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  1. Using Cellular Slime Molds in the High School Laboratory

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    Haskins, P. B.

    1977-01-01

    Described is the life cycle of the cellular slime molds Acrasiales. Experiments that can be used to explore the aggregation, migration, and culmination activities of the organism are suggested. Laboratory procedures for culturing these slime molds and listings of biological supply houses and literature references are also given. (MA)

  2. Feeding Behaviors in Cellular Slime Molds: A Microbial System To Study Competition.

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    Bozzone, Donna M.

    1997-01-01

    Describes a laboratory project for first-year biology students that examines competition among various cellular slime molds. After a brief introduction to the topic of competition and basic life history information about cellular slime molds, students choose a question and design original experiments to seek an answer. (Author/AIM)

  3. Regulation of aggregate size and pattern by adenosine and caffeine in cellular slime molds

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    Jaiswal Pundrik; Soldati Thierry; Thewes Sascha; Baskar Ramamurthy

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Multicellularity in cellular slime molds is achieved by aggregation of several hundreds to thousands of cells. In the model slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum, adenosine is known to increase the aggregate size and its antagonist caffeine reduces the aggregate size. However, it is not clear if the actions of adenosine and caffeine are evolutionarily conserved among other slime molds known to use structurally unrelated chemoattractants. We have examined how the known factor...

  4. Myosins and cell dynamics in cellular slime molds.

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    Yumura, Shigehiko; Uyeda, Taro Q P

    2003-01-01

    Myosin is a mechanochemical transducer and serves as a motor for various motile activities such as cell migration, cytokinesis, maintenance of cell shape, phagocytosis, and morphogenesis. Nonmuscle myosin in vivo does not either stay static at specific subcellular regions or construct highly organized structures, such as sarcomere in skeletal muscle cells. The cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum is an ideal "model organism" for the investigation of cell movement and cytokinesis. The advantages of this organism prompted researchers to carry out pioneering cell biological, biochemical, and molecular genetic studies on myosin II, which resulted in elucidation of many fundamental features of function and regulation of this most abundant molecular motor. Furthermore, recent molecular biological research has revealed that many unconventional myosins play various functions in vivo. In this article, how myosins are organized and regulated in a dynamic manner in Dictyostelium cells is reviewed and discussed. PMID:12722951

  5. Novel chlorinated dibenzofurans isolated from the cellular slime mold, Polysphondylium filamentosum, and their biological activities.

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    Kikuchi, Haruhisa; Kubohara, Yuzuru; Nguyen, Van Hai; Katou, Yasuhiro; Oshima, Yoshiteru

    2013-08-01

    Cellular slime molds are expected to have the huge potential for producing secondary metabolites including polyketides, and we have studied the diversity of secondary metabolites of cellular slime molds for their potential utilization as new biological resources for natural product chemistry. From the methanol extract of fruiting bodies of Polysphondylium filamentosum, we obtained new chlorinated benzofurans Pf-1 (4) and Pf-2 (5) which display multiple biological activities; these include stalk cell differentiation-inducing activity in the well-studied cellular slime mold, Dictyostelium discoideum, and inhibitory activities on cell proliferation in mammalian cells and gene expression in Drosophila melanogaster. PMID:23746784

  6. Chemotaxis in the cellular slime molds : I. The effect of temperature

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    Konijn, Theo M.

    1965-01-01

    The effect of temperature on chemotaxis in the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum has been studied by incubating small populations of washed myxamoebae at different temperatures. Droplets containing a cell suspension of known density were deposited on a hydrophobic agar surface. The myxamo

  7. Regulation of aggregate size and pattern by adenosine and caffeine in cellular slime molds

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    Jaiswal Pundrik

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Multicellularity in cellular slime molds is achieved by aggregation of several hundreds to thousands of cells. In the model slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum, adenosine is known to increase the aggregate size and its antagonist caffeine reduces the aggregate size. However, it is not clear if the actions of adenosine and caffeine are evolutionarily conserved among other slime molds known to use structurally unrelated chemoattractants. We have examined how the known factors affecting aggregate size are modulated by adenosine and caffeine. Result Adenosine and caffeine induced the formation of large and small aggregates respectively, in evolutionarily distinct slime molds known to use diverse chemoattractants for their aggregation. Due to its genetic tractability, we chose D. discoideum to further investigate the factors affecting aggregate size. The changes in aggregate size are caused by the effect of the compounds on several parameters such as cell number and size, cell-cell adhesion, cAMP signal relay and cell counting mechanisms. While some of the effects of these two compounds are opposite to each other, interestingly, both compounds increase the intracellular glucose level and strengthen cell-cell adhesion. These compounds also inhibit the synthesis of cAMP phosphodiesterase (PdsA, weakening the relay of extracellular cAMP signal. Adenosine as well as caffeine rescue mutants impaired in stream formation (pde4- and pdiA- and colony size (smlA- and ctnA- and restore their parental aggregate size. Conclusion Adenosine increased the cell division timings thereby making large number of cells available for aggregation and also it marginally increased the cell size contributing to large aggregate size. Reduced cell division rates and decreased cell size in the presence of caffeine makes the aggregates smaller than controls. Both the compounds altered the speed of the chemotactic amoebae causing a variation in aggregate size

  8. Ground Testing of the EMCS Seed Cassette for Biocompatibility with the Cellular Slime Mold, Dictyostelium Discoideum

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    Hanely, Julia C.; Reinsch, Sigrid; Myers, Zachary A.; Freeman, John; Steele, Marianne K.; Sun, Gwo-Shing; Heathcote, David G.

    2014-01-01

    The European Modular Cultivation System, EMCS, was developed by ESA for plant experiments. To expand the use of flight verified hardware for various model organisms, we performed ground experiments to determine whether ARC EMCS Seed Cassettes could be adapted for use with cellular slime mold for future space flight experiments. Dictyostelium is a cellular slime mold that can exist both as a single-celled independent organism and as a part of a multicellular colony which functions as a unit (pseudoplasmodium). Under certain stress conditions, individual amoebae will aggregate to form multicellular structures. Developmental pathways are very similar to those found in Eukaryotic organisms, making this a uniquely interesting organism for use in genetic studies. Dictyostelium has been used as a genetic model organism for prior space flight experiments. Due to the formation of spores that are resistant to unfavorable conditions such as desiccation, Dictyostelium is also a good candidate for use in the EMCS Seed Cassettes. The growth substratum in the cassettes is a gridded polyether sulfone (PES) membrane. A blotter beneath the PES membranes contains dried growth medium. The goals of this study were to (1) verify that Dictyostelium are capable of normal growth and development on PES membranes, (2) develop a method for dehydration of Dictyostelium spores with successful recovery and development after rehydration, and (3) successful mock rehydration experiments in cassettes. Our results show normal developmental progression in two strains of Dictyostelium discoideum on PES membranes with a bacterial food source. We have successfully performed a mock rehydration of spores with developmental progression from aggregation to slug formation, and production of morphologically normal spores within 9 days of rehydration. Our results indicate that experiments on the ISS using the slime mold, Dictyostelium discoideum could potentially be performed in the flight verified hardware of

  9. Genetic heterogeneity in wild isolates of cellular slime mold social groups.

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    Sathe, Santosh; Kaushik, Sonia; Lalremruata, Albert; Aggarwal, Ramesh K; Cavender, James C; Nanjundiah, Vidyanand

    2010-07-01

    This study addresses the issues of spatial distribution, dispersal, and genetic heterogeneity in social groups of the cellular slime molds (CSMs). The CSMs are soil amoebae with an unusual life cycle that consists of alternating solitary and social phases. Because the social phase involves division of labor with what appears to be an extreme form of "altruism", the CSMs raise interesting evolutionary questions regarding the origin and maintenance of sociality. Knowledge of the genetic structure of social groups in the wild is necessary for answering these questions. We confirm that CSMs are widespread in undisturbed forest soil from South India. They are dispersed over long distances via the dung of a variety of large mammals. Consistent with this mode of dispersal, most social groups in the two species examined for detailed study, Dictyostelium giganteum and Dictyostelium purpureum, are multi-clonal. PMID:20179919

  10. Genetic Diversity in Cellular Slime Molds: Allozyme Electrophoresis and a Monoclonal Antibody Reveal Cryptic Species among Dictyostelium discoideum Strains

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    Briscoe, David A.; Gooley, Andrew A.; Bernstein, R.L.; McKay, George M.; Williams, Keith L.

    1987-01-01

    Cellular slime molds have been classified on the basis of a small number of descriptive criteria such as fruiting body color and morphology, and, in heterothallic species, by assignment to compatible mating groups. However, some isolates which are morphologically classified as conspecific do not fall into a simple mating-type classification; for example some are asexual or homothallic. An increasing interest in inter-strain genetic variation in studies of development and simple behavior has l...

  11. Resolution of Infinite-Loop in Hyperincursive and Nonlocal Cellular Automata: Introduction to Slime Mold Computing

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    Aono, Masashi; Gunji, Yukio-Pegio

    2004-08-01

    How can non-algorithmic/non-deterministic computational syntax be computed? "The hyperincursive system" introduced by Dubois is an anticipatory system embracing the contradiction/uncertainty. Although it may provide a novel viewpoint for the understanding of complex systems, conventional digital computers cannot run faithfully as the hyperincursive computational syntax specifies, in a strict sense. Then is it an imaginary story? In this paper we try to argue that it is not. We show that a model of complex systems "Elementary Conflictable Cellular Automata (ECCA)" proposed by Aono and Gunji is embracing the hyperincursivity and the nonlocality. ECCA is based on locality-only type settings basically as well as other CA models, and/but at the same time, each cell is required to refer to globality-dominant regularity. Due to this contradictory locality-globality loop, the time evolution equation specifies that the system reaches the deadlock/infinite-loop. However, we show that there is a possibility of the resolution of these problems if the computing system has parallel and/but non-distributed property like an amoeboid organism. This paper is an introduction to "the slime mold computing" that is an attempt to cultivate an unconventional notion of computation.

  12. Streaming instability of aggregating slime mold amoebae

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    Levine, Herbert; Reynolds, William

    1991-05-01

    We propose a new model of aggregation in the cellular slime mold D. Discoideum. Our approach couples the excitable signaling system to amoeba chemotaxis; the resultant system of equations is tractable to analytical and numerical approaches. Using our model, we derive the existence of a streaming instability for the concentric target aggregation pattern.

  13. Antibacterial and Anti-inflammatory Activities of Ppc-1, Active Principle of the Cellular Slime Mold Polysphondylium pseudo-candidum.

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    Azelmat, Jabrane; Fiorito, Serena; Genovese, Salvatore; Epifano, Francesco; Grenier, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    The diisopentenyloxy quinolobactin derivative 3-methylbut-2-enyl-4-methoxy-8-[(3-methylbut-2-enyl)oxy] quinoline-2-carboxylate, also named as Ppc-1, has been initially isolated from the fruiting bodies of the cellular slime mold Polysphondylium pseudo-candidum. Given that few data are available in the literature concerning the biological properties of this compound, this study was undertaken to evaluate its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Ppc-1 exerted antibacterial activity on the Gram negative periodontopathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis, while it had no such effect on the other bacterial species tested. The antibacterial activity of Ppc-1 appeared to result from its ability to permeate the cell membrane. Using the U937-3xκB-LUC human monocytic cell line, Ppc-1 was found to dose-dependently inhibit the lipopolysaccharide-induced NF-κB activation, a signaling pathway that has been associated with inflammatory mediator secretion. In conclusion, Ppc-1, by exhibiting a dual mode of action including antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activities, may represent a promising targeted therapeutic agent for periodontal diseases. PMID:25925558

  14. Slimeware: engineering devices with slime mold.

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    Adamatzky, Andrew

    2013-01-01

    The plasmodium of the acellular slime mold Physarum polycephalum is a gigantic single cell visible to the unaided eye. The cell shows a rich spectrum of behavioral patterns in response to environmental conditions. In a series of simple experiments we demonstrate how to make computing, sensing, and actuating devices from the slime mold. We show how to program living slime mold machines by configurations of repelling and attracting gradients and demonstrate the workability of the living machines on tasks of computational geometry, logic, and arithmetic. PMID:23834592

  15. Secondary metabolites of slime molds (myxomycetes)

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    Dembitsky, V. M.; Řezanka, Tomáš; Spížek, Jaroslav; Hanuš, L. O.

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 66, - (2005), s. 747-769. ISSN 0031-9422 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50200510 Keywords : slime molds * myxomycetes * metabolites Subject RIV: EE - Microbiology, Virology Impact factor: 2.780, year: 2005

  16. Route 20, Autobahn 7, and Slime Mold: Approximating the Longest Roads in USA and Germany With Slime Mold on 3-D Terrains.

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    Adamatzky, Andrew I

    2014-01-01

    A cellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum is a monstrously large single cell visible by an unaided eye. The slime mold explores space in parallel, is guided by gradients of chemoattractants, and propagates toward sources of nutrients along nearly shortest paths. The slime mold is a living prototype of amorphous biological computers and robotic devices capable of solving a range of tasks of graph optimization and computational geometry. When presented with a distribution of nutrients, the slime mold spans the sources of nutrients with a network of protoplasmic tubes. This protoplasmic network matches a network of major transport routes of a country when configuration of major urban areas is represented by nutrients. A transport route connecting two cities should ideally be a shortest path, and this is usually the case in computer simulations and laboratory experiments with flat substrates. What searching strategies does the slime mold adopt when exploring 3-D terrains? How are optimal and transport routes approximated by protoplasmic tubes? Do the routes built by the slime mold on 3-D terrain match real-world transport routes? To answer these questions, we conducted pioneer laboratory experiments with Nylon terrains of USA and Germany. We used the slime mold to approximate route 20, the longest road in USA, and autobahn 7, the longest national motorway in Europe. We found that slime mold builds longer transport routes on 3-D terrains, compared to flat substrates yet sufficiently approximates man-made transport routes studied. We demonstrate that nutrients placed in destination sites affect performance of slime mold, and show how the mold navigates around elevations. In cellular automaton models of the slime mold, we have shown variability of the protoplasmic routes might depends on physiological states of the slime mold. Results presented will contribute toward development of novel algorithms for sensorial fusion, information processing, and decision making, and

  17. Breakdown of self/nonself recognition in cannibalistic strains of the predatory slime mold, Dictyostelium caveatum

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    1986-01-01

    Dictyostelium caveatum amebas feed upon both bacteria and the amebas of other cellular slime molds. The capacity to feed extensively upon other cellular slime molds is unique to D. caveatum amebas. They are able to phagocytose amebas larger than themselves by nibbling pieces of the cells until they are small enough to ingest. Here we report the isolation from previously cloned stock cultures of stable, cannibalistic strains of D. caveatum in which self/nonself recognition has broken down. Bec...

  18. Chemotaxis in the Plasmodial Slime Mold, Physarum polycephalum.

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    Bozzone, Donna M.; Martin, Denise A.

    1998-01-01

    Describes a biology unit designed so that students pose their own questions and perform experiments to answer these questions. Plasmodial slime mold is employed as the focus of the study with background information about the mold provided. (DDR)

  19. Two Species of Myxomycetes Causing Slime Mold of Sweet Potato

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    Kim, Wan Gyu; Lee, Sang Yeob; Cho, Weon Dae

    2007-01-01

    Specimens collected from sweet potato plants with slime mold symptoms in fields in Daejeon, Korea were examined. Two species of Myxomycetes, Fuligo septica and Stemonitis herbatica were identified based on their morphological characteristics. This is the first report that the two species of Myxomycetes cause slime mold of sweet potato in Korea.

  20. Occurrence of Fuligo gyrosa Causing Slime Mold of Oriental Melon

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    Kim, Wan Gyu; Choi, Hyo Won; Hong, Sung Kee; Lee, Young Kee; Lee, Su Heon

    2009-01-01

    Recently, a severe slime mold infestation affected oriental melon plants in fields in Chilgok county, Gyeongbuk province, Korea. Specimens were collected from the fields and examined for identification. A species of Myxomycetes, Fuligo gyrosa, was identified based on its morphological characteristics. This is the first report that F. gyrosa causes slime mold of oriental melon.

  1. Physarum attraction: Why slime mold behaves as cats do?

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    Adamatzky, Andrew; Costello, Ben de Lacy

    2012-01-01

    We discuss potential chemical substances responsible for attracting acellular slime mold Physarun polycephalum to valerian root. The contributes toward fundamental research into pheromones and chemo-attracts of primitive organisms such as slime molds. The results show that significant information could be gained about the action of compounds on higher organisms.

  2. Gravitational response of the slime mold Physarum

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    Block, I.; Wolke, A.; Briegleb, W.

    1994-08-01

    The acellular slime mold Physarum polycephalum is used as a model system to investigate the graviresponse of single cells which possess no receptors specialized for the perception of gravity. To obtain insights into the gravity-signal transduciton mechanism the light response of the cell is used: Macroplsmodia of the slime mold show clear geo- and phototaxes. Gravity increases and white light decreases transiently the concentration frequency of plasmodial strands whereby both responses follow the same time pattern. Since mitochodria play major role in changing the contraction rhythm in response to light and gravity stimuli, the simultaneous and subsequent inductions of the opposing light and gravity responses and their mutual influences on one another were investigated. The experiments were performed in weightlessness (0 g) - simulated on the fast-rotating clinostat as well as in actual weightlessness during the IML-1 Space-Shuttle mission. The results indicate that mitochondria (chondriome) are part of the acceleration-stimulus reaction chain in Physarum. Two models for a direct gravireceptor mechanism are discussed.

  3. Star Mapping with Slime Mold Physarum Polycephalum

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    Mihklepp, M.; Domnitch, E.; Gelfand, D.; Foing, B. H.; van der Heide, E.

    2014-04-01

    Human curiosity and exploration towards outer space has led to many fantastic inventions and given way to alternative scenarios about the origins of life. In the Space Science in the Arts course together with ESTEC with support from ILEWG. I got interested about unicellular slime mold Physarum polycephalum. There has been and still is a lot of research on Physarum polycephalum. This brainless eucaryotic microbe has its smartness and external memory strategies. Physarum can navigate through a maze made of agar using the shortest route possible when two pieces of food are placed at two separate exits of the maze. It can build efficient networks - Physarum created network similar to the existing Tokyo train system. It is being used to control a robot, in USB-sensor and in sound synthesis. Right now there is a lot of research about using Physarum in bio-computing.

  4. Material Implementation of Hyperincursive Field on Slime Mold Computer

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    Aono, Masashi; Gunji, Yukio-Pegio

    2004-08-01

    "Elementary Conflictable Cellular Automaton (ECCA)" was introduced by Aono and Gunji as a problematic computational syntax embracing the non-deterministic/non-algorithmic property due to its hyperincursivity and nonlocality. Although ECCA's hyperincursive evolution equation indicates the occurrence of the deadlock/infinite-loop, we do not consider that this problem declares the fundamental impossibility of implementing ECCA materially. Dubois proposed to call a computing system where uncertainty/contradiction occurs "the hyperincursive field". In this paper we introduce a material implementation of the hyperincursive field by using plasmodia of the true slime mold Physarum polycephalum. The amoeboid organism is adopted as a computing media of ECCA slime mold computer (ECCA-SMC) mainly because; it is a parallel non-distributed system whose locally branched tips (components) can act in parallel with asynchronism and nonlocal correlation. A notable characteristic of ECCA-SMC is that a cell representing a spatio-temporal segment of computation is occupied (overlapped) redundantly by multiple spatially adjacent computing operations and by temporally successive computing events. The overlapped time representation may contribute to the progression of discussions on unconventional notions of the time.

  5. A would-be nervous system made from a slime mold.

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    Adamatzky, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    The slime mold Physarum polycephalum is a huge single cell that has proved to be a fruitful material for designing novel computing architectures. The slime mold is capable of sensing tactile, chemical, and optical stimuli and converting them to characteristic patterns of its electrical potential oscillations. The electrical responses to stimuli may propagate along protoplasmic tubes for distances exceeding tens of centimeters, as impulses in neural pathways do. A slime mold makes decisions about its propagation direction based on information fusion from thousands of spatially extended protoplasmic loci, similarly to a neuron collecting information from its dendritic tree. The analogy is distant yet inspiring. We speculate on whether alternative-would-be-nervous systems can be developed and practically implemented from the slime mold. We uncover analogies between the slime mold and neurons, and demonstrate that the slime mold can play the roles of primitive mechanoreceptors, photoreceptors, and chemoreceptors; we also show how the Physarum neural pathways develop. The results constituted the first step towards experimental laboratory studies of nervous system implementation in slime molds. PMID:25514435

  6. Extended Eden model reproduces growth of an acellular slime mold

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    Wagner, Geri; Halvorsrud, Ragnhild; Meakin, Paul

    1999-11-01

    A stochastic growth model was used to simulate the growth of the acellular slime mold Physarum polycephalum on substrates where the nutrients were confined in separate drops. Growth of Physarum on such substrates was previously studied experimentally and found to produce a range of different growth patterns [Phys. Rev. E 57, 941 (1998)]. The model represented the aging of cluster sites and differed from the original Eden model in that the occupation probability of perimeter sites depended on the time of occupation of adjacent cluster sites. This feature led to a bias in the selection of growth directions. A moderate degree of persistence was found to be crucial to reproduce the biological growth patterns under various conditions. Persistence in growth combined quick propagation in heterogeneous environments with a high probability of locating sources of nutrients.

  7. Streaming instability of slime mold amoebae: An analytical model

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    Höfer, Thomas; Maini, Philip K.

    1997-08-01

    During the aggregation of amoebae of the cellular slime mould Dictyostelium, the interaction of chemical waves of the signaling molecule cAMP with cAMP-directed cell movement causes the breakup of a uniform cell layer into branching patterns of cell streams. Recent numerical and experimental investigations emphasize the pivotal role of the cell-density dependence of the chemical wave speed for the occurrence of the streaming instability. A simple, analytically tractable, model of Dictyostelium aggregation is developed to test this idea. The interaction of cAMP waves with cAMP-directed cell movement is studied in the form of coupled dynamics of wave front geometries and cell density. Comparing the resulting explicit instability criterion and dispersion relation for cell streaming with the previous findings of model simulations and numerical stability analyses, a unifying interpretation of the streaming instability as a cAMP wave-driven chemotactic instability is proposed.

  8. Magnetic field effects on mitochondrion-activity-related optical properties in slime mold and bone forming cells.

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    Mizukawa, Yuri; Iwasaka, Masakazu

    2013-01-01

    In the present study, a cellular level response of Cyto-aa3 oxidation was investigated in real time under both time-varying and strong static magnetic fields of 5 T. Two kinds of cells, a slime mold, Physarum polycephalum, and bone forming cells, MC-3T3-E1, were used for the experiments. The oxidation level of the Cyto-aa3 was calculated by optical absorptions at 690 nm, 780 nm and 830 nm. The sample, fiber-optics and an additional optical fiber for light stimulation were set in a solenoidal coil or the bore of a 5-T superconducting magnet. The solenoidal coil for time-varying magnetic fields produced sinusoidal magnetic fields of 6 mT. The slime mold showed a periodic change in Cyto-aa3 oxidation, and the oxidation-reduction cycle of Cyto-aa3 was apparently changed when visible-light irradiated the slime mold. Similarly to the case with light, time-varying magnetic stimulations changed the oxidation-reduction cycle during and after the stimulation for 10 minutes. The same phenomena were observed in the MC-3T3-E1 cell assembly, although their cycle rhythm was comparatively random. Finally, magnetic field exposure of up to 5 T exhibited a distinct suppression of Cyto-aa3 oscillation in the bone forming cells. Exposure up to 5 T was repeated five times, and the change in Cyto-aa3 oxidation reproducibly occurred. PMID:24109969

  9. Slime mold uses an externalized spatial "memory" to navigate in complex environments.

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    Reid, Chris R; Latty, Tanya; Dussutour, Audrey; Beekman, Madeleine

    2012-10-23

    Spatial memory enhances an organism's navigational ability. Memory typically resides within the brain, but what if an organism has no brain? We show that the brainless slime mold Physarum polycephalum constructs a form of spatial memory by avoiding areas it has previously explored. This mechanism allows the slime mold to solve the U-shaped trap problem--a classic test of autonomous navigational ability commonly used in robotics--requiring the slime mold to reach a chemoattractive goal behind a U-shaped barrier. Drawn into the trap, the organism must rely on other methods than gradient-following to escape and reach the goal. Our data show that spatial memory enhances the organism's ability to navigate in complex environments. We provide a unique demonstration of a spatial memory system in a nonneuronal organism, supporting the theory that an externalized spatial memory may be the functional precursor to the internal memory of higher organisms. PMID:23045640

  10. On the role of the plasmodial cytoskeleton in facilitating intelligent behavior in slime mold Physarum polycephalum.

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    Mayne, Richard; Adamatzky, Andrew; Jones, Jeff

    2015-01-01

    The plasmodium of slime mold Physarum polycephalum behaves as an amorphous reaction-diffusion computing substrate and is capable of apparently 'intelligent' behavior. But how does intelligence emerge in an acellular organism? Through a range of laboratory experiments, we visualize the plasmodial cytoskeleton-a ubiquitous cellular protein scaffold whose functions are manifold and essential to life-and discuss its putative role as a network for transducing, transmitting and structuring data streams within the plasmodium. Through a range of computer modeling techniques, we demonstrate how emergent behavior, and hence computational intelligence, may occur in cytoskeletal communications networks. Specifically, we model the topology of both the actin and tubulin cytoskeletal networks and discuss how computation may occur therein. Furthermore, we present bespoke cellular automata and particle swarm models for the computational process within the cytoskeleton and observe the incidence of emergent patterns in both. Our work grants unique insight into the origins of natural intelligence; the results presented here are therefore readily transferable to the fields of natural computation, cell biology and biomedical science. We conclude by discussing how our results may alter our biological, computational and philosophical understanding of intelligence and consciousness. PMID:26478782

  11. Characterization of Adaptation by Morphology in a Planar Biological Network of Plasmodial Slime Mold

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    Ito, Masateru; Okamoto, Riki; Takamatsu, Atsuko

    2011-07-01

    Growth processes of a planar biological network of plasmodium of a true slime mold, Physarum polycephalum, were analyzed quantitatively. The plasmodium forms a transportation network through which protoplasm conveys nutrients, oxygen, and cellular organelles similarly to blood in a mammalian vascular network. To analyze the network structure, vertices were defined at tube bifurcation points. Then edges were defined for the tubes connecting both end vertices. Morphological analysis was attempted along with conventional topological analysis, revealing that the growth process of the plasmodial network structure depends on environmental conditions. In an attractive condition, the network is a polygonal lattice with more than six edges per vertex at the early stage and the hexagonal lattice at a later stage. Through all growing stages, the tube structure was not highly developed but an unstructured protoplasmic thin sheet was dominantly formed. The network size is small. In contrast, in the repulsive condition, the network is a mixture of polygonal lattice and tree-graph. More specifically, the polygonal lattice has more than six edges per vertex in the early stage, then a tree-graph structure is added to the lattice network at a later stage. The thick tube structure was highly developed. The network size, in the meaning of Euclidean distance but not topological one, grows considerably. Finally, the biological meaning of the environment-dependent network structure in the plasmodium is discussed.

  12. Gravity related behavior of the acellular slime mold Physarum polycephalum (7-IML-1)

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    Block, I.

    1992-01-01

    The objective of the experiment is to investigate the effect of near weightlessness on a single cell. The test object is the acellular slime mold Physarum polycephalum. This cell is composed of a network of protoplastic strands which perform rhythmic contractions in the minute range. These contractions of the strands' ectoplastic walls generate the force to drive the vigorous shuttle streaming of fluid protoplasm inside the strands (hydrostatic pressure flow). A net transport of protoplasm in one direction determines the direction of the cell's locomotion itself. In this way, gravity modifies the contraction rhythm of the strands, the streaming velocity of protoplasm in the strands, and the direction of locomotion of the whole slime mold (geotaxis). The other parts of this experiment will address the major question of how this cell, which does not possess any specialized gravireceptors, gets the information about the direction of the gravity vector. Details of the experimental setup are given.

  13. Oxygen influences the subunit structure of cytochrome c oxidase in the slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum.

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    Schiavo, G; Bisson, R

    1989-01-01

    The conditions that promote the alternative expression of two nuclear-encoded subunits of cytochrome c oxidase in the slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum (Bisson, R., and Schiavo, G. (1986) J. Biol. Chem. 261, 4373-4376) have been investigated. Oxygen concentration seems to be the only factor able to cause the subunit switching. This result indicates that the polypeptide composition of the mitochondrial enzyme can be influenced by environmental conditions. The significance of this change is d...

  14. Spatiotemporal Symmetry in Rings of Coupled Biological Oscillators of Physarum Plasmodial Slime Mold

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    Takamatsu, Atsuko; Tanaka, Reiko; Yamada, Hiroyasu; Nakagaki, Toshiyuki; Fujii, Teruo; Endo, Isao

    2001-08-13

    Spatiotemporal patterns in rings of coupled biological oscillators of the plasmodial slime mold, Physarum polycephalum, were investigated by comparing with results analyzed by the symmetric Hopf bifurcation theory based on group theory. In three-, four-, and five-oscillator systems, all types of oscillation modes predicted by the theory were observed including a novel oscillation mode, a half period oscillation, which has not been reported anywhere in practical systems. Our results support the effectiveness of the symmetric Hopf bifurcation theory in practical systems.

  15. Spatiotemporal Symmetry in Rings of Coupled Biological Oscillators of Physarum Plasmodial Slime Mold

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    Takamatsu, Atsuko; Tanaka, Reiko; Yamada, Hiroyasu; Nakagaki, Toshiyuki; Fujii, Teruo; Endo, Isao

    2001-08-01

    Spatiotemporal patterns in rings of coupled biological oscillators of the plasmodial slime mold, Physarum polycephalum, were investigated by comparing with results analyzed by the symmetric Hopf bifurcation theory based on group theory. In three-, four-, and five-oscillator systems, all types of oscillation modes predicted by the theory were observed including a novel oscillation mode, a half period oscillation, which has not been reported anywhere in practical systems. Our results support the effectiveness of the symmetric Hopf bifurcation theory in practical systems.

  16. Cellular automaton model of crowd evacuation inspired by slime mould

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    Kalogeiton, V. S.; Papadopoulos, D. P.; Georgilas, I. P.; Sirakoulis, G. Ch.; Adamatzky, A. I.

    2015-04-01

    In all the living organisms, the self-preservation behaviour is almost universal. Even the most simple of living organisms, like slime mould, is typically under intense selective pressure to evolve a response to ensure their evolution and safety in the best possible way. On the other hand, evacuation of a place can be easily characterized as one of the most stressful situations for the individuals taking part on it. Taking inspiration from the slime mould behaviour, we are introducing a computational bio-inspired model crowd evacuation model. Cellular Automata (CA) were selected as a fully parallel advanced computation tool able to mimic the Physarum's behaviour. In particular, the proposed CA model takes into account while mimicking the Physarum foraging process, the food diffusion, the organism's growth, the creation of tubes for each organism, the selection of optimum tube for each human in correspondence to the crowd evacuation under study and finally, the movement of all humans at each time step towards near exit. To test the model's efficiency and robustness, several simulation scenarios were proposed both in virtual and real-life indoor environments (namely, the first floor of office building B of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Democritus University of Thrace). The proposed model is further evaluated in a purely quantitative way by comparing the simulation results with the corresponding ones from the bibliography taken by real data. The examined fundamental diagrams of velocity-density and flow-density are found in full agreement with many of the already published corresponding results proving the adequacy, the fitness and the resulting dynamics of the model. Finally, several real Physarum experiments were conducted in an archetype of the aforementioned real-life environment proving at last that the proposed model succeeded in reproducing sufficiently the Physarum's recorded behaviour derived from observation of the aforementioned

  17. Plant hairy root cultures as plasmodium modulators of the slime mold emergent computing substrate Physarum polycephalum.

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    Ricigliano, Vincent; Chitaman, Javed; Tong, Jingjing; Adamatzky, Andrew; Howarth, Dianella G

    2015-01-01

    Roots of the medicinal plant Valeriana officinalis are well-studied for their various biological activities. We applied genetically transformed V. officinalis root biomass to exert control of Physarum polycephalum, an amoeba-based emergent computing substrate. The plasmodial stage of the P. polycephalum life cycle constitutes a single, multinucleate cell visible by unaided eye. The plasmodium modifies its network of oscillating protoplasm in response to spatial configurations of attractants and repellents, a behavior that is interpreted as biological computation. To program the computing behavior of P. polycephalum, a diverse and sustainable library of plasmodium modulators is required. Hairy roots produced by genetic transformation with Agrobacterium rhizogenes are a metabolically stable source of bioactive compounds. Adventitious roots were induced on in vitro V. officinalis plants following infection with A. rhizogenes. A single hairy root clone was selected for massive propagation and the biomass was characterized in P. polycephalum chemotaxis, maze-solving, and electrical activity assays. The Agrobacterium-derived roots of V. officinalis elicited a positive chemotactic response and augmented maze-solving behavior. In a simple plasmodium circuit, introduction of hairy root biomass stimulated the oscillation patterns of slime mold's surface electrical activity. We propose that manipulation of P. polycephalum with the plant root culture platform can be applied to the development of slime mold microfluidic devices as well as future models for engineering the plant rhizosphere. PMID:26236301

  18. A coupled-oscillator model with a conservation law for the rhythmic amoeboid movements of plasmodial slime molds

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    Tero, A.; Kobayashi, R.; Nakagaki, T.

    2005-06-01

    Experiments on the fusion and partial separation of plasmodia of the true slime mold Physarum polycephalum are described, concentrating on the spatio-temporal phase patterns of rhythmic amoeboid movement. On the basis of these experimental results we introduce a new model of coupled oscillators with one conserved quantity. Simulations using the model equations reproduce the experimental results well.

  19. Route 20, Autobahn 7, and Slime Mold: Approximating the Longest Roads in USA and Germany With Slime Mold on 3-D Terrains

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    Adamatzky, Andrew

    2014-01-01

    Acellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum is a monstrously large single cell visible by an unaided eye. It shows sophisticated behavioural traits in foraging for nutrients and developing an optimal transport network of protoplasmic tubes spanning sources of nutrients. The slime mould sufficiently approximates man-made transport networks on a flat substrate. Does slime mould imitate man-made transport networks on three-dimensional terrain as well as it does on a flat substrate? We simplified...

  20. Plant hairy root cultures as plasmodium modulators of the slime mold emergent computing substrate Physarum polycephalum

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    Vincent eRicigliano

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    Full Text Available Roots of the medicinal plant Valeriana officinalis are well studied for their various biological activities. We applied genetically transformed V. officinalis root cultures to exert control of Physarum polycephalum, an amoeba-based emergent computing substrate. The plasmodial stage of the P. polycephalum life cycle constitutes a single, multinucleate cell visible by unaided eye. The plasmodium modifies its network of oscillating protoplasm in response to spatial configurations of attractants and repellents, a behavior that is interpreted as biological computation. To program the computing behavior of P. polycephalum, a diverse and sustainable library of plasmodium modulators is required. Hairy roots produced by genetic transformation with Agrobacterium rhizogenes are a metabolically stable source of plant natural products. Adventitious roots were induced on in vitro V. officinalis plants following infection with A. rhizogenes. A single hairy root clone was selected for massive propagation and the biomass was characterized in P. polycephalum chemotaxis, maze-solving, and electrical activity assays. The Agrobacterium-derived roots of V. officinalis elicited a positive chemotactic response and augmented maze-solving behavior. In a simple plasmodium circuit, introduction of hairy root biomass stimulated the oscillation patterns of slime mold’s surface electrical potential. We propose that manipulation of P. polycephalum with the V. officinalis root culture platform can be applied to the development of slime mold microfluidic devices as well as future models for engineering the plant rhizosphere.

  1. A world review of fungi, yeasts, and slime molds in caves

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    McAlpine Donald F.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We provide a review of fungi, yeasts, and slime molds that have been found in natural solution caves and mines worldwide. Such habitats provide frequent roost sites for bats, and in eastern North America the environmental conditions that support white-nose syndrome, a lethal fungal disease currently devastating bat populations. A list of 1029 species of fungi, slime moulds, and yeasts in 518 genera have been documented from caves and mines worldwide in 225 articles. Ascomycota dominate the cave environment. Most research has been conducted in temperate climates, especially in Europe. A mean of 17.9±24.4SD fungal species are reported per study. Questions remain about the origin and ecological roles of fungi in caves, and which, if any, are cave-specialists. In the northern hemisphere, caves are generally characterized by relatively stable, low temperatures and a lack of organic substrates. This environment favors communities of oligotrophic, psychrotolerant fungi. Data that may help explain how cave environmental features and faunas inf luence the introduction and transmission of cave fungi remains scant.

  2. Species-specific cell mobility of bacteria-feeding myxamoebae in plasmodial slime molds.

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    Hoppe, Thomas; Kutschera, Ulrich

    2015-01-01

    On decaying wood or litter in forests, plasmodial slime molds (myxomycetes) represent a large fraction of eukaryotic protists that feed on bacteria. In his seminal book Experimental Physiology of Plants (1865), Julius Sachs referred to the multinucleate plasmodium of myxomycetes, which were considered at that time as primitive plants (or fungi). Today it is well established that myxomycetes are members of the Amoebozoa (Protista). In this study we compare the mobility of myxamoebae of 3 European species, Lycogala epidendrum (order Liceales), Tubulifera arachnoidea, and Trichia decipiens (order Trichiales). Using agar plates, on which 3 separate bacterial species were cultivated as prey organisms (Methylobacterium mesophilicum, Escherichia coli, Agrobacterium tumefaciens), we document large differences in cell motility between the myxomycetes investigated. In addition, we show that the 3 species of myxamoebae can be distinguished based on their average cell size. These data shed light on the mode of co-occurrence via differential substrate utilization in these members of the Amoebozoa. PMID:26357877

  3. Experimental Verification of Fully Decentralized Control Inspired by Plasmodium of True Slime Mold

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    Umedachi, Takuya; Takeda, Koichi; Nakagaki, Toshiyuki; Kobayashi, Ryo; Ishiguro, Akio

    This paper presents a fully decentralized control inspired by plasmodium of true slime mold and its validity using a soft-bodied amoeboid robot. The notable features of this paper are twofold: (1) the robot has truly soft and deformable body stemming from real-time tunable springs and a balloon, the former is utilized as an outer skin of the body and the latter serves as protoplasm; and (2) a fully decentralized control using coupled oscillators with completely local sensory feedback mechanism is realized by exploiting the long-distance physical interaction between the body parts induced by the law of conservation of protoplasmic mass. Experimental results show that this robot exhibits truly supple locomotion without relying on any hierarchical structure. The results obtained are expected to shed new light on design scheme for autonomous decentralized control system.

  4. Risk management in spatio-temporally varying field by true slime mold

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    Ito, Kentaro; Sumpter, David; Nakagaki, Toshiyuki

    Revealing how lower organisms solve complicated problems is a challenging research area, which could reveal the evolutionary origin of biological information processing. Here we report on the ability of a single-celled organism, true slime mold, to find a smart solution of risk management under spatio-temporally varying conditions. We designed test conditions under which there were three food-locations at vertices of equilateral triangle and a toxic light illuminated the organism on alternating halves of the triangle. We found that the organism behavior depended on the period of the repeated illumination, even though the total exposure time was kept the same . A simple mathematical model for the experimental results is proposed from a dynamical system point of view. We discuss our results in the context of a strategy of risk management by Physarum.

  5. Maternal inheritance of mitochondria: multipolarity, multiallelism and hierarchical transmission of mitochondrial DNA in the true slime mold Physarum polycephalum.

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    Moriyama, Yohsuke; Kawano, Shigeyuki

    2010-03-01

    Direct evidence of digestion of paternal mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) has been found in the true slime mold Physarum polycephalum. This is the first report on the selective digestion of mtDNA inside the zygote, and is striking evidence for the mechanism of maternal inheritance of mitochondria. Moreover, two mitochondrial nuclease activities were detected in this organism as-candidates for the nucleases responsible for selective digestion of mtDNA. In the true slime mold, there is an additional-feature of the uniparental inheritance of mitochondria.Although mitochondria are believed to be inherited from the maternal lineage in nearly all eukaryotes, the mating types of the true slime mold P. polycephalum is not restricted to two: there are three mating loci--matA, matB,and matC--and these loci have 16, 15, and 3 alleles,-respectively. Interestingly, the transmission patterns of mtDNA are determined by the matA locus, in a hierarchical-fashion (matA hierarchy) as follows: matA7[matA2[matA11[matA12[matA15/matA16[matA1[matA6.The strain possessing the higher status of matA would be the mtDNA donor in crosses. Furthermore, we have found that some crosses showed biparental inheritance of mitochondria.This review describes the phenomenon of hierarchical transmission of mtDNA in true slime molds, and discusses the presumed molecular mechanism of maternal and biparental inheritance. PMID:20082112

  6. Stalk cell differentiation without polyketides in the cellular slime mold.

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    Sato, Yukie G; Suarez, Teresa; Saito, Tamao

    2016-07-01

    Polyketides induce prestalk cell differentiation in Dictyostelium. In the double-knockout mutant of the SteelyA and B polyketide synthases, most of the pstA cells-the major part of the prestalk cells-are lost, and we show by whole mount in situ hybridization that expression of prestalk genes is also reduced. Treatment of the double-knockout mutant with the PKS inhibitor cerulenin gave a further reduction, but some pstA cells still remained in the tip region, suggesting the existence of a polyketide-independent subtype of pstA cells. The double-knockout mutant and cerulenin-treated parental Ax2 cells form fruiting bodies with fragile, single-cell layered stalks after cerulenin treatment. Our results indicate that most pstA cells are induced by polyketides, but the pstA cells at the very tip of the slug are induced in some other way. In addition, a fruiting body with a single-cell layered, vacuolated stalk can form without polyketides. PMID:27305283

  7. Weight loss by Ppc-1, a novel small molecule mitochondrial uncoupler derived from slime mold.

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    Suzuki, Toshiyuki; Kikuchi, Haruhisa; Ogura, Masato; Homma, Miwako K; Oshima, Yoshiteru; Homma, Yoshimi

    2015-01-01

    Mitochondria play a key role in diverse processes including ATP synthesis and apoptosis. Mitochondrial function can be studied using inhibitors of respiration, and new agents are valuable for discovering novel mechanisms involved in mitochondrial regulation. Here, we screened small molecules derived from slime molds and other microorganisms for their effects on mitochondrial oxygen consumption. We identified Ppc-1 as a novel molecule which stimulates oxygen consumption without adverse effects on ATP production. The kinetic behavior of Ppc-1 suggests its function as a mitochondrial uncoupler. Serial administration of Ppc-1 into mice suppressed weight gain with no abnormal effects on liver or kidney tissues, and no evidence of tumor formation. Serum fatty acid levels were significantly elevated in mice treated with Ppc-1, while body fat content remained low. After a single administration, Ppc-1 distributes into various tissues of individual animals at low levels. Ppc-1 stimulates adipocytes in culture to release fatty acids, which might explain the elevated serum fatty acids in Ppc-1-treated mice. The results suggest that Ppc-1 is a unique mitochondrial regulator which will be a valuable tool for mitochondrial research as well as the development of new drugs to treat obesity. PMID:25668511

  8. Weight loss by Ppc-1, a novel small molecule mitochondrial uncoupler derived from slime mold.

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    Toshiyuki Suzuki

    Full Text Available Mitochondria play a key role in diverse processes including ATP synthesis and apoptosis. Mitochondrial function can be studied using inhibitors of respiration, and new agents are valuable for discovering novel mechanisms involved in mitochondrial regulation. Here, we screened small molecules derived from slime molds and other microorganisms for their effects on mitochondrial oxygen consumption. We identified Ppc-1 as a novel molecule which stimulates oxygen consumption without adverse effects on ATP production. The kinetic behavior of Ppc-1 suggests its function as a mitochondrial uncoupler. Serial administration of Ppc-1 into mice suppressed weight gain with no abnormal effects on liver or kidney tissues, and no evidence of tumor formation. Serum fatty acid levels were significantly elevated in mice treated with Ppc-1, while body fat content remained low. After a single administration, Ppc-1 distributes into various tissues of individual animals at low levels. Ppc-1 stimulates adipocytes in culture to release fatty acids, which might explain the elevated serum fatty acids in Ppc-1-treated mice. The results suggest that Ppc-1 is a unique mitochondrial regulator which will be a valuable tool for mitochondrial research as well as the development of new drugs to treat obesity.

  9. Matrix factorization-based data fusion for gene function prediction in baker's yeast and slime mold.

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    Zitnik, Marinka; Zupan, Blaž

    2014-01-01

    The development of effective methods for the characterization of gene functions that are able to combine diverse data sources in a sound and easily-extendible way is an important goal in computational biology. We have previously developed a general matrix factorization-based data fusion approach for gene function prediction. In this manuscript, we show that this data fusion approach can be applied to gene function prediction and that it can fuse various heterogeneous data sources, such as gene expression profiles, known protein annotations, interaction and literature data. The fusion is achieved by simultaneous matrix tri-factorization that shares matrix factors between sources. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach by evaluating its performance on predicting ontological annotations in slime mold D. discoideum and on recognizing proteins of baker's yeast S. cerevisiae that participate in the ribosome or are located in the cell membrane. Our approach achieves predictive performance comparable to that of the state-of-the-art kernel-based data fusion, but requires fewer data preprocessing steps. PMID:24297565

  10. Gene trapping with GFP: the isolation of developmental mutants in the slime mold Polysphondylium.

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    Fey, P; Cox, E C

    1997-11-01

    In order to study how a cell mass undergoes a transition from one symmetry to another in the slime mold Polysphondylium, we developed a genetic screen in which mutant phenotype and gene expression can easily be visualized in the living organism. The screen combines restriction enzyme-mediated integration (REMI) [1,2] and green fluorescent protein (GFP) [3] expression. In REMI, a restriction enzyme is electroporated along with linearized vector into cells, thus determining the site of plasmid insertion and often increasing the integration frequency. A set of transforming plasmids carrying the GFP coding sequence in three reading frames was used for transformation. The plasmids were constructed so that GFP could be expressed only under control of a host promoter. Living transformants expressing GFP spatially and temporally could be rapidly identified in a very large background of non-expressing cells and fruiting bodies. The phenotypes of representative mutants range from cells that cannot aggregate and initiate cell-cell interactions, through mutant fruiting bodies, to apparently wild-type fruiting bodies expressing GFP in all or a subpopulation of cells. The ability to screen mutant living cells and tissues for GFP expression is rapid and effective and likely to have application in many transformable systems where screening by gene and promoter trapping is essential for understanding temporal and spatial gene regulation. PMID:9382807

  11. Origin and evolution of the slime molds (Mycetozoa)

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    Doolittle, W F; Baldauf, S. L.

    1997-01-01

    The Mycetozoa include the cellular (dictyostelid), acellular (myxogastrid), and protostelid slime molds. However, available molecular data are in disagreement on both the monophyly and phylogenetic position of the group. Ribosomal RNA trees show the myxogastrid and dictyostelid slime molds as unrelated early branching lineages, but actin and ß-tubulin trees place them together as a single coherent (monophyletic) group, closely related to the animal–fungal clade. We have sequenced the elongati...

  12. Evolving Transport Networks With Cellular Automata Models Inspired by Slime Mould.

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    Tsompanas, Michail-Antisthenis I; Sirakoulis, Georgios Ch; Adamatzky, Andrew I

    2015-09-01

    Man-made transport networks and their design are closely related to the shortest path problem and considered amongst the most debated problems of computational intelligence. Apart from using conventional or bio-inspired computer algorithms, many researchers tried to solve this kind of problem using biological computing substrates, gas-discharge solvers, prototypes of a mobile droplet, and hot ice computers. In this aspect, another example of biological computer is the plasmodium of acellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum (P. polycephalum), which is a large single cell visible by an unaided eye and has been proven as a reliable living substrate for implementing biological computing devices for computational geometry, graph-theoretical problems, and optimization and imitation of transport networks. Although P. polycephalum is easy to experiment with, computing devices built with the living slime mould are extremely slow; it takes slime mould days to execute a computation. Consequently, mapping key computing mechanisms of the slime mould onto silicon would allow us to produce efficient bio-inspired computing devices to tackle with hard to solve computational intelligence problems like the aforementioned. Toward this direction, a cellular automaton (CA)-based, Physarum-inspired, network designing model is proposed. This novel CA-based model is inspired by the propagating strategy, the formation of tubular networks, and the computing abilities of the plasmodium of P. polycephalum. The results delivered by the CA model demonstrate a good match with several previously published results of experimental laboratory studies on imitation of man-made transport networks with P. polycephalum. Consequently, the proposed CA model can be used as a virtual, easy-to-access, and biomimicking laboratory emulator that will economize large time periods needed for biological experiments while producing networks almost identical to the tubular networks of the real-slime mould. PMID

  13. Evolution of hierarchical cytoplasmic inheritance in the plasmodial slime mold Physarum polycephalum.

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    Iwanaga, Akiko; Sasaki, Akira

    2004-04-01

    A striking linear dominance relationship for uniparental mitochondrial transmission is known between many mating types of plasmodial slime mold Physarum polycephalum. We herein examine how such hierarchical cytoplasmic inheritance evolves in isogamous organisms with many self-incompatible mating types. We assume that a nuclear locus determines the mating type of gametes and that another nuclear locus controls the digestion of mitochondria DNAs (mtDNAs) of the recipient gamete after fusion. We then examine the coupled genetic dynamics for the evolution of self-incompatible mating types and biased mitochondrial transmission between them. In Physarum, a multiallelic nuclear locus matA controls both the mating type of the gametes and the selective elimination of the mtDNA in the zygotes. We theoretically examine two potential mechanisms that might be responsible for the preferential digestion of mitochondria in the zygote. In the first model, the preferential digestion of mitochondria is assumed to be the outcome of differential expression levels of a suppressor gene carried by each gamete (suppression-power model). In the second model (site-specific nuclease model), the digestion of mtDNAs is assumed to be due to their cleavage by a site-specific nuclease that cuts the mtDNA at unmethylated recognition sites. Also assumed is that the mtDNAs are methylated at the same recognition site prior to the fusion, thereby being protected against the nuclease of the same gamete, and that the suppressor alleles convey information for the recognition sequences of nuclease and methylase. In both models, we found that a linear dominance hierarchy evolves as a consequence of the buildup of a strong linkage disequilibrium between the mating-type locus and the suppressor locus, though it fails to evolve if the recombination rate between the two loci is larger than a threshold. This threshold recombination rate depends on the number of mating types and the degree of fitness reduction in

  14. Eumycetozoa = Amoebozoa?: SSUrDNA phylogeny of protosteloid slime molds and its significance for the amoebozoan supergroup.

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    Lora L Shadwick

    Full Text Available Amoebae that make fruiting bodies consisting of a stalk and spores and classified as closely related to the myxogastrids have classically been placed in the taxon Eumycetozoa. Traditionally, there are three groups comprising Eumycetozoa: myxogastrids, dictyostelids, and the so-called protostelids. Dictyostelids and myxogastrids both make multicellular fruiting bodies that may contain hundreds of spores. Protostelids are those amoebae that make simple fruiting bodies consisting of a stalk and one or a few spores. Protostelid-like organisms have been suggested as the progenitors of the myxogastrids and dictyostelids, and they have been used to formulate hypotheses on the evolution of fruiting within the group. Molecular phylogenies have been published for both myxogastrids and dictyostelids, but little molecular phylogenetic work has been done on the protostelids. Here we provide phylogenetic trees based on the small subunit ribosomal RNA gene (SSU that include 21 protostelids along with publicly available sequences from a wide variety of amoebae and other eukaryotes. SSU trees recover seven well supported clades that contain protostelids but do not appear to be specifically related to one another and are often interspersed among established groups of amoebae that have never been reported to fruit. In fact, we show that at least two taxa unambiguously belong to amoebozoan lineages where fruiting has never been reported. These analyses indicate that we can reject a monophyletic Eumycetozoa, s.l. For this reason, we will hereafter refer to those slime molds with simple fruiting as protosteloid amoebae and/or protosteloid slime molds, not as protostelids. These results add to our understanding of amoebozoan biodiversity, and demonstrate that the paradigms for understanding both nonfruiting and sporulating amoebae must be integrated. Finally, we suggest strategies for future research on protosteloid amoebae and nonfruiting amoebae, and discuss the

  15. The TOM Complex of Amoebozoans: the Cases of the Amoeba Acanthamoeba castellanii and the Slime Mold Dictyostelium discoideum.

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    Wojtkowska, Małgorzata; Buczek, Dorota; Stobienia, Olgierd; Karachitos, Andonis; Antoniewicz, Monika; Slocinska, Małgorzata; Makałowski, Wojciech; Kmita, Hanna

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    Protein import into mitochondria requires a wide variety of proteins, forming complexes in both mitochondrial membranes. The TOM complex (translocase of the outer membrane) is responsible for decoding of targeting signals, translocation of imported proteins across or into the outer membrane, and their subsequent sorting. Thus the TOM complex is regarded as the main gate into mitochondria for imported proteins. Available data indicate that mitochondria of representative organisms from across the major phylogenetic lineages of eukaryotes differ in subunit organization of the TOM complex. The subunit organization of the TOM complex in the Amoebozoa is still elusive, so we decided to investigate its organization in the soil amoeba Acanthamoeba castellanii and the slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum. They represent two major subclades of the Amoebozoa: the Lobosa and Conosa, respectively. Our results confirm the presence of Tom70, Tom40 and Tom7 in the A. castellanii and D. discoideum TOM complex, while the presence of Tom22 and Tom20 is less supported. Interestingly, the Tom proteins display the highest similarity to Opisthokonta cognate proteins, with the exception of Tom40. Thus representatives of two major subclades of the Amoebozoa appear to be similar in organization of the TOM complex, despite differences in their lifestyle. PMID:26074248

  16. Analysis of Rheb in the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum: cellular localization, spatial expression and overexpression.

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    Swer, Pynskhem Bok; Bhadoriya, Pooja; Saran, Shweta

    2014-03-01

    Dictyostelium discoideum encodes a single Rheb protein showing sequence similarity to human homologues of Rheb. The DdRheb protein shares 52 percent identity and 100 percent similarity with the human Rheb1 protein. Fluorescence of Rheb yellow fluorescent protein fusion was detected in the D. discoideum cytoplasm. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and whole-mount in situ hybridization analyses showed that rheb is expressed at all stages of development and in prestalk cells in the multicellular structures developed. When the expression of rheb as a fusion with lacZ was driven under its own promoter, the beta-galactosidase activity was seen in the prestalk cells. D. discoideum overexpressing Rheb shows an increase in the size of the cell. Treatment of the overexpressing Rheb cells with rapamycin confirms its involvement in the TOR signalling pathway. PMID:24499792

  17. Analysis of Rheb in the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum: Cellular localization, spatial expression and overexpression

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    Pynskhem Bok Swer; Pooja Bhadoriya; Shweta Saran

    2014-03-01

    Dictyostelium discoideum encodes a single Rheb protein showing sequence similarity to human homologues of Rheb. The DdRheb protein shares 52% identity and 100% similarity with the human Rheb1 protein. Fluorescence of Rheb yellow fluorescent protein fusion was detected in the D. discoideum cytoplasm. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and whole-mount in situ hybridization analyses showed that rheb is expressed at all stages of development and in prestalk cells in the multicellular structures developed. When the expression of rheb as a fusion with lacZ was driven under its own promoter, the -galactosidase activity was seen in the prestalk cells. D. discoideum overexpressing Rheb shows an increase in the size of the cell. Treatment of the overexpressing Rheb cells with rapamycin confirms its involvement in the TOR signalling pathway.

  18. Slime Factory.

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    Fowler, Marilyn L.

    1992-01-01

    Describes a classroom activity using slime, a colloid: it behaves like both a solid and liquid. Explains how slime can be produced from guar gum. An activity where students work in teams and become a slime factory is presented. (PR)

  19. Modelling the Aggregation Process of Cellular Slime Mold by the Chemical Attraction

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    Abdon Atangana

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We put into exercise a comparatively innovative analytical modus operandi, the homotopy decomposition method (HDM, for solving a system of nonlinear partial differential equations arising in an attractor one-dimensional Keller-Segel dynamics system. Numerical solutions are given and some properties show evidence of biologically practical reliance on the parameter values. The reliability of HDM and the reduction in computations give HDM a wider applicability.

  20. Identification of a pterin as the acrasin of the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium lacteum

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    Haastert, Peter J.M. van; Wit, René J.W. de; Grijpma, Yvonne; Konijn, Theo M.

    1982-01-01

    Cell aggregation in Dictyostelium discoideum is mediated by chemotaxis to cyclic AMP. Aggregative cells of the simpler species D. lacteum are not attracted by this cyclic nucleotide. We describe how the cell aggregation-inducing factor, or acrasin, of D. lacteum was purified from aggregating amoebae

  1. Modelling the aggregation process of cellular slime mold by the chemical attraction.

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    Atangana, Abdon; Vermeulen, P D

    2014-01-01

    We put into exercise a comparatively innovative analytical modus operandi, the homotopy decomposition method (HDM), for solving a system of nonlinear partial differential equations arising in an attractor one-dimensional Keller-Segel dynamics system. Numerical solutions are given and some properties show evidence of biologically practical reliance on the parameter values. The reliability of HDM and the reduction in computations give HDM a wider applicability. PMID:25114922

  2. Regulation of multiple tip formation by caffeine in cellular slime molds

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    Jaiswal Pundrik

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The multicellular slug in Dictyostelium has a single tip that acts as an organising centre patterning the rest of the slug. High adenosine levels at the tip are believed to be responsible for this tip dominance and the adenosine antagonist, caffeine overrides this dominance promoting multiple tip formation. Results Caffeine induced multiple tip effect is conserved in all the Dictyostelids tested. Two key components of cAMP relay namely, cAMP phosphodiesterase (Pde4 and adenyl cyclase-A (AcaA levels get reduced during secondary tip formation in Dictyostelium discoideum. Pharmacological inhibition of cAMP phosphodiesterase also resulted in multiple tips. Caffeine reduces cAMP levels by 16.4, 2.34, 4.71 and 6.30 folds, respectively in D. discoideum, D. aureostipes, D. minutum and Polysphondylium pallidum. We propose that altered cAMP levels, perturbed cAMP gradient and impaired signalling may be the critical factors for the origin of multiple tips in other Dictyostelids as well. In the presence of caffeine, slug cell movement gets impaired and restricted. The cell type specific markers, ecmA (prestalk and pspA (prespore cells are not equally contributing during additional tip formation. During additional tip emergence, prespore cells transdifferentiate to compensate the loss of prestalk cells. Conclusion Caffeine decreases adenyl cyclase–A (AcaA levels and as a consequence low cAMP is synthesised altering the gradient. Further if cAMP phosphodiesterase (Pde4 levels go down in the presence of caffeine, the cAMP gradient breaks down. When there is no cAMP gradient, directional movement is inhibited and might favour re-differentiation of prespore to prestalk cells.

  3. Modelling the Aggregation Process of Cellular Slime Mold by the Chemical Attraction

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    Abdon Atangana; Vermeulen, P. D.

    2014-01-01

    We put into exercise a comparatively innovative analytical modus operandi, the homotopy decomposition method (HDM), for solving a system of nonlinear partial differential equations arising in an attractor one-dimensional Keller-Segel dynamics system. Numerical solutions are given and some properties show evidence of biologically practical reliance on the parameter values. The reliability of HDM and the reduction in computations give HDM a wider applicability.

  4. On the applicability of the decentralized control mechanism extracted from the true slime mold: a robotic case study with a serpentine robot

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    Sato, Takahide; Kano, Takeshi; Ishiguro, Akio, E-mail: tsato@cmplx.riec.tohoku.ac.jp [Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

    2011-06-15

    A systematic method for an autonomous decentralized control system is still lacking, despite its appealing concept. In order to alleviate this, we focused on the amoeboid locomotion of the true slime mold, and extracted a design scheme for the decentralized control mechanism that leads to adaptive behavior for the entire system, based on the so-called discrepancy function. In this paper, we intensively investigate the universality of this design scheme by applying it to a different type of locomotion based on a 'synthetic approach'. As a first step, we implement this design scheme to the control of a real physical two-dimensional serpentine robot that exhibits slithering locomotion. The experimental results show that the robot exhibits adaptive behavior and responds to the environmental changes; it is also robust against malfunctions of the body segments due to the local sensory feedback control that is based on the discrepancy function. We expect the results to shed new light on the methodology of autonomous decentralized control systems.

  5. A fluid-filled soft robot that exhibits spontaneous switching among versatile spatiotemporal oscillatory patterns inspired by the true slime mold.

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    Umedachi, Takuya; Idei, Ryo; Ito, Kentaro; Ishiguro, Akio

    2013-01-01

    Behavioral diversity is an essential feature of living systems, enabling them to exhibit adaptive behavior in hostile and dynamically changing environments. However, traditional engineering approaches strive to avoid, or suppress, the behavioral diversity in artificial systems to achieve high performance in specific environments for given tasks. The goals of this research include understanding how living systems exhibit behavioral diversity and using these findings to build lifelike robots that exhibit truly adaptive behaviors. To this end, we have focused on one of the most primitive forms of intelligence concerning behavioral diversity, namely, a plasmodium of true slime mold. The plasmodium is a large amoeba-like unicellular organism that does not possess any nervous system or specialized organs. However, it exhibits versatile spatiotemporal oscillatory patterns and switches spontaneously between these. Inspired by the plasmodium, we built a mathematical model that exhibits versatile oscillatory patterns and spontaneously transitions between these patterns. This model demonstrates that, in contrast to coupled nonlinear oscillators with a well-designed complex diffusion network, physically interacting mechanosensory oscillators are capable of generating versatile oscillatory patterns without changing any parameters. Thus, the results are expected to shed new light on the design scheme for lifelike robots that exhibit amazingly versatile and adaptive behaviors. PMID:23186349

  6. Toxicity assessment of diesel- and metal-contaminated soils through elutriate and solid phase assays with the slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum.

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    Rodríguez-Ruiz, Amaia; Dondero, Francesco; Viarengo, Aldo; Marigómez, Ionan

    2016-06-01

    A suite of organisms from different taxonomical and ecological positions is needed to assess environmentally relevant soil toxicity. A new bioassay based on Dictyostelium is presented that is aimed at integrating slime molds into such a testing framework. Toxicity tests on elutriates and the solid phase developmental cycle assay were successfully applied to a soil spiked with a mixture of Zn, Cd, and diesel fuel freshly prepared (recently contaminated) and after 2 yr of aging. The elutriates of both soils provoked toxic effects, but toxicity was markedly lower in the aged soil. In the D. discoideum developmental cycle assay, both soils affected amoeba viability and aggregation, with fewer multicellular units, smaller fruiting bodies and, overall, inhibition of fruiting body formation. This assay is quick and requires small amounts of test soil, which might facilitate its incorporation into a multispecies multiple-endpoint toxicity bioassay battery suitable for environmental risk assessment in soils. Environ Toxicol Chem 2016;35:1413-1421. © 2015 SETAC. PMID:26450765

  7. On the applicability of the decentralized control mechanism extracted from the true slime mold: a robotic case study with a serpentine robot

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    A systematic method for an autonomous decentralized control system is still lacking, despite its appealing concept. In order to alleviate this, we focused on the amoeboid locomotion of the true slime mold, and extracted a design scheme for the decentralized control mechanism that leads to adaptive behavior for the entire system, based on the so-called discrepancy function. In this paper, we intensively investigate the universality of this design scheme by applying it to a different type of locomotion based on a 'synthetic approach'. As a first step, we implement this design scheme to the control of a real physical two-dimensional serpentine robot that exhibits slithering locomotion. The experimental results show that the robot exhibits adaptive behavior and responds to the environmental changes; it is also robust against malfunctions of the body segments due to the local sensory feedback control that is based on the discrepancy function. We expect the results to shed new light on the methodology of autonomous decentralized control systems.

  8. Spontaneous switching among multiple spatio-temporal patterns in three-oscillator systems constructed with oscillatory cells of true slime mold

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    Takamatsu, Atsuko

    2006-11-01

    Three-oscillator systems with plasmodia of true slime mold, Physarum polycephalum, which is an oscillatory amoeba-like unicellular organism, were experimentally constructed and their spatio-temporal patterns were investigated. Three typical spatio-temporal patterns were found: rotation ( R), partial in-phase ( PI), and partial anti-phase with double frequency ( PA). In pattern R, phase differences between adjacent oscillators were almost 120 ∘. In pattern PI, two oscillators were in-phase and the third oscillator showed anti-phase against the two oscillators. In pattern PA, two oscillators showed anti-phase and the third oscillator showed frequency doubling oscillation with small amplitude. Actually each pattern is not perfectly stable but quasi-stable. Interestingly, the system shows spontaneous switching among the multiple quasi-stable patterns. Statistical analyses revealed a characteristic in the residence time of each pattern: the histograms seem to have Gamma-like distribution form but with a sharp peak and a tail on the side of long period. That suggests the attractor of this system has complex structure composed of at least three types of sub-attractors: a “Gamma attractor”-involved with several Poisson processes, a “deterministic attractor”-the residence time is deterministic, and a “stable attractor”-each pattern is stable. When the coupling strength was small, only the Gamma attractor was observed and switching behavior among patterns R, PI, and PA almost always via an asynchronous pattern named O. A conjecture is as follows: Internal/external noise exposes each pattern of R, PI, and PA coexisting around bifurcation points: That is observed as the Gamma attractor. As coupling strength increases, the deterministic attractor appears then followed by the stable attractor, always accompanied with the Gamma attractor. Switching behavior could be caused by regular existence of the Gamma attractor.

  9. Use of cellular hydrophobicity, slime production, and species identification markers for the clinical significance of coagulase-negative staphylococcal isolates.

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    Martin, M A; Pfaller, M A; Massanari, R M; Wenzel, R P

    1989-06-01

    Determining the clinical relevance of coagulase-negative staphylococci isolated from cultures of clinical specimens remains a common dilemma. One hundred eighteen strains of coagulase-negative staphylococci isolated from patients with and without indwelling foreign bodies were characterized with regard to cell-surface hydrophobicity, slime production, and species to determine the predictive value of these phenotypic markers in distinguishing clinically significant from insignificant isolates. The single test with the highest positive predictive value was hydrophobicity (79%). Hydrophobicity and speciation had the greatest combined predictive value of any two tests (89%), and this increased to only 90% when determination of slime production was added. These tests provide additional clinical information when coagulase-negative staphylococci are isolated in culture. PMID:2742198

  10. Slime mould flora of the Ślęża massif

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available In four succeding years 1971-1974 field investigation on the Myxomycetes of Ślęża massif has been carried out. Up to the present only 4 species of slime molds from this region were known. My last investigations give 63 new species and 4 new varieties to slime molds flora of Ślęża massif, and 5 new species to Silesia slime mold flora.

  11. Slime mould flora of the Ślęża massif

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    Wanda Stojanowska

    2014-01-01

    In four succeding years 1971-1974 field investigation on the Myxomycetes of Ślęża massif has been carried out. Up to the present only 4 species of slime molds from this region were known. My last investigations give 63 new species and 4 new varieties to slime molds flora of Ślęża massif, and 5 new species to Silesia slime mold flora.

  12. Mold

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    2011-05-02

    This podcast answers a listener's question about the risks associated with mold after a natural disaster or severe weather.  Created: 5/2/2011 by National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH).   Date Released: 5/2/2011.

  13. Observations on the slime moulds growing on the moulder beech wood

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    Wanda Stojanowska

    2014-01-01

    We have found that the most suitable substrate for slime molds developement is the wood of dicotyledoneus trees especially that of beech. This is due to its impermanency and weak resistance to biological agents. In Silesia 42 slime molds species were found to grow on beech wood. The development of Fuligo rufa and Lucogala exiguum seems to be closely connected with beech wood.

  14. Lessons: Science. Slime!

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    VanCleave, Janice

    2000-01-01

    Describes a science activity in which students make a non-Newtonian fluid (slime), which has both solid and liquid properties. After reviewing the shape and volume of solids and volume of liquids, students make the slime using glue, liquid starch, and food coloring. They can experiment by rolling and dropping slime balls and by pulling the slime…

  15. Slime mould biotechnology

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    Mayne, Richard

    2015-03-01

    Slime mould computing is an inherently multi-disciplinary subfield of unconventional computing that draws upon aspects of not only theoretical computer science and electronics, but also the natural sciences. This chapter focuses on the biology of slime moulds and expounds the viewpoint that a deep, intuitive understanding of slime mould life processes is a fundamental requirement for understanding -- and, hence, harnessing -- the incredible behaviour patterns we may characterise as "computation"...

  16. Slime mould electronic oscillators

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    Adamatzky, Andrew

    2014-01-01

    We construct electronic oscillator from acellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum. The slime mould oscillator is made of two electrodes connected by a protoplasmic tube of the living slime mould. A protoplasmic tube has an average resistance of 3~MOhm. The tube's resistance is changing over time due to peristaltic contractile activity of the tube. The resistance of the protoplasmic tube oscillates with average period of 73~sec and average amplitude of 0.6~MOhm. We present experimental labor...

  17. On chirality of slime mould.

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    Dimonte, Alice; Adamatzky, Andrew; Erokhin, Victor; Levin, Michael

    2016-02-01

    Left-right patterning and lateralised behaviour is an ubiquitous aspect of plants and animals. The mechanisms linking cellular chirality to the large-scale asymmetry of multicellular structures are incompletely understood, and it has been suggested that the chirality of living cells is hardwired in their cytoskeleton. We examined the question of biased asymmetry in a unique organism: the slime mould Physarum polycephalum, which is unicellular yet possesses macroscopic, complex structure and behaviour. In laboratory experiment using a T-shape, we found that Physarum turns right in more than 74% of trials. The results are in agreement with previously published studies on asymmetric movement of muscle cells, neutrophils, liver cells and growing neural filaments, and for the first time reveal the presence of consistently-biased laterality in the fungi kingdom. Exact mechanisms of the slime mould's direction preference remain unknown. PMID:26747637

  18. Observations on the slime moulds growing on the moulder beech wood

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    Wanda Stojanowska

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available We have found that the most suitable substrate for slime molds developement is the wood of dicotyledoneus trees especially that of beech. This is due to its impermanency and weak resistance to biological agents. In Silesia 42 slime molds species were found to grow on beech wood. The development of Fuligo rufa and Lucogala exiguum seems to be closely connected with beech wood.

  19. On creativity of slime mould

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    Adamatzky, Andrew; Armstrong, Rachel; Jones, Jeff; Gunji, Yukio-Pegio

    2013-07-01

    Slime mould Physarum polycephalum is large single cell with intriguingly smart behaviour. The slime mould shows outstanding abilities to adapt its protoplasmic network to varying environmental conditions. The slime mould can solve tasks of computational geometry, image processing, logics and arithmetics when data are represented by configurations of attractants and repellents. We attempt to map behavioural patterns of slime onto the cognitive control vs. schizotypy spectrum phase space and thus interpret slime mould's activity in terms of creativity.

  20. Staphylococcal slime: a cautionary tale.

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    Drewry, D. T.; Galbraith, L; Wilkinson, B J; Wilkinson, S G

    1990-01-01

    Slime production by Staphylococcus epidermidis may be important in the adherence to and colonization of biomedical devices, and slime has been proposed to have various effects on the immune system. Attempts were made to isolate, purify, and chemically characterize slime from S. epidermidis cultivated under fluid on tryptic soy broth-agar medium. "Crude slime" from slime-producing strain RP-12 was characterized by a high galactose content. Similar materials in similar yields were isolated from...

  1. Slime mould tactile sensor

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    Adamatzky, Andrew

    2013-01-01

    Slime mould P. polycephalum is a single cells visible by unaided eye. The cells shows a wide spectrum of intelligent behaviour. By interpreting the behaviour in terms of computation one can make a slime mould based computing device. The Physarum computers are capable to solve a range of tasks of computational geometry, optimisation and logic. Physarum computers designed so far lack of localised inputs. Commonly used inputs --- illumination and chemo-attractants and -repellents --- usually act...

  2. 异维A酸联合复方多黏菌素B软膏治疗中重度痤疮的疗效观察%Clinical efficacy of acutane combined with compound much slime molds element B ointment for moderate to severe acne

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    陈国生; 陈永城; 沈观炘; 黄育青; 郑淼

    2014-01-01

    Objective To discuss the clinical efficacy of acutane combined with compound much slime molds element B ointment for moderate to severe acne. Methods Selected 60 cases with moderate to severe acne were divided into study group and control group.Study group was treated by acutane combined with compound much slime molds element B ointment, and control group was treated by acutane.Clinical efficacy of two groups was compared. Results Total efficacy of study group was higher than that of control group(P < 0.01).And onset time was shorter than that of control group(P<0.01). Conclusion Acutane combined with compound much slime molds element B ointment for moderate to severe acne shows better clinical efficacy, less complications, and worthy of spreading in clinical practice.%目的:探讨异维A酸联合复方多黏菌素B软膏治疗中重度痤疮的临床效果。方法选择中重度痤疮患者60例为研究对象,随机分为研究组和对照组各30例,研究组联合异维A酸和复方多黏菌素B软膏治疗,对照组单用异维A酸治疗,比较两组患者的临床治疗效果。结果研究组总效率显著高于对照组(P<0.01),平均起效时间短于对照组(P<0.01)。结论异维A酸联合复方多粘菌素B软膏治疗中重度痤疮具有较好的临床疗效,并且起效快,不良反应少,值得临床推广。

  3. On Creativity of Slime Mould

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    Adamatzky, Andrew; ARMSTRONG, Rachel; Jones, Jeff; Gunji, Yukio-Pegio

    2013-01-01

    Slime mould Physarum polycephalum is large single cell with intriguingly smart behaviour. The slime mould shows outstanding abilities to adapt its protoplasmic network to varying environmental conditions. The slime mould can solve tasks of computational geometry, image processing, logics and arithmetics when data are represented by configurations of attractants and repellents. We attempt to map behavioural patterns of slime onto the cognitive control versus schizotypy spectrum phase space and...

  4. Slime production by Staphylococcus saprophyticus.

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    Hjelm, E.; Lundell-Etherden, I

    1991-01-01

    Only 9 of 30 Staphylococcus saprophyticus strains produced slime in trypticase soy broth, while all did so in urine. It was found that urea was essential for the production of slime. The pH, the iron concentration, or the presence of sex hormones did not affect slime production.

  5. Changes in slime mould flora in the reservation of Puszczy Śnieżnej Białki

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    Wanda Stojanowska

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the changes which have taken place after 15 years in the slime-molds flora of the reservation forest of Puszcza Snieżnej Białki, in Silesia. In 1959-60 28 species were known from this region. Now 42 species are known from this forest. Thus the amount of the slime-molds taxons in this forest increased to 50 species.

  6. Changes in slime mould flora in the reservation of Puszczy Śnieżnej Białki

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    Wanda Stojanowska

    2014-01-01

    This paper deals with the changes which have taken place after 15 years in the slime-molds flora of the reservation forest of Puszcza Snieżnej Białki, in Silesia. In 1959-60 28 species were known from this region. Now 42 species are known from this forest. Thus the amount of the slime-molds taxons in this forest increased to 50 species.

  7. Trans-Canada Slimeways: Slime mould imitates the Canadian transport network

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    Adamatzky, Andrew; Akl, Selim G.

    2011-01-01

    Slime mould Physarum polycephalum builds up sophisticated networks to transport nutrients between distant part of its extended body. The slime mould's protoplasmic network is optimised for maximum coverage of nutrients yet minimum energy spent on transportation of the intra-cellular material. In laboratory experiments with P. polycephalum we represent Canadian major urban areas with rolled oats and inoculated slime mould in the Toronto area. The plasmodium spans the urban areas with its netwo...

  8. Improvement of purified media of dictyostelid cellular slime molds%网柄细胞状黏菌纯化培养基的改进

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    安颖; 刘朴; 祁亮亮; 李玉

    2013-01-01

    网柄细胞状黏菌传统的分离培养是在添加细菌的培养基上进行的.选取了9种网柄细胞状黏菌作为研究对象,在不饲喂任何细菌的条件下于3种培养基上进行培养,通过对生长状态的比较,发现燕麦片琼脂培养基对于纯化网柄细胞状黏菌具有较好的效果.

  9. Studies on Dictyostelid Cellular Slime Molds in Henan Province%河南省网柄细胞状黏菌的研究

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    李超; 刘朴; 李玉

    2014-01-01

    从在河南省采集的75份基物中共分离得到14株网柄细胞状黏菌,其中网柄菌属Dictyostelium的圆头网柄菌D.sphaerocephalum、棒形网柄菌D.clavatum和紫网柄菌D.purpureum和轮柄菌属Polysphondylium的亮白轮柄菌P.candidum、紫轮柄菌P.violaceum和纤细轮柄菌P.tenuissium,均为河南省新记录种.文中对该6种网柄菌进行了形态学描述,并附有生长发育部分阶段形态和显微照片.

  10. Sounds Synthesis with Slime Mould of Physarum Polycephalum

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    Eduardo R. Miranda; Andrew Adamatzky; Jeff Jones

    2011-01-01

    This paper introduces a novel application of bionic engineering: a bionic musical instrument using Physarum polycephalum. Physarum polycephalum is a huge single cell with thousands of nuclei, which behaves like a giant amoeba. During its foraging behavior this plasmodium produces electrical activity corresponding to different physiological states. We developed a method to render sounds from such electrical activity and thus represent spatio-temporal behavior of slime mould in a form apprehended auditorily. The electrical activity is captured by various electrodes placed on a Petri dish containing the cultured slime mold. Sounds are synthesized by a bank of parallel sinusoidal oscillators connected to the electrodes. Each electrode is responsible for one partial of the spectrum of the resulting sound. The behavior of the slime mould can be controlled to produce different timbres.

  11. Trans-Canada Slimeways: Slime mould imitates the Canadian transport network

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    Adamatzky, Andrew

    2011-01-01

    Slime mould Physarum polycephalum builds up sophisticated networks to transport nutrients between distant part of its extended body. The slime mould's protoplasmic network is optimised for maximum coverage of nutrients yet minimum energy spent on transportation of the intra-cellular material. In laboratory experiments with P. polycephalum we represent Canadian major urban areas with rolled oats and inoculated slime mould in the Toronto area. The plasmodium spans the urban areas with its network of protoplasmic tubes. We uncover similarities and differences between the protoplasmic network and the Canadian national highway network, analyse the networks in terms of proximity graphs and evaluate slime mould's network response to contamination.

  12. Bio-development of motorway networks in the Netherlands: a slime mould approach

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    A. Adamatzky; M. Lees; P. Sloot

    2012-01-01

    Plasmodium of a cellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum is a very large eukaryotic microbe visible to the unaided eye. During its foraging behavior the plasmodium spans sources of nutrients with a network of protoplasmic tubes. In this paper we attempt to address the following question: Is slime

  13. Stanley Corrsin Award Talk: Fluid Mechanics of Fungi and Slime

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    Brenner, Michael

    2013-11-01

    There are interesting fluid mechanics problems everywhere, even in the most lowly and hidden corners of forest floors. Here I discuss some questions we have been working on in recent years involving fungi and slime. A critical issue for the ecology of fungi and slime is nutrient availability: nutrient sources are highly heterogeneous, and strategies are necessary to find food when it runs out. In the fungal phylum Ascomycota, spore dispersal is the primary mechanism for finding new food sources. The defining feature of this phylum is the ascus, a fluid filled sac from which spores are ejected, through a build up in osmotic pressure. We outline the (largely fluid mechanical) design constraints on this ejection strategy, and demonstrate how it provides strong constraints for the diverse morphologies of spores and asci found in nature. The core of the argument revisits a classical problem in elastohydrodynamic lubrication from a different perspective. A completely different strategy for finding new nutrient is found by slime molds and fungi that stretch out - as a single organism- over enormous areas (up to hectares) over forest floors. As a model problem we study the slime mold Physarum polycephalum, which forages with a large network of connected tubes on the forest floors. Localized regions in the network find nutrient sources and then pump the nutrients throughout the entire organism. We discuss fluid mechanical mechanisms for coordinating this transport, which generalize peristalsis to pumping in a heterogeneous network. We give a preliminary discussion to how physarum can detect a nutrient source and pump the nutrient throughout the organism.

  14. Dramatization of Polymeric Bonding Using Slime.

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    Sarquis, A. M.

    1986-01-01

    Describes a typical presentation in which slime is prepared for young, concrete operational students. Includes the procedures used and a summary written by a fourth-grade teacher after completing the slime experiment with her class. (JN)

  15. Interference with granulocyte function by Staphylococcus epidermidis slime.

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    Johnson, G M; Lee, D A; Regelmann, W E; Gray, E. D.; Peters, G; Quie, P. G.

    1986-01-01

    The interaction of Staphylococcus epidermidis slime with human neutrophils (PMN) was examined by using isolated slime and allowing bacteria to elaborate slime and other extracellular products in situ. S. epidermidis slime was found to contain a chemoattractant. Incubation of PMN with 50 micrograms or more of slime per ml inhibited subsequent chemotaxis of the PMN to n-formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine by 27% and to zymosan-activated serum by 44 to 67% with increasing slime concentrations....

  16. Polypropionate lactones of eoxysugars glycosides from slime mold Lycogala epidendrum

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    Řezanka, Tomáš; Dvořáková, R.

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 63, - (2003), s. 945-952. ISSN 0031-9422 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z5020903 Keywords : myxomycetes * glycosides of deoxysugars Subject RIV: EE - Microbiology, Virology Impact factor: 1.889, year: 2003

  17. Hydrogel Beads: The New Slime Lab?

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    Brockway, Debra; Libera, Matthew; Welner, Heidi

    2011-01-01

    Creating slime fascinates students. Unfortunately, though intrigue is at its peak, the educational aspect of this activity is often minimal. This article describes a chemistry lab that closely relates to the slime lab and allows high school students to explore the concepts of chemical bonding, properties, and replacement reactions. It involves the…

  18. Inquiry, Slime, and the National Standards

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    Krantz, Patrick D.

    2004-01-01

    This elementary activity follows the 5-E Learning Cycle as described by Bybee et al. (1989) and integrates literature from Dr. Seuss. Students observe and identify characteristics of several slime substances and must make comparisons to determine which one most closely resembles the slime substance described by Dr. Seuss. To maximize this…

  19. Influence of the injection-molding parameters on the cellular structure and thermo-mechanical properties of ethylene-propylene block copolymer foams

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    Gómez Gómez, Jaime Francisco; Arencón Osuna, David; Sánchez Soto, Miguel; Martínez Benasat, Antonio

    2013-01-01

    Microcellular injection-molding technology is capable of producing lightweight polymeric products. The foam morphology is determined by the injection-molding parameters, and it has been observed that depending on the parameter variations, the cell structure may exhibit substantial morphological differences through the entire section along the melt flow direction of the injected part. The effects of varying injection-molding parameters on foam morphology and thermal mechanical p...

  20. Achene slime content in some taxa of Matricaria L. (Asteraceae)

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    Inceer, Huseyin

    2011-01-01

    The achenes of Matricaria aurea and two varieties of M. chamomilla (var. chamomilla and var. recutita) have slime cells on the surface and they are characterized by slime envelope formation during hydration. The slime in these taxa is composed of pectins and cellulose. The slime could play important role in the distribution and colonisation of new habitats in Matricaria taxa.

  1. Extracellular slime associated with Proteus mirabilis during swarming.

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    Stahl, S. J.; Stewart, K R; Williams, F. D.

    1983-01-01

    Light microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy were used to visualize the extracellular slime of Proteus mirabilis swarm cells. Slime was observed with phase-contrast microscopy after fixation in hot sulfuric acid-sodium borate. Ruthenium red was used to stain slime for transmission electron microscopy. Copious quantities of extracellular slime were observed surrounding swarm cells; the slime appeared to provide a matrix through which the cells could migr...

  2. Slime Production and Expression of the Slime-Associated Antigen by Staphylococcal Clinical Isolates

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    Ammendolia, M. G.; R. Di Rosa; Montanaro, L; Arciola, C. R.; Baldassarri, L.

    1999-01-01

    The ability to produce slime and to express a slime-associated antigen was examined in a collection of staphylococcal clinical isolates. Slime-producing strains were found among coagulase-negative staphylococci in percentages comparable to those reported in other studies; surprisingly, a high percentage of Staphylococcus aureus strains also were able to produce this extracellular material. In the latter case, this ability was strongly dependent on the presence of an additional carbohydrate so...

  3. Two HAP2-GCS1 homologs responsible for gamete interactions in the cellular slime mold with multiple mating types: Implication for common mechanisms of sexual reproduction shared by plants and protozoa and for male-female differentiation.

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    Okamoto, Marina; Yamada, Lixy; Fujisaki, Yukie; Bloomfield, Gareth; Yoshida, Kentaro; Kuwayama, Hidekazu; Sawada, Hitoshi; Mori, Toshiyuki; Urushihara, Hideko

    2016-07-01

    Fertilization is a central event in sexual reproduction, and understanding its molecular mechanisms has both basic and applicative biological importance. Recent studies have uncovered the molecules that mediate this process in a variety of organisms, making it intriguing to consider conservation and evolution of the mechanisms of sexual reproduction across phyla. The social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum undergoes sexual maturation and forms gametes under dark and humid conditions. It exhibits three mating types, type-I, -II, and -III, for the heterothallic mating system. Based on proteome analyses of the gamete membranes, we detected expression of two homologs of the plant fertilization protein HAP2-GCS1. When their coding genes were disrupted in type-I and type-II strains, sexual potency was completely lost, whereas disruption in the type-III strain did not affect mating behavior, suggesting that the latter acts as female in complex organisms. Our results demonstrate the highly conserved function of HAP2-GCS1 in gamete interactions and suggest the presence of additional allo-recognition mechanisms in D. discoideum gametes. PMID:27189178

  4. Diversity of slime mould circuits

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    Grube, Martin

    2015-03-01

    Once fused from single amoebae to form an initial plasmodium, P. polycephalum and related species in the order Physarales continue growth via synchronous cell division and extension of the megacells by a contractile plasmodial vein network. These display the phenomenon of shuttle streaming, a rhythmic back-and-forth flow of the protoplasm within a tubular system at a period of approximately 1 to 2 min, with the frequency depending on the nutritional benefits. With time, this develops as a microfluidic circuitry that adapts patterns of contraction to size to optimise the transport throughout an organism. This control of fluid also creates dynamic changes in network architecture seen over time in an individual. Food quality is of considerable importance for slime mould growth dynamics...

  5. Waste management implications of concentrating slimes

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    The anticipated increase in demand for sand-size tailings from the uranium industry suggests that the fine-grained or 'slime' fraction will require special attention for disposal. The Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB) required information on the behaviour and environmental significance of the fine-grained tailings fraction in disposal facilities. Beak Consultants and Golder Associates were contracted to review the significant characteristics of slimes disposal and prepare a report on the physical and chemical characteristics of fine-grained tailings (Phase 1). This report (Phase 2) presents a summary of disposal and management practices for slimes and outlines potential concerns related to these practices. The report also presents an approach to disposal planning and the implications of available and potential management techniques. Experience with the disposal of uranium slimes is scarce and, therefore, relevant information was borrowed from the other mining sectors to predict the consequences of various disposal scenarios

  6. Nonlinearity in cytoplasm viscosity can generate an essential symmetry breaking in cellular behaviors.

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    Tachikawa, Masashi; Mochizuki, Atsushi

    2015-01-01

    The cytoplasms of ameboid cells are nonlinearly viscous. The cell controls this viscosity by modulating the amount, localization and interactions of bio-polymers. Here we investigated how the nonlinearity infers the cellular behaviors and whether nonlinearity-specific behaviors exist. We modeled the developed plasmodium of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum as a network of branching tubes and examined the linear and nonlinear viscous cytoplasm flows in the tubes. We found that the nonlinearity in the cytoplasm׳s viscosity induces a novel type of symmetry breaking in the protoplasmic flow. We also show that symmetry breaking can play an important role in adaptive behaviors, namely, connection of behavioral modes implemented on different time scales and transportation of molecular signals from the front to the rear of the cell during cellular locomotion. PMID:25261729

  7. Slime mould processors, logic gates and sensors.

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    Adamatzky, A

    2015-07-28

    A heterotic, or hybrid, computation implies that two or more substrates of different physical nature are merged into a single device with indistinguishable parts. These hybrid devices then undertake coherent acts on programmable and sensible processing of information. We study the potential of heterotic computers using slime mould acting under the guidance of chemical, mechanical and optical stimuli. Plasmodium of acellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum is a gigantic single cell visible to the unaided eye. The cell shows a rich spectrum of behavioural morphological patterns in response to changing environmental conditions. Given data represented by chemical or physical stimuli, we can employ and modify the behaviour of the slime mould to make it solve a range of computing and sensing tasks. We overview results of laboratory experimental studies on prototyping of the slime mould morphological processors for approximation of Voronoi diagrams, planar shapes and solving mazes, and discuss logic gates implemented via collision of active growing zones and tactile responses of P. polycephalum. We also overview a range of electronic components--memristor, chemical, tactile and colour sensors-made of the slime mould. PMID:26078344

  8. Differential production of slime under aerobic and anaerobic conditions.

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    Barker, L P; Simpson, W A; Christensen, G D

    1990-01-01

    A series of 37 clinical isolates of coagulase-negative staphylococci previously identified as negative for slime production by the tube test were reexamined by the tissue culture plate test under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. None of the strains produced slime under anaerobic conditions; however, five strains (13%) produced slime under aerobic conditions.

  9. Study on selenium extraction from anode slime

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    GU; Heng

    2005-01-01

    Taking a copper anode slime as the raw material, a novel process for selenium extraction was studied. The primary selenium recovery can reach above 88.5 % and the quality index of selenium product can be up to 99.5 %. The economic benefit resulted is remarkable and environment has been protected.

  10. Slime mould gates, roads and sensors

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    Adamatzky, Andrew

    2015-03-01

    The photographs present a wide range of problems solved by the slime mould P. polycephalum: imitation of human-made transport pathways, realisation of Boolean logical gates, fabrication of self-repairing routable biowires, implementation of delay elements in computing circuits, computational geometry, sensors and a would-be nervous system...

  11. Single-Molecule Imaging of Cellular Signaling

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    De Keijzer, Sandra; Snaar-Jagalska, B. Ewa; Spaink, Herman P.; Schmidt, Thomas

    Single-molecule microscopy is an emerging technique to understand the function of a protein in the context of its natural environment. In our laboratory this technique has been used to study the dynamics of signal transduction in vivo. A multitude of signal transduction cascades are initiated by interactions between proteins in the plasma membrane. These cascades start by binding a ligand to its receptor, thereby activating downstream signaling pathways which finally result in complex cellular responses. To fully understand these processes it is important to study the initial steps of the signaling cascades. Standard biological assays mostly call for overexpression of the proteins and high concentrations of ligand. This sets severe limits to the interpretation of, for instance, the time-course of the observations, given the large temporal spread caused by the diffusion-limited binding processes. Methods and limitations of single-molecule microscopy for the study of cell signaling are discussed on the example of the chemotactic signaling of the slime-mold Dictyostelium discoideum. Single-molecule studies, as reviewed in this chapter, appear to be one of the essential methodologies for the full spatiotemporal clarification of cellular signaling, one of the ultimate goals in cell biology.

  12. Slimy hairs: Hair sensors made with slime mould

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    Adamatzky, Andrew

    2013-01-01

    Slime mould Physarum polycephalum is a large single cell visible by unaided eye. We design a slime mould implementation of a tactile hair, where the slime mould responds to repeated deflection of hair by an immediate high-amplitude spike and a prolonged increase in amplitude and width of its oscillation impulses. We demonstrate that signal-to-noise ratio of the Physarum tactile hair sensor averages near six for the immediate response and two for the prolonged response.

  13. Towards slime mould electrical logic gates with optical coupling

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    Mayne, Richard; Adamatzky, Andrew

    2014-01-01

    Physarum polycephalum is a macroscopic single celled plasmodial slime mould. We employ plasmodial phototactic responses to construct laboratory prototypes of NOT and NAND logical gates with electrical inputs/outputs and optical coupling; the slime mould plays dual roles of computing device and electrical conductor. Slime mould logical gates are fault tolerant and resettable. The results presented here advance our understanding of how biological computing substrates may be manipulated to imple...

  14. Thirty eight things to do with live slime mould

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    Adamatzky, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    Slime mould \\emph{Physarum polycephalum} is a large single cell capable for distributed sensing, concurrent information processing, parallel computation and decentralised actuation. The ease of culturing and experimenting with Physarum makes this slime mould an ideal substrate for real-world implementations of unconventional sensing and computing devices. In the last decade the Physarum became a swiss knife of the unconventional computing: give the slime mould a problem it will solve it. We p...

  15. Waste management implications of concentrating slimes - characteristics and potential problems

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    This report describes the geotechnical, geochemical and environmental characteristics of fine-grained uranium tailings (slimes) which may influence both short- and long-term management of slime-enriched uranium tailings impoundments. Properties of slimes are compared and contrasted with those of sand tailings using field and laboratory data primarily from naturally segregated tailings in the Elliot Lake area, Ontario and Northern Saskatchewan uranium-bearing regions of Canada. Key management considerations are included

  16. Physarum machines computers from slime mould

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    Adamatzky, Andrew

    2010-01-01

    A Physarum machine is a programmable amorphous biological computer experimentally implemented in the vegetative state of true slime mould Physarum polycephalum. It comprises an amorphous yellowish mass with networks of protoplasmic veins, programmed by spatial configurations of attracting and repelling gradients. This book demonstrates how to create experimental Physarum machines for computational geometry and optimization, distributed manipulation and transportation, and general-purpose computation. Being very cheap to make and easy to maintain, the machine also functions on a wide range of s

  17. Molds in the Environment

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    ... You Can Control Mold Program in Brief Related Issues Resources Quick Links Air Pollution & Respiratory Health Air Quality Asthma Mold What's ... in the Environment What are molds? What are some of the ...

  18. Slime moulds occurring in the Bukowiec reserve (W Carpathians

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Two-year studies on the diversity and occurrence of slime moulds in the Bukowiec forest reserve (Pogórze Wiśnickie Region were undertaken. 31 taxa of slime moulds found are listed. Two species, Hemitricha calyculata and Fuligo levderma, are recorded in Poland for the first time.

  19. Slime moulds occurring in the Bukowiec reserve (W Carpathians)

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    Anna Miśkiewicz

    2014-01-01

    Two-year studies on the diversity and occurrence of slime moulds in the Bukowiec forest reserve (Pogórze Wiśnickie Region) were undertaken. 31 taxa of slime moulds found are listed. Two species, Hemitricha calyculata and Fuligo levderma, are recorded in Poland for the first time.

  20. Induction of Electrode-Cellular Interfaces with ˜ 0.05 μm^2 Contact Areas

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    Flanders, Bret; Thapa, Prem

    2009-10-01

    Individual cells of the slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum attach themselves to negatively biased nanoelectrodes that are separated by 30 μm from grounded electrodes. There is a -43 mV voltage-threshold for cell-to-electrode attachment, with negligible probability across the 0 to -38 mV range but probability that approaches 0.7 across the -46 to -100 mV range. A cell initiates contact by extending a pseudopod to the electrode and maintains contact until the voltage is turned off. Scanning electron micrographs of these interfaces show the contact areas to be of the order of 0.05 μm^2. Insight into this straight-forward, reproducible process may lead to new electrode-cellular attachment strategies that complement established approaches, such as blind sampling and patch clamp.

  1. Advances in Physarum machines sensing and computing with Slime mould

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    2016-01-01

    This book is devoted to Slime mould Physarum polycephalum, which is a large single cell capable for distributed sensing, concurrent information processing, parallel computation and decentralized actuation. The ease of culturing and experimenting with Physarum makes this slime mould an ideal substrate for real-world implementations of unconventional sensing and computing devices The book is a treatise of theoretical and experimental laboratory studies on sensing and computing properties of slime mould, and on the development of mathematical and logical theories of Physarum behavior. It is shown how to make logical gates and circuits, electronic devices (memristors, diodes, transistors, wires, chemical and tactile sensors) with the slime mould. The book demonstrates how to modify properties of Physarum computing circuits with functional nano-particles and polymers, to interface the slime mould with field-programmable arrays, and to use Physarum as a controller of microbial fuel cells. A unique multi-agent model...

  2. A new collector for wolframite slime flotation

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    田学达; 杨运泉; 张小云; 王淀佐; 李隆峰; 朱建光

    2002-01-01

    With aniline and salicylaldehyde as main materials,a new collector for wolframite slime was synthesized.In a pulp of natural pH value,this collector can collect wolframite effectively.Its selectivity is similar to that of benzyl arsenic acid and better than that of sodium oleate.With this collector,a wolframite rough concentrate with grade 30.12% WO3 and recovery 91.50%,and a concentrate with grade 58.66% WO3 and recovery 85.00% were obtained respectively from a wolframite ore containing 4.08% WO3.

  3. Molding method and molding device for fuel molding material

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    A powdery nuclear fuel is subjected to preliminary press under low pressure to compression mold into divided molding products of predetermined shapes. A plurality of the divided molding products are assembled to arrange them into a predetermined shape which forms a nuclear fuel molding product, then the plurality of arranged divided molding products are subjected to main press under a pressure higher than that upon preliminary press to form an integrated product. A plurality of divided molding products comprise preliminary pressed two semi-cylindrical divided molding products and one planar divided molding product. The planar divided molding product is inserted between the two semi-cylindrical divided products to form a cylindrical product. With such procedures, since grinding step for the outer side can be made unnecessary, maintenance, control for the grinding facilities to be used for grinding the outer side and labors required for the grinding thereof are eliminated. Further, since UO2 scraps and losses generated during the grinding step for the outer side are eliminated, the recovery and reprocessing of the UO2 scraps are no more necessary, as well as expensive U which was lost as wastes can be utilized thereby capable of drastically reducing the cost. (T.M.)

  4. Slime thickness evaluation of bored piles by electrical resistivity probe

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    Chun, Ok-Hyun; Yoon, Hyung-Koo; Park, Min-Chul; Lee, Jong-Sub

    2014-09-01

    The bottoms of bored piles are generally stacked with soil particles, both while boreholes are being drilled, and afterward. The stacked soils are called slime, and when loads are applied on the pile, increase the pile settlement. Thus to guarantee the end bearing capacity of bored piles, the slime thickness should be precisely detected. The objective of this study is to suggest a new method for evaluating the slime thickness, using temperature compensated electrical resistivity. Laboratory studies are performed in advance, to estimate and compare the resolution of the electrical resistivity probe (ERP) and time domain reflectometry (TDR). The electrical properties of the ERP and TDR are measured using coaxial type electrodes and parallel type two-wire electrodes, respectively. Penetration tests, conducted in the fully saturated sand-clay mixtures, demonstrate that the ERP produces a better resolution of layer detection than TDR. Thus, field application tests using the ERP with a diameter of 35.7 mm are conducted for the investigation of slime thickness in large diameter bored piles. Field tests show that the slime layers are clearly identified by the ERP: the electrical resistivity dramatically increases at the interface between the slurry and slime layer. The electrical resistivity in the slurry layer inversely correlates with the amount of circulated water. This study suggests that the new electrical resistivity method may be a useful method for the investigation of the slime thickness in bored piles.

  5. Thermoset matched die molding

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    Young, P. R.

    Reinforced molding compounds, mat molding, preform molding, cold press molding, and various other molding processes are discussed. Particular attention is given to the bulk molding compound (BMC) and the sheet molding compound (SMC) (both of which are reinforced molding compounds) as there is an increasing use of these compounds. SMC can employ a wider range of fiber lengths and fiber content than BMC, while preserving strength. The dimensional stability of BMC and SMC is unexcelled, and their corrosion resistance is generally excellent. Both compounds are composed of resins (10-2500 poises), reinforcements (BMC-glass, asbestos, sisal; SMC-soluble binder chopped strand mat), and fillers from four chemical groups (silica and silicates, carbonates, sulfates, and oxides). Molding press designs are included.

  6. On hybrid circuits exploiting thermistive properties of slime mould

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    Xavier Alexis Walter; Ian Horsfield; Richard Mayne; Ieropoulos, Ioannis A.; Andrew Adamatzky

    2016-01-01

    Slime mould Physarum polycephalum is a single cell visible by unaided eye. Let the slime mould span two electrodes with a single protoplasmic tube: if the tube is heated to approximately 40{\\deg}C, the electrical resistance of the protoplasmic tube increases from 3 M{\\Omega} to approximatively 10'000 M{\\Omega}. The organism's resistance is not proportional nor correlated to the temperature of its environment. Slime mould can therefore not be considered as a thermistor but rather as a thermic ...

  7. Slime mould foraging behaviour as optically coupled logical operations

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    Mayne, R.; Adamatzky, A.

    2015-04-01

    Physarum polycephalum is a macroscopic plasmodial slime mould whose apparently 'intelligent' behaviour patterns may be interpreted as computation. We employ plasmodial phototactic responses to construct laboratory prototypes of NOT and NAND logical gates with electrical inputs/outputs and optical coupling in which the slime mould plays dual roles of computing device and electrical conductor. Slime mould logical gates are fault tolerant and resettable. The results presented here demonstrate the malleability and resilience of biological systems and highlight how the innate behaviour patterns of living substrates may be used to implement useful computation.

  8. Hybrid slime mould-based system for unconventional computing

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    Berzina, T.; Dimonte, A.; Cifarelli, A.; Erokhin, V.

    2015-04-01

    Physarum polycephalum is considered to be promising for the realization of unconventional computational systems. In this work, we present results of three slime mould-based systems. We have demonstrated the possibility of transporting biocompatible microparticles using attractors, repellents and a DEFLECTOR. The latter is an external tool that enables to conduct Physarum motion. We also present interactions between slime mould and conducting polymers, resulting in a variation of their colour and conductivity. Finally, incorporation of the Physarum into the organic memristive device resulted in a variation of its electrical characteristics due to the slime mould internal activity.

  9. Anodic slimes formation in copper electrowinning

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    Ipinza, J.

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available The slime formation in acidic electrolytes of copper with several metallic impurities has been studied. On Pb-Ca-Sn anode surface firstly the formation of PbSO4 takes place, then, it is transformed in PbO2, which covers the anode surface. It was experimentally established the formation of a manganese dioxide double layer at the anode. This layer was always composed of a thick external layer of non-adhering and easily removable scales, and of a thin internal layer, which adheres relatively well to the surface of the electrode. It was found that the manganese dioxide present in the slime is of different nature: a non-adhering layer produced by electrolysis (ε-MnO2 on the PbO2 surface and a pure chemical precipitate in the solution (β- MnO2. Lead sulfate was found on the β-MnO2layer when iron was in the electrolyte. When arsenic or antimony was present in the electrolyte, the slime was lead sulfate and amorphous compounds of those ions. Slime of Chilean electrowinning (EW plants is also discussed.

    Se estudió la formación de borras anódicas debido a la presencia de varias impurezas metálicas en electrólitos de cobre. Sobre la superficie de un ánodo de Pb-Ca-Sn se forma primero PbSO4 y luego se transforma en PbO2, el cual cubre la superficie del ánodo. Se estableció experimentalmente la formación de una doble capa de dióxido de manganeso en el ánodo. Esta estuvo siempre compuesta por una capa externa gruesa, no adherente y de fácil remoción, y otra interna delgada y adherida a la superficie del electrodo. Se encontró que los óxidos de manganeso en las borras eran de distinta naturaleza: una capa no adherente producida por electrólisis sobre la superficie de PbO2 (ε-MnO2 y una producida sólo por precipitación química en la solución (β-MnO2. A1 existir hierro en el electrólito se encontró sulfato de

  10. How the velvet worm squirts slime

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    Concha, Andrés; Morera-Brenes, Bernal; Costa, Cristiano Sampaio; Mahadevan, L; Monge-Nájera, Julián

    2014-01-01

    The rapid squirt of a proteinaceous slime jet endows the ancient velvet worms (Onychophora) with a unique mechanism for defense from predators and for capturing prey by entangling them in a disordered web that immobilizes their target. However, to date neither qualitative nor quantitative descriptions have been provided for this unique adaptation. Here we investigate the fast oscillatory motion of the oral papillae and the exiting liquid jet that oscillates with frequencies $f\\sim 30-60$ Hz. Using anatomical images, high speed videography, theoretical analysis and a physical simulacrum we show that this fast oscillatory motion is the result of an elastohydrodynamic instability driven by the interplay between the elasticity of oral papillae and the fast unsteady flow during squirting. Our results demonstrate how passive strategies can be cleverly harnessed by organisms, while suggesting future oscillating micro-fluidic devices as well as novel ways for micro and nano fiber production using bioinspired strategi...

  11. INVESTIGATION OF SLIME FORMATION PROCESSES IN TURBINE AND INDUSTRIAL OILS

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available  The problem of operating turbine and industrial oils is to ensure the preservation of physical and chemical properties of oils for a long period of time. It is established that at all stages of operation the oil exposed to various contaminants of dispersed phase, the nature and origin. Chemical analysis of oil contamination shows that up to 70% by weight of contaminants is silicon dioxide and the rest are air, water, “wear and corrosion products” and slime. These contaminants are the main reasons that cause slime formation. Slime is a resinous hydrocarbon residue, in most cases, brown in colour. As a result, slime formation lead to a change the physical and chemical properties of oils, active process of aging, the oil becomes a wastes.

  12. Vie Physarale: Evaluation of Roman roads with slime mould

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    Strano, Emanuele; Jones, Jeff

    2012-01-01

    Roman Empire is renowned for sharp logical design and outstanding building quality of its road system. Many roads built by Romans are still use in continental Europe and UK. The Roman roads were built for military transportations with efficiency in mind, as straight as possible. Thus the roads make an ideal test-bed for developing experimental laboratory techniques for evaluating man-made transport systems using living creatures. We imitate development of road networks in Iron Age Italy using slime mould Physarum polycephalum. We represent ten Roman cities with oat flakes, inoculate the slime mould in Roma, wait till slime mould spans all flakes-cities with its network of protoplasmic tubes, and analyse structures of the protoplasmic networks. We found that most Roman roads, apart of those linking Placentia to Bononia and Genua to Florenzia are represented in development of Physarum polycephalum. Transport networks developed by Romans and by slime mould show strong affinity of planar proximity graphs, and par...

  13. Are motorways rational from slime mould's point of view?

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    A. Adamatzky; S. Akl; R. Alonso-Sanz; W. van Dessel; Z. Ibrahim; A. Ilachinski; J. Jones; A.V.D.M. Kayem; G.J. Martínez; P. de Oliveira; M. Prokopenko; T. Schubert; P. Sloot; E. Strano; X.-S. Yang

    2012-01-01

    We analyse the results of our experimental laboratory approximation of motorway networks with slime mould Physarum polycephalum. Motorway networks of 14 geographical areas are considered: Australia, Africa, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Iberia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, UK

  14. Are motorways rational from slime mould's point of view?

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    Adamatzky, Andrew; Alonso-Sanz, Ramon; van Dessel, Wesley; Ibrahim, Zuwairie; Ilachinski, Andrew; Jones, Jeff; Kayem, Anne V D M; Martinez, Genaro J; de Oliveira, Pedro; Prokopenko, Mikhail; Schubert, Theresa; Sloot, Peter; Strano, Emanuele; Yang, Xin-She

    2012-01-01

    We analyse the results of our experimental laboratory approximation of motorways networks with slime mould Physarum polycephalum. Motorway networks of fourteen geographical areas are considered: Australia, Africa, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Iberia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, UK, USA. For each geographical entity we represented major urban areas by oat flakes and inoculated the slime mould in a capital. After slime mould spanned all urban areas with a network of its protoplasmic tubes we extracted a generalised Physarum graph from the network and compared the graphs with an abstract motorway graph using most common measures. The measures employed are the number of independent cycles, cohesion, shortest paths lengths, diameter, the Harary index and the Randic index. We obtained a series of intriguing results, and found that the slime mould approximates best of all the motorway graphs of Belgium, Canada and China, and that for all entities studied the best match between Physarum and ...

  15. PER - CONCENTRATION OF IRON ORE SLIME IN MAGNETIC SEPARATOR

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    2015-01-01

    Indian iron ore is generally friable in nature that results in generation of significant quantity of fines (around 35%) during mining and processing in the country. The ratio of lumps to fines produced in the country is 2:3. During washing and sizing of the ore, slimes with less than 0.21 mm size are generated and discarded into the tailing pond. It is estimated that around 10 million tons of slimes are being generated in every year during the proces...

  16. Sounds Synthesis with Slime Mould of Physarum Polycephalum

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    Miranda, Eduardo R.; Adamatzky, Andrew; Jones, Jeff

    2012-01-01

    Physarum polycephalum is a huge single cell with thousands of nuclei, which behaves like a giant amoeba. During its foraging behaviour this plasmodium produces electrical activity corresponding to different physiological states. We developed a method to render sounds from such electrical activity and thus represent spatio-temporal behaviour of slime mould in a form apprehended by humans. We show to control behaviour of slime mould to shape it towards reproduction of required range of sounds.

  17. Regulation of extracellular slime production by Actinomyces viscosus.

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    Ooshima, T; Kuramitsu, H K

    1981-01-01

    Extracellular slime polysaccharides produced two Actinomyces viscosus strains, T14V and T14AV, were compared. In various media containing glucose, T14Av produced abundant extracellular viscous slime polysaccharide, whereas T14V produced lower levels. Furthermore, fractionation of these polysaccharides showed that the two extracellular polysaccharides differed in molecular size and net charge. Since there was a significant difference in the relative abilities of chemically defined medium and c...

  18. Regulation of slime production in Staphylococcus epidermidis by iron limitation.

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    Deighton, M.; Borland, R

    1993-01-01

    Slime production by most strains of Staphylococcus epidermidis was enhanced by conditions of iron limitation produced by the addition of ethylenediamine-di-o-hydroxyphenol acetic acid to the growth medium. The density of the biofilm which formed on the base of microtiter plates was dependent on the degree of iron limitation, the stage of the growth cycle, and the nutritional state of the initial inoculum. One repeatedly slime-negative S. epidermidis strain, passaged in tryptic soya broth cont...

  19. Slime Mould Analogue Models of Space Exploration and Planet Colonisation

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    Adamatzky, A.; Armstrong, R.; De Lacy Costello, B.; Deng, Y.; Jones, J.; Mayne, R.; Schubert, T.; Sirakoulis, G. Ch.; Zhang, X.

    Slime mould Physarum polycephalum is a single cell that is visible by the unaided eye. When spanning sources of nutrients the slime mould builds a network of protoplasmic tubes which is sometimes considered to be optimal in terms of the minimization of metabolite transportation time and distance away from repellents. Previously we have shown that the slime mould is efficient in imitating the formation of man-made road networks in major countries, where major urban areas are sources of nutrients. We used a similar approach to grow slime mould on a three-dimensional template of the Moon to speculate on potential colonisation scenarios. The slime mould imitated the propagation of colonisation in an exploratory mode, i.e. without any definite targets. Additional transportation hubs/targets were added after the initial network was formed, to imitate the development of colonies in parallel with slime mould growth. We provide analyses of proximity graphs representing colonisation networks and support the findings with Physarum-inspired algorithms to inform supply chain design. We speculate on how living Physarum, or its incorporation into a polymer hybrid material, can be used as a wearable smart wetware based on laboratory experiments interacting with chemical components.

  20. Bleach Neutralizes Mold Allergens

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    2005-01-01

    Researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center have demonstrated that dilute bleach not only kills common household mold, but may also neutralize the mold allergens that cause most mold-related health complaints. The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, is the first to test the effect on allergic…

  1. The effects of four different drugs administered through catheters on slime production in coagulase negative Staphylococci

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    J. Sedef Göçmen; Ünase Büyükkoçak; Alpay Azap; Yasemin Ö. Pekuz; Osman Çağlayan

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: Higher rate of slime production has been found in pathogen bacteria strains. Accordingly, the factors thatcontribute to higher slime production rate increase the infection risk, while the factors that reduce the slime productionrate will reduce the infection risk. The effect of some drugs that are administered through catheters in intensive careunits on slime production with coagulase negative Staphylococci was investigated.Materials and methods: In this study, the effect of four ...

  2. The effects of four different drugs administered through catheters on slime production in coagulase negative Staphylococci

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    Göçmen, Julide Sedef; Büyükkoçak, Ünase; AZAP, Alpay; Pekuz, Yasemin; Çağlayan, Osman

    2012-01-01

    Objective: Higher rate of slime production has been found in pathogen bacteria strains. Accordingly, the factors that contribute to higher slime production rate increase the infection risk, while the factors that reduce the slime production rate will reduce the infection risk. The effect of some drugs that are administered through catheters in intensive care units on slime production with coagulase negative Staphylococci was investigated. Methods: In this study, the effect of four differe...

  3. Study on gamma irradiation of snail slime for cosmetic applications

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    Snail slime is a product used by the cosmetic industry for skin regeneration. Due to its origin and obtaining method, prior to be commercialized, it requires to be exposed to a decontaminated procedure. Samples of snail slime were provided by the manufacturer and were treated with gamma irradiation doses of 2, 3 and 5 kGy. Microbiological, physico-chemical and organoleptic tests, indicated by the product specifications, were performed to the irradiated and control samples in order to determine the optimal decontamination dose. IR spectra of the irradiated samples and control were also obtained. It was determined that the minimum dose of 3 kGy was enough to achieve decontamination of the product without significant changes of the physico-chemical properties. Likewise, at 3 kGy, appearance, color and odour of snail slime remained almost unchanged. (author)

  4. On hybrid circuits exploiting thermistive properties of slime mould

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    Walter, Xavier Alexis; Horsfield, Ian; Mayne, Richard; Ieropoulos, Ioannis A.; Adamatzky, Andrew

    2016-04-01

    Slime mould Physarum polycephalum is a single cell visible by the unaided eye. Let the slime mould span two electrodes with a single protoplasmic tube: if the tube is heated to approximately ≈40 °C, the electrical resistance of the protoplasmic tube increases from ≈3 MΩ to ≈10,000 MΩ. The organism’s resistance is not proportional nor correlated to the temperature of its environment. Slime mould can therefore not be considered as a thermistor but rather as a thermic switch. We employ the P. polycephalum thermic switch to prototype hybrid electrical analog summator, NAND gates, and cascade the gates into Flip-Flop latch. Computing operations performed on this bio-hybrid computing circuitry feature high repeatability, reproducibility and comparably low propagation delays.

  5. Purification and characterization of the staphylococcal slime-associated antigen and its occurrence among Staphylococcus epidermis clinical isolates.

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    Baldassarri, L.; Donnelli, G; Gelosia, A; Voglino, M C; Simpson, A. W.; Christensen, G D

    1996-01-01

    The Staphylococcus epidermidis slime-associated antigen (SAA) was purified and characterized. N-Acetyl-glucosamine accounted for 70% of the dry weight of SAA, which was immunolocalized on the ruthenium red-positive material produced by slime-positive strains. A total of 59% of slime-producing S. epidermidis clinical isolates expressed SAA, while the phenotype slime- SAA+ was never recovered.

  6. Genetic and molecular characterization of radiation-sensitive mutants of the slime mold, Dictyostelium discoideum

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    Several radiation-sensitive mutants of Dictyostelium discoideum, isolated on the basis of sensitivity to either 60Co gamma rays or 254 nm ultraviolet light (uv), were genetically characterized. The mutations studied can be classified into three types on the basis of their radiation-sensitive phenotype. Type one mutants are very sensitive compared to their parental radiation-resistant strains to both uv and gamma rays with no shoulder on their survival curves. Type two mutants have a sensitivity to both uv and gamma rays intermediate between that of the type one mutants and that of their parental strains; type two mutants have shoulders on both uv and gamma ray survival curves. Type three mutant are sensitive only to uv and are as resistant as their parental strains to gamma rays. The type three mutants have intermediate sensitivities to uv like the type two mutants and have shoulders on their survival curves. Linkage and complementation studies indicate that the ten radiation-sensitive mutations studied identify at least six but probably eight loci involved with DNA repair in D. discoideum. Alkaline sucrose gradient sedimentation profiles of DNA from cells following uv irradiation (15 J/m2) indicate that all type one and type two uv- and gamma-ray-sensitive mutants studied can make and repair single strand breaks. However the type three mutants (radC strains) made few single strand breaks under identical conditions, suggesting that these mutants are defective in excision repair. The evidence obtained indicates that D. discoideum has at least two pathways involved with the repair of uv-induced DNA damage

  7. Plasmodial vein networks of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum form regular graphs

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    Baumgarten, Werner; Ueda, Tetsuo; Hauser, Marcus J. B.

    2010-10-01

    The morphology of a typical developing biological transportation network, the vein network of the plasmodium of the myxomycete Physarum polycephalum is analyzed during its free extension. The network forms a classical, regular graph, and has exclusively nodes of degree 3. This contrasts to most real-world transportation networks which show small-world or scale-free properties. The complexity of the vein network arises from the weighting of the lengths, widths, and areas of the vein segments. The lengths and areas follow exponential distributions, while the widths are distributed log-normally. These functional dependencies are robust during the entire evolution of the network, even though the exponents change with time due to the coarsening of the vein network.

  8. Growth patterns of the slime mold Physarum on a nonuniform substrate

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    Halvorsrud, Ragnhild; Wagner, Geri

    1998-01-01

    The Myxomycete Physarum polycephalum has been grown on nonuniform substrates, where the nutrients were confined in separated drops of agar medium. Spatial and temporal aspects of the resulting growth structures were studied by time-lapse video techniques and analyzed using image processing software. The growth process on a linear substrate of drops can be described in terms of a searching phase alternating with a feeding phase. On a linear array of drops, the Physarum advanced uniformly after an initial lag phase. On a two-dimensional drop substrate two different growth regimes could be distinguished: branched growth was observed on substrates with small drop diameters and compact growth, similar to growth on uniform substrates, was observed on substrates with larger drop diameters. The drop size is a crucial parameter that mediates characteristic plasmodial morphologies. A crossover from branched to compact growth was observed in some of the experiments. A spatial correlation function was used that could quantitatively distinguish between the different growth regimes.

  9. Guiding Student Inquiry into Eukaryotic Organismal Biology Using the Plasmodial Slime Mold "Physarum Polycephalum"

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    Weeks, Andrea; Bachman, Beverly; Josway, Sarah; Laemmerzahl, Arndt F.; North, Brittany

    2014-01-01

    In order to challenge our undergraduate students' enduring misconception that plants, animals, and fungi must be "advanced" and that other eukaryotes traditionally called protists must be "primitive," we have developed a 24-hour take-home guided inquiry and investigation of live Physarum cultures. The experiment replicates…

  10. Plant hairy root cultures as plasmodium modulators of the slime mold emergent computing substrate Physarum polycephalum

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    Vincent eRicigliano; Javed eChitaman; Jingjing eTong; Andrew eAdamatzky; Howarth, Dianella G.

    2015-01-01

    Roots of the medicinal plant Valeriana officinalis are well studied for their various biological activities. We applied genetically transformed V. officinalis root cultures to exert control of Physarum polycephalum, an amoeba-based emergent computing substrate. The plasmodial stage of the P. polycephalum life cycle constitutes a single, multinucleate cell visible by unaided eye. The plasmodium modifies its network of oscillating protoplasm in response to spatial configurations of attractants ...

  11. Plant hairy root cultures as plasmodium modulators of the slime mold emergent computing substrate Physarum polycephalum

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    Ricigliano, Vincent; Chitaman, Javed; Tong, Jingjing; Adamatzky, Andrew; Howarth, Dianella G.

    2015-01-01

    Roots of the medicinal plant Valeriana officinalis are well-studied for their various biological activities. We applied genetically transformed V. officinalis root biomass to exert control of Physarum polycephalum, an amoeba-based emergent computing substrate. The plasmodial stage of the P. polycephalum life cycle constitutes a single, multinucleate cell visible by unaided eye. The plasmodium modifies its network of oscillating protoplasm in response to spatial configurations of attractants a...

  12. DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTION OF PLASMODIAL MYXOMYCETES (SLIME MOLDS) FROM LA MESA ECOPARK, QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES

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    THOMAS EDISON E. DELA CRUZ; Macabago, Sittie Aisha B.; Nikki Heherson A. Dagamac

    2010-01-01

    Myxomycetes are ubiquitous in terrestrial forest ecosystems. Thus, this research study looks at the taxonomic diversity and distribution of plasmodial myxomycetes in La Mesa Ecopark in Quezon City, Philippines. A total of 240 moist chambers were prepared from four substrates (aerial and ground leaf litter, twigs and barks) collected within this ecopark. Following incubation of moist chambers for eight weeks, a total of 28 species belonging to 10 genera were collected and identified: Arcyria (...

  13. DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTION OF PLASMODIAL MYXOMYCETES (SLIME MOLDS FROM LA MESA ECOPARK, QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES

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    THOMAS EDISON E. DELA CRUZ

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Myxomycetes are ubiquitous in terrestrial forest ecosystems. Thus, this research study looks at the taxonomic diversity and distribution of plasmodial myxomycetes in La Mesa Ecopark in Quezon City, Philippines. A total of 240 moist chambers were prepared from four substrates (aerial and ground leaf litter, twigs and barks collected within this ecopark. Following incubation of moist chambers for eight weeks, a total of 28 species belonging to 10 genera were collected and identified: Arcyria (3, Diderma (2, Didymium (5, Lamproderma (2, Perichaena (3, Physarum (8, Macbrideola (1, Metatrichia (1, Trichia (1 and Stemonitis (2. Highest myxomycete yield (85% was observed in aerial leaf litter. In terms of taxonomic diversity, highest diversity was observed in bark microhabitats, although the lowest number of species was recorded in it. Assessment of their abundance and distribution showed similarities in species composition between aerial and ground leaf litter. This research study is the first report of plasmodial myxomycetes in La Mesa Ecopark in Quezon City, Philippines.

  14. PAT proteins, an ancient family of lipid droplet proteins that regulate cellular lipid stores.

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    Bickel, Perry E; Tansey, John T; Welte, Michael A

    2009-06-01

    The PAT family of lipid droplet proteins includes 5 members in mammals: perilipin, adipose differentiation-related protein (ADRP), tail-interacting protein of 47 kDa (TIP47), S3-12, and OXPAT. Members of this family are also present in evolutionarily distant organisms, including insects, slime molds and fungi. All PAT proteins share sequence similarity and the ability to bind intracellular lipid droplets, either constitutively or in response to metabolic stimuli, such as increased lipid flux into or out of lipid droplets. Positioned at the lipid droplet surface, PAT proteins manage access of other proteins (lipases) to the lipid esters within the lipid droplet core and can interact with cellular machinery important for lipid droplet biogenesis. Genetic variations in the gene for the best-characterized of the mammalian PAT proteins, perilipin, have been associated with metabolic phenotypes, including type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity. In this review, we discuss how the PAT proteins regulate cellular lipid metabolism both in mammals and in model organisms. PMID:19375517

  15. Dusts and Molds

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    ... ABOUT DUSTS AND MOLDS? Tiny dust particles and mold spores can be inhaled into the lungs. Dusts that come from a living source (“organic dusts”) such as hair, bedding, hay, grain, silage, and dried urine and feces are most dangerous. ...

  16. Phenolic Molding Compounds

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    Koizumi, Koji; Charles, Ted; de Keyser, Hendrik

    Phenolic Molding Compounds continue to exhibit well balanced properties such as heat resistance, chemical resistance, dimensional stability, and creep resistance. They are widely applied in electrical, appliance, small engine, commutator, and automotive applications. As the focus of the automotive industry is weight reduction for greater fuel efficiency, phenolic molding compounds become appealing alternatives to metals. Current market volumes and trends, formulation components and its impact on properties, and a review of common manufacturing methods are presented. Molding processes as well as unique advanced techniques such as high temperature molding, live sprue, and injection/compression technique provide additional benefits in improving the performance characterisitics of phenolic molding compounds. Of special interest are descriptions of some of the latest innovations in automotive components, such as the phenolic intake manifold and valve block for dual clutch transmissions. The chapter also characterizes the most recent developments in new materials, including long glass phenolic molding compounds and carbon fiber reinforced phenolic molding compounds exhibiting a 10-20-fold increase in Charpy impact strength when compared to short fiber filled materials. The role of fatigue testing and fatigue fracture behavior presents some insight into long-term reliability and durability of glass-filled phenolic molding compounds. A section on new technology outlines the important factors to consider in modeling phenolic parts by finite element analysis and flow simulation.

  17. Research on Effect of Magnetized Pulp on Coal Slime Flotation

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    边炳鑫; 肖健丽; 陈清如; 韦鲁滨

    2004-01-01

    Effect of magnetization on oxygen concentration, pH, surface zeta potential, and wet heat of flotation pulp were researched. The result shows that magnetization treatment can improve the floatablility of coal and increase the difference in wet heat among coal, refuse, and pyrite, which is favorable for slime flotation and for removing sulfur and ash from coal.

  18. Anti-ulcer potentials of phylum mollusca (tropical snail) slime

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    Nwodo NJ; Okonta J M; Ezugwu CO; Attama AA

    2009-01-01

    Objective:The effectiveness of the slimy substance in snail to regenerate and repair damaged areas on its body/shell lead to this investigation.Methods:The anti-ulcer'property of snail slime extracted from phylum mollusca (tropical snail)from the giant African snail Archachatina marginata (Fam.Arionidae)was investi-gated using histamine,stress and indomethacin-induced ulcers.The solubility profile of extract was investiga-ted in different solvents and at different temperatures.Chemical analysis was carried out to determine the types of constituents present in the slim,while acute toxicity test was carried out to evaluate its profile of toxicity. The effect of the snail slim on gastrointestinal motility was investigated in mice,while the guinea pig ileum was used to study the effect of the extract on contraction produced by acetylcholine and histamine.The snail slime contained copious quantity of protein,with varying amounts of simple sugars,carbohydrates and fats.The slime was not soluble in most common solvents and increases in temperature,did not appear to increase its sol-ubility.Results:The result further indicated that although the snail slime exhibited significant (P <0.05)an-ti-ulcer induced by stress and histamine,it was most potent against ulcer induced by indomethacin.The snail slime potently inhibited gastrointestinal movement in mice in a dose-dependent manner;however,it was not a-ble to inhibit contraction induced by acetylcholine and histamine in guinea pig ileum.Conclusion:The snail mucin possesses potent antiulcer properties without any toxic effect.The mechanism responsible for the anti-ul-cer property may not be postulated with certainty but cytoprotective and anti-spasmodic activities are most likely to be involved.

  19. Behaviour of polonium-210 during anode slimes processing

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    Refinery slimes produced during the electrorefining of copper anodes often contain recoverable quantities of gold, silver and the platinum group metals, platinum and palladium. The treatment process selected to recover precious metals from the slimes depends on the concentration of other impurities. Polonium-210 will be present in the refinery slimes when uranium-bearing minerals (e.g. uraninite) are associated with the copper mineralogy. The production of pure precious metals from copper anode slimes containing polonium-210 involves a variety of steps including impurity removal, smelting to produce a dore metal and then refining. Gold and silver are recovered by electrorefining processes. Platinum group metals accumulate in the gold electrolyte and are recovered by precipitation. To ensure that specifications are met in the final products, it is necessary to identify and closely monitor where the impurities, including polonium-210, are partitioning during processing. Although measurement of polonium-210 activity using alpha spectrometry identifies relative amounts of the radionuclide in the various streams, it does not give any indication of the form it may be in. By studying the chemistry and deportment of its neighbours in the periodic table (Pb,Bi,Se and Te) it may be possible to make some conclusions regarding polonium-210 behaviour. Examination of the solid phases produced during anode slimes treatment were carried out using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Elemental analyses of solid and liquor streams were carried out using Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICPAES). This paper attempts to develop a relationship between the behaviour of polonium-210 and other impurities during precious metals recovery based on the results of these studies

  20. Numerical Simulation of Phenolic Sheet Molding Compound in Compression Molding

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    MEI Qi-lin; YAN Shi-lin; HUANG Zhi-xiong

    2003-01-01

    Based on generalized Hele-Shaw (GHS) model, a numerical simulation of phenolic sheet molding compound (P-SMC) in compression molding is realized by finite element step-by-step computing method. Finite elemental computing and post analysis programs have been written. The compression mold filling process, time and pressure requirements of P-SMC in a closed mold are predicted, and a good agreement is shown when compared with experiments. It will be of theoretical significance for the mold design and the optimization of the technological parameters in the compression molding of sheet molding compound.

  1. The effects of four different drugs administered through catheters on slime production in coagulase negative Staphylococci

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    J. Sedef Göçmen

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Higher rate of slime production has been found in pathogen bacteria strains. Accordingly, the factors thatcontribute to higher slime production rate increase the infection risk, while the factors that reduce the slime productionrate will reduce the infection risk. The effect of some drugs that are administered through catheters in intensive careunits on slime production with coagulase negative Staphylococci was investigated.Materials and methods: In this study, the effect of four different preparations containing Glyceryl trinitrate (Perlinganit®, Dexmedetomidine (Precedex®, Esmolol (Brevibloc®, and Propofol (Propofol® on slime production of 24Staphylococcus epidermidis strains isolated from blood cultures of patients, and reference strain were investigated. Slimeproduction was determined using ‘the quantitative microdilution plaque test’ described by Christensen.Results: Under controlled medium, eight strains formed slimes, and in the media containing esmolol, glyceryl trinitrate,dexmedetomidine, and propofol slimes were positive for five, 21, 15, and 18 strains, respectively. The rate of slime productionin glyceryl trinitrate, dexmedetomidine, and propofol containing media were higher than that of the controls.Conclusions: In the light of the results of this study, it is concluded that the drugs and/or additives increase the rate ofslime production. The effects of the preparations administered through catheters on slime production should be investigated,and these effects should be kept in mind during their use. J Microbiol Infect Dis 2012; 2(4: 150-154Key words: Slime Production, Coagulase Negative Staphyloccoci, Parenteral drugs

  2. Hagfish slime and mucin flow properties and their implications for defense.

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    Böni, Lukas; Fischer, Peter; Böcker, Lukas; Kuster, Simon; Rühs, Patrick A

    2016-01-01

    When hagfish (Myxinidae) are attacked by predators, they form a dilute, elastic, and cohesive defensive slime made of mucins and protein threads. In this study we propose a link between flow behavior and defense mechanism of hagfish slime. Oscillatory rheological measurements reveal that hagfish slime forms viscoelastic networks at low concentrations. Mucins alone did not contribute viscoelasticity, however in shear flow, viscosity was observed. The unidirectional flow, experienced by hagfish slime during suction feeding by predators, was mimicked with extensional rheology. Elongational stresses were found to increase mucin viscosity. The resulting higher resistance to flow could support clogging of the attacker's gills. Shear flow in contrast decreases the slime viscosity by mucin aggregation and leads to a collapse of the slime network. Hagfish may benefit from this collapse when trapped in their own slime and facing suffocation by tying a sliding knot with their body to shear off the slime. This removal could be facilitated by the apparent shear thinning behavior of the slime. Therefore hagfish slime, thickening in elongation and thinning in shear, presents a sophisticated natural high water content gel with flow properties that may be beneficial for both, defense and escape. PMID:27460842

  3. Mold Image Library

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    ... Terry Brennan Example of exhaust vent in a bathroom Photo courtesy of Terry Brennan Example of an ... led to mold on paneling behind mirror above bathroom sink. (The mirror has been removed in this ...

  4. Dynamic of taking out molding parts at injection molding

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    E. Ragan

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Most plastic parts used in automobile production are manufactured by injection molding. Their quality depends also on taking out molding and on the manipulators for it. Task of this contribution is to theoretically describe a transport of molding at taking out after injection molding in relation on its regulation. The following quantities are derived at it: the transition characteristic of the taking out system, the blocking diagram of taking out molding regulation, the amplitude and phase characteristic and the transition characteristic of action quantity at taking out molding regulation.

  5. Slime Faktörünün Klinikteki Yeri Ve Önemi

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    Cengiz, S.Aslıhan; US, Ebru; Cengiz, A. Tevfik

    2006-01-01

    In this review, we emphasize the importance of slime production of coagulase-negative staphylococi (CoNS) and Candida spp. and clinical significance of this factor. We explaned the characteristics and detection methods of slime factor and several factors affecting the adhesion. Meanwhile, the structure of the biofilm and its influence of the virulence were reassessed comprehensivly. Key words: Coagulase-negative staphylococi, Candida, Slime factor, Biofilm, Adhesion

  6. Towards slime mould colour sensor: Recognition of colours by Physarum polycephalum

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    Adamatzky, Andrew

    2013-01-01

    Acellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum is a popular now user-friendly living substrate for designing of future and emergent sensing and computing devices. P. polycephalum exhibits regular patterns of oscillations of its surface electrical potential. The oscillation patterns are changed when the slime mould is subjected to mechanical, chemical, electrical or optical stimuli. We evaluate feasibility of slime-mould based colour sensors by illuminating Physarum with red, green, blue and whit...

  7. Exploiting Environmental Computation in a Multi-Agent Model of Slime Mould

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    Jones, Jeff

    2015-01-01

    Very simple organisms, such as the single-celled amoeboid slime mould Physarum polycephalum possess no neural tissue yet, despite this, are known to exhibit complex biological and computational behaviour. Given such limited resources, can environmental stimuli play a role in generating the complexity of slime mould behaviour? We use a multi-agent collective model of slime mould to explore a two-way mechanism where the collective behaviour is influenced by simulated chemical concentration grad...

  8. Role of the Staphylococcus epidermidis slime layer in experimental tunnel tract infections.

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    Patrick, C C; Plaunt, M R; Hetherington, S V; May, S M

    1992-01-01

    An experimental animal model was used to assess the slime layer of Staphylococcus epidermidis as a pathogenic factor in tunnel tract infections. Mice were inoculated with high-slime-producing or non-slime-producing strains of S. epidermidis, either along the length of a subcutaneous catheter or in the area where a catheter had been placed and immediately removed (controls). Among the catheter-bearing mice, the phenotypically distinct staphylococci produced similar, high frequencies of abscess...

  9. Vacuum Evaporation Technology for Treating Antimony-Rich Anode Slime

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    Qiu, Keqiang; Lin, Deqiang; Yang, Xuelin

    2012-11-01

    A vacuum evaporation technology for treating antimony-rich anode slime was developed in this work. Experiments were carried out at temperatures from 873 K to 1073 K and residual gas pressures from 50 Pa to 600 Pa. During vacuum evaporation, silver from the antimony-rich anode slime was left behind in the distilland in a silver alloy containing antimony and lead, and antimony trioxide was evaporated. The experimental results showed that 92% by weight of antimony can be removed, and the silver content in the alloy was up to 12.84%. The antimony trioxide content in the distillate was more than 99.7%, and the distillate can be used directly as zero-grade antimony trioxide (China standard).

  10. Polysaccharide of the slime glycolipoprotein of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Koepp, L H; Orr, T.; Bartell, P F

    1981-01-01

    The polysaccharide moiety was isolated by mild acid hydrolysis from the slime glycolipoprotein of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain BI. After gel filtration, the polysaccharide obtained from the Carbohydrate peak fractions was found to be lipid- and protein-free. Analyses indicated that the polysaccharide contained the carbohydrate components of the parent glycolipoprotein. Molecular size of the polysaccharide was estimated by gel filtration as 70,000 to 100,000. The polysaccharide showed no indi...

  11. Characterization of Injection Molded Structures

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    Sun, Ling; Søgaard, Emil; Andersen, Nis Korsgaard;

    and limitations. Therefore, it would be difficult to characterize complex, especially hierarchical structures by using only one method. Here we present a combined optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and scanning probe microscopy study on injection molded structures. These...... understand structure-properties relationship of the injection molded polymer samples. These results are very important in optimizing injection molding parameters....

  12. Rhenium extraction from sulfuric acid slimes of Dzhezkazgan coppor-smelting plant

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    The results of laboratory and industrial tests for extraction of rhenium from sulphate slimes of DMZ are given. Rhenium is shown to be extracted by 70% into solution during the acid leaching of slimes in the presence of manganese concentrate. The solutions after leaching can be directed to extraction

  13. Technique of complex slime water treatment of coal-mining branch

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    Solodov, G. А.; Zhbyr, Е. V.; Papin, А. V.; Nevedrov, А. V.

    2007-01-01

    The possibility of complex slime water treatment at coal-mining and coal-treating plants producing marketable products: power-generating concentrate, coal-water fuel, magnetic fraction, industrial water is shown. A basic process flowsheet of slime water treatment presenting a united technological complex is suggested.

  14. Expression of slime interferes with in vitro detection of host protein receptors of Staphylococcus epidermidis.

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    Baldassarri, L.; Donelli, G.; Gelosia, A; Simpson, A. W.; Christensen, G D

    1997-01-01

    We hypothesized that slime may mask bacterial molecules important in the attachment of Staphylococcus epidermidis to inanimate surfaces. In support of this hypothesis, we found that slime-negative strains attached significantly better to fibrinogen or fibronectin than the parent strains and exhibited greater surface hydrophobicity. Comparable results were obtained with 53 clinical isolates.

  15. Multi-agent model of slime mould for computing and robotics

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    Jones, Jeff

    2015-03-01

    This chapter features results from a multi-agent model of slime mould. Slime mould is a remarkable organism because it possesses no nervous system, no skeleton, no organised musculature and no special senses. Despite these limitations, slime mould is capable of remarkable biological and computational feats by dynamically adapting its body plan in response to environmental stimuli. Because slime mould consists of simple component parts, its behaviour requires no specialised or critical components and the mechanisms which govern its behaviour are distributed throughout -- and embedded within -- the organism itself. This multi-agent approach to modelling slime mould is a bottom-up model and attempts to specifically use the same -- apparently limiting -- properties found in the organism itself: simple component parts, local interactions and self-organised collective emergent behaviour. The aim of the model is to show how the complexity of slime mould can emerge from these very simple local interactions. The model has successfully been applied to reproducing the biological behaviour of slime mould (growth patterns, network adaptation, oscillatory phenomena) and also the computational and robotic behaviour of slime mould. The images in this chapter give a flavour of the model with topics relating to the complex pattern formation phenomena, amoeboid movement and collective transport phenomena, and its utilisation as a spatially represented unconventional computing substrate...

  16. Some observations of slime moulds on wood and litter of beech forests

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    Dominika Ślusarczyk

    2013-01-01

    The results of research into slime moulds in beech forest reserves in Central Poland are discussed. Thirty species of slime moulds directly associated with beech wood and beech litter were recorded. Species associated with different decay phases of beech wood and litter were identified.

  17. Demonstration of the Coagulation and Diffusion of Homemade Slime Prepared under Acidic Conditions without Borate

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    Isokawa, Naho; Fueda, Kazuki; Miyagawa, Korin; Kanno, Kenichi

    2015-01-01

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) precipitates in many kinds of aqueous salt solutions. While sodium sulfate, a coagulant for PVA fiber, precipitates PVA to yield a white rigid gel, coagulation of PVA with aluminum sulfate, a coagulant for water treatment, yields a slime-like viscoelastic fluid. One type of homemade slime is prepared under basic…

  18. Basic features of slime mould motility

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    Shirakawa, Tomohiro

    2015-03-01

    The plasmodium of Physarum polycephalum is a unicellular and multi-nuclear giant amoeba that is formed by fusions of myriads of uninucleate microscopic amoebae at a point in the life cycle of the organism. The very large unicellular form of the plasmodium is very uncommon in nature; on the contrary, almost all of the other higher organisms have multi-cellular bodies. Therefore, the plasmodium has an exceptional property: although the plasmodium is a unicellular organism, the size of the amoeba is variable. The smallest plasmodium consists of the fusion of two amoebae, so the smallest size is twice that of a usual amoeba. There is no upper limit to the largest size of the plasmodium, in principle. There is a record of very large plasmodium of more than a few metres. A more interesting point is that despite the variety in the size, the plasmodium can move, feed and form complex structures and adapt itself to the environment in an intelligent manner...

  19. High Cost/High Risk Components to Chalcogenide Molded Lens Model: Molding Preforms and Mold Technology

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    Bernacki, Bruce E.

    2012-10-05

    This brief report contains a critique of two key components of FiveFocal's cost model for glass compression molding of chalcogenide lenses for infrared applications. Molding preforms and mold technology have the greatest influence on the ultimate cost of the product and help determine the volumes needed to select glass molding over conventional single-point diamond turning or grinding and polishing. This brief report highlights key areas of both technologies with recommendations for further study.

  20. Rubber molds for investment casting

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    The main objective of the project is to investigate different types of molding rubbers used for investment casting. The level of shape complexity which can be achieved by using these rubber molds is also studied. It was almost impossible to make complex shapes molds using metal molds, in that cases rubber molds are very important because they arc flexible and give accurate and precise part dimensions. Turbine blades are hi-tech components with air-foil geometries that have close dimensional tolerances. They are made of super-alloys and manufactured by investment casting. The final blade profile depends upon the dimensional accuracy in each of the processing steps. In the present work experimental study for the production of high quality low cost castings of turbine blades using rubber molds and injected wax patterns is presented. Natural Rubber molds and wax patterns from these molds were made. Different types of molding rubbers were studied including natural rubber, silicone rubber and liquid silicone rubber. It was found that by using rubber molds we can make most complex shape with very less finishing required. The shrinkage was 12% as compared to original master pattern. Rubber molds were made using laboratory hot press. Three layers of rubber above and below the master pattern. After that vulcanization was done by giving temperature and pressure. (author)

  1. Habituation in non-neural organisms: evidence from slime moulds.

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    Boisseau, Romain P; Vogel, David; Dussutour, Audrey

    2016-04-27

    Learning, defined as a change in behaviour evoked by experience, has hitherto been investigated almost exclusively in multicellular neural organisms. Evidence for learning in non-neural multicellular organisms is scant, and only a few unequivocal reports of learning have been described in single-celled organisms. Here we demonstrate habituation, an unmistakable form of learning, in the non-neural organism Physarum polycephalum In our experiment, using chemotaxis as the behavioural output and quinine or caffeine as the stimulus, we showed that P. polycephalum learnt to ignore quinine or caffeine when the stimuli were repeated, but responded again when the stimulus was withheld for a certain time. Our results meet the principle criteria that have been used to demonstrate habituation: responsiveness decline and spontaneous recovery. To distinguish habituation from sensory adaptation or motor fatigue, we also show stimulus specificity. Our results point to the diversity of organisms lacking neurons, which likely display a hitherto unrecognized capacity for learning, and suggest that slime moulds may be an ideal model system in which to investigate fundamental mechanisms underlying learning processes. Besides, documenting learning in non-neural organisms such as slime moulds is centrally important to a comprehensive, phylogenetic understanding of when and where in the tree of life the earliest manifestations of learning evolved. PMID:27122563

  2. Benefication of coking-coal slimes by means of screen centrifuges

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    S.A. Osadchii; E.K. Samoilova; G.Y. Gol' berg [Coal Preparation Plant Neryungrinskaya, Neryungri (Russian Federation)

    2009-06-15

    A new slime-benefication technology has been developed at Coal Preparation Plant Neryungrinskaya. In this technology, the product is separated in screen centrifuges. As a result, small particles with relatively high ash content are extracted in the centrifugate. Correspondingly, the cake has the required ash content of {le} 10%. Industrial tests indicate that this technology is feasible at the facility. The parameters that ensure most effective slime separation are determined. The new slime-benefication system is simple and characterized by relatively low operating costs: the expected reduction in production costs relative to the existing technology is about 126 million rub/yr.

  3. Dielectrophoresis and electrorotation of neurospora slime and murine myeloma cells.

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    Gimsa, J; Marszalek, P; Loewe, U; Tsong, T Y

    1991-01-01

    Dielectrophoresis and electrorotation are commonly used to measure dielectric properties and membrane electrical parameters of biological cells. We have derived quantitative relationships for several critical points, defined in Fig. A 1, which characterize the dielectrophoretic spectrum and the electrorotational spectrum of a cell, based on the single-shell model (Pauly, H., and H.P. Schwan, 1959. Z. Naturforsch. 14b:125-131; Sauer, F.A. 1985. Interactions between Electromagnetic Field and Cells. A. Chiabrera, C. Nicolini, and H.P. Schwan, editors. Plenum Publishing Corp., New York. 181-202). To test these equations and to obtain membrane electrical parameters, a technique which allowed simultaneous measurements of the dielectrophoresis and the electrorotation of single cells in the same chamber, was developed and applied to the study of Neurospora slime and the Myeloma Tib9 cell line. Membrane electrical parameters were determined by the dependence of the first critical frequency of dielectrophoresis (fct1) and the first characteristic frequency of electrorotation (fc1) on the conductivity of the suspending medium. Membrane conductances of Neurospora slime and Myeloma also were found to be 500 and 380 S m-2, respectively. Several observations indicate that these cells are more complex than that described by the single-shell model. First, the membrane capacities from fct1 (0.81 x 10(-2) and 1.55 x 10(-2) F m-2 for neurospora slime and Myeloma, respectively) were at least twice those derived from fc1. Second, the electrorotation spectrum of Myeloma cells deviated from the single-shell like behavior. These discrepancies could be eliminated by adapting a three-shell model (Furhr, G., J. Gimsa, and R. Glaser. 1985. Stud. Biophys. 108:149-164). Apparently, there was more than one membrane relaxation process which could influence the lower frequency region of the beta-dispersion. fct1 of Myeloma in a medium of given external conductivity were found to be similar for most

  4. Nanofabrication with molds & stamps

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    Byron D. Gates

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available A number of methods can be used to fabricate patterns with features having dimensions <100 nm. These techniques, however, can require specialized equipment and are often restricted to a cleanroom environment. Nanofabrication can be made accessible to multiple users by using elastomeric molds or stamps to transfer high-resolution patterns into other materials. These techniques are inexpensive and can transfer patterns into functional materials and onto a number of surfaces. This review describes recent advances in fabricating nanostructures using these techniques.

  5. Injection Compression Molding of Replica Molds for Nanoimprint Lithography

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    Keisuke Nagato

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available As a breakthrough in the cost and durability of molds for nanoimprint lithography (NIL, replica molds are fabricated by injection compression molding (ICM. ICM is commonly used for optical disks such as DVDs or Blu-ray disks and is also a practical fabrication method for nanostructures. In this paper, I successfully demonstrated the fabrication of cycloolefin polymer replica molds with structures smaller than 60 nm by ICM. Furthermore, ultraviolet (UV-NIL using these replica molds was demonstrated. UV-cured resist was replicated over an area of 60 mm diameter. The degree of replication by UV-NIL in the first usage of each replica mold had good repeatability. Because ICM is a high-throughput, low-cost process, the replica mold can be disposed of after a certain time for UV-NIL. This method leads to a high-integrity UV-NIL process of patterned media because multiple large-area replica molds can be fabricated simultaneously.

  6. Mold Materials For Permanent Molding of Aluminum Alloys

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    John F Wallace; David Schwam; Wen Hong dxs11@po.cwru.edu

    2001-09-14

    A test that involves immersion of the potential mod materials for permanent molds has been developed that provides a thermal cycle that is similar to the experienced during casting of aluminum in permanent molds. This test has been employed to determine the relative thermal fatigue resistance of several different types of mold materials. Four commercial mold coatings have been evaluated for their insulating ability, wear resistance and roughness. The results indicate that composition and structure of the mold materials have considerable effect on their thermal fatigue cracking behavior. Irons with a gray iron structure are the most prone to thermal fatigue cracking followed by compacted graphite irons with the least thermal fatigue cracking of the cast irons experienced by ductile iron. The composition of these various irons affects their behavior.

  7. You say "lean finely textured beef," I say "pink slime".

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    Reid, Rita-Marie Cain

    2014-01-01

    In 2012, American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (ABC) broadcast a segment on its evening news show regarding the manufacture of "lean finely textured beef" by Beef Products, Inc. (BPI). The broadcast, as well as follow-up reports and social media communications, repeatedly referred to the product as "pink slime," a term originated by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) employee for the processed meat. The market backlash against the product was immediate and intense. Ultimately, BPI closed three processing plants, cut hundreds of jobs, and filed for bankruptcy. BPI sued ABC and others for food libel, defamation, and tortious interference. This research analyzes those claims and defenses and discusses the future of such cases. PMID:25654945

  8. Species identification, antibiotic sensitivity and slime production of coagulase-negative staphylococci isolated from clinical specimens.

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    Deighton, M A; Franklin, J C; Spicer, W J; Balkau, B

    1988-08-01

    Two hundred and seventy-five consecutive clinical isolates of coagulase-negative staphylococci, including strains associated with disease, contaminants and skin colonizers, were speciated, tested for slime production and for their sensitivity to a range of antibiotics. Staphylococcus epidermidis was the most commonly identified species, comprising 63% of all isolates. Slime production was detected in half the strains of Staph. epidermidis, Staph. haemolyticus and Staph. saprophyticus but was rare in other species. Most Staph. haemolyticus strains and approximately half of the Staph. epidermidis strains were resistant to five or more antibiotics. A significant association was found between slime production and multiple antibiotic resistance. For catheter-associated strains, clinical relevance was predictable by species i.e. Staph. epidermidis. Multi-resistant slime-positive Staph. haemolyticus strains, although infrequently associated with disease, were common skin colonizers, presumably acquired from the hospital environment. We describe a practical and inexpensive scheme for the speciation of human coagulase-negative staphylococcal isolates. PMID:3402550

  9. Robotized system for removal of slime from the bottom of steam generators

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    Kucherenko, O. V.; Shvarov, V. A.

    2014-02-01

    Reliability of steam generators depends not only on the main technical characteristics and correctness of the operational mode but also on the cleanliness of the heat-exchange surface and the presence of slime precipitated on the bottom. To provide the cleanliness, chemical methods of cleaning the heatexchange surfaces are used. In this article, we consider the process of removal of sediments that are formed precisely on the bottom of the steam generator from its volume. Possible mechanical methods for removal of sediments are presented. The consideration of variants of cleaning approved for acting steam generators showed the efficiency and applicability of the developed installation for the slime removal from steam generators. The main principles of construction of the system for slime removal from the steam generator bottom and constructive features of the installation, which make it possible to implement the stated tasks on the slime removal from the steam generator bottom, are given.

  10. Speed–accuracy trade-offs during foraging decisions in the acellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum

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    Latty, Tanya; Beekman, Madeleine

    2010-01-01

    Speed–accuracy trade-offs (SATs) are thought to be a fundamental feature of biological information processing, yet most evidence of SATs comes from animals. Here, we examine SATs in the foraging decisions of an acellular, amoeboid organism: the slime mould Physarum polycephalum. Slime moulds were given a simple discrimination task: selecting the highest-quality food item from a set of three options. We investigated the effect of two stressors, light exposure and hunger, on the speed and accur...

  11. Experimental foreign body infections in mice challenged with slime-producing Staphylococcus epidermidis.

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    Christensen, G D; Simpson, W A; Bisno, A L; Beachey, E H

    1983-01-01

    The virulence of two previously described Staphylococcus epidermidis strains was examined in an experimental model of foreign body infection in mice. Animals challenged with the slime-producing strain developed three times as many infections as animals challenged with the strain that did not produce slime (P less than 0.001). Bacterial isolates recovered from the infected sites retained the characteristics of the inoculated strain. Animals without foreign bodies but challenged in a similar ma...

  12. Ropy slime-producing Lactobacillus sake strains possess a strong competitive ability against a commercial biopreservative

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    Björkroth, Johanna; Korkeala, Hannu

    1997-01-01

    http://www.elsevier.nl/locate/01681605 Aseptically handled Frankfurters were treated with a commercial Lactobacillus alimentarius biopreservate and inoculated with different cell concentrations of four ropy slime-producing Lactobacillus sake strains. The packages were vacuum sealed and kept at 6°C for 28 days, after which the production of ropy slime was evaluated. The inoculation test was controlled by sealing the different control packages containing either aseptically manufactured saus...

  13. Genotypic variation and slime production among blood and catheter isolates of Candida parapsilosis.

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    Branchini, M L; Pfaller, M A; Rhine-Chalberg, J; Frempong, T; Isenberg, H D

    1994-01-01

    Candida parapsilosis is an important nosocomial pathogen that can proliferate in high concentrations of glucose and form biofilms on prosthetic materials. We investigated the genotypic diversity and slime production among 31 isolates of C. parapsilosis from individual patients with bloodstream or catheter infections. DNA subtyping was performed by using electrophoretic karyotyping plus restriction endonuclease analysis with BssHII followed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. Slime production...

  14. Evaluation of Slime-Producing Bacteria in Oil Field Core Flood Experiments

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    Geesey, G. G.; Mittelman, M W; Lieu, V. T.

    1987-01-01

    Epifluorescence microscopy and carbohydrate determinations indicated that the decrease in permeability of oil reservoir sand to reclaimed sewage water was partially the result of biological plugging. Filtration and biocide addition studies demonstrated that the increase in bacterial densities and slime concentrations in flooded oil field cores appeared to be due to both deposition from the reclaimed water and in situ microbial growth and slime production. Although these biological components ...

  15. Virulence of Staphylococcus epidermidis in a mouse model: significance of extracellular slime.

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    Deighton, M. A.; Borland, R; Capstick, J A

    1996-01-01

    The ability to produce large quantities of biofilm on solid surfaces in vitro is believed to distinguish potentially pathogenic strains of Staphylococcus epidermidis from commensals. Biofilm consists of staphylococcal cells encased in a matrix of extracellular polysaccharide (also referred to as slime), firmly adherent to each other and to the underlying surface structure. The association of slime with colonization of catheter surfaces in vivo has been examined extensively. Less attention has...

  16. Polymeric Nanoelectrodes for Investigating Cellular Adhesion

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    Thapa, Prem; Paneru, Govind; Flanders, Bret

    2011-03-01

    Polyethylene dioxythiophene nano-filaments were grown on lithographic electrode arrays by the recently developed directed electrochemical nanowire assembly technique. These filaments are firmly attached to the electrode but are not attached to the glass substrate. Hence, they behave like cantilevered rods (with one free end). Individual cells of the slime mold Dictystolium discoideum initiate contact by extending pseudopods to the nanoelectrodes when cultured on the electrode arrays. Scanning electron micrographs of the interfaces show the contact area to be of the order of 0.1 μ m 2 . Confocal images reveal the focal adhesions in the cell-electrode contact region. Deflection of the nanoelectrode by an individual cell can be used to measure the force exerted by the cell. Recent results on this innovative force sensing approach will be discussed. NSF.

  17. Composition of the bacterial biota in slime developed in two machines at a Canadian paper mill.

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    Disnard, Julie; Beaulieu, Carole; Villemur, Richard

    2011-02-01

    During the process of papermaking by pulp and paper plants, a thick and viscous deposits, termed slime, is quickly formed around the paper machines, which can affect the papermaking process. In this study, we explored the composition of the bacterial biota in slime that developed on shower pipes from 2 machines at a Canadian paper mill. Firstly, the composition was assessed for 12 months by DNA profiling with polymerase chain reaction coupled with denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis. Except for short periods (2-3 months), clustered analyses showed that the bacterial composition of the slime varied substantially over the year, with less than 50% similarity between the denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis profiles. Secondly, the screening of 16S rRNA gene libraries derived from 2 slime samples showed that the most abundant bacteria were related to 6 lineages, including Chloroflexi, candidate division OP10, Clostridiales, Bacillales, Burkholderiales, and the genus Deinococcus. Finally, the proportion of 8 bacterial lineages, such as Deinococcus sp., Meiothermus sp., and Chloroflexi, was determined by the Catalyzed Reporter Deposition-Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization in 2 slime samples. The results showed a high proportion of Chloroflexi, Tepidimonas spp., and Schlegelella spp. in the slime samples. PMID:21326351

  18. Chemical Characterization of Polysaccharide from the Slime Layer of the Cyanobacterium Microcystis flos-aquae C3-40

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    Plude, John L.; Parker, Dorothy L.; Schommer, Olivia J.; Timmerman, Robert J.; Hagstrom, Stephanie A.; Joers, James M.; Hnasko, Robert

    1991-01-01

    Macromolecular material from the slime layer of the cyanobacterium Microcystis flos-aquae C3-40 was defined as material that adhered to cells during centrifugation in growth medium but was dislodged by washing with deionized water and retained within dialysis tubing with a molecular-weight cutoff of 3,500. At each step of this isolation procedure, the slime was observed microscopically. Cells in the centrifugal pellet were surrounded by large amounts of slime that excluded negative stain, whe...

  19. Rapid control of mold temperature during injection molding process

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    Liparoti, Sara; Titomanlio, Giuseppe [Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Salerno Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, 84084 Fisciano (Italy); Hunag, Tsang Min; Cakmak, Mukerrem [Department of Polymer Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325 (United States); Sorrentino, Andrea [Institute for Polymers, Composite and Biomaterials (IPCB) - CNR, P. Enrico Fermi 1, 80055 Portici (Italy)

    2015-05-22

    The control of mold surface temperature is an important factor that determines surface morphology and its dimension in thickness direction. It can also affect the frozen molecular orientation and the mold surface replicability in injection molded products. In this work, thin thermally active films were used to quickly control the mold surface temperature. In particular, an active high electrical conductivity carbon black loaded polyimide composites sandwiched between two insulating thin polymeric layers was used to condition the mold surface. By controlling the heating time, it was possible to control precisely the temporal variation of the mold temperature surface during the entire cycle. The surface heating rate was about 40°C/s and upon contact with the polymer the surface temperature decreased back to 40°C within about 5 s; the overall cycle time increased only slightly. The effect on cross section sample morphology of samples of iPP were analyzed and discussed on the basis of the recorded temperature evolution.

  20. Emergence and transitions of dynamic patterns of thickness oscillation of the plasmodium of the true slime mold Physarum polycephalum

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    Takagi, Seiji; Ueda, Tetsuo

    2008-03-01

    The emergence and transitions of various spatiotemporal patterns of thickness oscillation were studied in the freshly isolated protoplasm of the Physarum plasmodium. New patterns, such as standing waves, and chaotic and rotating spirals, developed successively before the well-documented synchronous pattern appeared. There was also a spontaneous opposite transition from synchrony to chaotic and rotating spirals. Rotating spiral waves were observed in the large migrating plasmodium, where the vein structures were being destroyed. Thus, the Physarum plasmodium exhibits versatile patterns, which are generally expected in coupled oscillator systems. This paper discusses the physiological roles of spatiotemporal patterns, comparing them with other biological systems.

  1. The mitochondrial plasmid of the true slime mold Physarum polycephalum bypasses uniparental inheritance by promoting mitochondrial fusion.

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    Sakurai, Rakusa; Nomura, Hideo; Moriyam, Yohsuke; Kawano, Shigeyuki

    2004-08-01

    Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is inherited maternally in most eukaryotes. Linear mitochondrial plasmids in higher plants and fungi are also transmitted from the maternal parent to the progeny. However, mF, which is a mitochondrial linear plasmid of Physarum polycephalum, evades uniparental mitochondrial inheritance. We examined 36 myxamoebal strains of Physarum and isolated three novel mF+ strains (JE8, TU111, NG111) that harbored free mF plasmids. These strains were mated with the mF- strain KM88. Of the three mF- x mF+ crosses, only KM88 x JE8 displayed complete uniparental inheritance. However, in KM88 x TU111 and KM88 x NG111, the mtDNA of KM88 and mF of TU111 and NG111 were inherited by the plasmodia and showed recombination. For example, although the mtDNA of TU111 was eliminated, the mF of TU111 persisted and became inserted into the mtDNA of KM88, such that recombinant mtDNA represented 80% of the total mtDNA. The parental mitochondria fused to yield giant mitochondria with two or more mitochondrial nucleoids. The mF appears to exchange mitochondria from the recipient (paternal) to the donor (maternal) by promoting mitochondrial fusion. PMID:15179521

  2. Diversity of plasmodial slime molds (myxomycetes in coastal, mountain, and community forests of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, the Philippines

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    Nikki Heherson A. Dagamac

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available No profiling of diversity of myxomycetes has ever been conducted in one of the biodiversity hotspot areas in the Philippine archipelago, and this necessitates a swift survey of myxomycetes in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. An assessment of diversity of myxomycetes collected from seven collecting points of three different forest types in the study area showed a total of 926 records of myxomycetes. Of which, 42 morphospecies belonging to 16 genera are reported in this study. Species richness of myxomycetes was higher in collecting points that were found in inland lowland mountain forests, but the most taxonomically diverse species was found in coastal forests. Myxomycete species, namely, Arcyria cinerea, Diderma hemisphaericum, Physarum echinosporum, Lamproderma scintillans, and Stemonitis fusca, were found in all the collecting points. Manmade disturbances and forest structure may affect the occurrence of myxomycetes.

  3. Diversity of plasmodial slime molds (myxomycetes) in coastal, mountain, and community forests of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, the Philippines

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    NIKKI HEHERSON A. DAGAMAC; Maria Angelica D. Rea-Maminta; Nathan S. Batungbacal; Soo Hyun Jung; Carmela Rina T. Bulang; Akira Gioia R. Cayago; Thomas Edison E. dela Cruz

    2015-01-01

    No profiling of diversity of myxomycetes has ever been conducted in one of the biodiversity hotspot areas in the Philippine archipelago, and this necessitates a swift survey of myxomycetes in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. An assessment of diversity of myxomycetes collected from seven collecting points of three different forest types in the study area showed a total of 926 records of myxomycetes. Of which, 42 morphospecies belonging to 16 genera are reported in this study. Species richness ...

  4. Microcellular Injection Molding Using Helium

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    In comparison with conventional foaming process microcellular injection molding process has advantages such as small bubble size, the removal of sink mark, scale reliability, and weight lightening. So microcellular injection molded parts are applied to electrical product and automobile part. Conventional microcellular foaming process used carbon dioxide and nitrogen as a foaming agent. And it has been never researched and applied about microcellular injection molding process using helium. In this paper, we did a microcellular injection molding process using helium based on previous research result and made samples. From this we can certificate the possibility of microcellular continuous process using helium. Helium is lighter and faster in diffusion than carbon dioxide or nitrogen so through this technique, it can be solved the problem such as spray or labeling

  5. Molding device for fuel pellet

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    A punch for press-molding nuclear fuel powders comprises a hollow cylinder having a pressurizing medium sealed therein and a flexible bottom surface, and a driving portion for pressurizing the pressurizing mediums. A gas, such as air, or liquid, such as silicone oil is used as a pressurizing medium to be sealed in the hollow cylinder of the punch. Powders of nuclear fuels charged to a cylindrical through hole of a die are molded once by a preliminary pressing, thereafter, pressure is applied to the pressurizing medium in the hollow cylinder by the driving means, accordingly, density distribution of the molded material is made substantially uniformly. Accordingly, when the molded material taken out from the die is sintered into a sintering product, the scattering of the dimension and deformation are less caused, and a product having an accurate dimension is attained, thereby enabling to eliminate grinding step. (T.M.)

  6. White mold of Jerusalem artichoke

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    Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) is a Native American food plant closely related to the common sunflower (Helianthus annuus). Tubers of Jerusalem artichoke are increasingly available in retail grocery outlets. White mold (Sclerotinia stem rot), caused by the fungus, Sclerotinia sclerotioru...

  7. Onychomycosis due to opportunistic molds*

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    Martínez-Herrera, Erick Obed; Arroyo-Camarena, Stefanie; Tejada-García, Diana Luz; Porras-López, Carlos Francisco; Arenas, Roberto

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    BACKGROUND: Onychomycosis are caused by dermatophytes and Candida, but rarely by non- dermatophyte molds. These opportunistic agents are filamentous fungi found as soil and plant pathogens. OBJECTIVES: To determine the frequency of opportunistic molds in onychomycosis. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 4,220 cases with onychomycosis, diagnosed in a 39-month period at the Institute of Dermatology and Skin surgery "Prof. Dr. Fernando A. Cordero C." in Guatemala City, and confirmed with a pos...

  8. Injection Molding of High Aspect Ratio Nanostructures

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    Matschuk, Maria; Larsen, Niels Bent

    We present a process for injection molding of 40 nm wide and >100 nm high pillars (pitch: 200 nm). We explored the effects of mold coatings and injection molding conditions on the replication quality of nanostructures in cyclic olefin copolymer. We found that optimization of molding parameters...... using native nickel molds only lead to slight improvements in replication quality. In contrast, a fluorocarbon based antistiction coating (FDTS) was found to improve the replication quality significantly....

  9. Vacuum Carbothermal Reduction for Treating Tin Anode Slime

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    Li, Wei; Guo, Weizhong; Qiu, Keqiang

    2013-11-01

    In this work, a process of vacuum carbothermal reduction was proposed for treating tin anode slime containing antimony and lead. During vacuum carbothermal reduction, the antimony and lead were selectively removed simultaneously by reducing and decomposing the less volatile mixed oxide of lead and antimony into the more volatile Sb2O3 and PbO. Then the tin was enriched in the distilland and primarily present as SnO2. Crude tin was obtained via vacuum reduction of the residual SnO2. The results showed that 92.85% by weight of antimony and 99.58% by weight of lead could be removed at 850°C for 60 min with 4 wt.% of reductant and air flow rate at 400 mL/min corresponding to the residual gas pressure of 40 Pa-150 Pa. Under these conditions, an evaporation ratio of 52.7% was achieved. Crude tin with a tin content of 94.22 wt.% was obtained at temperature of 900°C, reduction time of 60 min, reductant dosage of 12.5 wt.%, and a residual gas pressure of 40 Pa-400 Pa. Correspondingly, the direct recovery of tin was 94.35%.

  10. Effect of antioxidants of aflatoxigenic molds

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    Ahmad, M.M.

    1986-01-01

    Growth and aflatoxin production by Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus were measured in synthetic media and chicken feed treated with butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), ethoxyquin (EXQ), propyl gallate (PG) or t-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) at 50-250 ..mu..g/g and 50-1000 ..mu..g/g, respectively. BHA at 50 ..mu..g/g in broth or agar inhibited growth and alfatoxin production by both molds. In poultry feeds, 1000 ..mu..g/g BHA was required to depress CO/sub 2/ production at day 5 of incubation, while 200 ..mu..g/g decreased aflatoxin B/sub 1/ 23.8%. BHT, EXQ, and PG had slight effects on mold growth while TBHQ enhanced growth on broth but reduced it on agar. Afaltoxin B/sub 1/ production was stimulated by EXQ, although G/sub 1/ production declines. Measurement of cellular constituents released from mycelia over 5 hours indicated that BHA doubled the release of UV-absorbing materials and increase by threefold the release of previously incorporated radiolabeled compounds. Furthermore, BHA inhibited the uptake of /sup 14/C-amino acids 8 and 44%, /sup 3/H-uridine 65 and 91%, and /sup 3/H-methyl thymidine 67 and 71%, for A. flavus and A. parasiticus, respectively, compared to untreated controls.

  11. Effect of antioxidants of aflatoxigenic molds

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    Growth and aflatoxin production by Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus were measured in synthetic media and chicken feed treated with butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), ethoxyquin (EXQ), propyl gallate (PG) or t-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) at 50-250 μg/g and 50-1000 μg/g, respectively. BHA at 50 μg/g in broth or agar inhibited growth and alfatoxin production by both molds. In poultry feeds, 1000 μg/g BHA was required to depress CO2 production at day 5 of incubation, while 200 μg/g decreased aflatoxin B1 23.8%. BHT, EXQ, and PG had slight effects on mold growth while TBHQ enhanced growth on broth but reduced it on agar. Afaltoxin B1 production was stimulated by EXQ, although G1 production declines. Measurement of cellular constituents released from mycelia over 5 hours indicated that BHA doubled the release of UV-absorbing materials and increase by threefold the release of previously incorporated radiolabeled compounds. Furthermore, BHA inhibited the uptake of 14C-amino acids 8 and 44%, 3H-uridine 65 and 91%, and 3H-methyl thymidine 67 and 71%, for A. flavus and A. parasiticus, respectively, compared to untreated controls

  12. Ag recovery from copper anode slime by acid leaching at atmospheric pressure to synthesize silver nanoparticles

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    Atefeh Khaleghi; Sattar Ghader; Dariush Afzali

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, recovery of silver from anode slime of Sarcheshmeh copper complex in Iran and subsequent synthesis of silver nanoparticles from leaching solution is investigated. Sarcheshmeh anode slime is mainly consisted of Cu, Ag, Pb and Se. Amount of Ag in the considered anode slime was 5.4%(by weight). The goal was to recover as much as possible Ag from anode slime at atmospheric pressure to synthesize Ag nanoparticles. Therefore, acid leaching was used for this purpose. The anode slime was leached with sulfuric and nitric acid from room to 90 ?C at different acid concentrations and the run which yielded the most recovery of Ag was selected for Ag nanoparticles synthesis. At this condition, Cu, Pb and Se are lea-ched as well as Ag. To separate Ag from leach solution HCl was added and silver was precipitated as AgCl which were then dissolved by ammonia solution. The Ag nanoparticles are synthesized from this solution by chemical reduction method by aid of sodium borohydride in the presence of PVP and PEG as stabiliz-ers. The synthesized Ag nanoparticles showed a peak of 394 nm in UV-vis spectrum and TEM images showed a rather uniform Ag nanoparticles of 12 nm.

  13. Hagfish slime threads as a biomimetic model for high performance protein fibres

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    Fudge, Douglas S; Hillis, Sonja [Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1 (Canada); Levy, Nimrod; Gosline, John M, E-mail: dfudge@uoguelph.c [Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z4 (Canada)

    2010-09-15

    Textile manufacturing is one of the largest industries in the world, and synthetic fibres represent two-thirds of the global textile market. Synthetic fibres are manufactured from petroleum-based feedstocks, which are becoming increasingly expensive as demand for finite petroleum reserves continues to rise. For the last three decades, spider silks have been held up as a model that could inspire the production of protein fibres exhibiting high performance and ecological sustainability, but unfortunately, artificial spider silks have yet to fulfil this promise. Previous work on the biomechanics of protein fibres from the slime of hagfishes suggests that these fibres might be a superior biomimetic model to spider silks. Based on the fact that the proteins within these 'slime threads' adopt conformations that are similar to those in spider silks when they are stretched, we hypothesized that draw processing of slime threads should yield fibres that are comparable to spider dragline silk in their mechanical performance. Here we show that draw-processed slime threads are indeed exceptionally strong and tough. We also show that post-drawing steps such as annealing, dehydration and covalent cross-linking can dramatically improve the long-term dimensional stability of the threads. The data presented here suggest that hagfish slime threads are a model that should be pursued in the quest to produce fibres that are ecologically sustainable and economically viable.

  14. Characterization of Raw and Decopperized Anode Slimes from a Chilean Refinery

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    Melo Aguilera, Evelyn; Hernández Vera, María Cecilia; Viñals, Joan; Graber Seguel, Teófilo

    2016-04-01

    This work characterizes raw and decopperized slimes, with the objective of identifying the phases in these two sub-products. The main phases in copper anodes are metallic copper, including CuO, which are present in free form or associated with the presence of copper selenide or tellurides (Cu2(Se,Te)) and several Cu-Pb-Sb-As-Bi oxides. During electrorefining, the impurities in the anode release and are not deposited in the cathode, part of them dissolving and concentrated in the electrolyte, and others form a raw anode slime that contains Au, Ag, Cu, As, Se, Te and PGM, depending on the composition of the anode. There are several recovery processes, most of which involve acid leaching in the first step to dissolve copper, whose product is decopperized anode slime. SEM analysis revealed that the mineralogical species present in the raw anode slime under study were mainly eucarite (CuAgSe), naumannite (Ag2Se), antimony arsenate (SbAsO4), and lead sulfate (PbSO4). In the case of decopperized slime, the particles were mainly composed of SbAsO4 (crystalline appearance), non-stoichiometric silver selenide (Ag(2- x)Se), and chlorargyrite (AgCl).

  15. Slime mould imitation of Belgian transport networks: redundancy, bio-essential motorways, and dissolution

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    Adamatzky, Andrew; Van Dessel, Wesley

    2011-01-01

    Belgium is amongst few artificial countries, established on purpose, when Dutch and French speaking parts were joined in a single unit. This makes Belgium a particularly interesting testbed for studying bio-inspired techniques for simulation and analysis of vehicular transport networks. We imitate growth and formation of a transport network between major urban areas in Belgium using the acellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum. We represent the urban areas with the sources of nutrients. The slime mould spans the sources of nutrients with a network of protoplasmic tubes. The protoplasmic tubes represent the motorways. In an experimental laboratory analysis we compare the motorway network approximated by P. polycephalum and the man-made motorway network of Belgium. We evaluate the efficiency of the slime mould network and the motorway network using proximity graphs.

  16. Bacterial gliding fluid dynamics on a layer of non-Newtonian slime: Perturbation and numerical study.

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    Ali, N; Asghar, Z; Anwar Bég, O; Sajid, M

    2016-05-21

    Gliding bacteria are an assorted group of rod-shaped prokaryotes that adhere to and glide on certain layers of ooze slime attached to a substratum. Due to the absence of organelles of motility, such as flagella, the gliding motion is caused by the waves moving down the outer surface of these rod-shaped cells. In the present study we employ an undulating surface model to investigate the motility of bacteria on a layer of non-Newtonian slime. The rheological behavior of the slime is characterized by an appropriate constitutive equation, namely the Carreau model. Employing the balances of mass and momentum conservation, the hydrodynamic undulating surface model is transformed into a fourth-order nonlinear differential equation in terms of a stream function under the long wavelength assumption. A perturbation approach is adopted to obtain closed form expressions for stream function, pressure rise per wavelength, forces generated by the organism and power required for propulsion. A numerical technique based on an implicit finite difference scheme is also employed to investigate various features of the model for large values of the rheological parameters of the slime. Verification of the numerical solutions is achieved with a variational finite element method (FEM). The computations demonstrate that the speed of the glider decreases as the rheology of the slime changes from shear-thinning (pseudo-plastic) to shear-thickening (dilatant). Moreover, the viscoelastic nature of the slime tends to increase the swimming speed for the shear-thinning case. The fluid flow in the pumping (generated where the organism is not free to move but instead generates a net fluid flow beneath it) is also investigated in detail. The study is relevant to marine anti-bacterial fouling and medical hygiene biophysics. PMID:26903204

  17. Functional nanostructures on injection molded plastic

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    Johansson, Alicia Charlotte; Søgaard, Emil; Andersen, Nis Korsgaard;

    Nanotechnology can be used to make inexpensive plastic parts with functional surfaces. The plastic parts can be molded using a standard injection molding process. The nanostructures are directly transferred from the surface of the molding tool to the surface of the molded plastic part during the...... molding process. The main advantage with this method is that surface treatments and chemical additives are avoided, which minimizes health risks and simplifies recycling. Another advantage is that the unique technology enables nanostructuring of free form molded parts. The functional surfaces can have...

  18. Phenotypic variation of Staphylococcus epidermidis slime production in vitro and in vivo.

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    Christensen, G D; Baddour, L M; Simpson, W A

    1987-01-01

    Clinical studies performed by us and others have found an association between slime production and strains of coagulase-negative staphylococci that infect indwelling medical devices. By serial low-speed centrifugation of broth cultures we have isolated a stable, weakly adherent strain (RP62A-NA) from a strongly adherent, slime-producing, pathogenic strain of Staphylococcus epidermidis sensu stricto (RP62A, ATCC 35984). We obtained a second strain from RP62A-NA (RP62A-NAR) by serial subculture...

  19. Variation of Slime Production and Ultrastructural Analysis in Clinical and Soil Isolates of Candida parapsilosis

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    Eugenio, Pontieri; Roberta, Sferra; Antonella, Vetuschi; Eugenio, Gaudio; Giuseppe, Carruba

    2011-01-01

    The slime production of 46 isolates of Candida parapsilosis from clinic (blood and vaginal) and soil sources was investigated. The cells were grown in liquid broth, testing several concentrations of glucose ranging from 0.9% (w/v) up to 20% in polystyrene tubes, and the presence of biofilm was checked by visual inspection of the internal wall of the tubes, scoring being: 0, no production; 1, weak; 2, moderate; 3, strong production. Each isolate had an identical slime value at the glucose conc...

  20. Detection of methicillin resistance and slime factor production of Staphylococcus aureus in bovine mastitis

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    Alper Ciftci; Arzu Findik; Ertan Emek Onuk; Serap Savasan

    2009-01-01

    This study aimed to detect methicillin resistant and slime producing Staphylococcus aureus in cases of bovine mastitis. A triplex PCR was optimized targetting 16S rRNA, nuc and mecA genes for detection of Staphylococcus species, S. aureus and methicillin resistance, respectively. Furthermore, for detection of slime producing strains, a PCR assay targetting icaA and icaD genes was performed. In this study, 59 strains were detected as S. aureus by both conventional tests and PCR, and 13 of them...

  1. The use of slime formed in grinding for stainless steel melting

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    A study was made in to the properties of slime resulted from abrasive grinding of 12Kh18N10T steel slabs. The possibility of using the slime remelted in electric arc furnaces as a furnace burden for steel melting has been shown. To decrease chromium losses with slag and to desulphurize the metal a number of additional measures should be undertaken. They are as follows: more deep deoxidation of the slag, an increase of slag basicity, the use of the possibility of slag desulphurizing at the outlet of the furnace

  2. Facts about Stachybotrys chartarum and Other Molds

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    ... are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins (specifically mycotoxins), the molds themselves are not toxic, or poisonous. Hazards presented by molds that may produce mycotoxins should be considered the same as other common ...

  3. Molds on Food: Are They Dangerous?

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    ... What Are Some Common Foodborne Molds? What Are Mycotoxins? What is Aflatoxin? How Does the U.S. Government ... a few molds, in the right conditions, produce "mycotoxins," poisonous substances that can make people sick. When ...

  4. Injection Molding of Plastics from Agricultural Materials

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    Bhattacharya, M.; Ruan, R.

    2001-02-22

    The objective of this research was to conduct a systematic study to relate injection molding parameters to properties of blends of starch and synthetic polymer. From this study, we wished to develop a thorough understanding of the injection molding process and gain significant insight into designing molds and aiding in developing products cheaply and efficiently.

  5. Atividade enzimática, produção de slime e sensibilidade a antifúngicos de Candida sp Enzymatic activity, slime production and antifungal agent sensitivity of Candida sp

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    Jaqueline Otero Silva; Joseane Cristina Ferreira; Regina Célia Candido

    2007-01-01

    A habilidade de Candida spp secretar enzimas extracelulares e slime tem sido associada como fatores de patogenicidade. Do total de 37 cepas de Candida sp, 100% foram produtoras de proteinase, 83,8% fosfolipase, 64,9% slime e 100% sensíveis ao fluconazol e itraconazol. Foram encontradas 17 tipagens (enzima/slime). Esta metodologia apresentou um bom índice discriminatório (D=0,93) podendo ser utilizado na caracterização fenotípica das leveduras.Abilith of Candida spp to secrete extracellular en...

  6. Stochastic resin transfer molding process

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    Park, M

    2016-01-01

    We consider one-dimensional and two-dimensional models of stochastic resin transfer molding process, which are formulated as random moving boundary problems. We study their properties, analytically in the one-dimensional case and numerically in the two-dimensional case. We show how variability of time to fill depends on correlation lengths and smoothness of a random permeability field.

  7. Mold production for polymer optics

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    Boerret, Rainer; Raab, Jonas; Speich, Marco

    2014-09-01

    The fields of application for polymer optics are huge and thus the need for polymer optics is steadily growing. Most polymer optics are produced in high numbers by injection molding. Therefore molds and dies that fulfill special requirements are needed. Polishing is usually the last process in the common process chain for production of molds for polymer optics. Usually this process step is done manually by experienced polishers. Due to the small number of skilled professionals and health problems because of the monotonous work the idea was to support or probably supersede manual polishing. Polishing using an industrial robot as movement system enables totally new possibilities in automated polishing. This work focuses on the surface generation with a newly designed polishing setup and on the code generation for the robot movement. The process starts on ground surfaces and with different tools and polishing agents surfaces that fulfill the requirements for injection molding of optics can be achieved. To achieve this the attention has to be focused not only on the process itself but also on tool path generation. A proprietary software developed in the Centre for Optical Technologies in Aalen University allows the tool path generation on almost any surface. This allows the usage of the newly developed polishing processes on different surfaces and enables an easy adaption. Details of process and software development will be presented as well as results from different polishing tests on different surfaces.

  8. Slime production and antibiotic susceptibility in staphylococci isolated from clinical samples

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    Seza Arslan

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available A total of 187 isolates from several clinical specimens were identified to species level as 129 Staphylococcus aureus strains and 58 coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS strains by the API Staph System (Biomerieux. Slime production was detected both by the conventional Christensen's method as well as by the Congo red agar method. Seventy-two strains of staphylococci isolates (38.5% were found to be slime producers by Christensen's test tube method whereas 58 strains (31% were slime positive with Congo red agar method. There was no statistically significant difference between the two methods for the detection of slime production (P > 0.05. Susceptibility of isolates against antimicrobial agents was tested by the disk diffusion method. Staphylococcal species had resistance to one or more antibiotics. Among the various antimicrobial agents, oxacillin (71.1% and erythromycin (47.1% showed higher resistance than most of the agents used against all isolates. Oxacillin resistant S. aureus (ORSA and oxacillin resistant coagulase-negative staphylococci (ORCNS, 97 (75.2% and 36 (62.1% respectively were frequently observed in strains isolated from clinical materials. Among the ORSA strains, two strains were resistant to vancomycin. Moreover, 96 (74.4% of 129 S. aureus strains were positive for blactamase enzyme. However, 78 (81.25% of 96 b-lactamase positive S. aureus strains were b-lactamase positive ORSA isolates, but none of them had vancomycin resistance.

  9. Structural elucidation of the EPS of slime producing Brevundimonas vesicularis sp isolated from a paper machine

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    Verhoef, R.P.; Waard, de P.; Schols, H.A.; Ratto, M.; Siika-aho, M.; Voragen, A.G.J.

    2002-01-01

    The slime forming bacteria Brevundimonas vesicularis sp. was isolated from a paper mill and its EPS was produced on laboratory scale. After production, the exopolysaccharide (EPS) was purified and analysed for its purity and homogeneity, HPSEC revealed one distinct population with a molecular mass o

  10. Intensification of pretreatment and pressure leaching of copper anode slime by microwave radiation

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    杨洪英; 马致远; 黄松涛; 吕阳; 熊柳

    2015-01-01

    The application of microwave irradiation for pretreatment of copper anode slime with high nickel content prior to pressure sulfuric acid leaching has been proposed. The microwave-assisted pretreatment is a rapid and efficient process. Through the technology of microwave assisted pretreatment-pressure leaching of copper anode slime, copper, tellurium, selenium and nickel are almost completely recovered. Under optimal conditions, the leaching efficiencies of copper, tellurium, selenium and nickel are 97.12%, 95.97%, 95.37% and 93.90%, respectively. The effect of microwave radiation on the temperature of copper anode slime and leaching solution is investigated. It is suggested that the enhancement on the recoveries of copper, tellurium and selenium can be attributed to the temperature gradient which is caused by shallow microwave penetration depth and super heating occurring at the solid–liquid interface. The kinetic study shows that the pressure leaching of copper anode slime, with and without microwave assisted pretreatment, are both controlled by chemical reactions on the surfaces of particles. It is found that the activation energy calculated for microwave-assisted pretreatment-pressure leaching (49.47 kJ/mol) is lower than that for pressure leaching which is without microwave assisted pretreatment (60.57 kJ/mol).

  11. Implementation of Molding Constraints in Topology Optimization

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    Marx, S.; Kristensen, Anders Schmidt

    2009-01-01

    In many cases the topology optimization method yield inadmissible solutions in respect to a particular manufacturing process, e.g. injection molding. In the present work it is chosen to focus on the most common injection molding parameters/factors determining the quality of the mold geometry, i.......e. uniform thickness, filling of the die and ejection of the molded item, i.e. extrusion. The mentioned injection mold parameters/factors are introduced in the topology optimization by defining a centerline of the initial domain and then penalize elements in respect to the distance to the defined centerline...

  12. Injection molding ceramics to high green densities

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    Mangels, J. A.; Williams, R. M.

    1983-01-01

    The injection molding behavior of a concentrated suspension of Si powder in wax was studied. It was found that the injection molding behavior was a function of the processing techniques used to generate the powder. Dry ball-milled powders had the best molding behavior, while air classified and impact-milled powders demonstrated poorer injection moldability. The relative viscosity of these molding batches was studied as a function of powder properties: distribution shape, surface area, packing density, and particle morphology. The experimental behavior, in all cases, followed existing theories. The relative viscosity of an injection molding composition composed of dry ball-milled powders could be expressed using Farris' relation.

  13. Properties of Solutions for a Nonlinear Parabolic-Elliptic System Modelling Chemotaxis

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    2002-01-01

    @@ In 1970 Keller and Segel[1] proposed a mathematical model describing chemotactic aggregation of cellular slime molds which move preferentially towards relatively high concentraions of a chemical secreted by the amoebae themselves. With the cell density of the cellular slime molds u(x, t) and the concentration of the chemical substance v(x, t) at place x and time t, a simplified Keller-Segel model is described as the system

  14. Silane based coating of aluminium mold

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    2013-01-01

    A method of preparing an aluminum mold for injection molding is provided, the method comprises the steps of providing an aluminum mold having a least one surface, subjecting the at least one surface to a gas or liquid phase silane to thereby form an anti-stiction coating, the anti-stiction coating...... comprising a chemically bonded monolayer of silane compounds on the at least one surface wherein the silane is a halogenated silane. The at least one surface coated with the anti-stiction coating may be configured to withstand an injection molding process at a pressure above 100 MPa. Furthermore, a mold...... having at least one closed cavity is provided, at least one surface of the at least one cavity being an aluminium surface coated with a silane based coating layer. The silane based anti-stiction coating improves the anti-stiction properties of the mold which may allow for molding and demolding of...

  15. Foam injection molding of elastomers with iron microparticles

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    Volpe, Valentina; D'Auria, Marco; Sorrentino, Luigi; Davino, Daniele; Pantani, Roberto

    2015-12-01

    In this work, a preliminary study of foam injection molding of a thermoplastic elastomer, Engage 8445, and its microcomposite loaded with iron particles was carried out, in order to evaluate the effect of the iron microparticles on the foaming process. In particular, reinforced samples have been prepared by using nanoparticles at 2% by volume. Nitrogen has been used as physical blowing agent. Foamed specimens consisting of neat and filled elastomer were characterized by density measurements and morphological analysis. While neat Engage has shown a well developed cellular morphology far from the injection point, the addition of iron microparticles considerably increased the homogeneity of the cellular morphology. Engage/iron foamed samples exhibited a reduction in density greater than 32%, with a good and homogeneous cellular morphology, both in the transition and in the core zones, starting from small distances from the injection point.

  16. Numerical Analysis of Mold Deformation Including Plastic Melt Flow During Injection Molding

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    Jung, Joon Tae; Lee, Bong-Kee [Chonnam National University, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-07-15

    In the present study, a numerical analysis of an injection molding process was conducted for predicting the mold deformation considering non-Newtonian flow, heat transfer, and structural behavior. The accurate prediction of mold deformation during the filling stage is important to successfully design and manufacture a precision injection mold. While the local mold deformation can be caused by various factors, a pressure induced by the polymer melt is considered to be one of the most significant ones. In this regard, the numerical simulation considering both the melt filling and the mold deformation was carried out. A mold core for a 2D axisymmetric center-gated disk was used for the demonstration of the present study. The flow behavior inside the mold cavity and temperature distribution were analyzed along with the core displacement. Also, a Taguchi method was employed to investigate the influence of the relevant parameters including flow velocity, mold core temperature, and melt temperature.

  17. Influence of mold length and mold heat transfer on horizontal continuous casting of nonferrous alloy rods

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    Verwijs, J. P.; Weckman, D. C.

    1988-04-01

    The influence of mold length and mold heat transfer on the conventional hot-top D.C. continuous casting process was studied through numerical simulations and experiments with horizontally cast 20 mm diameter lead and zinc rods. The minimum casting speed was found to be a nonlinear function of the mold length. For short molds, an inverse relationship between mold length and minimum casting speed was observed. However, the minimum casting speed for zinc cast from molds longer than 12 mm was constant at 2.5 mm/s. For lead cast in molds longer than 12 mm, the minimum observed casting speed was constant at 4.0 mm/s. The observed nonlinear relationship between minimum casting speed and mold length was predicted using a numerical model of the process. For this, an analytical expression for the mold boundary conditions was derived which included the influence of gas gap formation between the rod and the mold due to thermoelastic deformations of both the rod and the mold. Correlation between observed and predicted behavior was demonstrated for both the lead and zinc rods. Maximum casting speed was observed to increase with increased mold length; however, this speed was found to be critically dependent on process attributes such as mold and pinch wheel alignment and mold lubrication.

  18. Lack of correlation of slime production with pathogenicity in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis peritonitis caused by coagulase negative staphylococci.

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    Alexander, W; Rimland, D

    1987-12-01

    In order to evaluate the association of slime production by coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) and pathogenicity in the setting of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), we prospectively studied 23 CAPD patients with positive dialysate cultures for CNS during a 12-mo period. Patients were categorized into groups with peritonitis or contaminants. In addition, 24 skin flora isolates of CNS from nine uninfected CAPD patients were compared to the other two groups. We found 14 patients with peritonitis and nine with contaminants. Fifty percent of the peritonitis isolates produced slime, compared to 67% of the contaminants (p = 0.72) and 54% of the skin flora isolates (p = 0.93). Slime production was not associated with specific antibiotic susceptibility patterns or speciation. In this prospective study, slime production was not associated with pathogenicity in CAPD peritonitis caused by coagulase-negative staphylococci. PMID:3449316

  19. The Gelation of Polyvinyl Alcohol with Borax: A Novel Class Participation Experiment Involving the Preparation and Properties of a "Slime."

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    Casassa, E. Z.; And Others

    1986-01-01

    Background information, procedures used, and typical results obtained are provided for an experiment in which students prepare and study the characteristics of a "slime." A list of general, inorganic, and polymer chemistry concepts fostered in the experiment is included. (JN)

  20. Compression molding of aerogel microspheres

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    Pekala, R.W.; Hrubesh, L.W.

    1998-03-24

    An aerogel composite material produced by compression molding of aerogel microspheres (powders) mixed together with a small percentage of polymer binder to form monolithic shapes in a cost-effective manner is disclosed. The aerogel composites are formed by mixing aerogel microspheres with a polymer binder, placing the mixture in a mold and heating under pressure, which results in a composite with a density of 50--800 kg/m{sup 3} (0.05--0.80 g/cc). The thermal conductivity of the thus formed aerogel composite is below that of air, but higher than the thermal conductivity of monolithic aerogels. The resulting aerogel composites are attractive for applications such as thermal insulation since fabrication thereof does not require large and expensive processing equipment. In addition to thermal insulation, the aerogel composites may be utilized for filtration, ICF target, double layer capacitors, and capacitive deionization. 4 figs.

  1. Compression molding of aerogel microspheres

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    Pekala, Richard W. (Pleasant Hill, CA); Hrubesh, Lawrence W. (Pleasanton, CA)

    1998-03-24

    An aerogel composite material produced by compression molding of aerogel microspheres (powders) mixed together with a small percentage of polymer binder to form monolithic shapes in a cost-effective manner. The aerogel composites are formed by mixing aerogel microspheres with a polymer binder, placing the mixture in a mold and heating under pressure, which results in a composite with a density of 50-800 kg/m.sup.3 (0.05-0.80 g/cc). The thermal conductivity of the thus formed aerogel composite is below that of air, but higher than the thermal conductivity of monolithic aerogels. The resulting aerogel composites are attractive for applications such as thermal insulation since fabrication thereof does not require large and expensive processing equipment. In addition to thermal insulation, the aerogel composites may be utilized for filtration, ICF target, double layer capacitors, and capacitive deionization.

  2. Compression molding of aerogel microspheres

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    An aerogel composite material produced by compression molding of aerogel microspheres (powders) mixed together with a small percentage of polymer binder to form monolithic shapes in a cost-effective manner is disclosed. The aerogel composites are formed by mixing aerogel microspheres with a polymer binder, placing the mixture in a mold and heating under pressure, which results in a composite with a density of 50--800 kg/m3 (0.05--0.80 g/cc). The thermal conductivity of the thus formed aerogel composite is below that of air, but higher than the thermal conductivity of monolithic aerogels. The resulting aerogel composites are attractive for applications such as thermal insulation since fabrication thereof does not require large and expensive processing equipment. In addition to thermal insulation, the aerogel composites may be utilized for filtration, ICF target, double layer capacitors, and capacitive deionization. 4 figs

  3. High Temperature Transfer Molding Resins

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    Connell, John W. (Inventor); Smith, Joseph G., Jr. (Inventor); Hergenrother, Paul M. (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    High temperature resins containing phenylethynyl groups that are processable by transfer molding have been prepared. These phenylethynyl containing oligomers were prepared from aromatic diamines containing phenylethynyl groups and various ratios of phthalic anhydride and 4-phenylethynlphthalic anhydride in glacial acetic acid to form a mixture of imide compounds in one step. This synthetic approach is advantageous since the products are a mixture of compounds and consequently exhibit a relatively low melting temperature. In addition, these materials exhibit low melt viscosities which are stable for several hours at 210-275 C, and since the thermal reaction of the phenylethynyl group does not occur to any appreciable extent at temperatures below 300 C, these materials have a broad processing window. Upon thermal cure at approximately 300-350 C, the phenylethynyl groups react to provide a crosslinked resin system. These new materials exhibit excellent properties and are potentially useful as adhesives, coatings, films, moldings and composite matrices.

  4. Atividade enzimática, produção de slime e sensibilidade a antifúngicos de Candida sp Enzymatic activity, slime production and antifungal agent sensitivity of Candida sp

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    Jaqueline Otero Silva

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available A habilidade de Candida spp secretar enzimas extracelulares e slime tem sido associada como fatores de patogenicidade. Do total de 37 cepas de Candida sp, 100% foram produtoras de proteinase, 83,8% fosfolipase, 64,9% slime e 100% sensíveis ao fluconazol e itraconazol. Foram encontradas 17 tipagens (enzima/slime. Esta metodologia apresentou um bom índice discriminatório (D=0,93 podendo ser utilizado na caracterização fenotípica das leveduras.Abilith of Candida spp to secrete extracellular enzymes and slime has been associated as pathogenicity factors. Out of a total of 37 strains of Candida sp, 100% were proteinase producers, 83.8% were phospholipase producers, 64.9% were slime producers and 100% were sensitive to fluconazole and itraconazole. Seventeen typings (enzymes/slime were found. This methodology presented a good discrimination rate (D = 0.93 and could be used for phenotypic characterization of yeasts.

  5. Onychomycosis Due to Nondermatophytic Molds

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    Hwang, Sung Min; Suh, Moo Kyu; Ha, Gyoung Yim

    2012-01-01

    Background Although there have been many studies about onychomycosis due to nondermatophytic molds (NDM), few studies about etiologic agents including NDM in onychomycosis have been reported in Korea. Objective: This study investigated onychomycosis due to NDM in the Gyeongju area of Korea. Objective This study investigated onychomycosis due to NDM in the Gyeongju area of Korea. Methods In the 10-year period from 1999~2009, we reviewed 59 patients with onychomycosis due to NDM. The etiologic ...

  6. Onychomycosis due to opportunistic molds*

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    Martínez-Herrera, Erick Obed; Arroyo-Camarena, Stefanie; Tejada-García, Diana Luz; Porras-López, Carlos Francisco; Arenas, Roberto

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Onychomycosis are caused by dermatophytes and Candida, but rarely by non- dermatophyte molds. These opportunistic agents are filamentous fungi found as soil and plant pathogens. OBJECTIVES: To determine the frequency of opportunistic molds in onychomycosis. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 4,220 cases with onychomycosis, diagnosed in a 39-month period at the Institute of Dermatology and Skin surgery "Prof. Dr. Fernando A. Cordero C." in Guatemala City, and confirmed with a positive KOH test and culture. RESULTS: 32 cases (0.76%) of onychomycosis caused by opportunistic molds were confirmed. The most affected age group ranged from 41 to 65 years (15 patients, 46.9%) and females were more commonly affected (21 cases, 65.6%) than males. Lateral and distal subungual onychomycosis (OSD-L) was detected in 20 cases (62.5%). The microscopic examination with KOH showed filaments in 19 cases (59.4%), dermatophytoma in 9 cases (28.1%), spores in 2 cases (6.25%), and filaments and spores in 2 cases (6.25%). Etiologic agents: Aspergillus sp., 11 cases (34.4%); Scopulariopsis brevicaulis, 8 cases (25.0%); Cladosporium sp., 3 cases (9.4%); Acremonium sp., 2 cases (6.25%); Paecilomyces sp., 2 cases (6.25%); Tritirachium oryzae, 2 cases (6.25%); Fusarium sp., Phialophora sp., Rhizopus sp. and Alternaria alternate, 1 case (3.1%) each. CONCLUSIONS: We found onychomycosis by opportunistic molds in 0.76% of the cases and DLSO was present in 62.5%. The most frequent isolated etiological agents were: Aspergillus sp. and Scopulariopsis brevicaulis. PMID:26131862

  7. Comparison of slime-producing coagulase-negative Staphylococcus colonization rates on vinyl and ceramic tile flooring materials.

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    Yazgi, H; Uyanik, M H; Ayyildiz, A

    2009-01-01

    This study investigated the colonization of slime-producing coagulase-negative Staphylococcus (CoNS) in 80 patient wards in Turkey (40 vinyl and 40 ceramic tile floors). A total of 480 samples that included 557 CoNS isolates were obtained. Slime production was investigated with the Christensen method and methicillin-susceptibility was tested by the disk-diffusion method. There was a significant difference in the percentage of slime-producing CoNS isolates on vinyl (12.4%) versus ceramic tile flooring (4.4%). From vinyl flooring, the percentage of slime producing methicillin-resistant CoNS (MRCoNS) (8.9%) was significantly higher than for methicillin-sensitive CoNS (MSCoNS) (3.6%), whereas there was no difference from ceramic tile flooring (2.5% MRCoNS versus 1.8% MSCoNS). The most commonly isolated slime-producing CoNS species was S. epidermidis on both types of flooring. It is concluded that vinyl flooring seems to be a more suitable colonization surface for slime-producing CoNS than ceramic tile floors. Further studies are needed to investigate bacterial strains colonized on flooring materials, which are potential pathogens for nosocomial infections. PMID:19589249

  8. NUMERICAL SIMULATION OF CASTING'S MOLD FILLING PROCESS

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    J.X. Zhou; R.X. Liu; L.L. Chen; D.M. Liao; H.S. Wei

    2005-01-01

    Numerical simulation of casting's mold filling process is the main and the most important aspect of the foundry CAE technology. But it is time-consuming; it may take dozens of hours or several days. While with the development of computer hardware, numerical simulation of casting' s mold filling process has made rapid progress. The simulation results, therefore, have become more and more practical. This study tries to find some clues of the computational time of mold filling process. Firstly, this paper introduces mathematic model and the basic route of numerical simulation of casting's mold filling process. Then the computational time of mold filling process has been carefully studied, and some new and useful results have been gained from the study of the computational time. Finally, this paper has given some real applications of numerical simulation of casting's mold filling process.

  9. Gating of Permanent Molds for ALuminum Casting

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    David Schwam; John F. Wallace; Tom Engle; Qingming Chang

    2004-03-30

    This report summarizes a two-year project, DE-FC07-01ID13983 that concerns the gating of aluminum castings in permanent molds. The main goal of the project is to improve the quality of aluminum castings produced in permanent molds. The approach taken was determine how the vertical type gating systems used for permanent mold castings can be designed to fill the mold cavity with a minimum of damage to the quality of the resulting casting. It is evident that somewhat different systems are preferred for different shapes and sizes of aluminum castings. The main problems caused by improper gating are entrained aluminum oxide films and entrapped gas. The project highlights the characteristic features of gating systems used in permanent mold aluminum foundries and recommends gating procedures designed to avoid common defects. The study also provides direct evidence on the filling pattern and heat flow behavior in permanent mold castings.

  10. Fluorescent in situ hybridization and flow cytometry as tools to evaluate the treatments for the control of slime-forming enterobacteria in paper mills

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    Torres García, Claudia Esperanza; Gibello, Alicia; Nande, Mar; Martín, Margarita; Blanco Suárez, Ángeles

    2008-01-01

    Slime formation is a serious problem nowadays in the paper industry. Some enterobacteria are associated with the formation of slime deposits in paper and board mills. Detection and characterization of slime forming bacteria, belonging to the genus Enterobacter, Raoultella, and Klebsiella have been achieved by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), using one probe based on the enterobacterial repetitive intergenic consensus sequence and other two rRNA targeted oligo...

  11. Bubble growth in mold cavities during microcellular injection molding processes

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    Bubble nucleation and growth are the key steps in polymer foam generation processes. The mechanical properties of foam polymers are closely related to the size of the bubbles created inside the material, and most existing analysis methods use a constant viscosity and surface tension to predict the size of the bubbles. Under actual situations, however, when the polymer contains gases, changes occur in the viscosity and surface tension that cause discrepancies between the estimated and observed bubble sizes. Therefore, we developed a theoretical framework to improve our bubble growth rate and size predictions, and experimentally verified our theoretical results using an injection molding machine modified to make microcellular foam products

  12. Bubble growth in mold cavities during microcellular injection molding processes

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    Moon, Yong Rak [University of Toronto, Toronto (Canada); Lee, Kyoung Soo; Cha, Sung W. [Yonsei University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-12-15

    Bubble nucleation and growth are the key steps in polymer foam generation processes. The mechanical properties of foam polymers are closely related to the size of the bubbles created inside the material, and most existing analysis methods use a constant viscosity and surface tension to predict the size of the bubbles. Under actual situations, however, when the polymer contains gases, changes occur in the viscosity and surface tension that cause discrepancies between the estimated and observed bubble sizes. Therefore, we developed a theoretical framework to improve our bubble growth rate and size predictions, and experimentally verified our theoretical results using an injection molding machine modified to make microcellular foam products

  13. Effect of Functional Nano Channel Structures Different Widths on Injection Molding and Compression Molding Replication Capabilities

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    Calaon, M.; Tosello, G.; Garnaes, J.;

    The present study investigates the capabilities of the two employed processes, injection molding (IM) and injection compression molding (ICM) on replicating different channel cross sections. Statistical design of experiment was adopted to optimize replication quality of produced polymer parts wit...

  14. Hydrogen silsesquioxane mold coatings for improved replication of nanopatterns by injection molding

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    Hobæk, Thor Christian; Matschuk, Maria; Kafka, Jan;

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate the replication of nanosized pillars in polymer (cyclic olefin copolymer) by injection molding using nanostructured thermally cured hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) ceramic coatings on stainless steel mold inserts with mold nanostructures produced by a simple embossing process. At...... isothermal mold conditions, the average pillar height increases by up to 100% and a more uniform height distribution is observed compared to a traditional metal mold insert. Thermal heat transfer simulations predict that the HSQ film retards the cooling of the polymer melt during the initial stages of...... replication, thus allowing more time to fill the nanoscale cavities compared to standard metal molds. A monolayer of a fluorinated silane (heptadecafluorotrichlorosilane) deposited on the mold surface reduces the mold/polymer interfacial energy to support demolding of the polymer replica. The mechanical...

  15. Hydrogen silsesquioxane mold coatings for improved replication of nanopatterns by injection molding

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    We demonstrate the replication of nanosized pillars in polymer (cyclic olefin copolymer) by injection molding using nanostructured thermally cured hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) ceramic coatings on stainless steel mold inserts with mold nanostructures produced by a simple embossing process. At isothermal mold conditions, the average pillar height increases by up to 100% and a more uniform height distribution is observed compared to a traditional metal mold insert. Thermal heat transfer simulations predict that the HSQ film retards the cooling of the polymer melt during the initial stages of replication, thus allowing more time to fill the nanoscale cavities compared to standard metal molds. A monolayer of a fluorinated silane (heptadecafluorotrichlorosilane) deposited on the mold surface reduces the mold/polymer interfacial energy to support demolding of the polymer replica. The mechanical stability of thermally cured HSQ makes it a promising material for nanopattern replication on an industrial scale without the need for slow and energy intensive variotherm processes. (paper)

  16. Cellular automata

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    Codd, E F

    1968-01-01

    Cellular Automata presents the fundamental principles of homogeneous cellular systems. This book discusses the possibility of biochemical computers with self-reproducing capability.Organized into eight chapters, this book begins with an overview of some theorems dealing with conditions under which universal computation and construction can be exhibited in cellular spaces. This text then presents a design for a machine embedded in a cellular space or a machine that can compute all computable functions and construct a replica of itself in any accessible and sufficiently large region of t

  17. Simulating strange attraction of acellular slime mould Physarum polycephaum to herbal tablets

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    Adamatzky, Andrew

    2012-01-01

    Plasmodium of acellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum exhibits traits of wave-like behaviour. The plasmodium's behaviour can be finely tuned in laboratory experiments by using herbal tablets. A single tablet acts as a fixed attractor: plasmodium propagates towards the tablet, envelops the tablet with its body and stays around the tablet for several days. Being presented with several tablets the plasmodium executes limit cycle like motions. The plasmodium performs sophisticated routines of...

  18. Reverse flotation studies on an Indian low grade iron ore slimes

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    T.V.VijayaKumar; Rao, D S; S.Subba Rao,; Prabhakar, S.; G.Bhaskar Raju

    2010-01-01

    The present investigation deals with the recovery of iron values from the screw classifier overflow slimes from an iron ore washing plant by means of reverse cationic flotation as an alternate to direct anionic flotation. Selectivity index, an indicator of separation efficiency, was chosen as the response parameter for optimizing thequantity and evaluating a series of generically same but chemically different cationic collectors used in reverse flotation and for further optimization of other ...

  19. Adherence of slime-producing strains of Staphylococcus epidermidis to smooth surfaces.

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    Christensen, G D; Simpson, W A; Bisno, A L; Beachey, E H

    1982-01-01

    Slime production is not a generally recognized feature of Staphylococcus epidermidis. In a recent outbreak of S. epidermidis intravascular catheter-associated sepsis, we noted that 63% of clinically implicated strains grew as a slimy film coating the culture tube walls when propagated in tryptic soy broth. Only 37% of randomly collected blood culture contaminants and skin isolates demonstrated a similar phenomenon (p less than 0.05). Transmission electron micrographs of these coating bacteria...

  20. Slime mould imitation of Belgian transport networks: redundancy, bio-essential motorways, and dissolution

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    Adamatzky, Andrew; De Baets, Bernard; Van Dessel, Wesley

    2011-01-01

    Belgium is amongst few artificial countries, established on purpose, when Dutch and French speaking parts were joined in a single unit. This makes Belgium a particularly interesting testbed for studying bio-inspired techniques for simulation and analysis of vehicular transport networks. We imitate growth and formation of a transport network between major urban areas in Belgium using the acellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum. We represent the urban areas with the sources of nutrients. Th...

  1. Porous media heat transfer for injection molding

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    Beer, Neil Reginald

    2016-05-31

    The cooling of injection molded plastic is targeted. Coolant flows into a porous medium disposed within an injection molding component via a porous medium inlet. The porous medium is thermally coupled to a mold cavity configured to receive injected liquid plastic. The porous medium beneficially allows for an increased rate of heat transfer from the injected liquid plastic to the coolant and provides additional structural support over a hollow cooling well. When the temperature of the injected liquid plastic falls below a solidifying temperature threshold, the molded component is ejected and collected.

  2. Fabrication of silicon molds for polymer optics

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    Nilsson, Daniel; Jensen, Søren; Menon, Aric Kumaran

    2003-01-01

    A silicon mold used for structuring polymer microcavities for optical applications is fabricated, using a combination of DRIE (deep reactive ion etching) and anisotropic chemical wet etching with KOH + IPA. For polymer optical microcavities, low surface roughness and vertical sidewalls are often ...... and KOH + IPA etch have been optimized. To reduce stiction between the silicon mold and the polymers used for molding, the mold is coated with a teflon-like material using the DRIE system. Released polymer microstructures characterized with AFM and SEM are also presented....

  3. Shallow irradiation of vienna sausage by electron beams in preventation of the slime production

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    Vienna sausages get spoiled by slime production or putrefaction due to the propagation of microorganisms when stored for 3 to 5 days at 10 deg C. The radiation pasteurization of vienna sausages has mainly been studied with gamma irradiation. The slime of sausages is believed to be microorganisms themselves growing on the surface of the sausages. Pasteurization of the surface of vienna sausages with electron irradiation was thus investigated. The results obtained are as follows: The vienna sausages irradiated with a dose of 0.8 to approximately 1.0 Mrad by 0.5 MeV electrons could be stored without slime production or putrefaction for more than a week at 11 deg C. The effect of pasteurization increased with energy and dose of electrons. However, the changes in the organoleptic qualities of vienna sausages were detected when irradiated with a dose of over 0.7 Mrad by 2.0 MeV electrons. Consequently, the irradiation with a dose of 1.0 Mrad by 1.0 MeV electrons was effectual in lengthening their shelf-life without deterioration of the organoleptic qualities. (author)

  4. Brainless but Multi-Headed: Decision Making by the Acellular Slime Mould Physarum polycephalum.

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    Beekman, Madeleine; Latty, Tanya

    2015-11-20

    Because of its peculiar biology and the ease with which it can be cultured, the acellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum has long been a model organism in a range of disciplines. Due to its macroscopic, syncytial nature, it is no surprise that it has been a favourite amongst cell biologists. Its inclusion in the experimental tool kit of behavioural ecologists is much more recent. These recent studies have certainly paid off. They have shown that, for an organism that lacks a brain or central nervous system, P. polycephalum shows rather complex behaviour. For example, it is capable of finding the shortest path through a maze, it can construct networks as efficient as those designed by humans, it can solve computationally difficult puzzles, it makes multi-objective foraging decisions, it balances its nutrient intake and it even behaves irrationally. Are the slime mould's achievements simply "cute", worthy of mentioning in passing but nothing to take too seriously? Or do they hint at the fundamental processes underlying all decision making? We will address this question after reviewing the decision-making abilities of the slime mould. PMID:26189159

  5. Growth and reproduction of laboratory-reared neanurid Collembola using a novel slime mould diet

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    Hoskins, Jessica L.; Janion-Scheepers, Charlene; Chown, Steven L.; Duffy, Grant A.

    2015-07-01

    Although significant progress has been made using insect taxa as model organisms, non-tracheated terrestrial arthropods, such as Collembola, are underrepresented as model species. This underrepresentation reflects the difficulty in maintaining populations of specialist Collembola species in the laboratory. Until now, no species from the family Neanuridae have been successfully reared. Here we use controlled growth experiments to provide explicit evidence that the species Neanura muscorum can be raised under laboratory conditions when its diet is supplemented with slime mould. Significant gains in growth were observed in Collembola given slime mould rather than a standard diet of algae-covered bark. These benefits are further highlighted by the reproductive success of the experimental group and persistence of laboratory breeding stocks of this species and others in the family. The necessity for slime mould in the diet is attributed to the ‘suctorial’ mouthpart morphology characteristic of the Neanuridae. Maintaining laboratory populations of neanurid Collembola species will facilitate their use as model organisms, paving the way for studies that will broaden the current understanding of the environmental physiology of arthropods.

  6. Indoor mold and Children's health

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    Etzel; Rylander

    1999-06-01

    Reactive airways disease in children is increasing in many countries around the world. The clinical diagnosis of asthma or reactive airways disease includes a variable airflow and an increased sensitivity in the airways. This condition can develop after an augmented reaction to a specific agent (allergen) and may cause a life-threatening situation within a very short period of exposure. It can also develop after a long-term exposure to irritating agents that cause an inflammation in the airways in the absence of an allergen. (paragraph) Several environmental agents have been shown to be associated with the increased incidence of childhood asthma. They include allergens, cat dander, outdoor as well as indoor air pollution, cooking fumes, and infections. There is, however, increasing evidence that mold growth indoors in damp buildings is an important risk factor. About 30 investigations from various countries around the world have demonstrated a close relationship between living in damp homes or homes with mold growth, and the extent of adverse respiratory symptoms in children. Some studies show a relation between dampness/mold and objective measures of lung function. Apart from airways symptoms, some studies demonstrate the presence of general symptoms that include fatigue and headache and symptoms from the central nervous system. At excessive exposures, an increased risk for hemorraghic pneumonia and death among infants has been reported. (paragraph) The described effects may have important consequences for children in the early years of life. A child's immune system is developing from birth to adolescence and requires a natural, physiologic stimulation with antigens as well as inflammatory agents. Any disturbances of this normal maturing process will increase the risk for abnormal reactions to inhaled antigens and inflammagenic agents in the environment. (paragraph) The knowledge about health risks due to mold exposure is not widespread and health authorities in

  7. Injection molding of metal powders

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    The powder Injection Moulding (PIM) process is a viable and competitive commercial technique for producing complex-shaped parts of various materials in high volumes. PIM based on a new binder system and using a Co-Cr-Mo alloy powder as a test material, has been described. The binder comprises a major fraction of polyethylene glycols (PEGs) of various molecular weights and a minor fraction of very finely dispersed poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) incorporated in the form of an emulsion. Various processing stages of the PIM process, i.e., feedstock preparation, injection molding, de binding and sintering have been discussed. (author)

  8. Discussion on Coal Slime Sampling Method%浅谈煤泥的采制样方法

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    纪长顺

    2014-01-01

    随着煤炭交易市场的不断发展,劣质煤质量检测工作的重要性日益显现出来,尤其是煤泥越来越受到煤炭生产企业和用户的重视。如何通过正确的采制样工作来合理评价煤泥的质量,得到了供需双方与煤炭检验单位更多的关注。文章从煤泥的概念和加强煤泥采制样的意义入手,结合本人长期以来的煤泥采制样工作经历,以对淮南地区贸易煤泥采制样工作的实践为例,分析并提出了煤泥采制样工作的一般操作方法。%With the continuous development of coal trading market ,the importance of coal slime quality detection is becoming more and more apparent for the coal production enterprises and the users .The supplying and pur-chasing parties and coal inspection units pay more attention to reasonable evaluation of the slime quality by the correct sampling .Taking the coal slime sampling in Huainan area as examples ,the author presents the general operating methods of coal slime sampling from the concept of the coal slime and the significance of coal slime sampling ,combining with the author's work experience of coal slime sampling .

  9. 煤泥的二氧化碳气化动力学%CARBON DIOXIDE GASIFICATION KINETICS OF COAL SLIME

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    陈恒宝; 周敏; 贺国章

    2012-01-01

    立足于煤泥的生产现状,利用热分析方法,研究了石圪台煤泥和浮选后的精细煤泥在不同的升温速率条件下的二氧化碳气化反应,得到了气化反应的TG/DTG曲线,并计算了气化转化率,考察了浮选对煤泥气化特性的影响.选用Coats-Redfern和Doyle近似式对气化过程进行动力学模拟,求解了气化反应活化能和指前因子,结果表明,煤泥和精细煤泥的活化能均随升温速率的增大而减小;在相同的升温速率下,两者的活化能相差不大;煤泥中含量较高的矿物质和灰分对气化具有催化作用.%Based on the present utilization situation of coal slime, this paper investigated the carbon dioxide gasification of Shigetai coal slime and fine coal slime after flotation at different heating rates using thermogravimetric analysis, and by TG/DTG curve of the gasification reaction, calculated the gasification conversion and examined the influence of flotation on coal slime gasification. Coats-Redfern and Doyle approximations were used to simulate the gasification behaviors for seeking activation energy and pre-exponential factor. The result showed that the values of the activation energy and the pre-exponential factor of coal slime and fine coal slime decrease with the increase of heating rate, while both are similar at same heating rates high levels of minerals and ash in coal slime have catalytic action on the gasification.

  10. Mold

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    ... all, may produce toxins or poisonous substances called mycotoxins that may cause effects in humans. Although there are many types of mycotoxins, aflatoxins are probably the best known and most ...

  11. Nonlinear Modeling of a High Precision Servo Injection Molding Machine Including Novel Molding Approach

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    何雪松; 王旭永; 冯正进; 章志新; 杨钦廉

    2003-01-01

    A nonlinear mathematical model of the injection molding process for electrohydraulic servo injection molding machine (IMM) is developed.It was found necessary to consider the characteristics of asymmetric cylinder for electrohydraulic servo IMM.The model is based on the dynamics of the machine including servo valve,asymmetric cylinder and screw,and the non-Newtonian flow behavior of polymer melt in injection molding is also considered.The performance of the model was evaluated based on novel approach of molding - injection and compress molding,and the results of simulation and experimental data demonstrate the effectiveness of the model.

  12. An emulsion lubricant for metallic molds

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    Dovzhik, O.I.; Cherkayev, V.G.; Min' kovskiy, M.M.; Romanyuk, V.G.; Shapiro, L.D.; Sokolov, V.A.

    1980-02-26

    An emulsion lubricant for metallic molds used in production of concrete products for eliminating adhesion of concrete with the metallic mold, and to eliminate potential for air pore formation on surface of product, contains lanolin production waste materials. Compos. of lubricant %: Synthetic emulsol oxide 5-10; wastes from lanolin production in conversion to wax 5-10; water the rest.

  13. Nanostructuring steel for injection molding tools

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    Al-Azawi, A.; Smistrup, Kristian; Kristensen, Anders

    2014-01-01

    ion beam etching are combined to nanostructure the planar surface of a steel wafer. Injection molded plastic parts with enhanced surface properties, like anti-reflective, superhydrophobic and structural colors can be achieved by micro-and nanostructuring the surface of the steel molds. We investigate...

  14. Particle Image Velocimetry During Injection Molding

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    Bress, Thomas; Dowling, David

    2012-11-01

    Injection molding involves the unsteady non-isothermal flow of a non-Newtonian polymer melt. An optical-access mold has been used to perform particle image velocimetry (PIV) on molten polystyrene during injection molding. Velocimetry data of the mold-filling flow will be presented. Statistical assessments of the velocimetry data and scaled residuals of the continuity equation suggest that PIV can be conducted in molten plastics with an uncertainty of +/-2 percent. Simulations are often used to model polymer flow during injection molding to design molds and select processing parameters but it is difficult to determine the accuracy of these simulations due to a lack of in-mold velocimetry and melt-front progression data. Moldflow was used to simulate the filling of the optical-access mold, and these simulated results are compared to the appropriately-averaged time-varying velocity field measurements. Simulated results for melt-front progression are also compared with the experimentally observed flow fronts. The ratio of the experimentally measured average velocity magnitudes to the simulation magnitudes was found on average to be 0.99 with a standard deviation of 0.25, and the difference in velocity orientations was found to be 0.9 degree with a standard deviation of 3.2 degrees. formerly at the University of Michigan.

  15. Thermal Stress of Surface of Mold Cavities and Parting Line of Silicone Molds

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper is focused on the study of thermal stress of surface of mold cavities and parting line of silicone molds after pouring. The silicone mold White SD - THT was thermally stressed by pouring of ZnAl4Cu3 zinc alloy with pouring cycle 20, 30 and 40 seconds. The most thermally stressed part of surface at each pouring cycle is gating system and mold cavities. It could be further concluded that linear increase of the pouring cycle time leads to the exponential increasing of the maximum temperature of mold surface after its cooling. The elongated pouring cycle increases the temperature accumulated on the surface of cavities and the ability of silicone mold to conduct the heat on its surface decreases, because the low thermal conductivity of silicone molds enables the conduction of larger amount of heat into ambient environment.

  16. Affordable, Precision Reflector Mold Technology (PDRT08-029) Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Advances in replication mold technology that reduce material costs, grinding time, and polishing time would enable fabrication of large, precision molds and...

  17. Nanostructuring steel for injection molding tools

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    Al-Azawi, A.; Smistrup, Kristian; Kristensen, Anders

    2014-01-01

    The production of nanostructured plastic items by injection molding with ridges down to 400 nm in width, which is the smallest line width replicated from nanostructured steel shims, is presented. Here we detail a micro-fabrication method where electron beam lithography, nano-imprint lithography and...... ion beam etching are combined to nanostructure the planar surface of a steel wafer. Injection molded plastic parts with enhanced surface properties, like anti-reflective, superhydrophobic and structural colors can be achieved by micro-and nanostructuring the surface of the steel molds. We investigate...... replica has been produced by injection molding with good structure transfer fidelity. Thus we have demonstrated that by utilizing well-established fabrication techniques, nanostructured steel shims that are used in injection molding, a technique that allows low cost mass fabrication of plastic items, are...

  18. Mold Simulator Study of the Initial Solidification of Molten Steel in Continuous Casting Mold: Part II. Effects of Mold Oscillation and Mold Level Fluctuation

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    Zhang, Haihui; Wang, Wanlin

    2016-04-01

    The surface quality of the continuous casting strands is closely related to the initial solidification of liquid steel in the vicinity of the mold meniscus, and thus the clear understanding of the behavior of molten steel initial solidification would be of great importance for the control of the quality of final slab. With the development of the mold simulator techniques, the complex interrelationship between the solidified shell surface profile, heat flux, shell thickness, mold level fluctuation, and the infiltrated slag film was well illustrated in our previous study. As the second part, this article investigated the effect of the mold oscillation frequency, stroke, and mold level fluctuation on the initial solidification of the molten steel through the conduction of five different experiments. Results suggested that in the case of the stable mold level, the oscillation marks (OMs) exhibit equally spaced horizon depressions on the shell surface, where the heat flux at the meniscus area raises rapidly during negative strip time (NST) period and the presence of each OMs on the shell surface is corresponding to a peak value of the heat flux variation rate. Otherwise, the shell surface is poorly defined by the existence of wave-type defects, such as ripples or deep depressions, and the heat flux variation is irregular during NST period. The rising of the mold level leads to the longer-pitch and deeper OMs formation; conversely, the falling of mold level introduces shorter-pitch and shallower OMs. With the increase of the mold oscillation frequency, the average value of the low-frequency heat flux at the meniscus increases; however, it decreases when the mold oscillation stroke increases. Additionally, the variation amplitude of the high-frequency temperature and the high-frequency heat flux decreases with the increase of the oscillation frequency and the reduction of the oscillation stroke.

  19. Thermoplastic blow molding of metals

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    Jan Schroers

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available While plastics have revolutionized industrial design due to their versatile processability, their relatively low strength has hampered their use in structural components. On the other hand, while metals are the basis for strong structural components, the geometries into which they can be processed are rather limited. The “ideal” material would offer a desirable combination of superior structural properties and the ability to be precision (net shaped into complex geometries. Here we show that bulk metallic glasses (BMGs, which have superior mechanical properties, can be blow molded like plastics. The key to the enhanced processability of BMG formers is their amenability to thermoplastic forming. This allows complex BMG structures, some of which cannot be produced using any other metal process, to be net shaped precisely.

  20. Characterization of fiberglass-filled diallyl phthalate plastic molding resins and molded parts

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    Whitaker, R.B.; Glaub, J.E.; Bonekowski, N.R.; Gillham, P.D.

    1980-12-01

    Characterization of diallyl phthalate (DAP) molding resins was undertaken by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and by combined size exclusion chromatography (SEC)/low angle laser light scattering (LALLS) in order to better predict moldability and storage life limits. Completeness of cure of molded parts, before and after any post-curing, was also determined by thermal analysis. Molecular weights and molecular weight distributions of the DAP molding resins by SEC/LALLS indicated that the better molding resins have lower M/sub w//M/sub n/ ratios. Association effects were observed, which could not be overcome by solvent modification alone. Determination of DAP molding resin heats of reaction by DSC indicated a linear relation between ..delta..H/sub R/ and weight percent filler for the good molding resins. DSC analyses of molded DAP parts showed that 95% cure was achieved in some as-molded parts, with a post-cure temperature of 165/sup 0/C being required to complete the cure to 100%. Thickness of the parts was a factor, with the thicker parts being 100% cured as molded. The glass transition temperature (T/sub g/) of the molded parts increased as cure was completed, to approx. 160 to 165/sup 0/C maximum. These results are consistent with a model of thermoset resin curing behavior which states that 100% cure can be achieved only if a post-curing operation is conducted above the T/sub g infinity/ (T/sub g/ at complete cure) of the polymer.

  1. Slime production a virulence marker in Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains isolated from clinical and environmental specimens: A comparative study of two methods

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    Prasad S

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Detection of slime in Pseudomonas aeruginosa can be useful in understanding the virulence of this organism. Here, comparative studies of two phenotypic methods using the tube method and the spectrophotometric method for slime production from 100 clinically and 21 environmentally significant isolates of P. aeruginosa were performed. A total of 68 isolates were positive by either of the tests whereas only 34 were positive by both the tests. The tube method detected slime significantly in more number of isolates than the spectrophotometric method. The tube test was found to be superior to the spectrophotometric method in ease of performance, interpretation and sensitivity. Among the clinical isolates, systemic isolates produce less slime compared to wound, respiratory and urinary isolates. Isolates from the hospital environment produced more slime indicating that this virulence marker helps the organism to survive for longer periods and cause nosocomial infections.

  2. Molded ultra-low density microcellular foams

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    Ultra-low density (< 0.01 g/cc) microcellular foams were required for the NARYA pulsed-power-driven x-ray laser development program. Because of their extreme fragility, molded pieces would be necessary to successfully field these foams in the pulsed power accelerator. All of the foams evaluated were made by the thermally induced phase separation technique from solutions of water soluble polymers. The process involved rapidly freezing the solution to induce the phase separation, and then freeze drying to remove the water without destroying the foam's structure. More than sixty water soluble polymers were evaluated by attempting to make their solutions into foams. The foams were evaluated for shrinkage, density, and microstructure to determine their suitability for molding and meeting the required density and cell size requirements of 5.0 mg/cc and less than twenty μmeters. Several promising water soluble polymers were identified including the polyactylic acids, guar gums, polyactylamide, and polyethylene oxide. Because of thier purity, structure, and low shrinkage, the polyacrylic acids were chosen to develop molding processes. The initial requirements were for 2.0 cm. long molded rods with diameters of 1.0, 2.0. and 3.0 mm. These rods were made by freezing the solution in thin walled silicon rubber molds, extracting the frozen preform from the mold, and then freeze drying. Requirements for half rods and half annuli necessitated using aluminum molds. Again we successfully molded these shapes. Our best efforts to date involve molding annuli with 3.0 mm outside diameters and 2.0 mm inside diameters

  3. Molded ultra-low density microcellular foams

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    Rand, P.B.; Montoya, O.J.

    1986-07-01

    Ultra-low density (< 0.01 g/cc) microcellular foams were required for the NARYA pulsed-power-driven x-ray laser development program. Because of their extreme fragility, molded pieces would be necessary to successfully field these foams in the pulsed power accelerator. All of the foams evaluated were made by the thermally induced phase separation technique from solutions of water soluble polymers. The process involved rapidly freezing the solution to induce the phase separation, and then freeze drying to remove the water without destroying the foam's structure. More than sixty water soluble polymers were evaluated by attempting to make their solutions into foams. The foams were evaluated for shrinkage, density, and microstructure to determine their suitability for molding and meeting the required density and cell size requirements of 5.0 mg/cc and less than twenty ..mu..meters. Several promising water soluble polymers were identified including the polyactylic acids, guar gums, polyactylamide, and polyethylene oxide. Because of thier purity, structure, and low shrinkage, the polyacrylic acids were chosen to develop molding processes. The initial requirements were for 2.0 cm. long molded rods with diameters of 1.0, 2.0. and 3.0 mm. These rods were made by freezing the solution in thin walled silicon rubber molds, extracting the frozen preform from the mold, and then freeze drying. Requirements for half rods and half annuli necessitated using aluminum molds. Again we successfully molded these shapes. Our best efforts to date involve molding annuli with 3.0 mm outside diameters and 2.0 mm inside diameters.

  4. Electrical and dielectric properties of foam injection-molded polypropylene/multiwalled carbon nanotube composites

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    A combination of high dielectric permittivity (ε′) and low dielectric loss (tan δ) is required for charge storage applications. In percolative systems such as conductive polymer composites, however, obtaining high ε′ and low tan δ is very challenging due to the sharp insulation-conduction transition near the threshold region. Due to the particular arrangement of conductive fillers induced by both foaming and injection molding processes, they may address this issue. Therefore, this work evaluates the application of foam injection molding process in fabricating polymer nanocomposites for energy storage. Polypropylene-multiwalled carbon nanotubes (PP-MWCNT) composites were prepared by melt mixing and foamed in an injection molding process. Electrical conductivity (σ), ε′ and tan δ were then characterized. Also, scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) was used to investigate the carbon nanotube’s arrangement as well as cellular morphology. The results showed that foam injection-molded composites exhibited highly superior dielectric properties to those of solid counterparts. For instance, foamed samples had ε′=68.3 and tan δ =0.05 (at 1.25 vol.% MWCNT), as opposed to ε′=17.8 and tan δ=0.04 in solid samples (at 2.56 vol.% MWCNT). The results of this work reveal that high performance dielectric nanocomposites can be developed using foam injection molding technologies for charge storage applications

  5. Electrical and dielectric properties of foam injection-molded polypropylene/multiwalled carbon nanotube composites

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    Ameli, A.; Nofar, M.; Saniei, M.; Hossieny, N.; Park, C. B. [Microcellular Plastics Manufacturing Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, 5 King’s College Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3G8 (Canada); Pötschke, P. [Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V. (IPF), Hohe Strasse 6, D-01069 Dresden (Germany)

    2015-05-22

    A combination of high dielectric permittivity (ε′) and low dielectric loss (tan δ) is required for charge storage applications. In percolative systems such as conductive polymer composites, however, obtaining high ε′ and low tan δ is very challenging due to the sharp insulation-conduction transition near the threshold region. Due to the particular arrangement of conductive fillers induced by both foaming and injection molding processes, they may address this issue. Therefore, this work evaluates the application of foam injection molding process in fabricating polymer nanocomposites for energy storage. Polypropylene-multiwalled carbon nanotubes (PP-MWCNT) composites were prepared by melt mixing and foamed in an injection molding process. Electrical conductivity (σ), ε′ and tan δ were then characterized. Also, scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) was used to investigate the carbon nanotube’s arrangement as well as cellular morphology. The results showed that foam injection-molded composites exhibited highly superior dielectric properties to those of solid counterparts. For instance, foamed samples had ε′=68.3 and tan δ =0.05 (at 1.25 vol.% MWCNT), as opposed to ε′=17.8 and tan δ=0.04 in solid samples (at 2.56 vol.% MWCNT). The results of this work reveal that high performance dielectric nanocomposites can be developed using foam injection molding technologies for charge storage applications.

  6. Residual stresses in injection molded products

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    Jansen, K. M. B.

    2015-12-01

    During the molding process residual stresses are formed due to thermal contraction during cooling as well as the local pressure history during solidification. In this paper a simple analytical model is reviewed which relates residual stresses, product shrinkage as well as warpage to the temperature and pressure histories during molding. Precise excimer laser layer removal measurements were performed to verify the predicted residual stress distributions. In addition, detailed shrinkage and warpage measurements on a large series of polymers and for different molding conditions were performed and are shown to compare well with the model predictions.

  7. Cooling simulation of plastic injection molding

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    2001-01-01

    Analyses the cooling of mold and plastic part during injectionmolding and the continued cooling of plastic part after being ejected from mold using the heat transfer theory and Boundary Element Method (BEM) to predict the temperature distribution in both mold and plastic part,and presents the experiments carried out with plates of ABS (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene) to verify the validity of the cooling analysis software used to simulate the temperature distribution in ABS plate parts, and concludes that the analysis software agree qualitatively well with actual experimental findings.

  8. Slime mould fluids and networks from an artist's point of view

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    Schubert, Theresa

    2015-03-01

    Slime mould is a fascinating creature. It is the largest acellular organism known on this planet and a primordial being that had no need to undergo evolution. In nature, this proves it to be a very successful creature. As a biological curiosity, the species P. polycephalum serves as a model for network optimisation and cell motility in scientific experiments. It can be interpreted as an "agent" which distributively solves geometrical problems. The starting points for the experiments displayed here are sophisticated setups or growing environments that allow the organism to propagate and grow, yet under conditions that the artist has predefined, sometimes with interaction between human organisms...

  9. Application of MoldFlow in injection molding%MoldFlow在注塑成型中的应用

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    汤宏群; 苏广才

    2003-01-01

    利用MoldFlow对星型注塑件不同浇口位置进行流动模拟分析,预测可能存在的气泡位置和熔接痕位置,确定最佳浇口位置和数目.以此为例说明MoldFlow在注塑成型中应用的好处.

  10. The effect of mold surface topography on plastic parat in-process shrinkage in injection molding

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    Arlø, Uffe Rolf; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Kjær, Erik Michael

    2003-01-01

    An experimental study of the effect of mold surface roughness on in-process in-flow linear part shrinkage in injection molding has been carried out. The investigation is based on an experimental two-cavity tool, where the cavities have different surface topographies, but are otherwise identical....... The study has been carried out for typical commercial polystyrene and polypropylene grades. The relationship between mold surface topography and linear shrinkage has been investigated with an experimental two-cavity mold producing simple rectangular parts with the nominal dimensions 1 x 25 x 50 mm...

  11. Cellular Automata

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    Bagnoli, Franco

    1998-01-01

    An introduction to cellular automata (both deterministic and probabilistic) with examples. Definition of deterministic automata, dynamical properties, damage spreading and Lyapunov exponents; probabilistic automata and Markov processes, nonequilibrium phase transitions, directed percolation, diffusion; simulation techniques, mean field. Investigation themes: life, epidemics, forest fires, percolation, modeling of ecosystems and speciation. They represent my notes for the school "Dynamical Mod...

  12. Modelling and monitoring in injection molding

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    Thyregod, Peter

    2001-01-01

    This thesis is concerned with the application of statistical methods in quality improvement of injection molded parts. The methods described are illustrated with data from the manufacturing of parts for a medical device. The emphasis has been on the variation between cavities in multi-cavity molds....... >From analysis of quality measurements from a longer period of manufacturing, it was found that differences in cavities was that source of variation with greatest influence on the lenght of the molded parts. The other large contribution to the lenght varation was the different machine settings. Samples...... taken within the same machine set-point did not cause great variation compared to the two preceding sources of variation. A simple graphical approach is suggested for finding patterns in the cavity differences. Applying this method to data from a 16 cavity mold, a clear connection was found between a...

  13. Surface microstructure replication in injection molding

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    Theilade, Uffe Arlø; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard

    2006-01-01

    In recent years, polymer components with surface microstructures have been in rising demand for applications such as lab-on-a-chip and optical components. Injection molding has proven to be a feasible and efficient way to manufacture such components. In injection molding, the mold surface...... the ability to replicate surface microstructures under normal injection-molding conditions, i.e., with commodity materials within typical process windows. It was found that within typical process windows the replication quality depends significantly on several process parameters, and especially the...... topography is transcribed onto the plastic part through complex mechanisms. This replication, however, is not perfect, and the replication quality depends on the plastic material properties, the topography itself, and the process conditions. This paper describes and discusses an investigation of injection...

  14. Femtosecond laser micromachining of fused silica molds.

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    Madani-Grasset, Frédéric; Bellouard, Yves

    2010-10-11

    The use of low-energy femtosecond laser beam combined with chemical etching has been proven to be an efficient method to fabricate three-dimensional structures in fused silica. For high-volume application, this technology--like other serial processes--suffers from a moderate production rate. Here, we show that femtosecond laser can also be employed to fabricate silica molds and other patterned surfaces, including surfaces with high aspect ratio features (> 10). Through appropriate tailoring of silica's surface property and subsequent creation of, for instance, simple elastomeric molding, new opportunities for the indirect 3D, multi-scale spatial characterization of deep laser-fabricated microstructures come along. We demonstrate that those moldings are characterized by a high fidelity (down to the nanometer scale) to the silica mold. These results further advance the applicability of femtosecond laser processing to glass. PMID:20941083

  15. Indoor Molds and Respiratory Hypersensitivity: A Comparison of Selected Molds and House Dust Mite Induced Responses in a Mouse Model**

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    Molds are ubiquitous in the environment and exposures to molds contribute to various human diseases. Damp/moldy environments have been associated with asthma exacerbation, but mold's role in allergic asthma induction is less clear. The molds selected for these studies are commonl...

  16. FACTORS ON VISCOSITY STABILITY OF MOLD FLUXES

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    C.Y.Zhu; C.J.Liu; M.F.Jiang; Z.D.Yang

    2004-01-01

    Viscosity stability indexes of mold flux at high temperature and low temperature have been introduced,and the effects of flux compositions on viscosity stability indexes have been studied.Two mold fluxes have been developed by analyzing the effects of flux viscosity stability on the process and the condition of continuous casting slab of medium carbon steel.The results show that the fluxes are suitable for the process.

  17. Polyamide 6 - long glass fiber injection moldings

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    Bijsterbosch, H.; Gaymans, R.J.

    1995-01-01

    The injection molding ability of long glass fiber reinforced polyamide pellets was studied. The injection moldable materials were produced by a melt impregnation process of continuous fiber rovings. The rovings were chopped to pellets of 9 mm length. Chopped pellets with a variation in the degree of impregnation and fiber concentration were studied. The injection molded samples were analyzed for fiber concentration, fiber length, and fiber orientation. Dumbbell-shaped tensile bars were made t...

  18. Optimization and simulation of reactive rotational molding

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    Riviere, Sylvain

    2012-01-01

    Reactive rotational molding is a process to manufacture hollow plastic parts where synthesis occurs during the shaping. This method has several advantages compared to traditional rotomolding using thermoplastic powders: shorter cycle time, possible use of high performance materials, and decrease of energy consumption and raw materials costs. However reactive rotational molding is more complex to implement mainly because of the important and quick change of viscosity occurring during polymeriz...

  19. Tool steel quality and surface finishing of plastic molds

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    Rafael Agnelli Mesquita; Reinhold Schneider

    2010-01-01

    Plastic industry is today in a constant growth, demanding several products from other segments, which includes the plastic molds, mainly used in the injection molding process. Considering all the requirements of plastic molds, the surface finishing is of special interest, as the injected plastic part is able to reproduce any details (and also defects) from the mold surface. Therefore, several aspects on mold finishing are important, mainly related to manufacturing conditions - machining, grin...

  20. Die Casting Mold Design for Aluminum Alloy Shell of Instrument

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    Li Yuanyuan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper is about die casting mold design for aluminum alloy shell of instrument. Three-dimensional model of the casting and mold are designed by using Pro/Engineer and AutoCad which can analyze forming quality. Digital design and theoretical calculation can greatly shorten product development cycle and mold design cycle, improve the accuracy of product design and mold design, and reduce the cost of mold design.

  1. Manufacturing method of powder molding product

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    In manufacture of powder molded products such as nuclear fuel pellets by packing powders in a dye and applying press-molding, a first feeder which stores first UO2 powder and a second feeder which stores second UO2 powder are disposed in combination. The first UO2 powder and the second UO2 powder to be supplied to each of the feeders are weighed and dispensed by respective separate powder dispensing devices to provide the powders in an amount corresponding to one pellet at a predetermined ratio. Accordingly, since the powders are mixed at a predetermined ratio till they come to a position just before the pressing of the powders after supplied from the feeders to a die of a pressing machine, the degree of mixing of the powders for one molding product upon press-molding can be improved to improve packing performance of the powders to the die. With such procedures, uniformity of density distribution of the molded product is improved, the amount of grinding is reduced, defects such as cracks are prevented thereby enabling to improve the molding yield. (T.M.)

  2. Mold contamination and air handling units.

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    Wilson, Stephen C; Palmatier, Robert N; Andriychuk, Larysa A; Martin, Jared M; Jumper, Cynthia A; Holder, Homer W; Straus, David C

    2007-07-01

    An investigation was conducted on selected locations in air handling units (AHUs) to (a) identify common mold species found on these locations, (b) determine whether some locations (and subsets) featured mold growth sites more frequently than others, (c) ascertain whether the operating condition of AHUs is related to mold contamination, and (d) provide a basis for a microbial sampling protocol for AHUs. A total of 566 tape lifts and 570 swab samples were collected from the blower wheel fan blades, insulation, cooling coil fins, and ductwork from 25 AHUs. All AHU conditions were numerically rated using a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) survey. Results showed that Cladosporium sp. fungi were commonly recovered in terms of growth sites and deposited spores, and they were found mainly in the blower wheel fan blades, the ductwork, and the cooling coil fins. Subsections of the fan blades, insulation, and cooling coil fins showed no preferred area for mold growth sites. Other organisms such as Penicillium sp., Aspergillus sp., and Paecilomyces sp. were recovered from the cooling coil fins and insulation. Because of the widespread prevalence of Cladosporium sp., there was no relationship between mold growth and operating condition. However, the presence of different species of molds in locations other than the blower wheel blades may indicate that the AHU condition is not optimal. A suggested microbial sampling protocol including interpretations of sample results is presented. PMID:17487721

  3. 聚合氯化铝在高泥化煤泥水处理中的合理应用%Reasonable Application of Polyaluminum Chloride (PACl) in Dealing with the Extremely Sliming Coal Slime Water

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    胡光伟; 杨海涛; 曹清杰

    2015-01-01

    通过对山不拉煤矿洗煤厂高泥化煤泥水的自由沉降、絮凝沉降和混凝沉降试验以及在不同聚合氯化铝和聚丙烯酰胺添加剂下的煤泥沉降效果对比,得出以聚合氯化铝作为凝聚剂与非离子型聚丙烯酰胺以1.8∶1的比例混凝沉降,并且先加入聚合氯化铝搅拌混合80 s后再加入絮凝剂的沉降效果最佳。%Through free sedimentation test ,flocculation sedimentation test and coagulation sedimenta‐tion test on extremely sliming coal slime water of Shanbula Coal Cleaning Plant ,and contrasting sedi‐mentation effects under different polyaluminum chloride ( PACl) and polyacrylamide addition agent , the results show that :sedimentation effect of extremely sliming coal slime water is optimal ,while the proportion of polyaluminum chloride (PACl) cohesion agent and nonionic polyacrylamide is 1.8∶1 , and joining polyaluminum chloride (PACl) in advance ,then mixing 80 s and adding in flocculant.

  4. A morphological adaptation approach to path planning inspired by slime mould

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    Jones, Jeff

    2015-04-01

    Path planning is a classic problem in computer science and robotics which has recently been implemented in unconventional computing substrates such as chemical reaction-diffusion computers. These novel computing schemes utilise the parallel spatial propagation of information and often use a two-stage method involving diffusive propagation to discover all paths and a second stage to highlight or visualise the path between two particular points in the arena. The true slime mould Physarum polycephalum is known to construct efficient transport networks between nutrients in its environment. These networks are continuously remodelled as the organism adapts its body plan to changing spatial stimuli. It can be guided towards attractant stimuli (nutrients, warm regions) and it avoids locations containing hazardous stimuli (light irradiation, repellents, or regions occupied by predatory threats). Using a particle model of slime mould we demonstrate scoping experiments which explore how path planning may be performed by morphological adaptation. We initially demonstrate simple path planning by a shrinking blob of virtual plasmodium between two attractant sources within a polygonal arena. We examine the case where multiple paths are required and the subsequent selection of a single path from multiple options. Collision-free paths are implemented via repulsion from the borders of the arena. Finally, obstacle avoidance is implemented by repulsion from obstacles as they are uncovered by the shrinking blob. These examples show proof-of-concept results of path planning by morphological adaptation which complement existing research on path planning in novel computing substrates.

  5. Suction characteristics of a thick material pump at high concentrations of coal slime

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    MA Xing-min; ZHAO Qiao-zhi; GAO Shao-gang; WU Miao

    2008-01-01

    A test system was designed to study the parameters affecting the volumetric efficiency of a thick-material pump for coal slime. The parameters studied included solid concentration, the slenderness ratio of the suction cylinder and the running speed of the hydraulic cylinder. In the experiment the concentrations of coal slime were 75.7%, 76.3%, 74.4%, 73.5%, 72.1% and 70.63%; the running speeds were 0.23, 0.18, 0.13, 0.10 and 0.08 m/s; and the slenderness ratios of the suction cylinder were 1.63, 2.26, 2.88, 3.50, 4.13, 4.78 and 5.38. The results show that the suction volumetric efficiency decreases gradually with an increase in material concentration. The critical concentration value is 72%; below 72% the suction volumetric efficiency is above 90%, otherwise it decreases rapidly. When the solid concentration reaches 76.3%, the suction volumetric efficiency is only 40%. When the running speed of the piston is less than or equal to 0.23 m/s, the suction volumetric efficiency increases with an increase in running speed.

  6. Physarum wires: Self-growing self-repairing smart wires made from slime mould

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    Adamatzky, Andrew

    2013-01-01

    We report experimental laboratory studies on developing conductive pathways, or wires, using protoplasmic tubes of plasmodium of acellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum. Given two pins to be connected by a wire, we place a piece of slime mould on one pin and an attractant on another pin. Physarum propagates towards the attract and thus connects the pins with a protoplasmic tube. A protoplasmic tube is conductive, can survive substantial over-voltage and can be used to transfer electrical current to lightning and actuating devices. In experiments we show how to route Physarum wires with chemoattractants and electrical fields. We demonstrate that Physarum wire can be grown on almost bare breadboards and on top of electronic circuits. The Physarum wires can be insulated with a silicon oil without loss of functionality. We show that a Physarum wire self-heals: end of a cut wire merge together and restore the conductive pathway in several hours after being cut. Results presented will be used in future designs ...

  7. Catalytic pyrolysis of peat with additions of oil-slime and polymeric waste

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    Sulman, E.; Kosivtsov, Yu.; Sulman, M.; Alfyorov, V.; Lugovoy, Yu.; Chalov, K.; Misnikov, O.; Afanasjev, A.; Kumar, N.; Murzin, D.

    2012-09-01

    In this work the influence of natural and synthetic aluminosilicates, metal chlorides of iron subgroup on the peat low-temperature pyrolysis and co-pyrolysis of peat with oil-slime and polymeric waste was studied in variety of conditions (t = 350-650δC, catalyst loading: from 1 up to 30 % (wt.)). The use of bentonite clay (30 % (wt.)) at 460δC as a catalyst in peat pyrolysis resulted in increase of weight of gaseous and liquid products from 23 up to 30 % (wt.) and from 32 up to 45 % (wt.), respectively. Co-pyrolysis of peat and oil-slime in the presence of bentonite clay resulted in increase of gaseous product weight from 18 up to 26 % (wt.) and liquid fraction yield - from 45 up to 55 % (wt.) in comparison with precalculated value. The use of metal chlorides of iron subgroup (2 % (wt.) concentration) at 500 δC in the co-pyrolysis of peat and polymeric waste led to optimal conversion of substrate in desired products, 15 % increase of total weight of gaseous and liquid products formed during the pyrolysis process and simultaneous decrease of char formation.

  8. The MOLD expert of VAI - A mold monitoring system for best casting performance

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    The increasing demand for higher quality products of the clients each year needs a better understanding of the continuous casting process to fulfill also in the future these requirements to be competitive on the steel market. Based on these strong economic boundary conditions the VAI MOLD EXPERT is able to cover these requirements. The VAI's MOLD EXPERT enables deep insight into the process behavior of the mold package and will be used in an advanced stage to partly control the casting machine with the goal of stable operation and high quality product. In the first step the MOLD EXPERT is a tool to acquire, store, compress and visualize measurement data of the mold/oscillator, with the advantage of gathering all data in one system. In the second step, these data are interpreted via mathematical models which are linked together to make comparisons to adaptive limits and setpoints. The benefit of the MOLD EXPERT is manifold. For the metallurgists new insight into the continuous casting process are given which results in a better interpretation of the whole casting process. New casting practices and alarm limits will be derived from the MOLD EXPERT. These results will increase the operational process stability and the product quality continuously. For the operators an on-line visualization is available to get a better support and to cast permanently with the optimal parameters. The modular hard- and software concept of MOLD EXPERT is shown and the different packages - mold thermic, mold oscillation, casting powder, mold level, steel flow, narrowface taper - including visualization monitors will be described in detail. (author)

  9. Effects of Slime Produced by Clinical Isolates of Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci on Activities of Various Antimicrobial Agents

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    Souli, Maria; Giamarellou, Helen

    1998-01-01

    A novel in vitro semiquantitative method was developed to investigate the influence of staphylococcal slime on the activities of 22 antimicrobial agents. Pefloxacin, teicoplanin, and vancomycin demonstrated remarkable decreases in efficacy: 30, 52, and 63%, respectively. The activity of rifampin was not significantly reduced (0.99%), whereas all other agents tested were modestly affected (

  10. Gating of Permanent Molds for Aluminum Casting

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    David Schwam; John F. Wallace; Tom Engle; Qingming Chang

    2004-01-01

    This report summarizes a two-year project, DE-FC07-011D13983 that concerns the gating of aluminum castings in permanent molds. The main goal of the project is to improve the quality of aluminum castings produced in permanent molds. The approach taken was to determine how the vertical type gating systems used for permanent mold castings can be designed to fill the mold cavity with a minimum of damage to the quality of the resulting casting. It is evident that somewhat different systems are preferred for different shapes and sizes of aluminum castings. The main problems caused by improper gating are entrained aluminum oxide films and entrapped gas. The project highlights the characteristic features of gating systems used in permanent mold aluminum foundries and recommends gating procedures designed to avoid common defects. The study also provides direct evidence on the filling pattern and heat flow behavior in permanent mold castings. Equipment and procedure for real time X-Ray radiography of molten aluminum flow into permanent molds have been developed. Other studies have been conducted using water flow and behavior of liquid aluminum in sand mold using real time photography. This investigation utilizes graphite molds transparent to X-Rays making it possible to observe the flow pattern through a number of vertically oriented grating systems. These have included systems that are choked at the base of a rounded vertical sprue and vertical gating systems with a variety of different ingates into the bottom of a mold cavity. These systems have also been changed to include gating systems with vertical and horizontal gate configurations. Several conclusions can be derived from this study. A sprue-well, as designed in these experiments, does not eliminate the vena contracta. Because of the swirling at the sprue-base, the circulating metal begins to push the entering metal stream toward the open runner mitigating the intended effect of the sprue-well. Improved designs of

  11. Microcellular foam injection molding with cellulose nanofibers (CNFs)

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    Ohshima, Masahiro; Kubota, Masaya; Ishihara, Shota; Hikima, Yuta; Sato, Akihiro; Sekiguchi, Takafumi

    2016-03-01

    Cellulose nanofibers (CNFs) nanocomposites polypropylene foams are prepared by microcellular foam injection molding with core-back operation. The modified CNFs were blended with isotactic-polypropylene (i-PP) at different CNFs weight percentages and foamed to investigate the effect of CNFs on cell morphology. CNFs in i-PP increased the elastic modulus and induced a strain hardening behavior. CNFs also shifted the crystallization temperature of i-PP to higher temperature and enhanced crystallization. With these changes in rheological and thermal properties, CNFs could reduce the cell size and increase the cell density of the foams. By adjusting the core-back timing i.e., foaming temperature, the closed cell and the nano-fibrillated open cellular structure could be produced. The flexural modulus and bending strength of foams were measured by three point flexural tester. The flexural modulus and bending strength were increased as the CNFs content in i-PP was increased at any foam expansion ratio.

  12. Rapid control of mold temperature during injection molding process: Effect of packing pressure

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    Liparoti, Sara; Sorrentino, Andrea; Titomanlio, Giuseppe

    2015-12-01

    A thorough analysis of the effect of operative conditions of injection molding process on the morphology distribution inside the obtained molded is performed, with particular reference to semi- crystalline polymers. In particular, fully characterized injection molding tests are presented using an isotactic polypropylene, previously carefully characterized as far as most of properties of interest. The effects of mold temperature and packing conditions are analyzed. The mold temperature was controlled by a thin heating device, composed by polyimide as insulating layer and polyimide loaded carbon black as electrical conductive layer, that is able to increase temperature on mold surface in few seconds (70°C/s) by joule effect and cool down soon after. The shear layer thickness in the molded is reduced in the samples produced at high mold temperatures, that means high electrical power and long heating time, and this reduction is more significant at lower packing pressures, indeed, at 360bar as packing pressure and 20s as heating time the shear layer disappear. The resulting morphology was analyzed by optical microscope.

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

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    Matschuk, Maria; Larsen, Niels B

    2013-01-01

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

  14. Method for low temperature molding of metal sheets

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    It is known that for cubic face centered metals like aluminium, copper, nickel nd the like ductility generally increases of low temperatures. It is proposed to work sheets from cubic face centered metals, hardened by cold forming, by molding the metal sheets under tensile load at temperatures between -1000C and -2000C to get molded parts of desired shape. Preferably the sheets should have a maximum thickness of 1.3 mm and be hardened by cold forming up to at least 75% of the maximum hardness. Examples for molding under tensile load are stamp molding, stamp bending, shallow drawing, stretch forming, hydrostatic molding, explosion molding, electromagnetic expansion, contour molding and the like. According to the invention there are obtained molded parts that have got increased strength, resistance to scratching, buckling resistance and excellent surface properties, as at low temperatures the undesired discontinuous or corrugated molding, being characteristic for many cubic face centered metals and alloys at room temperature, is avoided. (orig.)

  15. Mathematical modeling of the process of filling a mold during injection molding of ceramic products

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    Kulkov, S. N.; Korobenkov, M. V.; Bragin, N. A.

    2015-10-01

    Using the software package Fluent it have been predicted of the filling of a mold in injection molding of ceramic products is of great importance, because the strength of the final product is directly related to the presence of voids in the molding, making possible early prediction of inaccuracies in the mold prior to manufacturing. The calculations were performed in the formulation of mathematical modeling of hydrodynamic turbulent process of filling a predetermined volume of a viscous liquid. The model used to determine the filling forms evaluated the influence of density and viscosity of the feedstock, and the injection pressure on the mold filling process to predict the formation of voids in the area caused by the shape defect geometry.

  16. Effects of mold geometry on fiber orientation of powder injection molded metal matrix composites

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    Ahmad, Faiz, E-mail: faizahmad@petronas.com.my; Aslam, Muhammad, E-mail: klaira73@gmail.com; Altaf, Khurram, E-mail: khurram.altaf@petronas.com.my; Shirazi, Irfan, E-mail: irfanshirazi@hotmail.com [Mechanical Engineering Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS Malaysia (Malaysia)

    2015-07-22

    Fiber orientations in metal matrix composites have significant effect on improving tensile properties. Control of fiber orientations in metal injection molded metal composites is a difficult task. In this study, two mold cavities of dimensions 6x6x90 mm and 10x20x180 mm were used for comparison of fiber orientation in injection molded metal composites test parts. In both mold cavities, convergent and divergent flows were developed by modifying the sprue dimensions. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to examine the fiber orientations within the test samples. The results showed highly aligned fiber in injection molded test bars developed from the convergent melt flow. Random orientation of fibers was noted in the composites test bars produced from divergent melt flow.

  17. Effects of mold geometry on fiber orientation of powder injection molded metal matrix composites

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    Fiber orientations in metal matrix composites have significant effect on improving tensile properties. Control of fiber orientations in metal injection molded metal composites is a difficult task. In this study, two mold cavities of dimensions 6x6x90 mm and 10x20x180 mm were used for comparison of fiber orientation in injection molded metal composites test parts. In both mold cavities, convergent and divergent flows were developed by modifying the sprue dimensions. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to examine the fiber orientations within the test samples. The results showed highly aligned fiber in injection molded test bars developed from the convergent melt flow. Random orientation of fibers was noted in the composites test bars produced from divergent melt flow

  18. Injection molding simulation with variothermal mold temperature control of highly filled polyphenylene sulfide

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    Birkholz, A.; Tschiersky, M.; Wortberg, J.

    2015-05-01

    For the installation of a fuel cell stack to convert chemical energy into electricity it is common to apply bipolar plates to separate and distribute reaction gases and cooling agents. For reducing manufacturing costs of bipolar plates a fully automated injection molding process is examined. The high performance thermoplastic matrix material, polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), defies against the chemical setting and the operation temperature up to 200 °C. To adjust also high electrical and thermal conductivity, PPS is highly filled with various carbon fillers up to an amount of 65 percentage by volume. In the first step two different structural plates (one-sided) with three different gate heights and molds are designed according to the characteristics of a bipolar plate. To cope with the approach that this plate should be producible on standard injection molding machines with variothermal mold temperature control, injection molding simulation is used. Additionally, the simulation should allow to formulate a quality prediction model, which is transferrable to bipolar plates. Obviously, the basis for a precise simulation output is an accurate description of the material properties and behavior of the highly filled compound. This, the design of the structural plate and mold and the optimization via simulation is presented, as well. The influence of the injection molding process parameters, e.g. injection time, cycle times, packing pressure, mold temperature, and melt temperature on the form filling have been simulated to determine optimal process conditions. With the aid of the simulation and the variothermal mold temperature control it was possible to reduce the required melt temperature below the decomposition temperature of PPS. Thereby, hazardous decomposition products as hydrogen sulfide are obviated. Thus, the health of the processor, the longevity of the injection molding machine as well as the material and product properties can be protected.

  19. Cellular resilience.

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    Smirnova, Lena; Harris, Georgina; Leist, Marcel; Hartung, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    Cellular resilience describes the ability of a cell to cope with environmental changes such as toxicant exposure. If cellular metabolism does not collapse directly after the hit or end in programmed cell death, the ensuing stress responses promote a new homeostasis under stress. The processes of reverting "back to normal" and reversal of apoptosis ("anastasis") have been studied little at the cellular level. Cell types show astonishingly similar vulnerability to most toxicants, except for those that require a very specific target, metabolism or mechanism present only in specific cell types. The majority of chemicals triggers "general cytotoxicity" in any cell at similar concentrations. We hypothesize that cells differ less in their vulnerability to a given toxicant than in their resilience (coping with the "hit"). In many cases, cells do not return to the naive state after a toxic insult. The phenomena of "pre-conditioning", "tolerance" and "hormesis" describe this for low-dose exposures to toxicants that render the cell more resistant to subsequent hits. The defense and resilience programs include epigenetic changes that leave a "memory/scar" - an alteration as a consequence of the stress the cell has experienced. These memories might have long-term consequences, both positive (resistance) and negative, that contribute to chronic and delayed manifestations of hazard and, ultimately, disease. This article calls for more systematic analyses of how cells cope with toxic perturbations in the long-term after stressor withdrawal. A technical prerequisite for these are stable (organotypic) cultures and a characterization of stress response molecular networks. PMID:26536287

  20. Powder Injection Molding of Titanium Components

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    Simmons, Kevin L.; Nyberg, Eric A.; Weil, K. Scott; Miller, Megan R.

    2005-01-01

    Powder injection molding (PIM) is a well-established, cost-effective method of fabricating small-to-moderate size metal components. Derived from plastic injection molding and employing a mixture of metal powder and plastic binder, the process has been used with great success in manufacturing a wide variety of metal products, including those made from stainless steel, nickel-based superalloys, and copper alloys. Less progress has been achieved with titanium and other refractory metal alloys because of problems with alloy impurities that are directly attributable to the injection molding process. Specifically, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen are left behind during binder removal and become incorporated into the chemistry and microstructure of the material during densification. Even at low concentration, these impurities can cause severe degradation in the mechanical properties of titanium and its alloys. We have developed a unique blend of PIM constituents where only a small volume fraction of binder (~5 – 10 vol%) is required for injection molding; the remainder of the mixture consists of the metal powder and binder solvent. Because of the nature of decomposition in the binder system and the relatively small amount used, the binder is eliminated almost completely from the pre-sintered component during the initial stage of a two-step heat treatment process. Results will be presented on the first phase of this research, in which the binder, injection molding, de-binding and sintering schedule were developed. Additional data on the mechanical and physical properties of the material produced will be discussed.

  1. Nanostructuring steel for injection molding tools

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    The production of nanostructured plastic items by injection molding with ridges down to 400 nm in width, which is the smallest line width replicated from nanostructured steel shims, is presented. Here we detail a micro-fabrication method where electron beam lithography, nano-imprint lithography and ion beam etching are combined to nanostructure the planar surface of a steel wafer. Injection molded plastic parts with enhanced surface properties, like anti-reflective, superhydrophobic and structural colors can be achieved by micro- and nanostructuring the surface of the steel molds. We investigate the minimum line width that can be realized by our fabrication method and the influence of etching angle on the structure profile during the ion beam etching process. Trenches down to 400 nm in width have been successfully fabricated into a 316 type electro-polished steel wafer. Afterward a plastic replica has been produced by injection molding with good structure transfer fidelity. Thus we have demonstrated that by utilizing well-established fabrication techniques, nanostructured steel shims that are used in injection molding, a technique that allows low cost mass fabrication of plastic items, are produced. (paper)

  2. Modelling Morphogenesis: From Single Cells to Crawling Slugs

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    Savill, N.J.; Hogeweg, P.

    2002-01-01

    We present a three-dimensional hybrid cellular automata (CA)/partial differential equation (PDE) model that allows for the study of morphogenesis in simple cellular systems. We apply the model to the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum "from single cells to crawling slug". Using simple loca

  3. High rate fabrication of compression molded components

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    Matsen, Marc R.; Negley, Mark A.; Dykstra, William C.; Smith, Glen L.; Miller, Robert J.

    2016-04-19

    A method for fabricating a thermoplastic composite component comprises inductively heating a thermoplastic pre-form with a first induction coil by inducing current to flow in susceptor wires disposed throughout the pre-form, inductively heating smart susceptors in a molding tool to a leveling temperature with a second induction coil by applying a high-strength magnetic field having a magnetic flux that passes through surfaces of the smart susceptors, shaping the magnetic flux that passes through surfaces of the smart susceptors to flow substantially parallel to a molding surface of the smart susceptors, placing the heated pre-form between the heated smart susceptors; and applying molding pressure to the pre-form to form the composite component.

  4. Single gate optimization for plastic injection mold

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    LI Ji-quan; LI De-qun; GUO Zhi-ying; LV Hai-yuan

    2007-01-01

    This paper deals with a methodology for single gate location optimization for plastic injection mold. The objective of the gate optimization is to minimize the warpage of injection molded parts, because warpage is a crucial quality issue for most injection molded parts while it is influenced greatly by the gate location. Feature warpage is defined as the ratio of maximum displacement on the feature surface to the projected length of the feature surface to describe part warpage. The optimization is combined with the numerical simulation technology to find the optimal gate location, in which the simulated annealing algorithm is used to search for the optimum. Finally, an example is discussed in the paper and it can be concluded that the proposed method is effective.

  5. Preliminary report on slime mold disease of Lolium perenne caused by Physarum cinereurn%多年生黑麦草粘菌病研究初报

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    赵桂华; 王开冻; 席刚俊

    2010-01-01

    多年生黑麦草是长江三角洲地区的园林绿化植物,在每年7月上中旬至8月中旬会发生严重的粘菌病,造成黑麦草生长不良.该病由灰绒泡菌(Physarum cinereum)粘菌引起.经过2年多的野外调查,该粘菌主要危害多年生黑麦草,狗牙根、白三叶.

  6. The Elastic Mold Deformation During the Filling and Packing Stage of the Injection Molding Process

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    Stefan Kleindel

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The accurate numerical prediction of the mold filling process of long and thin walled parts is dependent on numerous factors. This paper investigates the effect of various influencing variables on the filling pattern by means of simulation and experimental validation. It was found that mold temperature, process settings and venting conditions have little effect on the predicted filling pattern. However, in the actual case study, the filling behavior observed during the experiments was significantly different compared to the numerical prediction. A structural finite element analysis of the moving mold half showed an unacceptable large deformation of the mold plates under injection pressure. A very good correlation between simulation and experiment was attained after improving the stiffness of the mold. Therefore it can be concluded, that the elasticity of the mold may have a significant influence on the filling pattern when long and thin walled products are considered. Furthermore, it was shown, that even an apparently stiff mold can exhibit a distinct deformation during filling and packing stage.

  7. Oscillation of the velvet worm slime jet by passive hydrodynamic instability.

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    Concha, Andrés; Mellado, Paula; Morera-Brenes, Bernal; Sampaio Costa, Cristiano; Mahadevan, L; Monge-Nájera, Julián

    2015-01-01

    The rapid squirt of a proteinaceous slime jet endows velvet worms (Onychophora) with a unique mechanism for defence from predators and for capturing prey by entangling them in a disordered web that immobilizes their target. However, to date, neither qualitative nor quantitative descriptions have been provided for this unique adaptation. Here we investigate the fast oscillatory motion of the oral papillae and the exiting liquid jet that oscillates with frequencies f~30-60 Hz. Using anatomical images, high-speed videography, theoretical analysis and a physical simulacrum, we show that this fast oscillatory motion is the result of an elastohydrodynamic instability driven by the interplay between the elasticity of oral papillae and the fast unsteady flow during squirting. Our results demonstrate how passive strategies can be cleverly harnessed by organisms, while suggesting future oscillating microfluidic devices, as well as novel ways for micro and nanofibre production using bioinspired strategies. PMID:25780995

  8. Reverse flotation studies on an Indian low grade iron ore slimes

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    T.V.VijayaKumar

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available The present investigation deals with the recovery of iron values from the screw classifier overflow slimes from an iron ore washing plant by means of reverse cationic flotation as an alternate to direct anionic flotation. Selectivity index, an indicator of separation efficiency, was chosen as the response parameter for optimizing thequantity and evaluating a series of generically same but chemically different cationic collectors used in reverse flotation and for further optimization of other flotation process parameters. In the optimization, the main variables investigated were percent solids, collector and depressant dosage. An increase in the iron content ofthe concentrates is obtained with concomitant reduction in SiO2 and Al2O3 levels.

  9. Coiling and maturation of a high-performance fibre in hagfish slime gland thread cells

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    Winegard, Timothy; Herr, Julia; Mena, Carlos; Lee, Betty; Dinov, Ivo; Bird, Deborah; Bernards, Mark; Hobel, Sam; van Valkenburgh, Blaire; Toga, Arthur; Fudge, Douglas

    2014-04-01

    The defensive slime of hagfishes contains thousands of intermediate filament protein threads that are manufactured within specialized gland thread cells. The material properties of these threads rival those of spider dragline silks, which makes them an ideal model for biomimetic efforts to produce sustainable protein materials, yet how the thread is produced and organized within the cell is not well understood. Here we show how changes in nuclear morphology, size and position can explain the three-dimensional pattern of thread coiling in gland thread cells, and how the ultrastructure of the thread changes as very young thread cells develop into large cells with fully mature coiled threads. Our model provides an explanation for the complex process of thread assembly and organization that has fascinated and perplexed biologists for over a century, and provides valuable insights for the quest to manufacture high-performance biomimetic protein materials.

  10. Microbial Variants from Iron Ore Slimes: Mineral Specificity and pH Tolerance.

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    Abhilash; Ghosh, A; Pandey, B D; Sarkar, S

    2015-12-01

    This paper describes the isolation of the native bacterial strains from the iron ore mines slime pond and its extremophilic characteristics. The two microbial isolates designated as CNIOS-1 and CNIOS-2 were grown in selective silicate broth at pH 7.0 and the organisms were tested for their selective adhesion on silicate and alumina minerals. The silicate bacteria with their exopolymers are very potent to grow over aluminosilicates. It was established that CNIOS-1 grew preferentially in the presence of silicate mineral compared to CNIOS-2 which grew in the presence of alumina. The organisms were tested for growth at various pH and trials were carried to define their efficacy for eventual applications to remove gangue minerals of silica and alumina from the raw material. PMID:26543269

  11. Oscillation of the velvet worm slime jet by passive hydrodynamic instability

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    Concha, Andrés; Mellado, Paula; Morera-Brenes, Bernal; Sampaio Costa, Cristiano; Mahadevan, L.; Monge-Nájera, Julián

    2015-03-01

    The rapid squirt of a proteinaceous slime jet endows velvet worms (Onychophora) with a unique mechanism for defence from predators and for capturing prey by entangling them in a disordered web that immobilizes their target. However, to date, neither qualitative nor quantitative descriptions have been provided for this unique adaptation. Here we investigate the fast oscillatory motion of the oral papillae and the exiting liquid jet that oscillates with frequencies f~30-60 Hz. Using anatomical images, high-speed videography, theoretical analysis and a physical simulacrum, we show that this fast oscillatory motion is the result of an elastohydrodynamic instability driven by the interplay between the elasticity of oral papillae and the fast unsteady flow during squirting. Our results demonstrate how passive strategies can be cleverly harnessed by organisms, while suggesting future oscillating microfluidic devices, as well as novel ways for micro and nanofibre production using bioinspired strategies.

  12. Role of cell bending and slime navigation in swarms of M. xanthus

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    Harvey, Cameron; Kaiser, Dale; Alber, Mark

    2012-02-01

    Many bacteria use motility described as swarming to colonize surfaces that allows them to optimize their access to nutrients. The swarming of the bacterium M. xanthus on surfaces is a remarkable interplay between motility mechanisms, cell flexibility, cell-cell adhesive interactions and directional reversals. The properties of individual cells from different mutant strains and density regimes will be demonstrated in this talk. Then, a computational model based on subcellular elements for cell representation and implemented on graphical processing units (GPUs) will be presented. High-quality high magnification movies of bacterial motility together with biologically justified computational simulations will be used for investigation of collective motion and order in swarming populations of bacteria. Collective motion will be shown to include the dynamical formation of cell clusters as well as streams of cells moving over networks of cell-generated slime tracks.

  13. Using of clay-salt slimes of 'Belaruskali' factory as a sorbents of radionuclide

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. The effective sorbents for decrease of radionuclide migration in soil and prevention of pollution risk of soil and underground water by radionuclide, according to available practical experience on minimization of consequences of the Chernobyl NPP accident, are: clay minerals of layered structure of type 2:1, potash fertilizers for 137Cs and potassium rocks for 90Sr. The analysis of literary data shows, those there two base kinds of industrial waste are formed at sylvinite ore processing almost at all potassium plants of the world: - Solid halite rejects material - Liquid waste in the form of clay-salt slimes. There is about 9 % of halite waste from annual formation using in Belarus, clay-salt slimes (CSS) are not used in general and all the volume goes to slime storage. Clay-salt slimes are the waste products of potassium production being formed in the course of sylvinite ore conversion at processing plants of the Industrial centre 'Belaruskali'. Up to the present moment about 80 millions of tones of clay-salt slimes have been accumulated in Soligorsk industrial zone, and their annual formation makes up about 2.0-2.5 millions of tones. The volume of industrial waste collected in Republic of Belarus allows considering CSS as a possible source of low-cost raw material for reception of products with different functions. On the other hand by estimation of national and international experts such quantity of industrial waste, especially liquid, represents ecological danger. Taking into account this circumstance the situation with industrial waste disposal in Soligorsk industrial area of Belarus which was estimated by international experts as critical one and it needs the cardinal measures for further environment pollution prevention. There is considerable volume of liquid radioactive waste is formed at the Nuclear Power Plant operation. Modern tendencies of radioactive waste disposal are directed on

  14. Powder injection molding of pure titanium

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    GUO Shibo; DUAN Bohua; HE Xinbo; QU Xuanhui

    2009-01-01

    An improved wax-based binder was developed for powder injection molding of pure titanium. A critical powder loading of 69 vol.% and a pseudo-plastic flow behavior were obtained by the feedstock based on the binder. The injection molding, debinding, and sintering process were studied. An ideal control of carbon and oxygen contents was achieved by thermal debinding in vacuum atmosphere (10-3 Pa). The mechanical properties of as-sintered specimens were less than those of titanium made by the conventional press-sintering process. Good shape retention and ±0.04 mm dimension deviation were achieved.

  15. Relationship Between Casting Distortion, Mold Filling, and Interfacial Heat Transfer in Sand Molds

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    J. K. Parker; K. A. Woodbury; T. S. Piwonka; Y. Owusu

    1999-09-30

    This project sought to determine the relationship between casting dimensions and interfacial heat transfer in aluminum alloy sand castings. The program had four parts; measurement of interfacial heat transfer coefficients in resin bonded and green sand molds, the measurement of gap formation in these molds, the analysis of castings made in varying gatings, orientations and thicknesses, and the measurement of residual stresses in castings in the as-cast and gate removed condition. New values for interfacial heat transfer coefficients were measured, a novel method for gap formation was developed, and the variation of casting dimensions with casting method, gating, and casting orientation in the mold was documented.

  16. Precision replication of co-molded meso and micro optics through injection molding

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    Gill, David Dennis

    The objective of the research is to extend the limits of current optical production techniques for complex, thermally-stable, precise optical components produced in large volume. Injection molding is a high volume process, but is not well understood on this scale. Additionally, polymer can be formed into complex and intricate shapes, but the high coefficient of thermal expansion has prevented the widespread use of polymer for precision optics. For injection molding to become a viable process for the production of meso and micro optics, it is necessary for these challenges to be addressed. The goals of this research address the aforementioned challenges on two fronts (1) injection molding of polymer lenses, and (2) molding of polymer elements directly onto stable substrates. The first is through an increased understanding of the injection molding process in the replication of micro optics. Precision molds were produced with optical features of varying size, shape, step height, and aspect ratio. These features included spherical and fresnel lenses, blaze diffraction grating, and wedding cake. The pitch of the features was as small as 10mum and step heights as small as 1.25mum. A screening design of experiment was performed to discover the molding factors (process variables) with the greatest effect on the replication of micro optics. These experiments showed mold temperature and screw rotation speed to have the greatest effects on the accurate replication of meso and micro optics. The second challenge, the thermal instability of polymer lenses, has been addressed through research of the co-molding these optics directly onto thermally stable substrates. Challenges included the modification of properties at the polymer-substrate interface, the large mismatch in coefficients of thermal expansion between the polymer and the substrate, and mold design factors for using a brittle substrate material in the mold. In the experiments, interface adhesion was found to be

  17. Molding of Aluminum Foams by Using Hot Powder Extrusion

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    Yoshitaka Tanino

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available In order to form aluminum foams directly from powder, a combined process of hot powder extrusion and molding is proposed. Aluminum powder mixed with a foaming agent is extruded into the mold through the die heated to a temperature higher than the melting point, and the mold is filled with the aluminum foam. When a stainless steel pipe is used for a simple mold, an aluminum foam bar is obtained of which the relative density varies between 0.2 and 0.3. The molding of aluminum foam by using three types of mold shape shows the influence of gravity and friction. The effect of gravity is significant when a large step exists at the connection between the mold inlet and the die outlet, and friction is dominant in cases where foam is mold in a narrow space.

  18. Tool steel quality and surface finishing of plastic molds

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    Rafael Agnelli Mesquita

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Plastic industry is today in a constant growth, demanding several products from other segments, which includes the plastic molds, mainly used in the injection molding process. Considering all the requirements of plastic molds, the surface finishing is of special interest, as the injected plastic part is able to reproduce any details (and also defects from the mold surface. Therefore, several aspects on mold finishing are important, mainly related to manufacturing conditions - machining, grinding, polishing and texturing, and also related to the tool steel quality, in relation to microstructure homogeneity and non-metallic inclusions (cleanliness. The present paper is then focused on this interrelationship between steel quality and manufacturing process, which are both related to the final quality of plastic mold surfaces. Examples are discussed in terms of surface finishing of plastic molds and the properties or the microstructure of mold steels.

  19. Phagocytosis and oxidative-burst response of planktonic Staphylococcus epidermidis RP62A and its non-slime-producing variant in human neutrophils.

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    Heinzelmann, M; Herzig, D O; Swain, B.; Mercer-Jones, M A; Bergamini, T M; Polk, H C

    1997-01-01

    The ability of bacterial organisms to produce an extracellular polysaccharide matrix known as slime has been associated with increased virulence and delayed infections in various prosthetic implants. Within a biofilm, this slime may protect the embedded bacteria from host defense mechanisms, especially phagocytosis by polymorphonuclear leukocytes. To determine whether planktonic Staphylococcus epidermidis is protected in a similar way, a novel flow cytometric assay was performed, measuring in...

  20. Analysis of S. Epidermidis icaA and icaD genes by polymerase chain reaction and slime production: a case control study

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    Zhou, Shusheng; Chao, Xiaoguang; Fei, Mingming; Dai, Yuanyuan; Liu, Bao

    2013-01-01

    Background Staphylococcus epidermidis is a common pathogen in medical device-associated infections and have an ability to form adherent slime. We aimed to study the effects of icaA and icaD genes on the slime formation of Staphylococcus epidermidis associated with catheter-associated infections. Methods S. epidermidis isolates from the central venous catheter blood of patients with catheter-associated infections, and from the nasal vestibules of healthy volunteers, intensive care unit hospita...

  1. COMPUTER AIDED THREE DIMENSIONAL DESIGN OF MOLD COMPONENTS

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    Kerim ÇETİNKAYA; Hüdayim BAŞAK

    2000-01-01

    Sheet metal molding design with classical methods is formed in very long times calculates and drafts. At the molding design, selection and drafting of most of the components requires very long time because of similar repetative processes. In this study, a molding design program has been developed by using AutoLISP which has been adapted AutoCAD packet program. With this study, design of sheet metal molding, dimensioning, assemly drafting has been realized.

  2. COMPUTER AIDED THREE DIMENSIONAL DESIGN OF MOLD COMPONENTS

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    Kerim ÇETİNKAYA

    2000-02-01

    Full Text Available Sheet metal molding design with classical methods is formed in very long times calculates and drafts. At the molding design, selection and drafting of most of the components requires very long time because of similar repetative processes. In this study, a molding design program has been developed by using AutoLISP which has been adapted AutoCAD packet program. With this study, design of sheet metal molding, dimensioning, assemly drafting has been realized.

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

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

  4. 21 CFR 874.3430 - Middle ear mold.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Middle ear mold. 874.3430 Section 874.3430 Food... DEVICES EAR, NOSE, AND THROAT DEVICES Prosthetic Devices § 874.3430 Middle ear mold. (a) Identification. A middle ear mold is a preformed device that is intended to be implanted to reconstruct the middle...

  5. 高细泥含量难浮煤泥的反、正两段浮选工艺%Reverse-direct two-stage flotation technology for difficult-to-float coal slime with high content fine slime

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    陈智超; 李志红; 樊民强

    2015-01-01

    Aiming at problem of difficult to float with high content fine slime,the authors conducted two stage flotation experimental study:firstly reverse flotation and then direct flota-tion. The results showed:the reverse flotation with starch depressor and lauryl amine hydrochlo-ride collectors can remove about 20% fine slime with high ash;violent stirring pulp and using na-trium hydroxydatum to mix the pulp can eliminate inhibiting effects of starch for coal and change existential state of lauryl amine medicament;and then conducting regular direct flotation can get qualified clean coal. The reverse-direct flotation process provided a new approach for the hard-to-float coal slimes with high content of fine slime.%针对细煤泥含量高及浮选困难的问题,进行了先反浮选后正浮选的两段浮选试验研究,试验结果表明,以淀粉为抑制剂、十二胺盐酸盐为捕收剂进行反浮选,可以脱除约20%的高灰细泥;对矿浆进行强烈搅拌和使用氢氧化钠调浆,可以消除淀粉对煤的抑制作用和改变十二胺药剂的存在状态;然后进行常规正浮选,可以获得合格质量精煤。反、正两段浮选工艺为高细泥含量难浮煤泥的浮选提供了一条新的途径。

  6. Correlation between Molding Conditions and Foam Morphology in Microcellular Injection Molding

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    Yamada, Takehiro; Murata, Yasuhiko; Yokoi, Hidetoshi

    In this study, a quantitative analysis of foam cell distribution at the cross section of products in microcellular injection molding was conducted concerning the relationship between the mold conditions and laminar morphology. The following results were obtained; (1) The morphology consists of a surface layer (Skin layer I) with silver streaks, a layer (Skin layer II) with no cells inside, and a foam layer (Core layers I, II, III) with many cells of different size. (2) The morphology changes depending on the molding conditions and cavity position. (3) The core layer domain decreases from the gate to the distal end. (4) Injection conditions greatly affect the thickness of Skin layer II. (5) Maximum filling pressure in the mold affects mainly the core layer of the foam morphology.

  7. Polyamide 6 - long glass fiber injection moldings

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    Bijsterbosch, H.; Gaymans, R.J.

    1995-01-01

    The injection molding ability of long glass fiber reinforced polyamide pellets was studied. The injection moldable materials were produced by a melt impregnation process of continuous fiber rovings. The rovings were chopped to pellets of 9 mm length. Chopped pellets with a variation in the degree of

  8. Residual stresses in injection molded products

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    Jansen, K.M.B.

    2015-01-01

    During the molding process residual stresses are formed due to thermal contraction during cooling as well as the local pressure history during solidification. In this paper a simple analytical model is reviewed which relates residual stresses, product shrinkage as well as warpage to the temperature

  9. Injection molding of micro patterned PMMA plate

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    Yeong-Eun YOO; Tae-Hoon KIM; Tae-Jin JE; Doo-Sun CHOI; Chang-Wan KIM; Sun-Kyung KIM

    2011-01-01

    A plastic plate with surface micro features was injection molded to investigate the effect of pressure rise of melt on the replication of the micro structures. Prism pattern, which is used in many optical applications, was selected as a model pattern. The prism pattern is 50 μm in pitch and 108° in the vertical angle. The overall size of the plate was 335 mm×213 mm and the thickness of the plate varied linearly from 2.6 mm to 0.7 mm. The prism pattern was firstly machined on the nickel plated core block using micro diamond tool and this machined pattern core was installed in a mold for injection molding of prism patterned plate. Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) was used as a molding material. The pressure and temperature of the melt in the cavity were measured at different positions in the cavity and the replication of the pattern was also measured at the same positions. The results show that the pressure or temperature profile through the process depends on the shape and the size of the plate. The replication is affected by the temperature and pressure profiles at the early stage of filling, which is right after the melt reaches the position to be measured.

  10. Progress in Titanium Metal Powder Injection Molding

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    Randall M. German

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Metal powder injection molding is a shaping technology that has achieved solid scientific underpinnings. It is from this science base that recent progress has occurred in titanium powder injection molding. Much of the progress awaited development of the required particles with specific characteristics of particle size, particle shape, and purity. The production of titanium components by injection molding is stabilized by a good understanding of how each process variable impacts density and impurity level. As summarized here, recent research has isolated the four critical success factors in titanium metal powder injection molding (Ti-MIM that must be simultaneously satisfied—density, purity, alloying, and microstructure. The critical role of density and impurities, and the inability to remove impurities with sintering, compels attention to starting Ti-MIM with high quality alloy powders. This article addresses the four critical success factors to rationalize Ti-MIM processing conditions to the requirements for demanding applications in aerospace and medical fields. Based on extensive research, a baseline process is identified and reported here with attention to linking mechanical properties to the four critical success factors.

  11. Solvent-assisted polymer micro-molding

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    HAN LuLu; ZHOU Jing; GONG Xiao; GAO ChangYou

    2009-01-01

    The micro-molding technology has played an important role in fabrication of polymer micro-patterns and development of functional devices.In such a process,suitable solvent can swell or dissolve the polymer films to decrease their glass transition temperature (Tg) and viscosity and thereby improve flowing ability.Consequently,it is easy to obtain the 2D and 3D patterns with high fidelity by the solvent-assisted micro-molding.Compared with the high temperature molding,this technology overcomes some shortcomings such as shrinking after cooling,degradation at high temperature,difficulty in processing some functional materials having high Tg,etc.It can be applied to making patterns not only on polymer monolayers but also on polyelectrolyte multilayers.Moreover,the compressioninduced patterns on the multilayers are chemically homogenous but physically heterogeneous.In this review,the controlling factors on the pattern quality are also discussed,including materials of the mold,solvent,pressure,temperature and pattern density.

  12. [Cutaneous mold fungus granuloma from Ulocladium chartarum].

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    Altmeyer, P; Schon, K

    1981-01-01

    Cutaneous granulomas due to the mold fungus Ulocladium chartarum (Preuss) are described in a 58 year old woman. This fungus is usually harmless for mammalian. It is thought that a consisting immunosuppression (Brill-Symmer's disease, therapy with corticosteroids) was a priming condition for the infection. The route of infection in this patient described is unknown. PMID:7194869

  13. Multilevel micro-structuring of glassy carbon molds for precision glass molding

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    Prater, Karin; Dukwen, Julia; Scharf, Toralf; Herzig, Hans Peter; Plöger, Sven; Hermerschmidt, Andreas

    2015-09-01

    Replication techniques for diffractive optical elements (DOEs) in soft materials such as plastic injection molding are state of the art. For precision glass molding in glasses with high transition temperatures, molds with extreme thermal resistivity, low chemical reactivity and high mechanical strength are needed. Glassy Carbon can be operated up to 2000°C making it possible to mold almost all glasses including Fused Silica with a transition temperatures above 1060°C. For the structuring of Glassy Carbon wafers photolithography and a RIE process is used. We have developed a process using Si as a hard mask material. If the flow rates of the etching gases O2 and SF6 are chosen properly, high selectivity of GC to Si 19:1 can be achieved, which provides excellent conditions to realize high resolution elements with feature size down to 1 micron and fulfills requirements for optical applications. We fabricated several multilevel GC molds with 8 levels of structuring. Two different optical functionalities were implemented: 6x6 array beamsplitter and 1x4 linear beamsplitter. The molds were applied for precision glass molding of a low Tg glass L-BAL 42 (from Ohara) with a transition temperature of 565°C. Their optical performance was measured. A more detailed analysis of the impact of mold fabrication defects on optical performance is done. Rigorous coupled wave analysis simulations are performed, where we included fabrication constrains such as duty cycle, edge depth errors, wall verticality and misalignment errors. We will compare the results with the design specifications and discuss the influence of fabrication errors introduced during the different process steps.

  14. Effect of mold treatment by solvent on PDMS molding into nanoholes

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    Con, Celal; Cui, Bo

    2013-01-01

    Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is the most popular and versatile material for soft lithography due to its flexibility and easy fabrication by molding process. However, for nanoscale patterns, it is challenging to fill uncured PDMS into the holes or trenches on the master mold that is coated with a silane anti-adhesion layer needed for clean demolding. PDMS filling was previously found to be facilitated by diluting it with toluene or hexane, which was attributed to the great reduction of viscosit...

  15. Ultra fast microwave-assisted leaching for the recovery of copper and tellurium from copper anode slime

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    Ma, Zhi-yuan; Yang, Hong-ying; Huang, Song-tao; Lü, Yang; Xiong, Liu

    2015-06-01

    The decomposition of copper anode slime heated by microwave energy in a sulfuric acid medium was investigated. Leaching experiments were carried out in a multi-mode cavity with microwave assistance. The leaching process parameters were optimized using response surface methodology (RSM). Under the optimized conditions, the leaching efficiencies of copper and tellurium were 99.56% ± 0.16% and 98.68% ± 0.12%, respectively. Meanwhile, a conventional leaching experiment was performed in order to evaluate the influence of microwave radiation. The mechanism of microwave-assisted leaching of copper anode slime was also investigated. In the results, the microwave technology is demonstrated to have a great potential to improve the leaching efficiency and reduce the leaching time. The enhanced recoveries of copper and tellurium are believed to result from the presence of a temperature gradient due to the shallow microwave penetration depth and the superheating at the solid-liquid interface.

  16. Effect of a pesticide on the extracellular slime production and pathogenicity of a non-target phytopathogen

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    Aldicarb (2 methyl thio) propionaldehyde-0-(methyl carbamoyl oxime), a systemic insecticide treatment altered the quantity and the quality of the extracellular polysaccharides (slime) produced by Pseudomonas solanacearum. Although 5 ppm (normal dose) aldicarb treatment reduced the quality of polysaccharides produced by the cells, the incorporation of 14C (glucose) label and the reducing sugar contents was higher than the other treatments. Chromatographic analysis of the hydrolysed polysaccharides showed that aldicarb treatment altered their qualitative composition also. The extracellular polysaccharides produced by the pathogen treated with 5 ppm aldicarb caused wilting of tomato seedlings earlier than others, indicating thereby, that the wilt inducing factor in the slime was altered by the pesticide treatment. The limited translocation of the 14C labelled polysaccharides in the wilted seedlings indicated mechanical blocking of the vascular system of the plants. (author)

  17. Indoor Molds and Respiratory Hypersensitivity: A Comparison of Selected Molds and House Dust Mite Induced Responses in a Mouse Model

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    Introduction/Study Goal Molds are ubiquitous in the environment and exposures to molds contribute to various human diseases including allergic lung diseases. The Institute of Medicine reports and WHO gUidelines concluded that the role of molds in asthma induction is not clear bu...

  18. Evaluation of stability for monolayer injection molding tools coating

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    Cech, Jiri; Taboryski, Rafael J.

    2012-01-01

    We tested and characterized molecular coating of Aluminium and Nickel prototype molds and mold inserts for polymer replication via injection molding (IM). X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data, sessile drop contact angles with multiple fluids, surface energy and roughness data have been....... Detectable coating presence was indicated by an increased angle on all post IM samples. To conclude, we present mold coating evaluation method, which is well suited for ultrathin, controlable, covalently bonded coating, that is reasonably durable, affordable, scalable to production, detectable on surface and...... especially suitable for rapid prototyping and mold geometry testing....

  19. The Facility and Process Technics of Polyethylene Rotational Molding

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    LI BaiShun

    2001-01-01

    @@ 1. Introduction Rotational molding is the process by which hollow plastic parts are formed. It mainly processes the product which Injection molding and Blow molding can not process medium-sized, large-sized and super large-sized plastic parts. The technics may turn out a tub, dustbin, stock tank, sailboat. The research institute of Lanzhou introduces a suit of RS-16 Rotational Molding Machine from Germany Reinhadt Co. on 1990. It mainly put up experiment and smallscale production. RS-16 rotational molding machine is a single arm and di-axial equipment. It is consisting of a gas heated sintering oven, cooling chamber, mouldcarrying carriage and a controlling unit.

  20. Wavelet Packet Decomposition to Characterize Injection Molding Tool Damage

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    Tomaž Kek

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents measurements of acoustic emission (AE signals during the injection molding of polypropylene with new and damaged mold. The damaged injection mold has cracks induced by laser surface heat treatment. Standard test specimens were injection molded, commonly used for examining the shrinkage behavior of various thermoplastic materials. The measured AE burst signals during injection molding cycle are presented. For injection molding tool integrity prediction, different AE burst signals’ descriptors are defined. To lower computational complexity and increase performance, the feature selection method was implemented to define a feature subset in an appropriate multidimensional space to characterize the integrity of the injection molding tool and the injection molding process steps. The feature subset was used for neural network pattern recognition of AE signals during the full time of the injection molding cycle. The results confirm that acoustic emission measurement during injection molding of polymer materials is a promising technique for characterizing the integrity of molds with respect to damage, even with resonant sensors.

  1. Mold temperature measurement for glass-pressing processes

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    The largest use of radiation thermometers within Corning Glass Works is for mold temperature measurement for the glass-pressing process. Pressing television panels at today's high quality would be very difficult without a mold temperature measurement system and the computer manipulation of the quality control data to supervise the mold temperature control loop. The most critical part of a television panel is the inside surface curvature. The ideal surface is usually defined as a spherical surface. The tolerance for a normal TV panel is +-0.30 mm (+-0.012 in.). High resolution display panels are more critical, having a dimensional tolerance only one half as large as TV panels. Panel curvature is a direct (but negative) function of mold temperature. Every 10C increase in mold temperature results in the panel center being 0.025 mm (0.001 in.) shorter (flatter). Random dimensional variations within a panel take up most of the dimensional tolerance. The result is that each mold is controlled to its own individual temperature set point, +-10C. Hot panel and cold panel curvature measurements are correlated by a process computer and used to update the mold temperature set points. The same computer adjusts the mold cooling air to maintain the required mold temperatures. From the temperature measurement standpoint, the significant problem is the changing emissivity of the mold surface when the mold is new or reconditioned. The selection of a radiation thermometer with a short wavelength was an obvious choice to minimize the effect of emissivity variations

  2. Stability of FDTS monolayer coating on aluminum injection molding tools

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    Cech, Jiri; Taboryski, Rafael J.

    2012-01-01

    The injection molding industry often employs prototype molds and mold inserts from melt spun (rapid solidification processing [1,2]) aluminum, especially for applications in optics [3,4], photonics [5] and microfludics. Prototypes are also used for verification of mold filling. The use of aluminum...... trichloro-silane based coating deposited on aluminum or its alloys by molecular vapor deposition. We have tested the stability of this coating in challenging conditions of injection molding, an environment with high shear stress from the molten polymer, pressures up to 200 MPa, temperatures up to 250 ◦C...... tools has reduced lead time (days instead of weeks) and manufacturing cost (30% of conventional mold). Moreover, for aluminum, a surface roughness (RMS) below 5 nm can be obtained with diamond machining [3,4,6]. Conventional mold coatings add cost and complexity, and coatings with thicknesses of a few...

  3. Mold exposure and health effects following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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    Barbeau, Deborah N; Grimsley, L Faye; White, LuAnn E; El-Dahr, Jane M; Lichtveld, Maureen

    2010-01-01

    The extensive flooding in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita created conditions ideal for indoor mold growth, raising concerns about the possible adverse health effects associated with indoor mold exposure. Studies evaluating the levels of indoor and outdoor molds in the months following the hurricanes found high levels of mold growth. Homes with greater flood damage, especially those with >3 feet of indoor flooding, demonstrated higher levels of mold growth compared with homes with little or no flooding. Water intrusion due to roof damage was also associated with mold growth. However, no increase in the occurrence of adverse health outcomes has been observed in published reports to date. This article considers reasons why studies of mold exposure after the hurricane do not show a greater health impact. PMID:20070193

  4. An education belief worth reflection: Molding intellectuals

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    Lu Jie

    2006-01-01

    Molding intellectuals is one of the expectations people have,which comes from a deep-rooted belief in education.The humanity hypothesis of this belief is to take knowledge and the pursuit of knowledge as the only prescription for human beings.This hypothesis overturns the relation of knowledge and life.Intellectuals make scientific paradigm as the limit of knowledge.Experience and consciousness outside the paradigm are ejected from the scope of knowledge.Accordingly,knowledge of intellectuals is broken away from a human being's life.Under the domination of this conception of knowledge,the world of intellectuals has become a world deficient of meaning.The belief that education molds intellectuals should be deconstructed gradually,with criticism in both practice and theory.

  5. Future Specialist’s Professional Position Molding

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    Irina A. Levitskaya

    2013-01-01

    The search of conditions for future specialist’s professional position molding is crucial nowadays. This article discloses the features of “position” notion essence in the context of professional self-determination, analyses the problems of future specialist’s professional development in terms of topical social and professional objectives solution, considers debatable issues of professional development as an integral continuous process of future specialist’s personality formation. The stages ...

  6. Fractal phenomena in powder injection molding process

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    郑洲顺; 曲选辉; 李云平; 雷长明; 段柏华

    2003-01-01

    The complicated characteristics of the powder were studied by fractal theory. It is illustrated that powder shape, binder structure, feedstock and mold-filling flow in powder injection molding process possess obvious fractal characteristics. Based on the result of SEM, the fractal dimensions of the projected boundary of carbonylic iron and carbonylic nickel particles were determined to be 1.074±0.006 and 1.230±0.005 respectively by box counting measurement. The results show that the fractal dimension of the projected boundary of carbonylic iron particles is close to smooth curve of one-dimension, while the fractal dimension of the projected boundary of carbonylic nickel particle is close to that of trisection Koch curve, indicating that the shape characteristics of carbonylic nickel particles can be described and analyzed by the characteristics of trisection Koch curve. It is also proposed that the fractal theory can be applied in the research of powder injection molding in four aspects.

  7. True-slime-mould-inspired hydrostatically coupled oscillator system exhibiting versatile behaviours

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    Behavioural diversity is an indispensable attribute of living systems, which makes them intrinsically adaptive and responsive to the demands of a dynamically changing environment. In contrast, conventional engineering approaches struggle to suppress behavioural diversity in artificial systems to reach optimal performance in given environments for desired tasks. The goals of this research include understanding the essential mechanism that endows living systems with behavioural diversity and implementing the mechanism in robots to exhibit adaptive behaviours. For this purpose, we have focused on an amoeba-like unicellular organism: the plasmodium of true slime mould. Despite the absence of a central nervous system, the plasmodium exhibits versatile spatiotemporal oscillatory patterns and switches spontaneously among these patterns. By exploiting this behavioural diversity, it is able to exhibit adaptive behaviour according to the situation encountered. Inspired by this organism, we built a real physical robot using hydrostatically coupled oscillators that produce versatile oscillatory patterns and spontaneous transitions among the patterns. The experimental results show that exploiting physical hydrostatic interplay—the physical dynamics of the robot—allows simple phase oscillators to promote versatile behaviours. The results can contribute to an understanding of how a living system generates versatile and adaptive behaviours with physical interplays among body parts. (paper)

  8. Effects of Fermented Sumach on the Formation of Slime Layer of Staphylococcus aureus

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    Sahra Kırmusaoğlu

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus is one of the most commonly isolated bacterial pathogens in hospitals, and the most frequent cause of nosocomial infections. Nosocomial staphylococcal foreign-body infections related to biofilm formation are a serious threat, demanding new therapeutic and preventive strategies. Implantation of intravenous catheters and surgical implantation of prosthetic implants carry a risk of infection. In order to prevent all these effects of biofilms, a study was designed to observe the possible antibacterial effect of sumach (Rhus coriaria on the biofilm formation of S. aureus. Material and Methods: The influence of varying concentrations of sumach on the formation of biofilms by 13 strains of Staphylococcus aureus was tested by a microelisa assay. Results: The significant differences between varying concentrations of sumach (0.1, 0.2, 0.5 and 1.0 µl/ml were observed in four methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA and nine methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA (p<0.05. In bacteria, a dose-related decrease in the formation of slime, which is a major virulence factor of staphylococcal infections, was observed. Conclusion: In our study, using 0.1, 0.2, 0.5 and 1.0 µl/ml of sumach, thirteen strains lost, 17%, 22%, 28% and 48% respectively of their capacity to produce biofilms. Sumach, which is a herbal product, can decrease the formation of biofilm, which is a major virulence factor in staphylococcal infections.

  9. Two-gene phylogeny of bright-spored Myxomycetes (slime moulds, superorder Lucisporidia.

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    Anna Maria Fiore-Donno

    Full Text Available Myxomycetes, or plasmodial slime-moulds, are one of the largest groups in phylum Amoebozoa. Nonetheless, only ∼10% are in the database for the small subunit (SSU ribosomal RNA gene, the most widely used gene for phylogenetics and barcoding. Most sequences belong to dark-spored Myxomycetes (order Fuscisporida; the 318 species of superorder Lucisporidia (bright-spored are represented by only eleven genuine sequences. To compensate for this, we provide 66 new sequences, 37 SSU rRNA and 29 elongation factor 1-alpha (EF-1α, for 82% of the genera of Lucisporidia. Phylogenetic analyses of single- and two-gene alignments produce congruent topologies and reveal both morphological characters that have been overemphasised and those that have been overlooked in past classifications. Both classical orders, Liceida and Trichiida, and several families and genera are para/polyphyletic; some previously unrecognised clades emerge. We discuss possible evolutionary pathways. Our study fills a gap in the phylogeny of Amoebozoa and provides an extensive SSU rRNA sequence reference database for environmental sampling and barcoding. We report a new group I intron insertion site for Myxomycetes in one Licea.

  10. Persistence of DNA in carcasses, slime and avian feces may affect interpretation of environmental DNA data.

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    Christopher M Merkes

    Full Text Available The prevention of non-indigenous aquatic invasive species spreading into new areas is a goal of many resource managers. New techniques have been developed to survey for species that are difficult to capture with conventional gears that involve the detection of their DNA in water samples (eDNA. This technique is currently used to track the invasion of bigheaded carps (silver carp and bighead carp; Hypophthalmichthys molitrix and H. nobilis in the Chicago Area Waterway System and Upper Mississippi River. In both systems DNA has been detected from silver carp without the capture of a live fish, which has led to some uncertainty about the source of the DNA. The potential contribution to eDNA by vectors and fomites has not been explored. Because barges move from areas with a high abundance of bigheaded carps to areas monitored for the potential presence of silver carp, we used juvenile silver carp to simulate the barge transport of dead bigheaded carp carcasses, slime residue, and predator feces to determine the potential of these sources to supply DNA to uninhabited waters where it could be detected and misinterpreted as indicative of the presence of live bigheaded carp. Our results indicate that all three vectors are feasible sources of detectable eDNA for at least one month after their deposition. This suggests that current monitoring programs must consider alternative vectors of DNA in the environment and consider alternative strategies to minimize the detection of DNA not directly released from live bigheaded carps.

  11. 煤泥水处理药剂的探索与实践%Study on flocculation chemicals of coal slime

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    王佳雁; 龚伦

    2011-01-01

    Introduce disposing process of coal slime in Jinjiyan coal washery, find that bad quality of coal slime make it hard for flocculating. After laboratory and practical research of flocculation chemicals of coal slime , confirm the best flocculanting combination which apply to current coal slime quality. This chemicals combination could quickly dispose high-ash fine coal slime. The results show that with less flocculanting can get higher recovery efficiency.%介绍了金鸡岩洗选厂工艺流程.通过对原煤性质的分析,说明入洗煤质极度恶化,为煤泥水处理带来困难.通过对煤泥水处理药剂的实验室及工业试验研究,确定了适合煤质现状的药剂组合,使高灰细粒煤泥得到快速有效沉降,达到了降低药剂用量和提高煤泥回收率的目的.

  12. Microinjection molding of thermoplastic polymers: morphological comparison with conventional injection molding

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    Giboz, Julien; Copponnex, Thierry; Mélé, Patrice

    2009-02-01

    The skin-core crystalline morphology of injection-molded semi-crystalline polymers is well documented in the scientific literature. The thermomechanical environment provokes temperature and shear gradients throughout the entire thickness of the part during molding, thus influencing the polymer crystallization. Crystalline morphologies of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) micromolded part (μpart) and a classical part (macropart) are compared with optical, thermal and x-ray diffraction analyses. Results show that the crystalline morphologies with regard to thickness vary between the two parts. While a 'skin-core' morphology is present for the macropart, the μpart exhibits a specific 'core-free' morphology, i.e. no spherulite is present at the center of the thickness. This result seems to be generated under the specific conditions used in microinjection molding that lead to the formation of smaller and more oriented crystalline entities.

  13. Implications of diamond-turned versus diamond-ground mold fabrication techniques on precision-molded optics

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    Mertus, Lou; Symmons, Alan

    2012-10-01

    In recent years, the trend within the molded optics community has been an overall advancement in the capability to diamond grind molds using a variety of grinding techniques. Improvements in grinding equipment, materials and tooling have enabled higher quality ceramic and carbide molds and thereby lenses. Diamond turned molds from ductile metals are still used prevalently throughout the molding industry. Each technology presents a unique set of advantages and disadvantages whether used for precision injection molding of plastic optics or precision glass molding. This paper reviews the manufacturing techniques for each approach and applicable molding process. The advantages and disadvantages of each are compared and analyzed. The subtle differences that exist in optics molded from each technique and the impact they have on the performance in various applications is reviewed. Differences stemming from tooling material properties, material-specific minor defects, as well as cutting and grinding process-induced artifacts are described in detail as well as their influence on the roughness, waviness, and form errors present on the molded surface. A comparison with results between similar surfaces for both diamond grinding and diamond turning is presented.

  14. Mold deformation in soft UV-nanoimprint lithography

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    2009-01-01

    UV-nanoimprint lithography (UV-NIL) using a soft mold is a promising technique with low cost and high throughput for producing the submicron scale large-area patterns. However, the deformations of the soft mold during imprinting process which can cause serious consequences have to be understood for the practical application of the process. This paper investigated the deformation of the soft mold by theoretical analyses, numerical simulations, and experimental studies. We simulated the mold deformation using a simplified model and finite element method. The simulation and the related experimental results agree well with each other. Through the investigation, the mechanism and affected factors of the mold deformation are revealed, and some useful conclusions have been achieved. These results will be valuable in optimizing the imprinting process conditions and mold design for improving the quality of transferred patterns.

  15. Shape retention of injection molded stainless steel compacts

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    LI Yi-min; K.A.Khalil; HUANG Bai-yun

    2005-01-01

    The effects of the binder composition, the powder loading, the thermal properties of feedstocks, and the injection molding parameters on the compact shape retention for metal injection molding 17-4PH stainless steel were investigated. The high-density polyethylene is more effective than ethylene vinyl acetate as a second component of the wax-based binder to retain compact shape due to its higher pyrolytic temperature and less heat of fusion. The compact distortion decreases with increasing the powder loading, molding pressure and molding temperature. There exists an optimal process combination including the powder loading of 68%, molding pressure of 120 MPa and molding temperature of 150 ℃. Under this process condition, the percentage of distorted compacts is the lowest.

  16. Replication of optical microlens arrays using photoresist coated molds

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    Chakrabarti, Maumita; Dam-Hansen, Carsten; Stubager, Jørgen;

    2016-01-01

    A cost reduced method of producing injection molding tools is reported and demonstrated for the fabrication of optical microlens arrays. A standard computer-numerical-control (CNC) milling machine was used to make a rough mold in steel. Surface treatment of the steel mold by spray coating with...... the light engine. Polymer injection molded microlens arrays were produced from both the rough and coated molds and have been characterized for lenslet parameters, surface quality, light scattering, and acceptance angle. The surface roughness (Ra) is improved approximately by a factor of two after the...... photoresist is used to smooth the mold surface providing good optical quality. The tool and process are demonstrated for the fabrication of an ø50 mm beam homogenizer for a color mixing LED light engine. The acceptance angle of the microlens array is optimized, in order to maximize the optical efficiency from...

  17. Experimental Studies of the Effects of Anode Composition and Process Parameters on Anode Slime Adhesion and Cathode Copper Purity by Performing Copper Electrorefining in a Pilot-Scale Cell

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    Zeng, Weizhi; Wang, Shijie; Free, Michael L.

    2016-06-01

    Copper electrorefining tests were conducted in a pilot-scale cell under commercial tankhouse environment to study the effects of anode compositions, current density, cathode blank width, and flow rate on anode slime behavior and cathode copper purity. Three different types of anodes (high, mid, and low impurity levels) were used in the tests and were analyzed under SEM/EDS. The harvested copper cathodes were weighed and analyzed for impurities concentrations using DC Arc. The adhered slimes and released slimes were collected, weighed, and analyzed for compositions using ICP. It was shown that the lead-to-arsenic ratio in the anodes affects the sintering and coalescence of slime particles. High current density condition can improve anode slime adhesion and cathode purity by intensifying slime particles' coalescence and dissolving part of the particles. Wide cathode blanks can raise the anodic current densities significantly and result in massive release of large slime particle aggregates, which are not likely to contaminate the cathode copper. Low flow rate can cause anode passivation and increase local temperatures in front of the anode, which leads to very intense sintering and coalescence of slime particles. The results and analyses of the tests present potential solutions for industrial copper electrorefining process.

  18. Process and part filling control in micro injection molding

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    Tosello, Guido; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Schoth, Andreas

    2008-01-01

    The influence of process parameters on μ-injection molding (μIM) and on μ-injection molded parts has been investigated using Design of Experiments. A mold with a sensor applied at injection location was used to monitor actual injection pressure and to determine the cavity filling time. Flow markers...... injection speed in one of the most influencing process parameters on the μIM process and on the μ-parts filling....

  19. Complex Doping of Uranium under Centrifugal Casting in Zirconium Mold

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    The paper presents the results of the investigation on the structure and distribution pattern of the doping elements in uranium casting, produced by the centrifugal casting in a sealed zirconium mold. It is investigated the possibility of complex zirconium and iron doping of uranium. The values of the zirconium mold dissolution rate against the centrifugal casting time are provided. The mechanism is suggested for doping uranium with the elements included in the mold material during the fuel rod fabrication by the centrifugal casting

  20. Invasive Mold Infections in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients

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    Yoann Crabol; Olivier Lortholary

    2014-01-01

    Invasive mold infections represent an increasing source of morbidity and mortality in solid organ transplant recipients. Whereas there is a large literature regarding invasive molds infections in hematopoietic stem cell transplants, data in solid organ transplants are scarcer. In this comprehensive review, we focused on invasive mold infection in the specific population of solid organ transplant. We highlighted epidemiology and specific risk factors for these infections and we assessed the ma...

  1. Cavity air flow behavior during filling in microinjection molding

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    Griffiths, C.A.; Dimov, S.S.; Scholz, S.;

    2011-01-01

    mounted inside the mold. The influence of four μIM parameters, melt temperature, mold temperature, injection speed, and resistance to air evacuation, on two air flow-related output parameters is investigated by carrying out a design of experiment study. The results provide empirical evidences about the......Process monitoring of microinjection molding (μ-IM) is of crucial importance in understanding the effects of different parameter settings on the process, especially on its performance and consistency with regard to parts' quality. Quality factors related to mold cavity air evacuation can provide...

  2. Mold and human health: separating the wheat from the chaff.

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    Pettigrew, H David; Selmi, Carlo F; Teuber, Suzanne S; Gershwin, M Eric

    2010-04-01

    The term "mold" is utilized to define the ubiquitous fungal species commonly found in household dust and observed as visible multicellular filaments. Several well-defined human diseases are known to be caused or exacerbated by mold or by exposure to their byproducts. Among these, a solid connection has been established with infections, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, allergic fungal rhinosinusitis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and asthma. In the past decades, other less-defined and generally false conditions have also been ascribed to mold. We will herein review and critically discuss the available evidence on the influence of mold on human health. PMID:19714500

  3. Effect of mold rotation on the bifilar electroslag remelting process

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    Xiao-fang Shi; Li-zhong Chang; Jian-jun Wang

    2015-01-01

    A novel electroslag furnace with a rotating mold was fabricated, and the effects of mold rotational speed on the electroslag re-melting process were investigated. The results showed that the chemical element distribution in ingots became uniform and that their com-pact density increased when the mold rotational speed was increased from 0 to 28 r/min. These results were attributed to a reasonable mold speed, which resulted in a uniform temperature in the slag pool and scattered the metal droplets randomly in the metal pool. However, an ex-cessive rotational speed caused deterioration of the solidification structure. When the mold rotational speeds was increased from 0 to 28 r/min, the size of Al2O3 inclusions in the electroslag ingot decreased from 4.4 to 1.9μm. But the excessive mold rotational speed would de-crease the ability of the electroslag remelting to remove the inclusions. The remelting speed gradually increased, which resulted in reduced power consumption with increasing mold rotational speed. This effect was attributed to accelerated heat exchange between the consumable electrode and the molten slag, which resulted from mold rotation. Nevertheless, when the rotational speed reached 28 r/min, the remelting speed did not change because of limitations of metal heat conduction. Mold rotation also improved the surface quality of the ingots by pro-moting a uniform temperature distribution in the slag pool.

  4. Virtual Mold Technique in Thermal Stress Analysis during Casting Process

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    Si-Young Kwak; Jae-Wook Baek; Jeong-Ho Nam; Jeong-Kil Choi

    2008-01-01

    It is important to analyse the casting product and the mold at the same time considering thermal contraction of the casting and thermal expansion of the mold. The analysis considering contact of the casting and the mold induces the precise prediction of stress distribution and the defect such as hot tearing. But it is difficult to generate FEM mesh for the interface of the casting and the mold. Moreover the mesh for the mold domain spends lots of computational time and memory for the analysis due to a number of meshes. Consequently we proposed the virtual mold technique which only uses mesh of the casting part for thermal stress analysis in casting process. The spring bar element in virtual mold technique is used to consider the contact of the casting and the mold. In general, a volume of the mold is much bigger than that of casting part, so the proposed technique decreases the number of mesh and saves the computational memory and time greatly. In this study, the proposed technique was verified by the comparison with the traditional contact technique on a specimen. And the proposed technique gave satisfactory results.

  5. Molding method of buffer material for underground disposal of radiation-contaminated material, and molded buffer material

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    Upon molding of a buffer material to be used upon burying a vessel containing radiation-contaminated materials in a sealed state, a powdery buffer material to be molded such as bentonite is disposed at the periphery of a mandrel having a cylindrical portion somewhat larger than contaminate container to be subjected to underground disposal. In addition, it is subjected to integration-molding such as cold isotropic press with a plastic film being disposed therearound, to form a molding product at high density. The molding product is released and taken out with the plastic film being disposed thereon. Releasability from an elastic mold is improved by the presence of the plastic film. In addition, if it is stored or transported while having the plastic film being disposed thereon, swelling of the buffer material due to water absorption or moisture absorption can be suppressed. (T.M.)

  6. ASSESSMENT OF RELIABILITY AND RISK DEGREE FOR ACCIDENT INITIATION AT SLIME STORAGES OF 4th MINING ADMINISTRATION, JSC “BELARUSKALI”

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    P. M. Bohaslauchyk

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    Full Text Available Definition of reliability for dams of slime storage embankment is given on the basis of reliability theory and characteristics of reliability and their analysis are presented in the paper. The paper specifies qualitative indices for earth dams which are subdivided in two groups: applicability factors and structural reliability factors. A short analysis of all possible causes for accident initiation at earth dams has been made and the analysis has permitted to pinpoint eleven main objects for diagnosis for slime storage dams. In order to assess risk degree of accident initiation at JSC “Belaruskali” slime storages all possible causes of emergency cases and their probability of occurrence have been analyzed in the paper. The paper acknowledges the fact that dam malfunction is possible, as a rule, due to violation of operational rules and regulations. Main parameters of slime storage state which are to be controlled regularly in the process of its operation have been noted in the paper. Observation results over slime storages, calculations of dam slope stability for normal operation (a principal calculation case and operating irregularities in water seals (a special calculation case. As a stability margin factor is close to 1.0 for a special calculation case, an extreme position of depression curve has been determined for all design sections. It has been recommended to carry out a constant control over its position, and in the case when it reaches its peak value it is necessary to undertake appropriate measures in order to reduce its value. Final expert estimations on probability of accident initiation at the investigated slime storage dams of the 4th Mining Administration, JSC “Belaruskali” have been prepared on the basis of the analysis comprising all the required factors. A conclusion has been made about low risk degree of their destruction.

  7. Evolution of Surface Texture and Cracks During Injection Molding of Fiber-Reinforced, Additively-Manufactured, Injection Molding Inserts

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    Hofstätter, Thomas; Mischkot, Michael; Pedersen, David Bue;

    2016-01-01

    This paper investigates the lifetime and surfacedeterioration of additively-manufactured, injection-moulding inserts. The inserts were produced using digital light processing and were reinforcedwith oriented short carbon fibers. Theinserts were used during injection molding oflow......-density polyethylene until their failure. The molded products were used to analyse the development of the surface roughness and wear. By enhancing the lifetime of injection-molding inserts,this work contributes to the establishment of additively manufactured inserts in pilot production....

  8. Impact of a base metal slimes dam on water systems, Madziwa Mine, Zimbabwe

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    Lupankwa, K.; Love, D.; Mapani, B. S.; Mseka, S.

    The Mazowe Valley contains several of Zimbabwe’s largest current mining operations, is densely populated and is also a major agricultural area. The urban areas of Bindura, Goromonzi, Shamva, Marondera, Murehwa and Mutoko all draw water from within the Mazowe Valley. Irrigation of commercial crops is also a major water user. Accordingly, managing the impact of mining operations on water quality in the Mazowe Valley must be a major priority for sustainable development in this area. Madziwa Mine, 150 km north-east of Harare, is a case in point. Mining took place between 1966 and 2001. The main sulphides were chalcopyrite, pyrrhotite, pentlandite and pyrite. Waste from the mine’s plant has been disposed of via a tailings dam, the focus of this study. Surface water samples were collected at 12 sites around the slimes dam and groundwater samples were collected from six boreholes. The samples were analysed for dissolved metals using atomic absorption spectrometry and for anions using gravimetry and titration. The surface water chemical analyses showed that acidic effluent with high concentrations of iron, nickel and sulphate emanates from the tailings dam. Concentrations of metals are lower after the water has passed through natural wetlands. Chemical analysis of groundwater showed similarly high levels of acidity, sulphate and metal. These findings show that acid mine drainage is seeping from the tailings dam. Efforts are being made to reduce the effects of the acid mine drainage. For surface seepage from the dumps these efforts include diverting acidic effluent from the dump into natural wetlands that neutralise the acidity. To reduce drainage into the groundwater efforts are being made to plant trees with high evaporation rates to minimise the amount of water that can cause acid mine drainage.

  9. Material approximation of data smoothing and spline curves inspired by slime mould

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    The giant single-celled slime mould Physarum polycephalum is known to approximate a number of network problems via growth and adaptation of its protoplasmic transport network and can serve as an inspiration towards unconventional, material-based computation. In Physarum, predictable morphological adaptation is prevented by its adhesion to the underlying substrate. We investigate what possible computations could be achieved if these limitations were removed and the organism was free to completely adapt its morphology in response to changing stimuli. Using a particle model of Physarum displaying emergent morphological adaptation behaviour, we demonstrate how a minimal approach to collective material computation may be used to transform and summarise properties of spatially represented datasets. We find that the virtual material relaxes more strongly to high-frequency changes in data, which can be used for the smoothing (or filtering) of data by approximating moving average and low-pass filters in 1D datasets. The relaxation and minimisation properties of the model enable the spatial computation of B-spline curves (approximating splines) in 2D datasets. Both clamped and unclamped spline curves of open and closed shapes can be represented, and the degree of spline curvature corresponds to the relaxation time of the material. The material computation of spline curves also includes novel quasi-mechanical properties, including unwinding of the shape between control points and a preferential adhesion to longer, straighter paths. Interpolating splines could not directly be approximated due to the formation and evolution of Steiner points at narrow vertices, but were approximated after rectilinear pre-processing of the source data. This pre-processing was further simplified by transforming the original data to contain the material inside the polyline. These exemplary results expand the repertoire of spatially represented unconventional computing devices by demonstrating a

  10. Persistence of DNA in carcasses, slime and avian feces may affect interpretation of environmental DNA data

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    Merkes, Christopher M.; McCalla, S. Grace; Jensen, Nathan R.; Gaikowski, Mark P.; Amberg, Jon J.

    2014-01-01

    The prevention of non-indigenous aquatic invasive species spreading into new areas is a goal of many resource managers. New techniques have been developed to survey for species that are difficult to capture with conventional gears that involve the detection of their DNA in water samples (eDNA). This technique is currently used to track the invasion of bigheaded carps (silver carp and bighead carp; Hypophthalmichthys molitrix and H. nobilis) in the Chicago Area Waterway System and Upper Mississippi River. In both systems DNA has been detected from silver carp without the capture of a live fish, which has led to some uncertainty about the source of the DNA. The potential contribution to eDNA by vectors and fomites has not been explored. Because barges move from areas with a high abundance of bigheaded carps to areas monitored for the potential presence of silver carp, we used juvenile silver carp to simulate the barge transport of dead bigheaded carp carcasses, slime residue, and predator feces to determine the potential of these sources to supply DNA to uninhabited waters where it could be detected and misinterpreted as indicative of the presence of live bigheaded carp. Our results indicate that all three vectors are feasible sources of detectable eDNA for at least one month after their deposition. This suggests that current monitoring programs must consider alternative vectors of DNA in the environment and consider alternative strategies to minimize the detection of DNA not directly released from live bigheaded carps.

  11. Mold Filling Analysis in Vacuum Infusion Molding Process Based on a High-Permeable Medium

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    Yingdan ZHU; Hua TAN; Jihui WANG

    2003-01-01

    The objective of this paper is to understand the flow mechanism through visualization experiments and discuss theinfluence of process parameters on mold filling process. A 2D leakage flow model is developed to simulate the moldingprocess, and the simulation results show good agreement with experiments.

  12. Comparison of injection molding and injection/compression molding for the replication of microstructure

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    Hong, Seokkwan; Hwang, Jeongho; Kang, Jeongjin; Yoon, Kyunghwan

    2015-11-01

    Because of increasing interest in the functional surfaces including micro- or nano-patterns, the mass production of such surfaces has been actively researched. Both conventional injection molding (CIM) and injection/compression molding (ICM) of micro-patterns were investigated in the present study. The molding subject is a multi-scale structure that consists of a macro-scale thin plate and micro-scale patterns formed regularly on its surface. The transcription ratios of micro pattern made by CIM and ICM for different flow length were experimentally measured, and the origin of the obtained results was identified through numerical analysis. It was found that the cavity pressure and polymer temperature are the most important factors for micro-pattern filling; in particular, the polymer temperature is the key factor determining the transcription ratio. It was also found that the difference in CIM and ICM micro-pattern transcription ratios originates from the differences in the cavity pressure history if other molding conditions are the same.

  13. Injection molded self-cleaning surfaces

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    Søgaard, Emil

    that are superhydrophobic based on topography rather than chemical compounds. Therefore, a novel method for fabricating superhydrophobic polymer surfaces with excellent water-repellant properties is developed. The method is based on microstructure fabrication and superposed nanostructures on silicon wafers. The nano......° for structured surfaces with a drop roll-off angle of less than 2°. Thereby, it is shown that an extremely water repellant surface can be injection molded directly with clear perspectives for more environmental and healthier plastic consumer products....

  14. Pathology-designed custom molded foot orthoses.

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    Rosenbloom, Kevin B

    2011-01-01

    Treating patients with custom foot orthoses for common pathologies is a rewarding experience when the proper steps are taken during foot casting and custom-orthosis prescription writing. This article describes successful methods for orthoses casting and prescription writing for custom-molded orthoses for Achilles tendonitis, pes planus, hallux limitus, plantar fasciitis/heel spurs, lateral ankle instability, metatarsalgia, and pes cavus. In addition, a summary of orthotic laboratory instructions for each pathology-designed custom orthosis is provided, which should be considered by orthotic laboratories. PMID:21276525

  15. Influence of granularity and density composition on flotation of coal slime%粒度和密度组成对煤泥浮选的影响

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    周开洪; 程敢; 王永田

    2012-01-01

    Taking a kind of the analyzed its petrographical, density, and granularity composition, and conditions. And then, the experiment on flotation rate was also conducted at , In addition, the granularity and density composition of the samples were analyzed, and their, respective flotation behaviors were studied. The results showed: kaolinite was the main ash mineral of coal slime, which contained more intermediate-density slime and less ash; fine slime with high ash conent accounted for large proportion; comparison of four kinds of common modelsfor flotation rate indicated the flotation rate of the coal slime accorded with the first dynamical equation; coarse slime with low ash content mainly lost in flotationrailings, while fine slime with high ash content mostly enterod into the cleaned coal through mechanical entrainment, coating on coal particle and bubble surface or watert; lowdensity sloe mainly ested re'product Jl, J2 and J3, high-density slime mainly lost in tailhags, while intermediate-density slime evenly distributed in each product.%对某无烟煤泥进行了煤岩组分、密度组成、粒度组成分析,确定了最优浮选条件,并在最优浮选参数下进行了浮选速度试验,对速度试验的产品进行了粒度和密度组成分析,研究了各自的浮选行为。结果表明:高岭石为煤泥的主要成灰矿物,该煤泥中间密度级含量高,且灰分不是很高,高灰细粒级物料含量比较高;4种常见的浮选速度模型比较说明,该煤泥的浮选速率符合一级动力学方程;低灰粗粒主要损失在浮选尾煤中,高灰细泥较多地进入精煤中。高灰细泥通过机械夹带、在煤粒或气泡表面形成覆盖层或随水分夹带进入精煤;低密度级主要集中在J1、J2与J3产品中,高密度级大部分损失在尾煤中,中间密度级较均匀地分布在各产品中。

  16. Integrally cored ceramic investment casting mold fabricated by ceramic stereolithography

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    Bae, Chang-Jun

    Superalloy airfoils are produced by investment casting (IC), which uses ceramic cores and wax patterns with ceramic shell molds. Hollow cored superalloy airfoils in a gas turbine engine are an example of complex IC parts. The complex internal hollow cavities of the airfoil are designed to conduct cooling air through one or more passageways. These complex internal passageways have been fabricated by a lost wax process requiring several processing steps; core preparation, injection molding for wax pattern, and dipping process for ceramic shell molds. Several steps generate problems such as high cost and decreased accuracy of the ceramic mold. For example, costly tooling and production delay are required to produce mold dies for complex cores and wax patterns used in injection molding, resulting in a big obstacle for prototypes and smaller production runs. Rather than using separate cores, patterns, and shell molds, it would be advantageous to directly produce a mold that has the casting cavity and the ceramic core by one process. Ceramic stereolithography (CerSLA) can be used to directly fabricate the integrally cored ceramic casting mold (ICCM). CerSLA builds ceramic green objects from CAD files from many thin liquid layers of powder in monomer, which are solidified by polymerization with a UV laser, thereby "writing" the design for each slice. This dissertation addresses the integrally cored casting ceramic mold (ICCM), the ceramic core with a ceramic mold shell in a single patternless construction, fabricated by ceramic stereolithography (CerSLA). CerSLA is considered as an alternative method to replace lost wax processes, for small production runs or designs too complex for conventional cores and patterns. The main topic is the development of methods to successfully fabricate an ICCM by CerSLA from refractory silica, as well as related issues. The related issues are the segregation of coarse fused silica powders in a layer, the degree of segregation parameter to

  17. Mycotoxins and Antifungal Drug Interactions: Implications in the Treatment of Illnesses Due to Indoor Chronic Toxigenic Mold Exposures

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    Ebere C. Anyanwu

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Chronic exposure to toxigenic molds in water-damaged buildings is an indoor environmental health problem to which escalating health and property insurance costs are raising a statewide concern in recent times. This paper reviews the structural and functional properties of mycotoxins produced by toxigenic molds and their interactive health implications with antifungal drugs. Fundamental bases of pathophysiological, neurodevelopmental, and cellular mechanisms of mycotoxic effects are evaluated. It is most likely that the interactions of mycotoxins with antifungal drugs may, at least in part, contribute to the observable persistent illnesses, antifungal drug resistance, and allergic reactions in patients exposed to chronic toxigenic molds. Safe dose level of mycotoxin in humans is not clear. Hence, the safety regulations in place at the moment remain inconclusive, precautionary, and arbitrary. Since some of the antifungal drugs are derived from molds, and since they have structural and functional groups similar to those of mycotoxins, the knowledge of their interactions are important in enhancing preventive measures.

  18. Composite fabrication via resin transfer molding technology

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    Jamison, G.M.; Domeier, L.A.

    1996-04-01

    The IMPReS (Integrated Modeling and Processing of Resin-based Structures) Program was funded in FY95 to consolidate, evaluate and enhance Sandia`s capabilities in the design and fabrication of composite structures. A key driver of this and related programs was the need for more agile product development processes and for model based design and fabrication tools across all of Sandia`s material technologies. A team of polymer, composite and modeling personnel was assembled to benchmark Sandia`s existing expertise in this area relative to industrial and academic programs and to initiate the tasks required to meet Sandia`s future needs. RTM (Resin Transfer Molding) was selected as the focus composite fabrication technology due to its versatility and growing use in industry. Modeling efforts focused on the prediction of composite mechanical properties and failure/damage mechanisms and also on the uncured resin flow processes typical of RTM. Appropriate molds and test composites were fabricated and model validation studies begun. This report summarizes and archives the modeling and fabrication studies carried out under IMPReS and evaluates the status of composite technology within Sandia. It should provide a complete and convenient baseline for future composite technology efforts within Sandia.

  19. Lighting molded optics: Design and manufacturing

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    Kočárková H.

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Proper design and manufacturing of glass molded lenses need to be performed in several steps. The whole process from customer requirements to f nal functional product is shown on two examples - a lens for street light and a lens for spot light with narrow lighting angle. After discussing customer requirements, optical design is made. Thanks to various commercial softwares with optimization, manufacturer of the lens can work as well as a designer which enables simplif cation and acceleration of lens manufacturing, since limitations of the manufacturing process are considered during creation of the design. When the prototype is made, its functionality needs to be evaluated. This work shows measurement of light distribution for street light lens in a dark room using goniometer and measurement of light intensity for spot lens f xed on an optical bench. These measurements can reveal the root cause in case of lens malfunction, which enables to optimize manufacturing process or modify lens design accordingly. Designing, manufacturing and evaluation of molded optics under one roof enables creation of easily manufacturable design and fast solution of problems.

  20. Production of Liquid Metal Spheres by Molding

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    Mohammed G. Mohammed

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper demonstrates a molding technique for producing spheres composed of eutectic gallium-indium (EGaIn with diameters ranging from hundreds of microns to a couple millimeters. The technique starts by spreading EGaIn across an elastomeric sheet featuring cylindrical reservoirs defined by replica molding. The metal flows into these features during spreading. The spontaneous formation of a thin oxide layer on the liquid metal keeps the metal flush inside these reservoirs. Subsequent exposure to acid removes the oxide and causes the metal to bead up into a sphere with a size dictated by the volume of the reservoirs. This technique allows for the production and patterning of droplets with a wide range of volumes, from tens of nanoliters up to a few microliters. EGaIn spheres can be embedded or encased subsequently in polymer matrices using this technique. These spheres may be useful as solder bumps, electrodes, thermal contacts or components in microfluidic devices (valves, switches, pumps. The ease of parallel-processing and the ability to control the location of the droplets during their formation distinguishes this technique.

  1. Sinterability of Zirconia Top Coat of Investment Mold for Ti Alloy

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    2001-01-01

    In this paper, zirconia is used as top mold material for Ti investment casting. Top mold samples are made by proper mold building technology. The effect of different sintering temperature on chemical composition, microstructure and residual bending strength of the top mold sample is studied. The volume and homogeneity of the air holes in the top mold are determined by sintering temperature, and finally determined the residual bending strength of the mold sample was determined.

  2. 21 CFR 177.2410 - Phenolic resins in molded articles.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Phenolic resins in molded articles. 177.2410... as Components of Articles Intended for Repeated Use § 177.2410 Phenolic resins in molded articles... articles intended for repeated use in contact with nonacid food (pH above 5.0), in accordance with...

  3. Grinding aspheric and freeform micro-optical molds

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    Tohme, Yazid E.

    2007-02-01

    Fueled by the need for better performing optics, glass optics are now replacing plastic optics in many industrial and consumer electronic devices. One of these devices is the mobile phone camera. The optical sub-assembly in a mobile phone includes several micro lenses that are spherical and/or aspherical in shape and require form tolerances in the submicron range. These micro glass lenses are mass produced by a replication process known as glass press molding. The process entails the compression of a glass gob between two precise optical quality molds at an elevated temperature, usually near the transition temperature of the glass material. The elevated forces and temperatures required in the glass molding process limits the materials of the molds to very tough materials such as tungsten carbide or silicon carbide. These materials can withstand large pressing forces at high temperatures without any significant deformation. These materials offer great mechanical properties for glass press molding but they are also a challenge to machine to submicron accuracy. The work in this paper discusses a deterministic micro grinding manufacturing process referred to as wheel normal grinding, which is utilized to produce these optical quality molds. Wheel normal grinding is more accurate and more deterministic than most other grinding techniques and can produce molds to the form and finish tolerances required for optical molding. This method relies on the ability to recognize and compensate for grinding wheel wear and machine repeatable errors. Results will be presented to illustrate the accuracy of this micro grinding technique.

  4. Injection molded polymeric hard X-ray lenses

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    Stöhr, Frederik; Simons, Hugh; Jakobsen, Anders Clemen;

    2015-01-01

    etching profile and were removed after DRIE. By electroplating, an inverse nickel sample was obtained, which was used as a mold insert in a commercial polymer injection molding machine. A prototype lens made of polyethylene with a focal length of 350 mm was tested using synchrotron radiation at photon...

  5. A programmable nanoreplica molding for the fabrication of nanophotonic devices

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    Liu, Longju; Zhang, Jingxiang; Badshah, Mohsin Ali; Dong, Liang; Li, Jingjing; Kim, Seok-Min; Lu, Meng

    2016-03-01

    The ability to fabricate periodic structures with sub-wavelength features has a great potential for impact on integrated optics, optical sensors, and photovoltaic devices. Here, we report a programmable nanoreplica molding process to fabricate a variety of sub-micrometer periodic patterns using a single mold. The process utilizes a stretchable mold to produce the desired periodic structure in a photopolymer on glass or plastic substrates. During the replica molding process, a uniaxial force is applied to the mold and results in changes of the periodic structure, which resides on the surface of the mold. Direction and magnitude of the force determine the array geometry, including the lattice constant and arrangement. By stretching the mold, 2D arrays with square, rectangular, and triangular lattice structures can be fabricated. As one example, we present a plasmonic crystal device with surface plasmon resonances determined by the force applied during molding. In addition, photonic crystal slabs with different array patterns are fabricated and characterized. This unique process offers the capability of generating various periodic nanostructures rapidly and inexpensively.

  6. Three-Dimensional Modeling of Glass Lens Molding

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    Sarhadi, Ali; Hattel, Jesper Henri; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard

    2015-01-01

    glass lens molding process. First, a comprehensive 3D thermo-mechanical model of glass is implemented into a FORTRAN user subroutine (UMAT) in the FE program ABAQUS, and the developed FE model is validated with both a well-known sandwich seal test and experimental results of precision molding of several...

  7. A fabrication method of microneedle molds with controlled microstructures.

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    Wang, Qi Lei; Zhu, Dan Dan; Chen, Yang; Guo, Xin Dong

    2016-08-01

    Microneedle (MN) offers an attractive, painless and minimally invasive approach for transdermal drug delivery. Polymer microneedles are normally fabricated by using the micromolding method employing a MN mold, which is suitable for mass production due to high production efficiency and repeat-using of the mold. Most of the MN molds are prepared by pouring sylgard polymer over a MN master to make an inverse one after curing, which is limited in optimizing or controlling the MN structures and failing to keep the sharpness of MNs. In this work we describe a fabrication method of MN mold with controlled microstructures, which is meaningful for the fabrication of polymer MNs with different geometries. Laser micro-machining method was employed to drill on the surface of PDMS sheets to obtain MN molds. In the fabrication process, the microstructures of MN molds are precisely controlled by changing laser parameters and imported patterns. The MNs prepared from these molds are sharp enough to penetrate the skin. This scalable MN mold fabrication method is helpful for future applications of MNs. PMID:27157736

  8. Injection molding of bushes made of tribological PEEK composites

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    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Polyetheretherketone (PEEK composites have been extensively studied because of the excellent tribological behavior among plastics. However, laboratory specimens and tests are generally discussed, whereas application studies on industrial components are infrequent. In this paper, an injection molded bush made of tribological PEEK was analyzed to correlate wear behavior and molded material structure. Bushes were tested under unlubricated sliding conditions by means of a short wear test. Surface analysis, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC and optical microscopy were used to evaluate the distribution of the different composite fillers (polytetrafluoroethylene, PTFE, graphite particles and carbon microfibers and their effect on the final bush behavior. A significant lack of homogeneity was observed in the molded bush and black bands appeared on the shaft surface after testing due to the sliding. The bush geometry and the injection molding process should be optimized to allow the best tribological behavior of the molded material under working conditions.

  9. Multi-height structures in injection molded polymer

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    Andersen, Nis Korsgaard; Taboryski, Rafael J.

    2015-01-01

    We present the fabrication process for injection molded multi-height surface structures for studies of wetting behavior. We adapt the design of super hydrophobic structures to the fabrication constrictions imposed by industrial injection molding. This is important since many super hydrophobic...... surfaces are challenging to realize by injection molding due to overhanging structures and very high aspect ratios. In the fabrication process, we introduce several unconventional steps for producing the desired shapes, using a completely random mask pattern, exploiting the diffusion limited growth rates...... of different geometries, and electroforming a nickel mold from a polymer foil. The injection-molded samples are characterized by contact angle hysteresis obtained by the tilting method. We find that the receding contact angle depends on the surface coverage of the random surface structure, while the...

  10. The Facility and Process Technics of Polyethylene Rotational Molding

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    LI; BaiShun

    2001-01-01

    1. Introduction Rotational molding is the process by which hollow plastic parts are formed. It mainly processes the product which Injection molding and Blow molding can not process medium-sized, large-sized and super large-sized plastic parts. The technics may turn out a tub, dustbin, stock tank, sailboat.  The research institute of Lanzhou introduces a suit of RS-16 Rotational Molding Machine from Germany Reinhadt Co. on 1990. It mainly put up experiment and smallscale production. RS-16 rotational molding machine is a single arm and di-axial equipment. It is consisting of a gas heated sintering oven, cooling chamber, mouldcarrying carriage and a controlling unit.  ……

  11. Comparison of two setups for induction heating in injection molding

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    Menotti, Stefano; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Bissacco, Giuliano;

    2015-01-01

    To eliminate defects and improve the quality of molded parts, increasing the mold temperature is one of the applicable solutions. A high mold temperature can increase the path flow of the polymer inside the cavity allowing reduction of the number of injection points, reduction of part thickness......, and moulding of smaller and more complex geometries. The last two aspects are very important in micro injection molding. In this paper, a new embedded induction heating system is proposed and validated and two different coil setups were tested and compared. An experimental investigation was performed...... based on a test geometry integrating different aspect ratios of small structures. Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) was used as material, and different mold temperatures were tested. The replicated test objects were measured by means of an optical coordinate measuring machine (CMM). On the basis of...

  12. Validation of three-dimensional micro injection molding simulation accuracy

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    Tosello, Guido; Costa, F.S.; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard

    2011-01-01

    simulation accuracy (i.e. decrease deviations from experimental values): injection speed profile, cavity injection pressure, melt and mold temperatures, three-dimensional mesh parameters, and material rheological characterization. Quality factors investigated for the quantitative comparisons were: short shot...... length, injection pressure profile, molding mass and flow pattern. The importance of calibrated micro molding process monitoring for an accurate implementation strategy of the simulation and its validation has been demonstrated. In fact, inconsistencies and uncertainties in the experimental data must be......Data analysis and simulations on micro-molding experiments have been conducted. Micro molding simulations have been executed taking into account actual processing conditions implementation in the software. Various aspects of the simulation set-up have been considered in order to improve the...

  13. Smart plastic functionalization by nanoimprint and injection molding

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    Zalkovskij, Maksim; Thamdrup, Lasse Højlund; Smistrup, Kristian;

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we present a route for making smart functionalized plastic parts by injection molding with sub-micrometer surface structures. The method is based on combining planar processes well known and established within silicon micro and sub-micro fabrication with proven high resolution and...... high fidelity with truly freeform injection molding inserts. The link between the planar processes and the freeform shaped injection molding inserts is enabled by the use of nanoimprint with flexible molds for the pattern definition combined with unidirectional sputter etching for transferring the...... pattern. With this approach, we demonstrate the transfer of down to 140 nm wide holes on large areas with good structure fidelity on an injection molding steel insert. The durability of the sub-micrometer structures on the inserts have been investigated by running two production series of 102,000 and 73...

  14. Bio-Imitation of Mexican Migration Routes to the USA with Slime Mould on 3D Terrains

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    Andrew Adamatzky; Genaro J Martinez

    2013-01-01

    Plasmodium ofPhysarum polycephalum (P.polycephalum) is a large single cell visible by an unaided eye.It shows sophisticated behavioural traits in foraging for nutrients and developing an optimal transport network of protoplasmic tubes spanning sources of nutrients.When placed in an environment with distributed sources of nutrients the cell ‘computes’ an optimal graph spanning the nutrients by growing a network of protoplasmic tubes.P.polycephalum imitates development of man-made transport networks of a country when configuration of nutrients represents major urban areas.We employed this feature of the slime mould to imitate mexican migration to USA.The Mexican migration to USA is the World's largest migration system.We bio-physically imitated the migration using slime mould P.polycephalum.In laboratory experiments with 3D Nylon terrains of USA we imitated development of migratory routes from Mexico-USA border to ten urban areas with high concentration of Mexican migrants.From results of laboratory experiments we extracted topologies of migratory routes,and high-lighted a role of elevations in shaping the human movement networks.

  15. 炼油循环水系统的粘泥控制%Slime Control of Refinery Circulating Water System

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    郭景玉; 罗旭

    2012-01-01

      The cooling tower was jamed by dirt. The jam was caused by cold converters of oil refining unit leaked to circulating water field, reproduction of microorganisms and slime infested, and it had serious impact on the effect of heat transfer. Combined the treating process of the leakage, the impact of the leakage to the circulating water system and control slime problems in the leakage of petroleum media were analyzed.%  炼油装置循环水场因冷换器泄漏,微生物繁殖,粘泥大量滋生,导致冷却塔填料污堵,严重影响了换热效果。结合对泄漏事件的处理过程,分析了炼油装置冷唤器泄漏对循环水系统的影响,以及在石油类介质泄漏状况下的粘泥控制问题。

  16. Precision lens molding of asphero diffractive surfaces in chalcogenide materials

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    Nelson, J.; Scordato, M.; Schwertz, K.; Bagwell, J.

    2015-10-01

    Finished lens molding, and the similar process of precision lens molding, have long been practiced for high volume, accurate replication of optical surfaces on oxide glass. The physics surrounding these processes are well understood, and the processes are capable of producing high quality optics with great fidelity. However, several limitations exist due to properties inherent with oxide glasses. Tooling materials that can withstand the severe environmental conditions of oxide glass molding cannot easily be machined to produce complex geometries such as diffractive surfaces, lens arrays, and off axis features. Current machining technologies coupled with a limited selection of tool materials greatly limits the type of structures that can be molded into the finished optic. Tooling for chalcogenide glasses are not bound by these restrictions since the molding temperatures required are much lower than for oxide glasses. Innovations in tooling materials and manufacturing techniques have enabled the production of complex geometries to optical quality specifications and have demonstrated the viability of creating tools for molding diffractive surfaces, off axis features, datums, and arrays. Applications for optics having these features are found in automotive, defense, security, medical, and industrial domains. This paper will discuss results achieved in the study of various molding techniques for the formation of positive diffractive features on a concave spherical surface molded from As2Se3 chalcogenide glass. Examples and results of molding with tools having CTE match with the glass and non CTE match will be reviewed. The formation of stress within the glass during molding will be discussed, and methods of stress management will also be demonstrated and discussed. Results of process development methods and production of good diffractive surfaces will be shown.

  17. CENTRAL CONVEYING & AUTO FEEDING SYSTEMS FOR AN INJECTION MOLDING SHOP

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    Sanjeev Kumar

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays injection molding is probably the most important method of Processing of consumer and industrial goods, and is performed everywhere in the world. The developing of injection molding becomes a competition from day to day. This Process now integrated with computer control make the production better in quality and Better quantity. The trends of producing a plastics product in injection molding industries are recently changing from traditional method to using the FEA analysis. For injection molding industries, time and cost is very important aspects to consider because these two aspectswill directly related to the profits at a company. The next issue toconsider, to get the best parameter for the injection molding process, plastics has been waste. Through the experiment, operator will use large amount of plastics material to get the possibly parameters to setup the machine.To produce the parts with better quality and quantity these molding defects are the major obstacles in achieving the targets with quality & quantity. Various defects like Short shot, colour streaks and low productivity rates are associated with the material mixing and feeding as molded plastics are often a blend of two or more materials. Colors (master batch and other additives are often mixed (blended with the raw plastic material prior to the molding process in molding plants. So it is very necessary to work out auto blending and auto feeding of plasticgranules to the machine hopper. This paper will cover the studyof automatic blending unit & central conveying system for plasticgranule feeding to machine & will help in optimizing the injection molding process.

  18. Public health and economic impact of dampness and mold

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    Mudarri, David; Fisk, William J.

    2007-06-01

    The public health risk and economic impact of dampness and mold exposures was assessed using current asthma as a health endpoint. Individual risk of current asthma from exposure to dampness and mold in homes from Fisk et al. (2007), and asthma risks calculated from additional studies that reported the prevalence of dampness and mold in homes were used to estimate the proportion of U.S. current asthma cases that are attributable to dampness and mold exposure at 21% (95% confidence internal 12-29%). An examination of the literature covering dampness and mold in schools, offices, and institutional buildings, which is summarized in the appendix, suggests that risks from exposure in these buildings are similar to risks from exposures in homes. Of the 21.8 million people reported to have asthma in the U.S., approximately 4.6 (2.7-6.3) million cases are estimated to be attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home. Estimates of the national cost of asthma from two prior studies were updated to 2004 and used to estimate the economic impact of dampness and mold exposures. By applying the attributable fraction to the updated national annual cost of asthma, the national annual cost of asthma that is attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home is estimated to be $3.5 billion ($2.1-4.8 billion). Analysis indicates that exposure to dampness and mold in buildings poses significant public health and economic risks in the U.S. These findings are compatible with public policies and programs that help control moisture and mold in buildings.

  19. Development of a Mold Cracking Simulator: The Study of Breakout and Crack Formation in Continuous Casting Mold

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    Zhang, Yexin; Wang, Wanlin; Zhang, Haihui

    2016-08-01

    Based on the mold simulator technology, a mold-cracking simulator has been successfully developed to study the process of breakout and the shell surface crack formation during the initial solidification of molten steel inside the continuous casting mold. First, a spheroidal protrusion was installed on the mold hot surface to mimic the abnormal force that generated by mold wall deformation, and then the external force was applied to the initial solidified shell, to facilitate the formation of breakout and shell surface cracks. Second, the responding temperature and heat flux across mold hot surface were recovered by an inverse heat conduction problem. The experimental results indicated that the mold breakout occurs around the shell tip by the combined efforts from external horizontal force, ferrostatic pressure, and thermal stresses during positive strip time. The breakout tends to introduce the peak of the responding temperature and heat flux across the mold hot surface. The vertical propagation velocity of the rupture point in the solidification shell has been calculated as 0.42 m/s in this study, which is in good agreement with industrial slabs. The paper also suggested that surface transverse crack formation is related to the segregation of sulfur during the initial solidification of molten steel.

  20. ''Heat Transfer at the Mold-Metal Interface in Permanent Mold Casting of Aluminum Alloys'' Final Project Report; FINAL

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    This project on heat transfer coefficients in metal permanent mold casting has been conducted in three areas. They are the theoretical study at the University of Michigan, the experimental investigation of squeeze casting at CMI-Tech Center (Now Hayes-Lemmerz Technical Center) and the experimental investigation of low pressure permanent mold casting at Amcast Automotive

  1. Mold Simulator Study of the Initial Solidification of Molten Steel in Continuous Casting Mold. Part I: Experiment Process and Measurement

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    Zhang, Haihui; Wang, Wanlin; Ma, Fanjun; Zhou, Lejn

    2015-10-01

    A mold simulator has been successfully used to study the initial solidification behavior of the molten low carbon steel. Coupled with 2D-IHCD calculation and PSD analysis, the variations of the responding temperatures and heat fluxes, as well as the relationship between shell surface profile, heat flux, shell thickness, mold level fluctuation, and the infiltrated slag film, were investigated in this article. The results suggested that the mold high-frequency temperatures and heat fluxes above liquid steel level vary with the oscillation of the mold, and show an opposite variation pattern as those below the shell tip. The formed shell surface profile is directly correlated to the variation of high-frequency heat fluxes, where the formation of oscillation mark is associated with a sudden increase of the heat flux during negative strip time. Mold level fluctuation contributes to the formation of the extra oscillation marks. The growth of shell thickness follows the square root law, and the instantaneous solidification factor is large near the shell tip and becomes small in the area where the deep shell surface depression is formed. The thickness of the slag film in between mold and shell is in the range of 1.4 to 2.46 mm, and the crystallization of mold flux in mold/shell gap is dynamic.

  2. Development of a Mold Cracking Simulator: The Study of Breakout and Crack Formation in Continuous Casting Mold

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    Zhang, Yexin; Wang, Wanlin; Zhang, Haihui

    2016-06-01

    Based on the mold simulator technology, a mold-cracking simulator has been successfully developed to study the process of breakout and the shell surface crack formation during the initial solidification of molten steel inside the continuous casting mold. First, a spheroidal protrusion was installed on the mold hot surface to mimic the abnormal force that generated by mold wall deformation, and then the external force was applied to the initial solidified shell, to facilitate the formation of breakout and shell surface cracks. Second, the responding temperature and heat flux across mold hot surface were recovered by an inverse heat conduction problem. The experimental results indicated that the mold breakout occurs around the shell tip by the combined efforts from external horizontal force, ferrostatic pressure, and thermal stresses during positive strip time. The breakout tends to introduce the peak of the responding temperature and heat flux across the mold hot surface. The vertical propagation velocity of the rupture point in the solidification shell has been calculated as 0.42 m/s in this study, which is in good agreement with industrial slabs. The paper also suggested that surface transverse crack formation is related to the segregation of sulfur during the initial solidification of molten steel.

  3. Aproveitamento econômico das lamas de ferro Economical recovery of iron slimes

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    Luciano Rocha

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available A mineração iniciou suas atividades lavrando depósitos de alto teor, sem preocupação em maximizar seu aproveitamento. Ainda hoje, milhões de toneladas de minerais úteis são descartados anualmente para as barragens de rejeitos. Nesse trabalho, foram realizados testes de deslamagem e flotação com lamas de minério de ferro, primeiramente em escala de bancada. Várias dosagens de coletor e depressor foram utilizadas. Os resultados promissores dos testes em escala de bancada levaram a testes em escala-piloto. Foi constatado que, com o processo de flotação catiônica reversa em colunas, utilizando-se dosagem mais elevada de depressor, consegue-se recuperação mássica da ordem de 60% e 80% de recuperação metálica, 9 a 12 % de Fe no rejeito, 0,55 % a 0,90 % de SiO2 no concentrado (SiO2+Al2O3 High grade deposits were mined in the early stages of the activity. No attention was paid to maximizing the use of the deposits. Even nowadays, millions of tons of useful minerals are discarded every year into tailings ponds. This study investigated the possibility of economically retrieving ultrafine tailings (slimes from an iron ore concentrator via reverse cationic flotation. The promising results of the bench scale tests led to carrying out pilot-scale tests. It was observed that a reverse cationic column flotation process, using high depressant dosage was selective, yielding high levels of iron recovery, approximately 60% mass recovery and 80 % metallic recovery in the flotation stage, from 9 to 12 % of Fe in the tailing and from 0,55 % to 0,90 % of SiO2 in the concentrate (SiO2+Al2O3 < 2,00 %. The ultrafines flotation is an economic alternative for increasing the recovery in mineral processing operations. The flotation of ultrafines may also be evaluated for decreasing or treating effluents disposed to the environment.

  4. Observation of the polymer melt flow in injection molding process using co-injection molding technique

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    Chen, S.C.; Hsu, K.F.; Huang, J.S. (Chung Yuan Univ., Chung-Li (Taiwan, Province of China). Mechanical Engineering Dept.)

    Studies of the polymer melt flow in injection molding process have been carried out by co-injection molding technique using alternating sequence of transparent and colored PMMA resin. Simulations are also developed to predict the melt front advancements for both skin and core melts. Fountain flow effect is evident in all case studies. During the packing process, the polymer melt flows significantly with the increased packing pressure due to the compressible nature of the melt and the flow concentrates around cavity location near gate area. That the polymer melt flows across the weld line around the gap center in the packing stage was also observed. Although numerical simulations show fair consistence with experimental results in both skin and core material distribution, edge effect remains to be taken into account to improve the simulation accuracy.

  5. Optomechanical details in injection-molded assemblies

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    Hebert, Raymond T.

    1995-12-01

    With the advent of low-cost electro-optic components such as LEDs, laser diodes and CCD imaging devices, the cost and performance demands now fall upon the optical subsystems in order to achieve realistic marketing targets for many emerging commercial and consumer products. One of the many benefits of injection-molded plastic optics is the diversity of features that are available to the design team. Once designed and incorporated into the tooling, many features are virtually free in high-volume production. These features can include mechanical details as well as optical functions. Registration features can be included for precisely positioning optical elements to one another or to other assemblies such as printed circuit boards or housings. Snaps, compression features, spring-loading elements, standoffs, self-tapping screws or ultrasonically weldable features can greatly facilitate ease of assembly.

  6. Double blind placebo controlled exposure to molds

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    Meyer, H W; Jensen, K A; Nielsen, K F;

    2005-01-01

    The objective was to develop an experimental setup for human exposure to mold spores, and to study the clinical effect of this exposure in sensitive subjects who had previously experienced potentially building-related symptoms (BRS) at work. From three water-damaged schools eight employees with a...... positive histamine release test to Penicillium chrysogenum were exposed double- blinded to either placebo, approximately 600,000 spores/m3 air of P. chrysogenum or approximately 350,000 spores/m3 of Trichoderma harzianum for 6 min on three separate days. A statistically significant rise in symptoms from...... mucous membranes appeared from the 9-graded symptom scale after exposure to T. harzianum or placebo. Dichotomizing the data, whether the participants experienced at least a two-step rise on the symptom scale or not, gave borderline increase in mucous membrane symptoms after exposure to P. chrysogenum. In...

  7. 太原选煤厂煤泥脱水工艺改造%Transformation of Coal Slime Dehydration Process in Taiyuan Coal Preparation Plant

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    刘仙萍

    2014-01-01

    According to the characteristics of production technology of Taiyuan coal preparation plant and the ac-tual situation,reformed the dehydration process of three links of the coarse slime(clean coal),flotation concentrate and tailings slime.Coarse coal slime dewatering adopts advanced coal hydrocyclone and changes the dewatering screen feeding method.Flotation concentrate dewatering reformed the whole process system by swift diaphragm filter press. The tailings slime was grading concentrated by coal slime hydrocyclone before it entered into dewatering screen,im-proved the material concentration of dewatering screen.Through the transformation of coal slime dewatering process, the water content of the final concentrate and tailings slime are greatly reduced,improved the quality of the products, won the market,obtained good economic benefits.%根据太原选煤厂生产工艺的特点和现场的实际情况,对该厂的粗煤泥(精煤)、浮精和尾矿煤泥3个环节的脱水工艺进行了改造。粗煤泥脱水采用先进的煤泥旋流器,同时改变了脱水筛的入料方式;浮精脱水运用快开式隔膜压滤机,进行了整个工艺系统的改造;尾矿煤泥在脱水筛前,用煤泥旋流器进行了预先分级浓缩,提高了脱水筛的入料浓度。通过煤泥脱水环节的改造,使精煤和尾矿煤泥的水分降低,提高了产品质量,赢得了市场,取得了较好的经济效益。

  8. Experimental study on influencing factors of coal slime viscosity%煤泥粘度影响因素的试验研究∗

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    王玉朋; 韩昌瑞; 张东焕; 李金风

    2016-01-01

    Coal slime is the product of coal washing,abandoned largely. At present,trans-porting the slime by pipeline into boiler to generate electricity is the best way to solve the prob-lem. But because of the high viscosity,it always binds on the pipeline in the transport process. The usual way is to increase the water content,but it may affect the combustion efficiency. By experiment with two kinds of coal slimes,the influences of water content,temperature and standing time on coal slime viscosity were studied. The results showed that slime viscosity de-creased with the increasing of water content and temperature,and increased with the increasing of standing time;the water content was the main influencing factor of slime viscosity. In the pipeline transport process,the water content of slime should be controlled well,the coal slurry temperature should be raised properly and the standing time should be shortened.%煤泥是选煤过程中的产物,大多被废弃,目前通过管道运输将煤泥输送到锅炉发电是解决该难题的最佳方法,但在输送过程中由于煤泥的粘度较大,经常粘结在管道上,增大含水量的方法又会影响其燃烧效率。通过对2种煤泥进行试验,研究了含水量、温度和静置时间对煤泥粘度的影响,结果表明煤泥粘度随着含水量的增加和温度的升高而减小,随着静置时间的延长而增大,且含水量是影响煤泥粘度的主要因素。管道输送时应尽量控制煤泥的含水量,适当提高煤浆温度,并缩短堆放时间。

  9. Study of Laboratory Evaluation Method of Slime Stripping Agent%粘泥剥离剂实验室评价方法研究

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    魏新; 郦和生; 王岽

    2013-01-01

    This article studies the laboratory evaluation method of slime stripping agent -extracellular poly-mer methods .The method is to use permeable surfactant acting on slime ,filter water sample after 24 hours and mensurate its protein content .The results indicate that when the agent acting on slime ,the content of ex-tracellular polymer stripped from the slime can be represented by the content of protein ,w hich can evaluate slime stripping performance of the agent .Ultraviolet spectrophotometry can be used in mensurating the con-tent of protein ,and the proper pH range is 6 .0~9 .0 .The agent contains conjugated double bondsor have ul-traviolet absorption peak at 275-280nm ,and chromaticity of the agent have effect on the determination re-sults .Compared withthe commonly used slime stripping method at present such as weight method and differ-ential pressure method ,the extracellular polymer method is simple ,rapid to operate and its result is accurate , w hich is suitable for laboratory screening and evaluation of slime stripping agent .%对粘泥剥离剂的实验室评价方法-胞外多聚物法进行了研究。将渗透性能较好的表面活性剂作用于生物粘泥,24 h后过滤水样测定了其中的蛋白质含量。测定结果表明:通过蛋白质含量的测定能够表征药剂作用于粘泥后剥离到水中胞外多聚物的含量,从而评价出药剂的粘泥剥离性能。蛋白质含量的测定采用紫外分光光度法,该方法适宜的p H测定范围为6.0~9.0,含有共轭双键,在275~280 nm同时具有紫外吸收高峰的药剂以及色度均会对测定结果产生影响。与重量法、压差法等目前常用的粘泥剥离剂评价方法相比,胞外多聚物法具有操作简单、快速、结果准确等优点,适用于粘泥剥离剂的实验室筛选与评价。

  10. Study on desliming technology for slime-containing potash ores%含泥钾矿脱泥分离技术研究

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    李达; 边红丽; 朱翠琴; 程芳琴

    2012-01-01

    Chemical compositions .structural characteristics,and desliming technology of the slime-containing potash ores in Mahai Salt Lake of Qinghai were studied.Results showed that main constituent of slime was aluminum silicates,the particle size of slime was mainly in 100-160 u,m and most of slimes filled among the crystal particles of salt minerals or existed in micro-film structure.Grade of potassium chloride could be increased to 16%-20% and the content of slime was at 10%~15% (mass fraction) when the grade of potassium chloride was at 8%~12% by using hydroclone-sieving combined technology. Grade of potassium chloride could be increased to 8% and the content of slime was at 10%~15% when its grade was 4%,and then it can be mixed with high grade potash ores to produce potassium chloride in plant/This study can provide a powerful technical support for the utilization of slime-containing potash ores.%进行了青海马海盐湖含泥钾矿组成和结构以及脱泥技术研究.研究结果表明:矿泥主要成分为硅铝酸盐,矿泥的颗粒大小主要集中在100~160 μm,矿泥大部分被包裹在盐类矿物晶体间,或单独以微薄片层结构分布.采用旋流-筛分组合工艺可将氯化钾品位在8%~12%的含泥矿富集为氯化钾品位为16%~20%、含泥量为10%~15%(质量分数)的优质矿;而氯化钾品位为4%的高含泥矿,可富集至氯化钾品位为8%、含泥量为10%~15%(质量分数)的钾矿,该矿与优质矿掺兑使用,可进入车间进行生产.本研究可为含泥钾矿的高效利用提供一定的技术支撑.

  11. Injection molded dielectromagnets prepared from mixture of hard magnetic powders

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    Dielectromagnets are permanent magnets prepared from a hard magnetic powder bonded by binder. These permanent magnets are termed also as bonded permanent magnets. There are two ways to prepare dielectromagnets: compression molding and injection molding. Dielectromagnets prepared by injection molding, from the same hard magnetic powders, have worse magnetic properties than dielectromagnets prepared by compression molding, but they are cheaper. Isotropic dielectromagnets prepared from ferrite powder have low value of magnetic properties, but their advantage is positive value of temperature coefficient of JHc. They are low in price. Dielectromagnets prepared from melt-spun Nd-Fe-B have high values of magnetic properties.Value of temperature coefficient of JHc is their weakness. They are more expensive than ferrite dielectromagnets. Comparison of advantages and disadvantages of dielectromagnets prepared from different kinds of hard magnetic powder has produced an idea of making dielectromagnets from the mixture of these powders prepared by compression molding have magnetic and thermal properties of values between values of dielectromagnets from Nd-Fe-B and ferrite powders. It was described elsewhere. The purpose of this investigation is to prepare injection molded dielectromagnets from mixture of powders of strontium ferrite and melt-spun ribbon Nd-Fe-B and to find correlation between the composition of the mixture and magnetic properties of dielectromagnets. A result of mixture composition on magnetic properties of injection molded dielectromagnets is shown. (author)

  12. Interface conditions of two-shot molded parts

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    The focus of this work is on interfaces of two-shot molded parts. It is well known that e.g. material combination, process parameters and contact area structures show significant effects on the bond strength of multi-component injection molded parts. To get information about the bond strength at various process parameter settings and material combinations a test mold with core back technology was used to produce two-component injection molded tensile test specimens. At the core back process the different materials are injected consecutively, so each component runs through the whole injection molding cycle (two-shot process). Due to this consecutive injection molding processes, a cold interface is generated. This is defined as overmolding of a second melt to a solidified polymer preform. Strong interest lies in the way the interface conditions change during the adhesion formation between the individual components. Hence the interface conditions were investigated by computed tomography and Raman spectroscopy. By analyzing these conditions the understanding of the adhesion development during the multi-component injection molding was improved

  13. Replication of optical microlens array using photoresist coated molds.

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    Chakrabarti, M; Dam-Hansen, C; Stubager, J; Pedersen, T F; Pedersen, H C

    2016-05-01

    A cost reduced method of producing injection molding tools is reported and demonstrated for the fabrication of optical microlens arrays. A standard computer-numerical-control (CNC) milling machine was used to make a rough mold in steel. Surface treatment of the steel mold by spray coating with photoresist is used to smooth the mold surface providing good optical quality. The tool and process are demonstrated for the fabrication of an ø50 mm beam homogenizer for a color mixing LED light engine. The acceptance angle of the microlens array is optimized, in order to maximize the optical efficiency from the light engine. Polymer injection molded microlens arrays were produced from both the rough and coated molds and have been characterized for lenslet parameters, surface quality, light scattering, and acceptance angle. The surface roughness (Ra) is improved approximately by a factor of two after the coating process and the light scattering is reduced so that the molded microlens array can be used for the color mixing application. The measured accepted angle of the microlens array is 40° which is in agreement with simulations. PMID:27137566

  14. Thermomechanical Behavior in Continuous Bloom Casting with Different Mold Tapers

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    LUO Xin; CHEN Yong; SHEN Houfa

    2008-01-01

    A two-dimensional finite element model was used to analyze the thermal and mechanical behavior dunng solidification of the strand in a continuous bloom casting mold.The coupled heat transfer and defermation were analyzed to simulate the formation of the air gap between the mold and the strand.The model was used to investigate the influence of mold taper on the temperature and stress distributions in the strand.The results show that the air gap mainly forms around the strand corner,causing a hoRer and thinner solidifying shell in this region.The mold taper partially compensates for the strand shell shnnkage and reduces the infiuence of the air gap on the heat transfer.The mold taper compresses the shell and changes the stress state around the stmnd comer region.As the strand moves down into the mold,the mold constraint causes compressive stress beneath the comer surface.which reduces the hot tear that forms on the strand.

  15. Interface conditions of two-shot molded parts

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    Kisslinger, Thomas, E-mail: thomas.kisslinger@pccl.at [Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH, 8700 Leoben (Austria); Bruckmoser, Katharina, E-mail: katharina.bruckmoser@unileoben.ac.at; Resch, Katharina, E-mail: katharina.resch@unileoben.ac.at [Department of Polymer Engineering and Science, Chair of Materials Science and Testing of Polymers, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, 8700 Leoben (Austria); Lucyshyn, Thomas, E-mail: thomas.lucyshyn@unileoben.ac.at, E-mail: guenter.langecker@unileoben.ac.at; Langecker, Guenter Ruediger, E-mail: thomas.lucyshyn@unileoben.ac.at, E-mail: guenter.langecker@unileoben.ac.at; Holzer, Clemens, E-mail: clemens.holzer@unileoben.ac.at [Department of Polymer Engineering and Science, Chair of Polymer Processing, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, 8700 Leoben (Austria)

    2014-05-15

    The focus of this work is on interfaces of two-shot molded parts. It is well known that e.g. material combination, process parameters and contact area structures show significant effects on the bond strength of multi-component injection molded parts. To get information about the bond strength at various process parameter settings and material combinations a test mold with core back technology was used to produce two-component injection molded tensile test specimens. At the core back process the different materials are injected consecutively, so each component runs through the whole injection molding cycle (two-shot process). Due to this consecutive injection molding processes, a cold interface is generated. This is defined as overmolding of a second melt to a solidified polymer preform. Strong interest lies in the way the interface conditions change during the adhesion formation between the individual components. Hence the interface conditions were investigated by computed tomography and Raman spectroscopy. By analyzing these conditions the understanding of the adhesion development during the multi-component injection molding was improved.

  16. 黏泥剥离剂(EOT)的筛选与性能评价%Screening and capability evaluation of slime stripping agent(EOT)

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    李瑞清; 魏新; 郦和生

    2013-01-01

    Compared with cationic slime stripping agent 1427,which was commonly used for circulating cooling water,a kind of compound slime stripping agent (EOT) has been screened out.It is combined with polyoxyethylene ether type surfactant and penetrating agent T.The experiment results show that EOT has good slime stripping capability,whose slime stripping reaction time can reach 24 h.Its capability can be barely affected by the changes of pH or concentration of Ca2+ in water.It has good compatibility when it is used with corrosion and scale inhibitors,and has no influence on circulating cooling water systems.EOT,as a new type of slime stripping agent,can be used for substituting 1427 in circulating cooling water systems.%通过与循环冷却水常用阳离子型黏泥剥离剂1427比较,筛选出一种复合黏泥剥离剂(EOT),该黏泥剥离剂由聚氧乙烯醚类表面活性剂与渗透剂T复配而成.实验结果表明:EOT的黏泥剥离性能良好,黏泥剥离作用时间可达24h;其性能基本不受水中pH和Ca2+浓度变化的影响;与缓蚀阻垢剂的配伍性好,不会对循环冷却水系统造成影响,能够作为新型黏泥剥离剂替代1427应用于循环冷却水系统中.

  17. Directed self-assembly of large scaffold-free multi-cellular honeycomb structures

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    Tejavibulya, Nalin; Youssef, Jacquelyn; Bao, Brian; Ferruccio, Toni-Marie; Morgan, Jeffrey R, E-mail: Jeffrey_Morgan@Brown.edu [Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology, Center for Biomedical Engineering, Brown University, G-B 393, Biomed Center, 171 Meeting St, Providence, RI 02912 (United States)

    2011-09-15

    A significant challenge to the field of biofabrication is the rapid construction of large three-dimensional (3D) living tissues and organs. Multi-cellular spheroids have been used as building blocks. In this paper, we create large multi-cellular honeycomb building blocks using directed self-assembly, whereby cell-to-cell adhesion, in the context of the shape and obstacles of a micro-mold, drives the formation of a 3D structure. Computer-aided design, rapid prototyping and replica molding were used to fabricate honeycomb-shaped micro-molds. Nonadhesive hydrogels cast from these micro-molds were equilibrated in the cell culture medium and seeded with two types of mammalian cells. The cells settled into the honeycomb recess were unable to attach to the nonadhesive hydrogel and so cell-to-cell adhesion drove the self-assembly of a large multi-cellular honeycomb within 24 h. Distinct morphological changes occurred to the honeycomb and its cells indicating the presence of significant cell-mediated tension. Unlike the spheroid, whose size is constrained by a critical diffusion distance needed to maintain cell viability, the overall size of the honeycomb is not limited. The rapid production of the honeycomb building unit, with its multiple rings of high-density cells and open lumen spaces, offers interesting new possibilities for biofabrication strategies.

  18. Directed self-assembly of large scaffold-free multi-cellular honeycomb structures

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    A significant challenge to the field of biofabrication is the rapid construction of large three-dimensional (3D) living tissues and organs. Multi-cellular spheroids have been used as building blocks. In this paper, we create large multi-cellular honeycomb building blocks using directed self-assembly, whereby cell-to-cell adhesion, in the context of the shape and obstacles of a micro-mold, drives the formation of a 3D structure. Computer-aided design, rapid prototyping and replica molding were used to fabricate honeycomb-shaped micro-molds. Nonadhesive hydrogels cast from these micro-molds were equilibrated in the cell culture medium and seeded with two types of mammalian cells. The cells settled into the honeycomb recess were unable to attach to the nonadhesive hydrogel and so cell-to-cell adhesion drove the self-assembly of a large multi-cellular honeycomb within 24 h. Distinct morphological changes occurred to the honeycomb and its cells indicating the presence of significant cell-mediated tension. Unlike the spheroid, whose size is constrained by a critical diffusion distance needed to maintain cell viability, the overall size of the honeycomb is not limited. The rapid production of the honeycomb building unit, with its multiple rings of high-density cells and open lumen spaces, offers interesting new possibilities for biofabrication strategies.

  19. Fabrication of micro gear wheels by micropowder injection molding

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    Haiqing Yin; Xuanhui Qu; Chengchang Jia

    2008-01-01

    The micropowder injection molding technology was investigated to fabricate the microsized gear wheels on a conventional injection molding machine. The feedstock comprised of carbonyl ferrum powder and a wax-based thermoplastic binder. Microinjection molding was fulfilled at about 423 K under 100 MPa. The heating system was applied to the die to improve the fluidity of the feedstock and subsequently the cooling system was used to enhance the strength of the green compacts after injection by decreasing the temperature of the die. The gear wheels were realized successfully with their addendum circle diameter ranging from 800 to 200 m and with the center hole as small as 60 μtm.

  20. Fabrication of sinterable silicon nitride by injection molding

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    Quackenbush, C. L.; French, K.; Neil, J. T.

    1982-01-01

    Transformation of structural ceramics from the laboratory to production requires development of near net shape fabrication techniques which minimize finish grinding. One potential technique for producing large quantities of complex-shaped parts at a low cost, and microstructure of sintered silicon nitride fabricated by injection molding is discussed and compared to data generated from isostatically dry-pressed material. Binder selection methodology, compounding of ceramic and binder components, injection molding techniques, and problems in binder removal are discussed. Strength, oxidation resistance, and microstructure of sintered silicon nitride fabricated by injection molding is discussed and compared to data generated from isostatically dry-pressed material.

  1. Development of Integrated Simulation System for Plastic Injection Molding

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    CHENGXue-wen; LIDe-qun; ZHOUHua-min

    2005-01-01

    Numerical simulation of injection molding have had success in predicting the behavior of polymer melt in extremely complicated geometries. Most of the current numerical solutions are based on finite-element/finite-difference/boundary-element/volume-control methods and the surface model. This paper discusses the development of an integrated CAE system for injection molding in detail, and presents the mathematics for numerical simulation of filling, packing,cooling, stress and warpage in injection molding. The developed system named as HsCAE3D is introduced at the end.

  2. Two component micro injection molding for MID fabrication

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    Islam, Mohammad Aminul; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Tang, Peter Torben

    2009-01-01

    Molded Interconnect Devices (MIDs) are plastic substrates with electrical infrastructure. The fabrication of MIDs is usually based on injection molding and different process chains may be identified from this starting point. The use of MIDs has been driven primarily by the automotive sector, but...... recently the medical sector seems more and more interested. In particular the possibility of miniaturization of 3D components with electrical infrastructure is attractive. The paper describes possible manufacturing routes and challenges of miniaturized MIDs based on two component micro injection molding...

  3. A New Type Machine of Mixing-molding for Polyblends

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    WANG Chuan-sheng; LI Li; BIAN Hui-guang

    2009-01-01

    This paper introduces a new type machine for polyblends with excellent mixing capabilities of internal mixer and continuous molding character of extruder. The machine includes two functions -- mixing and extrusion molding that have been composed together by rational design, so a tandem production mode -- "batch + continuous" are opened up. The mathematical model of continuous mixing molding was established and verified availably by experimental research. The main physical mechanical property of vuicanizate, which had met national waterproof material standard, verified the machine practicability. The essential difference from other similar type machines is that this machine is not only suitable in producing granular and powder rubbers but also lumpish tablets.

  4. SNOW MOLDS: HISTORY OF THE STUDY AND CONTROL (review)

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    O.B. TKACHENKO; A.V. OVSYANKINA; A.G. SHCHUKOVSKAYA

    2015-01-01

    Snow mold is caused by pathogenic low-temperature fungi and fungi-like pathogens which can attack grassy winter and perennial plants and even woody plants. Pathogens infect crops in autumn and develop under snow and early in spring at low temperatures. History of the emergence of the terminology for pathogenic low-temperature fungi, the appearance of the «snow mold» terms and domestic «vyprevaniye» (eng. «dumping-off») are represented, and various snow molds and their pathogens in Russia are ...

  5. Recent Developments and Trends in Powder Injection Molding

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    Hermina Wang

    2000-01-01

    Injection molding is a productive and widely used technology for shaping plastics. The use of this shaping technique to metal and ceramics powders is termed powder injection molding (PIM). This process combines a certain quantity of a polymer with a metallic or ceramic powder to form a feedstock that can be molded. After shaping, the polymeric binder is extracted and the powder is sintered. When proper powder size or/and its distribution are used, sintered densities of 95% or more, often to near-theoretical densities, are reached and the mechanical properties are, therefore, generally superior to those of traditional PM parts.

  6. Bench mark test casting: Modeling of mold filling and solidification

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    Layton, M.A.; Wang, C.M.; Cheng, C.; Yu, K.O.; Paul, A.J. [Concurrent Technologies Corp., Johnstown, PA (United States)

    1995-12-31

    This paper presents the results of simulating the mold filling and solidification of an aluminum plate casting designed as the Bench Mark Test Casting for this conference. An in-house simulation software, RAPID/CAST{reg_sign}, has been used to conduct this simulation. The output of this simulation include flow front location during mold filling, cooling curves at various points in the casting, temperature distribution, and isochron plots of solidification times. The simulation results indicate that the mold filling time of the entire casting is 2.2 seconds and that the last region to solidify is located around the ingate.

  7. 1/fゆらぎを用いた細胞性粘菌の特徴抽出

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    吉原, 郁夫; 山口, 崇; 山森, 一人; 安永, 守利

    2003-01-01

    DNA analysis of Cellular Slime Molds are important for investigating human genome. The exponent α of the 1/fα fluctuation is used as an index of irregularity to extract features from DNA sequence. It specially pays attention to the part before and after the transcription starting point in the DNA sequence of the Sellular Slime Molds. A difference in the transcriptional region and the untranscriptional region is found by this method. 1/f fluctuation reveals a repetition pattern in the DNA sequ...

  8. A review on the importance of surface coating of micro/nano-mold in micro/nano-molding processes

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    Micro/nano hot-embossing and injection molding are two promising manufacturing processes for the mass production of workpieces bearing micro/nanoscale features. However, both the workpiece and micro/nano-mold are susceptive to structural damage due to high thermal stress, adhesion and friction, which occur at the interface between the workpiece and the mold during these processes. Hence, major constraints of micro/nano-molds are mainly attributed to improper replication and their inability to withstand a prolonged sliding surface contact because of high sidewall friction and/or high adhesion. Consequently, there is a need for proper surface coating as it can improve the surface properties of micro/nano-molds such as having a low friction coefficient, low adhesion and low wear rate. This review deals with the physical, mechanical and tribological properties of various surface coatings and their impact on the replication efficiency and lifetime of micro/nano-molds that are used in micro/nano hot-embossing and injection molding processes. (topical review)

  9. A review on the importance of surface coating of micro/nano-mold in micro/nano-molding processes

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    Saha, Biswajit; Toh, Wei Quan; Liu, Erjia; Beng Tor, Shu; Hardt, David E.; Lee, Junghoon

    2016-01-01

    Micro/nano hot-embossing and injection molding are two promising manufacturing processes for the mass production of workpieces bearing micro/nanoscale features. However, both the workpiece and micro/nano-mold are susceptive to structural damage due to high thermal stress, adhesion and friction, which occur at the interface between the workpiece and the mold during these processes. Hence, major constraints of micro/nano-molds are mainly attributed to improper replication and their inability to withstand a prolonged sliding surface contact because of high sidewall friction and/or high adhesion. Consequently, there is a need for proper surface coating as it can improve the surface properties of micro/nano-molds such as having a low friction coefficient, low adhesion and low wear rate. This review deals with the physical, mechanical and tribological properties of various surface coatings and their impact on the replication efficiency and lifetime of micro/nano-molds that are used in micro/nano hot-embossing and injection molding processes.

  10. Rapid and low-cost prototyping of medical devices using 3D printed molds for liquid injection molding.

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    Chung, Philip; Heller, J Alex; Etemadi, Mozziyar; Ottoson, Paige E; Liu, Jonathan A; Rand, Larry; Roy, Shuvo

    2014-01-01

    Biologically inert elastomers such as silicone are favorable materials for medical device fabrication, but forming and curing these elastomers using traditional liquid injection molding processes can be an expensive process due to tooling and equipment costs. As a result, it has traditionally been impractical to use liquid injection molding for low-cost, rapid prototyping applications. We have devised a method for rapid and low-cost production of liquid elastomer injection molded devices that utilizes fused deposition modeling 3D printers for mold design and a modified desiccator as an injection system. Low costs and rapid turnaround time in this technique lower the barrier to iteratively designing and prototyping complex elastomer devices. Furthermore, CAD models developed in this process can be later adapted for metal mold tooling design, enabling an easy transition to a traditional injection molding process. We have used this technique to manufacture intravaginal probes involving complex geometries, as well as overmolding over metal parts, using tools commonly available within an academic research laboratory. However, this technique can be easily adapted to create liquid injection molded devices for many other applications. PMID:24998993

  11. Reuse of Anode Slime Generated by the Zinc Industry to Obtain a Liquor for Manufacturing Electrolytic Manganese

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    Ayala, J.; Fernández, B.

    2013-08-01

    A hydrometallurgical process is proposed in this article to recover manganese from a zinc electrowinning residue. The article describes the digestion-leaching experiments, precipitation, and electrowinning assays to recover Mn from this residue. Anode slime is treated with sulfuric acidic in a furnace within a temperature range of 400-450°C, leached with water, and then filtered. The results show that the dissolution of manganese increases with increasing temperature in the digestion step. The recovery yield of manganese was higher than 90%. As manganese electrolysis requires an electrolyte free of Zn, Ni, Co, and Cu pollutants, the sulfuric acid liquor needs a purification step. Na2S is used to remove pollutants. The results obtained in this study have shown that the proposed process for the recovery of manganese from this type of residue is technically viable.

  12. Koagülaz Negatif Stafilokoklarda Slime Faktörü Pozitifliği ve Antibiyotik Direnci

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    Demirci, Mastafa; Yorgancıgil, Birdal; Demir, İsmail

    2009-01-01

    SüleymanDemirel Üniversitesi TIP FAKÜLTESİ DERGİSİ: 1997 Mart; 4(1) Koagülaz Negatif Stafilokoklarda Slime Faktörü Pozitifliği ve Antibiyotik Direnci Mustafa Demirci Birdal Yorgancıgil İsmail Demir Özet Çeşitli klinik materyallerden hastalık etkeni ve kontaminant olarak izole edilen 63 Koagülaz negatif stafılokok susunun ( KNS) si ime yapımı tüp metodu ile araştırıldı. Hastalık etkeni olarak izole edilenlerde % 61, kontaminant olarak değerlendirilen suçlarda % 44 oran...

  13. Moldability Evaluation for Molded Parts Based on Fuzzy Reasoning

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    2002-01-01

    Moldability evaluation for molded parts, which is the basis of concurrent design, is a key design stage in injection molding design. By moldability evaluation the design problems can be found timely and an optimum plastic part design achieved. In this paper, a systematic methodology for moldability evaluation based on fuzzy logic is proposed. Firstly, fuzzy set modeling for six key design attributes of molded parts is carried out respectively. Secondly, on the basis of this, the relationship between fuzzy sets for design attributes and fuzzy sets for moldability is established by fuzzy rules that are based on domain experts' experience and knowledge. At last the integral moldability for molded parts is obtained through fuzzy reasoning. The neural network based fuzzy reasoning approach presented in this paper can improve fuzzy reasoning efficiency greatly, especially for system having a large number of rules and complicated membership functions. An example for moldability evaluation is given to show the feasibility of this proposed methodology.

  14. Residual stresses in injection molded shape memory polymer parts

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    Katmer, Sukran; Esen, Huseyin; Karatas, Cetin

    2016-03-01

    Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are materials which have shape memory effect (SME). SME is a property which has the ability to change shape when induced by a stimulator such as temperature, moisture, pH, electric current, magnetic field, light, etc. A process, known as programming, is applied to SMP parts in order to alter them from their permanent shape to their temporary shape. In this study we investigated effects of injection molding and programming processes on residual stresses in molded thermoplastic polyurethane shape memory polymer, experimentally. The residual stresses were measured by layer removal method. The study shows that injection molding and programming process conditions have significantly influence on residual stresses in molded shape memory polyurethane parts.

  15. Research on machine vision system of monitoring injection molding processing

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    Bai, Fan; Zheng, Huifeng; Wang, Yuebing; Wang, Cheng; Liao, Si'an

    2016-01-01

    With the wide development of injection molding process, the embedded monitoring system based on machine vision has been developed to automatically monitoring abnormality of injection molding processing. First, the construction of hardware system and embedded software system were designed. Then camera calibration was carried on to establish the accurate model of the camera to correct distortion. Next the segmentation algorithm was applied to extract the monitored objects of the injection molding process system. The realization procedure of system included the initialization, process monitoring and product detail detection. Finally the experiment results were analyzed including the detection rate of kinds of the abnormality. The system could realize the multi-zone monitoring and product detail detection of injection molding process with high accuracy and good stability.

  16. Mold Heating and Cooling Pump Package Operator Interface Controls Upgrade

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    Josh A. Salmond

    2009-08-07

    The modernization of the Mold Heating and Cooling Pump Package Operator Interface (MHC PP OI) consisted of upgrading the antiquated single board computer with a proprietary operating system to off-the-shelf hardware and off-the-shelf software with customizable software options. The pump package is the machine interface between a central heating and cooling system that pumps heat transfer fluid through an injection or compression mold base on a local plastic molding machine. The operator interface provides the intelligent means of controlling this pumping process. Strict temperature control of a mold allows the production of high quality parts with tight tolerances and low residual stresses. The products fabricated are used on multiple programs.

  17. Microinjection molding of microsystem components: new aspects in improving performance

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    Microinjection molding (µIM) is considered to be one of the most flexible, reliable and cost effective manufacturing routes to form plastic micro-components for microsystems. The molding machine, mold tool fabrication, material selection and process controlling in this specific field have been greatly developed over the past decades. This review aims to present the new trends towards improving micro-component performance by reviewing the latest developments in this area and by considering potential directions. The key concerns in product and mold designing, essential factors in simulation, and micro-morphology and resultant properties are evaluated and discussed. In addition, the applications, variant processes and outlook for µIM are presented. Throughout this review, decisive considerations in seeking improved performance for microsystem components are highlighted. (topical review)

  18. Developmental regulation of the Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate phosphatases in Dictyostelium discoideum

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    Bominaar, Anthony A.; Dijken, Peter van; Draijer, Richard; Haastert, Peter J.M. van

    1991-01-01

    The cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum is a microorganism in which growth and development are strictly separated. Starvation initiates a developmental program in which extracellular cAMP plays a major role as a signal molecule. In response to cAMP several second messengers are produced, in

  19. Selective induction of gene expression and second-messenger accumulation in Dictyostelium discoideum by the partial chemotactic antagonist 8-p-chlorophenylthioadenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate

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    Peters, Dorien J.M.; Bominaar, Anthony A.; Snaar-Jagalska, B. Ewa; Brandt, Raymond; Haastert, Peter J.M. van; Ceccarelli, Adriano; Williams, Jeffrey G.; Schaap, Pauline

    1991-01-01

    During development of the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum, cAMP induces chemotaxis and expression of different classes of genes by means of interaction with surface cAMP receptors. We describe a cAMP derivative, 8-p-chlorophenylthioadenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (8-CPT-cAMP), whic

  20. Intramolecular Activation Mechanism of the Dictyostelium LRRK2 Homolog Roco Protein GbpC

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    Egmond, Wouter N. van; Kortholt, Arjan; Plak, Katarzyna; Bosgraaf, Leonard; Bosgraaf, Sylvia; Keizer-Gunnink, Ineke; Haastert, Peter J.M. van

    2008-01-01

    GbpC is a large multidomain protein involved in cGMP-mediated chemotaxis in the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum. GbpC belongs to the Roco family of proteins that often share a central core region, consisting of leucine-rich repeats, a Ras domain (Roc), a Cor domain, and a MAPKKKinase do

  1. Substrate Specificity of Cyclic Nucleotide Phosphodiesterase from Beef Heart and from Dictyostelircm discoideum

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    Haastert, Peter J.M. van; Dijkgraaf, Peter A.M.; Konijn, Theo M.; Abbad, Emilio Garcia; Petridis, Georg; Jastorff, Bernd

    1983-01-01

    The substrate specificity of beef heart phosphodiesterase activity and of the phosphodiesterase activity at the cell surface of the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum has been investigated by measuring the apparent Km and maximal velocity (V) of 24 derivatives of adenosine 3’,5’-monophosph

  2. cAMP pulses coordinate morphogenetic movement during fruiting body formation of Dictyostelium minutum

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    Schaap, Pauline; Konijn, Theo M.; Haastert, Peter J.M. van

    1984-01-01

    Aggregation in the primitive cellular slime mold Dictyostelium minutum proceeds by means of chemotaxis toward a continuously secreted folic acid analog. The onset of culmination is marked by the appearance of concentric waves of cell movement on the aggregate surface. Culmination proceeds by the che

  3. Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching. Proceedings of the Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) (14th, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2-6, 1992). Volume 14.

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    Goldman, Corey A., Ed.

    The focus of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) is to improve undergraduate biology laboratory experiences by promoting the development and dissemination of interesting, innovative, and reliable laboratory exercises. This proceedings volume contains 11 papers: "A Practical Guide to the Use of Cellular Slime Molds for…

  4. Characterization of the Roco Protein Family in Dictyostelium discoideum

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    van Egmond, Wouter N.; van Haastert, Peter J. M.

    2010-01-01

    The Roco family consists of multidomain Ras-GTPases that include LRRK2, a protein mutated in familial Parkinson's disease. The genome of the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum encodes 11 Roco proteins. To study the functions of these proteins, we systematically knocked out the roco genes.

  5. Chemotaxis in Dictyostelium discoideum : Effect of Concanavalin A on Chemoattractant Mediated Cyclic GMP Accumulation and Light Scattering Decrease

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    Mato, José M.; Haastert, Peter J.M. van; Krens, Frans A.; Konijn, Theo M.

    1978-01-01

    In cells of the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum concanavalin A (Con A), at a concentration of 100 µg per ml, inhibits folic acid and cyclic AMP induced decrease in light scattering. Con A has no effect on folic acid mediated cyclic GMP accumulation and increases cyclic AMP mediated cycl

  6. Normal chemotaxis in Dictyostelium discoideum cells with a depolarized plasma membrane potential

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    Duijn, Bert van; Vogelzang, Sake A.; Ypey, Dirk L.; Molen, Loek G. van der; Haastert, Peter J.M. van

    1990-01-01

    We examined a possible role for the plasma membrane potential in signal transduction during cyclic AMP-induced chemotaxis in the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum. Chemotaxis, cyclic GMP and cyclic AMP responses in cells with a depolarized membrane potential were measured. Cells can be co

  7. Isolation and Partial Characterization of a Cyclic GMP-Dependent Cyclic GMP-Specific Phosphodiesterase from Dictyostelium discoideum

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    Bulgakov, Roman; Haastert, Peter J.M. van

    1983-01-01

    The cellular slime mold, Dictyostelium discoideum, contains at least two classes of phosphodiesterase activity. One class of enzymes hydrolyses cyclic AMP (cAMP) and cyclic GMP (cGMP) with approximately equal rates. Another enzyme, which is less than 5% of the total activity, specifically hydrolyses

  8. How amoeboids self-organize into a fruiting body: Multicellular coordination in Dictyostelium discoideum

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    Marée, A.F.M.; Hogeweg, P.

    2002-01-01

    When individual amoebae of the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum are starving, they aggregate to form a multicellular migrating slug, which moves toward a region suitable for culmination. The culmination of the morphogenesis involves complex cell movements that transform a mound of cells

  9. An Acrasin-Like Attractant from Yeast Extract Specific for Dictyostelium lacteum

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    Mato, José M.; Haastert, Peter J.M. van; Krens, Frans A.; Konijn, Theo M.

    1977-01-01

    The transition of the unicellular to the multicellular stage in Dictyostelium lacteum is not mediated by cyclic AMP. The attractant for aggregative amoebae of this cellular slime mold species was isolated from yeast extract and purified more than 1000-fold without a significant loss of activity. Sev

  10. Thermal Balance of PVC Skin Manufakturing VIA Slush Molding Technology

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    Hubáček, V.; Vít, Tomáš

    Vol. 10/2008. Bydgoszcz : Polish Society of Mechanical Engineers and Technicians, 2008 - (Peszynski, K.), s. 43-44 ISBN 978-83-87982-08-9. [International Conference on Developments in Machinery Design and Control /12./. Nowogród (PL), 09.09.2008-12.09.2008] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : slush-molding * PVC * mold Subject RIV: BJ - Thermodynamics

  11. Diversity and Significance of Mold Species in Norwegian Drinking Water▿

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    Hageskal, Gunhild; Knutsen, Ann Kristin; Gaustad, Peter; de Hoog, G Sybren; Skaar, Ida

    2006-01-01

    In order to determine the occurrence, distribution, and significance of mold species in groundwater- and surface water-derived drinking water in Norway, molds isolated from 273 water samples were identified. Samples of raw water, treated water, and water from private homes and hospital installations were analyzed by incubation of 100-ml membrane-filtered samples on dichloran-18% glycerol agar. The total count (number of CFU per 100 ml) of fungal species and the species diversity within each s...

  12. CAE for Injection Molding — Past, Present and the Future

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    Wang, Kuo K.

    2004-06-01

    It is well known that injection molding is the most effective process for mass-producing discrete plastic parts of complex shape to the highest precision at the lowest cost. However, due to the complex property of polymeric materials undergoing a transient non-isothermal process, it is equally well recognized that the quality of final products is often difficult to be assured. This is particularly true when a new mold or material is encountered. As a result, injection molding has often been viewed as an art than a science. During the past few decades, numerical simulation of injection molding process based on analytic models has become feasible for practical use as computers became faster and cheaper continually. A research effort was initiated at the Cornell Injection Molding Program (CIMP) in 1974 under a grant from the National Science Foundation. Over a quarter of the century, CIMP has established some scientific bases ranging from materials characterization, flow analysis, to prediction of part quality. Use of such CAE tools has become common place today in industry. Present effort has been primarily aimed at refinements of many aspects of the process. Computational efficiency and user-interface have been main thrusts by commercial software developers. Extension to 3-dimensional flow analysis for certain parts has drawn some attention. Research activities are continuing on molding of fiber-filled materials and reactive polymers. Expanded molding processes such as gas-assisted, co-injection, micro-molding and many others are continually being investigated. In the future, improvements in simulation accuracy and efficiency will continue. This will include in-depth studies on materials characterization. Intelligent on-line process control may draw more attention in order to achieve higher degree of automation. As Internet technology continues to evolve, Web-based CAE tools for design, production, remote process monitoring and control can come to path. The CAE

  13. The Simulation and Optimization of Aspheric Plastic Lens Injection Molding

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    WEN Jialing; WEN Pengfei

    2005-01-01

    For the purpose of reducing the volumetric shrinkage and volumetric shrinkage variation, the process in injection molding of aspheric plastic lens was simulated, and several process parameters which include holding pressure, melt temperature, mold temperature, fill time, holding pressure time and cooling time were optimized by using an orthogonal experimental design method. Finally, the optimum process parameters and the influence degree of process parameters on the average volumetric shrinkage and the volumetric shrinkage variation are obtained.

  14. Evaluation of Additive Manufacturing for Composite Part Molds

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    Duty, Chad E. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Springfield, Robert M. [Tru Design, LLC, Knoxville, TN (United States)

    2015-02-01

    The ORNL Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) collaborated with Tru-Design to test the quality and durability of molds used for making fiber reinforced composites using additive manufacturing. The partners developed surface treatment techniques including epoxy coatings and machining to improve the quality of the surface finish. Test samples made using the printed and surface finished molds demonstrated life spans suitable for one-of-a-kind and low-volume applications, meeting the project objective.

  15. Bioprospection of yeasts as biocontrol agents against phytopathogenic molds

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    Márcia Maria Rosa-Magri; Sâmia Maria Tauk-Tornisielo; Sandra Regina Ceccato-Antonini

    2011-01-01

    Yeasts isolated from sugar cane and maize rhizosphere, leaves and stalks were screened against the phytopathogenic molds Colletotrichum sublineolum and Colletotrichum graminicola, both causal agents of the anthracnose disease in sorghum and maize, respectively. Strains identified as Torulaspora globosa and Candida intermedia were able to inhibit the mold growth, with the first species also exhibiting killer activity. No previous report on the application and potentiality of these yeasts as bi...

  16. Biological Control of Olive Green Mold in Agaricus bisporus Cultivation

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    Tautorus, T. E.; Townsley, P. M.

    1983-01-01

    Successful methods to control the damaging weed mold Chaetomium olivaceum (olive green mold) in mushroom beds are not presently known. An attempt was made to control C. olivaceum by biological means. A thermophilic Bacillus sp. which showed dramatic activity against C. olivaceum on Trypticase soy agar (BBL Microbiology Systems)-0.4% yeast extract agar plates was isolated from commercial mushroom compost (phase I). When inoculated into conventional and hydroponic mushroom beds, the bacillus no...

  17. A Recurrent Neural Network for Warpage Prediction in Injection Molding

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    A. Alvarado-Iniesta; D.J. Valles-Rosales; J.L. García-Alcaraz; A. Maldonado-Macias

    2012-01-01

    Injection molding is classified as one of the most flexible and economical manufacturing processes with high volumeof plastic molded parts. Causes of variations in the process are related to the vast number of factors acting during aregular production run, which directly impacts the quality of final products. A common quality trouble in finishedproducts is the presence of warpage. Thus, this study aimed to design a system based on recurrent neural networksto predict warpage defects in product...

  18. Fabrication and properties of binder for powder extrusion molding

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    2003-01-01

    By optimizing formulation and fabrication methods, a new binder for plasticizing powder extrusion molding ofhard metal, with excellent integrated properties and uniform distribution characters, has been developed. Thermal debond-ing mechanism and the extruding rheological behaviours have been studied. The technology of fabrication of binder andthermal debonding process have also been investigated. Using the novel binder, the hard-metal extrusion-molding rods withdiameter up to 25mm, have been manufactured.

  19. Development and Characterization of a Metal Injection Molding Bio Sourced Inconel 718 Feedstock Based on Polyhydroxyalkanoates

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    Alexandre Royer; Thierry Barrière; Jean-Claude Gelin

    2016-01-01

    The binder plays the most important role in the metal injection molding (MIM) process. It provides fluidity of the feedstock mixture and adhesion of the powder to keep the molded shape during injection molding. The binder must provide strength and cohesion for the molded part and must be easy to remove from the molded part. Moreover, it must be recyclable, environmentally friendly and economical. Also, the miscibility between polymers affects the homogeneity of the injected parts. The goal of...

  20. Dimensional Accuracy Optimization of the Micro-plastic Injection Molding Process Using the Taguchi Design Method

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    Chil-Chyuan KUO; Hsin-You LIAO

    2015-01-01

    Plastic injection molding is an important field in manufacturing industry because there are many plastic products that are produced by injection molding. However, the time and cost required for producing a precision mold are the most troublesome problems that limit the application at the development stage of a new product in precision machinery industry. This study presents an approach of manufacturing a hard mold with microfeatures for micro-plastic injection molding. This study also focuses...

  1. Prediction of Mold Spoilage for Soy/Polyethylene Composite Fibers

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    Chinmay Naphade

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Mold spoilage was determined over 109 days on soy/PE fibers held under controlled temperatures (T ranging from 10°C to 40°C and water activities (aw from 0.11 to 0.98. Water activities were created in sealed containers using saturated salt solutions and placed in temperature-controlled incubators. Soy/PE fibers that were held at 0.823 aw or higher exhibited mold growth at all temperatures. As postulated, increased water activity (greater than 0.89 and temperature (higher than 25°C accelerated mold growth on soy/PE fibers. A slower mold growth was observed on soy/PE fibers that were held at 0.87 aw and 10°C. A Weibull model was employed to fit the observed logarithmic values of T, aw, and an interaction term log⁡T×log⁡aw and was chosen as the final model as it gave the best fit to the raw mold growth data. These growth models predict the expected mold-free storage period of soy/PE fibers when exposed to various environmental temperatures and humidities.

  2. Frequency of Mold Allergens in Allergic Rhinitis Patients

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    Bonyadi, MR. (PhD

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objective: Allergic rhinitis can be stimulated by several allergens. Molds are among these allergens and it is important to assess their frequency in different geographic area. Hence, we aimed at determining the frequency of mold allergens in allergic rhinitis patients referred to specialized clinics of Tabriz Imam Reza hospital, 2011. Material and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on the serums of 90 rhinitis patients diagnosed by specialized physician. Using Immunoblotting method, the level of specific IgE against four molds including Penicillium, Aspergillus, Alternaria and Cladosporium were investigated. Results: Of 90 Patients, 40 were men (44.4% and 50 were women (55.6%. The participants were between 6 to 53 years and the most were 28-31years. The allergy was related to Penicillium (3.3%, Aspergillus (5.6%, Alternaria (13.3% and Cladosporium (4.4%. There was a significant statistical relation between age and allergic rhinitis to Alternaria (P=0.011. Conclusion: Molds can grow and proliferate in very humid environments. Because of low humidity climate in Tabriz (in the northwest of Iran, allergy to molds is relatively low in this region. Key words: Rhinitis Allergic; Mold; Allergy

  3. Numerical Simulation of Mold Filling in Resin Transfer Molding Using Isoparametric Method

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    ZHANG Kaipeng; TAN Hua; WANG Jihui; ZHU Yingdan

    2005-01-01

    The mold filling of RTM was simulated based on the control volume finite element method (CV/FEM). The formulation using isoparametric transformation was discussed in detail and a computational code based on isoparametric technique was developed. The simulation results were compared with experimental data. Different isoparametric elements, quadrilateral and triangular, were compared in the simulation.It demonstrates that the use of bilinear quadrilateral isoparametric elements in simulating the process can produce a higher precision and cost a less time than the use of triangular ones.

  4. Infrared curing simulations of liquid composites molding

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    Infrared radiation is an effective energy source to cure thermosetting polymers. Its usage is expected to reduce curing time in comparison with thermal heating and mold thermally regulated. In addition, because of the polymerization mechanism and instant on-off control of this power, an improvement in the final properties of the material is also expected. In this paper, we studied the infrared interaction with carbon (or glass) fibers reinforced epoxy matrix, where Liquid resin infusion (LRI) is used to manufacture the composite. Temperature of the composite is a key parameter that affects its mechanical properties and is controlled by the infrared emitters and the exothermic heat released from the polymerization. Radiative heat flux is computed using the in-lab developed software RAYHEAT. Then, the heat flux (or absorbed energy for glass fibers) is exported to the finite element based program COMSOLMULTIPHYSICS where heat balance equation is solved. This equation is coupled with the exothermic heat released during the curing process in order to predict the composite temperature versus time and degree of cure. Numerical simulations will be performed on planar parts (sheet shape) as well as curvilinear shapes. Experimental validations of the infrared curing carbon (glass)-epoxy composite system are presented in this paper Sheet surface temperature distribution are measured thanks to infrared camera. Kinetic parameters were estimated from differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) experimental data.

  5. Investigation of Heat Transfer at the Mold/Metal Interface in Permanent Mold Casting of Light Alloys

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    Robert D. Pehlke; John T. Berry

    2005-12-16

    Accurate modeling of the metal casting process prior to creating a mold design demands reliable knowledge of the interfacial heat transfer coefficient at the mold metal interface as a function of both time and location. The phenomena concerned with the gap forming between the mold and the solidifying metal are complex but need to be understood before any modeling is attempted. The presence of mold coatings further complicates the situation. A commercial casting was chosen and studied in a gravity permanent mold casting process. The metal/mold interfacial heat transfer coefficient (IHTC) was the focus of the research. A simple, direct method has been used to evaluate the IHTC. Both the simulation and experiments have shown that a reasonably good estimate of the heat transfer coefficient could be made in the case studied. It has been found that there is a good agreement between experiments and simulations in the temperature profiles during the solidification process, given that the primary mechanism of heat transfer across the gap in permanent mold casting of light alloys is by conduction across the gap. The procedure utilized to determine the interfacial heat transfer coefficient can be applied to other casting processes. A recently completed project involving The University of Michigan and Mississippi State University, together with several industrial partners, which was supported by the USDOE through the Cast Metals Coalition, examined a number of cases of thermal contact. In an investigation which gave special consideration to the techniques of measurement, several mold coatings were employed and results presented as a function of time. Realistic conditions of coating thickness and type together with an appropriate combination of mold preheat and metal pouring temperature were strictly maintained throughout the investigation. Temperature sensors, in particular thermocouples, play an important part in validating the predictions of solidification models. Cooling

  6. Plasma-nitriding assisted micro-texturing into stainless steel molds

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    Aizawa Tatsuhiko

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Micro-texturing has grown up to be one of the most promising procedures. This related application required for large-area, fine micro-texturing onto the stainless steel mold materials. A new method other than laser-machining, micro-milling or micro-EDM was awaited for further advancement of this micro-texturing. In the present paper, a plasma nitriding assisted micro-texturing was developed to make various kinds of micro-patterns onto the martensitic stainless steels. First, original patterns were printed onto the surface of substrate by using the ink-jet printer. Then, the masked substrate was subjected to high density plasma nitriding; the un-masked surfaces were nitrided to have higher hardness. This nitrided substrate was further treated by sand-blasting to selectively dig the soft, masked surfaces. Finally, the micro-patterned martensitic stainless steel substrate was fabricated as a mold to duplicate these micro-patterns onto the work materials. The spatial resolution and depth profile controllability of this plasma nitriding assisted micro-texturing was investigated for variety of initial micro-patterns. The original size and dimension of initial micro-patterns were precisely compared with the three dimensional geometry of micro-textures after blasting treatment. The plastic cover case for smart cellular phones was employed to demonstrate how useful this processing is in practice.

  7. 煤泥干燥与泵送技术对煤泥燃烧发电的影响%Influence of coal slime drying and pipeline pumping technology on combustion for power generation

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    王琦

    2011-01-01

    阐述了煤泥干燥脱水与煤泥管道泵送2种煤泥处理技术的优缺点,对比分析2种工艺对煤泥燃烧发电的影响,得出煤泥干燥后与原煤掺混入炉燃烧的处理方式不适用于煤泥综合利用电厂,而煤泥管道泵送技术是发展煤泥燃烧发电的必要环节,且日趋向大容量循环流化床锅炉大比例掺烧煤泥方向发展.%According to analyze advantages and disadvantages of coal slime drying and pipeline pumping system, introduce the impact of those two techniques on coal slime combustion for power generation. The technique that mixing raw coal with dried coal slime, then combustion is not perfect for coal slime comprehensive utilization power plant. The coal slime pipeline pumping system is the best way to develop power generation, which tends to developing large circulating fluidized bed boilers firing coal slime as the main fuel.

  8. Degradation of Perfluorotrichlorosilane Antisticking Layers: The Impact on Mold Cleaning, Ultraviolet-Nanoimprinting, and Bonded Ultraviolet-Nanoimprint Molds

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    Kirchner, Robert; Teng, Lichao; Lu, Bo; Adolphi, Barbara; Fischer, Wolf-Joachim

    2011-06-01

    A reduction of the adhesion between imprint resist and mold is crucial for defect free imprints and is commonly achieved by silane based antisticking layers. Highly stable antisticking layers are required for high throughputs and long imprint mold lifetimes. Hybrid nanoimprint molds avoid the imprint inherent residual polymer layer in UV-assisted nanoimprinting. Such hybrid molds have chemically heterogeneous surfaces of silica and, e.g., chromium oxide regions. The chemical stability of vapor-coated 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane antisticking layers against acetone, acidic piranha, reactive ion etching and UV-assisted nanoimprinting was investigated. To evaluate the behavior of hybrid mold surfaces, flat silica and antireflective chromium-oxynitride surfaces were used. The antisticking layer on both surfaces was highly chemical resistant against acetone. A continuous antisticking layer degradation with a surface free energy increase of 0.9 mN/m per 10 min piranha treatment and 1.2 mN/m per 10 subsequent UV-assisted imprints was found for silica surfaces. On the chromium surfaces, the antisticking layer quality was much lower than on fused silica and degraded much faster. The surface free energy of silane coated chromium surfaces was increased by 2.3 mN/m after 10 imprints and the antisticking layer was completely degraded after a single 10 min piranha cleaning step. The lower antisticking layer quality on antireflective chromium was attributed to the surface itself. Additionally, the high chemical resistance of the vapor coated silane was used to successfully protect the adhesive joints of cost-efficient, adhesively bonded nanoimprint molds from being degraded by acidic piranha during mold cleaning. This can significantly increase the life-time of such bonded molds.

  9. Foaming morphology control of microcellular injection molded parts with gas counter pressure and dynamic mold temperature control

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    Shiu, Tai-Yi; Huang, Chao-Tsai; Chang, Rong-Yu; Hwang, Shyh-Shin

    2014-05-01

    Microcellular injection molding process is a promising solution for products with special requirements such as weight reduction, extra thin wall, high dimensional stability, clamping force reduction, etc. Despite microcellular foaming application used in reciprocating screw injection molding machine was built more than a decade, some limitations, such as poor surface quality or poor foaming control, confine the usage of this technology. Earlier CAE simulation tool for microcellular injection molding was not successful due to insufficient physical and computational considerations, limited by complicated bubble growth mechanism; so that, an economic and efficient tool for examining foaming quality of injection foaming product was lack. In this study, a recent developed three-dimensional simulation tool is used to predict injection foaming process. Predictions are carried out with commodity polypropylene and polystyrene with nitrogen and carbon dioxide supercritical fluids (SCFs). Comparisons of simulations between microcellular injection molding with and without counter pressure are discussed to provide insights into the correlation of surface quality and cell size distribution near the surface of product. Furthermore, comparisons between simulation predictions and experimental results of molding process, which is featured with dynamic mold temperature and gas counter pressure, are given for understanding quality improvement by controlling foaming morphology, and benefit of industrial application.

  10. Effect of cross sectional geometry on PDMS micro peristaltic pump performance: comparison of SU-8 replica molding vs. micro injection molding.

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    Graf, Neil J; Bowser, Michael T

    2013-10-01

    Two different fabrication methods were employed to fabricate micropumps with different cross-sectional channel geometries. The first was to fabricate rectangular cross-sectional microchannel geometries using the well known fabrication method of replica molding (REM). The second, and far less utilized fabrication technique, was to create microchannel molds using an in-house fabricated handheld micro injection molding apparatus. The injection mold apparatus was designed for use with elastomeric room temperature vulcanization (RTV) polymers, as opposed to most other injection molding machines, which are designed for use with thermoplastic polymers. The injection mold's bottom plate was used as a microchannel molding template. The molding template was created by threading a small-diameter wire (150 μm or less) through the injection mold's bottom plate, with subsequent adhesion and smoothing of a thin piece of aluminum foil over the wire-raised injection mold template. When molded against, the template produced a rounded/Gaussian-shaped PDMS microchannel. The design of the injection mold will be presented, along with a direct comparison for micropump performance metrics such as flow rate, valving characteristics, and maximum backpressures attainable for each of the respective micropump channel geometries. PMID:23917263

  11. Modelling cellular behaviour

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    Endy, Drew; Brent, Roger

    2001-01-01

    Representations of cellular processes that can be used to compute their future behaviour would be of general scientific and practical value. But past attempts to construct such representations have been disappointing. This is now changing. Increases in biological understanding combined with advances in computational methods and in computer power make it possible to foresee construction of useful and predictive simulations of cellular processes.

  12. Analysis of Injection Molding Process Based on MoldFlow/MPI for Large Plastic Pallet%基于MoldFlow/MPI的大型塑料托盘注射成型分析

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    段贤勇

    2012-01-01

    运用MoldFlow/MPI模块对大型塑料托盘注射成型过程进行模流分析,预测了可能出现的注射短射等缺陷,根据分析结果,提出了工艺优化方案,从而缩短模具设计制造周期。%Used MoldFlow/MPI to analyze the mold flow for the large plastic pallet molding process, and predict the possible injection molding defects such as injection molding short shot. According to the analysis, it gives process optimization to reduce the mold design and manufacture cycle.

  13. 浮选柱浮选金矿矿泥半工业试验研究%Semi Industrial Test by Analysis of Flotation Column Flotation Gold Slime

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    管乐; 高云; 孙日舜

    2013-01-01

    本文介绍了某金矿应用浮选柱浮选矿泥所进行的半工业试验过程及结果分析。通过试验及数据分析,表明了浮选柱适合该金矿浮选矿泥,并能够取得比较好的技术指标。%This paper introduces the application of flotation column flotation gold slime and the analysis of semi industrial test process and result in a gold mine. Through the test and data analysis, it shows that the flotation column for the gold flotation slime, and can better achieve technical index.

  14. Residual stress distribution in injection molded parts

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    P. Postawa

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper presents the results of the investigations of influence of the amorphous polystyrene (PSprocessing on the diversity of the internal stresses observed in the injection moulded piece.Design/methodology/approach: For the tests, the standardized mould piece designed for the investigations ofthe processing shrinkage of thermoplastics materials has been used. The samples have been prepared using theDesign of Experiment (DoE theory.The state of internal stresses has been analysed by means of photoelastic method (used stress viewer equipmenton the basis of the layout and size of the isochromatics (fields with the same colour, which determine the mouldpiece’s areas where the same value for the difference of main tensions. In the article the results of investigationsof influence of 5 chosen processing parameters such as injection temperature Tw, mould temperature Tf,clamping pressure pd, cooling time tch and the injection speed vw on the changes in isochromatics layout as adeterminant for diversity of internal stresses in injection moulded pieces have been presented.Findings: The performed investigations of the influence of injection conditions on the state of internal stressesreached for injection mould pieces were to determine the parameters of injection at which the achieved state ofthe stresses in the mould piece (described by the difference of main tensions will show the lowest values.Practical implications: Effects of examinations of influence of processing conditions on residual stress ininjection molded parts (presented in the article could find practical application in polymer industry, both smalland large enterprises.Originality/value: New approach to fast estimation of value of residual stresses were present in the paper.

  15. Molds and mycotoxins in freshly harvested maize

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    Krnjaja Vesna S.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Incidence of toxigenic fungi (molds and concentration of mycotoxin aflatoxin B1 (AFB1, deoxynivalenol (DON, zearalenone (ZON and fumonisin (FB1 were studied in the maize grains collected immediately after harvesting in 2012. A total of 29 maize samples were analyzed and the highest incidence was determined for fungal species of Rhizopus (56.41%, Aspergillus (43.66% and Fusarium (14.97% genera. Significantly lower incidence was obtained for species of genus Penicillium (3.31%, and especially for species of genera Acremonium (1.38%, Alternaria (0.75% and Cladosporium (0.14%. Among toxigenic fungi Aspergillus flavus (36.69% was the most common species of As­pergillus genus, whereas the Fusarium verticillioides with 14.69% of incidence was the predominant species of Fusarium genus. In all studied maize samples, the presence of AFB1, ZON and FB1 mycotoxins was established, except for DON which was established in 75.86% samples. AFB1 was detected in average concentration of 13.95 μg kg-1 for 44.83% of samples, and average concentration higher than 40 μg kg-1 for 55.17% of samples. The average concentrations of DON which was detected was 235 μg kg-1, while it was 98.38 μg kg-1 and 3590 μg kg-1 for the presence of ZON and FB1, respectively. Moderate positive correla­tion was obtained between concentrations of AFB1 and FB1 (r=0.35, while weak positive correlation was established between concentrations ZON and DON (r=0.02. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TR-31023, br. TR-31033 i br. TR-46010

  16. Orientation of Carbon Fibers in Copper matrix Produced by Powder Injection Molding

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    Irfan Shirazi M.

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Fiber orientation is a big challenge in short fiber reinforced composites. Powder injection molding (PIM process has some intrinsic fiber alignment associated with it. During PIM process fibers in skin region of moldings are aligned as these regions experience higher shear flow caused by the mold walls. Fibers in the core region remain randomly aligned as these regions are far from mold walls and experience lesser shear flow. In this study short carbon fiber (CF reinforced copper matrix composite was developed by PIM process. Two copper composite feedstock formulations were prepared having 5 vol% and 10 vol% CFs and a wax based binder system. Fiber orientation was controlled during injection molding by using a modified mold that has a diverging sprue. The sprue creates converging flow when feedstock enters into the mold cavity. Fiber orientation was analysed after molding using FESEM. The orientation of fibers can be controlled by controlling flow of feedstock into the mold.

  17. The measure of removing sulfate ion from Tin anode slime%电解锡阳极泥中硫酸根脱除的方法

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    谢丹丹

    2012-01-01

    The article is about how to removing sulfate ion from tin anode slime, choosing the reagent sodium carbonate, and decide the terminal point of cleaning.%文章考察了电解锡阳极泥中硫酸根的脱除方法,在试验中选择洗涤的试剂碳酸钠,并对洗涤的终点进行了确定。

  18. 煤泥高效离心脱水机脱水效果的试验研究%Experimental study on dehydration effects of efficient slime centrifuge

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    杨建国; 刘传印; 程晓峰; 王兴兴

    2011-01-01

    Aiming at the dehydration process of fine coal with the slime centrifuge, influences of feedings size, feedings concentration, centrifugal factor and residence duration on the dehydration effect are studied. The re sults show that variation of the feedings characters have great influences on the dehydration performance of the slime centrifuge, so when they change, the centrifuge's working parameters need to adjust so as to ensure the dehydration performance. The centrifugal factor and the residence duration of the efficient slime centrifuge can be adjusted precisely as the feedings characters change, thus it has good adaptability for feedings with different characters, and is has more advantages than the traditional slime centrifuge.%针对煤泥离心脱水机对细粒煤的脱水过程,研究了入料粒度、入料浓度、离心因数与停留时间对脱水效果的影响.结果表明,入料性质的变化对煤泥离心脱水机脱水效果的影响较为显著,入料性质变化时应及时调整离心机参数才能确保脱水效果.煤泥高效离心机的离心因数、物料停留时间可根据物料性质的改变进行精确调节,对不同性质的入料均有较好的适应性,相比较传统煤泥离心机有较大的优势.

  19. Coarse Coal Slime Dewatering Process and Equipment Modification Research%粗煤泥脱水工艺和设备的改造研究

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    李永红

    2015-01-01

    To solve the problem of high degradation degree and larger scale of coal slime in Zhungeer's mine, Zhungeer's coal preparation plant has analyzed and compared some current coarse slime dehydration technology in coal preparation production, and has solved the problem of coarse slime dehydration by using sieve bend-high frequency screen dehydration process.%针对准格尔矿区矸石易泥化、洗选系统中粗煤泥浓度波动范围大、粗煤泥脱水效果差的问题,进行原因查找,并介绍选煤厂现有几种粗煤泥煤泥脱水设备及工艺,根据选煤厂粗煤泥水的特性,对粗煤泥脱水工艺进行升级改造,解决粗煤泥脱水问题。

  20. Degradation of slime extracellular polymeric substances and inhibited sludge flocs destruction contribute to sludge dewaterability enhancement during fungal treatment of sludge using filamentous fungus Mucor sp. GY-1.

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    Wang, Zhenyu; Zheng, Guanyu; Zhou, Lixiang

    2015-09-01

    Mechanisms responsible for the sludge dewaterability enhanced by filamentous fungi during fungal treatment of sludge were investigated in the present study. The filamentous fungus Mucor sp. GY-1, isolated from waste activated sludge, enhanced sludge dewaterability by 82.1% to achieve the lowest value of normalized sludge specific resistance to filtration (SRF), 8.18 × 10(10) m · L/kg · g-TSS. During the fungal treatment of sludge, 57.8% of slime extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and 51.1% of polysaccharide in slime EPS were degraded, respectively, by Mucor sp. GY-1, contributing to the improvement of sludge dewaterability. Slime EPS is much more available for Mucor sp. GY-1 than either LB-EPS or TB-EPS that bound with microbial cells. In addition, filamentous fungus Mucor sp. GY-1 entrapped small sludge particles and inhibited the destruction of sludge flocs larger than 100 μm, thus enhancing sludge dewaterability, during fungal treatment of sludge using Mucor sp. GY-1. PMID:26086084