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  1. Zr-ZrO2 cermet solar coatings designed by modelling calculations and deposited by dc magnetron sputtering

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    Zhang, Qi-Chu; Hadavi, M. S.; Lee, K.-D.; Shen, Y. G.

    2003-03-01

    High solar performance Zr-ZrO2 cermet solar coatings were designed using a numerical computer model and deposited experimentally. The layer thickness and Zr metal volume fraction for the Zr-ZrO2 cermet solar selective coatings on a Zr or Al reflector with a surface ZrO2 or Al2O3 anti-reflection layer were optimized to achieve maximum photo-thermal conversion efficiency at 80°C under concentration factors of 1-20 using the downhill simplex method in multi-dimensions in the numerical calculation. The dielectric function and the complex refractive index of Zr-ZrO2 cermet materials were calculated using Sheng's approximation. Optimization calculations show that Al2O3/Zr-ZrO2/Al solar coatings with two cermet layers and three cermet layers have nearly identical solar absorptance, emittance and photo-thermal conversion efficiency that are much better than those for films with one cermet layer. The optimized Al2O3/Zr-ZrO2/Al solar coating film with two cermet layers has a high solar absorptance value of 0.97 and low hemispherical emittance value of 0.05 at 80°C for a concentration factor of 2. The Al2O3/Zr-ZrO2/Al solar selective coatings with two cermet layers were deposited using dc magnetron sputtering technology. During the deposition of Zr-ZrO2 cermet layer, a Zr metallic target was run in a gas mixture of argon and oxygen. By control of oxygen flow rate the different metal volume fractions in the cermet layers were achieved using dc reactive sputtering. A solar absorptance of 0.96 and normal emittance of 0.05 at 80°C were achieved.

  2. Zr-ZrO{sub 2} cermet solar coatings designed by modelling calculations and deposited by dc magnetron sputtering

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    Zhang Qichu [School of Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Hadavi, M S [School of Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Lee, K-D [School of Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Shen, Y G [Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (China)

    2003-03-21

    High solar performance Zr-ZrO{sub 2} cermet solar coatings were designed using a numerical computer model and deposited experimentally. The layer thickness and Zr metal volume fraction for the Zr-ZrO{sub 2} cermet solar selective coatings on a Zr or Al reflector with a surface ZrO{sub 2} or Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} anti-reflection layer were optimized to achieve maximum photo-thermal conversion efficiency at 80 deg. C under concentration factors of 1-20 using the downhill simplex method in multi-dimensions in the numerical calculation. The dielectric function and the complex refractive index of Zr-ZrO{sub 2} cermet materials were calculated using Sheng's approximation. Optimization calculations show that Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Zr-ZrO{sub 2}/Al solar coatings with two cermet layers and three cermet layers have nearly identical solar absorptance, emittance and photo-thermal conversion efficiency that are much better than those for films with one cermet layer. The optimized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Zr-ZrO{sub 2}/Al solar coating film with two cermet layers has a high solar absorptance value of 0.97 and low hemispherical emittance value of 0.05 at 80 deg. C for a concentration factor of 2. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Zr-ZrO{sub 2}/Al solar selective coatings with two cermet layers were deposited using dc magnetron sputtering technology. During the deposition of Zr-ZrO{sub 2} cermet layer, a Zr metallic target was run in a gas mixture of argon and oxygen. By control of oxygen flow rate the different metal volume fractions in the cermet layers were achieved using dc reactive sputtering. A solar absorptance of 0.96 and normal emittance of 0.05 at 80 deg. C were achieved.

  3. Zr-ZrO sub 2 cermet solar coatings designed by modelling calculations and deposited by dc magnetron sputtering

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    Zhang Qi Chu; Lee, K D; Shen, Y G

    2003-01-01

    High solar performance Zr-ZrO sub 2 cermet solar coatings were designed using a numerical computer model and deposited experimentally. The layer thickness and Zr metal volume fraction for the Zr-ZrO sub 2 cermet solar selective coatings on a Zr or Al reflector with a surface ZrO sub 2 or Al sub 2 O sub 3 anti-reflection layer were optimized to achieve maximum photo-thermal conversion efficiency at 80 deg. C under concentration factors of 1-20 using the downhill simplex method in multi-dimensions in the numerical calculation. The dielectric function and the complex refractive index of Zr-ZrO sub 2 cermet materials were calculated using Sheng's approximation. Optimization calculations show that Al sub 2 O sub 3 /Zr-ZrO sub 2 /Al solar coatings with two cermet layers and three cermet layers have nearly identical solar absorptance, emittance and photo-thermal conversion efficiency that are much better than those for films with one cermet layer. The optimized Al sub 2 O sub 3 /Zr-ZrO sub 2 /Al solar coating film w...

  4. Structure And Properties Of PVD Coatings Deposited On Cermets

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    Żukowska L.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The main aim of the research is the investigation of the structure and properties of single-layer and gradient coatings of the type (Ti,AlN and Ti(C,N deposited by physical vapour deposition technology (PVD on the cermets substrate.

  5. Tribological properties of TiA1N-coated cermets

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    ZHENG Liyun; ZHAO Lixin; XIONG Weihao

    2009-01-01

    Ti(C,N)-based cermets were coated with TiAlN using multi-arc ion plating technology. Sliding wear tests were performed on the coated cermets. The microstructure and morphologies oftbe coated cermets before and after friction and wear tests were characterized. The results show that the TiAlN coating surface was smooth and its root mean square roughness was 16.6 nm. The hardness (HK) of TiAlN coating lay-ers reached approximately 3200 and the critical load (Lc) under which the coating failure occurred was 59 N. The sliding wear test results show that the friction coefficients of the TiAlN-coated cermets were lower than that of the cermets without any coating. Under the same load, the adhesion phenomenon of the counterpart materials on the specimens was improved and the mean friction coefficient increased with in-average friction coefficient of the TiAlN-coated cermets was lower under a higher load. The wear mechanisms of the TiAIN-coated cermets were mainly adhesive and abrasive wear.

  6. Development and Characterization of Nanostructured Cermet Coatings Produced by Co-electrodeposition

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    Farrokhzad, Mohammad Ali

    Nanostructured cermet (ceramic-metallic) coatings are a group of materials that combine properties possessed by ceramics, such as oxidation resistance and high hardness, and the properties of metals such as strength and ductility. These coatings consist of nano-sized metal-oxide particles (i.e. Al2 O3) dispersed into a corrosion resistant metal matrix such as nickel. Cermet coatings have been used in many industrial applications such as cutting tools and jet engines where high temperature and erosion resistance performance are required. However, despite the promising properties, the lack of experimental data and theories on high temperature oxidation and mechanical properties of cermet coatings have restricted their full potential to be used in technologies for oil sand production such as In-Situ Combustion (ISC). In this study, the structure of cermet coatings was investigated to identify the characteristics that give rise to oxidation performance and wear resistance properties of cermet coatings. The experimental oxidation results on the single-component oxide cermet coatings showed that when Al2O3 and TiO2 were combined in the electrolyte, the new combination can improve oxidation performance (less mass gain) as compared to a pure Ni coating. Based on the oxidation and micro-hardness results, a new group of nanostructured cermet coatings (double-component oxides) was developed and investigated using long term oxidation tests, thermo-gravimetric analysis in mixed gas, thermal cycling, micro-hardness and abrasive wear tests. The mechanical analysis of the newly developed coatings showed improved resistance against wear and thermal cycling compared to single-component oxide cermet and pure Ni coatings. Furthermore, some new theoretical analysis were also put forward that aims at a new explanation of high temperature oxidation for cermet coatings.

  7. Effect of air plasma spraying parameters on WC-Co cermet coating

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    WC-Co cermet coatings were produced on AISI 321 stainless steel samples by air plasma spraying system. In this regard, the coatings were deposited by varying the spraying distance i.e. 80 mm and 100 mm. It was observed that spraying distance play an important role on the final properties of the WC-Co cermet coating. The coatings were characterized by optical and electron microscopy, microhardness testing and X-Ray Diffractometry. A remarkable micro-structural difference was observed between the two coatings. It was observed that the coatings produced at 80 mm having more porosity and un-melted particles as compared to that produced at higher distance. Similarly, the change in concentration of metallurgical phases was also observed. (author)

  8. TiC/Fe cermet coating by plasma cladding using asphalt as a carbonaceous precursor

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    Junbo Liu

    2008-01-01

    A new Ti-Fe-C compound powder for plasma cladding was prepared by heating a mixture powder of ferrotitanium and asphalt pyro-lyzed as a carbonaceous precursor. The carbon by the pyrolysis of the asphalt acts as a reactive constituent as well as a binder in the compound powder. The TiC/Fe cermet coatings were prepared by plasma cladding with the compound powder. Results show that the Ti-Fe-C compound powder has a very tight structure, which can avoid the problem of the reactive constituent particles being separated during cladding. The TiC/Fe cermet coating presents a typical morphology of plasma cladding coatings with two different laminated layers: one is the composite layer in which the round fine TiC particles (<500 nm) are dispersed within a Fe matrix, the other is the paragentic layer of TiC and Ti2O3. The coating shows high hardness and excellent wear resistance. The surface hardness of the coating is 68 ± 5(HR30N). In the same fretting conditions, the wear area of Ni60 coating is about 11 times as much as the TiC/Fe cermet coating.

  9. Structure and mechanical properties of plasma WC-Co cermet coatings

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    A comparative analysis of phase compositions and microhardness values of WC-Co cermet coatings produced by plasma and high-speed gas-flame spraying has been carried out. It was shown that WC carbide and all type tungsten carbides content in the coatings rise up to 52 and 80% respectively when the plasma flow temperature is decreased. Microhardness of sprayed particles takes a value of 22 GPa while that of initial powder is 23 GPa

  10. Microstructure and mechanical properties of hot isostatically pressed cermets with TiN coatings

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    ZHENG Liyun; XIONG Weihao; YAN Xianmei; LI Guo'an

    2006-01-01

    To increase the adhesion strength between the coating and the substrate, sintered Ti(C,N)-based cermets were selected and deposited with monolayer TiN using a multiarc ion-plating technique; subsequently, hot isostatic pressing (HIPing) treatment was performed at 1000℃ using nitrogen pressure up to 110 MPa. The mechanical properties of cermets after a coating process and subsequent HIPing treatment have been evaluated with respect to the hardness, the residual stress, and the coating adhesion. The results show that after the HIPing process, there was a higher increase in critical load in the TiN-coated cermets with lower surface roughness compared with those with higher surface roughness. In all cases, the residual stress was found to be compressive. The effects of substrate surface roughness and posttreatment on the adhesion strength of the coatings were thus investigated. It was also found that the HIPing posttreatment process is well suited for increasing the adhesion strength between the coating and the substrate.

  11. Plasma cermet WC-Co coatings hardened by micro- and nanosized carbides

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    Significant changes of the structure and phase composition of formed cermet WC-Co coatings are possible under plasma spraying of mechanically alloyed nano- and micro-sized powders. WC carbide content can be lowered from 43.9% in initial powder to 3.8% in coating. During deposition process, intense formation of non-equilibrium phases takes place which are fixed in the coating at quenching from a liquid state at cooling rate of 108 K/s. In spite of the changes of phase composition of WC-Co hard alloy, inner bulk of sprayed particles has a high (15-23 GPa) value of microhardness

  12. Nondestructive evaluation of a cermet coating using ultrasonic and eddy current techniques

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    This paper describes a series of experiments conducted to characterize cermet coatings using conventional ultrasonic and eddy current techniques as well as an ultrasonic leaky surface wave method. The results demonstrate the ability of these techniques to detect the presence of artificial defects on the surface or beneath the surface of the coating. In addition, ultrasonic tests in particular ultrasonic leaky surface waves demonstrate the ability to detect the presence of manufacturing flaws. Ultrasonic time-of-flight and eddy current quadrature measurements also show sensitivity to variations in coating thickness

  13. Wear Resistant Thermal Sprayed Composite Coatings Based on Iron Self-Fluxing Alloy and Recycled Cermet Powders

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    Heikki SARJAS

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Thermal spray and WC-Co based coatings are widely used in areas subjected to abrasive wear. Commercial  cermet thermal spray powders for HVOF are relatively expensive. Therefore applying these powders in cost-sensitive areas like mining and agriculture are hindered. Nowadays, the use of cheap iron based self-fluxing alloy powders for thermal spray is limited. The aim of this research was to study properties of composite powders based on self-fluxing alloys and recycled cermets and to examine the properties of thermally sprayed (HVOF coatings from composite powders based on iron self-fluxing alloy and recycled cermet powders (Cr3C2-Ni and WC-Co. To estimate the properties of  recycled cermet powders, the sieving analysis, laser granulometry and morphology were conducted. For deposition of coatings High Velocity Oxy-Fuel spray was used. The structure and composition of powders and coatings were estimated by SEM and XRD methods. Abrasive wear performance of coatings was determined and compared with wear resistance of coatings from commercial powders. The wear resistance of thermal sprayed coatings from self-fluxing alloy and recycled cermet powders at abrasion is comparable with wear resistance of coatings from commercial expensive spray powders and may be an alternative in tribological applications in cost-sensitive areas.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.18.1.1338

  14. Solar Selective Coatings Developed for Space Power Applications

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    Jaworske, Donald A.

    2002-01-01

    A solar collector having the combined properties of high solar absorptance, low infrared emittance, and high thermal conductivity is envisioned for space power applications on minisatellites. A high solar absorptance is needed to collect as much of the incident solar radiation as possible and a low infrared emittance is needed to minimize radiant energy losses. A lightweight material having a high thermal conductivity is needed to transport the absorbed energy to where it is needed. Such a solar collector may be used with a low temperature-differential heat engine to provide electric power to the minisatellite components or as a source of thermal energy for a thermal bus that would heat remote regions of the spacecraft. The key to such a collector is the use of cermet coatings. Cermet coatings are composed of molecular islands of metal embedded in a three-dimensional matrix of dielectric. Recent research on molecular mixtures of aluminum and aluminum oxide at the NASA Glenn Research Center has yielded cermet coatings with a solar absorptance a of 0.797 and an infrared emittance epsilon of 0.131, yielding an alpha/epsilon ratio of 6. Although additional work is needed to further increase the alpha/epsilon ratio, these coatings are attractive owing to their potential durability in the space environment. The aluminum oxide surface should provide substantial protection from the atomic oxygen found in low Earth orbit. To help minimize emittance, these coatings are deposited on a smooth surface. The selected surface is aluminum that has been diamond turned to a mirror finish. Cermet coatings are manufactured by sputter deposition. To achieve the desired variable composition, Glenn's researchers implemented a novel approach using a cylindrical target composed of aluminum and aluminum oxide. Rotating the cylinder during the deposition process yields a coating of variable composition. A photograph of the custom-made aluminum and aluminum oxide cylindrical target installed

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

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    Leszek A. Dobrzañski; Klaudiusz Golombek

    2005-01-01

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

  16. TiN+gradient or multi(Ti,Al,Si)N+TiN coatings deposited on cermets by CAE process: characteristic of structure and properties

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    L.A. Dobrzański; K. Gołombek

    2005-01-01

    Purpose: It has been demonstrated in the paper that deposition of the multilayer and gradient coatings with the PVD method in the Cathodic Arc Evaporation CAE process on tools made from cermets.Design/methodology/approach: Structural examinations are presented of the applied coatings and their substrate made on the TEM, SEM and on the light microscope. Evaluation of the adhesion of the deposited coatings onto the cermets was made using the scratch test. Cutting properties of the investigated ...

  17. Characterization and High-Temperature Erosion Behaviour of HVOF Thermal Spray Cermet Coatings

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    Kumar, Pardeep; Sidhu, Buta Singh

    2016-01-01

    High-velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) thermal spray, carbide-cermet-based coatings are usually employed in high-temperature erosive and erosive-corrosive environments. Extensive literature is available on high-temperature erosion performance of HVOF coatings under moderate to low particle flux and velocities for application in boiler tubes. This research work presents the characterization and high-temperature erosion behaviour of Cr3C2-25NiCr and WC-10Co-4Cr HVOF-sprayed coatings. Coatings were formulated on the substrate steel of type AISI 304, commonly used for the fabrication of pulverized coal burner nozzles (PCBN). Erosion testing was carried out in high-temperature air-jet erosion tester after simulating the conditions akin to that prevailing in PCBN in the boiler furnace. The coatings were tested for erosion behaviour at different angles and temperatures by freezing other test parameters. Brittle erosion behaviour was depicted in erosion testing, and the coatings couldn't restrain the erodent attacks to protect the substrate. High particle velocity and high particle flux were attributed to be the reasons of extensive erosive weight loss of the coatings. The surface morphology of the eroded specimens was analysed from back-scattered electron images to depict the probable mechanism of material removal. The coatings were characterized with optical microscopy, SEM-EDS analysis, XRD analysis, micro-hardness testing, porosity measurements, surface roughness testing and bond strength testing. The work was undertaken to investigate the performance of the selected coatings in highly erosive environment, so as to envisage their application in PCBNs for protection against material degradation. The coatings could only sustain in oblique impact erosion at room temperature and depleted fully under all other conditions.

  18. Laser nanostructured Co nanocylinders-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} cermets for enhanced & flexible solar selective absorbers applications

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    Karoro, A., E-mail: angela@tlabs.ac.za [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Western Cape (South Africa); Nuru, Z.Y.; Kotsedi, L.; Bouziane, Kh. [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Western Cape (South Africa); Mothudi, B.M. [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Physics Dept., University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Maaza, M. [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Western Cape (South Africa)

    2015-08-30

    Highlights: • Co-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was synthesized by electrodeposition & femtosecond laser structuring. • The ultrafast laser structuring significantly increases the solar absorption. • Co-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} exhibited 0.98 solar absorptance and 0.03 thermal emittance. - Abstract: We report on the structural and optical properties of laser surface structured Co nanocylinders-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} cermets on flexible Aluminium substrate for enhanced solar selective absorbers applications. This new family of solar selective absorbers coating consisting of Co nanocylinders embedded into nanoporous alumina template which were produced by standard electrodeposition and thereafter submitted to femtosecond laser surface structuring. While their structural and chemical properties were investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectrometry and atomic force microscopy, their optical characteristics were investigated by specular & diffuse reflectance. The optimized samples exhibit an elevated optical absorptance α(λ) above 98% and an emittance ε(λ) ∼0.03 in the spectral range of 200–1100 nm. This set of values was suggested to be related to several surface and volume phenomena such as light trapping, plasmon surface effect as well as angular dependence of light reflection induced by the ultrafast laser multi-scale structuring.

  19. Laser nanostructured Co nanocylinders-Al2O3 cermets for enhanced & flexible solar selective absorbers applications

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    Highlights: • Co-Al2O3 was synthesized by electrodeposition & femtosecond laser structuring. • The ultrafast laser structuring significantly increases the solar absorption. • Co-Al2O3 exhibited 0.98 solar absorptance and 0.03 thermal emittance. - Abstract: We report on the structural and optical properties of laser surface structured Co nanocylinders-Al2O3 cermets on flexible Aluminium substrate for enhanced solar selective absorbers applications. This new family of solar selective absorbers coating consisting of Co nanocylinders embedded into nanoporous alumina template which were produced by standard electrodeposition and thereafter submitted to femtosecond laser surface structuring. While their structural and chemical properties were investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectrometry and atomic force microscopy, their optical characteristics were investigated by specular & diffuse reflectance. The optimized samples exhibit an elevated optical absorptance α(λ) above 98% and an emittance ε(λ) ∼0.03 in the spectral range of 200–1100 nm. This set of values was suggested to be related to several surface and volume phenomena such as light trapping, plasmon surface effect as well as angular dependence of light reflection induced by the ultrafast laser multi-scale structuring

  20. The Hot Corrosion Performance of NiCr-Cr3 C2 Cermet Coating to Boiler Tube

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    DINGZhang-xiong; TUGuo-fu

    2004-01-01

    Three kinds of NiCr-Cr3 C2 cermet coatings were designed and deposited by the subsonic velocity flame spraying, and their performances of hot corrosion performance were evaluated in comt)arison with 102G,20G boiler tube steel, FeCrAl, NiCrTi, Ni5OCr and NiCrAIMoFe-Cr3 C2 coatings, which are widely used at present for protection of boiler tubes. Meanwhile, the influence of sealer on the hot corrosion resistance of warious coatings and the mechanisms of coating corrosion were explored.

  1. High temperature oxidation behaviour of nanostructured cermet coatings in amixed CO/sub 2/ - O/sub 2/ environment

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    Nanostructured ceramic-metallic (cermet) coatings composed of nanosized ceramic particles (alpha-Al /sub 2/O/sub 3/ and TiO/sub 2/) dispersed in a nickel matrix were co-electrodeposited and then oxidized at 500 degree C, 600 degree C and 700 degree C in a mixed gas using a Thermo-gravimetric Analysis (TGA) apparatus. The mixed gas was composed of 15 percentage CO/sub 2/, 10 percentage O/sub 2/ and 75 percentage N/sub 2/. This research investigates the effects of CO/sub 2/ and O/sub 2/ partial pressures on time-depended oxidation rates for coatings and compared them to the results from atmospheric oxidation under similar temperatures. The increase in partial pressure of oxygen due to the presence of CO/sub 2/ at each tested temperature was calculated and correlated to the oxidation rate of the coatings. The results showed that the presence of CO/sub 2/ in the system increased the oxidation rate of cermet coatings when compared to atmospheric oxidation at the same temperature. It was also shown that the increase in the oxidation rate is not the result of CO/sub 2/ acting as the primary oxidant but as a secondary oxidant which results in an increase of the total partial pressure of oxygen and consequently higher oxidation rates. The WDS and XRD analyses results showed that the presence of nanosized TiO/sub 2/ particles in a nickel matrix can improve oxidation behaviour of the coatings by formation of Nu i-Tau i compounds on oxidizing surface of the coating which was found beneficiary in reducing the oxidation rates for cermet coatings. (author)

  2. High temperature oxidation behaviour of nanostructured cermet coatings in a mixed CO2 – O2 environment

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    Nanostructured ceramic-metallic (cermet) coatings composed of nanosized ceramic particles (α-Al2O3 and TiO2) dispersed in a nickel matrix were co-electrodeposited and then oxidized at 500°C, 600°C and 700°C in a mixed gas using a Thermo-gravimetric Analysis (TGA) apparatus. The mixed gas was composed of 15% CO2, 10% O2 and 75% N2. This research investigates the effects of CO2 and O2 partial pressures on time-depended oxidation rates for coatings and compared them to the results from atmospheric oxidation under similar temperatures. The increase in partial pressure of oxygen due to the presence of CO2 at each tested temperature was calculated and correlated to the oxidation rate of the coatings. The results showed that the presence of CO2 in the system increased the oxidation rate of cermet coatings when compared to atmospheric oxidation at the same temperature. It was also shown that the increase in the oxidation rate is not the result of CO2 acting as the primary oxidant but as a secondary oxidant which results in an increase of the total partial pressure of oxygen and consequently higher oxidation rates. The WDS and XRD analyses results showed that the presence of nanosized TiO2 particles in a nickel matrix can improve oxidation behaviour of the coatings by formation of Ni-Ti compounds on oxidizing surface of the coating which was found beneficiary in reducing the oxidation rates for cermet coatings

  3. Laser nanostructured Co nanocylinders-Al2O3 cermets for enhanced & flexible solar selective absorbers applications

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    Karoro, A.; Nuru, Z. Y.; Kotsedi, L.; Bouziane, Kh.; Mothudi, B. M.; Maaza, M.

    2015-08-01

    We report on the structural and optical properties of laser surface structured Co nanocylinders-Al2O3 cermets on flexible Aluminium substrate for enhanced solar selective absorbers applications. This new family of solar selective absorbers coating consisting of Co nanocylinders embedded into nanoporous alumina template which were produced by standard electrodeposition and thereafter submitted to femtosecond laser surface structuring. While their structural and chemical properties were investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectrometry and atomic force microscopy, their optical characteristics were investigated by specular & diffuse reflectance. The optimized samples exhibit an elevated optical absorptance α(λ) above 98% and an emittance ɛ(λ) ∼0.03 in the spectral range of 200-1100 nm. This set of values was suggested to be related to several surface and volume phenomena such as light trapping, plasmon surface effect as well as angular dependence of light reflection induced by the ultrafast laser multi-scale structuring.

  4. Corrosion behavior of laser-clad Mo2NiB2 cermet coating on low carbon steel substrate

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    A Mo2NiB2 cermet coating on low carbon steel substrate was fabricated by laser cladding technique. The coating consisted of γ-(Fe, Ni) as a metallic matrix binder and Mo2NiB2 particles as a reinforced phase distributed uniformly in the microstructure. Corrosion behavior of the coating was investigated and the commercial 1Cr, 304SS, and G3 were used for comparison. G3 exhibited the highest corrosion resistance and 1Cr the lowest corrosion resistance, whereas 304SS and the coating exhibited the intermediate and similar corrosion resistance. However, the severe pitting corrosion which was observed in 304SS did not exist for the coating. (author)

  5. Acoustic emission analysis of Vickers indentation fracture of cermet and ceramic coatings

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    The aim of this work was to develop an instrumented experimental methodology of quantitative material evaluation based on the acoustic emission (AE) monitoring of a dead-weight Vickers indentation. This was to assess the degree of cracking and hence the toughness of thermally sprayed coatings. AE data were acquired during indentation tests on samples of coatings of nominal thickness 250–325 µm at a variety of indentation loads ranging from 49 to 490 N. Measurements were carried out on five different carbide and ceramic coatings (HVOF as-sprayed WC-12%Co (JP5000 and JetKote), HIPed WC-12%Co (JetKote) and as-sprayed Al2O3 (APS/Metco and HVOF/theta-gun)). The raw AE signals recorded during indentation were analysed and the total surface crack length around the indent determined. The results showed that the total surface crack length measured gave fracture toughness (K1c) values which were consistent with the published literature for similar coatings but evaluated using the classical approach (Palmqvist/half-penny model). Hence, the total surface crack length criteria can be applied to ceramic and cermet coatings which may or may not exhibit fracture via radial cracks. The values of K1c measured were 3.4 ± 0.1 MPa m1/2 for high-velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) (theta-gun) Al2O3, 4.6 ± 0.3 MPa m1/2 for as-sprayed HVOF (JetKote) WC-12%Co, 7.1±0.1 MPa m1/2 for as-sprayed HVOF (JP5000) WC-12%Co and 7.4 ± 0.2 MPa m1/2 for HIPed HVOF (JetKote) WC-12%Co coatings. The crack lengths were then calibrated against the AE response and correlation coefficients evaluated. The values of K1c measured using AE correlations were 3.3 MPa m1/2 for HVOF (theta-gun) Al2O3, 2.6 MPa m1/2 for APS (Metco) Al2O3, 2.5 MPa m1/2 for as-sprayed HVOF (JetKote) WC-12%Co, 6.3 MPa m1/2 for as-sprayed HVOF (JP5000) WC-12%Co and 8.6 MPa m1/2 for HIPed HVOF (JetKote) WC-12%Co coatings. It is concluded that within each category of coating type, AE can be used as a suitable surrogate for crack length

  6. Electrocurtain coating process for coating solar mirrors

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    Kabagambe, Benjamin; Boyd, Donald W.; Buchanan, Michael J.; Kelly, Patrick; Kutilek, Luke A.; McCamy, James W.; McPheron, Douglas A.; Orosz, Gary R.; Limbacher, Raymond D.

    2013-10-15

    An electrically conductive protective coating or film is provided over the surface of a reflective coating of a solar mirror by flowing or directing a cation containing liquid and an anion containing liquid onto the conductive surface. The cation and the anion containing liquids are spaced from, and preferably out of contact with one another on the surface of the reflective coating as an electric current is moved through the anion containing liquid, the conductive surface between the liquids and the cation containing liquid to coat the conductive surface with the electrically conductive coating.

  7. Abrasive wear behaviour of conventional and large-particle tungsten carbide-based cermet coatings as a function of abrasive size and type

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    Kamdi, Z.; Shipway, P.H.; Voisey, K.T.; Sturgeon, A.J.

    2011-01-01

    Abrasive wear behaviour of materials can be assessed using a wide variety of testing methods, and the relative performance of materials will tend to depend upon the testing procedure employed. In this work, two cermet type coatings have been examined, namely (i) a conventional tungsten carbide-cobalt thermally sprayed coating with a carbide size of between ∼0.3 – 5 μm and (ii) a tungsten carbide-nickel alloy weld overlay with large spherical carbides of the order of ∼50 – 140 μm in diameter (...

  8. Formation of molybdenum boride cermet coating by the detonation spray process

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    Yang, Gao; Zu-Kun, Hei; Xiaolei, Xu; Gang, Xin

    2001-09-01

    The effects of the powder particle size and the acetylene/oxygen gas flow ratio during the detonation spray process on the amount of molybdenum phase, porosity, and hardness of the coatings using MoB powder were investigated by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), etc. The results show that the presence of metallic molybdenum in the coating results from decomposition of MoB powder during thermal spray. The compositions of the coatings are metallic Mo, MoB, and Mo2B, which are different from the phases of the original powder. The amount of molybdenum phase increases monotonously with the oxygen/acetylene ratio, but the increasing rate for the fine powder is faster than that for the coarse powder. The porosity and hardness of the coating are related to the amount of molybdenum phase. The phase constitution of the coating is discussed.

  9. Influence of the HVOF Gas Composition on the Thermal Spraying of WC-Co Submicron Powders (-8 + 1 μm) to Produce Superfine Structured Cermet Coatings

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    Tillmann, W.; Vogli, E.; Baumann, I.; Matthaeus, G.; Ostrowski, T.

    2008-12-01

    Thermal spraying technology represents a novel and promising approach to protect forming tools with complex surfaces and highest shape accuracy against abrasive wear and galling. However, due to high or nonuniform layer thicknesses or inappropriate surface roughness conventional coarse-structured coatings are not suitable to achieve this aim. The application of novel submicron or nanoscaled feedstock materials in the thermal spray process can provide the deposition of cermet coatings with significantly improved characteristics and is recently of great interest in science and industry. In this collaborative study, the feeding and HVOF spraying of WC-Co submicron powders (-8 + 1 μm) have been investigated to manufacture superfine structured, wear resistant, near-net-shape coatings with improved macroscopic properties and smooth surfaces. The influences of varying HVOF gas compositions on the spray process and the coating properties have been analyzed.

  10. Selective optical coatings for solar collectors

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    Lowery, J. R.

    1980-01-01

    For best performance, energy-absorbing surface of solar collector should be characterized by high ratio of solar absorptance to thermal emitance. Report on optical characteristics of several chemical treatments and electrodeposited coatings for metal solar-absorbing surfaces should interest designers and users of solar-energy systems. Moisture resistance of some coatings is also reported.

  11. Absorptive coating for aluminum solar panels

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    Desmet, D.; Jason, A.; Parr, A.

    1979-01-01

    Method for coating forming coating of copper oxide from copper component of sheet aluminum/copper alloy provides strong durable solar heat collector panels. Copper oxide coating has solar absorption characteristics similar to black chrome and is much simpler and less costly to produce.

  12. Thermal Performance of an Annealed Pyrolytic Graphite Solar Collector

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    Jaworske, Donald A.; Hornacek, Jennifer

    2002-01-01

    A solar collector having the combined properties of high solar absorptance, low infrared emittance, and high thermal conductivity is needed for applications where solar energy is to be absorbed and transported for use in minisatellites. Such a solar collector may be used with a low temperature differential heat engine to provide power or with a thermal bus for thermal switching applications. One concept being considered for the solar collector is an Al2O3 cermet coating applied to a thermal conductivity enhanced polished aluminum substrate. The cermet coating provides high solar absorptance and the polished aluminum provides low infrared emittance. Annealed pyrolytic graphite embedded in the aluminum substrate provides enhanced thermal conductivity. The as-measured thermal performance of an annealed pyrolytic graphite thermal conductivity enhanced polished aluminum solar collector, coated with a cermet coating, will be presented.

  13. Coating, Titanium Dioxide and Solar Cell

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    Yang, Aohan

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this bachelor’s thesis is to get basic ideas about coating and a deep understanding of properties of titanium dioxide pigments as well as their application and performance in solar electricity energy technology. This thesis consists of three main parts, eight chapters. The first part is about basic knowledge of coating and tests of coated paper. Coating pigments are generally introduced in the part. In the second part, coating additives are introduced in details from ...

  14. Natural-oxide solar-collector coatings

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    Krupnick, A. C.; Roberts, M. L.; Sharpe, M. H.

    1979-01-01

    Optically selective coatings for solar collectors are produced by thermally treating stainless steel in furnace after series of cleaning and soaking operations. Coatings have withstood 18-month exposure tests at 100 percent relative humidity and temperatures of 95 F. Room temperature coatings are valuable as they are inexpensive to produce, highly production oriented, and environmentally stable.

  15. TRANSPARENT COATINGS FOR SOLAR CELLS RESEARCH

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    Glatkowski, P. J.; Landis, D. A.

    2013-04-16

    Todays solar cells are fabricated using metal oxide based transparent conductive coatings (TCC) or metal wires with optoelectronic performance exceeding that currently possible with Carbon Nanotube (CNT) based TCCs. The motivation for replacing current TCC is their inherent brittleness, high deposition cost, and high deposition temperatures; leading to reduced performance on thin substrates. With improved processing, application and characterization techniques Nanofiber and/or CNT based TCCs can overcome these shortcomings while offering the ability to be applied in atmospheric conditions using low cost coating processes At todays level of development, CNT based TCC are nearing commercial use in touch screens, some types of information displays (i.e. electronic paper), and certain military applications. However, the resistivity and transparency requirements for use in current commercial solar cells are more stringent than in many of these applications. Therefore, significant research on fundamental nanotube composition, dispersion and deposition are required to reach the required performance commanded by photovoltaic devices. The objective of this project was to research and develop transparent conductive coatings based on novel nanomaterial composite coatings, which comprise nanotubes, nanofibers, and other nanostructured materials along with binder materials. One objective was to show that these new nanomaterials perform at an electrical resistivity and optical transparency suitable for use in solar cells and other energy-related applications. A second objective was to generate new structures and chemistries with improved resistivity and transparency performance. The materials also included the binders and surface treatments that facilitate the utility of the electrically conductive portion of these composites in solar photovoltaic devices. Performance enhancement venues included: CNT purification and metallic tube separation techniques, chemical doping, CNT

  16. 激光熔覆MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷涂层的微观组织%Microstructure of MoB/CoCr cermet coating by laser cladding

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    陈枭; 纪岗昌; 王洪涛; 白小波; 林厚勤; 温雨

    2012-01-01

    MoB/CoCr cermet coating was prepared on 45 steel surface by using 5 kW CO2 laser. Microstructure, composition analysis and microhardness were studied. The results show that MoB/CoCr cermet coating is metallurgically bonded with substrate. The main elements of cladding layer are Mo, Cr and Co, the content of Fe ( wt% ) are increased obviously for diffusing among the alloyed zone. The hardness of the cladding layer is obviously higher than that of the substrate, which achieves the effect of surface strengthening.%采用5 kW CO2激光器在45钢表面激光熔覆制备MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷涂层,对涂层的微观组织、成分分布和显微硬度进行研究。结果表明,MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷涂层组织致密,与基体呈冶金结合。激光熔覆的熔覆区中的主要元素是Mo、Cr和Co,合金化区由于元素互扩散,Fe元素含量明显增加。激光熔覆后MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷涂层的硬度远远大于基体的硬度,起到了表面强化的作用。

  17. 汽车刹车片用复合型金属陶瓷涂层制备及性能研究%Preparation and Property Study of Composite Cermet Coating Used in Automobile Brake Shoes

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    侯占祥; 靳清

    2012-01-01

    The Preparation process and application property of composite cermet coating used in automobile brake shoes were studied in this paper. A new type of WC-CoCr10/4 cermet powder that joint R&D with a domestic research institute were selected and the optimized HVOF spraying process were uesd to made coating directly on the braking disc. The study found that, using the composite cermet coating as a braking disc can make its tensile strength up to 75 Mpa above with brake pads, Microhardness can reach 1300 (HV0.3), at the same time, the coating has compact structure and low porosity, which not only improving the wearing resistance and significant extending the life of brake shoes, but also reduce the cost of production,. And the coatings fully meet the practical use requirements and have a broad application prospect.%本文进行了将复合型金属陶瓷涂层用于汽车刹车片的制备工艺与应用性能的初步研究。选用与国内某研究机构联合研制的新型WC—CoCr10/4金属陶瓷粉体作为刹车片材料并采用优化后的HVOF超音速火焰喷涂工艺直接在制动盘上制备,经研究发现,采用该复合涂层作为刹车片可以使其与制动盘之间的拉伸结合强度达到75Mpa以上,显微硬度可达HV0.31300,同时该涂层具有组织致密、孔隙率低等特点,在提高刹车片耐磨性、显著延长使用寿命的同时也降低了生产成本,完全满足实际使用需求,具有广阔的应用前景。

  18. Effect of a titanium nitride interlayer on the densification, properties and microstructure of cermets based on alumina and nickel. Part 1: Densification and properties

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    Li, Shujie; Khosrovabadi, Paul Babayan; Kolster, Ben H.

    1992-01-01

    In order to manufacture cermets based on Al2O3 and Ni, Al2O3 particles were first coated with TiN by CVD and then mixed with pure Ni powder. The cermets were produced from the mixed powders by powder metallurgy processes. The relative density and the mechanical properties of the cermets are improved

  19. Cermet fuel reactors

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    Cowan, C.L.; Palmer, R.S.; Van Hoomissen, J.E.; Bhattacharyya, S.K.; Barner, J.O.

    1987-09-01

    Cermet fueled nuclear reactors are attractive candidates for high performance space power systems. The cermet fuel consists of tungsten-urania hexagonal fuel blocks characterized by high strength at elevated temperatures, a high thermal conductivity and resultant high thermal shock resistance. Key features of the cermet fueled reactor design are (1) the ability to achieve very high coolant exit temperatures, and (2) thermal shock resistance during rapid power changes, and (3) two barriers to fission product release - the cermet matrix and the fuel element cladding. Additionally, thre is a potential for achieving a long operating life because of (1) the neutronic insensitivity of the fast-spectrum core to the buildup of fission products and (2) the utilization of a high strength refractory metal matrix and structural materials. These materials also provide resistance against compression forces that potentially might compact and/or reconfigure the core. In addition, the neutronic properties of the refractory materials assure that the reactor remains substantially subcritical under conditions of water immersion. It is concluded that cermet fueled reactors can be utilized to meet the power requirements for a broad range of advanced space applications. 4 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs.

  20. Cermet fuel reactors

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    Cermet fueled nuclear reactors are attractive candidates for high performance space power systems. The cermet fuel consists of tungsten-urania hexagonal fuel blocks characterized by high strength at elevated temperatures, a high thermal conductivity and resultant high thermal shock resistance. Key features of the cermet fueled reactor design are (1) the ability to achieve very high coolant exit temperatures, and (2) thermal shock resistance during rapid power changes, and (3) two barriers to fission product release - the cermet matrix and the fuel element cladding. Additionally, thre is a potential for achieving a long operating life because of (1) the neutronic insensitivity of the fast-spectrum core to the buildup of fission products and (2) the utilization of a high strength refractory metal matrix and structural materials. These materials also provide resistance against compression forces that potentially might compact and/or reconfigure the core. In addition, the neutronic properties of the refractory materials assure that the reactor remains substantially subcritical under conditions of water immersion. It is concluded that cermet fueled reactors can be utilized to meet the power requirements for a broad range of advanced space applications. 4 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs

  1. TRANSPARENT COATINGS FOR SOLAR CELLS RESEARCH

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    Glatkowski, P.J.; Landis, D.A.

    2013-04-16

    Todays solar cells are fabricated using metal oxide based transparent conductive coatings (TCC) or metal wires with optoelectronic performance exceeding that currently possible with Carbon Nanotube (CNT) based TCCs. The motivation for replacing current TCC is their inherent brittleness, high deposition cost, and high deposition temperatures; leading to reduced performance on thin substrates. With improved processing, application and characterization techniques Nanofiber and/or CNT based TCCs can overcome these shortcomings while offering the ability to be applied in atmospheric conditions using low cost coating processes At todays level of development, CNT based TCC are nearing commercial use in touch screens, some types of information displays (i.e. electronic paper), and certain military applications. However, the resistivity and transparency requirements for use in current commercial solar cells are more stringent than in many of these applications. Therefore, significant research on fundamental nanotube composition, dispersion and deposition are required to reach the required performance commanded by photovoltaic devices. The objective of this project was to research and develop transparent conductive coatings based on novel nanomaterial composite coatings, which comprise nanotubes, nanofibers, and other nanostructured materials along with binder materials. One objective was to show that these new nanomaterials perform at an electrical resistivity and optical transparency suitable for use in solar cells and other energy-related applications. A second objective was to generate new structures and chemistries with improved resistivity and transparency performance. The materials also included the binders and surface treatments that facilitate the utility of the electrically conductive portion of these composites in solar photovoltaic devices. Performance enhancement venues included: CNT purification and metallic tube separation techniques, chemical doping, CNT

  2. Study on Abrasive Wear Properties of MoB/CoCr Cermet Coating%MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷涂层的磨粒磨损性能研究

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    陈枭; 纪岗昌

    2012-01-01

    在310S基体表面采用低压等离子喷涂(LPPS)技术制备MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷涂层.用扫描电镜观察涂层的组织结构:测试了MoB/CoCr涂层的显微硬度和结合强度;用湿式橡胶轮磨粒磨损试验机测试涂层的磨损性能.结果显示:MoB/CoCr涂层组织为层状结构,涂层与310S基体之间、表面涂层与过渡涂层之间结合良好.MoB/CoCr涂层具有较高的硬度值和结合强度,且具有良好的抗磨粒磨损性能.%MoB/CoCr cermet coating was deposited by low pressure plasma spraying (LPPS) on 310S steel. The microstructure of the MoB/CoCr coating was observed by SEM. The microhardness and bonding strength of the MoB/CoCr coating were tested. The abrasive wear properties were evaluated by wet sand rubber wheel tester. The results show that MoB/CoCr coating is dense and has excellent combination with 310S steel substrate. MoB/CoCr coating has high hardness and excellent wear properties.

  3. Fabrication of High Temperature Cermet Materials for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

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    Hickman, Robert; Panda, Binayak; Shah, Sandeep

    2005-01-01

    Processing techniques are being developed to fabricate refractory metal and ceramic cermet materials for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP). Significant advances have been made in the area of high-temperature cermet fuel processing since RoverNERVA. Cermet materials offer several advantages such as retention of fission products and fuels, thermal shock resistance, hydrogen compatibility, high conductivity, and high strength. Recent NASA h d e d research has demonstrated the net shape fabrication of W-Re-HfC and other refractory metal and ceramic components that are similar to UN/W-Re cermet fuels. This effort is focused on basic research and characterization to identify the most promising compositions and processing techniques. A particular emphasis is being placed on low cost processes to fabricate near net shape parts of practical size. Several processing methods including Vacuum Plasma Spray (VPS) and conventional PM processes are being evaluated to fabricate material property samples and components. Surrogate W-Re/ZrN cermet fuel materials are being used to develop processing techniques for both coated and uncoated ceramic particles. After process optimization, depleted uranium-based cermets will be fabricated and tested to evaluate mechanical, thermal, and hot H2 erosion properties. This paper provides details on the current results of the project.

  4. Electrochemical nano-coating processes in solar energy systems

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    F. Kadırgan

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The efficiencies of electrochemically prepared nano-thick CdS and black nickel coatings were investigated as a function of their preparation conditions in the application field of energy; such as, solar-electricity conversion, solar cells, and solar-thermal conversion, spectrally selective solar collectors.

  5. Electrochemical nano-coating processes in solar energy systems

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    Kadırgan, F.

    2006-01-01

    The efficiencies of electrochemically prepared nano-thick CdS and black nickel coatings were investigated as a function of their preparation conditions in the application field of energy; such as, solar-electricity conversion, solar cells, and solar-thermal conversion, spectrally selective solar collectors.

  6. Accelerated aging tests on ENEA-ASE solar coating for receiver tube suitable to operate up to 550 °C

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    Antonaia, A.; D'Angelo, A.; Esposito, S.; Addonizio, M. L.; Castaldo, A.; Ferrara, M.; Guglielmo, A.; Maccari, A.

    2016-05-01

    A patented solar coating for evacuated receiver, based on innovative graded WN-AlN cermet layer, has been optically designed and optimized to operate at high temperature with high performance and high thermal stability. This solar coating, being designed to operate in solar field with molten salt as heat transfer fluid, has to be thermally stable up to the maximum temperature of 550 °C. With the aim of determining degradation behaviour and lifetime prediction of the solar coating, we chose to monitor the variation of the solar absorptance αs after each thermal annealing cycle carried out at accelerated temperatures under vacuum. This prediction method was coupled with a preliminary Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) in order to give evidence for any chemical-physical coating modification in the temperature range of interest before performing accelerated aging tests. In the accelerated aging tests we assumed that the temperature dependence of the degradation processes could be described by Arrhenius behaviour and we hypothesized that a linear correlation occurs between optical parameter variation rate (specifically, Δαs/Δt) and degradation process rate. Starting from Δαs/Δt values evaluated at 650 and 690 °C, Arrhenius plot gave an activation energy of 325 kJ mol-1 for the degradation phenomenon, where the prediction on the coating degradation gave a solar absorptance decrease of only 1.65 % after 25 years at 550 °C. This very low αs decrease gave evidence for an excellent stability of our solar coating, also when employed at the maximum temperature (550 °C) of a solar field operating with molten salt as heat transfer fluid.

  7. Spray pyrolytically grown NiAlOx cermets for solar thermal selective absorbers: spectral properties and thermal stability

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    A Bagheri Khatibani; S M Rozati

    2016-02-01

    After deposition of NiAlOx thin films on stainless-steel substrates by the spray pyrolysis technique, various properties of the films were investigated using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, UV–visible reflectance spectrophotometry, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Optical quantities were determined using reflectance spectra in the relevant spectrum region. At first the optimal substrate temperature was selected and then different nickel to aluminium ratios were examined to find the efficient solar absorber. The SEM revealed changes in morphology due to different molar ratios. The XRD of the selected sample showed a mixture of nickel and nickel oxide phases with the strong presence of substrate peaks and without the presence of alumina phase while in the EDX test the peaks corresponding to O, Al and Ni appeared. Long-term thermal stability study was performed by means of performance criterion concept.

  8. Advances in Concentrating Solar Power Collectors: Mirrors and Solar Selective Coatings

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    Kenendy, C. E.

    2007-10-10

    The intention is to explore the feasibility of depositing the coating by lower-cost methods and to perform a rigorous cost analysis after a viable high-temperature solar-selective coating is demonstrated by e-beam.

  9. Efficient spray-coated colloidal quantum dot solar cells

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    Kramer, Illan J.

    2014-11-10

    (Figure Presented). A colloidal quantum dot solar cell is fabricated by spray-coating under ambient conditions. By developing a room-temperature spray-coating technique and implementing a fully automated process with near monolayer control - an approach termed as sprayLD - an electronic defect is eliminated resulting in solar cell performance and statistical distribution superior to prior batch-processed methods along with a hero performance of 8.1%.

  10. Research on Wear Behavior of ATC Cermet Material

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    ZHULiu; LINGGuo-ping; LIJian; WANGYou-wen

    2004-01-01

    By electroless chemical deposition process, a layer of metal cobalt film was coated on the surface of nano-ceramic powders of Al2O3 and TiC. The mixture of the two kinds of Co-coated power (about 70wt.% Al2O3-Co+30wt.%TiC-Co) was hot-pressed into ATC (Al2O3-TiC-Co8wt% ) cermet samples. The wear test was carried out under dry sliding wear condition by the pin-on-disk rig. The volume-loss of the samples in three sliding pairs, ATC/Steel, ATC/SiC and ATC/artificial diamond (AD) were investigated. The wear morphologies were examined by SEM. The wear-resistance between ATC cermet and Co-cemented WC were compared. The results show that the effect of fracture toughness is better than that of hardness to the wear resistance of high hardness materials. The wear mechanisms of ATC cermet samples were found that abrasion predominated in the wear process. The wear surface of ATC cermet samples became smoother with fine asperities spalling off and the volume loss was decreased.

  11. Research on Wear Behavior of ATC Cermet Material

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    ZHU Liu; LING Guo-ping; LI Jian; WANG You-wen

    2004-01-01

    By electroless chemical deposition process, a layer of metal cobalt film was coated on the surface of nano-ceramic powders of Al203 and TiC. The mixture of the two kinds of Co-coated power (about 70wt.%Al2O3-Co+30wt.%TiC-Co) was hot-pressed into ATC (Al2O3-TiC-Co8wt%) cermet samples. The wear test was carried out under dry sliding wear condition by the pin-on-disk rig. The volume-loss of the samples in three sliding pairs,ATC/Steel, ATC/SiC and ATC/artificial diamond (AD) were investigated. The wear morphologies were examined by SEM.The wear-resistance between ATC cermet and Co-cemented WC were compared. The results show that the effect of fracture toughness is better than that of hardness to the wear resistance of high hardness materials. The wear mechanisms of ATC cermet samples were found that abrasion predominated in the wear process. The wear surface of ATC cermet samples became smoother with fine asperities spalling off and the volume loss was decreased.

  12. Manufacture of annular cermet articles

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    Forsberg, Charles W.; Sikka, Vinod K.

    2004-11-02

    A method to produce annular-shaped, metal-clad cermet components directly produces the form and avoids multiple fabrication steps such as rolling and welding. The method includes the steps of: providing an annular hollow form with inner and outer side walls; filling the form with a particulate mixture of ceramic and metal; closing, evacuating, and hermetically sealing the form; heating the form to an appropriate temperature; and applying force to consolidate the particulate mixture into solid cermet.

  13. Solar selective black nickel-cobalt coatings on aluminum alloys

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    Shashikala, A.R.; Sharma, A.K.; Bhandari, D.R. [Thermal System Group, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore 560 017 (India)

    2007-04-16

    Solar selective black nickel-cobalt plating on pre cleaned aluminum alloy substrates with nickel undercoat were investigated. Process optimization was carried out by the hull cell experiments investigating the influence of operating variables on the optical selectivity of the coating. The coatings were characterized with scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopic and polarization studies. Evaluation of the coatings was carried out by adhesion, measurement of coating thickness and optical properties, humidity, thermal cycling, thermo-vacuum performance and thermal stability tests. (author)

  14. Comparison of additive amount used in spin-coated and roll-coated organic solar cells

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    Cheng, Pei; Lin, Yuze; Zawacka, Natalia Klaudia;

    2014-01-01

    All-polymer and polymer/fullerene inverted solar cells were fabricated by spin-coating and roll-coating processes. The spin-coated small-area (0.04 cm(2)) devices were fabricated on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates in nitrogen. The roll-coated large-area (1.0 cm(2)) devices were...... prepared on ITO-free flexible substrates under ambient conditions. The use of a solvent additive, 1,8-diiodooctane (DIO), facilitated phase separation and enhanced power conversion efficiencies (PCEs). The PCE of polymer/fullerene solar cells increased from 4.58% to 8.12% with 2.5% (v/v) DIO when using...... the spin-coating process, and increased from 1.37% to 2.09% with 5% (v/v) DIO in the roll-coating process. The PCE of all-polymer solar cells increased from 1.44% to 3.51% with 4% (v/v) DIO when employing the spin-coating process. For the roll-coated large area devices the PCE increased from 0.15% to 0...

  15. Solid solution cermet: (Ti,Nb)(CN)-Ni cermet.

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    Kwon, Hanjung; Jung, Sun-A

    2014-11-01

    Solid solution powders without W, (Ti,Nb)(CN) powders with a B1 structure (NaCl like), were synthesized by high energy milling and carbothermal reduction in nitrogen. The range of molar ratios of Ti/Nb for forming complete (Ti,Nb)(CN) phase was broader than that of Ti/W for the (Ti,W)(CN) phase because carbide or carbonitride of Nb had a B1 crystal structure identical to Ti(CN) while WC had a hexagonal crystal structure. The results revealed that the hardness of (Ti,Nb)(CN)-Ni cermets was higher than that of (Ti,W)(CN)-Ni cermets. The lower density of the (Ti,Nb)(CN) powder contributed to the higher hardness compared to (Ti,W)(CN) because the volumetric ratio of (Ti,Nb)(CN) in the (Ti,Nb)(CN)-Ni cermets was higher than that of (Ti,Nb)(CN) in the (Ti,W)(CN)-Ni cermets at the same weight ratio of Ni. Additionally, it was assumed that intrinsic the properties of (Ti,Nb)(CN) could also be the cause for the high hardness of the (Ti,Nb)(CN)-Ni cermets. PMID:25958611

  16. Glass frits coated with silver nanoparticles for silicon solar cells

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    Li, Yingfen, E-mail: lyf350857423@163.com; Gan, Weiping; Zhou, Jian; Li, Biyuan

    2015-06-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Silver-coated glass frits for solar cells were prepared by electroless plating. • Gum Arabic was used as the activating agent of glass frits. • Silver-coated glass frits can improve the photovoltaic performances of solar cells. - Abstract: Glass frits coated with silver nanoparticles were prepared by electroless plating. Gum Arabic (GA) was used as the activating agent of glass frits without the assistance of stannous chloride or palladium chloride. The silver-coated glass frits prepared with different GA dosages were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The characterization results indicated that silver-coated glass frits had the structures of both glass and silver. Spherical silver nanoparticles were distributed on the glass frits evenly. The density and particle size of silver nanoparticles on the glass frits can be controlled by adjusting the GA dosage. The silver-coated glass frits were applied to silver pastes to act as both the densification promoter and silver crystallite formation aid in the silver electrodes. The prepared silver-coated glass frits can improve the photovoltaic performances of solar cells.

  17. Molybdenum-base cermet fuel development

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    Pilger, James P.; Gurwell, William E.; Moss, Ronald W.; White, George D.; Seifert, David A.

    Development of a multimegawatt (MMW) space nuclear power system requires identification and resolution of several technical feasibility issues before selecting one or more promising system concepts. Demonstration of reactor fuel fabrication technology is required for cermet-fueled reactor concepts. The MMW reactor fuel development activity at Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) is focused on producing a molybdenum-matrix uranium-nitride (UN) fueled cermte. This cermet is to have a high matrix density (greater than or equal to 95 percent) for high strength and high thermal conductance coupled with a high particle (UN) porosity (approximately 25 percent) for retention of released fission gas at high burnup. Fabrication process development involves the use of porous TiN microspheres as surrogate fuel material until porous Un microspheres become available. Process development was conducted in the areas of microsphere synthesis, particle sealing/coating, and high-energy-rate forming (HERF) and the vacuum hot press consolidation techniques. This paper summarizes the status of these activities.

  18. Antireflection coatings for GaAs solar cell applications

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    Alexieva, Z I; Nenova, Z S; Bakardjieva, V S; Dikov, Hr M; Milanova, M M, E-mail: alexieva@phys.bas.b [Central Laboratory of Applied Physics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 59 St Petersrburg Blvd, 4000 Plovdiv (Bulgaria)

    2010-04-01

    A double-layer structure of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} over ZrO{sub 2} film is studied. Minimization of the average weighted reflectance is carried out to optimize the thickness of the two layers in the antireflection coating. An optimal value of 2.17% for the weighted average reflection is estimated. The optimal thicknesses of the layers are 49 nm for the bottom and 45 nm for the top layer. Low temperature spin coating technique is used to deposit ZrO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} films from sol gel solutions on polished silicon wafers, GaAs multilayer heterostructures and AlGaAs/GaAs solar cells. The density of the short-circuit photocurrent increases from 25 mA.cm{sup -2} for solar cells without an antireflection coating to 36 mA.cm{sup -2} for those with a double layer coating.

  19. Antireflection coatings for GaAs solar cell applications

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    Alexieva, Z. I.; Nenova, Z. S.; Bakardjieva, V. S.; Milanova, M. M.; Dikov, Hr M.

    2010-04-01

    A double-layer structure of Al2O3 over ZrO2 film is studied. Minimization of the average weighted reflectance is carried out to optimize the thickness of the two layers in the antireflection coating. An optimal value of 2.17% for the weighted average reflection is estimated. The optimal thicknesses of the layers are 49 nm for the bottom and 45 nm for the top layer. Low temperature spin coating technique is used to deposit ZrO2 and Al2O3 films from sol gel solutions on polished silicon wafers, GaAs multilayer heterostructures and AlGaAs/GaAs solar cells. The density of the short-circuit photocurrent increases from 25 mA.cm-2 for solar cells without an antireflection coating to 36 mA.cm-2 for those with a double layer coating.

  20. Black nickel-cobalt selective coatings for solar energy conversion

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    Srinivasan, K.N.; Selvam, M.; Shenoi, B.A.; Shanmugam, N.V.; John, S.; Annamalai, M.; Iyer, M.V.; Nirmala, K.A.; Venkatesh, P.; Prasad, C.R.; Subramani, C.

    1982-01-01

    The development of black nickel-cobalt selective coating for solar energy conversion is reported. This coating has been produced by plating nickel-cobalt alloy from suitable electrolyte and then immersion blackening in weak sulphuric acid. The effect of plating time, current density and immersion time, in acid with respect to absorptance and emittance were studied. Thermal cycling test and stagnation temperature measurement was also carried out.

  1. Advanced Antireflection Coatings for High-Performance Solar Energy Applications

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    Pan, Noren

    2015-01-01

    Phase II objectives: Develop and refine antireflection coatings incorporating lanthanum titanate as an intermediate refractive index material; Investigate wet/dry thermal oxidation of aluminum containing semiconductor compounds as a means of forming a more transparent window layer with equal or better optical properties than its unoxidized form; Develop a fabrication process that allows integration of the oxidized window layer and maintains the necessary electrical properties for contacting the solar cell; Conduct an experimental demonstration of the best candidates for improved antireflection coatings.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  3. Solar cooker using coatings for enhanced solar thermal energy conversion (CESTEC)

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    Shanmugam, N.V.; Selvam, M.; Shenoi, B.A.; Srinivasan, K.N.; John, S.; Annamalai, M.; Iyer, M.V.; Nirmala, K.A.; Venkatesh, P.; Prasad, C.R.; Subramani, C.

    1982-01-01

    The cooker is based on the utilization of coatings for enhanced solar thermal energy conversion (CESTEC). This coating absorbs maximum fraction of the solar radiation and emit very little by reradiation and hence its temperature raises to 80 to 120/sup 0/C above the ambient and hence the food material is cooked in a shorter time in comparison to the cooker using black paint.

  4. Glass frits coated with silver nanoparticles for silicon solar cells

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    Li, Yingfen; Gan, Weiping; Zhou, Jian; Li, Biyuan

    2015-06-01

    Glass frits coated with silver nanoparticles were prepared by electroless plating. Gum Arabic (GA) was used as the activating agent of glass frits without the assistance of stannous chloride or palladium chloride. The silver-coated glass frits prepared with different GA dosages were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The characterization results indicated that silver-coated glass frits had the structures of both glass and silver. Spherical silver nanoparticles were distributed on the glass frits evenly. The density and particle size of silver nanoparticles on the glass frits can be controlled by adjusting the GA dosage. The silver-coated glass frits were applied to silver pastes to act as both the densification promoter and silver crystallite formation aid in the silver electrodes. The prepared silver-coated glass frits can improve the photovoltaic performances of solar cells.

  5. Coating Processes Boost Performance of Solar Cells

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    2012-01-01

    NASA currently has spacecraft orbiting Mercury (MESSENGER), imaging the asteroid Vesta (Dawn), roaming the red plains of Mars (the Opportunity rover), and providing a laboratory for humans to advance scientific research in space (the International Space Station, or ISS). The heart of the technology that powers those missions and many others can be held in the palm of your hand - the solar cell. Solar, or photovoltaic (PV), cells are what make up the panels and arrays that draw on the Sun s light to generate electricity for everything from the Hubble Space Telescope s imaging equipment to the life support systems for the ISS. To enable NASA spacecraft to utilize the Sun s energy for exploring destinations as distant as Jupiter, the Agency has invested significant research into improving solar cell design and efficiency. Glenn Research Center has been a national leader in advancing PV technology. The Center s Photovoltaic and Power Technologies Branch has conducted numerous experiments aimed at developing lighter, more efficient solar cells that are less expensive to manufacture. Initiatives like the Forward Technology Solar Cell Experiments I and II in which PV cells developed by NASA and private industry were mounted outside the ISS have tested how various solar technologies perform in the harsh conditions of space. While NASA seeks to improve solar cells for space applications, the results are returning to Earth to benefit the solar energy industry.

  6. Pt–Al2O3 nanocoatings for high temperature concentrated solar thermal power applications

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    Nano-phased structures based on metal–dielectric composites, also called cermets (ceramic–metal), are considered among the most effective spectral selective solar absorbers. For high temperature applications (stable up to 650 °C) noble metal nanoparticles and refractory oxide host matrices are ideal as per their high temperature chemical inertness and stability: Pt/Al2O3 cermet nano-composites are a representative family. This contribution reports on the optical properties of Pt/Al2O3 cermet nano-composites deposited in a multilayered tandem structure. The radio-frequency sputtering optimized Pt/Al2O3 solar absorbers consist of stainless steel substrate/ Mo coating layer/ Pt–Al2O3/ protective Al2O3 layer and stainless steel substrate/ Mo coating layer /Pt–Al2O3 for different composition and thickness of the Pt–Al2O3 cermet coatings. The microstructure, morphology, theoretical modeling and optical properties of the coatings were analyzed by the x-ray diffraction, atomic force, microscopy, effective medium approximation and UV–vis specular and diffuse reflectance.

  7. Efficient Spray-Coated Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells

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    Moreno-Bautista, Gabriel

    Colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) offer the promise of low-cost, high-performance solar cells due to their ability to be synthesized and deposited from solution, which makes it possible for this material to be adapted to production-scale manufacturing protocols such as roll-to-roll (R2R) processing. Here we describe the design and implementation of a spray-coating process for the fabrication of CQD solar cells. We find that spray-coated films are morphologically superior to films that were fabricated using the conventional spin-coating method. Spray coating is found to be effective at removing an electronic trap caused by an organic impurity, enhancing the diffusion length of the CQD film and leading to an average power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.5%, which is higher than the average PCE of spin-coated cells (5.2%). We also show that the spray process can be adapted to R2R methodologies and can be used to fabricate efficient solar cells with unconventional form factors, such as surfaces with multiple dimensions of curvature.

  8. Corrosion protection of PVD and paint coatings for selective solar absorber surfaces

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    Nunes, A.; Carvalho, M. J.; Diamantino, Teresa C.; Fernandes, J. C. S.

    2015-01-01

    The selective solar absorber surface is a fundamental part of a solar thermal collector, as it is responsible for the solar radiation absorption and for reduction of radiation heat losses. The surface’s optical properties, the solar absorption (á) and the emittance (å), have great impact on the solar thermal collector efficiency. In this work, two coatings types were studied: coatings obtained by physical vapor deposition (PVDs) and coatings obtained by projection with different paints (PCs) ...

  9. Wear Micro-Mechanisms of Composite WC-Co/Cr - NiCrFeBSiC Coatings. Part I: Dry Sliding

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    D. Kekes; P. Psyllaki; M. Vardavoulias

    2014-01-01

    The influence of the cermet fraction in cermet/ metal composite coatings developed by High-Velocity Oxyfuel Flame (HVOF) spraying on their tribological behaviour was studied. Five series of coatings, each one containing different proportion of cermet-metal components, prepared by premixing commercially available feedstocks of NiCrFeBSiC metallic and WC-Co/Cr cermet powders were deposited on AISI 304 stainless steel substrate. The microstructure of as-sprayed coatings was characterized by part...

  10. Optimization of broadband omnidirectional antireflection coatings for solar cells

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    Guo, Xia; Li, Chong; Zhou, Hongyi; Lv, Benshun; Feng, Yajie; Wang, Huaqiang; Liu, Wuming

    2015-01-01

    Broadband and omnidirectional antireflection coating is a generally effective way to improve solar cell efficiency, because the destructive interference between the reflected and input waves could maximize transmission light in the absorption layer. Several theoretical calculations have been developed to optimize the anti-reflective coating to maximize the average transmittance. However, the solar irradiances of the clear sky spectral direct beam on a receiver plane at different positions and times are variable greatly. Here we report a new theoretical calculation of anti-reflective coating with incident quantum efficiency {\\eta}in as evaluation function for practical application. The two-layer and three-layer anti-reflective coatings are optimized over {\\lambda} = [300, 1100] nm and {\\theta} = [0{\\deg}, 90{\\deg}] for cities of Quito, Beijing and Moscow. The {\\eta}in of two-layer anti-reflective coating increases by 0.26%, 1.37% and 4.24% for these 3 cities, respectively, compared with that other theoretical ...

  11. Silver nanoparticles-coated glass frits for silicon solar cells

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    Li, Yingfen; Gan, Weiping; Li, Biyuan

    2016-04-01

    Silver nanoparticles-coated glass frit composite powders for silicon solar cells were prepared by electroless plating. Silver colloids were used as the activating agent of glass frits. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry. The characterization results indicated that silver nanoparticles with the melting temperature of 838 °C were uniformly deposited on glass frit surface. The particle size of silver nanoparticles could be controlled by adjusting the [Ag(NH3)2]NO3 concentration. The as-prepared composite powders were applied in the front side metallization of silicon solar cells. Compared with those based on pure glass frits, the solar cells containing the composite powders had the denser silver electrodes and the better silver-silicon ohmic contacts. Furthermore, the photovoltaic performances of solar cells were improved after the electroless plating.

  12. Optical Coatings For Energy Efficiency And Solar Applications: Some Recent Developments

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    Granqvist, C. G.

    1983-11-01

    A brief survey is given of some recent trends and developments in the field of optical coatings for energy efficiency and solar applications. The discussion is focused on spectrally selective coatings and embraces transparent heat-mirrors, surfaces for selective absorption of solar energy, coatings for passive cooling by selective infraredemission, and optical switching coatings. A number of examples of coatings for different purposes are treated; most of these are taken from recent work performed at Chalmers University of Technology.

  13. Electrochemical deposition of black nickel solar absorber coatings on stainless steel AISI316L for thermal solar cells

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    Lira-Cantú, Monica; Morales Sabio, Angel; Brustenga, Alex; Gómez-Romero, P.

    2005-01-01

    We report the electrochemical deposition of nanostructured nickel-based solar absorber coatings on stainless steel AISI type 316L. A sol–gel silica-based antireflection coating, from TEOS, was also applied to the solar surface by the dip-coating method. We report our initial results and analyze the influence of the stainless steel substrate on the final total reflectance properties of the solar absorber. The relation between surface morphology, observed by SEM and AFM, the comp...

  14. Microstructure and properties of MoB/CoCr cermet coating on 45 steel prepared by laser cladding%45钢表面激光熔覆MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷覆层的组织与性能

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    陈枭; 纪岗昌; 王洪涛; 白小波; 于福义

    2012-01-01

    采用激光熔覆技术在45钢基体表面熔覆MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷覆层,对MoB/CoCr覆层进行X射线衍射(XRD)、扫描电镜(SEM)、能谱(EDS)的微观组织结构分析和对覆层的硬度进行测试。结果表明:熔覆层组织致密,与基体结合牢固且呈冶金结合;熔覆层的主要物相为CoMo2B2和CoMoB,主要的化学成分是Mo、Cr和Co,合金化区中Fe元素的含量明显增加。硬度测试表明熔覆层的硬度值是45钢硬度值的10倍以上。%MoB/CoCr cermet coating was prepared on 45 steel surface by laser cladding. Microstructure of MoB/CoCr coating was characterized by XRD, SEM and EDS,and mierohardness of the coating was also studied. The results show that MoB/CoCr cermet coating with metallurgical bonding to substrate is dense. The main phases of the cladding layer are CoMo2B2and CoMoB, and its main chemical composition is Mo, Cr and Co, the content of Fe increases obviously in the alloying zone of the cladding layer. The hardness of the cladding layer is much higher than that of the substrate.

  15. Uranium-Based Cermet Alloys

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    The paper describes certain features of dispersion-hardened uranium-based cermets. As possible hardening materials, consideration was given to UO2, UC, Al2O3, MgO and UBe13. Data were obtained on the behaviour of uranium alloys containing the above-mentioned admixtures during creep tests, short-term strength tests and cyclic thermal treatment. The corrosion resistance o f UBe13-based uranium alloys was also studied. )author)

  16. Reflective solar coatings. (Latest citations from the NTIS bibliographic database). Published Search

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    1997-07-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning the research and development of solar reflective coatings. The use of reflective and antireflective coatings in solar mirrors, collectors, cells, and laser windows is discussed. Corrosion protection and protective coatings are emphasized. (Contains 50-250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.) (Copyright NERAC, Inc. 1995)

  17. Influence of Polymer Coatings on the Carrier Life Time in Solar Silicon Crystals

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Influence of polymer coatings on the photovoltage drop kinetics in solar Si crystals exposed to magnetic field action and X-ray irradiation is studied. The features found in the behavior of the electrophysical parameters suggest slowing down the photovoltage drop in the presence of polymer coatings at the surface of solar Si crystals. These features may be due to the influence of polymer coatings to reduce the concentration of recombination centers in crystals solar-Si.

  18. Exploring Spray-Coating Techniques for Organic Solar Cell Applications

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    Wanyi Nie

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated spray coating as a novel processing method for organic solar cell fabrication. In this work, spraying parameters and organic solvent influences have been correlated with cell performance. Using airbrush fabrication, bulk heterojunction photovoltaic devices based on a new low band gap donor material: poly[(4,8-bis(1-pentylhexyloxybenzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene-2,6-diyl-alt-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole-4,7-diyl] with the C60-derivative (6,6-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM as an acceptor, have achieved power conversion efficiencies over 3%. We show that airbrush fabrication can be carried out with simple solvents such as pristine 1,2-dichlorobenzene. Moreover, the influence of device active area has been studied and the 1 cm2 device by spray coating maintained an excellent power conversion efficiency of 3.02% on average.

  19. Design Multilayer Antireflection Coatings for Terrestrial Solar Cells

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    Feng Zhan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to analyze the influence of methods to design antireflection coatings (ARCs on reflectivity of broadband solar cells, we provide detailed analyses about the ARC coupled with a window layer and the refractive index dispersion effect of each layer. By multidimensional matrix data simulation, two methods were employed to measure the composite reflection of a SiO2/ZnS double-layer ARC within the spectral ranges of 300–870 nm (dual junction and 300–1850 nm (triple junction under AM1.5 solar radiation. A comparison study, between the results obtained from the commonly used weighted average reflectance method (WAR and that from the introduced effective average reflectance method (EAR, shows that the optimization of ARC by EAR method is convenient and feasible.

  20. Research on Microstructure and Performance of MoB/CoCr Cermet Coatings Sprayed on 20G Steel Surface%20G钢表面喷涂MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷涂层的组织性能研究

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    陈袅; 张仁元; 李风

    2011-01-01

    MoB/CoCr cermet coatings were deposited on 20G steel by low pressure plasma spraying (LPPS). The microstructure and phase composition of coatings were characterized by XRD, SEM and EDAX, and the bond strength and thermal shock resistance performance were studied. The results show that phase component of powder and coating had little change. The coatings are dense and have excellent combination with substrate. The main constituents of coatings remain invariant and the coatings have excellent performance of bond strength and thermal shock resistance. The MoB/CoCr coating has much higer durability after 1080 h immersion test in the molten Al-12.07% Si.%在20G钢换热管表面上利用低压等离子喷涂(UPS)制备MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷涂层.采用X射线衍射(XRD)、扫描电镜(SEM)、能谱分析(EDAX)对涂层的物相组成、微观组织和成分进行了表征,并对涂层的结合强度和抗热震性能进行研究.研究表明:喷涂前后涂层的物相相差不大,涂层为层状结构;涂层与20G基体之间、表面涂层与过渡涂层之间结合良好,涂层致密;涂层具有良好的结合强度和抗热震性能,在熔融AI-12.07% Si中经过1080h腐蚀后,涂层基本保持完好,具有很好的抗熔融铝硅腐蚀性能.

  1. Optimization of spectrally-selective coatings for solar absorbers

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    Orel, Z.C.; Gunde, M.K. [National Inst. of Chemistry, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

    2000-07-01

    The inexpensive selective surfaces for solar absorbers were prepared by application of black paint on the high-reflective substrate. The layers have to be transparent in the infrared in order to support the low thermal emittance of the substrate. For this purpose, the optical properties of coatings have to be optimized to minimize the expense of the final product. The selectivity was attained by the mutual effect of a highly absorptive black paint layer and low emitting (i.e., infrared reflecting) metal substrate. Optimized paint coatings are not thicker than a few micrometers and exhibit high opacity, leading to energy-efficient selective coatings for solar collector applications. The painted samples are characterized by high absorption, finite sample thickness, nonideal support material, and smooth front surface. These properties distinguish our samples from those of other studies in this field. To design a functional pigmented layer, the optical properties of all constituents have to be known separately. Due to this reason the diffuse reflectance of black thickness-sensitive spectrally selective (TSSS) paints was analyzed. For theoretical consideration of paint layers, the simple Kubelka-Munk (KM) theory was used. It is the almost universally applied theoretical approach within the color using industry (1). It relates diffuse reflectance of a pigmented layer to two phenomenological coefficients, absorption (K) and scattering (S), thickness of the layer, and reflectance of the substrate. The optical properties of layer material are involved in both coefficients. This enables optimal thickness calculation (2), i.e. the theoretical prediction of the best thickness value that will give the highest solar absorptance and simultaneously, the lowest thermal emittance of the respective paint. The KM coefficients depend also upon addition of fumed silica (dispersive agent). Applying KM theory, the degree of pigment dispersion was quantified (3). This approach was an

  2. Surface properties of copper based cermet materials

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    Voinea, M. [The Centre: Product Design for Sustainable Development, Transilvania University of Brasov, Eroilor 29, 500036 (Romania)], E-mail: m.voinea@unitbv.ro; Vladuta, C.; Bogatu, C.; Duta, A. [The Centre: Product Design for Sustainable Development, Transilvania University of Brasov, Eroilor 29, 500036 (Romania)

    2008-08-25

    The paper presents the characterization of the surface properties of copper based cermets obtained by two different techniques: spray pyrolysis deposition (SPD) and electrodeposition. Copper acetate was used as precursor of Cu/CuO{sub x} cermet. The surface morphology was tailored by adding copolymers of maleic anhydride with controlled hydrophobia. The films morphology of Cu/CuO{sub x} was assessed using contact angle measurements and AFM analysis. The porous structures obtained via SPD lead to higher liquid adsorption rate than the electrodeposited films. A highly polar liquid - water is recommended as testing liquid in contact angle measurements, for estimating the porosity of copper based cermets, while glycerol can be used to distinguish among ionic and metal predominant structures. Thus, contact angle measurements can be used for a primary evaluation of the films morphology and, on the other hand, of the ratio between the cermet components.

  3. The prospects of CdTe thin films as solar control coatings

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    Sebastian, P.J.; Sivaramakrishnan, V. (Thin Film Lab., Dept. of Physics, Indian Inst. of Tech., Madras (India))

    1991-07-15

    Solar control coating refers to solar radiation filters applied on glazings of buildings in tropical countries. CdTe thin films were studied in this regard for use as an effective solar control coating. The films were characterized with respect to the film parameters such as film thickness, substrate temperature and deposition rate. On calculating the solar control parameters of various films, it was observed that the solar control parameters of the films depend on the above film parameters. CdTe films were found to be a better solar control coating than the commercial metallic coatings and exhibit comparable characteristics with Cu{sub x}S and PbS films. (orig.).

  4. Method of forming oxide coatings. [for solar collector heating panels

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    Mcdonald, G. E. (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    This invention is concerned with an improved plating process for covering a substrate with a black metal oxide film. The invention is particularly directed to making a heating panel for a solar collector. A compound is electrodeposited from an aqueous solution containing cobalt metal salts onto a metal substrate. This compound is converted during plating into a black, highly absorbing oxide coating which contains hydrated oxides. This is achieved by the inclusion of an oxidizing agent in the plating bath. The inclusion of an oxidizing agent in the plating bath is contrary to standard electroplating practice. The hydrated oxides are converted to oxides by treatment in a hot bath, such as boiling water. An oxidizing agent may be added to the hot liquid treating bath.

  5. Preorganization of Nanostructured Inks for Roll-to-Roll-Coated Polymer Solar Cells

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    Krebs, Frederik C; Senkovskyy, Volodymyr; Kiriy, Anton

    2010-01-01

    , a preorganized ink was obtained that was used to make polymer solar cell modules in a full roll-to-roll coating and printing process operating in ambient air. The polymer solar cells were thus prepared by a mixture of slot die and flat-bed screen printing. Various polymer solar cell modules were prepared ranging...

  6. Preparation and solar reflectance spectra of chameleon-type building coatings

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    Yiping Ma; Beirong Zhu [Tongji Univ., Inst. of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai (China); Keru Wu [Tongji Univ., State Key Lab. of Concrete Materials Research, Shanghai (China)

    2001-07-01

    In this paper, the preparation of chameleon-type building coatings was investigated. The reversible thermochromic properties of chameleon-type building coatings at normal temperatures were measured, and their solar reflectance spectra were measured. The results showed that the colors of chameleon-type building coatings could be changed reversibly between red, violet etc. below 18degC and white above 18degC. The solar reflectance spectra of the coatings showed that they could absorb more solar energy below 18degC than above 18degC, which indicated that the coatings had transformed between light-absorbing and light-reflecting at normal temperatures. The characteristics of the coatings could be used to create a thermally comfortable building environment. (Author)

  7. Preparation of solar selective absorbing CuO coating for medium temperature application

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    HUANG Qunwu; WANG Yiping; LI Jinhua

    2007-01-01

    A new method of preparing CuO solar selective absorbing coating for medium temperature is presented.After pretreatment,brass was overlaid with CuO by chemical plating.The effects of reactant concentration,reaction temperature and reaction time on the absorptivity of CuO coating were investigated.The optimized condition of preparing CuO coating was obtained.The CuO coating was analyzed with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy(XPS) and scanning electron microscopy(SEM).In order to prolong the period of use,the CuO coating was protected by TiO2.The experiment shows that the TiO2/CuO coating is more heat-resistant,acid-resistant,and wear resistant than CuO coating,without Iosing absorptivity markedly.The TiO2 coating can reduce emissivity and protect the CuO coating.

  8. Chemical bath deposition for the fabrication of antireflective coating of spherical silicon solar cells

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    Minemoto, Takashi; Takakura, Hideyuki; Hamakawa, Yoshihiro [College of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Nojihigashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577 (Japan)

    2006-12-15

    A CdS film as an antireflective (AR) coating has been successfully deposited on spherical silicon solar cells by chemical bath deposition, which is a novel deposition method of AR coatings for spherical silicon solar cells. The CBD method is a growth method in an aqueous solution and enables film formation for electronic devices with arbitrary shapes. The solar cell performance of the cell with the CdS film showed a 16% increase in short circuit current compared to that without an ARC. The result confirms that the CBD method is useful for the ARC fabrication of spherical silicon solar cells. (author)

  9. Structural and optical properties of copper-coated substrates for solar thermal absorbers

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    Pratesi, Stefano; De Lucia, Maurizio; Meucci, Marco; Sani, Elisa

    2016-10-01

    Spectral selectivity, i.e. merging a high absorbance at sunlight wavelengths to a low emittance at the wavelengths of thermal spectrum, is a key characteristics for materials to be used for solar thermal receivers. It is known that spectrally selective absorbers can raise the receiver efficiency for all solar thermal technologies. Tubular sunlight receivers for parabolic trough collector (PTC) systems can be improved by the use of spectrally selective coatings. Their absorbance is increased by deposing black films, while the thermal emittance is minimized by the use of properly-prepared substrates. In this work we describe the intermediate step in the fabrication of black-chrome coated solar absorbers, namely the fabrication and characterization of copper coatings on previously nickel-plated stainless steel substrates. We investigate the copper surface features and optical properties, correlating them to the coating thickness and to the deposition process, in the perspective to assess optimal conditions for solar absorber applications.

  10. Development of Advanced Anti-Reflection Coatings for High Performance Solar Energy Applications Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — MicroLink Devices will increase the efficiency of multi-junction solar cells by designing and demonstrating advanced anti-reflection coatings (ARCs) that will...

  11. Development of Advanced Anti-Reflection Coatings for High Performance Solar Energy Applications Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — MicroLink and its subcontractor Magnolia Solar will develop and demonstrate advanced anti-reflection coating (ARC) designs that will provide a better broadband and...

  12. Optical and Structural Characterization of Nickel Coatings for Solar Collector Receivers

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    Stefano Pratesi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The development of spectrally selective materials is gaining an increasing role in solar thermal technology. The ideal spectrally selective solar absorber requires high absorbance at the solar spectrum wavelengths and low emittance at the wavelengths of thermal spectrum. Selective coating represents a promising route to improve the receiver efficiency for parabolic trough collectors (PTCs. In this work, we describe an intermediate step in the fabrication of black-chrome based solar absorbers, namely, the fabrication and characterization of nickel coatings on stainless steel substrates. Microstructural characteristics of nickel surfaces are known to favorably affect further black chrome deposition. Moreover, the high reflectivity of nickel in the thermal infrared wavelength region can be advantageously exploited for reducing thermal emission losses. Thus, this report investigates structural features and optical properties of the nickel surfaces, correlating them to coating thickness and deposition process, in the perspective to assess optimal conditions for solar absorber applications.

  13. Simple roll coater with variable coating and temperature control for printed polymer solar cells

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    Dam, Henrik Friis; Krebs, Frederik C

    2012-01-01

    A simple and low cost thin film solution processing system comprising a single roll coating machine has been developed to allow direct investigation of variable parameter effects in roll-to-roll processing. We present roll coating of the active layers in polymer solar cells and validate the instr...

  14. Optimization of antireflection coating design for multijunction solar cells and concentrator systems

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    Valdivia, Christopher E.; Desfonds, Eric; Masson, Denis; Fafard, Simon; Carlson, Andrew; Cook, John; Hall, Trevor J.; Hinzer, Karin

    2008-06-01

    Photovoltaic solar cells are a route towards local, environmentally benign, sustainable and affordable energy solutions. Antireflection coatings are necessary to input a high percentage of available light for photovoltaic conversion, and therefore have been widely exploited for silicon solar cells. Multi-junction III-V semiconductor solar cells have achieved the highest efficiencies of any photovoltaic technology, yielding up to 40% in the laboratory and 37% in commercial devices under varying levels of concentrated light. These devices benefit from a wide absorption spectrum (300- 1800 nm), but this also introduces significant challenges for antireflection coating design. Each sub-cell junction is electrically connected in series, limiting the overall device photocurrent by the lowest current-producing junction. Therefore, antireflection coating optimization must maximize the current from the limiting sub-cells at the expense of the others. Solar concentration, necessary for economical terrestrial deployment of multi-junction solar cells, introduces an angular-dependent irradiance spectrum. Antireflection coatings are optimized for both direct normal incidence in air and angular incidence in an Opel Mk-I concentrator, resulting in as little as 1-2% loss in photocurrent as compared to an ideal zero-reflectance solar cell, showing a similar performance to antireflection coatings on silicon solar cells. A transparent conductive oxide layer has also been considered to replace the metallic-grid front electrode and for inclusion as part of a multi-layer antireflection coating. Optimization of the solar cell, antireflection coating, and concentrator system should be considered simultaneously to enable overall optimal device performance.

  15. Edge coating apparatus with movable roller applicator for solar cell substrates

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    Pavani, Luca; Abas, Emmanuel

    2012-12-04

    A non-contact edge coating apparatus includes an applicator for applying a coating material on an edge of a solar cell substrate and a control system configured to drive the applicator. The control system may drive the applicator along an axis to maintain a distance with an edge of the substrate as the substrate is rotated to have the edge coated with a coating material. The applicator may include a recessed portion into which the edge of the substrate is received for edge coating. For example, the applicator may be a roller with a groove. Coating material may be introduced into the groove for application onto the edge of the substrate. A variety of coating materials may be employed with the apparatus including hot melt ink and UV curable plating resist.

  16. CuO-PANI nanostructure with tunable spectral selectivity for solar selective coating application

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    Cindrella, L.; Prabhu., S.

    2016-08-01

    CuO-PANI nanostructure has been demonstrated as the solar selective absorber coating for the first time. The effortless chemical methods and easily scalable techniques such as precipitation, in-situ polymerization and spray coating were adopted for the fabrication of CuO nanorods and CuO-PANI nanostructures for solar application. The synthesis was carried out without using any template. The morphology and phase structure of fabricated CuO nanorods and CuO-PANI nanostructure coatings were studied by atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. The energy dispersive X-ray spectra and elemental mapping confirm the presence of the chosen elements in the nanostructure. The solar absorptance (αs), thermal emittance (εt) and selectivity (ξ) of the nanostructure coatings on glass substrate were optimized to 0.94, 0.01 and 94 respectively by changing the polyaniline content on the surface of the CuO nanorods. The efficiency of the solar selective coatings were evaluated. The optimized solar absorber coating of CuO-PANI nanostructure is highly promising for its selective optical properties.

  17. Infrared-Reflective Coating on Fused Silica for a Solar High-Temperature Receiver

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    Röger, Marc; Rickers, Christoph; Uhlig, Ralf; Neumann, Frank; Polenzky, Christina

    2007-01-01

    In concentrating solar power, high-temperature solar receivers can provide heat to highly efficient cycles for electricity or chemical production. Excessive heating of the fused-silica window and the resulting recrystallization are major problems of high-temperature receivers using windows. Excessive window temperatures can be avoided by applying an infrared-reflective solar-transparent coating on the fused-silica window inside. Both glass temperatures and receiver losses can be reduced. An i...

  18. Influence of solvents on properties of solar selective coatings obtained by spray pyrolysis

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    Mihaela Dudita; Luminita Isac; Anca Duta

    2012-11-01

    Solar selective coatings for solar thermal flat-plate collectors consisting of crystalline copper oxides and amorphous nickel oxide composites were obtained by robotic spray pyrolyzed deposition. The parameters were optimized for increased spectral selectivity (): high solar absorptance and low thermal emittance. The coatings were deposited using nickel and copper acetate, dissolved in mixed solvents with various water: ethanol ratios. The coatings’ properties were characterized in terms of crystalline composition (XRD), surface morphology (AFM, contact angle) and optical properties (solar absorptance, thermal emittance and spectral selectivity). Considering the precursor solutions composition (solvent, wetting behaviour), the growth processes were modelled for two different systems: predominant hydrophilic and predominant hydrophobic. The high selectivity values ( > 30) of the optimized composite coatings were explained based on two parallel mechanisms: intrinsic absorption and multiple reflections generated when absorbers with controlled roughness are deposited.

  19. Energy-Efficient Sol-Gel Process for Production of Nanocomposite Absorber Coatings for Tubular Solar Thermal Collectors

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    Scartezzini, Jean-Louis; Joly, Martin; Antonetti, Yann; Python, Martin; Gonzalez, Marina; Gascou, Thomas; Hessler, Aïcha; Schueler, Andreas

    2013-01-01

    The energy efficiency of production processes for components of solar energy systems is an important issue. Other factors which are important for the production of products such as black selective solar coatings include production speed, cycle time and homogeneity of the coating, as well as the minimization of the quantity of the needed chemical precursors. In this paper a new energy efficient production process is presented for production of optically selective coatings for solar thermal abs...

  20. Preliminary study of a solar selective coating system using black cobalt oxide for high temperature solar collectors

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    Mcdonald, G.

    1980-01-01

    Black cobalt oxide coatings were deposited on thin layers of silver or gold which had been deposited on oxidized stainless steel substrates. The reflectance properties of these coatings were measured at various thicknesses of cobalt oxide for integrated values of the solar and infrared spectrum. The values of absorptance and emittance were calculated from the measured reflectance values before and after exposure in air at 650 C for 1000 hours. Also, these cobalt oxide/noble metal/oxide diffusion barrier coatings have absorptances greater than 0.90 and emittances of approximately 0.20 even after about 1000 hours at 650 C.

  1. Increasing the solar cell power output by coating with transition metal-oxide nanorods

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    Highlights: → Nanoparticles enhance solar cell efficiency. → Solar cell power increase by nanorod coating. → Metal-oxide nanorods are prepared in flames. → Molybdenum oxide nanorods effectively scatter light on solar cell surface. → Scattering efficiency depends on coating density. -- Abstract: Photovoltaic cells produce electric current through interactions among photons from an ambient light source and electrons in the semiconductor layer of the cell. However, much of the light incident on the panel is reflected or absorbed without inducing the photovoltaic effect. Transition metal-oxide nanoparticles, an inexpensive product of a process called flame synthesis, can cause scattering of light. Scattering can redirect photon flux, increasing the fraction of light absorbed in the thin active layer of silicon solar cells. This research aims to demonstrate that the application of transition metal-oxide nanorods to the surface of silicon solar panels can enhance the power output of the panels. Several solar panels were coated with a nanoparticle-methanol suspension, and the power outputs of the panels before and after the treatment were compared. The results demonstrate an increase in power output of up to 5% after the treatment. The presence of metal-oxide nanorods on the surface of the coated solar cells is confirmed by electron microscopy.

  2. Questionable effects of antireflective coatings on inefficiently cooled solar cells

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    Akhmatov, Vladislav; Galster, Georg; Larsen, Esben

    1998-01-01

    of the output power and efficiency curves throughout the day the coherence between technical parameters of the solar cells and the climate in the operation region is observed and examined. It is shown how the drop in output power around noon can be avoided by fitting technical parameters of the solar cells......A model for temperature effects in p-n junction solar cells is introduced. The temperature of solar cells and the losses in the solar cell junction region caused by elevating temperature are discussed. The model developed is examined for low-cost silicon solar cells. In order to improve the shape...

  3. Orbital dynamics of a solar sail accelerated by thermal desorption of coatings

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    Ancona, Elena

    2016-01-01

    In this study we considered a solar sail coated with materials that undergo thermal desorption at a specific temperature, as a result of heating by solar radiation at a particular heliocentric distance. Three different scenarios, that only differ in the way the sail approaches the Sun, were analyzed and compared. In every case once the perihelion is reached, the sail coat undergoes thermal desorption. When the desorption process ends, the sail then escapes the Solar System having the conventional acceleration due to solar radiation pressure. Thermal desorption here comes as an additional source of solar sail acceleration beside traditional propulsion systems for extrasolar space exploration. The compared scenarios are the following: i. Hohmann transfer plus thermal desorption. In this scenario the sail would be carried as a payload to the perihelion with a conventional propulsion system by an Hohmann transfer from Earth's orbit to an orbit very close to the Sun (almost at 0.1 AU) and then be deployed there. i...

  4. Novel deposition method of anti-reflective coating for spherical silicon solar cells

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    Minemoto, Takashi; Takakura, Hideyuki; Hamakawa, Yoshihiro [Faculty of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Nojihigashi, Kusatsu, Shiga, 525-8577 (Japan); Murozono, Mikio (Clean Venture 21 co.); Yamaguchi, Yukio (The University of Tokyo)

    2006-11-23

    The liquid-phase deposition (LPD) as a novel deposition method of anti-reflective coating (ARC) for spherical silicon solar cells has been proposed. The LPD is a growth method in aqueous solution and can deposit thin films with uniform coverage over a spherical surface. The solar cell performance of the spherical silicon solar cell with an ARC shows more than 10% increase in short-circuit current density compared to that without an ARC. The result confirms that the LPD method is useful for ARC fabrications of spherical silicon solar cells. (author)

  5. Production and characterization of large-area sputtered selective solar absorber coatings

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    Graf, Wolfgang; Koehl, Michael; Wittwer, Volker

    1992-11-01

    Most of the commercially available selective solar absorber coatings are produced by electroplating. Often the reproducibility or the durability of their optical properties is not very satisfying. Good reproducibility can be achieved by sputtering, the technique for the production of low-(epsilon) coatings for windows. The suitability of this kind of deposition technique for flat-plate solar absorber coatings based on the principle of ceramic/metal composites was investigated for different material combinations, and prototype collectors were manufactured. The optical characterization of the coatings is based on spectral measurements of the near-normal/hemispherical and the angle-dependent reflectance in the wavelength-range 0.38 micrometers - 17 micrometers . The durability assessment was carried out by temperature tests in ovens and climatic chambers.

  6. Final Technical Report CONDUCTIVE COATINGS FOR SOLAR CELLS USING CARBON NANOTUBES

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    Paul J Glatkowski; Jorma Peltola; Christopher Weeks; Mike Trottier; David Britz

    2007-09-30

    US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a grant for Eikos Inc. to investigate the feasibility of developing and utilizing Transparent Conducting Coatings (TCCs) based on carbon nanotubes (CNT) for solar cell applications. Conventional solar cells today employ metal oxide based TCCs with both Electrical Resistivity (R) and Optical Transparency (T), commonly referred to as optoelectronic (RT) performance significantly higher than with those possible with CNT based TCCs available today. Transparent metal oxide based coatings are also inherently brittle requiring high temperature in vacuum processing and are thus expensive to manufacture. One such material is indium tin oxide (ITO). Global demand for indium has recently increased rapidly while supply has diminished causing substantial spikes in raw material cost and availability. In contrast, the raw material, carbon, needed for CNT fabrication is abundantly available. Transparent Conducting Coatings based on CNTs can overcome not only cost and availability constraints while also offering the ability to be applied by existing, low cost process technologies under ambient conditions. Processes thus can readily be designed both for rigid and flexible PV technology platforms based on mature spray or dip coatings for silicon based solar cells and continuous roll to roll coating processes for polymer solar applications.

  7. Dual-Band EUV Multilayer Coatings for Solar Physics Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to develop and commercialize a new class of multilayer interference coating that is designed to provide high reflection efficiency in two disparate...

  8. Broad-Band EUV Multilayer Coatings For Solar Physics Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to develop and commercialize a new class of aperiodic multilayer coating that is designed to provide high normal-incidence reflectance over a wide...

  9. Progress Toward Developing a Durable High-Temperature Solar Selective Coating (Poster)

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    Kennedy, C.; Price, H. W.

    2007-03-01

    Increasing the operating temperature of parabolic trough solar fields from 400 C to >450 C will increase their efficiency and reduce the cost of electricity. Current coatings do not have the stability and performance necessary to move to higher operating temperatures. The objective is to develop new, more efficient selective coatings with both high solar absoprtance ({alpha} > 0.96) and low thermal emittance ({var_epsilon} < 0.07) that are thermally stable above 450 C, ideally in air, with improved durability and manufacturability, and reduced cost.

  10. Simulated space environmental exposure of optical coatings for spacecraft solar rejection.

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    Barrie, James D; Meshishnek, Michael J; Fuqua, Peter D; Rostel, W Chris

    2002-06-01

    Dielectric multilayers composed of niobium pentoxide and silicon dioxide, designed for broadband solar rejection, were exposed to a simulated space environment of ultraviolet light and low-energy (10-20-keV) electron radiation. Samples exhibited various degrees of exposure-induced absorption extending from the ultraviolet to the infrared. Processing variations were correlated to damage susceptibility, and methods were identified that produced parts that exhibited no degradation even though the same materials and coating design were used. Coatings prepared under energetic deposition conditions that provided the densest and most moisture-stable coatings exhibited the best stability to the exposure conditions used. PMID:12064394

  11. Performance improvement of silicon solar cells by nanoporous silicon coating

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    Dzhafarov T. D.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available In the present paper the method is shown to improve the photovoltaic parameters of screen-printed silicon solar cells by nanoporous silicon film formation on the frontal surface of the cell using the electrochemical etching. The possible mechanisms responsible for observed improvement of silicon solar cell performance are discussed.

  12. Research Update: Large-area deposition, coating, printing, and processing techniques for the upscaling of perovskite solar cell technology

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    Razza, Stefano; Castro-Hermosa, Sergio; Di Carlo, Aldo; Brown, Thomas M.

    2016-09-01

    To bring perovskite solar cells to the industrial world, performance must be maintained at the photovoltaic module scale. Here we present large-area manufacturing and processing options applicable to large-area cells and modules. Printing and coating techniques, such as blade coating, slot-die coating, spray coating, screen printing, inkjet printing, and gravure printing (as alternatives to spin coating), as well as vacuum or vapor based deposition and laser patterning techniques are being developed for an effective scale-up of the technology. The latter also enables the manufacture of solar modules on flexible substrates, an option beneficial for many applications and for roll-to-roll production.

  13. Influence of characteristics of stabilized zirconia electrolyte on performance of cermet supported tubular SOFCs

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    LI Changjiu; LI Chengxin; XING Yazhe; XIE Yingxin; LONG Huiguo

    2006-01-01

    Ni-Al2O3 cermet supported tubular SOFC was fabricated by thermal spraying. Flame-sprayed Al2O3-Ni cermet coating plays dual roles of a support tube and an anode current collector. 4.5mol.% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and 10mol.% scandia-stabilized zirconia (ScSZ) coatings were deposited by atmospheric plasma spraying (APS) as the electrolyte in present study. The electrical conductivity of electrolyte was measured using DC method. The post treatment was employed using nitrate solution infiltration to densify APS electrolyte layer for improvement of gas permeability. The electrical conductivity of electrolyte and the performance of single cell were investigated to optimize SOFC performance. The electrical conductivity of the as-sprayed YSZ and ScSZ coating is about 0.03 and 0.07 S·cm-1 at 1000 ℃, respectively. The ohmic polarization significantly influences the performance of SOFC. The maximum output power density at 1000 ℃ increases from 0.47 to 0.76 W·cm-2 as the YSZ electrolyte thickness reduces from 100 μm to 40 μm. Using APS ScSZ coating of about 40 μm as the electrolyte, the test cell presents a maximum power output density of over 0.89 W·m-2 at 1000 ℃.

  14. Metal-Matrix Hardmetal/Cermet Reinforced Composite Powders for Thermal Spray

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    Dmitri GOLJANDIN

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Recycling of materials is becoming increasingly important as industry response to public demands, that resources must be preserved and environment protected. To produce materials competitive in cost with primary product, secondary producers have to pursue new technologies and other innovations. For these purposes different recycling technologies for composite materials (oxidation, milling, remelting etc are widely used. The current paper studies hardmetal/cermet powders produced by mechanical milling technology. The following composite materials were studied: Cr3C2-Ni cermets and WC-Co hardmetal. Different disintegrator milling systems for production of powders with determined size and shape were used. Chemical composition of produced powders was analysed.  To estimate the properties of recycled hardmetal/cermet powders, sieving analysis, laser granulometry and angularity study were conducted. To describe the angularity of milled powders, spike parameter–quadric fit (SPQ was used and experiments for determination of SPQ sensitivity and precision to characterize particles angularity were performed. Images used for calculating SPQ were taken by SEM processed with Omnimet Image Analyser 22. The graphs of grindability and angularity were composed. Composite powders based on Fe- and Ni-self-fluxing alloys for thermal spray (plasma and HVOF were produced. Technological properties of powders and properties of thermal sprayed coatings from studied powders were investigated. The properties of spray powders reinforced with recycled hardmetal and cermet particles as alternatives for cost-sensitive applications were demonstrated.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.18.1.1348

  15. Cermet-fueled reactors for advanced space applications

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    Cermet-fueled nuclear reactors are attractive candidates for high-performance advanced space power systems. The cermet consists of a hexagonal matrix of a refractory metal and a ceramic fuel, with multiple tubular flow channels. The high performance characteristics of the fuel matrix come from its high strength at elevated temperatures and its high thermal conductivity. The cermet fuel concept evolved in the 1960s with the objective of developing a reactor design that could be used for a wide range of mobile power generating sytems, including both Brayton and Rankine power conversion cycles. High temperature thermal cycling tests for the cermet fuel were carried out by General Electric as part of the 710 Project (General Electric 1966), and by Argonne National Laboratory in the Direct Nuclear Rocket Program (1965). Development programs for cermet fuel are currently under way at Argonne National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest Laboratory. The high temperature qualification tests from the 1960s have provided a base for the incorporation of cermet fuel in advanced space applications. The status of the cermet fuel development activities and descriptions of the key features of the cermet-fueled reactor design are summarized in this paper

  16. Fe-Cr-C Cermet Made by Reaction Sintering

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    2001-01-01

    Fe-Cr-C cermet was prepared by reaction sintering of ferrochromium and graphite. The exothermic reaction was determined by DTA. The effect of carbon content on the porosity, hardness and oxidation resistance was investigated. The result showed that the cermet with 6 %-7 % of carbon has high hardness and oxidation resistance.

  17. Evaluation of fatigue strength of WC cermet- and 13Cr steel-sprayed materials; WC cermet oyobi 13Cr ko yosha hifukuzai no hiro kyodo hyoka

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    Ogawa, T.; Tokaji, K.; Ejima, T. [Gifu University, Gifu (Japan); Kobayashi, Y.; Harada, Y. [Tocalo Co. Ltd., Kobe (Japan)

    1997-10-15

    Rotating bending fatigue tests have been conducted at room temperature in air using the specimens of medium carbon steel (S45C), low alloy steel (SCM435) and titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V) with HVOF sprayed coating of a cermet (WC-12%Co) and S45C with WFS sprayed coating of a 13Cr steel (SUS420 J2). The fatigue strength and fracture mechanisms were studied. The fatigue strength evaluated by nominal stress was strongly influenced by substrate materials and the thickness of sprayed coatings. Detailed observation of crack initiation on the coating surface and fracture surface revealed that microcracks initiated at the WC grain boundary coalesced, and then the crack grew rapidly in the coating. Cracks in the substrate were initiated by the stress concentration of the crack in the coating, which was modeled by finite element analysis. For the specimens tested in this study, the fatigue strength of sprayed specimens was dominated by that of sprayed coating. Thus, the fatigue strength could be evaluated uniquely by the true stress on the coating surface. 9 refs., 12 figs., 2 tabs.

  18. Laser processing of solar cells with anti-reflective coating

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    Harley, Gabriel; Smith, David D.; Dennis, Tim; Waldhauer, Ann; Kim, Taeseok; Cousins, Peter John

    2016-02-16

    Contact holes of solar cells are formed by laser ablation to accommodate various solar cell designs. Use of a laser to form the contact holes is facilitated by replacing films formed on the diffusion regions with a film that has substantially uniform thickness. Contact holes may be formed to deep diffusion regions to increase the laser ablation process margins. The laser configuration may be tailored to form contact holes through dielectric films of varying thicknesses.

  19. Selective coating for solar panels. [using black chrome and black nickel

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    Mcdonald, G. E. (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    The energy absorbing properties of solar heating panels are improved by depositing a black chrome coating of controlled thickness on a specially prepared surface of a metal substrate. The surface is prepared by depositing a dull nickel on the substrate, and the black chrome is plated on this low emittance surface to a thickness between 0.5 micron and 2.5 microns.

  20. Preparation of silver-coated glass frit and its application in silicon solar cells

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    Feng, Xiang; Biyuan, Li; Yingfen, Li; Jian, Zhou; Weiping, Gan

    2016-07-01

    A simple electroless plating process was employed to prepare silver-coated glass frits for solar cells. The surface of the glass frits was modified with polyvinyl-pyrrolidone (PVP) before the electroless plating process. Infrared (IR) spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and x-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to characterize the PVP modified glass frits and investigate the mechanism of the modification process. It was found that the PVP molecules adsorbed on the glass frit surface and reduced the silver ions to the silver nanoparticles. Through epitaxial growth, these nanoparticles were uniformly deposited onto the surface of the glass frit. Silicon solar cells with this novel silver coating exhibited a photoelectric conversion efficiency increase of 0.33%. Compared with the electroless plating processes, this method provides a simple route to prepare silver-coated glass frits without introducing impurity ions.

  1. Preparation of silver-coated glass frit and its application in silicon solar cells

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    向锋; 李碧渊; 黎应芬; 周健; 甘卫平

    2016-01-01

    A simple electroless plating process was employed to prepare silver-coated glass frits for solar cells. The surface of the glass frits was modified with polyvinyl-pyrrolidone (PVP) before the electroless plating process. Infrared (IR) spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and x-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to characterize the PVP modified glass frits and investigate the mechanism of the modification process. It was found that the PVP molecules adsorbed on the glass frit surface and reduced the silver ions to the silver nanoparticles. Through epitaxial growth, these nanoparticles were uniformly deposited onto the surface of the glass frit. Silicon solar cells with this novel silver coating exhibited a photoelectric conversion efficiency increase of 0.33%. Compared with the electroless plating processes, this method provides a simple route to prepare silver-coated glass frits without introducing impurity ions.

  2. Comparative Study on the Effects of Surfactants on the Electroless Copper Coated Solar Cell and Optimizing Its Process Parameters

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    M. Jeevarani; Elansezhian, R.

    2014-01-01

    An experimental investigation on optimizing process parameters in the electroless copper coatings on solar photovoltaic cells under specific coating conditions has been carried out and reported. Coating parameters such as pH, temperature, and surfactants concentration were varied, and corresponding coating thickness and voltage were measured. To optimize the above parameters, design of experiment was conducted using full factorial method. The pH was varied at 4 different values such as 4-5, 5...

  3. Thickness dependence of photovoltaic performance of additional spray coated solar cells

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    We report the photovoltaic performance of solar cells with various active layer thicknesses prepared through “additional spray coating” method, which includes the spraying of o-dichlorobenzene (viz. pristine solvent) after the conventional spray coating of a mixture of poly(3-hexylthiophene): [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester as active layer solution. The thickness of the active layer for which maximal efficiency was achieved was found to be around 220 nm with highly efficient light harvesting and charge transfer due to the minimization of internal pinholes. Particularly, the short circuit current and fill factor did not decrease severely with the increment of the thickness of the active layer (even to as high as 737 nm). This is as opposed to the spin coated device, which performance gradually drops with increasing thickness. This trend may be ascribed to the formation of uneven pathway for charge carriers and more efficient light harvesting due to the interconnection of droplets formed by additional solvent spray coating. - Highlights: ► Thick solar cell organic active layers were prepared by spray coating. ► The optimum active layer thickness of our spray coated layers was around 220 nm. ► The performance for organic spray coating is independent of device thickness. ► Even at above 700 nm, the power conversion efficiency remains 85% of the best device. ► Moderate drops of efficiency come from uneven pathway for charge carriers

  4. Performance of "Moth Eye" Anti-Reflective Coatings for Solar Cell Applications

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    Clark, E.; Kane, M.; Jiang, P.

    2011-03-14

    An inexpensive, effective anti-reflective coating (ARC) has been developed at the University of Florida to significantly enhance the absorption of light by silicon in solar cells. This coating has nano-scale features, and its microstructure mimics that of various night active insects (e.g. a moth's eye). It is a square array of pillars, each about 700 nm high and having a diameter of about 300 nm. Samples of silicon having this coating were exposed either to various combinations of either elevated temperature and humidity or to gamma irradiation ({sup 60}Co) at the Savannah River National Laboratory, or to a broad spectrum ultraviolet light and to a 532 nm laser light at the University of Florida. The anti-reflective properties of the coatings were unaffected by any of these environmental stresses, and the microstructure of the coating was also unaffected. In fact, the reflectivity of the gamma irradiated ARC became lower (advantageous for solar cell applications) at wavelengths between 400 and 1000 nm. These results show that this coating is robust and should be tested in actual systems exposed to either weather or a space environment. Structural details of the ARCs were studied to optimize their performance. Square arrays performed better than hexagonal arrays - the natural moth-eye coating is indeed a square array. The optimal depth of the templated nanopillars in the ARC was investigated. A wet etching technology for ARC formation was developed that would be less expensive and much faster than dry etching. Theoretical modeling revealed that dimple arrays should perform better than nipple arrays. A method of fabricating both dimple and nipple arrays having the same length was developed, and the dimple arrays performed better than the nipple arrays, in agreement with the modeling. The commercial viability of the technology is quite feasible, since the technology is scalable and inexpensive. This technology is also compatible with current industrial

  5. Passivating Window/First Layer AR Coating for Space Solar Cells

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    Faur, Mircea; Faur, Maria; Bailey, S. G.; Flood, D. J.; Brinker, D. J.; Alterovitz, S. A.; Wheeler, D. R.; Matesscu, G.; Goradia, C.; Goradia, M.

    2004-01-01

    Chemically grown oxides, if well designed, offer excellent surface passivation of the emitter surface of space solar cells and can be used as effective passivating window/first layer AR coating. In this paper, we demonstrate the effectiveness of using a simple room temperature wet chemical technique to grow cost effective passivating layers on solar cell front surfaces after the front grid metallization step. These passivating layers can be grown both on planar and porous surfaces. Our results show that these oxide layers: (i) can effectively passivate the from the surface, (ii) can serve as an effective optical window/first layer AR coating, (iii) are chemically, thermally and UV stable, and (iv) have the potential of improving the BOL and especially the EOL efficiency of space solar cells. The potential of using this concept to simplify the III-V based space cell heterostructures while increasing their BOL and EOL efficiency is also discussed.

  6. The anomalous behaviour of Ag-Al2O3 Cermet electroformed devices

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    Cermet coating consisting of silver particles in an aluminium oxide matrix were prepared on glass substrates by vacuum deposition. Variation of the circulating current with potential difference was obtained in evaporated Al/Ag-Al2O3/Cu sandwich structures, 100 to 200 nm thick containing 10 wt % Ag. It was observed that the investigated sandwich structures exhibit anomalous behaviour such as electroforming with Voltage-Controlled-Negative Resistance (VCNR) in vacuo of ∼ 4 x 10-6 torr. The formed characteristics were explained on the basis of filamentary model. (author)

  7. Enhanced Erbium-Doped Ceria Nanostructure Coating to Improve Solar Cell Performance

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    Nader Shehata

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses the effect of adding reduced erbium-doped ceria nanoparticles (REDC NPs as a coating on silicon solar cells. Reduced ceria nanoparticles doped with erbium have the advantages of both improving conductivity and optical conversion of solar cells. Oxygen vacancies in ceria nanoparticles reduce Ce4+ to Ce3+ which follow the rule of improving conductivity of solar cells through the hopping mechanism. The existence of Ce3+ helps in the down-conversion from 430 nm excitation to 530 nm emission. The erbium dopant forms energy levels inside the low-phonon ceria host to up-convert the 780 nm excitations into green and red emissions. When coating reduced erbium-doped ceria nanoparticles on the back side of a solar cell, a promising improvement in the solar cell efficiency has been observed from 15% to 16.5% due to the mutual impact of improved electric conductivity and multi-optical conversions. Finally, the impact of the added coater on the electric field distribution inside the solar cell has been studied.

  8. Development of a Long-Life-Cycle, Highly Water-Resistant Solar Reflective Retrofit Roof Coating

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    Polyzos, Georgios [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Hunter, Scott [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Sharma, Jaswinder [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Cheng, Mengdawn [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Chen, Sharon S. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Demarest, Victoria [Dow Chemical Company; Fabiny, William [Dow Chemical Company; Destaillats, Hugo [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Levinson, Ronnen [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2016-03-04

    Highly water-resistant and solar-reflective coatings for low-slope roofs are potentially among the most economical retrofit approaches to thermal management of the building envelope. Therefore, they represent a key building technology research program within the Department of Energy. Research efforts in industry and the Department of Energy are currently under way to increase long-term solar reflectance on a number of fronts. These include new polymer coatings technologies to provide longer-lasting solar reflectivity and improved test methodologies to predict long-term soiling and microbial performance. The focus on long-term improvements in soiling and microbial resistance for maximum reflectance does not address the single most important factor impacting the long-term sustainability of low-slope roof coatings: excellent water resistance. The hydrophobic character of asphaltic roof products makes them uniquely suitable for water resistance, but their low albedo and poor exterior durability are disadvantages. A reflective coating that maintains very high water resistance with increased long-term resistance to soiling and microbial activity would provide additional energy savings and extend roof service life.

  9. Super-hydrophilic and solar-heat-reflective coatings for smart windows

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    Hydrophilic and solar-heat-reflective coatings were deposited on glass substrates by radio-frequency sputtering. This bifunctional coating was a multilayer film consisting of SiO2, TiO2, and a heat-resistant silver alloy, which was used instead of pure silver. The multilayer film was used to improve the spectral reflection and spectral transmission properties. The heat-resistant silver alloy developed in this study facilitated the formation of an anatase layer on the surface of the coating at elevated temperatures. The photocatalytic anatase layer made the surface hydrophilic. The hydrophilic and optical properties of samples prepared at various temperatures were determined. Under ultraviolet irradiation, the water contact angle decreased from around 60° to 6° for a sample with an anatase surface layer. The sample glass reflected most of the infrared light and simultaneously transmitted visible light. - Highlights: ► Multilayer coatings for hydrophilic and solar-heat-reflective functions on glass ► Thin, heat-resistant silver alloy layer facilitated the formation of anatase. ► Photo-induced hydrophilicity was achieved using a top anatase layer. ► Drastic drop of water contact angle under UV irradiation obtained for some samples ► Excellent spectral selectivity of the TiO2/SiO2/Ag alloy/SiO2/Ag coating for daylight

  10. POSS(Registered TradeMark) Coatings for Solar Cells: An Update

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    Brandhorst, Henry; Isaacs-Smith, Tamara; Wells, Brian; Lichtenhan, Joseph D.; Fu, Bruce X.

    2007-01-01

    Presently, solar cells are covered with Ce-doped microsheet cover glasses that are attached with Dow Corning DC 93-500 silicone adhesive. Various antireflection coatings are often applied to the cover glass to increase cell performance. This general approach has been used from the beginning of space exploration. However, it is expensive and time consuming. Furthermore, as the voltage of solar arrays increases, significant arcing has occurred in solar arrays, leading to loss of satellite power. The cause has been traced to differential voltages between strings and the close spacing between them with no insulation covering the edges of the solar cells. In addition, this problem could be ameliorated if the cover glass extended over the edges of the cell, but this would impact packing density. An alternative idea that might solve all these issues and be less expensive and more protective is to develop a coating that could be applied over the entire array. Such a coating must be resistant to atomic oxygen for low earth orbits below about 700 km, it must be resistant to ultraviolet radiation for all earth and near-sun orbits and, of course, it must withstand the damaging effects of space radiation. Coating flexibility would be an additional advantage. Based on past experience, one material that has many of the desired attributes of a universal protective coating is the Dow Corning DC 93-500. Of all the potential optical plastics, it appears to be the most suitable for use in space. As noted above, DC 93-500 has been extensively used to attach cover glasses to crystalline solar cells and has worked exceptionally well over the years. It is flexible and generally resistant to electrons, protons and ultraviolet (UV and VUV) radiation; although a VUV-rejection coating or VUV-absorbing ceria-doped cover glass may be required for long mission durations. It can also be applied in a thin coating (cells and destroy the essential clarity needed for a concentrator lens.

  11. Effect of an absorptive coating on solar energy storage in a Trombe wall system

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    Nwachukwu, N.P. [Nigeria Univ., Nsukka (Nigeria). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Okonkwo, W.I. [National Center for Energy Research and Development, Nsukka (Nigeria)

    2008-07-01

    An analysis is undertaken to show the effects of a range of coating absorptivity values on the improvement of heat transfer across a Trombe wall (which is used for passive solar heating) and to its enclosure. The analysis shows that enhanced heat delivery to the enclosure of a Trombe wall system is feasible with the application of an absorptive coating of a superior nature - characterized by high absorptivity and very low emissivity - on the heat-receiving surface of the wall and thus can be seen as a heat transfer enhancement technique. (author)

  12. Effect of an Absorptive Coating on Solar Energy Storage in a Thrombe wall system

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    Nwachukwu, Nwosu P. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Nigeria); Okonkwo, Wilfred I. [National Center for Energy Research and Development (NCERD), Nsukka (Nigeria)

    2008-07-01

    An analysis is undertaken to show the effects of a range of coating absorptivity values on the improvement of heat transfer across a Trombe wall (which is used for passive solar heating) and to its enclosure. The analysis shows that enhanced heat delivery to the enclosure of a Trombe wall system is feasible with the application of an absorptive coating of a superior nature - characterized by high absorptivity and very low emissivity - on the heat-receiving surface of the wall and thus can be seen as a heat transfer enhancement technique. (author)

  13. Investigation of Impact Resistance of Protective Barriers Made from Cermets

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    Ischenko, A. N.; Tabachenko, A. N.; Afanasieva, S. A.; Belov, N. N.; Burkin, V. V.; Martsunova, L. S.; Rogaev, K. S.; Yugov, N. T.

    2016-01-01

    Ceramic-metal materials (cermets) based on titanium diboride and boron carbide are designed and produced by the method of self-propagating high-temperature synthesis, with the pressure applied to the combustion products. The data, obtained by an experimental-theoretical investigation of impact resistance of protective barriers containing the above-mentioned materials in collisions with a spherical steel projectile, are presented. A better impact resistance of TiB2 + B4C cermets compared to that of Al2O3- ceramics is demonstrated. A possibility of prediction calculations of impact resistance of the specimens containing cermets in the range of collision rates under study is shown.

  14. Final report on cermet high-level waste forms

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    Cermets are being developed as an alternate method for the fixation of defense and commercial high level radioactive waste in a terminal disposal form. Following initial feasibility assessments of this waste form, consisting of ceramic particles dispersed in an iron-nickel base alloy, significantly improved processing methods were developed. The characterization of cermets has continued through property determinations on samples prepared by various methods from a variety of simulated and actual high-level wastes. This report describes the status of development of the cermet waste form as it has evolved since 1977. 6 tables, 18 figures

  15. Corrosion Properties of Black Nickel Coating on Aluminum for Solar Heating Applications

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    A simple process of electroplated bright nickel is investigated to produce ultra high solar absorber coating on the aluminum substrates, which has high corrosion resistance. The corrosion resistance varies with deposition conditions of black Ni layer on the coating bath. Evaluation of the coatings was carried out by measurement of corrosion resistance and optical properties optimized in order to give the maximum selectivity (a/e) value. The deposition parameters are found to affect corrosion resistance of the coat. Corrosion resistance of the films was evaluated in 3.5% sodium chloride solution potentiodynamic polarization. The prepared samples were characterized using potentiostat, galvanostat Autolab, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM), UV-VIS-NIR,V-570 Jasco, Japan, spectrophotometer. XRD patterns showed that the ZnS and ZnS:Ni nanoparticles have zinc blend structure with the crystallite sizes of about 6-25 nm range. The results also showed that applying the coat on aluminum substrates resulted in best bath composition of NiSO4, ZnSO4, NH4NiSO4, NaSCN, at Ph=5.6 to 5.9, Temp. 55°C and current density 0.02 A/cm2. The coating has emittance 0.31% and absorption 98.52%, selectivity about (α/ε) = 184.98, and Corrosion rate= 0.00916 mm/year.

  16. Interfacial engineering of solution-processed Ni nanochain-SiOx (x solar selective absorbers

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    Yu, Xiaobai; Wang, Xiaoxin; Zhang, Qinglin; Liu, Jifeng

    2016-04-01

    Cermet solar thermal selective absorber coatings are an important component of high-efficiency concentrated solar power (CSP) receivers. The oxidation of the metal nanoparticles in cermet solar absorbers is a great challenge for vacuum-free operation. Recently, we have demonstrated that oxidation is kinetically retarded in solution processed, high-optical-performance Ni nanochain-SiOx cermet system compared to conventional Ni-Al2O3 system when annealed in air at 450-600 °C for several hours. However, for long-term, high-temperature applications in CSP systems, thermodynamically stable antioxidation behavior is highly desirable, which requires new mechanisms beyond kinetically reducing the oxidation rate. Towards this goal, in this paper, we demonstrate that pre-operation annealing of Ni nanochain-SiOx cermets at 900 °C in N2 forms the thermodynamically stable orthorhombic phase of NiSi at the Ni/SiOx interfaces, leading to self-terminated oxidation at 550 °C in air due to this interfacial engineering. In contrast, pre-operation annealing at a lower temperature of 750 °C in N2 (as conducted in our previous work) cannot achieve interfacial NiSi formation directly, and further annealing in air at 450-600 °C for >4 h only leads to the formation of the less stable (metastable) hexagonal phase of NiSi. Therefore, the high-temperature pre-operation annealing is critical to form the desirable orthorhombic phase of NiSi at Ni/SiOx interfaces towards thermodynamically stable antioxidation behavior. Remarkably, with this improved interfacial engineering, the oxidation of 80-nm-diameter Ni nanochain-SiOx saturates after annealing at 550 °C in air for 12 h. Additional annealing at 550 °C in air for as long as 20 h (i.e., 32 h air annealing at >550 °C in total) has almost no further impact on the structural or optical properties of the coatings, the latter being very sensitive to any interfacial changes due to the localized surface plasmon resonances of the metal

  17. Airbrush Spray Coating of Amorphous Titanium Dioxide for Inverted Polymer Solar Cells

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    Luca La Notte

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available One of the main topics of organic photovoltaics manufacturing is the need for simple, low cost, and large area compatible techniques. Solution-based processes are the best candidates to achieve this aim. Among these, airbrush spray coating has successfully applied to deposit both active and PEDOT layers of bulk-heterojunction solar cells. However, this technique is not yet sufficiently studied for interfacial layers (electron and hole transporting layers or optical spacers. In this paper, we show that amorphous titanium dioxide ( films, obtained with an airbrush from a solution of titanium (IV isopropoxide diluted in isopropanol, are successfully deposited on glass and PET substrates. Good surface covering results from the coalescence of droplets after optimizing the spray coating system. Simple inverted polymer solar cells are fabricated using as electron transporting layer obtaining encouraging electrical performances (% on glass/FTO and 0.7% on PET/ITO substrates.

  18. All polymer photovoltaics: From small inverted devices to large roll-to-roll coated and printed solar cells

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    Liu, Yao; Larsen-Olsen, Thue Trofod; Zhao, Xingang;

    2013-01-01

    Inverted all polymer solar cells based on a blend of a perylene diimide based polymer acceptor and a dithienosilole based polymer donor were fabricated from small area devices to roll-to-roll (R2R) coated and printed large area modules. The device performance was successfully optimized by using...... solution processibility and R2R coated and printed large area (4.2 cm 2) solar cells exhibited a PCE of 0.20%. © 2013 Elsevier B.V....

  19. Materials characterization of cermet anodes tested in a pilot cell

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    Windisch, C.F. Jr.; Strachan, D.M.; Henager, C.H. Jr. (Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)); Alcorn, T.R.; Tabereaux, A.T.; Richards, N.E. (Reynolds Metals Co., Muscle Shoals, AL (United States). Mfg. Technology Lab.)

    1993-02-01

    Cermet anodes were evaluated as nonconsumable substitutes for carbon anodes using a pilot-scale reduction cell at the Reynolds Manufacturing Technology Laboratory. After pilot cell testing, tile anodes were subjected to extensive materials characterization and physical properties measurements at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory. Significant changes in the composition of the cermet anodes were observed including the growth of a reaction layer and penetration of electrolyte deep into the cermet matrix. Fracture strength and toughness were measured as a function of temperature and the ductile-brittle transition wasreduced by 500C following pilot cell testing. These results imply difficulties with anode material and control of operating conditions in the pilot cell, and suggest that additional development work be performed before the cermet anodes are used in commercial reduction cells. The results also highlight specific fabrication and operational considerations that should be addressed in future testing.

  20. A cermet fuel reactor for nuclear thermal propulsion

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    Kruger, Gordon

    1991-01-01

    Work on the cermet fuel reactor done in the 1960's by General Electric (GE) and the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) that had as its goal the development of systems that could be used for nuclear rocket propulsion as well as closed cycle propulsion system designs for ship propulsion, space nuclear propulsion, and other propulsion systems is reviewed. It is concluded that the work done in the 1960's has demonstrated that we can have excellent thermal and mechanical performance with cermet fuel. Thousands of hours of testing were performed on the cermet fuel at both GE and AGL, including very rapid transients and some radiation performance history. We conclude that there are no feasibility issues with cermet fuel. What is needed is reactivation of existing technology and qualification testing of a specific fuel form. We believe this can be done with a minimum development risk.

  1. Design of multi-layer anti-reflection coating for terrestrial solar panel glass

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    B GEETHA PRIYADARSHINI; A K SHARMA

    2016-06-01

    To date, there is no ideal anti-reflection (AR) coating available on solar glass which can effectively transmit the incident light within the visible wavelength range. However, there is a need to develop multifunctional coatingwith superior anti-reflection properties and self-cleaning ability meant to be used for solar glass panels. In spite of self-cleaning ability of materials like TiO2 and ZnO, these coatings on glass substrate have tendency to reduce lighttransmission due to their high refractive indices than glass. Thus, to infuse the anti-reflective property, a low refractive index, SiO$_2$ layer needs to be used in conjunction with TiO$_2$ and ZnO layers. In such case, the optimization ofindividual layer thickness is crucial to achieve maximum transmittance of the visible light. In the present study, we propose an omni-directional anti-reflection coating design for the visible spectral wavelength range of 400–700 nm,where the maximum intensity of light is converted into electrical energy. Herein, we employ the quarter wavelength criteria using SiO$_2$, TiO$_2$ and ZnO to design the coating composed of single, double and triple layers. The thicknessof individual layers was optimized for maximum light transmittance using essential Mcleod simulation software to produce destructive interference between reflected waves and constructive interference between transmitted waves.

  2. Reflectivity, polarization properties, and durability of metallic mirror coatings for the European Solar Telescope

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    Feller, A.; Krishnappa, N.; Pleier, O.; Hirzberger, J.; Jobst, P. J.; Schürmann, M.

    2012-09-01

    In the context of the conceptual design study for the European Solar Telescope (EST) we have investigated different metallic mirror coatings in terms of reflectivity, polarization properties and durability. Samples of the following coating types have been studied: bare aluminum, silver with different dielectric layers for protection and UV enhancement, and an aluminum-silver combination. From 2009 to 2011 we have carried out a long-term durability test under realistic observing conditions at the VTT solar telescope of the Observatorio del Teide (Tenerife, Spain), accompanied by repeated reflectivity measurements in the EST spectral working range (0.3 - 20 μm), and by polarization measurements in the visible range. The test results allow us to find the optimum coatings for the different mirrors in the EST beampath and to eventually assess aging effects and re-coating cycles. The results of the polarization measurements are a valuable input for an EST telescope polarization model, helping to meet the stringent requirements on polarimetric accuracy.

  3. Titanium dioxide antireflection coating for silicon solar cells by spray deposition

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    Kern, W.; Tracy, E.

    1980-01-01

    A high-speed production process is described for depositing a single-layer, quarter-wavelength thick antireflection coating of titanium dioxide on metal-patterned single-crystal silicon solar cells for terrestrial applications. Controlled atomization spraying of an organotitanium solution was selected as the most cost-effective method of film deposition using commercial automated equipment. The optimal composition consists of titanium isopropoxide as the titanium source, n-butyl acetate as the diluent solvent, sec-butanol as the leveling agent, and 2-ethyl-1-hexanol to render the material uniformly depositable. Application of the process to the coating of circular, large-diameter solar cells with either screen-printed silver metallization or with vacuum-evaporated Ti/Pd/Ag metallization showed increases of over 40% in the electrical conversion efficiency. Optical characteristics, corrosion resistance, and several other important properties of the spray-deposited film are reported. Experimental evidence indicates a wide tolerance in the coating thickness upon the overall efficiency of the cell. Considerations pertaining to the optimization of AR coatings in general are discussed, and a comprehensive critical survey of the literature is presented.

  4. Combined Effects of Pyramid-Like Structures and Antireflection Coating on Si Solar Cell Efficiency.

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    Cho, Chanseob; Oh, Junghwa; Lee, Byeungleul; Kim, Bonghwan

    2015-10-01

    We developed a novel process for synthesizing Si solar cells with improved efficiencies. The process involved the formation of pyramid-like structures on the Si substrate and the deposition and subsequent thermal annealing of an antireflection coating. The process consisted of three main stages. First, pyramid-like structures were textured on the Si substrate by reactive ion etching and subsequently etched using a mixture of HF, HNO3, and deionized water for 300 s. Next, an antireflection coating was deposited on the substrate and was subsequently thermally annealed in a furnace in a N2 atmosphere. After the annealing process, the minority carrier lifetime increased by approximately 40 μs. Further, because of the increase in the minority carrier lifetime and the uniform doping of the substrate, the leakage current decreased. As a result, the efficiency of resulting solar cell increased to 17.24%, in contrast to that of the reference cell, which was only 15.89%. Thus, uniform doping and the thermal annealing of the antireflective coating improved solar cell efficiency.

  5. Roll coated large area ITO- and vacuum-free all organic solar cells from diketopyrrolopyrrole based non-fullerene acceptors with molecular geometry effects

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    Brandt, Rasmus Guldbaek; Zhang, Fei; Andersen, Thomas Rieks;

    2016-01-01

    morphology, and photovoltaic performance of both spin-coated ITO based and roll coated large area, ITO- and vacuum-free organic solar cells (OSCs). For spin-coated devices based on P3HT as the donor polymer the solar cells gave power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) in the following order for (P3HT:PhDMe(DPP)2...

  6. Solar-driven self-cleaning coating for a painted surface

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    Here we show that a solar driven, self-cleaning coating was deposited onto organic fluorocarbon paint using a hybrid system. The system utilizes the corona treatment technique, the inert sol-gel coating and the anatase TiO2 layer. With the corona treatment, an organic surface was activated to allow a uniform TiO2 sol-gel coating. This sol-gel layer has two functions: firstly, it acts as binder to adhere the nano size TiO2 particles; secondly, it acts as barrier to prevent substrate-damage from the photo-catalytic reaction. Using this approach, a strong and crack-free TiO2 sol-gel coating was obtained. The very fresh TiO2 sol-gel coating shows almost zero water contact angle even without exposure to sunlight, and this super-hydrophilic property is retained under sunlight irradiation. These properties differentiate our approach from other study. With such photo-catalytic and hydrophilic characteristics, dirt residues on the surface were either readily oxidized or simply washed away by rain. (authors)

  7. Optical Properties of Black Nickel-Zinc Coating on Aluminum For Solar Heating Applications

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    The present study describes the performance of selective coatings to get maximum solar absorbance and minimum thermal emittance. Aluminum substrates, covered with Ni electroplated base layer, have been used to show the influence of thickness and deposition condition of black Ni layer on the optical performance of selective coatings. Evaluation of the coatings was carried out by adhesion, measurement of coating thickness and optical properties. The deposition process parameters are optimized in order to give the maximum selectivity (a/s) value. The deposition parameters are found to affect the thickness of the coat. As the coat thickness decreases the absorptive increases and the emissivity decreases. The structure and optical properties of the prepared samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM), UV- VIS - NIR, V-570 Jasco, Japan, spectrophotometer and XRD patterns showed that the ZnS and ZnS:Ni nanoparticles have zinc blended structure with the crystallite sizes of about 6-25 nm range. The value of optical band gap has been found to be in range 3.2- 3.7 eV The results also show that applying the coat on aluminum substrates resulted in best bath composition NiSCU, ZnSC>4, NFLiNiSO4, NaSCN, at ph = 5.6 to 5.9 and temp. 55°C current density 0.02 mA/cm , have emittance 0.31% and absorption 98.52% and selectivity about (a/ s) =184.98.

  8. Seasonal adjustment of solar heat gain independent of coat coloration in a desert mammal.

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    Walsberg, G E; Weaver, T; Wolf, B O

    1997-01-01

    Despite the apparent importance of solar radiation as a source of heat for free-living animals, there exists no substantial body of empirical data describing physiological responses to solar radiation under the range of convective conditions likely to occur in nature. We therefore quantified effects of simulated solar radiation and wind on metabolic heat production in the rock squirrel, Spermophilus variegatus. This diurnal mammal inhabits the Sonoran Desert and seasonally replaces its pelage in a fashion in which it retains constant external appearance but incorporates optical and structural changes that are thought to significantly alter heat-transfer properties of the coat. At a given wind speed, the presence of 950 W m-2 of simulated solar radiation reduces metabolic heat production by 15% (at a wind speed of 4 m s-1) to 37% (at a wind speed of 0.25 m s-1). Independent of effects of irradiance, metabolic heat production significantly increases with wind speed such that as wind speed is increased from 0.25 m s-1 to 4.0 m s-1, metabolic heat production is elevated by 66% (sunlight absent) or 88% (sunlight present). Previous analyses demonstrated that when exposed to identical radiative and convective environments rock squirrels with summer pelages accrue solar heat loads 33%-71% lower than those experienced by animals with winter coats. This reduction of solar heat gain during the extremely hot Sonoran Desert summer apparently constitutes a previously unappreciated mode of thermal adaptation by seasonal adjustment of radiative heat gain without changes in the animal's appearance. PMID:9231387

  9. Tungsten carbide coatings with different binders prepared by low power plasma spray system

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    GAO Yang; M.F.Morks; FU Ying-qing

    2004-01-01

    Thermal spraying of cermet coatings is widely used for protection of machining parts against wear and corrosion. These coatings consist of WC particles in metal binders such as Co, Cr and Ni. Three kinds of WC powders with different metal binders (Co, NiCr and CoCr) were sprayed by low power plasma spray system on Al-Si-Cu alloy substrate. Fundamental aspects of sprayed cermet coatings, including (i) the effects of binder type on the coating structure, (ii) the hardness and (iii) the microstructure, were investigated. All cermet coatings have the same phase structure such as WC and W2 C. However, the intensities of these phases are different in each coating, mainly due to the difference in solidification rate in each case. Moreover, the hardness measurements are found to be different in each coating. The results show that, binder type has a significant effect on the physical and mechanical properties of the sprayed coatings.

  10. Research Update: Large-area deposition, coating, printing, and processing techniques for the upscaling of perovskite solar cell technology

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    Stefano Razza

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available To bring perovskite solar cells to the industrial world, performance must be maintained at the photovoltaic module scale. Here we present large-area manufacturing and processing options applicable to large-area cells and modules. Printing and coating techniques, such as blade coating, slot-die coating, spray coating, screen printing, inkjet printing, and gravure printing (as alternatives to spin coating, as well as vacuum or vapor based deposition and laser patterning techniques are being developed for an effective scale-up of the technology. The latter also enables the manufacture of solar modules on flexible substrates, an option beneficial for many applications and for roll-to-roll production.

  11. Coatings.

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    Anderson, Dennis G.

    1989-01-01

    This review covers analytical techniques applicable to the examination of coatings, raw materials, and substrates upon which coatings are placed. Techniques include chemical and electrochemical methods, chromatography, spectroscopy, thermal analysis, microscopy, and miscellaneous techniques. (MVL)

  12. Design of coated standing nanowire array solar cell performing beyond the planar efficiency limits

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    Zeng, Yang; Ye, Qinghao; Shen, Wenzhong

    2016-05-01

    The single standing nanowire (SNW) solar cells have been proven to perform beyond the planar efficiency limits in both open-circuit voltage and internal quantum efficiency due to the built-in concentration and the shifting of the absorption front. However, the expandability of these nano-scale units to a macro-scale photovoltaic device remains unsolved. The main difficulty lies in the simultaneous preservation of an effective built-in concentration in each unit cell and a broadband high absorption capability of their array. Here, we have provided a detailed theoretical guideline for realizing a macro-scale solar cell that performs furthest beyond the planar limits. The key lies in a complementary design between the light-trapping of the single SNWs and that of the photonic crystal slab formed by the array. By tuning the hybrid HE modes of the SNWs through the thickness of a coaxial dielectric coating, the optimized coated SNW array can sustain an absorption rate over 97.5% for a period as large as 425 nm, which, together with the inherited carrier extraction advantage, leads to a cell efficiency increment of 30% over the planar limit. This work has demonstrated the viability of a large-size solar cell that performs beyond the planar limits.

  13. 真空镀膜制备太阳能热吸收涂层%Preparation of solar heat absorption coatings by vacuum coating technology

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    眭凌杰; 尚心德

    2015-01-01

    本文介绍了选择性太阳能热吸收涂层的制备方法及发展状况,重点描述了真空镀膜在金属卷材上制备选择性太阳能热吸收涂层。该涂层用在平板太阳能集热器上,促进了太阳能集热器由单一的真空玻璃管型向金属平板型的转变。%This article introduces the preparation method and development state of the selective solar heat absorption coatings, mainly describes the selective solar heat absorption coatings preparation on the metal coil material by vacuum coating technology. The coatings are used on the flat-plate solar collectors, to promote the solar absorber type transfer from single vacuum glass tube to metal flat-plate.

  14. Nanostructured Indium Oxide Coated Silicon Nanowire Arrays: A Hybrid Photothermal/Photochemical Approach to Solar Fuels.

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    Hoch, Laura B; O'Brien, Paul G; Jelle, Abdinoor; Sandhel, Amit; Perovic, Douglas D; Mims, Charles A; Ozin, Geoffrey A

    2016-09-27

    The field of solar fuels seeks to harness abundant solar energy by driving useful molecular transformations. Of particular interest is the photodriven conversion of greenhouse gas CO2 into carbon-based fuels and chemical feedstocks, with the ultimate goal of providing a sustainable alternative to traditional fossil fuels. Nonstoichiometric, hydroxylated indium oxide nanoparticles, denoted In2O3-x(OH)y, have been shown to function as active photocatalysts for CO2 reduction to CO via the reverse water gas shift reaction under simulated solar irradiation. However, the relatively wide band gap (2.9 eV) of indium oxide restricts the portion of the solar irradiance that can be utilized to ∼9%, and the elevated reaction temperatures required (150-190 °C) reduce the overall energy efficiency of the process. Herein we report a hybrid catalyst consisting of a vertically aligned silicon nanowire (SiNW) support evenly coated by In2O3-x(OH)y nanoparticles that utilizes the vast majority of the solar irradiance to simultaneously produce both the photogenerated charge carriers and heat required to reduce CO2 to CO at a rate of 22.0 μmol·gcat(-1)·h(-1). Further, improved light harvesting efficiency of the In2O3-x(OH)y/SiNW films due to minimized reflection losses and enhanced light trapping within the SiNW support results in a ∼6-fold increase in photocatalytic conversion rates over identical In2O3-x(OH)y films prepared on roughened glass substrates. The ability of this In2O3-x(OH)y/SiNW hybrid catalyst to perform the dual function of utilizing both light and heat energy provided by the broad-band solar irradiance to drive CO2 reduction reactions represents a general advance that is applicable to a wide range of catalysts in the field of solar fuels. PMID:27598429

  15. Nanostructured Indium Oxide Coated Silicon Nanowire Arrays: A Hybrid Photothermal/Photochemical Approach to Solar Fuels.

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    Hoch, Laura B; O'Brien, Paul G; Jelle, Abdinoor; Sandhel, Amit; Perovic, Douglas D; Mims, Charles A; Ozin, Geoffrey A

    2016-09-27

    The field of solar fuels seeks to harness abundant solar energy by driving useful molecular transformations. Of particular interest is the photodriven conversion of greenhouse gas CO2 into carbon-based fuels and chemical feedstocks, with the ultimate goal of providing a sustainable alternative to traditional fossil fuels. Nonstoichiometric, hydroxylated indium oxide nanoparticles, denoted In2O3-x(OH)y, have been shown to function as active photocatalysts for CO2 reduction to CO via the reverse water gas shift reaction under simulated solar irradiation. However, the relatively wide band gap (2.9 eV) of indium oxide restricts the portion of the solar irradiance that can be utilized to ∼9%, and the elevated reaction temperatures required (150-190 °C) reduce the overall energy efficiency of the process. Herein we report a hybrid catalyst consisting of a vertically aligned silicon nanowire (SiNW) support evenly coated by In2O3-x(OH)y nanoparticles that utilizes the vast majority of the solar irradiance to simultaneously produce both the photogenerated charge carriers and heat required to reduce CO2 to CO at a rate of 22.0 μmol·gcat(-1)·h(-1). Further, improved light harvesting efficiency of the In2O3-x(OH)y/SiNW films due to minimized reflection losses and enhanced light trapping within the SiNW support results in a ∼6-fold increase in photocatalytic conversion rates over identical In2O3-x(OH)y films prepared on roughened glass substrates. The ability of this In2O3-x(OH)y/SiNW hybrid catalyst to perform the dual function of utilizing both light and heat energy provided by the broad-band solar irradiance to drive CO2 reduction reactions represents a general advance that is applicable to a wide range of catalysts in the field of solar fuels.

  16. UV testing of solar cells: Effects of antireflective coating, prior irradiation, and UV source

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    Meulenberg, A.

    1993-01-01

    Short-circuit current degradation of electron irradiated double-layer antireflective-coated cells after 3000 hours ultraviolet (UV) exposure exceeds 3 percent; extrapolation of the data to 10(exp 5) hours (11.4 yrs.) gives a degradation that exceeds 10 percent. Significant qualitative and quantitative differences in degradation were observed in cells with double- and single-layer antireflective coatings. The effects of UV-source age were observed and corrections were made to the data. An additional degradation mechanism was identified that occurs only in previously electron-irradiated solar cells since identical unirradiated cells degrade to only 6 +/- 3 percent when extrapolated 10(exp 5) hours of UV illumination.

  17. UV testing of solar cells: Effects of antireflective coating, prior irradiation, and UV source

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    Meulenberg, A.

    1993-05-01

    Short-circuit current degradation of electron irradiated double-layer antireflective-coated cells after 3000 hours ultraviolet (UV) exposure exceeds 3 percent; extrapolation of the data to 10(exp 5) hours (11.4 yrs.) gives a degradation that exceeds 10 percent. Significant qualitative and quantitative differences in degradation were observed in cells with double- and single-layer antireflective coatings. The effects of UV-source age were observed and corrections were made to the data. An additional degradation mechanism was identified that occurs only in previously electron-irradiated solar cells since identical unirradiated cells degrade to only 6 +/- 3 percent when extrapolated 10(exp 5) hours of UV illumination.

  18. Fabrication of carbon-coated silicon nanowires and their application in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Kim, Junhee; Lim, Jeongmin; Kim, Minsoo; Lee, Hae-Seok; Jun, Yongseok; Kim, Donghwan

    2014-11-12

    We report the fabrication of silicon/carbon core/shell nanowire arrays using a two-step process, involving electroless metal deposition and chemical vapor deposition. In general, foreign shell materials that sheath core materials change the inherent characteristics of the core materials. The carbon coating functionalized the silicon nanowire arrays, which subsequently showed electrocatalytic activities for the reduction of iodide/triiodide. This was verified by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. We employed the carbon-coated silicon nanowire arrays in dye-sensitized solar cells as counter electrodes. We optimized the carbon shells to maximize the photovoltaic performance of the resulting devices, and subsequently, a peak power conversion efficiency of 9.22% was achieved. PMID:25319204

  19. A flexible polypyrrole-coated fabric counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Xu, Jie; Li, Meixia; Wu, Lei; Sun, Yongyuan; Zhu, Ligen; Gu, Shaojin; Liu, Li; Bai, Zikui; Fang, Dong; Xu, Weilin

    2014-07-01

    The current dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) technology is mostly based on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrate. The main problem with the FTO glass substrate is its rigidity, heavyweight and high cost. DSSCs with a fabric as substrate not only offer the advantages of flexibility, stretchability and light mass, but also provide the opportunities for easy implantation to wearable electronics. Herein, a novel fabric counter electrode (CE) for DSSCs has been reported employing a daily-used cotton fabric as substrate and polypyrrole (PPy) as catalytic material. Nickel (Ni) is deposited on the cotton fabric as metal contact by a simple electroless plating method to replace the expensive FTO. PPy is synthesized by in situ polymerization of pyrrole monomer on the Ni-coated fabric. The fabric CE shows sufficient catalytic activity towards the reduction of I3-. The DSSC fabricated using the fabric CE exhibits power conversion efficiency of ∼3.30% under AM 1.5.

  20. Effect of selective coating on thermal performance of flat plate solar air heaters

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    El-Sebaii, A.A.; Al-Snani, H. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdul Aziz University, P. O. Box 80203, Jeddah 21589 (Saudi Arabia)

    2010-04-15

    A transient mathematical model was presented for a single pass flat plate solar air heater. This model was based on an analytical solution of the energy balance equations for various elements of the heater. The flowing air temperature was assumed to vary only in the flow direction. The thermal performance of the heater was investigated by computer simulation using the climatic conditions of Jeddah (lat. 21 42' N, long. 39 11' E), Saudi Arabia. Effects of solar radiation intensity, mass flow rate of the flowing air (m{sub f}) and the length (L) and width (b) of the absorber plat on the flowing air outlet temperature (T{sub fo}) and the heater instantaneous ({eta}{sub inst}) and daily ({eta}{sub d}) efficiencies were studied. To improve the heater performance, effect of using absorber plates coated with various selective coating materials on the heater performance was also investigated. The best performance was achieved using nickel-tin as a selective coating material with a daily average of the instantaneous efficiency of 0.46. To validate the proposed mathematical model, the simulated results were compared with the measurements that had been performed for the heater with a black painted absorber plate under Tanta, lat. 30 47' N (Egypt), weather conditions. It was found that the proposed model is able to predict the T{sub fo} accurately with a daily average relative percentage error of 7.7%. It was also inferred that the annual average of {eta}{sub d} with a nickel-tin selectively coated absorber is higher than that with a black painted absorber by 29.23%. (author)

  1. Commercialization of High-Temperature Solar Selective Coating: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-08-300

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    Gray, M. H.

    2014-01-01

    The goal for Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies is to produce electricity at 15 cents/kilowatt-hour (kWh) with six hours of thermal storage in 2015 (intermediate power) and close to 10 cents/kWh with 12-17 hours of thermal storage in 2020 (baseload power). Cost reductions of up to 50% to the solar concentrator are targeted through technology advances. The overall solar-to-electric efficiency of parabolic-trough solar power plants can be improved and the cost of solar electricity can be reduced by improving the properties of the selective coating on the receiver and increasing the solar-field operating temperature to >450 degrees C. New, more-efficient selective coatings will be needed that have both high solar absorptance and low thermal emittance at elevated temperatures. Conduction and convection losses from the hot absorber surface are usually negligible for parabolic trough receivers. The objective is to develop new, more-efficient selective coatings with both high solar absorptance (..alpha.. > 0.95) and low thermal emittance (..epsilon.. < 0.08 @ 450 degrees C) that are thermally stable above 450 degrees C, ideally in air, with improved durability and manufacturability, and reduced cost.

  2. Stability of SiNX/SiNX double stack antireflection coating for single crystalline silicon solar cells

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    Lee, Youngseok; Gong, Daeyeong; Balaji, Nagarajan; Lee, Youn-Jung; Yi, Junsin

    2012-01-01

    Double stack antireflection coatings have significant advantages over single-layer antireflection coatings due to their broad-range coverage of the solar spectrum. A solar cell with 60-nm/20-nm SiNX:H double stack coatings has 17.8% efficiency, while that with a 80-nm SiNX:H single coating has 17.2% efficiency. The improvement of the efficiency is due to the effect of better passivation and better antireflection of the double stack antireflection coating. It is important that SiNX:H films have strong resistance against stress factors since they are used as antireflective coating for solar cells. However, the tolerance of SiNX:H films to external stresses has never been studied. In this paper, the stability of SiNX:H films prepared by a plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition system is studied. The stability tests are conducted using various forms of stress, such as prolonged thermal cycle, humidity, and UV exposure. The heat and damp test was conducted for 100 h, maintaining humidity at 85% and applying thermal cycles of rapidly changing temperatures from -20°C to 85°C over 5 h. UV exposure was conducted for 50 h using a 180-W UV lamp. This confirmed that the double stack antireflection coating is stable against external stress.

  3. Influence of window layer thickness on double layer antirefiection coating for triple junction solar cells*

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    Wang Lijuan; Zhan Feng; Yu Ying; Zhu Yan; Liu Shaoqing; Huang Shesong; Ni Haiqiao; Niu Zhichuan

    2011-01-01

    The optimization of a SiO2/TiO2, SiO2/ZnS double layer antireflection coating (ARC) on Ga0.5ln0.5P/ln0.02Ga0.98As/Ge solar cells for terrestrial application is discussed. The Al0.5In0.5P window layer thickness is also taken into consideration. It is shown that the optimal parameters of double layer ARC vary with the thickness of the window layer.

  4. Influence of window layer thickness on double layer antireflection coating for triple junction solar cells

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    The optimization of a SiO2/TiO2, SiO2/ZnS double layer antireflection coating (ARC) on Ga0.5In0.5P/In0.02Ga0.98As/Ge solar cells for terrestrial application is discussed. The Al0.5In0.5P window layer thickness is also taken into consideration. It is shown that the optimal parameters of double layer ARC vary with the thickness of the window layer. (semiconductor technology)

  5. Cavitation Erosion of Cermet-Coated Aluminium Bronzes

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    Ion Mitelea

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The cavitation erosion resistance of CuAl10Ni5Fe2.5Mn1 following plasma spraying with Al2O3·30(Ni20Al powder and laser re-melting was analyzed in view of possible improvements of the lifetime of components used in hydraulic environments. The cavitation erosion resistance was substantially improved compared with the one of the base material. The thickness of the re-melted layer was in the range of several hundred micrometers, with a surface microhardness increasing from 250 to 420 HV 0.2. Compositional, structural, and microstructural explorations showed that the microstructure of the re-melted and homogenized layer, consisting of a cubic Al2O3 matrix with dispersed Ni-based solid solution is associated with the hardness increase and consequently with the improvement of the cavitation erosion resistance.

  6. Wear Micro-Mechanisms of Composite WC-Co/Cr - NiCrFeBSiC Coatings. Part I: Dry Sliding

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The influence of the cermet fraction in cermet/ metal composite coatings developed by High-Velocity Oxyfuel Flame (HVOF spraying on their tribological behaviour was studied. Five series of coatings, each one containing different proportion of cermet-metal components, prepared by premixing commercially available feedstocks of NiCrFeBSiC metallic and WC-Co/Cr cermet powders were deposited on AISI 304 stainless steel substrate. The microstructure of as-sprayed coatings was characterized by partial decomposition of the WC particles, lamellar morphology and micro-porosity among the solidified splats. Tribological behavior was studied under sliding friction conditions using a Si3N4 ball as counterbody and the friction coefficient and volume loss were determined as a function of the cermet fraction. Microscopic examinations of the wear tracks and relevant cross sections identified the wear mechanisms involved. Coatings containing only the metallic phase were worn out through a combination of ploughing, micro-cracking and splat exfoliation, whilst those containing only the cermet phase primarily by micro-cracking at the individual splat scale. The wear mechanisms of the composite coatings were strongly affected by their randomly stratified structure. In-depth cracks almost perpendicular to the coating/ substrate interface occurring at the wear track boundaries resulted in cermet trans-splat fracture.

  7. Improved performance of silicon-nanoparticle film-coated dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Gupta, Ravindra Kumar; Bedja, Idriss M. [CRC, Department of Optometry, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, P.O. Box 10219, Riyadh 11433 (Saudi Arabia); Aldwayyan, Abdullah Saleh [Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia)

    2012-11-15

    Silicon (Si) nanoparticles with average size of 13 nm and orange-red luminescence under UV absorption were synthesized using electrochemical etching of silicon wafers. A film of Si nanoparticles with thickness of 0.75 {mu}m to 2.6 {mu}m was coated on the glass (TiO{sub 2} side) of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The cell exhibited nearly 9% enhancement in power conversion efficiency ({eta}) at film thickness of {proportional_to}2.4 {mu}m under solar irradiation of 100 mW/cm{sup 2} (AM 1.5) with improved fill factor and short-circuit current density. This study revealed for the first time that the Si-nanoparticle film converting UV into visible light and helping in homogeneous irradiation, can be utilized for improving the efficiency of the DSSCs. (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  8. Dip-coating of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) anodes for efficient polymer solar cells

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    The fabrication of anodes and active layers by dip-coating in indium tin oxide (ITO)-free polymer solar cells (PSCs) is investigated. A highly conductive poly(3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate)(PEDOT:PSS) layer was used as an anode while a blend film of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) was employed as an active layer. The transmittance and sheet resistance of dip-coated PEDOT:PSS layers prepared with different thickness were studied. These layers were integrated into PSCs. The PSCs with the dip-coated PEDOT:PSS and P3HT:PCBM films exhibited power conversion efficiencies of 3.21% and 3.03% on glass and polyethylene terephthalate substrates, respectively, comparable to those of conventional ITO-based cells. Our research results suggest the feasibility of fabricating PSCs without a traditional spin-coating process and the possibility to substitute the ITO electrodes for conducting polymer films using the facile dip-coating method. - Highlights: • ITO-free polymer solar cells (PSCs) were fabricated by dip coating method. • Highly conductive PEDOT:PSS films used as anode were prepared. • The ITO-free PSCs performance was comparable with that of the spin coated devices. • Our results suggest the possibility of replacing ITO with dip coated PEDOT:PSS

  9. Dip-coating of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) anodes for efficient polymer solar cells

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    Huang, Like; Hu, Ziyang, E-mail: huziyang@nbu.edu.cn; Zhang, Ke; Chen, Peipei; Zhu, Yuejin, E-mail: zhuyuejin@nbu.edu.cn

    2015-03-02

    The fabrication of anodes and active layers by dip-coating in indium tin oxide (ITO)-free polymer solar cells (PSCs) is investigated. A highly conductive poly(3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate)(PEDOT:PSS) layer was used as an anode while a blend film of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) was employed as an active layer. The transmittance and sheet resistance of dip-coated PEDOT:PSS layers prepared with different thickness were studied. These layers were integrated into PSCs. The PSCs with the dip-coated PEDOT:PSS and P3HT:PCBM films exhibited power conversion efficiencies of 3.21% and 3.03% on glass and polyethylene terephthalate substrates, respectively, comparable to those of conventional ITO-based cells. Our research results suggest the feasibility of fabricating PSCs without a traditional spin-coating process and the possibility to substitute the ITO electrodes for conducting polymer films using the facile dip-coating method. - Highlights: • ITO-free polymer solar cells (PSCs) were fabricated by dip coating method. • Highly conductive PEDOT:PSS films used as anode were prepared. • The ITO-free PSCs performance was comparable with that of the spin coated devices. • Our results suggest the possibility of replacing ITO with dip coated PEDOT:PSS.

  10. Solar-reflective coating as a cooling overlay for asphalt pavement

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    Wang, He; Xu, Geng; Feng, Decheng; Zhong, Jing; Xie, Ning

    2012-04-01

    Rutting is one of the most serious problems on asphalt pavements. Decrease the surface temperature of the asphalt pavement is an effective method to solve the rutting problem on asphalt pavements. In this study, nano sized particles filled polymer composite was developed as an overlay to reflect the solar energy and decrease the surface temperature of asphalt pavements. The overlay was composed of acrylic or epoxy resin filled with nano TiO2 or nano TiNO2. The solar reflection of the nano particle filled polymers was tested and the results showed that solar reflection effectiveness of the epoxy/TiO2 composite reached the highest value. The results of outdoor temperature test indicate that the solar-reflective overlay could decrease the surface temperature of asphalt pavements about 10 °C when the pavement temperature is about 60 °C. Pavement skid resistance was also tested, which expressed by micro/macrotexture depth and the results of which showed that both matrix was qualified after coated with aggregates on the surface.

  11. Cermet fabrication by thermal spraying and hot isostatic pressing

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    An assessment is made of the feasibility of fabricating high integrity cermets by means of thermal spraying and hot isostatic pressing. Such cermets are applicable in the form of erosion-resistant gun tube liners obviating the use of such strategic elements as Co and Cr. Al2O3-28 vol percent Ni disks and cylinders were prepared by plasma spraying and hot isostatic pressing at 1350 C and 103 MPa. Characterization consisted of immersion density measurements and microstructural analysis. Specimens machined from the disks were used for thermal and mechanical properties testing. While thermal properties were found to be comparable to those of highly developed cermet systems, moduli and strengths were lower due to residual pores, high metal content, and a coarse microstructure

  12. Cold Spray Deposition of WC-Co Cermets

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    Pereira de Magalhaes e Couto, Miguel

    2014-01-01

    The main subject of this Thesis is the production of hard, wear and corrosion resistant cermets tungsten carbide and cobalt cermets (WC-Co) with different contents in cobalt matrix, onto low carbon steels and aluminum alloy Al7075-T6 substrates, by means of Cold Gas Spray (CGS). The current state of the art for the deposition of WC-Co uses High Velocity Oxy-Fuel (HVOF) as the main technique. Understanding both techniques was also one of the keys points in this work. A deep theoretical ap...

  13. Study of durability of (molybdenum-copper)-black coatings in relation to their use as solar selective absorbers

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    Yousif, K.M.; Smith, B.E. (Brunel Univ., Uxbridge (United Kingdom)); Jeynes, C. (Surrey Univ., Guildford (United Kingdom). Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering)

    1994-08-01

    In this work (Mo-Cu)-black coatings on Ni-plated Cu substrates have been prepared by electrodeposition. Their stability and durability has been investigated. The durability tests were carried out in two forms; accelerated ageing, and weathering. Reflectance measurements were used to evaluate both solar absorptance ([alpha]) and thermal emittance ([epsilon]) of the coatings. The coatings have been characterised before and after durability testing, using spectrophotometry together with other techniques, such as electron microscopy, X-rays, and ion beam. The main degradation modes of these coatings are loss of water, diffusion of metal atoms, and oxidation. (Mo-Cu)-black coatings undergo some changes in [alpha] and [epsilon] outdoor ageing. (Author)

  14. Design Evolutuion of Hot Isotatic Press Cans for NTP Cermet Fuel Fabrication

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    Mireles, O. R.; Broadway, J.; Hickman, R.

    2014-01-01

    Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) is under consideration for potential use in deep space exploration missions due to desirable performance properties such as a high specific impulse (> 850 seconds). Tungsten (W)-60vol%UO2 cermet fuel elements are under development, with efforts emphasizing fabrication, performance testing and process optimization to meet NTP service life requirements [1]. Fuel elements incorporate design features that provide redundant protection from crack initiation, crack propagation potentially resulting in hot hydrogen (H2) reduction of UO2 kernels. Fuel erosion and fission product retention barriers include W coated UO2 fuel kernels, W clad internal flow channels and fuel element external W clad resulting in a fully encapsulated fuel element design as shown.

  15. Silica-sol-based spin-coating barrier layer against phosphorous diffusion for crystalline silicon solar cells.

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    Uzum, Abdullah; Fukatsu, Ken; Kanda, Hiroyuki; Kimura, Yutaka; Tanimoto, Kenji; Yoshinaga, Seiya; Jiang, Yunjian; Ishikawa, Yasuaki; Uraoka, Yukiharu; Ito, Seigo

    2014-01-01

    The phosphorus barrier layers at the doping procedure of silicon wafers were fabricated using a spin-coating method with a mixture of silica-sol and tetramethylammonium hydroxide, which can be formed at the rear surface prior to the front phosphorus spin-on-demand (SOD) diffusion and directly annealed simultaneously with the front phosphorus layer. The optimization of coating thickness was obtained by changing the applied spin-coating speed; from 2,000 to 8,000 rpm. The CZ-Si p-type silicon solar cells were fabricated with/without using the rear silica-sol layer after taking the sheet resistance measurements, SIMS analysis, and SEM measurements of the silica-sol material evaluations into consideration. For the fabrication of solar cells, a spin-coating phosphorus source was used to form the n(+) emitter and was then diffused at 930°C for 35 min. The out-gas diffusion of phosphorus could be completely prevented by spin-coated silica-sol film placed on the rear side of the wafers coated prior to the diffusion process. A roughly 2% improvement in the conversion efficiency was observed when silica-sol was utilized during the phosphorus diffusion step. These results can suggest that the silica-sol material can be an attractive candidate for low-cost and easily applicable spin-coating barrier for any masking purpose involving phosphorus diffusion.

  16. Thermal stability of nitride solar selective absorbing coatings used in high temperature parabolic trough current

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    2010-01-01

    This paper reports a new efficient solar selective surface in high temperature application.The influence of the monolayer’s microstructure and deposition rate was firstly discussed.Then the nitride nano-multilayer on the polished stainless steel (herein after referred as "SS") substrate was prepared with Ti and Al metal targets by DC.and R.F.magnetron co-sputtering.The samples were annealed in air at different temperatures ranging from 350 to 800°C for 2 h to evaluate their thermal stability.The samples’ surface and cross-section morphology,crystal structure,phase composition,optical properties were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy,X-ray diffraction,UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer and infrared emissivity tester.The results show that the coatings exhibit high solar selectivity (α/ε) of 0.943/0.08 even after heat-treatment up to 400°C for 2 h in air.After heat-treatment at 600°C in air,the solar selectivity decreases to 0.92/0.16.

  17. Investigation of the Corrosion Behaviors of HVOF-Sprayed Carbide Cernet Coatings in Molten Al-Zn-Si Alloy Bath

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    JIANG Zhen-hua; TAN Xing-hai; ZHANG Yue-gang; SUN Jia-shu

    2004-01-01

    In continuous hot-dip galvanization process the corrosion and chemical stability of the sink roll in the galvanizing bath are important problem which effects on the quality and productivity. In order to protect the sink roll the carbide cermet and/or ceramic coatings were deposited on the surface of the sink roll. The WC-, Cr3 C2-cermet coatings were deposited by high velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) spray, respectively. The coating samples were immersed in molten Zn-alloy containing 50 wt % aluminum at 833 K for 24 hr and 144 hr, respectively. The inter-diffusion and inter-reaction of Zn, Al and elements in coating and corrosion behaviors of these coatings were investigated by XRD, SEM and EPMA etc. The corrosion mechanisms of the carbide cermet coatings and ceramic coatings in molten High Al-Zn-alloy were approached.

  18. Optical materials technology for energy efficiency and solar energy conversion VIII; Proceedings of the Meeting, San Diego, CA, Aug. 10, 11, 1989

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    Granqvist, Claes G.; Lampert, Carl M.

    1989-12-01

    The preparation, properties, and applications of advanced optical materials are discussed in reviews and reports. Sections are devoted to optical switching materials, wavelength-selective surfaces, photovoltaic technology, and solar optical materials. Particular attention is given to the IR properties of electrochromic (EC) materials, the anomalous EC behavior of Ag-WO3 and Au-WO3 cermets, EC WO3 films prepared at room temperature by chemical deposition, the multilayered structure of silicon oxynitrides and oxides for radiative cooling, and light trapping in solar cells and the determination of the absorbed energy by calorimetry. Also considered are hydrogenated a-Si/Ge films prepared by reactive sputtering, electrodeposition of CdTe thin films, a PC-based test system for on-line characterization of solar cells and modules, chromatic-dispersion compensation in a Fresnel lens using a diffraction grating, stretched-membrane heliostats for solar central-receiver power plants, and angular-selective window coatings.

  19. Optical materials technology for energy efficiency and solar energy conversion VIII; Proceedings of the Meeting, San Diego, CA, Aug. 10, 11, 1989

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    Granqvist, C.G.; Lampert, C.M.

    1989-01-01

    The preparation, properties, and applications of advanced optical materials are discussed in reviews and reports. Sections are devoted to optical switching materials, wavelength-selective surfaces, photovoltaic technology, and solar optical materials. Particular attention is given to the IR properties of electrochromic (EC) materials, the anomalous EC behavior of Ag-WO3 and Au-WO3 cermets, EC WO3 films prepared at room temperature by chemical deposition, the multilayered structure of silicon oxynitrides and oxides for radiative cooling, and light trapping in solar cells and the determination of the absorbed energy by calorimetry. Also considered are hydrogenated a-Si/Ge films prepared by reactive sputtering, electrodeposition of CdTe thin films, a PC-based test system for on-line characterization of solar cells and modules, chromatic-dispersion compensation in a Fresnel lens using a diffraction grating, stretched-membrane heliostats for solar central-receiver power plants, and angular-selective window coatings.

  20. Roll-coating fabrication of flexible organic solar cells: comparison of fullerene and fullerene-free systems

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    Liu, Kuan; Larsen-Olsen, Thue Trofod; Lin, Yuze;

    2016-01-01

    Flexible organic solar cells (OSCs) based on a blend of low-bandgap polymer donor PTB7-TH and nonfullerene small molecule acceptor IEIC were fabricated via a roll-coating process under ambient atmosphere. Both an indium tin oxide (ITO)-free substrate and a flexible ITO substrate were employed...

  1. Effect of an Nb2O5 nanolayer coating on ZnO electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Nanostructured porous zinc oxide electrodes for use in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were coated with thin niobium oxide layers by using sol-gel transformation of niobium pentaethoxide in air. Coating solutions were prepared by mixing niobium pentaethoxide and ethanol. A dip-coating technique was adopted at a low withdrawal speed of 100 μm s-1. The coated electrodes were then heat-treated at temperatures between 400 and 600 oC. The presence of niobium in the coated electrodes was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. As expected, the niobium oxide layers worked as an energy barrier between the ZnO electrode and electrolyte. Open-circuit voltage (VOC) of the cells using the coated electrodes was then enhanced up to 0.768 V, which was attributable to the suppression of the recombination of photogenerated electrons with oxidized species in electrolytes. An additional benefit of the coating was that grain growth of ZnO particles in the electrodes was hindered and short-circuit photocurrent density (JSC) was kept relatively high due to large amounts of adsorbed dye. An overall light-to-electricity conversion efficiency was increased to a maximum of 5.19%, indicating that the proper coating technique was the key for improving the performance of ZnO-based DSSCs.

  2. Modeling the absorption behavior of solar thermal collector coatings utilizing graded alpha-C:H/TiC layers.

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    Gruber, D P; Engel, G; Sormann, H; Schüler, A; Papousek, W

    2009-03-10

    Wavelength selective coatings are of common use in order to enhance the efficiency of devices heated by radiation such as solar thermal collectors. The use of suitable materials and the optimization of coating layer thicknesses are advisable ways to maximize the absorption. Further improvement is achievable by embedding particles in certain layers in order to modify material properties. We focus on optimizing the absorption behavior of a solar collector setup using copper as substrate, a layer of amorphous hydrogenated carbon with embedded titanium carbide particles (a-C:H/TiC), and an antireflection coating of amorphous silicon dioxide (aSiO(2)). For the setup utilizing homogeneous particle distribution, a relative absorption of 90.98% was found, while inhomogeneous particle embedding yielded 98.29%. These results are particularly interesting since until now, absorption of more than 95% was found only by using embedded Cr but not by using the more biocompatible Ti.

  3. Indium doped zinc oxide nanowire thin films for antireflection and solar absorber coating applications

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    Shaik, Ummar Pasha [ACRHEM, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad-500046 (India); Krishna, M. Ghanashyam, E-mail: mgksp@uohyd.ac.in [ACRHEM and School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad-500046 (India)

    2014-04-24

    Indium doped ZnO nanowire thin films were prepared by thermal oxidation of Zn-In metal bilayer films at 500°C. The ZnO:In nanowires are 20-100 nm in diameter and several tens of microns long. X-ray diffraction patterns confirm the formation of oxide and indicate that the films are polycrystalline, both in the as deposited and annealed states. The transmission which is <2% for the as deposited Zn-In films increases to >90% for the ZnO:In nanowire films. Significantly, the reflectance for the as deposited films is < 10% in the region between 200 to 1500 nm and < 2% for the nanowire films. Thus, the as deposited films can be used solar absorber coatings while the nanowire films are useful for antireflection applications. The growth of nanowires by this technique is attractive since it does not involve very high temperatures and the use of catalysts.

  4. Fabrication and processing of polymer solar cells: A review of printing and coating techniques

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    Krebs, Frederik C

    2009-01-01

    -forming techniques such as slot-die coating, gravure coating, knife-over-edge coating, off-set coating, spray coating and printing techniques such as ink jet printing, pad printing and screen printing. The former are used almost exclusively and are not suited for high-volume production whereas the latter are highly...

  5. Diamond-Like Carbon Coatings as Encapsulants for Photovoltaic Solar Cells

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    Pern, F. J.; Panosyan, Zh.; Gippius, A. A.; Kontsevoy, J. A.; Touryan, K.; Voskanyan, S.; Yengibaryan, Y.

    2005-02-01

    High-quality single-layer and bilayer diamond-like carbon (DLC) thin films are fabricated by two technologies, namely, ion-assisted plasma-enhanced deposition (IAPED) and electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) deposition. Deposition on various substrates, such as sapphires and solar cells, has been performed at low substrate temperatures (50 {approx} 80 C). The two deposition technologies allow good control over the growth conditions to produce DLC films with desired optical properties, thickness, and energy bandgap. The bilayer-structured DLC can be fabricated by using IAPED for the bottom layer followed by ECR for the top layer, or just by IAPED for both layers with different compositions. The DLC films have shown good spatial uniformity, density, microhardness, and adhesion strength. They exhibit excellent stability against attack by strong acids, prolonged damp-heat exposure at 85 C and 85% relative humidity, mechanical scratch, ultrasonication, and irradiation by ultraviolet (UV), protons, and electrons. When deposited on crystalline Si and GaAs solar cells in single-layer and/or bilayer structure, the DLC films not only serve as antireflection coating and protective encapsulant, but also improve the cell efficiencies.

  6. Investigation of Some Transparent Metal Oxides as Damp Heat Protective Coating for CIGS Solar Cells: Preprint

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    Pern, F. J.; Yan, F.; Zaaunbrecher, B.; To, B.; Perkins, J.; Noufi, R.

    2012-10-01

    We investigated the protective effectiveness of some transparent metal oxides (TMO) on CIGS solar cell coupons against damp heat (DH) exposure at 85oC and 85% relative humidity (RH). Sputter-deposited bilayer ZnO (BZO) with up to 0.5-um Al-doped ZnO (AZO) layer and 0.2-um bilayer InZnO were used as 'inherent' part of device structure on CdS/CIGS/Mo/SLG. Sputter-deposited 0.2-um ZnSnO and atomic layer deposited (ALD) 0.1-um Al2O3 were used as overcoat on typical BZO/CdS/CIGS/Mo/SLG solar cells. The results were all negative -- all TMO-coated CIGS cells exhibited substantial degradation in DH. Combining the optical photographs, PL and EL imaging, SEM surface micro-morphology, coupled with XRD, I-V and QE measurements, the causes of the device degradations are attributed to hydrolytic corrosion, flaking, micro-cracking, and delamination induced by the DH moisture. Mechanical stress and decrease in crystallinity (grain size effect) could be additional degrading factors for thicker AZO grown on CdS/CIGS.

  7. Oxidation-resistant, solution-processed plasmonic Ni nanochain-SiOx (x < 2) selective solar thermal absorbers

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    Metal oxidation at high temperatures has long been a challenge in cermet solar thermal absorbers, which impedes the development of atmospherically stable, high-temperature, high-performance concentrated solar power (CSP) systems. In this work, we demonstrate solution-processed Ni nanochain-SiOx (x 2 selective solar thermal absorbers that exhibit a strong anti-oxidation behavior up to 600 °C in air. The thermal stability is far superior to previously reported Ni nanoparticle-Al2O3 selective solar thermal absorbers, which readily oxidize at 450 °C. The SiOx (x 2 matrices are derived from hydrogen silsesquioxane and tetraethyl orthosilicate precursors, respectively, which comprise Si-O cage-like structures and Si-O networks. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy shows that the dissociation of Si-O cage-like structures and Si-O networks at high temperatures have enabled the formation of new bonds at the Ni/SiOx interface to passivate the surface of Ni nanoparticles and prevent oxidation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy demonstrate that the excess Si in the SiOx (x x (x 2 systems. This oxidation-resistant Ni nanochain-SiOx (x < 2) cermet coating also exhibits excellent high-temperature optical performance, with a high solar absorptance of ∼90% and a low emittance ∼18% measured at 300 °C. These results open the door towards atmospheric stable, high temperature, high-performance solar selective absorber coatings processed by low-cost solution-chemical methods for future generations of CSP systems

  8. Roll-coating fabrication of flexible large area small molecule solar cells with power conversion efficiency exceeding 1%

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    Liu, Wenqing; Liu, Shiyong; Zawacka, Natalia Klaudia;

    2014-01-01

    All solution-processed flexible large area small molecule bulk heterojunction solar cells were fabricated via roll-coating technology. Our devices were produced from slot-die coating on a lab-scale mini roll-coater under ambient conditions without the use of spin-coating or vacuum evaporation...... methods. Four diketopyrrolopyrrole based small molecules (SMs 1-4) were utilized as electron donors with (6,6)phenyl- C61-butyric acid methyl ester as an acceptor and their photovoltaic performances based on roll-coated devices were investigated. The best power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 1.......01%, combined with an open circuit voltage of 0.73 V, a short-circuit current density of 3.13 mA cm (2) and a fill factor of 44% were obtained for the device with SM1, which was the first example reported for efficient roll-coating fabrication of flexible large area small molecule solar cells with PCE exceeding...

  9. Conjugate turbulent heat transfer in a square cavity with a solar control coating deposited to a vertical semitransparent wall

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    Xaman, J. [Centro Nacional de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico, CENIDET-DGEST-SEP, Prol. Av. Palmira S/N. Col. Palmira, Cuernavaca, Morelos CP 62490 (Mexico)], E-mail: jxaman@cenidet.edu.mx; Alvarez, G. [Centro Nacional de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico, CENIDET-DGEST-SEP, Prol. Av. Palmira S/N. Col. Palmira, Cuernavaca, Morelos CP 62490 (Mexico)], E-mail: gaby@cenidet.edu.mx; Hinojosa, J. [Universidad de Sonora - UNISON, Blvd. Luis Encinas y Rosales, Col. Centro, Hermosillo, Sonora CP 83000 (Mexico)], E-mail: fhinojosa@iq.uson.mx; Flores, J. [Centro Nacional de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico, CENIDET-DGEST-SEP, Prol. Av. Palmira S/N. Col. Palmira, Cuernavaca, Morelos CP 62490 (Mexico)], E-mail: jasson@cenidet.edu.mx

    2009-04-15

    This paper presents a numerical study of the conjugate heat transfer (natural convection, surface thermal radiation and conduction) in a square cavity with turbulent flow. The cavity has one vertical isothermal wall, two horizontal adiabatic walls and one vertical semitransparent wall with a selective coating applied to the inner side to control the solar radiation transmission. Later on the semitransparent wall is replaced with another one without the selective coating. The mathematical model for the turbulent flow in the cavity was solved using the finite volume method. The system had the following conditions: the uniform temperature in the isothermal wall was 21 deg. C, the external ambient temperature was fixed at 35 deg. C and on the semitransparent wall the direct normal solar irradiation of 750 W/m{sup 2} was considered constant. The Rayleigh number was varied in the range of 10{sup 9} {<=} Ra {<=} 10{sup 12} by changing the lengths of the cavity from 0.70 m to 6.98 m, respectively. The results show that, even though the air temperature of the cavity with the solar control film coating semitransparent wall (case A) is higher compared with the one without solar film coating (case B), the total amount of heat going through the cavity is lower compared to the one going through the cavity without solar control film. The total amount of energy transferred to the air in cavity for the case A was 41.98% less than for the case B. A set of correlations for the Nusselt number was obtained for both cases considering the conjugate heat transfer.

  10. Slot-Die-Coated V2O5 as Hole Transport Layer for Flexible Organic Solar Cells and Optoelectronic Devices

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    Beliatis, Michail; Helgesen, Martin; Garcia Valverde, Rafael;

    2016-01-01

    Vanadium pentoxide has been proposed as a good alternative hole transport layer for improving device lifetime of organic photovoltaics. The article presents a study on the optimization of slot-die-coated vanadium oxide films produced with a roll coating machine with the aim of achieving scalable...... organic solar cells and photo-detectors with improved performance. The effect of different diluents on the electrical properties of the vanadium oxide films is investigated, and methodologies for efficient interfacing of the anode are studied. Furthermore, the lifetime of the cells with incorporated...

  11. In situ monitoring of structure formation in the active layer of polymer solar cells during roll-to-roll coating

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    Rossander, Lea Hildebrandt; Zawacka, Natalia Klaudia; Dam, Henrik Friis;

    2014-01-01

    The active layer crystallization during roll-to-roll coating of organic solar cells is studied in situ. We developed an X-ray setup where the coater unit is an integrated part of the small angle X-ray scattering instrument, making it possible to control the coating process while recording...... that the formation of textured and untextured crystallites seems uncorrelated, and happens at widely different rates. Untextured P3HT crystallites form later in the drying process than expected which may explain previous studies speculating that untextured crystallization depends on concentration. Textured...

  12. Polymer solar cell modules prepared using roll-to-roll methods: Knife-over-edge coating, slot-die coating and screen printing

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    Krebs, Frederik C. [Risoe National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark)

    2009-04-15

    A complete polymer solar cell module prepared in the ambient atmosphere using all-solution processing with no vacuum steps and full roll-to-roll (R2R) processing is presented. The modules comprise five layers that were prepared on a 175-{mu}m flexible polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) substrate with an 80-nm layer of transparent conducting indium-tin oxide (ITO). The ITO layer was first patterned by screen printing an etch resist followed by etching. The second layer was applied by either knife-over-edge (KOE) coating or slot-die coating a solution of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-nps) followed by curing. The second layer comprised a mixture of the thermocleavable poly-(3-(2-methylhexan-2-yl)-oxy-carbonyldithiophene) (P3MHOCT) and ZnO-nps and was applied by a modified slot-die coating procedure, enabling slow coating speeds with low viscosity and low surface tension ink solutions. The third layer was patterned into stripes and juxtaposed with the ITO layer. The fourth layer comprised screen-printed or slot-die-coated PEDOT:PSS and the fifth and the final layer comprised a screen-printed or slot-die-coated silver electrode. The final module dimensions were 28 cm x 32 cm and presented four individual solar cell modules: a single-stripe cell, a two-stripe serially connected module, a three-stripe serially connected module and finally an eight-stripe serially connected module. The length of the individual stripes was 25 cm and the width was 0.9 cm. With overlaps of the individual layers this gave a width of the active layer of 0.6 cm and an active area for each stripe of 15 cm{sup 2}. The performance was increased ten fold compared to mass-produced modules employing screen printing for all five layers of the device. The processing speeds employed for the R2R processed layers were in the range of 40-50 m h{sup -1}. Finally a comparison is made with the state of the art represented by P3HT-PCBM as the active layer and full R2R solution processing using slot-die coating

  13. Dynamic SEM wear studies of tungsten carbide cermets

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    Brainard, W. A.; Buckley, D. H.

    1975-01-01

    Dynamic friction and wear experiments were conducted in a scanning electron microscope. The wear behavior of pure tungsten carbide and composite with 6 and 15 weight percent cobalt binder was examined. Etching of the binder was done to selectively determine the role of the binder in the wear process. Dynamic experiments were conducted as the WC and bonded WC cermet surfaces were transversed by a 50 micron radiused diamond stylus. These studies show that the predominant wear process in WC is fracture initiated by plastic deformation. The wear of the etched cermets is similar to pure WC. The presence of the cobalt binder reduces both friction and wear. The cementing action of the cobalt reduces granular separation and promotes a dense polished layer because of its low shear strength film-forming properties. The wear debris generated from unetched surface is approximately the same composition as the bulk.

  14. A binder phase of TiO based cermets

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    LI Qing-kui; GUAN Shao-kang; ZHONH Hui; LI Jiang; ZHONG Hai-yun

    2005-01-01

    A binder phase of TiO based cermets, a kind of imitated gold materials, was developed by adding active element Si to Fe-Cr alloy, and the related mechanisms were studied. The wettability, matching in thermodynamics and interfacial strength were investigated by the high temperature sessile drop method and element area scanning. The linear expansion coefficients of the materials were measured using TAH100 thermal analyzer. The results show that the wettability of Fe-Cr alloy on TiO are small, with a wetting angle about 90°. After adding some Si in Fe-Cr alloy, its wetting angle can be decreased to about 25°, the interfacial reactions can be prevented effectively and high interface binding can be formed. Fe-25%Cr-1.5%Si matches the thermal expansion coefficient of TiO, so it is a kind of relatively perfect binder for TiO based cermets imitated gold.

  15. Effect of Mo2C content on the properties of TiC/TiB2 base cermets

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    Takagi, Ken-ichi; Osada, Ken; Koike, Wataru; Fujima, Takuya

    2009-06-01

    The effects of Mo2C content on the microstructure and mechanical properties of TiC/TiB2 base cermets were studied using the model cermets with the compositions of TiC/TiB2-(11-17)Mo2C-24Ni (mass%). TiC and TiB2 ratio is set to molar ratio of 59:41 that is near quasi-eutectic composition. As a result, both transverse rupture strength and hardness of the cermets showed maxima for the cermet containing 13% Mo2C. The cermet achieved remarkable microstructural refinement and still maintained characteristic core-rim structure of the TiC base cermets. TiC/TiB2 cermets, in addition to TiCN base cermets, are a good alternative material to cemented carbides.

  16. Ultra fine microstructure in WC-Co cermet

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    Lay, S.; Loubradou, M.; Donnadieu, P. [LTPCM- UMR 5614 - CNRS -INPG-UJF, Domaine Universitaire, Saint Martin d' Heres cedex (France)

    2004-10-01

    Grain growth inhibitors like VC are added to WC-Co cermets to avoid abnormal grain growth during sintering. Though the effect of vanadium is known for a long time, the controlling mechanism remains to understand. Microstructural investigations carried out on industrial samples have permitted to locate precisely the inhibitor after sintering. These results are discussed in connection with WC grain growth mechanism. (Abstract Copyright [2004], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  17. In situ monitoring of structure formation in the active layer of polymer solar cells during roll-to-roll coating

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    Rossander, Lea H.; Zawacka, Natalia K.; Dam, Henrik F.; Krebs, Frederik C.; Andreasen, Jens W., E-mail: jewa@dtu.dk [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 (Denmark)

    2014-08-15

    The active layer crystallization during roll-to-roll coating of organic solar cells is studied in situ. We developed an X-ray setup where the coater unit is an integrated part of the small angle X-ray scattering instrument, making it possible to control the coating process while recording scattering measurements in situ, enabling us to follow the crystal formation during drying. By varying the distance between the coating head and the point where the X-ray beam hits the film, we obtained measurements of 4 different stages of drying. For each of those stages, the scattering from as long a foil as possible is summed together, with the distance from coating head to scattering point kept constant. The results are average crystallographic properties for the active layer coated on a 30 m long foil. With this insight into the dynamics of crystallization in a roll-coated polymer film, we find that the formation of textured and untextured crystallites seems uncorrelated, and happens at widely different rates. Untextured P3HT crystallites form later in the drying process than expected which may explain previous studies speculating that untextured crystallization depends on concentration. Textured crystallites, however, begin forming much earlier and steadily increases as the film dries, showing a development similar to other in situ studies of these materials.

  18. Assessment of polyphase sintered iron-cobalt-iron boride cermets

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    Sintering of iron, cobalt and boron powders has been analysed. As a result iron-iron boride, Fe-Fe2B and iron/cobalt boride with a slight admixture of molybdenum, Fe - Co - (FeMoCo)2B cermets have been produced. Iron was introduced to the mixture as the Astalloy Mo Hoeganaes grade powder. Elemental amorphous boron powder was used, and formation of borides occurred both during heating and isothermal sintering periods causing dimensional changes of the sintered body. Dilatometry was chosen to control basic phenomena taking place during multiphase sintering of investigated systems. The microstructure and phase constituents of sintered compacts were controlled as well. The cermets produced were substituted to: metallographic tests, X-ray analysis, measurements of hardness and of microhardness, and of wear in the process of sliding dry friction. Cermets are made up of two phases; hard grains of iron - cobalt boride, (FeCo)2B (1800 HV) constituting the reinforcement and a relatively soft and plastic eutectic mixture Fe2B - Co (400-500 HV) constituting the matrix. (author)

  19. New Low-Bandgap Materials with Good Stabilities and Efficiencies Comparable to P3HT in R2R-Coated Solar Cells

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    Søndergaard, Roar; Manceau, Matthieu; Jørgensen, Mikkel;

    2012-01-01

    Roll-to-roll coated organic solar cells of two new polymers processed in ambient conditions show good photochemical stabilities, and their efficiencies are comparable to similar roll-to-roll coated P3HT cells. Optimal blend compositions are achieved by the use of differentially pumped slot die...

  20. Solar absorptance of copper–cobalt oxide thin film coatings with nano-size, grain-like morphology: Optimization and synchrotron radiation XPS studies

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    Copper–cobalt oxides thin films had been successfully coated on reflective aluminium substrates via a facile sol–gel dip-coating method for solar absorptance study. The optimum absorptance in the range of solar radiation is needed for further optimum design of this material for selective solar absorber application. Field emission scanning electron microscopy was used to characterize the surface morphology of the coating whereby nano-size, grain-like morphology was observed. Synchrotron radiation X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was employed to analyze the electronic structure of the coated surface showing that the (i) oxygen consisted of lattice, surface and subsurface oxygen, (ii) copper consisted of octahedral and tetrahedral Cu+, as well as octahedral and paramagnetic Cu2+ oxidation states, and (iii) cobalt consisted of tetrahedral and paramagnetic Co(II), octahedral Co(III) as well as mixed Co(II,III) oxidation states. In order to optimize the solar absorptance of the coatings, relevant parameters such as concentrations of cobalt and copper, copper/cobalt concentration ratios and dip-speed were investigated. The optimal coating with α = 83.4% was produced using 0.25 M copper acetate and 0.25 M cobalt chloride (Cu/Co ratio = 1) with dip-speed 120 mm/min (four cycles). The operational simplicity of the dip-coating system indicated that it could be extended for coating of other mixed metal oxides as well.

  1. Performance measurements of new silicon carbide coated reflectors for concentrated solar power applications

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    Belasri, Djawed; Nakamura, Kazuki; Armstrong, Peter; Calvet, Nicolas

    2016-05-01

    The new silicon carbide coated mirrors (SiC-mirrors) developed by Ibiden Co., Ltd. and tested at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology offer several advantages in concentrated solar power (CSP) structure and operation. The purpose of this paper is to present the results of the reflectance and durability of the SiC-mirrors compared to high quality CSP glass mirrors in conjunction with two different applied cleaning methods. SiC-mirrors are 40 % lighter than high quality CSP glass mirrors, which leads to reduce costs of heliostat, parabolic trough or linear Fresnel structures, including assembly and installation time, lower drive power requirements, and stress during tracking operation. Lab and field tests show the SiC mirrors' reflectance is as high as the high quality CSP glass mirrors. Indeed, after 32 weeks of exposure, the high quality CSP glass mirrors' reflectance has decreased by 19 %, while the SiC mirrors' reflectance has decreased by 20 % when the brushing with water cleaning was applied. Using the brushing without water cleaning, the reflectance has decreased by 13 % and 2 % for the high quality CSP glass mirrors and the SiC-mirrors, respectively.

  2. Combustion synthesis of TiB2-based cermets: modeling and experimental results

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    Martinez Pacheco, M.; Bouma, R.H.B.; Katgerman, L.

    2008-01-01

    TiB2-based cermets are prepared by combustion synthesis followed by a pressing stage in a granulate medium. Products obtained by combustion synthesis are characterized by a large remaining porosity (typically 50%). To produce dense cermets, a subsequent densification step is performed after the comb

  3. Ultraviolet and charged particle irradiation of proposed solar cell coverslide materials and conductive coatings for the Helios spacecraft

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    Fry, J.; Nicoletta, C. A.

    1972-01-01

    Coverslide materials consisting of Corning 7940 fused silica, multilayers of titanium and manganese oxides (blue reflector), and indium oxide (conductive-coating) were exposed to 16 UVSC up to 800 EUVSH in vacuum. Slight changes in optical transmittance and optical absorptance were found in the (200-360) millimicron regions of the fused silica and conductive coating respectively. Exposure to 4 KeV protons and 4.5 KeV electrons in vacuum, produced decreases of several percent in transmittance, (200-360) millimicron region in the fused silicas after total fluxes less or = 10 to the 14th power particles/sq cm. Sheet resistance of the conductive coating increased above 1.0 kilo-ohm/square after a total flux less or = 10 to the 14th power particles/sq cm. Solar cells with coverglasses utilizing the indium oxide conductive coating were exposed to 1 Mev electrons and 1 Mev protons in air and in vacuum. Total fluxes ranged from 10 to the 11th power particles/sq cm to 10 to the 15th power particle/sq cm. There was no appreciable degradation in the resistance of the conductive coating during or after these tests.

  4. Nouveaux revêtements multicouches diamantés nanograins sur cermets WC-Co : étude des phénomènes microstructuraux intervenant aux interfaces lors de l'élaboration

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    Faure, Cyril

    2010-01-01

    The combination of good mechanical properties and low specific mass ensures the increasing use of composite materials to reduce the weight of mechanical structures. However, their machining induces premature and random wear of WC-Co cermet cutting-tools. The origin of this study comes from the necessity to protect cutting-tools surfaces by hard and resistant coatings like NCD diamond. Unfortunately, the cobalt found in these cemented carbides catalyses graphite formation at the interface with...

  5. Efficient solar photocatalytic activity of TiO2 coated nano-porous silicon by atomic layer deposition

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    Sampath, Sridhar; Maydannik, Philipp; Ivanova, Tatiana; Shestakova, Marina; Homola, Tomáš; Bryukvin, Anton; Sillanpää, Mika; Nagumothu, Rameshbabu; Alagan, Viswanathan

    2016-09-01

    In the present study, TiO2 coated nano-porous silicon (TiO2/PS) was prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) whereas porous silicon was prepared by stain etching method for efficient solar photocatalytic activity. TiO2/PS was characterized by FESEM, AFM, XRD, XPS and DRS UV-vis spectrophotometer. Absorbance spectrum revealed that TiO2/PS absorbs complete solar light with wave length range of 300 nm-800 nm and most importantly, it absorbs stronger visible light than UV light. The reason for efficient solar light absorption of TiO2/PS is that nanostructured TiO2 layer absorbs UV light and nano-porous silicon layer absorbs visible light which is transparent to TiO2 layer. The amount of visible light absorption of TiO2/PS directly increases with increase of silicon etching time. The effect of silicon etching time of TiO2/PS on solar photocatalytic activity was investigated towards methylene blue dye degradation. Layer by layer solar absorption mechanism was used to explain the enhanced photocatalytic activity of TiO2/PS solar absorber. According to this, the photo-generated electrons of porous silicon will be effectively injected into TiO2 via hetero junction interface which leads to efficient charge separation even though porous silicon is not participating in any redox reactions in direct.

  6. Efficiently-cooled plasmonic amorphous silicon solar cells integrated with a nano-coated heat-pipe plate.

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    Zhang, Yinan; Du, Yanping; Shum, Clifford; Cai, Boyuan; Le, Nam Cao Hoai; Chen, Xi; Duck, Benjamin; Fell, Christopher; Zhu, Yonggang; Gu, Min

    2016-01-01

    Solar photovoltaics (PV) are emerging as a major alternative energy source. The cost of PV electricity depends on the efficiency of conversion of light to electricity. Despite of steady growth in the efficiency for several decades, little has been achieved to reduce the impact of real-world operating temperatures on this efficiency. Here we demonstrate a highly efficient cooling solution to the recently emerging high performance plasmonic solar cell technology by integrating an advanced nano-coated heat-pipe plate. This thermal cooling technology, efficient for both summer and winter time, demonstrates the heat transportation capability up to ten times higher than those of the metal plate and the conventional wickless heat-pipe plates. The reduction in temperature rise of the plasmonic solar cells operating under one sun condition can be as high as 46%, leading to an approximate 56% recovery in efficiency, which dramatically increases the energy yield of the plasmonic solar cells. This newly-developed, thermally-managed plasmonic solar cell device significantly extends the application scope of PV for highly efficient solar energy conversion. PMID:27113558

  7. Efficiently-cooled plasmonic amorphous silicon solar cells integrated with a nano-coated heat-pipe plate.

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    Zhang, Yinan; Du, Yanping; Shum, Clifford; Cai, Boyuan; Le, Nam Cao Hoai; Chen, Xi; Duck, Benjamin; Fell, Christopher; Zhu, Yonggang; Gu, Min

    2016-01-01

    Solar photovoltaics (PV) are emerging as a major alternative energy source. The cost of PV electricity depends on the efficiency of conversion of light to electricity. Despite of steady growth in the efficiency for several decades, little has been achieved to reduce the impact of real-world operating temperatures on this efficiency. Here we demonstrate a highly efficient cooling solution to the recently emerging high performance plasmonic solar cell technology by integrating an advanced nano-coated heat-pipe plate. This thermal cooling technology, efficient for both summer and winter time, demonstrates the heat transportation capability up to ten times higher than those of the metal plate and the conventional wickless heat-pipe plates. The reduction in temperature rise of the plasmonic solar cells operating under one sun condition can be as high as 46%, leading to an approximate 56% recovery in efficiency, which dramatically increases the energy yield of the plasmonic solar cells. This newly-developed, thermally-managed plasmonic solar cell device significantly extends the application scope of PV for highly efficient solar energy conversion.

  8. Efficiently-cooled plasmonic amorphous silicon solar cells integrated with a nano-coated heat-pipe plate

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    Zhang, Yinan; Du, Yanping; Shum, Clifford; Cai, Boyuan; Le, Nam Cao Hoai; Chen, Xi; Duck, Benjamin; Fell, Christopher; Zhu, Yonggang; Gu, Min

    2016-04-01

    Solar photovoltaics (PV) are emerging as a major alternative energy source. The cost of PV electricity depends on the efficiency of conversion of light to electricity. Despite of steady growth in the efficiency for several decades, little has been achieved to reduce the impact of real-world operating temperatures on this efficiency. Here we demonstrate a highly efficient cooling solution to the recently emerging high performance plasmonic solar cell technology by integrating an advanced nano-coated heat-pipe plate. This thermal cooling technology, efficient for both summer and winter time, demonstrates the heat transportation capability up to ten times higher than those of the metal plate and the conventional wickless heat-pipe plates. The reduction in temperature rise of the plasmonic solar cells operating under one sun condition can be as high as 46%, leading to an approximate 56% recovery in efficiency, which dramatically increases the energy yield of the plasmonic solar cells. This newly-developed, thermally-managed plasmonic solar cell device significantly extends the application scope of PV for highly efficient solar energy conversion.

  9. Application of optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a 3-dimensional imaging technique for roll-to-roll coated polymer solar cells

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    Thrane, Lars; Jørgensen, Thomas Martini; Jørgensen, Mikkel;

    2012-01-01

    The 3-dimensional imaging of complete polymer solar cells prepared by roll-to-roll coating was carried out using high-resolution 1322 nm optical coherence tomography (OCT) system. We found it possible to image the 3-dimensional structure of the entire solar cell that comprises UV-barrier, barrier...

  10. A laboratory scale approach to polymer solar cells using one coating/printing machine, flexible substrates, no ITO, no vacuum and no spincoating

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    Carlé, Jon Eggert; Andersen, Thomas Rieks; Helgesen, Martin;

    2013-01-01

    layers of the polymer solar cell without moving the substrate from one machine to another. The novel approach to polymer solar cells is readily scalable using one compact laboratory scale coating/printing machine that is directly compatible with industrial and pilot scale roll-to-roll processing. The use...

  11. Comparative Study on the Effects of Surfactants on the Electroless Copper Coated Solar Cell and Optimizing Its Process Parameters

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    M. Jeevarani

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available An experimental investigation on optimizing process parameters in the electroless copper coatings on solar photovoltaic cells under specific coating conditions has been carried out and reported. Coating parameters such as pH, temperature, and surfactants concentration were varied, and corresponding coating thickness and voltage were measured. To optimize the above parameters, design of experiment was conducted using full factorial method. The pH was varied at 4 different values such as 4-5, 5-6, 8-9, and 9-10 and temperature was varied at different values such as 75°C, 80°C, 85°C, and 90°C. The two different surfactants such as Sodium Do-decyl sulfate and Cetyl tri ammonium bromide were added and their concentration was varied from 0–1.5 g/L to 0–1.8 g/L, respectively. When pH was 8-9, the coating thickness was maximum of 12 μm and 11.63 μm and it was minimum of 3 μm and 2.6 μm, when pH was at 4-5 for Sodium Do-decyl sulfate and Cetyl tri ammonium bromide respectively. The coating thickness increases up to 12 μm when the temperature was 85°C and further increase in temperature destabilizes the electroless bath. The coating thickness was a maximum of 11.25 μm/hr and 10.53 μm/hr, when the Sodium Dodecyl sulfate and Cetyl tri ammonium bromide concentrations were 1.2 g/L and 1.5 g/L, respectively. The increased coating thickness of solar cells imparts increased open circuit voltage from 0.43 V to 0.65 V. The detailed experimental results and their analysis are presented in the main paper.

  12. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a 3-dimensional imaging technique for non-destructive testing of roll-to-roll coated polymer solar cells

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    Thrane, Lars; Jørgensen, Thomas Martini; Jørgensen, Mikkel;

    2013-01-01

    We have recently demonstrated the first application of optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a 3-dimensional (3D) imaging technique to visualize the internal structure of complete multilayered polymer solar cell modules (Thrane et al., Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 97, 181-185 (2012)). The 3......D imaging of complete polymer solar cells prepared by roll-to-roll coating was carried out using a high-resolution 1322nm OCT system having a 4.5 microns axial resolution and a 12 microns lateral resolution. It was possible to image the 3-dimensional structure of the entire solar cell that comprise...... UV-barrier, barrier material, adhesive, substrate and active solar cell multilayer structure. In addition, it was found that the OCT technique could be readily employed to identify coating defects in the functional layers, making it a potential technique to enable process control by real...

  13. High-Efficiency P-I-N Microcrystalline and Micromorph Thin Film Silicon Solar Cells Deposited on LPCVD Zno Coated Glass Substrates

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    Bailat, Julien; Dominé, Didier; Schlüchter, R.; Steinhauser, Jérôme; Faÿ, Sylvie; F Freitas; Bucher, C.; Feitknecht, Luc; Niquille, Xavier; Tscharner, T.; Shah, Arvind; Ballif, Christophe

    2008-01-01

    The authors report on the fabrication of microcrystalline silicon p-i-n solar cells with efficiencies close to 10%, using glass coated with zinc oxide (ZnO) deposited by low pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD). LPCVD front contacts were optimized for p-i-n microcrystalline silicon solar cells by decreasing the free carrier absorption of the layers and increasing the surface roughness. These modifications resulted in an increased current density of the solar cell but also in significant...

  14. Magnetic Properties of the WC-Co Cermet Powders

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    Serban, V. A.; Malaescu, I.; Ercuta, A.; Marin, C. N.; Stefu, N.; Opris, C.; Codrean, C.; Utu, D.

    2010-08-01

    The magnetic behavior, both quasistatic (50 Hz) and dynamic (10 kHz-1 MHz) of a set of three powder samples from the WC-Co cermet system were investigated in the as-cast state. The results have shown magnetic hysteresis in the low frequency AC fields. In high frequency fields, the complex magnetic permeability was examined; a weak maximum of the imaginary component that was detected in the frequency range close to 100 kHz was attributed to structure-dependent magnetic relaxation.

  15. Mechanism of Combustion Synthesis of TiC-Ti Cermet

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    2007-01-01

    In order to investigate the mechanism of combustion synthesis of TiC-Ti cermet, a mixture of Ti and C was used for a combustion front quenching test, and the microstructural evolution in the quenched sample was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX). Also,a temperature-time profile of the combustion reaction was measured. Based on the experimental results, a reaction-dissolution-precipitation mechanism of the combustion synthesis of TiC-Ti was proposed.

  16. Slot-die Coating of a High Performance Copolymer in a Readily Scalable Roll Process for Polymer Solar Cells

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    Helgesen, Martin; Carlé, Jon Eggert; Krebs, Frederik C

    2013-01-01

    Copolymers based on dithieno[3,2-b:2',3'-d]silole (DTS) and dithienylthiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole (TTz) are synthesized and tested in an all-solution roll process for polymer solar cells (PSCs). Fabrication of polymer:[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) solar cells is done on a previously...... reported compact coating/printing machine, which enables the preparation of PSCs that are directly scalable with full roll-to-roll processing. The positioning of the side-chains on the thiophene units proves to be very significant in terms of solubility of the polymers and consequently has a major impact...... above 200 nm. Power conversion efficiencies of up to 3.5% can be reached with the roll-coated PDTSTTz-4:PCBM solar cells that, together with good process control and high device yield, designate PDTSTTz-4 as a convincing candidate for high-throughput roll-to-roll production of PSCs....

  17. Effect of hot isostatic pressing nitrogen on the microstructure and properties of a Ti(C, N)-based cermet

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    YAN Xianmei; XIONG Weihao; YANG Yong; ZHENG Liyun

    2006-01-01

    The high-temperature, high-pressure hot isostatic pressing technology was used for depositing hard coatings on Ti(C, N)-based cermets. The microstructure and properties of the sample were investigated using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, electron probe microanalysis, and microhardness tester. The results showed that the rich titanium and nitrogen in surface zone were induced by the heat treatment. The high nitrogen activity of the surface region was the driving force for outward transport of titanium and inward transport of tungsten in the cobalt binder. The toughness and hardness were improved and a hardness gradient was formed. It is the high-temperature, high-pressure N2that enables closure of holes, thereby alleviating defects and prolonging tool life.

  18. Low cost selective black conversion coating on aluminium for solar thermal energy utilization

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    Shanmugam, N.V.; John, S.; Shenoi, B.A.; Srinivasan, K.N.; Selvam, M.; Annamalai, M.; Iyer, M.V.; Nirmala, K.A.; Venkatesh, P.; Prasad, C.R.; Subramani, C.

    1982-01-01

    Described is the method of obtaining selective black conversion coating on aluminium, at a low cost (Rs 10/sq.m). These coatings are characterized by absorptance of 0.8 to 0.9 and emittance of 0.3 to 0.4. These coatings offer good corrosion resistance after chromating treatment. Stagnant temperature measurement recorded a temperature of 150/sup 0/C on 14 May 1981.

  19. Analysis of organic grain coatings in primitive interplanetary dust particles: Implications for the origin of Solar System organic matter

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    Flynn, George

    Analysis of organic grain coatings in primitive interplanetary dust particles: Implications for the origin of Solar System organic matter Chondritic, porous interplanetary dust particles (CP IDPs), the most primitive samples of extraterrestrial material available for laboratory analysis [1], are unequilibrated aggregates of mostly submicron, anhydrous grains of a diverse mineralogy. They contain organic matter not produced by parent body aqueous processing [2], some carrying H and N isotopic anomalies consistent with molecular cloud or outer Solar System material [3]. Scanning Transmission X-Ray Microscope (STXM) imaging at the C K-edge shows the individual grains in 10 micron aggregate CP IDPs are coated by a layer of carbonaceous material 100 nm thick. This structure implies a three-step formation sequence. First, individual grains condensed from the cooling nebular gas. Then complex, refractory organic molecules covered the surfaces of the grains either by deposition, formation in-situ, or a combination of both processes. Finally, the grains collided and stuck together forming the first dust-size material in the Solar System. Ultramicrotome sections, 70 to 100 nm thick were cut from several CP IDPs, embedded in elemental S to avoid exposure to C-based embedding media. X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) spectra were derived from image stacks obtained using a STXM. "Cluster analysis" was used to compare the C-XANES spectra from each of the pixels in an image stack and identify pixels exhibiting similar spectra. When applied to a CP IDP, cluster analysis identifies most carbonaceous grain coatings in a particle as having similar C-XANES spectra. Two processes are commonly suggested in the literature for production of organic grain coatings. The similarity in thickness and C-XANES spectra of the coatings on different minerals in the same IDP indicates the first, mineral specific catalysis, was not the process that produced these organic rims. Our results

  20. Biocompatibility assessment of spark plasma-sintered alumina-titanium cermets.

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    Guzman, Rodrigo; Fernandez-García, Elisa; Gutierrez-Gonzalez, Carlos F; Fernandez, Adolfo; Lopez-Lacomba, Jose Luis; Lopez-Esteban, Sonia

    2016-01-01

    Alumina-titanium materials (cermets) of enhanced mechanical properties have been lately developed. In this work, physical properties such as electrical conductivity and the crystalline phases in the bulk material are evaluated. As these new cermets manufactured by spark plasma sintering may have potential application for hard tissue replacements, their biocompatibility needs to be evaluated. Thus, this research aims to study the cytocompatibility of a novel alumina-titanium (25 vol. % Ti) cermet compared to its pure counterpart, the spark plasma sintered alumina. The influence of the particular surface properties (chemical composition, roughness and wettability) on the pre-osteoblastic cell response is also analyzed. The material electrical resistance revealed that this cermet may be machined to any shape by electroerosion. The investigated specimens had a slightly undulated topography, with a roughness pattern that had similar morphology in all orientations (isotropic roughness) and a sub-micrometric average roughness. Differences in skewness that implied valley-like structures in the cermet and predominance of peaks in alumina were found. The cermet presented a higher surface hydrophilicity than alumina. Any cytotoxicity risk associated with the new materials or with the innovative manufacturing methodology was rejected. Proliferation and early-differentiation stages of osteoblasts were statistically improved on the composite. Thus, our results suggest that this new multifunctional cermet could improve current alumina-based biomedical devices for applications such as hip joint replacements.

  1. One-pot synthesis of Ag nanoparticle-coated Pb-based glass frit used in crystalline silicon solar cell

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    Zhou, Jian; Gan, Weiping; Tang, Hongbo; Li, Yingfen; Yang, Chao

    2015-03-01

    Deposition of Ag nanoparticles onto the surface of commercial Pb-based glass frit was conducted via a novel and facile one-pot procedure—a modified polyol process. The procedure included two steps: a 5-min pretreatment of the glass frit at 25 °C in a sonication bath and a 1-h electroless plating at 75 °C in a water bath, which only involved AgNO3 and ethylene glycol but without stabilizing agent. The silver-coated glass frit particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, inductively coupled plasma emission spectrometer and energy dispersive spectroscopy. It was found that the glass frit particles were homogeneously coated with dense crystalline Ag nanoparticles with an average diameter of 15 nm on the surfaces. Electrical performance of the solar cells was improved after the deposition.

  2. Optimization of Multi-layer AR Coatings for GaInP/GaAs Tandem Solar Cells

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    ZHU Cheng; ZHANG Yong-gang; LI Ai-zhen

    2004-01-01

    The AR coatings for GaInP/GaAs tandem solar cell are simulated. Results show that, under the condition of the lack of suitable encapsulation, a very low energy loss could be reached on MgF2/ZnS system;in the case of glass encapsulation,the Al2O3/ZrO2 and Al2 O3/TiO2 systems are appropriate choice; for AlInP window layer,the thickness of 30 nm is suitable.

  3. Oxygen potential of a prototypic Mo-cermet fuel containing plutonium oxide

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    Miwa, Shuhei; Osaka, Masahiko; Nozaki, Takahiro; Arima, Tatsumi; Idemitsu, Kazuya

    2015-10-01

    Oxygen potential of a prototypic Mo-cermet fuel containing 50 vol.% PuO2-x were investigated by the thermogravimetric analysis in the temperature range from 1273 K to 1473 K. It was shown that the oxygen potential and oxidation rate of the Mo-cermet were the same as those of pure PuO2-x below the oxygen potential of Mo/MoO2 oxidation reaction. The same features of the Mo-cermet sample containing 50 vol.% PuO2-x with those of pure PuO2-x were discussed in terms of the microstructure.

  4. Characteristics and fabrication of cermet spent nuclear fuel casks: ceramic particles embedded in steel

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    Forsberg, C.W.; Swaney, P.M.; Tiegs, T.N. [Oak Ridge National Lab., Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2004-07-01

    Cermets are being investigated as an advanced material of construction for casks that can be used for storage, transport, or disposal of spent nuclear fuel (SNF). Cermets, which consist of ceramic particles embedded in steel, are a method to incorporate brittle ceramics with highly desirable properties into a strong ductile metal matrix with a high thermal conductivity, thus combining the best properties of both materials. Traditional applications of cermets include tank armor, vault armor, drill bits, and nuclear test-reactor fuel. Cermets with different ceramics (DUO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}, etc.) are being investigated for the manufacture of SNF casks. Cermet casks offer four potential benefits: greater capacity (more SNF assemblies) for the same gross weight cask, greater capacity (more SNF assemblies) for the same external dimensions, improved resistance to assault, and superior repository performance. These benefits are achieved by varying the composition, volume fraction, and particulate size of the ceramic particles in the cermet with position in the cask body. Addition of depleted uranium dioxide (DUO{sub 2}) to the cermet increases shielding density, improves shielding effectiveness, and increases cask capacity for a given cask weight or size. Addition of low-density aluminium oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) to the outer top and bottom sections of the cermet cask, where the radiation levels are lower, can lower cask weight without compromising shielding. The use of Al2O3 and other oxides, in appropriate locations, can increase resistance to assault. Repository performance may be improved by compositional control of the cask body to (1) create a local geochemical environment that slows the long-term degradation of the SNF and (2) enables the use of DUO{sub 2} for longterm criticality control. While the benefits of using cermets follow directly from their known properties, the primary challenge is to develop low-cost methods to fabricate

  5. Flexible Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells fabricated using a polyimide-coated soda-lime glass substrate

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    Sadono, Adiyudha; Hino, Masashi; Ichikawa, Mitsuru; Yamamoto, Kenji; Kurokawa, Yasuyoshi; Konagai, Makoto; Yamada, Akira

    2015-08-01

    Flexible solar cells with a Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) absorber layer were fabricated on a polyimide thin film using a lift-off process. Polyimide-coated soda-lime glass (SLG) was used as a substrate for fabricating CIGS solar cells before the lift-off process conducted to make the cells flexible. A conversion efficiency of 13.4% was achieved by low temperature deposition; this value is comparable to that obtained by direct deposition on a rigid glass substrate even without an external Na source. The final conversion efficiency after the lift-off process was 12.7% with some area correction due to the partial peeling-off between CIGS and Mo. Open-circuit voltage and fill factor did not change before and after the lift-off process, suggesting that the lift-off process did not give any physical damage.

  6. High-temperature stable absorber coatings for linear concentrating solar thermal power plants; Hochtemperaturstabile Absorberschichten fuer linear konzentrierende solarthermische Kraftwerke

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    Hildebrandt, Christina

    2009-03-23

    This work describes the development of new absorber coatings for different applications - para-bolic trough and linear Fresnel collectors - and operating conditions - absorber in vacuum or in air. The demand for higher efficiencies of solar thermal power plants using parabolic trough technology results in higher temperatures in the collectors and on the absorber tubes. As heat losses increase strongly with increasing temperatures, the need for a lower emissivity of the absorber coating at constant absorptivity arises. The linear Fresnel application envisions ab-sorber tubes stable in air at high temperatures of about 450 C, which are to date commercially not available. This work comprises the theoretical background, the modeling and the fabrication of absorber tubes including the technology transfer to a production-size inline sputter coater. In annealing tests and accompanying optical measurements, degradation processes have been observed and specified more precisely by material characterization techniques. The simulations provided the capability of different materials used as potential IR-reflector. The highest selectivity can be achieved by applying silver which consequently has been chosen for the application in absorber coatings of the parabolic trough technology. Thin silver films how-ever need to be stabilized when used at high temperatures. Appropriate barrier layers as well as process and layer parameters were identified. A high selectivity was achieved and stability of the absorber coating for 1200 h at 500 C in vacuum has been demonstrated. For the application in air, silver was also analyzed as a potential IR-reflector. Even though the stability could be increased considerably, it nevertheless proved to be insufficient. The main factors influencing stability in a positive way are the use of higher quality polishing, additional barrier layers and adequate process parameters. This knowledge was applied for developing coatings which are stable in air at

  7. Measuring of the transmission properties, related to solar heat, of window glass and its surface coatings. Maaling af vinduesglas og daeklags transmissionsegenskaber over for solvarme

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    Petersen, E.

    1992-03-01

    Heat loss through double glazed windows is 10 times greater than through a solid, well-insulated wall. The use of various glass surface coatings can hinder the transmission of the solar heat. The aim was to establish a measuring method with a related computer programme for the measurement and calculation of the optical properties of glass and surface coatings with regard to solar radiation in order to compile the data from which a window's effective U-value can be reckoned out. A type of monochronomator was used for measuring spectral transmittance of a number of commercial products in this line. It was found that two simple planes of glass with a 15 mm distance between them and a low-emission coating has the same standard of passive solar heat use as more layers of glass or panes with more coatings, because of the greater transmission of the solar heat. Windows with a layer of reflecting film between the panes are not so satisfactory because they shut out too much of the solar heat in relation to the dark U-value. The absorbed heat remains in the middle of the pane and thus is prevented from entering the room itself. The pane is very selective in the relation between light and infrared radiation and it transmits a great amount of daylight. Generally speaking, low emission coatings are very selective and transmit much of the visible radiation. This property makes it difficult to evaluate the pane's ability to transmit solar heat. The effective U-value could be greatly improved if the emission-coating would allow more of the longwave radiation (700-2000 nm) to pass through. (AB).

  8. Roll-coating fabrication of ITO-free flexible solar cells based on a non-fullerene small molecule acceptor

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    Liu, Wenqing; Shi, Hangqi; Andersen, Thomas Rieks;

    2015-01-01

    We report organic solar cells (OSCs) with non-fullerene small molecule acceptors (SMAs) prepared in large area via a roll coating process. We employ all solution-processed indium tin oxide (ITO)-free flexible substrates for inverted solar cells with a new SMA of F(DPP)(2)B-2. By utilizing poly(3......-hexylthiophene) as donor blended with F(DPP)(2)B-2 as acceptor, ITO-free large-area flexible SMA based OSCs were produced under ambient conditions with the use of slot-die coating and flexographic printing methods on a lab-scale compact roll-coater that is readily transferrable to roll-to-roll processing....... The effect of different processing solvents on the device performance was investigated, and the best performance with a power conversion efficiency of 0.65%, an open circuit voltage of 0.85 V, a short-circuit current density of 2.19 mA cm(-2), and a fill factor of 35% was obtained....

  9. Antireflective Nanocomposite Based Coating on Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells for Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Systems

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    Gangopadhyay, Utpal; Jana, Sukhendu; Das, Sayan; Garain, Sutapa; Ray, Soma

    2013-01-01

    Building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems represent an interesting, alternative approach for increasing the available area for electricity production and potentially for further reducing the cost of solar electricity. In BIPV systems, the visual impression of a solar module becomes important, including its color. However, the range of solar cell colours and shapes currently on offer to architects and BIPV system designers is still very limited, and this is a barrier to the widespread us...

  10. Microstructure and Raman spectra of Ag-MgF2 cermet films

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    Shouhua Shi(史守华); Zhuoliang Cao(曹卓良); Zhaoqi Sun(孙兆奇)

    2003-01-01

    Ag-MgF2 cermet films with different Ag fractions were prepared by vacuum evaporation. The microstruc-ture of the films was examined by Raman scattering technique. The surface-enhanced Raman spectrumfor MgF2 molecules in the cermet film strongly suggests the existence of Ag nanoparticles dispersed inMgF2 matrix. The intensities of the Raman spectra of Ag-MgF2 cermet films increase with Ag fraction.The enhancement of Raman scattering disappears when Ag content reaches wt.20%. The analyses withthe transmission electron microscopy showed that Ag-MgF2 cermet films are mainly composed of amor-phous MgF2 matrix with embedded faced-center-cubic Ag nanoparticles. It suggests that the percolationthreshold should be around wt.20% of Ag content.

  11. The Influence of Sintering Temperature of Reactive Sintered (Ti, MoC-Ni Cermets

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    Marek Jõeleht

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Titanium-molybdenum carbide nickel cermets ((Ti, MoC-Ni were produced using high energy milling and reactive sintering process. Compared to conventional TiC-NiMo cermet sintering the parameters for reactive sintered cermets vary since additional processes are present such as carbide synthesis. Therefore, it is essential to acquire information about the suitable sintering regime for reactive sintered cermets. One of the key parameters is the final sintering temperature when the liquid binder Ni forms the final matrix and vacancies inside the material are removed. The influence of the final sintering temperature is analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. Mechanical properties of the material are characterized by transverse rupture strength, hardness and fracture toughness.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.21.3.7179

  12. Properties of U sub 3 O sub 8 -aluminum cermet fuel

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    Peacock, H.B.

    1989-10-01

    Nuclear fuel elements containing U{sub 3}O{sub 8} dispersed in an aluminum matrix have been used in research and test reactors for about 30 years. These elements, sometimes called cermet fuel, are made by powder metallurgical methods (PM) and can accommodate up to approximately 50 wt % uranium in the core section of extruded tubes. Cermet fuel elements have been fabricated and irradiated at the Savannah River Site (SRS). Irradiation behavior is excellent. Extruded tubes with up to 50 wt % uranium have been successfully irradiated to fission densities of about 2 {times} 10{sup 21} fissions per cc of core. Physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of cermet fuels are assembled into a reference document. Results will be used by Argonne National Laboratory to design cermet fuel elements for possible use in the New Production Reactor at SRS. 57 refs., 33 figs., 12 tabs.

  13. Alumina Coatings on Fluorine-Doped Tin Oxide@Titanium Dioxide as Photoanode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Titanium dioxide coated fluorine doped tin oxide film (F-T film) is synthesized and applied as photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Efforts to improve the photovoltaic performance are made by coating an Al2O3 barrier layer to serve as the charge recombination barrier. Due to the less electron recombination with oxidized dye or I3− after two times of Al2O3 coating combined with an efficient electron extraction of F-T film, F-T-2A DSCs exhibits a maximal efficiency of 5.24% improved by 12.4% for F-T DSCs without surface modification. However the cell performance fades due to decreased photoelectron injection from dye molecules into TiO2 conduction band when the barrier became thicker. The thickness of Al2O3 by deposition cycle is well controlled and studied. Electrochemical impedance spectra are applied to disclose the low electron transfer resistance of F-T-2A DSCs for the better cell performance

  14. Multiwalled carbon nanotube coated polyester fabric as textile based flexible counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cell.

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    Arbab, Alvira Ayoub; Sun, Kyung Chul; Sahito, Iftikhar Ali; Qadir, Muhammad Bilal; Jeong, Sung Hoon

    2015-05-21

    Textile wearable electronics offers the combined advantages of both electronics and textile characteristics. The essential properties of these flexible electronics such as lightweight, stretchable, and wearable power sources are in strong demand. Here, we have developed a facile route to fabricate multi walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) coated polyester fabric as a flexible counter electrode (CE) for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A variety of MWCNT and enzymes with different structures were used to generate individual enzyme-dispersed MWCNT (E-MWCNT) suspensions by non-covalent functionalization. A highly concentrated colloidal suspension of E-MWCNT was deposited on polyester fabric via a simple tape casting method using an air drying technique. In view of the E-MWCNT coating, the surface structure is represented by topologically randomly assembled tubular graphene units. This surface morphology has a high density of colloidal edge states and oxygen-containing surface groups which execute multiple catalytic sites for iodide reduction. A highly conductive E-MWCNT coated fabric electrode with a surface resistance of 15 Ω sq(-1) demonstrated 5.69% power conversion efficiency (PCE) when used as a flexible CE for DSSCs. High photo voltaic performance of our suggested system of E-MWCNT fabric-based DSSCs is associated with high sheet conductivity, low charge transfer resistance (RCT), and excellent electro catalytic activity (ECA). Such a conductive fabric demonstrated stable conductivity against bending cycles and strong mechanical adhesion of E-MWCNT on polyester fabric. Moreover, the polyester fabric is hydrophobic and, therefore, has good sealing capacity and retains the polymer gel electrolyte without seepage. This facile E-MWCNT fabric CE configuration provides a concrete fundamental background towards the development of textile-integrated solar cells. PMID:25912056

  15. Eco-friendly spray coating of organic solar cells through water-based nanoparticles ink (Presentation Recording)

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    Stryckers, Jeroen; D'Olieslaeger, Lien; Manca, Jean; Ethirajan, Anitha; Deferme, Wim

    2015-09-01

    Ultrasonic spray coating is currently proven to be a reliable, flexible and cost efficient fabrication method for printed electronics [1-2]. Ultrasonic nozzles are by design especially well-suited to deposit nano-suspension dispersions. Due to the ultrasonic vibration of the nozzle, droplets having a median diameter of 20 μm are created in a homogeneous droplet cloud and directed towards the substrate. When one prepares an ink having the right wetting properties, thin and homogeneous layers, fully covering the surface, can be achieved. Together with conjugated polymer nanoparticles (NPs), emerging as a new class of nanomaterials, [3] it opens possibilities towards eco-friendly roll-to-roll processing of state-of-the-art organic bulk heterojunction solar cells. A ultrasonic spray coater was used to print the conjugated polymer NP layers under different conditions. A first optimization of the spray coater settings (flow rate, spray speed and temperature) and the ink formulation (water and co-solvent mixture and NP content) was performed for polystyrene particles dissolved in a water-ethanol mixture. As a next step, the low bandgap donor polymer poly[9-(1-octylnonyl)-9H-carbazole-2,7-diyl]-2,5-thiophenediyl-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole-4,7-diyl-2,5-thiophene-diyl] (PCDTBT) [4] and the fullerene acceptor phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM[70]) were combined in a water-based blend NP dispersion which was prepared using the mini-emulsion technique. [5,6] Optical Microscopy, profilometry and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) are performed to study the roughness, surface structure, thickness and coverage of the spray coated layers. Finally the printed NP layers are integrated in organic bulk heterojunction solar cells and compared to spin coated reference devices.

  16. Steady polarization process modelling of noble metal-electrolyte cermet composite electrode

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    2006-01-01

    Cermet composites containing mixture of noble metal phase and electrolyte phase are the state-of-the-art electrode materials used for electrochemical sensor and solid oxide fuel cell(SOFC). A steady polarization model was developed. The model was based on electronic and ionic transfer process together with the electrochemical reaction regardless of mass transport in the electrode. The modelling results can help to understand the electrochemistry of cermet composite electrode.

  17. Numerical Simulation of Brazing TiC Cermet to Iron with TiZrNiCu Filler Metal

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    Lixia ZHANG; Jicai FENG

    2004-01-01

    The maximum thermal stress and stress concentration zones of iron/TiC cermet joint during cooling were studied in this paper. The results showed that the shear stress on iron/TiC cermet joint concentrates on the interface tip and the maximum shear stress appears on the left tip of iron/TiZrNiCu interlace. Positive tensile stress on TiC cermet undersurface concentrates on both sides of TiC cermet and its value decreases during cooling. Negative tensile stress on TiC cermet undersurface concentrates on the center of TiC cermet and its value increases during cooling. Brazing temperature has little effect on the development and maximum thermal stress.

  18. Photocatalytic degradation of formaldehyde by diffuser of solar light pipe coated with nanometer titanium dioxide thin films

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    2010-01-01

    The even and transparent nanometer TiO2 thin films named DegussaP25 as photocatalysis deposited on the surface of diffusers of solar light pipe were prepared by sol-gel processing.The rugged side of the diffusers of solar light pipe was coated evenly with DegussaP25 solution for the quality of 1.75 g.The experiments had showed that when the coated side was away from the sun the lighting degree may be reduced compared with that facing the sun.The average reduction was only 3.03%,which would not have a significant impact on lighting.Diffusers are important parts of a light pipe which can diffuse light evenly to the place needed to be illuminated.The experiments showed that in a sunny summer day under the direct sunlight,the solar light pipe combined with photocatalysis could reduce the formaldehyde volume fraction in a box of 0.1 m3 from 1.0×10-6 to 0.16×10-6.After 1 h of photodegradation the formaldehyde volume changed from 1.0×10-6 down to 0.1×10-6 with faster and more complete degradation of formaldehyde.The rate of degradation under cloudy and partly cloudy conditions was slower than that under sunny conditions.It was slower in winter than in summer under sunny conditions.The experimental results also showed that the performance of photocatalysis combined with diffusers of light pipe had better effect in a small space.The performance in large space,such as open space,will be the next work in the future,which will be a great challenge.

  19. SiO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/SiO{sub 2} coatings for increasing emissivity of Cu(In, Ga)Se{sub 2} thin-film solar cells for space applications

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    Shimazaki, Kazunori [Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Institute of Aerospace Technology, 2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8505 (Japan)], E-mail: shimazaki.kazunori@jaxa.jp; Imaizumi, Mitsuru [Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Institute of Aerospace Technology, 2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8505 (Japan)], E-mail: imaizumi.mitsuru@jaxa.jp; Kibe, Koichi [Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Institute of Aerospace Technology, 2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8505 (Japan)], E-mail: kibe.koichi@jaxa.jp

    2008-02-29

    In this study, optical coatings were investigated as substitutes for the coverglass on flexible thin-film space solar cells. The inherent low emissivity of copper-indium-gallium-diselenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cells was increased using optical coatings for thermal balance in space. Evaporated silicon dioxide (SiO{sub 2}) and an additional aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) coating on the CIGS solar cell increased the emissivity from 0.18 to 0.77. Higher emissivity was realized with the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/SiO{sub 2} double-layer coating than with the SiO{sub 2} single-layer coating. The straightforward double-layer coating gives the CIGS solar cells appropriate radiative properties for keeping the cell within a permissible temperature range in space.

  20. Nanocomposite cermets for hydrogen production and SOFC anodes

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    Mezentseva, Natalia; Alikina, Galina; Pelipenko, Vladimir [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Smorygo, Oleg [Powder Metallurgy Institute, Minsk (Belarus); Ross, Julian R.H. [Limerick Univ. (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Centre of Environmental Research; Sadykov, Vladislav [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State Univ. (Russian Federation)

    2010-07-01

    Nanocomposite cermets comprised of Ni particles (10-60 wt.%) embedded into complex oxide matrix (Y- or Sc-stabilized zirconia combined with doped Ce-Zr oxides or perovskites) and promoted by Pt or Tu were synthesized via Pechini and (co)impregnation routes. Samples were characterized by BET, XRD, TEM with EDX, H{sub 2}, C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OH and CH{sub 4} TPR. The catalytic properties of nanocomposite materials were studied in the Sr of CH{sub 4}, ethanol and acetone at intermediate temperatures and short contact times. Performance of best compositions supported as porous strongly adhering layers on several types of heat-conducting substrates was demonstrated to be high and stable in SR (steam reforming) for all types of fuels. (orig.)

  1. Fracture toughness of two phase WC-Co cermets

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    The present analysis is an attempt to show that fracture toughness of cermets based on WC-Co and the like can be predicted with reasonable accuracy from a simple fracture mechanics relationship. The resistance to fracture has been considered to manifest primarily from the plastic deformation of Co phase. The constrained deformation behavior of the ductile Co phase between the rigid WC grains, approximated to the behavior of ideal plastic flow of a ductile layer sandwiched between rigid platens, has been incorporated into the fracture toughness predictions. Reasonable assumptions on in situ flow and fracture behavior of Co phase have been made in such estimations. Comparison of the calculated fracture toughness values with the experimental data of a large number of WC-Co systems of varying microstructural conditions, indicates reasonable agreement

  2. Evolution of Ti(C,N)-based cermet microstructures

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    李晨辉; 熊惟皓; 余立新

    2002-01-01

    Two series of Ti(C,N)-based cermet materials originating from the same chemical composition but with different grain size distribution and sintered to different stages of the sintering cycle have been studied using SEM,TEM,EDX,and XRD.Much of the surrounding structure is formed during solid state sintering.During the solid state sintering,at first,the Mo and W rich (Ti,Mo,W)C inner rim is formed by the interaction among TiC,WC,and Mo2C;then the Mo and W lean (Ti,Mo,W)(C,N)outer rim is formed.During the liquid phase sintering,the outer rim of coarse grains grows rapidly throw a solution-reprecipitation process;also coarse grains grow by particle coalescence.The interface between coarse grain outer rim and binder is flat (crystal surface).

  3. Cermet sphere-pac concept for inert matrix fuel

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    Pouchon, M. A.; Nakamura, M.; Hellwig, Ch.; Ingold, F.; Degueldre, C.

    2003-06-01

    In the inert matrix fuel concept, plutonium reprocessed from spent fuel is burned in an inert matrix, e.g. yttria-stabilized zirconia. Coming from wet reprocessing, the internal gelation can perform an easy micro-spheres production. Utilization of these particles in a sphere-pac realizes a direct fuel production. Besides being economical, this direct usage offers an almost dustless fabrication. One disadvantage of yttria-stabilized zirconia as matrix is its low thermal conductivity. A further reduction by the macroscopic structure of a sphere bed seems unacceptable. This can be eluded by the insertion of a highly conducting phase. Similar to the cermet concept with the embedment of ceramic fuel into metal, the infiltration of a fine metal fraction into a coarse ceramic fuel fraction is studied here. The initial thermal conductivity shows much higher calculated values and the sintering behaviour is also clearly enhanced compared to the pure ceramic bed.

  4. Efficiency enhancement of perovskite solar cells by fabricating as-prepared film before sequential spin-coating procedure

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    Jiang, Jiajia; Tao, Hai jun; Chen, Shanlong; Tan, Bin; Zhou, Ning; Zhu, Lumin; Zhao, Yuan; Wang, Yuqiao; Tao, Jie

    2016-05-01

    Sequential spin-coating procedure is a widely adopted strategy to prepare CH3NH3PbI3 on mesostructured TiO2 electrode for organolead halide perovskite-based solar cells. However, this method suffers from the rough surface and excessively residual PbI2 in the resulting perovskite film, deteriorating the device performance seriously. Herein, a facial modified sequential solution deposition method, by introducing an as-prepared CH3NH3PbI3 and PbI2 film before the traditional two-step process, was proposed to fabricate the perovskite-based solar cell with smooth morphology and trace amount of remaining PbI2. The optimal as-prepared film introduced improves the efficiency of CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells from 9.11% to 11.16%. The enhancement of device performance can be attributed to the increased light absorption ability and decreased recombination rate of carriers in CH3NH3PbI3 absorber.

  5. Hot Hydrogen Testing of Tungsten-Uranium Dioxide (W-UO2) CERMET Fuel Materials for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

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    Hickman, Robert; Broadway, Jeramie

    2014-01-01

    CERMET fuel materials are being developed at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center for a Nuclear Cryogenic Propulsion Stage. Recent work has resulted in the development and demonstration of a Compact Fuel Element Environmental Test (CFEET) System that is capable of subjecting depleted uranium fuel material samples to hot hydrogen. A critical obstacle to the development of an NCPS engine is the high-cost and safety concerns associated with developmental testing in nuclear environments. The purpose of this testing capability is to enable low-cost screening of candidate materials, fabrication processes, and further validation of concepts. The CERMET samples consist of depleted uranium dioxide (UO2) fuel particles in a tungsten metal matrix, which has been demonstrated on previous programs to provide improved performance and retention of fission products1. Numerous past programs have utilized hot hydrogen furnace testing to develop and evaluate fuel materials. The testing provides a reasonable simulation of temperature and thermal stress effects in a flowing hydrogen environment. Though no information is gained about radiation damage, the furnace testing is extremely valuable for development and verification of fuel element materials and processes. The current work includes testing of subscale W-UO2 slugs to evaluate fuel loss and stability. The materials are then fabricated into samples with seven cooling channels to test a more representative section of a fuel element. Several iterations of testing are being performed to evaluate fuel mass loss impacts from density, microstructure, fuel particle size and shape, chemistry, claddings, particle coatings, and stabilizers. The fuel materials and forms being evaluated on this effort have all been demonstrated to control fuel migration and loss. The objective is to verify performance improvements of the various materials and process options prior to expensive full scale fabrication and testing. Post test analysis will

  6. Correlation between structure and optical properties in low emissivity coatings for solar thermal collectors

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    Yuste, M. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Fundacion Rafael Escola, E-28001 Madrid (Spain); Galindo, R. Escobar [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Centro de Micro-Analisis de Materiales, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Sanchez, O., E-mail: olgas@icmm.csic.e [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Cano, D. [Fundacion Rafael Escola, E-28001 Madrid (Spain); Casasola, R. [Isofoton, E-29590, Malaga (Spain); Albella, J.M. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, E-28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2010-08-02

    We have investigated the relation between the structure and morphology of TiN coatings with their optical properties. Samples were deposited by magnetron sputtering and, by changing the deposition parameters, different textures and chemical compositions can be obtained as measured by X-ray diffraction and glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy respectively. The transmittance in the visible range, measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry, and the emittance, derived from reflectance in the far infrared range as measured by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy have been related to the nitrogen atomic content and the preferred crystalline orientations present in the TiN coatings. The visible transmittance of the coatings was found not to be dependent on the preferential orientation, while the emittance clearly improves with increasing the film thickness and the presence of both (111) and (200) crystal orientations.

  7. Carbon nanotubes film preparation on 3D structured silicon substrates by spray coating technique for application in solar cells

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    This paper firstly reports the preparation of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) film on silicon substrate of three-dimensional (3D) inverted pyramid structure (IPS) by spray coating. The effect of different substrate temperatures, spraying times and opening sizes on CNTs sidewall covering properties were investigated. The results show that the CNTs covering ratio of sidewall is much lower than that of flat surface and gradually decrease with depth. 40μm×40μm opening obtained the best sidewall covering by CNTs suspension of 40μg/ml at 120°C after 30min spraying so that the CNTs can reach the bottom of IPS and cover about 68.9% sidewall area. At last, it is demonstrated that the output power of the CNTs film-Si solar cell can be enhanced 5.7 times by this method compared to that of the plane structure

  8. Efficient Natural Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Based on Spin-Coated TiO2 Anode Materials

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    Yu, Xiao-Hong; Sun, Zhao-Zong; Lian, Jie; Li, Yi-Tan; Chen, Yan-Xue; Gao, Shang; Wang, Xiao; Wang, Ying-Shun; Zhao, Ming-Lin

    2013-11-01

    TiO2 anode materials are prepared on ITO glass by spin-coated method. Dye-sensitized solar cells are assembled with these anodes and natural dyes extracted from radix ophiopogonis by different solvents. The formation and characterization of anode materials are confirmed by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. Photovoltaic testing results show that energy conversion efficiency could reach 1.67% with fill factor of 0.51, open-circuit voltage of 457 mV, and short-circuit photocurrent density of 7.2 mA/cm2. The short-circuit photocurrent density can reach 7.6 mA/cm2 with efficiency of 1.33.

  9. Black chrome on commercially electroplated tin as a solar selecting coating

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    Mcdonald, G. E.

    1977-01-01

    The reflectance properties of black chrome electroplated on commercially electroplated tin were measured for various black chrome plating times for both the solar and infrared spectrum. The values of absorptance and emittance were calculated from the measured reflectance values. The results indicate that the optimum combination of the highest absorptance in the solar region and the lowest emittance in the infrared of the black chrome plated on commercially electroplated tin is obtained for a black chrome plating time of between one and two minutes.

  10. Sol gel TiO2 antireflection coatings for silicon solar cells

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    L.A. Dobrzański; M. Szindler

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of this paper was to investigate changes in surface morphology and optical reflection of thin films of titanium dioxide. Thin films were prepared using sol gel spin coating method.Design/methodology/approach: The microanalysis have been investigated by the Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy EDS. The changes in surface topography was observed by the atomic force microscope AFM and scanning electron microscope SEM. The results of roughness have been prepared in the software X...

  11. Solar Photocatalytic Removal of Chemical and Bacterial Pollutants from Water Using Pt/TiO2-Coated Ceramic Tiles

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    S. P. Devipriya

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Semiconductor photocatalysis has become an increasingly promising technology in environmental wastewater treatment. The present work reports a simple technique for the preparation of platinum-deposited TiO2 catalysts and its immobilization on ordinary ceramic tiles. The Pt/TiO2 is characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDAX, and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS. Deposition of Pt on TiO2 extends the optical absorption of the latter to the visible region which makes it attractive for solar energy application. Optimum loading of Pt on TiO2 was found to be 0.5%. The Pt/TiO2 is coated on ceramic tiles and immobilized. This catalyst was found effective for the solar photocatalytic removal of chemical and bacterial pollutants from water. Once the parameters are optimized, the Pt/TiO2/tile can find application in swimming pools, hospitals, water theme parks, and even industries for the decontamination of water.

  12. Realization of Colored Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cells with SiO2/SiNx:H Double Layer Antireflection Coatings

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    Minghua Li

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We presented a method to use SiO2/SiNx:H double layer antireflection coatings (DARC on acid textures to fabricate colored multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si solar cells. Firstly, we modeled the perceived colors and short-circuit current density (Jsc as a function of SiNx:H thickness for single layer SiNx:H, and as a function of SiO2 thickness for the case of SiO2/SiNx:H (DARC with fixed SiNx:H (refractive index n=2.1 at 633 nm, and thickness = 80 nm. The simulation results show that it is possible to achieve various colors by adjusting the thickness of SiO2 to avoid significant optical losses. Therefore, we carried out the experiments by using electron beam (e-beam evaporation to deposit a layer of SiO2 over the standard SiNx:H for 156×156 mm2 mc-Si solar cells which were fabricated by a conventional process. Semisphere reflectivity over 300 nm to 1100 nm and I-V measurements were performed for grey yellow, purple, deep blue, and green cells. The efficiency of colored SiO2/SiNx:H DARC cells is comparable to that of standard SiNx:H light blue cells, which shows the potential of colored cells in industrial applications.

  13. An inter-laboratory stability study of roll-to-roll coated flexible polymer solar modules

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    Gevorgyan, Suren; Medford, Andrew James; Bundgaard, Eva;

    2011-01-01

    A large number of flexible polymer solar modules comprising 16 serially connected individual cells was prepared at the experimental workshop at Risø DTU. The photoactive layer was prepared from several varieties of P3HT (Merck, Plextronics, BASF and Risø DTU) and two varieties of ZnO (nanoparticu...

  14. Metal-dielectric frequency-selective surface for high performance solar window coatings

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    Toor, Fatima; Guneratne, Ananda C.; Temchenko, Marina

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate a solar control window film consisting of metallic nanoantennas designed to reflect infrared (IR) light while allowing visible light to pass through. The film consists of a capacitive frequency-selective surface (CFSS) which acts as a band-stop filter, reflecting only light at target wavelengths. The designed CFSS when installed on windows will lower air conditioning costs by reflecting undesired wavelengths of light and thus reduce the amount of heat that enters a building. State-of-the-art commercial solar control films consist of a multilayer stack which is costly ( 13/m2 to 40/m2) to manufacture and absorbs IR radiation, causing delamination or glass breakage when attached to windows. Our solar control film consists of a nanostructured metallic layer on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate that reflects IR radiation instead of absorbing it, solving the delamination problem. The CFSS is also easy to manufacture with roll-to-roll nanoimprint lithography at a cost of components of the metallic nanoantenna. Our design achieves peak reflection of 80% at 1000 nm and has a broadband IR response that will allow for optimum solar control without significantly affecting the transmission of visible light.

  15. Preparation and preliminary testing of cermet inert anode for aluminum electrolysis

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    李劼; 赖延清; 周科朝; 李志友; 刘业翔

    2003-01-01

    Recent development of inert anodes for the primary aluminium industry was reviewed. The preparation method of functionally gradient material was introduced into inert anode research area, and a research flow sheet of functionally gradient cermet inert anode was set down. In order to carry out the preparation and optimization of composite oxides as the ceramic matrix of cermet inert anode, the following problems: solid state reaction synthesis of complex oxides, corrosion mechanism of complex oxides in Na3AlF6-Al2O3 melts, effects of NiO content on the corrosion rate and resistivity at high temperature of NiFe2O4-NiO ceramics were studied. The preparation and sintering mechanism of NiFe2O4 based cermets were deeply studied to properly control the sintering atmosphere and temperature system. By efficaciously controlling the sintering atmosphere, the oxidization of metallic phase and the decomposition or deoxidization of ceramic phase are avoided effectively during the sintering process of cermets at various temperatures. By optimizing the composition recipe and sintering temperature system, cermets of relatively high density are prepared without the spillage or asymmetric distribution of metallic phase.

  16. Mo-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} cermet research and development

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    Glass, S.J.; Monroe, S.L.; Stephens, J.J.; Moore, R.H. [and others

    1997-08-01

    This report describes the results to date of a program that was initiated to predict and measure residual stresses in Mo-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} cermet-containing components and to develop new materials and processes that would lead to the reduction or elimination of the thermal mismatch stresses. The period of performance includes work performed CY95-97. Excessive thermal mismatch stresses had produced cracking in some cermet-containing neutron tube components. This cracking could lead to a loss of hermeticity or decreased tube reliability. Stress predictions were conducted using finite element models of the various components, along with the thermal coefficient of expansion (CTE), Young`s modulus, and strength properties. A significant portion of the program focused on the property measurements for the existing cermet materials, processing conditions, and the measurement technique. The effects of differences in the properties on the predicted residual stresses were calculated for existing designs. Several potential approaches were evaluated for reducing the residual stresses and cracking in cermet-containing parts including reducing the Mo content of the cermet, substituting a ternary alloy with a better CTE match with alumina, and substituting Nb for Mo. Processing modifications were also investigated for minimizing warpage that occurs during sintering due to differential sintering. These modifications include changing the pressing of the 94ND2 alumina and changing to a 96% alumina powder from AlSiMag.

  17. Preparation and spectral properties of solar selective absorbing MoSi{sub 2}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating

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    Xue, Yafei; Wang, Cong; Sun, Ying; Wang, Wenwen; Wu, Yongxing; Ning, Yuping [Department of Physics, Center for Condensed Matter and Material Physics, Beihang University, Beijing (China)

    2014-07-15

    A novel solar selective absorbing MoSi{sub 2}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} multilayer coating deposited on Cu or stainless steel (SS) substrate by magnetron sputtering is reported. The coating consists of an infrared reflective metal layer using Mo or Cu, an absorption MoSi{sub 2}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} bilayer, and an anti-reflection Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer from substrate to top. With the help of computer simulation, we obtain the optimal metal volume fraction and thickness of each layer on Cu substrate. And then a good optical performance (α/ε) of 0.94/0.06 for the all-layer coating on Cu substrate is obtained. On the other hand, the influence of the deposition parameters for the infrared reflective Mo layer on the emittance is discussed. The emittance decreases with the decrease of sputtering pressure and the increase of the target power. The lowest emittance of the SS (substrate)/Mo is 0.047 after optimization. The optical performance (α/ε) of the all-layer coating on the optimized SS/Mo substrate is 0.95/0.07. The thermal stability of the all-layer coating on SS substrate is evaluated, and it is found to have a good thermal stability at 400 C, due to the choice of MoSi{sub 2}, which means a good candidate of solar selective absorbing coating for parabolic trough concentrated solar power (CSP). (copyright 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  18. Low Cost Nuclear Thermal Rocket Cermet Fuel Element Environment Testing

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    Bradley, David E.; Mireles, Omar R.; Hickman, Robert R.

    2011-01-01

    Deep space missions with large payloads require high specific impulse (Isp) and relatively high thrust in order to achieve mission goals in reasonable time frames. Conventional, storable propellants produce average Isp. Nuclear thermal rockets (NTR) capable of high Isp thrust have been proposed. NTR employs heat produced by fission reaction to heat and therefore accelerate hydrogen which is then forced through a rocket nozzle providing thrust. Fuel element temperatures are very high (up to 3000K) and hydrogen is highly reactive with most materials at high temperatures. Data covering the effects of high temperature hydrogen exposure on fuel elements is limited. The primary concern is the mechanical failure of fuel elements which employ high-melting-point metals, ceramics or a combination (cermet) as a structural matrix into which the nuclear fuel is distributed. It is not necessary to include fissile material in test samples intended to explore high temperature hydrogen exposure of the structural support matrices. A small-scale test bed designed to heat fuel element samples via non-contact RF heating and expose samples to hydrogen is being developed to assist in optimal material and manufacturing process selection without employing fissile material. This paper details the test bed design and results of testing conducted to date.

  19. Sodium chloride methanol solution spin-coating process for bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells

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    Liu, Tong-Fang; Hu, Yu-Feng; Deng, Zhen-Bo; Li, Xiong; Zhu, Li-Jie; Wang, Yue; Lv, Long-Feng; Wang, Tie-Ning; Lou, Zhi-Dong; Hou, Yan-Bing; Teng, Feng

    2016-08-01

    The sodium chloride methanol solution process is conducted on the conventional poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells. The device exhibits a power conversion efficiency of up to 3.36%, 18% higher than that of the device without the solution process. The measurements of the active layer by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) indicate a slight phase separation in the vertical direction and a sodium chloride distributed island-like interface between the active layer and the cathode. The capacitance–voltage (C–V) and impedance spectroscopy measurements prove that the sodium chloride methanol process can reduce the electron injection barrier and improve the interfacial contact of polymer solar cells. Therefore, this one-step solution process not only optimizes the phase separation in the active layers but also forms a cathode buffer layer, which can enhance the generation, transport, and collection of photogenerated charge carriers in the device simultaneously. This work indicates that the inexpensive and non-toxic sodium chloride methanol solution process is an efficient one-step method for the low cost manufacturing of polymer solar cells. Project supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. 2014JBZ009) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61274063, 61377028, 61475014, and 61475017).

  20. Sodium chloride methanol solution spin-coating process for bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells

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    Liu, Tong-Fang; Hu, Yu-Feng; Deng, Zhen-Bo; Li, Xiong; Zhu, Li-Jie; Wang, Yue; Lv, Long-Feng; Wang, Tie-Ning; Lou, Zhi-Dong; Hou, Yan-Bing; Teng, Feng

    2016-08-01

    The sodium chloride methanol solution process is conducted on the conventional poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells. The device exhibits a power conversion efficiency of up to 3.36%, 18% higher than that of the device without the solution process. The measurements of the active layer by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) indicate a slight phase separation in the vertical direction and a sodium chloride distributed island-like interface between the active layer and the cathode. The capacitance-voltage (C-V) and impedance spectroscopy measurements prove that the sodium chloride methanol process can reduce the electron injection barrier and improve the interfacial contact of polymer solar cells. Therefore, this one-step solution process not only optimizes the phase separation in the active layers but also forms a cathode buffer layer, which can enhance the generation, transport, and collection of photogenerated charge carriers in the device simultaneously. This work indicates that the inexpensive and non-toxic sodium chloride methanol solution process is an efficient one-step method for the low cost manufacturing of polymer solar cells. Project supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. 2014JBZ009) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61274063, 61377028, 61475014, and 61475017).

  1. Spark Plasma Sintering Properties of Ultrafine Ti ( C,N)-based Cermet

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    FENG Ping; XIONG Wei-hao; ZHENG Yong; YU Li-xin; XIA Yang-hua

    2004-01-01

    Ultrafine Ti( C, N )-based cermet was sintered by SPS from 1050℃ to 1450℃ and its sintering properties, such as porosity, mechanical properties and phase transformation, were investigated by optical mi-croscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X- ray diffraction (XRD), and differential scanning calo-rimeter (DSC). It is found that the spark plasma sintering properties of Ti( C, N )-based cermet differ from thoseof conventional vacuum sintering. The liquid phase appearance is at least lower by 150℃ than that in vacuum sin-tering. The porosity decreases sharply below 1 200℃ and reaches minimum at 1 200℃ , and afterwards it almostkeeps invariable and no longer increases. SPS remarkably accelerates the phase transformation of Ti( C, N )-basedcermet and it has a powerful ability to remove oxides in Ti( C, N )-based cermets. Above 1 3502 ,denitrificationoccurred. Fresh graphite phase formed above 1 430℃ . Both the porosity and graphite are responsible for the poor TRS.

  2. Fabrication of cermet bearings for the control system of a high temperature lithium cooled nuclear reactor

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    Yacobucci, H. G.; Heestand, R. L.; Kizer, D. E.

    1973-01-01

    The techniques used to fabricate cermet bearings for the fueled control drums of a liquid metal cooled reference-design reactor concept are presented. The bearings were designed for operation in lithium for as long as 5 years at temperatures to 1205 C. Two sets of bearings were fabricated from a hafnium carbide - 8-wt. % molybdenum - 2-wt. % niobium carbide cermet, and two sets were fabricated from a hafnium nitride - 10-wt. % tungsten cermet. Procedures were developed for synthesizing the material in high purity inert-atmosphere glove boxes to minimize oxygen content in order to enhance corrosion resistance. Techniques were developed for pressing cylindrical billets to conserve materials and to reduce machining requirements. Finishing was accomplished by a combination of diamond grinding, electrodischarge machining, and diamond lapping. Samples were characterized in respect to composition, impurity level, lattice parameter, microstructure and density.

  3. Fabrication of WC-Co cermets by laser engineered net shaping

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    Xiong Yuhong [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (United States); Smugeresky, John E. [Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA 94551 (United States); Ajdelsztajn, Leonardo [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (United States); Schoenung, Julie M. [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (United States)], E-mail: jmschoenung@ucdavis.edu

    2008-10-15

    The Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) technology is an extension of rapid prototyping technologies into the direct fabrication of metal parts. Bulk dense tungsten carbide-cobalt (WC-Co) cermets were produced without any molds using the LENS technology, starting from granules consisting of nanostructured WC crystallites in a Co matrix. Thermal behavior of the LENS process, shape change and coarsening of WC crystallites were investigated in this work to study the mechanisms of microstructural evolution of the cermets. Microstructures with alternating layers were observed, which is relevant to the thermal behavior of the LENS process. Variations in hardness result from the change in cooling rate along the specimen height.

  4. Grain size stabilization of tetragonal phase of zirconia in sputtered Zr- O cermet films

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    M. S. Hadavi; S. H. Keshmiri; A. Kompany; Zhang, Q. C.

    2005-01-01

     In this research, thin films of Zr/ZrO2 composites were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering technique on Si and fused Silica substrates, and their structures were investigated by XRD method. During the deposition of the cermet layers, a Zr metallic target was sputtered in a gas mixture of Ar and O2. By controlling of O2 flow rate, the different metal volume fractions in the cermet layers were achieved. The optical response of the samples was studied using spectroscopy methods. Also th...

  5. Sviluppo di un coating per assorbitore solare con tecnologie low cost

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    Pratesi, Stefano

    2015-01-01

    Il mercato del solare termodinamico offre varie soluzioni tecnologiche e impiantistiche in funzione dei livelli di temperatura che si vogliono ottenere. Le esigenze energetiche nei vari settori industriale, residenziale e commerciale, però, spingono il mercato verso i collettori solari capaci di operare con rendimenti maggiori del 50% a temperature superiori a 100 °C, fino anche a 250 °C (nel range cosiddetto “a media temperatura”'). In questo ambito, la tecnologia che dimostra di essere più ...

  6. Low-temperature roll-to-roll coating procedure of dye-sensitized solar cell photoelectrodes on flexible polymer-based substrates

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    Tinguely, Jean-Claude; Solarska, Renata; Braun, Artur; Graule, Thomas

    2011-04-01

    A new approach for the large-scale production of flexible photoelectrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is presented by roll-to-roll coating of a titanium dioxide nanodispersion containing the block copolymer 'Pluronic®' (PEOx-PPOy-PEOx, PEO: poly(ethylene oxide), PPO: poly(propylene oxide)). Functional DSSCs were assembled and the different coating procedures compared with respect to their solar power conversion efficiency. It is shown that the binder 'Pluronic' can be removed at processing temperatures as low as 140 °C, thus aiding achievement of sufficient adhesion to the ITO-PET support, higher porosity of the TiO2 layer and decreased crack appearance. Further optimization of this method is particularly promising when combined with other known low-temperature methods.

  7. Electro-Mechanical Coupling of Indium Tin Oxide Coated Polyethylene Terephthalate ITO/PET for Flexible Solar Cells

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    Saleh, Mohamed A.

    2013-05-15

    Indium tin oxide (ITO) is the most widely used transparent electrode in flexible solar cells because of its high transparency and conductivity. But still, cracking of ITO on PET substrates due to tensile loading is not fully understood and it affects the functionality of the solar cell tremendously as ITO loses its conductivity. Here, we investigate the cracking evolution in ITO/PET exposed to two categories of tests. Monotonous tensile testing is done in order to trace the crack propagation in ITO coating as well as determining a loading range to focus on during our study. Five cycles test is also conducted to check the crack closure effect on the resistance variation of ITO. Analytical model for the damage in ITO layer is implemented using the homogenization concept as in laminated composites for transverse cracking. The homogenization technique is done twice on COMSOL to determine the mechanical and electrical degradation of ITO due to applied loading. Finally, this damage evolution is used for a simulation to predict the degradation of ITO as function in the applied load and correlate this degradation with the resistance variation. Experimental results showed that during unloading, crack closure results in recovery of conductivity and decrease in the overall resistance of the cracked ITO. Also, statistics about the crack spacing showed that the cracking pattern is not perfectly periodical however it has a positively skewed distribution. The higher the applied load, the less the discrepancy in the crack spacing data. It was found that the cracking mechanism of ITO starts with transverse cracking with local delamination at the crack tip unlike the mechanism proposed in the literature of having only cracking pattern without any local delamination. This is the actual mechanism that leads to the high increase in ITO resistance. The analytical code simulates the damage evolution in the ITO layer as function in the applied strain. This will be extended further to

  8. Polymer solar cell modules prepared using roll-to-roll methods: Knife-over-edge coating, slot-die coating and screen printing

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    Krebs, Frederik C

    2009-01-01

    -nm layer of transparent conducting indium–tin oxide (ITO). The ITO layer was first patterned by screen printing an etch resist followed by etching. The second layer was applied by either knife-over-edge (KOE) coating or slot-die coating a solution of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-nps) followed...

  9. Properties of the multicomponent and gradient PVD coatings

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    L.W. Żukowska; L.A. Dobrzański

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: This paper presents investigation results of the properties of the multicomponent (Ti,Al)N and gradient Ti(C,N) wear resistant coatings, deposited with the PVD process onto the substrate from the cemented carbides, cermets and Al2O3+TiC type oxide tool ceramics.Design/methodology/approach: The methodology includes analysis of the mechanical and functional properties. The Ra parameter was assumed to be the value describing surface roughness. The microhardness tests using the Vickers m...

  10. Ti(C,N) and (Ti,Al)N hard wear resistant coatings

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    K. Gołombek; J. Mikuła; W. Kwaśny; L.W. Żukowska; L.A. Dobrzański

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: Investigation the influence of kind of PVD coatings structure (homogenous or gradient) on properties of deposited tool materials: cemented carbides and cermets.Design/methodology/approach: Analysis of the structure, analysis of the mechanical and functional properties: surface roughness, microhardness tests, scratch tests, cutting tests. The Ti(C,N) gradient coating was investigated by XPS method with multifunctional PHI 5700/660 spectrometer. The characteristic of surface region coa...

  11. Investigation of mechanically hard, chemically inert antireflection coatings for photovoltaic solar modules. Final technical report, April 1, 1980-March 31, 1981

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    Moravec, T.J.

    1981-03-31

    The overall objective of this program is to determine the optical properties of i-Carbon (diamond-like) films and determine if these films can be developed into antireflecting (AR) coatings for silicon solar cells. The i-C films have been produced on glass, silicon, and KCl by radio frequency (RF) plasma decomposition of the alkane gases. Films were also produced on silicon solar cells by low-energy ion beam techniques. These coatings did not perform as well as those made from hydrocarbon gases. Significant progress has been made in understanding the deposition parameters that affect the optical properties of the films. The optical constants n and k have been determined over a large range of process parameters and source gas. The degree of hydrogen incorporation in these films has been studied by SIMS analysis. It was found that the lower optically absorbing films contain more hydrogen. This hydrogen does not, however, manifest itself in fundamental C-H absorption bands in the infrared. Very efficient single-layer quarter-wave i-C AR coatings have been produced on single-crystal and SOC Si solar cells. An increase in cell efficiency of 40% over uncoated cells has been achieved.

  12. TiO2/Ni composite as antireflection coating for solar cell application

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    Haider, Adawiya J.; Najim, Aus A.; Muhi, Malik A. H.

    2016-07-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) considered as one of the best material already used as a window in solar cells due to its antireflection capability. In this work, pure and Ni-doped (1, 3 and 5 wt%) TiO2 thin films were deposited using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. The optical measurements obtained by UV-vis indicate that the highest optical band gap was found with (5%) doping level (Eg=3.82 eV), corresponding to a lower reflectance and higher transmittance. Empirical equations between energy band gap and concentration level, reflectance with energy band gap, refractive index and concentration have been determined; a perfect fit with the experimental data was obtained.

  13. Low Cost Nuclear Thermal Rocket Cermet Fuel Element Environment Testing

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    Bradley, D. E.; Mireles, O. R.; Hickman, R. R.

    2011-01-01

    Deep space missions with large payloads require high specific impulse and relatively high thrust to achieve mission goals in reasonable time frames.1,2 Conventional storable propellants produce average specific impulse. Nuclear thermal rockets capable of producing high specific impulse are proposed. Nuclear thermal rockets employ heat produced by fission reaction to heat and therefore accelerate hydrogen, which is then forced through a rocket nozzle providing thrust. Fuel element temperatures are very high (up to 3000 K), and hydrogen is highly reactive with most materials at high temperatures. Data covering the effects of high-temperature hydrogen exposure on fuel elements are limited.3 The primary concern is the mechanical failure of fuel elements that employ high-melting-point metals, ceramics, or a combination (cermet) as a structural matrix into which the nuclear fuel is distributed. The purpose of the testing is to obtain data to assess the properties of the non-nuclear support materials, as-fabricated, and determine their ability to survive and maintain thermal performance in a prototypical NTR reactor environment of exposure to hydrogen at very high temperatures. The fission process of the planned fissile material and the resulting heating performance is well known and does not therefore require that active fissile material be integrated in this testing. A small-scale test bed designed to heat fuel element samples via non-contact radio frequency heating and expose samples to hydrogen is being developed to assist in optimal material and manufacturing process selection without employing fissile material. This paper details the test bed design and results of testing conducted to date.

  14. Estudio del desgaste del flanco de carburos recubiertos y cermet durante el torneado de alta velocidad en seco del acero AISI 1045

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    Hernández-González, L. W.

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available This work deals with the experimental study of the flank wear evolution of two coating carbide inserts and a cermet insert during the dry finishing turning of AISI 1045 steel with 400, 500 and 600 m/min cutting speeds. The results were analyzed using the variance analysis and lineal regression analysis in order to describe the relationship between the flank wear and machining time, obtaining the adjusted model equation. The investigation demonstrated a significant effect of cutting speed and machining time on the flank wear at high speed machining. The three coating layers insert showed the best performance while the two layers insert had the worst behaviour of the cutting tool wear at high cutting speeds.

    El objetivo de este trabajo es el estudio experimental de la evolución del desgaste del flanco respecto al tiempo de dos insertos de carburo recubiertos y un cermet durante el torneado de acabado en seco del acero AISI 1045 con velocidades de corte de 400, 500 y 600 m/min. Los resultados fueron comparados utilizando el análisis de varianza y el análisis de regresión lineal para describir la relación entre el desgaste del flanco y el tiempo de maquinado, obteniéndose la ecuación del modelo ajustado. La investigación demostró un efecto significativo de la velocidad de corte y del tiempo de maquinado en el desgaste del flanco en el maquinado de alta velocidad. El mejor desempeño se obtuvo para el carburo recubierto con tres capas, mientras que el carburo con dos capas sufrió el mayor desgaste a elevadas velocidades de corte.

  15. Thermal performance of a cubic cavity with a solar control coating deposited to a vertical semitransparent wall

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    Flores, J.J.; Alvarez, G.; Xaman, J.P. [Centro Nacional de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico DGEST-SEP, Prol. Av. Palmira s/n., Col. Palmira, Cuernavaca, Morelos, CP 62490 (Mexico)

    2008-07-15

    We present a theoretical and experimental study of combined heat transfer in a cubic cavity containing non-participating air. The cubic cavity has a vertical semitransparent wall (glazing) with a solar control coating (SCC); an opaque black isothermal wall forms its opposite side. The top, bottom and side walls are opaque, gray and adiabatic. In the theoretical study, the 3-D steady state conservation equations for the mass, momentum and energy, along with the coupled radiation and conduction equations, were solved numerically by the finite volume method. The conduction for the semitransparent wall and the radiative energy flux were coupled through their boundary conditions at the convection model. Also, the semitransparent wall with SCC exchanges heat by convection and radiation to the exterior of the cavity. In the experimental study, the solar absorptance of the SCC was simulated experimentally using a thin film electrical resistance located on the glazing surface. Infrared imaging thermography was used to measure the temperature of the exterior surface temperature of the glazing. The interior air temperatures of the cavity were measured using thermocouples. The measured exterior surface temperatures of the glazing were introduced into the theoretical model as a boundary condition and the temperatures of the air at the interior of the cavity were compared with the theoretical ones predicted from the computational code for Ra = 2.3 x 10{sup 6}. Their average difference was 1.86%. Through these results, detailed descriptions of the air flow and temperature profiles in the cubic cavity are presented. The influence of radiative process on the overall heat transfer in the cavity is given particular attention, thus distinguishing the convective and radiative heat transfer in the cavity was shown separately. A parametric study was carried out for SCC absorptances of 0.08, 0.50 and 0.64 and exterior temperatures of 15{sup o}C, 25{sup o}C and 30{sup o}C. It was found

  16. Efficiency Enhancement in Organic Solar Cells by Incorporating Silica-coated Gold Nanorods at the Buffer/Active interface

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    Zhao, Haoyang; Tong, Peiqian; Cui, Yanxia; Hao, Yuying; Sun, Qinjun; Shi, Fang; Zhan, Qiuqiang; Wang, Hua; Zhu, Furong

    2015-01-01

    The performance of organic solar cells (OSCs) can be greatly improved by incorporating silica-coated gold nanorods (Au@SiO2 NRs) at the interface between the hole transporting layer and the active layer due to the plasmonic effect. The silica shell impedes the aggregation effect of the Au NRs in ethanol solution as well as the server charge recombination on the surface of the Au NRs otherwise they would bring forward serious reduction in open circuit voltage when incorporating the Au NRs at the positions in contact with the active materials. As a result, while the high open circuit voltage being maintained, the optimized plasmonic OSCs possess an increased short circuit current, and correspondingly an elevated power conversion efficiency with the enhancement factor of ~11%. The origin of performance improvement in OSCs with the Au@SiO2 NRs was analyzed systematically using morphological, electrical, optical characterizations along with theoretical simulation. It is found that the broadband enhancement in abso...

  17. Spin-coating deposition of PbS and CdS thin films for solar cell application

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    Patel, Jayesh; Mighri, Frej [Laval University, CREPEC, Department of Chemical Engineering, Quebec, QC (Canada); Ajji, Abdellah [Ecole Polytechnique, CREPEC, Chemical Engineering Department, Montreal, QC (Canada); Tiwari, Devendra; Chaudhuri, Tapas K. [Charotar University of Science and Technology (CHARUSAT), Dr. K.C. Patel Research and Development Centre, Anand District, Gujarat (India)

    2014-12-15

    In this work, we describe a simple spin-coating deposition technique for lead sulphide (PbS) and cadmium sulphide (CdS) films from a methanolic metal-thiourea complex. The characterization of the films by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques revealed that pure cubic phase PbS and CdS layers were formed via this method. As shown by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy results, both films were homogeneous and presented a smooth surface. Optical properties showed that the energy band gap of PbS and CdS films were around 1.65 and 2.5 eV, respectively. The PbS film is p-type in nature with an electrical conductivity of around 0.8 S/cm. The hole concentration and mobility were 2.35 x 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} and 2.16 x 10{sup -3} cm{sup 2}/V/s, respectively, as determined from Hall measurement. Both films were used to develop a thin film solar cell device of graphite/PbS/CdS/ITO/glass. Device characterization showed the power conversion efficiency of around 0.24 %. The corresponding open circuit voltage, short circuit current and fill factor were 0.570 V, 1.32 mA/cm{sup 2} and 0.32, respectively. (orig.)

  18. Flexible and conductive cotton fabric counter electrode coated with graphene nanosheets for high efficiency dye sensitized solar cell

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    Sahito, Iftikhar Ali; Sun, Kyung Chul; Arbab, Alvira Ayoub; Qadir, Muhammad Bilal; Choi, Yun Seon; Jeong, Sung Hoon

    2016-07-01

    Textile fabric based electrodes due to their lightweight, flexibility and cost effectiveness, coupled with the ease of fabrication are recently given a huge attention as wearable energy sources. The current dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are based on Platinized-Fluorinated Tin oxide (Pt-FTO) glass electrode, which is not only expensive, but also rigid and heavyweight. In this work, a highly conductive-graphene coated cotton fabric (HC-GCF) is fabricated with a surface resistance of only 7 Ω sq-1. HC-GCF is used as an efficient counter electrode (CE) in DSSC and the results are examined using photovoltaic and electrochemical analysis. HC-GCF counter electrode shows a negligible change of resistance to bending at various bending positions and is also found extremely resistant to electrolyte solution and washing with water. Cyclic voltammogram, Nyquist and the Tafel plots suggest an excellent electro catalytic activity (ECA) for the reduction of tri-iodide (I3-) ions. Symmetrical cells prepared using HC-GCF, indicate a very low charge transfer resistance (RCT) of only 1.2 Ω, which is nearly same to that of the Pt with 1.04 Ω. Furthermore, a high photovoltaic conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.93% is achieved using HC-GCF counter electrode using polymer electrolyte.

  19. High-Performance Flexible Perovskite Solar Cells by Using a Combination of Ultrasonic Spray-Coating and Low Thermal Budget Photonic Curing

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    Sanjib, Das [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Yang, Bin [ORNL; Gu, Gong [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Joshi, Pooran C [ORNL; Ivanov, Ilia N [ORNL; Rouleau, Christopher [ORNL; Aytug, Tolga [ORNL; Geohegan, David B [ORNL; Xiao, Kai [ORNL

    2015-01-01

    Realizing the commercialization of high-performance and robust perovskite solar cells urgently requires the development of economically scalable processing techniques. Here we report a high-throughput ultrasonic spray-coating (USC) process capable of fabricating perovskite film-based solar cells on glass substrates with power conversion efficiency (PCE) as high as 13.04%. Perovskite films with high uniformity, crystallinity, and surface coverage are obtained in a single step. Moreover, we report USC processing on TiOx/ITO-coated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates to realize flexible perovskite solar cells with PCE as high as 8.02% that are robust under mechanical stress. In this case, an optical curing technique was used to achieve a highly-conductive TiOx layer on flexible PET substrates for the first time. The high device performance and reliability obtained by this combination of USC processing with optical curing appears very promising for roll-to-roll manufacturing of high-efficiency, flexible perovskite solar cells.

  20. A High-Temperature Solar Selective Absorber Based upon Periodic Shallow Microstructures Coated by Multi-Layers Using Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Makoto Shimizu

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Regarding the fabrication of solar selective absorbers, the ability to create microstructures on top of metal surfaces is a promising technology. Typically, these materials are able to possess spectrally-selective absorption properties for high-temperature usage. Solar-selective absorbers that function at temperatures up to 700 °C and possess shallow honeycomb cylindrical microcavities coated with a metal-dielectric multi-layer have been investigated. Honeycomb array cylindrical microcavities were fabricated on W substrate with interference lithography and multi-layers consisting of Pt nano-film sandwiched by Al2O3 layers were created for a uniform coating via atomic layer deposition. The absorbance spectrum of fabricated samples reveals results consistent with a simulation based on a rigorous coupled-wave analysis method. A solar absorbance value of 0.92 and a hemispherical total emittance value of 0.18 at 700 °C was determined from the fabricated solar-selective absorber. Additionally, thermal stability of up to 700 °C was confirmed in vacuum.

  1. Nickel/Yttria-stabilised zirconia cermet anodes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Primdahl, Søren

    1999-01-01

    This thesis deals with the porous Ni/yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) cermet anode on a YSZ electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Such anodes are predominantly operated in moist hydrogen at 700°C to 1000°C, and the most important technological parameters are the polarization resistance and

  2. Solar collectors. Technical progress report No. 1, September 5, 1978-March 5, 1979. [Listing of glazings, housing materials, acrylic coatings, etching processes and AR coatings

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    Baum, B.; Gage, M.

    1979-04-27

    A broad information search was carried out in four areas: glazings, housing materials, acrylic coatings, etching processes and AR coatings. An extensive list of all (known) US transparent polymers was developed as well as tables of plastic, ceramic and metallic materials that could conceivably function as a housing. In addition, a compilation was made of commercially available solvent and water-base acrylic coatings for use as a uv protective coating for the glazing. Eighteen transparent polymers were chosen as possible glazings and twelve materials (plastic and wood) as possible housings and exposed in the Weather-Ometer as tensile bars and for the glazings as disks for optical transmission. These same materials were also exposed on our roof to monitor soiling. A variety of solvent and water-base acrylics were selected as protective coatings and ordered. Two commercial films - Tedlar 20 and Halar 500 - with strong absorption in the uv and two commercial films containing uv absorbers - Tedlar UT and Korad 201R - were laminated by several different processes to four promising glazing materials: polyvinyl fluoride (Tedlar), polymethyl methacrylate (Plexiglass), crosslinked ethylene/vinyl acetate and thermoplastic polyester (Llumar). A variety of etching processes were briefly explored and AR coating studies started on the above four glazing films.

  3. The possible use of cermet fuel in the DIDO and PLUTO heavy-water research reactors

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    International restrictions on the supply of highly enriched uranium have resulted in the requirement to fuel research reactors with a lower-enrichment uranium fuel. A study has been made of the feasibility of using low-enrichment fuels of a new type in the DIDO and PLUTO reactors. This work has been done as a contribution to the studies currently being carried out internationally on the implications of using lower-enrichment fuels in heavy-water-moderated research reactors. The uranium content of the U/Al alloy at present used cannot be increased sufficiently to maintain the requisite U235 content without undesirable effects on the physical properties of the alloy. A different type of fuel will therefore be required to maintain the desired nuclear characteristics. A possible solution to the problem is the use of a cermet (U3O8/Al) fuel material. Cermet fuel has poorer thermal conductivity than metallic fuel, and may also contain particles of the ceramic of a size that approaches the total thickness of the cermet core. We therefore have to consider both the average temperature of the centre of the fuel and whether large particles of the ceramic may be significantly hotter than the average. This paper describes a preliminary study of the feasibility of this concept from the heat-transfer and safety viewpoints. Calculations have been made for a cermet of 20%-enrichment 2.3g U/cm3, used in a high-power element in a DIDO-type reactor. To accommodate the cermet, the cladding has been reduced in thickness to 0.318mm (0.0125 in) the core increasing to 1.044mm, but the fuel geometry is otherwise unchanged. It is concluded that from the heat-transfer viewpoint there is no problem during normal operation or the maximum credible power transient in these reactors. (author). 10 refs, 6 figs, 2 tabs

  4. Microstructural development and mechanical properties of iron based cermets processed by pressureless and spark plasma sintering

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    Alvaredo, P. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, IQMAAB, University Carlos III Madrid, Avda. de la Universidad, 30, 28911 Leganes (Spain); Gordo, E., E-mail: elena.gordo@uc3m.es [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, IQMAAB, University Carlos III Madrid, Avda. de la Universidad, 30, 28911 Leganes (Spain); Van der Biest, O.; Vanmeensel, K. [Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg, 44 3001 Heverlee (Belgium)

    2012-03-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Processing of Fe-based cermets by pressureless sintering and spark plasma sintering. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Influence of carbon content on the sintering mechanism and hardness. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The cermet phase diagram was calculated and permits to explain the microstructure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SPS provides ferritic matrix and different carbide distribution than CPS samples. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pressureless sintered samples contain retained austenite at room temperature. - Abstract: Iron-based cermets are an interesting class of metal-ceramic composites in which properties and the factors influencing them are to be explored. In this work the metal matrix contains Cr, W, Mo and V as alloying elements, and the hard phase is constituted by 50 vol% of titanium carbonitride (TiCN) particles. The work studies the influence of the C content and the processing method on the sinterability, microstructure and hardness of the developed cermet materials. For that purpose, cermet samples with different C content in the matrix (0 wt%, 0.25 wt%, 0.5 wt%, 1.0 wt%) were prepared by conventional pressureless sintering (CPS) and, in order to achieve finer microstructures and to reduce the sintering time, by spark plasma sintering (SPS). The density and hardness (HV30) of the processed materials was evaluated, while their phase composition and microstructure was characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The equilibrium phase diagram of the composite material was calculated by ThermoCalc software in order to elucidate the influence of the carbon content on the obtained phases and developed microstructures.

  5. Resource recovery of WC-Co cermet using hydrothermal oxidation technique

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    Gao Ningfeng [EcoTopia Science Inst., Nagoya Univ., Nagoya (Japan); Advanced Mfg. Research Inst., National Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Nagoya (Japan); Inagaki, F.; Sasai, R.; Itoh, H. [EcoTopia Science Inst., Nagoya Univ., Nagoya (Japan); Watari, K. [Advanced Mfg. Research Inst., National Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Nagoya (Japan)

    2005-07-01

    WC-Co cermet is widely used in industrial applications such as cutting tools, dies, wear parts and so on. It is of great importance to establish the recycling process for the precious metal resources contained in WC-Co cermet, because all these metals used in Japan are imported. In this paper we reported a hydrothermal oxidation technique using nitric acid for the reclamation of WC and Co. The WC-Co cermet specimens with various WC particle sizes and Co contents were hydrothermally treated in HNO{sub 3} aqueous solutions at temperatures of 110-200 C for durations of 6-240 h. The Co was preferentially leached out into the acidic solution, while the WC was oxidized to insoluble WO{sub 3} hydrate which was subsequently separated by filtration. The hydrothermal treatment parameters such as solvent concentrations, treatment temperatures, holding time were optimized in respect to different kinds of WC-Co cermets. A hydrothermal oxidation treatment in 3M HNO{sub 3} aqueous solution at 150 C for 24 h was capable of fully disintegrating the cermet chip composed of coarse WC grains of 1-5 {mu}m in size with 20 wt% of Co as binder. While the more oxidation resistant specimen composed of fine WC grains of 0.5-1.0 {mu}m in size with 13 wt% of Co, was completely disintegrated by a treatment in 7 M HNO{sub 3} aqueous solution at 170 C for 24 h. The filtered solid residues were composed of fine WO{sub 3}.0.33H{sub 2}O powder and a small amount of WO{sub 3}. The recovered WO{sub 3}.0.33H{sub 2}O powder can be easily returned to the industrial process for the synthesis of WC powder so that the overall recycling cost can be possibly lowered. (orig.)

  6. Microstructural development and mechanical properties of iron based cermets processed by pressureless and spark plasma sintering

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    Highlights: ► Processing of Fe-based cermets by pressureless sintering and spark plasma sintering. ► Influence of carbon content on the sintering mechanism and hardness. ► The cermet phase diagram was calculated and permits to explain the microstructure. ► SPS provides ferritic matrix and different carbide distribution than CPS samples. ► Pressureless sintered samples contain retained austenite at room temperature. - Abstract: Iron-based cermets are an interesting class of metal-ceramic composites in which properties and the factors influencing them are to be explored. In this work the metal matrix contains Cr, W, Mo and V as alloying elements, and the hard phase is constituted by 50 vol% of titanium carbonitride (TiCN) particles. The work studies the influence of the C content and the processing method on the sinterability, microstructure and hardness of the developed cermet materials. For that purpose, cermet samples with different C content in the matrix (0 wt%, 0.25 wt%, 0.5 wt%, 1.0 wt%) were prepared by conventional pressureless sintering (CPS) and, in order to achieve finer microstructures and to reduce the sintering time, by spark plasma sintering (SPS). The density and hardness (HV30) of the processed materials was evaluated, while their phase composition and microstructure was characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The equilibrium phase diagram of the composite material was calculated by ThermoCalc software in order to elucidate the influence of the carbon content on the obtained phases and developed microstructures.

  7. The development of fabrication techniques for europia/iron cermets tips for coarse control arms in Dido and Pluto

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    The applicability of cermet-fabrication techniques to the production of europia/iron cermets for use as coarse-control arm tips in the materials test reactors DIDO and PLUTO has been investigated. Spheroids of europia were prepared by a dry agglomeration process. These were sintered, dispersed in iron powder and pressed into plates; the plates were then sintered to densify the iron matrix. These stages were optimised to produce a strong cermet with a europia density of 2.75 g/cm3. The uniformity of distribution of the absorber particles was confirmed by radiography, and adequate neutron-absorption worth by measurements carried out in the GLEEP reactor. An outline flow sheet has been prepared for the manufacture of europia/iron cermet plates suitable for use in the tips of DIDO and PLUTO coarse-control arms. (U.K.)

  8. Comparison of properties of polymer organic solar cells prepared using highly conductive modified PEDOT:PSS films by spin- and spray-coating methods

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    Kumar, Palanisamy; Santhakumar, Kannappan; Tatsugi, Jiro; Shin, Paik-Kyun; Ochiai, Shizuyasu

    2014-01-01

    Bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells have made great progress over the past decade and consequently are now attracting extensive academic and commercial interest because of their potential advantages: lightweight, flexible, low cost, and high-throughput production. Polymer conductivity is a key factor for improving the performance of electronic and photonic devices. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is promising for use as a next-generation transparent electrode of optoelectronic devices. In this research, we compare the effect of nanomorphology on conductivity, and power conversion efficiency of polymer organic solar cells prepared by the spin- and spray-coating methods. To improve the conductivity of spray-deposited PEDOT:PSS, we modified the PEDOT:PSS films by simple UV irradiation and by UV irradiation with treatment using various solvents such as methanol, ethanol, acetone, acetonitrile, hydrochloric acid, and sulfuric acid to form a hole transport layer (HTL). The active layer of PTB7:PC70BM is spray-coated on top of the PEDOT:PSS layer. The films were examined by optical spectroscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy, and conductivity measurements. The surface morphology of the deposited films was examined by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The current density-voltage (J-V) characteristics were measured under illumination with simulated solar light at 100 mW/cm2 (AM 1.5G) using an oriel 1000 W solar simulator. The obtained results are expected to have a considerable impact and suggest a bright future for organic polymer solar cells.

  9. Chronic TiO2 nanoparticle exposure to a benthic organism, Hyalella azteca: impact of solar UV radiation and material surface coatings on toxicity

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    There is limited information on the chronic effects of nanomaterials to benthic organisms, as well as environmental mitigating factors that might influence this toxicity. The present study aimed to fill these data gaps by examining various growth endpoints (weight gain, instantaneous growth rate, and total protein content) for up to a 21 d sediment exposure of TiO2 nanoparticles (nano-TiO2) to a representative benthic species, Hyalella azteca. An uncoated standard, P25, and an Al(OH)3 coated nano-TiO2 used in commercial products were added to sediment at 20 mg/L or 100 mg/L Under test conditions, UV exposure alone was shown to be a greater cause of toxicity than even these high levels of nano-TiO2 exposure, indicating that different hazards need to be addressed in toxicity testing scenarios. In addition, this study showed the effectiveness of a surface coating on the decreased photoactivity of the material, as the addition of an Al(OH)3 coating showed a dramatic decrease in reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. However, this reduced photoactivity was found to be partially restored when the coating had been degraded, leading to the need for future toxicity tests which examine the implications of weathering events on particle surface coatings. - Highlights: • Chronic toxicity of nano-TiO2 to a benthic organism (Hyalella azteca) was examined. • Phototoxicity was investigated through exposure of solar simulated radiation (SSR). • The degradation of a surface coating resulted in an increase in photoactivity. • In this testing scenario, UV had a larger impact than chemical exposure in toxicity

  10. Chronic TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle exposure to a benthic organism, Hyalella azteca: impact of solar UV radiation and material surface coatings on toxicity

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    Wallis, Lindsay K. [Office of Research and Development, Mid-Continent Ecology Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Duluth, MN, 55804 (United States); Diamond, Stephen A. [Nanosafe Inc., Blacksburg, VA, 24060 (United States); Ma, Hongbo [University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Zilber School of Public Health, Milwaukee, WI, 53211 (United States); Hoff, Dale J. [Office of Research and Development, Mid-Continent Ecology Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Duluth, MN, 55804 (United States); Al-Abed, Souhail R. [National Risk Management Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH 45268 (United States); Li, Shibin, E-mail: lishibinepa@gmail.com [Office of Research and Development, Mid-Continent Ecology Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Duluth, MN, 55804 (United States)

    2014-11-15

    There is limited information on the chronic effects of nanomaterials to benthic organisms, as well as environmental mitigating factors that might influence this toxicity. The present study aimed to fill these data gaps by examining various growth endpoints (weight gain, instantaneous growth rate, and total protein content) for up to a 21 d sediment exposure of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (nano-TiO{sub 2}) to a representative benthic species, Hyalella azteca. An uncoated standard, P25, and an Al(OH){sub 3} coated nano-TiO{sub 2} used in commercial products were added to sediment at 20 mg/L or 100 mg/L Under test conditions, UV exposure alone was shown to be a greater cause of toxicity than even these high levels of nano-TiO{sub 2} exposure, indicating that different hazards need to be addressed in toxicity testing scenarios. In addition, this study showed the effectiveness of a surface coating on the decreased photoactivity of the material, as the addition of an Al(OH){sub 3} coating showed a dramatic decrease in reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. However, this reduced photoactivity was found to be partially restored when the coating had been degraded, leading to the need for future toxicity tests which examine the implications of weathering events on particle surface coatings. - Highlights: • Chronic toxicity of nano-TiO{sub 2} to a benthic organism (Hyalella azteca) was examined. • Phototoxicity was investigated through exposure of solar simulated radiation (SSR). • The degradation of a surface coating resulted in an increase in photoactivity. • In this testing scenario, UV had a larger impact than chemical exposure in toxicity.

  11. Enhanced conversion efficiency and surface hydrophobicity of nano-roughened Teflon-like film coated poly-crystalline Si solar cells.

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    Lin, Gong-Ru; Meng, Fan-Shuen; Pai, Yi-Hao; Lin, Yung-Hsiang

    2012-03-21

    Nano-roughened Teflon-like film coated poly-crystalline Si photovoltaic solar cells (PVSCs) with enhanced surface hydrophobicity and conversion efficiency (η) are characterized and compared with those coated by a Si nanorod array or a standard SiN anti-reflection layer. The Teflon-like film coated PVSC surface reveals a water contact angle increasing from 89.3° to 96.2° as its thickness enlarges from 22 to 640 nm, which is much larger than those of the standard and Si nanorod array coated PVSC surfaces (with angles of 55.6° and 32.8°, respectively). After nano-roughened Teflon-like film passivation, the PVSC shows a comparable η(10.89%) with the standard SiN coated PVSC (η = 11.39%), while the short-circuit current (I(SC)) is slightly reduced by 2% owing to the slightly decreased UV transmittance and unchanged diode performance. In contrast, the Si nanorod array may offer an improved surface anti-reflection with surface reflectance decreasing from 30% to 5% at a cost of optical scattering and randomized deflection, which simultaneously decrease the optical transmittance from 15% to 3% in the visible region without improving hydrophobicity and conversion efficiency. The Si nanorod array covered PVSC with numerous surface dangling bonds induced by 1 min wet-etching, which greatly reduces the open-circuit voltage (V(OC)) by 10-15% and I(SC) by 30% due to the reduced shunt resistance from 3 to 0.24 kΩ. The nano-scale roughened Teflon-like film coated on PVSC has provided better hydrophobicity and conversion efficiency than the Si nanorod array covered PVSC, which exhibits superior water repellant performance and comparable conversion efficiency to be one alternative approach for self-cleaning PVSC applications.

  12. Preparation and properties of 4. 25Cu-0.75Ni/NiFe2O4 cermet

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    LI Jie; ZHANG Gang; LAI Yan-qing; TIAN Zhong-liang; QIN Qing-wei

    2005-01-01

    4.25Cu-0.75Ni/NiFe2 O4 cermets were prepared by doping NiFe2 O4 ceramic matrix with the mixed powders of Cu and Ni or Cu-Ni alloy powder as the electrical conducting metallic elements. The effects of technological parameters, such as the adding modes of metallic elements, the ball milling time, the sintering time and the sintering temperature, on the relative density and resistivity of the cermets were studied. The results show that the resistivity of 4.25Cu-0.75Ni/NiFe2 O4 cermets decreases with increasing temperature, and has a turning point at 590 ℃, which is similar to that of NiFe2 O4 ceramic. The sintering temperature and adding modes of metallic elements have a great influence on the properties of 4. 25Cu-0. 75Ni/NiFe2O4 cermets. When the sintering temperature increases from 1 200 ℃ to 1 300 ℃, the relative density increases from 89.86% to 95.33 %0, and the resistivity at 960 ℃ decreases and Ni, the cermets of finely and uniformly dispersed metallic phase, high density and electric conductivity are obples sintered at 1 200 ℃ for 2 h, which are both better than those of the cermets prepared under the same technique conditions but with the metallic elements added as 85Cu-15Ni alloy powders.

  13. An Overview of Current and Past W-UO[2] CERMET Fuel Fabrication Technology

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    Douglas E. Burkes; Daniel M. Wachs; James E. Werner; Steven D. Howe

    2007-06-01

    Studies dating back to the late 1940s performed by a number of different organizations and laboratories have established the major advantages of Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) systems, particularly for manned missions. A number of NTP projects have been initiated since this time; none have had any sustained fuel development work that appreciably contributed to fuel fabrication or performance data from this era. As interest in these missions returns and previous space nuclear power researchers begin to retire, fuel fabrication technologies must be revisited, so that established technologies can be transferred to young researchers seamlessly and updated, more advanced processes can be employed to develop successful NTP fuels. CERMET fuels, specifically W-UO2, are of particular interest to the next generation NTP plans since these fuels have shown significant advantages over other fuel types, such as relatively high burnup, no significant failures under severe transient conditions, capability of accommodating a large fission product inventory during irradiation and compatibility with flowing hot hydrogen. Examples of previous fabrication routes involved with CERMET fuels include hot isostatic pressing (HIPing) and press and sinter, whereas newer technologies, such as spark plasma sintering, combustion synthesis and microsphere fabrication might be well suited to produce high quality, effective fuel elements. These advanced technologies may address common issues with CERMET fuels, such as grain growth, ductile to brittle transition temperature and UO2 stoichiometry, more effectively than the commonly accepted ‘traditional’ fabrication routes. Bonding of fuel elements, especially if the fabrication process demands production of smaller element segments, must be investigated. Advanced brazing techniques and compounds are now available that could produce a higher quality bond segment with increased ease in joining. This paper will briefly address the history of

  14. Characterizations of Cuprous Oxide Thin Films Prepared by Sol-Gel Spin Coating Technique with Different Additives for the Photoelectrochemical Solar Cell

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    D. S. C. Halin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cuprous oxide (Cu2O thin films were deposited onto indium tin oxide (ITO coated glass substrate by sol-gel spin coating technique using different additives, namely, polyethylene glycol and ethylene glycol. It was found that the organic additives added had a significant influence on the formation of Cu2O films and lead to different microstructures and optical properties. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM, and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis. Based on the FESEM micrographs, the grain size of film prepared using polyethylene glycol additive has smaller grains of about 83 nm with irregular shapes. The highest optical absorbance film was obtained by the addition of polyethylene glycol. The Cu2O thin films were used as a working electrode in the application of photoelectrochemical solar cell (PESC.

  15. Microstructures and Photovoltaic Properties of Zn(AlO/Cu2O-Based Solar Cells Prepared by Spin-Coating and Electrodeposition

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    Takeo Oku

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Copper oxide (Cu2O-based heterojunction solar cells were fabricated by spin-coating and electrodeposition methods, and photovoltaic properties and microstructures were investigated. Zinc oxide (ZnO and Cu2O were used as n- and p-type semiconductors, respectively, to fabricate photovoltaic devices based on In-doped tin oxide/ZnO/Cu2O/Au heterojunction structures. Short-circuit current and fill factor increased by aluminum (Al doping in the ZnO layer, which resulted in the increase of the conversion efficiency. The efficiency was improved further by growing ZnO and Cu2O layers with larger crystallite sizes, and by optimizing the Al-doping by spin coating.

  16. Silicon-on-ceramic coating process. Silicon sheet growth development for the Large-Area Silicon Sheet and Cell Development Tasks of the Low-Cost Silicon Solar Array Project. Quarterly report No. 8, December 28, 1977--March 28, 1977

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    Chapman, P.W. Zook, J.D.; Heaps, J D; Maclolek, R B; Koepke, B; Butter, C D; Schult, S B

    1978-04-20

    A research program to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of producing solar-cell-quality sheet silicon by coating inexpensive ceramic substrates with a thin layer of polycrystalline silicon is described. The coating methods to be developed are directed toward a minimum-cost process for producing solar cells with a terrestrial conversion efficiency of 12 percent or greater. By applying a graphite coating to one face of a ceramic substrate, molten silicon can be caused to wet only that graphite-coated face and produce uniform thin layers of large-grain polycrystalline silicon; thus, only a minimal quantity of silicon is consumed. A dip-coating method for putting silicon on ceramic (SOC) has been shown to produce solar-cell-quality sheet silicon. This method and a continuous coating process also being investigated have excellent scale-up potential which offers an outstanding cost-effective way to manufacture large-area solar cells. A variety of ceramic materials have been dip-coated with silicon. The investigation has shown that mullite substrates containing an excess of SiO/sub 2/ best match the thermal expansion coefficient of silicon and hence produce the best SOC layers. With such substrates, smooth and uniform silicon layers 25 cm/sup 2/ in area have been achieved with single-crystal grains as large as 4 mm in width and several cm in length. Solar cells with areas from 1 to 10 cm/sup 2/ have been fabricated from material withas-grown surface. Recently, an antireflection (AR) coating has been applied to SOC cells. Conversion efficiencies greater than 9% have been achieved without optimizing series resistance characteristics. Such cells typically have open-circuit voltages and short-circuit current densities of 0.51 V and 20 mA/cm/sup 2/, respectively.

  17. Influence of TiCl4 treatment on performance of dye-sensitized solar cell assembled with nano-TiO2 coating deposited by vacuum cold spraying

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    FAN Shengqiang; LI Changjiu; YANG Guanjun; ZHANG Lingzi

    2006-01-01

    Titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) treatment was employed to TiO2 coating deposited on fluoride-doped tin oxide (FTO) conducting glass and indium oxide doped tin oxide (ITO) conducting glass, respectively. The nano-crystalline TiO2coating was deposited using a composite powder composed of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and 25 nm TiO2 particles by vacuum cold spraying (VCS) process. A commercial N-719 dye was used to adsorb on the surface of TiO2 coating to prepare TiO2 electrode, which was applied to assemble dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC).The cell performance was measured under simulated solar light at an intensity of 100 mW·cm-2.Results show that with an FTO substrate the DSC composed of a VCS TiO2 electrode untreated by TiCl4 gives a short-circuit current density of 13.1 mA·cm-2 and an open circuit voltage of 0.60 V corresponding to an overall conversion efficiency of 4.4%. It is found that after TiCl4 treatment to the VCSTiO2 electrode with an FTO substrate, the short circuit current density of the cell increases by 31%, the open-circuit voltage increases by 60 mV and a higher conversion yield of 6.5% was obtained. However, when an ITOsubstrate is used to deposit TiO2 coating by VCS, after TiCl4 treatment, the conversion efficiency of the assembled cell reduces slightly due to corrosionof the conducting layer on the ITO glass by TiCl4.

  18. Hard and wear resistant coatings for cutting tools

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    K. Gołombek; L.A. Dobrzański

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: The paper presents investigation results of structure and properties of the cemented carbide tips and cermet tools, both uncoated and coated with single and multiple hard surface layers in the physical (PVD) and chemical (CVD) vapour deposition processes.Design/methodology/approach: SEM, TEM, X-ray, Microhardness, Scratch test, Cutting test.Findings: The TiN+gradient or multi (Ti,Al,Si)N+TiN system coatings deposited with the PVD method in the cathodic arc evaporation CAE onto the s...

  19. All-Solution-Processed, Ambient Method for ITO-Free, Roll-Coated Tandem Polymer Solar Cells using Solution- Processed Metal Films

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    Angmo, Dechan; Dam, Henrik Friis; Andersen, Thomas Rieks;

    2014-01-01

    in terms of surface morphological and topographical properties and to ITO in terms of flexibility. The slot–die coated Ag film demonstrates extremely low roughness (a root-meansquare roughness of 3 nm was measured over 240_320 mm2 area), is highly conductive (...-effective in comparison to other reported metal films applied in polymer solar cells. Such properties result in high fill factors exceeding 50% in both single and tandem structures on large-area devices (1 cm2) and the corresponding efficiencies exceed 2%....

  20. Spectral reflectance data of a high temperature stable solar selective coating based on MoSi2–Si3N4

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    Hernández-Pinilla, D.; Rodríguez-Palomo, A.; Álvarez-Fraga, L.; Céspedes, E.; Prieto, J.E.; Muñoz-Martín, A.; Prieto, C.

    2016-01-01

    Data of optical performance, thermal stability and ageing are given for solar selective coatings (SSC) based on a novel MoSi2–Si3N4 absorbing composite. SSC have been prepared as multilayer stacks formed by silver as metallic infrared reflector, a double layer composite and an antireflective layer (doi: 10.1016/j.solmat.2016.04.001 [1]). Spectroscopic reflectance data corresponding to the optical performance of samples after moderate vacuum annealing at temperatures up to 600 °C and after ageing test of more than 200 h with several heating–cooling cycles are shown here. PMID:27182544

  1. Spectral reflectance data of a high temperature stable solar selective coating based on MoSi2 -Si3N4.

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    Hernández-Pinilla, D; Rodríguez-Palomo, A; Álvarez-Fraga, L; Céspedes, E; Prieto, J E; Muñoz-Martín, A; Prieto, C

    2016-06-01

    Data of optical performance, thermal stability and ageing are given for solar selective coatings (SSC) based on a novel MoSi2-Si3N4 absorbing composite. SSC have been prepared as multilayer stacks formed by silver as metallic infrared reflector, a double layer composite and an antireflective layer (doi: 10.1016/j.solmat.2016.04.001 [1]). Spectroscopic reflectance data corresponding to the optical performance of samples after moderate vacuum annealing at temperatures up to 600 °C and after ageing test of more than 200 h with several heating-cooling cycles are shown here. PMID:27182544

  2. Fundamental Study on the Fabrication of Inverted Planar Perovskite Solar Cells Using Two-Step Sequential Substrate Vibration-Assisted Spray Coating (2S-SVASC)

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    Zabihi, Fatemeh; Ahmadian-Yazdi, Mohammad-Reza; Eslamian, Morteza

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a scalable and fast process is developed and employed for the fabrication of the perovskite light harvesting layer in inverted planar heterojunction solar cell (FTO/PEDOT:PSS/CH3NH3PbI3−x Cl x /PCBM/Al). Perovskite precursor solutions are sprayed onto an ultrasonically vibrating substrate in two sequential steps via a process herein termed as the two-step sequential substrate vibration-assisted spray coating (2S-SVASC). The gentle imposed ultrasonic vibration on the substrate p...

  3. Microstructures and Photovoltaic Properties of Zn(Al)O/Cu2O-Based Solar Cells Prepared by Spin-Coating and Electrodeposition

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    Takeo Oku; Tetsuya Yamada; Kazuya Fujimoto; Tsuyoshi Akiyama

    2014-01-01

    Copper oxide (Cu2O)-based heterojunction solar cells were fabricated by spin-coating and electrodeposition methods, and photovoltaic properties and microstructures were investigated. Zinc oxide (ZnO) and Cu2O were used as n- and p-type semiconductors, respectively, to fabricate photovoltaic devices based on In-doped tin oxide/ZnO/Cu2O/Au heterojunction structures. Short-circuit current and fill factor increased by aluminum (Al) doping in the ZnO layer, which resulted in the increase of the co...

  4. Spectral reflectance data of a high temperature stable solar selective coating based on MoSi2–Si3N4

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    D. Hernández-Pinilla

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Data of optical performance, thermal stability and ageing are given for solar selective coatings (SSC based on a novel MoSi2–Si3N4 absorbing composite. SSC have been prepared as multilayer stacks formed by silver as metallic infrared reflector, a double layer composite and an antireflective layer (doi: 10.1016/j.solmat.2016.04.001 [1]. Spectroscopic reflectance data corresponding to the optical performance of samples after moderate vacuum annealing at temperatures up to 600 °C and after ageing test of more than 200 h with several heating–cooling cycles are shown here.

  5. Spectral reflectance data of a high temperature stable solar selective coating based on MoSi2 -Si3N4.

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    Hernández-Pinilla, D; Rodríguez-Palomo, A; Álvarez-Fraga, L; Céspedes, E; Prieto, J E; Muñoz-Martín, A; Prieto, C

    2016-06-01

    Data of optical performance, thermal stability and ageing are given for solar selective coatings (SSC) based on a novel MoSi2-Si3N4 absorbing composite. SSC have been prepared as multilayer stacks formed by silver as metallic infrared reflector, a double layer composite and an antireflective layer (doi: 10.1016/j.solmat.2016.04.001 [1]). Spectroscopic reflectance data corresponding to the optical performance of samples after moderate vacuum annealing at temperatures up to 600 °C and after ageing test of more than 200 h with several heating-cooling cycles are shown here.

  6. Effects of metal binder on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermets

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    Xu, Qingzhong; Ai, Xing, E-mail: aixingsdu@163.com; Zhao, Jun; Gong, Feng; Pang, Jiming; Wang, Yintao

    2015-09-25

    Highlights: • Ni–Co binder improves the solid solution reaction and the wetting of hard phases. • Cermets with 25 wt.% binder have evenly distributed grains with moderate rims. • Co/(Ni + Co) ratios influence the grain sizes and microstructure features of cermets. • The cermets with pure Co as binder exhibit optimal mechanical properties. - Abstract: To optimize the mechanical properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermets used as tool materials, the cermets with different Ni–Co binder contents and Co/(Ni + Co) weight ratios were prepared. The effects of metal binder content and Co/(Ni + Co) ratio on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermets were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and measuring the transverse rupture strength (TRS), Vickers hardness (HV) and fracture toughness (K{sub IC}). The experimental results reveal that increasing Ni–Co binder content can increase the thickness of rim phases by improving the solid solution reaction and the wetting of hard phases. The cermets with 25 wt.% binder addition present good comprehensive mechanical properties, which is attributed to the moderate rim phases and uniformly distributed Ti(C,N) grains. The Co/(Ni + Co) weight ratios in binder have a great influence on the grain sizes and microstructure features of Ti(C,N)-based cermets, in virtue of the synergic effects between the wettability of Co and the solubilizing capacity of Ni on hard phases. The cermets with pure Co as binder exhibit optimal mechanical properties with a TRS of 1767 ± 81 MPa, a hardness of 12.26 ± 0.10 GPa and a K{sub IC} of 8.40 ± 0.47 MPa m{sup 1/2}, which meet the requirements for tool materials. And the cermets with a Co/(Ni + Co) ratio of 0.2 have the second best mechanical properties with a TRS of 1848 ± 201 MPa, a hardness of 11.12 ± 0.40 GPa and a K{sub IC} of 9.43 ± 0.54 MPa m{sup 1/2}, in which the lower hardness can

  7. Lateral stress evolution in chromium sulfide cermets with varying excess chromium

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    Petel, O. E.; Appleby-Thomas, G. J.; Wood, D. C.; Capozzi, A.; Nabavi, A.; Goroshin, S.; Frost, D. L.; Hazell, P. J.

    2016-04-01

    The shock response of chromium sulfide-chromium, a cermet of potential interest as a matrix material for ballistic applications, has been investigated at two molar ratios. Using a combustion synthesis technique allowed for control of the molar ratio of the material, which was investigated under near-stoichiometric (cermet) and excess chromium (interpenetrating composite) conditions, representing chromium:sulfur molar ratios of 1.15:1 and 4:1, respectively. The compacts were investigated via the plate-impact technique, which allowed the material to be loaded under a one-dimensional state of strain. Embedded manganin stress gauges were employed to monitor the temporal evolution of longitudinal and lateral components of stress in both materials. Comparison of these two components has allowed assessment of the variation of material shear strength both with impact pressure/strain-rate and time for the two molar ratio conditions. The two materials exhibited identical material strength despite variations in their excess chromium contents.

  8. Dynamic SEM wear studies of tungsten carbide cermets. [friction and wear experiments

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    Brainard, W. A.; Buckley, D. H.

    1975-01-01

    Dynamic friction and wear experiments were conducted in a scanning electron microscope. The wear behavior of pure tungsten carbide and composite with 6 and 15 weight percent cobalt binder was examined, and etching of the binder was done to selectively determine the role of the binder in the wear process. Dynamic experiments were conducted as the tungsten carbide (WC) and bonded WC cermet surfaces were transversed by a 50 micron radiused diamond stylus. These studies show that the predominant wear process in WC is fracture initiated by plastic deformation, and the wear of the etched cermets is similar to pure WC. The presence of the cobalt binder reduces both friction and wear. The cementing action of the cobalt reduces granular separation, and promotes a dense polished layer because of its low shear strength film-forming properties. The wear debris generated from unetched surface is approximately the same composition as the bulk.

  9. Improvement in photovoltaic properties of silicon solar cells with a doped porous silicon layer with rare earth (Ce, La) as antireflection coatings

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    Atyaoui, Malek, E-mail: atyaoui.malek@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Photovoltaïque, Centre de recherches et des technologies de l' energie, technopole de Borj-Cédria, PB:95, Hammam Lif 2050 (Tunisia); Dimassi, Wissem [Laboratoire de Photovoltaïque, Centre de recherches et des technologies de l' energie, technopole de Borj-Cédria, PB:95,Hammam Lif 2050 (Tunisia); Atyaoui, Atef [Laboratoire de traitement des eaux usées, Centre de recherches et des technologies des eaux, technopole de Borj-Cédria, PB: 273, Soliman 8020 (Tunisia); Elyagoubi, Jalel; Ouertani, Rachid; Ezzaouia, Hatem [Laboratoire de Photovoltaïque, Centre de recherches et des technologies de l' energie, technopole de Borj-Cédria, PB:95,Hammam Lif 2050 (Tunisia)

    2013-09-15

    The performance improvement of solar cells due to the formation of a porous silicon layer treated with rare earth (Ce, La) in the n{sup +} emitter of silicon n{sup +}/p junctions has been investigated. The photovoltaic properties of the cells with and without treatment of the porous silicon layer are compared. From the reflection measurements, it was shown that the cells with treated PS layers have lower reflectivity value compared to cell with untreated PS layer. The main result is that the photovoltaic energy conversion efficiency of solar cells can be enhanced by using the treated porous silicon layers with the rare earth (Ce, La) as anti-reflection coatings. -- Highlights: • The reduction of optical loss in silicon (c-Si) solar cells attracts the attention of many researches to achieve high efficiencies. • To attain this aim, the treated PS layers with rare earth (La, Ce) are suggested to be used as an (ARC) of c-Si solar cell. • The result showed a decrease in the optical losses which can explain the improved photovoltaic properties.

  10. Reduced interfacial recombination in dye-sensitized solar cells assisted with NiO:Eu(3+),Tb(3+) coated TiO2 film.

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    Yao, Nannan; Huang, Jinzhao; Fu, Ke; Deng, Xiaolong; Ding, Meng; Zhang, Shouwei; Xu, Xijin; Li, Lin

    2016-01-01

    Eu(3+),Tb(3+) doped and undoped NiO films were deposited on TiO2 by a sol-gel spin-coating method as the photoanodes of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A comparative study with different structures including TiO2, TiO2/NiO and TiO2/NiO:Eu(3+),Tb(3+) as the photoanodes was carried out to illustrate the photovoltaic performance of solar cells. NiO could enhance the performance of DSSCs ascribed to acting as a barrier for the charge recombination from the fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) to electrolyte and forming a p-n junction (NiO/TiO2). Moreover, Eu(3+), Tb(3+) co-doped NiO could accelerate the electron transfer at TiO2/dye/electrolyte interface, which further benefited the performance of solar cells. The solar cells assembled with the photoelectrodes consisting of NiO:Eu(3+),Tb(3+) and TiO2 exhibited short-circuit current density (JSC) of 17.4 mA cm(-2), open-circuit voltage (VOC) of 780 mV and conversion efficiency of 8.8%, which were higher than that with TiO2/NiO and pure TiO2. The mechanisms of the influence of NiO and NiO:Eu(3+),Tb(3+) on the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs were discussed. PMID:27506930

  11. Reduced interfacial recombination in dye-sensitized solar cells assisted with NiO:Eu3+,Tb3+ coated TiO2 film

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    Yao, Nannan; Huang, Jinzhao; Fu, Ke; Deng, Xiaolong; Ding, Meng; Zhang, Shouwei; Xu, Xijin; Li, Lin

    2016-08-01

    Eu3+,Tb3+ doped and undoped NiO films were deposited on TiO2 by a sol-gel spin-coating method as the photoanodes of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A comparative study with different structures including TiO2, TiO2/NiO and TiO2/NiO:Eu3+,Tb3+ as the photoanodes was carried out to illustrate the photovoltaic performance of solar cells. NiO could enhance the performance of DSSCs ascribed to acting as a barrier for the charge recombination from the fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) to electrolyte and forming a p-n junction (NiO/TiO2). Moreover, Eu3+, Tb3+ co-doped NiO could accelerate the electron transfer at TiO2/dye/electrolyte interface, which further benefited the performance of solar cells. The solar cells assembled with the photoelectrodes consisting of NiO:Eu3+,Tb3+ and TiO2 exhibited short-circuit current density (JSC) of 17.4 mA cm-2, open-circuit voltage (VOC) of 780 mV and conversion efficiency of 8.8%, which were higher than that with TiO2/NiO and pure TiO2. The mechanisms of the influence of NiO and NiO:Eu3+,Tb3+ on the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs were discussed.

  12. Submersion criticality safety of tungsten-rhenium urania cermet fuel for space propulsion and power applications

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    Craft, A.E., E-mail: aaron.craft@inl.gov [Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR), INL, Idaho Falls, ID (United States); O’Brien, R.C., E-mail: Robert.OBrien@inl.gov [Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR), INL, Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Howe, S.D., E-mail: Steven.Howe@inl.gov [Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR), INL, Idaho Falls, ID (United States); King, J.C., E-mail: kingjc@mines.edu [Nuclear Science and Engineering Program, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401 (United States)

    2014-07-01

    Highlights: • Criticality safety studies consider a generic space nuclear reactor in reentry scenarios. • Describes the submersion criticality behavior for a reactor fueled with a tungsten cermet fuel. • Study considers effects of varying fuel content, geometry, and other conditions. - Abstract: Nuclear thermal rockets are the preferred propulsion technology for a manned mission to Mars, and tungsten–uranium oxide cermet fuels could provide significant performance and cost advantages for nuclear thermal rockets. A nuclear reactor intended for use in space must remain subcritical before and during launch, and must remain subcritical in launch abort scenarios where the reactor falls back to Earth and becomes submerged in terrestrial materials (including seawater, wet sand, or dry sand). Submersion increases reflection of neutrons and also thermalizes the neutron spectrum, which typically increases the reactivity of the core. This effect is typically very significant for compact, fast-spectrum reactors. This paper provides a submersion criticality safety analysis for a representative tungsten/uranium oxide fueled reactor with a range of fuel compositions. Each submersion case considers both the rhenium content in the matrix alloy and the uranium oxide volume fraction in the cermet. The inclusion of rhenium significantly improves the submersion criticality safety of the reactor. While increased uranium oxide content increases the reactivity of the core, it does not significantly affect the submersion behavior of the reactor. There is no significant difference in submersion behavior between reactors with rhenium distributed within the cermet matrix and reactors with a rhenium clad in the coolant channels. The combination of the flooding of the coolant channels in submersion scenarios and the presence of a significant amount of spectral shift absorbers (i.e. high rhenium concentration) further decreases reactivity for short reactor cores compared to longer cores.

  13. Development of mixed conducting dense nickel/Ca-doped lanthanum zirconate cermet for gas separation application

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    Nag, S. [CSIR - Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, 196 Raja S. C. Mullick Road, Kolkata - 700 032 (India); Mukhopadhyay, S. [Department of Chemical Technology, Calcutta University, 92 A. P. C. Road, Kolkata - 700 009 (India); Basu, R.N., E-mail: rajenbasu54@gmail.com [CSIR - Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, 196 Raja S. C. Mullick Road, Kolkata - 700 032 (India)

    2012-03-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phase pure La{sub 1.95}Ca{sub 0.05}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7-{delta}} (LCZ) material is prepared by combustion synthesis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LCZ and Ni-LCZ bulk samples are prepared with theoretical density close to 100%. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Bulk electrical conductivity {approx}400 S/cm is obtained for Ni-LCZ cermet at 750 Degree-Sign C. -- Abstract: La{sub 1.95}Ca{sub 0.05}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7-{delta}} (LCZ) and Ni-LCZ cermet have been prepared by combustion synthesis and conventional solid state mixing methods respectively. Both the materials are sintered in air and controlled atmosphere (5% H{sub 2} in Ar). The density obtained for the material sintered at 1400 Degree-Sign C in controlled atmosphere is found to be more than 99.5%. This sintering temperature (1400 Degree-Sign C) is considered to be much lower compared to the conventional sintering temperature. The corresponding total conductivity for such Ni-LCZ cermet materials is {approx}400 S/cm measured at 750 Degree-Sign C having 40 vol% of Ni and 60 vol% LCZ.

  14. Densification of Ni-NiFe2O4 cermets for aluminum electrolysis

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    LAI Yan-qing; SUN Xiao-gang; LI Jie; DUAN Hua-nan; LI Xin-zheng; ZHANG Gang; TIAN Zhong-liang

    2005-01-01

    The density of cermet inert anodes in aluminum electrolysis is of great importance. Ni-NiFe2 O4 cermetswere studied with respect to their densification affected by ball milling time, particle size of raw powders, contentsof metallic phase, sintering atmosphere and temperature. The results show that, prolonging ball milling time willincrease the density with the optimum value of 150 min; cermets containing 0 - 15 %Ni(mass fraction) have high rel-ative density ranging from 94% to 96%, but with Ni content increasing, the density slightly decreases; weak reduc-tive atmosphere is favorable to densification; the relative density increases from 80.38% to 96.85% with the sinte-ring temperature increasing from 1 100 ℃ to 1 300 ℃ while it decreases at 1 400 ℃, which may be due to crystalgrain coarsening. So the sintering temperature of Ni-NiFe2 O4 cermets in current work should be controlled at 1 300℃, where the relative density is 96.85%.

  15. Repository Criticality Control with Depleted-Uranium-Dioxide Cermet Waste Packages

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    It is proposed that the structural components and internal basket structures of waste packages (WPs) be constructed of depleted uranium dioxide (DUO2)-steel cermets. The cermet contains 2 DUO2 imbedded in a steel matrix. The WPs are filled with spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and placed 2 in a geological repository. The WP provides a handling container for placement of SNF in the repository and is an engineered barrier to delay SNF degradation and subsequent release of radionuclides. SNF and other fissile wastes contain enriched uranium and transuranic fissile isotopes; thus, the potential for nuclear criticality exists. Most of the transuranic fissile isotopes, such as 239Pu, will have decayed to 233U or 235U before significant fissile-isotope migration from the degraded SNF or other fissile waste forms has occurred. Consequently, post-closure repository criticality issues are primarily from the fissile isotopes of uranium. As the WP degrades, the 238U in the DUO2-steel cermet would mix with the degrading SNF and isotopically dilute 233U and 235U to levels that would ensure that post-closure criticality would not occur

  16. Grain size stabilization of tetragonal phase of zirconia in sputtered Zr- O cermet films

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    M. S. Hadavi

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available  In this research, thin films of Zr/ZrO2 composites were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering technique on Si and fused Silica substrates, and their structures were investigated by XRD method. During the deposition of the cermet layers, a Zr metallic target was sputtered in a gas mixture of Ar and O2. By controlling of O2 flow rate, the different metal volume fractions in the cermet layers were achieved. The optical response of the samples was studied using spectroscopy methods. Also the effect of vacuum annealing on the structures and the optical properties were studied. XRD results indicated that the prepared samples were amorphous and vacuum annealing induced crystallization in the cermet films. This research also showed that without doping, the tetragonal phase of zirconia can be stabilized at a temperature lower than the normal transition temperature. This is “grain size stabilization” and relates to the small size of the crystallites. In order to study the electron diffraction in the selected area patterns (SAD, the samples were analyzed by a high-resolution transmission microscope. The SAD results showed that all of the as prepared samples were amorphous showing evidence of very small Zr crystallites immersed in a dielectric medium.The SAD results are in close agreement with those obtained by XRD analysis.

  17. Submersion criticality safety of tungsten-rhenium urania cermet fuel for space propulsion and power applications

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    A.E. Craft; R. C. O' Brien; S. D. Howe; J. C. King

    2014-07-01

    Nuclear thermal rockets are the preferred propulsion technology for a manned mission to Mars, and tungsten–uranium oxide cermet fuels could provide significant performance and cost advantages for nuclear thermal rockets. A nuclear reactor intended for use in space must remain subcritical before and during launch, and must remain subcritical in launch abort scenarios where the reactor falls back to Earth and becomes submerged in terrestrial materials (including seawater, wet sand, or dry sand). Submersion increases reflection of neutrons and also thermalizes the neutron spectrum, which typically increases the reactivity of the core. This effect is typically very significant for compact, fast-spectrum reactors. This paper provides a submersion criticality safety analysis for a representative tungsten/uranium oxide fueled reactor with a range of fuel compositions. Each submersion case considers both the rhenium content in the matrix alloy and the uranium oxide volume fraction in the cermet. The inclusion of rhenium significantly improves the submersion criticality safety of the reactor. While increased uranium oxide content increases the reactivity of the core, it does not significantly affect the submersion behavior of the reactor. There is no significant difference in submersion behavior between reactors with rhenium distributed within the cermet matrix and reactors with a rhenium clad in the coolant channels. The combination of the flooding of the coolant channels in submersion scenarios and the presence of a significant amount of spectral shift absorbers (i.e. high rhenium concentration) further decreases reactivity for short reactor cores compared to longer cores.

  18. Mechanical properties testing and results for thermal barrier coatings

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    Cruse, T.A.; Johnsen, B.P.; Nagy, A.

    1995-10-01

    The paper reports on several years of mechanical testing of thermal barrier coatings. The test results were generated to support the development of durability models for the coatings in heat engine applications. The test data that are reviewed include modulus, static strength, and fatigue strength data. The test methods and results are discussed, along with the significant difficulties inherent in mechanical testing of thermal barrier coating materials. The materials include 7 percent wt. and 8 percent wt. yttria, partially stabilized zirconia as well as a cermet material. Both low pressure plasma spray and electron-beam physical vapor deposited coatings were tested. The data indicate the basic trends in the mechanical properties of the coatings over a wide range of isothermal conditions. Some of the trends are correlated with material density.

  19. Mechanical properties testing and results for thermal barrier coatings

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    Cruse, Thomas A.; Johnsen, B. P.; Nagy, Andrew

    1995-01-01

    The paper reports on several years of mechanical testing of thermal barrier coatings. The test results were generated to support the development of durability models for the coatings in heat engine applications. The test data that are reviewed include modulus, static strength, and fatigue strength data. The test methods and results are discussed, along with the significant difficulties inherent in mechanical testing of thermal barrier coating materials. The materials include 7 percent wt. and 8 percent wt. yttria, partially stabilized zirconia as well as a cermet material. Both low pressure plasma spray and electron-beam physical vapor deposited coatings were tested. The data indicate the basic trends in the mechanical properties of the coatings over a wide range of isothermal conditions. Some of the trends are correlated with material density.

  20. Correlation between the fine structure of spin-coated PEDOT:PSS and the photovoltaic performance of organic/crystalline-silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Funda, Shuji; Ohki, Tatsuya; Liu, Qiming; Hossain, Jaker; Ishimaru, Yoshihiro; Ueno, Keiji; Shirai, Hajime

    2016-07-01

    We investigated the relationship between the fine structure of spin-coated conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiphene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) films and the photovoltaic performance of PEDOT:PSS crystalline-Si (PEDOT:PSS/c-Si) heterojunction solar cells. Real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry revealed that there were two different time constants for the formation of the PEDOT:PSS network. Upon removal of the polar solvent, the PEDOT:PSS film became optically anisotropic, indicating a conformational change in the PEDOT and PSS chain. Polarized Fourier transform infrared attenuated total reflection absorption spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy measurements also indicated that thermal annealing promoted an in-plane π-conjugated Cα = Cβ configuration attributed to a thiophene ring in PEDOT and an out-of-plane configuration of -SO3 groups in the PSS chain with increasing composition ratio of oxidized (benzoid) to neutral (quinoid) PEDOT, Iqui/Iben. The highest power conversion efficiency for the spin-coated PEDOT:PSS/c-Si heterojunction solar cells was 13.3% for Iqui/Iben = 9-10 without employing any light harvesting methods.

  1. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-coated nanoporous TiO{sub 2} electrode for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Zhang, Xin-tong; Sutanto, Irwan; Taguchi, Taketo; Tokuhiro, Kenichi; Meng, Qing-bo; Rao, Tata N.; Fujishima, Akira [Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Watanabe, Hiroko; Nakamori, Toshie; Uragami, Masayuki [Research Insititute of Innovative Technology for the Earth, 9-2 Kizugawadai, Kizu-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto 619-0292 (Japan)

    2003-11-01

    This paper reports the preparation of a core-shell nanoporous electrode consisting of an inner TiO{sub 2} porous matrix and a thin overlayer of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and its application for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell using p-CuI as hole conductor. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlayer was coated onto TiO{sub 2} porous film by the surface sol-gel process. The role of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer thickness on the cell performance was investigated. The solar cells fabricated from Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-coated electrodes showed superior performance to the bare TiO{sub 2} electrode. Under illumination of AM 1.5 simulated sunlight (89mW/cm{sup 2}), a ca. 0.19nm Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlayer increased the photo-to-electric conversion efficiency from 1.94% to 2.59%.

  2. Ti(C,N and (Ti,AlN hard wear resistant coatings

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    K. Gołombek

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Investigation the influence of kind of PVD coatings structure (homogenous or gradient on properties of deposited tool materials: cemented carbides and cermets.Design/methodology/approach: Analysis of the structure, analysis of the mechanical and functional properties: surface roughness, microhardness tests, scratch tests, cutting tests. The Ti(C,N gradient coating was investigated by XPS method with multifunctional PHI 5700/660 spectrometer. The characteristic of surface region coating were determined from XPS depth profile. X-ray qualitative phase analysis and the grazing incidence X-ray diffraction method (GIXRD was employed to collect the detailed information about phase composition of investigated material’s surface layer. Microstructural of investigations substrates and coatings by transmission electron miocroscopy (TEM were done.Findings: Results of the investigation the influence of PVD coatings structure (homogenous or gradient and kind on properties of coated tool materials: cemented carbides and cermets are given in the paper. Coatings are characterized by dense, compact structure, there have been identified no pores, fractures and discontinuities. The coatings were deposited uniformly onto the investigated substrate materials and show a characteristic columnar, fine-graded structure. The results of roughness, microhardness and cutting tests confirm the advantages of the PVD coatings. The coatings deposited onto the investigated substrates are characterised by good adhesion and causes increasing of wear resistance. The grazing incidence X-ray diffraction method (GIXRD in the investigated coatings were used to describe the structure and gradient character of the coatings.Practical implications: Deposition of hard, thin, gradient coatings on materials surface by PVD method features one of the most intensely developed directions of improvement of the working properties of materials.Originality/value: New techniques of gradient

  3. Coating and curing apparatus and methods

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    Brophy, Brenor L.; Gonsalves, Peter R.; Maghsoodi, Sina; Colson, Thomas E.; Yang, Yu S.; Abrams, Ze' ev R.

    2016-04-19

    Disclosed is a coating apparatus including flow coating and roll-coating that may be used for uniform sol-gel coating of substrates such as glass, solar panels, windows or part of an electronic display. Also disclosed are methods for substrate preparation, flow coating and roll coating. Lastly, systems and methods for curing sol-gel coatings deposited onto the surface of glass substrates using high temperature air-knives, infrared emitters and direct heat applicators are disclosed.

  4. Coating and curing apparatus and methods

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    Brophy, Brenor L; Maghsoodi, Sina; Neyman, Patrick J; Gonsalves, Peter R; Hirsch, Jeffrey G; Yang, Yu S

    2015-02-24

    Disclosed are coating apparatus including flow coating and roll-coating that may be used for uniform sol-gel coating of substrates such as glass, solar panels, windows or part of an electronic display. Also disclosed are methods for substrate preparation, flow coating and roll coating. Lastly systems and methods for skin curing sol-gel coatings deposited onto the surface of glass substrates using a high temperature air-knife are disclosed.

  5. Research on the cutting performance and the wear mechanism of the cermet cutter in high speed turn-milling

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    JIA Chun-de; HUANG Shu-tiao; JIANG Zeng-hui; ZHANG Zhi-jun; SHI Li

    2005-01-01

    When machining D60 steel by high speed turn-milling under the different cooling and lubricating conditions, the cutting performance and the wear mechanism of the cermet cutter are researched. With water soluble cooling fluid, the wear performance of the cermet cutter is bad, and does not adapt to the requirements of machining. However, when machining D60 by high speed turn-milling is under dry conditions, the wearing performance of the cermet cutter is very good and the cutting time lasts almost 3 hours. The wear mechanism of the cermet cutter under the water soluble cooling fluid is different from the dry condition. With the water soluble cooling fluid, a great deal of little chap units are formed since high frequency alternates heat stress. The crash and desquamate of these chap units is the main cause of the cutter wearing. Under dry cutting conditions, it is the main cause of cermet cutter wear in the felting phase intenerating causing rigid phase grains to fall.

  6. Effect of oxygen/fuel ratio on the in-flight particle parameters and properties of HVOF WC–CoCr coatings

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    Picas Barrachina, Josep Anton; Punset Fusté, Miquel; Baile Puig, Maria Teresa; Martín Fuentes, Enrique; Forn Alonso, Antonio

    2010-01-01

    High Velocity Oxy-Fuel (HVOF) spray techniques can produce high performance alloy and cermet coatings for applications that require wear resistant surfaces. In HVOF spraying heat is produced by burning mixtures of oxygen and fuel, mainly hydrogen, kerosene, propane, propylene, natural gas or acetylene. In these processes, the particle velocity and temperature determine the resultant coating properties and in many cases enables a better understanding of the process. The aim o...

  7. Working of Mo-TiC cermets for 'future nuclear systems'; Mise en forme de cermets Mo-TiC pour les 'Systemes Nucleaires du futur'

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    Allemand, Alexandre [CEA-Saclay, DRT/LITEN/LTMEx, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Le Flem, Marion [CEA-Saclay, DEN/DMN/SRMA, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Rousselet, Jerome [UTT Troyes, 10010 Troyes (France)

    2006-07-01

    The nuclear reactor cores (generation IV) will form an extremely severe environment (high temperature, severe and long irradiation...). These drastic criteria and the preoccupation to ensure a higher and higher safety level lead, beyond the preoccupations due to the feasibility of such reactors, to harsh choices in materials able to be used. Innovating materials such as Mo-TiC cermet are the subject of intense researches in the CEA. This study presents and compares two modes of Mo-TiC cermet working: the hot isostatic compression and the extrusion. Different compositions of Mo-TiC cermets are prepared by hot isostatic compression and extrusion, and then characterized in term of microstructural properties. At last, this study concludes to a very satisfying working by hot isostatic compression, nevertheless the extrusion has still to be improved. (O.M.)

  8. Effect of metallic phase species on the corrosion resistance of M/(10NiO-NiFe2O4) cermet inert anode of aluminum electrolysis

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    2006-01-01

    NiFe2O4-based cermet inert anodes with metallic phase compositions of Cu, Ni and 85Cu15Ni were prepared by cold pressing-sintering. Their corrosion resistance was also investigated in Na3 AlF6-Al2 O3 melts. The results show that the metallic phase species in cermets have no effect on the concentration of impurities in bath during electrolysis, the total steady-state concentration of impurities is almost the same, I.e. Between 4.12 × 10-4- 4.80 × 10-4. There exists metal preferential corrosion for the cermet inert anode with metal Ni as metallic phase. For NiFe2 O4-based cermets, the cermet with metal Cu as metallic phase exhibits better corrosion resistance than the others.

  9. Flow coating apparatus and method of coating

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    Hanumanthu, Ramasubrahmaniam; Neyman, Patrick; MacDonald, Niles; Brophy, Brenor; Kopczynski, Kevin; Nair, Wood

    2014-03-11

    Disclosed is a flow coating apparatus, comprising a slot that can dispense a coating material in an approximately uniform manner along a distribution blade that increases uniformity by means of surface tension and transfers the uniform flow of coating material onto an inclined substrate such as for example glass, solar panels, windows or part of an electronic display. Also disclosed is a method of flow coating a substrate using the apparatus such that the substrate is positioned correctly relative to the distribution blade, a pre-wetting step is completed where both the blade and substrate are completed wetted with a pre-wet solution prior to dispensing of the coating material onto the distribution blade from the slot and hence onto the substrate. Thereafter the substrate is removed from the distribution blade and allowed to dry, thereby forming a coating.

  10. Spark Plasma Sintering of Load-Bearing Iron-Carbon Nanotube-Tricalcium Phosphate CerMets for Orthopaedic Applications

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    Montufar, Edgar B.; Horynová, Miroslava; Casas-Luna, Mariano; Diaz-de-la-Torre, Sebastián; Celko, Ladislav; Klakurková, Lenka; Spotz, Zdenek; Diéguez-Trejo, Guillermo; Fohlerová, Zdenka; Dvorak, Karel; Zikmund, Tomáš; Kaiser, Jozef

    2016-04-01

    Recently, ceramic-metallic composite materials (CerMets) have been investigated for orthopaedic applications with promising results. This first generation of bio-CerMets combine the bioactivity of hydroxyapatite with the mechanical stability of titanium to fabricate bioactive, tough and biomechanically more biocompatible osteosynthetic devices. Nonetheless, these first CerMets are not biodegradable materials and a second surgery is required to remove the implant after bone healing. The present work aims to develop the next generation bio-CerMets, which are potential biodegradable materials. The process to produce the new biodegradable CerMet consisted of mixing powder of soluble and osteoconductive alpha tricalcium phosphate with biocompatible and biodegradable iron with consolidation through spark plasma sintering (SPS). The microstructure, composition and mechanical strength of the new CerMet were studied by metallography, x-ray diffraction and diametral tensile strength tests, respectively. The results show that SPS produces CerMet with higher mechanical performance (120 MPa) than the ceramic component alone (29 MPa) and similar mechanical strength to the pure metallic component (129 MPa). Nonetheless, although a short sintering time (10 min) was used, partial transformation of the alpha tricalcium phosphate into its allotropic and slightly less soluble beta phase was observed. Cell adhesion tests show that osteoblasts are able to attach to the CerMet surface, presenting spread morphology regardless of the component of the material with which they are in contact. However, the degradation process restricted to the small volume of the cell culture well quickly reduces the osteoblast viability.

  11. Ultra Fast and Parsimonious Materials Screening for Polymer Solar Cells Using Differentially Pumped Slot-Die Coating

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    Alstrup, Jan; Jørgensen, Mikkel; Medford, Andrew James;

    2010-01-01

    We present a technique that enables the probing of the entire parameter space for each parameter with good statistics through a simple roll-to-roll processing method where gradients of donor, acceptor, and solvent are applied by differentially pumped slot-die coating. We thus demonstrate how...

  12. Medium area, flexible single and tandem junction solar cells based on roll coated semi-random copolymers

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    Andersen, Thomas Rieks; Dam, Henrik Friis; Burkhart, Beate;

    2014-01-01

    We report on medium area (1 cm2) slot-die coated organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs) of a recently developed semi-random copolymer of poly-3-hexylthiophene and diketopyrrolopyrrole (P3HTT–DPP- 10%) mixed with phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester ([60]PCBM). The devices were prepared using a compact...

  13. Matrix Organization and Merit Factor Evaluation as a Method to Address the Challenge of Finding a Polymer Material for Roll Coated Polymer Solar Cells

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    Bundgaard, Eva; Livi, Francesco; Hagemann, Ole;

    2015-01-01

    The results presented demonstrate how the screening of 104 light-absorbing low band gap polymers for suitability in roll coated polymer solar cells can be accomplished through rational synthesis according to a matrix where 8 donor and 13 acceptor units are organized in rows and columns. Synthesis...... of all the polymers corresponding to all combinations of donor and acceptor units is followed by characterization of all the materials with respect to molecular weight, electrochemical energy levels, band gaps, photochemical stability, carrier mobility, and photovoltaic parameters. The photovoltaic...... silver comb back electrode structure. The matrix organization enables fast identification of active layer materials according to a weighted merit factor that includes more than simply the power conversion efficiency and is used as a method to identify the lead candidates. Based on several characteristics...

  14. Performance enhancement of mc-Si solar cells due to synergetic effect of plasma texturization and SiN{sub x}:H AR coating

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    Prasad, B.; Bhattacharya, S.; Saxena, A.K.; Reddy, S.R.; Bhogra, R.K. [BHEL-ASSCP, C/o BHEL House, Siri Fort, New Delhi 110049 (India)

    2010-08-15

    The present paper discusses the plausible physical processes dominant during plasma texturization of multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) wafers, deposition of silicon nitride (SiN{sub x}) antireflection (AR) coating and firing of contacts through it. During plasma texturization, it is observed that by using low RF power density and loading wafers on the ground electrode, the texturization process is dominated by chemical etching. The resulting surface of the wafer shows low-reflectivity (<10% in wavelength range 350-800 nm) and low-defect density leading to improved minority carrier lifetime. It is postulated that plasma-etched nanoscale structures accelerate the migration of hydrogen released during firing of contacts. As a result of these physical processes, an improvement up to {proportional_to}2.4% in absolute efficiency of large area ({proportional_to}149 cm{sup 2}) multicrystalline silicon solar cells has been achieved. (author)

  15. The physics of plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition for large-area coating: industrial application to flat panel displays and solar cells

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    Designing plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) reactors to coat large-area glass plates (∼1 m2) for flat panel display or solar cell manufacturing raises challenging issues in physics and chemistry as well as mechanical, thermal, and electrical engineering, and material science. In such reactive glow discharge plasma slabs, excited at RF frequency (from 13.56 MHz up to ∼100 MHz), the thin-film deposition uniformity is determined by the gas flow distribution, as well as the RF voltage distribution along the electrodes, and by local plasma perturbations at the reactor boundaries. All these aspects can be approached by analytical and numerical modelling. Moreover, the film properties are largely determined by the plasma chemistry involving the neutral radicals contributing to film growth, the effect of ion bombardment, and the formation and trapping of dust triggered by homogeneous nucleation. This paper will review progress in this field, with particular emphasis on modelling developments. (author)

  16. Sliding and Abrasive Wear Behavior of WC-CoCr Coatings with Different Carbide Sizes

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    Thakur, Lalit; Arora, Navneet

    2013-02-01

    This study examines the sliding and abrasive wear behaviors of high-velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF)-sprayed WC-CoCr coatings with different WC grain sizes. The HVOF coating deposition was assisted by in-flight particle temperature and velocity measurement system. The powder feedstocks and their corresponding coatings were characterized by means of XRD and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope analysis. Hardness, porosity, and indentation fracture toughness of these coatings were calculated and compared with each other. Sliding wear resistance of these coatings was calculated using pin-on-disk tribometer (ASTM G99-90). The two-body abrasion was quantified by sliding the samples over silicon carbide (SiC) abrasive paper bonded to a rotating flat disk of auto-polisher. The mechanism of materials' removal in both the sliding and abrasive wears was studied and discussed on microstructural investigations. It was observed that fine grain WC-CoCr cermet coating exhibits higher sliding and abrasive wear resistances as compared with conventional cermet coating.

  17. Elaboration of Conductive Polymer thin films (P3HT/PCBM) by spin coating method - Application for hybrid organic solar cell

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    The nanostructured polymer-fullerene thin film is one of the most prominent materials to make the hybrid bulk heterofunction solar cell (BHJ) with high conversion efficiency. Especially when the blend of P3HT and PCBM was used as a donor and accepter materials. The properties of P3HT and PCBM layer in solar cell has been much studied and considered as high performance systems. One of the important factors for the high performance device is the fabrication of photoactive layer with the appropriate thickness and morphology. In the ideal case, the intermolecular distance between the polymer and fullerene should be appropriately 10-20 nm (the exciton diffusion distance) giving an area of extensive contact between the two phases. After the dissociation of carriers, the two polymer phases should create the path way for carriers to reach electrodes. But so far, this ideal configuration has not been published. In this work, we have elaborated the P3HT and PCBM photoactive layers by spin coating method on glass substrates covered ITO electrode. The rotational velocity was determined to get the necessary effective thickness of the polymer film. The annealing effect on structure, optical and electrical properties of the polymer thin film with different content of PCBM were also investigated. The experiments show the best device on electrode ITO has I-V characteristic as a photodiode and short circuit current (Isc) about milli-Ampere. These results demonstrate convincingly that polymer layers elaborated by spin coating method can result a good performance of the device. (author)

  18. Development of textured ZnO-coated low-cost glass substrate with very high haze ratio for silicon-based thin film solar cells

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    Hongsingthong, Aswin, E-mail: aswin.hongsingthong@nectec.or.th [Solar Energy Technology Laboratory, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, 112 Thailand Science Park, Phahonyothin Road, Khlong 1, Khlong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 (Thailand); Krajangsang, Taweewat; Limmanee, Amornrat; Sriprapha, Kobsak; Sritharathikhun, Jaran [Solar Energy Technology Laboratory, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, 112 Thailand Science Park, Phahonyothin Road, Khlong 1, Khlong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 (Thailand); Konagai, Makoto [Department of Physical Electronics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1, NE-15, O-okayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552 (Japan)

    2013-06-30

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) films with a very high haze ratio and low resistivity were developed on soda–lime glass substrate by using reactive ion etching (RIE) treatment with carbon tetrafluoride (CF{sub 4}) to modify the substrate surface morphology before the deposition of ZnO films. We found that the surface morphology of the ZnO films deposited by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technique could be modified by varying the glass treatment conditions and the gas pressure was a key parameter. With increasing glass-etching pressure, the surface morphology of the ZnO films changed from conventional pyramid-like single texture to greater cauliflower-like double texture, leading to significant increases in root mean square roughness and haze ratio of the films. By employing the developed high-haze ZnO films as a front transparent conductive oxide (TCO) layer in microcrystalline silicon solar cells, an enhancement in the quantum efficiency in the long-wavelength region has been achieved. Experimental results have verified that our unique and original glass etching treatment is a simple and effective technique to improve the light-scattering properties of the ZnO films while preserving their good transparency and electrical properties. Thus, the ZnO films deposited on etched soda–lime glass have a high potential for the use as a front TCO layer in thin-film Si solar cells. - Highlights: • High-haze zinc oxide (ZnO) grown on low cost soda–lime glass has been developed. • Surface of the ZnO can be modified by varying glass-substrate etching conditions. • Glass-etching pressure is a key to increase haze ratio of the ZnO films. • Higher cell efficiency has been achieved from cell using etched glass. • High-haze ZnO coated glass is a promising transparent conductive oxide coated glass.

  19. Microstructure and optical absorption of Au-MgF2 nanoparticle cermet films

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    Sun Zhao-Qi; Cai Qi; Song Xue-Ping

    2006-01-01

    The microstructure and optical absorption of Au-MgF2 nanoparticle cermet films with different Au contents are studied.The microstructural analysis shows that the films are mainly composed of the amorphous MgF2 matrix with embedded fcc Au nanoparticles with a mean size of 9.8-21.4nm.Spectral analysis suggests that the surface plasma resonance (SPR) absorption peak of Au particles appears at λ=492-537nm.With increasing Au content,absorption peak intensity increases,profile narrows and location redshifts.Theoretical absorption spectra are calculated based on Maxwell-Garnett theory and compared with experimental spectra.

  20. Methods of three-dimensional electrophoretic deposition for ceramic and cermet applications and systems thereof

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    Rose, Klint Aaron; Kuntz, Joshua D.; Worsley, Marcus

    2016-09-27

    A ceramic, metal, or cermet according to one embodiment includes a first layer having a gradient in composition, microstructure and/or density in an x-y plane oriented parallel to a plane of deposition of the first layer. A ceramic according to another embodiment includes a plurality of layers comprising particles of a non-cubic material, wherein each layer is characterized by the particles of the non-cubic material being aligned in a common direction. Additional products and methods are also disclosed.

  1. MEH-PPV and PCBM Solution Concentration Dependence of Inverted-Type Organic Solar Cells Based on Eosin-Y-Coated ZnO Nanorod Arrays

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    Riski Titian Ginting

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The influence of polymer solution concentration on the performance of chlorobenzene- (CB- and chloroform- (CF- based inverted-type organic solar cells has been investigated. The organic photoactive layers consisted of poly(2-methoxy-5-(2-ethyl hexyloxy-1,4-phenylenevinylene (MEH-PPV and (6,6-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM were spin coated from CF with concentrations of 4, 6, and 8 mg/mL and from CB with concentrations of 6, 8, and 10 mg/mL onto Eosin-Y-coated ZnO nanorod arrays (NRAs. Fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO and silver (Ag were used as electron collecting electrode and hole collecting electrode, respectively. Experimental results showed that the short circuit current density and power conversion efficiency increased with decrease of solution concentration for both CB and CF devices, which could be attributed to reducing charge recombination in thinner photoactive layer and larger contact area between the rougher photoactive layer and Ag contact. However, the open circuit voltage decreased with decreasing solution concentration due to increase of leakage current from ZnO NRAs to Ag as the ZnO NRAs were not fully covered by the polymer blend. The highest power conversion efficiencies of 0.54 ± 0.10% and 0.87 ± 0.15% were achieved at the respective lowest solution concentrations of CB and CF.

  2. Hydrothermal Synthesis of TiO2 Porous Hollow Nanospheres for Coating on the Photoelectrode of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Madhu Mohan, Varishetty; Murakami, Kenji

    2012-02-01

    Various sizes of TiO2 hollow nanosphers were synthesized by a hydrolysis followed by the hydrothermal treatment using different water content and titanium isopropoxide (TTIP) while the remaining components such as methylamine, ethanol and acetonitrile were kept as a constant. We synthesized the various sizes of spheres, 150, 250, 400, 450, and 600 nm in diameter; those are represented as SP150, SP250, SP400, SP450, and SP600. The prepared spheres diameters were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). These spheres were coated by using a simple spray technique with the TiO2 colloidal solution as a scattering layer for the TiO2 photoelectrode of dye-sensitized solar cells. Optical absorption measurements did not find a difference in the dye adsorption amount with and without the scattering layer. The scattering effect was observed by incident photon to current conversion efficiency (IPCE) measurements especially in the wavelength region of 550-700 nm. The current-voltage (I-V) measurements show that the scattering layer with 450 nm spheres coated on the photoelectrode gave the improved photovoltaic performances compared to other diameters of the spheres. In the present study, the best energy conversion efficiency of 9.56% was obtained for the photoelectrode with the scattering layer, while the pure photoelectrode without the layer gave 8.4%.

  3. Improved performance of TiO2 electrodes coated with NiO by magnetron sputtering for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    TiO2 electrodes are coated with NiO by DC magnetron sputtering, and their structural, optical and electrochemical performance has been investigated. X-ray diffractometry (XRD), UV-vis spectrophotometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), AC impedance, and linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) are used to characterize the TiO2/NiO electrodes. Their performance is evaluated with a computer controlled electrochemical workstation in combination with three conventional electrodes. The experimental results indicate that the surface modification of TiO2 electrodes with sputtered NiO reduces trap sites on TiO2 and improves the electrochemical performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Sputtering NiO for 7 min, which is about 21 nm thick, on 6.5 μm thick TiO2 greatly improves the DSSC parameters, and the conversion efficiency increases from 3.21 to 4.16%. Mechanisms of the influence of the NiO coating on electrochemical performance are discussed.

  4. Dye-sensitized solar cell architecture based on indium-tin oxide nanowires coated with titanium dioxide

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    A new architecture for dye-sensitized solar cells is employed, based on a nanostructured transparent conducting oxide protruding from the substrate, covered with a separate active oxide layer. The objective is to decrease electron-hole recombination. The concept was tested by growing branched indium-tin oxide nanowires on glass using pulsed laser deposition followed by deposition of a sputtered titanium dioxide layer covering the wires. The separation of charge generation and charge transport functions opens many possibilities for dye-sensitized solar cell optimization

  5. Corrosion Evaluation of Alloys and MCrAlX Coatings in Molten Carbonates for Thermal Solar Applications

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    Gomez-Vidal, Judith C.; Noel, John; Weber, Jacob

    2016-12-01

    Stainless steels (SS) 310, 321, 347, Incoloy 800H (In800H), alumina-forming austenitic (AFA-OC6), Ni superalloy Inconel 625 (IN625), and MCrAlX (M: Ni, and/or Co; X: Y, Hf, Si, and/or Ta) coatings were corroded in molten carbonates in N2 and bone-dry CO2 atmospheres. Electrochemical tests in molten eutectics K2CO3-Na2CO3 and Na2CO3-K2CO3-Li2CO3 at temperatures higher than 600 degrees C were evaluated using an open-circuit potential followed by a potentiodynamic polarization sweep to determine the corrosion rates. Because the best-performing alloys at 750 degrees C were In800H followed by SS310, these two alloys were selected as the substrate material for the MCrAlX coatings. The coatings were able to mitigate corrosion in molten carbonates environments. The corrosion of substrates SS310 and In800H was reduced from ~2500 um/year to 34 um/year when coated with high-velocity oxyfuel (HVOF) NiCoCrAlHfSiY and pre-oxidized (air, 900 degrees C, 24 h, 0.5 degrees C/min) before molten carbonate exposure at 700 degrees C in bone-dry CO2 atmosphere. Metallographic characterization of the corroded surfaces showed that the formation of a uniform alumina scale during the pre-oxidation seems to protect the alloy from the molten carbonate attack.

  6. Sol-gel niobium pentoxide : a promising material for electrochromic coatings, batteries, nanocrystalline solar cells and catalysis

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    Michel A. Aegerter

    2001-01-01

    In the last decade the sol-gel process became a promising method to synthesize materials in form of coatings, nanoscale powders and porous systems. The technique has been mainly used at laboratory scale and has brought interesting contributions for the development of new nanomaterials. Nevertheless, several products or devices made with such a process already exist and new ones should be available in the market in the near future. This paper briefly reviews the state of the art in the develop...

  7. Adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of pharmaceuticals and pesticides by carbon doped-TiO2 coated on zeolites under solar light irradiation.

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    An, Ye; de Ridder, David Johannes; Zhao, Chun; Schoutteten, Klaas; Bussche, Julie Vanden; Zheng, Huaili; Chen, Gang; Vanhaecke, Lynn

    2016-01-01

    To evaluate the performance of zeolite-supported carbon-doped TiO(2) composite catalysts toward target pollutants under solar light irradiation, the adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of 18 pharmaceuticals and pesticides with distinguishing features (molecular size and volume, and photolysis) were investigated using mordenite zeolites with SiO(2)/Al(2)O(3) ratios of 18 and 240. Different quantities of carbon-doped TiO(2) were coated on the zeolites, and then the finished composite catalysts were tested in demineralized, surface, and hospital wastewater samples, respectively. The composite photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and surface area and porosity analyses. Results showed that a dispersed layer of carbon-doped TiO(2) is formed on the zeolite surface; this layer blocks the micropores of zeolites and reduces their surface area. However, these reductions did not significantly affect adsorption onto the zeolites. Our results demonstrated that zeolite-supported carbon-doped TiO(2) systems can effectively degrade 18 pharmaceuticals and pesticides in demineralized water under natural and simulated solar light irradiation. In surface and hospital wastewaters, zeolite-supported carbon-doped TiO(2) systems present excellent anti-interference capability against radical scavengers and competitive organics for pollutants removal, and higher pollutants adsorption on zeolites evidently enhances the removal rate of target pollutants in surface and hospital wastewater samples with a complicated matrix. PMID:27332831

  8. Probing individal subcells of fully printed and coated polymer tandem solar cells using multichromatic opto-electronic characterization methods

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    Larsen-Olsen, Thue Trofod; Andersen, Thomas Rieks; Dam, Henrik Friis;

    2015-01-01

    of a small-signal electrical model. The model is able to predict the EQE spectrum of the non-ideal polymer tandem solar cell, using extracted values of shunt- and series resistance of the individual junction of the tandem cell. This finally enables LBIC mapping of the individual junctions of the tandem...

  9. 太阳热反射涂料颜填料选择关键技术研究%Study on Key Technology of Selection of Pigments and Fillers for Solar Heat Reflectant Coatings

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    李运德; 张惠英; 毛方桂; 黄晓峰

    2013-01-01

    The solar heat reflectance performance of various coatings prepared by use of different pigments and fillers was compared according to the test methods of GJB2502. 2 and ASTM C1549. The results showed that titanium diosde was the key pigment for white solar heat reflectant coatings, inorganic black cool pigment was the key pigment for grey solar heat reflectant coatings, and strong infrared reflectant inorganic cool pigments were the key pigments for color coatings.%采用GJB 2502.2和ASTM C1549测试方法表征了太阳光热发射涂料的太阳光反射性能.结果表明:白色太阳光反射涂料的关键颜料为二氧化钛,灰色太阳光反射涂料的关键颜料为无机黑冷颜料,而彩色太阳光反射涂料的关键颜料为强红外反射无机冷颜料.

  10. Formation of layer-shaped pores in TiC-Fe cermet by combustion synthesis

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    2001-01-01

    To study the formation of layer-shaped pores in TiC-Fe cermet, two Ti-C-Fe powder compacts containing Ti powders with two size ranges (<44?μm and 135~154?μm) respectively were ignited in a special ignition mode. The combustion temperatures of the reactions were measured, the phase constituents of the combustion-synthesized products were inspected by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), and the structures of the products were observed with scanning electron microscope (SEM). In the case of the finer Ti powder used, TiC-Fe cermet and pore rank in an alternately laminar shape, and the shape of the pore is the same as that of the combustion wavefront, implying that the layer-shaped pore results from a gather of the retained gas into the combustion wavefront. While in the case of the coarser Ti powder used, the lower combustion temperature causes the gather of the retained gas to be difficult, the pore being present in an arbitrary shape and distributing randomly.

  11. Electrical conductivity of Cu/(10NiO-NiFe2O4) cermet inert anode for aluminum electrolysis

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    2007-01-01

    Cu/(10NiO-NiFe2O4) cermets containing mass fractions of Cu of 5%, 10%, 15% and 20% were prepared, and their electrical conductivities were measured at different temperatures. The effects of temperature and content of metal Cu on the electrical conductivity were investigated especially. The results indicate that the metallic phase Cu distributes evenly in 10NiO-NiFe2O4 ceramic matrix. The mechanism of electrical conductivity of Cu/(10NiO-NiFe2O4) cermets obeys the rule of electrical mechanism of semiconductor, the electrical conductivity for cermet containing 5% Cu increases from 2.70 to 20.41 S/cm with temperature increasing from 200 to 900 ℃. The change trend of electrical conductivity with temperature is similar with each other and it increases with increasing temperature and content of metal Cu. At 960 ℃, the electrical conductivity of cermet increases from 2.88 to 82.65 S/cm with the content of metal Cu increasing from 0 to 20%.

  12. Advanced WC-Co cermet composites with reinforcement of TiCN prepared by extended thermal plasma route

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    Mondal, B. [Centre for Advanced Materials Processing, Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Mahatma Gandhi Avenue, Durgapur 713 209, West Bengal (India)], E-mail: bnmondal@rediffmail.com; Das, P.K. [Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata (India); Singh, S.K. [Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IIMT), Bhubeneswar (India)

    2008-12-20

    The synthesis of titanium carbonitride (TiCN) powders by thermal plasma using extended arc thermal plasma reactor and the effect of TiCN reinforcement for the development of advanced WC-Co cermets has been studied with respect to hardness and fracture toughness. These classes of materials are being investigated for future application in wear-resistant seals, cutting tools, etc. Metallurgical reactions and microstructural developments during sintering of cermets and functionally graded cemented carbonitrides are being investigated by analytical methods such as differential thermal analysis/thermo-gravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction and analytical Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. By an in-depth understanding of the complex phase reactions and the mechanisms that govern the sintering process and metallurgical reactions, new cermets and different types of functionally graded cemented carbonitrides with desired microstructures and properties have been attempted to develop. The significant improvement of micro-hardness was observed with optimal concentration of TiCN reinforcement addition in WC-Co system without sacrificing much fracture toughness value of the composite cermets.

  13. Dip coating process. Silicon sheet growth development for the large-area silicon sheet task of the low-cost silicon solar array project. Quarterly report No. 6, March 22, 1977--June 24, 1977

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    Zook, J.D.; Heaps, J.D.; Maciolek, R.B.; Koepke, B.; Butter, C.D.; Schuldt, S.B.

    1977-06-30

    The objective of this research program is to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of producing solar-cell-quality sheet silicon by coating one surface of carbonized ceramic substrates with a thin layer of large-grain polycrystalline silicon from the melt. Significant progress was made in silicon on ceramic (SOC) solar cell performance. SOC cells having 1 cm/sup 2/ active areas demonstrated measured conversion efficiencies as high as 7.2 percent. Typical open circuit voltages (V/sub oc/) and short circuit current densities (J/sub sc/) were 0.51 volt and 20 mA/cm/sup 2/ respectively. Since the active surface of these solar cells is a highly reflective ''as-grown'' surface, one can expect improvement in J/sub sc/ after an anti-reflection (AR) coating is applied. It is significant that single-crystal comparison cells, also measured without benefit of an AR coating, had efficiencies in the 8.5 percent range with typical V/sub oc/'s and J/sub sc/'s of 0.54 volt and 23 mA/cm/sup 2/, respectively. Therefore, improvement in cell design and junction diffusion techniques should increase the efficiency of both the SOC and single-crystal cells. During this quarter the dip coating facility was inadvertently contaminated, but has since been restored to a purity level exceeding its original state. With this facility, silicon coatings were grown with a single-crystal seed attached to the substrate. Single-crystal silicon was not forthcoming, but the results were nonetheless encouraging. Several of the carbon coating types tried appear promising, including one which has high purity and can be applied uniformly by swab or airbrush.

  14. Solar Hydrogen Production by Amorphous Silicon Photocathodes Coated with a Magnetron Sputter Deposited Mo2C Catalyst.

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    Morales-Guio, Carlos G; Thorwarth, Kerstin; Niesen, Bjoern; Liardet, Laurent; Patscheider, Jörg; Ballif, Christophe; Hu, Xile

    2015-06-10

    Coupling of Earth-abundant hydrogen evolution catalysts to photoabsorbers is crucial for the production of hydrogen fuel using sunlight. In this work, we demonstrate the use of magnetron sputtering to deposit Mo2C as an efficient hydrogen evolution reaction catalyst onto surface-protected amorphous silicon (a-Si) photoabsorbers. The a-Si/Mo2C photocathode evolves hydrogen under simulated solar illumination in strongly acidic and alkaline electrolytes. Onsets of photocurrents are observed at potentials as positive as 0.85 V vs RHE. Under AM 1.5G (1 sun) illumination, the photocathodes reach current densities of -11.2 mA cm(-2) at the reversible hydrogen potential in 0.1 M H2SO4 and 1.0 M KOH. The high photovoltage and low-cost of the Mo2C/a-Si assembly make it a promising photocathode for solar hydrogen production.

  15. Effects of surface treatments on high mobility ITiO coated glass substrates for dye sensitized solar cells and their tandem solar cell applications

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    Bowers, J.W.; Upadhyaya, H.M. [Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University, Leicestershire LE11 3TU (United Kingdom); Nakada, T. [Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Aoyama Gakuin University, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-8572 (Japan); Tiwari, A.N. [Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics, EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Testing and Research), Ueberlandstrasse 129, CH-8600 Duebendorf (Switzerland)

    2010-04-15

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs) have the potential to be used as a top device in a tandem solar cell structure with a bottom Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGS) cell. Optical losses, however, within the fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) conducting electrode used with DSCs limit the light available for the bottom cell for photocurrent generation, and therefore the whole device. High mobility transparent conducting oxides have the potential to reduce these optical losses, since the transmission in the near infrared of these substrates is high compared to standard conducting oxides. Attempts have in the past been made to use these conducting oxide substrates as the electrodes in DSCs; however delamination of the deposited TiO{sub 2} layer and an increase in sheet resistance of the high mobility material have caused problems. Here we present alternative surface treatments to ensure that delamination is significantly reduced, as well as a method to recover lost conductivity of heated indium oxide films, which result in transparent cells of over 7% efficiency, which is close to that reached on standard FTO substrates. (author)

  16. Ni-CeO2 Cermets Synthesis by Solid State Sintering of Ni/CeO2 Multilayer

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    Aleksandras ILJINAS

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Nickel and gadolinium doped cerium oxide (GDC cermet is intensively investigated for an application as an anode material for solid oxide fuel cells based on various electrolytes. The purpose of the present investigation is to analyze morphology, microstructure, and optical properties of deposited and annealed for one hour in the temperatures from 500 ºC to 900 ºC Ni/CeO2 multilayer thin films deposited by sputtering. The crystallographic structure of thin films was investigated by X-ray diffraction. The morphology of the film cross-section was investigated with scanning electron microscope. The elemental analysis of samples was investigated by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The fitting of the optical reflectance data was made using Abeles matrix method that is used for the design of interference coatings. The film cross-section of the post-annealed samples consisted of four layers. The first CeO2 layer (on Si had the same fine columnar structure with no features of Ni intermixing. The part of Ni (middle-layer after annealing was converted to NiO with grain size exceeding 100 nm. The CeO2 layer deposited on Ni was divided into two layers. Lower layer had small grains not exceeding 25 nm and consisting of NiO and CeO2 mixture. Upper layer consisted of CeO2 columns with approximate thickness of 50 nm. Ni sample annealed at 600 ºC was fully oxidized. The NiO thickness and refraction index were almost steady after annealing in various temperatures. The approximation of experimental reflectance data was successful only for the samples with one transparent homogeneous layer. The reflectance of the Ni/CeO2 samples annealed at intermediate temperatures could not be fitted using one-layer or three-layer model. That may show that a simplified model could not be implemented.  The real system has complicated distribution of refraction index. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.19.4.3073

  17. Effects of High Temperature on Collector Coatings

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    Lowery, J. R.

    1982-01-01

    Report reveals electroplated black chrome is good coating for concentrating collectors in which temperatures are in the 650 degrees-800 degrees F (340 degrees - 430 degrees C) range. Black chrome thermal emittance is low and solar-absorption properties are not seriously degraded at high temperatures. Black coatings are used to increase absorption of solar energy by base metal while decreasing emission of infrared energy. Coatings are intended to improve efficiency of solar collectors.

  18. WC-Co/Al Multilayer Coatings by Warm Spray Deposition

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    Watanabe, Makoto; Komatsu, Masayuki; Kuroda, Seiji

    2012-06-01

    WC-Co/aluminum multilayer coatings have been developed by using warm spray deposition to improve fracture toughness and damage tolerance of conventional WC-Co coatings and to investigate the effects of ductile layer addition on their fracture properties. Prior to depositing the multilayer coatings, the mechanical properties of three metal coatings of aluminum, copper, and titanium, which were deposited by warm spraying, were evaluated. The aluminum coating showed excellent ductility among them and was selected for use as ductile layers for the multilayer coatings. The fracture behavior of WC-Co/Al coatings was examined by the four-point bending test. The multilayer coatings did not break in a brittle manner after reaching maximum load, but exhibited a plateau as a result of the ductility of the aluminum layers. The fracture behavior was compared with the finite element analysis results, and they showed good agreement in a general trend. It has been concluded that ductile metal reinforcements, by advanced thermal spray techniques such as warm spray deposition, are very effective to enhance the toughness and damage tolerance of sprayed cermet coatings.

  19. All solution roll-to-roll processed polymer solar cells free from indium-tin-oxide and vacuum coating steps

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    Krebs, Frederik C

    2009-01-01

    A roll-to-roll process enabling fabrication of polymer solar cells comprising five layers on flexible substrates is presented. The device geometry is inverted and allow for fabrication on both transparent and non-transparent flexible substrates. The process is illustrated in this work by formation......, 3 and 8 stripes. All five layers in the device were processed from solution in air and no vacuum steps were employed. An additional advantage is that the use of indium-tin-oxide (ITO) is avoided in this process. The devices were tested under simulated sunlight (1000 W m−2, AM1.5G) and gave a typical...

  20. Annealing Effects of Sputtered Cu2O Nanocolumns on ZnO-Coated Glass Substrate for Solar Cell Applications

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    Lung-Chien Chen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Cuprous oxide (Cu2O films were prepared on an indium tin oxide glass substrate by radiofrequency magnetron sputtering using a high-purity Cu target. The temperature of annealing was varied to obtain Cu2O thin films with various elements, compositions, and surface structures. The p-Cu2O thin films thus formed were characterized by FESEM and XRD. After annealing at 500∘C, the bilayer structure which consisted of Cu nanoclusters on the surface of a film of Cu2O nanocolumns was observed. The Cu2O solar cell with the bilayered structure exhibited poor power conversion efficiency.

  1. Electrochemical behaviour of Ni-BZO and Ni-BZY cermet anodes for Protonic Ceramic Fuel Cells (PCFCs) – A comparative study

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    Highlights: • Cermet anodes Ni-BaZrO3 (Ni-BZO) & Ni-BaZr0.85Y0.15O3-δ (Ni-BZY) were synthesised • Resultant microstructure of both cermet anodes shown to be similar • Minimum Rp in Ni-BZY in 10%H2/N2 with matrix phase of higher proton conductivity. • Strong links shown between R2 and proton conduction in cermet matrix phase. • Magnitude of R3 lower for Ni-BZO than for Ni-BZY under similar conditions. - Abstract: The matrix phase of protonic ceramic fuel cell (PCFC) cermet anodes potentially plays a vital role in hydrogen oxidation kinetics. The present work aims to investigate such involvement by selecting ceramic-oxide matrices with widely dissimilar levels of proton conduction. The materials chosen were that of the proton conducting phase BaZr0.85Y0.15O3-δ and the nominal composition BaZrO3 of negligible proton conduction. Cermet anodes Ni-BaZrO3 and Ni-BaZr0.85Y0.15O3-δ were synthesized by the acetate-H2O2 combustion method for Ni contents of 40 vol%. The microstructure and electrochemical performance of the cermet anodes were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrochemical impedance measurements (EIS) respectively. The polarisation behaviour of the two nickel cermet anodes was studied as a function of temperature, hydrogen partial pressure (pH2) and water vapor partial pressure (pH2O). The results confirm that polarisation resistance is highly sensitive to the composition of the ceramic phase of the cermet anode and that the higher frequency electrode response exhibits strong links to levels of proton transport in the ceramic-oxide matrix

  2. Silicon nitride and intrinsic amorphous silicon double antireflection coatings for thin-film solar cells on foreign substrates

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    Hydrogenated intrinsic amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) was investigated as a surface passivation method for crystalline silicon thin film solar cells on graphite substrates. The results of the experiments, including quantum efficiency and current density-voltage measurements, show improvements in cell performance. This improvement is due to surface passivation by an a-Si:H(i) layer, which increases the open circuit voltage and the fill factor. In comparison with our previous work, we have achieved an increase of 0.6% absolute cell efficiency for a 40 μm thick 4 cm2 aperture area on the graphite substrate. The optical properties of the SiNx/a-Si:H(i) stack were studied using spectroscopic ellipsometer techniques. Scanning transmission electron microscopy inside a scanning electron microscope was applied to characterize the cross section of the SiNx/a-Si:H(i) stack using focus ion beam preparation. - Highlights: • We report a 10.8% efficiency for thin-film silicon solar cell on graphite. • Hydrogenated intrinsic amorphous silicon was applied for surface passivation. • SiNx/a-Si:H(i) stacks were characterized by spectroscopic ellipsometer techniques. • Cross-section micrograph was obtained by scanning transmission electron microscopy. • Quantum efficiency and J-V measurements show improvements in the cell performance

  3. Corrosion resistant solar mirror

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    Medwick, Paul A.; Abbott, Edward E.

    2016-07-19

    A reflective article includes a transparent substrate having a first major surface and a second major surface. A base coat is formed over at least a portion of the second major surface. A primary reflective coating having at least one metallic layer is formed over at least a portion of the base coat. A protective coating is formed over at least a portion of the primary reflective coating. The article further includes a solar cell and an anode, with the solar cell connected to the metallic layer and the anode.

  4. The Influence of Cr3C2 and VC as Alloying Additives on the Microstructure and Properties of Reactive Sintered WC-Co Cermets

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    Kristjan JUHANI

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Investigated WC-Co cermets were produced via reactive sintering. In case of reactive sintering the elemental powders of tungsten, carbon black as graphite source and cobalt at first activated throw high energy milling and then the carbide synthesis is taking place in the same cycle with liquid phase sintering of the cermets. Because there is a lack of information about the influence of alloying additives on the reactive sintered WC-Co cermets, small amount of chromium carbide or vanadium carbide was added to the powders. To investigate the influence of carbon content in initial powder mixture on the microstructure and properties of reactive sintered WC-Co cermets alloyed with Cr3C2 and VC cermets with different carbon content were produced. The hardness, transverse rupture strength and erosion resistance of alloyed WC-Co cermets depending on carbon content in initial powder mixture is exhibited.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.18.1.1347

  5. 涂料外饰面的太阳辐射吸收性能测试方法分析%ANALYSIS ON EXPERIMENTAL METHOD OF COATINGS' SOLAR ABSORBING PERFORMANCE

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    董海荣; 祁少明; 麻建锁

    2012-01-01

    通过对室外综合温度的分析,介绍一种测试涂料外饰面太阳辐射吸收系数的间接方法,并通过对测试数据的分析与总结,验证该间接测试方法的可行性,结果表明,采用深色涂料外饰面的建筑吸收的太阳辐射热较浅颜色的多,而涂料外饰面层的粗糙度对建筑吸收太阳辐射热影响不明显.%Indirect method was introduced. The results show that this indirect method is feasible and some conclusions are put forward that buildings with coatings in dark color absorb more solar radiation than that in light color and the difference of solar radiation absorbed by the different roughness of coatings is not obvious. The references are provided for testing absorption coefficient of solar radiation of new coatings and the selection of external decorative materials in architectural design.

  6. Faradaic current in different mullite materials. Single crystal, ceramic and cermets

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    Mata-Osoro, Gustavo; Moya, Jose S.; Pecharroman, Carlos [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC) (Spain); Morales, Miguel [Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain). LabCaF; Diaz, L. Antonio [Centro de Investigacion en Nanomateriales y Nanotecnologia (CINN-CSIC), Llanera (Spain); Schneider, Hartmut [Koeln Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Kristallographie

    2012-04-15

    Faradaic current measurements have been carried out on three different types of mullite: 2: 1 mullite single crystals (E perpendicular to c), 3: 2 ceramics and 11 % mullite/Mo composites. Measurements were carried out on very thin samples (60 {mu}m) at high voltages (500 to 1 000 V). Under these conditions, measurable currents were recorded even at room temperature. Results indicate notable differences between these three samples, which suggest that, although they share the same name and similar crystalline structure, binding energies and defect distributions seem to be very different. Finally, it has been seen that the excellent behaviour against dielectric breakdown of ceramic mullite does not hold for single crystals or mullite based cermets. (orig.)

  7. A Comparison of Materials Issues for Cermet and Graphite-Based NTP Fuels

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    Stewart, Mark E.; Schnitzler, Bruce G.

    2013-01-01

    This paper compares material issues for cermet and graphite fuel elements. In particular, two issues in NTP fuel element performance are considered here: ductile to brittle transition in relation to crack propagation, and orificing individual coolant channels in fuel elements. Their relevance to fuel element performance is supported by considering material properties, experimental data, and results from multidisciplinary fluid/thermal/structural simulations. Ductile to brittle transition results in a fuel element region prone to brittle fracture under stress, while outside this region, stresses lead to deformation and resilience under stress. Poor coolant distribution between fuel element channels can increase stresses in certain channels. NERVA fuel element experimental results are consistent with this interpretation. An understanding of these mechanisms will help interpret fuel element testing results.

  8. Methods of characterization of the binder phase in WC-Co cermets

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    In technological application of cermets carbides are sintered with so-called binder metals Co and Ni. It is supposed that relevant properties are dependent on the partial solution of carbides and carbon in the binder. In thepresent work alloys W-Co-C were produced with more than 850Co to simulate the binder phase of the technological material, solution treated at 1300K, 1400K and 1500K, and saturation magnetisation plus the lattice parameter of the cubic Co determined. The corresponding property curves show breaks at the solubility limits. In the solubility regions the content dependence of the two properties were fitted to certain expressions. Whereas the W dependence is well-known from the literature the present work show als a significant C dependence. (G.Q.)

  9. Vanadium Dioxide Nanoparticle-based Thermochromic Smart Coating: High Luminous Transmittance, Excellent Solar Regulation Efficiency, and Near Room Temperature Phase Transition.

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    Zhu, Jingting; Zhou, Yijie; Wang, Bingbing; Zheng, Jianyun; Ji, Shidong; Yao, Heliang; Luo, Hongjie; Jin, Ping

    2015-12-23

    An annealing-assisted preparation method of well-crystallized VxW1-xO2(M)@SiO2 core-shell nanoparticles for VO2-based thermochromic smart coatings (VTSC) is presented. The additional annealing process reduces the defect density of the initial hydrothermally prepared VxW1-xO2(M) nanoparticles and enhances their crystallinity so that the thermochromic film based on VxW1-xO2(M)@SiO2 nanoparticles can exhibit outstanding thermochromic performance with balanced solar regulation efficiency (ΔTsol) of 17.3%, luminous transmittance (Tlum) up to 52.2%, and critical phase transition temperature (Tc) around 40.4 °C, which is very promising for practical application. Furthermore, it makes great progress in reducing Tc of VTSC to near room temperature (25.2 °C) and simutaneously maintaining excellent optical properties (ΔTsol = 14.7% and Tlum = 50.6%). Such thermochromic performance is good enough to make VTSC applicable to practical architecture. PMID:26618391

  10. Enhanced electrocatalytic activity of the Au-electrodeposited Pt nanoparticles-coated conducting oxide for the quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Yoon, Yeung-Pil; Kim, Jae-Hong; Kang, Soon-Hyung; Kim, Hyunsoo; Choi, Chel-Jong; Kim, Kyong-Kook; Ahn, Kwang-Soon

    2014-08-01

    Au was electrodeposited potentiostatically at 0.3 V for 5 min on nanoporous Pt nanoparticle-coated F-doped SnO2 (FTO/Pt) substrates. For comparison, Au-electrodeposited FTO (FTO/Au) and Au-uncoated FTO/Pt were prepared. FTO/Au showed large-sized Au clusters dispersed sparsely over FTO, which resulted in lower electrocatalytic activity than FTO/Pt. In contrast, FTO/Pt exhibited poor stability unlike FTO/Au due to poisoning by the adsorption of sulfur species. The Au-electrodeposited FTO/Pt (FTO/Pt/Au) consisted of small Au clusters deposited over the entire area of Pt due to the effective Au nucleation provided by nanoporous metallic Pt. FTO/Pt/Au exhibited enhanced electrocatalytic activity and excellent stability because the small Au particles well-dispersed over the nanoporous metallic Pt network provided numerous electrochemical reaction sites, and the Pt surface was not exposed to the electrolyte. When FTO/Pt/Au was used as the counter electrode (CE) of a quantum dot-sensitized solar cell, the significantly enhanced electrocatalytic activity of the FTO/Pt/Au CE facilitated the reduction reaction of Sn2- + 2e- (CE) → Sn-12- + S2- at the CE/electrolyte interface, resulting in a significantly hindered recombination reaction, Sn2- + 2e- (TiO2 in the photoanode) → Sn-12- + S2-, and significantly improved overall energy conversion efficiency.

  11. Fundamental Study on the Fabrication of Inverted Planar Perovskite Solar Cells Using Two-Step Sequential Substrate Vibration-Assisted Spray Coating (2S-SVASC).

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    Zabihi, Fatemeh; Ahmadian-Yazdi, Mohammad-Reza; Eslamian, Morteza

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, a scalable and fast process is developed and employed for the fabrication of the perovskite light harvesting layer in inverted planar heterojunction solar cell (FTO/PEDOT:PSS/CH3NH3PbI3-x Cl x /PCBM/Al). Perovskite precursor solutions are sprayed onto an ultrasonically vibrating substrate in two sequential steps via a process herein termed as the two-step sequential substrate vibration-assisted spray coating (2S-SVASC). The gentle imposed ultrasonic vibration on the substrate promotes droplet spreading and coalescence, surface wetting, evaporation, mixing of reagents, and uniform growth of perovskite nanocrystals. The role of the substrate temperature, substrate vibration intensity, and the time interval between the two sequential sprays are studied on the roughness, coverage, and crystalline structure of perovskite thin films. We demonstrate that a combination of a long time interval between spraying of precursor solutions (15 min), a high substrate temperature (120 °C), and a mild substrate vibration power (5 W) results in a favorable morphology and surface quality. The characteristics and performance of prepared perovskite thin films made via the 2S-SVASC technique are compared with those of the co-sprayed perovskite thin films. The maximum power conversion efficiency of 5.08 % on a 0.3-cm(2) active area is obtained for the device made via the scalable 2S-SVASC technique. PMID:26847697

  12. Reactive pulsed-DC sputtered Nb-doped VO2 coatings for smart thermochromic windows with active solar control.

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    Batista, C; Carneiro, J; Ribeiro, R M; Teixeira, V

    2011-10-01

    Thermochromic VO2 thin films have successfully been grown on SiO2-coated float glass by reactive pulsed-DC magnetron sputtering. Different Nb doping amounts were introduced in the VO2 solid solution during the film growing which resulted in films with distinct semiconducting-metal phase transition temperatures. Pure VO2 showed improved thermochromic behavior as compared with VO2 films prepared by conventional DC sputtering. The transition temperatures were linearly decreased from 59 down to 34 degrees C with the increase in Nb content. However, the luminous transmittance and the infrared modulation efficiency were markedly affected. The surface morphology of the films was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and showed a tendency for grain sized reduction due to Nb addition. Moreover, the films were found to be very dense with no columnar microstructure. Structural analyses carried out by X-ray diffractometry (XRD) revealed that Nb introduces significant amount of defects in the crystal lattice which clearly degrade the optical properties. PMID:22400299

  13. Microstructure and mechanical properties of WC-20wt% Co/ZrO2(3Y)cermet composites

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    2006-01-01

    The cermet composites WC-20wt%Co/ZrO2(3Y) with four different contents of ZrO2(3Y) were prepared by normal vacuum sinter processing; the optical microscope and SEM were used to characterize their microstructures.The hardness, bending strength and impact toughness of the specimens were determined.The experimental results show that ZrO2(3Y) particles in WC-20wt%Co matrix are spherical particles in different sizes which are distributed uniformly in Co phases and WC phases, the bending strength and impact toughness of the WC-20wt%Co cermet composites added ZrO2(3Y) improve remarkably, but the hardness values have little change.

  14. Dip coating process. Silicon sheet growth development for the large-area silicon sheet task of the Low Cost Silicon Solar Array Project. Quarterly report No. 5, December 18, 1976--March 21, 1977

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    Zook, J.D.; Heaps, J.D.; Maciolek, R.B.; Koepke, B.; Butter, C.D.; Schuldt, S.B.

    1977-03-31

    Ceramic substrates can be coated with a thin layer of large-grain polycrystalline silicon by a dip-coating process. The silicon-on-ceramic (SOC) material appears to be quite promising as a low-cost cell material but requires somewhat special fabrication procedure since the contacts to both the n- and p-layers are now made on the front surface. Solar cells have been made on SOC material and on single-crystal control samples. Photodiodes 0.01 to 0.1 cm/sup 2/ made on substrates coated with vitreous carbon prior to dip coating with silicon showed the best efficiency of SOC material to date, namely over 6 percent uncorrected and about 12 percent inherent efficiency. Etching procedures have indicated that the dislocation density varies from almost 10/sup 7/ cm/sup -2/ to almost dislocation-free material, assuming that all etch pits are due to dislocations. EBIC measurements procedures were also improved, and it was found that diodes appear to be fairly uniform in EBIC response. A new SOC coating facility is being designed which will coat larger substrates in a continuous manner. The purpose is to minimize the contamination problem by reducing the contact area of the substrate with molten silicon. By having much larger throughput, it will also demonstrate the scale-up potential of the silicon-on-ceramic process. Portions of the new facility are under construction. An attempt has been made to model the economics of a large-scale facility for coating ceramic panels with silicon. A first iteration based on available parameters estimates showed that major cost items were poly Si ($2.90 per square meter), labor and burden ($2.50 per square meter), and the ceramic substrate ($2.50 per square meter), for a total price of about $11 per square meter.

  15. Aid To Solar Collector Development

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    1979-01-01

    Solar heating and cooling systems employ coatings to increase efficiency. Designers want a coating which absorbs solar heat to the maximum extent possible with minimal emittance of infrared radiation, which occurs when the collector plate gets hot. The coating is important because too much coating causes energy loss by emittance, too little reduces the collector's ability to absorb heat. NASA's Lewis Research Center, which conducts solar energy research, saw a need for a simple means of testing coating samples for emittance. Such equipment is available to research laboratories, but it is complex and expensive

  16. Microstructure and cutting performance of Ti(C, N)-based cermets heat-treated in nitrogen

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    LIU Wenjun; XIONG Weihao; ZHENG Yong; SHI Zengmin; YE Jiajian

    2007-01-01

    Ti(C, N)-based cermets were treated using hot isostatic pressing (HIP) at 1423 K in nitrogen. The microstructures compared with the as-sintered cermets were investigated using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, and electron microprobe analysis. It was found that high nitrogen activity in the surface zone resulted in the formation of gradient structure. Approximately 20-μm-deep, nitrogen-rich and titanium-rich hard surface zone was introduced by the beat treatment. The nitrogen activity was the driving force that caused the transportation of the atoms through the binder, titanium towards the surface, and tungsten and molybdenum inwards. In the surface zone, the particle size became fine, the inner rim disappeared, and the volume fraction of the outer rim and the binder phase considerably reduced. Small grains of TiN, WC, Mo2C, and nitrogen-rich carbonitride phases formed in the surface zone during the heat treatment, improving the tribological property of the heat-treated cermet.

  17. Structural Characteristics and Magnetic Properties of Al2O3 Matrix-Based Co-Cermet Nanogranular Films

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    Giap Van Cuong

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic micro- and nanogranular materials prepared by different methods have been used widely in studies of magnetooptical response. However, among them there seems to be nothing about magnetic nanogranular thin films prepared by a rf cosputtering technique for both metals and insulators till now. This paper presented and discussed preparation, structural characteristics, and magnetic properties of alumina (Al2O3 matrix-based granular Co-cermet thin films deposited by means of the cosputtering technique for both Co and Al2O3. By varying the ferromagnetic (Co atomic fraction, x, from 0.04 to 0.63, several dominant features of deposition for these thin films were shown. Structural characteristics by X-ray diffraction confirmed a cermet-type structure for these films. Furthermore, magnetic behaviours presented a transition from paramagnetic- to superparamagnetic- and then to ferromagnetic-like properties, indicating agglomeration and growth following Co components of Co clusters or nanoparticles. These results show a typical granular Co-cermet feature for the Co-Al2O3 thin films prepared, in which Co magnetic nanogranules are dispersed in a ceramic matrix. Such nanomaterials can be applied suitably for our investigations in future on the magnetooptical responses of spinplasmonics.

  18. The influence of high energy milling and sintering parameters on reactive sintered (Ti, Mo)C–Ni cermets

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    Jõeleht, Marek, E-mail: marek.joeleht@ttu.ee [Department of Materials Engineering, Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, Tallinn 19086 (Estonia); Pirso, Jüri; Juhani, Kristjan [Department of Materials Engineering, Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, Tallinn 19086 (Estonia); Viljus, Mart; Traksmaa, Rainer [Materials Research Centre, Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, Tallinn 19086 (Estonia)

    2015-07-05

    Highlights: • High energy milling and reactive sintering was used to produce (Ti, Mo)C–Ni cermets. • A linear relationship between milling time and oxygen contamination was observed. • TiC grain cores were visible with shorter milling durations. • Optimal milling time was found to be 6 h. • Mechanical properties above 1500 HV10 and 1.1 GPa were obtained. - Abstract: Reactive sintering was used to produce titanium carbide cermets with molybdenum as an alloying element and nickel for binder. High energy attritor mill was used to mill the same composition of Ti, C, Ni and Mo powders with different durations. High energy milling significantly reduces the temperatures at which a series of reactions occurs between metal and carbon during the heating. A two-step sintering cycle was used with vacuum and argon gas isostatic pressure as sintering atmospheres. Dense (Ti, Mo)C–17 wt%Ni cermets were obtained with mechanical properties above 1500 HV10 and 1.1 GPa. The optimum milling duration was found to be 6 h of milling with the available attritor. The powders were investigated with SEM, XRD and by oxygen/nitrogen analysis. The materials were characterised by density, Vicker’s hardness and transverse rupture strength were studied.

  19. Influence of the chemical composition and temperature in the mechanical behaviour of U3O8-Al cermets

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    U3O8-Al nuclear cermets, with U3O8 content varying from zero to 80 wt%, were prepared by rotary swaging of U3O8-Al compacts at 5000C. Specimens were fabricated from these materials and tensile tested at the temperatures 250, 2000, 3000 and 4000C at a strain rate of 4.3 x 10-5s-1. The yield stress σ sub(E) and the ultimate tensile strength σ sub(R), were analysed as a function of the test temperature and cermet composition. The results show that the dependence of σ sub(E) and σ sub(R) on composition can be explained in terms of the variation of the minimum load bearing cross-sectional area of the aluminum matrix with U3O8 concentration. The temperature dependence of σ sub(R) and σ sub(E) of the cermets was seen to be similar to the temperature dependence of these parameters of the aluminum matrix. (Author)

  20. Electro-spark deposited coatings for protection of materials

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    Johnson, R.N. [Battelle Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1995-08-01

    Electro-Spark Deposition (ESD) is a micro-welding process that uses short duration, high-current electrical pulses to deposit or alloy a consumable electrode material onto a metallic substrate. The coating is fused (metallurgically bonded) to the substrate with such a low total heat input that the bulk substrate material remains at or near ambient temperature. Rapid solidification of the deposit typically results in an extremely fine-grained deposit that may be amorphous for some materials. Nearly any electrically conductive metal, alloy or cermet can be applied to metallic substrates. The ESD process allows multi-layer coatings to be built-up using different materials to create graded structures or surface compositions that would be difficult to achieve by other means. A series of iron-aluminide coatings based on Fe{sub 3}Al and FeAl in combination with refractory metal diffusion-barrier coatings and supplementary additions of other elements are in corrosion testing at ANL. The most recent FeAl coatings are showing a factor of three better corrosion performance than the best previous coatings. Technology transfer activities are a significant portion of the ESD program effort. Notable successes now include the start-up of a new business to commercialize the ESD technology, major new applications in gas turbine engines and steam turbine blade coatings, and in military, medical, metal-working, and recreational equipment applications.

  1. Electrochemical Characterization of CdSe-Coated ZnO Nanowire Extremely-Thin-Absorber Solar Cells

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    Jones, Treavor Zachary

    Four different CdSe-coated nanostructured ZnO ETA configurations as photoelectrochemical cells with polysulfide electrolyte were studied using both conventional and electrochemical characterization techniques. ETA configurations with different ZnO nanowire lengths of 500 nm and 1000 nm were varied with different CdSe absorber-layer thicknesses of 15 nm and 45 nm to examine the effects on PV performance, carrier transport, and carrier recombination. Linear-sweep voltammetry (J-V) measurements showed that longer ZnO nanowires with thinner CdSe absorber layers gave better PV performance with the 1000 nm length/15 nm CdSe thickness samples having the highest JSC ˜4.4 mA/cm2, VOC ˜0.38 V, Pmax ˜0.52 mW/cm2, and second-highest FF ˜0.32. Mott-Schottky (MS) analysis was performed on individual ETA-layer materials to obtain estimates of their ND and VFB for insight into how individual layers in an ETA cell can assist in carrier separation. MS results were shown to be irrespective of illumination, exposed area, or the electrolyte used. Annealed ZnO nanowires had an ND ˜2x10 19 cm-3, a VFB ˜(-0.4) V. versus Ag/AgCl, and were observed to be n-type. MS analysis of planar CdSe showed it to be slightly n-type and gave parameter estimates of ND ˜3x10 17 cm-3 and VFB ˜-1.1 V v. Ag/AgCl, which were also used to calculate its VBI to be ˜0.4 V, and its depletion width, W to be ˜44 nm. Carrier transport studies were performed using IMPS and photocurrent decay measurements to estimate the time constant for carrier transport, with the fastest observed for shorter nanowires and thicker CdSe absorber layers at ˜10 micros. Carrier recombination studies were also performed using IMVS, photovoltage decay, and EIS measurements to estimate the time constant for carrier recombination, with the slowest estimated for the samples with 45 nm CdSe thickness samples at ˜100 ms. Therefore, shorter nanowires with thicker CdSe absorber layers showed the best potential for improving carrier

  2. Design and safety studies on the European Facility for Industrial Transmutation (EFIT) with CERMET fuel

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    Chen, X.N.; Rineiski, A.; Liu, P.; Matzerath Boccaccini, C.; Flad, M.; Gabrielli, F.; Maschek, W. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany). IKET; Morita, K. [Kyushu Univ. (Japan). Dept. of Applied Quantum Physics and Nuclear Engineering

    2008-07-01

    European R and D for ADS design and fuel development is driven in the 6{sup th} FP of the EU by the EUROTRANS Programme [1]. In EUROTRANS two ADS design routes are followed, the XT-ADS and the EFIT. The XT-ADS is designed to provide the experimental demonstration of transmutation in an Accelerator Driven System. The EFIT development, the European Facility for Industrial Transmutation, aims at a generic conceptual design of a full transmuter. A key issue of the R and D work is the choice of an adequate fuel to be used in an Accelerator Driven Transmuter (ADT) like EFIT. Various fuel forms have been assessed. CERCER and CERMET fuels, specifically with the matrices MgO and Mo, have finally been selected and are now under closer investigation. Within EUROTRANS, a special domain named 'AFTRA', is responsible to more deeply assess the behavior of these dedicated fuels and to provide the fuel data base for the core design of the EFIT. The EFIT concept has to be optimized towards: a good transmutation efficiency, high burnup, low reactivity swing, low power peaking, adequate subcriticality, reasonable beam requirements and a high safety level. The final recommendation on fuels by AFTRA gave a ranking of these fuels based on the mentioned criteria. The composite CERMET fuel (Pu{sub 0.5},Am{sub 0.5})O{sub 2-x} - Mo (with the isotope {sup 92}Mo comprising 93% of the molybdenum) has been recommended as the primary candidate for the EFIT. This CERMET fuel fulfils adopted criteria for fabrication and reprocessing, and provides excellent safety margins. Disadvantages include the cost for enrichment of {sup 92}Mo and a lower specific transmutation rate of minor actinides, because of the higher neutron absorption cross-section of the matrix. The composite CERCER fuel (Pu{sub 0.4},Am{sub 0.6})O{sub 2-x} - MgO has therefore been recommended as a backup solution as it might offer a higher consumption rate of minor actinides, and can be manufactured for a lower unit cost

  3. Enhanced electrocatalytic activity of the Au-electrodeposited Pt nanoparticles-coated conducting oxide for the quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Yoon, Yeung-Pil; Kim, Jae-Hong; Ahn, Kwang-Soon, E-mail: kstheory@ynu.ac.kr [School of Chemical Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Soon-Hyung [Department of Chemistry Education, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyunsoo; Choi, Chel-Jong [School of Semiconductor and Chemical Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Kyong-Kook, E-mail: kim.kk@kpu.ac.kr [Department of Nano-Optical Engineering, Korea Polytechnic University, Siheung 429-793 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-08-25

    Au was electrodeposited potentiostatically at 0.3 V for 5 min on nanoporous Pt nanoparticle-coated F-doped SnO{sub 2} (FTO/Pt) substrates. For comparison, Au-electrodeposited FTO (FTO/Au) and Au-uncoated FTO/Pt were prepared. FTO/Au showed large-sized Au clusters dispersed sparsely over FTO, which resulted in lower electrocatalytic activity than FTO/Pt. In contrast, FTO/Pt exhibited poor stability unlike FTO/Au due to poisoning by the adsorption of sulfur species. The Au-electrodeposited FTO/Pt (FTO/Pt/Au) consisted of small Au clusters deposited over the entire area of Pt due to the effective Au nucleation provided by nanoporous metallic Pt. FTO/Pt/Au exhibited enhanced electrocatalytic activity and excellent stability because the small Au particles well-dispersed over the nanoporous metallic Pt network provided numerous electrochemical reaction sites, and the Pt surface was not exposed to the electrolyte. When FTO/Pt/Au was used as the counter electrode (CE) of a quantum dot-sensitized solar cell, the significantly enhanced electrocatalytic activity of the FTO/Pt/Au CE facilitated the reduction reaction of S{sub n}{sup 2− }+ 2e{sup −} (CE) → S{sub n−1}{sup 2−} + S{sup 2−} at the CE/electrolyte interface, resulting in a significantly hindered recombination reaction, S{sub n}{sup 2− }+ 2e{sup −} (TiO{sub 2} in the photoanode) → S{sub n-1}{sup 2−} + S{sup 2−}, and significantly improved overall energy conversion efficiency.

  4. Enhanced electrocatalytic activity of the Au-electrodeposited Pt nanoparticles-coated conducting oxide for the quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Au was electrodeposited potentiostatically at 0.3 V for 5 min on nanoporous Pt nanoparticle-coated F-doped SnO2 (FTO/Pt) substrates. For comparison, Au-electrodeposited FTO (FTO/Au) and Au-uncoated FTO/Pt were prepared. FTO/Au showed large-sized Au clusters dispersed sparsely over FTO, which resulted in lower electrocatalytic activity than FTO/Pt. In contrast, FTO/Pt exhibited poor stability unlike FTO/Au due to poisoning by the adsorption of sulfur species. The Au-electrodeposited FTO/Pt (FTO/Pt/Au) consisted of small Au clusters deposited over the entire area of Pt due to the effective Au nucleation provided by nanoporous metallic Pt. FTO/Pt/Au exhibited enhanced electrocatalytic activity and excellent stability because the small Au particles well-dispersed over the nanoporous metallic Pt network provided numerous electrochemical reaction sites, and the Pt surface was not exposed to the electrolyte. When FTO/Pt/Au was used as the counter electrode (CE) of a quantum dot-sensitized solar cell, the significantly enhanced electrocatalytic activity of the FTO/Pt/Au CE facilitated the reduction reaction of Sn2− + 2e− (CE) → Sn−12− + S2− at the CE/electrolyte interface, resulting in a significantly hindered recombination reaction, Sn2− + 2e− (TiO2 in the photoanode) → Sn-12− + S2−, and significantly improved overall energy conversion efficiency.

  5. Electrical contact arrangement for a coating process

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    Kabagambe, Benjamin; McCamy, James W; Boyd, Donald W

    2013-09-17

    A protective coating is applied to the electrically conductive surface of a reflective coating of a solar mirror by biasing a conductive member having a layer of a malleable electrically conductive material, e.g. a paste, against a portion of the conductive surface while moving an electrodepositable coating composition over the conductive surface. The moving of the electrodepositable coating composition over the conductive surface includes moving the solar mirror through a flow curtain of the electrodepositable coating composition and submerging the solar mirror in a pool of the electrodepositable coating composition. The use of the layer of a malleable electrically conductive material between the conductive member and the conductive surface compensates for irregularities in the conductive surface being contacted during the coating process thereby reducing the current density at the electrical contact area.

  6. Environmental standards for thermal solar collectors with particular regard to the selective coatings of the absorber surfaces. Final report; Umweltstandards fuer thermische Solarkollektoren unter besonderer Beruecksichtigung der selektiven Beschichtung ihrer Absorberoberflaechen. Abschlussbericht

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    Handke, Volker; Kamburow, Christian

    2008-07-15

    There are only out-dated research results on the environmental impact of solar thermal collectors which do not show the state of the art at the moment in this field. Particularly with regard to the long-term resistance and the ageing there are no current scientific findings. There are controversial findings on the different coating technologies with regard to their energy demand, optical performance, environmental impact and long-term resistance. The research project aims on the development of ambitious technical environmental standards to update the ''Marktanreizprogramm'' (market stimulating programme) in accordance with the European laws and regulations on grants and taking into account the technological and market development. The following methods were used: empirical market analysis with manufacturers interviews, investigation of the cumulated energy demand and EcoIndicator 99 values of different collectors, life cycle analysis of different coating technologies in accordance with ISO 14040-42 and examination of the resistance according to Task 10 of the IEA SHC. The following environmental standards are being proposed: the solar thermal generated heat quantity, compliance with the Task 10 resistance requirements, compliance with EN 12975-12977 and Solar Keymark respectively, compliance with RAL UZ 73 as well as a minimum return of 525 kWh/ m2/ year at a solar coverage ratio of more than 40%. To apply these environmental standards it is being proposed to divide the funding within the ''Marktanreizprogramm'' into a basic funding and a funding based on the performance of the collectors. Prerequisite for receiving the basic funding is the compliance with the environmental standards. The basic funding should be differentiated taking into account the different technologies and applications as well as the competitiveness. Furthermore the basic funding should be a precondition for receiving the performance funding. The

  7. Effect of CaO doping on corrosion resistance of Cu/(NiFe2O4-10NiO) cermet inert anode for aluminum electrolysis

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    2008-01-01

    The CaO-doped Cu/(NiFe2O4-10NiO) cermet inert anodes were prepared by the cold isostatic pressing-sintering process,and their corrosion resistance to Na3AlF6-K3AlF6-AI2O3 melt was studied.The results show that the relative density of 5Cu/(NiFe2O4-10NiO) cermet sintered at 1 200 ℃ increases from 82.83% to 97.63% when 2% CaO (mass fraction) is added.During the electrolysis,the relative density of cermet inert anode descends owing to the chemical dissolution of additive CaO atceramic grain boundary,which accelerates the penetration of electrolyte.Thus,the corrosion resistance to melts ofCu/(NiFe2O4-10NiO) cermet inert anode is reduced.To improve the corrosion resistance of the cermet inert anode,the content of CaO doped should be decreased and the technology of cleaning the ceramic grain boundary should be applied.

  8. EFFECT OF Mo AND Mo2C ON THE MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF THE CERMETS BASED ON Ti(C,N)

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    S.Q.Zhou; W.Zhao; W.H.Xiong; Y.N.Zhou

    2008-01-01

    Effect of Mo and Mo2 C on the microstructure and properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermets was investigated in this article. The results have indicated that the weight percentage of Mo from 5 to 10 can reduce Ti(C,N) grain diameter and thickness of the rim,and Ti(C,N) grain can be wetted by Ni-Cu-Mo liquid so as to get small contiguity of Ti(C,N) grain. In that way, the transverse rupture strength of Ti(C,N)-based cermets has reached 1800-1900 MPa; the fracture toughness has been due to 16-18 MPa.m1/2.But 15 wt pct Mo was not more effective on Ti(C,N)-based cermets, because the thickness of the rim becomes larger. In the circumstance of Mo2C, 5 wt pct Mo2C was good for microstructure and properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermets, but 11 wt pct Mo2C has resulted in larger contiguity of Ti(C,N) grain and big Ti(C,N) grain diameter so as to reduce transverse rupture strength and fracture toughness. So that, the effect of Mo on Ti(C,N)-based cermets is better than Mo2C.

  9. Tribological study of hard coatings without cobalt intended to isolation components of PWR primary cooling system; Etude tribologique de revetements durs sans cobalt destines aux organes d`isolement du circuit primaire des REP

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    Cachon, L.

    1995-10-18

    The objective is to qualify coatings without cobalt to replace ``Stellites`` coatings in isolation valves of PWR primary cooling system, as Co is activated when passing in the reactor core and contaminated the cooling loop. Three families of coatings were tested: PVD thin films from 1 to 8 {mu}m monolayers of Cr/C{sub x} with x varying between 1.6 and 9.5 at% or multilayers of pure chromium and Cr/C{sub 1.6} at%, coatings with a thickness between 100 and 200 {mu}m of cermets NiCr{sub y} (y varying from 5 to 35 at%) matrix binding chromium or tungsten carbides, and thick coatings 2 mm thickness of cermets Nitronic 60 or Inconel 625 matrix binding 10, 20 or 30% titanium or niobium carbides. Stellite 6 (2 mm) is the reference coating for tribology. Coatings were qualified and selected by thermal shocks, corrosion and plane friction. The thin film and the thick families were disqualified by their destruction or by their high friction coefficient. Then coatings between 100 and 200 {mu}m were used in a valve mock-up working in PWR primary cooling system pressure and temperature conditions. Tests show that these coatings have better wear or tightness performances than stellite 6, except for a slightly higher friction coefficient. (A.B.).

  10. Beijing Tsinghua Solar Ltd.

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    2006-01-01

    Beijing Tsinghua Solar Ltd. is backed by Tsinghua University, one of the most prestigious universities in China. Tsinghua Solar invented "graded Al-N/Al selective coating," which is the key technology of all-glass evacuated solar collector tubes. The company owns the independent intellectual property rights over the key technology of all-glass vacuum solar water heaters. The registered capital of the company is 153.5 mil-

  11. Fabrication and Testing of CERMET Fuel Materials for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

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    Hickman, Robert; Broadway, Jeramie; Mireles, Omar

    2012-01-01

    A first generation Nuclear Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (NCPS) based on Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) is currently being developed for Advanced Space Exploration Systems. The overall goal of the project is to address critical NTP technology challenges and programmatic issues to establish confidence in the affordability and viability of NTP systems. The current technology roadmap for NTP identifies the development of a robust fuel form as a critical near term need. The lack of a qualified nuclear fuel is a significant technical risk that will require a considerable fraction of program resources to mitigate. Due to these risks and the cost for qualification, the development and selection of a primary fuel must begin prior to Authority to Proceed (ATP) for a specific mission. The fuel development is a progressive approach to incrementally reduce risk, converge the fuel materials, and mature the design and fabrication process of the fuel element. A key objective of the current project is to advance the maturity of CERMET fuels. The work includes fuel processing development and characterization, fuel specimen hot hydrogen screening, and prototypic fuel element testing. Early fuel materials development is critical to help validate requirements and fuel performance. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview and status of the work at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).

  12. Formation/consolidation of WC-Co cermets by simple shear

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    Previous research using equal channel angular extrusion (ECAE) has shown that the process can be used to produce ultrafine equiaxed grains and filamentary microstructures. This method can also be used to effectively consolidate discontinuous material such as powder. A drawback of conventional extrusion is that the resulting inhomogeneous deformation is often not ideal for complex shaped industrial parts. In contrast, ECAE can be used for uniform deformations by simple shear to produce large and small cross-section material form which parts can be made. The extrusion procedure is carried out by extruding a long billet from an inlet channel to an exit channel of the same size which intersects the inlet channel at a sharp angle; 90 degree is typical. The process can be repeated on the same part to impart a large amount of shear deformation to the entire billet, except for small end areas. The principal objective of this study was to determine the effect of simple shear on the consolidation of WC-Co powders. The effect of the extrusion temperature and the amount of shear on the compaction and formation of the WC cermets were investigated. In this research, the successful consolidation of (W+C)-Co and WC-Co powders by ECAE is reported. The ECAE processed WC-Co phases and sample properties compare favorably with those of conventionally sintered material

  13. Corrosion of MTR type fuel plates containing U3O8-Al cermet cores

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    The fuel plate samples containing U3O8-Al cermet cores with concentrations from 10 to 90% of U3O8 weight were fabricated. Samples with 58% of U3O8 eight were fabricated using compacts with densities from 75 to 95% of theoretical density. The influences of U3O8 concentration and porosity of compacted core on porosity and uniformity of core thickness are discussed. The U3O8-Al cores were submitted to corrosion tests and exposed to deionized water at temperatures of 30, 50, 70 and 900C by cladding deffect produced artificially. The results shown that core corrosion is accompanied by hydrogen release. The total volum of released hydrogen and the time interval to observe the initiation of hydrogen releasing (incubation time) are depending on core pososity and absolute temperature. A mechanism for U3O8-Al core corrosion process is proposed and discussed. The cladding of fuel plate samples was submitted to corrosion tests under similar conditons of the IAE-R1 reactor operating at 2, 5 and 10 MW. (Author)

  14. Corrosion of cermet anodes during low temperature electrolysis of alumina. Final report

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    Kozarek, R.L.; Ray, S.P.; Dawless, R.K.; LaCamera, A.F.

    1997-09-26

    Successful development of inert anodes to replace carbon anodes in Hall cells has the potential benefits of lower energy consumption,lower operating costs, and reduced CO{sub 2} and CO emissions. Using inert anodes at reduced current density and reduced operating temperature (800 C) has potential for decreasing the corrosion rate of inert anodes. It may also permit the use of new materials for containment and insulation. This report describes the fabrication characteristics and the corrosion performance of 5324-17% Cu Cermet anodes in 100 hour tests. Although some good results were achieved, the corrosion rate at low temperature (800 C) is varied and not significantly lower than typical results at high temperature ({approximately} 960 C). This report also describes several attempts at 200 hour tests, with one anode achieving 177 hours of continuous operation and another achieving a total of 235 hours but requiring three separate tests of the same anode. The longest run did show a lower wear rate in the last test; but a high resistance layer developed on the anode surface and forced an unacceptably low current density. It is recommended that intermediate temperatures be explored as a more optimal environment for inert anodes. Other electrolyte chemistries and anode compositions (especially high conductivity anodes) should be considered to alleviate problems associated with lower temperature operation.

  15. Conceptual Design of a CERMET NTR Fission Core Using Multiphysics Modeling Techniques

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    Jonathan A. Webb; Brian J. Gross; William T. Taitano

    2011-08-01

    An initial pre-conceptual CERMET Nuclear Thermal Propulsion reactor system is investigated within this paper. Reactor configurations are investigated where the fuel consists of 60 vol.% UO2 and 40 vol.% W where the UO2 consists of Gd2O3 concentrations of 5 and 10 mol.%.Gd2O3. The fuel configuration consisting of 5 mol.% UO2 was found to have a total mass of 2761 kg and a thrust to weight ratio of 4.10 and required a coolant channel surface area to fueled volume ratio of approximately 15.0 in order to keep the centerline temperature below 3000 K. The configuration consisting of 10 mol.% Gd2O3 required a surface area to volume ratio of approximately 12.2 to cool the reactor to a peak temperature of 3000 K and had a total mass of 3200 kg and a thrust to weight ratio of 3.54. It is not known yet what concentration of Gd2O3 is required to maintain fuel stability at 3000 K; however, both reactors offer the potential for operations at 25,000 lb, and at a specific impulse which may range from 900 to 950 seconds.

  16. Sintering behaviour and mechanical properties of Cr3C2–NiCr cermets

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    A Özer; Y K Tür

    2013-10-01

    Cr3C2–NiCr cermets are used as metal cutting tools due to their relatively high hardness and low sintering temperatures. In this study, a powder mixture consisting of 75 wt% Cr3C2–25 wt% NiCr was sintered at four different temperatures and characterized for itsmicrostructure and mechanical properties. The highest relative density obtained was 97% when sintered at 1350 °C. As the relative density increased, elastic modulus, transverse rupture strength, fracture toughness and hardness of the samples reached to a maximum of 314 GPa, 810 MPa, 10.4 MPa.m1/2 and 11.3 GPa, respectively. However, sintering at 1400 °C caused further grain growth and pore coalescence which resulted in decreasing density and degradation of all mechanical properties. Fracture surface investigation showed that the main failure mechanism was the intergranular fracture of ceramic phase accompanied by the ductile fracture of the metal phase which deformed plastically during crack propagation and enhanced the fracture toughness.

  17. AN APPARATUS FOR MEASURING HEMISPHERICAL EMITTANCE OF SS-AlN SOLAR ABSORBING COATINGS USING A CALORIMETRIC TECHNIQUE%量热法SS-AlN太阳吸收涂层半球发射比测量装置

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    周旭; 郭帅; 王双; 池华敬; 陈革; 章其初

    2013-01-01

    An apparatus for measuring hemispherical emittance of SS-AlN solar absorbing coatings using a calorimetric technique has been laboratory-made.Three heaters,spaced by 3mm ceramic rings,heated with DC power supplies,were inserted inside the SS-AlN vacuum collector tube.Measuring the power dissipated in the central heater at the constant temperature for a vacuum solar collector tube,thus hemispherical emittance of the solar coating on the outside surface of an inner tube may be calculated.The hemispherical emittance of the SS-AlN solar absorbing coating of a vacuum tube at 80℃ was measured for several times,the measured value of εss-AlN(80℃) is 0.0596 ± 0.0004.In addition,the hemispherical emittance of the copper coating of a vacuum tube at 80℃ was measured,the measured value of εCu(80℃) is 0.0217 ±0.0002.The measured hemispherical emittance values with high precision have been achieved using this apparatus.%采用稳态量热法,研制了一台真空集热管内管外表面SS-AlN太阳吸收涂层半球发射比测量装置.集热管内置三段式加热器,采用直流电源给加热器供电,测量在恒定温度时主加热器的加热功率,计算得到该温度下吸收涂层的半球发射比.多次测量同一支SS-AlN集热管的选择性吸收涂层的80℃半球发射比εss-AlN(80℃) =0.0596±0.0004.另外,多次测量同一支Cu真空管的Cu涂层的半球发射比εCu(80℃) =0.0217 ±0.0002.采用该装置测量真空集热管的吸收涂层半球发射比,测量精度高.

  18. Soudage par explosion thermique sous charge de cermets poreux à base de TiC-Ni sur substrat en acier-comportement tribologique Welding of porous TiC–Ni based cermets on substrate steel by thermal explosion under load-tribological behaviour

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Dans ce travail, nous nous intéressons à l'élaboration de cermets à base de TiC-Ni par dispersion de particules de carbures, oxydes ou borures dans une matrice de nickel, grâce à la technique de l'explosion thermique sous une charge de 20 MPa. La combustion de mélanges actifs (Ti-C-Ni-An où An = Al2O3, MgO, SiC, TiB2, WC, basée sur la réaction de synthèse de TiC (ΔHf298K = −184 kJ/mole, génère des cermets complexes. Un court maintien sous charge du cermet à 1373 K, après l'explosion thermique, permet son soudage sur un substrat en acier XC55. Les cermets obtenus dans ces conditions demeurent poreux et conservent une porosité de l'ordre de 25–35 %. La densité relative du cermet, sa dureté et son comportement tribologique, dépendront de la nature de l'addition dans les mélanges de départ. Porous TiC-Ni based cermets were obtained by dispersion of carbides, oxides or borides particles in a nickel matrix thanks to the thermal explosion technique realized under a load of 20 MPa. The combustion of active mixtures (Ti-C-Ni-An where An = Al2O3, MgO, SiC, TiB2 or WC based on the titanium carbide reaction synthesis (ΔHf = −184 kJ/mol, generates porous complex cermets. After the thermal explosion, a short maintenance under load at 1373 K of the combustion product, allows at the same time the cermets welding on a carbon steel substrate. The obtained cermets under these conditions preserve a porosity of about 25–35%. The relative density, hardness and tribological behaviour of the complex cermets depend on the additions nature (An in the starting mixtures.

  19. Development of wear-resistant ceramic coatings for diesel engine components. Volume 1, Coating development and tribological testing: Final report: DOE/ORNL Ceramic Technology Project

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    Naylor, M.G.S. [Cummins Engine Co., Inc., Columbus, IN (United States)

    1992-06-01

    The tribological properties of a variety of advanced coating materials have been evaluated under conditions which simulate the piston ring -- cylinder liner environment near top ring reversal in a heavy duty diesel engine. Coated ``ring`` samples were tested against a conventional pearlitic grey cast iron liner material using a high temperature reciprocating wear test rig. Tests were run with a fresh CE/SF 15W40lubricant at 200 and 350{degrees}C, with a high-soot, engine-tested oil at 200{degrees}C and with no lubrication at 200{degrees}C. For lowest wear under boundary lubricated conditions, the most promising candidates to emerge from this study were high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) Cr{sub 3} C{sub 2} - 20% NiCr and WC - 12% Co cermets, low temperature arc vapor deposited (LTAVD) CrN and plasma sprayed chromium oxides. Also,plasma sprayed Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} and A1{sub 2}O{sub 3}-ZrO{sub 2} materials were found to give excellent wear resistance in unlubricated tests and at extremely high temperatures (450{degrees}C) with a syntheticoil. All of these materials would offer substantial wear reductions compared to the conventional electroplated hard chromium ring facing and thermally sprayed metallic coatings, especially at high temperatures and with high-soot oils subjected to degradation in diesel environments. The LTAVD CrN coating provided the lowest lubricated wear rates of all the materials evaluated, but may be too thin (4 {mu}m) for use as a top ring facing. Most of the coatings evaluated showed higher wear rates with high-soot, engine-tested oil than with fresh oil, with increases of more than a factor of ten in some cases. Generally, metallic materials were found to be much more sensitive to soot/oil degradation than ceramic and cermet coatings. Thus, decreased ``soot sensitivity`` is a significant driving force for utilizing ceramic or cermet coatings in diesel engine wear applications.

  20. An investigation of microstructure and sliding wear in thermally sprayed WC-Co coatings

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    Sudaprasert, Tippaban

    2002-01-01

    Four types of WC-Co cermet powders (conventional WC-12 wt% Co, two different types of conventional WC-17 wt% Co and nanoscale WC-12 wt% Co powders), which have differences in terms of Co content, powder manufacturing process and WC grain size, have been sprayed to form coatings with both the high velocity oxygen-gas fuel (HVOGF) and the high velocity oxygen-liquid fuel (HVOLF) processes. The carbide grain size, powder particle size distribution and phase volume fraction of the starting powder...

  1. Acoustic emission study on flexural behaviour of WC-Co coatings obtained by atmospheric plasma spray; Estudio por emision acustica del comportamiento a flexion de recubrimientos WC-Co obtenidos por plasma atomosferico

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    Segovia, F.; Klyatskina, E.; Bonache, V.; Salvador, M. D.; Sanchez, E.; Cantavella, V.; Bloem, C.

    2007-07-01

    Plasma spayed cermet coatings WC-Co are used in a wide range of industrial applications, mainly due to their wear resistance even in corrosive environments. the objective of this work is to analyze mechanical response of hard metal coatings by means of three-and four-points bend tests applying acoustic emission technique to determine failure critical strength. It has been observed the effect of supported charge level in structural damage by means of optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Acoustic emission has allowed us to relate damage level to stresses level and then to understand coatings failure mechanism. (Author) 29 refs.

  2. Microstructure and temperature coefficient of resistance of thin cermet resistor films deposited from CrSi2-Cr-SiC targets by S-gun magnetron

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    Technological solutions for producing nanoscale cermet resistor films with sheet resistances above 1000 Ω/□ and low temperature coefficients of resistance (TCR) have been investigated. 2-40 nm thick cermet films were sputter deposited from CrSi2-Cr-SiC targets by a dual cathode dc S-gun magnetron. In addition to studying film resistance versus temperature, the nanofilm structural features and composition were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and electron energy loss spectroscopy. This study has revealed that all cermet resistor films deposited at ambient and elevated temperatures were amorphous. The atomic ratio of Si to Cr in these films was about 2 to 1. The film TCR displayed a significant increase when the deposited film thickness was reduced below 2.5 nm. An optimized sputter process consisting of wafer degassing, cermet film deposition at elevated temperature with rf substrate bias, and a double annealing in vacuum, consisting of in situ annealing following the film sputtering and an additional annealing following the exposure of the wafers to air, has been found to be very effective for the film thermal stabilization and for fine tuning the film TCR. Cermet films with thicknesses in the range of 2.5-4 nm deposited using this technique had sheet resistances ranging from 1800 to 1200 Ω/□ and TCR values from -50 ppm/ deg. C to near zero, respectively. A possible mechanism responsible for the high efficiency of annealing the cermet films in vacuum (after preliminary exposure to air), resulting in resistance stabilization and TCR reduction, is also discussed.

  3. Simulation and fabrication of SiO2/graded-index TiO2 antireflection coating for triple-junction GaAs solar cells by using the hybrid deposition process

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    GaAs-based multi-junction solar cells (MJ-SCs) provide a wide solar-energy absorption-band (300–1800 nm), but designing and fabricating a broadband antireflection coating (ARC) are challenging. Because MJ-SCs are typically in a series that connects each subcell, the total output current is limited by the subcell that generates the smallest photocurrent. Thus, the ARC for MJ-SCs must be designed not only to obtain broadband absorption but also to minimize light reflection at the wavelength band of the current-limited cell. This study proposes a broadband SiO2/graded-index TiO2 ARC for improving the current-limited subcell performance by using a hybrid deposition (e-beam evaporation and spin-on coating). A bottom TiO2 layer and a top SiO2 layer were deposited through e-beam evaporation, but the middle TiO2 layer was deposited using spin-on coating because the refractive index values of the TiO2 films could be tuned by applying the spin speed. Therefore, the graded-index TiO2 layers were easily obtained using a hybrid deposition method. In addition, a suitable reflectance spectrum of an ARC structure for a middle-cell current-limited triple-junction (3-J) GaAs solar cell was simulated using commercial optical software. The photovoltaic current–voltage and external quantum efficiency (EQE) were measured and compared. The resulting improvements of a short-circuit current of 32.4% and conversion efficiency of 31.8% were attributed to an enhanced EQE of 32.97% as well as a low broadband reflectance exhibited on the middle cell of the 3-J GaAs solar cell with a SiO2/graded-index TiO2 ARC. - Highlights: • A broadband SiO2/graded-index TiO2 ARC obtained by a hybrid deposition • A suitable triple-layer ARC was simulated by a commercial optical software. • Optical reflection, photovoltaic I–V, and EQE of 3-J GaAs solar cell were characterized. • An increased Jsc of 32.4% and an increased η of 31.8% are obtained in the cell with proposed ARC

  4. METAL-MATRIX COMPOSITES AND THERMAL SPRAY COATINGS FOR EARTH MOVING MACHINES

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    D. Trent Weaver; Matthew T. Kiser; Frank W. Zok; Carlos G. Levi; Jeffrey Hawk

    2004-02-01

    In an effort to realize minimum of a 2x increase in wear life of ground engaging components used on mining machines, two potentially cost effective processes were explored for the production of tailored, highly abrasion resistant materials: (1) hybrid pressure casting of steel composites, and (2) arc lamp fusing of thermal spray coatings. Steel composites comprised of cermet or oxide hard particles were successfully produced using pressure casting processes, although a cost effective process has not yet been identified for oxide particles. Both composites achieved project wear targets in high stress gouging wear, but the cermet composites did not meet the targets in impact wear, due to poor matrix toughness resulting from particle dissolution. Oxide composites had superior toughness and are expected to meet impact wear goals. Arc lamp processing of thermal spray coatings was successfully demonstrated to produce a metallurgical bond at the coating interface. Functionally graded materials were developed and successfully fused to allow for the accommodation of thermal process stresses in an intermediate layer. Ultimately, three functionally graded materials were identified as having high stress, three-body abrasion resistance sufficient to exceed project goals.

  5. A multilayer innovative solution to improve the adhesion of nanocrystalline diamond coatings

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    Poulon-Quintin, A., E-mail: poulon@icmcb-bordeaux.cnrs.fr [CNRS, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France); Univ. Bordeaux, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France); Faure, C.; Teulé-Gay, L.; Manaud, J.P. [CNRS, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France); Univ. Bordeaux, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France)

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • Improvement of the NCD adhesion on WC-12%Co substrates for tooling applications using a multi-interlayer additional system. • Reduction of the graphite layer thickness and continuity at the interface with the diamond. • Transmission electron microscopy study for a better understanding of the diffusion phenomena occurring at the interfaces. - Abstract: Nano-crystalline diamond (NCD) films grown under negative biased substrates by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) are widely used as surface overlay coating onto cermet WC-Co cutting tools to get better performances. To improve the diamond adhesion to the cermet substrate, suitable multi-layer systems have been added. They are composed of a cobalt diffusion barrier close to the substrate (single and sequenced nitrides layers) coated with a nucleation extra layer to improve the nucleus density of diamond during CVD processing. For all systems, before and after diamond deposition, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has been performed for a better understanding of the diffusion phenomena occurring at the interfaces and to evaluate the presence of graphitic species at the interface with the diamond. Innovative multilayer system dedicated to the regulation of cobalt diffusion coated with a bilayer system optimized for the carbon diffusion control, is shown as an efficient solution to significantly reduce the graphite layer formation at the interface with the diamond down to 10 nm thick and to increase the adhesion of NCD diamond layer as scratch-tests confirm.

  6. Prognosis and comparison of performances of composite CERCER and CERMET fuels dedicated to transmutation of TRU in an EFIT ADS

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    Sobolev, V.; Uyttenhove, W.; Thetford, R.; Maschek, W.

    2011-07-01

    The neutronic and thermomechanical performances of two composite fuel systems: CERCER with (Pu,Np,Am,Cm)O 2-x fuel particles in ceramic MgO matrix and CERMET with metallic Mo matrix, selected for transmutation of minor actinides in the European Facility for Industrial Transmutation (EFIT), were analysed aiming at their optimisation. The ALEPH burnup code system, based on MNCPX and ORIGEN codes and JEFF3.1 nuclear data library, and the modern version of the fuel rod performance code TRAFIC were used for this analysis. Because experimental data on the properties of the mixed minor-actinide oxides are scarce, and the in-reactor behaviour of the T91 steel chosen as cladding, as well as of the corrosion protective layer, is still not well-known, a set of "best estimates" provided the properties used in the code. The obtained results indicate that both fuel candidates, CERCER and CERMET, can satisfy the fuel design and safety criteria of EFIT. The residence time for both types of fuel elements can reach about 5 years with the reactivity swing within ±1000 pcm, and about 22% of the loaded MA is transmuted during this period. However, the fuel centreline temperature in the hottest CERCER fuel rod is close to the temperature above which MgO matrix becomes chemically instable. Moreover, a weak PCMI can appear in about 3 years of operation. The CERMET fuel can provide larger safety margins: the fuel temperature is more than 1000 K below the permitted level of 2380 K and the pellet-cladding gap remains open until the end of operation.

  7. The Nano Solar Case

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    Hollensen, Svend; Lindgren, Peter

    2011-01-01

    ISO PAINT Nordic A/S produces roof coatings, facade painting as well as specialised products for surface treatments. The company decided that they would develop a nano solar ICT based project having the capacity to change the whole cost structure of a building, for example by a nano roof coating...

  8. EMITANCE MEASUREMENTS OF SOLAR ABSORBING COATINGS AT 80℃ USING INFRARED SPECTROPHOTOMETER%红外分光光度计测量太阳吸收涂层80℃的发射比

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    周旭; 苗建朋; 李静静; 陈革; 章其初

    2012-01-01

    采用红外分光光度计和专门设计的试片恒温器测量80℃时太阳选择性吸收涂层及金属涂层的反射光谱,采用黑体辐射普朗克函数积分计算得到该温度下试样的发射比.试样采用磁控溅射法在平面玻璃载片上制备.实际测量结果表明,该方法测量精度高,测量过程简便快捷.另外,红外分光光度计为通用仪器,反射光谱标样容易制备和计量校准.%The reflectance spectra of solar absorbing coating samples at 80℃ were measured using a infrared spec-trophotometer and thermostat attachment of sample. The nearly normal emittance values of samples at the temperature were calculated by reflectance spectra and the blackbody radiation Planck function. The samples of solar selective coatings were prepared by magnetron sputtering on glass slides. The actual measurement results showed that this method exhibits high accuracy, easy and quick measurement. In addition, infrared spectrophotometer is a standard instrument, and the standard reflectance spectrum values of high reflectance metal sample can be easily obtained through the legal units.

  9. The optimization of triple layer anti-reflection coatings and its application on solar cells%三层减反射膜的模拟及其在太阳电池中的应用

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    宫臣; 张静全; 冯良桓; 武莉莉; 李卫; 黎兵; 曾广根; 王文武

    2013-01-01

    The anti-reflection coatings with the structure of Al2O3/H4/MgF2 triple layer were prepared with electron beam evaporation technology on the glass substrate. The transmittance and surface morphology of the films were examined. The anti-reflection coating structure was optimized considering AMI. 5 spectrum and the spectroscopy response band of CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells through TFCALC software simulation. Then the optimized anti-reflection coatings were prepared on the CdTe thin film solar cells. It was found that the quantum efficiency of solar cells with anti-reflection coatings increase by 7. 3% than without, and the photoelectric conversion efficiency increased from 12. 5% to 13. 3%.%使用减反射膜层是提高太阳电池短路电流密度进而提高电池转换效率的有效手段之一.针对CdTe薄膜太阳电池的光谱响应范围,基于AM1.5辐照光谱,优化设计了MgF2/H4/Al2O3结构的减反射薄膜,使用电子束蒸发技术制备了该减反射膜,使用椭圆偏振仪、紫外/可见分光光度计、原子力显微镜分别测量了所制备薄膜的光学性质和表面形貌,对比分析了膜系结构理论模拟与实验测量结果.结果表明,使用该减反射薄膜后,电池的量子效率提高了7.3%;光电转换效率从12.5%提高到13.3%.

  10. Correlation between discharging property and coatings microstructure during plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    GUAN Yong-jun; XIA Yuan

    2006-01-01

    The voltage-current properties during plasma electrolytic discharge were determined by measuring the current density and cell voltage as functions of processing time and then by mathematical transformation. Correlation between discharge I-V property and the coatings microstructure on aluminum alloy during plasma electrolytic oxidation was determined by comparing the voltage-current properties at different process stages with SEM results of the corresponding coatings. The results show that the uniform passive film corresponds to a I-V property with one critical voltage, and a compound of porous layer and sintered ceramic particles corresponds to a I-V property with two critical voltages. The growth regularity of PEO cermet coatings was also studied.

  11. Preparation and Characterization of TiO2/TiN/TiO2 Multi-layer Solar Control Coatings Deposited by D.C. Reactive Magnetron Sputtering at Different Substrate Temperature

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    2001-01-01

    Transparent TiO2/TiN/TiO2 multi-layer solar control coatings were prepared on normal soda-lime-silica float glass substrate by using d.c. reactive magnetron sputtering at substrate temperature ranging from room temperature to 620℃. The dependence of optical properties of the coatings and the coating composition, on the substrate temperature was studied. The results of the optical properties show that as the substrate temperature increases, a visible transmittance as high as 65% can be obtained. When the substrate temperature is higher than 570℃, the infrared reflectance decreases. The results of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) show that when the substrate temperature is higher than 520℃ in oxygen atmosphere, the formation of thin surface over-layers (TiNxOy) on top of the TiN films can be observed. When the substrate temperature is at 620℃, the oxynitride become TiO2, which results in the optical degradation of TiN layer in infrared reflectance.

  12. Dip-coating process. Silicon sheet growth development for the large-area silicon sheet task of the low-cost silicon solar array project. Quarterly report No. 7

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    Zook, J.D.; Heaps, J.D.; Maciolek, R.B.; Koepke, B.; Butter, C.D.; Schuldt, S.B.

    1977-12-30

    The objective of this research program is to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of producing solar-cell-quality sheet silicon by coating one surface of carbonized ceramic substrates with a thin layer of large-grain polycrystalline silicon from the melt. During the past quarter, significant progress was demonstrated in several areas. Seeded growth of silicon-on-ceramic (SOC) with an EFG ribbon seed was demonstrated. Different types of mullite received from Coors were successfully coated with silicon. A new method of deriving minority carrier diffusion length, L/sub n/, from spectral response measurements was evaluated. ECOMOD cost projections were found to be in good agreement with the interim SAMIS method proposed by JPL. On the less positive side, there was a decrease in cell performance which is believed to be due to an unidentified source of impurities. Also, operation of the new coating system fell behind schedule but is expected to improve in the coming quarter, since construction has now been completed.

  13. Development of wear-resistant ceramic coatings for diesel engine components

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    Naylor, M.G.S. (Cummins Engine Co., Inc., Columbus, IN (United States))

    1992-06-01

    The tribological properties of a variety of advanced coating materials have been evaluated under conditions which simulate the piston ring -- cylinder liner environment near top ring reversal in a heavy duty diesel engine. Coated ring'' samples were tested against a conventional pearlitic grey cast iron liner material using a high temperature reciprocating wear test rig. Tests were run with a fresh CE/SF 15W40lubricant at 200 and 350{degrees}C, with a high-soot, engine-tested oil at 200{degrees}C and with no lubrication at 200{degrees}C. For lowest wear under boundary lubricated conditions, the most promising candidates to emerge from this study were high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) Cr{sub 3} C{sub 2} - 20% NiCr and WC - 12% Co cermets, low temperature arc vapor deposited (LTAVD) CrN and plasma sprayed chromium oxides. Also,plasma sprayed Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} and A1{sub 2}O{sub 3}-ZrO{sub 2} materials were found to give excellent wear resistance in unlubricated tests and at extremely high temperatures (450{degrees}C) with a syntheticoil. All of these materials would offer substantial wear reductions compared to the conventional electroplated hard chromium ring facing and thermally sprayed metallic coatings, especially at high temperatures and with high-soot oils subjected to degradation in diesel environments. The LTAVD CrN coating provided the lowest lubricated wear rates of all the materials evaluated, but may be too thin (4 {mu}m) for use as a top ring facing. Most of the coatings evaluated showed higher wear rates with high-soot, engine-tested oil than with fresh oil, with increases of more than a factor of ten in some cases. Generally, metallic materials were found to be much more sensitive to soot/oil degradation than ceramic and cermet coatings. Thus, decreased soot sensitivity'' is a significant driving force for utilizing ceramic or cermet coatings in diesel engine wear applications.

  14. 不同旋涂速率对聚合物太阳电池性能的影响%Effect of different spin-coated rates on performance of polymer solar cell

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    郭颖; 朱冰洁; 刘桂林; 严慧敏

    2014-01-01

    以聚3己基噻吩(P3HT)和[6,6]⁃phenyl⁃C61⁃butyric acid methyl ester(PCBM)为活性层材料制成聚合物太阳电池,通过控制活性层旋涂速率控制活性层厚度。从不同活性层厚度器件的吸收光谱、原子力及器件各项性能参数详细分析了不同活性层旋涂速率对太阳电池性能的影响。结果表明:旋涂速率为1000 r/min时,电池具有最佳性能,光电转换效率最高为1.54%。%The polymer solar cell(PSC)taking poly 3⁃hexylthiophene(P3HT)and [6,6]⁃phenyl⁃C61⁃butyric acid methyl ester(PCBM)as its active layer materials was made by controlling spin⁃coating rate of active layer. The influence of the spin⁃coating rate of different active layers on performance of the polymer solar cell is analyzed on the basis of absorbance spectrum, atomic force and other parameters of components with different thickness active layers. The results show that PSCs can achieve the best performance(power conversion efficiency(PCE)=1.54%)when the spin⁃coating rate is 1000 r/min.

  15. Effect of Mo{sub 2}C/(Mo{sub 2}C + WC) weight ratio on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermet tool materials

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    Xu, Qingzhong; Zhao, Jun, E-mail: zhaojun@sdu.edu.cn; Ai, Xing; Qin, Wenzhen; Wang, Dawei; Huang, Weimin

    2015-11-15

    To optimize the Mo{sub 2}C content in Ti(C,N)-based cermet tool materials used for cutting the high-strength steel of 42CrMo (AISI 4140/4142 steel), the cermets with different Mo{sub 2}C/(Mo{sub 2}C + WC) weight ratios were prepared. And the microstructure and mechanical properties of cermets were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and measurements of transverse rupture strength (TRS), Vickers hardness (HV) and fracture toughness (K{sub IC}). The results indicate that the Mo{sub 2}C/(Mo{sub 2}C + WC) ratios have great influences on the microstructure features and mechanical properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermets. When the Mo{sub 2}C/(Mo{sub 2}C + WC) ratio increases, the Ti(C,N) grains become finer with smaller black cores surrounded by thinner rims, and the structure of cermets tends to be more compact with smaller binder mean free path. Owing to the medium grains and moderate rims, the cermets with a Mo{sub 2}C/(Mo{sub 2}C + WC) ratio of 0.4 exhibit better mechanical properties, and can be chosen as the tool material for machining 42CrMo steel due to the lower Mo content. - Highlights: • Mo{sub 2}C/(Mo{sub 2}C + WC) ratios affect microstructure and mechanical properties of cermets. • Grains become fine and structure of cermets tends to be compact with raised Mo{sub 2}C. • The cermets with a Mo{sub 2}C/(Mo{sub 2}C + WC) ratio of 0.4 can be used to machine 42CrMo steel.

  16. Characterization of Ni-cermet degradation phenomena I. Long term resistivity monitoring, image processing and X-ray fluorescence analysis

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    Ananyev, M. V.; Bronin, D. I.; Osinkin, D. A.; Eremin, V. A.; Steinberger-Wilckens, R.; de Haart, L. G. J.; Mertens, J.

    2015-07-01

    The present paper is devoted to Ni-cermet degradation phenomena and places emphasis on experimental approaches and data handling. The resistivity of Ni-YSZ cermet (nickel and 8 mol.% yttria stabilized zirconia) anode substrates was monitored during 3000 h at 700 and 800 °C in a gas mixture of 80 vol.% water vapor and 20 vol.% hydrogen. The experimentally evaluated dependence of resistivity of the Ni-YSZ substrates can be well described by exponential decay functions. Post test analysis by image processing and XRF (X-ray fluorescence) analysis for characterization of the microstructure and elemental composition were carried out for virgin samples and after 300, 1000 and 3000 h of exposure time. The 3D-microstructure was reconstructed using an original spheres packing algorithm. Two processes leading to the Ni-YSZ degradation were observed: Ni-phase particle coarsening and volatilization. The effect of these processes on resistivity and such microstructure parameters as porosity, Ni-phase fraction, Ni and YSZ phases particle size distributions, triple phase boundary length, and tortuosity factor are considered in this paper.

  17. Development of UO2/PuO2 dispersed in uranium matrix CERMET fuel system for fast reactors

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    CERMET fuel with either PuO2 or enriched UO2 dispersed in uranium metal matrix has a strong potential of becoming a fuel for the liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactors (LMR’s). In fact it may act as a bridge between the advantages and disadvantages associated with the two extremes of fuel systems (i.e. ceramic fuel and metallic fuel) for fast reactors. At Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), R and D efforts are on to develop this CERMET fuel by powder metallurgy route. This paper describes the development of flow sheet for preparation of UO2 dispersed in uranium metal matrix pellets for three different compositions i.e. U–20 wt%UO2, U–25 wt%UO2 and U–30 wt%UO2. It was found that the sintered pellets were having excellent integrity and their linear mass was higher than that of carbide fuel pellets used in Fast Breeder Test Reactor programme (FBTR) in India. The pellets were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique for phase analysis and lattice parameter determination. The optical microstructures were developed and reported for all the three different U–UO2 compositions.

  18. Characterization of phase transformation and microstructure of nano hard phase Ti(C,N)-based cermet by spark plasma sintering

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    丰平; 熊惟皓; 李鹏; 余新; 夏阳华

    2004-01-01

    By means of optical microscope (OM), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM), the process of densification, the characterization of phase transformation and the microstructure for spark plasma sintering (SPS) nano hard phase Ti(C,N)-based cermet were investigated. It is found that the spark plasma sintering (SPS) enables the nano hard phase Ti(C,N)-based cermet to densify rapidly, however, the full densification of the sintered samples can not be obtained. The rate of phase transformation is significantly quick.When being sintered at 1 200 ℃ for 8 min, Mo2C is completely dissolved, and TiN dissolves into TiC entirely and disappears. Above 1 200 ℃, Ti(C,N) begins to decompose and the atoms of C and N separate from Ti(C,N) resulting in the generation of N2 and the graphite. Due to the denitrification and the graphitization, the density and the hardness of sintered samples are rather low. The distribution of grain size of the sample sintered at 1 350 ℃ covers a wide range of 90 - 500 nm, and most of the grain size are about 200 nm. The hard phase is not of typical core-rim structure. Oxides on the surface of particles can not be fully removed and present in sample as titanium oxide TiO2.Graphite exists in band-like shape.

  19. The behaviour under irradiation of molybdenum matrix for inert matrix fuel containing americium oxide (CerMet concept)

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    D'Agata, E.; Knol, S.; Fedorov, A. V.; Fernandez, A.; Somers, J.; Klaassen, F.

    2015-10-01

    Americium is a strong contributor to the long term radiotoxicity of high activity nuclear waste. Transmutation by irradiation in nuclear reactors or Accelerator Driven System (ADS, subcritical reactors dedicated to transmutation) of long-lived nuclides like 241Am is therefore an option for the reduction of radiotoxicity of waste packages to be stored in a repository. In order to safely burn americium in a fast reactor or ADS, it must be incorporated in a matrix that could be metallic (CerMet target) or ceramic (CerCer target). One of the most promising matrix to incorporate Am is molybdenum. In order to address the issues (swelling, stability under irradiation, gas retention and release) of using Mo as matrix to transmute Am, two irradiation experiments have been conducted recently at the High Flux Reactor (HFR) in Petten (The Netherland) namely HELIOS and BODEX. The BODEX experiment is a separate effect test, where the molybdenum behaviour is studied without the presence of fission products using 10B to "produce" helium, the HELIOS experiment included a more representative fuel target with the presence of Am and fission product. This paper covers the results of Post Irradiation Examination (PIE) of the two irradiation experiments mentioned above where molybdenum behaviour has been deeply investigated as possible matrix to transmute americium (CerMet fuel target). The behaviour of molybdenum looks satisfying at operating temperature but at high temperature (above 1000 °C) more investigation should be performed.

  20. CuCr2O4 Spinel Ceramic Pigments Synthesized by Sol-Gel Self-Combustion Method for Solar Absorber Coatings

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    Ma, Pengjun; Geng, Qingfen; Gao, Xianghu; Yang, Shengrong; Liu, Gang

    2016-07-01

    A series of CuCr2O4 spinel ceramic pigments have been successfully synthesized via a facile and cost-effective sol-gel self-combustion method. The reaction mechanism was systematically studied using the corresponding characterization technologies. The results suggested that CuCr2O4 spinel ceramic pigments could be obtained at annealing temperature of 600 °C for 1 h, and the size, morphology, and crystallinity of CuCr2O4 spinel were greatly influenced by the annealing temperature. The as-burnt powder and CuCr2O4 spinel ceramic pigment were then employed to fabricate thickness sensitive spectrally selective (TSSS) paint coatings by a convenient spray-coating technique. The results revealed that spectral selectivity of TSSS paint coatings based on CuCr2O4 spinel ceramic pigments was much better than that of paint coatings based on the as-burnt powders. Furthermore, the effect of surface features of TSSS paint coatings on its optical property and hydrophobicity was investigated in detailed.

  1. Soudage par explosion thermique sous charge de cermets poreux à base de TiC-Ni sur substrat en acier-comportement tribologique Welding of porous TiC–Ni based cermets on substrate steel by thermal explosion under load-tribological behaviour

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    Lemboub Samia; Boudebane Said; Atoui L'hadi

    2013-01-01

    Dans ce travail, nous nous intéressons à l'élaboration de cermets à base de TiC-Ni par dispersion de particules de carbures, oxydes ou borures dans une matrice de nickel, grâce à la technique de l'explosion thermique sous une charge de 20 MPa. La combustion de mélanges actifs (Ti-C-Ni-An où An = Al2O3, MgO, SiC, TiB2, WC), basée sur la réaction de synthèse de TiC (ΔHf298K = −184 kJ/mole), génère des cermets complexes. Un court maintien sous charge du cermet à 1373 K, après l'explosion thermiq...

  2. P-doped TiO2 nanoparticles film coated on ground glass substrate and the repeated photodegradation of dye under solar light irradiation

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    Lv, Yingying; Yu, Leshu; Zhang, Xiaolan; Yao, Jinyan; Zou, Ruyi; Dai, Zheng

    2011-04-01

    The convenient reuse of photocatalysts is essential to the practical application in the degradation of organic pollutant. In this study, compact P-doped TiO2 film coated on ground glass substrate was easily achieved by layer-by-layer assembly technique. Thus such an elaborate complex system exhibited very convenient in recycling photocatalyst in the degradation of dye with high catalytic activity. The excellent performance of P-TiO2 film coated on ground glass substrates endows the assembled route potential in purifying waste water.

  3. Cu2ZnSnS4 Films using an Eco-friendly Direct Liquid Coating Approach for Solar Cell Applications

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    Kumar, Atul; Sanchela, Anup V.; Tomy, C. V.; Thakur, Ajay D.

    2015-01-01

    Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) is a promising candidate as an absorber material for thin film solar cells. The reported wet chemical synthesis approaches often have a high environmental impact due to the usage of abrasive solvents such as hydrazines, hydroxylamines, etc. We report an eco-friendly solvent based approach for making CZTS thin films with desirable absorption characteristics for solar cell applications.

  4. Development of Abrasion-Resistant Coating for Solar Reflective Films. Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-07-247

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    Gray, Matthew [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)

    2015-10-01

    The purpose of this CRADA is to develop an abrasion-resistant coating, suitable for use on polymeric-based reflective films (e.g., the ReflecTech reflective film), that allows for improved scratch resistance and enables the use of aggressive cleaning techniques (e.g., direct contact methods like brushing) without damaging the specular reflectance properties of the reflective film.

  5. Chronic TiO2 nanoparticle exposure to a benthic organism, Hyalella azteca: Impact of solar UV radiation and material surface coatings on toxicity

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    The present study examined the chronic toxicity of TiO2 nanoparticles (nano-TiO2) to a representative benthic species, Hyalella azteca, using an industry standard, P25, and a coated nano-TiO2 used in commercial products. There is limited information on the chronic effects of nano...

  6. Exploring Cu2O/Cu cermet as a partially inert anode to produce aluminum in a sustainable way

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    Highlights: • Cu2O/Cu cermet was used as a candidate partially inert anode material to produce aluminum alloys. • The thermal corrosion behavior of Cu2O/Cu was investigated in molten salt at 960 °C. • The corrosion rate is largely governed by the geometrical structures of Cu in the prepared samples. • The corrosion rate increases with decreasing sizes and increasing filling contents of Cu phase. • The corrosion rate was 1.8–9 cm/y and the Cu contents is less than 6.2 wt.% in the produced aluminum. - Abstract: As an energy-intensive process, aluminum production by the Hall–Héroult method accounts for significant emissions of CO2 and some toxic greenhouse gases. The utilization of an inert anode in place of a carbon anode was considered as a revolutionary technique to solve most of the current environmental problems resulting from the Hall–Héroult process. However, the critical property requirements of the inert anode materials significantly limit the application of this technology. In light of the higher demand for aluminum alloys than for pure aluminum, a partially inert anode was designed to produce aluminum alloys in a more sustainable way. Here, Cu2O/Cu cermet was chosen as the material of interest. The thermal corrosion behavior of Cu2O/Cu was investigated in Na3AlF6–CaF2–Al2O3 electrolyte at 960 °C to elucidate the corrosion mechanisms of this type of partially inert anode for the production of aluminum or aluminum alloys. Furthermore, the effects of the geometrical structure of the Cu phase on the thermal corrosion behavior of Cu2O/Cu cermet in the electrolyte were investigated as well. The thermal corrosion rate was evaluated by the weight loss method and the results show that the samples prepared with branch-like Cu have higher thermal corrosion rate than those prepared with spherical Cu, and the corrosion rate increases with decreasing size and increasing filling content of Cu phase. The calculated corrosion rate was about 1.5–7

  7. Concentrated Solar Thermoelectric Power

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    Chen, Gang [MIT; Ren, Zhifeng [University of Houston

    2015-07-09

    The goal of this project is to demonstrate in the lab that solar thermoelectric generators (STEGs) can exceed 10% solar-to-electricity efficiency, and STEGs can be integrated with phase-change materials (PCM) for thermal storage, providing operation beyond daylight hours. This project achieved significant progress in many tasks necessary to achieving the overall project goals. An accurate Themoelectric Generator (TEG) model was developed, which included realistic treatment of contact materials, contact resistances and radiative losses. In terms of fabricating physical TEGs, high performance contact materials for skutterudite TE segments were developed, along with brazing and soldering methods to assemble segmented TEGs. Accurate measurement systems for determining device performance (in addition to just TE material performance) were built for this project and used to characterize our TEGs. From the optical components’ side, a spectrally selective cermet surface was developed with high solar absorptance and low thermal emittance, with thermal stability at high temperature. A measurement technique was also developed to determine absorptance and total hemispherical emittance at high temperature, and was used to characterize the fabricated spectrally selective surfaces. In addition, a novel reflective cavity was designed to reduce radiative absorber losses and achieve high receiver efficiency at low concentration ratios. A prototype cavity demonstrated that large reductions in radiative losses were possible through this technique. For the overall concentrating STEG system, a number of devices were fabricated and tested in a custom built test platform to characterize their efficiency performance. Additionally, testing was performed with integration of PCM thermal storage, and the storage time of the lab scale system was evaluated. Our latest testing results showed a STEG efficiency of 9.6%, indicating promising potential for high performance concentrated STEGs.

  8. Selective absorption of carbon nanotube thin films for solar energy applications

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    Abendroth, Thomas; Althues, Holger; Mäder, Gerrit; Kaskel, Stefan; Beyer, Eckhard

    2015-01-01

    A new spectrally selective coating based on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for solar thermal applications is demonstrated. For optimized coatings solar absorptance coefficients α>0.92 and thermal emittance coefficients ε

  9. Morbus Coats

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    Förl, B.; Schmack, I.; Grossniklaus, H.E.; Rohrschneider, K.

    2010-01-01

    Der fortgeschrittene Morbus Coats stellt im Kleinkindalter eine der schwierigsten Differenzialdiagnosen zum Retinoblastom dar. Wir beschreiben die klinischen und histologischen Befunde zweier Jungen im Alter von 9 und 21 Monaten mit einseitiger Leukokorie. Trotz umfassender Diagnostik mittels Narkoseuntersuchung, MRT und Ultraschall konnte ein Retinoblastom nicht sicher ausgeschlossen werden, und es erfolgte eine Enukleation. Histologisch wurde die Diagnose eines Morbus Coats gesichert. Da eine differenzialdiagnostische Abgrenzung zwischen Morbus Coats und Retinoblastom schwierig sein kann, halten wir in zweifelhaften Fällen auch angesichts der eingeschränkten Visusprognose und potenzieller Sekundärkomplikationen beim fortgeschrittenen Morbus Coats eine Enukleation für indiziert. PMID:18299842

  10. Degradation of conductivity and microstructure under thermal and current load in Ni-YSZ cermets for SOFC anodes

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    Thydén, Karl Tor Sune; Barfod, R.; Liu, Yuliang

    2006-01-01

    The degradation of electrical conductivity in porous nickel-yttria stabilized zirconia composite cermets in a H2/H2O atmosphere under high temperature treatments has been investigated. The parameters varied were: temperature, water partial pressure, and electrical current load. The microstructure...... fraction of percolated Ni was measured. Temperature proved to have the largest effect on the degradation. Samples tested at 1000°C, in contrast to 750°C, showed a severe decrease of conductivity and growth of Ni particles. Higher water partial pressure accelerated Ni particle growth at both temperatures......, but the loss of percolation and conductivity at 1000°C was less severe under high water partial pressure. A possible explanation for this behavior is discussed....

  11. Microstructure and strength of brazed joints of TiB2 cermet to TiAl-based alloys

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    李卓然; 冯吉才; 曹健

    2003-01-01

    In this study, TiB2 cermet and TiAl-based alloy are vacuum brazed successfully by using Ag-Cu-Ti filler metal. The microstructural analyses indicate that two reaction products, Ti(Cu, Al)2 and Ag based solid solution (Ag(s.s)), are present in the brazing seam, and the interface structure of the brazed joint is TiB2/TiB2+ Ag(s.s) /Ag(s.s)+Ti(Cu, Al)2/Ti(Cu, Al)2/TiAl. The experimental results show that the shear strength of the brazed TiB2/TiAl joints decreases as the brazing time increases at a definite brazing temperature. When the joint is brazed at 1 223 K for 5 min, a joint strength up to 173 MPa is achieved.

  12. Combustion Synthesis of Ti-2B-Cu/Ni and 3Ti-2BN-Cu/Ni Bilayered Cermets

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    Weiping SHEN; Wenbin CAO; Changchun GE; E.H.Grigoryan; A.E.Sytschev; A.S.Rogachev

    2003-01-01

    The effects of Cu and Ni (x=0, 10, 20 and 40 wt pct) and compaction pressures (12, 24, 84 and 108 MPa)on combustion wave velocity and wave front shape for Ti-2B-Cu/Ni and 3Ti-2BN-Cu/Ni bilayered cermets were investigated by a video camera. Since the boiling point of Cu is lower, the wave velocities of specimens are slower.Due to the higher specific heat of Ni than that of Cu, the wave velocities of specimens was slowed down a lot with increasing the Ni diluent. The wave velocity differences of the specimens containing Ni are more than that of the bilayered specimens containing Cu. Wave velocities of the specimens containing Ni increased more than that of the specimens containing Cu when higher pressure was employed for green mixture. The more the wave velocity difference of the bilayer, the more curved the specimen.

  13. Photocatalytic Degradation of Eosin Yellow Using Poly(pyrrole-co-aniline)-Coated TiO2/Nanocellulose Composite under Solar Light Irradiation

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    Anirudhan, T. S.; Rejeena, S. R.

    2015-01-01

    The present study describes the feasibility of a novel adsorbent cum photocatalyst, poly(pyrrole-co-aniline)-coated TiO2/nanocellulose composite (P(Py-co-An)-TiO2/NCC), to remove eosin yellow (EY) from aqueous solutions. The removal of EY was investigated by batch adsorption followed by photocatalysis. The effect of various adsorption parameters like adsorbent dose, pH, contact time, initial concentration, and ionic strength has been optimized for treating effluents from the dye industry. Ads...

  14. Effects of Process Parameters on the Characteristics of Mixed-Halide Perovskite Solar Cells Fabricated by One-Step and Two-Step Sequential Coating

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    Ahmadian-Yazdi, Mohammad Reza; Zabihi, Fatemeh; Habibi, Mehran; Eslamian, Morteza

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, two-step sequential spin-dip and spin-spin coating, as well as one-step spin coating, methods are used to fabricate methylammonium lead mixed-halide perovskites to study the effect of process parameters, including the choice of the solvent, annealing temperature, spin velocity, and dipping time on the characteristics of the perovskite film. Our results show that using a mixture of DMF and DMSO, with volume ratio of 1:1, as the organic solvents for PbCl2 results in the best mixed-halide perovskite because of the effective coordination between DMSO and PbCl2. Surface dewetting due to two effects, i.e., crystallization and thin liquid film instability, is observed and discussed, where an intermediate spin velocity of about 4000 rpm is found suitable to suppress dewetting. The perovskite film fabricated using the one-step method followed by anti-solvent treatment shows the best perovskite conversion in XRD patterns, and the planar device fabricated using the same method exhibited the highest efficiency among the employed methods. The perovskite layer made by sequential spin-dip coating is found thicker with higher absorbance, but the device shows a lower efficiency because of the challenges associated with perovskite conversion in the sequential method. The one-step deposition method is found easier to control and more promising than the sequential deposition methods.

  15. Machinability of Hastelloy C-276 Using Hot-pressed Sintered Ti(C7N3)-based Cermet Cutting Tools

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    XU Kaitao; ZOU Bin; HUANG Chuanzhen; YAO Yang; ZHOU Huijun; LIU Zhanqiang

    2015-01-01

    C-276 nickel-based alloy is a difficult-to-cut material. In high-speed machining of Hastelloy C-276, notching is a prominent fallure mode due to high mechanical properties of work piece, which results in the short tool life and low productivity. In this paper, a newly developed Ti(C7N3)-based cermet insert manufactured by a hot-pressing method is used to machine the C-276 nickel-based alloy, and its cutting performances are studied. Based on orthogonal experiment method, the influence of cutting parameters on tool life, material removal rates and surface roughness are investigated. Experimental research results indicate that the optimal cutting condition is a cutting speed of 50 m/min, depth of cut of 0.4 mm and feed rate of 0.15 mm/r if the tool life and material removal rates are considered comprehensively. In this case, the tool life is 32 min and material removal rates are 3000 mm3/min, which is appropriate to the rough machining. If the tool life and surface roughness are considered, the better cutting condition is a cutting speed of 75 m/min, depth of cut of 0.6 mm and feed rate of 0.1 mm/r. In this case, the surface roughness is 0.59mm. Notch wear, flank wear, chipping at the tool nose, built-up edge(BUE) and micro-cracks are found when Ti(C7N3)-based cermet insert turned Hastelloy C-276. Oxidation, adhesive, abrasive and diffusion are the wear mechanisms, which can be investigated by the observations of scanning electron microscope and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. This research will help to guide studies on the evaluation of machining parameters to further advance the productivity of nickel based alloy Hastelloy C-276 machining.

  16. Physical chemistry of WC-12 %Co coatings deposited by thermal spraying at different standoff distances

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    Afzal, Muhammad; Ahmed, Furqan; Anwar, Muhammad Yousaf; Ali, Liaqat; Ajmal, Muhammad [Univ. of Engineering and Technology, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Lahore (Pakistan); Khan, Aamer Nusair [Institute of Industrial and Control System, Rawalpindi (Pakistan)

    2015-09-15

    In the present research, WC-12 %Co cermet coatings were deposited on AISI-321 stainless steel substrate using air plasma spraying. During the deposition process, the standoff distance was varied from 80 to 130 mm with 10 mm increments. Other parameters such as current, voltage, time, carrier gas flow rate and powder feed rate etc. were kept constant. The objective was to study the effects of spraying distance on the microstructure of as-sprayed coatings. The microscopic analyses revealed that the band of spraying distance ranging from 90 to 100 mm was the threshold distance for optimum results, provided that all the other spraying parameters were kept constant. In this range of threshold distance, minimum percentages of porosity and defects were observed. Further, the formation of different phases, at six spraying distances, was studied using X-ray diffraction, and the phase analysis was correlated with hardness results.

  17. Physical chemistry of WC-12 %Co coatings deposited by thermal spraying at different standoff distances

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    In the present research, WC-12 %Co cermet coatings were deposited on AISI-321 stainless steel substrate using air plasma spraying. During the deposition process, the standoff distance was varied from 80 to 130 mm with 10 mm increments. Other parameters such as current, voltage, time, carrier gas flow rate and powder feed rate etc. were kept constant. The objective was to study the effects of spraying distance on the microstructure of as-sprayed coatings. The microscopic analyses revealed that the band of spraying distance ranging from 90 to 100 mm was the threshold distance for optimum results, provided that all the other spraying parameters were kept constant. In this range of threshold distance, minimum percentages of porosity and defects were observed. Further, the formation of different phases, at six spraying distances, was studied using X-ray diffraction, and the phase analysis was correlated with hardness results.

  18. 真空管式太阳能集热器研究最新进展%Latest Development of Vacuum Tube Solar Collectors

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    李建昌; 侯雪艳; 王紫瑄; 吴隽稚; 巴德纯

    2012-01-01

    The latest development of the vacuum tube solar collectors was reviewed. The discussions centered on three aspects: the advanced materials, structures, and thermal stabilities of the selective absorption coatings in vacuum. The stainless steel,Ti, Al and Ni are good materials for applications at low and medium temperatures;whereas Mo and W do well at high temperatures. The absorption coatings are mainly divided into two types: the absorber layer/anti-reflection dielectric layer, based on light interference;the metal infrared reflection layer/metal dielectric absorber layer/anti-reflection dielectric layer, named as the cermet absorber coating. Three main factors influencing the thermal stability include cracks,oxidation,and atomic inter-diffusion at high temperatures. Besides,the thermal stability also depends on its thickness and microstructures.The scenarios possibly focus on,I) .growth of multilayer and gradient structured layers by electrochemical route and/or by magnetron sputtering,and hopefully with some nano-materials or nano-structures;ii). Development of the Mo-based cermet coatings with high efficiency at high temperatures; iii) . Realization of the devices with high intelligence,automation,and integration in buildings.%从选择性吸收涂层的材料、结构、热稳定性及真空环境等方面综述了真空管式太阳能集热器的研究进展.不锈钢、Ti、Al、Ni类材料适于制备中低温选择性吸收涂层;而Mo和W类等高熔点材料,适于高温涂层.涂层结构方面,主要有吸收层/介质减反层的光干涉类、金属红外反射层/金属介质吸收层/介质减反层的金属陶瓷类.影响涂层热稳定性的主要因素是高温下涂层的破裂、氧化及元素扩散,涂层厚度与结构也能影响热稳定性.结果表明:①选择性吸收涂层制备,应采用电化学或磁控溅射技术并结合纳米材料对涂层进行多层化、梯度化研究;②应着重发展Mo类金属

  19. Thermal radiative properties of plasma sprayed thermochromic coating

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    Li, Qiang, E-mail: liqiang@mail.njust.edu.cn [School of Energy and Power Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210094 (China); Fan, Desong [School of Energy and Power Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210094 (China); Xuan, Yimin [School of Energy and Power Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210094 (China); College of Energy and Power Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210016 (China)

    2014-01-15

    Highlights: • Thermochromic coatings were synthesized by plasma spraying method. • The coating exhibits a metal–insulator transition. • Emissivity increment of the coating at 97–373 K is 0.33. • Large solar absorptivity of the coating is reported. -- Abstract: Thermochromic coating has been deposited on the substrate of stainless steel by plasma spraying method. Surface morphology, solar absorptivity, and the temperature dependence of infrared spectra and emissivity are reported. The observation of surface morphology shows that the microstructure and the compactness of the coating are related to the spray distance. The investigation of thermal radiative properties indicates that the coating has a large solar absorptivity exceeding 0.8 and its tunable range of emissivity is remarkable, approaching 0.33 at 97–373 K.

  20. ANTIREFLECTION MULTILAYER COATINGS WITH THIN METAL LAYERS

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    L. A. Gubanova

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The design of anti-reflective coatings for metal surfaces of Al, Ti, N,i Cr is proposed. The coatings have the form of alternating layers of dielectric/metal/dielectric with the number of cells up to15. The method of calculation of such coatings is proposed. We have calculated the coatings of the type [HfO2/Cr/HfO2]15, [ZrO2/Ti/Al2O3]15, [ZrO2/Cr/ZrO2]15. It is shown that the proposed interference coatings provide reduction of the residual reflectance of the metal several times (from 3.5 to 6.0 in a wide spectral range (300-1000 nm. The proposed coatings can be recommended as anti-reflective coatings for energy saving solar systems and batteries, and photovoltaic cells.

  1. Weathering of Thermal Control Coatings

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    Jaworske, Donald A.; Tuan, George C.; Westheimer, David T.; Peters, Wanda C.; Kauder, Lonny R.; Triolo, Jack J.

    2007-01-01

    Spacecraft radiators reject heat to their surroundings. Radiators can be deployable or mounted on the body of the spacecraft. NASA's Crew Exploration Vehicle is to use body mounted radiators. Coatings play an important role in heat rejection. The coatings provide the radiator surface with the desired optical properties of low solar absorptance and high infrared emittance. These specialized surfaces are applied to the radiator panel in a number of ways, including conventional spraying, plasma spraying, or as an applique. Not specifically designed for a weathering environment, little is known about the durability of conventional paints, coatings, and appliques upon exposure to weathering and subsequent exposure to solar wind and ultraviolet radiation exposure. In addition to maintaining their desired optical properties, the coatings must also continue to adhere to the underlying radiator panel. This is a challenge, as new composite radiator panels are being considered as replacements for the aluminum panels used previously. Various thermal control paints, coatings, and appliques were applied to aluminum and isocyanate ester composite coupons and were exposed for 30 days at the Atmospheric Exposure Site of the Kennedy Space Center s Beach Corrosion Facility for the purpose of identifying their durability to weathering. Selected coupons were subsequently exposed to simulated solar wind and vacuum ultraviolet radiation to identify the effect of a simulated space environment on the as-weathered surfaces. Optical properties and adhesion testing were used to document the durability of the paints and coatings. The purpose of this paper is to present the results of the weathering testing and to summarize the durability of several thermal control paints, coatings, and appliques to weathering and postweathering environments.

  2. Theoretical research on the propagation of the crack normal to and dwelling on the interface of the cermet cladding material structure

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    The interface crack propagation problem in the cermet cladding material structure was studied. A comparative propagation property parameter (CP) suitable to judge the propagation direction of the interface crack in the cermet cladding material structure was proposed. The interface crack propagation criterion was established. Theoretical models of the CPs for the crack normal to and dwelling on the interface deflecting separately into the clad, the interface and the substrate were built, and the relations between the CPs and the load action angle, the clad thickness ratio and the load were investigated with an example. The research results show that, under the research conditions, the interface crack will more easily propagate into the clad layer than into the substrate

  3. Theoretical research on the propagation of the crack normal to and dwelling on the interface of the cermet cladding material structure

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    Junru, Yang; Chuanjuan, Song; Minglan, Wang; Yeukan, Zhang; Jing, Sun [College of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Qingdao (China)

    2016-01-15

    The interface crack propagation problem in the cermet cladding material structure was studied. A comparative propagation property parameter (CP) suitable to judge the propagation direction of the interface crack in the cermet cladding material structure was proposed. The interface crack propagation criterion was established. Theoretical models of the CPs for the crack normal to and dwelling on the interface deflecting separately into the clad, the interface and the substrate were built, and the relations between the CPs and the load action angle, the clad thickness ratio and the load were investigated with an example. The research results show that, under the research conditions, the interface crack will more easily propagate into the clad layer than into the substrate.

  4. In situ X-ray scattering of perovskite solar cell active layers roll-to-roll coated on flexible substrates

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    Rossander, Lea Hildebrandt; Larsen-Olsen, Thue T.; Dam, Henrik Friis;

    2016-01-01

    In an effort to understand recent results showing differences between the power conversion efficiencies of lead halide (CH3NH3PbI3-xClx) solar cells on glass versus flexible substrates, this study investigates the influence that substrate and processing methods have on morphological and crystallo......In an effort to understand recent results showing differences between the power conversion efficiencies of lead halide (CH3NH3PbI3-xClx) solar cells on glass versus flexible substrates, this study investigates the influence that substrate and processing methods have on morphological...... crystallographic developments between the substrates, especially seen through the behaviour of a crystalline precursor which survived longer on the flexible substrates than on glass. Additionally, the common degradation product PbI2 was absent on the thickest flexible substrate. This leads us to conjecture...

  5. Propriétés thermomécaniques de cermets à base de ferrite spinelle : influence de l'oxydation

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    Huchet, Guillaume

    2010-01-01

    Co-encadrement de la thèse : Vincent Maurel In order to replace consumable carbon electrodes in the Hall-Heroult electrolysis process, the development of inert anodes resistant to oxidation is a technical challenge for main leaders in aluminum production. Some of the recent researches were focused on promising and original cermets constituted of a dual phase ceramic matrix and dispersed metallic particles, which have sufficient electric conductivity and corrosion resistance at high tempera...

  6. Determining the coating speed limitations for organic photovoltaic inks

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    Jakubka, Florian; Heyder, Madeleine; Machui, Florian;

    2013-01-01

    To determine the output capability of present organic photovoltaic (OPV) materials, it is important to know the theoretical maximum coating speeds of the used semiconductor formulations. Here, we present a comprehensive investigation of the coating stability window of several prototype organic...... semiconductor inks relevant for organic solar cells. The coating stability window was first determined experimentally by a sheet to sheet coater at velocities of up to 10 m/min. A numerical simulation model based on the Coating Window Suite 2010 software was established to give insight into the coating......-xylene and tetrahydronaphthalene showed the possibility of coating speeds up to 60 m/min. The simulation further revealed the maximum coating head distances for a given wet film thickness. Finally, we show a solar-cell with slot-die coated PEDOT:PSS and P3HT:PCBM-layer based on the parameters obtained by the simulated data, which...

  7. A Comparative Study on SiC-B4C-Si Cermet Prepared by Pressureless Sintering and Spark Plasma Sintering Methods

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    Sahani, P.; Karak, S. K.; Mishra, B.; Chakravarty, D.; Chaira, D.

    2016-06-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC)-boron carbide (B4C) based cermets were doped with 5, 10, and 20 wt pct Silicon (Si) and their sinterability and properties were investigated for conventional sintering at 2223 K (1950 °C) and spark plasma sintering (SPS) at 1623 K (1350 °C). An average particle size of ~3 µm was obtained after 10 hours of milling. There is an enhancement of Vickers microhardness in the 10 wt pct Si sample from 18.10 in conventional sintering to 27.80 GPa for SPS. The relative density, microhardness, and indentation fracture toughness of the composition SiC60(B4C)30Si10 fabricated by SPS are 98 pct, 27.80 GPa, and 3.8 MPa m1/2, respectively. The novelty of the present study is to tailor the wettability and ductility of the cermet by addition of Si into the SiC-B4C matrix. Better densification with improved properties is achieved for cermets consolidated by SPS at lower temperatures than conventional sintering.

  8. Effect of metallic phase content on mechanical properties of (85Cu- 15Ni)/(10NiO-NiFe2O4) cermet inert anode for aluminum electrolysis

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    2007-01-01

    (85Cu-15Ni)/(10NiO-NiFe2O4) cermets were prepared with Cu-Ni mixed powders as toughening metallic phase and 10NiO-NiFe2O4 as ceramic matrix. The phase composition, microstructure of composite and the effect of metallic phase content on bending strength, hardness, fracture toughness and thermal shock resistance were studied. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates the coexistence of (Cu-Ni), NiO and NiFe2O4 phases in the cermets. Within the content range of metallic phase from 0% to 20% (mass fraction), the maximal bending strength (176.4 MPa) and the minimal porosity (3.9%) of composite appear at the metallic phase content of 5%. The fracture toughness increases and Vickers' hardness decreases with increasing metal content. When the thermal shock temperature difference (△t) is below 200 ℃, the loss rate of residual strength for 10NiO-NiFe2O4 ceramic is only 8%, but about 40% for (85Cu-15Ni)/(10NiO-NiFe2O4) cermets. As △t is above 200 ℃, the residual strength sharply decreases for sample CN0 and falls slowly for samples CN5-CN20.

  9. Impact of coated windows on visual perception

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    Johnsen, Kjeld; Dubois, Marie-Claude

    of a pilot study that investigated the impact of six coated glazings on daylight conditions in scale models. The study focused primarily on visual perception. Generally, the pilot study indicated that some types of coated glazings (especially solar protective coatings) significantly affect the perception...... of brightness and colours in a space. Overall, the study shows that coated glazings may moderately affect the perception details, slightly affect the perception of glare from window and do not affect the perception of shadows on and around objects in the room. The results also suggest that the perception...

  10. Sprayed coatings

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    Steffens, H. D.

    1980-03-01

    Thermal spraying is shown to be an efficient means for the protection of surface areas against elevated temperature, wear, corrosion, hot gas corrosion, and erosion in structural aircraft components. Particularly in jet engines, numerous parts are coated by flame, detonation, or plasma spraying techniques. The applied methods of flame, detonation, and plasma spraying are explained, as well as electric arc spraying. Possibilities for spray coatings which meet aircraft service requirements are discussed, as well as methods for quality control, especially nondestructive test methods. In particular, coating characteristics and properties obtained by different spray methods are described, and special attention is paid to low pressure plasma spraying.

  11. Carbon Coating Of Copper By Arc-Discharge Pyrolysis

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    Ebihara, Ben T.; Jopek, Stanley

    1988-01-01

    Adherent, abrasion-resistant coat deposited with existing equipment. Carbon formed and deposited as coating on copper substrate by pyrolysis of hydrocarbon oil in electrical-arc discharges. Technique for producing carbon deposits on copper accomplished with electrical-discharge-machining equipment used for cutting metals. Applications for new coating technique include the following: solar-energy-collecting devices, coating of metals other than copper with carbon, and carburization of metal surfaces.

  12. Corrosion-protective coatings from electrically conducting polymers

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    Thompson, Karen Gebert; Bryan, Coleman J.; Benicewicz, Brian C.; Wrobleski, Debra A.

    1991-01-01

    In a joint effort between NASA Kennedy and LANL, electrically conductive polymer coatings were developed as corrosion protective coatings for metal surfaces. At NASA Kennedy, the launch environment consist of marine, severe solar, and intermittent high acid and/or elevated temperature conditions. Electrically conductive polymer coatings were developed which impart corrosion resistance to mild steel when exposed to saline and acidic environments. Such coatings also seem to promote corrosion resistance in areas of mild steel where scratches exist in the protective coating. Such coatings appear promising for many commercial applications.

  13. Behaviour of one-step spray-coated carbon nanotube supercapacitor in ambient light harvester circuit with printed organic solar cell and electrochromic display.

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    Tuukkanen, Sampo; Välimäki, Marja; Lehtimäki, Suvi; Vuorinen, Tiina; Lupo, Donald

    2016-03-09

    A printed energy harvesting and storage circuit powered by ambient office lighting and its use to power a printed display is reported. The autonomous device is composed of three printed electronic components: an organic photovoltaic module, a carbon-nanotubes-only supercapacitor and an electrochromic display element. Components are fabricated from safe and environmentally friendly materials, and have been fabricated using solution processing methods, which translate into low-cost and high-throughput manufacturing. A supercapacitor made of spray-coated carbon nanotube based ink and aqueous NaCl electrolyte was charged using a printed organic photovoltaic module exposed to office lighting conditions. The supercapacitor charging rate, self-discharge rate and display operation were studied in detail. The supercapacitor self-discharge rate was found to depend on the charging rate. The fully charged supercapacitor was used as a power source to run the electrochromic display over 50 times.

  14. Behaviour of one-step spray-coated carbon nanotube supercapacitor in ambient light harvester circuit with printed organic solar cell and electrochromic display.

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    Tuukkanen, Sampo; Välimäki, Marja; Lehtimäki, Suvi; Vuorinen, Tiina; Lupo, Donald

    2016-01-01

    A printed energy harvesting and storage circuit powered by ambient office lighting and its use to power a printed display is reported. The autonomous device is composed of three printed electronic components: an organic photovoltaic module, a carbon-nanotubes-only supercapacitor and an electrochromic display element. Components are fabricated from safe and environmentally friendly materials, and have been fabricated using solution processing methods, which translate into low-cost and high-throughput manufacturing. A supercapacitor made of spray-coated carbon nanotube based ink and aqueous NaCl electrolyte was charged using a printed organic photovoltaic module exposed to office lighting conditions. The supercapacitor charging rate, self-discharge rate and display operation were studied in detail. The supercapacitor self-discharge rate was found to depend on the charging rate. The fully charged supercapacitor was used as a power source to run the electrochromic display over 50 times. PMID:26957019

  15. Behaviour of one-step spray-coated carbon nanotube supercapacitor in ambient light harvester circuit with printed organic solar cell and electrochromic display

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    Tuukkanen, Sampo; Välimäki, Marja; Lehtimäki, Suvi; Vuorinen, Tiina; Lupo, Donald

    2016-01-01

    A printed energy harvesting and storage circuit powered by ambient office lighting and its use to power a printed display is reported. The autonomous device is composed of three printed electronic components: an organic photovoltaic module, a carbon-nanotubes-only supercapacitor and an electrochromic display element. Components are fabricated from safe and environmentally friendly materials, and have been fabricated using solution processing methods, which translate into low-cost and high-throughput manufacturing. A supercapacitor made of spray-coated carbon nanotube based ink and aqueous NaCl electrolyte was charged using a printed organic photovoltaic module exposed to office lighting conditions. The supercapacitor charging rate, self-discharge rate and display operation were studied in detail. The supercapacitor self-discharge rate was found to depend on the charging rate. The fully charged supercapacitor was used as a power source to run the electrochromic display over 50 times. PMID:26957019

  16. Behaviour of one-step spray-coated carbon nanotube supercapacitor in ambient light harvester circuit with printed organic solar cell and electrochromic display

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    Tuukkanen, Sampo; Välimäki, Marja; Lehtimäki, Suvi; Vuorinen, Tiina; Lupo, Donald

    2016-03-01

    A printed energy harvesting and storage circuit powered by ambient office lighting and its use to power a printed display is reported. The autonomous device is composed of three printed electronic components: an organic photovoltaic module, a carbon-nanotubes-only supercapacitor and an electrochromic display element. Components are fabricated from safe and environmentally friendly materials, and have been fabricated using solution processing methods, which translate into low-cost and high-throughput manufacturing. A supercapacitor made of spray-coated carbon nanotube based ink and aqueous NaCl electrolyte was charged using a printed organic photovoltaic module exposed to office lighting conditions. The supercapacitor charging rate, self-discharge rate and display operation were studied in detail. The supercapacitor self-discharge rate was found to depend on the charging rate. The fully charged supercapacitor was used as a power source to run the electrochromic display over 50 times.

  17. Hard coatings

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    Dan, J.; Boving, H.; Hintermann, H.

    1993-01-01

    Hard, wear resistant and low friction coatings are presently produced on a world-wide basis, by different processes such as electrochemical or electroless methods, spray technologies, thermochemical, CVD and PVD. Some of the most advanced processes, especially those dedicated to thin film depositions, basically belong to CVD or PVD technologies, and will be looked at in more detail. The hard coatings mainly consist of oxides, nitrides, carbides, borides or carbon. Over the years, many process...

  18. Effect of Accelerated Thermal Ageing on the Selective Solar Thermal Harvesting Properties of Multiwall Carbon Nanotube/Nickel Oxide Nanocomposite Coatings

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    Kittessa T. Roro

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Varying amounts of dispersed multiwalled carbon nanotubes in NiO have been used to develop composites that absorb the solar energy very well but lose very little through emission. Determination of absorptance, αsol, and emissivity, εther, from such selective solar absorbers shows that the optimum efficiency of 71% can be attained when about 10 mg of MWCNTs are composited with NiO. One such absorber was subjected to thermal ageing tests. The performance criterion (PC limit for passing the test when simulated for 25 years is (−Δα+0.25Δε≤0.05. It was found that the typical absorber had a PC value of −0.01. This value is much better than the passing limit. Raman spectra of the typical absorber before and after the thermal ageing test showed a reduced intensity in the D and G bands of disordered and graphitic carbon, respectively but an enhancement of the NiO bands indicating loss of carbon atoms due to thermal ageing tests. Simple equations are derived determining the proportion of carbon atoms that are lost and the proportion of carbon atoms that remains in the absorber; both of these are in agreement with the original carbon composition before the thermal ageing test. It is reported that the typical absorber will retain 63% of the carbon after 25 years.

  19. Product integration of compact roll-to-roll processed polymer solar cell modules: methods and manufacture using flexographic printing, slot-die coating and rotary screen printing

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    Krebs, Frederik C; Fyenbo, Jan; Jørgensen, Mikkel

    2010-01-01

    -filter with a cut-off at 390 nm, oxygen and water vapor transmission rates of respectively 0.01 cm3 m−2 bar−1 day−1 and 0.04 g m−2 day−1. The final modules comprised 16 serially connected cells. The technical yield was 89% based on the criterion that the Voc had to be larger than 7.2 V. This set of modules gave...... respectively a voltage, current, fill factor and power conversion efficiency of 8.47 ± 0.41 V, −23.20 ± 4.10 mA, 35.4 ± 2.8% and 1.96 ± 0.34% in the case of modules based on P3HT:[60]PCBM. A total of 1960 modules were prepared for each run and the best power conversion reached was 2.75% for devices based on P3......HT:[70]PCBM. The solar cell modules were used to demonstrate the complete manufacture of a small lamp entirely using techniques of flexible electronics. The solar cell module was used to charge a polymer lithium ion battery through a blocking diode. The entire process was fully automated...

  20. Hard coatings

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    Hard, wear resistant and low friction coatings are presently produced on a world-wide basis, by different processes such as electrochemical or electroless methods, spray technologies, thermochemical, CVD and PVD. Some of the most advanced processes, especially those dedicated to thin film depositions, basically belong to CVD or PVD technologies, and will be looked at in more detail. The hard coatings mainly consist of oxides, nitrides, carbides, borides or carbon. Over the years, many processes have been developed which are variations and/or combinations of the basic CVD and PVD methods. The main difference between these two families of deposition techniques is that the CVD is an elevated temperature process (≥ 700 C), while the PVD on the contrary, is rather a low temperature process (≤ 500 C); this of course influences the choice of substrates and properties of the coating/substrate systems. Fundamental aspects of the vapor phase deposition techniques and some of their influences on coating properties will be discussed, as well as the very important interactions between deposit and substrate: diffusions, internal stress, etc. Advantages and limitations of CVD and PVD respectively will briefly be reviewed and examples of applications of the layers will be given. Parallel to the development and permanent updating of surface modification technologies, an effort was made to create novel characterisation methods. A close look will be given to the coating adherence control by means of the scratch test, at the coating hardness measurement by means of nanoindentation, at the coating wear resistance by means of a pin-on-disc tribometer, and at the surface quality evaluation by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Finally, main important trends will be highlighted. (orig.)

  1. Solar absorber material stability under high solar flux

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    Ignatiev, A.; Zajac, G.; Smith, G. B.

    1982-04-01

    Solar absorbing Black Chrome coatings have been exposed to high temperatures (350-400 C) under high solar fluxes (0.4 to 2.0 MW/sq m) to test for their stability under actual operating conditions. Field tests at the White Sands Solar Furnace have shown higher stability than expected from oven tested samples. Laboratory studies utilizing spectrally selective concentrated solar simulated radiation have indicated that the cause of the higher stability under solar irradiation is photo-stimulated desorption of oxygen bearing species at the absorber surface and resultant reduced oxidation of the absorber.

  2. Polymer-based solar cells having an active area of 1.6 cm{sup 2} fabricated via spray coating

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    Scarratt, N. W.; Griffin, J.; Zhang, Y.; Lidzey, D. G., E-mail: d.g.lidzey@sheffield.ac.uk [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7RH (United Kingdom); Wang, T. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7RH (United Kingdom); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China); Yi, H.; Iraqi, A. [Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7HF (United Kingdom)

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate the fabrication of polymer solar cells in which both a PEDOT:PSS hole transport and a PCDTBT:PC{sub 71}BM photoactive layer are deposited by spray-casting. Two device geometries are explored, with devices having a pixel area of 165 mm{sup 2} attaining a power conversion efficiency of 3.7%. Surface metrology indicates that the PEDOT:PSS and PCDTBT:PC{sub 71}BM layers have a roughness of 2.57 nm and 1.18 nm over an area of 100 μm{sup 2}. Light beam induced current mapping reveals fluctuations in current generation efficiency over length-scales of ∼2 mm, with the average photocurrent being 75% of its maximum value.

  3. Synthesis and Deposition of TiC-Fe Coatings by Oxygen-acetylene Flame Spraying

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    2003-01-01

    A simpler and more convenient method for producing wear-resistant, TiC-reinforced coatings were investigated in this study. It consists of the simultaneous synthesis and deposition of TiC-Fe materials by oxyacetylene flame spraying.Solid reagents bound together to form a single particle are injected into the flame stream where an in-situ reaction occurs. The reaction products are propelled onto a substrate to form a coating. Microstructural analyses reveal that TiC and Fe are the dominant phases in the coatings. The reaction between Ti and C happens step by step along with the reactive spray powder flight, and TiC-Fe materials were mainly synthesized where the spray distance is 125~170 mm. The TiC-Fe coatings are composed of alternate TiC-rich and TiC-poor lamellae with different microhardness of 11.9~13.7 and 3.0~6.0 Gpa, respectively. Submicron and round TiC particles are dispersed within a ductile metal matrix. The peculiar microstructure is thought to be responsible for its good wear resistance, which is better nearly five times than WC-reinforced cermet coatings obtained by traditional oxyacetylene flame spray.

  4. Film adhesion in amorphous silicon solar cells

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    A R M Yusoff; M N Syahrul; K Henkel

    2007-08-01

    A major issue encountered during fabrication of triple junction -Si solar cells on polyimide substrates is the adhesion of the solar cell thin films to the substrates. Here, we present our study of film adhesion in amorphous silicon solar cells made on different polyimide substrates (Kapton VN, Upilex-S and Gouldflex), and the effect of tie coats on film adhesion.

  5. Photocatalytic Degradation of Eosin Yellow Using Poly(pyrrole-co-aniline-Coated TiO2/Nanocellulose Composite under Solar Light Irradiation

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    T. S. Anirudhan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study describes the feasibility of a novel adsorbent cum photocatalyst, poly(pyrrole-co-aniline-coated TiO2/nanocellulose composite (P(Py-co-An-TiO2/NCC, to remove eosin yellow (EY from aqueous solutions. The removal of EY was investigated by batch adsorption followed by photocatalysis. The effect of various adsorption parameters like adsorbent dose, pH, contact time, initial concentration, and ionic strength has been optimized for treating effluents from the dye industry. Adsorption of EY reached maximum at pH 4.5 and complete removal of dye was achieved using 3.5 g/L of P(Py-co-An-TiO2/NCC. Adsorption equilibrium data were fitted with Langmuir and Fritz-Schlunder isotherm models and the kinetics of adsorption follows a second-order mechanism. The adsorption capacity of P(Py-co-An-TiO2/NCC was found to be 3.39 × 10−5 mol/g and reached equilibrium within 90 min. The photocatalytic degradation of adsorbed dye under sunlight was possible and about 92.3% of dye was degraded within 90 min. The reusability of P(Py-co-An-TiO2/NCC was also investigated. The results indicate that P(Py-co-An-TiO2/NCC is the best material for the wiping out of EY from aqueous solutions.

  6. Nanostructured Solar Irradiation Control Materials for Solar Energy Conversion

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    Kang, Jinho; Marshall, I. A.; Torrico, M. N.; Taylor, C. R.; Ely, Jeffry; Henderson, Angel Z.; Kim, J.-W.; Sauti, G.; Gibbons, L. J.; Park, C.; Lowther, S. E.; Lillehei, P. T.; Bryant, R. G.

    2012-01-01

    Tailoring the solar absorptivity (alpha(sub s)) and thermal emissivity (epsilon(sub T)) of materials constitutes an innovative approach to solar energy control and energy conversion. Numerous ceramic and metallic materials are currently available for solar absorbance/thermal emittance control. However, conventional metal oxides and dielectric/metal/dielectric multi-coatings have limited utility due to residual shear stresses resulting from the different coefficient of thermal expansion of the layered materials. This research presents an alternate approach based on nanoparticle-filled polymers to afford mechanically durable solar-absorptive and thermally-emissive polymer nanocomposites. The alpha(sub s) and epsilon(sub T) were measured with various nano inclusions, such as carbon nanophase particles (CNPs), at different concentrations. Research has shown that adding only 5 wt% CNPs increased the alpha(sub s) and epsilon(sub T) by a factor of about 47 and 2, respectively, compared to the pristine polymer. The effect of solar irradiation control of the nanocomposite on solar energy conversion was studied. The solar irradiation control coatings increased the power generation of solar thermoelectric cells by more than 380% compared to that of a control power cell without solar irradiation control coatings.

  7. Variation in spectral irradiance of the SES solar simulator

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    Mcnutt, A. E.

    1971-01-01

    A test to determine the spectral characteristics of the solar simulation produced by the solar environment simulator (SES) comprised a statistical analysis to determine the spectral variance, and its effect on the average absorptivity of surface coatings.

  8. Nanostructured Coatings

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    Rivière, J.-P.

    In many branches of technology where surfaces are playing a growing role, the use of coatings is often the only way to provide surfaces with specific functional properties. For example, the austenitic stainless steels or titanium alloys exhibit poor resistance to wear and low hardness values, which limits the field of applications. The idea then is to develop new solutions which would improve the mechanical performance and durability of objects used in contact and subjected to mechanical forces in hostile gaseous or liquid environments. Hard coatings are generally much sought after to enhance the resistance to wear and corrosion. They are of particular importance because they constitute a class of protective coatings which is already widely used on an industrial scale to improve the hardness and lifetime of cutting tools.

  9. Anti-reflective and anti-soiling coatings for self-cleaning properties

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    Brophy, Brenor L.; Nair, Vinod; Dave, Bakul Champaklal

    2016-05-31

    The disclosure discloses abrasion resistant, persistently hydrophobic and oleophobic, anti-reflective and anti-soiling coatings for glass. The coatings described herein have wide application, including for example the front cover glass of solar modules. Methods of applying the coatings using various apparatus are disclosed. Methods for using the coatings in solar energy generation plants to achieve greater energy yield and reduced operations costs are disclosed. Coating materials are formed by combinations of hydrolyzed silane-base precursors through sol-gel processes. Several methods of synthesis and formulation of coating materials are disclosed.

  10. Post-assembly atomic layer deposition of ultrathin metal-oxide coatings enhances the performance of an organic dye-sensitized solar cell by suppressing dye aggregation.

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    Son, Ho-Jin; Kim, Chul Hoon; Kim, Dong Wook; Jeong, Nak Cheon; Prasittichai, Chaiya; Luo, Langli; Wu, Jinsong; Farha, Omar K; Wasielewski, Michael R; Hupp, Joseph T

    2015-03-11

    Dye aggregation and concomitant reduction of dye excited-state lifetimes and electron-injection yields constitute a significant mechanism for diminution of light-to-electrical energy conversion efficiencies in many dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). For TiO2-based DSCs prepared with an archetypal donor-acceptor organic dye, (E)-2-cyano-3-(5'-(5''-(p-(diphenylamino)phenyl)-thiophen-2''-yl)thiophen-2'-yl)acrylic acid (OrgD), we find, in part via ultrafast spectroscopy measurements, that postdye-adsorption atomic layer deposition (ALD) of ultrathin layers of either TiO2 or Al2O3 effectively reverses residual aggregation. Notably, the ALD treatment is significantly more effective than the widely used aggregation-inhibiting coadsorbent, chenodeoxycholic acid. Primarily because of reversal of OrgD aggregation, and resulting improved injection yields, ALD post-treatment engenders a 30+% increase in overall energy conversion efficiency. A secondary contributor to increased currents and efficiencies is an ALD-induced attenuation of the rate of interception of injected electrons, resulting in slightly more efficient charge collection.

  11. Photoelectrode thin film of dye-sensitized solar cell fabricated by anodizing method and spin coating and electrochemical impedance properties of DSSC

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    Chang, Ho, E-mail: f10381@ntut.edu.tw [Graduate Institute of Manufacturing Technology, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 10608, Taiwan (China); Chen, Chih-Hao [Department of Thoracic Surgery, Mackay Memorial Hospital, Taipei 10419, Taiwan (China); Graduate Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 10608, Taiwan (China); Kao, Mu-Jung [Department of Vehicle Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 10608, Taiwan (China); Chien, Shu-Hua [Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica, Taipei 115, Taiwan (China); Chou, Cheng-Yi [Graduate Institute of Manufacturing Technology, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 10608, Taiwan (China)

    2013-06-15

    The paper studies the photoelectrode thin film of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) fabricated by anodizing method, explores the structure and properties of the fabricated photoelectrode thin film, measures the photoelectric conversion efficiency of DSSC, and finds the electrochemical impedance properties of DSSCs assembled by photoelectrode thin films in different thicknesses. Besides, in order to increase the specific surface area of nanotubes, this paper deposits TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (TNP) on the surface of titanium oxide nanotube (TNT). As shown in experimental results, the photoelectric conversion efficiency of the DSSC fabricated by the study rises to 6.5% from the original 5.43% without TnB treatment, with an increase of photoelectric conversion efficiency by 19.7%. In addition, when the photoelectrode thin film is fabricated with mixture of TNTs and TNP in an optimal proportion of 2:8 and the photoelectrode thin film thickness is 15.5 μm, the photoelectric conversion efficiency can reach 7.4%, with an increase of 36.7% from the original photoelectric conversion efficiency at 5.43%. Besides, as found in the results of electrochemical impedance analysis, the DSSC with photoelectrode thin film thickness at 15.5 μm has the lowest charge-conduction resistance (R{sub k}) value 9.276 Ω of recombined electron and conduction resistance (R{sub w}) value 3.25 Ω of electrons in TiO{sub 2}.

  12. Application of High Temperature Corrosion-Resistant Materials and Coatings Under Severe Corrosive Environment in Waste-to-Energy Boilers

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    Kawahara, Yuuzou

    2007-06-01

    Corrosion-resistant materials (CRMs) and coatings are key technologies to increase power generation efficiency and reduce maintenance in waste-to-energy (WTE) plants. Corrosion environment became severe as steam temperatures have increased. The steam condition of more than 400 °C/3.9 MPa became possible in WTE boilers by using highly durable corrosion-resistant coatings, such as thermal spray of Al/80Ni20Cr alloy, HVOF-sprayed NiCrSiB alloy, Alloy 625 weld overlay for waterwall tubes and also superheater tubes. Also, the use of 310S type stainless steels and high Cr-high Mo-Ni base and high Si-Cr-Ni-Fe alloys have progressed because of a better understanding of corrosion mechanisms. Furthermore, high durability coatings using cermet and ceramic materials were applied to high temperature superheaters. This paper describes the major developments and the application of CRMs and coating technologies in the last 30 years in WTE plants, the corrosion mechanisms of alloys, the deterioration mechanisms of spray coating layers, and future subjects for the development of corrosion-resistant materials and coatings.

  13. The NASA Langley building solar project and the supporting Lewis solar technology program

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    Ragsdale, R. G.; Namkoong, D.

    1974-01-01

    A solar energy technology program is described that includes solar collector testing in an indoor solar simulator facility and in an outdoor test facility, property measurements of solar panel coatings, and operation of a laboratory-scale solar model system test facility. Early results from simulator tests indicate that non-selective coatings behave more nearly in accord with predicted performance than do selective coatings. Initial experiments on the decay rate of thermally stratified hot water in a storage tank have been run. Results suggest that where high temperature water is required, excess solar energy collected by a building solar system should be stored overnight in the form of chilled water rather than hot water.

  14. Investigation on hole manufacture in 42CrMo4 steel using 3-flute carbide drills and 6-flute cermet reamers

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    Müller, Pavel; De Chiffre, Leonardo

    2009-01-01

    An investigation on cutting forces and hole quality using carbide 3-flute self-centering drills and 6-flute cermet reamers was performed on 42CrMo4 alloy steel. Different depths of cuts were analyzed with respect to cutting thrust and cutting torque, hole diameter, form and surface integrity. Good...... reproducibility in cutting forces was obtained for all drilled holes with coefficients of variation less than 6% for thrust and 8% for torque respectively. Good reproducibility for all depths of cuts was obtained in reaming, reaching coefficient of variation in the range 7-13% for thrust and 9-23% for torque...

  15. Cinétique et mécanismes de corrosion sèche d'un cermet à base Cu-Ni

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    Rioult, Fabien

    2005-01-01

    In the course of the development of new materials for inert anodes in the aluminum electrolysis process, cermets have been shown to be good candidates due to combined properties of conduction and resistance to corrosion. At temperatures as high as 900-1000°C, these materials must be particularly resistant, not only to the corrosion by the electrolytic bath, but also to the corrosion by the gaseous atmosphere, which contains oxygen and fluorides. This study was devoted to the kinetics of oxida...

  16. 内聚光膜式全玻璃真空太阳集热管烘烤排气工艺研究%Compromised Degassing Process of All-Glass Solar Collector Tubes Coated with Sunlight Concentration Membrane

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    刘建明; 周恒智

    2013-01-01

    对内聚光膜式全玻璃真空太阳集热管进行了9组烘烤排气实验,通过对比各组集热管在烘烤排气过程中的排气量及分析高温烘烤——加速老化实验数据,得到了其烘烤排气最佳工艺参数.9组实验中,450℃/50min,450℃/40 min,450℃/30 min及400℃/50min四个工艺制作的集热管真空品质相差不多,优于其余五个工艺;单从集热管真空品质角度看,450℃/50min烘烤排气工艺最好,若从真空品质和制作成本两方面考虑,400℃/50 min是较好的工艺参数.%The impacts of the degassing conditions,the baking temperature and time,on the quality and fabrication cost of the all-glass solar collector tubes,the inside walls of which were coated with sunlight concentration membrane,were experimentally evaluated to optimize the baking-evacuation process on industrial scale.The results show that the baking temperature and time strongly affect the tube quality and production cost.For instance,when it comes to high quality of the tubes,the optimized baking evacuation conditions were found to be the 450℃/50 min process.We suggest that a compromised baking evacuating process,400℃/50 min.Minimize the production cost and ensure high quality of the tubes.

  17. Perovskite solar cells: an emerging photovoltaic technology

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    Nam-Gyu Park

    2015-01-01

    Perovskite solar cells based on organometal halides represent an emerging photovoltaic technology. Perovskite solar cells stem from dye-sensitized solar cells. In a liquid-based dye-sensitized solar cell structure, the adsorption of methylammonium lead halide perovskite on a nanocrystalline TiO2 surface produces a photocurrent with a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of around 3–4%, as first discovered in 2009. The PCE was doubled after 2 years by optimizing the perovskite coating conditions....

  18. Angular solar absorptance of absorbers used in solar thermal collectors.

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    Tesfamichael, T; Wäckelgård, E

    1999-07-01

    The optical characterization of solar absorbers for thermal solar collectors is usually performed by measurement of the spectral reflectance at near-normal angle of incidence and calculation of the solar absorptance from the measured reflectance. The solar absorptance is, however, a function of the angle of incidence of the light impinging on the absorber. The total reflectance of two types of commercial solar-selective absorbers, nickel-pigmented anodized aluminum, and sputtered nickel nickel oxide coated aluminum are measured at angles of incidence from 5 to 80 in the wavelength range 300-2500 nm by use of an integrating sphere. From these measurements the angular integrated solar absorptance is determined. Experimental data are compared with theoretical calculations, and it is found that optical thin-film interference effects can explain the significant difference in solar absorptance at higher angles for the two types of absorbers.

  19. Solar Indices - Solar Corona

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Collection includes a variety of indices related to solar activity contributed by a number of national and private solar observatories located worldwide. This...

  20. Solar Indices - Solar Flares

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Collection includes a variety of indices related to solar activity contributed by a number of national and private solar observatories located worldwide. This...

  1. Solar Indices - Solar Ultraviolet

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Collection includes a variety of indices related to solar activity contributed by a number of national and private solar observatories located worldwide. This...

  2. Solar Indices - Solar Irradiance

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Collection includes a variety of indices related to solar activity contributed by a number of national and private solar observatories located worldwide. This...

  3. Comparative study of the fabrication of ultrafine Ti(C,N)-based cermets by spark plasma sintering and conventional vacuum sintering

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    LEI Yan; XIONG Weihao; LIANG Zaiguo; FENG Ping; WANG Zhiwu

    2005-01-01

    Spark plasma sintering (SPS) and conventional vacuum sintering (VS) were employed to fabricate ultrafine Ti(C,N)-based cermets. The shrinkage behavior, microstructure, and porosity and mechanical properties of the samples fabricated by SPS were compared with those of the samples sintered by VS using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, universal testing machine, and rockwell tester. The results are as follows: (1) The shrinkage process occurred mainly in the range of 1000-1300℃ during the VS process, and only a 0.2% linear shrinkage ratio appeared below 800℃;during the SPS process, a 60% dimensional change occurred below 800℃ as a result of pressure action. (2) By utilizing the SPS technique, it is difficult for obtaining fully dense Ti(C,N)-based cermets. Due to the much existence of pores and uncombined carbon, the mechanical properties of the sintered samples by SPS are inferior to sintered ones by VS. (3) grain size of the samples sintered by SPS is still below 0.5 μm, but not by VS; because of low sintering temperature, there are no typical core/rim structures formed in the sintered samples by SPS 1; the main microstructures of the sintered samples by SPS2 are a white core/grey shell structure, whereas by VS show a typical black core/grey shell structure.

  4. Effect of helium plasma gas flow rate on the properties of WC-12 wt.%Co coatings sprayed by atmospheric plasma

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    Mihailo R. Mrdak

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The cermet coatings of WC-12wt.%Co are extensively used to improve the wear resistance of a wide range of technical components. This paper analyses the influence of the plasma gas flow of helium on the microstructure and mechanical properties of WC-12wt.%Co coatings deposited by plasma spraying at atmospheric pressure (APS. In order to obtain homogeneous and denser coatings, three different flows of He ( 8 l/min., 16 l/min. and 32 l/min were used in the research. With the application of He, coatings achieved higher values of hardness due to less degradation of the primary WC carbides. The main goal was to deposit dense and homogeneous layers of WC-12wt.%Co coatings with improved wear resistance for different applications. The test results of the microstructure of the layers were evaluated under a light microscope. The analysis of the microstructure and the mechanical properties of the deposited layers was made in accordance with the standard of Pratt-Whitney. The morphology of the powder particles and the microstructure of the best coating was examined on the SEM (scanning electron microscope. The evaluation of the mechanical properties of the layers was done by applying the HV0.3 method for microhardness testing and by applying tensile testing to test the bond strength. The research has shown that the flow of He plasma gas significantly affects the microstructure, the mechanical properties and the structure of WC-12 wt.%Co coatings.

  5. Mechanical property changes in HVOF sprayed nano-structured WC-17wt.%Ni (80/20)Cr coating with varying substrate roughness

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    Thermally sprayed coatings developed by use of high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) process are known for their superior wear characteristics. In many industrial applications, new parts as well as repaired and refurbished parts coated with WC-Co microstructured coatings have shown enhanced erosion-corrosion and abrasive resistant properties when compared with other surface modification technologies such as chrome replacement, fusion welding, and cladding. This research has been further directed towards the development of HVOF technique to deposit dense nanostructured ceramic-metallic composites. The mechanism of plastic deformation, which determines the strength and ductility of materials, in nanostructured materials are different, thereby leading to novel mechanical properties. Various parameters can influence these properties, but the substrate surface preparation by grit blasting before thermal spraying is one critical parameter. The grit blasting process generates a surface roughness, which ensures mechanical anchoring between the coating and the substrate surface. In this work, the sliding wear behavior and microhardness of WC-17wt. percentage Ni(80/20)Cr cermet coatings deposited onto carbon steel substrates are examined as a function of three different surface roughness values under different loads. The results show that as-prepared surface with different blasting profiles have a direct influence on the surface roughness and wear performance of the coatings. The sliding wear resistance of the coatings increased as the substrate surface roughness increased. The wear depth decreased with increasing surface roughness. (author)

  6. Mechanical property changes in HVOF sprayed nano-structured WC-17wt.%Ni(80/20)Cr coating with varying substrate roughness

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    Thermally sprayed coatings developed by use of high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) process are known for their superior wear characteristics. In many industrial applications, new parts as well as repaired and refurbished parts coated with WC-Co microstructured coatings have shown enhanced erosion-corrosion and abrasive resistant properties when compared with other surface modification technologies such as chrome replacement, fusion welding, and cladding. This research has been further directed towards the development of HVOF technique to deposit dense nanostructured ceramic-metallic composites. The mechanism of plastic deformation, which determines the strength and ductility of materials, in nanostructured materials are different, thereby leading to novel mechanical properties. Various parameters can influence these properties, but the substrate surface preparation by grit blasting before thermal spraying is one critical parameter. The grit blasting process generates a surface roughness, which ensures mechanical anchoring between the coating and the substrate surface. In this work, the sliding wear behavior and microhardness of WC-17wt.%Ni(80/20)Cr cermet coatings deposited onto carbon steel substrates are examined as a function of three different surface roughness values under different loads. The results show that as-prepared surface with different blasting profiles have a direct influence on the surface roughness and wear performance of the coatings. The sliding wear resistance of the coatings increased as the substrate surface roughness increased. The wear depth decreased with increasing surface roughness

  7. TOPICAL REVIEW Warm spraying—a novel coating process based on high-velocity impact of solid particles

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    Seiji Kuroda et al

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, coating processes based on the impact of high-velocity solid particles such as cold spraying and aerosol deposition have been developed and attracting much industrial attention. A novel coating process called 'warm spraying' has been developed, in which coatings are formed by the high-velocity impact of solid powder particles heated to appropriate temperatures below the melting point of the powder material. The advantages of such process are as follows: (1 the critical velocity needed to form a coating can be significantly lowered by heating, (2 the degradation of feedstock powder such as oxidation can be significantly controlled compared with conventional thermal spraying where powder is molten, and (3 various coating structures can be realized from porous to dense ones by controlling the temperature and velocity of the particles. The principles and characteristics of this new process are discussed in light of other existing spray processes such as high-velocity oxy-fuel spraying and cold spraying. The gas dynamics of particle heating and acceleration by the spraying apparatus as well as the high-velocity impact phenomena of powder particles are discussed in detail. Several examples of depositing heat sensitive materials such as titanium, metallic glass, WC–Co cermet and polymers are described with potential industrial applications.

  8. Study on Temperature Filed Simulation During Electro-discharge Machining of TiC/Ni Cermet%TiC/Ni金属陶瓷电火花加工温度场仿真研究

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    冯业瑞; 郭永丰; 李宗峰

    2016-01-01

    为深入研究TiC/Ni金属陶瓷电火花加工过程,进行了TiC/Ni金属陶瓷电火花加工单脉冲放电温度场仿真。建立了TiC/Ni金属陶瓷颗粒随机分布模型,运用ANSYS软件采用生死单元法对TiC/Ni金属陶瓷进行单脉冲温度场仿真研究,并对结果进行了实验验证。结果表明:TiC/Ni金属陶瓷颗粒随机分布模型适于TiC/Ni金属陶瓷电火花加工温度场仿真,且随着峰值电流及脉宽的增大,TiC/Ni金属陶瓷蚀除体积增加,表现为试验时材料蚀除率增加。%To study electro-discharge machining (EDM) process of TiC/Ni cermet ,the temperature field simulation of single pulse EDM of TiC/Ni cermet was carried out ,the randomly distribution model of TiC/Ni cermet particles was established. The single pulse temperature field was simulated using birth-death element method based on ANSYS software. Experimental results verify that the model is suitable for EDM temperature field simulation of TiC/Ni cermet. The results also show that with increase of peak current and pulse-on time ,due to increase of material removal rate ,material removal volume of TiC/Ni cermet increase.

  9. Prepolymer Syrup for Encapsulating Solar Cells

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    Gupta, A.; Ingham, J. D.; Yavrouian, A. H.

    1982-01-01

    Clear polymer syrup, made by disolving n-butyl acrylate prepolymer in monomer, used to encapsulate solar cells by any of three standard processes (dipping, multiple coating, or automated machine coating). Use of cyclohexane instead of methanol/water solvent during initial polymerization stage maintains high molecular weight and raises yield of linear polymer to essentially 100 percent.

  10. Design of broadband omnidirectional antireflection coatings using ant colony algorithm.

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    Guo, X; Zhou, H Y; Guo, S; Luan, X X; Cui, W K; Ma, Y F; Shi, L

    2014-06-30

    Optimization method which is based on the ant colony algorithm (ACA) is described to optimize antireflection (AR) coating system with broadband omnidirectional characteristics for silicon solar cells incorporated with the solar spectrum (AM1.5 radiation). It's the first time to use ACA method for optimizing the AR coating system. In this paper, for the wavelength range from 400 nm to 1100 nm, the optimized three-layer AR coating system could provide an average reflectance of 2.98% for incident angles from Raveθ+ to 80° and 6.56% for incident angles from 0° to 90°. PMID:24978076

  11. Corrosion resistant coating

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    Wrobleski, Debra A.; Benicewicz, Brian C.; Thompson, Karen G.; Bryan, Coleman J.

    1997-01-01

    A method of protecting a metal substrate from corrosion including coating a metal substrate of, e.g., steel, iron or aluminum, with a conductive polymer layer of, e.g., polyaniline, coating upon said metal substrate, and coating the conductive polymer-coated metal substrate with a layer of a topcoat upon the conductive polymer coating layer, is provided, together with the resultant coated article from said method.

  12. Preparation of Large-Area Inverted Polymer Solar Cells by Spray Coating Technique%喷涂法制备大面积倒置聚合物光伏器件

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    刘智勇; 徐文涛; 王宁; 杨小牛

    2012-01-01

    Large-area inverted polymer solar cells with a device structure of ITO/ZnO/P3HT: PCBM/V2O5/ Ag(P3HT:poly(3-hexylthiophene) ; PCBM; [6',6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester) were prepared with an active area of 1.0×1.1 cm2 by spray coating technique.UV-Vis absorption spectrum of the P3HT: PCBM film indicated that the absorbance was dramatically strengthened,and the absorption peaks were red-shifted to some extent.ZnO and V2O5 were used to replace LiF and PEDOT:PSS(4-ethylenedioxythiophene: polystyrene sulfonate) as the interfacial modified layers,in order to avoid corrosion of PEDOT: PSS to ITO layer and deliquescence of LiF.In addition,Ag instead of Al was evaporated as the back electrode to avoid the oxidization of Al electrode.The efficiency of the device increased from 1.1% to 1.65% after thermal annealing.The stability of the inverted devices was markedly improved compared with traditional devices,with the efficiencies decreased by only 10% after storage for 8 weeks.%采用喷涂工艺制备了结构为ITO/ZnO/ P3 HT:PCBM/V2O5/Ag(P3HT:聚噻吩;PCBM:6,6-苯基-C61-丁酸甲酯)的大面积倒置光伏器件,有效面积为1.0×1.1 cm2.光谱测试结果表明,退火处理后,P3HT:PCBM薄膜吸收显著增强,并且产生一定程度的红移.采用ZnO和V2 O5代替LiF和PEDOT:PSS(聚(3,4-乙撑二氧噻吩):聚苯乙烯磺酸盐)作为器件修饰层,避免了PEDOT:PSS对ITO的腐蚀和LiF潮解,采用Ag代替Al作为金属背电极避免了Al被氧化.经过后退火处理器件的效率从1.1%提升至1.65%.器件的稳定性相对于传统结构有了大幅提升,8周后器件效率只衰减10%.

  13. Solar building

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    Zhang, Luxin

    2014-01-01

    In my thesis I describe the utilization of solar energy and solar energy with building integration. In introduction it is also mentioned how the solar building works, trying to make more people understand and accept the solar building. The thesis introduces different types of solar heat collectors. I compared the difference two operation modes of solar water heating system and created examples of solar water system selection. I also introduced other solar building applications. It is conv...

  14. Graphene Coatings

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    Stoot, Adam Carsten; Camilli, Luca; Bøggild, Peter

    2014-01-01

    Owing to its remarkable electrical and mechanical properties, graphene has been attracting tremendous interest in materials science. In particular, its chemical stability and impermeability make it a promising protective membrane. However, recent investigations reveal that single layer graphene...... cannot be used as a barrier in the long run, due to galvanic corrosion phenomena arising when oxygen or water penetrate through graphene cracks or domain boundaries. Here, we overcome this issue by using a multilayered (ML) graphene coating. Our lab- as well as industrial-scale tests demonstrate that ML...... graphene can effectively protect Ni in harsh environments, even after long term exposure. This is made possible by the presence of a high number of graphene layers, which can efficiently mask the cracks and domain boundaries defects found in individual layers of graphene. Our findings thus show...

  15. Spectrally selective paint coatings. Preparation and characterization

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    Crnjak Orel, Z.C.; Klanjsek Gunde, M. [National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia)

    2001-06-01

    Preparation and characterization of spectrally selective paint coating for photothermal solar energy conversion are discussed. The applied methods for preparation of paints with described measurements and calculations of black-pigmented coatings were reviewed. The article represents not only possible future applications but also past and current applications of spectrally selective paint coating which are used all over the world since the 1980s. Spectrally selective paint coatings based on combinations of two types of resins, various types of pigments and three types of silica, were prepared. The influence of pigment type and pigment volume concentration (PVC) was studied by applying the Kubelka-Munk (K-M) theory. The relation between the degrees of dispersion and distribution of pigment particles across the paint layer is discussed in terms of K-M coefficients.

  16. Exploring Cu{sub 2}O/Cu cermet as a partially inert anode to produce aluminum in a sustainable way

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    Feng, Li-Chao [School of Mechanical Engineering, Huaihai Institute of Technology and Jiangsu Province R and D Institute of Marine Resources, Lianyungang 222005 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Xie, Ning, E-mail: xiening@hit.edu.cn [School of Transportation Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150090 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Shao, Wen-Zhu, E-mail: wzshao@hit.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Zhen, Liang [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Ivanov, V.V. [Physical Chemistry Department, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk 660041 (Russian Federation)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Cu{sub 2}O/Cu cermet was used as a candidate partially inert anode material to produce aluminum alloys. • The thermal corrosion behavior of Cu{sub 2}O/Cu was investigated in molten salt at 960 °C. • The corrosion rate is largely governed by the geometrical structures of Cu in the prepared samples. • The corrosion rate increases with decreasing sizes and increasing filling contents of Cu phase. • The corrosion rate was 1.8–9 cm/y and the Cu contents is less than 6.2 wt.% in the produced aluminum. - Abstract: As an energy-intensive process, aluminum production by the Hall–Héroult method accounts for significant emissions of CO{sub 2} and some toxic greenhouse gases. The utilization of an inert anode in place of a carbon anode was considered as a revolutionary technique to solve most of the current environmental problems resulting from the Hall–Héroult process. However, the critical property requirements of the inert anode materials significantly limit the application of this technology. In light of the higher demand for aluminum alloys than for pure aluminum, a partially inert anode was designed to produce aluminum alloys in a more sustainable way. Here, Cu{sub 2}O/Cu cermet was chosen as the material of interest. The thermal corrosion behavior of Cu{sub 2}O/Cu was investigated in Na{sub 3}AlF{sub 6}–CaF{sub 2}–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} electrolyte at 960 °C to elucidate the corrosion mechanisms of this type of partially inert anode for the production of aluminum or aluminum alloys. Furthermore, the effects of the geometrical structure of the Cu phase on the thermal corrosion behavior of Cu{sub 2}O/Cu cermet in the electrolyte were investigated as well. The thermal corrosion rate was evaluated by the weight loss method and the results show that the samples prepared with branch-like Cu have higher thermal corrosion rate than those prepared with spherical Cu, and the corrosion rate increases with decreasing size and increasing filling

  17. CRADA with United Solar Technologies and Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL-021): Thin film materialsfor low-cost high performance solar concentrators

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    Martin, P. M.; Affinito, J. D.; Gross, M. E.; Bennett, W. D.

    1995-03-01

    The objectives of this project were to develop and evaluate promising low-cost dielectric and polymer-protected thin-film reflective metal coatings to be applied to preformed continuously-curved solar reflector panels to enhance their solar reflectance, and to demonstrate protected solar reflective coatings on preformed solar concentrator panels. The opportunity for this project arose from a search by United Solar Technologies (UST) for organizations and facilities capable of applying reflective coatings to large preformed panels. PNL was identified as being uniquely qualified to participate in this collaborative project.

  18. A New Innovative Spherical Cermet Nuclear Fuel Element to Achieve an Ultra-Long Core Life for use in Grid-Appropriate LWRs

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    Senor, David J.; Painter, Chad L.; Geelhood, Ken J.; Wootan, David W.; Meriwether, George H.; Cuta, Judith M.; Adkins, Harold E.; Matson, Dean W.; Abrego, Celestino P.

    2007-12-01

    Spherical cermet fuel elements are proposed for use in the Atoms For Peace Reactor (AFPR-100) concept. AFPR-100 is a small-scale, inherently safe, proliferation-resistant reactor that would be ideal for deployment to nations with emerging economies that decide to select nuclear power for the generation of carbon-free electricity. The basic concept of the AFPR core is a water-cooled fixed particle bed, randomly packed with spherical fuel elements. The flow of coolant within the particle bed is at such a low rate that the bed does not fluidize. This report summarizes an approach to fuel fabrication, results associated with fuel performance modeling, core neutronics and thermal hydraulics analyses demonstrating a ~20 year core life, and a conclusion that the proliferation resistance of the AFPR reactor concept is high.

  19. Results from 100 h electrolysis testing of NiFe2O4 based cermet as inert anode in aluminum reduction

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    LAI Yan-qing; TIAN Zhong-liang; LI Jie; YE Shao-long; LI Xin-zheng; LIU Ye-xiang

    2006-01-01

    A 100 mm diameter cup-shaped inert anode for aluminum electrolysis consisting of cermet 17Ni/83(10NiO-90NiFe2O4) was prepared and the operating performance was evaluated in a laboratory cell with the electrolyte CR2.3 and Al2O3 concentration 7.43% (mass fraction). The results indicate that no major operational difficulties are encountered during the testing which lasts for 101.5 h and the inert anode exhibits good general performances. The steady-state average concentration of impurity Ni in the bath is close to the solubility, however, the Fe concentration is lower than its solubility. The contents of the main contaminants for aluminum produced are Ni 0.128 8%, Fe 1.007 4%. The corrosion rate of inert anode under electrolysis conditions based on the content of impurity Ni in metal aluminum is approximately 8.51 mm/a.

  20. Effect of Si on 1Cr18Ni11Nb/TiO interface and investigation of TiO based cermet binder phase

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    LI Qingkui; ZHONG Hui; GUAN Shaokang; LI Jiang; ZHONG Haiyun

    2005-01-01

    The effect of trace amount of active element Si on the wetting and interface characteristics of 1Cr1 8Ni1 1Nb/TiO was investigated. Based on the results, a new binder phase for TiO based cermets imitated gold materials was developed,and the related mechanisms were studied. The results indicated that there was small wet-ability of the 1Crl8Ni11Nb alloy on TiO, and the interface binding strength of 1Cr1 8Ni1 1Nb/TiO was low. 1.5%Si in 1Cr1 8Ni1 1No could not only make the alloy wet TiO, but also lead to mutual dissolving near the interface, forming high interface binding strength and matching with the thermal expansion coefficient of TiO.