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  1. Burnable neutron absorber element

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    A burnable thermal neutron absorber element is described comprising: a zirconium alloy elongated tubular container having an inside diameter surface; hydrogen diffusion barrier means for limiting hydrogen diffusion from within the container into the zirconium alloy; a boron-containing burnable thermal neutron absorber material sealed within the zirconium alloy elongated container, the boron-containing burnable absorber material being in a particle form, the particles of absorber material being coated with a diffusion barrier material; zirconium hydride sealed within the zirconium alloy elongated container, the zirconium hydride being in a partially hydrided condition and having a H to Zr ratio on an atomic basis in the range of about 1.0 to about 1.8; the burnable thermal neutron absorber material and the zirconium hydride distributed along the length of the zirconium alloy elongated container; and the zirconium hydride acts as a neutron moderator thereby enhancing the neutron capture efficiency of the burnable thermal neutron absorber

  2. Burnable neutron absorber element

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    Ferrari, H.M.

    1988-06-14

    A burnable thermal neutron absorber element is described comprising: a zirconium alloy elongated tubular container having an inside diameter surface; hydrogen diffusion barrier means for limiting hydrogen diffusion from within the container into the zirconium alloy; a boron-containing burnable thermal neutron absorber material sealed within the zirconium alloy elongated container, the boron-containing burnable absorber material being in a particle form, the particles of absorber material being coated with a diffusion barrier material; zirconium hydride sealed within the zirconium alloy elongated container, the zirconium hydride being in a partially hydrided condition and having a H to Zr ratio on an atomic basis in the range of about 1.0 to about 1.8; the burnable thermal neutron absorber material and the zirconium hydride distributed along the length of the zirconium alloy elongated container; and the zirconium hydride acts as a neutron moderator thereby enhancing the neutron capture efficiency of the burnable thermal neutron absorber.

  3. Burnable neutron absorbers

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    This patent deals with the fabrication of pellets for neutron absorber rods. Such a pellet includes a matrix of a refractory material which may be aluminum or zirconium oxide, and a burnable poison distributed throughout the matrix. The neutron absorber material may consist of one or more elements or compounds of the metals boron, gadolinium, samarium, cadmium, europium, hafnium, dysprosium and indium. The method of fabricating pellets of these materials outlined in this patent is designed to produce pores or voids in the pellets that can be used to take up the expansion of the burnable poison and to absorb the helium gas generated. In the practice of this invention a slurry of Al2O3 is produced. A hard binder is added and the slurry and binder are spray dried. This powder is mixed with dry B4C powder, forming a homogeneous mixture. This mixture is pressed into green tubes which are then sintered. During sintering the binder volatilizes leaving a ceramic with nearly spherical high-density regions of

  4. Transient performance and design aspects of low boron PWR cores with increased utilization of burnable absorbers

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    Papukchiev, Angel [GRS mbH Forschungsinstitute, Garching (Germany); Schaefer, Anselm [ISaR GmbH, Garching (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    In conventional pressurized water reactor (PWR) designs, soluble boron is used for reactivity control over core fuel cycle. As high boron concentrations have significant impact on reactivity feedback properties and core transient behaviour, design changes to reduce boron concentration in the reactor coolant are of general interest in view of improving PWR inherent safety. In order to assess the potential advantages of such strategies in current PWRs, two low boron core configurations based on fuel with increased utilization of gadolinium and erbium burnable absorbers have been developed. The new PWR designs permit to reduce the natural boron concentration in reactor coolant at begin of cycle to 518 (Gd) and 805 (Er) ppm. An innovative low boron core design methodology was implemented combining a simplified reactivity balance search procedure with a core design approach based on detailed 3D diffusion calculations. Fuel cross sections needed for nuclear libraries were generated using the 2D lattice code HELIOS [2] and full core configurations were modelled with the 3D diffusion code QUABOX/CUBBOX [3]. For dynamic 3D calculations, the coupled code system ATHLET - QUABOX/CUBBOX was used [4]. The new cores meet German acceptance criteria regarding stuck rod, departure from nucleate boiling ratio (DNBR), shutdown margin, and maximal linear power. For the assessment of potential safety advantages of the new cores, comparative analyses were performed for three PWR core designs: the already mentioned two low boron designs and a standard design. The improved safety performance of the low boron cores in anticipated transients without scram (ATWS), boron dilution scenarios and beyond design basis accidents (BDBA) has already been reported in [1, 2 and 3]. This paper gives a short reminder on the results obtained. Moreover, it deals not only with the potential advantages, but also addresses the drawbacks of the new PWR configurations - complex core design, increased power

  5. A Novel Burnable Absorber Concept for PWR: BigT (Burnable Absorber-Integrated Guide Thimble)

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    This paper presents the essential BigT design concepts and its lattice neutronic characteristics. Neutronic performance of a newly-proposed BA concept for PWR named BigT is investigated in this study. Preliminary lattice analyses of the BigT absorber-loaded WH 17x17 fuel assembly show a high potential of the concept as it performs relatively well in comparison with commercial burnable absorber technologies, especially in managing reactivity depletion and peaking factor. A sufficiently high control rod worth can still be obtained with the BigT absorbers in place. It is expected that with such performance and design flexibilities, any loading pattern and core management objective, including a soluble boron-free PWR, can potentially be fulfilled with the BigT absorbers. Future study involving full 3D reactor core simulations with the BigT absorbers shall hopefully verify this hypothesis. A new burnable absorber design for Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) named 'Burnable absorber-Integrated control rod Guide Thimble' (BigT) was recently proposed. Unlike conventional burnable absorber (BA) technologies, the BigT integrates BA materials directly into the guide thimble but still allows insertion of control rod (CR). In addition, the BigT offers a variety of design flexibilities such that any loading pattern and core management objective can potentially be fulfilled

  6. A Novel Burnable Absorber Concept for PWR: BigT (Burnable Absorber-Integrated Guide Thimble)

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    Yahya, Mohdsyukri; Kim, Yonghee [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Chung, Chang Kyu [KEPCO Engineering and Construction Company, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    This paper presents the essential BigT design concepts and its lattice neutronic characteristics. Neutronic performance of a newly-proposed BA concept for PWR named BigT is investigated in this study. Preliminary lattice analyses of the BigT absorber-loaded WH 17x17 fuel assembly show a high potential of the concept as it performs relatively well in comparison with commercial burnable absorber technologies, especially in managing reactivity depletion and peaking factor. A sufficiently high control rod worth can still be obtained with the BigT absorbers in place. It is expected that with such performance and design flexibilities, any loading pattern and core management objective, including a soluble boron-free PWR, can potentially be fulfilled with the BigT absorbers. Future study involving full 3D reactor core simulations with the BigT absorbers shall hopefully verify this hypothesis. A new burnable absorber design for Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) named 'Burnable absorber-Integrated control rod Guide Thimble' (BigT) was recently proposed. Unlike conventional burnable absorber (BA) technologies, the BigT integrates BA materials directly into the guide thimble but still allows insertion of control rod (CR). In addition, the BigT offers a variety of design flexibilities such that any loading pattern and core management objective can potentially be fulfilled.

  7. A feasibility study for the application of enriched gadolinia burnable absorber rods in nuclear core design

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    An analysis model using MICBURN-3/CASMO-3 is established for the enriched gadolinia burnable absorber rods. A homogenized cross section editing code, PROLOG, is modified so that it can handle such a fuel assembly that includes two different types of gadolinia rods. Study shows that Gd-155 and Gd-157 are almost same in suppressing the excess reactivity and it is recommended to enrich both odd number isotopes, Gd-155 and Gd-157. It is estimated that the cycle length increases by 2 days if enriched gadolinia rods are used in the commercial nuclear power plant such as YGN-3 of which the cycle length is assumed 2 years. For the advanced integral reactor SMART in which ultra long cycle length and soluble boron-free operation concept is applied, natural gadolinia burnable absorber rods fail to control the excess reactivity. On the other hand, enriched gadolinia rods are successful in controling the excess reactivity. To minimize power peakings, various placements of gadolinia rods are tested. Also initial reactivity holddown and gadolinia burnout time are parametrized with respect to the number of gadolinia rods and gadolinia weight fractions

  8. Absorber management using burnable poisons

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    An investigation of the problem of optimal control carried out by means of a two-dimensional model of a PWR reactor. A solution is found to the problem, and the possibility of achieving optimal control with burnable poisons such as boron, cadmium and gadolinium is discussed. Further, an attempt is made to solve the control problem of BWR, but no final solution is found. (author)

  9. Report on the evaluation of the tritium producing burnable absorber rod lead test assembly. Revision 1

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    This report describes the design and fabrication requirements for a tritium-producing burnable absorber rod lead test assembly and evaluates the safety issues associated with tritium-producing burnable absorber rod irradiation on the operation of a commercial light water reactor. The report provides an evaluation of the tritium-producing burnable absorber rod design and concludes that irradiation can be performed within U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations applicable to a commercial pressurized light water reactor

  10. Depletion modeling of integral burnable absorbers containing enriched boron

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    Depletion modeling of fuel assembly with different integral fuel burnable absorber loadings containing enriched boron has been performed by WIMSD transport code. Equivalent boron concentration that represents depletion of the integral fuel burnable absorbers containing enriched boron has been calculated using modified PSU/LEOPARD code. The calculated equivalent boron concentrations have been introduced into FUMACS computer code package master files, upgrading the code package with new global calculation feature for core modeling with different integral fuel burnable absorber loadings containing enriched boron. This new feature of FUMACS/FEEC2001 code package has been verified and validated on 12-month and 18-month operating cycle core loading patterns of NPP Krsko.(author)

  11. Application of gadolinium burnable absorber in the VVER reactor core

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    Within the frame of the Coordinated Research Program on Safe Management with Burnable absorbers in VVERs neutronic parameters of hexagonal VVER lattice were computed to test the influence of gadolinium burnable absorber. With the aim to verify the applied method and code, computations of the BWR square assembly containing gadolinium were performed as well. Comparison of the results obtained by applying the WIMSD4 code with other available results show quite a good agreement although this code was not meant for treatment of hexagonal lattices. The inadequacy of the WIMSD4 data library concerning gadolinium isotopes was overcome at this moment by applying the UKNDL80 data. (author)

  12. Effectiveness of using burnable absorbers in a VVER-1000

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    The operational efficiency and safety of a nuclear reactor depends on the method used to compensate its excess reactivity. In a VVER-1000, along with the boron dissolved in the water in the primary coolant loop, the excess reactivity is compensated with a burnable absorber. The main purpose of using burnable absorber rods as a method to compensate for part of the excess reactivity instead of a liquid absorber is to provide the reactor negative feedback with respect to the coolant temperature and consequently to make it self-regulating. There are disadvantages associated with burnable poisons that can be partially corrected by using another type of absorber - an integral absorber. Examples of such an absorber are gadolinium, integrated in the form of an oxide (Gd2O3) with the fuel, and boron, which is incorporated in the form of zirconium diboride (ZrB2) on the surface of the fuel pellets. Successful experience has been accumulated abroad in using both uranium - gadolinium fuel and fuel coated with a thin film containing ZrB2 in PWRs. The effectiveness of using different types of burnable absorbers in a VVER-1000 was investigated, using a stationary three-year fuel cycle as an example. The neutron physics characteristics of the reactor were calculated using the KASSETA-OKA-BIPR-KR program package. The results of the comparative calculations of the fuel loading characteristics of a VVER-1000 show that replacing lumped absorbers with integral ones demonstrates a real possibility of improving the economic indices and safety of nuclear power plants with VVER's

  13. Impact of Integral Burnable Absorbers on PWR Burnup Credit Criticality Safety Analyses

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    The concept of taking credit for the reduction in reactivity of burned or spent nuclear fuel (SNF) due to fuel burnup is commonly referred to as burnup credit. The reduction in reactivity that occurs with fuel burnup is due to the net reduction of fissile nuclide concentrations and the production of actinide and fission-product neutron absorbers. The change in the inventory of these nuclides with fuel burnup, and the consequent reduction in reactivity, is dependent upon the depletion environment. Therefore, the use of burnup credit necessitates consideration of all possible fuel operating conditions, including the use of integral burnable absorbers (IBAs). The Interim Staff Guidance on burnup credit [1] issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Spent Fuel Project Office recommends licensees restrict the use of burnup credit to assemblies that have not used burnable absorbers (e.g., IBAs or burnable poison rods, BPRs). This restriction eliminates a large portion of the currently discharged spent fuel assemblies from cask loading, and thus severely limits the practical usefulness of burnup credit. The reason for this restriction is that the presence of burnable absorbers during depletion hardens the neutron spectrum, resulting in lower 235U depletion and higher production of fissile plutonium isotopes. Enhanced plutonium production has the effect of increasing the reactivity of the fuel at discharge and beyond. Consequently, an assembly exposed to burnable absorbers may have a slightly higher reactivity for a given burnup than an assembly that has not been exposed to burnable absorbers. This paper examines the effect of IBAs on reactivity for various designs and enrichment/poison loading combinations as a function of burnup. The effect of BPRs, which are typically removed during operation, is addressed elsewhere [2

  14. Comparison of calculational methods for ABB C-E fuel with erbium burnable absorbers

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    In 24-month cycle designs, burnable absorbers are required to control the beginning-of-life moderator temperature coefficient (MTC) and to control the corewide radial power distribution. The current fuel management pattern for the San Onofre nuclear generating station (SONGS) units 2 and 3 replaces 5.4% of the fuel rods with B4C-Al2O3 burnable absorber rods to achieve these two goals. The B4C-Al2O3 rods reduce the core loading of uranium (and hence cycle length) and increase the core average heat flux, which reduces thermal margins. ABB Combustion Engineering (ABB C-E) has developed a new burnable absorber design using erbium oxide integral with the uranium oxide fuel to control the MTC and power-peaking in 24-month reloads. Southern California Edison (SCE) and ABB C-E have initiated a cooperative program to determine the behavior and benefits of the erbia/urania integral burnable absorber design for 24-month cycles. This paper presents a comparison of physics calculational methods for the transitional and full-core implementation of 24-month erbium reloads at SONGS unit 2

  15. Application of the BigT Burnable Absorber to an OPR1000 Core

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    This paper presents a feasibility study of applying BigT to an OPR1000 core as the burnable absorber to replace the conventional Gd2O3 integral burnable absorber. Preliminary lattice calculations based on the PLUS7 fuel assembly installed with the BigT burnable absorber were performed to characterize BigT using metallic Gd as the burnable absorber material. A 3-D OPR1000 core was subsequently modeled with the BigT-installed fuel assemblies and 3-D core depletion analyses were performed to find an equilibrium cycle for a 3-batch fuel management. All neutronic calculations were completed using the continuous energy Monte Carlo SERPENT code with ENDF/B-VII.0 library. The neutronic feasibility study of the BigT loaded OPR1000 core has been performed in this work. It has been shown that an 18-month equilibrium cycle can be designed with 64 feed fuel assemblies and the critical boron centration can much lowered in a BigT-loaded OPR1000 core. The power peaking factor of the core was understandably high because the core loading pattern was not optimized yet for the 3-batch fuel management simulation. Nevertheless, it has been demonstrated that the new BigT scheme can replace the traditional gadolinia without any serious compromise in the core performances. It is concluded that the BigT has a very high potential as a promising burnable absorber for the OPR1000 core and it deserves detailed evaluations. Burnable absorber is a strong neutron absorber material which transmutes into a less-absorbent material once it captures a neutron. It is used to control excess reactivity and local power peaking, and to optimize fuel utilization. Boron is widely used in Westinghouse-type nuclear reactor designs in the form of the Integral Fuel Burnable Absorber (IFBA). Gadolinia (Gd2O3) is only used in Korea-designed nuclear power plants such as OPR1000 in which Gd2O3 of 6∼8 w/o is directly admixed with UO2 fuel with a lower enrichment 0.72∼2 w/o. In the case of gadolinia-bearing fuel

  16. Application of the BigT Burnable Absorber to an OPR1000 Core

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    Yu, Hwanyeal; Kim, Yonghee [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyeongheon [KEPCO Engineering and Construction Company, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    This paper presents a feasibility study of applying BigT to an OPR1000 core as the burnable absorber to replace the conventional Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} integral burnable absorber. Preliminary lattice calculations based on the PLUS7 fuel assembly installed with the BigT burnable absorber were performed to characterize BigT using metallic Gd as the burnable absorber material. A 3-D OPR1000 core was subsequently modeled with the BigT-installed fuel assemblies and 3-D core depletion analyses were performed to find an equilibrium cycle for a 3-batch fuel management. All neutronic calculations were completed using the continuous energy Monte Carlo SERPENT code with ENDF/B-VII.0 library. The neutronic feasibility study of the BigT loaded OPR1000 core has been performed in this work. It has been shown that an 18-month equilibrium cycle can be designed with 64 feed fuel assemblies and the critical boron centration can much lowered in a BigT-loaded OPR1000 core. The power peaking factor of the core was understandably high because the core loading pattern was not optimized yet for the 3-batch fuel management simulation. Nevertheless, it has been demonstrated that the new BigT scheme can replace the traditional gadolinia without any serious compromise in the core performances. It is concluded that the BigT has a very high potential as a promising burnable absorber for the OPR1000 core and it deserves detailed evaluations. Burnable absorber is a strong neutron absorber material which transmutes into a less-absorbent material once it captures a neutron. It is used to control excess reactivity and local power peaking, and to optimize fuel utilization. Boron is widely used in Westinghouse-type nuclear reactor designs in the form of the Integral Fuel Burnable Absorber (IFBA). Gadolinia (Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}) is only used in Korea-designed nuclear power plants such as OPR1000 in which Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} of 6∼8 w/o is directly admixed with UO{sub 2} fuel with a lower enrichment 0.72∼2 w

  17. Enriched Gadolinium as burnable absorber for PWR

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    This paper is a summary of a master of thesis work in reactor physics made by Ola Seveborn. The work was done at Vattenfall Braensle AB and Ola was guided through the work by the corresponding author of this paper. The results presented are calculations for Ringhals 3, which is a Westinghouse 3-loop PWR within the Vattenfall Group. The fuel is characterized by 17x17 assemblies of AFA type containing 3.80-3.95 w/o 235U and 8 rods containing 2 w/o Gadolinium with an enrichment of 70 w/o 157Gd. The calculations were performed with the Studsvik-Scandpower code package based on the CASMO-4 lattice code and the SIMULATE-3 nodal code. The results are compared to the corresponding calculations for fuel with 5 w/o gadolinium with natural isotopic constitution. The depletion of the cores was done separately for the reference and enriched case. The results show that the gains in average for the five cycles studied are about 70 EFPH per cycle. This is an effect of the lower gadolinium content needed. Also less parasitic absorption of enriched gadolinium in the end of the fuel life contributes to the increased cycle lengths. The abruptly increased reactivity and internal power peaking factor around 10 MWd/kgU do not affect the core design negatively. (authors)

  18. Impact of burnable absorber Gd on nuclide composition for VVER-440 fuel (Gd-2)

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    The latest version of Russian fuel VVER-440 includes burnable absorber in 6 pins. In this article is impact of burnable absorber on nuclide composition and criticality analyzed. In part 1 was analyzed whole burnup interval 0-50 MWd/kgU. In present part 2 are detailed analysis only for first cycle (burnup 0-10 MWd/kgU). (Authors)

  19. First results on study of gadolinium as burnable absorber

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    Following on with the work included in the 'Burnable absorbers research plan' several experiments were carried out oriented to determine Ga2O3 burn up. Cold tests were performed and samples were irradiated in the RA-3 reactor. In this paper, some calculated values are presented together with their comparisons with experimental ones. The parameters foreseen for performing the experiments were verified and also the predictions on burn up of uranium and gadolinium isotopes concentrations. These results imply that the nuclear data of these isotopes included in the library are satisfactory. Next steps will be to measure other isotopes concentrations, gamma spectrum, and the irradiation of one pellet to determine self shielding effects in order to obtain effective cross sections i.e. for CAREM geometry. (author)

  20. Monte Carlo depletion analysis of a PWR integral fuel burnable absorber by MCNAP

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    The MCNAP is a personal computer-based continuous energy Monte Carlo (MC) neutronics analysis program written on C++ language. For the purpose of examining its qualification, a comparison of the depletion analysis of three integral burnable fuel assemblies of the pressurized water reactor(PWR) by the MCNAP and deterministic fuel assembly(FA) design vendor codes is presented. It is demonstrated that the continuous energy MC calculation by the MCNAP can provide a very accurate neutronics analysis method for the burnable absorber FA's. It is also demonstrated that the parallel MC computation by adoption of multiple PC's enables one to complete the lifetime depletion analysis of the FA's within the order of hours instead of order of days otherwise. (orig.)

  1. WLUP burnable absorber isotopic influence on coolant void reactivity in an ACR lattice

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    ACRTM-1000 is the topmost nuclear power reactor promoted by AECL during the next years as a response to increasing competitiveness in the nuclear energy market. Recent AECL innovations allowed overriding for the first time the main CANDU drawback - the positive Coolant Void Reactivity (CVR). The solution was using of burnable absorbers in the central element (CE) whose radius was significantly increased. The paper's goal is to evaluate the isotopic influence on CVR and, as result, on nuclear safety when the central element is filled one by one with the most common oxide of burnable isotopes from the IAEA updated WIMS library (WLUP). The isotopes taken into account are: Dysprosium, Hafnium, Gadolinium, Erbium and Holmium. A comparison between CVRs given at the using of above lanthanides and their suitability to be used in the central element design is illustrated in the paper. (authors)

  2. A reduced-boron OPR1000 core based on the BigT burnable absorber

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    Yu, Hwan Yeal; Yahya, Mohd-Syukri; Kim, Yong Hee [Dept. of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-04-15

    Reducing critical boron concentration in a commercial pressurized water reactor core offers many advantages in view of safety and economics. This paper presents a preliminary investigation of a reduced-boron pressurized water reactor core to achieve a clearly negative moderator temperature coefficient at hot zero power using the newly-proposed 'Burnable absorber-Integrated Guide Thimble' (BigT) absorbers. The reference core is based on a commercial OPR1000 equilibrium configuration. The reduced-boron ORP1000 configuration was determined by simply replacing commercial gadolinia-based burnable absorbers with the optimized BigT-loaded design. The equilibrium cores in this study were directly searched via repetitive Monte Carlo depletion calculations until convergence. The results demonstrate that, with the same fuel management scheme as in the reference core, application of the BigT absorbers can effectively reduce the critical boron concentration at the beginning of cycle by about 65 ppm. More crucially, the analyses indicate promising potential of the reduced-boron OPR1000 core with the BigT absorbers, as its moderator temperature coefficient at the beginning of cycle is clearly more negative and all other vital neutronic parameters are within practical safety limits. All simulations were completed using the Monte Carlo Serpent code with the ENDF/B-VII.0 library.

  3. Americium Transmutation Feasibility When Used as Burnable Absorbers - 12392

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    The use of plutonium in Mixed Oxide (MOX) fuel in traditional Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) assemblies leads to greater americium production which is not addressed in MOX recycling. The transuranic nuclides (TRU) contribute the most to the radiotoxicity of nuclear waste and a reduction of the TRU stockpile would greatly reduce the overall radiotoxicity of what must be managed. Am-241 is a TRU of particular concern because it is the dominant contributor of total radiotoxicity for the first 1000 years in a repository. This research explored the feasibility of transmuting Am-241 by using varying amounts in MOX rods being used in place of burnable absorbers and evaluated with respect to the impact on incineration and transmutation of transuranics in MOX fuel as well as the impact on safety. This research concludes that the addition of americium to a non-uniform fuel assembly is a viable method of transmuting Am-241, holding down excess reactivity in the core while serving as a burnable poison, as well as reducing the radiotoxicity of high level waste that must be managed. The use of Am/MOX hybrid fuel assemblies to transmute americium was researched using multiple computer codes. Am-241 was shown in this study to be able to hold down excess reactivity at the beginning of cycle and shape the power distribution in the core with assemblies of varying americium content loaded in a pattern similar to the traditional use of assemblies with varying amounts of burnable absorbers. The feasibility, safety, and utility of using americium to create an Am/MOX hybrid non-uniform core were also evaluated. The core remained critical to a burnup of 22,000 MWD/MTM. The power coefficient of reactivity as well as the temperature and power defects were sufficiently negative to provide a prompt feedback mechanism in case of a transient and prevent a power excursion, thus ensuring inherent safety and protection of the core. As shown here as well as many other studies, this non

  4. Safe core management with burnable absorbers in WWERs

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    The objective of this TECDOC is to present state of the art information on burnable poisoned fuel during the CRP. It is based on experimental evidence and on the utilization of theoretical models and will help achieve improvements in safety and economy of LWR cores with hexagonal geometries. 149 refs, figs and tabs

  5. Optimization calculation for in-core burnable absorber fuel loading for pressurized water reactor

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    Genetic algorithms (GA) and tabu search (TS) algorithm are applied to optimize the burnable absorber fuel loading problem for nuclear power plant reactor. The tenth-cycle of Daya-Bay Nuclear Power Station is taken as the example, and three general kinds of burnable absorber, i.e., boron, Gd2O3 and IFBA, are optimized using GA separately. Calculation results demonstrate that GA is effective for optimizing the burnable absorber loading and the IFBA works the best for PWR. Finally a hybrid optimization method that combined with GA and TS is used. The initial optimized results of GA are taken as the initial point of TS searching. This method saves much calculation time. (authors)

  6. Preliminary Investigation of the Soluble Boron Free AP 1000 Core with the BigT Burnable Absorber

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    The measurement of the U and Pu peak ratio provides information on the relative concentration of U and Pu elements. Photon measurements of spent nuclear fuel using high resolution spectrometers show a large background continuum in the low energy x-ray region in large part from Compton scattering of energetic gamma-rays. The high Compton continuum can make measurements of plutonium x-rays difficult because the relatively small signal to background ratio produced. According to the performance of the MCNPX simulation, the suppression ratios for the measurements of spent nuclear fuels were more than a factor of five. This result shows the feasibility of a Compton suppression system to the XRF technique. Many advanced PWRs are required to have a 24-month operating cycle to improve plant economy, and to keep the boron concentration low to allow an adequately negative moderator feedback during any ATWS event through 100% core life. Too much boron, typically greater than 1,300 ppm at full power, will make the MTC positive. The optimal design of burnable absorbers is key to the feasibility of this extended cycle and low boron core below the design limit of peak pin power. New concepts for burnable absorbers include changing the materials and geometry in the burnable absorber. kinf, peaking factor, MTC, and control rod worth of new BAs were compared with those of the conventional BA

  7. Preliminary Investigation of the Soluble Boron Free AP 1000 Core with the BigT Burnable Absorber

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    Yahya, Mohd-Syukri; Kim, Yonghee [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, HyeongHeon [KEPCO Engineering and Construction Company., Inc., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    The measurement of the U and Pu peak ratio provides information on the relative concentration of U and Pu elements. Photon measurements of spent nuclear fuel using high resolution spectrometers show a large background continuum in the low energy x-ray region in large part from Compton scattering of energetic gamma-rays. The high Compton continuum can make measurements of plutonium x-rays difficult because the relatively small signal to background ratio produced. According to the performance of the MCNPX simulation, the suppression ratios for the measurements of spent nuclear fuels were more than a factor of five. This result shows the feasibility of a Compton suppression system to the XRF technique. Many advanced PWRs are required to have a 24-month operating cycle to improve plant economy, and to keep the boron concentration low to allow an adequately negative moderator feedback during any ATWS event through 100% core life. Too much boron, typically greater than 1,300 ppm at full power, will make the MTC positive. The optimal design of burnable absorbers is key to the feasibility of this extended cycle and low boron core below the design limit of peak pin power. New concepts for burnable absorbers include changing the materials and geometry in the burnable absorber. k{sub inf}, peaking factor, MTC, and control rod worth of new BAs were compared with those of the conventional BA.

  8. Feasibility of using Pyrex discrete burnable absorber in high performance nuclear fuel assemblies

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    Discrete burnable absorber rods consisting of Pyrex material (borosilicate) have been used in power reactors, as for example in Angra 1 NPP, to decrease the initial reactivity of fuel assemblies operating at first cycle. These rods consist of an internal Pyrex cylinder, which is the neutron absorber, surrounded by two steel cylinders containing a vacuum gap among them. This design shows a low thermal conductivity which results in high temperatures at the rod center. The transition to employing high performance fuel assemblies, that operate with higher power generation, has increased this issue, and even structural damages can occur if a defined temperature threshold is surpassed at rod center. The feasibility of using Pyrex absorber at high performance fuel assemblies, namely the 16NGF that is going to be used after Angra 1 replacement of steam generators, is investigated for two cases: a. Using a full region reload with nominal power; b. Using a full region reload with power uprate (6.3%). Calculations were performed with existing and licensed thermal-hydraulic methodology and codes for Angra 1. The results have shown that for both cases the maximum temperature criteria at rod center is not fulfilled, that means Pyrex absorber rods are not appropriated to be employed in such power levels. It has also been determined the maximum power (in terms of FΔH) that still fulfill the temperature criteria. (author)

  9. A simple method for burnable absorbers assignment in the in-core fuel management

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    Process of assignment of necessary number of burnable absorbers in fresh fuel assemblies in WWER-1000 (ETE) loading, primarily based on Haling power distribution (HPD), which should be preserved during cycle depletion, is described and analysed in this paper. Finding of optimal number of burnable absorbers, in our case for WWER-1000 reactor (now of IFBA type), is one from the important steps in the in-core fuel management optimization process. Original process based on PSDPI (Power Shape Driven Progressive Iteration (Method)) has been changed by process of direct searching of requested number of fuel assemblies in each burnup step. This process has been modified in this sense, that HPD is not requested in all fresh fuel assemblies, only is requested, that power in all fresh fuel assemblies will not be higher than maximal from HPD (or possibly from the end of cycle EOB) (Authors)

  10. Coolant solubility of burnable neutron absorbing material: a thermodynamic treatment in support of Advanced CANDU® Reactor fuel

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    The Advanced CANDU® Reactor (ACR) employs a newly-designed fuel bundle that contains a Burnable Neutron Absorbing (BNA) material in the central position. The BNA is composed of elements with high neutron absorption cross sections (Gd and Dy) dissolved in zirconia. If a sheath failure were to occur, there is concern that the possible leaching of these elements into the coolant could cause a reactivity re-distribution. To address this concern, the solubility of Gd and Dy over a range of pH and temperatures has been examined in the context of the possible existence of hydroxyl complex ions. Estimated thermodynamic properties are proposed that provide the means to compute the low Dy and Gd concentrations in the reactor coolant in the event of a BNA cladding breach. (author)

  11. Implementation of a Gadolinium Burnable Absorber in the Carbide LEU-NTR

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    Venneria, Paolo; Kim, Yonghee [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    Among the most crucial are the rapid reactivity depletion during full-power operation and the positive reactivity insertion during the full-submersion criticality accident. In previous work, it has been suggested that both challenges can be mitigated through the successful implementation of a burnable absorber in the active core. Of the poisons previously surveyed, one of the most promising is Gadolinium in the form of Gadolina (Gd2O4). This paper explores the possibility of different methods by which the Gadolinia can be implemented in the core and makes a preliminary study of its effect on the full submersion criticality accident and the reactivity depletion during operation. The application of a Gadolinium neutron absorber in the active core region of the LEU-NTR has been shown to be neutronically feasible. It can be introduced into the core in various locations without resulting in core performance loss. The utility of the poison in terms of mitigating the full-submersion reactivity accident and the rapid change in reactivity during full-power operation have been preliminarily shown and the first steps towards eventual implementation made. Future work will consist of determining the maximum poison content in the core and tailoring the self-shielding effect in order to determine a specific Gd depletion rate.

  12. Implementation of a Gadolinium Burnable Absorber in the Carbide LEU-NTR

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    Among the most crucial are the rapid reactivity depletion during full-power operation and the positive reactivity insertion during the full-submersion criticality accident. In previous work, it has been suggested that both challenges can be mitigated through the successful implementation of a burnable absorber in the active core. Of the poisons previously surveyed, one of the most promising is Gadolinium in the form of Gadolina (Gd2O4). This paper explores the possibility of different methods by which the Gadolinia can be implemented in the core and makes a preliminary study of its effect on the full submersion criticality accident and the reactivity depletion during operation. The application of a Gadolinium neutron absorber in the active core region of the LEU-NTR has been shown to be neutronically feasible. It can be introduced into the core in various locations without resulting in core performance loss. The utility of the poison in terms of mitigating the full-submersion reactivity accident and the rapid change in reactivity during full-power operation have been preliminarily shown and the first steps towards eventual implementation made. Future work will consist of determining the maximum poison content in the core and tailoring the self-shielding effect in order to determine a specific Gd depletion rate

  13. Development of enriched Gd-155 and Gd-157 burnable poison designs for a PWR core

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    In this study, a genetic algorithm developed by the authors was applied to design the optimal enriched Gd-155 and Gd-157 burnable poisons in a reference PWR TMI-1 core. The CASMO-4/TABLES/SIMULATE-3 package calculated the neutronic performance of the enriched UO2/Gd2O3 fuel pin configurations. These configurations included different fractions of neutron absorbing isotopes Gd-155 and Gd-157, and 100 w/o enriched Gd-155 designs. Fuel cost analysis was performed to evaluate the economical benefits of these optimized enriched gadolinium designs. The break-even point for unit Gd-155 enrichment cost was determined to be around ∼$30/gram-Gd-155 with current unit cost scenario. The projected savings were 3.13% in gross and 2.08% in net compared to total fuel cycle cost of a reference TMI-1 core loading, if all of the 68 feed assemblies would be replaced with the optimized designs

  14. Assessment of erbium as candidate burnable absorber for future PWR operaning cycles: A neutronic and fabrication study

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    Erbium begins to play a role in the control of PWR core reactivity. Generally speaking, burnable absorbers were only used to establish fresh core equilibrium. In France, since the possibility of extending irradiation cycles by 12 to 18 months, then up to 24 and 30 months, has been envisaged, there is renewed interest in burnable absorbers. The fabrication of PWR pellets has been investigated, providing high density and a good erbium homogeneity. The pellets characteristics were consistent with the specifications of PWR fuel. However, with the present process, the grain size remains small. Studies in progress now shows that erbium is not only a valuable alternative to gadolinium, for long fuel cycles (≥18 months) but also a new fuel concept. (orig.)

  15. Gas emission from the UO2 samples, containing fission products and burnable absorber

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    Kopytin, V. P.; Baranov, V. G.; Burlakova, M. A.; Tenishev, A. V.; Kuzmin, R. S.; Pokrovskiy, S. A.; Mikhalchik, V. V.

    2016-04-01

    The process gas released from the fuel pellets of uranium fuel during fuel burn-up reduces the thermal conductivity of the rod-shell gap, enhances hydrogen embrittlement of the cladding material, causes it's carbonization, as well as transport processes in the fuel. In this study a technique of investigating the thermal desorption of gases from the UO2 fuel material were perfected in the temperature range 300-2000 K for uniform sample heating rate of 15 K/min in vacuum. The characteristic kinetic dependences are acquired for the gas emission from UO2 samples, containing simulators of fission products (SFP) and the burnable neutron absorber (BNA). Depending on the amount of SFP and BNA contained in the sample thermal desorption gas spectra (TDGS) vary. The composition of emitted gas varies, as well as the number of peaks in the TDGS and the peaks shift to higher temperatures. This indicates that introduction of SFPs and BNA alters the sample material structure and cause the creation of so- called traps which have different bonding energies to the gases. The traps can be a grid of dislocations, voids, and contained in the UO2 matrix SFP and BNA. Similar processes will occur in the fuel pellets in the real conditions of the Nuclear Power Plant as well.

  16. Design, installation and equipment of a burnable poisons plant

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    The construction of a facility to press and sinter burnable poisons has been decided in order to produce UO2-Gd fuel elements. The paper describes the concept of the project and the construction tasks. Special equipment, such as glove-boxes and sintering furnaces are also described

  17. Self-shielding effects in burnup of Gd used as burnable absorber. Previous studies on its experimental verification

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    Continuing with the domestic 'Burnable Absorbers Research Plan' studies were done to estimate self-shielding effects during Gd2O3 burnup as burnable absorber included in fuel pins of a CAREM geometry. In this way, its burnup was calculated without and with self-shielding. For the second case, were obtained values depending on internal pin radius and the effective one for the homogenized pin. For Gd 157, the burnup corresponding to the first case resulted 52.6 % and of 1.23 % for the effective one. That shows the magnitude of the effects under study. Considering that is necessary to perform one experimental verification, also are presented calculational results for the case to irradiate a pellet containing UO2 (natural) and 8 wt % of Gd2O3, as a function of cooling time, that include: measurable isotopes concentrations, expected activities, and photon spectra for conditions able to be compared with bidimensional calculations with self-shielding. The irradiation time was supposed 30 dpp using RA-3 reactor at 10 MW. (author)

  18. A study on the nuclear characteristics of enriched gadolinia burnable absorber rods; the first year (2000) report

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    An analysis model using MICBURN-3/CASMO-3 is established for the enriched gadolinia burnable absorber rods. A homogenized cross section editing code, PROLOG, is modified so that it can handle such a fuel assembly that includes two different types of gadolinia rods. Study shows that Gd-155 and Gd-157 are almost same in suppressing the excess reactivity and it is recommended to enrich both odd number isotopes, Gd-155 and Gd-157. It is estimated that the cycle length increases by 2 days if enriched gadolinia rods are used in the commercial nuclear power plant such as YGN-3 of which the cycle length is assumed 2 years. For the advanced integral reactor SMART in which ultra long cycle length and soluble boron-free operation concept is applied, natural gadolinia burnable absorber rods fail to control the excess reactivity. On the other hand, enriched gadolinia rods are successful in controling the excess reactivity. To minimize power peakings, various placements of gadolinia rods are tested. Also initial reactivity holddown and gadolinia burnout time are parametrized with respect to the number of gadolinia rods and gadolinia weight fractions

  19. Surface Modification of Fuel Cladding Materials with Integral Fuel BUrnable Absorber Boron

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    Dr. Kumar Sridharan; Dr. Todd Allen; Jesse Gudmundson; Benjamin Maier

    2008-11-03

    Integral fuel burnable absorgers (IFBA) are added to some rods in the fuel assembly to counteract excessive reactivity. These IFBA elements (usually boron or gadolinium) are presently incorporated in the U)2 pellets either by mixing in the pellets or as coatings on the pellet surface. In either case, the incorporation of ifba into the fuel has to be performed in a nuclear-regulated facility that is physically separated from the main plant. These operations tend to be costly and can add from 20 to 30% to the manufacturing cost of the fuel. The goal of this NEER research project was to develop an alternative approach that involves incorporation of IFBA element boron at the surface of the fuel cladding material.

  20. Development of neural network for predicting local power distributions in BWR fuel bundles considering burnable neutron absorber

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    A neural network model is under development to predict the local power distribution in a BWR fuel bundle as a high speed simulator of precise nuclear physical analysis model. The relation between 235U enrichment of fuel rods and local peaking factor (LPF) has been learned using a two-layered neural network model ENET. The training signals used were 33 patterns having considered a line symmetry of a 8x8 assembly lattice including 4 water rods. The ENET model is used in the first stage and a new model GNET which learns the change of LPFs caused by burnable neutron absorber Gadolinia, is added to the ENET in the second stage. Using this two-staged model EGNET, total number of training signals can be decreased to 99. These training signals are for zero-burnup cases. The effect of Gadolinia on LPF has a large nonlinearity and the GNET should have three layers. This combined model of EGNET can predict the training signals within 0.02 of LPF error, and the LPF of a high power rod is predictable within 0.03 error for Gadolinia rod distributions different from the training signals when the number of Gadolinia rods is less than 10. The computing speed of EGNET is more than 100 times faster than that of a precise nuclear analysis model, and EGNET is suitable for scoping survey analysis. (author)

  1. Evaluation of the presence of a burnable absorber in an assembly 3x3 type PWR; Evaluacion de la presencia de un absorbedor quemable en un ensamble 3x3 tipo PWR

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    Martinez F, M. A.; Del Valle G, E.; Alonso V, G. [IPN, Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas, Av. IPN s/n, Col. Lindavista, Mexico D. F. 07738 (Mexico)]. e-mail: mike_ipn_esfm@hotmail.com

    2008-07-01

    In the present work the effect is evaluated that causes the presence of a burnable absorber in an adjustment of rods of 3x3 of a fuel assembly type PWR using CASMO-4 code, when comparing the infinite multiplication factor and some average cross sections by means of codes MCNP-4A, CASMO-3 and HELIOS. For this evaluation two cases are evaluated: first consists of an adjustment of rods of 3x3 full completely of fuel and the second consists of a central rod full with a burnable absorber type wet annular burnable absorber (WABA) and the remaining full fuel rods. In both cases the enrichment of the fissile isotopes is varied, for two types of fuel, MOX degree armament and UO{sub 2}. (Author)

  2. Usage of burnable poison on research reactors

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    The fuel assemblies with burnable poison are widely used on power reactors, but there are not commonly used on research reactors. This paper shows a neutronic analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of the burnable poison usage on research reactors. This paper analyses both burnable poison design used on research reactors: Boron on the lateral wall and Cadmium wires. Both designs include a parametric study on the design parameters like the amount and geometry of the burnable poison. This paper presents the design flexibility using burnable poisons, it does not find an optimal or final design, which it will strongly depend on the core characteristics and fuel management strategy. (author)

  3. Nodal Diffusion Burnable Poison Treatment for Prismatic Reactor Cores

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    The prismatic block version of the High Temperature Reactor (HTR) considered as a candidate Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR)design may use burnable poison pins in locations at some corners of the fuel blocks (i.e., assembly equivalent structures). The presence of any highly absorbing materials, such as these burnable poisons, within fuel blocks for hexagonal geometry, graphite-moderated High Temperature Reactors (HTRs) causes a local inter-block flux depression that most nodal diffusion-based method have failed to properly model or otherwise represent. The location of these burnable poisons near vertices results in an asymmetry in the morphology of the assemblies (or blocks). Hence the resulting inadequacy of traditional homogenization methods, as these 'spread' the actually local effect of the burnable poisons throughout the assembly. Furthermore, the actual effect of the burnable poison is primarily local with influence in its immediate vicinity, which happens to include a small region within the same assembly as well as similar regions in the adjacent assemblies. Traditional homogenization methods miss this artifact entirely. This paper presents a novel method for treating the local effect of the burnable poison explicitly in the context of a modern nodal method.

  4. New Small LWR Core Designs using Particle Burnable Poisons for Low Boron Concentration

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    The soluble boron has two major important roles in commercial PWR operations : 1) the control of the long-term reactivity to maintain criticality under normal operation, and 2) the shutdown of the reactor under accidents. However, the removal of the soluble boron gives several advantages in SMRs (Small Modular Reactor). These advantages resulted from the elimination of soluble boron include the significant simplification of nuclear power plant through the removal of pipes, pumps, and purification systems. Also, the use of soluble boron mitigates corrosion problems on the primary coolant loop. Furthermore, the soluble boron-free operation can remove an inadvertent boron dilution accident (BDA) which can lead to a significant insertion of positive reactivity. From the viewpoint of core physics, the removal of soluble boron or reduction of soluble boron concentration makes the moderator temperature coefficient (MTC) more negative. From the core design studies using new fuel assemblies, it is shown that the cores have very low critical soluble boron concentrations less than 500ppm, low peaking factors within the design targets, strong negative MTCs over cycles, and large enough shutdown margins both at BOC and EOC. However, the present cores have relatively low average discharge burnups of ∼ 30MWD/kg leading to low fuel economy because the cores use lots of non-fuel burnable poison rods to achieve very low critical boron concentrations. So, in the future, we will perform the trade-off study between the fuel discharge burnup and the boron concentrations by changing fuel assembly design and the core loading pattern

  5. A study on the oxidation characteristic of UO{sub 2}-Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} pellet for recycling of burnable absorber pellet scrap

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    Kim, K. S.; Song, K. W.; Kang, K. W.; Yang, J. H.; Kim, J. H

    2001-04-01

    The development of recycling process of defective (U,Gd)O{sub 2} scrap is one of the important subject in this project. Among the several burnable absorbers, Gd has a very large neutron absorption cross-section. Therefore, gadolinia bearing UO{sub 2} fuel, (U,Gd)O{sub 2}, has been widely used as a burnable absorber in light water reactors. During the pellet fabrication process, fairly amount of defective (U,Gd)O{sub 2} pellets are produced and it is necessary to recycle the scraps. Generally, the defective scraps are powdered through the oxidation in air in the temperature range of 450 to 550 deg C and then mixed with co-milled powder, and further processed to fabricate (U,Gd)O{sub 2} pellets. In addition, the sintered pellet properties are closely depend on the powder property of oxidized M{sub 3}O{sub 8} powder. Therefore, the careful investigate of oxidation kinetics and related powder property of (U,Gd)O{sub 2} is very important. The oxidation behavior of UO{sub 2}-6wt% Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and UO{sub 2}-12wt% Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} has been studied in the temperature range from 350 to 700 deg C using TGA and XRD techniques in air. UO{sub 2} was necessarily oxidized to U{sub 3}O{sub 8} regardless of oxidation temperature and its weight gain was 4wt%. However, (U,Gd)O{sub 2} exhibit a different oxidation behavior ; The final phase and saturated weight gain depends on oxidation temperature. The saturated weight gain increases with oxidation temperature up to 500deg C and thereafter decreases with temperature. In addition, the amount of weight gain obtained at 500 deg C was smaller in UO{sub 2}-12wt% Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} than in UO{sub 2}-6wt% Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and the final phase at the saturated weight gain was M{sub 3}O{sub 8} in UO{sub 2}-6wt% Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} but the mixture of M{sub 4}O{sub 9} and M{sub 3}O{sub 8} in UO{sub 2}-12wt% Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}. It is supposed that Gd substitution for U decreases the equilibrium O/M ratio and thereby enhance the stability of M

  6. A study on the oxidation characteristic of UO2-Gd2O3 pellet for recycling of burnable absorber pellet scrap

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    The development of recycling process of defective (U,Gd)O2 scrap is one of the important subject in this project. Among the several burnable absorbers, Gd has a very large neutron absorption cross-section. Therefore, gadolinia bearing UO2 fuel, (U,Gd)O2, has been widely used as a burnable absorber in light water reactors. During the pellet fabrication process, fairly amount of defective (U,Gd)O2 pellets are produced and it is necessary to recycle the scraps. Generally, the defective scraps are powdered through the oxidation in air in the temperature range of 450 to 550 deg C and then mixed with co-milled powder, and further processed to fabricate (U,Gd)O2 pellets. In addition, the sintered pellet properties are closely depend on the powder property of oxidized M3O8 powder. Therefore, the careful investigate of oxidation kinetics and related powder property of (U,Gd)O2 is very important. The oxidation behavior of UO2-6wt% Gd2O3 and UO2-12wt% Gd2O3 has been studied in the temperature range from 350 to 700 deg C using TGA and XRD techniques in air. UO2 was necessarily oxidized to U3O8 regardless of oxidation temperature and its weight gain was 4wt%. However, (U,Gd)O2 exhibit a different oxidation behavior ; The final phase and saturated weight gain depends on oxidation temperature. The saturated weight gain increases with oxidation temperature up to 500deg C and thereafter decreases with temperature. In addition, the amount of weight gain obtained at 500 deg C was smaller in UO2-12wt% Gd2O3 than in UO2-6wt% Gd2O3 and the final phase at the saturated weight gain was M3O8 in UO2-6wt% Gd2O3 but the mixture of M4O9 and M3O8 in UO2-12wt% Gd2O3. It is supposed that Gd substitution for U decreases the equilibrium O/M ratio and thereby enhance the stability of M4O9 type cubic phase

  7. Neutronics Design Flexibilities of the BigT Gadolinium Absorbers

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    A new BA design named 'Burnable absorber-Integrated Guide Thimble' (BigT) was recently proposed for PWR. The BigT offers flexibility in BA self-shielding adjustment per design specifications. It is upon this assertion that this paper was prepared; i.e. this research aims to demonstrate the neutronics design flexibilities of BigT gadolinium absorbers. Specifically, three studies were completed to investigate sensitivities of the BigT gadolinium absorbers: (1) at a constant BA mass, (2) with a similar initial reactivity hold-down, and (3) for an optimal burnup reactivity swing. The paper clearly demonstrates neutronics flexibilities of the BigT gadolinium absorbers. Ascertained design variables are: (1) gadolinium effective shape, (2) BigT loading per lattice, and (3) BigT location in the lattice. Hybrid combination of the BigT designs may also alter the lattice depletion pattern, as well as density of gadolinium installed in the BigT absorbers. It is concluded that self-shielding of Gd can easily be adjusted in the BigT applications

  8. Neutronics Design Flexibilities of the BigT Gadolinium Absorbers

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    Yahya, Mohd-Syukri; Kim, Yonghee [KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, HyeongHeon [KEPCO Engineering and Construction Company, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    A new BA design named 'Burnable absorber-Integrated Guide Thimble' (BigT) was recently proposed for PWR. The BigT offers flexibility in BA self-shielding adjustment per design specifications. It is upon this assertion that this paper was prepared; i.e. this research aims to demonstrate the neutronics design flexibilities of BigT gadolinium absorbers. Specifically, three studies were completed to investigate sensitivities of the BigT gadolinium absorbers: (1) at a constant BA mass, (2) with a similar initial reactivity hold-down, and (3) for an optimal burnup reactivity swing. The paper clearly demonstrates neutronics flexibilities of the BigT gadolinium absorbers. Ascertained design variables are: (1) gadolinium effective shape, (2) BigT loading per lattice, and (3) BigT location in the lattice. Hybrid combination of the BigT designs may also alter the lattice depletion pattern, as well as density of gadolinium installed in the BigT absorbers. It is concluded that self-shielding of Gd can easily be adjusted in the BigT applications.

  9. Neutronic analysis of Gd2O3 as burnable poison

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    For the reactors core design, the use of burnable poisons is one of the options for the control of in excess reactivity and the power form factor. As alternative procedures, the absorbing material may be included in pellets of an inert material or in fuel pellets. Besides, a cladding material and the locations of the fuel elements must be chosen for the first case. The CAREM reactor core design foresees the use of gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) as burnable poison. In this work, a comparative study was made, from the neutronic point of view, among the following alternatives for the poisons location: a) Gd2O3 bars supports in alumina (Al2O3), sheathed in steel; b) Gd2O3 bars supports in alumina sheathed in Zry-4; c) Gd2O3 in uranium dioxide (UO2) fuel pellets. (Author)

  10. A Preliminary Study on the Conceptual Design of Thorium/Uranium Mixed Nuclear Fuel for the Alternative of Burnable Poison in Commercial Pressurized Water Reactor

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    Thorium has higher neutron absorption cross section than that of U-238. Thus, the thorium mixed uranium oxide nuclear fuel can reduce the initial excessive reactivity and the long-live radio-wastes with increasing the fuel utilization efficiency. In this study, a preliminary study on the application of the thorium/uranium mixed fuel is performed for the alternative of the PLUS7 fuel assembly which includes burnable poison. A conceptual design without geometrical change is proposed and the reactor characteristics are analyzed. In this study, a fuel assembly using the uranium/thorium mixed fuel was designed to substitute the assembly which includes burnable poison. The reactor characteristics, which are kinf, power distribution and plutonium production rate, were evaluated and the results are compared with the E1 assembly which is used in the OPR1000 reactor. The results show that the proposed design can efficiently reduce the excessive reactivity, peak power, and plutonium production with increasing the fuel utilization period

  11. Heterogeneous burnable poisons:

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    The use of materials possessing high neutron absorption cross-section commonly known as 'burnable poisons' have its origin in BWR reactors with the purpose of improving the efficiency of the first fuel load. Later on, it was extended to PWR to compensate of initial reactivity without infringing the requirement of maintaining a negative moderator coefficient. The present tendency is to increase the use of solid burnable poisons to extend the fuel cycle life and discharge burnup. There are two concepts for the burnable poisons utilization: 1) heterogeneously distributions in the form of rods, plates, etc. and 2) homogeneous dispersions of burnable poisons in the fuel. The purpose of this work is to present the results of sinterability studies, performed on Al2O3-B4C and Al2O3-Gd2O3 systems. Experiments were carried on pressing at room temperature mixtures of powders containing up to 5 wt % of B4C or Gd2O3 in Al2O3 and subsequently sintering at 1750 deg C in reducing atmosphere. Evaluation of density, porosity and microstructures were done and a comparison with previous experiences is shown. (Author)

  12. ANL Advanced Photon Source crotch absorber design

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    The ANL 7-GeV Advanced Photon Source storage ring crotch absorber will be subjected to a very high photon loading power density, approximately 750 W/mm2 at normal incidence. To accommodate this high heat load, two designs were studied: one is a V-type compound angle absorber and the other is a horizontally rotated plate absorber. For both models, thermal and structural analyses have been carried out using 3-D finite element analysis. The analysis indicates that the V-type compound angle absorber controlled the peak temperatures effectively within the given geometric constraints. Test samples made of GlidCop AL 15 (alumina dispersion strengthened copper) were evaluated with an electron beam welder. The predicted and measured temperatures were in reasonable agreement. The overall absorber design includes a perforated screen in the positron beam area of the storage ring vacuum chamber to reduce RF impedance and to provide pumping access for the high local gas load

  13. Design and application of functional absorbers

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    WANG Jiqing

    2004-01-01

    This paper gives an overview of the research at Institute of Acoustics, Tongji University, on functional absorbers and experience acquired in practical applications over the past three decades. Experiments and analysis of the absorption characteristics of three different geometrical forms of functional absorbers, i.e., panels, cubes and tubes, were conducted with different arrangements. The resulting esthetical effects are illustrated with pictures. Several non-fiber materials are used to compose functional absorbers with advantages both in acoustic properties and in architectural features. Cost effectiveness analysis is also given in order to provide design guidelines.

  14. Design of a magnetorheological automotive shock absorber

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    Lindler, Jason E.; Dimock, Glen A.; Wereley, Norman M.

    2000-06-01

    Double adjustable shock absorbers allow for independent adjustment of the yield force and post-yield damping in the force versus velocity response. To emulate the performance of a conventional double adjustable shock absorber, a magnetorheological (MR) automotive shock absorber was designed and fabricated at the University of Maryland. Located in the piston head, an applied magnetic field between the core and flux return increases the force required for a given piston rod velocity. Between the core and flux return, two different shaped gaps meet the controllable performance requirements of a double adjustable shock. A uniform gap between the core and the flux return primarily adjusts the yield force of the shock absorber, while a non-uniform gap allows for control of the post-yield damping. Force measurements from sinusoidal displacement cycles, recorded on a mechanical damper dynamometer, validate the performance of uniform and non- uniform gaps for adjustment of the yield force and post-yield damping, respectively.

  15. Improved Neutronics Treatment of Burnable Poisons for the Prismatic HTR

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    Y. Wang; A. A. Bingham; J. Ortensi; C. J. Permann

    2012-10-01

    In prismatic block High Temperature Reactors (HTR), highly absorbing material such a burnable poison (BP) cause local flux depressions and large gradients in the flux across the blocks which can be a challenge to capture accurately with traditional homogenization methods. The purpose of this paper is to quantify the error associated with spatial homogenization, spectral condensation and discretization and to highlight what is needed for improved neutronics treatments of burnable poisons for the prismatic HTR. A new triangular based mesh is designed to separate the BP regions from the fuel assembly. A set of packages including Serpent (Monte Carlo), Xuthos (1storder Sn), Pronghorn (diffusion), INSTANT (Pn) and RattleSnake (2ndorder Sn) is used for this study. The results from the deterministic calculations show that the cross sections generated directly in Serpent are not sufficient to accurately reproduce the reference Monte Carlo solution in all cases. The BP treatment produces good results, but this is mainly due to error cancellation. However, the Super Cell (SC) approach yields cross sections that are consistent with cross sections prepared on an “exact” full core calculation. In addition, very good agreement exists between the various deterministic transport and diffusion codes in both eigenvalue and power distributions. Future research will focus on improving the cross sections and quantifying the error cancellation.

  16. ANL Advanced Photon Source crotch absorber design

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    The ANL 7-GeV Advanced Photon Source storage ring crotch absorber will be subjected to a very high photon loading power density, approximately 750 W/mm2 at normal incidence. To accommodate this high heat load, two designs were studied: one is a V-type compound angle absorber and the other is a horizontally rotated plate absorber. For both models, thermal and structural analyses have been carried out using 3-D finite element analysis. The analysis indicates that the V-type compound angle absorber controlled the peak temperatures effectively within the given geometric constraints. Test samples made of GlidCop Al 15 (alumina dispersion strengthened copper) were evaluated with an electron beam welder. The predicted and measured temperatures were in reasonable agreement. The overall absorber design includes a perforated screen in the positron beam area of the storage ring vacuum chamber to reduce rf impedance and to provide pumping access for the high local gas load. 3 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs

  17. Development of Improved Burnable Poisons for Commercial Nuclear Power Reactors

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    Burnable poisons are used in nuclear reactors to produce a more level distribution of power in the reactor core and to reduce to necessity for a large control system. An ideal burnable poison would burn at the same rate as the fuel. In this study, separation of neutron-absorbing isotopes was investigated in order to eliminate isotopes that remain as absorbers at the end of fuel life, thus reducing useful fuel life. The isotopes Gd-157, Dy-164, and Er-167 were found to have desirable properties. These isotopes were separated from naturally occurring elements by means of plasma separation to evaluate feasibility and cost. It was found that pure Gd-157 could save approximately $6 million at the end of four years. However, the cost of separation, using the existing facility, made separation cost- ineffective. Using a magnet with three times the field strength is expected to reduce the cost by a factor of ten, making isotopically separated burnable poisons a favorable method of increasing fuel life in commercial reactors, in particular Generation-IV reactors. The project also investigated various burnable poison configurations, and studied incorporation of metallic burnable poisons into fuel cladding

  18. Tracking Performances of Several Front-Absorber Designs

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    Lautridou, P; CERN. Geneva; Métivier, V; Rahmani, A; Ramillien, V; Reposeur, T; Morsch, Andreas; Cussonneau, J P

    1998-01-01

    The tracking performances of the ALICE forward muon spectrometer are investigated for several front-absorbers designs. The obtained mass resolution is compared to the one of the absorber proposed in the LOI. Out of punchthrough considerations, two absorbers compositions, including a Carbon+Concrete sandwich design, allow to reach the requested mass resolution for the Y's. Almost identical behaviours are observed versus rapidity and transverse momentum of resonances for both new candidates. These proposed designs improve the mass resolution performances and could stand as suitable absorber options for the forward muon spectrometer of ALICE. The Carbon+Concrete absorber has been retained for the Technical Proposal [1].

  19. Design and development of radiation absorber for sighting beam line

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    During the commissioning of Indus-2 , it is necessary to view the synchrotron radiation that will be emanating from the dipole exit ports. The 100 beam line from dipole 11 was earmarked for sighting beam line. The synchrotron radiation power density would be around 340 watts on the photon absorber inside the radiation absorber module, at the specified beam power of Indus-2. The beam striking on this photon absorber produces x-rays and Bremsstrahlung radiation. These are to be stopped and absorbed by radiation absorber. The photon absorber and the radiation absorber are integrated in a single vacuum chamber and actuated by a pneumatic cylinder connected using a bellow. Radiation absorber was needed to isolate the diagnostic components and to protect them from radiation a well as heat when they were not in use. The paper describes the design, calculation and development of the dynamic photon cum radiation absorber. The ultimate vacuum performance is also described. (author)

  20. Design and fabrication of magnetic shock absorber

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In a vehicle, shock absorber reduces the effect of travelling over rough ground, without shock absorber the vehicle would have a bouncing ride, as an energy is stored in the spring and then released to the vehicle, possibly exceeding the allow range of suspension movement [1]. Control of excessive suspension movement without shock absorption requires stiffer springs, which would intern gives a harsh ride. Shock absorber allows the use of soft springs while controlling the rate of suspension movement in response to bumps [2]. In this project a new suspension system based on magnetic power which can be used in automobile in future. The suspension system consists of magnets freely moving inside the cylinder with their same poles facing each other. Since the magnetic poles repel each other while moving closer, the up and down spring action is obtained.   Keywords: Suspension System, Magnetic Power, Magnetic Poles.

  1. Analysis of a possible experimental assessment of a prototype fuel element containing burnable poison in the RA-3 reactor

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    The Argentine RA-3 research reactor (5 MW) is presently operated with LEU fuel by the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA). It belongs to the group of nuclear installations controlled, from the radiological and nuclear safety point of view, by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ARN). A new type of fuel elements containing burnable absorbers, with similar enrichment as the standard fuel elements but greater fissile contents, has recently been proposed for a new Argentine reactor design (RRR). In this framework the ARN considers interesting, if technically possible, the performance of an experiment in the RA-3 reactor. The experiment might enable, for such fuel element containing burnable poison, the verification of its neutronic behaviour under irradiation as well as a validation of the calculation line by comparison to measured values. It should be desirable that such experiment could reproduce as much as possible those conditions estimated for the RRR reactor, still under design in Argentina, having Silicide fuel elements with burnable poison, in the shape of cadmium wires in their structure. We here analyse a possible experiment consisting in the loading of a prototype fuel element with burnable poison in a normally loaded RA-3 core configuration. It would essentially be a standard RA-3 fuel element, having cadmium wires in its frame. This experiment would enable the verification of the prototype behaviour under irradiation, its operation limits and conditions, and particularly, the reactivity safety margins established in Argentine Standards, both calculated and measured. The main part of the experiment would imply some 200 full power days of operation at 5 MW, which would be drastically reduced if the reactor power is increased to 10 MW, as foreseen. We also show that under the proposed conditions, the experiment would not represent a significant penalty to the reactor normal operation. (author)

  2. Nano-Composite Superfine Nickel Powder Double Absorbent Coating Designing

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    LU Yan-hong; WANG Zhi-hui; HUANG Dong-zhen; HU Chuan-xin; ZHANG Chen-jia; LI Wan-zhi; LIANG Wen-ting

    2004-01-01

    We adopt a definite procedure to compound traditional absorbing material-superfine powder nickel and nano -SiC powder to obtain the nano-composite nickel powder, then testing the absorbing speciality of the composite powder. In virtue of computer assistant designing, we apply double-deck absorbent structure to improve absorbent effect and widen wave band. The experiment indicated that it is possible to achieve the anticipative object to improve the absorbing capability by adopting nano-composite absorbing material, but each component of the composite material must have matched electromagnetic parameter with another. For matching double-coating structure, it ought to modulate the correlativity of each factor to achieve the most matching in order to optimise the absorbent speciality.

  3. Design of multiband metamaterial absorber based on artificial magnetic conductor

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    Dang, Kezheng; He, Zijian; Li, Zhigang; Miao, Lei; Liu, Hao

    2015-10-01

    We present a general method to design multiband absorber by replacing the ground plane in a conventional metamaterial absorber with an artificial magnetic conductor. Due to its unique property of in-phase reflection at some specific frequency, the artificial magnetic conductor is used to introduce new absorption in the operation band. Meanwhile, out of the in-phase reflection band, the original absorbing capability of the absorber is reserved. To demonstrate it, we design a metamaterial absorber comprising three layers which are grids patterned resistive frequency selective surface, dielectric layer and the ground plane respectively. With an appropriate design, the absorber performs an absorbing peak at about 10 GHz. Then, we utilize a single band artificial magnetic conductor at 6.25 GHz and a dual-band one at 6.27 GHz and 8.17 GHz, which are both lossy and comprised of patches array varying in periodic size with a thickness of 0.6 mm, to replace the ground plane in the metamaterial absorber separately. The reflectivity of these multiband absorbers are simulated, and experiments are carried out later. Experimental results agree well with the simulations. All results verified that the method presented at the beginning is effective. The results show that additional absorptions exist at the frequencies where microwaves are nearly reflected in phase on the artificial magnetic conductor. Meanwhile the original absorbing capability of the metamaterial absorber has been preserved mostly. Based on the artificial magnetic conductor, the multiband absorber performs better with an increasing absorption bandwidth from 8.5 GHz to 10 GHz compared to the metamaterial absorber.

  4. Reactivity and neutron flux measurements in IPEN/MB-01 reactor with B4C burnable poison

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    Burnable poison rods, made of B4C- Al2 O3 pellets with 5.01 mg/cm310 B concentration, have been manufactured for a set of experiments in the IPEN/MB-01 zero-power reactor. Several core parameters which are affected by the burnable poisons rods have been measured. The principal results, for the situation in which the burnable poison rods are located near the absorber rods of a control rod, are they cause a 29% rod worth shadowing, a reduction of 39% in the local void coefficient of reactivity, a reduction of 4.8% in the isothermal temperature coefficient of reactivity, and a reduction of 9% in the thermal neutron flux in the region where the burnable poison rods are located. These experimental results will be used for the validation of burnable poison calculation methods in the CTMSP. (author)

  5. Development of Improved Burnable Poisons for Commercial Nuclear Power Reactors

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    Burnable poisons are used in all modern nuclear reactors to permit higher loading of fuel without the necessity of an overly large control rod system. This not only permits a longer core life but can also be used to level the power distribution. Commercial nuclear reactors commonly use B4C in separate non-fueled rods and more recently, zirconium boride coatings on the fuel pellets or gadolinium oxide mixed with the fuel. Although the advantages are great, there are problems with using these materials. Boron, which is an effective neutron absorber, transmutes to lithium and helium upon absorption of a neutron. Helium is insoluble and is eventually released to the interior of the fuel rod, where it produces an internal pressure. When sufficiently high, this pressure stress could cause separation of the cladding from the fuel, causing overly high centerline temperatures. Gadolinium has several very strongly absorbing isotopes, but not all have large cross sections and result in residual burnable poison reactivity worth at the end of the fuel life. Even if the amount of this residual absorber is small and the penalty in operation small, the cost of this penalty, even if only several days, can be very high. The objective of this investigation was to study the performance of single isotopes in order to reduce the residual negative reactivity left over at the end of the fuel cycle. Since the behavior of burnable poisons can be strongly influenced by their configuration, four forms for the absorbers were studied: homogeneously mixed with the fuel, mixed with only the outer one-third of the fuel pellet, coated on the perimeter of the fuel pellets, and alloyed with the cladding. In addition, the numbers of fuel rods containing burnable poison were chosen as 8, 16, 64, and 104. Other configurations were chosen for a few special cases. An enrichment of 4.5 wt% 235U was chosen for most cases for study in order to achieve a 4-year fuel cycle. A standard pressurized water reactor

  6. Development of Improved Burnable Poisons for Commercial Nuclear Power Reactors

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    Renier, J.A.

    2002-04-17

    Burnable poisons are used in all modern nuclear reactors to permit higher loading of fuel without the necessity of an overly large control rod system. This not only permits a longer core life but can also be used to level the power distribution. Commercial nuclear reactors commonly use B{sub 4}C in separate non-fueled rods and more recently, zirconium boride coatings on the fuel pellets or gadolinium oxide mixed with the fuel. Although the advantages are great, there are problems with using these materials. Boron, which is an effective neutron absorber, transmutes to lithium and helium upon absorption of a neutron. Helium is insoluble and is eventually released to the interior of the fuel rod, where it produces an internal pressure. When sufficiently high, this pressure stress could cause separation of the cladding from the fuel, causing overly high centerline temperatures. Gadolinium has several very strongly absorbing isotopes, but not all have large cross sections and result in residual burnable poison reactivity worth at the end of the fuel life. Even if the amount of this residual absorber is small and the penalty in operation small, the cost of this penalty, even if only several days, can be very high. The objective of this investigation was to study the performance of single isotopes in order to reduce the residual negative reactivity left over at the end of the fuel cycle. Since the behavior of burnable poisons can be strongly influenced by their configuration, four forms for the absorbers were studied: homogeneously mixed with the fuel, mixed with only the outer one-third of the fuel pellet, coated on the perimeter of the fuel pellets, and alloyed with the cladding. In addition, the numbers of fuel rods containing burnable poison were chosen as 8, 16, 64, and 104. Other configurations were chosen for a few special cases. An enrichment of 4.5 wt% {sup 235}U was chosen for most cases for study in order to achieve a 4-year fuel cycle. A standard pressurized

  7. Application of burnable poisons integrated with fuel pellets in LWR

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    The problem of using burnable poisons (gadolinium and erbium oxides) integrated with fuel pellets for suppression of the excess reactivity in the LWR reactor cores at fuel cycle begin when the fuel with maximum enrichment is loaded in the core is discussed. It is shown that application of the fuel elements with such pellets ensures sufficient burnup growth for fuel with increased enrichment, increase in the fuel cycle duration and decrease in neutron fluence on reactor vessel in the cases of optimized layouts of fresh and irradiated fuel assemblies in the reactor core. Basing on the analysis of studying into (U, Gd)O2 pellet heating and thermal conductivity under high burnups it is proved that the fuel with enrichment of 4.4 % of 235U may be used if the Gd2O3 content amounts to 2 %. Application of erbium absorber is recommended in uranium and plutonium fuel in inertial (nonfissible) matrix designed for burnups greater than 100 GeV · days/t

  8. Minor actinide transmutation on PWR burnable poison rods

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    Highlights: • Key issues associated with MA transmutation are the appropriate loading pattern. • Commercial PWRs are the only choice to transmute MAs in large scale currently. • Considerable amount of MA can be loaded to PWR without disturbing keff markedly. • Loading MA to PWR burnable poison rods for transmutation is an optimal loading pattern. - Abstract: Minor actinides are the primary contributors to long term radiotoxicity in spent fuel. The majority of commercial reactors in operation in the world are PWRs, so to study the minor actinide transmutation characteristics in the PWRs and ultimately realize the successful minor actinide transmutation in PWRs are crucial problem in the area of the nuclear waste disposal. The key issues associated with the minor actinide transmutation are the appropriate loading patterns when introducing minor actinides to the PWR core. We study two different minor actinide transmutation materials loading patterns on the PWR burnable poison rods, one is to coat a thin layer of minor actinide in the water gap between the zircaloy cladding and the stainless steel which is filled with water, another one is that minor actinides substitute for burnable poison directly within burnable poison rods. Simulation calculation indicates that the two loading patterns can load approximately equivalent to 5–6 PWR annual minor actinide yields without disturbing the PWR keff markedly. The PWR keff can return criticality again by slightly reducing the boric acid concentration in the coolant of PWR or removing some burnable poison rods without coating the minor actinide transmutation materials from PWR core. In other words, loading minor actinide transmutation material to PWR does not consume extra neutron, minor actinide just consumes the neutrons which absorbed by the removed control poisons. Both minor actinide loading patterns are technically feasible; most importantly do not need to modify the configuration of the PWR core and

  9. Design of integration-ready metasurface-based infrared absorbers

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    Ogando, Karim, E-mail: karim@cab.cnea.gov.ar; Pastoriza, Hernán [Laboratorio de Bajas Temperaturas, Instituto Balseiro and Centro Atómico Bariloche, Bariloche 8400 (Argentina)

    2015-07-28

    We introduce an integration ready design of metamaterial infrared absorber, highly compatible with many kinds of fabrication processes. We present the results of an exhaustive experimental characterization, including an analysis of the effects of single meta-atom geometrical parameters and collective arrangement. We confront the results with the theoretical interpretations proposed in the literature. Based on the results, we develop a set of practical design rules for metamaterial absorbers in the infrared region.

  10. Design of integration-ready metasurface-based infrared absorbers

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    We introduce an integration ready design of metamaterial infrared absorber, highly compatible with many kinds of fabrication processes. We present the results of an exhaustive experimental characterization, including an analysis of the effects of single meta-atom geometrical parameters and collective arrangement. We confront the results with the theoretical interpretations proposed in the literature. Based on the results, we develop a set of practical design rules for metamaterial absorbers in the infrared region

  11. Burnable gas concentration control system

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    In a combustion gas concentration control system, the height from the upper end of a catalyst to an exit of a chimney is determined to twice or more the height of the catalyst, and the flow area of the exit of the chimney is determined to 25% or more of the flow rate area at the entrance of the chimney. Alternatively, a cover is formed above the exit of the chimney, the height from the upper end of the catalyst to the exit of the chimney is determined to three times or more the height of the catalyst, and the ratio between the flow channel area at a gap portion between the cover and the exit of the chimney and the flow channel area of the entrance of the chimney is determined to 60% or more. The area of the cover is made greater than the flow channel area at the exit of the chimney, and the area of the floor below the chimney is made greater than the cross sectional area at the lower portion of the chimney. In addition, a burnable gas concentration reducing device is disposed near a living body shielding walls and near the inner wall of a pressure suppression chamber. Burnable gases can be processed efficiently upon occurrence of an accident. (N.H.)

  12. Design of a multiband terahertz perfect absorber

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    Dan, Hu; Hong-yan, Wang; Zhen-jie, Tang; Xi-wei, Zhang; Lin, Ju; Hua-ying, Wang

    2016-03-01

    A thin-flexible multiband terahertz metamaterial absorber (MA) has been investigated. Each unit cell of the MA consists of a simple metal structure, which includes the top metal resonator ring and the bottom metallic ground plane, separated by a thin-flexible dielectric spacer. Finite-difference time domain simulation indicates that this MA can achieve over 99% absorption at frequencies of 1.50 THz, 3.33 THz, and 5.40 THz by properly assembling the sandwiched structure. However, because of its asymmetric structure, the MA is polarization-sensitive and can tune the absorptivity of the second absorption peak by changing the incident polarization angle. The effect of the error of the structural parameters on the absorption efficiency is also carefully analyzed in detail to guide the fabrication. Moreover, the proposed MA exhibits high refractive-index sensing sensitivity, which has potential applications in multi-wavelength sensing in the terahertz region. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11504006), the Key Scientific Research Project of Higher Education of Henan Province, China (Grant No. 15A140002), and the Science and Technology Planning Project of Henan Province, China (Grant No. 142300410366).

  13. Design study of HOM absorbers for SuperKEKB

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    The intense higher order modes (HOM) are likely to be excited at various vacuum components owing to the short bunches and the high bunch currents as in the case of SuperKEKB. Since the intense HOM leads to the extra heating of vacuum components and might make the circulating beams unstable, the HOM absorbers are indispensable. We have just started the design study on a HOM absorber which is applicable to the antechamber-type beam pipes used in the SuperKEKB keeping the beam collimators in mind. The promising materials of HOM absorber are ferrite or SiC. The structure is optimized through the simulations about the beam impedance and the HOM absorbing properties. The secure joint of the absorber material to the base metal (copper) is found to be a key issue, especially for ferrite, and the joint tests using brazing, HIP and SPS methods are tried. (author)

  14. Study on the metal vapor generator for the production of improved gadolinia burnable poison material

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    A longer cycle operation of a nuclear fuel is one of the ways to promote the economy of a nuclear power plant. For this purpose, high burn up fuel which has initial higher enrichment is required with higher loading of fuel. As a result, adequate burnable poison material must be used to control peak fuel pin power. Devices to manufacture the improved gadolinia burnable poison are developed. The improved gadolinia contains higher abundance of the preferred thermal neutron absorbers. Devices are composed of metal vapor generator, lasers and ion extractor. In this paper, a metal vapor generator by using electron beam gun is reported

  15. Study on the laser spectroscopic technique for the production of lmproved gadolinia burnable poison material

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    A longer cycle operation of a nuclear fuel is one of the ways to promote the economy of a nuclear power plant. For this purpose, high burn up fuel which has initial higher enrichment is required with higher loading of fuel. Therefore, adequate burnable poison material must be used to control peak fuel pin power. Technologies to manufacture the improved gadolinia burnable poison, which contains higher abundance of the preferred thermal neutron absorbers, are composed of metal vapor generation-, lasers spectroscopic-, and photoion extraction technology. In this paper, laser spectroscopic technology with a small scale metal vapor generator is reported

  16. Design of electromagnetic shock absorbers for automotive suspensions

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    Amati, Nicola; Festini, Andrea; Tonoli, Andrea

    2011-12-01

    Electromechanical dampers seem to be a valid alternative to conventional shock absorbers for automotive suspensions. They are based on linear or rotative electric motors. If they are of the DC-brushless type, the shock absorber can be devised by shunting its electric terminals with a resistive load. The damping force can be modified by acting on the added resistance. To supply the required damping force without exceeding in size and weight, a mechanical or hydraulic system that amplifies the speed is required. This paper illustrates the modelling and design of such electromechanical shock absorbers. This paper is devoted to describe an integrated design procedure of the electrical and mechanical parameters with the objective of optimising the device performance. The application to a C class front suspension car has shown promising results in terms of size, weight and performance.

  17. DESIGN METHOD OF MAGNETORHEOLOGICAL FLUID SHOCK ABSORBER FOR CAR SUSPENSION

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    LIAO Changrong; ZHANG Honghui; YU Miao; CHEN Weimin

    2008-01-01

    The Bingham constitutive model, which is previously used in depiction of magnetorheological (MR) fluids rheological behaviors for design devices, exhibits discontinuous characteristics in representation of pre-yield behaviors and post-yield behaviors. A Biviscous constitutive model is presented to depict rheological behaviors of MR fluids and design automotive shock absorber. Quasi-static flow equations of MR fluids in annular channels are set theoretically up based on Navier-Stokes equations and several rational simplifications are made. And both flow boundary conditions and flow compatibilities conditions are established. Meantime, analytical velocity profiles of MR fluids though annular channels are obtained via solution of the quasi-static flow equations using Biviscous constitutive model. The prediction methodology of damping force offered by MR fluid shock absorber is formulated and damping performances are predicated in order to determine design parameters. MR fluid shock absorber for Mazda 323 car suspension is designed and fabricated in Chongqing University, China. Measurements from sinusoidal displacement cycle by Shanchuan Shock Absorber Ltd. of China North Industry Corporation reveal that the analytical methodology and design theory are reasonable.

  18. Absorber design for a Scheffler-Type Solar Concentrator

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    Highlights: • Receiver and absorber design methodology based in a solar image in the focal surface. • Stirling absorber dimensions based in a solar image in the focal surface of a STSC. • Comparative study of a solar image in the focal surface from different optical model. • A Monte-Carlo ray-tracing method was used to set STSC cavity receiver aperture. - Abstract: Ray tracing software, digital close range photogrammetry and the Monte-Carlo ray-tracing method have proven to be precise and efficient measurement techniques for the assessment of the shape accuracies of solar concentrators and their components. This paper presents a new method and results for the geometric aspect of a focal image for a Scheffler-Type Solar Concentrator (STSC) using ray tracing, digital close range photogrammetry and the Monte-Carlo ray-tracing method to establish parameters that allow for the design of the most suitable absorber and receiver geometry for coupling the STSC to a Stirling engine. The results of the ray tracing software, digital close range photogrammetry and Monte-Carlo ray tracing technique in STSC are associated with a Stirling receiver. When using the method to perform simulations, we found that the most suitable solar image geometry has an elliptical shape and area of 0.0065 m2 on average. Although this result is appropriate, the geometry of the receiver is modified to fit an absorber and cavity receiver to improve the heat transfer by radiation

  19. Development of a highly efficient burnable poison matrix material for cycle lifetime extension

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    Tulenko, J.S. [Florida Univ., 202 Nuclear Science Center, Gainesville, FL (United States); Baney, R.H.; Pressley, L. [Florida Univ., Gainesville, FL (United States)

    2001-07-01

    The University of Florida (UF) is carrying out basic research on a new class of thermally stable boron containing materials that from early indications appear to have special properties that will greatly enhance the performance of Burnable Poison Rod Assemblies (BPRA(tm)s) and address one of the major disadvantages of the use of boron shims. The new class of polymer materials, poly-acetylenic carbonyl-siloxane, termed ''Carborane'', were developed by Dr. T. Keller of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Dr. T. Keller is cooperating in this research effort. Other classes of boron containing polymer materials are also under review. Displacement of water by the boron shims incurs an ''end of cycle reactivity penalty'' since at the end of cycle the moderator coefficient is strongly negative. ''Carborane'' has the property of being able to contain a tailored amount of boron while maintaining an extremely high hydrogen content, and at the same time being extremely stable to high temperatures and to neutron irradiation. Tests run by the NRL have shown that ''Carborane'' is stable to about 1000 C. The high hydrogen and carbon content contained in the ''Carborane'' Polymer offsets the large fuel cycle reactivity penalty which occurs with current generation BPRA(tm)s, as a result of the reactivity loss resulting from the BPRA(tm)s displacement of moderator water in the guide tubes of Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) assemblies. Current generation BPRA utilize B{sub 4}C in an Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix. In an attempt to minimize the reactivity penalty from water displacement, Westinghouse has developed a costly annular BPRA, called the Wet Annular Burnable Absorber (WABA) assembly. This burnable poison rod design reduces the moderator displacement by 22% by the use of a central annular water hole. The ''Carborane'' matrix proposed by the University of Florida

  20. Development of a highly efficient burnable poison matrix material for cycle lifetime extension

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    The University of Florida (UF) is carrying out basic research on a new class of thermally stable boron containing materials that from early indications appear to have special properties that will greatly enhance the performance of Burnable Poison Rod Assemblies (BPRA(tm)s) and address one of the major disadvantages of the use of boron shims. The new class of polymer materials, poly-acetylenic carbonyl-siloxane, termed ''Carborane'', were developed by Dr. T. Keller of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Dr. T. Keller is cooperating in this research effort. Other classes of boron containing polymer materials are also under review. Displacement of water by the boron shims incurs an ''end of cycle reactivity penalty'' since at the end of cycle the moderator coefficient is strongly negative. ''Carborane'' has the property of being able to contain a tailored amount of boron while maintaining an extremely high hydrogen content, and at the same time being extremely stable to high temperatures and to neutron irradiation. Tests run by the NRL have shown that ''Carborane'' is stable to about 1000 C. The high hydrogen and carbon content contained in the ''Carborane'' Polymer offsets the large fuel cycle reactivity penalty which occurs with current generation BPRA(tm)s, as a result of the reactivity loss resulting from the BPRA(tm)s displacement of moderator water in the guide tubes of Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) assemblies. Current generation BPRA utilize B4C in an Al2O3 matrix. In an attempt to minimize the reactivity penalty from water displacement, Westinghouse has developed a costly annular BPRA, called the Wet Annular Burnable Absorber (WABA) assembly. This burnable poison rod design reduces the moderator displacement by 22% by the use of a central annular water hole. The ''Carborane'' matrix proposed by the University of Florida reduces the water displacement penalty by 59%, utilizing the hydrogen and carbon present in the ''Carborane''. In addition to increasing

  1. Neutron absorber qualification and acceptance testing from the designer's perspective

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    Starting in the mid 1990's, the USNRC began to require less than 100% credit for the 10B present in fixed neutron absorbers spent fuel transport packages. The current practice in the US is to use only 75% of the specified 10B in criticality safety calculations unless extensive acceptance testing demonstrates both the presence of the 10B and uniformity of its distribution. In practice, the NRC has accepted no more than 90% credit for 10B in recent years, while other national competent authorities continue to accept 100%. More recently, with the introduction of new neutron absorber materials, particularly aluminum / boron carbide metal matrix composites, the NRC has also expressed expectations for qualification testing, based in large part on Transnuclear's successful application to use a new composite material in the TN-68 storage / transport cask. The difficulty is that adding more boron than is really necessary to a metal has some negative effects on the material, reducing the ductility and the thermal conductivity, and increasing the cost. Excessive testing requirements can have the undesired effect of keeping superior materials out of spent fuel package designs, without a corresponding justification based on public safety. In European countries and especially in France, 100% credit has been accepted up to now with materials controls specified in the Safety Analysis Report (SAR): Manufacturing process approved by qualification testing Materials manufacturing controlled under a Quality Assurance system. During fabrication, acceptance testing directly on products or on representative samples. Acceptance criteria taking into account a statistical uncertainty corresponding to 3σ. The original and current bases for the reduced 10B credit, the design requirements for neutron absorber materials, and the experience of Transnuclear and Cogema Logistics with neutron absorber testing are examined. Guidelines for qualification and acceptance testing and process controls

  2. Heterogeneous neutron absorbers development

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    The use of solid burnable absorber materials in power light water reactors has increased in the last years, specially due to improvements attained in costs of generated electricity. The present work summarizes the basic studies made on an alumina-gadolinia system, where alumina is the inert matrix and gadolinia acts as burnable poison, and describes the fabrication method of pellets with that material. High density compacts were obtained in the range of concentrations used by cold pressing and sintering at 1600 deg C in inert (Ar) atmosphere. Finally, the results of the irradiation experiences made at RA-6 reactor, located at the Bariloche Atomic Center, are given where variations on negative reactivity caused by introduction of burnable poison rods were measured. The results obtained from these experiences are in good agreement with those coming from calculation codes. (Author)

  3. Design of a non-traditional dynamic vibration absorber.

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    Cheung, Y L; Wong, W O

    2009-08-01

    A non-traditional dynamic vibration absorber is proposed for the minimization of maximum vibration velocity response of a vibrating structure. Unlike the traditional damped absorber configuration, the proposed absorber has a linear viscous damper connecting the absorber mass directly to the ground instead of the main mass. Optimum parameters of the proposed absorber are derived based on the fixed-point theory for minimizing the maximum vibration velocity response of a single-degree-of-freedom system under harmonic excitation. The extent of reduction in maximum vibration velocity response of the primary system when using the traditional dynamic absorber is compared with that using the proposed one. Under the optimum tuning condition of the absorbers, it is proved analytically that the proposed absorber provides a greater reduction in maximum vibration velocity response of the primary system than the traditional absorber. PMID:19640019

  4. Rare earths as burnable poison for extended cycles control in electricity generation reactors

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    The search of an optimization of the French electronuclear network operations leads to a necessary optimization of the core performances. All the economic studies performed by the utilities had shown that there is a real gain to minimize shut down periods for refueling. So, increasing the cycle length from 12 to 18 months will present a gain of shut down for a three years operation period. The theoretical burnable absorber will be a fuel admixed material bringing the required initial negative reactivity with a burn-up kinetic well suited to the fuel and allowing the lowest residual penalty as possible. The residual penalty us defined in this case by the non complete burn up of the poison, by the low of fissile material and by the accumulate of residual isotopes or nuclides. Because of the well known use of gadolinium as burnable absorber for BWR's and PWR's operations, the search for the best compromise to optimize all the above stress is pointed towards the rare earths. In the nuclides family, considering criteria such as cross sections, natural abundance and availability only five nuclides can play the role as burnable absorbers, namely: gadolinium, samarium, dysprosium, europium and erbium. The study presented here will show that only gadolinium and erbium will be considered to control the reactivity of the PWR's. (author). 58 refs., 65 figs., 47 tabs

  5. Parametric design of an electrorheological shock absorber with the mixed-mode

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    ZHENG Ling; DENG Zhaoxiang; LI Yinong

    2003-01-01

    A mathematical model based on an electrorheological (ER) shock absorber with the mixed-mode is presented. Its application to the parametric design of an electrorheological fluid shock absorber with the simulation calculation performed by program MATLAB demonstrates that the model can predict the behavior of ER shock absorbers satisfactorily, shorten the design period of an electrorheological shock absorber, and reduce the cost in the prototype manufacturing. The strength analysis based on a three-dimensional finite element model for the electrorheological shock absorber confirm that the structure design of the ER shock absorber is reasonable, and the stress distribution is uniform.

  6. Parametric Study of the Effect of Burnable Poison Rods for PWR Burnup Credit

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    The Interim Staff Guidance on burnup credit (ISG-8) issued by the United States (U.S.) Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Spent Fuel Project Office recommends restricting the use of burnup credit to assemblies that have not used burnable absorbers. This recommended restriction eliminates a large portion of the currently discharged spent fuel assemblies from cask loading, and thus severely limits the practical usefulness of burnup credit. In the absence of readily available information on burnable poison rod (BPR) design specifications and usage in U.S. pressurized water reactors (PWRs), and the subsequent reactivity effect of BPR exposure on discharged spent nuclear fuel (SNF), NRC staff has indicated a need for additional information in these areas. In response, this report presents a parametric study of the effect of BPR exposure on the reactivity of SNF for various BPR designs, fuel enrichments, and exposure conditions, and documents BPR design specifications. Trends in the reactivity effects of BPRs are established with infinite pin-cell and assembly array calculations with the SCALE and HELIOS code packages, respectively. Subsequently, the reactivity effects of BPRs for typical initial enrichment and burnup combinations are quantified based on three-dimensional (3-D) KENO V.a Monte Carlo calculations with a realistic rail-type cask designed for burnup credit. The calculations demonstrate that the positive reactivity effect due to BPR exposure increases nearly linearly with burnup and is dependent on the number, poison loading, and design of the BPRs and the initial fuel enrichment. Expected typical reactivity increases, based on one-cycle BPR exposure, were found to be less than 1% Δk. Based on the presented analysis, guidance is offered on an appropriate approach for calculating bounding SNF isotopic data for assemblies exposed to BPRs. Although the analyses do not address the issue of validation of depletion methods for assembly designs with BPRs, they

  7. Parametric Study of the Effect of Burnable Poison Rods for PWR Burnup Credit

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    Wagner, J.C.

    2001-09-28

    The Interim Staff Guidance on burnup credit (ISG-8) issued by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (U.S. NRC) Spent Fuel Project Office recommends restricting the use of burnup credit to assemblies that have not used burnable absorbers. This recommended restriction eliminates a large portion of the currently discharged spent fuel assemblies from cask loading, and thus severely limits the practical usefulness of burnup credit. In the absence of readily available information on burnable poison rod (BPR) design specifications and usage in U.S. pressurized-water-reactors (PWRs), and the subsequent reactivity effect of BPR exposure on discharged spent nuclear fuel (SNF), NRC staff has indicated a need for additional information in these areas. In response, this report presents a parametric study of the effect of BPR exposure on the reactivity of SNF for various BPR designs, fuel enrichments, and exposure conditions, and documents BPR design specifications. Trends in the reactivity effects of BPRs are established with infinite pin-cell and assembly array calculations with the SCALE and HELIOS code packages, respectively. Subsequently, the reactivity effects of BPRs for typical initial enrichment and burnup combinations are quantified based on three-dimensional (3-D) KENO V.a Monte Carlo calculations with a realistic rail-type cask designed for burnup credit. The calculations demonstrate that the positive reactivity effect due to BPR exposure increases nearly linearly with burnup and is dependent on the number, poison loading, and design of the BPRs and the initial fuel enrichment. Expected typical reactivity increases, based on one-cycle BPR exposure, were found to be less than 1% {Delta}k. Based on the presented analysis, guidance is offered on an appropriate approach for calculating bounding SNF isotopic data for assemblies exposed to BPRs. Although the analyses do not address the issue of validation of depletion methods for assembly designs with BPRs

  8. Graphene metascreen for designing compact infrared absorbers with enhanced bandwidth

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    Chen, Pai-Yen

    2015-03-31

    We propose a compact, wideband terahertz and infrared absorber, comprising a patterned graphene sheet on a thin metal-backed dielectric slab. This graphene-based nanostructure can achieve a low or negative effective permeability, necessary for realizing the perfect absorption. The dual-reactive property found in both the plasmonic graphene sheet and the grounded highpermittivity slab introduces extra poles into the equivalent circuit model of the system, thereby resulting in a dual-band or broadband magnetic resonance that enhances the absorption bandwidth. More interestingly, the two-dimensional patterned graphene sheet significantly simplifies the design and fabrication processes for achieving resonant magnetic response, and allows the frequency-reconfigurable operation via electrostatic gating.

  9. Graphene Based Terahertz Absorber Designed With Effective Surface Conductivity Approach

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    Andryieuski, Andrei; Pizzocchero, Filippo; Booth, Tim;

    flexible and ultrastrong mechanically, transparent for optical radiation, with high electrical conductivity that can be tuned by electrochemical potential. Structured graphene layers constitute metamaterials that can provide tunable and very unusual electromagnetic properties. In this contribution we......Young field of terahertz (THz) science and technology demands new materials and devices, such as filters, modulators, polarization converters and absorbers. Graphene, a recently discovered single-atom-thick material, provides exciting properties for functional terahertz applications. Graphene is...... present the description of graphene metamaterial properties through the effective surface conductivity. Such description is very convenient, as it simplifies the design of THz devices, and very natural, since surface conductivity can be measured directly in experiment. We show how to extract the effective...

  10. Use of erbium as burnable poison for VVER reactors

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    Problems related to use of Erbium as burnable poison for VVER are discussed. Comparison is made between neutronics characteristics of Uranium-Gadolinium and Uranium-Erbium fuel cycles. The study shows that use of Erbium as burnable poison allows decreasing the peaking factor in the core. Meanwhile residual Erbium at the end of the fuel cycle makes it necessary to increase fuel enrichment. There is made the conclusion of prospects of using Erbium as burnable poison for VVER. (orig.)

  11. Performance of Different Experimental Absorber Designs in Absorption Heat Pump Cycle Technologies: A Review

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    Jonathan Ibarra-Bahena

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The absorber is a major component of absorption cycle systems, and its performance directly impacts the overall size and energy supplies of these devices. Absorption cooling and heating cycles have different absorber design requirements: in absorption cooling systems, the absorber works close to ambient temperature, therefore, the mass transfer is the most important phenomenon in order to reduce the generator size; on the other hand, in heat transformer absorption systems, is important to recover the heat delivered by exothermic reactions produced in the absorber. In this paper a review of the main experimental results of different absorber designs reported in absorption heat pump cycles is presented.

  12. The treatment of burnable poison pins in LWRWIMS

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    This report describes an investigation into the modelling approximations normally made when the LWR lattice code LWRWIMS is used for design calculations on assemblies containing burnable poison pins. Parameters investigated include energy group structure, intervals between calculations in MWd/te and spatial subdivision of the poison pins. An estimate is made of the effect of using pin-cell smearing with diffusion theory for the assembly geometry, instead of a more exact heterogeneous transport theory calculation. The influence on reactivity of the minor gadolinium isotopes 152, 154, 156, 158 and 160 in a poison pin dominated by the isotopes 155 and 157 is presented, and finally, recommendations on the use of LWRWIMS for this type of calculation are made. (author)

  13. A circuit method to integrate metamaterial and graphene in absorber design

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    Wang, Zuojia; Zhou, Min; Lin, Xiao; Liu, Huixia; Wang, Huaping; Yu, Faxin; Lin, Shisheng; Li, Erping; Chen, Hongsheng

    2014-10-01

    We theoretically investigate a circuit analog approach to integrate graphene and metamaterial in electromagnetic wave absorber design. In multilayer graphene-metamaterial (GM) absorbers, ultrathin metamaterial elements are theoretically modeled as equivalent loads which attached to the junctions between two transmission lines. Combining with the benefits of tunable chemical potential in graphene, an optimized GM absorber is proposed as a proof of the circuit method. Numerical simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the circuit analytical model. The operating frequency of the GM absorber can be varied in terahertz frequency, indicating the potential applications of the GM absorber in sensors, modulators, and filters.

  14. Practical design of a nonlinear tuned vibration absorber

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    Grappasonni, C.; Habib, G.; Detroux, T.;

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the paper is to develop a new nonlinear tuned vibration absorber (NLTVA) capable of mitigating the vibrations of nonlinear systems which are known to exhibit frequency-energy-dependent oscillations. A nonlinear generalization of Den Hartog's equal-peak method is proposed to ensure equa...

  15. Device for controlling burnable gas concentration

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    Purpose: To provide the subject device wherein the reaction flow quantity of gas in a recombiner is reduced for controlling hydrogen and oxygen to less than the burnable threshold value, and iodine is effectively removed. Constitution: The recombiner is started in operation, and gas within the dry well is introduced into a heater by means of a circulating device, and steam exhausted from the recombiner and gas are cooled by a cooler, thereafter they being returned to a suppression chamber. When the pressure within the suppression chamber is increased, a vacuum break valve is opened and the concentrations of hydrogen and oxygen are elevated. By the increase of the concentrations of hydrogen and oxygen the recombiner is reoperated and the concentrations are reduced. (Aizawa, K.)

  16. Optimal design of a magneto-rheological brake absorber for torsional vibration control

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    This research presents an optimal design of a magneto-rheological (MR) brake absorber for torsional vibration control of a rotating shaft. Firstly, the configuration of an MR brake absorber for torsional vibration control of a rotating shaft system is proposed. Then, the braking torque of the MR brake is derived based on the Bingham plastic model of the MR fluid. By assuming that the behaviour of the MR brake absorber is similar to that of a dry friction torsional damper, the optimal braking torque to control the torsional vibration is determined and validated by simulation. The optimal design problem of the MR brake absorber is then developed and a procedure to solve the optimal problem is proposed. Based on the proposed optimal design procedure, the optimal design of a specific rotating shaft system is performed. Vibration control performance of the shaft system employing the optimized MR brake absorber is then investigated through simulation and discussion on the results is given. (paper)

  17. Optimal design of MR shock absorber and application to vehicle suspension

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    This paper presents an optimal design of a magnetorheological (MR) shock absorber based on finite element analysis. The MR shock absorber is constrained in a specific volume and the optimization problem identifies geometric dimensions of the shock absorber that minimize a multi-objective function. The objective function is proposed by considering the damping force, dynamic range and the inductive time constant of the shock absorber. After describing the configuration of the MR shock absorber, a quasi-static modeling of the shock absorber is performed based on the Bingham model of an MR fluid. The initial geometric dimensions of the shock absorber are then determined based on the assumption of constant magnetic flux density throughout the magnetic circuit. The objective function of the optimization problem is derived based on the solution of the initial shock absorber. An optimization procedure using a golden-section algorithm and a local quadratic fitting technique is constructed via a commercial finite element method parametric design language. Using the developed optimization tool, optimal solutions of the MR shock absorber, which is constrained in a specific cylindrical volume defined by its radius and height, are determined. Subsequently, a quarter-car suspension model with the optimized MR shock absorber is formulated and the vibration control performance of the suspension is evaluated under bump and sinusoidal road conditions

  18. Design of absorber assemblies with intentional pellet-cladding mechanical interaction

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    A number of improvements in absorber assembly performance characteristics can be achieved through implementation of absorber cladding mechanical interaction (ACMI). Benefits include lower operating temperatures, less potential for material relocation, longer lifetime, and increased reactivity worth. Analyses indicate that substantial cladding strains may be attainable without significant risk of breach. However, actual in-reactor testing of ACMI in absorber elements will be required before design criteria can be revised to accept ACMI

  19. Method of suppressing burnable gas connection in nuclear reactor

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    Purpose: To reduce the burnable gas concentration and improve the safety by suppressing the amount of evolved gaseous hydrogen and oxygen with no requirement for complicate and large-scaled devices. Method: Suppression burnable gas concentration in nuclear reactor has usually been conducted by an indirect method of recombining gaseous hydrogen and oxygen evolved, not by suppressing the amount of evolved gaseous hydrogen and gaseous oxygen as burnable gases. Accordingly, there has been a problem, in view of the safety, such as passage of gaseous hydrogen and gaseous oxygen once in the reactor containers, etc. and there has been also a trend that the reactor system of the device is complicated in the structure and increased in the size. In view of the above, material combining iodine ions are charged into coolants to reduce iodine ion concentration therein and suppress the generation of burnable gases due to radiolysis of the coolants in this method. (T.M.)

  20. New LWR Fuel Assembly Concepts using Particle Burnable Poisons for Low Boron Concentration

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    The most importance role of the soluble boron is the control of the long term reactivity to maintain the criticality of the reactor cores by reducing core excess reactivity. However, the use of soluble boron in the coolant leads to several issues. First, boron is corrosive and the presence of boron in the coolant will increase corrosion on the primary coolant loop and the corrosive nuclides will be mixed with the coolant. Furthermore, CVCS (Chemical and Volume Control System) is required to clean these corrosive elements from the coolant and to purify and control the level of boron diluted in the coolant. The presence of CVCS including the corrosive elements requires complicated maintenance and operation leading to increases of additional pipes which can add the possibilities of occurrences of LOCAs (Loss of Coolant Accident). Furthermore, the removal of soluble boron or reduction of soluble boron concentration makes the moderator temperature coefficient (MTC) more negative. In this paper, we suggest use of burnable poison rods where burnable poison particles are distributed in the SiC matrix as in the FCM (Fully Ceramic Micro-encapsulated) fuel and we performed a feasibility study on the use of the new LWR fuel assembly design concepts using this concept of new burnable poison rods to achieve low boron or boron-free cores

  1. Design of a tunable frequency selective surface absorber as a loaded receiving antenna array

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    An effective approach to designing a tunable electromagnetic absorber is presented and experimentally verified; it is based on an idea that an existing frequency selective surface (FSS) absorber is regarded as a loaded receiving antenna array. The existing absorber is effectively simplified by withdrawing half of the loaded resistors; a more compact one is obtained when lumped capacitors are introduced. Building on this, a varactor-tunable absorber with a proper bias network is proposed. Numerical simulations of one tunable absorber with 1.6 mm in thickness show that a wide tuning range from 3.05 GHz to 1.96 GHz is achieved by changing the capacitance of the loaded varactor from 0.5 pF to 5.0 pF. An experiment is carried out using a rectangular waveguide measurement setup and excellent agreement between the simulated and measured results is demonstrated. (electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics)

  2. The design of impact absorbing structures for additive manufacture

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    Additive manufacturing (AM) is increasingly becoming a viable manufacturing process due to dramatic advantages that it facilitates in the area of design complexity. This paper investigates the potential of additively manufactured lattice structures for the application of tailored impact absorption specifically for conformal body protection. It explores lattice cell types based on foam microstructures and assesses their suitability for impact absorption. The effect of varying the cell strut edge design is also investigated. The implications of scaling these cells up for AM are discussed as well as the design issues regarding the handling of geometric complexity and the requirement for body conformity. The suitability of AM materials for this application is also discussed.

  3. Design and verification test of the small absorber ball system of the HTR-10

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    A small absorber ball system is the second shutdown system of the 10 MW High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor-Test Module. When the control rod system is out of operation, the small absorber ball system is required to emergency shut down the reactor by means of boron carbide balls totally dropping into channels in the side reflector by gravity. Before the reactor re-operates, these small absorber balls must be conveyed from channels in the side reflector back to the ball storage vessels below the head of reactor pressure vessel by a pneumatic conveying process. Detailed design of the small absorber ball system was carried out, and all the components were manufactured. In order to check the performances of the small absorber ball system, a pneumatic conveying experiment and a hot test were carried out in the laboratory, and also a pre-operation of the small absorber ball system was verified on the reactor site at room temperature. Test data of the small absorber ball system show that all the parameters, including time of ball dropping, time of ball conveying back, indication of ball level in the ball storage vessel, gas flowrate, and valve operation states, are acceptable and reasonable. The small absorber ball system has been shown to be capable of performing satisfactorily at operating temperatures of the reactor

  4. Design of Matched Absorbing Layers for Surface Plasmon-Polaritons

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    Sergio de la Cruz

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We describe a procedure for designing metal-metal boundaries for the strong attenuation of surface plasmon-polaritons without the introduction of reflections or scattering effects. Solutions associated with different sets of matching materials are found. To illustrate the results and the consequences of adopting different solutions, we present calculations based on an integral equation formulation for the scattering problem and the use of a nonlocal impedance boundary condition.

  5. Design of wideband multilayer planar absorber using a new differential evolution algorithm

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    Lin, Chuan; Qing, Anyong; Zang, Jiefeng

    2015-03-01

    Design of wideband planar absorber using real electromagnetic composite materials is considered in this paper. A new differential evolution, dynamic differential evolution with best of random differential mutation, is applied to solve this problem. To simplify the problem, a suitable objective function and regulation scheme have been designed to transform the constrained multi-objective problem into unconstrained single-objective one. The effects of total thickness and investigated frequency band have been studied. Four-layer planar absorbers for different cases have been successfully designed.

  6. MICE -- Absorber and focus coil safety working group design document: Preliminary design and assessments

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    Barr, Giles; Baynham, Elwyn; Black, Edgar; Bradshaw, Tom; Cummings, Mary Anne; Green, Michael A.; Ishimoto, Shigeru; Ivanyushenkov, Yury; Lau, Wing; Zisman, Michael

    2003-12-04

    A Neutrino Factory based on a muon storage ring is the ultimate tool for studies of neutrino oscillations, including possibly the discovery of leptonic CP violation. it is also the first step toward a muon collider. To develop a stored-muon-beam facility to serve as a Neutrino Factory, it is necessary to ''cool'' a muon beam (decrease its phase-space volume). The short lifetime of the muon, 2.2 {micro}s at rest, eliminates all currently demonstrated cooling techniques and requires that a new, heretofore untried, technique--ionization cooling--be employed. Although ionization cooling of muons has never been demonstrated in practice, it has been shown by end-to-end simulation and design studies to be an important factor both for the performance and for the cost of a Neutrino Factory. This motivates an international program of R and D, including an experimental demonstration at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL). The aims of the international Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment are: (1) to show that it is possible to design, engineer and build a section of cooling channel capable of giving the desired performance for a Neutrino Factory; and (2) to place it in a muon beam and measure its performance in various modes of operation and beam conditions, thereby investigating the limits and practicality of cooling. The MICE collaboration has designed an experiment in which a section of an ionization cooling channel is exposed to a muon beam. This cooling channel assembles liquid-hydrogen absorbers providing energy loss and high-gradient radio frequency (RF) cavities to re-accelerate the particles, all tightly contained in a magnetic channel. It reduces the beam transverse emittance by > 10% for muon momenta between 140 and 240 MeV/c. The layout of the experiment is shown. They utilize one complete magnetic cell of the cooling channel, comprising three absorber-focus-coil (AFC) modules and two RF-coupling-coil (RFCC) modules. Spectrometers placed before

  7. MICE - Absorber and focus coil safety working group design document: Preliminary design and assessments

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    A Neutrino Factory based on a muon storage ring is the ultimate tool for studies of neutrino oscillations, including possibly the discovery of leptonic CP violation. it is also the first step toward a muon collider. To develop a stored-muon-beam facility to serve as a Neutrino Factory, it is necessary to ''cool'' a muon beam (decrease its phase-space volume). The short lifetime of the muon, 2.2 (micro)s at rest, eliminates all currently demonstrated cooling techniques and requires that a new, heretofore untried, technique--ionization cooling--be employed. Although ionization cooling of muons has never been demonstrated in practice, it has been shown by end-to-end simulation and design studies to be an important factor both for the performance and for the cost of a Neutrino Factory. This motivates an international program of R and D, including an experimental demonstration at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL). The aims of the international Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment are: (1) to show that it is possible to design, engineer and build a section of cooling channel capable of giving the desired performance for a Neutrino Factory; and (2) to place it in a muon beam and measure its performance in various modes of operation and beam conditions, thereby investigating the limits and practicality of cooling. The MICE collaboration has designed an experiment in which a section of an ionization cooling channel is exposed to a muon beam. This cooling channel assembles liquid-hydrogen absorbers providing energy loss and high-gradient radio frequency (RF) cavities to re-accelerate the particles, all tightly contained in a magnetic channel. It reduces the beam transverse emittance by > 10% for muon momenta between 140 and 240 MeV/c. The layout of the experiment is shown. They utilize one complete magnetic cell of the cooling channel, comprising three absorber-focus-coil (AFC) modules and two RF-coupling-coil (RFCC) modules. Spectrometers placed before and after the

  8. Robust Optimal Design of a Nonlinear Dynamic Vibration Absorber Combining Sensitivity Analysis

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Dynamic vibration absorbers are discrete devices developed in the beginning of the last century used to attenuate the vibrations of different engineering structures. They have been used in several engineering applications, such as ships, power lines, aeronautic structures, civil engineering constructions subjected to seismic induced excitations, compressor systems, etc. However, in the context of nonlinear dynamics, few works have been proposed regarding the robust optimal design of nonlinear dynamic vibration absorbers. In this paper, a robust optimization strategy combined with sensitivity analysis of systems incorporating nonlinear dynamic vibration absorbers is proposed. Although sensitivity analysis is a well known numerical technique, the main contribution intended for this study is its extension to nonlinear systems. Due to the numerical procedure used to solve the nonlinear equations, the sensitivities addressed herein are computed from the first-order finite-difference approximations. With the aim of increasing the efficiency of the nonlinear dynamic absorber into a frequency band of interest, and to augment the robustness of the optimal design, a robust optimization strategy combined with the previous sensitivities is addressed. After presenting the underlying theoretical foundations, the proposed robust design methodology is performed for a two degree-of-freedom system incorporating a nonlinear dynamic vibration absorber. Based on the obtained results, the usefulness of the proposed methodology is highlighted.

  9. Apply Burnable Poison For Fuel Pebble Of PBMR-400 With OTTO Refueling

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    A new fuel pebble was designed by adding spherical Gd2O3 particles for obtaining the minimum reactivity swing. Optimization is done in a lattice model to determine the combination of radius and number of burnable poison (BP) particles per pebble to obtain the minimum reactivity swing. The numerical calculation so that with 740 μm and 13 particles of Gd2O3. The reactivity swing is reduced from 38% to 2.0%, whereas the k∞ is 1.06 - 1.08 for a fuel lattice with the target burnup of 55 GWd/t. (author)

  10. Design and analysis of perfect terahertz metamaterial absorber by a novel dynamic circuit model.

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    Hokmabadi, Mohammad Parvinnezhad; Wilbert, David S; Kung, Patrick; Kim, Seongsin M

    2013-07-15

    Metamaterial terahertz absorbers composed of a frequency selective layer followed by a spacer and a metallic backplane have recently attracted great attention as a device to detect terahertz radiation. In this work, we present a quasistatic dynamic circuit model that can decently describe operational principle of metamaterial terahertz absorbers based on interference theory of reflected waves. The model comprises two series LC resonance components, one for resonance in frequency selective surface (FSS) and another for resonance inside the spacer. Absorption frequency is dominantly determined by the LC of FSS while the spacer LC changes slightly the magnitude and frequency of absorption. This model fits perfectly for both simulated and experimental data. By using this model, we study our designed absorber and we analyze the effect of changing in spacer thickness and metal conductivity on absorption spectrum. PMID:23938496

  11. Analysis and Design of Ultra Thin Electromagnetic Absorbers Comprising Resistively Loaded High Impedance Surfaces

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    Costa, Filippo; Manara, Giuliano; 10.1109/TAP.2010.2044329

    2010-01-01

    High-Impedance Surfaces (HIS) comprising lossy Frequency Selective Surfaces (FSS) are employed to design thin electromagnetic absorbers. The structure, despite its typical resonant behavior, is able to perform a very wideband absorption in a reduced thickness. Losses in the frequency selective surface are introduced by printing the periodic pattern through resistive inks and hence avoiding the typical soldering of a large number of lumped resistors. The effect of the surface resistance of the FSS and dielectric substrate characteristics on the input impedance of the absorber is discussed by means of a circuital model. It is shown that the optimum value of surface resistance is affected both by substrate parameters (thickness and permittivity) and by FSS element shape. The equivalent circuit model is then used to introduce the working principles of the narrowband and the wideband absorbing structure and to derive the best-suited element for wideband absorption. Finally, the experimental validation of the prese...

  12. The design, fabrication and properties of B4C/Al neutron absorbers

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    Neutron absorber is used for the criticality safety during the storage or transportation of spent nuclear fuel. In this work, the metal matrix composite with good mechanical property and thermal neutron absorbing ability was investigated based on B4C/Al neutron radiation shielding material. The composition ratio for B4C/Al composite was firstly designed and the dependence of the neutron transmission on the thickness of the material was calculated. By vacuum hot-pressing technique at a low temperature, the neutron absorbers with high concentration of B4C were fabricated. Furthermore, the corresponding microstructure, physical, mechanical and corrosion properties as well as fracture surface were analyzed, proving that the developed composites can shield the neutron radiation as effectively as cadmium materials

  13. The design of a calorimetric standard of ionising radiation absorbed dose

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    The design of a calorimetric working standard of ionising radiation absorbed dose is discussed. A brief history of the appropriate quantities and units of measurement is given. Detailed design considerations follow a summary of the relevant literature. The methods to be used to relate results to national standards of measurement are indicated, including the need for various correction factors. A status report is given on the construction and testing program

  14. Numerical benchmarks for MTR fuel assemblies with burnable poison

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    This work presents a preliminary version of a set of burn-up dependent numerical benchmarks of MTR fuel assemblies using burnable poisons. The numerical benchmark calculations were carried out using two different types of calculation methodologies: Monte Carlo methodology using MCNP-ORIGEN coupled codes and deterministic methodology using CONDOR collision probabilities code. The main purpose of this work is to provide a numerical benchmark for several geometries, for example number and diameter of the Cadmium wires. The numerical benchmark provides meat and Cadmium numerical density information and the geometry and material data of the calculated systems. These benchmarks provide information for the validation of MTR FA cell codes. This paper is the preliminary work of a 3 dimensional numerical benchmark for research reactors using MTR fuel assemblies with burnable poisons. A short description of the MCNP and ORIGEN coupling method and the CONDOR code are given in the present paper. (author)

  15. Calculation qualification of gadolinium burnable poisons in water reactors

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    The work presented in this thesis constitutes the qualification on the one end of Appolo-Neptune scheme for the gadolinium burnable poison in a pressurized water reactor, and on the other end of basis nuclear data on natural gadolinium. This study has permitted to reduce by a factor 3 the actual incertitude on the gadolinium poison comparatively at precisions cited in international benchmarks calculations

  16. Fuzzy logic control algorithms for MagneShock semiactive vehicle shock absorbers: design and experimental evaluations

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    Craft, Michael J.; Buckner, Gregory D.; Anderson, Richard D.

    2003-07-01

    Automotive ride quality and handling performance remain challenging design tradeoffs for modern, passive automobile suspension systems. Despite extensive published research outlining the benefits of active vehicle suspensions in addressing this tradeoff, the cost and complexity of these systems frequently prohibit commercial adoption. Semi-active suspensions can provide performance benefits over passive suspensions without the cost and complexity associated with fully active systems. This paper outlines the development and experimental evaluation of a fuzzy logic control algorithm for a commercial semi-active suspension component, Carrera's MagneShockTM shock absorber. The MagneShockTM utilizes an electromagnet to change the viscosity of magnetorheological (MR) fluid, which changes the damping characteristics of the shock. Damping for each shock is controlled by manipulating the coil current using real-time algorithms. The performance capabilities of fuzzy logic control (FLC) algorithms are demonstrated through experimental evaluations on a passenger vehicle. Results show reductions of 25% or more in sprung mass absorbed power (U.S. Army 6 Watt Absorbed Power Criterion) as compared to typical passive shock absorbers over urban terrains in both simulation and experimentation. Average sprung-mass RMS accelerations were also reduced by as much as 9%, but usually with an increase in total suspension travel over the passive systems. Additionally, a negligible decrease in RMS tire normal force was documented through computer simulations. And although the FLC absorbed power was comparable to that of the fixed-current MagneShockTM the FLC revealed reduced average RMS sprung-mass accelerations over the fixed-current MagneShocks by 2-9%. Possible means for improvement of this system include reducing the suspension spring stiffness and increasing the dynamic damping range of the MagneShockTM.

  17. New Design of Potentially Low-cost Solar Cells Using TiO2/Graphite Composite as Photon Absorber

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    Rahman, Dui Yanto; Rokhmat, Mamat; Yuliza, Elfi; Sustini, Euis; Abdullah, Mikrajuddin

    2015-01-01

    A solar cell design using the combination of titanium dioxide and graphite as active photon absorbing materials were proposed. The titanium dioxide absorbs photons of nearly ultraviolet wavelengths to produce electron hole pairs, while graphite is expected to absorb photons of longer wavelengths. Although many authors have claimed that graphite is not a semiconductor, we observed that a model of a solar cell containing titanium dioxide only as the active material behaves exactly the same as a...

  18. Fuel Temperature Characteristics for Fuel Channels using Burnable Poison in the CANDU reactor

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    Although the CANFLEX RU fuel bundle loaded 11.0 wt% Er2O3 are originally designed focused on the safety characteristics, the fuel temperature characteristics is revealed to be not deteriorated but rather is slightly enhanced by the decreased fuel temperature in the outer ring compared with that of standard 37 fuel bundle. Recently, for an equilibrium CANDU core, the power coefficient was reported to be slightly positive when newly developed Industry Standard Tool set reactor physics codes were used. Therefore, it is required to find a new way to effectively decrease the positive power coefficient of CANDU reactor without seriously compromising the economy. In order to make the power coefficient of the CANDU reactor negative at the operating power, Roh et al. have evaluated the various burnable poison (BP) materials and its loading scheme in terms of the fuel performance and reactor safety characteristics. It was shown that reactor safety characteristics can be greatly improved by the use of the BP in the CANDU reactor. In a view of safety, the fuel temperature coefficient (FTC) is an important safety parameter and it is dependent on the fuel temperature. For an accurate evaluation of the safety-related physics parameters including FTC, the fuel temperature distribution and its correlation with the coolant temperature should be accurately identified. Therefore, we have evaluated the fuel temperature distribution of a CANFLEX fuel bundle loaded with a burnable poison and compared the standard 37 element fuel bundle and CANFELX-NU fuel bundle

  19. LBNF Hadron Absorber: Mechanical Design and Analysis for 2.4MW Operation

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    Hartsell, B. [Fermilab; Anderson, K. [Fermilab; Hylen, J. [Fermilab; Sidorov, V. [Fermilab; Tariq, S. [Fermilab

    2015-06-01

    Fermilab’s Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) requires an absorber, essentially a large beam dump consisting of actively cooled aluminum and steel blocks, at the end of the decay pipe to stop leftover beam particles and provide radiation protection to people and groundwater. At LBNF’s final beam power of 2.4 MW and assuming the worst case condition of a 204 m long helium filled decay pipe, the absorber is required to handle a heat load of about 750 kW. This results in significant thermal management challenges which have been mitigated by the addition of an aluminum ‘spoiler’ and ‘sculpting’ the central portion of the aluminum core blocks. These thermal effects induce structural stresses which can lead to fatigue and creep considerations. Various accident conditions are considered and safety systems are planned to monitor operation and any accident pulses. Results from these thermal and structural analyses will be presented as well as the mechanical design of the absorber. The design allows each of the core blocks to be remotely removed and replaced if necessary. A shielded remote handling structure is incorporated to hold the hadron monitor when it is removed from the beam.

  20. Design Guidelines for Ferrite Absorbers Submitted to RF-induced Heating

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    2013-01-01

    The use of ferrite absorbers is one of the most effective means of damping potentially harmful high order RF modes, which may lead to beam instabilities and excessive power losses in accelerator devices. However, the power deposited on ferrite absorbers themselves maylead to ferrite exceeding its Curie temperature, losing its damping properties. An evaluation of the ferrite capability to dissipate deposited heat is hence of paramount importance for the safe design of particle accelerator devices. In this paper, figures of merit are proposed to assess the maximum specific power allowed on a generic ferrite tile, before it reaches its Curie temperature. Due to its inherent brittleness, sufficient contact pressure between ferrite and its housing, allowing heat transmission by conduction, can hardly be applied. A semi-analytical study is thus performed, assuming that ferrite is evacuating heat solely through radiation. The described method is then exemplified in the case of the BPM-embedded tertiary collimator (T...

  1. Mechanical Design of a High Energy Beam Absorber for the Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator (ASTA) at Fermilab

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    Baffes, C; Leibfritz, J; Oplt, S; Rakhno, I

    2013-01-01

    A high energy beam absorber has been built for the Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator (ASTA) at Fermilab. In the facility's initial configuration, an electron beam will be accelerated through 3 TTF-type or ILC-type RF cryomodules to an energy of 750MeV. The electron beam will be directed to one of multiple downstream experimental and diagnostic beam lines and then deposited in one of two beam absorbers. The facility is designed to accommodate up to 6 cryomodules, which would produce a 75kW beam at 1.5GeV; this is the driving design condition for the beam absorbers. The beam absorbers consist of water-cooled graphite, aluminum and copper layers contained in a Helium-filled enclosure. This paper describes the mechanical implementation of the beam absorbers, with a focus on thermal design and analysis. In addition, the potential for radiation-induced degradation of the graphite is discussed.

  2. Mechanical Design of a High Energy Beam Absorber for the Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator (ASTA) at Fermilab

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    Baffes, C.; Church, M.; Leibfritz, J.; Oplt, S.; Rakhno, I.; /Fermilab

    2012-05-10

    A high energy beam absorber has been built for the Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator (ASTA) at Fermilab. In the facility's initial configuration, an electron beam will be accelerated through 3 TTF-type or ILC-type SRF cryomodules to an energy of 750MeV. The electron beam will be directed to one of multiple downstream experimental and diagnostic beam lines and then deposited in one of two beam absorbers. The facility is designed to accommodate up to 6 cryomodules, which would produce a 75kW beam at 1.5GeV; this is the driving design condition for the beam absorbers. The beam absorbers consist of water-cooled graphite, aluminum and copper layers contained in a helium-filled enclosure. This paper describes the mechanical implementation of the beam absorbers, with a focus on thermal design and analysis. The potential for radiation-induced degradation of the graphite is discussed.

  3. Design of practicable phase-change metadevices for near-infrared absorber and modulator applications.

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    Carrillo, Santiago García-Cuevas; Nash, Geoffrey R; Hayat, Hasan; Cryan, Martin J; Klemm, Maciej; Bhaskaran, Harish; Wright, C David

    2016-06-13

    Phase-change chalcogenide alloys, such as Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST), have very different optical properties in their amorphous and crystalline phases. The fact that such alloys can be switched, optically or electrically, between such phases rapidly and repeatedly means that they have much potential for applications as tunable photonic devices. Here we incorporate chalcogenide phase-change films into a metal-dielectric-metal metamaterial electromagnetic absorber structure and design absorbers and modulators for operation at technologically important near-infrared wavelengths, specifically 1550 nm. Our design not only exhibits excellent performance (e.g. a modulation depth of ~77% and an extinction ratio of ~20 dB) but also includes a suitable means for protecting the GST layer from environmental oxidation and is well-suited, as confirmed by electro-thermal and phase-transformation simulations, to in situ electrical switching. We also present a systematic study of design optimization, including the effects of expected manufacturing tolerances on device performance and, by means of a sensitivity analysis, identify the most critical design parameters. PMID:27410372

  4. New generation elastic neutron absorber systems for new and existing design nuclear reactors

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    The proposed advanced Reactivity Control Method (RCM) is designated for control of the power field of nuclear reactor during its normal operation, start-up and normal and emergency shutdown by the uniform change of distribution of solid neutron-absorbing material concentration in the reactor core using the new spiral Elastic Reactivity Control Device (ERCD). The ERCD is the elastic absorber element implemented in form of cylindrical spiral with the variable, naturally closed, coil gap. Increase or reduction of coil gap is made by pulling or releasing the elastic spiral with the actuator drive. At each position of ERCD element the elastic properties of spiral ensure the uniform distribution of absorber material in the reactor core. Once the reactor emergency protection is triggered, the ERCD is 'inserted' in the reactor core from any of its positions by the accumulated power of elastic deformation of spiral. In this case ERCD coil gap L in the reactor core rapidly decreases, which gives fast and uniform increase of solid neutron-absorbing material concentration in the reactor core. The transparency of ERCD for thermal neutrons changes from 'gray' to 'black'. The ERCD emergency insertion time is mainly defined by the speed of elastic deformation spread along the spiral body. Generally, it is the combination of the gravity force and elastic deformation force, that ensures the 'insertion' of ERCD (decrease of coil gap) in the reactor core in case of other equipment failure (e.g., loss of power supply of actuator drive). Benefits of ERCD implementation are as follows: Flattening of power field gives higher uniformity of power distribution in the reactor core, which can be achieved even in the very beginning of the reactor campaign; Better utilization of fuel provided by higher degree of burnout; High performance emergency shutdown - fast introduction of negative reactivity into the reactor core without the axial distortion of power field by rapid and uniform change of

  5. Analysis method for the design of transport packaging shock absorbing end covers

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    The analysis method used to design the shock absorbing end covers of the Transnuclear TN-12Y transport packaging is described. The method uses the basic equations of motion (i.e. F = ma) which were programmed for computation with an Apple II computer. Inertia loadings for various positions of the model with respect to the target surface were calculated to determine the worst position to meet the requirements of 10CFR71. For most cover designs evaluated the inertia loading for small angles of inclination at impact with the target surface were larger than for a horizontal position because of the slap-down effect. Different crushable materials were evaluated including the effect of their variation in crushing stress and locking strain. The design was optimized to limit the maximum inertia loadings for the worst impact position to a value of 100 g. 8 references

  6. Design and simulation of multi-color infrared CMOS metamaterial absorbers

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    Cheng, Zhengxi; Chen, Yongping; Ma, Bin

    2016-05-01

    Metamaterial electromagnetic wave absorbers, which usually can be fabricated in a low weight thin film structure, have a near unity absorptivity in a special waveband, and therefore have been widely applied from microwave to optical waveband. To increase absorptance of CMOS MEMS devices in 2-5 μmm waveband, multi-color infrared metamaterial absorbers are designed with CSMC 0.5 μmm 2P3M and 0.18 μmm 1P6M CMOS technology in this work. Metal-insulator-metal (MIM) three-layer MMAs and Insulator-metal-insulator-metal (MIMI) four-layer MMAs are formed by CMOS metal interconnect layers and inter metal dielectrics layer. To broaden absorption waveband in 2-5μmm range, MMAs with a combination of different sizes cross bars are designed. The top metal layer is a periodic aluminum square array or cross bar array with width ranging from submicron to several microns. The absorption peak position and intensity of MMAs can be tuned by adjusting the top aluminum micro structure array. Post-CMOS process is adopted to fabricate MMAs. The infrared absorption spectra of MMAs are verified with finite element method simulation, and the effects of top metal structure sizes, patterns, and films thickness are also simulated and intensively discussed. The simulation results show that CMOS MEMS MMAs enhance infrared absorption in 2-20 μmm. The MIM broad MMA has an average absorptance of 0.22 in 2-5 μmm waveband, and 0.76 in 8-14 μm waveband. The CMOS metamaterial absorbers can be inherently integrated in many kinds of MEMS devices fabricated with CMOS technology, such as uncooled bolometers, infrared thermal emitters.

  7. Improved design of dynamic vibration absorber by using the inerter and its application in vehicle suspension

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    Shen, Yujie; Chen, Long; Yang, Xiaofeng; Shi, Dehua; Yang, Jun

    2016-01-01

    Inerter is a recently proposed mechanical element with two terminals. The novelty of this paper is to present the improved design which aims to add traditional dynamic vibration absorber to the vehicle body by using the inerter. Based on this background, a new vehicle suspension structure called ISD suspension, including the inerter, spring and damper has been created. A dual-mass vibration model including the ISD suspension is considered in this study. Parameters are obtained by using the genetic optimizing algorithm. The frequency-domain simulation confirms that the ISD suspension can effectively improve the damping performance of the suspension system, especially at the offset frequency of the vehicle body, which is consistent with the feature of the dynamic vibration absorber added to the vehicle body mass. At last, a prototype ball screw inerter has been designed and the bench test of a quarter-car model has been undertaken. Under the conditions of the random road input, the vehicle ride comfort evaluation of body acceleration RMS value decreases by 4% at most, the suspension deflection RMS value decreases by 16% at most, the tire dynamic load RMS value decreases by 6% at most. Power spectral density results also indicate that the ISD suspension has superior damping performance than passive suspension which proves that the proposed ISD suspension is deemed effective.

  8. Design of high performance multilayer microwave absorbers using fast Pareto genetic algorithm

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    The application of the Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm Ⅱ (NSGA-Ⅱ) in designing microwave absorbers is described in this paper. To obtain high performance coatings,we put forward three cost functions,which represent three objectives of strong-absorption,broad-bandwidth and thin structure,and study the tradeoffs between each other. Numerical calculations on available materials in 2―18 GHz are implemented to construct the Pareto front and Pareto-optimal surface for two and three objectives respectively. Results indicate that the NSGA-Ⅱ can work more efficiently and effectively than traditional Pareto genetic algorithms. Additionally,we present several particular designs from the above Pareto front (surface) for potential applications in different frequency bands. For example,a four-layer absorber with thickness of 2.8071 mm is obtained to provide average reflection coefficient of -11.95 dB and average reflection bandwidth of 0.5780 in 2―18 GHz,considering arbitrary incident angles (0°―89°) and both TE and TM polarizations.

  9. Flattening of burnup reactivity in long-life prismatic HTGR by particle type burnable poisons

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    Highlights: ► The effect of particle-type burnable poisons in long-life prismatic HTGR was analyzed in detail. ► Different burnable poison particles can be combined to minimize excess reactivity during the core life. ► The use of burnable poison particles increases the passive safety features of prismatic HTGRs. - Abstract: For the flattening of burnup reactivity in long-life prismatic High-Temperature Gas-cooled Reactors (HTGRs), the effect of particle type on burnable poison properties is analyzed in detail using Monte Carlo calculations. Some examples of optimized specifications are shown. It is shown that combinations of particles with different materials, diameters, and concentrations make it possible to reduce excess reactivity to around or below 1 $ during the core life. The use of optimized burnable poison particles will help improve the passive safety features of long-life prismatic HTGR

  10. Computational design for a wide-angle cermet-based solar selective absorber for high temperature applications

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    The purpose of this study is to computationally design a wide-angle cermet-based solar selective absorber for high temperature applications by using a characteristic matrix method and a genetic algorithm. The present study investigates a solar selective absorber with tungsten–silica (W–SiO2) cermet. Multilayer structures of 1, 2, 3, and 4 layers and a wide range of metal volume fractions are optimized. The predicted radiative properties show good solar performance, i.e., thermal emittances, especially beyond 2 μm, are quite low, in contrast, solar absorptance levels are successfully high with wide angular range, so that solar photons are effectively absorbed and infrared radiative heat loss can be decreased. -- Highlights: • Electromagnetic simulation of radiative properties by characteristic matrix method. • Optimization for multilayered W–SiO2 cermet-based absorber by a Genetic Algorithm. • We propose a successfully high solar performance of solar selective absorber

  11. A development of burnable poison fuel for the JMTR

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    This paper describes the results of fabrication tests of fuel plate and side plate containing natural boron and their irradiation tests and post-irradiation examinations for the JMTR (50 MWt). In order to increase uranium loading density in fuel meat from present 22 wt% to 30 wt%, powder metallurgy techniques were used for fabricating the fuel plates. And fabrication procedure of the side plates with natural boron was nearly the same as that of fuel plates. Irradiation tests and post-irradiation experiments on the fuel plates and the mini-side plates showed satisfiable results. However, oxide film spallation was observed on one of four plates irradiated under the same conditions. It is unable to clear the reason why such a phenomenon was observed on only one plate. In the first program, fuel elements with burnable poison and full core irradiation tests were planned as well. However, in the application of safety approval for the core conversion with burnable poison fuel, by the competent authority in Japan, difficulties were felt with a problem of hypothetical accident analysis which were not directly related to the core conversion. The program was therefore stopped from the viewpoint of man power and cost needed for obtaining the safety approval. (author)

  12. A New Absorbable Synthetic Substitute With Biomimetic Design for Dural Tissue Repair.

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    Shi, Zhidong; Xu, Tao; Yuan, Yuyu; Deng, Kunxue; Liu, Man; Ke, Yiquan; Luo, Chengyi; Yuan, Tun; Ayyad, Ali

    2016-04-01

    Dural repair products are evolving from animal tissue-derived materials to synthetic materials as well as from inert to absorbable features; most of them lack functional and structural characteristics compared with the natural dura mater. In the present study, we evaluated the properties and tissue repair performance of a new dural repair product with biomimetic design. The biomimetic patch exhibits unique three-dimensional nonwoven microfiber structure with good mechanical strength and biocompatibility. The animal study showed that the biomimetic patch and commercially synthetic material group presented new subdural regeneration at 90 days, with low level inflammatory response and minimal to no adhesion formation detected at each stage. In the biological material group, no new subdural regeneration was observed and severe adhesion between the implant and the cortex occurred at each stage. In clinical case study, there was no cerebrospinal fluid leakage, and all the postoperation observations were normal. The biomimetic structure and proper rate of degradation of the new absorbable dura substitute can guide the meaningful reconstruction of the dura mater, which may provide a novel approach for dural defect repair. PMID:26526152

  13. Optimal Design of V-shaped Absorber Plate to the Performance of Solar Water Heater

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    Jalaluddin

    2014-01-01

    Solar energy is known as an environmentally friendly energy source and wide range of applications. This energy is utilized in various applications such as domestic and industrial water heating, refrigeration, cooking, power production and water pumping etc. The present study analyzes absorptivity of flat-plate absorber and various V-shaped absorber plates. Analytical investigation of absorptivity of the various V-shaped absorber plates and comparison with that of the flat-plate absorber was c...

  14. The design, calibration and usage of a solid scattering and absorbing phantom for near infra red spectroscopy.

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    Firbank, M.

    1994-01-01

    Following a review of methods for measuring the optical properties of tissue, the majority of this thesis is concerned with the design, construction, calibration and use of a solid, tissue equivalent phantom. The phantom material is a clear polyester plastic. This is obtained in unpolymerised form, scattering particles and absorbing dyes are added to it, and it is then polymerised to form a stable solid. Purely scattering and absorbing phantoms were made separately, and thei...

  15. TECHNICAL NOTE: Design and development of electromagnetic absorbers with carbon fiber composites and matching dielectric layers

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    Neo, C. P.; Varadan, V. K.

    2001-10-01

    Radar absorbing materials are designed and developed with carbon fibers and suitable matching layers. Complex permittivities of carbon fiber composite are predicted on the basis that the modulus of permittivity obeys a logarithmic law of mixtures and the dielectric loss tangents are related through a linear law of mixtures. Linear regression analysis performed on the data points provides the constants which are used to predict the effective permittivities of carbon fiber composite at different frequencies. Using the free space measurement system, complex permittivities of the lossy dielectric at different frequencies are obtained. These complex permittivities are used to predict the reflectivity of a thin lossy dielectric layer on carbon fiber composite substrate. The predicted results agree quite well with the measured data. It is interesting to note that the thin lossy dielectric layer, about 0.03 mm thick, has helped to reduce the reflectivity of the 5.2 mm thick carbon fiber composite considerably.

  16. An evaluation of the design and performance for a new neutron absorber based on an artificial rare-earth compound

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    Highlights: • A design of neutron absorber using artificial rare earth compound (radioactive wastes) was proposed for the criticality control of spent fuel storage. • The performance of the neutron absorber was evaluated in terms of the: (1) criticality control ability under compositions of various artificial rare earth compounds (2) stability for a long period of time (3) physical and chemical durability. • It can contribute to an increase in the efficient disposal of radioactive waste, as well as the providing economic benefits. - Abstract: In this study, a neutron absorber based on an artificial rare earth compound, which is a radioactive waste generated from pyro-process, is proposed for use in spent fuel storages. To secure the stable control of criticality with physical and chemical durability, a neutron absorber was designed and fabricated using borosilicate glass and a rare earth compound. The performance of the developed neutron absorber was evaluated in terms of the: (1) criticality controllability with various artificial rare earth compositions, (2) stability after neutron irradiation generated from the spent fuel, (3) radioactivity of the neutron absorber, and (4) physical and chemical properties. Our results show that the neutron absorber can successfully control the criticality regardless of the artificial rare earth composition. Also, we demonstrate that the neutron absorber can be utilized without any additional radiation shielding of the spent fuel storages for a long period of time (more than 100 years). In addition, analysis shows that the absorber has sufficient physical and chemical strength for use in spent fuel storage. We expect that this study will help to minimize the number of radioactive waste storage sites as well as reduce the disposal costs

  17. Optimal burnable poison-loading in a PWR with carbon coated particle fuel

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    An innovative PWR concept that uses carbon-coated particle fuels moderated by graphite as that of HTGR but cooled by pressurized light water has been studied. The aim of this concept is to take both the best advantages of fuel integrity against fission products release and the reliability PWR technology based on the long operational experience. The purpose of the study is to optimize loading pattern of burnable poison in the proposed core in order to suppress excess reactivity during a cycle. Although there are many parameters to be determined for optimization of the usage of burnable poison, the emphasis is put here on loading patterns of Gadolinia in an assembly and in the core. We investigated the burnup characteristics of the core varying the concentration of burnable poison in a fuel rod, the number of burnable poison-rods in an assembly, and the number of burnable poison-assemblies in the core. The result suggested that Gadolinia was more suitable for this reactor than boron as burnable poison, and it was possible to make the reactivity swing negligible by combining at least three kinds of burnable poison-assemblies in which the amount of Gadolinia was different. Therefore the requirement for the number of control rods was reduced and it meant that Control Rod Programming would become easier. (author)

  18. Use of burnable poison to improve uranium utilization in PWRs

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    A methodology based on the linear reactivity model of core behavior has been developed and employed to evaluate fuel management tactics for improving uranium utilization in Pressurized Water Reactors in a once-through fuel cycle mode on a consistent basis. A major focus has been on the benefit of using burnable poison in conjunction with low-leakage fuel management schemes. Key features in the methodology, such as power weighting of batch reactivity values and correlation of neutron leakage effects with peripheral assembly power, were verified against results generated using detailed state-of-the-art computer analyses. A relation between batch power fraction and batch reactivity was derived from a 1 1/2-group diffusion theory model, and similarly validated. These prescriptions have been used in two ways: to develop analytical models which allow quick scoping calculations; and, programmed into a code, to facilitate more rigorous applications

  19. Robust design method and thermostatic experiment for multiple piezoelectric vibration absorber system

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    Nambu, Yohsuke; Takashima, Toshihide; Inagaki, Akiya

    2015-12-01

    This paper examines the effects of connecting multiplexing shunt circuits composed of inductors and resistors to piezoelectric transducers so as to improve the robustness of a piezoelectric vibration absorber (PVA). PVAs are well known to be effective at suppressing the vibration of an adaptive structure; their weakness is low robustness to changes in the dynamic parameters of the system, including the main structure and the absorber. In the application to space structures, the temperature-dependency of capacitance of piezoelectric ceramics is the factor that causes performance reduction. To improve robustness to the temperature-dependency of the capacitance, this paper proposes a multiple-PVA system that is composed of distributed piezoelectric transducers and several shunt circuits. The optimization problems that determine both the frequencies and the damping ratios of the PVAs are multi-objective problems, which are solved using a real-coded genetic algorithm in this paper. A clamped aluminum beam with four groups of piezoelectric ceramics attached was considered in simulations and experiments. Numerical simulations revealed that the PVA systems designed using the proposed method had tolerance to changes in the capacitances. Furthermore, experiments using a thermostatic bath were conducted to reveal the effectiveness and robustness of the PVA systems. The maximum peaks of the transfer functions of the beam with the open circuit, the single-PVA system, the double-PVA system, and the quadruple-PVA system at 20 °C were 14.3 dB, -6.91 dB, -7.47 dB, and -8.51 dB, respectively. The experimental results also showed that the multiple-PVA system is more robust than a single PVA in a variable temperature environment from -10 °C to 50 °C. In conclusion, the use of multiple PVAs results in an effective, robust vibration control method for adaptive structures.

  20. Lumbar load attenuation for rotorcraft occupants using a design methodology for the seat impact energy-absorbing system

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    Moradi, Rasoul; Beheshti, Hamid; Lankarani, Hamid

    2012-12-01

    Aircraft occupant crash-safety considerations require a minimum cushion thickness to limit the relative vertical motion of the seat-pelvis during high vertical impact loadings in crash landings or accidents. In military aircraft and helicopter seat design, due to the potential for high vertical accelerations in crash scenarios, the seat system must be provided with an energy absorber to attenuate the acceleration level sustained by the occupants. Because of the limited stroke available for the seat structure, the design of the energy absorber becomes a trade-off problem between minimizing the stroke and maximizing the energy absorption. The available stroke must be used to prevent bottoming out of the seat as well as to absorb maximum impact energy to protect the occupant. In this study, the energy-absorbing system in a rotorcraft seat design is investigated using a mathematical model of the occupant/seat system. Impact theories between interconnected bodies in multibody mechanical systems are utilized to study the impact between the seat pan and the occupant. Experimental responses of the seat system and the occupant are utilized to validate the results from this study for civil and military helicopters according to FAR 23 and 25 and MIL-S-58095 requirements. A model for the load limiter is proposed to minimize the lumbar load for the occupant by minimizing the relative velocity between the seat pan and the occupant's pelvis. The modified energy absorber/load limiter is then implemented for the seat structure so that it absorbs the energy of impact in an effective manner and below the tolerable limit for the occupant in a minimum stroke. Results show that for a designed stroke, the level of occupant lumbar spine injury would be significantly attenuated using this modified energy-absorber system.

  1. Optical architecture design for detection of absorbers embedded in visceral fat

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    Francis, Robert; Florence, James; Macfarlane, Duncan

    2014-01-01

    Optically absorbing ducts embedded in scattering adipose tissue can be injured during laparoscopic surgery. Non-sequential simulations and theoretical analysis compare optical system configurations for detecting these absorbers. For absorbers in deep scattering volumes, trans-illumination is preferred instead of diffuse reflectance. For improved contrast, a scanning source with a large area detector is preferred instead of a large area source with a pixelated detector.

  2. An Investigation on Optimal Designing of Dynamic Vibration Absorbers Using Genetic Algorithm

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    ABDOLLAHI KAMRAN, Mehdi; Rezazadeh, Ghader; GHAFFARI, Shiva

    2015-01-01

    Abstract. In this study reducing of the unwanted phenomenon in machine tools, Vibration, has been investigated. The machine tools has been simulated as a five-degree-of-freedom discrete system consisting of cutting tool, work piece, body, head and cantilever of the machine. In order to reduce the undesired vibrations, a dynamic vibration absorber (DVA) with three unknown parameters (mass absorber, damping coefficient , stiffness absorber has been added to the system in different positions. Ut...

  3. Measurement of reactivity worths of burnable poison rods in enriched uranium graphite-moderated core simulated to high temperature gas cooled reactor

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    As the core design for the Experimental Very High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor progresses, evaluation of design precision has become increasingly important. For a high precision design, it is required to have adequate group constants based on accurate nuclear data, as well as calculation methods properly describing the physical behavior of neutrons. We, therefore, assembled a simulation core for VHTR, SHE-14, using a graphite-moderated 20%-enriched uranium Semi-Homogeneous Experimental Critical Facility (SHE), and obtained useful experimental data in evaluating the design precision. The VHTR is designed to accommodate burnable poison and control rods for reactivity compensation. Accordingly, the experimental burnable poison rods which are similar to those to be used in the experimental reactor were prepared, and their reactivity values were measured in the SHE-14 core. One to three rods of the above experimental burnable poison rods were inserted into the central column of the SHE-14 core, and the reactivity values were measured by the period and fuel rod substitution method. The results of the measurements have clearly shown that due to the self-shielding effect of B4C particles the reactivity value decreases with increasing particle diameter. For the particle diameter, the reactivity value is found to increase linearly with the logarithm of boron content. The measured values and those calculated are found to agree with each other within 5%. These results indicate that the reactivity of the burnable poison rod can be estimated fairly accurately by taking into account the self-shielding effect of B4C particles and the heterogeneity of the lattice cell. (author)

  4. Experimental validation of a magnetorheological energy absorber design optimized for shock and impact loads

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    A linear stroke adaptive magnetorheological energy absorber (MREA) was designed, fabricated and tested for intense impact conditions with piston velocities up to 8 m s−1. The performance of the MREA was characterized using dynamic range, which is defined as the ratio of maximum on-state MREA force to the off-state MREA force. Design optimization techniques were employed in order to maximize the dynamic range at high impact velocities such that MREA maintained good control authority. Geometrical parameters of the MREA were optimized by evaluating MREA performance on the basis of a Bingham-plastic analysis incorporating minor losses (BPM analysis). Computational fluid dynamics and magnetic FE analysis were conducted to verify the performance of passive and controllable MREA force, respectively. Subsequently, high-speed drop testing (0–4.5 m s−1 at 0 A) was conducted for quantitative comparison with the numerical simulations. Refinements to the nonlinear BPM analysis were carried out to improve prediction of MREA performance. (paper)

  5. Design of the hydraulic shock absorbers characteristics using relative springs deflections at general excitation of the bus wheels

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The air-pressure-controlled hydraulic shock absorbers of axles’ air suspension are capable of changing their damping forces in dependence on air pressure in air springs. Due to the possibility of improving dynamic properties of all vehicles that use the axles’ air suspension, BRANO a.s., the Czech producer of shock absorbers, developed semi-active air-pressure-controlled hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers. The force-velocity characteristics of the controlled shock absorbers were designed on the basis of relative deflections of the air springs. As a criterion for the design of the optimum characteristics of the controlled shock absorbers the maximum similarity of dynamic responses of multibody models of the SOR C 12 bus for all the considered weights to the dynamic response of the reference multibody model was chosen. Time histories of relative deflections of the axles’ air springs determined during the simulations are compared. Simulations of running over an obstacle with all the wheels were originally chosen (symmetric kinematic excitation of wheels. Verification of the suitability of the designed force-velocity characteristics of the APCSA described in this paper is performed on the basis of the simulations of general kinematic excitation of wheels. Driving on the artificially created test track according to the ŠKODA VÝZKUM methodology was chosen.

  6. Benefits of Low Boron Core Design Concept for PWR

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    Daing, Aung Tharn; Kim, Myung Hyun [Kyung Hee University, Yongin (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-10-15

    Nuclear design study was carried out to develop low boron core (LBC) based on one of current PWR concepts, OPR-1000. Most of design parameters were the same with those of Ulchin unit-5 except extensive utilization of burnable poison (BP) pins in order to compensate reactivity increase in LBC. For replacement of reduced soluble boron concentration, four different kinds of integral burnable absorbers (IBAs) such as gadolinia, integral fuel burnable absorber (IFBA), erbia and alumina boron carbide were considered in suppressing more excess reactivity. A parametric study was done to find the optimal core options from many design candidates for fuel assemblies and cores. Among them, the most feasible core design candidate was chosen in accordance with general design requirements. In this paper, the feasibility and design change benefits of the most favorable LBC design were investigated in more detail through the comparison of neutronic and thermal hydraulic design parameters of LBC with the reference plant (REF). As calculation tools, the HELIOS/MASTER code package and the MATRA code were utilized. The main purpose of research herein is to estimate feasibility and capability of LBC which was mainly designed to mitigate boron dilution accident (BDA), and for reduction of corrosion products. The LBC design concept using lower boron concentration with an elevated enrichment in {sup 10}B allows a reduction in the concentration of lithium in the primary coolant required to maintain the optimum coolant pH. All in all, LBC with operation at optimum pH is expected to achieve some benefits from radiation source reduction of reduced corrosion product, the limitation of the Axial Offset Anomaly (AOA) and fuel cladding corrosion. Additionally, several merits of LBC are closely related to fluid systems and system related aspects, reduced boron and lithium costs, equipment size reduction for boric acid systems, elimination of heat tracing, and more aggressive fuel design concepts.

  7. Isotope Separation Effect of Burnable Absorber for Long-cycle Boron-free Reactor Core

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    Kong, Chidong; Choe, Jiwon; Lee, Deokjung Lee [Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Ho Cheol [Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    To satisfy these requirements, BA rods in the boron-free reactor should be depleted in proportion to the cycle depletion, and burned out completely at EOC. However, there remain residues of the BA to the end, which reduces the cycle length of the reactors. In order to create more economic profits, these residues should be minimized so that the cycle length can get longer. The amount of burned BA and the corresponding assembly lifetime are analyzed to investigate the effectiveness of isotope separation for BA of a long-cycle boron-free reactor. It was noted that only Erbium and Hafnium can be burned relatively in a flat rate over the whole cycle, whereas Gd, Sm, Eu, Cd, {sup 157}Gd, {sup 149}Sm, {sup 151}Eu, and {sup 113}Cd are burned almost 100% even within the half of lifetime. In terms of assembly lifetime, Hafnium showed higher improvement than Erbium between the single isotope and its naturally occurring element.

  8. Design and performance simulation of a segmented-absorber based muon detection system for high energy heavy ion collision experiments

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    Ahmad, S. [University of Kashmir, Srinagar (India); Bhaduri, P.P. [Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata (India); Jahan, H. [Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (India); Senger, A. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fur Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt (Germany); Adak, R.; Samanta, S. [Bose Institute, Kolkata (India); Prakash, A. [Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (India); Dey, K. [Gauhati University, Guwahati (India); Lebedev, A. [Institute für Kernphysik, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Frankfurt (Germany); Kryshen, E. [Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (PNPI) NRC Kurchatov Institute, Gatchina (Russian Federation); Chattopadhyay, S., E-mail: sub@vecc.gov.in [Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata (India); Senger, P. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fur Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt (Germany); Bhattacharjee, B. [Gauhati University, Guwahati (India); Ghosh, S.K.; Raha, S. [Bose Institute, Kolkata (India); Irfan, M.; Ahmad, N. [Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (India); Farooq, M. [University of Kashmir, Srinagar (India); Singh, B. [Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (India)

    2015-03-01

    A muon detection system (MUCH) based on a novel concept using a segmented and instrumented absorber has been designed for high-energy heavy-ion collision experiments. The system consists of 6 hadron absorber blocks and 6 tracking detector triplets. Behind each absorber block a detector triplet is located which measures the tracks of charged particles traversing the absorber. The performance of such a system has been simulated for the CBM experiment at FAIR (Germany) that is scheduled to start taking data in heavy ion collisions in the beam energy range of 6–45 A GeV from 2019. The muon detection system is mounted downstream to a Silicon Tracking System (STS) that is located in a large aperture dipole magnet which provides momentum information of the charged particle tracks. The reconstructed tracks from the STS are to be matched to the hits measured by the muon detector triplets behind the absorber segments. This method allows the identification of muon tracks over a broad range of momenta including tracks of soft muons which do not pass through all the absorber layers. Pairs of oppositely charged muons identified by MUCH could therefore be combined to measure the invariant masses in a wide range starting from low mass vector mesons (LMVM) up to charmonia. The properties of the absorber (material, thickness, position) and of the tracking chambers (granularity, geometry) have been varied in simulations of heavy-ion collision events generated with the UrQMD generator and propagated through the setup using the GEANT3, the particle transport code. The tracks are reconstructed by a Cellular Automaton algorithm followed by a Kalman Filter. The simulations demonstrate that low mass vector mesons and charmonia can be clearly identified in central Au+Au collisions at beam energies provided by the international Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR)

  9. Design and performance simulation of a segmented-absorber based muon detection system for high energy heavy ion collision experiments

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    A muon detection system (MUCH) based on a novel concept using a segmented and instrumented absorber has been designed for high-energy heavy-ion collision experiments. The system consists of 6 hadron absorber blocks and 6 tracking detector triplets. Behind each absorber block a detector triplet is located which measures the tracks of charged particles traversing the absorber. The performance of such a system has been simulated for the CBM experiment at FAIR (Germany) that is scheduled to start taking data in heavy ion collisions in the beam energy range of 6–45 A GeV from 2019. The muon detection system is mounted downstream to a Silicon Tracking System (STS) that is located in a large aperture dipole magnet which provides momentum information of the charged particle tracks. The reconstructed tracks from the STS are to be matched to the hits measured by the muon detector triplets behind the absorber segments. This method allows the identification of muon tracks over a broad range of momenta including tracks of soft muons which do not pass through all the absorber layers. Pairs of oppositely charged muons identified by MUCH could therefore be combined to measure the invariant masses in a wide range starting from low mass vector mesons (LMVM) up to charmonia. The properties of the absorber (material, thickness, position) and of the tracking chambers (granularity, geometry) have been varied in simulations of heavy-ion collision events generated with the UrQMD generator and propagated through the setup using the GEANT3, the particle transport code. The tracks are reconstructed by a Cellular Automaton algorithm followed by a Kalman Filter. The simulations demonstrate that low mass vector mesons and charmonia can be clearly identified in central Au+Au collisions at beam energies provided by the international Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR)

  10. Design of HOM Power Absorbers for the KEK B-Factory

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    The Higher-Order-Mode (HOM) power deposition is one of most crucial problems in the KEK B-factory to achieve a total beam current of 2.6A at the Low Energy Ring (LER). The estimate shows that the HOM power of about 20 kW can pass at any point in the arc of the ring. A particular worry is the Interaction Point (IP) where the maximum tolerable heat deposition of the IP chamber is only 200 W. Two and one types of HOM power absorbers have been studied to protect the beamline components at the arc and the IP chamber, respectively. One structure for the arc consists of a radial line connected a coaxial pipe where an absorbing material is housed. Another one has an absorbing material directly attached to the inner surface of the copper chamber. The absorbing material is segmented to a dozen pieces of pencil shape, each being titled by 30-45 degrees for good couplings with both TM and TE modes. Calculations with MAFIA and HFSS show that they have absorbing efficiencies more than 10% and the loss factors of 0.1-0.2 V/pC. Our choice of absorber for the Interaction Region (IR) is a conventional cylindrical SiC attached to the IR chamber. It has an absorption rate of 70% in the wide range of frequency

  11. Application of genetic algorithms to optimize burnable poison placement in pressurized water reactors

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    An efficient and a practical genetic algorithm (GA) tool was developed and applied successfully to Burnable Poison (BP) placement optimization problem in the reference Three Mile Island-1 (TMI-1) core. Core BP optimization problem means developing a BP loading map for a given core loading pattern that minimizes the total Gadolinium (Gd) amount in the core without violating any design constraints. The number of UO2/Gd2O3 pins and Gd2O3 concentrations for each fresh fuel location in the core are the decision variables. The objective function was to minimize the total amount of Gd in the core together with the residual Gd reactivity binding at the End-of-Cycle (EOC). The constraints are to keep the maximum peak pin power during the core depletion and soluble boron (SOB) concentration at the Beginning of Cycle (BOC) both less than their limit values. The innovation of this study was to search all of the possible UO2/Gd2O3 fuel assembly designs with variable number of UO2/Gd2O3 fuel pins and concentration of Gd2O3 in the overall decision space. The use of different fitness functions guided the solution towards desired (good solutions) region in the solution space, which accelerated the GA solution. The main objective of this study was to develop a practical and efficient GA tool and to apply this tool to designing an optimum BP pattern for a given core loading

  12. Application of a hybrid method based on the combination of genetic algorithm and Hopfield neural network for burnable poison placement

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    Highlights: ► The performance of GA, HNN and combination of them in BPP optimization in PWR core are adequate. ► It seems HNN + GA arrives to better final parameter value in comparison with the two other methods. ► The computation time for HNN + GA is higher than GA and HNN. Thus a trade-off is necessary. - Abstract: In the last decades genetic algorithm (GA) and Hopfield Neural Network (HNN) have attracted considerable attention for the solution of optimization problems. In this paper, a hybrid optimization method based on the combination of the GA and HNN is introduced and applied to the burnable poison placement (BPP) problem to increase the quality of the results. BPP in a nuclear reactor core is a combinatorial and complicated problem. Arrangement and the worth of the burnable poisons (BPs) has an impressive effect on the main control parameters of a nuclear reactor. Improper design and arrangement of the BPs can be dangerous with respect to the nuclear reactor safety. In this paper, increasing BP worth along with minimizing the radial power peaking are considered as objective functions. Three optimization algorithms, genetic algorithm, Hopfield neural network optimization and a hybrid optimization method, are applied to the BPP problem and their efficiencies are compared. The hybrid optimization method gives better result in finding a better BP arrangement.

  13. Ultra-long cycle SMART core design using thorium fuel

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    A ultra-long cycle(5 years) SMART core design is examined using the thorium fuel. Most of design configurations of SMART core such as fuel loading pattern, control rod management strategy, and burnable absorber material remain unchanged but uranium fuel which is replaced with a homogeneous mixture of 20% enriched uranium and thorium. The number of burnable absorber pins of the thorium loaded SMART core was adjusted to control the excess reactivity during the cycle burnup. It was shown that mixing ratio of 40:60 of uranium fuel and thorium fuel is necessary to achieve a 5 year cycle length of SMART core. The results also show that the ultra-longer cycle SMART core satisfying all design constraints such as Fq less than 2.5, axial offset less than 0.3, keff less than 0.95 when refueling shutdown margin of 1% with most reactive control rod stuck, and ejected rod worth less than 250 pcm, are possible by using thorium fuel and absorber materials effectively

  14. A new fast neutron collar for safeguards inspection measurements of fresh low enriched uranium fuel assemblies containing burnable poison rods

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    Safeguards inspection measurements must be performed in a timely manner in order to detect the diversion of significant quantities of nuclear material. A shorter measurement time can increase the number of items that a nuclear safeguards inspector can reliably measure during a period of access to a nuclear facility. In turn, this improves the reliability of the acquired statistical sample, which is used to inform decisions regarding compliance. Safeguards inspection measurements should also maintain independence from facility operator declarations. Existing neutron collars employ thermal neutron interrogation for safeguards inspection measurements of fresh fuel assemblies. A new fast neutron collar has been developed for safeguards inspection measurements of fresh low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel assemblies containing gadolinia (Gd2O3) burnable poison rods. The Euratom Fast Collar (EFC) was designed with high neutron detection efficiency to make a fast (Cd) mode measurement viable whilst meeting the high counting precision and short assay time requirements of the Euratom safeguards inspectorate. A fast mode measurement reduces the instrument sensitivity to burnable poison rod content and therefore reduces the applied poison correction, consequently reducing the dependence on the operator declaration of the poison content within an assembly. The EFC non-destructive assay (NDA) of typical modern European pressurized water reactor (PWR) fresh fuel assembly designs have been simulated using Monte Carlo N-particle extended transport code (MCNPX) simulations. Simulations predict that the EFC can achieve 2% relative statistical uncertainty on the doubles neutron counting rate for a fast mode measurement in an assay time of 600 s (10 min) with the available 241AmLi (α,n) interrogation source strength of 5.7×104 s−1. Furthermore, the calibration range of the new collar has been extended to verify 235U content in variable PWR fuel designs in the presence of up to 32

  15. Optimizing the use of gadolinium as burnable poison in nuclear fuel: towards a boron free PWR

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    Reactivity excess in Nuclear Power Plants is controlled by reactor's active systems: boric acid dilution and control rods. Alternatively, negative reactivity insertion can be made in a passive way using burnable poisons, i.e. neutron absorbers, this is the case of gadolinium (Gd). In the industrial framework of U235 enrichment increase and boric acid restraint, the goal of this thesis is to optimize the distribution of gadolinium in UO2 ceramics to obtain a high-performance provision of negative reactivity in Pressurized Water Reactors. In this sense, the work is focus on new gadolinium-rich materials. Thus, U-Gd-O phase diagram was explored in the field of high Gd contents. Two cubic phases were found and characterized: the C1 and C2 phases. With the aim of an industrial application, C1 phase was selected as candidate for Gd addition into UO2 pellets. The optimal distribution of C1 phase within a nuclear fuel assembly was studied using APOLLO 2.8 neutron transport code. Parametric calculations were performed. These neutronic studies have ends in a successful 'concept of poisoned pellet'. Finally, some prototype pellets following this concept were made in laboratory to proof it feasibility. All the obtained results shows that the proposed concept of a neutro-phage C1-phase coating on UO2 pellets is a convenient way to reduce reactivity excess within the framework of long irradiation cycles. This concept could be potentially applied in industrial scale. Consequently a patent application process was initiated.(author)

  16. THE CALCULATION OF BURNABLE POISON CORRECTION FACTORS FOR PWR FRESH FUEL ACTIVE COLLAR MEASUREMENTS

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    Croft, Stephen [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Favalli, Andrea [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Swinhoe, Martyn T. [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2012-06-19

    Verification of commercial low enriched uranium light water reactor fuel takes place at the fuel fabrication facility as part of the overall international nuclear safeguards solution to the civilian use of nuclear technology. The fissile mass per unit length is determined nondestructively by active neutron coincidence counting using a neutron collar. A collar comprises four slabs of high density polyethylene that surround the assembly. Three of the slabs contain {sup 3}He filled proportional counters to detect time correlated fission neutrons induced by an AmLi source placed in the fourth slab. Historically, the response of a particular collar design to a particular fuel assembly type has been established by careful cross-calibration to experimental absolute calibrations. Traceability exists to sources and materials held at Los Alamos National Laboratory for over 35 years. This simple yet powerful approach has ensured consistency of application. Since the 1980's there has been a steady improvement in fuel performance. The trend has been to higher burn up. This requires the use of both higher initial enrichment and greater concentrations of burnable poisons. The original analytical relationships to correct for varying fuel composition are consequently being challenged because the experimental basis for them made use of fuels of lower enrichment and lower poison content than is in use today and is envisioned for use in the near term. Thus a reassessment of the correction factors is needed. Experimental reassessment is expensive and time consuming given the great variation between fuel assemblies in circulation. Fortunately current modeling methods enable relative response functions to be calculated with high accuracy. Hence modeling provides a more convenient and cost effective means to derive correction factors which are fit for purpose with confidence. In this work we use the Monte Carlo code MCNPX with neutron coincidence tallies to calculate the influence of

  17. Design of separately tunable terahertz two-peak absorber based on graphene

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    Zhang, Longhui; Hu, Fangrong; Xu, Xinlong; Wang, Yue'e.; Guo, Enze

    2016-06-01

    A separately tunable terahertz (THz) two-peak absorber based on graphene is presented. From bottom to top, the absorber contains four layers, i.e., gold reflector, graphene patch array, polyimide and metal split-ring resonator (SRR) array layer. The controlling voltage is applied between the reflector and two separated surface electrodes to tune the Fermi level of graphene. As a result, these two absorption peaks can be separately tuned by the controlling voltages. The finite integral technique (FIT) is used to study the absorption theory and modulation mechanism. The simulation results show that the absorption of low-frequency and that of high-frequency are 95.5% and 90.0%, respectively. And the maximum modulation depths of them are about 49% and 71%, respectively. Moreover, the absorber is insensitive to polarization and still has good absorption at large angle. The separately tunable THz two-peak absorber offers a new way for the development of frequency selective detectors working in the range of microwave, THz and infrared.

  18. Thermalhydraulic characteristics for fuel channels using burnable poison in the CANDU reactor

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    The power coefficient is one of the most important physics parameters governing nuclear reactor safety and operational stability, and its sign and magnitude have a significant effect on the safety and control characteristics of the power reactor. Recently, for an equilibrium CANDU core, the power coefficient was reported to be slightly positive when newly developed Industry Standard Tool set reactor physics codes were used. Therefore, it is required to find a new way to effectively decrease the positive power coefficient of CANDU reactor without seriously compromising the economy. In order to make the power coefficient of the CANDU reactor negative at the operating power, Roh et al. have evaluated the various burnable poison (BP) materials and its loading scheme in terms of the fuel performance and reactor safety characteristics. It was shown that reactor safety characteristics can be greatly improved by the use of the BP in the CANDU reactor. However, the previous study has mainly focused on the safety characteristics by evaluating the power coefficient for the fuel channel using BP in the CANDU reactor. Together with the safety characteristics, the economic performance is also important in order to apply the newly designed fuel channel to the power plant. In this study, the economic performance has been evaluated by analyzing the thermal hydraulic characteristics for the fuel channel using BP in the CANDU reactor

  19. Nodal Green’s Function Method Singular Source Term and Burnable Poison Treatment in Hexagonal Geometry

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    A.A. Bingham; R.M. Ferrer; A.M. ougouag

    2009-09-01

    An accurate and computationally efficient two or three-dimensional neutron diffusion model will be necessary for the development, safety parameters computation, and fuel cycle analysis of a prismatic Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) design under Next Generation Nuclear Plant Project (NGNP). For this purpose, an analytical nodal Green’s function solution for the transverse integrated neutron diffusion equation is developed in two and three-dimensional hexagonal geometry. This scheme is incorporated into HEXPEDITE, a code first developed by Fitzpatrick and Ougouag. HEXPEDITE neglects non-physical discontinuity terms that arise in the transverse leakage due to the transverse integration procedure application to hexagonal geometry and cannot account for the effects of burnable poisons across nodal boundaries. The test code being developed for this document accounts for these terms by maintaining an inventory of neutrons by using the nodal balance equation as a constraint of the neutron flux equation. The method developed in this report is intended to restore neutron conservation and increase the accuracy of the code by adding these terms to the transverse integrated flux solution and applying the nodal Green’s function solution to the resulting equation to derive a semi-analytical solution.

  20. Fuel management implications of using burnable poisons to extend fuel discharge irradiation

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    The fuel cycle for the operating Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactors is based on a discharge irradiation of 18 GWd/tU, a choice thought to be prudent for integrity of the fuel element through life based on post irradiation examination of fuel discharged from the Windscale AGR. Information from similar measurements has become available from fuel stringers discharged from Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B, albeit up to 9 GWd/tU. The evidence points to the feasibility of increasing the discharge irradiation, with the incentives of reducing the fuel cycle costs and reducing the load on the fuel machine and fuel handling route. The Generating Boards are preparing the Safety Case for irradiations up to 21 GWd/tU and work is in hand throughout the industry to move to 24 GWd/tU. The important features of the fuel cycle which lead to the present design and operating limits and how the use of burnable poisons forms an integral part of achieving the increased discharge irradiation without exceeding these present constraints are summarised. (author)

  1. The design of an active–adaptive tuned vibration absorber based on magnetorheological elastomer and its vibration attenuation performance

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    This paper presents an active–adaptive tuned vibration absorber (AATVA) which is based on magnetorheological elastomer (MRE). A voice coil motor is attached to a conventional MRE adaptive tuned vibration absorber (ATVA) to improve its performance. In this study, two feedback types of the activation force were analyzed and the stability condition was obtained. In order to eliminate the time delay effect during the signal processing, a phase-lead compensator was incorporated. Based on the analysis, an MRE AATVA prototype was designed and its dynamic properties were experimentally investigated. The experimental results demonstrated that its resonant frequency could vary from 11 to 18 Hz and its damping ratio decreased to roughly 0.05 from 0.19 by adding the activation force. Besides, its vibration reduction abilities at the first two resonant frequencies of the experimental platform could reach 5.9 dB and 7.9 dB respectively

  2. Topology optimization design of a lightweight ultra-broadband wide-angle resistance frequency selective surface absorber

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    Sui, Sai; Ma, Hua; Wang, Jiafu; Pang, Yongqiang; Qu, Shaobo

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, the topology design of a lightweight ultra-broadband polarization-independent frequency selective surface absorber is proposed. The absorption over a wide frequency range of 6.68-26.08 GHz with reflection below -10 dB can be achieved by optimizing the topology and dimensions of the resistive frequency selective surface by virtue of genetic algorithm. This ultra-broadband absorption can be kept when the incident angle is less than 55 degrees and is independent of the incident wave polarization. The experimental results agree well with the numerical simulations. The density of our ultra-broadband absorber is only 0.35 g cm  -  3 and thus may find potential applications in microwave engineering, such as electromagnetic interference and stealth technology.

  3. Topology optimization design of a lightweight ultra-broadband wide-angle resistance frequency selective surface absorber

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    In this paper, the topology design of a lightweight ultra-broadband polarization-independent frequency selective surface absorber is proposed. The absorption over a wide frequency range of 6.68–26.08 GHz with reflection below −10 dB can be achieved by optimizing the topology and dimensions of the resistive frequency selective surface by virtue of genetic algorithm. This ultra-broadband absorption can be kept when the incident angle is less than 55 degrees and is independent of the incident wave polarization. The experimental results agree well with the numerical simulations. The density of our ultra-broadband absorber is only 0.35 g cm  −  3 and thus may find potential applications in microwave engineering, such as electromagnetic interference and stealth technology. (paper)

  4. Design and analysis of a shock absorber with variable moment of inertia for passive vehicle suspensions

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    Xu, Tongyi; Liang, Ming; Li, Chuan; Yang, Shuai

    2015-10-01

    A two-terminal mass (TTM) based vibration absorber with variable moment of inertia (VMI) for passive vehicle suspension is proposed. The VMI of the system is achieved by the motion of sliders embedded in a hydraulic driven flywheel. The moment of inertia increases in reaction to strong vertical vehicle oscillations and decreases for weak vertical oscillations. The hydraulic mechanism of the system converts the relative linear motion between the two terminals of the suspension into rotating motion of the flywheel. In the case of stronger vehicle vertical oscillation, the sliders inside the flywheel move away from the center of the flywheel because of the centrifugal force, hence yielding higher moment of inertia. The opposite is true in the case of weaker vehicle oscillation. As such, the moment of inertia adjusts itself adaptively in response to the road conditions. The performance of the proposed TTM-VMI absorber has been analyzed via dynamics modeling and simulation and further examined by experiments. In comparison to its counterpart with constant moment of inertia, the proposed VMI system offers faster response, better road handling and safety, improved ride comfort, and reduced suspension deflection except in the case of sinusoidal excitations.

  5. Engineering design feasibility of low boron concentration core in PWR

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    In pressurized water reactor operation, higher level of soluble boron concentration could contribute higher impact from boron dilution situations, higher amount of liquid waste, and higher radiation dose to operators from higher corrosion potential to cladding and structure. Two practical and feasible means to reduce the maximum boron concentration were investigated in this study. A technically straightforward, possible means, can be achieved either by implementation of enriched boric acid (Eba) or by increasing more shim rod (fixed burnable absorber) worth. A simplest option is that the Eba is applied into reference core (Ref) design, OPR-1000 design, Ulchin unit-5 by allowing use of same fuel assemblies and core design without changing any nuclear design methodology used in that Ref design. Although results of Eba option proved its favorable power distribution and peaking factor, its moderator temperature coefficient (MTC) value reached positive, 3.25 pcm/ C at 40 EFPD which is beyond the design safety limit. An alternative option with more shim rods in fuel assemblies was tried with four types of integral burnable absorbers: gadolinia, integral fuel burnable absorber (Ifba), erbium and alumina boron carbide. Four core design candidates have been developed by keeping major engineering designs and preserving equivalent fuel enrichment level used in Ref design. However, all optimal designs were targeted to achieve comparable discharge burnup as well as favorable design safety parameters. The comparative analysis between Ref and optimal core designs is presented here. One of them is suggested as the most promising and favorable low boron core (Lbc) design in this framework. The proper combination of axial and radial enrichment zoning pattern in Lbc design candidate with Ifba-bearing fuel assemblies at equilibrium cycle, could bring 2 times narrower axial offset variation than that of Ref design, and maintain acceptable power peaking factor around 23% lower than

  6. A Deep Search For Faint Galaxies Associated With Very Low-redshift C IV Absorbers: II. Program Design, Absorption-line Measurements, and Absorber Statistics

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    Burchett, Joseph N.; Tripp, Todd M.; Prochaska, J. Xavier; Werk, Jessica K.; Tumlinson, Jason; O'Meara, John M.; Bordoloi, Rongmon; Katz, Neal; Willmer, C. N. A.

    2015-01-01

    To investigate the evolution of metal-enriched gas over recent cosmic epochs as well as to characterize the diffuse, ionized, metal-enriched circumgalactic medium (CGM), we have conducted a blind survey for C IV absorption systems in 89 QSO sightlines observed with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS). We have identified 42 absorbers at z < 0.16, comprising the largest uniform blind sample size to date in this redshift range. Our measurements indicate an increasi...

  7. A high burnup cycle in a PWR utilizing Gadolinia burnable poison

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    The Design Calculations and Safety Submissions for the Sizewell 'B' PWR, now under construction in Suffolk, England, are being made on the assumption that the reactor will be operated on a 12 month three batch fuel cycle scheme giving 33 GWd/t discharge burnup. Fuel cycle economic studies carried out by BNFL for PWRs have shown that there are significant economic benefits to be obtained from increasing the discharge burnup to 40 GWd/t and beyond. This has provided an incentive for the study of high burnup PWR fuel cycles, from which a four batch fuel cycle has emerged as a strong candidate, well favoured to the requirements of the UK. 12 month fuel cycles would be well suited to the annual load demand characteristics of the UK Grid System, with the minimum demand occurring in the summer months, and would also fit in well with statutory maintenance requirements. In advance of a decision as to whether to adopt a 12 month four batch fuel cycle scheme for Sizewell 'B', BNFL have carried out detailed calculations for such a fuel cycle in order to assist the decision making process. This paper describes a 12 month equilibrium fuel cycle for a typical four loop PWR of 3400 MW(th) output in which a partial low leakage loading pattern is used in conjunction with gadolinia burnable poison. The gadolinia is required to control the radial power peaking factor. The paper also demonstrates that the principal safety related characteristics of the fuel cycle are compatible with present safety limits. (author). 2 refs, 8 figs, 2 tabs

  8. A Deep Search For Faint Galaxies Associated With Very Low-redshift C IV Absorbers: II. Program Design, Absorption-line Measurements, and Absorber Statistics

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    Burchett, Joseph N; Prochaska, J Xavier; Werk, Jessica K; Tumlinson, Jason; O'Meara, John M; Bordoloi, Rongmon; Katz, Neal; Willmer, C N A

    2015-01-01

    To investigate the evolution of metal-enriched gas over recent cosmic epochs as well as to characterize the diffuse, ionized, metal-enriched circumgalactic medium (CGM), we have conducted a blind survey for C IV absorption systems in 89 QSO sightlines observed with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS). We have identified 42 absorbers at z < 0.16, comprising the largest uniform blind sample size to date in this redshift range. Our measurements indicate an increasing C IV absorber number density per comoving path length (dN/dX = 7.5 +/- 1.1) and modestly increasing mass density relative to the critical density of the Universe (Omega(C IV) = 10.0 +/- 1.5 x 10^-8 ) from z ~ 1.5 to the present epoch, consistent with predictions from cosmological hydrodynamical simulations. Furthermore, the data support a functional form for the column density distribution function that deviates from a single power-law, also consistent with independent theoretical predictions. As the data also probe...

  9. Design of Vibration Absorber using Spring and Rubber for Armored Vehicle 5.56 mm Caliber Rifle

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a design of vibration absorber using spring and rubber for 5.56 mm caliber rifle armored vehicle. Such a rifle is used in a Remote-Controlled Weapon System (RCWS or a turret where it is fixed using a two degree of freedom pan-tilt mechanism. A half car lumped mass dynamic model of armored vehicles was derived. Numerical simulation was conducted using fourth order Runge Kutta method. Various types of vibration absorbers using spring and rubber with different configurations are installed in the elevation element. Vibration effects on horizontal direction, vertical direction and angular deviation of the elevation element was investigated. Three modes of fire were applied i.e. single fire, semi-automatic fire and automatic fire. From simulation results, it was concluded that the parallel configuration of damping rubber type 3, which has stiffness of 980,356.04 (N/m2 and damping coefficient of 107.37 (N.s/m, and Carbon steel spring whose stiffness coefficient is 5.547 x 106 (N/m2 provides the best vibration absorption. 

  10. Absorber materials, control rods and designs of shutdown systems for advanced liquid metal fast reactors. Proceeding of a technical committee meeting

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    Thirty-five specialists from France, Germany, India, Japan, the Republic of Kazakhsan, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Georgia (observer) attended the meeting. The meeting had seven sessions. The main topics of discussions were: Status of control rod designs for fast reactors and experience with operation; properties and behaviour of absorber materials for control rods; results of post-irradiation examination of absorber materials, and mechanisms affecting their properties and behaviour; design of a backup reactivity shutdown system utilizing passive mechanisms: Curie point electromagnetic mechanism; enhancement of thermal expansion of absorber rdo drive lines; hydraulically suspended control rods; gas expansion modules in the core; and the possibility of optimizing the reactivity coefficients and the efficiency of Pu burning by using absorber and moderator materials in the core. A total of 23 papers were presented, and a technical tour of the IPPE also took place. Refs, figs, tabs

  11. Optimization and Design of an Absorbance Spectrometer Controlled Using a Raspberry Pi to Improve Analytical Skills

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    Bougot-Robin, Kristelle; Paget, Jack; Atkins, Stephen C.; Edel, Joshua B.

    2016-01-01

    It is not uncommon for students to view laboratory instruments as black boxes. Unfortunately, this can often result in poor experimental results and interpretation. To tackle this issue, a laboratory course was designed to enable students not only to critically think about operating principles of the instrument but also to improve interpretation…

  12. Design of Tunable Equalizers Using Multilayered Half Mode Substrate Integrated Waveguide Structures Added Absorbing Pillars

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    Shuxing Wang; Yongfei Wang; Dewei Zhang; Yi Zhang; Dongfang Zhou

    2015-01-01

    An equalizer based on multilayered half mode substrate integrated waveguide (HMSIW) structures with high Q-factor, low loss, and compact size is proposed for the first time. Resonant cavities distributing in the upper substrate and the bottom substrate, with the middle substrate layer which works as the transmission line together, constitute a multilayer structure. The design method and theoretical analysis are summarized first. The mode analysis, simulated results, and measured results are a...

  13. Burn-up measurements at TRIGA fuel elements containing strong burnable poison

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    The reactivity method of determining the burn-up of research reactor fuel elements is applied to the highly enriched FLIP elements of TRIGA reactors. In contrast to other TRIGA fuel element types, the reactivity of FLIP elements increases with burn-up due to consumption of burnable poison. 33 fuel elements with burn-up values between 3% and 14% were investigated. The experiments showed that variations in the initial fuel composition significantly influence the reactivity and, consequently, increase the inaccuracy of the burn-up measurements. Particularly important are variations in the initial concentration of erbium, which is used as burnable poison in FLIP fuel. A method for reducing the effects of the material composition variations on the measured reactivity is presented. If it is applied, the accuracy of the reactivity method for highly poisoned fuel elements becomes comparable to the accuracy of other methods for burn-up determination. (orig.)

  14. Extended charge accumulation in ruthenium-4H-imidazole-based black absorbers: a theoretical design concept.

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    Kupfer, Stephan

    2016-05-11

    A theoretical-guided design concept aiming to achieve highly efficient unidirectional charge transfer and multi-charge separation upon successive photoexcitation for light-harvesting dyes in the scope of supramolecular photocatalysts is presented. Four 4H-imidazole-ruthenium(ii) complexes incorporating a biimidazole-based electron-donating ligand sphere have been designed based on the well-known 4H-imidazole-ruthenium(ii) polypyridyl dyes. The quantum chemical evaluation, performed at the density functional and time-dependent density functional level of theory, revealed extraordinary unidirectional charge transfer bands from the near-infrared to the ultraviolet region of the absorption spectrum upon multi-photoexcitation. Spectro-electrochemical simulations modeling photoexcited intermediates determined the outstanding multi-electron storage capacity for this novel class of black dyes. These remarkable photochemical and photophysical properties are found to be preserved upon site-specific protonation rendering 4H-imidazole-ruthenium(ii) biimidazole dyes ideal for light-harvesting applications in the field of solar energy conversion. PMID:27121270

  15. A Deep Search For Faint Galaxies Associated With Very Low-redshift C IV Absorbers. II. Program Design, Absorption-line Measurements, and Absorber Statistics

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    Burchett, Joseph N.; Tripp, Todd M.; Prochaska, J. Xavier; Werk, Jessica K.; Tumlinson, Jason; O'Meara, John M.; Bordoloi, Rongmon; Katz, Neal; Willmer, C. N. A.

    2015-12-01

    To investigate the evolution of metal-enriched gas over recent cosmic epochs as well as to characterize the diffuse, ionized, metal-enriched circumgalactic medium, we have conducted a blind survey for C iv absorption systems in 89 QSO sightlines observed with the Hubble Space Telescope Cosmic Origins Spectrograph. We have identified 42 absorbers at z critical density of the universe (ΩC iv = 10.0 ± 1.5 × 10-8) from z ˜ 1.5 to the present epoch, consistent with predictions from cosmological hydrodynamical simulations. Furthermore, the data support a functional form for the column density distribution function that deviates from a single power law, also consistent with independent theoretical predictions. As the data also probe heavy element ions in addition to C iv at the same redshifts, we identify, measure, and search for correlations between column densities of these species where components appear to be aligned in velocity. Among these ion-ion correlations, we find evidence for tight correlations between C ii and Si ii, C ii and Si iii, and C iv and Si iv, suggesting that these pairs of species arise in similar ionization conditions. However, the evidence for correlations decreases as the difference in ionization potential increases. Finally, when controlling for observational bias, we find only marginal evidence for a correlation (86.8% likelihood) between the Doppler line width b(C iv) and column density N(C iv).

  16. Design and characterization of an isotropic reconstituted wood for energy absorbers

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    Wood has been used for years in the making of containers for transport of nuclear materials because of the good compromise offered by wood between resistance to impact and fire resistance. However wood is an anisotropic material especially when compressive strength is considered, parallel or perpendicular to the grain. The arrangement of wood inside the containers has to take into account different types of impact, especially oblique ones for which the choice of the orientation of wood elements is very difficult; for cylindrical containers with plane covers, corner zones are weak because the out of axis mechanical performances of wood is not good enough to insure a good behaviour during strong oblique shocks. In our Laboratory of Wood Rheology we decided, in co-operation with CEA/CESTA, to design an isotropic wood based material to be especially used in the corner zones of containers; on the other hand such an isotropic material is represented by very simpler constitute laws for computer modelling of crash-tests. This material was named IWOC for Isotropic Wood Composite. IWOC was studied, in connection with its elaboration process, for quasi-static simple or multiaxial compression in the elastic-plastic domain, even with high compression ratios, then for dynamic compression tests with impact speed up to 10 ms-1, with a falling mass system. These tests show that IWOC has good properties for energy absorption, especially when it is confined by metallic or fiber casings; its static or dynamic performances are not scattered at all; its sensitivity to deformation rate, in the range which was analyzed, can be correlated to the sensitivity of the different elements of this wooden composite material. (authors)

  17. The design, microstructure and tensile properties of B{sub 4}C particulate reinforced 6061Al neutron absorber composites

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    Chen, H.S. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Wang, W.X., E-mail: Wangwenxian@tyut.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Li, Y.L.; Zhang, P. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Nie, H.H. [Shanxi Coal-Mining Administrators College, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Wu, Q.C. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China)

    2015-05-25

    Highlights: • B{sub 4}C/Al composites for neutron shielding were designed by MCNP program. • B{sub 4}C/Al composite were fabricated by vacuum hot pressing followed by hot rolling. • The properties can be enhanced by vacuum hot pressing followed by hot rolling. - Abstract: Based on the Monte Carlo Particle transport program MCNP, a novel boron carbide particulate reinforced 6061Al composite for neutron shielding (B{sub 4}C/6061Al NACs) with high strength and low density was designed. The NACs with four volume fractions (10%, 20%, 30% and 40%) were successfully fabricated by vacuum hot pressing followed by hot rolling (VPHR) in atmospheric environments. The calculation results indicated that the neutron transmission ratio decreased with the increasing of B{sub 4}C content and the thickness of plates. B{sub 4}C particle is uniformly distributed in the matrix, exhibiting the good bonding in interface. The phases of neutron absorbers were mainly B{sub 4}C and Al, and a spot of AlB{sub 2} and Al{sub 3}BC. The grain of the matrix was refined and the dislocation was formed around the particles. With increasing the B{sub 4}C content, the particles gathered, breakage appeared, and the tensile strength of composite first increased and then decreased. The failure mode of B{sub 4}C/6061Al NACs included: the interfacial debonding and the cleavage fracture of particles.

  18. Modeling and design of a reload PWR core for a 48-month fuel cycle

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    The objective of this research was to use state-of-the-art nuclear and fuel performance packages to evaluate the feasibility and costs of a 48 calendar month core in existing pressurized water reactor (PWR) designs, considering the full range of practical design and economic considerations. The driving force behind this research is the desire to make nuclear power more economically competitive with fossil fuel options by expanding the scope for achievement of higher capacity factors. Using CASMO/SIMULATE, a core design with fuel enriched to 7w/o U235 for a single batch loaded, 48-month fuel cycle has been developed. This core achieves an ultra-long cycle length without exceeding current fuel burnup limits. The design uses two different types of burnable poisons. Gadolinium in the form of gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) mixed with the UO2 of selected pins is sued to hold down initial reactivity and to control flux peaking throughout the life of the core. A zirconium di-boride (ZrB2) integral fuel burnable absorber (IFBA) coating on the Gd2O3-UO2 fuel pellets is added to reduce the critical soluble boron concentration in the reactor coolant to within acceptable limits. Fuel performance issues of concern to this design are also outlined and areas which will require further research are highlighted

  19. A Neutronic Feasibility Study of an OPR-1000 Core Design with Boron-bearing Fuel

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    Lee, Kyung Hoon; Park, Sang Yoon; Lee, Chung Chan; Yang, Yong Sik [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-10-15

    In Westinghouse plants, boron is mainly used as a form of the integral fuel burnable absorber (IFBA) with a thin coating of zirconium diboride (ZrB{sub 2}) or wet annular burnable absorber (WABA) with a hollow Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}+B{sub 4}C pellet. In OPR-1000, on the other hand, gadolinia is currently employed as a form of an admixture which consists of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} of 6∼8 w/o and UO{sub 2} of natural uranium. Recently, boron-bearing UO{sub 2} fuel (BBF) with the high density of greater than 94%TD has been developed by using a low temperature sintering technique. In this paper, the feasibility of replacing conventional gadolinia-bearing UO{sub 2} fuel (GBF) in OPR-1000 with newly developed boron-bearing fuel is evaluated. Neutronic feasibility study to utilize the BBF in OPR-1000 core has been performed. The results show that the OPR-1000 core design with the BBF is feasible and promising in neutronic aspects. Therefore, the use of the BBF in OPR-1000 can reduce the dependency on the rare material such as gadolinium. However, the burnout of the {sup 10}B isotope results in helium gas, so fuel performance related study with respect to helium generation is needed.

  20. Critical loading configurations of the IPEN/MB-01 Reactor with UO2GD2O3 burnable poison rods

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    Since 2004, the IPEN and CTMSP jointly has been participating actively to the ICSBEP project conducted by the INEEL. A series of critical experiments with water-moderated square-pitched lattices with low-enriched fuel rods conducted at the IPEN/MB-01 reactor were submitted to the ICSBEP, those evaluations were considered as critical benchmarks. Recently, the CTMSP is conducting research and development the technology to fabricate UO2-Gd2O3 fuel at the Fuel and Material Fabrication Laboratory (LABMAT). The objective driving this development is to fabricate a burnable poison pellets for the Angra I and Angra II nuclear power plants. Once the fabrication process is properly developed, some amount of qualification tests will be required. One of tests needed to be address is related to neutronic absorption efficiency of burnable poison. The UO2-Gd2O3 burnable poison will be fabricated as mixed part of UO2 and Gd2O3 powder. The experimental methodology to evaluate the neutronic absorption efficiency was done performing a set of experimental critical configurations using a few number of UO2-Gd2O3 burnable poison pins. The experiments were performed in two steps, the first evaluation was carried out using only a Gd2O3 rods, the second evaluations was performed using the compound of UO2-Gd2O3 burnable poison rods. This work presents a series of critical configurations obtained at IPEN/MB-01 research reactor using a UO2-Gd2O3 burnable poison rods and compared to the Monte Carlo calculations. (author)

  1. Burnable Poison optimization for Seed-Blanket Cores

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    The main objective of the Seed and Blanket Units (SBU) core designs is to reduce production of Pu and long-term toxicity of the spent PWR fuel. The SBU concept assumes a heterogeneous seed-blanket fuel assembly, with spatial separation of the U and Th parts of the fuel. In the SBU assembly the Seed fuel is an alloy of 20% enriched metallic Uranium and zircaloy, the Blanket fuel is ThO2 mixed with about 13% of 12.2% enriched UO2. The Uranium is included in the mix in order to increase the BOL power in the Th pins and dilute the bred U233 isotope to avoid proliferation concerns. The 108 Seed fuel rods are located in the central region of the assembly and surrounded by 156 blanket rods. The use of metallic fuel in the Seed enables high density of fissile material. The U-Zr alloy also has a higher thermal conductivity than UO2, although this advantage is partially offset by the low melting temperature of metallic fuels. More importantly, compared with oxide fuel, the radiation induced creep and swelling phenomena are more pronounced in metallic fuel at elevated temperatures due to the loss of its crystallographic state. This loss occurs at a rather low temperature of 6600 C, and in U-Zr alloys at 6160 C. For this reason, reduction of the local pin power peaking in the assembly is particularly important

  2. Sensing with THz metamaterial absorbers

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    Cong, Longqing

    2014-01-01

    Metamaterial perfect absorbers from microwaves to optical part of the electromagnetic spectrum has been intensely studied for its ability to absorb electromagnetic radiation. Perfect absorption of light by metamaterials have opened up new opportunities for application oriented functionalities such as efficient sensors and emitters. We present an absorber based sensing scheme at the terahertz frequencies and discuss optimized designs to achieve high frequency and amplitude sensitivities. The major advantage of a perfect metamaterial absorber as a sensor is the sensitive shift in the absorber resonance frequency along with the sharp change in the amplitude of the resonance due to strong interaction of the analyte with the electric and the magnetic fields at resonant perfect absorption frequency. We compare the sensing performance of the perfect metamaterial absorber with its complementary structural design and planar metasurface with identical structure. The best FoM values obtained for the absorber sensor here...

  3. Design of a Transpired Air Heating Solar Collector with an Inverted Perforated Absorber and Asymmetric Compound Parabolic Concentrator.

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    Shams, Nasif

    2013-01-01

    absorber and an asymmetric compound parabolic concentrator was applied to increase the intensity of solar radiation incident on the perforated absorber. A 2D ray tracing model quantified optical efficiency at different incident angles within 27o to 89o incident angles. The beam efficiency was found to vary between 72% and 79% and diffuse efficiency was found to vary between 48.2% and 65%. The average thermal efficiency was found to be approximately 55%-65% with average radiation above 400 W/m...

  4. Design and Experimental Implementation of a Beam-Type Twin Dynamic Vibration Absorber for a Cantilevered Flexible Structure Carrying an Unbalanced Rotor: Numerical and Experimental Observations

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    Abdullah Özer; Mojtaba Ghodsi; Akio Sekiguchi; Ashraf Saleem; Mohammed Nasser Al-Sabari

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents experimental and numerical results about the effectiveness of a beam-type twin dynamic vibration absorber for a cantilevered flexible structure carrying an unbalanced rotor. An experimental laboratory prototype setup has been built and implemented in our laboratory and numerical investigations have been performed through finite element analysis. The proposed system design consists of a primary cantilevered flexible structure with an attached dual-mass cantilevered secondar...

  5. Design and Experimental Implementation of a Beam-Type Twin Dynamic Vibration Absorber for a Cantilevered Flexible Structure Carrying an Unbalanced Rotor: Numerical and Experimental Observations

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    Abdullah Özer

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents experimental and numerical results about the effectiveness of a beam-type twin dynamic vibration absorber for a cantilevered flexible structure carrying an unbalanced rotor. An experimental laboratory prototype setup has been built and implemented in our laboratory and numerical investigations have been performed through finite element analysis. The proposed system design consists of a primary cantilevered flexible structure with an attached dual-mass cantilevered secondary dynamic vibration absorber arrangement. In addition, an unbalanced rotor system is attached to the tip of the flexible cantilevered structure to inspect the system response under harmonic excitations. Numerical findings and experimental observations have revealed that significant vibration reductions are possible with the proposed dual-mass, cantilevered dynamic vibration absorber on a flexible cantilevered platform carrying an unbalanced rotor system at its tip. The proposed system is efficient and it can be practically tuned for variety of design and operating conditions. The designed setup and the results in this paper can serve for practicing engineers, researchers and can be used for educational purposes.

  6. Low-temperature grown near surface semiconductor saturable absorber mirror: Design, growth conditions, characterization, and mode-locked operation

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    We have developed a mode-locked diode-pumped Yb:KY(WO4)2 laser generating nearly bandwidth limited pulses as short as 101 fs. At 1.1 W of absorbed power and for 3% transmission output coupler, the laser delivers 150 mW in pulses of 110 fs duration, which corresponds to the efficiency of 14%. This has been achieved using semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The low-temperature (LT) absorbers were crystallized under the carefully optimized growth conditions. The resonantlike type structures ensured relatively high enhancement factor and in consequence high absorption modulation. The main device parameters such as group delay dispersion (GDD) and enhancement factor were chosen to be wavelength independent. The optimization of the growth conditions resulted in a reduction in the nonsaturable absorption in as-grown LT-InGaAs absorbing layer and ensured the fast carrier trapping and recombination. We assume that the nonsaturable losses of the annealed LT layers result from the absorption connected with defects generated in the crystal during LT growth. Moreover, the annealing deteriorates the interface sharpness and the crystal quality of LT pseudomorphic, nonstoichiometric InGaAs layer. On the other hand, higher growth temperature and lower ratio of group V to group III beam equivalent pressure (V/III ratio) ensure lower defect densities and high crystal quality but suffer from the absorption related to AsGa0 conduction band transitions. The careful balancing of these contradictory tendencies allowed for optimization of the absorber properties. The InGaAs quantum well absorbing layer was grown at the temperature as high as 420 deg. C, under the V/III ratio as low as 10. No postgrowth annealing was performed. The recovery time of the SESAM structure characterized by the pump-probe measurements was equal to 9.6 ps. The nonsaturable losses of 1.94% decreased the modulation depth to 1.48% but still self-starting and stable mode

  7. Design of a tunable terahertz narrowband metamaterial absorber based on an electrostatically actuated MEMS cantilever and split ring resonator array

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    A dynamically tunable terahertz (THz) narrowband metamaterial absorber is presented. The absorber is based on an electrostatically actuated micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) cantilever and split ring resonator (SRR) array. An equivalent LC circuit model for a transverse electric (TE) polarization wave is introduced to analyze the mechanism of frequency tuning. A finite element method is applied to simulate the mechanical characteristics of the cantilever, and a finite integration technique is used to study the frequency tuning properties of the absorber. The results show that, for a TE polarization wave, there is only one absorption peak in the frequency range from 0.6 to 1.6 THz. The absorption peak frequency can be continuously tuned from 1.32 to 1.28 THz, and then abruptly to 1.12 THz. The maximum tunable frequency is 0.20 THz, which is about 15% of the initial resonance frequency. For a transverse magnetic (TM) polarization wave, there are two tunable absorption peaks in this frequency range. Moreover, for a TE wave, some geometric dimensions affecting the initial resonance frequency are investigated. (paper)

  8. Design and Implementation of a High-Voltage Generator with Output Voltage Control for Vehicle ER Shock-Absorber Applications

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    Chih-Lung Shen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A self-oscillating high-voltage generator is proposed to supply voltage for a suspension system in order to control the damping force of an electrorheological (ER fluid shock absorber. By controlling the output voltage level of the generator, the damping force in the ER fluid shock absorber can be adjusted immediately. The shock absorber is part of the suspension system. The high-voltage generator drives a power transistor based on self-excited oscillation, which converts dc to ac. A high-frequency transformer with high turns ratio is used to increase the voltage. In addition, the system uses the car battery as dc power supply. By regulating the duty cycle of the main switch in the buck converter, the output voltage of the buck converter can be linearly adjusted so as to obtain a specific high voltage for ER. The driving system is self-excited; that is, no additional external driving circuit is required. Thus, it reduces cost and simplifies system structure. A prototype version of the actual product is studied to measure and evaluate the key waveforms. The feasibility of the proposed system is verified based on experimental results.

  9. Modification of Japanese first nuclear ship reactor for a regional energy supply system using gadolinia as a burnable poison

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    In our laboratory, a small regional energy supply system which uses a small nuclear reactor has been studied for a long time. This system could supply not only heat but also electricity. Heat could be used for hot-water supply, a heating system of a house, melting snow and so on. In this point, this system seems to be useful for the places like northern part of Japan where it snows in winter. This reactor is based on Nuclear Ship Mutsu which was developed as the first nuclear ship of Japan about 40 years ago. It has several advantages for a small reactor. For example, its moderator temperature coefficient is always to be deeply negative because boric acid solution is not used in moderator and coolant. This can lead to a self-controlled operation without control rod maneuvering for load change. But some modifications have been performed in order to satisfy requirements such as (1) longer core life without refueling and reshuffling, (2) reactivity adjustment for load change without control rods or soluble boron, (3) simpler operations for load changes and (4) ultimate safety with sufficient passive capability. In our previous study, we confirmed the core based on Mutsu core had longer core life (about 10 years) using high uranium enrichment fuel (more than 5wt%) and current 17x17 fuel assemblies. We also confirmed excess reactivity during the cycle could be suppressed using combination of erbium oxide (Er2O3) and gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) as burnable poisons. Er2O3 has advantages such that criticality safety can be kept even if uranium enrichment is more than 5wt% and burnup characteristics of the core can be gradual. But at this time there are 2 problems to apply for the core using Er2O3 in Japan. First problem is that more than 5wt% enrichment fuel is not yet accepted in Japan. Second problem is that there are no experiences of using Er2O3 in commercial reactors in Japan. Considering these problems, we have to modify the design of the core, using only Gd2O3 as a

  10. Shielding and Containment Evaluations of the NAC-LWT Cask with Tritium Burnable Poison Rods

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    In 1989, the NAC legal weight truck cask (NAC-LWT) was approved by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to transport either one pressurized water reactor (PWR) fuel assembly or two boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel assemblies. Since that time, license amendments have allowed the shipment of high-burnup PWR and BWR fuel rods, MTR-type research reactor fuel elements, and TRIGA-type fuel elements. In 1999, DOE approved an NAC-LWT submittal for a shipment of lead test assemblies (LTAs) containing tritium-producing burnable poison rods (TPBARs). This paper presents the 10 CFR Part 71 shielding and containment evaluations of the NAC-LWT with the LTA payload

  11. Determination of weight factors for VVER-440 fuel assemblies with burnable poison

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    Detailed CFD model for the head parts of the VVER-440 fuel assemblies with burnable poison has been developed. The coolant mixing was analyzed in some typical assemblies with this model and the signals of the in-core thermocouples above the selected assemblies were calculated. The investigations pointed out that the mixing is intensive in these assembly heads but the coolant is not perfectly mixed before reaching the thermocouples. Significant differences between the outlet average coolant temperatures and the thermocouple signals were revealed in the case of the fresh fuels. These deviations can cause about 6% underestimations in the online monitored assembly powers unless a proper correction is introduced. The coolant mixing was also studied by means of numerical tracers and weight factors of selected rod bundle regions for the in-core thermocouple were determined. Using these weight factors and the outlet enthalpies of the assemblies' subchannels, the thermocouple signals can be corrected. (authors)

  12. Metasurface Broadband Solar Absorber

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    Azad, A K; Sykora, M; Weisse-Bernstein, N R; Luk, T S; Taylor, A J; Dalvit, D A R; Chen, H -T

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a broadband, polarization independent, omnidirectional absorber based on a metallic metasurface architecture, which accomplishes greater than 90% absorptance in the visible and near-infrared range of the solar spectrum, and exhibits low emissivity at mid- and far-infrared wavelengths. The complex unit cell of the metasurface solar absorber consists of eight pairs of gold nano-resonators that are separated from a gold ground plane by a thin silicon dioxide spacer. Our experimental measurements reveal high-performance absorption over a wide range of incidence angles for both s- and p-polarizations. We also investigate numerically the frequency-dependent field and current distributions to elucidate how the absorption occurs within the metasurface structure. Furthermore, we discuss the potential use of our metasurface absorber design in solar thermophotovoltaics by exploiting refractory plasmonic materials.

  13. Energy absorber for the CETA

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    Wesselski, Clarence J.

    1994-05-01

    The energy absorber that was developed for the CETA (Crew Equipment and Translation Aid) on Space Station Freedom is a metal on metal frictional type and has a load regulating feature that prevents excessive stroking loads from occurring while in operation. This paper highlights some of the design and operating aspects and the testing of this energy absorber.

  14. Energy absorber for the CETA

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    Wesselski, Clarence J.

    1994-01-01

    The energy absorber that was developed for the CETA (Crew Equipment and Translation Aid) on Space Station Freedom is a metal on metal frictional type and has a load regulating feature that prevents excessive stroking loads from occurring while in operation. This paper highlights some of the design and operating aspects and the testing of this energy absorber.

  15. Universal metamaterial absorbe

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    Smaali, Rafik; Moreau, Antoine; Taliercio, Thierry; Centeno, Emmanuel

    2016-01-01

    We propose a design for an universal absorber, characterized by a resonance frequency that can be tuned from visible to microwave frequencies independently of the choice of the metal and the dielectrics involved. An almost resonant perfect absorption up to 99.8 % is demonstrated at resonance for all polarization states of light and for a very wide angular aperture. These properties originate from a magnetic Fabry-Perot mode that is confined in a dielectric spacer of $\\lambda/100$ thickness by a metamaterial layer and a mirror. An extraordinary large funneling through nano-slits explains how light can be trapped in the structure. Simple scaling laws can be used as a recipe to design ultra-thin perfect absorbers whatever the materials and the desired resonance wavelength, making our design truly universal.

  16. Reactivity determination of the Al2O3-B4C burnable poison as a function of its concentration in the IPEN/MB-01 reactor

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    Burnable poison rods made of Al2O3-B4C pellets with different concentrations of 10B have been manufactured for a set of experiments in the IPEN/MB-01 zero-power reactor. The experiments evaluated the reactivity of the burnable poison rods as a function of the 10B concentration, and the shadowing effect on the control rod reactivity worth as a function of the distance between the burnable position rods and the control rod. The results showed that the burnable poison rods have a non-linear behavior as function of the 10 B concentration, starting to reach an asymptotic value for concentrations higher than 7 g/cm3 of 10B. The shadowing effect on the control rods was substantial. When the burnable poison rods were beside the control rod, its reactivity worth decreased as much as 30 %, and when they were 10,5 cm distant, the control rod worth decreased by 7 %. The MCNP results for the burnable poison reactivity effects agreed within experimental errors with the measured values. (author)

  17. Applying burnable poison particles to reduce the reactivity swing in high temperature reactors with batch-wise fuel loading

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    Burnup calculations have been performed on a standard HTR fuel pebble with a radius of 3 cm containing 9 g of 8% enriched uranium and burnable poison particles (BPP) made of B4C highly enriched in 10B. The radius of the BPP and the number of particles per fuel pebble have been varied to find the flattest reactivity-to-time curve. It was found that for a k∞ of 1.1, a reactivity swing as low as 2% can be obtained when each fuel pebble contains about 1070 BPP with a radius of 75 μm. For coated BPP that consist of a graphite kernel with a radius of 300 μm covered with a B4C burnable poison layer, a similar value for the reactivity swing can be obtained. Cylindrical particles seem to perform worse. In general, the modification of the geometry of BPP is an effective means to tailor the reactivity curve of HTRs

  18. Optimal dynamic vibration absorber design for minimizing the band-averaged input power using the residue theorem

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    D`Amico, R.; Koo, K.; Claeys, C. C.; Pluymers, B.; Desmet, W.

    2015-03-01

    This paper deals with an efficient strategy to improve the vibro-acoustic behavior of a structure over frequency bands. Genetic Algorithms are used to identify the optimal resonance frequency and location of Dynamic Vibration Absorbers (DVAs) which minimize the band-averaged input power into a plate, leading to an indirect reduction of the radiated acoustic power and global vibration. Instead of classic numerical quadrature schemes, the residue theorem is used to evaluate the band-averaged input power. This results into a considerable reduction of computational effort, as it requires only few function evaluations at complex frequencies, regardless of the analyzed bandwidth. The structural response is simulated by using the Wave Based Method (WBM). Besides an increased convergence rate as compared to classical element-based techniques, the WBM is also free in determining the optimal position of the DVAs, not restricting it to nodal grid locations. Moreover, when point connections are taken into account, only a small part of the WB matrices needs to be recomputed at each iteration, resulting in a strong reduction of the computation time. Numerical examples illustrate the benefits and the efficiency of the proposed optimization strategy.

  19. Universal metamaterial absorbe

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    Smaali, Rafik; Omei, Fatima; Antoine MOREAU; Taliercio, Thierry; Centeno, Emmanuel

    2016-01-01

    We propose a design for an universal absorber, characterized by a resonance frequency that can be tuned from visible to microwave frequencies independently of the choice of the metal and the dielectrics involved. An almost resonant perfect absorption up to 99.8 % is demonstrated at resonance for all polarization states of light and for a very wide angular aperture. These properties originate from a magnetic Fabry-Perot mode that is confined in a dielectric spacer of $\\lambda/100$ thickness by...

  20. Liquid metal reactor absorber technology

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    This paper reports that the selection of boron carbide as the reference liquid metal reactor absorber material is supported by results presented for irradiation performance, reactivity worth, compatibility, and benign failure consequences. Scram response requirements are met easily with current control rod configurations. The trend in absorber design development is toward larger sized pins with fewer pins per bundle, providing economic savings and improved hydraulic characteristics. Very long-life absorber designs appear to be attainable with the application of vented pin and sodium-bonded concepts

  1. Liquid metal reactor absorber technology

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    The selection of boron carbide as the reference liquid metal reactor absorber material is supported by results presented for irradiation performance, reactivity worth compatibility, and benign failure consequences. Scram response requirements are met easily with current control rod configurations. The trend in absorber design development is toward larger sized pins with fewer pins per bundle, providing economic savings and improved hydraulic characteristics. Very long-life absorber designs appear to be attainable with the application of vented pin and sodium-bonded concepts. 3 refs., 3 figs

  2. Depletion of gadolinium burnable poison in a PWR assembly with high burnup fuel

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    A tendency to increase the discharge burnup of nuclear fuel for Advanced Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR) has been a characteristic of its operation for many years. It will be able to burn at very high burnup of about 70 GWd/t with UO2 fuels. The U-235 enrichment must be higher than 5 %, which leads to the necessity of using an extremely efficient burnable poison like Gadolinium oxide. Using gadolinium isotope is significant due to its particular depletion behavior (''Onion-Skin'' effect). In this paper, the MCNPX2.7 code is used to calculate the important neutronic parameters of the next generation fuels of PWR. K-infinity, local peaking factor and fission rate distributions are calculated for a PWR assembly which burn at very high burnup reaching 70 GWd/t. The calculations are performed using the recently released evaluated Gadolinium cross section data. The results obtained are close to those of a LWR next generation fuel benchmark problem. This demonstrates that the calculation scheme used is able to accurately model a PWR assembly that operates at high burnup values.

  3. Depletion of gadolinium burnable poison in a PWR assembly with high burnup fuel

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    Refeat, Riham Mahmoud [Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (NRRA), Cairo (Egypt). Safety Engineering Dept.

    2015-12-15

    A tendency to increase the discharge burnup of nuclear fuel for Advanced Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR) has been a characteristic of its operation for many years. It will be able to burn at very high burnup of about 70 GWd/t with UO{sub 2} fuels. The U-235 enrichment must be higher than 5 %, which leads to the necessity of using an extremely efficient burnable poison like Gadolinium oxide. Using gadolinium isotope is significant due to its particular depletion behavior (''Onion-Skin'' effect). In this paper, the MCNPX2.7 code is used to calculate the important neutronic parameters of the next generation fuels of PWR. K-infinity, local peaking factor and fission rate distributions are calculated for a PWR assembly which burn at very high burnup reaching 70 GWd/t. The calculations are performed using the recently released evaluated Gadolinium cross section data. The results obtained are close to those of a LWR next generation fuel benchmark problem. This demonstrates that the calculation scheme used is able to accurately model a PWR assembly that operates at high burnup values.

  4. Study of burnable poisons and gadolinium qualification in light water reactors

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    The aim of this work is to develop a calculation procedure for analyzing light water moderated reactors utilizing gadolinium as a burnable poison. The main points of this work can be summarized as follows: the available cross section data of gadolinium were analysed and corrected whenever it was necessary. The processes which include required precautions for obtaining multigroup cross sections were defined; an exhaustive study of the assumptions used in multicell calculation methods allowed the definition of option to be used for obtaining good results without excessive calculation cost. This study was followed by the interpretation of experimental results; when gadolinium is used in grain structure, a problem of double heterogeneity is encountered. A new calculation method was developed for such situations. Its validity was confirmed by a comparison with the Monte Carlo method; the problems encountered in performing a study of burn up of fuel elements containing gadolinium were analysed and the necessary precautions were established. The effect of the initial charge and geometrical form of the gadolinium and the behavior of lattices during the burn up were examined

  5. Absorber pin development in Europe

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    The neutron absorbing material chosen for the absorber elements of the European fast reactor (EFR) is boron carbide. Various pin designs are studied in Europe: (1) vented helium-bonded pins chosen for prototype fast reactor (PFR) control rods, (2) vented sodium-bonded pins chosen for the Phenix and Superphenix control rods, (3) vented shrouded sodium-bonded pins chosen for future loads of Superphenix control ros. There are three aspects to the research and development program to evaluate absorber pin performance: (1) experimental irradiation program dealing with basic studies and validation design experiments, (2) modeling of B4C physical properties, descriptive laws, and code development, (3) design optimization and innovative studies (various B4C enrichments and pellet densities, new absorber materials). The irradiation program is being performed in Phenix and PFR using either control rods or static rigs

  6. Design and optimization of a SiC thermal emitter/absorber composed of periodic microstructures based on a non-linear method

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    Wang, Wei-Jie; Zhao, Zhen-Guo; Zhao, Yi; Zhou, Hai-Jing; Fu, Ce-Ji

    2015-09-01

    Spectral and directional control of thermal emission based on excitation of confined electromagnetic resonant modes paves a viable way for the design and construction of microscale thermal emitters/absorbers. In this paper, we present numerical simulation results of the thermal radiative properties of a silicon carbide (SiC) thermal emitter/absorber composed of periodic microstructures. We illustrate different electromagnetic resonant modes which can be excited with the structure, such as surface phonon polaritons, magnetic polaritons and photonic crystal modes, and the process of radiation spectrum optimization based on a non-linear optimization algorithm. We show that the spectral and directional control of thermal emission/absorption can be efficiently achieved by adjusting the geometrical parameters of the structure. Moreover, the optimized spectrum is insensitive to 3% dimension modification. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51076002), the National Basis Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CA328900), and the Key Project of Complicated Electromagnetic Environment Laboratory of CAEP, China (Grant No. 2015E0-01-1).

  7. Preliminary Evaluation of Alternate Designs for HFIR Low-Enriched Uranium Fuel

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    Renfro, David [ORNL; Chandler, David [ORNL; Cook, David [ORNL; Ilas, Germina [ORNL; Jain, Prashant [ORNL; Valentine, Jennifer [ORNL

    2014-10-30

    Engineering design studies of the feasibility of conversion of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) from high-enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel are ongoing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as part of an effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI)/Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR) program. The fuel type selected by the program for the conversion of the five high-power research reactors in the U.S. that still use HEU fuel is a new U-Mo monolithic fuel. Studies by ORNL have previously indicated that HFIR can be successfully converted using the new fuel provided (1) the reactor power can be increased from 85 MW to 100 MW and (2) the fuel can be fabricated to a specific reference design. Fabrication techniques for the new fuel are under development by the program but are still immature, especially for the “complex” aspects of the HFIR fuel design. In FY 2012, the program underwent a major shift in focus to emphasize developing and qualifying processes for the fabrication of reliable and affordable LEU fuel. In support of this new focus and in an effort to ensure that the HFIR fuel design is as suitable for reliable fabrication as possible, ORNL undertook the present study to propose and evaluate several alternative design features. These features include (1) eliminating the fuel zone axial contouring in the previous reference design by substituting a permanent neutron absorber in the lower unfueled region of all of the fuel plates, (2) relocating the burnable neutron absorber from the fuel plates of the inner fuel element to the side plates of the inner fuel element (the fuel plates of the outer fuel element do not contain a burnable absorber), (3) relocating the fuel zone inside the fuel plate to be centered on the centerline of the depth of the plate, and (4) reshaping the radial contour of the relocated fuel zone to be symmetric about this centerline. The

  8. Preliminary Evaluation of Alternate Designs for HFIR Low-Enriched Uranium Fuel

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    Renfro, David G [ORNL; Chandler, David [ORNL; Cook, David Howard [ORNL; Ilas, Germina [ORNL; Jain, Prashant K [ORNL; Valentine, Jennifer R [ORNL

    2014-11-01

    Engineering design studies of the feasibility of conversion of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) from high-enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel are ongoing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as part of an effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy s Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI)/Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR) program. The fuel type selected by the program for the conversion of the five high-power research reactors in the U.S. that still use HEU fuel is a new U-Mo monolithic fuel. Studies by ORNL have previously indicated that HFIR can be successfully converted using the new fuel provided (1) the reactor power can be increased from 85 MW to 100 MW and (2) the fuel can be fabricated to a specific reference design. Fabrication techniques for the new fuel are under development by the program but are still immature, especially for the complex aspects of the HFIR fuel design. In FY 2012, the program underwent a major shift in focus to emphasize developing and qualifying processes for the fabrication of reliable and affordable LEU fuel. In support of this new focus and in an effort to ensure that the HFIR fuel design is as suitable for reliable fabrication as possible, ORNL undertook the present study to propose and evaluate several alternative design features. These features include (1) eliminating the fuel zone axial contouring in the previous reference design by substituting a permanent neutron absorber in the lower unfueled region of all of the fuel plates, (2) relocating the burnable neutron absorber from the fuel plates of the inner fuel element to the side plates of the inner fuel element (the fuel plates of the outer fuel element do not contain a burnable absorber), (3) relocating the fuel zone inside the fuel plate to be centered on the centerline of the depth of the plate, and (4) reshaping the radial contour of the relocated fuel zone to be symmetric about this centerline. The present

  9. Crashworthy Energy Absorbing Car-body Design Method for Pass enger Train%客运列车耐冲击吸能车体设计方法

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    田红旗

    2001-01-01

    In order to reduce the losses suffered from collision between passenger trains,a new design method for the car body structure of motor car and trailer is advanced.Car body structures are made up of three parts with diffferen tstiffness,by carefully designed.The parts of the front and the end are the wea kstiffness structure to absorb energy through plastic deformation in the collision.The middle part,where only elastic deformation occurs,is an elastic deformati on structure with strong stiffness.As the passenger train runs normally,car body structure measure up to regulation of intensity and stiffness in the standards. Once collision accident occurred when the train is moving with fairly high speed ,the energy-absorbing structure produces large plastic deformation along the direction needed to absorb sufficient energy,at the same time,the deceleration must be controlled within the endurable limits to human body.%为了减轻客运列车碰撞事故造成的损失,实现被动安全保护,对组成列车的动车、客车车体结构提出了新的设计方法,重新分配车体各部分刚度,设计出具有合适吸能结构的耐冲击车体,车体结构均按前、中、后三种纵向刚度设置,前后 两部分为可以产生塑性变形的弱刚度吸能结构,中间部分为仅产生弹性变形的强刚度弹变结 构。当列车在正常运行时,车体有足够的强度和刚度,需要满足有关规范规定的强度、刚度 要求;在较高速下发生碰撞事故时,吸能结构能够沿所需方向产生塑性大变形吸收足够冲击 动能,保证机器间和乘客区不发生破坏,并延缓碰撞作用时间,降低碰撞瞬间最大减速度,使撞击减速度在人体承受范围内。

  10. Preparation of acrylic acid-modified chitin improved by an experimental design and its application in absorbing toxic organic compounds

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    Huang, Chao-Ming, E-mail: charming@mail.ksu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Engineering, Kun Shan University, Tainan, Taiwan (China); Chen, Lung-Chuan, E-mail: lcchen@mail.ksu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Engineering, Kun Shan University, Tainan, Taiwan (China); Yang, Hui-Chia, E-mail: yang.junkdna@gmail.com [Department of Environmental Engineering, Kun Shan University, Tainan, Taiwan (China); Li, Min-Hsing, E-mail: a1487561a@yahoo.com.tw [Department of Environmental Engineering, Kun Shan University, Tainan, Taiwan (China); Pan, Ting-Chung, E-mail: tcpan@mail.ksu.edu.tw [Department of Environmental Engineering, Kun Shan University, Tainan, Taiwan (China)

    2012-11-30

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Acrylic acid-modified chitin. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Experimental design. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Graft copolymerization. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Adsorption of toxic organic compounds. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Very high adsorption capacity. - Abstract: Chitin grafted poly (acrylic acid) (chi-g-PAA) is synthesized and characterized as an adsorbent of toxic organic compounds. Chi-g-PAA copolymers are prepared using of ammonium cerium (IV) nitrate (Ce{sup 4+}) as the initiator. The highest grafting percentage of AA in chitin obtained using the traditional technique is 163.1%. A maximum grafting percentage of 230.6% is obtained using central composite design (CCD). Experimental results are consistent with theoretical calculations. The grafted copolymer is characterized by Fourier transform Infrared spectroscopy and solid state {sup 13}C NMR. A representative chi-g-AA copolymer is hydrolyzed to a type of sodium salt (chi-g-PANa) and used in the adsorption of malachite green (MG), methyl violet (MV), and paraquat (PQ) in aqueous. The monolayer adsorption capacities of these substances are 285.7, 357.1, and 322.6 mg/g-adsorbent, respectively. Thermodynamic calculations show that the adsorption of MG, MV, and PQ are more favored at diluted solutions. The high adsorption capacity of chi-g-PANa for toxic matter indicates its potential in the treatment of wastewater and emergency treatment of PQ-poisoned patients.

  11. Design and Control of the PowerTake-Off System for a Wave Energy Converter with Multiple Absorbers

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    Hansen, Rico Hjerm

    Most active Wave Energy Converter (WEC) concepts are based on harvesting energy from ocean waves by placing buoyant bodies in the sea. As the bodies are forced to oscillate by the waves, power is produced by converting the oscillations into electricity, which is performed by the Power Take-Off (PTO...... on converting bi-directional motions into electricity. All PTO technologies are kept open and based on a thorough analysis and evaluation of state-of-the-art, the PTO technologies with greatest potential are identified. The state-of-the-art covers both PTOs for wave energy, but also general advances in high......). Despite 40 years of research activities within wave energy, the PTO is still a hindrance. No matured designs exist and no installed prototypes have demonstrated average electrical production above 250kW. Looking beyond 1MW, limited research exists, making the lack of advances in PTO research...

  12. Full MOX core design for PWR

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    Full MOX core design for APWR was analyzed in nuclear design, fuel integrity analysis, thermal hydraulic design and safety analysis et. al. Feasibility of Full MOX core was confirmed from these analyses without any large modifications. Full MOX PWR core has very good characteristics in which single Pu content in an assembly, burnable poison free, higher burnup and longer cycle operation are feasible. (author)

  13. Use of co-combustion bottom ash to design an acoustic absorbing material for highway noise barriers

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    Arenas, Celia; Leiva, Carlos; Vilches, Luis F. [University of Seville, School of Industrial Engineering, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Camino de los Descubrimientos s/n, E-41092 Seville (Spain); Cifuentes, Héctor, E-mail: bulte@us.es [University of Seville, School of Industrial Engineering, Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis Department, Camino de los Descubrimientos s/n, E-41092 Seville (Spain)

    2013-11-15

    Highlights: • The particle size of bottom ash influenced the acoustic behavior of the barrier. • The best sound absorption coefficients were measured for larger particle sizes. • The maximum noise absorption is displaced to lower frequencies for higher thickness. • A noise barrier was designed with better properties than commercial products. • Recycling products from bottom ash no present leaching and radioactivity problems. - Abstract: The present study aims to determine and evaluate the applicability of a new product consisting of coal bottom ash mixed with Portland cement in the application of highway noise barriers. In order to effectively recycle the bottom ash, the influence of the grain particle size of bottom ash, the thickness of the panel and the combination of different layers with various particle sizes have been studied, as well as some environmental properties including leachability (EN-12457-4, NEN-7345) and radioactivity tests. Based on the obtained results, the acoustic properties of the final composite material were similar or even better than those found in porous concrete used for the same application. According to this study, the material produced presented no environmental risk.

  14. Acoustic coherent perfect absorbers

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    In this paper, we explore the possibility of achieving acoustic coherent perfect absorbers. Through numerical simulations in two dimensions, we demonstrate that the energy of coherent acoustic waves can be totally absorbed by a fluid absorber with specific complex mass density or bulk modulus. The robustness of such absorbing systems is investigated under small perturbations of the absorber parameters. We find that when the resonance order is the lowest and the size of the absorber is comparable to the wavelength in the background, the phenomenon of perfect absorption is most stable. When the wavelength inside both the background and the absorber is much larger than the size of the absorber, perfect absorption is possible when the mass density of the absorber approaches the negative value of the background mass density. Finally, we show that by using suitable dispersive acoustic metamaterials, broadband acoustic perfect absorption may be achieved. (papers)

  15. Absorber materials in CANDU PHWRs

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    In a CANDU reactor the fuel channels are arranged on a square lattice in a calandria filled with heavy water moderator. This arrangement allows five types of tubular neutron absorber devices to be located in the relatively benign environment of low pressure, low temperature heavy water between neighbouring rows or columns of fuel channels. This paper will describe the roles of the devices and outline the design requirements of the absorber component from a reactor physics viewpoint. Nuclear heating and activation problems associated with the different absorbers will be briefly discussed. The design and manufacture of the devices will be also discussed. The control rod absorbers and shut off materials are cadmium and stainless steel. In the tubular arrangement, the cadmium is sandwiched between stainless steel tubes. This type of device has functioned well, but there is now concern over the availability and expense of cadmium which is used in two types of CANDU control devices. There are also concerns about the toxicity of cadmium during the fabrication of the absorbers. These concerns are prompting AECL to study alternatives. To minimize design changes, pure boron-10 alloyed in stainless steel is a favoured option. Work is underway to confirm the suitability of the boron-loaded steel and identify other encapsulated absorber materials for practical application. Because the reactivity devices or their guide tubes span the calandria vessel, the long slender components must be sufficiently rigid to resist operational vibration and also be seismically stable. Some of these components are made of Zircaloy to minimize neutron absorption. Slow irradiation growth and creep can reduce the spring tension, and periodic adjustments to the springs are required. Experience with the control absorber devices has generally been good. In one instance liquid zone controllers had a problem of vibration induced fretting but a redesigned back-fit resolved the problem. (author). 3 refs, 8

  16. Small, long-life high temperature gas-cooled reactor free from prompt supercritical accidents by particle-type burnable poisons

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    A design concept for a high temperature gas-cooled reactor without the possibility of a prompt supercritical accident has been proposed by coupling the use of particle-type burnable poison (BP) and criticality control by the core temperature. The combinations of two different BPs, B4C and Gd2O3 particles and B4C and CdO particles, with the proper particle sizes and the appropriate volume ratio, showed excellent performance in controlling excess reactivity and flattening the reactivity swing. To maintain reactivity at a lower level than the prompt critical state, the reactor was designed to operate in a subcritical mode for a burnup period or for the whole operation cycle. Under subcritical operation during the partial burnup period, the core temperature had to be lowered by at least 164 K for the loading of B4C + Gd2O3 particles and by at least 178 K for the B4C + CdO particles, which in turn dropped the thermal efficiency from 48% to 42.26% and 41.77%, respectively. On the other hand, under full subcritical operation, a greater decrease of core temperature was required. Remarkable decreases in the core temperatures, approximately 347 K for the B4C + Gd2O3 case and approximately 280 K for the B4C + CdO case, resulted in the drop of thermal efficiency to only 35.9% and 38.2%, respectively. Therefore, the relative importance of the increase in passive safety and the decrease in thermal efficiency must be considered with regard to their importance in nuclear reactor design. (author)

  17. Design of wide-bandwidth electromagnetic wave absorbers using the inductance and capacitance of a square loop-frequency selective surface calculated from an equivalent circuit model

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    Liu, Tian; Kim, Sung-Soo

    2016-01-01

    The design of wide-bandwidth microwave absorbers is conducted using a square loop-frequency selective surface (SL-FSS) on the surface of the grounded dielectric substrate. The parallel circuit combination of the input impedance of the grounded substrate and the complex impedance of the SL-FSS leads to impedance matching in a broad frequency range. The inductance (L) and capacitance (C) of the SL-FSS is calculated using the equivalent circuit model, which is dependent on the SL-FSS geometry. For the SL-FSS, the inductance and capacitance are calculated from the equations of reactance and susceptance at the resonance frequency (f0) of the equivalent L-C circuit. The circuit is capacitive below f0 and inductive above f0. For a grounded substrate with a quarter wavelength thickness, however, the input impedance is inductive at lower frequencies and capacitive at higher frequencies. Through combining these two impedances, impedance matching can be derived over a wide frequency range with the controlled FSS resistance matched to the free-space impedance. The optimized surface resistance of the FSS conductor is Rs=26 Ω for the widest bandwidth (4.9-16.4 GHz with respect to -10 dB reflection loss), which is consistent with the simulation results obtained via computational tool.

  18. Optimum design of composite panel with photovoltaic-thermo module. Absorbing effect of cooling panel; Hikari netsu fukugo panel no saiteki sekkei. Reikyaku panel no kyunetsu koka

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    Sato, M.; Kikuchi, S.; Tani, T. [Science University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan); Kadotani, K.; Imaizumi, H. [Komatsu Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

    1996-10-27

    The composite panel with photovoltaic-thermo module becomes higher in energy-saving than the conventional air-conditioning system by the independent radiational heating and cooling effect obtained when the generating panel using a solar cell module is combined with the heating and cooling panel using a thermo-element module. The output of a solar cell module can be directly used because the solar cell module operates in AC. This paper reports the relation between the absorbed value and power consumption of the cooling panel, while paying attention to the cooling panel. The performance coefficient of the maximum absorbed value from an non-absorbing substance to a cooling panel is 2 to 3. Assume that the cooling panel during non-adiabatic operation is operated using a solar cell module of 800 W/m{sup 2} in solar intensity and 15% in conversion efficiency. The cooling-surface temperature difference is 12.12 K, and the maximum absorbed value of a non-absorbing substance to a cooling panel is 39.12 W/m{sup 2}. The absorbed value of the outer temperature to the cooling panel is 74.4 W/m{sup 2}, and each performance coefficient is 3.26 and 0.62. The absorbed value must be calculated for evaluation from the cooling-surface temperature difference measured directly from the cooling panel. 4 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  19. The ALICE absorbers

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    Maximilien Brice

    2006-01-01

    Weighing more than 400 tonnes, the ALICE absorbers and the surrounding support structures have been installed and aligned with a precision of 1-2 mm, hardly an easy task but a very important one. The ALICE absorbers are made of three parts: the front absorber, a 35-tonne cone-shaped structure, and two small-angle absorbers, long straight cylinder sections weighing 18 and 40 tonnes. The three pieces lined up have a total length of about 17 m.

  20. Carbon Absorber Retrofit Equipment (CARE)

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    Klein, Eric [Neumann Systems Group, Incorporated, Colorado Springs, CO (United States)

    2015-12-23

    During Project DE-FE0007528, CARE (Carbon Absorber Retrofit Equipment), Neumann Systems Group (NSG) designed, installed and tested a 0.5MW NeuStream® carbon dioxide (CO2) capture system using the patented NeuStream® absorber equipment and concentrated (6 molal) piperazine (PZ) as the solvent at Colorado Springs Utilities’ (CSU’s) Martin Drake pulverized coal (PC) power plant. The 36 month project included design, build and test phases. The 0.5MW NeuStream® CO2 capture system was successfully tested on flue gas from both coal and natural gas combustion sources and was shown to meet project objectives. Ninety percent CO2 removal was achieved with greater than 95% CO2product purity. The absorbers tested support a 90% reduction in absorber volume compared to packed towers and with an absorber parasitic power of less than 1% when configured for operation with a 550MW coal plant. The preliminary techno-economic analysis (TEA) performed by the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) predicted an over-the-fence cost of $25.73/tonne of CO2 captured from a sub-critical PC plant.

  1. Multiband Negative Permittivity Metamaterials and Absorbers

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    Yiran Tian

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Design and characteristics of multiband negative permittivity metamaterial and its absorber configuration are presented in this paper. The proposed multiband metamaterial is composed of a novel multibranch resonator which can possess four electric resonance frequencies. It is shown that, by controlling the length of the main branches of such resonator, the resonant frequencies and corresponding absorbing bands of metamaterial absorber can be shifted in a large frequency band.

  2. Adaptive inertial shock-absorber

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    Faraj, Rami; Holnicki-Szulc, Jan; Knap, Lech; Seńko, Jarosław

    2016-03-01

    This paper introduces and discusses a new concept of impact absorption by means of impact energy management and storage in dedicated rotating inertial discs. The effectiveness of the concept is demonstrated in a selected case-study involving spinning management, a recently developed novel impact-absorber. A specific control technique performed on this device is demonstrated to be the main source of significant improvement in the overall efficiency of impact damping process. The influence of various parameters on the performance of the shock-absorber is investigated. Design and manufacturing challenges and directions of further research are formulated.

  3. Mushroom plasmonic metamaterial infrared absorbers

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    There has been a considerable amount of interest in the development of various types of electromagnetic wave absorbers for use in different wavelength ranges. In particular, infrared (IR) absorbers with wavelength selectivity can be applied to advanced uncooled IR sensors, which would be capable of identifying objects through their radiation spectrum. In the present study, mushroom plasmonic metamaterial absorbers (MPMAs) for the IR wavelength region were designed and fabricated. The MPMAs consist of a periodic array of thin metal micropatches connected to a thin metal plate with narrow silicon (Si) posts. A Si post height of 200 nm was achieved by isotropic XeF2 etching of a thin Si layer sandwiched between metal plates. This fabrication procedure is relatively simple and is consistent with complementary metal oxide semiconductor technology. The absorption spectra of the fabricated MPMAs were experimentally measured. In addition, theoretical calculations of their absorption properties were conducted using rigorous coupled wave analysis. Both the calculated and measured absorbance results demonstrated that these MPMAs can realize strong selective absorption at wavelengths beyond the period of the array by varying the micropatch width. Absorbance values greater than 90% were achieved. Dual- or single-mode absorption can also be selected by varying the width of the Si posts. Pixel structures using such MPMAs could be used as high responsivity, high resolution and fast uncooled IR sensors

  4. Study on feasibility using 99 TC as burnable poison instead of 10 B in nuclear fuel assemblies

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    Transmutation of long-lived fission products is one of the key issues in development and utilization of nuclear power in the world. In the study underway, we are trying to replace the burnable poison in LWR by a mixture of some LLFPs. The main fission products which are included in the high level waste with the half life more than 500 years are 79Se, 93Zr, 94Nb, 99Tc, 107Pd, 126Sn, 129I, 135Cs. Our main objectives is to employ such an isotope not only with long half life but also with high neutron absorption cross section and appropriate metallic properties within chemical structure. For the matter of calculations, ENDF/B6 as nuclear data library and as series of codes such as WIMS, CITATION, and ORIGEN were used. It has been shown that99Tc could be used instead of boron in reactor

  5. Structured Metal Film as Perfect Absorber

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    Xiong, Xiang; Jiang, Shang-Chi; Peng, Ru-Wen; Wang, Mu

    2014-03-01

    With standing U-shaped resonators, fish-spear-like resonator has been designed for the first time as the building block to assemble perfect absorbers. The samples have been fabricated with two-photon polymerization process and FTIR measurement results support the effectiveness of the perfect absorber design. In such a structure the polarization-dependent resonance occurs between the tines of the spears instead of the conventional design where the resonance occurs between the metallic layers separated by a dielectric interlayer. The incident light neither transmits nor reflects back which results in unit absorbance. The power of light is trapped between the tines of spears and finally be absorbed. The whole structure is covered with a continuous metallic layer with good thermo-conductance, which provides an excellent approach to deal with heat dissipation, is enlightening in exploring metamaterial absorbers.

  6. A Six-Fold Symmetric Metamaterial Absorber

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    Humberto Fernández Álvarez

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available A novel microwave metamaterial absorber design is introduced along with its manufacturing and characterization. Significant results considering both bandwidth and angular stability are achieved. Parametric analysis and simplified equivalent circuit are provided to give an insight on the key elements influencing the absorber performance. In addition, the constitutive parameters of the effective medium model are obtained and related to the absorber resonant behavior. Moreover, a new thinner and more flexible absorber version, preserving broad bandwidth and angular insensitive performance, is simulated, and an 8 × 8 unit-cells prototype is manufactured and measured for a limited angular margin in an anechoic chamber.

  7. Metamaterial absorber with random dendritic cells

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    Zhu, Weiren; Zhao, Xiaopeng

    2010-05-01

    The metamaterial absorber composed of random dendritic cells has been investigated at microwave frequencies. It is found that the absorptivities come to be weaker and the resonant frequency get red shift as the disordered states increasing, however, the random metamaterial absorber still presents high absorptivity more than 95%. The disordered structures can help understanding of the metamaterial absorber and may be employed for practical design of infrared metamaterial absorber, which may play important roles in collection of radiative heat energy and directional transfer enhancement.

  8. Planar Metamaterial Absorber Based on Lumped Elements

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    GU Chao; QU Shao-Bo; PEI Zhi-Bin; ZHOU Hang; XU Zhuo; BAI Peng; PENG Wei-Dong; LIN Bao-Qin

    2010-01-01

    @@ We present the design of a planar metamaterial absorber based on lumped elements,which shows a wide-band polarization-insensitive and wide-angle strong absorption.This absorber consists of metal electric resonators,the dielectric substrate,the metal film and lumped elements.The simulated absorbances under two different loss conditions indicate that high absorbance in the absorption band is mainly due to lumped resistances.The simulated absorbances under three different load conditions indicate that the local resonance circuit(lumped resistance and capacitance)could boost up the resonance of the whole RLC circuit.The simulated voltage in lumped elements indicates that the transformation efficiency from electromagnetic energy to electric energy in the absorption band is high,and electric energy is subsequently consumed by lumped resistances.This absorber may have potential applications in many military fields.

  9. Methods for absorbing neutrons

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    Guillen, Donna P.; Longhurst, Glen R.; Porter, Douglas L.; Parry, James R.

    2012-07-24

    A conduction cooled neutron absorber may include a metal matrix composite that comprises a metal having a thermal neutron cross-section of at least about 50 barns and a metal having a thermal conductivity of at least about 1 W/cmK. Apparatus for providing a neutron flux having a high fast-to-thermal neutron ratio may include a source of neutrons that produces fast neutrons and thermal neutrons. A neutron absorber positioned adjacent the neutron source absorbs at least some of the thermal neutrons so that a region adjacent the neutron absorber has a fast-to-thermal neutron ratio of at least about 15. A coolant in thermal contact with the neutron absorber removes heat from the neutron absorber.

  10. Effect of Burnable Absorbers on Inert Matrix Fuel Performance and Transuranic Burnup in a Low Power Density Light-Water Reactor

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    Geoff Recktenwald

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Zirconium dioxide has received particular attention as a fuel matrix because of its ability to form a solid solution with transuranic elements, natural radiation stability and desirable mechanical properties. However, zirconium dioxide has a lower coefficient of thermal conductivity than uranium dioxide and this presents an obstacle to the deployment of these fuels in commercial reactors. Here we show that axial doping of a zirconium dioxide based fuel with erbium reduces power peaking and fuel temperature. Full core simulations of a modified AP1000 core were done using MCNPX 2.7.0. The inert matrix fuel contained 15 w/o transuranics at its beginning of life and constituted 28% of the assemblies in the core. Axial doping reduced power peaking at startup by more than ~23% in the axial direction and reduced the peak to average power within the core from 1.80 to 1.44. The core was able to remain critical between refueling while running at a simulated 2000 MWth on an 18 month refueling cycle. The results show that the reactor would maintain negative core average reactivity and void coefficients during operation. This type of fuel cycle would reduce the overall production of transuranics in a pressurized water reactor by 86%.

  11. TOMS Absorbing Aerosol Index

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    Washington University St Louis — TOMS_AI_G is an aerosol related dataset derived from the Total Ozone Monitoring Satellite (TOMS) Sensor. The TOMS aerosol index arises from absorbing aerosols such...

  12. Metasurface Broadband Solar Absorber

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    Azad, Abul K.; Kort-Kamp, Wilton J. M.; Milan Sykora; Nina R. Weisse-Bernstein; Luk, Ting S.; Antoinette J. Taylor; Dalvit, Diego A. R.; Hou-Tong Chen

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate a broadband, polarization independent, omnidirectional absorber based on a metallic metasurface architecture, which accomplishes greater than 90% absorptance in the visible and near-infrared range of the solar spectrum, and exhibits low emissivity at mid- and far-infrared wavelengths. The complex unit cell of the metasurface solar absorber consists of eight pairs of gold nano-resonators that are separated from a gold ground plane by a thin silicon dioxide spacer. Our experiment...

  13. Physics design of advanced heavy water reactor utilising thorium

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    An Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR) is being developed in India with the aim of utilising thorium for power generation. AHWR is a vertical pressure tube type reactor cooled by boiling light water and moderated by heavy water. It has been optimised for the thorium cycle. The main design objective is to be self-sustaining in 233U with most of the power from the thorium fuel using plutonium as the external fissile feed. It incorporates several advanced safety features namely, heat removal through natural circulation and a negative void coefficient of reactivity. The reactor has been designed to produce 750 MW(th) at a discharge burnup of 20,000 MWd/H(e). The physics design of AHWR has followed an evolutionary path ranging from a seed and blanket concept to a simplified composite cluster to achieve a good thermal hydraulic coupling. We have designed a composite cluster using both kinds of fuel namely, (Th-UO2 and (Th-Pu)O2. With plutonium seed, negative void coefficient can be achieved by making the spectrum harder. This was done by using a pyrocarbon scatterer in the moderator. The void coefficient strongly depends on plutonium. As plutonium burns very rapidly, it is not possible to achieve uniformly negative void coefficient with burnup in this cluster. Alternatively, burnable poison can be used within the cluster to achieve negative void coefficient taking advantage of the flux redistribution and change in spectrum upon voiding. Here, it is possible to achieve almost constant void reactivity with burnup resulting in a good thermal hydraulic coupling. The cluster design presently incorporates a central burnable absorber region. Boiling light water coolant requires that the core power distribution be optimised with thermal hydraulic parameters. The peaking factors inside the cluster should be low so as to have significant margin in operational conditions and to avoid burnout in accident conditions. The variation of reactivity from cold clean to hot operating has

  14. Graphene and Graphene Metamaterials for Terahertz Absorbers

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    Andryieuski, Andrei; Pizzocchero, Filippo; Booth, Tim;

    2013-01-01

    Graphene, due to the possibility to tune its conductivity, is the promising material for a range of the terahertz (THz) applications, such as tunable reflectors, absorbers, modulators, filters and polarization converters. Subwavelength structuring of graphene in order to form metamaterials allows...... for even more control over the THz waves. In this poster presentation I will show an elegant way to describe the graphene metamaterials and the design of graphene based absorbers. I will also present our recent experimental results on the graphene absorbers characterization....

  15. Development and study on vacuum absorber tubes

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    Wang, Jun; Zhang, Yaoming [Southeast Univ., Hohai Univ., Nanjing (China); Liu, Deyou; An, cuicui [Hohai Univ., Nanjing (China)

    2008-07-01

    A new type solar vacuum absorber tube has been developed, and the tensile tests have shown the high reliability of the joint between the metal and glass of the vacuum absorber tube; the fatigue tests have indicated that the bellows of the vacuum absorber tube as well as the interface between the metal and glass can last for as long as 20 years; the weathering tests of the sample, have lasted for an entire year, which proves that the tube design is scientifically and reasonably devised. (orig.)

  16. Graphene and Graphene Metamaterials for Terahertz Absorbers

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    Andryieuski, Andrei; Pizzocchero, Filippo; Booth, Tim; BØGGILD, Peter

    2013-01-01

    Graphene, due to the possibility to tune its conductivity, is the promising material for a range of the terahertz (THz) applications, such as tunable reflectors, absorbers, modulators, filters and polarization converters. Subwavelength structuring of graphene in order to form metamaterials allows for even more control over the THz waves. In this poster presentation I will show an elegant way to describe the graphene metamaterials and the design of graphene based absorbers. I will also present...

  17. Adaptive Piezoelectric Absorber for Active Vibration Control

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Passive vibration control solutions are often limited to working reliably at one design point. Especially applied to lightweight structures, which tend to have unwanted vibration, active vibration control approaches can outperform passive solutions. To generate dynamic forces in a narrow frequency band, passive single-degree-of-freedom oscillators are frequently used as vibration absorbers and neutralizers. In order to respond to changes in system properties and/or the frequency of excitation forces, in this work, adaptive vibration compensation by a tunable piezoelectric vibration absorber is investigated. A special design containing piezoelectric stack actuators is used to cover a large tuning range for the natural frequency of the adaptive vibration absorber, while also the utilization as an active dynamic inertial mass actuator for active control concepts is possible, which can help to implement a broadband vibration control system. An analytical model is set up to derive general design rules for the system. An absorber prototype is set up and validated experimentally for both use cases of an adaptive vibration absorber and inertial mass actuator. Finally, the adaptive vibration control system is installed and tested with a basic truss structure in the laboratory, using both the possibility to adjust the properties of the absorber and active control.

  18. An absorbed dose microcalorimeter

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    A graphite microcalorimeter is described for use as a primary standard of ionising radiation absorbed dose; its place in the hierarchy of Australian ionising radiation standards is discussed. A disc shaped absorber is supported on pins within three nested graphite jackets and an insulated vacuum vessel. Calibration heating is by thermistor, the feasibility of this was verified by computer modelling. Adiabatic and heat-flow modes of operation are described, and calculations of heat transfer between the various graphite parts are summarised. Carbon and water phantoms were built for the evaluation of correction factors for the microcalorimeter, and for the calibration of radiotherapy dosemeters. The microcalorimeter will be used as a working standard for the calibration of dosemeters in terms of absorbed dose for the x-ray, gamma-ray and electron radiotherapy beams commonly used in Australia today

  19. Optimisation of initial core of AHWR-LEU using burnable poison

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    This paper focuses on the physics design optimisation of initial core of AHWR-LEU. Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR) being designed for 920 MWth, is a vertical pressure tube thorium-based reactor cooled by boiling light water and moderated by heavy water designed to maximise power production from thorium. The equilibrium fuel cycle is based on the conversion of naturally available thorium into fissile 233U driven by plutonium as external fissile feed. Plutonium is used as makeup fuel to achieve high discharge burnup and self-sustaining characteristics of Th-233U fuel cycle. The reactor would be operated in closed fuel cycle by recycling 233U back into the reactor. Physics design of AHWR offers considerable flexibility to accommodate different kinds of fuel cycles. Use of Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) fuel with thorium in AHWR has several attractive features like enhanced safe where all the reactivity coefficients are negative by design. The delayed neutron parameter β will be larger than the reference AHWR fuelled with (Th,Pu)MOX and (Th,233U) MOX and hence enhanced controllability. This fuel cycle would be operated in a once-through mode. The initial core will have large excess reactivity and will require large amount of neutron poison (boron) to be dissolved in moderator to quench this initial core excess reactivity. Generally, flux flattening is achieved by using differential enrichment in the central and outer region of the core. (author)

  20. Advanced PWR fuel design concepts

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    For nearly 15 years, Combustion Engineering has provided pressurized water reactor fuel with the features most suppliers are now introducing in their advanced fuel designs. Zircaloy grids, removable upper end fittings, large fission gas plenum, high burnup, integral burnable poisons and sophisticated analytical methods are all features of C-E standard fuel which have been well proven by reactor performance. C-E's next generation fuel for pressurized water reactors features 24-month operating cycles, optimal lattice burnable poisons, increased resistance to common industry fuel rod failure mechanisms, and hardware and methodology for operating margin improvements. Application of these various improvements offer continued improvement in fuel cycle economics, plant operation and maintenance. (author)

  1. A state-of-the-art report on the development of B{sub 4}C materials as neutron absorbers

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    Jung, Choong Hwan; Kim, Sun Jae; Park, Jee Yun; Kang, Dae Kab [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1994-01-01

    Boron of 10 atomic weight is one of the best neutron absorbing elements. Among the boron compounds, B{sub 4}C and its composites exhibit excellent material properties. Those materials absorb thermal and fast neutrons, are thermally and chemically very stable, and are very strong in mechanical properties. By neutron irradiation B-10 transforms into Li releasing one He atom. This He release causes swelling, cracking and fragmentation of B{sub 4}C bulks and results in degradation of the materials. The essence of technical developments of B{sub 4}C-based neutron absorbers is the minimization of the effects of He release, and this can be realized through microstructural optimizations of grain and porosity distributions. While pure B{sub 4}C is very difficult in sintering, new neutron absorbing materials of B{sub 4}C-cermets are being developed. B{sub 4}C-cermets are composite materials in which B{sub 4}C powders are dispersed in the metal matrix of Al or Cu. Those materials show easiness in sintering, mechanical forming, and B{sub 4}C content controlling. Neutron absorbing and shielding materials play an important role for the safety of reactor operations and environmental protections. Those materials are being used as monolithic pellets for control rods, burnable poison fuel rods, rack materials for spent fuel storages, shielding materials for shipping casks, and especially for shielding plates for liquid metal reactors. 37 figs., 12 tabs., 41 refs. (Author).

  2. Front-end Combination Component Of Fixed Mask And Absorber

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    A front-end combination component of fixed mask and absorber is a device that combines a fixed mask and a photon absorber in one body to save space, setup work and maintenance in the photon beamline front-end. The SPring-8 undulator absorber consists of an upper V-shaped photon absorber part and a lower rectangular beam-transfer channel part. The upper wall of the beam-transfer channel is cut in the V-shape notch as the photon absorber. The combination component design based on the absorber is adopted. The photon duct part is modified in the shape of the fixed mask. The combination component moves up and down. In the upper limit, it acts as the mask and the beam-transfer channel. In the lower limit, it acts as the photon absorber. Design details of the component and its commissioning are presented

  3. FFTF absorber-pin performance verification test

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    The FFTF (Fast Flux Test Facility) Absorber Pin Performance Verification Test - (HA006) is an irradiation test of neutron absorber pins with integral temperature and pressure monitoring instrumentation. The pins, containing boron carbide, are representative of the FFTF Row 3 Safety, Row 5 Control and Row 7 Fixed Shim Absorber Assemblies. In the 300 full power days (FPD) this test will reside in its 2610 Position in the reactor, it will generate test data that will be used to infer the effects of irradiation on the absorber assemblies it simulates. Design and fabrication of the test vehicle began in 1976 and the forty-foot test assembly was loaded in the FFTF on February 10, 1981. The test provided data in March 1981 during a series of natural circulation tests, and again in November 1981 during the eight-day full power run establishing base-line data

  4. Tuned mass absorber on a flexible structure

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    Krenk, Steen; Høgsberg, Jan Becker

    2014-01-01

    The classic design of a tuned mass absorber is based on a simple two-mass analogy in which the tuned mass is connected to the structural mass with a spring and a viscous damper. In a flexible multi-degree-of-freedom structure the tuned mass absorber is typically introduced to provide damping of a...... specific mode. The motion of the point of attachment of the tuned mass absorber to the structure has not only a contribution from the targeted mode, but also a background contribution from other non-resonant modes. Similarly, the force provided by the tuned mass absorber is distributed between the targeted...... mode and the background modes. It is demonstrated how this effect can be included via a non-dimensional dynamic background flexibility coefficient, extracted from a classic modal analysis for the particular frequency of the selected mode. An explicit calibration procedure is developed starting with the...

  5. Study on buffering characteristics of hydraulic absorber

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    Control rod hydraulic drive mechanism (CRHDM) is a new type of in-vessel control rod drive technology. Hydraulic absorber is one of the key parts of control rod hydraulic drive line. It is used to buffer control rod when the rod scrams to prevent the cross-blades of control rod from deformation and damage. Based on the working process of the hydraulic absorber, a theoretical model of the buffering process was established. Calculation results of the theoretical model agree well with the experiment results. The trend of pressure change in absorber cylinder, the displacement and velocity of the piston and buffering force during the buffering process were obtained from the calculation results of the theoretical model. Then influence parameters about cushioning characteristics were analyzed, which laid foundation for optimal design of the hydraulic absorber. (authors)

  6. An ultra-broadband multilayered graphene absorber

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    Amin, Muhammad

    2013-01-01

    An ultra-broadband multilayered graphene absorber operating at terahertz (THz) frequencies is proposed. The absorber design makes use of three mechanisms: (i) The graphene layers are asymmetrically patterned to support higher order surface plasmon modes that destructively interfere with the dipolar mode and generate electromagnetically induced absorption. (ii) The patterned graphene layers biased at different gate voltages backedup with dielectric substrates are stacked on top of each other. The resulting absorber is polarization dependent but has an ultra-broadband of operation. (iii) Graphene\\'s damping factor is increased by lowering its electron mobility to 1000cm 2=Vs. Indeed, numerical experiments demonstrate that with only three layers, bandwidth of 90% absorption can be extended upto 7THz, which is drastically larger than only few THz of bandwidth that can be achieved with existing metallic/graphene absorbers. © 2013 Optical Society of America.

  7. Negative impedance shunted electromagnetic absorber for broadband absorbing: experimental investigation

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    The traditional tuned mass absorber is widely employed to control the vibration of a primary structure by transferring the vibrating energy to the absorber. However, the working band of the absorber is very narrow, which limits the application of broadband vibration control. This study presents a novel broadband electromagnetic absorber by first introducing two negative impedance shunts to improve broadband damping of the absorber. The electromagnetic absorber is modeled, and the corresponding electromagnetic coupling coefficient is tested. A cantilever beam is employed to verify the broadband vibration absorption of the negative resistance (NR) shunted electromagnetic absorber (NR absorber) and the negative inductance NR shunted electromagnetic absorber (NINR absorber). The governing equations of the beam with two absorbers are derived, and the experiments are set up. The results point out that the NR and NINR absorbers can attenuate the broadband vibration. The proposed absorbers do not need the feedback system and the real-time controller compared to the active absorber; hence, they have great application potential in aerospace and in submarine applications, as well as in civil and mechanical engineering. (paper)

  8. High performance light water reactor core design studies

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    The High Performance Light Water Reactor (HPLWR) is the European version of the various supercritical water cooled reactor proposals. The paper presents the activity of KFKI-AEKI in the field of neutronic core design within the framework of the European funded project: 'HPLWR Phase 2'. As the coolant density along the axial direction shows remarkable change, coupled neutronic-thermohydraulic calculations are essential which take into account the heating of moderator in the special water rods of the assemblies. A parametrized diffusion cross section library was prepared for the HPLWR assembly with the MULTICELL neutronic transport code. The parametrized cross sections are used by the KARATE program system, which was verified by comparative Monte Carlo calculations. Methodical core calculations have been carried out. Without thermal insulation in the second superheater of the three pass core, the temperature of moderator water exceeds the pseudocritical temperature resulting in poor moderation. Applying heat insulators helps to avoid the extreme heat up of moderator, so it provides better moderation for neutrons. The increase of the local multiplication in the superheaters favorably affects the power distribution and keff of the core. Preliminary loadings of the HPLWR core were assessed, which contain insulated assemblies with Gd burnable absorbers. The initial reactivity excess was compensated by control rods. The reactivity coefficients of HPLWR with respect to temperatures show substantial negative feedback at normal operating conditions. (author)

  9. Preparation of Active Absorbent for Flue Gas Desulfurization From Coal Bottom Ash: Effect of Absorbent Preparation Variables

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    Chang Chin Li, Lee Keat Teong, Subhash Bhatia and Abdul Rahman Mohamed

    2012-01-01

    An active absorbent for flue gas desulfurization was prepared from coal bottom ash, calcium oxide (CaO) and calcium sulfate by hydro-thermal process. The absorbent was examined for its micro-structural properties. The experiments conducted were based on Design Of Experiments (DOE) according to 23 factorial design. The effect of various absorbent preparation variables such as ratio of CaO to bottom ash (A), hydration temperature (B) and hydration period (C) towards the BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Tel...

  10. Design and manufacture of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser by Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber and simulation of the system

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    In this article, we design and set up a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser by Cr4+:YAG crystal in order to obtain a desired output beam, energy per pulse 250 mj, pulse width 10 ns and good beam quality. This system have been also simulated by a powerful laser design and analysis software. The output beam profile in near and far-field resulted from the simulation process show a good agreement with the corresponding ones obtained from the measurement

  11. Metasurface Broadband Solar Absorber

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    Azad, Abul K.; Kort-Kamp, Wilton J. M.; Sykora, Milan; Weisse-Bernstein, Nina R.; Luk, Ting S.; Taylor, Antoinette J.; Dalvit, Diego A. R.; Chen, Hou-Tong

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrate a broadband, polarization independent, wide-angle absorber based on a metallic metasurface architecture, which accomplishes greater than 90% absorptance in the visible and near-infrared range of the solar spectrum, and exhibits low absorptivity (emissivity) at mid- and far-infrared wavelengths. The complex unit cell of the metasurface solar absorber consists of eight pairs of gold nano-resonators that are separated from a gold ground plane by a thin silicon dioxide spacer. Our experimental measurements reveal high-performance absorption over a wide range of incidence angles for both s- and p-polarizations. We also investigate numerically the frequency-dependent field and current distributions to elucidate how the absorption occurs within the metasurface structure.

  12. Absorbable and biodegradable polymers

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    2003-01-01

    INTRODUCTION NOTES: Absorbable/Biodegradable Polymers: Technology Evolution. DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATIONOF NEW SYSTEMS: Segmented Copolyesters with Prolonged Strength Retention Profiles. Polyaxial Crystalline Fiber-Forming Copolyester. Polyethylene Glycol-Based Copolyesters. Cyanoacrylate-Based Systems as Tissue Adhesives. Chitosan-Based Systems. Hyaluronic Acid-Based Systems. DEVELOPMENTS IN PREPARATIVE, PROCESSING, AND EVALUATION METHODS: New Approaches to the Synthesis of Crystalline. Fiber-Forming Aliphatic Copolyesters. Advances in Morphological Development to Tailor the Performance of Me

  13. Review of LMFBR absorber development in DeBeNe

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    The control rods design methods for LMFBRs, design criteria and choice of absorber materials are reviewed in presented paper. The results of the absorber rods material testing and its in-pile behaviour investigation as well as the programme of the future R and D work are also given

  14. Circular polarization sensitive absorbers based on graphene

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    Yang, Kunpeng; Wang, Min; Pu, Mingbo; Wu, Xiaoyu; Gao, Hui; Hu, Chenggang; Luo, Xiangang

    2016-01-01

    It is well known that the polarization of a linearly polarized (LP) light would rotate after passing through a single layer graphene under the bias of a perpendicular magnetostatic field. Here we show that a corresponding phase shift could be expected for circularly polarized (CP) light, which can be engineered to design the circular polarization sensitive devices. We theoretically validate that an ultrathin graphene-based absorber with the thickness about λ/76 can be obtained, which shows efficient absorption >90% within incident angles of ±80°. The angle-independent phase shift produced by the graphene is responsible for the nearly omnidirectional absorber. Furthermore, a broadband absorber in frequencies ranging from 2.343 to 5.885 THz with absorption over 90% is designed by engineering the dispersion of graphene. PMID:27034257

  15. Absorber for terahertz radiation management

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    Biallas, George Herman; Apeldoorn, Cornelis; Williams, Gwyn P.; Benson, Stephen V.; Shinn, Michelle D.; Heckman, John D.

    2015-12-08

    A method and apparatus for minimizing the degradation of power in a free electron laser (FEL) generating terahertz (THz) radiation. The method includes inserting an absorber ring in the FEL beam path for absorbing any irregular THz radiation and thus minimizes the degradation of downstream optics and the resulting degradation of the FEL output power. The absorber ring includes an upstream side, a downstream side, and a plurality of wedges spaced radially around the absorber ring. The wedges form a scallop-like feature on the innermost edges of the absorber ring that acts as an apodizer, stopping diffractive focusing of the THz radiation that is not intercepted by the absorber. Spacing between the scallop-like features and the shape of the features approximates the Bartlett apodization function. The absorber ring provides a smooth intensity distribution, rather than one that is peaked on-center, thereby eliminating minor distortion downstream of the absorber.

  16. Effect of burnable poison addition on the thermo-mechanical properties of UO2-5wt5CeO2 pellets

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    The microstructural characteristics and the thermo-mechanical properties of the pellets were evaluated and compared for UO2 and UO2-5wt%CeO2 pellets doped with burnable poisons (5wt% and 10wt% of Gd2O3, Sm2O3 and Dy2O3), sintered in reducing atmosphere for 4h. The sintered density and the grain size of UO2 and UO2-5wt%CeO2 pellets decreased by adding Gd2O3, Sm2O3 and Dy2O3 and the Vickers handness (Hv) of these pellets were found not affected with density and grain size variations. The fracture toughness (KIC) of the UO2 pellets increased with Gd2O3 and Dy2O3 adding and decreased with 10wt% Sm2O3 but that of UO2-5wt%CeO2 pellets were not changed. The fracture strength (of) of UO2 and UO2-5wt%CeO2 pellets were not affected by addition of burnable poison material and the critical thermal shock temperature difference (ΔTc) of the pellets increased for UO2 pellets doped with Gd2O3. Sm2O3 and Dy2O3 in the low temperature range (80 ∼ 200 .deg. C)

  17. Corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coatings

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    Choi, Jor-Shan; Farmer, Joseph C.; Lee, Chuck K.; Walker, Jeffrey; Russell, Paige; Kirkwood, Jon; Yang, Nancy; Champagne, Victor

    2012-05-29

    A method of forming a corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coating comprising the steps of spray or deposition or sputtering or welding processing to form a composite material made of a spray or deposition or sputtering or welding material, and a neutron absorbing material. Also a corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coating comprising a composite material made of a spray or deposition or sputtering or welding material, and a neutron absorbing material.

  18. Corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coatings

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    Choi, Jor-Shan; Farmer, Joseph C; Lee, Chuck K; Walker, Jeffrey; Russell, Paige; Kirkwood, Jon; Yang, Nancy; Champagne, Victor

    2013-11-12

    A method of forming a corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coating comprising the steps of spray or deposition or sputtering or welding processing to form a composite material made of a spray or deposition or sputtering or welding material, and a neutron absorbing material. Also a corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coating comprising a composite material made of a spray or deposition or sputtering or welding material, and a neutron absorbing material.

  19. 减振器活塞杆侧向弯曲疲劳试验机构设计%Design on Lateral Bending Fatigue Test Mechanism of Piston Rod in Shock Absorber

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    孙晓帮; 杨晓琦; 杨殿旭; 王国东

    2014-01-01

    在介绍减振器活塞杆侧向弯曲疲劳试验原理的基础上,设计出实现活塞杆侧向弯曲试验功能的曲柄连杆双弹簧机构,并确定了关键功能参数。试验结果表明,该试验机构能满足直径小于25 mm的活塞杆侧向弯曲疲劳试验。%Based on introducing the principle on lateral bending fatigue test of piston rod in shock absorber, crank connecting rod double spring mechanism was designed to implement function of lateral bending test of piston rod, and key function parameters were determined. Experimental results show that this mechanism can meet lateral bending fatigue test of piston rod whose diameter is less than 32mm.

  20. Vibration control in piping systems by dual dynamic absorbers, 1

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    This paper deals with the application of dual dynamic absorbers to nuclear piping systems to accomplish high damping value and reduce seismic response at resonance frequencies. The transfer matrix method is used for designing the dual dynamic absorbers as well as for determining the optimum mounting location. The effectiveness of the dynamic absorbers is demonstrated by suppressing the first three resonance peaks in the 3-dimensional model piping system. (author)

  1. Design of straight-retractable energy-absorbing beam for electric cars and its crashworthiness analysis%电动汽车直形收缩梁的轻量化设计与耐撞性分析

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    王秋成; 刘卫国; 葛东东; 赵福全; 李芳

    2012-01-01

    The insufficient mileage is one of the major bottleneck factors which affect the promotion and application of electric cars. To reduce the electric vehicle body mass is an effective way to improve the mileage of an electric vehicle. Two kinds of contraction beams, straight retractable (SR) and tapered retractable (TR) beams, were designed to lighten the electric car mass. A frontal crash model was established by using the Hypermesh and LS-DYNA to study the frontal structural component crashworthiness of an electric car during collisions at a low-speed of 16 km/h and a high-speed of 50 km/h. The collision energy absorption, the impact force, and the body acceleration, when using new energy-absorbing beams, were analyzed and compared with those when using the original energy-absorbing beam. Simulation results demonstrate that the straight retractable beam can absorb more crash energy by 18.0% at the high-speed collision and reduce the mass by 23.6%, which optimizes both the light mass and the crashworthiness of an electric car.%电动车续航里程过短是影响推广应用的主要瓶颈因素之一,而电动汽车车身结构的轻量化是提高续航里程的有效途径。该文提出了两款新型梁--直形收缩梁和锥形收缩梁,对某款电动汽车原吸能部件,进行轻量化设计。建立了电动汽车正面碰撞结构模型,运用Hypermesh和LS—DYNA软件,对新型吸能梁和原吸能梁进行低速(16km/h)碰撞和高速(50km/h)碰撞模拟,研究了其碰撞能量吸收、刚性墙撞击力、车身加速度等碰撞行为。仿真计算结果表明:新型直形收缩梁在高速碰撞时吸能提高了18.0%,同时吸能部件的质量减轻了23.6%,兼顾了电动汽车零部件的轻量化和耐撞性。

  2. A Dynamic Absorber With Active Vibration Control

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    Huang, S.-J.; Lian, R.-J.

    1994-12-01

    The design and construction of a dynamic absorber incorporating active vibration control is described. The absorber is a two-degrees-of-freedom spring — lumped mass system sliding on a guide pillar, with two internal vibration disturbance sources. Both the main mass and the secondary absorber mass are acted on by DC servo motors, respectively, to suppress the vibration amplitude. The state variable technique is used to model this dynamic system and a decoupling PID control method is used. First, the discrete time state space model is identified by using the commercial software MATLAB. Then the decoupling controller of this multi-input/multi-output system is derived from the identified model. Finally the results of some experiments are presented. The experimental results show that the system is effective in suppressing vibration. Also, the performance of this control strategy for position tracking control is evaluated based on experimental data.

  3. Tribology Aspect of Rubber Shock Absorbers Development

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    M. Banić

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Rubber is a very flexible material with many desirable properties Which enable its broad use in engineering practice. Rubber or rubber-metal springs are widely used as anti-vibration or anti-shock components in technical systems. Rubber-metal springs are usually realized as a bonded assembly, however especially in shock absorbers, it is possible to realize free contacts between rubber and metal parts. In previous research it authors was observed that friction between rubber and metal in such case have a significant influence on the damping characteristics of shock absorber. This paper analyzes the development process of rubber or rubber-metal shock absorbers realized free contacts between the constitutive parts, starting from the design, construction, testing and operation, with special emphasis on the development of rubber-metal springs for the buffing and draw gear of railway vehicles.

  4. Energy absorbing supports - An alternative piping support system

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    An extensive development effort has resulted in the successful application of energy absorbers as alternative supports. Several installations of energy absorbers demonstrating the feasibility of this support concept have been successfully completed. Designed in accordance with the ASME Code Case N-420, these ductile supports undergo limited and controlled yielding under dynamic conditions, thereby dissipating energy. The design methodology determines the specific damping ratios applicable for a given piping system on the basis of the energy absorbers used. Thus, using energy absorbers permits predictable damping to be engineered into the system design. They can be used in operating plants to replace existing snubbers. In plants under construction, they can be used in place of both snubbers and rigid supports. In both applications, fewer energy absorbers are required as compared to snubbers and rigid supports

  5. Graphene metamaterials based tunable terahertz absorber: effective surface conductivity approach

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    Andryieuski, Andrei; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    2013-01-01

    In this paper we present the efficient design of functional thin-film metamaterial devices with the effective surface conductivity approach. As an example, we demonstrate a graphene based perfect absorber. After formulating the requirements to the perfect absorber in terms of surface conductivity...

  6. 用于应力吸收层使用的沥青混合料配合比设计方法研究%Study on the Design Method of Mix Proportion about HMA for Stress Absorbing Layer

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    刘小滔; 王旭东; 周兴业; 熊琴

    2012-01-01

    根据AC10型细粒式沥青混凝土应力吸收层的设计,提出基于路用性能均衡的应力吸收层的设计方法。即采用最佳紧密状态油石比为下限,谢伦堡析漏试验析漏损失率拐点油石比为上限,并根据路用性能最优确定应力吸收层最佳油石比。通过广西一高速公路实体工程验证,取得了良好的应用效果。%According to the design of AC10 fined grained asphalt concrete used as stress absorbing layer,this paper proposes the related design method based on equilibrium of pavement performance.This method adopts the asphalt-aggregate ratio under closest compact condition as lower limit and that at the inflexion of run-off loss ratio in Schellenberg Binder Drainage Test as upper limit to finally determine the optimum asphalt-aggregate ratio according to the optimum pavement performance.Through the verification of a substantial highway project in Guangxi province,it achieves good application result.

  7. Energy-absorbing effectiveness factor

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    Jones, Norman

    2010-01-01

    Abstract A study is reported on the energy-absorbing effectiveness factor which was introduced recently. The factor is defined as the quotient of the total energy, which can be absorbed in a system, to the maximum energy up to failure in a normal tensile specimen, which is made from the same volume of material. This dimensionless parameter allows comparisons to be made of the effectiveness of various geometrical shapes and of energy-absorbers made from different materials. The infl...

  8. Casimir force in absorbing multilayers

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    Tomas, M. S.

    2002-01-01

    The Casimir effect in a dispersive and absorbing multilayered system is considered adopting the (net) vacuum-field pressure point of view to the Casimir force. Using the properties of the macroscopic field operators appropriate for absorbing systems and a convenient compact form of the Green function for a multilayer, a straightforward and transparent derivation of the Casimir force in a lossless layer of an otherwise absorbing multilayer is presented. The resulting expression in terms of the...

  9. Preparation of Active Absorbent for Flue Gas Desulfurization From Coal Bottom Ash: Effect of Absorbent Preparation Variables

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    Chang Chin Li, Lee Keat Teong, Subhash Bhatia and Abdul Rahman Mohamed

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available An active absorbent for flue gas desulfurization was prepared from coal bottom ash, calcium oxide (CaO and calcium sulfate by hydro-thermal process. The absorbent was examined for its micro-structural properties. The experiments conducted were based on Design Of Experiments (DOE according to 23 factorial design. The effect of various absorbent preparation variables such as ratio of CaO to bottom ash (A, hydration temperature (B and hydration period (C towards the BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller specific surface area of the absorbent were studied. At a CaO to bottom ash ratio = 2, hydration temperature = 200 ?C and hydration period = 10 hrs, absorbent with a surface area of 90.1 m2/g was obtained. Based on the analysis of the factorial design, it was concluded that factor A and C as well as the interaction of factors ABC and BC are the significant factors that effect the BET surface area of the absorbent. A linear mathematical model that describes the relation between the independent variables and interaction between variables towards the BET specific surface area of the absorbent was also developed. Analysis of variance (ANOVA showed that the model was significant at 1% level.Key Words: Absorbent, Bottom Ash, Design Of Experiments, Desulfurization, Surface Area.

  10. Review of Plasmonic Nanocomposite Metamaterial Absorber

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    Mehdi Keshavarz Hedayati

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Plasmonic metamaterials are artificial materials typically composed of noble metals in which the features of photonics and electronics are linked by coupling photons to conduction electrons of metal (known as surface plasmon. These rationally designed structures have spurred interest noticeably since they demonstrate some fascinating properties which are unattainable with naturally occurring materials. Complete absorption of light is one of the recent exotic properties of plasmonic metamaterials which has broadened its application area considerably. This is realized by designing a medium whose impedance matches that of free space while being opaque. If such a medium is filled with some lossy medium, the resulting structure can absorb light totally in a sharp or broad frequency range. Although several types of metamaterials perfect absorber have been demonstrated so far, in the current paper we overview (and focus on perfect absorbers based on nanocomposites where the total thickness is a few tens of nanometer and the absorption band is broad, tunable and insensitive to the angle of incidence. The nanocomposites consist of metal nanoparticles embedded in a dielectric matrix with a high filling factor close to the percolation threshold. The filling factor can be tailored by the vapor phase co-deposition of the metallic and dielectric components. In addition, novel wet chemical approaches are discussed which are bio-inspired or involve synthesis within levitating Leidenfrost drops, for instance. Moreover, theoretical considerations, optical properties, and potential application of perfect absorbers will be presented.

  11. Absorber design in sour natural gas treatment plants: Impact of process variables on operation and economics = Absorberentwurf für Anlagen zur Behandlung von sauren Erdgasen: Einfluss Prozessparameter auf Betriebsführung und Prozesswirtschaftlichkeit

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    Blauwhoff, P.M.M.; Kamphuis, B.; Swaaij, van W.P.M.; Westerterp, K.R.

    1985-01-01

    Two models of absorber have been developed which describe the absorption of H2S and CO2 from natural gases by aqueous di-isopropanolamine (DIPA) or methyl-di-ethanolamine (MDEA) solutions. In these models mass transfer, reaction and equilibrium processes as they prevail in conventional tray absorber

  12. Energy absorbing supports - an alternative piping support system

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    An extensive development effort has resulted in the successful application of energy absorbers as alternative supports. Several installations of energy absorbers demonstrating the feasibility of this support concept have been successfully completed. Designed in accordance with the ASME Code Case N-420, these ductile supports undergo limited and controlled yielding under dynamic conditions, thereby dissipating energy. The design methodology determines the specific damping ratios applicable for a given piping system on the basis of the energy absorbers used. Thus, using energy absorbers permits predictable damping to be engineered into the system desing. They can be used in operating plants to replace existing snubbers. In plants under construction, they can be used in place of both snubbers and rigid supports. In both applications, fewer energy absorbers are required as compared to snubbers and rigid supports. (orig.)

  13. New Technology in Hydrogen Absorbers for Muon Cooling Channels

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    Cummings, M A C

    2005-01-01

    Ionization cooling is the only technique fast enough to cool and focus muons for neutrino factories and muon colliders, and hydrogen is the optimal material for maximum cooling and minimal multiple scattering. Liquid hydrogen absorber R&D for the Muon Collaboration has proceeded on parallel and complementary fronts. The continuing LH2 absorber engineering and technical developments by the MuCool group conducted by ICAR* institutions (NIU, IIT and UIUC), the University of Mississippi and Oxford University, in cooperation with Fermilab, will be summarized, including results from the first hydrogen absorber tests at the newly constructed FNAL Mucool Test Area (MTA). The program includes designs for the high-powered test of an absorber prototype (external heat exchange) at the MTA which are nearing completion to be installed by summer 2005, an alternative absorber design (internal heat exchange) being finalized for the approved cooling experiment (MICE) at Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory, and a novel idea for ...

  14. Development of monofilar rotor hub vibration absorber

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    Duh, J.; Miao, W.

    1983-01-01

    A design and ground test program was conducted to study the performance of the monofilar absorber for vibration reduction on a four-bladed helicopter. A monofilar is a centrifugal tuned two degree-of-freedom rotor hub absorber that provides force attenuation at two frequencies using the same dynamic mass. Linear and non-linear analyses of the coupled monofilar/airframe system were developed to study tuning and attenuation characteristics. Based on the analysis, a design was fabricated and impact bench tests verified the calculated non-rotating natural frequencies and mode shapes. Performance characteristics were measured using a rotating absorber test facility. These tests showed significant attenuation of fixed-system 4P hub motions due to 3P inplane rotating-system hub forces. In addition, detuning effects of the 3P monofilar modal response were small due to the nonlinearities and tuning pin slippage. However, attenuation of 4P hub motions due to 5P inplane hub forces was poor. The performance of the 5P monofilar modal response was degraded by torsional motion of the dynamic mass relative to the support arm which resulted in binding of the dynamic components. Analytical design studies were performed to evaluate this torsional motion problem. An alternative design is proposed which may alleviate the torsional motion of the dynamic mass.

  15. Leaf absorbance and photosynthesis

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    Schurer, Kees

    1994-01-01

    The absorption spectrum of a leaf is often thought to contain some clues to the photosynthetic action spectrum of chlorophyll. Of course, absorption of photons is needed for photosynthesis, but the reverse, photosynthesis when there is absorption, is not necessarily true. As a check on the existence of absorption limits we measured spectra for a few different leaves. Two techniques for measuring absorption have been used, viz. the separate determination of the diffuse reflectance and the diffuse transmittance with the leaf at a port of an integrating sphere and the direct determination of the non-absorbed fraction with the leaf in the sphere. In a cross-check both methods yielded the same results for the absorption spectrum. The spectrum of a Fuchsia leaf, covering the short-wave region from 350 to 2500 nm, shows a high absorption in UV, blue and red, the well known dip in the green and a steep fall-off at 700 nm. Absorption drops to virtually zero in the near infrared, with subsequent absorptions, corresponding to the water absorption bands. In more detailed spectra, taken at 5 nm intervals with a 5 nm bandwidth, differences in chlorophyll content show in the different depths of the dip around 550 nm and in a small shift of the absorption edge at 700 nm. Spectra for Geranium (Pelargonium zonale) and Hibiscus (with a higher chlorophyll content) show that the upper limit for photosynthesis can not be much above 700 nm. No evidence, however, is to be seen of a lower limit for photosynthesis and, in fact, some experiments down to 300 nm still did not show a decrease of the absorption although it is well recognized that no photosynthesis results with 300 nm wavelengths.

  16. Vibration absorber modeling for handheld machine tool

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    Abdullah, Mohd Azman; Mustafa, Mohd Muhyiddin; Jamil, Jazli Firdaus; Salim, Mohd Azli; Ramli, Faiz Redza

    2015-05-01

    Handheld machine tools produce continuous vibration to the users during operation. This vibration causes harmful effects to the health of users for repeated operations in a long period of time. In this paper, a dynamic vibration absorber (DVA) is designed and modeled to reduce the vibration generated by the handheld machine tool. Several designs and models of vibration absorbers with various stiffness properties are simulated, tested and optimized in order to diminish the vibration. Ordinary differential equation is used to derive and formulate the vibration phenomena in the machine tool with and without the DVA. The final transfer function of the DVA is later analyzed using commercial available mathematical software. The DVA with optimum properties of mass and stiffness is developed and applied on the actual handheld machine tool. The performance of the DVA is experimentally tested and validated by the final result of vibration reduction.

  17. Ultra-broadband terahertz metamaterial absorber

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    Zhu, Jianfei; Ma, Zhaofeng; Sun, Wujiong; Ding, Fei; He, Qiong; Zhou, Lei; Ma, Yungui

    2014-07-01

    We demonstrated an ultra-broadband, polarization-insensitive, and wide-angle metamaterial absorber for terahertz (THz) frequencies using arrays of truncated pyramid unit structure made of metal-dielectric multilayer composite. In our design, each sub-layer behaving as an effective waveguide is gradually modified in their lateral width to realize a wideband response by effectively stitching together the resonance bands of different waveguide modes. Experimentally, our five layer sample with a total thickness 21 μm is capable of producing a large absorptivity above 80% from 0.7 to 2.3 THz up to the maximum measurement angle 40°. The full absorption width at half maximum of our device is around 127%, greater than those previously reported for THz frequencies. Our absorber design has high practical feasibility and can be easily integrated with the semiconductor technology to make high efficient THz-oriented devices.

  18. High-performance THz metamaterial absorber

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    Zhu, Jianfei; Sun, Wujiong; Ding, Fei; He, Qiong; Zhou, Lei; Ma, Yungui

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrated an ultra-broadband, polarization-insensitive and wide-angle metamaterial absorber for terahertz (THz) frequencies using arrays of truncated pyramid unit structure made of metal-dielectric multilayer composite. In our design each sub-layer behaving as an effective waveguide is gradually modified in their lateral width to realize a wideband response by effectively stitching together the resonance bands of different waveguide modes. Experimentally, our five layer sample with a total thickness 21um is capable of producing a large absorptivity above 80% from 0.7 to 2.3 THz up to the maximum measurement angle 40{\\deg}. The full absorption width at half maximum (FWHM) of our device is around 127%, greater than those previously reported for THz frequencies. Our absorber design has high practical feasibility and can be easily integrated with the semiconductor technology to make high efficient THz-oriented devices.

  19. Nuclear design report for system-integrated modular advanced reactor

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    Park, Sang Yoon; Lee, Chung Chan; Zee, Sung Quun; Chang, Moon Hee [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejeon (Korea)

    2002-02-01

    This report presents nuclear characteristics analysis results for SMART. Information is given on fuel loading, power density distributions, reactivity coefficients and control rod worths. The core consists of 57 modified Korean Standard Fuel Assemblies (m-KOFAs). and all fuel assemblies contain burnable absorbers to control the power distribution and the excess reactivity that is required for soluble boron-free and ultra longer cycle operation. The cycle length of SMART amounts to 990 EFPD corresponding to a cycle burnup of 26,160 MWD/MTU. 4 refs., 92 figs., 5 tabs. (Author)

  20. Neutron physics calculation for VVER-1000 absorber element lifetime determination

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    Absorber element (AE) with compound absorber has been operating in WWER-1000 power units since 1995. AE design meets operating organizations requirements for reliability, service life (to 10 years) and safety functions. Extension of AE service life up to 20 - 30 years by the complex of calculation and experimental work is an important problem of WWER new designs development. The paper deals with the issues related to calculation determination of main factors that influence AE service life limitation - neutron flux and fluence onto absorbing and structural materials during extended service life. (authors)

  1. Infrared perfect absorber based on nanowire metamaterial cavities

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    He, Yingran; Jiao, Xiangyang; He, Sailing; Gao, Jie; Yang, Xiaodong

    2012-01-01

    An infrared perfect absorber based on gold nanowire metamaterial cavities array on a gold ground plane is designed. The metamaterial made of gold nanowires embedded in alumina host exhibits an effective permittivity with strong anisotropy, which supports cavity resonant modes of both electric dipole and magnetic dipole. The impedance of the cavity modes matches the incident plane wave in free space, leading to nearly perfect light absorption. The incident optical energy is efficiently converted into heat so that the local temperature of the absorber will increase. Simulation results show that the designed metamaterial absorber is polarization-insensitive and nearly omnidirectional for the incident angle.

  2. Neutron physics calculation for WWER-1000 absorber element lifetime determination

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    Absorber element with compound absorber has been operating in WWER-1000 power units since 1995. AE design meets operating organizations requirements for reliability, service life (to 10 years) and safety functions. Extension of AE service life up to 20 - 30 years by the complex of calculation and experimental work is an important problem of WWER new designs development. The paper deals with the issues related to calculation determination of main factors that influence AE service life limitation - neutron flux and fluence onto absorbing and structural materials during extended service life. (Authors)

  3. Flexible subterahertz metamaterial absorber fabrication using inkjet printing technology

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    Lee, Dongju; Sung, Hyuk-Kee; Lim, Sungjoon

    2016-07-01

    In this study, a flexible metamaterial (MM) absorber was designed at 0.1 THz and fabricated using inkjet printing technology. The unit cell of the MM absorber was designed using a finite element method-based full-wave simulation. The unit cell comprised square rings, and it was printed with silver nanoparticle ink on flexible Kapton polyimide film. The fabrication processes were performed using a material printer. The absorber's reflection coefficient was measured using a vector network analyzer and a WR-10 waveguide. The absorption ratio was 93.5 % at 0.102 THz. Therefore, we demonstrated the possibility of inkjet printing at a subterahertz band.

  4. Verification of SMART Neutronics Design Methodology by the MCNAP Monte Carlo Code

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    SMART is a small advanced integral pressurized water reactor (PWR) of 330 MW(thermal) designed for both electricity generation and seawater desalinization. The CASMO-3/MASTER nuclear analysis system, a design-basis of Korean PWR plants, has been employed for the SMART core nuclear design and analysis because the fuel assembly (FA) characteristics and reactor operating conditions in temperature and pressure are similar to those of PWR plants. However, the SMART FAs are highly poisoned with more than 20 Al2O3-B4C plus additional Gd2O3/UO2 BPRs each FA. The reactor is operated with control rods inserted. Therefore, the flux and power distribution may become more distorted than those of commercial PWR plants. In addition, SMART should produce power from room temperature to hot-power operating condition because it employs nuclear heating from room temperature. This demands reliable predictions of core criticality, shutdown margin, control rod worth, power distributions, and reactivity coefficients at both room temperature and hot operating condition, yet no such data are available to verify the CASMO-3/MASTER (hereafter MASTER) code system. In the absence of experimental verification data for the SMART neutronics design, the Monte Carlo depletion analysis program MCNAP is adopted as near-term alternatives for qualifying MASTER neutronics design calculations. The MCNAP is a personal computer-based continuous energy Monte Carlo neutronics analysis program written in C++ language. We established its qualification by presenting its prediction accuracy on measurements of Venus critical facilities and core neutronics analysis of a PWR plant in operation, and depletion characteristics of integral burnable absorber FAs of the current PWR. Here, we present a comparison of MASTER and MCNAP neutronics design calculations for SMART and establish the qualification of the MASTER system

  5. Two-dimensional QR-coded metamaterial absorber

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    Sui, Sai; Ma, Hua; Wang, Jiafu; Pang, Yongqiang; Zhang, Jieqiu; Qu, Shaobo

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, the design of metamaterial absorbers is proposed based on QR coding and topology optimization. Such absorbers look like QR codes and can be recognized by decoding softwares as well as mobile phones. To verify the design, two lightweight wideband absorbers are designed, which can achieve wideband absorption above 90 % in 6.68-19.30 and 7.00-19.70 GHz, respectively. More importantly, polarization-independent absorption over 90 % can be maintained under incident angle within 55°. The QR code absorber not only can achieve wideband absorption, but also can carry information such as texts and Web sites. They are of important values in applications such identification and electromagnetic protection.

  6. Hyperuniformity of Critical Absorbing States

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    Hexner, Daniel; Levine, Dov

    2015-03-01

    The properties of the absorbing states of nonequilibrium models belonging to the conserved directed percolation universality class are studied. We find that, at the critical point, the absorbing states are hyperuniform, exhibiting anomalously small density fluctuations. The exponent characterizing the fluctuations is measured numerically, a scaling relation to other known exponents is suggested, and a new correlation length relating to this ordering is proposed. These results may have relevance to photonic band-gap materials.

  7. The absorber hypothesis of electrodynamics

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    De Luca, Jayme

    2008-01-01

    We test the absorber hypothesis of the action-at-a-distance electrodynamics for globally-bounded solutions of a finite-particle universe. We find that the absorber hypothesis forbids globally-bounded motions for a universe containing only two charged particles, otherwise the condition alone does not forbid globally-bounded motions. We discuss the implication of our results for the various forms of electrodynamics of point charges.

  8. Design of Thermopile-Based Infrared Detectors with Suspended Absorber-Thermopile Bi-Layers%一种基于悬浮吸收层的双层结构的热电堆红外探测器

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    陈媛婧; 毛海央; 谭秋林; 薛晨阳; 欧文; 陈大鹏; 熊继军

    2014-01-01

    A novel infrared ( IR ) detector is designed and presented. The detector takes advantage of suspended absorber-thermopile bi-layers to achieve high performance with a relatively small size. The bi-layers are realized by using two separated sacrificial layers, which include a Poly-Si film beneath the thermopiles and a polyimide deposition over the thermopiles. Simulation results demonstrate that the detectivity,responsibility and response time of the IR detectors can reach 2. 85×108 cmHz(1/2)/W,1 800 V/W and 6 ms,respectively. Moreover,the fabrication of the IR detector is highly compatible with standard CMOS process, which as a result, makes the high-yield and low-cost production possible.%提出一种新颖红外传感器,这种传感器采用悬浮吸收层的双层结构的优势,来实现相对小尺寸下的高探测性能。双层结构采用2种牺牲层材料,分别为聚酰亚胺牺牲层和预埋在热偶条和沉底之间的多晶硅材料。仿真结果证明了该种结构的探测率、响应率和响应时间分别达到2.85×108 cm Hz(1/2)/W、1800 V/W和6 ms。本文给出了该种热电堆红外探测器高度兼容于CMOS工艺的制备流程,使器件的高效量产和低成本生产成为可能。

  9. Thermal performance of a novel linear cavity absorber for parabolic trough solar concentrator

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    Highlights: • Optimized cavity absorber with heat transfer enhancement design. • Cavity absorber was used for conventional materials and fabrication techniques. • Model on thermal of cavity absorber was established. • Thermal efficiency of the cavity were discussed by analysis and experiment. - Abstract: A novel linear cavity absorber for parabolic trough solar concentrator (PTC) was designed in the present study. The cavity absorber was used for conventional fabrication techniques and its thermal performance was carried out. The theoretical model of thermal efficiency for the cavity absorber has been established and verified by the experimental results. The results revealed that there was an agreement between the model and experiment. Furthermore, the temperature of the working fluid could reach 570 K, and the thermal efficiency of the cavity absorber was comparable to that of evacuated tube when the temperature of working fluid was in medium temperature. In conclusion, the thermal performance for the cavity absorber with glass cover and fins was improved

  10. Neutronic design of an ADS

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    We present a LEU-ADS design based on an existing Argentine experimental facility, the RA-8 pool type zero power reactor. The versatility of this reactor allows measurement of different core configurations using different fuel enrichment, burnable poison rods, water perturbations and different control rods types in critical or subcritical configurations with an external source. To assess the feasibility of the LEU-ADS, multiplication factors, kinetic parameters, spectra, and time flux evolution were computed. Two external sources were considered: an isotopic 252Cf source, and a D-D pulsed neutron source. Parameters for different core configurations were calculated, and the feasibility of using continuous and pulsed neutron sources was verified.

  11. Analysis of buffering process of control rod hydraulic absorber

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    Control Rod Hydraulic Drive Mechanism(CRHDM) is a newly invented build-in control rod drive mechanism. Hydraulic absorber is the key part of this mechanism, and is used to cushion the control rod when the rod scrams. Thus, it prevents the control rod from being deformed and damaged. In this paper dynamics program ANSYS CFX is used to calculate all kinds of flow conditions in hydraulic absorber to obtain its hydraulic characteristics. Based on the flow resistance coefficients obtained from the simulation results, fluid mass and momentum equations were developed to get the trend of pressure change in the hydraulic cylinder and the displacement of the piston rod during the buffering process of the control rod. The results obtained in this paper indicate that the hydraulic absorber meets the design requirement. The work in this paper will be helpful for the design and optimization of the control rod hydraulic absorber. (author)

  12. Energy deposition studies for the LBNE beam absorber

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    Rakhno, Igor L.; Mokhov, Nikolai V.; Tropin, Igor S.

    2015-01-29

    Results of detailed Monte Carlo energy deposition studies performed for the LBNE absorber core and the surrounding shielding with the MARS15 code are described. The model of the entire facility, that includes a pion-production target, focusing horns, target chase, decay channel, hadron absorber system – all with corresponding radiation shielding – was developed using the recently implemented ROOT-based geometry option in the MARS15 code. This option provides substantial flexibility and automation when developing complex geometry models. Both normal operation and accidental conditions were studied. Various design options were considered, in particular the following: (i) filling the decay pipe with air or helium; (ii) the absorber mask material and shape; (iii) the beam spoiler material and size. Results of detailed thermal calculations with the ANSYS code helped to select the most viable absorber design options.

  13. Energy deposition studies for the LBNE beam absorber

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    Rakhno, Igor L; Tropin, Igor S

    2015-01-01

    Results of detailed Monte Carlo energy deposition studies performed for the LBNE absorber core and the surrounding shielding with the MARS15 code are described. The model of the entire facility, that includes a pion-production target, focusing horns, target chase, decay channel, hadron absorber system -- all with corresponding radiation shielding -- was developed using the recently implemented ROOT-based geometry option in the MARS15 code. This option provides substantial flexibility and automation when developing complex geometry models. Both normal operation and accidental conditions were studied. Various design options were considered, in particular the following: (i) filling the decay pipe with air or helium; (ii) the absorber mask material and shape; (iii) the beam spoiler material and size. Results of detailed thermal calculations with the ANSYS code helped to select the most viable absorber design options.

  14. Two-phase control absorber development program: in - and out-reactor measurements to detrmine absorber dynamics

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    The aim of the Two-Phase Control Absorber Development Program was to assess the suitability of this absorber concept for the bulk/spatial regulation of neutron flux in future CANDU power reactors. The concept works on the principle that the absorption of neutrons can be regulated by varying the density of a liquid/gas mixture which flows continuously through U-tubes located in the reactor core. Part of our experimental program consisted of out- and in-reactor dynamic measurements to determine the absorber frequency responses for different mixture densities in the absorber. The results, presented in this report, have been used to validate a two-phase control absorber simulation developed earlier, and to design the controller for the closed-loop experiments, with a two-phase control absorber in the ZED-2 research reactor. As well, the data and analysis technique developed have been used in the conceptual design of a Two-Phase Absorber Control System for a CANDU PHW-1250 reactor. (auth)

  15. Design and evaluation of a thorium fueled reactor with seed-blanket assembly configuration

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    Recently, thorium fuel cycle is receiving increasing attention as one of possible ways to solve the problems of existing reactor design. In particular, a competitive thorium fuel cycle for pressurized water reactors of current technology, Radkowsky Thorium Reactor (RTR), was suggested by Radkowsky, et al. Main design concept of RTR is to replace the fuel assemblies of existing reactors with new thorium fueled assemblies with seed-blanket configuration. Except for the use of Seed-Blanket Units (SBUs), RTR has almost the same hardware components with existing PWR technology. With minor modification, RTR concepts may be adopted to PWR. In this thesis, we designed a thorium fueled reactor according to the design features of RTR and carried out the assessment of its overall performance. For numerical estimation, we used the cell code system HELIOS and the 2-group diffusion nodal code system AFEN. The link of these two code systems was done for depletion calculation. To compare its performance with existing PWRs, the ABB/CE type SYSTEM 80+ core was also modeled and calculated. From the preliminary results of performance analysis of an RTR-type thorium reactor, and comparison with the ABB/CE type reactor, we could ascertain some advantages and problems. Although some technical problems still remain, i.e., the need of extensive use of burnable absorbers and other thermo-mechanical problems, we conclude that RTR-type thorium reactor may is one of the effective ways to solve the two main problems of existing nuclear technology, i.e., possible diversion of the spent fuel for weapons and the storage and disposal of the spent fuel (discharged fuel is less in amount and poor in fissile plutonium quality). From RTR-type thorium fuel cycle, we can also achieve economical benefits because it requires much less uranium and thorium than existing PWR to produce the same amount of energy

  16. Waveform-dependent absorbing metasurfaces

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    Wakatsuchi, Hiroki; Rushton, Jeremiah J; Sievenpiper, Daniel F

    2014-01-01

    We present the first use of a waveform-dependent absorbing metasurface for high-power pulsed surface currents. The new type of nonlinear metasurface, composed of circuit elements including diodes, is capable of storing high power pulse energy to dissipate it between pulses, while allowing propagation of small signals. Interestingly, the absorbing performance varies for high power pulses but not for high power continuous waves (CWs), since the capacitors used are fully charged up. Thus, the waveform dependence enables us to distinguish various signal types (i.e. CW or pulse) even at the same frequency, which potentially creates new kinds of microwave technologies and applications.

  17. Study of an electroacoustic absorber

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    Rodríguez de Antonio, Javier

    2008-01-01

    El problema de la atenuación del ruido de baja frecuencia todavía persiste pese a que ha sido ampliamente estudiado. Las técnicas para absorber ruido de alta frecuencia (superior a 500 Hz), como son los materiales porosos, resonadores de Helmholtz o espumas no ofrecen resultados aceptables a bajas frecuencias. Serían necesarios volúmenes impracticables de materiales porosos para intentar absorber frecuencias menores a 500 Hz, y lo mismo ocurre con los resonadores de Helmholtz. Esta ineficacia...

  18. Perfectly Reflectionless Omnidirectional Electromagnetic Absorber

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    Sainath, Kamalesh

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate the existence of metamaterial blueprints describing, and fundamental limitations concerning, perfectly reflectionless omnidirectional electromagnetic absorbers (PR-OEMA). Previous attempts to define PR-OEMA blueprints have led to active (gain), rather than passive, media. We explain this fact and unveil new, distinct limitations of true PR-OEMA devices including the appearance of an "electromagnetic horizon" on physical solutions. As practical alternatives, we introduce two new OEMA blueprints. While these two blueprints do not correspond to reflectionless media, they are effective in absorbing incident waves in a manner robust to incident wave diversity.

  19. Diffusion coefficients for absorbing materials

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    A method to improve the diffusion results for systems containing strong absorbers is described. Each absorbing material is transformed into an equivalent rectangle. Transport and diffusion calculations in slab geometry are performed for both directions of the rectangle, and group-dependent diffusion coefficients are determined by matching the outgoing currents. Test problems comprise a critical slab, a compact PWR fuel element storage pool and two BWR fuel elements with a control rod and a poison cell. The multiplication factors of these systems are calculated with an accuracy of 1 to 2%. (Auth.)

  20. Anomalous Diffusion with Absorbing Boundary

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    Kantor, Yacov; Kardar, Mehran

    2007-01-01

    In a very long Gaussian polymer on time scales shorter that the maximal relaxation time, the mean squared distance travelled by a tagged monomer grows as ~t^{1/2}. We analyze such sub-diffusive behavior in the presence of one or two absorbing boundaries and demonstrate the differences between this process and the sub-diffusion described by the fractional Fokker-Planck equation. In particular, we show that the mean absorption time of diffuser between two absorbing boundaries is finite. Our res...

  1. Innovative Anti Crash Absorber for a Crashworthy Landing Gear

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    Guida, Michele; Marulo, Francesco; Montesarchio, Bruno; Bruno, Massimiliano

    2014-06-01

    This paper defines an innovative concept to anti-crash absorber in composite material to be integrated on the landing gear as an energy-absorbing device in crash conditions to absorb the impact energy. A composite cylinder tube in carbon fiber material is installed coaxially to the shock absorber cylinder and, in an emergency landing gear condition, collapses in order to enhance the energy absorption performance of the landing system. This mechanism has been developed as an alternative solution to a high-pressure chamber installed on the Agusta A129 CBT helicopter, which can be considered dangerous when the helicopter operates in hard and/or crash landing. The characteristics of the anti-crash device are presented and the structural layout of a crashworthy landing gear adopting the developed additional energy absorbing stage is outlined. Experimental and numerical results relevant to the material characterization and the force peaks evaluation of the system development are reported. The anti-crash prototype was designed, analysed, optimized, made and finally the potential performances of a landing gear with the additional anti-crash absorber system are tested by drop test and then correlated with a similar test without the anti-crash system, showing that appreciable energy absorbing capabilities and efficiencies can be obtained in crash conditions.

  2. Broadband ultrathin low-profile metamaterial microwave absorber

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    Sood, Deepak; Tripathi, Chandra Charu

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, a single-layer broadband low-profile ultrathin metamaterial microwave absorber is proposed for wide angle of incidence. The proposed absorber provides triple-band absorption under normal incidence of electromagnetic wave with two peaks lying in X-band and one in Ku-band. The unit cell is designed by using parametric optimization in such a way that the three peaks merge together to give broadband absorption. The absorber exhibits full width at half maxima bandwidth (FWHM) of 7.75 GHz from 7.55 to 15.30 GHz for wide angle of incidence up to 60° for both TE and TM polarizations. The mechanism of absorption of the absorber has been analyzed by field and surface current distributions. The proposed absorber has been fabricated and experimentally tested for different angles of incidence and polarization of the incident wave. The absorber is low profile with unit cell dimension of the order of 0.168 λ 0, and it is ultrathin with a thickness of ~ λ 0/17 at the center frequency of 11.43 GHz corresponding to the FWHM absorption bandwidth. This proposed absorber can be used for many potential applications such as stealth technology, cloaking and in antenna systems.

  3. Piston-rotaxanes as molecular shock absorbers.

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    Sevick, E M; Williams, D R M

    2010-04-20

    We describe the thermomechanical response of a new molecular system that behaves as a shock absorber. The system consists of a rodlike rotaxane connected to a piston and tethered to a surface. The response of this system is dominated by the translational entropy of the rotaxane rings and can be calculated exactly. The force laws are contrasted with those for a rigid rod and a polymer. In some cases, the rotaxanes undergo a sudden transition to a tilted state when compressed. These piston-rotaxanes provide a potential motif for the design of a new class of materials with a novel thermomechanical response. PMID:20158174

  4. Single-mode cavity with HOMs absorber

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    We present a new 500 MHz cavity which has a simple damped structure for the 1.5 GeV high-brilliant VUV ring. The feature of the cavity design is that higher-order modes (HOMs) propagate out from the cavity through the beam duct with a large diameter and are absorbed in resistive parts in the duct. A low power measurement on a prototype model of the cavity was carried out and the Q-values of HOMs were confirmed to strongly reduce. Thus the coupled-bunch instabilities due to HOMs are expected to be sufficiently suppressed. (author)

  5. Sensors of absorbed dose of ionizing radiation based on mosfet

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    Perevertaylo V. L.

    2010-01-01

    The requirements to technology and design of p-channel and n-channel MOS transistors with a thick oxide layer designed for use in the capacity of integral dosimeters of absorbed dose of ionizing radiation are defined. The technology of radiation-sensitive MOS transistors with a thick oxide in the p-channel and n-channel version is created.

  6. Calculations in the Wheeler-Feynman absorber theory of radiation

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    One dimensional computer aided calculations were done to find the self consistent solutions for various absorber configurations in the context of the Wheeler-Feynman absorber theory, wherein every accelerating charge is assumed to produce a time symmetric combination of advanced and retarded fields. These calculations picked out the so called outerface solution for incomplete absorbers and showed that advanced as well as retarded signals interact with matter in the same manner as in the full retarded theory. Based on these calculations, the Partridge experiment and the Schmidt-Newman experiment were ruled out as tests of the absorber theory. An experiment designed to produce and detect advanced effects is proposed, based on more one-dimensional calculations

  7. Metamaterial-based perfect absorber: polarization insensitivity and broadband

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    We report the design and simulation of a microwave metamaterials-based perfect absorber using a simple and highly symmetric structure. The basic structure consists of three functional layers: the middle is a dielectric, the back is a metallic plane and the front is a ring of metal. The influence of structural parameters on the absorbance and absorption frequency were investigated. The results show an exceptional absorption performance of near unity around 16 GHz. In addition, the absorption is insensitive to the polarization of the incident beam due to the highly symmetric structure. Finally, four and nine rings with different sizes are arranged appropriately in a unit cell in order to construct a broadband absorber. A polarization-insensitive absorbance of above 90% is achieved over a bandwidth of 15%. (papers)

  8. Tunable enhanced optical absorption of graphene using plasmonic perfect absorbers

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    Enhancement and manipulation of light absorption in graphene is a significant issue for applications of graphene-based optoelectronic devices. In order to achieve this purpose in the visible region, we demonstrate a design of a graphene optical absorber inspired by metal-dielectric-metal metamaterial for perfect absorption of electromagnetic waves. The optical absorbance ratios of single and three atomic layer graphene are enhanced up to 37.5% and 64.8%, respectively. The graphene absorber shows polarization-dependence and tolerates a wide range of incident angles. Furthermore, the peak position and bandwidth of graphene absorption spectra are tunable in a wide wavelength range through a specific structural configuration. These results imply that graphene in combination with plasmonic perfect absorbers have a promising potential for developing advanced nanophotonic devices

  9. Stretchable Metamaterial Absorber Using Liquid Metal-Filled Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS

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    Kyeongseob Kim

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available A stretchable metamaterial absorber is proposed in this study. The stretchability was achieved by liquid metal and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS. To inject liquid metal, microfluidic channels were fabricated using PDMS powers and microfluidic-channel frames, which were built using a three-dimensional printer. A top conductive pattern and ground plane were designed after considering the easy injection of liquid metal. The proposed metamaterial absorber comprises three layers of PDMS substrate. The top layer is for the top conductive pattern, and the bottom layer is for the meandered ground plane. Flat PDMS layers were inserted between the top and bottom PDMS layers. The measured absorptivity of the fabricated absorber was 97.8% at 18.5 GHz, and the absorption frequency increased from 18.5 to 18.65 GHz as the absorber was stretched from its original length (5.2 cm to 6.4 cm.

  10. THE INFLUENCE OF CaO AND P2O5 OF BONE ASH UPON THE REACTIVITY AND THE BURNABILITY OF CEMENT RAW MIXTURES

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    TOMÁŠ IFKA

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The influence of CaO and P2O5 upon the reactivity of cement raw meal was investigated in this paper. Ash of bone meal containing Ca3(PO42 - 3CaO·P2O5 was used as the source of P2O5. Two series of samples with different content of the ash of bone meal were prepared. In the first series, the ash of bone was added into cement raw meal. The second series of samples were prepared by considering ash as one of CaO sources. Therefore, the total content of CaO in cement raw meal was kept constant, while the amount of P2O5 increased. These different series of samples were investigated by analyzing free lime content in the clinkers. The XRD analysis and Electron Micro Probe Analyzer analysis of the clinkers were also carried out. Two parameters were used to characterize the reactivity of cement raw meal: content of free lime and Burnability Index (BI calculated from free lime content in both series of samples burnt at 1350 ºC, 1400 ºC, 1450 ºC and 1500 ºC. According to the first parameter, P2O5 content that drastically makes worse the reactivity of cement raw meal was found at 1.11 wt.% in the first series, while this limit has reached 1.52 wt.% in the second one. According to the BI, the limit of P2O5 was found at 1.42 wt. % in the first series and 1, 61 wt.% in the second one. Furthermore, EPMA has demonstrated the presence of P2O5 in both calcium silicate phases forming thus solid solutions.

  11. Control system design for the deethanizer absorber tower pressure in the light end unit of the Nico Lopez refinery; Diseno del sistema de control para la presion en la torre absorvedora deetanizadora de la unidad de finales ligeros de la refineria Nico Lopez

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    Morales Corral, Camilo [Refineria Nico Lopez, Ciudad Habana (Cuba)]. E-mail: Camilo.morales@refhab.cupet.cu; Pedre Mendoza, Isabel [DAISA, Ciudad Habana (Cuba)]. E-mail: Isabel@daisa.copextel.com.cu; Garcini Leal, Hector J. [Instituto Superior Politecnico Jose A. Echeverria, La Habana (Cuba)]. E-mail: garcini,novi@electrica.cujae.edu.cu; Fernandez, Luis M. [Instituto de Cibernetica, Matematica y Fisica, La Habana (Cuba)]. E-mail: luis@icmf.inf.cu; Benitez Gonzalez, Ivon Oristela [Instituto Superior Politecnico Jose A. Echeverria, La Habana (Cuba)

    2010-11-15

    This paper is about pressure feed forward control. It is for an absorber tower of the Light End Unit. This one is in the Havana Oil Refinery. Control loop was designed using identification technic and simulation software. Moreover the design control loop has been validated and his quality has been determined. [Spanish] En el presente trabajo se aborda un control anticipatorio de presion. Fue desarrollado para la torre absorvedora de la Unidad de Finales Ligeros. La cual pertenece a la refineria de La Habana. Fue disenado un lazo de control empleando tecnicas de identificacion y programas de simulacion. Ademas el lazo disenado es validado y se determina su calidad.

  12. Two-phase control absorber development program: out-reactor measurements with hoorizontal absorber elements

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    The two-phase control absorber works on the principle that the neutron flux in a nuclear reactor can be regulated by changing the density of a two-phase fluid flowing through U-tubes in the reactor core. The concept is considered to be a strong candidate for use in future CANDU nuclear reactors with either vertical or horizontal pressure tubes. In addition to the experiments carried out previously on vertically oriented U-tubes and reported separately, a series of tests with horizontal U-tubes was performed. The results confirmed that U-tube orientation has no measurable effect on the performance of the two-phase control absorber concept. In particular, the measured pressure drops, mixture densities, fluid velocities and void propagation velocities, at given operating conditions, were identical in the two orientations, within experimental error. The results of the experiments and analyses were incorporated in a steady-state design code that was used in the conceptual design of a Two-Phase Absorber Control System for a CANDU-PHW-1250 power reactor. The experimental data are available separately as AECL-6532 Supplement. (auth)

  13. Absorber Model for CO2 Capture by Monoethanolamine

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    Faramarzi, Leila; Kontogeorgis, Georgios; Michelsen, Michael Locht;

    2010-01-01

    The rate-based steady-state model proposed by Gabrielsen et al. (Gabrielsen, J.; Michelsen, M. L.; Kontogeorgis, G. M.; Stenby, E. H. AIChE J. 2006, 52, 10, 3443-3451) for the design of the CO2-2-amino-2-methylpropanol absorbers is adopted and improved for the design of the CO2-monoethanolamine...... impact on the model's prediction is compared. The model has been successfully applied to CO2 absorber packed columns and validated against pilot plant data with good agreement....

  14. Insight into magnetorheological shock absorbers

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    Gołdasz, Janusz

    2015-01-01

    This book deals with magnetorheological fluid theory, modeling and applications of automotive magnetorheological dampers. On the theoretical side a review of MR fluid compositions and key factors affecting the characteristics of these fluids is followed by a description of existing applications in the area of vibration isolation and flow-mode shock absorbers in particular. As a majority of existing magnetorheological devices operates in a so-called flow mode a critical review is carried out in that regard. Specifically, the authors highlight common configurations of flow-mode magnetorheological shock absorbers, or so-called MR dampers that have been considered by the automotive industry for controlled chassis applications. The authors focus on single-tube dampers utilizing a piston assembly with one coil or multiple coils and at least one annular flow channel in the piston.

  15. Thermal performance of linear Fresnel reflecting solar concentrator with trapezoidal cavity absorbers

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    Thermal performance of the four identical trapezoidal cavity absorbers for linear Fresnel reflecting solar device were studied and compared. The absorbers were designed for operating in conjunction with a prototype Fresnel solar reflector. Rectangular and round pipe sections were used as absorber by placing in the trapezoidal cavity. The absorber pipes were coated with ordinary dull black board paint and black nickel selective surface. The bottom of the cavity was provided with plane glass to allow the solar radiation to be reflected from the Fresnel reflector. The other three sides of the cavity absorber were insulated to reduce heat loss. Thermal performance of the Fresnel reflecting concentrator with each trapezoidal cavity absorber was studied experimentally at different concentration ratio of the reflector. The study revealed that the thermal efficiency was influenced by the concentration ratio and selective surface coating on the absorber. The thermal efficiency decreased with the increase in the concentration ratio of the Fresnel reflecting collector. The selective surface coated absorber had a significant advantage in terms of superior thermal performance as compared to ordinary black painted absorber. The round pipe (multi-tube) receiver had higher surface area to absorb solar energy as compared to rectangular pipe receiver. Thermal efficiency of the solar device with round pipe absorber was found higher (up to 8%) as compared to rectangular pipe absorber.

  16. Optical trapping of absorbing particles

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    Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H; Friese, M E J; Heckenberg, N R

    1998-01-01

    Radiation pressure forces in a focussed laser beam can be used to trap microscopic absorbing particles against a substrate. Calculations based on momentum transfer considerations show that stable trapping occurs before the beam waist, and that trapping is more effective with doughnut beams. Such doughnut beams can transfer angular momentum leading to rotation of the trapped particles. Energy is also transferred, which can result in heating of the particles to temperatures above the boiling point of the surrounding medium.

  17. Optical trapping of absorbing particles

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    Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H.; Nieminen, T. A.; Friese, M. E. J.; Heckenberg, N R

    2003-01-01

    Radiation pressure forces in a focussed laser beam can be used to trap microscopic absorbing particles against a substrate. Calculations based on momentum transfer considerations show that stable trapping occurs before the beam waist, and that trapping is more effective with doughnut beams. Such doughnut beams can transfer angular momentum leading to rotation of the trapped particles. Energy is also transferred, which can result in heating of the particles to temperatures above the boiling po...

  18. On the miniaturization of polarization insensitive wide angle metamaterial absorber

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    Yao, Li-Fang; Li, Min-Hua; Zhai, Xiao-Min; Wang, Hui-Bo; Dong, Jian-Feng

    2016-02-01

    We present the design, fabrication and measurement of a perfect miniaturized planar metamaterial absorber based on folded-line structure. The absorber is polarization insensitive, and the absorption remains high even at large incident angles. The simulated and experimental results validate that the ratio between period ( p) and resonant wavelength ( λ) approaches 1/12 at 1.93 GHz. Surface current distributions and energy flow distributions demonstrate that the folded lines, where the absorbing intensity is strongest, play an important role in both perfect absorption and miniaturization design. The ratio p/ λ of the absorber has been further optimized to 1/21 at 550 MHz by increasing the number of folded lines. Besides, a smaller ratio of 1/25 is acquired at 9.6 THz by reducing the dimensions of the structure to nanoscale with careful optimization. This introduced folded-line structure successfully enhances the equivalent inductance and capacitance in a limited volume which has great impact on the design of devices with small size and integration. The proposed metamaterial absorber also has potential applications in wireless communication and optical devices.

  19. Simulation of terahertz metamaterial absorbers with microbolometer structure

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    Ding, Jie; Wang, Jun; Guo, Xiaopei; Jiang, Yadong; Fan, Lin

    2014-09-01

    The metamaterial absorber in terahertz (THz) region, with the metal pattern layer/dielectric spacer/metal reflective layer sandwich structure, is characterized in this paper. The principle of metamaterial absorber absorbing terahertz wave was introduced firstly. The top layer of metamaterial absorber is a periodically patterned with metallic subwavelength structure, which also serves as an electric resonator. The bottom layer is a thick metal plane, which is used to reduce THz wave transmittance. The dielectric layer between two metallic layers results in magnetic resonance and the resonance depends on the thickness and dielectric constant of the dielectric layer. The absorption of metamaterial absorber to terahertz wave was simulated with CST software. The relationship between the size of the metamaterial structure and absorption frequency was analyzed with the simulation results. The results indicate that the absorption frequency is affected by the cell constant and geometric structure of top metal pattern, and absorption rate is related to both the thickness of dielectric layer and the size of resonator. In the end, the possibility of integrating the metamaterial absorber with micro-bridge structure to design room temperature terahertz detector was discussed, and the manufacturing process was introduced about room temperature terahertz detector with high THz wave absorption rate.

  20. Vibration control in piping system by dual dynamic absorber

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    This paper shows the design method for constructing a piping system with well suppressed resonance peaks through a wide range of frequencies. The piping system is strongly influenced by sources of excitation for blade vibrations since it is usually made flexible and has a low damping property. Thus, many problems, like fatigue damage or noise caused by vibration, occur frequently in the piping system. In order to suppress the resonance peaks and obtain high damping, dual dynamic absorbers proposed in the previous paper are applied. In this paper, it is confirmed theoretically by the transfer matrix method that the piping system with seven resonance peaks within 100 Hz is well suppressed by using five dynamic absorbers. The effectiveness of the five optimally designed dual dynamic absorbers is also demonstrated experimentally. (author)

  1. Glueing of solar absorbers; Solarabsorber kleben

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    Berner, Joachim

    2012-04-20

    Bonding technologies in absorber fabrication are evolving. After soldering, ultrasonic welding and laser welding, glueing is the latest development. The Go Innovate AG company developed a process for glueing the most varied absorber materials.

  2. Acoustical model of a Shoddy fibre absorber

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    Manning, John Peter

    Shoddy fibres or "Shoddies" are a mixture of post-consumer and post-industrial fibres diverted from textile waste streams and recycled into their raw fibre form. They have found widespread use as a raw material for manufacturing sound absorbers that include, but are not limited to: automotive, architectural and home appliance applications. The purpose of this project is to develop a simple acoustic model to describe the acoustic behaviour of sound absorbers composed primarily of Shoddy fibres. The model requires knowledge of the material's bulk density only. To date, these materials have not been the focus of much published research and acoustical designers must rely on models that were developed for other materials or are overly complex. For modelling purposes, an equivalent fluid approach is chosen to balance complexity and accuracy. In deriving the proposed model, several popular equivalent fluid models are selected and the required input parameters for each model identified. The models are: the model of Delaney and Bazley, two models by Miki, the model of Johnson in conjunction with the model of Champoux and Allard and the model of Johnson in conjunction with the model of Lafarge. Characterization testing is carried out on sets of Shoddy absorbers produced using three different manufacturing methods. The measured properties are open porosity, tortuosity, airflow resistivity, the viscous and thermal characteristic lengths and the static thermal permeability. Empirical relationships between model parameters and bulk density are then derived and used to populate the selected models. This yields several 'simplified' models with bulk density as the only parameter. The most accurate model is then selected by comparing each model's prediction to the results of normal incidence sound absorption tests. The model of Johnson-Lafarge populated with the empirical relations is the most accurate model over the range of frequencies considered (approx. 300 Hz - 4000 Hz

  3. Optimally tuned vibration absorbers to control sound transmission

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    Grissom, Michael; Belegundu, Ashok; Koopmann, Gary

    2002-05-01

    A design optimization method is proposed for controlling broadband vibration of a structure and it concomitant acoustic radiation using multiple-tuned absorbers. A computationally efficient model of a structure is developed and coupled with a nonlinear optimization search algorithm. The eigenvectors of the original structure are used as repeated basis functions in the analysis of the structural dynamic re-analysis problem. The re-analysis time for acoustic power computations is reduced by calculating and storing modal radiation resistance matrices at discrete frequencies. The matrices are then interpolated within the optimization loop for eigenvalues that fall between stored frequencies. The method is demonstrated by applying multiple-tuned vibration absorbers to an acoustically-excited composite panel. The absorber parameters are optimized with an objective of maximizing the panel's sound power transmission loss. It is shown that in some cases the optimal solution includes vibration absorbers that are tuned very closely in frequency, thus acting effectively as a broadband vibration absorber (BBVA). The numerical model and design optimization method are validated experimentally, and the BBVA is found to be an effective noise abatement tool.

  4. Piezooptic effect of absorbing environment

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    Ю. А. Рудяк

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Application of piezooptic effect of absorbing environment for the definition of the parameter of stress deformation state was examined. The analysis of dielectric permeability tensor of imaginary parts was done. It is shown that changes in the real part dielectric permeability tensor mainly the indicator of fracture was fixed by means of mechanics interference methods and the changes in the imaginary part (α – real rate of absorption can be measured by means of analysis of light absorption and thus stress deformation state can be determined

  5. An innovative MRE absorber with double natural frequencies for wide frequency bandwidth vibration absorption

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    Sun, Shuaishuai; Yang, Jian; Li, Weihua; Deng, Huaxia; Du, Haiping; Alici, Gursel; Yan, Tianhong

    2016-05-01

    A new design of adaptive tuned vibration absorber was proposed in this study for vibration reduction. The innovation of the new absorber is the adoption of the eccentric mass on the top of the multilayered magnetorheological elastomer (MRE) structure so that this proposed absorber has two vibration modes: one in the torsional direction and the other in translational direction. This property enables the absorber to expand its effective bandwidth and to be more capable of reducing the vibrations especially dealing with those vibrations with multi-frequencies. The innovative MRE absorber was designed and tested on a horizontal vibration table. The test results illustrate that the MRE absorber realized double natural frequencies, both of which are controllable. Inertia’s influence on the dynamic behavior of the absorber is also investigated in order to guide the design of the innovative MRE absorber. Additionally, the experimentally obtained natural frequencies coincide with the theoretical data, which sufficiently verifies the feasibility of this new design. The last part in terms of the vibration absorption ability also proves that both of these two natural frequencies play a great role in absorbing vibration energy.

  6. Progress on the Liquid Hydrogen Absorber for the MICE Cooling Channel

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    Cummings, M A C

    2005-01-01

    This report describes the progress made on the design of the liquid hydrogen absorber for the international Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment (MICE). The absorber consists of a 21-liter vessel that contains liquid hydrogen (1.5 kg) or liquid helium (2.63 kg). The cryogen vessel is within the warm bore of the superconducting focusing magnet for the MICE. The purpose of the magnet is to provide a low beam beta region within the absorber. For safety reasons, the vacuum vessel for the hydrogen absorber is separated from the vacuum vessel for the superconducting magnet and the vacuum that surrounds the RF cavities or the detector. The absorber has two 300 mm-diameter thin aluminum windows. The vacuum vessel around the absorber has a pair of thin aluminum windows that separate the absorber vacuum space from adjacent vacuum spaces. The absorber will be cooled down using a heat exchanger that is built into the absorber walls. Liquid nitrogen is used to cool the absorber to 80 K. Liquid helium completes the absorber ...

  7. 基于UC-EBG的吸波结构设计及其在微带天线中的应用*%Design of an Absorber Based on UC-EBG and its Application in Microstrip Antenna

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    张浩; 曹祥玉; 杨欢欢; 赵一; 郑秋容

    2013-01-01

      在共面紧凑型光子晶体结构(Uniplanar Compact Electromagnetic Bandgap,UC-EBG)基础上加载集总电阻,设计出一种新型吸波结构,并分析了其吸波原理。将其加载于微带天线,用于减缩天线带内雷达散射截面(Radar Cross Section,RCS)。仿真结果表明,在谐振频点,该吸波结构的吸波率达到99.8%。加载该结构后,天线的辐射性能基本保持不变,而对于垂直入射的TE波和TM波,其带内RCS分别减缩了26.22 dB和15.08 dB。实测结果与仿真结果较为吻合,证实了该结构可以减缩微带天线的带内RCS,从而提高其带内隐身性能。%A novel absorber is proposed based on Uniplanar Compact Electromagnetic Bandgap(UC-EBG)with lumped resistance,and its operating mechanism is analyzed. The new absorber is loaded on microstrip antenna to reduce antenna′s in-band Radar Cross Section(RCS). The simulated result shows that its absorptivity reaches 99.8% at operating frequency. The loaded antenna′s radiation performance has not been influenced a lot,while for the incident wave of TE and TM mode,the in-band RCS of antenna has declined by 26.22 dB and 15.08 dB respectively. There is a good agreement between measured and simulated results,which verifies that this ab-sorber can be used for reduction of antenna′s in-band RCS so as to improve its in-band stealth performance.

  8. Perfect plasmonic absorbers for photovoltaic applications

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    A novel regime of perfect absorption in a thin plasmonic layer corresponds to a collective mode of an array of plasmonic nanospheres. In our theoretical study we show that the absorption of the incident light occurs mainly in the semiconductor material hosting plasmonic nanospheres, whereas the absorption in the metal is very small. The regime survives when the uniform host layer is replaced by a practical photovoltaic cell. Trapping the light allows the thickness of the doped semiconductor to be reduced to values for which the degradation under light exposure should be insufficient. The light-trapping regime is compatible with both the metal-backed variant of the photovoltaic cell and its semitransparent variant when both electrodes are preformed of a conductive oxide. Negligible parasitic losses, a variety of design solutions and a reasonable operational band make our perfect plasmonic absorbers promising for photovoltaic applications. (paper)

  9. Novel active vibration absorber with magnetorheological fluid

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    Gerlach, T.; Ehrlich, J.; Böse, H.

    2009-02-01

    Disturbing vibrations diminish the performance of technical high precision devices significantly. In search of a suitable solution for reducing these vibrations, a novel concept of active vibration reduction was developed which exploits the special properties of magnetorheological fluids. In order to evaluate the concept of such an active vibration absorber (AVA) a demonstrator was designed and manufactured. This demonstrator generates a force which counteracts the motion of the vibrating body. Since the counterforce is generated by a centrifugal exciter, the AVA provides the capability to compensate vibrations even in two dimensions. To control the strength of the force transmitted to the vibrating body, the exciter is based on a tunable MR coupling. The AVA was integrated in an appropriate testing device to investigate its performance. The recorded results show a significant reduction of the vibration amplitudes by an order of magnitude.

  10. Energy deposition and radiological studies for the LBNF Hadron Absorber

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    Rakhno, I L; Tropin, I S; Eidelman, Y I

    2015-01-01

    Results of detailed Monte Carlo energy deposition and radiological studies performed for the LBNF hadron absorber with the MARS15 code are described. The model of the entire facility, that includes a pion-production target, focusing horns, target chase, decay channel, hadron absorber system - all with corresponding radiation shielding - was developed using the recently implemented ROOT-based geometry option in the MARS15 code. Both normal operation and accidental conditions were studied. Results of detailed thermal calculations with the ANSYS code helped to select the most viable design options.

  11. Integrity of neutron-absorbing components of LWR fuel systems

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    A study of the integrity and behavior of neutron-absorbing components of light-water (LWR) fuel systems was performed by Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) and sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE). The components studies include control blades (cruciforms) for boiling-water reactors (BWRs) and rod cluster control assemblies for pressurized-water reactors (PWRs). The results of this study can be useful for understanding the degradation of neutron-absorbing components and for waste management planning and repository design. The report includes examples of the types of degradation, damage, or failures that have been encountered. Conclusions and recommendations are listed. 84 refs

  12. Integrity of neutron-absorbing components of LWR fuel systems

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    Bailey, W.J.; Berting, F.M.

    1991-03-01

    A study of the integrity and behavior of neutron-absorbing components of light-water (LWR) fuel systems was performed by Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) and sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE). The components studies include control blades (cruciforms) for boiling-water reactors (BWRs) and rod cluster control assemblies for pressurized-water reactors (PWRs). The results of this study can be useful for understanding the degradation of neutron-absorbing components and for waste management planning and repository design. The report includes examples of the types of degradation, damage, or failures that have been encountered. Conclusions and recommendations are listed. 84 refs.

  13. Small-size metamaterial perfect absorber operating at low frequency

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    A small-size metamaterial perfect absorber operating at low frequency is proposed. Due to the special design, the unit-cell dimension with respect to wavelength is very small, a/λ ∼ 1/17, at the absorption frequency of 377 MHz. The absorption frequency is strongly dependent on the length of zigzag wire. In addition, the absorption is more than 94% in a wide range of incident angle of electromagnetic wave up to 50°. The results show that the proposed absorber is promising to be applied into devices in radio region. (paper)

  14. Energy Deposition and Radiological Studies for the LBNF Hadron Absorber

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    Rakhno, I. L. [Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States); Mokhov, N. V. [Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States); Tropin, I. S. [Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States); Eidelman, Y. I. [Euclid Techlabs LLC., Cleveland, OH (United States)

    2015-06-25

    Results of detailed Monte Carlo energy deposition and radiological studies performed for the LBNF hadron absorber with the MARS15 code are described. The model of the entire facility, that includes a pion-production target, focusing horns, target chase, decay channel, hadron absorber system – all with corresponding radiation shielding – was developed using the recently implemented ROOT-based geometry option in the MARS15 code. Both normal operation and accidental conditions were studied. Results of detailed thermal calculations with the ANSYS code helped to select the most viable design options.

  15. An Evaluation on the Criticality Control Ability of a Neutron Absorber based on Artificial Rare Earth Compounds in PLUS7 and WH17x17 Spent Fuel Storage

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    Storages have been designed to minimize space due to increasing storage efficiency. Therefore, the neutron absorbers are generally used for the design of dense spent fuel storages. In a previous study, a neutron absorber based on artificial rare earth compounds with a conceptual design was proposed for efficient and economic disposal of spent nuclear fuel. In this study, the design criteria of the neutron absorber are established by performance evaluations of the neutron absorber. In this study, a design criterion of the neutron absorber based on the artificial rare earth compound was established by the sensitivity analysis of the design parameters. The sensitivity estimations were pursued as the material composition, geometrical feature, heterogeneous conditions, and the arrangement of the absorber. The results show that the neutron absorber has an enough margin of the criticality control when the absorber is manufactured by the minimum requirements

  16. An Evaluation on the Criticality Control Ability of a Neutron Absorber based on Artificial Rare Earth Compounds in PLUS7 and WH17x17 Spent Fuel Storage

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    Kim, Jae Hyun; Yim, Che Wook; Shin, Chang Ho; Kim, Song Hyun [Hanyang Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Choe, Jung Hun; Cho, In Hak; Kim, Jong Kyung; Park, Hwan Seo [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Park, Hyun Seo; Kim, Jung Ho; Kim, Yoon Ho [Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    Storages have been designed to minimize space due to increasing storage efficiency. Therefore, the neutron absorbers are generally used for the design of dense spent fuel storages. In a previous study, a neutron absorber based on artificial rare earth compounds with a conceptual design was proposed for efficient and economic disposal of spent nuclear fuel. In this study, the design criteria of the neutron absorber are established by performance evaluations of the neutron absorber. In this study, a design criterion of the neutron absorber based on the artificial rare earth compound was established by the sensitivity analysis of the design parameters. The sensitivity estimations were pursued as the material composition, geometrical feature, heterogeneous conditions, and the arrangement of the absorber. The results show that the neutron absorber has an enough margin of the criticality control when the absorber is manufactured by the minimum requirements.

  17. Development of the FracTherm absorber - simulations and experiments; Entwicklung des FracTherm-Absorbers - Simulationen und Experimente

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    Hermann, M. [Fraunhofer Inst. fuer Solare Energiesysteme, Freiburg (Germany)

    2005-07-01

    The energy efficiency of a solar absorber is strongly influenced by the flow of the heat transfer fluid. In order to obtain a high thermal efficiency (expressed by a high collector efficiency factor F'), the volume flow distribution should be uniform all over the absorber. Moreover, the pressure drop should be low in order to reduce the primary energy which is needed to drive the pump. Conventional absorber designs often show disadvantages (e.g. high pressure drop for serial connection, non-uniform flow distribution for parallel connection). This paper describes an alternative, ''bionic'' approach with a multiple branched, ''fractal'' channel design for solar absorbers. The aim of a current research work, which is sponsored by the Scholarship Programme of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), is to compare these structures with conventional ones concerning the pressure drop and the thermal efficiency. In order to achieve a fractal channel design on a given area, an algorithm (patent pending) and a simulation programme called FracTherm were developed. FracTherm allows to calculate the volume flow distribution, the pressure drop as well as the distribution of the collector efficiency factor F' and the fluid temperature. The simulations show that rather high F' values (about 0.97) can be expected (water; about 50 l/(m{sup 2}h)). Flow experiments with ink and thermography with an absorber model also revealed a uniform flow distribution and indicate a high thermal efficiency. Three aluminium test absorbers (590 mm x 1000 mm) were built by the Pechiney Rhenalu Chambery Company using the rollbond process. (orig.)

  18. A principle of similarity for nonlinear vibration absorbers

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    Habib, Giuseppe

    2016-01-01

    This paper develops a principle of similarity for the design of a nonlinear absorber, the nonlinear tuned vibration absorber (NLTVA), attached to a nonlinear primary system. Specifically, for effective vibration mitigation, we show that the NLTVA should feature a nonlinearity possessing the same mathematical form as that of the primary system. A compact analytical formula for the nonlinear coefficient of the absorber is then derived. The formula, valid for any polynomial nonlinearity in the primary system, is found to depend only on the mass ratio and on the nonlinear coefficient of the primary system. When the primary system comprises several polynomial nonlinearities, we demonstrate that the NLTVA obeys a principle of additivity, i.e., each nonlinear coefficient can be calculated independently of the other nonlinear coefficients using the proposed formula.

  19. Criticality safety analysis of a borated-concrete absorber

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    Fuel cycle facilities use slab tanks to store fissile solutions, because these tanks have both a high volume-to-floorspace efficiency and an easily verifiable, criticality control (thickness). The results of preliminary criticality analyses using a validated computer code and cross-section library, indicate that a slab tank designed without a solid neutron absorber is not economical in view of process requirements (inventory) and space limitations (layout). A subsequent calculational study assessed the possible increase in the thickness of a single, isolated slab tank using a solid neutron absorber. Finally, an analysis was performed to evaluate the maximum slab thickness for an array of tank/absorbers. The result of these studies showed the potential for expansion of slab tank thickness. 7 refs., 5 figs., 7 tabs

  20. Thermal analysis of the crotch absorber in APS

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    A crotch absorber design for use in the Advanced Photon source (APS) has been proposed and analyzed. the absorber is placed downstream of sectors S2 and S4 in the curved storage ring chamber and will be subjected to a peak power of 120 W/mm2 per 100mA synchrotron radiation. A beryllium ring is brazed on the GlidCop cooling cylinder in order to diffuse the concentrated bending magnet heating. One concentric water channel and two annular return water channels are arranged in the GlidCop cylinder to enhance the cooling. A Bodner-Partom thermoviscoplastic constitutive equation and a modified Manson-Coffin fatigue relation are proposed to simulate the cyclic thermal loading, as well as to predict the thermal fatigue life of the crotch absorber. Results of temperature and stress using finite element computations are displayed and series of e-beam welder tests and microstructure measurements are reported

  1. Sensors of absorbed dose of ionizing radiation based on mosfet

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    Perevertaylo V. L.

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The requirements to technology and design of p-channel and n-channel MOS transistors with a thick oxide layer designed for use in the capacity of integral dosimeters of absorbed dose of ionizing radiation are defined. The technology of radiation-sensitive MOS transistors with a thick oxide in the p-channel and n-channel version is created.

  2. KINIK, Absorber Rod Calibration Kinetics

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    1 - Description of program or function: KINIK is an inverse kinetic code that solves the inverse form of the point kinetic equations using the Runge-Kutta method. An optimization procedure is involved to control the time step and to reduce the running time. Up to 24 delayed neutron groups of different types (in case of heavy water as moderator or beryllium as reflector) are considered. KINIK is commonly applied to determine reactivity worths and to calibrate absorber rods. Following a rod drop, neutron flux or power is recorded as a function of time and used as input. 2 - Method of solution: The inverse point kinetic equations are numerically solved for each time step using the Runge-Kutta method. The input data resulting from measurements are first approximated by polynomials of maximum degree 10 using a least-squares approach

  3. Colorful solar selective absorber integrated with different colored units.

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    Chen, Feiliang; Wang, Shao-Wei; Liu, Xingxing; Ji, Ruonan; Li, Zhifeng; Chen, Xiaoshuang; Chen, Yuwei; Lu, Wei

    2016-01-25

    Solar selective absorbers are the core part for solar thermal technologies such as solar water heaters, concentrated solar power, solar thermoelectric generators and solar thermophotovoltaics. Colorful solar selective absorber can provide new freedom and flexibility beyond energy performance, which will lead to wider utilization of solar technologies. In this work, we present a monolithic integration of colored solar absorber array with different colors on a single substrate based on a multilayered structure of Cu/TiN(x)O(y)/TiO(2)/Si(3)N(4)/SiO(2). A colored solar absorber array with 16 color units is demonstrated experimentally by using combinatorial deposition technique via changing the thickness of SiO(2) layer. The solar absorptivity and thermal emissivity of all the color units is higher than 92% and lower than 5.5%, respectively. The colored solar selective absorber array can have colorful appearance and designable patterns while keeping high energy performance at the same time. It is a new candidate for a number of solar applications, especially for architecture integration and military camouflage. PMID:26832602

  4. Advanced UV Absorbers for the Protection of Human Skin.

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    Hüglin, Dietmar

    2016-01-01

    The increasing awareness of the damaging effects of UV radiation to human skin triggered the market introduction of new cosmetic UV absorbers. This article summarizes the outcome of a multi-year research program, in which the author contributed to the development of different new UV filters. First of all, the molecular design and the basic properties of bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine (BEMT) will be presented. This oil-soluble filter, which today is widely used in both beach products and skin care products, exhibits inherent photostability and strong broad-spectrum UV-A+B absorbance. Based on the concept of micronized organic UV absorbers, the UV-B filter tris biphenyl triazine (TBPT) will be introduced. At present TBPT exhibits the highest efficacy of all cosmetic UV absorbers in the market (measured by area under the UV spectrum). Finally, the concept of liposomogenic UV absorbers will be featured. This approach was developed to create water-resistant UV filters, as liposomogenic structures are thought to integrate into the lipids of the horny layer. Due to prohibitively high costs, this technology did not result in a commercial product so far. PMID:27561611

  5. Enhanced Thermal Stability of W-Ni-Al[subscript 2]O[subscript 3] Cermet-Based Spectrally Selective Solar Absorbers with Tungsten Infrared Reflectors

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    Cao, Feng; Kraemer, Daniel; Sun, Tianyi; Lan, Yucheng; Chen, Gang; Ren, Zhifeng

    2014-01-01

    Solar thermal technologies such as solar hot water and concentrated solar power trough systems rely on spectrally selective solar absorbers. These solar absorbers are designed to efficiently absorb the sunlight while suppressing re-emission of infrared radiation at elevated temperatures. Efforts for the development of such solar absorbers must not only be devoted to their spectral selectivity but also to their thermal stability for high temperature applications. Here, selective solar absorber...

  6. A subsystem approach for analysis of dynamic vibration absorbers suppressing broadband vibration

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    Cheung, Y. L.; Wong, W. O.; Cheng, L.

    2015-04-01

    Dynamic vibration absorbers are commonly designed and tuned to suppress vibrations of one vibration mode of a vibrating structure even it is a multi degree-of-freedom (MDOF) or continuous structure. Resonance at other vibration modes of the structure may still occur if the exciting force has a wide frequency band. A subsystem approach is proposed for analysis of the added stiffness and damping of vibration absorbers to the primary structure to which they are attached. The transfer function between the counteracting force from the vibration absorber and the vibration amplitude can then be derived for the comparison of their counteracting forces to the primary system. The major advantage of using the proposed method is that different designs of vibration absorber can be analysed separately from the primary system and therefore the dynamics characteristics of different designs of vibration absorber can be compared efficiently.

  7. Coherent perfect absorber makes a perfect drain for Maxwell's fish-eye lens

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    Xu, Lin; Chen, Huanyang

    2012-11-01

    We design a coherent perfect absorber (CPA) that can totally absorb the converging wave. Such a CPA is of subwavelength size and can be embedded in Maxwell's fish-eye lens and serve as a drain very well. Numerical simulations were performed to verify the functionalities.

  8. Optimum conditions for preparation of flue gas desulfurization absorbent from rice husk ash

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    Keat Teong Lee; Atikah Matlina Mohtar; Nor Fatiha Zainudin; Subhash Bhatia; Abdul Rahman Mohamed [Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang (Malaysia). School of Chemical Engineering

    2005-02-01

    Several previous studies have reported the preparation of absorbents from coal fly ash variations as a source of siliceous material for the preparation of absorbents for flue gas desulfurization. On the other hand, this study presents findings from an experimental investigation of the preparation of absorbents from rice husk ash as the source of the siliceous material. The effect of various absorbent preparation variables such as hydration period, amount of rice husk ash, amount of calcium sulfate (CaSO{sub 4}) and hydration temperature on the BET (Brunner-Emmett-Teller) specific surface area of the absorbent were investigated. Based on the Central Composite Design (CCD) of experiments, a third order mathematical model was developed to correlate the absorbent preparation variables to the surface area of the absorbent. The predicted surface area was found to agree satisfactory with the experimental values. The model indicated that lower hydration period and temperature favor the formation of absorbent with higher surface area. Sulfation activity test on the absorbent revealed that the absorbent prepared from rice husk ash does have a high capacity in sulfur dioxide (SO{sub 2}) absorption. 19 refs., 7 figs., 6 tabs.

  9. Energy-harvesting shock absorber with a mechanical motion rectifier

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    Energy-harvesting shock absorbers are able to recover the energy otherwise dissipated in the suspension vibration while simultaneously suppressing the vibration induced by road roughness. They can work as a controllable damper as well as an energy generator. An innovative design of regenerative shock absorbers is proposed in this paper, with the advantage of significantly improving the energy harvesting efficiency and reducing the impact forces caused by oscillation. The key component is a unique motion mechanism, which we called ‘mechanical motion rectifier (MMR)’, to convert the oscillatory vibration into unidirectional rotation of the generator. An implementation of a MMR-based harvester with high compactness is introduced and prototyped. A dynamic model is created to analyze the general properties of the motion rectifier by making an analogy between mechanical systems and electrical circuits. The model is capable of analyzing electrical and mechanical components at the same time. Both simulation and experiments are carried out to verify the modeling and the advantages. The prototype achieved over 60% efficiency at high frequency, much better than conventional regenerative shock absorbers in oscillatory motion. Furthermore, road tests are done to demonstrate the feasibility of the MMR shock absorber, in which more than 15 Watts of electricity is harvested while driving at 15 mph on a smooth paved road. The MMR-based design can also be used for other applications of vibration energy harvesting, such as from tall buildings or long bridges. (paper)

  10. Energy-harvesting shock absorber with a mechanical motion rectifier

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    Li, Zhongjie; Zuo, Lei; Kuang, Jian; Luhrs, George

    2013-02-01

    Energy-harvesting shock absorbers are able to recover the energy otherwise dissipated in the suspension vibration while simultaneously suppressing the vibration induced by road roughness. They can work as a controllable damper as well as an energy generator. An innovative design of regenerative shock absorbers is proposed in this paper, with the advantage of significantly improving the energy harvesting efficiency and reducing the impact forces caused by oscillation. The key component is a unique motion mechanism, which we called ‘mechanical motion rectifier (MMR)’, to convert the oscillatory vibration into unidirectional rotation of the generator. An implementation of a MMR-based harvester with high compactness is introduced and prototyped. A dynamic model is created to analyze the general properties of the motion rectifier by making an analogy between mechanical systems and electrical circuits. The model is capable of analyzing electrical and mechanical components at the same time. Both simulation and experiments are carried out to verify the modeling and the advantages. The prototype achieved over 60% efficiency at high frequency, much better than conventional regenerative shock absorbers in oscillatory motion. Furthermore, road tests are done to demonstrate the feasibility of the MMR shock absorber, in which more than 15 Watts of electricity is harvested while driving at 15 mph on a smooth paved road. The MMR-based design can also be used for other applications of vibration energy harvesting, such as from tall buildings or long bridges.

  11. Absorber rod for pebble-bed reactor

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    The absorber rod that can be moved into the pebble bed from the top reflector is enclosed by a cladding tube which, if it is completely moved down, ends above the pebble bed and is open at the bottom. Through the cladding tube the absorber rod is cooled with gas. The cladding tube consists of e.g. boron steel. If the absorber rod is drawn it takes along the cladding tube which is moved into the guide tube like a telescope. The rigidity of that part of the absorber rod projecting from the pebble bed is thus guaranteed. (DG)

  12. Plasmonic titanium nitride nanostructures for perfect absorbers

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    Guler, Urcan; Li, Wen-Wei; Kinsey, Nathaniel; Naik, Gururaj V.; Boltasseva, Alexandra; Guan, Jianguo; Kildishev, Alexander V.; Shalaev, Vladimir M.

    2013-01-01

    We propose a metamaterial based perfect absorber in the visible region, and investigate the performance of titanium nitride as an alternative plasmonic material. Numerical and experimental results reveal that titanium nitride performs better than gold as a plasmonic absorbing material.Renewable E......We propose a metamaterial based perfect absorber in the visible region, and investigate the performance of titanium nitride as an alternative plasmonic material. Numerical and experimental results reveal that titanium nitride performs better than gold as a plasmonic absorbing material...

  13. Ultrathin Semiconductor Perfect Light Absorbers with High Spectral, Polarization, and Angle Selectivity for Arbitrary Wavelengths

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    Huang, Lujun; Cao, Linyou

    2014-01-01

    Enabling perfect light absorption in ultrathin materials promises the development of exotic photonic devices. Here we demonstrate new strategies that can provide capabilities to rationally design ultrathin (thickness < {\\lambda}/10~{\\lambda}/5) semiconductor perfect absorbers for arbitrary wavelengths, including those at which the intrinsic absorption of the semiconductor is weak, e.g. Si for near-IR wavelengths. This is in stark contrast with the existing studies on ultrathin perfect absorbers, which have focused on metallic materials or highly-absorptive semiconductors. Our design strategies are built upon an intuitive model, coupled leaky mode theory that we recently developed and can turn the design for perfect absorbers to the design for leaky modes. The designed absorber is featured with extraordinary absorption enhancement, miniaturized dimension, and high selectivity for the wavelength, polarization, and angle of incident light. It can enable the development of flexible, light-weight, high-performa...

  14. Device for absorbing mechanical shock

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    This invention is a comparatively inexpensive but efficient shock-absorbing device having special application to the protection of shipping and storage cylinders. In a typical application, two of the devices are strapped to a cylinder to serve as saddle-type supports for the cylinder during storage and to protect the cylinder in the event it is dropped during lifting or lowering operations. In its preferred form, the invention includes a hardwood plank whose grain runs in the longitudinal direction. The basal portion of the plank is of solid cross-section, whereas the upper face of the plank is cut away to form a concave surface fittable against the sidewall of a storage cylinder. The concave surface is divided into a series of segments by transversely extending, throughgoing relief slots. A layer of elastomeric material is positioned on the concave face, the elastomer being extrudable into slots when pressed against the segments by a preselected pressure characteristic of a high-energy impact. The compressive, tensile, and shear properties of the hardwood and the elastomer are utilized in combination to provide a surprisingly high energy -absorption capability

  15. Investigation of a Shock Absorber for Safeguard of Fuel Assemblies Failure

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    The Ignalina NPP has two reactors. The Unit 1 was shut down, therefore the special equipment was designed for transportation of the fuel from Unit 1 to Unit 2. The fuel-loaded basket can drop during transportation. The special shock absorber was designed in order to avoid failure of fuel assemblies during transportation. In case of drop of fuel loaded basket, the failure of fuel assemblies can occur. This shock absorber was studied by scaled experiments at Lithuanian Energy Institute. Static and dynamic investigations of shock absorber are presented in this paper, including dependency of axial force versus axial compression. The finite element codes BRIGADE/Plus and ABAQUS/Explicit were used for analysis. Static simulation was used to optimize the dimensions of shock absorber. Dynamic analysis shows that shock absorber is capable to withstand the dynamic load for successful force suppression function in case of an accident. (authors)

  16. Emitter and absorber assembly for multiple self-dual operation and directional transparency

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    Kalozoumis, P A; Kodaxis, G; Diakonos, F K; Schmelcher, P

    2016-01-01

    A recursive scheme for the design of scatterers acting simultaneously as emitters and absorbers, such as lasers and coherent perfect absorbers in optics, at multiple prescribed frequencies is proposed. The approach is based on the assembly of non-Hermitian emitter and absorber units into self-dual emitter-absorber trimers at different composition levels, exploiting the simple structure of the corresponding transfer matrices. In particular, lifting the restriction to parity-time-symmetric setups enables the realization of emitter and absorber action at distinct frequencies and provides flexibility in the choice of realistic parameters. We further show how the same assembled scatterers can be rearranged to produce unidirectional and bidirectional transparency at the selected frequencies. With the design procedure being generically applicable to wave scattering in single-channel settings, we demonstrate it with concrete examples of photonic multilayer setups.

  17. [Absorbed doses in dental radiology].

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    Bianchi, S D; Roccuzzo, M; Albrito, F; Ragona, R; Anglesio, S

    1996-01-01

    The growing use of dento-maxillo-facial radiographic examinations has been accompanied by the publication of a large number of studies on dosimetry. A thorough review of the literature is presented in this article. Most studies were carried out on tissue equivalent skull phantoms, while only a few were in vivo. The aim of the present study was to evaluate in vivo absorbed doses during Orthopantomography (OPT). Full Mouth Periapical Examination (FMPE) and Intraoral Tube Panoramic Radiography (ITPR). Measurements were made on 30 patients, reproducing clinical conditions, in 46 anatomical sites, with 24 intra- and 22 extra-oral thermoluminiscent dosimeters (TLDS). The highest doses were measured, in orthopantomography, at the right mandibular angle (1899 mu Gy) in FMPE on the right naso-labial fold (5640 mu Gy and in ITPR on the palatal surface of the left second upper molar (1936 mu Gy). Intraoral doses ranged from 21 mu Gy, in orthopantomography, to 4494 mu Gy in FMPE. Standard errors ranged from 142% in ITPR to 5% in orthopantomography. The highest rate of standard errors was found in FMPE and ITPR. The data collected in this trial are in agreement with others in major literature reports. Disagreements are probably due to different exam acquisition and data collections. Such differences, presented comparison in several sites, justify lower doses in FMPE and ITPR. Advantages and disadvantages of in vivo dosimetry of the maxillary region are discussed, the former being a close resemblance to clinical conditions of examination and the latter the impossibility of collecting values in depth of tissues. Finally, both ITPR and FMPE required lower doses than expected, and can be therefore reconsidered relative to their radiation risk. PMID:8966249

  18. Microwave metamaterial absorber based on multiple square ring structures

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    Weicheng Zhou

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we report the design, analysis, and simulation of quintuple-band metamaterial absorber (MMA in the microwave region. The absorber is constructed of a delicate periodic patterned structures and a metallic background plane, separated by a dielectric substrate. By manipulating the periodic patterned structures, high absorption can be obtained at five specific resonance frequencies. Moreover, the significantly high absorptions of quintuple-peaks are persistent with polarization independence, and the influence of angle of incidence for both TE and TM modes was also elucidated. For explaining the absorption mechanism of proposed structures, the electric and magnetic field distributions and resistance matching principal were given. Importantly, the design idea has the ability to be extended to other frequencies, like terahertz, infrared and optical frequencies.

  19. Progress on the MICE Liquid Absorber Cooling and Cryogenic Distribution System

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    Green, Michael; Bradshaw, Thomas W; Cummings, M A C; Drumm, Paul V; Ishimoto, Shigeru; Ivanyushenkov, Yury; Lau, Wing; Yang, Stephanie

    2005-01-01

    This report describes the progress made on the design of the liquid hydrogen absorber for the international Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment (MICE). The absorber consists of a 21-liter vessel that contains liquid hydrogen (1.5 kg) or liquid helium (2.63 kg). The cryogen vessel is within the warm bore of the superconducting focusing magnet for the MICE. The purpose of the magnet is to provide a low beam beta region within the absorber. For safety reasons, the vacuum vessel for the hydrogen absorber is separated from the vacuum vessel for the superconducting magnet and the vacuum that surrounds the RF cavities or the detector. The absorber has two 300 mm-diameter thin aluminum windows. The vacuum vessel around the absorber has a pair of thin aluminum windows that separate the absorber vacuum space from adjacent vacuum spaces. Because the muon beam in MICE is of low intensity, there is no beam heating in the absorber. As a result, the absorber can be cooled using a single 4 K cooler. This report describes prog...

  20. Absorbable scaphoid screw development: a comparative study on biomechanics

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    Wang, Yi; Song, Muguo; Xu, Yongqing; He, Xiaoqing; Zhu, Yueliang

    2016-01-01

    Background The scaphoid is critical for maintaining the stability and movement of the wrist joints. This study aimed to develop a new internal fixator absorbable scaphoid screw (ASS) for fixation of the scaphoid waist after fracture and to test the biomechanical characteristics of ASS. Materials and methods An ASS was prepared using polylactic acids and designed based on scaphoid measurements and anatomic features. Twenty fractured scaphoid waist specimens were randomly divided into experimen...

  1. Characterization of diethylenetriamine (DETA) as absorbent for CO2

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    Hartono, Ardi

    2009-01-01

    Absorption of CO2 with amine-based absorbents is an established and proven technology. Unfortunately, it is still very energy intensive and has high capital costs. The overall challenge when aiming at using this technology for world wide CO2 capture, is to bring these two factors down with new and environmentally acceptable solvents. The search forward can be carried out by process design improvements or by finding new and better solvents. An ideal solvent should have a high capacity, high ab...

  2. Mechanical Characteristics of Oil-Damping Shock Absorber for Protection of Electronic-Packaging Components

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    YANG Ping

    2005-01-01

    A microstructure oil-damping shock absorber was designed for the protection of electronic-packaging components in vibration-impact environments. The nonlinearity of the oil viscosity, the oil flow characteristics, and the coupling between the oil and the physical structure were included in a mathematical model of the oil-damping shock absorber to attenuate vibrations. The results of multi-parameter-coupled dynamic tests show that the mathematical model accurately simulates the actual physical system of the oil-damping shock absorber. The model could be used for engineering designs of vibration-impact isolation of electronic-packaging components.

  3. New resonant cavity-enhanced absorber structures for mid-infrared detector application

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    Zohar, Moshe; Auslender, Mark; Faraone, Lorenzo; Hava, Shlomo

    2012-01-01

    A new dielectric Fabry-Perot cavity was designed for a resonant enhancing optical absorption by a thin absorber layer embedded into the cavity. In this cavity, the front mirror is a subwavelength grating with $\\sim 100$% retroreflection. For a HgCdTe absorber in a matching cavity of the new type, the design is shown to meet the combined challenges of increasing the absorbing efficiency of the entire device up to $\\sim 100$% and reducing its size and overall complexity, compared to a conventio...

  4. Vibration control for piping system using dynamic vibration absorbers

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    In order to bring about the degree of freedom in thermal expansion and contraction, piping systems are made so as to be flexible and easy to deflect, consequently, those are apt to be affected by vibration sources and cause troubles. The vibration is generally complex, and is to cause such problems as the fatigue damage due to resonance and vibration noise. In order to prevent them, the method of supporting piping systems has been taken, but it constrains largely the arrangement of piping systems. Recently, the move to control the vibration of piping systems as they are flexible by supporting them with high damping visco-elastic matters or positively giving damping to them by introducing dynamic vibration absorbers has begun. In this report, the basic knowledge on dynamic vibration absorbers is described, and the method of controlling vibration in a multiple degrees of freedom system is explained. Next, a simple three-dimensional piping system is taken up as an example, and its vibration modes from first order to third order are investigated. Thereafter, the optimum places for installing dynamic vibration absorbers in respective modes and the procedure of designing dynamic vibration absorbers are shown. (K.I.)

  5. Application of cytogenetic methods for estimation of absorbed dose

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    Accumulated data on the practical application of cytogenetic technique to evaluate the absorbed dose for men involved in activities to eliminate the effects of the Chernobyl NPP accident were analyzed. Those data were compared with the results of cytogenetic studies conducted in other Russia regions affected by radiation impacts (Muslyumovo settle., Chelyabinsk Region, the Altay Territory settlements near the Semipalatinsk test range) and with the examination results of population of the territory of the Three Mile Island NPP (Island, Pennsylvania, USA) where in 1975 the nuclear accident took place. The cytogenetic studies were carried out using the standard analysis technique evaluating the frequency of unstable aberrations of chromosomes (UA) and using FISH-technique designed to evaluate the frequency of stable aberrations of chromosomes. It was pointed out that UA-technique could not be used efficiently for the retrospective evaluation of the absorbed doses with no clear idea correlating the nature and the rate of elimination with cell life time, especially, in case of small doses of irradiation. Analysis of the stable translocation using FISH-technique enabled to evaluate the absorbed dose within 8-9 years following the accident. The range of the absorbed doses of the examined persons varied from the background ones up to 1 Gy

  6. Organizing the production of the first soviet hydraulic shock-absorbers for NPPs

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    The design and problems of serial production of hydraulic shock-absorbers designed for limitation of displacement of equipment and pipelines in the primary and secondary coolant circuits of NPPs with WWER reactors under seismic and accidental dynamic loads are considered. Mastering the production of hydraulic shock-absorbers required production of special, principally new, radiation and heat resistant building-up products such as bearings, transducers and materials as well as sealing details enduring maximum pressure up to 85 MPa

  7. Method of absorbing UF6 from gaseous mixtures in alkamine absorbents

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    A method is described for recovering UF6 from gaseous mixtures by absorption in a liquid. The liquid absorbent must have a relatively low viscosity and at least one component of the absorbent is an alkamine having less than 3 carbon atoms bonded to the amino nitrogen, less than 2 of the carbon atoms other than those bonded to the amino nitrogen are free of the hydroxy radical and precipitate the absorbed uranium from the absorbent. At least one component of the absorbent is chosen from the group consisting of ethanolamine, diethanolamine, and 3-methyl-3-amino-propane-diol-1,2

  8. CMOS absorbance detection system for capillary electrophoresis

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    This paper presents a cost-effective portable photodetection system for capillary electrophoresis absorptiometry. By using a CMOS BDJ (buried double p-n junction) detector, a dual-wavelength method for absorbance measurement is implemented. This system includes associated electronics for low-noise pre-amplification and A/D conversion, followed by digital signal acquisition and processing. Two signal processing approaches are adopted to enhance the signal to noise ratio. One is variable time synchronous detection, which optimizes the sensitivity and measuring rate compared to a conventional synchronous detection technique. The other is a statistical approach based on principal component analysis, which allows optimal estimation of detected signal. This system has been designed and tested in capillary electrophoresis conditions. Its operation has been verified with performances comparable to those of a commercialized spectrophotometric system (HP-3D CE). With potential on-chip integration of associated electronics, it may be operated as an integrable detection module for microchip electrophoresis and other microanalysis systems

  9. Estimation of Absorbed Dose in Occlusal Radiography

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    The purpose of this study was to estimate absorbed dose of each important anatomic site of phantom (RT-210 Head and Neck Section R, Humanoid Systems Co., U.S.A.) head in occlusal radiography. X-radiation dosimetry at 12 anatomic sites in maxillary anterior topography, maxillary posterior topography, mandibular anterior cross-section, mandibular posterior cross-section, mandibular anterior topographic, mandibular posterior topographic occlusal projection was performed with calcium sulfate thermoluminescent dosimeters under 70 Kvp and 15 mA, 1/4 second (8 inch cone ) and 1 second (16 inch cone) exposure time. The results obtained were as follows: Skin surface produced highest absorbed dose ranged between 3264 mrad and 4073 mrad but there was little difference between projections. In maxillary anterior topographic occlusal radiography, eyeballs, maxillary sinuses, and pituitary gland sites produced higher absorbed doses than those of other sites. In maxillary posterior topographic occlusal radiography, exposed eyeball site and exposed maxillary sinus site produced high absorbed doses. In mandibular anterior cross-sectional occlusal radiography, all sites were produced relatively low absorbed dose except eyeball sites. In Mandibular posterior cross-sectional occlusal radiography, exposed eyeball site and exposed maxillary sinus site were produced relatively higher absorbed doses than other sites. In mandibular anterior topographic occlusal radiography, maxillary sinuses, submandibular glands, and thyroid gland sites produced high absorbed doses than other sites. In mandibular posterior topographic occlusal radiography, submandibular gland site of the exposed side produced high absorbed dose than other sites and eyeball site of the opposite side produced relatively high absorbed dose.

  10. Estimation of Absorbed Dose in Occlusal Radiography

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    Yoo, Young Ah; Choi, Karp Shick [Dept. of Oral Radiology, College of Dentistry, Kyungpuk National University, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Sang Han [Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    1990-02-15

    The purpose of this study was to estimate absorbed dose of each important anatomic site of phantom (RT-210 Head and Neck Section R, Humanoid Systems Co., U.S.A.) head in occlusal radiography. X-radiation dosimetry at 12 anatomic sites in maxillary anterior topography, maxillary posterior topography, mandibular anterior cross-section, mandibular posterior cross-section, mandibular anterior topographic, mandibular posterior topographic occlusal projection was performed with calcium sulfate thermoluminescent dosimeters under 70 Kvp and 15 mA, 1/4 second (8 inch cone) and 1 second (16 inch cone) exposure time. The results obtained were as follows: Skin surface produced highest absorbed dose ranged between 3264 mrad and 4073 mrad but there was little difference between projections. In maxillary anterior topographic occlusal radiography, eyeballs, maxillary sinuses, and pituitary gland sites produced higher absorbed doses than those of other sites. In maxillary posterior topographic occlusal radiography, exposed eyeball site and exposed maxillary sinus site produced high absorbed doses. In mandibular anterior cross-sectional occlusal radiography, all sites were produced relatively low absorbed dose except eyeball sites. In Mandibular posterior cross-sectional occlusal radiography, exposed eyeball site and exposed maxillary sinus site were produced relatively higher absorbed doses than other sites. In mandibular anterior topographic occlusal radiography, maxillary sinuses, submandibular glands, and thyroid gland sites produced high absorbed doses than other sites. In mandibular posterior topographic occlusal radiography, submandibular gland site of the exposed side produced high absorbed dose than other sites and eyeball site of the opposite side produced relatively high absorbed dose.

  11. On the definition of absorbed dose

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    Purpose: The quantity absorbed dose is used extensively in all areas concerning the interaction of ionizing radiation with biological organisms, as well as with matter in general. The most recent and authoritative definition of absorbed dose is given by the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU) in ICRU Report 85. However, that definition is incomplete. The purpose of the present work is to give a rigorous definition of absorbed dose. Methods: Absorbed dose is defined in terms of the random variable specific energy imparted. A random variable is a mathematical function, and it cannot be defined without specifying its domain of definition which is a probability space. This is not done in report 85 by the ICRU, mentioned above. Results: In the present work a definition of a suitable probability space is given, so that a rigorous definition of absorbed dose is possible. This necessarily includes the specification of the experiment which the probability space describes. In this case this is an irradiation, which is specified by the initial particles released and by the material objects which can interact with the radiation. Some consequences are discussed. Specific energy imparted is defined for a volume, and the definition of absorbed dose as a point function involves the specific energy imparted for a small mass contained in a volume surrounding the point. A possible more precise definition of this volume is suggested and discussed. Conclusions: The importance of absorbed dose motivates a proper definition, and one is given in the present work. No rigorous definition has been presented before. - Highlights: • A stringent definition of absorbed dose is given. • This requires the definition of an irradiation and a suitable probability space. • A stringent definition is important for an understanding of the concept absorbed dose

  12. Determination of absorbed dose in water

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    This report describes the experimental work carried out for the determination of absorbed dose in water in the energy of X-rays generated at potentials of 100 kV to 250 kV. Two small cavity ionization chambers were used for this experiment. The results of these measurements were compared with the results obtained by using NPL Secondary Standard Therapy level X-ray exposure meter. The related problems of converting an exposure quantity into absorbed dose in water an absorbed dose in water have also been discussed. (Orig./A.B.)

  13. CO2 Absorbing Capacity of MEA

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    José I Huertas; Gomez, Martin D.; Nicolas Giraldo; Jessica Garzón

    2015-01-01

    We describe the use of a gas bubbler apparatus in which the gas phase is bubbled into a fixed amount of absorbent under standard conditions as a uniform procedure for determining the absorption capacity of solvents. The method was systematically applied to determine the CO2 absorbing capacity of MEA (Ac) at several aqueous MEA (β) and gas-phase CO2 concentrations. Ac approached the nominal CO2 absorbing capacity of MEA (720 g CO2/kg MEA) at very low β levels, increasing from 447.9±18.1 to 581...

  14. Absorbed dose by a CMOS in radiotherapy

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    Borja H, C. G.; Valero L, C. Y.; Guzman G, K. A.; Banuelos F, A.; Hernandez D, V. M.; Vega C, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Calle Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico); Paredes G, L. C., E-mail: candy_borja@hotmail.com [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2011-10-15

    Absorbed dose by a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) circuit as part of a pacemaker, has been estimated using Monte Carlo calculations. For a cancer patient who is a pacemaker carrier, scattered radiation could damage pacemaker CMOS circuits affecting patient's health. Absorbed dose in CMOS circuit due to scattered photons is too small and therefore is not the cause of failures in pacemakers, but neutron calculations shown an absorbed dose that could cause damage in CMOS due to neutron-hydrogen interactions. (Author)

  15. Semiconductor saturable absorbers for ultrafast terahertz signals

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    Hoffmann, Matthias C.; Turchinovich, Dmitry

    2010-01-01

    We demonstrate saturable absorber behavior of n-type semiconductors GaAs, GaP, and Ge in the terahertz THz frequency range at room temperature using nonlinear THz spectroscopy. The saturation mechanism is based on a decrease in electron conductivity of semiconductors at high electron momentum...... states, due to conduction band onparabolicity and scattering into satellite valleys in strong THz fields. Saturable absorber parameters, such as linear and nonsaturable transmission, and saturation fluence, are extracted by fits to a classic saturable absorber model. Further, we observe THz pulse...

  16. Experimental Study of Heat Energy Absorber with Porous Medium for Thermoelectric Conversion System

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    Tzer-Ming Jeng

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The thermoelectric conversion system usually consists of the heat absorber, the thermoelectric generator (TEG and the heat sink, while the heat absorber collects the heat to increase the temperature on the hot surface of TEG and enhances the generating electricity. This study experimentally investigated the performance of the brass-beads packed-bed heat absorber for the thermoelectric conversion system. The packed-bed heat absorber is installed in a square channel with the various flow orientation systems and the small ratio of channel width to bead diameter. The flow orientation systems included the straight flow and jet flow systems. This study showed the local and average heat transfer characteristics for various parameters. The experimental results can be the base of designs for the novel porous heat absorber of the thermoelectric conversion system.

  17. Optical absorbers based on strong interference in ultra-thin films

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    Kats, Mikhail A

    2016-01-01

    Optical absorbers find uses in a wide array of applications across the electromagnetic spectrum, including photovoltaic and photochemical cells, photodetectors, optical filters, stealth technology, and thermal light sources. Recent efforts have sought to reduce the footprint of optical absorbers, conventionally based on graded structures or Fabry-Perot-type cavities, by using the emerging concepts of plasmonics, metamaterials, and metasurfaces. Unfortunately, these new absorber designs require patterning on subwavelength length scales, and are therefore impractical for many large-scale optical and optoelectronic devices. In this article, we summarize recent progress in the development of optical absorbers based on lossy films with thicknesses significantly smaller than the incident optical wavelength. These structures have a small footprint and require no nanoscale patterning. We outline the theoretical foundation of these absorbers based on "ultra-thin-film interference", including the concepts of loss-induc...

  18. A micromachined freestanding terahertz absorber with an array of metallic patches

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    Hamdi Torun

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available An array of square metallic patches on a thin suspended dielectric layer is introduced as an effective terahertz absorber. The suspended structure is placed on a metalized substrate and the device exhibits metamaterial behavior at specific frequencies determined by the size of the patches. It is feasible to place patches with different sizes in an array formation for a broadband absorber. In array configuration, individual elements induce distinct resonances yielding narrow band absorption regions. Design of the absorber is described using electromagnetic simulations. The absorber structure was fabricated on a silicon wafer using standard microfabrication techniques. The characteristics of the absorber were measured using a terahertz time domain spectroscope. The measured data match well the simulations indicating strong absorption peaks in a band of 0.5-2 THz.

  19. Research on Simulation and Test of the Nonlinear Responses for the Hydraulic Shock Absorber

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    张建武; 刘延庆

    2003-01-01

    Basically on the multi-body system dynamics,the virtual prototype of the hydraulic shock absorber for the bench test is developed in the ADAMS environment.Dynamic behaviors of the absorber are studied by both computer simulation and real test.Numerical predictions of dynamic responses are produced by the established virtual prototype of the absorber and compared with experimental results.It has been shown from the comparison that the vibration behaviors of the prototype with hysteretic damping characteristics are considered to be more identical with the bench test results than those of the same prototype with piecewise linear damping properties are.The current virtual prototype of the shock absorber is correct and can be a developing terrace for the optimizing design of the absorber and matching capability of the whole car.

  20. Preparation of Ag/SiO{sub 2} near-infrared absorbers using the combination of sputtering and spin-coating depositions

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    Liau, Leo Chau-Kuang, E-mail: lckliau@saturn.yzu.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Yuan Ze University, Chung-Li 320, Taiwan (China); Lai, Guo-Bin [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Yuan Ze University, Chung-Li 320, Taiwan (China); Juang, Rei-Cheng; Chang, Bing-Hung [Green Energy and Environmental Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Yang, Thomas Chun-Kuang [Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China)

    2015-03-02

    This study presents the design and fabrication of near-infrared (NIR) absorbers constructed in multilayer structures using Ag and SiO{sub 2} materials. The absorbers, consisting of Ag and SiO{sub 2} films, were fabricated using sputtering and spin-coating approaches, respectively. The fabricated absorbing devices were evaluated using ultraviolet–visible-NIR spectra. Results revealed that the structure of the Ag/SiO{sub 2}/Ag films exhibited an NIR absorbing effect. The absorbing properties were substantially influenced by the fabrication parameters and the thickness of the multilayer films. Furthermore, the NIR absorbing performance improved significantly when the SiO{sub 2} layer was annealed at 300 °C before the deposition of the top Ag film. Additionally, the absorptance of the absorbers was affected by the thickness of the top Ag layer. The long-term stability of the multilayer absorber was tested and verified based on absorptance data analysis. The NIR absorbing performance can be further improved using the optimal device design of the film thickness and by fabricating additional Ag/SiO{sub 2} layers. - Highlights: • Ag/SiO{sub 2} near-infrared absorbers were designed and fabricated. • The absorbing performance was greatly influenced by the fabrication schemes. • The optimal fabrication process of the absorber was obtained. • The long-term stability of the absorber was verified.

  1. Preparation of Ag/SiO2 near-infrared absorbers using the combination of sputtering and spin-coating depositions

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    This study presents the design and fabrication of near-infrared (NIR) absorbers constructed in multilayer structures using Ag and SiO2 materials. The absorbers, consisting of Ag and SiO2 films, were fabricated using sputtering and spin-coating approaches, respectively. The fabricated absorbing devices were evaluated using ultraviolet–visible-NIR spectra. Results revealed that the structure of the Ag/SiO2/Ag films exhibited an NIR absorbing effect. The absorbing properties were substantially influenced by the fabrication parameters and the thickness of the multilayer films. Furthermore, the NIR absorbing performance improved significantly when the SiO2 layer was annealed at 300 °C before the deposition of the top Ag film. Additionally, the absorptance of the absorbers was affected by the thickness of the top Ag layer. The long-term stability of the multilayer absorber was tested and verified based on absorptance data analysis. The NIR absorbing performance can be further improved using the optimal device design of the film thickness and by fabricating additional Ag/SiO2 layers. - Highlights: • Ag/SiO2 near-infrared absorbers were designed and fabricated. • The absorbing performance was greatly influenced by the fabrication schemes. • The optimal fabrication process of the absorber was obtained. • The long-term stability of the absorber was verified

  2. Optically Modulated Multiband Terahertz Perfect Absorber

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    Seren, Huseyin R.; Keiser, George R.; Cao, Lingyue;

    2014-01-01

    response of resonant metamaterials continues to be a challengingendeavor. Resonant perfect absorbers have flourished as one of the mostpromising metamaterial devices with applications ranging from power har-vesting to terahertz imaging. Here, an optically modulated resonant perfectabsorber is presented...

  3. Absorbing boundary conditions for linear gravity waves

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    Dgaygui, Kebir; Joly, Patrick

    1992-01-01

    In this article, we construct, analyze and implement a family of absorbing boundary conditions for linear gravity waves in dimension 2. The main difficulty consists in taking into account the dispersive nature of these waves.

  4. Mucool Hydrogen Absorber R and D

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    The Mucool hydrogen absorber program will be presented. An update of current projects will be described, and the next year's plan will be reviewed, along with efforts in collaboration with the Muon International Cooling Experiment

  5. Perfectly matched layer based multilayer absorbers

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    Stefaniuk, Tomasz; Stolarek, Marcin; Pastuszczak, Anna; Wróbel, Piotr; Wieciech, Bartosz; Antosiewicz, Tomasz J.; Kotyński, Rafał

    2015-05-01

    Broadband layered absorbers are analysed theoretically and experimentally. A genetic algorithm is used to opti- mize broadband and wide-angle of incidence metal-dielectric layered absorbers. An approximate representation of the perfectly matched layer with a spatially varied absorption strength is discussed. The PML is realised as a stack of uniform and isotropic metamaterial layers with permittivieties and permeabilities given from the effective medium theory. This approximate representation of PML is based on the effective medium theory and we call it an effective medium PML (EM-PML).1 We compare the re ection properties of the layered absorbers to that of a PML material and demonstrate that after neglecting gain and magnetic properties, the absorber remains functional.

  6. Space Compatible Radar Absorbing Materials Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This SBIR Phase 1 project shall investigate novel radar absorbing materials (RAM) for use in space or simulated space environments. These materials are lightweight...

  7. Solar Biogas Digester with Built-In Reverse Absorber Heater

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    Karimov, Khasan S.; Muhammad Abid

    2013-01-01

    In this work the design, fabrication and investigation of a solar biogas digester with built-in RAH (Reverse Absorber Heater) is presented. The maximum temperature (50 o C) inside of the methane tank was taken as a main parameter at the design of the digester. Using energy balance equation for the case of a static mass of fluid being heated; the parameters of thermal insulation of the methane tank were counted. The biogas digester is consisting of methane tank with built-in solar RAH to utili...

  8. Flexible metamaterial absorbers for stealth applications at terahertz frequencies

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    Iwaszczuk, Krzysztof; Strikwerda, Andrew; Fan, K.;

    2012-01-01

    We have wrapped metallic cylinders with strongly absorbing metamaterials. These resonant structures, which are patterned on flexible substrates, smoothly coat the cylinder and give it an electromagnetic response designed to minimize its radar cross section. We compare the normal-incidence, small......-beam reflection coefficient with the measurement of the far-field bistatic radar cross section of the sample, using a quasi-planar THz wave with a beam diameter significantly larger than the sample dimensions. In this geometry we demonstrate a near-400-fold reduction of the radar cross section at the design...

  9. Actual behaviour of a ball vibration absorber

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    Pirner, Miroš

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 90, č. 8 (2002), s. 987-1005. ISSN 0167-6105 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GV103/96/K034 Institutional support: RVO:68378297 Keywords : TV towers * wind-excited vibrations * vibration absorbers * pendulum absorber Subject RIV: JM - Building Engineering Impact factor: 0.513, year: 2002 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167610502002155#

  10. Semiconductor saturable absorbers for ultrafast THz signals

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    Hoffmann, Matthias C.; Turchinovich, Dmitry

    We demonstrate saturable absorber behavior of n-type semiconductors in the THz frequency range using nonlinear THz spectroscopy. Further, we observe THz pulse shortening and increase of the group refractive index at high field strengths.......We demonstrate saturable absorber behavior of n-type semiconductors in the THz frequency range using nonlinear THz spectroscopy. Further, we observe THz pulse shortening and increase of the group refractive index at high field strengths....

  11. Directed percolation with an absorbing boundary

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    Lauritsen, K. B.; K. Sneppen; Markosova, M.; Jensen, M. H.

    1997-01-01

    We consider directed percolation with an absorbing boundary in 1+1 and 2+1 dimensions. The distribution of cluster lifetimes and sizes depend on the boundary. The new scaling exponents can be related to the exponents characterizing standard directed percolation in 1+1 dimension. In addition, we investigate the backbone cluster and red bonds, and calculate the distribution of living sites along the absorbing boundary.

  12. Motor simulation of a shock absorber

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    Clancy, Brian

    1996-01-01

    The use of modern control theory to produce an electrical motor simulation of a Formula 1, Grand Pnx, passive motorcycle front suspension shock absorber is investigated. It is shown, using a test-rig comprising two permanent magnet DC motors directly coupled, that desired shock absorber responses to load forces can be achieved using model reference control. The controller feedback in this test rig is provided via a high resolution rotary position sensor. A stochastic Kalman filter is used to ...

  13. Synchronous and non-synchronous responses of systems with multiple identical nonlinear vibration absorbers

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    Issa, Jimmy S.; Shaw, Steven W.

    2015-07-01

    In this work we investigate the nonlinear dynamic response of systems composed of a primary inertia to which multiple identical vibration absorbers are attached. This problem is motivated by observations of systems of centrifugal pendulum vibration absorbers that are designed to reduce engine order torsional vibrations in rotating systems, but the results are relevant to translational systems as well. In these systems the total absorber mass is split into multiple equal masses for purposes of distribution and/or balance, and it is generally expected that the absorbers will act in unison, corresponding to a synchronous response. In order to capture nonlinear effects of the responses of the absorbers, specifically, their amplitude-dependent frequency, we consider them to possess nonlinear stiffness. The equations of motion for the system are derived and it is shown how one can uncouple the equations for the absorbers from that for the primary inertia, resulting in a system of identical resonators that are globally coupled. These symmetric equations are scaled for weak nonlinear effects, near resonant forcing, and small damping. The method of averaging is applied, from which steady-state responses and their stability are investigated. The response of systems with two, three, and four absorbers are considered in detail, demonstrating a rich variety of bifurcations of the synchronous response, resulting in responses with various levels of symmetry in which sub-groups of absorbers are mutually synchronous. It is also shown that undamped models with more than two absorbers possess a degenerate response, which is made robust by the addition of damping to the model. Design guidelines are proposed based on the nature of the system response, with the aim of minimizing the acceleration of the primary system. It is shown that the desired absorber parameters are selected so that the system achieves a stable synchronous response which does not undergo jumps via saddle

  14. A Method for Reducing Noise Radiated from Structures with Vibration Absorbers by Using an Accelerated Neural Network

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    李连进; 葛为民

    2004-01-01

    A method for reducing noise radiated from structures by vibration absorbers is presented. Since usual design method for the absorbers is invalid for noise reduction, the peaks of noise power in the frequency domain as cost functions are applied. Hence, the equations for obtaining optimal parameters of the absorbers become nonlinear expressions. To have the parameters, an accelerated neural network procedure has been presented. Numerical calculations have been carried out for a plate-type cantilever beam with a large width, and experimental tests have been also performed for the same beam. It is clarified that the present method is valid for reducing noise radiated from structures. As for the usual design method for the absorbers, model analysis has been given, so the number of absorbers should be the same as that of the considered modes. While the nonlinear problem can be dealt with by the present method, there is no restriction on the number of absorbers or the model number.

  15. Beam Pipe HOM Absorber for 750 MHz RF Cavity Systems

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    Johnson, Rolland; Neubauer, Michael

    2014-10-29

    This joint project of Muons, Inc., Cornell University and SLAC was supported by a Phase I and Phase II grant monitored by the SBIR Office of Science of the DOE. Beam line HOM absorbers are a critical part of future linear colliders. The use of lossy materials at cryogenic temperatures has been incorporated in several systems. The design in beam pipes requires cylinders of lossy material mechanically confined in such a way as to absorb the microwave energy from the higher-order modes and remove the heat generated in the lossy material. Furthermore, the potential for charge build-up on the surface of the lossy material requires the conductivity of the material to remain consistent from room temperature to cryogenic temperatures. In this program a mechanical design was developed that solved several design constraints: a) fitting into the existing Cornell load vacuum component, b) allowing the use of different material compositions, c) a thermal design that relied upon the compression of the lossy ceramic material without adding stress. Coating experiments were performed that indicated the design constraints needed to fully implement this approach for solving the charge build-up problem inherent in using lossy ceramics. In addition, the ACE3P program, used to calculate the performance of lossy cylinders in beam pipes in general, was supported by this project. Code development and documentation to allow for the more wide spread use of the program was a direct result of this project was well.

  16. Storage tank with internal neutron absorbers for fissile materials

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    The advantages of the new storage tank design with internal neutron absorbers for fissile materials compared to the traditional slab tank design are as follows: The available volume of this vessel design has a value of more than 80%. The tank does not require neutron absorbers to be spaced between adjacent tanks as with the case with slab tanks. This results in a saving in cost and space. The tank is smaller in height and breadth and thus requires less room space for the same amount of storage capacity. Costs are reduced in manufacturing material and room space. The outer surface area of the tank is roughly 7 times smaller than the outer surface area of the slab tank and in less area for heat transfer in case of fire - improved safety. The tank manufacturing will require less welding points to be done and the type of welding required can be automated by machinery. The welding method required, is similar to the welding method that is used to weld the fuel rods for conventional HWR nuclear reactors and thus the technology is known, automated and proven. The tube bundle can be easily removed and more space is available inside the tank for inspection and maintenance of the vessel due to the circular geometry. The vessel design is similar to pressure vessel design which is a proven and well documented method.

  17. A new laboratory-scale experimental facility for detailed aerothermal characterizations of volumetric absorbers

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    Gomez-Garcia, Fabrisio; Santiago, Sergio; Luque, Salvador; Romero, Manuel; Gonzalez-Aguilar, Jose

    2016-05-01

    This paper describes a new modular laboratory-scale experimental facility that was designed to conduct detailed aerothermal characterizations of volumetric absorbers for use in concentrating solar power plants. Absorbers are generally considered to be the element with the highest potential for efficiency gains in solar thermal energy systems. The configu-ration of volumetric absorbers enables concentrated solar radiation to penetrate deep into their solid structure, where it is progressively absorbed, prior to being transferred by convection to a working fluid flowing through the structure. Current design trends towards higher absorber outlet temperatures have led to the use of complex intricate geometries in novel ceramic and metallic elements to maximize the temperature deep inside the structure (thus reducing thermal emission losses at the front surface and increasing efficiency). Although numerical models simulate the conjugate heat transfer mechanisms along volumetric absorbers, they lack, in many cases, the accuracy that is required for precise aerothermal validations. The present work aims to aid this objective by the design, development, commissioning and operation of a new experimental facility which consists of a 7 kWe (1.2 kWth) high flux solar simulator, a radiation homogenizer, inlet and outlet collector modules and a working section that can accommodate volumetric absorbers up to 80 mm × 80 mm in cross-sectional area. Experimental measurements conducted in the facility include absorber solid temperature distributions along its depth, inlet and outlet air temperatures, air mass flow rate and pressure drop, incident radiative heat flux, and overall thermal efficiency. In addition, two windows allow for the direct visualization of the front and rear absorber surfaces, thus enabling full-coverage surface temperature measurements by thermal imaging cameras. This paper presents the results from the aerothermal characterization of a siliconized silicon

  18. A Titanium Nitride Absorber for Controlling Optical Crosstalk in Horn-Coupled Aluminum LEKID Arrays for Millimeter Wavelengths

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    McCarrick, H.; Flanigan, D.; Jones, G.; Johnson, B. R.; Ade, P. A. R.; Bradford, K.; Bryan, S.; Cantor, R; Che, G.; Day, P.; Doyle, S.; Leduc, H.; Limon, M.; Mauskopf, P.; Miller, A.

    2015-01-01

    We discuss the design and measured performance of a titanium nitride (TiN) mesh absorber we are developing for controlling optical crosstalk in horn-coupled lumped-element kinetic inductance detector arrays for millimeter-wavelengths. This absorber was added to the fused silica anti-reflection coating attached to previously-characterized, 20-element prototype arrays of LEKIDs fabricated from thin-film aluminum on silicon substrates. To test the TiN crosstalk absorber, we compared the measured...

  19. Study on an innovative fast reactor utilizing hydride neutron absorber development of coating technique on cladding inner surface

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    The study to extend the control rod life of the Fast Reactor (FR) and to compress its excess reactivity are being performed by adopting the hafnium hydride (HfHx) for control rod material and by using the gadolinium hydride (GdHx) burnable poison (BP) for the reactivity recession, respectively. In the program named 'Study on an innovative Fast Reactor utilizing Hydride Neutron Absorber', the coating technique on inner surface of cladding has been developed to prevent hydrogen transfer through cladding at occasions of the temperature rise events. The Cr2O3 coating (chromizing) and the Al2O3 coating (calorizing) were selected for the coating techniques from the viewpoint of stability under in-core conditions. Following tests were performed for austenitic steel SUS316 which is widely used in FRs and for ferritic steel SUS430. The SUS430 was selected to simulate the ODS (Oxide Dispersion Strengthened ferritic steel) which is the attractive candidate material for the high burn-up FR. Examination of coating processing conditions by using short length claddings (100-200 mm). Approval of coating conditions to mock-up length cladding (1000 mm). Measurement of hydrogen transfer coefficient. Then appropriate conditions for coating were clarified and the formation of homogeneous films of both chromizing and calorizing was achieved on the inner surfaces of long length claddings (1000 mm). The hydrogen transfer experiments showed that the hydrogen transfer coefficient of coated SUS316 and SUS430 can be reduced to below 1/10 of SUS316 raw material. (author)

  20. On the definition of absorbed dose

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    Grusell, Erik

    2015-02-01

    Purpose: The quantity absorbed dose is used extensively in all areas concerning the interaction of ionizing radiation with biological organisms, as well as with matter in general. The most recent and authoritative definition of absorbed dose is given by the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU) in ICRU Report 85. However, that definition is incomplete. The purpose of the present work is to give a rigorous definition of absorbed dose. Methods: Absorbed dose is defined in terms of the random variable specific energy imparted. A random variable is a mathematical function, and it cannot be defined without specifying its domain of definition which is a probability space. This is not done in report 85 by the ICRU, mentioned above. Results: In the present work a definition of a suitable probability space is given, so that a rigorous definition of absorbed dose is possible. This necessarily includes the specification of the experiment which the probability space describes. In this case this is an irradiation, which is specified by the initial particles released and by the material objects which can interact with the radiation. Some consequences are discussed. Specific energy imparted is defined for a volume, and the definition of absorbed dose as a point function involves the specific energy imparted for a small mass contained in a volume surrounding the point. A possible more precise definition of this volume is suggested and discussed. Conclusions: The importance of absorbed dose motivates a proper definition, and one is given in the present work. No rigorous definition has been presented before.

  1. Warm Absorber Diagnostics of AGN Dynamics

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    Kallman, Timothy

    Warm absorbers and related phenomena are observable manifestations of outflows or winds from active galactic nuclei (AGN) that have great potential value. Understanding AGN outflows is important for explaining the mass budgets of the central accreting black hole, and also for understanding feedback and the apparent co-evolution of black holes and their host galaxies. In the X-ray band warm absorbers are observed as photoelectric absorption and resonance line scattering features in the 0.5-10 keV energy band; the UV band also shows resonance line absorption. Warm absorbers are common in low luminosity AGN and they have been extensively studied observationally. They may play an important role in AGN feedback, regulating the net accretion onto the black hole and providing mechanical energy to the surroundings. However, fundamental properties of the warm absorbers are not known: What is the mechanism which drives the outflow?; what is the gas density in the flow and the geometrical distribution of the outflow?; what is the explanation for the apparent relation between warm absorbers and the surprising quasi-relativistic 'ultrafast outflows' (UFOs)? We propose a focused set of model calculations that are aimed at synthesizing observable properties of warm absorber flows and associated quantities. These will be used to explore various scenarios for warm absorber dynamics in order to answer the questions in the previous paragraph. The guiding principle will be to examine as wide a range as possible of warm absorber driving mechanisms, geometry and other properties, but with as careful consideration as possible to physical consistency. We will build on our previous work, which was a systematic campaign for testing important class of scenarios for driving the outflows. We have developed a set of tools that are unique and well suited for dynamical calculations including radiation in this context. We also have state-of-the-art tools for generating synthetic spectra, which are

  2. Influence of Structural Parameters on a Novel Metamaterial Absorber Structure at K-band Frequency

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    Cuong, Tran Manh; Thuy, Nguyen Thi; Tuan, Le Anh

    2016-05-01

    Metamaterials nowadays continue to gain attention thanks to their special electromagnetic characteristics. An increasing number of studies are being conducted on the absolute electromagnetic absorber configurations of high impedance surface materials at a certain frequency band. These configurations are usually fabricated with a layer of metal structure based on a dielectric sheet. In this study, we present an optimal design of a novel electromagnetic absorber metamaterial configuration working at a 23-GHz frequency range (K band).

  3. Dynamic analytical and experimental research of shock absorber to safeguard the nuclear fuel assemblies

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    Highlights: • Plastical deformation of the shock absorber. • Dynamic testing of the scaled shock absorber. • Dynamic simulation of the shock absorber using finite element method. • Strain-rate evaluation in dynamic analysis. • Variation of displacement, acceleration and velocity during dynamic impact. -- Abstract: The Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) has two RBMK-1500 graphite moderated boiling water multi-channel reactors. The Ignalina NPP Unit 1 was shut down at the end of 2004 while Unit 2 has been in operation for over 5 years. After shutdown at the Unit 1 remained spent fuel assemblies with low burn-up depth. In order to reuse these assemblies in the reactor of Unit 2 a special set of equipment was developed. One of the most important items of this set is a container, which is used for the transportation of spent fuel assemblies between the reactors of Unit 1 and Unit 2. A special shock absorber was designed to avoid failure of fuel assemblies in case of hypothetical spent fuel assemblies drop accident during uploading/unloading of spent fuel assemblies to/from container. This shock absorber was examined using scaled experiments and finite element analysis. Static and dynamic investigations of the shock absorber were performed for the estimation and optimization of its geometrical parameters. The objective of this work is the estimation whether the proposed design of shock absorber can fulfil the stopping function of the spent fuel assemblies and is capable to withstand the dynamics load. Experimental testing of scaled shock absorber models and dynamic analytical investigations using the finite element code ABAQUS/Explicit were performed. The simulation model was verified by comparing the experimental and simulation results and it was concluded that the shock absorber is capable to withstand the dynamic load, i.e. successful force suppression function in case of accident

  4. Absorber Materials at Room and Cryogenic Temperatures

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    We recently reported on investigations of RF absorber materials at cryogenic temperatures conducted at Jefferson Laboratory (JLab). The work was initiated to find a replacement material for the 2 Kelvin low power waveguide Higher Order Mode (HOM) absorbers employed within the original cavity cryomodules of the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF). This effort eventually led to suitable candidates as reported in this paper. Furthermore, though constrained by small funds for labor and resources, we have analyzed a variety of lossy ceramic materials, several of which could be usable as HOM absorbers for both normal conducting and superconducting RF structures, e.g. as loads in cavity waveguides and beam tubes either at room or cryogenic temperatures and, depending on cooling measures, low to high operational power levels.

  5. Ferrite HOM Absorber for the RHIC ERL

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    Hahn,H.; Choi, E.M.; Hammons, L.

    2008-10-01

    A superconducting Energy Recovery Linac is under construction at Brookhaven National Laboratory to serve as test bed for RHIC upgrades. The damping of higher-order modes in the superconducting five-cell cavity for the Energy-Recovery linac at RHIC is performed exclusively by two ferrite absorbers. The ferrite properties have been measured in ferrite-loaded pill box cavities resulting in the permeability values given by a first-order Debye model for the tiled absorber structure and an equivalent permeability value for computer simulations with solid ring dampers. Measured and simulated results for the higher-order modes in the prototype copper cavity are discussed. First room-temperature measurements of the finished niobium cavity are presented which confirm the effective damping of higher-order modes in the ERL. by the ferrite absorbers.

  6. Broadband plasmonic absorber for photonic integrated circuits

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    Xiong, Xiao; Ren, Xi-Feng; Guo, Guang-Can

    2013-01-01

    The loss of surface plasmon polaritons has long been considered as a fatal shortcoming in information transport. Here we propose a plasmonic absorber utilizing this "shortcoming" to absorb the stray light in photonic integrated circuits (PICs). Based on adiabatic mode evolution, its performance is insensitive to incident wavelength with bandwidth larger than 300nm, and robust against surrounding environment and temperature. Besides, the use of metal enables it to be very compact and beneficial to thermal dissipation. With this 40um-long absorber, the absorption efficiency can be over 99.8% at 1550nm, with both the reflectivity and transmittance of incident light reduced to less than 0.1%. Such device may find various applications in PICs, to eliminate the residual strong pump laser or stray light.

  7. On the warm absorber in AGN outflow

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    Adhikari, T P; Sobolewska, M; Czerny, B

    2016-01-01

    Warm absorber (WA) is an ionised gas present in the line of sight to the AGN central engine. The effect of the absorber is imprinted in the absorption lines observed in X-ray spectra of AGN. In this work, we model the WA in Seyfert 1 galaxy Mrk 509 using its recently published shape of broad band spectral energy distribution (SED) as a continuum illuminating the absorber. Using the photoionization code {\\sc Titan}, recently we have shown that the absorption measure distribution (AMD) found for this object can be successfully modelled as a single slab of gas in total pressure (radiation+gas) equilibrium, contrary to the usual models of constant density multiple slabs. We discuss the transmitted spectrum that would be recorded by an observer after the radiation from the nucleus passes through the WA.

  8. LINEAR MODEL FOR NON ISOSCELES ABSORBERS

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    Previous analyses have assumed that wedge absorbers are triangularly shaped with equal angles for the two faces. In this case, to linear order, the energy loss depends only on the position in the direction of the face tilt, and is independent of the incoming angle. One can instead construct an absorber with entrance and exit faces facing rather general directions. In this case, the energy loss can depend on both the position and the angle of the particle in question. This paper demonstrates that and computes the effect to linear order

  9. PT-symmetric laser-absorber

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    Longhi, Stefano

    2010-01-01

    In a recent work, Y.D. Chong et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. {\\bf 105}, 053901 (2010)] proposed the idea of a coherent perfect absorber (CPA) as the time-reversed counterpart of a laser, in which a purely incoming radiation pattern is completely absorbed by a lossy medium. The optical medium that realizes CPA is obtained by reversing the gain with absorption, and thus it generally differs from the lasing medium. Here it is shown that a laser with an optical medium that satisfies the parity-time $(\\m...

  10. The MIRD method of estimating absorbed dose

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    Weber, D.A.

    1991-01-01

    The estimate of absorbed radiation dose from internal emitters provides the information required to assess the radiation risk associated with the administration of radiopharmaceuticals for medical applications. The MIRD (Medical Internal Radiation Dose) system of dose calculation provides a systematic approach to combining the biologic distribution data and clearance data of radiopharmaceuticals and the physical properties of radionuclides to obtain dose estimates. This tutorial presents a review of the MIRD schema, the derivation of the equations used to calculate absorbed dose, and shows how the MIRD schema can be applied to estimate dose from radiopharmaceuticals used in nuclear medicine.

  11. Rapid prototyping tool for tuning of vibration absorbers; Rapid-Prototyping-Tool zur Abstimmung von Schwingungstilgern

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    Marienfeld, P.M.; Karkosch, H.J. [ContiTech Vibration Control GmbH, Hannover (Germany); Bohn, C. [Technische Univ. Clausthal (Germany); Svaricek, F. [Univ. der Bundeswehr Muenchen (Germany); Knake-Langhorst, S. [Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt, Braunschweig (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    In the automotive industry passive vibration absorbers are a well established method to reduce structural vibrations in automotive vehicles. Designing a vibration absorber consists of selecting its mechanical properties. Usually extensive tests are necessary with different absorbers in the vehicle and subjective as well as objective evaluation of the results. This requires hardware modifications between different tests. In this paper, an approach is proposed that can assist in the development of vibration absorbers. It is based on tuning an active vibration control system such that it reproduces the behavior of a specified vibration absorber. This behavior can then be changed electronically without modifying the hardware. Two different control approaches are compared. In the first approach, the apparent physical properties of a vibration absorber are directly modified through acceleration, velocity or displacement feedback. In the second approach, a desired dynamic mass transfer function for the vibration absorber is prescribed and an H2-norm optimal model matching problem is solved. Experimental results obtained with this approach are presented. (orig.)

  12. Absorbing metasurface created by diffractionless disordered arrays of nanoantennas

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    Chevalier, Paul; Bouchon, Patrick; Jaeck, Julien; Lauwick, Diane; Bardou, Nathalie; Kattnig, Alain; Pardo, Fabrice; Haïdar, Riad

    2015-12-01

    We study disordered arrays of metal-insulator-metal nanoantenna in order to create a diffractionless metasurface able to absorb light in the 3-5 μm spectral range. This study is conducted with angle-resolved reflectivity measurements obtained with a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. A first design is based on a perturbation of a periodic arrangement, leading to a significant reduction of the radiative losses. Then, a random assembly of nanoantennas is built following a Poisson-disk distribution of given density, in order to obtain a nearly perfect cluttered assembly with optical properties of a homogeneous material.

  13. Absorbing metasurface created by diffractionless disordered arrays of nanoantennas

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    Chevalier, Paul [Minao, ONERA, The French Aerospace Lab, 91761 Palaiseau (France); Minao, Laboratoire de Photonique et Nanostructures (LPN), CNRS, Université Paris-Saclay, Route de Nozay, 91460 Marcoussis (France); Bouchon, Patrick, E-mail: patrick.bouchon@onera.fr; Jaeck, Julien; Lauwick, Diane; Kattnig, Alain [Minao, ONERA, The French Aerospace Lab, 91761 Palaiseau (France); Bardou, Nathalie; Pardo, Fabrice [Minao, Laboratoire de Photonique et Nanostructures (LPN), CNRS, Université Paris-Saclay, Route de Nozay, 91460 Marcoussis (France); Haïdar, Riad [Minao, ONERA, The French Aerospace Lab, 91761 Palaiseau (France); École Polytechnique, Département de Physique, 91128 Palaiseau (France)

    2015-12-21

    We study disordered arrays of metal-insulator-metal nanoantenna in order to create a diffractionless metasurface able to absorb light in the 3–5 μm spectral range. This study is conducted with angle-resolved reflectivity measurements obtained with a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. A first design is based on a perturbation of a periodic arrangement, leading to a significant reduction of the radiative losses. Then, a random assembly of nanoantennas is built following a Poisson-disk distribution of given density, in order to obtain a nearly perfect cluttered assembly with optical properties of a homogeneous material.

  14. Study of absorbed dose distribution to high energy electron beams

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    The depth absorbed dose distribution by electron beams was studied. The influence of the beam energy, the energy spread, field size and design characteristics of the accelerator was relieved. Three accelerators with different scattering and collimation systems were studied leading todifferent depth dose distributions. A theoretical model was constructed in order to explain the increase in the depth dose in the build-up region with the increase of the energy. The model utilizes a three-dimensional formalism based on the Fermi-Eyges multiple scattering theory, with the introduction of modifications that takes into account the criation of secondary electrons. (Author)

  15. Redesign of a Shock Absorber Piston Using Sintering

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    Kus, Ömer; Mojtabavi, Hamed

    2012-01-01

    The main objective of this report is to re-design of a product by substituting for another manufacturing process in order to get a cheaper product with the same function and quality. The current shock absorber piston is manufactured by the machining process at Öhlins Racing AB Company. Power Metallurgy (P/M) method could be a good substitute process to meet the technical requirements of the current piston with total lower cost. In this case, the whole process of product development gets invol...

  16. Absorbing metasurface created by diffractionless disordered arrays of nanoantennas

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    We study disordered arrays of metal-insulator-metal nanoantenna in order to create a diffractionless metasurface able to absorb light in the 3–5 μm spectral range. This study is conducted with angle-resolved reflectivity measurements obtained with a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. A first design is based on a perturbation of a periodic arrangement, leading to a significant reduction of the radiative losses. Then, a random assembly of nanoantennas is built following a Poisson-disk distribution of given density, in order to obtain a nearly perfect cluttered assembly with optical properties of a homogeneous material

  17. Innovative small and medium sized reactors: Design features, safety approaches and R and D trends. Final report of a technical meeting

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    In order to beat the economy of scale small and medium sized reactors (SMRs) have to incorporate specific design features that result into simplification of the overall plant design, modularization and mass production. Several approaches are being under development and consideration, including the increased use of passive features for reactivity control and reactor shut down, decay heat removal and core cooling, and reliance on the increased margin to fuel failure achieved through the use of advanced high-temperature fuel forms and structural materials. Some SMRs also offer the possibility of very long core lifetimes with burnable absorbers or high conversion ratio in the core. These reactors incorporate increased proliferation resistance and may offer a very attractive solution for the implementation of adequate safeguards in a scenario of global deployment of nuclear power. About 50 concepts and designs of the innovative SMRs are under development in more than 15 IAEA Member States representing both industrialized and developing countries. SMRs are under development for all principle reactor lines, i.e., water cooled, liquid metal cooled, gas cooled, and molten salt cooled reactors, as well as for some non-conventional combinations thereof. Upon a diversity of the conceptual and design approaches to SMRs, it may be useful to identify the so-called enabling technologies that are common to certain reactor types or lines. An enabling technology is the technology that needs to be developed and demonstrated to make a certain reactor concept viable. When a certain technology is common to several SMR concepts or designs, it could benefit from being developed on a common or shared basis. The identification of common enabling technologies could speed up the development and deployment of many SMRs by merging the efforts of their designers through an increased international cooperation. This publication has been prepared through the collaboration of all participants of this

  18. Manufacturing of Solar Absorber by Unconventional Methods

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    Mrňa, Libor; Lidmila, Z.; Podaný, K.; Forejt, M.; Kubíček, J.

    Ostrava: TANGER Ltd, 2012. ISBN 978-80-87294-29-1. [METAL 2012. International Conference on Metallurgy and Materials /21./. Brno (CZ), 23.05.2012-25.05.2012] R&D Projects: GA MŠk ED0017/01/01 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : solar absorber * drawing in flexible tools * laser welding * austenitic steel Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  19. Measuring the absorbed radioactivity during a flight

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    This paper presents the new system SIEVERT developed by the General Direction of the Civil Aviation (DGAC) to measure the radiations doses absorbed from cosmic radiation. The system is available on the Internet site: www.sievert-system.org. (A.L.B.)

  20. Technology and assessment of neutron absorbing materials

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    The present review assesses more recent developments in the technology and application of those absorber materials which are considered to be established or to have shown potential in reactor control. Emphasis is placed on physical, chemical and metallurgical properties and upon irradiation behaviour. (author)

  1. Can polar bear hairs absorb environmental energy?

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    He Ji-Huan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A polar bear (Ursus maritimus has superior ability to survive in harsh Arctic regions, why does the animal have such an excellent thermal protection? The present paper finds that the unique labyrinth cavity structure of the polar bear hair plays an important role. The hair can not only prevent body temperature loss but can also absorb energy from the environment.

  2. Non-Absorbable Disaccharides for Hepatic Encephalopathy

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    Gluud, Lise L; Vilstrup, Hendrik; Morgan, Marsha Y

    2016-01-01

    Non-absorbable disaccharides (NADs) have been used to treat hepatic encephalopathy (HE) since 1966. However, a Cochrane review, published in 2004, found insufficient evidence to recommend their use in this context. This updated systematic review evaluates the effects of the NADs, lactulose and...

  3. Timing the warm absorber in NGC 4051

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    Silva, Catia; Costantini, Elisa

    2016-01-01

    We investigated, using spectral-timing analysis, the characterization of highly ionized outflows in Seyfert galaxies, the so-called warm absorbers. Here, we present our results on the extensive ~ 600 ks of XMM-Newton archival observations of the bright and highly variable Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 4051, whose spectrum has revealed a complex multicomponent wind. Making use of both RGS and EPIC-pn data, we performed a detailed analysis through a time-dependent photoionization code in combination with spectral and Fourier spectral-timing techniques. The source light curves and the warm absorber parameters obtained from the data were used to simulate the response of the gas due to variations in the ionizing flux of the central source. The resulting time variable spectra were employed to predict the effects of the warm absorber on the time lags and coherence of the energy dependent light curves. We have found that, in the absence of any other lag mechanisms, a warm absorber with the characteristics of the one observed ...

  4. Absorbed fractions for electrons in ellipsoidal volumes

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    Amato, E.; Lizio, D.; Baldari, S.

    2011-01-01

    We applied a Monte Carlo simulation in Geant4 in order to calculate the absorbed fractions for monoenergetic electrons in the energy interval between 10 keV and 2 MeV, uniformly distributed in ellipsoids made from soft tissue. For each volume, we simulated a spherical shape, four oblate and four prolate ellipsoids, and one scalene shape. For each energy and for every geometrical configuration, an analytical relationship between the absorbed fraction and a 'generalized radius' was found, and the dependence of the fit parameters from electron energy is discussed and fitted by proper parametric functions. With the proposed formulation, the absorbed fraction for electrons in the 10-2000 keV energy range can be calculated for all volumes and for every ellipsoidal shape of practical interest. This method can be directly applied to evaluation of the absorbed fraction from the radionuclide emission of monoenergetic electrons, such as Auger or conversion electrons. The average deposited energy per disintegration in the case of extended beta spectra can be evaluated through integration. Two examples of application to a pure beta emitter such as 90Y and to 131I, whose emission include monoenergetic and beta electrons plus gamma photons, are presented. This approach represent a generalization of our previous studies, allowing a comprehensive treatment of absorbed fractions from electron and photon sources uniformly distributed in ellipsoidal volumes of any ellipticity and volume, in the whole range of practical interest for internal dosimetry in nuclear medicine applications, as well as in radiological protection estimations of doses from an internal contamination.

  5. Scrubbing of high sulfur coal - operating experiences with spray dryer absorbers

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    Felsvang, K.; Spannbauer, H.; Gedbjerg, P. (A/S Niro Atomizer, Copenhagen (Denmark))

    1990-01-01

    The use of spray dryer absorbers for flue gas desulfurization was pioneered in the United States in the late 70's. In Europe the use of spray dryer absorbers was introduced later, and now there is a wide application of spray dryer absorbers throughout the countries of Europe. The paper presents a description of the spray dryer absorption process and the key design features which are vital for successful spray dryer absorber operation. Operating data from medium to high sulfur applications are presented. Two European applications (the Salzburg Mitte plant and the Studstrup plant) are described. Operating experience has demonstrated that spray dryer absorption technology can be considered as a proven technology for medium to high sulfur coals. 11 refs., 15 figs.

  6. Neutron absorbers and methods of forming at least a portion of a neutron absorber

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    Guillen, Donna P; Porter, Douglas L; Swank, W David; Erickson, Arnold W

    2014-12-02

    Methods of forming at least a portion of a neutron absorber include combining a first material and a second material to form a compound, reducing the compound into a plurality of particles, mixing the plurality of particles with a third material, and pressing the mixture of the plurality of particles and the third material. One or more components of neutron absorbers may be formed by such methods. Neutron absorbers may include a composite material including an intermetallic compound comprising hafnium aluminide and a matrix material comprising pure aluminum.

  7. Design

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    Volf, Mette

    2009-01-01

    Design - proces og metode går bag om designerens arbejde og giver et indblik i den skabelsesproces, som designeren er involveret i. Bogen er enestående, fordi den fokuserer på processens flygtige og komplekse karakter, afmystificerer den og gør den operationel - uden at fjerne dens magi. Ud over at...

  8. Design

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    Buchanan, Richard; Cross, Nigel; Durling, David; Nelson, Harold; Owen, Charles; Valtonen, Anna; Boling, Elizabeth; Gibbons, Andrew; Visscher-Voerman, Irene

    2013-01-01

    Scholars representing the field of design were asked to identify what they considered to be the most exciting and imaginative work currently being done in their field, as well as how that work might change our understanding. The scholars included Richard Buchanan, Nigel Cross, David Durling, Harold Nelson, Charles Owen, and Anna Valtonen. Scholars…

  9. Multi-Level Experimental and Analytical Evaluation of Two Composite Energy Absorbers

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    Jackson, Karen E.; Littell, Justin D.; Fasanella, Edwin L.; Annett, Martin S.; Seal, Michael D., II

    2015-01-01

    Two composite energy absorbers were developed and evaluated at NASA Langley Research Center through multi-level testing and simulation performed under the Transport Rotorcraft Airframe Crash Testbed (TRACT) research program. A conical-shaped energy absorber, designated the conusoid, was evaluated that consisted of four layers of hybrid carbon-Kevlar plain weave fabric oriented at [+45 deg/-45 deg/-45 deg/+45 deg] with respect to the vertical, or crush, direction. A sinusoidal-shaped energy absorber, designated the sinusoid, was developed that consisted of hybrid carbon-Kevlar plain weave fabric face sheets, two layers for each face sheet oriented at +/-45deg with respect to the vertical direction and a closed-cell ELFOAM P200 polyisocyanurate (2.0-lb/cu ft) foam core. The design goal for the energy absorbers was to achieve average floor-level accelerations of between 25- and 40-g during the full-scale crash test of a retrofitted CH-46E helicopter airframe, designated TRACT 2. Variations in both designs were assessed through dynamic crush testing of component specimens. Once the designs were finalized, subfloor beams of each configuration were fabricated and retrofitted into a barrel section of a CH-46E helicopter. A vertical drop test of the barrel section was conducted onto concrete to evaluate the performance of the energy absorbers prior to retrofit into TRACT 2. The retrofitted airframe was crash tested under combined forward and vertical velocity conditions onto soil, which is characterized as a sand/clay mixture. Finite element models were developed of all test articles and simulations were performed using LS-DYNA, a commercial nonlinear explicit transient dynamic finite element code. Test-analysis results are presented for each energy absorber as comparisons of time-history responses, as well as predicted and experimental structural deformations and progressive damage under impact loading for each evaluation level.

  10. Solar biogas digester with built-in reverse absorber heater

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    In this work the design, fabrication and investigation of a solar biogas digester with built-in RAH (Reverse Absorber Heater) is presented. The maximum temperature (50 deg. C) inside of the methane tank was taken as a main parameter at the design of the digester. Using energy balance equation for the case of a static mass of fluid being heated; the parameters of thermal insulation of the methane tank were counted. The biogas digester is consisting of methane tank with built-in solar RAH to utilize solar energy for the heating of the slurry prepared from the different organic wastes (dung, sewage, food wastes etc). The methane tank was filled up to 70% of volume by organic wastes of the GIK Institute sewage, firstly, and secondly, by sewage and cow dung as well. During three months (October-December, 2009) and two months (February-March, 2010) the digester was investigated. The solar irradiance incident to the absorber, slurry's temperature and ambient temperature were measured. It was found that using sewage only and sewage with cow dung the retention times was 4 weeks and two weeks respectively and biogas quantity produced was 0.4 and 8.0 m 3 respectively. In addition, biogas upgradation scheme for removal of carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide and water vapor from biogas and conversion of biogas energy conversion into electric power is also discussed. (author)

  11. Solar Biogas Digester with Built-In Reverse Absorber Heater

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    Khasan S. Karimov

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work the design, fabrication and investigation of a solar biogas digester with built-in RAH (Reverse Absorber Heater is presented. The maximum temperature (50 o C inside of the methane tank was taken as a main parameter at the design of the digester. Using energy balance equation for the case of a static mass of fluid being heated; the parameters of thermal insulation of the methane tank were counted. The biogas digester is consisting of methane tank with built-in solar RAH to utilize solar energy for the heating of the slurry prepared from the different organic wastes (dung, sewage, food wastes etc. The methane tank was filled up to 70% of volume by organic wastes of the GIK Institute sewage, firstly, and secondly, by sewage and cow dung as well. During three months (October-December, 2009 and two months (February-March, 2010 the digester was investigated. The solar irradiance incident to the absorber, slurry's temperature and ambient temperature were measured. It was found that using sewage only and sewage with cow dung the retention times was 4 weeks and two weeks respectively and biogas quantity produced was 0.4 and 8.0 m 3 respectively. In addition, biogas upgradation scheme for removal of carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide and water vapor from biogas and conversion of biogas energy conversion into electric power is also discussed.

  12. Absorbing Software Testing into the Scrum Method

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    Tuomikoski, Janne; Tervonen, Ilkka

    In this paper we study, how to absorb software testing into the Scrum method. We conducted the research as an action research during the years 2007-2008 with three iterations. The result showed that testing can and even should be absorbed to the Scrum method. The testing team was merged into the Scrum teams. The teams can now deliver better working software in a shorter time, because testing keeps track of the progress of the development. Also the team spirit is higher, because the Scrum team members are committed to the same goal. The biggest change from test manager’s point of view was the organized Product Owner Team. Test manager don’t have testing team anymore, and in the future all the testing tasks have to be assigned through the Product Backlog.

  13. Thermal neutron absorbing composite organic fiber material

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    Purpose: To obtain clothing materials easy to put on by plasma spray of inorganic material containing elements with a large thermal neutron absorption cross section on a fiberous structure mainly composed of organic fibers. Constitution: The composite organic fiber material comprises flame-spray molding products containing elements with a large thermal neutron absorbing cross section and fiberous structure mainly composed of organic fibers having a melting point lower than that for the flame-spray molding products and they are integrated as a multilayered structure. The flame-spray fabrication is applied by melting and pulverizing starting materials in plasmas and then forming in the shape of a film, sponge or flake on a sheet-like product while carrying them on a plasma stream etc. The binder layer can be saved or reduced significantly by constituting the neutron absorbing material with the flame-spray molding products. (Takahashi, M.)

  14. Fault Detection for Automotive Shock Absorber

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    Hernandez-Alcantara, Diana; Morales-Menendez, Ruben; Amezquita-Brooks, Luis

    2015-11-01

    Fault detection for automotive semi-active shock absorbers is a challenge due to the non-linear dynamics and the strong influence of the disturbances such as the road profile. First obstacle for this task, is the modeling of the fault, which has been shown to be of multiplicative nature. Many of the most widespread fault detection schemes consider additive faults. Two model-based fault algorithms for semiactive shock absorber are compared: an observer-based approach and a parameter identification approach. The performance of these schemes is validated and compared using a commercial vehicle model that was experimentally validated. Early results shows that a parameter identification approach is more accurate, whereas an observer-based approach is less sensible to parametric uncertainty.

  15. Absorber rod drive for nuclear reactors

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    The invention concerns an absorber rod drive for Boiling Water Reactors, in which a mechanical drive is combined with a hydraulic drive working separately from it, so that both drives are situated concentric within an overall length. The driving torque of a motor is transmitted to a threaded spindle, which moves a free adjacent hollow piston vertically via a fixed nut. The same means are used for the hydraulic liquid which is used as coolant or moderator and there are nozzles, annular gaps and/or bores between the hydraulic system and the reactor pressure vessel for the purpose of pressure compensation. All the components of the absorber rod drive except the sealing housing and the setting drive are situated in one casing tube taking the differential pressure. (orig./HP)

  16. Effect of the bio-absorbent on the microwave absorption property of the flaky CIPs/rubber absorbers

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    Microwave absorbing composites filled with flaky carbonyl iron particles (CIPs) and the bio-absorbent were prepared by using a two-roll mixer and a vulcanizing machine. The electromagnetic (EM) parameters were measured by a vector network analyzer and the reflection loss (RL) was measured by the arch method in the frequency range of 1–4 GHz. The uniform dispersion of the absorbents was verified by comparing the calculated RL with the measured one. The results confirm that as the bio-absorbent was added, the permittivity was increased due to the volume content of absorbents, and the permeability was enlarged owing to the volume content of CIPs and interactions between the two absorbents. The composite filled with bio-absorbents achieved an excellent absorption property at a thickness of 1 mm (minimum RL reaches −7.8 dB), and as the RL was less than −10 dB the absorption band was widest (2.1–3.8 GHz) at a thickness of 2 mm. Therefore, the bio-absorbent is a promising additive candidate on fabricating microwave absorbing composites with a thinner thickness and wider absorption band. - Graphical abstract: Morphology of composites filled with flaky CIPs and the bio-absorbent. The enhancement of bio-absorbent on the electromagnetic absorption property of composites filled with flaky carbonyl iron particles (CIPs) is attributed to the interaction of the two absorbents. The volume content of the FCMPs with the larger shape CIPs play an important role in this effects, the composites filled with irons and bio-absorbents can achieve wider-band and thinner-thickness absorbing materials. - Highlights: • Absorbers filled with bio-absorbents and CIPs was fabricated. • Bio-absorbents enhanced the permittivity and permeability of the composites. • The absorbent interactions play a key role in the enhancement mechanism. • Bio-absorbents enhanced the composite RL in 1–4 GHz

  17. Polarization-insensitive and wide-angle broadband nearly perfect absorber by tunable planar metamaterials in the visible regime

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    We present the design and analysis of a polarization-insensitive and wide-angle broadband nearly perfect absorber by planar metamaterial in the visible regime. The bandwidth of absorption spectrum can be effectively expanded by combining multiple resonant elements. The forming mechanisms of the broadband metamaterial perfect absorber (MPA) are also demonstrated by the hybridization of the plasmonic system. The resonance of the broadband MPA can be dynamically tuned by varying the intensity of the incident beam. This kind of all-optically tunable perfect absorber will help to overcome some of the limitations of customary designs developed so far. (paper)

  18. Tuned ball absorber acting in one direction

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    Pirner, Miroš; Urushadze, Shota

    US : SEM, 2004 - (Wicks, A.), s. 150-158 ISBN 0-912053-86-0. ISSN 1046-6770. [IMAC-XXII Conference on Structural Dynamic s. Dearborn (US), 26.01.2004-29.01.2004] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KJB2071303 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2071913 Keywords : ball absorber * acceleration * frequency Subject RIV: JM - Building Engineering

  19. Absorbed Doses to Patients in Nuclear Medicine

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    The work with a Swedish catalogue of radiation absorbed doses to patients undergoing nuclear medicine investigations has continued. After the previous report in 1999, biokinetic data and dose estimates (mean absorbed dose to various organs and tissues and effective dose) have been produced for a number of substances: 11C- acetate, 11C- methionine, 18F-DOPA, whole antibody labelled with either 99mTc, 111In, 123I or 131I, fragment of antibody, F(ab')2 labelled with either 99mTc, 111In, 123I or 131I and fragment of antibody, Fab' labelled with either 99mTc, 111In, 123I or 131I. The absorbed dose estimates for these substances have been made from published biokinetic information. For other substances of interest, e.g. 14C-urea (children age 3-6 years), 14C-glycocholic acid, 14C-xylose and 14C-triolein, sufficient literature data have not been available. Therefore, a large number of measurements on patients and volunteers have been carried out, in order to determine the biokinetics and dosimetry for these substances. Samples of breast milk from 50 mothers, who had been subject to nuclear medicine investigations, have been collected at various times after administration of the radiopharmaceutical to the mother. The activity concentration in the breast milk samples has been measured. The absorbed dose to various organs and tissues and the effective dose to the child who ingests the milk have been determined for 17 different radiopharmaceuticals. Based on these results revised recommendations for interruption of breast-feeding after nuclear medicine investigations are suggested

  20. 2D Saturable Absorbers for Fibre Lasers

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    Robert I. Woodward

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Two-dimensional (2D nanomaterials are an emergent and promising platform for future photonic and optoelectronic applications. Here, we review recent progress demonstrating the application of 2D nanomaterials as versatile, wideband saturable absorbers for Q-switching and mode-locking fibre lasers. We focus specifically on the family of few-layer transition metal dichalcogenides, including MoS2, MoSe2 and WS2.

  1. The Engel algorithm for absorbing Markov chains

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    Snell, J. Laurie

    2009-01-01

    In this module, suitable for use in an introductory probability course, we present Engel's chip-moving algorithm for finding the basic descriptive quantities for an absorbing Markov chain, and prove that it works. The tricky part of the proof involves showing that the initial distribution of chips recurs. At the time of writing (circa 1979) no published proof of this was available, though Engel had stated that such a proof had been found by L. Scheller.

  2. Phase separation in systems with absorbing states

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    Munoz, M. A.; Marconi, U. Marini Bettolo; Cafiero, R.

    1998-01-01

    We study the problem of phase separation in systems with a positive definite order parameter, and in particular, in systems with absorbing states. Owing to the presence of a single minimum in the free energy driving the relaxation kinetics, there are some basic properties differing from standard phase separation. We study analytically and numerically this class of systems; in particular we determine the phase diagram, the growth laws in one and two dimensions and the presence of scale invaria...

  3. Different pendulum type dynamic vibration absorber aplication

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    Мартин, Віктор Євгенович; Дівеєв, Богдан Михайлович; Дорош, Ігор Романович

    2014-01-01

    The paper considers the methods of calculation and optimization of  different pendulum type dynamic vibration absorbers for the vibration reduction of elongated elements. Discrete-continuous models of the dynamics of oversize elongated elements based on the Timoshenko beam theory with attached discrete elements are presented. Algorithms for the vibration reduction of elongated machine elements are obtained.Noise and vibration are associated with many mechanical systems including industrial, h...

  4. Cylinder light concentrator and absorber: theoretical description

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    Kildishev, Alexander V.; Prokopeva, Ludmila J.; Narimanov, Evgenii

    2010-01-01

    We present a detailed theoretical description of a broadband omnidirectional light concentrator and absorber with cylinder geometry. The proposed optical "trap" captures nearly all the incident light within its geometric cross-section, leading to a broad range of possible applications from solar energy harvesting to thermal light emitters and optoelectronic components. We have demonstrated that an approximate lamellar black-hole with a moderate number of homogeneous layers, while giving the d...

  5. Flexible metamaterial absorbers for stealth applications at terahertz frequencies.

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    Iwaszczuk, Krzysztof; Strikwerda, Andrew C; Fan, Kebin; Zhang, Xin; Averitt, Richard D; Jepsen, Peter Uhd

    2012-01-01

    We have wrapped metallic cylinders with strongly absorbing metamaterials. These resonant structures, which are patterned on flexible substrates, smoothly coat the cylinder and give it an electromagnetic response designed to minimize its radar cross section. We compare the normal-incidence, small-beam reflection coefficient with the measurement of the far-field bistatic radar cross section of the sample, using a quasi-planar THz wave with a beam diameter significantly larger than the sample dimensions. In this geometry we demonstrate a near-400-fold reduction of the radar cross section at the design frequency of 0.87 THz. In addition we discuss the effect of finite sample dimensions and the spatial dependence of the reflection spectrum of the metamaterial. PMID:22274387

  6. Broadband metasurface absorber for solar thermal applications

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    Wan, C.; Chen, L.; Cryan, M. J.

    2015-12-01

    In this paper we propose a broadband polarization-independent selective absorber for solar thermal applications. It is based on a metal-dielectric-metal metasurface structure, but with an interlayer of absorbing amorphous carbon rather than a low loss dielectric. Optical absorbance results derived from finite difference time domain modelling are shown for ultra-thin carbon layers in air and on 200 nm of gold for a range of carbon thicknesses. A gold-amorphous carbon-gold trilayer with a top layer consisting of a 1D grating is then optimised in 2D to give a sharp transition from strong absorption up to 2 μm to strong reflection above 2 μm resulting in good solar selective performance. The gold was replaced by the high-melting-point metal tungsten, which is shown to have very similar performance to the gold case. 3D simulations then show that the gold-based structure performs well as a square periodic array of squares, however there is low absorption around 400 nm. A cross-based structure is found to increase this absorption without significantly reducing the performance at longer wavelengths.

  7. Photon absorbed dose: the UK standard

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    Since 1988, the primary standard for megavoltage photon dosimetry in the UK has been a graphite calorimeter. The routine calibration of secondary standard ionisation chambers has been provided by NPL directly in terms of absorbed dose to water since then, with users following the 1990 IPSM Code of Practice. Comparisons of the primary standard with NPL's reference ionisation chambers have been carried out annually, and the calibration service has been offered in the spring and autumn each year, for 60Co γ-rays and 4 MV to 19 MV X-rays. The data generated have been analysed and the results of this analysis are presented here. The long-term stability of the NE 2561 chamber, and its value in maintaining the standard of absorbed dose is demonstrated. The utility of TPR as a beam quality parameter is discussed, and the resulting ambiguity in chamber calibration is quantified. The conversion of dose from graphite to water is summarized, and changes in the basis of the NPL absorbed dose standard over the last seven years are described

  8. Microscopic modeling of nitride intersubband absorbance

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    Montano, Ines; Allerman, A. A.; Wierer, J. J.; Moseley, M.; Skogen, E. J.; Tauke-Pedretti, A.; Vawter, G. A.

    III-nitride intersubband structures have recently attracted much interest because of their potential for a wide variety of applications ranging from electro-optical modulators to terahertz quantum cascade lasers. To overcome present simulation limitations we have developed a microscopic absorbance simulator for nitride intersubband devices. Our simulator calculates the band structure of nitride intersubband systems using a fully coupled 8x8 k.p Hamiltonian and determines the material response of a single period in a density-matrix-formalism by solving the Heisenberg equation including many-body and dephasing contributions. After calculating the polarization due to intersubband transitions in a single period, the resulting absorbance of a superlattice structure including radiative coupling between the different periods is determined using a non-local Green's-function formalism. As a result our simulator allows us to predict intersubband absorbance of superlattice structures with microscopically determined lineshapes and linewidths accounting for both many-body and correlation contributions. This work is funded by Sandia National Laboratories Laboratory Directed Research and Development program. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin.

  9. Influence of absorbers on the reactivity of the reactor

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    Influence of absorbers on the reactivity of the reactor was calculated by two-group diffusion theory applying corrections for boundary conditions derived from the transport theory because diffusion theory in not applicable in the vicinity of boundary surfaces especially in case of strong absorbers. This report shows the calculations of central absorber efficiency in the core with and without reflector, and efficiency of the group of absorbers randomly placed in the core. Approximation method for determining the efficiency of the absorber is described as well as numerical verification of results. Effective absorber dimensions and the influence of gaps on the reactor dimensions are shown

  10. Thermal tuning of infrared resonant absorbers based on hybrid gold-VO2 nanostructures

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    Resonant absorbers based on plasmonic materials, metamaterials, and thin films enable spectrally selective absorption filters, where absorption is maximized at the resonance wavelength. By controlling the geometrical parameters of nano/microstructures and materials' refractive indices, resonant absorbers are designed to operate at wide range of wavelengths for applications including absorption filters, thermal emitters, thermophotovoltaic devices, and sensors. However, once resonant absorbers are fabricated, it is rather challenging to control and tune the spectral absorption response. Here, we propose and demonstrate thermally tunable infrared resonant absorbers using hybrid gold-vanadium dioxide (VO2) nanostructure arrays. Absorption intensity is tuned from 90% to 20% and 96% to 32% using hybrid gold-VO2 nanowire and nanodisc arrays, respectively, by heating up the absorbers above the phase transition temperature of VO2 (68 °C). Phase change materials such as VO2 deliver useful means of altering optical properties as a function of temperature. Absorbers with tunable spectral response can find applications in sensor and detector applications, in which external stimulus such as heat, electrical signal, or light results in a change in the absorption spectrum and intensity

  11. The application of energy absorbing structures on side impact protection systems

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    Njuguna, James A. K.

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents a system to improve the protection to the occupants of a World Rally Championship Car in case of a side impact involving a tree collision using energy-absorbing structures. An outline of the immediate events after the car crash into a tree is provided followed by an analysis of a typical standard rollcage, then the design criteria and features of a carefully selected design concept. The design model is produced using solid modelling/I-DEAS 11 softwares an...

  12. Automated Hybridization of X-ray Absorber Elements-A Path to Large Format Microcalorimeter Arrays

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    Moseley, S.; Kelley, R.; Allen, C.; Kilbourne, C.; Costen, N.; Miller, T.

    2007-01-01

    In the design of microcalorimeters, it is often desirable to produce the X-ray absorber separately from the detector element. In this case, the attachment of the absorber to the detector element with the required thermal and mechanical characteristics is a major challenge. In such arrays, the attachment has been done by hand. This process is not easily extended to the large format arrays required for future X- ray astronomy missions such as the New x-ray Telescope or NeXT. In this paper we present an automated process for attaching absorber tiles to the surface of a large-scale X-ray detector array. The absorbers are attached with stycast epoxy to a thermally isolating polymer structure made of SU-8. SU-8 is a negative epoxy based photo resist produced by Microchem. We describe the fabrication of the X-ray absorbers and their suspension on a handle die in an adhesive matrix. We describe the production process for the polymer isolators on the detector elements. We have developed a new process for the alignment, and simultaneous bonding of the absorber tiles to an entire detector array. This process uses equipment and techniques used in the flip-chip bonding industry and approaches developed in the fabrication of the XRS-2 instrument. XRS-2 was an X-ray spectrometer that was launched on the Suzaku telescope in July 10, 2005. We describe the process and show examples of sample arrays produced by this process. Arrays with up to 300 elements have been bonded. The present tests have used dummy absorbers made of Si. In future work, we will demonstrate bonding of HgTe absorbers.

  13. Reference core design Mark-III of the experimental multi-purpose, high-temperature, gas-cooled reactor

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    The reactivity control system is one of the important items in reactor design, but it is much restricted by structural design of fuel element and pressure vessel in the experimental multi-purpose, high-temperature reactor. Preceding the first conceptual design of the reactor, therefore, the reactivity control system composed of control rod, burnable poison and reserve shutdown system in Mark-II design was re-studied, and several improvements were indicated. (1) The diameter of control rods must be as large as possible because it is impossible to increase the number of control rods. (2) The accuracy in estimation of the reactivity to be compensated with control rods is important because of the mutual interference of pair control rods with the twin configuration in a fuel element. (3) The improvement of core performance in burnup is accompanied by the reduction of design margin for control rods. (4) Increase of the reactivity to be compensated with the burnable poison leads to increase of the core reactivity recovery with burnup, and the assertion of the decrease for recovery of reactivity leads to increase of the temperature dependency of reactivity compensated with control rods. (5) Reduction of reactivity to be compensated with control rods is thus limited by cancellation of the effects in the reactivity recovery and the reactivity temperature dependency. (6) The reserve shutdown system can be designed with margin under the condition of excluding the reactivity of burnup from that to be compensated. (auth.)

  14. The characteristic of power flow in broad band dynamic vibration absorber

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    WANG Minqing; SHENG Meiping; SUN Jincai; LIU Yi

    2002-01-01

    DVA (dynamic vibration absorber) is good for restrain of the resonance vibration in low frequency, especially under the condition that there are only one mode or two modes in a frequency band. It seems rather difficult to control the resonance vibration of elastic structures in high frequency, since usually there are so many modes in high frequency band. The broad band DVA is brought forward to reduce the resonance vibration of elastic structures. The broad band DVA is designed on the basis of the characteristic of power flow in structure in this paper.The broad band DVA is effective on absorbing the resonance vibration power flow of the mostimportant modes. The ability of absorbing vibration for the broad band DVA is analyzed indetail. The results obtained in this paper provide a basis for the optimization design of thebroad band DVA and the optimization positions on structures.

  15. Diskrete-cotinuum methods application for rotating machine-absorber interaction analysis

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    Z. Stocko

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The main aim of this paper is improved dynamic vibration absorbers design with taking into accountcomplex rotating machines dynamic.Design/methodology/approach: The numerical schemes row is considered for the complex vibroexitatedconstructions. Methods of decomposition and the numerical schemes synthesis are considered on the basis ofnew methods of modal synthesis.Findings: Development of mathematical models of complicated machines and buildings in view of theirinteraction with system of dynamic vibration absorbers. Dynamic vibration absorbers – complicated rotatingmachines system design optimized on vibro- absorption properties.Research limitations/implications: The research must be done for non-linear rotor dynamics.Practical implications: The absorbers designed in accordance with this paper can be applied not only toelectric machines or aeronautic structures, but to any other type of vibro-exitated structure, such as cars, chiselinstallation, optical, magneto-optical disks, washing machine, refrigerator, vacuum cleaner, etc.Originality/value: The paper has novelty both in theoretical, and in practical aspect, In order that optimalparameters of DVA be determinate the complete modeling of dynamics of rotating machine should be made.Traditional design methodology, based on discontinuous models of structures and machines are not effective forhigh frequency vibration.

  16. Slow and Fast Light in an Electro-Absorber

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    Öhman, Filip; Bermejo Ramirez, Andres; Sales, Salvador;

    2006-01-01

    We demonstrate controllable and large time delay in cascaded semiconductor saturable absorbers and amplifiers. The possibility of further increasing the tuneable phase shift by utilizing field screening effects in the quantum well absorber is demonstrated....

  17. Vehicle wheels vibration suppression by dynamic vibration absorber

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    Zinovij STOTSKO

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with the methods of calculation and optimization ofdynamic processes in vibroexcitated constructions with dynamic absorbers. The improved constructions of such absorbers for vehicle wheels vibration suppression are discussed.

  18. Modeling the Effect of Polychromatic Light in Quantitative Absorbance Spectroscopy

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    Smith, Rachel; Cantrell, Kevin

    2007-01-01

    Laboratory experiment is conducted to give the students practical experience with the principles of electronic absorbance spectroscopy. This straightforward approach creates a powerful tool for exploring many of the aspects of quantitative absorbance spectroscopy.

  19. The Galaxy-Absorber Cross-Correlation Function

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    Lanzetta, Kenneth M.; Webb, John K.; Barcons, Xavier

    1997-01-01

    We describe an analysis of the galaxy-absorber cross-correlation function as a function of velocity separation, impact parameter separation, and absorber Lyman alpha equivalent width on impact parameter scales that extend up to 1 Mpc.

  20. Vibration and chaos control in I.C engines subject to harmonic torque via non-linear absorbers

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    Both vibration and dynamic chaos can be controlled in internal combustion (I.C.) engines subjected to multi-excitation torque. using dynamic torsional absorbers. A cubic non-linear absorber is used to reduce the vibration of the crankshaft in internal combustion engines having quadratic, cubic, quartic and quintic non-linearities. The crankshaft also has both linear and non-linear cubic damping. Response, stability and resonance conditions have been deduced for the system. Some of the resonance cases should be avoided in absorber design, while few of them can be used as operating conditions for the system. From this study, non-linearity is vital for the absorber to widen its range of operation effectively and safely. Both stiffness and damping non-linearities of the crankshaft have minor effects on both response and stability if an absorber is used to control engine vibration. In case of a harmonic torque. the most effective one is the fundamental harmonic. (author)

  1. Material Model Evaluation of a Composite Honeycomb Energy Absorber

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    Jackson, Karen E.; Annett, Martin S.; Fasanella, Edwin L.; Polanco, Michael A.

    2012-01-01

    A study was conducted to evaluate four different material models in predicting the dynamic crushing response of solid-element-based models of a composite honeycomb energy absorber, designated the Deployable Energy Absorber (DEA). Dynamic crush tests of three DEA components were simulated using the nonlinear, explicit transient dynamic code, LS-DYNA . In addition, a full-scale crash test of an MD-500 helicopter, retrofitted with DEA blocks, was simulated. The four material models used to represent the DEA included: *MAT_CRUSHABLE_FOAM (Mat 63), *MAT_HONEYCOMB (Mat 26), *MAT_SIMPLIFIED_RUBBER/FOAM (Mat 181), and *MAT_TRANSVERSELY_ANISOTROPIC_CRUSHABLE_FOAM (Mat 142). Test-analysis calibration metrics included simple percentage error comparisons of initial peak acceleration, sustained crush stress, and peak compaction acceleration of the DEA components. In addition, the Roadside Safety Verification and Validation Program (RSVVP) was used to assess similarities and differences between the experimental and analytical curves for the full-scale crash test.

  2. Broadband Absorbing Exciton-Plasmon Metafluids with Narrow Transparency Windows.

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    Yang, Jihua; Kramer, Nicolaas J; Schramke, Katelyn S; Wheeler, Lance M; Besteiro, Lucas V; Hogan, Christopher J; Govorov, Alexander O; Kortshagen, Uwe R

    2016-02-10

    Optical metafluids that consist of colloidal solutions of plasmonic and/or excitonic nanomaterials may play important roles as functional working fluids or as means for producing solid metamaterial coatings. The concept of a metafluid employed here is based on the picture that a single ballistic photon, propagating through the metafluid, interacts with a large collection of specifically designed optically active nanocrystals. We demonstrate water-based metafluids that act as broadband electromagnetic absorbers in a spectral range of 200-3300 nm and feature a tunable narrow (∼100 nm) transparency window in the visible-to-near-infrared region. To define this transparency window, we employ plasmonic gold nanorods. We utilize excitonic boron-doped silicon nanocrystals as opaque optical absorbers ("optical wall") in the UV and blue-green range of the spectrum. Water itself acts as an opaque "wall" in the near-infrared to infrared. We explore the limits of the concept of a "simple" metafluid by computationally testing and validating the effective medium approach based on the Beer-Lambert law. According to our simulations and experiments, particle aggregation and the associated decay of the window effect are one example of the failure of the simple metafluid concept due to strong interparticle interactions. PMID:26808215

  3. Research of the dynamics of a magnetic fluid dynamic absorber

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    A new type of shock absorber using a magnetic fluid drop with the permanent magnet inside as a working element is investigated in this paper. Movement of the working element inside the body of the absorber under the influence of external oscillatory inertia forces leads to a viscous dissipation of the oscillating system energy. A theoretical model and some characteristics of the absorber are presented. This type of dynamic absorber is used nowadays in spacecraft technology

  4. Absorbent material for type a radioactive materials packaging containing liquids

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    The application of absorbent materials to the packaging and transport of liquid radioactive materials in Type A packages has not been reported in the literature. However, a significant body of research exists on absorbent materials for personal hygiene products such as diapers. Absorption capacity is dependent on both the absorbent material and the liquid being absorbed. Theoretical principles for capillary absorption in both the horizontal and the vertical plane indicate that small contact angle between the absorbent fibre and the liquid, and a small inter-fibre pore size are important. Some fluid parameters such as viscosity affect the rate of absorption but not the final absorption capacity. There appears to be little comparability between results obtained for the same absorbent and fluid using different test procedures. Test samples of materials from several classes of potential absorbents have been evaluated in this study, and shown to have a wide range of absorbent capacities. Foams, natural fibres, artificial fibres and granular materials are all potentially useful absorbents, with capacities ranging from as little as 0.86 to as much as 40.6 grams of distilled water per gram of absorbent. Two experimental procedures for evaluating the absorbent capacity of these materials have been detailed in this report, and found suitable for evaluating granular, fibrous or foam materials. Compression of the absorbent material reduces its capacity, but parameters such as relative humidity, pH, temperature, and viscosity appear to have little significant influence on capacity. When the materials were loaded to 50% of their one-minute absorbency, subsequent loss of the absorbed liquid was generally minimal. All of the absorbent materials rapidly lost their absorbed water through evaporation within twenty-four hours in still air at 21 degrees C and 50% relative humidity

  5. Porphyrin Based Near Infrared-Absorbing Materials for Organic Photovoltaics

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    Zhong, Qiwen

    photosynthesis. Photosynthesis uses light from the sun to drive a series of chemical reactions. Most natural photosynthetic systems utilize chlorophylls to absorb light energy and carry out photochemical charge separation that stores energy in the form of chemical bonds. The sun produces a broad spectrum of light output that ranges from gamma rays to radio waves. The entire visible range of light (400-700 nm) and some wavelengths in the NIR (700-1000 nm), are highly active in driving photosynthesis. Although the most familiar chlorophyll-containing organisms, such as plants, algae and cyanobacteria, cannot use light longer than 700 nm, anoxygenic bacterium containing bacteriochlorophylls can use the NIR part of the solar spectrum. No organism is known to utilize light of wavelength longer than about 1000 nm for photosynthesis. NIR light has a very low-energy content in each photon, so that large numbers of these low-energy photons would have to be used to drive the chemical reactions of photosynthesis. This is thermodynamically possible but would require a fundamentally different molecular mechanism that is more akin to a heat engine than to photochemistry. Early work on developing light absorbing materials for OPVs was inspired by photosynthesis in which light is absorbed by chlorophyll. Structurally related to chlorophyll is the porphyrin family, which has accordingly drawn much interest as the potential light absorbing component in OPV applications. In this dissertation, the design and detail studies of several porphyrin-based NIR absorbing materials, including pi--extended perylenyl porphryins and pyrazole-containing carbaporphyrins, as well as porphyrin modified single-walled carbon nanotube hybrids, will be presented, dedicating efforts to develop novel and application-oriented materials for efficient utilization of sustainable solar energy.

  6. [Absorbable coronary stents. New promising technology].

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    Erbel, Raimund; Böse, Dirk; Haude, Michael; Kordish, Igor; Churzidze, Sofia; Malyar, Nasser; Konorza, Thomas; Sack, Stefan

    2007-06-01

    Coronary stent implantation started in Germany 20 years ago. In the beginning, the progress was very slow and accelerated 10 years later. Meanwhile, coronary stent implantation is a standard procedure in interventional cardiology. From the beginning of permanent stent implantation, research started to provide temporary stenting of coronary arteries, first with catheter-based systems, later with stent-alone technology. Stents were produced from polymers or metal. The first polymer stent implantation failed except the Igaki-Tamai stent in Japan. Newly developed absorbable polymer stents seem to be very promising, as intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography have demonstrated. Temporary metal stents were developed based on iron and magnesium. Currently, the iron stent is tested in peripheral arteries. The absorbable magnesium stent (Biotronik, Berlin, Germany) was tested in peripheral arteries below the knee and meanwhile in the multicenter international PROGRESS-AMS (Clinical Performance and Angiographic Results of Coronary Stenting with Absorbable Metal Stents) study. The first magnesium stent implantation was performed on July 30, 2004 after extended experimental testing in Essen. The magnesium stent behaved like a bare-metal stent with low recoil of 5-7%. The stent struts were absorbed when tested with IVUS. Stent struts were not visible by fluoroscopy or computed tomography (CT) as well as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). That means, that the magnesium stent is invisible and therefore CT and MRI can be used for imaging of interventions. Only using micro-CT the stent struts were visible. The absorption process could be demonstrated in a patient 18 days after implantation due to suspected acute coronary syndrome, which was excluded. IVUS showed a nice open lumen. Stent struts were no longer visible, but replaced by tissue indicating the previous stent location. Coronary angiography after 4 months showed an ischemia-driven target lesion

  7. A MICROGAP SURGE ABSORBER FABRICATED USING CONVENTIONAL SEMICONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGY

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    李宏; 阮航宇

    2001-01-01

    A new type microgap surge absorber fabricated by only semiconductor technique has in it a special structure silicon chip which forms microgaps for gas discharge with electrodes, and has advantages such as small size, low cost, suitability for mass production besides the desirable characteristics that common microgap surge absorbers have. Applications of this absorber in communication facilities are discussed.

  8. 21 CFR 886.3300 - Absorbable implant (scleral buckling method).

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Absorbable implant (scleral buckling method). 886... SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES OPHTHALMIC DEVICES Prosthetic Devices § 886.3300 Absorbable implant (scleral buckling method). (a) Identification. An absorbable implant (scleral buckling method) is a...

  9. 21 CFR 880.5300 - Medical absorbent fiber.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Medical absorbent fiber. 880.5300 Section 880.5300... Devices § 880.5300 Medical absorbent fiber. (a) Identification. A medical absorbent fiber is a device intended for medical purposes that is made from cotton or synthetic fiber in the shape of a ball or a...

  10. Ultra-broadband Microwave Metamaterial Absorber

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    Ding, Fei; Ge, Xiaochen; Jin, Yi; He, Sailing

    2012-01-01

    A microwave ultra-broadband polarization-independent metamaterial absorber is demonstrated. It is composed of a periodic array of metal-dielectric multilayered quadrangular frustum pyramids. These pyramids possess resonant absorption modes at multi-frequencies, of which the overlapping leads to the total absorption of the incident wave over an ultra-wide spectral band. The experimental absorption at normal incidence is above 90% in the frequency range of 7.8-14.7GHz, and the absorption is kept large when the incident angle is smaller than 60 degrees. The experimental results agree well with the numerical simulation.

  11. Liquid holdup in turbulent contact absorber

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    Dynamic liquid holdup in a turbulent contact absorber was obtained through quick shut off valves technique. Experiments were carried out in a Perspex column. Effects of liquid velocity, gas velocity, packing diameter packing density and packing height on dynamic liquid holdup were studied. Hollow spherical high density polyethylene (HDPE) balls were used as inert fluidized packing. Experiments were performed at practical range of liquid and gas velocities. Holdup was calculated on the basis of static bed height. Liquid holdup increases with increasing both liquid and gas velocities both for type 1 and type 2 modes of fluidization. Liquid holdup increases with packing density. No effect of dia was observed on liquid holdup. (author)

  12. Optical momentum transfer to absorbing mie particles.

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    Kemp, Brandon A; Grzegorczyk, Tomasz M; Kong, Jin Au

    2006-09-29

    The momentum transfer to absorbing particles is derived from the Lorentz force density without prior assumption of the momentum of light in media. We develop a view of momentum conservation rooted in the stress tensor formalism that is based on the separation of momentum contributions to bound and free currents and charges consistent with the Lorentz force density. This is in contrast with the usual separation of material and field contributions. The theory is applied to predict a decrease in optical momentum transfer to Mie particles due to absorption, which contrasts the common intuition based on the scattering and absorption by Rayleigh particles. PMID:17026034

  13. Absorbency of Superabsorbent Polymers in Cementitious Environments

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    Esteves, Luis Pedro; Jensen, Ole Mejlhede

    2012-01-01

    Optimal use of superabsorbent polymers (SAP) in cement-based materials relies on knowledge on how SAP absorbency is influenced by different physical and chemical parameters. These parameters include salt concentration in the pore fluid, temperature of the system and SAP particle size. The present...... composition of the exposure liquid is investigated with atomic absorption spectroscopy. The paper provides the reader with knowledge about the absorption capacity of SAP in a cementitious environment, and how the absorption process may influence the cement pore fluid....

  14. DHCAL with Minimal Absorber: Measurements with Positrons

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    Freund, B; Repond, J; Schlereth, J; Xia, L; Dotti, A; Grefe, C; Ivantchenko, V; Antequera, J Berenguer; Alamillo, E Calvo; Fouz, M -C; Marin, J; Puerta-Pelayo, J; Verdugo, A; Brianne, E; Ebrahimi, A; Gadow, K; Göttlicher, P; Günter, C; Hartbrich, O; Hermberg, B; Irles, A; Krivan, F; Krüger, K; Kvasnicka, J; Lu, S; Lutz, B; Morgunov, V; Provenza, A; Reinecke, M; Sefkow, F; Schuwalow, S; Tran, H L; Garutti, E; Laurien, S; Matysek, M; Ramilli, M; Schroeder, S; Bilki, B; Norbeck, E; Northacker, D; Onel, Y; Cvach, J; Gallus, P; Havranek, M; Janata, M; Kovalcuk, M; Lednicky, D; Marcisovsky, M; Polak, I; Popule, J; Tomasek, L; Tomasek, M; Sicho, P; Smolik, J; Vrba, V; Zalesak, J; van Doren, B; Wilson, G W; Kawagoe, K; Miyazaki, Y; Sudo, Y; Suehara, T; Tomita, T; Ueno, H; Yoshioka, T; Bilokin, S; Bonis, J; Cornebise, P; Pöschl, R; Richard, F; Thiebault, A; Zerwas, D; Hostachy, J -Y; Morin, L; Besson, D; Chadeeva, M; Danilov, M; Markin, O; Popova, E; Gabriel, M; Goecke, P; Kiesling, C; van der Kolk, N; Simon, F; Szalay, M; Corriveau, F; Blazey, G C; Dyshkant, A; Francis, K; Zutshi, V; Kotera, K; Ono, H; Takeshita, T; Ieki, S; Kamiya, Y; Ootani, W; Shibata, N; Jeans, D; Komamiya, S; Nakanishi, H

    2016-01-01

    In special tests, the active layers of the CALICE Digital Hadron Calorimeter prototype, the DHCAL, were exposed to low energy particle beams, without being interleaved by absorber plates. The thickness of each layer corresponded approximately to 0.29 radiation lengths or 0.034 nuclear interaction lengths, defined mostly by the copper and steel skins of the detector cassettes. This paper reports on measurements performed with this device in the Fermilab test beam with positrons in the energy range of 1 to 10 GeV. The measurements are compared to simulations based on GEANT4 and a standalone program to emulate the detailed response of the active elements.

  15. Cylinder light concentrator and absorber: theoretical description.

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    Kildishev, Alexander V; Prokopeva, Ludmila J; Narimanov, Evgenii E

    2010-08-01

    We present a detailed theoretical description of a broadband omnidirectional light concentrator and absorber with cylinder geometry. The proposed optical "trap" captures nearly all the incident light within its geometric cross-section, leading to a broad range of possible applications--from solar energy harvesting to thermal light emitters and optoelectronic components. We have demonstrated that an approximate lamellar black-hole with a moderate number of homogeneous layers, while giving the desired ray-optical performance, can provide absorption efficiencies comparable to those of ideal devices with a smooth gradient in index. PMID:20721056

  16. Thermal core design of the high performance light water reactor

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    The High Performance Light Water Reactor (HPLWR) is a SCWR concept, operated at an inlet pressure of 25 MPa with a core outlet temperature of 500 deg. C. A thermal core design for this reactor has been worked out by a consortium of Euratom member states within the 6th European Framework Program. Aiming at peak cladding temperatures of less than 630 deg. C, including uncertainties and allowances for operation, the coolant is heated up in three steps with intermediate coolant mixing to eliminate hot streaks. Each fuel assembly is built from 40 fuel pins with 8 mm diameter and a pitch of 9.4mm, housed in a thermally insulated assembly box. Additional moderator water is foreseen in water rods inside each assembly and in gaps between the assembly boxes. With a thermal power of 2300 MW, a net electric power of 1000 MW shall be achieved, resulting in a net efficiency of 43.5%. This concept has been studied with neutronic, thermal-hydraulic and structural analyses to assess its feasibility, which will be summarized in this paper. Coupled neutronic / thermal-hydraulic analyses by Maraczy et al. with the 2 group diffusion code KARATE and the one-dimensional code SPROD are defining an initial distribution of fuel enrichment, the positioning of the control rods, and the use of the burnable Gd absorbers to reach the envisaged power distribution. An equilibrium cycle analysis is showing radial form factors and the discharge burn-up. Different from conventional reactors, the radial power profile is intended to be non-uniform, with the highest power in the first heat up step in the core center and the lowest power in the second superheater step to result in the same peak cladding temperatures in each region. Sub-channel analyses by Himmel et al. performed for different radial power gradients demonstrate the excellent coolant mixing inside assemblies thanks to the wire wrap spacers used in this design. Coolant mixing above and underneath the core has been studied by Wank et al

  17. Mode superposition transient dynamic analysis for dental implants with stress-absorbing elements: a finite element analysis.

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    Tanimoto, Yasuhiro; Hayakawa, Tohru; Nemoto, Kimiya

    2006-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to analyze the dynamic behavior of a dental implant with a stress-absorbing element, using dynamic analysis. Two model types, stress-absorbing model with a resilient stress absorber made of polyoxymethylene and non-stress-absorbing model with rigid titanium, were employed. In both model types, the implant was 4.0 mm in diameter and 13.0 mm in length and placed in the mandibular first molar region. Shapes of the finite element implant and implant-bone were modeled using computer-aided design. All calculations for the dynamic analysis were performed using the finite element method. It was found that the stress-absorbing model had a lower natural frequency than the non-stress-absorbing model. In addition, the stress-absorbing model had a higher damping effect than the non-stress-absorbing model. It was concluded that mode superposition transient dynamic analysis is a useful technique for determining dynamic behavior around dental implants. PMID:17076317

  18. Experimental application of a vibration absorber in structural vibration reduction using tunable fluid mass driven by micropump

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    Lee, Chun-Ying; Chen, Chun-Yuan

    2015-07-01

    A new design of tuned mass damper was proposed in this study to reduce the structural vibration of a machine platform subjected to varying excitation frequency, e.g. disturbance from the unbalance mass of motor in different rotational speeds. The absorber mass was changed by pumping of fluid between the liquid chambers of the vibration absorber. With the stiffness remained unchanged, the absorber's natural frequency could be tuned accordingly. Thus, reduction in machine vibration could be obtained by tuning the natural frequency of the absorber according to the frequency of external harmonic disturbance. Firstly, the variations of natural frequency and damping ratio of the absorber with different tuned masses were measured experimentally. The natural frequency results showed that the adjustable ranges for the first two modes could all reach more than 30%. Then, the absorber was installed on a machine platform and its performance was investigated under external disturbance at the natural frequency of the platform. It was found that, due to the effect of damping increase originated from the fluid sloshing inside liquid chamber, the vibration reduction effect from the absorber was limited. To improve this situation, we added a horizontal separation panel inside the liquid chambers, and the experimental results showed that the liquid sloshing was alleviated, and effectively reduced the damping ratio of absorber. Thus, the system became more stable and the control efficiency was effectively improved.

  19. The role of absorbent building materials in moderating changes of relative humidity

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    Padfield, Tim

    The problem studied in this work is, how porous, absorbent materials surroundning or placed in a room influence the relative humidity of the room. This is of interest in designing precautions and machinery to monitor the indoor climate in museums and dwelling rooms. - A novel technique for the...

  20. Rigorous modelling of light's intensity angular-profile in Abbe refractometers with absorbing homogeneous fluids

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    We derive an optical model for the light intensity distribution around the critical angle in a standard Abbe refractometer when used on absorbing homogenous fluids. The model is developed using rigorous electromagnetic optics. The obtained formula is very simple and can be used suitably in the analysis and design of optical sensors relying on Abbe type refractometry.

  1. Competing reaction model with many absorbing configurations.

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    de Andrade, M F; Figueiredo, W

    2010-02-01

    We study a competitive reaction model between two monomers A and B on a linear lattice. We assume that monomer A can react with a nearest-neighbor monomer A or B , but reactions between monomers of type B are prohibited. We include in our model lateral interactions between monomers as well as the effects of temperature of the catalyst. The model is considered in the adsorption controlled limit, where the reaction rate is infinitely larger than the adsorption rate of the monomers. We employ site and pair mean-field approximations as well as static Monte Carlo simulations. We determine the phase diagram of the model in the plane y_{A} versus temperature, where y_{A} is the probability that a monomer of the type A arrives at the surface. This phase diagram shows regions of active and absorbing states separated by a line of continuous phase transitions. Despite the absorbing state of the model to be strongly dependent on temperature, we show that the static critical exponents of the model belong to the same universality class of the directed percolation. PMID:20365537

  2. Fabrication of THz Sensor with Metamaterial Absorber

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    Gonzalez, Hugo; Alves, Fabio; Karunasiri, Gamani

    The terahertz (THz) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum (0.1-10 THz) has not been fully utilized due to the lack of sensitive detectors. Real-time imaging in this spectral range has been demonstrated using uncooled infrared microbolometer cameras and external illumination provided by quantum cascade laser (QCL) based THz sources. However, the microbolometer pixels in the cameras have not been optimized to achieve high sensitivity in THz frequencies. Recently, we have developed a highly sensitive micromechanical THz sensor employing bi-material effect with an integrated metamaterial absorber tuned to the THz frequency of interest. The use of bi-material structures causes deflection on the sensor to as the absorbed THz radiation increases its temperature, which can be monitored optically by reflecting a light beam. This approach eliminates the integration of readout electronics needed in microbolometers. The absorption of THz by metamaterial can be tailored by controlling geometrical parameters. The sensors can be fabricated using conventional microelectronic materials and incorporated into pixels to form focal plane arrays (FPAs). In this presentation, characterization and readout of a THz sensor with integrated metamaterial structure will be described. Supported by DoD.

  3. Erbium concentration dependent absorbance in tellurite glass

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    Enhancing the optical absorption cross-section in topically important rare earth doped tellurite glasses is challenging for photonic devices. Controlled synthesis and detailed characterizations of the optical properties of these glasses are important for the optimization. The influence of varying concentration of Er3+ ions on the absorbance characteristics of lead tellurite glasses synthesized via melt-quenching technique are investigated. The UV-Vis absorption spectra exhibits six prominent peaks centered at 490, 526, 652, 800, 982 and 1520 nm ascribed to the transitions in erbium ion from the ground state to the excited states 4F7/2, 2H11/2, 4F9/2, 4I9/2, 2H11/2 and 4I13/2, respectively. The results are analyzed by means of optical band gap Eg and Urbach energy Eu. The values of the energy band gap are found decreased from 2.82 to 2.51 eV and the Urbach energy increased from 0.15 to 0.24 eV with the increase of the Er2O3 concentration from 0 to 1.5 mol%. The excellent absorbance of the prepared tellurite glasses makes them suitable for fabricating solid state lasers

  4. Metamaterial perfect absorber based hot electron photodetection.

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    Li, Wei; Valentine, Jason

    2014-06-11

    While the nonradiative decay of surface plasmons was once thought to be only a parasitic process that limits the performance of plasmonic devices, it has recently been shown that it can be harnessed in the form of hot electrons for use in photocatalysis, photovoltaics, and photodetectors. Unfortunately, the quantum efficiency of hot electron devices remains low due to poor electron injection and in some cases low optical absorption. Here, we demonstrate how metamaterial perfect absorbers can be used to achieve near-unity optical absorption using ultrathin plasmonic nanostructures with thicknesses of 15 nm, smaller than the hot electron diffusion length. By integrating the metamaterial with a silicon substrate, we experimentally demonstrate a broadband and omnidirectional hot electron photodetector with a photoresponsivity that is among the highest yet reported. We also show how the spectral bandwidth and polarization-sensitivity can be manipulated through engineering the geometry of the metamaterial unit cell. These perfect absorber photodetectors could open a pathway for enhancing hot electron based photovoltaic, sensing, and photocatalysis systems. PMID:24837991

  5. Wave energy extraction by coupled resonant absorbers.

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    Evans, D V; Porter, R

    2012-01-28

    In this article, a range of problems and theories will be introduced that will build towards a new wave energy converter (WEC) concept, with the acronym 'ROTA' standing for resonant over-topping absorber. First, classical results for wave power absorption for WECs constrained to operate in a single degree of freedom will be reviewed and the role of resonance in their operation highlighted. Emphasis will then be placed on how the introduction of further resonances can improve power take-off characteristics by extending the range of frequencies over which the efficiency is close to a theoretical maximum. Methods for doing this in different types of WECs will be demonstrated. Coupled resonant absorbers achieve this by connecting a WEC device equipped with its own resonance (determined from a hydrodynamic analysis) to a new system having separate mass/spring/damper characteristics. It is shown that a coupled resonant effect can be realized by inserting a water tank into a WEC, and this idea forms the basis of the ROTA device. In essence, the idea is to exploit the coupling between the natural sloshing frequencies of the water in the internal tank and the natural resonance of a submerged buoyant circular cylinder device that is tethered to the sea floor, allowing a rotary motion about its axis of attachment. PMID:22184664

  6. Calculations of a wideband metamaterial absorber using equivalent medium theory

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    Huang, Xiaojun; Yang, Helin; Wang, Danqi; Yu, Shengqing; Lou, Yanchao; Guo, Ling

    2016-08-01

    Metamaterial absorbers (MMAs) have drawn increasing attention in many areas due to the fact that they can achieve electromagnetic (EM) waves with unity absorptivity. We demonstrate the design, simulation, experiment and calculation of a wideband MMA based on a loaded double-square-loop (DSL) array of chip resisters. For a normal incidence EM wave, the simulated results show that the absorption of the full width at half maximum is about 9.1 GHz, and the relative bandwidth is 87.1%. Experimental results are in agreement with the simulations. More importantly, equivalent medium theory (EMT) is utilized to calculate the absorptions of the DSL MMA, and the calculated absorptions based on EMT agree with the simulated and measured results. The method based on EMT provides a new way to analysis the mechanism of MMAs.

  7. Study of neutron absorbing microspheres in research reactors - Neutronic analyse

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    Now-a-days, it is increasingly common for nuclear power plants, as well as research reactors, to be designed and built with an alternative safety system aside from control rods. The acids and/or salts in solution injection systems is most frequently used. However, these systems present several implementation and operation problems due to the physical and chemical properties of the used compounds. After analyzing these drawbacks, we developed a new alternative safety system that contains the absorbing element isolated from the aqueous medium. In this context, it's proposed the use of aluminum borosilicate microspheres. The current paper presents erosion wear experiments to determine under which conditions microspheres can be considered as a potential component of a secondary shut down system in a nuclear facility (author)

  8. Fluorine-Free Oil Absorbents Made from Cellulose Nanofibril Aerogels.

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    Mulyadi, Arie; Zhang, Zhe; Deng, Yulin

    2016-02-01

    Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) have been of great interest as absorbents due to their high absorption capacity, low density, biodegradability, and large surface area. Hydrophobic aerogels have been designed to give excellent oil absorption tendency from water. Herein, we present an in situ method for CNF surface modification and hydrophobic aerogel preparation. Neither solvent exchange nor fluorine chemical is used in aerogel preparations. The as-prepared hydrophobic aerogels exhibit low density (23.2 mg/cm(-3)), high porosity (98.5%), good flexibility, and solvent-induced shape recovery property. Successful surface modification was confirmed through field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and water contact angle measurements. The hydrophobic aerogels show high absorption capacities for various oils, depending on liquid density, up to 47× their original weight but with low water uptake (aerogel). PMID:26761377

  9. Irradiation performances of the Superphenix type absorber element

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    Several aspects of irradiation behaviour of the SUPERPHENIX type absorber element are presented in this paper. A large programme of irradiation tests was performed in PHENIX to assess and to improve the absorber pin design whose main characteristics for the first load are a sodium bonded and vented pin with high density (96% TD) and highly enriched (up to 90 at % of boron 10) B4C pellets. We present and discuss the main post-irradiation results obtained by this program which concerns the behaviour of both B4C pellets (fragmentation, swelling, helium release, thermal conductivity evolution) and stainless steel clad (embrittlement by carburization, mechanical interaction). It appears that the residence time of the first load of SUPERPHENIX control rods is clearly limited by mechanical interaction between B4C and the clad, and particularly by relocating of small fragments of B4C at beginning of life of the first gap. The irradiation performed in PHENIX led to fix the residence time of the first load of control rods to 240 e.f.p.d. The analyses of the effects limiting the residence time have enabled us to propose an extension of this time by two measures. The first one is reduction of the capture rate in boron carbide. The measure was brought into operation by mean of lowering at 48 at % the boron 10 enrichment of the B4C pellets in the lower part of the pin. The second measure is preventing the fragment relocation by adoption of a thin stainless shroud enclosing the pellet stack. The efficiency of these measures was proved in several irradiation tests (ANTIMAG experiments) in PHENIX. A burn-up of 220 x 1020 capt/cm3 was achieved without any dimensional change of the pin diameter. The shroud failed but could nevertheless prevent any pellet cladding deformation. Thus, these results have enabled us to fix a residence time of 640 e.f.p.d. for the third load of the SUPERPHENIX control rods. The achievement in the future of lifetime up to 1000 e.f.p.d. will require the

  10. A shock absorber model for structure-borne noise analyses

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    Benaziz, Marouane; Nacivet, Samuel; Thouverez, Fabrice

    2015-08-01

    Shock absorbers are often responsible for undesirable structure-borne noise in cars. The early numerical prediction of this noise in the automobile development process can save time and money and yet remains a challenge for industry. In this paper, a new approach to predicting shock absorber structure-borne noise is proposed; it consists in modelling the shock absorber and including the main nonlinear phenomena responsible for discontinuities in the response. The model set forth herein features: compressible fluid behaviour, nonlinear flow rate-pressure relations, valve mechanical equations and rubber mounts. The piston, base valve and complete shock absorber model are compared with experimental results. Sensitivity of the shock absorber response is evaluated and the most important parameters are classified. The response envelope is also computed. This shock absorber model is able to accurately reproduce local nonlinear phenomena and improves our state of knowledge on potential noise sources within the shock absorber.

  11. Absorber Alignment Measurement Tool for Solar Parabolic Trough Collectors: Preprint

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    Stynes, J. K.; Ihas, B.

    2012-04-01

    As we pursue efforts to lower the capital and installation costs of parabolic trough solar collectors, it is essential to maintain high optical performance. While there are many optical tools available to measure the reflector slope errors of parabolic trough solar collectors, there are few tools to measure the absorber alignment. A new method is presented here to measure the absorber alignment in two dimensions to within 0.5 cm. The absorber alignment is measured using a digital camera and four photogrammetric targets. Physical contact with the receiver absorber or glass is not necessary. The alignment of the absorber is measured along its full length so that sagging of the absorber can be quantified with this technique. The resulting absorber alignment measurement provides critical information required to accurately determine the intercept factor of a collector.

  12. Tungsten band edge absorber/emitter based on a monolayer of ceramic microspheres.

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    Dyachenko, P N; do Rosário, J J; Leib, E W; Petrov, A Yu; Störmer, M; Weller, H; Vossmeyer, T; Schneider, G A; Eich, M

    2015-09-21

    We report on a band edge absorber/emitter design for high-temperature applications based on an unstructured tungsten substrate and a monolayer of ceramic microspheres. The absorber was fabricated as a monolayer of ZrO(2) microparticles on a tungsten layer with a HfO(2) nanocoating. The band edge of the absorption is based on critically coupled microsphere resonances. It can be tuned from visible to near-infrared range by varying the diameter of the microparticles. The absorption properties were found to be stable up to 1000°C. PMID:26406752

  13. Experimental study of the acoustic characteristics of micro-perforated functional absorbers

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    WANG Jiqing; SONG Yongmin; SHENG Shengwo

    2005-01-01

    Micro-perforated panels have been widely used as fiber-free acoustical material for decades in the form of wall or ceiling covering with some air space behind. This paper presents the test study on the acoustical characteristics of two different types of functional absorbers,panel type and tube type, constructed with micro-perforated metal or PVC (polyvinyl chloride) sheets. Acoustical measurements of such functional absorbers in reverberation chamber demonstrate the merit of good absorption as expected. They are not only cost effective in construction and installation, but also appealing esthetically for architectural interior design.

  14. A Study of the Anechoic Performance of Rice Husk-Based, Geometrically Tapered, Hollow Absorbers

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    Muhammad Nadeem Iqbal; Mohd. Fareq Malek; Yeng Seng Lee; Liyana Zahid; Muhammad Shafiq Mezan

    2014-01-01

    Although solid, geometrically tapered microwave absorbers are preferred due to their better performance, they are bulky and must have a thickness on the order of λ or more. The goal of this study was to design lightweight absorbers that can reduce the electromagnetic reflections to less than −10 dB. We used a very simple approach; two waste materials, that is, rice husks and tire dust in powder form, were used to fabricate two independent samples. We measured and used their dielectric propert...

  15. Neutron Absorbing Ability Variation in Neutron Absorbing Material Caused by the Neutron Irradiation in Spent Fuel Storage Facility

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    In spent fuel storage facility like high density spent fuel storage racks and dry storage casks, spent fuels are stored with neutron absorbing materials installed as a part of those facilities, and they are used for absorbing neutrons emitted from spent fuels. Usually structural material with neutron absorbing material of racks and casks are located around spent fuels, so it is irradiated by neutrons for long time. Neutron absorbing ability could be changed by the variation of nuclide composition in neutron absorbing material caused by the irradiation of neutrons. So, neutron absorbing materials are continuously faced with spent fuels with boric acid solution or inert gas environment. Major nuclides in neutron absorbing material are Al27, C12, B11, B10 and they are changed to numerous other ones as radioactive decay or neutron absorption reaction. The B10 content in neutron absorbing material dominates the neutron absorbing ability, so, the variation of nuclide composition including the decrease of B10 content is the critical factor on neutron absorbing ability. In this study, neutron flux in spent fuel, the activation of neutron absorbing material and the variation of nuclide composition are calculated. And, the minimum neutron flux causing the decrease of B10 content is calculated in spent fuel storage facility. Finally, the variation of neutron multiplication factor is identified according to the one of B10 content in neutron absorbing material. The minimum neutron flux to impact the neutron absorbing ability is 1010 order, however, usual neutron flux from spent fuel is 108 order. Therefore, even though neutron absorbing material is irradiated for over 40 years, B10 content is little decreased, so, initial neutron absorbing ability could be kept continuously

  16. Impact Testing and Simulation of a Sinusoid Foam Sandwich Energy Absorber

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    Jackson, Karen E.; Fasanella, Edwin L; Littell, Justin D.

    2015-01-01

    A sinusoidal-shaped foam sandwich energy absorber was developed and evaluated at NASA Langley Research Center through multi-level testing and simulation performed under the Transport Rotorcraft Airframe Crash Testbed (TRACT) research project. The energy absorber, designated the "sinusoid," consisted of hybrid carbon- Kevlar® plain weave fabric face sheets, two layers for each face sheet oriented at +/-45deg with respect to the vertical or crush direction, and a closed-cell ELFOAM(TradeMark) P200 polyisocyanurate (2.0-lb/ft3) foam core. The design goal for the energy absorber was to achieve an average floor-level acceleration of between 25- and 40-g during the full-scale crash test of a retrofitted CH-46E helicopter airframe, designated TRACT 2. Variations in the design were assessed through quasi-static and dynamic crush testing of component specimens. Once the design was finalized, a 5-ft-long subfloor beam was fabricated and retrofitted into a barrel section of a CH-46E helicopter. A vertical drop test of the barrel section was conducted onto concrete to evaluate the performance of the energy absorber prior to retrofit into TRACT 2. Finite element models were developed of all test articles and simulations were performed using LSDYNA ®, a commercial nonlinear explicit transient dynamic finite element code. Test analysis results are presented for the sinusoid foam sandwich energy absorber as comparisons of load-displacement and acceleration-time-history responses, as well as predicted and experimental structural deformations and progressive damage for each evaluation level (component testing through barrel section drop testing).

  17. Magneto-rheological fluid shock absorber for suspension of an off-road motorcycle: a theoretical study

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    Ericksen, Everet O.; Gordaninejad, Faramarz

    2000-06-01

    This work presents a theoretical model for the damping force of a magneto-rheological fluid (MRF) shock absorber of an off-road motorcycle. The Bingham plastic model and a 3D electromagnetic finite-element analysis are employed to develop a theoretical model to estimate the damping force of a MRF shock absorber. The mode is based on the physical parameters of the device as well as the properties of the fluid, making a valuable tool in shock absorber design for a particular application. By comparing the theoretical and experimental results, it is demonstrated that the model accurately predicts the damping force.

  18. Applied acoustics concepts, absorbers, and silencers for acoustical comfort and noise control alternative solutions, innovative tools, practical examples

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    Fuchs, Helmut V

    2013-01-01

    The author gives a comprehensive overview of materials and components for noise control and acoustical comfort. Sound absorbers must meet acoustical and architectural requirements, which fibrous or porous material alone can meet. Basics and applications are demonstrated, with representative examples for spatial acoustics, free-field test facilities and canal linings. Acoustic engineers and construction professionals will find some new basic concepts and tools for developments in order to improve acoustical comfort. Interference absorbers, active resonators and micro-perforated absorbers of different materials and designs complete the list of applications.

  19. Ultra-wideband microwave absorber by connecting multiple absorption bands of two different-sized hyperbolic metamaterial waveguide arrays

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    Yin, Xiang; Long, Chang; Li, Junhao; Zhu, Hua; Chen, Lin; Guan, Jianguo; Li, Xun

    2015-10-01

    Microwave absorbers have important applications in various areas including stealth, camouflage, and antenna. Here, we have designed an ultra-broadband light absorber by integrating two different-sized tapered hyperbolic metamaterial (HMM) waveguides, each of which has wide but different absorption bands due to broadband slow-light response, into a unit cell. Both the numerical and experimental results demonstrate that in such a design strategy, the low absorption bands between high absorption bands with a single-sized tapered HMM waveguide array can be effectively eliminated, resulting in a largely expanded absorption bandwidth ranging from 2.3 to 40 GHz. The presented ultra-broadband light absorber is also insensitive to polarization and robust against incident angle. Our results offer a further step in developing practical artificial electromagnetic absorbers, which will impact a broad range of applications at microwave frequencies.

  20. Two-phase control absorber development program: out-reactor tests and analysis to establish system operating characteristics

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    The two-phase control absorber system uses a continuously flowing mixture of borated water and oxygen to regulate neutron flux in a reactor core. By varying the flow of water through the absorber element, the density and hence the neutron absorption of the mixture is controlled. The test facility was subjected to a comprehensive experimental program at different operating pressures to establish system operating characteristics so that a conceptual design for a power reactor could be developed. It was possible to establish the density operating range of the absorber, determine the desired water-valve flow characteristic required for constant gain in the flux regulating loop, validate the computer code which would be used for the static calculatons required for the conceptual design of an absorber system for a power reactor, and validate a dynamic, hybrid computer simulation of the two-phase control abosrber. (auth)