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  1. INFLUENCE OF VACUUM ARC PLASMA EVAPORATOR CATHODE GEOMETRY OF ON VALUE OF ADMISSIBLE ARC DISCHARGE CURRENT

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    I. A. Ivanou

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available An analysis of main design parameters that determine a level of droplet formation intensity at the generating stage of plasma flow has been given in the paper. The paper considers the most widely used designs of water cooled consumable cathodes. Ti or Ti–Si and Fe–Cr alloys have been taken as a material for cathodes. The following calculated data: average ionic charge Zi for titanium plasma +1.6; for «titanium–silicon plasma» +1.2, an electronic discharge 1.6022 ⋅ 10–19 C, an ion velocity vi = 2 ⋅ 104 m/s, an effective volt energy equivalent of heat flow diverted in the cathode Uк = 12 V, temperature of erosion cathode surface Тп = 550 К; temperature of the cooled cathode surface То = 350 К have been accepted in order to determine dependence of a maximum admissible arc discharge current on cathode height. The calculations have been carried out for various values of the cathode heights hк (from 0.02 to 0.05 m. Diameter of a target cathode is equal to 0.08 m for a majority of technological plasma devices, therefore, the area of the erosion surface is S = 0.005 m2.A thickness selection for a consumable target cathode part in the vacuum arc plasma source has been justified in the paper. The thickness ensures formation of minimum drop phase in the plasma flow during arc cathode material evaporation. It has been shown that a maximum admissible current of an arc discharge is practically equal to the minimum current of stable arcing when thickness of the consumable cathode part is equal to 0.05 m. The admissible discharge current can be rather significant and ensure high productivity during coating process with formation of relatively low amount of droplet phase in the coating at small values of hк.

  2. Structure of MoCN films deposited by cathodic arc evaporation

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    Molybdenum carbonitride (MoCN) coatings were deposited onto HS6-5-2 steel substrate using pure Mo targets in mixed acetylene and nitrogen atmosphere by cathodic arc evaporation. The structural properties of MoCN coatings with different carbon contents (as an effect of the C2H2 flow rate) were investigated systematically. Phase and chemical composition evolution of the coatings were characterized both by the glancing angle of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and wavelength dispersive spectrometry, respectively. These analyses have been supplemented by estimates of grain sizes and stress in the coatings. The XRD results show that the increase in acetylene flow rate causes the formation of molybdenum carbide (MoC) hexagonal phase in the coatings, a reduction of grain size and an increase in internal stress. - Highlights: • MoN and MoCN coatings were deposited by cathodic arc evaporation in nitrogen atmosphere. • MoCN coatings were formed using different acetylene flow rates. • Phase composition evolution was observed. • Crystallite size and stress were calculated

  3. Structure of MoCN films deposited by cathodic arc evaporation

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    Gilewicz, A., E-mail: adam.gilewicz@tu.koszalin.pl [Koszalin University of Technology, Faculty of Technology and Education, Sniadeckich 2, 75-453 Koszalin (Poland); Jedrzejewski, R.; Kochmanska, A.E. [West Pomeranian University of Technology Szczecin, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, 19 Piastów Ave., 70-313 Szczecin (Poland); Warcholinski, B. [Koszalin University of Technology, Faculty of Technology and Education, Sniadeckich 2, 75-453 Koszalin (Poland)

    2015-02-27

    Molybdenum carbonitride (MoCN) coatings were deposited onto HS6-5-2 steel substrate using pure Mo targets in mixed acetylene and nitrogen atmosphere by cathodic arc evaporation. The structural properties of MoCN coatings with different carbon contents (as an effect of the C{sub 2}H{sub 2} flow rate) were investigated systematically. Phase and chemical composition evolution of the coatings were characterized both by the glancing angle of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and wavelength dispersive spectrometry, respectively. These analyses have been supplemented by estimates of grain sizes and stress in the coatings. The XRD results show that the increase in acetylene flow rate causes the formation of molybdenum carbide (MoC) hexagonal phase in the coatings, a reduction of grain size and an increase in internal stress. - Highlights: • MoN and MoCN coatings were deposited by cathodic arc evaporation in nitrogen atmosphere. • MoCN coatings were formed using different acetylene flow rates. • Phase composition evolution was observed. • Crystallite size and stress were calculated.

  4. CrAlN coatings deposited by cathodic arc evaporation at different substrate bias

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    Romero, J. [Departament de Fisica Aplicada i Optica, Universitat de Barcelona, Avda. Diagonal 647, E-08028 Barcelona, Catalunya (Spain); Gomez, M.A. [Departament de Fisica Aplicada i Optica, Universitat de Barcelona, Avda. Diagonal 647, E-08028 Barcelona, Catalunya (Spain); Grupo de Corrosion y Proteccion, Universidad de Antioquia, A.A. 1226 Medellin (Colombia); Esteve, J. [Departament de Fisica Aplicada i Optica, Universitat de Barcelona, Avda. Diagonal 647, E-08028 Barcelona, Catalunya (Spain); Montala, F. [Tratamientos Termicos Carreras, TTC S.A., C/Doctor Almera 85, E-08205 Sabadell, Catalunya (Spain); Carreras, L. [Tratamientos Termicos Carreras, TTC S.A., C/Doctor Almera 85, E-08205 Sabadell, Catalunya (Spain); Grifol, M. [Tratamientos Termicos Carreras, TTC S.A., C/Doctor Almera 85, E-08205 Sabadell, Catalunya (Spain); Lousa, A. [Departament de Fisica Aplicada i Optica, Universitat de Barcelona, Avda. Diagonal 647, E-08028 Barcelona, Catalunya (Spain)]. E-mail: alousa@ub.edu

    2006-09-25

    CrAlN is a good candidate as an alternative to conventional CrN coatings especially for high temperature oxidation-resistance applications. Different CrAlN coatings were deposited on hardened steel substrates by cathodic arc evaporation (CAE) from chromium-aluminum targets in a reactive nitrogen atmosphere at negative substrate bias between - 50 and - 400 V. The negative substrate bias has important effects on the deposition growth rate and crystalline structure. All our coatings presented hardness higher than conventional CrN coatings. The friction coefficient against alumina and tungsten carbide balls was around 0.6. The sliding wear coefficient of the CrAlN coatings was very low while an important wear was observed in the balls before a measurable wear were produced in the coatings. This effect was more pronounced as the negative substrate bias was increased.

  5. Improved control of TiN coating properties using cathodic arc evaporation with a pulsed bias

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    A combined d.c. - pulse bias voltage was used in combination with a cathodic arc evaporation process for the deposition of TiN on planar plates and drilling tools at substrate temperatures T between 330 and 500degC. This new pulse technique appeared to be a powerful tool to achieve independent control of the substrate temperature, coating adhesion and uniformity of deposition. As a result, high coating adhesion can be obtained at low substrate temperatures. The adhesion uniformity across large-area samples is considerably improved. Unpolished rough substrate parts can be coated without cauliflower-like growth defects. Because of intensive ion bombardment in the pulse period, smoother TiN coatings with a reduced droplet size were obtained. (orig.)

  6. THE EFFECT OF NITROGEN GAS FLOW RATE ON THE PROPERTIES OF TiN-COATED HIGH-SPEED STEEL (HSS) USING CATHODIC ARC EVAPORATION PHYSICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION (PVD) TECHNIQUE

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    ALI MUBARAK; ESAH BINTI HAMZAH; MOHD RADZI HJ. MOHD TOFF; ABDUL HAKIM BIN HASHIM

    2005-01-01

    Cathodic arc evaporation (CAE) is a widely-used technique for generating highly ionized plasma from which hard and wear resistant physical vapor deposition (PVD) coatings can be deposited. A major drawback of this technique is the emission of micrometer-sized droplets of cathode material from the arc spot, which are commonly referred to as "macroparticles." In present study, titanium nitride (TiN) coatings on high-speed steel (HSS) coupons were produced with a cathodic arc evaporation techniq...

  7. Synthesis of aluminium nanoparticles by arc evaporation of an aluminium cathode surface

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    M Gazanfari; M Karimzadeh; S Ghorbani; M R Sadeghi; G Azizi; H Karimi; N Fattahi; Z Karimzadeh

    2014-06-01

    Aluminium nanoparticles (Al Nps) are synthesized using arc discharge method by applying direct current between aluminium electrodes in liquid environment without any use of vacuum equipment, heat exchangers, high temperatures furnaces and inert gases. After synthesis of Al Nps, in situ coating process on the nanoparticles was performed immediately. The effects of media on the yield and morphology of aluminium nanoparticles were investigated. Analysis result of the samples indicated that particle size was less than 30 nm, when 120 A/cm2 arc current was used. In addition, coating agent can affect arc velocity, arc stability, morphology and composition of the nanoparticles. Resultant nanoparticles were identified using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), also their surface morphology was studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and finally the accuracy of coating was assessed with infrared (IR) spectroscopy.

  8. Arc cathode spots

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    Arc spots are usually highly unstable and jump statistically over the cathode surface. In a magnetic field parallel to the surface, preferably they move in the retrograde direction; i.e., opposite to the Lorentzian rule. If the field is inclined with respect to the surface, the spots drift away at a certain angle with respect to the proper retrograde direction (Robson drift motion). These well-known phenomena are explained by one stability theory

  9. Spectroscopic investigations of Cr, CrN and TiCr anti-multipactor coatings grown by cathodic-arc reactive evaporation

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    Cr, CrN, TiCr coatings have been investigated as potential anti-multipactor coatings. The coatings were synthesized by cathodic-arc reactive evaporation in Ar-N2 atmosphere where the ion energy is controlled by substrate biasing. Chemical state analysis and surface composition were studied by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), whereas bulk composition and depth profile were studied by glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES). The surface morphology was studied by optical profilometry (OP) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The compositions of the coatings were CrN and Ti40Cr60 and they were homogeneous in depth. Surface oxidation was higher in Ti40Cr60 than in CrN. Coatings deposited at high negative bias show lower deposition rate and had lower surface roughness than those obtained at low bias. Secondary electron emission yield (SEY) was higher for CrN than for Ti40Cr60, both before and after low-energy Ar+ ion bombardment. The SEY of Ti40Cr60 (1.17 maximum) was clearly smaller than the others. The maximum yield, σ m, and the first crossover electron energy, E 1, are the most important parameters, and (E 1/σ m)1/2 is a good figure of merit. This quantity was approximately 3 eV1/2 for Cr and CrN and 4 eV1/2 for Ti40Cr. After Ar+ ion bombardment, the average value improved significantly to 8.9 eV1/2 for Cr and CrN and 10.2 eV1/2 for Ti40Cr60. The radio-frequency multipactor performance of these materials was simulated using the experimentally determined SEY parameters

  10. Cathode erosion in high-current high-pressure arc

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    Nemchinsky, V A

    2003-01-01

    Cathode erosion rate was experimentally investigated for two types of arcs: one with tungsten cathode in nitrogen atmosphere and one with hafnium cathode in oxygen atmosphere. Conditions were typical for plasma arc cutting systems: gas pressure from 2 to 5 atm, arc current from 200 to 400 A, gas flow rate from 50 to 130 litre min sup - sup 1. It was found that the actual cathode evaporation rate G is much lower than G sub 0 , the evaporation rate that follows from the Hertz-Knudsen formula: G = nu G sub 0. The difference is because some of the evaporated particles return back to the cathode. For conditions of our experiments, the factor nu could be as low as 0.01. It was shown experimentally that nu depends strongly on the gas flow pattern close to the cathode. In particular, swirling the gas increases nu many times. To explain the influence of gas swirling, model calculations of gas flows were performed. These calculations revealed difference between swirling and non-swirling flows: swirling the gas enhances...

  11. The Effect of Nitrogen Gas Flow Rate on the Properties of TiN-COATED High-Speed Steel (hss) Using Cathodic Arc Evaporation Physical Vapor Deposition (pvd) Technique

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    Mubarak, Ali; Hamzah, Esah Binti; Mohd Toff, Mohd Radzi Hj.; Hashim, Abdul Hakim Bin

    Cathodic arc evaporation (CAE) is a widely-used technique for generating highly ionized plasma from which hard and wear resistant physical vapor deposition (PVD) coatings can be deposited. A major drawback of this technique is the emission of micrometer-sized droplets of cathode material from the arc spot, which are commonly referred to as "macroparticles." In present study, titanium nitride (TiN) coatings on high-speed steel (HSS) coupons were produced with a cathodic arc evaporation technique. We studied and discussed the effect of various nitrogen gas flow rates on microstructural and mechanical properties of TiN-coated HSS coupons. The coating properties investigated in this work included the surface morphology, thickness of deposited coating, adhesion between the coating and substrate, coating composition, coating crystallography, hardness and surface characterization using a field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD) with glazing incidence angle (GIA) technique, scratch tester, hardness testing machine, surface roughness tester, and atomic force microscope (AFM). An increase in the nitrogen gas flow rate showed decrease in the formation of macro-droplets in CAE PVD technique. During XRD-GIA studies, it was observed that by increasing the nitrogen gas flow rate, the main peak [1,1,1] shifted toward the lower angular position. Surface roughness decreased with an increase in nitrogen gas flow rate but was higher than the uncoated polished sample. Microhardness of TiN-coated HSS coupons showed more than two times increase in hardness than the uncoated one. Scratch tester results showed good adhesion between the coating material and substrate. Considerable improvement in the properties of TiN-deposited thin films was achieved by the strict control of all operational steps.

  12. Plasma distribution of cathodic ARC deposition system

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    Anders, S.; Raoux, S.; Krishnan, K.; MacGill, R.A.; Brown, I.G. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States)

    1996-08-01

    The plasma distribution using a cathodic arc plasma source with and without magnetic macroparticle filter has been determined by depositing on a transparent plastic substrate and measuring the film absorption. It was found that the width of the distribution depends on the arc current, and it also depends on the cathode material which leads to a spatial separation of the elements when an alloy cathode is used. By applying a magnetic multicusp field near the exit of the magnetic filter, it was possible to modify the plasma distribution and obtain a flat plasma profile with a constant and homogeneous elemental distribution.

  13. Cathode erosion in a high-pressure high-current arc: calculations for tungsten cathode in a free-burning argon arc

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    The motion of an evaporated atom of the cathode material in a near-cathode plasma is considered. It is shown that the evaporated atom is ionized almost instantly. The created ion, under the influence of a strong electric field existing in the cathode proximity, has a high probability of returning to the cathode. A small fraction of evaporated atoms are able to diffuse away from the cathode to the region where they are involved in plasma flow and lose their chance to return to the cathode. The fraction of the total evaporated atoms, which do not return to the cathode, the escape factor, determines the net erosion rate. In order to calculate this factor, the distributions of the plasma parameters in the near-cathode plasma were considered. Calculations showed that the escape factor is on the order of a few per cent. Using experimental data on the plasma and cathode temperatures, we calculated the net erosion rate for a free-burning 200 A argon arc with a thoriated tungsten cathode. The calculated erosion rate is close to 1 µg s-1, which is in agreement with available experimental data. (paper)

  14. Diffuse and spot mode of cathode arc attachments in an atmospheric magnetically rotating argon arc

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    A model including the cathode, near-cathode region, and arc column was constructed. Specifically, a thermal perturbation layer at the arc fringe was calculated in order to couple sheath/presheath modelling with typical arc column modelling. Comparative investigation of two modes of attachment of a dc (100, 150, 200 A) atmospheric-pressure arc in argon to a thermionic cathode made of pure tungsten was conducted. Computational data revealed that there exists two modes of arc discharge: the spot mode, which has an obvious cathode surface temperature peak in the arc attachment centre; and the diffuse mode, which has a flat cathode surface temperature distribution and a larger arc attachment area. The modelling results of the arc attachment agree with previous experimental observations for the diffuse mode. A further 3D simulation is obviously needed to investigate the non-axisymmetrical features, especially for the spot mode. (paper)

  15. Hollow cathode arc: effect of the cathode material on the internal plasma

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    In discharges with hollow cathodes functioning in the arc regime, the cathode emits thermionic electrons which ionize the gas. To reduce the electrical power consumed by these discharges, cathodes made of thoriated tungsten and lathanum hexaboride have been used. The parameters of the plasma generated into the cathode have been measured with electrostatic probes. (Auth.)

  16. Emission mechanism in high current hollow cathode arcs

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    Large (2 cm-diameter) hollow cathodes have been operated in a magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) arc over wide ranges of current (0.25 to 17 kA) and mass flow (10-3 to 8 g/sec), with orifice current densities and mass fluxes encompassing those encountered in low current steady-state hollow cathode arcs. Detailed cathode interior measurements of current and potential distributions show that maximum current penetration into the cathode is about one diameter axially upstream from the tip, with peak inner surface current attachment up to one cathode diameter upstream of the tip. The spontaneous attachment of peak current upstream of the cathode tip is suggested as a criterion for characteristic hollow cathode operation. This empirical criterion is verified by experiment

  17. Evaporative behavior of carbon with MPD Arc Jet

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    Sukegawa, Toshio; Madarame, Haruki; Okamoto, Koji [Tokyo Univ., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Nuclear Engineering Research Lab.

    1996-10-01

    Using the Magneto-Plasma-Dynamic Arc Jet (MPD Arc Jet) device, the plasma-material interaction during simulated plasma disruption was experimentally investigated. To clarify the effects of the evaporation, the isotropic graphite was used as a target. The thermal conductivity of the isotropic graphite was much higher than that of the pyrolytic graphite, resulting in smaller evaporation. The light intensity distribution during the simulated disruption for the isotropic graphite was quite different from that for the pyrolytic graphite. (author)

  18. Unusual Cathode Erosion Patterns Observed for Steered Arc Sources

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    Kolbeck, Jonathan; Anders, André

    2014-01-01

    A cathodic arc source with a magnetron-type magnetic field was investigated for stability, erosion, and compatibility with a linear macroparticle filter. Here we report about unusual arc spot erosion patterns, which were narrow (~ 2 mm) with periodic pits when operating in argon, and broad (~ 10 mm) with periodic groves and ridges when operating in an argon and oxygen mixtures. These observations can be correlated with the ignition probability for type 2 and type 1 arc spots, respectively.

  19. Cyclic erosion of a cathode in high-pressure arcs

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    Nemchinsky, Valerian [ESAB Welding and Cutting Products and Francis Marion University, Florence, SC 29501 (United States)

    2003-07-07

    Erosion that occurred during arc shut down was investigated. The arc current was 200 A; the cathode was made of hafnium. Different gases were used: oxygen, nitrogen, and noble gases (argon, helium, and hydrogen-argon mixture). The gas pressure was 3 atm. It was shown that erosion in noble gases is higher compared to gases that create chemical compounds with hafnium (oxygen and nitrogen). The following model of arc-off erosion is suggested. An amount of plasma gas is diluted in the molten tip of the cathode. When the arc is terminated, the gas pressure in the cathode vicinity drops down. The diluted gas then leaves the molten puddle and carries some liquid material with it.

  20. Electrode Evaporation Effects on Air Arc Behavior

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    LI Xingwen; CHEN Degui; LI Rui; WU Yi; NIU Chunping

    2008-01-01

    A numerical study of the effects of copper and silver vapours on the air arc behavior is performed. The commercial software FLUENT is adapted and modified to develop a two-dimensional magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) models of arc with the thermodynamic properties and transport coefficients, net emission coefficient for the radiation model of 99% ai-1% Cu, 99% air-1% Ag, and pure air, respectively. The simulation result demonstrates that vaporization of the electrode material may cool the arc center region and reduce the arc velocity. The effects of Ag vapour are stronger compared to those of Cu vapour.

  1. An interchangeable-cathode vacuum arc plasma source

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    A simplified vacuum arc design [based on metal vapor vacuum arc (MeVVA) concepts] is employed as a plasma source for a study of a 7Be non-neutral plasma. The design includes a mechanism for interchanging the cathode source. Testing of the plasma source showed that it is capable of producing on the order of 1012 charges at confinable energies using a boron-carbide disk as the cathode target. The design is simplified from typical designs for lower energy and lower density applications by using only the trigger spark rather than the full vacuum arc in high current ion beam designs. The interchangeability of the cathode design gives the source the ability to replace only the source sample, simplifying use of radioactive materials in the plasma source. The sample can also be replaced with a completely different conductive material. The design can be easily modified for use in other plasma confinement or full MeVVA applications.

  2. Cathodic arc grown niobium films for RF superconducting cavity applications

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    Catani, L.; Cianchi, A.; Lorkiewicz, J.; Tazzari, S.; Langner, J.; Strzyzewski, P.; Sadowski, M.; Andreone, A.; Cifariello, G.; Di Gennaro, E.; Lamura, G.; Russo, R.

    2006-07-01

    Experimental results on the characterization of the linear and non-linear microwave properties of niobium film produced by UHV cathodic arc deposition are presented. Surface impedance Zs as a function of RF field and intermodulation distortion (IMD) measurement have been carried out by using a dielectrically loaded resonant cavity operating at 7 GHz. The experimental data show that these samples have a lower level of intrinsic non-linearities at low temperature and low circulating power in comparison with Nb samples grown by sputtering. These results make UHV cathodic arc deposition a promising technique for the improvement of RF superconducting cavities for particle accelerators.

  3. Cathodic arc grown niobium films for RF superconducting cavity applications

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    Catani, L. [INFN-Roma2, Rome (Italy); Cianchi, A. [INFN-Roma2, Rome (Italy); Lorkiewicz, J. [INFN-Roma2, Rome (Italy); Tazzari, S. [Universita di Roma ' Tor Vergata' and INFN-Roma2, Rome (Italy); Langner, J. [Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, Swierk (Poland); Strzyzewski, P. [Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, Swierk (Poland); Sadowski, M. [Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, Swierk (Poland); Andreone, A. [University of Napoli ' Federico II' and INFN-NA, Naples (Italy); Cifariello, G. [University of Napoli ' Federico II' and INFN-NA, Naples (Italy); Di Gennaro, E. [University of Napoli ' Federico II' and INFN-NA, Naples (Italy); Lamura, G. [University of Napoli ' Federico II' and INFN-NA, Naples (Italy); Russo, R. [Seconda Universita di Napoli, INFN-NA, Naples (Italy)

    2006-07-15

    Experimental results on the characterization of the linear and non-linear microwave properties of niobium film produced by UHV cathodic arc deposition are presented. Surface impedance Z {sub s} as a function of RF field and intermodulation distortion (IMD) measurement have been carried out by using a dielectrically loaded resonant cavity operating at 7 GHz. The experimental data show that these samples have a lower level of intrinsic non-linearities at low temperature and low circulating power in comparison with Nb samples grown by sputtering. These results make UHV cathodic arc deposition a promising technique for the improvement of RF superconducting cavities for particle accelerators.

  4. Vacuum arc with a distributed cathode spot as a plasma source for plasma separation of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste

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    Amirov, R. Kh., E-mail: ravus46@yandex.ru; Vorona, N. A.; Gavrikov, A. V.; Lizyakin, G. D.; Polishchuk, V. P.; Samoilov, I. S.; Smirnov, V. P.; Usmanov, R. A.; Yartsev, I. M. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Joint Institute for High Temperatures (Russian Federation)

    2015-10-15

    Results from experimental studies of a vacuum arc with a distributed cathode spot on the heated cathode are presented. Such an arc can be used as a plasma source for plasma separation of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste. The experiments were performed with a gadolinium cathode, the properties of which are similar to those of an uranium arc cathode. The heat flux from the plasma to the cathode (and its volt equivalent) at discharge voltages of 4-15 V and discharge currents of 44-81 A, the radial distribution of the emission intensity of gadolinium atoms and singly charged ions in the arc channel at a voltage of 4.3 V, and the plasma electron temperature behind the anode were measured. The average charge of plasma ions at arc voltages of 3.5-8 V and a discharge current of 52 A and the average rate of gadolinium evaporation in the discharge were also determined.

  5. Cathodic Arcs From Fractal Spots to Energetic Condensation

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    Anders, Andre

    2009-01-01

    Emphasizes the fractal character of cathode spots, and describes strongly fluctuating plasma properties such as the presence of multiply charged ions that move with supersonic velocity. This book also deals with issues, such as arc source construction, and macroparticle removal. It is intended for scientists, practitioners, and students alike

  6. The fractal nature of vacuum arc cathode spots

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    Anders, Andre

    2005-05-27

    Cathode spot phenomena show many features of fractals, for example self-similar patterns in the emitted light and arc erosion traces. Although there have been hints on the fractal nature of cathode spots in the literature, the fractal approach to spot interpretation is underutilized. In this work, a brief review of spot properties is given, touching the differences between spot type 1 (on cathodes surfaces with dielectric layers) and spot type 2 (on metallic, clean surfaces) as well as the known spot fragment or cell structure. The basic properties of self-similarity, power laws, random colored noise, and fractals are introduced. Several points of evidence for the fractal nature of spots are provided. Specifically power laws are identified as signature of fractal properties, such as spectral power of noisy arc parameters (ion current, arc voltage, etc) obtained by fast Fourier transform. It is shown that fractal properties can be observed down to the cutoff by measurement resolution or occurrence of elementary steps in physical processes. Random walk models of cathode spot motion are well established: they go asymptotically to Brownian motion for infinitesimal step width. The power spectrum of the arc voltage noise falls as 1/f {sup 2}, where f is frequency, supporting a fractal spot model associated with Brownian motion.

  7. Molecular beam sampling of a hollow cathode arc

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    This thesis deals with the description of the process of molecular beam sampling of a Hollow Cathode Arc. The aim of the study is twofold, i.e. investigation of the applicability of molecular beam sampling as a plasma diagnostic and the use of a Hollow Cathode Arc as a high intensity beam source for ground state atoms and metastable state atoms in the superthermal energy range. Suitable models are introduced, describing the process of molecular beam sampling of both ground state atoms and metastable state atoms. Fast ground state atoms produced by ion-atom collisions. The experimental facilities, i.e. the Hollow Cathode Arc, the time-of-flight machine and the dye laser system are described. And an alternative detection scheme for ground state atoms is presented and experimental results on the molecular beam sampling of a low density plasma (densities 1019-1020 m-3) in the long arc configuration are reported. The results on the short arc configuration (densities 1021-1022 m-3) are discussed. (Auth.)

  8. Numerical analysis of the rotating arc root on the cathode surface

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    Three-dimensional heat transfer equation was used to discuss the circular region of high temperature formed on the surface of the tubular tungsten cathode, the cathode surface temperature in the region becomes uniform gradually (except that at the point of the cathode arc root) when the cathode arc root of the secondary arc is rotating on surface of the tungsten cathode and the rotating frequency of the secondary arc root is increasing. And the necessary condition of the cathode surface temperature is provided to form the model of the multi-arc-root or diffusive arc root. At the same time, the cathode surface temperature at the point of the cathode arc root decreases and reaches a constant when the rotating frequency increases

  9. The Best Arc Heater Regime for Minimum Copper Cathode Erosion

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    On the basis of the experimental investigations and simple theoretical model, which regards electrode erosion as ablation of the electrode material under the action of intensive heat fluxes in the arc spot, we give estimations of the range of operating regimes of copper cathode with the minimum erosion. We show, that application of a magnetic field for displacing of arc over the electrodes surface has a number of specific limitations from point of view of electrode erosion. These limitations are related with a variation in the energy parameters of the arc spot and heat transfer between electric arc and the electrodes under the variation of magnetic field. As a result, an optimal magnetic field exists, which is a function of an electrode temperature θ0 and derivative dθ/ds. Here θ0=T/Tf; Tf - melting point of electrode material; s = v/I0.5; v - arc velocity; I - current. We give here relationships and diagrams, which make it possible to evaluate the range of the operation of copper cathode with the minimum erosion

  10. Effect of the thermal evaporation rate of Al cathodes on organic light emitting diodes

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The TOF-SIMS analysis to investigate cathode diffusion during evaporation process. • Performance change of OLEDs prepared with different evaporation rate of Al cathode. • Change of electron transport behavior during thermal evaporation process. - Abstract: The relationship between the thermal evaporation rate of Al cathodes and the device performance of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) was investigated to clarify the source of leakage current. Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry was applied to identify the diffusion of Li and Al fragments into the underlying organic layer during the thermal evaporation process. We prepared various OLEDs by varying the evaporation rates of the Al cathode to investigate different device performance. Interestingly, the leakage current level decreased when the evaporation rate reached ∼25 Å/s. In contrast, the best efficiency and operational lifetime was obtained when the evaporation rate was 5 Å/s

  11. Radial profiles of electron density and current components at cathode surface in LaB6 hollow cathode arc

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    Experimental studies on a hydrogen-fed LaB6 hollow cathode arc have been pursued. The plasma parameter in the cathode has been measured by a Langmuir probe. The radial variation in the electron density inside the cathode was calculated using the continuity and momentum equations, showing good agreement with the experimental results. The electron density at the cathode surface was estimated to be 15 % - 20 % of that at the cathode axis. It was also found from the current balance that the arc current components at the cathode surface consist of a thermionic current which takes into account the Schottky effect, the ion current and the secondary electron current induced by ion bombardment. The ion current and the cathode surface is larger than the electron current emitted from the cathode. (author)

  12. Ion velocities in a micro-cathode arc thruster

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    Ion velocities in the plasma jet generated by the micro-cathode arc thruster are studied by means of time-of-flight method using enhanced ion detection system (EIDS). The EIDS triggers perturbations (spikes) on arc current waveform, and the larger current in the spike generates denser plasma bunches propagating along with the mainstream plasma. The EIDS utilizes double electrostatic probes rather than single probes. The average Ti ion velocity is measured to be around 2×104 m/s without a magnetic field. It was found that the application of a magnetic field does not change ion velocities in the interelectrode region while leads to ion acceleration in the free expanding plasma plume by a factor of about 2. Ion velocities of about 3.5×104 m/s were detected for the magnetic field of about 300 mT at distance of about 100–200 mm from the cathode. It is proposed that plasma is accelerated due to Lorentz force. The average thrust is calculated using the ion velocity measurements and the cathode mass consumption rate, and its increase with the magnetic field is demonstrated.

  13. Influence of the vacuum-arc source configuration and arc discharge parameters on the evolution and location of arc spots on the cathode surface

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper presents investigations of the evolution, structure and location of arc spots on the cathode frontal surfaces of two types of industrial arc sources.Design/methodology/approach: The temporal behaviour of cathode spots was recorded with the use of a fast CCD camera. The experiments were performed at four values of arc current, nine compositions of the process atmosphere N2+C2H2 and three pressure ranges of the process atmosphere.Findings: The analysis of the recorded pictures revealed the fine structure of the arc discharge for the investigated range of process conditions. Both temporal and spatial behaviour of cathode spots were different for both investigated arc sources. The correspondence between radial distributions of the cathode spots on the cathode surface and radial distribution of plasma flow elements analysed in the volume of the vacuum chamber was revealed.Research limitations/implications: The paper show experimental methodology that can be used for the research of the specificity of cathode spots movement on the cathodes made from different materials.Originality/value: The originality of the research presented in the paper consists in assigning overall correlation between vacuum-arc source configuration and parameters of vacuum-arc discharge – on the one hand, and space-time behaviour of the arc spots during their movement on the circular cathode surface and radial distribution of excited and ionized atoms of the cathode material in the deposition chamber – on the other.

  14. Preparation and investigation of diamond-like carbon stripper foils by filtered cathodic vacuum arc

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    Thin diamond-like carbon (DLC) stripper foils ∼5μg/cm2 in thickness were produced and evaluated as heavy-ion strippers for the Beijing HI-13 Tandem Accelerator. The DLC layers ∼4μg/cm2 in thickness were produced by the filtered cathodic vacuum arc technology onto glass slides coated with betaine–saccharose as releasing agent, which were previously covered with evaporated carbon layers ∼1μg/cm2 in thickness by the controlled ac arc-discharge method. Irradiation lifetimes of the DLC stripper foils were tested using the heavy-ion beams at the terminal of the Beijing HI-13 Tandem Accelerator, and compared with those of the standard carbon stripper foils made by the combined dc and ac arc-discharge method. The measurements indicate that the DLC stripper foils outlast the standard combined dc and ac arc-discharge carbon stripper foils by a factor of at least 13 and 4 for the 197Au− (∼9MeV, ∼1μA) and 63Cu− (∼9MeV, ∼1μA) ion beams, respectively. The structure and properties of the DLC foils deposited onto silicon substrates by the filtered cathodic vacuum arc technology were also evaluated and analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The scanning electron microscopy images show that the DLC foils contain hardly droplets through the double 90° filters. The X-ray photoelectron spectrum indicates that sp3 bonds of the DLC foils exceed 70%. The integral intensity ratio of the D peak to the G peak (ID/IG) measured by the Raman spectroscopy is 0.78

  15. Generation of super-size macroparticles in a direct current vacuum arc discharge from a Mo-Cu cathode

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    Zhirkov, Igor; Petruhins, Andrejs; Polcik, Peter; Kolozsvári, Szilard; Rosen, Johanna

    2016-02-01

    An inherent property of cathodic arc is the generation of macroparticles, of a typical size ranging from submicrometer up to a few tens of μm. In this work, we have studied macroparticle generation from a Mo0.78Cu0.22 cathode used in a dc vacuum arc discharge, and we present evidence for super-size macroparticles of up to 0.7 mm in diameter. All analyzed particles are found to be rich in Mo (≥98 at. %). The particle generation is studied by visual observation of the cathode surface during arcing, by analysis of composition and geometrical features of the used cathode surface, and by examination of the generated macroparticles with respect to shape and composition. A mechanism for super-size macroparticle generation is suggested based on observed segregated layers of Mo and Cu identified in the topmost part of the cathode surface, likely due to the discrepancy in melting and evaporation temperatures of Mo and Cu. The results are of importance for increasing the fundamental understanding of macroparticle generation, which in turn may lead to increased process control and potentially provide paths for tuning, or even mitigating, macroparticle generation.

  16. Characteristics of Single Cathode Cascaded Bias Voltage Arc Plasma

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    Ou, Wei; Deng, Baiquan; Zeng, Xianjun; Gou, Fujun; Xue, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Weiwei; Cao, Xiaogang; Yang, Dangxiao; Cao, Zhi

    2016-06-01

    A single cathode with a cascaded bias voltage arc plasma source has been developed with a new quartz cathode chamber, instead of the previous copper chambers, to provide better diagnostic observation and access to the plasma optical emission. The cathode chamber cooling scheme is also modified to be naturally cooled only by light emission without cooling water to improve the optical thin performance in the optical path. A single-parameter physical model has been developed to describe the power dissipated in the cascaded bias voltage arc discharge argon plasmas, which have been investigated by utilizing optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and Langmuir probe. In the experiments, discharge currents from 50 A to 100 A, argon flow rates from 800 sccm to 2000 sccm and magnetic fields of 0.1 T and 0.2 T were chosen. The results show: (a) the relationship between the averaged resistivity and the averaged current density exhibits an empirical scaling law as \\barη \\propto \\bar {j}-0.63369 and the power dissipated in the arc has a strong relation with the filling factor; (b) through the quartz, the argon ions optical emission lines have been easily observed and are dominating with wavelengths between 340 nm and 520 nm, which are the emissions of Ar+‑434.81 nm and Ar+‑442.60 nm line, and the intensities are increasing with the arc current and decreasing with the inlet argon flow rate; and (c) the electron density and temperature can reach 2.0 × 1019 m‑3 and 0.48 eV, respectively, under the conditions of an arc current of 90 A and a magnetic field of 0.2 T. The half-width of the ne radial profile is approximatively equal to a few Larmor radii of electrons and can be regarded as the diameter of the plasma jet in the experiments. supported by the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Program Special of Ministry of Science and Technology (No. 2013GB114003), and National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 11275135, 11475122)

  17. Measurement of cathode surface temperature using the method of CCD imaging in arc discharge

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    A two-wavelength pyrometry device using ordinary array CCD (charge coupled device) to collect the radiation data in the horizontal and vertical directions has been developed for measuring the cathode surface temperature during the arc discharge. Analyses of experimental results show that the device can make the measurement of the cathode surface temperature feasible. The cathode surface temperatures measured are lower than the melting point of tungsten (3653 K), and the arc current, cathode diameter, and the cathode length are the main influencing factors of the cathode surface temperature.

  18. The investigation of carbon nitride films prepared at various arc currents by vacuum cathode arc method

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    The carbon nitride films have been prepared in the arc currents range of 20-60 A at the Ar/N2 atmosphere of 50/400 sccm by the vacuum cathode arc deposition method. The properties of the films were characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and nanoindentation. The N concentration showed a maximum of 35 at% at 20 A and decreased gradually with the arc currents. The films below 40 A consisted of linear polymeric-like component and sp2 graphitic cluster. With the increasing of the arc current from 20 to 40 A, the ID/IG rose and the photoluminescence (PL) fell gradually, which resulted from the development of the sp2 graphitic phase and the decrease of the polymeric-like phase. As a result, the CC bonds increased and sp3CN and sp2CN decreased. Above 40 A, with the increasing of arc currents, ID/IG fell and the PL increased gradually, which reflected the decreasing of sp2 graphitic phase and the modification of C and N atoms in sp2 cluster. The CC bonds and sp3CN fell and the sp2CN rose. The nanohardness of films showed increasing tendency with the arc currents. The variation of the relative ratio and the average energy of N-containing species and C-containing species at the atmosphere would be responsible for the change in the properties of films. (author)

  19. A comparative research on magnetron sputtering and arc evaporation deposition of Ti-Al-N coatings

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    Ti-Al-N coating has been proven to be an effective protective coating for machining applications. Here, the differences of cubic Ti-Al-N coatings with a similar Ti/Al atomic ratio of 1 deposited by magnetron sputtering and cathodic arc evaporation have been studied in detail. Main emphasis was laid on the characterization of thermal stability and cutting performance. Both coatings during annealing exhibit a structural transformation into stable phases c-TiN and h-AlN via an intermediate step of spiondal decomposition with the precipitation of c-AlN, however, a difference in decomposition process. Compared to sputtered coating inserts, an increase of tool life-time by 42% is obtained by evaporated coating inserts at the higher speed of 200 m/min, whereas the similar cutting life is observed at the speed of 160 m/min. It is attributed to the better stability of evaporated coating due to its later structural transformation at elevated temperature. A post-deposition vacuum annealing of both coated inserts in their corresponding temperature range of spiondal decomposition improves their cutting performance due to an increase in hardness arising from the precipitation of coherent cubic-phase nanometer-size c-AlN domains. Additionally, the sputtered coating behaves in worse oxidation resistance due to its more open structure. These behaviors can be understood considering the difference in microstructure and morphology of as deposited coatings originating from adatom mobility of deposited particles, where arc evaporation technique with higher ion to neutral ratio shows higher adatom mobility.

  20. Production of thin carbon stripper foils using heated-substrates in a cathodic arc deposition system

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    The lifetime of carbon stripper foil can have a marked impact on the successful running of a beam line. Standard techniques for production of carbon stripper foils include evaporation of carbon (ec) and laser-pulsed ablation (Ipa). Recent work by a using Ipa has been successful in substantially increasing the lifetime of a very thin foil. The suspected mechanism for the increased lifetime of the foil is that the amorphous carbon foil is density-matched to that of graphite (around 2.26g/cc). In this work, we attempt to reproduce this result by producing carbon stripper foils with a mass-density similar to graphite using a cathodic arc deposition system. The cathodic arc is well known for the production of tetrahedral amorphous carbon: a high density, high stress form of carbon with over 90% sp3-like bonds; to reduce the density of the carbon and promote more graphitic structure, a high bias was initially attempted but this proved unsuccessful. Another method is to use a heated-substrate holder to reduce compressive stress within the deposited film. The performance of the density-matched carbon stripper foils and the implications for future production of high-quality carbon stripper foils in our laboratory will be discussed. (authors)

  1. Erosion behaviour of composite Al-Cr cathodes in cathodic arc plasmas in inert and reactive atmospheres

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    Franz, Robert; Hawranek, Gerhard; Polcik, Peter

    2015-01-01

    Al$_{x}$Cr$_{1-x}$ composite cathodes with Al contents of x = 0.75, 0.5 and 0.25 were exposed to cathodic arc plasmas in Ar, N$_2$ and O$_2$ atmospheres and their erosion behaviour was studied. Cross-sectional analysis of the elemental distribution of the near-surface zone in the cathodes by scanning electron microscopy revealed the formation of a modified layer for all cathodes and atmospheres. Due to intermixing of Al and Cr in the heat-affected zone, intermetallic Al-Cr phases formed as evidenced by X-ray diffraction analysis. Cathode poisoning effects in the reactive N$_2$ and O$_2$ atmospheres were non-uniform as a result of the applied magnetic field configuration. With the exception of oxide islands on Al-rich cathodes, reactive layers were absent in the circular erosion zone, while nitrides and oxides formed in the less eroded centre region of the cathodes.

  2. Erosion behavior of composite Al-Cr cathodes in cathodic arc plasmas in inert and reactive atmospheres

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    AlxCr1−x composite cathodes with Al contents of x = 0.75, 0.5, and 0.25 were exposed to cathodic arc plasmas in Ar, N2, and O2 atmospheres and their erosion behavior was studied. Cross-sectional analysis of the elemental distribution of the near-surface zone in the cathodes by scanning electron microscopy revealed the formation of a modified layer for all cathodes and atmospheres. Due to intermixing of Al and Cr in the heat-affected zone, intermetallic Al-Cr phases formed as evidenced by x-ray diffraction analysis. Cathode poisoning effects in the reactive N2 and O2 atmospheres were nonuniform as a result of the applied magnetic field configuration. With the exception of oxide islands on Al-rich cathodes, reactive layers were absent in the circular erosion zone, while nitrides and oxides formed in the less eroded center region of the cathodes

  3. Erosion behaviour of a Ti3SiC2 cathode under low-current vacuum arc

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    In this article, the arc erosion behaviour of high-purity Ti3SiC2 in vacuum was investigated by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and micro-Raman spectroscopy. From the results obtained, Ti3SiC2 is unstable due to the high energy intensity and high temperature of the vacuum arc. The dissociation of Ti3SiC2 takes place at the sample surface, resulting in the formation of solid TiCx and gaseous Si. TiCx is ejected from cathode to the surface of anode while Si is evaporated to the vacuum chamber. The micro-Raman results reveal that small amounts of carbon appeared as a by-product of the dissociation of Ti3SiC2, indicating that the Ti–C bonding is broken down under the vacuum arc. (paper)

  4. Transition characteristics from radio-frequency discharge to arc in hollow cathode configuration

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    许建平; 巩春志; 吴明忠; 田修波

    2014-01-01

    The technique ofglow discharges in radio frequency configuration was applied to ignite hollow cathode vacuum arc discharge.The effect of discharge parameters on the building up of hollow cathode arc discharge was investigated.The emission spectrum during the vacuum arc ignition process was measured to disclose the discharge dynamics.There exists a threshold radio frequency power (300 W),beyond which hollow cathode is in γmode discharge status while radio frequency discharge changes into the arc discharge.With the increase of the radio frequency power,the plasma temperature and electronic density increase,and the discharge mode transits more rapidly.The ignition time ofhollow cathode vacuum arc discharge is less than 4 s with a radio frequency power of700 W.

  5. Filtered pulsed carbon cathodic arc: Plasma and amorphous carbon properties

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    Liu, Dongping; Benstetter, Günther; Lodermeier, Edgar; Zhang, Jialiang; Liu, Yanhong; Vancea, Johann

    2004-06-01

    The carbon plasma ion energies produced by the filtered pulsed cathodic arc discharge method were measured as a function of filter inductance. The energy determination is based on the electro-optical time-of-flight method. The average ion energies of the pulsed ion beams were found to depend upon the rise time and duration of pulsed arc currents, which suggests that a gain of ion kinetic energy mainly arises from the electric plasma field from the ambipolar expansion of both electrons and ions, and an electron drag force because of the high expansion velocity of the electrons. The tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) films with a sp3 fraction of ˜70% were deposited on silicon substrates at the average ion energies of >6 eV in the highly ionized plasmas. The ta-C films were found to be covered with a few graphitelike atomic layers. The surface properties of ultrathin carbon films, such as nanoscale friction coefficients, surface layer thickness, and silicon contents were strongly dependent on the ion energies. The growth of amorphous carbon films was explained in terms of the thermal spike migration of surface carbon atoms. In terms of this model, the thermal spike provides the energy required to release surface atoms from their metastable positions and leads to the formation of the sp3 bonded carbon on a sp3 bonded matrix. The experimental results indicate that the low-energy (<3 eV) carbon ions have insufficient energies to cause the rearrangement reaction within the film and they form graphitelike structures at film surface.

  6. Filtered pulsed carbon cathodic arc: Plasma and amorphous carbon properties

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    The carbon plasma ion energies produced by the filtered pulsed cathodic arc discharge method were measured as a function of filter inductance. The energy determination is based on the electro-optical time-of-flight method. The average ion energies of the pulsed ion beams were found to depend upon the rise time and duration of pulsed arc currents, which suggests that a gain of ion kinetic energy mainly arises from the electric plasma field from the ambipolar expansion of both electrons and ions, and an electron drag force because of the high expansion velocity of the electrons. The tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) films with a sp3 fraction of ∼70% were deposited on silicon substrates at the average ion energies of >6 eV in the highly ionized plasmas. The ta-C films were found to be covered with a few graphitelike atomic layers. The surface properties of ultrathin carbon films, such as nanoscale friction coefficients, surface layer thickness, and silicon contents were strongly dependent on the ion energies. The growth of amorphous carbon films was explained in terms of the thermal spike migration of surface carbon atoms. In terms of this model, the thermal spike provides the energy required to release surface atoms from their metastable positions and leads to the formation of the sp3 bonded carbon on a sp3 bonded matrix. The experimental results indicate that the low-energy (<3 eV) carbon ions have insufficient energies to cause the rearrangement reaction within the film and they form graphitelike structures at film surface

  7. Contribution of moving speed of vacuum arc cathode spot to the heat conduction process

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    Nagasawa, Chihiro; Yamamoto, Shinji; Iwao, Toru

    2015-11-01

    Thermal spraying has been widely used because it can give various functions by coating materials on the surface. It is necessary to remove an oxide layer and form a roughness. However, the blast has problems that occurs crushing and wear of the particles, and residual grid becomes a starting point of rust and peeling. The pretreatment with vacuum arc cathode spot is focused by this problem. Cathode spot with high energy density evaporates the oxide layer and melts the bulk for roughness. However, this process is believed that surface state is changed by the power density and sojourn time because the roughness depends on the location. It remains to be elucidated the formation factor of roughness and removal process. Therefore, the models of heat conduction process and vapor mixed affected by moving speed were proposed. To elucidate the formation factor of roughness and removal process, the contribution of moving speed to the heat conduction process is analyzed. As a result, the molten depth, width, and volume depend on the moving speed.

  8. Influence of the vacuum-arc source configuration and arc discharge parameters on the evolution and location of arc spots on the cathode surface

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    J. Walkowicz; J. Smolik; Z. Słomka; B. Kułakowska-Pawlak; W. Żyrnicki

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: The paper presents investigations of the evolution, structure and location of arc spots on the cathode frontal surfaces of two types of industrial arc sources.Design/methodology/approach: The temporal behaviour of cathode spots was recorded with the use of a fast CCD camera. The experiments were performed at four values of arc current, nine compositions of the process atmosphere N2+C2H2 and three pressure ranges of the process atmosphere.Findings: The analysis of the recorded picture...

  9. Different modes of arc attachment at HID cathodes: simulation and comparison with measurements

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    Based on a model for the plasma boundary layer of high intensity discharge cathodes, simulations are performed and compared with experimental results. To solve the power balance of the cathode body different methods are used, namely a 1D integral solution as well as 1D, 2D and 3D finite-element calculations. The simulations are done for cylindrical tungsten cathodes operated in different pure noble gas discharges (0.1-1.0 MPa) and with currents between 0.5 and 10 A. Under these conditions different modes of arc attachment are found, both in simulations and experiments. For the diffuse mode of arc attachment an excellent quantitative agreement between measurements and the simulations is obtained, reflecting an improved accuracy of measurements and simulation. In addition, different spot modes are found. At least one of these modes is also observed in the experiment. Also for this spot mode the agreement between measurements and simulation for the integral quantities is good. There are still some open questions concerning the spot mode of cathodic arc attachment. Varying the geometric dimensions of the cathode, the proper simulation of the heat conduction problem of the cathode body is shown. Variations of the plasma properties, like gas type and pressure, prove the conceptional capability of the boundary layer model for the simulation of different modes of arc attachment. Evaluating the cathode fall characteristics, regions of existence for the different modes are found, which are similar to the experiments

  10. Erosion behavior of composite Al-Cr cathodes in cathodic arc plasmas in inert and reactive atmospheres

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    Franz, Robert, E-mail: robert.franz@unileoben.ac.at; Mendez Martin, Francisca; Hawranek, Gerhard [Montanuniversität Leoben, Franz-Josef-Strasse 18, 8700 Leoben (Austria); Polcik, Peter [Plansee Composite Materials GmbH, Siebenbürgerstrasse 23, 86983 Lechbruck am See (Germany)

    2016-03-15

    Al{sub x}Cr{sub 1−x} composite cathodes with Al contents of x = 0.75, 0.5, and 0.25 were exposed to cathodic arc plasmas in Ar, N{sub 2}, and O{sub 2} atmospheres and their erosion behavior was studied. Cross-sectional analysis of the elemental distribution of the near-surface zone in the cathodes by scanning electron microscopy revealed the formation of a modified layer for all cathodes and atmospheres. Due to intermixing of Al and Cr in the heat-affected zone, intermetallic Al-Cr phases formed as evidenced by x-ray diffraction analysis. Cathode poisoning effects in the reactive N{sub 2} and O{sub 2} atmospheres were nonuniform as a result of the applied magnetic field configuration. With the exception of oxide islands on Al-rich cathodes, reactive layers were absent in the circular erosion zone, while nitrides and oxides formed in the less eroded center region of the cathodes.

  11. Joule heat generation in thermionic cathodes of high-pressure arc discharges

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    Benilov, M. S.; Cunha, M. D. [Departamento de Fisica, CCCEE, Universidade da Madeira, Largo do Municipio, 9000 Funchal (Portugal)

    2013-02-14

    The nonlinear surface heating model of plasma-cathode interaction in high-pressure arcs is extended to take into account the Joule effect inside the cathode body. Calculation results are given for different modes of current transfer to tungsten cathodes of different configurations in argon plasmas of atmospheric or higher pressures. Special attention is paid to analysis of energy balances of the cathode and the near-cathode plasma layer. In all the cases, the variation of potential inside the cathode is much smaller than the near-cathode voltage drop. However, this variation can be comparable to the volt equivalent of the energy flux from the plasma to the cathode and then the Joule effect is essential. Such is the case of the diffuse and mixed modes on rod cathodes at high currents, where the Joule heating causes a dramatic change of thermal and electrical regimes of the cathode. The Joule heating has virtually no effect over characteristics of spots on rod and infinite planar cathodes.

  12. Ion spectra of vacuum arc plasma with compound and alloy cathodes

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    We have carried out an experimental investigation of the charge state distribution of ions produced in the vacuum arc plasma for the case when the cathode is a compound or alloy. The plasma was generated in a metal vapor vacuum arc ion source, and the charge state spectra were measured using a time-of-flight method. We have compared these spectra to the spectra obtained from cathodes of the constituent elements. The cathode materials used and reported on here were the following groups: SiC/Si/C [i.e., we have compared the spectra obtained using a cathode of silicon carbide with the spectra obtained using (a) a silicon cathode and (b) a carbon cathode], TiC/TiN/TiO2/Ti/C, WC/W/C, (UC-ZrC)/UN/U/Zr/C, brass/Cu/Zn, and stainless steel/Fe/Cr/Ni. The arc current employed throughout was approximately 100 A. We find that the charge state distributions change depending on the elemental composition of the alloy or compound of which the cathode is fabricated

  13. On the mechanism of operation of a cathode spot cell in a vacuum arc

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    Mesyats, G. A.; Petrov, A. A. [P. N. Lebedev Physical Institute, RAS, 53 Leninsky Ave., Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Bochkarev, M. B. [Institute of Electrophysics, UB, RAS, 106 Amundsen St., Ekaterinburg 620016 (Russian Federation); Barengolts, S. A., E-mail: sb@nsc.gpi.ru [A. M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute, RAS, 38 Vavilov St., Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation)

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    The erosive structures formed on a tungsten cathode as a result of the motion of the cathode spot of a vacuum arc over the cathode surface have been examined. It has been found that the average mass of a cathode microprotrusion having the shape of a solidified jet is approximately equal to the mass of ions removed from the cathode within the lifetime of a cathode spot cell carrying a current of several amperes. The time of formation of a new liquid-metal jet under the action of the reactive force of the plasma ejected by the cathode spot is about 10 ns, which is comparable to the lifetime of a cell. The growth rate of a liquid-metal jet is ∼10{sup 4} cm/s. The geometric shape and size of a solidified jet are such that a new explosive emission center (spot cell) can be initiated within several nanoseconds during the interaction of the jet with the dense cathode plasma. This is the underlying mechanism of the self-sustained operation of a vacuum arc.

  14. The evolution of ion charge states in cathodic vacuum arc plasmas: a review

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    Anders, Andre

    2011-12-18

    Cathodic vacuum arc plasmas are known to contain multiply charged ions. 20 years after “Pressure Ionization: its role in metal vapour vacuum arc plasmas and ion sources” appeared in vol. 1 of Plasma Sources Science and Technology, it is a great opportunity to re-visit the issue of pressure ionization, a non-ideal plasma effect, and put it in perspective to the many other factors that influence observable charge state distributions, such as the role of the cathode material, the path in the density-temperature phase diagram, the “noise” in vacuum arc plasma as described by a fractal model approach, the effects of external magnetic fields and charge exchange collisions with neutrals. A much more complex image of the vacuum arc plasma emerges putting decades of experimentation and modeling in perspective.

  15. Dynamics of cathode spots in low-pressure arc plasma removing oxide layer on steel surfaces

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    Tang, Z. L.; Yang, K.; Liu, H. X.; Zhang, Y. C.; Li, H.; Zhu, X. D.

    2016-03-01

    The dynamics of cathode spots has been investigated in low-pressure arc plasma for removing oxide layer on low carbon steel surfaces. The motion of cathode spots was observed with a high speed camera, and the arc voltage was analyzed by fast Fourier transform. The spots move on clean steel surface as a random walk, and the low-frequency components dominated the voltage waveform. However, the spots on steel surfaces with oxide layer tend to burn on the rim of the eroded area formed in the previous arcing, and the low-frequency components decrease correspondingly. The "color" of the colored random noise for arc voltage varies from the approximate brown noise for clean steel surface to pink noise for thick oxide layer, where the edge effect of boundary is considered to play a significant role.

  16. Regularities of Structure Formation of Coatings CrN, Obtained by Vacuum Arc Evaporation in a Nitrogen Atmosphere

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The questions of structural engineering of Cr-N system coatings produced by vacuum arc evaporation of Cr cathode in a nitrogen atmosphere are considered. As the variable physical and technological parameters we have used the following ones: pressure of nitrogen atmosphere (3.5…48×10–4 Torr and negative bias potential applied to the substrate in constant (Ub = – 120 V and pulse (Uip = – 1200 V modes. Increase in the pressure without pulse action allows to transfer from Cr + Cr2N phase to phase of textured CrN crystallites with [111] axis. The transition from the metallic phase to the mechanical nitride is accompanied by a decrease in the average size of crystallites. Additional supply of impulse capacity allows to intensify the process of formation of nitrides and stimulates formation at high pressure of radiation-resistant texture units with the [110] axis.

  17. Evaporation Erosion During the Relay Contact Breaking Process Based on a Simplified Arc Model

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    Cui, Xinglei; Zhou, Xue; Zhai, Guofu; Peng, Xiyuan

    2016-05-01

    Evaporation erosion of the contacts is one of the fundamental failure mechanisms for relays. In this paper, the evaporation erosion characteristics are investigated for the copper contact pair breaking a resistive direct current (dc) 30 V/10 A circuit in the air. Molten pool simulation of the contacts is coupled with the gas dynamics to calculate the evaporation rate. A simplified arc model is constructed to obtain the contact voltage and current variations with time for the prediction of the current density and the heat flux distributions flowing from the arc into the contacts. The evaporation rate and mass variations with time during the breaking process are presented. Experiments are carried out to verify the simulation results. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51377038, 51307030)

  18. Evaporation Erosion During the Relay Contact Breaking Process Based on a Simplified Arc Model

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    CUI Xinglei; ZHOU Xue; ZHAI Guofu; PENG Xiyuan

    2016-01-01

    Evaporation erosion of the contacts is one of the fundamental failure mechanisms for relays.In this paper,the evaporation erosion characteristics are investigated for the copper contact pair breaking a resistive direct current (dc) 30 V/10 A circuit in the air.Molten pool simulation of thc contacts is coupled with the gas dynamics to cMculate the evaporation rate.A simplified arc model is constructed to obtain the contact voltage and current variations with time for the prediction of the current density and the heat flux distributions flowing from the arc into the contacts.The evaporation rate and mass variations with time during the breaking process are presented.Experiments are carried out to verify the simulation results.

  19. Study on a negative hydrogen ion source with hot cathode arc discharge

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    A negative hydrogen (H−) ion source with hot cathode arc discharge was designed and fabricated as a primary injector for a 10 MeV PET cyclotron at IMP. 1 mA dc H− beam with ε N,RMS = 0.08 π mm mrad was extracted at 25 kV. Halbach hexapole was adopted to confine the plasma. The state of arc discharge, the parameters including filament current, arc current, gas pressure, plasma electrode bias, and the ratio of Ie−/IH− were experimentally studied. The discussion on the result, and opinions to improve the source were given

  20. Study of the feasibility of distributed cathodic arc as a plasma source for development of the technology for plasma separation of SNF and radioactive wastes

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    Amirov, R. Kh.; Vorona, N. A.; Gavrikov, A. V.; Liziakin, G. D.; Polistchook, V. P.; Samoylov, I. S.; Smirnov, V. P.; Usmanov, R. A.; Yartsev, I. M.

    2015-12-01

    One of the key problems in the development of plasma separation technology is designing a plasma source which uses condensed spent nuclear fuel (SNF) or nuclear wastes as a raw material. This paper covers the experimental study of the evaporation and ionization of model materials (gadolinium, niobium oxide, and titanium oxide). For these purposes, a vacuum arc with a heated cathode on the studied material was initiated and its parameters in different regimes were studied. During the experiment, the cathode temperature, arc current, arc voltage, and plasma radiation spectra were measured, and also probe measurements were carried out. It was found that the increase in the cathode heating power leads to the decrease in the arc voltage (to 3 V). This fact makes it possible to reduce the electron energy and achieve singly ionized plasma with a high degree of ionization to fulfill one of the requirements for plasma separation of SNF. This finding is supported by the analysis of the plasma radiation spectrum and the results of the probe diagnostics.

  1. Study of the feasibility of distributed cathodic arc as a plasma source for development of the technology for plasma separation of SNF and radioactive wastes

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    One of the key problems in the development of plasma separation technology is designing a plasma source which uses condensed spent nuclear fuel (SNF) or nuclear wastes as a raw material. This paper covers the experimental study of the evaporation and ionization of model materials (gadolinium, niobium oxide, and titanium oxide). For these purposes, a vacuum arc with a heated cathode on the studied material was initiated and its parameters in different regimes were studied. During the experiment, the cathode temperature, arc current, arc voltage, and plasma radiation spectra were measured, and also probe measurements were carried out. It was found that the increase in the cathode heating power leads to the decrease in the arc voltage (to 3 V). This fact makes it possible to reduce the electron energy and achieve singly ionized plasma with a high degree of ionization to fulfill one of the requirements for plasma separation of SNF. This finding is supported by the analysis of the plasma radiation spectrum and the results of the probe diagnostics

  2. Study of the feasibility of distributed cathodic arc as a plasma source for development of the technology for plasma separation of SNF and radioactive wastes

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    Amirov, R. Kh.; Vorona, N. A.; Gavrikov, A. V.; Liziakin, G. D.; Polistchook, V. P.; Samoylov, I. S.; Smirnov, V. P.; Usmanov, R. A., E-mail: ravus46@yandex.ru; Yartsev, I. M. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Joint Institute for High Temperatures (Russian Federation)

    2015-12-15

    One of the key problems in the development of plasma separation technology is designing a plasma source which uses condensed spent nuclear fuel (SNF) or nuclear wastes as a raw material. This paper covers the experimental study of the evaporation and ionization of model materials (gadolinium, niobium oxide, and titanium oxide). For these purposes, a vacuum arc with a heated cathode on the studied material was initiated and its parameters in different regimes were studied. During the experiment, the cathode temperature, arc current, arc voltage, and plasma radiation spectra were measured, and also probe measurements were carried out. It was found that the increase in the cathode heating power leads to the decrease in the arc voltage (to 3 V). This fact makes it possible to reduce the electron energy and achieve singly ionized plasma with a high degree of ionization to fulfill one of the requirements for plasma separation of SNF. This finding is supported by the analysis of the plasma radiation spectrum and the results of the probe diagnostics.

  3. Time and material dependence of the voltage noise generated by cathodic vacuum arcs

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    The high frequency fluctuations of the burning voltage of cathodic vacuum arcs have been investigated in order to extract information on cathode processes, especially concerning evolution in time after arc ignition. Eight cathode materials (W, Ta, Hf, Ti, Ni, Au, Sn, Bi) were selected covering a wide range of cohesive energy. The voltage noise was recorded using both a broad-band voltage divider and an attenuator connected to a fast oscilloscope (limits 1 GHz analog and 5 GS s-1 digital). Fast Fourier transform revealed a power spectrum that is linear in log-log presentation, with a slope of 1/f 2, where f is the frequency (brown noise). The amplitude of the spectral power of the voltage noise was found to scale with the cohesive energy, in agreement with earlier measurements at lower resolution. These basic results do not depend on the time after arc initiation. However, lower arc current in the beginning of the pulse shows greater voltage noise, suggesting an inverse relation between the noise amplitude and number of emission sites (cathode spot fragments)

  4. Lifetime of hydrogenated composite cathodes in a vacuum arc ion source

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    Savkin, K. P., E-mail: savkin@opee.hcei.tsc.ru; Frolova, V. P.; Nikolaev, A. G.; Yushkov, G. Yu. [Institute of High Current Electronics SB RAS, Tomsk 634055 (Russian Federation); Oks, E. M. [Institute of High Current Electronics SB RAS, Tomsk 634055 (Russian Federation); Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics, Tomsk 634050 (Russian Federation); Barengolts, S. A. [Prokhorov General Physics Institute RAS, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation)

    2016-02-15

    The paper reports on a study of the mass-charge state of the plasma produced in a vacuum arc discharge with composite cathodes which were copper-disk coated with a hydrogenated Zr film of thicknesses 9, 22, and 35 μm. The cathodes allow the generation of multicomponent gas and metal ion beams with a hydrogen ion content from several to several tens of percent. Also investigated is the dependence of the H ion fraction in a beam on the Zr film thickness during erosion to the point of disappearance of Zr peaks in mass-charge spectra. The ability of the vacuum arc system to produce H ions is analyzed by analyzing the cathode lifetime as a function of the film thickness and pulse repetition frequency.

  5. An ion source based on the cathodic arc

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    Sanders, D.M.; Falabella, S.

    1992-12-31

    This invention is comprised of a cylindrically symmetric arc source to produce a ring of ions which leave the surface of the arc target radially and are reflected by electrostatic fields present in the source to a point of use, such as a part to be coated. An array of electrically isolated rings positioned in the source serves the duel purpose of minimizing bouncing of macroparticles and providing electrical insulation to maximize the electric field gradients within the source. The source also includes a series of baffles which function as a filtering or trapping mechanism for any macroparticles.

  6. Modelling of binary alloy (Al–Mg) anode evaporation in arc welding

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    A simple analytical model of binary alloy anode evaporation in gas–tungsten arc and gas–metal arc welding is proposed. The model comprises the model of evaporation in convective and diffusive regimes, model of anode processes and allows one to calculate basic physical properties of multicomponent arc plasma near the anode surface as functions of the anode surface temperature, anode chemical composition, electron temperature and electric current density at the anode surface. Evaporation of binary Al–Mg alloys with different magnesium mass fraction into argon plasma is considered on the basis of the proposed model. The dependences of the alloy boiling temperature on the magnesium mass fraction and electron temperature are presented. Several physical parameters, which are important from the technological point of view (magnesium mass flux, heat loss due to evaporation, anode potential drop, anode heat flux), are calculated for a wide range of anode surface temperature and different values of the magnesium mass fraction. In addition, the influence of heat loss due to evaporation on the total heat flux coming to the anode surface is demonstrated. (paper)

  7. Influences of arc current on composition and properties of MgO thin films prepared by cathodic vacuum arc deposition

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    MgO thin films with high optical transmittances (more than 90%) were prepared by cathodic vacuum arc deposition technique. With the increase of arc current from 40 to 80 A, the deposition pressure decreases and the film thickness increases; the atomic ratio of Mg/O in MgO thin films (obtained by RBS) increases from 0.97 to 1.17, giving that deposited at 50 A most close to the stoichiometric composition of the bulk MgO; the grains of MgO thin films grow gradually as shown in SEM images. XRD patterns show that MgO (1 1 0) orientation is predominant for films prepared at the arc currents ranged from 50 to 70 A. The MgO (1 0 0) orientation is much enhanced and comparable to that of MgO (1 1 0) for films prepared at the arc current of 80 A. The secondary electron emission coefficient of MgO thin film increases with arc current ranged from 50 to 70 A.

  8. Influence of steering magnetic field on the time-resolved plasma chemistry in cathodic arc discharges

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    Ehiasarian, A. P.; Hovsepian, P. Eh; New, R.; Valter, J.

    2004-08-01

    External magnetic fields are used extensively to steer the cathode spot of arc discharges in order to improve target utilization and minimize droplet generation. Optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and electrostatic probe measurements in a Cr arc discharge were used to characterize the effect of the external magnetic field on the ion flux to the substrates and on the composition and time evolution of the plasma. A combination of a permanent magnet array and an electromagnetic coil was used to vary the shape and strength of the magnetic field on the cathode surface. Finite element modelling of the magnetic field distribution identified two types of geometry—through-field, with lines normal to the cathode surface, and arched-field, with lines forming a magnetic 'tunnel'. The magnetic flux densities measured with a Hall probe were in the range from -15 to +15 mT. The particular shape and strength of the magnetic field determined the specific confinement regions and diffusion pathways for the plasma. The total ion saturation current density at the substrate position was in the range between 2 and 11.5 mA cm-2 depending on the magnetic field shape. The magnetic field strongly influenced the relative optical emission from Cr0, Cr1+ and Cr2+ metal species, and the resulting charge state distribution. Time-resolved OES and probe measurements of a particular position on the arc cathode revealed that an Ar plasma is trapped near the cathode and is sustained even when the cathode spot is a significant distance from the observation volume. The importance of this 'residual' Ar plasma for the charge state distribution of metal ions is discussed.

  9. Influence of steering magnetic field on the time-resolved plasma chemistry in cathodic arc discharges

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    Ehiasarian, A P [Materials Research Institute, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard St., Sheffield, S1 1WB (United Kingdom); Hovsepian, P Eh [Materials Research Institute, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard St., Sheffield, S1 1WB (United Kingdom); New, R [Materials Research Institute, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard St., Sheffield, S1 1WB (United Kingdom); Valter, J [HVM Plasma Ltd, Na Hutmance 2, Prague 5, 158 00 (Czech Republic)

    2004-08-07

    External magnetic fields are used extensively to steer the cathode spot of arc discharges in order to improve target utilization and minimize droplet generation. Optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and electrostatic probe measurements in a Cr arc discharge were used to characterize the effect of the external magnetic field on the ion flux to the substrates and on the composition and time evolution of the plasma. A combination of a permanent magnet array and an electromagnetic coil was used to vary the shape and strength of the magnetic field on the cathode surface. Finite element modelling of the magnetic field distribution identified two types of geometry-through-field, with lines normal to the cathode surface, and arched-field, with lines forming a magnetic 'tunnel'. The magnetic flux densities measured with a Hall probe were in the range from -15 to +15 mT. The particular shape and strength of the magnetic field determined the specific confinement regions and diffusion pathways for the plasma. The total ion saturation current density at the substrate position was in the range between 2 and 11.5 mA cm{sup -2} depending on the magnetic field shape. The magnetic field strongly influenced the relative optical emission from Cr{sup 0}, Cr{sup 1+} and Cr{sup 2+} metal species, and the resulting charge state distribution. Time-resolved OES and probe measurements of a particular position on the arc cathode revealed that an Ar plasma is trapped near the cathode and is sustained even when the cathode spot is a significant distance from the observation volume. The importance of this 'residual' Ar plasma for the charge state distribution of metal ions is discussed.

  10. Distribution of Cathode Spots in Vacuum Arc Under Nonuniform Axial Magnetic Fields

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    SHI Zong-qian; JIA Shen-li; WANG Li-jun; LI Xing-wen; WANG Zheng

    2007-01-01

    Recent results on the distribution of vacuum arc cathode spots (CSs) in nonuniform axial magnetic field (AMF) are presented.Based on previous studies,we deem that two contrary influences of AMF,inward effect and outward effect,are attributed to CSs distribution.With this notion,we have analyzed the controlling effectiveness of nonuniform AMF on CSs distribution. Experiments were conducted in a detachable vacuum chamber with iron-style AMF electrodes.Images of vacuum arc column and the distribution of CSs were photographed with a high-speed charge coupled device (CCD) camera. Experimental results agreed well with the theoretical analysis.

  11. A cathodic arc enhanced middle-frequency magnetron sputter system for deposition of hard protective coatings

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    A new cathode arc enhanced magnetron sputter system for deposition of hard protective coatings is reported in this article. This system consists of eight targets: four outer targets are mounted on the wall of the chamber and four inner targets are placed around the center of the chamber. The outer and inner targets form four pair targets and are powered by four middle frequency power supplies. One of the outer targets can run either in the cathode arc mode or in the magnetron sputter mode. The Ti-containing diamond-like carbon nanocomposite coatings were deposited by using this system. The prepared coating exhibits high hardness (∼20 GPa), good adhesion (critical load is 50 N), very low friction coefficient (∼0.07); and excellent tribological performance with a wear rate of 1.4 x 10-16 m3·N-l·m-1. (authors)

  12. Composition Control of Alloy Coatings and Composition Designof Cathode Targets in Multi-Arc Ion Plating

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    2000-01-01

    The composition from alloy cathode target to alloy coating generally changes to some extentin multi-arc ion plating. This demixing effect leads to the difficulties in the control of alloycomposition of coating and in the design of composition of alloy cathode target. A new simple formula,is proposed in present work to deal with the problem. According to this formula, the composition of alloy coating can be calculated bymeans of the degrees of ionization of alloy elements. The results of calculation agree with theexperimental ones within very limited error range. Modifying the formula into another form,the design for alloy composition of cathode target can be conveniently carried out, and the ideal composition of alloy coating can be obtained.

  13. Vacuum arc plasma generation and thin film deposition from a TiB2 cathode

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    We have studied the utilization of TiB2 cathodes for thin film deposition in a DC vacuum arc system. We present a route for attaining a stable, reproducible, and fully ionized plasma flux of Ti and B by removal of the external magnetic field, which leads to dissipation of the vacuum arc discharge and an increased active surface area of the cathode. Applying a magnetic field resulted in instability and cracking, consistent with the previous reports. Plasma analysis shows average energies of 115 and 26 eV, average ion charge states of 2.1 and 1.1 for Ti and B, respectively, and a plasma ion composition of approximately 50% Ti and 50% B. This is consistent with measured resulting film composition from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, suggesting a negligible contribution of neutrals and macroparticles to the film growth. Also, despite the observations of macroparticle generation, the film surface is very smooth. These results are of importance for the utilization of cathodic arc as a method for synthesis of metal borides

  14. Unique erosion features of hafnium cathode in atmospheric pressure arcs of air, nitrogen and oxygen

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    Ghorui, S.; Meher, K. C.; Kar, R.; Tiwari, N.; Sahasrabudhe, S. N.

    2016-07-01

    Experimental investigation of cathode erosion in atmospheric pressure hafnium-electrode plasma torches is reported under different plasma environments along with the results of numerical simulation. Air, nitrogen and oxygen are the plasma gases considered. Distinct differences in the erosion features in different plasmas are brought out. Cathode images exhibiting a degree of erosion and measured erosion rates are presented in detail as a function of time of arc operation and arc current. Physical erosion rates are determined using high precision balance. The changes in the surface microstructures are investigated through scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Evolution of cathode chemistry is determined using energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Numerical simulation with proper consideration of the plasma effects is performed for all the plasma gases. The important role of electromagnetic body forces in shaping the flow field and the distribution of pressure in the region is explored. It is shown that the mutual interaction between fluid dynamic and electromagnetic body forces may self-consistently evolve a situation of an extremely low cathode erosion rate.

  15. Account of near-cathode sheath in numerical models of high-pressure arc discharges

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    Benilov, M. S.; Almeida, N. A.; Baeva, M.; Cunha, M. D.; Benilova, L. G.; Uhrlandt, D.

    2016-06-01

    Three approaches to describing the separation of charges in near-cathode regions of high-pressure arc discharges are compared. The first approach employs a single set of equations, including the Poisson equation, in the whole interelectrode gap. The second approach employs a fully non-equilibrium description of the quasi-neutral bulk plasma, complemented with a newly developed description of the space-charge sheaths. The third, and the simplest, approach exploits the fact that significant power is deposited by the arc power supply into the near-cathode plasma layer, which allows one to simulate the plasma–cathode interaction to the first approximation independently of processes in the bulk plasma. It is found that results given by the different models are generally in good agreement, and in some cases the agreement is even surprisingly good. It follows that the predicted integral characteristics of the plasma–cathode interaction are not strongly affected by details of the model provided that the basic physics is right.

  16. Layer Formation by Resputtering in Ti-Si-C Hard Coatings during Large Scale Cathodic Arc Deposition

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    Eriksson, Anders; Zhu, Jianqiang; Ghafoor, Naureen; Johansson, Mats; Sjölen, Jacob; Jensen, Jens; Odén, Magnus; Hultman, Lars; Rosén, Johanna

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents the physical mechanism behind the phenomenon of self-layering in thin films made by industrial scale cathodic arc deposition systems using compound cathodes and rotating substrate fixture. For Ti-Si-C films, electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry reveals a trapezoid modulation in Si content in the substrate normal direction, with a period of 4 to 23 nm dependent on cathode configuration. This is caused by preferential resputtering of Si by the energet...

  17. High thrust-to-power ratio micro-cathode arc thruster

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The Micro-Cathode Arc Thruster (μCAT is an electric propulsion device that ablates solid cathode material, through an electrical vacuum arc discharge, to create plasma and ultimately produce thrust in the μN to mN range. About 90% of the arc discharge current is conducted by electrons, which go toward heating the anode and contribute very little to thrust, with only the remaining 10% going toward thrust in the form of ion current. A preliminary set of experiments were conducted to show that, at the same power level, thrust may increase by utilizing an ablative anode. It was shown that ablative anode particles were found on a collection plate, compared to no particles from a non-ablative anode, while another experiment showed an increase in ion-to-arc current by approximately 40% at low frequencies compared to the non-ablative anode. Utilizing anode ablation leads to an increase in thrust-to-power ratio in the case of the μCAT.

  18. Estimation of barium evaporation rate from emission measurement of dispenser cathodes

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    Dispenser cathodes of type M (Os-Ru coated) have been fabricated in the laboratory and tested for their emission characteristics in a sealed glass bulb in a closely spaced diode configuration. It is observed that the pulsed emission current in the temperature limited region decreased with time during the first few hours of operation and later stabilized at a constant value. This initial fall of emission current is attributed to the back bombardment of barium atoms from the anode resulting in an increase in the effective work function of the cathode surface. The decrease in emission current with time was found to follow a t1/2 relation. It was also observed that when the anode was baked at about 800 deg. CB for a few minutes the original emission current was restored, thus suggesting that the barium evaporated on the anode was responsible for such a behavior. A theoretical model has been suggested for estimation of barium evaporation rate from the above time dependent emission phenomenon observed

  19. Estimation of barium evaporation rate from emission measurement of dispenser cathodes

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    Ravi, M.; Bhat, K. S.

    2003-06-01

    Dispenser cathodes of type M (Os-Ru coated) have been fabricated in the laboratory and tested for their emission characteristics in a sealed glass bulb in a closely spaced diode configuration. It is observed that the pulsed emission current in the temperature limited region decreased with time during the first few hours of operation and later stabilized at a constant value. This initial fall of emission current is attributed to the back bombardment of barium atoms from the anode resulting in an increase in the effective work function of the cathode surface. The decrease in emission current with time was found to follow a t1/2 relation. It was also observed that when the anode was baked at about 800 °C B for a few minutes the original emission current was restored, thus suggesting that the barium evaporated on the anode was responsible for such a behavior. A theoretical model has been suggested for estimation of barium evaporation rate from the above time dependent emission phenomenon observed.

  20. Heat flux at the refractory cathode of a high-current, high-pressure arc (two modes of cathode spot attachment)

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    Nemchinsky, Valerian [ESAB Welding and Cutting Products and Francis Marion University, Florence SC 29501 (United States)

    2004-04-07

    Calorimetric measurements of a refractory (pure and thoriated tungsten) cathode in a high-current (100-500 A) high-pressure (1-5 atm) arc in nitrogen were performed. The measurements confirmed the existence of a 'high-current' mode of cathode spot (CS) operation-the mode we observed by a footprint method in our work (2003 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 36 3007). In this mode, the heat load of a cathode does not depend on the pressure and is directly proportional to the arc current as opposed to the 'low current' mode where it is inversely proportional to the square root of pressure and directly proportional to the square root of current. The current density at the cathode surface calculated from the measured heat flux to the cathode is approximately half of the current density obtained by a footprint method. Both densities exhibit the same current and pressure dependences. The radial distribution of the cathode temperature inside the CS is discussed. We hypothesize that the temperature has its maximum at the spot periphery. In the case of the thoriated tungsten cathode, this maximum may be so high that, at this location, the cathode is virtually thorium free.

  1. Boron ion beam generation utilizing lanthanum hexaboride cathodes: Comparison of vacuum arc and planar magnetron glow

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    Nikolaev, A. G.; Vizir, A. V.; Yushkov, G. Yu., E-mail: gyushkov@mail.ru; Frolova, V. P. [High Current Electronics Institute, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, Tomsk 634055 (Russian Federation); Oks, E. M. [High Current Electronics Institute, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, Tomsk 634055 (Russian Federation); Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics, Tomsk 634050 (Russian Federation)

    2016-02-15

    Boron ion beams are widely used for semiconductor ion implantation and for surface modification for improving the operating parameters and increasing the lifetime of machine parts and tools. For the latter application, the purity requirements of boron ion beams are not as stringent as for semiconductor technology, and a composite cathode of lanthanum hexaboride may be suitable for the production of boron ions. We have explored the use of two different approaches to boron plasma production: vacuum arc and planar high power impulse magnetron in self-sputtering mode. For the arc discharge, the boron plasma is generated at cathode spots, whereas for the magnetron discharge, the main process is sputtering of cathode material. We present here the results of comparative test experiments for both kinds of discharge, aimed at determining the optimal discharge parameters for maximum yield of boron ions. For both discharges, the extracted ion beam current reaches hundreds of milliamps and the fraction of boron ions in the total extracted ion beam is as high as 80%.

  2. Boron ion beam generation utilizing lanthanum hexaboride cathodes: Comparison of vacuum arc and planar magnetron glow

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    Boron ion beams are widely used for semiconductor ion implantation and for surface modification for improving the operating parameters and increasing the lifetime of machine parts and tools. For the latter application, the purity requirements of boron ion beams are not as stringent as for semiconductor technology, and a composite cathode of lanthanum hexaboride may be suitable for the production of boron ions. We have explored the use of two different approaches to boron plasma production: vacuum arc and planar high power impulse magnetron in self-sputtering mode. For the arc discharge, the boron plasma is generated at cathode spots, whereas for the magnetron discharge, the main process is sputtering of cathode material. We present here the results of comparative test experiments for both kinds of discharge, aimed at determining the optimal discharge parameters for maximum yield of boron ions. For both discharges, the extracted ion beam current reaches hundreds of milliamps and the fraction of boron ions in the total extracted ion beam is as high as 80%

  3. Element- and charge-state-resolved ion energies in the cathodic arc plasma from composite AlCr cathodes in argon, nitrogen and oxygen atmospheres

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    Franz, Robert; Polcik, Peter; Anders, André

    2014-01-01

    The energy distribution functions of ions in the cathodic arc plasma using composite AlCr cathodes were measured as a function of the background gas pressure in the range 0.5 to 3.5 Pa for different cathode compositions and gas atmospheres. The most abundant aluminium ions were Al$^{+}$ regardless of the background gas species, whereas Cr$^{2+}$ ions were dominating in Ar and N$_2$ and Cr$^{+}$ in O$_2$ atmospheres. The energy distributions of the aluminium and chromium ions typically consist...

  4. High-Speed Visualization of Evaporation Phenomena from Tungsten Based Electrode in Multi-Phase AC Arc

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    Tanaka, Manabu; Hashizume, Taro; Imatsuji, Tomoyuki; Nawata, Yushi; Watanabe, Takayuki

    2015-09-01

    A multi-phase AC arc has been developed for applications in various fields of engineering because it possesses unique advantages such as high energy efficiency. However, understanding of fundamental phenomena in the multi-phase AC arc is still insufficient for practical use. Purpose of this study is to investigate electrode erosion mechanism by high-speed visualization of the electrode metal vapor in the arc. Results indicated that the electrode mainly evaporated at anodic period, leading to the arc constriction. Moreover, evaporation of W electrode with 2wt% La2O3 at the anodic period was much higher than that with 2wt% ThO2. This can be explained by different properties of these oxide additives. Evaporation of the oxide additive resulted in the arc constriction, which accelerated the evaporation of W electrode. Therefore, addition of La2O3 with lower melting and boiling point than ThO2 lead to stronger arc constriction, resulting in severer evaporation of W electrode.

  5. Analysis of products of arc discharge plasma synthesis with a graphite cathode and a composite anode

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    Podgornyi, V. I.; Belashev, B. Z.; Kolodei, V. A.; Osaulenko, R. N.

    2015-01-01

    The composition, structure, and morphology of compounds formed in an argon arc discharge with a graphite cathode and a composite anode are studied by the methods of Raman scattering, X-ray diffraction analysis, X-ray microanalysis, and electron microscopy. Among the synthesis produces, graphite-like substances and metal carbides dominate; metal microcrystallites, fullerenes, and carbon nanotubes are present in some cases. It is found that carbides are not formed when anodes with a nickel admixture are used. The Raman spectra indicate the synthesis of single-wall carbon nanotubes in arcs with the C-Fe and C-Ni-V anodes. In the case of C-Ni and C-V anodes, electron microscopy data indicate the existence of micrometer-size carbon fiber structures in the synthesis products.

  6. Physical phenomena in a hollow cathode and interaction of powder with the vacuum arc

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    The basic design of an arc discharge is a tube with the inner diameter R and working gas being fed through it into the low pressure chamber. The open end of the tube is directed to the anode. The length of the cathode tube is several inner diameters of the tube. There are four main working regimes of hollow arc discharge being distinguished by the magnitudes of plasma gas flow rate G, pressure P in a vacuum chamber and discharge current j : 1) normal regime, 2) low flow rate of plasma gas regime, 3) low current regime and 4) high pressure regime. The normal regime is of the greatest interest for its applications in plasma technologies so the latter one was thoroughly investigated in the present paper

  7. Field to thermo-field to thermionic electron emission: A practical guide to evaluation and electron emission from arc cathodes

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    Benilov, M. S.; Benilova, L. G.

    2013-08-01

    This work is concerned with devising a method of evaluation of electron emission in the framework of the Murphy-Good theory, which would be as simple and computationally efficient as possible while being accurate in the full range of conditions of validity of the theory. The method relies on Padé approximants. A comparative study of electron emission from cathodes of arcs in ambient gas and vacuum arcs is performed with the use of this method. Electron emission from cathodes of arcs in ambient gas is of thermionic nature even for extremely high gas pressures characteristic of projection and automotive arc lamps and is adequately described by the Richardson-Schottky formula. The electron emission from vaporizing (hot) cathodes of vacuum arcs is of thermo-field nature and is adequately described by the Hantzsche fit formula. Since no analytical formulas are uniformly valid for field to thermo-field to thermionic emission, a numerical evaluation of the Murphy-Good formalism is inevitable in cases where a unified description of the full range of conditions is needed, as is the general case of plasma-cathode interaction in vacuum arcs, and the technique proposed in this work may be the method of choice to this end.

  8. Plasma source ion implantation of metal ions: Synchronization of cathodic-arc plasma production and target bias pulses

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    An erbium cathodic-arc has been installed on a Plasma Source Ion Implantation (PSII) experiment to allow the implantation of erbium metal and the growth of adherent erbia (erbium oxide) films on a variety of substrates. Operation of the PSII pulser and the cathodic-arc are synchronized to achieve pure implantation, rather than the hybrid implantation/deposition being investigated in other laboratories. The relative phase of the 20 μs PSII and cathodic-arc pulses can to adjusted to tailor the energy distribution of implanted ions and suppress the initial high-current drain on the pulse modulator. The authors present experimental data on this effect and make a comparison to results from particle-in-cell simulations

  9. Cross-sectional STEM study of cathodic arc deposited amorphous carbon and carbon-nitride films

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    Full text: The VG601 high resolution dedicated Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM) located at the University of Sydney has the capability of providing structural information with a spatial resolution of less than one nanometre. Compositional information can be obtained using either Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) or Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy. Each characteristic absorption edge in EELS also exhibits structure which provides information on the atomic environment of the absorbing atom. The combination of EELS and STEM therefore provides a powerful tool for analysing structure at the nanometre scale. In this work we investigate the structure of cathodic arc deposited carbon and carbon-nitride films using this EELS/STEM combination. By preparing the films in cross-section and collecting a number of spectra in a line through the film thickness (line profile), it is possible to investigate the deposition process in great detail since variations in structure with depth in the film provide information on the 'history' of film growth. In the case of carbon based materials, this technique provides a direct measure of the variations in both density and proportion of diamond-like bonding. These measurements will be used to help understand the mechanisms of film growth by cathodic arc deposition

  10. Low pressure arc discharges with hollow cathodes and their using in plasma generators and charged particle sources

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    Vintizenko, L G; Koval, N N; Tolkachev, V S; Lopatin, I V; Shchanin, P M

    2001-01-01

    Paper presents the results of investigation into arc discharges with a hollow cathode generating 10 sup 1 sup 0 -10 sup 1 sup 2 concentration gas-discharge plasma in essential (approx 1 m sup 3) volumes at low (10 sup - sup 2 -1 Pa) pressures and up to 200 A discharge currents. One studied design of discharge systems with heated and cold cathodes their peculiar features, presented the parameters of plasma generators and of charged particle sources based on arc discharges and discussed, as well, the problems of more rational application of those systems in the processes for surface modification of solids

  11. Growth of single and bilayer graphene by filtered cathodic vacuum arc technique

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    Kesarwani, A. K.; Panwar, O. S., E-mail: ospanwar@mail.nplindia.ernet.in; Bisht, Atul [Polymorphic Carbon Thin Films Group, Physics of Energy Harvesting Division, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K. S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012, India and Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), CSIR Campus, New Delhi 110012 (India); Dhakate, S. R. [Physics and Engineering of Carbon Materials, Division of Materials Physics and Engineering, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K. S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012, India and Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), CSIR Campus, New Delhi 110012 (India); Rakshit, R. K. [Quantum Phenomena and Applications Group, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K. S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012, India and Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), CSIR Campus, New Delhi 110012 (India); Singh, V. N. [Electron and Ion Microscopy, Sophisticated and Analytical Instruments, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K. S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012, India and Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), CSIR Campus, New Delhi 110012 (India); Kumar, Ashish [Polymorphic Carbon Thin Films Group, Physics of Energy Harvesting Division, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K. S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India)

    2016-03-15

    The authors present a viable process to grow the high quality graphene films with control over number of layers by the filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) technique. In the FCVA process, the different carbon concentrations can be controlled by precisely tuning the arc time (1–4 s). The arc generated carbon was deposited on the nickel catalyst at 800 °C, annealed for 10 min, and cooled down to room temperature in the presence of hydrogen gas, resulting in the graphene films with control over number of layers. Prior to arcing, hydrogen etching of nickel was carried out to clean the surface of the substrate. A growth model to prepare the high quality graphene has also been proposed. The as-grown graphene films were transferred to different substrates and are characterized by Raman spectroscopy, optical microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy to determine the number of layers present in these films. Raman spectra of the prepared graphene films exhibit change in the G peak position from 1582.4 to 1578.1 cm{sup −1}, two-dimensional (2D) peak shifts from 2688.5 to 2703.8 cm{sup −1}, the value of I{sub 2D}/I{sub G} increased from 0.38 to 3.82, and the full width at half maxima of 2D peak changed from 41 to 70 cm{sup −1}, for different layers of graphene films. The high resolution transmission electron microscopy image revealed that the graphene films prepared for 1 and 2 s arc times have single and bi- or trilayered structures, respectively.

  12. Growth of single and bilayer graphene by filtered cathodic vacuum arc technique

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    The authors present a viable process to grow the high quality graphene films with control over number of layers by the filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) technique. In the FCVA process, the different carbon concentrations can be controlled by precisely tuning the arc time (1–4 s). The arc generated carbon was deposited on the nickel catalyst at 800 °C, annealed for 10 min, and cooled down to room temperature in the presence of hydrogen gas, resulting in the graphene films with control over number of layers. Prior to arcing, hydrogen etching of nickel was carried out to clean the surface of the substrate. A growth model to prepare the high quality graphene has also been proposed. The as-grown graphene films were transferred to different substrates and are characterized by Raman spectroscopy, optical microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy to determine the number of layers present in these films. Raman spectra of the prepared graphene films exhibit change in the G peak position from 1582.4 to 1578.1 cm−1, two-dimensional (2D) peak shifts from 2688.5 to 2703.8 cm−1, the value of I2D/IG increased from 0.38 to 3.82, and the full width at half maxima of 2D peak changed from 41 to 70 cm−1, for different layers of graphene films. The high resolution transmission electron microscopy image revealed that the graphene films prepared for 1 and 2 s arc times have single and bi- or trilayered structures, respectively

  13. Plasma arc cutting: Microstructural modifications of hafnium cathodes during first cycles

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    In the present work, the microstructural modifications of the Hf insert in plasma arc cutting (PAC) electrodes operating at 250 A were experimentally investigated during first cycles, in order to understand those phenomena occurring on and under the Hf emissive surface and involved in the electrode erosion process. Standard electrodes were subjected to an increasing number of cutting cycles (CCs) on mild steel plates in realistic operative conditions, with oxygen/air as plasma/shield gas. Microstructural analysis was performed for each electrode at different erosion stages by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and Raman spectroscopy. Electrodes cross sections were also observed by means of optical microscopy (both in bright field and in reflected polarised light) after chemical etching. In the insert, three typical zones were found after cutting: monoclinic HfO2 layer; thermally-modified transition zone with O2–Hf solid solution; unmodified Hf. The erosion cavity and the oxide layer thickness increase with the number of cutting cycles. Macrocracking was observed in the oxide layer, while microcracking and grain growth were detected in the remelted Hf. Moreover, detachment was found at the Hf/Cu interface. Based on thermodynamics and kinetics of the Hf high temperature oxidation, conclusions can be drawn on the erosion mechanism involved. - Highlights: ► Hf microstructural modifications in cathodes after plasma arc cutting cycles investigated. ► 3 zones identified after cutting: HfO2 layer; remelted zone with O2–Hf solid solution; unmodified Hf. ► Hf-based ejections both in arc-on and arc-off phases; erosion cavity deepens with cutting cycles. ► Detachment at the Hf/Cu interfaces, worsening heat dissipation and oxidation/erosion phenomena. ► The use of a different current ramp at subsequent erosion stages is suggested.

  14. Influence of operating current on the stability of deuterium arcs and hydrogen hollow cathode lamps used as background correctors in atomic absorption spectrophotometry

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    The instability of deuterium arcs and hydrogen hollow cathode lamps influences significantly the reproducibility of atomic absorption measurements. The effect of current flowing through the lamp was studied as a factor influencing the stability of deuterium arcs and hydrogen lamps. Using longer integration times, it is possible to average the instability to some degree when working in the double beam mode. Considerable wavelength dependence of precision was found for both the deuterium arcs and the hydrogen hollow cathode lamps. (author)

  15. Device quality ZnO grown using a Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc

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    Elzwawi, Salim, E-mail: salim.elzwawi@pg.canterbury.ac.nz [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, Canterbury (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); Kim, Hyung Suk, E-mail: david.kim@pg.canterbury.ac.nz [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, Canterbury (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); Heinhold, Robert, E-mail: robert.heinhold@pg.canterbury.ac.nz [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, Canterbury (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); Lynam, Max, E-mail: mfl38@uclive.ac.nz [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, Canterbury (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); Turner, Gary, E-mail: gary.turner@canterbury.ac.nz [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, Canterbury (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); Partridge, Jim G., E-mail: jim.partridge@canterbury.ac.nz [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, Canterbury (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); McCulloch, Dougal G., E-mail: dougal.mcculloch@rmit.edu.au [Applied Sciences, RMIT University, GPO Box 2476 V, Melbourne, VIC 3001 (Australia)

    2012-08-01

    In this paper we report on the structural, electrical and optical characteristics of unintentionally doped ZnO films grown on a-plane sapphire substrates using the Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc (FCVA) technique. The resulting films showed considerable promise for device applications with properties including high transparency, moderate intrinsic carrier concentrations (10{sup 17}-10{sup 19} cm{sup -3}), electron mobilities up to 30 cm{sup 2}/Vs, low surface roughness (typically <2% of film thickness) and well-structured photoluminescence. Post-annealing in oxygen at temperatures up to 800 Degree-Sign C produced significant improvements in the properties of these films. Silver oxide Schottky diodes fabricated on FCVA ZnO showed ideality factors as low as 1.20 and good sensitivity to ultraviolet light.

  16. Cathodic arc deposition of nitrogen doped tetrahedral amorphous carbon for computer memories

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    Much interest has been shown in the use of tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) deposited by filtered cathodic arc as an inexpensive, easily produced, wide band-gap semiconductor in the fabrication of electronic devices. Around the world much of this interest has been in its potential use as a low electron-affinity field emitter for flat-screen displays. Recent observations of a nonvolatile memory effect in nitrogen doped ta-C at the University of Sydney suggest that new possibilities may exist for its use as a means of non-volatile digital information storage. Devices with switching times of 100 μs, read times of 100 ns, and effective memory retention times of the order of months have been fabricated. Nonvolatile memory phenomena observed in the electrical characteristics of nitrogen doped ta-C thin films suggests such traps may be useful as a means of digital information storage

  17. Modeling and experimental investigation of spot dynamics on graphite cathodes in dc plasma arcs at high pressure

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    From a model recently developed for refractory cathodes [Munoz-Serrano et al., J. Appl. Phys.98, 093303 (2005)], the behavior of a graphite cathode spot in a dc plasma torch at atmospheric pressure was investigated. Furthermore, an experimental study of these cathodes was made guided by the results obtained from the model. The model includes the modeling of the cathode region, the solution of the heat conduction problem in the cathode, and the simulation of the cathode ablation process. As a result of the model, the values of the parameters which characterize the cathode region were obtained, and the evolution of the spot under different working conditions determined by the value of the initial voltage drop in the cathode region, U0, was investigated. The results obtained show that the maximum spot radius diminishes when U0 increases. Furthermore, two qualitatively different conditions for the spot dynamics were found. For U0≥31 V, the spot radius continually grows over time until reaching a maximum value rm, and the spot remains fixed on a point of the cathode surface. For values of U0 less than 31 V the spot radius continues growing over time until reaching a maximum value with which it is not possible to satisfy the energy balance equation. This leads to spot extinction and to its appearance at another point of the cathode surface. Several graphite cathodes were experimentally studied, each one using different interelectrode voltage drop values Ua-c. Before and after arcing, the cathode surface was explored by an electron microscope, and the roughness profile of that surface was determined by a perthometer. This allowed measuring the average size of the craters produced on the cathode surface by the arc. The movement of the spot attachment for different values of interelectrode voltage was observed by a digital video camera. It was experimentally found that the average crater radius diminished when the Ua-c potential increased. Furthermore, it was seen that

  18. Atmospheric pressure arc discharge with ablating graphite anode

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    Nemchinsky, V. A. [Keiser University, Fort Lauderdale Campus, FL, 33309, USA; Raitses, Y. [Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)

    2015-05-18

    The anodic carbon arc discharge is used to produce carbon nanoparticles. Recent experiments with the carbon arc at atmospheric pressure helium demonstrated the enhanced ablation rate for narrow graphite anodes resulting in high deposition rates of carbonaceous products on the copper cathode (Fetterman et al 2008 Carbon 46 1322–6). The proposed model explains these results with interconnected steady-state models of the cathode and the anode processes. When considering cathode functioning, the model predicts circulation of the particles in the near-cathode region: evaporation of the cathode material, ionization of evaporated atoms and molecules in the near-cathode plasma, return of the resulting ions to the cathode, surface recombination of ions and electrons followed again by cathode evaporation etc. In the case of the low anode ablation rate, the ion acceleration in the cathode sheath provides the major cathode heating mechanism. In the case of an intensive anode ablation, an additional cathode heating is due to latent fusion heat of the atomic species evaporated from the anode and depositing at the cathode. Using the experimental arc voltage as the only input discharge parameter, the model allows us to calculate the anode ablation rate. A comparison of the results of calculations with the available experimental data shows reasonable agreement.

  19. Effect of bias voltage on microstructure and mechanical properties of arc evaporated (Ti, Al)N hard coatings

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    F Aliaj; N Syla; S Avdiaj; T Dilo

    2013-06-01

    In the present study, authors report on the effect that substrate bias voltage has on the microstructure and mechanical properties of (Ti, Al)N hard coatings deposited with cathodic arc evaporation (CAE) technique. The coatings were deposited from a Ti0.5Al0.5 powder metallurgical target in a reactive nitrogen atmosphere at three different bias voltages: UB = −25, −50 and −100 V. The coatings were characterized in terms of compositional, microstructural and mechanical properties. Microstructure of the coatings was investigated with the aid of X-ray diffraction in glancing angle mode, which revealed information on phase composition, crystallite size, stress-free lattice parameter and residual stress. Mechanical properties were deduced from nano-indentation measurements. The residual stress in all the coatings was compressive and increased with increasing bias voltage in a manner similar to that reported in literature for Ti–Al–N coatings deposited with CAE. The bias voltage was also found to significantly influence the phase composition and crystallite size. At −25 V bias voltage the coating was found in single phase fcc-(Ti, Al)N and with relatively large crystallites of ∼9 nm. At higher bias voltages (−50 and −100 V), the coatings were found in dual phase fcc-(Ti, Al)N and fcc-AlN and the size of crystallites reduced to approximately 5 nm. The reduction of crystallite size and the increase of compressive residual stress with increasing bias voltage both contributed to an increase in hardness of the coatings.

  20. Review of cathodic arc deposition technology at the start of the new millennium

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    Sanders, D M; Anders, A

    2000-02-24

    The vacuum cathodic arc has been known to provide a means of producing coatings since the second half of the 19th century. This makes it one of the oldest known means for making coatings in a vacuum. In the last century it has been recognized that the copious quantities of ions produced by the process offers certain advantages in terms of coating properties. Specifically, ions can be steered and/or accelerated toward the parts to be coated. This, in turn, can provide enhanced adhesion, film density, and composition stoichiometry in the case of compound coatings. The ions generated by the cathodic arc have high ''natural'' kinetic energy values in the range 20-200 eV, leading to enhanced surface mobility during the deposition process and even ion subplantation. In many cases, dense coatings are achieved even when non-normal arrival angles are involved. The ion energy can further manipulated by the plasma immersion biasing technique. The issue of macroparticle contamination has been addressed by a variety of novel plasma filters. In spite of all of these advantages, this deposition technique has not been widely adopted in the western nations for commercial coating except in the case of enhancing the performance of cutting tools. The purpose of the this review is to explore reasons for this lack of general use of the technology and to point out some encouraging recent developments which may lead to its accelerated adoption for a much wider variety of applications in the near future.

  1. Optimization of a PIII&D System Using a Cathodic Arc with Titanium

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    Fazio, M.; Kleiman, A.; Lamas, D. G.; Grondona, D.; Marquez, A.

    2014-05-01

    A plasma immersion ion implantation and deposition (PIII&D) system was recently built at INFIP. A dc cathodic arc with a Ti cathode of 5 cm in diameter and an annular anode of 8cm in diameter was employed as the plasma source. The substrate chamber was electrically insulated and connected with the main discharge chamber through a straight magnetic duct. The discharge current was run at 100 A. The substrate was biased with a pulsed generator (30 kV, 30 A, 0.05 - 3 kHz) based on a pulse transformer controlled by IGBT switches. In this work the optimization of the process as function of the pulse parameters is presented. The characteristics of Ti coatings on steel substrates obtained varying the pulse amplitude from 2 to 12 kV and the pulse frequency from 200 Hz to 400 Hz were analyzed and compared with films grown without biasing the substrate. The thickness was determined weighting the samples before and after the treatment. The morphology was observed with an atomic force microscope. The film structure was studied by x-ray diffraction.

  2. Multiple solutions in the theory of dc glow discharges and cathodic part of arc discharges. Application of these solutions to the modeling of cathode spots and patterns: a review

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    Benilov, M. S.

    2014-10-01

    A new class of stationary solutions in the theory of glow discharges and plasma-cathode interaction in ambient-gas arc discharges has been found over the past 15 years. These solutions exist simultaneously with the solution given in textbooks, which describes a discharge mode with a uniform or smooth distribution of current over the cathode surface, and describes modes with various configurations of cathode spots: normal spots on glow cathodes, patterns of multiple spots recently observed on cathodes of glow microdischarges and spots on arc cathodes. In particular, these solutions show that cathode spots represent a manifestation of self-organization caused by basic mechanisms of the near-cathode space-charge sheath; another illustration of the richness of the gas discharge science. As far as arc cathodes are concerned, the new solutions have proved relevant for industrial applications. This work is dedicated to reviewing the multiple solutions obtained to date, their systematization, and analysis of their properties and physical meaning. The treatment is performed in the context of general trends of self-organization in bistable nonlinear dissipative systems, which allows one to consider glow discharges or arc-cathode interaction within a single physically transparent framework without going into mathematical details and offers a possibility of systematic computation of the multiple solutions. Relevant computational aspects and experimental data are discussed.

  3. Tribological characterization of chromium nitride coating deposited by filtered cathodic vacuum arc

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    CrN coatings were prepared by filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) technique. The influence of the deposition parameters (nitrogen partial pressure PN2, substrate bias voltage Vs and preheating of the substrate) on the structural, mechanical and tribological properties of the FCVA CrN coatings was investigated. Further, the FCVA CrN coating was compared in dry reciprocating sliding with commercial multi-arc ion plating (MAIP) CrN coating as to friction and wear properties. Profilometer, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDX) were used to evaluate the wear scars and the wear mechanisms were discussed. The results showed that the structural, mechanical and tribological properties of the FCVA CrN coatings were significantly dependent on the deposition parameters. The FCVA CrN coating deposited with PN2 of 0.1 Pa, Vs of -100 V and without preheating exhibited the optimal mechanical and tribological properties. The FCVA CrN coating exhibited much better anti-abrasive and anti-spalling properties than the MAIP CrN coating, which was resulted from significant reduction of macroparticles and pitting defects by the FCVA technique. The MAIP CrN coating suffered severe concentrated wear by a combination wear mechanisms of delamination, abrasive and oxidative wear when high normal load was applied, while for the FCVA CrN coating the wear mechanisms were ultra-mild abrasive and oxidative wear.

  4. Tribological characterization of chromium nitride coating deposited by filtered cathodic vacuum arc

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    Mo, J. L.; Zhu, M. H.

    2009-06-01

    CrN coatings were prepared by filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) technique. The influence of the deposition parameters (nitrogen partial pressure P, substrate bias voltage Vs and preheating of the substrate) on the structural, mechanical and tribological properties of the FCVA CrN coatings was investigated. Further, the FCVA CrN coating was compared in dry reciprocating sliding with commercial multi-arc ion plating (MAIP) CrN coating as to friction and wear properties. Profilometer, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDX) were used to evaluate the wear scars and the wear mechanisms were discussed. The results showed that the structural, mechanical and tribological properties of the FCVA CrN coatings were significantly dependent on the deposition parameters. The FCVA CrN coating deposited with P of 0.1 Pa, Vs of -100 V and without preheating exhibited the optimal mechanical and tribological properties. The FCVA CrN coating exhibited much better anti-abrasive and anti-spalling properties than the MAIP CrN coating, which was resulted from significant reduction of macroparticles and pitting defects by the FCVA technique. The MAIP CrN coating suffered severe concentrated wear by a combination wear mechanisms of delamination, abrasive and oxidative wear when high normal load was applied, while for the FCVA CrN coating the wear mechanisms were ultra-mild abrasive and oxidative wear.

  5. Current density at the refractory cathode of a high-current high-pressure arc (two modes of cathode spot attachment)

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    Nemchinsky, Valerian [ESAB Welding and Cutting Products and Francis Marion University, Florence, SC 29501 (United States)

    2003-12-07

    The attachment of a high-pressure arc at a refractory cathode was investigated theoretically and experimentally. Simple model considerations showed that an isolated cathode spot (CS) could function in two different modes. At relatively low currents and pressures, the CS mode (first mode) corresponds to the existing model (Bade W L and Yos Y M 1963 Technical Documentary Report No ASD-TDR-62-729 vol 1 (part II); Neumann W 1969 Beitr Plasmaphysik 9 499-526; Benilov M S 1993 Phys. Rev. 48 506-15, 1994 IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 22 73-7, 1999 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 32 257-62; Benilov M S and Marotta A 1995 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 28 1869-82; Benilov M S and Cunha M D 2002 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 35 1736-50, 2003 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 36 603-14). In this mode current density does not depend on the arc current and is directly proportional to the gas pressure. At higher currents and/or higher pressures the CS exists in a different mode (second mode). In this mode current density does not depend on pressure and decreases as the current increases. If the product of the arc current, I, and the gas pressure, p, is lower than some critical value, then the first mode is realized; at a higher Ip product, the second one is realized. For discharges in nitrogen, the critical value was estimated as {approx}7 x 10{sup 7} A Pa. In the experimental part of this work, we investigated the footprints that the arc left at the cathode after it was terminated. Cathodes were made of pure and thoriated tungsten and the gases were nitrogen and argon. We have observed both modes. At 3 x 10{sup 5} Pa, the second mode was observed at currents higher than {approx}300 A; at 200 A, it was observed at pressures higher than {approx}3 x 10{sup 5} Pa. The CS footprint appearances are quite different. In the first mode the footprint has a smooth central part and a heavily eroded periphery. We believe that the cathode temperature is maximal not at the CS centre but at its periphery in this mode. With a

  6. Evaporators

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    Knudsen, Hans Jørgen Høgaard

    1996-01-01

    Type of evaporators. Regulation. Thermal dimensioning. Determination of pressure loss and heat transfer coefficients.......Type of evaporators. Regulation. Thermal dimensioning. Determination of pressure loss and heat transfer coefficients....

  7. Analysing bifurcations encountered in numerical modelling of current transfer to cathodes of dc glow and arc discharges

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    Almeida, P G C; Benilov, M S; Cunha, M D; Faria, M J [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade da Madeira, Largo do Municipio, 9000 Funchal (Portugal)

    2009-10-07

    Bifurcations and/or their consequences are frequently encountered in numerical modelling of current transfer to cathodes of gas discharges, also in apparently simple situations, and a failure to recognize and properly analyse a bifurcation may create difficulties in the modelling and hinder the understanding of numerical results and the underlying physics. This work is concerned with analysis of bifurcations that have been encountered in the modelling of steady-state current transfer to cathodes of glow and arc discharges. All basic types of steady-state bifurcations (fold, transcritical, pitchfork) have been identified and analysed. The analysis provides explanations to many results obtained in numerical modelling. In particular, it is shown that dramatic changes in patterns of current transfer to cathodes of both glow and arc discharges, described by numerical modelling, occur through perturbed transcritical bifurcations of first- and second-order contact. The analysis elucidates the reason why the mode of glow discharge associated with the falling section of the current-voltage characteristic in the solution of von Engel and Steenbeck seems not to appear in 2D numerical modelling and the subnormal and normal modes appear instead. A similar effect has been identified in numerical modelling of arc cathodes and explained.

  8. Cathodic micro-arc electrodeposition of yttrium stabilized zirconia (YSZ) coatings on FeCrAl alloy

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    2003-01-01

    The formation of ceramic coatings on metal substrate by cathodic electrolytic deposition (CELD) has received more attention in recent years. But only thin films can be prepared via CELD. Yttrium stabilized zirconia (YSZ) ceramic coatings were deposited on FeCrAl alloy by a novel technique--cathodic micro-arc electrodeposition (CMED). The result shows that, when a high pulse electric field is applied to the cathode which was pre-deposited with a thin YSZ film, dielectric breakdown occurs and micro-arc discharges appear. Coatings with reasonably thickness of ~300μm and crystalline structure can be deposited on the cathode by utilizing the energy of the micro-arc. The thickness of the as-deposited coating is dominated by the voltage and the frequency. Y2O3 is co-deposited with ZrO2 when Y(NO3)3 was added to the electrolyte, which stabilize t-phase, t′- phase and c-phase of ZrO2 at room temperature. The amount of the m-ZrO2 in the coating is diminished by increasing the concentration of Y(NO3)3 in the electrolyte. This report describes the processing of CMED and studies the microstructure of the deposited YSZ coatings.

  9. Tribological characterization of chromium nitride coating deposited by filtered cathodic vacuum arc

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    Mo, J.L. [Tribology Research Institute, Traction Power State Key Laboratory, Southwest Jiaotong University, 111 Er Huan Road, Chengdu 610031 (China); Zhu, M.H., E-mail: zhuminhao@swjtu.cn [Tribology Research Institute, Traction Power State Key Laboratory, Southwest Jiaotong University, 111 Er Huan Road, Chengdu 610031 (China)

    2009-06-15

    CrN coatings were prepared by filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) technique. The influence of the deposition parameters (nitrogen partial pressure P{sub N{sub 2}}, substrate bias voltage V{sub s} and preheating of the substrate) on the structural, mechanical and tribological properties of the FCVA CrN coatings was investigated. Further, the FCVA CrN coating was compared in dry reciprocating sliding with commercial multi-arc ion plating (MAIP) CrN coating as to friction and wear properties. Profilometer, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDX) were used to evaluate the wear scars and the wear mechanisms were discussed. The results showed that the structural, mechanical and tribological properties of the FCVA CrN coatings were significantly dependent on the deposition parameters. The FCVA CrN coating deposited with P{sub N{sub 2}} of 0.1 Pa, V{sub s} of -100 V and without preheating exhibited the optimal mechanical and tribological properties. The FCVA CrN coating exhibited much better anti-abrasive and anti-spalling properties than the MAIP CrN coating, which was resulted from significant reduction of macroparticles and pitting defects by the FCVA technique. The MAIP CrN coating suffered severe concentrated wear by a combination wear mechanisms of delamination, abrasive and oxidative wear when high normal load was applied, while for the FCVA CrN coating the wear mechanisms were ultra-mild abrasive and oxidative wear.

  10. RF properties at 6 GHz of ultra-high vacuum cathodic arc films up to 450 oersted

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    Several films of niobium were deposited on copper plates via the ultra-high vacuum cathodic arc (UHVCA) deposition method as described by R. Russo et al. [R. Russo et al., Supercond. Sci. Tech. 18 (2005) L41; R. Russo et al., J. Appl. Phys., submitted for publication]. We attached these end plates to a 6 GHz cavity operating in the TE011 mode for characterizing the film quality by measuring the Q versus surface magnetic field

  11. Bias voltage effect on the structure and property of chromium copper-diamond-like carbon multilayer films fabricated by cathodic arc plasma

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    Chromium copper-diamond-like carbon (Cr:Cu)-DLC films were deposited onto silicon and by cathodic arc evaporation process using chromium (Cr) and copper (Cu) target arc sources to provide Cr and Cu in the Me-DLC. Acetylene reactive gases were the carbon source and activated at 180 deg. C at 13 mTorr, and a substrate bias voltage was varied from -50 V to -200 V to provide the (Cr:Cu)-DLC structure. The structure, interface, and chemical bonding state of the produced film were analyzed by transmission electron microscope (TEM), IR Fourier transform (FTIR) spectra, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results showed that the Cr-containing a-C:H/Cu coatings exhibited an amorphous layer of DLC:Cr layer and a crystalline layer of Cu multilayer structure. The profiles of sp3/sp2 (XPS) ratios corresponded to the change of microhardness profile by varying the pressure of the negative DC bias voltage. These (Cr:Cu)-DLC coatings are promising materials for soft substrate protective coatings.

  12. Oxidation behavior of arc evaporated Al-Cr-Si-N thin films

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    The impact of Al and Si on the oxidation behavior of Al-Cr-(Si)-N thin films synthesized by arc evaporation of powder metallurgically prepared AlxCr1−x targets with x = Al/(Al + Cr) of 0.5, 0.6, and 0.7 and (Al0.5Cr0.5)1−zSiz targets with Si contents of z = 0.05, 0.1, and 0.2 in N2 atmosphere was studied in detail by means of differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), x-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy. Dynamical measurements in synthetic air (up to 1440 °C) revealed the highest onset temperature of pronounced oxidation for nitride coatings prepared from the Al0.4Cr0.4Si0.2 target. Isothermal TGA at 1100, 1200, 1250, and 1300 °C highlight the pronounced improvement of the oxidation resistance of AlxCr1−xN coatings by the addition of Si. The results show that Si promotes the formation of a dense coating morphology as well as a dense oxide scale when exposed to air.

  13. Charge-state and element-resolved ion energies in the cathodic arc plasma from composite AlCr cathodes in argon, nitrogen and oxygen atmospheres

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    Franz, Robert; Anders, André

    2014-01-01

    The energy distribution functions of ions in the cathodic arc plasma using composite AlCr cathodes were measured as a function of the background gas pressure in the range 0.5 to 3.5 Pa for different cathode compositions and gas atmospheres. The most abundant aluminium ions were Al$^{+}$ regardless of the background gas species, whereas Cr$^{2+}$ ions were dominating in Ar and N$_2$ and Cr$^{+}$ in O$_2$ atmospheres. The energy distributions of the aluminium and chromium ions typically consisted of a high energy fraction due to acceleration in the expanding plasma plume from the cathode spot and thermalised ions that were subjected to collisions in the plasma cloud. The fraction of the latter increased with increasing background gas pressure. Atomic nitrogen and oxygen ions showed similar energy distributions as the aluminium and chromium ions, whereas the argon and molecular nitrogen and oxygen ions were mainly thermalised. In addition to the positively charged metal and gas ions, negatively charged oxygen an...

  14. Enhanced human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell functions on cathodic arc plasma-treated titanium.

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    Zhu, Wei; Teel, George; O'Brien, Christopher M; Zhuang, Taisen; Keidar, Michael; Zhang, Lijie Grace

    2015-01-01

    Surface modification of titanium for use in orthopedics has been explored for years; however, an ideal method of integrating titanium with native bone is still required to this day. Since human bone cells directly interact with nanostructured extracellular matrices, one of the most promising methods of improving titanium's osseointegration involves inducing bio-mimetic nanotopography to enhance cell-implant interaction. In this regard, we explored an approach to functionalize the surface of titanium by depositing a thin film of textured titanium nanoparticles via a cathodic arc discharge plasma. The aim is to improve human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) attachment and differentiation and to reduce deleterious effects of more complex surface modification methods. Surface functionalization was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, contact angle testing, and specific protein adsorption. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy examination demonstrate the deposition of titanium nanoparticles and the surface roughness change after coating. The specific fibronectin adsorption was enhanced on the modified titanium surface that associates with the improved hydrophilicity. MSC adhesion and proliferation were significantly promoted on the nanocoated surface. More importantly, compared to bare titanium, greater production of total protein, deposition of calcium mineral, and synthesis of alkaline phosphatase were observed from MSCs on nanocoated titanium after 21 days. The method described herein presents a promising alternative method for inducing more cell favorable nanosurface for improved orthopedic applications. PMID:26677327

  15. Synthesis and characterization of CrCN-DLC composite coatings by cathodic arc ion-plating

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    Wang, R. Y.; Wang, L. L.; Liu, H. D.; Yan, S. J.; Chen, Y. M.; Fu, D. J.; Yang, B.

    2013-07-01

    CrCN-DLC composite coatings were deposited onto silicon (1 0 0) and cemented carbides substrates using pure Cr targets under C2H2 ambient by cathodic arc ion plating system. The influence of C2H2 flow rate on the structure and mechanical properties of the coatings was investigated systemically. The coatings structure and bonding state were characterized by XRD, Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The chemical composition was measured by EDS. The mechanical performance and tribological behaviour of the coatings were studied by a hardness tester and ball-on-disc wear tester. The results showed that with increasing C2H2 flow rate from 50 to 100 sccm, the corresponding hardness of coatings increased firstly and then decreased with further addition of C2H2 flow rate. The coatings deposited at lower C2H2 flow rate (less than 200 sccm) exhibited a relatively higher hardness value (more than HV0.0252000) and then the hardness decrease with increasing C2H2 flow rate. The friction coefficient also exhibited similar variation trend, when the C2H2 flow rate was higher than 100 sccm, the friction coefficient decreased and then maintained in a relatively lower value from 0.18 to 0.24, which may be attribute to the increasing carbon content and the coating exhibited more diamond-like structure.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of CrCN–DLC composite coatings by cathodic arc ion-plating

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    CrCN–DLC composite coatings were deposited onto silicon (1 0 0) and cemented carbides substrates using pure Cr targets under C2H2 ambient by cathodic arc ion plating system. The influence of C2H2 flow rate on the structure and mechanical properties of the coatings was investigated systemically. The coatings structure and bonding state were characterized by XRD, Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The chemical composition was measured by EDS. The mechanical performance and tribological behaviour of the coatings were studied by a hardness tester and ball-on-disc wear tester. The results showed that with increasing C2H2 flow rate from 50 to 100 sccm, the corresponding hardness of coatings increased firstly and then decreased with further addition of C2H2 flow rate. The coatings deposited at lower C2H2 flow rate (less than 200 sccm) exhibited a relatively higher hardness value (more than HV0.0252000) and then the hardness decrease with increasing C2H2 flow rate. The friction coefficient also exhibited similar variation trend, when the C2H2 flow rate was higher than 100 sccm, the friction coefficient decreased and then maintained in a relatively lower value from 0.18 to 0.24, which may be attribute to the increasing carbon content and the coating exhibited more diamond-like structure

  17. Micromachining of large area amorphous carbon membranes prepared by filtered cathodic vacuum arc technique

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    Liujiang, Yu; Tay, B. K.; Sheeja, D.; Fu, Y. Q.; Miao, J. M.

    2004-02-01

    Currently, there is a strong drive to make micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) devices from higher performance materials such as diamond-like carbon or amorphous carbon (a-C) films, due to their excellent tribological properties, low-stiction (hydrophobic) surfaces, chemical inertness and high elastic modulus, compared to that of Si. The hydrogen free a-C films prepared, by Nanyang Technological University's (NTUs) patented filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) technique, at 100 eV exhibits high fraction of tetrahedral (sp 3 bonded) carbon atoms. These films exhibit relatively high hardness, stiffness and wear resistance in addition to low friction and stiction behaviour. However, the primary problem lies in the large intrinsic compressive stress induced during the deposition process. By making use of high substrate pulse bias, we have successfully produced low stress, thick a-C films. The films were then characterised using different equipments to evaluate the stress, microstructure and morphological roughness. Large area a-C membranes, of 2 mm×2 mm in size, have also been fabricated using the low stress, thick film deposited by the above method.

  18. Low temperature deposition of tantalum diffusion barrier by filtered cathodic vacuum arc

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    Tantalum (Ta) diffusion barrier films were deposited on un-patterned and patterned silicon substrates at ambient temperature and without substrate bias by filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA). The films were characterized by atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, four-point resistivity probe and surface profilometer. It was found that the Ta film was 750 A thick and free of C and O except for surface contamination. The film morphology was smooth and uniform with root-mean-square roughness of ∼0.82 A. The Ta film was polycrystalline β phase with a mean grain size of ∼3 nm and possessed a dense microstructure, which are ascribed to the high energy of the condensing species in FCVA. It was shown that the Ta filling of the trenches (0.33 μm wide, 1 : 1 aspect ratio) was very conformal and quite uniform. Also, it was preliminarily found that at the Ta film was effective against diffusion of Cu into Si at 600 deg. C

  19. The multilayered structure of ultrathin amorphous carbon films synthesized by filtered cathodic vacuum arc deposition

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    2013-08-01

    The structure of ultrathin amorphous carbon (a-C) films synthesized by filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) deposition was investigated by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Results of the plasmon excitation energy shift and through-thickness elemental concentration show a multilayered a-C film structure comprising an interface layer consisting of C, Si, and, possibly, SiC, a buffer layer with continuously increasing sp 3 fraction, a relatively thicker layer (bulk film) of constant sp 3 content, and an ultrathin surface layer rich in sp 2 hybridization. A detailed study of the C K-edge spectrum indicates that the buffer layer between the interface layer and the bulk film is due to the partial backscattering of C+ ions interacting with the heavy atoms of the silicon substrate. The results of this study provide insight into the minimum thickness of a-C films deposited by FCVA under optimum substrate bias conditions. Copyright © 2013 Materials Research Society.

  20. Effects of filtered cathodic vacuum arc deposition (FCVAD) conditions on photovoltaic TiO2 films

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    Highlights: • Titanium dioxide films were synthesized using the FCVAD technique. • Various FCVAD conditions were tested. • The TiO2 films were characterized. • The FCVAD condition effects on the film characteristics were studied. • The O2 pressure had the most important effect on the film quality. - Abstract: Titanium dioxide (TiO2) films for photovoltaic applications were synthesized using filtered cathodic vacuum arc deposition (FCVAD) technique. Various deposition conditions were tested for an optimal film formation. The conditions included the oxygen (O2) pressure which was varied from a base pressure 10−5 to 10−4, 10−3, 10−2 and 10−1 Torr, sample holder bias varied using 0 or −250 V, deposition time varied from 10, 20 to 30 min, and deposition distance varied from 1 to 3 cm. The deposited films were also annealed and compared with unannealed ones. The films under various conditions were characterized using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and Raman spectroscopy techniques. The film transparency increased and thickness decreased to a nanoscale with increasing of the O2 pressure. The transparent deposited films contained stoichiometric titanium and oxygen under the medium O2 pressure. The as-deposited films were TiO2 containing some rutile but no anatase which needed annealing to form

  1. Micromachining of large area amorphous carbon membranes prepared by filtered cathodic vacuum arc technique

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    Liujiang, Yu; Tay, B.K.; Sheeja, D.; Fu, Y.Q.; Miao, J.M

    2004-02-29

    Currently, there is a strong drive to make micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) devices from higher performance materials such as diamond-like carbon or amorphous carbon (a-C) films, due to their excellent tribological properties, low-stiction (hydrophobic) surfaces, chemical inertness and high elastic modulus, compared to that of Si. The hydrogen free a-C films prepared, by Nanyang Technological University's (NTUs) patented filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) technique, at 100 eV exhibits high fraction of tetrahedral (sp{sup 3} bonded) carbon atoms. These films exhibit relatively high hardness, stiffness and wear resistance in addition to low friction and stiction behaviour. However, the primary problem lies in the large intrinsic compressive stress induced during the deposition process. By making use of high substrate pulse bias, we have successfully produced low stress, thick a-C films. The films were then characterised using different equipments to evaluate the stress, microstructure and morphological roughness. Large area a-C membranes, of 2 mmx2 mm in size, have also been fabricated using the low stress, thick film deposited by the above method.

  2. Deposition of TiN, TiC, and TiO2 films by filtered arc evaporation

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    A filtered arc deposition process was used in the reactive deposition of macroparticle-free TiO2, TiN, and TiC films. The TiO2 films were reactively deposited by arc evaporation of titanium in an oxygen atmosphere. The films deposited onto glass substrates heated to 350degC had a rutile structure and a refractive index n633 of 2.735 and extinction coefficient k633 of 0.07. Films of TiN and TiC were prepared by reactive evaporation in nitrogen and methane respectively. The lattice parameters and preferred orientations of the deposited films were measured as a function of negative substrate bias. The films were characterized by microhardness measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. (orig.)

  3. Enhanced human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell functions on cathodic arc plasma-treated titanium

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Wei Zhu,1 George Teel,1 Christopher M O’Brien,1 Taisen Zhuang,1 Michael Keidar,1 Lijie Grace Zhang1–3 1Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2Department of Biomedical Engineering, 3Department of Medicine, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA Abstract: Surface modification of titanium for use in orthopedics has been explored for years; however, an ideal method of integrating titanium with native bone is still required to this day. Since human bone cells directly interact with nanostructured extracellular matrices, one of the most promising methods of improving titanium’s osseointegration involves inducing biomimetic nanotopography to enhance cell–implant interaction. In this regard, we explored an approach to functionalize the surface of titanium by depositing a thin film of textured titanium nanoparticles via a cathodic arc discharge plasma. The aim is to improve human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell (MSC attachment and differentiation and to reduce deleterious effects of more complex surface modification methods. Surface functionalization was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, contact angle testing, and specific protein adsorption. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy examination demonstrate the deposition of titanium nanoparticles and the surface roughness change after coating. The specific fibronectin adsorption was enhanced on the modified titanium surface that associates with the improved hydrophilicity. MSC adhesion and proliferation were significantly promoted on the nanocoated surface. More importantly, compared to bare titanium, greater production of total protein, deposition of calcium mineral, and synthesis of alkaline phosphatase were observed from MSCs on nanocoated titanium after 21 days. The method described herein presents a promising alternative method for inducing more cell favorable nanosurface for improved orthopedic applications

  4. Synthesis and characterization of CrCN–DLC composite coatings by cathodic arc ion-plating

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    Wang, R.Y. [School of Power and Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Wang, L.L. [Key Laboratory of Artificial Nanomaterials and Nanostructure of Ministry of Education, School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Liu, H.D. [School of Power and Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Yan, S.J. [Key Laboratory of Artificial Nanomaterials and Nanostructure of Ministry of Education, School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Chen, Y.M. [School of Power and Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Fu, D.J. [Key Laboratory of Artificial Nanomaterials and Nanostructure of Ministry of Education, School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Yang, B., E-mail: toyangbing@163.com [School of Power and Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China)

    2013-07-15

    CrCN–DLC composite coatings were deposited onto silicon (1 0 0) and cemented carbides substrates using pure Cr targets under C{sub 2}H{sub 2} ambient by cathodic arc ion plating system. The influence of C{sub 2}H{sub 2} flow rate on the structure and mechanical properties of the coatings was investigated systemically. The coatings structure and bonding state were characterized by XRD, Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The chemical composition was measured by EDS. The mechanical performance and tribological behaviour of the coatings were studied by a hardness tester and ball-on-disc wear tester. The results showed that with increasing C{sub 2}H{sub 2} flow rate from 50 to 100 sccm, the corresponding hardness of coatings increased firstly and then decreased with further addition of C{sub 2}H{sub 2} flow rate. The coatings deposited at lower C{sub 2}H{sub 2} flow rate (less than 200 sccm) exhibited a relatively higher hardness value (more than HV{sub 0.025}2000) and then the hardness decrease with increasing C{sub 2}H{sub 2} flow rate. The friction coefficient also exhibited similar variation trend, when the C{sub 2}H{sub 2} flow rate was higher than 100 sccm, the friction coefficient decreased and then maintained in a relatively lower value from 0.18 to 0.24, which may be attribute to the increasing carbon content and the coating exhibited more diamond-like structure.

  5. Thermal conductivity of titanium aluminum silicon nitride coatings deposited by lateral rotating cathode arc

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    A series of physical vapour deposition titanium aluminum silicon nitride nanocomposite coating with a different (Al + Si)/Ti atomic ratio, with a thickness of around 2.5 μm were deposited on stainless steel substrate by a lateral rotating cathode arc process in a flowing nitrogen atmosphere. The composition and microstructure of the as-deposited coatings were analyzed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction, and cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy observation. The titanium nitride (TiN) coating shows a clear columnar structure with a predominant (111) preferential orientation. With the incorporation of Al and Si, the crystallite size in the coatings decreased gradually, and the columnar structure and (111) preferred orientation disappeared. Thermal conductivity of the as-deposited coating samples at room temperature was measured by using pulsed photothermal reflectance technique. Thermal conductivity of the pure TiN coating is about 11.9 W/mK. With increasing the (Al + Si)/Ti atomic ratio, the coatings' thermal conductivity decreased monotonously. This reduction of thermal conductivity could be ascribed to the variation of coatings' microstructure, including the decrease of grain size and the resultant increase of grain boundaries, the disruption of columnar structure, and the reduced preferential orientation. - Highlights: • A series of titanium aluminum silicon nitride with different (Al + Si)/Ti atomic ratio were deposited on Fe304. • The composition and microstructure of the as-deposited coatings were analyzed. • Thermal conductivity of the samples was measured by pulsed photothermal reflectance. • With increasing the (Al + Si)/Ti atomic ratio, thermal conductivity decreased. • Reduction of thermal conductivity is ascribed to the variation of its microstructure

  6. Magnesium substituted hydroxyapatite formation on (Ti,Mg)N coatings produced by cathodic arc PVD technique

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    In this study, formation of magnesium substituted hydroxyapatite (Ca10−xMgx(PO4)6(OH)2) on (Ti,Mg)N and TiN coating surfaces were investigated. The (Ti1−x,Mgx)N (x = 0.064) coatings were deposited on titanium substrates by using cathodic arc physical vapor deposition technique. TiN coated grade 2 titanium substrates were used as reference to understand the role of magnesium on hydroxyapatite (HA) formation. The HA formation experiments was carried out in simulated body fluids (SBF) with three different concentrations (1X SBF, 5X SBF and 5X SBF without magnesium ions) at 37 °C. The coatings and hydroxyapatite films formed were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and FTIR Spectroscopy techniques. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analyses and XRD investigations of the coatings indicated that magnesium was incorporated in the TiN structure rather than forming a separate phase. The comparison between the TiN and (Ti, Mg)N coatings showed that the presence of magnesium in TiN structure facilitated magnesium substituted HA formation on the surface. The (Ti,Mg)N coatings can potentially be used to accelerate the HA formation in vivo conditions without any prior hydroxyapatite coating procedure. - Highlights: • Mg incorporated in (Ti,Mg)N coating structure and did not form a separate phase • Mg dissolution in SBF solution facilitated Mg-substituted hydroxyapatite formation • (Ti,Mg)N acted as Mg-source for Mg-substituted hydroxyapatite formation in SBF

  7. Properties of TiAlCrN coatings prepared by vacuum cathodic arc ion plating

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    RU Qiang; HU Shejun; HUANG Nacan; ZHAO Lingzhi; QIU Xiuli; HU Xianqi

    2008-01-01

    TiAlCrN coatings were deposited by means of vacuum cathodic arc ion plating technique on TC11 (Ti-6.5 Al-3.5 Mo-1.5 Zr-0.3Si) titanium alloy substrates. The composition, phase structure, mechanical performance, and oxidation-resistance of the nitride coatings were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscope (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and X-ray photoelectron microscopy (XPS). A new process for preparing protective coatings of the titanium alloy is successfully acquired. The experimental results indicate that the added element chromium in the TiAlN coatings make a contribution to form the (220) preferred direction. The phases of the coatings are composed of (Ti, Al)N and (Ti, Cr)N. After 700℃ and 800℃ oxidation, AES analysis shows that the diffusion distribution of the TiAlCrN coatings emerges a step shape. From the outside to the inner, the concentrations of O, Al, and Cr reduce, but those of Ti and N increase. The Al-rich oxide is formed on the surface of the coatings, and the mixed structure of Ti-rich and Cr-rich oxides is formed in the internal layer. The oxidation resistance of the TiAlCrN coatings is excellent at the range of 700 to 800℃. Adhesion wear is the dominant mechanical characteristic for the titanium alloy at room temperature, and the protective coatings with high hardness can improve the mechanical properties of the titanium alloy. The wear resistance of the TC11 alloy is considerably improved by the TiAlCrN coatings.

  8. Analytical electron microscopy of interface layers between Ti(6% Al, 4% V) and a CrN cathodic arc coating

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    This paper reports on the applications of analytical electron microscopy to the study of cathodic arc deposited CrN coating on a Ti(6% Al, 4% V) substrate. Particular attention is given to analysis of the coating/substrate interface. Electron energy loss spectroscopy is used to show that the Cr sputter cleaning of the Ti(6% Al, 4% V) results in penetration of Cr into the substrate giving a bcc alloy layer whose composition varies from Ti(6% Al, 4% V) at the substrate interface to almost pure Cr at the coating interface. Subsequent deposition of CrN results in an initial deposition of sub-stoichiometric Cr2N followed by sub-stoichiometric CrN with a } 022{ texture and a columnar structure. The degree of sub-stoichiometry of the nitrides depends on the substrate bias and the substrate orientation relative to the cathode. (author)

  9. Multi-Seconds Diagnostic Neutral Beam Injector Based on Arc-Discharge with LaB6 Hollow Cathode

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    The diagnostic neutral beam injector based on arc-discharge plasma source with LaB6 hollow cathode is described.The ion source of the diagnostic injector provides a proton beam with a current up to 2.5A, the particle energy up to 50 keV, the beam divergence is ∼0.5 deg. The beam species at the 2 A ion current are: H+-83%, H2+-5%, H3+-12%. The injector was tested at pulse duration up to 2 seconds

  10. Hydrogen absorption by Zr-1Nb alloy with TiN[x] film deposited by filtered cathodic vacuum arc

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    Kashkarov, Egor Borisovich; Nikitenkov, Nikolai Nikolaevich; Syrtanov, Maksim Sergeevich; Babihina, M. N.

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes the opportunity of titanium nitride (TiNx) films application as protective coating for Zr-2.5Nb alloy from hydrogenation. Dense TiN[x] films were prepared by filtered cathodic vacuum arc (CVA). Hydrogen absorption rate was calculated from the kinetic curves of hydrogen sorption at elevated temperature of the sample (T=673 K) and pressure (P=2 atm). Results revealed that TiN[x] films significantly reduced hydrogen absorption rate of Zr-2.5Nb.

  11. Room temperature deposition of highly dense TiO2 thin films by filtered cathodic vacuum arc

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    Guillén, E.; Heras, I.; Rincón Llorente, G.; Lungwitz, F.; Alcon-Camas, M.; Escobar-Galindo, R.

    2015-08-01

    A systematic study of TiO2 films deposited by dc filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) was carried out by varying the deposition parameters in a reactive oxygen atmosphere. The influence of the oxygen partial pressure on film properties is analyzed. Composition was obtained by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) measurements, which also allow us to obtain the density of the films. Morphology of the samples was studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and their optical properties by ellipsometry. Transparent, very dense and stoichiometric TiO2 films were obtained by FCVA at room temperature.

  12. Synthesis of Ti-Si-N nanocomposite coatings by a novel cathodic arc assisted middle-frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Ti-Si-N nanocomposite coatings were synthesized by using a cathodic arc assisted middle-frequency magnetron sputtering system in an industrial scale. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy were employed to investigate the chemical bonding and microstructure of the coatings. Atomic force microscope and scanning electron microscope were used to characterize the surface and cross-sectional morphologies of the samples. The coating was found to be nc-TiN/a-Si3N4 structure and exhibit a high hardness of 40 GPa when the Si content was 6.3 at.%.

  13. Structure and mechanical properties of Ti-Al-N coatings deposited by combined cathodic arc middle frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Research highlights: → Ti-Al-N coatings were deposited on Si and WC substrates by combined cathodic arc middle-frequency magnetron (MF) sputtering under a Ti arc power of 10 kW with different Al MF targets currents. The hardness of the Ti-Al-N coatings was in the range of 23-32 GPa, whereas the Young modulus values were in the range of 420-540 GPa. - Abstract: Ti-Al-N coatings were deposited on Si (1 1 1) and WC substrates by combined cathodic arc middle-frequency magnetron (MF) sputtering under a Ti arc power of 10 kW and with different Al MF targets currents. X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD) showed that the Ti-Al-N coatings were polycrystallize with a preferred (1 1 1) orientation at 2θ = 43.7o. The (1 1 1) diffraction showed a decrease in peak intensity but a increase in FWHM values with the increasing of Al contents. Nano-meter sized TiN crystal grains distinguished by the lattice fringe contrast were verified by plan-view transmission electron (TEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) images. With the increasing of MF sputter currents from 5 to 20 A, the Al contents in the Ti-Al-N coatings monotonically increased from 4.8 to 10.8 at.%, whereas the N and O contents were nearly constant. The hardness of the Ti-Al-N coatings was in the range of 23-32 GPa, and the Young modulus values were in the range of 420-540 GPa.

  14. Mechanism of cathode spot splitting in vacuum arcs in an oblique magnetic field

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    Beilis, I. I. [Electrical Discharge and Plasma Laboratory, School of Electrical Engineering, Fleischman Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv University, P.O. Box. 39040, Tel Aviv 69978 (Israel)

    2015-10-15

    Experiments in the last decade showed that for cathode spots in a magnetic field that obliquely intercepts the cathode surface, the current per spot increased with the transverse component of the magnetic field and decreased with the normal component. The present work analyzes the nature of cathode spot splitting in an oblique magnetic field. A physical model for cathode spot current splitting was developed, which considered the relation between the plasma kinetic pressure, self-magnetic pressure, and applied magnetic pressure in a current carrying cathode plasma jet. The current per spot was calculated, and it was found to increase with the tangential component of the magnetic field and to decrease with the normal component, which agrees well with the experimental dependence.

  15. Investigations of the cathode region of an argon arc plasma by degenerate four-wave mixing laser spectroscopy and optical emission spectroscopy

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    Degenerate four-wave mixing (DFWM) laser spectroscopy was used in local studies of atmospheric pressure argon plasma generated in a free-burning arc. The results of plasma diagnostics using the DFWM method were compared to the results obtained with optical emission measurements. In the cathode region of the arc the maxima of both the DFWM signal and the emission coefficient for the 696.5 nm Ar I line depend on the distance from the cathode tip. This effect proves the departure of the plasma state from local thermal equilibrium (LTE) as it has been reported by many authors. On the other hand the Stark shifts of the 696.5 nm Ar I line determined by the DFWM method in relation to plasma diagnostic results show no deviations from LTE on the arc axis down to 1.0 mm from the cathode tip

  16. THE EFFECTS OF NEGATIVE BIAS AND FLUX RATIO ON THE PROPERTIES OF TiN THIN FILMS FORMED BY FILTERED CATHODIC ARC PLASMA TECHNIQUE

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    Y.J. Zhang; P.X. Yan; Z.G. Wu; W.W. Zhang; J. Wang; Q.J. Xue

    2005-01-01

    The filtered cathodic vacuum-arc (FCVA) technique is a supplementary and alternative technique with respect to convendtional physical and chemical vapour deposition which can remove macro-particles effectively and make the deposition process at ambient temperature.In this work, high quality TiN thin films were deposited on silicon substrates at low temperature using the improved filtered cathodic arc plasma (FCAP) technique. AFM, XRD, TEM were employed to characterize the TiN thin films. The effects of the negative substrate bias on the grain size, preferred crystalline orientation, surface roughness of TiN thin films were discussed.

  17. Effect of N2 and Ar gas on DC arc plasma generation and film composition from Ti-Al compound cathodes

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    DC arc plasma from Ti, Al, and Ti1−xAlx (x = 0.16, 0.25, 0.50, and 0.70) compound cathodes has been characterized with respect to plasma chemistry (charged particles) and charge-state-resolved ion energy for Ar and N2 pressures in the range 10−6 to 3 × 10−2 Torr. Scanning electron microscopy was used for exploring the correlation between the cathode and film composition, which in turn was correlated with the plasma properties. In an Ar atmosphere, the plasma ion composition showed a reduction of Al of approximately 5 at. % compared to the cathode composition, while deposited films were in accordance with the cathode stoichiometry. Introducing N2 above ∼5 × 10−3 Torr, lead to a reduced Al content in the plasma as well as in the film, and hence a 1:1 correlation between the cathode and film composition cannot be expected in a reactive environment. This may be explained by an influence of the reactive gas on the arc mode and type of erosion of Ti and Al rich contaminations, as well as on the plasma transport. Throughout the investigated pressure range, a higher deposition rate was obtained from cathodes with higher Al content. The origin of generated gas ions was investigated through the velocity rule, stating that the most likely ion velocities of all cathode elements from a compound cathode are equal. The results suggest that the major part of the gas ions in Ar is generated from electron impact ionization, while gas ions in a N2 atmosphere primarily originate from a nitrogen contaminated layer on the cathode surface. The presented results provide a contribution to the understanding processes of plasma generation from compound cathodes. It also allows for a more reasonable approach to the selection of composite cathode and experimental conditions for thin film depositions

  18. Plasma synthesis of titanium nitride, carbide and carbonitride nanoparticles by means of reactive anodic arc evaporation from solid titanium

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    Plasma methods using the direct evaporation of a transition metal are well suited for the cost-efficient production of ceramic nanoparticles. In this paper, we report on the development of a simple setup for the production of titanium-ceramics by reactive anodic arc evaporation and the characterization of the aerosol as well as the nanopowder. It is the first report on TiCXN1 − X synthesis in a simple anodic arc plasma. By means of extensive variations of the gas composition, it is shown that the composition of the particles can be tuned from titanium nitride over a titanium carbonitride phase (TiCXN1 − X) to titanium carbide as proven by XRD data. The composition of the plasma gas especially a very low concentration of hydrocarbons around 0.2 % of the total plasma gas is crucial to tune the composition and to avoid the formation of free carbon. Examination of the particles by HR-TEM shows that the material consists mostly of cubic single crystalline particles with mean sizes between 8 and 27 nm

  19. Structure and Properties of Ti-Si-N Coatings Synthesized by Combining Cathode Arc and Middle-frequency Magnetron Sputtering

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    YANG Zhongtian; ZHU Liya; YANG Bing; GUO Liping; FU Dejun

    2009-01-01

    Ti-Si-N composite coatings were synthesized on a novel combining cathode and middle-frequency magnetron sputtering system,designed on an industrial scale.Ti was produced from the arc target and Si from magnetron target during deposition.The influences of negative bias voltage and Si content on the hardness and microstructure of the coatings were investigated.The composite coatings prepared under optimized conditions were characterized to be nc-TiN/a-Si_3N_4 structure with grain sizes of TiN ranging from 8-15 nm and exhibited a high hardness of 40 GPa.The enhancement of the hardness is suggested to be caused by the nanograin-amorphous structure effects.

  20. The effect of substrate bias on titanium carbide/amorphous carbon nanocomposite films deposited by filtered cathodic vacuum arc

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    The titanium carbide/amorphous carbon nanocomposite films have been deposited on silicon substrate by filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) technology, the effects of substrate bias on composition, structures and mechanical properties of the films are studied by scanning electron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and nano-indentation. The results show that the Ti content, deposition rate and hardness at first increase and then decrease with increasing the substrate bias. Maximum hardness of the titanium carbide/amorphous carbon nanocomposite film is 51 Gpa prepared at −400 V. The hardness enhancement may be attributed to the compressive stress and the fraction of crystalline TiC phase due to ion bombardment

  1. Influence of Cathode and Nozzle Wear on Distributions of Fluctuations in Cutting Arc

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    Gruber, Jan; Šonský, Jiří; Hlína, Jan

    Brno : Brno university of Technology, 2013, s. 163-166. ISBN 978-80-214-4753-0. [Symposium on Physics of Switching Arc /20./. Nové Město na Moravě (CZ), 02.09.2013-06.09.2013] Institutional support: RVO:61388998 Keywords : plasma cutting * nozzle lifecycle * fluctuations Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  2. Observation of HF Cathode and ARC Root Inside Cutting Plasma Torch

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    Šonský, Jiří; Gruber, Jan

    Brno : Brno university of Technology, 2013, s. 297-300. ISBN 978-80-214-4753-0. [Symposium on Physics of Switching Arc /20./. Nové Město na Moravě (CZ), 02.09.2013-06.09.2013] Institutional support: RVO:61388998 Keywords : plasma torch * fluctuations * FFT Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  3. Vacuum arc cathode spot parameters from high‐resolution luminosity measurements

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    Anders, A.; Anders, S.; Jüttner, B.; Pursch, H.; Bötticher, W.; Lück, H.

    1992-01-01

    Cathode spots on arc‐cleaned copper and molybdenum electrodes in vacuum were studied by fast image converter framing and streak camera photography with high temporal and spatial resolution. The frame exposure time was 20 ns and the interframe period was 200 ns; the streak sweep time was between 200 ns and 1 μs. Spatial structures with a resolution of 5 μm could be determined by observing the spot movement with a small slit at the streak camera and a high sweep speed. Strong fluctuations of th...

  4. Self-forming TiBN Nanocomposite Multilayer Coating Prepared by Pulse Cathode Arc Method.

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    Cao, Yongzhi; Hu, Zhenjiang; Yan, Leilei; Yu, Fuli; Tu, Wendi

    2016-12-01

    Novel multilayer structured TiBN coatings were deposited on Si (100) substrate using TiBN complex cathode plasma immersion ion implantation and deposition technique (PIIID). The coatings were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microcopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and ball-on-disk test. XRD results reveal that both samples of TiBN coatings have the main diffraction peak of TiN (200) and (220). Cross-section TEM images reveal that these coatings have the character of self-forming multilayer and consists of face-centered cubic TiN and hexagonal BN nanocrystalline embedded in amorphous matrix. Because of the existence of hexagonal BN, the friction coefficient of the new TiBN coating in room temperature is obviously lower than that of the monolithic TiN nanocrystalline coating. PMID:27460597

  5. Self-forming TiBN Nanocomposite Multilayer Coating Prepared by Pulse Cathode Arc Method

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    Cao, Yongzhi; Hu, Zhenjiang; Yan, Leilei; Yu, Fuli; Tu, Wendi

    2016-07-01

    Novel multilayer structured TiBN coatings were deposited on Si (100) substrate using TiBN complex cathode plasma immersion ion implantation and deposition technique (PIIID). The coatings were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microcopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and ball-on-disk test. XRD results reveal that both samples of TiBN coatings have the main diffraction peak of TiN (200) and (220). Cross-section TEM images reveal that these coatings have the character of self-forming multilayer and consists of face-centered cubic TiN and hexagonal BN nanocrystalline embedded in amorphous matrix. Because of the existence of hexagonal BN, the friction coefficient of the new TiBN coating in room temperature is obviously lower than that of the monolithic TiN nanocrystalline coating.

  6. DUPLEX Al2O3/DLC COATING ON 15SiCp/2024 ALUMINUM MATRIX COMPOSITE USING COMBINED MICROARC OXIDATION AND FILTERED CATHODIC VACUUM ARC DEPOSITION

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    WENBIN XUE; HUA TIAN; JIANCHENG DU; MING HUA; XU ZHANG; YONGLIANG LI

    2012-01-01

    Microarc oxidation (MAO) treatment produces a thick Al2O3 coating on the 15SiCp/2024 aluminum matrix composite. After pretreatment of Ti ion implantation, a thin diamond-like carbon film (DLC) was deposited on the top of polished Al2O3 coating by a pulsed filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) deposition system with a metal vapor vacuum arc (MEVVA) source. The morphology and tribological properties of the duplex Al2O3/DLC multiplayer coating were investigated by Raman spectroscopy, scanning elec...

  7. Deposition of TiN Films by Novel Filter Cathodic Arc Technique

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    NIU Er-Wu; FAN Song-Hua; LI Li; L(U) Guo-Hua; FENG Wen-Ran; ZHANG Gu-Ling; YANG Si-Ze

    2006-01-01

    A straight magnetic filtering arc source is used to deposit thin films of titanium nitride.The properties of thefilms depend strongly on the deposition process.TiN films can be deposited directly onto heated substrates in anitrogen atmosphere or onto unbiased substrates by condensing the Ti+ ion beam in about 300 eV N2+ nitrogen ionbombardment.In the latter case.the film stoichiometry is varied from an N:Ti ratio of 0.6-1.1 by controlling thearrival rates of Ti and nitrogen ions.Meanwhile,simple models are used to describe the evolution of compressivestress as function of the arrival ratio and the composition of the ion-assisted TiN films.

  8. Properties of boron and phosphorous incorporated tetrahedral amorphous carbon films grown using filtered cathodic vacuum arc process

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    This paper reports the electrical, mechanical, structural and field emission properties of as grown and also boron and phosphorous incorporated tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) films, deposited using a filtered cathodic vacuum arc process. The effect of varying boron and phosphorous content (up to 2.0 at.% in to ta-C) on the conductivity (σD), activation energy (ΔE1), hardness, microstructure, emission threshold (Eturn-ON) and emission current density (J) at 12.5 V/μm of ta-C: B and ta-C: P films deposited at a high negative substrate bias of -300 V are reported. It is observed that both boron and phosphorous incorporation leads to a nearly an order increase in σD and corresponding decrease in ΔE1 and a slight increase in hardness as compared to as grown ta-C films. In the case of field assisted electron emission, it is observed that Eturn-ON increases and J decreases. The changes are attributed to the changes in the sp3/sp2 ratio of the films due to boron and phosphorous incorporation. The effect of boron on ta-C is to give a p-type effect whereas the effect of phosphorous gives n-type doping effect.

  9. Density changes with substrate negative bias for ta-C films deposited by filter cathode vacuum arc

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    TAN Man-lin; ZHU Jia-qi; HAN Jie-cai; MENG Song-he

    2004-01-01

    Specular X-ray reflectivity (XRR) measurements were used to study the density and cross-section information of tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) films deposited by filter cathode vacuum arc(FCVA) system at different substrate bias. According to the correlation between density and substrate negative bias, it is found that the value of density reaches a maximum at -80 V bias. As the substrate bias increases or decreases, the density tends to lower gradually. Based on the density of diamond and graphite, sp3 bonding ratio of ta-C films was obtained from their corresponding density according to a simple equation between the two. And a similar parabolic variation was observed for ta-C films with the sp3 content changes with substrate negative bias. The mechanical properties such as hardness and elastic modulus were also measured and compared with the corresponding density for ta-C films. From the distribution of data points, a linear proportional correlation between them was found, which shows that the density is a critical parameter to characterize the structure variation for ta-C films.

  10. Superhard nanocomposite nc-TiC/a-C:H film fabricated by filtered cathodic vacuum arc technique

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    Superhard nanocomposite nc-TiC/a-C:H films, with an excellent combination of high elastic recovery, low friction coefficient and good H/E ratio, were prepared by filtered cathodic vacuum arc technique using the C2H2 gas as the precursor. The effect of C2H2 flow rate on the microstructure, phase composition, mechanical and tribological properties of nanocomposite nc-TiC/a-C:H films have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy disperse spectroscopy (EDS), microindentation and tribotester measurements. It was observed that the C2H2 flow rate significantly affected the Ti content and hardness of films. Furthermore, by selecting the proper value for C2H2 flow rate, 20 sccm, one can deposit the nanocomposite film nc-TiC/a-C:H with excellent properties such as superhardness (66.4 GPa), high elastic recovery (83.3%) and high H/E ratio (0.13)

  11. The electrochemical behavior of thermally oxidized CrN coatings deposited on steel by cathodic arc plasma deposition

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    Cathodic arc plasma deposition of the CrN coating has been applied to an industrial scale to improve the corrosion resistance of the AISI 304 stainless steel. Thermal oxidation in air was carried out at the temperature of 500 and 800 deg. C for 1 h. The effect of the thermal oxidation on the aqueous corrosion behavior of the CrN/304s assembly was investigated in this study. The composition and structure of the CrN coatings were studied by the grazing X-ray diffraction (GXRD), electron probe X-ray microanalyzer (EPMA), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The polarization resistance (Rp) of all samples was measured and compared in terms of a polarization resistance resulting from electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in a mixture of 0.5 M H2SO4 + 1 M NaCl solution. The results indicated that the corrosion resistance of the CrN coated steel oxidized at 500 deg. C is significantly reduced. On the contrary, the electrochemical behavior of the CrN coated steel oxidized at 800 deg. C shows better corrosion resistance than the one oxidized at 500 deg. C and as-deposited steel. After thermal oxidation at 800 deg. C, the oxide layer formed on top of CrN coating enhances the corrosion protection of the CrN coated steel

  12. Friction properties of amorphous carbon ultrathin films deposited by filtered cathodic vacuum arc and radio-frequency sputtering

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    The friction properties of ultrathin films of amorphous carbon (a-C) deposited on Si(100) substrates by filtered cathodic vacuum arc and radio-frequency sputtering were investigated by surface force microscopy. Deposition parameters yielding a-C films with high sp3 content were used to deposit films of thickness between 5 and 35 nm. The coefficient of friction of both types of a-C films was measured with a 1-μm-radius conical diamond tip and normal loads in the range of 20–640 μN. The results show a strong dependence of the friction properties on the surface roughness, thickness, and structure of the a-C films, which are influenced by the intricacies of the deposition method. The dependence of the coefficient of friction on normal load and the dominance of adhesion and plowing friction mechanisms are interpreted in terms of the through-thickness variation of carbon atom hybridization of the a-C films. - Highlights: • Comparison of nanoscale friction properties of ultrathin amorphous carbon films. • Friction dependence on film roughness, thickness, and structure (hybridization). • Effect of through-thickness changes in carbon atom hybridization on film friction. • Explanation of film friction trends in terms of competing friction mechanisms

  13. Friction properties of amorphous carbon ultrathin films deposited by filtered cathodic vacuum arc and radio-frequency sputtering

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    Matlak, J.; Komvopoulos, K., E-mail: kyriakos@me.berkeley.edu

    2015-03-31

    The friction properties of ultrathin films of amorphous carbon (a-C) deposited on Si(100) substrates by filtered cathodic vacuum arc and radio-frequency sputtering were investigated by surface force microscopy. Deposition parameters yielding a-C films with high sp{sup 3} content were used to deposit films of thickness between 5 and 35 nm. The coefficient of friction of both types of a-C films was measured with a 1-μm-radius conical diamond tip and normal loads in the range of 20–640 μN. The results show a strong dependence of the friction properties on the surface roughness, thickness, and structure of the a-C films, which are influenced by the intricacies of the deposition method. The dependence of the coefficient of friction on normal load and the dominance of adhesion and plowing friction mechanisms are interpreted in terms of the through-thickness variation of carbon atom hybridization of the a-C films. - Highlights: • Comparison of nanoscale friction properties of ultrathin amorphous carbon films. • Friction dependence on film roughness, thickness, and structure (hybridization). • Effect of through-thickness changes in carbon atom hybridization on film friction. • Explanation of film friction trends in terms of competing friction mechanisms.

  14. The electronic structure of tungsten oxide thin films prepared by pulsed cathodic arc deposition and plasma-assisted pulsed magnetron sputtering

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    Pulsed cathodic arc and pulsed magnetron sputtered WO3 thin films were investigated using electron microscopy. It was found that the cathodic arc deposited material consisted of the α-WO3 phase with a high degree of crystallinity. In contrast, the magnetron sputtered material was highly disordered making it difficult to determine its phase. Electron energy-loss spectroscopy was used to study the oxygen K edge of the films and it was found that the near-edge fine structures of films produced by the two deposition methods differed. The oxygen K-edge near-edge structures for various phases of WO3 were calculated using two different self-consistent methods. Each phase was found to exhibit a unique oxygen K edge, which would allow different phases of WO3 to be identified using x-ray absorption spectroscopy or electron energy-loss spectroscopy. Both calculation methods predicted an oxygen K edge for the γ-WO3 phase which compared well to previous x-ray absorption spectra. In addition, a close match was found between the oxygen K edges obtained experimentally from the cathodic arc deposited material and that calculated for the α-WO3 phase

  15. Interface control of atomic layer deposited oxide coatings by filtered cathodic arc deposited sublayers for improved corrosion protection

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    Härkönen, Emma, E-mail: emma.harkonen@helsinki.fi [Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 55, FIN-00014 Helsinki (Finland); Tervakangas, Sanna; Kolehmainen, Jukka [DIARC-Technology Inc., Espoo (Finland); Díaz, Belén; Światowska, Jolanta; Maurice, Vincent; Seyeux, Antoine; Marcus, Philippe [Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Surfaces, CNRS (UMR 7075) – Chimie ParisTech (ENSCP), F-75005 Paris (France); Fenker, Martin [FEM Research Institute, Precious Metals and Metals Chemistry, D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd (Germany); Tóth, Lajos; Radnóczi, György [Research Centre for Natural Sciences HAS, (MTA TKK), Budapest (Hungary); Ritala, Mikko [Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 55, FIN-00014 Helsinki (Finland)

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    Sublayers grown with filtered cathodic arc deposition (FCAD) were added under atomic layer deposited (ALD) oxide coatings for interface control and improved corrosion protection of low alloy steel. The FCAD sublayer was either Ta:O or Cr:O–Ta:O nanolaminate, and the ALD layer was Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanolaminate, Al{sub x}Ta{sub y}O{sub z} mixture or graded mixture. The total thicknesses of the FCAD/ALD duplex coatings were between 65 and 120 nm. Thorough analysis of the coatings was conducted to gain insight into the influence of the FCAD sublayer on the overall coating performance. Similar characteristics as with single FCAD and ALD coatings on steel were found in the morphology and composition of the duplex coatings. However, the FCAD process allowed better control of the interface with the steel by reducing the native oxide and preventing its regrowth during the initial stages of the ALD process. Residual hydrocarbon impurities were buried in the interface between the FCAD layer and steel. This enabled growth of ALD layers with improved electrochemical sealing properties, inhibiting the development of localized corrosion by pitting during immersion in acidic NaCl and enhancing durability in neutral salt spray testing. - Highlights: • Corrosion protection properties of ALD coatings were improved by FCAD sublayers. • The FCAD sublayer enabled control of the coating-substrate interface. • The duplex coatings offered improved sealing properties and durability in NSS. • The protective properties were maintained during immersion in a corrosive solution. • The improvements were due to a more ideal ALD growth on the homogeneous FCAD oxide.

  16. Thermal conductivity of titanium nitride/titanium aluminum nitride multilayer coatings deposited by lateral rotating cathode arc

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    A series of [TiN/TiAlN]n multilayer coatings with different bilayer numbers n = 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 were deposited on stainless steel substrate AISI 304 by a lateral rotating cathode arc technique in a flowing nitrogen atmosphere. The composition and microstructure of the coatings have been analyzed by using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and conventional and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). XRD analysis shows that the preferential orientation growth along the (111) direction is reduced in the multilayer coatings. TEM analysis reveals that the grain size of the coatings decreases with increasing bilayer number. HRTEM imaging of the multilayer coatings shows a high density misfit dislocation between the TiN and TiAlN layers. The cross-plane thermal conductivity of the coatings was measured by a pulsed photothermal reflectance technique. With increasing bilayer number, the multilayer coatings' thermal conductivity decreases gradually. This reduction of thermal conductivity can be ascribed to increased phonon scattering due to the disruption of columnar structure, reduced preferential orientation, decreased grain size of the coatings and present misfit dislocations at the interfaces. - Highlights: • TiN/TiAlN multilayer coatings with different bilayer number were deposited on SS. • The composition and microstructure of the as-deposited coatings were analyzed. • Thermal conductivity of the coatings was measured by pulsed photothermal reflectance. • Thermal conductivity depends on the coatings' microstructure and number of layers. • With increasing the bilayer number, thermal conductivity decreased

  17. Thermal conductivity of titanium nitride/titanium aluminum nitride multilayer coatings deposited by lateral rotating cathode arc

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    Samani, M.K., E-mail: majid1@e.ntu.edu.sg [Novitas, Nanoelectronics Centre of Excellence, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Surface Technology Group, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, 71 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 638075 (Singapore); Research Group PLASMANT, Department of Chemistry, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B-2610 Antwerp (Belgium); Ding, X.Z. [Surface Technology Group, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, 71 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 638075 (Singapore); Khosravian, N. [Research Group PLASMANT, Department of Chemistry, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B-2610 Antwerp (Belgium); Amin-Ahmadi, B. [Electron Microscopy for materials Science (EMAT), Department of Physics, University of Antwerpen, Groenenborgerlan 171, B-2020 Antwerpen (Belgium); Yi, Yang [Data Storage Institute, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), 117608 (Singapore); Chen, G. [BC Photonics Technological Company, 5255 Woodwards Rd., Richmond, BC V7E 1G9 (Canada); Neyts, E.C.; Bogaerts, A. [Research Group PLASMANT, Department of Chemistry, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B-2610 Antwerp (Belgium); Tay, B.K. [Novitas, Nanoelectronics Centre of Excellence, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore)

    2015-03-02

    A series of [TiN/TiAlN]{sub n} multilayer coatings with different bilayer numbers n = 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 were deposited on stainless steel substrate AISI 304 by a lateral rotating cathode arc technique in a flowing nitrogen atmosphere. The composition and microstructure of the coatings have been analyzed by using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and conventional and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). XRD analysis shows that the preferential orientation growth along the (111) direction is reduced in the multilayer coatings. TEM analysis reveals that the grain size of the coatings decreases with increasing bilayer number. HRTEM imaging of the multilayer coatings shows a high density misfit dislocation between the TiN and TiAlN layers. The cross-plane thermal conductivity of the coatings was measured by a pulsed photothermal reflectance technique. With increasing bilayer number, the multilayer coatings' thermal conductivity decreases gradually. This reduction of thermal conductivity can be ascribed to increased phonon scattering due to the disruption of columnar structure, reduced preferential orientation, decreased grain size of the coatings and present misfit dislocations at the interfaces. - Highlights: • TiN/TiAlN multilayer coatings with different bilayer number were deposited on SS. • The composition and microstructure of the as-deposited coatings were analyzed. • Thermal conductivity of the coatings was measured by pulsed photothermal reflectance. • Thermal conductivity depends on the coatings' microstructure and number of layers. • With increasing the bilayer number, thermal conductivity decreased.

  18. Annealing effect of thermal spike in MgO thin film prepared by cathodic vacuum arc deposition

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    MgO films were prepared by using pulsed cathodic vacuum arc deposition technique. The substrate bias voltage was in the range of −150 to −750 V. Film structure was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The annealing effect of thermal spike produced by the impacting of energetic ions was analyzed. The calculated results showed that the lifetime of a thermal spike generated by an energetic ion with the energy of 150 eV was less than one picosecond and it was sufficient to allow Mg2+ or O2- to move one bond length to satisfy the intrinsic stress relief in the affected volume. The MgO(200) lattice spacings of the films deposited at different bias voltages were all larger than the ideal value of 2.1056 Å. As the bias amplitude increased the lattice spacing decreased, which indicated that the compressive stress in the film was partially relieved with increasing impacting ion energy. The stress relief also could be reflected from the film orientation with bias voltage. The biaxial elastic modulus for MgO(100), MgO(110) and MgO(111) planes were calculated and they were M(100) = 199 GPa, M(110) = 335 GPa and M(111) = 340 GPa, respectively. The M values indicated that the preferred orientation will be MgO(200) due to the minimum energy configuration when the lattice strain was large. It was confirmed by the XRD results in our experiments. - Highlights: • MgO thin films with preferred orientation were obtained by CVAD technique. • Annealing effect of a thermal spike in MgO film was discussed. • Lattice spacing of MgO film decreased with the increase of bias voltage. • Film preferred orientation changed from (200) to (220) as the bias voltage increased

  19. Investigation of micro-structure and micro-hardness properties of 304L stainless steel treated in a hot cathode arc discharge plasma

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    We have established a hot cathode arc discharge plasma system, where different stainless steel samples can be treated by monitoring the plasma parameters and nitriding parameters independently. In the present work, a mixture of 70% N2 and 30% H2 gases was fed into the plasma chamber and the treatment time and substrate temperature were optimized for treating 304L Stainless Steel samples. Various physical techniques such as x-ray diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and micro-vickers hardness tester were employed to determine the structural, surface composition and surface hardness of the treated samples

  20. Investigation of micro-structure and micro-hardness properties of 304L stainless steel treated in a hot cathode arc discharge plasma

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    Malik, Hitendra K., E-mail: hkmalik@physics.iitd.ac.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi – 110016 (India); Singh, Omveer [Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi – 110016 (India); Dahiya, Raj P. [Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi – 110016 (India); Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal–131039 (India)

    2015-08-28

    We have established a hot cathode arc discharge plasma system, where different stainless steel samples can be treated by monitoring the plasma parameters and nitriding parameters independently. In the present work, a mixture of 70% N{sub 2} and 30% H{sub 2} gases was fed into the plasma chamber and the treatment time and substrate temperature were optimized for treating 304L Stainless Steel samples. Various physical techniques such as x-ray diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and micro-vickers hardness tester were employed to determine the structural, surface composition and surface hardness of the treated samples.

  1. TRIBOLOGICAL BEHAVIORS OF DUPLEX DLC/Al2O3 COATINGS FABRICATED USING MICRO-ARC OXIDATION AND FILTERED CATHODIC VACUUM ARC SYSTEM

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    Wu, X. L.; Li, X. J.; Zhang, X; W. B. XUE; G. A. CHENG; A. D. LIU

    2007-01-01

    Micro-arc oxidation technique (MAO) treatment produces a layer of alumina film on the surface of the aluminum alloy. A hard and uniform tetrahedral amorphous carbon film (diamond-like carbon, DLC) was deposited on the top of the alumina layer of the 2024 aluminum alloy by a pulsed filtered catholic vacuum arc (FCVA) deposition system with a metal vapor vacuum arc (MEVVA) source. The morphology and tribological properties of the duplex DLC/Al2O3 coating were investigated by a scanning electron...

  2. Characteristics of CrAlSiN + DLC coating deposited by lateral rotating cathode arc PVD and PACVD process

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    Lukaszkowicz, Krzysztof, E-mail: krzysztof.lukaszkowicz@polsl.pl [Institute of Engineering Materials and Biomaterials, Silesian University of Technology, Konarskiego St. 18A, 44-100 Gliwice (Poland); Sondor, Jozef, E-mail: j.sondor@liss.cz [LISS, a.s., Dopravni 2603, 756 61 Roznov p.R. (Czech Republic); Balin, Katarzyna, E-mail: katarzyna.balin@us.edu.pl [A. Chełkowski Institute of Physic, University of Silesia, Uniwersytecka 4, 40-007 Katowice (Poland); Kubacki, Jerzy, E-mail: jerzy.kubacki@us.edu.pl [A. Chełkowski Institute of Physic, University of Silesia, Uniwersytecka 4, 40-007 Katowice (Poland)

    2014-09-01

    Highlights: • The chemical composition of the CrAlSiN + DLC coatings was studied. • The coatings have nanostructural character with fine crystallites. • Their average size grain is less than 10 nm. • The coatings demonstrate friction coefficient within the range 0.05–0.07. • The coating demonstrated a dense cross-sectional morphology as well as good adhesion to the substrate. - Abstract: Coating system composed of CrAlSiN film covered by diamond-like carbon (DLC)-based lubricant, deposited on hot work tool steel substrate was the subject of the research. The CrAlSiN and DLC layers were deposited by PVD lateral rotating ARC-cathodes (LARC) and PACVD technology on the X40CrMoV5-1 respectively. HRTEM investigation shows an amorphous character of DLC layer. It was found that the tested CrAlSiN layer has a nanostructural character with fine crystallites while their average size is less than 10 nm. Based on the XRD pattern of the CrAlSiN, the occurrence of fcc phase was only observed in the coating, the texture direction 〈3 1 1〉 is perpendicular to the sample surface. Combined SEM, AES and ToF-SIMS studies confirmed assumed chemical composition and layered structure of the coating. The chemical distribution of the elements inside the layers and at the interfaces was analyzed by SEM and AES methods. It was shown that additional CrN layer is present between substrate and CrAlSiN coating. The atomic concentration of the particular elements of DLC and CrAlSiN layer was calculated from the XPS measurements. In sliding dry friction conditions the friction coefficient for the investigated elements is set in the range between 0.05 and 0.07. The investigated coating reveals high wear resistance. The coating demonstrated a dense cross-sectional morphology as well as good adhesion to the substrate.

  3. 小电流下真空电弧阴极斑点实验研究%Experimental research on vacuum arc cathode spots in small current

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    徐国顺; 吴国林; 庄劲武; 武瑾

    2015-01-01

    A cathode spots research platform which was based on vacuum arcing chamber was con‐structed ,the contacts material was CuCr50 ,the maximum distance was 4 .5 mm .Through high‐speed camera on the cathode spots ,a lot of small current vacuum arc cathode spots observation experiments were performed . Analysis found that cathode spots usually consist of multiple micro spots , these spots stay together and form a micro‐spot group .The current range of a single micro spot is from 7 A to 25 A .The upper limit current of a single cathode spot is 100 A .Along with the increase of current , the division of the micro‐spot group will be more and more obvious ,and eventually evolve into two in‐dependent cathode spots .%构建了基于可拆卸真空灭弧室的真空电弧阴极斑点研究平台,触头材料为CuCr50,极间最大开距4.5 mm .在极间无磁场影响的情况下,通过高速摄像机对阴极斑点进行拍摄,进行了大量小电流下阴极斑点的观测实验.结果发现:阴极斑点通常由多个微斑点组成,这些微斑点聚集在一起,形成一个微斑点群;单个微斑点的维持通流范围为7~25 A ;单个阴极斑点的通流上限为100 A ;随着电流的增大,单个阴极斑点会出现越来越明显的分裂现象,最终演变为两个相互独立的阴极斑点.

  4. Potential effects of bias and nitrogen pressure on structural-stress state and properties of nitride coatings, obtained by evaporation of high-entropy alloys by vacuum arc

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    A study of the influence of the negative bias potential and pressure of the atmosphere of nitrogen on the structural properties of the stress state and vacuum-arc nitride coatings. The comparison data for the three groups of coatings: 1 - (Ti, V, Zr, Nb, Hf) N, 2 - (Ti, V, Zr, Nb, Hf, Ta) N , and 3 - TiN. Excluding the drop component, multielement nitride coatings deposited in nitrogen are single phase with cubic fcc lattice (structural type NaCl). At the level of substructure in these coatings increase the nitrogen pressure leads to an increase in the crystallite size and micro strain relaxation , and increase the capacity of displacement - the opposite effect. The absolute value of micro deformation in such coatings is higher and the size of crystallites - less than mononitrides. Maximum hardness of 70 GPa achieved nitride coatings deposited by vacuum arc evaporation (Ti, V, Zr, Nb, Hf) alloy at a nitrogen pressure of 0.35 Pa

  5. Structure and properties of Mo-containing diamond-like carbon films produced by ion source assisted cathodic arc ion-plating

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    Ion source assisted cathodic arc ion-plating was used to synthesize molybdenum containing diamond-like carbon films. The element of molybdenum is uniformly distributed in our sample as analyzed by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. The surface morphology of the films was analyzed by scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope. The structure and bond state of the molybdenum containing diamond-like carbon films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectra, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The Mo content in the films was controlled by varying of the acetylene gas flow rates. The root-mean square roughness of the as-deposited sample was found in the range of 1.5 nm. The hardness of 35 GPa has been achieved at the optimum conditions of synthesis. This can be attributed to formation multilayer structure during deposition process and the formation of hard molybdenum carbide phase with C=Mo bonding. The results show that ion source assisted cathodic arc ion-plating is an effective technique to fabricate metal-containing carbon films with controlled metal contents.

  6. Unified model to the Tungsten inert Gas welding process including the cathode, the plasma and the anode; Modele couple cathode-plasma-piece en vue de la simulation du procede de soudage a l'arc TIG

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    Brochard, M.

    2009-06-15

    During this work, a 2D axially symmetric model of a TIG arc welding process had been developed in order to predict for given welding parameters, the needed variables for a designer of welded assembly: the heat input on the work piece, the weld pool geometry,... The developed model, using the Cast3M finite elements software, deals with the physical phenomena acting in each part of the process: the cathode, the plasma, the work piece with a weld pool, and the interfaces between these parts. To solve this model, the thermohydraulics equations are coupled with the electromagnetic equations that are calculated in part using the least squares finite element method. The beginning of the model validation consisted in comparing the results obtained with the ones available in the scientific literature. Thus, this step points out the action of each force in the weld pool, the contribution of each heat flux in the energy balance. Finally, to validate the model predictiveness, experimental and numerical sensitivity analyses were conducted using a design of experiments approach. The effects of the process current, the arc gap and the electrode tip angle on the weld pool geometry and the energy transferred to the work piece and the arc efficiency were studied. The good agreement obtained by the developed model for these outputs shows the good reproduction of the process physics. (author)

  7. Influences of deposition parameters on the microstructure and properties of nanostructural TiN films synthesized by filtered cathodic arc plasma

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    ZHANG Yujuan; YAN Pengxun; WU Zhiguo; ZHANG Pingyu

    2005-01-01

    Titanium nitride (TiN) films with nanostructure were prepared at ambient temperature on a (111) silicon substrate by the filtered cathodic arc plasma (FCAP) technology with an in-plane "S" filter. The effects of deposition parameters on the grain size, texture and nano-hardness of the films were systematically investigated. The grain size was obtained through calculation using the Scherrer formula and observed by TEM. The results of X-ray diffraction and electon diffraction indicated that increasing either negative subs~ate bias or argon flow promoted the formation of (111) preferred orientation. High argon flow leads to biaxial texture. The micro-hardness of the TiN films as a function of grain size showed a behavior according to the Hall-Petch relation under high argon flow.

  8. Characterization of SiC in DLC/a-Si films prepared by pulsed filtered cathodic arc using Raman spectroscopy and XPS

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    DLC/a-Si films were deposited on germanium substrates. a-Si film was initially deposited as a seed layer on the substrate using DC magnetron sputtering. DLC film was then deposited on the a-Si layer via a pulsed filtered cathodic arc (PFCA) system. In situ ellipsometry was used to monitor the thicknesses of the growth films, allowing a precise control over the a-Si and DLC thicknesses of 6 and 9 nm, respectively. It was found that carbon atoms implanting on a-Si layer act not only as a carbon source for DLC formation, but also as a source for SiC formation. The Raman peak positions at 796 cm-1 and 972 cm-1 corresponded to the LO and TO phonon modes of SiC, respectively, were observed. The results were also confirmed using TEM, XPS binding energy and XPS depth profile analysis.

  9. Structure and Performance of TiC-containing Diamond-like Carbon Nanocomposite Coatings Deposited by Rectangular Cathodic Arc Ion-plating

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    XIE Guosheng; YIN Zhimin; DING Hui; LI Xiaohong; YANG Bing

    2009-01-01

    TiC-containing diamond-like carbon(TiC-DLC)nanocomposite coatings were deposited by a rectangular cathodic arc ion-plating system using C_2H_2 as reacting gas.Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy analysis show that with increasing flow rate of C_2H_2,the structure of nanocomposite coatings changes from TiC nanograin-containing to graphite nanograin-containing DLC.The hardness measurements show that the hardness decreases from 28 GPa to 18 GPa with increasing C_2H_2 flow rate.The scratch test show that a high critical load(>40 N)was obtained and exhibited a good adhesion between the coating and the substrate.Wear experiment shows that the friction coefficient of TiC-DLC nanocomposite coatings decreases with increasing C_2H_2.A low friction coefficient of 0.07 was obtained at 480 sccm C_2H_2.

  10. Duplex Al2O3/DLC Coating on 15SiCp/2024 Aluminum Matrix Composite Using Combined Microarc Oxidation and Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc Deposition

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    Xue, Wenbin; Tian, Hua; Du, Jiancheng; Hua, Ming; Zhang, Xu; Li, Yongliang

    2012-08-01

    Microarc oxidation (MAO) treatment produces a thick Al2O3 coating on the 15SiCp/2024 aluminum matrix composite. After pretreatment of Ti ion implantation, a thin diamond-like carbon film (DLC) was deposited on the top of polished Al2O3 coating by a pulsed filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) deposition system with a metal vapor vacuum arc (MEVVA) source. The morphology and tribological properties of the duplex Al2O3/DLC multiplayer coating were investigated by Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and SRV ball-on-disk friction tester. It is found that the duplex Al2O3/DLC coating had good adhesion and a low friction coefficient of less than 0.07. As compared to a single Al2O3 or DLC coating, the duplex Al2O3/DLC coating on aluminum matrix composite exhibited a better wear resistance against ZrO2 ball under dry sliding, because the Al2O3 coating as an intermediate layer improved load support for the top DLC coating on 15SiCp/2024 composite substrate, meanwhile the top DLC coating displayed low friction coefficient.

  11. The optimization of molybdenum back contact films for Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells by the cathodic arc ion plating method

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    Molybdenum back contact films for Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells have been deposited using DC magnetron sputtering methods. The electronic pathway properties of the molybdenum film have been highly dependent on the working gas pressure in magnetron sputtering, which should be carefully controlled to obtain high conductivity and adhesion. A coating method, cathodic arc ion plating, was used for molybdenum back contact electrode fabrication. The aim of this work was to find a metallization method for CIGS solar cells, which has less sensitivity on the working pressure. The resistivity, grain size, growth structures, stress, and efficiency of the films in CIGS solar cells were investigated. The results reveal that the growth structures of the molybdenum films mainly affect the conductivity. The lowest electrical resistivity of the ion-plated molybdenum films was 6.9 μΩ-cm at a pressure of 0.7 Pa. The electrical resistivity variation showed a gently increasing slope with linearity under a working gas pressure of 13.3 Pa. However, a high value of the residual stress of over 1.3 GPa was measured. In order to reduce stress, titanium film was selected as the buffer layer material, and the back contact films were optimized by double-layer coating of two kinds of hetero-materials with arc ion plating. CIGS solar cells prepared molybdenum films to measure the efficiency and to examine the effects of the back contact electrode. The resistivity, grain size, and surface morphology of molybdenum films were measured by four-point probe, X-ray diffraction, and a scanning electron microscope. The residual stress of the films was calculated from differences in bending curvatures measured using a laser beam. - Highlights: • Molybdenum back contact films for Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells were prepared by the cathodic arc ion plating. • The lowest electrical resistivity of molybdenum film was 6.9 μΩ-cm. • Titanium buffer layer reduced the compressive residual stress of ion

  12. Structural Engineering of Multilayer TiN / CrN System Obtained by the Vacuum Arc Evaporation

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available By the X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and microindentation methods we have investigated the phase composition, structure, substructure and hardness of vacuum arc multilayer coatings of TiN / CrN system obtained in the range of nitrogen pressure of 1×10–5 ... 5×10–3 Torr when applying continuous and pulsed negative bias potential. Formation of two-phase state with a preferred orientation of the crystallite growth was established at high pressure of (1 ... 5×10–3 Torr and feeding of negative DC bias potential: Ub = – 20 V – texture axis [100], at – 230 V – texture axis [111]. Based on the studies of substructural state, connection of the transition to the superhard (57 GPa state with decrease in the crystallite size and microstrain in TiN layers was established.

  13. Simulation of Magnetically Dispersed Arc Plasma

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    白冰; 查俊; 张晓宁; 王城; 夏维东

    2012-01-01

    Magnetically dispersed arc plasma exhibits typically dispersed uniform arc column as well as diffusive cathode root and diffusive anode root. In this paper magnetically dispersed arc plasma coupled with solid cathode is numerically simulated by the simplified cathode sheath model of LOWKE . The numerical simulation results in argon show that the maximum value of arc root current density on the cathode surface is 3.5×10^7 A/m^2), and the maximum value of energy flux on the cathode surface is 3× 10^7 J/m^2, both values are less than the average values of a contracted arc, respectively.

  14. Production and characterization of multilayer coatings of Ti/TiN on AISI 316L stainless steel by the PVD technique of cathodic arc ion plating

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    Multilayer coatings were produced from bi-layers (compound layers) of Ti/TiN in a PVD reactor of cathodic arc ion plating. The process was carried out at an Argon gas pressure of 5x10-3 Torr for the interlayer of Ti and a nitrogen + argon pressure of 2x10-2 Torr for the deposit of TiN and a Bias voltage of -500V for the Ti layer and -100V for the TiN layer. The arc current held constant at 80 amp. The samples were kept at high temperatures ≥ 300oC, mounted on a rotating system that held the test piece 15-25 cm from the Ti electrode. Certified composition AISI 316L and AISI 410 stainless steel were used for the substrate. Coatings with one or two compound layers with similar thicknesses were made. The coatings were characterized mechanically by adherence, thickness and microhardness by Vickers indentation with 25g loads. The texture was studied by X-ray diffraction and present phases and residual tensions were determined. The results of the X-ray diffraction show the presence of the mostly TiN phase, with fcc structure in the mono-layer and the bi-layer. Residual tensions are compressive and elevated due to the expansion of the TiN network during the deposition process. Measurements of the bi-layers at different angles showed a relaxing of the tensions close to the surface, which could be due to the effect of the second interlayer of Ti. Preferential orientations associated with the growth process of the layers and the developed microstructure were detected in the TiN (CW)

  15. Structural and optical properties of Ti-doped ZnO thin films prepared by the cathodic vacuum arc technique with different annealing processes

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    Highly transparent Ti-doped ZnO thin films were prepared on glass substrates at a deposition rate of approximately 33 nm/min using the cathodic vacuum arc technique with a Zn target power of 550 W and a Ti target power of 750 W, respectively. X-ray diffraction measurements have shown that the Ti-doped ZnO thin film with a vacuum post-annealing condition is c-axis oriented but an amorphous phase at the other post-annealing atmosphere and as-deposited condition. Transmittance measurements show that the best optical quality of the Ti-doped ZnO thin films occurred at a post-annealing atmosphere of N2/H2 mixed gases. Additionally, the optical transmittance of all films has been found more than 85% in a range of 500-700 nm. The lowest electrical resistivity was 3.48 x 10-3 Ω cm, obtained on as-deposited films. However, the post-annealing condition greatly increased the resistivity.

  16. Effect of Silane Flow Rate on Structure and Corrosion Resistance of Ti–Si—N Thin Films Deposited by a Hybrid Cathodic Arc and Chemical Vapour Process

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    Ti–Si–N thin films with different silicon contents are deposited by a cathodic arc technique in an Ar+N2 +SiH4 mixture atmosphere. With the increase of silane Bow rate, the content of silicon in the Ti–Si–N films varies from 2.0 at. % to 12.2 at. %. Meanwhile, the cross-sectional morphology of these films changes from an apparent columnar microstructure to a dense fine-grained structure. The x-ray diffractometer (XRD) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results show that the Ti–Si–N film consists of TiN crystallites and SiNx amorphous phase. The corrosion resistance is improved with the increase of silane Bow rate. Growth defects in the films produced play a key role in the corrosion process, especially for the local corrosion. The porosity of the films decreases from 0.13% to 0.00032% by introducing silane at the Bow rate of 14sccm. (gases, plasmas, and electric discharges)

  17. Effect of silane flow rate on structure and corrosion resistance of Ti-Si-N thin films deposited by a hybrid cathodic arc and chemical vapour process

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    Ti-Si-N thin films with different silicon contents are deposited by a cathodic arc technique in an Ar+N2+SiH4 mixture atmosphere. With the increase of silane flow rate, the content of silicon in the Ti-Si-N films varies from 2.0 at.% to 12.2 at.%. Meanwhile, the cross-sectional morphology of these films changes from an apparent columnar microstructure to a dense fine-grained structure. The x-ray diffractometer (XRD) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results show that the Ti-Si-N film consists of TiN crystallites and SiNx amorphous phase. The corrosion resistance is improved with the increase of silane flow rate. Growth defects in the films produced play a key role in the corrosion process, especially for the local corrosion. The porosity of the films decreases from 0.13% to 0.00032% by introducing silane at the flow rate of 14 sccm. (authors)

  18. A comparison study between atomic and ionic nitrogen doped carbon films prepared by ion beam assisted cathode arc deposition at various pulse frequencies

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    A comparison study of microstructure and bonds composition of carbon nitride (CNx) films fabricated at atomic and ionic nitrogen source by pulse cathode arc method was presented. The relative fractions of CN/CC bonds, N-sp3C/N-sp2C and graphite-like/pyridine-like N bonding configurations in the CN films were evaluated by combining C1s and N1s X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy with the hardness and optical band gap measurement. The dependence of microstructure (quantity, size and disordering degree of Csp2 clusters) of CNx films on the nitrogen source and pulse frequency was determined by Raman spectroscopy. Films with high atomic ratio of nitrogen/carbon (0.17) and high hardness were produced at ionic nitrogen source and low pulse frequency. The results showed that ionic nitrogen source facilitated the formation of CN bonds and N-sp2C bonding configurations (mainly in graphite-like N form). Moreover presenting an optimum pulse frequency (∼10 Hz) leaded to the most nitrogen coordinated with sp3-C and the highest ratio of CN/CC bonds in the CNx films. An equilibrium action mechanism might exist between the quantity and energy of carbon and nitrogen ions/atoms, giving more nitrogen-incorporated carbon materials. These allow us to obtain the high content of N-Csp3 bonding and expected bonding structure by optimizing pulse frequency and nitrogen source.

  19. Effect of oxygen incorporation on the structure and elasticity of Ti-Al-O-N coatings synthesized by cathodic arc and high power pulsed magnetron sputtering

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    Hans, M., E-mail: hans@mch.rwth-aachen.de; Baben, M. to; Music, D.; Ebenhöch, J.; Schneider, J. M. [Materials Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Kopernikusstr. 10, D-52074 Aachen (Germany); Primetzhofer, D. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, S-75120 Uppsala (Sweden); Kurapov, D.; Arndt, M.; Rudigier, H. [Oerlikon Balzers Coating AG, Iramali 18, LI-9496 Balzers, Principality of Liechtenstein (Liechtenstein)

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    Ti-Al-O-N coatings were synthesized by cathodic arc and high power pulsed magnetron sputtering. The chemical composition of the coatings was determined by means of elastic recoil detection analysis and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The effect of oxygen incorporation on the stress-free lattice parameters and Young's moduli of Ti-Al-O-N coatings was investigated by X-ray diffraction and nanoindentation, respectively. As nitrogen is substituted by oxygen, implications for the charge balance may be expected. A reduction in equilibrium volume with increasing O concentration is identified by X-ray diffraction and density functional theory calculations of Ti-Al-O-N supercells reveal the concomitant formation of metal vacancies. Hence, the oxygen incorporation-induced formation of metal vacancies enables charge balancing. Furthermore, nanoindentation experiments reveal a decrease in elastic modulus with increasing O concentration. Based on ab initio data, two causes can be identified for this: First, the metal vacancy-induced reduction in elasticity; and second, the formation of, compared to the corresponding metal nitride bonds, relatively weak Ti-O and Al-O bonds.

  20. TiN/CrN multilayered hard coatings with TiCrN interlayer deposited by a filtered cathodic vacuum arc technique

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    Chengming Li; Qi He; Gang Lin; Xiaojun Sun; Weizhong Tang; Fanxiu Lu

    2004-01-01

    TiN/CrN multilayered hard coatings with TiCrN interlayer were deposited on high speed steel substrates by using a filtered cathodic vacuum arc technique. The structure and composition of the coatings were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). A high adhesion of up to 80 N was demonstrated by scratching tests for the multilayered coatings. Nanoindentation tests were performed to determine the hardness and elastic modulus of the coatings as a function of the multiplayer modulation period. It was observed that the hardness of the multilayered coatings is higher than those of either TiN or CrN single coatings, and it increases with decreasing modulation periods, which is consistent with predictions from the Hall-Perch type strengthening mechanism, though at small modulation periods, deviation from the Hall-Petch relation has been observed for the multilayered coatings. The life-span of drills coated with TiN/CrN multilayered is triple as long as that coated with TiN layer.

  1. Incidence Angle Effect of Energetic Carbon Ions on Deposition Rate, Topography, and Structure of Ultrathin Amorphous Carbon Films Deposited by Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc

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    Wang, N.

    2012-07-01

    The effect of the incidence angle of energetic carbon ions on the thickness, topography, and structure of ultrathin amorphous carbon (a-C) films synthesized by filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) was examined in the context of numerical and experimental results. The thickness of a-C films deposited at different incidence angles was investigated in the light of Monte Carlo simulations, and the calculated depth profiles were compared with those obtained from high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The topography and structure of the a-C films were studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The film thickness decreased with the increase of the incidence angle, while the surface roughness increased and the content of tetrahedral carbon hybridization (sp 3) decreased significantly with the increase of the incidence angle above 45° , measured from the surface normal. TEM, AFM, and XPS results indicate that the smoothest and thinnest a-C films with the highest content of sp 3 carbon bonding were produced for an incidence angle of 45°. The findings of this study have direct implications in ultrahigh-density magnetic recording, where ultrathin and smooth a-C films with high sp 3 contents are of critical importance. © 2012 IEEE.

  2. Effect of pulsed bias on the properties of ZrN/TiZrN films deposited by a cathodic vacuum arc

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    Zhang Guo-Ping; Wang Xing-Quan; Lü Guo-Hua; Zhou Lan; Huang Jun; Chen Wei; Yang Si-Ze

    2013-01-01

    .ZrN/TiZrN multilayers are deposited by using the cathodic vacuum arc method with different substrate bias (from 0 to-800 V),using Ti and Zr plasma flows in residual N2 atmosphere,combined with ion bombardment of sample surfaces.The effect of pulsed bias on the structure and properties of films is investigated.Microstructure of the coating is analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD),and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).In addition,nanohardness,Young's modulus,and scratch tests are performed.The experimental results show that the films exhibit a nanoscale multilayer structure consisting of TiZrN and ZrN phases.Solid solutions are formed for component TiZrN films.The dominant preferred orientation of TiZrN films is (111) and (220).At a pulsed bias of-200 V,the nanohardness and the adhesion strength of the ZrN/TiZrN multilayer reach a maximum of 38 GPa,and 78 N,respectively.The ZrN/TiZrN multilayer demonstrates an enhanced nanohardness compared with binary TiN and ZrN films deposited under equivalent conditions.

  3. Deposition of silicon-carbon coatings from the plasma of a non-self-sustained arc discharge with a heated cathode

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    Grenadyorov, A. S.; Oskomov, K. V.; Solov'ev, A. A.; Rabotkin, S. V.

    2016-05-01

    Amorphous hydrogenated carbon doped with silicon oxide ( a-C:H:Si:O), which is referred to as silicon-carbon coatings in this work, consists of thin amorphous films, which are used as commercial solid lubricants due to their higher stability under extreme environmental conditions as compared to amorphous hydrogenated carbon. The deposition of silicon-carbon coatings from the plasma of a non-self-sustained arc discharge with a heated cathode is considered. Silicon-carbon coatings are deposited using polyphenul methylsiloxane as a precursor at a flow rate of 0.05 mL/min in an argon atmosphere at a pressure of 0.1 Pa. A high-frequency power supply is used to apply a high-frequency bias voltage to a substrate during deposition. After deposition, the mechanical properties of the coatings are studied. The maximum hardness of the coating is 20 GPa at a minimum friction coefficient of 0.16 and a wear rate of 1.3 × 10-5 mm3 N-1 m-1. Energy dispersive analysis shows that the coatings contain a significant content of carbon and oxygen (about 80 and 15%, respectively) and a low content of silicon (about 5%).

  4. Effect of pressure on the deposition of hydrogen-free amorphous carbon and carbon nitride films by the pulsed cathodic arc discharge method

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    Hydrogen-free amorphous carbon (a-C) and carbon nitride (a-C:N) films were deposited using the pulsed cathodic arc discharge at different argon and nitrogen pressures. The surface and mechanical properties of these films were found to strongly depend on the gas pressure. The tetrahedral amorphous carbon and hard a-C:N films with smooth surfaces (rms roughness: 0.15 nm) were prepared at lower gas pressures (-2 Pa). Incorporation of an increasing amount of nitrogen in a-C:N films caused a decrease in film hardness. All the films were covered with the thin (0.3-2 nm) graphite-like surface layers. The film hardness was correlated to the soft surface layer thickness, and the films with thinner surface layers exhibit higher hardness. The mean energies of pulsed plasma beams were measured as the functions of argon and nitrogen pressures. The mean energies of plasma beams decrease in an exponential fashion with increasing gas pressure due to the carbon ion collisions with the neutral gas species. The effects of mean energies of deposited species on the film deposition were explained in terms of the thermal spike migration of surface atoms. The formation of graphite-like surface layers is associated with the low-energy deposition process. The low-energy (10 eV) species may produce the strong thermal spike at film surface, and contribute to the formation of sp3 bonded structure at a sp3 bonded matrix

  5. Effect of oxygen incorporation on the structure and elasticity of Ti-Al-O-N coatings synthesized by cathodic arc and high power pulsed magnetron sputtering

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    Ti-Al-O-N coatings were synthesized by cathodic arc and high power pulsed magnetron sputtering. The chemical composition of the coatings was determined by means of elastic recoil detection analysis and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The effect of oxygen incorporation on the stress-free lattice parameters and Young's moduli of Ti-Al-O-N coatings was investigated by X-ray diffraction and nanoindentation, respectively. As nitrogen is substituted by oxygen, implications for the charge balance may be expected. A reduction in equilibrium volume with increasing O concentration is identified by X-ray diffraction and density functional theory calculations of Ti-Al-O-N supercells reveal the concomitant formation of metal vacancies. Hence, the oxygen incorporation-induced formation of metal vacancies enables charge balancing. Furthermore, nanoindentation experiments reveal a decrease in elastic modulus with increasing O concentration. Based on ab initio data, two causes can be identified for this: First, the metal vacancy-induced reduction in elasticity; and second, the formation of, compared to the corresponding metal nitride bonds, relatively weak Ti-O and Al-O bonds

  6. Effect of modulation periods on the microstructure and mechanical properties of DLC/TiC multilayer films deposited by filtered cathodic vacuum arc method

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    Highlights: • DLC/TiC multilayer films with different modulation periods at same modulation ratio 1:1 were deposited by FCVA. • The residual stress of DLC/TiC multilayer films decreases with the modulation periods decrease. • The hardness of the multilayer DLC films decreases with modulation periods increasing. - Abstract: The high stress of diamond-like carbon (DLC) film limits its thickness and adhesion on substrate. Multilayer structure is one approach to overcome this disadvantage. In this paper, the DLC/TiC multilayer films with different modulation periods (80 nm, 106 nm or 160 nm) at same modulation ratio of 1:1 were deposited on Si(1 0 0) wafer and Ti-6Al-4V substrate by filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) technology. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nanoindention and wear test were employed to investigate the effect of modulation periods on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the multilayer films. The results showed that the residual stress of the DLC/TiC multilayer films could be effectively reduced and the residual stress decreased with the modulation periods decreasing. The hardness of the DLC/TiC multilayer films increased with modulation periods decreasing. The DLC/TiC multilayer film with modulation period of 106 nm had the best wear resistance due to the good combination of hardness, ductility and low compressive stress

  7. Cr{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}N coatings deposited by lateral rotating cathode arc for high speed machining applications

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    Ding Xingzhao [Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, 71 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 638075 (Singapore)], E-mail: xzding@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg; Zeng, X.T.; Liu, Y.C.; Fang, F.Z.; Lim, G.C. [Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, 71 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 638075 (Singapore)

    2008-02-29

    In this work, a series of Cr{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}N (0 {<=} x {<=} 0.7) coatings were deposited on high speed steel substrates by a vacuum arc reactive deposition process from two lateral rotating elemental chromium and aluminum cathodes in a flowing pure nitrogen atmosphere. The composition, structural, mechanical, and tribological properties of the as-deposited coatings were systematically characterized by energy dispersive analysis of X-rays, X-ray diffraction, nanoindentation, and ball-on-disc tribometer experiments. All of the as-deposited CrAlN coatings exhibited a higher hardness than CrN, showing a maximum hardness of about 40 GPa (at around X = 0.63) which is twice higher than that of the CrN. The wear performance under ambient conditions of the CrAlN coatings was found much better, with both lower friction coefficient and wear rate, than TiAlN coatings deposited by the same technique. The wear rate of the CrAlN coatings against alumina counterpart was about 2-3 orders in magnitude lower than that of the TiAlN coatings. Selected CrAlN coatings with the highest hardness were also deposited on some WC-based end-mills. An evident better performance of the CrAlN-coated end-mills was observed than the TiAlN-coated ones for cutting a hardened tool steel material under high speed machining conditions.

  8. Mathematical models of pre-arcing and arcing phenomena in vacuum circuit breakers

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    The main aim of this paper is to show that properties of electrical contact materials are responsible for the metallic vapour pressure at contact closure. Dynamic phenomena accompanying electrical contacts closure in vacuum circuit breakers are considered as consecutive stages, including breakdown, touch, penetration, restitution, bridging and arcing at bouncing. The hybrid mathematical model is elaborated to describe dynamics of the arc and forces acting in contact gap. It includes experimental oscillograms of current, voltage and contact displacement and nonlinear equations for arc, anode and cathode temperature fields and contact motion. Experiments are carried out using a standard vacuum circuit breaker with laser sensors for measurement of contact gap. The special difference path method techniques was applied to take into account oscillations of a fixed contact. The axisymmetrical Stefan problem with two free boundaries corresponding to melting and evaporation interfaces is solved to find dynamics of contact evaporation. It is shown theoretically and confirmed experimentally that in the range of high current the force of metallic vapour pressure at arcing in vacuum is comparable with magnetic repulsion force and should be taken into consideration. Two mechanisms of vapour pressure formation and evolution are discussed, which occur due to explosion of micro-asperities at contact touch or due to arcing after bridge rupture at contact bouncing. (author)

  9. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of nano-multilayered Zr-O/Al-O coatings deposited by cathodic vacuum arc plasma

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    Nano-multilayered Zr-O/Al-O coatings with alternating Zr-O and Al-O layers having a bi-layer period of 6-7 nm and total coating thickness of 1.0-1.2 μm were deposited using a cathodic vacuum arc plasma process on rotating Si substrates. Plasmas generated from two cathodes, Zr and Al, were deposited simultaneously in a mixture of Ar and O2 background gases. The Zr-O/Al-O coatings, as well as bulk ZrO2 and Al2O3 reference samples, were studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The XPS spectra were analyzed on the surface and after sputtering with a 4 kV Ar+ ion gun. High resolution angle resolved spectra were obtained at three take-off angles: 15o, 45o and 75o relative to the sample surface. It was shown that preferential sputtering of oxygen took place during XPS of bulk reference ZrO2 samples, producing ZrO and free Zr along with ZrO2 in the XPS spectra. In contrast, no preferential sputtering was observed with Al2O3 reference samples. The Zr-O/Al-O coatings contained a large amount of free metals along with their oxides. Free Zr and Al were observed in the coating spectra both before and after sputtering, and thus cannot be due solely to preferential sputtering. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that the Zr-O/Al-O coatings had a nano-multilayered structure with well distinguished alternating layers. However, both of the alternating layers of the coating contained of a mixture of aluminum and zirconium oxides and free Al and Zr metals. The concentration of Zr and Al changed periodically with distance normal to the coating surface: the Zr maximum coincided with the Al minimum and vice versa. However the concentration of Zr in both alternating layers was significantly larger than that of Al. Despite the large free metal concentration, the Knoop hardness, 21.5 GPa, was relatively high, which might be attributed to super-lattice formation or formation of a metal-oxide nanocomposite within the layers.

  10. Tantalum oxide nanocoatings prepared by atomic layer and filtered cathodic arc deposition for corrosion protection of steel: Comparative surface and electrochemical analysis

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    Highlights: ► 50 nm Ta2O5 coatings grown by ALD at 160 °C and FCAD for protection of steel. ► Combined analysis by ToF-SIMS, XPS, polarization curves and EIS. ► Relation between chemical architecture and corrosion protection properties studied. ► Localized corrosion by pitting with absence of coating dissolution demonstrated. ► Origin and role of spurious interfacial oxide promoting coating breakdown emphasized. -- Abstract: A comparative study by Time-of-Flight Secondary Ions Mass Spectrometry and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, i–E polarization curves and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy of the corrosion protection of low alloy steel by 50 nm thick tantalum oxide coatings prepared by low temperature Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and Filtered Cathodic Arc Deposition (FCAD) is reported. The data evidence the presence of a spurious oxide layer mostly consisting of iron grown by transient thermal oxidation at the ALD film/substrate interface in the initial stages of deposition and its suppression by pre-treatment in the FCAD process. Carbonaceous contamination (organic and carbidic) resulting from incomplete removal of the organic precursor is the major cause of the poorer sealing properties of the ALD film. No coating dissolution is demonstrated in neutral or acid 0.2 M NaCl solutions. In acid solution localized corrosion by pitting proceeds faster with the ALD than with the FCAD coating. The roles of the pre-existing channel defects exposing the substrate surface and of the spurious interfacial oxide promoting coating breakdown and/or delamination are emphasized

  11. Oxidation resistance of TiN, CrN, TiAlN and CrAlN coatings deposited by lateral rotating cathode arc

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    In this paper, four kinds of hard coatings, TiN, CrN, TiAlN and CrAlN (with Al/Ti or Al/Cr atomic ratio around 1:1), were deposited on stainless steel substrates by a lateral rotating cathode arc technique. The as-deposited coatings were annealed in ambient atmosphere at different temperatures (500-1000 oC) for 1 h. The evolution of chemical composition, microstructure, and microhardness of these coatings after annealing at different temperatures was systematically analyzed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and nanoindentation experiments. The oxidation behaviour and its influence on overall hardness of these four coatings were compared. It was found that the ternary TiAlN and CrAlN coatings have better oxidation resistance than their binary counterparts, TiN and CrN coatings. The Cr-based coatings (CrN and CrAlN) exhibited evidently better oxidation resistance than the Ti-based coatings (TiN and TiAlN). TiN coating started to oxidize at 500 oC. After annealing at 700 oC no N could be detected by EDX, indicating that the coating was almost fully oxidized. After annealed at 800 oC, the coating completely delaminated from the substrate. TiAlN started to oxidize at 600 oC. It was nearly fully oxidized (with little residual nitrogen detected in the coating by EDX) and partially delaminated at 1000 oC. Both CrN and CrAlN started to oxidize at 700 oC. CrN was almost fully oxidized (with little residual nitrogen detected in the coating by EDX) and partially delaminated at 900 oC. The oxidation rate of the CrAlN coating is quite slow. After annealing at 1000 oC, only about 19 at.% oxygen was detected and the coating showed no delamination. The Ti-based (TiN and TiAlN) coatings were not able to retain their hardness at higher temperatures (≥ 700 oC). On the other hand, the hardness of CrAlN was stable at a high level between 33 and 35 GPa up to an annealing temperature of 800 oC and still kept at a comparative high value of 18.7 GPa

  12. Study on nanocomposite Ti–Al–Si–Cu–N films with various Si contents deposited by cathodic vacuum arc ion plating

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    Highlights: ► XRD peaks show a tendency of decreasing intensity with increasing Si content. ► Ti–Al–Si–Cu–N films present different microstructure with increasing Si content. ► Films with 6 at.% Si content obtain the highest hardness, elastic modulus and H3/E2. ► The wear rate decreases with an increase in hardness. - Abstract: In this study, nanocomposite Ti–Al–Si–Cu–N films were deposited on high speed steel substrates by the vacuum cathode arc ion plating (AIP) technique. By virtue of X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), the influence of silicon content on the film microstructure and characteristics was investigated systematically, including the chemical composition, crystalline structure as well as cross-section morphologies. With increasing the silicon content, a deterioration of the preferred orientation and a dense globular structure were detected. In the meanwhile, atomic force microscopy (AFM), nano-indentation, Rockwell indenter and reciprocating test were also utilized to analyze the hardness, elastic modulus, H3/E2, friction coefficient, adhesive strength and wear rate of the Ti–Al–Si–Cu–N films. The results showed that an optimal silicon content correlated with the best mechanical and tribological properties of the presented Ti–Al–Si–Cu–N films existed. With increasing the silicon content, the hardness, elastic modulus and the ratio H3/E2 first were improved gradually, and then were impaired sharply again. When the silicon content reached to 6 at.%, the film possessed the highest hardness, elastic modulus and ratio H3/E2 of approximately 24 GPa, 218 GPa and 0.31, respectively. Besides, films containing both 6 at.% and 10 at.% Si contents obtained a relatively low friction coefficient and a good adhesive strength. The wear rate decreased with an increase in hardness, with the highest hardness corresponding to a wear rate

  13. Study on nanocomposite Ti-Al-Si-Cu-N films with various Si contents deposited by cathodic vacuum arc ion plating

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    Shi, J. [State Key Laboratory of Corrosion and Protection, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016 (China); Institute of Materials Engineering, University of Siegen, Paul-Bonatz-Strasse 9-11, Siegen 57076 (Germany); Muders, C.M.; Kumar, A. [Institute of Materials Engineering, University of Siegen, Paul-Bonatz-Strasse 9-11, Siegen 57076 (Germany); Jiang, X., E-mail: xin.jiang@uni-siegen.de [Institute of Materials Engineering, University of Siegen, Paul-Bonatz-Strasse 9-11, Siegen 57076 (Germany); Pei, Z.L.; Gong, J. [State Key Laboratory of Corrosion and Protection, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016 (China); Sun, C., E-mail: csun@imr.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Corrosion and Protection, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016 (China)

    2012-10-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer XRD peaks show a tendency of decreasing intensity with increasing Si content. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ti-Al-Si-Cu-N films present different microstructure with increasing Si content. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Films with 6 at.% Si content obtain the highest hardness, elastic modulus and H{sup 3}/E{sup 2}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The wear rate decreases with an increase in hardness. - Abstract: In this study, nanocomposite Ti-Al-Si-Cu-N films were deposited on high speed steel substrates by the vacuum cathode arc ion plating (AIP) technique. By virtue of X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), the influence of silicon content on the film microstructure and characteristics was investigated systematically, including the chemical composition, crystalline structure as well as cross-section morphologies. With increasing the silicon content, a deterioration of the preferred orientation and a dense globular structure were detected. In the meanwhile, atomic force microscopy (AFM), nano-indentation, Rockwell indenter and reciprocating test were also utilized to analyze the hardness, elastic modulus, H{sup 3}/E{sup 2}, friction coefficient, adhesive strength and wear rate of the Ti-Al-Si-Cu-N films. The results showed that an optimal silicon content correlated with the best mechanical and tribological properties of the presented Ti-Al-Si-Cu-N films existed. With increasing the silicon content, the hardness, elastic modulus and the ratio H{sup 3}/E{sup 2} first were improved gradually, and then were impaired sharply again. When the silicon content reached to 6 at.%, the film possessed the highest hardness, elastic modulus and ratio H{sup 3}/E{sup 2} of approximately 24 GPa, 218 GPa and 0.31, respectively. Besides, films containing both 6 at.% and 10 at.% Si contents obtained a relatively low friction coefficient and a good adhesive

  14. Structure and properties of selected cemented carbides and cermets covered with TiN/(Ti,Al,Si)N/TiN coatings obtained by the cathodic arc evaporation process

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    Leszek A. Dobrzañski; Klaudiusz Golombek

    2005-01-01

    This study presents the results of microstructural examinations, mechanical tests and service performance tests carried out on thin TiN/(Ti,Al,Si)N/TiN wear resistance coatings obtained by the CAE process on cermet and cemented carbide substrates. Microstructural examinations of the applied coatings and the substrate were made with an OPTON DSM 940 SEM and a LEICA MEF4A light microscope. Adhesion of the coatings on cemented carbides and cermets was measured using the scratch test. The cutting...

  15. Structure and properties of selected cemented carbides and cermets covered with TiN/(Ti,Al,SiN/TiN coatings obtained by the cathodic arc evaporation process

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    Leszek A. Dobrzañski

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available This study presents the results of microstructural examinations, mechanical tests and service performance tests carried out on thin TiN/(Ti,Al,SiN/TiN wear resistance coatings obtained by the CAE process on cermet and cemented carbide substrates. Microstructural examinations of the applied coatings and the substrate were made with an OPTON DSM 940 SEM and a LEICA MEF4A light microscope. Adhesion of the coatings on cemented carbides and cermets was measured using the scratch test. The cutting properties of the materials were determined from service tests in which continuous machining of C45E steel was carried out. The hardness of the substrate and the microhardness of the coatings were determined with a DUH 202 SHIMADZU ultra microhardness tester with a load of 70 mN. Roughness tests were also carried out before applying the coatings and after the PVD process. Cutting tests confirmed the advantages of the TiN/(Ti,Al,SiN/TiN type coatings obtained using the PVD method in the CAE mode on cemented carbides and cermets, as a material that undergoes very low abrasive, thermal and adhesion wear. These coatings extend tool life compared to commercially available uncoated tools with single and multi-layer coatings deposited using PVD/CVD methods.

  16. Parametric Study on Arc Behavior of Magnetically Diffused Arc

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    Chen, Tang; Li, Hui; Bai, Bing; Liao, Mengran; Xia, Weidong

    2016-01-01

    A model coupling the plasma with a cathode body is applied in the simulation of the diffuse state of a magnetically rotating arc. Four parametric studies are performed: on the external axial magnetic field (AMF), on the cathode shape, on the total current and on the inlet gas velocity. The numerical results show that: the cathode attachment focuses in the center of the cathode tip with zero AMF and gradually shifts off the axis with the increase of AMF; a larger cathode conical angle corresponds to a cathode arc attachment farther away off axis; the maximum values of plasma temperature increase with the total current; the plasma column in front of the cathode tip expands more severely in the axial direction, with a higher inlet speed; the cathode arc attachment shrinks towards the tip as the inlet speed increases. The various results are supposed to be explained by the joint effect of coupled cathode surface heating and plasma rotating flow. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 11475174, 11035005 and 50876101)

  17. Investigations on the determination of some rare earth elements (Ce, Pr, Nd, Tb) in lanthanum oxide by emission spectrography in d.c. arc

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    The evaporation and excitation of traces of rare earths elements Ce, Pr, Nd and Tb and of the matrix La2O3 by the d.c. arc were investigated in different atmospheres with different methods (intensity-time-diagrams, indication of temperatures and determination of temperatures of the axis of the arc by CN-rotational lines and voltage-curves). On the cathode were found deposits which evaporate with difficulty. The composition of these deposits and their evaporation were investigated. Differences for the intensity-time diagrams of atomic lines and of ionic lines were found. The differences were explained by combination of the physical and chemical matrix effects. The detection limits of the optimized determinations are: Ce-40 ppm; Pr-25 ppm; Nd-25 ppm; Tb-42 ppm in 20 mg of La2O3. (author)

  18. Formation of Biphasic State in Vacuum-Arc Coatings Obtained by Evaporation of Ti-Al-Zr-Nb-Y Alloy in the Atmosphere of Nitrogen

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    Full Text Available By means of X-ray diffraction, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy and indentation methods, the effect of nitrogen atmosphere pressure on composition, structure and hardness of vacuum-arc (Ti-Al-Zr-Nb-YN coatings during the deposition process has been studied. The two-phase state of the coating with solid-solution metal component (bcc lattice and nitride phase (fcc lattice have been formed. Increasing the pressure of nitrogen atmosphere leads to the increase of nitrogen component in the coating as well as to increase of the ordering regions size, allowing to achieve the hardness of H = 49 GPa at a pressure of P = 0.5 Pa.

  19. Determination of Nd, Ho, Er, Tm and Y in solutions by hollow cathode discharge with copper cathodes

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    A hollow cathode discharge has been applied to the determination of Nd, Ho, Er, Tm and Y in solutions using copper cathodes and argon as a carrier gas. The solutions were evaporated to dryness in the cathodes without a pretreatment. Absolute detection limit for the elements studied here were found to be lower in the copper cathode by about one order than those obtained in previous studies in graphite hollow cathodes

  20. Corrosion durability of nanostructured TiAlYN coatings, deposited by PIII and D method from filtered vacuum-arc cathodic plasma

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    The electrochemical characteristics of nanostructured TiAlYN coatings deposited on 12X18H10T steel substrates are investigated in 3% aqueous solution of NaCl. The coatings were deposited from filtered vacuum-arc plasma by PIII and D method. Measurements of corrosion potentials Ecor and anodic polarization curves showed that the best protection against galvanic corrosion (GC) provides TiA1YN coating containing 0.2 at.% Y deposited on the substrate when applying pulsed bias potential of -1.5 kV amplitude. Addition DC bias potential of -150 V to pulse one leads to deterioration of the protective properties: activation potential of anodic processes (APAP) decreases in 3...4 times. Increase in TiA1YN coatings deposition rate promotes improvement their protective properties due to improved adhesion and decreased level of residual stress

  1. Magneto-plasma-dynamic arc thruster

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    Burkhart, J. A. (Inventor)

    1973-01-01

    The performance of a magnetoplasmadynamic arc thruster, in the 600 to 2,100 seconds specific impulse range, was improved by locating its cathode in the exhaust beam downstream of the anode and main propellant injection point.

  2. Vacuum arc under axial magnetic fields: experimental and simulation research

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    Axial magnetic field (AMF) technology is a most important control method of vacuum arc, particularly for high-current vacuum arcs in vacuum interrupters. In this paper, a review of the state of current research on vacuum arcs under AMF is presented. The major aspects of vacuum arc in an AMF such as arc voltage, the motion of cathode spots, and anode activities are discussed, and the most recent progress both of experimental and simulation research is presented. (topical review)

  3. Preparation of nanocomposite thoriated tungsten cathode by swaging technique

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    王发展; 诸葛飞; 张晖; 丁秉钧

    2002-01-01

    By using the high energy ball milling method,the nanosized ThO2 powders were obtained.Through mixing powders,sintering and hot swaging processing,a nanocomposite thoriated tungsten cathode was fabricated.The relative density of the nanocomposite material is near 100%.The microstructure of nanocomposite cathode is quite different from that of conventional thoriated tungsten cathode.Most of thoria particles are less than 100 nm in diameter,and distribute on the boundaries of tungsten grains.The nanocomposite cathode shows a much lower arc starting field than that of conventional cathode,which will improve the performance of the cathode significantly.

  4. The influence of thermal annealing on residual stresses and mechanical properties of arc-evaporated TiCxN1-x (x=0, 0.15 and 0.45) thin films

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    We report the stress relaxation behavior of arc-evaporated TiCxN1-x thin films during isothermal annealing between 350 and 900 deg. C. Films with x=0, 0.15, and 0.45, each having an initial compressive intrinsic stress σint=-5.4 GPa, were deposited by varying the substrate bias Vs and the gas composition. Annealing above the deposition temperature leads to a steep decrease in the magnitude of σint to a saturation stress value, which is a function of the annealing temperature. The corresponding apparent activation energies for stress relaxation are Ea=2.4, 2.9, and 3.1 eV, for x=0, 0.15, and 0.45, respectively. TiC0.45N0.55 films with a lower initial stress σint=-3 GPa, obtained using a high substrate bias, show a higher activation energy Ea=4.2 eV. In all the films, stress relaxation is accompanied by a decrease in defect density indicated by the decreased width of X-ray diffraction peaks and decreased strain contrast in transmission electron micrographs. Correlation of these results with film hardness and microstructure measurements indicates that the stress relaxation is a result of point-defect annihilation taking place both during short-lived metal-ion surface collision cascades during deposition, and during post-deposition annealing by thermally activated processes. The difference in Ea for the films of the same composition deposited at different Vs suggests the existence of different types of point-defect configurations and recombination mechanisms

  5. Arc Plasma Torch Modeling

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    Trelles, J P; Vardelle, A; Heberlein, J V R

    2013-01-01

    Arc plasma torches are the primary components of various industrial thermal plasma processes involving plasma spraying, metal cutting and welding, thermal plasma CVD, metal melting and remelting, waste treatment and gas production. They are relatively simple devices whose operation implies intricate thermal, chemical, electrical, and fluid dynamics phenomena. Modeling may be used as a means to better understand the physical processes involved in their operation. This paper presents an overview of the main aspects involved in the modeling of DC arc plasma torches: the mathematical models including thermodynamic and chemical non-equilibrium models, turbulent and radiative transport, thermodynamic and transport property calculation, boundary conditions and arc reattachment models. It focuses on the conventional plasma torches used for plasma spraying that include a hot-cathode and a nozzle anode.

  6. Exploration of arc spot motion in the presence of magnetic fields

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    Since arcing phenomena are observed in controlled fusion devices, the interest in a better understanding of the spot behavior of low pressure arcs gained a new impetus. The classical vacuum arc and the unipolar arc produce the same erosion tracks on the metallic electrodes and the surface walls, respectively. One observes that the cathode attachment on cold metal surfaces of vacuum arcs is represented by one or several bright spots which jump seemingly statistically over the surface. In the presence of a transverse magnetic field, these spots jump preferably contrary to the Lorentzian rule. This paper represents a new theoretical approach to explain these phenomena. It is based on a rigorous stability theory of a current-carrying plasma channel, one end of which is fixed to the metal surface. The derived stability criterion requires that the vapor pressure of the evaporated electrode material (psub(D)) must be larger than twice the average magnetic pressure (psub(m) = (μ0/4π)Ianti j). (orig.)

  7. Sheath expansion and plasma dynamics in the presence of electrode evaporation: Application to a vacuum circuit breaker

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    During the postarc dielectric recovery phase in a vacuum circuit breaker, a cathode sheath forms and expels the plasma from the electrode gap. The success or failure of current breaking depends on how efficiently the plasma is expelled from the electrode gap. The sheath expansion in the postarc phase can be compared to sheath expansion in plasma immersion ion implantation except that collisions between charged particles and atoms generated by electrode evaporation may become important in a vacuum circuit breaker. In this paper, we show that electrode evaporation plays a significant role in the dynamics of the sheath expansion in this context not only because charged particle transport is no longer collisionless but also because the neutral flow due to evaporation and temperature gradients may push the plasma toward one of the electrodes. Using a hybrid model of the nonequilibrium postarc plasma and cathode sheath coupled with a direct simulation Monte Carlo method to describe collisions between heavy species, we present a parametric study of the sheath and plasma dynamics and of the time needed for the sheath to expel the plasma from the gap for different values of plasma density and electrode temperatures at the beginning of the postarc phase. This work constitutes a preliminary step toward understanding and quantifying the risk of current breaking failure of a vacuum arc.

  8. Evaporating firewalls

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    Van Raamsdonk, Mark

    2014-11-01

    In this note, we begin by presenting an argument suggesting that large AdS black holes dual to typical high-energy pure states of a single holographic CFT must have some structure at the horizon, i.e. a fuzzball/firewall, unless the procedure to probe physics behind the horizon is state-dependent. By weakly coupling the CFT to an auxiliary system, such a black hole can be made to evaporate. In a case where the auxiliary system is a second identical CFT, it is possible (for specific initial states) that the system evolves to precisely the thermofield double state as the original black hole evaporates. In this case, the dual geometry should include the "late-time" part of the eternal AdS black hole spacetime which includes smooth spacetime behind the horizon of the original black hole. Thus, if a firewall is present initially, it evaporates. This provides a specific realization of the recent ideas of Maldacena and Susskind that the existence of smooth spacetime behind the horizon of an evaporating black hole can be enabled by maximal entanglement with a Hawking radiation system (in our case the second CFT) rather than prevented by it. For initial states which are not finely-tuned to produce the thermofield double state, the question of whether a late-time infalling observer experiences a firewall translates to a question about the gravity dual of a typical high-energy state of a two-CFT system.

  9. Physical model and experimental results of cathode erosion related to power supply ripple

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    Harris, W. J.; O'Hair, E. A.; Hatfield, L. L.; Kristiansen, M.

    1992-01-01

    This paper discusses the physical effects of power supply ripple on cathode erosion and cathode arc attachment in a water-cooled, 30 kW nitrogen arcjet. Experimental results are presented for 2 percent thoriated tungsten, which show that the long-term cathode erosion rate is a decreasing function of current ripple over the range 1-13 percent. Above this range, the cathode discharge becomes unstable, and the erosion rate rapidly increases. A qualitative model of this effect is given in terms of a magnetically induced radial motion of the arc column, and an overall increase in the cathode spot radius due to the higher peak current associated with higher ripple. The most important effect of power supply ripple is therefore shown to be its ability to collectively drive the cathode attachment away from the cathode center. This leads to an increase in the cathode attachment area, and a subsequent decrease in the cathode erosion rate.

  10. Measurement of total ion flux in vacuum Arc discharges

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    Anders, Andre; Oks, Efim M.; Yushkov, Georgy Yu.; Brown, Ian G.

    2004-01-01

    A vacuum arc ion source was modified allowing us to collect ions from arc plasma streaming through an anode mesh. The mesh had a geometric transmittance of 60 percent, which was taken into account as a correction factor. The ion current from twenty-two cathode materials was measured at an arc current of 100 A. The ion current normalized by the arc current was found to depend on the cathode material, with valuesin the range from 5 percent to 11 percent. The normalized ion current is gener...

  11. Surface Morphology and Properties of CrN Coating Deposited by Superimposed Pulse Bias Cathodic Arc Ion Deposition%脉冲偏压电弧离子镀CrN薄膜的表面形貌和性能研究

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    杨娟; 文晓霞; 卢春灿; 陈志谦; 聂朝胤

    2008-01-01

    采用脉冲偏压电孤离子镀技术沉积了CrN薄膜,并考察了在不同偏压下薄膜的表面形貌、相结构、显微硬度和耐磨性.随着偏压的增加,CrN薄膜表面颗粒运渐变少,表面粗糙度降低,结晶度增大,偏压为-100 V的CrN薄膜具有致密的表面结构,较高的硬度,最佳的抗磨性能.%In this study, the cathodic arc ion plating technique was used to deposit CrN films on stainless steel sub-strates. The mechanical properties of the cathodic arc ion deposited CrN films were correlated to the microstructure of the films, which in turn was determined by the vacuum arc deposition parameters. The goal of this study was to examine the effects of bias voltage on the surface morphology, phase structure, microhardness and wear resistance of CrN films. Various standard characterization techniques and equipment, such as X-ray diffraction, ball-on-disc friction tester, surface profilometer, scanning electronic microscopy, microindention system and optical microscopy, were used to analyze and qualify the surface morphology, the mechanical and tribological properties. With increasing e substrate bias voltages, the number of macroparticles decreased. The CrN coatings prepared at -100 V showed smooth surfaces, fine crystalline grains and high hardness and wear resistance.

  12. Correlation of cathode parameters of high power grid tubes with material characteristics of cathode-grid units

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    One way to increase the longevity of dispenser cathodes is based on reducing the Barium evaporation. This can be achieved by the decrease of the reaction 'activity' of the emitter impregnant with the porous tungsten (W) body, which supplies free Barium from the interior of the porous cathode to its surface

  13. Correlation of cathode parameters of high power grid tubes with material characteristics of cathode-grid units

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    Melnikova, Irina P.; Polyakov, Igor V.; Usanov, Dmitry A.

    2005-09-01

    One way to increase the longevity of dispenser cathodes is based on reducing the Barium evaporation. This can be achieved by the decrease of the reaction "activity" of the emitter impregnant with the porous tungsten (W) body, which supplies free Barium from the interior of the porous cathode to its surface.

  14. Group evaporation

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    Shen, Hayley H.

    1991-01-01

    Liquid fuel combustion process is greatly affected by the rate of droplet evaporation. The heat and mass exchanges between gas and liquid couple the dynamics of both phases in all aspects: mass, momentum, and energy. Correct prediction of the evaporation rate is therefore a key issue in engineering design of liquid combustion devices. Current analytical tools for characterizing the behavior of these devices are based on results from a single isolated droplet. Numerous experimental studies have challenged the applicability of these results in a dense spray. To account for the droplets' interaction in a dense spray, a number of theories have been developed in the past decade. Herein, two tasks are examined. One was to study how to implement the existing theoretical results, and the other was to explore the possibility of experimental verifications. The current theoretical results of group evaporation are given for a monodispersed cluster subject to adiabatic conditions. The time evolution of the fluid mechanic and thermodynamic behavior in this cluster is derived. The results given are not in the form of a subscale model for CFD codes.

  15. Analysis of cathode geometry to minimize cathode erosion in direct current microplasma jet

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    Causa, Federica [Dipartimento di Scienze dell' Ambiente, della Sicurezza, del Territorio, degli Alimenti e della Salute, Universita degli studi di Messina, 98122 Messina (Italy); Ghezzi, Francesco; Caniello, Roberto; Grosso, Giovanni [Istituto di Fisica del Plasma, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, EURATOM-ENEA-CNR Association, Via R. Cozzi 53, 20125 Milano (Italy); Dellasega, David [Istituto di Fisica del Plasma, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, EURATOM-ENEA-CNR Association, Via R. Cozzi 53, 20125 Milano (Italy); Dipartimento di Energia, Politecnico di Milano, Via Ponzio 34/3, 20133 Milano (Italy)

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    Microplasma jets are now widely used for deposition, etching, and materials processing. The present study focuses on the investigation of the influence of cathode geometry on deposition quality, for microplasma jet deposition systems in low vacuum. The interest here is understanding the influence of hydrogen on sputtering and/or evaporation of the electrodes. Samples obtained with two cathode geometries with tapered and rectangular cross-sections have been investigated experimentally by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersion X-ray spectroscopy. Samples obtained with a tapered-geometry cathode present heavy contamination, demonstrating cathode erosion, while samples obtained with a rectangular-cross-section cathode are free from contamination. These experimental characteristics were explained by modelling results showing a larger radial component of the electric field at the cathode inner wall of the tapered cathode. As a result, ion acceleration is larger, explaining the observed cathode erosion in this case. Results from the present investigation also show that the ratio of radial to axial field components is larger for the rectangular geometry case, thus, qualitatively explaining the presence of micro-hollow cathode discharge over a wide range of currents observed in this case. In the light of the above findings, the rectangular cathode geometry is considered to be more effective to achieve cleaner deposition.

  16. Metals purification by improved vacuum arc remelting

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    Zanner, Frank J.; Williamson, Rodney L.; Smith, Mark F.

    1994-12-13

    The invention relates to improved apparatuses and methods for remelting metal alloys in furnaces, particularly consumable electrode vacuum arc furnaces. Excited reactive gas is injected into a stationary furnace arc zone, thus accelerating the reduction reactions which purify the metal being melted. Additionally, a cooled condensation surface is disposed within the furnace to reduce the partial pressure of water in the furnace, which also fosters the reduction reactions which result in a purer produced ingot. Methods and means are provided for maintaining the stationary arc zone, thereby reducing the opportunity for contaminants evaporated from the arc zone to be reintroduced into the produced ingot.

  17. Development of plasma cathode electron guns

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    Oks, Efim M.; Schanin, Peter M.

    1999-05-01

    The status of experimental research and ongoing development of plasma cathode electron guns in recent years is reviewed, including some novel upgrades and applications to various technological fields. The attractiveness of this kind of e-gun is due to its capability of creating high current, broad or focused beams, both in pulsed and steady-state modes of operation. An important characteristic of the plasma cathode electron gun is the absence of a thermionic cathode, a feature which leads to long lifetime and reliable operation even in the presence of aggressive background gas media and at fore-vacuum gas pressure ranges such as achieved by mechanical pumps. Depending on the required beam parameters, different kinds of plasma discharge systems can be used in plasma cathode electron guns, such as vacuum arcs, constricted gaseous arcs, hollow cathode glows, and two kinds of discharges in crossed E×B fields: Penning and magnetron. At the present time, plasma cathode electron guns provide beams with transverse dimension from fractional millimeter up to about one meter, beam current from microamperes to kiloamperes, beam current density up to about 100 A/cm2, pulse duration from nanoseconds to dc, and electron energy from several keV to hundreds of keV. Applications include electron beam melting and welding, surface treatment, plasma chemistry, radiation technologies, laser pumping, microwave generation, and more.

  18. Structure of propagating arc in a magneto-hydrodynamic rail plasma actuator

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    Gray, Miles D.; Choi, Young-Joon; Sirohi, Jayant; Raja, Laxminarayan L.

    2016-01-01

    The spatio-temporal evolution of a magnetically driven arc in a rail plasma flow actuator has been characterized with high-speed imaging, electrical measurements, and spectroscopy. The arc draws a peak current of ~1 kA. High-speed framing cameras were used to observe the complex arc propagation phenomenon. In particular, the anode and cathode roots were observed to have different modes of transit, which resulted in distinct types of electrode degradation on the anode and cathode surfaces. Observations of the arc electrical properties and induced magnetic fields are used to explain the transit mechanism of the arc. Emission spectroscopy revealed the arc temperature and species composition as a function of transit distance of the arc. The results obtained offer significant insights into the electromagnetic properties of the arc-rail system as well as arc-surface interaction phenomena in a propagating arc.

  19. Barium depletion study on impregnated cathodes and lifetime prediction

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    Roquais, J. M.; Poret, F.; le Doze, R.; Ricaud, J. L.; Monterrin, A.; Steinbrunn, A.

    2003-06-01

    In the thermionic cathodes used in cathode ray-tubes (CRTs), barium is the key element for the electronic emission. In the case of the dispenser cathodes made of a porous tungsten pellet impregnated with Ba, Ca aluminates, the evaporation of Ba determines the cathode lifetime with respect to emission performance in the CRT. The Ba evaporation results in progressive depletion of the impregnating material inside the pellet. In the present work, the Ba depletion with time has been extensively characterized over a large range of cathode temperature. Calculations using the depletion data allowed modeling of the depletion as a function of key parameters. The link between measured depletion and emission in tubes has been established, from which an end-of-life criterion was deduced. Taking modeling into account, predicting accelerated life-tests were performed using high-density maximum emission current (MIK).

  20. Barium depletion study on impregnated cathodes and lifetime prediction

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    In the thermionic cathodes used in cathode ray-tubes (CRTs), barium is the key element for the electronic emission. In the case of the dispenser cathodes made of a porous tungsten pellet impregnated with Ba, Ca aluminates, the evaporation of Ba determines the cathode lifetime with respect to emission performance in the CRT. The Ba evaporation results in progressive depletion of the impregnating material inside the pellet. In the present work, the Ba depletion with time has been extensively characterized over a large range of cathode temperature. Calculations using the depletion data allowed modeling of the depletion as a function of key parameters. The link between measured depletion and emission in tubes has been established, from which an end-of-life criterion was deduced. Taking modeling into account, predicting accelerated life-tests were performed using high-density maximum emission current (MIK)

  1. Driven Motion and Instability of an Atmospheric Pressure Arc

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    Atmospheric pressure arcs are used extensively in applications such as welding and metallurgy. However, comparatively little is known of the physics of such arcs in external magnetic fields and the mechanisms of the instabilities present. In order to address questions of equilibrium and stability of such arcs, an experimental arc furnace is constructed and operated in air with graphite cathode and steel anode at currents 100-250 A. The arc is diagnosed with a gated intensified camera and a collimated photodiode array, as well as fast voltage and current probes

  2. Driven Motion and Instability of an Atmospheric Pressure Arc

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    Max Karasik

    1999-12-01

    Atmospheric pressure arcs are used extensively in applications such as welding and metallurgy. However, comparatively little is known of the physics of such arcs in external magnetic fields and the mechanisms of the instabilities present. In order to address questions of equilibrium and stability of such arcs, an experimental arc furnace is constructed and operated in air with graphite cathode and steel anode at currents 100-250 A. The arc is diagnosed with a gated intensified camera and a collimated photodiode array, as well as fast voltage and current probes.

  3. Modeling Multi-Arc Spraying Systems

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    Bobzin, K.; Öte, M.

    2016-06-01

    The use of plasma as energy source in thermal spraying enables among others the processing of feed stock materials with very high melting temperatures as coating materials. New generation multi-arc plasma spraying systems are widely spread and promise several advantages in comparison to the conventional single-arc systems. Numerical modeling of multi-arc plasma spraying offers the possibility to increase the understanding about this process. This study focuses on the numerical modeling of three-cathode spraying systems, introducing the recent activities in this field and discussing the numerical aspects which influence the prediction power of the models.

  4. ERDA characterization of carbon nitride films deposited by hollow cathode discharge process

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    The interest in carbon nitride (CN) thin films stems from the theoretical work of Liu and Cohen predicting the extreme hardness of this material, comparable to or greater than that of diamond. The growth of CN thin films employing various deposition techniques such as plasma chemical vapor deposition, sputtering, laser ablation, ion assisted dynamic mixing and low energy ion implantation has been reported. This contribution presents some results about the characterization of CNx films using elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA) technique. CN films were deposited on silicon substrates by electron beam evaporation of pure graphite in a nitrogen environment. A hollow cathode discharge in arc regime was used both for evaporating a graphite target and for generating a high density plasma in the vicinity of the substrate. The main deposition parameters were as follows: gas (N2) pressure, 10-2 - 5.10-2 mbar; hollow cathode discharge power, 2.5 - 5 kW; substrate negative bias voltage, 0-150 V; graphite evaporation rate, 0.08 - 0.2 g/min; deposition duration, 15-60 min. The ERDA measurements were carried out at the Tandem accelerator of IFIN-HH using a 63Cu10+ beam at 80 MeV. The samples were mounted in a scattering target chamber with a vacuum higher than 5 x 10-5 Torr. The detector consisted in a compact ΔE(gas)-E(solid) telescope, placed at 30 angle with respect to the beam. The elements of the main interests were C and N. The measured Δ E -E spectra for two samples prepared in different conditions are presented. A quantitative analysis of the C and N energy spectra using our program SURFAN have been carried out for the these samples. It shows that the nitrogen to carbon atomic concentration ratio is close to 0.3. The nitrogen content is lower than that expected for the ideal β - C3N4 solid. (authors)

  5. Secondary arc description on satellite solar generators

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    Crispel, Pierre; Degond, Pierre; Vignal, Marie-Helene; Roussel, Jean-Francois; Amorim, Emmanuel; Payan, Denis; Cho, Mengu

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a quasi-neutral model with non-vanishing current describing the expansion of a plasma in an inter-cellular gap on a satellite solar array. Moreover, an electric arc cathode spot model is proposed in order to give suitable boundary conditions for the expansion model.

  6. Metal-doped diamond-like carbon films synthesized by filter-arc deposition

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    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) thin films are extensively utilized in the semiconductor, electric and cutting machine industries owing to their high hardness, high elastic modulus, low friction coefficients and high chemical stability. DLC films are prepared by ion beam-assisted deposition (BAD), sputter deposition, plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), cathodic arc evaporation (CAE), and filter arc deposition (FAD). The major drawbacks of these methods are the degraded hardness associated with the low sp3/sp2 bonding ratio, the rough surface and poor adhesion caused by the presence of particles. In this study, a self-developed filter arc deposition (FAD) system was employed to prepare metal-containing DLC films with a low particle density. The relationships between the DLC film properties, such as film structure, surface morphology and mechanical behavior, with variation of substrate bias and target current, are examined. Experimental results demonstrate that FAD-DLC films have a lower ratio, suggesting that FAD-DLC films have a greater sp3 bonding than the CAE-DLC films. FAD-DLC films also exhibit a low friction coefficient of 0.14 and half of the number of surface particles as in the CAE-DLC films. Introducing a CrN interfacial layer between the substrate and the DLC films enables the magnetic field strength of the filter to be controlled to improve the adhesion and effectively eliminate the contaminating particles. Accordingly, the FAD system improves the tribological properties of the DLC films

  7. Dual Torch Plasma Arc Furnace for Medical Waste Treatment

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    LIU Bin; M.KIKUCHI; LI Heping; T.IWAO; T.INABA

    2007-01-01

    In this paper,characteristics of a dual torch plasma arc used for hazardous waste treatment and operated at atmospheric pressure are studied,and also compared with those of the multi-torch plasma arc and the single torch plasma arc.The dual torch plasma arc is generated between the cathode and anode with argon as the working gas.The temperature distributions of the plasma arc are measured using a spectroscope and line pair method with the assumption of local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) for the DC arc current I = 100 A and argon flow rate Q = 15 slpm.The measurements show that the temperatures of the dual torch arc plasma in the regions near the cathode,the anode and the center point are 10,000 K,11,000 K and 9,000 K,respectively.And the high temperature region of the multi torch plasma arc is of double or much wider size than that of a conventional dual torch plasma arc and single plasma torch.Based on the preceding studies,a dual torch plasma arc furnace is developed in this study.The measured gas temperature at the center region of the argon arc is about 11,000 K for the case of I = 200 A and Q = 30 slpm operated in atmosphere.

  8. Arc Statistics

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    Meneghetti, M; Dahle, H; Limousin, M

    2013-01-01

    The existence of an arc statistics problem was at the center of a strong debate in the last fifteen years. With the aim to clarify if the optical depth for giant gravitational arcs by galaxy clusters in the so called concordance model is compatible with observations, several studies were carried out which helped to significantly improve our knowledge of strong lensing clusters, unveiling their extremely complex internal structure. In particular, the abundance and the frequency of strong lensing events like gravitational arcs turned out to be a potentially very powerful tool to trace the structure formation. However, given the limited size of observational and theoretical data-sets, the power of arc statistics as a cosmological tool has been only minimally exploited so far. On the other hand, the last years were characterized by significant advancements in the field, and several cluster surveys that are ongoing or planned for the near future seem to have the potential to make arc statistics a competitive cosmo...

  9. Auxiliary-Arc Electrodes for MHD Systems

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    The important role of electrode phenomena in the operation of magneto aerodynamic machines is well known. In particular, the voltage drops which occur in the boundary layer in the immediate neighbourhood of the electrode may reduce the output of the apparatus. These voltage drops are caused partly by the increased resistance presented by the boundary layer in the neighbourhood of the electrode when the latter is appreciably colder than the gas, and partly by the fact that the electrode is not at a temperature sufficient to be emissive. Auxiliary-arc electrodes that have been constructed and tested seem to provide a solution both of the cold boundary layer problem and of the cathode emissivity problem. For this purpose an arc is established between a refractory metal cathode placed behind and clear of the generator wall and an anode forming part of the wall. The arc column can be activated by a rotational movement under the effect of a magnetic field, which may be that of the machine itself. The mechanical arrangement of the electrodes is such that, with a weak flow of gas (argon for example), it is possible to maintain a protective atmosphere around the arc cathode, while the arc anode is strongly cooled by the wall. The gas flow also has the effect of forcing the arc column towards the stream, thus increasing the conductivity of the boundary layer. Furthermore, the arc column behaves as a virtual cathode, from which a sizeable electron current can be extracted. Electrodes constructed on this principle have been tested on gas streams composed of fuel-oil combustion products. By using them as cathodes it has been possible to extract a current of 5 A without the voltage drop between the electrode and the gas exceeding 10 V. Comparative tests have been carried out with cooled metal electrodes, in which case the voltage drop is of the order of 120 V. The arc electrodes tested have operated for several hours without any apparent damage. In spite of the energy which has

  10. Modeling Arcs

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    Insepov, Zeke; Veitzer, Seth; Mahalingam, Sudhakar

    2011-01-01

    Although vacuum arcs were first identified over 110 years ago, they are not yet well understood. We have since developed a model of breakdown and gradient limits that tries to explain, in a self-consistent way: arc triggering, plasma initiation, plasma evolution, surface damage and gra- dient limits. We use simple PIC codes for modeling plasmas, molecular dynamics for modeling surface breakdown, and surface damage, and mesoscale surface thermodynamics and finite element electrostatic codes for to evaluate surface properties. Since any given experiment seems to have more variables than data points, we have tried to consider a wide variety of arcing (rf structures, e beam welding, laser ablation, etc.) to help constrain the problem, and concentrate on common mechanisms. While the mechanisms can be comparatively simple, modeling can be challenging.

  11. Process characteristics of fibre-laser-assisted plasma arc welding

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    Mahrle, A; Schnick, M; Rose, S; Demuth, C; Beyer, E; Fuessel, U, E-mail: achim.mahrle@iws.fraunhofer.de [Dresden University of Technology, Institute of Surface and Manufacturing Technology, PO Box, D-01062 Dresden (Germany)

    2011-08-31

    Experimental and theoretical investigations on fibre-laser-assisted plasma arc welding (LAPW) were performed. Welding experiments were carried out on aluminium and steel sheets. In the case of a highly focused laser beam and a separate arrangement of plasma torch and laser beam, high-speed video recordings of the plasma arc and corresponding measurements of the time-dependent arc voltage revealed differences in the process behaviour for both materials. In the case of aluminium welding, a sharp decline in arc voltage and stabilization and guiding of the anodic arc root was observed whereas in steel welding the arc voltage was slightly increased after the laser beam was switched on. However, significant improvement of the melting efficiency with the combined action of plasma arc and laser beam was achieved for both types of material. Theoretical results of additional numerical simulations of the arc behaviour suggest that the properties of the arc plasma are mainly influenced not by a direct interaction with the laser radiation but by the laser-induced evaporation of metal. Arc stabilization with increased current densities is predicted for moderate rates of evaporated metal only whereas metal vapour rates above a certain threshold causes a destabilization of the arc and reduced current densities along the arc axis.

  12. Process characteristics of fibre-laser-assisted plasma arc welding

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    Mahrle, A.; Schnick, M.; Rose, S.; Demuth, C.; Beyer, E.; Füssel, U.

    2011-08-01

    Experimental and theoretical investigations on fibre-laser-assisted plasma arc welding (LAPW) were performed. Welding experiments were carried out on aluminium and steel sheets. In the case of a highly focused laser beam and a separate arrangement of plasma torch and laser beam, high-speed video recordings of the plasma arc and corresponding measurements of the time-dependent arc voltage revealed differences in the process behaviour for both materials. In the case of aluminium welding, a sharp decline in arc voltage and stabilization and guiding of the anodic arc root was observed whereas in steel welding the arc voltage was slightly increased after the laser beam was switched on. However, significant improvement of the melting efficiency with the combined action of plasma arc and laser beam was achieved for both types of material. Theoretical results of additional numerical simulations of the arc behaviour suggest that the properties of the arc plasma are mainly influenced not by a direct interaction with the laser radiation but by the laser-induced evaporation of metal. Arc stabilization with increased current densities is predicted for moderate rates of evaporated metal only whereas metal vapour rates above a certain threshold causes a destabilization of the arc and reduced current densities along the arc axis.

  13. Process characteristics of fibre-laser-assisted plasma arc welding

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    Experimental and theoretical investigations on fibre-laser-assisted plasma arc welding (LAPW) were performed. Welding experiments were carried out on aluminium and steel sheets. In the case of a highly focused laser beam and a separate arrangement of plasma torch and laser beam, high-speed video recordings of the plasma arc and corresponding measurements of the time-dependent arc voltage revealed differences in the process behaviour for both materials. In the case of aluminium welding, a sharp decline in arc voltage and stabilization and guiding of the anodic arc root was observed whereas in steel welding the arc voltage was slightly increased after the laser beam was switched on. However, significant improvement of the melting efficiency with the combined action of plasma arc and laser beam was achieved for both types of material. Theoretical results of additional numerical simulations of the arc behaviour suggest that the properties of the arc plasma are mainly influenced not by a direct interaction with the laser radiation but by the laser-induced evaporation of metal. Arc stabilization with increased current densities is predicted for moderate rates of evaporated metal only whereas metal vapour rates above a certain threshold causes a destabilization of the arc and reduced current densities along the arc axis.

  14. The double sheath on cathodes of discharges burning in cathode vapour

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    Benilov, M S; Benilova, L G [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade da Madeira, Largo do MunicIpio, 9000 Funchal (Portugal)

    2010-09-01

    The model of a collisionless near-cathode space-charge sheath with ionization of atoms emitted by the cathode surface is considered. Numerical calculations showed that the mathematical problem is solvable and its solution is unique. In the framework of this model, the sheath represents a double layer with a potential maximum, with the ions which are produced before the maximum returning to the cathode surface and those produced after the maximum escaping into the plasma. Numerical results are given in a form to be readily applicable in analysis of discharges burning in cathode vapour, such as vacuum arcs. In particular, the results indicate that the ion backflow coefficient in such discharges exceeds 0.5, in agreement with values extracted from the experiment.

  15. Simulating different modes of current transfer to thermionic cathodes in a wide range of conditions

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    Benilov, M S; Cunha, M D; Faria, M J [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade da Madeira, Largo do MunicIpio, 9000 Funchal (Portugal)

    2009-07-21

    Changes in the pattern of steady-state modes of current transfer to thermionic cathodes induced by variations of the cathode geometry and temperature of the cooling fluid are studied numerically. For some combinations of control parameters, only one stable mode in a wide current range exists, which combines features of spot and diffuse modes. This mode, when attached to an elongated protrusion on the cathode surface, may be identified with the so-called super spot mode observed in experiments on low-current arcs. There is also reasonable agreement between the modelling and the experiment on cathodes of high-current arcs operating in the diffuse mode. The conclusions on existence under certain conditions of only one stable mode in a wide current range and of a minimum of the dependence of the temperature of the hottest point of the cathode on the arc current, manifested by this mode, may have industrial importance and admit a straightforward experimental verification.

  16. Electrode voltage fall and total voltage of a transient arc

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    Valensi, F.; Ratovoson, L.; Razafinimanana, M.; Masquère, M.; Freton, P.; Gleizes, A.

    2016-06-01

    This paper deals with an experimental study of the components of a transient arc total voltage with duration of a few tens of ms and a current peak close to 1000 A. The cathode tip is made of graphite whereas the flat anode is made either of copper or of graphite; the electrodes gap is a few mm. The analysis of the electrical parameters is supported and validated by fast imaging and by two models: the first one is a 2D physical model of the arc allowing to calculate both the plasma temperature field and the arc voltage; the second model is able to estimate the transient heating of the graphite electrode. The main aim of the study was to detect the possible change of the cathode voltage fall (CVF) during the first instants of the arc. Indeed it is expected that during the first ms the graphite cathode is rather cool and the main mechanism of the electron emission should be the field effect emission, whereas after several tens of ms the cathode is strongly heated and thermionic emission should be predominant. We have observed some change in the apparent CVF but we have shown that this apparent change can be attributed to the variation of the solid cathode resistance. On the other hand, the possible change of CVF corresponding to the transition between a ‘cold’ and a ‘hot’ cathode should be weak and could not be characterized considering our measurement uncertainty of about 2 V. The arc column voltage (ACV) was estimated by subtracting the electrode voltage fall from the total arc voltage. The experimental transient evolution of the ACV is in very good agreement with the theoretical variation predicted by the model, showing the good ability of the model to study this kind of transient arc.

  17. Discharge Characteristics of DC Arc Water Plasma for Environmental Applications

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    LI Tianming; Sooseok CHOI; Takayuki WATANABE

    2012-01-01

    A water plasma was generated by DC arc discharge with a hafnium embedded rodtype cathode and a nozzle-type anode. The discharge characteristics were examined by changing the operation parameter of the arc current. The dynamic behavior of the arc discharge led to significant fluctuations in the arc voltage and its frequency. Analyses of the high speed image and the arc voltage waveform showed that the arc discharge was in the restrike mode and its frequency varied within several tens of kilohertz according to the operating conditions. The larger thermal plasma volume was generated by the higher flow from the forming steam with a higher restrike frequency in the higher arc current conditions. In addition, the characteristics of the water plasma jet were investigated by means of optical emission spectroscopy to identify the abundant radicals required in an efficient waste treatment process.

  18. Measurements of the total ion flux from vacuum arc cathodespots

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    Anders, Andre; Oks, Efim M.; Yushkov, Georgy Yu; Savkin,Konstantin P.; Brown, Ian G.; Nikolaev, Alexey G.

    2005-05-25

    The ion flux from vacuum arc cathode spots was measured in two vacuum arc systems. The first was a vacuum arc ion source which was modified allowing us to collect ions from arc plasma streaming through an anode mesh. The second discharge system essentially consisted of a cathode placed near the center of a spherically shaped mesh anode. In both systems, the ion current streaming through the mesh was measured by a biased collector. The mesh anodes had geometric transmittances of 60 percent and 72 percent, respectively, which were taken into account as correction factors. The ion current from different cathode materials was measured for 50-500 A of arc current. The ion current normalized by the arc current was found to depend on the cathode material, with values in the range from 5 percent to 19 percent. The normalized ion current is generally greater for elements of low cohesive energy. The ion erosion rates were determined from values of ion current and ion charge states, which were previously measured in the same ion source. The absolute ion erosion rates range from 16-173 mu g/C.

  19. Amorphous boron coatings produced with vacuum arc deposition technology

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    Klepper, C. C.; Hazelton, R. C.; Yadlowsky, E. J.; Carlson, E. P.; Keitz, M. D.; Williams, J. M.; Zuhr, R. A.; Poker, D. B.

    2002-05-01

    In principle, boron (B) as a material has many excellent surface properties, including corrosion resistance, very high hardness, refractory properties, and a strong tendency to bond with most substrates. The potential technological benefits of the material have not been realized, because it is difficult to deposit it as coatings. B is difficult to evaporate, does not sputter well, and cannot be thermally sprayed. In this article, first successful deposition results from a robust system, based on the vacuum (cathodic) arc technology, are reported. Adherent coatings have been produced on 1100 Al, CP-Ti, Ti-6Al-4V, 316 SS, hard chrome plate, and 52 100 steel. Composition and thickness analyses have been performed by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. Hardness (H) and modules (E) have been evaluated by nanoindentation. The coatings are very pure and have properties characteristic of B suboxides. A microhardness of up to 27 GPa has been measured on a 400-nm-thick film deposited on 52 100 steel, with a corresponding modulus of 180 GPa. This gives a very high value for the H/E ratio, a figure-of-merit for impact resistance of the film. A number of applications are contemplated, including corrosion/abrasion protection for die-casting dies and improved wear resistance for biomedical implants.

  20. Study of Metal and Ceramic Thermionic Vacuum arc Discharges

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    Tamer AKAN; Serdar DEMIRKOL; Naci EKEM; Suat PAT; Geavit MUSA

    2007-01-01

    The thermionic vacuum arc (TVA) is a new type of plasma source, which generates a pure metal and ceramic vapour plasma containing ions with a directed energy. TVA discharges can be ignited in high vacuum conditions between a heated cathode (electron gun) and an anode (tungsten crucible) containing the material. The accelerated electron beam, incident on the anode, heats the crucible, together with its contents, to a high temperature. After establishing a steady-state density of the evaporating anode material atoms, and when the voltage applied is high enough, a bright discharge is ignited between the electrodes. We generated silver and AI2O3 TVA discharges in order to compare the metal and ceramic TVA discharges. The electrical and optical characteristics of silver and AI2O3 TVA discharges were analysed. The TVA is also a new technique for the deposition of thin films. The film condenses on the sample from the plasma state of the vapour phase of the anode material, generated by a TVA. We deposited silver and AI2O3 thin films onto an aluminium substrate layer-by-layer using their TVA discharges, and produced micro and/or nano-layer Ag-Ab2O3 composite samples. The composite samples using scanning electron microscopy was also analysed.

  1. Amorphous boron coatings produced with vacuum arc deposition technology

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    Klepper, C C; Yadlowsky, E J; Carlson, E P; Keitz, M D; Williams, J M; Zuhr, R A; Poker, D B

    2002-01-01

    In principle, boron (B) as a material has many excellent surface properties, including corrosion resistance, very high hardness, refractory properties, and a strong tendency to bond with most substrates. The potential technological benefits of the material have not been realized, because it is difficult to deposit it as coatings. B is difficult to evaporate, does not sputter well, and cannot be thermally sprayed. In this article, first successful deposition results from a robust system, based on the vacuum (cathodic) arc technology, are reported. Adherent coatings have been produced on 1100 Al, CP-Ti, Ti-6Al-4V, 316 SS, hard chrome plate, and 52 100 steel. Composition and thickness analyses have been performed by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. Hardness (H) and modules (E) have been evaluated by nanoindentation. The coatings are very pure and have properties characteristic of B suboxides. A microhardness of up to 27 GPa has been measured on a 400-nm-thick film deposited on 52 100 steel, with a corresp...

  2. Is this an arc or a glow discharge?

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    A well known criterion for distinguishing an arc discharge from a glow discharge is a low voltage drop (10--30 V) and a high current density that varies from a few tens to 106 A/cm2 depending on arc type. The high current density is an attribute of arcs with cathode spots. The authors report here a study of the mechanism of emission in cathode spot arc where they realized a spotless discharge with a low voltage drop (30--50 V) and a high mean current density (104--106 A/cm2). The discharge was initiated between a broad cathode and point anode. The cathode was a smooth tungsten sphere electrode of about 100 μm in diameter. The point anode was made of various materials (Mo, Cu, Cd) with initial radius 1 μm. Before the experiment the cathode was cleaned by heating at 2,000 K at high vacuum (10-8 Torr). The discharge was initiated by self-breakdown when electrodes under the voltage 200--500 V were brought to close proximity with each other. The cathode-anode spacing d at the moment of breakdown was estimated to be < 1 μm. The discharge current was varied within 1--3 A by changing the applied voltage and impedance of coaxial cable generator. The discharge burned during 100--1,000 ns. After the single discharge the cathode and anode were examined with a scanning electron microscope. The cathode surface exposed to the discharge was smooth, i.e. no erosion pits similar to arc craters were found on the cathode surface. The anode was shortened after discharge by 5--50 μm depending on current, material and cone angle. A high current density and low voltage drop implies that this is an arc discharge, while the cold cathode and the absence f cathode spot trace are pertinent to a dense glow discharge. The mechanism of emission involving secondary electron emission is to be discussed

  3. Plasma processes inside dispenser hollow cathodes

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    Mikellides, Ioannis G.; Katz, Ira; Goebel, Dan M.; Polk, James E.; Jameson, Kristina K.

    2006-06-01

    deposited at the emitter surface by returning electrons is found to be twice that deposited by ions. A previous study suggested that the computed particle flux and energy of ions to the emitter of the 1.5cm cathode were not high enough to change the barium evaporation rate compared to thermally induced evaporation. The same suggestion is made here for the 0.635cm cathode. The peak ion flux to the emitter is found to be 1.2A/cm2 (7.6×1018/scm2), and the corresponding peak sheath drop is 2.9V. Consequently, once the emitter operating temperature is known it is possible to determine directly the barium depletion-limited life of these cathodes using existing vacuum-cathode data.

  4. Plasma processes inside dispenser hollow cathodes

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    power deposited at the emitter surface by returning electrons is found to be twice that deposited by ions. A previous study suggested that the computed particle flux and energy of ions to the emitter of the 1.5 cm cathode were not high enough to change the barium evaporation rate compared to thermally induced evaporation. The same suggestion is made here for the 0.635 cm cathode. The peak ion flux to the emitter is found to be 1.2 A/cm2 (7.6x1018/s cm2), and the corresponding peak sheath drop is 2.9 V. Consequently, once the emitter operating temperature is known it is possible to determine directly the barium depletion-limited life of these cathodes using existing vacuum-cathode data

  5. Experimental investigation and numerical simulation of triggered vacuum arc behavior under TMF/RMF-AMF contact

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    Wang, Lijun; Deng, Jie; Qin, Kang; Zhang, Xiao; Jia, Shenli

    2016-06-01

    A series of triggering experiments was carried out to investigate the characteristics of vacuum arc controlled by TMF/RMF-AMF contacts. During all the experiments, the current ranged from 5–20 kA (rms) and both the arc appearance and behavior of cathode spots were captured by high-speed camera with corresponding arc current and arc voltage. A 3D steady magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) model was built to simulate and analyze the vacuum arc behavior under TMF/RMF-AMF contacts, and arc plasma parameters were calculated based on the above model. The experimental results showed that arc deflection was visible under both low and high current. Under high current, arc core formed, which meant the arc contracted significantly. In addition, the anode became much more active under high current. The behavior of the cathode spots showed that they split themselves into other new cathode spots. Under high current, the bulk of the spots rotated along a clockwise direction on a transverse magnetic field (TMF) plate, which caused much noise and oscillation in the arc voltage. The simulation results show that ions are likely to gather on the branches of the TMF plate on the anode plane, as a result of the effects between the electromagnetic force and pressure gradient of the arc plasma. The current contracts in the center of the TMF plate on the cathode which was due to the thin connecting rod there. The anode contraction of the current is caused by the Hall effect. Ions move along a clockwise direction on the TMF plate, which is driven by Ampere force. The current contraction resulted in significant melting in the center of the cathode surface while the other region suffered from uniform melting. The melting caused by the anode contraction is more significant than that of the cathode.

  6. Phenomenology of plasma engine cathodes at high current rates and low pressures

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    Huegel, H.; Kruelle, G.

    1984-01-01

    The effects of low surrounding pressures on cathodes of arc jet engines with electromagnetic acceleration are investigated for pressure and current energies of 20 to 100 Torr. and 400 to 1000 A. Experiments with 50 mm long and 8 mm diameter tungsten-thorium cathode in a coaxial gas flow show that pre-heating of the cathode reduces the duration of the instable arc discharge and thus material loss. The use of lighter gases also reduces instability effects, as well as the use of increased pressures and a massive gas influx.

  7. A mechanism that triggers double arcing during plasma arc cutting

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    Nemchinsky, Valerian, E-mail: nemchinsky@bellsouth.ne [Keiser University, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 (United States)

    2009-10-21

    Double arcing (DA) is a phenomenon when a transferred arc, flowing inside an electrically insulated nozzle, breaks into two separate arcs: one that connects the cathode and the nozzle and another that connects the nozzle and a work-piece. It is a commonly accepted opinion that the reason for DA is high voltage drop in the plasma inside the nozzle. However, the specific mechanism that triggers the DA development is not clear. In this paper, we propose such a mechanism. Dielectric films deposited inside the nozzle's orifice play the key role in this mechanism. These films are charged by ion current from plasma. A strong electric field is created inside the film and at the boundary of the film and clean metal of the nozzle. This gives rise to a thermo-field electron emission from the clean metal that borders the film. Emitted electrons are accelerated at the voltage drop between the nozzle and plasma. These electrons produce extra ions, which in turn move back to the film and additionally charge it. This sequence of events leads to explosive instability if the voltage drop inside the nozzle is high enough. Experiments to check the proposed mechanism are suggested.

  8. Arc saw development report

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    The arc saw is one of the key components of the Contaminated Equipment Volume Reduction (CEVR) Program. This report describes the progress of the arc saw from its inception to its current developmental status. History of the arc saw and early contributors are discussed. Particular features of the arc saw and their advantages for CEVR are detailed. Development of the arc saw including theory of operation, pertinent experimental results, plans for the large arc saw and advanced control systems are covered. Associated topics such as potential applications for the arc saw and other arc saw installations in the world is also touched upon

  9. Numerical investigations of arc behaviour in gas metal arc welding using ANSYS CFX

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    Schnick, M.; Fuessel, U.; Hertel, M.; Spille-Kohoff, A.; Murphy, A. B.

    2011-06-01

    Current numerical models of gas metal arc welding (GMAW) are trying to combine magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) models of the arc and volume of fluid (VoF) models of metal transfer. They neglect vaporization and assume an argon atmosphere for the arc region, as it is common practice for models of gas tungsten arc welding. These models predict temperatures above 20 000 K and a temperature distribution similar to tungsten inert gas (TIG) arcs. However, current spectroscopic temperature measurements in GMAW arcs demonstrate much lower arc temperatures. In contrast to TIG arcs they found a central local minimum of the radial temperature distribution. The paper presents a GMAW arc model that considers metal vapour and which is in a very good agreement with experimentally observed temperatures. Furthermore, the model is able to predict the local central minimum in the radial temperature and the radial electric current density distributions for the first time. The axially symmetric model of the welding torch, the work piece, the wire and the arc (fluid domain) implements MHD as well as turbulent mixing and thermal demixing of metal vapour in argon. The mass fraction of iron vapour obtained from the simulation shows an accumulation in the arc core and another accumulation on the fringes of the arc at 2000 to 5000 K. The demixing effects lead to very low concentrations of iron between these two regions. Sensitive analyses demonstrate the influence of the transport and radiation properties of metal vapour, and the evaporation rate relative to the wire feed. Finally the model predictions are compared with the measuring results of Zielińska et al.

  10. Mercury vapor hollow cathode component studies. [emissive materials for ion thruster requirements

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    Zuccaro, D. E.

    1973-01-01

    An experimental study of starting and operating characteristics of conventional hollow cathodes and of hollow cathodes without alkaline earth emissive materials demonstrated that the emissive mix is essential to obtain the desired cathode operation. Loss of the emissive mix by evaporation and chemical reaction was measured. New insert designs consisting of emissive mix supported on nickel and of barium impregnated porous tungsten were studied. Cathodes with a modified orifice geometry operated in a low voltage, 'spot' mode over a broad range of discharge current. Thermal degradation tests on cathode heaters showed the flame sprayed SERT II type to be the most durable at high temperatures. Thermal shock was observed to be a significant factor in limiting cathode heater life. A cathode having a barium impregnated porous tungsten tip and a heater which is potted in sintered alumina was found to have favorable operating characteristics.

  11. The emission carbonate crystallite and oxide cathode performance in electron tubes

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    Shafer, Don; Turnbull, John

    Emission from an oxide cathode is dependent upon the ratio of alkaline earth carbonates present at the cathodes surface. The method by which each carbonate is made plays a key role in its function in a cathode. Other factors effecting the performance of the oxide cathode are the type of constituents in the base metal. These constituents play key roles in barium diffusion and evaporation. It has been found that the crystalline structure of the alkaline earth carbonates affects the life of oxide cathode tubes. The rates of diffusion and evaporation of alkaline earth oxides, were studied with the use of the SEM-electron beam probe and energy dispersive X-ray Edax. Cathode surfaces to the depths of 1000 Å (approximately 200 atomic layers) were scanned. Many cathodes were studied after conversion from carbonates to oxides. It was found that barium oxide evaporated to 1/3 of the original formulation at oxide conversion. This diffusion and evaporation reaction took place throughout tube life. This work has shown that the crystal size, structure, and composition may be modified to lengthen the BaO half life and therefore lengthen the overall life of the electron tube.

  12. Cathodic Protection Model Facility

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — FUNCTION: Performs Navy design and engineering of ship and submarine impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) systems for underwater hull corrosion control and...

  13. Multi-layer Ti-based Coating Obtained by Arc PVD Method

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    Pavlov, Konstantin; Gorchakov, Konstantin; Gorchakova, Svetlana; Salojoki, Kari; Barchenko, Vladimir; Sokolov, Aleksandr

    2013-01-01

    We report the obtaining and primary studies of ~ 250microns thick multi-layer Ti-based protective coating deposited at high cooling rate from substance generated by cathode arc discharge in vacuum. High adhesion to steel substrate was attained through prior Arc plasma generator cleaning and successive Ion Bombardment method. All three arc-generated fractions including mainly droplet, vapour and ions have been utilised to form the coating. Obtained coating features pore-free, least defects and...

  14. The coated cathode conductive layer chamber

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    We describe a gaseous detector consisting of thin anode strips vacuum-evaporated on one side of a 100 μ thick plastic layer, alternating on the back side of the same foil with wider parallel cathode strips. Ionizatin released in a drift space on the anode side is amplified and detected much in the same way as in the microstrip gas chamber; in our detector however spontaenous breakdown due to surface currents is completely avoided by the presence of the insulating layer between anodes and cathodes. To reduce surface and volume charging up, we have used polymer foils with a moderate volume resistivity. The first results show good efficiency, good plateaux and time resolution in detecting low-rate minimum ionizing electrons. Although not suited for high rate or good energy resolution applications, this kind of detector seems rather promising for realizing cheaply large active surfaces. (orig.)

  15. Improved Dispenser Cathodes

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    Ives, R. Lawrence; Falce, Lou

    2006-01-01

    Variations in emission current from dispenser cathodes can be caused by variations in temperature and work function over the surface. This paper described research to reduce these variations using improved mechanical designs and controlled porosity cathodes made from sintered tungsten wires. The program goal is to reduce current emission variations to less than 5% over the surface of magnetron injection guns operating temperature limited.

  16. Two-dimensional model of evolution in the DC arc plasma generator

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    A time dependent, two-dimensional model for simulating the plasma evolution in the DC arc plasma generator is conducted. The governing equations of a set of electrostatic magneto hydrodynamic (MHD) equations are solved by employing an efficient finite difference method. Up-wind schemes and uniform meshes in space are used in numerical simulation. the distributions and evolution of the density, velocity, temperature, electric potential, current density, etc. of the arc plasmas of two kinds of cathode model are computed. The influence of the cathode shape in are plasma generator is investigated. The results show that the conical cathode produces bigger current density and ionizes more efficiently than rod cathode in same geometry and operating conditions. But the former easily bring on the computing instability. The simulating results can be used to address designing the device for big current arc plasma generator. (authors)

  17. The Arc Model in SiO2 Current-limiting Fuse

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    王念春; 季幼章

    2001-01-01

    An arc model in SiO2 current-limiting fuse has been put forward. Through taking into account the comprehensive effects such as: fundamental action process among particles of arc column, geometrical and external circuit characteristics of arc column, physical procedure in arc column and in cathode and anode, and power equilibrium in arc column plasma et al., parameters such as the temperature, length, volumn, pressure, arc voltage, arc current et al. in the arc column can be obtained by the model. In view of the serious nonlinearity and huge difference among parameters in the equation set of the model, via analysis on these equations, two solution methods for the equations of the model have been presented with a basic accordance between calculated results and test results.``

  18. Measure Guideline: Evaporative Condensers

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    German, A [Alliance for Residential Building Innovation (ARBI), Davis, CA (United States); Dakin, B. [Alliance for Residential Building Innovation (ARBI), Davis, CA (United States); Hoeschele, M. [Alliance for Residential Building Innovation (ARBI), Davis, CA (United States)

    2012-03-01

    This measure guideline on evaporative condensers provides information on properly designing, installing, and maintaining evaporative condenser systems as well as understanding the benefits, costs, and tradeoffs. This is a prescriptive approach that outlines selection criteria, design and installation procedures, and operation and maintenance best practices.

  19. Measurement of total ion flux in vacuum Arc discharges

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    Anders, Andre; Oks, Efim M.; Yushkov, Georgy Yu.; Brown, Ian G.

    2004-04-12

    A vacuum arc ion source was modified allowing us to collections from arc plasma streaming through an anode mesh. The mesh had ageometric transmittance of 60 percent, which was taken into account as acorrection factor. The ion current from twenty-two cathode materials wasmeasured at an arc current of 100 A. The ion current normalized by thearc current was found to depend on the cathode material, with valuesinthe range from 5 percent to 11 percent. The normalized ion current isgenerally greater for light elements than for heavy elements. The ionerosion rates were determined fromvalues of ion currentand ion chargestates, which were previously measured in the same experimental system.The ion erosion rates range from 12-94 mu g/C.

  20. Note: Triggering behavior of a vacuum arc plasma source

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    Lan, C. H.; Long, J. D.; Zheng, L.; Dong, P.; Yang, Z.; Li, J.; Wang, T.; He, J. L.

    2016-08-01

    Axial symmetry of discharge is very important for application of vacuum arc plasma. It is discovered that the triggering method is a significant factor that would influence the symmetry of arc discharge at the final stable stage. Using high-speed multiframe photography, the transition processes from cathode-trigger discharge to cathode-anode discharge were observed. It is shown that the performances of the two triggering methods investigated are quite different. Arc discharge triggered by independent electric source can be stabilized at the center of anode grid, but it is difficult to achieve such good symmetry through resistance triggering. It is also found that the triggering process is highly correlated to the behavior of emitted electrons.

  1. Operational characteristics of a metal vapor vacuum arc ion source

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    The MEVVA ion source can produce high current pulsed beams of metallic ions using a metal vapor vacuum arc discharge as the plasma medium from which the ions are extracted. In this study, the operational characteristics of the MEVVA IV ion source are summarized. Results are presented of measurements of the ion beam current as a function of arc current over a range of extraction voltage. Ti, Ta and Pb were examined as the cathode materials. The arc current ranged from 50A to 250A and the extraction voltage from 10kV to 80kV. The ion beam current was measured at two different distances from the ion source using Faraday cups, so as to investigate the beam divergence. Additionally, the cathode erosion rates were measured. Optimum operating conditions of the MEVVA ion source were determined. 10 refs., 6 figs

  2. The motion of a vacuum arc in a transvers magnetic field

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    On two rail electrodes vacuum arc is driven by transverse magnetic field induced by self conduction current. Experiments was conducted in a vacuum chamber, and chamber pressure was usually under 10-4 pa. With cupper rail electrodes, at the center of a cathode the arc is triggered. Main ark current is supplied by Pulse Forming Network, and current shape is roughly rectangular with pulse width about 10 ms. When the arc current is under 45-50A, arc moves to retrograde direction from the triggered point. From 50A to 1000A, arc at first moves to forward direction for some distance, then it moves to the retrograde direction. As the arc current increases, forward moving distance increases. It is reported, that over several thousand Ampers, the arc always move to forward direction. On the cathode surface, the start point is concentrated in one spot, and as it moves to forward direction, it spreads and separates to many small cathode spots. The decisive factor of moving derection is considered to the shape of the cathode spot, and this mechanism will be explained by applying Drouet's model. (J.P.N.)

  3. The use of hollow cathodes in deposition processes: A critical review

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    The first report of a discharge in a hollow cathode was by F. Paschen in 1916. That study showed that such a system was capable of producing a high electron flux and relatively low ion and neutral temperatures. About 40 years later, the work of Lidsky and others showed that hollow cathode arc discharges were one of the best plasma sources available at that time. The term “hollow cathode discharges” has commonly been used in reference to almost any discharge in a cathode with a cavity-like geometry, such that the plasma was enclosed or partially bound by the electrode walls that were at the cathode potential. Just as the magnetic field trapping of the electrons in a magnetron cathode results in an increase in the plasma density, in the hollow cathode, the reduced electron loss due to the geometry of the cathode also results in a higher plasma density. At least three types of discharge can be established in a hollow cathode. At low power and/or at relatively low gas pressures, the plasma is a “conventional” discharge characterized by low currents and medium to high voltages (we will call this a discharge in a hollow cathode or D-HC). Even this type of plasma has a higher density than a normal planar parallel-plate or magnetron system because the hollow geometry strongly reduces the loss of electrons. Using an adequate combination of gas pressure and applied power with a given hollow cathode diameter, or separation of the cathode surface, the negative glow of the plasma can expand to occupy the majority of the interior volume of the cathode. Under this condition the plasma current can, for the same voltage, be 100 to 1000 times the value of the “simple” D-HC discharge, and the plasma density is correspondingly larger (we call this a hollow cathode discharge or HCD). If the cathode is not cooled, the discharge can transform into a dispersed arc as the electrode temperature increases and thermal-field electron emission becomes an important additional source

  4. Flash evaporator systems test

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    Dietz, J. B.

    1976-01-01

    A flash evaporator heat rejection system representative of that proposed for the space shuttle orbiter underwent extensive system testing at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) to determine its operational suitability and to establish system performance/operational characteristics for use in the shuttle system. During the tests the evaporator system demonstrated its suitability to meet the shuttle requirements by: (1) efficient operation with 90 to 95% water evaporation efficiency, (2) control of outlet temperature to 40 + or - 2 F for partial heat load operation, (3) stability of control system for rapid changes in Freon inlet temperature, and (4) repeated dormant-to-active device operation without any startup procedures.

  5. Numerical investigation of the double-arcing phenomenon in a cutting arc torch

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    Mancinelli, B. R., E-mail: bmancinelli@frvt.utn.edu.ar [Grupo de Descargas Eléctricas, Departamento Ingeniería Electromecánica, Facultad Regional Venado Tuerto (UTN), Laprida 651 (2600) Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe (Argentina); Minotti, F. O.; Kelly, H. [Grupo de Descargas Eléctricas, Departamento Ingeniería Electromecánica, Facultad Regional Venado Tuerto (UTN), Laprida 651 (2600) Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe (Argentina); Instituto de Física del Plasma (CONICET), Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales (UBA) Ciudad Universitaria Pab. I, 1428 Buenos Aires (Argentina); Prevosto, L. [Instituto de Física del Plasma (CONICET), Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales (UBA) Ciudad Universitaria Pab. I, 1428 Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2014-07-14

    A numerical investigation of the double-arcing phenomenon in a cutting arc torch is reported. The dynamics of the double-arcing were simulated by using a two-dimensional model of the gas breakdown development in the space-charge layer contiguous to the nozzle of a cutting arc torch operated with oxygen. The kinetic scheme includes ionization of heavy particles by electron impact, electron attachment, electron detachment, electron–ion recombination, and ion–ion recombination. Complementary measurements during double-arcing phenomena were also conducted. A marked rise of the nozzle voltage was found. The numerical results showed that the dynamics of a cathode spot at the exit of the nozzle inner surface play a key role in the raising of the nozzle voltage, which in turn allows more electrons to return to the wall at the nozzle inlet. The return flow of electrons thus closes the current loop of the double-arcing. The increase in the (floating) nozzle voltage is due to the fact that the increased electron emission at the spot is mainly compensated by the displacement current (the ions do not play a relevant role due to its low-mobility) until that the stationary state is achieved and the electron return flow fully-compensates the electron emission at the spot. A fairly good agreement was found between the model and the experiment for a spot emission current growth rate of the order of 7 × 10{sup 4} A/s.

  6. Numerical investigation of the double-arcing phenomenon in a cutting arc torch

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    A numerical investigation of the double-arcing phenomenon in a cutting arc torch is reported. The dynamics of the double-arcing were simulated by using a two-dimensional model of the gas breakdown development in the space-charge layer contiguous to the nozzle of a cutting arc torch operated with oxygen. The kinetic scheme includes ionization of heavy particles by electron impact, electron attachment, electron detachment, electron–ion recombination, and ion–ion recombination. Complementary measurements during double-arcing phenomena were also conducted. A marked rise of the nozzle voltage was found. The numerical results showed that the dynamics of a cathode spot at the exit of the nozzle inner surface play a key role in the raising of the nozzle voltage, which in turn allows more electrons to return to the wall at the nozzle inlet. The return flow of electrons thus closes the current loop of the double-arcing. The increase in the (floating) nozzle voltage is due to the fact that the increased electron emission at the spot is mainly compensated by the displacement current (the ions do not play a relevant role due to its low-mobility) until that the stationary state is achieved and the electron return flow fully-compensates the electron emission at the spot. A fairly good agreement was found between the model and the experiment for a spot emission current growth rate of the order of 7 × 104 A/s.

  7. CHROMOSPHERIC EVAPORATION VIA ALFVEN WAVES

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    This paper presents a scenario for the chromospheric evaporation during solar flares, which is inspired by the chain of events leading to the formation of auroral arcs and ionospheric evacuation during magnetospheric substorms. The plasma, ejected from high coronal altitudes during a flare reconnection event, accumulates at the tops of coronal loops by braking of the reconnection flow, possibly by fast shock formation. A high-beta layer forms and distorts the magnetic field. Energy contained in magnetic shear stresses is transported as Alfven waves from the loop-top toward the chromosphere. It is shown that under these conditions the Alfven waves carry enough energy to feed the chromospheric evaporation process. The second subject of this investigation is identification of the most effective energy dumping or wave dissipation process. Several processes are being analyzed: ion-neutral collisions, classical and anomalous field-aligned current dissipation, and critical velocity ionization. All of them are being discarded, either because they turn out to be insufficient or imply very unlikely physical properties of the wave modes. It is finally concluded that turbulent fragmentation of the Alfven waves entering the chromosphere can generate the required damping. The basic process would be phase mixing caused by a strongly inhomogeneous distribution of Alfvenic phase speed and laminar flow breakup by Kelvin-Helmholtz (K-H) instability. The filamentary (fibril) structure of the chromosphere thus appears to be essential for the energy conversion, in which the K-H instability is the first step in a chain of processes leading to ion thermalization, electron heating, and neutral particle ionization. Quantitative estimates suggest that a transverse structure with scales not far below 100 km suffices to produce strong wave damping within a few seconds. Nonthermal broadening of some metallic ion lines observed during the pre-impulsive rise phase of a flare might be a residue of

  8. Nanostructured sulfur cathodes

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    Yang, Yuan

    2013-01-01

    Rechargeable Li/S batteries have attracted significant attention lately due to their high specific energy and low cost. They are promising candidates for applications, including portable electronics, electric vehicles and grid-level energy storage. However, poor cycle life and low power capability are major technical obstacles. Various nanostructured sulfur cathodes have been developed to address these issues, as they provide greater resistance to pulverization, faster reaction kinetics and better trapping of soluble polysulfides. In this review, recent developments on nanostructured sulfur cathodes and mechanisms behind their operation are presented and discussed. Moreover, progress on novel characterization of sulfur cathodes is also summarized, as it has deepened the understanding of sulfur cathodes and will guide further rational design of sulfur electrodes. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  9. Cathodes - Technological review

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    Lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO2) was already used in the first commercialized Li-ion battery by SONY in 1990. Still, it is the most frequently used cathode material nowadays. However, LiCoO2 is intrinsically unstable in the charged state, especially at elevated temperatures and in the overcharged state causing volume changes and transport limitation for high power batteries. In this paper, some technological aspects with large impact on cell performance from the cathode material point of view will be reviewed. At first it will be focused on the degradation processes and life-time mechanisms of the cathode material LiCoO2. Electrochemical and structural results on commercial Li-ion batteries recorded during the cycling will be discussed. Thereafter, advanced nanomaterials for new cathode materials will be presented

  10. Structure and Properties of Cr-containing Hydrogenated Diamond-like Carbon Films Deposited by DC Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc Technology%磁过滤直流真空阴极弧制备含铬类金刚石膜的结构及其性能研究

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    祝土富; 沈丽如; 徐桂东; 金凡亚

    2009-01-01

    采用磁过滤直流真空阴极弧沉积技术在单晶硅片、载玻片、不锈钢片基体上制备了含铬类金刚石(Cr-DLC)膜.用光学显微镜、椭偏仪、分光光度计、X射线光电子能谱(XPS)、X射线衍射能谱(XRD)、Raman光谱、纳米硬度计、摩擦磨损仪、洛氏硬度计检测了薄膜的组分结构、光学、力学等相关特性.结果表明,硅片上的薄膜厚度为47.6nm,碳含量为89%,s p~3键占碳含量的55.15%.不锈钢片上的薄膜具有典型的DLC膜Raman光谱特征,在空气中的摩擦系数约为0.1,耐磨性能优良,膜与基体的结合性能良好.%Cr-containing hydrogenated diamond-like carbon (Cr-DLC) films were deposited on stainless steel plate, monocrystalline silicon wafer and microscope slide glass by DC filtered cathodic vacuum arc technology. The composition, structure and properties of Cr-DLC films were investigated by spec-troscopic ellipsometer, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy(XPS), powder X-ray diffraction(XRD), spectrophotometer, Raman spectroscopy, nanoindenter, ball-on-disk tribometer, Rockwell apparatus and optical microscope. It was shown that the content of C is 89% in the film deposited on silicon wa-fer and the content of sp~3 bonding carbon atoms in the C element is 55.15%. The Raman spectra of the film deposited on stainless steel plate has the typical characteristics of DLC. The hardness and elastic modulus of the film deposited on stainless steel plate are 16.01 GPa and 142.72 GPa. The fric-tion coefficient of the film deposited on stainless steel plate is about 0.1, the film also exhibits excel-lent wear resistance and the adhesion to substrate is very well.

  11. Rotating arc spark plug

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    Whealton, John H.; Tsai, Chin-Chi

    2003-05-27

    A spark plug device includes a structure for modification of an arc, the modification including arc rotation. The spark plug can be used in a combustion engine to reduce emissions and/or improve fuel economy. A method for operating a spark plug and a combustion engine having the spark plug device includes the step of modifying an arc, the modifying including rotating the arc.

  12. Measure Guideline: Evaporative Condensers

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    German, A.; Dakin, B.; Hoeschele, M.

    2012-03-01

    The purpose of this measure guideline on evaporative condensers is to provide information on a cost-effective solution for energy and demand savings in homes with cooling loads. This is a prescriptive approach that outlines selection criteria, design and installation procedures, and operation and maintenance best practices. This document has been prepared to provide a process for properly designing, installing, and maintaining evaporative condenser systems as well as understanding the benefits, costs, and tradeoffs.

  13. Boilers, evaporators, and condensers

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    This book reports on the boilers, evaporators and condensers that are used in power plants including nuclear power plants. Topics included are forced convection for single-phase side heat exchangers, heat exchanger fouling, industrial heat exchanger design, fossil-fuel-fired boilers, once through boilers, thermodynamic designs of fossil fuel-first boilers, evaporators and condensers in refrigeration and air conditioning systems (with respect to reducing CFC's) and nuclear steam generators

  14. High efficiency infrared antireflection coatings (ARCs) for space optics

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    Nagendra, C. L.; Thutupalli, G. K. M.; Mohan, S.

    1989-05-01

    The development of non-quarter-wave IR ARCs for the Ge optics of space electrooptic hardware is described. A novel design-optimization method is applied in which the geometrical thicknesses of the ARC layers are calculated analytically (as explained by Nagendra, 1987). Two ARCs are developed: a three-layer system (ThF4/Ge/ThF4) for use at 7-12 microns and a two-layer system (CdTe/CdSe) for 14-16 microns. The ARCs are deposited in a vacuum-evaporation facility and subjected to optical and durability testing. The results are presented in graphs, and it is demonstrated that the ARCs are durable and transparent over the desired wavelength range and have spectral transmittance characteristics in good agreement with the theoretically predicted values.

  15. Vacuum arc velocity and erosion rate measurements on nanostructured plasma and HVOF spray coatings

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    Arc velocity and erosion rate measurements were performed on nanostructured pure Cu cathodes in 10-5 Torr vacuum (1.3324 m Pa), in an external magnetic field of 0.04 T. Five different kinds of nanostructured cathodes were produced by spraying pure Cu powders of three different sizes, on Cu coupons by atmospheric pressure plasma spraying and high velocity oxygen fuel spraying techniques. The erosion rates of these electrodes were obtained by measuring the weight loss of the electrode after igniting as many as 135 arc pulses, each of which was 500 μs long at an arc current of 125 A. The arc erosion values measured on three kinds of nanostructured coatings were 50% lower than the conventional pure massive Cu cathodes. Microscopic analyses of the arc traces on these nanostructured coatings show that the craters formed on these coatings were smaller than those formed on conventional Cu (<1 μm in diameter compared with 7-12 μm diameter on conventional Cu). It was concluded that nanostructured cathodes had lower erosion rates than conventional pure Cu cathodes

  16. Characterization of scandia doped pressed cathode fabricated by spray drying method

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    Scandia doped pressed cathode was prepared by a new method of spray drying combined with two-step hydrogen reduction process. The Sc2O3 and barium-calcium aluminate co-doped powders have sub-micrometer size in the range of 0.1-1 μm and scandium oxide and barium-calcium aluminate are distributed evenly in the powders. The cathodes sintered by powder metallurgy at 1600 deg. Cb have a smooth surface and sub-micrometer grain structure with homogeneous distribution of scandium, barium, calcium and aluminum which are dispersed over and among the tungsten grains. This cathode has good emission, e.g., the current density of this cathode reaches 31.50 A/cm2 at 850 deg. Cb. After proper activation, the cathode surface is covered by a Ba-Sc-O active substances layer with a preferable atomic ratio, leading to its good emission property. The evaporation activation energy of SDP cathode with 4.58 eV is the highest among the Ba-W, M-type and SDP cathodes, and the average evaporation velocity vt of SDP cathode with 1.28 x 10-8 g cm-2 s-1 at 1150 deg. Cb is the lowest one.

  17. Plasma plume characterization of a vacuum arc thruster

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    Sekerak, Michael James

    A Vacuum Arc Thruster (VAT) is a thruster that uses the plasma created in a vacuum arc, an electrical discharge in a vacuum that creates high velocity and highly ionized plasmas, as the propellant without additional acceleration. A VAT would be a small and inexpensive low thrust ion thruster, ideal for small satellites and formation flying spacecraft. The purpose of this thesis was to quantitatively and qualitatively examine the VAT plasma plume to determine operating characteristics and limitations. A VAT with a titanium cathode was operated in two regimes: (A) single ˜100mus pulse, discharge current JD=510A, and (B) multiple ˜1500mus pulses at f=40.8Hz, JD=14A. The cathode was 3.18mm diameter Ti rod, surrounded by a 0.80mm thick alumina insulator, set in a molybdenum anode. Three Configurations were tested: Cfg1 (Regime A, cathode recessed 3.00mm from anode), Cfg2 (Regime A, cathode and anode flush), Cfg3 (Regime B, cathode recessed 3.00mm). A semi-empirical model was derived for VAT performance based on the MHD equation of motion using data for ion velocity, ion charge state distribution, ion current fraction (F), and ion current density distribution (ICDD). Additional performance parameters were a2, the peak ion current density angular offset from the cathode normal, and a3, the width of the ion current distribution. Measurements were taken at 162 points on a plane in the plasma plume using a custom faraday probe, and the ICDD empirical form was determined to be a Gaussian. The discharge voltage (VD) and F were Cfg1: VD=25.5V, F=0.025-0.035; Cfg2: VD=40.7V, F=0.08-0.10; Cfg3: VD=14.9V, F=0.006-0.021. For Cfg1, a2 started 15° off-axis while a2˜0 for Cfg2 and 3. In Cfg1, a 3=0.7-0.6, and in Cfg2 a3=1.0-1.1, so the recessed cathode focused the plasma more. However, F is more important for VAT performance because upper and lower bounds for thrust, specific impulse, thrust-to-power, and efficiency were calculated and Cfg2 had the highest performance. High

  18. Cathode materials review

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    The electrochemical potential of cathode materials defines the positive side of the terminal voltage of a battery. Traditionally, cathode materials are the energy-limiting or voltage-limiting electrode. One of the first electrochemical batteries, the voltaic pile invented by Alessandro Volta in 1800 (Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. 90, 403-431) had a copper-zinc galvanic element with a terminal voltage of 0.76 V. Since then, the research community has increased capacity and voltage for primary (nonrechargeable) batteries and round-trip efficiency for secondary (rechargeable) batteries. Successful secondary batteries have been the lead-acid with a lead oxide cathode and a terminal voltage of 2.1 V and later the NiCd with a nickel(III) oxide-hydroxide cathode and a 1.2 V terminal voltage. The relatively low voltage of those aqueous systems and the low round-trip efficiency due to activation energies in the conversion reactions limited their use. In 1976, Wittingham (J. Electrochem. Soc., 123, 315) and Besenhard (J. Power Sources 1(3), 267) finally enabled highly reversible redox reactions by intercalation of lithium ions instead of by chemical conversion. In 1980, Goodenough and Mizushima (Mater. Res. Bull. 15, 783-789) demonstrated a high-energy and high-power LiCoO2 cathode, allowing for an increase of terminal voltage far beyond 3 V. Over the past four decades, the international research community has further developed cathode materials of many varieties. Current state-of-the-art cathodes demonstrate voltages beyond any known electrolyte stability window, bringing electrolyte research once again to the forefront of battery research

  19. Simple filtered repetitively pulsed vacuum arc plasma source

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    A very simple design of cathodic filtered vacuum arc plasma source is proposed. The source without filter has only four components and none of them require precise machining. The source operates in a repetitively pulsed regime, and for laboratory experiments it can be used without water cooling. Despite the simple construction, the source provides high ion current at the filter outlet reaching 2.5% of 400 A arc current, revealing stable operation in a wide pressure range from high vacuum to oxygen pressure up to more than 10-2 mbar. There is no need in complicated power supply system for this plasma source, only one power supply can be used to ignite the arc, to provide the current for the arc itself, to generate the magnetic field in the filter, and provide its positive electric biasing without any additional high power resistance.

  20. The effect of arc velocity on cold electrode erosion

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    Results of experimental investigations of copper cathode erosion in a magnetically driven arc versus arc rotation velocity v are presented. The erosion rate measurements were carried out with the arc burning in air, for magnetic induction values B in the range of 0.005-0.386 T, axial air gas velocity of 7.65 ms-1, and current of 292 A. It is shown that in the range of small values of v and B, the mass erosion rate diminishes with v and B. Then, the erosion remains constant for a certain range of v and B, and, subsequently, begins to grow. This information is very important for the correct use of magnetic fields to decrease erosion in arc heaters

  1. Arc-Discharge Ion Sources for Heavy Ion Fusion

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    A miniature multiple beamlet approach to an injector system was recently proposed in order to reduce the size, cost, and power requirements of the injector. The beamlets of very high current density are needed to meet the brightness requirement. Besides vacuum arc ion sources, cold-cathode gas ion sources are candidates for this application. Vacuum-arc metal ion sources and vacuum-arc-like gas ion sources are discussed. Experiments are presented that focus on the short-pulse plasma composition and ion charge state distribution. Mg and Sr have been identified as the most promising metals leading to mono-species beams when 20 μs arc pulses are used. It is shown that the efficient production of gas ions requires the presence of a magnetic field

  2. Gas-discharge sources with charged particle emission from the plasma of glow discharge with a hollow cathode

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    Semenov, A P

    2001-01-01

    One studied properties of a magnetron discharge with a cold hollow and uncooled rod cathodes. One demonstrated the dominant effect of thermoelectron emission of a rod cathode heated in a discharge on characteristics of discharge and on emission properties of a gas-discharge plasma and the possibility pf a smooth transition of glow discharge to diffusion mode of arc discharge combustion. Paper describes sources of ions and electrons with improved physical and generalized design and engineering parameters. One shows the promise of the electrode structure of a hollow cathode magnetron discharge to be used as a source, in particular, of the atomic hydrogen and of atom flow of a working rod cathode

  3. Negative hydrogen ion beam extraction from an AC heated cathode driven Bernas-type ion source

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    Okano, Y.; Miyamoto, N.; Kasuya, T.; Wada, M.

    2015-04-01

    A plasma grid structure was installed to a Bernas-type ion source used for ion implantation equipment. A negative hydrogen (H-) ion beam was extracted by an AC driven ion source by adjusting the bias to the plasma grid. The extracted electron current was reduced by positively biasing the plasma grid, while an optimum plasma grid bias voltage for negative ion beam extraction was found to be positive 3 V with respect to the arc chamber. Source operations with AC cathode heating show extraction characteristics almost identical to that with DC cathode heating, except a minute increase in H- current at higher frequency of cathode heating current.

  4. Determination of work functions near melting points of refractory metals by using a direct-current arc

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    Gordon, W. A.; Chapman, G. B., II

    1972-01-01

    Effective work functions of refractory metals at temperatures near their melting points were determined by using a direct-current arc. A metal wire connected as the cathode was melted by striking an arc discharge in an argon atmosphere. A melted sphere was formed with a definite emitting area which was calculated from the sphere diameter measured after terminating the arc. Effective work functions were calculated from the Richardson-Dushman equation by using this emission area. The procedure is experimentally advantageous because surface cleanliness of the specimen is not critical, high vacuum is not required, and the anode-cathode spacing is not critical.

  5. Simulation and Experimental Study of Arc Column Expansion After Ignition in Low-Voltage Circuit Breakers

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    MA Qiang; RONG Mingzhe; WU Yi; XU Tiejun; SUN Zhiqiang

    2008-01-01

    The dynamicprocess of arc pressure and corresponding arc column expansion, which is the main feature after arc ignition and has a significant effect on the breaking behaviour of low -voltage circuit breakers, is studied. By constructing a three dimensional mathematical model of air arc plasma and adopting the Control Volume Method, the parameters of arc plasma including temperature and pressure axe obtained. The variations of pressure field and temperature field with time are simulated. The result indicates that there are six stages for the process of arc column expansion according to the variation of pressure in arc chamber. In the first stage, the maximal pressure locates in the region close to cathode, and in the second stage the maximal pressure shifts to the region close to the anode. In the third stage, the pressure difference between the middle of arc column and the ambient gas is very large, so the arc column begins to expand apparently. In the fourth stage, the pressure wave propagates towards both ends and the maximal pressure appears at the two ends when the pressure wave reaches both sidewalls. In the fifth stage, the pressure wave is reflected and collides in the middle of the arc chamber. In the last stage, the propagation and reflection of pressure wave will repeat several times until a steady burning state is reached. In addition, the experimental results of arc column expansion, corresponding to the arc pressure variation, are presented to verify the simulation results.

  6. Investigation of Electrode Erosion Mechanism of Multi-Phase AC Arc by High-Speed Video Camera

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    A multi-phase AC arc has been applied to the glass melting technology. However, the electrode erosion is one of the most considerable issues to be solved. In order to investigate the erosion mechanism of the multi-phase AC arc, the combination of the high-speed video camera and the band-pass filters was introduced to measure the electrode temperature. Results indicated the tip temperature of the electrode surface in the 12-phase arc was lower than that in the 2-phase arc, while erosion rate in 12-phase arc was higher than that in the 2-phase arc. Furthermore, the dynamic behaviour of the vapours in the arc was investigated by using the same high-speed camera system. The tungsten electrode mainly evaporates at the anodic period during AC cycle. The oxygen concentration in the arc increases with larger number of the phases, resulting in the higher erosion rate in the 12-phase arc.

  7. Investigation of firing properties of a vacuum arcs triggered by plasma injection

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    Bernardet, H.; Godechot, X.; Riviere, C. [SODERN, Limeil-Brevannes (France)

    1996-08-01

    The firing characteristic of a vacuum arc, by means of plasma injection, is described. In this method, a plasma, created from a trigger device, plumes away to the space between the cathode and anode. As the plasma is quasi-neutral, the electrostatic field is concentrated across the sheath at the surface of the cathode, thus, creating a high electrical field. As a result, a vacuum arc fires between the cathode and anode. The authors have investigated the firing rate as a function of the trigger cathode distance, trigger current, the anode-cathode distance and voltage. They found a firing rate between 90 to 100% for a trigger current in the range of 400-1200 A, the trigger pulse length was 4 ps, and the trigger-cathode distance was 1.6 to 3.6 cm. The anode cathode gap length changes the firing rate to a low extent for values between 2 to 5 cm. The anode cathode voltage do not change the firing rate. The effect of a magnetic field applied axially over the trigger have also been investigated. Using a version of a highly reliable trigger, the authors were able to deposit stainless steel, copper, carbon and molybdenum, thin films.

  8. Highly Efficient Micro Cathode Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Busek Company, Inc. proposes to develop a micro thermionic cathode that requires extremely low power and provides long lifetime. The basis for the cathode is a...

  9. Advanced Cathode Electrolyzer (ACE) Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The proposed innovation is a static, cathode-fed, 2000 psi, balanced-pressure Advanced Cathode Electrolyzer (ACE) based on PEM electrolysis technology. It...

  10. Observation of the glow-to-arc transitions

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    Watanabe, Shigeru; Saito, Shigeki; Takahashi, Kunio; Onzawa, Tadao

    2002-10-01

    Researches of the glow-to-arc transitions have been required for a new development of the welding technology in low current. It is important to clarify the characteristics of plasma in the transitions because there have been few reports investigated the transitions in detail. The glow-to-arc transitions were observed in argon at atmospheric pressure. The Th-W electrodes of 1 mm in a diameter are used. Both of the electrodes are needle-shaped and set in a quartz tube coaxially. Plasma is generated between the electrodes with the gap spacing of 1 mm. A DC power supply has been applying constant voltage of 600 V during the discharge. A high-speed camera is used to record the images of plasma in the transitions with the measurement of voltage and current between the electrodes. As a result, two things were confirmed for the behavior of the glow-to-arc transition. First, plasma extended over the cathode surface in the transition from the glow to the arc. Second, temperature in the tip of the cathode would increase gradually during the glow and decrease during the arc.

  11. Plasma chemistry fluctuations in a reactive arc plasma in the presence of magnetic fields

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    The effect of a magnetic field on the plasma chemistry and pulse-to-pulse fluctuations of cathodic arc ion charge state distributions in a reactive environment were investigated. The plasma composition was measured by time-of-flight charge-to-mass spectrometry. The fluctuation of the concentrations of Al+, Al2+, and Al3+ was found to increase with an increasing magnetic field strength. We suggest that this is caused by magnetic field dependent fluctuations of the energy input into cathode spots as seen through fluctuations of the cathode potential. These results are qualitatively consistent with the model of partial local Saha equilibrium and are of fundamental importance for the evolution of the structure of films deposited by reactive cathodic arc deposition

  12. Investigation of the flickering of La2O3 and ThO2 doped tungsten cathodes

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    Short-arc lamps are equipped with tungsten electrodes due to their ability to withstand a high thermal load during operation. Nominal currents of more than one hundred amperes lead to a cathode tip temperature near the melting point of tungsten. To reduce the electrode temperature and, thereby, to increase the maintenance of such lamps, ThO2 or tentatively La2O3 are added to the electrode material. They generate a reduced work function by establishing a monolayer of emitter atoms on the tungsten surface. Emitter enrichments on the lateral surface of doped cathodes are formed. They are traced back to transport mechanisms of emitter oxides in the interior of the electrode and on the electrode surface in dependence of the electrode temperature and to the redeposition of vaporized and ionized emitter atoms onto the cathode tip by the electric field in front. The investigation is undertaken by means of glow discharge mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscope images, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and through measurements of the optical surface emissivity. The effect of emitter enrichments on the stability of the arc attachment is presented by means of temporally resolved electrode temperature measurements and by measurements of the luminous flux from the cathode-near plasma. They show that the emitter enrichments on the lateral surface of the cathode are attractive for the arc attachment if the emitter at the cathode tip is depleted. In this case, it moves along the lateral surface from the cathode tip to sections of the cathode with a reduced work function. It induces a temporary variation of the cathode tip temperature and of the light intensity from the cathode-near plasma, a so-called flickering. In particular, in case of lanthanated cathodes, strong flickering is observed

  13. Investigation of the flickering of La2O3 and ThO2 doped tungsten cathodes

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    Hoebing, T.; Hermanns, P.; Bergner, A.; Ruhrmann, C.; Traxler, H.; Wesemann, I.; Knabl, W.; Mentel, J.; Awakowicz, P.

    2015-07-01

    Short-arc lamps are equipped with tungsten electrodes due to their ability to withstand a high thermal load during operation. Nominal currents of more than one hundred amperes lead to a cathode tip temperature near the melting point of tungsten. To reduce the electrode temperature and, thereby, to increase the maintenance of such lamps, ThO2 or tentatively La2O3 are added to the electrode material. They generate a reduced work function by establishing a monolayer of emitter atoms on the tungsten surface. Emitter enrichments on the lateral surface of doped cathodes are formed. They are traced back to transport mechanisms of emitter oxides in the interior of the electrode and on the electrode surface in dependence of the electrode temperature and to the redeposition of vaporized and ionized emitter atoms onto the cathode tip by the electric field in front. The investigation is undertaken by means of glow discharge mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscope images, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and through measurements of the optical surface emissivity. The effect of emitter enrichments on the stability of the arc attachment is presented by means of temporally resolved electrode temperature measurements and by measurements of the luminous flux from the cathode-near plasma. They show that the emitter enrichments on the lateral surface of the cathode are attractive for the arc attachment if the emitter at the cathode tip is depleted. In this case, it moves along the lateral surface from the cathode tip to sections of the cathode with a reduced work function. It induces a temporary variation of the cathode tip temperature and of the light intensity from the cathode-near plasma, a so-called flickering. In particular, in case of lanthanated cathodes, strong flickering is observed.

  14. Peek Arc Consistency

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    Bodirsky, Manuel

    2008-01-01

    This paper studies peek arc consistency, a reasoning technique that extends the well-known arc consistency technique for constraint satisfaction. In contrast to other more costly extensions of arc consistency that have been studied in the literature, peek arc consistency requires only linear space and quadratic time and can be parallelized in a straightforward way such that it runs in linear time with a linear number of processors. We demonstrate that for various constraint languages, peek arc consistency gives a polynomial-time decision procedure for the constraint satisfaction problem. We also present an algebraic characterization of those constraint languages that can be solved by peek arc consistency, and study the robustness of the algorithm.

  15. Cathode material for lithium batteries

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    Park, Sang-Ho; Amine, Khalil

    2013-07-23

    A method of manufacture an article of a cathode (positive electrode) material for lithium batteries. The cathode material is a lithium molybdenum composite transition metal oxide material and is prepared by mixing in a solid state an intermediate molybdenum composite transition metal oxide and a lithium source. The mixture is thermally treated to obtain the lithium molybdenum composite transition metal oxide cathode material.

  16. Passive evaporative cooling

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    Tzoulis, A.

    2011-01-01

    This "designers' manual" is made during the TIDO-course AR0531 Smart & Bioclimatic Design. Passive techniques for cooling are a great way to cope with the energy problem of the present day. This manual introduces passive cooling by evaporation. These methods have been used for many years in traditi

  17. Evaporation/Hadronization Correspondence

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    Allahbakhshi, Davood

    2016-01-01

    A holographic duality is proposed between black hole evaporation in the bulk and hadronization (confinement) in dual field theory. Information paradox is discussed in this duality. We also propose that the recently introduced semi black brane solution is holographically dual to a mixed plasma of quarks, gluons and hadrons in global equilibrium.

  18. Electric arc hydrogen heaters

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    The experimental data on the electric arc burning in hydrogen are presented. Empirical and semiempirical dependences for calculating the arc characteristics are derived. An engineering method of calculating plasma torches for hydrogen heating is proposed. A model of interaction of a hydrogen arc with a gas flow is outlined. The characteristics of plasma torches for heating hydrogen and hydrogen-bearing gases are described. (author)

  19. Wire + Arc Additive Manufacturing

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    Williams, Stewart W.; Martina, Filomeno; Addison, Adrian C.; Ding, Jialuo; Pardal, Goncalo; Colegrove, Paul A.

    2016-01-01

    Depositing large components (>10 kg) in titanium, aluminium, steel and other metals is possible using Wire + Arc Additive Manufacturing. This technology adopts arc welding tools and wire as feedstock for additive manufacturing purposes. High deposition rates, low material and equipment costs, and good structural integrity make Wire+Arc Additive Manufacturing a suitable candidate for replacing the current method of manufacturing from solid billets or large forgings, especially with regards to ...

  20. Smart cathodic protection systems

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    Polder, R.B.; Leggedoor, J.; Schuten, G.; Sajna, S.; Kranjc, A.

    2010-01-01

    Cathodic protection delivers corrosion protection in concrete structures exposed to aggressive environments, e.g. in de-icing salt and marine climates. Working lives of a large number of CP systems are at least more than 13 years and probably more than 25 years, provided a minimum level of maintenan

  1. Effect of surface roughness on erosion rates of pure copper coupons in pulsed vacuum arc system

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    Vacuum arc erosion measurements were performed on copper cathodes having different surface roughness and surface patterns in 10-5 Torr vacuum (1.3324 mPa), in an external magnetic field of 0.04 T. Different surface patterns and surface roughness were created by grit blasting with alumina grits (G-cathodes) and grinding with silicon carbide emery paper (E-cathodes). The erosion rates of these cathodes were obtained by measuring the weight loss of the electrode after igniting as many as 135 arc pulses, each of which was 500 μs long at an arc current of 125 A. The erosion rates measured indicate that erosion rates decrease with decreasing roughness levels. Results obtained indicate that both surface roughness and surface patterns affect the erosion rate. Having patterns perpendicular to the direction of cathode spot movement gives lower erosion rates than having patterns parallel to arc movement. Isotropic surfaces give lower erosion rates than patterned surfaces at the same roughness

  2. Complex technology of vacuum-arc processing of structural material surface

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    Arustamov, V. N.; Ashurov, Kh. B.; Kadyrov, Kh. Kh.; Khudoikulov, I. Kh.

    2015-08-01

    The development of environmentally friendly and energy-resource-saving technologies based on vacuum arc discharge is a topical problem in science and engineering. In view of their unique properties, cathode spots of a vacuum arc induce cleaning of the surface of an article (cathode) from various contaminations and pulsed thermal action on the surface layers. These processes occur in complex with vacuum-arc deposition of coatings in the same technological cycle, which makes it possible to considerably increase the efficiency of methods for changing physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of the surface of steel articles, which considerably increase their service life. Analysis of the formation of the temperature regime of the surface during vacuum arc action and of the parameters of the deposited coating will make it possible to optimize the regimes of complex treatment of the surfaces of articles and is of considerable theoretical and practical importance.

  3. Pipeline integrity through cathodic protection

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    Kumar, N. [Gas Authority India Ltd., New Delhi (India); Khanna, A.S. [Indian Inst. of Technology, Bombay (India)

    2008-07-01

    Pipeline integrity management is defined as a process for assessing and mitigating pipeline risks in an effort to reduce both the likelihood and consequences of incidents. Defects on pipelines result in production losses, environmental losses, as well as loss of goodwill and subsequent financial losses. This presentation addressed pipeline integrity through cathodic protection. It noted that pipeline integrity can be strengthened by successfully controlling, monitoring and mitigating corrosion strategies. It can also be achieved by avoiding external and internal corrosion failures. A good coating offers the advantages of low current density; lower power consumption; low wear of anodes; larger spacing between cathodic protection stations; and minimization of interference problems. The presentation reviewed cathodic protection of cross-country pipelines; a sacrificial cathodic protection system; and an impressed current cathodic protection system. The efficiency of a cathodic system was shown to depend on the use of reliable power sources; proper protection criterion; efficient and effective monitoring of cathodic protection; proper maintenance of the cathodic protection system; and effective remedial measures. Selection criteria, power sources, and a comparison of cathodic protection sources were also presented. Last, the presentation addressed protection criteria; current interruption circuits; monitoring of the cathodic protection system; use of corrosion coupons; advantages of weightless coupons; checking the insulating flanges for shorted bolts; insulated/short casings; anodic and cathodic interference; common corridor problems; and intelligent pigging. tabs., figs.

  4. Lake Evaporation: A Model Study

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    Amayreh, Jumah

    1995-01-01

    Reliable evaporation data are an essential requirement in any water and/or energy budget studies. This includes operation and management of both urban and agricultural water resources. Evaporation from large, open water surfaces such as lakes and reservoirs may influence many agricultural and irrigation decisions. In this study evaporation from Bear Lake in the states of Idaho and Utah was measured using advanced research instruments (Bowen Ratio and Eddy Correlation). Actual over-lake evapor...

  5. Stimulated Black Hole Evaporation

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    Spaans, Marco

    2016-01-01

    Black holes are extreme expressions of gravity. Their existence is predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity and is supported by observations. Black holes obey quantum mechanics and evaporate spontaneously. Here it is shown that a mass rate $R_f\\sim 3\\times 10^{-8} (M_0/M)^{1/2}$ $M_0$ yr$^{-1}$ onto the horizon of a black hole with mass $M$ (in units of solar mass $M_0$) stimulates a black hole into rapid evaporation. Specifically, $\\sim 3 M_0$ black holes can emit a large fraction of their mass, and explode, in $M/R_f \\sim 3\\times 10^7 (M/M_0)^{3/2}$ yr. These stimulated black holes radiate a spectral line power $P \\sim 2\\times 10^{39} (M_0/M)^{1/2}$ erg s$^{-1}$, at a wavelength $\\lambda \\sim 3\\times 10^5 (M/M_0)$ cm. This prediction can be observationally verified.

  6. Quantum Soliton Evaporation

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    Villari, Leone Di Mauro; Biancalana, Fabio; Conti, Claudio

    2016-01-01

    We have very little experience of the quantum dynamics of the ubiquitous nonlinear waves. Observed phenomena in high energy physics are perturbations to linear waves, and classical nonlinear waves, like solitons, are barely affected by quantum effects. We know that solitons, immutable in classical physics, exhibit collapse and revivals according to quantum mechanics. However this effect is very weak and has never been observed experimentally. By predicting black hole evaporation Hawking first introduced a distinctly quantum effect in nonlinear gravitational physics.Here we show the existence of a general and universal quantum process whereby a soliton emits quantum radiation with a specific frequency content, and a temperature given by the number of quanta, the soliton Schwarzschild radius, and the amount of nonlinearity, in a precise and surprisingly simple way. This result may ultimately lead to the first experimental evidence of genuine quantum black hole evaporation. In addition, our results show that bla...

  7. Evaporated VOx Thin Films

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    Stapinski, Tomasz; Leja, E.

    1989-03-01

    VOx thin films on glass were obtained by thermal evaporation of V205, powder. The structural investigations were carried out with the use of X-ray diffractometer. The electrical properties of the film were examined by means of temperature measurements of resistivity for the samples heat-treated in various conditions. Optical transmission and reflection spectra of VOX films of various composition showed the influence of the heat treatment.

  8. The role of radiation losses in high-pressure blasted electrical arcs

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    The paper deals with experiments carried out on an arc heater where the electric arc is stabilised by flowing working gas. Measured quantities (especially arc current, voltage drop, gas flow rate, and energy loss) serve as input data for a mathematical model of the arc inside a cylindrical anode channel. Previously, the losses of cathode and anode spots were assumed to be negligible in comparison with the total loss. In the new sets of experiments, a modular structure of the arc heater has made it possible to separate the losses of anode and cathode from the energy losses of the arc itself. Furthermore, the losses caused by radial conduction have been introduced into the model. The most significant change of the model concerns the computation of radiation losses of the arc. In the original model, radiation losses were taken as a portion ε of the total input power. In the modified model, the radiation loss is expressed using a theoretically calculated net emission coefficient of argon (by V. Aubrecht and M. Bartlova). This approach is possible due to a more precise determination of the arc net energy loss which results in flatter radial temperature profiles. Axial distribution of energy loss for the original and modified model is given in figures.

  9. Water Membrane Evaporator

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    Ungar, Eugene K.; Almlie, Jay C.

    2010-01-01

    A water membrane evaporator (WME) has been conceived and tested as an alternative to the contamination-sensitive and corrosion-prone evaporators currently used for dissipating heat from space vehicles. The WME consists mainly of the following components: An outer stainless-steel screen that provides structural support for the components mentioned next; Inside and in contact with the stainless-steel screen, a hydrophobic membrane that is permeable to water vapor; Inside and in contact with the hydrophobic membrane, a hydrophilic membrane that transports the liquid feedwater to the inner surface of the hydrophobic membrane; Inside and in contact with the hydrophilic membrane, an annular array of tubes through which flows the spacecraft coolant carrying the heat to be dissipated; and An inner exclusion tube that limits the volume of feedwater in the WME. In operation, a pressurized feedwater reservoir is connected to the volume between the exclusion tube and the coolant tubes. Feedwater fills the volume, saturates the hydrophilic membrane, and is retained by the hydrophobic membrane. The outside of the WME is exposed to space vacuum. Heat from the spacecraft coolant is conducted through the tube walls and the water-saturated hydrophilic membrane to the liquid/vapor interface at the hydrophobic membrane, causing water to evaporate to space. Makeup water flows into the hydrophilic membrane through gaps between the coolant tubes.

  10. Quantifying the Water Content in the Cathode of Enzyme Fuel Cells via Neutron Imaging

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    Aaron, D [Georgia Institute of Technology; Borole, Abhijeet P [ORNL; Hussey (NIST), Daniel [National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Jacobson, David [National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Yiacoumi, Sotira [Georgia Institute of Technology; Tsouris, Costas [ORNL

    2011-01-01

    Neutron imaging was used to study cathode water content over time in a three-dimensional-cathode enzyme fuel cell (EFC). A porous carbon felt cathode allowed air to flow through the electrode. A solution with laccase and a mediator formed an aqueous layer on the electrode surface. Water loss was observed in situ via neutron imaging for varying experimental conditions, including flow rates of hydrogen and air, cathode inlet humidity, volume of enzyme solution, and its composition. Cathode water loss occurred for all experimental conditions, but the loss rate was noticeably reduced when a high-salt-concentration enzyme solution was used in the cathode in conjunction with increased humidity in the air feed stream. Results from neutron imaging and power density analysis were used in analyzing the causes that could contribute to EFC water loss. An increase in temperature due to the exothermic cathode reaction is considered a plausible cause of cathode water loss via evaporation. This is the first reported application of neutron imaging as a technique to study EFC water management. The results suggest that neutron imaging can be employed to provide a better understanding of EFC phenomena and thereby contribute to design and operational improvements of EFCs.

  11. A highly reliable trigger for vacuum ARC plasma source

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    Bernardet, H.; Godechot, X.; Jarjat, F. [SODERN, Limeil-Brevannes (France)

    1996-08-01

    The authors have developed a reliable electrical trigger and its associated circuitry to fire vacuum arc plasma or ion source. They tested different embodiments of the trigger device in order to get a highly reliable one, which is able to perform more than 1.2 x 10{sup 6} shots at 60 A and 6.5 ps pulse length. The evolution of the ion current emitted has been recorded as a function of the number of shots. They have also investigated in which direction the plasma jet is emitted : axially or radially. This device can be used to fire a vacuum arc plasma or ion source by plasma injection. It has obvious advantage to be placed outside the cathode and therefore would ease maintenance of vacuum arc devices.

  12. Purging means and method for Xenon arc lamps

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    Miller, C. G. (Inventor)

    1973-01-01

    High pressure Xenon short-arc lamp with two reservoirs which are selectively connectable to the lamp's envelope is described. One reservoir contains an absorbent which will absorb both Xenon and contaminant gases such as CO2 and O2. The absorbent temperature is controlled to evacuate the envelope of both the Xenon and the contaminant gases. The temperature of the absorbent is then raised to desorb only clean Xenon while retaining the contaminant gases, thereby clearing the envelope of the contaminant gases. The second reservoir contains a gas whose specific purpose is, to remove the objectional metal film which deposits gradually on the interior surface of the lamp envelope during normal arc operation. The origin of the film is metal transferred from the cathode of the arc lamp by sputtering or other gas transfer processes.

  13. Tokamak ARC damage

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    Tokamak fusion reactors will have large plasma currents of approximately 10 MA with hundreds of megajoules stored in the magnetic fields. When a major plasma instability occurs, the disruption of the plasma current induces voltage in the adjacent conducting structures, giving rise to large transient currents. The induced voltages may be sufficiently high to cause arcing across sector gaps or from one protruding component to another. This report reviews a tokamak arcing scenario and provides guidelines for designing tokamaks to minimize the possibility of arc damage

  14. Dynamic Mission Modeling and Simulation: Application of Micro-Vacuum Arc Thrusters and Frozen Orbits

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    Suaris, Therese

    The dynamic mission modeling and simulation of scenarios around the Earth, Moon, and libration points are used to explore the application of the Vacuum Arc Thruster and frozen orbits for future space exploration missions. The Micro-Vacuum Arc Thruster (microVAT) is a propulsion system that uses an arc to evaporate solid cathode material. The propulsion system is compatible for nano-satellite applications due to its low operating voltage, low mass, and its simplicity to be integrated into the spacecraft operating system. The microVAT experimental performance values were used to baseline the numerical thruster model for the space mission operational scenarios. The simulation results were used analyze and make recommendations on the performance parameters that are required for maneuvers and interplanetary trajectories for space exploration missions. In addition, the analytical derivation and numerical analysis of Earth-based frozen orbits are used to baseline the low-altitude, frozen orbits. A high resolution in order and degree lunar gravity model and third-body perturbations due to the Earth and Sun are included in the detailed simulation. The time evolution of the classical frozen orbital conditions is calculated by numerically propagating the orbits in an environment where all the perturbations are included. The behaviour and evolution pattern of the orbital elements are used to baseline a set of numerical quasi-frozen conditions for a series of low-altitude, polar orbits. The numerically integrated results for a family of polar frozen orbits provide insight into the predictive behaviour pattern and evolution of the orbital elements that can be extended to any given set of initial conditions and requirements. It is shown that these results are not a fixed point solution that is calculated for a selective set of perturbations, but rather the numerical model can be used to determine a set of conditions and orbital elements to satisfy a given set of mission

  15. Method of evaporation

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    Dufresne, Eugene R.

    1987-01-01

    Liquids, such as juices, milk, molten metal and the like are concentrated by forming uniformly-sized, small droplets in a precision droplet forming assembly and deploying the droplets in free fall downwardly as a central column within an evacuated column with cool walls. A portion of the solvent evaporates. The vapor flows to the wall, condenses, and usually flows down the wall as a film to condensate collector and drain. The vertical column of freely falling droplets enters the splash guard. The condensate can be collected, sent to other towers or recycled.

  16. Synthesis method for ultrananocrystalline diamond in powder employing a coaxial arc plasma gun

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    A new method that enables us to synthesize ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) in powder is proposed. Highly energetic carbon species ejected from a graphite cathode of a coaxial arc plasma gun were provided on a quartz plate at a high density by repeated arc discharge in a compact vacuum chamber, and resultant films automatically peeled from the plate were aggregated and powdered. The grain size was easily controlled from 2.4 to 15.0 nm by changing the arc discharge energy. It was experimentally demonstrated that the proposed method is a new and promising method that enables us to synthesize UNCD in powder easily and controllably. (author)

  17. Possibility of decreasing arc voltage drop in the hybrid mode of a thermionic converter

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    Tskhakaya, V.K.; Yarygin, V.I.

    1982-03-01

    The experimental investigation results of outlet and emissive characteristics of arc and hybrid modes of a flat-parallel thermoemission converter (TEC) with Pt-Zr-O electrode pair are presented. Platinum 0.1 mm thick sheet metal, diffusion welded to the face surface of the carrier cathode sleeve made of molybdenum is used as an emitter. Zirconium iodide is used as a collector. Shown is the possibility of minimization of arc losses of stress at the level lying lower than that in usual arc TEC.

  18. Ion energy distribution and basic characteristics of plasma flows of nonself-sustained arc discharge

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    Experimental results on study of the nonself-sustained arc discharge basic characteristics at currents up to 35 A are presented. The ion energy distributions and dynamics of the directed motion average energy of plasma flow ions are studied. Floating potentials in the plasma flows are measured. Ionization coefficients of the generated plasma flows and their dependence on the discharge current are studied. It is shown that at the discharge currents equal 20...30 A the vacuum arc discharge in anode material vapors can effectively create dropless and highly ionized plasma flows of different metals and provides films deposition rates, which are comparable to possibilities of the cathode vacuum arc discharge

  19. Synthesis method for ultrananocrystalline diamond in powder employing a coaxial arc plasma gun

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    Naragino, Hiroshi; Tominaga, Aki; Hanada, Kenji; Yoshitake, Tsuyoshi

    2015-07-01

    A new method that enables us to synthesize ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) in powder is proposed. Highly energetic carbon species ejected from a graphite cathode of a coaxial arc plasma gun were provided on a quartz plate at a high density by repeated arc discharge in a compact vacuum chamber, and resultant films automatically peeled from the plate were aggregated and powdered. The grain size was easily controlled from 2.4 to 15.0 nm by changing the arc discharge energy. It was experimentally demonstrated that the proposed method is a new and promising method that enables us to synthesize UNCD in powder easily and controllably.

  20. Keyhole behavior and liquid flow in molten pool during laser-arc hybrid welding

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    Naito, Yasuaki; Katayama, Seiji; Matsunawa, Akira

    2003-03-01

    Hybrid welding was carried out on Type 304 stainless steel plate under various conditions using YAG laser combined with TIG arc. During arc and laser-arc hybrid welding, arc voltage variation was measured, and arc plasma, laser-induced plume and evaporation spots as well as keyhole behavior and liquid flow in the molten pool were observed through CCD camera and X-ray real-time transmission apparatus. It was consequently found that hybrid welding possessed many features in comparison with YAG laser welding. The deepest weld bead could be produced when the YAG laser beam of high power density was shot on the molten pool made beforehand stably with TIG arc. A keyhole was long and narrow, and its behavior was rather stable inside the molten pool. It was also confirmed that porosity was reduced by the suppression of bubble formation in hybrid welding utilizing a laser of a moderate power density.

  1. Vacuum arc anode phenomena

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    A brief review of anode phenomena in vacuum arcs is presented. Discussed in succession are: the transition of the arc into the anode spot mode; the temperature of the anode before, during and after the anode spot forms; and anode ions. Characteristically the anode spot has a temperature of the order of the atmospheric boiling point of the anode material and is a copious source of vapor and energetic ions. The dominant mechanism controlling the transition of the vacuum arc into the anode spot mode appears to depend upon the electrode geometry, the electrode material, and the current waveform of the particular vacuum arc being considered. Either magnetic constriction in the gap plasma or gross anode melting can trigger the transition; indeed, a combination of the two is a common cause of anode spot formation

  2. Single-Arc IMRT?

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    The idea of delivering intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) with a multileaf collimator in a continuous dynamic mode during a single rotation of the gantry has recently gained momentum both in research and industry. In this note we investigate the potential of this Single-Arc IMRT technique at a conceptual level. We consider the original theoretical example case from Brahme et al that got the field of IMRT started. Using analytical methods, we derive deliverable intensity 'landscapes' for Single-Arc as well as standard IMRT and Tomotherapy. We find that Tomotherapy provides the greatest flexibility in shaping intensity landscapes and that it allows one to deliver IMRT in a way that comes close to the ideal case in the transverse plane. Single-Arc and standard IMRT make compromises in different areas. Only in relatively simple cases that do not require substantial intensity modulation will Single-Arc be dosimetrically comparable to Tomotherapy. Compared with standard IMRT, Single-Arc could be dosimetrically superior in certain cases if one is willing to accept the spreading of low dose values over large volumes of normal tissue. In terms of treatment planning, Single-Arc poses a more challenging optimization problem than Tomotherapy or standard IMRT. We conclude that Single-Arc holds potential as an efficient IMRT technique especially for relatively simple cases. In very complex cases, Single-Arc may unduly compromise the quality of the dose distribution, if one tries to keep the treatment time below 2 min or so. As with all IMRT techniques, it is important to explore the tradeoff between plan quality and the efficiency of its delivery carefully for each individual case. (note)

  3. ALICE - ARC integration

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    Anderlik, Csaba; Gregersen, Anders Rhod; Kleist, Josva; Peters, Andreas; Siaz, Pablo

    2007-01-01

    AliEn or Alice Environment is the Gridware developed and used within the ALICE collaboration for storing and processing data in a distributed manner. ARC (Advanced Resource Connector) is the Grid middleware deployed across the Nordic countries and gluing together the resources within the Nordic Data Grid Facility (NDGF). In this paper we will present our approach to integrate AliEn and ARC, in the sense that ALICE data management and job processing can be carried out on the NDGF infrastructur...

  4. The hollow cathode in the quasi-steady MPD discharge

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    Von Jaskowsky, W. F.; Jahn, R. G.; Clark, K. E.; Krishnan, M.

    1973-01-01

    A large hollow cathode has been operated in a quasi-steady MPD discharge over a range of current from 7 to 30 kA and argon mass flow from 0.04 to 6.0 g/sec. The 1.3-cm-i.d. cathode cavity attains steady emission characteristics in some tens of microseconds without the assistance of auxiliary heating, low work function inserts, or external keeper electrodes. Measured current and potential distributions within the cavity reveal that the current attaches in a zone 1 to 2 cm long with a surface current density greater than 1000 A/sq cm and a local axial electric field less than 10 V/cm. Electron densities within the cavity, estimated from spectroscopic records, are above 10 to the 17th power per cu cm, at least one order of magnitude greater than has been reported for either ion engine hollow cathodes or conventional solid cathodes in similar arc discharges.

  5. Analysis of the cathodic region of atmospheric pressure discharges

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    The cathodic region of atmospheric pressure arcs is dominated by a number of different mechanisms. This makes a theoretical model extremely difficult. A description of this region based on fundamental physical principles is given. Using a previously published model of the inhomogeneous boundary layer of a Saha plasma (Schmitz H and Riemann K-U 2001 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 34 1193), the description is set on a firm theoretical basis. A number of equations including the energy balances of plasma boundary and cathode body lead to a maximum closure of the system. The values for the boundary conditions toward the plasma column could be motivated by a simple minimum principle argument thus eliminating all arbitrary fitting parameters. Results are given for a variety of external parameters and three different discharge gases. The comparison with experimental results shows excellent agreement. (author)

  6. 242-A evaporator hazards assessment

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    This document establishes the technical basis in support of Emergency Planning activities for the 242-A Evaporator, on the Hanford Site. Through this document the technical basis for the development of facility specific Emergency Action Levels and the Emergency Planning Zone is demonstrated. The evaporator sues a conventional, forced-circulation, vacuum evaporation system to concentrate radioactive waste solutions. This concentration results in the reduction in waste volume and reduces the number of double-shelled tanks required to store the waste

  7. Salts separation and removing method from material deposited on molten salt electrolyzing cathode

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    Deposition materials on a cathode obtained by processing highly radioactive drainage discharged from spent fuel reprocessing steps and electrolyzing them in molten salts are incorporated with salts such as LiCl-KCl used as an electrolysis bath. Cadmium is added to the cathode deposition materials comprising lanthanoid and/or actinoid, and melted to form a molten material. The molten material are solidified by cooling to separate a metal portion and salts from the cathode deposition materials. The metal portion is kept at a temperature at which cadmium metal is evaporated to remove cadmium. Subsequently, the metal portion is kept at a temperature at which an intermetallic compound and/or an alloy of cadmium and lanthanoid and/or actinoid is decomposed to remove cadmium. Since salts can be removed efficiently from cathode deposition materials, aimed actinoid metals can be recovered at a high purity. (I.N.)

  8. Arcing and its role in PFC erosion and dust production in DIII-D

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    Rudakov, D. L.; Chrobak, C. P.; Doerner, R. P.; Krasheninnikov, S. I.; Moyer, R. A.; Umstadter, K. R.; Wampler, W. R.; Wong, C. P. C.

    2013-07-01

    Two types of arc tracks are observed on the plasma-facing components (PFCs) in DIII-D. "Unmagnetized" random walk tracks are produced during glow discharges; they are rare and have no importance for PFC erosion but may degrade diagnostic mirrors. "Magnetized" scratch-like type II tracks are produced by unipolar arcs during plasma operations; they are formed by "retrograde BxJ" motion of the cathode spot and are roughly perpendicular to the local magnetic field. Type II arcs cause measurable erosion of graphite, but based on the evidence available they are relatively small contributors to the total erosion of carbon in DIII-D compared to other mechanisms such as physical and chemical sputtering and ablation from leading edges. Erosion by arcing of tungsten films deposited on graphite samples was observed in Divertor Material Evaluation System (DiMES) experiments. New DiMES experiments aimed at time-resolved arc measurements are proposed.

  9. Charge state distribution studies of the metal vapor vacuum arc ion source

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    We have studied the charge state distribution of the ion beam produced by the MEVVA (metal vapor vacuum arc) high current metal ion source. Beams produced from a wide range of cathode materials have been examined and the charge state distributions have been measured as a function of many operational parameters. In this paper we review the charge state data we have accumulated, with particular emphasis on the time history of the distribution throughout the arc current pulse duration. We find that in general the spectra remain quite constant throughout most of the beam pulse, so long as the arc current is constant. There is an interesting early-time transient behavior when the arc is first initiated and the arc current is still rising, during which time the ion charge states produced are observed to be significantly higher than during the steady current region that follows. 12 refs., 5 figs

  10. Emission from ferroelectric cathodes

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    The authors have recently initiated an investigation of electron emission from ferroelectric cathodes. The experimental apparatus consisted of an electron diode and a 250 kV, 12 ohm, 70 ns pulsed high voltage power source. A planar triode modulator driven by a synthesized waveform generator initiates the polarization inversion and allows inversion pulse tailoring. The pulsed high voltage power source is capable of delivering two high voltage pulses within 50 μs of each other and is capable of operating at a sustained repetition rate of 5 Hz. The initial measurements indicate that emission current densities above the Child-Langmuir Space Charge Limit, JCL, are possible. They explain this effect to be based on a non-zero initial energy of the emitted electrons. They also determined that this effect is strongly coupled to relative timing between the inversion pulse and application of the main anode-cathode pulse. They also have initiated brightness measurements of the emitted beam and estimate a preliminary lower bound to be on the order of 109 A/m2-rad2 for currents close to JCL and factor of two less at currents over 4JCL. As in previous measurements at this Laboratory, they performed the measurement using a pepper pot technique. Beamlet profiles are recorded with a fast phosphor and gated cameras. They describe their apparatus and preliminary measurements

  11. The tungsten powder study of the dispenser cathode

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    The intercorrelation of tungsten powder properties, such as grain size, distribution and morphology, and porous matrix parameters with electron emission capability and longevity of Ba dispenser cathodes has been investigated for the different grain morphologies. It is shown that a fully cleaning step of the tungsten powder is so necessary that the tungsten powder will be reduction of oxide in hydrogen atmosphere above 700 deg. C. The porosity of the tungsten matrix distributes more even and the closed pore is fewer, the average granule size of the tungsten powder distributes more convergent. The porosity of the tungsten matrix and the evaporation of the activator are bigger and the pulse of the cathode is smaller when the granularity is bigger by the analysis of the electronic microscope and diode experiment

  12. The tungsten powder study of the dispenser cathode

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    Bao, Ji-xiu; Wan, Bao-fei

    2006-06-01

    The intercorrelation of tungsten powder properties, such as grain size, distribution and morphology, and porous matrix parameters with electron emission capability and longevity of Ba dispenser cathodes has been investigated for the different grain morphologies. It is shown that a fully cleaning step of the tungsten powder is so necessary that the tungsten powder will be reduction of oxide in hydrogen atmosphere above 700 °C. The porosity of the tungsten matrix distributes more even and the closed pore is fewer, the average granule size of the tungsten powder distributes more convergent. The porosity of the tungsten matrix and the evaporation of the activator are bigger and the pulse of the cathode is smaller when the granularity is bigger by the analysis of the electronic microscope and diode experiment.

  13. Nanostructured lanthanum manganate composite cathode

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    Wang, Wei Guo; Liu, Yi-Lin; Barfod, Rasmus;

    2005-01-01

    that the (La1-xSrx)(y)MnO3 +/-delta (LSM) composite cathodes consist of a network of homogenously distributed LSM, yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), and pores. The individual grain size of LSM or YSZ is approximately 100 nm. The degree of contact between cathode and electrolyte is 39% on average. (c...

  14. Virtual cathode microwave devices -- Basics

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    Thode, L.E.; Snell, C.M.

    1991-01-01

    Unlike a conventional microwave tube, a virtual-cathode device operates above the space-charge limit where the depth of the space-charge potential can cause electron reflection. The region associated with this electron reflection is referred to as a virtual cathode. Microwaves can be generated through oscillations in the position of the virtual cathode and through the bunching of electrons trapped in a potential well between the real and virtual cathodes. These two mechanisms are competitive. There are three basic classes of virtual cathode devices: (1) reflex triode; (2) reditron and side-shoot vircator; and (3) reflex diode or vircator. The reflex diode is the highest power virtual-cathode device. For the reflex diode the energy exchange between the beam and electromagnetic wave occurs in both the axial and radial directions. In some designs the oscillating-virtual-cathode frequency exceeds the reflexing-electron frequency exceeds the oscillating-virtual-cathode frequency. For the flex diode a periodic disruption in magnetic insulation can modulate the high- frequency microwave power. Overall, particle-in-cell simulation predictions and axial reflex diode experiments are in good agreement. Although frequency stability and phase locking of the reflex diode have been demonstrated, little progress has been made in efficiency enhancement. 58 refs., 11 figs.

  15. Virtual cathode microwave devices: Basics

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    Thode, L. E.; Snell, C. M.

    Unlike a conventional microwave tube, a virtual-cathode device operates above the space-charge limit where the depth of the space-charge potential can cause electron reflection. The region associated with this electron reflection is referred to as a virtual cathode. Microwaves can be generated through oscillations in the position of the virtual cathode and through the bunching of electrons trapped in a potential well between the real and virtual cathodes. These two mechanisms are competitive. There are three basic classes of virtual cathode devices: (1) reflex triode; (2) reditron and side-shoot vircator; and (3) reflex diode or vircator. The reflex diode is the highest power virtual-cathode device. For the reflex diode the energy exchange between the beam and electromagnetic wave occurs in both the axial and radial directions. In some designs the oscillating virtual-cathode frequency exceeds the reflexing-electron frequency while in other designs the reflexing-electron frequency exceeds the oscillating virtual-cathode frequency. For the flex diode, a periodic disruption in magnetic insulation can modulate the high-frequency microwave power. Overall, particle-in-cell simulation predictions and axial reflex diode experiments are in good agreement. Although frequency stability and phase locking of the reflex diode have been demonstrated, little progress has been made in efficiency enhancement.

  16. Miniature Reservoir Cathode: An Update

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    Vancil, Bernard K.; Wintucky, Edwin G.

    2002-01-01

    We report on recent work to produce a small low power, low cost reservoir cathode capable of long life (more than 100,000 hours) at high loading (> 5 A/sq cm). Our objective is a highly manufacturable, commercial device costing less than $30. Small highly loaded cathodes are needed, especially for millimeter wave tubes, where focusing becomes difficult when area convergence ratios are too high. We currently have 3 models ranging from .060-inch diameter to. 125-inch diameter. Reservoir type barium dispenser cathodes have a demonstrated capability for simultaneous high emission density and long life. Seven reservoir cathodes continue to operate on the cathode life test facility at NSWC, Crane, Indiana at 2 and 4 amps/sq cm. They have accumulated nearly 100,000 hours with practically no change in emission levels or knee temperature.

  17. Investigation of the flickering of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and ThO{sub 2} doped tungsten cathodes

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    Hoebing, T.; Hermanns, P.; Bergner, A.; Ruhrmann, C.; Mentel, J.; Awakowicz, P. [Ruhr University Bochum, Electrical Engineering and Plasma Technology, 44780 Bochum (Germany); Traxler, H.; Wesemann, I.; Knabl, W. [Plansee SE, Metallwerk-Plansee-Str. 71, 6600 Reutte (Austria)

    2015-07-14

    Short-arc lamps are equipped with tungsten electrodes due to their ability to withstand a high thermal load during operation. Nominal currents of more than one hundred amperes lead to a cathode tip temperature near the melting point of tungsten. To reduce the electrode temperature and, thereby, to increase the maintenance of such lamps, ThO{sub 2} or tentatively La{sub 2}O{sub 3} are added to the electrode material. They generate a reduced work function by establishing a monolayer of emitter atoms on the tungsten surface. Emitter enrichments on the lateral surface of doped cathodes are formed. They are traced back to transport mechanisms of emitter oxides in the interior of the electrode and on the electrode surface in dependence of the electrode temperature and to the redeposition of vaporized and ionized emitter atoms onto the cathode tip by the electric field in front. The investigation is undertaken by means of glow discharge mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscope images, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and through measurements of the optical surface emissivity. The effect of emitter enrichments on the stability of the arc attachment is presented by means of temporally resolved electrode temperature measurements and by measurements of the luminous flux from the cathode-near plasma. They show that the emitter enrichments on the lateral surface of the cathode are attractive for the arc attachment if the emitter at the cathode tip is depleted. In this case, it moves along the lateral surface from the cathode tip to sections of the cathode with a reduced work function. It induces a temporary variation of the cathode tip temperature and of the light intensity from the cathode-near plasma, a so-called flickering. In particular, in case of lanthanated cathodes, strong flickering is observed.

  18. Modeling of Arc Force in Plasma Arc Welding

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    GAO Zhonglin; HU Shengsun; YIN Fengliang; WANG Rui

    2008-01-01

    A three. dimensional mathematical model for the transferred-type argon arc was developed to describe arc force on the anode surface. The software ANSYS was employed to solve the model. The model includes a part of torch and tungsten electrode to achieve m ore reasonable results. The arc temperature and flow fields were derived. And the influences of welding parameters on arc force were also studied. The simulated results show that arc pressure at the anode are dependent on the welding current, plasma gas flow rate and electrode neck-in, while not sensitive to arc length.

  19. General intense electron beams by means of a contracted arc discharge

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    Two types of contracted arc discharge are investigated with a view to generating intense electron beams over a wide pressure range (1-10-3 Pa). For an arc discharge with a hollow cathode and anode, an electron beam corresponding to a current of up to 300 A and a pulse length of 25 μsec is obtained at a pressure of 1-10-1 Pa in the accelerating gap with an accelerating voltage of up to 15 kV. At pressures of 10-2-10-3 Pa, emitting plasma is created by a low-pressure arc discharge on the basis of a Penning cell. Three discharge systems operating in parallel are used to increase the working life of the cathode and improve the current density distribution of the beam. An electron beam of diameter 200 mm with a current of up to 125 A and a pulse length of 50 μsec is obtained

  20. ALICE-ARC integration

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    AliEn or Alice Environment is the Grid middleware developed and used within the ALICE collaboration for storing and processing data in a distributed manner. ARC (Advanced Resource Connector) is the Grid middleware deployed across the Nordic countries and gluing together the resources within the Nordic Data Grid Facility (NDGF). In this paper we will present our approach to integrate AliEn and ARC, in the sense that ALICE data management and job processing can be carried out on the NDGF infrastructure, using the client tools available in AliEn. The inter-operation has two aspects, one is the data management part and the second the job management aspect. The first aspect was solved by using dCache across NDGF to handle data. Therefore, we will concentrate on the second part. Solving it, was somewhat cumbersome, mainly due to the different computing models employed by AliEn and ARC. AliEN uses an Agent based pull model while ARC handles jobs through the more 'traditional' push model. The solution comes as a module implementing the functionalities necessary to achieve AliEn job submission and management to ARC enabled sites

  1. Consolidating NASA's Arc Jets

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    Balboni, John A.; Gokcen, Tahir; Hui, Frank C. L.; Graube, Peter; Morrissey, Patricia; Lewis, Ronald

    2015-01-01

    The paper describes the consolidation of NASA's high powered arc-jet testing at a single location. The existing plasma arc-jet wind tunnels located at the Johnson Space Center were relocated to Ames Research Center while maintaining NASA's technical capability to ground-test thermal protection system materials under simulated atmospheric entry convective heating. The testing conditions at JSC were reproduced and successfully demonstrated at ARC through close collaboration between the two centers. New equipment was installed at Ames to provide test gases of pure nitrogen mixed with pure oxygen, and for future nitrogen-carbon dioxide mixtures. A new control system was custom designed, installed and tested. Tests demonstrated the capability of the 10 MW constricted-segmented arc heater at Ames meets the requirements of the major customer, NASA's Orion program. Solutions from an advanced computational fluid dynamics code were used to aid in characterizing the properties of the plasma stream and the surface environment on the calorimeters in the supersonic flow stream produced by the arc heater.

  2. Transparent organic light-emitting devices with CsCl capping layers on semitransparent Ca/Ag cathodes

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    We have developed transparent organic light-emitting devices (TOLEDs) with CsCl capping layers deposited on top of semitransparent Ca/Ag cathodes. The CsCl layer was deposited by the thermal evaporation method which does not result in any damage to the underlying organic layers. The transmittance was enhanced by depositing the CsCl layer on the Ca/Ag cathode. The current efficiency measured at the cathode side increased by the enhanced transmittance of the cathode, whereas the anode-side current efficiency was determined by the reflectance of the cathode. In a TOLED with semitransparent Ca/Ag/CsCl layer, the microcavity effect was not profound so that the electroluminescence spectrum was not seriously changed by the CsCl capping layer.

  3. Electrode erosion during submerged arc treatment of methylene blue water solution

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    Low voltage, low energy submerged pulsed arcs with a pulse repetition rate of 100 Hz, energy of 48 mJ and duration of 20 μs were used to determine the electrode erosion rate during treatment of 10 mg l−1 methylene blue (MB) dissolved in 40 ml of deionized water, with and without the addition of 0.5% H2O2. Anode/cathode pairs of Fe/Fe, Ti/Ti, Cu/Cu, Cu/Fe, Fe/Cu, Ti/Fe, Fe/Ti, Cu/Ti and Ti/Cu were used. Smaller cathode erosion was measured, in the solutions without H2O2, with copper cathodes than with other cathodes. Smaller anode erosion in the same conditions was demonstrated by using pairs with a Ti anode than with other anodes and larger erosion was found for Cu anodes. By adding H2O2 to the treated solution, smaller cathode erosion was measured by using pairs with a Ti cathode than with other cathodes and larger rates were measured for Fe cathodes. The largest anode erosion was observed for a Cu anode. The erosion of the anode and cathode depends on material combination of the electrode pairs, i.e. on the thermo physical properties of the electrode materials. The correlations of anode/cathode erosion ratio (Ga/Gc) with ratio (qam/qcm) for various electrode materials were found, where qam and qcm are heat fluxes in the body of the anode and cathode, respectively. The experimental data were fitted by curves described with equation Ga/Gc =A(qa/qc)−b where A and b are experimental constants. (paper)

  4. What, no black hole evaporation

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    Tipler has claimed that the inward flux of negative energy across the horizon which (according to the semi-classical approximation) accompanies the evaporation of a black hole would cause a solar mass black hole to evaporate in less than a second. It is shown that this claim is in error. (orig.)

  5. Effect of high power CO2 and Yb:YAG laser radiation on the characteristics of TIG arc in atmospherical pressure argon and helium

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    Wu, Shikai; Xiao, Rongshi

    2015-04-01

    The effects of laser radiation on the characteristics of the DC tungsten inert gas (TIG) arc were investigated by applying a high power slab CO2 laser and a Yb:YAG disc laser. Experiment results reveal that the arc voltage-current curve shifts downwards, the arc column expands, and the arc temperature rises while the high power CO2 laser beam vertically interacts with the TIG arc in argon. With the increase of the laser power, the voltage-current curve of the arc shifts downwards more significantly, and the closer the laser beam impingement on the arc to the cathode, the more the decrease in arc voltage. Moreover, the arc column expansion and the arc temperature rise occur mainly in the region between the laser beam incident position and the anode. However, the arc characteristics hardly change in the cases of the CO2 laser-helium arc and YAG laser-arc interactions. The reason is that the inverse Bremsstrahlung absorption coefficients are greatly different due to the different electron densities of the argon and helium arcs and the different wave lengths of CO2 and YAG lasers.

  6. Characteristic Research on Evaporated Explosive Film

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    2005-01-01

    The evaporation source of evaporated explosive was designed and improved based on the inherent specialties of explosive. The compatibility of explosives and addition agent with evaporation vessels was analyzed. The influence of substrate temperature on explosive was analyzed, the control method of substrate temperature was suggested. The influences of evaporation rate on formation of explosive film and mixed explosive film were confirmed. Optimum evaporation rate for evaporation explosive and the better method for evaporating mixed explosive were presented. The necessary characteristics of the evaporated explosive film were obtained by the research of the differences between the evaporated explosive and other materials.

  7. Surface-induced evaporative cooling

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    Ke Min; Yan Bo; Cheng Feng; Wang Yu-Zhu

    2009-01-01

    The effects of surface-induced evaporative cooling on an atom chip are investigated. The evolutions of temperature, number and phase-space density of the atom cloud are measured when the atom cloud is brought close to the surface. Rapid decrease of the temperature and number of the atoms is found when the atom-surface distance is < 100 μm. A gain of about a factor of five on the phase-space density is obtained. It is found that the efficiency of the surface-induced evaporative cooling depends on the atom-surface distance and the shape of the evaporative trap. When the atoms are moved very close to the surface, severe heating is observed, which dominates when the holding time is > 8 ms. It is important that the surface-induced evaporative cooling offers novel possibilities for the realization of a continuous condensation, where a spatially varying evaporative cooling is required.

  8. Uncovering the role of cathode buffer layer in organic solar cells

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    Qi, Boyuan; Zhang, Zhi-Guo; Wang, Jizheng

    2015-01-01

    Organic solar cells (OSCs) as the third generation photovoltaic devices have drawn intense research, for their ability to be easily deposited by low-cost solution coating technologies. However the cathode in conventional OSCs, Ca, can be only deposited by thermal evaporation and is highly unstable in ambient. Therefore various solution processible cathode buffer layers (CBLs) are synthesized as substitute of Ca and show excellent effect in optimizing performance of OSCs. Yet, there is still no universal consensus on the mechanism that how CBL works, which is evidently a critical scientific issue that should be addressed. In this article detailed studies are targeted on the interfacial physics at the interface between active layer and cathode (with and without treatment of a polar CBL) by using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, capacitance-voltage measurement, and impedance spectroscopy. The experimental data demonstrate that CBL mainly takes effect in three ways: suppressing surface states at the surface of active layer, protecting the active layer from being damaged by thermally evaporated cathode, and changing the energy level alignment by forming dipole moments with active layer and/or cathode. Our findings here provide a comprehensive picture of interfacial physics in devices with and without CBL.

  9. Mass Spectrum Analysis of Gas Emitted during Organic Contaminant Removal from a Metal Surface with an Arc in Low Vacuum

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    The gas emitted during organic contaminant removal from a metal surface with an arc in low vacuum is investigated using a quadrupole mass spectrometer. The experimental results show that fragment molecules of the contaminant material, which are created by the decomposition of the contaminant material, exist in the emitted gas. The decomposition rate of the contaminant increased with the treatment current, which indicates that the decomposition occurs not in the cathode spot, but in the arc column

  10. Study of the Material Transfer Characteristics and Surface Morphology Due to Arc Erosion of PtIr Contact Materials

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    WANG Saibei; XIE Ming; YANG Youcai; ZHANG Jiming; CHEN Yongtai; LIU Manmen; YANG Yunfeng; HU Jieqiong; CUI Hao

    2012-01-01

    By means of breaking tests on PtIr contact materials via a JF04C contact material testing machine,it was attempted to elucidate the characterstics of the various surface morphology and material transfer after the arc erosion process caused by break arc.The material transfer characteristics appeared in the experiments were concluded and analyzed.Meanwhile,the morphology of the anode and cathode surface were observed and analyzed by SEM.

  11. Evaporative cooling: Effective latent heat of evaporation in relation to evaporation distance from the skin

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    Havenith, G.; Bröde, P.; Hartog, E.A. den; Kuklane, K.; Holmer, I.; Rossi, R.M.; Richards, M.; Farnworth, B.; Wang, X.

    2013-01-01

    Calculation of evaporative heat loss is essential to heat balance calculations. Despite recognition that the value for latent heat of evaporation, used in these calculations, may not always reflect the real cooling benefit to the body, only limited quantitative data on this is available, which has f

  12. Quantum black hole evaporation

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    Schoutens, K; Verlinde, Erik; Schoutens, Kareljan; Verlinde, Erik; Verlinde, Herman

    1993-01-01

    We investigate a recently proposed model for a full quantum description of two-dimensional black hole evaporation, in which a reflecting boundary condition is imposed in the strong coupling region. It is shown that in this model each initial state is mapped to a well-defined asymptotic out-state, provided one performs a certain projection in the gravitational zero mode sector. We find that for an incoming localized energy pulse, the corresponding out-going state contains approximately thermal radiation, in accordance with semi-classical predictions. In addition, our model allows for certain acausal strong coupling effects near the singularity, that give rise to corrections to the Hawking spectrum and restore the coherence of the out-state. To an asymptotic observer these corrections appear to originate from behind the receding apparent horizon and start to influence the out-going state long before the black hole has emitted most of its mass. Finally, by putting the system in a finite box, we are able to deriv...

  13. Rapid Evaporation of microbubbles

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    Gautam, Jitendra; Esmaeeli, Asghar

    2008-11-01

    When a liquid is heated to a temperature far above its boiling point, it evaporates abruptly. Boiling of liquid at high temperatures can be explosive and destructive, and poses a potential hazard for a host of industrial processes. Explosive boiling may occur if a cold and volatile liquid is brought into contact with a hot and non-volatile liquid, or if a liquid is superheated or depressurized rapidly. Such possibilities are realized, for example, in the depressurization of low boiling point liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the pipelines or storage tanks as a result of a leak. While boiling of highly heated liquids can be destructive at macroscale, the (nearly) instantaneous pace of the process and the release of large amount of kinetic energy make the phenomena extremely attractive at microscale where it is possible to utilize the released energy to derive micromechanical systems. For instance, there is currently a growing interest in micro-explosion of liquid for generation of micro bubbles for actuation purposes. The aim of the current study is to gain a fundamental understanding of the subject using direct numerical simulations. In particular, we seek to investigate the boundary between stable and unstable nucleus growth in terms of the degree of liquid superheat and to compare the dynamics of unstable and stable growth.

  14. Temperature Prediction in a Free-Burning Arc and Electrodes for Nanostructured Materials and Systems.

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    Lee, Won-Ho; Kim, Youn-Jea; Lee, Jong-Chul

    2015-11-01

    Temperature in a free-burning arc used for synthesis of nanoparticles and nanostructured materials is generally around 20,000 K just below the cathode, falling to about 15,000 K just above the anode, and decreasing rapidly in the radial direction. Therefore, the electrode erosion is indispensable for these atmospheric plasma systems, as well as for switching devices, due to the high heat flux transferred from high temperature arcs to electrodes, but experimental and theoretical works have not identified the characteristic phenomena because of the complex physical processes. To the previous study, we have focused on the arc self-induced fluid flow in a free-burning arc using the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technique. At this time, our investigation is concerned with the whole region of free-burning high-intensity arcs including the tungsten cathode, the arc plasma and the anode using a unified numerical model for applying synthesis of nanoparticles and nanostructured materials practically. PMID:26726532

  15. High-speed imaging investigation of transient phenomena impacting plasma arc cutting process optimization

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    In this work, we report on the investigation of selected transient phenomena taking place in plasma arc cutting (PAC) that are relevant for process optimization. High-speed imaging diagnostics is exploited for the characterization of different technological solutions in order to provide deeper insights into torch and process design. In particular, the pilot arc start-up phase is analysed for a 250 A automatic dual-gas torch equipped with electrodes with different shapes of the initial insert recess, revealing that there is no influence of the recess depth on the time for the stabilization of the pilot arc attachment on the cathode insert. The influence of different insert materials, including Ag–Hf and Cu–Zr binary alloys, on erosion during the shut-down phase is investigated at 120 A and reduced emission of material and faster shut-down is found for alloy inserts compared with standard Hf inserts. The start-up and shut-down transients are also investigated during transferred arc operation using a modified nozzle that comprises a viewing port on one side of the nozzle, and pulsing arc behaviour inside the plasma chamber that is correlated with cathode-nozzle voltage oscillations at a frequency of 7.7 kHz is found. Finally, results regarding the influence of different plasma gas diffusers on the arc stability during the cutting initiation phase in a 100 A mono-gas manual torch are reported. (paper)

  16. Thermal Arc Spray Overview

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    Hafiz Abd Malek, Muhamad; Hayati Saad, Nor; Kiyai Abas, Sunhaji; Mohd Shah, Noriyati

    2013-06-01

    Usage of protective coating for corrosion protection was on highly demand during the past decade; and thermal spray coating played a major part during that time. In recent years, the thermal arc spray coating becomes a popular coating. Many big players in oil and gas such as PETRONAS, EXXON MOBIL and SHELL in Malaysia tend to use the coating on steel structure as a corrosion protection. Further developments in coating processes, the devices, and raw materials have led to expansion of functional coatings and applications scope from conventional coating to specialized industries. It is widely used because of its ability to withstand high process temperature, offer advantages in efficiency, lower cost and acts as a corrosion protection. Previous research also indicated that the thermal arc spray offers better coating properties compared to other methods of spray. This paper reviews some critical area of thermal spray coating by discussing the process/parameter of thermal arc spray technology and quality control of coating. Coating performance against corrosion, wear and special characteristic of coating are also described. The field application of arc spray technology are demonstrated and reviewed.

  17. Thermal Arc Spray Overview

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    Usage of protective coating for corrosion protection was on highly demand during the past decade; and thermal spray coating played a major part during that time. In recent years, the thermal arc spray coating becomes a popular coating. Many big players in oil and gas such as PETRONAS, EXXON MOBIL and SHELL in Malaysia tend to use the coating on steel structure as a corrosion protection. Further developments in coating processes, the devices, and raw materials have led to expansion of functional coatings and applications scope from conventional coating to specialized industries. It is widely used because of its ability to withstand high process temperature, offer advantages in efficiency, lower cost and acts as a corrosion protection. Previous research also indicated that the thermal arc spray offers better coating properties compared to other methods of spray. This paper reviews some critical area of thermal spray coating by discussing the process/parameter of thermal arc spray technology and quality control of coating. Coating performance against corrosion, wear and special characteristic of coating are also described. The field application of arc spray technology are demonstrated and reviewed.

  18. ALICE: ARC integration

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    Anderlik, C; Kleist, J; Peters, A; Saiz, P

    2008-01-01

    AliEn or Alice Environment is the Grid middleware developed and used within the ALICE collaboration for storing and processing data in a distributed manner. ARC (Advanced Resource Connector) is the Grid middleware deployed across the Nordic countries and gluing together the resources within the Nordic Data Grid Facility (NDGF). In this paper we will present our approach to integrate AliEn and ARC, in the sense that ALICE data management and job processing can be carried out on the NDGF infrastructure, using the client tools available in AliEn. The inter-operation has two aspects, one is the data management part and the second the job management aspect. The first aspect was solved by using dCache across NDGF to handle data. Therefore, we will concentrate on the second part. Solving it, was somewhat cumbersome, mainly due to the different computing models employed by AliEn and ARC. AliEN uses an Agent based pull model while ARC handles jobs through the more 'traditional' push model. The solution comes as a modu...

  19. ELECTRON-IMPACT BROADENING OF Cu IV LINES FOR THE DIAGNOSTIC OF THE ARC PLASMA OF ELECTRODYNAMIC MACRO-PARTICLE ACCELERATOR

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    Dimitrijevic, M.; Juric, Z.; Mihajlov, A.

    1989-01-01

    Using a model method of loss energy simulation on the boundary surfaces, temperature and composition of an electrodynamic macroparticle accelerator arc plasma created by the evaporation of a Cu foil, have been calculated. Stark widths for Cu IV lines of interest for the arc plasma diagnostic have been calculated also, by using the modified semiempirical method.

  20. Control of black hole evaporation?

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    Contradiction between Hawking's semi-classical arguments and the string theory on the evaporation of a black hole has been one of the most intriguing problems in fundamental physics. A final-state boundary condition inside the black hole was proposed by Horowitz and Maldacena to resolve this contradiction. We point out that the original Hawking effect can also be regarded as a separate boundary condition at the event horizon for this scenario. Here, we found that the change of the Hawking boundary condition may affect the information transfer from the initial collapsing matter to the outgoing Hawking radiation during the evaporation process and as a result the evaporation process itself, significantly

  1. Hollow Cathode With Multiple Radial Orifices

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    Brophy, John R.

    1992-01-01

    Improved hollow cathode serving as source of electrons has multiple radial orifices instead of single axial orifice. Distributes ion current more smoothly, over larger area. Prototype of high-current cathodes for ion engines in spacecraft. On Earth, cathodes used in large-diameter ion sources for industrial processing of materials. Radial orientation of orifices in new design causes current to be dispersed radially in vicinity of cathode. Advantageous where desireable to produce plasma more nearly uniform over wider region around cathode.

  2. Micro-hollow cathode dischargers

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    In order to develop a hollow cathode discharge (HCD) with its increased current over planar electrode glow discharges, the cathode fall, which is on the order of the mean free path for ionization, must be comparable in length to the hole diameter. This indicates that the discharge parameters vary with pressure, p, times hole diameter, D. The pD product for stable operation of a hollow cathosde discharge was quoted to be on the order of one to ten Torr cm for noble gases, less for molecular gases. White (1959) observed the hollow cathode effect in a neon discharge at a pressure of 100 Torr when the hole dimensions were less than 1 mm. The cathode hole in his experiments changed from a cylindrical into a spherical cavity due to sputtering. The anode consisted in White's experiment of a pin on the axis of the discharge geometry. We have studied micro-hollow (submillimeter) cathode discharges between two electrodes with aligned cylindrical holes by determining the current-voltage characteristics and the visual appearance of the discharge in argon over a wide range of pressure and voltage. The cross-section of the discharge geometry. The cathode is made of molybdenum or barium oxide inserted into a tungsten matrix (dispenser-cathode), the anode of molybdenum, and the dielectric spacer is mica. The discharge was operated under dc conditions, with half-wave rectified ac voltage applied, and pulsed with a 400 μs rectangular voltage pulse. The lower limit in pressure was determined by the maximum voltage which could be applied to the discharge geometry without breakdown along insulators. The upper limit, in this study, is determined by the transition from cathode electrode emission due to ion-impact to thermal emission of electrons, which causes a dramatic increase in current and a drop in forward voltage to values on the order of 20 V

  3. Hollow cathode hydrogen ion source

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    High current density ion sources have been used to heat plasmas in controlled thermonuclear reaction experiments. High beam currents imply relatively high emission currents from cathodes which have generally taken the form of tungsten filaments. This paper describes a hydrogen ion source which was primarily developed to assess the emission current capability and design requirements for hollow cathodes for application in neutral injection devices. The hydrogen source produced ions by electron bombardment via a single hollow cathode. Source design followed mercury ion thruster technology, using a weak magnetic field to enhance ionization efficiency. A 1.3-cm diameter hollow cathode using a low work function material dispenser performed satisfactorily over a discharge current range of 10 to 90 A. Cylindrical probe measurements taken without ion extraction indicate maximum ion number densities on the order of 1012 cm-3. Discharge durations ranged from 30 seconds to continuous operation. Tests with beam extraction at 2.5 keV and 30 A discharge current yield average ion beam current densities of 0.1 A cm-2 over a 5-cm extraction diameter. Results of this study can be used to supply the baseline information needed to scale hollow cathodes for operation at discharge currents of hundreds of amperes using distributed cathodes

  4. Evaporation Behaviors of Rare Earth Chlorides in LiCl-KCl Eutectic salt

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    Electrorefining process is one of the important processes of a pyro-process. In the electrorefining process, uranium metal is deposited at the solid cathode as dendritic form. Uranium deposits from an electrorefining process contain about 30 wt% of salts. In order to recover pure metal and convert it into metal ingots, the salt has to be removed. In the salt, there are actinide chlorides and rare earth chlorides in addition to uranium chloride. In order to design the salt evaporation system, it should be investigated the evaporation behaviors of actinide and rare earth chlorides in the salt. In this work, the experiments for a salt evaporation of rare earth chlorides in LiCl-KCl eutectic salt were carried out with a salt distiller with respect to the vacuum pressure and the hold temperature. The vapor pressure of rare earth chlorides are lower than those of LiCl and KCl. But the rare earth chlorides were co-evaporized with LiCl-KCl salt during the salt evaporation process. A simple model based on the Hertz-Langmuir relation was applied for this evaporation system and the co-evaporation of rare earth chlorides was discussed. (authors)

  5. Switching off black hole evaporation

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    The inclusion of the back-reaction in the Hawking effect leads to the result that, if vector boson fields predominate in nature, then black holes stop evaporating when their mass reaches a non-vanishing limiting value. (author)

  6. On evaporation of black holes

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    The problem of isolated black holes (BH) evaporation is discussed. In the course of BH evaporation the process of particle radiation takes place before horizon formation as well as after its formation. For determining emitted particles energy distribution the probability of BH particles radiation through the probability of the reverse process is calculated. As a result of evaporation BH can be surrounded by a photon gas with the energy epsilon=epsilon0+ delta, where epsilon0 is average value of photon gas energy. The mean square value of photon gas energy fluctuation is obtained. Disappearance in the course of evaporation of astrophysical, relic and vacuum BH is considered as a phase transition from one vacuum domain to the other

  7. Pinch analysis of evaporation systems

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    Westphalen D.L.

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Evaporation systems are separation processes widely used in chemical industries. Some guidelines can be found in the literature for the process integration of multiple effect evaporators. In the published methodologies some aspects are neglected as boiling point rise, effect of pressure on latent heat of water, sensible heat of liquid streams, heat of mixing, effects configuration and inclusion of accessories. In this work, a new graphical representation for the integration of multiple effect evaporators was developed, using rigorous physical properties. From this representation, an algorithm for optimization of bleed streams was conceived using the concepts of Pinch Analysis. As a case study, a crystal glucose plant was optimized using this new methodology. The optimization of bleed streams showed as result a steam consumption 16% smaller than a similar previous study. From energy and capital costs, it is shown that the integrated evaporator exhibits a total cost 14% smaller than the non-integrated configuration.

  8. Explosive evaporation in solar flares

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    Fisher, George H.

    1987-01-01

    This paper develops a simple analytical model for the phenomenon of 'explosive evaporation' driven by nonthermal electron heating in solar flares. The model relates the electron energy flux and spectrum, plus details of the preflare atmosphere, to the time scale for explosive evaporation to occur, the maximum pressure and temperature to be reached, rough estimates for the UV pulse emission flux and duration, and the evolution of the blueshifted component of the soft X-ray lines. An expression is given for the time scale for buildup to maximum pressures and the onset of rapid motion of the explosively evaporating plasma. This evaporation can excite a rapid response of UV line and continuum emission. The emission lines formed in the plasma approach a given emissivity-weighted blueshift speed.

  9. Horst Meyer and Quantum Evaporation

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    Balibar, S.

    2016-06-01

    With their 1963 article in Cryogenics Horst Meyer and his collaborators triggered intense research activity on the evaporation of superfluid helium. Discussing this subject with him in 1975 was enlightening. Fifty years later, the analogy between the photoelectric effect and the evaporation of superfluid helium in the low temperature limit is not yet clear, although remarkable progress has been made in its observation and its understanding. This special issue of the Journal of Low Temperature Physics is an opportunity to recall the history of quantum evaporation, and to express my gratitude to Horst Meyer. It describes quickly most of the experimental and theoretical works which have been published on quantum evaporation during the last 50 years, but it is not a comprehensive review of this fascinating subject.

  10. Black Hole Evaporation. A Survey

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    Benachenhou, Farid

    1994-01-01

    This thesis is a review of black hole evaporation with emphasis on recent results obtained for two dimensional black holes. First, the geometry of the most general stationary black hole in four dimensions is described and some classical quantities are defined. Then, a derivation of the spectrum of the radiation emitted during the evaporation is presented. In section four, a two dimensional model which has black hole solutions is introduced, the so-called CGHS model. These two dimensional blac...

  11. The sustainability of LNG evaporation

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    Stougie, L.; Van der Kooi, H.J.

    2011-01-01

    Numerous LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) import terminals are under construction to fulfil the growing demand for energy carriers. After storage in tanks, the LNG needs to be heated and evaporated, also called ‘regasified’, to the natural gas needed in households and industry. Several options exist for providing the required heat. In the interest of sustainable development it is important to decide carefully upon which technology to apply for LNG evaporation. In this research, three options for L...

  12. Controls on open water evaporation

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    Granger, R.J.; N. Hedstrom

    2010-01-01

    The paper presents the initial results of a field study of boundary layer behaviour and open water evaporation carried out on two small- to medium-sized lakes in Western and Northern Canada. Meteorological and boundary layer measurements were made over the water surfaces and over the upwind land surface, allowing for an examination of the effect of lake-land contrasts of temperature on the wind speed over the open water and on the evaporation rates...

  13. Contribution of neutral production to ion flux from a vacuum arc source

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    Humphries, Stanley, Jr.; Lockner, Thomas R.

    1996-02-01

    This article describes studies of the effect of electrode spacing on the performance of vacuum arc plasma sources for ion accelerators and other applications. We measured the time-resolved emission of neutrals from a compact arc source with a titanium cathode and 100 A drive current and found that the source emitted roughly 100 atoms for each extracted ion. The inferred neutral pressure in the arc gap was about 500 mTorr. The result suggested the possibility of achieving significant ionization in the plasma expansion region by increasing the anode-cathode gap length, thereby forcing the drive current to flow through the gas column. With a new two-stage trigger, we were able to ignite arcs with gaps as long as 20 cm. Extended gaps doubled the ion flux, gave better output directionality, and helped to stabilize the location of emission spots on the cathode. These improvements, coupled with direct observations of discharge luminosity, support the hypothesis of ionization of the expanding vapor.

  14. Physics of Plasma Cathode Current Injection During LHI

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    Hinson, E. T.; Barr, J.; Bongard, M.; Burke, M. G.; Fonck, R.; Perry, J.

    2015-11-01

    Localized helicity injection (LHI) ST startup employs current sources at the tokamak edge. Max Ip in LHI scales with injection voltage Vinj, requiring an understanding of injector impedance. For the arc-plasma cathode electron injectors in Pegasus, impedance is plasma-determined, and typically Vinj>1kV for Iinj = 2kA. At low Iinj, Iinj Vinj3 / 2 , an indication of a double layer (DL) common to such devices. However, at Iinj> 1kA, Iinj Vinj1 / 2 occurs, a scaling expected for limited launched beam density, nb ≡Iinj / (e√{ 2eVinj /me }Ainj) Iinj /Vinj1 / 2 . An ohmic discharge injection target was created to test this hypothesis. Langmuir probe data showed Iinj/Vinj1 / 2 nedge at low nedge, consistent with a limit (nedge >=ne , b) imposed by quasineutrality. If edge fueling maintained nedge >=ne , b , spectroscopic measurements of source density narc indicated Iinj/Vinj1 / 2 narc , as expected from DL expansion. Thus nb established by narc or nedge determines Vinj up to the onset of cathode spot (CS) arcing. Technology development has increased obtainable Vinj and reduced CS damage using new ring shielding and a cathode design drawing CS's away from insulators. This involved a novel optimization of conical frustum geometry. Finally, consistent with NIMROD predictions of coherent streams in the edge during LHI, pairwise triangulation of outboard Mirnov data assuming beam m =1 motion has allowed an estimate of beam R(t), Z(t) location that is near the injector R, and consistent across the array. Supported by U.S. DOE Grant DE-FG02-96ER54375.

  15. Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Weld Surfacing Current Status and Application

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    Stephan Egerland

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Gas Shielded Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW – a process well-known providing highest quality weld results joined though by lower performance. Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW is frequently chosen to increase productivity along with broadly accepted quality. Those industry segments, especially required to produce high quality corrosion resistant weld surfacing e.g. applying nickel base filler materials, are regularly in consistent demand to comply with "zero defect" criteria. In this conjunction weld performance limitations are overcome employing advanced 'hot-wire' GTAW systems. This paper, from a Welding Automation perspective, describes the technology of such devices and deals with the current status is this field – namely the application of dual-cathode hot-wire electrode GTAW cladding; considerably broadening achievable limits.

  16. High separative power vacuum arc centrifuge (HSP-VAC)

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    The reliability of supply of stable isotopes needed in medicine and science has been a problem for decades. Among the many sources of enriched stable isotopes are the Calutrons at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ICONS of Cambridge Isotopes Limited, and reactors such as at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. and elsewhere. Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation (AASC) staff have spearheaded the development of a new type of isotope separator, dubbed the Vacuum Arc Centrifuge (VAC). This effort dates to the 1980s under National Science Foundation sponsorship at Yale, the early 1990s under a U.S. Department of Energy grant, and more recently, under AASC internal funding. The VAC consists of a vacuum arc discharge between a metal cathode (containing the substances to be separated) and a mesh anode across a small gap

  17. DWPF Recycle Evaporator Simulant Tests

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    Testing was performed to determine the feasibility and processing characteristics of an evaporation process to reduce the volume of the recycle stream from the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF). The concentrated recycle would be returned to DWPF while the overhead condensate would be transferred to the Effluent Treatment Plant. Various blends of evaporator feed were tested using simulants developed from characterization of actual recycle streams from DWPF and input from DWPF-Engineering. The simulated feed was evaporated in laboratory scale apparatus to target a 30X volume reduction. Condensate and concentrate samples from each run were analyzed and the process characteristics (foaming, scaling, etc) were visually monitored during each run. The following conclusions were made from the testing: Concentration of the ''typical'' recycle stream in DWPF by 30X was feasible. The addition of DWTT recycle streams to the typical recycle stream raises the solids content of the evaporator feed considerably and lowers the amount of concentration that can be achieved. Foaming was noted during all evaporation tests and must be addressed prior to operation of the full-scale evaporator. Tests were conducted that identified Dow Corning 2210 as an antifoam candidate that warrants further evaluation. The condensate has the potential to exceed the ETP WAC for mercury, silicon, and TOC. Controlling the amount of equipment decontamination recycle in the evaporator blend would help meet the TOC limits. The evaporator condensate will be saturated with mercury and elemental mercury will collect in the evaporator condensate collection vessel. No scaling on heating surfaces was noted during the tests, but splatter onto the walls of the evaporation vessels led to a buildup of solids. These solids were difficult to remove with 2M nitric acid. Precipitation of solids was not noted during the testing. Some of the aluminum present in the recycle streams was converted from gibbsite to

  18. Semicircular Rashba arc spin polarizer

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    In this work, we study the generation of spin polarized currents using curved arcs of finite widths, in which the Rashba spin orbit interaction (RSOI) is present. Compared to the 1-dimensional RSOI arcs with zero widths studied previously, the finite width presents charge carriers with another degree of freedom along the transverse width of the arc, in addition to the longitudinal degree of freedom along the circumference of the arc. The asymmetry in the transverse direction due to the difference in the inner and outer radii of the arc breaks the antisymmetry of the longitudinal spin z current in a straight RSOI segment. This property can be exploited to generate spin z polarized current output from the RSOI arc by a spin unpolarized current input. The sign of the spin current can be manipulated by varying the arc dimensions

  19. Semicircular Rashba arc spin polarizer

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    Bin Siu, Zhuo, E-mail: a0018876@nus.edu.sg [NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117456 (Singapore); Advanced Concepts and Nanotechnology, Data Storage Institute, DSI Building, 5 Engineering Drive 1 (Off Kent Ridge Crescent, NUS), Singapore 117608 (Singapore); Jalil, Mansoor B. A. [NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117456 (Singapore); Ghee Tan, Seng [Advanced Concepts and Nanotechnology, Data Storage Institute, DSI Building, 5 Engineering Drive 1 (Off Kent Ridge Crescent, NUS), Singapore 117608 (Singapore)

    2014-05-07

    In this work, we study the generation of spin polarized currents using curved arcs of finite widths, in which the Rashba spin orbit interaction (RSOI) is present. Compared to the 1-dimensional RSOI arcs with zero widths studied previously, the finite width presents charge carriers with another degree of freedom along the transverse width of the arc, in addition to the longitudinal degree of freedom along the circumference of the arc. The asymmetry in the transverse direction due to the difference in the inner and outer radii of the arc breaks the antisymmetry of the longitudinal spin z current in a straight RSOI segment. This property can be exploited to generate spin z polarized current output from the RSOI arc by a spin unpolarized current input. The sign of the spin current can be manipulated by varying the arc dimensions.

  20. Lifetime experimental study of graphite cathode for relativistic backward wave oscillator

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    Wu, Ping; Sun, Jun; Chen, Changhua

    2016-07-01

    Graphite cathodes are widely used due to their good emission properties, especially their long lifetime. Some previous papers have researched their lifetime under certain conditions and uncovered some important phenomena. This paper is dedicated to research the lifetime of the graphite cathode under higher power. In the lifetime test, the voltage and current amplitudes are about 970 kV and 9.7 kA, respectively. The repetition rate is 20 Hz. An X-band relativistic backward wave oscillator is used to generate high power microwave by utilizing the electron beam energy. The experimental results demonstrate that the emission property of the graphite cathode remains quite stable during 105 pulses, despite some slight deteriorations regarding the beam and microwave parameters. The macroscopic morphology change of the cathode blade due to material evaporation is observed by a laser microscope. The mass loss of the graphite cathode is about 60 μg/C. Meanwhile, the observation by a scanning electron microscope uncovers that the original numerous flaky micro-structures are totally replaced by a relatively smooth surface at the mid region of the cathode blade and a large number of new micro-protrusions at the blade edges during the lifetime test.

  1. p-Type Sb-Doped ZnO Thin Films Prepared with Filtered Vacuum Arc Deposition

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    David, T; Goldsmith, S.; Boxman, R. L.

    2005-01-01

    Thin p-type Sb-doped ZnO films were grown by filtered vacuum arc deposition (FVAD), on untreated glass samples. The arc cathode was prepared by dissolving Sb into molten Zn. The deposition was performed with 200 A arc current, running for 120-240 s in 0.426 Pa oxygen pressure. The film thickness was 330-500 nm. The aotmic concentration of Sb in the films was ~1.5%, whereas the O/Zn atomic concentration ratio was ~0.7. Sb incorporation into the polycrystalline ZnO matrix was concluded from XRD...

  2. Vacuum Arc Ion Sources

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    Brown, I.

    2014-01-01

    The vacuum arc ion source has evolved into a more or less standard laboratory tool for the production of high-current beams of metal ions, and is now used in a number of different embodiments at many laboratories around the world. Applications include primarily ion implantation for material surface modification research, and good performance has been obtained for the injection of high-current beams of heavy-metal ions, in particular uranium, into particle accelerators. As the use of the sourc...

  3. Circular arc structures

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    2011-07-01

    The most important guiding principle in computational methods for freeform architecture is the balance between cost efficiency on the one hand, and adherence to the design intent on the other. Key issues are the simplicity of supporting and connecting elements as well as repetition of costly parts. This paper proposes so-called circular arc structures as a means to faithfully realize freeform designs without giving up smooth appearance. In contrast to non-smooth meshes with straight edges where geometric complexity is concentrated in the nodes, we stay with smooth surfaces and rather distribute complexity in a uniform way by allowing edges in the shape of circular arcs. We are able to achieve the simplest possible shape of nodes without interfering with known panel optimization algorithms. We study remarkable special cases of circular arc structures which possess simple supporting elements or repetitive edges, we present the first global approximation method for principal patches, and we show an extension to volumetric structures for truly threedimensional designs. © 2011 ACM.

  4. Plasma flow crisis and limiting electron temperature in a vacuum arc and in axial magnetic field

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    One studied possibility of supersonic motion of cathode plasma in a weak-current vacuum arc placed in axial magnetic field. Increase of electron temperature is shown to result inevitably in reduction of plasma speed up to sonic speed, that is, flow crisis. One derived dependence of the boundary length of plasma stationary flow on magnetic field. The maximum attainable electron temperature of plasma was determined to be governed by ion initial energy and to be equal to the triple value of electron temperature within cathode spot range

  5. Lake Nasser evaporation reduction study

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    Hala M.I. Ebaid

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to evaluate the reduction of evaporation of Lake Nasser’s water caused by disconnecting (fully or partially some of its secondary channels (khors. This evaluation integrates remote sensing, Geographic Information System (GIS techniques, aerodynamic principles, and Landsat7 ETM+ images. Three main procedures were carried out in this study; the first derived the surface temperature from Landsat thermal band; the second derived evaporation depth and approximate evaporation volume for the entire lake, and quantified evaporation loss to the secondary channels’ level over one month (March by applied aerodynamic principles on surface temperature of the raster data; the third procedure applied GIS suitability analysis to determine which of these secondary channels (khors should be disconnected. The results showed evaporation depth ranging from 2.73 mm/day at the middle of the lake to 9.58 mm/day at the edge. The evaporated water-loss value throughout the entire lake was about 0.86 billion m3/month (March. The analysis suggests that it is possible to save an approximate total evaporation volume loss of 19.7 million m3/month (March, and thus 2.4 billion m3/year, by disconnecting two khors with approximate construction heights of 8 m and 15 m. In conclusion, remote sensing and GIS are useful for applications in remote locations where field-based information is not readily available and thus recommended for decision makers remotely planning in water conservation and management.

  6. Arc-preserving subsequences of arc-annotated sequences

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    Popov, Vladimir Yu

    2011-01-01

    Arc-annotated sequences are useful in representing the structural information of RNA and protein sequences. The longest arc-preserving common subsequence problem has been introduced as a framework for studying the similarity of arc-annotated sequences. In this paper, we consider arc-annotated sequences with various arc structures. We consider the longest arc preserving common subsequence problem. In particular, we show that the decision version of the 1-{\\sc fragment LAPCS(crossing,chain)} and the decision version of the 0-{\\sc diagonal LAPCS(crossing,chain)} are {\\bf NP}-complete for some fixed alphabet $\\Sigma$ such that $|\\Sigma| = 2$. Also we show that if $|\\Sigma| = 1$, then the decision version of the 1-{\\sc fragment LAPCS(unlimited, plain)} and the decision version of the 0-{\\sc diagonal LAPCS(unlimited, plain)} are {\\bf NP}-complete.

  7. Properties of Coatings Deposited Using a Filtered Vacuum Arc Carbon Plasma Source

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    A filtered vacuum arc plasma source with an adjustable cathode-anode gap was used to produce a carbon plasma for deposition of coatings on various substrates. The deposition apparatus consisted of a plasma gun, a toroidal plasma duct, a deposition chamber, and a cooled substrate holder. The plasma gun consisted of a cylindrical graphite cathode, an annular graphite anode, and a mechanism providing axial movement of the cathode to the anode. The arc was ignited in vacuum by momentarily contacting the cathode with the anode, while applying a D.C. current of 100 A between the cathode and the anode, and then withdrawing the cathode away from the anode in the axial direction, forming a cathode-anode gap of 12 mm. A carbon plasma jet passed through the anode into the toroidal duct and then to the substrate. The substrates were stainless steel and polycarbonate coupons, glass slides, and glass and polycarbonate substrates with a SnO2 coating. It was shown that the structure of the coatings deposited on stainless steel substrates depended on the negative bias voltage (Vbias) applied to the substrate. With Vbias=0, the coatings were not adherent, at Vbias =-10 V the coatings were porous, but the pore density decreased with increasing negative Vbias. At Vbias =-20-25 V the adhesion of the coating was good, and dense, hard (HV-34-60 GPa) DLC coatings were formed. At Vbias 235 V, the formation of graphite phase was observed whose area increased with increasing Vbias. Coatings deposited on polycarbonate surfaces were adherent without applying bias. However, the substrate surface was damaged due to heat flux to the substrate produced by the plasma, after a deposition duration which depended on the magnetic field strength

  8. Studies of steered arc motion and macroparticle production in PVD processing

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    Craven, A.L

    2000-03-01

    During the past decade the production industry has constantly strived to improve performance and cut costs, this has been aided by the development of high performance tools. The advancement of these tools has been accomplished by the application of hard wearing, low friction, coatings. A key process in the production of such coatings is Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD). Interest in such thin films has led to much research effort, both academic and industrial, being devoted to the area. In order that these advancements in technology continue, research into the fundamental aspects of PVD is required. This thesis describes research and experimental studies which have been performed to study the effect of 'steering' an electric arc on various aspects of its behaviour. 'Steering' of the arc is achieved by applying external magnetic fields which allow the guidance of the path of the arc. Work by earlier authors has aimed to control the arc more fully. The research presented here is based of a novel electromagnetic three coil steering array of cylindrical geometry. With such coils it is possible to vary the field profiles to a greater degree than has been previously achieved, permitting a greater range of steering arrangements/fields to be applied. The research presented is divided into two distinct areas: Firstly a number of experiments were performed to assess the effectiveness of the new steering coils on the motion of the arc. A personal computer was used here along with new arc motion monitoring electronics. This enabled the simultaneous measurement of the orbital transit times and also the degree of travel perpendicular to the steered direction of motion of the arc, as it traversed the surface of the cathode. Such information was then used to produce values for standard deviation of the arc from its steered path, velocity of the arc and a diffusion constant related to the motion of the are. Such values then allowed evaluation of the stochastic

  9. Studies of steered arc motion and macroparticle production in PVD processing

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    During the past decade the production industry has constantly strived to improve performance and cut costs, this has been aided by the development of high performance tools. The advancement of these tools has been accomplished by the application of hard wearing, low friction, coatings. A key process in the production of such coatings is Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD). Interest in such thin films has led to much research effort, both academic and industrial, being devoted to the area. In order that these advancements in technology continue, research into the fundamental aspects of PVD is required. This thesis describes research and experimental studies which have been performed to study the effect of 'steering' an electric arc on various aspects of its behaviour. 'Steering' of the arc is achieved by applying external magnetic fields which allow the guidance of the path of the arc. Work by earlier authors has aimed to control the arc more fully. The research presented here is based of a novel electromagnetic three coil steering array of cylindrical geometry. With such coils it is possible to vary the field profiles to a greater degree than has been previously achieved, permitting a greater range of steering arrangements/fields to be applied. The research presented is divided into two distinct areas: Firstly a number of experiments were performed to assess the effectiveness of the new steering coils on the motion of the arc. A personal computer was used here along with new arc motion monitoring electronics. This enabled the simultaneous measurement of the orbital transit times and also the degree of travel perpendicular to the steered direction of motion of the arc, as it traversed the surface of the cathode. Such information was then used to produce values for standard deviation of the arc from its steered path, velocity of the arc and a diffusion constant related to the motion of the are. Such values then allowed evaluation of the stochastic model of arc motion

  10. Water Evaporation: A Transition Path Sampling Study

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    Varilly, Patrick; Chandler, David

    2012-01-01

    We use transition path sampling to study evaporation in the SPC/E model of liquid water. Based on thousands of evaporation trajectories, we characterize the members of the transition state ensemble (TSE), which exhibit a liquid-vapor interface with predominantly negative mean curvature at the site of evaporation. We also find that after evaporation is complete, the distributions of translational and angular momenta of the evaporated water are Maxwellian with a temperature equal to that of the...

  11. Materials characterization of impregnated W and W–Ir cathodes after oxygen poisoning

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    Highlights: • Impregnated W and W–Ir cathodes were operated with 100 ppm of oxygen in Xe gas. • High concentrations of oxygen accelerated the formation of tungstate layers. • The W–Ir emitter exhibited less erosion and redeposition at the upstream end. • Tungsten was preferentially transported in the insert plasma of the W–Ir cathode. - Abstract: Electric thrusters use hollow cathodes as the electron source for generating the plasma discharge and for beam neutralization. These cathodes contain porous tungsten emitters impregnated with BaO material to achieve a lower surface work function and are operated with xenon propellant. Oxygen contaminants in the xenon plasma can poison the emitter surface, resulting in a higher work function and increased operating temperature. This could lead directly to cathode failure by preventing discharge ignition or could accelerate evaporation of the BaO material. Exposures over hundreds of hours to very high levels of oxygen can result in increased temperatures, oxidation of the tungsten substrate, and the formation of surface layers of barium tungstates. In this work, we present results of a cathode test in which impregnated tungsten and tungsten–iridium emitters were operated with 100 ppm of oxygen in the xenon plasma for several hundred hours. The chemical and morphological changes were studied using scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and laser profilometry. The results provide strong evidence that high concentrations of oxygen accelerate the formation of tungstate layers in both types of emitters, a phenomenon not inherent to normal cathode operation. Deposits of pure tungsten were observed on the W–Ir emitter, indicating that tungsten is preferentially removed from the surface and transported in the insert plasma. A W–Ir cathode surface will therefore evolve to a pure W composition, eliminating the work function benefit of W–Ir. However, the W–Ir emitter exhibited less erosion

  12. Materials characterization of impregnated W and W–Ir cathodes after oxygen poisoning

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    Polk, James E., E-mail: james.e.polk@jpl.nasa.gov [Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, CA 91109 (United States); Capece, Angela M. [California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States)

    2015-05-30

    Highlights: • Impregnated W and W–Ir cathodes were operated with 100 ppm of oxygen in Xe gas. • High concentrations of oxygen accelerated the formation of tungstate layers. • The W–Ir emitter exhibited less erosion and redeposition at the upstream end. • Tungsten was preferentially transported in the insert plasma of the W–Ir cathode. - Abstract: Electric thrusters use hollow cathodes as the electron source for generating the plasma discharge and for beam neutralization. These cathodes contain porous tungsten emitters impregnated with BaO material to achieve a lower surface work function and are operated with xenon propellant. Oxygen contaminants in the xenon plasma can poison the emitter surface, resulting in a higher work function and increased operating temperature. This could lead directly to cathode failure by preventing discharge ignition or could accelerate evaporation of the BaO material. Exposures over hundreds of hours to very high levels of oxygen can result in increased temperatures, oxidation of the tungsten substrate, and the formation of surface layers of barium tungstates. In this work, we present results of a cathode test in which impregnated tungsten and tungsten–iridium emitters were operated with 100 ppm of oxygen in the xenon plasma for several hundred hours. The chemical and morphological changes were studied using scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and laser profilometry. The results provide strong evidence that high concentrations of oxygen accelerate the formation of tungstate layers in both types of emitters, a phenomenon not inherent to normal cathode operation. Deposits of pure tungsten were observed on the W–Ir emitter, indicating that tungsten is preferentially removed from the surface and transported in the insert plasma. A W–Ir cathode surface will therefore evolve to a pure W composition, eliminating the work function benefit of W–Ir. However, the W–Ir emitter exhibited less erosion

  13. Emission-adsorption properties of carbide and boride phase of coatings obtained by the method of direct electron-beam evaporation in the barium-containing flow

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    Emission-adsorption properties of TiCsub(0.72), TiB2 and Nb2C coatings on molybdenum obtained by direct electron-beam evaporation are studied by the thermoemission method in the flow of the standard saturated aluminate cathode evaporation products. The Mo-electrode emission is suppressed most of all when applying the TiCsub(0.72) coating

  14. Evaporation duct communication: Test Plan

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    Anderson, K. D.

    1991-02-01

    The Evaporation Duct Communication (EDCOM) project is an effort to provide an alternative ship-to-ship communications channel using the natural environment. A microwave communication link can be used on an over-the-water, over-the-horizon path through the evaporation duct. This report shows how a microwave communication link, operating at a range separation of more than twice the line-of-sight range, can be constructed. This link can achieve about 80-percent availability at a transmission frequency of 14.5 GHz and can be constructed using off-the-shelf RF equipment. Operation of this link will provide the first set of measurements of channel capacity that can be critically dependent on the existence of an oceanic evaporation duct. Construction of this link presents a unique opportunity to study and evaluate an alternative communications channel that can be used to alleviate naval battlegroup communications load.

  15. Hybrid laser-arc welding

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    Hybrid laser-arc welding (HLAW) is a combination of laser welding with arc welding that overcomes many of the shortfalls of both processes. This important book gives a comprehensive account of hybrid laser-arc welding technology and applications. The first part of the book reviews...... the characteristics of the process, including the properties of joints produced by hybrid laser-arc welding and ways of assessing weld quality. Part II discusses applications of the process to such metals as magnesium alloys, aluminium and steel as well as the use of hybrid laser-arc welding in such sectors as ship...... building and the automotive industry. With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Hybrid laser-arc welding, will be a valuable source of reference for all those using this important welding technology. Professor Flemming Ove Olsen works in the Department of Manufacturing...

  16. Reservoir Cathode for Electric Space Propulsion Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose a hollow reservoir cathode to improve performance in ion and Hall thrusters. We will adapt our existing reservoir cathode technology to this purpose....

  17. Reservoir Cathode for Electric Space Propulsion Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose a reservoir cathode to improve performance in both ion and Hall-effect thrusters. We propose to adapt our existing reservoir cathode technology to this...

  18. Topics in black hole evaporation

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    Two major aspects of particle creation by gravitational fields of black holes are studied: the neutrino emission from rotating black holes; and interactions between scalar particles emitted by a black hole. Neutrino emission is investigated under three topics: The asymmetry of the angular dependence of neutrino emission from rotating black holes; the production of a local matter excess by rotating black holes in a baryon symmetric universe; and cosmological magnetic field generation by neutrinos from evaporating black holes. Finally the author studies the effects of interactions on the black hole evaporation process

  19. Evaporation of primordial black holes

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    Hawking, S. W.

    The usual explanation of the isotropy of the universe is that inflation would have smoothed out any inhomogeneities. However, if the universe was initially fractal or in a foam like state, an overall inflation would have left it in the same state. I suggest that the universe did indeed begin with a tangled web of wormholes connecting pairs of black holes but that the inflationary expansion was unstable: wormholes that are slightly smaller correspond to black holes that are hotter than the cosmological background and evaporate away. This picture is supported by calculations with Raphael Bousso of the evaporation of primordial black holes in the s-wave and large N approximations.

  20. Energy storage in evaporated brine

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    MacDonald, R. Ian

    2010-09-15

    We propose storage of electrical energy in brine solutions by using the energy to enhance natural evaporation. Using properties of existing industrial evaporation technologies and estimates of power regeneration from brine by pressure retarded osmosis, efficiency near 100% is calculated. Modelling indicates that systems ranging from 50kW to 50MW output may be practical, with storage capacities of hours to days. The method appears to have potential to be economically competitive with other technologies over a wide range of capacity. It may present a large new application area that could aid the development of salinity-based power generation technology.

  1. Theoretical model and experimental investigation of current density boundary condition for welding arc study

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    Boutaghane, A.; Bouhadef, K.; Valensi, F.; Pellerin, S.; Benkedda, Y.

    2011-04-01

    This paper presents results of theoretical and experimental investigation of the welding arc in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) processes. A theoretical model consisting in simultaneous resolution of the set of conservation equations for mass, momentum, energy and current, Ohm's law and Maxwell equation is used to predict temperatures and current density distribution in argon welding arcs. A current density profile had to be assumed over the surface of the cathode as a boundary condition in order to make the theoretical calculations possible. In stationary GTAW process, this assumption leads to fair agreement with experimental results reported in literature with maximum arc temperatures of ~21 000 K. In contrast to the GTAW process, in GMAW process, the electrode is consumable and non-thermionic, and a realistic boundary condition of the current density is lacking. For establishing this crucial boundary condition which is the current density in the anode melting electrode, an original method is setup to enable the current density to be determined experimentally. High-speed camera (3000 images/s) is used to get geometrical dimensions of the welding wire used as anode. The total area of the melting anode covered by the arc plasma being determined, the current density at the anode surface can be calculated. For a 330 A arc, the current density at the melting anode surface is found to be of 5 × 107 A m-2 for a 1.2 mm diameter welding electrode.

  2. Gas tungsten arc welder

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    A welder for automated closure of fuel pins by a gas tungsten arc process in which a rotating length of cladding is positioned adjacent a welding electrode in a sealed enclosure. An independently movable grinder, co-axial with the electrode, is provided in the enclosure for refurbishing the used electrode between welds. The specification also discloses means for loading of the cladding with fuel pellets and for placement of reflectors, gas capsules and end caps. Gravity feed conveyor and inerting means are also described. (author)

  3. Mechanistic Enhancement of SOFC Cathode Durability

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    Wachsman, Eric [Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)

    2016-02-01

    Durability of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) under “real world” conditions is an issue for commercial deployment. In particular cathode exposure to moisture, CO2, Cr vapor (from interconnects and BOP), and particulates results in long-term performance degradation issues. Here, we have conducted a multi-faceted fundamental investigation of the effect of these contaminants on cathode performance degradation mechanisms in order to establish cathode composition/structures and operational conditions to enhance cathode durability.

  4. Optimization of a DC Vacuum Arc to Obtain Anatase Phase TiO2 Coatings

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    In this work, the characterization of TiO2 coatings obtained with a dc cathodic arc is presented. The arc was run with a current of 100 A. Glass samples placed in front of the cathode on the chamber axis were exposed to the discharge during 5 min. The samples were mounted on a heater that allows heating the sample up to 400 deg. C. The gas flow and the sample temperature were varied in order to find the optimum conditions for growing TiO2 in anatase phase. The coatings were analyzed by X-Ray Diffraction and Scanning Electron Microscopy. The results obtained by varying the gas flow in a range of 30-40 sccm and the sample temperature from 200 to 400 deg. C are presented

  5. Electric arc welding gun

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    Luttrell, Edward; Turner, Paul W.

    1978-01-01

    This invention relates to improved apparatus for arc welding an interior joint formed by intersecting tubular members. As an example, the invention is well suited for applications where many similar small-diameter vertical lines are to be welded to a long horizontal header. The improved apparatus includes an arc welding gun having a specially designed welding head which is not only very compact but also produces welds that are essentially free from rolled-over solidified metal. The welding head consists of the upper end of the barrel and a reversely extending electrode holder, or tip, which defines an acute angle with the barrel. As used in the above-mentioned example, the gun is positioned to extend upwardly through the vertical member and the joint to be welded, with its welding head disposed within the horizontal header. Depending on the design of the welding head, the barrel then is either rotated or revolved about the axis of the vertical member to cause the electrode to track the joint.

  6. Spatial structure of the arc in a pulsed GMAW process

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    A pulsed gas metal arc welding (GMAW) process of steel under argon shielding gas in the globular mode is investigated by measurements and simulation. The analysis is focussed on the spatial structure of the arc during the current pulse. Therefore, the radial profiles of the temperature, the metal vapour species and the electric conductivity are determined at different heights above the workpiece by optical emission spectroscopy (OES). It is shown that under the presence of metal vapour the temperature minimum occurs at the centre of the arc. This minimum is preserved at different axial positions up to 1 mm above the workpiece. In addition, estimations of the electric field in the arc from the measurements are given. All these results are compared with magneto-hydrodynamic simulations which include the evaporation of the wire material and the change of the plasma properties due to the metal vapour admixture in particular. The experimental method and the simulation model are validated by means of the satisfactory correspondence between the results. Possible reasons for the remaining deviations and improvements of the methods which should be aspired are discussed. (paper)

  7. Evaporating Drops of Alkane Mixtures

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    Gu'ena, G; Poulard, C; Cazabat, Anne-Marie; Gu\\'{e}na, Geoffroy; Poulard, Christophe

    2005-01-01

    Alkane mixtures are model systems where the influence of surface tension gradients during the spreading and the evaporation of wetting drops can be easily studied. The surface tension gradients are mainly induced by concentration gradients, mass diffusion being a stabilising process. Depending on the relative concentration of the mixture, a rich pattern of behaviours is obtained.

  8. Simulation of a refrigerant evaporator

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    Vandermeer, Jakob Stefanus

    A computer model for the design and optimization of the compressor refrigeration cycle especially with respect to dynamic behavior was developed. A steady state version was also developed. The model describing the refrigerant is divided into the evaporation and superheating regions. A mechanism based on empirics corrects the model for the influence of transportation times in the evaporation region. The mass balance of the refrigerant in the superheat region is regarded as quasi-static, because of the small mass of the vapor. The energy balance accounts for a distributed model and is represented by the steady state solution of the partial differential equation which describes this area for the steady conditions. A correction for the dynamical effects was added to this solution, for all influencing parameters, according to the analytical dynamic solution for the case of the evaporation temperature as input parameter. The expansion device model was worked out for the usual type of device in combination with a dry evaporator, the thermostatic expansion valve. Validation tests are described.

  9. Membrane evaporator/sublimator investigation

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    Elam, J.; Ruder, J.; Strumpf, H.

    1974-01-01

    Data are presented on a new evaporator/sublimator concept using a hollow fiber membrane unit with a high permeability to liquid water. The aim of the program was to obtain a more reliable, lightweight and simpler Extra Vehicular Life Support System (EVLSS) cooling concept than is currently being used.

  10. Employment Of IGBT-Transistors For Bipolar Impulsed Micro-Arc Oxidation

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    Krainyukov Alexander; Kutev Valery

    2015-01-01

    The paper is devoted to the use of insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBT) for the micro-arc oxidation (MAO) process. The technical requirements to the current switches of power supplies for the pulsed bipolar MAO technology have been developed. The research installation for investigating the IGBT commutation processes during the pulse anode-cathode oxidation has been constructed. The experiments have been performed with its help in order to estimate the possibility of using half-bridge IGB...

  11. Evaporative Condensers in Comfortable Air Conditioning System

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    YIN Ying-de; ZHU Dong-sheng; DU Gui-mei; LI Yuan-xi; SUN He-jing; LIU Qing-ming

    2009-01-01

    The operating theory of an evaporative condenser was expatiated.The difference between an e-vaporative condensing refrigeration system and a general refrigeration system was analyzed.Compared with the air-cooled and the water-cooled,the virtues of energy-conservation and water-conservation of evaporative con-densers were analyzed.Some questions existing in the application of evaporative condensers were pointed out,the corresponding solving methods were analyzed accordingly,and the development trend of evaporative con-densing technique in mechanical refrigeration system field and the applied foreground of evaporative condensers in comfortable air conditioning were prospected.

  12. Nd-nickelate solid oxide fuel cell cathode sensitivity to Cr and Si contamination

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    Andreas Schuler, J.; Lübbe, Henning; Hessler-Wyser, Aïcha; Van herle, Jan

    2012-09-01

    The stability of Nd-nickelate, considered as an alternative solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathode material, was evaluated in this work on its tolerance towards contaminants. Symmetrical cells with Nd1.95NiO4+δ (NNO) electrodes sintered on gadolinia-doped ceria electrolyte supports were monitored over time-spans of 1000 h at 700 °C under polarization in an air-flux with deliberate chromium contamination. Impedance spectroscopy pointed out a polarization increase with time by the growth of the low frequency arc describing the electrode's oxygen reduction and incorporation processes. Post-test observations revealed polluted cathode regions with increasing amounts of Cr accumulations towards the electrolyte/cathode interface. Cr deposits were evidenced to surround active nickelate grain surfaces forming Nd-containing Cr oxides. In addition to exogenous Cr contamination, endogenous contamination was revealed. Silicon, present as impurity material in the raw NNO powder (introduced by milling during powder processing), reacts during sintering steps to form Nd-silicate phases, which decreases the active cathode surface. Nd-depletion of the nickelate, as a result of secondary phase formation with the contaminants Cr and Si (NdCrO4 and Nd4Si3O12), then triggers the thermally-induced decomposition of NNO into stoichiometric Nd2NiO4+δ and NiO. Summarized, the alternative Nd-nickelate cathode also suffers from degradation caused by pollutant species, like standard perovskites.

  13. High ion charge states in a high-current, short-pulse, vacuum ARC ion sources

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    Anders, A.; Brown, I.; MacGill, R.; Dickinson, M. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States)

    1996-08-01

    Ions of the cathode material are formed at vacuum arc cathode spots and extracted by a grid system. The ion charge states (typically 1-4) depend on the cathode material and only little on the discharge current as long as the current is low. Here the authors report on experiments with short pulses (several {mu}s) and high currents (several kA); this regime of operation is thus approaching a more vacuum spark-like regime. Mean ion charge states of up to 6.2 for tungsten and 3.7 for titanium have been measured, with the corresponding maximum charge states of up to 8+ and 6+, respectively. The results are discussed in terms of Saha calculations and freezing of the charge state distribution.

  14. Cathodic protection to control microbiologically influenced corrosion

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    Information about the cathodic protection performance in environments with microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) effects is very fragmented and often contradictory. Not enough is known about the microbial effects on cathodic protection effectiveness, criteria, calcareous deposits, corrosion rates and possible hydrogen embrittlement of titanium and some stainless steel condenser tubes. This paper presents a review of cathodic protection systems, describes several examples of cathodic protection in environments with MIC effects and provides preliminary conclusions about cathodic protection design parameters, criteria and effectiveness in MIC environments. 30 refs

  15. Some novel design features of the LBL metal vapor vacuum arc ion sources

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    The family of MEVVA (metal vapor vacuum arc) high current metal ion sources developed at LBL over the past several years has grown to include a number of different source versions with a wide range of some of the design and operational parameters. The MicroMEVVA source is a particularly compact version, about 2 cm diameter and 10 cm long, while the MEVVA IV weighs some 30 kG. MEVVAs IV and V incorporate multiple cathode assemblies (16 and 18 separate cathodes, respectively), and the operating cathode can be switched rapidly and without down-time. The new MEVVA V embodiment is quite compact considering its broad beam (10 cm), high voltage (100 kV) and multiple cathode features. The large-area extractor grids used in the MEVVA V were fabricated using a particularly simple technique, and they are clamped into position and so can be changed simply and quickly. The electrical system used to drive the arc is particularly simple and incorporates several attractive features. In this paper we review and describe a number of the mechanical and electrical design features that have been developed for these sources. 9 refs., 5 figs

  16. Synopsis of Cathode No.4 Activation

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    The purpose of this report is to describe the activation of the fourth cathode installed in the DARHT-II Injector. Appendices have been used so that an extensive amount of data could be included without danger of obscuring important information contained in the body of the report. The cathode was a 612 M type cathode purchased from Spectra-Mat. Section II describes the handling and installation of the cathode. Section III is a narrative of the activation based on information located in the Control Room Log Book supplemented with time plots of pertinent operating parameters. Activation of the cathode was performed in accordance with the procedure listed in Appendix A. The following sections provide more details on the total pressure and constituent partial pressures in the vacuum vessel, cathode heater power/filament current, and cathode temperature

  17. Hybrid microwave oscillators with a virtual cathode

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    A review is given of the developments and theoretical investigations of a fundamentally new class of microwave devices, namely, hybrid microwave oscillators with a virtual cathode, which combine the useful properties of virtual cathodes with the advantages of those traditional microwave oscillators that operate with subcritical-current beams and have a high efficiency in generating ultrarelativistic electron beams. Among such devices are the following: a hybrid diffractional microwave oscillator with a virtual cathode, a hybrid gyro-device with a virtual cathode, a hybrid beam-plasma vircator, a hybrid gyrocon with a virtual cathode, a hybrid Cherenkov oscillator with a virtual cathode, a hybrid microwave oscillator of the 'vircator + traveling-wave tube' type, an original two-beam tube with a virtual cathode, and a klystron-like vircator

  18. Of Eggs and Arcs

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    Burns, Joseph A.; Thomas, P. C.; Helfenstein, P.; Tiscareno, M. S.; Hedman, M. M.; Agarwal, M.

    2012-10-01

    New scenarios for the origins of Saturn’s rings/interior moons have directed scientific attention to the region just exterior to Saturn’s main rings. Four satellites (Aegaeon = Ae; Anthe = An; Methone = Me; Pallene = Pa) discovered by the Cassini mission on either side of Mimas’s orbit perhaps comprise a distinct class of ring-moon. They are tiny (R = 0.3-2.5 km); three (AeAnMe) are trapped in co-rotation resonances with Mimas and reside within ring-arcs; and at least two (MePa) have remarkably regular shapes. Images with pixel scales as fine as 27 m taken in May 2012 reveal Methone to be ovoid within 10 m (from sub-pixel limb detection) and devoid of any craters (>130 m) across its 9 km2 of surface; Pallene and even tiny Aegaeon have similar appearances in lesser-quality images. Numerical simulations demonstrate that particles comprising the surrounding ring-arcs populate the same resonances as their embedded moons; escape speeds from the moons are bodies. In this environment, the moons’ shapes are smooth equipotentials; electrostatic effects may also determine how grains settle to surfaces. Considering these shapes to represent equipotential surfaces for rotating, tidally distorted, homogeneous bodies, we infer mean satellite densities of 250+/-60 (Pa), 310+/-30 (Me), and 540+/-120 (Ae) kg m-3. About half of Methone’s leading hemisphere is covered by a sharply bounded, lemon-shaped, relatively dark region, having a form reminiscent of Mimas’s thermal anomaly (Howett et al. 2011). Its (601 nm) albedo is 13% lower than the bounding brighter material. An irregularly shaped, even-darker (by 4%) blotch straddles the apex of the moon’s motion. Impacts with circum-planetary meteoroids and plasma are likely responsible for these features.

  19. LOW TEMPERATURE CATHODE SUPPORTED ELECTROLYTES

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    Harlan U. Anderson; Fatih Dogan; Vladimir Petrovsky

    2002-03-31

    This project has three main goals: Thin Films Studies, Preparation of Graded Porous Substrates and Basic Electrical Characterization and testing of Planar Single Cells. This period has continued to address the problem of making dense 1/2 to 5 {micro}m thick dense layers on porous substrates (the cathode LSM). Our current status is that we are making structures of 2-5 cm{sup 2} in area, which consist of either dense YSZ or CGO infiltrated into a 2-5 {micro}m thick 50% porous layer made of either nanoncrystalline CGO or YSZ powder. This composite structure coats a macroporous cathode or anode; which serves as the structural element of the bi-layer structure. These structures are being tested as SOFC elements. A number of structures have been evaluated both as symmetrical and as button cell configuration. Results of this testing indicates that the cathodes contribute the most to cell losses for temperatures below 750 C. In this investigation different cathode materials were studied using impedance spectroscopy of symmetric cells and IV characteristics of anode supported fuel cells. Cathode materials studied included La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3} (LSCF), La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} (LSM), Pr{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3} (PSCF), Sm{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3} (SSCF), and Yb{sub .8}Sr{sub 0.2}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3} (SSCF). A new technique for filtering the Fourier transform of impedance data was used to increase the sensitivity of impedance analysis. By creating a filter specifically for impedance spectroscopy the resolution was increased. The filter was tailored to look for specific circuit elements like R//C, Warburg, or constant phase elements. As many as four peaks can be resolved using the filtering technique on symmetric cells. It may be possible to relate the different peaks to material parameters, like the oxygen exchange coefficient. The cathode grouped in order from lowest to highest ASR is

  20. Role of electrostatic and magnetic electron confinement in a hollow-cathode glow discharge in a nonuniform magnetic field

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    Metel, A. S.; Grigoriev, S. N.; Volosova, M. A.; Bolbukov, V. P.; Melnik, Yu. A.

    2015-02-01

    Glow discharge with electron confinement in an electrostatic trap has been studied. The trap is formed by a cylindrical hollow cathode, as well as by a flat target on its bottom and a grid covering its output aperture, both being negatively biased relative to the cathode. At a gas pressure of 0.2-0.4 Pa, the fraction of ions sputtering the target (δ = 0.13) in the entire number of ions emitted by the uniform discharge plasma corresponds to the ratio of the target surface area to the total surface area of the cathode, grid, and target. When a nonuniform magnetic field with force lines passing through the target center (where the magnetic induction reaches 35 mT), as well as through the grid, hollow cathode, and target periphery (where the field lines are arc-shaped), is applied to the trap, its influence on the discharge depends on the magnetic induction B 0 at the target edge. At B 0 = 1 mT, the electrons emitted from the target periphery and drifting azimuthally in the arc-shaped field insignificantly contribute to gas ionization. Nevertheless, since fast electrons that are emitted from the cathode and oscillate inside it are forced by the magnetic field to come more frequently to the target, thereby intensifying gas ionization near the latter, the fraction δ doubles and the plasma density near the target becomes more than twice as high as that near the grid. At B 0 = 6 mT, the contribution of electrons emitted from the target surface to gas ionization near the target grows up and δ increases two more times. At cathode-target voltages in the range of 0-3 kV, the current in the target circuit vanishes as the voltage between the anode and the cathode decreases to zero.

  1. Baking of tandem accelerator tube by low voltage arc discharge

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    In designing the accelerating tube for a static tandem accelerator in Kyushu University, the basic policy was as described below: individual unit composing the accelerating tube should fully withstand the electric field of 2 MV/m, and electric discharge must not be propagated from one unit to the adjacent unit when these are assembled to the accelerating tube. The accelerating tube units are each 25 cm in length, and both high and low energy sides are composed of 20 units, respectively. Although about 10-9 Torr vacuum was obtained at the both ends of the accelerating tube by baking the tube at 300 to 350 deg C with electric heaters wound outside the tube in the conventional method, vast outgas was generated, which decreased vacuum by two or three figures if breakdown occurred through the intermediary of outgas. As a method of positively outgassing and cleaning the electrodes inside the accelerating tube, it was attempted to directly bake all the electrodes in the accelerating tube by causing strong arc discharge flowing H2 gas in the tube. As a result of considering the conditions for this method, the low voltage arc discharge was employed using oxide cathodes. Thus, after implementing 10A arc discharge for several hours, the voltage was able to be raised to 10 MV almost immediately after the vacuum recovery, and further, after another conditioning for several hours, it was successful to raise voltage up to 11 MV. (Wakatsuki, Y.)

  2. Carbon xerogels as catalyst supports for PEM fuel cell cathode

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    Carbon xerogels with various pore textures were prepared by evaporative drying and pyrolysis of resorcinol-formaldehyde gels, and used as supports for Pt catalysts in PEM fuel cell cathodes. The goal of this study was to determine whether carbon xerogels could replace the carbon aerogels which were previously used as Pt catalyst supports in the same electrochemical system, and to determine how the pore texture influences the cell performances. Pt catalysts were prepared by impregnation of carbon supports with aqueous H2PtCl6 solution followed by reduction in aqueous phase with NaBH4. Fuel cell measurements show that the metal surface actually available for the oxygen reduction reaction and the voltage losses due to diffusion phenomena strongly depend on the carbon pore texture. Finally, some carbon xerogels yield similar performance than carbon aerogels

  3. Black hole evaporation: a paradigm

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    A paradigm describing black hole evaporation in non-perturbative quantum gravity is developed by combining two sets of detailed results: (i) resolution of the Schwarzschild singularity using quantum geometry methods and (ii) time evolution of black holes in the trapping and dynamical horizon frameworks. Quantum geometry effects introduce a major modification in the traditional spacetime diagram of black hole evaporation, providing a possible mechanism for recovery of information that is classically lost in the process of black hole formation. The paradigm is developed directly in the Lorentzian regime and necessary conditions for its viability are discussed. If these conditions are met, much of the tension between expectations based on spacetime geometry and structure of quantum theory would be resolved

  4. 21 CFR 131.130 - Evaporated milk.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Evaporated milk. 131.130 Section 131.130 Food and... CONSUMPTION MILK AND CREAM Requirements for Specific Standardized Milk and Cream § 131.130 Evaporated milk. (a) Description. Evaporated milk is the liquid food obtained by partial removal of water only from milk....

  5. Thermogravimetric analysis of fuel film evaporation

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    HU Zongjie; LI Liguang; YU Shui

    2006-01-01

    Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was compared with the petrochemical distillation measurement method to better understand the characteristics of fuel film evaporation at different wall tem- peratures. The film evaporation characteristics of 90# gasoline, 93# gasoline and 0# diesel with different initial thicknesses were investigated at different environmental fluxes and heating rates. The influences of heating rate, film thickness and environmental flux on fuel film evaporation for these fuels were found. The results showed that the environmental conditions in TGA were similar to those for fuel films in the internal combustion engines, so data from TGA were suitable for the analysis of fuel film evaporation. TGA could simulate the key influencing factors for fuel film evaporation and could investigate the basic quantificational effect of heating rate and film thickness. To get a rapid and sufficient fuel film evaporation, sufficiently high wall temperature is necessary. Evaporation time decreases at a high heating rate and thin film thickness, and intense gas flow is important to promoting fuel film evaporation. Data from TGA at a heating rate of 100℃/min are fit to analyze the diesel film evaporation during cold-start and warming-up. Due to the tense molecular interactions, the evaporation sequence could not be strictly divided according to the boiling points of each component for multicomponent dissolved mixture during the quick evaporation process, and the heavier components could vaporize before reaching their boiling points. The 0# diesel film would fully evaporate when the wall temperature is beyond 250℃.

  6. Measurement and calculation of evaporation

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    Plesničar, Leja

    2015-01-01

    The thesis presents three selected methods of measurement and calculation of the evapotranspiration on research plot at Hajdrihova 28 in Ljubljana. First method is measurement by evaporation pan type A and the other two methods are empirical equations for potential evapotranspiration calculation: FAO Penman-Monteith equation and Thornthwait equation. The results obtained for all three methods are compared with each other. Calculated results according to the FAO Penman-Monteith equation wer...

  7. Water Evaporation in Swimming Baths

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    Hyldgård, Carl-Erik

    This paper is publishing measuring results from models and full-scale baths of the evaporation in swimming baths, both public baths and retraining baths. Moreover, the heat balance of the basin water is measured. In addition the full-scale measurements have given many experiences which are...... represented in instructions for carrying out and running swimming baths. If you follow the instructions you can achieve less investments, less heat consumption and a better comfort to the bathers....

  8. Arc Interference Behavior during Twin Wire Gas Metal Arc Welding Process

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    Dingjian Ye

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to study arc interference behavior during twin wire gas metal arc welding process, the synchronous acquisition system has been established to acquire instantaneous information of arc profile including dynamic arc length variation as well as relative voltage and current signals. The results show that after trailing arc (T-arc is added to the middle arc (M-arc in a stable welding process, the current of M arc remains unchanged while the agitation increases; the voltage of M arc has an obvious increase; the shape of M arc changes, with increasing width, length, and area; the transfer frequency of M arc droplet increases and the droplet itself becomes smaller. The wire extension length of twin arc turns out to be shorter than that of single arc welding.

  9. Improvements of evaporation drag model

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    LI Xiao-Yan; XU Ji-Jun

    2004-01-01

    A special visible experiment facility has been designed and built, and an observable experiment is performed by pouring one or several high-temperature particles into a water pool in the facility. The experiment result has verified Yang's evaporation drag model, which holds that the non-symmetric profile of the local evaporation rate and the local density of vapor would bring about a resultant force on the hot particle so as to resist its motion. However, in Yang's evaporation drag model, radiation heat transfer is taken as the only way to transfer heat from hot particle to the vapor-liquid interface, and all of the radiation energy is deposited on the vapor-liquid interface and contributed to the vaporization rate and mass balance of the vapor film. In improved model heat conduction and heat convection are taken into account. This paper presents calculations of the improved model, putting emphasis on the effect of hot particle's temperature on the radiation absorption behavior of water.

  10. Improvements of evaporation drag model

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    A special observable experiment facility has been established, and a series of experiments have been carried out on this facility by pouring one or several high-temperature particles into a water pool. The experiment has verified the evaporation drag model, which believe the non-symmetric profile of the local evaporation rate and the local density of the vapor would bring about a resultant force on the hot particle so as to resist its motion. However, in Yang's evaporation drag model, radiation heat transfer is taken as the only way to transfer heat from hot particle to the vapor-liquid interface and all of the radiation energy is deposited on the vapor-liquid interface, thus contributing to the vaporization rate and mass balance of the vapor film. So, the heat conduction and the heat convection are taken into account in improved model. At the same time, the improved model given by this paper presented calculations of the effect of hot particles temperature on the radiation absorption behavior of water

  11. Improvements of evaporation drag model

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    A special visible experiment facility has been designed and built, and an observable experiment is performed by pouring one or several high-temperature particles into a water pool in the facility. The experiment result has verified Yang's evaporation drag model, which holds that the non-symmetric profile of the local evaporation rate and the local density of vapor would bring about a resultant force on the hot particle so as to resists its motion. However, in Yang's evaporation drag model, radiation heat transfer is taken as the only way to transfer heat from hot particle to the vapor-liquid interface, and all of the radiation energy is deposited on the vapor-liquid interface and contributed to the vaporization rate and mass balance of the vapor film. In improved model heat conduction and heat convection are taken into account. This paper presents calculations of the improved model, putting emphasis on the effect of hot particle's temperature on the radiation absorption behavior of water. (authors)

  12. Barium-Dispenser Thermionic Cathode

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    Wintucky, Edwin G.; Green, M.; Feinleib, M.

    1989-01-01

    Improved reservoir cathode serves as intense source of electrons required for high-frequency and often high-output-power, linear-beam tubes, for which long operating lifetime important consideration. High emission-current densities obtained through use of emitting surface of relatively-low effective work function and narrow work-function distribution, consisting of coat of W/Os deposited by sputtering. Lower operating temperatures and enhanced electron emission consequently possible.

  13. Prospects of airflow control by a gliding arc in a static magnetic field

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    Balcon, N; Benard, N; Braud, P; Touchard, G; Moreau, E [Laboratoire d' Etudes Aerodynamiques (LEA), Universite de Poitiers, ENSMA, CNRS Bld Marie et Pierre Curie, Teleport 2, 86962 Futuroscope Cedex (France); Mizuno, A [Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, Hibarigaoka, Tempaku-cho, Toyoashi, Aichi 441-8580 (Japan)

    2008-10-21

    The electrical properties of a gliding arc operating in air at atmospheric pressure are studied to evaluate its possible applications to flow control. The electromechanical behaviour of the discharge travelling at 4 m s{sup -1} along diverging electrodes in a static magnetic field is analysed in detail. Two different methods are proposed to evaluate the velocity of the arc. An initial estimation is based on the arc current evolution during its transit and additional information is gained from fast digital imaging with a CCD camera. The displacement of the arc observed with short exposure time corroborates the electrical measurement and also exhibits the existence of luminous points on the cathode that can slow down the arc motion. In addition, a particle image velocimetry system is used to investigate the interaction between the gliding arc and the surrounding air. The displacement of the low current glidarc creates a low velocity convection (around 0.2 m s{sup -1}) in the gas and also generate faster structures up to 1 m s{sup -1} directly in front of the discharge. These electromechanical effects could be used to manipulate the boundary layer region of various aerodynamic shapes.

  14. Variation of plasma parameters of vacuum arc column with gap distance

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    Han, Wen; Yuan, Zhao; He, Junjia

    2016-07-01

    On the basis of a two-dimensional (2D) magneto-hydrodynamic model, we studied long-gap-distance vacuum arcs in a uniform axial magnetic field and determined the effect of gap distance varying in a large range on plasma parameters. Simulation results showed that with increasing gap distance, the parameters of the plasma near the cathode are almost invariant, except for ion number density, but the parameters of the plasma in front of the anode clearly vary; meanwhile, joule heat gradually becomes the main source of energy for the arc column. In a short gap, a clear current constriction can be found in the entire arc column. Whereas when the gap distance exceeds a certain value, a sharp contraction of the current only arises in front of the anode.

  15. Local behaviour of evaporating stars and black holes around the total evaporation event

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    Many models in which the object under study loses all its mass have appeared in the literature. This can be found from evaporating stars to incipient black holes, all the way to evaporating black holes. In this paper we try a semiclassical study of these evaporating models centred on the evaporating event itself. We analyse their common properties, behaviours and possibilities. Specifically, we pay special attention to the evaporating models as a means of avoiding singularities during the collapse. In the case of any pre-existing non-spacelike curvature singularity, we show that these models tend to evaporate it. Finally, we introduce a new class of evaporating black holes.

  16. High current electric arcs; Les arcs electriques a fort courant

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    Delalondre, C.; Simonin, O. [Electricite de France (EDF), 78 - Chatou (France). Lab. National d' Hydraulique; Mineau, L. [Electricite de France (EDF), 75 - Paris (France). Dept. Systemes Energetiques; Verite, J.C. [Electricite de France (EDF), 75 - Paris (France). Dept. Cables, Condensateurs, Materiel d' Automatisme et Materiaux

    1999-07-01

    The mechanisms called into play through the interaction between a high current electric arc and the surrounding environment have an essential role to play in the performance of arc furnaces and high voltage circuit breakers. Our knowledge of them remains poor, and because of the very high temperatures and speeds involved, experimental investigation is particularly difficult. What can numerical modelling teach us about these phenomena? (authors)

  17. An investigation of energy balances in palladium cathode electrolysis experiments

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    In recently publicized cold fusion experiments at the University of Utah, generation of excess heat was reported. To investigate mechanisms that may contribute to energy flows in electrolysis cells, a series of experiments was performed at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL). Ordinary water (H2O), heavy water (D2O), and mixture of the two were used in the INEL experiments. Cathodes used include a 51-μm Pd foil and 1-mm diameter extruded wire Pd rods in two configurations. Energy balances in these experiments revealed that some of the required voltage to sustain a given current is due to irreversibilities associated with cell operation. Particularly significant are electrolyte resistance and activation energy polarization effects. Energy balances in the INEL experiments showed there was no significant net grain or net loss of energy. Cell overpotential curves were fit well with a Tafel equation, with parameters dependent on electrode configuration, electrolyte composition, and temperature. Water evaporation and interactions of hydrogen isotopes with the Pd cathode were evaluated and found not to be significant to energy balances. No ionizing radiation, tritium production, or other evidence of fusion reactions was seen in the INEL experiments. 4 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs

  18. Modelling refrigerant distribution in microchannel evaporators

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    Brix, Wiebke; Kærn, Martin Ryhl; Elmegaard, Brian

    2009-01-01

    The effects of refrigerant maldistribution in parallel evaporator channels on the heat exchanger performance are investigated numerically. For this purpose a 1D steady state model of refrigerant R134a evaporating in a microchannel tube is built and validated against other evaporator models. A study...... mixed superheat out of the evaporator is kept constant. It is shown that the cooling capacity of the evaporator is reduced significantly, both in the case of unevenly distributed inlet quality and for the case of non-uniform airflow on the outside of the channels....

  19. Flash evaporation from turbulent water jets

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    Bharathan, D.; Penney, T.

    1983-02-01

    Results of an experimental investigation of flash evaporation from turbulent planar and axisymmetric water jets are reported. In the range of jet thicknesses tested, for planar jets, due to shattering, evaporation is found to be nearly independent of the jet thickness. Evaporation from the planar jets was found to be dependent on the initial level of turbulence in the water supply manifold. An approximate analysis to model the evaporation process based on the physical phenomena and experimental observations is outlined. Comparisons between the experimental data and analytical predictions of the liquid temperature variation along the jet are included. Use of screens in the water jet are shown to be effective for enhancing evaporation.

  20. Flash evaporation from turbulent water jets

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    Bharathan, D.; Penney, T.

    1984-05-01

    Results of an experimental investigation of flash evaporation from turbulent planar and axisymmetric water jets are reported. In the range of jet thicknesses tested, for planar jets, due to shattering, evaporation if found to be nearly independent of the jet thickness. Evaporation from the planar jets was found to be dependent on the initial level of turbulence in the water supply manifold. An approximate analysis to model the evaporation process based on the physical phenomena and experimental observations is outlined. Comparisons between the experimental data and analytical predictions of the liquid temperature variation along the jet are included. Use of screens in the water jet are shown to be effective for enhancing evaporation.

  1. Flash evaporation from turbulent water jets

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    Results of an experimental investigation of flash evaporation from turbulent planar and axisymmetric water jets are reported. In the range of jet thicknesses tested, for planar jets, due to shattering, evaporation if found to be nearly independent of the jet thickness. Evaporation from the planar jets was found to be dependent on the initial level of turbulence in the water supply manifold. An approximate analysis to model the evaporation process based on the physical phenomena and experimental observations is outlined. Comparisons between the experimental data and analytical predictions of the liquid temperature variation along the jet are included. Use of screens in the water jet are shown to be effective for enhancing evaporation

  2. Local behaviour of evaporating stars and black holes around the total evaporation event

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    Fayos Vallés, Francisco; Torres Herrera, Ramon

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Many models in which the object under study loses all its mass have appeared in the literature. One can find from evaporating stars to incipient black holes, all the way to evaporating black holes. In this article we try a semiclassical study of these evaporating models centered on the evaporating event itself. We analyze their common properties, behaviours and possibilities. Specifically, we pay special attention to the evaporating models as a means of avoiding singularities duri...

  3. Influence of Oxygen Pressure on Filtered Vacuum Arc Deposition of Tin Oxide Thin Films

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    Tin oxide is a conducting material which is transparent in the visible region, reflective in the infra-red, and absorbing in the ultraviolet. Applied as a thin film, it is used for transparent electrodes for solar cells and in energy conserving coatings on architectural glass. This paper presents the results of experiments in which tin oxide films were deposited using filtered vacuum arc deposition. A plasma jet of ionized Sn vapor was produced by cathode spots on a 93 mm diameter Sn cathode by a 160 A d.c. arc. The plasma jet was directed through a quarter torus duct using a magnetic field, while droplets of liquid Sn collided with the duct walls and were thus filtered from the plasma stream. The plasma jet was directed either to a probe or to a substrate placed downstream from the duct outlet, and where an oxygen atmosphere was maintained at a pressure P 0-6 mTorr. Arc voltage, ion current, coating transmission and coating conductivity were measured as a function of the oxygen pressure. It was found that the arc voltage was 30V, and relatively independent of p for P<4 mTorr. With higher pressures, the arc increasingly operated in a high voltage mode, with an arc voltage typically 10 V higher than in the low voltage mode. The change from the low to the high voltage mode is likewise associated with a trebling in the extracted ion current, from 250 to 750 mA. The deposition rate decreased linearly from 14 to 5 nm/s when the pressure was increased from 3 to 5 mTorr. The optical extinction length had a maximum value of 2.6 m in the pressure range of 3.9-4.3 mTorr, while minimum electrical conductivities of 410-3 - cm were obtained for 3.8-4.1 mTorr

  4. Hydrothermal waves in evaporating sessile drops

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    Brutin, D; Niliot, C Le

    2009-01-01

    Drop evaporation is a simple phenomena but still unclear concerning the mechanisms of evaporation. A common agreement of the scientific community based on experimental and numerical work evidences that most of the evaporation occurs at the triple line. However, the rate of evaporation is still empirically predicted due to the lack of knowledge on the convection cells which develop inside the drop under evaporation. The evaporation of sessile drop is more complicated than it appears due to the coupling by conduction with the heating substrate, the convection and conduction inside the drop and the convection and diffusion with the vapour phase. The coupling of heat transfer in the three phases induces complicated cases to solve even for numerical simulations. We present recent experimental fluid dynamics videos obtained using a FLIR SC-6000 coupled with a microscopic lens of 10 micron of resolution to observe the evaporation of sessile drops in infrared wavelengths. The range of 3 to 5 micron is adapted to the ...

  5. STUDY ON THE PRESSURE IN PLASMA ARC

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    2003-01-01

    The axial pressure in plasma arc is measured under different conditions. The effects of the parameters, such as welding current, plasma gas flow rate, electrode setback and arc length, on the pressure in plasma arc are investigated and quantitative analyzed to explain the relationship between the quality of weld and the matching of parameters in plasma arc welding process.

  6. Does evaporation paradox exist in China?

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    Z. T. Cong

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available One expected consequence of global warming is the increase in evaporation. However, lots of observations show that the rate of evaporation from open pans of water has been steadily decreasing all over the world in the past 50 years. The contrast between expectation and observation is called "evaporation paradox". Based on data from 317 weather stations in China from 1956 to 2005, the trends of pan evaporation and air temperature were obtained and evaporation paradox was analyzed. The conclusions include: (1 From 1956 to 2005, pan evaporation paradox existed in China as a whole while pan evaporation kept decreasing and air temperature became warmer and warmer, but it does not apply to Northeast and Southeast China; (2 From 1956 to 1985, pan evaporation paradox existed narrowly as a whole with unobvious climate warming trend, but it does not apply to Northeast China; (3 From 1986 to 2005, in the past 20 years, pan evaporation paradox did not exist for the whole period while pan evaporation kept increasing, although it existed in South China. Furthermore, the trend of other weather factors including sunshine duration, windspeed, humidity and vapor pressure deficit, and their relations with pan evaporation are discussed. As a result, it can be concluded that pan evaporation decreasing is caused by the decreasing in radiation and wind speed before 1985 and pan evaporation increasing is caused by the decreasing in vapor pressure deficit due to strong warming after 1986. With the Budyko curve, it can be concluded that the actual evaporation decreased in the former 30 years and increased in the latter 20 year for the whole China.

  7. Study of nanometric thin pyrolytic carbon films for explosive electron emission cathode in high-voltage planar diode

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    We report on an experimental study of explosive electron emission properties of cathode made by nanometric thin pyrolytic carbon (PyC) films (2–150 nm) deposited on Cu substrate via methane-based chemical vapor deposition. High current density at level of 300 A/cm2 in 5 · 10−5 Pa vacuum has been observed together with very stable explosive emission from the planar cathode. The Raman spectroscopy investigation proves that the PyC films remain the same after seven shots. According to the optical image analysis of the cathode before and after one and seven shots, we conclude that the most unusual and interesting feature of using the PyC films/Cu cathode for explosive emission is that the PyC layer on the top of the copper target prevents its evaporation and oxidation, which leads to higher emission stability compared to conventional graphitic/Cu cathodes, and therefore results in longer working life. - Highlights: • Explosive electron emission from pyrolytic carbon (PyC) cathode is reported. • We observe high current density, 300 A/cm2, and stable emission parameters. • PyC integrity ensures a high application potential for high current electronics

  8. Mechanical and electrical properties of a LiCoO{sub 2} cathode prepared by screen-printing for a lithium-ion micro-battery

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    Park, Moon-Soo [School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749 (Korea); Samsung Electro-Mechanics Maetan-3-dong, YeongTong-gu, Suwon City, Gyeonggi Province 442-743 (Korea); Hyun, Sang-Hoon [School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749 (Korea); Nam, Sang-Cheol [Nuricell Inc., 4F, GS Caltex New Energy Development Center, 453-2, Seongnae-dong, Gangdong-gu, Seoul 134-030 (Korea)

    2007-11-01

    A thick-film cathode was fabricated by a screen-printing technique using LiCoO{sub 2} paste to improve the discharge capacity in lithium-ion micro-batteries. A LiCoO{sub 2} thick film (approximately 6 {mu}m) was formulated by screen-printing using ethyl-cellulose-based paste. As the adhesion force between the printed cathode and substrate was very weak, delamination was observed during the evaporation of a Li anode on a lithium phosphorous oxynitride (LiPON) solid electrolyte. In order to enhance the adhesion force, a small amount of epoxy was added to the ethyl-cellulose-based LiCoO{sub 2} paste. The printed cathode developed in this work showed a typical discharge curve of a LiCoO{sub 2} cathode with a discharge capacity close to the theoretical value when the cell was tested using an organic electrolyte. The assembly of an all-solid-state micro-battery with a stable open-circuit voltage (OCV) free from delamination or electrical problems is possible using LiPON solid electrolyte and Li evaporated onto printed LiCoO{sub 2} cathode thick films. The printed LiCoO{sub 2} thick film was shown to be a potential candidate for cathodes of all-solid-state micro-batteries, despite the fact that a low discharge capacity was obtained in this work. (author)

  9. Mechanical and electrical properties of a LiCoO2 cathode prepared by screen-printing for a lithium-ion micro-battery

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    A thick-film cathode was fabricated by a screen-printing technique using LiCoO2 paste to improve the discharge capacity in lithium-ion micro-batteries. A LiCoO2 thick film (approximately 6 μm) was formulated by screen-printing using ethyl-cellulose-based paste. As the adhesion force between the printed cathode and substrate was very weak, delamination was observed during the evaporation of a Li anode on a lithium phosphorous oxynitride (LiPON) solid electrolyte. In order to enhance the adhesion force, a small amount of epoxy was added to the ethyl-cellulose-based LiCoO2 paste. The printed cathode developed in this work showed a typical discharge curve of a LiCoO2 cathode with a discharge capacity close to the theoretical value when the cell was tested using an organic electrolyte. The assembly of an all-solid-state micro-battery with a stable open-circuit voltage (OCV) free from delamination or electrical problems is possible using LiPON solid electrolyte and Li evaporated onto printed LiCoO2 cathode thick films. The printed LiCoO2 thick film was shown to be a potential candidate for cathodes of all-solid-state micro-batteries, despite the fact that a low discharge capacity was obtained in this work

  10. Hollow cathode startup using a microplasma discharge

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    Aston, G.

    1981-01-01

    Attention is given to a microplasma discharge to initiate a hollow cathode discharge for such applications as plasma flow experiments, the electric propulsion of space vehicles, and as a replacement for filament cathodes in neutral beam injector ion sources. The technique results in a cathode that is easy to start, simple in design, and which does not require external RF exciters, inserts or heating elements. Future applications may include ion beam milling and ion implantation.

  11. Putting the "vap" into evaporation

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available In the spirit of the Special Issue of HESS to which it contributes, this paper documents the origin and development of the science of natural evaporation from land surfaces over the last 30–35 years, since the symposium A View from the Watershed was held to commemorate the opening of the new Institute of Hydrology (IH building in 1973. Important subsequent technical progress includes the ability to measure routinely the diurnal cycle of near-surface meteorological variables using automatic weather stations, and of surface energy and momentum exchanges using automated implementations of the Bowen Ratio/Energy Budget technique and the Eddy Correlation technique, along with the capability to estimate the "fetch" for which these measurements apply. These improvements have been complemented by new methods to measure the separate components of evaporation, including: the interception process using randomly relocated below-canopy gauges, transpiration fluxes from individual leaves/shoots using porometers and from plants/plant components using stem-flow gauges and soil evaporation using micro-lysimeters and soil moisture depletion methods. In recent years progress has been made in making theory-based area-average estimates of evaporation using scintillometers, and model-based area-average estimates by assembling many streams of relevant data into Land Data Assimilation Systems. Theoretical progress has been made in extending near-surface turbulence theory to accommodate the effect of the "excess" boundary layer resistance to leaf-to-air transfer of energy and mass fluxes relative to that for momentum, and to allow for observed shortcoming in stability factors in the transition layer immediately above vegetation. Controversy regarding the relative merits of multi-layer model and "big leaf" representations of whole-canopy exchanges has been resolved in favour of the latter approach. Important gaps in the theory of canopy-atmosphere interactions have

  12. Evaporative oxidation treatability test report

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    In 1992, Congress passed the Federal Facilities Compliance Act that requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to treat and dispose of its mixed waste in accordance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) land disposal restrictions (LDRs). In response to the need for mixed-waste treatment capacity where available off-site commercial treatment facilities do not exist or cannot be used, the DOE Albuquerque Operations Office (DOE-AL) organized a Treatment Selection Team to match mixed wastes with treatment options and develop a strategy for treatment of its mixed wastes. DOE-AL manages operations at nine sites with mixed-waste inventories. The Treatment Selection Team determined a need to develop mobile treatment capacity to treat wastes at the sites where the wastes are generated. Treatment processes used for mixed waste not only must address the hazardous component (i.e., meet LDRs) but also must contain the radioactive component in a form that allows final disposal while protecting workers, the public, and the environment. On the basis of recommendations of the Treatment Selection Team, DOE-AL assigned projects to the sites to bring mixed-waste treatment capacity on-line. The three technologies assigned to the DOE Grand Junction Projects Office (GJPO) are evaporative oxidation, thermal desorption, and treated wastewater evaporation. Rust Geotech, the DOE-GJPO prime contractor, was assigned to design and fabricate mobile treatment units (MTUs) for these three technologies and to deliver the MTUs to selected DOE-AL sites. To conduct treatability tests at the GJPO, Rust leased a pilot-scale evaporative oxidation unit from the Clemson Technical Center (CTC), Anderson, South Carolina. The purpose of this report is to document the findings and results of tests performed using this equipment

  13. Mobile evaporator corrosion test results

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    Rozeveld, A.; Chamberlain, D.B.

    1997-05-01

    Laboratory corrosion tests were conducted on eight candidates to select a durable and cost-effective alloy for use in mobile evaporators to process radioactive waste solutions. Based on an extensive literature survey of corrosion data, three stainless steel alloys (304L, 316L, AL-6XN), four nickel-based alloys (825, 625, 690, G-30), and titanium were selected for testing. The corrosion tests included vapor phase, liquid junction (interface), liquid immersion, and crevice corrosion tests on plain and welded samples of candidate materials. Tests were conducted at 80{degrees}C for 45 days in two different test solutions: a nitric acid solution. to simulate evaporator conditions during the processing of the cesium ion-exchange eluant and a highly alkaline sodium hydroxide solution to simulate the composition of Tank 241-AW-101 during evaporation. All of the alloys exhibited excellent corrosion resistance in the alkaline test solution. Corrosion rates were very low and localized corrosion was not observed. Results from the nitric acid tests showed that only 316L stainless steel did not meet our performance criteria. The 316L welded interface and crevice specimens had rates of 22.2 mpy and 21.8 mpy, respectively, which exceeds the maximum corrosion rate of 20 mpy. The other welded samples had about the same corrosion resistance as the plain samples. None of the welded samples showed preferential weld or heat-affected zone (HAZ) attack. Vapor corrosion was negligible for all alloys. All of the alloys except 316L exhibited either {open_quotes}satisfactory{close_quotes} (2-20 mpy) or {open_quotes}excellent{close_quotes} (<2 mpy) corrosion resistance as defined by National Association of Corrosion Engineers. However, many of the alloys experienced intergranular corrosion in the nitric acid test solution, which could indicate a susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in this environment.

  14. Oxidation studies of impregnated dispenser cathodes

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    We report on surface studies of the type M and type S impregnated dispenser cathode using synchrotron radiation photoemission spectroscopy. The results indicate the presence of two barium configurations on the room temperature type S surface, probably barium metal and BaO. The room-temperature type M cathode has about a monolayer of barium metal and about a monolayer of tungsten, apparently alloyed to the Os/Ru coating, on the surface. The barium-related features of the type S cathode are extremely sensitive to small oxygen exposures, while the tungsten-related features are more sensitive to oxygen in the type M cathode

  15. Introduction to Black Hole Evaporation

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    Lambert, Pierre-Henry

    2013-01-01

    These lecture notes are an elementary and pedagogical introduction to the black hole evaporation, based on a lecture given by the author at the Ninth Modave Summer School in Mathematical Physics and are intended for PhD students. First, quantum field theory in curved spacetime is studied and tools needed for the remaining of the course are introduced. Then quantum field theory in Rindler spacetime in 1+1 dimensions and in the spacetime of a spherically collapsing star are considered, leading to Unruh and Hawking effects, respectively. Finally some consequences such as thermodynamics of black holes and information loss paradox are discussed.

  16. Application of Steenbeck's minimum principle for three-dimensional modelling of DC arc plasma torches

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    In this paper, physical/mathematical models for the three-dimensional, quasi-steady modelling of the plasma flow and heat transfer inside a non-transferred DC arc plasma torch are described in detail. The Steenbeck's minimum principle (Finkelnburg W and Maecker H 1956 Electric arcs and thermal plasmas Encyclopedia of Physics vol XXII (Berlin: Springer)) is employed to determine the axial position of the anode arc-root at the anode surface. This principle postulates a minimum arc voltage for a given arc current, working gas flow rate, and torch configuration. The modelling results show that the temperature and flow fields inside the DC non-transferred arc plasma torch show significant three-dimensional features. The predicted anode arc-root attachment position and the arc shape by employing Steenbeck's minimum principle are reasonably consistent with experimental observations. The thermal efficiency and the torch power distribution are also calculated in this paper. The results show that the thermal efficiency of the torch always ranges from 30% to 45%, i.e. more than half of the total power input is taken away by the cathode and anode cooling water. The special heat transfer mechanisms at the plasma-anode interface, such as electron condensation, electron enthalpy and radiative heat transfer from the bulk plasma to the anode inner surface, are taken into account in this paper. The calculated results show that besides convective heat transfer, the contributions of electron condensation, electron enthalpy and radiation to the anode heat transfer are also important (∼30% for parameter range of interest in this paper). Additional effects, such as the non-local thermodynamic equilibrium plasma state near the electrodes, the transient phenomena, etc, need to be considered in future physical/mathematical models, including corresponding measurements

  17. MoO3 Cathodes for High-Temperature Lithium Thin-Film Cells

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    West, William; Whitacre, Jay

    2007-01-01

    MoO3 has shown promise as a cathode material that can extend the upper limit of operating temperature of rechargeable lithium thin-film electrochemical cells. Cells of this type are undergoing development for use as energy sources in cellular telephones, wireless medical sensors, and other, similarly sized portable electronic products. The LiCoO2 and LiMn2O4 cathodes heretofore used in these cells exhibit outstanding cycle lives (of the order of hundreds of thousands of cycles) at room temperature, but operation at higher temperatures reduces their cycle lives substantially: for example, at a temperature of 150 C, cells containing LiCoO2 cathodes lose half their capacities in 100 charge/discharge cycles. The superiority of MoO3 as a cathode material was demonstrated in experiments on lithium thin-film cells fabricated on glass slides. Each cell included a layer of Ti (for adhesion to the glass slide), a patterned layer of Pt that served as a cathode current collector, a cathode layer of MoO3, a solid electrolyte layer of Li3.3 PO3.8 N0.22 ("LiPON"), and an anode layer of Li. All the layers were deposited by magnetron sputtering except for the Li layer, which was deposited by thermal evaporation. These cells, along with similar ones containing LiCoO2 cathodes, were subjected to several tests, including measurements of specific capacity in charge/discharge cycling at a temperature of 150 C. The results of these measurements, plotted in the figure, showed that whereas specific capacity of the cells containing LiCoO2 cathodes faded to about half its initial value after only 100 cycles, the specific capacity of the cells containing the MoO3 cathodes faded only slightly during the first few hundred cycles and thereafter not only recovered to its initial value but continued to increase up to at least 5,500 cycles.

  18. Cathode-follower power amplifier

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    In circular accelerators and particularly in storage rings it is essential that the total impedance, as seen by the beam, be kept below some critical value. A model of the accelerating system was built using a single-ended cathode-follower amplifier driving a ferrite-loaded cavity. The system operated at 234.5 kHz with a peak output voltage of +-10 kV on the gap. The dynamic output impedance, as measured on the gap, was < 15 ohms

  19. Reduction of gas flow into a hollow cathode ion source for a neutral beam injector

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    Experimental studies have been made on the reduction of the gas flow rate into ion sources which utilize a hollow cathode. The electron emitter of the hollow cathode was a barium oxide impregnated porous tungsten tube. The hollow cathode was mounted to a circular or a rectangular bucket source and the following results were obtained. There was a tendency for the minimum gas flow rate for the stable source operation to decrease with increasing orifice diameter of the hollow cathode up to 10 mm. A molybdenum button with an appropriate diameter set in front of the orifice reduced the minimum gas flow rate to one half of that without button. An external magnetic field applied antiparallel to the field generated by the heater current stabilized the discharges and reduced the minimum gas flow rate to one half of that without field. Combination of the button and the antiparallel field reduced the minimum gas flow rate from the initial value (9.5 Torr 1/s) to 2.4 Torr 1/s. The reason for these effects was discussed on the basis of the theory for arc starvation

  20. Evaluation of single crystal LaB6 cathodes for use in a high frequency backward wave oscillator tube

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    Swanson, L. W.; Davis, P. R.; Schwind, G. A.

    1984-01-01

    The results of thermionic emission and evaporation studies of single crystal LaB6 cathodes are given. A comparison between the (100), (210) and (310) crystal planes shows the (310) and (210) planes to possess a work function approx 0.2 eV lower than (100). This translates into a significant increase in current density, J, at a specified temperature. Comparison with a state-of-the-art impregnated dispenser cathode shows that LaB6 (310) is a superior cathode in nearly all respects except operating temperature at j 10 A/sq cm. The 1600 K thermionic and room temperature retarding potential work functions for LaB6 (310) are 2.42 and 2.50 respectively.

  1. Dosimetric and delivery characterizations of full-arc and half-arc volumetric-modulated arc therapy for maxillary cancer

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    We compared the efficiency and accuracy of full-arc and half-arc volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) delivery for maxillary cancer. Plans for gantry rotation angles of 360deg and 180deg (full-arc and half-arc VMAT) were created for six maxillary cancer cases with the Monaco treatment planning system, and delivered using an Elekta Synergy linear accelerator. Full-arc and half-arc VMAT were compared with regard to homogeneity index (HI), conformity index (CI), mean dose to normal brain, total monitor units (MU), delivery times, root mean square (r.m.s.) gantry accelerations (deg/s2), and r.m.s. gantry angle errors (deg). The half-arc VMAT plans achieved comparable HI and CI to the full-arc plans. Mean doses to the normal brain and brainstem with the half-arc VMAT plans were on average 16% and 17% lower than those with the full-arc VMAT plans. For other organs at risk (OARs), no significant dose volume histogram (DVH) differences were observed between plans. Half-arc VMAT resulted in 11% less total MU and 20% shorter delivery time than the full-arc VMAT, while r.m.s. gantry acceleration and r.m.s. gantry angle error during half-arc VMAT delivery were 30% and 23% less than those during full-arc VMAT delivery, respectively. Furthermore, the half-arc VMAT plans were comparable with the full-arc plans regarding dose homogeneity and conformity in maxillary cancer, and provided a statistical decrease in mean dose to OAR, total MU, delivery time and gantry angle error. Half-arc VMAT plans may be a suitable treatment option in radiotherapy for maxillary cancer. (author)

  2. Transparent conductive indium oxide film deposited on low temperature substrates by activated reactive evaporation.

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    Marcovitch, O; Klein, Z; Lubezky, I

    1989-07-15

    High quality conductive coatings for the visible region were prepared on low temperature glass substrates. The conductive layer was an indium oxide film deposited by the activated reactive evaporation technique using a glow discharge hollow cathode ion gun. An antireflective layer of MgF(2) was deposited over the conductive layer. The average transmission in the visible region of the coated glass with sheet resistance of coating was durable and passed a series of environmental tests according to MIL-C-675C. PMID:20555600

  3. Transparent conductive indium oxide film deposited on low temperature substrates by activated reactive evaporation

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    High quality conductive coatings for the visible region were prepared on low temperature glass substrates. The conductive layer was an indium oxide film deposited by the activated reactive evaporation technique using a glow discharge hollow cathode ion gun. An antireflective layer of MgFz was deposited over the conductive layer. The average transmission in the visible region of the coated glass with sheet resistance of 15 Ω/sq was greater than 90%. The coating was durable and passed a series of environmental tests according to MIL-C-675C

  4. Properties of Silicon Dioxide Amorphous Nanopowder Produced by Pulsed Electron Beam Evaporation

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    Vladislav G. Il’ves

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available SiO2 amorphous nanopowder (NP is produced with the specific surface area of 154 m2/g by means of evaporation by a pulsed electron beam aimed at Aerosil 90 pyrogenic amorphous NP (90 m2/g as a target. SiO2 NP nanoparticles showed improved magnetic, thermal, and optical properties in comparison to Aerosil 90 NP. Possible reasons of emergence of d0 ferromagnetism at the room temperature in SiO2 amorphous NP are discussed. Photoluminescent and cathode luminescent properties of the SiO2 NP were investigated.

  5. New models for droplet heating and evaporation

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    Sazhin, Sergei S.

    2013-02-01

    A brief summary of new models for droplet heating and evaporation, developed mainly at the Sir Harry Ricardo Laboratory of the University of Brighton during 2011-2012, is presented. These are hydrodynamic models for mono-component droplet heating and evaporation, taking into account the effects of the moving boundary due to evaporation, hydrodynamic models of multi-component droplet heating and evaporation, taking and not taking into account the effects of the moving boundary, new kinetic models of mono-component droplet heating and evaporation, and a model for mono-component droplet evaporation, based on molecular dynamics simulation. The results, predicted by the new models are compared with experimental data and the prehctions of the previously developed models where possible. © 2013 Asian Network for Scientific Information.

  6. Cathodes incorporating thin fluoride layers for efficient injection in blue polymer light-emitting diodes

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    Brown, Thomas M.; Millard, Ian S.; Lacey, David; Burroughes, Jeremy H.; Friend, Richard H.; Cacialli, Franco

    2002-02-01

    Efficient blue Polymer Light-Emitting Diodes (PLEDs) were fabricated by evaporating thin LiF layers between Al or Ca cathodes. Electroabsorption measurements of the built-in potential across the diodes show that devices fabricated with LiF/Ca/Al cathodes exhibit the smallest average barrier height and operating voltage (compared to both Ca and LiF/Al currently amongst the most efficient electron injectors). The turn-on bias is essentially equivalent to the built-in potential (~2.7 V), indicating an effective minimisation of the barrier to electron injection. Results are also compared with devices incorporating CsF layers and are correlated with the electroluminescent characteristics of the LEDs. A very strong dependence (~ exponential) between the built-in potential and the current and luminance at a fixed electric field (0.5MV/cm) is observed and is explained with the reduction of the cathodic barrier height brought about by the different cathode multilayers.

  7. Influence of the growth conditions on electrochemical features of MoO[sub 3] film-cathodes in lithium microbatteries

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    Nazri, G.A. (Physical Chemistry Department, NAO Research and Development Center, Warren, MI (United States)); Julien, C.; Guesdon, J.P.; Gorenstein, A.; Khelfa, A. (Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, associe au CNRS, URA 154, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris (France)); Hussain, O.M. (Thin-film Laboratory, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 502, (India))

    1994-11-01

    MoO[sub 3] is a host material which undergoes reversible lithium intercalation at ambient temperature; this property makes this material an attractive candidate for the cathode in a secondary lithium battery. Thin films of this layered compound have been prepared using flash and thermal evaporation techniques. We have measured the structural properties of the flash-evaporated MoO[sub 3] films. The influence of the different growth conditions have been investigated on the crystallinity of these films. Microbatteries fabricated with cathode films formed at moderate temperature in the range 30-250[sup o]C exhibit a monotonous discharge voltage, indicating that the material remains in a single phase even for high lithium intercalation. Influence of the growth conditions on electrochemical features of MoO[sub 3] film-cathodes in lithium microbatteries is investigated. For cathode films prepared at 250[sup o]C, lithium diffusion coefficients are in the range 10[sup -12]-10[sup -11] cm[sup 2] s[sup -1] in Li[sub x]MoO[sub 3

  8. Evaporating Black Holes and Long Range Scaling

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    Salehi, Hadi

    2003-01-01

    For an effective treatment of the evaporation process of a large black hole the problem concerning the role played by the fluctuations of the (vacuum) stress tensor close to the horizon is addressed. We present arguments which establish a principal relationship between the outward fluctuations of the stress tensor close to the horizon and quantities describing the onset of the evaporation process. This suggest that the evaporation process may be described by a fluctuation-dissipation theorem ...

  9. Hollow cathode lamp-construction aspects

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    The hollow cathode discharge is a source used for absorption and fluorescence atomic spectrophotometry. In this paper various aspect like construction, cleanliness and operation have been described. The life time of the hollow cathode discharge for specific current is about 500 hs. The range of current for the non significant self-absorption of the recommended wavelenght has been determinated. (Author)

  10. Field emission cathode for high power beams

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    Field emission is identified as the mechanism responsible for high current emission (50 A/cm2 at 3000K) from a dispenser-type cathode. This cathode has advantages for high power operation, and should be suitable for practical applications. (author)

  11. Effects of a low work function cathode on electron beam generation in a hollow cathode discharge

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    Recent simulations reveal that a large contribution to the formation of the hollow cathode discharge comes from secondary electron emission due to ion bombardment of the hollow cathode surface. The simulations suggest that a decrease in work function of the hollow cathode surface will lead to enhanced plasma formation during the initial and latter phases of the discharge. The use of this enhanced plasma to more efficiently generate beams (both ion and electron) was studied. A pulsed hollow cathode discharge was constructed using low work function dispenser cathode material as the hollow cathode. The electron beam characteristics of the discharge were investigated. Other hollow cathodes constructed with various materials (molybdenum, copper) were constructed and the results will be compared. Applications of the new source are discussed

  12. Klystron Amplifier Utilizing Scandate Cathode and Electrostatic Focusing Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to build an electrostatically focused klystron that exploits recent breakthroughs in scandate cathode technology. We have built cathodes with greater...

  13. Novel non-equilibrium modelling of a DC electric arc in argon

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    Baeva, M.; Benilov, M. S.; Almeida, N. A.; Uhrlandt, D.

    2016-06-01

    A novel non-equilibrium model has been developed to describe the interplay of heat and mass transfer and electric and magnetic fields in a DC electric arc. A complete diffusion treatment of particle fluxes, a generalized form of Ohm’s law, and numerical matching of the arc plasma with the space-charge sheaths adjacent to the electrodes are applied to analyze in detail the plasma parameters and the phenomena occurring in the plasma column and the near-electrode regions of a DC arc generated in atmospheric pressure argon for current levels from 20 A up to 200 A. Results comprising electric field and potential, current density, heating of the electrodes, and effects of thermal and chemical non-equilibrium are presented and discussed. The current–voltage characteristic obtained is in fair agreement with known experimental data. It indicates a minimum for arc current of about 80 A. For all current levels, a field reversal in front of the anode accompanied by a voltage drop of (0.7–2.6) V is observed. Another field reversal is observed near the cathode for arc currents below 80 A.

  14. Arcing and its role in PFC erosion and dust production in DIII-D

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    Two types of arc tracks are observed on the plasma-facing components (PFCs) in DIII-D. “Unmagnetized” random walk tracks are produced during glow discharges; they are rare and have no importance for PFC erosion but may degrade diagnostic mirrors. “Magnetized” scratch-like type II tracks are produced by unipolar arcs during plasma operations; they are formed by “retrograde BxJ” motion of the cathode spot and are roughly perpendicular to the local magnetic field. Type II arcs cause measurable erosion of graphite, but based on the evidence available they are relatively small contributors to the total erosion of carbon in DIII-D compared to other mechanisms such as physical and chemical sputtering and ablation from leading edges. Erosion by arcing of tungsten films deposited on graphite samples was observed in Divertor Material Evaluation System (DiMES) experiments. New DiMES experiments aimed at time-resolved arc measurements are proposed

  15. Statistical evaporation of rotating clusters

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    Calvo, F

    2003-01-01

    Unimolecular evaporation in rotating atomic clusters is investigated using phase space theory (PST) and molecular dynamics simulations. The rotational densities of states are calculated in the sphere+atom approximation, and analytical expressions are given for a radial interaction potential with the form -C/r^p. The vibrational densities of states are calculated using Monte Carlo simulations, and the average radial potential at finite temperature is obtained using a recent extension of the multiple range random-walk algorithm. These ideas are tested on simple argon clusters modelled with the Lennard-Jones (LJ) interaction potential, at several total energies and angular momenta of the parent cluster. Our results show that PST successfully reproduces the simulation data, not only the average KER but its probability distribution, for dissociations from LJ_14, for which the product cluster can effectively be considered as spherical. Even for dissociations from the nonspherical LJ_8, simulation results remain ver...

  16. Physics of thermionic dispenser cathode aging

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    Longo, R. T.

    2003-11-01

    A dispenser cathode life model (DCLM) was originally published in 1984. More recent life test data have substantiated the basic physics used in the DCLM. However, re-evaluation of the model with this latest data alters the numerical parameters used in the model. The most important modification is the incorporation of the shape factor, α, in the emission equation, so that accurate descriptions of the cathode activity curves (i.e., current versus temperature) can be made as a function of cathode age. The original model was fit only to the cathode current as a function of time for a fixed operating temperature. This revision fits the cathode activity curves as a function of both time and cathode temperature. Variation in cathode current as a function of temperature is quite dependent upon the underlying physics, and gives a better measure of how the internal parameters, such as work function and knee position and knee shape change with time. Knowing these details provides a more accurate measure of how the cathode current at the operating point will change over time. The modification made to the emission equation in this revision incorporates the shape factor, α, which is a single number that describes the shape of the cathode activity curves. The shape factor is found to be dependent on time: The knee softens and rounds with age. Even though the shape factor was originally introduced as an empirical factor, I will present a theoretical model for the shape factor that provides some insight into its physical interpretation. This theory will show that it can be related to the thermodynamics of the emitter surface. The re-evaluation of the DCLM, based on the latest life data, and including the theory for the shape factor yields a longer life expectancy for the M-type dispenser cathode then was predicted by the original more conservative life model. The DCLM matches the observed life data more accurately.

  17. Arcing phenomena in fusion devices workshop

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    The workshop on arcing phenomena in fusion devices was organized (1) to review the pesent status of our understanding of arcing as it relates to confinement devices, (2) to determine what informaion is needed to suppress arcing and (3) to define both laboratory and in-situ experiments which can ultimately lead to reduction of impurities in the plasma caused by arcing. The workshop was attended by experts in the area of vacuum arc electrode phenomena and ion source technology, materials scientists, and both theoreticians and experimentalists engaged in assessing the importance of unipolar arcing in today's tokamaks. Abstracts for papers presented at the workshop are included

  18. Arcing phenomena in fusion devices workshop

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    Clausing, R.E.

    1979-01-01

    The workshop on arcing phenomena in fusion devices was organized (1) to review the pesent status of our understanding of arcing as it relates to confinement devices, (2) to determine what informaion is needed to suppress arcing and (3) to define both laboratory and in-situ experiments which can ultimately lead to reduction of impurities in the plasma caused by arcing. The workshop was attended by experts in the area of vacuum arc electrode phenomena and ion source technology, materials scientists, and both theoreticians and experimentalists engaged in assessing the importance of unipolar arcing in today's tokamaks. Abstracts for papers presented at the workshop are included.

  19. On the 'rocket' effect during plasma arc spraying

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    Nemchinsky, Valerian [ESAB Welding and Cutting Products, Florence, SC 29501 (United States) and Francis Marion University, Florence, SC 29501 (United States)

    2006-06-21

    A particle's surface is not heated uniformly during plasma arc spraying: the side of the surface that faces the torch is hotter than the opposite side. If the particle temperature is high enough for substantial evaporation to occur, the imbalance of the vapour pressure gives rise to a net recoil force accelerating the particle toward the substrate. Estimations show that if particle loss of mass due to evaporation {delta}M > M {radical}(2k{sub B}T/m)/U{sub d}, the suggested effect is as important for particle dynamics as aerodynamic drag. (M is the particle mass, U{sub d} is the particle speed and {radical}(2k{sub B}T/m) is the speed of the evaporating atom, m is its mass, and T is the particle surface temperature.)

  20. Research on the use of UHV arc discharges for deposition of superconducting layers

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    High-field superconducting cavities, as used in charged particle accelerators, are at present based mostly on the Nb-bulk technology, but Nb-coated Cu-cavities might offer several advantages. In order to study possibilities of the vacuum arc technique to form high-quality superconducting thin films for the coating RF copper cavities, special efforts have been undertaken within a framework of the scientific collaboration between the 'Tor Vergata' University of Rome and the Andrzej Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies at Swierk. During recent years several experimental arc-based devices have been designed and constructed in the both research centers. In particular, cathodic-arc sources with planar- and cylindrical-cathodes made of pure Nb have been constructed and investigated. Arc discharges with magnetic filters (for the elimination of micro-droplets) have also been investigated. All these systems have been exploited under ultra-high vacuum (UHV) conditions. The paper describes the status of research on the deposition of superconducting Nb-films, and particularly the recent progress in these investigations. It has been shown that high-quality Nb-films can be deposited with the described UHV arc technique. The critical temperature of film samples, which were coated in planar geometry, is very close to the Nb-bulk value. The very narrow transitions as well as X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that the obtained films are less stressed and more homogeneous than standard ones produced by means of the sputtering technique. The deposited Nb-films have higher RRR (up to 80) and larger grain sizes in a comparison with sputtered ones, which were deposited at the same temperature. The RF measurements have also demonstrated good RF properties of the produced Nb-films. (author)

  1. Intrinsic Evaporative Cooling by Hygroscopic Earth Materials

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    Alexandra R. Rempel

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The phase change of water from liquid to vapor is one of the most energy-intensive physical processes in nature, giving it immense potential for cooling. Diverse evaporative cooling strategies have resulted worldwide, including roof ponds and sprinklers, courtyard fountains, wind catchers with qanats, irrigated green roofs, and fan-assisted evaporative coolers. These methods all require water in bulk liquid form. The evaporation of moisture that has been sorbed from the atmosphere by hygroscopic materials is equally energy-intensive, however, yet has not been examined for its cooling potential. In arid and semi-arid climates, hygroscopic earth buildings occur widely and are known to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures, but evaporation of moisture from their walls and roofs has been regarded as unimportant since water scarcity limits irrigation and rainfall; instead, their cool interiors are attributed to well-established mass effects in delaying the transmission of sensible gains. Here, we investigate the cooling accomplished by daily cycles of moisture sorption and evaporation which, requiring only ambient humidity, we designate as “intrinsic” evaporative cooling. Connecting recent soil science to heat and moisture transport studies in building materials, we use soils, adobe, cob, unfired earth bricks, rammed earth, and limestone to reveal the effects of numerous parameters (temperature and relative humidity, material orientation, thickness, moisture retention properties, vapor diffusion resistance, and liquid transport properties on the magnitude of intrinsic evaporative cooling and the stabilization of indoor relative humidity. We further synthesize these effects into concrete design guidance. Together, these results show that earth buildings in diverse climates have significant potential to cool themselves evaporatively through sorption of moisture from humid night air and evaporation during the following day’s heat. This finding

  2. Minor arcs for Goldbach's problem

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    2012-01-01

    The ternary Goldbach conjecture states that every odd number n>=7 is the sum of three primes. The estimation of sums of the form \\sum_{p\\leq x} e(\\alpha p), \\alpha = a/q + O(1/q^2), has been a central part of the main approach to the conjecture since (Vinogradov, 1937). Previous work required q or x to be too large to make a proof of the conjecture for all n feasible. The present paper gives new bounds on minor arcs and the tails of major arcs. This is part of the author's proof of the ternar...

  3. Analytical interpretation of arc instabilities in a DC plasma spray torch: the role of pressure

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    Rat, V.; Coudert, J. F.

    2016-06-01

    Arc instabilities in a plasma spray torch are investigated experimentally and theoretically thanks to a linear simplified analytical model. The different parameters that determine the useful properties of the plasma jet at the torch exit, such as specific enthalpy and speed, but also pressure inside the torch and time variations of the flow rate are studied. The work is particularly focused on the link between the recorded arc voltage and the pressure in the cathode cavity. A frequency analysis of the recorded voltage and pressure allows the separation of different contributions following their spectral characteristics and highlights a resonance effect due to Helmholtz oscillations; these oscillations are responsible for the large amplitude fluctuations of all the parameters investigated. The influence of heat transfer, friction forces and residence time of the plasma in the nozzle are taken into account, thanks to different characteristics’ times. The volume of the cathode cavity in which the cold gas is stored before entering the arc region appears to be of prime importance for the dynamics of instabilities, particularly for the non-intuitive effect that induces flow-rate fluctuations in spite of the fact that the torch is fed at a constant flow rate.

  4. Total Marrow Irradiation With RapidArc Volumetric Arc Therapy

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    Purpose: To develop a volumetric arc therapy (VMAT)-total marrow irradiation (TMI) technique for patients with hematologic malignancies. Methods and Materials: VMAT planning was performed for 6 patients using RapidArc technology. The planning target volume consisted of all the bones in the body from the head to the mid-femur, excluding the extremities, except for the humerus, plus a 3.0-mm margin. The organs at risk included the lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, bowels, brain, eyes, and oral cavity. The VMAT-TMI technique consisted of three plans: the head and neck, the chest, and the pelvis, each with three 330o arcs. The plans were prescribed to ensure, at a minimum, 95% planning target volume dose coverage with the prescription dose (percentage of volume receiving dose of ≥12 Gy was 95%). The treatments were delivered and verified using MapCheck and ion chamber measurements. Results: The VMAT-TMI technique reported in the present study provided comparable dose distributions with respect to the fixed gantry linear accelerator intensity-modulated TMI. RapidArc planning was less subjective and easier, and, most importantly, the delivery was more efficient. RapidArc reduced the treatment delivery time to approximately 18 min from 45 min with the fixed gantry linear accelerator intensity-modulated TMI. When the prescription dose coverage was reduced to 85% from 95% and the mandible and maxillary structures were not included in the planning target volume as reported in a tomotherapy study, a considerable organ at risk dose reduction of 4.2-51% was observed. The average median dose for the lungs and lenses was reduced to 5.6 Gy from 7.2 Gy and 2.4 Gy from 4.5 Gy, respectively. Conclusion: The RapidArc VMAT technique improved the treatment planning, dose conformality, and, most importantly, treatment delivery efficiency. The results from our study suggest that the RapidArc VMAT technology can be expected to facilitate the clinical transition of TMI.

  5. Use of a Low-Pressure Non-Self-Sustained Arc Discharge for Plasma Ion Treatment of Materials

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    An efficient method for producing low-temperature gas plasmas in large vacuum volumes is based on the initiation and operation of a low-pressure non-self-sustained arc discharge with a combined cathode including a hot cathode and a hollow cathode. For this type of a discharge, the inner walls of the working vacuum chamber play the role of a hollow anode. In the range from 10-1 to 1 Pa, this method makes it possible to produce plasmas of both inert and reactive gases of density 109 - 1010 cm-3 uniform within 20% with respect to the average value in volumes of about 1 m3. This paper describes major applications of this type of plasma in technological processes, such as: finish surface cleaning of materials and articles in vacuum; plasma ion nitriding of steels and alloys; plasma-assisted deposition of functional coatings on materials and articles. (author)

  6. Plasma-arc reactor for production possibility of powdered nano-size materials

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    Nano-size materials of various chemical compositions find increasing application in life nowadays due to some of their unique properties. Plasma technologies are widely used in the production of a range of powdered nano-size materials (metals, alloys, oxides, nitrides, carbides, borides, carbonitrides, etc.), that have relatively high melting temperatures. Until recently, the so-called RF-plasma generated in induction plasma torches was most frequently applied. The subject of this paper is the developments of a new type of plasma-arc reactor, operated with transferred arc system for production of disperse nano-size materials. The new characteristics of the PLASMALAB reactor are the method of feeding the charge, plasma arc control and anode design. The disperse charge is fed by a charge feeding system operating on gravity principle through a hollow cathode of an arc plasma torch situated along the axis of a water-cooled wall vertical tubular reactor. The powdered material is brought into the zone of a plasma space generated by the DC rotating transferred plasma arc. The arc is subjected to Auto-Electro-Magnetic Rotation (AEMR) by an inductor serially connected to the anode circuit. The anode is in the form of a water-cooled copper ring. It is mounted concentrically within the cylindrical reactor, with its lower part electrically insulated from it. The electric parameters of the arc in the reactor and the quantity of processed charge are maintained at a level permitting generation of a volumetric plasma discharge. This mode enables one to attain high mean mass temperature while the processed disperse material flows along the reactor axis through the plasma zone where the main physico-chemical processes take place. The product obtained leaves the reactor through the annular anode, from where it enters a cooling chamber for fixing the produced nano-structure. Experiments for AlN synthesis from aluminium power and nitrogen were carried out using the plasma reactor

  7. Arc evaporated CrN coating on steam turbine blade for erosion protection

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    The erosion of steam turbine blade has been one of important problems in power generation system including nuclear power plant. It was proved that the collision of water drops in steam have brought about severe erosion problem in combination with the high rotating speed of turbine blades. current component of steam turbine blade is composite of 12 Cr steel as body and of stellite 6B as shield materials on leading edge. The erosion problem calls for the high cost of maintenance and repair as well as the safety and low efficiency of power generation. The solutions for erosion protection are generally to develop the new alloy system to combat or reduce the erosion source and to improve the surface property of steam turbine blade by coating of hard-phase materials. In this paper, coating properties of CrN and its coating process will be presented with an aim at providing the possibilities of new coating as candidate for steam turbine blade application in the practical point of anti-erosion and economy. (author)

  8. Cosmic evolution during primordial black hole evaporation

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    Zimdahl, Winfried; Pavón, Diego

    1998-01-01

    Primordial black holes with a narrow mass range are regarded as a nonrelativistic fluid component with an equation of state for dust. The impact of the black hole evaporation on the dynamics of the early universe is studied by resorting to a two-fluid model. We find periods of intense radiation reheating in the initial and final stages of the evaporation.

  9. Light geodesics near an evaporating black hole

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    Guerreiro, Thiago; Monteiro, Fernando

    2015-10-01

    Quantum effects imply that an infalling observer cannot cross the event horizon of an evaporating black hole, even in her proper time. The Penrose diagram of an evaporating black hole is different from the one usually reported in the literature. We show that before the observer can cross the horizon the black hole disappears. Possible observational consequences are discussed.

  10. 242-A evaporator vacuum condenser system

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    This document is written for the 242-A evaporator vacuum condenser system (VCS), describing its purpose and operation within the evaporator. The document establishes the operating parameters specifying pressure, temperature, flow rates, interlock safety features and interfacing sub-systems to support its operation

  11. Floating convection barrier for evaporation source

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    A floating matrix of titanium in an uranium evaporation source, melted by an electron beam, serves as a barrier for preventing cooler material from reaching the evaporation area. This construction allows a big volume of melted uranium to be present and new uranium to be furnished in regulated intervals without manual intervention

  12. Evaporation mitigation using floating modular devices

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    Hassan, M. Mahmudul; Peirson, William Leslie; Neyland, Bryce M.; Fiddis, Nicholas McQuistan

    2015-11-01

    Reducing evaporation losses from open water storages is of paramount importance in the improvement of water security in arid countries, including Australia. Widespread adoption of evaporation mitigation techniques has been prevented by their high capital and maintenance or operating costs. The use of clean, floating recycled materials to mitigate evaporation technique has been investigated systematically at sites within both the coastal and semi-arid zones of Australia. Evaporation reduction systematically increases with the proportion of covered surface. Evaporation is reduced by 43% at coastal site and 37% at arid zone site at the maximum packing densities achievable for a single layer of floating devices. The study highlights the importance of both long-term investigations and the climatic influences in the robust quantification of evaporation mitigation. The effects of solar radiation, temperature, wind speed and relative humidity on the evaporation rate at both study sites have been determined in terms of both the classical Penman model and FAO Penman Monteith model with corresponding pan coefficients quantified. FAO Penman Monteith model better estimates evaporation from the open reference tank.

  13. Advanced evaporator technology progress report FY 1992

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    This report summarizes the work that was completed in FY 1992 on the program open-quotes Technology Development for Concentrating Process Streams.close quotes The purpose of this program is to evaluate and develop evaporator technology for concentrating radioactive waste and product streams such as those generated by the TRUEX process. Concentrating these streams and minimizing the volume of waste generated can significantly reduce disposal costs; however, equipment to concentrate the streams and recycle the decontaminated condensates must be installed. LICON, Inc., is developing an evaporator that shows a great deal of potential for this application. In this report, concepts that need to be incorporated into the design of an evaporator operated in a radioactive environment are discussed. These concepts include criticality safety, remote operation and maintenance, and materials of construction. Both solubility and vapor-liquid equilibrium data are needed to design an effective process for concentrating process streams. Therefore, literature surveys were completed and are summarized in this report. A model that is being developed to predict vapor phase compositions is described. A laboratory-scale evaporator was purchased and installed to study the evaporation process and to collect additional data. This unit is described in detail. Two new LICON evaporators are being designed for installation at Argonne-East in FY 1993 to process low-level radioactive waste generated throughout the laboratory. They will also provide operating data from a full-sized evaporator processing radioactive solutions. Details on these evaporators are included in this report

  14. New facility for simultaneous implantation and evaporation

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    Voorthuysen, E.H.duMarchie van

    The Groningen isotope separator has been extended with a double uhv evaporation system. Implantation and evaporation can now be done at the same time under good vacuum conditions. Implanted systems with thicknesses up to 6.3..mu..m have been produced.

  15. New facility for simultaneous implantation and evaporation

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    The Groningen isotope separator has been extended with a double uhv evaporation system. Implantation and evaporation can now be done at the same time under good vacuum conditions. Implanted systems with thicknesses up to 6.3μm have been produced. (author)

  16. Diffusion-driven evaporation of sessile drops

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    The evaporation of wetting drops deposited on a substrate at thermal equilibrium under normal atmosphere is discussed. The evaporation rate appears to be controlled by the stationary diffusion of vapour molecules in the gas phase. Experiments with alkanes and water drops are fairly well accounted for by an isothermal model, taking into account the specific properties of thin films

  17. Structuring of polymer solutions upon solvent evaporation

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    Schaefer, C.; van der Schoot, P.; Michels, J. J.

    2015-01-01

    The morphology of solution-cast, phase-separated polymers becomes finer with increasing solvent evaporation rate. We address this observation theoretically for a model polymer where demixing is induced by steady solvent evaporation. In contrast to what is the case for a classical, thermal quench inv

  18. Estimating evaporation from a wet grassland

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    Full Text Available Wet grasslands are being restored across the UK and Europe to reinstate their high biodiversity following over 50 years of drainage and conversion to arable agriculture. The water balance of many wet grasslands is dominated by precipitation and evaporation and it is essential to quantify evaporation rates to understand the hydrological functioning of wetlands and the implications for water resources in catchments where wetlands are being restored. This paper considers data from direct measurements of evaporation from the Pevensey Levels wet grassland using the eddy correlation method. Equations are derived to predict actual evaporation using meteorological data on the site or from standard meteorological station observations. It was found that evaporation could be estimated reliably from meteorological variables, such as wind speed, temperature and humidity and by water availability. It was also found that when water availability is high, evaporation is high and may exceed reference evaporation values, raising questions over the deployment of the two-step Penman-Monteith model unless reliable crop coefficients and relative evaporation figures can be determined.

  19. Modelling the Plasma Jet in Multi-Arc Plasma Spraying

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    Bobzin, K.; Öte, M.; Schein, J.; Zimmermann, S.; Möhwald, K.; Lummer, C.

    2016-08-01

    Particle in-flight characteristics in atmospheric plasma spraying process are determined by impulse and heat energy transferred between the plasma jet and injected powder particles. One of the important factors for the quality of the plasma-sprayed coatings is thus the distribution of plasma gas temperatures and velocities in plasma jet. Plasma jets generated by conventional single-arc plasma spraying systems and their interaction with powder particles were subject matter of intensive research. However, this does not apply to plasma jets generated by means of multi-arc plasma spraying systems yet. In this study, a numerical model has been developed which is designated to dealing with the flow characteristics of the plasma jet generated by means of a three-cathode spraying system. The upstream flow conditions, which were calculated using a priori conducted plasma generator simulations, have been coupled to the plasma jet simulations. The significances of the relevant numerical assumptions and aspects of the models are analyzed. The focus is placed on to the turbulence and diffusion/demixing modelling. A critical evaluation of the prediction power of the models is conducted by comparing the numerical results to the experimental results determined by means of emission spectroscopic computed tomography. It is evident that the numerical models exhibit a good accuracy for their intended use.

  20. Beam conditioning in the CESR arc and IR regions

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    A large amount of pressure data from over 60 cold cathode gauges at various sections of CESR has provided important information on beam conditioning of the vacuum chambers since the commissioning of CESR Phase II operation in November 1995. The arc regions and the interaction region employ distinctly different pumping systems and are exposed to significantly different synchrotron radiation (SR) flux. Relatively rapid beam conditioning was observed in the DIP-dominated arc region vacuum chambers, where most vacuum chambers have experienced multiple controlled ventings for upgrade and maintenance. The beam-induced pressure rise normally reached a minimum (typically 2-5x10-9 torr/Amp) after a beam exposure of ∼400 Amp·Hr for the normal bend chambers and ∼200 Amp·Hr for the 'hard bend' chambers, with no further beam conditioning after that. On the other hand, the vacuum chambers in the IR region have experienced no venting, and continuous beam conditioning has been observed throughout the entire CESR Phase II operation. After extensive beam exposure, the average pressure in the IR region remains below 3x10-9 torr during HEP running, requiring only 2-3 TiSP 'flashings' per year. (author)