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  1. Increased skeletal muscle capillarization enhances insulin sensitivity

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    Åkerström, Thorbjörn; Laub, Lasse; Vedel, Kenneth;

    2014-01-01

    Increased skeletal muscle capillarization is associated with improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. However, a possible causal relationship has not previously been identified. We therefore investigated whether increased skeletal muscle capillarization increases insulin sensitivity. S...

  2. Binary nucleation beyond capillarity approximation

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    Kalikmanov, V.I.

    2010-01-01

    Large discrepancies between binary classical nucleation theory (BCNT) and experiments result from adsorption effects and inability of BCNT, based on the phenomenological capillarity approximation, to treat small clusters. We propose a model aimed at eliminating both of these deficiencies. Adsorption is taken into account within Gibbsian approximation. Binary clusters are treated by means of statistical-mechanical considerations: tracing out the molecular degrees of freedom of the more volatil...

  3. Increased skeletal muscle capillarization enhances insulin sensitivity.

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    Akerstrom, Thorbjorn; Laub, Lasse; Vedel, Kenneth; Brand, Christian Lehn; Pedersen, Bente Klarlund; Lindqvist, Anna Kaufmann; Wojtaszewski, Jørgen F P; Hellsten, Ylva

    2014-12-15

    Increased skeletal muscle capillarization is associated with improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. However, a possible causal relationship has not previously been identified. Therefore, we investigated whether increased skeletal muscle capillarization increases insulin sensitivity. Skeletal muscle-specific angiogenesis was induced by adding the α1-adrenergic receptor antagonist prazosin to the drinking water of Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 33), whereas 34 rats served as controls. Insulin sensitivity was measured ≥40 h after termination of the 3-wk prazosin treatment, which ensured that prazosin was cleared from the blood stream. Whole body insulin sensitivity was measured in conscious, unrestrained rats by hyperinsulinemic euglycemic clamp. Tissue-specific insulin sensitivity was assessed by administration of 2-deoxy-[(3)H]glucose during the plateau phase of the clamp. Whole body insulin sensitivity increased by ∼24%, and insulin-stimulated skeletal muscle 2-deoxy-[(3)H]glucose disposal increased by ∼30% concomitant with an ∼20% increase in skeletal muscle capillarization. Adipose tissue insulin sensitivity was not affected by the treatment. Insulin-stimulated muscle glucose uptake was enhanced independent of improvements in skeletal muscle insulin signaling to glucose uptake and glycogen synthesis, suggesting that the improvement in insulin-stimulated muscle glucose uptake could be due to improved diffusion conditions for glucose in the muscle. The prazosin treatment did not affect the rats on any other parameters measured. We conclude that an increase in skeletal muscle capillarization is associated with increased insulin sensitivity. These data point toward the importance of increasing skeletal muscle capillarization for prevention or treatment of type 2 diabetes. PMID:25352432

  4. Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage in isolated pulmonary capillaritis: Case report

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    Medenica Milić

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Pulmonary capillaritis is a small-diameter vessel vasculitis of the lung, which may occur in isolation as in isolated pauci-immune capillaritis, usually associated with the systemic vasculitis but it could be also related to collagen vascular diseases and in lung transplant rejection. Pulmonary capillaritis leads to diffuse alveolar hemorrhage. The clinical presentation includes symptoms like dyspnea, cough, pleuritic chest pain, fever and hemoptysis. Case Outline. A 48 year-old female patient, smoker, presented with progressive dyspnea. Serum tests for infectious diseases, collagen disorders and vasculitis were negative. Radiography and computed tomography of the chest showed diffuse alveolar infiltrates. Cytology of bronchoalveolar lavage showed presence of siderophages. A thoracoscopic lung biopsy was performed to clarify the diagnosis. The histopathological findings showed capillaritis and diffuse intraalveolar hemorrhage. Patient was treated with steroids, and good clinical and minimal radiographic response was obtained. Recently described pauci-immune pulmonary capillaritis has been characterized as p-ANCA (antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies negative isolated pulmonary capillaritis. Conclusion. Isolated pauci-immune pulmonary capillaritis is a rare disease. First clinical manifestations of the isolated pulmonary capillaritis were the symptoms of progressive dyspnea, radiographic and functional signs of the interstitial fibrosis. At the same time, the signs of extrapulmonary diseases were not found. Presence of siderophages in bronchoalveolar lavage indicated alveolar hemorrhage. Histopathological tests of the sample of the lung pointed to pulmonary capillaritis and intraalveolar hemorrhage. Prolonged treatment with corticosteroids was necessary.

  5. Lixiviation of uranium ores by capillarity

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    All chemical concentration plants use at the moment a process of lixiviation by agitation for the treatment of uranium ores. It has become necessary for various reasons to study the application of a more economical system which is that of the lixiviation by capillarity in heaps. After presenting the laboratory tests for recognizing the ability of an ore for this type of lixiviation, the authors give an outline of the two semi-industrial tests which are still in progress. The results are such that it has been possible to plan larger installations which are now under construction. (authors)

  6. Capillarity and dielectrophoresis of liquid deuterium

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    The ponderomotive force, exerted upon all dielectric liquids by a non-uniform electric field, can be used for the remote, voltage-controlled manipulation of 10 to 100 μL volumes of cryogenic liquids. This liquid dielectrophoretic (DEP) effect, imposed by specially designed electrodes, combines with capillarity to influence the hydrostatic equilibria of liquid deuterium. A simple, one-dimensional model accurately predicts the measured meniscus rise of D2 against gravity for sufficiently wide, parallel electrodes. For narrow electrodes, where the sidewalls influence the equilibrium, a finite element solution using the Surface Evolver software correctly describes the shape of the meniscus. A bifurcation phenomenon previously observed for room temperature dielectrics is also observed in liquid deuterium. Cryo-DEP actuation has potential applications ranging from metering precise volumes of liquid deuterium for laser target fuelling to manipulation of liquid nitrogen for cryo-preservation of biological samples.

  7. Capillarity and dielectrophoresis of liquid deuterium

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    Jones, T B [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627 (United States); Gram, R; Harding, D R [Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627 (United States); Kentch, K, E-mail: jones@ece.rochester.ed [Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627 (United States)

    2009-11-21

    The ponderomotive force, exerted upon all dielectric liquids by a non-uniform electric field, can be used for the remote, voltage-controlled manipulation of 10 to 100 {mu}L volumes of cryogenic liquids. This liquid dielectrophoretic (DEP) effect, imposed by specially designed electrodes, combines with capillarity to influence the hydrostatic equilibria of liquid deuterium. A simple, one-dimensional model accurately predicts the measured meniscus rise of D{sub 2} against gravity for sufficiently wide, parallel electrodes. For narrow electrodes, where the sidewalls influence the equilibrium, a finite element solution using the Surface Evolver software correctly describes the shape of the meniscus. A bifurcation phenomenon previously observed for room temperature dielectrics is also observed in liquid deuterium. Cryo-DEP actuation has potential applications ranging from metering precise volumes of liquid deuterium for laser target fuelling to manipulation of liquid nitrogen for cryo-preservation of biological samples.

  8. Capillarity ion concentration polarization as spontaneous desalting mechanism

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    Park, Sungmin; Jung, Yeonsu; Son, Seok Young; Cho, Inhee; Cho, Youngrok; Lee, Hyomin; Kim, Ho-Young; Kim, Sung Jae

    2016-04-01

    To overcome a world-wide water shortage problem, numerous desalination methods have been developed with state-of-the-art power efficiency. Here we propose a spontaneous desalting mechanism referred to as the capillarity ion concentration polarization. An ion-depletion zone is spontaneously formed near a nanoporous material by the permselective ion transportation driven by the capillarity of the material, in contrast to electrokinetic ion concentration polarization which achieves the same ion-depletion zone by an external d.c. bias. This capillarity ion concentration polarization device is shown to be capable of desalting an ambient electrolyte more than 90% without any external electrical power sources. Theoretical analysis for both static and transient conditions are conducted to characterize this phenomenon. These results indicate that the capillarity ion concentration polarization system can offer unique and economical approaches for a power-free water purification system.

  9. Spontaneous Capillarity-Driven Droplet Ejection

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    Wollman, Andrew; Pettit, Donald; Weislogel, Mark

    2012-01-01

    The first large length-scale capillary rise experiments were conducted by R. Siegel using a drop tower at NASA LeRC shortly after the 1957 launch of Sputnik I. Siegel was curious if the wetting fluid would expel from the end of short capillary tubes in a low-gravity environment. He observed that although the fluid partially left the tubes, it was always pulled back by surface tension, which caused the fluid to remain pinned to the tubes' end. By exploiting tube geometry and fluid properties, we demonstrate that such capillary flows can in fact eject a variety of jets and drops. This fluid dynamics video provides a historical overview of such spontaneous capillarity-driven droplet ejection. Footage of terrestrial and low earth orbit experiments are also shown. Droplets generated in a microgravity environment are $10^6$ times larger than those ejected in a terrestrial environment. The accompanying article provides a summary of the critical parameters and experimental procedures. Scaling the governing equations ...

  10. Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage resulting from Pauci-immune pulmonary capillaritis

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    Andreia Salarini Monteiro

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available A 27 year-old female patient, cocaine user, presenting hemoptysis and progressive dyspnea with onset 48 hours prior to hospital admission, without any other signs or symptoms. Serum tests for infectious diseases, collagen disorders and vasculitis were negative. Urinalysis was normal. Computed tomography of the chest showed diffuse alveolar infiltrate, affecting mainly the lower left lobe. A thoracoscopic lung biopsy was performed to clarify the diagnosis. The histopathological findings showed capillaritis and diffuse intra-alveolar hemorrhage. Treated with steroid and cyclophosphamide pulse therapy, a good clinical and radiographical response was obtained. The recently described pauci-immune pulmonary capillaritis is characterized by the presence of isolated pulmonary capillaritis and negative serum testing for auto-immune diseases.

  11. Electromagnetic liquid pistons for capillarity-based pumping.

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    Malouin, Bernard A; Vogel, Michael J; Olles, Joseph D; Cheng, Lili; Hirsa, Amir H

    2011-02-01

    The small scales associated with lab-on-a-chip technologies lend themselves well to capillarity-dominated phenomena. We demonstrate a new capillarity-dominated system where two adjoining ferrofluid droplets can behave as an electronically-controlled oscillator or switch by an appropriate balance of magnetic, capillary, and inertial forces. Their oscillatory motion can be exploited to displace a surrounding liquid (akin to an axial piston pump), forming electromagnetic "liquid pistons." Such ferrofluid pistons can pump a precise volume of liquid via finely tunable amplitudes (cf. pump stroke) or resonant frequencies (cf. pump speed) with no solid moving parts for long-term operation without wear in a small device. Furthermore, the rapid propagation of electromagnetic fields and the favorable scaling of capillary forces with size permit micron sized devices with very fast operating speeds (∼kHz). The pumping dynamics and performance of these liquid pistons is explored, with experimental measurements showing good agreement with a spherical cap model. While these liquid pistons may find numerous applications in micro- and mesoscale fluidic devices (e.g., remotely activated drug delivery), here we demonstrate the use of these liquid pistons in capillarity-dominated systems for chip-level, fast-acting adaptive liquid lenses with nearly perfect spherical interfaces. PMID:21127823

  12. Successful treatment of idiopathic pulmonary capillaritis with intravenous cyclophosphamide.

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    Flanagan, Frances; Glackin, Louisa; Slattery, Dubhfeasa M

    2013-03-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis (IPH), a subtype of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage is a rare condition, first described by Virchow in 1864. Historically, it manifests in children in the first decade of life with the combination of hemoptysis, iron deficiency anemia, and alveolar infiltrates on chest radiograph. More recently, diffuse alveolar hemorrhage has been classified by the absence or presence of pulmonary capillaritis (PC), the latter carrying a potential for a poorer outcome. While systemic corticosteroids remain the first line treatment option, other immune modulators have been trailed including hydroxychloroquine, azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine, and cyclophosphamide with varying results. Our case demonstrates for the first time, the successful use of intravenous cyclophosphamide in the management of chronic idiopathic PC. PMID:22573417

  13. Successful treatment of idiopathic pulmonary capillaritis with intravenous cyclophosphamide.

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    Flanagan, Frances

    2013-03-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis (IPH), a subtype of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage is a rare condition, first described by Virchow in 1864. Historically, it manifests in children in the first decade of life with the combination of hemoptysis, iron deficiency anemia, and alveolar infiltrates on chest radiograph. More recently, diffuse alveolar hemorrhage has been classified by the absence or presence of pulmonary capillaritis (PC), the latter carrying a potential for a poorer outcome. While systemic corticosteroids remain the first line treatment option, other immune modulators have been trailed including hydroxychloroquine, azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine, and cyclophosphamide with varying results. Our case demonstrates for the first time, the successful use of intravenous cyclophosphamide in the management of chronic idiopathic PC.

  14. The adhesion model considering capillarity for gecko attachment system.

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    Kim, Tae Wan; Bhushan, Bharat

    2008-03-01

    Geckos make use of approximately a million microscale hairs (setae) that branch off into hundreds of nanoscale spatulae to cling to different smooth and rough surfaces and detach at will. This hierarchical surface construction gives the gecko the adaptability to create a large real area of contact with surfaces. It is known that van der Waals force is the primary mechanism used to adhere to surfaces, and capillary force is a secondary effect that can further increase adhesive force. To investigate the effects of capillarity on gecko adhesion, we considered the capillary force as well as the solid-to-solid interaction. The capillary force expressed in terms of elliptical integral is calculated by numerical method to cope with surfaces with a wide range of contact angles. The adhesion forces exerted by a single gecko spatula in contact with planes with different contact angles for various relative humidities are calculated, and the contributions of capillary force to total adhesion force are evaluated. The simulation results are compared with experimental data. Finally, using the three-level hierarchical model recently developed to simulate a gecko seta contacting with random rough surface, the effect of the relative humidity and the hydrophobicity of surface on the gecko adhesion is investigated. PMID:17594962

  15. New data on distribution, morphology and ecology of Oedogonium capillare Kützing ex Hirn (Oedogoniales, Chlorophyta in Poland

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    Marta Pikosz

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Algological investigations were focused on taxonomy, chorology and ecology of threatened filamentous green alga species in Poland. Studies on Oedogonium capillare Kützing ex Hirn growing in large quantities in association with Cladophora rivularis (Linnaeus Hoek in pond were conducted. The aim of these studies was to describe the distribution, ecology and morphology of O. capillare as part of a more comprehensive study of this filamentous green alga. It is the eighth record in Poland for O. capillare. Filaments of O. capillare were grown over a wide pH range (7.3-9.6 and in high variability of nutrients. Vegetative cells, oogonia and antheridia were observed, which allowed taxonomic identification. O. capillare occurs in eutrophic waters which requires protection of its habitat.

  16. Capillarity-driven migration of a thin Ge wedge in contact with a bicrystalline Au film

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    We have investigated the retraction of a single-crystalline Ge wedge in epitaxial contact with a bicrystalline Au film using in situ electron microscopy. The rate of retraction was close to that predicted for capillarity-driven surface diffusion, following kinetics proportional to tn, with n = 0.22-0.35, but crystal anisotropy caused migration to be significantly faster along directions than along . The bicrystalline Au substrate was not inert, but underwent abnormal grain growth in the area swept by the receding Ge wedge. Cross-sections made from plan-view transmission electron microscopy samples revealed that this was related to ridge formation during the retraction process. In situ observations of the process in an inclined orientation showed direct evidence of substrate grain boundaries being dragged by the receding Ge wedge. The results can be understood in the framework of capillarity models for isotropic solid-state wedges and reactive wetting in high-temperature liquid-solid experiments.

  17. On an application of the thermodynamics of the capillarity of solids to surface topography in sputtering

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    Cones formed on sputtered polycrystalline copper surfaces can, for certain grain orientations, develop large crystallographic facets and should therefore properly be described as pyramids. In a previous note it was indicated that, independent of possible secondary or tertiary effects, both the relative stability and the semiangle α of a cone are primary consequences of ion reflection from its surface, and that the disappearance of a cone (pyramid) can fundamentally be attributed to single (sputtering) atomic collisions. The authors purpose here is to show in addition how classical macroscopic concepts from the thermodynamics of the capillarity of solids may be used in part to describe the evolution of pyramids from cones. (Auth.)

  18. Rapid selective metal patterning on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) fabricated by capillarity-assisted laser direct write

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    In this study we demonstrate a novel approach for the rapid fabricating micro scale metal (silver) patterning directly on a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrate. Silver nanoparticles were sintered on PDMS to form conductive metal films using laser direct write (LDW) technology. To achieve good metal film quality, a capillarity-assisted laser direct writing (CALDW) of nanoparticle suspensions on a low surface energy material (PDMS) was utilized. Experimental results showed controllable electrical conductivities and good film properties of the sintered silver patterns. This study reveals an advanced method of metal patterning on PDMS, and proposes a new research application of LDW in a nanoparticle colloidal environment

  19. Rapid selective metal patterning on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) fabricated by capillarity-assisted laser direct write

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    Lee, Ming-Tsang

    2011-08-12

    In this study we demonstrate a novel approach for the rapid fabricating micro scale metal (silver) patterning directly on a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrate. Silver nanoparticles were sintered on PDMS to form conductive metal films using laser direct write (LDW) technology. To achieve good metal film quality, a capillarity-assisted laser direct writing (CALDW) of nanoparticle suspensions on a low surface energy material (PDMS) was utilized. Experimental results showed controllable electrical conductivities and good film properties of the sintered silver patterns. This study reveals an advanced method of metal patterning on PDMS, and proposes a new research application of LDW in a nanoparticle colloidal environment. © 2011 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  20. Wettability from Capillarity of CO2-Brine-Rock Systems at Reservoir Conditions

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    Al-Menhali, Ali; Niu, Ben; Krevor, Samuel

    2015-04-01

    The wettability of CO2-brine-rock systems will have a major impact on the management of carbon sequestration in subsurface geological formations. Recent contact angle measurement studies have reported sensitivity in wetting behaviour of this system to pressure, temperature and brine salinity. We report results of an investigation into the impact of reservoir conditions on wetting through direct observations of their impact on the capillary strength of the system. Eight capillary pressure characteristic curves were measured using CO2 and brine in a single fired Berea sandstone at pressures (5 to 20 MPa), temperatures (25 to 50 °C) and ionic strengths (0 to 5 M kg-1 NaCl) representative of subsurface reservoirs. A ninth measurement using an N2-water system provided a benchmark for capillarity with a strongly water wet system. The semi-dynamic capillary pressure core flooding technique was used with in situ saturation monitoring. In all cases, the capillarity of the system, scaled by the interfacial tension, were equivalent to the N2-water system within measurement uncertainty. Thus reservoir conditions did not have a significant impact on the capillary strength of the CO2-brine system through a variation in wetting. Two steady-state relative permeability measurements with CO2 and brine and one with N2 and brine similarly show little variation between conditions, consistent with the observation that the CO2-brine-sandstone system is strongly water wetting and invariant across a wide range of reservoir conditions.

  1. Inverted Cheerios effect: Liquid drops attract or repel by elasto-capillarity

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    Karpitschka, S; Lubbers, L A; Weijs, J H; Botto, L; Das, S; Andreotti, B; Snoeijer, J H

    2016-01-01

    Solid particles floating at a liquid interface exhibit a long-ranged attraction mediated by surface tension. In the absence of bulk elasticity, this is the dominant lateral interaction of mechanical origin. Here we show that an analogous long-range interaction occurs between adjacent droplets on solid substrates, which crucially relies on a combination of capillarity and bulk elasticity. We experimentally observe the interaction between droplets on soft gels and provide a theoretical framework that quantitatively predicts the migration velocity of the droplets. Remarkably, we find that while on thick substrates the interaction is purely attractive and leads to drop-drop coalescence, for relatively thin substrates a short-range repulsion occurs which prevents the two drops from coming into direct contact. This versatile, new interaction is the liquid-on-solid analogue of the "Cheerios effect". The effect will strongly influence the condensation and coarsening of drop soft polymer films, and has potential impli...

  2. Validation of a New Semi-Automated Technique to Evaluate Muscle Capillarization.

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    Ballak, Sam B; Yap, Moi H; Harding, Peter J; Degens, Hans

    2016-01-01

    The method of capillary domains has often been used to study capillarization of skeletal and heart muscle. However, the conventional data processing method using a digitizing tablet is an arduous and time-consuming task. Here we compare a new semi-automated capillary domain data collection and analysis in muscle tissue with the standard capillary domain method. The capillary density (1481±59 vs. 1447±54 caps mm(-2); R2:0.99; Pmethods. The fiber cross-sectional area correlated well between the methods (R2:0.84; Pmethod at P=0.08). The latter was likely due to differences in outlining the contours between the two methods. In conclusion, the semi-automated method gives quantitatively and qualitatively similar data as the conventional method and saves a considerable amount of time. PMID:26782199

  3. Dynamic changes of capillarization and peri-sinusoid fibrosis in alcoholic liver diseases

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    Guang-Fu Xu; Xin-Yue Wang; Gui-Ling Ge; Peng-Tao Li; Xu Jia; De-Lu Tian; Liang-Duo Jiang; Jin-Xiang Yang

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the dynamic changes of capillarization and peri-sinusoid fibrosis in an alcoholic liver disease model induced by a new method.METHODS: Male SD rats were randomly divided into 6 groups, namely normal, 4 d, 2 w, 4 w, 9 w and 11 w groups.The animals were fed with a mixture of alcohol for designated days and then decollated, and their livers were harvested to examine the pathological changes of hepatocytes, hepatic stellate cells, sinusoidal endothelial cells, sinusoid, peri-sinusoid. The generation of three kinds of extra cellular matrix was also observed.RESULTS: The injury of hepatocytes became severer as modeling going on. Under electronic microscope, fatty vesicles and swollen mitochondria in hepatocytes, activated hepatic stellate cells with fibrils could been seen near or around it. Fenestrae of sinusoidal endothelial cells were decreased or disappeared, sinusoidal basement was formed.Under light microscopy typical peri-sinusoid fibrosis, gridding-like fibrosis, broaden portal areas, hepatocyte's fatty and balloon denaturation, iron sediment, dot necrosis,congregated lymphatic cells and leukocytes were observed.Type Ⅰ collagen showed an increasing trend as modeling going on, slightly recovered when modeling stopped for 2 weeks. Meanwhile, type Ⅳ collagen decreased rapidly when modeling began and recovered after modeling stopped for 2 weeks. Laminin increased as soon as modeling began and did not recover when modeling stopped for 2 weeks.CONCLUSION: The pathological changes of the model were similar to that of human ALD, but mild in degree. It had typical peri-sinusoid fibrosis; however, capillarization seemed to be instable. It may be related with the reduction of type Ⅳ collagen in the basement of sinusoid during modeling.

  4. Análisis in vitro de la actividad antibacteriana Oedogonium capillare contra bacterias patógenas de peces

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    Pilar Negrete Redondo; Guadalupe Figueroa; Jorge Romero Jarero; Roxana López Simeón

    2006-01-01

    The present study proved in vitro the capability of an extract of Oedogonium capillare, a fresh water green algae, to be an effective antibacterial agent against 23 different bacterial species of Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonadaceae, Aeromonadaceae and Vibrionaceae families, that are pathogens in humans and important in aquaculture. All the different wild strains were isolated from Carassius auratus fi sh cultivated in fi sh farms in the state of Morelos, Mexico. After being purifi ed the str...

  5. Capillarity and wetting of carbon dioxide and brine during drainage in Berea sandstone at reservoir conditions

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    Al-Menhali, Ali; Niu, Ben; Krevor, Samuel

    2015-10-01

    The wettability of CO2-brine-rock systems will have a major impact on the management of carbon sequestration in subsurface geological formations. Recent contact angle measurement studies have reported sensitivity in wetting behavior of this system to pressure, temperature, and brine salinity. We report observations of the impact of reservoir conditions on the capillary pressure characteristic curve and relative permeability of a single Berea sandstone during drainage—CO2 displacing brine—through effects on the wetting state. Eight reservoir condition drainage capillary pressure characteristic curves were measured using CO2 and brine in a single fired Berea sandstone at pressures (5-20 MPa), temperatures (25-50°C), and ionic strengths (0-5 mol kg-1 NaCl). A ninth measurement using a N2-water system provided a benchmark for capillarity with a strongly water wet system. The capillary pressure curves from each of the tests were found to be similar to the N2-water curve when scaled by the interfacial tension. Reservoir conditions were not found to have a significant impact on the capillary strength of the CO2-brine system during drainage through a variation in the wetting state. Two steady-state relative permeability measurements with CO2 and brine and one with N2 and brine similarly show little variation between conditions, consistent with the observation that the CO2-brine-sandstone system is water wetting and multiphase flow properties invariant across a wide range of reservoir conditions.

  6. Lixiviation of uranium ores by capillarity; Lixiviation par capillarite des minerais d'uranium (1962)

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    Mouret, P.; Pottier, P. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1962-07-01

    All chemical concentration plants use at the moment a process of lixiviation by agitation for the treatment of uranium ores. It has become necessary for various reasons to study the application of a more economical system which is that of the lixiviation by capillarity in heaps. After presenting the laboratory tests for recognizing the ability of an ore for this type of lixiviation, the authors give an outline of the two semi-industrial tests which are still in progress. The results are such that it has been possible to plan larger installations which are now under construction. (authors) [French] Les usines de concentration chimique utilisent toutes actuellement la lixiviation par agitation des minerais d'uranium. Il est devenu necessaire pour diverses raisons d'etudier l'application d'un procede plus economique, qui est celui de la lixiviation par capillarite en tas. Apres un expose des tests de laboratoire permettant de connaitre l'aptitude d'un minerai a ce type de lixiviation, est donne un apercu de deux essais semi-industriels non encore acheves a ce jour. Les resultats sont tels, qu'ils ont permis de projeter des installations plus importantes, qui sont actuellement en construction. (auteurs)

  7. A new treatment of capillarity to improve the stability of IMPES two-phase flow formulation

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    Kou, Jisheng

    2010-12-01

    In this paper, we present an efficient numerical method for two-phase immiscible flow in porous media with different capillarity pressures. In highly heterogeneous permeable media, the saturation is discontinuous due to different capillary pressure functions. One popular scheme is to split the system into a pressure and a saturation equation, and to apply IMplicit Pressure Explicit Saturation (IMPES) approach for time stepping. One disadvantage of IMPES is instability resulting from the explicit treatment for capillary pressure. To improve stability, the capillary pressure is usually incorporated in the saturation equation which gradients of saturation appear. This approach, however, does not apply to the case of different capillary pressure functions for multiple rock-types, because of the discontinuity of saturation across rock interfaces. In this paper, we present a new treatment of capillary pressure, which appears implicitly in the pressure equation. Using an approximation of capillary function, we substitute the implicit saturation equation into the pressure equation. The coupled pressure equation will be solved implicitly and followed by the explicit saturation equation. Five numerical examples are provided to demonstrate the advantages of our approach. Comparison shows that our proposed method is more efficient and stable than the classical IMPES approach. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

  8. Fracturing in granular media: the role of capillarity, wetting, and disorder

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    Juanes, Ruben

    2015-11-01

    The advent of shale oil and shale gas into the energy landscape has relied on achieving vigorous stimulation of the rock by means of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Traditionally, hydraulic fracturing is understood as a single-fluid-phase, pressure-driven process, in which the fluid (typically water with additives) is injected at a high-enough rate that the pressure builds up faster than it can dissipate by permeating into the rock, thereby fracturing it. However, the prevalent conditions for shale (ultra fine pore size, moderate overburden stress, and poor cementation) suggest that capillary forces could play an important role in the fracturing process. Here, we show the results of our recent experimental and theoretical studies on fracturing of granular media by means of injection of an immiscible fluid. We conduct carefully controlled injection experiments in a quasi-2D granular medium (a circular Hele-Shaw cell filled with glass beads), in an experimental set-up that allows us to systematically study the impact of capillarity (by varying injection rate, bead size, and fluid-fluid surface tension), wetting properties (by treating the beads and the cell plates by chemical vapor deposition of silane-based substances) and confinement (by varying the load on the cell). Our choice of defending and invading liquids and granular medium allows us to investigate a wide range of contact angles, from drainage to imbibition. We demonstrate that wettability exerts a powerful influence on the invasion/fracturing morphology of unfavorable mobility displacements. High time resolution imaging techniques and particle image velocimetry (PIV) allow us to quantify matrix displacement and fracture opening dynamics. Our results provide insights on fracture propagation, fracture length distribution and the fracture drainage area, parameters which are critically important to better understand long-term hydrocarbon production from shale.

  9. Fracturing in granular media: the role of capillarity, wetting, and disorder

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    Juanes, R.; Trojer, M.; de Anna, P.; Szulczewski, M. L.

    2015-12-01

    The advent of shale oil and shale gas into the energy landscape has relied on achieving vigorous stimulation of the rock by means of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Traditionally, hydraulic fracturing is understood as a single-fluid-phase, pressure-driven process, in which the fluid (typically water with additives) is injected at a high-enough rate that the pressure builds up faster than it can dissipate by permeating into the rock, thereby fracturing it. However, the prevalent conditions for shale (ultra fine pore size, moderate overburden stress, and poor cementation) suggest that capillary forces could play an important role in the fracturing process. Here, we show the results of our recent experimental and theoretical studies on fracturing of granular media by means of injection of an immiscible fluid. We conduct carefully controlled injection experiments in a quasi-2D granular medium (a circular Hele-Shaw cell filled with glass beads), in an experimental set-up that allows us to systematically study the impact of capillarity (by varying injection rate, bead size, and fluid-fluid surface tension), wetting properties (by treating the beads and the cell plates by chemical vapor deposition of silane-based substances) and confinement (by varying the load on the cell). Our choice of defending and invading liquids and granular medium allows us to investigate a wide range of contact angles, from drainage to imbibition. We demonstrate that wettability exerts a powerful influence on the invasion/fracturing morphology of unfavorable mobility displacements. High time resolution imaging techniques and particle image velocimetry (PIV) allow us to quantify matrix displacement and fracture opening dynamics. Our results provide insights on fracture propagation, fracture length distribution and the fracture drainage area, parameters which are critically important to better understand long-term hydrocarbon production from shale.

  10. Exercise at simulated high altitude facilitates the increase in capillarity in skeletal muscle of rats

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    2001-01-01

    AIM: To study the changes in capillarity of skeletal muscle during acclimation to high altitude, and explore the effects of a certain extent physical activity under hypoxia on capillary formation and the role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in this process. METHODS: 48 Wistar rats were divided into 3 groups: Ⅰ normoxic control; Ⅱ hypoxia and Ⅲ hypoxia+exercise. Rats of Ⅱ and Ⅲ groups were subjected to hypobaric hypoxia for 5 weeks (23 h/d). They were first brought to simulated 4 000 m altitude, where rats of the Ⅲgroup were forced to swim for 1 h/d (6 d/week). Then the animals were ascent to 5 000 m. Biomicrosphere method was used to determine blood flow of skeletal muscle. The mean fiber cross-sectional area (FCSA), capillary density (CD) and capillary/fiber ratio (C/F) of red portion of the lateral head of the gastrocneminus were assayed by myofibrillar ATPase histochemistry. VEGF and its receptor KDR were assayed with immunohistochemistry method.RESULTS: By comparison with the normoxic control, 5-week hypoxic exposure resulted in a decrease in cross-sectional area of skeletal muscle fiber and an increase in CD, but the C/F remained unchanged. The blood supply to the gastrocnemius was not changed. After 5-week-exercise at high altitude, the muscle fibers did not undergo atrophy. CD, C/F, and the blood flow at rest increased significantly. VEGF protein was found primarily in the matrix between muscle fibers; KDR were shown mainly in endothelial cells of capillary. VEGF was more strongly stained in the skeletal muscle of hypoxia-exercise rats.CONCLUSION: Hypoxia itself can not induce neovascularization. While exercise during hypoxic exposure can lead to capillary formation. VEGF and KDR may play roles in it. New capillary formation benefits the blood supply, oxygen delivery and working performance at high altitude.

  11. Tin-silver and tin-copper alloys for capillarity joining-soft soldering-of copper piping

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    It is studied the influence of the type of alloy used as filling material on the defects of the soldering joints in copper piping installations, which induce the fluid leak of the systems. The different eutectic temperatures and solidus-liquidus ranges of these alloys, require the setting of the soldering heat input in each case to obtain the suitable capillarity features and alloying temperatures to achieve for the correct formation of the bonding. Most defects in the joints are demonstrated to be generated by bad dossification of thermal inputs, which led depending on the filler alloy used to variations in its fluidity that may produce penetration failures in the bonds or insufficient consistency for the filling of the joints. (Author) 7 refs

  12. Impact of capillarity forces on the steady-state self-organization in the thin chromium film on glass under laser irradiation

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    Metal films on transparent substrates are widely used for mask production in lithography, and lasers are frequently applied for their patterning. Steady self-organization of a chromium thin film on the glass substrate to parallel metal lines under irradiation with partially overlapping highly astigmatic nanosecond laser pulses above the ablation threshold has been observed. Transformations in a chromium film were investigated experimentally and numerically. The theoretical model of the steady self-organization is presented and discussed. It was demonstrated that the capillarity convection force was responsible for the transformation process in the molten metal. It was shown that the thermo-capillarity (Marangoni) shear stress and the stress originating from a variation in the radius of curvature along the structure were equally important in the case of the steady self-organization process. - Highlights: • The model of steady-state self-organization in molten metal was developed. • The Marangoni convection pushes liquid metal from the hotter to cooler area. • The capillarity force pushes liquid metal because of gradient in curvature radius. • Shear stresses of thermal and radius of curvature gradients are equally important

  13. Interplay of capillarity, drainage height, and aqueous phase saturation on mass transfer rate of solvent vapor into heavy oil

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    Ahmadloo, F.; Asghari, K.; Freitag, N.P. [Society of Petroleum Engineers (Canada); Henni, A. [University of Regina (United States)

    2011-07-01

    The vapor extraction process has emerged as a potentially effective solvent based gravity drainage-based recovery technique in low-pressure and shallow recovery oil and bitumen reservoirs. The performance of this process depends on the efficiency of the mass transfer rate between the solvent and heavy oil and bitumen. For reliable prediction of production rates, a realistic approximation of diffusion and convective dispersion at the edge of the vapor chamber is required. To address this issue, a comprehensive experimental study is presented that systematically investigates the interplay of capillarity, drainage height, and aqueous phase saturation on the efficiency of the mass transfer rate of solvent vapor into the heavy oil. To simulate the vapor extraction process, a novel experimental approach is described that eliminates the effect of pressure disturbances. Analytical models were made to determine the effective diffusion coefficient. From the study, it was noticed that effective diffusion coefficients in the presence of immobile water saturation are higher than those derived in the absence of immobile water saturation.

  14. Two-Factor Model of Soil Suction from Capillarity, Shrinkage, Adsorbed Film, and Intra-aggregate Structure

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    Chertkov, V Y

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this work is to derive the soil water retention from the soil structure without curve-fitting and only using the physical parameters found irrespective of an experimental retention curve. Two key points underlie the work: (i) the soil suction at drying coincides with that of the soil intra-aggregate matrix and contributive clay; and (ii) both the soil suction and volume shrinkage at drying depend on the same soil water content. In addition the two following results are used: (i) the available two-factor (capillarity and shrinkage) model of clay suction enables one to connect a clay suction and clay water content using the clay matrix structure; and (ii) the recent reference shrinkage curve model based on the concepts of intra-aggregate soil structure permits one to connect the soil water content at shrinkage with the water content of the contributive clay. With that the available two-factor model was essentially modified and, in particular, the effect of adsorbed water film was taken into acc...

  15. The Role of Water Activity and Capillarity in Partially Saturated Porous Media at Geologic CO2 Storage Sites

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    Heath, J. E.; Bryan, C. R.; Matteo, E. N.; Dewers, T. A.; Wang, Y.

    2012-12-01

    The activity of water in supercritical CO2 may affect performance of geologic CO2 storage, including CO2 injectivity, and shrink-swell properties and sealing efficiency of clayey caprocks. We present a pore-scale unit cell model of water film adsorption and capillary condensation as an explicit function of water activity in supercritical CO2. This model estimates water film configuration in slit to other pore shapes with edges and corners. With the model, we investigate water saturation in porous media in mineral-CO2-water systems under different water activities. Maximum water activities in equilibrium with an aqueous phase are significantly less than unity due to dissolution of CO2 in water (i.e., the mole fraction of water in the aqueous phase is much less than one) and variable dissolved salt concentration. The unit cell approach is used to upscale from the single pore to the core-sample-scale, giving saturation curves as a function of water activity in the supercritical phase and the texture of the porous media. We evaluate the model and the importance of water activity through ongoing small angle neutron scattering experiments and other column experiments, which investigate shrink-swell properties and capillarity under realistic in situ stresses. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  16. Characterization of contaminant transport by gravity, capillarity and barometric pumping in heterogeneous vadose regimes. 1998 annual progress report

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    'The intent of this research program is to obtain an improved understanding of vadose zone transport processes and to develop field and modeling techniques required to characterize contaminant transport in the unsaturated zone at DOE sites. For surface spills and near-surface leaks of chemicals, the vadose zone may well become a long-term source of contamination for the underlying water table. Transport of contaminants can occur in both the liquid and gas phases of the unsaturated zone. This transport occurs naturally as a result of diffusion, buoyancy forces (gravity), capillarity and barometric pressure variations. In some cases transport can be enhanced by anisotropies present in hydrologic regimes. This is particularly true for gas-phase transport which may be subject to vertical pumping resulting from atmospheric pressure changes. For liquid-phase flows, heterogeneity may enhance the downward transport of contaminants to the water table depending on soil properties and the scale of the surface spill or near-surface leak. Characterization techniques based upon the dynamics of transport processes are likely to yield a better understanding of the potential for contaminant transport at a specific site than methods depending solely on hydrologic properties derived from a borehole. Such dynamic-characterization techniques can be useful for evaluating sites where contamination presently exists as well as for providing an objective basis to evaluate the efficacy of proposed as well as implemented clean-up technologies. The real-time monitoring of processes that may occur during clean-up of tank waste and the mobility of contaminants beneath the Hanford storage tanks during sluicing operations is one example of how techniques developed in this effort can be applied to current remediation problems. In the future, such dynamic-characterization methods might also be used as part of the site-characterization process for determining suitable locations of new DOE facilities

  17. Molecular theory of capillarity

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    Rowlinson, J S

    2002-01-01

    History of thought on molecular origins of surface phenomena offers a critical and detailed examination and assessment of modern theories, focusing on statistical mechanics and application of results in mean-field approximation to model systems. Emphasis on liquid-gas surface, with a focus on liquid-liquid surfaces in the final chapters. 1989 edition.

  18. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity associated with Eleocharis obtusa and Panicum capillare growing in an extreme petroleum hydrocarbon-polluted sedimentation basin.

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    de la Providencia, Ivan E; Stefani, Franck O P; Labridy, Manuel; St-Arnaud, Marc; Hijri, Mohamed

    2015-06-01

    Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) have been extensively studied in natural and agricultural ecosystems, but little is known about their diversity and community structure in highly petroleum-polluted soils. In this study, we described an unexpected diversity of AMF in a sedimentation basin of a former petrochemical plant, in which petroleum hydrocarbon (PH) wastes were dumped for many decades. We used high-throughput PCR, cloning and sequencing of 18S rDNA to assess the molecular diversity of AMF associated with Eleocharis obtusa and Panicum capillare spontaneously inhabiting extremely PH-contaminated sediments. The analyses of rhizosphere and root samples over two years showed a remarkable AMF richness comparable with that found in temperate natural ecosystems. Twenty-one taxa, encompassing the major families within Glomeromycota, were detected. The most abundant OTUs belong to genera Claroideoglomus, Diversispora, Rhizophagus and Paraglomus. Both plants had very similar overall community structures and OTU abundances; however, AMF community structure differed when comparing the overall OTU distribution across the two years of sampling. This could be likely explained by variations in precipitations between 2011 and 2012. Our study provides the first view of AMF molecular diversity in soils extremely polluted by PH, and demonstrated the ability of AMF to colonize and establish in harsh environments. PMID:25991810

  19. On the densification of cubic ZrO{sub 2} nanocondensates by capillarity force and turbostratic C–Si–H multiple shell

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    Wu, Chao-Hsien [Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan, ROC (China); Chen, Shuei-Yuan [Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung 84001, Taiwan, ROC (China); Shen, Pouyan, E-mail: pshen@mail.nsysu.edu.tw [Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2013-04-15

    A turbostratic C–Si–H lamellar phase with 0.35–0.39 nm interspacing and ZrO{sub 2} condensates having cubic (c), tetragonal and monoclinic structures stabilized by increasing particle size were synthesized by pulsed laser ablation on Zr plate in TEOS and characterized by X-ray/electron diffraction and optical spectroscopy. The c-ZrO{sub 2} phase ca. 10% denser than the ambient lattice was stabilized as 3–10 nm sized cubo-octahedral nanoparticles but as abnormal large-sized (up to 30 nm) ones when encapsulated by the C{sub 1−x}Si{sub x}:H multiple shell with defective graphite-like structure units to exert an effective compressive stress. The potential application of such core–shell nanostructure with enhanced binding of Zr and O ions and implication for natural dynamic occurrence of the C{sub 1−x}Si{sub x}:H phase are addressed. - Graphical abstract: Lattice image of a typical cubic-ZrO{sub 2} particle densified by the turbostratic Si{sub x}C{sub 1−x}:H shell. Highlights: ► Turbostratic C–Si–H lamellar phase and ZrO{sub 2} condensates were synthesized by PLA. ► The c-ZrO{sub 2} phase ca. 10% denser than the ambient lattice was stabilized as 3–10 nm. ► The c-ZrO{sub 2} particles up to 30 nm were densified when encapsulated by the C{sub 1−x}Si{sub x}:H multiple shell. ► Tight ion binding of the c-ZrO{sub 2} due to capillarity force and turbostratic shell.

  20. Isolated pauci-immune pulmonary capillaritis

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A young house wife presented with low grade fever, cough, haemoptysis and SOB of unknown aetiology for 40 days duration. Respiratory system examination revealed diffuse crepts and rhonchi. Other organ system examination did not reveal any abnormality. X-ray chest PA view and CT thorax showed diffuse bilateral necrotising nodular lesions of various sizes with small pleural effusion. She also had low resting oxygen saturation with falling haematocrit. Her Serum was week positive for p-ANCA and negative for MPO-ANCA. Bronchoscopy revealed continuous bloody aspirates. We could not isolate any organisms in any of the specimens from her and she was unresponsive to any of the antibiotics either. Based on the clinical, laboratory data, radiological features and positive outcome to pulse therapy of methylprednisolone and cyclophosphamide, she was diagnosed as a case of IPIPC.

  1. Isolated pauci-immune pulmonary capillaritis.

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    Mehrotra, Ashok Kumar; Gupta, Prahlad Rai; Khublani, Trilok Kumar; Anupam; Soni, Shridha; Feroz, Asif

    2015-01-01

    A young house wife presented with low grade fever, cough, haemoptysis and SOB of unknown aetiology for 40 days duration. Respiratory system examination revealed diffuse crepts and rhonchi. Other organ system examination did not reveal any abnormality. X-ray chest PA view and CT thorax showed diffuse bilateral necrotising nodular lesions of various sizes with small pleural effusion. She also had low resting oxygen saturation with falling haematocrit. Her Serum was week positive for p-ANCA and negative for MPO-ANCA. Bronchoscopy revealed continuous bloody aspirates. We could not isolate any organisms in any of the specimens from her and she was unresponsive to any of the antibiotics either. Based on the clinical, laboratory data, radiological features and positive outcome to pulse therapy of methylprednisolone and cyclophosphamide, she was diagnosed as a case of IPIPC. PMID:25624599

  2. Elasticity and capillarity: wet hairs and origami

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    Roman, Benoit

    2008-03-01

    Capillary forces are responsible for a large range of everyday observations : the shape of rain droplets, the imbibition of a sponge, the clumping of wet hair into bundles. Although they are often negligible on macroscopic structures, surface capillary forces may overcome volume forces at small scales and deform compliant micro-structures. Capillary-induced sticking can indeed prevent the actuation of mobile elements in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), or even cause their collapse. Capillary forces also have important consequences in biology such as the buckling of the airway lumen induced by surface tension, which can eventually cause the lethal closure of lung airways (known as neonatal respiratory distress syndrome). We will review a few experimental situations where capillary forces are able to deform two types of objects: rods, and thin sheets. For instance, the nanotubes of a ``carbon nanotube carpet'' self-assemble into conical ``teepee'' structures after the evaporation of a solvent and can produce intriguing cellular patterns. Similarly, macroscopic wet hairs tend to assemble into bundles through a cascade of successive pairings. Comparing attracting capillary forces to bending elasticity, leads to a characteristic ``elasto-capillary'' length. The case of thin sheets is challenging because of geometrical constrains, which generally leads to singularities. Can a thin sheet spontaneously wrap around droplet? We will describe in detail this ``capillary origami'' experiment.

  3. 环氧合酶-2和血管内皮细胞生长因子与慢性乙型肝炎肝窦毛细血管化的关系%Relationship between cyclooxygenase-2 and vascular endothelial growth factor with liver sinusoidal capillarization of chronic hepatitis B

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    于莉; 许建明; 严家春; 马勇; 徐长江

    2009-01-01

    Objective To study the relationship between expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and vas-culax endothelial growth factor (VEGF) with liver sinusnidal capillarization (LSC) of chronic hepatitis B (CHB). Methods We studied liver biopsies from 200 patients with CHB COX-2 ,VEGF immunohistochemical stain were ob-served to accomplish relationship between expression of COX-2,VEGF and LSC. Results LSC occupy above 80% in the group. There were manifestation in mild-LSC (focal) , middle-LSC (sheet-shape) and severe-LSC (widespread). Electron microscope shown the laceration in the endothelium of sinuses and formation of basal lamina and budding for-mation lumen of blood vessel and fat-storing cell convert myofibroblast. Expression of COX-2, VEGF, Co-Ⅳ and retic-ulum, collagen and elastic fibers with mild or severe in LSC is manifest locking relate. Conclusion Increased ex-pression of COX-2 ,VEGF in liver tissue of CHB may facilitate LSC and hepatic fibrosis.%目的 探讨环氧合酶-2(COX-2)和血管内皮细胞生长因子(VEGF)表达与慢性乙型肝炎(CHB)肝窦毛细血管化(LSC)的关系.方法 对200例CHB肝样本作COX-2、VEGF免疫组织化学染色,就其表达变化与LSC的关系进行观察.结果 LSC占该组病例80%以上,有轻(灶性)、中(片状)、重度(弥漫)表现.电镜示肝窦内皮撕裂,基膜形成,窦内皮细胞出芽形成血管腔,贮脂细胞转化肌成纤维细胞,COX-2、VEGF、Ⅳ型胶原(Co-Ⅳ)及网状、胶原、弹力纤维表达与LSC的轻重程度呈同步关系.结论 肝组织COX-2、VEGF表达增强可促进LSC及肝纤维化.

  4. Effects of cyclooxygenase-2 on sinusoidal capillarization in cirrhotic rats induced by carbon tetrachloride%环氧合酶-2在四氯化碳诱导肝硬化大鼠肝窦毛细血管化形成中的作用

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    涂传涛; 王吉耀; 郭津生

    2009-01-01

    目的 观察环氧合酶-2(COX-2)在实验性肝硬化大鼠肝窦毛细血管化形成中的作用.方法 腹腔注射CCl4每周2次共8周诱导雄性SD大鼠肝硬化模型.将SD大鼠分成3组:正常对照组(n=10)、模型对照组(n=15)和罗非昔布治疗组(10 mg·kg-1·d-1,n=15).光镜下观察肝组织标本,电镜观察肝窦超微结构改变.用Western印迹和免疫组化法检测基底膜蛋白主要成分层粘连蛋白(LN)和Ⅳ型胶原,同时通过Ⅷ因子相关抗原(vWF)免疫组化标记微血管牛成密度.结果 与模型对照组相比,罗非昔布干预治疗能减少肝纤维化面积(分别为30.7±8.9和23.5±6.5,P<0.05).光镜及电镜提示,在模型对照组可见肝窦内皮细胞窗孔减少、缩小,有完整的基底膜形成,Disse腔隙内有大量的胶原纤维沉积,罗非昔布组上述病变有所减轻.随着肝硬化的形成,肝组织微血管密度明显升高,罗非昔布组肝组织微血管密度(6.4±0.7)较模型对照组(11.3±1.6)明显降低(P<0.01).肝硬化时肝组织表达Ⅳ型胶原和LN蛋白明显增加(分别为3.8±0.4和3.7±0.5),罗非昔布能降低Ⅳ犁胶原和LN的表达(分别为3.0±0.5和3.0±0.5;与模型对照组相比两者均为Pcapillarization in liver cirrhotic rats. Methods The SD rats were intraperitoneally injected with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) twice a week for 8 weeks to induce liver cirrhosis. The rats were randomly divided into three groups: normal control group (n= 10), model control group (n= 15) and rofecoxib treated group (received 10 mg/kg of rofecoxib daily, n = 15). Liver histopathology was examined by light microscopy, and sinusoidal ultrastructure was observed by transmission electron microscopy. Furthermore, the level of basement membrane proteins (collagen type

  5. CAPILLARITY OF CONCRETE INCORPORATING FOUNDRY SAND AS REPLACEMENT OF SAND

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    Khatib, Jamal M.; HERKI, B A; Fırat, Seyhan; Menadi, B; Kenai, S.

    2011-01-01

    The potential uses and the high cost of land-filling of used foundry sands have prompted research into their beneficial reuse. This paper presents the results of experimental research into concrete produced by replacing the natural aggregates with recycled aggregates coming from foundry industries. Little work has been done so far on the effect of used foundry sand on the durability of concrete especially water absorption. The main aim of this work was to determine capillary water absorption ...

  6. Capillarity and wetting phenomena drops, bubbles, pearls, waves

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    Gennes, Pierre-Gilles; Quéré, David

    2004-01-01

    As I glance out my window in the early morning, I can see beads of droplets gracing a spider web. The film of dew that has settled on the threads is unstable and breaks up spontaneously into droplets. This phenomenon has implications for the treatment of textile fibers (the process known as "oiling"), glass, and carbon. It is no less important when applying mascara! I take my morning shower. The moment I step out, I dry off by way of evaporation (which makes me feel cold) and by dewetting (the process by which dry areas form spontaneously and expand on my skin). As I rush into my car under a pelting rain, my attention is caught by small drops stuck on my windshield. I also notice larger drops rolling down and others larger still that, like snails, leave behind them a trail of water. I ask myself what the difference is between these rolling drops and grains of sand tumbling down an incline. I wonder why the smallest drops remain stuck. The answers to such questions do help car manufacturers treat the surface o...

  7. The adhesion model considering capillarity for gecko attachment system

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    Kim, Tae Wan; Bhushan, Bharat

    2007-01-01

    Geckos make use of approximately a million microscale hairs (setae) that branch off into hundreds of nanoscale spatulae to cling to different smooth and rough surfaces and detach at will. This hierarchical surface construction gives the gecko the adaptability to create a large real area of contact with surfaces. It is known that van der Waals force is the primary mechanism used to adhere to surfaces, and capillary force is a secondary effect that can further increase adhesive force. To invest...

  8. Oil-in-water emulsions flow through constricted micro-capillarities

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    Castillo, Oswaldo Robles; Carvalho, Marcio da Silveira [Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), RJ (Brazil). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

    2010-07-01

    The effect of the oil concentration and the drop size distribution on the characteristics of the flow of an emulsion through a constricted capillary was experimentally analyzed and quantified by the ratio of the pressure drop of the continuous phase flow to the pressure drop of the emulsion flow, at the same flow rate. The results confirm that the ratio between the capillary constriction diameter and the oil drop size is one of the most important parameters for this flow. For large oil drop size emulsions, the deformation of the drop as it flows through the constriction leads to a high extra pressure drop at low capillary numbers. For small oil drop size emulsions, the extra pressure drop is a function of the viscosity ratio and the disperse phase concentration. (author)

  9. Capillarity driven spreading of circular drops of shear-thinning fluid

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    Betelu, S. I.; Fontelos, M. A.

    2004-01-01

    We investigate the spreading of thin, circular liquid drops of power-law rheology. We derive the equation of motion using the thin film approximation, construct source-type similarity solutions and compute the spreading rate, aparent contact angles and height profiles. In contrast with the spreading of newtonian liquids, the contact line paradox does not arise for shear thinning fluids.

  10. Characterization of Contaminant Transport by Gravity, Capillarity and Barometric Pumping in Heterogeneous Vadose Zones

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    Carrigan, C R; Martins, S A; Ramirez, A L; Daily, W D; Hudson, G B; Ralsont, D; Ekwurzel, B

    2001-02-27

    This final report summarizes the work and accomplishments of our three-year project. We have pursued the concept of a Vadose-Zone Observatory (VZO) to provide the field laboratory necessary for carrying out the experiments required to achieve the goals of this research. Our approach has been (1) to carry out plume release experiments at a VZO allowing the acquisition of several different kinds of raw data that (2) are analyzed and evaluated with the aid of highly detailed, diagnostic numerical models. The key feature of the VZO constructed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is the variety of plume-tracking techniques that can be used at a single location. Electric resistance tomography (ERT) uses vertical arrays of electrodes across the vadose zone that can monitor electrical resistance changes in the soil as a plume moves downward to the water table. These resistance changes can be used to provide ''snapshots'' of the progress of the plume. Additionally, monitoring wells have been completed at multiple levels in the vicinity of a central infiltration site. Sensors emplaced at different levels include electrically conducting gypsum blocks for detecting saturation changes, thermistors for monitoring temperature changes and pressure transducers for observing barometric changes at different levels in the vadose regime. The data from these sensors are providing important information about the state of the gas- and liquid-phase dynamics of the infiltration process. Similarly, access ports at different levels have been used to supply gas-phase samples while lysimeters yield liquid-phase samples. Studies involving gas-phase tracers were carried out at LLNL and at an Orange County Water District site in southern California to evaluate the time-dependent chemical signature of a plume that was spiked with an array of dissolved noble-gas tracers. Our work also correlate chemical signatures with those of the above-mentioned sensors that track the physical changes in the vadose zone. From the VZO at the LLNL site and from 3-D diagnostic simulations of our very first tracer-spiked plume infiltration event, we produced a much better understanding of the implications of soil heterogeneity for unsaturated zone contaminant transport at DOE sites. Even though the LLNL VZO site is considered to be hydrologically ''tight'' owing to the low permeability of the clays and silts that dominate the soil formations there, we find that saturation increases resulting from a near-surface ''leak'' reach the water table across the 20-meter-thick vadose zone in only tens of hours. This rapid transport at the site cannot be accurately simulated by layered models that derive their hydrologic properties from borehole-soil samples. In the LLNL vadose zone, layered infiltration models clearly underpredict of the rate of contaminant infiltration to the water table. Chemical transport simulations based on layered models of the Hanford vadose zone also appear to drastically underpredict contaminant migration. Furthermore, only simulations assuming a heterogeneous regime ''threaded'' by extremely high-permeability pathways can explain the rapid increase in saturation observed with ERT near the water table. Three-dimensional predictive models of a hypothetical tritiated water leak that are based on the above mentioned VZO infiltration-experiment diagnostic models were run. Tritiated water is an excellent conservative tracer and the infiltration simulations predict, in very good agreement with VZO experiments, that a continuous hypothetical tritium release (2-3 liters/rein) would be expected to reach the water table at significant concentrations within days. The numerical model suggests that this arrival time is determined by the amount of time required, infiltrating liquid at a given rate, to flush one pore volume in the soil between the infiltration point and the water table. Another infiltration event monitored by ERT demonstrated that infiltration could occur even more rapidly (within hours) as a result of apparent ''fastpaths'' in the inhomogeneous soil regime. Because heterogeneity and ''fast paths'' are so important for understanding the transport of contaminants to the water table and such pathways are inherently three-dimensional, one- and even two-dimensional models of layered soils, as have sometimes been used at Hanford, are likely to be inadequate for evaluating vadose zone transport processes.

  11. Capillarity-induced mechanical behaviors of a polymer microtube surrounded by a droplet

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    Yue Mei

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The capillary force of a liquid drop has a great impact on the mechanical behaviors of a polymer microtube. To further explore this capillary effect, we examine the buckling condition and finite deformation of a hollow microfiber surrounded by a droplet. The Eulerian rod model and thin-walled shell model are both adopted to predict the critical value of the capillary force acting on the microfiber. According to the Mooney-Rivlin model, we calculate the true axial stress of the microtube under the combined action of surface tension and Laplace pressure. The numerical results show that the value of the true axial stress is closely related to the Young’s contact angle, droplet volume and characteristic sizes of the microtube. Our findings address that proper control over surface wettability may improve the performance optimization of micro-devices, and these analyses may produce ideas in the areas of nanofabrication, electrospinning and tissue engineering.

  12. Elasto-capillarity: deforming an elastic structure with a liquid droplet

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    Although negligible at macroscopic scales, capillary forces become dominant as the sub-millimetric scales of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) are considered. We review various situations, not limited to micro-technologies, where capillary forces are able to deform elastic structures. In particular, we define the different length scales that are relevant for 'elasto-capillary' problems. We focus on the case of slender structures (lamellae, rods and sheets) and describe the size of a bundle of wet hair, the condition for a flexible rod to pierce a liquid interface or the fate of a liquid droplet deposited on a flexible thin sheet. These results can be generalized to similar situations involving adhesion or fracture energy, which widens the scope of possible applications from biological systems, to stiction issues in micro-fabrication processes, the manufacturing of 3D microstructures or the formation of blisters in thin film coatings. (topical review)

  13. Effects of elasto-capillarity on periodic films folding and unfolding

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    Bilal, Osama; Foehr, Andre; Cha, Jinwoong; Daraio, Chiara

    Thin films interact with liquid surfaces through elastocapillary forces. These forces can control structural deformations of wetted thin films. Deformations arise from the interplay between the elastic strain energy in the bulk of the films, and the energy on the surface. In this work, we study the interplay between the surface tension of water and periodic patterns on different thin films. Our analysis explores the utilization of these periodically patterned films for the deployability of micro and nano-systems. The main attention is paid to the experimental results of this phenomenon and the results are supported by numerical analysis.

  14. CAPILLAR ELECTROPHORETIC SEPARATION OF TNT AND ITS TRANSFORMATION PRODUCTS. (R825513C006)

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  15. Inverse Saffman-Taylor experiments with particles lead to capillarity driven fingering instabilities

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    Bihi, Ilyesse; Butler, Jason E; Faille, Christine; Zoueshtiagh, Farzam

    2016-01-01

    Using air to displace a viscous fluid contained in Hele-Shaw cell can create a fingering pattern at the interface between the fluids, if the capillary number exceeds a critical value. This Saffman-Taylor instability is revisited for the inverse case of a viscous fluid displacing air, when partially wettable hydrophilic particles are lying on the walls. Though the inverse case is otherwise stable, the presence of the particles results in a fingering instability at low capillary number. This capillary-driven instability is driven-by the integration of particles into the interface which results from the minimization of the interfacial energy. Both axisymmetric and rectangular geometries are considered in order to quantify this phenomenon.

  16. Theoretical studies of capillarity, phase change and relocation phenomena encountered in a SRS assembly meltdown

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    Information available in the literature on the retention and sliding of liquid drops on solid surfaces is reviewed and interpreted in terms of the behavior of liquefied fuel during a decay-heat dominated meltdown event in a Savannah River Plant (SRP) reactor. The information strongly suggests that surface tension effects dominate the fuel drainage regime and that the potential for fuel/target contact is high. The two relevant problems analyzed are: the melting of eutectic forming target alloy in contact with a fuel deposit and the sliding and freezing of target- or fuel-melt drops on the vertical assembly structure

  17. Modern Solutions to Eliminate Capillarity Moisture from Brick Walls – Comer Method

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    Florin L. Tamaş

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The existing stock at this time in our country is, in general, described by the old buildings built before 1990. Their degradation, from waterproofing protection point of view, noticeable by infiltrations of water, both at the level of the superstructure (roof, and the default thermal-hydro isolation and infrastructure (walls, is a result of multiple causes. Some of these causes were: deficient work of hydro isolation, thereby understanding the failure in implementing details, the use of materials with poor technical characteristics or savings regarding use of materials, improperly qualified or unqualified personnel for such activities. Intervention on buildings that have such problems, in order to ensure the requirements and criteria for specific performance of the waterproofing work, should pursue aspects of analysing the current situation, diagnose the causes of infiltrations, determining solutions and how to remedy those works, in order to comply with the specifications of the quality Law 10/1995 and the general requirement of waterproofing isolation.

  18. Skeletal myofiber VEGF regulates contraction-induced perfusion and exercise capacity but not muscle capillarity in adult mice.

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    Knapp, Amy E; Goldberg, Daniel; Delavar, Hamid; Trisko, Breanna M; Tang, Kechun; Hogan, Michael C; Wagner, Peter D; Breen, Ellen C

    2016-07-01

    A single bout of exhaustive exercise signals expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the exercising muscle. Previous studies have reported that mice with life-long deletion of skeletal myofiber VEGF have fewer capillaries and a severe reduction in endurance exercise. However, in adult mice, VEGF gene deletion conditionally targeted to skeletal myofibers limits exercise capacity without evidence of capillary regression. To explain this, we hypothesized that adult skeletal myofiber VEGF acutely regulates skeletal muscle perfusion during muscle contraction. A tamoxifen-inducible skeletal myofiber-specific VEGF gene deletion mouse (skmVEGF-/-) was used to reduce skeletal muscle VEGF protein by 90% in adult mice. Three weeks after inducing deletion of the skeletal myofiber VEGF gene, skmVEGF-/- mice exhibited diminished maximum running speed (-10%, P < 0.05) and endurance capacity (-47%; P < 0.05), which did not persist after 8 wk. In skmVEGF-/- mice, gastrocnemius complex time to fatigue measured in situ was 71% lower than control mice. Contraction-induced perfusion measured by optical imaging during a period of electrically stimulated muscle contraction was 85% lower in skmVEGF-/- than control mice. No evidence of capillary rarefication was detected in the soleus, gastrocnemius, and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) up to 8 wk after tamoxifen-induced VEGF ablation, and contractility and fatigue resistance of the soleus measured ex vivo were also unchanged. The force-frequency of the EDL showed a small right shift, but fatigue resistance did not differ between EDL from control and skmVEGF-/- mice. These data suggest myofiber VEGF is required for regulating perfusion during periods of contraction and may in this manner affect endurance capacity. PMID:27225953

  19. Serotonin reverts age-related capillarization and failure of regeneration in the liver through a VEGF-dependent pathway

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    Furrer, Katarzyna; Rickenbacher, Andreas; Tian, Yinghua; Jochum, Wolfram; Bittermann, Anne Greet; Käch, Andres; Humar, Bostjan; Graf, Rolf; MORITZ, WOLFGANG; Clavien, Pierre-Alain

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    The function of the liver is well-preserved during the aging process, although some evidence suggests that liver regeneration might be impaired with advanced age. We observed a decreased ability of the liver to restore normal volume after partial hepatectomy in elderly mice, and we identified a pathway that rescued regeneration and was triggered by serotonin. 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine (DOI), a serotonin receptor agonist, reversed the age-related pseudocapillarization of old liver and im...

  20. Caratterizzazione via HPLC, HPLC.MS ed elettroforesi capillare di escina in soluzione standard e nell'estratto di castagne di Aesculus hipocastanum

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    Pintore, Giorgio Antonio Mario; Dessì, Giuseppina; Puddu, Giuseppe; Chessa, Mario; Usai, Marianna; Cerri, Riccardo

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    L'escina è una molecola complessa di rilevante interesse farmaceutico e che viene comunemente estratta dai frutti Aesculus hipocastanum. In questo studio si è cercato di mettere a punto una tecnica analitica la più rapida possibile per la caratterizzazione e quantificazione dell'escina partendo da escina commerciale ed applicandola all'escina che si estrae dai frutti di Aesculus hipocastanum

  1. Towards void formation and permeability predictions in LCM processes: A computational bifluid-solid mechanics framework dealing with capillarity and wetting issues

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    Liu, Yujie; Moulin, Nicolas; Bruchon, Julien; Liotier, Pierre-Jacques; Drapier, Sylvain

    2016-04-01

    A bifluid-solid contact model involving surface tension and wetting effects is developed within a finite element framework, in order to provide an accurate characterization of the fluids and fibrous behaviours during Liquid Composite Molding processes. This model is based on a Eulerian approach of two immiscible fluid (resin/air) domains with boundary conditions which prescribe wetting phenomena at fluid/fiber interfaces. The fluid interface is described by the Level Set method, on which capillary force is considered. Numerical simulations of a drop evolution with wetting effects are used to illustrate this challenging physical problem. xml:lang="fr"

  2. Effect of air on water capillary flow in silica nanochannels

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    Zambrano, Harvey; Walther, Jens Honore; Oyarzua, Elton

    2013-01-01

    Capillarity is a classical topic in fluid dynamics. The fundamental relationship between capillarity and surface tension is solidly established. Nevertheless, capillarity is an active research area especially as the miniaturization of devices is reaching the molecular scale. Currently, with the f...... which leads to changes in the dynamics contact angle of the water meniscus....

  3. Diagnostic challenges in chronic antibody-mediated rejection

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    Farkash, Evan A; Colvin, Robert B.

    2012-01-01

    Measurement of glomerular and peritubular capillaritis in kidney transplant biopsy samples identifies allograft dysfunction associated with alloantibodies. Sis et al. show that this technique has a higher sensitivity but lower specificity than the current diagnostic criteria using peritubular capillary C4d deposition, and that capillaritis is an independent predictor of progression to graft failure.

  4. A Course in Colloid and Surface Science.

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    Scamehorn, John F.

    1984-01-01

    Describes a course for chemical engineers, chemists, and petroleum engineers that focuses on colloid and surface science. Major topic areas in the course include capillarity, surface thermodynamics, adsorption contact angle, micelle formation, solubilization in micelles, emulsions, foams, and applications. (JN)

  5. Dry ripened mortar with quarry waste and rubber powder from unserviceable tires

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    José Aparecido Canova

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Stone-quarry fines have been evaluated in mortar and concrete, but have presented drying shrinkage and consequently higher incidence of cracks than those with natural sand. This study compared the dry ripened mortar in two types of aggregates added of 8% rubber powder. It was used quicklime, artificial and natural sand in volumetric proportions of 1:6. Mixtures were oven-dried, received the cement, establishing the volumetric proportion of 1: 1.5:9. Inplastic state, we evaluated aspects such as consistence, air content, water retention and bleeding; whereas compressive strength, static deformation modulus and water absorption by capillarity was determined in hardened state. Cracking aspects were evaluated in substrate. As a result, the mortar with artificial sand showed higher increases in compressive strength, capillarity rate and cracking, and greater reductions in air content and bleeding. As for the rubber powder, exhibited a greater reduction in the cracking rate and capillarity was found.

  6. Determination of heavy metal deposition in the county of Obrenovac (Serbia using mosses as bioindicators, III: Copper (Cu, Iron (Fe and Mercury (Hg

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    Sabovljević M.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the deposition of three heavy metals (Cu, Fe and Hg in four moss taxa (Bryum argenteum, Bryum capillare, Brachythecium sp. and Hypnum cupressiforme in the county of Obrenovac (Serbia is presented. The distribution of average heavy metal content in all mosses in the county of Obrenovac is presented on maps, while long-term atmospheric deposition (in the mosses Bryum argenteum and B. capillare and short-term atmospheric deposition (in the mosses Brachythecium sp. and Hypnum cupressiforme are discussed and given in a table. Areas of the highest contaminations are highlighted.

  7. Effects of Capillary Pressure on Multiphase Flow during CO2 Injection in Saline Aquifer

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    Pau J.S.

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper focused on supercritical CO2 injection into saline aquifer, in particular its capillarity’s effects on the plume migration, reservoir pressure alteration and CO2 flux density. The numerical method used to solve the incompressible two-phase flow equations is based on the mimetic method, which conserves the mass and fluxes simultaneously. The investigation showed that exclusion of capillarity can greatly underestimate the CO2 plume migration and resulted in distinctive reservoir pressure distribution. It is found that capillarity showed no significant effect on the flux intensity of CO2.

  8. Capilaridad de la manufactura textil en la Plana de Castelló. El caso de Onda en el siglo XV

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    Aparici Martí, Joaquín

    2010-01-01

    Onda, a locality with an oscillating population between 300 and 600 dwellings in the 15th century and with Moslems and Jews in the local work, becomes a new piece of the puzzle that lets us see the capillarity of the wool textile manufacture in “La Plana de Castelló”. This capillarity can be seen in the production of clothes, just like in the raw material trade or in the movement of craftsmen. To approach this situation we have basically used the series of documents of the judge of the villag...

  9. On the effect of dissipation in shape-memory alloys

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    Rajagopal, K. R.; Roubíček, Tomáš

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 4, č. 99 (2003), s. 581-597. ISSN 0362-546X R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA1075005 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1075907 Keywords : martensitic transformation * viscosity * capillarity Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 0.354, year: 2003

  10. Porosity and hydric behavior of typical calcite microfabrics in stalagmites

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    Muñoz García, Mercedes; López Arce, Paula; Fernández Valle, Mª Encarnación; Martín Chivelet, Javier; Fort González, Rafael

    2012-01-01

    Petrophysical techniques commonly used for material characterization are applied for the first time to speleothem samples to investigate the porosity and hydric behavior of calcite stalagmites used in paleoclimatology. These techniques allow the determination of the stalagmites' potential to undergo diagenetic transformations when substantial changes in drip waters occur in the cave environment. The petrophysical techniques include water absorption under vacuum and by capillarity,...

  11. Applications of fiber technique in the x-ray region

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    Fiber as a thin glass capillar is used for X-radiation transmission. The measured values of critical angles of total reflection are compared with predictions of the simplified theory. The possibility of X-radiation propagation along curved fibers is displayed

  12. Structural transitions of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride/water mixtures studied by Raman and FTIR spectroscopy and WAXS

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    Kotov, Nikolay; Šturcová, Adriana; Zhigunov, Alexander; Raus, Vladimír; Dybal, Jiří

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 16, č. 4 (2016), s. 1958-1967. ISSN 1528-7483 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP108/12/0703 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : ionic liquid * phase transition * capillarity Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 4.891, year: 2014

  13. A System for Governmental Virtual Institutions Based on Ontologies and Interaction Protocols

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    de Araujo, Claudia J. Abrao; da Silva, Flavio S. Correa

    2012-01-01

    The authors believe that the adoption of virtual worlds is suitable for electronic government applications as it can increase the capillarity of public services, facilitate the access to government services and provide citizens with a natural and immersive experience. They present a Government Virtual Institution Model (GVI) for the provision of…

  14. Blunted angiogenesis and hypertrophy are associated with increased fatigue resistance and unchanged aerobic capacity in old overloaded mouse muscle.

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    Ballak, Sam B; Busé-Pot, Tinelies; Harding, Peter J; Yap, Moi H; Deldicque, Louise; de Haan, Arnold; Jaspers, Richard T; Degens, Hans

    2016-04-01

    We hypothesize that the attenuated hypertrophic response in old mouse muscle is (1) partly due to a reduced capillarization and angiogenesis, which is (2) accompanied by a reduced oxidative capacity and fatigue resistance in old control and overloaded muscles, that (3) can be rescued by the antioxidant resveratrol. To investigate this, the hypertrophic response, capillarization, oxidative capacity, and fatigue resistance of m. plantaris were compared in 9- and 25-month-old non-treated and 25-month-old resveratrol-treated mice. Overload increased the local capillary-to-fiber ratio less in old (15 %) than in adult (59 %) muscle (P muscles of old mice had a higher succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) activity (P < 0.05) and a slower fiber type profile (P < 0.05), the isometric fatigue resistance was similar in 9- and 25-month-old mice. In both age groups, the fatigue resistance was increased to the same extent after overload (P < 0.01), without a significant change in SDH activity, but an increased capillary density (P < 0.05). Attenuated angiogenesis during overload may contribute to the attenuated hypertrophic response in old age. Neither was rescued by resveratrol supplementation. Changes in fatigue resistance with overload and aging were dissociated from changes in SDH activity, but paralleled those in capillarization. This suggests that capillarization plays a more important role in fatigue resistance than oxidative capacity. PMID:26970774

  15. Morphology of solidification front in eutectic

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    M. Trepczyńska - Łent

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the analysis of morphology of solidification front in eutectic made. It was present influence of composition, solidification velocity, concentration micro-field and capillarity effects on the morphology of the solid/liquid interface. It was introduced phase-field model.

  16. Morphology of solidification front in eutectic

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    M. Trepczyńska - Łent; T. Giętka; T. Szykowny

    2009-01-01

    In this paper the analysis of morphology of solidification front in eutectic made. It was present influence of composition, solidification velocity, concentration micro-field and capillarity effects on the morphology of the solid/liquid interface. It was introduced phase-field model.

  17. Mitochondrial biogenesis and angiogenesis in skeletal muscle of the elderly

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    Iversen, Ninna; Krustrup, Peter; Rasmussen, Hans N;

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to test the hypotheses that 1) skeletal muscles of elderly subjects can adapt to a single endurance exercise bout and 2) endurance trained elderly subjects have higher expression/activity of oxidative and angiogenic proteins in skeletal muscle than untrained elderly people...... recovery. Capillarization was detected histochemically and oxidative enzyme activities were determined on isolated mitochondria. GLUT4, HKII, Cyt c and VEGF protein expression was measured on muscle lysates from Pre-biopsies, phosphorylation of AMPK and P38 on lysates from Pre and 0h biopsies, while PGC-1a......, VEGF, HKII and TFAM mRNA content was determined at all time points. ET had ~40% higher PDH, CS, SDH, a-KG-DH and ATP synthase activities and 27% higher capillarization than UT, reflecting increased skeletal muscle oxidative capacity with lifelong endurance exercise training. In addition, acute exercise...

  18. Interface pinning of immiscible gravity-exchange flows in porous media

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    Zhao, Benzhong; MacMinn, Christopher W.; Szulczewski, Michael L.; Neufeld, Jerome A.; Huppert, Herbert E.; Juanes, Ruben

    2013-02-01

    We study the gravity-exchange flow of two immiscible fluids in a porous medium and show that, in contrast with the miscible case, a portion of the initial interface remains pinned at all times. We elucidate, by means of micromodel experiments, the pore-level mechanism responsible for capillary pinning at the macroscale. We propose a sharp-interface gravity-current model that incorporates capillarity and quantitatively explains the experimental observations, including the x˜t1/2 spreading behavior at intermediate times and the fact that capillarity stops a finite-release current. Our theory and experiments suggest that capillary pinning is potentially an important, yet unexplored, trapping mechanism during CO2 sequestration in deep saline aquifers.

  19. Pressureless infiltration of porous Al2O3 preform in molten 6061 commercial aluminium alloy

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    This paper presents an infiltration study of Al2O3 samples containing, approximately, 40% of pores with 1μ average radios. These samples were totally infiltrated with Al-6061 at 1100 deg C for 24 hs in air. Microstructural analysis showed the presence of an alumina matrix infiltrated through mechanisms that combine reactive processes and capillarity, and thus being coherent with the presence of open and closed porosity. The metallographic analysis showed open porosity infiltrated with Al-6061 by capillarity, while SEM micrographs corresponding to this system also showed closed pores filled with metal, that was transported into the ceramic matrix through a reactivate infiltration mechanism. The EDAX analysis for the Al2O3/Al 6061 system showed areas rich in silicon and copper at the metal-ceramic interface, while the ceramic phase showed the presence of Mg. XRD identified the presence of the MgAl2O4 spinel in the ceramic phase

  20. Increased proportion of megafibers in chronically painful muscles

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    Andersen, Lars L; Suetta, Charlotte; Andersen, Jesper Løvind;

    2008-01-01

    percentage of megafibers was positively related to age and weekly working hours, indicating an effect of long-term exposure. In conclusion, this study shows that trapezius myalgia is associated with a significantly higher percentage of grossly hypertrophied type I muscle fibers with poor capillarization......Trapezius myalgia - chronic pain from the upper trapezius muscle - is frequent in female employees in monotonous stressful jobs, potentially due to chronic overload of type I muscle fibers. In this study, we investigated the intra-individual distribution of trapezius muscle fiber size, and...... hypothesized that females with myalgia compared with matched healthy controls have a higher percentage of grossly hypertrophied type I fibers with poor capillarization. Forty-two female office workers with trapezius myalgia (MYA) and 20 healthy matched controls (CON) participated in the study. Standard...

  1. Three Clusters of Different Properties Characterize Women with Chronic Trapezius Myalgia

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    Persson, Ann L; Sjölund, Bengt H.; Larsson, Britt K

    2008-01-01

    trapezius muscles. Results: Principal component analysis was used for multivariate analysis, showing a model with three statistically significant components. The first component explained 33 percent of the variation. Pressure pain threshold changes were positively correlated with capillarization, and....... The third component explained 19 percent of the variation. The pain difference correlated positively with the prevalence of cytochrome-c-oxidase negative fibers and ragged-red fibers; subjects with high prevalence of these two fiber types presented increased pain. In summary, our results suggest that...... not only capillarization and histopathological findings of the trapezius muscle, but also centrally modulated pain intensity and PPT changes after muscle exertion are associated. Conclusions: Three clusters of different properties were revealed in women with trapezius myalgia, highlighting the...

  2. Advances and challenges in skeletal muscle angiogenesis

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    Olfert, I Mark; Baum, Oliver; Hellsten, Ylva;

    2016-01-01

    on metabolism, endocrine function, and locomotion, and is tightly regulated at many different levels. Skeletal muscle is also high adaptable, and thus one of the few organ systems which can be experimentally manipulated (e.g. by exercise) to study physiologic regulation of angiogenesis. This review will focus...... during health, but poorly controlled in disease - resulting in either excessive capillary growth (pathological angiogenesis) or losses in capillarity (rarefaction). Given that skeletal muscle comprises nearly 40% of body mass in humans, skeletal muscle capillary density has a significant impact...... on 1) the methodological concerns that have arisen in determining skeletal muscle capillarity, and 2) highlight the concepts that are reshaping our understanding of the angio-adaptation process. We also summarize selected new findings (physical influences, molecular changes and ultrastructural...

  3. Switchable Imbibition in Nanoporous Gold

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    Xue, Yahui; Duan, Huiling; Weissmueller, Joerg; Huber, Patrick

    2014-01-01

    Spontaneous imbibition enables the elegant propelling of nano-flows because of the dominance of capillarity at small length scales. The imbibition kinetics are, however, solely determined by the static geometry of the porous host, the capillarity, and the fluidity of the imbibed liquid. This makes active control particularly challenging. Here, we show for aqueous electrolyte imbibition in nanoporous gold that the fluid flow can be reversibly switched on and off through electric potential control of the solid-liquid interfacial tension, i.e. we can accelerate the imbibition front, stop it, and have it proceed at will. Simultaneous measurements of the mass flux and the electrical current allow us to document simple scaling laws for the imbibition kinetics, and to explore the charge flow dynamics in the metallic nanopores. Our findings demonstrate that the high electric conductivity along with the pathways for ionic and/or fluid transport render nanoporous elemental gold a versatile, accurately controllable elec...

  4. Exercise training normalizes skeletal muscle vascular endothelial growth factor levels in patients with essential hypertension

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    Hansen, Ane Håkansson; Nielsen, Jens Jung; Saltin, Bengt; Hellsten, Ylva

    2010-01-01

    METHODS: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) protein and capillarization were determined in muscle vastus lateralis biopsy samples in individuals with essential hypertension (n = 10) and normotensive controls (n = 10). The hypertensive individuals performed exercise training for 16 weeks......: Prior to training, the hypertensive individuals had 36% lower levels of VEGF protein and 22% lower capillary density in the muscle compared to controls. Training in the hypertensive group reduced (P < 0.01) mean arterial blood pressure by 7.1 +/- 0.8 mmHg, enhanced (P < 0.01) the capillary....... Muscle samples as well as muscle microdialysis fluid samples were obtained at rest, during and after an acute exercise bout, performed prior to and after the training period, for the determination of muscle VEGF levels, VEGF release, endothelial cell proliferative effect and capillarization. RESULTS...

  5. The Effects of Drainer Formworks With Sucker Lining on The Concrete Surface Properties

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    ARSLAN, Metin

    1999-01-01

    In this research, the alternative formworks which are without lining and which are with sucker lining-drainer are produced. On the concrete blocks which are casted in formworks; blowhole on the surface, surface hardness with schmidth hammer, pull-out resistance, capilları absorption, sodium-sulfate frost resistance, abrasion resistance experiments are made. As a result; the concretes which are casted on sucker lining and drainaged formworks has better concrete surface properties than...

  6. Mosses accumulate heavy metals from the substrata of coal ash

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    Vukojević Vanja; Sabovljević Marko; Jovanović S.

    2005-01-01

    Plants that are able to accumulate and tolerate extraordinarily high concentrations of heavy metals (hyperaccumulators) can be used for phytoremediation (removal of contaminants from soils) or phytomining (growing a crop of plants to harvest the metals). Two moss species, Bryum capillare Hedw. and Ceratodon purpureus Hedw., were tested as potential phytoremedies under in vivo conditions on a coal ash disposal site in the surroundings of Obrenovac (NW Serbia). The content of various heavy meta...

  7. Physical concept and calculation of boiling point in a pulsating heat pipe

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    Naumova A. N.; Kravets V. Yu.; Nikolaenko Yu. E.

    2014-01-01

    LED development is accompanied by the need to ensure a constructive solution for the thermal conditions problem. For this purpose one can use pulsating heat pipes (PHP), that operate more efficiently after the start of heat carrier boiling. This article describes the physical representation and formula that allows determining the boiling point, which is a lower bound of the PHP effective operating range. It is shown that the main factors influencing the required heat flow are driving capillar...

  8. Toward Organic Computing Approach for Cybernetic Responsive Environment

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    Clément, Duhart; Cyrille, Bertelle

    2016-01-01

    The developpment of the Internet of Things (IoT) concept revives Responsive Environments (RE) technologies. Nowadays, the idea of a permanent connection between physical and digital world is technologically possible. The capillar Internet relates to the Internet extension into daily appliances such as they become actors of Internet like any hu-man. The parallel development of Machine-to-Machine communications and Arti cial Intelligence (AI) technics start a new area of cybernetic. This paper ...

  9. Callibration of capillaries for density measurement of supercooled water

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    Peukert, Pavel; Duška, Michal; Hykl, Jiří; Sladký, Petr; Nikl, Zbyněk; Hrubý, Jan

    Les Ulis Cedex : E D P SCIENCES, 2015 - (Dančová, P.; Vít, T.), s. 469-474 ISSN 2100-014X. - (EPJ Web of Conferences). [Experimental Fluid Mechanics 2014. Český Krumlov (CZ), 18.11.2014-21.11.2014] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP101/11/1593; GA MŠk LA09011 Institutional support: RVO:61388998 Keywords : capillar * calibration * method

  10. GRAIN BOUNDARIES IN POLYPHASE CERAMICS

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    Clarke, D

    1985-01-01

    The majority of polyphase ceramics contain a residual glass phase at their grain boundaries. The stability of these phases, particularly at the two-grain boundaries, is of significance since they affect the properties of the material as a whole. Drawing analogies with soap films, the stability of a continuous intergranular phase is considered in terms of the balance between the capillarity and disjoining pressures. The individual components to the disjoining pressures are discussed. It is arg...

  11. On the Cellular Basis of Aerobic Fitness: Intensity-Dependence and Time-Course of Cardiomyocyte and Endothelial Adaptations to Exercise Training

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    Kemi, Ole Johan

    2005-01-01

    Beneficial effects of exercise are closely associated with fitness and maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). Capacity for oxygen transport increases mainly by improved cardiac function, including larger chamber volumes, myocardial hypertrophy, and enhanced diastolic and systolic function. Higher arterial conductance, capillarity, and oxygen utilization in skeletal muscle also contribute. The present thesis investigates the cellular basis for cardiac and arterial effects; how they correlate with cha...

  12. Existence of global strong solutions for the shallow-water equations with large initial data

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    Haspot, Boris

    2011-01-01

    This work is devoted to the study of a viscous shallow-water system with friction and capillarity term. We prove in this paper the existence of global strong solutions for this system with some choice of large initial data when $N\\geq 2$ in critical spaces for the scaling of the equations. More precisely, we introduce as in \\cite{Hprepa} a new unknown,\\textit{a effective velocity} $v=u+\\mu\

  13. Durability of concrete protected by an acrylic painting

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    Aguiar, J. L. Barroso de; Ramos, Amparo C.; Soares, Helena I.

    2005-01-01

    The fast degradation of concrete is a problem that occurs in some structures. In order to have less degradation, the use of protection systems could be recommended. Acrylic paintings have properties that make possible its use as a protection material of concrete. In our study, one concrete that could be classified as a C33/43, was protected with two coats of an acrylic painting. The durability of the protected concrete was studied. Tests made were: capillarity absorption, oxygen perm...

  14. ‘Lab on a Chip’ systems for environmental analysis

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    Rhituparna Payel, Paul

    2014-01-01

    ‘Lab on a chip’ refers to devices and methods for controlling and manipulating fluid flows at micro levels. These microfluidic devices used for manipulating and controlling fluids are widespread now, and are used in many scientific and industrial contexts. ‘Lab on a chip’ fabrication requires different geometries than the laboratory processes. It also depends on the interplays of multiple physical effects such as pressure gradients, electrokinetics, capillarity force etc. This thesis provides...

  15. Asymptotic Behaviour of Capillary Problems governed by Disjoining Pressure Potentials

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    Thomys, Oliver

    2010-01-01

    Introduction Capillarity describes the effects caused by the surface tension on liquids. When considering small amounts ofliquid,thesurfacetension becomes the dominating parameter. In this situation the arising mathematical task is to determine the occurring capillary surface. At the beginning of the research on this topic, problems such as the ascent of fluids in a circular tube, on a vertical wall or on a wedge were some of the first problems scientists were concerned with. At the beginning...

  16. Vertical One-Dimensional Photonic Crystal Platforms for Label-Free (Bio)Sensing: Towards Drop-And- Measure Applications

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    Barillaro, Giuseppe

    2015-01-01

    In this work, all-silicon, integrated optofluidic platforms, fabricated by electrochemical micromachining technology, making use of vertical, one-dimensional high-aspect- ratio photonic crystals for flow-through (bio)sensing applications are reviewed. The potential of such platforms for point-of-care applications is discussed for both pressure-driven and capillarity- driven operations with reference to refractometry and biochemical sensing.

  17. Estudio petrofísico de las areniscas del Palacio de Revillagigedo de Gijón (Asturias)

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    Valdeón, Luis; Esbert, Rosa M.

    1984-01-01

    The petrography and physical properties of the building stones used in the construction of the Revillagigedo Palace (Gijón, Spain), 1699-1711, are studied. The physical properties more closely related to the state of alteration and to the alterability processes of these Uper Jurassic sandstones are quantified, namely: rock density, porosity, open porosity, capillarity, etc. The pore space configuration is appreciated under optic and electronic microscopy; the size distribution and total...

  18. Effect of water-repellent admixtures on the behaviour of aerial lime-based mortars

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    Izaguirre, A.; Lanas, J.; Alvarez, J I

    2009-01-01

    Two different anionic surfactants, sodium oleate and calcium stearate, commercialized as water repellents for cement-based mortars, were added to lime-based mortars in order to check whether they were improved by these admixtures. Different properties of lime-based mortars were evaluated: fresh state behaviour through water retention, air content and setting time, hardened state properties such as density, water absorption through capillarity, water vapour permeability, long-term compressive ...

  19. Multi-scale diffuse interface modeling of multi-component two-phase flow with partial miscibility

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    Kou, Jisheng

    2016-05-10

    In this paper, we introduce a diffuse interface model to simulate multi-component two-phase flow with partial miscibility based on a realistic equation of state (e.g. Peng-Robinson equation of state). Because of partial miscibility, thermodynamic relations are used to model not only interfacial properties but also bulk properties, including density, composition, pressure, and realistic viscosity. As far as we know, this effort is the first time to use diffuse interface modeling based on equation of state for modeling of multi-component two-phase flow with partial miscibility. In numerical simulation, the key issue is to resolve the high contrast of scales from the microscopic interface composition to macroscale bulk fluid motion since the interface has a nanoscale thickness only. To efficiently solve this challenging problem, we develop a multi-scale simulation method. At the microscopic scale, we deduce a reduced interfacial equation under reasonable assumptions, and then we propose a formulation of capillary pressure, which is consistent with macroscale flow equations. Moreover, we show that Young-Laplace equation is an approximation of this capillarity formulation, and this formulation is also consistent with the concept of Tolman length, which is a correction of Young-Laplace equation. At the macroscopical scale, the interfaces are treated as discontinuous surfaces separating two phases of fluids. Our approach differs from conventional sharp-interface two-phase flow model in that we use the capillary pressure directly instead of a combination of surface tension and Young-Laplace equation because capillarity can be calculated from our proposed capillarity formulation. A compatible condition is also derived for the pressure in flow equations. Furthermore, based on the proposed capillarity formulation, we design an efficient numerical method for directly computing the capillary pressure between two fluids composed of multiple components. Finally, numerical tests

  20. (−)-Epicatechin administration and exercising skeletal muscle vascular control and microvascular oxygenation in healthy rats

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    Copp, Steven W.; Inagaki, Tadakatsu; White, Michael J.; Hirai, Daniel M.; Ferguson, Scott K.; Holdsworth, Clark T.; Sims, Gabrielle E.; Poole, David C.; Musch, Timothy I.

    2012-01-01

    Consumption of the dietary flavanol (−)-epicatechin (EPI) is associated with enhanced endothelial function and augmented skeletal muscle capillarity and mitochondrial volume density. The potential for EPI to improve peripheral vascular function and muscle oxygenation during exercise is unknown. We tested the hypothesis that EPI administration in healthy rats would improve treadmill exercise performance secondary to elevated skeletal muscle blood flow and vascular conductance [VC, blood flow/m...

  1. Multi-scale diffuse interface modeling of multi-component two-phase flow with partial miscibility

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    Kou, Jisheng; Sun, Shuyu

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we introduce a diffuse interface model to simulate multi-component two-phase flow with partial miscibility based on a realistic equation of state (e.g. Peng-Robinson equation of state). Because of partial miscibility, thermodynamic relations are used to model not only interfacial properties but also bulk properties, including density, composition, pressure, and realistic viscosity. As far as we know, this effort is the first time to use diffuse interface modeling based on equation of state for modeling of multi-component two-phase flow with partial miscibility. In numerical simulation, the key issue is to resolve the high contrast of scales from the microscopic interface composition to macroscale bulk fluid motion since the interface has a nanoscale thickness only. To efficiently solve this challenging problem, we develop a multi-scale simulation method. At the microscopic scale, we deduce a reduced interfacial equation under reasonable assumptions, and then we propose a formulation of capillary pressure, which is consistent with macroscale flow equations. Moreover, we show that Young-Laplace equation is an approximation of this capillarity formulation, and this formulation is also consistent with the concept of Tolman length, which is a correction of Young-Laplace equation. At the macroscopical scale, the interfaces are treated as discontinuous surfaces separating two phases of fluids. Our approach differs from conventional sharp-interface two-phase flow model in that we use the capillary pressure directly instead of a combination of surface tension and Young-Laplace equation because capillarity can be calculated from our proposed capillarity formulation. A compatible condition is also derived for the pressure in flow equations. Furthermore, based on the proposed capillarity formulation, we design an efficient numerical method for directly computing the capillary pressure between two fluids composed of multiple components. Finally, numerical tests

  2. Recreational football as a health promoting activity: a topical review

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    Krustrup, Peter; Aagaard, Per; Nybo, Lars;

    2010-01-01

    -intensity continuous running and strength training. Further, recreational football training enhances fat oxidation during exercise and results in a higher fat loss than interval training and strength training, and results in marked muscle hypertrophy and elevates bone mass, more than interval and continuous running...... on muscles and bones. Recreational football training in untrained men results in marked improvements in maximum aerobic power, blood pressure, muscle capillarization and intermittent exercise performance, and those effects are similar to interval training and more pronounced than moderate...

  3. Thin films in partial wetting: internal selection of contact-line dynamics

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    Alizadeh Pahlavan, Amir; Cueto-Felgueroso, Luis; McKinley, Gareth H.; Juanes, Ruben

    2015-01-01

    When a liquid touches a solid surface, it spreads to minimize the system's energy. The classic thin-film model describes the spreading as an interplay between gravity, capillarity and viscous forces, but cannot see an end to this process as it does not account for the nonhydrodynamic liquid--solid interactions. While these interactions are important only close to the contact line, where the liquid, solid and gas meet, they have macroscopic implications: in the partial-wetting regime, a liquid...

  4. Why is surface tension a force parallel to the interface?

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    Marchand, Antonin; Weijs, Joost H.; Snoeijer, Jacco H.; Andreotti, Bruno

    2011-01-01

    A paperclip can float on water. Drops of mercury refuse to spread on a surface. These capillary phenomena are macroscopic manifestations of molecular interactions, and can be explained in terms of surface tension. For students, the concept of surface tension is quite challenging since the microscopic intuition is often in conflict with the common macroscopic interpretations. In this paper we address a number of conceptual questions that are often encountered when teaching capillarity. By answ...

  5. Method of similarity for cavitation

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    The knowledge of possible cavitation in subassembly nozzles of the fast reactor core implies the realization of a fluid dynamic model test. We propose a method of similarity based on the non-dimensionalization of the equation of motion for viscous capillarity fluid issued from the Cahn and Hilliard model. Taking into account the dissolved gas effect, a condition of compatibility is determined. This condition must be respected by the fluid in experiment, along with the scaling between the two similar flows. (author)

  6. Utilizing small nutrient compounds as enhancers of exercise-induced mitochondrial biogenesis

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    Craig, Daniel M.; Ashcroft, Stephen P.; Belew, Micah Y.; Stocks, Ben; Currell, Kevin; Baar, Keith; Philp, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    Endurance exercise, when performed regularly as part of a training program, leads to increases in whole-body and skeletal muscle-specific oxidative capacity. At the cellular level, this adaptive response is manifested by an increased number of oxidative fibers (Type I and IIA myosin heavy chain), an increase in capillarity and an increase in mitochondrial biogenesis. The increase in mitochondrial biogenesis (increased volume and functional capacity) is fundamentally important as it leads to g...

  7. High-load resistance exercise with superimposed vibration and vascular occlusion increases critical power, capillaries and lean mass in endurance-trained men

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    Mueller, Sandro Manuel; Aguayo, David; Lunardi, Fabio; Ruoss, Severin; Boutellier, Urs; Frese, Sebastian; Petersen, Jens A.; Jung, Hans H.; Toigo, Marco

    2014-01-01

    PURPOSE: It is a widely accepted premise in the scientific community and by athletes alike, that adding resistance exercise to a regular regimen of endurance training increases endurance performance in endurance-trained men. However, critical power (CP), capillarization, and myofiber size remain unaffected by this addition. Therefore, we tested whether the superimposition of resistance exercise with whole-body vibration and vascular occlusion (vibroX) would improve these variables in enduranc...

  8. Marco Calamari, La scomparsa della rete

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    Maria Chiara Pievatolo

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Chi era in rete prima che fosse invasa dalle moltitudini – scrive Marco Calamari su “Punto Informatico” – temeva principalmente la sua occupazione “militare” da parte degli stati,  tramite una censura e un controllo capillare. Non è andata esattamente così. L’”economia del dono“, per la sua eccellenza tecnica, ha retto alla pressione delle masse e [...

  9. Elasto-capillary windlass : from spider silk to smart actuators

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    Elettro, Hervé

    2015-01-01

    This PhD work aimed to understand and recreate artificially a self-assembling mechanism involving capillarity and elasticity present in spider silk. The primary function of the micronic glue droplets that exist on spider capture silk is to provide the spider web with adhesive properties. These droplets play yet another role: the dramatic enhancement of silk mechanical properties, as well as the preservation of the integrity of the web structure. The localization of the buckling instability wi...

  10. A Multiscale Diffuse-Interface Model for Two-Phase Flow in Porous Media

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    Roudbari, Mahnaz Shokrpour; van Brummelen, E. Harald; Verhoosel, Clemens V.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we consider a multiscale phase-field model for capillarity-driven flows in porous media. The presented model constitutes a reduction of the conventional Navier-Stokes-Cahn-Hilliard phase-field model, valid in situations where interest is restricted to dynamical and equilibrium behavior in an aggregated sense, rather than a precise description of microscale flow phenomena. The model is based on averaging of the equation of motion, thereby yielding a significant reduction in the c...

  11. A modal method for finite amplitude, nonlinear sloshing

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    P N Shankar; R Kidambi

    2002-10-01

    A modal method is used to calculate the two-dimensional sloshing motion of an inviscid liquid in a rectangular container. The full nonlinear problem is reduced to the solution of a system of nonlinear ordinary differential equations for the time varying coefficients in the expansions of the interface and the potential. The effects of capillarity are included in the formulation. The simplicity, generality and power of the method are exhibited not only by recovering the earlier results obtained, for example, by Penney and Price [1], Tadjbakhsh and Keller [2] and Faltinsen et al [3], but also by obtaining new and interesting results of the effects of capillarity and shallow depth, which would be difficult to obtain otherwise. For example, it is found that for the initial interface profile considered here, parasitic capillary waves, borne by the higher number wave modes, are generated for moderate capillarity but disappear for larger values of the parameter. The method can be extended to other simple geometries.

  12. A transgenic model for conditional induction and rescue of portal hypertension reveals a role of VEGF-mediated regulation of sinusoidal fenestrations.

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    Dalit May

    Full Text Available Portal hypertension (PH is a common complication and a leading cause of death in patients with chronic liver diseases. PH is underlined by structural and functional derangement of liver sinusoid vessels and its fenestrated endothelium. Because in most clinical settings PH is accompanied by parenchymal injury, it has been difficult to determine the precise role of microvascular perturbations in causing PH. Reasoning that Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF is required to maintain functional integrity of the hepatic microcirculation, we developed a transgenic mouse system for a liver-specific-, reversible VEGF inhibition. The system is based on conditional induction and de-induction of a VEGF decoy receptor that sequesters VEGF and preclude signaling. VEGF blockade results in sinusoidal endothelial cells (SECs fenestrations closure and in accumulation and transformation of the normally quiescent hepatic stellate cells, i.e. provoking the two processes underlying sinusoidal capillarization. Importantly, sinusoidal capillarization was sufficient to cause PH and its typical sequela, ascites, splenomegaly and venous collateralization without inflicting parenchymal damage or fibrosis. Remarkably, these dramatic phenotypes were fully reversed within few days from lifting-off VEGF blockade and resultant re-opening of SECs' fenestrations. This study not only uncovered an indispensible role for VEGF in maintaining structure and function of mature SECs, but also highlights the vasculo-centric nature of PH pathogenesis. Unprecedented ability to rescue PH and its secondary manifestations via manipulating a single vascular factor may also be harnessed for examining the potential utility of de-capillarization treatment modalities.

  13. Gas hydrate dissociation in sediments: Pressure-temperature evolution

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    Kwon, Tae-Hyuk; Cho, Gye-Chun; Santamarina, J. Carlos

    2008-03-01

    Hydrate-bearing sediments may destabilize spontaneously as part of geological processes, unavoidably during petroleum drilling/production operations or intentionally as part of gas extraction from the hydrate itself. In all cases, high pore fluid pressure generation is anticipated during hydrate dissociation. A comprehensive formulation is derived for the prediction of fluid pressure evolution in hydrate-bearing sediments subjected to thermal stimulation without mass transfer. The formulation considers pressure- and temperature-dependent volume changes in all phases, effective stress-controlled sediment compressibility, capillarity, and the relative solubilities of fluids. Salient implications are explored through parametric studies. The model properly reproduces experimental data, including the PT evolution along the phase boundary during dissociation and the effect of capillarity. Pore fluid pressure generation is proportional to the initial hydrate fraction and the sediment bulk stiffness; is inversely proportional to the initial gas fraction and gas solubility; and is limited by changes in effective stress that cause the failure of the sediment. When the sediment stiffness is high, the generated pore pressure reflects thermal and pressure changes in water, hydrate, and mineral densities. Comparative analyses for CO2 and CH4 highlight the role of gas solubility in excess pore fluid pressure generation. Dissociation in small pores experiences melting point depression due to changes in water activity, and lower pore fluid pressure generation due to the higher gas pressure in small gas bubbles. Capillarity effects may be disregarded in silts and sands, when hydrates are present in nodules and lenses and when the sediment experiences hydraulic fracture.

  14. Effects of physical activity and inactivity on muscle fatigue

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    Gregory C. Bogdanis

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this review was to examine the mechanisms by which physical activity and inactivity modify muscle fatigue. It is well known that acute or chronic increases in physical activity result in structural, metabolic, hormonal, neural and molecular adaptations that increase the level of force or power that can be sustained by a muscle. These adaptations depend on the type, intensity and volume of the exercise stimulus, but recent studies have highlighted the role of high intensity, short duration exercise as a time-efficient method to achieve both anaerobic and aerobic/endurance type adaptations. The factors that determine the fatigue profile of a muscle during intense exercise include muscle fibre composition, neuromuscular characteristics high energy metabolite stores, buffering capacity, ionic regulation, capillarization and mitochondrial density. Muscle fiber type transformation during exercise training is usually towards the intermediate type IIA at the expense of both type I and type IIx myosin heavy chain isoforms. High intensity training results in increases of both glycolyic and oxidative enzymes, muscle capilarization, improved phosphocreatine resynthesis and regulation of K+, H+ and lactate ions. Decreases of the habitual activity level due to injury or sedentary lifestyle result in partial or even compete reversal of the adaptations due to previous training, manifested by reductions in fibre cross-sectional area, decreased oxidative capacity and capillarization. Complete immobilization due to injury results in markedly decreased force output and fatigue resistance. Muscle unloading reduces electromyographic activity and causes muscle atrophy and significant decreases in capillarization and oxidative enzymes activity. The last part of the review discusses the beneficial effects of intermittent high intensity exercise training in patients with different health conditions to demonstrate the powerful effect exercise on health and well

  15. Periodic assessment of plasma sFlt-1 and PlGF concentrations and its association with placental morphometry in gestational hypertension (GH - a prospective follow-up study

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    Nalliah Sivalingam

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy contributes to about 12% of maternal deaths in Malaysia and similarly worldwide. Early detection and adequate management are preventable strategies. Biochemical markers of abnormal angiogenesis would be more specific in early detection than routine blood pressure and proteinuria measurements. The aim of this study was to estimate maternal plasma PlGF and sFlt-1 levels in pregnant women with gestational hypertension at three intervals of pregnancy and correlate these biomarker levels with placental morphometry. Methods Venous blood samples (antepartum, intrapartum and post partum periods were drawn to estimate for sFlt-1 and PlGF levels while placental tissue samples were examined for placental morphometry. Results PlGF levels were lower in gestational hypertension (GH compared to normotensive during antepartum and intrapartum period, whereas sFlt-1 levels were elevated in GH at antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum intervals during pregnancy. An inverse relationship between these two biomarkers was observed through correlation analysis. PlGF levels were inversely correlated with total villous surface area of the placental periphery (TCsa-C and villous capillarization (VC-C of the placental periphery. Conclusion We established periodic values of for sFlt-1 and PlGF levels for the first time in an ethnically diverse Malaysian setting. We suggest the development of GH in women is related to defective capillarization. In demonstrating periodic changes, this study suggest the possibility of developing GH and other long term health complications as a result of prolonged exposure to sFlt-1. The correlation between PlGF levels and morphometric findings also support possible capillarization defect.

  16. Geophysical flows and the effects of a strong surface tension

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    2016-01-01

    In the present note we review some recent results for a class of singular perturbation problems for a Navier-Stokes-Korteweg system with Coriolis force. More precisely, we study the asymptotic behaviour of solutions when taking incompressible and fast rotation limits simultaneously, in a constant capillarity regime. Our main purpose here is to explain in detail the description of the phenomena we want to capture, and the mathematical derivation of the system of equations. Hence, a huge part of this work is devoted to physical considerations and mathematical modeling.

  17. Censorship dispute and the cry for silence

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Repression and Resistance: Books Censorship in the Military Dictatorship focus censorship processes against fiction books during the Brazilian military regime. Besides the literary evaluations conducted by State censors, the study also presents letters that were sent by members of the civil society recommending the censorship of books considered to be offensive or asking for the release of forbidden works. This documentation allows a fruitful analysis of censorship capillarity, its broad and flexible regulation, and the discussion of its legitimacy in a period when the government repression even sought to control the very visibility of its censorship practice.

  18. LLE Review 118 (January-March 2009)

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    This issue has the following articles: (1) Applied Plasma Spectroscopy: Laser-Fusion Experiments; (2) Relativistic Electron-Beam Transport Studies Using High-Resolution, Coherent Transition Radiation Imaging; (3) Pressure-Driven, Resistive Magnetohydrodynamic Interchange Instabilities in Laser-Produced, High-Energy-Density Plasmas; (4) Extended Model for Polymer Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Flake Reorientation and Relaxation; (5) Modeling the Effects of Microencapsulation on the Electro-Optic Behavior of Polymer Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Flakes; (6) Capillarity and Dielectrophoresis of Liquid Deuterium; and (7) A Stable Mid-IR, GaSb-Based Diode Laser Source for Cryogenic Target Layering at the OMEGA Laser Facility.

  19. Micro-scale drop dynamics for heat transfer enhancement

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    Francois, Marianne; Shyy, Wei

    2002-05-01

    With rapid advances in micro-device fabrication, computational techniques, and diagnostic tools, there is a significant interest in applying micro-scale fluid dynamics and heat transfer to flow control, flight vehicle protection, and thermal management. Utilizing energy transfer associated with phase change, multiphase systems offer many new opportunities. To elucidate the main scientific issues and technical implications, recent research addressing the interplay between capillarity, moving boundaries, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and phase change of micro-scale multiphase systems is reviewed. The parametric variations in contact angle, surface tension, impact velocity, and liquid viscosity related to drop impingement and heat transfer are discussed.

  20. Erythropoietin receptor in human skeletal muscle and the effects of acute and long-term injections with recombinant human erythropoietin on the skeletal muscle

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    Lundby, Carsten; Hellsten, Ylva; Jensen, Mie B. F.;

    2008-01-01

    potential effects of Epo in human skeletal muscle, two separate studies were conducted: one to study the acute effects of a single Epo injection on skeletal muscle gene expression and plasma hormones and another to study the effects of long-term (14 wk) Epo treatment on skeletal muscle structure. Subjects...... (n = 11) received a single Epo injection of 15,000 IU (double blinded, cross over, placebo). A single Epo injection reduced myoglobin and increased transferrin receptor and MRF-4 mRNA content within 10 h after injection. Plasma hormones remained unaltered. Capillarization and fiber hypertrophy was...

  1. On the upstream mobility scheme for two-phase flow in porous media

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    Mishra, Siddhartha

    2009-01-01

    When neglecting capillarity, two-phase incompressible flow in porous media is modelled as a scalar nonlinear hyperbolic conservation law. A change in the rock type results in a change of the flux function. Discretizing in one-dimensional with a finite volume method, we investigate two numerical fluxes, an extension of the Godunov flux and the upstream mobility flux, the latter being widely used in hydrogeology and petroleum engineering. Then, in the case of a changing rock type, one can give examples when the upstream mobility flux does not give the right answer.

  2. Capillary rise dynamics of liquid hydrocarbons in mesoporous silica as explored by gravimetry, optical and neutron imaging: Nano-rheology and determination of pore size distributions from the shape of imbibition fronts

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    Gruener, Simon; Hermes, Helen E.; Schillinger, Burkhard; Egelhaaf, Stefan U.; Huber, Patrick

    2015-01-01

    We present gravimetrical, optical, and neutron imaging measurements of the capillarity-driven infiltration of mesoporous silica glass by hydrocarbons. Square-root-of-time Lucas-Washburn invasion kinetics are found for linear alkanes from n-decane (C10) to n-hexacontane (C60) and for squalane, a branched alkane, in porous Vycor with 6.5 nm or 10 nm pore diameter, respectively. Humidity-dependent experiments allow us to study the influence on the imbibition kinetics of water layers adsorbed on ...

  3. Interface Orientation Distribution during Grain Growth in Bulk SrTiO3 Measured by Means of 3D X-Ray Diffraction Contrast Tomography

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    Syha, Melanie; Rheinheimer, Wolfgang; Bäurer, Michael;

    2012-01-01

    interface normal distribution clearly shows a preference for (100) oriented interfaces in the selected grains when annealed at 1600°C. This observation can be connected to existent interfacial energy estimations resulting from capillarity vector reconstructions. © 2012 Materials Research Society.......3D x-ray diffraction contrast tomography (DCT) is a non-destructive technique for the determination of grain shape and crystallography in polycrystalline bulk materials. Using this technique, a strontium titanate specimen was repeatedly measured between annealing steps.. A systematic analysis of...

  4. Effects of resistance training on endurance capacity and muscle fiber composition in young top-level cyclists

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    Aagaard, P; Andersen, J L; Bennekou, M;

    2011-01-01

    -level endurance athletes. The present study examined the effect of 16 weeks of concurrent SE training on maximal muscle strength (MVC), contractile rate of force development (RFD), muscle fiber morphology and composition, capillarization, aerobic power (VO2max), cycling economy (CE) and long/short-term endurance......Equivocal findings exist on the effect of concurrent strength (S) and endurance (E) training on endurance performance and muscle morphology. Further, the influence of concurrent SE training on muscle fiber-type composition, vascularization and endurance capacity remains unknown in top...

  5. Effects of resistance training on endurance capacity and muscle fiber composition in young top-level cyclists

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    Aagaard, P; Andersen, J L; Bennekou, M;

    2011-01-01

    -level endurance athletes. The present study examined the effect of 16 weeks of concurrent SE training on maximal muscle strength (MVC), contractile rate of force development (RFD), muscle fiber morphology and composition, capillarization, aerobic power (VO(2max) ), cycling economy (CE) and long......Equivocal findings exist on the effect of concurrent strength (S) and endurance (E) training on endurance performance and muscle morphology. Further, the influence of concurrent SE training on muscle fiber-type composition, vascularization and endurance capacity remains unknown in top...

  6. Propagating wave patterns for the 'resonant' Davey-Stewartson system

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    The resonant nonlinear Schroedinger (RNLS) equation exhibits the usual cubic nonlinearity present in the classical nonlinear Schroedinger (NLS) equation together with an additional nonlinear term involving the modulus of the wave envelope. It arises in the context of the propagation of long magneto-acoustic waves in cold, collisionless plasma and in capillarity theory. Here, a natural (2 + 1) (2 spatial and 1 temporal)-dimensional version of the RNLS equation is introduced, termed the 'resonant' Davey-Stewartson system. The multi-linear variable separation approach is used to generate a class of exact solutions, which will describe propagating, doubly periodic wave patterns.

  7. Evaluation of Water Resistance and Diffusion Properties of Paint Materials

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    J. Drchalová

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available A simple method is presented for evaluating the water-proofness quality of paints on lining materials. The method is based on measuring the integral capillarity in dependence on time, and then comparing this value to the value determined for the basic lining material. Measurements of the effective water vapor permeability then provide information on the risk of condensation which may increase after applying the paint. A practical application of the method is performed with four Karlocolor paints on glass concrete substrates. All the Karlocolor paints are found to be very effective materials for driven rain protection. The diffusion properties of all the paints are found to be excellent.

  8. Peculiarities of gadolinium molybdate change-over using alternating electric field

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    Experimental investigation into processes of total repolarization of a gadolinium molybdate monocrystal Gd(MoO4)3-GMO following alternating electric effects is conduced. The process of total change-over of the GMO monocrystal with a capillar layer of weak-conductive liquid deposited on its polar surfaces at application of alternating stationary electric field is shown to proceed through sidewise traverse of the single plane domain boundary of one and the same crystallographical orientation (110) in the coordinate system of monodomain state being changed-over

  9. Non-coalescence of sessile drops from different but miscible liquids: Hydrodynamic analysis of the twin drop contour as self stabilizing, traveling wave

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    Karpitschka, Stefan

    2015-01-01

    Capillarity always favors drop fusion. Nevertheless sessile drops from different but completely miscible liquids often do not fuse instantaneously upon contact. Rather, intermediate non-coalescence is observed. Two separate drop bodies, connected by a thin liquid neck move over the substrate. Supported by new experimental data a thin film hydrodynamic analysis of this state is presented. Presumably advective and diffusive volume fluxes in the neck region establish a localized and temporarily stable surface tension gradient. This induces a local surface (Marangoni) flow that stabilizes a traveling wave i.e., the observed moving twin drop configuration. The theoretical predictions are in excellent agreement with the experimental findings.

  10. From big data to smart data

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    Iafrate, Fernando

    2015-01-01

    A pragmatic approach to Big Data by taking the reader on a journey between Big Data (what it is) and the Smart Data (what it is for). Today's decision making can be reached via information (related to the data), knowledge (related to people and processes), and timing (the capacity to decide, act and react at the right time). The huge increase in volume of data traffic, and its format (unstructured data such as blogs, logs, and video) generated by the "digitalization" of our world modifies radically our relationship to the space (in motion) and time, dimension and by capillarity, the enterpr

  11. Modeling of Hydrophysical Properties of the Soil as Capillary-Porous Media and Improvement of Mualem-Van Genuchten Method as a Part of Foundation Arrangement Research

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    Vitaly Terleev

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Within the concepts about the capillarity and the lognormal distribution of effective pore radii, a theoretical justification for function of differential water capacity and its antiderivative (function of water-retention capacity in form of a dependence of the soil volumetric water content on capillary pressure of the soil moisture is presented. Using these functions, the ratio of soil hydraulic conductivity function to the filter coefficient is calculated. Approximations to functions describing the water-retention capacity and relative hydraulic conductivity of the soil have been suggested. Parameters of these functions have been interpreted and estimated with applying the physical and statistical indices of the soil.

  12. Instability of the origami of a ferrofluid drop in a magnetic field

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    Jamin, Timothée; Falcon, Eric

    2011-01-01

    Capillary origami is the wrapping of an usual fluid drop by a planar elastic membrane due to the interplay between capillary and elastic forces. Here, we use a drop of magnetic fluid whose shape is known to strongly depend on an applied magnetic field. We study the quasi-static and dynamical behaviors of such a magnetic capillary origami. We report the observation of an overturning instability that the origami undergoes at a critical magnetic field. This instability is triggered by an interplay between magnetic and gravitational energies in agreement with the theory presented here. Additional effects of elasticity and capillarity on this instability are also discussed.

  13. Surface chemistry theory and applications

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    Bikerman, J J

    2013-01-01

    Surface Chemistry Theory and Applications focuses on liquid-gas, liquid-liquid, solid-gas, solid-liquid, and solid-solid surfaces. The book first offers information on liquid-gas surfaces, including surface tension, measurement of surface tension, rate of capillarity rise, capillary attraction, bubble pressure and pore size, and surface tension and temperature. The text then ponders on liquid-liquid and solid-gas surfaces. Discussions focus on surface energy of solids, surface roughness and cleanness, adsorption of gases and vapors, adsorption hysteresis, interfacial tension, and interfacial t

  14. Dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of the sarcopenic muscle

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    Sbarbati Andrea; Lunati Ernesto; Marzola Pasquina; Asperio Roberto M; Farace Paolo; Nicolato Elena; Osculati Francesco

    2002-01-01

    Abstract Background Studies about capillarity of the aged muscle provided conflicting results and no data are currently available about the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in vivo characteristics of the microvascular bed in aged rats. We have studied age-related modifications of the skeletal muscle by in vivo T2-relaxometry and dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (CE-MRI) at high field intensity (4.7 T). The aim of the work was to test the hypothesis that the ageing process ...

  15. LLE Review 118 (January-March 2009)

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    Bittle, W., editor

    2009-08-03

    This issue has the following articles: (1) Applied Plasma Spectroscopy: Laser-Fusion Experiments; (2) Relativistic Electron-Beam Transport Studies Using High-Resolution, Coherent Transition Radiation Imaging; (3) Pressure-Driven, Resistive Magnetohydrodynamic Interchange Instabilities in Laser-Produced, High-Energy-Density Plasmas; (4) Extended Model for Polymer Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Flake Reorientation and Relaxation; (5) Modeling the Effects of Microencapsulation on the Electro-Optic Behavior of Polymer Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Flakes; (6) Capillarity and Dielectrophoresis of Liquid Deuterium; and (7) A Stable Mid-IR, GaSb-Based Diode Laser Source for Cryogenic Target Layering at the OMEGA Laser Facility.

  16. Analyses of floristic composition of the abandoned Cu-dump field Piesky (Staré Hory Mountains, Slovakia)

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    Turisová, Ingrid; Sabo, Peter; Štrba, Tomáš; Koróny, Samuel; Andráš, Peter; Širka, Pavel

    2016-01-01

    The Cu-dump field Piesky is an important historical abandoned mining area in the region of central Europe, well known for the high content of heavy metals in its soil, especially copper, the content of which varies from 933.40 to 1485.40 mg kg−1. Floristic and phytosociological research was carried out here during the vegetation seasons in 2011–2014. Altogether a total of 156 taxa of vascular plants were found. The most common species were Acetosella vulgaris, Agrostis capillar...

  17. A Singular Limit Problem for Rotating Capillary Fluids with Variable Rotation Axis

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    Fanelli, Francesco

    2016-04-01

    In the present paper we study a singular perturbation problem for a Navier-Stokes-Korteweg model with Coriolis force. Namely, we perform the incompressible and fast rotation asymptotics simultaneously, while we keep the capillarity coefficient constant in order to capture surface tension effects in the limit. We consider here the case of variable rotation axis: we prove the convergence to a linear parabolic-type equation with variable coefficients. The proof of the result relies on compensated compactness arguments. Besides, we look for minimal regularity assumptions on the variations of the axis.

  18. Mosses accumulate heavy metals from the substrata of coal ash

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    Vukojević Vanja

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Plants that are able to accumulate and tolerate extraordinarily high concentrations of heavy metals (hyperaccumulators can be used for phytoremediation (removal of contaminants from soils or phytomining (growing a crop of plants to harvest the metals. Two moss species, Bryum capillare Hedw. and Ceratodon purpureus Hedw., were tested as potential phytoremedies under in vivo conditions on a coal ash disposal site in the surroundings of Obrenovac (NW Serbia. The content of various heavy metals (iron, manganese zinc, lead, nickel, cadmium, and copper in the mosses and substrata were investigated over a period of three years. Iron and zinc were found to have the highest concentration in the mosses.

  19. 铸型

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    2005-01-01

    A Combined Experimental and Computational Approach for the Design of Mold Surface Topography That Leads To Desired Ingot Surface and Microstrucrure In Aluminum Casting,A mathematical model for prediction of thickness of mould flu film and fi'iction in continuous casting mould,A regular-irregular mixed meshing method for solidification simulation of castings, Application of rapid prototyping to fabrication of casting mould,Application of swirling flow in nozzle for CC process, CAPILLARITY MODELING AND EXPERIMENTS ON INVESTMENT CASTING MOLD FILLING.

  20. Numerical methods for systems of conservation laws of mixed type using flux splitting

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    Shu, Chi-Wang

    1990-01-01

    The essentially non-oscillatory (ENO) finite difference scheme is applied to systems of conservation laws of mixed hyperbolic-elliptic type. A flux splitting, with the corresponding Jacobi matrices having real and positive/negative eigenvalues, is used. The hyperbolic ENO operator is applied separately. The scheme is numerically tested on the van der Waals equation in fluid dynamics. Convergence was observed with good resolution to weak solutions for various Riemann problems, which are then numerically checked to be admissible as the viscosity-capillarity limits. The interesting phenomena of the shrinking of elliptic regions if they are present in the initial conditions were also observed.

  1. Isogeometric analysis of the isothermal Navier-Stokes-Korteweg equations

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    Gomez, Hector

    2010-05-01

    This paper is devoted to the numerical simulation of the Navier-Stokes-Korteweg equations, a phase-field model for water/water-vapor two-phase flows. We develop a numerical formulation based on isogeometric analysis that permits straightforward treatment of the higher-order partial-differential operator that represents capillarity. We introduce a new refinement methodology that desensitizes the numerical solution to the computational mesh and achieves mesh invariant solutions. Finally, we present several numerical examples in two and three dimensions that illustrate the effectiveness and robustness of our approach. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

  2. Fabrication of Monolithic Bridge Structures by Vacuum-Assisted Capillary-Force Lithography

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    Kwak, Rhokyun

    2009-04-06

    Monolithic bridge structures were fabricated by using capillary-force lithography (CFL), which was developed for patterning polymers over a large area by combining essential features of nanoimprint lithography and capillarity. A patterned soft mold was placed on a spin-coated UV-curable resin on a substrate. The polymer then moved into the cavity of the mold by capillary action and then solidified after exposure to UV radiation. The uncured resin was forced to migrate into the cavity of a micropatterned PDMS mold by capillarity, and then exposed to UV radiation under a high-energy mercury lamp with intensity. A rotary pump was then turned on, decreasing the air pressure in the chamber. SEM images were taken with a high-resolution SEM at an acceleration voltage greater than 15 kV. It was observed that when the air pressure was rapidly reduced to a low vacuum, the top layer moved into the nanochannels with a meniscus at the interface between the nanoscale PUA and the base structure.

  3. Tunable nano-wrinkling of chiral surfaces: Structure and diffraction optics

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    Periodic surface nano-wrinkling is found throughout biological liquid crystalline materials, such as collagen films, spider silk gland ducts, exoskeleton of beetles, and flower petals. These surface ultrastructures are responsible for structural colors observed in some beetles and plants that can dynamically respond to external conditions, such as humidity and temperature. In this paper, the formation of the surface undulations is investigated through the interaction of anisotropic interfacial tension, swelling through hydration, and capillarity at free surfaces. Focusing on the cellulosic cholesteric liquid crystal (CCLC) material model, the generalized shape equation for anisotropic interfaces using the Cahn-Hoffman capillarity vector and the Rapini-Papoular anchoring energy are applied to analyze periodic nano-wrinkling in plant-based plywood free surfaces with water-induced cholesteric pitch gradients. Scaling is used to derive the explicit relations between the undulations’ amplitude expressed as a function of the anchoring strength and the spatially varying pitch. The optical responses of the periodic nano-structured surfaces are studied through finite difference time domain simulations indicating that CCLC surfaces with spatially varying pitch reflect light in a wavelength higher than that of a CCLC’s surface with constant pitch. This structural color change is controlled by the pitch gradient through hydration. All these findings provide a foundation to understand structural color phenomena in nature and for the design of optical sensor devices

  4. Lung vasculitis and alveolar hemorrhage: pathology.

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    Fishbein, Gregory A; Fishbein, Michael C

    2011-06-01

    Pulmonary vasculitides are a diverse group of limited and systemic disorders associated with inflammation of pulmonary vessels and parenchyma. These diseases often have distinctive clinical, serological, and histopathological features-extrapulmonary sites of involvement, circulating autoantibodies, predispositions for small or large vessels, and others. Some have characteristic inflammatory lesions; others are characterized by the absence of such lesions. Frequently pathological findings overlap, rendering classification, and diagnosis a challenge. The anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated small-vessel diseases constitute the major pulmonary vasculitides. These include Wegener granulomatosis (WG), Churg Strauss syndrome (CSS), and microscopic polyangiitis (MPA). Less frequently, diseases such as polyarteritis nodosa, Takayasu arteritis, Behçet syndrome, and connective tissue diseases may involve pulmonary vessels, but these entities are better associated with extrapulmonary disease. Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH) is a severe manifestation of pulmonary vasculitis. DAH is most commonly seen in small-vessel vasculitides, specifically MPA and WG. Other syndromes associated with DAH include Goodpasture syndrome, Henoch-Schönlein purpura, and systemic lupus erythematosus. Less commonly, DAH may be secondary to infection or drugs/toxins. Furthermore, in the absence of discernable systemic disease, DAH may be idiopathic-referred to as isolated pulmonary capillaritis (IPC) or idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis (IPH), depending on the presence of capillaritis. PMID:21674412

  5. Ultrasonic wavequide sensor for NPP acoustic monitoring

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    Design of a waveguide sensor for NPP equipment acoustic testing is considered taking as an example a water coolant steam content monitor designed for application in an active emission-receipt regime. The sensor comprises an acoustic transducer, a waveguide with a suspension and a sensitive element. The transducer includes a disk piezoelement of TsTS-19 ceramics. A longitudinal wave waveguide, produced of a steel wire 0.8-1.2 mm in diameter, can transmit signals within the 50-1000 kHz range. A capillar tube 1.6x0.2 mm in diameter and 200 mm long with sealed ends is used as a sensitive element. The sensor operation is based on determining ultrasonic pulse attennuation in the capillar, which changes depending on acoustic wave resistance of the following-round coolant and depends on steam content. In passive regime the sensor may be applied for acoustic-emission monitoring of various equipment. In this case a matching device, providing for emission signal transmission from the monitored object surface to the waveguide, should be introduced instead of the sensitive element

  6. Capillary rise dynamics of liquid hydrocarbons in mesoporous silica as explored by gravimetry, optical and neutron imaging: Nano-rheology and determination of pore size distributions from the shape of imbibition fronts

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    Gruener, Simon; Schillinger, Burkhard; Egelhaaf, Stefan U; Huber, Patrick

    2015-01-01

    We present gravimetrical, optical, and neutron imaging measurements of the capillarity-driven infiltration of mesoporous silica glass by hydrocarbons. Square-root-of-time Lucas-Washburn invasion kinetics are found for linear alkanes from n-decane (C10) to n-hexacontane (C60) and for squalane, a branched alkane, in porous Vycor with 6.5 nm or 10 nm pore diameter, respectively. Humidity-dependent experiments allow us to study the influence on the imbibition kinetics of water layers adsorbed on the pore walls. Except for the longest molecule studied, C60, the invasion kinetics can be described by bulk fluidity and bulk capillarity, provided we assume a sticking, pore-wall adsorbed boundary layer, i.e. a monolayer of water covered by a monolayer of flat-laying hydrocarbons. For C60, however, an enhanced imbibition speed compared to the value expected in the bulk is found. This suggests the onset of velocity slippage at the silica walls or a reduced shear viscosity due to the transition towards a polymer-like flow...

  7. Modeling the effect of initial soil moisture on sorptivity and infiltration

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    Stewart, Ryan; Abou Najm, Majdi; Rupp, David; Selker, John

    2016-04-01

    Soil capillarity, often associated with the parameter sorptivity, is a primary control on infiltration during short-duration rainfall and irrigation events. However, most mathematical models used to quantify capillarity are only valid for dry antecedent conditions. In this study, we examine how the capillary component of sorptivity (i.e., wetting front potential) varies with initial soil water content, and use this finding to provide a simple modification to the classic Green-Ampt sorptivity model. The modified model has many practical applications, including 1) describing the relative sorptivity of a soil at various water contents; 2) quantifying saturated hydraulic conductivity from sorptivity measurements; and 3) interpreting transient time behavior of single ring infiltration (i.e., beerkan) measurements. The model is especially useful in low permeability soils, where steady-state conditions may not be attained for hours or even days, and in shrink-swell soils, where rapid infiltration measurements are often desired so as not to induce substantial material swelling.

  8. High-Intensity Strength Training Improves Function of Chronically Painful Muscles: Case-Control and RCT Studies

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    Lars L. Andersen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. This study investigates consequences of chronic neck pain on muscle function and the rehabilitating effects of contrasting interventions. Methods. Women with trapezius myalgia (MYA, n=42 and healthy controls (CON, n=20 participated in a case-control study. Subsequently MYA were randomized to 10 weeks of specific strength training (SST, n=18, general fitness training (GFT, n=16, or a reference group without physical training (REF, n=8. Participants performed tests of 100 consecutive cycles of 2 s isometric maximal voluntary contractions (MVC of shoulder elevation followed by 2 s relaxation at baseline and 10-week follow-up. Results. In the case-control study, peak force, rate of force development, and rate of force relaxation as well as EMG amplitude were lower in MYA than CON throughout all 100 MVC. Muscle fiber capillarization was not significantly different between MYA and CON. In the intervention study, SST improved all force parameters significantly more than the two other groups, to levels comparable to that of CON. This was seen along with muscle fiber hypertrophy and increased capillarization. Conclusion. Women with trapezius myalgia have lower strength capacity during repetitive MVC of the trapezius muscle than healthy controls. High-intensity strength training effectively improves strength capacity during repetitive MVC of the painful trapezius muscle.

  9. Tunable nano-wrinkling of chiral surfaces: Structure and diffraction optics

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    Rofouie, P.; Rey, A. D., E-mail: alejandro.rey@mail.mcgill.ca [Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, 3610 University Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2B2 (Canada); Pasini, D. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, 817 Sherbrook West, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C3 (Canada)

    2015-09-21

    Periodic surface nano-wrinkling is found throughout biological liquid crystalline materials, such as collagen films, spider silk gland ducts, exoskeleton of beetles, and flower petals. These surface ultrastructures are responsible for structural colors observed in some beetles and plants that can dynamically respond to external conditions, such as humidity and temperature. In this paper, the formation of the surface undulations is investigated through the interaction of anisotropic interfacial tension, swelling through hydration, and capillarity at free surfaces. Focusing on the cellulosic cholesteric liquid crystal (CCLC) material model, the generalized shape equation for anisotropic interfaces using the Cahn-Hoffman capillarity vector and the Rapini-Papoular anchoring energy are applied to analyze periodic nano-wrinkling in plant-based plywood free surfaces with water-induced cholesteric pitch gradients. Scaling is used to derive the explicit relations between the undulations’ amplitude expressed as a function of the anchoring strength and the spatially varying pitch. The optical responses of the periodic nano-structured surfaces are studied through finite difference time domain simulations indicating that CCLC surfaces with spatially varying pitch reflect light in a wavelength higher than that of a CCLC’s surface with constant pitch. This structural color change is controlled by the pitch gradient through hydration. All these findings provide a foundation to understand structural color phenomena in nature and for the design of optical sensor devices.

  10. Tunable nano-wrinkling of chiral surfaces: Structure and diffraction optics

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    Rofouie, P.; Pasini, D.; Rey, A. D.

    2015-09-01

    Periodic surface nano-wrinkling is found throughout biological liquid crystalline materials, such as collagen films, spider silk gland ducts, exoskeleton of beetles, and flower petals. These surface ultrastructures are responsible for structural colors observed in some beetles and plants that can dynamically respond to external conditions, such as humidity and temperature. In this paper, the formation of the surface undulations is investigated through the interaction of anisotropic interfacial tension, swelling through hydration, and capillarity at free surfaces. Focusing on the cellulosic cholesteric liquid crystal (CCLC) material model, the generalized shape equation for anisotropic interfaces using the Cahn-Hoffman capillarity vector and the Rapini-Papoular anchoring energy are applied to analyze periodic nano-wrinkling in plant-based plywood free surfaces with water-induced cholesteric pitch gradients. Scaling is used to derive the explicit relations between the undulations' amplitude expressed as a function of the anchoring strength and the spatially varying pitch. The optical responses of the periodic nano-structured surfaces are studied through finite difference time domain simulations indicating that CCLC surfaces with spatially varying pitch reflect light in a wavelength higher than that of a CCLC's surface with constant pitch. This structural color change is controlled by the pitch gradient through hydration. All these findings provide a foundation to understand structural color phenomena in nature and for the design of optical sensor devices.

  11. Scoring functions--the first 100 years.

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    Tame, Jeremy R H

    2005-06-01

    The use of simple linear mathematical models to estimate chemical properties is not a new idea. Albert Einstein used very simple 'gravity-like' forces to explain the capillarity of different liquids in 1900-1901. Today such models are used in more complicated situations, and a great many have been developed to analyse interactions between proteins and their ligands. This is not surprising, since proteins are too complicated to model accurately without lengthy numerical analysis, and simple models often do at least as good a job in predicting binding constants as much more computationally expensive methods. One hundred years after Einstein's 'miraculous year' in which he transformed physics, it is instructive to recall some of his even earlier work. As approximations, 'scoring functions' are excellent, but it is dangerous to read too much into them. A few cautionary tales are presented for the beginner to the field of ligand affinity prediction by linear models. PMID:16231202

  12. Seismic attenuation: effects of interfacial impedance on wave-induced pressure diffusion

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    Qi, Qiaomu; Müller, Tobias M.; Rubino, J. Germán

    2014-12-01

    Seismic attenuation and dispersion in layered sedimentary structures are often interpreted in terms of the classical White model for wave-induced pressure diffusion across the layers. However, this interlayer flow is severely dependent on the properties of the interface separating two layers. This interface behaviour can be described by a pressure jump boundary condition involving a non-vanishing interfacial impedance. In this paper, we incorporate the interfacial impedance into the White model by solving a boundary value problem in the framework of quasi-static poroelasticity. We show that the White model predictions for attenuation and dispersion substantially change. These changes can be attributed to petrophysically plausible scenarios such as imperfect hydraulic contacts or the presence of capillarity.

  13. Investigation of CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery Using Dimensionless Groups in Wettability Modified Chalk and Sandstone Rocks

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    Vahid Alipour Tabrizy

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper addresses enhanced oil recovery in chalk and sandstone rocks by CO2 injection, with different wettability, porosity, and permeability as well as injection rate and flooding conditions. Results indicate that an increase in Bond number has a positive effect on oil recovery whereas for capillary number, there is a limit in which recovery is improving. This limit is estimated when the pressure drop by viscous force is approximately equal to the threshold balance between capillary and gravity forces. A dimensionless group is proposed that combines the effect of capillarity, injection rate, permeability, and CO2 diffusion on the oil recovery. Recovery from all experiments in this study and reported data in the literature shows a satisfactory relationship with the proposed group.

  14. A grating-less in-fibre magnetometer realised in a polymer-MOF infiltrated using ferrofluid

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    Candiani, A.; Argyros, A.; Lwin, R.; Leon-Saval, S. G.; Zito, G.; Selleri, S.; Pissadakis, S.

    2012-04-01

    We report a grating-less, in-fibre magnetometer realised in a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microstructured optical fibre that has been infiltrated using a hydrocarbon oil based ferrofluid. The lossy magnetic fluid has been infiltrated by capillarity action into the microcapillaries of the fiber cladding, resulting in a generation of a short cut-off band located in the vicinity of 600nm. When the magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the fiber axis, the ferrofluid undergoes refractive index and scattering loss changes, modulating the transmission properties of the infiltrated microstructured fibre. Spectral measurements of the transmitted signal are reported for magnetic field changes up to 1300Gauss, revealing a strong decrease of the signal near its bandgap edge proportionally with the increase of the magnetic field. Instead, when the magnetic field is applied with respect to the rotational symmetry the fibre axis, the sensor exhibits high polarisation sensitivity for a specific wavelength band, providing the possibility of directional measurements.

  15. Electro-mechanical coupled design of self-powered sensing systems and performances comparison through experiments

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    A. Somà

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Recent advances in low-power sensors and electronic components open to innovative strategies in structural monitoring and real-time data processing, in particular for industrial and vehicular fields. Dedicated devices for harvesting the energy dissipated by mechanical vibrations of machines are showing their applicability in supplying autonomous distributed sensing systems. The harvester will replace cables and storage batteries, with relevant benefits on the sensing system capillarity, accessibility and applicability. The design of the interfaces of the electric, magnetic and structural coupled systems forming the harvester include static and dynamic modeling and simulation of the interactions involved; smart and effective architectures are need to satisfy the general requirements of bandwidth, tunability and efficiency required by each application. This paper reports the research advances in this field as a result of laboratory tests and design studies, with particular focus on the design methodologies involved in the definition of energy harvesters.

  16. Low-temperature thermal conductivity of highly porous copper

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    Tomás, G.; Martins, D.; Cooper, A.; Bonfait, G.

    2015-12-01

    The development and characterization of new materials is of extreme importance in the design of cryogenic apparatus. Recently Versarien® PLC developed a technique capable of producing copper foam with controlled porosity and pore size. Such porous materials could be interesting for cryogenic heat exchangers as well as of special interest in some devices used in microgravit.y environments where a cryogenic liquid is confined by capillarity. In the present work, a system was developed to measure the thermal conductivity by the differential steady-state mode of four copper foam samples with porosity between 58% and 73%, within the temperatures range 20 - 260 K, using a 2 W @ 20 K cryocooler. Our measurements were validated using a copper control sample and by the estimation of the Lorenz number obtained from electrical resistivity measurements at room temperature. With these measurements, the Resistivity Residual Ratio and the tortuosity were obtained.

  17. Negative capillary-pressure-induced cavitation probability in nanochannels

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    The capillarity-induced negative pressure of water flow has been investigated in nanochannels of a rectangular cross section by using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation. As a consequent effect of negative pressure, the cavitation probability has been analyzed numerically. The numerical relation between the critical radius of cavitation (Rc) and geometrical characteristics of channels shows that cavitation does not occur in channels of uniform cross section (UCS), since 2Rc is larger than the smallest dimension of the channel. However, it may occur in channels of non-uniform cross section (NUCS), except for planar or high aspect ratio channels. The inequality in height and width is favorable for the absence of cavitation. The findings can also be applied to channels of elliptical or circular cross section. The results show the influence of geometrical characteristics of channels on the cavitation probability, which is important to engineer the channel geometrical structure in order to avoid undesirable filling problem 'cavitation' during the flow process.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of laminated Si/SiC composites

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    Salma M. Naga

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Laminated Si/SiC ceramics were synthesized from porous preforms of biogenous carbon impregnated with Si slurry at a temperature of 1500 °C for 2 h. Due to the capillarity infiltration with Si, both intrinsic micro- and macrostructure in the carbon preform were retained within the final ceramics. The SEM micrographs indicate that the final material exhibits a distinguished laminar structure with successive Si/SiC layers. The produced composites show weight gain of ≈5% after heat treatment in air at 1300 °C for 50 h. The produced bodies could be used as high temperature gas filters as indicated from the permeability results.

  19. Soft matter physics

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    1999-01-01

    What do colloids, fractals, liquid crystals, and polymers have in common? Nothing at first sight. Yet the distance scales, the energy transfers, the way these objects react to an external field are very similar. For the first time, this book offers an introduction to the physics of these soft materials in one single volume. A variety of experiments and concepts are presented, including the phenomena of capillarity and wetting, fractals, small volumes and large surfaces, colloids, surfactants, giant micelles and fluid membranes, polymers, and liquid crystals. Each chapter is written by experts in the field with the aim of making the book accessible to the widest possible scientific audience: graduate students, lecturers, and research scientists in physics, chemistry, and other disciplines. Nobel Prize winner Pierre-Gilles de Gennes inspired this book and has written a foreword.

  20. Dip-coating with prestructured substrates: transfer of simple liquids and Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers

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    Wilczek, Markus; Chi, Lifeng; Thiele, Uwe; Gurevich, Svetlana V

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    When a plate is withdrawn from a liquid bath, either a static meniscus forms in the transition region between the bath and the substrate or a liquid film of finite thickness (a Landau-Levich film) is transferred onto the moving substrate. If the substrate is inhomogeneous, e.g., has a prestructure consisting of stripes of different wettabilities, the meniscus can be deformed or show a complex dynamic behavior. Here we study the free surface shape and dynamics of a dragged meniscus occurring for striped prestructures with two orientations, parallel and perpendicular to the transfer direction. A thin film model is employed that accounts for capillarity through a Laplace pressure and for the spatially varying wettability through a Derjaguin (or disjoining) pressure. Numerical continuation is used to obtain steady free surface profiles and corresponding bifurcation diagrams in the case of substrates with different homogeneous wettabilities. Direct numerical simulations are employed in the case of the various stri...

  1. Growth and instability of the liquid rim in the crown splash regime

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    Agbaglah, G

    2014-01-01

    We study the formation, growth, and disintegration of jets following impact of a drop on a thin film of the same liquid for We < 1000 and Re < 2000 using a combination of numerical simulations and linear stability theory (Agbaglah et al. 2013). Our simulations faithfully capture this phenomena and are in good agreement with experimental profiles obtained from high-speed X-ray imaging.We obtain scaling relations from our simulations and use these as inputs to our stability analysis. The resulting prediction for the most unstable wavelength are in excellent agreement with experimental data. Our calculations show that the dominant destabilizing mechanism is a competition between capillarity and inertia but that deceleration of the rim provides an additional boost to growth. We also predict over the entire parameter range of our study the number and timescale for formation of secondary droplets formed during a splash, based on the assumption that the most unstable mode sets the droplet number.

  2. Striated muscle fiber size, composition and capillary density in diabetes in relation to neuropathy and muscle strength

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    Andreassen, Christer Swan; Jensen, Jacob Malte; Jakobsen, Johannes; Ulhøi, Benedicte Parm; Andersen, Henning

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Diabetic polyneuropathy (DPN) leads to progressive loss of muscle strength in the lower extremities due to muscular atrophy. Changes in vascularization occur in diabetic striated muscle; however, the relationship between these changes and DPN is as yet unexplored. The aim of the present...... study was to evaluate histologic properties and capillarization of diabetic skeletal muscle in relation to DPN and muscle strength. METHODS: Twenty type 1 and 20 type 2 diabetic (T1D and T2D, respectively) patients underwent biopsy of the gastrocnemic muscle, isokinetic dynamometry at the ankle...... between muscle fiber diameter, muscle fiber type distribution, or capillary density and degree of neuropathy or muscle strength for either patient group. Muscle fiber diameter and the proportion of Type II fibers were greater for T1D patients than both T2D patients and controls. The T2D patients had fewer...

  3. Candlestick oven with a silica wick provides an intense collimated cesium atomic beam

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    Pailloux, A.; Alpettaz, T.; Lizon, E.

    2007-02-01

    This article shows that readily available glass and silica fibers and braids are suitable capillary structure for recirculating ovens, such as candlestick ovens, becoming then an alternative wick material to conventional metal based capillary structures. In order to study wettability and capillarity of metallic liquid cesium on borosilicate and silica microstructures, samples were selected, prepared, and tested experimentally. The contact angle of cesium on silica glass was roughly measured: θ =35°±10°. A commercially available silica braid was then introduced inside a candlestick oven to transfer the metallic liquid cesium from the cold reservoir to the hot emission point of the candlestick. A collimated cesium atomic beam of intensity of 2×1016at./ssr was obtained, stable and reproducible. Furthermore, this modified oven is easy to handle daily.

  4. Then and now - laboratory flow tests and upscaling of fluid flow in porous media: 50-year history, today's challenges, and the way forward

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    Babadagli, Tayfun

    2011-01-15

    50 years ago, Magus and Flock presented a paper. First is the B-L theory which is only valid in ideal conditions; to overcome the 2 saturation results given by the B-L equation, Weldge proposed to solve this equation by averaging the front saturation which then procures only one solution. Second is the effects of viscous and capillarity parameters, the current perception is that the relative permeability controls the ultimate recovery and is a strong function of interfacial properties rather than the viscous forces for waterwet systems. Third is displacement in heterogeneous systems where the B-L theory is not enough to understand the high-viscosity ratio displacement and processes in such systems.

  5. The geometry and wetting of capillary folding

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    Péraud, Jean-Philippe

    2014-01-01

    Capillary forces are involved in a variety of natural phenomena, ranging from droplet breakup to the physics of clouds. The forces from surface tension can also be exploited in industrial application provided the length scales involved are small enough. Recent experimental investigations showed how to take advantage of capillarity to fold planar structures into three-dimensional configurations by selectively melting polymeric hinges joining otherwise rigid shapes. In this paper we use theoretical calculations to quantify the role of geometry and fluid wetting on the final folded state. Considering folding in two and three dimensions, studying both hydrophilic and hydrophobic situations with possible contact angle hysteresis, and addressing the shapes to be folded to be successively infinite, finite, curved, kinked, elastic, we are able to derive an overview of the geometrical parameter space available for capillary folding.

  6. Spontaneous Imbibition Dynamics of an n-Alkane in Nanopores: Evidence of Meniscus Freezing and Monolayer Sticking

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    Gruener, Simon; 10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.174501

    2009-01-01

    Capillary filling dynamics of liquid n-tetracosane (n-C24H50) in a network of cylindrical pores with 7 and 10 nm mean diameter in monolithic silica glass (Vycor) exhibit an abrupt temperature-slope change at Ts=54 deg C, ~4 deg C above bulk and ~16 deg C, 8 deg C, respectively, above pore freezing. It can be traced to a sudden inversion of the surface tension's T slope, and thus to a decrease in surface entropy at the advancing pore menisci, characteristic of the formation of a single solid monolayer of rectified molecules, known as surface freezing from macroscopic, quiescent tetracosane melts. The imbibition speeds, that are the squared prefactors of the observed square-root-of-time Lucas-Washburn invasion kinetics, indicate a conserved bulk fluidity and capillarity of the nanopore-confined liquid, if we assume a flat lying, sticky hydrocarbon backbone monolayer at the silica walls.

  7. Reactive Infiltration of Silicon Melt Through Microporous Amorphous Carbon Preforms

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    Sangsuwan, P.; Tewari, S. N.; Gatica, J. E.; Singh, M.; Dickerson, R.

    1999-01-01

    The kinetics of unidirectional capillary infiltration of silicon melt into microporous carbon preforms have been investigated as a function of the pore morphology and melt temperature. The infiltrated specimens showed alternating bands of dark and bright regions, which corresponded to the unreacted free carbon and free silicon regions, respectively. The decrease in the infiltration front velocity for increasing infiltration distances, is in qualitative agreement with the closed-form solution of capillarity driven fluid flow through constant cross section cylindrical pores. However, drastic changes in the thermal response and infiltration front morphologies were observed for minute differences in the preforms microstructure. This suggests the need for a dynamic percolation model that would account for the exothermic nature of the silicon-carbon chemical reaction and the associated pore closing phenomenon.

  8. Fog spontaneously folds mosquito wings

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    Dickerson, Andrew K.; Liu, Xing; Zhu, Ting; Hu, David L.

    2015-02-01

    The flexibility of insect wings confers aerodynamic benefits, but can also present a hazard if exposed to fog or dew. Fog can cause water to accumulate on wings, bending them into tight taco shapes and rendering them useless for flight. In this combined experimental and theoretical study, we use high-speed video to film the spontaneous folding of isolated mosquito wings due to the evaporation of a water drop. We predict shapes of the deformed wing using two-dimensional elastica theory, considering both surface tension and Laplace pressure. We also recommend fold-resistant geometries for the wings of flapping micro-aerial vehicles. Our work reveals the mechanism of insect wing folding and provides a framework for further study of capillarity-driven folding in both natural and biomimetic systems at small scales.

  9. Hydraulic Transport Across Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Nanopores: Flow Experiments with Water and n-Hexane

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    Gruener, Simon; Greulich, Stefanie; Busch, Mark; Huber, Patrick

    2015-01-01

    We experimentally explore pressure-driven flow of water and n-hexane across nanoporous silica (Vycor glass monoliths with 7 or 10 nm pore diameters, respectively) as a function of temperature and surface functionalization (native and silanized glass surfaces). Hydraulic flow rates are measured by applying hydrostatic pressures via inert gases (argon and helium, pressurized up to 70 bar) on the upstream side in a capacitor-based membrane permeability setup. For the native, hydrophilic silica walls, the measured hydraulic permeabilities can be quantitatively accounted for by bulk fluidity provided we assume a sticking boundary layer, i.e. a negative velocity slip length of molecular dimensions. The thickness of this boundary layer is discussed with regard to previous capillarity-driven flow experiments (spontaneous imbibition) and with regard to velocity slippage at the pore walls resulting from dissolved gas. Water flow across the silanized, hydrophobic nanopores is blocked up to a hydrostatic pressure of at l...

  10. Dynamic capillary wetting studied with dissipative particle dynamics

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    Cupelli, Claudio; Glatzel, Thomas; Zengerle, Roland; Santer, Mark [Laboratory for MEMS applications, Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK), University of Freiburg, Georges-Koehler-Allee 106, 79110 Freiburg (Germany); Henrich, Bjoern; Moseler, Michael [Freiburg Materials Research Center (FMF), Stefan-Meier-Strasse 21, 79104 Freiburg (Germany)], E-mail: cupelli@imtek.de

    2008-04-15

    We present a study on dynamic capillary wetting in the framework of dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) based on a novel wall model for wetting on solid boundaries. We consider capillary impregnation of a slit pore in two situations: (i) forced (piston-driven) steady state flow and (ii) capillarity driven imbibition out of a finite reservoir. The dynamic contact angle behavior under condition (i) is consistent with the hydrodynamic theories of Cox under partial wetting conditions and Eggers for complete wetting. The flow field near the contact line shows a region of apparent slip flow which provides a natural way of avoiding a stress singularity at the triple line. The dynamics of the capillary imbibition, i.e. condition (ii), is consistently described by the Lucas-Washburn equation augmented by expressions that account for inertia and the influence of the dynamic contact angle.

  11. Soft wetting and the Shuttleworth effect, at the crossroads between thermodynamics and mechanics

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    Andreotti, Bruno; Snoeijer, Jacco H.

    2016-03-01

    Extremely compliant elastic materials, such as thin membranes or soft gels, can be deformed when wetted by a liquid drop. It is commonly assumed that the solid capillarity in “soft wetting” can be treated in the same manner as liquid surface tension. However, the physical chemistry of a solid interface is itself affected by any distortion with respect to the elastic reference state. This gives rise to phenomena that have no counterpart in liquids: the mechanical surface stress is different from the excess free energy in surface. Here we point out some striking consequences of this “Shuttleworth effect” in the context of wetting on deformable substrates, such as the appearance of elastic singularities and unconventional capillary forces. We provide a synthesis between different viewpoints on soft wetting (microscopic and macroscopic, mechanics and thermodynamics), and point out key open issues in the field.

  12. Bed rest reduces metabolic protein content and abolishes exercise-induced mRNA responses in human skeletal muscle

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    Jørgensen, Stine Ringholm; Biensø, Rasmus S; Kiilerich, Kristian;

    2011-01-01

    bed rest. Research Design and Methods: Twelve young, healthy, male subjects completed 7 days of bed rest with vastus lateralis muscle biopsies taken before and after bed rest. In addition, muscle biopsies were obtained from 6 of the subjects prior to, immediately after and 3h after 45 min one......-legged knee extensor exercise performed before and after bed rest. Results: Maximal oxygen uptake decreased 5% and exercise endurance decreased non-significantly 25% by bed rest. Bed rest reduced skeletal muscle mitochondrial DNA/nuclear DNA content 15%, hexokinase II and sirtuin 1 protein content ~45%, 3......-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase and citrate synthase activity ~8% as well as miR-1 and miR-133a content ~10%. Cytochrome c and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) protein content as well as capillarization did however not change significantly with bed rest. Acute exercise increased AMP-activated protein...

  13. The effect of interfacial evaporation on heat and mass transfer of falling liquid film

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    王补宣; 张金涛; 彭晓峰

    2001-01-01

    Analysis of experimental data and estimation of the order of magnitude for interfacial mass diffusion have demonstrated that considerable excess evaporation exists on the free interface of falling liquid film, and that the capillary pressure caused by surface tension is the driving force of this excess interfacial evaporation, which we called the “capillarity-induced interfacial evaporation”. By correlating the experimental data, an empirical expression of the effective capillary radius, r\\-e, is obtained with which the evaporative rate formula we derived and reported previously has been modified to improve the prediction of the critical heat flux for film breakdown. Comparisons with the available predicting models show that our modified equation can predict the experimental results with much lower relative deviation.

  14. Dimensional, microstructural and compositional stability of metal fuels

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    Solomon, A.A.; Dayananda, M.A.

    1993-03-15

    The projects undertaken were to address two areas of concern for metal-fueled fast reactors: metallurgical compatibility of fuel and its fission products with the stainless steel cladding, and effects of porosity development in the fuel on fuel/cladding interactions and on sodium penetration in fuel. The following studies are reported on extensively in appendices: hot isostatic pressing of U-10Zr by coupled boundary diffusion/power law creep cavitation, liquid Na intrusion into porous U-10Zr fuel alloy by differential capillarity, interdiffusion between U-Zr fuel and selected Fe-Ni-Cr alloys, interdiffusion between U-Zr fuel vs selected cladding steels, and interdiffusion of Ce in Fe-base alloys with Ni or Cr.

  15. Dimensional, microstructural and compositional stability of metal fuels. Final performance report

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    Solomon, A.A.; Dayananda, M.A.

    1993-03-15

    The projects undertaken were to address two areas of concern for metal-fueled fast reactors: metallurgical compatibility of fuel and its fission products with the stainless steel cladding, and effects of porosity development in the fuel on fuel/cladding interactions and on sodium penetration in fuel. The following studies are reported on extensively in appendices: hot isostatic pressing of U-10Zr by coupled boundary diffusion/power law creep cavitation, liquid Na intrusion into porous U-10Zr fuel alloy by differential capillarity, interdiffusion between U-Zr fuel and selected Fe-Ni-Cr alloys, interdiffusion between U-Zr fuel vs selected cladding steels, and interdiffusion of Ce in Fe-base alloys with Ni or Cr.

  16. Factors influencing unsteady relative permeability of a mixed-wet reservoir rock

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    Capillarity, viscous fingering, and heterogeneity influence the flow in a core plug and hence affect the relative permeability determined from an unsteady test. Several unsteady water/oil relative permeability tests were carried out in a mixed-wet core while in-situ 3D saturation distribution was monitored by a computerized-tomography (CT) scanner. Results illustrate included in this paper that, in the early part of the Johnson-Bossler-Naumann (JBN) method, relative permeability is dominated by fingering and heterogeneity effects. The later part of this method (>1 PV), however, represents the relative permeability of the end-face saturation and is influenced by the capillary number and throughput. Thus, laboratory results must be scaled to the field on the basis of the flow parameters: end-effect, capillary, instability, and heterogeneity numbers

  17. Electrical resistivity measurements of brine saturated porous media near reservoir conditions: Awibengkok preliminary results

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    Laboratory measurements of the electrical resistivity of rocks and synthetic rocks with confining pressures up to 100 bars and temperatures between 20 and 211 C were performed to further investigate how the pore-size distribution and capillarity affects boiling in porous media. Similar to previous measurements on samples from The Geysers, CA, we observed a gradual increase in resistivity when pore pressure was decreased below the phase-boundary pressure of free water, an indication that boiling is controlled not only by temperature and pressure, but also by pore size distribution. Other important phenomena observed were strong resistance fluctuations during boiling that may be chaotic, and salt deposition that caused sample cracking. If confirmed in further experiments, these results may lead to a new geophysical diagnostic for locating boiling in high permeability areas of geothermal reservoirs and for methods of permeability alteration

  18. Dynamic electrowetting of sessile drops on soft surfaces

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    Dey, Ranabir; DasGupta, Sunando; Chakraborty, Suman

    2014-01-01

    Electrically-mediated dynamic wetting behaviour of sessile liquid drops on dielectric films is governed by the combined interplay of the wetting line friction and the internal viscous dissipation. We show here that such classical description of the electrospreading phenomenon, as prevalent in the contemporary literature, fails to address the electro-capillarity induced dynamic wetting of sessile drops on soft dielectrics. We first delineate the temporal variations of the macroscopic dynamic contact angle, and the contact radius, during electrowetting on rheologically tunable soft surfaces, at different applied electric potentials; subsequently, we prove through a scaling analysis, and an energy conservation approach, that the dielectric elasticity dependent, microscale elastocapillary deformation of the soft substrate, near the three-phase contact line, plays the integral role in dictating the macroscopic electrowetting behaviour. Interestingly, under such electro-elastocapillary phenomenon on soft dielectric...

  19. A FORTRAN program for interpretation of relative permeability from unsteady-state displacements with capillary pressure included

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    Udegbunam, E.O.

    1991-01-01

    This paper presents a FORTRAN program for the determination of two-phase relative permeabilities from unsteady-state displacement data with capillary pressure terms included. The interpretative model employed in this program combines the simultaneous solution of a variant of the fractional flow equation which includes a capillary pressure term and an integro-differential equation derived from Darcy's law without assuming the simplified Buckley-Leverett flow. The incorporation of capillary pressure in the governing equations dispenses with the high flowrate experimental requirements normally employed to overcome capillarity effects. An illustrative example is presented herein which implements this program for the determination of oil/water relative permeabilities from a sandstone core sample. Results obtained compares favorably with results previously given in the literature. ?? 1991.

  20. Hepatic microcirculatory disturbances in patients with chronic hepatitis B

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    郝菁华; 石军; 任万华; 韩国庆; 朱菊人; 王书运; 谢英渤

    2002-01-01

    Objective To document morphological changes in hepatic microcirculation in liver tissue with hepatitis B and the pathogenesis of hepatic microcirculatory disturbances. Methods Liver tissue samples were obtained from patients with hepatitis B by liver biopsy. These samples were examined with a light microscope and transmission electron microscope. Results Hepatic microcirculatory disturbances existed in patients with hepatitis B, including those with normal liver function, manifested by red blood cell aggregation in sinusoids seen under light microscope and sinusoidal capillarization seen under electron microscope. Weibel-Palade bodies in sinusoidal endothelial cells were seen in 26 out of 53 cases. Intimate contacts were found between lymphocyte/Kupffer cells and sinusoidal endothelial cells. Conclusions Hepatic microcirculatory disturbances exist in patients with hepatitis B .The appearance of Weibel-Palade bodies in sinusoidal endothelial cells may be a key step in the development of hepatic microcirculatory disturbances.

  1. Morphological Transitions of Sliding Drops -- Dynamics and Bifurcations

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    Engelnkemper, Sebastian; Gurevich, Svetlana V; Thiele, Uwe

    2016-01-01

    We study fully three-dimensional droplets that slide down an incline employing a thin-film equation that accounts for capillarity, wettability and a lateral driving force in small-gradient (or long-wave) approximation. In particular, we focus on qualitative changes in the morphology and behavior of stationary sliding drops. We employ the inclination angle of the substrate as control parameter and use continuation techniques to analyze for several fixed droplet sizes the bifurcation diagram of stationary droplets, their linear stability and relevant eigenmodes. The obtained predictions on existence ranges and instabilities are tested via direct numerical simulations that are also used to investigate a branch of time-periodic behavior (corresponding to pearling-coalescence cycles) which emerges at a global instability, the related hysteresis in behavior and a period-doubling cascade. The non-trivial oscillatory behavior close to a Hopf bifurcation of drops with a finite-length tail is also studied. Finally, it ...

  2. Simple push coating of polymer thin-film transistors.

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    Ikawa, Mitsuhiro; Yamada, Toshikazu; Matsui, Hiroyuki; Minemawari, Hiromi; Tsutsumi, Jun'ya; Horii, Yoshinori; Chikamatsu, Masayuki; Azumi, Reiko; Kumai, Reiji; Hasegawa, Tatsuo

    2012-01-01

    Solution processibility is a unique advantage of organic semiconductors, permitting the low-cost production of flexible electronics under ambient conditions. However, the solution affinity to substrate surfaces remains a serious dilemma; liquid manipulation is more difficult on highly hydrophobic surfaces, but the use of such surfaces is indispensable for improving device characteristics. Here we demonstrate a simple technique, which we call 'push coating', to produce uniform large-area semiconducting polymer films over a hydrophobic surface with eliminating material loss. We utilize a poly(dimethylsiloxane)-based trilayer stamp whose conformal contact with the substrate enables capillarity-induced wetting of the surface. Films are formed through solvent sorption and retention in the stamp, allowing the stamp to be peeled perfectly from the film. The planar film formation on hydrophobic surfaces also enables subsequent fine film patterning. The technique improves the crystallinity and field-effect mobility of stamped semiconductor films, constituting a major step towards flexible electronics production. PMID:23132026

  3. Dimensional, microstructural and compositional stability of metal fuels

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    The projects undertaken were to address two areas of concern for metal-fueled fast reactors: metallurgical compatibility of fuel and its fission products with the stainless steel cladding, and effects of porosity development in the fuel on fuel/cladding interactions and on sodium penetration in fuel. The following studies are reported on extensively in appendices: hot isostatic pressing of U-10Zr by coupled boundary diffusion/power law creep cavitation, liquid Na intrusion into porous U-10Zr fuel alloy by differential capillarity, interdiffusion between U-Zr fuel and selected Fe-Ni-Cr alloys, interdiffusion between U-Zr fuel vs selected cladding steels, and interdiffusion of Ce in Fe-base alloys with Ni or Cr

  4. Muscle-specific expression of hypoxia-inducible factor in human skeletal muscle

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    Mounier, Rémi; Pedersen, Bente Klarlund; Plomgaard, Peter

    2010-01-01

    fibres that possess unique patterns of protein and gene expression, producing different capillarization and energy metabolism systems. In this work, we analysed HIF-1alpha mRNA and protein expression related to the fibre-type composition in untrained human skeletal muscle by obtaining muscle biopsies......Skeletal muscle is well known to exhibit a high degree of plasticity depending on environmental changes, such as various oxygen concentrations. Studies of the oxygen-sensitive subunit alpha of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) are difficult owing to the large variety of functionally diverse muscle...... a significantly higher VEGF protein content than vastus lateralis and triceps muscle. In conclusion, we have shown that there are muscle-specific differences in HIF-1alpha and VEGF expression within human skeletal muscle at rest in normoxic conditions. Recent results, when combined with the findings described...

  5. PATOPHYSIOLOGICAL MECHANISM OF PIGMENTED PURPURIC DERMATOSES

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    Vujanac Andreja

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Aim: Patophysiological modeling of pigmented purpuric dermatoses based on venous hypertension. Capillaritis are considered to be patophysiological equivalent, or etiological basis of pigmented purpuric dermatoses. The exact mechanism has not been established and suggests the following: increased venous pressure, odontogenic processes, hypersensitivity to carbamezepine, meprobamate, furosemide, vitamin B1, contact dermatitis (khaki-colour dermatitis, capillary fragility and perforating vein incompetence. In this paper we presented a mechanism based on increased venous pressure. Methods: Graphic presentation of Crank, Krogh and Bessel equation. Results: In Schamberg’s disease relative and absolute hemoglobin concentrations are changed much more slowly than in Majocchi disease. Curves based on Bessel function provides better explanation for hemoglobin changes according to clinical presentation. Conclusion: This review study could be starting point for further investigation of pigmented purpuric dermatoses.

  6. Structural Evolution During Formation and Filling of Self-patterned Nanoholes on GaAs (100 Surfaces

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    Zhou Lin

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Nanohole formation on an AlAs/GaAs superlattice gives insight to both the “drilling” effect of Ga droplets on AlAs as compared to GaAs and the hole-filling process. The shape and depth of the nanoholes formed on GaAs (100 substrates has been studied by the cross-section transmission electron microscopy. The Ga droplets “drill” through the AlAs layer at a much slower rate than through GaAs due to differences in activation energy. Refill of the nanohole results in elongated GaAs mounds along the [01−1] direction. As a result of capillarity-induced diffusion, GaAs favors growth inside the nanoholes, which provides the possibility to fabricate GaAs and AlAs nanostructures.

  7. Theoretical microfluidics

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    Bruus, Henrik

    Microfluidics is a young and rapidly expanding scientific discipline, which deals with fluids and solutions in miniaturized systems, the so-called lab-on-a-chip systems. It has applications in chemical engineering, pharmaceutics, biotechnology and medicine. As the lab-on-a-chip systems grow in...... complexity, a proper theoretical understanding becomes increasingly important. The basic idea of the book is to provide a self-contained formulation of the theoretical framework of microfluidics, and at the same time give physical motivation and examples from lab-on-a-chip technology. After three chapters...... introducing microfluidics, the governing equations for mass, momentum and energy, and some basic flow solutions, the following 14 chapters treat hydraulic resistance/compliance, diffusion/dispersion, time-dependent flow, capillarity, electro- and magneto-hydrodynamics, thermal transport, two-phase flow...

  8. Vascular Function and Angiogenesis in Aging and Essential Hypertension

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    Gliemann, Lasse

    sedentary subjects and, more pronounced, the angiogenic response to exercise training.  Vascular function in essential hypertension  Increased vascular resistance is a hallmark of essential hypertension and, measurements on the forearm have demonstrated impaired vascular function in individuals with...... exercise training on vascular function in individuals with essential hypertension  In accordance with many previous studies, we found that a period of exercise training led to a reduction in arterial blood pressure in hypertensive subjects. A training-induced lowering of blood pressure can be explained by...... and prostacyclin restored blood pressure during exercise to pre-training values. Combined, these observations strongly suggest that nitric oxide and prostaglandin are important in the blood pressure reducing effect of exercise training.  Capillarization and ultrastructure in essential hypertension...

  9. How Capillary Rafts Sink

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    Protiere, S; Aristoff, J; Stone, H

    2010-01-01

    We present a fluid dynamics video showing how capillary rafts sink. Small objects trapped at an interface are very common in Nature (insects walking on water, ant rafts, bubbles or pollen at the water-air interface, membranes...) and are found in many multiphase industrial processes. Thanks to Archimedes principle we can easily predict whether an object sinks or floats. But what happens when several small particles are placed at an interface between two fluids. In this case surface tension also plays an important role. These particles self-assemble by capillarity and thus form what we call a "capillary raft". We show how such capillary rafts sink for varying sizes of particles and define how this parameter affects the sinking process.

  10. Effect of interfacial phenomena on evaporative heat transfer in micro heat pipes; Influence des phenomenes interfaciaux sur les transferts de chaleur par evaporation dans les microcaloducs

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    Sartre, V.; Chaker Zaghdoudi, M.; Lallemand, M. [Institut National des Sciences Appliquees (INSA), Centre Thermique de Lyon, UPRESA CNRS 5008, 69 - Villeurbanne (France)

    2000-04-01

    A three-dimensional steady-state model for predicting heat transfer in a micro pipe array is presented. Three coupled models, solving the micro region equations, the-dimensional wall heat conduction problem and the longitudinal capillarity two-phase flow have been developed. The results, presented for an aluminium/ammonia triangular micro heat pipe array, show that the major part of the total heat input in the evaporator section goes through the micro-region. In addition, both the apparent contact angle and the heat transfer are in the micro-region increase with an increasing wall superheat. It is also shown that the inner wall heat flux and temperatures as well as the contact angle decrease all along the evaporator section. (authors)

  11. A Multiscale Diffuse-Interface Model for Two-Phase Flow in Porous Media

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    Roudbari, Mahnaz Shokrpour; Verhoosel, Clemens V

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we consider a multiscale phase-field model for capillarity-driven flows in porous media. The presented model constitutes a reduction of the conventional Navier-Stokes-Cahn-Hilliard phase-field model, valid in situations where interest is restricted to dynamical and equilibrium behavior in an aggregated sense, rather than a precise description of microscale flow phenomena. The model is based on averaging of the equation of motion, thereby yielding a significant reduction in the complexity of the underlying Navier-Stokes-Cahn-Hilliard equations, while retaining its macroscopic dynamical and equilibrium properties. Numerical results are presented for the representative 2-dimensional capillary-rise problem pertaining to two closely spaced vertical plates with both identical and disparate wetting properties. Comparison with analytical solutions for these test cases corroborates the accuracy of the presented multiscale model. In addition, we present results for a capillary-rise problem with a non-triv...

  12. Effects of nifedipine and moxonidine on cardiac structure in spontaneously hypertensive rats. Stereological studies on myocytes, capillaries, arteries, and cardiac interstitium.

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    Amann, K; Greber, D; Gharehbaghi, H; Wiest, G; Lange, B; Ganten, U; Mattfeldt, T; Mall, G

    1992-02-01

    Light and electron microscopic stereological studies were performed on the myocardium of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR-SP) before and after treatment with nifedipine (27 mg/kg body weight/day) and the antisympathotonic agent moxonidine (8 mg/kg body weight/day). The treated groups were compared with nontreated SHR-SP and normotensive WKY (n = 10 in each group). At the beginning of therapy (when the male SHR-SP were 6 months old), blood pressure was increased and left ventricular hypertrophy had developed whereas pathologic changes of myocardial structure were not observed. After 3 months, the nontreated hypertensive rats showed cardiac fibrosis, activation and proliferation of interstitial cells, wall thickening of intramyocardial arteries, reduced capillarization as well as focal degeneration of myocytes at the ultrastructural level. Both treatments showed similar effects on blood pressure, degree of hypertrophy, and cardiac structure. Blood pressure as well as the degree of hypertrophy were significantly reduced. As far as myocardial fibrosis, capillarization, and regressive changes of myocytes are concerned a complete normalization was observed. Furthermore, nifedipine enhanced capillary supply beyond the normal level by induction of capillary neoformation. Microarteriopathy and activation of nonvascular interstitial cells (first step in development of interstitial myocardial fibrosis) were significantly suppressed by therapy, but the level of the normotensive control could not be maintained. Additional experiments with a low dose combination therapy of nifedipine and moxonidine that did not reduce blood pressure provided evidence that hypertension is an important determinant of the alterations of intramyocardial arteries, but not of cardiac interstitial fibrosis. PMID:1550668

  13. Time course of training-induced microcirculatory changes and of vegf expression in skeletal muscles of spontaneously hypertensive female rats

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    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Exercise-induced vessel changes modulate arterial pressure (AP in male spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF is important for angiogenesis of skeletal muscle. The present study evaluated the time course of VEGF and angiogenesis after short- and long-term exercise training of female SHR and Wistar Kyoto (WKY rats, 8-9 weeks (200-250 g. Rats were allocated to daily training or remained sedentary for 3 days (N = 23 or 13 weeks (N = 23. After training, the carotid artery was catheterized for AP measurements. Locomotor (tibialis anterior and gracilis and non-locomotor skeletal muscles (temporalis were harvested and prepared for histologic and protein expression analyses. Training increased treadmill performance by all groups (SHR = 28%, WKY = 64%, 3 days and (SHR = 141%, WKY = 122%, 13 weeks. SHR had higher values of AP than WKY (174 ± 4 vs 111 ± 2 mmHg that were not altered by training. Three days of running increased VEGF expression (SHR = 28%, WKY = 36% simultaneously with an increase in capillary-to-fiber ratio in gracilis muscle (SHR = 19%, WKY = 15%. In contrast, 13 weeks of training increased gracilis capillary-to-fiber ratio (SHR = 18%, WKY = 19%, without simultaneous changes in VEGF expression. Training did not change VEGF expression and capillarity of temporalis muscle. We conclude that training stimulates time- and tissue-dependent VEGF protein expression, independent of pressure levels. VEGF triggers angiogenesis in locomotor skeletal muscle shortly after the exercise starts, but is not involved in the maintenance of capillarity after long-term exercise in female rats.

  14. Research program on fractured petroleum reservoirs. Final report, January 1, 1996--December 31, 1996

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    Firoozabadi, A.

    1997-05-01

    Multiphase flow in fractured porous media is a complex problem. While the study of single phase flow in a fractured or a layered medium can be pursued by some kind of averaging process, there is no meaning to averaging two-phase flow when capillarity is an active force. For a two-layer system comprised of high and low permeable layers, the performance of gas-oil gravity can be less efficient than the homogeneous low permeable medium. On the other hand, heterogeneity may enhance water imbibition due to capillarity. Due to the above and various other complexities, current tools for predicting the performance of fractured hydrocarbon reservoirs are not reliable. Based on the research work carried out at the Reservoir Engineering Research Institute, and some other Institutions, a good deal of progress has been made in recent years. But still we are a long way from good predictive reservoir models. In this final report, we summarize some of our achievements in the understanding of multiphase flow in fractured media. Since some of the features of two-phase flow in fractured and layered many are similar due to the capillary forces, the work includes progress in both types of media. There are some basic issues of flow in both fractured and unfractured media that are currently unresolved. These issues include: (1) new phase formation such as the formation of liquid phase in gas condensate reservoirs, and gas phase formation in solution gas drive process and (2) composition variation due to thermal convection and diffusion processes. In the following, a brief summary of our findings in the last three years during the course of the project is presented.

  15. Up-scaling of a two-phase flow model including gravity effect in geological heterogeneous media: application to CO2 sequestration

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    This work deals with the mathematical modeling and the numerical simulation of the migration under gravity and capillarity effects of the supercritical CO2 injected into a geological heterogeneous sequestration site. The simulations are performed with the code DuMux. Particularly, we consider the up-scaling, from the cell scale to the reservoir scale, of a two-phase (CO2 -brine) flow model within a periodic stratified medium made up of horizontal low permeability barriers, continuous or discontinuous. The up-scaling is done by the two-scale asymptotic method. First, we consider perfectly layered media. An homogenized model is developed and validated by numerical simulation for different values of capillary number and the incident flux of CO2. The homogenization method is then applied to the case of a two-dimensional medium made up of discontinuous layers. Due to the gravity effect, the CO2 accumulates under the low permeability layers, which leads to a non-standard local mathematical problem. This stratification is modeled using the gravity current approach. This approach is then extended to the case of semi-permeable strata taking into account the capillarity. The up-scaled model is compared with numerical simulations for different types of layers, with or without capillary pressure, and its limit of validity is discussed in each of these cases. The final part of this thesis is devoted to the study of the parallel computing performances of the code DuMux to simulate the injection and migration of CO2 in three-dimensional heterogeneous media (layered periodic media, fluvial media and reservoir model SPE 10). (author)

  16. Low level arsenic promotes progressive inflammatory angiogenesis and liver blood vessel remodeling in mice

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    The vascular effects of arsenic in drinking water are global health concerns contributing to human disease worldwide. Arsenic targets the endothelial cells lining blood vessels, and endothelial cell activation or dysfunction may underlie the pathogenesis of both arsenic-induced vascular diseases and arsenic-enhanced tumorigenesis. The purpose of the current studies was to demonstrate that exposing mice to drinking water containing environmentally relevant levels of arsenic promoted endothelial cell dysfunction and pathologic vascular remodeling. Increased angiogenesis, neovascularization, and inflammatory cell infiltration were observed in Matrigel plugs implanted in C57BL/6 mice following 5-week exposures to 5-500 ppb arsenic [Soucy, N.V., Mayka, D., Klei, L.R., Nemec, A.A., Bauer, J.A., Barchowsky, A., 2005. Neovascularization and angiogenic gene expression following chronic arsenic exposure in mice. Cardiovasc.Toxicol 5, 29-42]. Therefore, functional in vivo effects of arsenic on endothelial cell function and vessel remodeling in an endogenous vascular bed were investigated in the liver. Liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSEC) became progressively defenestrated and underwent capillarization to decrease vessel porosity following exposure to 250 ppb arsenic for 2 weeks. Sinusoidal expression of PECAM-1 and laminin-1 proteins, a hallmark of capillarization, was also increased by 2 weeks of exposure. LSEC caveolin-1 protein and caveolae expression were induced after 2 weeks of exposure indicating a compensatory change. Likewise, CD45/CD68-positive inflammatory cells did not accumulate in the livers until after LSEC porosity was decreased, indicating that inflammation is a consequence and not a cause of the arsenic-induced LSEC phenotype. The data demonstrate that the liver vasculature is an early target of pathogenic arsenic effects and that the mouse liver vasculature is a sensitive model for investigating vascular health effects of arsenic

  17. Propellant Management in Microgravity- Further Analysis of an Experiment Flown on REXUS-14

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    Strobino, D.; Zumbrunen, E.; Putzu, R.; Pontelandolfo, P.

    2015-09-01

    This paper is about the further analysis of an experiment named CAESAR (stands for Capillarity-based Experiment for Spatial Advanced Research): a sounding rocket experiment carried out by students of hepia within the REXUS program. The authors have launched on REXUS-14 a propellant management experiment based on capillarity to reliably confirm other ground-based cxperiments. In the framework of the present work, the authors present the comparison of CAESAR experimental data with theoretical profiles provided in literature. The objective of this flight was to place several Propellant Management Devices (PMD) in a microgravity environment and acquire images of the fluid distribution around them. The main element of the experiment, called a sponge, is a PMD for space vehicles, often used in satellites. This radial panel shaped device can be used at the bottom of a satellite tank to keep the propellant near the outlet. It is designed to work even if the vehicle undergoes small accelerations, for example during station-keeping maneuvers. The fluid is eccentric but stays on the sponge and near the outlet, so the injection system of the motor is continuously supplied with the propellant. As previously published, the authors have created a buoyancy test bench and have designed another system by magnetic levitation to perform the same experiment on earth. These systems are easier to use and less expensive than a sounding rocket, a parabolic flight or a drop tower (i.e. other system to obtain microgravity on earth), so they will be very useful to make progress in this particular domain of science. They will also allow universities with small funds to work within this spatial field. A previous publication showed, from a qualitative point of view, a good agreement between experiments and theory; however in this paper quantitative comparisons are given. With this demonstrated, hepia can validate its buoyancy test facility with real flight tests.

  18. Desarrollo vegetativo de patrones cítricos cultivados en condiciones de invernadero bajo dos sistemas de riego Vegetative development of citrus seedlings cultivated at greenhouse conditions and submitted to two irrigations systems

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    Gilmar Schäfer

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    Full Text Available En el presente estudio se evaluó el desarrollo vegetativo de patrones cítricos cultivados en invernadero bajo dos sistemas de riego. El experimento se realizó en la Estação Experimental Agronômica de la Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, ubicada en Eldorado do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil, entre los meses de septiembre de 2003 y abril de 2004, totalizando 225 días de experimentación. El diseño experimental fue de parcelas subdivididas, en factorial 2 x 3, con 4 repeticiones de 22 contenedores cada. En las parcelas principales se evaluaron los sistemas de riego (microaspersión y capilaridad y en las subparcelas los patrones cítricos Poncirus trifoliata (L. Raf., citrangero 'C37' [P. trifoliata x Citrus sinensis (L. Osb. cv. Pêra] y lima 'Rangpur' (C. limonia Osb.. En condiciones de invernadero los patrones cítricos presentan un desarrollo vegetativo más rápido bajo riego por capilaridad respecto a la microaspersión. Los patrones cítricos evaluados presentan desarrollos vegetativos distintos, donde el citrangero 'C37' supera a los demás.The aim of the present work was to evaluate the vegetative development of citrus rootstock seedlings cultivated under greenhouse conditions with two irrigation systems. The experiment was conducted at the Estação Experimental Agronômica , Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, located in Eldorado do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, from September 2003 to April 2004, totalizing 225 days of experimentation. The experimental design was a split-plot, in a 2x3 factorial, with 4 replications of 22 pots each. In the main plot the irrigation systems was evaluated (micro sprinkler and capillarity and in the split-plot the citrus rootstocks [Trifoliate orange - Poncirus trifoliata (L. Raf., 'C37' citrange - P. trifoliata x Citrus sinensis (L. Osb. cv. Pêra and 'Rangpur' lime - C. limonia Osb.] were evaluated. The main result showed in conditions of greenhouse citrus rootstock seedlings

  19. Concentric resistance training increases muscle strength without affecting microcirculation

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    Weber, Marc-Andre [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg (Germany)], E-mail: MarcAndre.Weber@med.uni-heidelberg.de; Hildebrandt, Wulf [Immunochemistry, German Cancer Research Center (dkfz), Heidelberg (Germany); Schroeder, Leif [Medical Physics in Radiology, German Cancer Research Center (dkfz), Heidelberg (Germany); Kinscherf, Ralf [Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg (Germany); Krix, Martin [Radiology, German Cancer Research Center (dkfz), Heidelberg (Germany); Bachert, Peter [Medical Physics in Radiology, German Cancer Research Center (dkfz), Heidelberg (Germany); Delorme, Stefan; Essig, Marco [Radiology, German Cancer Research Center (dkfz), Heidelberg (Germany); Kauczor, Hans-Ulrich [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg (Germany); Krakowski-Roosen, Holger [National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT), Heidelberg (Germany)

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    Purpose: While the evidence is conclusive regarding the positive effects of endurance training, there is still some controversy regarding the effects of resistance training on muscular capillarity. Thus, the purpose was to assess whether resistance strength training influences resting skeletal muscle microcirculation in vivo. Materials and methods: Thirty-nine middle-aged subjects (15 female, 24 male; mean age, 54 {+-} 9 years) were trained twice a week on an isokinetic system (altogether 16 sessions lasting 50 min, intensity 75% of maximum isokinetic and isometric force of knee flexors and extensors). To evaluate success of training, cross-sectional area (CSA) of the quadriceps femoris muscle and its isokinetic and isometric force were quantified. Muscular capillarization was measured in biopsies of the vastus lateralis muscle. In vivo, muscular energy and lipid metabolites were quantified by magnetic resonance spectroscopy and parameters of muscular microcirculation, such as local blood volume, blood flow and velocity, by contrast-enhanced ultrasound analyzing replenishment kinetics. Results: The significant (P < 0.001) increase in CSA (60 {+-} 16 before vs. 64 {+-} 15 cm{sup 2} after training) and in absolute muscle strength (isometric, 146 {+-} 44 vs. 174 {+-} 50 Nm; isokinetic, 151 {+-} 53 vs. 174 {+-} 62 Nm) demonstrated successful training. Neither capillary density ex vivo (351 {+-} 75 vs. 326 {+-} 62) nor ultrasonographic parameters of resting muscle perfusion were significantly different (blood flow, 1.2 {+-} 1.2 vs. 1.1 {+-} 1.1 ml/min/100 g; blood flow velocity, 0.49 {+-} 0.44 vs. 0.52 {+-} 0.74 mm s{sup -1}). Also, the intensities of high-energy phosphates phosphocreatine and {beta}-adenosintriphosphate were not different after training within the skeletal muscle at rest ({beta}-ATP/phosphocreatine, 0.29 {+-} 0.06 vs. 0.28 {+-} 0.04). Conclusion: The significant increase in muscle size and strength in response to concentric isokinetic and isometric

  20. Effect of a biodegradable natural polymer on the properties of hardened lime-based mortars

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    Izaguirre, A.

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available As an environmentally friendly and energy-saving alternative to cement-based materials and to some chemically obtained water-reducers, a commercialized starch was incorporated into aerial lime-based matrix. Different dosages were tested in order to study the influence that the amount of additive exerted on the properties of the material. Density, shrinkage, water absorption through capillarity, water vapour permeability, mechanical strengths, porosity, pore size distribution, and durability in the face of freezing-thawing cycles were studied in the mortars. The tested starch acted as a thickener for dosages up to 0.30%, and changed its behaviour for the largest dosage (0.50%: in that case it behaved as a plasticizer, dispersing the lime through the fresh mass and generating a more workable material. As a result, the matrix of the hardened mortar presented great coherence, owing to its large density and low porosity, characteristics which led to lower capillarity and permeability, better mechanical properties and durability.

    Como alternativa a los materiales con base cemento y a plastificantes obtenidos por vía química, se estudió el efecto de un almidón comercial incorporado a morteros de cal aérea. Se ensayaron dosificaciones diferentes para analizar su influencia sobre las propiedades del material. En los morteros se determinaron densidad, retracción, absorción de agua por capilaridad, permeabilidad, resistencias mecánicas, porosidad, distribución de tamaños de poro y durabilidad frente a ciclos de hielo-deshielo. El almidón actuó como espesante hasta la dosis de 0,30%, pero cambió al añadirlo en la dosis más alta (0,50%: en este caso, se comportó como un plastificante, dispersando la cal a través de la mezcla en fresco, dando lugar a un material más trabajable. Como resultado, en la dosis 0,50%, la matriz del mortero endurecido presentó gran coherencia, por su mayor densidad y menor porosidad, lo que implicó una

  1. Valsartan improves adipose tissue function in humans with impaired glucose metabolism: a randomized placebo-controlled double-blind trial.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Blockade of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS reduces the incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus. In rodents, it has been demonstrated that RAS blockade improved adipose tissue (AT function and glucose homeostasis. However, the effects of long-term RAS blockade on AT function have not been investigated in humans. Therefore, we examined whether 26-wks treatment with the angiotensin II type 1 receptor blocker valsartan affects AT function in humans with impaired glucose metabolism (IGM. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We performed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel-group study, in which 38 subjects with IGM were treated with valsartan (VAL, 320 mg/d or placebo (PLB for 26 weeks. Before and after treatment, an abdominal subcutaneous AT biopsy was collected for measurement of adipocyte size and AT gene/protein expression of angiogenesis/capillarization, adipogenesis, lipolytic and inflammatory cell markers. Furthermore, we evaluated fasting and postprandial AT blood flow (ATBF ((133Xe wash-out, systemic inflammation and insulin sensitivity (hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp. VAL treatment markedly reduced adipocyte size (P<0.001, with a shift toward a higher proportion of small adipocytes. In addition, fasting (P = 0.043 and postprandial ATBF (P = 0.049 were increased, whereas gene expression of angiogenesis/capillarization, adipogenesis and macrophage infiltration markers in AT was significantly decreased after VAL compared with PLB treatment. Interestingly, the change in adipocyte size was associated with alterations in insulin sensitivity and reduced AT gene expression of macrophage infiltration markers. VAL did not alter plasma monocyte-chemoattractant protein (MCP-1, TNF-α, adiponectin and leptin concentrations. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: 26-wks VAL treatment markedly reduced abdominal subcutaneous adipocyte size and AT macrophage infiltration markers, and increased ATBF in IGM subjects. The VAL

  2. The nature of inherent bactericidal activity: insights from the nanotopology of three species of dragonfly

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    Mainwaring, David E.; Nguyen, Song Ha; Webb, Hayden; Jakubov, Timur; Tobin, Mark; Lamb, Robert N.; Wu, Alex H.-F.; Marchant, Richard; Crawford, Russell J.; Ivanova, Elena P.

    2016-03-01

    While insect wings are widely recognised as multi-functional, recent work showed that this extends to extensive bactericidal activity brought about by cell deformation and lysis on the wing nanotopology. We now quantitatively show that subtle changes to this topography result in substantial changes in bactericidal activity that are able to span an order of magnitude. Notably, the chemical composition of the lipid nanopillars was seen by XPS and synchrotron FTIR microspectroscopy to be similar across these activity differences. Modelling the interaction between bacterial cells and the wing surface lipids of 3 species of dragonflies, that inhabit similar environments, but with distinctly different behavioural repertoires, provided the relationship between surface structure and antibacterial functionality. In doing so, these principal behavioural patterns correlated with the demands for antimicrobial efficiency dictated by differences in their foraging strategies. This work now reveals a new feature in the design elegance of natural multi-functional surfaces as well providing insights into the bactericidal mechanism underlying inherently antimicrobial materials, while suggesting that nanotopology is related to the evolutionary development of a species through the demands of its behavioural repertoire. The underlying relationship between the processes of wetting, adhesion and capillarity of the lipid nanopillars and bactericidal efficiency suggests new prospects for purely mechano-responsive antibacterial surfaces.While insect wings are widely recognised as multi-functional, recent work showed that this extends to extensive bactericidal activity brought about by cell deformation and lysis on the wing nanotopology. We now quantitatively show that subtle changes to this topography result in substantial changes in bactericidal activity that are able to span an order of magnitude. Notably, the chemical composition of the lipid nanopillars was seen by XPS and synchrotron

  3. Concentric resistance training increases muscle strength without affecting microcirculation

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    Purpose: While the evidence is conclusive regarding the positive effects of endurance training, there is still some controversy regarding the effects of resistance training on muscular capillarity. Thus, the purpose was to assess whether resistance strength training influences resting skeletal muscle microcirculation in vivo. Materials and methods: Thirty-nine middle-aged subjects (15 female, 24 male; mean age, 54 ± 9 years) were trained twice a week on an isokinetic system (altogether 16 sessions lasting 50 min, intensity 75% of maximum isokinetic and isometric force of knee flexors and extensors). To evaluate success of training, cross-sectional area (CSA) of the quadriceps femoris muscle and its isokinetic and isometric force were quantified. Muscular capillarization was measured in biopsies of the vastus lateralis muscle. In vivo, muscular energy and lipid metabolites were quantified by magnetic resonance spectroscopy and parameters of muscular microcirculation, such as local blood volume, blood flow and velocity, by contrast-enhanced ultrasound analyzing replenishment kinetics. Results: The significant (P 2 after training) and in absolute muscle strength (isometric, 146 ± 44 vs. 174 ± 50 Nm; isokinetic, 151 ± 53 vs. 174 ± 62 Nm) demonstrated successful training. Neither capillary density ex vivo (351 ± 75 vs. 326 ± 62) nor ultrasonographic parameters of resting muscle perfusion were significantly different (blood flow, 1.2 ± 1.2 vs. 1.1 ± 1.1 ml/min/100 g; blood flow velocity, 0.49 ± 0.44 vs. 0.52 ± 0.74 mm s-1). Also, the intensities of high-energy phosphates phosphocreatine and β-adenosintriphosphate were not different after training within the skeletal muscle at rest (β-ATP/phosphocreatine, 0.29 ± 0.06 vs. 0.28 ± 0.04). Conclusion: The significant increase in muscle size and strength in response to concentric isokinetic and isometric resistance training occurs without an increase in the in vivo microcirculation of the skeletal muscles at rest.

  4. Mosses as indicators of atmospheric metal deposition in an industrial area of southern Brazil Musgos como indicadores da deposição atmosférica de metais em uma área industrial do sul do Brasil

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    Aline Correa Mazzoni

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Caxias do Sul hosts the second largest metal-mechanic pole in Brazil, which increases the risk of atmospheric contamination. With the aim of identifying species that might be useful as indicators of atmospheric deposition of metals, 15 species of mosses from an urban and a rural setting were analyzed and compared with specimens deposited at the Herbarium of the Universidade de Caxias do Sul. Metal concentrations (Zn, Ni, Cd, Cr, Cu and Pb were determined using Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS. The Mann-Whitney test indicated concentrations of Zn, Cu, Pb and Cr that were significantly different between the urban and rural areas. Additionally, Concentrations of Zn, Cd, Cu and Pb were significantly higher in recently collected samples. The species Thuidium tomentosum Besch., Sematophyllum subpinnatum (Brid. E. Britton, Helicodontium capillare (Hedw. A. Jaeger, Schlotheimia jamesonii (W.-Arnott Brid. and Meteorium deppei (Hornsch. ex Müll. Hal. Mitt. are potential biomonitors of atmospheric metal deposition.Caxias do Sul sedia o segundo maior pólo metal mecânico do Brasil, apresentando elevado risco de contaminação atmosférica. Com o objetivo de identificar espécies úteis como indicadoras da deposição atmosférica de metais, foram analisadas 15 espécies de musgos procedentes da zona urbana e da área rural e espécimens depositados no Herbário da Universidade de Caxias do Sul. Os metais (Zn, Ni, Cd, Cr, Cu e Pb foram determinados por meio de Espectrometria de Absorção Atômica (AAS. O Teste de Mann-Whitney indicou diferenças significativas nas concentrações de Zn, Cu, Pb e Cr entre as áreas urbana e rural. Um aumento significativo na presença de Zn, Cd, Cu e Pb foi evidenciado nas amostras recentes. As espécies Thuidium tomentosum Besch., Sematophyllum subpinnatum (Brid. E. Britton, Helicodontium capillare (Hedw. A. Jaeger, Schlotheimia jamesonii (W.-Arnott Brid. e Meteorium deppei (Hornsch. ex Müll. Hal. Mitt. são indicadas

  5. Experimental research of gas shale electrical properties by NMR and the combination of imbibition and drainage

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    Dong, Xu; Sun, Jianmeng; Li, Jun; Gao, Hui; Liu, Xuefeng; Wang, Jinjie

    2015-08-01

    Gas shale has shown considerable force in gas production worldwide, but little attention has been paid to its electrical properties, which are essential for reservoir evaluation and differentiating absorbed gas and free gas. In this study, experiments are designed to research water saturation establishment methods and electrical properties of gas shale. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) with short echo space (TE) is used to identify water saturation and distribution of saturated pores which contribute to the conductivity. The experimental results indicate that NMR with shorter TE can estimate porosity and fluid distribution better than NMR with longer TE. A full range of water saturation is established by the combination of new-type spontaneous imbibition and semi-permeable plate drainage techniques. Spontaneous imbibition gains water saturation from 0% to near irreducible water saturation, and, semi-permeable plate drainage desaturates from 100% to irreducible water saturation. The RI-Sw curve shows a nonlinear relationship, and can be divided into three parts with different behaviors. The comparative analysis of transverse relaxation time (T2) distribution and RI-Sw curves, indicates that free water, and water trapped by capillarity in the non-clay matrix, differ in terms of electrical conductivity from water absorbed in clay. The new experiments prove the applicability of imbibition, drainage and NMR in investigating electrical properties of gas shale and differentiating fluid distribution which makes contribution to conductivity.

  6. Revisiting the applications of drainage capillary pressure curves in water-wet hydrocarbon systems

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    Nemes, István

    2016-01-01

    The main focus of the paper is to introduce a new approach at studying and modelling the relationship of initial water saturation profile and capillarity in water-wet hydrocarbon reservoirs, and describe the available measurement methods and possible applications. As a side track it aims to highlight a set of derivable parameters of mercury capillary curves using the Thomeer-method. Since the widely used mercury capillary pressure curves themselves can lead to over-, or underestimations regarding in-place and technical volumes and misinterpreted reservoir behaviour, the need for a proper capillary curve is reasonable. Combining the results of mercury and centrifuge capillary curves could yield a capillary curve preserving the strengths of both methods, while overcoming their weaknesses. Mercury injection capillary curves were normalized by using the irreducible water saturations derived from centrifuge capillary pressure measurements of the same core plug, and this new, combined capillary curve was applied for engineering calculations in order to make comparisons with other approaches. The most significant benefit of this approach is, that all of the measured data needed for a valid drainage capillary pressure curve represents the very same sample piece.

  7. Growth and wetting of water droplet condensed between micron-sized particles and substrate.

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    Quang, Tran Si Bui; Leong, Fong Yew; An, Hongjie; Tan, Beng Hau; Ohl, Claus-Dieter

    2016-01-01

    We study heterogeneous condensation growth of water droplets on micron-sized particles resting on a level substrate. Through numerical simulations on equilibrium droplet profiles, we find multiple wetting states towards complete wetting of the particle. Specifically, a partially wetting droplet could undergo a spontaneous transition to complete wetting during condensation growth, for contact angles above a threshold minimum. In addition, we find a competitive wetting behavior between the particle and the substrate, and interestingly, a reversal of the wetting dependence on contact angles during late stages of droplet growth. Using quasi-steady assumption, we simulate a growing droplet under a constant condensation flux, and the results are in good agreement with our experimental observations. As a geometric approximation for particle clusters, we propose and validate a pancake model, and with it, show that a particle cluster has greater wetting tendency compared to a single particle. Together, our results indicate a strong interplay between contact angle, capillarity and geometry during condensation growth. PMID:27487977

  8. Spatial reconstruction of facial skin capillaries

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    Makarchuk O.I.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available To define structural and functional changes of skin capillaries in women of different age groups in this work intraoperational biopsy material of skin of 205 women at the age from 19 to 75 years, that was taken during standard surgery instrumentations for different defects of face and neck skin correction, was investigated. Skin material of cheek face region, temple region of head and anterior neck region was morphologically processed. To define parameters of dermal capillars and spatial reconstruction of intrapapillary capillary loops, serial sections was investigated with the help of morphometry. It was determined, that microcirculation age changes include structural disorders of intrapapillary capillary loops. Essential struc-tural and functional changes observed in skin of cheek region in women of 33-40 years and in temple region of head and anterior neck region in women of 41-50 years. It is typical at the patients with nicotinic dependence, ischemic heart disease, hypertonic disease, a diabetes, and also adiposity of a different degree essential infringement of microvessels bed structure of a skin that gives the basis for allocation of the given contingent of patients as group high intraoperative and postoperative risk at carrying out of operative interventions for correction of face skin involutive changes.

  9. Distribution of [14C]-tofenacine in rat brain after intravenous, intraperitoneal and multiple oral dosage

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    The distribution of radioactivity in the rat brain at 5 min after 10 mg/kg of 14C-labelled N-methyl-2[(omethyl-a-phenylbenzyl)oxy]ethylamine, [14C]-tofenacine-hydrochloride, the active constituent of Elamolsup(R) and Tofacinesup(R), i.v. showed a heterogeneous pattern correlating well with what is known about perfusion and capillarization of brain areas. With the passage of time total brain radioactivity decreased rapidly and radioactivity was redistributed. Both processes occurred simultaneously so that a nearly homogeneous pattern was found at 1 h after i.v. administration. The outer layers of the hippocampus were then the only brain areas with a higher concentration of radioactivity. On i.p. administration of 25 mg/kg of [14C]-tofenacine-hydrochloride maximum brain radioactivity was observed at 30 min, the distribution pattern resembling that seen at 5 min after i.v. dosage. Its further time course corresponded to that of the i.v. series. On multiple oral administration of [14C]-tofenacine-hydrochloride (4 doses of 25 mg/kg at 3-h intervals), maximal radioactivity in the rat brain was observed at 120 min after the last dose. Again the distribution was heterogeneous. A model comprising a central compartment and twob brain compartments, representing areas of high and low perfusion, respectively, allows a quantitative explanation of the phenomena observed. (orig./GSE)

  10. Effect of wettability on scale-up of multiphase flow from core-scale to reservoir fine-grid-scale

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    Chang, Y.C.; Mani, V.; Mohanty, K.K. [Univ. of Houston, TX (United States)

    1997-08-01

    Typical field simulation grid-blocks are internally heterogeneous. The objective of this work is to study how the wettability of the rock affects its scale-up of multiphase flow properties from core-scale to fine-grid reservoir simulation scale ({approximately} 10{prime} x 10{prime} x 5{prime}). Reservoir models need another level of upscaling to coarse-grid simulation scale, which is not addressed here. Heterogeneity is modeled here as a correlated random field parameterized in terms of its variance and two-point variogram. Variogram models of both finite (spherical) and infinite (fractal) correlation length are included as special cases. Local core-scale porosity, permeability, capillary pressure function, relative permeability functions, and initial water saturation are assumed to be correlated. Water injection is simulated and effective flow properties and flow equations are calculated. For strongly water-wet media, capillarity has a stabilizing/homogenizing effect on multiphase flow. For small variance in permeability, and for small correlation length, effective relative permeability can be described by capillary equilibrium models. At higher variance and moderate correlation length, the average flow can be described by a dynamic relative permeability. As the oil wettability increases, the capillary stabilizing effect decreases and the deviation from this average flow increases. For fractal fields with large variance in permeability, effective relative permeability is not adequate in describing the flow.

  11. Autonomous Graphene Vessel for Suctioning and Storing Liquid Body of Spilled Oil

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    Kim, Taewoo; Lee, Jeong Seok; Lee, Geonhui; Seo, Dong Kyun; Baek, Youngbin; Yoon, Jeyong; Oh, Seung M.; Kang, Tae June; Lee, Hong H.; Kim, Yong Hyup

    2016-02-01

    Despite remarkable strides in science and technology, the strategy for spilled oil collection has remained almost the same since the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. The graphene vessel devised here can bring about an important yet basic change in the strategy for spilled oil collection. When it is placed on the oil-covered seawater, the graphene vessel selectively separates the oil, then collects and stores the collected oil in the vessel all by itself without any external power inputs. Capillarity and gravity work together to fill this proto-type graphene vessel with the spilled oil at a rate that is higher than 20,000 liters per square meter per hour (LMH) with oil purity better than 99.9%, and allow the vessel to withstand a water head of 0.5 m. The vessel also has a superb chemical stability and recyclability. An expanded oil contact area, considerably greater than the thickness of the oil layer, forms at the reduced graphene oxide (rGO) foam interface upon contact with the spilled oil. This expanded contact area does not change much even when the oil layer thins out. As a result, the high oil collection rate is maintained throughout the recovery of spilled oil.

  12. Technique for self-powered detector fabrication

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    Technique for self-powered detector (SPD) fabrication for the in-reactor control system is proposed. The technique includes: fabrication of emitter, collector and insulator situated between them; connection of the detector separate parts; the following joining of a communication line. Two-layer technological rod is put into the collector to improve metrological characteristics and to increase detector reliability. After a powder-like insulator filling into a gap between the collector and the rod, drawing through a die, and annealing up to generation of a diffusion layer between the collector and the insulator, the rod is withdrawn from the formed collector-insulator system. A calibrated emitter is installed into the opening. After cable connection the detector is filled with inert gas and sealed. The proposed method of SPD fabrication permits to avoid labour-consuming manual operations in rejection and washing of insulators made in a form of quartz glass capillarity. In this case labour input and cost of SPD fabrication may be decreased at the expense of the usage of industrial practice of heat-resistant cables at stages of drawing and annealing of the collector-insulator-rod system

  13. Hypertrophy and hyperplasia of smooth muscle cells of small intramyocardial arteries in spontaneously hypertensive rats.

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    Amann, K; Gharehbaghi, H; Stephen, S; Mall, G

    1995-01-01

    Hearts of stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) were investigated by means of stereology and were compared with those of normotensive. Wistar-Kyoto controls. At the age of 9 months, hypertensive rats showed cardiac hypertrophy, marked myocardial fibrosis, activation of nonvascular interstitium, focal myocytial degeneration, reduction of capillarization, and microarteriopathy of small intramyocardial arteries. Stereologically, a significant increase in the total left ventricular arterial wall volume (+180% versus controls) was found in SHR hearts. By using new stereological techniques, the orientator and the nucleator, we investigated whether this significant increase in total left ventricular arterial wall volume was due to hyperplasia of smooth muscle cells in addition to the process of vascular smooth muscle cell hypertrophy that is common in SHR. Additionally, the nuclear size and ratio of cell volume to nuclear volume were determined using another new stereological technique, the selector. The stereological data indicate a significant increase in mean cell and nuclear volumes as well as in the total number of left ventricular arterial smooth muscle cells of SHR. Additionally, the total length of intramyocardial arteries was also significantly increased in hypertensive rats. The volume and number of arterial smooth muscle cells per arterial length were significantly (P < .001 and P < .05, respectively) higher in SHR than in normotensive controls. Thus, we conclude that hypertrophy and hyperplasia of smooth muscle cells are involved in intramyocardial arterial growth processes in hypertensive heart remodeling.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7843743

  14. Paper-based device for separation and cultivation of single microalga.

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    Chen, Chih-Chung; Liu, Yi-Ju; Yao, Da-Jeng

    2015-12-01

    Single-cell separation is among the most useful techniques in biochemical research, diagnosis and various industrial applications. Microalgae species have great economic importance as industrial raw materials. Microalgae species collected from environment are typically a mixed and heterogeneous population of species that must be isolated and purified for examination and further application. Conventional methods, such as serial dilution and a streaking-plate method, are intensive of labor and inefficient. We developed a paper-based device for separation and cultivation of single microalga. The fabrication was simply conducted with a common laser printer and required only a few minutes without lithographic instruments and clean-room. The driving force of the paper device was simple capillarity without a complicated pump connection that is part of most devices for microfluidics. The open-structure design of the paper device makes it operable with a common laboratory micropipette for sample transfer and manipulation with a naked eye or adaptable to a robotic system with functionality of high-throughput retrieval and analysis. The efficiency of isolating a single cell from mixed microalgae species is seven times as great as with a conventional method involving serial dilution. The paper device can serve also as an incubator for microalgae growth on simply rinsing the paper with a growth medium. Many applications such as highly expressed cell selection and various single-cell analysis would be applicable. PMID:26459444

  15. Research Update: Electrical monitoring of cysts using organic electrochemical transistors

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    Huerta, M.; Rivnay, J.; Ramuz, M.; Hama, A.; Owens, R. M. [Department of Bioelectronics, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines, CMP-EMSE, MOC, 13541 Gardanne (France)

    2015-03-01

    Organotypic three-dimensional (3D) cell culture models have the potential to act as surrogate tissues in vitro, both for basic research and for drug discovery/toxicology. 3D cultures maintain not only 3D architecture but also cell-cell and cell extracellular matrix interactions, particularly when grown in cysts or spheroids. Characterization of cell cultures grown in 3D formats, however, provides a significant challenge for cell biologists due to the incompatibility of these structures with commonly found optical or electronic monitoring systems. Electronic impedance spectroscopy is a cell culture monitoring technique with great potential; however, it has not been possible to integrate 3D cultures with commercially available systems to date. Cyst-like 3D cultures are particularly challenging due to their small size and difficulty in manipulation. Herein, we demonstrate isolation of cyst-like 3D cultures by capillarity and subsequent integration with the organic electrochemical transistor for monitoring the integrity of these structures. We show not only that this versatile device can be adapted to the cyst format for measuring resistance and, therefore, the quality of the cysts, but also can be used for quantitative monitoring of the effect of toxic compounds on cells in a 3D format. The ability to quantitatively predict effects of drugs on 3D cultures in vitro has large future potential for the fields of drug discovery and toxicology.

  16. A Variational approach to thin film hydrodynamics of binary mixtures

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    Xu, Xinpeng

    2015-02-04

    In order to model the dynamics of thin films of mixtures, solutions, and suspensions, a thermodynamically consistent formulation is needed such that various coexisting dissipative processes with cross couplings can be correctly described in the presence of capillarity, wettability, and mixing effects. In the present work, we apply Onsager\\'s variational principle to the formulation of thin film hydrodynamics for binary fluid mixtures. We first derive the dynamic equations in two spatial dimensions, one along the substrate and the other normal to the substrate. Then, using long-wave asymptotics, we derive the thin film equations in one spatial dimension along the substrate. This enables us to establish the connection between the present variational approach and the gradient dynamics formulation for thin films. It is shown that for the mobility matrix in the gradient dynamics description, Onsager\\'s reciprocal symmetry is automatically preserved by the variational derivation. Furthermore, using local hydrodynamic variables, our variational approach is capable of introducing diffusive dissipation beyond the limit of dilute solute. Supplemented with a Flory-Huggins-type mixing free energy, our variational approach leads to a thin film model that treats solvent and solute in a symmetric manner. Our approach can be further generalized to include more complicated free energy and additional dissipative processes.

  17. Configurational diffusion of coal macromolecules

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    Guin, J.A.; Curtis, C.W.; Tarrer, A.R.; Kim, S.; Hwang, D.; Chen, C.C.; Chiou, Z.

    1991-01-01

    The objective of our research was to obtain fundamental information regarding the functional dependence of the diffusion coefficient of coal molecules on the ratio of molecule to pore diameter. That is, the objective of our study was to examine the effect of molecule size and configuration on hindered diffusion of coal macromolecules through as porous medium. To best accomplish this task, we circumvented the complexities of an actual porous catalyst by using a well defined porous matrix with uniform capillaric pores, i.e., a track-etched membrane. In this way, useful information was obtained regarding the relationship of molecular size and configuration on the diffusion rate of coal derived macromolecules through a pore structure with known geometry. Similar studies were performed using a pellet formed of porous alumina, to provide a link between the idealized membranes and the actual complex pore structure of real catalyst extrudates. The fundamental information from our study will be useful toward the tailoring of catalysts to minimize diffusional influences and thereby increase coal conversion and selectivity for desirable products. (VC)

  18. Configurational diffusion of coal macromolecules. Final technical report, September 15, 1986--September 14, 1991

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    Guin, J.A.; Curtis, C.W.; Tarrer, A.R.; Kim, S.; Hwang, D.; Chen, C.C.; Chiou, Z.

    1991-12-31

    The objective of our research was to obtain fundamental information regarding the functional dependence of the diffusion coefficient of coal molecules on the ratio of molecule to pore diameter. That is, the objective of our study was to examine the effect of molecule size and configuration on hindered diffusion of coal macromolecules through as porous medium. To best accomplish this task, we circumvented the complexities of an actual porous catalyst by using a well defined porous matrix with uniform capillaric pores, i.e., a track-etched membrane. In this way, useful information was obtained regarding the relationship of molecular size and configuration on the diffusion rate of coal derived macromolecules through a pore structure with known geometry. Similar studies were performed using a pellet formed of porous alumina, to provide a link between the idealized membranes and the actual complex pore structure of real catalyst extrudates. The fundamental information from our study will be useful toward the tailoring of catalysts to minimize diffusional influences and thereby increase coal conversion and selectivity for desirable products. (VC)

  19. A refractory case of subclinical antibody-mediated rejection due to anti-HLA-DQ antibody in a kidney transplant patient.

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    Fujimoto, Toshinari; Nakada, Yasuyuki; Yamamoto, Izumi; Kobayashi, Akimitsu; Tanno, Yudo; Yamada, Hiroki; Miki, Jun; Ohkido, Ichiro; Tsuboi, Nobuo; Yamamoto, Hiroyasu; Yokoo, Takashi

    2015-07-01

    We herein report a refractory case of subclinical antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) due to anti-HLA-DQ antibody in a kidney transplant patient. A 45-year-old man was admitted for a protocol biopsy; he had a serum creatinine (S-Cr) level of 1.8 mg/dL 3 years following primary kidney transplantation. Histological examination revealed moderate to severe inflammatory cell infiltration in the peritubular capillaries. Thorough laboratory examination showed that the patient had donor-specific antibodies (DSAbs) to DR9 and DQ9. Considering both the histological and laboratory findings, we diagnosed acute antibody-mediated rejection. The patient underwent 3 days of consecutive steroid pulse therapy, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), and plasma exchange. We also administered rituximab (200 mg/body). Six months after the treatment, a second allograft biopsy revealed the progression of interstitial fibrosis and tubular atrophy and persistence of mild peritubular capillaritis. Further analysis showed that the anti-DR9 antibodies had disappeared, but that the mean fluorescence intensity value of the anti-DQ9 antibodies had increased. Therefore, we repeated the plasma exchange and IVIG. Allograft function was stable throughout the course of treatment, and the S-Cr level remained at 1.8 mg/dL. This case report demonstrates the difficulty of treating AMR due to the presence of anti-DQ DSAbs and the necessity for subsequent therapies in refractory cases. PMID:26031594

  20. Biphasic flow: structure and upscaling, consequences on macroscopic transport properties

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    Toussaint, Renaud; Méheust, Yves; Løvoll, Grunde; Jankov, Mihailo; Schäfer, Gerhard; Schmittbuhl, Jean

    2012-01-01

    In disordered porous media, two-phase flow of immiscible fluids (biphasic flow) is organized in patterns that sometimes exhibit fractal geometries over a range of length scales, depending on the capillary, gravitational and viscous forces at play. These forces, as well as the boundary conditions, also determine whether the flow leads to the appearance of fingering pathways, i.e., unstable flow, or not. We present here a short review of these aspects, focusing on drainage and summarizing when these flows are expected to be stable or not, what fractal dimensions can be expected, and in which range of scales. We base our review on experimental studies performed in two-dimensional Hele-Shaw cells, or addressing three dimensional porous media by use of several imaging techniques. We first present configurations in which solely capillary forces and gravity play a role. Next, we review configurations in which capillarity and viscosity are the main forces at play. Eventually, we examine how the microscopic geometry o...

  1. Study on two-phase countercurrent flow and transport phenomenon in PEM of a direct methanol fuel cell

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    2006-01-01

    Based on the requirement of water management for a direct methanol fuel cell, this paper analyzes qualitatively the mechanism of occurrence and development of a two-phase countercurrent flow with corresponding transport phenomenon in the PEM. A one-dimensional, steady state quantitative model of heat and mass transfer in internal volumetric ohmic heating porous media saturated by liquid and vapor phases is developed. The effects of capillarity, electro-osmotic drag and phase change are included. Two important formulas to calculate the theoretical length of two-phase zone δt and determine the critical criterion |-ω/γ|cr for dryout in PEM are deduced. By use of these two dimensionless parameters, dryout of PEM can be easily predicted. Theoretical temperature, pressure and saturation profiles within the two-phase region are obtained numerically, which can help to explore the performance of a DMFC operating in its ohmic polarization region. The simulation results can be used to determine the catalyst content of cathode catalyst layer and the corresponding optimal thickness of PEM.

  2. Integrin-Linked Kinase in Muscle Is Necessary for the Development of Insulin Resistance in Diet-Induced Obese Mice.

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    Kang, Li; Mokshagundam, Shilpa; Reuter, Bradley; Lark, Daniel S; Sneddon, Claire C; Hennayake, Chandani; Williams, Ashley S; Bracy, Deanna P; James, Freyja D; Pozzi, Ambra; Zent, Roy; Wasserman, David H

    2016-06-01

    Diet-induced muscle insulin resistance is associated with expansion of extracellular matrix (ECM) components, such as collagens, and the expression of collagen-binding integrin, α2β1. Integrins transduce signals from ECM via their cytoplasmic domains, which bind to intracellular integrin-binding proteins. The integrin-linked kinase (ILK)-PINCH-parvin (IPP) complex interacts with the cytoplasmic domain of β-integrin subunits and is critical for integrin signaling. In this study we defined the role of ILK, a key component of the IPP complex, in diet-induced muscle insulin resistance. Wild-type (ILK(lox/lox)) and muscle-specific ILK-deficient (ILK(lox/lox)HSAcre) mice were fed chow or a high-fat (HF) diet for 16 weeks. Body weight was not different between ILK(lox/lox) and ILK(lox/lox)HSAcre mice. However, HF-fed ILK(lox/lox)HSAcre mice had improved muscle insulin sensitivity relative to HF-fed ILK(lox/lox) mice, as shown by increased rates of glucose infusion, glucose disappearance, and muscle glucose uptake during a hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp. Improved muscle insulin action in the HF-fed ILK(lox/lox)HSAcre mice was associated with increased insulin-stimulated phosphorylation of Akt and increased muscle capillarization. These results suggest that ILK expression in muscle is a critical component of diet-induced insulin resistance, which possibly acts by impairing insulin signaling and insulin perfusion through capillaries. PMID:27207548

  3. A New Approach of In Vivo Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering Using the Epigastric Artery as Central Core Vessel of a 3-Dimensional Construct

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    Sebastian E. Dunda

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The creation of musculoskeletal tissue represents an alternative for the replacement of soft tissue in reconstructive surgery. However, most of the approaches of creating artificial tissue have their limitations in the size as the maximally obtainable dimension of bioartificial tissue (BAT is limited due to the lack of supporting vessels within the 3-dimensional construct. The seeded myoblasts require high amounts of perfusion, oxygen, and nutrients to survive. To achieve this, we developed a 3-dimensional scaffold which features the epigastric artery as macroscopic core vessel inside the BAT in a rat model (perfused group, =4 and a control group (=3 without the epigastric vessels and, therefore, without perfusion. The in vivo monitoring of the transplanted myoblasts was assessed by bioluminescence imaging and showed both the viability of the epigastric artery within the 3-dimensional construct and again that cell survival in vivo is highly depending on the blood supply with the beginning of capillarization within the BAT seven days after transplantation in the perfused group. However, further studies focussing on the matrix improvement will be necessary to create a transplantable BAT with the epigastric artery as anastomosable vessel.

  4. About possibilities of obtaining focused beams of thermal neutrons of radionuclide source

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    Full text: In the last years significant progress is achieved in development of neutron focusing methods (concentrating neutrons in a given direction and a small area). In this, main attention is given to focusing of neutron beams of reactor, particularly cold neutrons and their applications. [1,2]. However, isotope sources also let obtain intensive neutron beams and solve quite important (tasks) problems (e.g. neutron capture therapy for malignant tumors) [3], and an actual problems is focusing of neutrons. We developed a device on the basis of californium source of neutrons, allowing to obtain focused (preliminarily) beam of thermal neutrons with the aid of respective choice of moderators, reflectors and geometry of their disposition. Here, fast neutrons and gamma rays in the beam are minimized. With the aid of the model we developed on the basis of Monte-Carlo method, it is possible to modify aforementioned device and dynamics of output neutrons in wide energy range and analyze ways of optimization of neutron beams of isotope sources with different neutron outputs. Device of preliminary focusing of thermal neutrons can serve as a basis for further focus of neutrons using micro- and nano-capillar systems. It is known that, capillary systems performed with certain technology can form beam of thermal neutrons increasing its density by more than two orders of magnitude and effectively divert beams up to 20o with length of system 15 cm

  5. Evaluation of a consolidation treatment in dolostones by mean of calcium hydroxide nanoparticles in high relative humidity conditions

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    In this article, the results of a treatment applied to dolomitic stones using an isopropyl colloidal solution based on calcium hydroxide nanoparticles with a concentration of 2.0g/l are presented. The consolidation process in the stone has been checked before and after 28 days of exposure to 75% relative humidity. Morphologic and structural studies of the consolidating product confirmed the carbonation process. X ray diffraction, electron microscopy (TEM and ESEM), and electron diffraction carried out on the consolidating product have confirmed the transformation of portlandite phase to calcium carbonate polymorph, calcite, aragonite and vaterite. Petrophysical tests performed on the stone before and after the application of the product have shown the improvement in the physical and hydrical properties due to the increase in the ultrasound velocity and density of the material, and a decrease in the capillarity coefficient and open porosity without significant changes in colour and brightness. The application of the consolidating product in the proposed experimental conditions is a natural method, compatible with the petrological characteristics of the substrate, without secondary damages on the stone, being an effective method to improve the durability of carbonate stones. (Author) 26 refs.

  6. Evaluation of a consolidation treatment in dolostones by mean of calcium hydroxide nanoparticles in high relative humidity conditions; Evaluacion del tratamiento de consolidacion de dolomias mediante nanoparticulas de hidroxido de calcio en condiciones de alta humedad relativa

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    Gomez-Villalba, L. s.; Lopez-Arce, P.; Zornoza, A.; Alvares de Buergo, M.; Fort, R.

    2011-07-01

    In this article, the results of a treatment applied to dolomitic stones using an isopropyl colloidal solution based on calcium hydroxide nanoparticles with a concentration of 2.0g/l are presented. The consolidation process in the stone has been checked before and after 28 days of exposure to 75% relative humidity. Morphologic and structural studies of the consolidating product confirmed the carbonation process. X ray diffraction, electron microscopy (TEM and ESEM), and electron diffraction carried out on the consolidating product have confirmed the transformation of portlandite phase to calcium carbonate polymorph, calcite, aragonite and vaterite. Petrophysical tests performed on the stone before and after the application of the product have shown the improvement in the physical and hydrical properties due to the increase in the ultrasound velocity and density of the material, and a decrease in the capillarity coefficient and open porosity without significant changes in colour and brightness. The application of the consolidating product in the proposed experimental conditions is a natural method, compatible with the petrological characteristics of the substrate, without secondary damages on the stone, being an effective method to improve the durability of carbonate stones. (Author) 26 refs.

  7. Piercing the water surface with a blade: Singularities of the contact line

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    Alimov, Mars M. [Kazan Federal University, Kazan 420008 (Russian Federation); Kornev, Konstantin G. [Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina 29634 (United States)

    2016-01-15

    An external meniscus on a narrow blade with a slit-like cross section is studied using the hodograph formulation of the Laplace nonlinear equation of capillarity. On narrow blades, the menisci are mostly shaped by the wetting and capillary forces; gravity plays a secondary role. To describe a meniscus in this asymptotic case, the model of Alimov and Kornev [“Meniscus on a shaped fibre: Singularities and hodograph formulation,” Proc. R. Soc. A 470, 20140113 (2014)] has been employed. It is shown that at the sharp edges of the blade, the contact line makes a jump. In the wetting case, the contact line sitting at each side of the blade is lifted above the points where the meniscus first meets the blade edges. In the non-wetting case, the contact line is lowered below these points. The contours of the constant height emanating from the blade edges generate unusual singularities with infinite curvatures at some points at the blade edges. The meniscus forms a unique surface made of two mirror-symmetric sheets fused together. Each sheet is supported by the contact line sitting at each side of the blade.

  8. Nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} by sol–gel: Characterisation and photocatalytic activity on Modica and Comiso stones

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    Bergamonti, Laura; Alfieri, Ilaria; Lorenzi, Andrea; Montenero, Angelo; Predieri, Giovanni [Department of Chemistry, University of Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze 17/A, 43124 Parma (Italy); Barone, Germana; Mazzoleni, Paolo [Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Catania, Corso Italia 55, 95129 Catania (Italy); Pasquale, Stefania [Department of Chemistry, University of Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze 17/A, 43124 Parma (Italy); Lottici, Pier Paolo, E-mail: lottici@fis.unipr.it [Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze 7/A, 43124 Parma (Italy)

    2013-10-01

    A self-cleaning photocatalytic coating for limestone materials, based on TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles obtained by the sol–gel process has been studied. TiO{sub 2} sol was applied directly to the surface or after a SiO{sub 2} intermediate layer. The selected test materials are the Modica and the Comiso calcarenites, limestones of Ragusa Formation outcropping in the South Eastern Sicily (Italy). SEM–EDS, XRD and Raman investigations were carried out to characterise the TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles and coating. Nanocrystalline anatase and, to a lesser extent, brookite forms are obtained. To evaluate the harmlessness of the treatment, colorimetric tests, water absorption by capillarity and crystallisation of salts measurements were performed. Photocatalytic activity of the TiO{sub 2} colloidal suspension and of the coatings (TiO{sub 2} and SiO{sub 2}/TiO{sub 2}) was assessed under UV irradiation through methyl orange dye degradation tests. The results show good photodegradation activity and satisfactory compatibility between the sol and the surface of the investigated limestones.

  9. Nanocrystalline TiO2 by sol–gel: Characterisation and photocatalytic activity on Modica and Comiso stones

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    A self-cleaning photocatalytic coating for limestone materials, based on TiO2 nanoparticles obtained by the sol–gel process has been studied. TiO2 sol was applied directly to the surface or after a SiO2 intermediate layer. The selected test materials are the Modica and the Comiso calcarenites, limestones of Ragusa Formation outcropping in the South Eastern Sicily (Italy). SEM–EDS, XRD and Raman investigations were carried out to characterise the TiO2 nanoparticles and coating. Nanocrystalline anatase and, to a lesser extent, brookite forms are obtained. To evaluate the harmlessness of the treatment, colorimetric tests, water absorption by capillarity and crystallisation of salts measurements were performed. Photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 colloidal suspension and of the coatings (TiO2 and SiO2/TiO2) was assessed under UV irradiation through methyl orange dye degradation tests. The results show good photodegradation activity and satisfactory compatibility between the sol and the surface of the investigated limestones.

  10. Nanocrystalline TiO2 by sol-gel: Characterisation and photocatalytic activity on Modica and Comiso stones

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    Bergamonti, Laura; Alfieri, Ilaria; Lorenzi, Andrea; Montenero, Angelo; Predieri, Giovanni; Barone, Germana; Mazzoleni, Paolo; Pasquale, Stefania; Lottici, Pier Paolo

    2013-10-01

    A self-cleaning photocatalytic coating for limestone materials, based on TiO2 nanoparticles obtained by the sol-gel process has been studied. TiO2 sol was applied directly to the surface or after a SiO2 intermediate layer. The selected test materials are the Modica and the Comiso calcarenites, limestones of Ragusa Formation outcropping in the South Eastern Sicily (Italy). SEM-EDS, XRD and Raman investigations were carried out to characterise the TiO2 nanoparticles and coating. Nanocrystalline anatase and, to a lesser extent, brookite forms are obtained. To evaluate the harmlessness of the treatment, colorimetric tests, water absorption by capillarity and crystallisation of salts measurements were performed. Photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 colloidal suspension and of the coatings (TiO2 and SiO2/TiO2) was assessed under UV irradiation through methyl orange dye degradation tests. The results show good photodegradation activity and satisfactory compatibility between the sol and the surface of the investigated limestones.

  11. Capillary pressure-saturation relations for supercritical CO2 and brine in limestone/dolomite sands: implications for geologic carbon sequestration in carbonate reservoirs.

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    Wang, Shibo; Tokunaga, Tetsu K

    2015-06-16

    In geologic carbon sequestration, capillary pressure (Pc)-saturation (Sw) relations are needed to predict reservoir processes. Capillarity and its hysteresis have been extensively studied in oil-water and gas-water systems, but few measurements have been reported for supercritical (sc) CO2-water. Here, Pc-Sw relations of scCO2 displacing brine (drainage), and brine rewetting (imbibition) were studied to understand CO2 transport and trapping behavior under reservoir conditions. Hysteretic drainage and imbibition Pc-Sw curves were measured in limestone sands at 45 °C under elevated pressures (8.5 and 12.0 MPa) for scCO2-brine, and in limestone and dolomite sands at 23 °C (0.1 MPa) for air-brine using a new computer programmed porous plate apparatus. scCO2-brine drainage and imbibition curves shifted to lower Pc relative to predictions based on interfacial tension, and therefore deviated from capillary scaling predictions for hydrophilic interactions. Fitting universal scaled drainage and imbibition curves show that wettability alteration resulted from scCO2 exposure over the course of months-long experiments. Residual trapping of the nonwetting phases was determined at Pc = 0 during imbibition. Amounts of trapped scCO2 were significantly larger than for those for air, and increased with pressure (depth), initial scCO2 saturation, and time. These results have important implications for scCO2 distribution, trapping, and leakage potential. PMID:25945400

  12. Phase transitions and large amplitude oscillations

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    We studied the way how do large amplitude oscillations propagate in a one-dimensional viscous compressible flow governed by the Navier-Stokes equations. The model used a barotropic state law. This allows phase transitions, like in Van der Waals fluid. The oscillations obey to an integro-differential Cauchy problem of a new type. Due to the translational invariance, one consider here the solutions which do not depend on the (slow) space variable. They actually depend on a fast variable, and obey to a differential equation dw/dt = -grad I(W) on an infinite-dimensional manifold, where I denotes the internal energy per unit mass. Stable steady states correspond to local minima of I. It follows that states belonging to the spinodal phase are unstable with respect to large amplitude oscillations. It also gives an evidence for instability of stationary phase transitions when the pressures, although taking equal values in both phases, differ from the Maxwell value. This result was well known in a different context, when the capillarity is taken in account in the model but cannot be obtained in our case by using only a straightforward linearization technique for the Navier-Stokes equations, because of the strongly nonlinear nature of a phase transition. (author). 5 refs, 2 figs

  13. Modeling water retention of sludge simulants and actual saltcake tank wastes

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    The Ferrocyanide Tanks Safety Program managed by Westinghouse hanford Company has been concerned with the potential combustion hazard of dry tank wastes containing ferrocyanide chemical in combination with nitrate salts. Pervious studies have shown that tank waste containing greater than 20 percent of weight as water could not be accidentally ignited. Moreover, a sustained combustion could not be propagated in such a wet waste even if it contained enough ferrocyanide to burn. Because moisture content is a key critical factor determining the safety of ferrocyanide-containing tank wastes, physical modeling was performed by Pacific Northwest National laboratory to evaluate the moisture-retaining behavior of typical tank wastes. The physical modeling reported here has quantified the mechanisms by which two main types of tank waste, sludge and saltcake, retain moisture in a tank profile under static conditions. Static conditions usually prevail after a tank profile has been stabilized by pumping out any excess interstitial liquid, which is not naturally retained by the waste as a result of physical forces such as capillarity

  14. 10-20-30 training increases performance and lowers blood pressure and VEGF in runners

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    Gliemann, Lasse; Gunnarsson, Thomas Gunnar Petursson; Hellsten, Ylva;

    2015-01-01

    The present study examined the effect of training by the 10-20-30 concept on performance, blood pressure (BP), and skeletal muscle angiogenesis as well as the feasibility of completing high-intensity interval training in local running communities. One hundred sixty recreational runners were divided...... into either a control group (CON; n = 28), or a 10-20-30 training group (10-20-30; n = 132) replacing two of three weekly training sessions with 10-20-30 training for 8 weeks and performance of a 5-km run (5-K) and BP was measured. VO2max was measured and resting muscle biopsies were taken in a......). 10-20-30 increased VO2max but did not influence muscle fiber area, distribution or capillarization, whereas the expression of the pro-angiogenic vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was lowered by 22%. No changes were observed in CON. These results suggest that 10-20-30 training is an effective...

  15. Effect of Fuzheng Huayu formula and its actions against liver fibrosis

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    Xu Lieming

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Liver fibrosis is a common histological process to develop into cirrhosis in various chronic liver diseases including chronic hepatitis and fatty liver. Therefore anti-liver fibrosis is very important strategy to treat chronic liver diseases. Fuzheng Huayu (FZHY, a preparation containing herbs such as Radix Salvia Miltiorrhizae, Cordyceps, Semen Persicae, was formulated on the basis of Chinese medicine theory in treating liver fibrosis and was approved. Pharmacological studies and clinical trials demonstrate that FZHY has a significant effect against liver fibrosis and that many of the pharmacological actions are attributable to the effect. This article reviews the effects and actions of FZHY, in particular the effects observed from clinical trials in treating liver fibrosis caused by chronic hepatitis B and the actions on inhibition of hepatic stellate cell activation, protection of hepatocytes and inhibition of hepatic sinusoidal capillarization. This article also reviews the coordinated effects of the constituent herbs of FZHY and the actions of their active compounds such as salvianonic acid B (SA-B on liver fibrosis.

  16. Laboratory investigation of constitutive property up-scaling in volcanic tuffs

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    One of the critical issues facing the Yucca Mountain site characterization and performance assessment programs is the manner in which property up-scaling is addressed. Property up-scaling becomes an issue whenever heterogeneous media properties are measured at one scale but applied at another. A research program has been established to challenge current understanding of property up-scaling with the aim of developing and testing improved models that describe up-scaling behavior in a quantitative manner. Up-scaling of constitutive rock properties is investigated through physical experimentation involving the collection of suites of gas-permeability data measured over a range of discrete scales. To date, up-scaling studies have been performed on a series of tuff and sandstone (used as experimental controls) blocks. Samples include a welded, anisotropic tuff (Tiva Canyon Member of the Paintbrush Tuff, upper cliff microstratigraphic unit), and a moderately welded tuff (Tiva Canyon Member of the Paintbrush Tuff, Caprock microstratigraphic unit). A massive fluvial sandstone (Berea Sandstone) was also investigated as a means of evaluating the experimental program and to provide a point of comparison for the tuff data. Because unsaturated flow is of prime interest to the Yucca Mountain Program, scoping studies aimed at investigating the up-scaling of hydraulic properties under various saturated conditions were performed to compliment these studies of intrinsic permeability. These studies focused on matrix sorptivity, a constitutive property quantifying the capillarity of a porous medium. 113 refs

  17. The Role of Capillary Barrier in Reducing Moisture Content on Waste Packages

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    Assessment of the performance of engineered capillary barriers at the potential Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository site, in which 1.67-m-diameter waste packages are to be emplaced in 5-m-diameter tunnels according to current design, brings up aspects not commonly considered in more typical applications of capillary barriers (e.g., near-surface landfills). Engineered capillary barriers typically consist of two layers of granular materials with a sloping interface, in which the contrast in capillarity between the layers keeps infiltrating water in the upper layer. One issue is the effect of thermohydrologic processes that would occur at elevated repository temperatures (and temperature gradients). For example, backfill materials may be altered from that of the as-placed material by the hydrothermal regime imposed by the emplacement of waste in the repository, changing hydrologic properties in a way that degrades the performance of the barrier. A reduction of permeability in the upper layer might diminish the capacity of the upper layer to divert incoming seepage or to cause a ''vapor lid'' whereby buoyant vapor flow would be trapped, then condense and drain onto waste packages. Other concerns are the result of highly spatially and temporally variable seepage distribution and the very limited spatial scale available for flow attenuation and diversion

  18. WOOD BASIC DENSITY EFFECT OF Eucalyptus grandis x Eucalyptus urophylla CLONES ON BLEACHED PULP QUALITY

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    Sheila Rodrigues dos Santos

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available The study analyzed the wood basic density effect in two Eucalyptus grandis x Eucalyptus urophylla hybrid clones (440 kg/m3 e 508 kg/m3 on bleached pulp quality (fiber dimensions and physical-mechanical properties. The woods performance on pulping, bleaching and beating results were analyzed. The Kraft pulping was carried out in forced circulation digester in order to obtain 17±1 kappa number targets. The pulps were bleached to 90±1 using delignification oxygen and D0EOPD1 bleaching sequence. Bleached pulp of low basic density clone showed, significantly, lowest revolutions number in the PFI mill to reach tensile index of 70 N.m/g, low Schopper Riegler degree and generated sheets with higher values to bulk and opacity. These characteristics and properties allow concluding that bleached pulp of low basic density clone was the most indicated to produce printing and writing sheets. The bleached pulp of high basic density clone showed higher values of bulk and capillarity Klemm and lower water retention value when analyzed without beating. The bleached pulp of high basic density clone showed more favorable characteristics to the production of tissue papers.

  19. A microencapsulation process of liquid mercury by sulfur polymer stabilization/solidification technology. Part II: Durability of materials

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    Under the European LIFE Program a microencapsulation process was developed for liquid mercury using Sulfur Polymer Stabilization/Solidification (SPSS) technology, obtaining a stable concrete-like sulfur matrix that allows the immobilization of mercury for long-term storage. The process description and characterization of the materials obtained were detailed in Part I. The present document, Part II, reports the results of different tests carried out to determine the durability of Hg-S concrete samples with very high mercury content (up to 30 % w/w). Different UNE and RILEM standard test methods were applied, such as capillary water absorption, low pressure water permeability, alkali/acid resistance, salt mist aging, freeze-thaw resistance and fire performance. The samples exhibited no capillarity and their resistance in both alkaline and acid media was very high. They also showed good resistance to very aggressive environments such as spray salt mist, freeze-thaw and dry-wet. The fire hazard of samples at low heat output was negligible. (Author)

  20. The properties of weft knitted fabric medical and preventive treatment action using eco-raw materials

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    Halavska, L.; Batrak, O.

    2016-07-01

    A new trend in the world is the clothing production using the new types of ecological raw materials application - milk, pineapple, coconut, hemp, banana, eucalyptus, clams, corn, bamboo, soya, nettle yarn. This makes it possible to create textile materials of new generation with unique antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Such materials have a positive preventive and sometimes therapeutic effect on people, and their health. Eco-raw materials clothing is able to protect the human body from the environment harmful effects: cold, heat, rain, dust, opportunely remove from underclothing layer the steam and gases, sweat; maintain in underclothing layer the necessary microclimate for normal organism functioning. Study of knitwear consumer properties, produced with eco-materials, is an urgent task of the world vector, directed on ecological environmental protection. This paper presents the research results of hygroscopicity and capillarity weft knitted fabrics, what knitted from different types of eco-raw materials: bamboo yarn, yarn containing soybean and nettle yarn. Character of influence of the liquid raising level changes depending on the experiment time and the knitting structure is revealed.

  1. Thawing and freezing processes of active layer in Wudaoliang region of Tibetan Plateau

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    2000-01-01

    The interaction between permafrost and atmosphere is accomplished through transfer of heat and moisture in the overlay active layer. Thus, the research on the thermal and hydro- dynamics of active layer during the thawing and freezing processes was considered a key to revealing the heat and moisture exchanges between permafrost and atmosphere. The monitoring and research on active layer were conducted because permafrost occupies about two thirds of the total area of the Tibetan Plateau. Based on the analysis of the ground temperature data and soil moisture data of monitoring near the Wudaoliang region of the Tibetan Plateau, the thawing and freezing processes of active layer were divided into four stages, i.e. summer thawing stage (ST), autumn freezing stage (AF), winter cooling stage (WC) and spring warming stage (SW). Coupled heat and water flow is much more complicated in ST and AF, and more amount of water is migrating in these two stages. Heat is transferred mainly via conductive heat flow in the other two stages, and less water migrated. Four water migration and coupled heat flow processes were addressed for the thawing and freezing stages, which are water infiltration driven by gravity, moisture advection and distillation driven by temperature and osmotic gradients, water migration driven by capillarity and unfrozen water migration driven by temperature gradient. The water content near the permafrost table tends to increase after one thawing and freezing cycle, which is the main reason for the development of thick ground ice layer near permafrost table.

  2. The nanofluidics can explain ascent of water in tallest trees

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    Gouin, Henri

    2012-01-01

    In Amazing numbers in biology, Flindt reports a giant, 128 meter-tall eucalyptus, and a 135 meter-tall sequoia. However, the explanation of the maximum altitude of the crude sap ascent and consequently the main reason of the maximum size that trees can reach is not well understood. According to tree species, the crude sap is driven in xylem microtubes with diameters ranging between 50 and 400 micrometers. The sap contains diluted salts but its physical properties are roughly those of water; consequently, hydrodynamic, capillarity and osmotic pressure yield a crude sap ascent of a few tens of meters only. Today, we can propound a new understanding of the ascent of sap to the top of very tall trees thanks to a new comparison between experiments associated with the cohesion-tension theory and the disjoining pressure concept. Here we show that the pressure in the water-storing tracheids of leaves can be strongly negative whereas the pressure in the xylem microtubes of stems may remain positive when, at high level...

  3. Constrained pressure residual multiscale (CPR-MS) method for fully implicit simulation of multiphase flow in porous media

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    Cusini, Matteo; Lukyanov, Alexander A.; Natvig, Jostein; Hajibeygi, Hadi

    2015-10-01

    We develop the first multiscale method for fully implicit (FIM) simulations of multiphase flow in porous media, namely CPR-MS method. Built on the FIM Jacobian matrix, the pressure system is obtained by employing a Constrained Pressure Residual (CPR) operator. Multiscale Finite Element (MSFE) and Finite Volume (MSFV) methods are then formulated algebraically to obtain efficient and accurate solutions of this pressure equation. The multiscale prediction stage (first-stage) is coupled with a corrector stage (second-stage) employed on the full system residual. The converged solution is enhanced through outer GMRES iterations preconditioned by these first and second stage operators. While the second-stage FIM stage is solved using a classical iterative solver, the multiscale stage is investigated in full detail. Several choices for fine-scale pre- and post-smoothing along with different choices of coarse-scale solvers are considered for a range of heterogeneous three-dimensional cases with capillarity and three-phase systems. The CPR-MS method is the first of its kind, and extends the applicability of the so-far developed multiscale methods (both MSFE and MSFV) to displacements with strong coupling terms.

  4. Electromagnetic Scattering from Rough Sea Surface with PM Spectrum Covered by an Organic Film

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    WANG Rui; GUO Li-Xin; WANG An-Qi; WU Zhen-Sen

    2011-01-01

    The rough sea surface covered by an organic film will cause attenuation of capillarity waves, which implies that the organic films play an important role in rough sea surface processes. We focus on a one-dimensional(1D)rough sea surface with the Pierson-Moskowitz(PM)spectrum distributed to the homogeneous insoluble organic slicks. First, the impact of the organic film on the PM surface spectrum is presented, as well as that of the correlation length, the rms height and slope of the rough sea surface. The damping effect of the organic film changes the physical parameters of the rough sea surface. For example, the organic film will reduce the rms height and slopee of the rough sea surface, which results in the attenuation of the high-frequency components of the PM spectrum leading to modification of the surface PM spectrum. Then, the influence of the organic film on the electromagnetic(EM) scattering coefficients from PM rough sea surface covered by the organic film is investigated and discussed in detail, compared with the clean PM rough sea surface through the method of moments.

  5. X-ray computed tomography and aggregate image system (AIMS for studying hot mix asphalt and aggregates

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    Allex E. Álvarez Lugo

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Achieving reliable pavement design, durable roadway structures and effective maintenance and rehabilitation plans requires the suitable characterisation of the materials used in pavement construction. This paper describes two non-destructive techniques based on image acquisition and analysis and their successful application in pavement engi-neering: X-ray computed tomography (X-ray CT and aggregate imaging system (AIMS. The former has been used for characterising the internal structure of asphalt mixes to analyse and model their performance; it has been particu-larly used for studying the content, size, distribution and connectivity of air-voids and these variables’ relationship with moisture damage susceptibility, capillarity and permeability within the mixes. AIMS was intended for characterri-sing aggregates’ morphological properties (i.e., form, angularity and texture. This technique provides important ad-vantages regarding the standard methods used for obtaining the same aggregate properties: it is objective, reliable, reproducible and can be carried out quickly. This paper was aimed at describing these two techniques’ theoretical backgrounds, mention some recent applications and provide insight into how existing characterisation of materials used in pavement construction can be improved.

  6. Liquid drops attract or repel by the inverted Cheerios effect.

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    Karpitschka, Stefan; Pandey, Anupam; Lubbers, Luuk A; Weijs, Joost H; Botto, Lorenzo; Das, Siddhartha; Andreotti, Bruno; Snoeijer, Jacco H

    2016-07-01

    Solid particles floating at a liquid interface exhibit a long-ranged attraction mediated by surface tension. In the absence of bulk elasticity, this is the dominant lateral interaction of mechanical origin. Here, we show that an analogous long-range interaction occurs between adjacent droplets on solid substrates, which crucially relies on a combination of capillarity and bulk elasticity. We experimentally observe the interaction between droplets on soft gels and provide a theoretical framework that quantitatively predicts the interaction force between the droplets. Remarkably, we find that, although on thick substrates the interaction is purely attractive and leads to drop-drop coalescence, for relatively thin substrates a short-range repulsion occurs, which prevents the two drops from coming into direct contact. This versatile interaction is the liquid-on-solid analog of the "Cheerios effect." The effect will strongly influence the condensation and coarsening of drops on soft polymer films, and has potential implications for colloidal assembly and mechanobiology. PMID:27298348

  7. Preliminary testing of an electrolysis cell for highly tritiated water

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    In the framework of the European fusion technology programme, SCK/CEN (Mol, Belgium) has continued the development of an electrolysis cell for highly tritiated water. In the resulting original concept, the liquid inventory is limited to the vertical porous gas separator which is wetted by capillarity. Use is made of thermoelectric heat pumps to cool the cell down to about 80C. Intensive testing with light water has been performed successfully during more than 10,000 cumulated hours with mock-up cells, and during more than 6,000 cumulated hours with a prototype cell. These tests have demonstrated the robustness and the long-term reliability of the proposed system. Further experiments are going on with the aim to characterize the working of the capillary cell. In the same time, peripheral equipment such as demisters and cold traps are being tested. These devices are to be incorporated in a dedicated loop for testing with tritiated water at the nominal specific activity (-- 4.1019 Bq/m3)

  8. Dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of the sarcopenic muscle

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    Sbarbati Andrea

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Studies about capillarity of the aged muscle provided conflicting results and no data are currently available about the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI in vivo characteristics of the microvascular bed in aged rats. We have studied age-related modifications of the skeletal muscle by in vivo T2-relaxometry and dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (CE-MRI at high field intensity (4.7 T. The aim of the work was to test the hypothesis that the ageing process involves microvessels in skeletal muscle. Methods The study was performed in 4-month-old (n = 6 and 20-month-old (n = 6 rats. Results At MRI examination, the relaxation time T2 of the gastrocnemius muscle showed no significant difference between these two groups. The kinetic of contrast penetration in the tissue showed that in 4-month-old rats the enhancement values of the signal intensity at different time-points were significantly higher than those found in senescent rats. Conclusion The reported finding suggests that there is a modification of the microcirculatory function in skeletal muscle of aged rats. This work also demonstrates that CE-MRI allows for an in vivo quantification of the multiple biological processes involving the skeletal muscle during aging. Therefore, CE-MRI could represent a further tool for the follow up of tissue modification and therapeutic intervention both in patients with sarcopenia and in experimental models of this pathology.

  9. Tension-saturated and unsaturated flows from line sources in subsurface irrigation: Riesenkampf's and Philip's solutions revisited

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    Kacimov, A. R.; Obnosov, Yu. V.

    2016-03-01

    Riesenkampf's (1938), R-38 (referred to here as R-38), analytical solution for steady 2-D flow from a buried line source in a homogeneous Green-Ampt soil, with a wetting plume bounded by a free surface (capillary fringe), is compared with Philip's (1969), (P-69), one for genuinely unsaturated wetting of Gardner's infinite-extension soil. Conformal mappings are used in R-38, from which we derived the flow net, pore-water isobars, isochrones, fields of Darcian velocity and resultant force acting on saturated porous skeleton, fine geometry (shape and size) of the constant-head contour encompassing a mole-emitter or leaky-pipe, as well as the dependence of the total discharge per unit pipe length on uniform pressure in the pipe, capillarity of the soil, radius of the pipe, and saturated hydraulic conductivity. An ovalic "water table" isobar, encompassing P-69 source, is compared with one of R-38 for a fixed discharge and saturated conductivity but adjusted sorptive numbers. The Whisler and Bouwer (1970) relation between the static height of capillary rise and sorptive number is shown to give a good match between R-38 and P-69 isobars. This allows to use R-38 in the source vicinity and P-69 in the far-field zone. Computer algebra (Mathematica) routines are used for visualization of the known and extended R-38 and P-69 solutions.

  10. Four weeks of speed endurance training reduces energy expenditure during exercise and maintains muscle oxidative capacity despite a reduction in training volume

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    Iaia, F. Marcello; Hellsten, Ylva; Nielsen, Jens Jung; Fernström, Maria; Sahlin, Kent; Bangsbo, Jens

    2009-01-01

    We studied the effect of an alteration from regular endurance to speed endurance training on muscle oxidative capacity, capillarization, as well as energy expenditure during submaximal exercise and its relationship to mitochondrial uncoupling protein 3 (UCP3) in humans. Seventeen endurance-trained...... runners were assigned to either a speed endurance training (SET; n = 9) or a control (Con; n = 8) group. For a 4-wk intervention (IT) period, SET replaced the ordinary training ( approximately 45 km/wk) with frequent high-intensity sessions each consisting of 8-12 30-s sprint runs separated by 3 min of...... rest (5.7 +/- 0.1 km/wk) with additional 9.9 +/- 0.3 km/wk at low running speed, whereas Con continued the endurance training. After the IT period, oxygen uptake was 6.6, 7.6, 5.7, and 6.4% lower (P < 0.05) at running speeds of 11, 13, 14.5, and 16 km/h, respectively, in SET, whereas remained the same...

  11. Responsive nanoporous metals: recoverable modulations on strength and shape by watering.

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    Ye, Xing-Long; Liu, Ling-Zhi; Jin, Hai-Jun

    2016-08-12

    Many biological materials can readily modulate their mechanical properties and shape by interacting with water in the surrounding environment, which is essential to their high performance in application. In contrast, typical inorganic materials (such as the metals) cannot change their strength and shape without involving thermal/mechanical treatments. By introducing nano-scale porous structure and exploiting a simple physical concept-the water-capillarity in nanopores, here we report that a 'dead' metal can be transformed into a 'smart' material with water-responsive properties. We demonstrate that the apparent strength, volume and shape of nanoporous Au and Au(Pt) can be modulated in situ, dramatically and recoverably, in response to water-dipping and partial-drying. The amplitude of strength-modulation reaches 20 MPa, which is nearly 50% of the yield strength at initial state. This approach also leads to reversible length change up to 1.3% in nanoporous Au and a large reversible bending motion of a bi-layer strip with tip displacement of ∼20 mm, which may be used for actuation. This method is simple and effective, occurring in situ under ambient conditions and requiring no external power, analogous to biological materials. The findings may open up novel applications in many areas such as micro-robotics and bio-medical devices. PMID:27347850

  12. Morphological studies in a model for dengue-2 virus infection in mice

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    Ortrud Monika Barth

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available One of the main difficulties in studying dengue virus infection in humans and in developing a vaccine is the absence of a suitable animal model which develops the full spectrum of dengue fever, dengue haemorrhagic fever, and dengue shock syndrome. It is our proposal to present morphological aspects of an animal model which shows many similarities with the dengue infection in humans. BALB/c mice were intraperitoneally infected with non-neuroadapted dengue virus serotype 2 (DENV-2. Histopathological and morphometrical analyses of liver tissue revealed focal alterations along the infection, reaching wide-ranging portal and centrolobular veins congestion and sinusoidal cell death. Additional ultrastructural observations demonstrated multifocal endothelial injury, platelet recruitment, and alterated hepatocytes. Dengue virus antigen was detected in hepatocytes and in the capillar endothelium of the central lobular vein area. Liver function tests showed high levels of aspartate transaminase and alanine transaminase enzyme activity. Lung tissue showed interstitial pneumonia and mononuclear cells, interseptal oedema, hyperplasia, and hypertrophy of the bronchiolar epithelial cells. DENV-2 led to a transient inflammatory process, but caused focal alterations of the blood-exchange barrier. Viremia was observed from 2nd to 11th day p.i. by isolation of DENV-2 in C6/36 mosquito cell line inoculated with the supernatant of macerated liver, lung, kidney, and cerebellum tissues of the infected mice.

  13. Mechanisms of adaptation of the hepatic vasculature to the deteriorating conditions of blood circulation in liver cirrhosis.

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    Garbuzenko, Dmitry Victorovich; Arefyev, Nikolay Olegovich; Belov, Dmitry Vladimirovich

    2016-06-01

    PubMed, EMBASE, Orphanet, MIDLINE, Google Scholar and Cochrane Library were searched for articles published between 1983 and 2015. Relevant articles were selected by using the following terms: "Liver cirrhosis", "Endothelial dysfunction", "Sinusoidal remodeling", "Intrahepatic angiogenesis" and "Pathogenesis of portal hypertension". Then the reference lists of identified articles were searched for other relevant publications as well. Besides gross hepatic structural disorders related to diffuse fibrosis and formation of regenerative nodules, the complex morphofunctional rearrangement of the hepatic microvascular bed and intrahepatic angiogenesis also play important roles in hemodynamic disturbances in liver cirrhosis. It is characterized by endothelial dysfunction and impaired paracrine interaction between activated stellate hepatocytes and sinusoidal endotheliocytes, sinusoidal remodeling and capillarization, as well as development of the collateral microcirculation. In spite of the fact that complex morphofunctional rearrangement of the hepatic microvascular bed and intrahepatic angiogenesis in liver cirrhosis are the compensatory-adaptive reaction to the deteriorating conditions of blood circulation, they contribute to progression of disease and development of serious complications, in particular, related to portal hypertension. PMID:27326313

  14. Pinch-off of rods by bulk diffusion

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    The morphology of a rod embedded in a matrix undergoing pinching by interfacial-energy-driven bulk diffusion is determined near the point of pinching. We find a self-similar solution that gives a unique temporal power law and interfacial shape prior to pinching and self-similar solutions after pinching. The theory is compared to experiments that employ in situ four-dimensional X-ray tomographic microscopy for rods of liquid or solid pinching by solute diffusion in the high-diffusivity liquid phase. The excellent agreement between experiment and theory confirms that the interfacial morphology near the singularity is universal both before and after pinching; the shape holds regardless of the material system and initial condition. This also implies that the predictions of the time-dependence of the process can be used to determine the time to pinching for a wide variety of physical systems, and thus provide estimates of the time required for capillarity-driven break-up of microstructures from the detachment of secondary dendrite arms to polymer blends.

  15. Investigation of energy dissipation due to contact angle hysteresis in capillary effect

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    Athukorallage, Bhagya; Iyer, Ram

    2016-06-01

    Capillary action or Capillarity is the ability of a liquid to flow in narrow spaces without the assistance of, and in opposition to, external forces like gravity. Three effects contribute to capillary action, namely, adhesion of the liquid to the walls of the confining solid; meniscus formation; and low Reynolds number fluid flow. We investigate the dissipation of energy during one cycle of capillary action, when the liquid volume inside a capillary tube first increases and subsequently decreases while assuming quasi-static motion. The quasi-static assumption allows us to focus on the wetting phenomenon of the solid wall by the liquid and the formation of the meniscus. It is well known that the motion of a liquid on an non-ideal surface involves the expenditure of energy due to contact angle hysteresis. In this paper, we derive the equations for the menisci and the flow rules for the change of the contact angles for a liquid column in a capillary tube at a constant temperature and volume by minimizing the Helmholtz free energy using calculus of variations. We describe the numerical solution of these equations and present results from computations for the case of a capillary tube with 1 mm diameter.

  16. Comparative study of pore structure evolution during solvent and thermal debinding of powder injection molded parts

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    Hwang, K. S.; Hsieh, Y. M.

    1996-02-01

    The solvent debinding process has been widely accepted in the powder injection molding (PIM) industry due to its short debinding cycle. In the current study, specimens were immersed in a heptane bath for different lengths of time, and the pore structure evolvement in the compact was analyzed. Mercury porosimetry analyses and scanning electron micrographs showed that the binder extraction started from the surface and progressed toward the center of the compacts. As the debinding contin-ued, the pores grew and were widely distributed in size. This pore structure evolvement was different from that of straight thermal debinding in which the pore size distribution was quite narrow and the mean pore diameter shifted toward smaller sizes as debinding time increased. After the soluble binders were extracted, parts were subjected to a subsequent thermal debinding during which these pores served as conduits for decomposed gas to escape. Concurrently, the remaining binder became fluidlike and was redistributed within the compact due to capillarity. This pore structure, as observed from the mercury intrusion curves, showed a sharp increase in the pore volume at the 0.8-µm size, followed by a series of fine pores, which is different from the pore structure of straight thermal debinding. The difference in the pore structure evolvement between solvent and thermal debinding and its effect on the debinding rate are discussed.

  17. Comparative study of pore structure evolution during solvent and thermal debinding of powder injection molded parts

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    Hwang, K.S.; Hsieh, Y.M. [National Taiwan Univ., Taipei (Taiwan, Province of China). Inst. of Materials Science and Engineering

    1996-02-01

    The solvent debinding process has been widely accepted in the powder injection molding (PIM) industry due to its short debinding cycle. In the current study, specimens were immersed in a heptane bath for different lengths of time, and the pore structure evolvement in the compact was analyzed. Mercury porosimetry analyses and scanning electron micrographs showed that the binder extraction started from the surface and progressed toward the center of the compacts. As the debinding continued, the pores grew and were widely distributed in size. This pore structure evolvement was different from that of straight thermal debinding in which the pore size distribution was quite narrow and the mean pore diameter shifted toward smaller sizes as debinding time increased. After the soluble binders were extracted, parts were subjected to a subsequent thermal debinding during which these pores served as conduits for decomposed gas to escape. Concurrently, the remaining binder became fluidlike and was redistributed within the compact due to capillarity. This pore structure, as observed from the mercury intrusion curves, showed a sharp increase in the pore volume at the 0.8-{micro}m size, followed by a series of fine pores, which is different from the pore structure of straight thermal debinding. The difference in the pore structure evolvement between solvent and thermal debinding and its effect on the debinding rate are discussed.

  18. Nanoscale gutter hydrodynamics: asymmetric vanishing lifetime of identical twin nanodroplets

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    Tiwari, Dhirendra; Dijkstra, Marcel; Eijkel, Jan; Gardeniers, Han; Mercury, Lionel; Tas, Niels; Vanapalli, Srinivas

    2015-11-01

    We study the capillary behavior of wetting liquids in the context of receding liquid fronts capped with an unsaturated zone (UZ) in a model 2D-porous media and report on the removal of liquid from an array of square nanodroplets inter-connected through nanoscopic-gutters. At the tip of the array a quasi 2D pinch-off generates identical twin nanodroplets marked by the singularity in local liquid pressure. The temporal violation of Lord Kelvin's equation kicks off the hydraulic conduction among nearest-neighbor droplets. A simple exponential decay/growth fluidic model incorporating constant evaporation rate validates the experimentally observed asymmetric vanishing life-time of the identical twin-droplets. Overall, this work illustrates the critical role of capillarity, wetting and geometry in setting up a unique scenario of ubiquitous competition among evaporation vs hydrodynamic conduction at meso-scale. The evaporating array of nanodroplets visualizes the tip of dynamic local vapor pressure gradient and captures the details of transport at an unprecedented size scale. DT acknowledges financial support from ISTO CNRS Orleans France and NWO The Netherlands.

  19. A new atomic beam source: The ''candlestick''

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    Hau, Lene Vestergaard; Golovchenko, J. A.; Burns, Michael M.

    1994-12-01

    The design of a novel-type of atomic beam source which provides for long term, stable operation at high emission rates is reported. The heart of the design is the ``candlestick'' where liquid source material is transported by capillary action to a localized hot emission region. A surrounding cavity kept at the melting point for the source material shields the vacuum chamber walls from this region. The atomic beam escaping from the source is collimated, and uncollimated atoms are transported back to the liquid reservoir at the bottom of the ``candlestick'' by capillary action. This design has advantages over traditional oven designs: localized heating provides for large emission rates under high vacuum conditions, collimation is combined with recycling and conservation of source material, and the use of capillarity allows any orientation of the beam source. The source has been tested with sodium, and we believe that the design is useful for a broad range of applications including thin-film evaporation, molecular beam epitaxy, and semiconductor surface doping. With the low thermal mass of the emission section, the source could be optimized for pulsed mode operation. Furthermore, it is anticipated that the design ideas presented here could form the basis for a supersonic source with very high Mach numbers.

  20. Tratamiento de los edificios contra la humedad del terreno

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    Gómez Rodríguez, P. J.

    1966-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper entions the main damage that may arise from excessive dampness in building materials. One of the main sources of this humidity is the rising of water through capillarity from the ground, and across foundations and walls. Soil water may be of two kinds (disperse and freatic, and criteria are given for recognising each type. As a matter of information, the paper finally mentions the methods that are utilised to counteract the above type of humidity. These methods are termed preventive, when they are applied during the construction of the building; and curative, if undertaken after the building has been completed.Se indican en el presente artículo los principales daños que puede producir el exceso de humedad en los materiales de construcción, estableciendo, como una de las causas fundamentales, la ascensión capilar del agua del suelo a través de cimientos y muros. El agua existente en el terreno puede ser de dos tipos (dispersa y freática y se dan criterios para su reconocimiento. A continuación se indican, a título informativo, los diferentes procedimientos que se utilizan para defenderse de este tipo de humedades, clasificándolos, por su aplicación, ya sea durante la construcción del edificio (soluciones preventivas o posteriormente a ella (soluciones curvativas.

  1. Lacunae infills for in situ treatment of historic glazed tiles

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    Mendes, Marta T.; Esteves, Lurdes; Ferreira, Teresa A.; Candeias, António; Tennent, Norman H.; Rodrigues, José Delgado; Pereira, Sílvia R. M.

    2016-05-01

    Knowledge of current conservation materials and methods together with those adopted in the past is essential to aid research and improve or develop better conservation options. The infill and painting of tile lacunae are subjected to special requirements mainly when used in outdoor settings. A selection of the most commonly used materials was undertaken and performed based on inquiries to practitioners working in the field. The infill pastes comprised organic (epoxy, polyester), inorganic (slaked lime, hydraulic lime and zinc hydroxychloride) and mixed organic-inorganic (slaked lime mixed with a vinylic resin) binders. The selected aggregates were those most commonly used or those already present in the commercially formulated products. The infill pastes were characterised by SEM, MIP, open porosity, water absorption by capillarity, water vapour permeability, thermal and hydric expansibilities and adhesion to the ceramic body. Their performance was assessed after curing, artificial ageing (salt ageing and UV-Temp-RH cycles) and natural ageing. The results were interpreted in terms of their significance as indicators of effectiveness, compatibility and durability.

  2. Ultrasound velocity test to decay evaluation on decorative stone after different artificial ageing treatments

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    Fioretti, Giovanna; Andriani, Gioacchino Francesco

    2016-04-01

    Ultrasound propagation velocity depends on several physical properties, for instance density, porosity and textural discontinuities within stones. These properties are strongly influenced by state of conservation of materials and their modification can be considered decay markers; therefore, ultrasound velocity measurement represents a non-destructive technique to evaluate the decay underway on employed stone. In this study, samples of the Avorio variety, an Apulian limestones, were processed to artificial ageing treatments, in particular thermal shocks, extreme thermal exposure at high temperatures between 200 and 600°C, and cycles of immersion of rock samples into saline solution alternating with drying phases in muffle furnace. Effects of induced deterioration were examined by comparing p-wave ultrasound velocity values, visual appearance and mass loss with water absorption values and capillarity test results. This research suggests first that the ultrasound velocity test can be considered a valuable non-invasive technique to assess the state of decay of decorative and building stones. Furthermore, in order to simulate dangerous and extreme environmental conditions and study their influence on the stone decay patterns, new considerations and suggestions about ageing test and procedures were proposed.

  3. Dynamic pore network simulator for modelling buoyancy-driven migration during depressurisation of heavy-oil systems

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    Ezeuko, C.C.; McDougall, S.R. [Heriot-Watt Univ., Edinburgh (United Kingdom); Bondino, I. [Total E and P UK Ltd., London (United Kingdom); Hamon, G. [Total S.A., Paris (France)

    2008-10-15

    In an attempt to investigate the impact of gravitational forces on gas evolution during solution gas drive, a number of vertically-oriented heavy oil depletion experiments have been conducted. Some of the results of these studies suggest the occurrence of gas migration during these tests. However, a major limitation of these experiments is the difficulty in visualizing the process in reservoir rock samples. Experimental observations using transparent glass models have been useful in this context and provide a sound physical basis for modelling gravitational gas migration in gas-oil systems. This paper presented a new pore network simulator that was capable of modelling the time-dependent migration of growing gas structures. Multiple pore filling events were dynamically modelled with interface tracking allowing the full range of migratory behaviours to be reproduced, including braided migration and discontinuous dispersed flow. Simulation results were compared with experiments and were found to be in excellent agreement. The paper presented the model and discussed the implication of evolution regime on recovery from heavy oil systems undergoing depressurization. The simulation results demonstrated the complex interaction of a number of network and fluid parameters. It was concluded that the concomitant effect on the competition between capillarity and buoyancy produced different gas evolution patterns during pressure depletion. 28 refs., 2 tabs., 19 figs.

  4. Lessons learned from Brazilian natural gas industry reform

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    Over the past decades many countries have reformed their infrastructure industries. Although these reforms have been broadly similar for the most part, aiming at introducing competition in potentially competitive segments, the contexts in which they have been carried out differ. This is due to the past regulatory experience in each country, the maturity of the industry and/or the number of agents when the reform process started. The Brazilian natural gas reform stands out due to the country's singular conditions. The development of the natural gas industry in Brazil was grounded on stepping up supplies through integration with neighboring nations (particularly Bolivia) and establishing a competitive environment by lowering the barriers hampering the arrival of new investors. However, natural gas is located at the crossroads of two main energy chains: oil and hydroelectricity. This article analyzes the Brazilian natural gas reform, and extracts lessons from this process. The low capillarity of transportation and distribution systems continues to be the main bottleneck of the country's natural gas industry. The challenges of the new legal framework are to encourage investments in networks and guarantee supply, to allow the industry to consolidate and mature, against a backdrop of rapid changes in the world market. (author)

  5. Summary of a GAMBIT Club Workshop on Gas Migration in Bentonite. A Report produced for the GAMBIT Club

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    Rodwell, W.R. [Serco Assurance, Risley (GB)] (ed.)

    2005-11-15

    In order to review the status of understanding of gas migration in bentonite, and particularly the experimental data that provides the basis for such understanding as exists, the GAMBIT Club organised a workshop of invited participants that was held in Madrid during 29-30 October 2003. (The GAMBIT Club is a consortium of radioactive waste management agencies: SKB, ANDRA, Enresa, JNC, Nagra, and Posiva.) The motivation for the workshop was the difficulty found in developing models of gas migration in bentonite because of lack of detailed characterisation of its mechanism and controlling parameters. This report provides a summary of the presentations made at the workshop and of the discussions that took place. Copies of the slides presented are provided in the appendix. The titles of the presentations are: Overview of Current Status of Experimental Knowledge and Understanding of Gas migration in Bentonite (William Rodwell); Summary of GAMBIT Club Modelling of Gas Migration in Compacted Bentonite (William Rodwell); A Capillarity/advection Model for Gas Break-through Pressures (Marolo Alfaro, Jim Graham); Recent Experiments by JNC on Gas Migration in Bentonite (Kenji Tanai, Mikihiko Yamamoto); Gas Flow in Clays: Experimental Data Leading to Two-phase and Preferential-path Modelling (Eduardo Alonso); Gas Movement in MX80 Bentonite under Constant Volume Conditions (Jon Harrington, Steve Horseman); Some Practical Observations on Gas Flow in Clays and Clay-rich Rocks (Steve Horseman, Jon Harrington); Early Large-scale Experiments on Gas Break-through Pressures in Clay based Materials (Harald Hoekmark)

  6. Fully implicit two-phase reservoir simulation with the additive schwarz preconditioned inexact newton method

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    Liu, Lulu

    2013-01-01

    The fully implicit approach is attractive in reservoir simulation for reasons of numerical stability and the avoidance of splitting errors when solving multiphase flow problems, but a large nonlinear system must be solved at each time step, so efficient and robust numerical methods are required to treat the nonlinearity. The Additive Schwarz Preconditioned Inexact Newton (ASPIN) framework, as an option for the outermost solver, successfully handles strong nonlinearities in computational fluid dynamics, but is barely explored for the highly nonlinear models of complex multiphase flow with capillarity, heterogeneity, and complex geometry. In this paper, the fully implicit ASPIN method is demonstrated for a finite volume discretization based on incompressible two-phase reservoir simulators in the presence of capillary forces and gravity. Numerical experiments show that the number of global nonlinear iterations is not only scalable with respect to the number of processors, but also significantly reduced compared with the standard inexact Newton method with a backtracking technique. Moreover, the ASPIN method, in contrast with the IMPES method, saves overall execution time because of the savings in timestep size.

  7. Influence of gravity on narrow input forced drainage in 2D liquid foams

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    SUN QiCheng; GE Wei; HUANG Jin

    2007-01-01

    Liquid foam is a dense packing of gas bubbles in a small amount of liquid containing surfactants or other surface-active macromolecules, which is one of the highly organized materials and possesses hallmark rheological behaviour of soft matters. Forced foam drainage is the flow of constantly inputted liquid through the network of interstitial channels between bubbles under actions of gravity and capillarity. This process involves two mechanisms: minimal viscous flow dissipation of liquid and minimal surface energy of bubbles. For constant surfactant solution, viscous dissipation usually varies with gravity. This work reports simulations of 2D forced foam drainage with narrow input in a Hele-Shaw cell under 8 different gravities, g, ranging from 9.8 to 0 ms-2. The spread of liquid both vertical due to gravity action, and horizontal due to capillary suction, is recorded over time. Positions of drainage wave fronts in both directions with time are found to be well described in the power law form, and the exponents are 0.536+5.29×10-3g and 0.479-7.27×10-3g, respectively, while the sum is close to a constant of 1.015 which is independent of gravity. For g=9.8 ms-2, the calculated exponents are in good agreement with experimental results by Hutzler et al. And Wang.

  8. Hydric properties of some iberian ornamental granites with different superficial finishes: a petrophysical interpretation

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    Rojo, A.

    2003-03-01

    Full Text Available Some physical properties of three ornamental granites with different superficial finishes (polished, sawn and flamed were quantified by standard tests. These granites are commercially known as Rosa Porrino, Rosavel and Blanco Alcazar. The determined properties were: density, open porosity, water absorption, capillarity, evaporation, vapour absorption and water vapour permeability. The values of the hydric properties in the studied granites fundamentally depended on their textural characteristics, mainly grain size, micro cracking network and open porosity, and, to a lesser extent, on their superficial finish.

    El estudio analiza las diferencias en el comportamiento hídrico de tres granitos con diferentes acabados superficiales: pulido, corte de sierra y chorro de fuego. Estos granitos se comercializan con los nombres de Rosa Porrino, Rosavel y Blanco Alcázar. Las propiedades determinadas han sido: densidad, porosidad abierta, absorción libre de agua, absorción de vapor de agua, absorción de agua por capilaridad, evaporación y permeabilidad al vapor de agua. Los valores de las propiedades hídricas determinadas dependen fundamentalmente de las características texturales: tamaño de grano, microfisuras y porosidad abierta y, en menor medida, de los acabados superficiales.

  9. Dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of the sarcopenic muscle

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    Studies about capillarity of the aged muscle provided conflicting results and no data are currently available about the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in vivo characteristics of the microvascular bed in aged rats. We have studied age-related modifications of the skeletal muscle by in vivo T2-relaxometry and dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (CE-MRI) at high field intensity (4.7 T). The aim of the work was to test the hypothesis that the ageing process involves microvessels in skeletal muscle. The study was performed in 4-month-old (n = 6) and 20-month-old (n = 6) rats. At MRI examination, the relaxation time T2 of the gastrocnemius muscle showed no significant difference between these two groups. The kinetic of contrast penetration in the tissue showed that in 4-month-old rats the enhancement values of the signal intensity at different time-points were significantly higher than those found in senescent rats. The reported finding suggests that there is a modification of the microcirculatory function in skeletal muscle of aged rats. This work also demonstrates that CE-MRI allows for an in vivo quantification of the multiple biological processes involving the skeletal muscle during aging. Therefore, CE-MRI could represent a further tool for the follow up of tissue modification and therapeutic intervention both in patients with sarcopenia and in experimental models of this pathology

  10. Laboratory investigation of constitutive property up-scaling in volcanic tuffs

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    Tidwell, V.C. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Geohydrology Dept.

    1996-08-01

    One of the critical issues facing the Yucca Mountain site characterization and performance assessment programs is the manner in which property up-scaling is addressed. Property up-scaling becomes an issue whenever heterogeneous media properties are measured at one scale but applied at another. A research program has been established to challenge current understanding of property up-scaling with the aim of developing and testing improved models that describe up-scaling behavior in a quantitative manner. Up-scaling of constitutive rock properties is investigated through physical experimentation involving the collection of suites of gas-permeability data measured over a range of discrete scales. To date, up-scaling studies have been performed on a series of tuff and sandstone (used as experimental controls) blocks. Samples include a welded, anisotropic tuff (Tiva Canyon Member of the Paintbrush Tuff, upper cliff microstratigraphic unit), and a moderately welded tuff (Tiva Canyon Member of the Paintbrush Tuff, Caprock microstratigraphic unit). A massive fluvial sandstone (Berea Sandstone) was also investigated as a means of evaluating the experimental program and to provide a point of comparison for the tuff data. Because unsaturated flow is of prime interest to the Yucca Mountain Program, scoping studies aimed at investigating the up-scaling of hydraulic properties under various saturated conditions were performed to compliment these studies of intrinsic permeability. These studies focused on matrix sorptivity, a constitutive property quantifying the capillarity of a porous medium. 113 refs.

  11. Carbonation acceleration of calcium hydroxide nanoparticles: induced by yeast fermentation

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    Lopez-Arce, Paula; Zornoza-Indart, Ainara

    2015-09-01

    Carbonation of Ca(OH)2 nanoparticles and consolidation of limestone are accelerated by high humidity and a yeast fermentation system that supplies a saturated atmosphere on CO2, H2O vapor and ethanol during 28 days. Nanoparticles were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and differential thermal analyses with thermogravimetry. Spectrophotometry, scanning electron microscopy analyses, and hydric and mechanical tests were also performed in stones specimens. Samples exposed to the yeast environment achieve 100 % relative CaCO3 yield, whereas at high humidity but without the yeast and under laboratory environment, relative yields of 95 % CaCO3 and 15 % CaCO3 are, respectively, reached, with white crusts and glazing left on the stone surfaces when the nanoparticles are applied at a concentration of 25 g/l. The largest increase in the drilling resistance and surface hardness values with slight increase in the capillarity absorption and desorption coefficients and with lesser stone color changes are produced at a concentration of 5 g/l, in the yeast system environment. This especially happens in stone specimens initially with bimodal pore size distributions, more amounts of pores with diameters between 0.1 and 1 µm, higher open porosity values and faster capillary coefficients. An inexpensive and reliable method based on water and yeast-sugar solution is presented to speed up carbonation of Ca(OH)2 nanoparticles used as a consolidating product to improve the mechanical properties of decayed limestone from archaeological and architectural heritage.

  12. Forensic botany as a useful tool in the crime scene: Report of a case.

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    Margiotta, Gabriele; Bacaro, Giovanni; Carnevali, Eugenia; Severini, Simona; Bacci, Mauro; Gabbrielli, Mario

    2015-08-01

    The ubiquitous presence of plant species makes forensic botany useful for many criminal cases. Particularly, bryophytes are useful for forensic investigations because many of them are clonal and largely distributed. Bryophyte shoots can easily become attached to shoes and clothes and it is possible to be found on footwear, providing links between crime scene and individuals. We report a case of suicide of a young girl happened in Siena, Tuscany, Italia. The cause of traumatic injuries could be ascribed to suicide, to homicide, or to accident. In absence of eyewitnesses who could testify the dynamics of the event, the crime scene investigation was fundamental to clarify the accident. During the scene analysis, some fragments of Tortula muralis Hedw. and Bryum capillare Hedw were found. The fragments were analyzed by a bryologists in order to compare them with the moss present on the stairs that the victim used immediately before the death. The analysis of these bryophytes found at the crime scene allowed to reconstruct the accident. Even if this evidence, of course, is circumstantial, it can be useful in forensic cases, together with the other evidences, to reconstruct the dynamics of events. PMID:26165654

  13. Effect of Marangoni Flows on the Shape of Thin Sessile Droplets Evaporating into Air

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    Tsoumpas, Yannis; Dehaeck, Sam; Rednikov, Alexey; Colinet, Pierre

    2015-11-01

    With the help of Mach-Zehnder interferometry, we study the (largely) axisymmetric shapes of freely receding evaporating sessile droplets of various HFE liquids. The droplets evaporate into ambient air and, although the liquids are perfectly wetting, possess small finite contact angles reckoned to be evaporation-induced. The experimentally determined droplet profiles are shown here to deviate, under some conditions, from the classical macroscopic static profile of a sessile droplet, as this is determined by gravity and capillarity. These deviations are attributed to a Marangoni flow, due to evaporation-induced thermal gradients along the liquid-air interface, and are mostly observed in conditions of high evaporation. Unlike the classical static shapes, the distorted experimental profiles exhibit an inflection point at the contact line area. When a poorly volatile liquid is considered, however, the temperature differences and the Marangoni stresses are weak, and the measurements are found to be in a good agreement with the classical static shape. Overall, the experimental findings are quantitatively confirmed by the predictions of a lubrication model accounting for the impact of the Marangoni effect on the droplet shape. Financial support of FP7 Marie Curie MULTIFLOW Network (PITNGA-2008-214919), ESA/BELSPO-PRODEX, BELSPO- μMAST (IAP 7/38) & FRS-FNRS is gratefully acknowledged.

  14. PANNICULITIS IN DERMATOMYOSITIS

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Dermatomyositis (DM and polymyositis (PM belong to idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIM and are characterized by inflammatory injury to the skeletal muscles. In DM, unlike PM, there is skin injury that serves as a pathognomonic sign of this condition. Panniculitis (PN is one of the rare cutaneous manifestations in this disease.Objective: to investigate the clinical and laboratory characteristics of IIM accompanied by PN and to elaborate guidelines for managing these patients.Subjects and methods. Examinations were made in 318 patients (75 men and 243 women aged 18 to 80 years who were diagnosed with IIM (mean disease duration of 18.97±7.4 months and followed up at the V.A. Nasonova Research Institute of Rheumatology in 1996 to 2015.Results and discussion. In 12 (3.8% of the 318 patients, lobular PN that was associated with the diagnosis of DM verified in all cases. The clinical picture in this patient group was also characterized by skin injury as erythema on the face and trunk and Gottron’s papules (100%, periungual capillaritis (91.7%, ulceronecrotic vasculitis (57.3%, periorbital edema (75%, fever (41.7%, alopecia (50%, and joint involvement (25%.Conclusion. The development of PN is associated with the acute period of DM and the emergence of new foci is related to an exacerbation of this disease, which requires active therapy. 

  15. Capillary thermomechanics in serially porous media, with implications for randomly porous media

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    Miller, Robert D.

    Visions of a single mobile substance present as two rival phases more or less cleanly segregated by capillarity between rival strata of a serially porous medium (a ``discontinuum'') imply explicit testable equations for externally measured capillary thermo-osmotic pressures and capillary thermo-osmosis, with implications for thermomechanical consolidation, dilation, and cracking. Underlying equations assume fluid phases governed by the laws of surface tension and viscous flow, moderated by an appropriate form of the Clapeyron equation. Derived phenomenological coefficients in macroscopic equations for steady coupled transports of mass and heat include only path-length-weighted fluid and heat conductances for rival domains and the heat of phase transformation. Expressions emphasize the phase-specific nature of Onsager's reciprocity principle and apply to serial media held within permeameters set up for measuring either ``isothermal'' or ``adiabatic'' mass transport or held within sealed containers intended for measurements of ``thermal conductivities.'' Results clarify unmet challenges facing modelers of similar processes and attributes in randomly porous media.

  16. A New Drop Fluidics Enabled by Magnetic Field Mediated Elasto-Capillary Transduction

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    Biswas, Saheli; Chaudhury, Manoj K

    2016-01-01

    This research introduces a new drop fluidics, which uses a deformable and stretchable elastomeric film as the platform, instead of the commonly used rigid supports. Such a soft film impregnated with magnetic particles can be modulated with an external electromagnetic field that produces a vast array of topographical landscapes with varying surface curvature, which, in conjunction with capillarity, can direct and control motion of water droplets efficiently and accurately. When a thin layer of oil is present on this film that is deformed locally, a centrosymmetric wedge is formed. A water droplet placed on this oil laden film becomes asymmetrically deformed thus producing a gradient of Laplace pressure within the droplet setting it to motion. A simple theory is presented that accounts for the droplet speed in terms of such geometric variables as the volume of the droplet and the thickness of the oil film covering the soft elastomeric film, as well as such material variables as the viscosity of the oil and inte...

  17. Porous titanium-nickel for intervertebral fusion in a sheep model: part 2. Surface analysis and nickel release assessment.

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    Assad, M; Chernyshov, A V; Jarzem, P; Leroux, M A; Coillard, C; Charette, S; Rivard, C H

    2003-02-15

    Porous titanium-nickel (PTN) devices represent an alternative to traditional cage implants. PTN materials possess an interconnecting network of pores with capillarity properties that may promote bone ingrowth, long-term fixation, and intervertebral fusion without the need for bone grafting. However, their considerable surface area and nickel content may elicit concerns over sensitization potential. Therefore, PTN surface corrosion and nickel release resistance must be carefully studied. To evaluate this possibility, a PTN interbody fusion device (IFD) was compared to a conventional nonporous cage made of TiAlV, a well-known biocompatible biomaterial, in a sheep model. PTN and TiAlV IFDs were inserted at two non-contiguous lumbar sites for 3, 6, and 12 months postsurgery. Their surface was then evaluated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) combined with backscattered electron analysis (BSE). No evidence of surface corrosion was observed either pre- or postimplantation, regardless of device type. Dosage of nickel ions was also performed with the use of inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Blood nickel levels were observed to be within acceptable levels at all postinstrumentation times. Nickel content in PTN-adjacent tissue, as well as in detoxification and remote organs, was equivalent both in PTN-treated and control sheep. Therefore, porous titanium-nickel demonstrated resistance to both in vivo surface corrosion and nickel ion release and compared very well with a conventional titanium implant in the course of a 12-month sheep study. PMID:12516086

  18. Muscle dysfunction in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: update on causes and biological findings.

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    Gea, Joaquim; Pascual, Sergi; Casadevall, Carme; Orozco-Levi, Mauricio; Barreiro, Esther

    2015-10-01

    Respiratory and/or limb muscle dysfunction, which are frequently observed in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, contribute to their disease prognosis irrespective of the lung function. Muscle dysfunction is caused by the interaction of local and systemic factors. The key deleterious etiologic factors are pulmonary hyperinflation for the respiratory muscles and deconditioning secondary to reduced physical activity for limb muscles. Nonetheless, cigarette smoke, systemic inflammation, nutritional abnormalities, exercise, exacerbations, anabolic insufficiency, drugs and comorbidities also seem to play a relevant role. All these factors modify the phenotype of the muscles, through the induction of several biological phenomena in patients with COPD. While respiratory muscles improve their aerobic phenotype (percentage of oxidative fibers, capillarization, mitochondrial density, enzyme activity in the aerobic pathways, etc.), limb muscles exhibit the opposite phenotype. In addition, both muscle groups show oxidative stress, signs of damage and epigenetic changes. However, fiber atrophy, increased number of inflammatory cells, altered regenerative capacity; signs of apoptosis and autophagy, and an imbalance between protein synthesis and breakdown are rather characteristic features of the limb muscles, mostly in patients with reduced body weight. Despite that significant progress has been achieved in the last decades, full elucidation of the specific roles of the target biological mechanisms involved in COPD muscle dysfunction is still required. Such an achievement will be crucial to adequately tackle with this relevant clinical problem of COPD patients in the near-future. PMID:26623119

  19. Transparent thermal insulations (TIM). Performance properties

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    Rautiainen, L.

    1992-12-31

    Materials properties of four different TIM types of various thicknesses were measured partly as such and partly with facing(s). A small pilot research was also carried out in VTTs test house. The results achieved show great tailoring possibilities of TIM systems with materials selection. The thermal conductivities varies from aerogels 0.02 W/mK to 0.107 W/mK of capillary TIM with big capillaries. The temperature dependence of thermal conductivity is small with aerogel products and can be held as insignificant in solutions where maximum and average temperatures are generally < 100 deg C. The thermal conductivities of capillar and cellular products depend clearly on temperature. The radiation transmission properties have also a great scale from transmittance of aerogel granulates 0.4 to 0.82 of capillary TIM with big capillaries. Variations of thicknesses and facings can be used to adjust transmittance. The influence of TIM on air sound insulation of windows was positive. Especially traffic noise reduction index was about 10 dB better with TIM filled windows compared to ordinary air filled ones. The achieved results indicate that in window or glazed roof or wall solutions TI-materials can be exploited efficiently. In wall solutions, the properties of TI-material and facings together with heat capacity/transmission properties of wall structure, determines the performance of the system.

  20. Transparent thermal insulations (TIM)

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    Rautiainen, L.

    1992-01-01

    Materials properties of four different TIM types of various thicknesses were measured partly as such and partly with facing(s). A small pilot research was also carried out in VTTs test house. The results achieved show great tailoring possibilities of TIM systems with materials selection. The thermal conductivities varies from aerogels 0.02 W/mK to 0.107 W/mK of capillary TIM with big capillaries. The temperature dependence of thermal conductivity is small with aerogel products and can be held as insignificant in solutions where maximum and average temperatures are generally < 100 deg C. The thermal conductivities of capillar and cellular products depend clearly on temperature. The radiation transmission properties have also a great scale from transmittance of aerogel granulates 0.4 to 0.82 of capillary TIM with big capillaries. Variations of thicknesses and facings can be used to adjust transmittance. The influence of TIM on air sound insulation of windows was positive. Especially traffic noise reduction index was about 10 dB better with TIM filled windows compared to ordinary air filled ones. The achieved results indicate that in window or glazed roof or wall solutions TI-materials can be exploited efficiently. In wall solutions, the properties of TI-material and facings together with heat capacity/transmission properties of wall structure, determines the performance of the system.

  1. Capillary Ion Concentration Polarization for Power-Free Salt Purification

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    Park, Sungmin; Jung, Yeonsu; Cho, Inhee; Kim, Ho-Young; Kim, Sung Jae

    2014-11-01

    In this presentation, we experimentally and theoretically demonstrated the capillary based ion concentration polarization for power-free salt purification system. Traditional ion concentration polarization phenomenon has been studied for a decade for both fundamental nanoscale fluid dynamics and novel engineering applications such as desalination, preconcentration and energy harvesting devices. While the conventional system utilizes an external power source, the system based on capillary ion concentration polarization is capable of perm-selective ion transportation only by capillarity so that the same ion depletion zone can be formed without any external power sources. An ion concentration profile near the nanostructure was tracked using fluorescent probes and analyzed by solving the modified Nernst-Planck equation. As a result, the concentration in the vicinity of the nanostructure was at least 10 times lower than that of bulk electrolyte and thus, the liquid absorbed into the nanostructure had the low concentration. This mechanism can be used for the power free salt purification system which would be significantly useful in underdeveloped and remote area. This work was supported by Samsung Research Funding Center of Samsung Electronics under Project Number SRFC-MA1301-02.

  2. Lung function

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    The term lung function is often restricted to the assessment of volume time curves measured at the mouth. Spirometry includes the assessment of lung volumes which can be mobilised with the corresponding flow-volume curves. In addition, lung volumes that can not be mobilised, such as the residual volume, or only partially as FRC and TLC can be measured by body plethysmography combined with the determination of the airway resistance. Body plethysmography allows the correct positioning of forced breathing manoeuvres on the volume-axis, e.g. before and after pharmacotherapy. Adding the CO single breath transfer factor (TLCO), which includes the measurement of the ventilated lung volume using He, enables a clear diagnosis of different obstructive, restrictive or mixed ventilatory defects with and without trapped air. Tests of reversibility and provocation, as well as the assessment of inspiratory mouth pressures (PImax, P0.1) help to classify the underlying disorder and to clarify treatment strategies. For further information and to complete the diagnostic of disturbances of the ventilation, diffusion and/or perfusion (capillar-)arterial bloodgases at rest and under physical strain sometimes amended by ergospirometry are recommended. Ideally, lung function measurements are amended by radiological and nuclear medicine techniques. (orig.)

  3. Long-wave linear stability theory for two-fluid channel flow including compressibility effects

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    Segin, Tetyana M.; Kondic, Lou; Tilley, Burt S.

    2006-10-01

    We present the linear stability of the laminar flow of an immiscible system of a compressible gas and incompressible liquid separated by an interface with large surface tension in a thin inclined channel. The flow is driven by an applied pressure drop and gravity. Following the air-water case, which is found in a variety of engineering systems, the ratio of the characteristic values of the gas and liquid densities and viscosities are assumed to be disparate. Under the lubrication approximation, and assuming ideal gas behaviour and isothermal conditions, this approach leads to a coupled non-linear system of partial differential equations describing the evolution of the interface between the gas and the liquid and the streamwise density distribution of the gas. This system also includes the effects of viscosity stratification, inertia, shear and capillarity. A linear stability analysis that allows for physically relevant non-zero pressure-drop base state is then performed. In contrast to the zero-pressure drop case which is amenable to the classical normal-mode approach, this configuration requires numerically solving a boundary-value problem for the gas density and interfacial deviations from the base state in the streamwise coordinate. We find that the effect of the gas compressibility on the interfacial stability in the limit of vanishingly small wavenumber is destabilizing, even for Stokes flow in the liquid. However, for finite wavenumber disturbances, compressibility may have stabilizing effects. In this regime, sufficient shear is required to destabilize the flow.

  4. Heat-induced solution mixing in thermo-responsive polymer-coated microchannels for the fluorometric determination of polyamines in saliva.

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    Saitoh, Tohru; Suzuki, Norio; Furuse, Takehiro; Hiraide, Masataka

    2009-12-15

    We developed a simple and easy method for solution mixing based on the heat-induced regulation of capillary action in thermo-responsive polymer-coated microchannels. The channels having two T-junctions were fabricated on a glass plate by a sand-blast technique and then coated with a poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) film. The polymer-coating was performed by the modification with allyltrimethoxysilane and the subsequent radical polymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide and N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide. When the channel was warmed by a Peltier device, a capillarity-based solution flow completely stopped because of the water-repellency of channel surfaces. On the other hand, the cooling of the channels allowed the restart of the solution flow through hydrophilic channels. Solution mixing downstream a T-junction was readily conducted by a Peltier device that had placed at the junction. The technique was applied to the fluorometric analysis of polyamines in saliva. The saliva sample was mixed with nickel(II) chloride solution at the first junction to mask amino acids and then mixed with o-phthalaldehyde solution at the second junction to form the fluorometric derivatives of polyamines. Blue fluorescence was observed downstream the second junction. Linear correlation was obtained between the emission intensity and the spermine concentration in the range of 20-100 microM. No mechanical pump or valve was required for the fluid manipulation. PMID:19836588

  5. Controlling the Motion of Ferrofluid Droplets Using Surface Tension Gradients and Magnetoviscous Pinning.

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    Ody, T; Panth, M; Sommers, A D; Eid, K F

    2016-07-12

    This work demonstrates the controlled motion and stopping of individual ferrofluid droplets due to a surface tension gradient and a uniform magnetic field. The surface tension gradients are created by patterning hydrophilic aluminum regions, shaped as wedges, on a hydrophobic copper surface. This pattern facilitates the spontaneous motion of water-based ferrofluid droplets down the length of the wedge toward the more hydrophilic aluminum end due to a net capillarity force created by the underlying surface wettability gradient. We observed that applying a magnetic field parallel to the surface tension gradient direction has little or no effect on the droplet's motion, while a moderate perpendicular magnetic field can stop the motion altogether effectively "pinning" the droplet. In the absence of the surface tension gradient, droplets elongate in the presence of a parallel field but do not travel. This control of the motion of individual droplets might lend itself to some biomedical and lab-on-a-chip applications. The directional dependence of the magnetoviscosity observed in this work is believed to be the consequence of the formation of nanoparticle chains in the fluid due to the existence of a minority of relatively larger magnetic particles. PMID:27269182

  6. Summary of a GAMBIT Club Workshop on Gas Migration in Bentonite. A Report produced for the GAMBIT Club

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    In order to review the status of understanding of gas migration in bentonite, and particularly the experimental data that provides the basis for such understanding as exists, the GAMBIT Club organised a workshop of invited participants that was held in Madrid during 29-30 October 2003. (The GAMBIT Club is a consortium of radioactive waste management agencies: SKB, ANDRA, Enresa, JNC, Nagra, and Posiva.) The motivation for the workshop was the difficulty found in developing models of gas migration in bentonite because of lack of detailed characterisation of its mechanism and controlling parameters. This report provides a summary of the presentations made at the workshop and of the discussions that took place. Copies of the slides presented are provided in the appendix. The titles of the presentations are: Overview of Current Status of Experimental Knowledge and Understanding of Gas migration in Bentonite (William Rodwell); Summary of GAMBIT Club Modelling of Gas Migration in Compacted Bentonite (William Rodwell); A Capillarity/advection Model for Gas Break-through Pressures (Marolo Alfaro, Jim Graham); Recent Experiments by JNC on Gas Migration in Bentonite (Kenji Tanai, Mikihiko Yamamoto); Gas Flow in Clays: Experimental Data Leading to Two-phase and Preferential-path Modelling (Eduardo Alonso); Gas Movement in MX80 Bentonite under Constant Volume Conditions (Jon Harrington, Steve Horseman); Some Practical Observations on Gas Flow in Clays and Clay-rich Rocks (Steve Horseman, Jon Harrington); Early Large-scale Experiments on Gas Break-through Pressures in Clay based Materials (Harald Hoekmark)

  7. A new curvature technique calculation for surface tension contribution in PLIC-VOF method

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    Martinez, J.-M.; Chesneau, X.; Zeghmati, B.

    2006-01-01

    The volume of fluid (VOF) methods have been used for numerous numerical simulations. Among these techniques used to define the moving interface, the piecewise linear interface reconstruction (PLIC-VOF) is one of the most accurate. A study of the superficial tension impact on two-phase flow with free surface is presented. A new method based on direct staggered grid is developped to include surface tension in PLIC-VOF. The new numerical curvature calculation method doesn't need smoothed colour function and leads to less “spurious current”. This technique is applied to the calculus of surface tension force in the case of the rise of air bubble in viscous liquid and the fall of liquid drop in the same liquid on free surface. Droplets, thin layer and capillarity waves are observed after the free surface rupture for different Bond number. The influence of surface tension calculus is then obvioused and when the drop hit the free surface, wavelets propagate toward the virtual boundaries imposed.

  8. Mass transfer study between soil, atmosphere, groundwater and building in a contaminated area; volatile organic compounds (VOC)

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    A bibliography review led to detail the mechanisms of exchange between phases and transport of volatile organic compounds in the vadose zone, to put in equations their transfer, to set experimental devices and to define relevant tests. The pollutant in question is trichloroethylene, the porous media is a medium sand and the experiments were implemented in column. Once, an analytical method was available to quantify aqueous, gaseous and sorb TCE, predominant transfers mechanisms were quantified separately especially with diffusion experiments through a sand at three different water contents (dry, residual saturation and saturated). Then, these mechanisms have been coupled in a TCE transfer experiment in sand with a hydrostatic water content profile. Each type of test was dimensioned, if it's possible duplicated and interpreted with the multiphasic software Comsol whose flow equation was changed to consider the gravity driven convection. By strictly controlling external factors and boundary conditions, it was possible to carry out transfer experiments reproducible and interpretable with a volatile and reactive compound in a very permeable porous medium. A good reproducibility of experimental results by simulation was achieved with minor changes in basic parameters: report permeability on viscosity, tortuosity (Millington, 1959) and aerodynamics conductivity curve setting parameter (Thomson et al., 1997). This work has resulted in a fine understanding of gas transfers in the vadose zone, especially in the capillarity fringe. (author)

  9. An experimental study of a quasi-two dimensional rising foam

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    Bennani, Nora; Fujiwara, Akiko; Takagi, Shu; Matsumoto, Yoichiro

    2006-11-01

    Motivated by the use of the flotation process to clean a non-homogeneous liquid, we here report on an experimental study of quasi-two dimensional flowing foam. Conditions are free-drainage which is driven by gravity and capillarity. The coarsening process, which is due to the aging of the foam, is also occurring, changing the general shape of this polydispersed foam cells. Tea seed saponin was used as surfactant, and Rhodamine-B fluorescent particles were tracked using the Particle Tracking Velocimetry technique. Experiments were performed in an acrylic tank filled with tap water (height H= 1m, width W= 0.15 m and Depth D= 8mm). The air was injected from its bottom part with a fixed flow rate, and went through a porous plate (size of the pores was 10μm), and created 3mm diameter non-spherical bubbles. The void fraction, in the liquid phase, was estimated to be around 1%. Fluorescent particles were beforehand added in the liquid phase in order to trace wastewater particle motion. The generated foam gas cells sizes were in the range of 0.5 to 5 cm, depending on the surfactant concentration and the coarsening process. The behaviours of these particle tracers and of the liquid, with these herein foaming conditions, are here presented and are compared to available data and theories.

  10. The effect of rowing ergometry and resistive exercise on skeletal muscle structure and function during bed rest.

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    Krainski, Felix; Hastings, Jeffrey L; Heinicke, Katja; Romain, Nadine; Pacini, Eric L; Snell, Peter G; Wyrick, Phil; Palmer, M Dean; Haller, Ronald G; Levine, Benjamin D

    2014-06-15

    Exposure to microgravity causes functional and structural impairment of skeletal muscle. Current exercise regimens are time-consuming and insufficiently effective; an integrated countermeasure is needed that addresses musculoskeletal along with cardiovascular health. High-intensity, short-duration rowing ergometry and supplemental resistive strength exercise may achieve these goals. Twenty-seven healthy volunteers completed 5 wk of head-down-tilt bed rest (HDBR): 18 were randomized to exercise, 9 remained sedentary. Exercise consisted of rowing ergometry 6 days/wk, including interval training, and supplemental strength training 2 days/wk. Measurements before and after HDBR and following reambulation included assessment of strength, skeletal muscle volume (MRI), and muscle metabolism (magnetic resonance spectroscopy); quadriceps muscle biopsies were obtained to assess muscle fiber types, capillarization, and oxidative capacity. Sedentary bed rest (BR) led to decreased muscle volume (quadriceps: -9 ± 4%, P antigravity muscles. Due to its integrated cardiovascular benefits, rowing ergometry could be a primary component of exercise prescriptions for astronauts or patients suffering from severe deconditioning. PMID:24790012

  11. Coupled modeling of water transport and air-droplet interaction in the electrode of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell

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    Esposito, Angelo; Pianese, Cesare; Guezennec, Yann G.

    In this work, an accurate and computationally fast model for liquid water transport within a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) electrode is developed by lumping the space-dependence of the relevant variables. Capillarity is considered as the main transport mechanism within the gas diffusion layer (GDL). The novelty of the model lies in the coupled simulation of the water transport at the interface between gas diffusion layer and gas flow channel (GFC). This is achieved with a phenomenological description of the process that allows its simulation with relative simplicity. Moreover, a detailed two-dimensional visualization of such interface is achieved via geometric simulation of water droplets formation, growth, coalescence and detachment on the surface of the GDL. The model is useful for optimization analysis oriented to both PEMFC design and balance of plant. Furthermore, the accomplishment of reduced computational time and good accuracy makes the model suitable for control strategy implementation to ensure PEM fuel cells operation within optimal electrode water content.

  12. Coupled modeling of water transport and air-droplet interaction in the electrode of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell

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    Esposito, Angelo [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Salerno, via Ponte Don Melillo 1, 84084 Fisciano (SA) (Italy); Center for Automotive Research, The Ohio State University, 930 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, 43212 OH (United States); Pianese, Cesare [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Salerno, via Ponte Don Melillo 1, 84084 Fisciano (SA) (Italy); Guezennec, Yann G. [Center for Automotive Research, The Ohio State University, 930 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, 43212 OH (United States)

    2010-07-01

    In this work, an accurate and computationally fast model for liquid water transport within a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) electrode is developed by lumping the space-dependence of the relevant variables. Capillarity is considered as the main transport mechanism within the gas diffusion layer (GDL). The novelty of the model lies in the coupled simulation of the water transport at the interface between gas diffusion layer and gas flow channel (GFC). This is achieved with a phenomenological description of the process that allows its simulation with relative simplicity. Moreover, a detailed two-dimensional visualization of such interface is achieved via geometric simulation of water droplets formation, growth, coalescence and detachment on the surface of the GDL. The model is useful for optimization analysis oriented to both PEMFC design and balance of plant. Furthermore, the accomplishment of reduced computational time and good accuracy makes the model suitable for control strategy implementation to ensure PEM fuel cells operation within optimal electrode water content. (author)

  13. Mechanisms of morphological evolution on faceted core-shell nanowire surfaces

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    Zhang, Qian; Aqua, Jean-Noël; Voorhees, Peter W.; Davis, Stephen H.

    2016-06-01

    Core-shell nanowires with radial heterostructures hold great promise in photonic and electronic applications and controlling the formation of these heterostructures in the core-shell conguration remains a challenge. Recently, GaAs nanowires have been used as substrates to create AlGaAs shells. The deposition of the AlGaAs layer leads to the spontaneous formation of Al-rich stripes along certain crystallographic directions and quantum dots near the apexes of the shell. A general two-dimensional model has been developed for the motion of the faceted solid-vapor interfaces for pure materials that accounts for capillarity and deposition. With this model, the growth processes and morphological evolution of shells of nanowires around hexagonal cores (six small facets {112} in the corners of six equivalent facets {110}) are investigated in detail both analytically and numerically. It is found that deposition can yield facets that are not present on the Wulff shape. These small facets can have slowly time-varying sizes that can lead to stripe structures and quantum dots depending on the balances between diffusion and deposition. The effects of deposition rates and polarity (or asymmetry) on planes {112} on the development of the configurations of nanowires are discussed. The numerical results are compared with experimental results giving almost quantitative agreement, despite the fact that only pure materials are treated herein whereas the experiments deal with alloys.

  14. Embedding and electropolymerization of terthiophene derivatives in porous n-type silicon

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    Highlights: ► Development of a mesoporous silicon with special morphological and chemical properties. ► Successful embedding of carboxylic-acid terthiophenic monomer in porous silicon. ► In situ electrochemical polymerization. ► Polarized IRTF scattering provides the tendency to preferential organization. - Abstract: A mesoporous n-type silicon/poly (3′-acetic acid-2,2′-5′,2′′ terthiophene)–(Poly (3TAA) nanocomposite was elaborated in order to realize new components for optoelectronics. Non-oxidized and oxidized porous silicon substrates is used and their physical and chemical properties have been studied by different techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Terthiophene based conjugated structure has been successfully incorporated inside the pores by capillarity at the melting temperature of the monomer. The filling of the monomer into the porous volume was probed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Polarized infrared absorption spectroscopy results indicated that the monomer molecules show preferential orientation along the pore axis, due to hydrogen bonding, in particular that of the carboxylic groups with silanol-rich oxidized porous silicon surface. The 3TAA monomer molecules embedded in porous silicon matrix were electrochemically polymerized in situ and resonance Raman scattering spectroscopy proved the above-mentioned polymerization.

  15. Dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of the sarcopenic muscle

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    Nicolato, Elena; Farace, Paolo; Asperio, Roberto M; Marzola, Pasquina; Lunati, Ernesto; Sbarbati, Andrea; Osculati, Francesco

    2002-01-01

    Background Studies about capillarity of the aged muscle provided conflicting results and no data are currently available about the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in vivo characteristics of the microvascular bed in aged rats. We have studied age-related modifications of the skeletal muscle by in vivo T2-relaxometry and dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (CE-MRI) at high field intensity (4.7 T). The aim of the work was to test the hypothesis that the ageing process involves microvessels in skeletal muscle. Methods The study was performed in 4-month-old (n = 6) and 20-month-old (n = 6) rats. Results At MRI examination, the relaxation time T2 of the gastrocnemius muscle showed no significant difference between these two groups. The kinetic of contrast penetration in the tissue showed that in 4-month-old rats the enhancement values of the signal intensity at different time-points were significantly higher than those found in senescent rats. Conclusion The reported finding suggests that there is a modification of the microcirculatory function in skeletal muscle of aged rats. This work also demonstrates that CE-MRI allows for an in vivo quantification of the multiple biological processes involving the skeletal muscle during aging. Therefore, CE-MRI could represent a further tool for the follow up of tissue modification and therapeutic intervention both in patients with sarcopenia and in experimental models of this pathology. PMID:12049675

  16. Post-Tanner spreading of nematic droplets

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    The quasistationary spreading of a circular liquid drop on a solid substrate typically obeys the so-called Tanner law, with the instantaneous base radius R(t) growing with time as R∼t1/10-an effect of the dominant role of capillary forces for a small-sized droplet. However, for droplets of nematic liquid crystals, a faster spreading law sets in at long times, so that R∼tα with α significantly larger than the Tanner exponent 1/10. In the framework of the thin film model (or lubrication approximation), we describe this 'acceleration' as a transition to a qualitatively different spreading regime driven by a strong substrate-liquid interaction specific to nematics (antagonistic anchoring at the interfaces). The numerical solution of the thin film equation agrees well with the available experimental data for nematics, even though the non-Newtonian rheology has yet to be taken into account. Thus we complement the theory of spreading with a post-Tanner stage, noting that the spreading process can be expected to cross over from the usual capillarity-dominated stage to a regime where the whole reservoir becomes a diffusive film in the sense of Derjaguin.

  17. Cytochemical and immunocytochemical studies of the localization of histones and protamine-type proteins in spermatids of Chara vulgaris and Chara tomentosa.

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    Agnieszka Wojtczak

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Spermiogenesis in Chara algae, which has been divided into 10 phases (sp I-X, is similar to spermiogenesis in animals. The most important process during spermiogenesis in animals is remodeling of chromatin leading to "sleeping genome", being the result the exchange of histone proteins into protamine-like proteins. Cytochemical studies showed in both Chara species (C. vulgaris, C. tomentosa that at spI-IV phases only histones were present, at spV-VIII phases--the amount of nuclear protamine-type proteins progressively increased and that of histones decreased while at spIX-X only pro-tamine-type proteins were present. This was also confirmed with capillar electrophoresis. In order to localize more precisely both histones and protamines the immunocytochemical studies with the use of anti-protamine antibodies (protamine-type proteins were obtained from C. tomentosa antheridia and anti-histone H3 antibodies, have been carried out. More specific immunocytochemical studies confirmed cytochemical results including the exchange of histones into protamine-type during spermiogenesis (spV-VIII in both Chara species. At phase V spermiogenesis these strong strand-like anti-protamine signals were observed in cytoplasm which might suggest that protamine synthesis took place in ER.

  18. Cytochemical and immunocytochemical studies of the localization of histones and protamine-type proteins in spermatids of Chara vulgaris and Chara tomentosa.

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    Popłońska, Katarzyna; Wojtczak, Agnieszka; Kwiatkowska, Maria; Kaźmierczak, Andrzej

    2007-01-01

    Spermiogenesis in Chara algae, which has been divided into 10 phases (sp I-X), is similar to spermiogenesis in animals. The most important process during spermiogenesis in animals is remodeling of chromatin leading to "sleeping genome", being the result the exchange of histone proteins into protamine-like proteins. Cytochemical studies showed in both Chara species (C. vulgaris, C. tomentosa) that at spI-IV phases only histones were present, at spV-VIII phases--the amount of nuclear protamine-type proteins progressively increased and that of histones decreased while at spIX-X only pro-tamine-type proteins were present. This was also confirmed with capillar electrophoresis. In order to localize more precisely both histones and protamines the immunocytochemical studies with the use of anti-protamine antibodies (protamine-type proteins were obtained from C. tomentosa antheridia) and anti-histone H3 antibodies, have been carried out. More specific immunocytochemical studies confirmed cytochemical results including the exchange of histones into protamine-type during spermiogenesis (spV-VIII) in both Chara species. At phase V spermiogenesis these strong strand-like anti-protamine signals were observed in cytoplasm which might suggest that protamine synthesis took place in ER. PMID:18165176

  19. Dynamic of Air Invasion in an Immersed Granular Layer

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    Varas, G.; Ramos, G.; Géminard, J. C.; Vidal, V.

    2014-12-01

    Displacement processes (typically, grains displaced by a fluid) are the driving mechanism which control the dynamics of many geological processes (e.g. oil extraction, air sparging, piercement structures). They also play an important role in a wide range of industrial applications, from ground water hydrology and soil mechanics to agricultural engineering. The interaction between one or more moving fluids (e.g. rising gas immersed in a granular medium) and grains control the dynamics of these phenomena. Due to their economic and ecological importance, it is essential to understand the variety and potentiality of these phenomena. When an ascending air passes trough an immersed granular bed its fluidized producing the grains to start to move. When this process is repeated, its created a fluidized zone that evolves over time. Here, we investigate the morphology and dynamics of the region invaded by air as a function of a dimensionless parameter χ which accounts for the relative effects of the gravity and the capillarity. We propose new experimental observations on the air invasion regimes and on the morphology of the fluidized zone, in particular its growth dynamics.

  20. Well-posedness for the Navier-slip thin-film equation in the case of complete wetting

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    Giacomelli, Lorenzo; Gnann, Manuel V.; Knüpfer, Hans; Otto, Felix

    2014-07-01

    We are interested in the thin-film equation with zero-contact angle and quadratic mobility, modeling the spreading of a thin liquid film, driven by capillarity and limited by viscosity in conjunction with a Navier-slip condition at the substrate. This degenerate fourth-order parabolic equation has the contact line as a free boundary. From the analysis of the self-similar source-type solution, one expects that the solution is smooth only as a function of two variables (x,xβ) (where x denotes the distance from the contact line) with β={√{13}-14≈0.6514 irrational. Therefore, the well-posedness theory is more subtle than in case of linear mobility (coming from Darcy dynamics) or in case of the second-order counterpart (the porous medium equation). Here, we prove global existence and uniqueness for one-dimensional initial data that are close to traveling waves. The main ingredients are maximal regularity estimates in weighted L2-spaces for the linearized evolution, after suitable subtraction of a(t)+b(t)xβ-terms.

  1. Thin Films in Partial Wetting: Internal Selection of Contact-Line Dynamics

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    Alizadeh Pahlavan, Amir; Cueto-Felgueroso, Luis; McKinley, Gareth H.; Juanes, Ruben

    2015-07-01

    When a liquid touches a solid surface, it spreads to minimize the system's energy. The classic thin-film model describes the spreading as an interplay between gravity, capillarity, and viscous forces, but it cannot see an end to this process as it does not account for the nonhydrodynamic liquid-solid interactions. While these interactions are important only close to the contact line, where the liquid, solid, and gas meet, they have macroscopic implications: in the partial-wetting regime, a liquid puddle ultimately stops spreading. We show that by incorporating these intermolecular interactions, the free energy of the system at equilibrium can be cast in a Cahn-Hilliard framework with a height-dependent interfacial tension. Using this free energy, we derive a mesoscopic thin-film model that describes the statics and dynamics of liquid spreading in the partial-wetting regime. The height dependence of the interfacial tension introduces a localized apparent slip in the contact-line region and leads to compactly supported spreading states. In our model, the contact-line dynamics emerge naturally as part of the solution and are therefore nonlocally coupled to the bulk flow. Surprisingly, we find that even in the gravity-dominated regime, the dynamic contact angle follows the Cox-Voinov law.

  2. Multiscale time-splitting strategy for multiscale multiphysics processes of two-phase flow in fractured media

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    Sun, S.

    2011-01-01

    The temporal discretization scheme is one important ingredient of efficient simulator for two-phase flow in the fractured porous media. The application of single-scale temporal scheme is restricted by the rapid changes of the pressure and saturation in the fractured system with capillarity. In this paper, we propose a multi-scale time splitting strategy to simulate multi-scale multi-physics processes of two-phase flow in fractured porous media. We use the multi-scale time schemes for both the pressure and saturation equations; that is, a large time-step size is employed for the matrix domain, along with a small time-step size being applied in the fractures. The total time interval is partitioned into four temporal levels: the first level is used for the pressure in the entire domain, the second level matching rapid changes of the pressure in the fractures, the third level treating the response gap between the pressure and the saturation, and the fourth level applied for the saturation in the fractures. This method can reduce the computational cost arisen from the implicit solution of the pressure equation. Numerical examples are provided to demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed method.

  3. A microencapsulation process of liquid mercury by sulfur polymer stabilization/solidification technology. Part II: Durability of materials

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    Lopez-Delgado, A.; Guerrero, A.; Lopez, F. A.; Perez, C.; Alguacil, F. J.

    2012-11-01

    Under the European LIFE Program a microencapsulation process was developed for liquid mercury using Sulfur Polymer Stabilization/Solidification (SPSS) technology, obtaining a stable concrete-like sulfur matrix that allows the immobilization of mercury for long-term storage. The process description and characterization of the materials obtained were detailed in Part I. The present document, Part II, reports the results of different tests carried out to determine the durability of Hg-S concrete samples with very high mercury content (up to 30 % w/w). Different UNE and RILEM standard test methods were applied, such as capillary water absorption, low pressure water permeability, alkali/acid resistance, salt mist aging, freeze-thaw resistance and fire performance. The samples exhibited no capillarity and their resistance in both alkaline and acid media was very high. They also showed good resistance to very aggressive environments such as spray salt mist, freeze-thaw and dry-wet. The fire hazard of samples at low heat output was negligible. (Author)

  4. Linear stability of a horizontal phase boundary subjected to shear motion.

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    Kheniene, A; Vorobev, A

    2015-07-01

    We investigate the stability of slowly smearing phase boundary that appears at the contact of two miscible liquids. A hydrodynamic flow is imposed along the boundary. The aim is to find out whether the slow diffusive smearing of a boundary can be overrun by faster mixing. The phase-field approach is used to model the evolution of the binary mixture. The linear stability in respect to 2D perturbations is studied. If the heavier liquid lies above the lighter liquid, the interface is unconditionally unstable due to the Rayleigh-Taylor and Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities. The imposed flow accelerates the growth of the long-wave modes and suppresses the growth of the short-wave perturbations. Viscosity, diffusivity and capillarity reduce the growth of perturbations. If the heavier liquid underlies the lighter one, the interface can be stable. The stability boundaries are defined by the strength of gravity (density contrast) and the intensity of the imposed flow. Thinner interfaces are usually characterised by larger zones of instability. The thermodynamic instability, identified for the thicker interfaces with the thicknesses greater than the thickness of a thermodynamically equilibrium phase boundary, makes such interfaces unconditionally unstable. The zones of instability are enlarged by diffusive and capillary terms. Viscosity plays its stabilising role. PMID:26174431

  5. Surface tension and microgravity

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    The behaviour of confined liquids on board an orbiting spacecraft is mainly driven by surface tension phenomena, which cause an apparently anomalous response of the liquid when compared with the behaviour that can be observed on an Earth laboratory provided that the amount of liquid is high enough. The reason is that in an orbiting spacecraft the different inertial forces acting on the bulk of the liquid are almost zero, causing thus capillary forces to be the dominant ones. Of course, since gravity forces are proportional to the liquid volume, whereas surface tension forces are proportional to the liquid surface, there are situations on Earth where capillarity can be the dominant effect, as it happens when very small volume liquid samples are considered. However, work with small size samples may require the use of sophisticated optical devices. Leaving aside the neutral buoyancy technique, a way of handling large liquid interfaces is by using drop towers, where the sample falls subjected to the action of Earth’s gravity. This approach is suitable when the characteristic time of the problem under consideration is much smaller than the drop time. In this work the transformation of an out-of-use chimney into a drop tower is presented. Because of the miniaturization, hardiness and low cost of current electronic devices, a drop tower can be used as an inexpensive tool for undergraduate students to experimentally analyse a large variety of surface tension driven phenomena. (paper)

  6. Social externalities of fuel production in Paraná state -Brazil

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    Luiz Gustavo Antonio de Souza

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The accentuation of the climate change effects generates a positive prospect for the use of bioenergy at the expense of fossil fuels. There is an expansion of sugarcane in the state of Paraná. This growth combined with installation of new plants or expanding production capacity will benefit directly and indirectly the locational economic dynamics of cities. The aim of this paper is to understand the relevance of related economic activities to the production of ethanol compared to petroleum-based fuels amid new prospects. This article discusses the concept of productive agglomerations in the sectors in question from the perspective of social externalities. The indicator location quotient (LQ is used as a proxy for the presence of agglomeration and thus production of presence of social externalities. Formal Jobs data were used from the Annual List of Social Information (RAIS for sugarcane, ethanol, oil extraction and oil products sectors. In this case, it was found that the sugarcane and ethanol production sectors are relevant in the state, which leads to the inference of the presence of agglomeration and externalities economies. In the oil extraction industry and derivatives, however, its performance is incipient and timely. The results showed that the high capillarity from the sugarcane and ethanol sector can generate both a positive externality as a vulnerability.

  7. Developments in absorptive glass mat separators for cycling applications and 36 V lead-acid batteries

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    Toniazzo, V.; Lambert, U.

    The major markets for valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries are undergoing a radical upheaval. In particular, the telecommunications industry requires more reliable power supplies, and the familiar 12 V electrical system in cars will probably be soon replaced by a 36/42 V system, or by other electrical systems if part of the automotive market is taken over by hybrid electrical vehicles (HEVs). In order to meet these new challenges and enable VRLA batteries to provide a satisfactory life in float and cycling applications in the telecommunication field, or in the high-rate-partial-state-of-charge service required by both 36/42 V automobiles and HEVs, the lead-acid battery industry has to improve substantially the quality of present VRLA batteries based on absorptive glass mat (AGM) technology. Therefore, manufacturing steps and cell components have to be optimized, especially AGM separators as these are key components for better production yields and battery performance. This paper shows how the optimal segregation of the coarse and fine fibres in an AGM separator structure can improve greatly the properties of the material. The superior capillarity, springiness and mechanical properties of the 100% glass Amerglass multilayer separator compared with commercial monolayer counterparts with the same specific surface-area is highlighted.

  8. Assessment of compatibility and durability of photocatalytic TiO2 for stone coating

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    Calia, Angela; Lettieri, Maria Teresa; Licciulli, Antonio; Masieri, Maurizio

    2014-05-01

    The use of Titanium dioxide nano-particles has received increasing attention in many fields as these particles can trap and decompose organic and inorganic soiling matter and air pollutants by a photocatalytic process, providing new functional properties in terms of self-cleaning and depolluting performances to the treated materials. Since recent years, the use of photocatalytic TiO2 as external coating for natural stones has been allowed thanks to the fine-tuning of nano-titania preparation, overcoming the initial limits of application related to a necessary thermal treatment. Notwithstanding nano-titania benefits, the potential of its application as stone coating needs to be assessed with respect to basic requirements involved for any surface stone treatment, especially in the field of the preservation of historical-architectural heritage. They concern the harmlessness with respect to the original characteristics of the stones, the effectiveness and durability of the treatments themselves. In this work we present the study for the assessment of compatibility of Titania coatings applied to calcareous stones paying attention to their effects on chromatic properties, water absorption by capillarity, permeability to water vapour, water wettability. The durability of the coatings under mechanical action in laboratory simulated conditions was also investigated.

  9. La necropoli neolitica a domus de janas di S. Pietro di Sorres in Comune di Borutta - Sassari

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    Pier Paolo Soro

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available La necropoli di Sorres si trova nel territorio del Comune di Borutta in provincia di Sassari. E’ ubicata lungo il versante SE del colle di Sorres, sul quale sorge imponente la chiesa in stile romanico di San Pietro di Sorres (XI-XII sec. sede dell’antica diocesi medievale. La necropoli è composta attualmente da cinque tombe a grotticella artificiale del tipo a domus de janas, scavate nella roccia calcara durante il neolitico recente ed in uso per tutto l’eneolitico. Si presume che fosse l’area sepolcrale dell’insediamento in grotta di Ulàri, una cavità carsica di notevoli dimensioni il cui ingresso si apre lungo il versante Nord del colle; la grotta ha restituito testimonianze archeologiche che vanno dal neolitico media fino al medioevo. La necropoli di Sorres, sebbene sia stata rimaneggiata nella forma degli ambienti ipogei e nella destinazione d’uso, costituisce una delle principali testimonianze del capillare tessuto insediativo del territorio del nord Sardegna.

  10. Effects of cohesion on the flow patterns of granular materials in spouted beds

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    Zhu, Runru; Li, Shuiqing; Yao, Qiang

    2013-02-01

    Two-dimensional spouted bed, capable to provide both dilute granular gas and dense granular solid flow patterns in one system, was selected as a prototypical system for studying granular materials. Effects of liquid cohesion on such kind of complex granular patterns were studied using particle image velocimetry. It is seen that the addition of liquid oils by a small fraction of 10-3-10-2 causes a remarkable narrowing (about 15%) of the spout area. In the dense annulus, as the liquid fraction increases, the downward particle velocity gradually decreases and approaches a minimum where, at a microscopic grain scale, the liquid bridge reaches spherical regimes with a maximum capillarity. Viscous lubrication effect is observed at a much higher fraction but is really weak with respect to the capillary effect. In the dilute spout, in contrast to the dry grains, the wet grains have a lightly smaller acceleration in the initial 1/3 of the spout, but have a dramatically higher acceleration in the rest of the spout. We attribute the former to the additional work needed to overcome interparticle cohesion during particle entrainment at the spout-annulus interface. Then, using mass and momentum balances, the latter is explained by the relative higher drag force resulting from both higher gas velocities and higher voidages due to spout narrowing in the wet system. The experimental findings will provide useful data for the validation of discrete element simulation of cohesive granular-fluid flows.

  11. Macroscopical morphology of accelerated deterioration of same petreous materials in Andalusian-Spain monuments

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    Alcalde, M.

    1990-06-01

    Full Text Available Several lithotypes used in diverse Andalusian monuments have undergone laboratory experiments of salt crystallization and within controlled environments. The indicators of deterioration that appear are justified from the point of view of the type of experiment and the lithotype, and compared with those found in the monuments. The capillarity with forced ventilation experiment, with an original and simple design, is of special signification. With wich the typical desquamations in the marbles of the Cathedral of Cádiz are reproduced.

    Varios litotipos utilizados en diversos monumentos andaluces han sido sometidos a experiencias de laboratorio de cristalización de sales y en atmósferas controladas. Los indicadores de alteración que aparecen son justificados desde el punto de vista del tipo de experiencia y del litotipo, y comparados con aquéllos encontrados en los monumentos. De especial significación es la experiencia de capilaridad con ventilación forzada, de diseño sencillo y original, con la que se reproducen las tipleas descamaciones de los mármoles de la Catedral de Cádiz.

  12. Standardization of industrial maintenance of oil pipelines and terminals: TRANSPETRO's experience

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    Arruda, Daniela Mendonca; Correa, Marcelo Leal [TRANSPETRO - PETROBRAS Transporte S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Diretoria de Terminais e Oleodutos; Almeida, Maria Fatima Ludovico de [Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Metrologia para Qualidade e Inovacao

    2009-07-01

    This paper describes the experience of PETROBRAS Transporte S.A. - TRANSPETRO concerning standardization of its industrial maintenance of oil pipelines and terminals. This standardization initiative has been carried out within the Oil Pipelines and Terminals Standardization Program (PRONOT), focusing on planning, preparation and implementation of standards and five corporate operational procedures referring to TRANSPETRO's industrial maintenance activities. The process promoted the integration of isolated regional initiatives, and consequently the sense of unity and creation of a nucleus consisting of 30 professionals who mobilized a learning network with great capillarity. In this context, the paper presents the results of implementing corporate standards, based on internationally recognized yardsticks such as American Petroleum Institute (API), US Department of Transportation (DOT) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), as well as PETROBRAS standards. It covers the following topics: an overview of the whole process; preparation of corporate operational procedures, which resulted in a total of 5 standards against 60 in the original situation; preparation and implementation of visual quick guides corresponding to the new corporate operational procedures; and proposal of a set of industrial maintenance performance indicators in compliance with operational guidelines established by TRANSPETRO's Oil Pipelines and Terminals business segment. (author)

  13. Autonomous Graphene Vessel for Suctioning and Storing Liquid Body of Spilled Oil.

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    Kim, Taewoo; Lee, Jeong Seok; Lee, Geonhui; Seo, Dong Kyun; Baek, Youngbin; Yoon, Jeyong; Oh, Seung M; Kang, Tae June; Lee, Hong H; Kim, Yong Hyup

    2016-01-01

    Despite remarkable strides in science and technology, the strategy for spilled oil collection has remained almost the same since the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. The graphene vessel devised here can bring about an important yet basic change in the strategy for spilled oil collection. When it is placed on the oil-covered seawater, the graphene vessel selectively separates the oil, then collects and stores the collected oil in the vessel all by itself without any external power inputs. Capillarity and gravity work together to fill this proto-type graphene vessel with the spilled oil at a rate that is higher than 20,000 liters per square meter per hour (LMH) with oil purity better than 99.9%, and allow the vessel to withstand a water head of 0.5 m. The vessel also has a superb chemical stability and recyclability. An expanded oil contact area, considerably greater than the thickness of the oil layer, forms at the reduced graphene oxide (rGO) foam interface upon contact with the spilled oil. This expanded contact area does not change much even when the oil layer thins out. As a result, the high oil collection rate is maintained throughout the recovery of spilled oil. PMID:26923622

  14. There may be Fermi Energy levels in the hollow interiors of Nanotubes that would allow for a type of Quantum

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    Kriske, Richard

    2011-04-01

    There may be Fermi Energy levels that would allow for easy travel by Atoms, Molecules and Particles, in the hollow interior of Nanotubes. This may result in a Quantum Mechanical explaination of Capillary Action, and it may result in devices could take advantage of the idea that it takes no energy to rise in a Capillary tube, only in leaving it. This no-energy conjecture of Capillarity sounds very much like the idea that Electrons in obitals lose no Energy staying in orbit, only in changing orbits.It is this conjecture that may reveal that a Fermi Energy state is essentially in a weak orbital. This weak orbital could be exploited to store Anti-matter for instance. More profoundly it clearly shows how the Quantum Mechanical states meld smoothly into Classical Physics. It also reveals how extremely efficient Classical Machines could be constructed to take advantage of this spontaneous action. Say a tube could be designed to nudge electrons out of a weak obital in one place, sent down the tube (which is another weak orbital) and deposited in a weak orbital of another very distant Atom, apparently with little or perhaps no work being done, as long as the orbitals are the same energy. This may already exist in some Biological systems. Although more experimentation is needed, this would be the breakthrough that is needed to unify Classical and Quantum Mechanics.

  15. Autonomous Graphene Vessel for Suctioning and Storing Liquid Body of Spilled Oil

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    Kim, Taewoo; Lee, Jeong Seok; Lee, Geonhui; Seo, Dong Kyun; Baek, Youngbin; Yoon, Jeyong; Oh, Seung M.; Kang, Tae June; Lee, Hong H.; Kim, Yong Hyup

    2016-01-01

    Despite remarkable strides in science and technology, the strategy for spilled oil collection has remained almost the same since the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. The graphene vessel devised here can bring about an important yet basic change in the strategy for spilled oil collection. When it is placed on the oil-covered seawater, the graphene vessel selectively separates the oil, then collects and stores the collected oil in the vessel all by itself without any external power inputs. Capillarity and gravity work together to fill this proto-type graphene vessel with the spilled oil at a rate that is higher than 20,000 liters per square meter per hour (LMH) with oil purity better than 99.9%, and allow the vessel to withstand a water head of 0.5 m. The vessel also has a superb chemical stability and recyclability. An expanded oil contact area, considerably greater than the thickness of the oil layer, forms at the reduced graphene oxide (rGO) foam interface upon contact with the spilled oil. This expanded contact area does not change much even when the oil layer thins out. As a result, the high oil collection rate is maintained throughout the recovery of spilled oil. PMID:26923622

  16. Study of wound dressing structure and hydration/dehydration properties

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    Lugão, A. B.; Machado, L. D. B.; Miranda, L. F.; Alvarez, M. R.; Rosiak, J. M.

    1998-06-01

    Hydrogels manufactured by radio-induced crosslinking and simultaneous sterilisation of hydrogels of PVP, PEG and agar, according to the Rosiak method, have many desirable properties for using as wound dressings. However, some properties need to be improved or better controlled. The membranes need to be strong enough to be freely used. Another important property to be controlled is the capacity of absorption of exudate and the kinetics of drying. Therefore, it was necessary to understand the role of main parameters (agar, PVP, PEG concentration and dose) in the structure of the net and in the hydration and dehydration properties. The structure of the membranes was studied by sol analysis and the hydrating/dehydrating properties were studied by isothermal thermogravimetric analysis. The gel content for all samples were always in agreement with expected values considering that only PVP undergoes crosslinking. The hydrating and dehydration results did not show variation with the tested parameters. It was concluded that the network was solely composed of crosslinked PVP plasticezed by the other compounds. The properties of hydration/dehydration is related rather to diffusion than to capillarity or osmose and to the chemical retention of water in the polymeric matrix.

  17. Responsive nanoporous metals: recoverable modulations on strength and shape by watering

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    Ye, Xing-Long; Liu, Ling-Zhi; Jin, Hai-Jun

    2016-08-01

    Many biological materials can readily modulate their mechanical properties and shape by interacting with water in the surrounding environment, which is essential to their high performance in application. In contrast, typical inorganic materials (such as the metals) cannot change their strength and shape without involving thermal/mechanical treatments. By introducing nano-scale porous structure and exploiting a simple physical concept—the water-capillarity in nanopores, here we report that a ‘dead’ metal can be transformed into a ‘smart’ material with water-responsive properties. We demonstrate that the apparent strength, volume and shape of nanoporous Au and Au(Pt) can be modulated in situ, dramatically and recoverably, in response to water-dipping and partial-drying. The amplitude of strength-modulation reaches 20 MPa, which is nearly 50% of the yield strength at initial state. This approach also leads to reversible length change up to 1.3% in nanoporous Au and a large reversible bending motion of a bi-layer strip with tip displacement of ∼20 mm, which may be used for actuation. This method is simple and effective, occurring in situ under ambient conditions and requiring no external power, analogous to biological materials. The findings may open up novel applications in many areas such as micro-robotics and bio-medical devices.

  18. Electroporation: A New Approach Enhancing Antitumor Effects of Cytoxan

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    Yang Kong(杨孔); Yue Bisong; Wang Zishu; Zou Fangdong; Zhao Ermi; Wang Baoyi; Zhang Hong

    2003-01-01

    Electrochemotherapy (ECT) is a novel cancer treatment in which electric pulses (Eps) inducing cell membrane pored (electroporation) are used as a means of delivering antitumor drugs to the cytoplasm of cancer cells. In vitro, with scan electromicroscope (SEM) and Trypan blue staining examination, the best parameter of Eps of electroporation is studied by the S-180 cells exposed to EP with various voltages, pulses , capacitance. The best parameter of EP of electroporation is 600V/cm, 6 pulses, 10 μF. In the in vivo study, ECT is studied with the Cytoxan (CTX) injected directly into the tumor followed immediately by a local EP at the tumor site. Four parameters, which include the tumor inhibitory ratio, the curing ratio and the vas capillare of tumor, the tumor's histopathological characteristics are determined and compared among the ECT group, the control group, the EP-only group and the drug-only group. The results indicate that the antitumor effect of CTX is significantly enhanced by electroporation.

  19. Lessons learned from Brazilian natural gas industry reform

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    Over the past decades many countries have reformed their infrastructure industries. Although these reforms have been broadly similar for the most part, aiming at introducing competition in potentially competitive segments, the contexts in which they have been carried out differ. This is due to the past regulatory experience in each country, the maturity of the industry and/or the number of agents when the reform process started. The Brazilian natural gas reform stands out due to the country's singular conditions. The development of the natural gas industry in Brazil was grounded on stepping up supplies through integration with neighboring nations (particularly Bolivia) and establishing a competitive environment by lowering the barriers hampering the arrival of new investors. However, natural gas is located at the crossroads of two main energy chains: oil and hydroelectricity. This article analyzes the Brazilian natural gas reform, and extracts lessons from this process. The low capillarity of transportation and distribution systems continues to be the main bottleneck of the country's natural gas industry. The challenges of the new legal framework are to encourage investments in networks and guarantee supply, to allow the industry to consolidate and mature, against a backdrop of rapid changes in the world market

  20. Dendrite fragmentation in alloy solidification due to sidearm pinch-off.

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    Neumann-Heyme, H; Eckert, K; Beckermann, C

    2015-12-01

    Dendrite sidebranch detachment is an important fragmentation mechanism during the solidification of alloys. The detachment occurs at the junction between a sidearm and its parent stem. While this pinching process is driven by capillarity, the presence of solidification opposes the instability. Using a simple numerical model of a single sidearm, we are able to capture the essential dynamics of dendrite sidebranch development and the resulting morphological transitions. While shortly before pinch-off the neck itself obeys well-known universal scaling relations, the overall evolution of the sidearm shape sensitively depends on its initial geometry and the rate of solidification. It is found that pinch-off only occurs over limited ranges of geometrical parameters and cooling rates and is generally bounded by sidearm retraction and coalescence regimes. Simple scaling relations are identified that provide the bounds for the pinch-off regime. Pinching at the branching point is shown to be faster than the Rayleigh-Plateau instability of an infinitely long cylinder. PMID:26764615

  1. An Efficient Algorithm for Contact Angle Estimation in Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Sumith YD

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available It is important to find contact angle for a liquid to understand its wetting properties, capillarity and surface interaction energy with a surface. The estimation of contact angle from Non Equilibrium Molecular Dynamics (NEMD, where we need to track the changes in contact angle over a period of time is challenging compared to the estimation from a single image from an experimental measurement. Often such molecular simulations involve finite number of molecules above some metallic or non-metallic substrates and coupled to a thermostat. The identification of profile of the droplet formed during this time will be difficult and computationally expensive to process as an image. In this paper a new algorithm is explained which can efficiently calculate time dependent contact angle from a NEMD simulation just by processing the molecular coordinates. The algorithm implements many simple yet accurate mathematical methods available, especially to remove the vapor molecules and noise data and thereby calculating the contact angle with more accuracy. To further demonstrate the capability of the algorithm a simulation study has been reported which compares the contact angle influence with different thermostats in the Molecular Dynamics (MD simulation of water over platinum surface.

  2. Hyper-dry conditions provide new insights into the cause of extreme floods after wildfire

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    Moody, John A.; Ebel, Brian A.

    2012-01-01

    A catastrophic wildfire in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Boulder, Colorado provided a unique opportunity to investigate soil conditions immediately after a wildfire and before alteration by rainfall. Measurements of near-surface (θ; and matric suction, ψ), rainfall, and wind velocity were started 8 days after the wildfire began. These measurements established that hyper-dryconditions (θ 3 cm-3; ψ > ~ 3 x 105 cm) existed and provided an in-situ retention curve for these conditions. These conditions exacerbate the effects of water repellency (natural and fire-induced) and limit the effectiveness of capillarity and gravity driven infiltration into fire-affected soils. The important consequence is that given hyper-dryconditions, the critical rewetting process before the first rain is restricted to the diffusion–adsorption of water-vapor. This process typically has a time scale of days to weeks (especially when the hydrologic effects of the ash layer are included) that is longer than the typical time scale (minutes to hours) of some rainstorms, such that under hyper-dryconditions essentially no rain infiltrates. The existence of hyper-dryconditions provides insight into why, frequently during the first rain storm after a wildfire, nearly all rainfall becomes runoff causing extremefloods and debris flows.

  3. Gas production in the SFR repository and its possible consequences for contaminant release

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    Iron in the silo may corrode by reacting with water, forming hydrogen gas. The hydrogen pressure will increase with time and expel out potentially contaminated water. The internal pressure in the silo may grow to more than 0.5 to 1.0 MPa. At this pressure, the concrete walls of the silo will crack, forming fissures through which the gas and water may flow faster. To avoid this faster outflow of water, it is proposed that the top of the silo should be constructed with venting channels, which allow the gas to escape at a lower internal overpressure. This will considerably reduce the pressure in the silo and the outflow of contaminants from the silo will be less. By further surrounding the concrete boxes containing the waste with a low-capillarity, high-permeability concrete, less water will be exchanged with the interior of the boxes. A central case was defined where the parameter values were chosen such that they would represent a reasonably conservative case. Calculations were made for various combinations of values of the parameters

  4. Numerical assessments of geological CO2 sequestration in the Changhua Coastal Industrial Park, Central Taiwan

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    Sung, R.; Li, M.

    2012-12-01

    Coal-fired power plants of the Taiwan Power Company are the main sources of CO2 emission in Taiwan. Due to the importation of coal mine and the need of cooling water circulation, power plants were built on the coast. Geological CO2 sequestration has been recognized as one of solutions for reducing anthropogenic CO2 emission by injecting CO2 captured from fossil fuel power plants into deep saline geologic formations. The Changhua Coastal Industrial Park (CCIP; 120.38° E, 24.11° N) in central Taiwan has been preliminary evaluated as one of potential sites for geological CO2 sequestration. The CCIP site has a sloping, layered heterogeneity formation with stagnant groundwater flow. Layers of sandstone and shale sequentially appeared to be the major components of geological formations with seaward transgression. Thickness of sedimentary formations gradually becomes thinner from east to west. Previous investigations [Chiao et al., 2010; Yu et al, 2011] did not find significant faults around this site. The TOUGHREACT/ECO2N model was employed with external mesh generator developed in this study to proceed to comprehensive assessments for CO2 injection into deep saline aquifers (salinity of 3%, pH of 7.2) at the CCIP site. A series of numerical experiments for investigating the physical, geochemical and its interactions included the deep saline-aquifer responses, CO2 plume migration, leakage risks, hydrogeochemistry processes, reservoir capacity and trapping mechanisms (i.e. hydrodynamics, capillarity, solubility, and mineral trapping) during and post CO2 injection were assessed. A 3-D lithological model applied in this study was conceptualized with two seismic profiles (along shore and cross shore) and one geological well nearby the study area. A total of 32 vertical layers was built with different porosities and permeabilities estimated from the TCDP-A borehole log samples adjusted with effects in geopressure differences. Cross-platform open source libraries of the CGAL

  5. Absorption de l’eau et son effet sur la durabilité des bétons de sable allégés par ajout de copeaux de bois Water absorption and its effect on the durability of sand concrete lightened by the addition of wood shavings

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    Quéneudec M.

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available L’objectif principal de ce travail est d’étudier l’effet de l’eau sur les bétons de sable léger à base de matériaux et de déchets locaux. Les matériaux utilisés sont un sable de dune et un sable d’oued et les déchets sont des fillers calcaires (déchets de concassage et des copeaux de bois (déchets de la menuiserie [1, 2]. En général, on a remarqué que dans le cas de copeaux de bois non traités, plus le taux de bois est élevé, plus l’absorption d’eau est importante, que ce soit par immersion ou par capillarité. En soumettant le matériau à une série de cycles “mouillage – séchage” accélérés, une légère diminution dans la résistance à la compression a été enregistrée. Par ailleurs, le traitement des copeaux de bois avant leur utilisation [3] a considérablement amélioré la résistance vis à vis de ces cycles “mouillage-séchage”. De même, l’absorption d’eau, par immersion et par capillarité, a été considérablement diminuée. Il convient de noter enfin, que ces résultats viennent confirmer la possibilité d’utilisation de ce matériau montrée par les résultats encourageants trouvés dans les travaux précédents, telles que les propriétés mécaniques et thermiques. The main objective of this work is to study the effect of water on lightweight sand concrete based on local materials and wastes The materials used are dune sand and river sand and the wastes are limestone fillers (aggregates crushing waste and wood shavings (wood work activities wastes [1, 2]. It was generally noted that in the case of untreated wood shavings, the higher the wood content, more important the water absorption, whether by immersion or by capillarity. By subjecting the material to a series of accelerated "wet – dry cycling", a slight decrease in compressive strength was recorded. Moreover, the treatment of wood shavings before their use [3] had greatly improved the resistance with respect to these

  6. Superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic binary micropatterns by localized thermal treatment of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-silica films

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    Schutzius, Thomas M.; Bayer, Ilker S.; Jursich, Gregory M.; Das, Arindam; Megaridis, Constantine M.

    2012-08-01

    Surfaces patterned with alternating (binary) superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic regions can be found naturally, offering a bio-inspired template for efficient fluid collection and management technologies. We describe a simple wet-processing, thermal treatment method to produce such patterns, starting with inherently superhydrophobic polysilsesquioxane-silica composite coatings prepared by spray casting nanoparticle dispersions. Such coatings become superhydrophilic after localized thermal treatment by means of laser irradiation or open-air flame exposure. When laser processed, the films are patternable down to ~100 μm scales. The dispersions consist of hydrophobic fumed silica (HFS) and methylsilsesquioxane resin, which are dispersed in isopropanol and deposited onto various substrates (glass, quartz, aluminum, copper, and stainless steel). The coatings are characterized by advancing, receding, and sessile contact angle measurements before and after thermal treatment to delineate the effects of HFS filler concentration and thermal treatment on coating wettability. SEM, XPS and TGA measurements reveal the effects of thermal treatment on surface chemistry and texture. The thermally induced wettability shift from superhydrophobic to superhydrophilic is interpreted with the Cassie-Baxter wetting theory. Several micropatterned wettability surfaces demonstrate potential in pool boiling heat transfer enhancement, capillarity-driven liquid transport in open surface-tension-confined channels (e.g., lab-on-a-chip), and select surface coating applications relying on wettability gradients. Advantages of the present approach include the inherent stability and inertness of the organosilane-based coatings, which can be applied on many types of surfaces (glass, metals, etc.) with ease. The present method is also scalable to large areas, thus being attractive for industrial coating applications.Surfaces patterned with alternating (binary) superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic regions

  7. Crystallization processes derived from the interaction of urine and dolostone

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    Cámara, Beatriz; Alvarez de Buergo, Monica; Fort, Rafael

    2015-04-01

    The increase in the number of pets (mostly dogs), homeless people and the more recent open-air drinking sessions organized by young people in historical centers of European cities, derive on the augmentation of urinations on stone façades of the built cultural heritage. Up to now this process has been considered only under an undesirable aesthetical point of view and the insalubrious conditions it creates, together with the cleaning costs that the local governments have to assume. This study aims to confirm urine as a real source of soluble salts that can trigger the decay of building materials, especially of those of built cultural heritage of the historical centers of the cities, which are suffering the new social scenario described above. For this purpose, an experimental setup was designed and performed in the laboratory to simulate this process. 5 cm side cubic specimens of dolostone were subjected to 100 testing cycles of urine absorption by capillarity. The necessary amount of urine was collected by donors and stored following clinical protocol conditions. Each cycle consisted of imbibitions of the specimens in 3 mm high urine sheet for 3 hours, drying at 40°C in an oven for 20 hours and 1 hour cooling in a dessicator. At the end of the 100 cycles, small pieces of the specimens were cut, observed and analyzed with the aid of an environmental scanning electron microscope, which presents the advantage of no sample preparation. The sampled pieces were selected considering there were different sections in height in the specimens: a) a bottom section that corresponds to the section that has been immersed in the urine solution (3 mm); b) an interface section, immediately above the immersed area, which is the area most affected by the urine capillarity process, characterized by a strong yellowish color; c) the section that we have named as section of influence, which is subjected to the capillary absorption, although not so strongly than the interface section

  8. Global off-line evaluation of the ISBA-TRIP continental hydrological system used in the CNRM-CM6 climate model for the next CMIP6 exercise

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    Decharme, Bertrand; Vergnes, Jean-Pierre; Minvielle, Marie; Colin, Jeanne; Delire, Christine

    2016-04-01

    the overlying atmosphere through precipitation interception and free water surface evaporation. Finally, the groundwater scheme is based on the two-dimensional groundwater flow equation for the piezometric head. Its coupling with ISBA permits to account for the presence of a water table under the soil moisture column allowing upward capillarity fluxes into the soil. In this study, we will present the off-line evaluation at the global scale of the ISBA-TRIP CHS over a recent period (1979-2010). The system will be compared to observations such as GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) terrestrial water storage data, snow and permafrost extents from NSIDC (National Snow and Ice Data Center), or in-situ river discharge measurements from several sources. In addition we will also explore the impacts on the simulated water budget to account for some processes such as upward capillarity fluxes from groundwaters or seasonal floodplains. At last, it is envisaged to discuss some results about land/atmosphere interactions induced by these processes in the CNRM-CM6 climate model.

  9. Pathological mechanisms of alcohol-induced hepatic portal hypertension in early stage fibrosis rat model

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    Jian Li; Jian-Zhao Niu; Ji-Feng Wang; Yu Li; Xiao-Hua Tao

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To study the role of hepatic sinusoidal capillarization and perisinusoidal fibrosis in rats with alcohol-induced portal hypertension and to discuss the pathological mechanisms of alcohol-induced hepatic portal hypertension.METHODS: Fifty SD rats were divided into control group (n=20) and model group (n=30). Alcoholic liver fibrosis rat model was induced by intragastric infusion of a mixture containing alcohol, corn oil and pyrazole (1 000:250:3). Fifteen rats in each group were killed at wk 16. The diameter and pressure of portal vein were measured. Plasma hyaluronic acid (HA), type Ⅳ collagen (CoⅣ) and laminin (LN) were determined by radioimmunoassay. Liver tissue was fixed in formalin (10%) and 6-μm thick sectiors were routinely stained with Mallory and Sirius Red. Liver tissue was treated with rabbit polyclonal antibody against LN and ColⅣ. Hepatic non-parenchymal cells were isolated,total protein was extracted and separated by SDS-PAGE.MMP-2 and TIMP-1 protein expression was estimated by Western blotting.RESULTS: The diameter (2.207 ± 0.096 vs 1.528 ± 0.054 mm, P<0.01) and pressure (11.014±0.395 vs 8.533±0.274 mmHg, P<0.01) of portal vein were significantly higher in model group than those in the control group. Plasma HA (129.97±16.10 vs 73.09±2.38 ng/mL, P<0.01), ColⅣ (210.49±4.36 vs 89.65±4.42 ng/mL, P<0.01) and LN (105.00±7.29 vs 55.70±4.32 ng/mL, P<0.01) were upregulated in model group. Abundant collagen deposited around the central vein of lobules, hepatic sinusoids and hepatocytes in model group. ColⅠ and ColⅢ increased remarkably and perisinusoids were almost surrounded by ColⅢ.Immunohistochemical staining showed that ColⅣ protein level (0.130±0.007 vs 0.032±0.004, P<0.01) and LN protein level (0.152±0.005 vs 0.029±0.005, P<0.01)were up-regulated remarkably in model group. MMP-2 protein expression (2.306±1.089 vs 0.612±0.081,P<0.01) and TIMP-1 protein expression (3.015±1.364 vs 0.446±0.009, P<0

  10. Shape evolution of nanostructures by thermal and ion beam processing. Modeling and atomistic simulations

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    Single-crystalline nanostructures often exhibit gradients of surface (and/or interface) curvature that emerge from fabrication and growth processes or from thermal fluctuations. Thus, the system-inherent capillary force can initiate morphological transformations during further processing steps or during operation at elevated temperature. Therefore and because of the ongoing miniaturization of functional structures which causes a general rise in surface-to-volume ratios, solid-state capillary phenomena will become increasingly important: On the one hand diffusion-mediated capillary processes can be of practical use in view of non-conventional nanostructure fabrication methods based on self-organization mechanisms, on the other hand they can destroy the integrity of nanostructures which can go along with the failure of functionality. Additionally, capillarity-induced shape transformations are effected and can thereby be controlled by applied fields and forces (guided or driven evolution). With these prospects and challenges at hand, formation and shape transformation of single-crystalline nanostructures due to the system-inherent capillary force in combination with external fields or forces are investigated in the frame of this dissertation by means of atomistic computer simulations. For the exploration (search, description, and prediction) of reaction pathways of nanostructure shape transformations, kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulations are the method of choice. Since the employed KMC code is founded on a cellular automaton principle, the spatio-temporal development of lattice-based N-particle systems (N up to several million) can be followed for time spans of several orders of magnitude, while considering local phenomena due to atomic-scale effects like diffusion, nucleation, dissociation, or ballistic displacements. In this work, the main emphasis is put on nanostructures which have a cylindrical geometry, for example, nanowires (NWs), nanorods, nanotubes etc

  11. Groundwater flow through a natural fracture. Flow experiments and numerical modelling

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    Groundwater flow and transport play an important role not only for groundwater exploration but also in environmental engineering problems. This report considers how the hydraulic properties of fractures in crystalline rock depend on the fracture aperture geometry. Different numerical models are discussed and a FDM computer code for two- and three- dimensional flow-modelling has been developed. Different relations between the cells in the model are tested and compared with results in the literature. A laboratory experimental work has been done to carry out flow experiments and aperture measurements on the same specimen of a natural fracture. The drilled core sample had fractures parallel to the core axis and was placed inside a biaxial cell during the experiments. The water pressure gradient and the compression stress were varied during the experiments and also a tracer test was done. After the flow experiments, the aperture distribution for a certain compression was measured by injecting an epoxy resin into the fracture. The thickness of the resin layer was then studied in saw cut sections of the sample. The results from the experiments were used to validate numerical and analytical models, based on aperture distribution, for flow and transport simulations. In the disturbed zone around a drift both water and air are present in the fractures. The gas will go to the most wide part of the fracture because the capillarity and the conductivity decrease. The dependence of the effective conductivity on the variance of the conductivity and the effect of extinction of highly conductive cells has also been studied. A discussion of how gas in fractures around a drift can cause a skin effect is modelled and an example is given of what a saturation depending on the magnitude of the flow causes

  12. State of the Art of CHF Enhancement using Graphene Oxide

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    Moon, Sung Bo; Park Seong Dae; Bang, In Cheol [Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    Graphene Oxide (GO) is chemically modified graphene, which is different from graphite with its structural difference and their molecular structure. Graphene oxide is a fragment of graphene with carboxyl functional group which has electrical polarity. Because of its characteristic, GO has a benefit of good solubility with water base solutions. Researchers can deposit graphene oxide on a heater surface by boiling of GO nanofluid (mixture of distilled water and graphene oxide nanoparticles) with electrically direct heating. Also, in this coating process, rough graphene structure is formed on the heater surface. A number of studies of pool boiling with graphene oxide argue that the mechanisms of CHF enhancement with GO are surface wettability, hydrodynamic instability, thermal activity, microlayer dryout model, and so on. But they cannot fully explain how GO enhances the CHF. This paper is a review of CHF enhancement mechanism using GO nanofluids. We analyze and compare CHF value, porosity, permeability ,and Scattering Electron Microscope (SEM) images to validate Liter-Kaviany CHF mechanism. It is well know that cooling a high temperature structure, nucleate boiling region has the biggest efficient in heat transfer. And the cooling limit is determined by critical heat flux. To enhance the CHF, many kinds of nanofluid were studied. Especially in GO nanofluid, it showed that the biggest CHF enhancement was obtained but the enhancement mechanism was not clear. The discrimination of GO compared to other nanoparticle is uncertainty attributed from reduction of GO. Because GO has polarity, different coating characteristics was obtained at the opposite electric sides. In this paper, the study of CHF enhancement mechanism was conducted using Liter-Kaviany models instead of surface wettability in GO nanofluid. Surface porosity, capillarity, and permeability were considered.

  13. Estudio petrofísico de las areniscas del Palacio de Revillagigedo de Gijón (Asturias

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    Valdeón, Luis

    1984-06-01

    Full Text Available The petrography and physical properties of the building stones used in the construction of the Revillagigedo Palace (Gijón, Spain, 1699-1711, are studied. The physical properties more closely related to the state of alteration and to the alterability processes of these Uper Jurassic sandstones are quantified, namely: rock density, porosity, open porosity, capillarity, etc. The pore space configuration is appreciated under optic and electronic microscopy; the size distribution and total volume of the open pores are obtained by means of mercury injection techniques.

    Se realiza el análisis y descripción de las características petrográficas y físicas de los materiales areniscosos, areniscas del Jurásico Superior, utilizadas en la construcción del Palacio de Revillagigedo de Gijón (1699-1711, incluyendo la cuantificación de algunos parámetros físicos, propios de estos materiales, que tienen una especial significación en los procesos de alteración-alterabilidad, tales como: densidad de la roca, densidad de los granos minerales, porosidad total, porosidad abierta, succión capilar, etc. Aplicando técnicas de porosimetría por inyección de mercurio se obtiene el valor de la porosidad accesible a dicho fluido, así como los distintos intervalos de radios de acceso de poro responsables de esta porosidad que, junto con las observaciones realizadas por microscopía óptica y electrónica de los espacios vacíos, ayudan a precisar la configuración del espacio poroso.

  14. Theoretical and experimental investigation of cappillary electrolysis system

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    In a fusion reactor environment, it is expected that highly tritiated water will be formed when tritium is extracted from the blanket as well as during the plasma exhaust purification process. As a consequence, the recovery of elemental tritium from its oxides is an essentrial step before recycling the fuel to the reactor. Among different basic processes that can be used for this purpose, electrolysis appears to be very promising. Therefore, SCK/CEN has developed a small dedicated cell designed to decompose 100 ml/day of pure DTO or HTO. At the present project stage, a prototype cell is available and the device has been successfully tested with light water during several thousands of hours. In the orginal concept, the liquid inventory is limited to the vertical porous gas separator. Capillarity is used as a driving force to feed the cell to avoid the use of a pump. This fact turns out to have a considerable influence on the behaviour of the electrolytic system. This particular behaviour has been theorectically investigated with the aim to allow a better basic understanding of the capillary electrolysis. A deterministic model has been developed for its purpose. The mathematical equations show clearly that the electrolyte tends to accumulate at the top of the gas separator. An equilibrium state can be reached only if sufficiently large amounts of electrolyte can flow back towards the bottom of the gas separator. This counter-flow has been taken into account by introducing a single general diffusion coefficient into the model. In a second phase, systematic experimental runs have been carried out with mock-up cells. A statistical treatment based on the maximum likelihood estimation algorithm allowed to compute the best values for the diffusion coefficient and to validate the model. Finally, acceptabel ranges of the independent varialbles have been defined and all the subsequent experimental runs have been performed without stability problems. (author). 12 refs.; 5 figs

  15. Persistent fibrosis in the liver of choline-deficient and iron-supplemented L-amino acid-defined diet-induced nonalcoholic steatohepatitis rat due to continuing oxidative stress after choline supplementation

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    Takeuchi-Yorimoto, Ayano, E-mail: ayano.takeuchi@astellas.com [Drug Safety Research Labs, Astellas Pharma Inc., Osaka 532-8514 (Japan); Noto, Takahisa [Drug Safety Research Labs, Astellas Pharma Inc., Osaka 532-8514 (Japan); Yamada, Atsushi [Drug Safety Research Division, Astellas Research Technologies Co., Ltd., Osaka 532-8514 (Japan); Miyamae, Yoichi; Oishi, Yuji; Matsumoto, Masahiro [Drug Safety Research Labs, Astellas Pharma Inc., Osaka 532-8514 (Japan)

    2013-05-01

    Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is characterized by combined pathology of steatosis, lobular inflammation, fibrosis, and hepatocellular degeneration, with systemic symptoms of diabetes or hyperlipidemia, all in the absence of alcohol abuse. Given the therapeutic importance and conflicting findings regarding the potential for healing the histopathologic features of NASH in humans, particularly fibrosis, we investigated the reversibility of NASH-related findings in Wistar rats fed a choline-deficient and iron-supplemented L-amino acid-defined (CDAA) diet for 12 weeks, with a recovery period of 7 weeks, during which the diets were switched to a choline-sufficient and iron-supplemented L-amino acid-defined (CSAA) one. Analysis showed that steatosis and inflammation were significantly resolved by the end of the recovery period, along with decreases in AST and ALT activities within 4 weeks. In contrast, fibrosis remained even after the recovery period, to an extent similar to that in continuously CDAA-fed animals. Real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, Western blot, and immunohistochemical investigations revealed that expression of some factors indicating oxidative stress (CYP2E1, 4-HNE, and iNOS) were elevated, whereas catalase and SOD1 were decreased, and a hypoxic state and CD34-positive neovascularization were evident even after the recovery period, although the fibrogenesis pathway by activated α-SMA-positive hepatic stellate cells via TGF-β and TIMPs decreased to the CSAA group level. In conclusion, persistent fibrosis was noted after the recovery period of 7 weeks, possibly due to sustained hypoxia and oxidative stress supposedly caused by capillarization. Otherwise, histopathological features of steatosis and inflammation, as well as serum AST and ALT activities, were recovered. - Highlights: ► NASH-like liver lesions are induced in rats by feeding a CDAA diet. ► Steatosis and lobular inflammation are resolved after switching to a

  16. Superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic binary micropatterns by localized thermal treatment of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-silica films.

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    Schutzius, Thomas M; Bayer, Ilker S; Jursich, Gregory M; Das, Arindam; Megaridis, Constantine M

    2012-09-01

    Surfaces patterned with alternating (binary) superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic regions can be found naturally, offering a bio-inspired template for efficient fluid collection and management technologies. We describe a simple wet-processing, thermal treatment method to produce such patterns, starting with inherently superhydrophobic polysilsesquioxane-silica composite coatings prepared by spray casting nanoparticle dispersions. Such coatings become superhydrophilic after localized thermal treatment by means of laser irradiation or open-air flame exposure. When laser processed, the films are patternable down to ∼100 μm scales. The dispersions consist of hydrophobic fumed silica (HFS) and methylsilsesquioxane resin, which are dispersed in isopropanol and deposited onto various substrates (glass, quartz, aluminum, copper, and stainless steel). The coatings are characterized by advancing, receding, and sessile contact angle measurements before and after thermal treatment to delineate the effects of HFS filler concentration and thermal treatment on coating wettability. SEM, XPS and TGA measurements reveal the effects of thermal treatment on surface chemistry and texture. The thermally induced wettability shift from superhydrophobic to superhydrophilic is interpreted with the Cassie-Baxter wetting theory. Several micropatterned wettability surfaces demonstrate potential in pool boiling heat transfer enhancement, capillarity-driven liquid transport in open surface-tension-confined channels (e.g., lab-on-a-chip), and select surface coating applications relying on wettability gradients. Advantages of the present approach include the inherent stability and inertness of the organosilane-based coatings, which can be applied on many types of surfaces (glass, metals, etc.) with ease. The present method is also scalable to large areas, thus being attractive for industrial coating applications. PMID:22820974

  17. Prolonged mechanical ventilation alters the expression pattern of angio-neogenetic factors in a pre-clinical rat model.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Mechanical ventilation (MV is a life saving intervention for patients with respiratory failure. Even after 6 hours of MV, diaphragm atrophy and dysfunction (collectively referred to as ventilator-induced diaphragmatic dysfunction, VIDD occurs in concert with a blunted blood flow and oxygen delivery. The regulation of hypoxia sensitive factors (i.e. hypoxia inducible factor 1α, 2α (HIF-1α,-2α, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF and angio-neogenetic factors (angiopoietin 1-3, Ang might contribute to reactive and compensatory alterations in diaphragm muscle. METHODS: Male Wistar rats (n = 8 were ventilated for 24 hours or directly sacrificed (n = 8, diaphragm and mixed gastrocnemius muscle tissue was removed. Quantitative real time PCR and western blot analyses were performed to detect changes in angio-neogenetic factors and inflammatory markers. Tissues were stained using Isolectin (IB 4 to determine capillarity and calculate the capillary/fiber ratio. RESULTS: MV resulted in up-regulation of Ang 2 and HIF-1α mRNA in both diaphragm and gastrocnemius, while VEGF mRNA was down-regulated in both tissues. HIF-2α mRNA was reduced in both tissues, while GLUT 4 mRNA was increased in gastrocnemius and reduced in diaphragm samples. Protein levels of VEGF, HIF-1α, -2α and 4 did not change significantly. Additionally, inflammatory cytokine mRNA (Interleukin (IL-6, IL-1β and TNF α were elevated in diaphragm tissue. CONCLUSION: The results demonstrate that 24 hrs of MV and the associated limb disuse induce an up-regulation of angio-neogenetic factors that are connected to HIF-1α. Changes in HIF-1α expression may be due to several interactions occurring during MV.

  18. Impact of AT2 receptor deficiency on postnatal cardiovascular development.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The angiotensin II receptor subtype 2 (AT2 receptor is ubiquitously and highly expressed in early postnatal life. However, its role in postnatal cardiac development remained unclear. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Hearts from 1, 7, 14 and 56 days old wild-type (WT and AT2 receptor-deficient (KO mice were extracted for histomorphometrical analysis as well as analysis of cardiac signaling and gene expression. Furthermore, heart and body weights of examined animals were recorded and echocardiographic analysis of cardiac function as well as telemetric blood pressure measurements were performed. Moreover, gene expression, sarcomere shortening and calcium transients were examined in ventricular cardiomyocytes isolated from both genotypes. KO mice exhibited an accelerated body weight gain and a reduced heart to body weight ratio as compared to WT mice in the postnatal period. However, in adult KO mice the heart to body weight ratio was significantly increased most likely due to elevated systemic blood pressure. At postnatal day 7 ventricular capillarization index and the density of α-smooth muscle cell actin-positive blood vessels were higher in KO mice as compared to WT mice but normalized during adolescence. Echocardiographic assessment of cardiac systolic function at postnatal day 7 revealed decreased contractility of KO hearts in response to beta-adrenergic stimulation. Moreover, cardiomyocytes from KO mice showed a decreased sarcomere shortening and an increased peak Ca(2+ transient in response to isoprenaline when stimulated concomitantly with angiotensin II. CONCLUSION: The AT2 receptor affects postnatal cardiac growth possibly via reducing body weight gain and systemic blood pressure. Moreover, it moderately attenuates postnatal vascularization of the heart and modulates the beta adrenergic response of the neonatal heart. These AT2 receptor-mediated effects may be implicated in the physiological maturation process of the heart.

  19. Trichoderma Biodiversity of Agricultural Fields in East China Reveals a Gradient Distribution of Species

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    Chen, Jing; Mao, Li-Juan; Feng, Xiao-Xiao; Zhang, Chu-Long; Lin, Fu-Cheng

    2016-01-01

    We surveyed the Trichoderma (Hypocreales, Ascomycota) biodiversity in agricultural fields in four major agricultural provinces of East China. Trichoderma strains were identified based on molecular approaches and morphological characteristics. In three sampled seasons (spring, summer and autumn), 2078 strains were isolated and identified to 17 known species: T. harzianum (429 isolates), T. asperellum (425), T. hamatum (397), T. virens (340), T. koningiopsis (248), T. brevicompactum (73), T. atroviride (73), T. fertile (26), T. longibrachiatum (22), T. pleuroticola (16), T. erinaceum (16), T. oblongisporum (2), T. polysporum (2), T. spirale (2), T. capillare (2), T. velutinum (2), and T. saturnisporum (1). T. harzianum, T. asperellum, T. hamatum, and T. virens were identified as the dominant species with dominance (Y) values of 0.057, 0.052, 0.048, and 0.039, respectively. The species amount, isolate numbers and the dominant species of Trichoderma varied between provinces. Zhejiang Province has shown the highest diversity, which was reflected in the highest species amount (14) and the highest Shannon–Wiener diversity index of Trichoderma haplotypes (1.46). We observed that relative frequencies of T. hamatum and T. koningiopsis under rice soil were higher than those under wheat and maize soil, indicating the preference of Trichoderma to different crops. Remarkable seasonal variation was shown, with summer exhibiting the highest biodiversity of the studied seasons. These results show that Trichoderma biodiversity in agricultural fields varies by region, crop, and season. Zhejiang Province (the southernmost province in the investigated area) had more T. hamatum than Shandong Province (the northernmost province), not only in isolate amounts but also in haplotype amounts. Furthermore, at haplotype level, only T. hamatum showed a gradient distribution from south to north in correspondence analysis among the four dominant species. The above results would contribute to the

  20. USML-1 Glovebox experiments

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    Naumann, Robert J.

    1995-01-01

    This report covers the development of and results from three experiments that were flown in the Materials Science Glovebox on USML-1: Marangoni convection in Closed Containers (MCCC), Double Float Zone (DFZ), and Fiber Pulling in Microgravity (FPM). The Glovebox provided a convenient, low cost method for doing simple 'try and see' experiments that could test new concepts or elucidate microgravity phenomena. Since the Glovebox provided essentially one (or possibly two levels of confinement, many of the stringent verification and test requirements on the experiment apparatus could be relaxed and a streamlined test and verification plan for flight qualification could be implemented. Furthermore, the experiments were contained in their own carrying cases whose external configurations could be identified early in the integration sequence for stowage considerations while delivery of the actual experiment apparatus could be postponed until only a few months before flight. This minimized the time fluids must be contained and reduced the possibility of corrosive reactions that could ruin the experiment. In many respects, this exercise was as much about developing a simpler, cheaper way of doing crew-assisted science as it was about the actual scientific accomplishments of the individual experiments. The Marangoni Convection in Closed Containers experiment was designed to study the effects of a void space in a simulated Bridgman crystal growth configuration and to determine if surface tension driven convective flows that may result from thermal gradients along any free surfaces could affect the solidification process. The Fiber Pulling in Microgravity experiment sought to separate the role of gravity drainage from capillarity effects in the break-up of slender cylindrical liquid columns. The Stability of a Double Float Zone experiment explored the feasibility of a quasi-containerless process in which a solidifying material is suspended by two liquid bridges of its own melt.

  1. The HO-1/CO system regulates mitochondrial-capillary density relationships in human skeletal muscle.

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    Pecorella, Shelly R H; Potter, Jennifer V F; Cherry, Anne D; Peacher, Dionne F; Welty-Wolf, Karen E; Moon, Richard E; Piantadosi, Claude A; Suliman, Hagir B

    2015-10-15

    The heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1)/carbon monoxide (CO) system induces mitochondrial biogenesis, but its biological impact in human skeletal muscle is uncertain. The enzyme system generates CO, which stimulates mitochondrial proliferation in normal muscle. Here we examined whether CO breathing can be used to produce a coordinated metabolic and vascular response in human skeletal muscle. In 19 healthy subjects, we performed vastus lateralis muscle biopsies and tested one-legged maximal O2 uptake (V̇o2max) before and after breathing air or CO (200 ppm) for 1 h daily for 5 days. In response to CO, there was robust HO-1 induction along with increased mRNA levels for nuclear-encoded mitochondrial transcription factor A (Tfam), cytochrome c, cytochrome oxidase subunit IV (COX IV), and mitochondrial-encoded COX I and NADH dehydrogenase subunit 1 (NDI). CO breathing did not increase V̇o2max (1.96 ± 0.51 pre-CO, 1.87 ± 0.50 post-CO l/min; P = not significant) but did increase muscle citrate synthase, mitochondrial density (139.0 ± 34.9 pre-CO, 219.0 ± 36.2 post-CO; no. of mitochondrial profiles/field), myoglobin content and glucose transporter (GLUT4) protein level and led to GLUT4 localization to the myocyte membrane, all consistent with expansion of the tissue O2 transport system. These responses were attended by increased cluster of differentiation 31 (CD31)-positive muscle capillaries (1.78 ± 0.16 pre-CO, 2.37 ± 0.59 post-CO; capillaries/muscle fiber), implying the enrichment of microvascular O2 reserve. The findings support that induction of the HO-1/CO system by CO not only improves muscle mitochondrial density, but regulates myoglobin content, GLUT4 localization, and capillarity in accordance with current concepts of skeletal muscle plasticity. PMID:26186946

  2. Determination of residual solvents in epristeride raw material by gas chromatography%气相色谱法测定爱普列特原料药中的残留溶媒

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    2016-01-01

    A gas chromatography method was established for the accurate and sensitive determination of nine residual solvents,N-hexane,ethyl acetate,methanol,ethanol,acetonitrile,toluene,dioxane,pyridine,cyclohexanone in Epristeride. An HP-FFAP capillar-y column and flame ionization detector were used with DMSO as the solvent. Linearity of response and minimal detectable limits are illustrated for each of the nine residual solvents and calibration curves were linear in the concentration ranges of 1. 55-29,15-300, 15-300,15-300, 2. 05-41, 4. 45-89, 1. 9-38, 1-20, and 2. 5-50 μg·mL-1 , respectively. Their recoveries were 94. 2%, 98. 7%, 99. 7%,100. 0%,99. 9%,98. 0%,101. 6%,101. 8% and 99. 0%,respectively,with RSDs less than 5. 0%.%建立了气相色谱法测定爱普列特中的残留溶剂含量的方法。采用 HP-FFAP 毛细管色谱柱(30m×0.53mm×1.0μm),氢火焰离子化检测器(FID),程序升温进行测定。9种残留溶剂均完全分离,在考察的浓度范围内线性关系良好(r大于0.999),回收率符合规定。该气相色谱方法准确,灵敏度高,可用于爱普列特中残留溶剂的质量控制。

  3. A variational approach for the deformation of a saturated porous solid. A second-gradient theory extending Terzaghi's effective stress principle

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    dell' Isola, F. [Rome-1 Univ. (Italy). Dipt. di Ingegneria, Strutturale e Geotecnica; Guarascio, M. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica, dei Materiali, delle Materie Prime e Metallurgia, Universita di Roma, La Sapienza Via Eudossiana 8, I-00184 Roma (Italy); Hutter, K. [Department of Mechanics, Darmstadt University of Technology, D-64289 Darmstadt (Germany)

    2000-06-01

    The principle of virtual power is used to derive the equilibrium field equations of a porous solid saturated with a fluid, including second density-gradient effects; the intention is the elucidation and extension of the effective stress principle of Terzaghi and Fillunger. In the context of a first density-gradient theory for a saturated solid we interpret the porewater pressure as a Lagrange multiplier in the expression for the deformation energy, assuring that the saturation constraint is verified. We prove that this saturation pressure is distributed among the constituents according to their respective volume fraction (Delesse law) only if they are both true density-preserving. We generalize the Delesse law to the case of compressible constituents. If a material-dependent effective stress contribution is to arise, it is, in general, nonvanishing simultaneously in both the solid and fluid constituents. Moreover, saturation pressure, effective stresses and compressibility constitutive equations determine the exchange volume forces. In a theoretical formulation without non-isotropic strain measures, second density-gradient effects must be incorporated, not only to accommodate for the equilibrium-solid-shear stress and the interaction among neighboring solid-matrix pores, but also to describe internal capillarity effects. The earlier are accounted for by a dependence of the thermodynamic energy upon the density-gradient of the solid, while the latter derives from a mixed density-gradient dependence. Examples illustrate the necessity of these higher gradient effects for properly posed boundary value problems describing the mechanical behaviour of the disturbed rock zone surrounding salt caverns. In particular, we show that solid second-gradient strains allow for the definition of the concept of static permeability, which is distinct from the dynamic Darcy permeability. (orig.)

  4. Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome diagnosed four years after ABO-incompatible kidney transplantation.

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    Kawaguchi, Keiko; Kawanishi, Kunio; Sato, Masayo; Itabashi, Mitsuyo; Fujii, Akiko; Kanetsuna, Yukiko; Huchinoue, Shouhei; Ohashi, Ryuji; Koike, Junki; Honda, Kazuho; Nagashima, Yoji; Nitta, Kosaku

    2015-07-01

    Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) in allograft kidney transplantation is caused by various factors including rejection, infection, and immunosuppressive drugs. We present a case of a 32 year old woman with aHUS four years after an ABO-incompatible kidney transplantation from a living relative. The primary cause of end-stage renal disease was unknown; however, IgA nephropathy (IgAN) was suspected from her clinical course. She underwent pre-emptive kidney transplantation from her 60 year old mother. The allograft preserved good renal function [serum creatinine (sCr) level 110-130 μmol/L] until a sudden attack of abdominal pain four years after transplant, with acute renal failure (sCr level, 385.3 μmol/L), decreasing platelet count, and hemolytic anemia with schizocytes. On allograft biopsy, there was thrombotic microangiopathy in the glomeruli, with a cellular crescent formation and mesangial IgA and C3 deposition. Microvascular inflammation, such as glomerulitis, peritubular capillaritis, and arteriole endarteritis were also detected. A disintegrin-like and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin type 1 motifs 13 (ADAMTS13) did not decrease and Shiga toxin was not detected. Donor-specific antibodies or autoantibodies, including anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody and anti-glomerular basement membrane (anti-GBM) antibody, were negative. The patient was diagnosed with aHUS and received three sessions of plasmapheresis and methylprednisolone pulse therapy, followed by oral methylprednisolone (0.25-0.5 mg/kg) instead of tacrolimus. She temporarily required hemodialysis (sCr level, 658.3 μmol/L). Thereafter, her sCr level improved to 284.5 μmol/L without dialysis therapy. This case is clinically considered as aHUS after kidney transplantation, associated with various factors, including rejection, glomerulonephritis, and toxicity from drugs such as tacrolimus. PMID:26031589

  5. Shape evolution of nanostructures by thermal and ion beam processing. Modeling and atomistic simulations

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    Roentzsch, L.

    2007-07-01

    Single-crystalline nanostructures often exhibit gradients of surface (and/or interface) curvature that emerge from fabrication and growth processes or from thermal fluctuations. Thus, the system-inherent capillary force can initiate morphological transformations during further processing steps or during operation at elevated temperature. Therefore and because of the ongoing miniaturization of functional structures which causes a general rise in surface-to-volume ratios, solid-state capillary phenomena will become increasingly important: On the one hand diffusion-mediated capillary processes can be of practical use in view of non-conventional nanostructure fabrication methods based on self-organization mechanisms, on the other hand they can destroy the integrity of nanostructures which can go along with the failure of functionality. Additionally, capillarity-induced shape transformations are effected and can thereby be controlled by applied fields and forces (guided or driven evolution). With these prospects and challenges at hand, formation and shape transformation of single-crystalline nanostructures due to the system-inherent capillary force in combination with external fields or forces are investigated in the frame of this dissertation by means of atomistic computer simulations. For the exploration (search, description, and prediction) of reaction pathways of nanostructure shape transformations, kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulations are the method of choice. Since the employed KMC code is founded on a cellular automaton principle, the spatio-temporal development of lattice-based N-particle systems (N up to several million) can be followed for time spans of several orders of magnitude, while considering local phenomena due to atomic-scale effects like diffusion, nucleation, dissociation, or ballistic displacements. In this work, the main emphasis is put on nanostructures which have a cylindrical geometry, for example, nanowires (NWs), nanorods, nanotubes etc

  6. On the exfoliating polymeric cellular dosage forms for immediate drug release.

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    Blaesi, Aron H; Saka, Nannaji

    2016-06-01

    The most prevalent pharmaceutical dosage forms at present-the oral immediate-release tablets and capsules-are granular solids. Though effective in releasing drug rapidly, development and manufacture of such dosage forms are fraught with difficulties inherent to particulate processing. Predictable dosage form manufacture could be achieved by liquid-based processing, but cast solid dosage forms are not suitable for immediate drug release due to their resistance to fluid percolation. To overcome this limitation, we have recently introduced cellular dosage forms that can be readily prepared from polymeric melts. It has been shown that open-cell structures comprising polyethylene glycol 8000 (PEG 8k) excipient and a drug exfoliate upon immersion in a dissolution medium. The drug is then released rapidly due to the large specific surface area of the exfoliations. In this work, we vary the molecular weight of the PEG excipient and investigate its effect on the drug release kinetics of structures with predominantly open-cell topology. We demonstrate that the exfoliation rate decreases substantially if the excipient molecular weight is increased from 12 to 100kg/mol, which causes the drug dissolution time to increase by more than a factor of ten. A model is then developed to elucidate the exfoliation behavior of cellular structures. Diverse transport processes are considered: percolation due to capillarity, diffusion of dissolution medium through the cell walls, and viscous flow of the saturated excipient. It is found that the lower exfoliation rate and the longer dissolution time of the dosage forms with higher excipient molecular weight are primarily due to the greater viscosity of the cell walls after fluid penetration. PMID:27045468

  7. Portraying innovation in the public service of Brazil: Frameworks, systematization and characterization

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    Marcos de Moraes Sousa

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Innovation is essential for improving organizational performance in both the private and public sectors. This article describes and analyzes the 323 innovation experiences of the Brazilian federal public service that received prizes during the 16 annual competitions (from 1995 to 2012 of the Award for Innovation in Federal Public Management held by the Brazilian National School of Public Administration (ENAP. It is a qualitative and quantitative study in which were employed as categories for analysis the four types of innovation defined in the Copenhagen Manual: product, process, organizational and communication. The survey results allow us to affirm that there is innovation in the public sector, in spite of the skepticism of some researchers and the incipient state of theoretical research on the subject. It was possible to observe that organizational innovation was the one with the highest number of award- -winning experience, followed respectively by process, communication and product innovation, with citizen services and improvement of work processes being the main highlights. The results showed that, although the high incidence of innovation occurs at the national level, a significant number of innovations also occur at the local level, probably because many organizations of the federal government have their actions spread only at this level of government. Concerning the innovative area, health and education predominate, with almost 33% of initiatives, which can be explained by capillarity of these areas and the fact that both maintain a strong interaction with the user. The contributions of this work include the use of theoretical model of innovation analysis in the public sector in Brazil still upcoming, and the systematization of knowledge in empirical basis for this innovation. In this sense, it also contributes to the development of the theory with the presentation of evidence that the characteristics, determinants and

  8. Effects of agricultural tillage and sediment accumulation on emergent plant communities in playa wetlands of the U.S. High Plains.

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    O'Connell, Jessica L; Johnson, Lacrecia A; Daniel, Dale W; McMurry, Scott T; Smith, Loren M; Haukos, David A

    2013-05-15

    Identifying community assembly filters is a primary ecological aim. The High Plains, a 30 million ha short-grass eco-region, is intensely cultivated. Cultivation disturbance, including plowing and eroded soil deposition down-slope of plowing, influences plant composition in depressional wetlands, such as playas, within croplands. We evaluated influences of wetland cultivation and sediment deposition on plant composition in playas embedded within croplands (46 plowed and 32 unplowed) and native grasslands (79) across 6 High Plains' states. Sediment accumulation ranged from 7 to 78 cm in cropland and 1 to 35 cm in grassland playas. Deeper sediments and plowing each decreased wetland plant richness, 28% and 70% respectively in cropland wetlands. Sediment depth reduced richness 37% in small grasslands playas while it increased richness 22% in larger ones, suggesting moderate disturbance increased richness when there were nearby propagule sources. Sediment depth was unrelated to species richness in plowed wetlands, probably because plowing was a strong disturbance. Plowing removed perennial plants from vegetation communities. Sediment accumulation also influenced species composition in cropland playas, e.g., probability of Eleocharis atropurpurea increased with sediment depth, while probability of Panicum capillare decreased. In grassland playas, observed lighter sediment depths did not influence species composition after accounting for wetland area. Sediment accumulation and plowing shift wetland plant communities toward annual species and decrease habitat connectivity for wetland-dependent organisms in cropland playas over 39,000 and 23,400 ha respectively. Conservation practices lessening sediment accumulation include short-grass buffer strips surrounding wetlands. Further, wetland tillage, allowed under federal agricultural conservation programs, should be eliminated. PMID:23500104

  9. Statistical design applied to hydric property behaviour for monitoring granite consolidation and/or water-repellent treatments

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    Rives, V.

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available The suitability of granite conservation treatments (consolidation and/or water-repellency wide/y used to protect heritage structures was evaluated on the basis of the changes occurring in the intrinsic characteristics of the stone (imbibition capacity open porosity total water-accessible porosity water vapour permeability and capillar absorption coefficient. A statistical analysis conducted of the values obtained for these properties/ which showed differences in fluid flow through the rocks/ found that the application of consolidants followed by water repellency treatment was more effective than either procedure alone, substantially enhancing the properties of the stone from the standpoint of its use as a construction material.La adecuación de tratamientos de conservación (consolidación y/o hidrofugación realizados sobre granitos ampliamente utilizados en el patrimonio cultura se evaluó por los cambios experimentados en las características intrínsecas de estas rocas (capacidad de imbibición/ porosidad abierta/ porosidad total accesible al agua/ permeabilidad al vapor de agua y coeficiente de absorción capilar. Se realizó un análisis estadístico de los valores obtenidos de estas propiedades que muestra diferentes capacidades para el transporte de fluidos a través de las rocas/ indicando que el tratamiento con consolidantes y posterior aplicación de hidrofugantes tiene mayor efecto que los dos aplicados independientemente y mejora notablemente sus propiedades como material de construcción.

  10. Recycling of fresh concrete exceeding and wash water in concrete mixing plants

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    Férriz Papí, J. A.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The exceeding concrete and washing equipment water are a matter to solve in concrete production. This paper explains several possibilities for recycling and analyses the products obtained with one recycling equipment. The objective of this work is to study the possibility to increase the percentage of recycling in new mixes. The developed study relates wash water density and fine particles content. Besides, mortar and concrete samples were tested introducing different quantities of these fine particles, substituting cement, sand or only as an addition. Consistency, compressive strength, setting time, absorption, and capillarity were tested. The results indicated an improvement of the studied properties in some percentages when substituting sand. It confirms the possibility to introduce larger quantities of wash water in new concrete mixes, with corrections in sand quantity depending on water density.Los hormigones frescos sobrantes y aguas procedentes de la limpieza de equipos son un inconveniente a resolver en las plantas de hormigón. Este artículo explica varias posibilidades de reciclado y analiza los productos obtenidos en un equipo reciclador concreto, con el objetivo de estudiar el incremento del porcentaje de reciclaje en nuevas amasadas. El estudio realizado relaciona la densidad del agua de lavado y el contenido de partículas finas. Además, ensaya muestras de mortero y hormigón realizando sustituciones de estas partículas finas por cemento, arena o simplemente como adición. Determina consistencia, resistencia a compresión, principio y fin de fraguado, absorción y capilaridad. Los resultados indicaron un incremento general de las propiedades estudiadas en algunos porcentajes de sustitución por arena. Ello confirma la posibilidad de introducir mayores cantidades de agua de lavado en nuevas amasadas de hormigón, mediante correcciones en la dosificación de arena en función de la densidad del agua.

  11. Cross-Linking Cellulosic Fibers with Photoreactive Polymers: Visualization with Confocal Raman and Fluorescence Microscopy.

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    Janko, Marek; Jocher, Michael; Boehm, Alexander; Babel, Laura; Bump, Steven; Biesalski, Markus; Meckel, Tobias; Stark, Robert W

    2015-07-13

    The properties of paper sheets can be tuned by adjusting the surface or bulk chemistry using functional polymers that are applied during (online) or after (offline) papermaking processes. In particular, polymers are widely used to enhance the mechanical strength of the wet state of paper sheets. However, the mechanical strength depends not only on the chemical nature of the polymeric additives but also on the distribution of the polymer on and in the lignocellulosic paper. Here, we analyze the photochemical attachment and distribution of hydrophilic polydimethylacrylamide-co-methacrylate-benzophenone P(DMAA-co-MABP) copolymers with defined amounts of photoreactive benzophenone moieties in model paper sheets. Raman microscopy was used for the unambiguous identification of P(DMAA-co-MABP) and cellulose specific bands and thus the copolymer distribution within the cellulose matrix. Two-dimensional Raman spectral maps at the intersections of overlapping cellulose fibers document that the macromolecules only partially surround the cellulose fibers, favor to attach to the fiber surface, and connect the cellulose fibers at crossings. Moreover, the copolymer appears to accumulate preferentially in holes, vacancies, and dips on the cellulose fiber surface. Correlative brightfield, Raman, and confocal laser scanning microscopy finally reveal a reticular three-dimensional distribution of the polymer and show that the polymer is predominately deposited in regions of high capillarity (i.e., in proximity to fine cellulose fibrils). These data provide deeper insights into the effects of paper functionalization with a copolymer and aid in understanding how these agents ultimately influence the local and overall properties of paper. PMID:26101966

  12. New Drop Fluidics Enabled by Magnetic-Field-Mediated Elastocapillary Transduction.

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    Biswas, Saheli; Pomeau, Yves; Chaudhury, Manoj K

    2016-07-12

    This research introduces a new drop fluidics that uses a deformable and stretchable elastomeric film as the platform instead of the commonly used rigid supports. Such a soft film impregnated with magnetic particles can be modulated with an external electromagnetic field that produces a vast array of topographical landscapes with varying surface curvature, which, in conjunction with capillarity, can direct and control the motion of water droplets efficiently and accurately. When a thin layer of oil is present on this film that is deformed locally, a centrosymmetric wedge is formed. A water droplet placed on this oil-laden film becomes asymmetrically deformed, thus producing a gradient of Laplace pressure within the droplet and setting it in motion. A simple theory is presented that accounts for the droplet speed in terms of such geometric variables as the volume of the droplet and the thickness of the oil film covering the soft elastomeric film as well as material variables such as the viscosity of the oil and the interfacial tension of the oil-water interfaces. Following the verification of the theoretical result using well-controlled model systems, we demonstrate how the electromagnetically controlled elastocapillary force can be used to manipulate the motion of single and/or multiple droplets on the surface of the elastomeric film and how elementary operations such as drop fusion and thermally addressed chemical transformation can be carried out in aqueous droplets. It is expected that the resulting drop fluidics would be suitable for the digital control of drop motion by simply switching on and off the electromagnetic fields applied at different positions underneath the elastomeric film in a Boolean sequence. We anticipate that this method of directing and manipulating water droplets is poised for application in various biochemical reaction engineering situations, an example of which is the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). PMID:27300489

  13. Changes in skeletal muscle with aging: effects of exercise training.

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    Rogers, M A; Evans, W J

    1993-01-01

    There is an approximate 30% decline in muscle strength and a 40% reduction in muscle area between the second and seventh decades of life. Thus, the loss of muscle mass with aging appears to be the major factor in the age-related loss of muscle strength. The loss of muscle mass is partially due to a significant decline in the numbers of both Type I and Type II muscle fibers plus a decrease in the size of the muscle cells, with the Type II fibers showing a preferential atrophy. There appears to be no loss of glycolytic capacity in senescent skeletal muscle whereas muscle oxidative enzyme activity and muscle capillarization decrease by about 25%. Vigorous endurance exercise training in older people, where the stimulus is progressively increased, elicits a proliferation of muscle capillaries, an increase in oxidative enzyme activity, and a significant improvement in VO2max. Likewise, progressive resistive training in older individuals results in muscle hypertrophy and increased strength, if the training stimulus is of a sufficient intensity and duration. Since older individuals adapt to resistive and endurance exercise training in a similar fashion to young people, the decline in the muscle's metabolic and force-producing capacity can no longer be considered as an inevitable consequence of the aging process. Rather, the adaptations in aging skeletal muscle to exercise training may prevent sarcopenia, enhance the ease of carrying out the activities of daily living, and exert a beneficial effect on such age-associated diseases as Type II diabetes, coronary artery disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, and obesity. PMID:8504850

  14. Generation of leachate and the flow regime in landfills

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    Bendz, D.

    1998-06-01

    In this thesis the generation of leachate and the presence and movement of water in landfilled municipal solid waste (MSW) is investigated. The precipitation-leachate discharge relationship for landfills was found to be dominated by evaporation, accumulation in the soil cover, accumulation in the solid waste and fast gravitational flow in a network of channels. The flow regime is governed by the heterogeneity of the internal geometry of the landfill, which is characterized by a discrete structure, significant horizontal stratification, structural voids, impermeable surfaces, and low capillarity. Also the boundary conditions, that is the water input pattern, has shown to be important for the flow process. Based on this, landfilled waste can be conceptualized as a dual domain medium, consisting of a channel domain and a matrix domain. The matrix flow is slow and diffusive, whereas the channel flow is assumed to be driven solely by gravity and to take place as a thin viscous film on solid surfaces. A kinematic wave model for unsaturated infiltration and internal drainage in the channel domain is presented. The model employs a two-parameter power expression as macroscopic flux law. Solutions were derived for the cases when water enters the channel domain laterally and when water enters from the upper end. The model parameters were determined and interpreted in terms of the internal geometry of the waste medium by fitting the model to one set of infiltration and drainage data derived from a large scale laboratory experiment under transient conditions. The model was validated using another set of data from a sequence of water input events and was shown to perform accurately. A solute transport model was developed by coupling a simple piston flux expression and a mobile-immobile conceptualization of the transport domains with the water flow model. Breakthrough curves derived from steady and transient tracer experiments where interpreted with the model. The transport

  15. 3-D numerical investigation of subsurface flow in anisotropic porous media using multipoint flux approximation method

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    Negara, Ardiansyah

    2013-01-01

    Anisotropy of hydraulic properties of subsurface geologic formations is an essential feature that has been established as a consequence of the different geologic processes that they undergo during the longer geologic time scale. With respect to petroleum reservoirs, in many cases, anisotropy plays significant role in dictating the direction of flow that becomes no longer dependent only on the pressure gradient direction but also on the principal directions of anisotropy. Furthermore, in complex systems involving the flow of multiphase fluids in which the gravity and the capillarity play an important role, anisotropy can also have important influences. Therefore, there has been great deal of motivation to consider anisotropy when solving the governing conservation laws numerically. Unfortunately, the two-point flux approximation of finite difference approach is not capable of handling full tensor permeability fields. Lately, however, it has been possible to adapt the multipoint flux approximation that can handle anisotropy to the framework of finite difference schemes. In multipoint flux approximation method, the stencil of approximation is more involved, i.e., it requires the involvement of 9-point stencil for the 2-D model and 27-point stencil for the 3-D model. This is apparently challenging and cumbersome when making the global system of equations. In this work, we apply the equation-type approach, which is the experimenting pressure field approach that enables the solution of the global problem breaks into the solution of multitude of local problems that significantly reduce the complexity without affecting the accuracy of numerical solution. This approach also leads in reducing the computational cost during the simulation. We have applied this technique to a variety of anisotropy scenarios of 3-D subsurface flow problems and the numerical results demonstrate that the experimenting pressure field technique fits very well with the multipoint flux approximation

  16. Robert Boyle's chiral crystal chemistry: computational re-evaluation of enantioselective adsorption on quartz.

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    Kahr, Bart; Chittenden, Brianne; Rohl, Andrew

    2006-02-01

    While searching for early examples of interactions of organic chromophores with minerals in the context of a systematic study of the process of dyeing crystals, we came across Robert Boyle's description of an experiment that may have been evidence of the enantioselective adsorption of a natural product, carminic acid (7-beta-D-glucopyranosyl-9,10-dihydro-3,5,6,8-tetrahydroxy-1-methyl-9,10-dioxo-2-anthracenecarboxylic acid), to the chiral surfaces of alpha-quartz, three centuries before such interactions became the subject of active chemical investigations. In order to determine whether Boyle did indeed observe enantioselective adsorption--albeit unbeknownst to him--we attempted to dye quartz with carminic acid according to his recipe. Quartz adsorbs carminic acid only because on heating it develops a network of microfissures that adsorb dye. This process depends on capillarity, not on specific non-covalent interactions; there is no evidence of enantioselectivity adsorption to heated crystals or enantioselective epitaxy to unheated crystals. These failures changed the focus of our inquiry: Why have almost all attempts to demonstrate the enantioselective adsorption of additives to quartz crystal surfaces been generally confounding and equivocal? In order to answer this question, we complement our experimental historical re-investigation with contemporary computational techniques for modeling crystal surface structure and the adsorption of additives. Minimizations of the energies associated with the adsorption of carminic acid to relaxed, hydrated d- and l-quartz {10(-)0} surfaces are analyzed in light of quartz's abysmal record as an enantioselective stationary phase. PMID:16385623

  17. Control of drop shape transformations in cooled emulsions.

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    Cholakova, Diana; Denkov, Nikolai; Tcholakova, Slavka; Lesov, Ivan; Smoukov, Stoyan K

    2016-09-01

    The general mechanisms of structure and form generation are the keys to understanding the fundamental processes of morphogenesis in living and non-living systems. In our recent study (Denkov et al., Nature 528 (2015) 392) we showed that micrometer sized n-alkane drops, dispersed in aqueous surfactant solutions, can break symmetry upon cooling and "self-shape" into a series of geometric shapes with complex internal structure. This phenomenon is important in two contexts, as it provides: (a) new, highly efficient bottom-up approach for producing particles with complex shapes, and (b) remarkably simple system, from the viewpoint of its chemical composition, which exhibits the basic processes of structure and shape transformations, reminiscent of morphogenesis events in living organisms. In the current study, we show for the first time that drops of other chemical substances, such as long-chain alcohols, triglycerides, alkyl cyclohexanes, and linear alkenes, can also evolve spontaneously into similar non-spherical shapes. We demonstrate that the main factors which control the drop "self-shaping", are the surfactant type and chain length, cooling rate, and initial drop size. The studied surfactants are classified into four distinct groups, with respect to their effect on the "self-shaping" phenomenon. Coherent explanations of the main experimental trends are proposed. The obtained results open new prospects for fundamental and applied research in several fields, as they demonstrate that: (1) very simple chemical systems may show complex structure and shape shifts, similar to those observed in living organisms; (2) the molecular self-assembly in frustrated confinement may result in complex events, governed by the laws of elasto-capillarity and tensegrity; (3) the surfactant type and cooling rate could be used to obtain micro-particles with desired shapes and aspect ratios; and (4) the systems studied serve as a powerful toolbox to investigate systematically these

  18. Training the brain to survive stroke.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Presently, little can be done to repair brain tissue after stroke damage. We hypothesized that the mammalian brain has an intrinsic capacity to adapt to low oxygen which would improve outcome from a reversible hypoxic/ischemic episode. Acclimation to chronic hypoxia causes increased capillarity and tissue oxygen levels which may improve the capacity to survive ischemia. Identification of these adaptations will lead to protocols which high risk groups could use to improve recovery and reduce costs. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Rats were exposed to hypoxia (3 weeks living at ½ an atmosphere. After acclimation, capillary density was measured morphometrically and was increased by 30% in the cortex. Novel implantable oxygen sensors showed that partial pressure of oxygen in the brain was increased by 40% in the normal cortex. Infarcts were induced in brain with 1 h reversible middle cerebral artery occlusions. After ischemia (48 h behavioural scores were improved and T2 weighted MRI lesion volumes were reduced by 52% in acclimated groups. There was a reduction in inflammation indicated by reduced lymphocytes (by 27-33%, and ED1 positive cells (by 35-45%. CONCLUSIONS: It is possible to stimulate a natural adaptive mechanism in the brain which will reduce damage and improve outcome for a given ischemic event. Since these adaptations occur after factors such as HIF-1α have returned to baseline, protection is likely related more to morphological changes such as angiogenesis. Such pre-conditioning, perhaps with exercise or pharmaceuticals, would not necessarily reduce the incidence of stroke, but the severity of damage could be reduced by 50%.

  19. Linking soil moisture balance and source-responsive preferential flow models for estimating groundwater recharge

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    Cuthbert, M. O.; Mackay, R.; Nimmo, J. R.

    2012-04-01

    Results are presented of a detailed study into the vadose zone and shallow water table hydrodynamics of a fieldsite in Shropshire, UK. Tensiometry reveals that the loamy sand topsoil wets up via macropore flow and subsequent redistribution of moisture into the soil matrix. However, recharge does not occur until near-positive pressures are achieved at the top of the glaciofluvial outwash material that underlies the topsoil, about 1 m above the water table. Once this occurs, very rapid water table rises follow. This threshold behaviour is attributed to the vertical discontinuity in the macropore system due to seasonal ploughing of the topsoil, and a lower permeability plough/iron pan restricting matrix flow between the topsoil and the lower outwash deposits. Thus, although the wetting process in the topsoil is highly complex, a soil moisture balance model (SMBM) is shown to be skilful in predicting the initiation of preferential flow from the base of the topsoil into the lower outwash horizon. The rapidity of the response at the water table suggests that Stokes type film flow rather than Richards type capillarity dominated flow is occurring and this conjecture is tested using a range of numerical models. A variation of the source-responsive model proposed by Nimmo (2010) is shown to reproduce the observed water table dynamics well, when linked to a SMBM as the source of recharge from the topsoil. The results reveal new insights into preferential flow processes in cultivated soils. If the conceptual and numerical models can be shown to be transferable to other ploughed soils, it promises to be a very useful and practical approach to accounting for preferential flow in studies of groundwater recharge estimation. Nimmo, J. R. (2010). Theory for Source-Responsive and Free-Surface Film Modeling of Unsaturated Flow. Vadose Zone Journal, 9, 295-306.

  20. Blocking TGF-β Signaling Pathway Preserves Mitochondrial Proteostasis and Reduces Early Activation of PDGFRβ+ Pericytes in Aristolochic Acid Induced Acute Kidney Injury in Wistar Male Rats

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    Pozdzik, Agnieszka A.; Giordano, Laetitia; Li, Gang; Antoine, Marie-Hélène; Quellard, Nathalie; Godet, Julie; De Prez, Eric; Husson, Cécile; Declèves, Anne-Emilie; Arlt, Volker M.; Goujon, Jean-Michel; Brochériou-Spelle, Isabelle; Ledbetter, Steven R.; Caron, Nathalie; Nortier, Joëlle L.

    2016-01-01

    Background The platelet-derived growth factor receptor β (PDGFRβ)+ perivascular cell activation becomes increasingly recognized as a main source of scar-associated kidney myofibroblasts and recently emerged as a new cellular therapeutic target. Aims In this regard, we first confirmed the presence of PDGFRβ+ perivascular cells in a human case of end-stage aristolochic acid nephropathy (AAN) and thereafter we focused on the early fibrosis events of transforming growth factor β (TGFβ) inhibition in a rat model of AAN. Materials and Methods Neutralizing anti-TGFβ antibody (1D11) and its control isotype (13C4) were administered (5 mg/kg, i.p.) at Days -1, 0, 2 and 4; AA (15 mg/kg, sc) was injected daily. Results At Day 5, 1D11 significantly suppressed p-Smad2/3 signaling pathway improving renal function impairment, reduced the score of acute tubular necrosis, peritubular capillaritis, interstitial inflammation and neoangiogenesis. 1D11 markedly decreased interstitial edema, disruption of tubular basement membrane loss of brush border, cytoplasmic edema and organelle ultrastructure alterations (mitochondrial disruption and endoplasmic reticulum edema) in proximal tubular epithelial cells. Moreover, 1D11 significantly inhibited p-PERK activation and attenuated dysregulation of unfolded protein response (UPR) pathways, endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondrial proteostasis in vivo and in vitro. Conclusions The early inhibition of p-Smad2/3 signaling pathway improved acute renal function impairment, partially prevented epithelial-endothelial axis activation by maintaining PTEC proteostasis and reduced early PDGFRβ+ pericytes-derived myofibroblasts accumulation. PMID:27379382

  1. On wettability of shale rocks.

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    Roshan, H; Al-Yaseri, A Z; Sarmadivaleh, M; Iglauer, S

    2016-08-01

    The low recovery of hydraulic fracturing fluid in unconventional shale reservoirs has been in the centre of attention from both technical and environmental perspectives in the last decade. One explanation for the loss of hydraulic fracturing fluid is fluid uptake by the shale matrix; where capillarity is the dominant process controlling this uptake. Detailed understanding of the rock wettability is thus an essential step in analysis of loss of the hydraulic fracturing fluid in shale reservoirs, especially at reservoir conditions. We therefore performed a suit of contact angle measurements on a shale sample with oil and aqueous ionic solutions, and tested the influence of different ion types (NaCl, KCl, MgCl2, CaCl2), concentrations (0.1, 0.5 and 1M), pressures (0.1, 10 and 20MPa) and temperatures (35 and 70°C). Furthermore, a physical model was developed based on the diffuse double layer theory to provide a framework for the observed experimental data. Our results show that the water contact angle for bivalent ions is larger than for monovalent ions; and that the contact angle (of both oil and different aqueous ionic solutions) increases with increase in pressure and/or temperature; these increases are more pronounced at higher ionic concentrations. Finally, the developed model correctly predicted the influence of each tested variable on contact angle. Knowing contact angle and therefore wettability, the contribution of the capillary process in terms of water uptake into shale rocks and the possible impairment of hydrocarbon production due to such uptake can be quantified. PMID:27156090

  2. Physical and analytical studies of sand production from a supported wellbore in unconsolidated sand media with single- and two-phase flow

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    Nouri, A.; Kuru, E. [Alberta Univ., Edmonton, AB (Canada); Vaziri, H. [BP-America Inc., Houston, TX (United States); Belhaj, H.; Islam, M.R. [Dalhousie Univ., Halifax, NS (Canada)

    2007-06-15

    The need for reliable well completion technology was discussed with particular reference to the changes that occur in a well once it is put into production, such as pore pressure decline, stress increase on the well sand-face and sand production. This paper described the experimental use of a hollow cylinder as an expandable well completion technology for sand control using both single- and two-phase fluid flow. In order to address some of the concerns regarding long-term performance and effectiveness of the technology, this paper presented an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms under which expandable screens control the mobilization of sand grains. It also explored the relationship between sand production and water influx. The response of unconsolidated and weakly consolidated sandstones to expandable completions was realized by estimating that nearly 70 per cent of the world's oil and gas reserves are found in poorly consolidated reservoirs. The study then evaluated the influence of the opening sand size relative to the grain size in dictating operational limits. The central hole of the samples was supported by a perforated stiffener along the sample height. The possible effect of a second phase during sand production resulting from the presence of the stiffener was also examined. The study revealed that sand production prevention depends on the mobilized friction between the grains. Sanding did not occur under routine operational conditions in a two-phase medium, even with a large aperture size. However, the significant role of capillarity was emphasized with the occurrence of instant sanding from the sandpack in the single-phase experiment. 13 refs., 5 tabs., 11 figs.

  3. CT perfusion at early stage of hepatic diffuse disease

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    Sheng Guan; Wei-Dong Zhao; Kang-Rong Zhou; Wei-Jun Peng; Jian Mao; Feng Tang

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To determine the validity of the non-invasive method of CT perfusion (CTP) in rat model of hepatic diffuse disease. METHODS: Twenty-eight Wistar rats were divided into two groups. Liver diffuse lesions were induced by dietthylnitrosamine in 14 rats of test group. Rats in control groupwere bred with pure water. From the 1st to 12th wk after the test group was intervened, both groups were studied every week with CTP. CTP parameters of liver parenchymain different periods and pathologic changes in two groups were compared and analyzed.RESULTS: The process of hepatic diffuse lesions in test groups was dassified into three stages or periods according to the pathologic alterations, namely hepattitis, hepatic fibrosis, and cirrhosis. During this period, hepatic artery flow (HAF)of control group declined slightly, mean transit time (MTT),blood flow (BF) and volume (BV) increased, but there wereno significant differences between different periods. Tntest group, HAF tended to increase gradually, MTT prolonged obviously, BV and BF decreased at the same time. The results of statistical analysis revealed that the difference in the HAF ratio of test group to control group was significant.The ratio of BV and BF in test group to control group in stageof hepatitis and hepatic cirrhosis, hepatic fibrosis and early stage of hepatic cirrhosis was significantly different, but there was no significant difference between hepatitis and hepatic fibrosis. The main pathological changes in stage of hepatitis were swelling of hepatic cells, while sinusoid capillarization and deposition of collagen aggravated gradually in the extravascular Disse's spaces in stage of fibrosis and early stage of cirrhosis.CONCLUSION: The technique could reflect some early changes of hepatic blood perfusion in rat with liver diffuse disease and is valuable for their early diagnosis.

  4. Characterization of the Hanford 300 Area Burial Grounds. Task III: fluid transport and modeling

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    In Task III, Fluid Transport and Modeling, a computer model was developed and applied to the 300 Area Burial Grounds to analyze the influence of potential evaporation and rainfall patterns on drainage. The model describes one-dimensional unsaturated flow. Fluid transport equations were evaluated to describe the driving forces of fluid flow. The data indicate that the major processes are evaporative drying, capillarity, and gravity flow. Thermally induced transport does not appear significant in the subsurface sediments of the area. Several empirical evaporation methods are available for assessing potential evaporation/evapotranspiration. Four methods were used with the unsaturated flow model. Ultimately, the Blaney-Criddle method was chosen for subsequent simulation examples because it relies only on the climatic data available and gave results comparable to the other methods tested. Simulations showed that a dry layer formation is important in controlling the soil-water balance in the profile. The surface dry layer acts as a mulch to retard the evaporative water losses and increase water storage. The most important climatic factor in determining drainage appears to be yearly rainfall distribution. When rainfall is distributed in fall or winter, during periods of low potential evaporation, both water storage and drainage are increased. Summer showers, on the other hand, were shown to add little to the annual water storage. Rainfall occurring in one year influences the subsequent annual drainage for several succeeding years because of annual changes in water storage capacity and the transient nature of unsaturated flow in the storage zone. 47 figures, 9 tables

  5. Aportaciones de estaño-plata y estaño-cobre en la soldadura blanda por capilaridad de canalizaciones de cobre

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    Durán, J.

    2001-04-01

    Full Text Available It is studied the influence of the type of alloy used as filling material on the defects of the soldering joints in copper piping installations, which induce the fluid leak of the systems. The different eutectic temperatures and solidus-liquidus ranges of these alloys, require the setting of the soldering heat input in each case to obtain the suitable capillarity features and alloying temperatures to achieve for the correct formation of the bondings. Most defects in the joints are demonstrated to be generated by bad dossification of thermal inputs, which led depending on the filler alloy used to variations in its fluidity that may produce penetration failures in the bonds or insufficient consistency for the filling of the joints.

    Se estudia la influencia del tipo de aleación utilizada como material de aporte, en los defectos resultantes en las uniones de soldadura blanda por capilaridad en instalaciones de tubería de cobre, que provocan la fuga del fluido de las canalizaciones. Las diferentes temperaturas eutécticas y de los rangos solidus-líquidus de estos tipos de aleaciones, obligan a ajustar los aportes del calor de soldeo en cada caso para conseguir las propiedades de capilaridad y temperaturas de aleación adecuadas para la correcta formación de las soldaduras. Se demuestra que, la mayoría de los defectos en las uniones se produce por mala dosificación de los aportes térmicos, lo que conduce, dependiendo de la aleación utilizada, a variaciones en la fluidez de la aportación que pueden dar lugar a fallos en la penetración de las juntas o a insuficiente consistencia para el relleno de las uniones.

  6. Mechanical properties of SiC/BraSiC/SiC brazed assemblies and design criterion for failure

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    Silicon carbide (SiC) based structures are widely used in space industry and energy conversion thanks to mechanical and thermal properties of this material and to its chemical stability. Brazing currently seems the most appropriate to allow the production of very large elements. The procedure called BraSiC uses SiC combined with a metal component, the bonding is made at high temperature, impregnation is achieved by gravity/capillarity. In a first step, the elastic properties and the toughness of the various constituents (substrates and solder) were characterized using ultrasonic methods and micro and nano-indentation. An extensive 4-point bending test campaign on bars assembled end-to-end was conducted to obtain measurements of the tensile strength. It led to analyze the role of different parameters: thickness of the butt joint (20 to 200 μm), temperature (from -196 to 1000 C), atmosphere (air, helium). Some additional tests have been initiated to understand the effect of a pre-existing notch or a lack of solder. This experimental work was accompanied by a theoretical model based on the use of a failure mixed criterion. This approach was used initially to assess the feasibility of an axisymmetric bending test on a disk-disk. It was then exploited to highlight the role of the thickness of the solder joint in tests on bars, resulting in a very simple formula, in perfect agreement with the experimental results: the most important parameter is the inverse of the square root of the solder joint thickness. (author)

  7. Alterations in the muscle-to-capillary interface in patients with different degrees of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    Abdel-Halim Samy M

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background It is hypothesized that decreased capillarization of limb skeletal muscle is implicated in the decreased exercise tolerance in COPD patients. We have recently demonstrated decreased number of capillaries per muscle fibre (CAF but no changes in CAF in relation to fibre area (CAFA, which is based on the diffusion distance between the capillary and muscle fibre. The aim of the current study is to investigate the muscle-to-capillary interface which is an important factor involved in oxygen supply to the muscle that has previously been suggested to be a more sensitive marker for changes in the capillary bed compared to CAF and CAFA. Methods 23 COPD patients and 12 age-matched healthy subjects participated in the study. Muscle-to-capillary interface was assessed in muscle biopsies from the tibialis anterior muscle using the following parameters: 1 The capillary-to-fibre ratio (C:Fi which is defined as the sum of the fractional contributions of all capillary contacts around the fibre 2 The ratio between C:Fi and the fibre perimeter (CFPE-index 3 The ratio between length of capillary and fibre perimeter (LC/PF which is also referred to as the index of tortuosity. Exercise capacity was determined using the 6-min walking test. Results A positive correlation was found between CFPE-index and ascending disease severity with CFPE-index for type I fibres being significantly lower in patients with moderate and severe COPD. Furthermore, a positive correlation was observed between exercise capacity and CFPE-index for both type I and type IIa fibres. Conclusion It can be concluded that the muscle-to-capillary interface is disturbed in the tibialis anterior muscle in patients with COPD and that interface is strongly correlated to increased disease severity and to decreased exercise capacity in this patient group.

  8. Bohr effect and temperature sensitivity of hemoglobins from highland and lowland deer mice.

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    Jensen, Birgitte; Storz, Jay F; Fago, Angela

    2016-05-01

    An important means of physiological adaptation to environmental hypoxia is an increased oxygen (O2) affinity of the hemoglobin (Hb) that can help secure high O2 saturation of arterial blood. However, the trade-off associated with a high Hb-O2 affinity is that it can compromise O2 unloading in the systemic capillaries. High-altitude deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) have evolved an increased Hb-O2 affinity relative to lowland conspecifics, but it is not known whether they have also evolved compensatory mechanisms to facilitate O2 unloading to respiring tissues. Here we investigate the effects of pH (Bohr effect) and temperature on the O2-affinity of high- and low-altitude deer mouse Hb variants, as these properties can potentially facilitate O2 unloading to metabolizing tissues. Our experiments revealed that Bohr factors for the high- and low-altitude Hb variants are very similar in spite of the differences in O2-affinity. The Bohr factors of deer mouse Hbs are also comparable to those of other mammalian Hbs. In contrast, the high- and low-altitude variants of deer mouse Hb exhibited similarly low temperature sensitivities that were independent of red blood cell anionic cofactors, suggesting an appreciable endothermic allosteric transition upon oxygenation. In conclusion, high-altitude deer mice have evolved an adaptive increase in Hb-O2 affinity, but this is not associated with compensatory changes in sensitivity to changes in pH or temperature. Instead, it appears that the elevated Hb-O2 affinity in high-altitude deer mice is compensated by an associated increase in the tissue diffusion capacity of O2 (via increased muscle capillarization), which promotes O2 unloading. PMID:26808972

  9. An overview of the issues: physiological effects of bed rest and restricted physical activity

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    Convertino, V. A.; Bloomfield, S. A.; Greenleaf, J. E.

    1997-01-01

    Reduction of exercise capacity with confinement to bed rest is well recognized. Underlying physiological mechanisms include dramatic reductions in maximal stroke volume, cardiac output, and oxygen uptake. However, bed rest by itself does not appear to contribute to cardiac dysfunction. Increased muscle fatigue is associated with reduced muscle blood flow, red cell volume, capillarization and oxidative enzymes. Loss of muscle mass and bone density may be reflected by reduced muscle strength and higher risk for injury to bones and joints. The resultant deconditioning caused by bed rest can be independent of the primary disease and physically debilitating in patients who attempt to reambulate to normal active living and working. A challenge to clinicians and health care specialists has been the identification of appropriate and effective methods to restore physical capacity of patients during or after restricted physical activity associated with prolonged bed rest. The examination of physiological responses to bed rest deconditioning and exercise training in healthy subjects has provided significant information to develop effective rehabilitation treatments. The successful application of acute exercise to enhance orthostatic stability, daily endurance exercise to maintain aerobic capacity, or specific resistance exercises to maintain musculoskeletal integrity rather than the use of surgical, pharmacological, and other medical treatments for clinical conditions has been enhanced by investigation and understanding of underlying mechanisms that distinguish physical deconditioning from the disease. This symposium presents an overview of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal deconditioning associated with reduced physical work capacity following prolonged bed rest and exercise training regimens that have proven successful in ameliorating or reversing these adverse effects.

  10. Brine/CO2 Interfacial Properties and Effects on CO2 Storage in Deep Saline Aquifers

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    It has been long recognized that interfacial interactions (interfacial tension, wettability, capillarity and interfacial mass transfer) govern fluid distribution and behaviour in porous media. Therefore the interfacial interactions between CO2, brine and reservoir oil and/or gas have an important influence on the effectiveness of any CO2 storage operation. There is a lack of experimental data related to interfacial properties for all the geological storage options (oil and gas reservoirs, coal-beds, deep saline aquifers). In the case of deep saline aquifers, there is a gap in data and knowledge of brine-CO2 interfacial properties at storage conditions. More specifically, experimental interfacial tension values and experimental tests in porous media are necessary to better understand the wettability evolution as a function of thermodynamic conditions and it's effects on fluid flow in the porous media. In this paper, a complete set of experimental values of brine-CO2 Interfacial Tension (IFT) at pressure, temperature and salt concentration conditions representative of those of a CO2 storage operation. A correlation is derived from experimental data published in a companion paper [Chalbaud C., Robin M., Lombard J.-M., Egermann P., Bertin H. (2009) Interfacial Tension Measurements and Wettability Evaluation for Geological CO2 Storage, Adv. Water Resour. 32, 1, 1-109] to model IFT values. This paper pays particular attention to core flooding experiments showing that the CO2 partially wets the surface in a Intermediate-Wet (IW) or Oil-Wet (OW) limestone rock. This wetting behavior of CO2 is coherent with observations at the pore scale in glass micro-models and presents a negative impact on the storage capacity of a given site. (authors)

  11. The Role of Fault Zones in Capillary and Dissolution Trapping of CO2 in the Southern San Joaquin Basin, California

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    Zhou, Q.; Birkholzer, J. T.

    2010-12-01

    The effects of a fault zone on CO2 accumulation, trapping, cross-fault flow, and upward leakage depend on (1) the degree of permeability reduction and capillary-pressure enhancement of the fault core zone in the storage formation, and (2) the degree of permeability enhancement and capillary-pressure reduction of the fault damage zone in the caprock, in comparison to pre-faulting conditions. To investigate these fault effects for a hypothetical geologic carbon sequestration project in the southern San Joaquin Basin, we developed a 3D numerical model with six explicitly represented major faults. The model was developed based on detailed fault characterization, including effects of numerous faults on petroleum trapping and leakage, groundwater flow, and petroleum-production-induced subsidence, as well as core-scale fault properties. The characterization benefited from more than a century of petroleum exploration and production in the basin. To account for uncertainties in fault effects and properties, we considered four fault property scenarios, including a range of faulting-induced property changes, heterogeneity of fault zones, and intra-formation layering. It was assumed that five million tons of CO2 per year was injected for 50 years into the deep Vedder Sand, which is immediately overlain by the Temblor-Freeman Silt. Simulation results indicate that in the base case of moderate faulting-induced property changes, CO2 migrates updip toward, accumulates under, eventually breaks through, and further migrates away from two faults. The total injected CO2 mass is essentially fully trapped in the storage formation by capillarity and dissolution mechanisms. Further sensitivity analyses show that CO2 trapping and leakage (through the fault sections in the caprock) depend on a complicated interplay of the faulting-induced property changes, intra-formation layering, and heterogeneity of faults.

  12. Persistent fibrosis in the liver of choline-deficient and iron-supplemented L-amino acid-defined diet-induced nonalcoholic steatohepatitis rat due to continuing oxidative stress after choline supplementation

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    Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is characterized by combined pathology of steatosis, lobular inflammation, fibrosis, and hepatocellular degeneration, with systemic symptoms of diabetes or hyperlipidemia, all in the absence of alcohol abuse. Given the therapeutic importance and conflicting findings regarding the potential for healing the histopathologic features of NASH in humans, particularly fibrosis, we investigated the reversibility of NASH-related findings in Wistar rats fed a choline-deficient and iron-supplemented L-amino acid-defined (CDAA) diet for 12 weeks, with a recovery period of 7 weeks, during which the diets were switched to a choline-sufficient and iron-supplemented L-amino acid-defined (CSAA) one. Analysis showed that steatosis and inflammation were significantly resolved by the end of the recovery period, along with decreases in AST and ALT activities within 4 weeks. In contrast, fibrosis remained even after the recovery period, to an extent similar to that in continuously CDAA-fed animals. Real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, Western blot, and immunohistochemical investigations revealed that expression of some factors indicating oxidative stress (CYP2E1, 4-HNE, and iNOS) were elevated, whereas catalase and SOD1 were decreased, and a hypoxic state and CD34-positive neovascularization were evident even after the recovery period, although the fibrogenesis pathway by activated α-SMA-positive hepatic stellate cells via TGF-β and TIMPs decreased to the CSAA group level. In conclusion, persistent fibrosis was noted after the recovery period of 7 weeks, possibly due to sustained hypoxia and oxidative stress supposedly caused by capillarization. Otherwise, histopathological features of steatosis and inflammation, as well as serum AST and ALT activities, were recovered. - Highlights: ► NASH-like liver lesions are induced in rats by feeding a CDAA diet. ► Steatosis and lobular inflammation are resolved after switching to a

  13. Estimating Film Flow Behavior in a Crushed Volcanic Tuff

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    Jansik, D. P.; Wildenschild, D.

    2005-12-01

    Current understanding of interfacial areas and flow in unsaturated soil does generally not account for liquid films that form on subsurface porous media at low saturations. According to Tuller and Or [1999] the presence and size of liquid films are controlled by molecular, electrostatic, structural and adsorptive forces, the sum of which is equated to the disjoining pressure. Because the behavior of these films is complex and difficult to measure, they are often ignored. A thorough understanding of the influence of these films on available interfacial area, meniscus curvature development, and permeability is vital for addressing flow and transport problems that take place in the low saturation range such as those encountered in irrigated agriculture, enhanced oil recovery, and environmental problems in arid settings. Using a two dimensional pore-scale flow cell containing crushed Yucca Mountain tuff, a digital microscope, and theory from Tuller and Or [1999] we have attempted to quantify the saturation and capillary pressure at which water changes from being controlled by van der Waals forces to being held by capillarity, i.e, where films condense and become pendular rings. The tuff is known (from BET analysis) to have a high surface area as well as intra-granular porosity and therefore is likely to absorb relatively thick water films before forming pendular rings. By introducing humid air into a two dimensional cell we observed the growth and distribution of films followed by the formation of pendular rings. Using relative humidity measurements, image analysis, and the Kelvin and Young-Laplace Equations we determined saturation and capillary pressures where the transition from films to pendular rings occurs.

  14. Mechanisms Leading to Co-Existence of Gas Hydrate in Ocean Sediments [Part 1 of 2

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    Bryant, Steven; Juanes, Ruben

    2011-12-31

    saturations. Large volumes (of order one pore volume) of gaseous and aqueous phases must be transported into the gas hydrate stability zone. The driver for this transport is the pressure sink induced by a reduction in occupied pore volume that accompanies the formation of hydrate from gas and water. Pore-scale imbibition models and bed-scale multiphase flow models indicate that the rate-limiting step in converting gas to hydrate is the supply of water to the hydrate stability zone. Moreover, the water supply rate is controlled by capillarity-driven flux for conditions typical of the Alaska North Slope. A meter-scale laboratory experiment confirms that significant volumes of fluid phases move into the hydrate stability zone and that capillarity is essential for the water flux. The model shows that without capillarity-driven flux, large saturations of hydrate cannot form. The observations of thick zones of large saturation at Mallik and Mt Elbert thus suggest that the primary control on these systems is the rate of transport of gaseous and aqueous phases, driven by the pressure sink at the base of the gas hydrate stability zone. A key finding of our project is the elucidation of ?capillary fracturing? as a dominant gas transport mechanism in low-permeability media. We initially investigate this phenomenon by means of grain-scale simulations in which we extended a discrete element mechanics code (PFC, by Itasca) to incorporate the dynamics of first single-phase and then multiphase flow. A reductionist model on a square lattice allows us to determine some of the fundamental dependencies of the mode of gas invasion (capillary fingering, viscous fingering, and fracturing) on the parameters of the system. We then show that the morphology of the gas-invaded region exerts a fundamental control on the fabric of methane hydrate formation, and on the overpressures caused by methane hydrate dissociation. We demonstrate the existence of the different invasion regimes by means of controlled

  15. Mechanisms Leading to Co-Existence of Gas Hydrate in Ocean Sediments [Part 2 of 2

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    Bryant, Steven; Juanes, Ruben

    2011-12-31

    saturations. Large volumes (of order one pore volume) of gaseous and aqueous phases must be transported into the gas hydrate stability zone. The driver for this transport is the pressure sink induced by a reduction in occupied pore volume that accompanies the formation of hydrate from gas and water. Pore-scale imbibition models and bed-scale multiphase flow models indicate that the rate-limiting step in converting gas to hydrate is the supply of water to the hydrate stability zone. Moreover, the water supply rate is controlled by capillarity-driven flux for conditions typical of the Alaska North Slope. A meter-scale laboratory experiment confirms that significant volumes of fluid phases move into the hydrate stability zone and that capillarity is essential for the water flux. The model shows that without capillarity-driven flux, large saturations of hydrate cannot form. The observations of thick zones of large saturation at Mallik and Mt Elbert thus suggest that the primary control on these systems is the rate of transport of gaseous and aqueous phases, driven by the pressure sink at the base of the gas hydrate stability zone. A key finding of our project is the elucidation of ?capillary fracturing? as a dominant gas transport mechanism in low-permeability media. We initially investigate this phenomenon by means of grain-scale simulations in which we extended a discrete element mechanics code (PFC, by Itasca) to incorporate the dynamics of first singlephase and then multiphase flow. A reductionist model on a square lattice allows us to determine some of the fundamental dependencies of the mode of gas invasion (capillary fingering, viscous fingering, and fracturing) on the parameters of the system. We then show that the morphology of the gas-invaded region exerts a fundamental control on the fabric of methane hydrate formation, and on the overpressures caused by methane hydrate dissociation. We demonstrate the existence of the different invasion regimes by means of controlled

  16. Pool boiling of water on nano-structured micro wires at sub-atmospheric conditions

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    Arya, Mahendra; Khandekar, Sameer; Pratap, Dheeraj; Ramakrishna, S. Anantha

    2015-10-01

    Past decades have seen active research in enhancement of boiling heat transfer by surface modifications. Favorable surface modifications are expected to enhance boiling efficiency. Several interrelated mechanisms such as capillarity, surface energy alteration, wettability, cavity geometry, wetting transitions, geometrical features of surface morphology, etc., are responsible for change in the boiling behavior of modified surfaces. Not much work is available on pool boiling at low pressures on microscale/nanoscale geometries; low pressure boiling is attractive in many applications wherein low operating temperatures are desired for a particular working fluid. In this background, an experimental setup was designed and developed to investigate the pool boiling performance of water on (a) plain aluminum micro wire (99.999 % pure) and, (b) nano-porous alumina structured aluminum micro wire, both having diameter of 250 µm, under sub-atmospheric pressure. Nano-structuring on the plain wire surface was achieved via anodization. Two samples, A and B of anodized wires, differing by the degree of anodization were tested. The heater length scale (wire diameter) was much smaller than the capillary length scale. Pool boiling characteristics of water were investigated at three different sub-atmospheric pressures of 73, 123 and 199 mbar (corresponding to T sat = 40, 50 and 60 °C). First, the boiling characteristics of plain wire were measured. It was noticed that at sub-atmospheric pressures, boiling heat transfer performance for plain wire was quite low due to the increased bubble sizes and low nucleation site density. Subsequently, boiling performance of nano-structured wires (both Sample A and Sample B) was compared with plain wire and it was noted that boiling heat transfer for the former was considerably enhanced as compared to the plain wire. This enhancement is attributed to increased nucleation site density, change in wettability and possibly due to enhanced pore scale

  17. Evaluation of the Influence of Specific Surface Treatments of RBA on a Set of Properties of Concrete

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available High water absorption of recycled brick aggregate (RBA is one of the most discussed parameters in terms of its application in the production of concrete—its influence on the amount of mixing water and, hence, the quality of the concrete, is usually considered negative. In this paper, different methods of decreasing the absorption of RBA and, consequently, the impact on the properties of concrete, are described. The RBA has been treated to decrease the water absorption capacity by impregnation approach using specific impregnators. Afterwards, the RBA samples have been dried at two different temperatures in the laboratory oven—20 and 90 °C. Concretes using 4/8 fraction of the treated RBA instead of natural aggregate (NA have been mixed and tested. The effectiveness of the RBA treatments have been evaluated on the basis of their influence on the properties of the hardened concrete; by means of the following tests: flexural strength, compressive strength, capillarity, total water absorption capacity, depth of water penetration under pressure, and frost resistance. The method of ranking by ordinal scale has been used as it is suitable for the comparison of a large set of results, while results have been analyzed in terms of the most important technological parameter that influences the quality of the concrete-effective water content. Out of all the tested surface-treatments of RBA, treatment by sodium water glass has the best potential for reduction of the water/cement (w/c ratio. When the effective w/c ratio is kept within standard limits, concretes containing treated RBA are possible to be specified for various exposure classes and manufacturing in practice. The experiment confirms that at a constant amount of mixing water, with decreasing water absorption of RBA, the effective amount of water in the concrete increases and, hence, the final properties of the concrete decrease (get worse. As the water absorption of the RBA declines, there is a

  18. Nonlinear analysis of multiphase transport in porous media in the presence of viscous, buoyancy, and capillary forces

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    Li, Boxiao; Tchelepi, Hamdi A.

    2015-09-01

    weighting scheme, leading to an improved nonlinear convergence performance especially when used together with our NTR solver. Our proposed numerical solution strategy that is based on the numerical flux and handles capillarity extends the previous work by Jenny et al. (2009) [6] and Wang and Tchelepi (2013) [7] significantly.

  19. Capillary flow in an interior corner

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    Weislogel, Mark M.; Lichter, Seth

    1998-10-01

    The design of fluids management processes in the low-gravity environment of space requires an accurate description of capillarity-controlled flow in containers. Here we consider the spontaneous redistribution of fluid along an interior corner of a container due to capillary forces. The analytical portion of the work presents an asymptotic formulation in the limit of a slender fluid column, slight surface curvature along the flow direction z, small inertia, and low gravity. The scaling introduced explicitly accounts for much of the variation of flow resistance due to geometry and so the effects of corner geometry can be distinguished from those of surface curvature. For the special cases of a constant height boundary condition and a constant flow condition, the similarity solutions yield that the length of the fluid column increases as t1/2 and t3/5, respectively. In the experimental portion of the work, measurements from a 2.2 s drop tower are reported. An extensive data set, collected over a previously unexplored range of flow parameters, includes estimates of repeatability and accuracy, the role of inertia and column slenderness, and the effects of corner angle, container geometry, and fluid properties. At short times, the fluid is governed by inertia (t[less, similar]tLc). Afterwards, an intermediate regime (tLc[less, similar]t[less, similar] tH) can be shown to be modelled by a constant-flow-like similarity solution. For t[gt-or-equal, slanted]tH it is found that there exists a location zH at which the interface height remains constant at a value h(zH, t)=H which can be shown to be well predicted. Comprehensive comparison is made between the analysis and measurements using the constant height boundary condition. As time increases, it is found that the constant height similarity solution describes the flow over a lengthening interval which extends from the origin to the invariant tip solution. For t[dbl greater-than sign]tH, the constant height solution

  20. Activation of AMPKα2 is not crucial for mitochondrial uncoupling-induced metabolic effects but required to maintain skeletal muscle integrity.

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    Full Text Available Transgenic (UCP1-TG mice with ectopic expression of UCP1 in skeletal muscle (SM show a phenotype of increased energy expenditure, improved glucose tolerance and increase substrate metabolism in SM. To investigate the potential role of skeletal muscle AMPKα2 activation in the metabolic phenotype of UCP1-TG mice we generated double transgenic (DTG mice, by crossing of UCP1-TG mice with DN-AMPKα2 mice overexpressing a dominant negative α2 subunit of AMPK in SM which resulted in an impaired AMPKα2 activity by 90±9% in SM of DTG mice. Biometric analysis of young male mice showed decreased body weight, lean and fat mass for both UCP1-TG and DTG compared to WT and DN-AMPKα2 mice. Energy intake and weight-specific total energy expenditure were increased, both in UCP1-TG and DTG mice. Moreover, glucose tolerance, insulin sensitivity and fatty acid oxidation were not altered in DTG compared to UCP1-TG. Also uncoupling induced induction and secretion of fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21 from SM was preserved in DTG mice. However, voluntary physical cage activity as well as ad libitum running wheel access during night uncovered a severe activity intolerance of DTG mice. Histological analysis showed a progressive degenerative morphology in SM of DTG mice which was not observed in SM of UCP1-TG mice. Moreover, ATP-depletion related cellular stress response via heat shock protein 70 was highly induced, whereas capillarization regulator VEGF was suppressed in DTG muscle. In addition, AMPKα2-mediated induction of mitophagy regulator ULK1 was suppressed in DTG mice, as well as mitochondrial respiratory capacity and content. In conclusion, we demonstrate that AMPKα2 is dispensable for SM mitochondrial uncoupling induced metabolic effects on whole body energy balance, glucose homeostasis and insulin sensitivity. But strikingly, activation of AMPKα2 seems crucial for maintaining SM function, integrity and the ability to compensate chronic metabolic stress

  1. Layered Plant-Growth Media for Optimizing Gaseous, Liquid and Nutrient Requirements: Modeling, Design and Monitoring

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    Heinse, R.; Jones, S. B.; Bingham, G.; Bugbee, B.

    2006-12-01

    Rigorous management of restricted root zones utilizing coarse-textured porous media greatly benefits from optimizing the gas-water balance within plant-growth media. Geophysical techniques can help to quantify root- zone parameters like water content, air-filled porosity, temperature and nutrient concentration to better address the root systems performance. The efficiency of plant growth amid high root densities and limited volumes is critically linked to maintaining a favorable water content/air-filled porosity balance while considering adequate fluxes to replenish water at decreasing hydraulic conductivities during uptake. Volumes adjacent to roots also need to be optimized to provide adequate nutrients throughout the plant's life cycle while avoiding excessive salt concentrations. Our objectives were to (1) design and model an optimized root zone system using optimized porous media layers, (2) verify our design by monitoring the water content distribution and tracking nutrient release and transport, and (3) mimic water and nutrient uptake using plants or wicks to draw water from the root system. We developed a unique root-zone system using layered Ottawa sands promoting vertically uniform water contents and air-filled porosities. Watering was achieved by maintaining a shallow saturated layer at the bottom of the column and allowing capillarity to draw water upward, where coarser particle sizes formed the bottom layers with finer particles sizes forming the layers above. The depth of each layer was designed to optimize water content based on measurements and modeling of the wetting water retention curves. Layer boundaries were chosen to retain saturation between 50 and 85 percent. The saturation distribution was verified by dual-probe heat-pulse water-content sensors. The nutrient experiment involved embedding slow release fertilizer in the porous media in order to detect variations in electrical resistivity versus time during the release, diffusion and uptake of

  2. Lung function; Lungenfunktion

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    Sorichter, S. [Universitaetsklinikum Freiburg, Abteilung Pneumologie, Freiburg (Germany)

    2009-08-15

    The term lung function is often restricted to the assessment of volume time curves measured at the mouth. Spirometry includes the assessment of lung volumes which can be mobilised with the corresponding flow-volume curves. In addition, lung volumes that can not be mobilised, such as the residual volume, or only partially as FRC and TLC can be measured by body plethysmography combined with the determination of the airway resistance. Body plethysmography allows the correct positioning of forced breathing manoeuvres on the volume-axis, e.g. before and after pharmacotherapy. Adding the CO single breath transfer factor (T{sub LCO}), which includes the measurement of the ventilated lung volume using He, enables a clear diagnosis of different obstructive, restrictive or mixed ventilatory defects with and without trapped air. Tests of reversibility and provocation, as well as the assessment of inspiratory mouth pressures (PI{sub max}, P{sub 0.1}) help to classify the underlying disorder and to clarify treatment strategies. For further information and to complete the diagnostic of disturbances of the ventilation, diffusion and/or perfusion (capillar-)arterial bloodgases at rest and under physical strain sometimes amended by ergospirometry are recommended. Ideally, lung function measurements are amended by radiological and nuclear medicine techniques. (orig.) [German] Unter dem Begriff Lungenfunktion wird die Bestimmung der Lungenvolumina am Mund verstanden. Dabei werden die mobilisierbaren Lungenvolumina mit den zugehoerigen Fluss-Volumen-Kurven mittels Spirometrie und Ganzkoerperplethysmographie (GKP) und die nicht (RV) und teilweise mobilisierbaren Lungenvolumina (FRC, TLC) einschliesslich der Atemwegswiderstaende bestimmt. Die GKP ermoeglicht zusaetzlich die korrekte (Volumenachsen-)Positionierung der forcierten Atemmanoever. Dieses erlaubt eine uebersichtlichere graphische Darstellung z. B. vor und nach der Applikation pharmakologisch wirksamer Substanzen. Wird die GKP

  3. Dynamic changes in the expression of matrix metalloproteinases and their inhibitors, TIMPs, during hepatic fibrosis induced by alcohol in rats

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    Guang-Fu Xu; Peng-Tao Li; Xin-Yue Wang; Xu Jia; De-Lu Tian; Liang-Duo Jiang; Jin-Xiang Yang

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To determine the dynamic changes in the expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and the endogenous tissue inhibitors of MMPs inhibitors (TIMPs) during hepatic fibrosis induced by alcohol.METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into normal, 4 d, 2 wk, 4 wk, 9 wkand 11 wk groups, and the model rats were fed with a mixture of alcohol by gastric infusion at the designed time, respectively, then decollated and their livers were harvested for the examination of MMP2, MMP-3, MMP-9, MMP-13, TIMP-1 and TIMP-2 by immunohistochemistry, zymograghy and Westem blotting, respectively.RESULTS: Normal rats had moderate expression of MMP-2,which was decreased in the model rats except in the 11 wk group, where MMP-2 expression slightly increased. MMP-3had the similar changing pattern to MMP-2 despite weaker expression. MMP-9 expression decreased in the 4 d and 2 wk groups, rose in the 4 wk group, decreased again in the 9 wk group and returned to normal levels in the 11 wk group.MMP-13 expression decreased in the 4 d and 2 wk groups,and returned to normal levels in the 4 wk, 9 wk and 11 wk groups. TIMP-1 expression decreased in the 4 d and 2 wk groups, but sharply increased in the 4 wk group and sustained at a high level even after modeling was stopped for 2 wk. In normal rats TIMP-2 expression was strong. However, it decreased as soon as modeling began, and then gradually rose, but remained to a level lower than that in normal rats even after modeling was stopped for 2 wk.CONCLUSION: MMP-2 may not always expresses at a high level during hepatic fibrosis. MMP-13 and MMP-3 are acutely affected by TIMP-1. In this model TIMP-1 is the most powerful factor imposed on capillarization and peri-sinusoidal fibrosis. TIMP-2 is the most effective regulator on the metabolism of type IV collagen located in the basement of sinus.

  4. Cellular assessment of muscle in COPD: case studies of two males

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    Howard J Green

    2009-11-01

    +-K+-ATPase for COPD #1 (66% of CON but not COPD #2 (92% of CON while Vmax of the Ca2+-ATPase was near normal in COPD #1 (84% CON. It is concluded that disturbances can occur in muscle to a wide range of excitation, contraction and metabolic processes in COPD.Keywords: vastus lateralis, fiber types, area, capillarization, metabolism, enzymatic pathways, excitation-contraction processes, glucose and monocarboxylate transporters

  5. Pore-scale mechanisms of gas flow in tight sand reservoirs

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    Silin, D.; Kneafsey, T.J.; Ajo-Franklin, J.B.; Nico, P.

    2010-11-30

    Tight gas sands are unconventional hydrocarbon energy resource storing large volume of natural gas. Microscopy and 3D imaging of reservoir samples at different scales and resolutions provide insights into the coaredo not significantly smaller in size than conventional sandstones, the extremely dense grain packing makes the pore space tortuous, and the porosity is small. In some cases the inter-granular void space is presented by micron-scale slits, whose geometry requires imaging at submicron resolutions. Maximal Inscribed Spheres computations simulate different scenarios of capillary-equilibrium two-phase fluid displacement. For tight sands, the simulations predict an unusually low wetting fluid saturation threshold, at which the non-wetting phase becomes disconnected. Flow simulations in combination with Maximal Inscribed Spheres computations evaluate relative permeability curves. The computations show that at the threshold saturation, when the nonwetting fluid becomes disconnected, the flow of both fluids is practically blocked. The nonwetting phase is immobile due to the disconnectedness, while the permeability to the wetting phase remains essentially equal to zero due to the pore space geometry. This observation explains the Permeability Jail, which was defined earlier by others. The gas is trapped by capillarity, and the brine is immobile due to the dynamic effects. At the same time, in drainage, simulations predict that the mobility of at least one of the fluids is greater than zero at all saturations. A pore-scale model of gas condensate dropout predicts the rate to be proportional to the scalar product of the fluid velocity and pressure gradient. The narrowest constriction in the flow path is subject to the highest rate of condensation. The pore-scale model naturally upscales to the Panfilov's Darcy-scale model, which implies that the condensate dropout rate is proportional to the pressure gradient squared. Pressure gradient is the greatest near the

  6. An integrated study of the petrophysical properties of carbonate rocks from the “Oolithe Blanche” formation in the Paris Basin

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    Casteleyn, Lisa; Robion, Philippe; David, Christian; Collin, Pierre-Yves; Menéndez, Beatriz; Fernandes, Nathalie; Desaubliaux, Guy; Rigollet, Christophe

    2011-04-01

    Petrophysical properties were measured on oolitic limestone from the Oolithe Blanche formation (middle Jurassic) in the Paris Basin. Eighteen oriented blocks were collected from three outcrops regarding of the three main facies, oolitic shoal facies, tide dominated facies and prograding oolitic facies. We investigated the relationship between both compressional wave and electrical conductivity with different petrophysical properties such as porosity (water porosity and mercury porosity), permeability and capillarity imbibition. These have led us to relate the variations of petrophysical properties to several microstructural parameters, among them the microporous structure is the most important. Concerning P wave velocities, the general trend observed is as expected a decrease of velocities as the porosity increases but with a significant fluctuation of velocities for a given value of porosity. We have used two distinct effective medium approximations to describe the velocity variations: the self-consistent (SC) approximation and the cemented contact theory (CCT) but no unique model can simply explain our velocity behaviours. The main parameter that controls the P wave velocities is the distribution of microporosity inside oolites: for samples with velocities higher than 4 km/s the microporosity is mainly located in the rim of the ooids while for samples with velocity lower than 4 km/s the microporosity is homogeneous across the ooids. Acoustical fabrics, which are controlled by the facies, indicate that sedimentary textural components such as the amount of cement and arrangement of elements within the oolitic limestones (bioclasts, pellets and ooids) and their degree of connectivity may have some influences on the acoustic velocities. In contrast with acoustic properties, the electrical conductivity data are not so clustered by facies indicating that transport properties are more influenced by microstructural heterogeneities. One single Archie's law can well

  7. Simple physics-based models of compensatory plant water uptake: concepts and eco-hydrological consequences

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    N. J. Jarvis

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Many land surface schemes and simulation models of plant growth designed for practical use employ simple empirical sub-models of root water uptake that cannot adequately reflect the critical role water uptake from sparsely rooted deep subsoil plays in meeting atmospheric transpiration demand in water-limited environments, especially in the presence of shallow groundwater. A failure to account for this so-called "compensatory" water uptake may have serious consequences for both local and global modeling of water and energy fluxes, carbon balances and climate. Some purely empirical compensatory root water uptake models have been proposed, but they are of limited use in global modeling exercises since their parameters cannot be related to measurable soil and vegetation properties. Parsimonious physics-based models of uptake compensation have been developed that require no more parameters than empirical approaches. These models are described and compared from a conceptual point of view and some aspects of their behavior, including the phenomenon of hydraulic lift, are illustrated with the help of example simulations. These analyses demonstrate that the degree of compensation is a function of soil capillarity and the ratio of total effective root length to potential transpiration. Thus, uptake compensation increases as root to leaf area ratios increase, since potential transpiration depends on leaf area. Results of "scenario" simulations for two case studies, one at the local scale (riparian vegetation growing above shallow water tables in seasonally dry or arid climates and one at a global scale (water balances across an aridity gradient in the continental USA, are presented to illustrate biases in model predictions that arise when water uptake compensation is neglected. In the first case, it is shown that only a compensated model can match the strong relationships between water table depth and leaf area and transpiration observed in riparian forest

  8. Simple physics-based models of compensatory plant water uptake: concepts and eco-hydrological consequences

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    N. J. Jarvis

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Many land surface schemes and simulation models of plant growth designed for practical use employ simple empirical sub-models of root water uptake that cannot adequately reflect the critical role water uptake from sparsely rooted deep subsoil plays in meeting atmospheric transpiration demand in water-limited environments, especially in the presence of shallow groundwater. A failure to account for this so-called "compensatory" water uptake may have serious consequences for both local and global modeling of water and energy fluxes, carbon balances and climate. Some purely empirical compensatory root water uptake models have been proposed, but they are of limited use in global modeling exercises since their parameters cannot be related to measurable soil and vegetation properties. A parsimonious physics-based model of uptake compensation has been developed that requires no more parameters than empirical approaches. This model is described and some aspects of its behavior are illustrated with the help of example simulations. These analyses demonstrate that hydraulic lift can be considered as an extreme form of compensation and that the degree of compensation is principally a function of soil capillarity and the ratio of total effective root length to potential transpiration. Thus, uptake compensation increases as root to leaf area ratios increase, since potential transpiration depends on leaf area. Results of "scenario" simulations for two case studies, one at the local scale (riparian vegetation growing above shallow water tables in seasonally dry or arid climates and one at a global scale (water balances across an aridity gradient in the continental USA, are presented to illustrate biases in model predictions that arise when water uptake compensation is neglected. In the first case, it is shown that only a compensated model can match the strong relationships between water table depth and leaf area and transpiration observed in riparian forest

  9. (-)-Epicatechin administration and exercising skeletal muscle vascular control and microvascular oxygenation in healthy rats.

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    Copp, Steven W; Inagaki, Tadakatsu; White, Michael J; Hirai, Daniel M; Ferguson, Scott K; Holdsworth, Clark T; Sims, Gabrielle E; Poole, David C; Musch, Timothy I

    2013-01-15

    Consumption of the dietary flavanol (-)-epicatechin (EPI) is associated with enhanced endothelial function and augmented skeletal muscle capillarity and mitochondrial volume density. The potential for EPI to improve peripheral vascular function and muscle oxygenation during exercise is unknown. We tested the hypothesis that EPI administration in healthy rats would improve treadmill exercise performance secondary to elevated skeletal muscle blood flow and vascular conductance [VC, blood flow/mean arterial pressure (MAP)] and improved skeletal muscle microvascular oxygenation. Rats received water (control, n = 12) or 4 mg/kg EPI (n = 12) via oral gavage daily for 24 days. Exercise endurance capacity and peak O(2) uptake (Vo(2) peak) were measured via treadmill runs to exhaustion. MAP (arterial catheter) and blood flow (radiolabeled microspheres) were measured and VC was calculated during submaximal treadmill exercise (25 m/min, 5% grade). Spinotrapezius muscle microvascular O(2) pressure (Po(2mv)) was measured (phosphorescence quenching) during electrically induced twitch (1 Hz) contractions. In conscious rats, EPI administration resulted in lower (↓~5%) resting (P = 0.03) and exercising (P = 0.04) MAP. There were no differences in exercise endurance capacity, Vo(2) peak, total exercising hindlimb blood flow (control, 154 ± 13; and EPI, 159 ± 8 ml·min(-1)·100 g(-1), P = 0.68), or VC (control, 1.13 ± 0.10; and EPI, 1.24 ± 0.08 ml·min(-1)·100 g(-1)·mmHg(-1), P = 0.21) between groups. Following anesthesia, EPI resulted in lower MAP (↓~16%) but did not impact resting Po(2mv) or any kinetics parameters (P > 0.05 for all) during muscle contractions compared with control. EPI administration (4 mg·kg(-1)·day(-1)) improved modestly cardiovascular function (i.e., ↓MAP) with no impact on exercise performance, total exercising skeletal muscle blood flow and VC, or contracting muscle microvascular oxygenation in healthy rats. PMID:23144313

  10. Simple physics-based models of compensatory plant water uptake: concepts and eco-hydrological consequences

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    Jarvis, N. J.

    2011-11-01

    Many land surface schemes and simulation models of plant growth designed for practical use employ simple empirical sub-models of root water uptake that cannot adequately reflect the critical role water uptake from sparsely rooted deep subsoil plays in meeting atmospheric transpiration demand in water-limited environments, especially in the presence of shallow groundwater. A failure to account for this so-called "compensatory" water uptake may have serious consequences for both local and global modeling of water and energy fluxes, carbon balances and climate. Some purely empirical compensatory root water uptake models have been proposed, but they are of limited use in global modeling exercises since their parameters cannot be related to measurable soil and vegetation properties. A parsimonious physics-based model of uptake compensation has been developed that requires no more parameters than empirical approaches. This model is described and some aspects of its behavior are illustrated with the help of example simulations. These analyses demonstrate that hydraulic lift can be considered as an extreme form of compensation and that the degree of compensation is principally a function of soil capillarity and the ratio of total effective root length to potential transpiration. Thus, uptake compensation increases as root to leaf area ratios increase, since potential transpiration depends on leaf area. Results of "scenario" simulations for two case studies, one at the local scale (riparian vegetation growing above shallow water tables in seasonally dry or arid climates) and one at a global scale (water balances across an aridity gradient in the continental USA), are presented to illustrate biases in model predictions that arise when water uptake compensation is neglected. In the first case, it is shown that only a compensated model can match the strong relationships between water table depth and leaf area and transpiration observed in riparian forest ecosystems, where

  11. Linking hydraulic properties of fire-affected soils to infiltration and water repellency

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    Moody, J.A.; Kinner, D.A.; Ubeda, X.

    2009-01-01

    Heat from wildfires can produce a two-layer system composed of extremely dry soil covered by a layer of ash, which when subjected to rainfall, may produce extreme floods. To understand the soil physics controlling runoff for these initial conditions, we used a small, portable disk infiltrometer to measure two hydraulic properties: (1) near-saturated hydraulic conductivity, Kf and (2) sorptivity, S(??i), as a function of initial soil moisture content, ??i, ranging from extremely dry conditions (??i water repellency that influences Kf and S(??i). Values of Kf ranged from 4.5 ?? 10-3 to 53 ?? 10-3 cm s-1 for ash; from 0.93 ?? 10-3 to 130 ?? 10-3 cm s-1 for reference soils; and from 0.86 ?? 10-3 to 3.0 ?? 10-3 cm s-1, for soil unaffected by fire, which had the lowest values of Kf. Measurements indicated that S(??i) could be represented by an empirical non-linear function of ??i with a sorptivity maximum of 0.18-0.20 cm s-0.5, between 0.03 and 0.08 cm3 cm-3. This functional form differs from the monotonically decreasing non-linear functions often used to represent S(??i) for rainfall-runoff modeling. The sorptivity maximum may represent the combined effects of gravity, capillarity, and adsorption in a transitional domain corresponding to extremely dry soil, and moreover, it may explain the observed non-linear behavior, and the critical soil-moisture threshold of water repellent soils. Laboratory measurements of Kf and S(??i) are the first for ash and fire-affected soil, but additional measurements are needed of these hydraulic properties for in situ fire-affected soils. They provide insight into water repellency behavior and infiltration under extremely dry conditions. Most importantly, they indicate how existing rainfall-runoff models can be modified to accommodate a possible two-layer system in extremely dry conditions. These modified models can be used to predict floods from burned watersheds under these initial conditions.

  12. Innovative method and apparatus for the deep cleaning of soluble salts from mortars and lithic materials

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    Gaggero, Laura; Ferretti, Maurizio; Torrielli, Giulia; Caratto, Valentina

    2016-04-01

    Porous materials (e.g. plasters, mortars, concrete, and the like) used in the building industry or in artworks fail to develop, after their genesis, salts such as nitrates, carbonates (e.g. potassium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, calcium carbonate), chlorides (e.g. sodium chloride) and/or others, which are a concurrent cause of material deterioration phenomena. In the case of ancient or cultural heritage buildings, severe damage to structures and works of art, such as fresco paintings are possible. In general, in situ alteration pattern in mortars and frescoes by crystallization of soluble salts from solutions is caused by capillar rise or circulation in damp walls. Older buildings can be more subject to capillary rise of ion-rich waters, which, as water evaporates, create salt crystals inside the walls. If this pattern reveals overwhelming upon other environmental decay factors, the extraction of salts is the first restoration to recover the artpiece after the preliminary assessment and mitigation of the causes of soaking. A new method and apparatus, patented by University of Genoa [1] improves the quality and durability of decontamination by soluble salts, compared with conventional application of sepiolite or cellulose wraps. The conventional application of cellulose or sepiolite requires casting a more or less thick layer of wrap on the mortar, soaking with distilled water, and waiting until dry. The soluble salts result trapped within the wrap. A set of artificial samples reproducing the stratigraphy of frescoes was contaminated with saline solution of known concentration. The higher quality of the extraction was demonstrated by trapping the salts within layers of Japanese paper juxtaposed to the mortar; the extraction with the dedicated apparatus was operated in a significantly shorter time than with wraps (some hours vs. several days). Two cycles of about 15 minutes are effective in the deep cleaning from contaminant salts. The decontamination was

  13. Carbonation process in lime pastes with different water/binder ratio

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    Álvarez, J. I.

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Most research on binder carbonation is based on the analysis of depth changes in the carbonation front. Moreover, previous studies have dealt with mortars, where aggregates play a role in the variations in carbonation patterns. In the approach adopted in the present study, carbonation was determined in terms of the variation in weight resulting from CO2 absorption, and a new parameter (independent of the drying process, denominated A, was established. This parameter was assessed in several lime pastes with different W/B (water/binder ratios and its variations were correlated to paste microstructure. Due to the type of porosity prevailing in lime pastes, diffusion took place according to Fick's law; water was retained not by capillarity but by surface adsorption. Drying did not retard carbonation in lime pastesLa mayoría de las investigaciones sobre el proceso de carbonatación en materiales conglomerantes estudia el movimiento del frente de carbonatación. Además, los trabajos previos han sido llevados a cabo en morteros, lo que implica variaciones en el comportamiento de la carbonatación debido a la presencia del agregado. En este trabajo, la carbonatación es discutida teniendo en cuenta la variación del peso como consecuencia de la absorción de CO2, al establecer un nuevo parámetro A (independiente del proceso de secado. Este parámetro ha sido evaluado en varias pastas de cal con distinta relación A/C (agua/conglomerante, y su variación se ha correlacionado con la microestructura de las pastas. Durante el proceso de la carbonatación, y debido al tipo de porosidad de las pastas de cal, tiene lugar la difusión de Fick: el agua no es retenida por capilaridad sino por adsorción sobre la superficie. El proceso de secado no retrasa la carbonatación en las pastas de cal.

  14. Detection of groundwater from space-based IR data: application to the Lake Chad basin.

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    Lopez, Teodolina; Antoine, Raphaël; Rabinowicz, Michel; Darrozes, José; Kerr, Yann; Cazenave, Anny

    2015-04-01

    In Lake Chad basin, the Quaternary phreatic Aquifer (named hereafter QPA) presents large piezometric anomalies referred as domes and depressions. The depth of these piezometric anomalies are ~15 m and ~60 m, respectively [1]. Three others aquifers have been described in the Lake Chad basin and they are separated from the QPA by a thick layer of Pliocene clay. Leblanc et al. (2003) discovered that brightness temperatures from METEOSAT infrared images of the Lake Chad basin show a correlation with the QPA piezometry. Indeed, during wet seasons, domes are associated with warm brightness temperatures, at the contrary of the depressions, which appear cold in METEOSAT images. Through this observation, these authors [2] proposed that this thermal behaviour results from an excess of evapotranspiration that can also explain the formation of the piezometric anomalies. However, data provided by temperature logs in oil wells QPA measurements lead us to propose another hypothesis. Temperature logs obtained in oil wells [3] illustrate that in the ancient Lake Chad and in the Bornu depression, at the SW of the Lake, heat transport is made by convection in the ~3 km deep confined aquifers. Moreover, we have estimated that the heat fluxes at the surface of the ancient Lake Chad can reach 138 mW m-2 and in the Bornu depression, ~63 mW m-2. Others oil wells show that, at the exterior of the depression, the heat transport is conductive and the heat fluxes at the surface are ~50 mW m-2. These new observations and our convective model permit us to propose that beneath the depressions, a cold descending convective current suck the QPA. Beneath the dome, a warm ascending current creates an overpressure in the QPA. Now, to explain the link observed with the thermal behaviour, we propose that over the domes, as the QPA is warm, heat is transported by capillarity. The piezometric depressions regions are associated with a presence of clay-rich soils at the surface, which makes difficult the

  15. Confecção de sensores de vidro poroso sinterizado para medida do potencial mátrico Processing of porous glass sensors for matric potential measurement

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    O. B. G. Assis

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Sensores de contato apropriados para a avaliação do potencial hidrostático do apoplasma ou do potencial mátrico foram processados por técnicas cerâmicas. Os sensores propostos são formados por uma interface porosa e um capilar de vidro preenchido com água e um fluido imiscível. A sucção da água através da interface causa a deformação elástica de um dos fluidos e o conseqüente deslocamento do menisco, que é a base da medida. A interface porosa foi produzida por sinterização sob ação de chama a partir de pós de vidro pelo princípio de preenchimento (filler principle. Empregou-se mistura de pó de vidro e sal (NaCl na proporção de 70-30% e com dimensões médias de 17 µm. Testes de absorção de água destilada foram realizados indicando uma maior capilaridade nos sensores com a presença da matriz porosa, refletindo no aumento da velocidade do deslocamento do menisco ao longo do capilar.Contact probes suitable for hydraulic apoplasm or matric potential determination were processed by ceramic technique. The proposed probe consisted of a porous interface and a glass capillary filled with water and an immiscible fluid. The water conductivity through the interface generates elastic deformation of the fluid and consequent the meniscus dislocation, taken as measurement reference. The porous interface was processed by sintering under flame heating of glass powder following the "filler principle". Powder mixtures of glass and salt (NaCl in 70-30% and average particle size of 17 µm was used. Adsorption measurements carried out in distilled water show an increasing in capillarity effect in the sensors with the porous bridge, reflecting in an increasing over the meniscus speed movement as measured along the capillary.

  16. Nonlinear Preconditioning and its Application in Multicomponent Problems

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    Liu, Lulu

    2015-12-07

    The Multiplicative Schwarz Preconditioned Inexact Newton (MSPIN) algorithm is presented as a complement to Additive Schwarz Preconditioned Inexact Newton (ASPIN). At an algebraic level, ASPIN and MSPIN are variants of the same strategy to improve the convergence of systems with unbalanced nonlinearities; however, they have natural complementarity in practice. MSPIN is naturally based on partitioning of degrees of freedom in a nonlinear PDE system by field type rather than by subdomain, where a modest factor of concurrency can be sacrificed for physically motivated convergence robustness. ASPIN, originally introduced for decompositions into subdomains, is natural for high concurrency and reduction of global synchronization. The ASPIN framework, as an option for the outermost solver, successfully handles strong nonlinearities in computational fluid dynamics, but is barely explored for the highly nonlinear models of complex multiphase flow with capillarity, heterogeneity, and complex geometry. In this dissertation, the fully implicit ASPIN method is demonstrated for a finite volume discretization based on incompressible two-phase reservoir simulators in the presence of capillary forces and gravity. Numerical experiments show that the number of global nonlinear iterations is not only scalable with respect to the number of processors, but also significantly reduced compared with the standard inexact Newton method with a backtracking technique. Moreover, the ASPIN method, in contrast with the IMPES method, saves overall execution time because of the savings in timestep size. We consider the additive and multiplicative types of inexact Newton algorithms in the field-split context, and we augment the classical convergence theory of ASPIN for the multiplicative case. Moreover, we provide the convergence analysis of the MSPIN algorithm. Under suitable assumptions, it is shown that MSPIN is locally convergent, and desired superlinear or even quadratic convergence can be

  17. Mechanical behavior of concrete and related porous materials under partial saturation: The effective stress and the viscous softening due to movement of nanometer-scale pore fluid

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    Vlahinic, Ivan

    It has been said that porous materials are like music: the gaps are as important as the filled-in bits. In other words, in addition to the solid structure, pore characteristics such as size and morphology play a crucial role in defining the overall physical properties of the porous materials. This work goes a step further and examines the behaviors of some porous media that arise when the pore network is occupied by two fluids, principally air and water, as a result of drying or wetting. Such a state gives rise to fluid capillarity which can generate significant negative fluid pressures. In the first part, a constitutive model for drying of an elastic porous medium is proposed and then extended to derive a novel expression for effective stress in partially saturated media. The model is motivated by the fact that in a system that is saturated by two different fluids, two different pressure inherently act on the surfaces of the pore network. This causes a non-uniform strain field in the solid structure, something that is not explicitly accounted for in the classic formulations of this problem. We use some standard micromechanical homogenization techniques to estimate the extent of the 'non-uniformity' and on this basis, evaluate the validity of the classic Bishop effective stress expression for partially saturated materials. In the second part, we examine a diverse class of porous materials which behave in an unexpected (and even counterintuitive) way under the internal moisture fluctuations. In particular, during wetting and drying alike, the solid viscosity of these materials appears to soften, sometimes by an order of magnitude or more. Under load, this can lead to significantly increased rates of deformations. On account of the recent experimental and theoretical findings on the nature of water flow in nanometer-size hydrophillic spaces, we provide a physical explanation for the viscous softening and propose a constitutive law on this basis. To this end, it also

  18. A microencapsulation process of liquid mercury by sulfur polymer stabilization/solidification technology. Part II: Durability of materials

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    López-Delgado, A.

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Under the European LIFE Program a microencapsulation process was developed for liquid mercury using Sulfur Polymer Stabilization/Solidification (SPSS technology, obtaining a stable concrete-like sulfur matrix that allows the immobilization of mercury for long-term storage. The process description and characterization of the materials obtained were detailed in Part I. The present document, Part II, reports the results of different tests carried out to determine the durability of Hg-S concrete samples with very high mercury content (up to 30 % w/w. Different UNE and RILEM standard test methods were applied, such as capillary water absorption, low pressure water permeability, alkali/acid resistance, salt mist aging, freeze-thaw resistance and fire performance. The samples exhibited no capillarity and their resistance in both alkaline and acid media was very high. They also showed good resistance to very aggressive environments such as spray salt mist, freeze-thaw and dry-wet. The fire hazard of samples at low heat output was negligible.

    Dentro del Programa Europeo LIFE, se ha desarrollado un proceso de microencapsulación de mercurio liquido, utilizando la tecnología de estabilización/solidificación con azufre polimérico (SPSS. Como resultado se ha obtenido un material estable tipo concreto que permite la inmovilización de mercurio y su almacenamiento a largo plazo. La descripción del proceso y la caracterización de los materiales obtenidos, denominados concretos Hg-S, se detallan en la Parte I. El presente trabajo, Parte II, incluye los resultados de los diferentes ensayos realizados para determinar la durabilidad de las muestras de concreto Hg-S con un contenido de mercurio de hasta el 30 %. Se han utilizado diferentes métodos de ensayo estándar, UNE y RILEM, para determinar propiedades como la absorción de agua por capilaridad, la permeabilidad de agua a baja presión, la resistencia a álcali y ácido, el comportamiento en

  19. Main sea clutter characteristics impacting small slow moving targets detection by marine radars

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    O. D. Mrachkovskiy

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Searching of the sea clutter mathematical model is carried out in this paper. It is suitable to create based on it algorithm for small slow moving targets detection by marine radars. The compound Gaussian model for modeling sea clutter amplitude stochastic distribution is selected as a result of the sources analysis, because it was confirmed by most of researches. The discussed in the literature model based on chaos theory is choosen as perspective alternative for stochastic model; its advantage of using it for such problems solution must be definitively proved or denied. It was proposed many different distributions for high resolution sea clutter amplitude data modeling. The most frequently reported in the literature are K, Log-Normal and Weibull distributions. K distribution belonging to a compound-Gaussian model has the most significant theoretical and experimental background. This distribution choice is physically explained basing on the processes taking place when electromagnetic waves scattered from capillarity and gravity sea waves create a composed echo. Signal representing this echo is the product of two random components, called texture and speckle. Texture is the result of scattering from gravity waves, has a Gamma pdf (in case of K distribution and corresponds to slow-varying large-scale structure. Speckle is the result of scattering from isolated scatterers (capillarity waves, has a Rayleigh pdf and corresponds to rapid varying small-scale structure. So, K distribution envelope is a compound distribution consisting of a locally Rayleigh distribution speckle whose mean is modulated by a gamma distribution texture. All researches consider Rayleigh pdf for speckle. The lognormal, generalized Gaussian, inverse gamma and some other distributions were proposed for the texture. Due to literature analyses it is seen that texture distribution depends on radar range resolution, but strong dependence is not proved. Some scientists modified K

  20. Analysis of the long-term hydraulic-gas transient in the central zone of a deep clay repository

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. In the ANDRA repository concept, large amount of Hydrogen gas will be generated through radiolysis and corrosion of waste packages and metal compounds of the infrastructure. The fate of the gas should have a significant impact on the rate of porous media re-saturation and on water flow patterns and, indeed, needs to be studied to accurate long-term prediction of the storage evolution. The central zone of the repository consists of a 4.5 km long network of galleries and 3 shafts connecting the storage zones with the surface. The shafts, backfilled and sealed after closure, should have a key role for the gas and water exchanges between the repository and the Oxfordian overlaying aquifer. The aim of this work is to describe the evolution in time of the water and gas flows setting in the Central Zone until the end of the hydraulic-gas transient. The issue was addressed by means of numerical simulation. The simulations are analyzed focusing on how water and gas flows should combine in the central zone, and more specifically on local assessment of water and gas flow rate, gas and head pressure, water saturation and dissolved gas transfers. The complex geometry of the central zone is simplified into two main galleries and a shaft crossing each over. Due to 3 symmetries, the mesh is reduced by 8. The mesh extends from the bottom of host formation to 100 m above the top, in the Oxfordian aquifer. The geometry of EDZ, concrete structures and shaft hydraulic barrier are meshed in order to provide fine description of flows. The physical modelling of the two-phase flow is based on generalized Darcy equations, Van-Genuchten models, ideal gas, Henry's and Kelvin's laws. The water and gas balance equations are discretized with a linear Finite Element method. The two resulting linear systems are solved to calculate water and gas pressures. Gas and water mass balances are coupled via capillarity pressure thanks to an iterative

  1. PREFACE: Dynamics of wetting Dynamics of wetting

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    Grest, Gary S.; Oshanin, Gleb; Webb, Edmund B., III

    2009-11-01

    Capillary phenomena associated with fluids wetting other condensed matter phases have drawn great scientific interest for hundreds of years; consider the recent bicentennial celebration of Thomas Young's paper on equilibrium contact angles, describing the geometric shape assumed near a three phase contact line in terms of the relevant surface energies of the constituent phases [1]. Indeed, nearly a century has passed since the seminal papers of Lucas and Washburn, describing dynamics of capillary imbibition [2, 3]. While it is generally appreciated that dynamics of fluid wetting processes are determined by the degree to which a system is out of capillary equilibrium, myriad complications exist that challenge the fundamental understanding of dynamic capillary phenomena. The topic has gathered much interest from recent Nobel laureate Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, who provided a seminal review of relevant dissipation mechanisms for fluid droplets spreading on solid surfaces [4] Although much about the dynamics of wetting has been revealed, much remains to be learned and intrinsic technological and fundamental interest in the topic drives continuing high levels of research activity. This is enabled partly by improved experimental capabilities for resolving wetting processes at increasingly finer temporal, spatial, and chemical resolution. Additionally, dynamic wetting research advances via higher fidelity computational modeling capabilities, which drive more highly refined theory development. The significance of this topic both fundamentally and technologically has resulted in a number of reviews of research activity in wetting dynamics. One recent example addresses the evaluation of existing wetting dynamics theories from an experimentalist's perspective [5]. A Current Opinion issue was recently dedicated to high temperature capillarity, including dynamics of high temperature spreading [6]. New educational tools have recently emerged for providing instruction in wetting

  2. Avaliação da fertilidade do solo

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    José Setzer

    1941-05-01

    e as observações sôbre a vegetação. Enumeradas as condições do solo desfavoráveis à cultura, sugerem-se medidas e pequenas experiências, cujas aplicações deverão produzir economicamente o melhor rendimento nos solos citados. Seguem breves observações sôbre o cálculo da adubação.In order to determine the most economical and efficient physical and chemical soil treatments for the best agricultural production according with local conditions and necessities of crops, field and laboratory works were made in conformity to the methods used by the Soil Department of this Institute. The region studied includes about 10 Km² of poor sandy soils, situated in a zone between two geological formations, soils which till the present have been poorly known. The crop is tung-oil tree (Aleurites jordii Hems ley. In the related and discussed analytical data for the present not very much in use in Brazil, but which play a part in modem pedological practice, are to be mentioned : water soluble elements, exchangeable bases, several kinds of acidity, total colloidal-matter elements ; SiO², Al²O³ and Fe²O³ of colloidal complex, and several indexes concerned with vegetable life ; porosity, higroscopicity and different moisture data ; soil air, mechanical analysis with and without peptization, dispersibility of colloid content, resistance against erosion, capillarity potencial, mean pore diameter, permeability and capillar ascension of water; mineralogical analysis of soil, parent material study and roentgenograms, viz., pictures of reflexion X-rays bands dues to interference with crystalline structure of soil clays. Each one of the genetic horizons, in which the soil profiles (taken as far as two meters in average were divided, was analysed separately. All data were expressed for volume of soil. Pore spaces and water content are referred to natural, maximum and minimum conditions. The results of physical and chemical analysis were also presented by mean of volumetric

  3. Petrography and hydric characterization of the quarry material of the varieties of Borriol Stone (Castellón

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    Ovejero, M.

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Borriol stone is one of the most widely used and well-known building materials in the Spanish province of Castellapn. It is a cretaceous limestone quarried in the El Abeller quarry, Borriol (Castellón. Since the seventeenth century it has been used in several historic buildings to be found both in the city of Castellaon and in nearby Valencia. Although it is commercially classified as a single rock type, two different lithologies or varieties can be distinguished in the Abeller outcrop; these represent vertical changes in the outcrop series andaré referred to in this paper as Ochre Borriol and Red Borriol. Petrographic, mineralogical and chemical studies were carried out, along with color determination. The stone s hydric parameters were obtained via the following tests: vacuum water absorption, free water absorption, desorption and capillary water absorption. Red Borriol is a reddish dolomitic grainstone with textures of dedolimitization. It is a low-porosity rock consisting mainly of calcite and dolomite, with quartz, illite, goethite and hematite as secondary minerals. As it has a low absorption coefficient, low capillarity index and rapid water desorption, it is expected to behave well under the action of weathering agents. Ochre Borriol is a yellowish packstonegrainstone with higher porosity. It is famed mainly of calcite and has less dolomite content than Red Borriol. Its accesory minerals are quartz, illite and goethite. It has a higher absorption coefficient and higher capillarity. Although it absorbs water more rapidly, its desorption is slower. As the hydric behavior of Ochre Borriol is less favorable, it is to be expected that its deterioration processes are encouraged by water circulation more than Red Borriol´sare.

    La "Piedra de Borriol" es uno de los materiales más utilizados y conocidos en la construcción de la provincia de Castellón que se han utilizado desde el siglo XVII como material de construcción en numerosos

  4. An Amorphous Network Model for Capillary Flow and Dispersion in a Partially Saturated Porous Medium

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    Simmons, C. S.; Rockhold, M. L.

    2013-12-01

    Network models of capillary flow are commonly used to represent conduction of fluids at pore scales. Typically, a flow system is described by a regular geometric lattice of interconnected tubes. Tubes constitute the pore throats, while connection junctions (nodes) are pore bodies. Such conceptualization of the geometry, however, is questionable for the pore scale, where irregularity clearly prevails, although prior published models using a regular lattice have demonstrated successful descriptions of the flow in the bulk medium. Here a network is allowed to be amorphous, and is not subject to any particular lattice structure. Few network flow models have treated partially saturated or even multiphase conditions. The research trend is toward using capillary tubes with triangular or square cross sections that have corners and always retain some fluid by capillarity when drained. In contrast, this model uses only circular capillaries, whose filled state is controlled by a capillary pressure rule for the junctions. The rule determines which capillary participate in the flow under an imposed matric potential gradient during steady flow conditions. Poiseuille's Law and Laplace equation are used to describe flow and water retention in the capillary units of the model. A modified conjugate gradient solution for steady flow that tracks which capillary in an amorphous network contribute to fluid conduction was devised for partially saturated conditions. The model thus retains the features of classical capillary models for determining hydraulic flow properties under unsaturated conditions based on distribution of non-interacting tubes, but now accounts for flow exchange at junctions. Continuity of the flow balance at every junction is solved simultaneously. The effective water retention relationship and unsaturated permeability are evaluated for an extensive enough network to represent a small bulk sample of porous medium. The model is applied for both a hypothetically

  5. Efeitos de ciclos de umedecimento e secagem na reorganização da estrutura microgranular de latossolos Effects of wetting and drying cycles on the reorganization of the microgranular structure of latosols

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    J. H. M. Viana

    2004-02-01

    mineralogical properties submitted to dry grinding, compared with bulk samples. Air-dried soil samples were sieved through a 1.00 mm sieve and separated in two groups. One was kept as control group and the other ground in a mortar and sieved through a 0.105 mm sieve. This second was also split in two groups, one of which received particulate humic acid treatment. The materials were placed in aluminum columns, subjected to 10 weekly wetting cycles by capillarity followed by air-drying. At the end of the cycles, the samples were impregnated with polyester resin, cut in blocks and thin-sectioned for microscopy analysis. The sections were scrutinized under optical microscope, photographed, and the images digitalized, analyzed, and quantified with the Software QUANTIPORO. After the wetting and drying cycles, important alterations in both shape and structural pattern were observed in the ground samples. These changes were attributed to a re-organization of soil particles during the plasma shrinkage after the drying process. All materials presented a different structural pattern in relation to the original soil structure. No trend for reversion to the original structure was observed after the cycles. This indicates that other factors besides the physical-chemical and mineralogical should be considered to explain the genesis of Latosol microaggregates.

  6. Intensive drying and the related microstructure features in agglomerate spheres

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    Kudlyk, Rostyslav

    Most metal ore concentrates are fine particulates with a wide particle-size distribution. Industrially they are pelletized by tumbling in balling discs or drums into spheres, an operation which requires the addition of typically up to 10% by weight of water. Further processing of these agglomerates involves first drying and then induration by heating up to 1250°C. The main objective of this thesis was the study of the interrelationship between the microstructure of the agglomerates with, on the one hand, the mechanical and physical properties of the pellets and their behaviour during intensive drying, on the other. The previously developed model of the drying process identified the loss of capillarity, resulting from the vapour lock, to be a critical component of the mechanism of intense as opposed to 'classical' drying. It was shown that the absence of the constant-rate drying period is a natural consequence of this effect. Several significant shortcomings of the previous model have been identified. This model treats the period of transition between surface- and shrinking-core drying as an instantaneous event. The new extended model, which overcomes the original model limitations, was developed in this project. In its formalism, the new model includes the pore-size distribution and thus simulates a gradual surface/shrinking-core transition. It was shown that the nature of the transition between the surface- and shrinking-core drying regimes during intensive drying is fundamentally different from that of classical drying, i.e. carried out at mild temperatures. In the latter case, liquid is being delivered to the surface through the network of interconnected small pores reaching the surface. The transition occurs when the larger pores, also reaching the surface, are being drained. On the other hand, under intense-drying conditions, the rate-limiting factor is the vapour lock. The latter phenomenon will occur in the smaller pores first, as they have smaller liquid

  7. Rice husk derived waste materials as partial cement replacement in lightweight concrete Utilização de resíduos derivados da casca de arroz como substitutos parciais do cimento no concreto leve

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    Celso Yoji Kawabata

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available In this study rice husk ash (RHA and broiler bed ash from rice husk (BBA, two agricultural waste materials, have been assessed for use as partial cement replacement materials for application in lightweight concrete. Physical and chemical characteristics of RHA and BBA were first analyzed. Three similar types of lightweight concrete were produced, a control type in which the binder was just CEMI cement (CTL and two other types with 10% cement replacement with, respectively, RHA and BBA. All types of similar lightweight concrete were prepared to present the same workability by adjusting the amount of superplasticizer. Properties of concrete investigated were compressive and flexural strength at different ages, absorption by capillarity, resistivity and resistance to chloride ion penetration (CTH method and accelerated carbonation. Test results obtained for 10% cement replacement level in lightweight concrete indicate that although the addition of BBA conducted to lower performance in terms of the degradation indicative tests, RHA led to the enhancement of mechanical properties, especially early strength and also fast ageing related results, further contributing to sustainable construction with energy saver lightweight concrete.Neste trabalho, cinzas de casca de arroz (RHA e cinzas de cama de frango (BBA, dois resíduos agrícolas, foram avaliadas para uso como substitutos parciais do cimento para produção de concreto leve. Características físicas e químicas de RHA e BBA foram analisadas. Três tipos semelhantes de concreto leve foram produzidos, um controle em que o ligante era totalmente cimento CEM I (CTL e dois outros tipos de concreto, com substituição de 10% com RHA e BBA, respectivamente. Todos os tipos de concreto leve foram feitos através do ajuste da quantidade de superplastificante para apresentarem a mesma trabalhabilidade. Propriedades de concreto investigados foram resistência à compressão e à flexão em diferentes idades

  8. Capillary Phenomena: Investigations in Compressed Bubble Migration, Geometric Wetting, and Blade-Bound Droplet Stability

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    Blackmore, William Henry

    Capillary flows continue to be important in numerous spacecraft systems where the effective magnitude of the gravity vector is approximately one millionth that of normal Earth gravity. Due to the free fall state of orbiting spacecraft, the effects of capillarity on the fluid systems onboard can dominate the fluid behavior over large length scales. In this research three investigations are pursued where the unique interplay between surface tension forces, wetting characteristics, and system geometry control the fluid behavior, whether in large systems aboard spacecraft, or micro-scale systems on Earth. First, efforts in support of two International Space Station (ISS) experiments are reported. A description of the development of a new NASA ground station at Portland State University is provided along with descriptions of astronaut training activities for the proper operation of four handheld experiments currently in orbit as part of the second iteration of the Capillary Flow Experiments (CFE-2). Concerning the latter, seven more vessels are expected to be launched to the ISS shortly. Analysis of the data alongside numerical simulations shows excellent agreement with theory, and a new intuitive method of viewing critical wetting angles and fluid bulk shift phenomena is offered. Secondly, during the CFE-2 space experiments, unplanned peripheral observations revealed that, on occasion, rapidly compressed air bubbles migrate along paths with vector components common to the residual acceleration onboard the ISS. Unexpectedly however, the migration velocities could be shown to be up to three orders of magnitude greater than the appropriate Stokes flow limit! Likely mechanisms are explored analytically and experimentally while citing prior theoretical works that may have anticipated such phenomena. Once properly understood, compressed bubble migration may be used as an elegant method for phase separation in spacecraft systems or microgravity-based materials manufacturing

  9. Ruschita Romanian marble - 130 years of official exploitation and 130 m depth of architectural beauty around the word

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    Cetean, Valentina

    2013-04-01

    Developed in a large metamorphic area, the marble deposit from Ruschita perimeter is the most important Romanian source for ornamental stone, the old quarry being operative since 1883. The closest locality offer the commercial name also, identical with the geological one as is defined in the technical referentials and in the denomination European standard. Ruschita is also an active quarry, developed by step-by-step expansion in depth (the initial extraction reached 130 m depth), but also in the adjacent areas. The important height of the open deposit offered the possibility to the owner, MARMOSIM SA, to apply an experimental extraction method, by underground mining. It is the only Romanian place, and few in the world, where this spectacular mining element can be found for dimension stone. The extraction gallery was built starting from the lower level of the old quarry and allowed obtaining nicer and bigger blocks. The Ruschita marble is a metamorphic stone with high crystallinity and medium size of crystals (until 0.2-0.5 mm). Has the basic colour from white and grey to pink, with many intermediary nuances generally given by grey veins and less by impurities from internal structure. The stone present irregular break, sometimes following the very narrow internal discontinuities, invisible at macroscopic analyse. The main physical - mechanical characteristics are presented below: Characteristic M.U. Value Apparent density Kg/m3 2680 - 2720 Water absorption % 0.12 - 0.21 Capillarity g/m2.s0,5 0.130-0.218 Porosity % 0.30 - 0.74 Compression strength N/mm2 85 - 120 Flexural strength MPa 15-18 Rupture energy J 5 Coefficient of frost cleftness % 10 -14 Abrasion resistance - Bohme cm3/50cm2 17-18 Salt crystallization % 0.1 Nowadays, the extraction in the Ruschita area is achieved by equipments from Dazzini, Fantini, Pellegrini, Korfamann, Caterpillar, Volvo and Komatsu. The average volume of blocks is bigger than 10-12 m2. The Ruschita marble can be easily cut at size and

  10. Comparison of field and laboratory models of the load bearing capacity in coffee plantations Comparação de modelos de capacidade de suporte de carga do solo de campo e laboratório em plantações de café

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    Piero Iori

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Precompression stress is an important property for assessment of tropical soil structure sustainability and is often determined in laboratory tests. The objective of this study was to compare the load bearing capacity models obtained with controlled moisture in laboratory and those obtained with natural field moistures determined a long one year. The evaluation of soil structural sustainability follows four distinct steps: soil sampling in the field, uniaxial compression test of the samples in the laboratory, determination of precompression stress and estimation of the load bearing capacity models. Laboratory estimates of precompression stress were obtained from moisture controlled in laboratory and from natural moisture determined in a field a long one year. In this process, the soil samples were saturated by capillarity with distilled water in laboratory, and after 48 hours, the samples were air dried to obtain the different moisture contents. Then, the precompression stress was determined for this both conditions. To verify if the load bearing capacity models obtained with controlled moisture in laboratory may represent the load bearing models obtained with natural field moisture, these models were compared using the homogeneity test procedure. It was observed that 75% of field models analyzed were similar to the laboratory models. Thus, due to the similarity on the load-bearing capacity models obtained using natural (field or controlled (laboratory moisture contents, the assessment of the soil structure sustainability can be done using both methods.Pressão de pré-consolidação é uma importante propriedade na avaliação da sustentabilidade estrutural do solo e é determinada em testes de laboratório. Neste estudo, objetivou-se comparar modelos de capacidade de suporte de carga obtidos com umidade controlada em laboratório e com umidade natural de campo ao longo de um ano. A avaliação da sustentabilidade estrutural do solo ocorreu em

  11. Strategies for cultural resources management. The ARAMIS Project; Strategie per la gestione delle risorse culturali. Il progetto ARAMIS

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    2000-07-01

    The ARAMIS project, presented here, is an example of an integrated project that is implemented within the framework of the Raphael Community Programme. Begun in 1998 the project is of two years duration, with overall funding of 400,000 Euro. Promoted and co-ordinated by ITABC, it is being implemented in collaboration with Spain, Greece, Malta and France. The aims of the ARAMIS project is to encourage the study and protection of the vast pre-industrial heritage (infrastructures, buildings and machinery) represented by agricultural irrigation systems, water supply canals and water mills built in Europe by the Arab populations during the period of the Islamic invasions, which goes from the 9. to the 15. century. The main activities, may be summarised as follows: a) surveys and cataloguing; b) information network; c) restoration and museum set up; d) promotion and dissemination of knowledge. One conservation programme involves the Acquias mill, situated in the Lecrin Valley. This reasonably well preserved mill was used to grind flour using a water-powered wheel. The complete restoration of the building is completed as the replacement of the original. A small water mill museum will be set up inside. The documented results of the ARAMIS project are collected and displayed in the Water and Mill Museum, that is housed in the Arab-Norman castle of Castellammare del Golfo. [Italian] Il progetto denominato ARAMIS, acronimo di Arab Mills and Irrigation Systems in the Mediterranean Basin, ha avuto una durata di due anni, una dotazione finanziaria di 40.000 ecu, ed e' stato coordinato dall'ITABC, in collaborazione con Spagna, Grecia, Malta e Francia, con la finalita' di ricostruire un brano della storia della societa' europea. Considerando la presenza estesa e capillare di sistemi di irrigazione e di mulini ad acqua a ruota orizzontale dell'epoca delle invasioni arabe in Europa, nel bacino del Mediterraneo, e' nata l'idea di documentare in

  12. Colmenar limestone as a resource for built heritage

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    Fort, Rafael; Álvarez de Buergo, Mónica; Varas-Muriel, MªJosé; Mercedes Pérez-Monserrat, Elena

    2013-04-01

    define the petrophysical properties that make this rock a high quality building material. Its bulk density is 2580 ± 30 kg/m3 and its anisotropy grade is low (dM 3.1%). Its open porosity (accessible to water) is 3.8%, its water absorption is 0.8% and the ultrasound propagation velocity (Vp) is 5941 ± 111 m/s. Regarding mechanical strength, compression and flexural resistances are 78 ± 34 MPa and 9.1 ± 3.1 MPa, respectively. Microporosity is significant in this stone, with an 80% of the pores (accessible to mercury) with a diameter ranging from 0.01 to 0.1 µm. The particularities of this stone pore system, with scarce capillar porosity, makes difficult the entry of water towards its interior. Therefore the material shows a good hydric behavior, with a high durability against frost-defrost processes and thermal shock cycles, as well to salt crystallisation phenomena. Acknowledgments: Special thanks are given to the Geomaterials (S2009/MAT 1629) and CONSOLIDER-TCP (CSD2007-0058) Programmes, as well as the Complutense University of Madrid's research group on the alteration and conservation of heritage stone (921349).

  13. Research on the Theoretical Characteristic of Single-Tube Cross Capacitance Fuel Level Sensor%单管计算电容式燃料液位传感器理论特性研究

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    于航; 禹静; 李东升; 王颖

    2016-01-01

    由于计算电容原理在电磁计量领域具有极高的准确度,将其应用在传感器的研制上具有重要的现实意义.针对传统双层套筒的电容式液位传感器在加工及装配过程中极易引入误差、存在毛细现象等问题,首次将计算电容原理运用在燃料液位测量领域,对计算电容原理进行深入研究,设计新的计算电容结构并对其进行修正,同时结合新的结构建立新的燃料液位测量模型,得出相应的修正系数及液位测量公式.最后,以纯度为99.8%的无水乙醇作为被测燃料进行液位测量试验,燃料液位变化范围为180 mm,输出电容值在0.6 pF~17 pF之间,实验结果表明:燃料液位与传感器输出电容值具有良好线性关系,线性度达到0.48%.该研究为计算电容原理在工程中的应用奠定了理论基础.%It is of important practical significance to use the principle cross capacitance on sensor development be-cause of its extremely high accuracy in the field of electromagnetic metrology. The principle firstly used in fuel level measurement to overcome the capillarity and the error due to machining and assembly in traditional capacitance lev-el sensor. With in-depth research on the principle,a new structure of cross capacitance was designed and modified. Meanwhile the appropriate correction parameter and measuring formulas was obtained by the fuel level measure-ment model of the new structure. Finally,the fuel level is experimented with purity 99.8%alcohol,the range of mea-surement is 180 mm,and the output capacitance is between 0.6 pF~17 pF. The results indicate that the fuel level has a good linear with the output capacitance,the linearity is respectively 0.48%. The research laid a foundation for the application of the principle cross capacitance in engineering.

  14. On the importance of coupled THM processes to predict the long-term response of a generic salt repository for high-level nuclear waste

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    Blanco Martin, L.; Rutqvist, J.; Birkholzer, J. T.

    2013-12-01

    Salt is a potential medium for the underground disposal of nuclear waste because it has several assets, in particular its ability to creep and heal fractures generated by excavation and its water and gas tightness in the undisturbed state. In this research, we focus on disposal of heat-generating nuclear waste (such as spent fuel) and we consider a generic salt repository with in-drift emplacement of waste packages and subsequent backfill of the drifts with run-of-mine crushed salt. As the natural salt creeps, the crushed salt backfill gets progressively compacted and an engineered barrier system is subsequently created. In order to evaluate the integrity of the natural and engineered barriers over the long-term, it is important to consider the coupled effects of the thermal, hydraulic and mechanical processes that take place. In particular, the results obtained so far show how the porosity reduction of the crushed salt affects the saturation and pore pressure evolution throughout the repository, both in time and space. Such compaction is induced by the stress and temperature regime within the natural salt. Also, transport properties of the host rock are modified not only by thermo-mechanically and hydraulically-induced damaged processes, but also by healing/sealing of existing fractures. In addition, the THM properties of the backfill evolve towards those of the natural salt during the compaction process. All these changes are based on dedicated laboratory experiments and on theoretical considerations [1-3]. Different scenarios are modeled and compared to evaluate the relevance of different processes from the perspective of effective nuclear waste repositories. The sensitivity of the results to some parameters, such as capillarity, is also addressed. The simulations are conducted using an updated version of the TOUGH2-FLAC3D simulator, which is based on a sequential explicit method to couple flow and geomechanics [4]. A new capability for large strains and creep

  15. The historical and cultural heritage from Brazil: rocks and deterioration patterns

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    Costa, Antônio

    2014-05-01

    This summary provides information on the results of a research in progress, which focuses on the investigation of stone materials, as steatites, serpentinites, quartzites and schists, widely used in construction of buildings belonging to the cultural heritage of Brazil, especially in those that are in the state of Minas Gerais. These historic buildings, some of those with more than three hundred years of existence and constructed with the use of different rocks, function as open-air laboratories and because of that assists on the study of the deterioration of these materials. In its early stages, the research has focused on macroscopic characterization of the employed materials, following with the lifting of their respective areas of occurrence. Then samples for the survey of other features, such as its chemical and physical-mechanical properties were collected. The investigated physical-mechanical properties were as follows: thermal dilatation coefficient, compressive and flexural strength, abrasion resistance, water absorption coefficient by capillarity, real and apparent density, total and open porosity. Currently, the research focuses on issues such as: evidence of degradation and extent of deterioration in these monuments, as a result of the performance of different processes of alteration and decay. In this investigation it is understood that the first processes are associated with modifications of stone materials, which do not necessarily imply in worsening of the characteristics of these materials from the point of view of conservation and seconds are related to chemical and physical changes of intrinsic properties of rocks used in the construction of this heritage, which can lead to a loss of value, or some impediment of use, according to the indications of the illustrated glossary on patterns of deterioration of rocks proposed by ICOMOS. For this purpose macroscopic descriptions of monuments and its applied rocks, accompanied by detailed photographic

  16. Quasi-one-dimensional foam drainage

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    Grassia, P.; Cilliers, J. J.; Neethling, S. J.; Ventura-Medina, E.

    -zero capillary suction, lies relatively close to the kinked solution branch, but convergence from the lower boundary layer onto this branch is distinctly slow. Variations in the Plateau border number density (non-zero n and h) increase individual Plateau border areas relative to the case of uniformly sized bubbles. For strong decelerations and negligible capillarity, solutions closely follow the kinked solution branch if bubble sizes are only slightly non-uniform. As the extent of non-uniformity increases, the Plateau border area reaches a maximum corresponding to no net upward velocity of foam liquid. In the case of vertical variation of number density, liquid content profiles and Plateau border area profiles cease to be simply proportional to one another. Plateau border areas match at the top of the foam independent of h, implying a considerable difference in liquid content for foams which exhibit different number density profiles.

  17. “Planta Hortifuga” in Flora of the Continental Part of Croatia

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    Nada Hulina

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} Normal 0 21 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} The term “planta hortifuga“ refers to all cultivated plant species that have escaped from cultivation and grow spontaneously in different natural, semi-natural or manmade habitats. List of “planta hortifuga” (Tab.1 consists of 120 taxa. Traits are given for each species: Raunkiaer’s life-form groups, taxonomic rank (family and species, geographical origin, use value, invaded habitat, invasive behavior and harm impact, where it is evident. Only a few species of “planta hortifuga” have reached a high degree of the naturalization and realize up to now in places dramatically increasing in distribution and density. Such invasive species are the americanophytes: Asclepias syriaca, Helianthus tuberosus, Solidago spp., Echinocystis lobata, Amorpha fruticosa and Robinia pseudacacia; then Asiatic species: Impatiens spp., Reynoutria japonica and Ailanthus altissima. These are a threat to the survival of autochthonous plants and the stability of communities. From an agronomical point of view particularly dangerous species are: Echinocystis lobata, Panicum capillare, P. miliaceum

  18. Influence aqueous solutions on the mechanical behavior of argillaceous rocks

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    The hydration of the shale with an aqueous solution induces a swelling deformation which plays an important role in the behaviour of the structures excavated in this type of grounds. This deformation is marked by a three-dimensional and anisotropic character and involves several mechanisms like adsorption, osmosis or capillarity. Several researches were dedicated to swelling and were often much debated due to the complexity of the implied phenomena. The goal of this thesis is therefore to contribute to a better understanding of shale swelling when the rock is confined and hydrated with an aqueous solution. The main part of the work accomplished was related to the Lorraine shale and to the Tournemire shale. To characterize swelling and to identify the main governing parameters, it was necessary to start the issue with an experimental approach. Many apparatus were then developed to carry out tests under various conditions of swelling. In order to facilitate the interpretation of the tests and thereafter the modelling of the behaviour, the experimental procedure adopted consisted of studying first the mechanical aspect and then the chemical aspect of swelling. In the mechanical part, swelling was studied by imposing on the sample a mechanical loading while maintaining during the tests the same aqueous solution. The principal parameters which were studied are the effect of the lateral conditions on axial swelling (impeded strain or constant stress) as well as the influence of the axial stress on radial swelling. The anisotropy of swelling was studied by carrying out, for different orientations of the sample, tests of free swelling, impeded swelling and uniaxial swelling. These various mechanical tests allowed to study the three-dimensional anisotropic swelling in all the conditions and to select the most appropriate test to be used in the second phase of the research. The precise analysis performed to explain the mechanisms behind the swelling of an argillaceous rock

  19. Do rock fragments participate to plant water and mineral nutrition?

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    Korboulewsky, Nathalie; Tétégan, Marion; Besnault, Adeline; Cousin, Isabelle

    2010-05-01

    Rock fragments modify soil properties, and can be a potential reservoir of water. Besides, recent studies showed that this coarse soil fraction is chemically active, release nutrients, and could therefore be involved in biogeochemical nutrient cycles. However, these studies carried out on rock fragments, crushed pebbles or mineral particles do not answer the question whether the coarse soil fraction has significant nutritive functions. Only a couple of studies were conducted on plants, one on grass and the other on coniferous seedlings. This present work attempted to assess if pebbles may act as water and nutrient sources for poplar saplings, a deciduous species. Remoulded soils were set up in 5 L-pots with three percentages of pebbles: 0, 20, and 40% in volume. We used, as substrate either fine earth or sand (quartz), and as rock fragments either calcareous or inert pebbles (quartz). Additional modalities were settled with sand mixed with 20 and 40% pebbles enriched with nutrients. Both fine earth and calcareous pebbles were collected from the Ap horizon of a calcareous lacustrine limestone silty soil located in the central region of France. After cleaning, all pebbles were mixed to reach a bulk density in pots of 1.1 g/cm3 for the fine earth and 1.5 g/cm3 for the sand. Ten replicates were settled per modality, and one cutting of Populus robusta was planted in each. The experiment was conducted under controlled conditions. All pots were saturated at the beginning of the experiment, then irrigated by capillarity and controlled to maintain a moderate water stress. Growth and evapotranspiration were followed regularly, while water stress status was measured by stomatal conductivity every day during two drying periods of 10 days. After three months, plants were collected, separated in below- and above-ground parts for biomass and cation analysis (Ca, Mg, K). Results showed that pebbles can participate to plant nutrition, but no reduction of water stress was observed

  20. High Resolution Modelling of Anomalous Transport of Carbon Dioxide in Fracture Networks

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    Annewandter, R.; Main, I. G.; Geiger, S.

    2012-12-01

    Currently, large-scale modelling for Geological Carbon Storage (GCS) focuses mainly on carbon dioxide plume migration in porous media and do not account for sub-grid heterogeneities. A prevailing assumption therefore is that component transport and chemical reaction happens under well-mixed conditions. However, it has been shown that spreading of a dispersed plume and mixing of its components with the moving fluid is being affected by spatial changes in hydraulic and chemical properties. This leads to incomplete mixing as relevant processes at scales considered are not in local equilibrium resulting in anomalous transport. Anomalous transport is characterized by early or late component arrival and non-linear growth of the second moment of phase distributions and displacing saturation front. Incomplete mixing affects the amount of carbon dioxide in storage repositories. Using classical means to compute effective transport properties by averaging permeabilities and porosities, and assuming well-mixed carbon dioxide concentrations, may lead to significantly different patterns for large-scale flow and transport. Subsequent trapping processes such as capillary, solubility and mineral trapping therefore overpredicts the amount of supercritical carbon dioxide in storage repositories as as only a fraction of the rock volume will be exposed to it. We study the impact of variable length correlated apertures of fracture networks on breakthrough curves and on upscaled effective properties for carbon dioxide transport. We use an advection-dispersion equation which accounts for capillarity and gravity effects. Chemical reactions are not considered. Simulations are carried out using a general purpose reservoir simulator, the 'Complex System Modelling Platform (CSMP)'. It has been purposefully designed to solve compositional and compressible multi-phase flow and transport problems for fractured porous media in complex geological settings. It uses a Godunov operator

  1. A microencapsulation process of liquid mercury by sulfur polymer stabilization/solidification technology. Part I: Characterization of materials

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    López-Delgado, A.

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available European Directives consider mercury a priority hazardous substance due to its adverse effects on human health and the environment. In response to environmental concerns, a microencapsulation process has been developed within the European LIFE program as a long-term storage option for mercury. This process leads to the obtainment of a stable concrete-like sulfur matrix that allows the immobilization of mercury. The final product, in the form of a solid block containing up to 30 % Hg, exhibits excellent mechanical properties (compressive strength 53-61MPa and flexural strength 7-10 MPa, low porosity (0.57 % PHe, very low total pore volume (0.63x10-2 cm3 g-1, and extremely low permeability (coefficient of water absorption by capillarity 0.07 g cm-2. Toxicity characteristic leaching tests reveal a mercury concentration in leachates well below the 0.2 mg L-1 set out in US EPA Land Disposal Restrictions (LDRs. The values of mercury vapor emissions of final products were lower than those of cinnabar and metacinnabar.

    Resumen Las Directivas Europeas consideran al mercurio una sustancia de peligrosidad prioritaria debido a sus efectos adversos sobre la salud humana y sobre el medio ambiente. En respuesta a estas preocupaciones ambientales, y dentro del Programa Europeo LIFE, se ha desarrollado un proceso de microencapsulación como una opción al almacenamiento a largo plazo del mercurio. Con este proceso se obtiene un material estable, tipo concreto, de matriz de azufre que permite la inmovilización del mercurio. El producto final, en forma de un bloque sólido, contiene hasta un 30 % de Hg, presenta excelentes propiedades mecánicas (resistencia a la compresión 53-61 MPa, y a la flexión 7-10 MPa, baja porosidad (0,57 % PHe, muy bajo volumen total de poro (0,63 x 10-2 cm3 g-1 y una permeabilidad extremadamente baja (coeficiente de absorción de

  2. Influence aqueous solutions on the mechanical behavior of argillaceous rocks; Influence des solutions aqueuses sur le comportement mecanique des roches argileuses

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    Wakim, J

    2005-12-15

    The hydration of the shale with an aqueous solution induces a swelling deformation which plays an important role in the behaviour of the structures excavated in this type of grounds. This deformation is marked by a three-dimensional and anisotropic character and involves several mechanisms like adsorption, osmosis or capillarity. Several researches were dedicated to swelling and were often much debated due to the complexity of the implied phenomena. The goal of this thesis is therefore to contribute to a better understanding of shale swelling when the rock is confined and hydrated with an aqueous solution. The main part of the work accomplished was related to the Lorraine shale and to the Tournemire shale. To characterize swelling and to identify the main governing parameters, it was necessary to start the issue with an experimental approach. Many apparatus were then developed to carry out tests under various conditions of swelling. In order to facilitate the interpretation of the tests and thereafter the modelling of the behaviour, the experimental procedure adopted consisted of studying first the mechanical aspect and then the chemical aspect of swelling. In the mechanical part, swelling was studied by imposing on the sample a mechanical loading while maintaining during the tests the same aqueous solution. The principal parameters which were studied are the effect of the lateral conditions on axial swelling (impeded strain or constant stress) as well as the influence of the axial stress on radial swelling. The anisotropy of swelling was studied by carrying out, for different orientations of the sample, tests of free swelling, impeded swelling and uniaxial swelling. These various mechanical tests allowed to study the three-dimensional anisotropic swelling in all the conditions and to select the most appropriate test to be used in the second phase of the research. The precise analysis performed to explain the mechanisms behind the swelling of an argillaceous rock

  3. Recent developments in the kinetic theory of nucleation.

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    Ruckenstein, E; Djikaev, Y S

    2005-12-30

    A review of recent progress in the kinetics of nucleation is presented. In the conventional approach to the kinetic theory of nucleation, it is necessary to know the free energy of formation of a new-phase particle as a function of its independent variables at least for near-critical particles. Thus the conventional kinetic theory of nucleation is based on the thermodynamics of the process. The thermodynamics of nucleation can be examined by using various approaches, such as the capillarity approximation, density functional theory, and molecular simulation, each of which has its own advantages and drawbacks. Relatively recently a new approach to the kinetics of nucleation was proposed [Ruckenstein E, Nowakowski B. J Colloid Interface Sci 1990;137:583; Nowakowski B, Ruckenstein E. J Chem Phys 1991;94:8487], which is based on molecular interactions and does not employ the traditional thermodynamics, thus avoiding such a controversial notion as the surface tension of tiny clusters involved in nucleation. In the new kinetic theory the rate of emission of molecules by a new-phase particle is determined with the help of a mean first passage time analysis. This time is calculated by solving the single-molecule master equation for the probability distribution function of a surface layer molecule moving in a potential field created by the rest of the cluster. The new theory was developed for both liquid-to-solid and vapor-to-liquid phase transitions. In the former case the single-molecule master equation is the Fokker-Planck equation in the phase space which can be reduced to the Smoluchowski equation owing to the hierarchy of characteristic time scales. In the latter case, the starting master equation is a Fokker-Planck equation for the probability distribution function of a surface layer molecule with respect to both its energy and phase coordinates. Unlike the case of liquid-to-solid nucleation, this Fokker-Planck equation cannot be reduced to the Smoluchowski equation

  4. Pore-Level Investigation of Heavy Oil Recovery using Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD Étude à l’échelle des pores de la récupération d’huiles lourdes par drainage gravitaire assisté par injection de vapeur (SAGD

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    Mohammadzadeh O.

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Successful application of gravity drainage process, facilitated with steam injection, using horizontal wells in various field tests, especially within Canada, indicates that high recovery factor and also economical steam to oil ratios are achievable. Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage recovery scheme was theoretically developed, pilot tested, and commercialized in Canada; however, there are still several technical challenges to be solved in this process. The pore-scale events of heavy oil recovery in SAGD process are not yet well understood to the extent of incorporating pore-level physics of the process into mathematical models. Investigation of the physics of fluid distribution and flow behavior in porous media for SAGD process at the pore-scale is expected to result in significant improvement in understanding the macroscopic phenomena observed in either laboratory or field scale. The main objective of this paper is to visually investigate and to document the pore-scale events of the SAGD process using glass micromodel type of porous media. SAGD experiments were carried out in micromodels of capillary networks etched on glass plates which were initially saturated with heavy oil. Experiments were conducted in a vacuum chamber in order to reduce the excessive heat loss to the surrounding environment. Initial results indicate that when the heavy oil-steam interface is established, gravity drainage process takes place through a layer of pores, with a thickness of 1-6 pores, in the direction perpendicular to the interface. The interplay between gravity and capillarity forces results in the drainage of mobilized oil. The visualization results demonstrate the phenomenon of water in oil emulsification at the interface due to the local steam condensation. The extent of emulsification depends directly to the temperature gradient between the steam phase and cold bitumen. Other pore-scale phenomena such as film-flow drainage type of mobilized oil, localized

  5. Méthode analytique généralisée pour le calcul du coning. Nouvelle solution pour calculer le coning de gaz, d'eau et double coning dans les puits verticaux et horizontaux Generalized Analytical Method for Coning Calculation. New Solution to Calculation Both the Gas Coning, Water Coning and Dual Coning for Vertical and Horizontal Wells

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    Pietraru V.

    2006-11-01

    coning pattern is shown in Figure 8. From solely the standpoint of coning, the optimum position is the one corresponding to the simultaneity of the two water and gas breakthroughs (Eq. 3. 5 and 3. 6. Several horizontal planes are involved in the characterization of double coning. First of all, there is the dual coning convergence plane (DCCP at depth Zdccp (Fig. 9. In the extreme case, the two gas and water cones cut across the level of this plane, and the oil flow rate becomes zero (Eq. 3. 7. The optimal up perforation (OUP and optimal down perforation (ODP boundaries, the dual breakthrough upper limit (DBTUL above which the dual breakthrough is not possible, only gas can break through, and the dual breakthrough down limit (DBTDL beyond which only water breakthrough is possible are defined. The five characteristics areas for breakthrough for dual coning are given in Figure 9 :- gas breakthrough alone,- dual gas breakthrough followed by water,- simultaneous double breakthrough of gas and water,- dual breakthrough of water followed by gas,- and breakthrough of water alone. Capillarity plays a different role depending on the phases present. In the water/oil system (w/o, this role is negative. Water breakthrough is faster when capillarity is involved. On the contrary, in the gas/oil system (g/o, it is positive. The gas breakthrough is delayed by capillarity. The new correlations have been determined by assuming the hypothesis that fluid flow rates (gas, oil and water depend on the perforation height covered by these fluids (Fig. 10. The correlations for calculating the water fraction (fw were determined by Pietraru and Cosentino [1] as a function of coning height (hcw or how, perforation height ho, capillary pressure (Fig. 10 and 11 and the water-oil mobility ratio (Eq. 4. 7 and 4. 8. The correlations given above, with the equations for functions F, derived in the following sections, can be used to solve the following water-coning problems :- Calculating the watercut (fw

  6. Controlling crystallization damage by the use of salt inhibitors on Malta’s limestone

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    Muscat, M.

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The main building stone in the Maltese Islands is the Globigerina Limestone, of which the Lower member is commonly used. This occurs in two types, the durable franka and the more easily weathered soll. Two types of fresh franka (bajda -white- and safra -yellow-, as well as fresh soll stone blocks, were obtained, based on the identification by quarry owners. Their designation was confirmed by geochemistry. Physical and mechanical properties of the three were investigated, including uniaxial compressive strength, water absorption by capillarity, permeability and porosimetry. Porosimetry results confirmed outcomes of previous research work. Soll was found to have a lower overall porosity, but a high percentage of small pores with practically no large pores. Some of the tested stones were then treated with a non-toxic phospho-organic compound containing carboxylic moieties as a salt inhibitor and the corresponding non-phosphorylated compound, as aqueous solutions at different concentrations. Both treated and untreated stones were then subject to salt crystallization tests, using sodium sulphate in different concentrations. For the untreated stones, even after only one salt cycle, faster and more pronounced deterioration was observed for the soll samples as opposed to the franka ones. In the case of the treated stones, less deterioration with almost no damage was observed as opposed to non-treated ones. The presence of even very low concentrations of the inhibitor thus helps crystallization to occur on the stone surface and not within the pores. These encouraging results led to the conclusion that salt inhibitors can be used to treat salt-infested stone. Further research in this respect, also using NaCl/NaHCO3, is continuing.El principal tipo de piedra para construcción existente en las islas maltesas es la caliza globigerina, de la cual suele utilizarse la capa inferior, existiendo dos tipos: la duradera franka y la soll, de meteorización más f

  7. Gli Ungulati in Italia: status, gestione e ricerca scientifica

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    Marco Apollonio

    2004-06-01

    ungulati per la caccia in Italia. La caccia di selezione con arma rigata a Cervidi e Bovidi ha conquistato interi settori geografici del Centro-Nord: elemento trainante di tale sviluppo è stato il Capriolo (Capreolus capreolus, la cui diffusione si sta facendo sempre più capillare. La caccia al Cinghiale (Sus scrofa continua a costituire un problema per la gestione degli ungulati in Italia. Circa il 50% delle province dove il Cinghiale è cacciato non raccolgono statistiche di prelievo, e solo il 35% tentano di effettuare stime di consistenza. La caccia tradizionale in braccata si sta espandendo in aree dove il Cinghiale è stato recentemente ed illegalmente reintrodotto come il sud Italia e l'arco alpino, e ciò rappresenta un serio problema per lo sviluppo di pratiche venatorie più razionali. Vi sono nuove possibilità di gestione venatoria del Cervo, in Italia centrale, e dello Stambecco (Capra ibex, sulle Alpi, nel futuro. Per un ulteriore sviluppo di una appropriata gestione degli Ungulati e della restante fauna selvatica in Italia, si ritiene fondamentale favorire l'ingresso dei tecnici faunistici di ultima generazione all'interno delle pubbliche Amministrazioni. Lo sviluppo della ricerca scientifica su questo gruppo negli ultimi dieci anni ha seguito la stessa tendenza delle specie oggetto di studio, risultando alquanto ineguale sia per lo sforzo dedicato alle diverse specie, sia per l'attenzione dedicata alle diverse discipline. È palese un approccio fortemente opportunistico ai diversi temi di ricerca, che spesso non hanno legami con le reali necessità della gestione faunistica. Lo sviluppo di studi a lungo termine è necessario, congiuntamente ad una maggiore coordinazione fra ricercatori nella scelta dei temi di indagine. Infine sarebbe di grande importanza un'efficiente gestione dei finanziamenti che eviti sprechi di denaro e promuova programmi seri e dai risultati verificabili.

  8. Measurement of the open porosity of agricultural soils with acoustic waves

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    Luong, Jeanne; Mercatoris, Benoit; Destain, Marie-France

    2015-04-01

    The space between agricultural soil aggregates is defined as structural porosity. It plays important roles in soil key functions that an agricultural soil performs in the global ecosystem. Porosity is one of the soil properties that affect plant growth along with soil texture, aggregate size, aeration and water holding capacity (Alaoui et al. 2011). Water supplies regulation of agricultural soil is related to the number of very small pores present in a soil due to the effect of capillarity. Change of porosity also affect the evaporation of the water on the surface (Le Maitre et al. 2014). Furthermore, soil is a habitat for soils organisms, and most living organisms, including plant roots and microorganisms require oxygen. These organisms breathe easier in a less compacted soil with a wide range of pores sizes. Soil compaction by agricultural engine degrades soil porosity. At the same time, fragmentation with tillage tools, creation of cracks due to wetting/drying and freezing/thawing cycles and effects of soil fauna can regenerate soil porosity. Soil compaction increases bulk density since soil grains are rearranged decreasing void space and bringing them into closer contact (Hamza & Anderson 2005). Drainage is reduced, erosion is facilitated and crop production decreases in a compacted soil. Determining soil porosity, giving insight on the soil compaction, with the aim to provide advices to farmers in their soil optimization towards crop production, is thus an important challenge. Acoustic wave velocity has been correlated to the porosity and the acoustic attenuation to the water content (Oelze et al. 2002). Recent studies have shown some correlations between the velocity of acoustic waves, the porosity and the stress state of soil samples (Lu et al. 2004; Lu 2005; Lu & Sabatier 2009), concluding that the ultrasonic waves are a promising tool for the rapid characterisation of unsaturated porous soils. Propagation wave velocity tends to decrease in a high porous

  9. Brine/CO2 Interfacial Properties and Effects on CO2 Storage in Deep Saline Aquifers Propriétés interfaciales saumure/CO2 et effets sur le stockage du CO2 dans des aquifères salins profonds

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    Chalbaud C.

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available It has been long recognized that interfacial interactions (interfacial tension, wettability, capillarity and interfacial mass transfer govern fluid distribution and behaviour in porous media. Therefore the interfacial interactions between CO2, brine and reservoir oil and/or gas have an important influence on the effectiveness of any CO2 storage operation. There is a lack of experimental data related to interfacial properties for all the geological storage options (oil & gas reservoirs, coalbeds, deep saline aquifers. In the case of deep saline aquifers, there is a gap in data and knowledge of brine-CO2 interfacial properties at storage conditions. More specifically, experimental interfacial tension values and experimental tests in porous media are necessary to better understand the wettability evolution as a function of thermodynamic conditions and it’s effects on fluid flow in the porous media. In this paper, a complete set of experimental values of brine-CO2 Interfaciale Tension (IFT at pressure, temperature and salt concentration conditions representative of those of a CO2 storage operation. A correlation is derived from experimental data published in a companion paper [Chalbaud C., Robin M., Lombard J.-M., Egermann P., Bertin H. (2009 Interfacial Tension Measurements and Wettability Evaluation for Geological CO2 Storage, Adv. Water Resour. 32, 1, 1-109] to model IFT values. This paper pays particular attention to coreflooding experiments showing that the CO2 partially wets the surface in a Intermediate-Wet (IW or Oil-Wet (OW limestone rock. This wetting behavior of CO2 is coherent with observations at the pore scale in glass micromodels and presents a negative impact on the storage capacity of a given site. Il est admis depuis longtemps que les propriétés interfaciales (tension interfaciale, mouillabilité, capillarité et transfert de masse régissent la distribution et le comportement des fluides au sein des milieux poreux. Par cons

  10. Research network involving retired experts as a means to keep alive relevant knowledge - The case of IPEN in Brazil

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    courses within the USP grid. 3) The fact that the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development - CNPq has a range of research productivity fellowships for people who achieve a certain sustained level of publications. Depending on the researcher's classification, this mechanism includes a monthly income addition plus small funds for expenditures in traveling and laboratory consumables. Items a and b have caused many IPEN employees start to work towards graduate education at USP (IPEN). As they take most of the disciplines in subjects related to nuclear, which are taught by senior researchers / professors of IPEN, they end up performing their degree research work in fields that, most of the times, are related to the current work of their advisors at IPEN. Retired researchers usually keep the professor status and activities, probably because of their strong research group links, constructed over the years, but also because to have students is possibly the most important lever to keep up the indexes to maintain the CNPq productivity fellowship. This dynamic network is a powerful natural mechanism to transfer knowledge from retiring experts and also to disseminate nuclear knowledge, since IPEN has a diversified portfolio of disciplines that is also of interest to other students of the USP community. Based on the co-authorship of publications involving people from IPEN, collected annually from 2000 up to 2005, the social network evidenced by these data bases was analyzed. For the network 'photography' of each year a set of indicators were computed: a participation index of retirees in the publications of IPEN (no. of publications involving retirees / total no. of publications); a partnership index measuring the 'social capillarity' of the average collaborating retiree (no. of current workers that co-authored / no. of retired co-authors); a publication productivity index for the retired researchers; and some SN indexes, such as, diameter of the network

  11. Analysis of the temperature effect on the water retention capacity of soil using a thermodynamic approach

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    between the amount adsorbed and the pressure is called the adsorption isotherm. In Geotechnical Engineering, the adsorption isotherm for a given soil is called the soil water retention curve (SWRC). SWRC defines the constitutive relationship between the amount of water in the soil and the suction. The amount of water in the soil can be given in terms of gravimetric water content , volumetric water content , or degree of saturation . To be useful in modeling processes, a continuous representation of the SWRC is required and needs to be incorporated in predictive models. Several mathematical equations have been proposed to describe the soil water retention curve. Many expressions proposed for the SWRC are mainly based on pore size distribution functions in combination with the concept of bundle of capillaries, in which the pores are represented by cylindrical capillary tubes obeying the Young and Laplace equation. The capillary model, although very intuitive, gives only a first approximation to interpret the effect of variables like temperature on the suction, as capillarity only represents one of the mechanisms by which soil is able to hold water in its voids. A more powerful tool is obtained when thermodynamic concepts of interfacial phenomena are considered to analyse the physical adsorption of water by soils. Surface thermodynamics is able to explain the physical adsorption of thin films on solid surface but its application to porous materials is of very limited utility because of the complex geometry of the interfaces in the case of soils. On the other hand, the thermodynamics of adsorption can be treated as a special case of solution thermodynamics for which the adsorbates are the solutes and the adsorbent is the solvent. Experimental results show that the water retention capacity of soil tends to reduce with increasing temperature. Traditionally, the temperature effect was analysed following the idea proposed by Philip and de Vries (1957) which suggested that changes

  12. Échangeur de chaleur et de matière à paroi poreuse. Application en récupération sur fumées Porous Heat and Mass Exchanger for Recovery from Flue Gases

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    Brunel G.

    2006-11-01

    least one condensable product. The first application under the responsibility of Chaudières Seccacier SA involved industrial or district heating. The aim was to transfer part of the heat and water from the flue gases of a condensation boiler to the air of combustion. The ECMP was substituted for a heat exchange system based on patents held by Chaudières Seccacier SA and Gaz de France. Its job was to perform heat and mass transferts between the two fluids in two successive phases in two direct combustion air/water and flue-gas/water contact columns (Fig. 1a. The simplification made possible by the ECMP (Fig. 1b stems from the performing of both operations in a single module. The two gases between which the heat and mass exchanges occur circulate on either side of a porous membrane, which, because of its hydrophilic nature and porous structure (pore diameters and porosity in particular, separates the two gases by a film of condensed water held in place by capillarity in its pores. In addition to the advantages of compactness and reliability thus obtained, this design defines the circulation spaces of the fluids (distance between two porous membranes, with both fluids being acted upon alternately according to the pressure drops requested by the user. This technique is thus based mainly on the choice of the porous medium (nature of the constituent material, structure so as to give the membrane the right properties for it to fulfill its heat and mass transfer and physical separation functions of the two fluids. In addition to these purely operational aspects, the membrane must also meet the technological constraints required by the manufacturing and the physical operating conditions. The analysis of the functional roles (heat and mass transfer, separation leads to a definition of the range of pore diameters capable of ensuring both mass transfer according to a kinetics compatible with the flow rates required by the evaporation and condensation phases and the capillary

  13. Brush-Coated Nanoparticle Polymer Thin Films: structure-mechanical-optical properties

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    Green, Peter F. [Materials Science and Engineering

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    demonstrated the connection between the spatial distribution of Au-NPs within the polymer film and the optical properties (i.e.: surface plasmon response) [14, 15]. The optical spectra of samples (surface plasmon) manifest features associated with differences between the size and interparticle spacings as well as the proximity and organization of nanoparticles at the substrate and free surface. We also investigated a well know phenomenon that occurs in physical systems that include condensation, phase separation and coarsening in liquid/liquid mixtures, metal alloys etc. Parenthetically, symmetric BCPs self organize to form lamellar morphologies. Such BCPs form thin films on substrates, with free surfaces characterized by topographic structures of thickness equal to the interlamellar spacing. We showed that these surface structures coarsen in a manner reminiscent of 2-dimensional phase ordering systems of binary alloys, where the growth is self-similar, governed by classical capillarity driven Ostwald ripening and coalescence mechanisms. The coarsening dynamics in BCP/nanoparticle thin films, the dynamics are considerably slower, and the mechanism of coarsening occurs predominantly via coalescence. Our studies also involved the discovery and scientific explanation of the electrorheological behavior (this program provided partial support) of a specific new polymer/nanoparticle system [16-18]. It shows how the application of an electric field to the system, results in a significant increase in the mechanical strength, due to an electric field-induced change in the polarization of the system.

  14. Preface: Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Liquid and Amorphous Metals (LAM13) (Ekaterinburg, Russia, 8 14 July 2007)

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    Popel, Pjotr; Gelchinskii, Boris; Sidorov, Valeriy

    2008-03-01

    Pedagogical University who did their best to help us with all our problems, especially to Boris Igoshev and Nikolay Vatolin; all the sponsors who supported the conference: the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, the Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company headed by Andrey Kozicyn, the Open Joint Stock Company 'Uralsvjazinform' (Alexey Ufimkin), the A A Baikov Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science, RAS (July Kovneristii), the Institute for Physics and Power Engineering (Alexandre Ephanov), the Nuclear Power Plant 'Beloyarskaya' (Nikolay Oshkanov), the South Ural State University (German Vjatkin), Ural Technical Institute of Communications and Informatics (Evgeny Subbotin), Physical-Technical Institute UB RAS (Vladimir Lad'yanov), Metallurgical Department of the Ural State Technical University (Victor Shimov), Academy of Sciences of Chechen Republic (Raikom Dadashev) and NETZSCH-Gerätebau GmbH; the invited lecturers who immediately answered positively to the invitation and contributed to the high level of success of LAM13; the colleagues who acted as chairmen in the various sessions; Graham Douglas and Richard Palmer who kindly answered our queries and tried to satisfy our requirements; the seniors of the LAM series who could not participate at the 13th conference but helped us to manage it in the best way, namely J Dupuy, M Silbert, F Sommer, W C Pilgrim, W Freyland, K Lu, J Brmejo and F Hensel. We dedicate the LAM13 conference to the 80 year jubilee of Professor Nikolay Vatolin who is one of the leaders of Russian investigation in the field of liquid and amorphous metals, and who managed 12 similar conferences in our country. One of us (PP) commemorates his father, Professor Stanislav Popel, who was a known specialist in high temperature capillarity and sadly left us six months before the event.

  15. PREFACE: 13th International Conference on Liquid and Amorphous Metals

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    Popel, Pjotr; Gelchinskii, Boris; Sidorov, Valeriy; Son, Leonid; Sabirzjanov, Alexandre

    2007-06-01

    Dupuy, M Silbert, F Sommer, W C Pilgrim, W Freyland, K Lu, J Brmejo and F Hensel. We dedicate the LAM13 conference to the 80-year jubilee of Professor Nikolay Vatolin who is the leader of Russian investigations in the field of liquid and amorphous metals and who managed twelve(!) similar conferences in our country. One of us (PP) commemorates his father, Professor Stanislav Popel, who was a known specialist in high temperature capillarity and left us half a year before the event. Pjotr Popel, Boris Gelchinskii, Valeriy Sidorov, Leonid Son, Alexandre Sabirzjanov Ekaterinburg, January 14 2008

  16. Impact of Diagenetic Alterations on the Petrophysical and Multiphase Flow Properties of Carbonate Rocks Using a Reactive Pore Network Modeling Approach Impact des altérations diagénétiques sur les propriétés pétrophysiques et d’écoulement polyphasique de roches carbonates en utilisant une modélisation par l’approche réseau de pores

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    Algive L.

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Sedimentary reservoir rocks generally have complex and heterogeneous pore networks that are related to the original depositional rock texture and subsequent diagenetic alterations. Such alterations are in part controlled by the original mineralogy and sedimentological facies, the compaction history, the involved fluids (and rock/fluid interactions, the flow history and the related physico-chemical conditions. During the diagenetic evolution (paragenesis, cycles of alternating dissolution (porosity enhancement and precipitation (porosity destruction caused by changes in chemical and thermodynamic conditions may lead to heterogeneous rock structure at both local and reservoir scale. In the absence of cored plugs to measure the petrophysical properties (i.e. porosity, permeability and formation factor and multiphase flow properties (i.e. capillary pressure, relative permeability and resistivity index, a numerical tool that calculates these properties from pore structure data by predicting its evolution during the diagenetic cycle is of great interest for the petroleum industry and reservoir characterization studies. A Pore Network Model (PNM provides opportunities to study transport phenomena in fundamental ways because detailed information is available at the pore scale. It has been used over the last decades to understand basic phenomena such as capillarity, multiphase flow or coupled phenomena. In particular, this modeling approach is appropriate to study the rock/fluid interactions since the mass exchange at surfaces can be modeled explicitly. It can provide quantitative information both on the effective transport property modifications due to the reactions and on the structure evolution resulting from dissolution/precipitation mechanisms. In the present paper, this approach is used to study the effect of the diagenetic cycle on the petrophysical properties of carbonate rocks. It involves three discrete steps. The first step consists of