofilm erosion (cell loss per unit surface area) and cohesiveness (changes in the detachment shear stress and cluster volumes measured by atomic force microscopy (AFM)) were studied. When rapidly increasing the hydrodynamic constraint, biofilm removal was found to be dependent on a dual process of erosion and coalescence of the biofilm clusters. Indeed, 56% of the biofilm cells were removed with, concomitantly, a decrease in the number of the 50-300 μm(3) clusters and an increase in the number of the smaller (i.e., 600 μm(3)) ones. Moreover, AFM evidenced the strengthening of the biofilm structure along with the doubling of the number of contact points, NC, per cluster volume unit following the hydrodynamic disturbance. This suggests that the compactness of the biofilm exopolymers increases with hydrodynamic stress. Shock chlorination removed cells (-75%) from the biofilm while reducing the volume of biofilm clusters. Oxidation stress resulted in a decrease in the cohesive strength profile of the remaining drinking water biofilms linked to a reduction in the number of contact points within the biofilm network structure in particular for the largest biofilm cluster volumes (>200 μm(3)). Changes in the cohesive

  14. Bulk Properties of Iron Isotopes

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    Algin, E; Schiller, A; Voinov, A; Agvannluvsan, U; Belgya, T; Bernstein, L; Brune, C; Chankova, R; Garrett, P; Grimes, S; Guttormsen, M; Hjorth-Jensen, M; Hornish, M; Johnson, C; Massey, T; Mitchell, G; Rekstad, J; Siem, S; Younes, W

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    Nuclear level densities and radiative strength functions (RSF) in {sup 56}Fe and {sup 57}Fe were measured using the {sup 57}Fe({sup 3}He,{alpha}{gamma}) and {sup 57}Fe({sup 3}He, {sup 3}He{prime}{gamma}) reactions, respectively, at Oslo Cyclotron Laboratory. A low-energy enhancement in the RSF below 4 MeV energy was observed. This finding cannot be explained by common theoretical models. In a second experiment, two-step cascade intensities with soft primary transitions from the {sup 56}Fe(n,2{gamma}) reaction were measured. The agreement between the two experiments confirms the low-energy enhancement in the RSF. In a third experiment, the neutron evaporation spectrum from the {sup 55}Mn(dn,N){sup 56}Fe reaction was measured at 7-MeV deuteron energy at John Edwards Accelerator Laboratory at Ohio University. Comparison of the level density of {sup 56}Fe obtained from the first and third experiments gives an overall good agreement. Furthermore, observed enhancement for soft {gamma} rays is supported by the last experiment.

  15. Structural and magnetic properties of the Gd-based bulk metallic glasses GdFe2, GdCo2, and GdNi2 from first principles

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    Lizárraga, Raquel

    2016-11-01

    A structural and magnetic characterization of Gd-based bulk metallic glasses, GdFe2, GdCo2, and GdNi2, was performed. Models for the amorphous structures for two magnetic configurations, ferromagnetic and ferrimagnetic, were obtained by means of a first-principles-based method, the stochastic quenching. In all three cases, the ferrimagnetic configuration was energetically more stable than the ferromagnetic one, in perfect agreement with experiments. In the structural analysis, radial and angle distribution functions as well as calculations of bond lengths and average coordination numbers were included. Structural properties are in good agreement with experiments and do not depend on the magnetic configuration. The distribution of magnetic moments shows that amorphous GdFe2 and GdCo2 are both ferrimagnets, with antiparallel alignment of the magnetic moments of the two magnetic sublattices, whereas Ni nearly loses its magnetic moment in amorphous GdNi2, similar to the situation in its crystalline counterpart.

  16. TiO2 anatase's bulk and (001) surface, structural and electronic properties: A DFT study on the importance of Hubbard and van der Waals contributions

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    Araujo-Lopez, Eduard; Varilla, Luis Alcala; Seriani, Nicola; Montoya, Javier A.

    2016-11-01

    Theoretical ab initio studies done so far on the structural properties of the titanium dioxide anatase (001) surface, have not reported simultaneously the complete set of cell and interatomic parameters for this system or its bulk. Here we present a complete report of these quantities within a spin polarized Density Functional Theory calculation, including also the Hubbard term and the van der Waals dispersion contribution. We show that within this approach it is possible to find a description of TiO2 anatase using DFT, that correlates better with experimental results than most theoretical studies reported previously. This good level of agreement has an advantage with respect to other very accurate studies which have performed computationally expensive calculations involving hybrid functionals, in that our method tends to be faster while also including the van der Waals dispersion contributions in addition to the treatment of correlations. The observed high-quality description of a system like TiO2 within this approach is important and encouraging; specially because it treats properly a d-shell element that is possibly going to have, for many applications of interest, long-range interaction with molecules, e.g. in studies of photocatalysis, where one needs all the relevant physics of the system to be included. We support this claim with an example of the effects that long-range interactions have on a CO2 molecule at the (001) surface.

  17. Dispersion-Corrected Density Functional Theory Investigations of Structural and Electronic Properties of Bulk MoS2: Effect of Uniaxial Strain.

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    Nguyen, Chuong V; Hieu, Nguyen N; Nguyen, Duong T

    2015-12-01

    Strain-dependent structural and electronic properties of MoS2 materials are investigated using first principles calculations. The structural and electronic band structures of the MoS2 with relaxed unit cells are optimized and calculated by the dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT-D2). Calculations within the local density approximation (LDA) and GGA using PAW potentials were also performed for specific cases for the purpose of comparison. The effect of strain on the band gap and the dependence of formation energy on strain of MoS2 are also studied and discussed using the DFT-D2 method. In bulk MoS2, the orbitals shift towards the higher/lower energy area when strain is applied along the z/x direction, respectively. The energy splitting of Mo4d states is in the range from 0 to 2 eV, which is due to the reduction of the electronic band gap of MoS2.

  18. The Effect of Ag Addition on the Enhancement of the Thermal and Mechanical Properties of CuZrAl Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Tsan-Man Chung

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the thermal and mechanical properties of Cu50−xZr43Al7Agx (x = 0, 3, 4, 5, 6 bulk metallic glasses (BMGs are investigated by using an X-ray diffractometer (XRD, a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC, differential thermal analysis (DTA, a Vickers hardness tester, a material test system (MTS, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. Cu50−xZr43Al7Agx (x = 0, 3, 4, 5, 6 BMGs were made by arc-melting and an injection casting process. The results revealed that the glass transition temperature (Tg and the crystallization temperature (Tx of CuZrAl alloy decreased with the Ag addition. Hence, the supercooled liquid region and γ of Cu45Zr43Al7Ag5 alloy increased to 76 K and 0.42, respectively. The thermal stability and glass forming ability of CuZrAlAg BMG alloys were enhanced by the microalloyed Ag content. The room temperature compressive fracture strength and strain measured of Cu47Zr43Al7Ag3 were about 2200 MPa and 2.1%, respectively. The distribution of vein patterns and the formation of nanocrystalline phases on the fracture surface of Cu47Zr43Al7Ag3 alloy can be observed by SEM and TEM to be significant, indicating a typical ductile fracture behavior and an improved plasticity of alloys with the addition of microalloyed Ag from 0 to 6 atom %.

  19. Creating bulk nanocrystalline metal.

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    Fredenburg, D. Anthony (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA); Saldana, Christopher J. (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN); Gill, David D.; Hall, Aaron Christopher; Roemer, Timothy John (Ktech Corporation, Albuquerque, NM); Vogler, Tracy John; Yang, Pin

    2008-10-01

    Nanocrystalline and nanostructured materials offer unique microstructure-dependent properties that are superior to coarse-grained materials. These materials have been shown to have very high hardness, strength, and wear resistance. However, most current methods of producing nanostructured materials in weapons-relevant materials create powdered metal that must be consolidated into bulk form to be useful. Conventional consolidation methods are not appropriate due to the need to maintain the nanocrystalline structure. This research investigated new ways of creating nanocrystalline material, new methods of consolidating nanocrystalline material, and an analysis of these different methods of creation and consolidation to evaluate their applicability to mesoscale weapons applications where part features are often under 100 {micro}m wide and the material's microstructure must be very small to give homogeneous properties across the feature.

  20. Perceived neighborhood social cohesion and stroke.

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    Kim, Eric S; Park, Nansook; Peterson, Christopher

    2013-11-01

    Research in the last three decades has shown that negative neighborhood factors such as neighborhood violence, noise, traffic, litter, low neighborhood socioeconomic status, and poor air quality increase the risk of poor health. Fewer studies have examined the potential protective effect that neighborhood factors can have on health, particularly stroke. We examined whether higher perceived neighborhood social cohesion was associated with lower stroke incidence after adjusting for traditional risk and psychological factors that have been linked with stroke risk. Prospective data from the Health and Retirement Study--a nationally representative panel study of American adults over the age of 50--were used. Analyses were conducted on a subset of 6740 adults who were stroke-free at baseline. Analyses adjusted for chronic illnesses and relevant sociodemographic, behavioral, and psychosocial factors. Over a four-year follow-up, higher perceived neighborhood social cohesion was associated with a lower risk of stroke. Each standard deviation increase in perceived neighborhood social cohesion was associated with a multivariate-adjusted odds ratio (O.R.) of 0.85 for stroke incidence (95% CI, 0.75-0.97, p social cohesion remained significant after adjusting for a comprehensive set of risk factors. Therefore, perceived neighborhood social cohesion plays an important role in protecting against stroke.

  1. Handling of bulk solids theory and practice

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    Shamlou, P A

    1990-01-01

    Handling of Bulk Solids provides a comprehensive discussion of the field of solids flow and handling in the process industries. Presentation of the subject follows classical lines of separate discussions for each topic, so each chapter is self-contained and can be read on its own. Topics discussed include bulk solids flow and handling properties; pressure profiles in bulk solids storage vessels; the design of storage silos for reliable discharge of bulk materials; gravity flow of particulate materials from storage vessels; pneumatic transportation of bulk solids; and the hazards of solid-mater

  2. Cohesive strength of iron ore granules

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    Contreras Rafael Jaimes

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available We present an experimental and numerical investigation of the mechanical strength of crude iron ore (Hematite granules in which capillary bonds between primary particles are the source of internal cohesion. The strength is measured by subjecting the granules to vertical compression between two plates. We show that the behavior of the granules is ductile with a well-defined plastic threshold which increases with the amount of water. It is found that the compressive strength scales with capillary cohesion with a pre-factor that is nearly independent of size polydispersity for the investigated range of parameters but increases with friction coefficient between primary particles. This weak dependence may be attributed to the class of fine particles which, due to their large number, behaves as a cohesive matrix that controls the strength of the granule.

  3. Cohesive strength of iron ore granules

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    Contreras, Rafael Jaimes; Berger, Nicolas; Izard, Edouard; Douce, Jean-François; Koltsov, Alexey; Delenne, Jean-Yves; Azema, Emilien; Nezamabadi, Saeid; van Loo, Frédéric; Pellenq, Roland; Radjai, Farhang

    2017-06-01

    We present an experimental and numerical investigation of the mechanical strength of crude iron ore (Hematite) granules in which capillary bonds between primary particles are the source of internal cohesion. The strength is measured by subjecting the granules to vertical compression between two plates. We show that the behavior of the granules is ductile with a well-defined plastic threshold which increases with the amount of water. It is found that the compressive strength scales with capillary cohesion with a pre-factor that is nearly independent of size polydispersity for the investigated range of parameters but increases with friction coefficient between primary particles. This weak dependence may be attributed to the class of fine particles which, due to their large number, behaves as a cohesive matrix that controls the strength of the granule.

  4. Cohesion and Hierarchy in Physically Abusive Families

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    Clarissa De Antoni

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates cohesion (emotional bonding and hierarchy (powerstructure in families with abuse against their children. Twenty low-incomefamilies participated. Father, mother and child’s perspective of family relations(cohesion and hierarchy were evaluated by the Family System Test(FAST. The relationship between father-child, mother-child, couple, andamong siblings were evaluated at typical and conflictive situations. Resultsshow a significance regarding to cohesion in typical and conflictive situationfor father-child and mother-child dyads in all perspectives (by father, mother,and child. There is no significant differences regarding to hierarchy. Theseresults suggest that the families see the intrafamilial violence as a constant,since they cannot differentiate between both situations.

  5. Alliance and group cohesion in relationship education.

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    Owen, Jesse; Antle, Becky; Barbee, Anita

    2013-09-01

    Relationship education programs have been shown as an effective way to increase relationship functioning. There is less known about how process factors, such as alliance with the leader or group dynamics, affect outcomes in these interventions. We examined group cohesion and alliance with the leader in a relationship education program tailored for individuals. Specifically, we examined whether participants' ratings (n = 126) of the group cohesion and alliance with the leader were associated with changes in relationship adjustment, relationship confidence, and communication quality from pre- to postintervention. The results demonstrated that participants' perceptions of the cohesion among the members in their relationship education group, but not the leader-participant alliance, made a significant contribution to the changes in participants' relationship functioning. These results suggest that the group dynamics among the members in the group are important ingredients in relationship education. Implications for relationship programs are provided. © FPI, Inc.

  6. PERSPECTIVES ON IMPROVING COHESION POLICY SPENDING

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    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to reveal and summarize the latest visions and opinions published in articles and academic papers on the evaluation, institutional factors and the future of the European Cohesion Policy. The literature on the economic, territorial and social integration is vast and great emphasize has been put into the techniques, policies and instruments used in achieving these goals. The paper identifies some of the currents of opinion starting from cohesion evaluation methods and heading towards methods, techniques and policies for intervention without claiming to be an exhaustive endeavour. The article concludes with the summarising of the main opinions on the trends, directions and future of the European Cohesion Policy.

  7. Whither Elite Cohesion in Mexico: A Comment

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    Generacicnes: Los Protagonistas de Ia Reforma y la Revoluci(n Mexicana, Secretaria de Educacion Pblica, Consejo Nacional de Fomento Educat ivo, Mexico City...t-, ~ ir;opy 000 WHITHER ELITE COHESION IN MEXICO : A COMMENT David Ronfeldt November 1988 DTIC ELECTEI Novo 6 la ... . ... ,D The RAND...Monica, CA 90406 21:8 WHITHER ELITE COHESION IN MEXICO : A COMMENT Pavii Ronfeldt Por dec:ies . .I(,xi -as had a ,henomena!!y cohr sive ruling e I ite non

  8. Effects of the copper content on the structural and electrical properties of Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4} bulks

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    We have investigated the concept of defect in Cu{sub x}ZnSnSe{sub 4} (x=1.6–2.0) and Cu{sub y}(Zn{sub 0.9}Sn{sub 1.1})Se{sub 4} (y= 1.6–2.0) bulks prepared by liquid-phase sintering at 600 °C for 2 h with soluble sintering aids of Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} and Te. All samples were found to exhibit p-type semiconductor for Cu{sub x}ZnSnSe{sub 4}, while n-type of behavior obtained at y= 1.8–2.0 for Cu{sub y}(Zn{sub 0.9}Sn{sub 1.1})Se{sub 4} pellets. The Cu vacancy acts as an acceptor point defect to form the p-type semiconductor, and Sn{sup 4+} acts as a donor to form the n-type behavior for the Sn-rich CZTSe. SEM images of pellets show dense surface morphology, and increase in grain size upon Cu inclusion. The largely increased Hall mobility and the slightly changed carrier concentration for Cu{sub y}(Zn{sub 0.9}Sn{sub 1.1})Se{sub 4} with increasing the Cu content is related to the types of its defects. At y=2.0 with carrier concentration of 4.88×10{sup 17} cm{sup −3} showed the highest mobility of around 58 cm{sup 2}/V s. Based upon the proposed point defects, the CZTSe property can be consistently explained.

  9. First-principles modeling of metal (ii) ferrocyanide: electronic property, magnetism, bulk moduli, and the role of C  ≡  N‑ defect

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    Le, Hung M.; Pham, Tan-Tien; Duy Dat, Vo; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki

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    The ferrocyanide structures of transition metals (M) Ti2+, Cr2+, Mn2+, or Co2+ are investigated using a first-principles modeling approach. The crystal structure of cobalt ferrocyanide is found to resemble previous experimental data with good accuracy (~1% error). The considered porous structures possess magnetic moments of 8.00 µ B/cell, 8.00 µ B/cell, 4.00 µ B/cell, and 4.00 µ B/cell given by the [TiFe(CN)6]2‑, [CrFe(CN)6]2‑, [MnFe(CN)6]2‑, and [CoFe(CN)6]2‑ frameworks, respectively. There is only one spin-state occupation at the Fermi level, which leads to the conclusion of semi-metallicity of the four structures. To verify the reliability of the electronic and magnetic properties, linear-response DFT  +  U calculations are performed and establish excellent agreement with the conventional DFT calculations. Then, the mechanical strength is evaluated by estimating the bulk moduli of the four structures, which fall in the range of 114 GPa–133 GPa. Upon the consideration of one C  ≡  N‑ linker defect, the magnetic moments of cobalt ferrocyanide and manganese ferrocyanide rise dramatically to 8 µ B/cell, while that of the titanium structure drops to 6 µ B/cell. In light of the electronic structure evidence, we believe that the low-spin Fe cation nearby the C  ≡  N‑ defect has an indirect effect on spin polarization of the four Co cations in the unit cell.

  10. Towards an integrated approach to cohesion and coherence in ...

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    section discusses current theories of cohesion and coherence. .... that they are much more interested in developing cognitive strategies for .... directionality of research on cohesion and coherence in film translation but also pave the way.

  11. The Cohesion and Teaching of English Writing

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    刘洪明

    2008-01-01

    This paper introduces the purpose of our English teaching briefly and a few points for attention in the standards of English writing evaluation. On the basis of this, it discusses the relationship between English writing and cohesion in order to try to find an appropriate method for our English writing.

  12. Discourse Cohesion in Sign and Speech.

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    Morgan, Gary

    2000-01-01

    Describes the development of discourse cohesion in bilingual children through an analysis of narrative discourses produced by hearing children of deaf parents (HCDP) in both British Sign Language (BSL) and spoken English. Reference mechanisms in both languages are described in the context of recent work on narrative and discourse organization…

  13. Cohesion in Interlanguage: A Study of Conjunction.

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    Beebe, Leslie M.

    A study of textual cohesion in the oral discourse of learners of English as a second language had as subjects 19 Asians from 4 language backgrounds, who were living and, in most cases, studying English in the United States. Analysis of taped conversations focused on the use of conjunctive adjuncts of three kinds: (1) simple adverbs (e.g., and,…

  14. Textual Cohesion and Second-Language Comprehension.

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    Jonz, Jon

    1987-01-01

    Analysis of responses to two cloze tests administered to native and non-native speakers of English revealed that non-natives were far less capable of coping with the loss of redundant cohesive data than were natives. Nonnatives were more reliant on text in comprehension process than were native speakers. (Author/CB)

  15. Engineering molecular crystals with abnormally weak cohesion.

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    Maly, Kenneth E; Gagnon, Eric; Wuest, James D

    2011-05-14

    Adding astutely placed methyl groups to hexaphenylbenzene increases molecular weight but simultaneously weakens key C-H···π interactions, thereby leading to decreased enthalpies of sublimation and showing that materials with abnormally weak cohesion can be made by identifying and then obstructing interactions that help control association.

  16. Group Cohesion in Experiential Growth Groups

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    Steen, Sam; Vasserman-Stokes, Elaina; Vannatta, Rachel

    2014-01-01

    This article explores the effect of web-based journaling on changes in group cohesion within experiential growth groups. Master's students were divided into 2 groups. Both used a web-based platform to journal after each session; however, only 1 of the groups was able to read each other's journals. Quantitative data collected before and…

  17. The Corporate Stake in Social Cohesion

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    Oketch, Moses O.

    2005-01-01

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a function that transcends, but includes, making profits, creating jobs, and producing goods and services. The effectiveness with which corporations perform this function determines their contribution (or lack of contribution) to social cohesion. This article therefore presents a discussion of some of the…

  18. On Coherence and Cohesion in Discourse Analysis

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    2013-01-01

    ‘cohesion’is the way words formally hang together in sentences and the like, and“coherence”captures the content-based connections between the words that make them produce sense. In the discourse, while the local sequence of turns creates a certain amount of cohesion, it isn’t sufficient to guarantee coherence.

  19. Investigating Team Cohesion in COCOMO II.2000

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    Snowdeal-Carden, Betty A.

    2013-01-01

    Software engineering is team oriented and intensely complex, relying on human collaboration and creativity more than any other engineering discipline. Poor software estimation is a problem that within the United States costs over a billion dollars per year. Effective measurement of team cohesion is foundationally important to gain accurate…

  20. Role of Education in Building Social Cohesion

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    Khan, Zebun Nisa

    2016-01-01

    Social Cohesion is the expression of that tradition of tolerance in all religions and cultures that are the basis of peace and progress. It is foreign to know culture and native to all nations. Tolerance and mercy have always and in all cultures being ideals of Government rules and human behavior. Professional educator often comments on the poor…

  1. Validation of the Child Sport Cohesion Questionnaire

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    Martin, Luc J.; Carron, Albert V.; Eys, Mark A.; Loughead, Todd

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to test the validity evidence of the Child Sport Cohesion Questionnaire (CSCQ). To accomplish this task, convergent, discriminant, and known-group difference validity were examined, along with factorial validity via confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). Child athletes (N = 290, M[subscript age] = 10.73 plus or…

  2. Investigating Team Cohesion in COCOMO II.2000

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    Snowdeal-Carden, Betty A.

    2013-01-01

    Software engineering is team oriented and intensely complex, relying on human collaboration and creativity more than any other engineering discipline. Poor software estimation is a problem that within the United States costs over a billion dollars per year. Effective measurement of team cohesion is foundationally important to gain accurate…

  3. Validation of the Child Sport Cohesion Questionnaire

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    Martin, Luc J.; Carron, Albert V.; Eys, Mark A.; Loughead, Todd

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to test the validity evidence of the Child Sport Cohesion Questionnaire (CSCQ). To accomplish this task, convergent, discriminant, and known-group difference validity were examined, along with factorial validity via confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). Child athletes (N = 290, M[subscript age] = 10.73 plus or…

  4. Microzonation Analysis of Cohesionless and Cohesive Soil

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    Tan Choy Soon

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Urban seismic risk is a continuous worldwide issue, numerous researchers are putting great effort in dealing with how to minimise the level of the threat. The only way to minimise the social and economic consequences caused but the seismic risk is through comprehensive earthquake scenario analysis such as ground response analysis. This paper intends to examine the characteristic of shear wave velocity and peak ground acceleration on cohesionless and cohesiveness soil. In order to examine the characteristic of shear wave velocity and peak ground acceleration on cohesionless and cohesiveness soil, ground response analysis was performed using Nonlinear Earthquake Site Response Analysis (NERA and Equivalent-linear Earthquake Site Response Analysis (EERA. The value of ground acceleration was initially high at bedrock and vanishes during the propagation process. It is thus, the measured acceleration at surface is therefore much lower as compare to at bedrock. Result shows that seismic waves can travel faster in harder soil as compared to softer soil. Cohesive soil contributes more to the shaking amplification than cohesionless soil such as sand and harder soil. This is known as local site effect. The typical example is the Mexico Earthquake that happened in 1985. As conclusion, peak ground acceleration for cohesive soil is higher than in cohesionless soil.

  5. Effects of interface roughness on cohesive strength of self-assembled monolayers

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    Zhang, Chen; Awasthi, Amnaya P.; Geubelle, Philippe H.; Grady, Martha E.; Sottos, Nancy R.

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    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are aggregates of small molecular chains that have the property to form highly ordered assemblies. The choice of terminal groups on the chains makes them excellent contenders of molecular-level tailoring. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and experimental observations of spallation of two SAM-enhanced gold-film/silicon-substrate interfaces have shown that the cohesive strength of SAM-enriched transfer-printed interfaces is strongly dependent on the choice of terminal groups. Though the MD results of perfectly ordered atomistic surfaces show the same qualitative trend as the experiments, they over-predict the interfacial cohesive strengths by a factor of about 50. Results from AFM studies have revealed that the roughness of these interfaces is of the same order (∼1 nm) as the range of atomistic interactions. Hence, surface roughness is a key contributor in significantly reducing interfacial cohesive strength in these systems. In this manuscript, a continuum-level study is performed to investigate the influence of surface roughness on the cohesive strength of the interface between a Si/SAM substrate and a transfer-printed gold film. We approximate the film as a deformable continuum interacting with a rough substrate of SAMs represented by a harmonic function. Using a cohesive law derived from MD, spallation is simulated to evaluate the effective traction-separation characteristics for the rough SAM-gold interface. Our analysis shows that incorporating roughness may reduce the interfacial cohesive strength by an order of magnitude depending on the film properties and the surface roughness. Additionally, we observe that the gold film adopts unique separation attributes based on roughness parameters and material properties.

  6. Effect of Cohesion Uncertainty of Granular Materials on the Kinematics of Scaled Models of Fold-and-Thrust Belts

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    Nilfouroushan, F.; Pysklywec, R.; Cruden, S.

    2009-05-01

    Cohesionless or very low cohesion granular materials are widely used in analogue/physical models to simulate brittle rocks in the upper crust. Selection of materials with appropriate cohesion values in such models is important for the simulation of the dynamics of brittle rock deformation in nature. Uncertainties in the magnitude of cohesion (due to measurement errors, extrapolations at low normal stresses, or model setup) in laboratory experiments can possibly result in misinterpretation of the styles and mechanisms of deformation in natural fold-and thrust belts. We ran a series of 2-D numerical models to investigate systematically the effect of cohesion uncertainties on the evolution of models of fold-and-thrust belts. The analyses employ SOPALE, a geodynamic code based on the arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) finite element method. Similar to analogue models, the material properties of sand and transparent silicone (PDMS) are used to simulate brittle and viscous behaviors of upper crustal rocks. The suite of scaled brittle and brittle-viscous numerical experiments have the same initial geometry but the cohesion value of the brittle layers is increased systematically from 0 to 100 Pa. The stress and strain distribution in different sets of models with different cohesion values are compared and analyzed. The kinematics and geometry of thrust wedges including the location and number of foreland- and hinterland- verging thrust faults, pop-up structures, tapers and topography are also explored and their sensitivity to cohesion value is discussed.

  7. On the Relationships between the Cohesive Devices and Their Meanings

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    2008-01-01

    Cohesion is one of the phenomena of the text. It is expressed through the cohesive devices.As part of Functional Grammar,the cohesive devices relate themselves naturally to the meanings,which exist both in the text and in its social context.This paper is to explore the relationship between the cohesive devices and their meanings.These meanings subsume the discourse semantics in the text and the register in the social context.

  8. Variable fractal dimension: A major control for floc structure and flocculation kinematics of suspended cohesive sediment

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    Maggi, F.

    2007-01-01

    While the fractal dimension of suspended flocs of cohesive sediment is known to vary with the shear rate, electrochemical properties of the sediment and environment, geometrical restructuring, and presence of organic matter, experimental data presented in this work suggest changes in fractal dimensi

  9. Hardness, Cohesiveness, and Adhesiveness of Oral Moisturizers and Denture Adhesives: Selection Criteria for Denture Wearers

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    Keiko Fujimoto

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The mechanical properties of seven denture adhesives and eight oral moisturizers, all of which are commercially available, were evaluated using a texture profile analysis. A new assessment chart is proposed for the selection criteria of denture adhesive and oral moisturizers using a radar chart with three axes: hardness, cohesiveness, and adhesiveness.

  10. [Adaptation of the MSCI for the measurement of cohesion in Spanish young soccer players].

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    García Quinteiro, Eva María; Rodríguez Casal, Mauro; Andrade, Elena M; Arce, Constantino

    2006-08-01

    This work describes the Spanish adaptation and studies the psychometric properties of Yukelson, Weinberg, and Jackson's Multidimensional Sport Cohesion Instrument (MSCI) with a sample of 173 soccer players. The Spanish version is composed of 22 items grouped in four factors: quality of teamwork (performance aspects), attraction to the group, valued roles and quality of teamwork (interpersonal relationships), that accounted for 53.30% of the total variance. Reliability coefficients (Cronbach's Alphas) for the factors ranged from .84 (factor 1) to .56 (factor 4). Suggestions are made for future research on the validity of the scale, mainly in terms of convergence with other multidimensional measures of sport cohesion.

  11. Multiscale Modeling of Grain-Boundary Fracture: Cohesive Zone Models Parameterized From Atomistic Simulations

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    Glaessgen, Edward H.; Saether, Erik; Phillips, Dawn R.; Yamakov, Vesselin

    2006-01-01

    A multiscale modeling strategy is developed to study grain boundary fracture in polycrystalline aluminum. Atomistic simulation is used to model fundamental nanoscale deformation and fracture mechanisms and to develop a constitutive relationship for separation along a grain boundary interface. The nanoscale constitutive relationship is then parameterized within a cohesive zone model to represent variations in grain boundary properties. These variations arise from the presence of vacancies, intersticies, and other defects in addition to deviations in grain boundary angle from the baseline configuration considered in the molecular dynamics simulation. The parameterized cohesive zone models are then used to model grain boundaries within finite element analyses of aluminum polycrystals.

  12. Cohesiveness and Performance on an Additive Task: Evidence for Multidimensionality.

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    Zaccaro, Stephen J.; Lowe, Charles A.

    1988-01-01

    Presents a study designed to contrast the effects of task-based and interpersonal cohesiveness on group performance of students. Concludes that high task cohesion helped group performance, while interpersonal attraction had no apparent effect. Finding that increased interpersonal cohesion improved task commitment, the authors suggest that…

  13. Path dependence of truss-like mixed mode cohesive laws

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    Goutianos, Stergios; Sørensen, Bent F.

    2012-01-01

    A general theoretical analysis is presented to prove that, under mixed mode fracture, truss-like mixed mode cohesive laws (cohesive laws that are coupled in a special manner such that the traction vector follows the separation/opening vector) are path independent only in the limited case where th...... and numerically that these cohesive laws are path dependent....

  14. Territorial cohesion post - 2013: to whomsoever it may concern

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    Faludi, A.K.F.

    2010-01-01

    Conceived as a motion for resolution, the paper considers territorial cohesion now being on the statute book, the Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion, Barca making the case for integrated, place-based strategies, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the future of Cohesion policy. The recom

  15. Facilitating Group Cohesion among Adolescents through Challenge Course Experiences.

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    Glass, J. Scott; Benshoff, James M.

    2002-01-01

    A study examined the effects of participation in a low-element challenge course on younger adolescents' perceptions of group cohesion. Pre- and post-tests of group cohesion were administered to 167 North Carolina adolescents aged 11-14. Participants perceived an increase in group cohesion after the daylong program, regardless of their age, race,…

  16. Intact Discourse Cohesion and Coherence Following Bilateral Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex

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    Kurczek, Jake; Duff, Melissa C.

    2012-01-01

    Discourse cohesion and coherence give communication its continuity providing the grammatical and lexical links that hold an utterance or text together and give it meaning. Researchers often link cohesion and coherence deficits to the frontal lobes by drawing attention to frontal lobe dysfunction in populations where discourse cohesion and…

  17. Cohesion in Compositions of Turkish and Immigrant Students

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    Coskun, Eyyup

    2011-01-01

    Cohesion refers to the relationships established between sentences and paragraphs via the units in the surface structure of the text. This study evaluated texts written by Uzbek origin immigrant students and Turkish students living in Hatay in terms of the use of cohesion devices (ellipsis, conjunctions, lexical cohesion, reference, substitution).…

  18. An evaluation of the advantages and limitations in simulating indentation cracking with cohesive zone finite elements

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    Johanns, K. E.; Lee, J. H.; Gao, Y. F.; Pharr, G. M.

    2014-01-01

    A cohesive zone model is applied to a finite element (FE) scheme to simulate indentation cracking in brittle materials. Limitations of using the cohesive zone model to study indentation cracking are determined from simulations of a standard fracture toughness specimen and a two-dimensional indentation cracking problem wherein the morphology of the crack and the geometry of the indenter are simplified. It is found that the principles of linear-elastic fracture mechanics can be applied when indentation cracks are long in comparison to the size of the cohesive zone. Vickers and Berkovich pyramidal indentation crack morphologies (3D) are also investigated and found to be controlled by the ratio of elastic modulus to yield strength (E/Y), with median type cracking dominating at low ratios (e.g. E/Y = 10) and Palmqvist type cracking at higher ratios (e.g. E/Y = 100). The results show that cohesive FE simulations of indentation cracking can indeed be used to critically examine the complex relationships between crack morphology, material properties, indenter geometry, and indentation test measurements, provided the crack length is long in comparison to the cohesive zone size.

  19. Cohesion, team mental models, and collective efficacy: towards an integrated framework of team dynamics in sport.

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    Filho, Edson; Tenenbaum, Gershon; Yang, Yanyun

    2015-01-01

    A nomological network on team dynamics in sports consisting of a multiframework perspective is introduced and tested. The aim was to explore the interrelationship among cohesion, team mental models (TMMs), collective efficacy (CE) and perceived performance potential (PPP). Three hundred and forty college-aged soccer players representing 17 different teams (8 female and 9 male) participated in the study. They responded to surveys on team cohesion, TMMs, CE and PPP. Results are congruent with the theoretical conceptualisation of a parsimonious view of team dynamics in sports. Specifically, cohesion was found to be an exogenous variable predicting both TMMs and CE beliefs. TMMs and CE were correlated and predicted PPP, which in turn accounted for 59% of the variance of objective performance scores as measured by teams' season record. From a theoretical standpoint, findings resulted in a parsimonious view of team dynamics, which may represent an initial step towards clarifying the epistemological roots and nomological network of various team-level properties. From an applied standpoint, results suggest that team expertise starts with the establishment of team cohesion. Following the establishment of cohesiveness, teammates are able to advance team-related schemas and a collective sense of confidence. Limitations and key directions for future research are outlined.

  20. Is social cohesion one latent concept? Investigating the dimensionality of social cohesion using Kearns and Forrest Typology

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    Reeskens, Tim; Botterman, Sarah; Hooghe, Marc

    2008-01-01

    One of the most abundantly used concepts in contemporary social sciences and among policy experts is 'social cohesion'. However, it is difficult to grasp how social cohesion is defined or measured. In this paper, we follow the line of reasoning of urban sociologists Kearns and Forrest (2000), who ascribed five dimensions to social cohesion. Although frequently used in theoretical discussions, methodological rigorous tests on the dimensionality of these five social cohesion dimensions are abse...

  1. 2D and 3D stability analysis of slurry trench in frictional/cohesive soil

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    Chang-yu HAN; Jin-jian CHEN; Jian-hua WANG; Xiao-he XIA

    2013-01-01

    A 2D and 3D kinematically admissible rotational failure mechanism is presented for homogeneous slurry trenches in frictional/cohesive soils.Analytical approaches are derived to obtain the upper bounds on slurry trench stability in the strict framework of limit analysis.It is shown that the factor of safety from a 3D analysis will be greater than that from a 2D analysis.Compared with the limit equilibrium method,the limit analysis method yields an unconservative estimate on the safety factors.A set of examples are presented in a wide range of parameters for 2D and 3D homogeneous slurry trenches.The factor of safety increases with increasing slurry and soil bulk density ratio,cohesion,friction angle,and with decreasing slurry level depth and trench depth ratio,trench width and depth ratio.It is convenient to assess the safety for the homogeneous slurry trenches in practical applications.

  2. Measuring cohesion between macromolecular filaments, one pair at a time: Depletion-induced microtubule binding

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    Hilitski, Feodor; Cajamarca, Luis; Hagan, Michael F; Grason, Gregory M; Dogic, Zvonimir

    2014-01-01

    In presence of non-adsorbing polymers, colloidal particles experience a ubiquitous attractive interactions induced by the depletion mechanism. We measure the depletion interaction between a pair of microtubule filaments by a method that combines optical trapping, single molecule imaging and umbrella sampling. By quantifying the dependence of filament cohesion on both polymer concentration and solution ionic strength, we demonstrate that the minimal model of depletion based, on the Asakura-Oosawa theory, fails to describe the experimental data. By measuring the cohesion strength in two- and three- filament bundles we verify pairwise additivity of the depletion interaction for the specific experimental conditions. The described experimental technique can be used to measure pairwise interactions between various biological or synthetic filaments, thus complementing information extracted from bulk osmotic stress experiments.

  3. Looking for a bulk point

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    Maldacena, Juan; Zhiboedov, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    We consider Lorentzian correlators of local operators. In perturbation theory, singularities occur when we can draw a position-space Landau diagram with null lines. In theories with gravity duals, we can also draw Landau diagrams in the bulk. We argue that certain singularities can arise only from bulk diagrams, not from boundary diagrams. As has been previously observed, these singularities are a clear diagnostic of bulk locality. We analyze some properties of these perturbative singularities and discuss their relation to the OPE and the dimensions of double-trace operators. In the exact nonperturbative theory, we expect no singularity at these locations. We prove this statement in 1+1 dimensions by CFT methods.

  4. Study on UV Excitation Properties of Eu3+ at S6 Site in Bulk and Nanocrystalline Cubic Y2O3

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    张家骅; 贾明理; 吕少哲; 骆永石; 任新光; 王笑军

    2004-01-01

    Increases of emission intensities for Eu3+ at the S6 site relative to that at the C2 site were observed as UV excitation wavelength decreases from 300 nm to 200 nm in both bulk and nanocrystalline cubic Y2O3:Eu3+. Decomposition of excitation spectra shows that the charge transfer band of Eu3+ at the S6 site lies in the high-energy side of that at the C2 site, resulting in that the energy transfer from the host prefers to the S6 site. Detailed emission and excitation spectral characteristics were analyzed and discussed. In addition, spectral red-shift were found in both charge transfer bands in nanocrystalline Y2O3:Eu3+ compared to the bulk material. The number ratio of S6 sites to C2 sites is also smaller in nanocrystalline Y2O3:Eu3+ than that in the bulk one.

  5. Multiphased (NaCl){sub x}(KCl){sub y-x}(KBr){sub 1-y} single crystals: ac conductivity activation energy versus bulk properties

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    Katsika-Tsigourakou, Vassiliki, E-mail: vkatsik@phys.uoa.g [Department of Solid State Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis, 157 84 Zografos (Greece)

    2009-11-01

    The ac electrical measurements have been just reported for alkali halide mixed crystals that were melt grown from NaCl, KCl and KBr starting materials. They showed a nonlinear variation of all the electrical parameters with the bulk composition. In this short paper, we show that these mixed systems, depending on their major constituent, are classified into three categories in each of which, the activation energy for the ac conductivity increases linearly with BOMEGA, where B is the isothermal bulk modulus and OMEGA the mean volume per atom. In addition, the resulting three straight lines are formed to have almost the same slope.

  6. Magnetic property enhancement and crystal structures in bulk and nanosized Zn{sub x}Ni{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (0⩽x⩽1)

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    Botez, Cristian E., E-mail: cbotez@utep.edu [Department of Physics, University of Texas at El Paso, 500 W. University Avenue, El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); Chattrakun, Kanokporn [Department of Physics, University of Texas at El Paso, 500 W. University Avenue, El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); Metta-Magana, Alejandro J.; Pannell, Keith H. [Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at El Paso, 500 W. University Avenue, El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); Mattutes-Aquino, Jose A. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, S.C. Miguel de Cervantes 120, Complejo Industrial Chihuahua, 31120 Chihuahua (Mexico)

    2012-09-03

    Dc-magnetization, ac-susceptibility and x-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to investigate the microscopic origin of the magnetic property modifications induced by zinc doping in bulk and nanosized nickel ferrite, Zn{sub x}Ni{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. Both the nanoparticle energy barrier to magnetization reversal, E{sub B}, and the bulk saturation magnetization, M{sub s}, are observed to initially increase with x, reach a maximum at x∼0.5, and eventually decrease upon further doping. XRD data do not indicate significant structural modifications at x∼0.5. Instead we found evidence that an indirect doping mechanism, by which Ni{sup 2+} ions are replaced by Zn{sup 2+}, is responsible for the observed magnetic property enhancement. -- Highlights: ► We investigated the magnetic property enhancement in Zn{sub x}Ni{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (0⩽x⩽1). ► Magnetic quantities in both bulk and nanopowders reach a maximum at x∼0.5. ► This behavior stems from an indirect doping mechanism.

  7. Relating Cohesive Zone Model to Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics

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    Wang, John T.

    2010-01-01

    The conditions required for a cohesive zone model (CZM) to predict a failure load of a cracked structure similar to that obtained by a linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) analysis are investigated in this paper. This study clarifies why many different phenomenological cohesive laws can produce similar fracture predictions. Analytical results for five cohesive zone models are obtained, using five different cohesive laws that have the same cohesive work rate (CWR-area under the traction-separation curve) but different maximum tractions. The effect of the maximum traction on the predicted cohesive zone length and the remote applied load at fracture is presented. Similar to the small scale yielding condition for an LEFM analysis to be valid. the cohesive zone length also needs to be much smaller than the crack length. This is a necessary condition for a CZM to obtain a fracture prediction equivalent to an LEFM result.

  8. Applications of bulk high-temperature superconductors

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    Hull, J. R.

    The development of high-temperature superconductors (HTS's) can be broadly generalized into thin-film electronics, wire applications, and bulk applications. We consider bulk HTS's to include sintered or crystallized forms that do not take the geometry of filaments or tapes, and we discuss major applications for these materials. For the most part applications may be realized with the HTS's cooled to 77 K, and the properties of the bulk HTS's are often already sufficient for commercial use. A non-exhaustive list of applications for bulk HTS's includes trapped field magnets, hysteresis motors, magnetic shielding, current leads, and magnetic bearings. These applications are briefly discussed in this paper.

  9. Structural Properties of Bulk and Aqueous Systems of PEO-PIB-PEO Triblock Copolymers as Studied by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering and Cryo-Transmission Electron Microscopy

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    Mortensen, Kell; Talmon, Yeshayahu; Gao, Bo

    1997-01-01

    The phase behavior of a low molecular weight (M-w = 6000) symmetric triblock copolymer of poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(isobutylene), PEO-PIB-PEO, in the bulk as well in aqueous, D2O, solutions has been studied using small-angle neutron scattering and cryo-transmission electron microscopy...

  10. Cohesion and Metaphor Aspects in Andabhuana Text

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    Ida Bagus Mahardika

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Cohesion and metaphor are the unique and interesting parts of language aspects in Andhabhuan text to research. They are quite dominant aspects in the story in developing its literature aesthetic. This research is based on the arts technical and analytical method. The result of the research on those two aspects shows that traditional aesthetic style in arts, as described in Andabhuana verses emphasize on the reference, meaning, selection and variation of words. The language parts used are aimed at bringing the text ideology to humanity perspective, especially the ?iwatattwa values as parts of Hindu teaching. Hence the cohesion and metaphor in Andabhuana text  are  semiotic description to transform to Balinese Hindus as most of them follow ?iwatattwa belief.

  11. AUTOMATIC TEXT SUMMARIZATION BASED ON TEXTUAL COHESION

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    Chen Yanmin; Liu Bingquan; Wang Xiaolong

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents two different algorithms that derive the cohesion structure in the form of lexical chains from two kinds of language resources HowNet and TongYiCiCiLin.The research that connects the cohesion structure of a text to the derivation of its summary is displayed.A novel model of automatic text summarization is devised,based on the data provided by lexicai chains from original texts.Moreover,the construction rules of lexical chains are modified according to characteristics of the knowledge database in order to be more suitable for Chinese suIninarization.Evaluation results show that high quality indicative summaries are produced from Chinese texts.

  12. Enhancing Unit Cohesion Via Social Media

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    2016-06-10

    and a social network that individuals rely on for advice, help, and even references for future work and education .4 Prior to the social media boom...door for further research in the field . The nascent elements from this analysis of unit cohesion via social media indicate the following key points...upon the knowledge base within the civilian education system. Similarly, vertical bonding may occur via social media ; however, it is often very

  13. Brownfield regeneration: Towards strengthening social cohesion?

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    Minić Marta

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In broader terms, the paper refers to the topic of brownfield regeneration, as one of the most complex mechanisms for sustainable spatial development. In addition to the fact that brownfield regeneration demands a variety of instruments, such as: tax subsidies, the change of land use ownership, soil remediation, planning regulative amendments, etc., the complexity of brownfield regeneration is primarily seen in a number of stakeholders participating in such a process. Thus, the paper focuses on the social aspect of brownfield regeneration - precisely, on researching the community role and reviewing the possibilities for achieving the 'local' interests in complex developmental processes. The main research hypothesis is that brownfield regeneration positively affects the creation of and strengthening the social cohesion in the areas close to the brownfield site. More precisley, the paper presents the ways towards strenghtening social cohesion in the initial phase of the brownfield regeneration process, as well as the effects of such a process in its operationalisation phase on social cohesion. The thesis is examined by two main parameters: 1 participation of local community, and 2 social costs and benefits of brownfield regeneration versus greenfield investment. The research results are presented in the form of argumentative essay. In fact, the critical overview of arguments for and against the main research hypothesis is provided based on the review of interdisciplinary literature in the domain of brownfield regeneration. Such research organisation ensures the identification and description of the measures needed for strengthening social cohesion, as an utmost goal of this research. The final research contribution is about offering the guidelines for similar methodological approach in urban research.

  14. Overtopping breaching of cohesive homogeneous earth dam with different cohesive strength

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    2009-01-01

    In consideration of the range of clay content of Chinese earth dams, the world’s highest prototype tests have been made to research on the effects of cohesive strength of filling of cohesive homogeneous earth dam on breach formation. Three breach mechanisms were presented, they were the source-tracing erosion of dam body with the form of "multilevel headcut", "two-helix flow" erosion of dam crest and collapse of breach sidewalls due to instability. It can be concluded that the cohesive strength of filling of earth dam has great effect on breach formation. When the cohesive strength is bigger, the breach process becomes slower, and the peak outflow and the final width and depth of breach become smaller. The main character of the breach formation is head cutting and dumping collapse. When the cohesive strength is smaller, the breach process becomes faster, and the peak outflow, the final width and depth of breach become bigger. The main character of the breach formation is single level head cutting and shearing collapse.

  15. Process controllability of thermoelectric properties of (Bi2Te3)(0.2)(Sb2Te3)(0.8) on the root of bulk mechanical alloying; Bulk MA ni yori soseisareru (Bi2Te3)(0.2)(Sb2Te3)0.8 netsuden zairyo tokusei no process izonsei

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    Iwaisako, Y.; Aizawa, T. [The University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Yamamoto, A.; Ota, T. [Electrotechnical Laboratory, Tsukuba (Japan)

    1998-10-15

    Bulk Mechanical Alloying (BMA) is proposed to produce p-type Bi2Te3-Sb2Te3 thermoelectric materials with large yield and without any contamination. Because of the solid-state alloyment through this process, no melting nor solidification process is necessary to yield the targeting composition of this type of thermoelectric materials. Furthermore, hot pressing is applied for densification by varying both the pressure and the holding temperature. Process parameter dependency of thermoelectric properties is investigated for three different BMA samples. 6 refs., 9 figs.

  16. A centrifuge method to measure particle cohesion forces to substrate surfaces : The use of a force distribution concept for data interpretation

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    Nguyen, Thanh T.; Rambanapasi, Clinton; de Boer, Anne H.; Frijlink, Henderik W.; Ven, Peter M. V. D.; de Vries, Joop; Busscher, Henk J.; Maarschalk, Kees V. D. Voort

    2010-01-01

    Adhesion, agglomeration and de-agglomeration of micronized particles and larger carrier particles are of special importance during manufacturing of pharmaceutical products when the inherent cohesion property of fine particles challenges the content uniformity of dry mixtures. To characterize particl

  17. A centrifuge method to measure particle cohesion forces to substrate surfaces: The use of a force distribution concept for data interpretation

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    Nguyen, T.T.; Rambanapasi, C.; Boer, A.H.de; Frijlink, H.W.; Ven, P.M.V.D.; Vries, J.de; Busscher, H.J.; Maarschalk, K.V.V.

    2010-01-01

    Adhesion, agglomeration and de-agglomeration of micronized particles and larger carrier particles are of special importance during manufacturing of pharmaceutical products when the inherent cohesion property of fine particles challenges the content uniformity of dry mixtures. To characterize particl

  18. Evolution of the structure and mechanical properties of a bulk-nitrided corrosion-resistant ferritic steel upon tempering in the temperature range of 400-700°C

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    Rogachev, S. O.; Nikulin, S. A.; Khatkevich, V. M.

    2017-08-01

    Methods of the X-ray diffraction analysis and electron microscopy were used to study changes in the structural phase state and mechanical properties of bulk-nitrided 08Kh17T steel (0.08 wt % C, 17 wt % Cr, 0.8 wt % Ti, 0.5 wt % Si, 0.8 wt % Mn, 0.025 wt % S, and 0.035 wt % P) upon tempering in the temperature range of 400-700°C. The changes in the mechanical properties of the nitrided steel upon tempering are associated with the predominance of either the solid-solution or precipitation strengthening, i.e., with the presence of martensite in the steel structure at low temperatures of tempering and the precipitation of particles of Cr2N nitrides of different dispersity upon increasing the tempering temperature. The greatest increase in the ultimate tensile strength and yield stress (1.8-2.5 times) at a satisfactory plasticity (no less than 10%) of the bulk-nitrided steel is achieved by tempering bulk-nitrided steel in a temperature range of 600-700°C.

  19. Naphtho[2,1-b:3,4-b']dithiophene-based bulk heterojunction solar cells: how molecular structure influences nanoscale morphology and photovoltaic properties.

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    Kim, Yu Jin; Cheon, Ye Rim; Back, Jang Yeol; Kim, Yun-Hi; Chung, Dae Sung; Park, Chan Eon

    2014-11-10

    Organic bulk heterojunction photovoltaic devices based on a series of three naphtho[2,1-b:3,4-b']dithiophene (NDT) derivatives blended with phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester were studied. These three derivatives, which have NDT units with various thiophene-chain lengths, were employed as the donor polymers. The influence of their molecular structures on the correlation between their solar-cell performances and their degree of crystallization was assessed. The grazing-incidence angle X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy results showed that the three derivatives exhibit three distinct nanoscale morphologies. We correlated these morphologies with the device physics by determining the J-V characteristics and the hole and electron mobilities of the devices. On the basis of our results, we propose new rules for the design of future generations of NDT-based polymers for use in bulk heterojunction solar cells.

  20. Preparation of high crystalline nanoparticles of rare-earth based complex pervoskites and comparison of their structural and magnetic properties with bulk counterparts

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    Basith, M. A.; Islam, M. A.; Ahmmad, Bashir

    2017-01-01

    A simple route to prepare Gd0.7Sr0.3MnO3 nanoparticles by ultrasonication of their bulk powder materials is presented in this article. For comparison, Gd0.7Sr0.3MnO3 nanoparticles are also prepared by ball milling. The prepared samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission...... of crystalline and amorphous phases. FESEM images demonstrate the formation of nanoparticles with average particle size in the range of 50–100 nm for both ultrasonication and 4 h (h) of ball milling. The bulk materials and nanoparticles synthesized by both ultrasonication and 4 h ball milling exhibit...... of the nanoparticles due to ball milling particularly for milling time exceeding 8 h. This investigation demonstrates the potential of ultrasonication as a simple route to prepare high crystalline rare-earth based manganite nanoparticles with improved control compared to the traditional ball milling technique....